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Volume 18, Issue 40

Serving Durham, Middlefield and Rockfall

Friday, Januar y 13, 2012

RSD13 employees get healthier one step at a time By Stephanie Wilcox Town Times

Helping the impoverished in Honduras has taught mother and son what matters most By Diana Carr Special to Town Times Little did Deborah Proctor, of Durham, know how much her life would change that day. It was 1992, and she and her husband, Robert, were at a church in Cape Cod, listening to a talk about an orphanage in Honduras. Something in that talk grabbed her heart and started her on a lifelong love affair with that country and its people. “We elected to sponsor a child,” she tells us, “which we did for the next 15 years. And because of that connection, my husband, Robert, and I wanted to go to Honduras. We both love to travel. But time passes, and we had two boys, and we didn’t go. I’m a gastroenterologist, and in 2005 a relative of one of my patients, who does missionary work as a dentist there, asked me if I wanted to go as a doctor.

Deborah Proctor and her son Charlie The next thing I know, I’m on a plane to Honduras.” She went with CURE International, an organization based out of Pennsylvania that specializes in shortterm medical and dental missionary trips. “The day after we got there, I told her, ‘I don’t think I can do this.’ There were so many people

to see, and I was very scared. She told me, ‘You don’t have to do miracles. You only have to do the best you can.’ I had such a wonderful time that I made 11 more trips in the next five years — seven with CURE and five on my own. Sometimes my husband and my son, Davey, who is now 14, come with me.” (Her 17year-old son, Charlie, has accompanied her on her last five trips.) She distributes anti-parasite meds, vitamins and toothbrushes, gives fluoride treatments, checks people for high blood pressure and diabetes and “does whatever else needs to be done for their health.” She goes into rural areas, she says, and gets the people into the national public health system, as needed. “We fill the gaps in the health care system.” On that first trip, she met See Honduras, page 10

“You can hear it anywhere, people need to move,” says Eileen Bengtson. “It doesn’t mean you have to get into weightlifting or buy a gym membership. Just rake leaves, split logs. You just need to move.” Bengtson, who is in charge of employee benefits at Regional School District 13 (RSD13), is talking about getting people to move because that’s the new initiative for RSD13 employees, which includes employees of Durham and Middlefield. After RSD13 learned that their health provider, CIGNA, would give $10,000 to

use toward implementation of a wellness program for members, they got to thinking how it could be used. After many meetings with the designated CIGNA rep discussing incentives, they went with the Go You campaign. The Go You program sounded a lot like the Go Far program already taking place for youth within the school district, “so we thought, gee, that really makes sense to do that, to keep that theme,” says Bengtson. The first step in the program was to find out the current health of employees. On Jan. 12, the program kicked off with a biometrics screenSee Go You, page 11

Chester resident complains about Middlefield building inspector at selectmen’s meeting During Public Comment at the Jan. 3 Board of Selectmen (BOS) meeting in Middlefield, the town’s building inspector came under fire by a Chester resident in attendance. In 2009, Joe Cohen had work done on his home by Robert Meyers, of East Haddam, who owned and operated a housing construction business at the time. Though he was not Middlefield’s building inspector then, Cohen wanted to alert the town to issues he had with Meyers as well as other complaints he found through additional research. Cohen provided a copy of a letter to the board regarding these complaints and behaviors and stated that Meyer does not have respect for the law, authority or the truth and felt he was fundamentally dishonest and deceitful.

Among the complaints against Meyer are accusations of threatening a customer, being unlicensed and unregistered, building without permits, ignoring another town’s building inspector and creating and submitting fake documents for a court proceeding. Though he said he expected nothing from the board, Cohen suggested the town protect itself in a legal fashion regarding their building inspector and discuss further with Cohen if they felt it necessary. In a phone call after the meeting, First Selectman Jon Brayshaw commented that “(A Board of Selectmen’s meeting) is not the forum to deal with legal issues having to do with one’s previous employment.”

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Town Times Community Briefs


CRHS concerts Let the CRHS Show Choir and Jazz Band concerts warm you on a chilly night with music and dance on Wednesday, Feb. 1, at 7:30

p.m. No admission fee. The snow date will be Sunday, Feb. 5, at 4 p.m. Contact Lisa Larsen at or 860349-7215 for info.

Valentine’s Day concert Come to the Valentine’s Cabaret on Tuesday, Feb. 14,

Index of Advertisers To advertise in the Town Times, call Joy Boone at 860-349-8026 at 7 p.m., presented by the CRHS Chamber Choir. Delectable desserts and coffee will be served along with great music and some silly skits. It’s all about love! Please contact Lisa Larsen at or 860-349-7215 for price info and to reserve tickets.

New Art Guild of Middletown classes All programs are open to the public and take place at Middlefield Federated Church (402 Main St.). For more information, please call 860-358-9212. Critique Night — Jan. 12, from 7 to 9 p.m. with guest artist Laurel Friedmann. Refreshments served. Digital Imaging workshop — Jan. 14, from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. with Chris Ivers. Watercolor classes —


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Tuesdays, Jan. 17 through Feb. 21, from 9:30 a.m. to noon with Chris Piantek. “Loosen Up Your Watercolor.” Drawing classes — Mondays, Jan. 23 through Feb. 27, from 9:30 a.m. to noon with Bob Spooner. Drawing skills to improve your paintings.

In addition to competing in spelling swarms, the three-member spelling teams compete for awards including: Best Team Name, Team with the Most Spirit, Most Entertaining Team, Best Costume and Most Original Team.

CVEF spelling bee rescheduled

Monies raised through the tax deductible $120 team fee and other donations will support the educational and enrichment work of the foundation. CVEF is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting excellence, innovation and creativity in education for the community and to supporting lifelong learning in Durham and Middlefield.

Calling all spelling teams! We have a new date for the Coginchaug Valley Education Foundation (CVEF) fourth annual spelling bee, which was postponed because of Storm Alfred. Registrations are now being accepted for the bee, which will take place at 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 10, at the auditorium of Coginchaug Regional High School in Durham. Mike Klimas will be emceeing the event, and Keith Luckenbach will be the Wordmaster. Judges include Durham First Selectman Laura Francis, the Honorable Judge Joe Marino and the Honorable Judge Richard Adams. Last year’s bee had over 20 participating teams spanning a wide range of the Durham-Middlefield community: local businesses, teachers, political parties, neighborhoods, friends, book clubs and schools — even the local District 13 Board of Educa-



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January 13 MDC Performance Ballet students at the Middlesex Dance Center will present an American Academy of Ballet Performance Award event at 6 p.m. at St. Colman’s Church. Dancers will perform a series of predetermined port de bras, adage and allegro combinations as well as short solo dances. Admission is a donation of a food item or pet food per person. Bridge Night Come to the Durham Activity Center every Friday night at 6:30 p.m. for bridge with great people. If you are not sure how to play, Jim will teach you. You may call Jim at 860-346-6611 with bridge questions. Call Durham Recreation at 860-343-6724 with further questions. Grade 5-6 Fun Night/Dance Durham-Middlefield Youth & Family Services (DMYFS) will host four Friday Fun Nights in the 2011-12 school year. Activities include an open game room with ping pong, basketball, air hockey and board games and line dancing with Sound Spectrum. Dates are today and March 16. Sessions are 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Middlefield Community Center (405 Main St.). For prices or info, contact DMYFS at 860-3490258 or Cabin Fever Dance The 4-C’s Square Dance Club will hold their Cabin Fever dance at 8 p.m. at the Brewster School. The caller will be Jim Denigris and the cuer Sue Lucibello. For more info, please call 860-349-8084 or 203-235-1604. Grace Lutheran Preschool Registration, Open House Help Grace Lutheran Preschool celebrate its 25th year by enrolling your child in one of the classes. Grace Lutheran is a safe, licensed, Christian, early childhood program. Early drop-off and extended-day options are available for ages 3-5. The program promotes social skills, spirituality, outdoor awareness and the importance of play, as well as prepares children to meet the challenges of kindergarten.

