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Volume 18, Issue 32

Serving Durham, Middlefield and Rockfall

Friday, November 18, 2011

A salute to the veterans

Above, a prayer at the Veterans Day ceremony in Middlefield where vets pause for a long moment. Right, residents silently watch the raising of the flags in Durham. More photos page 17.

Spirit of giving is everywhere in Durham and Middlefield By Diana Carr Special to the Town Times We can be proud of our community. It is teeming with people — young, old and in-between — who open their hearts to their fellow men or women, not only for the holidays but all year round. The following are just a few examples of this largesse of spirit. Brewster Elementary School is collecting food for

the local food bank until Dec. 2, and they partnered with Korn Elementary School to collect coats for Bridgeport Hospital for their “Child First Program.” Though coats for all ages were welcomed, they were especially needed for children. The deadline was Nov. 16. Korn School collected 200 non-perishable food items, which they recently donated to the Amazing Grace Food Pantry (in Middletown).

This is an impressive number since there are only 200 students in the school. Throughout September, John Lyman Elementary School asked parents to donate extra vegetables from their gardens, which went to two senior housing complexes (Sugar Loaf Terrace in Middlefield and Mauro Meadows in Durham). Throughout the year at


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Obituaries........................19 Sports...........................25-26 Town Briefs.................12-13

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Community Round-Up On Saturday, Dec. 3, from 9 a.m. to noon, teams made up of students, teachers, parents and community members will be roving the town in a scavenger-like fashion. Students will travel in teams of three or four, following assigned

routes to collect non-perishable items, canned goods and gift cards that will be distributed to the needy. Teams from each school will be eligible for a raffle prize, and each student participating will also receive a raffle ticket affording him or her a chance to win a $100 gift certificate to the Westfield Shopping Mall. In keeping with the spirit of the day,

Corrections We strive to bring you the most accurate information available each week, but if you see something in Town Times that isn’t quite right, give us a call at 860-349-8000, and we’ll do our best to make things right. Due to minority representation, Laurie Stevens, not Laurie Tuttle, will be seated on the Durham Board of Finance. Norman Jason and Bonnie Ryder will both be Planning & Zoning alternates in Durham as the ballot said to vote for any two.

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Food drive Boy Scout Troop 27 will be holding its annual food collection for Amazing Grace Pantry on Saturday, Nov. 19, in the Strong School parking lot from 9 a.m. to noon. Each year, the boy scouts have collected non-perishable food for the less fortunate on the same day they do fall yard

work for the United Churches of Durham, who graciously provide meeting space to the troop. This has been a particularly tough year for many. A red alert was issued after Hurricane Irene, and now we are all trying to recover from Storm Alfred. Amazing Grace serves more than 900 families every month. Please help Troop 27 help others by donating nonperishable items.

A Country Christmas The United Churches of Durham (228R Main St.) will hold its annual Country Christmas fair on Saturday, Dec. 3, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Fellowship Hall. The bazaar features country crafts, Christmas ornaments, baked goods (the very popular cookie baskets), jams, jellies and preserves, gift baskets, raffles, jewelry and more. Items are handmade and of excellent quality, so come do some Christmas shopping.

Toys for Tots drop-off Core Club is proud to announce that they are an official drop-off center for Toys for Tots. They will be collecting toys from now until the

end of December. Join them and work off that turkey dinner on Nov. 25 at 10:30 a.m. (350 Main St. in Durham) for a Zumba party with Deb Cook. Admission is an unwrapped toy. The objectives of Toys for Tots are to help less fortunate children throughout the United States experience a joyful holiday season, play an active role in the development of our children, unite local communities in a common cause and contribute to the betterment of communities.

Zumba for Giving Tree Durham Fitness is holding Zumba® for the Durham/Middlefield Giving Tree on Dec. 2 at Brewster School. The sponsors are Durham Fitness and the Brewster/Korn School PTA. Registration is from 5:30 to 6 p.m. Zumba® for adults is 6 to 7 p.m. Zumbatomic® for kids is 7 to 7:30 p.m. A kids’ movie will be shown from 6 to 7 p.m. Register at Durham Fitness; anyone can participate. Donation of an unwrapped toy or $20 will be given to the Durham/Middlefield giving trees and holiday meals. For more information, call Kristen 860-349-2480 or email

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items will be counted for a grand total only. Breakfast will be served at 8:30 a.m., sponsored by the Durham Women’s Club, and registration will be from 8:30 to 8:45 a.m. In order to sign up, students must have the registration form and permission slips for each team member completed and returned to their school. Those who prefer to remain at the high school can assist by sorting, counting and packing. Students must also fill out a permission slip to participate as a volunteer. A sizable number of volunteers are needed to make this day a success. This cross-age project, cosponsored by the Local Wellness Council, will provide an opportunity for students and adults to work together and experience the true spirit of the holiday season. For more information, please contact Beth Galligan, chairperson, at the Coginchaug Guidance Department at 860-349-7221.

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Town Times

Detention basin project years late but happening now at Pogmore property ed, the silt, sand, leaf litter, etc. goes across Laurel Brook and transverses Mr. Pogmore’s farm.”

the slope of the land. The water used to go to the reservoir, and now it goes to his lot.

When Brayshaw began his position as First Selectman six years ago, he said that George Pogmore came to him and was very angry. He was considering legal action against the town. He felt that it was the town’s neglect that diminished the usability of the farming acreage on his property.

According to Brayshaw, it was determined that it would take as much as $150,000 to $200,000 to build the detention basin today, plus the cost of purchasing land on which to construct the basin. The parcel that the basin was originally to be built on has since been sold.

Pogmore said, “Twenty years ago, they kept promising me that it was going to be done. My wife and I had a farm stand, and the water went over the stand, and we had to move it.” He said that there was gravel in the industrial park area that the town sold off, which changed

Brayshaw said, “Rather than submit the Pogmore family to the legal stress, after the engineers looked into it, we acknowledged that this was due to the town not building the pond.” Instead of spending that much money and finding other land,

The Pogmore property on Route 147 in Middlefield. Photo by Cheri Kelley

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November 18 Bridge Night Come join in at the Durham Activity Center every Friday night at 6:30 p.m. for a fun night of bridge with great people. If you are not sure how to play, Jim will teach you. You may call Jim at 860-346-6611 with bridge questions. Call Durham Recreation at 860343-6724 with further questions. 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 today, and awards will be announced in mid-February 2012. Grades 5-6 Fun Nights Durham-Middlefield Youth & Family Services (DMYFS) will host 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, Jan. 13 and March 16. All sessions are 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Middlefield Community Center (405 Main St.). For prices or more info, please contact DMYFS at 860-349-0258 or email Annual Holiday Fair Come to the Wadsworth Glen Health Care and Rehabilitation Center (30 Boston Rd. in Middletown) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for holiday shopping at a big tag sale, including ceramics, holiday crafts and baked goods. Luncheon available all day. Call 860-346-9299 for more info. Thanksgiving Holiday Program Families or individuals having difficulties are encouraged to call Durham Human Services at 860-349-3153 to apply for a Thanksgiving basket. Donors can provide food gift cards in gift amounts of their choice and send them to Human Services, Thanksgiving Pro-

gram, Town Hall, P.O. Box 428, Durham, CT 06422. Please send in gift cards by today if you would like to donate. Donations of turkeys will be accepted on Tuesday, Nov. 22, from 9 to 10 a.m. at Durham Activity Center (350 Main St.). Please call Amanda at 860-349-3153 if you are interested in donating a turkey. Volunteers are needed to help coordinate distribution from 9 a.m. to noon on Nov. 22. Please call Amanda with any questions. Goods & Services Auction Third Congregational Church (94 Miner St. in Middletown) will hold a goods and services auction from 6 to 10 p.m. Ticket prices are reduced if purchased in advanced. Call 860-632-0733 for more information.


November 19 Story Time at Apple Barrel Lyman Orchards and Levi E. Coe Library present a story time with a craft at the Apple Barrel. Please feel free to call the Levi E. Coe Library to register at 860-3493857 or come to the Lyman Orchards Apple Barrel today and Saturday, Dec. 10. Middlefield Ukulele Club If you live in the Greater Middlefield area and you’re a closet uke player, a beginning uker, an experienced player, an in-betweener or just interested in trying out this fun instrument, we want Uke! Please join us at our meetings, typically on the third Saturday of each month, from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Middlefield Community Center, 405 Main Street. For info, contact Cindy at 860349-5656 or at Food Collection Boy Scout Troop 27 is holding a collection for the Amazing Grace Food Pantry from 9 a.m. to noon in the Strong School parking lot. Please help alleviate the shortage of items available at the Pantry.


