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Volume 17, Issue 39

Serving Durham, Middlefield and Rockfall

Middlefield selectmen discuss Beseck Mountain safety, budget and location of voting polls By Chuck Corley Special to the Town Times The Board of Selectmen (BOS) began their discussion on Jan. 3 with Lucy Beaudry, whose son, Michael, fell from Beseck Mountain May 23, 2010. Beaudry spoke in the hopes that the town might act to prevent any more falling deaths in the future. Michael and a number of his friends parked at the gate at the end of Kickapoo Road to gain access to the mountain. According to Beaudry, “The gate is a joke,” for a number of reasons. She noted that the sign on the gate only says that there is no loitering or parking, when she felt it should send a stronger message about fines or cars getting towed in order to prevent people from parking there. She also suggested that the town should monitor the area more regularly to prevent trespassing. Beaudry also suggested that the town put up a plaque at the site where Michael fell, both to serve as a memorial and as a warning to any future hikers passing the location. The loose, gravelly trap rock along the ridge makes it difficult to hold onto, and Michael’s death isn’t the first to happen along Beseck Mountain – First Selectman Jon Brayshaw noted that three people have died along the Metacomet Ridge since he entered office five years ago. “I have to sleep knowing that my kid fell,” Beaudry stated, but she also hoped that her son’s death might not be in vain by preventing anyone else from falling in the future. Unfortunately, the area where Michael fell is near the Blue Trail that runs along the

Metacomet Ridge. The trail passes not only through the town’s property, but state and private property as well. So while the board spoke in favor of putting a sign on the cliff where Michael fell, they added that it may be difficult because it isn’t wholly under their authority. Brayshaw added that two signs were made for one of the other falling deaths along the ridge, but were never put up. He explained that if a sign is put up at the site of one death, but not another, then it may generate complaints. While it was suggested that a sign could go up on the gate at Black Pond, this again raised the issue of whether the town has that right. The same is true of the gate at the end of Kickapoo Road. Resident Marianne Corona recommended that Beaudry speak with the Forest and Park Association, while Brayshaw agreed to find out who can authorize the placement of signs or plaques along the trail. The board also briefly reviewed the budget, with Brayshaw reporting that Middlefield’s portion of the school budget should go down due to a decrease in the number of Middlefield students. Middlefield’s percentage of students went from 34.9 percent to 33.33 percent, and while See Mfld. BOS, page 5

In this issue ... Calendar ...........................4 Durham Briefs............... 10 Middlefield Briefs ..........11 Sports .........................12-13 Creative Arts...everywhere Obituary .........................14

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Our talented community: Creative Arts part II

Left to right, “Dot Creature” by Priscilla Pascucci, IDS grade 3, of Durham; Melissa Handy, pen and ink drawing, CRHS; “Greek Amphora” by Mattina Benedetto, IDS grade 5, of Middlefield. See more creative art on pages 15-24 and scattered throughout.

Celebrating a ‘holiday about peace’ By Cheri Kelley Town Times On Thursday, Jan. 13 the people of Durham and Middlefield are invited to enjoy a musical celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the civil rights movement and the importance of peace and tolerance. Victoria Christgau is the artist who coordinated this performance. Christgau is the founder and executive director of the Connecticut Center for Nonviolence (CTCN) housed at the University of Hartford. She has been a peace/arts educator for over 25 years while living a creative life. “When I was a child, I lived with my grandmother for a time; she was a costume designer for Broadway. I was privileged to go to rehearsals and sometimes go shopping for materials with her. My mother, whom I also lived with, wrote all the time. I was

The poster displayed around town for the community-wide MLK Jr. event. always encouraged to be highly creative and expressive,” Christgau explained. After Christgau completed high school, she went to work on a small movie, while living in Wichita, Kansas. She loved

acting, but singing really became her passion. “It’s just in our home,” Christgau said about music; her husband is a guitarist and her son is a professional drummer who travels the world. Christgau started her work with nonviolence when she was 12 years old. She was in sixth grade when Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated. She talked about that time: “My family had been following the movement and living in Queens in York City. At 12, I knew racial tension was wrong. I was emotionally affected by it.” Christgau moved to Connecticut, and as an adult in 1986 started a MLK Commemoration in Litchfield County. It started out as a potluck dinner where she invited musicians, actors and poets. They did readings and reached out to the community. Christgau said, “I felt it was crucial that See MLK JR., page 9


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Program’s intent is to provide nutritional meals, at a low cost to persons aged 60 and over, and their spouses regardless of age. The total cost/value of a meal will be posted at the café site. To cover the cost of a meal, a voluntary donation of $2 is suggested for eligible participants; however, no one will be denied a meal if unable to pay. Non-eligible participants, those under the age of 60, must pay the full meal cost of $4.50. The Senior Café will have a reservation system that enables seniors to make a meal reservation on any given day. Meals at the Durham Activity Center will be served at 12 noon on Mondays and Wednesdays. Each meal will have hot food available for one-half hour after serving begins for individuals with reservations. All reservations must be made prior to 1 p.m. the day before the meal is to be eaten. A reservation sheet for the next meal will be available at the Senior Café. Clients must sign up on the sheet for the day(s) they would like to have a meal(s) reserved for them. Reservations can also be made by calling Jan Muraca, Senior Café manager, at 860-3493153 by 12:30 on Fridays and Tuesdays. Those who participate in the lunch program are encouraged to join other activities at the Durham Activity Center. Bingo is played at the Durham Activity Center every Wednesday at 1 p.m. The Activity Center offers a pool table to those choosing to play or challenge their friend(s) to a game, a large television, Wii games, card playing and puzzle-making, or just gather together your friends and come to socialize with Durham neighbors. For additional information, please call Jan at 860-349-3153.

posers, including Morten Lauridsen and Randall Thompson. This will also feature the world premiere of a commissioned work by internationally known Middletown composer Lee McQuillan. The concert will be held on Sunday, April 3, at 4 p.m. at Bethany Covenant Church, 785 Mill Street in Berlin.

Are you a dancing fool? Lisa Larsen, Choral Director at Coginchaug High School, is searching for adults who might like to join the Dancing Fools for a onetime engagement. The fools gather for several Thursday evenings in February and March to learn a song and dance routine. This wacky group will then perform Tuesday, March 15, at the CRHS Pops Concert beginning at 7:30 p.m. Interested in joining the fun? Email Lisa at, and she’ll send you materials so you can start on your journey to becoming a true Dancing Fool.

Little League 2011 registration Saturday Jan. 15, 8:30 a.m.12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 18, 6 p.m.8:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 20, 6 p.m.8:30 p.m. Place: Middlefield Community Center, 405 Main Street, Middlefield. Any questions, please contact Jason Sokol 860.682.4498. Coginchaug Little League Boys’ & Girls’ Majors Tryouts. Saturday, Jan. 29 Where: Lake Grove gym in Durham. Time: Girls 9:00 a.m. Ages: 9-12 (before 1/1/11) Boys 3:30 p.m. Ages: 9-12 (before 5/1/11) Bring: sneakers and baseball glove Boys Majors director: Nick Faiella 860-575-0669. Girls Majors contact: Bob Lane 860-349-0939.

Senior Café nutrition program The town of Durham is pleased to announce the beginning of the Elderly Nutrition Program (aka Senior Café) for hot, lunch-time meals at the Durham Activity Center starting Jan. 10. The Durham Activity Center, located at 350 Main Street, is handicap accessible. The Elderly Nutrition

Divorced or separated? Divorce Care is a special weekly seminar and support group for people who are separated or divorced. Divorce Care Group meets every

Monday night from 7-9 p.m. It’s never too late to join! This seminar runs continuously, covering 13 different sessions with all different topics. Men and women are welcome. The group meets at Victory Christian Church, 191 Meriden Rd. (Route 66) in Middlefield. Call Donna Mann at 203-634-3190 or Rick Krauth at 860-349-1974.

Annual tree collection Boy Scout Troop 270 is holding their first annual Christmas tree collection on Saturdays, Jan. 8 and 15. The suggested donation is $10 to $20 per tree, and the boy scouts will pick them up between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. on the day of your choice. Mail your donation to Troop 270: Christmas Tree Collection, 1048 New Haven Rd., Durham, CT 06422. Be sure to include your address and preferred pick-up day and leave your tree outside your house that morning. Please no tinsel, flocked trees or nails. For questions or more information, please call 860349-3075.

