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Serving Durham, Middlefield and Rockfall

Volume 16, Issue 35

Friday, December 11, 2009

Signs and sounds sssof the holiday season in our Perhaps more than any other time of year (with the possible exception of the weeks before the Durham Fair!), December is awash in traditional sights and sounds — the sight of twinkling lights, gaily wrapped packages, Santa and District 13 students collecting food, and the sounds of bells and carols and snow crunching underfoot.

CRU and Middlefield photos by Stephanie Wilcox

Above lucky tree-lighter helps Santa in Photo by Karen Kean Durham on Dec. 5.

Top left, a group of students unloads collected foodstuffs from a car at the Community Round-Up on Dec. 5; below left, Abby LaVigne of Memorial school hoists a donated can of pineapple. Center, Alexandra, left, and Elizabeth Nick, numbers 101 and 102 in line to meet Santa at the Community Center on Dec. 6.. “I’d rather be here than at the mall!” said mom Cindy. Above, carollers in Middlefield.

In this issue ... Calendar.........................4-5 Devil’s Advocate ........13-20 Honor Rolls ................22-23 Obituary..........................26 Sports ..........................28-29 Town Briefs ................10-12

First snow day: Wednesday, Dec. 9 There are no snow days built into the District 13 school calendar. Any snow days will have to be made up.

Middlefield selectmen end year with a full plate By Sue VanDerzee Town Times The evening started with a town meeting that lasted all of four minutes – just long enough to inform the very sparse audience that the annual report was not finished. This happens every year. The town charter calls for a town meeting to receive the town report the first Monday in December, and the report is not done because it depends on audits and compila-

tion and other efforts that typically are not completed by that date. During the fourminute meeting, one item was decided, however. Those half dozen in attendance voted without opposition to accept $1,700 from the state for a sliver of town-owned land along Route 147 by the bridge over the Coginchaug River. The state is seeking this sliver of land in order to reconstruct the very narrow bridge in the near future. The regular selectmen’s

meeting following more than made up for the brevity of the town meeting. The Board of Selectmen’s (BOS) meeting lasted over two hours and topics covered ranged far and wide. The first item of business was introduction of new BOS member Ed Bailey, who was elected in November. He replaces Dave Lowry, who chose not to run again. Land issues According to First Selectman Jon Brayshaw, town of-

ficials were proceeding with a memorandum of understanding regarding the lease/sale of Powder Ridge. Needless to say, it doesn’t appear that much will be happening on the mountain this season, however. There was some public interest in the disposition of the 25 acres of land belonging to Robert Merriam for which the town had voted to buy the development rights.

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The Brewster-Korn PTA proudly announces the sale of Snow Days Volume II. The CD was professionally recorded by The Coffeehouse Recording Studio with the assistance of music director Tiger Robison. It features custom artwork by Ruth Beames, art teacher, and exhibits the talents of both students and faculty of Brewster and Korn schools, including the Korn chorus singing holiday songs. There’s nothing more delightful than hearing the voices of children singing at Christ-

mas. CDs are available while supplies last exclusively at Lino’s Market for $10. The CDs make a wonderful holiday gift for family or friends.

Carol with the Sweet Adelines Come caroling with the Valley Shore Chorus of Sweet Adelines International. They invite all women to sing holiday music in fourpart a capella harmony barbershop style. Rehearsals are Tuesdays in December from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the

Index of Advertisers To advertise in the Town Times, call Joy Boone at (860) 349-8026. J. Randolph Kitchens ................30 Joe Riff’s Music ...........................4 Ken Marino Sales & Service .......3 Kim’s Cottage Confections........22 Lema, William J., D.M.D............22 Lyman Orchards..........................3 Masonicare................................22 MHS Primary Care Durham........6 Michalowski Agency Ins............10 Micheli Unisex Styling Salon.....22 Middlesex Chamber of Commerce3 Middlesex Community College ...7 Middlesex Ob/Gyn.......................7 Middletown Plate Glass.............29 Miller Tree Farm..........................4 Mims Oil.....................................12 Morasutti Plumbing & Heating ..26 Movado Farm ............................26 Neil Jones Home Imp................29 Paint Spot..................................11 Pet Stop.....................................26 Petruzelo Agency Ins. ...............29 Professional Security ................30 Rice, Davis, Daley & Krenz Ins. ..5 RLI Electric ................................27 Rockfall Co. ...............................27 RSDL Home Imp. .....................28 Saldibar Construction................28 Sea Breeze Hauling ..................27 Sharon McCormick Design .......29 Silver Mill Tours.........................12 Singles Alternative.....................10 Sit & Stay Dog Grooming..........10 Split Enz ....................................26 T-N-T Home & Lawncare..........30 Tile Renovators .........................29 Tony’s Masonry.........................26 Torrison Stone & Garden .............. ........................................27, 29, 30 Uncle Bob’s Flower & Garden.....5 Valentina’s Home Designs..........6 VMB Custom Builders...............28 Whitehouse Construction..........26 Whitney Ridge Stables................5 Wholesale Books ......................21 Windows Plus............................25

New music programs for children Durham Recreation and Tiger Robison, music teacher at Brewster and Korn schools, are pleased to announce two exciting music programs for children. The first program, entitled Mr. Robison’s Junior Music Club, is open to all K-2 students, and the club will meet after school on Thursdays at Brewster School gym. The goal of this club is to play with a purpose with musical

chase games, rhythm instruments, composition and more! The Prelude Children’s Chorus is an after-school chorus open to all children in grades three and four, and it will meet on Tuesdays at Korn School. Long-term goals of the chorus include singing for organizations in the community and state competition. Anyone interested in these programs may contact Mr. Robison at or Durham Recreation at 860-343-6724. Registration forms are available at the Durham Town Hall or online at under Rec Department fall and winter programs.

H1N1 flu clinic scheduled The ninth and tenth in a series of H1N1 flu clinics sponsored by Mass Dispensing

Area 36 (MDA 36) are scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 16, from 3–8 p.m. and Wednesday, Dec. 30, from noon to 6 p.m. Both clinics will be held in the Fox Parish Center, St. Francis of Assisi Church, 10 Elm St. in Middletown. The clinics are free of charge and open only to residents of Cromwell, Durham, Haddam, Middlefield and Middletown. Proof of residency will be required. The vaccine will be given out by appointment. People who have a severe allergy to eggs or are running a fever should not receive the vaccine. The H1N1 vaccine is not effective against seasonal influenza. More H1N1 flu clinics are expected to be scheduled and sponsored by MDA 36. For more information or to schedule an appointment for either clinic, call 860-344-3474.

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Durham’s newly elected town officials sworn in Dec. 6 at the Durham Library At left, officials pose for a group portrait — the Class of 2009, so to speak! Back row, from left, Jay Berardino, Chris DiPentima, Christopher Flanagan, David Slight, William LaFlamme, Renee Primus Edwards, Joseph Pasquale and Ralph Chase. Front row, from left, Pamela Lucashu, Catherine Devaux, Helen Larken and Lisa Davenport. Missing from the photo is Campbell Barrett. Left below, the swearing-in was a family affair as children of the successful candidates watched their parent/grandparent sworn in and then got to share a specially decorated cake (inset).

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December 11 December 12 Christmas Music Eternal Perks Coffee House will host an evening of Christmas music, sing-a-longs and snacks at 7 p.m. at Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1055 Randolph Rd. in Middletown. For information, call 860-346-2641. Hanukah The holiday of Hanukah begins tonight. Holiday Fair Wadsworth Glen Health Care & Rehabilitation Center, 30 Boston Rd. in Middletown, will be holding a holiday fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be crafts, ceramics, ornaments, hand-made wreaths, holiday gifts, a huge tag sale, luncheon, entertainment and more. Call 860-346-9299.