November 20 Turkey Trot The 4C’s Square Dance Club will hold their Turkey

Trot dance from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at the Cheshire Community Youth Center (559 South Main St. in Cheshire). The caller will be John Hendron, with Sue Lucibello as cuer. For more info and prices, please call 860-349-8084 or 203-272-7463. Boot Camp Free boot camp with Durham’s own Clinton Stewart at Core Club (350 Main St. in Durham) will be held at 9:30 a.m. Come see why Clinton is known as one of the best personal trainers in the area! Don’t sit; get fit! For more info, call 860-3499100.

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available at the Levi Coe and Durham libraries. Ecumenical Thanksgiving service This year’s town-wide Thanksgiving service will be held tonight at 7 p.m. at St. Colman’s Church, Hubbard Street in Middlefield. All residents are welcome to join members of the community in counting our blessings.


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Healing Eucharist Come to the Church of the Epiphany, Main Street in Durham, at 10 a.m. for the weekly Holy Eucharist with healing. 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. Foot Care Durham and Middlefield seniors will have a foot care program available at the Durham Activity Center (350 Main St.). The program will run every month, and care will be provided by Dr. Walters, a podiatrist from Pawcatuck. Dr. Walters will provide routine nail and foot care during your scheduled appointment. Appointments are scheduled to last approximately 15 minutes. No walkins will be accepted. Our first scheduled clinic is on Nov. 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Please call Amanda Astarita by today at 860-349-3153 for further info and to schedule your appointment. Bring your Medicare and insurance cards with you. Medicare should cover most of the services. A donation is encouraged. Seniors without insurance can still participate in this clinic.

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November 21 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, except for this Friday, Nov. 25. Reservations are required 24 hours prior, and their monthly menu can be picked up at the center, Town Hall or at Falcons’ Elections The Durham-Middlefield Falcons will hold their annual Board of Directors elections at 7 p.m. at the Middlefield Community Center. Positions are for a period of two years. Visit or contact current president Mr. Jim Banack at 860-349-8773 or through e-mail at

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

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November 25 Tot Time The MOMS Club of Durham and Middlefield sponsors a weekly Tot Time every Friday from 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 Toys for Tots Drop-Off Core Club is proud to announce they are an official drop-off center for Toys for Tots. They will be collecting toys from now until the end of December. Join them and work off that turkey dinner at 10:30 a.m. (350 Main St. in Durham) for a Zumba party with Deb Cook. Admission is an unwrapped toy. Deck the Mansfield House Step back in time at the General Joseph Mansfield House (151 Main St. in Middletown) and help decorate it for the holidays. From 1 to 4 p.m., children can make ornaments, hear holiday stories and enjoy cookies and hot chocolate at an old-fashioned open house as part of downtown Middletown’s Holiday on Main Street. Adults are welcome to view the exhibits. Tours will be led by costumed guides. The open house will feature the opportunity to participate in holiday gift drawings. Admission is free, and all are welcome. This event is sponsored by the Middlesex County Historical Society, headquartered in the Mansfield House. No advance reservations are necessary. For more info, contact the Society at 860-346-0746. Bridge Night Come join in at the Durham Activity Center every Friday night at 6:30 p.m. for a fun night of bridge with great people. If you are not sure how to play, Jim will teach you. You may call Jim at 860-346-6611 with bridge questions. Call Durham Recreation at 860343-6724 for more info.

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Poinsettia fundraiser to support local physicians’ cause Now through Nov. 28, Water’s Edge Center for Health & Rehabilitation in Middletown is sponsoring “Hope for the Holidays,” a poinsettia sale to benefit Health Horizons International (HHI) — an international partnership between the Dominican Republic and the medical community in the United States and Middlesex County. Two local physicians, Michael Good, MD of ProHealth Physicians in Middletown, and Brad Wilkinson, MD of Middlesex Hospital Primary Care in Durham, have been actively involved as board members of HHI, helping create self-sustaining medical care in the Dominican Republic. It’s a great opportunity to purchase a plant to decorate your home or business for the holiday season or buy as a gift for clients, family or friends and support a valuable cause! Proceeds will go directly to helping HHI. Red poinsettia plants in six-inch pots are available for $10, and a poinsettia centerpiece for our menu

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BOE considers storm and test results By Mark Dionne Special to the Town Times The Regional School District 13 (RSD13) Board of Education (BOE) discussed after effects of the freak October snow storm during their meeting on Nov. 9. Board chair Tom Hennick noted that “the school district rode out a tough 10-day period” and praised the workers and volunteers responsible for the emergency shelter at Cogingchaug Regional High School (CRHS). “Our district stepped up big time. People, starting with your superintendent, stepped up big time,” Hennick said. During her report, Superintendent Sue Viccaro praised the community’s response to the long power outage. “I can’t say enough about the staff in District 13 ... and the emergency personnel in both towns.” Noting the shelter’s success in providing warmth, food, sleeping space, showers, computer access and cell

phone charging stations, Viccaro said, “The schools need to be seen as community resources.” Viccaro also noted that the district will be pursuing FEMA reimbursement, a process she said will require a minimum of 30 reports. School calendar changes planned With four days lost to the recent power outage and two days previously lost to Hurricane Irene, the BOE proposed to make Feb. 21 a school day. February vacation, originally scheduled as a five-day weekend, would be a four-day weekend under this proposal, which needs to be approved by the teachers. Since one of the lost days was already made up on Nov. 8, the proposed last day of school becomes June 20, four school days later than originally scheduled. If approved, this new calendar reserves seven snow make-up days at the end of June and still contains 182 student days. Board member Kerrie Flanagan referred to rumors 1224614


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Berry pointed to areas and years where improvement occurred and emphasized that the data could help RSD13 take advantage of its strengths during the transition to the new standardized tests called Common Core State Standards. Several times during her presentation, Berry referred to herself as an orchestra conducSee BOE, next page

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Coginchaug seniors sign letters of intent Stephanie Wilcox Town Times It’s not too often that we have the opportunity to attend a mini press conference for a local student signing a letter of intent. So when Coginchaug High School athletic director Ted Lombardo called us twice in one week for this reason, it was a big deal. One young man, Yuri Morin, and one young woman, Liz DivVincentis, have worked hard academically and in their sports to get to where they are now. Yuri Morin Yuri, 18, will be playing baseball at Central Connecti-


cut State University next year where he plans to work as hard as he can to leave the possibility open of being drafted from there. “I had some offers, but Central was the best school for me, the best offer,” said Yuri, who would like to play outfield. “It’s my spot to utilize my speed.” The area he would like to work on most is batting. Athletic director and baseball coach Ted Lombardo said, athletically, Yuri has a lot of tools “that will serve him well in college. He is the complete package.” Liz DiVincentis Golf coach Alex Edwards (Continued from page 6)

tor, putting different elements together to produce overall success. Viccaro concluded, “I’m not happy with these results...I am very sure that with [Berry] in place and with the Common Core as the beacon, we’re going to get there.” In other news, the BOE, after deliberating over several meetings, voted to encourage the state Department of Education to change their

legislation to shift the burden of proof and associated costs in special education diagnosis disputes to the party bringing the complaint, usually the parents. This was the first BOE meeting attended by Pam Mangini, RSD13’s new business manager. Mangini replaces Ron Melnik, who left for another job.

said Liz is a dedicated person who absolutely loves the game of golf and is a really good leader. Liz, 16, has played on the boys’ golf team at Coginchaug but will be playing with the girls when she attends Georgetown next year. Coach Edwards also pointed out that her grades are “spectacular” and she “works super, super hard.” As for Liz, she said it is a big relief to know where she is going, and it’s where she’s wanted to go all along. An enthusiastic coach and hardworking team were the driving force behind her desire to attend Georgetown.

