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Volume 18, Issue 26

Serving Durham, Middlefield and Rockfall

Friday, October 7, 2011

Middlefield Fire Co. receives donation from local Woman’s Guild

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The Durham Fair Needlework Department is sending handmade knit hats to soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines deployed across the world in the War on Terror. We’d like to take this opportunity to thank the volunteers who have knit and crocheted hats, the people who have donated yarn and the Durham Fair Foundation for donating the postage to send these hats. The community has been very supportive of this project. Our goal is to make 92 hats, and we’re well on the way to meet our goal. We are still accepting donations until Oct. 20. Patterns and yarn specifications are availale at the Durham Public Library or the Levi Coe Library. You may drop off your hats at these libraries as well. Contact Debbie Bellemare at 860-349-8248 or bellemareda@comcast.net for more information. Several members of the Durham Fair Needlework Department stand in front of their knit a hat for a soldier project at the Durham Fair in photo above. They are (l-r): Betty McKinnell, Debbie Bellemare, Mary Jane Parsons, Ann Parsons and Briana Jewczyn. Submitted by Debbie Bellemare

Annual budget meeting set in Durham By Stephanie Wilcox Town Times Nearly 50 residents attended the hour-long annual town meeting in Durham on Monday evening, Oct. 3. The first item on the agenda — to establish the date for the annual budget meeting — was approved for Monday, May 14, 2012. A question raised by the audience is why this particular meeting’s legal notice was published in Town Times as opposed to the Middletown Press. First Selectman Laura Francis reported that, because the Town Times reaches every home in Durham, it

had a bigger circulation. The four subsequent items were elections. Dick Spooner and Fred Raley were elected to terms ending in 2016 on the Compensation Review/Personnel Policy Commission; Amy Bloom, Jane Erikson and Lynn Stanwood were elected to the 2014 term on the Library Board of Trustees; Greg Hanks was elected as town representative for 2014 terms on the Board of Trustees of the Durham Volunteer Fire Company, Inc.; and Jim McLaughlin was elected as town representative to the 2012 term on the Board of Trustees of the Durham Vol-

unteer Fire Company, Inc. McLaughlin beat Sue Wimler 41 to 22 in a paper ballot. Both were nominated for the position and asked to address the audience on their nomination. The final agenda items were the transfer and carryover of monies, with finance director Maryjane Malavasi, vice chair of the Finance Board Loraine Coe and First Selectman Laura Francis at the microphone to answer the public’s questions. A total of $187,184 was transferred from various line items due to money left over in the fiscal year, which was recommended by the Board

of Finance to cover line items that were over budget. There was some public comment on these items, particularly on recreation wages and the size of the contingency fund. Ultimately, the transfer was passed. The meeting also saw the passage of carryovers totaling $55,873 into the fiscal year 2011-12 budget for Conservation Commission, Ambulance Capital and Emergency Services Facility. Finally, a transfer of $9,357 from Radios & Pagers Reserve to CIP Town Wide Radios for the purchase of Motorola pagers was passed, but not without questions from

the public first. It was confirmed that the money was for the purchase of 20 pagers only and does not include programming costs; it will also fulfill the fire company’s needs as Chief Rob Chadd said at the meeting that the existing pagers are constantly in need of repair, and there aren’t enough for everyone in the firehouse.

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Household hazardous waste collection On Saturday, Oct. 8, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., bring your household hazardous waste to Moody School (300 Country Club Rd. in Middletown), and it will be disposed for you in a safe and environmentally-responsible manner. Leave all product and packaging labels intact or else clearly label containers. Do not mix products together, and pack containers in disposable boxes or bins. If possible, leave your children and pets at home. For more

Town Times Community Briefs information, including the complete info pack, go to www.themdc.com and click on the link to the Household Hazardous Waste Collection schedule or call 860-278-3809.

CRHS pasta dinner Come to the Coginchaug Regional High School (CRHS) cafeteria on Friday, Oct. 14, from 5 to 8 p.m. for the annual pasta dinner. This event will raise funds for the CRHS Spain trip 2012. Tickets are available for adults and students. For more info, contact Nancy Alberico at 860-349-7215.

Pie Nite Dance The 4 C’s Square Dance Club will hold a Pie Nite Dance at Brewster School on Oct. 14 from 8 to 10:30 p.m. Suptei Rogers will be the caller and Sue Lucibello, the cuer. For more info, please call 860-349-8084 or 203-2727463.

Community supper The Church of the Epiphany will sponsor a free community supper on Sunday, Oct. 9, at the Durham Firehouse, 51 Main St. Parishioners from Notre

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IDS comedy night Angel Rentas headlines Healthcare Unreformed, a comedy night on Oct. 14 at 7 p.m. at the Galluzzo Performing Arts Center on the campus of The Independent Day School (115 Laurel Brook Rd. in Middlefield). Tickets can be purchased at the door, and proceeds benefit the IDS Scholarship Fund.

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Oddfellows traveling circus Oddfellows Playhouse (128 Washington Street in Middletown) will host the Oddfellows Traveling Circus Company on Oct. 28 and 29 at 7:30 p.m. The Traveling Circus Company, under the direction of ARTFARM’s Dic Wheeler, is a highly-skilled group of young circus performers. Students who have participated in the Children’s Circus, the Advanced Circus Program and the CT School of Circus Arts have the opportunity to audition for a spot in the Traveling Circus Company. Each year this group creates a new, exciting show of dazzling circus artistry. The show performs several times a year at Oddfellows and tours throughout Connecticut and regionally. Shows are available for booking throughout the school year and summer. Tickets may be purchased online at oddfellowsplayhouse.ticketleap.com. For more information and ticket prices, visit www.oddfellows.org, e-mail info@oddfellows.org or call 860-3476143.

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Middlefield Selectmen have short meeting By Cheri Kelley Town Times In a quick Board of Selectmen’s (BOS) meeting in Middlefield on Oct. 3, there were a couple of developments in regards to Powder Ridge as well as a public hearing for the DMIAAB agreement and Council of Government, or C.O.G., formation. In order to allow residents time to discuss and be well informed about their decision on the DMIAAB agreement, and to make adjustments with Durham, the towm meeting scheduled for Oct. 18 was changed to a pub-

lic hearing at 7 p.m. (preceding the selectmen meeting) at the community center. During the public hearing, information about the C.O.G.s will be addressed as well. As far as new information on Powder Ridge, Brayshaw spoke about the exhibits required for the closing of the sale. One of the exhibits that the town was waiting on was for the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) to review the impact the removal of water from Lake Beseck will have on the wildlife that live in the lake. It was determined

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The Middlefield Lions Club, in conjunction with the Middlefield Park & Rec, will host the second annual “Light-Up Middlefield” event on Sunday, Oct. 30, at Peckham Park from 4 to 8 p.m. In addition to food, fun and games, this year they will be featuring D.J. music and a bonfire.Everyone is encouraged to wear a costume. Prizes will be awarded for the scariest or most original. Bake a pumpkin pie for the pie contest; there will be celebrity judges. Most importantly, they will be judging carved pumpkins. Enter as many as you would like — there is no limit! Awards will be given out in the following four categories: Scariest, Cutest, Most Creative and Best Theme. Our 2011 theme is “cats.” Come on down and eat dinner at the pavilion. Hot food and beverages will be sold from 4 to 7 p.m. We look forward to seeing all of Middlefield and the surrounding communities (young and old) at this event. Let’s make it even bigger and better than last year. Vendors are welcome; please contact Mary Roberts at 203605-1336 or Christine Casciano at 860-349-0443 for more info.

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Missionary Rd. in Cromwell). The speaker will be Anne Morris,executivedirectorofSusan G. Komen for the Cure Connecticut. Rockfall Foundation The Rockfall Foundation invites grant proposals from nonprofit organizations, towns and schools to support environmental education, conservation and planning projects in Middlesex County. The deadline for receipt of completed applications is Nov. 18, and awards will be announced in mid-February 2012. All those who are interested in submitting a proposal are invited to an informal grants informational workshop today from 5 to 6 p.m. at the deKoven House Community Center in Middletown. Destination Durham Every Tuesday at 1 and 7 p.m. on Comcast Channel 19, Destination Durham will be aired for those living in Durham. DVDs are also available at the Levi Coe and Durham libraries.

and under. Registration fee is due today. The first 75 to register will receive a free race tshirt. Medals will be awarded for first place (boys and girls), and ribbons will be awarded to all other participants. For more info, please contact race directorTrentonWrightat860343-5708, e-mail twright@mxcc.commnet.edu or visit their site at www.mxccfoundation.org. Meet Democratic Candidate Meet the Democratic candidate running for first selectman in Middlefield at 12:45 p.m. All are welcome. This event will be held in the Senior Center dining room in the Community Center. IDS Comedy Night Angel Rentas headlines Healthcare Unreformed, a comedy night at 7 p.m. at the Galluzzo Performing Arts Center on the campus of The Independent Day School. Tickets can be purchased at the door, and proceeds benefit the IDS Scholarship Fund. Tot Time The MOMS Club of Durham and Middlefield sponsors a weekly Tot Time every Friday, 10:30 a.m. to noon at Peckham Park, or, if it’s rainy, at the Middlefield Community Center. This open-age playgroup is available for all residents and their children of Durham, Middlefield and Rockfall. No RSVP is required. For more info, please contact Ann at momsdurhammiddlefield@yahoo.com. Grade5-6 Fun Night & Dance Durham-Middlefield Youth & Family Services (DMYFS) will host four Friday Fun Nights in the 2011-12 school year. Activities include an open game room with ping pong, basketball and air hockey; a board game room and line dancing with Sound Spectrum. Dates are today, Nov. 18, Jan. 13 and March 16. All sessions are 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Middlefield Community Center. For prices or more info, please contact DMYFS at 860349-0258 or e-mail jmoen.dmyfs@comcast.net. Pie Nite Dance The4C’sSquareDanceClub will hold a Pie Nite Dance at Brewster School from 8 to 10:30 p.m. Suptei Rogers will be the caller and Sue Lucibello, the cuer. For more info, please call 860-349-8084 or 203-272-7463.

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Bridge Night Come to the Durham Activity Center every Friday night at 6:30 p.m. for bridge night with great people. If you are not sure how to play, Jim will teach you. You may call Jim at 860-346-6611 with bridge questions. Call Durham Recreation at 860-343-6724 with further questions. Hand & Foot Join in the fun and learn a new card game at the Middlefield Senior Center! The game is Hand & Foot and is played with five decks of cards. There are several people to teach this easy game, and it will be something new to learn and play with friends. The first game will be today at 1 p.m. Games will be played every Friday at 1 p.m., no reservation is needed. Coffee and cookies will be served.