Artist Reception Artist Fred Antonio, formerly of Durham, will be exhibiting his watercolor works at the Durham Library through the end of January. There will be a reception today from 2 to 4. Wreaths across America At noon, the Daughters of the American Revolution will participate in Wreaths Across America, by laying wreaths on the graves of veterans in the Middletown Veterans Cemetery. Join them to help honor our veterans. Circus for a Fragile Planet ARTFARM’s Circus for a Fragile Planet will perform along with the Instant Circus! class for young people ages six to 14. Circus for a Fragile Plan-

et will perform at 7 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 24 Old Church St. in Middletown. The circus class will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. for ages six to 14. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and children. The fee for the three-hour Instant Circus! class is $45 per student. For info, call 860-346-4390, e-mail or visi Breakfast with Santa Cub Scout Pack 27 is hosting a breakfast with Santa at the United Churches of Durham. Enjoy pancakes, eggs, sausage, bacon and home fries from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Tickets are $5 per person.


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Holy Trinity, 381 Main St. in Middletown, at 2 p.m. This concert is free and open to the public. Reception immediately following the concert. Christmas Concert A candlelight Christmas concert, featuring holiday music by the Heart in Hand Bell Choir, the Celebration Singers, and the First Church Senior Choir will be held at 4 p.m. at the First Church of Christ, 190 Court St. in Middletown. The event is free, but donations are accepted. For info, call 860-346-6657. Child’s Christmas in Wales Ct. Heritage productions will present A Child’s Christmas in Wales at 3 and 7 p.m. at the Buttonwood Tree on Main Street in Middletown. No charge. Four Seasons Everyone is invited to an afternoon of music at the Four Seasons Plus winter concert at 4 p.m. at the Emmanuel Church, 50 Emanuel Church Rd. in Killingworth. Admission is $15, students $10, and



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Dance Club will hold their Holly-Jolly December dance at Brewster School from 8 to 10:30 p.m. Jim Denigris will be the caller and Sue Lucibello the cuer. Donation is $6 per person. For info, call 203-2351604, 860-349-8084 or visit Church Concert St. Colman Church will present a Christmas concert entitled “In the Bleak Midwinter,” at 4 p.m. Featured will be the youth and adult choirs of St. Colman parish, under the direction of music director Matthew Campisi. A live ninepiece orchestra will accompany the singers. A reception will follow. Donations will be accepted at the door.


December 14 Concert The Strong School seventhgrade chorus will perform at 7 p.m. and the eighth-grade chorus will perform at 8:10 p.m.

Free Movie Middletown Senior Center, 150 William St., offers a free movie each Monday at 12:30 p.m. Today’s film is Julie & Julia with Meryl Streep and Amy Adams. Call the center at 860-344-3513 for info. Durham 60+ Club The Durham 60+ Club will meet at 1 p.m. in the United Churches Fellowship Hall in Durham to fill cookie baskets for Twin Maple Nursing Home residents. Members are asked to bring in two dozen cookies to help fill the baskets.


December 15 PFLAG Meeting Greater New Haven Shoreline Chapter of PFLAG meets at the Church of the Redeemer, 185 Cold Spring St., New Haven, the third Tuesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. For info, e-mail or call 203-458-0493.

Foreclosure Prevention Every third Tuesday of the month, the Ct Fair Housing Center and the University of Hartford paralegal program will present a foreclosure prevention clinic. This free clinic is open to any homeowner and takes place in Handel Performing Arts Center Community Room, 35 Westbourne Parkway in Hartford. Visit or for info.


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Eating locally all year-round in New England By Stephanie Wilcox Town Times

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What’s a New Englander to do when our vegetable gardens die with the frost and most farmers’ markets close for winter hibernation? After all the talk and movement toward eating locally, do we just stop doing so until warmer weather returns? The answer is no. You can eat locally in the dead of winter, even when your own outdoor gardens are under layers of snow. Just get used to foods seasonably available in the winter months in Connecticut. This means planning menus around apples, garlic,

No matter what time of year, eating local has many benefits. When you grow your own produce, you have the satisfaction of the whole process. When you buy locally, you’re investing in the community, which supports your local farmers and protects open space. You also have the advantage of talking to the farmer to know what’s in the food you’re eating. When you buy local food that has not been shipped across the country, the food will be prime in flavor, freshness and quality. And by not traveling those distances, it’s not con-


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tributing to the amount of nonrenewable fossil fuels that damage the environment. All of this applies in the winter as well. The easiest way to eat locally and reduce our environmental footprint right now is to shop at one of the winter or year-round farmers’ markets in this area of Connecticut. Though they offer much less produce and diminish in size this season, they still offer grass-fed meats, wild game, eggs, chicken, fish, cheeses, winter squash, root vegetables, apples and pears. According to the Northeast Organic Farming Association of CT, there were at least three regular farmers’ markets and a number of special ones held in winter 2009, and there is currently talk of establishing a permanent yearround farmers’ market in Connecticut. In the mean-

time, here’s a quick list of some of the closest markets open for winter dates: Middletown-Wesleyan Farmers’ Market open Wednesdays 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Feb. 3, 17 and March 3, 24 at 45 Wyllys Avenue, indoors at Beckham Hall; Wooster Square in New Haven open now through Dec. 19 on Saturdays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Jan. 16, Feb. 6 and 20, March 6 and 26, April 3 and 17 at Russo Park on the Corner of Chapel Street and DePalma Court; Chester Farmers’ Market open now through Dec. 20, Sundays 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Town Center; Hollander Winter Farmers’ Market in Hartford on the second Wednesday of every month beginning Dec. 9, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., 410 Asylum Street, bottom floor; For a complete list of all 2009/2010 winter farmers’ markets in

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Creativity: Unleash your gifts this season By Kathy Meyering Special to the Town Times

for their imaginations. Coginchaug High School art teacher Janice Wenzel is a big fan of Daniel Pink, author of many books about the changing world of work . In A Whole New Mind, Pink outlines a collection of skills he believes are necessary for success in the emerging job market. In particular, Pink talks about creativity and how it is becoming vital in the 21st century. He argues that the worker of the future will need to be able to conceptualize and design solutions to problems, collaborate with others, synthesize information and be able to communicate ideas Creativity, see page 27

Julia Kaliszewski, Lily King, Kylie Johnson and Kayla Dahlmayer from Girl Scout Troop 62092 made four pies from the apples they picked at Lyman Orchards and were excited to donate the pies to St. Vincent DePaul Place in Middletown just in time for Thanksgiving.