In top photo, Yuri, center, is joined by father Rick, left, Principal Andre Hauser, standing, and Coach Lombardo at his signing Nov. 14. Bottom photo, Liz signed her letter on Nov. 9 next to parents Al, far left, and Dawn, far right, Coach Edwards, standing left, and Principal Hauser. Photos by Stephanie Wilcox

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I know, I know, it’s not even Thanksgiving yet, but it almost is, and as soon as Thanksgiving comes and goes, you’ll already be bombarded by Christmas. Town Times wants to get this message out before you’re buried under boxes, bows and wrapping paper. In fact, what we’re about to say might put all of the commercialism of the holidays into perspective. This is our formal call for submissions for the Creative Arts issues that we put out every year. This year, those two issues will fall on Dec. 30 and Jan. 6. We’re excited to announce that this year’s theme is Hope. What does hope mean to you? Whatever your interpretation of hope is, however you can portray it, we’d love to publish it. Send us your artwork, poems, photographs, essays, etc. As always, we want to hear from people of all ages! You can e-mail your submission to, send to P.O. Box 265, Middlefield, CT 06455 or drop it off in person at 488 Main Street in Middlefield. Be sure to in-

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have something else that reminds me of her.

I came home from work on Sunday evening, having taken care of my precious residents on a Dementia unit where I am a nurse’s aide, when my eye caught the front page article in the Nov. 11 Town Times on Jenna Bascom’s special understanding of Alzheimer’s disease. It further gripped my heart to read about her relationship with her grandmother, who also happened to be a special lady to me. I had known her as one of my residents, and I had the privilege of taking care of her during her last stages of Alzheimer’s disease. While I hadn’t had any pictures to remember her by (until last week’s Town Times), I do

One day early on when Joan arrived, we were sitting next to each other and talking. I looked down and noticed her sneakers — they were the exact pair as mine. “Look Joan!” I said. “We have the same sneakers on. You’re like my Sneaker Sister!” It may seem simple and perhaps even silly, but it was one of those moments when we both laughed together and had a connection and a future inside joke. Sometimes when she was sad, I would remind her that we were Sneaker Sisters and we would sit and talk out what she was feeling. When I sit down at work and happen to be looking at my sneakers, I often remember Joan and

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those wonderful moments that we had together. Moments that we laughed about Sneaker Sisters, moments that we cried while singing “How Great Thou Art,” moments that we were content to enjoy a snack in each other’s company. In Dementia training, my favorite concept we learn about is “Moments Count.” Even if that person doesn’t remember eating that delicious lobster roll a few hours after they ate it, the joy they had in enjoying it in that moment counts. Even if they don’t remember singing that song that made them so happy a few hours earlier, moments count. Even if they don’t remember that their family visited them a few hours ago, moments count. Visiting your loved one with Dementia counts. Singing those old songs with them counts. Delicious and expensive meals count. Every moment that person has, whether they remember it or not, counts. And I think photographing those moments is another wonderful way to share your life with someone and make it count. Working with or knowing someone with Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of Dementia can be hard and sad and joyous and precious all at once. But as with any tri-

al, nothing is ever vain, and all the moments count. I am grateful to every family that has shared their loved ones with me. Thank you, Jenna, for your commitment to helping other people and their families through their experience and for sharing yours with us as well. Jacqueline Carter, Durham

We got what we wanted In the Nov. 11 edition of the Town Times article “And the winners are…” Mr. Kleeman commented, “We gave it the best we could, and the people of Durham got what they wanted — status quo — nothing changes. We gave it a good shot.” In the election, Mr. Kleeman was beaten by a threeto-one margin. How can you say, “We gave it the best we could,” when you could only garner 25 percent of the vote? About “the people of Durham got what they wanted — status quo — nothing changes,” as a resident and a voter, I take this as a personal affront — “got what they wanted,” as if Mr. Kleeman was the one who knew what was best for Durham and that 75 percent of the Durham voters who did not

vote for him are too ignorant to make an intelligent decision. The people of Durham are knowledgeable enough to know that the “status quo” we have was the “status quo” we wanted. First Selectman Laura Francis and Selectman John Szewczyk have been leading the way to fiscal responsibility as they struggle with these economic times. It is good to have selectmen who genuinely care about our town. In the instances when I have spoken with Laura, I have always left with the opinion that she strives to do what is best for the people and town of Durham. Yes, the voters of Durham got what they wanted, and we also chose to keep a good man as tax collector — Martin French — and I am hopeful that our Board of Selectmen will be enhanced with Dr. Levy, for he has shown in many ways that he is part of the Durham community. Congratulations to all the candidates who were elected, and thank you to the 44.7 percent of voters in Durham who exercised their right to vote by going to the polls because you are what make our country great. Stu Keating, Durham More letters on page 10

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Bringing the garden indoors

Puss in Boots

descent lights and no Hard killing frosts and nearly a foot of Nancy DuBrule-Clemente streetlights shining in the window. But in snow have reduced most modern homes, even the hardiest our houseplants folplants to mush. The low our schedule of last of the leaves are being bathed in light quickly blowing off the trees in the strong autumn in the evening as we go about our winds. What else is a forlorn garden- chores. So the way to provide this er to do but turn her attention to in- long night is to either grow them in a dark spare room, cover them with a door gardening? At this time of year, you are seeing box each evening and remove it dur“Christmas cactus” appearing on ing the day, or move them to a closet the garden center shelves. In Novem- in the evening and take them out ber, what you are actually seeing are every morning. This, then, dupliThanksgiving cactus, or Schlum- cates the natural day/night length bergera truncata. They are easily that occurs in the late fall. Along recognizable as they have pointed with this light manipulation, you notches on the edges of the leaves. should keep these plants cool and on The Thanksgiving cactus blooms a the dry side for the four to six weeks month before the true Christmas that they are setting buds. Once the cactus and come in a wide range of buds appear, you will have to step up fun colors such as white, lavender, the watering to support the maturapeach, cerise purple and many tion and opening of the flowers. One of my favorite cool-season shades of pink. True Christmas cacti, Schlumbergera bridgesii, have houseplants is the cyclamen. I have smooth edges on the leaves, no been selling plants in retail garden notches, and come only in one color, centers for over 27 years, and I can a brilliant pinkish-red. There is even tell you without a doubt that more an Easter cactus Rhipsalidopsis people kill this plant than any other. gaetneri that has thick, smooth Why? They completely misunderleaves with tiny bristles at each stand its needs. First of all, cyclanotch and fire engine red flowers, mens appear on the greenhouse blooming, as you may have guessed, benches now because they love cool in April. The reason that these close- temperatures. They are not plants ly-related plants bloom at different for a hot, dry house but instead pretimes has to do with the photoperiod, fer nighttime temperatures in the or length of the day versus the length 50s or low 60s. During the day, they of the night. Thanksgiving cacti set love sun, but the room must be ventbuds when the nights are 12 hours ed. If the temperature gets much long. Christmas cacti set buds when above 75 degrees, they wilt. Which the nights are 14 hours long and the days are 10 hours long. This happens See Nature, next page naturally in a room with no incan-

charming in its own A feature film for right. Antonio BanTanya Feke one of Shrek’s deras literally purrs beloved sidekicks? with attitude and is Dreamworks knows well-matched by how to work an audiSalma Hayek as his ence. I have been declawed pick-pocket waiting in unbridled anticipation for Puss in Boots since I of a love interest, Kitty Softpaws. first heard of its inception two years Dreamworks also spins new verago. Hands down, Shrek 2 was the sions of nursery rhyme favorites greatest of the ogre series, and the Humpty Dumpty and Jack & Jill that introduction of the beguiling Puss in will take you by surprise. Even Jack Boots was the reason why. The char- from the Beanstalk makes an apacter exudes a charisma and good pearance. For the most part, it’s all humor that is unmatched by any an- fun and games, including a flamenco imated character in today’s market- dance in the Glitter Box (lights out place. His fun-loving mischievous- on the G). ness appeals to adults and children The allure of Puss in Boots, though, alike, even if his flirtations at times lies in his mysterious past as a fighter, lean toward a more mature audi- lover and outlaw. When his story is ence. His transition into the lead spelled out in black and white (how he role was an inevitable evolution. got his first pair of boots, how he came The advertising campaign leading to use his cat eyes to get anything he to the Oct. 28 release took the Inter- wants, how he became an outlaw), net by storm, a viral masterpiece. some of that magical aura is lost, leavDreamworks made art imitate ads, ing him more two dimensional than he spoofing two of the most popular ad started out. By the end, I was left wantcampaigns in recent years. A tribute ing more of the frisky kitty’s antics. It to the Dos Equis beer ads put Puss in was a taste of “good leche” when I was the role of “The Most Interesting Cat looking for “great leche.” Nothing a in the World.” “The Cat Your Cat good sequel couldn’t flesh out. I’ll wait Could Smell Like” spoofed the Old for the advertising campaign. Spice ads with equal fervor. If you My rating: 3 stethoscopes haven’t seen these tongue-in-cheek ads, I recommend you run a search on YouTube. They sure did make me laugh! By playing to the pomposity of popular media, Puss in Boots makes light of itself in a way that inDr. Tanya Feke is a physician at cites the viewer to want to see more. Middlesex Hospital Primary Care Unfortunately, the film did not Durham and guest columnist for the live up to these high expectations, al- Town Times. Her reviews are rated on though it was still entertaining and a five-stethoscope scale.

