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Volume 17, Issue 30

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Incumbents win State Representative, State Senate races in Durham and Middlefield By Stephanie Wilcox Town Times

Claire DeFlora (black witch in the back), Kaitlin Finnerty (pink princess), Matteo Lockwood (fireman in back), Ava Meliso (green witch in back), Shaylah Finnerty (Minnie Mouse) and Patrick Finnerty (soccer player) led the way during Brewster School’s Halloween parade last Friday, Oct. 29. See more costumes, pumpkins and Halloween photos on pages 14 and 15. Photo by Elisabeth Kennedy

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Despite the lead John Szewczyk, challenger for the House 100th District (which includes Durham and Middlefield) had over incumbent Matt Lesser - 3,145 votes to 2,396 - in Durham and Middlefield combined, Lesser outpolled Szewczyk in Middletown by nearly 1,000 votes, winning the Nov. 2 midterm election Tuesday evening. The same story goes for the State Senate race for the 12th District (which includes Durham). As polls closed in Durham Tuesday, State Senate challenger Lisa Davenport held 1,900 of the votes, leading incumbent Ed Meyer who had 1,149. But Meyer beat out Davenport when official results came through. By Tuesday evening, incumbent Tom Gaffey won over challenger Len Suzio 1,125 to 921 for State Senate District 13 (which includes Middlefield). Gaffey was determined the overall favorite in Middletown, Meriden and

Cheshire as well, the towns covered in the 13th District. The number of voters at Korn School in Durham and the Community Center in Middlefield this time around was impressive, noted by the talk among fellow voters and the towns’ registrars. A total of 3,336 of 5,101 registered voters in Durham cast their ballot on Tuesday, a 67 percent voter turnout. In Middlefield, the percentage was exactly the same with 2,130 of 3,155 registered voters having voted.

In this issue ... Calendar ...........................4 Durham Briefs................11 Middlefield Briefs ..........12 Sports..........................29-43 Veterans.........................5-7 Devil’s Advocate........19-26 Libraries.........................13

BOE discusses service learning requirements and curriculum By Elisabeth Kennedy Special to Town Times At the Oct. 27 Board of Education (BOE) meeting, Superintendent Susan Viccaro presented the board with an article by the former Waterford superintendent regarding service learning requirements. Waterford Schools require that students complete 80 hours for graduation. At Coginchaug, juniors

and seniors need 16 hours of CPR, first aid, job shadow or volunteering, but there is no graduation requirement. Viccaro said she would like the board to begin discussion regarding a service learning requirement tied to graduation, saying that the issue was last discussed at least 10 years ago as part of the strategic plan, but was the only part that was voted down.

Board member Nancy Boyle shared that a parent approached her asking that the board consider a service learning requirement and that she is all for it. Member Merrill Adams agreed and member Bill Currlin asked if service hours currently get reported. He noted that volunteering should not be required but recommended, and students should get credit for it.

Member Kerrie Flanagan asked how school reform will change graduation requirements and suggested this change be worked in at the same time. Viccaro indicated that the 80 hours is over four years and that a lot of students are doing great things already and probably do more than 80 hours. In fact, Coginchaug principal Andre Hauser supports a more formal way of giving

credit for the hours. Flanagan agreed that a lot of wonderful things are being done, such as the Community Round-up, but what about “fringe kids?” Boyle expressed hope that they would get more involved because it is required and that the community would benefit as well because of road clean-ups, etc. Board chairSee BOE, page 38


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Coginchaug High School is holding its 34th annual Craft Fair on Saturday, Nov. 6, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Coginchaug gymnasium. There will be raffles, homemade soups, refreshments and free admission.

The Durham Garden Club is taking orders now for their individually decorated holiday wreaths. The wreaths, a popular Durham tradition for decades, will be decorated and delivered the first week of December. The wreath sale is the

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club’s main source of rev- Stevens at 860-349-1916 by enue. The club offers four Nov. 6 to place your order or styles of wreaths and two for price info. styles of sprays. Each live green wreath is decorated to individual order with natural materials and is finished off with a colorful bow. The 12-inch wreaths are available in traditional, victorian, and della robbia styles or can be purchased undecorated. The club offers a 36inch wreath in traditional or della robbia style. Sprays are also offered in traditional or della robbia style. The bow colors are red, red plaid, burgundy, gold, antique white and green. Call Laurie

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. Third time’s a charm: The photo in the correction box last issue incorrectly identified soccer player Nicole Murphy.

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Perfect pies are available for the holiday season, homemade by the Church of the Epiphany in Durham. To order your apple or pumpkin pie e-mail office@ or call 860-349-9644. The deadline for ordering 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 pickup at the Church of Epiphany’s Parish Hall.

Volunteers needed Many of us look upon trips to the grocery store as a necessary but unwelcome chore! For some homebound elderly who are no longer able to drive but otherwise ambulatory, that “chore” is a welcome outing. Maybe it’s one

of the few times — or only time — they leave the house over the period of a week or two. Currently, St. Luke’s Eldercare Services has several requests from area residents who are looking for someone to take them grocery shopping. Would you consider doing this? It could even be done in the course of doing your own shopping. In addition, St. Luke’s Eldercare is always looking for volunteers to drive clients to medical appointments, to grocery shop for them or to commit an hour a week to alleviate loneliness by simply visiting one of our elderly clients in their home or nursing home. For info, call 860347-566l.

Holiday caroling Valley Shore Chorus of Sweet Adelines International invites all women to sing holiday music in their fourpart a capella harmony barbershop style. Rehearsals are Tuesdays throughout November and December from 7:15 to 8:15 p.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Parish Hall, 47 Oak St, Middletown.


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Middlefield P&Z continues lease and zone change discussion for Monarca Masonry By Chuck Corely Special to Town Times The Middlefield Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) spent much of their Oct. 27 meeting discussing the potential lease and zone change of part of the Strickland property for use by Monarca Masonry. In leasing out the property to Monarca, it is expected that the company would come into compliance with its site plan. At the moment, the company is infringing on town property. Commission member Bill Waff felt that Monarca should first comply with its current site plan before any potential lease, which prompted disagreement from Kevin Boyle. Boyle noted that if Monarca moved any material off the site, it would just bring it back after the lease was signed. Town planner Geoff Colegrove added that Monarca would move a lot

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On Thursday, Oct. 28, around 7 a.m., State Trooper Baker was involved in a head-on crash in Middlefield. The accident happened at the Route 66 and Route 147 intersection. According to reports, a car lost control when its breaks malfunctioned, but Trooper Baker had only minor injuries. The other driver was not injured. (Cheri Kelley)



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As for the commission’s public session, Matthew Crescimano reminded the commission about the signs protesting the day spa on 1 Lorraine Terrace, which he asked be removed at P&Z’s last meeting. As of Oct. 26, the signs were still there. Member Bob Johnson said he would look into the issue and asked that Crescimano also speak with the ZEO. Another matter brought up in public session came from resident Tom Rogers, who sought out the $280 he

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November 5 TGIF Memorial School TGIF night for sixth graders begins at 6:30 p.m. Chopin’s 200th Birthday Crowell Concert Hall will host a concert at 8 p.m. and a pre-concert talk by Neely Bruce, Professor of Music, at 7:15 p.m. Pianist Donald Berman will perform Chopin’s “Barcarolle” and “La Ci Darem la Mano”, along with works by Luciano Berio, Charles Ives, Eric Moe, Domenico Scarlatti and Robert Schumann. For more info call, 860-685-3355 or visit at www. Book and Bake Sale The Levi E. Coe Library will host its annual Book & Bake Sale today and tomorrow. The $5 preview sale will be held today from 12 to 4 p.m. The free book sale will be held tomorrow, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Baked goods will be available for purchase both days.


November 6 Coginchaug Craft Fair Coginchaug Regional High School Music Department is hosting their 34th annual Craft Fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Raffles, homemade soaps, refreshments and more will be in the CRHS gym. Admission is free. Chili Contest and Festival The Church of Epiphany’s 11th annual Chili Contest and Festival is from 4 to 7 p.m. Bring your favorite chili recipe by 3:50 p.m. to enter the contest categories of meatless, mild, hot and most original. Tickets for meals and to vote on chili are $8 for adults and $5 for kids. Christmas Fair The annual St. Pius X “Sleigh Bells Ring” Christmas Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the St. Pius X Bill Fortin Memorial Hall, 310 Westfield St. in Middletown. Doors open promptly at 10 a.m., which is when hot coffee and hot/cold refreshments will be available for purchase. Fair includes arts and crafts, tea cup raffle, plants, stuffed animals, country store, gour-

met coffee by the cup or pound, fresh baked goods, kids booth, kids activities, miniature golf and a 50-50 raffle. Tickets for the general raffle are on sale now and can be purchased for $3 each at the Friary office on a first come first serve basis. Admission is free. Parishioners, friends, families and neighbors are all welcome to attend. For info call the Friary office at 860347-4441.


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Notre Dame Church, 272 Main St. in Durham, will be holding their annual Christmas Bazaar from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and tomorrow from 9 a.m. to noon. The Christmas Bazaar Committee has many wonderful Christmas gifts available and delicious baked goods, including their traditional Jewish coffee cakes, giant cookies, apple and pumpkin pies made by the Notre Dame Craft Group and other wonderful treats from the kitchens of Notre Dame’s great cooks. Notre Dame’s Country Kitchen will be open all day serving snacks and lunch.

Christmas Caroling Rehearsal 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. Rehearsals are at St. Paul Lutheran Parish Hall, 47 Oak St. in Middletown, where music is provided and carpooling is available. Performances are throughout the holiday season and are fun and informal. Call Joan at 860-767-8540. Local Flu Clinics Go to the Coles Road Fire Station, 105 Coles Rd. in Cromwell, from 3 to 8 p.m. for free flu 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.

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There will be a cupcake fundraiser to benefit Triple Threat Dance Company in Durham. The fundraiser is 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in front of the Durham Pharmacy. Freshly baked cupcakes and cookies will be available for purchase.


November 7 Time to Fall Back Don’t forget today is daylight savings! At 2 a.m. today, turn your clocks BACK one hour to 1 a.m. Country Line Dancing 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 cha-cha, waltz and Charleston moves, into sequences that fit the music. The cost is $9 per class or $49 for a seven-class card. Walkins are welcome. For more information, call instructor Jim at 860-561-5585.

November 10 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. Vinal Open House Vinal Technical High School, 60 Daniels St in, Middletown, is hosting an Open House for eighth grade students and their parents from 6 to 8 p.m. Come and see technology demonstrations, exhibits and hands-on projects. Please arrive promptly at 6 p.m. for scheduled tours of technology and academic areas. For info, call the school Counseling Office at 860-3447100 X 313. The snow date is Thursday, Nov. 18, 6 to 8 p.m.


November 11 No School In honor of Veterans Day, District 13 schools will be closed today.

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Veterans’ Seminar Wadsworth Glen Health Care and Rehabilitation Center, 30 Boston Road in Middletown, is hosting a veterans’ benefits seminar today from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Are you a veteran or a veteran’s spouse or surviving spouse? Do you or your spouse suffer from a debilitating medical condition? Do you or your spouse require additional medical or respite care which is straining your budget? You may be eligible for special benefits from the U.S. Veteran’s Administration. Come to a free seminar presented by the chairperson of the CT Bar Association Veteran’s Benefits workgroup, to find out if you may be eligible for additional income. Hearty appetizers will be served. Please RSVP to 860-346-9299 ext. 159. Wadsworth DAR Help the Wadsworth Chapter DAR celebrate Veterans Day by joining their 10 a.m. meeting at the General Mansfield House, Middlesex County Historical Society, in Middletown. The morning will begin with Pam Lucashu’s lecture on women in the Civil War. After, there will be an opportunity to tour the exhibit “Hard & Stirring Times: Middletown and the Civil War.” Tickets are $5 for non-members and $2 for senior non-members. The Art Guild The next guest artist demonstration held by The Art Guild of Middletown is scheduled for today at 7 p.m., featuring the talents of Jennifer Holmes, who will be doing a landscape in oil. Her works have won many top awards, and among those many honors, she has also had paintings accepted for exhibition in the Paint America “Paint the Parks” 2008 Competition, Allied Artists of America 96th Annual Exhibition at The National Arts Club, Gramercy Park, NYC, and Catherine Lorilard Wolf Art Club 114th Annual National Open Juried Show, October 2010. The demo will take place at the Middlefield Federated Church Hall, 390 Main Street in Middlefield. Light refreshments will follow. A donation of $3 is suggested for non-members of the Guild. All are welcome!


November 12 Spelling Bee The annual CVEF spelling bee will be held at the Coginchaug High School auditorium. 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 woods open up in the fall as the leaves come down, and there are new things to see. We will hike a 1 to 1.5 mile loop. Along the way we will look for a letterbox or two (bring your notebook and stamp if you have them, free notebooks for those who don’t). We will be back to the parking lot before dark. Meet at the main parking lot of Wadsworth Falls State Park on 157 (NOT the big falls parking area on Cherry Hill). Registration appreciated, but not required. Steady rain cancels. For info or to register, contact Lucy at or 860-395-7771. DMYFS Dance DMYFS will be hosting Friday Dance/Fun Night for fifth and sixth grade students from 7 to 9:30 p.m., with $5 admission and pizza and snacks for sale. For more information, check the website, and to register for classes ,please call 860-349-0258. Cogin-Chuggers The Durham Cogin-Chuggers will hold their next dance at the Brewster School, Tuttle Road, in Durham, from 8 to 10:30 p.m. Will Larsen will be the caller and Sue Lucibello the cuer. Donation is $6 per person. For more information please call 860/349-8084 or 203/2351604.