Open houses will be held today and Jan. 20 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. No appointment is necessary, just stop in! New families can registration for the 2012-2013 school year as of Feb. 1. The school is located at 1055 Randolph Road in Middletown. For more information, please contact Lisa Mentlick, director, at 860-346-0766 or


January 14 Christmas Tree Pick-Up Troop 270 will be picking up Christmas trees today. To schedule pick up, e-mail m or call 860-349-2370. A donation would be appreciated. Madhatters Auditions Come to Lyme’s Youth Service Bureau from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. to audition for “Disney’s Aristocats,” open to ages six and up. On Jan. 25 from 4 to 6 p.m. at Westbrook Ambulance Barn, audition for “Disney’s Cinderella,” open to ages six years and over. Auditions by appointment only. Call 860-395-1861 or visit


January 15 Ukulele Performance Middlefield Ukulele Club Band will perform for the St. Colman’s Church CYO brunch at 11:30 a.m. at 145 Hubbard Street. Contact Cindy Di Lauro at 860-349-5656 or e-mail for more information. Ivoryton Auditions Auditions for the premiere of Alice, Through The Looking Glass, to be presented at the Ivoryton Playhouse in May, will be today from 2 to 7 p.m. and Jan. 20 from 4 to 8 p.m. by appointment only. Open to adults and children age 12 and over. Call 860-3951861 for more info and to reserve you appointment time.


January 16 Durham Senior Lunches Every Monday and Wednesday, hot lunches are available for seniors over 60

and their spouses at the Durham Activity Center (350 Main St.). Following the lunches on Mondays is game time which includes billiards, Wii and cards. Bingo starts at 1 p.m. on Wednesdays. For pricing info and to make a reservation, call Amanda Astarita, senior café manager, at 860-349-3153. Middlefield Senior Lunches The Middlefield Senior Café is serving lunch three times a week, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Reservations are required 24 hours prior, and their monthly menu can be picked up at the center, Town Hall, or at


January 17 Oddfellows Workshops Oddfellows Playhouse is holding pre-audition workshops for Thorton Wilder’s classic play Our Town today and tomorrow, and auditions will be held Jan. 24 and 25 for teens in grades nine and up. For more info, call Oddfellows at 860-347-6143 or log onto Girl Power: My Body Beautiful Come to a fun, informational night designed to give girls a better understanding of the changes their bodies will go through during puberty. Topics will include maintaining a positive body image and dealing with challenging situations during this dynamic time. This event will take place from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at DMYFS in the Community Center (405 Main St. in Middlefield). Snow date Jan. 24. Find the registration form at under “our programs.” For more info, please call 860-349-0258. Vocal Chords Rehearsals TheMiddlesexHospitalVocal Chords will resume rehearsalsonTuesdayevenings at the St. Francis Msgr. Fox Hall (10 Elm St. in Middletown) at 7 p.m. in preparation for the upcoming spring concert. If you are looking for a new musical experience, become part of a family, contribute to your community and feel good about yourself, thenwehavetheplaceforyou. No auditions required but basicchoralsingingcapabilities necessary; proper section

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January 19 Free Gardening Seminar Noted gardening writer Tom Christopher will speak on Sustainable Gardening at an open meeting of the Middletown Garden Club at 8 p.m. at the DeKoven House (Washington St. and DeKoven Dr.).

cer Center, operated by MidState Medical Center, is holding a day-long Survivorship Symposium at the Augusta Curtis Cultural Center in Meriden. This event is designed to provide education and information to cancer survivors who are dealing with the physical, emotional and spiritual issues that arise following cancer treatment.


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January 20 Adscensio! Oddfellows Playhouse Traveling Circus company will remount its new show Adscensio! today and tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. at 128 Washington St. in Middletown. Tickets are discounted for students and seniors. For more info, to register for classes or to purchase tickets, call Oddfellows at 860347-6143 or log onto Family Night Coginchaug Boys’ Basketball presents Family Night tonight. Bring the entire family out to the Maynard Stender gymnasium at Coginchaug High School and cheer on the Blue Devils as they take on the Panthers of Cromwell. J.V. game starts at 6 p.m. and varsity at 7:30 p.m. Admission covers the entire family. This event will include free prizes! One student from each school in the district will win an official Blue Devil prize. Half-time entertainment will be the Coginchaug Pep Band.


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Oddfellows Auditions Oddfellows Playhouse is holding auditions for Thorton Wilder’s classic play Our Town today and tomorrow for teens in grades nine and up. For more info, call Oddfellows at 860-347-6143 or log onto Sweet Adelines Concert The Sound of New England Chorus is joining Sweet Adelines International to teach the world to sing by holding a guest night from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. (snow date Jan. 31). Registration is from 6:30 to 7 p.m. For more info and directions to the rehearsal hall, visit or call 1877-LUV-2-SING.


January 26 Preschool Open House The Middletown Cooperative Preschool will hold an open house from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at 24 Old Church St. in Middletown (snow date Feb. 2). See the classroom and meet the teachers and families involved. No reservation necessary. A two-day program for three-year-olds and a three-day program for fouryear-olds are available. For more info, visit or call 860-344-0099.

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Powder Ridge update By Sue VanDerzee Special to the Town Times Middlefield First Selectman Jon Brayshaw continues in conversation with several interested parties regarding possible purchase of the town-owned 246-acre Powder Ridge ski area property. One of those parties is Rick Sabatino, a member of the former Alpine Ridge group. Sabatino said in a phone interview this week:

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“Ski hills with no snow are difficult to market as a going concern. The weather this year hasn’t helped our efforts, which is why I think some type of real estate component (Time shares have been part of his discussions.) is key to closing the deal.” Sabatino talks or e-mails Brayshaw several times a week as he tries to round up investors, and believes that the longer the mountain is deserted, the harder it will be to bring it back. He envi-

sions either submitting a full-blown proposal or pulling out within the next several months. Brayshaw notes that other interested parties also continue to talk to him, but information on those talks is still too preliminary to share. He declares himself “cautiously optimistic” that something will develop, though he will not speculate on whether he believes that will be a proposal from Sabatino or someone else.

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Durham selectmen ready for budget season, meeting dates set By Stephanie Wilcox Town Times At the start of their first meeting of the new year, Durham First Selectman Laura Francis told the Board of Selectmen that it was nice to be starting a fresh year, “especially after the year we had.” Having said that, a lot of old items — and some new — made it onto the agenda for the Jan. 9 meeting. The first order of business was the disbanding of the

Skating Pond Committee. Francis explained that, during Ray Kalinowski’s tenure as state representative, Durham received a state grant for improvements at the skating pond on Route 68. A committee was formed at the time for that purpose; since then the grant has officially closed out, and the improvements have been made. Francis, along with the committee’s chairperson, agreed it was time to disband the committee. The selectmen


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CRRA (Connecticut Resources Recovery Authority) contract. DMIAAB chairman Dominic DelVecchio addressed the board. After he spoke, a motion was passed by the board for the first selectman to enter into an agreement pending the signing of the DMIAAB agreement. The board approved a request from PALS for permission to serve alcohol on Feb. 4 at the Taste of Durham event to be held at the Durham Public Library. Francis mentioned that she is requesting nominations for the Middlesex Chamber 2012 Distinguished Citizens award. Two local traffic authority requests were discussed, and several items were covered under old and new business. Francis reported that brush pick-up is complete, and the STEAP grant application for the final leg of the Pickett Lane culvert project was denied as only 61 projects were funded. Francis will be offering mobile office hours where she will “talk to anybody about anything...particularly useful during budget time.” Her schedule for these hours will be set soon. The bulk of time spent in old/new business was to hear from emergency man-

agement director Francis Willett on the EOC relocation to Town Hall. He presented the board with an update on the progress made since the last meeting. “We are ready to start this project tomorrow on your approval,” said Francis. “I look forward to getting this project started and completed in the month of January. Residents need to realize that we take this project very seriously and will not take any shortcuts or do it halfbaked.” The BOS approved the selected vendors for the propane tank installation and electrical work for the generator relocation and adhered to the procurement policy. With their approval, the project was able to commence Jan. 10. Under appointments, Martin Anderson was appointed to the Board of Finance, Mark McLaughlin to the Ethics Commission and Nate Gosselin to the Conservation Commission. The meeting adjourned after the board set FY12-13 budget meetings.

