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Serving Durham, Middlefield and Rockfall

Volume 16, Issue 30

Friday, November 6, 2009

And the winners are ... Middlefield’s Board of Selectmen for the next two years, left.

Jon Brayshaw By Sue VanDerzee Town Times Middlefield Jon Brayshaw defeated Mary Johnson for the second time to retain the first selectman’s seat in Middlefield. Rounding out the Board of Selectmen will be Edward Bailey and Mary Johnson. The Board of Selectmen is composed of the three highest vote-getters among the four selectmen candidates. Brayshaw polled 838, Bailey 831, Johnson 697 and Kenneth Blake 688. Blake’s vote total was close enough to Johnson’s so that recount would have been mandated except that Blake refused the option and will not serve on the board. Donna Golub was re-elected town clerk without opposition. Incumbent Mary Hooper outpolled challenger Vanessa Schmaltz for town treasurer, 806-692. Anne Olzewski was re-elected as tax collector, also without opposition. Robert Yamartino (819 votes), incumbent Rebecca Adams (827) and Lucy Petrella (832) were elected to the three openings on the Board of Finance. Incumbent Ellen Waff (778) was not returned to the board.

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With no candidates nominated by either caucus for a two-year vacancy on the Board of Finance, Jeremy Renninghoff and David White filed as petitioning write-in candidates, and Renninghoff will take the seat with 74 votes to White’s 17. Finally Nancy Currlin (719) and Robert Liptak (755) will take seats on the Board of Assessment Appeals. Poll workers were disappointed in the turnout of 1,547 (around 49 percent), saying that usually 65-75 percent of the registered voters in town cast ballots. Durham With 4,953 voters on the rolls, 1,931 came out to vote despite no “top of the ticket” names. Instead voters elected members of the Board of Finance, the Board of Assessment Appeals, the Planning and Zoning Commission (regular and alternate) and the Zoning Board of Appeals (regular and alternate). For the finance board, where only one Republican could be seated based on the fact that they hold three seats on the board already, Helen Larkin R-1,062) and Renee Primus Edwards (D-927) gained seats. Richard Spooner (R-1,029) and Laurie Stevens (D-744) were unsuccessful.

For the Board of Assessment Appeals, either candidate could have been seated, but Jay Berardino outpolled incumbent Katharine Forline 1,025 to 799. For the Planning and Zoning Commission, Ralph Chase (R-1,128), Lisa Davenport (R1,145), Joseph Pasquale (D844), Christopher Flanagan (D778) and Catherine Devaux (D778) claimed seats. Chase and Devaux are incumbents while Davenport, Pasquale and Flanagan are newcomers to the commission. Incumbent Thomas Russell Jr. (R), Steven DeMartino (R), Kimberly Ryder (R), Brian Ameche (D) and Eugene Riotte Jr. (D) were unsuccessful. Russell and Riotte are incumbents. Campbell Barrett (D-736) took the P&Z alternate spot despite being outpolled by Eric Berens (R-1,076) because the seat must be filled by a non-Republican. David Slight (R-1,130) and Chris DePentima (R-1,007) won seats on the Zoning Board of Appeals over Anne Cassady (D-741) and William Joyce (D754). Joyce is an incumbent. William LaFlamme (R1,347) ran unopposed to fill a two-year ZBA vacancy, and Pamela Lucashu (R-1,301) ran unopposed for ZBA alternate.

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Ellie Cooper looks for last year’s photo on Eleanor Zahorodni’s Halloween “wall of fame.”

End of an era at ‘the lake’ Stephanie Wilcox Town Times Days after, Eleanor Zahorodni says she is still feeling terrific after a very busy but very fulfilling Halloween. In a letter to the editor last week, she announced that this was to be her last year of inviting trick-or-treaters in for pictures and snacks, a tradition shared with the Lake Beseck community since 1978 when she and her late husband Dick Hodge moved to the neighborhood and wanted a way to meet everyone. “We didn’t want to make a big to-do about it when it started, we just wanted to have it be fun and safe for the kids and also get to meet everybody,”

she said. “It worked.” In it’s 30th year, Eleanor said this Halloween was everything she was hoping it would be, considering it was her last time. Hosted at Dave Bruno’s house, who has generously offered his home since Eleanor moved to Meriden a few years

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In this issue ... Aunt Clara’s Closet....15-18 Calendar............................4 Halloween...................20-21 Town Briefs ................11-14 Obituaries .......................31 Scouts ..............................26 Sports ..........................27-30


Juno and the Paycock

The Vintage Players present Juno and the Paycock by Sean O’Casey on Thursday, Nov. 12, Saturday, Nov. 14 and Sunday, Nov. 15 in the main auditorium of Congregation Adath Israel, 8 Broad St. in Middletown. Set in 1920s Ireland, in economic and political hard times, the play follows the fortunes of the O’Boyle family, residents of a Dublin tenement, as they struggle to make ends meet and dreams

Town Times Community Briefs come true. O’Casey once said that “comedy and tragedy step through life together, arm in arm,” and they certainly are close companions in Juno and the Paycock. Bad times beget good fortune. Good fortune begets more bad times. Come see members of the Adath Israel community, along with other members of the local theater troupe, present a moment in the lives of these Dubliners. Performances are 7 p.m. on Thursday and Saturday and 3 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is free although donations are gratefully accepted at the

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Spelling Bee Everyone’s buzzing about the second annual Coginchaug Valley Education Foundation (CVEF) Spelling Bee to be held on Friday, Nov. 6, at 7 p.m., at Coginchaug Regional High School in Durham. Almost 30 teams have signed up for this year’s bee. The teams include local businesses, political parties, neighborhoods, friends, schools (teachers and staff) –

Corrections We strive to bring you the most accurate and up-todate information available each week, but if you see something in Town Times that isn’t quite right, give our news department a call at (860) 349-8000, and we’ll do our best to make things right. Joe Pasquale, Democratic candidate for the Durham Planning and Zoning Commission, is not a registered Unaffiliated voter but a registered Democrat.

even the local District 13 Board of Education has pulled together a team. There will be an intense amount of spelling, imaginative costumes, delicious refreshments – lots of fun! Winners of the elementary and middle school bees will also be recognized. The bee will be held in the high school auditorium.

CRU returns! The third Community Round-Up is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 5, from 9 a.m. till noon. CRU, as it is affectionately nicknamed, is a sweep of the towns of Durham and Middlefield by teams of students in grades 3-12 (with adult leaders if appropriate) who will go door-to-door collecting non-perishable food, household items like napkins and detergent, and cash or gift cards for distribution to those facing hard economic times. The cash and gift cards are split between the social service departments of the two towns, food and household goods are apportioned by what is needed to Middlefield, and the remainder is sent to Amazing Grace Food Pantry in Middletown, which is the

food pantry for Durham residents in need. Students in Korn, Lyman, Memorial, Strong and Coginchaug schools will be able to sign up for a team in the next few weeks. Participation is limited to 85 teams, with a deadline before Thanksgiving vacation, so sign up quickly. If you are an adult or student who would like to volunteer at the collection site (Coginchaug High School), please call (860) 349-7221 and leave your name and telephone number. If you are a resident who would like to participate by sharing food and/or household goods with someone less fortunate, please be generous when a team stops at your door on Dec. 6, and if you will not be home, please leave a bag for pick-up by your door.


The Durham Cogin-Chuggers will dance on Friday, Nov. 13, at Brewster School 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 (203) 235-1604 or (860) 349-8084.


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WWII hero lives on in memory and movie By Chris Coughlin Special to the Town Times

Veterans Day in Middlefield VFW Post 10362 Middlefield/Rockfall will conduct a Veterans Day celebration on Wednesday, Nov. 11, at 11 a.m. sharp on the Middlefield town green in front of the firehouse. Everyone is cordially invited. Speakers will be State Representative Mathew Lesser and Middlefield First Selectman Jon Brayshaw. Special thanks to Scoutmaster Robin Heath and assistant John Bradley along with all of the boy scouts of Troop 33 in the placement of American flags this past Memorial Day on the graves of veterans buried in Middlefield cemeteries. Ffamily members who wish to have the flag from their loved one’s grave may remove it Nov. 12-15, after which all other flags will be removed.

Durham Veterans Day Service Wednesday, Nov. 11, at 11 a.m. there will be a ceremony on the Durham Town Green honoring veterans. Ceremony will take place at the veterans’ memorial. Durham VFW Post 10169 will be officiating. Attendees will have the opportunity to participate by sharing their veterans’ stories. All are invited.