November 13 Setback Tournament The K-Club, 168 Main Street, Rockfall, is holding a Thanksgiving Setback Tournament for locals. There will be free breakfast from 9 to 10 a.m. and free lunch at 1 p.m. Sign up in advance with your $20 donation by calling 860-3469521.

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Veterans’ Day—A Time to Remember evolved. Another factor may have been the publication of Tom Brokaw’s book, The Greatest Generation, which praised the contributions of those who supported the war effort through military or other types of service. Gradually, people are realizing that there are many stories to be told by WWII veterans, and that, if we don’t pay attention now, these stories could be lost forever. Goddard, who served in the Army in World War II, as well as in the Air Force in the Korean War, was among a group of veterans honored

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On January 5, 1943, Art Goddard was inducted into the Army at Fort Dix, New Jersey. Like many veterans of World War II, he does not talk much about his experiences during the war, and, when he does, it is with modesty. In recent years, our military veterans are getting more (and well-deserved) attention, and positive attention. Why? Possibly remorse on the part of baby boomers, some of whom naively misunderstood the motives of those who fought in the Vietnam War and showed anger rather than support for them. A more important reason may be that we now have a better understanding of what war can do to soldiers. After World War II (WWII), the men and women who fought were welcomed home, but the trauma some of them exhibited was dismissed as “shell shock” and “weakness of character.” Thankfully, our thinking on this has

for their wartime service at the Oct. 22 meeting of the Connecticut Daughters of the American Revolution (CTDAR). As a member of the Wadsworth Chapter of the CTDAR, I was honored to sponsor Arthur Goddard and my father-in-law, Peter J. Moeckel Jr., for the Connecticut Veterans’ Wartime Ser-

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vice Medal. In attendance at the dinner event were Arthur’s wife Evelyn and my husband Jeff, who accepted the medal for his father. Oth-

er World War II veterans recognized by the Wadsworth Chapter of the CTDAR that evening included Leslie P. Adams and Angelo Cubeta of Middletown and William Bassford of Cromwell. The honorees received their medals from Dr. Linda Schwartz, Commissioner of

Above, Art Goddard with his wife Evelyn and author Judy Moeckel with her husband Jeff who accepted the medal for his father, Peter J. Moeckel Jr., right.

the Connecticut Department of Veterans’ Affairs, and Mr. Earl Morse, co-founder and president of the Honor Flight Network (, a charity which brings WWII vets to visit the World War II Memorial in Washington, DC at no cost to them. Also in attendance was Joe Byron, Founder of Honor Flight New England, an affiliate of the network. Since its inception in 2005, the nonprofit Honor Flight organization has enabled thousands to visit the WWII Memorial, which was completed in 2004. When Morse and Byr o n spoke a b o u t Honor Flight at the dinner, it brought tears to







Friday, November 5, 2010 my eyes — and my husbands’ — as we realized that approximately 1,000 WWII veterans die each day. The memorial ( “honors the 16 million people who served in the armed forces of the U.S. during World War II, the more than 400,000 who died, and the millions who supported the war effort from home…[It] is a monument to the spirit, sacrifice, and commitment of the American people to the common defense of the nation and to the broader causes of peace and freedom from tyranny throughout the world…Above all, the memorial stands as an important symbol of American national unity.” Goddard, who is active in Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 10169 in Durham, went on one of the first Honor Flights a few years ago. “The WWII memorial was so impressive, the size,” he remembers. “When you think that behind it was so many lives…” My father-in-law, Peter J. Moeckel Jr., has not been on an Honor Flight, but is proud of his service in WWII. He served in all theaters of the war, including Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Asia and the Pacific. As an Electrician’s Mate First Class in the Coast Guard, he served on destroyer escort, submarine detection and troop transport vessels. Although he earned respect from his commanders for his brav-

ery and skills, he doesn’t talk much about his service. Pete, as we call him, does remember climbing up the ship’s mast in high seas when nobody else would do it. He also recalls the time he was on a submarine detection vessel, and a German sub surfaced nearby. Its commander told the Americans to leave immediately or be sunk. Pete’s ship got away, and he still wonders why they weren’t sunk on the spot. Art Goddard remembers Easter morning in 1944 when American Marines landed in Okinawa. As a corporal in the Army’s Combat Signal Corps, he was responsible for setting up and maintaining communications with the front lines of battle. Company C, his company, landed at Orange Beach the day after Easter. When they got into the city of Okinawa, he and his fellow soldiers were surprised to find it was filled with old women. “They hid the young women away from us,” he says. The Japanese surrendered in August 1945, but it was not until January 1946 that he finally got to Incheon, Korea (now South Korea), where he waited for transport back to the state, along with multitudes of other soldiers. After listening for his name to be called, he decided to take his chances, and jumped onto the ship. See Veterans, next page

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On Friday, Oct. 15 at 10 a.m., Secretary of State Susan Bysiewicz presented Public Service Awards to the Durham Korean Veterans at the Durham Firehouse. There were several Durham veterans present at this beautiful ceremony. The event honored and paid respect to all Connecticut veterans who dedicate their lives to our community. The program stated, “As a United States veteran, you are an important part of what makes this state and country such a wonderful place to live. Your commitment and your willingness to serve your fellow citizens in

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hazardous and life-threatening conditions are characteristics truly deserving recognition. Your dedication to public service is a precious gift. The individuals who give to our state and country in such a manner are worthy of our thanks and praise. I am grateful that they chose to serve Connecticut and our country in this capacity. Each person is a testament to the civic pride and involvement that is alive and well across our state and country.”

VFW Post #10362 Middlefield/Rockfall will conduct a Veterans Day Ceremony on Thursday, Nov. 11, at 11 a.m. on the Middlefield Town Green. Any and all persons are cordially invited to attend. Special thanks to Scoutmaster Robin Heath, his assistants and all of the boy scouts in Troop 33 who helped place the American flags last Memorial Day on the graves of all our veterans burried in Middlefield Cemetary. Family members who wish to have that flag as a memento may remove it from their loved ones grave from Nov. 12 through Nov. 21, at which time all other flags will be removed.

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Durham Veterans Day Ceremony On Veterans Day, Nov. 11 at 11 a.m., Durham Veterans Post #10169 will be holding a brief ceremony at the Durham town green. All are welcome. At the end of the ceremony and prayer, the community is encouraged to say something short and sweet about their loved ones in the military.


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“By the time they realized they had an extra person on board,” he says, “we were too far out for them to go back!” After taking the train from San Francisco back to Fort Dix, he finally got home to Washington Heights, New York in February 1946. He and Evelyn had married on his first furlough—May 9, 1943 to be exact—but, as for so many soldiers, building a life together and raising a family had to wait until after the war. Eventually, the Goddards settled in Long Island, and Art was able to return to work with Pan American Airlines. He had started in the mailroom at the fledgling company in 1942, and they held his job for him (and gave him work credit) while he fought in the war. But his service to his country did not end there; his experience in the aviation industry and wartime communications led him to serve during the Korean War. As a loadmaster in the Air Force’s 513th Troop Carrier Squadron based in Hempstead, Long Island, Staff Sargeant Goddard went on manoeuvers with the 101st Airborne. His responsibility was making sure everything being transported was properly prepared and tied down—something we tend not to think about, unless it’s not done right. Moving up in Pan Am over the years, Goddard traveled all over the world as a buyer of avionics equipment for the company. He retired in 1982 as their second longest-serving employee. John Capega Jr., Commander of VFW Post 10392 (Middlefield/Rockfall), says he never wanted anything to do with the military after serving in the Vietnam war. “About five years ago, Joe Konefal came to talk to me about joining the VFW. He and my father grew up together in Rockfall and were best friends from long before [their service] in World War II. I wanted to help out, Capega Said.”



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Just as the wind plucks the leaves off the trees and carries them away, October has come and gone and now we’re staring at November. November, a month for giving thanks. There are many things to be thankful for now and always — family, health, happiness. We celebrate all of these things on Nov. 25, the day reserved for recognition of all things to be grateful for. On Nov. 11 , we honor veterans for their service to our country and their commitment to our freedom. The towns of Durham and Middlefield always put on veterans’ ceremonies, (see page 8 for details), local groups hold special events and the Town Times tries to recognize local vets in our own way. This issue (page 5-7) we delve deeper into the significance of Veterans Day. Each of us is grateful for our own blessings. For me it’s my job (I love coming to work every day and putting our community’s news into the written word and then organizing it for you all to digest); my hobbies (just thinking about country line dancing, teaching my Thursday night fitness class, playing the pi-

ano, working in my garden or on my boyfriend’s farm is enough to put me in a good mood); my free time (I’ve really grown to appreciate how nice it feels to kick off my shoes after a long day and visit with my family or read my book), etc. Of course, my list goes on and varies day to day. For instance, this week I’m particularly grateful for all those who wished me a happy birthday on Nov. 3. I’m also grateful that elections are over. Congratulations to all who put themselves forward to serve. I strongly believe that having something to do, something to love and something to look forward to are all factors of happiness. I can’t remember where I heard that once upon a time, but I’ve been carrying it in my mind for years. When you have any of the three going for you at any given moment, life just seems...complete. And therefore, something to be thankful for. So don’t wait until the turkey is on your table to give thanks. Start first by thanking a veteran next Thursday, and then you can take it from there. Stephanie Wilcox, editor

Letters to the Editor Join us at the BEE!

On Friday, Nov. 12, at 7 p.m. at CRHS, the Coginchaug Valley Education Foundation will be hosting its third annual Spelling Bee. We hope that everyone in the community will join us for an evening of light-hearted fun and laughs. You can join us as a spelling contestant, sponsor a team, be a booster, or join us to watch the fun from the audience. The spelling bee is a team event — teams of three adults join together to compete with other adult teams in “swarms” (rounds), until ultimately one team prevails. We will have prizes for best costume,

best team name, most original, best team spirit, etc… as well as, of course, spelling champions. In addition, we will honor those children in grades 3-8 who have become the champion spellers of their grades. The entrance fee is $100 per team and information and entrance forms can be found on the CVEF website, or by emailing us at All profits will return to our community in the form of grants for innovative educational programs. (There is no fee to attend in the audience!) As a community member, I am proud to be a part of the Coginchaug Valley Educa-

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.

tion Foundation. We have awarded several grants over the last few years that impacted all age groups, such as funding for the Tropical Marine Aquarium and Aquatics Lab at CRHS; “Bringing the Sea to Seniors” project at the Middlefield Senior Center; “May is Mental Health Month” Library project; “Thoughts and Memories - An Oral History of Durham and Middlefield During the Vietnam Era“; “Everyone Outside for Health and Environmental Stewardship”; “GO FAR” program; “Summer of Science” at the Levi Coe Library, and several others, both in the community and in our schools. We hope that you will join us for a Friday evening of fun with the family, and that you will consider supporting CVEF and the outstanding programs we promote. Please check out the website (also on Facebook), and join us for this and future events. Hope to see you at the BEE! Dina D’Amato, CVEF

Thanks, voters The Durham Registrars of Voters want to thank Kim Garvis, Alicia Fonash-Willet, our poll workers, and all the voters for a wonderful

election. We also appreciate the patience and help of workers at Korn School and Town Hall. It was an exciting election, and we congratulate the winners and wish them every success. Karen Cheyney and Bob Schulte, Durham registrars

Thank you for donations BTM Burger would once again like to thank everyone who gave their spare change for St. Vincent DePaul. This was our youngest son’s idea six years ago, and this jug will remain on our food cart for as long as we are in business. We want to thank everyone who supports us. These are the totals you all helped us to reach over the years: 2005, $245; 2006, $278.30; 2007, $301; 2008, $286; 2009, $236.40 and 2010 was our best yet with $413.63! Thank you so much! BTM Burgers, AKA The Kauffmans

Bullying hasn’t ended It’s been a few weeks since the last suicide of a gay teenager has been reported in the news, but there are

still teenagers killing themselves because of bullying, especially those attacked because of their sexual orientation, real or perceived. Suicide is the third-leading cause of death in 15- to 19year-olds, and lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) youth are 1.5 to seven percent more likely to attempt suicide than their heterosexual peers. Transgender teens — young people who do not identify with the sex they were born into — have an even higher rate of suicide attempts. Teen suicide has been linked to bullying. One -insix students report being bullied at least two or three times a month. That means that, in Coginchaug, there are at least one hundred students who are bullied about once a week, probably more. On Oct. 20, people across the country (including our selectwoman Laura Francis) wore purple to show their commitment to end bullying, specifically surrounding sexual orientation and gender identity. However, this sign of solidarity is useless without action. This is an on-going problem. Bullying has not disappeared now that the media has moved on. Homophobia still exists, not just in

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Town Times Columns

Jay Leno’s garage: No minivans in here American-made When I was little, I tools, and he invited knew my Mom could Joel Camassar us out to Burbank to do anything, from make a short video baking cookies and about Chapman tools driving a pickup for the website. We truck to starting my career as a local celebrity by landing graciously accepted and scheduled a me a starring roll in a Channel 8 quick trip to California. Honestly, our rental arrest-me-red news segment about kids with nut allergies. However, I never thought Chevy Camaro was more impressive my mom could get me into Jay than the entrance to Jay’s garage: a nondescript industrial building at a Leno’s garage, but she did! My mom, Tracy Camassar, works top secret address. Once inside the for Chapman Manufacturing on the garage, I quickly surveyed the intecorner of Route 17 and Saw Mill rior that featured a huge kitchen, Road in Durham. Chapman manu- tools (both culinary and automofactures handy little tool kits that tive), lifts, cars in various stages of consist of a mini-ratchet with a restoration, racks of detailing supbunch of screw driver adapters. On a plies (I was drooling) and walls covwhim, they sent a letter and a couple ered in vintage automotive posters. I of tool kits to Jay Leno. Jay sent the was already impressed, and it was office into a tizzy a week later when clear that Jay’s garage lived up to he responded with a personal phone the lore, and I hadn’t even seen a call, explaining that he was im- complete car or met Jay Leno. Jay pressed by the ingenuity and quality and the whole cars were in another 30,000-square-foot of Chapman tools, as well as the fact white-floored that Chapman tools are all-Ameri- garage. In person, Jay was just a regular can made and assembled. In fact, his garage has a website ( where he promotes See Garage, page 37