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October police stats for Durham Paws Place: Tiger “Click It or Ticket” The following is the October 2011 Pete DiGioia, Resident State High Visibility Safety Belt Campaign, monthly report for Trooper, Durham which will take place the town of Durham: Monday, Nov. 14, Calls for service: through Sunday, 588 Nov. 27. Criminal investiDuring this campaign, state troopgations: 20 Motor vehicle accidents with in- ers will be aggressively enforcing the state seatbelt laws during the juries: five Motor vehicle accidents without day and night hours throughout the Troop F patrol area. injuries: 17 Motorists can expect to see state Motor vehicle infractions: 77 troopers stopping violators for seatMotor vehicle warnings: 10 belt violations, and all motorists Motor vehicle accident DWIs: one should be prepared to utilize their DWIs on sight: none In the month of October we had seatbelts. Many highway traffic four residential burglaries, made deaths are attributed to failure to two arrests and developed two addi- wear a seatbelt, which is why state tional suspects in these residential troopers will be out in force throughout this campaign. burglaries. State police remind all motorists Connecticut state troopers assigned to Troop F, Westbrook Bar- to drive safely, utilize their seatbelts racks, are taking part in the national and do not drink and drive.

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Nature (Continued from page 9) leads me directly to their second need: proper watering. When a cyclamen wilts due to heat, the worst thing you could do is water it! Remember, always test the soil of a wilted plant with your finger to be sure it is dry. Over watering kills cyclamens. This plant grows from a corm, which is a concave, hard, somewhat flattened modified bulb. All foliage and flowers emerge from this corm. They like to be kept “evenly moist,” which is a vague phrase that really means never let them go bone dry and wilt and never sit them in water. This means a cyclamen is not a plant you can leave unattended during a fiveday vacation to a tropical is-

land. If they wilt, they may recover when watered again but will lose many leaves and flowers. The second secret to watering cyclamen plants is that you must never pour water in the center of the plant where the leaves and flowers attach to the corm. This water will simply sit in all the nooks and crannies and rot the base of all live growth. The result is a wilted plant that eventually rots and dies. I have found that if you sit an almost dry cyclamen in a saucer of water for 15 minutes, the root ball will wick up all the water and the plant will get a thorough drink without endangering the corm. Nancy DuBrule-Clemente is the owner of Natureworks, a specialty organic garden center and landscaping business on Rt. 22 in Northford. 1224694

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Thanks, neighbors Thank you to the residents of Durham for entrusting me with another term on our Board of Selectmen. I feel privileged to serve the community that has been so wonderful to me and my family for many years. I assure the residents of Durham that I will continue to be a voice of fiscal discipline on the Board of Selectmen while making sure a good balance of responsible expenditures are made to provide for the public safety and wellbeing of our citizens. Durham will be facing many challenges in the coming years. However, I am confident that, just as our community came together during the recent storms, we will

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The help was appreciated To the woman who stopped her car Monday morning, Nov. 7, to help me catch my wayward dog: thank you! Drivers routinely fly down the road at ridiculous speeds, indifferent to walkers, dogs and small critters. It is nice to see that there are still people who care and are willing to take a moment to lend a hand. Your help was greatly appreciated. Darcy Hawley, Durham

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also like to thank John Szewczyk, a true partner on the Board of Selectmen. He is an extremely dedicated public official with whom I am proud to serve. Please join me in thanking Jim McLaughlin. Jim will leave office this month after serving six years on the Board of Selectmen, two years as first selectman and four years as selectman. Our board over the last four years has been very productive. Jim was an active and valuable contributor to our success. I wish him the best. Congratulations to all the winning candidates in the election. I look forward to working with each and every one of you. To the candidates who were not successful, thank you for answering the call to duty. Please contact my office to discuss how you may play a role in our town government. There are multiple positions available on our boards and commissions that are integral to the operations of our town. Together we will ensure that the town of Durham remains a wonderful place to live and raise a family. Lastly, thank you to the Durham Republican Town Committee for your support and commitment to our town government. It takes many hours of hard work to run a successful campaign and develop qualified candidates. I am grateful for your time and effort. Best wishes to everyone for a happy Thanksgiving. Laura Francis, Durham

Dear citizens of Durham First, I would like to thank the entire emergency team who expertly handled our unusual October storm outage. My family was grateful for the warm showers, meals and daily updates provided at CRHS. Working in Hartford every day, I came across folks from other towns that did not have the facilities nor the efficient updates that we received in Durham. We certainly have a lot to be proud of in Laura Francis, Sue Viccaro, John Szewczyk, Francis Willett, Rob Chadd, See Citizens, next page

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Citizens (Continued from page 10) Tom Wimler, Kurt Bober, Pete DiGioia, DART, Ralph Chase, Katherine Chase, Chris Soulias, Steve Levy, Amanda Astarita, Kim Garvis, Alicia Willett, Rob Francis, the cafeteria ladies and many more. Great job! Second, thank you to all who supported me for the office of Town Treasurer. I pledge to work hard and keep the best interests of our Durham first, always. Wendy P. Manemeit, Durham

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To the voters of Middlefield and Rockfall I sincerely thank all those who took the time to vote and support me in my recent bid for first selectman of Middlefield. The opportunity to run for office and go door to door to meet with people all over town has been an eye-opening experience. Middlefield and Rockfall’s greatest resource is its people. The real issues are there and the solutions are there — if your elected officials take the

time to listen. Especially in a small community, every vote has a tremendous influence on the outcome of an election. The direction for Middlefield for the next two years and beyond has now been set into motion again. How will you get involved to influence the changes you were seeking? How will you stand up and let your voices be heard? I will do my part as I continue as a member on the Board of Finance. But, as always, your help is needed as well. Will you join me to make sure that your voice is heard, your concerns are addressed and your ideas are considered? Please feel free to contact me anytime. Afterall, the people of Middlefield and Rockfall are, and always will be, my only priority. Lucy R. Petrella, Middlefield One more letter on page 13

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ation that would terrify half the adults in the audience. But I also noticed that, when, on occasion, a child stumbled over a word, no one ever laughed. One of the co-presenting classmates, or a student member of the stage crew, would gracefully help them out. The beginning reader was confident that someone would always be there to help and that their presentation would be wellreceived. When my own children were nervous about the first day of a new school year — “What if I don’t know where to go?” — I could just ask: “Would Mrs. Brimecombe put up with a system that didn’t make sure every child got to where they needed to be to start learning?” And the answer would always be “No.” “So you know it will be okay.” “Yeah.” Children thrive in this supportive climate, which

nity and connectedness and the positive and supportive climate of the school. The teachers and support staff at John Lyman School all model respect, responsibility and cooperation in the ways they interact with each other to deliver the best possible education to all of the children. The children, who are always watching, pick up on this. Teachers also show respect for the children in soliciting and valuing their opinions and assistance as they proceed through their lesson plans. This is part of what leads to a supportive climate in which all of the children feel welcomed to learn. Watching children read off notecards in the many Friday assemblies I attended when my children were small, I was always amazed how comfortable the tiniest of children were on stage with a microphone — a situ-


I cannot disagree with anything Karen Brimecombe wrote in her Nov. 11 View from District 13 column, “The 3 Cs: community, connectedness and climate,” but I would like to add something she left out. Since she will not toot her own horn, I will do so and point out how much the excellent faculty and staff, and her own leadership, contribute to the quality of the students’ and parents’ feelings of commu-


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Middlefield Government Calendar (Unless otherwise indicated, all meetings are held in the Community Center.) Tuesday, November 22 6:30-7:30 p.m. — Planning and Zoning Commission 7 p.m. — Board of Selectmen Monday, November 28 11 a.m. — Middlefield Housing Authority Tuesday, November 29 7 p.m. — Zoning Board of Appeals

Planning & Zoning With no public comment at its Nov. 9 meeting, the Middlefield Planning & Zoning Commission’s (P&Z) attention turned back to Raymond Termini’s application for a home occupation permit to run a massage therapy/day spa in his Baileyville Road home. Termini provided the commission with receipts of notification of abut-

