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Volume 18, Issue 42

Serving Durham, Middlefield and Rockfall

Durham town officials meet and share goals By Stephanie Wilcox Town Times Twice a year, the many commissions and boards in the town of Durham come together to update each other on their latest activities so that everyone is on the same page. On Jan. 11, a two-hour meeting of this nature took place at the Town Hall. First Selectman Laura Francis recognized how the boards, commissions, committees and departments have forgone new innovations and projects they might have attempted because of budget challenges. She thanked them for this and promised that the Board of Selectmen will work very hard in 2012 to take care of infrastructure, town buildings and future projects. Since only a few members of the public were in attendance, here is a rundown of some notable items discussed that evening by the various boards and commission: Conservation Commission Bob Melvin reported that White’s Farm is in need of road repair, split fence repair and tree replacements. When he asked about the status of Allyn Brook re-channelization, Francis noted that the town was waiting for a preconstruction meeting to see if any other permits are needed from the state or Army Corps of Engineers before moving forward. The Allyn Brook project was possibly eligible through FEMA, but it may fail the cost/benefit analysis. She also noted that Senator Meyer was looking for other discretionary funds that may be available to the town. Recreation Department Sherry Hill and Julie Raymond from the Recreation Department noted that programs, particularly for adults, are growing. Due to the increase, the department has

started to have the town clerk collect and process program fees, and Hill thanked the employees in that office for their cooperation. Hill also noted changing demographics with children’s programs full but not growing and adult programs growing, including the fabulously successful and well-attended senior lunch program and the growing use of the community center. Social Services The town’s generosity was highlighted during Amanda Astarita’s update. The new social services director said she serviced 22 families at Thanksgiving and 16 at Christmas. She is currently working on energy assistance and would like to develop new programs. She also noted the success of the lunch program and how it has grown beyond expectations. Agriculture Commission Fred Mastele and Warren Herzig reported that the commission has created a new map of the town’s open space. It was noted that the idea to develop a community garden did not get much attention. A logo and website were developed with the help the of town clerk Kim Garvis that will let residents know what is being grown in town. Agriculture Commission members would like to work with the Economic Development Commission to get local farms onto the website. Lastly, the commission has been working with Planning & Zoning on revisitSee Joint Meeting, page 14

In this issue ... Announcements .............20 Calendar............................4 Town Briefs..............12, 14 Sports ..........................24-27

Friday, Januar y 27, 2012


Brewster students show off their artistic skills The artwork from the State Capitol Art Show is beginning to decorate the walls at B r e w s t e r School. When you stop by, please check the windows around the office to see the amazing art that students produced. Pictured are two first graders from Ms. Stewart’s classroom holding their sock monkey drawings: Allison Sambor and Michael Limosani. Submitted by Patti Checko

Korn students celebrate science Korn School held its science fair on Tuesday, Jan. 17, at 6 p.m. Over an eight-week period, students researched, designed, tested and analyzed their experimental question using the scientific method. Students first presented their projects to their classmates. A panel of judges — Kevin Brough, principal of Memorial; Scott Sadinsky, principal of Strong; Krista Bauchman, science teacher at Strong; Lorrie Martin, science teacher at Coginchaug; and Raymond Hubbard, former teacher at Korn — and the classroom teacher evaluated each student’s project. During the evening, students shared what they learned with parents, Sarah Venables, Crazy Crystal Creations family and members of the Submitted by Eileen Chupron community. This year’s winners were Jason Salley, Katherine Burford, Paige Lampo and Sarah Venables. Congratulations to all the students who participated in this event! More photos on page 13

Town Times Briefs


Preschool screening for RSD13 Regional School District 13 (RSD13) offers a play-based screening for children ages 3 and 4. The screening allows parents the opportunity to have their child observed by

district professionals in an informal, fun setting to ensure their child’s development is progressing at an ageappropriate level. Participation is also a prerequisite for a child to be considered as a role model for the preschool program. The next screenings are scheduled for Feb. 3 at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. in the preschool

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Parental permission and involvement are requirements in the screening. However, it is important for children to separate from their parents during the screening so that the team can get an accurate assessment. Parents will complete a questionnaire prior to the screening and have the opportunity to discuss any questions or concerns about their children with the school psychologist during the screening. If you would like your child to attend a screening, please contact Crystal at 860-349-7208.

Our invited community members act as facilitators for their group, resulting in a lively exchange of thoughts and opinions regarding the book. Students may count the book as part of their reading log! This year’s featured book will be Unwind by Neal Shusterman, an examination of abortion in a fictitious future civil war. You can find this book at Strong School, Levi E. Coe and Durham libraries. For more information, contact Mike Klimas at or Joanne Badin at or call 860-349-8984.

Financial Freedom Class Join Victory Christian Church for a nine-week class on obtaining financial freedom! Starting Jan. 30, this weekly class meets from 7 to 9 p.m. at Victory Christian Church in Middlefield. There is a minimal fee for materials due the first night of class. Seating is limited, so please call the church office to preregister at 860-346-6771 or 860349-6581. Childcare is not provided, so please arrange appropriately. This class is for anyone 18 years or older. This class will transform your perspective on money and set you free.

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Strong School Chris Hurlburt Reads Strong School students to put on a and parents are invited to participate in Strong School magic show Reads, an annual book disOn Friday, Feb. 3, the CRHS’s Project Graduation Committee is thrilled to have local magician Chris Hurlburt return to amaze us in the CRHS Auditorium. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the show starts at 7 p.m. Single or family tickets are available. A magic kit will be raffled off at the end of the show, which benefits CRHS’s Project Graduation.


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cussion event that brings together students, parents and various community members who split into small book discussion groups.

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Food, fun and friends come together for Taste of Durham festivities ket and Time Out Taverne are the five that have attended Taste of Durham every year since the beginning. Those that have been coming for many years are: Brenda’s Main Street Feed (something special for the “family” at home), Kim’s Cottage Confections, Little Rooster Liquor (a wine tasting), Perk on Main, Haveli India, The Whole Enchilada, Sweet Har-

By Stephanie Wilcox Town Times With temperatures dropping to cuddle-up-inside levels and the holidays behind us, there probably isn’t much going on in your social life this time of year — unless you are signed up for the annual Taste of Durham on Saturday, Feb. 4. And if you aren’t signed up yet, here’s why you should do so, and fast... This festive PALS-sponsored fundraiser has become a part of Durham’s winter social scene with all proceeds funding those extra programs and materials that make the library so special. The event, which is held at the Durham Library from 6:30 to 9 p.m., is in its 16th year and is always a fun way for adults to get out of the house and mingle with folks in the community. “It’s a great night out in the middle of winter to get rid of the winter doldrums,” said Laurie Stevens, PALS president and chair of Taste of Durham. “From a cost point

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January 27 Bridge Night Come join in at the Durham Activity Center every Friday at 6:30 p.m. for a fun night of bridge with great people. If you are not sure how to play, Jim will teach you. You may call Jim at 860346-6611 with bridge questions. Call Durham Recreation at 860-343-6724 with further questions. Grace Lutheran Preschool Registration/Open House Help Grace Lutheran Preschool celebrate its 25th year by enrolling your child in a classes. Grace Lutheran is a safe, licensed, Christian, early childhood program. Early drop-off and extendedday options are available to students ages 3-5. An open house will be held today and Feb. 3 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. No appointment is necessary. New families can register for the 2012-13 school year as of Feb. 1. The school is located at 1055 Randolph Road in Middletown. For more information, contact Lisa Mentlick, director, at 860-346-0766 or


January 28 Majors Tryouts Tryouts for boys’ or girls’ majors will be held indoors at Rushford at Stonegate (459 Wallingford Rd. in Durham). Boys should arrive at 12:30 p.m. and girls at 1:30 p.m. Wear sneakers and bring a baseball/softball glove. No additional tryout is required if you already tried out in spring 2011. For more info, contact a Coginchaug Little League board member: Boys’ Majors director Nick Faiella at 860-575-0669 or; Girls’ Majors director Bob Lane at 860-3490939 or


January 29 College Financial Aid and Planning All Connecticut high school students and others

interested in learning more about attending college are invited to a free “College Goal Sunday” event in Wheaton Hall at Middlesex Community College from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Financial aid counselors will be available to help students and families fill out financial aid applications. Spanish interpreters will be available. For more info, visit or contact College Goal Sunday at 1-888-277-2270 or


January 30 MCC Breakfast Come to the Middlesex Chamber of Commerce member breakfast today from 7:45 to 9 a.m. at 393 Main St. in Middletown with Rece Davis, ESPN college basketball and football studio host and SportsCenter anchor/reporter. For more info, call the chamber at 860-347-6924. 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 Little League Open House Join the Coginchaug Little League Board of Directors at the first annual open house 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 learn about volunteer opportunities, including coaching, serving on various committees and assisting with the concessions stand. Light refreshments will be provided. Please visit for questions about this event. Financial Freedom Class Come join Victory Christian Church for a nine-week class on obtaining financial freedom! Starting on Jan. 30, this is a weekly class that meets from 7 to 9 p.m. at Victory Christian Church in Middlefield, off Route 66. There is a minimal fee per person for materials due the first night of class. Seating is limited, so please call the church office to pre-register at 860-346-6771 or 860-349-6581. Childcare is not provided, so please arrange appropriately. This class is for anyone 18 years or older. This class will transform your perspective on money and set you free.