Guest Column

Thoughts on the day after Election Day crat Matt Lesser was So, it’s over … can running for his secwe come out now? Sue VanDerzee ond term as State RepIn the land of resentative in the steady habits, one of 100th District (repreConnecticut’s assortsenting both Durham ed nicknames, millions upon millions of dollars have and Middlefield). Both were re-electbeen spent to get us … you guessed ed. Democrat Tom Gaffey, a longit, pretty much the same line-up par- serving incumbent, was also rety-wise, as well as sending local in- elected to the State Senate from the cumbent Democratic state legisla- 13th District (including Middletors back to their respective seats de- field). Now, however, comes the hard spite formidable challenges by local part. After all the shouting (mostly political newcomers. So what does that mean? In a sea- figuratively speaking) and the hason when we have been told – over ranguing, now these folks, as well as and over again – that Republicans all the other newly (and not so newwere set to take over everything, ly) elected officials get to work tobased on voter anger and Tea Party gether to figure out where we go enthusiasm, we get more of the same from here. That’s not so easy, and to make progress possible, politicians here in Connecticut. And that, my friends, is not neces- need us to stay involved. Sure, there may be efficiencies to sarily a bad thing. The fact is that both the state deficit and the nation- be found by combining state offices al economic crisis were a long time and centralizing and bidding out building, and will take a long time to purchases, but will it be $4 billion? figure out. Two out of our three local Not likely. Should aid to towns and cities be state legislators are fairly new at this themselves. Democrat Ed Meyer reduced? Will that just push up propwas running for his fourth two-year erty taxes as citizens try to hold onto term as State Senator in the 12th District (including Durham), and DemoSee Thoughts, page 32

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Take care of your well lardo at 860-349-8253. There are approxiHe will give you admately 400,000 privice about what to vate wells in Contest for, the locations necticut that serve and phone numbers approximately 15 perof laboratories that cent of the state’s popare available to the ulation. This includes public and may have everyone in Durham some sampling kits except for the 108 or made available by a so customers of the nearby lab. There Durham Water Comwill be a cost associpany. Private (domesated with the test, detic) wells are not curJim McLaughlin, Durham pending on which rently regulated by tests you choose, and the US Environmenthe results are genertal Protection ally available in a Agency; (EPA) thereweek or less. fore private well ownWhat to do with ers are responsible the results? Although for the quality of their it is not required, we own drinking water. Local Health Departments provide ask that you share the results with assistance with private well issues our Health Department so that we in their respective towns. Private may be alerted to problems that may wells in Durham are properly sited go beyond the borders of your own and approved by our sanitarian be- property. The presence of a contamifore being constructed; however, it nant is not always an indication of a is the responsibility of the homeown- health hazard or a serious nuisance, er to monitor the quality of their it is the level at which it is found that drinking water. Recent stories about is most important. Another reason the Tuttle Road and Gaslight Village to share your results with our saniareas serve as an opportune time for tarian is that he can give advice for me to remind you that it is recom- further action if needed. Depending mended that you test your wells at on the level of contamination, he least once a year. Many of us haven’t may recommend installation of a done so since we moved into our new well, a connection to a public homes, including myself! So, before I water supply if available, the use of wrote this article, I went up to the bottled water or the installation of a Health Department and obtained treatment system. Sometimes the sosample bottles, sampled my well wa- lution is as easy as a one-time sanititer and sent the samples to the lab. zation (introduction of a bleach soluToday I received my results, and tion) of the well. You can protect your private well happily all is well (pun intended!). Why test? There are a number of by paying careful attention to what reasons why the quality of your well you do in and around your home and water can change both externally well, including the plumbing or disand internally, meaning that the wa- tribution system. Regular testing ter can be contaminated at the and adopting best practices to presource or via the distribution sys- vent contamination can help ensure tem. Through testing, you can en- that your well supplies you and your sure that your private drinking wa- family with quality water. Please ter is safe from harmful impurities. visit our Health Department’s page Also, the testing can determine what on our website www.townofdurhamother nuisance impurities, like iron; there are links to a number of or manganese, may be present. Reg- resources to help guide you to propular testing can also establish a er maintenance and use of your well. record of water quality that may So, put regular testing of your well on your to-do list just like changing help solve future problems. How to test? Our Health Depart- the batteries in your smoke alarms ment can assist you. Call sanitarian and cleaning your furnace. and assistant health director Bill Mi-

From The Desk Of The First Selectman

DMIAAB announcement DMIAAB will be closed Thursday, Nov. 25, for Thanksgiving. They will be open Saturday, Nov. 27, for regular hours. DMIAAB would like residents to be aware of a new policy: Resident’s annual stickers need to be updated by Dec. 1 each year or access will be denied. For more information, call 860-349-8702.

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Lyman Orchards’ Corn Maze nearing record

A bird’s eye view of Lyman Orchards’ Corn Maze. Photo submitted by Lyman Orchards

As the UConn Women’s basketball team makes its dramatic start on Nov. 4, Lyman Orchard’s corn maze honoring the Lady Huskies’ two unbeaten seasons is still growing stronger and taller every day. According to Lyman’s executive vice president, John Lyman III, “The corn stalks have risen to the challenge. It’s the tallest crop we’ve ever produced, tall enough to block the view of even the superstar players themselves.” The weather this season was perfect for growing apples, pumpkins and corn too, Lyman explained. The 11th annual Corn Maze is well on its way into the record books as the tallest and most popular yet.

This year’s corn maze features portraits of UConn women’s head basketball coach Geno Auriemma and UConn’s mascot Jonathan the Husky. “If the weather conditions remain favorable, the maze season will be extended into November,” said Lynn. All families, friends and groups of visitors are advised to keep checking Lyman’s website at for schedule updates. Lyman Orchards donates one dollar of every ticket sold to support the American Cancer Society.

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ment can and does create jobs. As a recent example, the American Reinvestment (Continued from page 8) and Recovery Act of 2009 (ARRA) has created jobs in schools but in the communi- three ways: first, direct jobs ty at large. created by governmentI challenge every parent, sponsored projects; second, guardian, grandparent, men- indirect jobs created by suptor, educator and anyone in- pliers of materials for the volved in a child’s life to sit projects; and third, “indown and talk to their chil- duced” jobs which are creatdren about bullying. Not just ed when income from the what to do if the child is be- projects leads to increased ing bullied, but how to iden- spending by workers and tify if they’re the one perpet- employers. uating the bullying behavIs any spending which ior. I also challenge each per- adds to the deficit necessarison in our community to ly bad, or is federal stimulus question your attitudes to- spending necessary to speed ward LGB and transgender economic growth? The bankpeople. If you find that you ing industry we rescued is feel negatively about these not returning the favor, people, ask yourself — why? making it difficult for busiFurthermore, ask yourself if nesses to start up or expand; you are passing these feel- the resulting high rate of unings onto the young people employment drains governin your life. How do these at- ment resources and lowers titudes affect their behav- the tax revenues that support those resources. Add to iors? I believe that if we all that the human misery of work together to end bully- joblessness — loss of healthing, we can keep our schools care, loss of homes and other and young people safe. If it hardships. Some federal jobtakes a village to raise a creation can offer a lifeline child, rise to the challenge to to people who are in desperraise that child in a healthy ate circumstances, plus lead to long-term benefits for environment. everyone. Vickey Allen, Durham Many politicians who opposed ARRA applied for monies to be spent in their own districts in order to ease unemployment rates and acDear editor, Your question to local can- complish necessary or usedidates for the Oct. 29 issue ful projects. These politibegan: “There is a miscon- cians may claim to be simply ception that government cre- recouping the dollars their ates jobs when in fact busi- constituents sent to Washnesses do.” But the govern- ington, but the cost of these projects can vastly outweigh


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Special town meeting A special town meeting of the electors and citizens qualified to vote at town meetings of the town of Durham will be held in the third floor meeting room, Durham Town Hall, on Monday, Nov. 8, at 8 p.m. for the following purposes: To transfer $20,000 from #9580 reserve for fire equipment to #6700-494 CIP-fire department for the purchase of turnout gear and boots as recommended by the Board of Finance at their meeting of Sept. 21. To transfer $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 of Oct. 19.

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Middlefield Government Calendar (Unless otherwise indicated, all meetings are held in the Community Center.) Tuesday, November 9 7 p.m. — Levi E. Coe Library Association at the library 7:30 p.m. — Midstate Planning, 100 DeKoven Dr., Middletown Wednesday, November 10 6:30 p.m. — Planning and Zoning 7 p.m. — Water Pollution Control Authority 7:30 p.m. — Board of Education at CRHS Tuesday, November 16 7 p.m. — Board of Selectmen 7 p.m. — Conservation Commission

Food bank We are currently in need of food items, most importantly, peanut butter, canned vegetables and tea.

The Food Bank is located at the Middlefield Community Center, 405 Main Street in Middlefield. Donations may be left there during weekday business hours. (If the office

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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. Start off this holiday season with friends and neighbors and enjoy a traditional

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Friday, November 5, 2010 turkey dinner with all the fixings. Following dinner, enjoy the sounds of Rolling View Products. If you haven’t tried the Senior Cafe for lunch yet, this would be the perfect time to come. 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.

Seeking holiday donations The Middlefield Community Services 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 less than a month away, the social services department is looking for items for Thanksgiving and Christmas baskets. Along with the Middlefield Community Services Council, Middlefield serves families in town who are experiencing difficult financial times. The department

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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 info or to register for a program by phone, call 860-349-9544. 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, from 6:30-8 p.m. on Nov. 9, 16 & 23. Please register at the library. 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 available. This is an informal gathering for students in grades seven through nine. Strong School LA teachers offer a homework pass for attendance. 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. Elbercare Services Gatekeeper Program On Friday, Nov. 5, at 2 p.m. St. Luke’s Eldercare Services will present the Gatekeeper Program. The Gatekeeper Program seeks to educate members of the community who regularly come into contact with seniors to signs of potential behavioral health issues. Upon noticing such a sign, community members are encouraged to make a completely confidential referral to St. Luke’s Eldercare Services where a trained social worker will follow up with the senior to see if there are any resources which may help them to remain safely in their own home. The program is presented through a brief PowerPoint presentation, which explains why the program is needed, followed by a short video which depicts some of the possible signs of failure in an older citizen. Character parts in the video are played by Middlesex area seniors. The Gatekeeper Program is fund-

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Light Up Middlefield with Halloween Pumpkins The Light Up Middlefield event on Oct. 30 was a huge success, a lot of fun and well-attended. Once the sun set there were over 100 ghosts and little goblins chatting and playing all over the back hill of the community center. There were also over 100 pumpkins lit up and glowing in the Oct. night’s air. The Lions Club is looking forward to next year's 2nd annual event. At right is Elaine Chhabra and her secondplace winning pumpkin named “Big pumpkin eating little pumpkin.” First and third-place pumpkins at bottom right. Jennifer Brochu skillfully carved the owl and the skull pictured above.

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Last year, he and some of his fellow VFW members went to Memorial School. Talking with the students there was the first time he had ever discussed his wartime experiences in public. He says that being a member of the VFW has helped him by allowing him to “let it out.” Members of Post 10392 will visit Memorial School on Nov. 10, 2010; on Thursday, Nov. 11, Veterans’ Day, they will gather at the Middlefield town green for a brief ceremony at 11 a.m. Charles Arrigoni, Commander of VFW Post 10169, says it was an honor to have served at the end of WWII. He went to Italy in December 1945 as part of the Army of Occupation (Victory in Europe or VE Day was in May 1945). Arrigoni and the members of Post 10169 will gather on the Durham town green on Veteran’s Day for an 11 a.m. ceremony, and the public is welcome to join. “It’s important to remember,” Art Goddard says, “because our future was determined by these events. Veterans’ Day observes the sacrifices made by individuals, and we need to remember that our freedoms are based on these wars and struggles.” The author of this tribute is unknown; my thanks to

the Malcolm/Dwyer family of Middlefield, many of whose members have served and died in service to their country, for bringing it to my attention: The troops I knew were commonplace. They didn’t want the war. They fought because their fathers and their fathers had before. They cursed and killed and wept…God knows they’re easy to deride…but bury me with men like these; they faced the guns and died. It’s funny when you think of it, the way we got along. We’d come from different worlds to live in one where no one belongs. I didn’t even like them all; I’m sure they’d all agree. Yet I would give my life for them; I know some did for me. So bury me with soldiers please, though much maligned they be. Yes, bury me with soldiers, for I miss their company. We’ll not soon see their likes again; we’ve had our fill of war. But bury me with men like them, till someone else does more. Let’s turn out in force to show our support for our veterans on November 11. It’s the least we can do to honor these heroes.