Veterans Day Parade The 10th anniversary of the Connecticut Veterans’ Day Parade will take place on Sunday, Nov. 8, in Hartford. More than 4,000 marchers will step off at 1 p.m. near the Connecticut State Capitol Building in Hartford, proceeding for 1.26 miles through the downtown area. All welcome.

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It’s hard to imagine knowing someone who was ordered by the President of the U.S. to help in the making of a movie about their own personal wartime experiences. But Eleanor Wassell Seeton, of Durham, can easily imagine knowing someone like that – her dad. Her father, Dr. Corydon McAlmont Wassell, born appropriately enough on July 4, 1884, became a national hero during World War II for risking his life to help a group of wounded soldiers, and a movie was subsequently made about his experience. As she showed photographs and a book written about her father, Eleanor described her dad as “a free spirit, someone who was very involved with the Episcopal Church.” Dr. Wassell heard a call to duty and joined the Navy, traveling to China as an Episcopal missionary where he did work on malaria treatment on the Yangtze River. Wassell eventually went on leave and was able to return home to spend some time with his family in Little Rock, Arkansas. However, as World War II continued, the Navy became desperate for doctors in the South Pacific, and Dr. Wassell left his quiet life and traveled across the world to

wounded, but he decided to stay with the wounded who were being left behind,” explained Eleanor. When the American troops left the island, Dr. Wassell was the highest ranking U.S. officer on the island. After the exiting troops burned all of their supplies so that Japanese troops could not use them, Dr. Wassell was left on the island with a large amount of money and was told “good luck.” As he led 10 soldiers who couldn’t walk across an island that was being bombed and invaded by Japanese troops, Wassell found his way to a transport truck that was leaving one of the last makeshift hospitals on the island. “The truck made it across the island to a group of Dutch allied forces who were leaving on an inter-island vessel,” said Eleanor. The ship, which had an official capacity of 150 people, was already filled with the approximately 800 people left on the island. With the help of those on the ships, the 10 soldiers under Dr. Wassell’s care were hoisted on board.

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TGIF Memorial School’s TGIF social evening will be held at 6:30 p.m. for sixth grade students. Blue Grass Grass Routes will perform at the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown at 7 p.m. Book Sale The Levi E. Coe Library will have a book and bake sale beginning with a $5 admission preview from 1 to 5 p.m. today and no admission sale tomorrow from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For info, call (860) 349-3857. Spelling Bee The CVEF spelling bee will be held at 7 p.m., at Coginchaug. Costumes are encouraged and refreshments will be available. Admission is free! For info, e-mail or visit the website, Holiday Craft Sale Middletown Senior Center, 150 William St., will offer beautiful handmade holiday gifts from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Everyone is welcome. Call (860) 344-3513 for information. Pirates of Penzance The CT Gilbert and Sullivan Society will perform the Pirates of Penzance at 8 p.m. tonight and tomorrow and at 2 p.m. on Nov. 8.


November 7

Craft Fair The annual CRHS craft fair will be held at the high school from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be maple cotton candy, gourmet caramel apples with caramel topped with candy, chocolate, nuts or sprinkles; a huge bake sale, wonderful home-made soups and sandwiches. Admission to the craft fair is free. Coast Guard Jazz Band The U.S. Coast Guard Academy Cadet Jazz Band, the “NiteCaps,” will perform at 7:30 p.m. at St. John’s Church, Ledge Hill Road in North Guilford. The concert is free and open to the public. Church and Science Author and professor Dr. Eric Plumer will discuss the conflict between the Catholic church and science at the Russell Library, 123 Broad St. in Middletown, at 2 p.m. For info, call (860) 347-2528.

Chili Cook-Off The Church of Epiphany, Main St. in Durham, will host the annual chili contest from 4 to 7 p.m. Tickets for dinner and voting are $8 for adults and $5 for children under 12. Prizes will be awarded. Christmas Fair Notre Dame Church, 272 Main St. in Durham, will hold their Christmas fair and bazaar from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and tomorrow from 9 a.m. to noon. There will be crafts, raffles, Chinese auction, bake shop, candy, food and more. Readers’ Theater The First Congregation Adath Israel Reader’s Theater” will take place at 7 p.m. at the synagogue, 8 Broad St. in Middletown. The lively evening will feature readings by local authors, including Michelle Cameron, who will read from her historical novel The Fruit of Her Hands: The Story of Shira of Ashenaz. Authors will be signing and selling their work. This event is free and open to the public. For info, call (860) 346-4709 or visit Christmas Fair The annual St. Pius X 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. Hot and cold refreshments will be available for purchase starting at 10 a.m. For info, call (860) 347-4441. Amy Crawford Amy Crawford will perform at Wesleyan University’s Crowell Concert Hall at 8 p.m. Tickets are $17 general admission, $15 for seniors and $8 for students. For more information and tickets, visit or call (860) 685-3355. Sunroom Open House Everyone is invited to visit the Korn and Coginchaug sunrooms located in the libraries of each of those schools from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.


November 8 Hanukah Shopping Shop for Hanukah gifts at

the Congregation Adath Israel book and gift fair from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the synagogue located at 8 Broad St. in Middletown. A large selection of menorahs, candles, dreidels, chocolate gelt (money), wrapping paper, games and toys will be available. The event is open to the public. For info, call (860) 346-4709. Last Day for Corn Maze Victorian Afternoon Everyone is invited to high tea and a performance by the Victorian Lady at 1:30 p.m., at The Village at South Farms, 645 Saybrook Rd. in Middletown. Kandie Carle’s onewoman show will take you on a journey through the 1800s, complete with vintage clothing, humor and fascinating anecdotes about fashion, home life and etiquette of men and women during the Civil War. RSVPs are requested for this free show by calling (860) 344-8788. Veterans Parade The Connecticut Veterans Day parade will take place at 1 p.m. near the state Capitol Building in Hartford. At noon there will be a wreath laying ceremony at the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Arch at Jewell and Trinity Streets in Bushnell Park. Admission to the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art will be free for all veterans and current servicemen and women.


November 9 Free Movie Middletown Senior Center, 150 William St., offers a free movie each Monday at 12:30 p.m. Today’s film is An Old Fashioned Thanksgiving with Jacqueline Bisset. Call (860) 344-3513 for information. Job Search and Networking Orville Pierson will present a workshop from 6:15 to 8:15 p.m. at Russell Library, 123 Broad St. in Middletown. Learn the central principles of organizing a job search to get the best results. Register by calling (860) 347-2520. Member Breakfast The Chamber of Commerce will hold a member breakfast from 7:45 to 9 a.m. at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Cromwell to honor veterans. Tickets are $18. Guest speaker is General Gordon R. Sullivan, USA Ret. Former Army Chief of Staff and president and COO of the Association of the Unit-

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ed States Army. To register, send e-mail to Memorial Parents The Memorial School parent council will meet at 7 p.m. Durham 60+ Club The Durham 60+ Club will meet at 1 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall at the United Churches in Durham. There will be a musical program presented by The Humble Bee’s. A blood pressure clinic will also be held.


November 10 Concert The Coginchaug High School band will perform a Veterans Day concert at 7:30 p.m. Grandparent Resources The Middletown Senior Center grandparents resource group meets at 10:15 a.m. Drop-ins are welcome to attend this monthly support group at the Center at 150 Williams St. in Middletown. Call (860) 344-3513 for info. Weight Loss Midstate Medical Center in Meriden will hold a weight loss seminar from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Call (203) 6948733 to register. Bereavement Support From 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Midstate Medical Center offers a professionally facilitated interfaith group open to all bereaved members of the community in the MidState Medical Center in the Napier Chapel. No registration required. Please call (203) 6948369 for information. Business Seminar Middlesex Chamber of Commerce monthly business seminar will be held at 393 Main Street in Middletown from 8 to 10 a.m. Today’s topic is “Wage and Hour Law Update,” covering overtime, wage and hourly issues, record keeping and more. Call (860) 347-6924 or e-mail m for information. BKPTA The Brewster Korn Parent Teacher Association will meet at Brewster School at 6:30 p.m.


November 11 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. Veterans Day Services In Durham at 11 a.m. there will be a ceremony at the veteran’s memorial on the green. In Middlefield at 11 a.m. on the Middlefield Town Green in front of the Fire house. Any and all persons are cordially invited to attend.