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Funny how the holidays roll around and unleash in many of us a latent arts-and-crafts fiend just raring to create some special home-made presents. There are plenty of artist supply and fabric store owners just waiting to capitalize on this rush of creative juices to sell all sorts of materials that we can turn into personalized gifts and holiday décor. However, in this article you will not find sources for ornament kits, quilt patterns, and holiday card templates. I am going to address creativity for what it truly is, as defined in Webster’s dictionary: The ability to create inventions, produce works of art, or solve problems using an original, novel, or unconventional approach. If you apply this definition to arts education, it may lessen the objections many people have about the cost of “non-academic” courses being taught in our schools. Think of Leonardo DaVinci, an artist known primarily for his paintings but in addition a visionary who was one of the first to imagine sound as waves of energy. Many teachers are familiar with the term “21st Century Skills,” a concept promoted by an advocacy organization called The Partnership for 21st Century Skills. This group identifies itself as a collaboration among the business community, education leaders, and policymakers whose stated purpose is “to define a powerful vision for 21st century education and to ensure that students emerge from our schools with the skills needed to be effective citizens, workers, and leaders in the 21st century.” Among the skills considered essential for this generation of students are critical thinking and problem solving, communication, creativity and innovation, and collaboration. The question is: How can proficiency in these areas be taught? Enter the intrepid art teacher, whose work is often underrated or dismissed as fluff in the curriculum. How does their work contribute to the building of these skills? And how are some of the local art teachers using this holiday time to capitalize on students’

natural creativity? Madeline Smith, who teaches grades kindergarten through eighth grade at The Independent Day School in Middlefield, admits that creating gingerbread houses has become a holiday tradition at IDS. It is the one art activity in which the entire student body participates each year. While this activity gives students the chance to design and decorate graham cracker gingerbread houses, Smith distinguishes such craft activities from the art instruction she provides throughout the year. “There is a place for crafts, of course,” she said. “But art instruction covers the whole child — the senses, emotions, the way they see the world — and is much more than the product that comes out of it.” Smith builds upon a curriculum that begins with her kindergartners and allows her students to move at their own pace through experimentation and exposure to a wide variety of media and artistic styles. “I’ll give them a basic explanation of a technique, provide some materials, and try to guide them to represent their ideas in their work,” Smith said. Her focus is to draw out her students’ unique ideas. She often uses literature with the younger children as a way to provide a launching point

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To the Editor: Re: “Appeals cause delays and frustration over athletic facility upgrades” Town Times, Dec. 4. It amazes me that one person plus one litigious attorney can ruin the DurhamMiddlefield Regional School District 13 plans for improving the athletic facilities for hundreds of school children, put the regional high school’s athletic games schedule in chaos and cost us thousands of dollars to defend decisions lawfully made by our town commissions. What is it with you people? What is your PROBLEM? Dirck Spicer, Durham

There is no ‘I’ in team …

There may be no “I” in team, but there is an immense heart in Middlefield and Durham “I.” Ever since our daughter, Indiana McCormick, started school in District 13, our family has been aware of the unique classmates which she has been in the fortunate company of. There has always been

While we wlecome submissions on any subject, we threw out the idea of food as an inspiration because at this time of year, food is a central topic and because of the general national concern about food and its relationship to health. We already have a selection of adorable recipes by some of our younger citizens, but we’re mighty short on art and contributions from older readers. (We do confess, however, that we have a poem from for-

mer CRHS English teacher Dur Seible that uses a classic poem to comment on a very current issue.) Submissions can be emailed to us at, brought to our office next to Liberty Bank in Middlefield or mailed to PO Box 265, Middlefield, CT 06455. We’d love to hear what food makes the holidays special at your house or receive a drawing done by your resident six-year-old. So, put Town Times on your holiday mailing list, and send us something for our Creative Arts issues! Sue VanDerzee

Indiana crosses the finish line. Over the years, this atmosphere has grown and expanded; and as parents, we are overcome by profound emotions of pride and gratitude. In the past four years at CRHS, Indi has been active in extracurricular activities that included track, cheer-

leading and cross-country running. These activities have been indelible in their benefits to Indi’s growth and development. Her fellow teammates and classmates have instilled in her a sense of independence, inspiration, motivation and a drive to improve. Indi loved being involved and included as part of a team and this inclusion is truly immeasurable! Initially, Indi did not like running and did not like the workouts and meets because, “It’s no fun always being the caboose! (running last).” But she remained persistent and indefatigable and eventually thrived on completing her race — arms extended overhead, flashing the victory/peace signs and bowing all the way over the finish line — invigorated by the cheering and encouragement of her coaches, teammates, friends and the many fans and spectators. These moments always filled me with a tightness and flutter in my chest, and an acute awareness of the incredible community we are so fortunate to be a part of. I wish to impress our gratitude for all the genuine support, praise and heartfelt kindness imparted over the years by so many … you know who you are! A former teammate wrote a touching letter in support of Indi’s participation in which she quoted, “There are two ways of

spreading light — to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.” Indi is the only person I’ve ever met who knows how to spread light in both ways and in every direction.” … And to this I would like to add that it takes special individuals to spark the flame to ignite the candle and keep it glowing so brightly and strong. And … the reflection in the mirror, that is Middlefield and Durham, is without a doubt immensely incandescent! Shine on! Thank you ALL so very, very much! Bitty and Rob McCormick and family

Good enough for all? With all this talk about government health insurance for all citizens, has anyone thought of the following? Will the President, members of the cabinet, congress, house of representatives and their families be covered by it instead of the coverage they voted for themselves long ago? If, as they are saying, that it is going to be for the good of all citizens, then why would it not be good enough for all our elected citizens in order to save money? I have asked this of one of our Connecticut representatives but have had no response as of yet.

When it first started, it seemed it would be for all citizens who had no insurance at all. Now it sounds to be for all of us. Those of us who are able to have insurance on our own and are happy with it should be left alone. Only the government can foul up things by putting their nose into it. Funny that we are now already being told of the changes in the number of times women are to have mammograms and cervical tests which help cut down on the number of invasive cancers. Is this the start of many other test reductions to cut costs? Next will probably be colonoscopy tests and others. Giles D’Orvilliers, Durham

Thank you

Our family recently sold our home in Middlefield. We just wanted to thank everyone at the Middlefield Town Hall who helped us through this tedious process; including Nancy Davidson for her help sorting through town records, and Steve Hodgetts, the town assessor. Steve was invaluable. Without Steve’s extensive knowledge and willing to help, we would never have been able to get our home ready for the market. Thanks again, Steve, Nancy and all the staff at the Town Hall. The Deans’ family, Middlefield

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Town Times Columns

Winter weather driving tips typically plug into a You drive over a Durham Public Safetly cigarette lighter); patch of black ice… do Committee brightly colored you know what to do? cloth for use as a Your tires are well signal for assisworn and it’s icy outtance; steel shovel side… is it safe to and a length of rope to be used as a drive? Your car breaks down in a deso- lifeline; and a few large plastic late area and it is snowing out ... do garbage bags, which take very little you have the proper items in your space but may be used as an insulator if forced to leave a stranded vehivehicle to survive? Being prepared for winter weath- cle. (May also be used for blanket er pertains to your vehicle and storage). Check weather reports prior to deknowing how to drive on roads which may be covered with snow or parting and allow extra travel time ice. If you must be out during a win- for weather and/or traffic delays. If severe weather is forecast, it is ter storm, knowing how to operate a vehicle can help you arrive at your best to stay off the roads. If you must destination safely. Make sure your travel, be sure to advise those at vehicle is in proper working order your destination of a departure before you head out, and prepare in time, anticipated arrival time, and advance by having a safety kit in the planned travel route. Provide a your vehicle in the event of a break- cell phone number in case they need to contact you. down or emergency. Clear all windows (inside and outGet a winter tune-up for your car: Tire check – consider snow or all side) of frost, ice and snow. Also season tires, especially if there is clear all headlight, tail light, turn signal, backup and running light tread wear. Battery test – you don’t want to be lenses. Allow ample stopping distance bestranded in a severe storm. Wiper blades – check and replace tween you and the car ahead. Stopping time and distance increase if needed. Fluid levels – check radiator, en- greatly on wet and slippery surfaces. Stay alert for “black ice” and othgine and all fluid levels. Brakes – inspect pads, shoes and er slippery road surfaces, especially on bridges. lines. Replace if necessary. Know how your vehicle handles Lights – Inspect headlights, brake on slick roads – front-wheel drive velights and all running lights. Prepare a Winter Emergency Kit hicles generally handle better than for Each Vehicle wiht two blankets rear-wheel drives. If your vehicle is equipped with or sleeping bags; umbrella; waterproof matches and candles; extra an anti-lock brake system (ABS) be clothing – especially boots, mittens sure to stomp (firmly depress the and hats; dry food rations like brake pedal), stay on the brakes – do raisins, nuts and candy; flashlight not pump them, and steer where you with spare batteries; first Aid Kit want the vehicle to go. Remember…. and a supply of emergency medica- with ABS, it is normal to hear noises tions; emergency flares; vehicle and feel the brake pedal vibrate charger for your cell Phone. (These while applying continuing pressure!