Columbus Day Holiday Town Halls in both towns are closed. The transfer station is open. No school. Durham Senior Lunches Every Monday and Wednesday, hot lunches are available for seniors over 60 and their spouses at the Durham Activity Center located at 350 Main St. Following the lunches on Mondays is game time which includes billiards, Wii and cards. 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 on their website: www.middlefieldct.org. Meet Democratic Candidates Lake Beseck Community is invited to meet and greet Lucy Petrella and the Democratic candidates for town election from 5 to 7 p.m. at 112 Lake Shore Drive. Free cheese and crackers.

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October 8 Tag Sale Apple-Rehab Middletown is holding a tag sale this morning from 8 a.m. to noon at 600 Highland Ave. in Middletown. Coffeeandbakedgoodswillalsobe available. For more information,call860-347-3315. Dudley Farmers’ Market The Farmers’ Market at the Dudley Farm, corner of routes 77 and 80 in North Guilford, is held every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. through Oct. 29. Local and organic produce, herbs, eggs, flowers, baked goods, honey, maple syrup, soaps, jewelry, knitted things, giftitemsandmorehomemade and homegrown items are sold. Lobster Dinner Fundraiser The United Churches of Durham invites you to a night of food,fun and entertainment. A fully-catered lobster dinner will be held at 5 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall (228 Main Street). Tickets must be purchased in advance (cash or check only). For tickets or information please call or e-mail either Sue Cipriani at 860-575-3502 and scipriani67@gmail.com or Liz Cipollina at 860-685-0207 and aaronjess@aol.com.

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October 11 Basketball Men’s open gym basketball will be at Strong School Tuesday and Thursday evenings starting today and including Oct. 13, 18, 20, 25 and 27 and Nov. 1, 3, 10, 15, 17, 22 and 29. Time will be 6:30 to 9 p.m. No fee. For more information, please call Sherry Hill, recreation director, at 860-343-6724. Little League Elections The annual elections of officers and directors of Coginchaug Little League will be held at 7 p.m. at the Middlefield Community Center. Visit coginchaugll.org for more information or contact league president Rick Quirk at rsquirky@aol.com. Breast Cancer Awareness Please join the Wadsworth Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) in celebrating breast cancer awareness month. The October meeting will be held at 6 p.m. at Covenant Village (52

Durham Senior Lunches Every Monday and Wednesday, hot lunches are available for seniors over 60 and their spouses at the Durham Activity Center located at 350 Main St. 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. Senior Bingo The Village at South Farms will be sponsoring bingo at 1 p.m. at the Senior Center. This is free, and prizes will be awarded (not monetary).

posium from 8:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center in Old Saybrook. The symposium is being co-sponsored this year by Middlesex Hospital and Essex Savings Bank. For more info, call 860-347-0340 or visit www.rockfallfoundation.org. Young Leaders Society Join the Middlesex United Way Young Leaders Society from 5:30 to 8 p.m. for their official kick-off at The Shadow Room (170 Main St. in Middletown).Enjoyafreenetworking event. The Young Leaders Society celebrates the power of young professionals to become leaders and bring about positive change in our community. Bring a non-perishable food item to donate to the Amazing Grace Food Pantry. Candidates’ Forum The Durham-Middlefield Exchange Club will be hosting a candidates’ forum for the public at the Durham Firehouse. The public is welcome to attend this event at 8 p.m. The candidates will be addressing their platforms and taking questions from the audience. George Eames will be the moderator. For more info, call Brenda at 860-349-0410. Pastel Prep with Laurel Friedmann From 7 to 9 p.m at the Middlefield Federated Church, Laurel’s pastel paintings combine the intimacy of drawing withapainter’sloveofcolor.In 2002, Laurel was the featured pastel artist in the July issue of American Artist magazine. She currently teaches pastel paintinginthecontinuingeducation program at The Lyme Academy College of Fine Art. Refreshments served. $5 donation for non Art Guild members.

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CRHS Concert The Shoreline Music Festival Concert will be tonight at Coginchaug Regional High School at 7 p.m. 2011 Amazing Challenge Enjoy a delicious soup supper to support the Amazing Grace Food Pantry at Fox Parish Center at St. Francis of Assisi Church (10 Elm St. in Middletown) from 5 to 7 p.m. Food Security Symposium The Rockfall Foundation presents its 25th annual Sym-

Spay-ghetti Dinner C.A.T.A.L.E.S. will be hosting its annual Spay-ghetti dinnerattheFoxParishCenter(10 Elm St. in Middletown), with seating at 6:30 p.m. and dinner served at 7 p.m. For more information or to purchase tickets, please call 860-344-9043 or visit www.catales.org. MxCC Kids’ Fun Run Middlesex Community College is holding a Kids’ Fun Run on Oct. 29 beginning at 9:30 a.m. This event is for ages 12

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Public hearing on Durham-Middlefield interlocal agreement set By Stephanie Wilcox Town Times The Boards of Selectmen in Durham and Middlefield have the draft of the transfer station agreement as recommended by the Durham-Middlefield Interlocal Agreement Advisory Board task force. Both towns will have a public hearing before a special town meeting where the agreement will be voted on. At their Oct. 3 regular Board of Selectmen’s (BOS) meeting, the selectmen in Durham set Oct. 24 at 8 p.m., following the next scheduled BOS meeting, as the date of their public hearing. Middlefield’s hearing is

set for Oct. 18. The board reviewed and approved the personnel policy with changes to some of the policies that were recommended by the Compensation Review/Personnel Policy Commission. First Selectman Laura Francis reported that Regional School District 13 (RSD13) will be submitting claims to maximize the eligibility for reimbursement of storm-related costs. During public comment, resident Donia Viola noted that Durham was very gracious to help Middlefield residents by allowing them use of the emergency shelter in Durham and ques-

tioned whether Durham will be reimbursed. Francis said that because RSD13 is applying for FEMA funds as a private non-profit, and FEMA is covering 75 percent; the remaining 25 percent will be split proportionately for Durham and Middlefield. In other Hurricane Irene aftermath news, brush pick-up has been suspended until the town receives confirmation that it will be a 100 percent reimbursable expense, according to Francis. If FEMA cov-

ers the full amount, Francis said the town would be better off hiring a company to take care of the pick-up.

town might piggyback with West Hartford’s bid for the plow truck to save money. The selectmen approved the first selectman entering into an agreement on behalf of the town with the Red Cross and the Middletown Transit District for fiscal year 2011-12 Dial-A-Ride Transportation Program. Mark Smolley resigned from the Conservation Commission, and Bonnie Ryder was appointed to the Clean Energy Task Force.

Looking toward the winter season, Francis noted that research has begun for the scheduled purchase of a new plow truck and the replacement of two small trucks in accordance with the town’s fleet replacement schedule. The two smaller trucks were lost last winter and will probably be replaced with used equipment. Francis said the

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Girls-only dance raises funds for Ukrainian orphanages By Cheri Kelley Town Times Music will be pumping when ladies put on their dancing shoes for a night of fun benefiting orphaned children in Ukraine. The party starts at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 15, at Club Lucent in Wallingford. Nadiya Martowski, a 13-year-old from Durham, who was

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Durham High School reunion Durham High School’s class of 1951 recently held their 60th class reunion. Out of a class of 12, nine attended the reunion, including Dwayne Darley, Gail Clarke, Dolores Davis Gregg, Janet Sweet Pedersen, Ed Vynalek, Irene Curtis Roberts, Lilyan Pederson Snyder, Lorraine Soeltl Roberts and Emily Gastler Newton. Eleanora MacKenzie is deceased and Bert Armstrong and Janet Alford were unable to attend. Classmates came from California, Virginia, New York and Maine, and a few of us never got out of Durham. A good time was had by all. Submitted by Irene Roberts should be a fun time for all. For more information call 860-349-0828.

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Letters to the Editor Independent for Szewczyk In a time when so many elected officials often recite the party line, it has been extremely refreshing to have John Szewczyk serve on our Board of Selectmen over the past four years. He has exercised independent judgment throughout his tenure on the board, not afraid to take a position that might go against his own party at times. As a registered unaffiliated voter, I appreciate his willingness to examine each and every issue based on the facts. Please join me in supporting John Szewczyk this Novem-

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Support for Laura Francis Over the years, I have worked with many exceptional leaders in government, industry, education and the sciences. Each discipline requires an individual to have special qualities in order to achieve success. Holding public office is no exception. It presents challenges that identify your sense of purpose, test your courage, try your patience and define your character. I have had the opportunity

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to closely observe Laura Francis in a wide variety of public and private settings. She has continually been able to meet those challenges and has embraced the responsibilities of her office with unmatched devotion. An effective administrator must be deliberate, understanding, compassionate, steadfast and, when necessary, conciliatory. Laura has those qualities in spades, and she deserves another term as first selectman. For those of you who do not know Laura Francis, take a few minutes to attend a Board of Selectmen’s meeting or visit Laura at Town Hall. Ask her where we are heading as a town. You’ll like what you hear and witness a real gem of a person. Ray Kalinowski, Durham

Benedetto and St. John for finance board Dear Middlefield voters, I submit to you for your consideration Marie Benedetto and Frank St. John for Board of Finance. These candidates bring many years of experience from the accounting and legal professions, and just as important, a non-partisan approach to managing the town’s finances. Mrs. Benedetto has been a CPA for over 20 years. She comes before you with no agenda or platform — just a desire to study the facts, analyze the budget and financial management procedures and be a good steward of your resources. She has also served on school board committees and has been a school liaison in Rocky Hill where her family resided before coming to Middlefield. Mr. St. John, who currently serves on the board, has been a part of Middlefield civic service for many years, previously as chairman of the Planning and

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Zoning Commission, as a member of the last charter commission, and on DMIAAB. He has resided here for 35 years, and his practice of law for 30 years has helped guide the board through contentious debates and legal hurdles. Aside from the educational and experiential qualifications of these candidates, they have also proven to work outside the left-right paradigm. They will consider all sides of an issue and not be boxedin by party affiliation or loyalty. I ask that you take some time to learn more about these fine candidates, and then I believe the choice will be clear. Jeremy Renninghoff, Middlefield

Vote for Roger Kleeman I have been a registered Republican all of my adult life. This election, I’ve decided to vote for a Democrat for first selectman. The time has come for Durham to think outside the box and across party lines if need be. We should put the best possible candidate in office regardless of which party they represent. That person is Roger Kleeman. Roger owns and operates a small business in town. He’s a numbers guy who understands that you can’t spend what you don’t have. I have had the opportunity to watch Roger at various town meetings. He is always wellprepared, thoughtful and insightful. He also comes with a sharpened pencil. Special interest groups in town will not sway Roger. He will make decisions based on what he believes is best for all of us, not just some of us. Roger will not live by a cliché that I have heard more than once, that is, “That’s the way it’s always been done.” He will demand accountability and help Durham stay fiscally on track. With Roger as first selectman, Durham’s needs will be addressed, not simply its wants and desires. I urge you to join me this November and vote for Roger Kleeman. Guy Watson, Durham