November 12

Concert John Lyman School will host a concert by third and fourth graders at 2:15 and 6:30 p.m. Parent Council The CRHS parent council will meet at 7 p.m. A member of the building committee will discuss the athletic complex. Business Seminar Middlesex Chamber of Commerce will present a seminar entitled “Charting your Course to a Safe Workplace” at the Crown Plaza Hotel in Crowell. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m., panel discussion and Q&A begins at 8 a.m. Tickets are $18. Contact the chamber at (860) 347-6924 or send and email to m for tickets or information. Art Guild Dick McEvoy will be give a landscape demonstration in pastel to the Middletown Art Guild at 7 p.m. at the Middlefield Federated Church hall, 390 Main St., in Middlefield. All are welcome to the demo. A donation of $3 is suggested of non- guild members. Soul of a People A screening of excerpts and discussion of Soul of a People will talk place at the Russell Library, 123 Broad St. in Middletown at 7 p.m. For more information, call (860) 347-2528. Writers Out Loud A literary open mic, Writer’s Out Loud, will be hosed by Aj Bower and Cocomo Rock. Share works-inprogress, socialize and seek constructive comments at the Green Street Art Center, 51 Green Street in Middletown at 7 p.m. Call (860) 685-7871 for information. Visit for more events under the Calendar tab.

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Durham at war in 1942 covered by national news teams from ESPN and CNN. The town’s First Selectwoman, Laura Francis, stated on national television that Durham was, at least for that brief moment, the center of the universe. And we believed it; then local resident Irene (Loveland) Roberts brought a New York Times article into our local newspaper office last month. Low and behold, this internationally-read publication featured the little town of Durham in their Sunday, March 8, 1942 issue. Mrs. Roberts received the article from a relative in Maine who found it among her husband’s

By Trish Dynia Special to the Town Times

In January, 2008, an amateur map afficionado with way too much time on his hands determined that the halfway point between the Giant’s home stadium in New Jersey and the Patriot’s home stadium in Massachusetts was Durham. So the once tight-lipped, staid New England town held a gaudy bash on the green. Children and adults sported shirts and helmets from their favorite teams. The town was split rather evenly between Patriot and Giant fans so the scene was colorful, boisterous and

personal items after he passed away earlier this year. The article and photo layout features an interview with Charles Loveland Sr. (Irene Roberts’ grandfather) and a first-hand account of a conversation which took place around the old wood stove at Ackerman’s General Store one evening in 1942. It appears to be a “spotlight on small town America� article, designed to highlight the monumental war efforts undertaken by everyday Americans after the attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941 and

Around the stove at Ackerman’s General Store (now Brenda’s Main Street Feed), from left, Mr. Garrett, Syl Camozzi, Cliff Thompson, Jim Scott and Charlie Loveland Jr.

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Over the last few email alert servicmonths Connecticut es you subscribe residents — yes, you to. — have received a According to big postcard in the Durham Emermail alerting you to gency Manageimportant changes ment Director being made to ConFrancis Willett, necticut area codes. the Emergency In case it got misNotification Sysplaced, here’s all tem will not be afthat information fected at all by the again, because so area code changes long as you have a or 10-digit dialing. 203 or 860 area code, Also, re-proit applies to you. gram equipment Starting Nov. 14, with automatic diNew area code map with overlay codes. 2009, anybody with a alers that are cur203 or 860 area codes must date. rently dialing just a seven“It is important for all cus- digit phone number, and dial the area code for all calls, even local calls within the tomers to begin thinking of check your stationary and same area code. Why? The their telephone number as a any advertising materials to Connecticut Department of 10-digit number when provid- ensure the area code is inPublic Utility Control has or- ing it to family and friends,” cluded. dered the implementation of said Verizon external affairs What will not change is the area-code “overlays” to en- manager John F. Butler. price of a call, your coverage Without dialing the area area or your other rates and sure a continuing supply of telephone numbers in the code, your call will not be services. What is a local call state. An overlay is the addi- completed, and you’ll be in- now will remain a local call, tion of another area code to structed to hang up and try regardless of the number of the same geographic region again with the area code. Note digits dialed. Finally, you can that there will be no change to still reach 911 by dialing those as an existing area code. The new 475 area code will your existing telephone num- three digits, and that’s the serve the same geographic ber or current area code, but same with other three-digit area served by the 203 area the way you dial a call will be numbers such as 211, 411, etc. code, and the new 959 area different because you can’t For more information code will serve the same geo- leave out the area code, even about the 203/475 or 860/959 graphic area served by the 860 for local numbers. area code overlays, visit To prepare for this change, area code. New telephone lines or services will be as- you may need to update any 03and860overlays or call 1signed numbers with the 475 pre-programmed seven-digit 800-922-0204. area code beginning Decem- number in your wireless teleReported by Stephanie ber 12, 2009. The 959 numbers phone to include the area Wilcox will be assigned at a future code, as well as any text or

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The District 13 Board of Education held their bi-monthly a 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 28 in the music room at Korn School. After running through opening formalities, Superintendent Susan Viccaro gave a report concerning the H1N1 virus in our local schools. Although many students have presented symptoms, there have only been a few confirmed cases of H1N1 in the school district. Teachers are being asked to be lenient with the amount of makeup work they give to students who have missed school due to being sick with this illness. If the schools reach a point where 40 percent of students or the majority of the staff develops H1N1, then the decision could be made to temporarily close the schools. If that were the case, then any days that the school was closed would have to be made up. Viccaro also reported that the school district has found a way to cut down on one of their many expenses. Every year, the district is required to compile Annual Reports on the school district to file with the state. These reports are also given to families considering moving to the district and serve a variety of other purposes. Every year the district prints 100 copies of this report, complete with full color and a glossy cover, at a cost of $1,295. According to Viccaro, the district could save $500 if the reports were printed on a lesser quality paper with only one color, bringing the total cost down to $795. The board unanimously approved this change, and decided to insert a statement in the report explaining the reasoning behind it.

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IDS participates in the Empty Bowls project On Oct. 15, the Independent Day School (IDS) hosted a soup dinner to raise money for the Empty Bowls Project. This program at IDS is part of an international, grassroots, craftsbased effort to feed the hungry. The Empty Bowls Project is an interdisciplinary project for the third and fourth grades that connects art and science through serv-

ice learning. As IDS science teacher Paula Mansfield explained, “We also added our own spin on the project by growing the food ourselves! During science last spring, rising second and third graders started a vegetable garden with crops to feed the hungry.” This fall, students harvested the crops and prepared soup to share with their families. In art class with teacher Madeline Smith, students made ceramic soup bowls. At the end of the meal, the bowls

went home to serve as a reminder of the many empty bowls in the world. That evening, students also shared their thoughts and feelings about the project. Andrew Mahr, a fourth grader, reflected on what he has learned through this project: “In Connecticut, 122,000 households, many with children, are food insecure. Hunger can change your life by making you unhealthy. We want to help the people who are hungry by donating more to the food banks.” Empty Bowl events are held around the world and have raised millions of dollars for fighting hunger. This yearly event at IDS raises public

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Letters to the Editor Love that transfer station I love the Durham-Middlefield Transfer Station for many reasons. I go with unwanted stuff; I get rid of it there and feel a sense of accomplishment. I feel strongly about recycling; the arrangement of the site makes this easy and convenient. I like meeting new people; there is always a friendly face or someone sharing a grumble or grin about the weather. Last Monday, I found a new reason to love the dump. The guys who work there, Dave, Bob, John, and Bill, are the most incredibly kind, patient, helpful people on the planet. Stupidly, as I dumped a container of paper/cardboard into the bin, everything got caught on my lanyard, ripping my smart key off and into the bin where it sank into the layers of cardboard. I had no way to get home, this one “not so smart” (and incredibly expensive to replace) key being the only way to get my Prius started that I have left! Thirty minutes later — me in near hysteria and the guys calmly sifting by hand and then using machinery to go carefully through the recycled products — the device was located and handed to me.