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ting property owners and a site plan documenting parking and areas in the home to be used for the business. He also provided a revised statement of use eliminating physical therapy, outlining hours of operation and setting the number of employees at four. Chairman Bob Johnson reiterated Attorney Mark Branse’s concerns, asking if members agreed that Termini had addressed those issues. Residents in attendance voiced opinions

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essary survey and studies have been delayed due to illness. Milardo and Chaffee hope to have all requirements complete before the next meeting, and the matter was tabled until that time. There was a brief discussion on zoning regulations. Town planner Geoff Colegrove again requested members review Middlefield and Middletown use tables to determine which they wanted to consider as permitted uses in industrial zones. Colegrove indicated there has been no response to letters sent to business owners or tenants for feedback. Signs were again discussed. Who decides? Who regulates issues such as size, number, location, logos, governmental and civic, state right of way, town right of way and private property? Johnson proposed two levels of regulating — one for government signs and one for private signs. (The Board of Selectmen would regulate government signs, P&Z would regulate private signs and dual approval will be

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Meeting dates for 2012 were discussed, as well as whether the commission should meet once a month or use the second meeting for work on Planned Conservation and Development. Members will review the proposed meeting schedule to be voted on before December. In his zoning enforcement officer’s report, Colegrove reported that he’d been out to Jimmy D’s three times since the last meeting and nothing has changed. The commission will meet in executive session with the first selectman and Attorney Willis to decide how to proceed. The town planner’s report outlined developments with Powder Ridge — one deal being withdrawn as a second emerging. Colegrove did a site walk with the interested parties and expects their engineer to visit at the end of the month. Work on DEEP approval of the easement continues; pump house design with proposed pipe size will be sent to an engineer who will design the inlet structure for submission to the DEEP. He indicated that the town cannot control the time it will take, but they will continue the process to get the easement so that future deals will not be held up. (Elisabeth Kennedy/In attendance)

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Pogmore (From page 3) Meet our Regular Jo: Carol Herzig What town are you from? Durham How long have you lived here? 33 years What brought you to town? I married a man who grew up In Durham. He had land here, so we came. What is one thing that you like about this town? I like the people. What do you like to do for fun? I like to read and to travel to the beach. What would people be surprised to know about you? I guess that I’m just a regular Jo. What is your favorite Thanksgiving dish? Mashed potatoes, gravy and cranberry sauce together.

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Emily Newton will share her creative talents with the seniors at the lunch program on Monday, Dec. 5, at the Durham Activity Center. She will demonstrate two holiday centerpieces. Her focus will be to encourage you to create your own decorations using natural materials as well as recyclable items that can be found in the home.

This year’s town-wide Thanksgiving service will be held at on Tuesday, Nov. 22, at 7 p.m. at St. Colman’s Church, Hubbard Street in Middlefield. All residents are welcome to join members of the community in counting our blessings.

This demonstration will take place immediately following the meal, and two lucky people will be able to carry the centerpieces home if they win the free raffle.

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Middlefield swearing-in The public is invited to the swearing in ceremony of new town office-holders at the community center this Sunday, Nov. 20, at 2 p.m.

Brush pick-up The town of Durham has the opportunity to work off of the state bid for brush pick-up. Town officials will be meeting with the company to make sure they have the capacity; otherwise they are prepared to bid out the operation. Durham First Selectman Laura Francis



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the idea of building trenches in the Pogmore’s land to give a direct channel for the water flow to go to came into play. The project was brought before the Inland and Wetlands Commission and Roger Gibson Jr., a certified soil scientist, looked at it as well. The Board of Selectmen (BOS) unanimously voted to put it out to bid. Brayshaw said, “We did it because it was the right thing to do. Sometimes towns and cities do cause issues, which do have an effect on private citizens.” The bid came in at $18,800 for the drainage channel improvements. Brayshaw said, “This is not a forever solution; probably in 20 or 30 years they will have to muck it out again, but we thought this was a better deal than paying $200,000 plus purchasing the property.” The project has started on the Pogmore farm; Brayshaw said it will take a year or two to complete it so that the land is reclaimed and usable. In the spring, when it dries out, they will spread the topsoil back on the lot. Pogmore said, “It actually looks pretty good; they were out there at 7 o’clock this morning. I can tell you one thing: I’ll be happy when it is done. I’ll plant corn out there again like we used to if I am able. We are very happy about it finally being straightened out. We are very happy that Jon pushed it and got it going for us. The last thing I wanted to deal with was lawyers.”

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Strong School, Meg Smith’s Social Studies classes collect food for the Amazing Grace Food Pantry on a monthly basis. Regional District 13 is partnering with the American Red Cross to collect and distribute holiday cards for our servicemen and women and their families and for our veterans. Just write messages of thanks and support, and Red Cross volunteers will deliver them to military bases and hospitals across the country and around the world. Cards must be submitted to the Central Office by Dec. 1. Every year, our community has a food drive called the Community Round-Up. On Saturday, Dec. 3, from 9 a.m. until noon, teams made up of teachers, parents, community members and students from the district will be going door-to-door collecting nonperishable food items and grocery gift cards, which will be distributed to the needy in our community. Teams from each school will be eligible

for a raffle prize, and each participating student will receive a raffle ticket for a chance to win a $100 gift certificate to the Westfield shopping mall. Says Rebecca Sinusas, the guidance counselor at Strong School, “We collect upwards of 13,000 food items. We give the Durham and Middlefield food banks as much as they can store, and we give them all the gift cards, cash and checks that we receive. Whatever food is left over goes to Amazing Grace. “The Community RoundUp is one of my favorite things. The outpouring of generosity is amazing. We have 100 volunteers, and even people who are struggling are putting those cans out to help others,” says Sinusas. Middlefield Social Services provides families in need with turkey, groceries and gift cards for the holidays and had a Thanksgiving meal for seniors at the Community Center on Nov. 17. Durham Social Services also sees to it that families in need have plenty to eat for the holidays. They also have a “Giving Tree,” located in



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munity. Last year, walkers raised close to $4,000, one quarter of which returned to fight hunger locally. Collections will be ongoing until the end of the month at local churches and the Town Times. Make checks payable to CWS with Crop Walk in the memo line.

Student senators at Korn School organized a food drive for the Amazing Grace Food Pantry in October. The senators made posters and talked to their classmates about the urgent need for food items. Over 200 items were collected! Submitted by Eileen Chupron Town Hall, upon which those families anonymously place their wish list. Three times a year, volunteers at the Middlefield Federated Church bring dinners to the Shepherd Home, a transitional facility on the grounds of the Connecticut Valley Hospital (CVH), and once a month they bring dinner to the Eddy Homeless Shelter, also on the grounds of CVH. Every month they have collections for the various non-profits in the area (they just finished collecting for Amazing Grace), with an additional collection for Middlefield’s Food Bank, and they have committed to providing 100 cans of baked beans to Amazing Grace every month. For Christmas, they are asking New Horizons Domestic Violence Ser-

vices (in Middletown) for a wish list, and they will deliver the gifts to them. They also brighten up people’s holidays with the tree that is in their church, with tags bearing people’s wishes. People then pick a tag and buy a gift for that person. The local churches participate every year in the Crop Walk. Though canceled this year because of the weather, it is usually held at the end of October, with a different church hosting it each year. A nationwide fundraiser sponsored by Church World Services, the Crop Walk sees people walking for donations, which go to feed people all around the world. Seventy-five percent of the proceeds goes to the Church World Services, and 25 percent comes back to our com-

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And last but not least, there are the year-round monthly community dinners. They originated in 2009 when members of the Outreach Committee of the Church of the Epiphany (in Durham) were trying to come up with ways to help people. Says Deborah Proctor, “The economy was bad, and several of us realized that people in Durham had lost their jobs and were going to be hungry. So we thought we would try a free potluck supper for everyone and see what happened. The first month we had 60 people. Now we have between 75 and 125. Everyone is welcome. We don’t distinguish between those who can pay and those who can’t. It’s free to everyone. We put out a collection jar, and we give the money to Social Services to distribute to needy families in town.” Notre Dame and United Churches have also climbed on board. The dinners are at any one of the three churches, or the firehouse, or the Durham Activity Center, and are the second Sunday of each month, from 5:30 to 6:30. Food is provided by the churches and a number of groups, including the Durham Boy Scouts, Durham Girl Scouts, Durham Lions, Knights of Columbus and Twin Maples. “Sitting and talking with others is as important as the food,” says Proctor. “It takes a half hour to set up, an hour for the dinner and a half hour to clean up. People come at the beginning and stay to the end, chatting with each other. The community part is important. Our social life revolves around food, and if you don’t have money for food, you lose a lot of your social life. “The food is important, but it’s the community of spirit that has pulled everyone together, and it’s a beautiful thing,” she concluded.

