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Volume 17, Issue 31

Serving Durham, Middlefield and Rockfall

Friday, November 12, 2010

From autumn orange to icy white - the first snowfall of the year!

Barn photo by Judy Moeckel, leaves by Sue VanDerzee, snow landscape by Dee Wilcox

Above, this barn in Middlefield is known for its artistic beauty, especially in the fall. Right, on Monday, Nov. 8., the first icy snow of the season draped our local landscape for a few hours, though unlike some surrounding towns, there was no school delay in District 13.

Special meeting of BOS and BOF discusses Powder Ridge bonding By Elisabeth Kennedy Special to Town Times A special combined meeting of the Board of Selectmen (BOS) and the Board of Finance (BOF) was held on Nov. 3 to discuss Powder Ridge financing. Since its purchase by the town for $2.55 million in 2008, the town has used temporary financing and is considering permanent financing in order to lock in currently favorable low interest rates. First Selectman Jon Brayshaw thanked finance director Joe Geruch for his work on researching the town’s options and asked Geruch to present

those options. With the use of a blackboard, Geruch explained financing terms and options as the town discusses an agreement to sell the land and equipment on site to Alpine. The value of that potential sale is $985,000 (since the town has already paid down on the principal, $775,000 remains), which leaves $1.9 million of the original purchase price, which in effect is the value of the town holding development rights on the land. The short term financing currently in place provides for three percent interest on $775,000 and two percent on the $1.9 million for a cost of

$23,000 and $38,000 respectively. Additionally, there is a pay-down requirement of $142,000 in principal, for a total cost to the town of $203,000. This note becomes due on Jan. 27, 2011, though it could be renewed for an additional three to nine months. Geruch explained that going forward, the town has two options: to finance the entire parcel as taxable or to split the financed amount as taxable and non-taxable (restricting potential use of the land, specifically retaining residential development rights for the town). Longterm financing options were outlined in both scenarios. To

maintain the split of taxable and non-taxable land use, financing would be $775,000 at 4.25 percent at a cost of $70,000 per year and $1.9 million at 3.25 percent at a cost of $162,000 per year for a total cost of $232,000 per year. Financing the entire parcel as taxable ($2.675 million at 4.25 percent) would cost $241,000 per year. Geruch further explained the advantage of taxable bonds is that it leaves the town’s options open on use of the land. In the event the Alpine deal falls through, the town will not be restricted in use of the land, which all agreed was the best scenario. Maryann Corona asked if

is worth continuing temporary financing to leave the town’s options open; Geruch explained it is gambling with interest rates, with long-term financing the town will lock into an interest rate on the See Powder Ridge, page 23

In this issue ... Calendar............................4 Durham Briefs................14 Middlefield Briefs...........15 Sports ..........................26-27 Durham Library.............16 Middlefield Library........17 Obituary..........................21

Town Times Community Briefs


Middlefield/ Durham Night

Last year the Middletown Elks sponsored the first Middlefield/Durham Night. The Elks recognized how much of their support comes from our communities. A sold out event last year has inspired the Elks to take time out to recognize the wonderful citizens of Middlefield, Durham and Rockfall. On Saturday, Nov. 20, the community will again gather to recognize ourselves for the spirit that has made us feel good about our community. Hors’doeuvres will be served a 6 p.m. with a buffet dinner at 7 p.m.

Music will again be provided by local band, The Monthei Brothers. We will again be honoring local citizens from the fire departments of both towns as well as special awards to EMTs — all the people we count on and are happy to say “thanks” to. Tickets can be purchased at the Elks Lodge at the door, or for table reservation and ticket info, call Jeff Siena at 860-301-8260 or Mike and JoAnn Siena at 860-346-9771.

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Of special interest, Phyllis Naples-Valenti, superintendent of the Durham Fair Canning Department, will be presenting an apple butter making demonstration at 11 a.m. She will be providing complimentary tastings and recipes for apple butter and other apple-related condiments. For more info, go to or call 860-349-6007.

Notre Dame Church music Notre Dame Church’s Golden Circle will host a performance by multi-talented local musician Brian Russell on Wednesday, Nov. 17, at 9:45 a.m. in the church hall. Brian is best known for his Irish music with a mix of country, bluegrass and oldie

selections. In addition to singing, he plays a number of instruments, including fiddle, guitar, mandolin, tin whistle and drums. All are welcome to attend and refreshments will be served. The Golden Circle is a group of seniors founded more than 15 years ago at Notre Dame.

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To sell or not to sell non-local food at farm stands? Durham P&Z and Agriculture Commission discuss By Chuck Corley Special to Town Times The Durham Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) met on Nov. 3 with members of the Agriculture Commission to discuss the sale of non-local foods at farm stands in town. This issue came up due to the sale of bananas, olive oil, and other non-local food at some of the stands in town. The zoning commission was curious about how they should deal with these stands, if they should deal with them at all. Members of the zoning commission, such as Ralph Chase and Dick Eriksen, came down in favor of only allowing the sale of locally grown produce. Eriksen noted that while a commercial business along Main Street may be able to sell most anything, those businesses also pay rent and taxes that a food stand doesn’t. Thus, a food stand should not be allowed to sell whatever it pleases, for our menu

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Other zoning commission members, such as Frank DeFelice, spoke more favorably of allowing non-local produce at farm stands. DeFelice felt that the commission should focus on words like “reasonable,� “related,� and “predominantly� while looking into the matter. As DeFelice saw it, so long as most of the produce at a stand is locally grown, and so long as any non-local produce is related to the rest of what is getting sold, then the town shouldn’t penalize the farm stand, stat-

ing that “We need to support agriculture in this town.� Dave Foley echoed these sentiments, saying that the commission may want to allow for the sale of bananas to complement a fruit salad, but to ban the sale of products like soda. As for the Agriculture Commission, they said the zoning commission should

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Town Times & Places FRIDAY

November 12

Spelling Bee The annual CVEF spelling bee will be held at the Coginchaug High School auditorium at 7 p.m. For more info visit Fun Fall Hike Come join us for a fun late fall hike at Wadsworth Falls State Park, in Middletown at 3:45 p.m. The hike is a 1 to 1.5 mile loop. Meet at the main parking lot of Wadsworth Falls State Park, the one on Rt. 157. Registration appreciated, but not required. Steady rain cancels. For info or to register, contact Lucy at or 860-395-7771. Cogin-Chuggers The Durham Cogin-Chuggers will hold their dance at Brewster School from 8 to 10:30 p.m. For more info call 860-349-8084 or 203-235-1604. Tot Time Tot Time is an open-age playgroup held at the Middlefield Community Center. This program is open to all Durham and Middlefield residents and children. Join the fun every Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.


November 13

Christmas Fair and Turkey Dinner The St. James Episcopal Church in Higganum, Route 81 and Little City Road, will hold its annual Christmas Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For info or to donate items for the tag sale, call Amy Soobitsky at 860-345-2006. Setback Tournament The K-Club, 168 Main Street in Rockfall, is holding a Thanksgiving Setback Tournament for locals. There will be free breakfast and lunch at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m respectively. Sign up in advance by calling 860-346-9521. Pie Sale Pies for the holiday season are for sale, homemade by the Church of the Epiphany in Durham. To order your apple or pumpkin pie, call 860-349-9644 or e-mail The deadline for ordering your pie selection is Saturday, Nov. 13. The pie pickup

dates are Sunday, Nov. 21 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. or Tuesday, Nov. 23 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Payment with cash or check is due at time of pickup at the Church of Epiphany’s Parish Hall. Holiday Bazaar For lovely, handcrafted gifts and decorations, luscious homemade desserts, and a sit-down lunch in a warm, neighborly atmosphere. Don’t miss the Westfield Ladies Aid Society Holiday Bazaar at the Third Congregational Church, 94 Miner St., just off Route 217 (East St.), in Middletown from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m, where there is always plenty of free parking. Ukulele Club Local Middlefield ukulele enthusiasts are forming a ukulele club. This fascinating little instrument is seeing a comeback in popularity. If you play or even have an interest in playing, plan to stop by the Middlefield Community Center and attend the first meeting of the Middle CT Uke Group. It starts at 9 a.m. and is free. For info, contact Annual Holiday Fair The annual Holiday Fair of the Middlefield Federated Church, 402 Main Street in Middlefield, will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Breakfast and lunch can be purchased in the “Fellowship Café.” New this year will be a luncheon special of meatloaf and mashed potatoes. Food Drive Troop 27 will hold its annual food drive at Strong School. Donations of non-perishable food items will be collected by the scouts from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. We encourage the community to take the opportunity to drop off donations with the scouts who will deliver them to a food pantry immediately following the collection hours.