Guest Column

Web update By press time on Wednesday, 30 people had answered our poll question for last week: When do you expect to have you holiday shopping done? Seven percent said they were done by Dec. 1 (perhaps you know someone like this) and 53 percent were heavily involved in the process and hoped to be done “soon.” (We love optimists!) The other 40 percent were evenly split between “will be done on Christmas Eve” (20 percent) and “What holiday shopping?” (20 percent). We suspect that both of those last categories might be men! Our poll question for this week is: Were you excited to see the first real snow of the season this week? Log onto to vote — not that we can promise it will make much difference in the weather!


The most important vote of our lives: Who will be our governor? This is a political column but wholly politically bipartisan! After five years as a State Senator, I want to share my conviction that the election of a new governor next November will be the most important election Connecticut has faced in decades. The election of a Republican or Democratic governor is less imporSen. Ed tant than the election of a qualified and competent person to take our state forward for at least the next four years. Our state government is unbalanced in the sense that the legislature is very parttime and understaffed, the legislators being paid a base salary of only $28,000. In contrast, the governor is full-time and is assisted by not only a Lieutenant Governor but also by commissioners and expert staff. It is without doubt the most important public position in Connecticut. The election of the next governor has the potential to lead us out of a variety of current crises, both recent and long-standing. The continuing historic budget deficit will, within the next two years, actually worsen because we will not have the funds that balanced the current state budget— federal stimulus, rainy day fund and

large borrowings. The new governor must creatively downsize our state government, which could actually be beneficial and not just sacrificial. The new governor must also confront longestablished issues in our state. Those issues include remarkably declining education Meyer achievement in which our proficiency scores have become only average on a national basis and within our global society, and just plain deficient in the sciences, technology, engineering and mathematics. Further, the new governor must develop a specific long-overdue plan for economic growth which will build jobs, increase state tax revenue and challenge our young people to stay here. An additional critical issue is tax reform in order to reduce reliance on the archaic property tax. There are indeed qualified candidates for Connecticut’s governor. I fervently hope my constituents will carefully review the qualifications and vision of each candidate and even look for an opportunity to listen to and meet the candidates. On a public policy and political level, this may be the most important vote of our lives.

From The State Capitol

Fire safety for the holiday season A natural ChristThe holiday season mas tree always in- Middlefield Fire Company sees an increase in the volves some risk of use of candles. Canfire. Always choose a dles started over fresh tree and keep it 15,000 fires a year in watered at all times. the United States. AcWith any tree, always incording to the National spect lights for frayed Fire Protection Associawires, loose connections tion, the days between and broken sockets. Use Christmas and New Years lights that are approved are the most common time for outdoor use when decfor accidental fires from orating the exterior. Declit candles. Never, never orative lights should alleave lit candles unattendways be labeled with an ed, even for a minute. independent testing lab Don’t put lighted candles seal of approval. Do not put a tree on trees or natural wreathes, or within three feet of any heating near drapes and curtains. Battery source, such as a fireplace, space operated candles are an alternative heater, radiator or your house heat- and do not pose a fire risk. ing vents. Never leave a lighted As always, make sure your smoke Christmas tree unattended. Never detectors are in proper working oroverload extension cords or run der. Have a home fire escape plan them under rugs. Lastly never burn and practice it so all know it. The the Christmas tree branches, wrap- members of the Middlefield Volunping paper or any treated wood in teer Fire Company wish everyone a fireplaces. safe and happy holiday season.

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Durham Town Briefs


Friday, December 11, 2009

Durham P&Z discusses possible action against Greenland Realty By Chuck Corley Special to Town Times

The Planning and Zoning Commission met with attorney Steve Byrne during their Dec. 2 meeting to discuss the town’s enforcement options for Greenland Realty’s 10 Mountain Road location. According to Byrne, if anything were brought to court, the

judge would look at what was approved in the special permit and site plan. Furthermore, anything said during a public hearing could count as an implied condition to the approval. The site’s ability to exist in harmony with its neighbors would also be taken into account. Byrne then reviewed what was approved for the site,

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such as the requirement for buffering, that trucks only exit and return to the site once per day, that there are to be no repairs or washing on the location and its approval as a trucking operation. Although the site’s buffer has been partly eaten by deer, Byrne noted that at least an attempt was made to put one in. Traffic was the main item that Byrne and the commission discussed, due to reports of trucks coming and going throughout the day. This could be an issue as the owner wasn’t required to pave the driveway based on the assumption that vehicles would only leave in the morning and return at night. Based on this, the commission approved putting in a traffic counter on Mountain Road to keep track of when trucks and other large vehi-

cles are using the road. Another item approved for the site was the storage of material such as mulch and decorative stone. Zoning alternate Stu Keating asked if the storage of rubble might be an issue. Byrne informed him it has to be considered a significant difference for it to count, and the matter of the rubble may or may not count. The site plan also disallows outside storage of vehicles. Byrne said there was nothing but a trailer outside when he visited the site, though resident Diane Cruise pointed out that isn’t always the case. Byrne also noted that the commission and any residents should document any other issues that they see going on at the site. These would also be taken into consideration by a judge. The

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Commission in Middlefield, could P&Z be encouraged to suggest clustering the four houses to allow the most open space? Meanwhile, Merriam could not be reached for comment. Wind farm and energy plans Robert Yamartino, chair of the joint Middlefield-Middletown Metacomet Wind Farm Task Force, was there to ask the selectmen to authorize the task force to apply for a grant that would allow them to hire a consultant to study the feasibility of placing wind turbines on the Metacomet ridge through Middlefield. The study would involve erecting three towers – two north of Route 66 and one south of Route 66 –

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Volume 17, Issue 3

Coginchaug Regional High School

December 11, 2009

That’s Amore! By Joseph Oblon In Napoli where love is king, when boy meets girl, here’s what they sing: “That’s Amore!” The Coginchaug Music Department hosted the annual Italian Cabaret this Nov. 13. The school cafeteria was transformed with festive decorations. excellent food and over 180 attendees. The cabaret began with a buffet dinner. The traditional Italian style chicken parmesan and creamy tortellini were served alongside meat balls and lasagna. Many went up for a second helping as they enjoyed the delicious food. A meal isn’t complete without dessert! Chef Kevin Smith prepared cannolies and strawberry shortcake for a tasty treat. Senior Sierra Querns enjoyed the “amazing” food and especially the musical entertainment. “I loved seeing my friends perform and it was great how the show was interactive.” “It was fun being back and watching all my friends preform and host the show,” said college freshman and former show choir member Lauren Peters. “Watching the show was so different than being in it, but I was glad to be there supporting my awesome show choir friends.” This year the cabaret was hosted