I was SO grateful! When I went back today to thank everyone (after removing my lanyard so nothing that wasn’t supposed to go overboard could this time!), I got kind of an “Aw shucks” response from everyone. Total selfless humility: “Just doing our job, ma’am,” and “Glad everything worked out.” One even told me stories of engagement rings, etc., that they’d had to find for other hapless folks — not to brag but to make me feel better that I wasn’t the only one in the area who challenged them! I truly wish that EVERYONE in public service could take a lesson from these guys. They are the best, and I want everyone in Durham and Middlefield to know how fortunate we are — not just to have an ecologically sound and convenient transfer station, but to have one staffed by such a conscientious and really nice crew. Thanks, gentlemen! It’s a privilege to be served by you. Linda Rammler, Middlefield

Thanks, Troop 33 In August we bid good-bye to our son who is attending school in Vermont. While there are many unknowns at a time like this, one of them was not his relationship with Mid-

dlefield Troop 33. Fitch Spencer has been a dedicated Scout for the past six years, first as a cub scout with Pack 33 and now as a boy scout. He has been gently guided and supported by many fine leaders along the way, from Kathy Yusza as his cub den leader in Pack 33 to Robin Heath as Troop 33 scoutmaster. In scouting, as the boys grow up, they are expected to take on greater leadership roles and this was a worry to to participate long distance? Then just last week Robin announced that Fitch would take on being the troop’s webmaster, a role which provides leadership, communication and connectedness to the troop while away at school. Thank you, Robin and thank you, troop! We cannot say enough about how great Troop 33 and the boy scout program has been! The boys attain ranks of Tenderfoot, Second Class, First Class, Star, Life and then Eagle. Over 80 percent of boys in Troop 33 who attain First Class ranking go on to Eagle Scout, due in very large part to the commitment, organization and leadership provided by the older scouts, parent leaders, scout leaders and scoutmaster. This has been Fitch’s dream, which looks like it can now happen. And what they learn along

the way! Last week Fitch attained his Life award. To get there, he has had to design, produce and emcee a Scout Court of Honor with over 40 people in attendance. He has had to lead a family meeting where all participated in talking about growing up issues. He has had the opportunity to learn hunting safety; how to cook on a camp out; how to survive if lost or stranded in the woods; how to catch, clean and prepare fish for the dinner table. He has completed Forestry, Communication, Swimming, Oceanography and Citizenship in the Nation merit badges along with at least 12 others. He has learned the value of working together as a team to make something happen; he has had the opportunity to have fun with a group of boys who enjoy the same things he does. He has helped them in their Eagle Scout service projects and has learned the goodness of giving back through other varied acts of community service. As a parent it makes my heart sing... So thank you, Mr. Heath and Troop 33, for being filled with kind, gracious and dedicated parents and leaders who give so much to our young Boy Scouts, knowing full well they are the future leaders of America. It is an

honor and pleasure to be a part of Middlefield’s Boy Scout Troop 33. Summer and Trey Spencer, Rockfall

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To the thoughtful people of the community, Recently I lost my mom, Marge Ackerman, to cancer. She was fine one day and taken from us the very next week. She loved playing with me, helping me with my homework, and tucking me in at night. She always told me that she was very proud of me. She was a great mom. She was my best friend. I still have my dad, and we have good days and we have bad ones. Mom wouldn’t want us to have any bad days. So, I would like to thank all the people who have remembered her, either by sending flowers, food or, kindness or prayers. I would also like to thank my teachers for being there for me. You are all helping us through a difficult time. A big thank you to everyone for sending donations to my education fund in memory of my mom. Austin Ackerman IV, Durham

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Friday, November 6, 2009


Carbon monoxide: the quiet killer

Preparing for the 2010 revaluation

What is carbon monoxide? Carbon monoxide (CO) is a colorless, odorless and deadly gas produced by the incomplete burning of fossil fuels. These fuels can be natural gas, oil, kerosene, coal or wood. Carbon monoxide replaces oxygen in the blood, interfering with the transport of oxygen needed by the cells in the body. How can I be exposed to carbon monoxide? CO is produced by all fuel burning appliances. Sources can be: gas and oil furnaces; wood, kerosene and pellet stoves; automobile exhaust; charcoal fires; water heaters; generators that produce electricity; gas dryers, stoves/ovens and uvented gas fireplaces. What are the symptoms of CO poisoning? The first physical symptoms of CO poisoning may include headache, fatigue, dizziness and nausea. These symptoms can mimic cold or flu symptoms and may be overlooked. If these symptoms go away when you are gone from the home and come back when you return, or if everyone in the home has these symptoms at the same time, this may be a sign of CO poisoning. Higher concentration of CO can cause a loss of consciousness, brain damage and death. What should I do if I suspect CO in my home? Leave your home immediately! Call 911 or the Connecticut Poison Control Center at (800) 222-1222 from a cell phone or a neighbor’s house after you have left the house. Call the local fire department to test for CO, or call your fuel supplier or licensed heating contractor for an emergency inspection. How can I prevent CO poisoning? Install a CO detector in your home near the bedrooms. Test alarms frequently; change batteries annually. Have your heating systems, chimney flues, and gas appliances checked yearly, and cleaned and serviced as needed by qualified heating/appliance contractors. Do not use alternative heating sources, such as a kerosene heater, inside the house or in the garage. Never go to bed with a fire burning or smoldering. Repair or replace faulty car exhaust systems promptly. Do not run cars, lawn mowers, generators, snow blowers or other internal combustion engines in enclosed spaces such as a garage, porch or basement. Air concentration health effects Outdoor: 0-2 parts per million (ppm)

Durham is schedgo to each property uled to conduct a full and physically inspect revaluation in 2010 as the interior and exteriprescribed by law. The or of each building. 2009 legislature passed They note the builda bill allowing towns ing’s location, size, age on this schedule to deand quality of conlay until 2011. I supstruction, number of ported that legislation bedrooms and bathso that each municirooms, improvements, pality had the ability topography, utilities, to make a decision zoning restrictions, if based on their individany, and numerous ual economic situaother characteristics tions. Shortly after both inside and out. Laura Francis, Durham this bill passed, the Once all the data is colBoard of Selectmen inlected and reviewed vited John Philip, our for accuracy, the aptown assessor, to expraisers will begin to plain the pros and set values using inforcons of proceeding or mation gathered from delaying our own 2010 past market activity. reval. At our meeting, Philip recom- Valuation is done using one of the mended that we proceed and not de- three widely accepted valuation methlay. There is enough data, via home ods which are the market, cost or insales, that will help determine fair come approach. market value, a factor we were worOnce the data collection is reried about this past year. Also, results viewed and analyzed, a notice may be from our bid process were quite favor- mailed to each property owner. At this able, probably due to so many of the time, anyone with questions concernlarger towns choosing to delay. The ing their value, the revaluation BOS accepted the recommendation of process or about the data collected on the assessor and voted to move for- their property has an opportunity to ward and accepted the bid from CLT- meet with someone to discuss their Tyler Technologies. property’s value. Now that the decision has been There is also a formal appeal made, I would like to give you a brief process for those property owners explanation of what to expect as we who do not agree. proceed. First, what is a revaluation? After our consultant has made all fiA revaluation is the process of per- nal changes resulting from the steps forming the necessary market analy- outlined above. In order for the projsis and valuation steps to determine ect to be complete, the town must foraccurate and equitable values for all mally accept all values. Once this is properties within a municipality. The complete, all information is formally equalization of the values within a turned over to the town. Typically tax town creates a fair distribution of the bills are produced using the new valtax burden. The purpose of a revalua- ues to calculate individual taxes. tion is not to raise taxes. The purpose More detailed information will be is to create an equitable distribution disseminated when we formally begin of the tax load. the revaluation sometime in the next The reval will begin sometime this few months. If you have any queswinter with physical data collection. tions, please call the assessor’s office During this phase, data collectors will at (860) 349-3452.

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is normal outdoor ambient level - no actions needed. Less than 10 ppm: No effects No actions

needed. 10-20 ppm: Fatigue in healthy people; Chest pain in people with heart disease. Investigate possible source of CO. Repair when located. 20-75 ppm: Impaired vision and concentration; Headaches, dizziness, confusions, nausea; symptoms can mimic the flu but clear up after leaving home. Investigate sources of CO. Repair when located. Move all residents to fresh air 75-200 ppm: Angina, impaired vision, reduced brain function may result. Get out of house immediately; call 911 from outside of the house Greater than 400 ppm: Can be fatal. Evacuate immediately. Call 911 from outside of the house. Health effects of carbon monoxide poisoning Any reading over 10 ppm indicates that there is an unusual source of CO that needs to be investigated. What do I need to know about CO detectors? Use only detectors certified by Underwriter Laboratories (UL). Choose a digital readout detector. Detectors can be battery-operated or plug in with a backup battery system. Use according to manufacturers instructions. Place outside sleeping areas. Replace the detector every five years or sooner. The sensor has a limited life span. Connecticut carbon monoxide detector law: In 2005, the Connecticut legislature passed a law requiring the installation of carbon monoxide detectors in new one or two family buildings and in existing residences where alterations or additions requiring a permit occur. The full text of the law can be found at: Pa/2005PA00161-R00HB-06894-PA.html. Resources Ct. Department of Public Health, Environmental Health Section, Epidemiology and Occupational Health Assessment Program (860) 509-7742, Ct. Poison Control Center, (800) 2221222, New England Fuel Institute, 20 Summer St., Watertown, MA 02472, (617) 924-1000 American Lung Assoc., 45 Ash Street, East Hartford, (860) 289-5401, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 11/06.