November 14 Cut for Cancer Imagine Hair Studio, 79 North Colony Rd. in Wallingford, will be hosting a Cut-AThon to benefit the American Cancer Society from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. All proceeds will go directly to the American Cancer Society via Relay for Life Greater Middletown.

Line Dancing Classes Vinnie’s Jump & Jive, 424 Main St. in Middletown, is teaching Country Line Dancing every Sunday from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Students will learn the basics of line dancing and how to build vines, pivots and box steps, as well as chacha, waltz and Charleston moves. Walk-ins are welcome. For more info, call instructor Jim at 860-561-5585. Conquering Your Fears Eckankar Temple of CT, on the corner of Route 66 and Harvestwood Road in Middlefield, wants to help you explore your dreams, visions and divine love today from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Try a spiritual exercise and share your stories and experiences. Everyone is welcome to this free workshop on spiritual wisdom and conquering fears. For info, contact or Pet Photography Workshop Learn from photographer Davide Choate to do your favorite family members justice, immortalizing them forever! Review the shots and learn Photoshop techniques to make your photos better. Models will be provided for the shoot. The photography workshop is from 1 to 4 p.m. For info and prices, call 860663-5593 or email


November 15 Job Search Career consultant Abby Kohut will present this program from 6:15 to 8:15 p.m. in the Hubbard Room at the Russell Library, 123 Broad Street in Middletown. Abby will discuss a variety of on-line and in-person networking methods, unique ways to get your resume in front of the hiring manager, and different kinds of employment beyond a 9-5 job.


November 16 PFLAG Meeting The Greater New Haven/Shoreline Chapter of PFLAG (Parents, Friends and Family of Lesbians and Gays) meets to offer support, information and education

Friday, November 12, 2010 and to advocate for LGBT loved ones. Meetings are held at the Church of the Redeemer, 185 Cold Spring Street in New Haven, the third Tuesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. For more info call 203-458-0493 or e-mail A Capella for Women Rehersal for the Valley Shore Chorus of Sweet Adelines International is tonight and will continue every Tuesday in November and December from 7:15 to 8:15 p.m. Women who want to join the four-part a capella harmony barbershop style singing group may attend. Rehersals are at St. Paul Lutheran Parish Hall, 47 Oak St., Middletown, where music is provided and carpooling is available. Call 860-767-8540. Funding for Arts Brainard Carey, co-founder and director of The Artworld Demystified, will present this program from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Hubbard Room at Russell Library, 123 Broad St. in Middletown. He will focus on how individual artists can create income from their artworks through corporate and private sponsors as well as grants and fellowships. Caret will also talk about fund-raising techniques that organizations can use. Local Flu Clinics Go to the City Hall Council Chambers, 245 Dekoven Dr. in Middletown, from 3 to 8 p.m. for free shots. The vaccine is administered on a first come, first-served basis and supplies are limited. Anyone over age two and in good health is encouraged to receive the vaccine. Youth Basketball Registration Youth basketball registration for students in grades K8 living in Durham or Middlefield will take place at the Durham Town Hall from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Opening day will be Saturday, Dec. 11. Students must register by Friday, Nov. 26; after this date there will be a late fee. Registration forms can be found on line at under Recreation. Call 860-343-6724. Heritage Quilters of Wallingford Heritage Quilters of Wallingford will meet Tuesday, Nov. 16, in the auditorium at Masonicare, Masonic

Avenue inWallingford. This evening’s program will be presented by Viv Lazich from Sew Inspired Quilt Shop in Simsbury. Guests and new members are welcome. Please note that refreshment and social time are 6:30 to 7 p.m. For information, call 203-269-2065.


November 17

TOPS Durham TOPS Club meets every Wednesday at 6 p.m. on the third floor of the Durham Town Hall. For information, call Naomi Klotsko at 860-349-9558 or Bonnie Olesen at 860-349-9433. Middlefield Flu Clinic The town of Middlefield Health Department will be having a flu clinic from 5 to 7 p.m. open to the public at the Community Center, at 405 Main Street. No appointment necessary; please bring your insurance card. For info, contact Lee Vito at 860-349-7123 Ext. 14. Women’s Hike Join us for a hike at 10 a.m. in the Timberland Woods in North Guilford. Bring water and a snack and/or lunch. For info and to register, contact Lucy at or 860-395-7771.


November 18

Thanksgiving Luncheon The annual Thanksgiving luncheon with live entertainment will be held at the Middlefield Senior Center, in the Middlefield Community Center, 405 Main St., at noon. Following dinner, enjoy the sounds of Rolling View Products. Reservations can be made by calling 860-349-7121 before Nov 15. Alice in Wonderland Middletown High School Drama Club is presenting Alice in Wonderland at 7 p.m. at the Performing Arts Center, Shows also on Saturday, Nov. 20 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 21 at 2 p.m. Creative Writing Group All students in grade 4 and up are invited to join this group

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from 4 to 5 p.m. in the Activity Room at the Russell Library, 123 Broad St. in Middletown. Create characters, write stories and get your creativity going. Durham 60+ The Durham 60+ Club will meet at 1 p.m. at the united Churches Fellowship Hall at the corner of Route 68 and Main Street. The traveling group of the Sweet Adelines-Valley Shore Chorus will entertain with their a cappella singing. Doors will open at noon for the blood pressure clinic.


November 19 Business Networking The local chapter of Busi-

ness Networking International will meet in the United Methodist Church, 24 Old Church St. in Middletown, at 7:30 a.m. Contact Cindi Sanders at 860-638-0084 for more info. Annual Holiday Fair Wadsworth Glen Health Care and Rehabilitation Center, 30 Boston Road in Middletown, is hosting their annual holiday fair today from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be tag sale items, baked goods, holiday shopping and great prices. Luncheon is available all day. Tot Time Tot Time is an open age playgroup held at the Middlefield Community Center. This program is open to all Durham and Middlefield residents and their children. Join the fun every Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Durham/Middlefield Youth & Family Services Unless noted, all events take place at the Youth Center in the Middlefield Community Center. Office hours: 10-3 Tuesdays-Fridays; phone 860-349-0258. Fun Night DMYFS will host a fifth and sixth grade Dance/Fun Night Friday, Nov. 12 from 7 to 9:30 p.m. There is a $5 admission and pizza and snacks are for sale. Astro Program Are you a teen in grades 7 through 12, who is looking for something to do after school? Sign up for one or more of the Astro activities by calling or visiting the library. On Mondays they are offering “Card Mania,” where you can try a new card game or have fun with an old favorite. On Wednesdays they have “Video Game Fun,” when you can check out a great game with a few friends. The Astro Program is at the Durham Library Community Room from 3 to 4:30 p.m. and snacks are provided. Keep watching for new Astro activities coming soon and keep in mind that space is limited. Donations are appreciated. Astro is looking for donations of two larger screen TVs and any gaming systems that your family may have outgrown! Contact Jane Moen, DMYFS program director, at if you have a donation to offer! *** Go to for events, pictures, directions or information about programs and services. If interested in volunteering or to register for any of the programs, call 860349-0258 or e-mail

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The Malcolms: A Family of Service By Judy Moeckel Special to Town Times Rosemary Malcolm has lots of memories, especially about World War II (WWII) and her late husband, Robert Wylie Malcolm. She’s starting to write them down, so they don’t get lost in the mists of time. When the Second World War began, Rosemary Dwyer had just finished high school in North Branch, Michigan, and was working in nearby Lapeer, making liners for soldiers’ helmets. Her career as “Rosie the Riveter” was short-lived; she wanted to be a nurse. As the war proceeded, the nursing profession was in desperate need of new trainees, as most nurses were heading overseas to serve in the Army and Navy.