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February 1 CRHS Concerts Let the CRHS Show Choir and Jazz Band Concert warm you on a chilly night with music and dance at 7:30 p.m. No admission fee. Snow date is Sunday, Feb. 5, at 4 p.m. Suzio, Brayshaw and DEEP Meeting Sen. Len Suzio, Middlefield First Selectman Jon Brayshaw and a Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) representative will host a public meeting to address concerns about Lake Beseck at 9 a.m. at Middlefield’s Community Center. Suzio said he organized the meeting in order for area residents to get answers to questions residents have about the lake. Those who cannot attend the meeting can e-mail Suzio their questions at or call him at 1-800-842-1421.


January 31 Town Hall Meeting From 6 to 7:30 p.m., State Senator Len Suzio will be at the Middlefield Community Center for a Town Hall meeting before the start of the 2012 legislative session. Talk With The Author A talk will be given by Mary Donohue, the co-author (along with Briann Greenfield) of A Life of the Land: Connecticut’s Jewish Farmers

at 7 p.m. at Congregation Adath Israel (8 Broad St. in Middletown). The evening, sponsored by the Middlesex County Historical Society in conjunction with the Adult Education Committee of the synagogue, will include a book signing by the author. The program is free and open to the public. The synagogue is handicapped-accessible and parking is available on Old Church Street along the South Green. For further info, call the Historical Society at 860-346-0746.


February 3 Special Needs Art Classes Working with an adult relative or caregiver, a special education teacher guides children through mixed media art projects. This series develops fine motor skills as well as counting, patterning, measuring and vocabulary. Classes are today, Feb. 10 and 17 and March 2 and 9. Make-up date is March 16 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. For more info and to register, call 860-663-5593 or e-mail Visit RSD13 Preschool Screening RSD13 offers a play-based screening for children ages 3 and 4. The screening allows parents the opportunity to have their child observed by district professionals in an informal, fun setting to ensure their child’s development is progressing at an age-appropriate level. The next screenings are scheduled for 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. in the preschool room at Brewster Elementary School. Contact Crystal at 860-349-7208. Magic Show

The CRHS’s Project Graduation Committee is thrilled to have local magician Chris Hurlburt return to amaze us in the CRHS Auditorium. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the show starts at 7 p.m. Single or family tickets are available. A magic kit will be raffled off at the end of the show, which benefits CRHS’s Project Graduation.


February 4 Dudley Farmers’ Market The Dudley Farm winter farmers’ market will be held the first Saturday of the month from February through May from 9 a.m. to noon in the Munger Barn. Goods for sale include: homegrown or handmade baked goods, crafts, eggs, fiber, honey and maple syrup, jams and jellies, naturally raised meats, pickles, soap and vegetables. In case of inclement weather, please visit or call 203-457-0770 for update. Taste of Durham This year’s Taste of Durham will be held at the Durham Library from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Space is limited, and it is always a sell-out, so get your tickets early — they are currently available at the Durham Public Library. A shuttle van will run continuously between Strong School and the library, so finding a parking space is no longer an issue.

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Crocs: Lessons in math and benevolence By Elisabeth Kennedy Special to the Town Times When asked in November if I could bring crocs for the 49 children at HELO, I had my doubts. A week or so later, I was asked how a girl scout troop could help HELO this Christmas, and “crocs” spilled out of my mouth. The same day, I was asked again, and I started to have hope. Soon, children throughout Middlefield and Durham were collecting or donating crocs. John Lyman School needed another challenge, apparently, and added soccer balls and art supplies to that list. I prayed we’d have enough crocs and, especially, that they be the correct sizes for the children in Haiti. John Lyman School collected 45 pair of crocs. Students in Mrs. Francis’ class counted them, lined them up and measured them, figuring out how many yards of crocs they had, converted that into feet and then into inches: 291

braries and schools, over 60 pairs of crocs were collected, and nearly all were sizes needed in Haiti; only three pairs had to be purchased (sizes that were missing). As children’s feet grow ridiculously fast, the remaining pairs will soon fit someone and make it to Haiti as well. Crocs are fantastic in Haiti; they are water- and muddurable and actually seem to be nearly indestructible! The HELO family thanks you all for their brightly-colored happy feet! Mr. Moriarty’s class colSee Crocs, next page

John Lyman School students measure collected crocs.

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Town Times Local children enjoy a game of soccer.

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lected art and craft supplies, and both Moriarty’s and Francis’ students collected soccer balls. Soccer brings smiles and cheers all over Haiti, and soccer balls are always in demand. HELO hosts a community soccer league on the soccer field on its land.

Soccer was played throughout our visit and will continue thanks to the generosity of so many in our community. In this collecting, counting and measuring were great lessons of compassion and benevolence. Students learned about Haiti and the children of HELO, teachers requested gifts of charity and some students even went without Christmas gifts to

Sara, HELO Home 3, enjoys her new crayons. Courtesy of Elisabeth Kennedy

make a donation to help children in Haiti. While words are inadequate to convey the gratitude of everyone at HELO, we hope sharing some photographs will show the joy of the children who received your wonderful gifts. We are truly and richly blessed in this community! Thank you, and may God bless you each and every one!

Boy Scout Troop 27 Durham (est. 1926) is calling all Webelo Scouts and interested fifth and sixth grade boys. It’s nearly time to cross over to a boy scout troop; there are many options and different troops to visit. Boy Scout Troop 27 of Durham would like to extend an invitation for you and your parent(s) to spend a day with Troop 27 at the annual Klondike Camp Out on Saturday, Feb. 11, at Camp Tadma in Bozrah, CT. (You must RSVP for this event by Feb. 9.) Klondike is a fun camp out of winter camping skills, sled races, fire-building and a test of scout knowledge and skills. If you can’t make Klondike for a day, here are the next few meeting activities we have planned. Feel

free to stop in at one of our troop meetings: Troop 27 meets Thursday nights at 7 p.m. at United Churches of Durham (corner of routes 68 and 17) unless otherwise noted. Jan. 19 and 26: Klondike preparations/winter camping Feb. 2: Cold weather demonstrations Feb. 9: Fire safety field trip (meeting at Durham Fire Department) Feb. 16 and 23: Auto maintenance, Merit Badge (location to be determined) For more info or to RSVP for Klondike Day, contact Mike Phenicie (scoutmaster) at 203-631-7369 and or Sandra Clark (secretary) at 860331-3574 and Submitted by Lori Tausta

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On Tuesday, Jan. 10, the students at Korn School enjoyed a Student Senate sponsored Crazy Hat Day. Students and teachers were allowed to wear their craziest hat to school to show school spirit. Some of the favorite hats were sombreros, soccer ball-shaped hats, gold sparkly top hats and hats shaped like the popular Angry Birds. Students are looking forward to the next School Spirit day and are very excited to find out what Student Senate will pick! Submitted by Eileen Chupron

Letters to the Editor Just an idea Thanks for the article regarding full day kindergarten. While that is an issue that’s been kicked around awhile, I’d like to proffer an idea that’s at least controversial but no less important. District 13 should consider switching school start times between the younger and older students. For years, researchers of various studies have advocated that high school students in particular would benefit from this arrangement. The argument follows the obvious biological differences between teenagers and grade school kids and attempts to prove later start times for older students are in sync with their bodies, as opposed to the system now practiced. A confession: I do have a child who will enter high school next year. Still, for those interested in both sides of the argument, there’s one finding that’s pro1 and one somewhat con2 (scroll down to the final paragraph for the caveats). School boards across the country have grappled with test scores and educational results for generations; we all know of the big-name initiatives with half-baked re-

sults. Perhaps one big change of habit is one possible path to greater school achievement — not that we’re doing at all badly, mind you. Waiting for “Superman” continued the “excellence in education” conversation and its local popularity (many holds at the local library) means people are invested in their public school system. I would like to see our Board of Education table a public discussion on this idea and see what the response is. I am confident that a brave move toward a new time standard will have a positive outcome for our young students and teenage students. Thanks for considering. Mac Parsons, Durham 1. 2.