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ported that brush pick-up is about 99 percent complete. The pile was estimated to be 8,001 cubic yards of brush, which will be chipped. Rather than have the work done by a contractor, all those speaking on the topic were in favor of paying DMIAAB to do the chipping. FEMA will allow the chips to be used for landscaping town property, and the selectmen discussed bringing piles of the chips to the town garage and allowing townspeople to help themselves. This was considered appropriate as long as the town is not responsible for loading any of it.

Finally, Parmelee reported that CL&P was working on removal of dangerous trees in town. He said the lesson learned for Middlefield was after the recent storms is that there was no communication in town when the power was lost. Various solutions were discussed as was the successes of the previous storms. (Stephanie Wilcox/from minutes)

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On the topic of police presence, Brayshaw said he, along with the police department and state police, has come up with a plan to help slow drivers and get them off their cell phones while driving. According to Brayshaw, people traditionally speed in the early morning and late afternoon, so they are working to change when troopers begin and end their shift so there is no gap in policing (speed check) during these times. Reports will be submitted by the police demonstrating the statistics. There has been a lot of discussion over whether Middlefield’s police cruiser should be marked or unmarked. Brayshaw said the consensus from state police is that Middlefield is better off having the signs as there is a comfort level for residents when they can see that police are out and about. “Visibility adds a dimension of safety,” said Brayshaw. But signage is not cheap. It was noted that there is $2,000 in the budget for this though someone noted that another town only spent $300. When discussing signage on the police cars, Brayshaw asked the board for their preference. Selectman Ed Bailey preferred to have the car marked as such, along with the numbers 911. The board voted to have signage and lights put on the cruiser. Budget time is coming, and Brayshaw said he issued a letter to all department heads on Jan. 1 requesting their budget information. The BOS will need to manage the figures and have them to the Finance Board no later than March 1, according to the charter. Brayshaw has asked the departments to create a zerobased budget. Brayshaw said a recent proposal came from Tower Company to purchase the right of first refusal of the cell tower located behind the Town Hall in the event that the town decides to sell its rights to it. He noted that there are four or five vendors using the cell tower, equaling a total of $30-35,000


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Guest Editorial Once again, a spirit of generosity and enthusiasm to help others has been shown in full force by our Memorial School community. The Memorial School Student Senate spearheads numerous fundraising and community service projects each year. The grade 5 Senate recently The grade 6 Memorial School Senate presents a held a school-wide coat drive, check to Christianna Ward from the Leukemia Lymwhich resulted in 78 warm, phoma Society. gently used coats being donated to Button Up ConnectiOf recent note is an amaz- grade 6 Integrated Day cut. ingly successful Pennies for homeroom, which collected Patients drive to benefit the more than $250. The overall Leukemia Lymphoma Soci- Pennies for Patients drive, ety. A hat day was held which ran through the along with a homeroom col- month of December, netted a raine Meeker, Linda Cic- lection challenge. The top carello, Mary Bair and June collecting homeroom was total of $1,804.90! Asci for their tireless effort Mrs. Kavanagh’s grade 6 We are very proud of our in coordinating this wonder- Contemporary homeroom, school’s efforts and the supful event. which collected more than port of Memorial School My best wishes to your $370! The second place families in these community readers for a happy, safe and homeroom was Mrs. Mann’s service projects. healthy new year. Judge Joseph D. Marino, Middletown

Letters to the Editor A great Durham Fair story I am a longtime member of the Youth Committee at the Durham Fair. Several years ago, someone came into the Youth Building and shared a great story with me about a pie or a cake that had been brought into work with the intention of entering it in the fair that evening. The person’s co-workers thought the treat was for sharing and ate it, or perhaps ate most of it. I’m sorry to say I don’t remember who the source of that story was, but I’d very much like to find out. If you told me that story, or you know who might have done so, please call the Town Times at 860-349-8000. Thank you! Leslie Bulion, Durham

Good neighbor I write this letter to thank the good neighbor who discovered the crime being committed on my property on Fowler Avenue in Durham on Dec. 23 and reported it to the police. Without his quick action, the two thieves would have never been caught. When I thanked him personally, he made it clear that he was just doing what a good

neighbor should do. I pledged to him then and do so now to my community that I, too, will do the same for all my neighbors. Thank you, good neighbor! Jonathan W. Field, Durham

Probate Court gift drive a success I am writing to extend my thanks and gratitude to those people who so generously contributed to the 17th annual holiday gift drive sponsored by the Probate Court. This year, gifts were distributed to residents of five area health care facilities: Water’s Edge, Apple Rehab and Middlesex Health Care in Middletown, Aurora in Cromwell and Twin Maples in Durham. Gift “wish lists” were provided to the court by the staff and residents of the five facilities. I am please to report that the “wish lists” of over 130 people were met. I would specifically like to acknowledge the many local attorneys who gave so generously as well as Joe Legge, Post-N-Track, a corporation of Wethersfield, and the two women, who wish to remain anonymous, who each took over 10 names. A special thanks to my clerks Mary Woods, Susan Hood, Lor-

Thank you Midway Farms The Durham Women’s Club would like to thank Steve at Midway Farms for donating the vegetables to make our vegetarian chili for the Durham Fair. Steve, you really saved our profits by being so generous and caring. We must add that your farmfresh eggs are delicious, and we are so glad that we can stop by and get them all year long. Thanks again! The Durham Women’s Club

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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo What’s a garden to think? With films like Se7en Tanya (1995), Fight Club (1999) and Zodiac (2007) under his belt, director David Fincher sets the bar high for the dark and twisted. Now he has taken Stieg Larrson’s disturbing novel, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and remade what others already saw as an astounding Swedish film. Could he live up to expectations? From the opening sequence and its sado-masochistic imagery, the answer is yes. Immediately, you get a glimpse into the mind of Lisbeth Salander, the girl with the dragon tattoo herself, against the backdrop of gritty rock music and a woman symbolically rising from the ashes. Whether you consider Lisbeth a hero or the antithesis of a hero, Fincher does not try to explain away her oddity. He just shows her as she is, a socially-impaired woman fighting her inner demons and a history of abuse. A disgraced journalist recently sued for libel, Mikael Blomkvist is in dire straits when he accepts a freelance job to investigate the disappearance of a young woman from 40 years earlier. It is then that he hires Lisbeth as his no-nonsense assistant. Rooney Mara delivers a breakout performance as the title character. With a simple glance, she sends a ripple of apprehension through the room and haunts you with her intensity. She is simply electric and, paired with Daniel Craig as Blomkvist, is a force to be reckoned with in this unsettling crime thriller. Together, the two unfold layer after layer of corruption in one of Sweden’s most notable families. The screenplay is relatively true to the novel although some segments are blatantly missing, such as

Mikael Blomkvist’s affair with Cecilia Vanger. What needs to be there is included and, for some, perhaps too explicitly. Those with faint stomachs should steer clear. Violent rapes and attempted murder are portrayed with such graphic detail that the images may stay with you longer than you’d like. A sinister turn using Enya’s 1988 hit “Orinoco Flow (Sail Away)” as background music kept me awake that first night. It is Fincher at his deviated best, though I hear the odd song choice was inspired by Daniel Craig. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is a pop culture phenomenon. Fincher’s version is a cinematographer’s dream and, during this award season, is ripe for nominations. The film has already garnered nominations for Best Actress and Best Score at the upcoming Golden Globes, though it was snubbed for Best Director and Best Picture. I am comfortable in predicting that the Academy Awards will bestow more honors on this edgy film. After all, the Academy would not want to incite Lisbeth’s wrath. My rating: 4 stethoscopes


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Editorial: Dr. Tanya Feke is a physician at Middlesex Hospital Primary Care - Durham and guest columnist for the Town Times. She was press credentialed to the LA Film Festival in 2009 and 2010 and continues to pursue a love of film. Her reviews are rated on a five stethoscope scale.