American Red Cross blood drive Tuesday, Jan. 18 at Notre Dame Church Hall, 1 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. To schedule an appointment, please call 1-800733 2767 or go to

Seeking singers The Greater Middletown Chorale is seeking talented singers of all voice parts to join the chorale for its spring concert. Rehearsals begin on Tuesday, Jan. 25, from 7-10 p.m. with registration beginning at 6. Rehearsals continue each week on Tuesdays at Holy Trinity Church at 381 Main Street in Middletown. Any interested singers can call 203-288-3021 or email In preparation for the GMC’s May 2011 tour to Italy, the chorale will perform a concert tailored for a Connecticut audience, featuring choral works from classical American com-

IDS screening of education documentary The Independent Day School has the unique opportunity to be one of the few schools in Connecticut to offer a screening of the riveting education documentary Race to Nowhere. The film is being used to raise awareness and initiate a national dialogue on education with the hope of galvanizing change. The screening is open to all communities in the area and would be of special interest to parents, as well as educators. The film will be shown on Wednesday, Jan. 12, in the Galluzzo Center for the Performing Arts located at The Independent Day School, 115 Laurel Brook Rd. in Middlefield. Doors open at 6:30 for the 7 p.m. viewing. Tickets can be purchased at the door for $15 or are available for $10 at the IDS website

Corrections We strive to bring you the most accurate information available each week, but if you see something in Town Times that isn’t quite right, give us a call at 860-349-8000, and we’ll do our best to make things right.

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Rep. Matthew Lesser (D-Durham, Middlefield) has been chosen to serve as vice chairman of the Government Administration and Elections Committee. “GAE is a vital government watchdog,” Lesser said. “We will help government run smarter and save taxpayers money.” The committee has oversight of many areas, including reorganization of state government, ethics laws, the state Constitution and elections. “GAE will be looking at many important issues over the next two years, from streamlining state government operations to the elections in Bridgeport,” Lesser said. Lesser added that he was particularly honored to have been chosen for a leadership position in only his second term.

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Thomas P. Gaffey, State Senator representing District 13, including Middlefield, was arrested on Monday, Jan. 3, after turning himself in to state police in Hartford. He was charged with six counts of sixth degree larceny. The charges have to do with doublebilling travel expenses of about $2,800 to both his political action committee and the state. Gaffey stated that it was an oversight, and he repaid the state. He also paid a $6,000 fine his political action group was disbanded and was obliged to give up $10,000. He will receive 100 hours of community service for the guilty plea to misde-

meanors. In a statement by Gaffey on Monday he said, “My decision is a deeply personal one. I have decided that the best course of action for everyone involved is for me to walk off the political battlefield. My family and I have suffered immensely throughout this long ordeal and need closure. This ordeal needs to end, and I have decided to end it now.” Gaffey stated that he would not take the oath of office on Wednesday and will resign from office. Susan Bysiewicz, Secretary to the State, received Gaffey’s letter of resignation and a vacancy was created on Wednesday. Bysiewicz stated, “As soon as the governor issues the Writ of Special

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January 8 Live Music The Buttonwood Tree, 605 Main St. in Middletown, will host the Ross, Greene and Weinstein trio at 8 p.m. They perform blues, classic and other relaxing music on the harmonica, keyboards, cello and guitar.


January 9 100th Birthday Celebration Edith Fowler Trischman will turn 100 years young on Jan. 11, 2011. A birthday celebration is planned for today at 1 p.m. at the Middlefield Federated Church Fellowship Hall. Friends and family are invited to attend this informal reception for Edith. No gifts please — just memories. The snow date is Jan. 16. For info. call Pat Congdon at 860-632-1228 or Joan Lombardo at 860-349-9548. Interfaith Symposium The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community of Ct. is holding an interfaith dialogue with representatives of the Christian, Jewish and Muslim communities from 6-8 p.m. at the Marican Legion, 35 Neptune Ave. in Moodus. The specific topic will be “My Faith on Peace.” All are welcome.


January 10 Durham 60+ Local musician Mary Morse will entertain with concertinas and accordions. Prior to the 1 p.m. meeting there will be a blood pressure clinic at noon. The meetings are held at the United Churches of Durham at the corner of Main and Rt. 68. The public is welcome. Businesswomen’s Alliance From 5-6:30 p.m. for all Middlesex County businesswomen at Vinnie’s Jump and Jive, 424 Main St. in Middletown. Sponsored by the Middlesex Chamber; call 860-347-6924 for more info.


January 11 CRHS Parents Forum The CRHS Parents Forum

will be held in the CRHS library at 7 p.m. The topic is the National Honor Society, what is it and how students are chosen. All welcome.


January 12 Micro Business Council A networking recption featuring refreshments, and conversation for businesses with 10 or fewer people. Room 808D in Chapman Hall at Middlesex Community College; sponsored by the Middlesex Chamber; RSVP to Jeff at 860-3476924 or Knit Club The Knit Club is back. Come knit or crochet at the Durham Activity Center, 350 Main St., from 6:30-8 p.m. RSD13 Budget Forum A public forum on the 20112012 District 13 budget will be held during the first hour of the Board of Education meeting at 7:30 p.m. at Korn School; share your concerns and ideas.


January 13 MLK Honored Coginchaug High School will host a community-wide Martin Luther King celebration at 6:30 p.m. Creative Juice Meeting Twitter. What’s it all about? A primer will be held at the Chamber of Commerce meeting roomin Middletown. For info, call Cathy at 860-347-6924.


January 14 Middlesex Dance Center Ballet students at the Middlesex Dance Center will present an American Academy of Ballet Performance Award event at 7 p.m. at the Church of St. Colman on Hubbard St. in Middlefield. Mignon Furman, director of the American Academy of Ballet in NYC, will adjudicate the event. Admission is donation of a food item or pet food. All collected donations will be distributed to a local food bank and animal shelter. Snowdate is Feb. 4. Drama Play The senior class drama will be performed at Coginchaug High School at 7 p.m.

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In Our Libraries 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 to search the catalog, review your account, register for a program or renew your materials online. For information or to register for a program by phone, call 860-349-9544. Facebook: Receive daily updates on library news and events by becoming a fan on Facebook. Click on the Facebook link on the library’s website. JobNow! On demand access to expert career coaches is yours with a click on the JobNow! icon on the library website. Destination Durham: The first two Destination Durham Cable Shows are now on DVD and are available to borrow from the library. Show #1 features the Farmers’ Market and Go Far; Show #2, Mock Crash and Internet Safety. Taste of Durham: The Taste of Durham is Feb. 5 and tickets are available at the library. Storytime 2011 Registration: winter/spring storytime registrations for all residents are available now. All storytimes begin Jan. 3 and end April 13. They are: Mother Goose (18-30 months), Mondays at 10:15 or 11 a.m., Time for Tots (2.5-3.5 years), Wednesdays at 10:15 or 11 a.m. and Preschool (3.5-5 years), Tuesdays at 10:15 or 11 a.m. To register for a storytime, call 860-349-9544 or visit the library. Downloadable E-Books: Did you get a Sony Reader, Friday Fun Dance Night DMYFS will be holding a dance/fun night for 5th and 6th grade students from 7 to 9:30 p.m. There will be pizza and snacks for sale. The music will be provided by Sound Spectrum. Anyone interested in volunteering to help chaperone, or for info on admission price, please call Betsy at 860-349-0258.