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French represents Durham’s best Durham has many dedicated people running for office this year. I’d like to note especially the conscientious and exceptional work of Martin French, who is again running for tax collector. Having known Martin for several decades now, I see in his performance today the same qualities he had as a very young man: intelligence, persistence and dedication to public service and to whatever the task demands. Martin French represents the very best of Durham. Barbara Ryan, Durham

Durham Fair tribute to vets One of the nicest displays we saw at the recent Durham Fair was tucked way back in a corner of the Discovery Tent. It was a tribute to the veterans from our home town who fought, and died, in World War I and World War II. These young men and women left school, left their jobs and left their homes to fight in a war they probably knew nothing about, but they did it for their country. It made me feel very humble after looking at the pictures and reading the write-ups of some of these people. The display was put together by Mabel Hamma and Emily Annino, and they were there to answer any questions and give their very descriptive input about the display. It certainly took a lot of time and effort on their parts to get all this information down so people could view it. They both deserve a lot of credit, and congratulations on a job well done. We will be looking for it next year, maybe in one of the buildings would be nice. Irene & George Roberts, Durham See more letters page 29


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Ways to support math learning

Where in the world is Matt?

every child should Many children Melinda Aronson (remedial have their own calstruggle with math math teacher) and Laurie endar on which they simply because they are afraid of the sub- Sinder (principal), Korn School plan special dates and upcoming ject. This happens events. Finally, art with adults, too! Just projects and craft walk into any confersets often involve ence room or onto measuring and any construction site and mention the words “long divi- geometry skills that complement the sion” and watch grown men and curriculum of any grade level. I would make the second suggeswomen start to sweat. Whatever your personal feelings are about tion that you give your child more math, it is important to provide a responsibilities that foster math positive example for your child. No skills. I already suggested a personal one would ever say, “I’m not that calendar, but perhaps your child is good at reading,” to a child, so why ready to help keep up the family’s do we think it is acceptable to say, “I schedule on a central calendar or was never that good at math?” Your weekly schedule. Keeping track of child hears and sees everything you soccer practice, dance recitals and say and do. Math anxiety can be con- Aunt Ruth’s birthday party can help logic, organizational, calendar and tagious. There are many ways to encour- time skills. How great for a child to age your child’s development in say, “We have to be at the movie at 4 mathematics. Educational games, o’clock and we only have 30 minutes flashcards and workbooks are all to get there!” I would strongly encourage fosterpopular methods and can be very effective. However, I’d like to encour- ing our child’s money skills by alage you and your family to make an lowing them to pay for items in the effort to incorporate math into your store. This may take patience on daily life as a way to make numeracy your part (and the cashier’s) but will have great payoffs. Plastic coins and skills more meaningful and real. My first suggestion is to carefully pictures of money are very difficult consider the gifts you give your to work with if a child does not have child. For many families, the holiday the real world experience to back it season is right around the corner, up. Perhaps your child can keep a and there are some choices that I savings account with the bank or think can be more beneficial than with you where they earn money toothers. While educational games and ward a special treat and have to keep flashcards are helpful, I have some track of their own earnings. Watch suggestions that might convince how carefully they begin to add and your children they are having fun in- subtract when there is more meanstead of feeling like they are learn- ing to it. Finally, think about the places ing. There are many board games that use math skills, such as old fa- you use math in your life and try to make your child a part of that. Somevorites like Monopoly or Yahtzee. Also consider an analog watch or times that can be as simple as verbalwall clock. A child can receive all the izing that inner dialogue that we all lessons in the world about learning have. “I’ve only got a $20 for dinner; to tell time, but nothing compares to See Math, page 30 the benefit of practice. I also think

6 for Memorial and 7We were clearing Kathy Debrum 8 for Strong, were out the storage shed at grades 5-8 at MemoriMemorial School last al for Middlefield resweek in search of supidents and same at plies to decorate the Basket Raffle Booth in the Commer- Strong for Durham residents. A cial Building. My co-chair, Mary woman, whose name I did not get, Beth Gossart, and I came across an also stopped by stating that she had older hand-painted banner. The ban- chaired this fundraiser in 1997 and ner promoted what we discovered remembered Matt as a very talented was the first basket raffle to support artist, but alas she did not know Memorial and Strong schools. Today where he was. Another young the raffle is a Memorial fundraiser woman stopped by and remembered only. In search of a new look, we de- that she went to school with Matt’s brother, but she, too, did not know cided to hang this banner. As we hung the banner and set where he might be — maybe Queens? about selling raffle tickets, we no- He had been in a band — was he travticed the banner had been painted by eling? By Sunday the rain had ended an eighth grade student in 1997 — Matt Mizerek. The banner has a nice and we had still not found Matt. rendition of Memorial School and an Then a rustle of activity. I was working in the Chili overflowing basbooth and volunket. We got to teer Sheryl had a wondering what customer at the had happened to raffle booth who Matt? Was he still said her best in the area? For friend had marfun, we put up a ried Matt. Yes, sign: “Where in he lived close by the world is and in fact his Matt?” Slow sales wife worked in on Thursday Durham! After a night allowed us Matt Mizerek with the banner flurry of text to Google Matt, but to no avail. Nothing on Face- messages, of which I was unaware, book. We hoped our sign would lead by those who know Matt, I got a call at 2 p.m. that Matt was at the booth! us to Matt. As the rain fell on Friday of the I rushed to meet him and to thank fair and the booth kept us very busy, him and his wife for stopping in. looking for Matt was nearly forgot- He’d forgotten about the banner but ten. None of the teachers working was pleased and maybe a bit embarthe booth remembered Matt, but rassed by the attention it had atthey did provide us with some histo- tracted. As Matt filled out a few rafry of how the two schools that jointly fle tickets, he explained that he conran this fundraiser in 1997 were orig- tinues using his artistic abilities inally structured. The schools, prior working in 3D web design. Thanks, to their current structure of grades 5- Matt, for stopping in!

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Along the political trail... Meet Democratic Candidates Lake Beseck Community is invited to meet and greet Lucy Petrella and the democratic candidates for town election on Monday, Oct. 10, from 5 to 7 p.m. at 112 Lake Shore Drive. Free cheese and crackers. Meet the Democratic candidate running for first selectman in Middlefield at 12:45 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 14. This event will be held in the Senior Center dining room in the Middlefield Community Center.

Web Update This week we asked our online readers, “What's your favorite thing to do during the fall season?” By press time, 12 people responded. Here are the results: Apple picking: 8% Haloween-related activities: 42% Pumpkin picking: 0% Hayrides: 17% Other: 33% Be sure to answer our next poll question at www.towntimes.com!

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Caption this! Once in a while, we’ll get a really striking photo that we’ll put on our Facebook page and ask you, our readers, to write the caption! This week’s got a lot of responses, so we wanted to share a variety of them with you here. -I FOUND WALDO! -So much to see and do; so little time. Where do I start? -I need a good hiding place; help me! -I'm telling you, it was right here a minute ago... -My mother picked out my outfit... -What to eat? What to eat? -Do you think I can volunteer with this outfit? -Well, now you know where I am! -Soooo, you don't like the stripes? -Hi! I'm Harry Potter. Have you seen my owl or magic wand?? -Hey, can you get ‘$10’ shoes in the Commercial Tent? Oh, the places I'll go at the Durham Fair! -Rain or shine, you will see it ALL at the Durham Fair! Be sure to “like” us on Facebook to follow along!


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Middlefield Government Calendar (Unless otherwise indicated, all meetings are held in the Community Center.) Monday, October 10 Town Hall closed for Columbus Day holiday. Wednesday, October 12 6:30 p.m. — Planning and Zoning Commission 7 p.m. — Water Pollution Control Authority 7:30 p.m. — Board of Ed at Memorial School Thursday, October 13 8 p.m. — Candidates’ forum at the Durham Firehouse Tuesday, October 18 7 p.m. — Conservation Commission 7 p.m. — Board of Selectmen and public hearing on DMIAAB agreement

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was a burglary on Mack Road in Middlefield that took place between 8:30 a.m. and 12 p.m. According to police, multiple laptops, two flat screen TVs, a digital camera, an iPod, wedding ring and $30 were stolen. This case is still being investigated.

The Medicare bus arrives Help is here for Durham and Middlefield seniors on Monday, Oct. 24, by appointment. The DSS Rx-Xpress is a mobile Medicare Rx assistance center operated by the Connecticut Department of Social Services and CHOICES. It will provide eligibility screening for benefits to older adults and persons with

disabilities. The bus is equipped with a computer workstation, booths that ensure privacy during the counseling and interview process and is wheelchair accessible. Seniors can make an appointment to get Medicare Rx information and enrollment assistance, be screened for programs and benefits for other state and federal programs, DSS Eligibility Services and information and referral service. Please bring with you all insurance cards and a list of all your prescriptions. (If you would like to be screened for income eligibility programs, e.g. food stamps or Medicare saving program, bring copies of all your income and assets.) To make an appointment

for a half-hour session, Durham seniors should call Amanda Astarita at 860-3493153; Middlefield seniors should call Antoinette Astle at 860-349-7121. When you call to make an appointment, be sure to let us know which program you would like help with. The Xpress Bus will be located in the back of the Community Center parking lot in Middlefield on Oct. 24.

Registrar of Voters in office The Registrars of Voters will be in their office at the Community Center, 405 Main Street, on Tuesday, Oct. 11, from 5 to 7 p.m. and Thursday, Oct. 13, from 1 to 4 p.m. to revise and correct the See Briefs, next page

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Durham Government Calendar (Unless otherwise indicated, all meetings are held in the Durham Library. Check the town website at www.townofdurhamct.org for updates.) Monday, October 10 Town Hall closed for Columbus Day holiday. 8 p.m. — Historic District Commission Tuesday, October 11 7:30 p.m. — Library Board of Trustees 7:30 p.m. — Conservation Commission Wednesday, October 12 7:30 p.m. — Board of Ed at Memorial School Thursday, October 13 7:30 p.m. — Zoning Board of Appeals at Town Hall 8 p.m. — Candidates forum at the Durham Firehouse

ics are offered the first and third Wednesdays of each month at 12:15 p.m. The next one will be on Oct. 19. Foot care is available the third Wednesday of each month by appointment. This service is provided by Masonic Home Care, and the fee is $30. The next clinic will be offered on Oct. 19; please call the center if you would like an appointment. Bridge is played on Thursdays and Fridays at 12:45

p.m. Set back games are played on Tusedays at 1 p.m., and a new game at the center is Hand & Foot on Fridays at 1 p.m. So come learn and have fun this fall with card games and your neighbors and friends. The Village at South Farms will be sponsoring bingo on Wednesday, Oct. 12, at 1 p.m. at the Senior Center. This is free, and prizes See Briefs, next page

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Volume 17. Issue 1

Coginchaug Regional High School

October 7, 2011

Student Reactions to Transportation Changes By Collin Boylin

Blue Devils burst out onto the new field for their first ever home game, which they won 48-0! For football coverage, jump to page 20. Photo by Katie Hamilton

Perspective into the Portal By Michael O’Sullivan Coginchaug administrators opened Power School parental portal (SIS) on Friday, Sept. 16. Now parents have the ability to be on the same page as their students, which some students say has its clear pros and cons. The parent portal connects teachers with students and parents. It allows parents to access grade, attendance and assignment records. For many students, making the grade is top priority throughout the school year and the portal, in the eyes of most students, changes the way they go about this process. The idea that parents can be on the same page with teachers and are able to see their grades at all times, as a step by step process, worries many students. “I do not like the idea of the parent portal,” says junior Kendra Pashley. “Parents should not be able to see the step-by-step process of how we earn our grades...I think the parent portal will further stress me out over my grades. Even when I do well, they’ll also be able to see when I mess up.”