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The Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) held another informal discussion with Matthew Crescimano and engineer John Schlosky at their meeting on Oct. 28. The two returned with another proposal for the construction of a commercial building on 1 Lorraine Terrace (site of a former mini-golf course). This time, the proposal involves putting two buildings on the

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site – one building of 2,000 more conforming than they square feet and another of were earlier and would have 5,000. The buildings will be to follow a few other condi(Unless otherwise indicated, turned away from Route 66, tions such as maintaining the all meetings are held in the Community Center.) while there will only be mini- same volume and adding no Tuesday, Nov. 10 bedrooms. As mal parking at the front of the additional 7:30 p.m. — Midstate Planning, 100 DeKoven Dr., Middletown lot. The number of parking Town planner Geoff ColeWednesday, Nov. 11 spaces was reduced from 74 grove sees it, this would hope7 p.m. — Water Pollution Control Authority fully be a benefit. Commission spaces to 52. Thursday, Nov. 12 Resident Tom Rogers asked member Kevin Boyle also sug7 p.m. — Park and Recreation Commission gested that the amendment that sound buffering be put in Tuesday, Nov. 17 place and that a stop light po- should specifically mention a 7 p.m. — Board of Selectmen tentially be put in place for height restriction of 35’. 7 p.m. — Conservation Commission While chairman Ken easier access. He also suggestWednesday, Nov. 18 ed that it might be better if Hamilton felt that bringing 7 p.m. — Inland Wetlands Commission cars enter and exit from Route buildings further into compli7:30 p.m. — Board of Education at Lyman School 66, with a curb cut put in. The ance is a good thing, he added commission informed Rogers that he’s uncomfortable with that buffering and a curb cut changing the regulations for if this amendment was ap- matter will go before a public should be addressed during specific sites. In this case, the proved. Fowler replied that hearing on Nov. 24. In other business, Christine the public hearing, while it’s change would mostly benefit he was uncertain, though he up to the state to put in stop the Fowler Development. was willing to do some re- Leavitt returned with a request Hamilton asked Dwight search based on the language lights. See Mfld. P&Z, page 14 Otherwise, the commission Fowler just what he would do proposed. Regardless, the felt that the proposal was a good one and suggested that a formal application be submitted so that they can take the matter to a public hearing on Nov. 24th. The commission also disA Specialty Floral and Gift Boutique cussed potentially changing Everything for your gift giving and decorating needs the regulations to allow for the Trapp Candles Jewelry demolition and reconstruction of nonconforming buildPocketbooks Scarves and Sweaters ings by special permit. Under Stonewall Kitchen Foods Chocolate Truffles lym_SS54_11_02:Layout 1 10/30/09 2:16 PM Page 1 this text amendment, such Christmas Florals and Aromatique Holiday Candles and buildings would have to be

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On Wednesday, Nov. 18, at 12:30 p.m. CRT registered dietician Jane Coggins will discuss organic foods. Are they safe? Are they more nutritious? Coggins will answer any questions. No registration is necessary. All are welcome. Movies on Wednesdays will be Nothing like the Holidays on Nov. 18, and The Family Stone on Nov. 25. These movies are free, no reservation necessary, and they begin at 1 p.m. Popcorn is served. Setback is off to a great start on Tuesdays at 1 p.m. We have two tables playing and would love to have more. Please drop in and enjoy a fun afternoon. Call Antoinette at the Senior Center at (860) 349-7121.

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Ghosts & spiders & graves, oh my! Durham Town Hall doors and walls were decorated for Halloween to the delight of visitors. The tax collector’s office featured quotes about death and taxes, while ghosts with quotes about fear from leading political figures were featured outside the first selectman’s office and the fancy striped spider a d dorned the soc i a l serv-

The Medicare Rx-Xpress Bus is coming to Durham on Tuesday, Dec. 1, from 9:30 a.m. till 2:30 p.m. in the Durham Library parking lot. The Connecticut Department of Social Services’ Medicare Rx-Xpress is a mobile unit that serves as an outreach resource to Connecticut communities, providing Medicare Prescription Plan assistance and eligibility screening to older individuals and persons with disabilities. The unit is equipped with a satellite dish, four internetconnected computer workstations, booths that ensure pri-

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Friday, November 6, 2009 and Medicare card. Appointments will be made on a first come, first served basis. Appointments can be made by calling Jan Muraca, municipal agent for the elderly, at (860) 349-3153. Appointments will be approximately 30 minutes per session. If you are unable to attend and need help in making your decision about Medicare Rx Drug coverage, contact CHOICES at 1800-994-9422.

vacy during counseling and the interview process, program brochures, applications and various program forms. It has a wheelchair lift and handrails for safe boarding and exiting. The Medicare Rx-Xpress will offer to Durham elderly and disabled residents an opportunity to review Medicare prescription information, Medicare prescription drug plan enrollment assistance, extra help (for the Medicare Rx program), Medicare Savings, ConnPace, Social Security information and eligibility screening for programs and benefits. Two CHOICES (Connecticut’s program for Health assistance, Outreach, Information and Referral, Counseling and Eligibility Screening) counselors will be available to assist residents with their medical and prescription drug insurance concerns. Residents must make an appointment to meet with the CHOICES program counselors. Residents MUST bring with them a list of their medications, the name of their pharmacy(s),

Rec casino trip Durham Recreation is sponsoring a road trip to the Mohegan Sun Casino. The bus will leave Strong School parking lot at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 21, and leave the casino at 11 p.m., returning to Strong School at midnight. The cost of this trip is $25 per person, and includes a $15 meal coupon and three $5 bets on the wheel tickets. Seats must be reserved by Friday, Nov. 6. Send a check made out to Durham Recreation, with you name, address and phone number to Durham Recreation, P.O. Box 428, Durham, CT 06422, or drop it off at Durham Town Hall. Call (860) 343-6724 or email for information. More on next page ...

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ily by providing a food gift card to Stop & Shop, Shaw’s, Waldbaum’s Food Mart, Shop Rite, Wal-Mart or any supermarket, or by providing a restaurant gift certificate, or making a monetary donation payable to Durham Interchurch Assistance. Donations can be mailed to Human Services, Thanksgiving Program, P.O. Box 428, Durham 06422 or dropped off at the Human Services office in Town Hall between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Anyone with questions can call Human Services at (860) 349-3153.

Come & Discover Durham The public is cordially invited to “Discover Durham” on Thursday, Nov. 19, at the Durham Firehouse. “Discover Durham” will showcase the entrepreneurs,

Durham Government Calendar (All meetings will be held at the Durham Library unless otherwise noted. Check the town Web page at for agendas and last-minute changes.) Monday, Nov. 9 7 p.m. — Board of Selectmen at Town Hall 8 p.m. — Special town meeting to vote on Transfers and Code of Ethics at Town Hall 7:30 p.m. — Inland Wetlands Commission Tuesday, Nov. 10 7:30 p.m. — Midstate Planning, 100 DeKoven Dr., Middletown 7:30 p.m. — Library Board of Trustees 7:30 p.m. — Conservation Commission at Town Hall 8 p.m. — Fire Company at the firehouse Thursday, Nov. 12 6 p.m. — Board of Selectmen with BOE at 135 Pickett Lane 7:30 p.m. — Zoning Board of Appeals at Town Hall Tuesday, Nov. 17 2-6 p.m. Discover Durham expo at firehouse; free; all welcome 7 p.m. — Board of Finance at Town Hall 7 p.m. — Economic Development Commission