December police stats for Middlefield and Durham Durham Middlefield Calls for Service: Eric Kelly, Middlefield RST Calls for Service: 499 Pete DiGioia, Durham RST 461 Criminal InvestiCriminal Investigagations: 3 tions: 9 Motor Vehicle AcMotor Vehicle Accidents w/ Injuries: 3 cidents w/ Injuries: 1 Motor Vehicle Accidents w/o InMotor Vehicle Accidents w/o Injuries: 1 juries: 11 Total Motor Vehicle accidents for Motor Vehicle Infractions: 133 December 2011: 4 Motor Vehicle Accident Warnings: 11 Motor Vehicle Infractions: 196 issued Motor Vehicle Accident DWIs: 0 Motor Vehicle Warnings: 20 issued On-sight DWIs: 1 Motor Vehicle Accident DWIs: 0 In the month of December, we had On-sight DWIs: 1

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a garden to think, nevIt is the middle of January, and I am sit- Nancy DuBrule-Clemente er mind a gardener? If we continue with ting here at my desk what is called in the enjoying a vase of business an “open forced quince blossoms. I picked them in late Decem- winter,” your best friend is winter ber after noticing that almost all of mulch. Unlike shredded bark, the flower buds on my “Crimson which is carefully placed around and Gold” quince were swollen and the crowns of the plants a couple of starting to open. The temperature inches thick to retain moisture and was in the high 60s that day and was suppress weeds, the purpose of winter mulch is to keep the soil frozen and keep the sun off of the ground, thus encouraging the plants to remain dormant. As curbsides are filled with discarded Christmas trees, landscapers are snatching them up, cutting them up and placing them loosely over their plants. The secret to this work is to do so when the ground is frozen, therefore keeping it frozen. Winter mulch is very useful if you have recently planted a garden Daffodils emerging in January or dug up, divided or relocated Submitted photos plants in your garden. We’re talking in the past year but definitely in the supposed to drop into the teens that past fall. These plants may not have night. Now I wish I had picked armhad a chance to root in deeply. As loads of branches. Most of the the soil goes through the alternate flower buds for next year have freezing and thawing cycle, plants frozen. On the south side of my can be heaved up out of the ground, house, Iris reticulata, early March exposing vulnerable roots to killing blooming dwarf iris, are poking cold temperatures. This can be devtheir buds out of the ground. To astating to the plants. Winter mulch keep the sun off of these precious prevents this. late winter bloomers, I placed I have made a pledge to myself chopped evergreen branches loosethat, if the weather remains mild, I ly over them. If you wander around will work outside on every nice day your yard on these beautiful, mild for at least an hour. I need the exerJanuary days, you will probably see cise. I need the sunshine on my daffodils and Alliums starting to shoulders. I need to breathe fresh, emerge as well. In the vegetable garunheated air. I need to look around den, even some of my garlic is my yard and explore what’s going sprouting. on at this time of year. Ironically, at this point a year What kinds of things have I been ago, we had a couple of feet of snow doing? I went back to all of my on the ground and not a bulb was bearded (German) irises and sliced stirring, never mind shrubs trying them right down to the rhizome to flower early. What a difference a with my garden sickle and threw all year makes! Ever since the freak the foliage in the garbage. Why? October snowstorm of 2011, we have This foliage can harbor the larvae of been in a crazy pattern of fluctuatthe iris borer, a night flying moth ing temperatures, causing all sorts of confusion with the plants. What’s See Naturework, page 13


two residential burglaries (one on Tuttle Road, one on Fowler Ave) and one attempted burglary on Saw Mill Road. We have not developed any suspects in these residential burglaries. Two arrest warrants have been applied for in a burglary of a residence on Meeting House Hill Road. We have only one more gun to collect to have test-fired for ballistic examination from the home struck on July

13, 2011, on Tri-Mountain Road. Traffic enforcement: Haddam Quarter Road near Wagon Wheel, Pent Road near Rt. 86, Tuttle Road near Brewster School, Rt. 68 near Greenbacker Farm, Rt. 68 near Ozick, Rt. 68 near Linmar, Rt. 17 near Rt. 147, Rt. 17 near Strong School, Rt. 17 near Little Lane, Rt. 77 near Mica Hill Road and Rt. 77 near Crooked Hill Road. Read more Durham stats on age 13.


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Honduras (Continued from page 1) Sister Teresita, who runs an orphanage and whom she compares to Mother Teresa. She also met Anais Barrientos, an internist with whom she sometimes works and whose daughter, Ana Raquel Villela, is currently staying with the Proctor family and is an exchange student for her senior year at Coginchaug Regional High School. On her second trip, in 2006, Charlie, who was 12 at the time, went with her as a “general helper” and told her it was the best trip he’d ever been on. “I went out of curiosity,” says the teen. “I like to travel, and my mom had said good things about Honduras, and I thought it was a neat idea. “The first time I was there, I dispensed anti-parasite meds. It was all very different, and it was a life-changing ex-

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on family. I realized that I needed to learn Spanish. It’s powerful to be able to connect with people from a different culture, and to do that you have to learn their language. I started taking Spanish in the seventh grade. “I realized that there was a lot to do there. There was a lot of room for improvement and there was a lot of potential to help.” His mom chimes in: “We keep going back because we love the people. They’re kind and caring and very appreciative of anything we do for them. They’re not as consumed by materialism as we are. And there’s less noise and multi-tasking.” The Proctors stay at the orphanage while in Honduras. Charlie says, “They are lovely individuals. They’re the poorest of the poor, but they love each other and have each other’s best interests at heart.” Adds Deborah, “It’s a humbling experience. We’re welcomed with as much enthusiasm as if royalty were arriving. We do not deserve the welcome we get. Fortytwo kids come running through the gates when they see our taxi, yelling, ‘Debbie, Debbie, Debbie. Carlos, Carlos, Carlos.’ (Carlos is the Spanish name for Charlie.) They hug us and jump on us and scream and holler and drag us around. Remember when you had your two-yearold and you came home and he or she came running up to you? Well, we have 42 like that.” This past June, the younger Proctor, deciding that he “wanted to do something more for the kids at the orphanage,” founded the Honduras Children’s Project, a non-profit organization that raises money to hire a teacher for them and to provide them with school supplies, school uniforms and shoes. The children go to school in the morning and return to the orphanage in the afternoon, and it is for this supplementary curriculum in the afternoon that a teacher is being hired, hopefully by the end of January. The trip this past December saw the hiring of three employees who read to the kids and teach them to write and help them with their homework. One of the employees

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To prepare for the 10,000step walk, Bengtson anticipates information will be sent out regularly with tips on how to achieve 10,000 steps a day, which equals about five miles for the average person. “We realize some won’t be able to walk 200 steps a day,” said Bengtson, so pedometers will be provided, and each school will have a staff member who represents the program to encourage people to participate — to act as the program cheerleader. On the town side, Maryjane Malavasi, member of the combined town and school district Wellness Committee, said encouragement is through e-mails to employees, information through payroll and incentives being offered through the wellness campaign, like American Express gift cards. “As long as we encourage healthy employees, it provides for a healthy environment here at Town Hall,” said Malavasi. All events will be free for employees, paid for by CIGNA, and the whole program is optional. Employees


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ing at the Board of Education office. As of Jan. 11, less than 50 employees were signed up for this free screening that employees were responsible to book on their own, but there was hope that many more would drop in. “We thought it was perfect timing as everyone has set new year’s resolutions, which often include better health,” said Darlene Thomson, the district’s insurance broker. “Our goal is to get people as healthy as possible — healthier, more productive, less sick time and time away from the office or family.” Once the screening is done, a walking program will begin. Explains Bengtson, “Our goal is to walk 10,000 steps a day.” A walk is scheduled for April 28 on the Coginchaug High School track. At that event, employees of the school district and both towns, as well as families, friends and residents, are asked to join in and walk.