From the middle of 1942 until the beginning of 1945, Dwyer trained at St. Mary’s Hospital in Saginaw, Michigan, which was run by the Sisters of Charity. After completing training, she joined the Cadet Nurse Corps and was assigned to Percy Jones Army Hospital in Battle Creek, where she served in from January to June 1945. While not officially recognized as such, cadet nurses were very much veterans of the war. They served under Army command, helping wounded veterans in their recovery and working long hours, 50 weeks a year. “I was awestruck by the attitude of the guys,” she says. They were proud and determined to reclaim their lives despite serious injury and disability. She recalls how one day

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Rosemary and Robert Malcolm regiments (including the 508th) and reinforced glider infantry regiment boarded hundreds of transport planes and gliders and began the largest airborne assault in history…By the time the AllAmerican Division (the 82nd Airborne) was pulled back to England, it had seen 33 days of bloody combat and suffered 5,245 paratroopers killed, wounded or missing.” From June until late August, battles raged in the cities and countryside of the picturesque Normandy region. Eventually, the Allies — including soldiers from the United States, England,


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Veterans (Continued from page 6) Years later, her husband would speak of the brave Irish nuns who served in the hospital in Sainte-MereEglise. They had been there when the Germans forces invaded, and were — in a sense — prisoners, as he was.

Malcolm received the Purple Heart, which is given to soldiers who have been “wounded by an instrument of war in the hands of the enemy.” After the war, he continued to jump with a group of fellow paratroopers from the 82nd Airborne. Their group was dubbed the “C-47 Club,” after the airplanes that transported them. He and some of his buddies from

the 82nd returned to Normandy several times after the war, including on the 25th and 40th anniversaries of D-Day. On one occasion, they parachuted into Ste.Mere-Eglise, recreating the invasion so many years earlier. Years later, members of the 82nd Airborne raised funds to replace a stained glass window in the town’s church that had been de-


stroyed in the invasion. The new window depicts the paratroopers descending into the town as the battle for Normandy began. Rosemary says that her husband’s Scottish ancestors had a strong tradition of military service, with several relatives serving in the First World War. This tradition continued with the Malcolm’s sons. John (Jack)

Malcolm served in the 82nd Airborne, like his father. He went to Vietnam and died there in1970; the only Middlefield soldier to die in that war. Robert Wm. Malcolm served in the Marines during the Vietnam War on the carrier U.S.S. Intrepid. Tom Malcolm was in the 82nd Airborne like his father and

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The snow is here, that means the holidays and creative arts - are coming!

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Town Times is published every Friday by the Record-Journal Publishing Co. and is delivered to all homes and businesses in Durham, Middlefield and Rockfall. Stephanie Wilcox, Editor Cheri Kelley, Reporter Brian Monroe, Advertising Director Joy Boone, Advertising Sales Dee Wilcox, Office Manager Contributors: Chuck Corley, Diana Carr, Trish Dynia, Elisabeth Kennedy, Karen Kean, Karen Koba, Judy Moeckel, Kathy Meyering, Tori Piscatelli and Sue VanDerzee.

I’m sure there were many people as shocked as I was when they woke up Monday morning to find a few inches of snow on the ground. November 8 is quite early to have to brush snow off our cars. Because of this, I felt an initial pang of irritation: so soon? I was just enjoying the colorful leaves on the ground. But then I remembered that I had a brand new, fuzzy winter coat and so I would be totally equipped for the weather outside. With snow on the ground - not just a flurry in the air - it certainly feels like the holidays are upon us. This got me thinking about our Creative Arts issues we publish the week of Christmas and New Year’s where we ask the community to send in their stories, poems and pictures. So this, folks, is your first official invitation to join in on the fun. Though you are welcome to submit creative work on any theme, sometimes it helps to have a “prompt.” This year, our theme is FOOD, because who doesn’t love it? Not to

mention, the holidays are loaded with all things food. We’re looking for holiday recipes, illustrations, poems, photographs, essays, etc. We welcome submissions by email, fax, postal service or hand delivery. We are looking forward to your submissions - lots of them! This is one of our favorite times of year as we watch your contributions pile in. Thanks in advance, and we’ll send more reminders over the next month. Of course, as I write this, the snow has already melted and it’s back to looking like an early November afternoon. But then again, they’re already airing Christmas commercials on the radio and T.V. That’s not a problem with me. In fact, I would much rather see holiday commercials, even if this early in the season, than all those political commercials. Some think it’s too soon, but I think a little jingle is refreshing. Stephanie Wilcox, editor

Letters to the Editor

Thank you

It has been my honor and pleasure to have had the opportunity to run for State Senator of the 12th District this year. It has been an enjoyable journey, one that gave me the opportunity to get to know the people of the 12th District and take in beautiful sunsets, Long Island Sound, learn the quaint downtown coffee shops and hike the long driveways of the northern towns of the district. I could not have done it without all of your support. I am humbled by your faith and trust in me during the past eight months. I am so proud of the campaign that we have run.

What started with a few local women around my dining room table in February exploded into a campaign team that was a force to be reckoned with. I would like to extend my thanks to all the volunteers who knocked on doors with me, proudly displayed lawn signs, made phone calls, and most importantly, those who came out on Nov. 2 to vote. Renewed job growth and retention, reining in our $3.5 billion budget deficit, and protecting our children was the core of my campaign message. In reviewing how close we came to victory, clearly many of you agreed with me. President Lincoln once said, “Be sure to put your

Letters policy The Town Times intends to present a forum for the lively exchange of ideas and issues. To facilitate the publication of your contributions, several guidelines should be followed. Letters to the editor must be signed, with a phone number included. The writer will be called to confirm authorship. No anonymous letters will be printed. Contributions by any individual or group will not be published more frequently than once a month. Every effort will be made to print all letters received. However, the selection and date of publication will be at the discretion of the editor. Finally, the opinions expressed by our letter writers are not necessarily those of this newspaper. Deadline: Tuesday noon for Friday publication.

feet in the right place, then stand firm.” Thank you all for your unwavering support and continued encouragement. Most of all, thanks for putting your feet in the right place, and standing firm with me. Lisa Davenport, Durham

Election, bullying and politically incorrect The election is over. No more junk mail or annoying calls. I could never understand why someone would spend millions to get a job that pays $100k with no guarantee of being reelected. Yeah, I know, the power blah blah blah. I personally will not cast my vote for Mr. Obama. Healthcare should have not been his first priorty to get this passed. There was a lot of time and effort put into this to get this passed,what good is having healthcare if i have no job! Take a survey: more Americans would rather have a job than healthcare right now. How about the same healthcare coverage the politicians have (covered for life). Now, bullying and being politically correct need addressing. Number 1, if a male you know is gay who

cares!!! Guys, if you’re not gay, more women for you to date, so drop it already. Now my pet peeve: why on earth can’t we be honest with each other. I’m a fat guy with a loud mouth, and I don’t get offended when people tell me that!!! It’s the Truth!!! We are so worried about hurting other people’s feeling we have lost are toughness and honesty as a nation. My wife has taught some valuable things: “It’s not what you said, it’s how you said it!!!” Let’s be a little more honest with each other and stop the bullying!!!! Frank Martowski, an honest, non-polictally correct Durham resident

Thank you for the vote A large thank you to all those who voted in my Senate District. It was a bizarre election cycle — lots of negativity, high partisanship, and a unique combination of apathy and anger. It was not a fun experience for candidates or voters. Despite the above, I got a clear and resounding message that we in government, from Washington to Hartford to our town halls, must serve more efficiently and effectively. A smaller govern-

ment can be better, and we must look for new and more creative ways to improve Connecticut’s jobs and economy. I get that message and will continue to move in that direction more actively now. As I often stated on the campaign trail, we must bring a new day and an economic renaissance to Connecticut. Let’s do that together. I am ready and psyched! Ed Meyer, State Senator

Taking care of valued trees We would like to make Durham and the surrounding community aware of the importance of having and maintaining well-regarded old trees. We invite everyone to see a licensed, accredited tree care firm perform free pruning on a large hemlock tree on the town green in Durham and a demonstration of root injections on Saturday, Nov. 13 at 10 a.m.. As was done previously, Family Tree Care LLC would like to offer its services again to maintain the large hemlock tree on the town green across from the library. This tree is very old; We estimate it to be 80 + years, and we would like to

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October police statistics in Durham and Middlefield of these messages in Troopers respond- Resident State Troopers: Pete the future, please sign up at ed to 447 calls for DiGioia, Durham & Tom www.townofservice; 16 criminal Topulos, Middlefield investigations; 18 Middlefield motor vehicle accidents, five of them Troopers respondwith injuries; two ed to 454 calls for criminal arrests; 33 motor vehicle service; eight criminal investigainfractions and 12 warnings. tions; 15 motor vehicle accidents; Neighborhood Watch two criminal arrests; 77 motor vehiThere have been a number of mo- cle infractions and 14 warnings. tor vehicle break-ins in Durham in Trooper Topulos reported that the area of Arbutus Street, Maiden two Middletown residents were arLane, Haddam Quarter Road, John- rested on Nov. 4 in connection with son Lane and Foothills Road. Please three residential burglaries that ocremember to lock your cars and re- curred in Middlefield in September frain from storing valuables inside on Ross Road, Rosemary Court and your car. If you notice any suspi- Laurel Brook Road. Said Oruczadeh cious behavior in this area, please was charged with burglary, larceny, call 911. conspiracy to commit burglary and This message was sent out as a concspiracy to commit larceny. neighborhood watch alert to those Derek Mandeville was also charged who have signed up for the Safer- with burglary, larceny, conspiracy Durham Neighborhood Watch sys- to commit burglary and conspiracy tem. If you would like to be notified to commit larceny.