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November 5, 2010

Super School Spirit Shines By Melissa Ober When people picture high ners hung in the gymnasium as school, they see the classic school well. Senior Tim Heller said “The dances that are typically life best part was having Jason changing experiences. This years Monnes crowd surf.” homecoming was that and more. The DJ was DJ Steve from Fun Factory DJ’s, who was also at the Homecoming this year was held on Saturday, October 23 in the Semi-dance held at Memorial MidCoginchaug Regional High School dle School last year. “It was fun gymnasium from 7 to 11 p.m. This and the music was good,” says year homecoming was a kick-off to senior Alex Holderman. Homecoming was just the beginSpirit Week instead of the closing ning of an exciting week. Monday event. “While a traditional homecoming October 25 was the first day of dance would be the celebration fol- Spirit Week when the classes comlowing a school football team’s fi- pete for a pizza party at the end of nal home game, we planned ours the week. Classes gained points more as a kick-off to Spirit Week by participating in the coin wars, Rachel’s Challenge - Students made a chain of kindness during and a celebration of all fall sports the week’s themes and the pep ral- Homeroom Advisory. Each link represents an act of kindness every teams,” says junior class advisor ly tug of war. Below were the student has experienced. scheduled themes for the week. Ms. Tara Amatrudo. Monday: blue and white To honor all the fall sports Tuesday: sports jerseys and teams, each team picked a song that would be played at the dance. There were team signs and banSee Spirit, page 23 By Mike McShane On October 13 there was an as- best in others and try to eliminate sembly at Coginchaug that was fo- prejudice. The second goal is that cused on the worst high school you should dare to dream. Another shooting in the history of the Unit- key component is that you choose ed States. Rachel Joy Scott was positive influences. Using kind the first of twelve students at words will also get you far in life. Columbine High School to be Finally, the last goal was said mulkilled. Including these twelve stu- tiple times throughout the presendents, one teacher was also killed tation; you might just start a chain in the tragic scene back on April reaction. This was indicating that if 20, 1999. The two killers were Eric you make contributions to your Harris and Dylan Klebold. community, it could easily start a Mr. Tom Isaacson was the pre- chain reaction. Rachel kept a diary throughout senter for Rachel’s Challenge. He the course of her short life. Her was very determined and committed to the assembly. “We have 23 parents discovered it in Rachel’s speakers, teaching around 60,000 room shortly after her death. Varistudents every week about ous quotes really showed how Rachel’s Challenge,” said Mr. Tom much Rachel wanted to make soIsaacson. “The best part about ed- ciety a better place for everyone. ucating other’s about Rachel is “Don’t let your character change seeing the universal impact of her color with your environment. Find out who you are,” noted Rachel message.” Scott in her diary. “You might just There are five main ideas that Photo at left, math teachers Mr. Doug Fraiser and Ms. Becca An- Rachel’s Challenge presented. derson. Photo at right, Senior Tommy Ryan all showing spirit. See Chain, page 23 First off, you should look for the

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Falling into Winter By Mackenzie Hurlbert Editor-in-Chief: Mackenzie Hurlbert Contributors: Erin Holden, Mackenzie Hurlbert, Jennie Ochterski, Melanie Frank, Alicia Lisitano, Alex Shoudy, Kevin Onofreo, Henry Willis, Zhining Fang, Mike McShane, Julian Pasquale, Aubree Keurajian, Alex Kovacs, Collin Boylin, Melissa Ober, Emily Tuttle and Adam Twombly. Production: Mackenzie Hurlbert, Kaitlin McKernan, Adam Twombly, Tyler Cassidy, RIchard Chi, Alex Shoudy, Collin Boylin and Allie Buys. Advisors: Mr. Nate Fisher and Ms. Stephanie Wilcox The Devil’s Advocate is the Coginchaug High School newspaper. These pages are the creation and expression of the students.

How Old is Too Old? By Jennie Ochterski Sunday night, October 31, I, a 17- you walk house to house with a footyear-old girl, was not handing out ball player, an emo cheerleader and candy wearing little cat ears and an angel. Can teenagers still enjoy the adpainted on whiskers. I was not escorting around the kids I babysit for, mittedly childish antics of Halgoing only to the brightly lit houses loween? Yes! There is no such thing where you know nothing will jump as too much (safe) fun on the one out at you. Instead, I donned a cos- night of the year that you can patume and wandered the streets with rade about in black Harry Potter a group of my friends. I’m not too robes or zombie makeup. If you dont feel like going trick or treating, old. I’m not even in college yet. Alget a group of people together to sit though I understand the point of around a bonfire and tell ghost stothose who say that teenagers with ries, or go on one of the numerous pillowcases full of extra large candy haunted hayrides that support local bars are only in it for the goods, I charities. know I sought more than the sugar What are the popular costumes rush that Halloween provides. It’s a this year? Girls portrayed all of the time for getting dressed up in something you never thought you would See Too Old, page 22 wear in public, a time for giggling as

Work or School? What Comes First? By Julian Pasquale Going to school for seven hours a day is hard enough. Add in a few hours of homework and studying and you’ve got a long day. But imagine that before you even get to your homework, you have to go to work for a few hours. With the pressure of a job added in, life can get pretty overwhelming. “Sometimes it’s hard to juggle school and work when I get home late,” said senior Zack Gilbert, who works as a dishwasher at the Blackbird Tavern in Middlefield. At times, it can become difficult to do your homework when you get home late at night and sometimes, you may not get all your homework done. “I try to do both, but I have to pick between homework and work, and

Luke Koba, who works in the lawn care business. It’s an easier process to deal with, when your bosses are more lenient in regards to your schedule and how many hours you can work. Bosses know you want to work and make money, but they also know you want to graduate. “My managers were very flexible with me in regards to my school life and personal life,” said senior Parker Dumont, who was an employee at Marshalls in Middletown. To hold a job while also going to school can be a rewarding process. At the same time, you also need to hold good grades in school. If you can’t, then what’s the point of having See Work or School, page 21

I stumble out each morning to greet a car covered with leaves, and although I may grumble as I make my way to the door, discreetly crunching through the autumn drifts, I still prefer the falling foliage to falling flakes. To think that winter is just around the corner-and along with it that lovely snow- is a scary thought indeed. One thought of this past summer leaves me hugging myself for warmth and eyeing the bikini clad beach combers on the “Sandals” ads with envy. Is it sad that a teenager is feeling the sands of time slip by? With thoughts of college, homework, and volleyball floating through my head, I’ve blindly proceeded into senior year, forgetting to enjoy the small things and instead worrying about nothing. As headlined in my last column, we seniors should make the best of our last year at Coginchaug, and apparently I’ve become a hypocrite. Instead of grumbling on my way to school, why didn’t I admire the diverse colors of the drifts? I’ll miss the crimson reds and vibrant orange when winter’s snowy blanket whitens the ground. Instead of complaining about homework loads and college essays, why not

share the excitement for the future or relish today’s moments with friends? Our world is changing all around us; time is constantly flowing past, so why dwell on things we can’t fix, such as a hard homework load or a tough test to study for, when we can treasure the good times instead? My coach always says, when we walk into practice, we should leave our troubles at the door and once practice is over, they will be waiting to be picked up. The point is that while we are in that gym, we aren’t focusing on the fights with friends or hours of homework we have, and instead we are enjoying the team, improving our game, and in turn improving ourselves. It’s true that once you leave those doors, your troubles may come looking for you, but maybe they aren’t as stressful, or maybe you’ve realized how to deal with them. I recommend to everyone to find a place or an activity that causes you to leave your issues at the door and forces you to enjoy the little things in life. I’m working on appreciating the color of the leaves instead of grumbling about the crunchy drifts, can you do the same?

An Unlikely Comparison By Collin Boylin and Alex Kovacs Imagine a wise and aged man description is almost identical to with a brilliantly white beard who Santa Claus. While the factual has helpers to carry out part of his man the myth is born from, Saint work. This figure appears mythical Nicholas, does hold similar physito some, but children believe in cal qualities to Santa the legend, it him with all their hearts. People seems an unlikely coincidence that sometimes gather and sing songs Santa Claus possesses qualities about him and try to discuss things with such intense likeness to the with him. If you’ve been a good stereotypical version of the Christperson, he might reward you, but if ian God. not you’re punished. Based on this When children write letters to description, who is this person? Santa, he usually doesn’t directly Santa Claus? God? Either one respond. He does, however, is right. The despondent reality is sometimes answer your wish with that the mythical Santa Claus and a gift. Some claim the same is true God are so much alike that there in prayer. Although not always diare very few true differences be- rectly the way they’ve asked for, tween them at all. For starters, those who pray sometimes claim they have almost identical physical to have their prayers answered. characteristics. Children and some Both Santa and God offer readults believe in a stereotypical wards for being good. Santa offers version of God as a caucasian, presents and God offers sanctuary elderly male with a long white after death. They also offer punishbeard who sits on a cloud and ments for those who do wrong. In watches over us. With the excepSee Comparison, page 24 tion being the cloud, his physical

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Student Elections 2010: Who’s In Charge? By Kevin Onofreo Elections are over, the votes have been counted, and the presidents have been announced, but does everyone know who’s in charge of their class? This year’s senior class president is Roby Granger, who has been president all four of his years at Coginchaug. Roby is looking forward to yet another year with his council which consists of many of the same people as his previous years. “I think I have a strong council this year,” said Roby. “I’m happy he’s our president,” said Alex Holderman. “I think he has all the qualities of a president.” This year he’s planning on holding a dodge ball tournament, having a great prom, and an affordable senior picnic. Billy Malcolm, the junior class President, has been president for the past three years with vice president Jesse Siegel. “Billy gets business done, he really takes control of the meetings and stays on track,” said junior class secretary and Billy’s twin brother Jimmy Malcolm. Billy and the junior class already planned the Homecoming dance and are also planning

Freshman president Kim Romanoff

Sophomore president Patrick Daniels

Junior president Billy Malcolm

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a job if you can’t handle school on its own? “I think it’s important to keep a job while still maintaining good grades in school,” said senior Ian Kopchik, who works at Dean’s Auto Works in Durham.


Coginchaug Hosted Shoreline Music Festival By Adam Twombly

fundraisers throughout the year for a more enjoyable and more affordable prom. Patrick Daniels, the sophomore president, is going to have a lot on his plate this year. Not only will he have his regular academic work and the work of the president, but he is also attending the Hartford Academy of the Arts. However, he doesn’t see it as a huge work load; he sees it as an opportunity. “I think that by seeing the way another school does it, I can make the way we do it better,” said president Patrick Daniels. Patrick hasn’t made plans yet because he’s not sure how much power he has, but he’s going to start working with his council. It looks like all of his evil schemes from middle school are coming together. The freshman president is Kim Romanoff who has been through many leadership roles in Strong School and believes that she’s capable of handling the difficult task of leading a high school class. She doesn’t have plans yet for this year, but she’s working on coming up with some good ones at the class council meetings.

In last month’s issue of The Devils Advocate in the article “What’s the scoop on NHS?” Tyler Cassidy reported that “a student must also have a GPA no less than 3.0.” In reality, students must have a GPA no less than 3.3. Students must have a 3.5 because Coginchaug is on the 4.3 GPA scale and not the standard 4.0.

On Thursday, Oct. 14, Coginchaug High School hosted the annual Shoreline Music Festival. This year’s festival featured a chorus and a band, both of which were made up of students from Shoreline Conference schools. The guest conductor for the band was Keith Berry of Manchester High School, while the guest conductor for the chorus was Nicholas Diaz of East Hartford High School, accompanied by Chris Brody. In the chorus, students from Coginchaug included Sidney Altschuler, Danielle Drop, Kayla Holland, Michelle Berry, Alexis Martowski, Darryl Abbott, Alec Bandzes, Ben Plant, Christian Biagiarelli, Garrett

Judson, Brian Blake, and Eric Peters. CRHS students in the band included A.J. Ganaros, Jeff Roblee, Kevin Bjarnason, Mallory Figoras, Greta Wilt, Emily Halligan, Rebecca Wier, Adam Twombly, Tim Hayes, Ben Hamilton, Lindsay Artkop, Alex Holderman, Eric St. Amand and Jessamine Cipollina. “It was a great experience because we were with a group of people who love music,” said junior Alex Holderman, who played tuba in this year’s band. A special thanks must go to POPS for providing the musicians with pizza before the concert. Congratulations to all who participated in a great festival!