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Venture (Continued from page 3) McKernan, a junior at Coginchaug High School, grew up with a father who was scoutmaster of Durham’s Boy Scout Troop 27. “We always went on family campouts and enjoyed the outdoors,” she said, “and my girl scout troop never did much of that sort of thing. When the local Venture Crew went co-ed, I knew some of the kids and went to the meetings.” For McKernan, who is the crew’s vice president for communications, being part of Venture Crew is a time to be with nature and other people. “I am best friends with some people from Massachusetts, whom I met from campouts we’ve gone on,” continued McKernan. “There’s stuff that I’ve done that I probably would have never done in my life if it wasn’t for Venture Crew. I’ve already gone through week-long leadership training, and I got my

Rifle targets at the 2011 Council Venturee (l-r): Sam Terry, East Hampton; Katie McKernan, Durham; Aaron Mele, East Hampton; and Ellie Damuck, Moodus. BSA (Boy Scouts of America) pistol and rifle shooting certification because of Venture Crew. I got to shoot at West Point because of it.” McKernan says West Point tops the list of her favorite adventures with the crew. “I come from a military-based family, so being able to see what it’s all about and doing the training (was meaningful),” she says. “We focus on having fun and doing the things we want to do. It’s a lot of high adventure, and you have to be up for that.”

Crew 169 Sailing at Florida Sea Base in the Florida Keys. From left, Henry Long associate advisor, East Hampton; Paul Van Steenbergen, Durham; Andy Golschneider, advisor, Durham; Alex Long, East Hampton; Jay McKernan, associate advisor, Durham; and Sean McKernan at wheel. crew’s president, Brent Beckert. “There is something to do for everyone. There’s a whole bunch of unique people from all different towns. It doesn’t take one sort of a person; you develop an interest in things, and it’s all about building experience.” Some of the activities include Winter Trek in Glens Crew 169 member Saman- Mills, VT, where members tha Terry rappeling “Over build and sleep in snow the Edge” on Constitution caves, go snow-shoeing, cross country ski, etc.; Urban NaviPlaza. gation in NYC, where memIf you’re not into, say, bers learn how to use subshooting sports, there’s lots ways and navigate a city, etc.; of other fun things to do on V Games in Kingston, MA, top of that, explains the with obstacle courses a.k.a.


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Info for boomers with elderly parents A free information session for baby boomers with elderly parents, sponsored by Visiting Angels of Middlefield, will be held on Friday, Jan. 27, from 9 a.m. to noon. “I am continuously asked the same questions over and over by so many children of elderly parents who don’t know where to turn when it come to caring for their aging parent(s),” said Judy McGrath, director of Visiting Angels, a provider of home care services located in Middlefield. “We just thought an information session focusing on the major issues would be of real interest and importance.” The half-day program will cover topics dealing with: the health changes that occur with aging, presented by Gail Burdon, a registered nurse recently retired from a nursing facility; an explanation of what long-term care insurance can and cannot do for us as we age, given by Gregory Pitruzzello, a licensed insurance representative; a clarification of the state and federal programs that are available that many either don’t understand or are even aware of, by Lee Ann Zamorano, care management coordinator of the South Central Area Agency on Aging; and a discussion about the different planning documents and other ways that a person’s financial and health decisions can be handled upon incapacity, presented by Elderly Law Attorney Judith Hoberman. “The professionals involved in this program are giving up their time because they know how stressful car1230977


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Help Catatles Catales, Inc., a nonprofit cat rescue organization in Middletown, is in need of your help. We received a call from someone that there was a cat dragging his back end in one of the colonies we feed. A trap was set out, and Sydney went in. Janice, our volunteer trapper, noticed white on his back end and did not know what it was. She pulled him out of the trap to look and realized it was his bones sticking out of his leg. She wrapped him in a blanket and brought him immediately to the vet. On the way in the car Sydney purred the whole time and kept kissing her hand. He was so grateful to be saved and safe. At first it was thought that his leg would need to be amputated, but they found a way to save it. They pinned all of the bones back together in his leg and put a rod through them to put everything back in place. Sydney has had the rod removed, and is doing fantastic! He is walking, jumping and just so happy for attention. He loves to sit in laps and drools when he is very content. Sydney is extremely grateful to be better and is the most lovable and affectionate cat you will meet. His vet bills, however, have cost a lot of money, and Catales needs help paying them. If you can help in any way, we would greatly appreciate it. Donations can be mailed to: Catales, Inc., P.O. Box 901, Middletown, CT 06457. We sincerely appreciate your help, and Sydney thanks you from the bottom of his heart. Sydney is also ready to be adopted. He is about six months old. He gets along with other cats and cat-friendly dogs. No small children, please, due to his serious injury. If interested in adopting Sydney, please call 860-344-9043 or e-mail us at

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level storage and office space at 31 Orchard Lane. Colegrove read the legal notice as published in the Middletown Press on Dec. 2 and Dec. 9 and confirmed the sign was still posted and documents to satisfy the notification of abutting property owners had been provided. Johnson explained the procedures for a public hearing and provided the history of this application, noting that an A2 survey with topography had been provided. Abutting land owners expressed support for the application and a letter of support from the Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce was read into the record. Jan Wojas suggested there be a way to speed up the application process, noting many businesses could not survive the long process endured by Mr. Chaffee. Johnson asked if anyone opposed to the application would like to speak. Hearing none, the public hearing was closed, the regular meeting reconvened and a vote to approve the special permit was approved by all voting members.

man Farms is asking for a reduction of the bond for the golf training school for the sedimentation and other work that has been completed and shared documents provided by the town engineer regarding this site. Commission members reviewed the documents and discussed an appropriate amount of reduction. A motion passed to approve the reduction of the bond for the Lyman Farm Golf Training School to $22,410. Under zoning enforcement, Johnson reported that the use approved by the home occupation permit for 185 Baileyville Road is not what is being advertised. Pictures of the sign and other advertisements were reviewed and day spa versus massage therapy services again discussed. Agreeing that the advertisement seems to indicate more use of the property than was stated in the application, including catering and the use of the beach, Colegrove was asked to review the information with the zoning enforcement officer and town attorney. Colegrove reported that he spoke to the attorney for Jimmy D’s to advise that the commission intends to pursue legal action and invited them to come before the commission to discuss it.

Middlefield Government Calendar (Unless otherwise indicated, all meetings are held in the Community Center.) Tuesday, January 17 7 p.m. — Board of Selectmen Wednesday, January 18 7-10 p.m. — Inland Wetlands Commission Thursday, January 19 7 p.m. — DMIAAB 7 p.m. — Board Of Finance

Planning and Zoning The Dec. 28 Middlefield Planning & Zoning Commission (P&Z) meeting opened with discussion in public session concerning design districts. Tom Rogers, a Lorraine Terrace resident, asked what the town considered when creating the districts, noting that for over 60 years there have been houses within the district on half-acre or smaller lots, yet the new zone has a requirement of one acre, thereby causing him and others to be non-compliant. Chairman Bob Johnson indicated that, when the commission created the design districts, people were notified and public hearings were held. Rogers stated he had not been notified. Town planner Geoff Colegrove explained that the commission followed all requirements for notification, and, if the property is

non-conforming, there are state statutes that protect nonconforming use. Rogers further complained that several years ago he requested Colegrove’s job description, but he has yet to receive it. Rogers added that, over two years ago, he came before this commission to suggest that all applicants for special permits read and follow P&Z guidelines to avoid attorneys’ fees and expense to taxpayers. Rogers suggested that all applications be whole before being allowed to go forward, asking how much money is spent by this commission on consultants. Johnson suggested he bring his concerns to the Board of Selectmen and/or the Board of Finance. The regular meeting was suspended for the continuation of the public hearing on Milardo Realty’s request for a special permit for an antique and classic auto service and restoration business, owned by Brian Chaffee, with upper