by seniors Mike French and myself. Coginchaug’s two a cappella groups performed alongside various students. Acts varied from vocal arrangements to instrumental pieces. “The individual performances were very good,” said sophomore Alexis Martowski. “We have a lot of talented people in our school.” Senior Emily Field sang “Sixteen Going on Seventeen” from The Sound of Music. Show choir co-captain Emily Shoemaker performed one of her college clarinet audition pieces and was accompanied by her father on the piano. It wouldn’t be a cabaret without the traditional Italian sing-a-long. In the crowd favorite, “Eh Cumpari,” each dinner table tries to outsing the other tables for the priceless prize of eternal glory. Things got pretty loud, Amanda Boyle, Carleen Doyle and Elizabeth Meiman pump each other up at the Powderpuff game. and the competition was fierce. The show choir concluded the evening with its latest number, Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.” While By Sarah Bugai still a work in progress, the group With an outstanding turnout of ka Anderson designated girls to wanted to show family and friends what they had been working on 44 girls on the Coginchaug team positions, and teams with other alone, Powderpuff football was players to learn plays such as See Amore, page 15 certainly a hit this year. Braving the “twins” and “jet.” In total there were mud and dreary weather, a large two defensive teams and three ofcrowd showed up in support of our fensive teams. team’s girls in hopes of beating the “Powderpuff was a great bondrival, Cromwell. ing experience between the upperThis year was the first of what classmen girls of the school,” said will hopefully be a long tradition for senior Megan Fairchild. Coginchaug: challenging another Despite the hard work and effort school. Teacher Ms. Kate Martino gave the girls this idea in early Oc- put in by the Coginchaug Powdertober. Through a democratic vote, puffers, Cromwell still defeated the the girls decided that playing team. However, Coginchaug lost by Cromwell would be a tradition a mere two points, and the team definitely kept Cromwell on the defenworth starting here at school. The team had been practicing sive most of the game. The final several times a week since Octo- score was 28-26. “I am really proud of everyone ber, learning different plays for offensive and defensive lines. because they all really played their Coaches Ms. Martino and Mrs. Eri- hearts out,” said Ms. Martino.

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Student Opinion

Editor-in-Chief: Mackenzie Hurlbert Contributors: Sarah Bugai, Mike French, Tony Gambardella, Cody Given, Mackenzie Hurlbert, Dan Jacobs, Joseph Oblon, Jennie Ochterski, Michelle Palma, Cam Pollitt, Garri Saganenko, Emily Shoemaker, Wolfgang Wallach, Tim Rizzo, Michael Tubis, Zhining Fang and Lauren Stafford Production: Mackenzie Hurlbert, Jennie Ochterski, Joe Oblon and Michelle Palmer 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.


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By Tony Gambardella Social networking is a social black said senior Tim Rizzo, another Advohole for many people. We place so cate writer. “And I like Farmville.” “I think that Facebook, even much emphasis on Facebook that we tend to stop paying attention to though I mostly use it to keep in contact with old friends from past the real world. How many hours have we wasted schools, has become nothing more playing Farmville? It’s a game where then a more advanced instant mesyou grow crops in real time.That is sanger,” said senior Cody Given. not fun, nor is it something people “However, it is a very effective way to should really be wasting their time on. spread information if you want.” Indeed, it This isn’t seems like e v e n all Facetouching on book is the subject nowadays of what is a glorigets posted online. How many of us have pictures fied, non-real time version of IM with of ourselves on Facebook? How profiles. What’s worse, Facebook fulmany of them are actually appropri- fills the indulgence of many teenagers: narcissism. We all love to ate? You see the problem. “If Facebook was a building, I’d think that people care about what we burn it down,” said senior Cameron know to say and what we’re doing. Pollitt. “It’s a cesspool for people to They don’t, but it’s nice to dream. post pictures of themselves continu- And there enters the “shower,” ously and comment with limited “bored,” etc. status updates. We all knowledge about touchy subjects. I have at least one person who changes their status every five minhate Facebook. Ugh.” However, there is another side to utes, and it bugs the hell out of us. Social networking, while a valusocial networking. Recently a member of our school community, able tool for spreading news and inMichelle DiVicino, passed away. formation, has been completely conHow did the news spread among the sumed by the self-obsessed and the students? Largely through the use of camera-happy. The idea of FaceFacebook. Grieving friends used the book, to create a place where people site to say a final goodbye, wishing can come together and discuss the family well with love for Michelle ideas and create new connections pouring in on her wall. This show of with like minded individuals, is a support and love simply wouldn’t good one. However, there needs to have been possible without Face- be an over eighteen age limit. It’s obvious now that many teenagers simbook as a medium. “People find it easier to talk on ply aren’t mature enough to not beFacebook than in person. It’s easier to come obsessed with their own self talk about hard subjects. There were image. They create a virtual identity tons of things on Facebook [about entirely separate from who they are. Michelle]. They weren’t there in per- And then they get into Farmville, and son, sure, but they were all with her,” it’s all downhill from there.

The Stimulus Package, Not At Work In February, Congress passed a stimulus package for $787 billion made to save and create jobs. President Obama predicted that 3.5 million jobs would be protected, and looking at the past month, one may see great progress. There were only 11,000 jobs lost in the month of November; however, when looking at the time since passage, one may see we are far behind schedule. Administration officials predicted

By Mike French 600,000 jobs would be saved direct- and the money paid back to the govly from this stimulus package by July, ernment be spent on another program but only 150,000 were saved. When for job creation. the country was not doing well, the The healthcare package being votObama administration was asking for ed on is helping people who don’t time and pointing fingers, but with help themselves, and this stimulus one good month, the administration package is providing the same conis speaking and giving praise to the cept. Instead of paying off the nationstimulus package. al debt with the money, like Treasury Finally, the last step in the process Secretary Timothy F. Geithner would of failure. Obama is expected to en- like, the money is being given out to dorse that the remaining $139 billion private companies. The money

should be given to people to help themselves. Massachusetts had tried a program to provide benefits to those who look for and find jobs, which is a great idea to help people help themselves. The money could be used for paying off our tremendous debt or for helping Americans provide to society and find work. Instead, our money continues to be wasted on a package that doesn’t stimulate anything.

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Library Couches Could Appear Sooner Than You Think, if you help By Michael Tubis It’s your free block, and you Mr. Fairburn could do some of the have no work to do. It’s your time sanding and other refurbishing. If to relax or have a chat. Unfortu- people in the school wanted to, they nately all you have to sit on are the could fix up the cushions. I’m going library’s wooden chairs. You can to do this as economically as I can. make do, but it would be so much If people volunteer and put work into them, it could be finbetter if there was a ished in a month.” more comfortable If the couches option. Recently are going to hapstudents have been pen, they are going requesting couches to be put in the for the library. This sunroom since it is proposition sounds the reading room. like a good idea: Although there is a new sunroom, new chance that the couches. But it may couches could be harder to get happen sooner then people think. than you think, it’ll “Well, people only happen if Dr. started asking so I Wysowski can find put in a request for people to volunteer them,” said school lito help. A quick brarian Mrs. Tracy Earnshaw. “I actually started shop- poll through the library says that ping around for some; I did find a four people would volunteer to couple of cheaper chairs that I help and three people would thought were comfortable, but I was maybe help depending on how it told there wasn’t enough money for would work. Unfortunately, the couches are them so there is a good chance that not going to get there on their own. it isn’t going to happen.” Principal Dr. Steven Wysowski If you want to have a comfortable has another option. “I was thinking place to sit during your next free, it that we could refurbish some older would be a good idea if you lend a furniture that we have in the district. hand and help out.