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It’s time to think about Thanksgiving. For many families, it’s gathering together for a traditional holiday dinner. For others, it’s stressful thinking about the additional costs of providing a holiday dinner. This year many are feeling the effects of the economic crisis and high unem-ployment. Annually, Durham prepares a Thanksgiving holiday program for families and individuals with needs. Stresses from financial difficulties, unemployment, medical prob-


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The Board of Finance (BOF) spoke with Public Works foreman Kurt Bober during their meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 20. Bober came before the board to inform them that the Ambulance Building requires $25,000 in repairs in order to protect it. These repairs involve correcting the flat roof area and chimney, updating the electrical service, putting in a half bath, as well as fixing a leak and a few other miscellaneous items. The need for these repairs was agreed upon by Bober as well as the Building Official and EMS Chief. Having reviewed Bober’s proposal, the board said he should put the item out to bid. They then unanimously approved the transfer of $25,000 from the building maintenance reserve into ambulance building maintenance. Bober also informed the BOF that the underground fuel tank at the library has been removed. Board members also felt Bober shouldn’t put off purchasing a new truck but should start looking for a fuel efficient truck for future purchase. The board also discussed a transfer request of $19,621 to make the final payment on a loader. They recommended that the Board of Selectmen take the item to town meeting. A couple of other miscellaneous items came up. Rob DeSimone will serve as the finance board’s representative during the school’s administrator negotiations, while the 2009 Town Report will be dedicated to George Zeeb and Dorothy Willett. (Chuck Corley)

lems and other personal or family issues often create unanticipated hardships. Families or individuals having difficulties are encour-aged to call Durham Human Services at (860) 3493153 to apply for Thanksgiving holiday assistance. Income verification is required. Volunteers will distribute Thanksgiving holiday assistance on Friday, Nov. 20, from 9 noon at the town hall. This year, as you count your blessings, remember those that are less fortunate. Residents can help by purchasing food gift cards for donation to the Thanksgiving holiday program. Monetary donations received from the community will help make food card purchases for Thanksgiving program recipients. Turkeys are also need-ed. Turkeys can be dropped off at the town hall on Friday, Nov. 20, no later than 9 a.m. Families and organizations can sponsor an individual or fam-


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inventors and a myriad of businesses in the community. The event is intended to introduce business owners to each other and to show townspeople the breadth of talent with-

in the town borders. The EDC would like to use this as an opportunity to promote the concept of “buy local” and encourage businesses to support each other. The expo will take place from 2 to 6 p.m. followed by a “Business After Hours” gath-

ering. The community is urged to attend. For more information or to register your business, contact EDC chairman Peter Cascini at (860) 349-2309 or Ona McLaughlin at (860) 3498415.

Friday, November 6, 2009

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Resident State Trooper Peter DiGioia reported this week that a break-in occurred on Thursday, Oct. 29, at 11:30 a.m. Witness reports say the breakin was perpetrated by two white males of medium build and height, one of whom had a beard. They drove away with multiple televisions and other stolen goods in a four-door gray or steel-colored Toyota Corolla with Connecticut plates. Anyone with further information is asked to call DiGioia at (860) 349-2325. DiGioia also asks residents to please call 911 immediately if they suspect anything is going on at a neighbor’s home. “We’d rather go and check and find the cleaning lady or the plumber then to have a burglary committed,” he said. Again, call 911 if you spot

for a home occupation permit for 139 Powder Hill Rd. She hopes to run an afternoon children’s activities program as well as a catering business. She explained that the program will go no later than 7 p.m. with no more than 12 kids, while there will be no pick-up for the catering as it will all be delivered. Along with the requirement for the fire marshal to sign off on the activities, as well as the sanitarian for the catering business, the commission wanted to approve the two activities separately to avoid tying one to the other. For both, the commission gave their unanimous approval. Resident Al Smith also spoke to the commission, informing them that Park and Recreation has been running activities at Peckham Park

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Levi Coe Library Hours: The library is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, and on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Visit or call the library at (860) 3493857 for information or to register for any program. You can also renew, reserve and check your library record on the website. Library will be closed Wednesday, Nov. 11, for Veterans Day. Book and Bake Sale: The Levi E. Coe book and bake sale will be on Saturday, Nov. 7. There will be a $5 admission preview day on Friday, Nov. 6, from 1 to 5 p.m. On Saturday, Nov. 7, the sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with no admission fee. All proceeds will benefit the library. If you are interested in volun-

teering time to help sort and sell, please sign up at the library or call. New young author and children’s titles include Sphinx’s Princess by Esther Friesner, The Softwire: Wormhole Pirates on Orbis 3 by PJ Haarsma, Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld, An Eye for Color: The Story of Josef Albers by Natasha Wing, Lines That Wiggle by Candace Whitman and The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Prisoner’s Dilemma by Trenton Lee Stewart. Great new titles include The Self-Sufficient Life and How to Live It by John Seymour, In Cheap We Trust by Lauren Weber, The Modern Vegetarian by Maria Elia, Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater, Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger, The Children’s Book by A. S. Byatt and

The White Queen by Philippa Gregory. Come in and check out these books or reserve titles that are coming soon. To view anticipated arrival dates for new titles, visit, click on Activities and Events and go to monthly calendars.

Durham Library Hours: Regular library hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Visit to search the catalog, review your account, register for a program or renew your materials online. For information or to register for a program by phone, call (860) 349-9544. The library will be closed Wednesday, Nov. 11, and Thursday, Nov. 26.

15 Scarecrows: The library staff would like to thank all the participants who created scarecrows for the library lawn. Voted favorite display was the Durham Co-op Nursery School’s “Where the Wild Things Are.” Scarecrows can still be viewed on the library website at New Titles: True Blue by David Baldacci, Blood Game by Iris Johansen, At Home on Ladybug Farm by Donna Ball, Dracula, the Undead: the Sequel to the Original Classic by Dacre Stoker, Knockout, Interviews with Doctors Who Are Curing Cancer by Suzanne Somers, D-Day, the Battle for Normandy by Antony Beevor and Puggle by Miriam Fields-Babineau. The Scarpetta Factor by Patricia Cornwell is now available in



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store credits rather than throwing them in the trash.” The store’s inventory, which includes hard cover and paper back, fiction, nonfiction, biographies, young adult and children’s, romance, mysteries and thrillers and cookbooks, comes from shopping at tag sales and people who want to get books they’ve already read off their hands. For these people, Bowers offers store credit of 50 percent applied to-

ward the purchase of a book. In addition to selling used books, The Book Bower occasionally hosts events like book signings by local authors. The next signing features former Middlefield resident Marilyn McDowell, who now lives in Vermont as a published children’s author. She will be signing copies of her new book for preteens, Carolina Harmony, on Saturday, Nov. 7, from 3:30-5:30 p.m.

The best part for Bowers, who worked in the environmental field for 30 years, might be that the store has an environmental feel to it. “We recycle books, we have a recycled plastic carpet made out of plastic bottles and the website is hosted by servers who

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cookies, cupcakes and Carvel ice cream cake. Often, people suggested they do other things like dress as witches or add spooky touches, “But it was working this way so we always kept it the same,” said Eleanor. She explains that the idea was to cater to the kids, so a friendly atmosphere with no spooky music or decorations has always been provided. In fact, there was never a problem other than the time four young men arrived in costume with faces covered and headed right for the table, pushing right past younger kids. Eleanor went right over to the leader of the pack and said, “When these little children get done with their

snacks, we’d be glad to serve you.” Furious, the group stormed out, piled back in their flashy sports car and shot out of Lake Shore Drive. Though she says everyone has always been helpful, folks worked even harder this year so Eleanor could enjoy spending time with the kids, her favorite part of the event. “I’ve enjoyed the whole thing, but especially seeing the smiles on kids faces,” she said. One year near the start, Eleanor and Dick had a house fire and two women went around collecting money to help out and came back with a check for $1,500. The couple decided right then and there that

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they were not going to stop Halloween no matter how many kids came or how expensive it was for food, Halloween candy and photography. “If they did that for us, the least we can do is give this back to them,” she said. Though they never officially kept track, the number of guests kept increasing every year as it caught on. Kids would line up outside because the kitchen was too small, and they would watch through the window to see when there was room to come in. “The truth is,” said Eleanor, “every year I panicked that they wouldn’t show up because of other events in town.” But that never happened. Peo-


ple would bring friends or come from out-of-town. In recent years, the people she remembers as children have married and brought their children — some even came from out-of-state. It didn’t take long for Halloween to become Eleanor’s favorite holiday. Even after Dick passed away and her next husband Michael Zahorodni passed away, the tradition remained strong. She still remembers certain costumes

and has held onto a card from a trick-or-treater years ago that said “I Love You.”