B&N Nook, I-pad, I-phone or other e-reader device for the holidays? If you have a Durham library card, ebooks are available from the library. Go to and click on the audio books/e-books Overdrive icon on the lower left of the page. Follow the Quick Start Guide and start downloading e-books. Audio books are also available from the Overdrive site. Want to know if your device is compatible? Find out on the library website. Book Lovers’ Circle: Come to the library on Wednesday, Feb. 2 at 7:30 p.m. for a discussion of The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls. All are welcome to participate in an evening of stimulating conversation. Copies of the book are available at the library. Mystery Book Discussion: The mystery book club will meet on Tuesday, Jan. 18 at 7:30, when Mistress of the Art of Death by Ariana Franklin will be discussed. All are welcome. Copies of the book are available at the library. New Arrivals: Licence to Dream by Anna Jacobs, Secrets of the Grave by Tami Hoag, Comfort to the Enemy by Elmore Leonard, Eighteen Acres by Nicolle Wallace, If the Allies Had Fallen: Sixty Alternate Scenarios of WWII edited by Dennis E. Showalter, The 4-Hour Body by Timothy Ferriss, Cooking for Geeks by Jeff Potter, All the Devils are Here: The Hidden History of the Financial Crisis by Bethany McLean, Great Food, All Day Long by Maya Angelou and Dead or Alive by Tom Clancy.

Levi Coe Library Hours: The library is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays. Visit www.leviecoe. com or call the library at 860349-3857 for information or to register for any program.

You can also renew, reserve and check your library record on the website. Holiday Hours: Library will be closed Monday, Jan. 17 for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Please check out the Levi E. Coe Library’s Facebook page for events and news. Children’s Room Storytime: Storytime resumed Wednesday, Jan. 5, at 10:30 a.m. To register for upcoming storytimes, please call the Children’s Room at 860349-3857 ext.2. A cup of coffee and a good book: Come to the library and warm up this winter with a nice cup of coffee and a good read. The library is selling cups of coffee at $1 a cup and biscotti at $1 each to raise money for the purchase of museum passes. Support your library, support your community and get a cup of coffee and biscotti for less than a latte somewhere else. New Museum Passes: The library now has the following museum passes, which offer either free or reduced admission: CT State Parks & Forests Day Pass, Mystic Aquarium, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art and the Old State House. Please call the library for more info. New Titles: Dead Zero by Stephen Hunter, Desperate Measures by Fern Michaels, Golden Prince by Rebecca Dean, If You Follow Me by Malena Watrous, In Too Deep by Jayne Ann Krentz, Life by Keith Richards, Naked Cruelty by Colleen McCullough, Outlaws by W.E.B. Griffin and Secrets to the Grave by Tami Hoag. New DVDs: American Devil, Going the Distance, Inception, Nanny McPhee Returns, Shrek Forever After and more! To view anticipated arrival dates for new titles, visit our webpage and click on Activities and Events and then click Monthly Calendars.

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want and need a cross section of Middlefield to step up and fill positions on boards and the commissions,” with fellow selectman Mary Johnson specifically noting that many of the members on Planning and Zoning (P&Z) work in the building trade. She felt that the commission needed more variety. As it stands, both the Economic Development Commission and P&Z require additional members or alternates. Also Jen Brown resigned from the BOF. Her seat will be filled by Frank St. John for the remainder of her term. One of the two alternate seats on P&Z will be filled by Peter Tyc, while Kathy Kokoszka was appointed to the Water Pollution Control Authority. Voting venue was another matter to come up. Social services/senior director Antoinette Astle informed the board that she and the Building Department are unable to work when voting occurs upstairs in the Community Center (CC). She suggested that it be moved, with the board reviewing the merits of keeping it upstairs in the CC, moving it to the CC auditorium or moving it to Memorial School. Johnson felt that voting should move to the school if possible due to issues with acoustics and space in the CC, though she preferred the auditorium to the present space. Board member Ed Bailey suggested keeping voting in the CC as it’s a centralized location and because the town may have to transport voting equipment to the school if Memorial can’t store it on-site. Before going forward with a move, though,


Brayshaw lacked solid numbers, he stated that this should mean a significant decrease in what Middlefield pays to the school district. However, the town will also have to pay for a new dump truck in the coming fiscal year. While the trucks are on a regular twelve year replacement schedule, the money set aside for the vehicle was removed from prior budgets to pay for other items, meaning the town will need to make up for the funding somehow during the upcoming budget process. An update on Powder Ridge was also offered. Brayshaw reported that Alpine wants an update on the environmental study performed in 2006, which will cost the town around $1,000. Another Powder Ridge matter came up, with the selectmen recommending that the Board of Finance (BOF) approve a supplemental appropriation to pay for Powder Ridge funding. In other business, the board approved the purchase of Merriam property development rights for a total of $115,000. This is a decrease from the original $250,000 approved for the purchase, as the town will only be buying rights to 18.14 acres of the property, rather than the 25 originally approved for purchase. The Merriam property is off Ross Road along the Coginchaug River in Rockfall. The selectmenwere also concerned with the lack of residents volunteering for the various boards and commissions and also with the type of people volunteering. Brayshaw stated, “We really

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Malcolm Pearce’s Memories of Durham and he attributes his fond memories to his close connections with friends and neighbors, and to a life lived in faith.

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Malcolm Pearce has lived in Durham for all of his 81 years, and he loves this town so much that, in days gone by, he was willing to commute to New Rochelle, New York — a 150-mile round trip — rather than move. “I went through a car every year,” he recalls. “Sometimes as I pulled into the driveway, the engine was blown. I’d just go to the junkyard and get another engine, put it in on Sunday, and Monday I was off to work again.” And when you read his recently published book, Memories, you will see that, to Pearce, growing up in this town was wellworth all those blown engines. Though times were tough — the Depression and World War II had cast a shadow over everyone’s lives — Pearce’s childhood, which he shared with two siblings, offered up a plethora of experiences that keep him smiling to this day. “Bliss” is the word he uses to describe it,






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Durham was a farming community back then, with a population of 1,200 and “more cows than people.” Life was simple. He went to school, skated on Mill Pond, worked on the town’s farms, played with his friends, attended church. There were no televisions or computers, of course, so he and his family would huddle around the radio after supper, listening to the programs and to news of the war. He and his friends walked everywhere, or rode their bikes. Even after they got their licenses, their parents didn’t let them have the family car because gas was rationed.

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came to his first birthday party, in 1930, and later married him, in 1951. “It was an arranged marriage,” jokes Pearce. He picked strawberries at Aivano’s farm, for one cent a quart, though he eventually worked his way up to three cents a quart. He gathered eggs from Abner Newton’s 200 hens, who were reluctant to turn them over; he was pecked, flapped with wings and chased around the coop. He cut corn, cleaned out cow barns and gathered up baled hay. He helped deliver milk, with his day beginning at 4 a.m. In short, if there was work to be done on any of the town’s farms, he was there to do it. When his folks went on vacation, he stayed with Aunt Minny — an experience which took him back to the basics. Water was retrieved from a hand pump. Baths were taken in a big copper tub, which was placed next to the kitchen’s cast-iron wood stove; the soap was homemade. The upstairs bedrooms were not heated, and at bedtime Aunt Minny would heat a stone on the stove, wrap it in a towel and rub it up and down the bed. He churned butter and helped out with the chores. There was no radio, and after supper he did his homework by the light of an oil lamp. There was no indoor bathroom, just an outhouse, and Aunt Minny washed clothes on a scrub board. When his parents came back, Pearce said it felt good to return to such amenities as electricity, indoor plumbing, a washing machine, a radio and heat from a coal-burning furnace. One of his most cherished memories is when Hollywood came to Durham. A director had arrived in town to do a short movie on Thanksgiving, and young Pearce was enlisted for his advice on which farm was most suitable for the shooting. Not only did he help her choose the location for the film, but he was also in several scenes. He will never forget the large black limousine that picked him up from school to take

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Memories him to the shoot, and the extra attention he got from the girls in his class because of it. Pearce, who spent 42 years as an aeronautical mechanical engineer, is happy to give back to the town that he feels gave him so much. He was the constable for eight years, the civil defense director for 40 years (he was in charge of the military and civil defense of the town, in case of war or a disaster), a fireman for 25 years, he’s been the superintendent of sound sys-


Town Times (Continued from page 6) tems for the Durham Fair for the past seven years, and is currently on the safety committee — all on a volunteer basis. “The town has grown to 6,000–7,000,” he says, “and there’s a lot of people who didn’t grow up here, so they have no interest in volunteering. This town depends on volunteers — for the fire department, for school boards, for the churches. People used to volunteer for three or four things, and I miss that. Now it’s the old families and their kids who

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are usually doing the volunteering.” And he misses the closeness that a town of 1,200 can offer. “You can’t know everyone now, like we used to. When I was growing up here, everyone looked out for everyone else. They say it takes a village to raise a child. It’s true.” Pearce’s book, Memories, can be purchased on and at Barnes and Noble.