Students feel that the portal will lead to their parents getting on their backs about grades more than before. Another concern that students have in the portal is that parents aren’t always as understanding when it comes to grades, especially when it comes to an assignment you do not do well on. Now parents have the ability to see how it impacts your grade, perhaps in a negative way. “Sometimes my grades don’t always reflect what I’m learning,” says sophomore Katherine Chi. “Sometimes parents don’t understand the full impact of one bad grade.” Now that they have the ability to always know exactly what their child’s average is in a class, parents can perhaps develop their own opinions on how hard their student is working, contrary to how the student feels. However, other students say the portal will be used as a self-motivator and will make them work See Portal, page 19

Durham and Middlefield students arrived at school this year to discover significant changes to their familiar bus routes. Students who drive to school discovered also that the price to park at CRHS has doubled. Adjusting to New Bus Routes According to officials, the changes to the bus routes were due to cuts the Board of Education implemented over the summer as part of an “effort to get kids to school on time,” said Superintendent Susan L. Viccaro. “Students attending Brewster and Korn School last year frequently arrived late, and the administration felt that something needed to be done.”

In order for bus routes to consume less time, “stops were cut, which meant older students had to walk to a bus stop rather than be picked up directly at their house,” said Mrs. Viccaro. The Central Office has received numerous phone calls complaining about the safety concerns for those students forced to walk on potentially dangerous roads. Mrs. Viccaro said that once those calls started coming in, the DATTCO bus company sent out an official who examined the roads in question to determine whether they were in fact safe to walk on and were in accordance with the See Transportation, page 19

Let There (Not) Be Light! By Adam Twombly As the fierce winds and pouring rains of Hurricane Irene pounded their way up the Atlantic Coast, students and teachers in Regional School District 13 could do nothing but prepare for the worst. When the clouds finally cleared, it was time to clean up the debris and wait for the power to come back on. Most of the Durham and Middlefield community were left without electricity for at least several days, forcing teachers and students of CRHS to be creative. “I felt better prepared because I go camping,” said math teacher Mrs. Diane Walsh of Killingworth. “I have backpacking stoves, a Coleman grill and many other supplies. I took a shower with pool water using a solar shower. It sits in the sun and heats up the water, so it was a warm shower...with bugs and all.” A few citizens in the area were much luckier. “I lost my Internet, but that was it,” said physical edu-

cation teacher Ms. Clare Matasavage, who lives in Cromwell. “I lost power during Hurricane Gloria for 10 days, but I guess it wasn’t my turn this time.” Many students were without electricity as well. Junior Liz Harlow lost power for five days. “My friend and I walked up and down our street a lot,” she said. “Then she took me to Olive Garden because we had nothing to eat. We basically lived on anything in our cabinet.” “I colored and I listened to music on my phone,” said senior Melanie Badin, who lost power for three days. “We had a generator for the refrigerator, so it wasn’t too bad. We didn’t lose any food or anything.” Almost 26 years passed between Hurricane Gloria in 1985 and Hurricane Irene in August. We can only hope it will be at least 26 years — or more — before the See Hurricane, page 15


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Student Opinion This Statement is False Editors-in-Chief: Adam Twombly, Katlin McKernan. Editorial Board: Kevin Onofreo, Collin Boylin, Alex Kovacs, Mike McShane. Contributors: Michael O’Sullivan, Collin Boylin, Adam Twombly, Kaitlin McKernan, Kevin Onofreo, Sam Turley, Jen Siena, Ross McCain, Sarah Brady, Eva Hanks, Dominique Coppola, James Berardino, AJ Ganaros, Martin Malek, Emily Tuttle, Dena Branciforte, Meggie Andrulis, Audrey Biesak, Mike McShane, Alex Kovacs, Sean Cavanaugh, Jose Vincent. Production: Kaitlin McKernan, Adam Twombly, AJ Ganaros, Eva Hanks, Dominique Coppola, Katie Hamilton and two fake, plastic babies. Advisors: Mr. Nate Fisher, Ms. Stephanie Wilcox. The Devil’s Advocate is the Coginchaug High School newspaper. These pages are the creation and expression of the students.

Parent Portal Can be a Double-Edge Sword By Kaitlin McKernan Students should have a right to know their grades when they wish to know them; however, in years past I have not always been able to. This year, with the new power school program opened up to students and parents, as long as teachers keep it updated, I can see my grades whenever I want. The parent portal is both a blessing and a curse. With parents being strict about grades, it’s difficult to maintain school, work and a social life without having any wiggle room to make up for a poor quiz grade or a missing homework assignment. Generally, allowing parents to have the capability to view their child’s grades would seem an unquestionable opportunity, but when students stress and lose sleep because their schedules are so full and they don’t have extra time, it begins to become a problem. In April 2011 the students and staff watched a documentary called Race to Nowhere which discussed these topics. I’m not saying that parents are to blame for the stress that we face in trying to keep our grades up; it’s actually society itself. We as students have a responsibility to maintain a higher GPA to look good for colleges. As teenagers, we are supposed to enjoy life, play sports, go to parties and events so that we can be around others like us. As young adults, however, we are supposed to develop a good work ethic and pay for our own things, which means getting a job. I am 15 years old and I participate in sports, a youth group, I

have a job, I volunteer for town events and I still have to find a time to get all my homework done before class the next day. Throughout our years in school, teachers tell us that we need to have roughly 8-10 hours of sleep in order to do well the next day, even our agenda books remind us to get a good night’s sleep, but in reality I only get about five hours of sleep a night. When parents look at our grades, they only look at the number. For example, the lowest grade I am allowed to receive on a progress report or report card is a C, and I consider that an acceptable average. Although that is the lowest final average I am allowed to have, I will admit that throughout the quarter, my graded are both above and below that number until I find a happy medium. It’s stressful to have to constantly worry about grades when parents can look them up on a daily basis. Already my grades have changed significantly since the start of the school year, but they still remain in that acceptable area. I still frantically check my grades every day after school to make sure that I can fix any mistakes before my parents get a chance to see it. There are good things to the parent portal though. With students who don’t pay close attention to school, this will light the fire to get them going. There’s no longer the opportunity for students to salvage grades before their report cards, which will probably turn some students around.

By Kevin Onofreo As an audience you look for sto- an endless loop infinitely spiraling ries that catch your eye that you longer and longer as more articles have a desire to read. As a writer, are added. If this is hard to follow, I have learned that, if you want the please forgive me. A simpler analnews, you should turn to almost lit- ogy would be trying to write a defierally anyone else. While I might nition without a word. While you be a half way decent reporter, self- could have a definition-less word, proclaimed of course, I take my a simple sound made of letters laziness very seriously and for now meaning nothing at all, you couldwill say that you will have to settle n’t have the definition without it for this: an article about itself being defining something. If you don’t written about it. believe me, try to define something Now as I sit in my room, in the that isn’t. Not isn’t real, just isn’t. dark, in the middle of the night, lisThis particularly peculiar paratening to some music and writing dox is commonly referred to as the this, I realize that it’s actually a lot Liar’s Paradox. Is the answer to more work than I’d prefer to do, but this question no? If you respond my determination to be “that guy” yes, the answer is no, then the andrives me onward. And while you swer isn’t no, it’s yes, thus making might be saying to yourself, that the answer to the question. “What’s he talking about? Why would he want to be that guy?” I But likewise, if you say no, the anbelieve that anyone can be annoy- swer is yes, then you’ve answered ing and push your buttons, but in no, but said yes. Regardless of the very exisorder to be a person they can’t stand to be around or even think tence of this article tearing apart about, you have to actually go out the building blocks of the universe, of your way to not only push the it has come to my attention that I buttons, but smash them into obliv- am not only hungry, but also tired. ion. I must say, however, that I thorBeing about itself, it would seem oughly enjoyed writing an article as if I’ve just hit a paradox. The ar- about writing my article about an ticle being about itself in and of it- article. I apologize in advance for self would mean the article exists the headaches, confusion and to be written about itself; however, general annoyance this has as the article is being written, it is caused you.

Letters to the Editor Like You’ve Never Seen It By Sam Turley My Dear Editor, I regret to inform you that my triweekly love letters are at their cease. You and I well know of our verbose romance, but since my last letter, and latest proposal, I have met a boy. And I’m not sorry...you were a rubbish editor anyway. -No Longer Your Number One Fan ~ To Whom It May Concern (and the Editor), When are you going to do something about the leaky toilet on the fifth floor of our publishing offices? Last week my new shoes were soaked when I flushed. Have you noticed that everyone came to work this week wearing rain boots? Purple polka-dot shoes are only brought out in extreme circumstances! As of this letter, the

second-, third-, fourth- and fifth-incommand-editors and his or her assistant are on strike. No matter how atrocious the error, we will stand by as comma infraction after comma infraction is committed and insure it is published in the paper. This will continue until the toilet is fixed. Most sincerely, The fifth floor publishing offices ~ Dear Mr. Editor, Last year I got 15 presents from Santa. The only problem is, the year before I got 17. Mommy says it may have something to do with the gum I smushed into my sister’s hair...or the BB gun...or that thing I did to the teacher with the box of staples... Anyway, it’s hard being a six-year-old. I need your help! My See Letters, page 17


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CRHS Welcomes New Faculty Hurricane By Jen Siena and Ross McCain (Continued from page 13) joying my classes and getting to know my students,” said math teacher Ms. San- next storm of such magnidra Milardo. She previously tude pays an unwelcome participated in student visit. teaching at John Winthrop Right, not only did Middle School in Deep River; however, this is her first downed trees wreak havoc on electrical lines, job as a classroom teacher. they also disrupted rail When asked what she service through town. A thought about the new fallen tree is seen across school, she said, “You see the Providence & Worcester Railroad a big difference,” said Ms. tracks at Main Street in Milardo. “Here we have Rockfall. block scheduling, and there they have seven periods.” Photo by Adam Rejoining the faculty at Twombly. Coginchaug as an English teacher is Ms. Rebecca Suchy. Ms. Suchy came to Coginchaug as a substitute teacher last year, filling in for six months for Mrs. Fernandez. Ms. Suchy previously worked at Strong School as an intern before she arrived at Coginchaug.