Type, Surf, Click for Lights, Camera, Action? By Mackenzie Hurlbert All YouTube junkies out there are in for a sweet surprise. Not only is the Coginchaug TV Production Club creating a website where you can upload your own media creations, but you will also be able to surf and comment on other student’s work. Movies uploaded on can be educational, fictional, dramatic or funny, and with no limits on your creativity (other than the site’s movie criteria), the possibilities are endless. Ms. Robin Fox, TV production teacher and club mentor, Mr. Bill Kurtz, the district’s technology integration specialist, and an army of students started to tackle the task of an online video database of movies made by students. “Our ultimate goal is to have a ‘Youtube’ accessible for the students, by the students,” said senior Emily Shoemaker. Of course, there will be some guidelines for movies posted on the site, but these are yet to be determined. The club hopes to have the site up and running by the end of the


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school year, but there are still “some technical issues we need to resolve completely,” said Ms. Fox. “We’ll have criteria for things that are media broadcast-worthy.” Right now students and teachers have completed the commercial for the website, and they are currently testing out submissions, edits and comments before officially announcing the website centered around “showcasing student video work.” “Video production doesn’t exist unless it’s seen,” said Ms. Fox. This website will allow students who haven’t had the chance to take TV Production to upload their own videos. “Everything will have a cyber-space home,” said Ms. Fox. Junior Alex Holderman also enjoys filming and editing his own videos. “They are a way to express ourselves differently, it’s a form of art,” said Holderman. Hopefully, by the end of the school year, students and staff alike will be able to enjoy the videos made by their friends and fellow students.

CRHS Resident Snake Looking for Home By Sara Bugai

The AP Biology class gathered around Edgar. From left, Michael Sheldon, Joe Oblon, Hannah Kowalski, Elizabeth Meiman, Makayla Davis and Sierra Querns. Photo by Sarah Bugai

Who’s about 14 years old, almost six feet long, and covered with green and brown scales? No, it’s not a freshman; it’s Edgar the snake. Edgar, Coginchaug’s resident snake, has been living here for almost seven years. However, with good care, a snake like Edgar can live up to 40 years. Coginchaug biology teacher Mr. Richard Pasieka acquired Edgar. “He belonged to a flower shop owner my daughter knew,” said Mr. Pasieka. When Mr. Pasieka heard that this storeowner would be giving away Edgar, he was interested in having the snake for school. Edgar was given to Mr. Pasieka with everything needed for his care. “Edgar generates interest among students,” Mr. Pasieka said. The 2009 AP Biology class has a special fascination with Edgar. Be-

fore each class, all eight students congregate around the tank and talk about the beloved snake. “We always love to see how Edgar is doing each day,” said senior Joe Oblon. “He’s a very interesting creature, and he keeps us entertained.” Sadly, this is the last year Mr. Pasieka will be teaching at Coginchaug, which means Edgar will also likely be leaving as well. “I’m thinking about giving him to someone who can care for him or the Beardsley Zoo,” said Mr. Pasieka. So the next time you’re in the science wing, stop by Mr. Pasieka’s biology room. Look in the back of the room, and you will see a large tank — Edgar’s home. The snake is an amazing sight to see, and if you haven’t gotten the chance already, be sure to visit him before the year is over and Edgar is gone.

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Amore (Continued from page 13) since the Durham Fair. Freshman Christian Biagiarelli was proud of the show choirs’ accomplishments. “I loved performing “Thriller,” it got me excited [for the January concert]. Freshman Cody Hendley adds to Christian’s remarks stating, “I was surprised how well show choir did, [Thriller] is a difficult dance.” Chorus director Lisa Larsen notes that the music department raises no money from the cabaret. “All the money goes to cover the price of the food,” she said. “We’re lucky if we break even.” At the end of the evening, every- Joe Oblon and Mike French. one left with a big Italian smile on their faces. Now that’s amore!

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Food Fight: Students Speak About Lunch By Tony Gambardella

Coginchaug’s cafeteria offers a wide variety of selections for students to choose from. But what kind of value are they, and what do students think? The lunch bell rings, and they’re off like a race! The daily routine is a mad dash to the cafe, where the lines have already grown larger than there is room for. Finally, upon reaching the end of the line, you’re greeted with a vast assortment of foods, ranging from the exceptional to the extremely underwhelming: cold French fries, subpar pizza, and burgers that don’t look like they’d be priced at over $.50. All of these should probably be avoided and are balanced by a great salad station, excellent sausage and pepper subs, chicken caesar wraps, and deli sandwiches. Meanwhile, many students are bemoaning the lack of healthy alternatives in the line behind you. Perhaps it’s time to think about alternatives and ways to improve lunch. One student, senior Cameron Pollitt, said, “The cafeteria food… the fondest memory I have is freshman year, when fries were $.50. Now they’re a dollar, and they’re always cold or taste bad.” Sophomore Alex Kovacs agreed, “The prices are too high. The food isn’t bad, but two dollars for a slice of pizza is too much.” Fellow sophomore Frank Posca helpfully chimed in: “More food, less price. I’m a growing boy.” The general idea is, if you have an extra dollar, skip all this and get something made in front of you. Go grab a sausage and pepper sub from the hot sandwich station if you’re in the mood, as they’re often rather hefty for $3. (Beware, the meatball subs are skimpy). The salad station has about what you’d expect from them: salads. There’s not much you can mess up or improve upon there, although the chicken salad wraps are a great idea, too. Quesadillas are a great option, but there needs to be more thought put into the ingredients, like something even remotely Mexican. Seriously, a single chili pepper event. Something, anything to make it taste at least somewhat authentic. There seems to be a pretty clear message in this stark contrast to the

once-frozen (we hope) burgers and pizzas. Made to order food is significantly better, has more bang for your buck and is something you’d actually enjoy eating. While not all the ‘hot’ lunches made in front of you are necessarily a huge value or a five star meal, they’re better than the alternative. Speaking of alternatives, we’ve yet to cover another important topic: healthy food choices for conscious students and those who don’t want to throw too many calories into their systems. “There are no healthy choices,” said senior Dan Jacobs. “The wraps are kind of healthy, but there’s no variety. We have salad I think three times a week, and everything tastes reheated. It seems like the quality of the food has gone down, and the price has gone up.” Junior Staci Pavlinko commented, “Even though there is junk food, they try to combine healthy foods into our lunches. They have sides of fruits and vegetables, and they don’t sell soda or any unhealthy beverage.” So while some students are craving more green in their school lunch, many more are aware and thankful for the choices we’ve been given, as many of the “green” lunches are quite good. (The chicken Caesar wraps especially, given their size.) Aside from the complaints, there was hope for additions to the menu, tastes that students would like to see reflected in their food choices. Probably some of the best were, although not healthy, tasty hopeful additions. Fried dough and fried shrimp fit here, as well as a less realistic request for a small sushi bar. These are things perhaps administrators should be paying attention to. We all hear often enough how much we hate the prices, and how the fries are somehow colder than room temperature. How great would it be if it was possible to submit food requests, which would undoubtedly yield many interesting choices? There was even a lamentation by senior Morgan Jacques over the fact that the cafeteria no longer serves what she calls “the good pickles.”