Santa visited the Middlefield Childrens Center, where he read T’was the night before Christmas. The children too, got to sing a few songs for all to enjoy! Photos submitted


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stantly reminded of my morThe New Year bears the Tanya Feke, MD tality, but in this instance, I hope of a new beginning. Reswas shaken to the core. My olutions get made in the spirroommate was only 35 years it of starting over, although old. only a handful of those inMemories flooded my mind as I took in spired plans will survive the coming the news. I smiled at our former antics in the months, weeks, or even days of 2011. Ultidormitory, parties we attended, trips we mately it’s not the resolution that matters made. I even laughed out loud at the image but the original intention behind it. Simply, of her kicking open our walk-in closet door the New Year is an opportunity to step back to the “Imperial March” (Darth Vader’s and reflect on our lives. theme song). She had a flare for the dramatOnly days before the ball dropped in ic. We had shared so many moments togethTimes Square, I learned that my college er and now there will be no more. roommate had been diagnosed with metastaIt is an emotional start to 2011, and for tic cancer, source unknown. With a grave those of you who have also lost loved ones, prognosis, she was placed in hospice, and whether in years past or more recently, you three short days later I received the call from may feel the same. While it is normal to a family friend that she had passed away. reminisce and to ponder what-if/why, YOU As a physician, I care for people young are living NOW. Be thankful for the wonderand old. I revel as new life comes into this ful things in your life while you can enjoy world and mourn when it leaves, all the them. while caring for the life that exists in beAs I say goodbye, I also welcome a new tween. Whether family, friends or patients, beginning. Surely, 2011 will have its share of each and every person I meet touches me in some way, much like George Bailey in It’s a Wonderful Life. In my profession, I am conSee Goodbye, next page

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Letters to the Editor Thanks Boy Scouts I would like to express my thanks to the scouts, leaders, and parents of Boy Scout Troop 33. Our community has benefited greatly from the improvements made by the scouts, most recently with the informational kiosk and benches that were installed on the open space on Strickland Road known as the Coginchaug Greenway. There are so many great projects that have been done by Eagle Scouts from Troop 33, and they seemingly appear overnight and with little fanfare. However, a tremendous amount of volunteer work and planning is done by these young men, and the projects are

often built solely with funds raised by the Scouts. I am afraid to list all the outstanding projects that have been done over the years for fear of leaving one out, but I think it is fair to say to that most of us have been touched in one way or the other by the fine work of Troop 33. Martin J. Smith, Middlefield

What tax is this? We have received a “reminder” from the town of Durham that the second half of our taxes is due by Jan. 31, 2011. What is this???? I have lived in this town for 70 years and paid taxes for 40 years, and have nev-

er been delinquent. I did not need a reminder that my taxes were due. I thought this administration was going to cut expenses. Seems to me this is another expense. For those people who can’t remember to pay their taxes in January — that is a good thing because then the town can collect interest. Where has common sense gone???? We must stop “babysitting” people; I do not want the government (town, state or federal) running my life. People must be responsible for their own actions — good or bad. Irene Curtis Roberts, Durham

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It shall be the policy to prevent damage of the town of Durham during snow removal Public Works Departoperations: ment that if any mail1. The front of the box or post is damaged mailbox must be 12 as the result of snow inches minimum, 18 removal operations, inches maximum the responsibility for from curb or edge of making repairs shall roadway. be borne by the prop2. The bottom of the erty owner. The Demailbox must be 40-44 partment of Public inches above road eleWorks will not be revation. sponsible for mailbox 3. The post should Laura Francis, Durham damage from snow be constructed of prespropelled against the sure-treated wood, 4 mailbox during snowinch by 4 inch miniplowing activities. mum post size. When a mailbox or 4. #8 minimum post is damaged by discrews that are weathrect contact from our er-resistant should be snow removal equipused during assembly ment, the following will occur: of mailbox and post. Do not use nails. 1. Call the Public Works DepartMost mailbox damage occurs when: ment PWD) at 860-349-1816 within 24 1. The mailbox is not sufficiently hours to report damage. constructed so as to withstand the im2. Inspection of mailbox and post to pact of snow being thrown against it. determine cause of damage. 2. There is an accumulated volume 3. Inspector will determine who is of snow to contend with. at fault (improper installation of mailSome helpful hints: box, or plow operator error). 1. Make sure your mailbox is stur4. Following investigation, the dily constructed. mailbox or post will be repaired or re2. Reduce the height of piled snow placed if the plow operator is at fault. around the mailbox. Decorator mailboxes and posts that 3. Do not shovel or blow snow into receive direct contact from snow re- the street or sidewalk. If you use a primoval equipment will be replaced vate snow removal contractor, make with a standard mailbox and post. sure the plow operator is insured and *The PWD will assist elderly or im- is aware that no snow may be plowed paired property owners with repair- onto town property, i.e. the street. ing damage to their mailbox or post. If you have any questions or conThe following guidelines for proper cerns, feel free to contact the Public mailbox and post installation will help Works Department at 860-349-1816.

Take an Albanian violinist, a Polish conMusic ductor, an American tenor and a Lithuanian soprano; have them perform works from Finland, Russia, Italy and Austria, and what do you have? A recipe for a gala New Year’s Eve concert at Trinity on Main in New Britain that proved yet again that there is only one universal language understood by all of mankind — that being great classical music! The festive event was the second annual New Year’s concert conducted by the state’s favorite maestro, Adrian Sylveen of the Ct. Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, and hosted by the historic church in New Britain. His forces also traveled to Middlesex County the next day and appeared at the Katherine Hepburn Theater in Old Saybrook. The first part of the program focused on the instrumental — the sparkling and obligatory Strauss waltzes — and featured a solo from Albania’s Brunilda Myftaraj (say “MIFF-tar-ahj”). Sibelius’ lengthy and ponderous “Violin Concerto” is like a dark cabernet — hardly the bubbly champagne fare expected at a New Year’s celebration — and requires extraordinary stamina and technical agility from an ace musician of stature. Ms. Myftaraj rose to the demands splendidly, using her bow like a paintbrush to bring out all the passion and nuances of the difficult piece. Her standing ovation, complete with floral bouquets, was well deserved. The vocal treats surfaced in the sec-

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MLK Jr. there was a holiday about peace.” She liked that peace was being publicized and getting more attention. In 2003 Christgau met Dr. Bernard LaFayette Jr., a civil rights leader, former executive staff member to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and Senior Distinguished Scholar in Residence at Emory University. Dr. LaFayette is currently a Distinguished Scholar in Residence and Director of the Center for Nonviolence and Peace Studies at the University of Rhode Island. In 2005 Christgau took a three-week intensive program on Kingian Nonviolence certification training from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day. “Dr. LaFayette worked with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., he was a strategist and co-founder of Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC),” Christgau spoke of Dr, LaFayette, “After I was certified as a Level I trainer, he took me under his wing, he mentored me. It opened my eyes and showed me how we could live and be in a non-violent society.”

ond half of the evening when Conn. Lyric Opera’s resident diva Jurate Svedaite carefully chose familiar chestnuts from her signature roles to lighten the mood. She partnered with Michael Wade Lee, her Tamino in last November’s Magic Flute here. The two brought the house down with their bravura singing of the famous drinking song from La Traviata, the evening’s second highlight. The tenor also sang beautifully in a short aria from Tchaikovsky’s less popular Eugene Onegin. The big, plush orchestral surges from the pit almost threatened to swamp the singers a couple of times in the long “Boheme” scene, but otherwise, the concert rang in 2011 on a happy high note. Attention aspiring music students: the Conn. Virtuosi Music Academy in Farmington is open to students of all ages who reside anywhere, and is a joint project of this orchestra and Tunxis Community College. Ms Myftaraj is the director. For more info, please call 860-944-0423 or visit Middlesex opera lovers must remember to circle May 21 on their calendars when Ms Svedaite makes her exciting role debut as Puccini’s fiery “Tosca” at Middletown High School’s Performing Arts Center. This Conn. Lyric Opera production will be touring the state all that month, as always. For alternate dates, tickets and more info, please call 860-347-4887 or visit