“This year, I’m just starting fresh as a teacher instead of a substitute. The sophomores in my class this year were students I had when I was an intern at Strong, so I’m seeing how they grew up since Strong.” Ms. Suchy is bringing a new learning plan for her students this year. Instead of just doing lectures, she’s having them work in groups where the students will learn from each other rather than just listening to her talk about a certain topic.

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With the start of the new school year, there are many new faces among the students, but there are also a handful of new teachers across the disciplines. A number of new faces have been added to the Coginchaug faculty. Each one of them has a rich educational background and will undoubtedly be loved by the students they teach. So far, they have all enjoyed their time at Coginchaug. Joining Mrs. Jan Wenzel in the art department this year is Mr. Ryan Bothamley. Mr. Bothamley had previous experience teaching art at Adult Ed and at Wesleyan Potters. He has worked at art schools as well. When he was in high school, he discovered his love for art and knew that what wanted to be an art teacher. “When I was in high school, I had an incredible art teacher who influenced me, and that made me want to be an art teacher,” said Mr. Bothamley. He is enjoying his time here at Coginchaug and appreciates how hardworking the staff and the students are. “I think it’s a very welcoming school,” said special education teacher Mrs. Jessie Herman, who previously has worked in Middletown and Lyme, although this is her first time working in a high school. “I like having the four-block schedule.” “I like the school. I’m en-

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The Votes Are In!

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By Sarah Brady The results have been tabulated, and this year’s representatives of the senior, junior and sophomore classes have been chosen. After the voting in homeroom on Wednesday, Sept. 28, the advisors of the Class Councils announced the winners. Here are the officers and what they had to say to the student body. Seniors Billy Malcolm — President “I just want to help the class and do my best,” said senior Billy Malcolm. Billy ran for senior class president this year because he has been president the past three years and wants to finish the work he did for the class of 2012. Some of Billy’s plans for this year include planning the dodge ball tournament and prom. Jesse Siegel — Vice President Billy and Jesse feel that they have been working hard for the past three years to serve their class to ensure a great senior year for the class of 2012. Jesse’s big plan for Class Council this year is fundraisers like the dodge ball tournament and powder-puff game. He is also planning prom. “We want to make this year as good as we can for this class because this class [the class of 2012] deserves a great senior year,” said Jesse. Jimmy Malcolm — Secretary Jimmy was secretary last year and found it a lot of fun. The main reason Jimmy ran was to top his interesting speech last year, and he wanted to continue doing what he did last year. His brother, Billy Malcolm, ran for president and they like to think of Class Council as a Malcolm dynasty. “I’d really like to be a part of graduation,” said Jimmy. Besides graduation, Jimmy is going to be a big part of the plans of the senior class this year. Melanie Badin — Treasurer This is Melanie’s first year as treasurer, and she’s excited to have a chance to make a difference in the Senior Class Council. With the Senior Class Council, Melanie will help put together the Powder Puff football game and the dodge ball tournament, plan the prom and bring some fresh ideas. Juniors Lauren Trombetta — President “This year I was going big or going home, preferably going big,” said junior Lauren Trombetta. Lau-

ren ran for treasurer last year, and this year she aimed for the moon. As president of the junior class, Lauren is hoping to scout a prom location, make homecoming fun and start a Frisbee tournament. She thinks that this year is going to be an exciting year for not just the junior class, but the whole school as well. David Trombetta — Vice President After a successful first year of campaigning, David became the vice president of the junior class. “I just wanted to accomplish things in the Class Council,” said David. Alongside his sister, president Lauren, David will be planning the homecoming dance, brainstorming ideas for fundraisers and helping the community. Wolfgang Wallach — Treasurer Wolfgang felt he did a great job as treasurer last year and decided to run again. When asked for a more specific reason why he ran, Wolfgang replied with a simple explanation. “Because,” said Wolfgang. As treasurer this year, Wolfgang is hoping to get more fundraisers to earn money for the juniors. The Junior Class Council is also planning homecoming, and Wolfgang will aid the Class Council in choosing a location for their senior prom. Sophomores Sarah Brady — President Sarah ran for president because she wanted everyone in the class of 2014 to be fairly represented in the student council. This year, Sarah plans on making semi-formal bigger and better, having exciting fundraisers and doing a lot of community service. “The community is a really important part of the school. We all have to live in Durham and Middlefield, and we should all help our neighbors,” said Sarah. Richard Chi — Vice President “I feel that ‘with great power comes great responsibility’,” said sophomore Richard Chi, quoting Spider-Man. Richard ran for VP because he wants to be a class officer but doesn’t want to be the president. Richard is hoping to plan a lot of fundraisers for the class of 2014 and possibly a Magic the Gathering tournament to appeal to “nerdy” people. Morgan Kuehnle — Secretary Morgan ran for secretary because she feels that it is a good leadership role, but it is relaxed

Guidance counselor Mrs. Beth Melillo gave birth to Jason Michael Melillo on Monday, Sept. 26. The latest addition to the Coginchaug family is seven pounds, seven ounces and 21 inches. There is no word yet on when he will be starting his college application process. Photo credit: Mrs. Melillo

Red Ribbon Week By Eva Hanks and Dominique Coppola On Oct. 21, watch for students wearing red ribbons. These ribbons represent the annual Red Ribbon Week. Red Ribbon Week is the oldest and largest drug prevention movement in America, which usually takes place the last full week of October, including the weekends before and after. From Oct. 21 to 30, Red Ribbon Week will be celebrated. Red Ribbon Week serves as an opportunity for communities and individuals to prevent drug use for themselves and others as well as educating people on the dangers. This special week is in memory of the DEA Special Agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena. After graduating college, Camarena served in the Marines and then became a police officer. When he made the decision to join the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), it was based on his thought that just one person can make a difference. In 1985, the DEA sent Camarena to work as an undercover agent in Mexico to investigate a major drug cartel. A few months later, on his way to lunch with his wife, five men took him captive in his car. One month later, his body was found in a shallow grave, and forensic investigators concluded he had been tortured to death. California’s Congressman Duncan Hunter and his high school friend Henry Lozano created Ca-

marena Clubs in Camarena’s home town, Imperial Valley, CA. By joining the clubs, members pledged to live drug-free lives in honor of Camarena and other American’s who sacrificed their lives for drug trafficking. The pledge that the members made goes, “I pledge to make healthy choices, to be a positive role model for my friends and to support the mission of Red Ribbon Week, ‘No Use of Illegal Drugs, No Illegal Use of Legal Drugs.’” DYMFS and Coginchaug Regional High School’s E.D.G.E club are putting their own efforts into spreading this pledge throughout the community. By making this pledge on Oct. 26, each student is promising to be drug and substance free. Each student who pledges will receive a bracelet in honor of Red Ribbon Week. E.D.G.E will be celebrating each day differently, including wearing red ribbons on Oct. 21, hanging posters and making announcements on Oct. 24, having students sign a banner with the pledge statement on it on Oct. 26, and the last day, Oct. 28, the E.D.G.E members will be wearing the color red. The E.D.G.E (Excellent Decisions Guiding Everyday) club asks the community to please participate in Red Ribbon Week and pledge to live a drug free life.

and less stressful than president or vice president. “I really want to stay involved with the class,” said sophomore Morgan Kuehnle. Morgan was secretary last year and already “knows the ropes.” This year, Morgan has a focus on community work and fundraisers. Kasi Whitaker — Treasurer Kasi was treasurer last year and really enjoyed working with her

classmates in the Class Council. This year, Kasi ran unopposed and already has ideas about what she is going to do this year. While managing the money the Class Council makes from fundraisers, she will help plan the semi-formal dance and work on the Flat Stanley project. Overall, Kasi is excited about the year ahead.


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CRHS Oceanography Class Goes to Block Island By James Berardino Coginchaug’s junior and senior oceanography classes recently found their sea legs as they traveled off the coast of Point Judith, Rhode Island to Block Island. Lorrie Martin, one of Coginchaug’s oceanography teachers, supervised the trip, along with Laura Francis, a science teacher at Coginchaug, Carol Luckenbach and Marcy Klattenberg. Mrs. Martin told our reporters that this year’s trip went smoothly with no turbulence due to mild weather. In fact, the class missed Tropical Storm Maria by two days. That Sunday, the coast of Block Island received massive swells and caused poor traveling conditions. Mrs. Martin chooses to bring the oceanography classes to Block Island every year due to the island’s vast biodiversity and the relevance of the formation of islands to coastal erosion and geology. Also, Block Island has 44 percent of its land dedicated to open space to preserve its wildlife. Plus, some students have never been to an island, let alone Block Island. For the students, the traveling and bonding with other students played as much of a role in the learning experience as the presentations did. “Kids feel the cold air, the wind blowing and waves spraying in their faces on the ferry ride, they see the examples in front of them and experience the lessons first hand,” said Mrs. Martin. “You can’t get the little things like that in a classroom.” Students who had never been on a ferry ride were thrilled. “I’ve never been to Block Island, or on a ferry, so I had a lot of fun on the trip,” said senior Tim Leaver. The oceanography classes scoured the salt marshes as a large group, supervised by Laura Francis, Lorrie Martin and Marcy Klattenberg. They spent about 90 minutes exploring and collecting live and dead specimens of various types of clams, snails, fish, crabs,

etc. After collecting a specimen, a student would then safely place it into one of the two storage buckets that were filled with water from the salt marsh. Then, after they had filled their two buckets with specimens, Mrs. Klattenberg and Mrs. Martin went over each specimen and gave some background knowledge on the organism. “The exercise in the salt marsh allowed for exploration for learning,” said junior Scott Smith. This activity demonstrates the vast biodiversity of Block Island’s salt marshes. It is hard to come by that many specimens in one location in most ecosystems. “Every time we visit the salt marshes, we find something different,” said Mrs. Martin. “It’s always a surprise. A couple years ago we found three Sennett’s (a cousin of the barracuda), and this year we came across several eels and a flounder.” However, there were a couple of disappointments with the speakers. Chris Warfal, the oyster speaker, couldn’t present his sunfarmed oyster collection as planned due to a miscommunication. “It’s a pity that we weren’t able to meet with him,” said Mrs. Martin. “He has one of the only few sunfarmed oyster collections around, so it would’ve been a very rare and interesting experience to have gotten to see it close up.” Also, The Block Island Historical Society’s slideshow did not meet Mrs. Martin’s expectations. She assumed that the slideshow would include more factual, relevant information about marine biology. Instead, the slideshow consisted of the history of Block Island’s more historic hotels and other buildings. Mrs. Martin said that she may have to find new speakers for the next trip. “When things don’t work, you just turn around and keep looking,” said Mrs. Martin. “It was an incredible adventure,” said senior Sam Szymaszek.

Left to right, Tim Leaver, Taylor Salva, Jessica Williams, Kyle Hoyt on the oceanography field trip to Block Island.