Trooper Talk

Web update Twenty-eight repondents answered our website poll last week. The question was: “In honor of Veterans Day on Nov. 11, do you plan to attend any of the ceremonies held in the community?” Twenty-five percent answered “yes,” 11 percent answered “no,” 43 percent answered “I honor veterans in my own way,” and 21 percent said they were “not aware of ceremonies available.” Go to to answer our next poll.

Durham native deploys for seventh tour, despite amputation As we pause to honor the men and women who have honorably served our country this Veterans Day, it is clear that many service members make personal sacrifices to protect and defend our nation. Durham native Sgt. 1st Class Joe Kapacziewski is a platoon sergeant with the Army’s 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, and he exemplifies the commitment of our nation’s soldiers. In the past seven years, he has deployed six times to Iraq and Afghanistan, and in October 2005, he was severely wounded by a grenade explosion. As a result of these wounds, his leg was amputated on March 28, 2006, after undergoing more than 40 surgeries to repair the shattered bones and damaged ligaments and tendons. Despite his injuries, the soldier was determined to return to his position as an infantry squad leader with a prosthetic leg, and he continues to lead rangers on special operations and infantry missions. He will be de-

ploying again to Afghanistan in early spring 2011 as a ranger platoon sergeant, a role to which he was recently promoted. Since his amputation, Sgt. 1st Class Kapacziewski has completed three triathlons. He just ran in the New York City Marathon, averaging a nine-minute mile. He also plans to continue to serve with the Army for many years to come. In his own words: “Despite my injuries, I still serve because our nation is at war. It was never an option for me to get out. I have watched my Ranger buddies pay the ultimate sacrifice for the freedom of our nation, and I would not be able to look at myself in the mirror if I was not out there living the Ranger Creed.” If you are active in the military or are a veteran and would like to share your story, please include your branch, unit, the time period serviced, location and any stories or photos to, and we would be happy to publish them in our military/veteran column.


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which she illustrated The invitation was her contention that intriguing … a benefit Sue VanDerzee America could slide for the Middlesex into third world naCommunity Foundation status unless we, tion Fund for Women the people, wake up and Girls would feaand do something ture Arianna Huffingabout it. ton, co-founder, with Also inspiring was Huffington’s Kenneth Lerer and Jonah Peretti, of “The Huffington Post,” a liberal/pro- strong tendency to look for “common gressive American news website and ground.” She said at one point: “Peocontent aggregating blog that ple on both sides of the political aisle launched in May 2005. The benefit should be able to agree with the bibliwould be held Nov. 3 at St. Clement’s cal assertion that ‘to whom much was given, of him much will be required.’” Castle in Portland. After making my reservations, I (Luke 12:48) Huffington was born Arianna started checking out “The Huffington Post” on a regular basis, something Stassinopoulou in 1950 in Athens, my son-in-law believes is necessary Greece, and went to Cambridge Unifor an informed life. As a person older versity in England as a 16-year-old. than my son-in-law by three decades, She says in the preface to Third World getting the most out of such sites is not America that she passed a statue of second nature to me. In fact, I find American President Harry Truman them quite confusing, but it’s clear by every day on her way to school, “a daithe site’s success that it is filling a ly reminder of the magnificent nation responsible for, among other things, void in the news spectrum. Moreover, Huffington was a com- the Marshall Plan” which helped repelling speaker in person, and, it build Europe after World War II. She seemed to me, focused very clearly on moved to the U.S. in 1980 after a failed some of our country’s most vexing romance, and met ex-husband problems. Her speech was based on Michael Huffington in 1985 at a party material from her newest book, Third in Washington, DC. Michael HuffingWorld America, which sounds an ton’s family were friends of the Bush alarm about where this country might family, and in 1992, Michael was electbe heading. Remarkably, her list of ed to the U.S. House of Representathose responsible matches my own tives as a Republican. Arianna camwith almost uncanny precision. The paigned on his behalf. In 1994, he ran role of cash in elections, an attitude against Dianne Feinstein for a Senate that “greed is good,” a feckless media seat from California and lost. In 1995, that focuses on the easy and the titil- the Huffingtons divorced. Her switch lating rather than the substantive and from conservative to liberal commenimportant are among the causes of tator dates to the mid-‘90s, but perhaps what Huffington calls “the flip side of because of her change of political the American Dream – an American heart, she is forthright without being mean, a rare commodity. Nightmare of our own making.” The Huffington’s two daughters are To illustrate her points, she highlights real stories of real people be- currently students at Yale, and Ariantween chapters of her book, and in na joked that the benefit was a golden keeping with my own philosophy that opportunity to visit her daughters, as “pointing out problems without offer- she is a self-described “hovering Greek ing at least tentative solutions is not mother.” Following her remarks, dehelpful,” she urges Americans to “find livered without apparent notes, she anthe leader they’re looking for when swered several audience questions, including how progressives should react they look in the mirror.” Such a spirited call to citizen ac- to the recent election results which tivism is right up my alley and some- sent the U.S. House of Representatives thing I believe we need lots more of. from Democratic control to RepubliShe doesn’t just call for it, however; can control. “Look in the mirror and she illustrates how it might be done start at home” was her reply. We’re defwith the same kinds of stories with initely on the same page.

Baby Boomer Bytes

A belated ‘thank you’ Ten days after a tumultuous election, and four days after Republican Tom Foley conceded the Connecticut governor’s race, we at Town Times would like to send a giant “thank you” to all the candidates — winners and losers. The willingness of people to put themselves forward in even challenging times is what allows our representative democracy to function. The other half of that equation is, of course, the voters. Thanks to the approximately two-thirds of registered voters who went to the polls last week in our towns. Next time, perhaps we can do better.

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Durham BOS meeting - short and sweet By Cheri Kelley Town Times

Letters will be mailed on Friday, Nov. 12.

During the Nov. 8 Durham Board of Selectmen’s meeting, there was discussion regarding the tax assessor’s revaluation update. The assessment portion has been completed and all property owners will receive a letter whether or not the assessment has gone up or down.

The emergency watch system worked well in regards to the Harvey Road burglary that took place last month. Concerned residents were interested in updates, but the town officials didn’t have anything new to report at that time expect that an arrest warrant has been issued.



In Old Business, human services coordinator Jan Muraca was assigned to be the on site manager for the senior lunch program. Also in old business, the Public Works Inservice meetings have started up again after the break for the summer. First Selectman Laura Francis stated that a letter was sent to the Department of Transportation to begin a study of the area of town on Route 17 by Saw Mill Road. There have been serious accidents in this area, and she would like a study done for the sake of public safety.

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8 at 8 p.m. in the town hall. The purpose of the meeting was to come to an agreement of the transferring of funds. The first was the transfer of $20,000 from the #9580 Reserve for Fire Equipment to #6700-494 CIP-Fire Department for the purchase of turn out gear and boots as recommended by the Board of Finance at their Sept. 21 meeting. Fire Chief Harry Hall, who was in attendance, said, “This should carry us for a while; $4,500 of equipment is needed per firefighter.” This money is to keep the equipment safe and up-to-date. The motion passed. The second item was the transfer of $29,439 from Fund Balance to #6700-491 Information Technology for the purchase of two servers as recommended by the Board of Finance at their meeting on Oct. 19. The town’s servers have all surpassed their life expectancy of three to five years and are no longer under warrantee. The town looked into leasing servers for a term of 36 months, which would cost $24,757.20. To purchase new servers would cost $20,941. It was noted that whichever route is taken, there would be a one-time labor fee of $7,900. The motion was passed, and new servers will be purchased.