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In the summer after the training, she then returned to Litchfield and offered some “non-violence introductions.” She continued to assist Dr. LaFayette in Rhode Island, where she had tremendous exposure to how this training works. In 2007 she brought nine people to Rhode Island to become Level I trainers; Christgau is now a Level III trainer. She said, “We now had a team of people who could do this work, it was very exciting!” They sent information to various leaders in Hartford and then had four significant training sessions. Since 2009, 35 people have been certified as Level I Kingian Nonviolence trainers at the University of Hartford. In all of this training music is present. “IMusic was an integral part of the civil rights movement music, and it is an essential part of the training, where the historical songs are taught,” Christgau stated. Christgau is very excited about the performance in the Durham Middle-

field area. She is bringing musicians and artists from the area, as well as two speakers from Hartford. Christgau stated, “The performance will be a combination of spoken and sung word, it is not a lecture in any shape or form; there will be stories shared and lively, lively music. The audience will be able to join in at times.” The performance is an extension of a program Christgau did with the kids at John Lyman School last year. It was a musical residency working with the school district’s Core Ethical Values and music from around the world. Christgau said, “It was a fabulous time, I was thrilled. Lyman was one of the best experiences ever; the school is so open to creativity.” “I am really interested in bringing out diversity, it’s not that people aren’t interested, but that they don’t have the opportunity,” Christgau stated about the upcoming performance. “I am very grateful to Durham and Middlefield for providing this opportunity.”

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Web update By press time, 13 people had responded to our online poll question: “What’s your home heating plan this winter?” As it turns out, most of you - 77 percent - will be heating the “Traditional” way — gas, oil or electric. The option to heat “Green” — solar/geothermal, or “Stove” — pellet/wood, did not receive any responses. However, 15 percent of you plan to heat using a combination of all the choices listed. Stay warm this winter!

Durham Town Briefs


Durham Government Calendar A clean energy renovation for (All meetings will be held at the Durham Library unless otherwise noted. Check the town Web page at www.townofyour home for updates.) Monday, January 10 6 p.m. — Volunteer Ambulance Corps at 205 Main St. 7 p.m. — Board of Selectmen at Town Hall 7:30 p.m. — Inland Wetlands Agency Tuesday, January 11 7:30 p.m. — Conservation Commission Wednesday, January 12 3 p.m. — Board of Selectmen (budget meeting) at Town Hall 6 p.m. — Board of Education at Lyman School 7 p.m. — Board of Selectmen at Town Hall Thursday, January 13 7:30 p.m. — Zoning Board of Appeals at Town Hall Tuesday, January 18 7 p.m. — Board of Finance at Town Hall 7 p.m. — Agriculture Committee at Town Hall Wednesday, January 19 7:30 p.m. — Planning and Zoning Commission

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New businesses The Economic Development Commission noted at its recent meeting that several new businesses have opened in recent months.

Friday, January 7, 2011 The commission welcomes the following companies to Durham. New England Homes and Properties, LLC at 370 Main St. opened in October. The new business has five agents, according to owner Tammy Morse, and offers a full range of realtor services. The agency participated in the Oct. 9 Discover Durham Business Expo. In the same complex is Lily Nails, a full service manicure/pedicure salon, which opened in August. Owner Lee Vo says that the salon is open Monday through Saturday and walk-in clients are welcome. At the 16 Main St. complex on the south end of town is Eco Yoga, a studio offering a wide variety of programs in the Himalayan Institute tradition. Director and owner Virna Lisa is a health and wellness instructor with more than 20 years of experience. A senior yoga instructor at Yale University, she combines her knowledge of Yoga, Ayurveda, Tantra, Reiki and western therapeutic modalities in dealing with clients who have acute health issues as well as the general population. Instructor Katja Opper is a licensed geriatric nurse whose study of yoga came about as a result of dealing with acutely chronically ill patients. The Eco Yoga classes schedule is listed on the studioâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website The studio also participated in the Oct. 9 Discover Durham Business Expo. Also at 16 Main St. is Fresh Lifestyle Shop & Gallery. Owners Thijs Stoop and Matt Giannini have transformed their passion for skateboarding and art into a business. Most of the skate shopâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s merchandise is purchased or made locally, including the shopâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s customprinted T-shirts and Worshipbrand socks. Skateboarding lessons are offered 860-3493000. Roger and Lisa Passavant recently opened Prancing Pony in a charming bungalow at 46 Main St. The gift and tack shop has everything that a horse owner or horse fancier might want or need. The shop also carries gifts made by local crafters and artists. (Submitted by Ona McLaughlin for the EDC)

Middlefield Town Briefs

Friday, January 7, 2011

Zoning Board of Appeals The Zoning Board of Appeals held a public hearing on Dec. 30 to discuss Nancy Grenier’s request to receive a number of variances for her 234 Main St. home. This included adding an ornamental roof dormer that faces Main Street, a roof extension and a landing deck on the northeast side of the house. As the changes were ornamental in nature and due to the hardship of two converging highways by the property, as well as the nearby river, the board felt Grenier should be permitted to build. They accepted her request with unanimous approval. (Chuck Corley)

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Road. While resident Susan Malone reported the dumpsters at prior meeting, she noted that the solid waste was removed around 5:30 AM the day after she initially notified the commission and had concerns that someone on the commission or in the audience informed the property owner about her complaint. As for why the commission otherwise didn’t act on her complaint, Colegrove explained that he was waiting to receive photographs of the property before the commission rendered any judgment on whether or not the owner was in violation of any regulations. (Chuck Corley)

Middlefield Government Calendar (Unless otherwise indicated, all meetings are held in the Community Center.) Monday, January 3 7 p.m. — Board of Selectmen Tuesday, January 4 7:30 p.m. — Midstate Regional Planning Agency at 100 DeKoven Dr., Middletown Wednesday, January 12 7:30 p.m. — Board of Education at Korn School 6:30 p.m. — Planning and Zoning Tuesday, January 18 7 p.m. — Conservation Commission 7 p.m. — Board of Selectmen Wednesday, January 19 7-10 p.m. — Inland Wetlands & Watercourses Agency 7 p.m. — Metacomet Regional Windfarm Committee Thursday, January 20 7 p.m. — Middlefield Board of Finance 7 p.m. — DMIAAB Tuesday, January 25 7 p.m. — Middlefield Zoning Board of Appeals


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and not under their jurisdiction. Additionally, when Colegrove said that the town can take down any signs in the right of way, Rogers said, “Should we ask Uncle Bob to remove all his signs?” She went on to explain that the signs were up not because of 1 Lorraine Terrace, but instead due to a discussion with the DOT about Route 66 and Lorraine Terrace. Rogers also claimed that the building department is not aware of the business currently run out of 1 Lorraine Terrace, though Colegrove said “That’s impossible” as a permit was received for the property. Crescimano added that the sanitarian, building inspector, and the fire marshal all signed off on the business. Rather than taking any action, the commission told Crescimano to contact them should the fallen sign go up again. Crescimano also told the commission that he is preparing the Mylars for Middlefield Commons and will file them soon. There was also a complaint about dumpsters storing solid waste along Powder Hill