To Have a Job or Not to Have a Job? By AJ Ganaros Summer vacation is over, and Not only is it a major disturbance many students are starting to in time management, but it also ease into their new schedules. closes some doors for students. However, it’s not just the fresh- Mrs. Brickley thinks that students men who are adjusting to a big with jobs “don’t take advantage of schedule change; many of the the clubs that we have at Coginstudents have entered the work- chaug,” and Mrs. Michael “would force and intend to keep their jobs hope that students choose extracurduring the school year. Sure, hav- ricular activities and clubs over a ing money for yourself sounds job.” Unfortunately, with so much great, but all good things come time that has to be put into a job, it’s with a catch. hard to argue with them; having a “Things have definitely been job does take away from time to parmore difficult trying to fit every- ticipate in school activities. Luckily, there are some stuthing into my schedule,” said junior Melanie DeFilippo who works dents who understand the reat Perk on Main, “but I’m doing a sponsibilities of being a student pretty good job so far.” Of course, and a person of business. “Just to hear positive feedback is nice, because you have a job doesn’t but what do the teachers have to mean you have to work every say about this? I personally asked hour of every day,” said senior a few teachers to add their input Samantha Kaika, who works at about students in the workforce, Dunkin’ Donuts. Her advice for and one answer always came up: students hoping to join the workforce is: “Don’t overwork yourself; school comes first. “I’ve had a lot of students tell work a couple days a week to me they don’t have their home- make some money, but leave work done because of a job,” said time to rest and have a life outside of your job.” Spanish teacher Mrs. Germond.

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letters to Santa always go unanswered and unread. I know I’ve got the wrong address because last year, when I asked him for a Killer Whale to hide in my sister’s closet, nothing happened. ‘Cause I know you’re good with letters and sending newspapers places, I trust that

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ECO Saves the Earth One Bottle at a Time By Martin Malek ECO, a Coginchaug afterschool club, revolves around helping the earth’s environment. Not only has the ECO club created specialized bins for bottle disposal, they also separated these bottles and recyclables into four different categories: coke products, cans, one and two recyclables and other. “I hope that the people will at least empty the bottles, so that it isn’t extra grungy and attract bees,” said science department chair Mrs. Susan Michael, who is also the head of ECO. Periodically throughout the fair, the kids who take part in ECO or are in Boy Scout Troop 27 helped empty and replace these bins so that anyone could recycle in many

convenient locations. “I particularly liked how the kids from ECO helped pick up leftover bottles that were left on the ground,” said junior Natalie Swanson. At the fair, ECO recycled 25,100 bottles and cans. “That’s a lot!” exclaimed senior Alex Kovacs. Every year, ECO helps recycle and keep the Durham Fairgrounds clean. This has been going on for six consecutive years and is only one of the ways that ECO is helping our environment. “I think that ECO did a splendid job of recycling bottles and cans which would have otherwise been wasted in the trash,” said senior Adam Twombly.

Seniors Have Fun While “Fun”draising By Dena Branciforte The fair is behind us, and sen- parking the cars.” The $3,500 will iors said parking cars for class be divided up among the classes. fundraising was worthwhile. “Sign- Juniors get a certain percentage of up goes slowly but it does get the money raised. there,” said speClass fundraiscial education ing starts out in teacher Mrs. Wilfreshmen year. da Castro. “This The money that is the biggest opthe classes earn portunity for seneach year follows ior funds.” The them throughout senior parking their entire high fundraiser is the school career. If a biggest fundraisstudent gets iner each year, and volved early with it’s held at Coginthe fundraisers, it chaug’s parking will lower the cost lot. they will have to Seniors, junpay in their senior iors, teachers year for prom and and other adults the senior class helped park picnic. handicapped Over all, the cars for the handicapped Durham Fair parking went well, T h u r s d a y especially Saturthrough Sunday. Senior Rebecca Weir happily day and Sunday. “It’s an oppor- parks cars for the fair Sunday. “It wasn’t too tunity for the sen- Photo by: Dena Branciforte bad, it was kind ior class to earn of hot but it was up to $3,500 from worth it because the Durham Fair Committee,” said it helps us in the long run,” said special education teacher Ms. senior Meggie Andrulis, who Tara Amatrudo.” It’s a payment for worked Sunday morning.

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KC and the Sunshine Band performs at the Durham Fair.

Rain Can’t Stop the Sunshine Band By Emily Tuttle ...or their fans, apparently! On Friday night of the Durham Fair, a few hundred people braved the elements to watch a modified version of KC and the Sunshine Band’s concert. About an hour before the concert started, KC himself signed autographs and took pictures with anyone already waiting in the audience. He apologized countless times because he wouldn’t be able to perform the way he wanted to because of the wet stage. To avoid

injuries, he gave his two background dancers the night off and toned down his own dance moves. Nevertheless, he still played all of his big hits, including “Shake Your Booty,” “That’s the Way” and “Get Down Tonight.” Despite dreary weather, his band and all his fans were in good spirits. Even the younger people, some forced to be there by their parents, were caught tapping their toes. The concert ended with a bang — literally — when streamers exploded over the fans.

Half Wasn’t Half Bad By Emily Tuttle Fans were expecting to see Steel Magnolia perform on Sunday of the Durham Fair after local group Jackson Hill, but they were surprised when only Meghan Linsey walked onto the stage. Joshua Scott Jones, the other half of the duo that won season two of CMT’s “Can You Duet” was feeling “a little under the weather” according to Meghan. She also confessed that it had been five years since she had been onstage without him. Most of the songs were not affected too much because she had a background vocalist to cover Josh’s parts. The only songs that were affected were the few like “Keep On Loving You,” in which Meghan had to sing Josh’s solos herself. She also sang their newest release, “Last Night Again,” and their first song, “Ooh La La.” The audience didn’t seem to mind the adaptation and sang along to many of the well-known songs.

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Transportation district’s transportation policy. After examining a few of the hazardous roads in question, so far several routes have been changed. Junior Kaitlin McKernan is confused about the changes. “When I went to go home on the same bus I’ve ridden for the past five years, my driver said to me, ‘This isn’t your bus,’ so I was stranded, didn’t know what bus I should take and had to call my brother for a ride home,” said Kaitlin. “Regional School District 13 has 22 routes and 36 type one (regular sized) buses, and each bus by law can hold up to 77 passengers,” said DATTCO’s Phil Johnson, vice president of the school bus division. “Each bus uses six miles per gallon and each stop takes approximately one minute, so less stops can save time as well as money,” While both Mr. Johnson and Mrs. Viccaro have said the reason behind the cuts was to “get kids to school on time,” they have also both confirmed that one of the fortunate results from the consolidation of bus routes is the savings. “Approximately $40,000 will be saved as a result of the cuts,” said Mrs. Viccaro. Some students are not quite as pleased. Although “the time on the bus is shorter, the buses are more crowded and you have to walk farther,” said sophomore Chelsea Blackwood. As time goes on, the student body will probably get used to

Portal harder to achieve their personal academic goals. Still, others say the portal will have zero effect on their outlook on their schooling. “I personally don’t care about the student portal. It does not change the way I am going to go about studying and learning,” says sophomore Chris Brooks. Students’ headstrong and widespread opinions of the portal are certainly a subject up for debate. As well as the impact the portal has on students, it has a much different impact on teachers. Now teachers are under pressure to get the grades into the computer at a faster pace with the demand of parents wanting to know their students’ grades through the portal. This might change the relationship between parents and teachers and the mindset of how they grade altogether. However, teachers are also finding the good in the portal.

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the changes. Parking Prices Go Up Bus routes are not the only change that have some students on edge. In the 2010-11 school year, the price for a pass to park at Coginchaug was $25. Yet for this school year, parking pass costs have doubled and now cost $50. There are some students who have refused to purchase a parking pass this year because it costs so much. “There are around five students who are currently parking at school without a pass to do so,” said Mr. Rich Astorino, campus security advisor. “If you’re a senior, park at the school, and don’t pay for the pass, you’re risking having your graduation privileges taken away.” Some seniors who drive to school every day, like senior Brock Hoyt, are angry over the price increase. “I’m upset because they never gave a real reason. The price is double what it was last year, and the money is coming out of my own pocket,” said Brock. “The increase in prices is going back to fund student activities,” said Superintendent Susan L. Viccaro. “Parking is a privilege. If a student does not wish to pay for a parking pass, the district is legally obligated to give every child a seat on a bus.” Junior Kaitlin McKernan, quoted above, is a co-editor-in-chief of The Devils’ Advocate. (Continued from page 13)

“I have irrational feelings about the parent portal, and at first I had unnecessary fears, but overall I am already beginning to see the benefits,” says social studies teacher Mrs. Julie Selberg. “I feel it will motivate students more and nudge us all toward more clarity in grading and as teaching professionals.” Overall, the most interesting thing about the portal is how it changes the level of communication of which Mrs. Selberg spoke, like how the portal could potentially lead to more clarity in how exactly grades are earned and why. She also mentioned, “I feel it’s been the biggest adjustment for teachers, but overall I feel it’s good for both parents and students.” Clarity may be one of the biggest positive impacts when it comes to our new computer accessibility. The three-way connection between parents, students and teachers will hopefully be made more clear and

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New Facility was Worth the Wait

By Meggie Andrulis and Audrey Biesak The town of Durham has been sive line. “We’re lucky to have this counting down the days for the facility for four years!” past seven years for the construcNot only is the new field causing tion of the new athletic facility to be motivation for the football and soccomplete, and the time is finally cer athletes, but also it is just as here. The new facility is up and important to the track athletes. running for the football, soccer, “The new track is definitely a tennis and track teams of Cogin- motivator when it comes to having chaug! to run,” said junior Caitlynn “We waited a long time to up- Chabot. “Being able to do the grade our athletic facilities, and we Coginchaug Invitational at Coginstarted the process over seven chaug is definitely a one-up,” said years ago. Although we had to wait Caitlynn. a long time, it was well worth the The old, rundown track was wait,” said athletic director Ted causing injuries, such as shin Lombardo. “All you have to do is splints, and many issues among ask the track athletes, soccer ath- the track and cross-country runletes, football athletes, tennis ath- ners, like jumpers and throwers letes and the community, and they being unable to practice outside. will all agree.” “The kids enjoy running out “I think it has a very positive efthere. It improves attitude and the fect on girls’ soccer and other sport whole nine yards,” said Mrs. programs because now the athVigue, track and letes can have pride in their home Lavinia field/cross-country coach. “It will field. It’s going to keep kids who definitely bring unity back to the may choose to go to another program within the district,” said girls’ team being able to practice in the varsity soccer coach Megan Ka- same area.” There has been so much excitevanagh. “Before we couldn’t even host a home tournament, but now, ment among the athletes and town without any hesitation, our facility about the new track, but the new is an awesome option for any type tennis courts can’t be forgotten. These new top line courts are now of tournament.” “I’m super jealous, it’s long over- available to host home matches for due,” said Mr. Matt Thompson, JV the boys’ and girls’ tennis teams boy’s soccer coach and former and also the community. “It’s exciting to be able to pracCRHS student. Students have been lacking a practice and game tice here instead of going all the field, but now, Mr. Thompson says, way to Memorial,” said sophomore Emily Tuttle, member of the girls’ “You practice how you play!” In regards to football, the fresh- tennis team. Overall, this new athletic facility men class is excited to have this new facility to work on for their has been the talk of town, and so whole high school career. “It’s our far it has been a huge success own field so we want to win! And hosting home games! The new faour town is now more involved,” cility has been a great addition to said freshman football players Dan this small town and community beTiedemann, defensive and offen- cause it will have positive effects sive line, and Max Marino, defen- on the school athletes. lead to overall healthier conversations over grades and progress. Principal Mr. Andre Hauser had this to say in regards to the parent portal: “I think the parent portal is a great idea. It allows parents and kids to have informed conversations about their grades, now that they have the ability to be sure what they have in each class. A lot of times, when you ask your child about what they have in a certain class, they don’t know; now they are always able to be sure when asked.” Oftentimes when there are discrepancies involving grades, it has to do with the lack of knowledge of what exactly the teacher may have

been looking for or why the student received the grade they got. No matter what your motivation is for getting an education, the parent portal will be impactful. The portal can either be used as a tool to know how hard you need to work in each class in order to get your grade up, or how consistent you need to be to continue to get satisfactory grades. You can also look at it as a haunting aspect of schooling that your parents can use against you at all times. But if you’re someone like that, use the parent portal to your advantage and as self-motivator. But then again, everything is perspective.