Why Can’t I Play? By Erin Holden Students face the daunting anticipation of receiving quarter grades at the end of every marking period. For some, the agony stems from the uncertainty of whether or not they made the honor roll. For others, it is whether or not they are allowed to participate in any extracurricular activity. Although commonly called “academic probation” by the Coginchaug student body, the formal policy is called, as found in the student and parent handbook, “Participation Policy.” The policy states that students who don’t meet certain requirements are ineligible for all extracurricular activities such as sports, musical events, clubs and overnight field trips. “Students who have lower than a C- average [1.666 GPA] or students who failed a course [received an F become ineligible for participation,” said Vice Principal Mr. Brian Bodner. Grades received during the previous quarter . “Ineligibility lasts for the entire marking period,” said Mr. Bodner. Once a marking period ends, a list is compiled of all students who are ineligible for extracurricular activities. The list is then sent to all coaches and teachers who are told to review the list to see if any students under their jurisdiction are ineligible. “If the sport is still in season, the coaches must talk to the ineligible student and tell him/her that they are no longer allowed to participate,” said Mr. Bod-

ner. Because clubs last for the entire year, the administration bans students from the clubs for only the subsequent marking period. If the student raises his or her GPA or does not fail a class during the marking period they are banned: therefore becoming eligible for participation, the student can return to the club. For sports however, it depends on when the season ends since most seasons overlap with the marking period. “We have to hold people to a standard,” said math teacher and girls’ soccer coach Ms. Megan Kavanaugh. “If we don’t have standards, we are accepting that people are not going to achieve as much as their potential.” Ms. Kavanaugh believes that as long as there are standards in place and everyone knows what they are, “Most kids will surprise with what they can do.” She added, “If sports are so important to some people, they will rise to the standards to meet them.” “As a coach, I feel that academics come first and sports come second,” said Strong boys’ soccer coach Mr. Rob Bajoros. “When I was an athlete, the policy helped me stay on track with academics and I think that the same situation applies to students who otherwise would not care about academics.” “The participation policy has a See Play, page 24

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Homecoming- a Success By Emily Tuttle Nerves strike as you walk into the dark, loud and crowded cave. You try to find any familiar face in the boisterous mob. Finally, the torturous few seconds are over and you are surrounded by comrades. Compliments are shouted back and forth, barely heard over the pounding bass, and you are led back to the piece of gym your friends have claimed. Jumping up and down in a tight circle with a bunch of friends is not the bright, formal event that movies make homecoming out to be, though I haven’t heard many complaints. The only complaint I have heard is that the gym was too dark. It was near impossible to recognize anyone in the gloom. How-

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ever, Vinal was not involved in our homecoming this year, which probably made it less crowded and easier to find a familiar face. The cafeteria was available with drinks and treats for a break from the blasting confusion of the gym. The gym was not decorated as well as one might expect for homecoming, but it really didn’t matter because the lights were off and no one was especially worried about their surroundings. From the looks on everyone’s faces on the night of homecoming and the smiles as people recount their experiences this year, I dub this homecoming a success. I know I’m looking forward to being there again next year.

After the Busses Leave: The Clubs of CRHS, Part II By Aubree Keurajian Do you find yourself in a state of have positive environmental imconfusion after hearing the morn- pacts and raise awareness about ing announcements? Do you won- protecting the world, and that der how there can be so many means a lot to me,” says ECO Secthings going on in your own school retary and junior Rebecca Weir. that you don’t know about? Do you We all have that one topic that want to be more involved in the we know an unnatural amount school community? Well this is just what you need. With so many about, and some of us have a few. clubs and groups in the school it If you’d like to show off your plethocan get quite confusing, here is a ra of knowledge in a competitive concise description of just what and fun way, then Quiz Bowl is just what you’re looking for. As captain each club does. Perhaps one of the most vocal junior Jesse Siegel puts it, “One of clubs at the school is ECO, the en- the great things about Quiz bowl is vironmental club. As a member of that everyone has something to ECO you can be a part of a huge contribute because the questions variety of projects, from the bottle cover such a wide range of things. recycling at the fair to teaching kids You never know what’s going to at Korn about Earth Day. “ECO’s come up, so no matter what your important to me because if we interests are, you will definitely aren’t environmentally aware, at have a place in Quiz bowl.” Quiz some point in the future, we won’t Bowl ties the gap between sport have any more good areas of the and club with its frequent interearth that we can live on. ECO is scholastic matches and final tourdevoted to a lot of projects that nament in the spring.

Devil’s Advocate advisor and Journalism teacher Mr. Fisher’s journalism class poses with press passes made by Ms. Debi Waz and Mr. John Mitchell. On Oct. 9, they worked at the Durham fairgrounds with Kaitlin McKernan from the school newspaper. The 20 press passes were generously donated by the Durham Fair Assocation. Photo submitted by Mr. Nate Fisher

Too Old classics, as well as a few new ideas from pop culture icons like Ke$ha or Lady Gaga. Lady Gaga costumes, as demonstrated by our cross country teams’ spirit a few weeks back, consisted of feathers, foil and multiple sparkly layers. Many added glittery face paint literally all over their eyelids and called it a night. Ke$ha certainly required more planning, as girls wore everything ripped, torn and generally distressed. They then smudged on heavy black eyeliner and finished with disheveled hair. Last but not least, teased up hair

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with a poof the size of Kansas certainly represented Snooki, the popular star on Jersey Shore. Guys were a little more tongue-incheek this year, with lumberjacks sporting plaid and “I love flapjacks” signs or slicked hair and painted on abs as “The Situation.” However, many went for traditional costumes like athletes, firemen and zombies. Whatever your age, you deserve the chance to celebrate Halloween as you will, as long as you stay between societal strictures and the state laws.

Coginchaug Quiz Bowl Team Off to a Promising Start On Thursday, October 21 the Coginchaug Quizbowl team blew away Hale Ray with an impressive lead of over 50 points! Defying tradition, Coach Klimas put in a starting lineup that included first-time players, such as freshman Jesse Azevedo alongside weathered veterans like junior Jesse Siegel and

By Aubree Keurajian sophomores Alicia Zanelli and Will Jennie Ochterski and Aubree KeuNeri. rajian, junior Adam Twombly and During the first half of the game freshman Sarah Brady. he score was close, with CoginThe second half started out with chaug ending the half a mere 10 a bang, with Jennie Ochterski points ahead. Before the second buzzing in on the very first queshalf the team underwent a com- tion, and it just got better from plete flush, changing the entire there. The team pulled out an lineup to include veteran seniors amazing lead during the third quar-

ter. Halfway through the half Jesse Siegel and Leah Slawinowski replaced Adam Twombly and Sarah Brady, helping the team to secure a comfortable win. All are hoping that this success is just the beginning of a great winning season for Coginchaug Quiz Bowl.

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Chain start a chain reaction.” Rachel also demonstrated her artwork throughout her diary entries. The last illustration she drew were two eyes with tears dripping down onto a rose. It was later found out that the amount of people who passed away in the Columbine Shooting was the same amount of tear drops in Rachel’s last

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drawing; the unlucky number 13. Coginchaug students were able to sign a poster if they wanted to follow Rachel’s Challenge. Kids put their names on the poster and it is now displayed near the main office. There is no doubt that Rachel’s Challenge made an impact on Coginchaug Regional High School.

Right, Tom Isaacson speaks out to the Coginchaug student body about the Columbine High School shooting that took place on April 20, 1999. Below, Rachel Joy Scott said that she wouldn’t be labeled as average. She wanted to make an impact on her community. This is the cover of her journal.

Photos by Megan Schatzman


No Bon Voyage for French Students

By Henry Willis Recently, there has been much nan. The trip-request form then conversation amongst the student goes to the principal and, in the body on the possibility of a trip to case of an overnight trip, the board France, or possibly to Quebec, for of education for approval. If the plan the French students. Coginchaug gets approved, teachers hand out French teacher Madame Donna permission slips, and preparation for Cashore was indeed planning a trip the trip begins. Mr. Pulino said the for this year, but the trip did not school administration “is great about receive the required administrative field trips.” approval when she submitted the Keep in mind, however, the plan last year to then-principal Dr. amount of time it takes to put toSteven Wysowski. The reasons gether a field-trip, especially an behind the rejection of the trip are overnight trip. Sleeping arrangeas of now unclear. ments, tours, transportation, and Attempts to conact Dr. Wysowski other activities “take a lot of personwere unsuccessful before press al work to put together,” said Madame Cashore. By using a travel time. Field trips in general are consid- agency, however, teachers can sigered by students and teachers alike nificantly reduce the planning they to be important to the learning must do themselves. process at Coginchaug. “I think its “In the foreign language departgreat when students are actually ment we always use ACIS,” said having hands-on experiences,” said Spanish teacher Senora Nancy Alsocial studies teacher Mr. Anthony berico. This travel agency was inPulino. volved in the trip to Mexico last year, Junior Ben Plant similarly said and could be used next year to plan field trips are important because another trip for the Spanish stu“they show real life applications of dents. Why ACIS? They offer a what you’re learning.” number of prepackaged trips which As a result of their popularity, require much less planning than buses ship one lucky class or an- building a trip up from scratch, but other off to an exciting lesson almost are flexible enough to allow weekly. Because field trips are such changes to these plans. They take a common occurrence at Cogin- care of all the details and make the chaug, the administrators of the whole process run more smoothly, school and of the district have a said Senora Alberico. ACIS takes well-established system for the au- care of park tickets, tour-guides, thorization of field trips. food arrangements, buses, and hoAny teacher who wishes to set up tels. It is the travel agency that a field trip must fill out an application would have been used in making for the proposed trip detailing an itin- any trip to France, as it offers many erary and describing the education- prepackaged trips there, including al value of the trip, according to of- one to Paris and another that infice staff member Mrs. Melissa Ro- cludes time in both France and Italy.

The College Process Goes Electronic Spirit sweatshirts Wednesday: hat day, $1 charity donation to wear a hat Thursday: Halloween colors – black, orange, or both Friday: Halloween costumes On Oct. 29 at the end of the school day the pep rally was held in the gymnasium as a finale to Spirit Week. At the beginning of the assembly students brought out a paper chain of kind things that students did for each other in honor of the Rachel’s Challenge Chain Re-

By Alicia Lisitano The fall and winter seasons are notify the teacher which schools re(Continued from page 19) always a stressful time for high quire them to electronically upload action. The pep rally also incorpo- school seniors preparing for college the letter. “This is a convenient process,” rated something for all the fall sports careers. The use of online sites such as Naviance, College Board said senior Ryan Sirois, “It’s quicker teams. Each team coach was called and The Common Application has than mail and I do not have to adout to the center of the gym and an- made the process virtually paper- dress individual envelopes. I like the nounced all their players. After that less. Recently the schools that ac- common app. because most select students from each class par- cept the common application are schools accept it.” ticipated in the class versus class now accepting student recommenNot all students favor the process. tug of war and the winning class dations online as opposed to “I had to take extra time and refaced off against the faculty. The through the mail. This has caused a search to let my teachers know freshman ended up beating the sen- buzz between students and teach- which schools wanted and electroniors in the final round of the compe- ers. ic upload and which needed the lettition. The freshman did not beat the As students are asking their most ter mailed,” said senior Brooke faculty; however, they did end up beloved teachers for the favor of a recommendation, they must now See Electronic, page 26 winning the entire Spirit Week.

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Christianity, God offers hell for those who deserve it and Santa offers coal for all the “bad boys and girls.” Is it a coincidence that coal helps things burn, as in the stereotypical form of hell? Other similarities include the fact that parents generally teach their children about God as well as Santa Claus, and both have songs written in their honor. Also, both have servants or helpers; Santa with his elves and God with his angels. People created Santa. Couldn’t we just have easily developed a God and wrote about him in a book? There are so many parallels between Santa and God that it’s impossible to ignore the fact that Santa was likely created in God’s image. Since it’s at such a young age that people believe in Santa, it’s not easy to question him. Not only do you want to believe in him because not believing in Santa is just flat out depressing around Christmas, but you also have to believe in him because your family tells you about him right around your first holiday season. It’s absolutely possible that Santa Claus acts as a lubricant for people to mature from a belief in Santa to a belief in God. They’re so alike anyways; it’s really not much of a transition. People write Santa letters asking for presents the same way people pray to God asking for their prayers to be answered. Both of them are supposedly all-knowing. The only difference between them is that adults grow out of Santa Claus. Just as your loss of innocence is beginning, you are sud-

denly old enough to attend religious services and start learning about your practices. The fascinating movement across the United States is that more and more people are forgetting organized religious practices and moving toward spirituality, atheism, agnosticism and other beliefs. In colonial America, being an atheist not only meant that you were probably crazy or a devil worshipper, but was also an assurance to your banishment from society. Anne Hutchinson, a prominent figure in American history who helped lead to freedom of religion in America by arguing against the Puritans, said that living a life the way the bible tells you to doesn’t necessarily guarantee salvation, more commonly known as antinomianism. After she came out with that belief, she was deported to Rhode Island because her current neighbors didn’t want her living among them. Look how far we’ve come. Today atheists and agnostics are growing in frequency among young people. Even though many individuals still retain a strong bind to their religious beliefs, society as a whole appears to be moving, toward being skeptical about a God. Truth is never an easy thing to handle. Especially when we look at the big picture and bravely attempt to resolve questions about possible higher powers, Santa Claus can act as a clear representation of human belief in something that, except to children, doesn’t exist in most opinions.

Fallen Review By Zhining Fang

Lucinda Price has somehow landed herself at Sword Cross, a boarding school full of crazies and delinquents. Dress code? Black only. Cell phones? Forbidden. Worst of all, her every move is watched by the reds, security cameras, which are up around every nook and cranny. Within this dismal atmosphere, there is one boy who seems to stand above everyone else, Daniel Grigori. Mysterious and somehow familiar, Daniel captures Luces attention the moment her eyes met his. Except, Daniel refuses to have anything to do with Luce. He made that pretty clear every time he pushes her away. Luce cannot

help being drawn to him, like a moth to a flame. Daniel has a secret perhaps even darker than her own, secrets that they both desperately want to keep. Secrets that can kill. At the same time, Cam tries to tempt Luce with his charming smile and flirtatiousness. Luce is caught between the two, opposites of each other, and her heart is confused. What she does not realize is that they are part of something so much bigger than a silly love triangle. Something that extends deep within the past and far into the heavens. I don’t want to give too much away. Personally, I love a good

The Journalism class and Devils’ Advocate went on a fieldtrip to Southern Connecticut State University on Friday, Oct. 22. They attended the journalism conference, participated in many workshops and got advice from a guest speaker. It was a great time that concluded with a lunch break at Modern Apizza.