Fundraiser success Boy Scout Troop 270 would like to thank all of the people in Durham, Middlefield and Rockfall who donated to our second annual “Christmas Tree Pick-Up” fundraiser. Your help was

greatly appreciated. Have a happy new year, and we hope to see you again next year. Thanks again! The boys of Troop 270

A letter of thanks In the beginning of October, our family experienced a period of medical difficulty concerning one of our family members. This family member has multiple disabilities and is non-verbal. Early in the morning, on Columbus Day, at approximately 6 a.m., we needed the assistance of the Durham Ambulance Corps. Mere minutes after our call, Sue Wimler, an EMT and another paramedic were in our driveway ready to care for our family member. Unfortunately, in the midst of this crisis, we were unable to get the names of the other individuals. While Sue gathered important information from us, the paramedic was able to perform more medical testing on our family member in a matter of minutes than Yale New Haven Hospital did in the two weeks she was there days prior to our call for the ambulance. At the point of us calling the ambulance, our family member was in a dire state. Once

transferred to Middlesex Hospital, she was able to get the true medical care she needed. While at Middlesex Hospital for several days, she was treated with the dignity and respect she deserved. Everyone at the hospital was wonderful with her. The physicians, nurses, patient care technicians, Reiki specialists and everyone in between were outstanding. In addition, these individuals also took the time to explain her condition and the treatment she had to undergo in depth with our family. This allowed her to get the medical care she desperately needed while easing our concerns. Our family cannot thank Sue Wimler and all the other individuals who helped care

for our family member enough. Without everyone’s swiftness, expertise and willingness to appropriately assess her medical condition, we do not know what the medical outcome would have been for her. In addition, the compassion that all of these individuals had for our family member was amazing. We will never be able to thank you all enough. The Stannard Family, Durham

To Durham’s citizenry First Selectwoman Laura Francis, Second Selectman John Szewczyk and Third Selectman Steven Levy have failed the townspeople as See Citizenry, page 18

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Biggest Loser Challenge continues Biggest Loser Pro Cheryl Challenge at Core Club is off to a great start! Our first contest was who took the most steps in one week. Lino won by leaps and bounds, or should I say steps, with 135,209 steps! Tina came in second place with 92,763 steps — way to go Lino and Tina! We have two teams: Blue Strong Team with Robin and Clinton, with a starting weight of 2557.2 lbs and 16 clients. Team Blue Strong’s overall weight loss in one week was 41.4lbs or 1.6 percent of their total body weight collectively. Team Buff with Sheila and Janice had a collective weight of 2633.4 lbs and 15 clients. They lost 46.61 lbs or 1.77 percent body weight. Both Teams off to a fantastic start! The two winners of the step contest will receive one free week at Core Gym. Team Buff won the first group Challenge losing the most amount of weight in one week. They will enjoy a group training session with Sheila and Janice. Stay tuned for next week’s results!

Lino being the winner of our first individual challenge has this to say: “Follow the program, do not give up, and there will be no let downs. My energy level has already increased, and I lost 2 lbs in one week.” Anne has had a very successful week losing 6.5 lbs! Here is what she had to say at our meeting: “Follow the program to a T — it works! I am learning so much. For example: green beans are not a vegetable, they are legumes; also, I can still have a white potato but it has to be Yukon Jack as it is lower in carbohydrates than Russet!” Health tip of the week Think Zinc. The current RDA for Zinc is 15mg. Zinc is a mineral required by the body for maintaining a sense of smell, keeping a healthy immune system, building proteins, triggering enzymes and creating DNA. Zinc also helps the cells in your body


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deal. After much disMany of you have cussion and review heard me describe by both boards of seDurham as the center lectmen and both of the universe, and town attorneys, we many of you agree. I believe we have a am so proud of our new document that community and all should be accepted. that we do. Our staff, Language has been volunteers and comupdated, and new munity organizers controls have been inhave done things unserted. paralleled in towns The Durham and much bigger and richMiddlefield boards of er in resources. HowLaura Francis, Durham selectmen and boards ever, we can’t let our of finance will particpride and enthusiasm ipate in a joint meetlull us into believing ing with the RSD13 that we can exist as if Board of Education we lived on an island. on Feb. 6 at Strong The partnerships we School library 7 p.m. have with other communities and entities are crucial and to discuss the budget and other areas should be strengthened. New al- of mutual concern. As we proved liances should also be voluntarily with the shelter operation and pursued when beneficial. I empha- through mutual purchase programs, size voluntary because many Con- RSD13 is also a solid partner. There necticut legislators have been trying may be ways to partner on other isfor years to regionalize many servic- sues that may save money and/or ines through the statutes. I believe suc- crease capacity and efficiency. In cessful collaborations can happen re- fact, more and more municipalities gardless if you share a geographical and school districts are combining border and should not be mandated. and sharing resources with great Soon you will be asked to vote for sev- success. As many of you know, we are part eral partnerships that are critical to of the Midstate Regional Planning our town. For 40 years, the towns of Durham Agency (MRPA) and the Connecticut and Middlefield have operated a River Valley Council of Elected Offitransfer station under an interlocal cials (CRVCEO). All members of agreement. That contract has ex- MRPA are members of CRVCEO pired, and both towns need to vote at along with the down county towns town meetings to continue. A task represented by the Connecticut Rivforce was formed with representation from both towns to craft the new See Community, page 22

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Coming clean about utensils tic forks, spoons and I’m about to motivate been reused. you to read on; I’ll begin Claudia O’Connell knives Needless to say, they didby admitting I was n’t like my answer. wrong. Still reading? I reI have since learned cently had a party at my home for about 40 people. Now, par- the error of my ways and, better still, ties at my home are never fancy or am ready to come clean about it. Affussy affairs, but they do include a ter investigating the topic of reusing tasty menu of some variety, which plastic utensils further, I learned that, plain and simple, no one should requires utensils. During the party, I reminded my be reusing them. The material used to make most guests to toss their plastic flatware into my sink. As you might imagine, plastic utensils is called polystyrene. this triggered a response from just By design, these items are meant for about everybody. They thought it one-time usage. Repeated exposure was gross to consider reusing the to cleaning with hot water and soap, stuff and asked how I planned to or heat of any kind, along with actuwash it. I tut-tutted them, letting ally using them again and again them know that the forks, spoons causes the material to degrade and and knives would be washed in my break down. When this happens, the dishwasher. Then they asked me just how many times had these plasSee Clean, page 22



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Three years of community suppers and going strong our neighbors.” Since the beginning, Proctor says, Notre Dame Church has been a mainstay supporter of the suppers. Over time, United Churches joined the effort, as did other organizations, including the Durham Lions, Durham Boy Scouts, Durham Girl Scouts, the Knights of Columbus and Twin Maples.