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Happy Thanksgiving — let’s remember our service people addresses, it will bring you to a page where there are specific soldier’s names. You can go down the list and choose one. When you click on their name it will give you a list of specific items that they need or want. It’s a great place to start building your package. A couple of tips taken from the website is to be very clear when writing the soldier’s mailing address on the outside of the package. They also say to use non-holiday packages on the outside to not overtly alert individuals who might try to steal the package. Something very important to remember is to not send homemade baked or cooked goods to anyone who you don’t personally know. All servicemen and women are told not to eat these homemade goods due to health and safety issues.


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Some things to include are holiday decorations, books and magazines, CDs or DVDs. Add toiletry items; sometimes the supplies available for the troops are very limited, and therefore having personal care items sent from home is a great comfort. For those who are unable to send a package, Regional School District 13 (RSD13) is participating in a holiday card program called Holiday Mail for Heroes. The idea came from the Red Cross newsletter that Eileen Bengston, from the RSD13 central office, received last year. This is the second year that RSD13 has participated in the program. Folks can ei-

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Veterans Day — Nov. 11, 2011 Right, veterans gather in Durham, with local boy scouts in attendance, for the ceremony on Veterans Day. Photo by Stephanie Wilcox

At right, Matt Lesser (right) prepares to give a speech on Veterans Day at the Middlefield ceremony. Above, residents chat with members of the VFW 10362 and other servicemen and women following the ceremony.

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One word best describes Leo Willett Jr., MD — whirlwind By Diana Carr Special to the Town Times “He had opinions, and he backed them up,” says Bill Milardo of Leo Willett, who died Oct. 25 at his home. Milardo met Willett in 1987 when he was the assistant health officer/sanitarian and Willett was the town health officer. He remembers his friend as being extremely dedicated, very busy and in possession of a razorsharp mind. “He always had a story, and he always conveyed some knowledge. He could read a document faster than anyone I know. “In addition to his position as the town health officer, he had a surgical practice in Meriden. And he had a family. There were a lot of demands on his time.” Willett always made an impression. Says Milardo, “He wore a bow tie almost daily, and sometimes he wore patterned pants. And he moved so quickly that I could get dizzy just watching him.” The doctor enjoyed his social contacts, both before and after retirement. “He would still come back to visit after he retired. He wanted to get around town. It was like he was making rounds,

like he did in the health field. He would come into my office and spend a half hour discussing an important topic, and then other times he would say just a few words and be gone in 30 seconds.” He was focused in everything he did, including the fishing trip he took with Milardo and Joel Otte after his retirement. Milardo says his friend enjoyed catching fish, and the outing was a success. Willett wanted the same sense of fulfillment for others that he felt in his own life. Says Milardo, “He wanted people to do well and to do what they wanted to do and to follow their passion. He did that.” Willett was on the Wetlands Commission, and he gave a lot of his time to the Durham Fair, and in both of those capacities he worked with longtime friend and surveyor Bob Bascom. “I knew him both professionally and socially. He was a great guy. He was honest and intelligent, with a sense of integrity and ethics.” Bascom, too, was privy to visits to his office, and to his friend’s opinions. “I will miss him coming into my office and sitting in my chair and pontificating about different things in Durham.”

The word “honesty” keeps popping up when people speak of Willett. “Leo Willett and I were great friends,” says Maryann Boord. “We were always totally honest with each other, especially when we disagreed. We respected each other and sought out each other’s opinions on important and unimportant matters.” And yet another reference to his energy and dedication. “Leo brought great energy and personal commitment to every situation. I trusted him as health director during my 10 years as first selectman, which is when I truly came to know the man. Leo and his wife, Dorothy, served the town of Durham selflessly for decades and taught their family to continue to do so. I am honored to call Leo a friend.” His dedication to the town is well-remembered. “I met him when I became the assistant town clerk in 1992, and he was the health director,” says First Selectman Laura Francis. “We had a lot in common, like love of the town. He never stopped learning about ways to increase public health and the wellbeing of Durham. He was proud of being instrumental in creating the onsite medical building at the fairgrounds. He made it capable of being utilized as an emergency operation center. He died on Oct. 25, and the storm hit on Oct. 29. It was fitting that we operated our storm response from the

building that he helped build. Several of us spent many hours there as we tried to keep people safe, and I spent many moments reflecting on his contribution.” He was a man of conviction, with that keen intelligence that always struck people. “He was a very smart man and progressive in his thinking. He liked to learn new ways of doing things. We talked about the town and discussed ways to make it better. Sometimes we agreed, and sometimes we didn’t.” He was a dynamo. Says Francis, “There was a group of us talking about him at the memorial service, and always the same word came up — whirlwind. He came into the room, and it would not be the same when he left. He had a lot of energy, and he used it for good things.” He was sociable, and he loved life. Francis continues, “He was always joyful and he had a great sense of humor, which increased after his retirement. I will miss his humor and his visits. He always had something funny to say. And I’ll miss the opportunity I had over the years to learn from him. He was an acclaimed physician, but he was very learned on a number of topics.” When he wasn’t working, he stayed active. George Eames III recalls, “We did a lot together. We played golf, did cross country skiing, went on vacations together. I knew him for 25 or 30 years.

He was a great friend and a great person to know. He was a very nice person.” And golf buddy Jack Stahl has this to say. “That man, as little and wiry as he was, could hit a ball as far as the eye could see. He was a terrific golfer and a lot of fun to be with. “We met at the town hall about 30 years ago when I was chairman of the Board of Tax Review and he had just become the town health officer. I liked his honesty. He was absolutely honest. He was terrific. I’ll tell you the truth: he was a good man.”

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music director of The United Churches of Durham for the past 20 years, music director of the Castle Craig Players in Meriden and served on the Board of Directors of CT Odyssey of the Mind. Jill has touched many lives with her love for music and volunteer spirit.

Jill Ellen Riggles

Jill Ellen (Fiorini) Riggles, 57, of Durham, loving wife of Elven W. Riggles Jr., passed away on Thursday, Nov. 10, with her family by her side at Middlesex Hospital after a courageous battle with cancer. Born in Reading, PA, she was the daughter of Jean Mary Dugan Fiorini of Reading, PA, and the late Lucido Dominic Fiorini. Jill was a graduate of Tufts University, New England Conservatory of Music and the Hart School of Music at the University of Hartford. She was a piano teacher for over 40 years, the

Along with her husband, Elven, she is survived by her children, Meredith Jean Huntley and her husband Matthew, Elizabeth “Posey� Lucy Riggles and John Alexander Riggles; motherin-law Marguerite R. DesRosiers Riggles; sisterin-law Deanna N. LaVoie; nieces, Danielle and Michelle LaVoie; former brother-in-law Armand LaVoie; aunts, Jean Confer and Vera Keim; uncles, Albert Fiorini and Louis Fiorini; cousins, Carl J. Fiorini and his wife Donna and their children Sarah and CJ Fiorini, Roxanne Confer Evans and her husband Tom and Shannon and Tammy Keim, Michael Dugan, Patricia McQueen, Patrick Dugan,


Dr. Elven W. Riggles Jr. officiating. Interment will be at the convenience of the family in The New Hazardville Cemetery in Enfield, CT. Friends may call on Friday evening from 5 to 7 p.m. at the church. In lieu of flowers, donations are encouraged to be made in loving memory of Jill to The Castle Craig Players, c/o Melanie Del Sole, 87 Old Farms West, Middletown, CT 06457 or to the Memorial Fund of The United Churches of Durham, P.O. Box 66, Durham, CT 06422. Messages of condolence may be sent to the family at The Doolittle Funeral Home, 14 Old Church Street, Middletown is handling the arrangements.

Colleen Potts and lifelong friends, Doug Hadden and Toshiko Banno-Hadden. She also leaves her church family at The United Churches of Durham, the members the choir, the Connecticut Odyssey of the Mind Board of Directors, the Castle Craig Players of Meriden as well as her countless friends, piano students, Birthday Girls and beloved cat, Katarina (Putzie Fang Marie). In addition to her father, Jill was predeceased by her father-in-law, Elven W. Riggles Sr. Jill’s family would like to say a special thank you to the doctors, nurses and the staff at the Middlesex Cancer Center, South Four and the Hospice Floor at Middlesex Hospital and particularly to Drs. Hong, David and Takahashi and Nurse Tammy Bober. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Nov. 19, at 4:30 p.m. at The United Churches of Durham, 228 Main Street, with the Rev.