The commission’s attention returned to the extension of the permit for a day spa at 1 Lorraine Terrace. Colegrove reported that he received the legal opinion of Attorney Branse and explained that there is a conflict between the town’s regulations and state statutes regarding construc-

tion that should be addressed. Currently there is a waiver provision to allow the permit’s validity if construction does not begin within two years of the special permit, with the operative date being the date of the court’s ruling, not the date the commission voted on the permit. Johnson stated that, if construction does not begin within those two years, Mr. Crescimano, the applicant, will have to request an extension. It was confirmed that there are currently two approved plans; however, only one can be utilized at a time. Colegrove indicated that Attorney Branse did not agree that the new site plan supersedes and eliminates the current one. Commission members reviewed time frame and other requirements with Mr. Crescimano before accepting public comment. Rogers asked the commission to contact the city of Middletown regarding installation of a “no through traffic” sign. Colegrove indicated it was not required until a building permit was issued, but it could be done as a neighborly gesture. A motion was approved by all voting members to grant an extension to Dec. 15, 2012, (or until completion of the day spa’s new permanent location) to allow continued temporary use of the existing structure at 1 Lorraine Terrace for the day spa.

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Durham Government Calendar (Unless otherwise indicated, all meetings are held in the Durham Library. Check the town website at for updates.) Tuesday, January 17 9 a.m. — Public Works Building Oversight Committee at Town Hall 6 p.m. — Board of Finance at Town Hall Thursday, January 19 6 p.m. — Board of Finance at Town Hall 7 p.m. — DMIAAB

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The Jan. 4 meeting of the Planning and Zoning Commission opened without public session. Patrick Benjamin and John Corona appeared on behalf of the Durham Fair Association to request a site plan modification for construction of a larger, single building to replace the two buildings damaged by last winter’s storms. Benjamin presented plans for the structure, which will replace the damaged President’s Building and Crow’s Nest with a larger, two-story building with lobby, patio and deck. The building will replicate the look of the current buildings with a steeper roof to avoid collection of snow and ice. The structure will be moved approximately six feet to be zoning-compliant and will be brought to all current code requirements. Commission mem-

bers requested that the plans be reviewed by the fire marshal to ensure fire trucks are able to maneuver the new road and driveway designs and approved the site plan conditionally on the fire marshal’s approval. Demolition of the two existing buildings will begin shortly.

ence to SIC (Standard Industrial Classification) Code and a clarification that headings are not themselves permitted uses. Under zoning enforcement, town planner Geoff Colegrove reported that signs have reappeared at Carolyn Adams, and another letter will be sent asking that they be removed. Cease and desist orders will be issued for Grippo’s and Durham Kitchen. Members discussed how the process could be sped up to avoid other businesses acquiring similar signs while the commission attempts to enforce regulations relating to the first. Colegrove agreed to ask the town’s attorney if the letter (notice of violation) could be skipped and a cease and desist order issued sooner. Under the town planner’s report, Colegrove indicated that he continues to revise the plan of conservation and development (POCD) and will start presenting the commission with revisions soon. (Elisabeth Kennedy/In attendance)

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In celebration of the Statue of Liberty’s 125th birthday, the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, in collaboration with the U.S. National Park Service, Statue of Liberty National Monument, the City of New York Parks and Recreations and the American Association of Teachers of French, hosted a Franco-American Transatlantic contest for students in grades pre-K to 12. Over 4,000 entries were received from the two countries. Caitlynn Chabot, a junior at Coginchaug High School, was selected as one of the top 100 semifinalists. Submitted by Caitlynn Chabot

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IDS surpasses goal for Read To Grow IDS students and parents collected and donated 3,102 books for Read To Grow! Way to go! They surpassed their goal of collecting 3,000 new and gently used books for their 2011 drive. According to Read To Grow, Inc., “Books for Kids program distributes an average of 1,500 new and gently used children’s books weekly. The books find homes in the arms of children in hospitals, health care clinics, child care centers, schools and library programs across the state. Many of the children in these programs have few, if any, books of their own. The organization hopes to help parents better understand the importance of early literacy and reading, as well as to instill in children a love of language and books.” Pictured here, Kyle Cook and Vincent Salabarria of Wallingford are working with Emma Mear of Durham to help load the books into the van. Submitted by JoAnn Rider

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Above left, John Lyman School celebrated with a Rock ‘n’ Roll Spirit Day on Dec. 23. The halls were filled with up-andcoming rock stars! Pictured are library media specialist Carlye Kohs and teaching assistant Mary Johnson. Above right, second grader Thomas Kannam created the winning T-shirt design at John Lyman School this year. Here he is with one of the new shirts that says “Splash into Learning!” Submitted by Elizabeth Hadlock

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Strong School honor roll Camille Pakech, Amanda Lee Paul, Marisa Danielle Poulin, Olivia Maria Preneta, Andrew Cristopher Presutti, Danielle Marie Quinley, Brien Francis Radziunas, Brendan Eamon Andrej Rea, Katelyn Michelle Richardson, Luc Sebastion Roccapriore, Kyle Frederick Romeo, Erika Lynn Russ, Mary Katherine Schulten, Thomas Christopher Seibert, Brendan Paul Sirois, Olivia Ashton Sliker, Christopher John Solomon, Dean Richmond Splendorio, Tabitha Noel Spokas, Emily Harris Stanwood, Camden Robert Stockdale, Kye Lynn Strothers, Nicole Gail Sweet, Jessica Ann Szymaszek, Nathan Michael Timbro, Victor Chad Vieira, Elizabeth Haynes Whitaker, Troy David Willis and Matthew Terry Woznyk. Eighth



necchino, Saige Nicole Avery, Brennan Stephen Bates, Alana Kristine Beckert, Westly Kenneth Benjunas, Kyle Thomas Borbas, Kaikia Unique Boreland, Katelynn Elaine Branciforte, Larissa Rose Cade, Samara Rose Chapman, Michael John Cross, Nicholas Charles Cumello, Morgan Taylor Cunningham, Katherine Marie D’Orvilliers, Joshua William Dalo, Joseph Franklin Davenport, Karen Marie DeFilippo, Michelle Denise DeFilippo, Madeleine Casey Dumas, Emily Elizabeth Foreman, John-Rudy Fronc, Daniel Anthony Gavrilovic, Olivia Eishia Haglund, Roslyn Marie Helmedach, Emma Renee Hintz, Patrick John Holden, Emily Kay Houchin, Paige Madeline Koba, Angela

School high honors students are: Kyle Matthew Adams, Amy Lynn Arcari, Lauren Marie Badin, Emma Elizabeth Blair, Michael Louis Brady, Abigail Burke Coogan, Krista Marie DeFilio, Isabelle Elizabeth DeFlippo, Kyle Edward DeGennaro, Tyler Daniel DeGennaro, Jessica Lynn Drop, Samantha Rose Drop, Kyle Anthony Judson, Abigail Jean LaVigne, Olivia Lynn Marran, Mikayla Elizabeth Mazzotta, Gillian Brigante Murphy, Michael Anthony O’Keefe, Matthew Joseph Sawicki, Sam Warren Temple, George Andrew Trapp, Gunther David Wallach, Shaun DeGennaro Whitaker, Nicole Kalie Woznyk and Lilian Zhou. Eighth grade Strong School second honors students are: Ava Brooke Altschuler, Carlie Fox An-

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Seventh grade Strong School second honors students are: Francesca Grace Andranovich, John Carlos Baba, Gabrielle Inez Bellacicco, Olivia Evelyn Bentley, Marissa Leah Bizzario, Alexander Stone Boothroyd, Sydney Catherine Brant, Abigail Mary Cannon, Chelsea West Cassidy, Benjamin Gregory ChoplickWard, Sarah Katherine Collins, Paige Elizabeth Copeland, Jessica Lynn Coughlin, Julianna Dominique Daniels, Trevor Aloysius Dell’Oso, Dominick Biaggo DeMartino, Angela Marie DiVicino, Lauren Nicole Donnelly, Michael Patterson Doyle, William Joseph Egan, Lauren Sandra Fairchild, Taylon Joseph Fay, Jordan Anne Felgate, Emma Maureen Forrester, Amelia Catherine Gagner,