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Ándele, Ándele; Football Season Kicks Off By Mike McShane As I like to put it, professional ter than an eight-lane track that football and all types of football would be standard for NCAA types leagues opened up as it hit Sep- of college meets. tember. For some, it’s the beginThe Blue Devil football team was ning of the sport they either love to given two goals before their first play or watch. For others, they’re game: to give up no points and to in the mindset of watching their fa- force three turnovers. Mission acvorite major league baseball team complished with a 48-0 win over making a pennant race and try to Nonnewaug High School. The win the World Series. And then down side to the game was losing there’s always the ones who stay senior Andrew Paxton due to an true to both seasons and respect the fact that they overlap. Regard- injury knocking him out for the rest Students from 16 different schools competed in the Run to the less, high school football opened of the season. Not much usually to be disappointed in with a huge Sun at Coginchaug on Sept. 21. Photo by Nancy Cavanaugh up for Coginchaug as the Blue Devils kicked off a brand new sea- margin of victory, but losing Paxton son and a new beginning for the to a torn ACL and torn meniscus is tough for the Blue Devils. football program. By Sean Cavanaugh CRHS took on Hyde Leadership It has been a very long wait, but on Sept. 17, Coginchaug opened a Saturday, Oct. 1, for their second An estimated 500 runners from “There were a lot of great competibrand new artificial turf field for game of the year. Call it an off 16 different teams flooded Allyn tors. I’m looking forward to a great conducting football and soccer week or a ‘bye’ week for the team Brook for the annual Run to the season.” games. Earlier in the year, CRHS as they had no games over the Sun invitational race on Sept. 21. At the end of the day, the Old opened up the new complex as a Durham Fair weekend. The Devils The Run to the Sun is an annual whole. CRHS had a three-school will play their home games on the cross-country race that Cogin- Saybrook varsity team won the track meet and inaugurated the new field on Saturdays as the chaug has been hosting for years, boys’ race and the Valley varsity beautiful, top-of-the-line athletic complex is still trying to fund for and it is typically held a few days team won the girls’. complex. It doesn’t get much bet- lighting to have night games. “I think the race went very well,” before the Durham Fair. said science teacher Mrs. Lavinia The competitors had a hot, sunny day to run the 5K (3.1 mile) Vigue, the girls’ cross-country course. The runners circled coach and one of the Run to the By Alex Kovacs Sun organizers. “It is a difficult Unless you’ve been living under Lombardo. There is no charge for around the track, behind the high thing to organize but we got some school two times and finally sprintan old, muddy soccer field and soccer games as of now, but there good feedback from the coaches. broken track, you’ve noticed the will be a charge to get into night ed to the finish line in the middle of It was a great race to get everythe baseball field. This course had new athletic facility. Many onlook- games under the lights because a few steep hills that were followed thing set up for the Shoreline race ers have aptly described this new that draws resources. that we are hosting at the end of by longer, gradual down hills. facility, which features a the season. We were definitely Currently, there are four sports “It was one of the hardest courssoccer/football turf pitch, an eight- fields as well as a baseball field at pleased with the way the race es,” said senior Emily Halligan. lane synthetic track and field, Strong, which the football team went.” stands and a concession booth, commonly practices behind. Even “The double hills are tough but at least there’s a long downhill to reDevils’ Advocate writer Sean as beautiful. Sports players, fans with that number, teams have recover.” Cavanaugh is also a member of and lovers of casual running alike sorted to practicing on the CoginSaid junior Jeremy Brown, the cross-country team. have anticipated the completion of chaug baseball field. The new this field for years. The facility, practice fields would be a breath of however, isn’t finished yet. fresh air for the teams, but it is unThe facility currently supports likely they will be completed this By Jose Vincent soccer and football matches, and season. Night of Champions was in Buf- and Kofi Kingston are still WWE runners have been enjoying the The concessions booth is also a falo, New York. You have Booker Tag Team Champions. new track since it opened over the summer. Still to be completed are topic being discussed by Bench- T., Jerry (The King) Lawler and Next match: Cody Rhodes vs. the lights, which will enable games warmers. As of now, the Cogin- Michael Cole on commentary. Ted DiBiase for the Intercontinenat night, as well as practice fields, chaug Football Club, a parent orFirst match up: The Miz & Rtal Championship. ganization for the football team, is which will lessen the tight situation Truth vs. Evan Bourne & Kofi for afterschool practices between running that. There are still dis- Kingston for the WWE Tag Team Both Legacy Members know boys’ and girls’ high school soccer, putes over who will run the booth if Championship. each other very well. Cody disrefootball and boys’ and girls’ Strong there are concessions during socFirst The Miz and R-Truth come spectfully slaps Ted, causing Ted cer games or other events. soccer. out singing their “You Suck” rap to be very angry. Cody takes conFear not, the facility will be fin- song. Bourne and Kinston start the trol throughout this. Cody then hits According to the Benchwarmers, an umbrella organization that sup- ished in due time. The facility is match dominating. Toward the Ted with his face mask (which is ports the entire athletics program something everyone can enjoy, end, Miz gives Evan Bourne a and paid for the new scoreboard, and all members of the community powerful DDT, but Bourne kicks legal) but he misses. Ted tries takthe lights are first on its agenda. should be grateful for it. Mr. Lom- out. The Miz then goes for the ing off Cody’s mask to hit him with “There are still discussions about bardo explained, “Like everything skull-crushing finale, but Truth is it, but Cody rolls and grabs Ted’s how to finish the facility; stay tuned in the project, finishing the facility is arguing with the referee. Then Miz tights and gets the one, two, and for that,” says athletics director and going to need to be a coordinated shoves the referee, causing a dis- three. Cody Rhodes is still Intermember of Benchwarmers Mr. Ted community effort.” qualification, and Even Bourne continental Champion.

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Gilbert A. Ryan

Gilbert A. Ryan, 80, of Middlefield, husband and b e s t friend of H e l e n (Scovel) Ryan for 56 years, passed away on Saturday, Oct. 1, at his home. Born and raised in

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Association for 13 years. Gilbert was a veteran, serving in the U.S. Army 40th Reconnaissance Company in Korea.

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Middletown, he was the son of the late Stetson and Helen (Pease) Ryan. Gilbert lived in Middlefield for the past 51 years and was a member of Middlefield Federated Church, serving on various boards and committees. He was employed at Pratt & Whitney Aircraft for 33 years as a design analyst retiring in 1987, worked for Lyman’s Apple Barrel Store for 14 years and was active with the Middlefield Athletic

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he was the son of the late George Raymond Hill and Elma (Miller) Hill Woods. Prior to his retirement, he was employed at Connecticut Valley Hospital as a ground maintenance supervisor for 42 years. He was a member of the Polish Falcons and a lifetime member of the B.P.O. Elks #771. He was a devoted friend, husband, father and Popie. George served his life to help

others. Everyone knew him as a good man, and he will be greatly missed. The Hill family would like to express their sincere thanks to Dr. Kennick Hom, Dr. Peter Pace, Dr. Franklin and his assistant Michelle, as well as the nurses and staff of Middlesex Hospital for their care and compassion. Besides his wife, he is survived by a son, George “Ray” Hill III and his wife Brenda of Durham; a brother Daniel Woods of Middletown; two

sisters, Joyce Genovesio of Higganum and Joan Lord of East Hampton; three grandchildren, Daniel R. Hill of Moodus, Jonathan R. Hill of Durham, Shawn Strucks of New Britain; one great granddaughter, Orianna Strucks and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a step-father, Philip Woods, and two brothers, Philip and John Woods. A Funeral Liturgy will be held Friday, Oct. 7, at 11 a.m. at Saint Francis of Assisi Church (Elm Street in Mid-

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Coginchaug Valley Education Foundation (CVEF) awards $9,000 in grants The Coginchaug Valley Education Foundation (CVEF) recently awarded over $9,000 in grants, finishing out its third annual funding cycle. With this welcome infusion of resources, seven organizations in Durham and Middlefield will be able to develop new initiatives, continue providing existing programs or ex-

panding their efforts — all focused on educating and/or supporting the community. Using a slightly different approach this year, CVEF asked applicants to consider two themes — mentoring/networking and the arts — when completing their applications. How did that work out? Said CVEF president and

grants co-chair Renee Edwards, “The high quality of grant applications received this year shows an enormous amount of creativity in our community and a desire to bring people’s talents and interests to others. While several grant applications focused on the themes of networking/mentoring or the arts, almost all applicants brought an intergenerational component to their projects. Since applications were not limited to these themes, I don’t think that applicants felt restricted. However, the strong presence of an intergenerational approach suggests that there is much value in bringing people together.” Reviewing that list of awardees, the element of community outreach is

readily apparent. They include: From DMYFS, Homework Hangout: a multigenerational educational program that provides a supervised, structured, quiet workplace to support homework completion and group projects for Strong Middle School students. From the Durham Historical Society, Database Initiative: a digital database containing images and information on items in the Durham Historical Society’s collection of Durham’s history. From the Durham Library, Making Sense of the Civil War: a series of programs that put the war in cultural and historical perspective, reveal the role of Connecticut in the war and provide a human context through stories of real people of the period. From

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Falcons D-Squad beats Windsor Giants with a pick! By Coach Roccapriore D-Squad Head Coach Last Sunday, the Falcons D-Squad faced the Windsor Giants at home. The game was a defensive battle for all four quarters. It could only come down to a big play, simple mistake or both to end the game for either team. The Falcons moved the ball on offense but only to eat up the clock as the Giants played aggressively on defense.