Ruth E. Alusitz Entered into rest, Ruth E. Alusitz, formerly of Meriden, passed away on Nov. 10 at the Twin Maples Health Care Center in Durham after

a brief illness. She was born in Meriden on May 19, 1920, the daughter of the late John and Julia Valentine Alusitz. Prior to her retirement, she was a secretary at Aetna Life Insurance Company for many years. After her retirement, she enjoyed babysitting for several Cheshire families. She is survived by a sister, Kathryn Hunt of Cheshire, and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by two brothers and six sisters. Funeral services have been entrusted to the Monahan, Cox, Smith & Crimmins Funeral Home (11 Wooster Place in New Haven). There will be no calling hours. Family and friends are invited to attend a graveside service on Saturday, Nov. 19, at Walnut Grove Cemetery in Meriden at 10 a.m. with Pastor James Olson officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church, 164 Hanover St., Meriden, CT 06451.


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Durham Library We mourn the loss of our dear friend and colleague, Jane Churchill, after almost 30 years of service to the Durham community; a memorial will be held for her in the library on Saturday, Dec. 17, at 5 p.m. Hours: Regular library hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fri-

days and Saturdays. The library will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 24, for the holiday. Visit to search the catalog, review your account, register for a program or renew your materials online. For info or to register for a program, call 860-349-9544. Facebook: Receive daily updates on library news and events by becoming a fan on Facebook. Click on the Facebook link on the library’s

website. DPL Book Talk: Participate in the library’s new blog about all things book! Just click on the DPL Book Talk link on the library’s website. Story Times: Sessions run through Dec. 21. Register in person or by phone at 860 349-9544. Civil War Programs: Lincoln for the Ages: Phillip Chetwynd, in the role of Abraham Lincoln, reveals the essential character of this man, allowing you to suspend disbelief long enough to visit with one of our most remarkable presidents and to come away from the experience thinking you have truly met the Great Emancipator himself. Families, ages 8 and up. Saturday, Nov. 19 at 2 p.m. Teen Book Club Civil War Theme: Tuesday, Nov. 29, 7 to 8 p.m. (Especially for teens.) Kids Book Club; 6:30 to 7:30 pm. (Grades 1-3.)

Friday, November 18, 2011 All programs funded by a grant from the Coginchaug Valley Education Foundation and the Durham Library PALS. Paws and Read: On Saturday, Nov. 19, from 10:30 a.m. to noon, children in first through fourth grade will have the opportunity to read a story to a friendly dog. Registration is required by stopping by or calling the library.

Levi Coe Library Hours: The library is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays and closed Fridays. The library will close for the Thanksgiving holiday at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 23 and reopen Saturday, Nov. 26 at 10 a.m., resuming regular hours. Visit or call the library at 860-349-3857 for information or to register for

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any program. You can renew, reserve and check your library record online. Story time: Lyman Orchards and Levi E. Coe Library present a story time with a craft at the Apple Barrel (32 Reeds Gap Rd. in Middlefield). Registration is optional. Please feel free to call the library or join us at the Lyman Orchards Apple Barrel. On Saturday, Nov. 19, from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m., join us for a story time to “Gobble” and craft. On Saturday, Dec. 10, from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m., join us for a “Snowy” story time and craft. Quilting Program: On Thursday, Dec. 1, from 5:45 to 6:45 p.m., Debbie D’Angelo of the Apple Valley and Farmington Valley Quilt Guilds will introduce and discuss the tools of the trade and the art of quilting. She will be bringing some quilts to show and will demonstrate how to use a rotary cutter with fabric. Registration is preferred.


Annual Giving Tree/Open House: Books are on display and available to purchase for the Children’s Room and Young Adult Collections. How does the Giving Tree work? The librarians choose a selection of books that would benefit both collections. Parents, teens and children browse the books to determine which ones they would like to donate. Patrons pay for their donations, take them home, and wrap them up. The books are then brought back to the library on Thursday, Dec. 8, during our Giving Tree Program/Holiday Open House and, for the young ones, presented to Santa Claus as a gift to the library. A bookplate will be placed inside each donated book in appreciation for the purchase. The Giving Tree/Open House will take place from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 8. Join us for building graham cracker houses, listening to carolers and a special visit from Santa. Please sign-up by stopping by or calling the Children’s Department at 860349-3857 ext 2.

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A program for those who seek an ‘environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling and socially just’ world tion and hardship they caused. Register online at For more details or to register, contact Michael Harris at or 860-873-8989. The Earth Charter Community of the Lower Valley is sponsoring this symposium.

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On a mission to collect food Brewster second graders Samantha Paul and Logan Palardy took a turn wheeling Brewster’s shopping cart around to classrooms on Monday morning, Nov. 14, collecting for the Brewster Food Drive. Students will be collecting food for the local food bank until Dec. 2. Please send in non-perishable food items with your child to help fill the cart. Thanks to Stew Leonard’s for lending the cart to help the collection.


Do you wonder where in the world we’re heading? Are you concerned about environmental problems, social justice, spiritual fulfillment or building community? If you can answer “yes” to either of those questions, then you are cordially invited to a symposium entitled “Awakening the Dreamer, Changing the Dream” to be held on Saturday, Dec. 3, at the Deep River Library from 5 to 9 p.m. The symposium was developed by the Pachamama Alliance to help citizens of the developed world come face-to-face with their history and some of the choices facing us at this time. The presenters include Sue VanDerzee, of Durham. The program includes video presentations, discussions and ways to become “part of the solution” for the 21st century. Previous attendees have left the symposium “uplifted and inspired.” Refreshments will be provided by raw food authors Bill and Megan PagliaScheff. Suggested donation is $20 to offset expenses, but no one will be turned away for lack of payment. Attendees are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item to donate to a local food pantry following this fall’s disastrous storms and the disloca-


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Celebrating 70 years

Friday, November 18, 2011

Congratulations on 60 years

J o h n Helen and Ernest Malcolm S c h i n e l l Pearce celeand Edith brated their Petropou- 60th wedl o s ding anSchinell, niversary at of Train- the “Veraning Hill da” in Fort R o a d , Myers, FL. M i d d l e - They were town, cel- married at e b r a t e d the Congretheir 70th wedding anniversary at a dinner party given gational Church on Oct. 13, 1951, in Durham. by their children at the East Side Restaurant in New Submitted by Helen Pearce Britain. Relatives from Boston, Darien, Durham, New Canaan and Northford attended the event. Their children are Maria and Peter Nilson of Durham and Chris and Birgit Schinell of Darien. Grandchildren are Carl Nilson and partner Galina Teterina, John and Michele Nilson, Todd and Jessica Schinell, Evan and Melissa Schinell and great-granddaughter Hanah DiEwards Nilson. Mr. Schinell is a WWII veteran and retired from Pepperidge Farms after 30 years of service. The Schinells were married on Oct. 26, 1941, in Trinity Church. They were lifelong residents of Norwalk, CT, before moving to Middletown six years ago. The Schinells are also members of the Durham 60 Plus Club. Submitted by Maria Nilson

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Erin Bisceglia, of Durham, is one of 21 Brandeis student-athletes to receive All-Academic recognition by the University Athletic Association for fall 2011 in women’s cross country. Kayleigh

Crocetto, 13, from Middlefield, has been asked to dance the role of “Clarice” in the upcoming production of The Nutcracker Suite and Spicy being presented by CONNetic Dance and directed by Carolyn Paine. Kayleigh is in her 10th year of dance at the Middlesex Dance Center where she studies lyrical and pointe and is a member of the MDC Senior Ballet Ensemble, Senior Jazz Troupe and Senior Tap Company. She recently performed at the Magic Kingdom and Hollywood Studios in Walt Disney World and is a member of the competition group Team MDC. Kayleigh received the MDC Rosamund F. Lange Award for Tap in 2009 and for Ballet in 2010. Performances of The Nutcracker Suite and Spicy will be at The Aetna Theatre at the Wadsworth Atheneum on Dec. 17. Monika

Malek, of Durham, attended the American Academy of Ballet Fall Workshop in New York City on Oct. 9. She participated in ballet classes with Chris Alloways-Ramsey (Boston Ballet), jazz with Debbie Wolter, hip hop with Jovanni Soto (The Julliard School) and Ballet Mime with AAB Director Mignon Furman. Monika is in her 14th year of dance study at the Middlesex Dance Center in Middlefield where she received the Dance Spirit Award and the Rosamond F. Lange Ballet Award in 2009 and the Rosamond F. Lange Jazz Award in 2010. Monika is pictured here with Jovanni after classes.