Play different effect on every person,” said girls’ volleyball coach Ms. Clare Matasavage. “If it weren’t for sports, some kids wouldn’t come to school. But some people give up on school because they know they won’t be able to participate.” Ms. Matasavage brought up the fact that some students need another outlet at school besides academics. She also said that the new grading system should help students and parents be more aware of the student’s academic performance, therefore hopefully decrease student ineligibilities. The school administration has acknowledged the controversy surrounding the participation policy and is beginning to do something about it. “The Faculty Staff Council is starting to discuss the policy to see if it’s effective,” said guidance counselor Mrs. Beth Melillo, also the chairperson of the council. She said that she and the rest of the council members are in the very

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beginning stages of discussion and haven’t reached any resolutions yet. For some students, the participation policy provides a constant throbbing headache. “It’s stupid that I’m being punished for grades that I got last year,” said one senior who wished to remain anonymous. “Since I’m applying for colleges, I can’t put any clubs on my applications.” She was deemed ineligible based on her fourth quarter grades from junior year. She said that she received her bad grade because she was sick for a long period of time and therefore missed a lot of classes. “I think that the school should consider the reasons for a student’s poor academic performance instead of just looking at the numbers,” she said. The student was also unaware of policies that would make accommodations for students with illnesses.

Look for the next issue of Devil’s Advocate on Dec. 10 love story, especially one that involves danger and darkness. Fallen is very much my kind of love story: Fantasy, mystery, and secrets. Fallen is about star-crossed lovers that are meant to be together through the end of time but

could never, ever have each other. Lauren Kate weaves the gothic romanticism of late night meetings in cemeteries and magnolia trees into Fallen, a perfect book for a late night read.

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Where Are They Now? Ms. Falvey By Alex Shoudy This summer, social studies dents are the same age group as teacher Ms. Kelly Falvey left CRHS, except the students don’t Coginchaug for a different school, know each other due to the fact the Connecticut River Academy that it’s a brand new school, who (CTRA) in East Hartford. She is come to the regional magnet still a social studies/history school from many different comteacher, but teaches U.S. history munities. instead of global studies and EuroAll the students at CTRA get pean studies. Mac books for their school work “The choice to leave was my and they all use the Moodle proown,” said Ms. Falvey. “It was a gram. The periods are the same once-in-a-lifetime opportunity at a amount of time at CTRA as Coginbrand new school.” chaug (83 minutes), but they have CTRA is about two months old, a 15 minute advisory at the beginlocated on the Connecticut River ning of every day. They also have on the campus of Goodwin Col- a fifth block at the end of the day lege. According to Ms. Falvey, the called “encore” which is time to see interview process was very diffi- teachers, a study hall, or time for cult. There were about 150 candi- clubs to meet. There is no x-block dates and four different interviews. because of encore. Ms. Falvey interviewed with the The number one thing Ms. history department head, the dean, Falvey misses is watching her stuthe new principal, and the execu- dents come in the first day of tive director of LEARN, a Regional school as little freshman and growEducation Service Center (RESC) ing every year into big seniors. She that supports the magnet school. also misses all her colleagues who The transition from Coginchaug she still stays in touch with. to CTRA was very long. There “She is a unique, intelligent indiwere two weeks of professional vidual who loves teaching,” said development before the school history teacher Ms. Catherine year started, but she still felt pre- Munson. “Her energy and thoughtpared. Because the school is ful teaching will be missed.” brand new, there are only about 13 “I think she was very inspiraother faculty, not including the day tional to all of her students,” said to day staff. Ms. Falvey’s favorite senior Alex Morin. “She really thing at the new school is that it’s knew how to push her students to on a college campus, and she and the next level.” her students are encouraged to go As the students and teachers on walks because it’s an environhave said, Ms. Falvey will truly be mental science school. The stumissed.

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CRHS Welcomes Mr. Paul By James Malcolm The staff and stuspend time with dents of Coginkids. According to chaug Regional Mr. Paul, he goes to High School said a nursery school goodbye to custodiand reads books to an Donald Harris the children and this year when he teaches them about transferred to Brewhis pet dog before ster Elementary. his shift begins. Mr. However, Mr. Paul Paul also ran a proVan Steenbergen, gram at John Lyman referred to students and Brewster in at Brewster as Mr. which he raised Paul, is a sixteenbaby chicks from year veteran custodian and Cogin- eggs and taught the students chaug’s newest force for cleanli- about development and incubaness. tion. “I’m getting over my fear of Many students in our school recteenagers,” said Mr. Paul, who ognize Mr. Paul from their days at was an active participant in class- Brewster by his friendly nature, his rooms at Brewster and John Ly- tall stature and signature belt man Elementary School and really buckle labeled “PAUL”, and he reenjoys working with children. “One members them as well. “I’m not of my favorite memories is when I very good with names, but I do resaid to a little girl ‘there sure is a lot member a face, and when I come of kids around here’ and she said up here I see the second grader to me ‘it’s a school, get used to it.’” that left Brewster,” he said. “It’s fun Although his shift at Coginchaug to see the changes that they have starts at two p.m., after the end of made in ten years.” Photo by James Malcolm the school day he still manages to

CRHS Keeps its Drive Alive By Tyler Cassidy President of EDGE Parker DuOn November 7, 2009 CRHS lost its second classmate in two mont said, “We hope to accomyears when Michelle Divicino was plish sending the message that we killed in a tragic car crash. In 2008 need to drive safely.” Last year, to raise awareness we also lost Allyson Palmisano to a fatal car crash. On April 18, 2010 about the dangers of distracted Coginchaug graduate Ryan driving, TDS passed out green Weckesser became the third fatal- “Keep Our Drive Alive” bracelets ity of the Coginchaug family. After which many students still wear. these three tragic fatalities, Cogin- They also passed out key chains chaug students are really becom- and a tip sheet on how to eliminate ing aware how mistakes can lead distracted driving. In memory of Michelle, purple ribbons were to an accident. passed out last spring. “Simple Mistakes driving can “I still have the purple ribbon on lead to a tragedy,” said Cogin- my visor, which reminds me not to chaug senior Cote Derota, “It’s so speed and the tragedies of driveasy to hurt yourself or someone ing.” senior Amanda Boyle said. else with a car.” A few months af- Last year, seniors Brian McDuff ter Michelle’s death, Coginchaug and Taylor Lauretti won second students started an organization place in the state Department of within EDGE (Excellent Decisions Motor Vehicles safe driving video Guiding Everyday) last year to contest. This video focused on the spread awareness about the dan- dangers of texting and driving. In gers of distracted driving. This or- the video, Brian Mcduff uses an ganization was called TDS (Teens oversized cell phone to demonin the Driver’s Seat). Ms. Christen strate the impact of texting and Bertz, co-advisor to EDGE, said driving. that TDS is a “peer-to-peer pro“It clearly showed that texting gram, where kids raise awareness and driving is a legitimate conabout the dangers of distracted cern,” said senior Jocelyn Brown driving.” TDS originated in Texas where many teenagers had been See Drive, page 26 killed in automobile accidents.

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Start with a dream. Finish with a future!

“It reinforced that you can’t focus on two things at once.” As of October 20, Coginchaug was only one of three schools from Connecticut to participate in Teens in the Drivers Seat. Coginchaug is also only one of three schools not from Texas to be participating in TDS. Teens in the Drivers Seat will be selling jerseys and tshirts later this year as a fundraiser. “We drive a lot more cautiously as a school,” said senior E.J. Luther. “We don’t want another tragedy.”

Electronic Sheridan. The teachers here at Coginchaug don’t seem to mind the change in process. Latin teacher Mrs. Mary Sersanti who calls herself, “technologically challenged,” said even she finds uploading the recommendations simple and trustworthy. However, not all teachers may be familiar with the online sites. “My teacher had no idea how to do it,” said senior Molly Ferrari, “I had to help her through it.” It’s time now to get everyone accustomed to the online processes because the college process has definitely moved to being electronic.

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Once those involved are informed things move more smoothly. According to guidance department head Mrs. Elizabeth Galligan, students no longer have to address their letters of recommendations to their prospective colleges. This is a green and environmentally conscious action. The process is also convenient for those writing the recommendations because they can send them on the same computer that he or she wrote them on. For instructions on the online processes, visit Knowledge makes the process simple!

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Digging Girls’ Volleyball By Melanie Frank Driving through the Coginchaug campus, an observer would note athletes competing in many sports. Often unnoticed, the girls’ volleyball team spikes balls in obscurity. The powerful team has not gone unnoticed with the shoreline conference. Their 11-7 record places them as one of the top teams in the Shoreline Conference. The team is led by senior co-captains Lora Manley and Liz Sansevero. Manley is a premier outside hitter who leads the team in kills. Sansevero is the setter, the quarterback of the team. Her return from a mid-season concussion has the team playing its best as the post-season tournaments commence. Taylor DelVecchio is the senior libero who only plays in the back row. Her exceptional defensive abilities frequently keep the team in points that would have otherwise been lost. Senior Mackenzie Hurlburt uses her height and jumping abilities to her advantage as middle hitter. Her blocking talent is an asset to the team against nullifying hitters. The final senior is Tresa Roberts whose all court game provides a combination of backside hitting and back row play,

helping the team in different ways each game. Junior Taylor Burton and freshman Sydney Trusty complete the starting lineup. Both play the front row and have contributed to the team by putting away balls as outside hitter. With the completion of the regular season Coach Matasavage’s senior laden team is looking to progress far in the upcoming Shoreline and state tournaments. The team hopes to avenge close losses with perennial powers Morgan and HK. The players hope to continue their season well into November to prolong the careers of their seniors. Looking ahead to next year the team will have many holes to fill, but a number of underclassmen gained varsity experience. These girls include: juniors Rebecca Weir, Nicole DeBaise, and sophomore Jessica Williams. In addition the feisty JV team was led by by junior Jackie Diggert, junior Carley St. Amand, sophomore Katie Bednarz, and sophomore Ashley Vanaman. An enthusiastic group of underclassmen fill out the JV team and wait their turn to spike one for the blue devils.

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Durham/Middlefield Youth & Family Services

DMYFS awarded ARRA-VAW grant Durham/Middlefield Youth and Family Services (DMYFS) wrote a $45,000 grant to provide a teen-driven, community-wide multifacetted teen dating violence intervention program. The towns of Durham and Middlefield will benefit from this funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Violence Against Women (ARRA VAW). The community partners include DMYFS, Regional School District 13, the first selectman of each town, Resident State Troopers of each town, Rushford Center and Connecticut Sexual Assault Crisis Services. The town of Durham will be the lead town for administrative purposes. The sad truth about teen dating violence is that teens

do not report the incidents to the police or even to adults in most cases. Statistics show that teens will talk to other teens about this issue, and that is why eight to 10 teens from CRHS will be trained in dating safety, identifying dating violence and intervention skills. These Teen Leaders will then present an educational program on dating violence to student’s age 13–15 in District 13. This grant will also include a community workshop on Teen Dating Violence provided by the Resident State Troopers of both towns. A three-minute public service announcement will be produced for the purpose of informing and educating the community about teen dating violence.

Crafters and vendors wanted The Church of the Holy Trinity, 381 Main Street, in Middletown, is hosting its annual holiday fair on Saturday, Nov. 20, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Parish Hall. The fair includes crafters, vendors, quilt raffle, attic treasures, coffee and pastry, baked goods, teacup raffle, silent auction, luncheon, homemade pumpkin pies and a great cookie walk. There is still some space available for you to sell your creations. Please call 860-347-2591 or 860-347-0458 for information or registration form.


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. *** Babysitting Course DMYFS will hold a Red Cross babysitting course Saturday, Nov. 6, from 8:30 a.m. to noon. The fee is $65 and covers books and a certificate. 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. *** Go to for the calendar of events, pictures, directions, information about DMYFS programs and services. If you are interested in volunteering or to register for any of the Center’s programs, call 860-349-0258 or email

November 9: Coles Road Fire Station 105 Coles Road Cromwell, 3-8 pm November 16: City Hall Council Chamber 245 Dekoven Dr. Middletown, 3-8 pm • Must be over two years of age and in good health • No residency required • Limited vaccine supply • No appointment necessary, first come, first served For more information call 860-344-3595 Sponsored by Mass Dispensing Area (MDA) 36: Towns of Cromwell, Durham, Middlefield & the City of Middletown

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Yoga studio opens in Durham what I do.”