By Judy Moeckel Special to the Town Times Almost three years ago, Debbie Proctor and the Outreach Committee at the Church of the Epiphany pondered: how could they help their community where they knew there were people in need? They sensed that, in the rural suburbs of Durham, Rockfall and Middlefield especially where pride and the tradition of self-sufficiency are strong, a traditional soup kitchen might not go over. For many years, Epiphany housed the food pantry for a collaborative outreach effort by area churches. But running a food pantry, especially nowadays, requires a lot of hands as well as a good understanding of food safety regulations. Besides, Amazing Grace, a program of St. Vincent de Paul in

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Suppers (Continued from page 10) chair, says Notre Dame joined the initiative in 2009 when David Young, then a Deacon at the church, met Deb Proctor at the Good Friday Cross Walk. “He thought the Christian Service Committee would be interested in helping out, and he especially liked the ecumenical aspect of the suppers,” she says. Initially, Notre Dame brought desserts to the suppers (the church has lots of good bakers and extensive experience putting on large dinners), but they soon began hosting dinners themselves. This was especially helpful when Church of the Epiphany began preparing for major renovations to its parish hall. “For those who are hurting, the suppers are a ‘night out,’” Hurlbert says. “They offer fellowship, and lift people’s spirits. It’s something we can do together.” Rosie Magruder, who oversees Outreach for United Churches, says the church Missions Committee as well as the Deacons and congregation


Town Times worked together to host two community suppers in 2011. One was held on Palm Sunday at the Fellowship Hall; the second was held on Nov. 6 at the Durham Firehouse due to the early snowstorm and resulting power outage. In typical cooperative fashion, desserts for these dinners were provided by the Church of the Epiphany and Notre Dame. “We enjoyed participating in these community-building events that required the efforts of many people throughout the community,” Magruder says. Mary Jo Griffin, a member of the Church of the Epiphany, has been a key player in putting on the suppers there over the past three years. In her words, they have been a “huge success!” “We have big crowds, and those attending feast on wonderful meals. I would like to thank our community partners who have made the monthly suppers possible this past year, and a special thank you to Deb Proctor for connecting with these organizations to help feed the hungry in our community.” Griffin also has warm thanks for the help she re-

ceived in the kitchen when putting on dinners at Epiphany (the names are not listed here, so as to not accidentally overlook any of the cooks and kitchen helpers). “We look forward to continuing and expanding our collaboration in 2012. The next community supper will be held at Notre Dame Church on Sunday, Feb. 12, beginning at 5:30 p.m. The Knights of Columbus will host the dinner, which is free and open to the public.” Future community supper dates: Feb. 12: hosted by Knights of Columbus at Notre Dame March 11: hosted by Durham Boy Scouts at Epiphany April 15: hosted by Twin Maples at Epiphany May 20: hosted by the Durham Lions at Epiphany June 10: chicken barbecue, hosted by the Vestry of Epiphany at Epiphany Please note: construction at Church of the Epiphany may cause the location of one or more dinners to be changed. You can call Debbie at 860-5087233 to check for changes to the schedule, more information or what to bring. 1232589


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Senator Ed Meyer to seek re-election

Senator Edward Meyer (DGuilford) has declared that he will seek re-election to the 12th State Senate District consisting of the towns of Branford, Guilford, Madison, Killingworth, Durham and North Branford. “It has been a great privilege to represent the residents of the 12th District in recent years, and I am excited to continue this public service and try to make Connecticut an even better place to live,” Senator Meyer said.

Senator Meyer referred to several areas of his focus in the next couple of years. “First,” he said, “I want to help build a Connecticut economic renaissance. Second-

ly, this is the time for education reform — raising our teacher and student standards and enhancing our ability to compete in a global society where American schools are no longer ranked in the top 25 in mathematics and the sciences.” The senator also referred to “the priority” of setting performance standards for our utilities in emergency weather conditions. “The cost to our small businesses and residents from excessively long power outages must end,” he said. In a joint statement by Senate President Donald Williams and Senate Majority Leader Martin Looney, they stated that, “Ed Meyer is a leader in the Connecticut Senate with a flair for original ideas, particularly in his capacity as Senate Chair of our Environment Commit-


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State Comptroller Kevin Lembo also indicated his “enthusiastic support” for Senator Meyer’s re-election. “As a Guilford resident, I particularly admire Ed’s tenacity and true passion for public service — always demonstrating his ability to stand up and speak out with an independent voice.”

Fasano announce’s candidacy for re-election to the new 34th State Senate District

Senator Meyer not only chairs the Environment Committee but he also serves as vice-chair of the Government Administration and Elections Committee and a member of the Judiciary Committee. He has received many awards for his legislative achievements including being named “Green Knight” by the Connecticut League of Conservation Voters. He and his wife Patty Ann, a tennis professional, live in Guilford and have six children, 13 grandchildren and a dog

“Wallingford, East Haven, North Haven and Durham residents deserve to have a Senator who will stand up for them in Hartford.” State Senator Len Fasano announced that he has filed as a candidate for election in the new 34th State Senate district and is seeking re-election to a sixth term in November. He looks forward to continuing to work with the people of North Haven, East Haven and Wallingford and meeting with residents in the newly-added town of

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Friday, January 27, 2012 Durham. Fasano is excited to work toward securing a better future for all residents and families in this new district. “We have an opportunity in the 34th district to represent new constituents. Though I am sad to see some households removed from the old 34th district — as a result of mandated redistricting — I look forward to being a new voice for those in the town of Durham,” said Fasano. “Given the honor and privilege of serving another term, I will continue to make sure the 34th senatorial district has a strong presence in Hartford,” Fasano added. “I am especially committed to helping those who live on the shoreline rebuild from the devastation created by Tropical Storm Irene.” Fasano highlights his record and his goals for the 2012 and 2014 term including: Voting against the largest tax increase in state history which was passed by a democratic majority without one republican vote. I will continue to vote against unnecessary tax increases; Fighting against nearly a billion dollars in spending by the new administration in its first year, I will continue to call for the reduction in the size of state government and fight to control state spending; Aiming to help stabilize the business climate in Connecticut, the legislature passed a jobs bill in Oct. 2011 which was a good first step; however the legislation didn’t go far enough to help small businesses. I will work to encourage changes to our system that will assist small businesses and provide opportunities to create jobs and grow our economy. “The jobs bill did expand opportunities for small businesses who hire veterans and those who are unemployed. But there is a lot more we can do. I look forward to making sure our state government is working for the people, not against them.” I plan to meet with as many residents as possible to hear your concerns and strive to make Connecticut a better place for all of us to work and raise our families.

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both earned perfect scores in “I like English, so I think the year’s first meet, held in it’s fun,” Connor Zilnik said December. In the entire about the WordMasters country, only 120 sixth Challenge. Classmate Chargraders earned perfect scores. Other students at the See Wordmasters, page 20 school who also achieved outstanding results in the meet MORE COMPANIES included fifth graders Han- MORE OPTIONS nah Wu, Hannah Huddleston, Charlotte Meigs, Aidan Let us find the right O’Connell, Connor Satton company for you. and Connor Zolnik, and sixth graders, Aubrey Figoras and Maddie Montz.


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14 Property Tax Relief for EMS volunteers John Szewczyk said the board met last year and is looking at language to allow a tax credit for fire and Emergency Services volunteers who meet certain strict criteria for length of service and participation. He also said that education on the re-districting was very important. Historic District Commission Chairmanship will be transitioned from Duncan Milne to Tom Woodson, who said he would like to start a Facebook page and develop a notification form. He also mentioned working with the garden club and others on a holistic plan for Main Street that Milne is working on. Under this commission’s report, Francis said the superfund site will be completed by the end of February and was not sure whether to put a fence up or not. She will contact the Durham Garden Club for their opinions on fencing as well as what might be most attractive to plant on the site.

Joint Meeting (Continued from page 1) ing regulations and the plan of development, as well as rechannelization of Allyn Brook and a possible Right to Farm ordinance. Clean Energy Task Force Sue Michael’s update was a disappointed report of lack of participation by members. Public Safety Facility Renovation Committee Inland Wetlands approved the installation of curtain drains in the rear of the firehouse that will eventually allow a septic to serve any expansion of the firehouse. The current septic system is located on the Durham fairgrounds across Main Street, and expansion of that system will not be allowed. Town officials should know by the middle of the year if the curtain drains will work well enough to allow expansion of the facility. Until then, the committee is pretty much on hold. Administering Board for




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ing from $19,000 to $66,600. During public comment at the close of the meeting, resident Roger Kleeman asked if the town of Durham will pay DMIAAB to handle the chipping, rather than contract out, as the town of Middlefield has done. Francis explained that Middlefield contracted with DMIAAB to chip their storm debris, which they were able to store at Powder Ridge, and will be responsible for the removal of the chips. To their advantage, Middlefield may be able to disperse the chips at Powder Ridge, and they also took advantage of “demoing” a chipper. As for Durham, the debris was hauled to a site that, when it is all chipped, will need to be hauled away from. Francis did visit the Powder Ridge operation and noted that she was concerned that if the tub grinder somehow fails/breaks, it would not be reimbursable with FEMA funds. However, she has not ruled out using DMIAAB yet either.