The first half ended scoreless as both teams made their adjustments. The third quarter began with the Falcons on offense, moving the ball inside the Giants’ 25-yard line. After turning the ball over on downs, the Giants took over on offense and made an adjustment, which was to throw the ball for the first time all game. The Falcons were ready as cornerback Logan Saks dropped back in man cover-

age to keep the receiver from getting open. As the front six brought pressure to the Giants’ quarterback, Saks, in great coverage, intercepted the ball and ran it back over 30 yards untouched. This pick would determine the game as the remainder of the third quarter and the fourth quarter went without either team scoring again.

The Falcons’ defense played tough on the corners with Saks and Michael Roccapriore shutting down the outside runs. Outside backers Shea Larkin and Anthony Santangelo allowed nothing inside the corners while the defensive line made up of Anthony Bizzario, Aaron Faiella, Tyler Florio, Nevin Moore, Michael Andrews, Sebbi Hallock, Jorn Lay-

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Falcons C-Team hosts Windsor By Nicholas Faiella Special to the Town Times The 2011 Falcons C-Team is off and running this year with five games under their belt already. With just three games left, they remain in the hunt for a coveted playoff spot. The Falcons went up against big time football powerhouse Windsor last weekend. This would be another big test for these young Falcons. Would they be able to bounce back after a tough loss on the road in week four? Captains this week were Will Kammerer, Luke Latorre, Bobby Huscher and Terry Lockwood. The Falcons won the toss and the battle begun. The offense was led by QB Derek Grant and running backs Huscher, Ryan Cross and Kevin Cross. The offense line, anchored by Kolby Pascarelli, Lockwood, Trevor

Smith, Justin Gagner, David Skelps, Latorre and Anthony Curry, had their hands full with an always-tough Windsor team. Back and forth they went in a battle of field position. This year’s defensive squad again played their hearts out, denying Windsor time and time again. The defense was led by Alex Case, Skelps, Quinn Reardon, Evan Faiella, Gagner, Curry, Nate Salva, Christopher Ulizio, Ryan Cross, Kevin Cross, Kammerer, Dana Boothroyd and Colin Sheehy. In a tough first half, Windsor scored twice but was denied both times on the extra point try with some big plays for the defense. The Falcons opened the second half on offense and again tried to gain the field position advantage, this time with Pascarelli at QB, Tucker Carroll, Quinn Rear-

don and AJ Alfano at running back. They tried a number of plays to get the offense running behind the blocking of Jacob Toth, Kenneth Wallen, Aidan Sarcia, Carter Proto, Jacob Haglund, Erik Pitruzzello, Owen Griffin and Quinn Forrester. The team knew they needed just one drive and one score to get this train running again. The Falcons’ offense drove hard in the fourth quarter, but the “big drive” never materialized and time ran out on this Falcon team. Next up, Falcons at East Hartford on Sunday, Oct. 9.

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Coginchaug beats Hyde 14-0

Hyde started their next two possessions in Coginchaug territory, but both times the Blue Devils shut down the Hyde offense, and the half ended with Coginchaug leading 6-0. Coginchaug kicked off to start the second half, and the Blue Devils’ defense picked right up where it left off, forcing Hyde to punt after just three plays. The Blue Devils’ offense took over at the Coginchaug 37-yard line

and embarked on their only drive of the day. Nine running plays brought the ball to the Hyde 22-yard line. Sophomore quarterback Tyler Meeker then hit senior running back Zev Kartiganer down the middle of the field for Meeker’s first touchdown pass of his career. Corazzini ran for the twopoint conversion, and the Blue Devils held a 14-0 lead with four minutes to play in the third quarter.

Sophomore quarterback Tyler Meeker in the act of throwing a touchdown pass to Zev Kartiganer in the Neither offense mounted a Photo by Dan Grumm, submitted by John Bozzi serious threat the rest of the third quarter. day, and the game ended with Coginchaug holding that same 14-0 advantage. “The defense was superb today,” Coginchaug head coach John Bozzi said. “Defensive coordinator Vin Balsamo put together a masterful game plan, and the kids executed it to perfection. It was a total team effort that had its roots in the great ef-

fort we got from the kids the past week in practice. Everyone on the roster should be proud of this game.” Bozzi was not overly concerned about the Blue Devils’ offensive struggles. “After Doherty was hurt, we needed to get Meeker settled in a bit, so we shelved a good part of the offense,” Bozzi explained. “Then, after we

scored our second touchdown, the offense’s job was to protect the ball and run the clock. The way our defense was playing, I knew Hyde wouldn’t score unless we helped them.” Coginchaug’s next game is Saturday, Oct. 8, at 2 p.m. when they travel to Muzzy Field in Bristol to play Lewis Mills.

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I’ll let the campaign literature fill you in on his accomplishments. Jon is a good neighbor who helps those in need and would lend you a tool if you needed one, and I definitely would trust him with my checkbook. Jon desires balance and harmony in town affairs. He consistently has recommended that political independents serve on our various boards...doing what’s right for our town.

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this town, I am proud to support Jon Brayshaw for first selectman. He’s done a great job and has a proven record of commitment and dedication that few can match. Please join me in voting for Jon Brayshaw on Nov. 8. Kathleen Kokoszka, Middlefield

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detail will serve the town well in the position he is seeking. After retiring, Roger worked for three years as a consultant for AI Engineers in Middletown where he reviewed inspection reports and was responsible for a special project for the State of Connecticut DOT, analyzing the movement of highway structures in both heat and cold. He has operated a seasonal pool service business since 1987. Roger currently serves on the Personnel Policy/Compensation Review Commission, the Recreation Committee and the Building Code Board of Appeals. Please join me in supporting an extraordinary citizen who will watch your dollars like they are his own. Vote for Roger Kleeman on Nov. 8. Ona McLaughlin, Durham

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Kleeman for first selectman Roger Kleeman has been a fully engaged citizen since moving to Durham in 1973. He has likely attended more town meetings than almost any other resident of the town. Always interested, always questioning, Roger has been a consistent advocate for spending less but spending smarter. Retired from 33 years with the State of Connecticut Department of Transportation (DOT), Roger served as the DOT’s watchdog, overseeing inspections of major bridges and structures by consultants. His responsibilities included negotiating and administering multi-million dollar contracts, daily field inspections, review of inspection reports and verifying invoices. His attention to

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all the members of the community who supported the POPS (Parents of Performers) booth at the Durham Fair! If you worked a shift (or six!), if you stopped by to enjoy a candy apple, a caramel apple, some cotton candy (yummy maple sugar!) or a delicious slushie — thank you! As you know, the booths run by non-profit groups are many, and it takes a lot of volunteers (most of us workng more than one booth) to keep ourselves afloat! We truly appreciate your support! Special thanks to Kari and John Kuehnle, Joanne and Rob Badin, Tina Gossner and Kate McLaughlin who went above and beyond to make sure our booth was a sucecss! The profit from POPS fundraisers goes right back to the CRHS Music Department to enrich the music programs. We support all the music programs, and

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this year, there are approximately 200 students in the music department. As the fair becomes a memory, we move on to fall cleaning and our semi-annual clothing drive to be held the weekend of Oct. 29 and 30. This time, we are combining it with a tag sale. Watch for more info in the coming weeks. Lori St. Amand, President of POPS

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will that be enough to get the pizza and a bottle of soda?” “Ballet practice is at 6 o’clock, what time should I put the chicken in the oven to make sure we have enough time to eat?”, “Is this hose long enough to reach the garden from here?” Notice that you as an adult would probably not use pencil and paper to solve these math dilemmas. We use a ton of estimation, and kids need to know

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Durham Library Hours: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays. The library will be closed Monday, Oct. 10, for Columbus Day. Visit www.durhamlibrary.org to search the catalog, review your account, register for a program or renew your materials online. For info or to register for a program by phone, call 860-349-9544. Story Times: Sessions run through Dec. 21. Register in person or by phone. Civil War Programs: Especially for teens: Civil War Cuisine: Wednesday, Oct. 19 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Morse Code Puzzles in the Town Times through October. Would you have been a good coder or cipherer during the Civil War? Test out your telegraph skills on this week’s Morse Code trivia question. Decode the question, find out the answer, and translate your answer back into Morse Code! This week’s trivia question: .-- .... .- - / .-- .- ... / - .... . / -. .- -- . / --- ..-. / --. . -. . .-. .- .-.. / .-. --- -... . .-. - / . .-.-.- / .-.. . . .----. ... / .... --- .-. ... . ..--.. Children, grades 1-3: Nurse, Soldier, Spy: Thursday, Oct. 13. Henry’s Freedom Box: Thursday, Oct. 20. Just in Time, Abraham Lincoln: Thursday, Oct. 27. For all: Connecticut in the American Civil War: Slavery, Sacrifice, and Survival: Reading and discussion by the author, Professor Matthew Warshauer. Wednesday, Oct. 12 at 7 p.m. Civil War Women: Their Roles and Legacies: Trish Chambers explores the lives of women during the Civil War, their trials and tribulations and the solutions designed by the women of both the North and South. Families, age 8 and up, on Saturday, Oct. 15 at 11 a.m. They Called Me Lizzy…from Slavery to the White House chronicles the life of Elizabeth Keckly, as portrayed by Stephanie Jackson, from freed slave to dressmaker and confidante for

First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln. Families, age 8 and up, on Saturday, Oct. 22, at 2 p.m. Brother against Brother: Songs, Tunes, & Tales from the War of Rebellion or Northern Aggression is performed by Tom Callinan, who was named Connecticut’s first official state troubadour when the program was created by the Connecticut Commission on the Arts in 1991. Families, age 8 and up, on Saturday, Nov. 5 at 11 a.m. All programs funded by a grant from the Coginchaug Valley Education Foundation and the Durham Library PALS.

Levi Coe Library Hours: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays and closed Fridays. The library will be closed on Monday, Oct. 10, for Columbus Day. Visit www.leviecoe.com or call the library at 860-349-3857 for info or to register for any program. You can also renew, reserve and check your library record on the website. Children’s Story Times: Every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. until Dec. 7. October Programs: Please call the library to register for the following: “Pumpkin Pizzazz” Pumpkin Decorating Program — Saturday, Oct. 15, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Bring in your favorite pumpkin(s) and turn it into your own pumpkin masterpiece. We’ll supply all of the arts and crafts “fixin’s” for you to create your perfect pumpkin. All ages are welcome. Lucia K. Ginter Day with Musician Dave Fry — Wednesday, Oct. 19, from 5 to 6 p.m. Celebrate Lucia K. Ginter Day with an all-ages family concert by musician Dave Fry. Please feel free to bring a picnic blanket and snack to enjoy during the show. Wish list books: Donate A Christmas Homecoming by Anne Perry to our library. If you choose to donate a book, you will get to be the first one to check it out! We will also add a bookplate to acknowledge your kind donation. Call or stop by the library for further details.


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