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St. Luke’s Eldercare Program engages locals to help spot need By Cheri Kelley Town Times

According to St. Luke’s, there are signs to look for that may signal a senior in need, including a change in physical appearance that shows the inability to maintain personal hygiene, along with ill-fitting, inappropriate, or unclean clothing are some indicators. One can also discover changes in the mental or emotional state of seniors in their lives by looking for forgetfulness or confusion, irrational or decreased reasoning capabilities, or separation from society. There are some physical changes to note also, such as reduced hearing, eyesight or maneuverability, drastic weight loss or gain, as well as signs of incontinence. Deteriorating living conditions are harder to see unless you are close enough with the individual that you would enter the home. But some other ex-

needed, and additionally the name of the person calling and their phone number is necessary, in case more information is needed.

amples may be mail that is piling up or the inability to properly care for pets. If one suspects that a senior in Middlesex County is in need of assistance, St. Luke’s provides a way for people to reach out. Confidential referrals can be made during the hours of 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at 860-347-5661. A concerned individual must provide the name and address of the senior and phone number if at all possible. A description of the situation or issue is

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Those of us who are fortunate enough to have seniors in our lives know that wisdom and knowledge comes with age. Whether it be a parent, grandparent or neighbor, we need to take care of those who took care of us in the past. Americans, as a society, are rushed with work, school, appointments and deadlines, and often our seniors are left with no one to support them; no one to chat with or help with cleaning or everyday tasks like going to the grocery store or picking up dry cleaning or prescriptions. In other societies, the aging population is looked to for advice and insight. Their vast life’s experiences are cherished, and the young revere and learn from those who know so much more.

Most seniors are able to live flourishing, independent lives, but sometimes health concerns may put our elders in danger and increase their need for support. Regrettably, most American families can not afford to have one member of the family be available to care for aging family members on a daily basis, and sometimes the conditions of daily life are left unnoticed. Representatives from St. Luke’s Eldercare Services Gatekeepers Program in Middletown gave presentations at the Senior and Social Services Center in Middlefield on Sept. 15 and at the Durham Library on Nov. 5. The purpose of this program is to discover and service those individuals who need help, those who have changes in their behavior or living conditions that require assistance.

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brother Jack, and James Malcolm served in the Air Force. On the Dwyer side, Rosemary had two brothers who fought in WWII; her sister, like her, was a cadet nurse. Grandson Ian Malcolm



“Angelic Michael, hear my call As through the sky I now will fall. Satan, you once cast down from here, Help me now to conquer fear. My static line is hooked to hold, And then to make my chute unfold, Suspension lines untangled be, And open up my canopy. From other jumpers float me clear As safely down I persevere On angel wings I hit the ground. My father’s favor I have found. In thanks ,St. Michael, I do pray For God has helped me all the way.”

Robert Wylie Malcolm died in 2002. Rosemary says he did not allow his disability to restrict his love for action. Besides skydiving, he drove a Harley motorcycle, built their house in Middlefield

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General Dwight D. Eisenhower, on Aug. 23, 1944, said, “The outcome of the battle of France was decided amid the orchards and hedgerows of this region of Normandy.” With it, the tide of the Second World War turned, thanks to the courage of men (and women) like Rosemary and Robert Malcolm.

The National Honor Society at Vinal Technical High School in Middletown is collecting financial donations from students to benefit disabled veteran, Sgt. Carlos Evans Toro, the 28-year-old grandson of Carlos Toro, a Middletown resident and veteran. Sgt. Evans Toro is currently living near Bethesda Naval Hospital in Maryland where he is recovering from injuries sustained after he drove over a landmine while serving in the Middle East. Sgt. Evans Toro lost both of his legs and his left arm and requires extensive therapy. By collecting donations,


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served in the Army in South Korea and Bosnia. Rosemary and Robert’s daughters are Sheila, Alice, Anne, Regina and Margaret. Rosemary still has a piece of cardboard that her husband carried with him during the war. Written on it is a poem, author unnamed.

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Above, Thomas D’Orvilliers, of Boy Scout Troop 33, and Jon Brayshaw, Middlefield First Selectman, cut the ribbon to officially open the Peckham Park picnic area. Thomas recently completed this Boy Scout Eagle Project. Photo submitted by Marc D’Orvilliers

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Durham Town Briefs


Durham Government Calendar Suspect found in burglary (All meetings will be held at the Durham Library unless otherwise noted. Check the town Web page at for updates.) Tuesday, November 16 7 p.m. — Board of Finance at Town Hall 7 p.m. — Agricultural Commission Wednesday, November 17 7:30 p.m. — Planning and Zoning Commission Thursday, November 18 7 p.m. — Compensation Review/Personnel Policy Commission at Town Hall 7 p.m. — DMIAAB

Durham vote totals for Nov. 2 election Durham voters gave 1,900 votes to State Senate District 12 (which includes Durham) challenger Lisa Davenport (R) and 1,449 to incumbent Ed Meyer (D). For the 100th State House District (which includes Durham and Middlefield), Durham gave 2,044 votes to John Szewczyk (R) and 1,402 to Matt Lesser (D).

State Troopers from Troop F in Westbrook arrested Walter H. Emmons on Nov. 2 for crimes in Westbrook and Deep River and a warrant is being arranged for a burglary he committed in Durham. The Durham homeowner came home while Emmons was still inside. The front door was broken into and still ajar. The homeowner asked who was in his house, and Emmons walked to the homeowner carrying a pillow case full of old coins and other belongings of the homeowner. He handed the pillowcase to the homeowner and

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walked out the door. Emmons was arrested for the following: Burglary third, Larceny third, Failure to notify sex registry of change of address, providing sex registry with false information and failure to appear in court. He was held on a $100,000 bond overnight and was seen in a Middletown court on Nov. 3.

Clean Energy Forum The Durham Clean Energy Task Force is hosting a Clean Energy Forum for town residents and businesses on Tuesday, Jan. 18, at 7 p.m. in the Durham Library. Available for discussion and Q & A will be residents and businesses that have implemented some kind of clean energy systems in their homes and businesses. Among presenters will be residents who have had solar electric and solar thermal systems installed, businesses who have chosen clean energy purchases, builders with geothermal integrated into their construction projects. Stay tuned for more details.

Thanksgiving Program Again this year, many are feeling the effects of the economic crisis and high unemployment. Annually Durham prepares a Thanksgiving holiday program for families and individuals with needs.


So while the road to The Hearth at Masonicare wasn’t easy at times, we are delighted to be here. I guess you could say it was a happy ending… and a happy beginning for my aunt and me.”

Friday, November 12, 2010 Stresses from financial difficulties, unemployment, medical problems and other personal or family issues often create unanticipated hardships. Families or individuals having difficulties are encouraged to call Durham Human Services at 860-349-3153 to apply for Thanksgiving holiday assistance. Income verification is required. Volunteers will distribute Thanksgiving Holiday Assistance on Nov. 22, from 9 to 12 p.m. at the Town Hall. Residents can help by purchasing food gift cards for donation to the Thanksgiving Holiday Program. Monetary donations received from the community will help make food card purchases for Thanksgiving program recipients. Turkeys are also needed. Turkeys can be dropped off at the Town Hall on Monday, Nov. 22 no later than 9 a.m. Families and organizations can sponsor an individual, or family, by providing a food gift card to Stop & Shop, Shaw’s, Waldbaum’s Food Mart, Price Chopper, Shop Rite, Walmart, or any supermarket, or by providing a restaurant gift certificate, or making a monetary donation payable to Durham Interchurch Assistance. Donations can be mailed to Human Services, Thanksgiving Program, P.O. Box 428, Town Hall, Durham 06422 or dropped off at the Human Services office in Town Hall between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call Human Services at 860-349-3153.


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Crash on Rt. 66 Morning exercise Come to the Middlefield in Middlefield A two-car motor vehical accident closed Route 66 for three hours Friday morning, Nov. 5. Middlefield, Westfield and Middletown fire rescue units extricated the two driv-

ers from their vehicles. Both drivers were transported by Hunters Ambulance to Hartford Hospital with medics on board. It appears that the two vehicles collided when one of them crossed the center line near the reservoir between Route 147 and the old School Street. Although road improvements have improved the safety of the road, drivers could improve their own safety by slowing down and staying in the right hand lane of the four-lane highway, away from the center line. Motorists are encouraged to learn an alternate route to take when your regular route is blocked.

Community Center early mornings for a great workout. Instructors are Lynn Stanwood and ex-Navy Seal, Kevin Lacz. Boot Camp is Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 5:30 a.m. with Kevin. Body Sculpting is Tuesday and Thursday at 5:30 a.m. or Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 9:30 a.m. with Lynn. Family morning workouts at 7 a.m. on Saturdays for kids and parents. All programs are $5 per class.