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Middlesex County youth to experience homelessness for a night their cars without heat, build cardboard shelters or just spread their sleeping bags on tarps on the frozen ground. Despite some positive signs, homelessness in Middlesex County increased from 2010 to 2011, due largely to the ongoing recession, and is affecting new segments of the population. According to figures from January of 2011, there were 248 people including 159 single adults and 37 families with 52 children in Middlesex County experiencing homelessness, a 15 percent increase over 2010. Out of the 248 homeless people, 43 percent had never been homeless before. In Middlesex County, almost half — 43 percent — of adults in families cited domestic violence as a contributing cause of

homelessness, while 25 percent of families reported rent problems or eviction as the reason they left their last residence. Ten percent of the total included chronically homeless people — adults with disabling conditions who had been homeless for a year or more or who had at least four episodes of homelessness during the past three years. The remaining 90 percent experienced situational homelessness caused by a crisis such as job loss, foreclosure or illness and typically return to permanent housing within 30 days of becoming homeless. The Middlesex County Coalition on Housing and Homelessness was formed in late 2007 to execute the Ten Year Plan to End Homelessness. Over the past year, 56

“Housing First” supportive housing units were created to house formerly chronicallyhomeless individuals and 170 households (including more than 230 children) have been helped through the flexible homelessness prevention fund.

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Young people from across Middlesex County are expected to brave January’s cold and sleep outdoors on Saturday, Jan. 28, as part of a program to educate people about the existence and conditions of homelessness in the community. The third annual Homelessness Awareness Discussion and Sleep-Out will kick off at 5:45 p.m. at South Congregational Church (Main Street in Middletown). The event is sponsored by 10 faithbased organizations in collaboration with the Middlesex County Coalition on Housing and Homelessness (MCCHH), which is implementing “A Ten Year Plan to End Homelessness” in the county. Following an opening prayer by South Congregational Church’s Rev. Marybeth Marshall and her intern, Marilyn Kendrix, Middletown Mayor Dan Drew will address the participants and then the young people will visit three stations in the church; one to learn about the county’s Ten Year Plan, a second to discuss connecting faith with homelessness and a third where the teens will examine their perceptions of who the homeless are and discuss what they would carry if they had to squeeze all their possessions into a backpack. The teens will hear firsthand about the ordeal of homelessness from several volunteers who are currently or formerly homeless and be able to ask questions. After this, a simple soup and bread dinner will be served, and Pastor Dale Azevedo of the Middlefield Federated Church will offer a closing prayer. “The biggest thing (youth) take away is that these homeless people are real; they are just like them,” said Jim Tabor, youth ministry coordinator for St. Joseph’s, which this year will have 10 teens joining the sleep-out. “There were circumstances that drove them to homelessness; some within their control and some not. And they learn just how difficult homelessness is.” Youth participants then will disperse to their home churches to spend the night outside. In the past, some of them have chosen to sleep in


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Durham boy continues birthday fundraiser

Durham Library Hours: Regular library hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Visit or call 860-3499544. Nutmeg 2012 at Night Gameshow: Join us on Wednesday, Feb. 8, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. (grades 4-6) and 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. (grades 7-8) for the annual Nutmeg book nominee team program for grades 4-6 and grades 7-8! Participants must have read three 2012 nominees to register. Registration can be done at Korn, John Lyman or Memorial schools, Durham Library or Levi Coe Library. For more info, please call the Durham Library.

From The Assessor’s Office FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Applications for the CT Elderly Homeowners’ and Totally Disabled Tax Relief Programs and the Town Tax Relief Freeze and Deferral Programs are currently available at the Assessor’s Office in the Town Hall. Filing period for all Tax Relief Programs are from February 1 through May 15, 2012. Qualifying income limits for the State Homeowners’ and Totally Disabled Tax Relief Programs are as follows: Unmarried applicants, $32,300, Married applicants, $39,500. Additional Veterans’ exemption applications are available for income qualifying applicants. Filing period for the additional veteran’s exemption is February 1-October 1, 2012. The maximum for single applicants is $32,300; the maximum for married applicants is $39,500. 1232704

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When Lex Sorrell, of Durham, learned about the work his grandfather, a doctor, did in India for 18 years helping many less fortunate people, Lex became inspired to recycle and work toward raising money for Polio Plus and other environmental causes. Three years ago, Lex started raising money instead of getting birthday gifts. And it wasn’t just a flash in the pan! This year, for his 14th birthday, Lex raised a grand total of $1,598 and collected $175 from his recycling projects. Here is what Lex had to say about Rotary: “Rotary is everywhere. I have spoken at Rotaries all over the USA, St. Thomas, St. John. My goal is to speak at the Rotary International Convention in Sydney, Australia in 2014 on kids giving back. I have seen poverty in places, like the slums of Peru and the places tourists don’t usually go in the Dominican Republic and St. Lucia. Rotary is the ideal organization to make sure funds collected go to where they are supposed to go. It is recognized in almost every country in the world. Not only people like Bill Gates can give back...everyone can, and every penny counts to eliminate diseases and make a difference. I just fundraised $210 to give to the music program in the Amani Children’s Home in Tanzania. We can all make a difference.” In photo, Lex Sorrell presented the Meriden Rotary Club banner to guest Laura Francis, first selectman of Durham. Photo submitted

Xavier auction will have Mardi Gras flavor The theme for Xavier High School’s 20th annual auction this year is a Mardi Gras celebration, featuring “A Taste of Xavier” where several area restaurants will present items from their menus to delight the attendees. The event, which takes place Saturday, Feb. 11, from 6 to 10 p.m., will feature silent and live auctions. Tickets purchased in advance will be discounted, or you can purchase at the door. Advance sales are available at For information, e-mail

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Town welcomes new business: Middlesex Driving Academy, LLC “Hey, Mom, can I drive?” This question is posed to parents as soon as they receive their learner’s permit. Middlesex Driving Academy, LLC provides quality driver’s education to Durham, Middlefield, Killingworth, Middletown and surrounding towns to prepare new drivers for the rite of passage known as the driver’s license. Local resident Caroline Mormile is excited to open her doors with a $399 special for driver’s education, which includes eight hours of behind-the-wheel instruction! Driver’s education is available for students, seniors and everybody in between. “I became a Durham resident about 14 years ago before moving to Middlefield just over a year ago,” states Mormile. “My children began school at the Durham Co-Op and are now teenagers and getting close to driving ages. Driving is an exciting and scary privilege, and I am pas-


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sionate about providing the education that is needed to create conscientious drivers. Knowing the new and existing laws of the roads is vital for new drivers. I am working very closely with DMV and the state police to make sure the information my students receive is as up-to-date as possible.” The fun and modern approach of Middlesex Driving Academy, LLC will educate students in a relaxed environment with online tools as well as textbooks. “I have designed class times in a convenient three-week schedule, with hours ranging from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. or 5 to 7 p.m. or 7:15 to 9:15 p.m. Being a mother of two active children, I understand busy schedules. I wanted flexible class times to capture students after school as well as those with afterschool commitments.” Middlesex Driving Academy, LLC is conveniently located in Durham at 350 Main

St., unit #2 on the second floor (above Core Club). For more information, call 860-349-0113 or visit the website at Courtesy transportation can be arranged for afterschool pick-up from CRHS. Open house registration will be held on Saturday, Jan. 28, from noon to 6 p.m. with appetizers and beverages served. Stop in to register for the $399 Driver’s Ed special, or just to say hello and have a snack. Classes expected to begin Jan. 30. Submitted by Caroline Mormile

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Citizenry (Continued from page 8) demonstrated in their official second meeting last month wherein they chose to represent their own interests, rather than look out for Durham’s residents, as pertains to the newly-drafted contract proposed for the Durham Middlefield Interlocal Agreement Advisory Board (DMIAAB) operation. Durham pays approximately two-thirds of the costs for the transfer station, with Middlefield covering the remaining one-third of those same costs. Why, then, in the revisions for the new proposal,doesDurham’sBoardofSelectmen decide to allow for an equal number of representatives to serve on DMIAAB

from each town? It was an issue not even raised by Selectwoman Francis in the initial meeting with First Selectman Jon Brayshaw, Middlefield. However, it was then, and is now still, a matter of concern which was requested for discussion by several taxpayers. They (BOS) are saying once again that they want to hear from their constituents, but they really don’t. They (BOS) want to avoid political strife. They (BOS) ignore taking responsible action to ensure the proper make-up for DMIAAB’s board — six members from Durham, four members from Middlefield — to succeed in fair recognition for all the residents involved. If the plan moves forward with the current design, the one thing Durham’s taxpayers will get is this: taxation without representation.