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Seventh grade Strong School high honors students are: Alexandra Sarah Alsup, Hannah Leigh Amirault, Seth Chipman Azevedo, Abigail Ann Blair, Amy Elizabeth Boyle, Emily Kathryn Carroll, Ryan William Child, Demery Joyce Coppola, Julia Margaret Davis, Megan Carey Decker, Alexa Marie DeFilio, RaAnna Jaide DeFrance, Charlotte Ann Devers, Calista Taylor Dills, Justin Dennis Faiella, MaryGrace Fiondella, Kyle Joseph Fontaine, Will Peter Gavin, Cecelia Nicole Giuffrida, Dawson Michael Hettrick, Brian Samuel Jubelirer, Nora Khalil, Joshua John King, Paige Ambrose Larkin, Emily Pierce Leibiger, Samuel James Longworth, Matthew Sam Malek, Abigail Elizabeth Marran, Samuel Vincent Marteka, Nathan Scott McDonald, Hayley Elizabeth McIntyre, Rowan Catherine O’Connell, Garrett Paul Puchalski, Elle Rose Rinaldi, Scott Mullaney Romeyn, Lucas Benjamin Schleicher, David John Schleif, Richard Frederick Sorensen, Kenneth Sung-Cuadrado, Madison Rose Terrill, Kayla Alexis Therrien, Alycia Yvette Tirado, Bridget Claire Turecek, Ryan William Vynalek, Brendan Ashley Wiknik and Samuel Johnson Wilcox.

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Seth Michael Shea, Caitlyn Leah Sibiskie, Jacob Scott Small, Emily Rose Smith, Jordan Daniel Solis, Hailey Catherine Starr, Zoe Marie Strothers, Stephanie Tang, Parker Samuel Tregoning, Brooke Catherine Troutman, Brianna Joyce van Eyndhoven, Samantha Lynn Vigue, Kyle Anthony Weckesser, Connor Thomas Wenchell, Cassidy Faith White-Ryan, Alexander James Wyskiel, Walter Kyle Wyskiel and Megan Patricia Yale.

Spotlight The Middle School Faculty at The Independent Day School in Middlefield recently invited their students to launch a student government. Students researched varied structures and models of middle school government

and undertook a thoughtful campaign process, including an application to “run for office.” An inspiring speech from each candidate was followed by spontaneous questions and answers from the audience. The entire middle school, including faculty, voted for the officers. At the end of a very close race, officers were elected, including sixth grade representative Larry Hennessey of Middlefield. During its first year, the student government will work with fellow students and with faculty advisor Chris Wilkes and head of school John Barrengos to draft a statement of purpose and a constitution. Adam Herman, of Middlefield, recently graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design, earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Graphic Design. Stephanie Burnett, of Durham, a 2008 Coginchaug

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graduate, arrived home on Christmas Eve after two semesters of foreign language study (French, Spanish and Italian) in Spain at the University of Alicante. She spent her summer traveling on her own, visiting friends, family and music festivals. In addition, she couch-surfed her way through nine European countries. In January, she will return to Bishop’s University for another year of study in Lennoxville, Quebec. CATIC, New England’s largest domestic and only Bar-Related® title insurance underwriter, has announced the election of Jennifer Croteau Zettergren, of Durham, to its Board of Directors. A principal of Dzialo, Pickett & Allen, Attorney Zettergren received her undergraduate degree cum laude from the University of Connecticut, where she served as vice president of the Student Union Board of

Governors. She received her J.D, cum laude, from Quinnipiac University School of Law, and was the Executive Managing Editor of the Quinnipiac Probate Law Journal. Attorney Zettergren practices in the areas of commercial and residential real estate and estate planning. She is a member of the Middlesex County Bar Association, the Connecticut Bar Association, and the Coginchaug Valley Education Foundation, Inc. Submitted by Colleen Lindroos

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Coginchaug Boys’ Basketball presents Family Night on Friday, Jan. 20. Bring the entire family out to the Maynard Stender gymnasium at Coginchaug High School and cheer on the Blue Devils as they take on the Panthers of Cromwell. J.V. game starts at 6 p.m. and varsity at 7:30 p.m. Admission covers the entire family. This event will include free prizes! One student from each school in the district will win an official Blue Devil prize. Half-time entertainment will be the Cogin-

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Football player from Durham makes key bowl game TD By Mark Dionne Special to the Town Times During the Gator Bowl on Jan. 2, Graham Stewart got an opportunity not often presented to linebackers — he had the football in his hands and the end zone in front of him. Stewart, a freshman for the Florida Gators who grew up in Durham, recovered a blocked punt in the third quarter and ran it back for a touchdown. The score broke open a tight 14-

10 game and gave the Gators their margin of victory in the 24-17 win over the Ohio State Buckeyes. In an interview after the game, Stewart said, “I was as shocked as anyone else when the ball was in my hands.” Breaking through the line of scrimmage and hustle allowed Stewart to make the type of play football players dream about. The touchdown ranked as a top play on Sportscenter and on ESPN’s website. James Stewart, Graham’s fa-


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A standout linebacker for Xavier High School in Middletown, Graham Stewart played on special teams his freshman year at Florida. Special teams was key during the Gator Bowl. In addition to Stewart's touchdown, the Gators’ special teams unit returned a kick 99 yards for a touchdown and recovered Ohio State’s attempted onside kick to end the game.

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Durham Men’s League returns for 2012 Ryan Donceker returned to ATC (1-0) after a year off and provided 13 points along with 18 by Steve Markoski in the win. Greg Bereski’s 23 wasn’t enough for Shadow Room (formerly the Young Gunz), who trailed by 15 points for most of the contest. Time Out Taverne (TOT), 45; Durham Dental, 37: Cary Faucher and his Time Out team returned to the Durham Men’s League after two seasons away and opened with a win over the new Durham Dental team. Eight players scored for TOT, with Jay Connelly and Mike Aitken leading the way with 10 and eight respectively. Scott McGuiness scored 12 before fouling out late for Durham Dental. Durham Dental, 55; Scott Tax Group, 39: Durham Dental (1-1) recorded their first win as the new Scott Tax team went scoreless for the first 10 minutes and could not recover. Fif-

By Scott Strang Durham Men’s Basketball Director, 2012 The Durham men’s basketball league returned to action on Jan. 3. Nine teams took the floor at Strong School to begin the regular season, which runs through March, followed by a playoff and league championship in early April. Here are the week one results for the games that took place last Tuesday, Jan. 3, and Thursday, Jan. 5. Laser Engraving Services, 48; Allstate Fire Equipment, 41: Matt Quinn shot lights out, hitting five three-pointers to lead LasEngS. Allstate kept the game close but trailed throughout. Quinn finished with 23, and Tim D’Aquilla had eight for LasEngS. Dave DeRosa was the top scorer for Allstate (0-1) with 13. Around the Clock Heating (ATC), 66; Shadow Room, 52:

teen from Tim Kearney and 11 by Scott McGuiness and Marc Crayton led Durham Dental. Wes Ulbrich (12), Tim Egan (11) and Scott Vertucci (8) did most of the scoring for Scott Tax (0-1). Torrison Stone, 63; Snowservices, 36: In a rematch of the past two league championship games, Torrison ran away with this one early. Adam Poturnicki scored the first 10 points of the game and ended with 18 for Torrison (10). Dave DeSanti was also solid with 16. Ryan Cove had 14, and Joe Davis had eight to lead Snowservices (0-1) in the loss. Laser Engraving Services, 43; Time Out Taverne, 23: Mark Fong hit a three-pointer at the buzzer to end the first half and tie the score at 17, but LasEngS would go on to outscore Time Out 26-6 in the second half to run away with this one. TOT (1-1) was held to the lowest game (23) and half (6) totals in the past three years

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Three wins for Coginchaug girls By Alan Pease Special to the Town Times

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Romanoff led Coginchaug, scoring 14 points and adding three assists, two steals and two rebounds. Mancinelli scored 12 and was the leading rebounder with seven, also adding three steals and two assists. Solomon scored eight points and had a complete stat line with three rebounds, two steals, an assist and a block. Biesak had seven points, three steals, three assists and two rebounds. Esposito had three steals, two points, a rebound and

Coginchaug is 8-0, 7-0 in the Shoreline conference. By the time you read this, the girls will have played at the 3-6 Noises of Hale-Ray, and tonight, Jan. 13, they will host the Lady Panthers of Cromwell, who are 7-1 in conference, and right behind the Devils in second place in the Shoreline conference. This will be a tremendously important game for the Lady Devils, so come on down tonight and cheer them on to victory! It should be a good contest.