By Cheri Kelley Town Times Positive energy and tranquility envelope you as you enter Eco Yoga Studio, a new business located at 16 Main Street, Suite 203, behind Carmine’s Pizza. Virna Lisa, owner of Eco Yoga, has been working in her field for over 22 years. “Doing the postures and breathing exercises is the integration of the mind, the body, and the breath, which is the premise behind yoga,” Lisa explains. “The whole reason for me to be alive is to teach and help people to facilitate their own process, and keep themselves balanced. It’s what keeps me doing

Lisa studied and received her yoga certification at the Himalayan Institute Teachers Association in Pennsylvania where she was a resident for four years accumulatively. She is originally from New York City, but moved to the East Rock area of New Haven to be near her classes at Yale University. Lisa shopped all around Middlesex County and in September, the Durham location became available and she was hooked. “It was kismet,” Lisa said. “Durham is the perfect place; It’s not too far away from anything.” Eco Yoga Studio will offer private sessions, as well as group classes and work-

shops. Part of Lisa’s background is working with special populations, people who were injured and ill. She says, “Everyone can do yoga; It’s therapeutic.” Eco Yoga will have classes for all levels and all are welcome. Early morning, afternoon, and evening classes will be offered throughout the day, and Lisa noted that by the end of January, the studio will have a full schedule available. There are two instructors currently, but Lisa is looking to expand her staff in the future. Lisa also makes her own line of body care products called Red Bud Bodycare, which she will be selling at the studio. “They are good

Virna Lisa, right, owner of Eco Yoga Studio in Durham. Photo by Cheri Kelley

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Why caring for mature trees is important for our towns By Cheri Kelley Town Times Imagine the Durham green without the lush greenery and shady patches to sit and rest under to watch the clouds pass by, or read a book on a hot day. Maintaining the mature trees in our communities makes a vast difference to our environment in both the aesthetic and biological aspects. Family Tree Care and Arborcare Tree, the Insect and Disease Management Division of Family Tree Care, are offering their services to maintain the 80-year-old hemlock located on the Durham green opposite the library. They will be performing the service free of charge on Sat.,

Nov. 13, at 10 a.m. and are inviting the public to attend. According to Kim Syrel of Arborcare Tree, the companies are doing this “to raise awareness for proper tree care.” When asked why this particular tree is so significant, Syrel explained it has to do with age and that it is the only soft wood tree on the green. “A lot of trees are in decline, and we need to preserve well-regarded trees in history, like you would wellregarded historic grave stones in the old cemetery in Durham center,” she said. “I would love to see a program in the town’s budget to help maintain valued trees; older trees are worth the effort.” The procedure for the hemlock tree will be pruning

or removing the deadwood, or what is called “declining limbs” from the tree. Arborcare Tree will be supplying all the materials necessary for the shallow root injections using organic fertilizer and a chemical to prevent hemlock woolly adelgid. Hemlock woolly adelgid is a small aphid-like insect from Japan, according to the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station (CAES) website. The insects are tiny, but an infestation is easily spotted by the existence of “a dry, white woolly substance that covers its body and its egg masses.” The hemlock woolly adelgid have modified mouth-parts that penetrate and allow the insects to suck the sap and insert saliva that is extremely harmful to the trees. Within


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Thoughts (Continued from page 9) recreation and library programs? Are recreation and library programs important? Should aid to education be cut? If not, then how can the state pay to sustain the current level without falling

farther behind? What about tackling the achievement gap? What about parks and farmland preservation? Does the state need lifeguards at state parks? Have we saved enough land yet? Should we let non-profits buy the land we’d like to protect and take towns, states and the national government out of those equations

totally? And healthcare … oh my. Should we go back to the “good old days” of insurance companies denying coverage for “previously existing conditions”? Is it too expensive to do otherwise? What is the proper role of each layer of government? Is there a proper role? How should each be funded? What’s the correct balance

Friday, November 5, 2010 between taxes that dampen the economy and taxes that pay for needed services? No, it’s not over yet, not by a long shot. And while the folks we just elected, or reelected, have primary responsibility for figuring out some of these hard questions, just regular citizens – all of us – bear some responsibility as well. We are the ones who will have to finally

answer those tough questions and decide what kind of towns, states and nation we will be. And this time around, it’s not likely to be a quick fix or a little tinkering that will save us, but something more revolutionary. Perhaps we might encourage some kind of sea change that will reSee Thoughts, page 37

Car Keys Found: Car key with remote door opener at Peckham Park in Middlefield on Tuesday, Oct. 26. Please call 860349-0778 to identify it if you think it’s yours.

LAWS cause itself to be strangled. Using a spiked or rigged piece of equipment, like a coat hanger or choke collar, is not allowed to tether a dog to an object. There was already an existing law about the way in which people could tether their dogs and for how long, but the new law changes the fines. The first violation is now a definite $100 fine, the law previously stated up to $100. For the second violation it is a $200 fine, previously the fine could have been between $100 and $250. Fines for further violations remains the same — between $250 and $500. The new law also requires pet shops must post a certifi-

(Continued from page 16) cate of origin for all dogs to be sold. This certificate must contain the address and name of the breeder and any individual who became an owner who sold the dog to a pet shop. This certificate must be posted on the cage of the dog for sale. The customer must be given a copy of the certificate at the time of sale; the certificate must be structured in a particular fashion approved by the agriculture commissioner. The seller must also submit a copy of this form to the department within seven days after sale, the existing law required it to be within two days. For info on other new laws, go to



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Coginchaug class reunions Stephen A n n i n o hosted the Coginchaug Regional High School Class of 1979, 1980 and 1981 Reunion on Oct. 16. The f o r m e r classmates joined for a night of memories and fun at Bachi Grill in Cromwell. Kyle Newton was the DJ. Class of 1979

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

The Notre Dame of Fairfield Class of 1965 is celebrating its 45th High School Reunion, Saturday, Nov. 13, from 7 to 11 p.m. at Vazzy’s 19th Hole at Fairchild Wheeler Park, 2390 Easton Tpke, Fairfield. For tickets,

Coginchaug Parents Forum CRHS Parents Forum will meet on Tuesday, Nov. 9, at 7 p.m. in the high school library. Our topic this month is College Application- a parent’s perspective. Parents who have been through the process will discuss and answer questions about the process and the affects on the student and their family, before and after the acceptance letters. All are welcome to attend.

Vinal Open House Vinal Technical High School, 60 Daniels St., in Middletown, is hosting an open house for eighth grade students and their parents on Wednesday, Nov. 10, from 6 to 8 p.m. Come see technology demonstrations, exhibits and hands on projects. Please arrive promptly at 6 p.m. for scheduled tours of technology and academic areas. For information, please contact the School Counseling Office at 860-344-7100. The snow date is Thursday, Nov. 18, from 6 to 8 p.m.

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The Rockfall Foundation invites grant proposals from nonprofit organizations, towns, and schools to support environmental education, conservation and planning projects in Middlesex County. The deadline for receipt of completed applications is Nov. 11, and awards will be announced in mid-February, 2011. Detailed guidelines and eligibility requirements as well as a grant application can be obtained from the foundation’s website,, or by calling the Foundation’s office at 860-347-0340.

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John Lyman School hosted a Family Open House on Thursday, Oct. 21. Excited students acted as hosts for the evening, sharing classroom work and activities. Students then gave their families a tour of the school and hurried to the gym for dancing, bubbles and music with the Bullock family. A name activity was held in the cafeteria with families writing their surnames and posting them in graph form to see the range of name lengths. A family take-home activity centered on creating a paper wall tile whose focus is a powerful or interesting appropriate word that describes your particular family. These colorful tiles will enhance vocabulary studies throughout the year. Pictured top right: The Cassarino family tries a tangram challenge. Pictured top left: Hannah Huddleston reads one of her stories to her parents. Photos submitted by Elizabeth Hadlock



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Friday morning, Oct. 22, the kids at Strong School got in gear to sell magazines again. Their annual subscription sale starts this week, and every child who sells three, gets to give a whipped-cream pie to the face of Dr. Nichols. Pictured are Chris P. in the oversized chair, Owen Tobin testing out the whipped-cream pie, and the student audience listening to the program organizer. Photos submitted by Michael Klimas and Karen Kean

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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. The cost is $80 for a four-course dinner, unlimited beer and wine, tax, tip and a clean, warm, private coach bus. Call Wendy for reservations at 860-538-1221 or 860349-0008.

Can you figure out who the witch is on the left in this photo? It’s Kathleen Lefemine of Middlefield! She’s been having as much fun on Halloween as the costumed kids who stop by her house each year, as is apparent by her frighteningly realistic witch garb. If you look closely, you’ll notice the sign on her shoulder reads “Christine O’Donnell,” the candidate for Deleware’s U.S. Senate seat who lost in Tuesday’s election. The connection? A tribute to the supposed days of O’Donnell’s childhood witchcraft. All in good fun!

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Left, Memorial Middle School’s spelling bee fifth grade competitors, including first place winner Avery Millo and runner-up Ricki Barton.

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Spelling Bee The 2010 Coginchaug Valley Education Foundation (CVEF) spelling bee will be held on Friday, Nov. 12, at 7 p.m. in the CRHS auditorium in Durham. Everyone in the community is encouraged to form a team and compete with other teams. To register a team, send $100 as well as your team name (names of team members can be sent in later, but must be received by Nov. 5 to be listed in the program). Also provide a contact person, with name address, phone, and e-mail to CVEF PO Box 19, Durham, CT 06422-0019. To donate and bee a honey, send in $25; to bee a friend, send $50; and to bee a sponsor, send $100. You or your organization will be recognized in the program. For more information, contact Dina D’Amato at 860-349-4016.

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One of my other favorite cars in Jay’s collection was his cream colored Cord 810. Referred to as a “Coffin Nose,” the 1935 Cord 810, in my opinion, is the most advanced, influential automobile to be produced as of yet. At the time, automotive design still echoed elements of horse drawn carriages with huge wheels for traction on rutted dirt roads, bulbous fenders and running boards. Lights were giant round contraptions mounted on top of the fenders, and all cars were rear wheel drive. The Cord 810 was front wheel drive and

had a semi-automatic transmission; the driver still had to shift gears, but there was no clutch. Contrary to common 30s car design, the Cord 810 had modern smaller chrome wheels, pop-up headlights recessed into the sleek fenders and no running boards. In fact, it looked so futuristic when it debuted at the 1935 New York Auto Show, crowds of people stood on the bumpers and hoods of other show cars to get a look at it. Jay Leno had so many other rare, custom and historical cars that an article describing all the notable vehicles in the collection would rival the Harry Potter series in length. However, his garage makes every car museum I’ve been to pale in comparison, and the Chapman tools video currently on Jay Leno’s garage website is certainly great compliment for a local company! My only regret is that Mom got to talk tools with Jay more than me.


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structure the way we hold elections – how many schools and rail lines and health clinics, after all, might have been funded by the millions spent on this election? At the national level, the same question could (and should) be asked about our overseas military engagements. Or maybe we need to undertake a careful weighing of how much a park or a library is worth to us in taxes. There is no free lunch – someone is paying for even those birthday and retirement lunches we enjoy from time to time – and that will be our challenge as citizens as we go forward. What is an acceptable lunch and who will pay for it? Our elected officials await our answers for those will determine where we go from here.

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. 10 and 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 860-343-6724 for more information.

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BOE (Continued from page 1) man Tom Hennick agreed that it may simply be quantifying what is already being done. Boyle asked if students could be polled to find if 80 hours is a push or if they are already there. Viccaro said they will do it through a survey or in homeroom. Director of curriculum and professional development Carol Luckenbach presented the new social studies curriculum, which is available on the district’s website. She indicated that the state Board of Education has made no changes to their recommended social studies curriculum since 1997, and not wanting to wait any longer for the state, she used the national content standards. In addition to curriculum changes, there were grade expectations, bench-

marks and learning goals through these standards. It was noted that the format has been changed because the state wants to see content standards, learning goals, strategic assessments and technology integration. The new format will be used for each update: science, English, language arts and math. Luckenbach took the board through the curriculum by grade and then answered questions. Hennick asked if she was concerned she would have to revise what has been done once the state passes its edicts. Luckenbach indicated they would only have to move units if the state decides to have exit tests at a specific level (i.e. if the exit test is in tenth grade, the unit will have to be moved). Currlin and Boyle both loved the format as it is easy to read and parents can follow. Luckenbach indicated

that it is her goal to have the curriculum on the website in two spots: by discipline and by grade, and hopes the user-friendly format will encourage people to refer to them. A motion to approve the new social studies curriculum as presented passed unanimously. Luckenbach then asked the board how they would like her to handle updating and reformating every curriculum guide at the high school, saying a lot of the work was done over the summer. Hennick suggested that she work with the Curriculum Committee, who will bring its recommendations to the board for vote. In her report, Viccaro reported that the delayed opening for professional development went very well and staff appreciated starting their professional development in a smooth fashion. They felt respected as learners and the work was very

Friday, November 5, 2010 productive. Viccaro also reported that this year’s Community Round-up will take place on Dec. 4. On Oct. 21 and 22, Viccaro attended the Connecticut Association of School Superintendents, which was a “very worthwhile meeting.” Attendance was good at the district wellness fair on Oct. 26, and 111 flu shots were administered. The district is down 38 students from last year. Member Norm Hicks questioned the non-resident listing, and Viccaro explained that that particular student pays tuition to the district. Viccaro further explained that the count is done each month for planning and budget purposes. Business manager Ron Melnik reported that the Korn School oil tank has been replaced, and they are in the process with the state of getting the 56 percent reimbursement. The motion to close the line item, which

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Coginchaug Little League Champions By Melissa Marteka Special to the Town Times

encouraging one another to give their all. This was very evident in the final two games.” The team entered the tournament Oct. 23 with a 10-0 first round win over Old Saybrook. That game was followed by a 6-3 win over Coginchaug Team No. 3. During that game, Wyskiel was matched up in a pitching duel with Coginchaug 3 hurler Kyle Fontaine before Coginchaug 1 broke the game open late behind key hits from Josh and Ryan Genest.

Falcon elections The Durham-Middlefield Falcons Board of Directors elections will be held on Nov. 22 at the Middlefield Community Center at 7 p.m. Positions up for re-election include: vice president, treasurer, secretary, field director, equipment director, booster director, public relations director and league representatives. Anyone interested in applying for a position must contact president Jim Banack by Nov. 5, at or 860-349-8773.