DMIAAB’s spending in Durham’s municipal budget is the second highest cost to residents, coming after the Department of Public Works. Even without such a large expense, it would be in the best possible interest to have an agreement aligned with the existing conditions for the towns involved. As currently proposed, DMIAAB’s new contract would be a disservice to the public at large. Further, a referendum on this matter was denied. (Officials, can you hear us and, maybe, even listen to help benefit everyone?) There will be a vote at the town meeting on the above described proposal at Durham Town Hall on Monday, Feb. 13, at 8 p.m. Please take notice and protect your rights as citizens. Donia Viola, Durham

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Joint Meeting (Continued from page 14) the merging with other towns/joining the estuary region to create a Council of Government as opposed to being mandated by the state to join the Hartford or New Haven region. There are 17 towns in the Lower Connecticut Valley Council of Governments, and 11 have to vote “yes” for the region to become “official.” “These towns are much like us with Middletown and then Clinton as the cities and including towns from Cromwell and Portland to the north down to Lyme and Old Lyme,” said Eriksen. Registrar of Voters Pam Lucashu noted that under the re-districting, the town of Durham could end up with five different ballots. The budget could skyrocket and there might be a need for more polling places and certainly for additional workers and machines. Sanitarian The purchase of generators are up, according to sanitarian Bill Milardo, but folks don’t realize they require maintenance, shelter and protection from critters as he has spent a lot of time explaining this to residents who believe you can just buy one, set it up and use it when the power goes out. The EPA is hosting the HGTV property makeover

edition at the former Merriam Manufacturing site. Large volumes of contaminated soil are being removed and replaced with clean fill. There are polluted wells on Tuttle Road. Town Clerk Property Check is a program that notifies homeowners when documents are filed relative to their land records and can now be accessed on the town’s website under “online services,” according to town clerk Kim Garvis. There is a new law regarding Permanent Absentee Ballot Status for disabled citizens who are unable to go to the polls. As of Jan. 1, the voter is now required to complete the regular application for an absentee ballot and attach a doctor’s note stating that the voter is unable to go to the polls because of a disability. The town clerk will then automatically send an Absentee Ballot Application for all referendums and elections to the voter. An annual renewal letter is required to confirm voter status. Emergency Management Emergency management director Francis Willett commented that 2,000 people were served in the shelter during Storm Alfred. The department is working aggressively to educate the public for future emergency preparedness.


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2. To accept a gift of a one acre parcel of land on Old Wallingford Road Parcel ID #C0046100, Map #45, Lot #18 and to accept a gift of a one half acre parcel of land on Old Wallingford Road Parcel ID #C0046000, Map #45, Lot #17 from Bertha S. Clementel. 3. To transfer $3,200 from #9620 Reserve for Fire Trustees ñ Building Maintenance to #6700-408 CIP ñ Fire Department Maintenance for the installation of a new air conditioner as recommended by the Board of Finance at their January 17, 2012 meeting. Laura L. Francis First Selectman

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A new law became effective Jan. 1, 2012, making electors with permanent disabilities eligible for Permanent Absentee Ballot Status. To be eligible for Permanent Absentee Ballot Status, an elector must file an absentee ballot application together with a doctor’s certificate. This requires: 1) a completed absentee ballot application by the elector, and 2) doctor’s note stating you are permanently disabled and unable to appear in person at the polls. Please note the “Permanent Absentee Ballot Status” provides for the mailing of the “absentee ballot application”


restaurants want to put their best products out. It’s such a good feeling to give back to the library in that way. The event really transforms the library. I just love it.” “I do really enjoy the event myself,” added Katie Hughes, owner of Perk on Main, “and I think that it’s because you have about 400 neighbors together in the library, and it transforms into a wonderful party. You’re out for the evening for a wonderful cause. The people who put on Taste of Durham are so wonderful, appreciative and positive. It’s a blast! Last year, I made 226 crepes in almost three hours, so I am definitely working really hard when I’m there but having fun.” So get your tickets now for the 16th annual Taste of Durham that will take place on Saturday, Feb. 4, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Durham Library. The entry price for this popular event is $30 per person and is paid at registration. Tickets are available at the Durham Library. For easier parking, a shuttle van between Strong School and the library will run continuously, starting at 6 p.m.


Bruce Schmottlach playing the piano in the lobby area.” Acoustic duo Deep Ellum plays an “Americana” mix of blues, old jazz, folk music, bluegrass and oldies. The talented guitarist Rich Johnson plays 6- and 12-string as well as Dobro and sings harmony vocals. Jon Swift, of Durham, plays the upright bass in addition to guitar and is an accomplished lead vocalist. “This event is truly a community effort,” said Stevens. “It takes a lot of people to transform the library on a Saturday afternoon into a party venue for 20 restaurants and caterers and 350 patrons for Saturday night and then come in on Sunday morning and put everything back in place so that the library opens as usual Monday morning. We are not an exclusive group; anyone who wants to lend a hand simply has to sign up at the library! We want people to come and have fun.” “It’s definitely our favorite event of the year,” said Kim Terrill, owner of Kim’s Cottage Confections and an enthusiastic supporter of Taste of Durham. “It’s so high-spirited, and everyone who’s there has a great sense of community and support for the library. We catch up with old friends, enjoy the town — and also the food. It’s super well-attended, and people look forward to it in the snow, in the freezing cold weather and in the rain. Everyone turns out, and


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Town Times Announcements (Continued from page 13) than grade level), and then challenges them to use those words to complete analogies expressing various kinds of logical relationships. The students will participate in two more WordMasters meets, and medals and certificates will be awarded in June to those who achieve and/or improve the most in the course of the year.

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Town Times welcomes new citizen! Ryan and Jessica Poetzsch, of Middlefield, are proud to announce the birth of their first child, daughter Addison Marie, born on Feb. 11, 2011, at Middlesex Hospital. Addie weighed in at 6 lbs and 15 oz and was 18.5 inches. Relatives include maternal grandparents Edward Lilley, of Middlefield, and Donna Lilley, of Maine; paternal grandparents Norman Poetzsch, of Florida, and Marcia Hart, of Plainville; maternal great grandparents Guy Champagne, of Cheshire, and Theodore and Florence Lilley, of Middlefield; paternal great grandparents Juan and Pauline Poetzsch, of Farmington, and Ellen Stannard, of New Britain. Mom, dad and baby Submitted photo are doing well!

Danczuk and Regan to wed Christine Danczuk of Durham and Mykola Danczuk of Durham would like to announce the engagement of their daughter Delia Danczuk to Sean Regan, son of David and Cathy Regan of Durham. Delia is a graduate of the NEAG master’s program at the University of Connecticut and is now teaching in East Hampton as an English teacher. Sean is a graduate of Southern Connecticut State University with a master’s from the University of Massachusetts Boston. Sean is working in District 13 as a special education teacher. The pair recently moved back to the area from Boston and will be married this June at the United Churches of Durham. Submitted by Christine Danczuk

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Tim and Rosanne Cox, of Durham, and Tom and Jane Brown, of Meriden, are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter Courtney Mae Brown to Keven William Kilroy, son of Tom and Diane Kilroy, of Middlefield. The bride-to-be is a 2000 graduate of Coginchaug Regional High School and 2007 graduate of St. Vincent’s College. She is employed as a registered nurse in the Intensive Care and Labor and Delivery units at the Hospital of Central Connecticut. Her fiancé is a 1999 graduate of Coginchaug Regional High School and 2003 graduate of the University of Connecticut. He is employed as a business analyst/project manager at One Beacon Insurance. The Submitted photo couple will be married in September 2012.

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Through this effort, we have conducted energy audits on our town buildings and have applied for a CL&P program that will help us make capital energy saving improvements. We have also identified several regional projects that hopefully will be implemented. The first is a grant to replace outdoor lighting appliances with energy-efficient units. We will know if we receive that grant in midFebruary. The other project addresses street lighting. More information on this will be disseminated during the budget season.

Community (Continued from page 9) er Estuary Regional Planning Agency. It has become clear to us that the state of Connecticut intends to reduce the number of planning agencies. Our group decided we would take preemptive action and combine our two agencies before the state chose our borders for us. The new organization will be a Council of Governments. We will enjoy the same and perhaps enhanced services once we merge. As soon as I am comfortable with the terms of the merger, I will bring it forward to a town meeting for your consideration.

There are many other alliances that have been formed in other areas such as public safety, library services, youth and family services, jobs programs and more. I am very appreciative of the generosity of our partners who willingly share expertise and resources and help make our town stronger.