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Friday, November 18, 2011

There are two new trustees of the Julia C. Bryant Memorial Music Fund: Kate Forline (left) and Lynn Johnson (right) of Durham. Submitted by Helen Pearce

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No, this isn’t a gingerbread house! This Victorian playhouse, built by Habitat Volunteers, will be raffled off on Dec. 16 at 3 p.m. at the Habitat ReStore (34 Shunpike Rd. #24 in Cromwell). The lucky winner will get this great holiday gift delivered and set up in their yard for the holidays. What a special treat for a child that will bring happiness for years to come! Tickets are available at the ReStore for $5 each or online by e-mailing A confirmation e-mail will be sent to verify your purchase. Proceeds go to Habitat build and repair projects. For more information, please call 860788-6483 and ask for Manny or Hector.

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Harriet Duval and Helen Pearce of Durham have been involved with the Durham Fair, collectively for over 80 years. Harriet has been the superintendent of the Flower Committee since 1980, 31 years, and Helen a committee member for 14 years. Both are retiring this year after many dedicated years of serving the Fair Association. Harriet, a lifelong resident, has been with the Fair Association since she was 17 years old, holding both the treasurer and secretary positions. After being a member of the Flower Committee for 14 years, she took over for her mother, Josephine Stevens, who was the flower superintendant (1945-80). The committee members thank them for many long hours of service. It just won’t be the same without them. Eileen Kukish will be the new superintendent, and Holly Pearce Bisson will be the assistant superintendent.

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Friday, November 18, 2011

Native American studies at John Lyman School

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Third and fourth graders in Mrs. Hadlock’s class at John Lyman School enjoyed an outdoor day at the Bushy Hill Nature Center learning about Native Americans. Students gathered to learn about different tools and hunting techniques. Abbey Brandt, right, holds a handful of tinder and firebuilding materials before it is used to start a fire. Submitted by Elizabeth Hadlock

The youngest IDS students enjoyed some hands-on experience when they recently visited Halfinger Farm in Higganum as part of their farm unit. Kody Mackenzie, of Middlefield, and Danielle Cabassa, of Higganum, are feeding a chicken. Submitted by JoAnn Rider

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Friday, November 18, 2011

Durham Demons win with two three-pointers By Melissa Marteka Special to the Town Times

The Demons also participated in a tournament in Milford over the weekend, splitting a pair of games. The team defeated New Haven on Saturday 4719, with Doyle leading the way with 12 points. Gonzalez added eight, with Marteka and Vynalek adding six points each. Marteka, Trevor Morris and Vynalek grabbed eight rebounds each. After the exciting win Sunday, the Demons traveled back to the Milford tournament where they fell to Wilton 44-32 after Durham led 20-11 at the half. The team was led by Marteka’s seven points. Morris added five, with Stockdale adding three. Morris led the team with 13 rebounds. Marteka added seven, with Vynalek grabbing six.

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The Choate Rosemary Hall girls’ JV volleyball team accomplished what some claimed to be impossible with their defeat of rival Deerfield Academy on Saturday, Nov. 12. With a record of 48-0, the team completed the season not only being undefeated but with a perfect record. Seated next to head coach Krista Wendt is fifth form (junior) Emily Sokol, #17, cocaptain from Durham, who had the game-ending spike. Sokol later received the coach’s award for her leadership on and off the court.


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The dream of sinking a game-tying or winning shot has been around ever since James Naismith invented the game of basketball using a soccer ball and a pair of peach baskets. Last Sunday, Durham Demon players Aidan Doyle and Owen Gonzalez lived that dream — one at the buzzer and the other in overtime. The game-tying and gamewinning three-pointers propelled the seventh grade travel team to a 38-35 opening day overtime win over Westbrook, who had dominated much of the game with their inside game and free throws. That was until Doyle’s desperate threepoint heave at the buzzer knotted the score at 35-35. Doyle was mobbed by his fellow players and coaches after hitting the shot that brought the Strong Middle School crowd to its feet and groans from the Westbrook contingent who were preparing to celebrate. Gonzalez hit his threepointer — the lone basket of the overtime — with 10 seconds left as the Demons held on for the win. The team was led by Gonzalez’s eight points, with Doyle, Sam Marteka and Cam Stockdale adding six points each. Ryan Vynalek led the team with 10 rebounds, with Marteka


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Durham pride victorious!

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The Durham fifth grade boys’ basketball team won their opening game last Sunday over the Valley Regional team, 21-15. The boys started out strong, taking a 9-2 early lead off of some great offense by Connor Rulnick, TJ Vallone and Dominick Pascarelli. They were able to sustain the lead with a pesky defense, which caused turnovers. Tyler Woodward, EJ Dzialo, Ryan Hocking and

Alex Perneta, Luke Fowler and Jack Temple (sophomores on the boys’ soccer team) show their team spirit and support for girls’ varsity, who won Shorelines. Submitted by Bonny Fowler


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Eric Lipka kept up great defensive energy while Ryan Genest, Ethan Bates and Tanner Jameson anchored the inside defense, grabbing rebound after rebound. Valley mounted a comeback in the second half only to fall short with the Pride making some late baskets, holding Valley off and securing the victory. This was the first game the Pride has ever played together and they made the coaches and the fans proud. Great job, boys! The next game is against a strong Madison squad at Strong School.

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ALWAYS THANKFUL FOR HOME Life transitions can take us by surprise, or be part of a well laid plan. Either way, change has many forms: children are born, adult children move out, in-laws move in, couples divide, families relocate and so on. While our needs change, we all share the desire to make a house a home. Consider your own needs as you read the following reflections as sellers share what it is about their homes that make them feel thankful. “The layout of this house has been so wonderful for my 94 year old Dad. He has his own space but can easily access the rest of the f irst floor. I’m so grateful we found it.”

“We are so thankful to live in this close knit Lake Beseck community, to have the serene view of the Lake and most of all, to have such wonderful neighbors who are always there to help in the time of need. Thank you all.”

“We are grateful for cozy family spaces to share laugher and light moments, and large bedrooms for each of us when we need a quiet space of our own.”

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“We are thankful for early morning coffee and a glass of wine at day’s end on the porch, listening to the sounds of nature and enjoying the beautiful outdoor setting. We also love that we have the space to host a large group of family and friends for holidays and celebrations.”

“We are thankful that our home has large family-friendly rooms (especially the kitchen), perfect for gathering with friends and family. We also love the private setting and the fact that we have lots of land.”

“My husband and I are grateful that our 4 kids each had their own bedroom, a media room, and a large yard to play soccer, volleyball, and paintball. Also, after the crazy weather this year, we are very thankful for underground wiring!”

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“I’m grateful for the open feeling of my home, making it easy to laugh and connect with my guests during family gatherings.”

“We’re thankful for a woodstove warming up the family room on a cold winter night and for a large deck to entertain family and friends and enjoy the summer nights.”

“We’re grateful for our deck the perfect place to enjoy the privacy of our backyard. We can sit back and relax while our 4 kids play safely on our 2+ acres.”

Stowe St. $250,000

Mica Hill Rd. $314,900

Haddam Quarter Rd. $275,000

“We’re thankful for our outdoor living area with our beautiful stone patio and f ireplace and our deck with a protective awning. Pure enjoyment!”

“I am thankful for growing up in a house with so much open space-inside and out. We were never without something to do, whether it was playing tag in the open f ields, f ishing in the pond in the summer, or skating in the winter-Durham is truly a wonderful place to live.”

“We are thankful that we live on a cul-de-sac that is safe for our kids to ride bik es and play in the yard. We live on the edge of a state forest with hiking to Millers Pond and have beautiful mature trees and new landscaping throughout.”

Old Blue Hills $419,000

Pent Rd. $279,900

Sumner Wood $365,000

“On a personal note, I am grateful for the invaluable talents of my coworkers at The Huscher Group.” Sherri Ahern, Realtor • Claudia O’Connell, Marketing Director Jen Schulten, Photographer.

Let us help you find a home that gives you plenty of oppor tunities to be thankful.


Friday, November 18, 2011

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