Snow plows in town on Nov. 8 When asked about the early first snow of the year, First Selectman Jon Brayshaw said, “I was completely floored looking out the window this morning.� I had a mild depression thinking about what lies ahead.� Town crews were already out with the snow plows at the beginning of November!

Community Center, 405 Main Street in Middlefield. Contact Antoinette Astle/Social Services Director at 349-7121.

Middlefield Government Calendar (Unless otherwise indicated, all meetings are held in the Community Center.) Tuesday, November 16 7 p.m. — Board of Selectmen 7 p.m. — Conservation Commission Wednesday, November 17 7 p.m. — Inland Wetlands and Watercourses Agency Thursday, November 18 7 p.m. — Board of Finance 7 p.m. — DMIAAB at Durham Library Tuesday, November 23 6:30 p.m. — Planning and Zoning 7 p.m. — Zoning Board of Appeals

Senior Center Thanksgiving luncheon The annual Thanksgiving luncheon with live entertainment will be held at the Middlefield Senior Center on Thursday, Nov. 18, at noon. The suggested donation is $2 and to make your reservations, stop by or call the center by Monday, Nov. 15, at 860-349-7121. Space is limited. The senior center is located in the Community Center at 405 Main St. in Middlefield.

Middlefield vote totals for Nov. 2 election Middlefield gave Tom Gaffey (D), incumbent for State Senate District 13 (which includes Middlefield) 1,125 votes and challenger Len Suzio (R) 921. For the 100th State House District (which includes Durham and Middlefield), challenger John Szewczyk (R) received 1,101 of Middlefield’s votes and incumbent Matt Lesser (D) got 994.


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Durham Library Hours: Regular library hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Visit to search the catalog, review your account, register for a program or renew your materials online. For information or to register for a program by phone, call 860-3499544. Fall Story Times: Mother Goose (18-30 months) on Mondays at 10:15 or 11 a.m.; Time for Tots (2½-3½ years) on Wednesdays at 10:15 or 11 a.m.; and Preschool Story Time on Tuesdays at 10:15 a.m. or 1:30 p.m. Register by

calling or stopping in. Creative Writing Workshop For Teens: Students in grades six through nine are invited to learn about the creative writing process and offer feedback. Bring a journal and a pen or pencil. The program will run Tuesday nights, 6:30-8 p.m. on Nov. 16 and 23. Please register at the library and call Diana at the library for more information. Teen Book Club: The Teen Book Club will be discussing Harry Potter and the Dealthy Hallows, in advance of the movie’s release, on Wednesday, Nov. 17, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. More fun to follow with a “Potions Class” from 7:30 to 8 p.m. The library has copies of the book


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available. This is an informal gathering for students in grades seven through nine. Strong School teachers offer a homework pass for attendance. Hedda Kopf at the Book Lover’s Circle: On Wednesday, Dec. 1 at 7:30, Prof. Hedda Kopf will facilitate a discussion of Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann. All are welcome to participate in an evening of stimulating conversation. Copies of the book will be available at the library. This program is made possible through the Durham Library P.A.L.S. Mystery Book Discussion: The mystery book club will meet on Tuesday, Nov. 16 at 7:30, when Booked To Die by John Dunning will be discussed. All are welcome. Copies of the book are available at the library. New Fiction: The Prosti-

Friday, November 12, 2010 tutes’ Ball by Stephen Cannell, Foreign Bodies by Cynthia Ozick, The Perfect Love Song, a Holiday Story by Patti Callahan Henry and Eighteen Acres by Nicolle Wallace. Non-Fiction: Private Gardens of Connecticut by Jane Garmey, The Elephant to Hollywood by Michael Caine, Amexica, War Along the Borderline by Ed Vulliamy, Empire of the Summer Moon by S.C. Gwynne, Autobiography of Mark Twain, Volume 1, The Essential New York Times Cook Book by Amanda Hesser and Pink Ribbon Blues, How Breast Cancer Culture Undermines Women’s Health by Gayle Sulik.

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Levi Coe Library Hours: The library is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays. Visit or call the library at 860-349-3857 for information or to register for any program. You can also renew, reserve and check your library record on the website. The library will be closed Wednesday, Nov. 24 through Sunday, Nov. 28 for Thanksgiving.

the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh or The Wizard of OZ by L. Frank Baum or more recent titles such as Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine. Annual Giving Tree Open House: Books are now on display and available to purchase for the Children’s Room and Young Adult Collections. The Giving Tree program allows the librarians to choose a selection of books that would benefit both reading collections. Then parents, teens and children browse those books to determine which they would like to donate to the library.

They pay for their donations, take them home, wrap them up and then bring them back to the library for the Giving Tree Holiday Open House on Wednesday, Dec. 8. Santa will be there collecting book “gifts” from the children for the library selection. A bookplate will be placed inside each donated book in appreciation for the purchase. New Titles: Black Hole Sune by David Gill, Matched by Allyson Condie, My Little

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Durham resident, Alfred A. DiVincentis, a partner at the law firm of Halloran & Sage LLP, was recently selected by the Associated General Contractors of Connecticut (AGC) as the recipient of their 2010 Supplier/Service Provider award.

Michael (Mike) Wayne Kaminski, son of Wayne and Anne Kaminski of Rockfall, has achieved a Master of Science in Organizational Leadership from Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester, New Hampshire. Mike received his undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Southern New Hampshire University. Mike current lives and works in Manchester, NH.

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John W. Yusza, IV of Middlefield, and a freshman at Xavier H i g h School in Middletown, was named to the 2010 All-State Rifle



Team. Yusza was recognized by the Connecticut State Rifle and Revolver Association at an annual banquet held at Zandri’s Stillwood Inn in Wallingford. The All-State team is comprised of marksmen throughout the state who exemplify skill and exhibit sportsmanship. Yusza was nominated by his coach David Lyman of Blue Trail Range in Wallingford. Yusza has been shooting at the Blue Trail Range for the last four years. Yusza has also received several marksman awards and most valuable team member at his alma mater, Strong School. On Nov. 1, eight seniors were installed as Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist at the Feast of All S a i n t s Liturgy, including Jake Rand a z z o f r o m Durham. All were called before the as-

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sembly of the entire school and commissioned by Father Greg Galvin, Norwich diocesan vocation director, who presided at the liturgy. The students will have the responsibility of distributing communion during school liturgies. All are active in Xavier’s campus ministry program. On October 24, Tyler Gray of Durham was presented with the highest rank in Scouting and became the first Eagle Scout from the n e w l y formed Boy Scout Troop 270 of Durham. The Eagle award is the highest and most coveted award in all of Scouting. It is the last major step in the advancement program and less than 3 percent of all boys who join Scouting reach the Eagle award. For Tyler’s Eagle project he created a Coginchaug River Fishing Trail at the intersection of Rt. 17 and the Coginchaug River in Durham.

Hineline, Notarangelo engaged Sarah Hineline of Durham, CT and Richard Notarangelo of Rockfall, CT announce their engagement. The bride-to-be, daughter of Edwin and Janice Hineline is a graduate of the University of Connecticut with a bachelor’s degree in Family Studies and Central Connecticut State University with a master’s in School Counseling. She is currently a School Counselor at Mercy High School in Middletown, CT. Her finace, son of Richard and Maryann Notarangelo is a graduate of the University of Connecticut with a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Accounting. He is currently working as an Accounting Manager at Main Street Connect in Norwalk, CT. The couple plans to be wed on June 18, 2011.



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New restaurant opens on Main Street in Durham By Cheri Kelley Town Times

cluding tiramisu and cheesecake. Durham’s Kitchen will be open everyday, MondayWednesday 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., Thursday-Saturday 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. starting Nov. 15.