Funding for our partnership with the towns of Branford, Killingworth, Madison, Guilford and Westbrook for a Regional Energy Manager is running out, but I hope our collaboration will continue.

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Right, 35 members were in attendance.

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Durham Demons lose to Free throws sink Coginchaug boys against Panthers Hamden By Melissa Marteka Special to the Town Times You know it is a roughand-tumble game of basketball when a player loses a tooth. That’s exactly what happened to one Durham Demons player as the team fell to a tough Hamden Fathers squad 49-29 during its game on Sunday as the team’s shooting (30 percent) and turnover (26) woes continued. Perhaps more telling is that the team once again took a while to get going. “You guys are capable of playing against anyone,” coach Mike Grenier told the team after the game. “But you’ve got to come out ready from the start.”

The Hamden team — bigger, faster and stronger — quickly turned a 2-0 deficit into an 11-0 run taking a commanding 11-4 lead after Ryan Vynalek’s basket closed out the first quarter. The seventh grade travel team was held scoreless in the second half as Hamden hit a plethora of three-pointers and took a 27-4 lead into the half. But the Demons failed to be discouraged and ended up winning the third and fourth quarters by outscoring Hamden. Patrick Piscatelli rounded out the third quarter by pulling the Demons to within 17 points by stealing the ball and making a lay-up and then nailing a three-pointer to cut the See Demons, next page

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On Friday, Jan. 20, the Coginchaug boys hosted the Panthers of Cromwell. The Devils started the day in first place at 8-0 while Cromwell was right behind at 8-1, losing only to Valley Regional. Unfortunately, I was not able to attend this game, but I was able to glean some details of what went on from a chance meeting with Coach Todd Salva at the Durham Market on Sunday. Coginchaug started out trailing 12-2 after missing their first six free throws but were able to close the gap to 12-8 by the end of the first period. The second period was more frustration for the Devils as they were again outscored, this time by three, to go into halftime with a 22-15 deficit.

They were successful in making up a bit of the deficit, outscoring the Panthers 11-7 in the period, but they still trailed by a 29-26 score. The Devils had trailed for the entire game but managed to get within one point at 36-35 with less than a minute left. Figuring that they would not be able to get an open shot for Wasyl, they got an open look for Brock Hoyt, and, although that missed, Ethan Donecker tipped the ball home to give the Devils their first lead at 37-36 with less than 15 seconds left. With five seconds remaining, Cromwell connected on one of two from the line to send the game into overtime. In the overtime period, Cromwell connected four times from the charity stripe, making Wasyl’s last-second three-pointer too little too late, giving the Panthers a 41-40 lead

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and uncontested first place in the Shoreline conference. By the time you read this, the boys will have played at Morgan on Wednesday, and they will host Portland tonight, Friday, Jan. 27. Next Friday, Feb. 3, they will travel to Cromwell for a key rematch with the Panthers. I understand that Cromwell had a great turnout at Coginchaug — let’s see if we can return the favor and hopefully help the Devils retake first place in the Shoreline Conference, assuming they get past Morgan, Portland and Westbrook. The house was rocking By Michael Doyle The Cromwell Panthers traveled to Coginchaug High School this past Friday night to take on the Coginchaug Boys’ Blue Devil Basketball Team. The Pep Band was rocking and there was literally a standing room only crowd. The Cromwell Panthers came in with one league loss while the Blue Devils entered the game undefeated in the Shoreline Conference. It could not have been a more exciting game. The score was tied at the end of regulation at 37 apiece. Cromwell did prevail in overtime 41-40 but this was certainly a game that had no losers. At halftime there were great performances by the Cheerleading Squads and the fifth/sixth grade boys from the Durham Basketball Association (DBA) played a six-minute scrimmage. There were 14 points scored in the scrimmage and the crowd really enjoyed it. The DBA would like to thank Coginchaug athletic director Ted Lombardo for all his efforts in coordinating this halftime event. The players who participated had the thrill of performing on the varsity court before a great hometown crowd. The undefeated Lady Blue Devils lead the league, and the boys are now tied for first place in the Shoreline Conference. We are close to halfway through the season, and there are many more exciting home games left before the Shoreline Championships and State Tournaments. If you have not caught the excitement of Blue Devil basketball, it is time to get on board. You won’t regret it.

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Lady Devils overcome early Portland slowdown By Alan Pease Special to the Town Times

Twice more to start the fourth, Romanoff had those little drives to make it a 22-17 game, then Solomon assisted on an Esposito basket to make it 24-17. Portland did not score until the period was more than half over, finally getting a basket with three minutes plus left, then going six for seven from the line in the last three minutes. But an

Esposito-assisted basket by Romanoff, and a Mancinelli bucket, plus a seven-for-seven performance from the line, three from Mancinelli and two each from Esposito and Biesak, allowed the Devils to pull away and post a 3525 win. Mancinelli led the Devils in rebounding with seven, and adding seven points, four steals and a block. Romanoff shared scoring honors with nine, led the team in steals with five and also had three steals. Esposito also shared scoring honors with nine, adding five rebounds, two steals and an assist. Biesak scored eight points and grabbed two rebounds. Solomon grabbed four boards, scored two points and added a steal and an assist. Off the bench, Andrea Braga had a steal, and both she and Olivia Corazzini put in

some solid minutes on defense. Coginchaug continues to be undefeated at 12-0, 11-0 in the Shoreline conference. They are already guaranteed spots in both the Shoreline and State class S tournaments, and they look poised to make deep runs into each, though the loss of Morgan Kuehnle to a leg injury could be a blow. By the time you read this, they will have hosted Westbrook on Monday and traveled to Cromwell on Thursday for what should be a tough and important Shoreline match. On Saturday, Jan. 28, the girls travel to East Longmeadow to take on the Spartans, who are currently 8-2, with one of their losses coming against national powerhouse Christ the King. Pay attention to what these girls are up to this year — it’s worth your time.

(Continued from page 24) score to 33-16 before Hamden scored to make it a 35-16 ballgame. But the Demons ended up outscoring Hamden 12-8 in the third. Trevor Morris and Aidan Doyle led the team in the fourth quarter as the Demons again outscored Hamden, 13-12. The Demons were led by Doyle’s 11 points. Vynalek added six, and Morris and Piscatelli scored five points each. Vynalek was the leading rebounder with six rebounds. The Demons also dropped a close contest in Portland, 3124, last Friday as the team was again hurt by poor shooting and turnovers. Vynalek led all scorers, with six points with Owen Gonzalez and Sam Marteka adding five points each. Morris was the leading rebounder with five.

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On Thursday, Jan. 19, the Coginchaug girls hosted the Lady Highlanders of Portland. Portland had only two in conference losses, to Old Saybrook and Hyde, while Coginchaug had one. Add in the fact that the Highlanders have always given the Devils fits and you were looking at a pretty interesting game. And interesting, if somewhat slow, it certainly was. Portland’s strategy was basically to make each possession last as long as possible, taking very few shots, and usually pretty good ones. The Highlanders took only seven shots in the period but hit on four of them, one a three-pointer. In the meantime, the Devils seemed to be anxious about their offense, hurrying their shots, hitting only once from the field (a Sam Mancinelli two-pointer) out of 10 shots, plus three from the charity stripe, two from Audrey Biesak and one from Lauren Esposito. It made for a painfully slow but tensionpacked period and a 9-5 lead for the visiting Highlanders. The second period was, if anything, worse than the first from a pace standpoint. Portland scored one from the line a minute in, and, three minutes and three Coginchaug misses later, the Devils finally answered with one of two from the line by Biesak. Two minutes after that, Kim Romanoff also connected on one of two from the line, and it was 10-7 with Portland still ahead. In the final minute of the half, Portland hit on an old-fashioned three-point play, and, after an Esposito two-pointer, hit on a twopointer themselves to make the halftime score 15-9, with the Highlanders still on top. It had been a miserable 16 minutes of basketball for the Devils, but the positive side was that they trailed by only six points, after going two for 16 from the field for the half. I’m not sure exactly what Coach Rett Mancinelli told his team at the half, but it certainly was effective. It was still a slow-down game, but Portland was not getting any good looks at the basket, took

only three shots in the period and hit only one of these, a two-pointer. Meanwhile, Romanoff scored on one of her nifty little drives that the defense doesn’t see coming, Biesak dropped in a threepoint ball and Esposito dropped in two from the line. Finally, with about 20 seconds left in the period, Jessica Solomon scored the bucket that gave the Devils the lead they would not relinquish and made the score 18-17 entering the final period.