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Town Times Sports

Friday, January 7, 2011

Boys’ Blue Devil basketball season knotted at 2-2 so far By Alan Pease Special to the Town Times Slow Start Against Valley On Wednesday, Dec. 15, the Coginchaug boys hosted the Warriors of Valley Regional. Valley came in with a senior laden team, having finished in third place in the Shoreline Conference last year. Coginchaug hung close in the first period, entering the second period with a 13-all tie. But the Warriors scored the first three field goals, and hit on a three before the half to go up by 11 points, 32-21 at the half, and maintained a double digit lead for the remainder of the game, with a 48-33 lead after three and finishing with a convincing 68-44 win, handing the Devils a season-opening loss. Erikson Wasyl led Coginchaug in scoring with 15 points, adding three steals, two assists and two rebounds. Ethan Donecker scored 14, plus grabbing three rebounds, two steals and blocking a shot. Brock Hoyt led the team in rebounding with seven, and also had six points and a steal. Tommy Ryan had seven points, four rebounds, a steal and an assist. EJ Luther led the team in assists with six, adding four rebounds and two each rebounds, blocks and points. Off the bench, Sam Baker

had three points and three boards, Alec Corazzini had two points, a rebound and a steal. Senior co-captain Andrew Markoski was not available to play, having injured his hand during the pre-season. With luck, Andrew will be available to play well before season’s end. Third Quarter Powers CRHS Past Old Saybrook On Monday, Dec. 20, the Coginchaug boys visited the Rams of Old Saybrook. They went ahead 7-0 early on a trey from Erikson Wasyl and two scores from Tommy Ryan. But they only managed a field goal from Erikson and two free throws from Ethan Donecker over the rest of the period, while the Rams scored 14 to lead 14-11. For the first six minutes of the second period, the Devils would score only two treys from Wasyl, both assisted by EJ Luther, allowing the Rams to lead 26-17 with less than two minutes left in the half. Ryan scored two quick baskets, then after a single point from Old Saybrook, EJ Luther scored on a drive to the basket, resulting in a 27-23 deficit for the Devils entering the half. The third period, however, belonged to Coginchaug. The defense allowed only six points on three field goals, while Ryan scored 11, Wasyl

dropped in five and Donecker scored two. Just before time expired, Wasyl assisted on a trey for Ryan that left the Devils with a 41-33 lead entering the final period. In the final period, a free throw from Donecker and baskets from Brock Hoyt and Ryan pushed the lead to 46-33 before the Rams could score, and baskets from Wasyl and Donecker were more than enough to offset seven points from Old Saybrook, resulting in a solid 50-40 win for the Devils. Tommy Ryan led the way for the Devils with 21 points and two rebounds. Erikson Wasyl was right behind Ryan with 18 points, four rebounds, a block and an assist. Ethan Donecker filled the stat sheet with seven points, five rebounds, five steals, three blocks and two assists. EJ Luther was the leading assist man with seven, adding three steals, two rebounds and two points. Brock Hoyt was the leading rebounder with six, and also scored two. Off the bench, Sam Baker had three rebounds and Jay Norton had one rebound. Period Beginnings Sink Coginchaug On Wednesday, Dec. 22, the Coginchaug boys traveled to Enfield to take on the Raiders. In every period, Enfield scored first, scoring the first 13 points of the game and six points of the final period. The Raiders had 19-7, 33-16 and 4531at the end of each period, and ended with a comfortable 61-45 win. Erikson Wasyl scored 19 and added two rebounds, two steals and an assist. Tommy Ryan scored nine, with two rebounds and an assist. Brock Hoyt was the leading rebound-

er for the Devils with eight, and added six points and an assist. Ethan Donecker had five points, four rebounds, four assists, three steals and an assist. EJ Luther had four points, and three each of rebounds, steals and assists. Off the bench, Sam Baker had two points and an assist, while Alec Corazzini had a rebound and an assist. Fast Start, Strong OT Propels Devils Past Hyde On Thursday, Dec. 30, the Coginchaug boys hosted the Howling Wolves of Hyde Leadership, normally the odds-on favorite to win the Shoreline Conference each year. If you’re reading this and were not at the game, you cannot possibly conceive of how exciting this game was. This was as good as it gets in high school hoops, as the clear underdog Blue Devils jumped out to an early lead, maintained that lead through the first three periods, then battled the Howling Wolves to a tie at the end of regulation. As the overtime period started, things looked difficult for the Devils, as Hyde knocked down a three-pointer almost immediately, but a Tommy Ryan jumper kept things close. The visitors dropped in another trey to go up 66-62, but after Brock Hoyt hit one of two from the line, Ryan grabbed the rebound and converted for some second chance points to draw within one at 66-65. Both teams had some misses, but with just over a minute left, Ryan grabbed the rebound on a Hyde miss, which Erikson Wasyl ultimately converted into the two points that gave the Devils the lead for good at 67-66. EJ Luther had a key steal, which led to Hoyt hit-

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ting on one of two from the charity stripe to make the lead68-66. The next possession for Hyde resulted in free throws, and an opportunity to tie the game. Hyde hit the first, and to beef up the rebounding on the second shot, coach Todd Salva inserted Roby Granger with instructions to “hit your man hard,” in other words, make sure he’s boxed out, to keep any potential rebound out of Hyde’s grasp. Roby did just that, taking his man out of the play and allowing Wasyl to grab the rebound along the baseline. Erikson sealed the win, dropping in two from the line, resulting in the final score of 7067 in favor of the home-standing Devils. Coginchaug started fast, getting out to a two0 – 10 first period lead, with Wasyl scoring 1two points, Ryan putting up five, Ethan Donecker converting on a single basket, and EJ Luther converting on a single free throw to account for the scoring. Coginchaug missed only two shots from the field in the period, and on both of those, they got the offensive rebound, while Hyde hit on only five of 1five shots. The Devils actually managed to extend the lead in the second period, going ahead 3524 entering the half. Wasyl scored five points, while Ryan, Luther, Donecker, Hoyt and Sam Baker all scored two. The Howling Wolves managed to creep back in the third period, closing the gap to 46-40 by period’s end. Erikson scored all of the Blue Devil’s points in the period. The fourth period saw Hyde come all the way back to take a lead, and eventually tie at the end of regulation. The crowd was going nuts throughout the period, as it seemed that every time Hyde would pull ahead, either Ryan or Wasyl would have the answer. Ryan hit on a Donecker-assisted trey to retake the lead at50-48, Wasyl converted on an oldfashioned three-point play to pull ahead 53-50, and after taking a charge to get possession, Ryan dropped in a two to retie the game at 55-all. Hyde connected on a two but first Erikson connected on one of two from the line (he was 13 of 14 for the night), then Tommy hit See Boys’ b-ball, page 14

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CRHS girls’ basketball off to a fine and fast start By Alan Pease Special to Town Times Coginchaug Rolls Over Hyde On Friday, Dec. 17, the Coginchaug girls jumped out to a 21-0 lead over the Howling Wolves of Hyde and never looked back. The Devils led 25-6 after one, 38-12 at the half, 54-17 after three, and finished with a commanding 62-26 win. Lauren Esposito was the leading scorer with 13, while Audrey had 12, Jessica eight, Amanda and Kim six apiece, Olivia and Alison each scored four, Andrea netted five and Morgan and Katelyn each scored two. Mancinelli was huge with 10 assists, while Romanoff had three, Biesak two, and Esposito, Boyle, Solomon and Luther each had one. Solomon was the leading rebounder with eight (also had one block), while Boyle (also with a block), Mancinelli, and Corazinni had five, Kuehnle had four, Esposito, Biesak, Luther and Buonanni each had two and Trusty, Whitaker and Williams each had one. Audrey was the biggest thief with five steals, while Sam and Kim each added two, and seven players had one steal. Coginchaug Girls Defeat North Branford On Tuesday, Dec. 21, the Blue Devils went to a very difficult place to play in North Branford and executed their game plan of playing a fast paced offensive

game and a physical, strong defense. The Devils held a slim 109 lead after the first quarter, then outscored the rival Thunderbirds 20-9 to take a 30-18 halftime lead. The Devils increased the lead in the second half outscoring their opponent 22-17 for a final of 52-35. Lauren Esposito led the Devils offense with 20 points followed by Sam Mancinelli with 12 and Kim Romanoff having a breakout game with eight points including seven points in the second quarter when Sam had to go to the bench after picking up her second foul. Sam, Jessica, Morgan and Amanda helped the Devils control the backboards with 13, seven, seven and six rebounds respectively. Audrey Biesak led the Devils stingy defense with five steals. Coginchaug Girls Dominate Bellringers On Thursday, Dec. 23, the Blue Devils continued their stingy defensive ways against the East Hampton Bellringers, holding their big offensive threat to 14 points in an impressive 58-38 victory. The Blue Devils found themselves down 7-2 for the first time in the young season during the first quarter. However, they worked to gain a 22-21 halftime lead as a result of strong team defense and incredible individual defensive efforts by Amanda Boyle and Morgan Kuehnle throughout the en-