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A warm and welcoming family-friendly restaurant, appropriately named Durham’s Kitchen, is opening its doors on Nov. 15, at 325 Main Street next to Durham Health Mart Pharmacy. Matthew Lockwood is the manager of the business. He and his wife Carmela bought a home in Durham about a year ago and live there with their three boys Antonio, Terry and Matteo. Heather Chadd is the assistant manager; she and her husband Rob Chadd and their two girls live in town as well. Lockwood drove by this location everyday and seeing another empty business was aggravating to him. In this economy he wanted to have a place where people could come out and enjoy a good meal and have it be affordable to families. Chadd said, “Durham’s Kitchen will be a home away from home.” They are looking to have a cozy, home-like atmosphere that will keep their guests coming back for homemade American comfort foods. The restaurant will be serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner. For breakfast ,they will have a mug club, for coffee lovers; if you bring in your own mug from home, they will fill it for only $1. There will also be quick breakfast sandwiches available in the mornings for those on the go. Folks can just pop in and get a sammie to-go with almost no wait. Durham’s Kitchen will have healthy foods available like baked seafood, hearty items like pot roast, meatloaf, and-on Saturday nights a Prime Rib special. The regular menu will also have burgers, steaks, and chicken, as well as some Italian specialties, like eggplant parmigiana, and chicken stemperata. Durham’s Kitchen will have a notable sausage grinder with special sausage patties made specifically to fit grinder rolls. Lockwood and Chadd are proud of their homemade pasta sauce and meatballs! There will be daily specials

and a different veggie and starch each day for people to mix it up. Soups will be made in house, fresh and hot every day. Early bird specials will be available for seniors, and there will be tasty options for the little ones on a kid tested and approved menu. Durham’s Kitchen invites guests over 21 to bring their own wine or beer and serve yourself; there is no uncorking fee, and glasses will be provided free of charge. And let’s not forget about dessert. Espresso and cappuccino will be available for reasonable prices and would go nicely with the many sweet treats available, in-

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Owen Gonzales, Levi Axelrod and Carolyn Cumello, from Mrs. Leach’s class, teamed up to win the third grade spelling bee at John Lyman School.

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Isabel Milardo, Katherine Burford and Nicholas Vestergaard were the top three spellers in the third grade spelling bee at Korn School.

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Alex Grenier, Lindsey Marino and Charlotte Meigs from Mrs. Francis’s class, teamed up to win the fourth grade spelling bee at John Lyman School.

Durin Stahl, Jamie Nowak and Keya Stahl were the top three spellers in the fourth grade spelling bee at Korn School.


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A goodbye party was held recently for Matt Sanders, District #13 teacher of 21 years. He is shown above in hat, with some fellow D-13 teachers and friends. Thanks for all your hard work and love for the arts over the years. Good Luck Matt! Photo submitted by Karen Kean

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The churches in Middlefield and Durham will come together in worship the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, including St. Colman Church, The Middlefield Federated Church, The United Churches of Durham, The Church of the Epiphany and Notre Dame Church. Each year the service is hosted by a different house of worship and this year, the service will be held at The Middlefield Federated Church, 402 Main Street in Middlefield on Tuesday, Nov. 23, at 7 p.m. Rev. Everyone in the Durham-Middlefield community is invited. A non-perishable food donation is requested of those who attend for the benefit of The Amazing Grace Food Pantry.

Join the choirs of First Church of Middletown for Christmas. You are invited to sing with the Celebration Singers and/or Senior Choir during the holiday season. Celebration Singers’ Christmas rehearsals are on Mondays, Nov. 15, 22, 29 and Dec. 6 at 6:15 p.m. Senior Choir Christmas rehearsals are on Wednesdays, Nov. 17, Dec. 1, 8, and Saturday Dec. 11 at 10 a.m. They will sing during the Sundays of Advent and Christmas and for the Annual Christmas Concert on Sunday, Dec. 12. For more info, contact Shari Lucas, the churches Minister of Music at or at the church office, 860346-6657 x11.

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Commission members were also concerned with the size of political signs used this past election. However, Colegrove informed them that the town can’t regulate them, with DeFelice adding that it’s an issue of the 1st Amendment.

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regulations, or otherwise updating some of the language that hasn’t been changed since first instituted in 1957. The one item of note brought up was whether or not two family homes should still require a special permit or if they should become a permitted use. The commission felt they should continue to require a special permit.

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Middlefield seeks Holiday donations The Middlefield Community Services Council members met recently to begin preparations for the upcoming Holiday Season. The council is committed to assisting families in Middlefield and Rockfall not only during the holiday season but all year long. The donations from residents and businesses throughout the year are used for emergency needs, such as fuel oil, emergency repairs, medical bills and food. With Thanksgiving a few weeks away, the social services department is looking for items for the Thanksgiving and Christmas baskets. Along with the Middlefield Community Services Council, Middlefield serves families in town who are experiencing difficult financial times. The department is collecting turkeys and gift

cards to Price Chopper or Stop & Shop (to be used to compete their dinners). Anyone who would like to donate a large (18 lbs +) turkey for Thanksgiving should contact Antoinette Astle no later than Nov. 16 and for Christmas, small turkeys (12-14 lbs), no later than Dec. 10, at 349-7121. At that time she would need to know which holiday you would like to donate for and you will be given the day and time for drop off. This year we will only be able to accept Turkeys on one day due to no refrigeration space. For Holiday gifts for the children, the department is collecting Walmart gift cards & Destinta movie theater gift cards. Those can be dropped off at the Social Services office in the Community Center during regular business hours from now un-

til Dec. 10. Individuals, businesses or civic organizations that would like to make a monetary donation this year to the council should make checks payable to The Mddlefield Community Services Council, 405 Main Street, MIddlefield, CT 06455 OR for the Thanksgiving holiday if you make your donation to Liberty Bank, they will match .25 for every dollar donated. Those donations need to be dropped off at our local Liberty Bank, 486 Main Street, Middlefield.

CRHS Class of 2000 reunion Coginchaug’s Class of 2000 will be holding a 10 year reunion on Friday, Nov. 26. For info email

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Holiday bus trip to New York City Enjoy New York City during the holiday season on Saturday, Dec. 18. The bus leaves from the Durham town green at 8 a.m. Drop off and pick up are near Rockefeller Center around 10 a.m. and another drop off and pick up near Macy’s around 2 p.m. Lastly dine at Forlini’s Restaurant in Little Italy around 6 p.m. The bus will return to Durham’s town green around 10 p.m. Call Wendy for reservations and price information at 860-538-1221 or 860-349-0008.

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perform deadwood pruning within this very tall tree. Arborcare Tree LLC (Insect and Disease Management Division of Family Tree Care) will provide root injections with organic fertilizer around the root zone of the tree. Both of these maintenance services will be done at no charge and would be considered a donation to the town to bring awareness to large tree care and preservation. We would love to see a program geared toward treating the hemlock tree (and other valued trees) each year, combining insect management and soil injections. Kim Syrel, Licensed Consulting Arborist

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(Editor’s note: This financing discussion was totally separate from ongoing negotiations with Alpine, and will have no impact on that deal. According to Geruch, these negotiations are in the last stages before a $25,000 deposit will change hands, at which time a 90-day clock will start ticking in order for Alpine to finish their due diligence and finalize their business plan. Officials are deciding when a public hearing will be held on any proposed deal, but consensus is currently leaning towards waiting to the end of the 90 days so that Alpine can reveal actual, substantial plans for the property. Based on the funding vote last

Wednesday, if the Alpine deal does not proceed, the town has maximum flexibility for use of the property, based only on the referendum vote in 2007 which stated that skiing should be part of the deal.) After this discussion and vote, BOF members left and the BOS meeting continued with discussion on Monarca Masonry, Bill Waff reporting on behalf of Planning and Zoning. All agreed that Monarca needs to get his site up to compliance before any deal can be considered, and Brayshaw assured Waff that terms of any deal are up to Planning and Zoning. New business included a meeting schedule for 2011, appointments expiring and a plea to put the word out for anyone interested in serving the town. Tabled for the next meeting were DMIAAB, Martancik/Grenier property and House party/police tip line/party patrol.

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The 2009-2010 annual piano and flute recital performed by the students of Susan Gregory was a smashing success. Held at St. Andrew’s Church in Meriden this past May, students were Abbey Villaseca, Luke Villaseca, Kaylee Johansen, Drew Morris, Martha Meigs, Owens Cordes, Declan Keenan, David Brennan, Micala Fontanella, Kia Boreland, Hannah Huddleston, Michael Malek, Rachel D’Andrea, Bethany Cray, Andrew Treat, Frederick Fernandez Schneider, Casey Schempf, Olivia Tubis, Kristen Ciarlo, Erica Fontanella, Morgan Whalen, Gina DiSimone, Brittany Harris, Scott Romeyn, Samual St. John, Flannery Keenan, Trevor Morris, Monika Malek, Matthew Gauthier, Anthony Campanelli, Martik Malek, Natalie Charette, Eliza Romeyn, Danielle Charette, Michael Submitted Photo Tubis, Connell Gess and Ryan Ciarlo.