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Several months ago, 12 players arrived on a late summer day and began their first practice simply known as Coginchaug Little League fall baseball team No. 1. Fast forward several months – and down 11-6 in the final inning of the District 9 fall tournament championship – 12 players became a champion team after a stirring comeback. The team scored seven runs in the top half of the final inning and then held on for an exciting 13-12 win over Killingworth. Kyle Wyskiel sealed the win after he fielded a ground ball for the final out, leaving the tying and winning runs on second and third. The Oct. 30 win capped off a day of comeback wins as the team – down 2-0 against Middletown in the semifinal game – won 3-2 in extra innings to advance to the final. “We were focused all day,” coach Lou Garofalo said. “Being down 8-0 against Killingworth, we battled back and never gave up. We were the underdogs that second game and saw the light at the end of the tunnel and brought it home.” The team was down 8-0 after two innings, but kept chipping away at the lead each inning although Killingworth kept tacking on runs of their own. But with Killingworth’s starter knocked out of the game, the relief pitchers had trouble finding the plate and keeping the hustling Coginchaug players from circling the basepaths. Wyskiel took over for starter Luke Garofalo, limiting an older Killingworth team to only a few runs, to keep the game within reach for the Coginchaug hitters. With players getting key hits, walks and hustling, Coginchaug was able to come all the way back. In the first game, starter Hunter Jameson and relief pitcher Danny Turecek limited Middletown to only two runs over seven innings, getting stellar defense – two runners were thrown out at the plate during the first two

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Mighty Mites complete historic season with another win

By Nicholas Faiella Special to the Town Times

The powerful Falcon Mighty Mites played on the road against a very difficult Canton/Burlington Warriors team on a rare Saturday afternoon game Oct. 30. The Mighty Mites needed to get back on track after some tough games and wanted to send Coach Carroll out with a victory in his last game as Mighty Mites’ coach. The Falcons lost another coin toss, but the brilliant special teams coordinator called for an onside kick, which was recovered by Evan Faiella, and the Falcons had the ball. Like previous games won by the Falcons, the offense looked to put points on the board early and the offensive coordinator, sensing his job was on the line, had to come up with big time game plan. The of-

fense was led by a very tough bunch of kids, including Devin Geoghegan, Alex Case, Blake Courchesne, Aaron Faiella, Anthony Santangelo, Eric Pitruzzello, Anthony Bizzario, Quinn Forrester with Derek Grant at QB, Evan Faiella, Ryan Doyle and Terence Murphy in the backfield. Early in the second possession, Derek Grant ran a QB keeper left and scampered 42 yards for the TD, with key blocks by Devin Geoghegan, Anthony Santangelo and Alex Case, to put the Falcons on the board 6-0. Canton then returned the favor and drove the length of the field to tie the score 6-6. This was going to be a battle as the Warriors were not going to go down easily. With the Falcons back on offense, they looked to put up another score before half time but would have to drive

60 yards in the last four minutes to get there. On a key third down play, Evan Faiella took the handoff up the middle, cut back right and flew 40 yards to bring the Falcons to the 10-yard line. Could they punch it in prior to the half, with the clock ticking? With a great push from the offensive line, Ryan Doyle scored from four yards out for his first career touchdown, and the Falcons went up 12-6 at the half. The Warriors tried their best in the second half to move the ball via the ground, but today was not going to be their day. The tough-as-nails defense, led by Carter Proto, Michael Andrews, Tucker Carroll, Kolby Pascarelli, Michael Roccapriore, Ryan Doyle, Logan Saks, Shea Larkin, Sebastian Hallock, Eamon Augur, Utah Griffin, Kenneth Wallen, Owen Griffin and Nevin Moore, busted

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Falcon Football wrap-up By Coach Rocc Special to the Town Times

B Squad The Falcons B team traveled to Canton for their first meeting with the Canton/Burlington Warriors. The Warriors wasted no time taking the opening kickoff down the field and

scoring on the first drive of the game. Likewise, the Falcons were up to the task with an opening drive of their own that displayed great offensive play by linemen Brenden Rushford, Kyle DeGennaro, Alex Boothroyd, Bryan Shields, Sam Longworth, Michael Doyle, James Peters and Josh Sheltra. On the Falcons fourth down with six yards to go, the offense dug in and opened up the Warriors’ defense which allowed Jake Ober to scamper 42 yards for the Falcon’s first score of the day. The Falcons scored the extra point and the game was tied at 7-7. The Falcons’ defense played tough on the second series with hard hitting play up front from Tyler DeGennaro, Brenden Rushford, Carson Aitken, Dominick Demartino and Kyle DeGennaro. Applying pressure behind the line were lineback-

These are the Coginchaug 13 to-15-year-olds who won the division on Sunday, Oct. 3. They beat Westbrook twice who, until that point, had been undefeated. Photo submitted by Karen Kean ers Evan Slawinowski, Kyle Salomon, Alex Boothroyd, with Michael Doyle, Danny Wilson, Michael Cross and Ricky Sorenson as defensive backs. The Falcons took over the second quarter on offense with more great play up front from Trevor Dell’oso,

Tyler Degennaro, Patrick Hocking and Jordan Solis. A touchdown by Ricky Sorenson, was followed up by Wes Benjunas with three touchdowns and the team’s first extra point kicked by Justin Saks, bringing the score to See B Squad, next page

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The season ended this past Saturday as the “A” team traveled to Canton to take on the Warriors. The Falcons began the game on defense, shutting down the Warriors with a turnover on downs. The Falcons’ offense began a drive from the Warriors’ 40yard line. The offense was led by quarterback Ricky Murphy who drove the offense down the field with great running from Sean Kral, Alex Pilarski and Jack Levine. Pilarski scored his first of two touchdowns with a 20yard run with help from the offensive line, along with great blocking led by Levine. The Warriors began moving the ball but were finally stopped on a fourth down run up the middle. The Falcons scored again in the second quarter with Pilarski scoring his second TD with a 60+ yard reception run from a perfect pass thrown by Murphy. The Warriors blocked the second field goal attempt to make the first half score 120 in the Falcons’ favor. The second half started with a bang as Eric Lee returned the kickoff for a 65yard touchdown run, in the process breaking multiple tackles before finally finding the end zone – a highlight run. Late in the third quarter, Murphy hit Eric Sbona on a play-action pass for a 45yard touchdown. Sbona turned on the jets as he took it down the sidelines untouched. Tom Gazerwitz followed up Sbona’s TD by kicking a field goal for two points. This kick would have been good from 30-yards out - great job, Gaz! There was great pass protection up front all day from the Falcons offensive line led by McKenzie Wallen, Frankie Snipes, Eric Lee, Tom Gazerwitz, Jordan Cowles, Paul Marinan and Gage Marino. The Falcons’ defense shut out the Warriors by playing physical football, which consisted of linemen Brody Ziegler, Frankie Snipes, Chris Dekoeyer, Eric Lee, Eric Sbona, Wilson Nickel and Julian Pereira. A solid line-

backer core, consisting of Alex Pilarski, Sean Kral, Paul Marinan and Jack Levine, shut down the inside run. The secondary, made up of Adam Berluti, Jordan Cowles, Andrew Van Steenbergen and Ricky Murphy, covered receivers tight, which caused the Warriors to scramble and complete only one of nine attempts. A great job by all of the Falcon “A” players who demonstrated on Saturday that the terms “never quit” and “play together” always have positive outcomes. Congratulations on a 26-0 win to finish the season!

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score to 39-21. Congratulations to all players, as this was truly a team effort. It was a fantastic ending to a great season. Many thanks goes out to the coaching staff, including defensive coordinator John Delloso, offensive coordinator Geoff Gibbons, and assistant coaches Tom Boothroyd, Carl Dahlman, Ken Vallone, Paul Benjunas, Bruce Slawinowski, head coach Rick Saks and team mom Robin Longworth. Thank you to our B team cheerleaders for their continued support and spirit

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33-7 at the end of the first half. The second half saw the Warriors come out fighting, scoring 14 points. The Falcons’ defense in the half was anchored by Kevin Crompton, Parker Tregoning, Cooper Dahlman, Victor Vieira, Gunther Wallach, Jared Gibbons and Zach Vallone. The Falcons were held from scoring until the final minutes when Owen Gonzales scored on a 61-yard run off-tackle bringing the final

shown to the team. You all did an amazing job cheering for the fans and team all season. Cheerleaders were coached by Cindy Arnold, assisted by Lynn Etheridge and Krystyn Manzione.

C Squad By John Cross Special to Town Times The Falcons C team traveled to Canton, down several players due to illness, on a blustery fall day to take on Warriors. They were looking to keep their play-off hopes

Friday, November 5, 2010 alive. Winning the opening toss, the Falcons received the kick-off getting the ball on the 35. The Falcon offense took over and began their field position chess match. Today would again be about ball control and solid defense. The first drive was steady but the Falcons punted on fourth down. The Falcons defense took over and the Warriors used their larger O line to pound off tackle, chewing up yard after yard; This would not be an easy battle. The Warriors ripped off first

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down after first down, running off tackle scored on a 10yard run. The extra point was stopped using the hawk defense. Warriors lead 6-0. The Falcons received the kick off, and Ryan Cross, with a nice return, gave the Falcons good field position on the 50-yard line. Settling down to their ground game, the Falcons slowly started getting yardage; Dylan DeGennaro and Tyler Young pounded the middle of the Warrior defense. Counters were then run by Kevin Cross, Brenden Rea, Andrew Gleason and Hogan Dahlman. Ryan Cross was given the ball on an off tackle counter and broke free running 35 yards for pay dirt, the extra point was stopped by inches. The end of the first quarter found the score 6-6. The Falcons kicked off nearly getting back the ball on a n kick by Alex Kulasenski. The Warriors were still finding yardage but in small chunks. The Falcons dug in, but were slowly pushed down field. Finally tough stops we made by the defense lead by Quinn Reardon, Bobby Huscher, Colin Sheehy, Trevor Smith, Hogan Dahlman, Rob Miles and AJ Alfano. Linebacker and tackle play became steady by Brendan Rea, Andrew, Robert Gleason, Kevin Cross, Dylan DeGennaro, Tyler Young, Luke LaTorre, Anthony Curry, Anthony Arreguin, Justin Gagner and Ben Choplick. The Falcons offense took over and drove back to the Warrior side of the field with good runs by Kevin Cross, Brenden Rea and Andrew Gleason, but were forced to punt. The battle was getting tougher. The Warriors were moving the ball when Ryan Cross picked off a nice pass and returned the ball to the Warrior 30, with two minutes left in the half The Falcons worked the clock but time ran out; The score remained 6-6 at the half. The third quarter was a continuing battle for field position. The Falcons defense seemed to be slowly gaining some advantage, but the Falcons found themselves pinned on their side of the 50 for the third quarter.

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The Falcons settled down to their ground game, picking up a few first downs with full back runs by Dylan DeGennaro and Tyler Young. Then on a second and five, the Falcons picked up what appeared to be a first down, but the ball was placed two yards short and called fourth down. Undaunted, Justin Faiella handed off the ball to Ryan Cross who broke for 20 yards. First Down! This fired up the Falcons who would use the next 10 minutes to carve up the Warrior defense on this Halloween day.


Falcon offense drove down the field again, but turned the ball over and with three minutes left, the Falcon defense would have to do the job. As the clocked ticked down play after play the defense worked hard, setting

up now in their prevent. The Warriors did gain yards; It was getting to be a nail biter. The Warriors completed a pass and were on the Falcon

30 when Justin Faiella picked off a Warrior pass, ending any threat by the Warriors and taking the 12-6 victory.

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On the Warrior 30, Justin Faiella broke off the left side and ran in the pumpkin for six points. The extra point appeared to be in but was called off. Great blocking by the O line from Robert Gleason, Trevor Smith, Luke LaTorre, Anthony Arreguin, Justin Gagner, Rob Miles and Hogan Dahlman made it possible. The Falcons lead 12-6. The Defense became inspired and switched to their strong Falcon spread defense, dirty dog stunts did the job, this was the turning point as the defense shut the Warrior offense down. The

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family. Davenport discussed two major issues in the state of Connecticut: the deficit and job loss. She talked about unemployment being at 9.1 percent and stated, “Political classes failed us.” She went on to say that the youth of Connecticut are growing up, moving out and not coming back, which she considers a major loss for the state. Davenport commented on her strengths as a business owner; She knows how to work on a budget and feels that it is extremely important to make Connecticut more attractive to businesses. Ed Meyer (D), the State Senate incumbent for District 12, introduced himself and spoke of his time working as a federal prosecutor, and how he later became Senator in 2004. Meyer talks about the two main reasons he is looking to be re-elected. Meyers says, “The first is the challenge of downsizing the government to make it more effective, and the other is to help create jobs.” He feels that the state has been

Friday, October 22, 2010

Grand openings and dedications Right, former D13 Superintendent Bill Breck at the dedication of the Strong School library in his name, Sunday. Below, skateboarders at the new skate park’s grand opening Saturday. Story on page 3. Photos by Karen Kean and Cheri Kelley

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An e-mail concerning bleak” initial budget indications from Joseph Geruch, Middlefield’s finance director, was read into the record during the Board of Selectmen (BOS) meeting on Oct.20. In this e-mail Geruch urges all members of town government and employees to, “Make ‘Value Judgment’ decisions when considering and approving expenditures,

keeping in mind we have a limited amount of only 2,000 taxpayers. The impact on the individual taxpayer should become a component of all decisions made.” He speaks of the loss of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds and says those losses combined with the “stagnation of state funds will more than offset any cost saving efforts in the upcoming year.”

During public comment, Marianne Corona encour-

aged the BOS to sit down with the Board of Education(BOE) as she said, “The BOE doesn’t think about future costs.” Durham-Middlefield Interlocal Agreement Advisory Board DMIAAB met with a guest from Cheshire who spoke about what the town of Cheshire has gone through with their recycling program. First Selectman Jon Brayshaw said the AD-HOC committee had about a

month of a learning curve tioned if it was possible for and are now “into the meat the new buyer to use Middlefield’s permit temporarily in and potatoes.” order to expedite it. Powder Ridge update

Attorney Corona and Brayshaw met with the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to discuss the diversion permit. Brayshaw thought the DEP was cooperative. They discussed the fact that the buyer is not going to wait a year for the permit paperwork to go through. Brayshaw was very optomistic and ques-

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