tire game. Audrey Biesak led the Devils offense with 20 including four for four from the foul line, Sam and Lauren added 15 and eight points respectively. Sam had another strong game on the backboards with 10 rebounds and added six assists and five steals. Promising freshman Morgan Kuehnle added three points, four rebounds, two assists and three steals. The Devils came out of the locker room at halftime and outscored the Bellringers 2010 in the third quarter and never looked back. Blue Devil Girls Start Slow, But Beat Canton On Tuesday, Dec. 28, the Coginchaug girls started slow against the visiting Raiders of Canton, trailing 87 after one period, but they moved ahead 31-22 at the half, 46-34 after three, and won the game 63-43 for a convincing non-conference victory. Audrey Biesak led the team in scoring with 17 and steals with four, also adding

two assists. Sam Mancinelli was the leading rebounder with 10, and also assisted on the most baskets, with seven. Sam also scored 13 points and had a steal. Amanda Boyle had seven points, four rebounds, three steals and an assist. Lauren Esposito, who seemed to pick up fouls for breathing too hard, still managed seven points, a block and a rebound. Jessica Solomon pulled down six rebounds, and also had two points, a steal and an assist. Off the bench, Morgan Kuehnle had 11 points, six rebounds, two steals and an assist, Kim Romanoff had six points, four rebounds, three steals and a block, and Olivia Corazinni had a rebound. Coginchaug Girls Fall to Bacon Academy On Wednesday, Dec. 29, the Blue Devils may not have been completely prepared for their trip to Bacon Academy (a Class L school) as the Bobcats’ size and experience caused all sorts of problems for the Devils. The Devils went down 2-0 right

at the opening tip and never made it a close game in a 6440 loss. The Devils appeared to be slow on both the offensive and defensive ends of the floor. Lauren Esposito and Sam Mancinelli led the Devils sub-par offense with 11 points each. Sam was able to gather 10 rebounds as the Devils were out-rebounded for the first time this season. Uncharacteristic turnovers and sloppy play resulted in the Blue Devils’ first loss of the season. Thanks to Coach Rett Mancinelli for the game notes for North Branford, East Hampton and Bacon Academy. Coginchaug is 6-1 overall, and 5-0 in Shoreline Conference play. As you read this, the girls have a game tonight, Friday, Jan. 7, at home versus Old Lyme, slated to start at 7:30. Come on down and cheer the girls on – they may not be UConn, but these girls are GOOD!

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Obituary Robert W. DeSimone Jr. Dr. Robert W. DeSimone, Jr., of Durham died unexpectedly Wednesday, December 29. Rob was a gifted scientist and inventor, a creative teacher and a loving son, father and husband. He was born on April 28, 1963, the son of Robert Walter DeSimone, Sr. and Joyce Colangelo DeSimone and grew up in Wilton. He attended Wilton High School where he met his future wife, Patricia Buxton. Rob graduated from Wilton High in 1981; earned his bachelor of science in chemistry from Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York in 1985; his master of science in mechanistic organic chemistry from Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey in 1987; and his doctorate in organic chemistry from Wesleyan University in Middletown in 1992. He completed his postdoctorate at Yale University in 1993. He and Pat were married in 1987. Rob was an accomplished chemist who worked in drug discovery for Neurogen Corporation and Cellular Genomics in Branford. He also was an inventor who held more than 40 patents for drugs he developed. In 2006, he embarked on a second career as a teacher, earning certification through the ARC program. He taught chemistry, integrated science and biology at Notre Dame Catholic High School in

Fairfield, where he was known to his students as “Doctor D.” Rob was active in hometown politics, and served on the town’s Board of Finance. He enjoyed photography, bass fishing, gardening and raising Barred Rock chickens. His had a passion for golf and was a member of the Portland Golf Club. Rob is survived by his wife, Pat, his daughter Gina, and his son David; his parents Robert and Joyce of The Villages, Florida; brother, James, and his wife, Holly, of Redding, Connecticut; his nieces and nephews, Mitchell, Thomas and Becca DeSimone; Sharon and Aric Wauzzinski; Kate, Kip, Konnor and Kelly Buxton; and Jane Ackermann. There will be visiting hours on Monday fron 4 to 7 p.m. at the D’Angelo Funeral Home, 22 South Main Street, Middletown (860-347-0752. The funeral mass was held at Notre Dame Church in Durham Tuesday at 10 a.m., 72 Main Street, Durham. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to: the Dr. Robert DeSimone Memorial Scholarship Fund, Notre Dame Catholic High School 220 Jefferson Street, Fairfield, Connecticut 06825 (203-372-6521; or the American Cancer Society Southern New England Region (1-800-227-2345; 825 Brook Street; I-91 Tech Center Rocky Hill, CT 06067).

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Citi Field was the best place I ever visited! I was super excited when we arrived at Citi Field. We went to the Mets Hall of Fame and Museum. We saw the Mets World Series trophies! We took a photo with the statue of Mr. Met. Then we entered the team store. The store was amazing! It had a lot of Mets apparel, but not what we were looking for! We looked for an Ike Davis shirt for my brother, Zach. They didn’t have one. We took the escalator to the top of the Jackie Robinson rotunda. We saw a line up that had posters which looked like Tops cards. We walked over to the seats. We looked over the field. The field had the Mets logo and also looked like a regular baseball diamond. Then we walked to the 2K Sports Fanfest. We played T-wiffle ball on Mr. Mets kiddie field. Here’s what we had to do to play: 1. Play left field, 2. Center field, 3. Play right field and then bat three times and run the bases. After my first at bat, we went to the batting cage. After the batting cage, I took one more at bat. I didn’t hit a home run. Then we took the stairs to the promenade. The stairs were high. Then we went to get lunch. I had a hot dog. My brother Zach wouldn’t eat it. But Mom wanted him to eat it. Then we went to the promenade team store. “Yay! They have the Ike Davis shirt!” Zach

exclaimed. I got Mets baseball cards. We found our seats. We saw the Hall of Fame induction ceremony. Four more people were inducted.

The game started. First the Diamond Backs of Arizona batted. The Mets got 3 outs. The Mets took their turn. The Mets’ 1st batter was Jose Reyes. He struck out, too. The sign said “K” which means “strike.” “GO METS! Beat the Diamond Backs!” I yelled. The next two batters struck out, too. The second inning started. There was no score. The teams were doing great. The Mets were doing good until the Diamond Backs scored. The Diamond Backs scored by hitting the ball when the bases were loaded. “Aww, the Mets are losing!” the fans yelled. The Mets were not good. At the 5th inning, my Dad, me and Zach got ice cream. It was as delicious as Lyman apple pie. “Aww, the Mets lost 14-1,” the fans said. We left the field but we went back for the Mr. Mets Dash in the park. I was feeling two things: sad because the Mets lost and happy because I was at a Major League baseball game. The Mr. Met Dash is a run for kids after the game. We finally got in the park. We high-fived Mr. Met when he passed us. We finished the Mr. Mets Dash. I enjoyed Citi Field.

Boys’ b-ball two from the stripe to go ahead 58-57. After Hyde missed on a three, they got the rebound put-back (they missed more than a few shots, but got most of the offensive rebounds) to go ahead 59-58. On the other end, Brock returned the favor, converting a Coginchaug miss into two points to go ahead 60-59. In the final seconds in regulation, Hyde was able to hit on only one of two from the line, and missed a three-pointer at the buzzer to put the score at 60 apiece and force the overtime period, eventually resulting in the dramatic win for the Blue Devils.

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(Continued from page 12) Erikson Wasyl was a scoring machine, hitting for 36 points, and adding a rebound and a steal. Tommy Ryan had a solid night, with 19 points, four assists, four rebounds and a steal. Ethan Donecker filled up the stat sheet, leading the team in rebounding with seven and adding four points, four steals, three assists and two blocks. EJ Luther had four assists, three points, three rebounds, a block and a steal. Brock Hoyt hit for six points, and also had four rebounds and a steal. Off the bench, Sam Baker scored two and grabbed two rebounds. Roby Granger and

Jay Norton also played. Andrew Markoski was not suited up and did not play, with his hand being in a cast, but he was out there on the court during every time out fulfilling his role as co-captain, providing guidance to the younger players and exhorting his teammates on – well done, Andrew. With this exciting win, Coginchaug is 2-2, 2-1 in Shoreline Conference play. Their next game will be at Haddam-Killingworth on Monday, Jan. 10 at 7 p.m. H-K is only a few minutes away – come on out and cheer the team on!