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Lady Devils edge past Morgan

Davis leads Snowservices to first Men’s League win

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on both teams had some issues with the officiating as just eight fouls were called in the entire half. Dave DeRosa had his best game of the season for Allstate, scoring 15 and helping to keep it close. Matt Thompson also added 11, and Eric Francis put in nine for Allstate (0-3). Dave Torres tallied seven points for Snowservices.

By Scott Strang Special to the Town Times Snowservices, 53; Allstate Fire Equipment, 44: Following a 7-7 record in the 2011 season and an appearance in the league championship, Frank DeFlippo made a few minor tweaks to his Snowservices roster for 2012, and the addition of Joe Davis is paying off quickly. Davis delivered 21 points, including two big second half three-pointers, to help Snowservices (1-1) pull away from Allstate for their first win. After a relatively slow-paced first half, in which Snowservices led 2721 at the break, the second half became a rough physical contest in which players

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Torrison Stone, 58; Shadow Room, 41: Greg Bereski had his third straight game scoring in double figures, but, after an early Shadow Room lead, Torrison Stone (2-0) took over and rolled to another win. Shadow Room led 15-12 early when Pete Lynch led Torrison on a 19-0 run that See Men’s League, page 27

On Monday, Jan. 16, the Coginchaug girls traveled to Clinton to play the Morgan Huskies. Coginchaug was 9-0 in conference and in first place, while Morgan was 6-3 and tied for fifth, looking to get back into the conference race with an upset of the Devils. Coginchaug got off to a good start, with Audrey Biesak converting a steal into two points and Sam Mancinelli connecting once from the line. But the Huskies scored three straight buckets to take the lead at 6-3. Morgan Kuehnle knocked down a short jumper on a Mancinelli assist, but the Huskies answered with a basket to go ahead 8-5. Mancinelli assisted on another Kuehnle hoop, then Biesak scored

twice from the line to put the Devils ahead. Morgan again pulled ahead with a two, but with Mancinelli assisting again, Biesak hit a shot from beyond the arc that gave Coginchaug a lead at 12-10. The Huskies did tie the game one final time at 12, scoring the first basket of the second period, but a basket from Mancinelli put the Devils on top for good at 14-12. An old-fashioned three-point play from Romanoff gave the Devils some breathing room, with a single free throw by Morgan making the score 1713. Over the final three minutes of the period, each team scored nine points, with Coginchaug’s points all involving Mancinelli, who first assisted on a Lauren Esposito bucket, then on a Biesak shot from beyond the arc. Mancinelli then scored two baskets herself, with the

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result being a 26-22 lead at the half. In the third period, the Devils clamped down a bit on defense, surrendering only three field goals and two from the charity stripe. Meanwhile, Mancinelli continued to control the offense, assisting on baskets to Kuehnle, Esposito and Kuehnle again. Then after hitting a single free throw herself, she assisted on back-to-back buckets by Esposito, resulting in a 37-30 lead for the visiting Devils. The fourth period opened with a bit of bad news for Coginchaug — about a minute into the period, Kuehnle fell to the floor in obvious pain. It seems that she suffered a high ankle sprain and will likely be lost for at least the rest of the regular season, with no guarantee she will be ready for post-season play. This is a real hit to the Devils bench strength, with Morgan even having several starts to her credit. Here’s hoping that she recovers quickly. Mancinelli resumed her offensive control, assisting on two baskets by Kim Romanoff for a 41-30 lead. The Huskies scored, but Romanoff responded with a nifty drive to the hoop for a 43-32 lead. Mancinelli hit one from the charity stripe, and the home team connected on a shot from behind the arc to finish the scoring, giving Coginchaug a 44-35 win. Mancinelli got an unusual double-double with 12 rebounds and all 12 assists that the Devils recorded, just missing the triple double with nine points. She also had a block and a steal. Esposito scored eight points, adding three steals and three rebounds. Biesak had 10 points, two steals and a rebound. Romanoff had six points, two steals and a rebound. Jessica Solomon started but played only a couple of minutes before physical problems forced her to the sidelines for the remainder of the game. Off the bench, Kuehnle made significant contributions before her injury with 11 points and two rebounds. Olivia Corazzini had a rebound and a steal, while both Audrey Arcari and Andrea Braga put in some nice minutes on defense.

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Coginchaug Boys finally top Noises in fourth By Alan Pease Special to the Town Times

Men’s League (Continued from page 26)

ed a solid 22-point performance, and the surprising LasEngS team moved to 3-1 for the season with a win over Around the Clock. Mark Fong hit on three three-pointers in the first half and finished with 15 for LasEngS. The game was tied at 27 at halftime, but Quinn became a real problem for ATC, hitting on wide-open long-distance three-point shots and also hitting five straight free throws. LasEngS went 8-8 at the line on the day while Around the Clock (1-1) was just 8-15 on free throws. Steve Markoski and Ryan Donecker led ATC with 16 and 13 points each.

in the defensive end, drove ahead of the field and literally threw the ball down through the hoop for two. It didn’t look like your typical jam because Donecker didn’t even touch the rim, to say nothing of hanging on the rim. It was a great moment for the team and the fans and made the lead 45-38 at that moment and was the middle of an 11-0 run by Coginchaug. So Coginchaug outscored Hale-Ray 20-6 in the final period to make the final 58-42 for the Devils.

lasted into the second half. Then Dave DeSanti connected on five jumpers (four of them three-pointers) in the second period to hold off a late Shadow Room effort to get back into the game. DeSanti ended with 19, and Lynch had 17 on the night. Bereski’s 20 and Jason Williams’ 10 led Shadow Room (1-2) in the loss.

Wasyl led Coginchaug with 21 points, adding four rebounds, three assists and two steals. Donecker scored 12 points, was the top rebounder with six and had three steals and two assists. Corazzini nabbed five rebounds and added four assists, three points and an assist. Tietlebaum scored nine, adding two rebounds, two steal and an assist. Gawron, starting in place of the injured Brock Hoyt, had five points, two rebounds and an assist.

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Off the bench, Baker had five points, two rebounds and an assist, and Bogdanski had three points, three rebounds, a steal and an assist.



On Tuesday, Jan. 17, the Coginchaug boys visited the Little Noises of Hale-Ray in Moodus. Hale-Ray was 2-7, and the Devils 7-1 entering this contest, so it figured to be an easy win for the visitors. Hale-Ray did not agree with that assessment. The teams started fairly even, with the Devils trailing by 11-10 midway through the period. Erikson Wasyl had four, and Ethan Donecker and Kevin Gawron each had three at that point. HaleRay scored to make the score 13-10, but Sam Baker scored back-to-back baskets, the first a two-pointer assisted by Wasyl, and the second a three-pointer assisted by Donecker for a 15-13 lead. Then Wasyl assisted on a Alec Corazzini three-pointer and scored a basket himself to make the first period score 20-13 with the Devils on top. The home team scored first to open the second, but the Devils answered with a three from Wasyl and a Baker-assisted bucket by Bogdanski. A single free throw from the Noises was answered by two charity hits by Wasyl, but Hale-Ray scored the next five to cut the lead to six at 27-21. Over the final four minutes of the half, the Devils could manage only three free throws,

all from Jake Tietlebaum, while the Noises scored six, leaving Coginchaug still ahead, but only by three (3027) at the half. Hale-Ray scored the first two buckets of the second half to go ahead (31-30). Gawron gave the Devils the lead back by hitting two from the line, but the home team tied with a single free throw, then took the lead on a rebound put-back at 34-32. A Tietlebaum-assisted bucket by Wasyl knotted the score again, but the Noises responded in kind to go back on top 36-34. With two minutes left in the third period, Corazzini rebounded a Wasyl miss and kicked it out to Wasyl beyond the arc. Wasyl dropped the ball through the cords to give Coginchaug a lead that they would not surrender at 37-36. A free throw by Bogdanski made the score entering the final period 3836, with Coginchaug on top. The fourth period finally demonstrated that the Devils had a much better record than the Noises. Hale-Ray would score only one of each type of basket — a two-pointer, a three-pointer and a single free-throw in the period. Meanwhile, Donecker scored nine, Tietlebaum six and Wasyl five in the period. The signature moment for the Devils came with just over five minutes remaining when Donecker stole the ball



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