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lower-end of the spectrum. Selectwoman Mary Beth Johnson asked if the town can lock in at 4.25 percent; Geruch said yes, the town will have to go with a private placement broker or find a bank who is willing to lend to towns, as most are reluctant to do so, adding if the town needs a broker account, there will be an additional brokerage fee. Seb Aresco voiced his hope that the right decision be made, as no action will be more costly. Geruch agreed, explaining that with a $1.9 million debt, if interest rates jump, each point represents $19,000. Selectman Ed Bailey asked if, when the note expires in January, the town could get a 15-year note; Geruch said yes, if the town can find a bank willing to do a 15- or 16-year note as private lenders do not want to lock up their money for that long. Bailey asked how long Geruch thought they’d be willing to go; Geruch indicated 10-15 years. Johnson asked, if town goes through a bank, would it still incur $15,000 in fees. Geruch explained that there would be a $17,000 bond counsel fee regardless of where the financing comes from. Johnson asked about the balloon payment; Geruch said it will have to be negotiated. Johnson recommended that the $100,000 proposed yearly payment from Alpine be used to pay down the balloon payment in order to avoid having to refinance the balloon payment at the end of the 10-year loan term. BOF chair Rebecca Adams recommended a 15-16year note to prevent an increase in the mil rate. Discussion returned to bond counsel fees and impact on this year’s budget, Geruch confirmed that $20,000 in interest, $6000 in bond counsel fees and $10,000 in commitments made by the Board of Selectmen were not budgeted and represent a good chunk of the contingency fund. Bob Yamartino remarked that whether town does nothing or goes with long-term financing, there is $36,000 not budgeted for, so his preference is the long term financing (15 years) that leaves the town

the most options in the event the Alpine deal falls through. Johnson agreed and made a motion to approve a borrowing resolution to finance $2,678,000 as a single issue 100 percent taxable instrument for the town’s financing of Powder Ridge, and the motion carried.


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Outdoor Education teachers Marcy Klattenberg, above, and Lorrie Martin, right, visited third and fourth graders in Mrs. Hadlock’s class at John Lyman School in preparation for a field trip to a local quarry. The students learned about the geologic history of planet Earth through a geologic timeline and a hands-on activity about plate tectonics.

Above, Mrs. Leach’s class shared the life cycle of the monarch at a recent John Lyman Assembly. Students took on the roles of the monarch caterpillar as it goes through its incredible metamorphosis. Students in “J” shape before the chrysalis is formed. Gavin Dinice up front. On the mic is Bryce Fleck. In the background are Eric Pitruzzello and Angelina Laudano. Photo submitted by Elizabeth Hadlock

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State Senator Ed Meyer announced that the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism has awarded Durham a $774 arts presentation grant for the Frank Ward Strong School. The grant is paid for through a combination of state budget monies and funds received from the National Endowment for the Arts. “Local arts and cultural performances are enjoyed by thousands of people here in Connecticut. It is part of our quality of life,” Sen. Meyer said. “It’s encouraging to see arts organizations and public schools compete for and win state and private grants in order to continue doing the kinds of performances and exhibits that may otherwise go by the wayside.”

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The children from Middlefield Childrens Center enjoyed a field trip to the Middlefield Fire House. They learned about the tools on the truck, got a tour of the firehouse and enjoyed climbing in the truck. They all learned a lot of useful information! Thanks to the firemen for such a great tour and opening your doors to us! Photos submitted by Lisa Hill

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Left, On Thursday, Oct. 28, CRHS Choir got dressed up and entertained the student audience with song, dance and Halloween costumes.

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Babe Ruth League fall ball champions By Michael O’Sullivan Special to Town Times A season that began with an ultimate goal came to the perfect ending one brisk Halloween afternoon. The Coginchaug 14-15-year-old Babe Ruth league fall ball team recently won the shoreline championship, defeating Westbrook in a three game series. The contributions from everyone on the Coginchaug

team made it possible for the team to pull out an exciting, action packed championship win. With outstanding pitching from Steven Thody, Evan Rand, Michael McShane, and Ben Kelly the team was able to pull out two exciting wins coming in the first and third games of the series against Westbrook. Coming into the series, Coginchaug was considered to be the underdog, having already been defeated by the

undefeated Westbrook team in the regular season. Westbrook’s winning streak came to an end in the first game of the championship series after a 4-1 loss, when Coginchaug brought out the bats in the first inning, scoring all four of their only runs. This is all the insurance the team would need as Steven Thody went on to pitch an outstanding game, allowing only one run through a full seven innings

along with 13 strikeouts. The second game of the series sung a much different tune, as Westbrook bounced back with a victory defeating Coginchaug 4-3 in a nail biter to the end. In spite of a phenomenal effort by Evan Rand on the mound, Coginchaug was not able to capitalize on their opportunities at the plate or in the field, thus forcing the series to go to a final game three. In game three both teams

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knew what was at stake, and there would be no easy victory for either team. A bitterly-fought battle to the final out, both teams arrived at the game ready to play. The ability for both teams to capitalize on situations in their favor was the difference in the outcome of this game. Michael McShane pitched an outstanding five innings, putting his team in the best possible situation to win until he handed the ball over to Steven Thody in the sixth. Steven, despite another great performance on the mound, allowed the extremely talented lineup of Westbrook to score two runs to tie the game at six, at the end of seven innings, forcing the game to go into extra innings. In the eighth inning Ben Kelly was brought in to pitch, and later lead Coginchaug to an exciting win over an equally competitive Westbrook team. Ben showed great composure on the mound, taking full responsibility for the fate of his team. He was able to work out some big pitching jams in the eighth inning before his team went on to score four runs in the ninth, becoming the winning pitcher and leading his team to dramatic final score of 10-7. After the exciting win, Coginchaug popped sparkling cider that was already on ice to celebrate the end to an extremely successful fall ball season. This win over Westbrook would not have been possible without the efforts of everyone on the team. Coginchaug had many heroes at the plate, including some timely hitting from Michael McShane, Noah Palo, Steven Thody, Evan Rand, Marco Rondinone, William Neri and some extremely clutch hitting from the bottom of the Coginchaug lineup that started some key rally’s when the team needed them most. Everybody contributed all season long, in addition to the players previously mentioned, Taylor Sapia, Cody Troutman, Stephen Koerber, Emmitt Brayton, Chris See Champs, next page

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Champs (Continued from page 26) Quick, Jeff Roblee, Larry Bourland and, I hope, myself. This fall ball season was used as a time for everyone on the team to grow as a player and come together as a team. The team was a great group of players who constantly picked each other up when appropriate and was a great example of team work at its best. Of course, all of this success and accomplishment would not have been possible without the mentoring from a great coaching staff that created a competitive, yet very easy going dugout atmosphere for the players to excel and have a tremendous amount of fun. Team manager, Tim Mack, with assistant coaches Joe Neri and Jack McShane are to also to be congratulated for their outstanding work with these young men. It was a great season for all of us.

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Durham Men’s League Basketball returns to action in January, and it’s time to get registered to play. Registration will take place on Monday, Nov 15 at Memorial School, and Tuesday and Thursday, Nov. 16 and 18 at Strong School from 7-8 p.m. during Open Gym. The league is open to men 18 and older who are residents of Durham or Middlefield. Games are held either Tuesday or Thursday evenings each week at Strong School gym and run from the first week of January through the end of March. You can register as an individual or as a team of 810 players. Registration forms can be found on-line at the Town of Durham website or on the ‘Durham Men’s League’ page on Facebook. Or e-mail for more info, registration costs or to register. Registration closes Dec 15. Games begin Jan 6. We are looking for team sponsors for the 2011 season.

Durham rec programs Programs open to Durham and Middlefield residents. Women’s open gym volleyball will be held at Strong School on Monday Evenings through Nov. 29, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Co-ed volleyball will be held at Coginchaug High School on Wednesday evenings, Nov. 17 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Men’s open gym basketball will be held at Strong School on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Contact Durham recreation director Sherry Hill at 860343-6724 for more information.

Coginchaug Little League Fall Ball Champions (bottom row l to r) Kyle Roberts, Nico Kulpik, Cal Pitruzzello, Sean Carroll, Cameron Biro, Ben Mariani; (middle row l to r) Evan Wenchell, Andrew Treat, John John Jose, Dylan Carlson, Trevor Anderson, Griffin Biro; (top row l to r) Coaches: Matt Treat, Bill Biro, Tom Wenchell, Scott Carlson, Glen Pitruzzello, and John Kulpik (not pictured) Photo submitted by Jennifer Biro

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Time Out Taverne Come In From The Cold!

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