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rebounds, two steals and two assists. Romanoff had a complete stat line with 10 points, six steals, three assists, two rebounds and a block. Kuehnle scored 10, adding four rebounds, three steals and a block. Mancinelli had six assists, six points, four rebounds and three steals. Biesak scored eleven, adding two rebounds, two steals and an assist. I had two points confused between Biesak and Esposito somewhere. My final totals match the official scorebook — originally, I had Esposito for two more and Biesak for two less. This probably happens a lot — I’ll admit I’m not perfect, or even close. My detail by quarter still matches what I originally recorded. Sorry, girls. Off the bench, Solomon had a nice line with eight points, six rebounds, two steals and an assist. Corazinni scored four points, adding four rebounds, an assist and a steal. Williams scored two points. Braga had four rebounds, and Mikayla Wyskiel had a rebound. Old Lyme On Friday, Jan. 6, the Devils traveled to Old Lyme to play the Wildcats. Historically, Old Lyme has been relatively tough in girls’ bas-


Since the last time I reported on the girls, they have played and won three games — and won them all pretty convincingly. Thomaston On Tuesday, Dec. 27, the girls hosted Thomaston. Although I could not attend, I was able to get stats and scoring summaries from Coach Rett Mancinelli — thanks, coach! The game started fairly even, with the Devils leading 12-10 after the first period. However, in the second period, the offense put the hammer down, scoring 23 points, to take a 35-19 lead into halftime. In the third period, the Devils amped up the defense, surrendering only four points, to take a 47-23 lead into the final period. In the fourth period, they let up a bit, allowing themselves to be outscored by three, making the final score 56-35. Audrey Biesak led the team with 16 points, five rebounds and four steals. Kim Romanoff was right behind with 15 points, four steals, three rebounds and three assists. Lauren Esposito scored 13 points, adding five steals, four rebounds and two assists. Jessica Solomon was the leading rebounder with seven, adding five points, two steals and an assist. Off the bench, Andrea Braga had five points, four rebounds and a steal. Morgan Kuehnle had four rebounds, two blocks, a steal and an assist. Caryn Sibiski had a block, a rebound and an assist, while Olivia Corazinni

had an assist. Haddam-Killingworth On Tuesday, Jan. 3, the Devils hosted the Lady Cougars of H-K. The Cougars opened the scoring, but two free throws from Sam Mancinelli tied the game, and, on a Mancinelli assist, Kuehnle put the Devils on top for good with a bucket. For the period, Kuehnle scored six, Esposito and Romanoff each had four, Biesak scored three and Mancinelli scored two to give Coginchaug a 19-12 lead after one period. In the second period, Esposito scored six, Romanoff, Mancinelli and Solomon all scored four, Biesak netted three and Corazinni two for a 42-24 lead at the half. Coginchaug surrendered only five points in the third period, while five payers — Corazinni, Solomon, Kuehnle, Romanoff and Esposito — each scored two for a 52-29 lead entering the fourth period. In the fourth period, the Devils gave up only eight points, while Biesak scored three, and Esposito, Kuehnle, Solomon and Katelyn Williams each scored two for the final score of 63-37. Esposito led Coginchaug with 12 points, adding five


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Three wins for Coginchaug boys By Alan Pease Special to the Town Times Since the last time I reported, the Coginchaug boys have reeled off three straight wins, a 73-61 win at Hyde, a 66-32 win at home against North Branford, which proved to be the 300th win of Coach Todd Salva’s career, and a 58-35 win at East Hampton. Hyde and North Branford Unfortunately, I have no details on the Hyde and North Branford wins. With holiday obligations, I missed both games, and no details have been published anywhere I can find. The Hyde win on Tuesday, Dec. 27, in particular was a good one. Hyde always has good athletes and is tough out on their home court. North Branford, played on Monday, Jan. 2, is always competitive, so that’s another win to be pleased with, particularly for Coach Salva with his milestone achievement. East Hampton However, on Thursday,

Jan. 5, the Blue Devils traveled to the Bellringers of East Hampton, and I was able to get there. Coginchaug did score first, on a single free throw from Ethan Donecker, but East Hampton briefly took the lead with a bucket. Brock Hoyt gave the Devils the lead for good, scoring on an assist from Jake Tietlebaum. Over the remainder of the period, Alec Corazinni dropped in a three-pointer, and Erikson Wasyl scored 10 as the Devils led 16-9 at the end of one. The second period was a bit nerve-wracking for Coginchaug but not because of the score. With the Devils leading 29-15, Wasyl stumbled and suddenly pulled up limping. At that point, Wasyl had 15 of the Devils’ 35 points, so his early departure for the locker room was a bit worrisome. Even with Wasyl’s departure, Coginchaug maintained their lead at 33-19 going into half-time. Donecker scored six points, Wasyl five, Hoyt four and

Luke Bogdanski two in the period. Coginchaug fans were relieved to see Wasyl come out onto the court for the start of the second half, and he even scored a basket early on. But he definitely still looked a little uncomfortable, so after a couple of minutes, his game was done. Besides Wasyl’s two points, Hoyt scored eight, Tietlebaum six, Corazzini two and Sam Baker one to enter the final period with a 52-23 lead. For the fourth period, Coach Salva sat the starters, and the Bellringers were finally able to win a period. Baker scored three, Bogdanski two and Kevin Gawron one point to make the final score 58-35, with the Blue devils well on top. Even with missing half the game, Wasyl led the Devils with 17 points, adding four rebounds. Hopefully, he’ll be ready for the boys’ next game. Hoyt scored 14 points, adding six rebounds and a block. Donecker was

the team’s leading rebounder with 11, adding seven points, five assists, two steals and a block, making for a full stat line. Tietlebaum scored six, adding five assists, three steals and a rebound. Corazzini had five points, two rebounds, two assists and a block. Off the bench, Baker had a full stat line with five rebounds, four points, two assists, a steal and a block. Bogdanski had six rebounds and four points. Kevin

Gawron had three rebounds and a point. Mike Bongiorno had two assists and a rebound, and Jackson Doyle had two rebounds. Coginchaug is 5-1, 5-0 and tied for first place in Shoreline Conference play. By the time you read this, they will have played HaddamKillingworth (one of the other first place teams, along with Cromwell) at home on Monday, Jan. 9, and at Old Lyme on Thursday, Jan. 12.

Little League open house Please join the Coginchaug Little League Board of Directors at the first annual open house on Monday, Jan. 30, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Middlefield Community Center. This event is open to all players and parents who are new to Coginchaug Little League and all current players and parents who wish to learn more about the volunteer organization. Come and meet the newly elected board members, learn about the latest little league news and see what the plans are to continue to improve the league. You will also be able to learn about volunteer opportunities, including coaching, serving on various committees and assisting with the concessions stand. Light refreshments will be provided. Please visit if you have any further questions about this event. Submitted by Michelle Wenchell, Director of Information

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