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Healthy Eating Around the Hearth By Jennie Ochterski Sure, the Christmas table is laden turkey contains a good amount of with delectable treats like creamy protein and can be supplemented eggnog and round frosted cookies, with delicious winter squash and but it’s important to eat healthily dur- flash-frozen Swiss chard. Marinated ing the holidays. Some foods should medallions of pork tenderloin can be be avoided altogether, but many served atop brown rice with thyme can be eaten in small amounts or and chopped carrots. Use a ginger soy sauce medley for an Oriental made more nutritious. Coming in from a cold, snowy day feel, or basic Italian dressing for a quick, nutritious meal that leads to warm beverage can serve many. A lean cravings that are hard to igham can provide a good nore. While homemade setting for mashed potaeggnog is chock full of calotoes made with skim milk ries and fat, low fat eggnog and French cut green or a cup of cocoa can have beans with almonds on the calcium and antioxidants in side. Stay away from the them. Try mixing a few dark green bean casserole; it chocolate chips into a cup of usually contains soups heated milk with cocoa mix for a rich chocolate finish. Using an filled with calories and some sort of additional flavoring in your cocoa crunchy deep fried topping brimcan add body and be more interest- ming with sodium. Passing by the cookie table, pick ing. Some suggestions include vanilla, a peppermint candy cane up gingerbread men with little red stirrer or cinnamon for a Mexican hots as buttons instead of the hot chocolate feel. Drink heated brownies or macaroons. Make sure cider, preferably from a local source to eat enough filling things at dinner, like Lyman’s or High Hill Orchard in like vegetables or winter bosc Meriden, to warm up after time out- pears, so you are not ravenous side. As tempting as the pumpkin when dessert rolls around. The holidays are not a time for spice coffee from Dunkin’ Donuts looks, with a whopping 240 calories, deprivation, but remember to limit the 10-calorie small toasted almond intake of unhealthy holiday classics. ‘Tis the season to be jolly, not to coffee wins in the long run. As for main meals, white meat look like Saint Nick.

College Acceptances at CRHS By Lauren Stafford At Coginchaug, seniors are certainly starting to feel the pressure of getting into college. Whether a student has just applied recently, or is awaiting replies in the mail, many are anxious to receive letters of acceptance. Students have worked hard for four years and are ready to see what the future holds. Mrs. Suzanne Mediavilla, guidance secretary, said “We’re using Naviance (online family connection) now so it’s easier to keep track of everything. Basically when I get transcripts, I check on Naviance first. Naviance is evolving.” According to Mrs. Mediavilla, this year is certainly “a lot easier.” Other opinions have been popping up around Coginchaug, however. Joe Oblon, a senior who has been accepted to Central Connecticut State University, said, “I think it’s a bit more independent [the guidance process at Coginchaug] than some seniors are hoping for. In a way it’s a good thing because next

year we’ll be on our own.” Cody Given, who will most likely be attending Anna Maria College in Worcester, MA in the fall, said, “You can get one-on-one time with the guidance counselors which is very helpful.” Guidance will work with any kid regardless of the college they choose. Fairfield University seems to be popular each year at Coginchaug. Mike Smith, a senior from the class of 2010, said that he has applied to Fairfield and “though I have my top choices narrowed down, I’m keeping my options open. Every college has something good to offer so you can’t make a bad decision.” Fairfield University is also popular among other students of the senior class this year, including Sierra Querns. According to Mrs. Mediavilla and Naviance, “57 percent of students have already applied.” This is a great number so far, considering it’s only the beginning of December.

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Not Just Another Lucas Scam Entertainment Your Fiendish, By Wolfgang Wallach Narcissistic Spider-Man? Some people thought each piece, Daniels speaks movie in which the score That’s right; Spider-Man has gone to the dark side. Well, kind of. In a limited series released as an extension of Marvel’s “Dark Reign.” Spider-Man’s arch nemesis Venom (using Mac Gargan as a host) has been hired to pose as an avenger by none other than Norman Osborn a.k.a. the Green Goblin. Confused? Don’t be. Here’s a brief summary of what’s happened in the recent Marvel universe leading up to this series. A deadly Skrull invasion of earth began a chain of events which led Norman Osborn to kill the Skrull queen. Through this, the media enshrined Osborn as a hero, and the president handed him the avengers, initiative amongst other powers. Osborn, being the power-hungry villain he is, gets supervillains to pose as super-heroes in his newly acquired avengers, which led to Venom taking the role of SpiderMan. The four issue series revolves around Garg-o’s intentions and doings, which are completely twisted and fueled by revenge. Mac Gargan is a sarcastic and sadistic old man who embraces the symbiote’s lust for chaos and flesh, sometimes getting carried away in the heat of battle and eating his enemies or swallowing a limb or two. The story most of the time is from Venom’s demented perspective, which either makes the reader cringe when he devours foes or laugh out loud when his god complex comes back to bite him. There are some new Marvel characters introduced in this series, such as the Redeemer, a self-righteous lit-

tle man who tries to “redeem” villains by having them go through super-villain focus groups, which ends with amusing results. The pencils are done by Chris Bachalo, famous for his unique style, and that style fits perfect — with the tone that the story tries to attain; distorted — but retaining a sense of realism. His greatest feat was creating the real Venom who every fan wants to see; jaw always agape, tongue constantly out, bulky, threatening and absolutely insane, not some annoying little creature that Spider-Man 3 portrayed him as. He definitely nailed the other characters as well, keeping true to the fan base. The writing was done by Brian Reed, and he exceeded my expectations. He really dove into Gargan’s character and expanded upon it greatly. Everything that Gargan either thought or said was insulting or fueled by his ego, which is exactly the kind of fiend Mac is. He also stayed true to the past of both the symbiote and Mac Gargan. Other minor characters were dead on, too. J. Jonah Jameson is still a short-tempered bipolar politician, Norman Osborn remained a silent, manipulating maniac, and his new character, “The Redeemer,” was very interesting yet pathetic in his own sense. Sinister Spider-Man is out now in comic stores everywhere, issues 1-4. Each comic is priced at $3.99 a pop, and is completely worth it. Pick up this very unique Marvel series that adds a twist to the Spider-Man we all grew to know and love.

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for two minutes about the story, and its progression up to that point. One time he even pulled his shirt open, revealing a golden chest plate and said, “Sir, the possibility of successfully navigating an asteroid field is approximately 3,720 to one!” to which the response was enormous. The visual compilation of clips from the Star Wars saga and live feed of the orchestra brilliantly matched with the music was absolutely amazing. The clips in the visual compilation were from the general time frame of the

was playing. For instance, during “Duel of the Fates,” the score from the duel between Darth Maul, Obi Wan and Qui Gon, the compilation was pulled from that general area of the Phantom Menace. Overall, the concert was a great time, and whether you are a Star Wars fanatic or just going to enjoy the music, this concert will not disappoint. Of course, you have to be lucky enough to get tickets to the seven remaining dates, spanning from Ohio to Tennessee and one in France.

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What a Pain in the ... Knee?


By Cody Given

By Garri Saganenko

When you walk down the hallway in school what do you see? Do you see everybody walking happily and joyfully? Chances are that you might see someone walking crooked or with a limp. Most of this awkward walking can be associated with knee injuries. More then you would expect, knee injuries occur quite often in high school. Actually knee injuries are the second most frequent injuries reported by school athletes. In a study conducted by High School RIOTM, an online injury surveillance system that collects injury reports for nine high school sports from certified athletic trainers at 100 U.S. high schools, 45 percent of the injuries reported were knee related. The sports in which the knee is injured the most is in boys’ football and wrestling, and girls’ soccer and basketball. How do we reduce the number of injuries for these players? It starts with knowing your knee. The most common knee injuries reported by the ROITM survey were incomplete

ligament tears, confusions, complete ligament tears, torn cartilage, fractures/dislocations and muscle tears. The knee has many parts, but the ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) is one of the most common and season-destroying injuries. Your knee is made primarily to extend and flex giving you the basic walking motion. On top of that your knee has evolved to let you have some rotation and flex, but this is limited. When your knee rotates past this point, this can cause your ACL and other ligaments in your knee such as your LCL and MCL to tear. It can also happen if you hyper-extend your knee, like when you stretch for a ball in soccer or lunge to the ball in football. So what can you do to protect your knee? Mr. Bob Nemphos, physical education teacher at CRHS said, “Many people don’t have the personal training experience and the See Knee, page 20