And Eleanor will never forget this year’s sobbing little boy. His mother told Eleanor that they had been coming for a long time, and he was sad it was the last year. “He loves you very, very much, the mother told me,” said Eleanor. “I assured him that if someone has (the Halloween event) and I know about it, I’ll be there, and he thanked me for that.”

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Although they were off the island, Dr. Wassell and his men were not safe yet. The ship was attacked and afterwards, several hundred of those on board the ship decided they would take their chances on land. Dr. Wassell and his men stayed aboard, however, and after 10 days arrived in Perth, a city on the northwest coast of Australia. “The last refugees had made it to Perth the week before, and no one actually expected more survivors from Java,” said Eleanor. The Australians were so surprised that Wassell and his men had to wait in a makeshift treatment area while authorities confirmed who they were and brought them to the hospital.

While in Australia, Dr. Wassell was awarded the Naval Cross, the highest award in the Navy. “President Franklin Roosevelt talked about my father on his

weekly Sunday radio address, a program that everyone stopped what they were doing to listen to,” Eleanor recounted. As a result, Dr. Wassell’s story became a positive boost that was badly needed at this low point of World War II. Eleanor explained just why Dr. Wassell’s story was critical for the nation at that time. “The U.S. naval fleet was practically decimated from battles in the Pacific Northwest and the Pearl Harbor attack, and public morale was low,” Eleanor said. “In addition to that, the majority of American troops were fighting in Europe, and that front of the war hit closer to home because a majority of American troops were only a couple of generations removed from where their families originated in Europe.” Something had to be done to raise the public’s morale and their interest in the Pacific theater. Cecil B. DeMille, a wellknown movie producer, de-

Friday, November 6, 2009 plane and revealing the movie plans to the public, and he was all the way in Australia,” Eleanor said. So, Dr. Wassell was flown on a private plane from Melbourne to Hawaii, eventually arriving in San Francisco, where he was driven directly to Los Angeles. After spending extended time with DeMille and writer James Hilton, a script was ready, and the movie was put into production. Dr. Wassell was kept on set to keep the story realistic, and as Eleanor describes it, “The movie was Ivory soap, 99.44 percent pure.” The end result was The Story of Dr. Wassell, a major motion picture starring Gary Cooper as Dr. Wassell. The movie was successful as war incentive, giving the public something to feel positive about. Dr. Wassell had clearly done more than his share, but at this point he was far from finished with supporting the war effort. “Rather than fi-

cided that Dr. Wassell’s story would make an inspiring film. Dr. Wassell was given direct orders from President Roosevelt’s secretary to report to DeMille. “They couldn’t risk a reporter seeing my Dad get off a

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nance the war with deficit spending as we currently do, the World War II effort was supplemented through war bonds,” explained Eleanor. These bonds were usually sold at large events that were designed to attract a crowd. “Everyone got behind war tours… people who came back from the war early, actors, everyone did their part,” Eleanor remembered. Dr. Wassell joined these incentive tours as a hero and a celebrity, helping draw large groups of people to these events to buy bonds, join the armed forces, or do whatever they could to support the war effort. Dr. Wassell traveled throughout America and Canada on trains and cars, going to shipyards and other areas and always drawing a large crowd. From 1942 through 1946, Dr. Wassell would do several of these appearances a day. “My Dad would call and say “’Guess how many hands I shook today?’ and it would be thousands; it was really incredible,” says Eleanor. Naval headcounters would count the crowd to estimate how many people might come to buy bonds afterwards. Crowds up to 250,000 would show up at these tours, not just to support the war, but to also meet Dr. Wassell and to buy a bond with his signature on back. Tours like these were invaluable in funding the war and building public support of the war effort. After World War II was over, Dr. Wassell kept up with the people he met during his time on Java. “He wrote to the Dutch who had helped he and his men get off the island,” Eleanor said. “He would also make it a point to visit that group of 10 wounded soldiers whenever he was on the incentive tours if they were anywhere close by.” In 1958, Dr. Wassell passed away, and was buried in Arlington, along with Eleanor’s stepmother and brother. However, Eleanor and her family still have a connection to this history, with the last man of those 10 wounded, Joe Lienber, visiting Eleanor’s family not too long ago. As Eleanor finished describing her dad’s experiences in World War II, it was striking how much Dr. Wassell had sacrificed for his

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conversation goes like this: “I hear the Red Cross raised more than $900 for those emergency supplies. Lot of money, a town like this.” “’Most a dollar a head.” “They’ve sold a lot more than that in Defense Bonds.” “Yeah, but that’s an investment.” “Well, so’s these supplies for the Red Cross. They’re good for any big accident.” “Hear the Bowen boy’s been called up by the Draft Board.” “Yeah? Well, they go. I went in the last war.” “How much sugar will you sell me, Ack? Hundred pounds?” “Where’s your ration card?” “Don’t worry me none. I’ve got a bee.” “Hear milk price is going up again.” “I’ll believe it when I see the check. Ack, lemme have a plug of tobacco. I go on observation post at midnight and I don’t dare smoke.”

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try, his incredible story lives on. You can borrow the movie or one of several books about Dr. Wassell from the Durham Library. What a perfect way to honor Veterans’ Day – or any day.

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fact that in 1942 there were just 1,087 residents and 324 dwellings. (Today Durham has nearly 7,000 residents and approximately 2,250 dwellings.) But before Connecticut officially became the Constitution State, it was often referred to as the Munitions State. From Revolutionary War times to the present, Connecticut has always provided much-needed supplies in times of war, often in numbers above and beyond what might be expected from such a tiny land mass. The urban centers in the greater Hartford and New Haven areas provided much in the way of arms and large manufactured goods, but smaller towns added exponentially to Connecticut’s contributions in times of great need and peril. The article ends with the reporter recounting a visit to Ackerman’s General Store on the south end of Main Street. It is early evening and a group of local men are gathered around the wood stove. The


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This summer, some older girls from Troop 62336 planted a butterfly garden in the back courtyard of Levi Coe Library. We went to Country Flower Farms for information about butterfly gardens. We had to rip out all the pachysandra and weeds, then our troop planted five different varieties of butterfly plants along with a few annuals. Marion Stannard gave us planting advice. We laid newspaper, then mulch, and we also made pottery rain catchers so the butterflies can drink. Thank you to Uncle Bob’s for donating the wood mulch and to Mr. Smigel for rototilling. This project was to earn our Junior Girl Scout Bronze Award. It was a lot of fun and now the children’s room has a butterfly garden to hold their popular butterfly release. Involved were Molly Anderson, Marissa Berry, Kia Boreland, Victoria Footit, Angela Koerber, Haley Quirk and Audra Smigel. (By Molly Anderson and Marissa Berry, Cadets)

I am a Life Scout from Boy Scout Troop 33 in Middlefield. Every year the troop goes on a high adventure trek. In years past, we have gone to Sea Base on a sail-boating trek across the Florida Keys. Some boys decided they wanted to go back to Sea Base for scuba diving, which the troop hadn’t done yet. First, we needed to get scuba certified. We did three pool training days where we got instructions from Mr. Dan Grumm on the basics. We all passed a swimming exam with flying colors. We also had to perform two open water dives in CT and RI. Mr. Grumm made getting scuba certified a lot of fun. When we arrived in Florida, we drove down the Keys to Boy Scout Florida Sea Base,

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Blue Devils at Shoreline Championships


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Alex Morin placed eighth overall in the Cross Country Class SS State Championship Meet at Wickham Park in Manchester on Saturday, Oct. 31. His time was 17:32. His is pictured at right approaching the finish line with the other medalists. His time earned him a place in the State Open meet which will be held on Friday, Nov. 6. Photos by Susan Michael