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My Favorite Ornament By Hanna Balay, grade 2 I have a glass sea horse ornament. It is purple with sparkles. The seaweed on the glass surrounding the seahorse is shiny green with sparkles. It is beautiful. I hope I can get another one. I love the glass sea horse. The seaweed is also white with sparkles. The shape of the glass surrounding the seahorse is wide. I love Christmas day because my seahorse looks proud and I like it.

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By Jacob Jerrell, Grade 2 Snowmen are fun in the winter. Go get some buttons, a carrot, an orange and two blueberries. First roll a big snowball. Then make a medium snowball. Then pat a small snowball. Put three buttons in the middle. Then push in a carrot for the nose. Put two blueberries for the eyes and a sliced orange for the mouth. Then you’re all done with the snowman! Go inside and drink some hot cocoa.

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Left, drawing by Katelyn Cummings.

Right, ceramic puzzle box by Justin Adams, CRHS.

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By Meredith Lentz, grade 1, Lyman School In the summer I went to soccer camp with my brother. We played a game called “Head It, Catch It.” When our coach said, “Head it!” we had to catch the soccer ball and when he told us to catch it, we had to head it. Heading is when you hit the ball using the top of your forehead so it won’t hurt. It was hard to do the opposite of what he said. But I tried real hard. I was the second to last one standing. Another girl was the winner, but I didn’t mind at all because it was fun. Then the soccer game started. A boy named PJ and I made an amazing goal. I set PJ up. I passed the ball to him and he made the goal. After the game I was sweating in my shinguards and overalls. But I didn’t mind because I love to play soccer. When we got home we took a shower, and my Dad gave us a snack. It was an amazing day!


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By Riley Carey Way back during the 1700s, the colonists would celebrate Christmas by decorating a lot with holly, greens and Christmas trees. Would you like to eat cabbage pudding, gooseberry tarts, lamb and veal head (the head of a baby calf)?! Those are some of the unusual foods colonists ate at Christmas. The colonists would sing lovely Christmas carols nighttime through morning. But there are still some of the same holiday traditions like decorating with greens and holly and feasting on duck, cheesecake, roast turkey, ham and raisins. Wow, that sounds like a tasty feast! Oooohh, that cheesecake, veal head, holly and greens must have looked appealing (well, maybe not the veal head). Happy Holidays!

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Creative Arts Creative Arts Christmas Eve SNOWING By Dionne Lindeu Snowflakes drift by the dark world settling on the white ground. In every house a Christmas tree is glittering with sparkling bulbs and lights. Presents all dressed up in red and green bows look like men awaiting the sunrise. When children will come rushing down and amid loud squeals rip off the paper. And discover brightly colored trucks and dolls. But for now all is quiet. Everything waiting for the crack of dawn. And through the dark night faint notes of a Christmas carol are heard.

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By Caroline Smith, grade 2


nowing, it’s snowing! One snowflake falls.


ow another one and another one


h my gosh, the snow is glistening.


ow! The snow is also sparkling.

I feel excited. Now I can get

my snow pants and jacket on and


o outside and play! I love snow!

Above, Michelle Geary, CRHS, charcoal drawing.

Right, Lyman School third grader Madeline DeFlippo’s “Hexagon blocks.”

Above, a pen and ink drawing of the Eiffel Tower by Tyler Berry, based off of a photo taken by Tyler Berry, a CRHS student.

Eight Hanukkah Lights

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By Emma Axelrod Eight Hanukkah Lights. Eight Hanukkah nights. You have no tree. Instead a Menorah. Light that Menorah. Watch it burn. One more candle for every night. Menorah for lighting every night. Latkes yum yum yum. They’re potato pancakes. Cooked in lots of oil. To remember the miracle. Latkes for gobbling down every night. Driedels spin spin spin. Nun is none. Gimmel is all. Hey is half. Shin one in. Spin that dreidel. Spin it more. Nun, gimmel, hey, shin win! Dreidels for spinning and for winning. Eight nights of presents. Eight nights be pleasant. Laugh a lot. Sing a lot. Eight nights of family. Eight nights of friends. Hanukkah, Hanukkah, yay yay yay!

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Creative Arts The BC football game By Tyler Fusco, grade 1, Lyman School I went to a BC football game with my family!! BC means Boston College. Boston College is in Massachusetts. It was in the fall. We go to the BC football games every fall. For the first few games, the weather is warm. But as it gets closer to winter, it gets colder. While we were in the car, I said, “Are we there yet?” It takes two hours to get there, and I said that every ten minutes. So I said it about 20 times. When we got there, we parked on the seventh floor of the parking lot. We went down on the elevator to the game. You don’t have to take the elevator. There are stairs. But we took the elevator and then walked to Gate A. We went through a tunnel, under a letter flag and up some stairs to get outside to the game. The letter flag was brown and yellow. Finally we were there!


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Mary-Katheryn Lema, Durham. “Sand Hill Rd. Barn” watercolor.

“Aboriginal Dot Drawing” displays by IDS seventh graders: Patrick Kubiak, above, and Elizabeth Smith, right. Center, Tim Arcari, Lyman grade 4.

FALL By Aidan Lentz, grade 2 There is a nice, cool breeze. The air is sticky. Birds are chirping loudly. Trees are covered with leaves, All colors. The sun is shining brightly above the clouds. Grass is green. The sky is as blue as the ocean.

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We bought popcorn and a pretzel for my brother and me. My Grammy and Poppy were there, and they brought snacks! The snacks they brought were cut-up nectarines, Peeps and chips. Peeps are marshmallows in shapes. If you squeeze them the marshmallow will come out. I sat in their laps. I shouted, “Go BC!!” when the game started. In the stadium there is a hockey rink/basketball court. We went into the hockey/basketball stadium for a while to get warm because it’s inside. BC played Notre Dame. Then the game was over. Notre Dame won. My dad was really mad because he went to Boston College a long time ago, and he always roots for BC. We drove home. I had fun at the game even though BC lost.

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Left, Sofia Karatzas’ “fraction birds,” first grade IDS

Below, Marv Beloff, of Middlefield, fish sculpture out of wood.

Above, elephant paper mache by Larry Hennessey of IDS.

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When my family went to New Hampshire By Alicia Lowry, grade 1 I went to New Hampshire with my family. Aunt Mare and Uncle Toby were there at their summer house too. My family went fishing the first day. I caught a killer bass. I caught a sunny and a bluegill too. I saw a turtle. I used a worm for the fish to eat so we might catch them. The turtle kept nibbling on my worm. It was annoying. Later that night we did fireworks on the deck. I almost got hit by the fireworks. My dad did fireworks, but I got to do sparklers. The next day I went in the lake because my brother pushed me in. The lake was dirty. Next I was feeding chipmunks. I was making piles of nuts for the chipmunks. Then I got to play miniature golf in New Hampshire. I won so I got free ice cream. I also got a ticket so I got to play free games. When we got back to the house we went on a walk. We had fun because they had a tire swing. Then we went back to Aunt Mare and Uncle Toby’s house. We had a cold drink of water. Then it was time for lunch. We had spaghetti and meatballs. The day after that we went home. We had a terrific time.

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Sitting there like an untouched statue. It glides down with its long extended wings like an airplane. Then stares out looking, looking for its prey!

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Creative Arts Creative Arts Creative Arts There is one small step Ellie Glacier Pools leading to a big pool just how Cooper, we are making baby steps to make our world a healthier and better place The pools are like craters, deepest in the middle It’s like an ocean with little waves that get bigger farther out The sight of the calm fresh glaciers is very heartwarming Everything is still Until one drop of snow makes the pools ripple with small calm waves.

IDS grade 6, of Middlefield. Repousse artwork.


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By, Jamie Breton The water is shining ever so brightly like the sun Snow is slowly dripping, melting in the warm morning The small holes that are protected by sharp ice shards make great homes for animals to slip into The water and ice are sparkling like there are thousands of dewdrops on them The water shows nothing but clear blueness The golden ice makes beautiful reflections on the water

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