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28 B Maroon The rain stopped just in time for the Falcons B Maroon squad to play their final home game against the Wethersfield Eagles. The Falcons came out with a lot of energy, and took the opening kick-off and drove the ball down the field with blocking by David Pakech, Eric Lee, Carson Aitken, and Stephen Phenicie. The offense stalled in Eagle’s territory and turned the ball over on downs. The Falcons defense stepped up to the plate led by Curtis Jordan who tackled the Eagles running back for a five-yard loss and Andrew Vansteenbergen who forced a fumble. Play continued for the rest of the quarter with neither team able to get an advantage until the Eagles completed a long pass for a touchdown. The attempt for the extra point failed and the quarter ended with the Eagles up 6-0. The second quarter began with the Falcon’s offense playing the best they have all year. Conner Salva, Jack Levine and Jake Ober led the running

attack thanks to intense blocking by the ends, Paul Marinan and Cam Powers. When the ball was turned over on downs, the Falcon’s defense stuffed the Eagles, keeping them pinned deep in their own territory. Kevin Crompton knocked a pass away, Parker Tregoning made some important tackles and Sean Kral kept the Eagles contained. After an Eagle punt, the Falcons drove the field and punched the ball into the end zone. Jack Levine capped the Falcon’s scoring with a touchdown and the extra point. The Eagles tried to score once more before the half, but the Falcon’s defense shut them down led by Cooper Dahlman’s sack on fourth down which stopped their drive. The half ended with the Falcons leading 7-6. Eagles had the ball to start the third quarter, but could not gain many yards. The Falcons defense refused to give Wethersfield anymore big plays. Andrew Vansteenber-

gen sacked the quarterback and Thomas Gazerwitz played solid on the defensive line. The Falcons got the ball back and, led by quarterback Kevin Crompton, were able to move the chains to get into scoring position. Jack Levine scored on a five yard run, aided by fine blocking by the offensive line. At the end of the quarter the Falcons had the lead 13-6. The fourth quarter turned out to be a chess match with both teams playing well. The Eagles finally completed a fine pass play scoring a touch down, but again the Falcon’s defense denied them the extra point. The Falcons were unable to score on their next possession and turned the ball over on downs. The Falcon’s defense rose to the challenge one last time, with an interception by Conner Salva securing the victory for the Falcons, with the final score 13-12 in favor of the Falcons. The team would like to thank its greatest supporter, Tucker Root who was injured at the

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Vinal/Coginchaug Hawks win over North Branford By Garri Saganenko Special to the Town Times

performance. Wheeler and company stopped the NB defense on their first drive of the half only to give it to the offense that had Finley throw his second interception of the game. Sophomore Baker grabbed his third interception of the season on the following North Branford drive. Then, VC’s offense woke up, delivering back to Senior Eddy Ruddy (#23) makes a back scoring tackle against North Branford. drives. Both drives Photo by Mykola Danczuk ended in D’aquila rushing touchTo say David Wheeler was downs of six and 19 yards. all over the field that night Flannery and Tiedemann would be an understatement. contributed on the drives. VC Wheeler gleaned three sacks, 29 NB 7. 9:02 left in the fourth amongst numerous tackles, quarter. The VC defense seemed to to lead the defense to a stellar

sit back at this point as they began giving up big play after big play. The first play came when North Branford’s Perez completed a 60-yard pass that gave North Branford a touchdown just 20 seconds later. VC 29 NB 13. After the offense reverted back to their inconsistent play, North Branford took over, charging down the field to score a touchdown with 4:14 left in the fourth quarter. VC 29 NB 19. The attempted comeback proved to be too little, too late as VC was able to build a big enough cushion and run out enough of the clock to hold on for a 29-19 victory, improving their record to 7-0 on the season. The next Vinal TechCoginchaug game is Friday, Nov. 6, versus the Old Saybrook-Westbrook Rams at Palmer Field in Middletown at 6:30 p.m. This is senior night for the Hawks, who have 14 seniors on the roster.

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All cylinders were firing for the Vinal Tech-Coginchaug Hawks on a chilly Oct. 30th night in North Branford. With victory in sight, the Hawks seemed to let off the gas in the final minutes of the fourth quarter, en route to 29-19 victory that was much closer than it should have been. The game began with the Hawks winning the coin toss, electing to receive. From their own 36-yard line, the trio of seniors Nick D’aquila and Mark Flannery and sophomore Tyler Doherty were able to fly down the field on four plays, ending on a Flannery 34-yard touchdown run. Flannery showcased his excellent breakaway speed as he took it right up the middle of the North Branford defense. 10:40 left in the first quarter VC 7 NB 0. North Branford’s first offense series ended in three plays with a junior Dave Wheeler five-yard sack highlighting the drive. The Thunderbirds were forced to punt, and the Hawks would take over at the 50-yard line. VC’s offense looked extraordinary at times and stagnant at others. The Hawks’ second drive mirrored North Branford’s first, ending in a fumble. North Branford began their second drive from their own 36. After a Joe Perez quarterback sneak, took the ball 15 yards up the field, North Branford tried to test the coverage of the Hawks’ defensive backs. Heaving the ball about 50 yards into the end zone, Perez was intercepted by senior Jeff Tiedemann, the first of three Hawk interceptions. Taking over at their own 20, the Hawks put together one of their trademark, double-digit play drives, rushing and passing their way to the doorstep of the North Branford end zone. Surprisingly, the Hawks were denied at the goal line, highlighting the inconsistent play of the offense. The defense started where they left off, this time putting points on the board when senior Justin Johnson sacked quarterback Perez in the end zone with 1:37 left in the first quarter. VC 9 NB 0. VC’s ensuing drive — on a safety, the team who caused

the safety gets the ball backended in just one play — when senior Conor Finley was intercepted after underthrowing a pass to Tiedemann. North Branford took over and assembled a tenplay drive that saw Wheeler make his second sack of the night. Once again the defense stopped North Branford short, giving the Hawks the ball. However, the offense stalled, handing the ball back to the Thunderbirds, leading to a quick NB strike with 7:18 left in the second quarter. VC 9 NB 7 D’aquila, with over 160 rushing yards, and Flannery, over 100 rushing yards, took over on the next drive, leading a touchdown drive that ended with the first of D’aquila’s three touchdowns at 3:07 of the second quarter. VC 16 NB 7. The first half would end with sophomore Alec Corazzini intercepting in the end zone.

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The boys’ U-14 travel soccer team continued their winning ways between rain drops on Saturday afternoon. A soggy field at the high school forced the game to be moved to one of the lower practice fields. A brief period of sunshine right before the first whistle offered hope that the whole game would be played, and although the sun didn’t last, the rain held off. The tone of the match was



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line of scrimmage most of the game but time and time again came up empty. Strong defensive performances were put in by Justin Faiella, Kyle Grenier (fumble recovery), Brian Radziunas (interception), Isaiah Nemecek (interception), Kevin Cross, AJ Alfano, Anthony Curry and Tyler White. Due to illness and injuries a number of kids were asked to play new positions during the game and all readily stepped up to the challenge. A couple of key turnover calls did not go the way of the Falcons or there might have been a different ending to this one. The Falcons played tremendous defense all game long and at the end of regulation the score was tied 0-0. It was a fitting tribute for this bunch of kids who played tenacious defense the entire season. Special thanks to all the coaches, parents and cheerleaders who devoted their time and energy to making this a great football season. See C Squad Gold next issue.


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Joan A. Otte Joan A. Otte, 77, of Durham, wife of the late Melvin Otte, died Oct. 31, 2009, at Middlesex Hospital in Middletown. Born in Middletown, she was the daughter of the late Harry Ambrosia and Blanche (Coe) Buckley and beloved stepfather, William Buckley, and had lived in Durham most of her life. Joan and her husband owned and operated Morse and Otte “Elf” Service Market in Durham. She was a member of the Church of the Epiphany and a member of the Durham Fair Association. She is survived by her beloved dog, Roxy; three sons, Gerald A. Otte and his wife, Rosni, of East Hartford, Michael S. Otte and his wife, Machiko, of Honolulu, Hawaii, Richard K. Otte and his significant other, Joanne Jukins, of Middletown; two daughters, Nadine O. Rousseau and her husband, Paul, of Dunlap, Tenn., Chris-

William Bailey William “Bill” Bailey, of Higganum Road, Durham, passed away on Sunday, Nov. 1, 2009. He was the beloved husband of Mabel Jean (Scarbrough) Bailey. Bill was born Aug. 9, 1920, son of the late Charles and Annie (Matthews) Bailey, in a small mining community named LaBelle, Penn. He flew with the Tuskegee Airmen during World War II as a radio gunner. He knew B.O. Davis Jr. and Daniel “Chappie” James Jr., who both rose to the rank of brigadier generals. He worked in the engineering department of Pratt & Whitney Aircraft as a draftsman for 25 years. He will be sadly missed. Besides his wife, he is sur-

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