Re-Evaluating Receiving Role Models By Tim Rizzo Last year’s Super Bowl hero Plaxico Burress started his twoyear prison sentence, sending a chill down the spine of Giants fans everywhere. On December 2, 2008, Burress was charged with two felony counts of criminal possession of a firearm and was released on a $100,000 bond after shooting himself in the leg at a New York club. The second this story hit ESPN, CBS and all news stations around the country, NFL players and sports enthusiasts were stunned. The pure irresponsibility of this act and the absent-mindedness to bring a weapon into a public place just baffles me, as well as the denizens of Manhattan. This sentence seems overwhelming compared to that of Cleveland Browns’ wide receiver Donte Stallworth for striking and killing a man while driving drunk in his SUV last March. He was charged with DUI manslaughter and was sentenced to 30 days in jail. That stint seems minuscule and would’ve been much longer if the man he struck wasn’t jaywalking at that time. Stallworth served his time in June and is out now with two years probation, but a larger penalty is Stallworth being suspended by the NFL indefinitely,

In obscurity for the majority of its existence, the game of handball has usually been reserved for back alleys in Rio de Janeiro and die-hards at the local YMCA. Recent economic repercussions have brought the game of handball into the mainstream, as it is one of the more primitive and cost-friendly sports, especially here at Coginchaug Regional High School. “That’s what makes handball so great. All you need is a tennis ball and some friends to play and the games get really intense.” said senior Mike Finley. While some might have an idea of what handball is like, the game played at CRHS differs from the official sport. handball, played in front of the entrance to the Maynard Stender Gymnasium, tests one’s lateral speed, hand-eye coordination, ability to adapt to diverse conditions, and level of equanimity when dealing with adversity. At Coginchaug, an adaptation of the modern handball game is played. Games are played with a partner, facing another duo. The goal of the game is to win the match by winning two out of three games. Games are first to 11 points; a team must win by two. A point is won with an ace, a serve that is not touched by your opponent, or winning a rally. The game starts when a player serves the ball, remaining in the service box, with a rally ensuing. A serve must hit the wall before it hits the ground and cannot hit above the red squares at the top of the wall. The ball can bounce two times, on the third bounce it is ruled an out, and the point is awarded to the other team. A player may set the ball to his partner, similar to a set in volleyball, the ball can then bounce if it is not the third bounce.

There are two different zones in CRHS handball, the “safe zone” and the “kill zone.” In the safe zone you can block your opponent and cannot be killed. In the kill zone you can push your opponent as well as “kill” them by hitting the ball off their body, this results in your team’s point. Due to the unique nature of the handball court, balls are sometimes hit onto the roof. These situations are known as donations to the handball gods. In this event the game is over and the opposing team wins. The game of handball came into local popularity last year when it was started by then-seniors Jim Scherer and Jack Grumm. This year the torch has been passed to recognized commissioner of the game, senior Mike Finley. “I started playing the game some last year. This year I kept it going and it got a bigger following,” said Mike. The game has spread like wildfire among the senior class. With such a mass following come different views on the game leading to different factions. A result of these schisms is the forming of two opposing leagues, the Handball Association and the Arena Handball League, who are now in constant peril over dominance of the game. The HBA is led by commissioner Mike Finely and the AHL by senior Steve Delvecchio. Even with opposing groups forming, the two have become more like benefactors than a detriment to the game. So, the next time you hear a barbaric yawp echoing across the grounds of Coginchaug, don’t look towards the now dilapidated tennis courts; rather on the hallowed court in front of the gym lobby, a winning volley may have been hit.

losing millions of dollars in the process. You might feel that Burress got the shorter end of the stick, but that’s how the New York justice system works. Judge Michael H. Melkonian of the Manhattan Supreme Court, didn’t care about Burress’s social status, sentencing him as if he were an average joe. “It is, what it is,” said Burress who agreed on a plea bargain reported Gregory Ludvic of the New York Times. Whether you agree with Burress’ and Stallworth’s sentences or not, the grand jury in these cases overlooked their fame, overlooked their wealth, and overlooked their popularity in the public eye and treated them equally under the court of law. Both men lost an estimated $18 million combined. More importantly comes the question of when and if they can ever get their jobs back in the NFL. The commissioner Rodger Goodell knows how to handle criminals such as Michael Vick. Although he ended up being reinstated, it took a long road to do so, and he expects his players to act pro- Mike Flannery serves as Alec Corazzini and Steve Delvecchio fessionally on as well as off the field watch. on a daily basis.

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Black Friday Mayhem

The Pricey Purse Predicament

By Michelle Palma

By Joe Oblon

Every year on the fourth Thursday in November we all get together with our families and eat great food, share stories, and play games followed by countless pieces of pie and a big family nap in the living room. The Thanksgiving celebration contains many great traditions that bring families together and remind us all of how grateful we should be for the things we have. However, another tradition for many should no longer continue. Black Friday is a ridiculous shopping extravaganza in which people show up at stores extremely early Friday morning and even Thanksgiving night just to get a few good deals on popular new items. These foolish shoppers are convinced that they’ll discover amazing deals, but according to Parija B. Kavilanz, senior writer of, “Of the hordes of pre-dawn shoppers who line up for hours outside stores on the day after Thanksgiving, most will not bag the best bargains that appear in merchant’s circulars.” When examined more closely, store advertisements for Black Friday include “While supplies last” and “Minimum 2 per store” in the fine print, leaving few customers who will get to the

items in time before they run out. This means dangerous crowds of people stampeding through the doors as they finally open; one man was even trampled to death at a New York Wal-Mart last year. For the lucky few who do get their hands on these special big ticket items, disappointment may still ensue when they realize that their brand new television is merely a derivative (scaled down version of the standard model). In Kavalinz’s Black Friday article, Edgar Dworsky, a consumer advocate and editor of Consumer World, cautions that “retailers don’t usually advertise these models as derivatives.” “There’s no way the average consumer will know that the TV model they are buying is not the standard one unless they are savvy enough to compare their model numbers,” he said. Shoppers need to take a step back and consider whether it’s worth it to wait for hours in a freezing parking lot just to be trampled on the way in, shoved out of the way, refused limited offers, and receive knock-offs of the real item that they pursue. After all, if the product isn’t the same quality as the original, can it truly be considered a discount?

Practicality is Key: Holiday Shopping for Teens By Emily Shoemaker As the holiday season rounds the said senior Dylan Pedersen, “[but] a corner, teens around Coginchaug gift card to the mall [is best].” begin to fret, buying the perfect gift Junior Zach Machnik has the is a constant worry during the month same opinion: “Money [is the most of December. Clothes? Handmade practical present].” gifts? Plates of cookies? The possiSome holiday shoppers are bilities are endless. The staff of the avoiding gift cards and sweaters. Devil’s Advocate, however, is deter“Everybody gets an embroidered mined to find the perfect, practical Snuggie for Christmas in my house gift for the holiday season. this year,” English teacher Mr. Nate An iTunes gift card...the perfect Fisher said. “Snuggies, lots and lots holiday gift? of snuggies. They’re cheap and stu“Clothes,” said senior Sarah pid, and if you don’t like them, you Bugai, “But you’ve got to make sure can turn them into paint rags.” they’re the right size.” Many stuChorus teacher Ms. Lisa Larsen dents agree. “You can wear them all year has other thoughts on the most round, it’s practical,” senior Sierra practical gift. “Tomatoes,” she said, Querns said. Freshmen Emory “you can do so many things with Manguilli and Jessica Solomon them, they’re the multi-use fruit!” agree, “Winter-y apparel [is best] So whether you’re like freshman hats, gloves and scarves.” Ashley Vanaman and you’re opting Others, however, believe gift for jewelry, sophomore Maria Mancards are the way to go. “An iTunes na who believes the most practical gift card allow[s] a person to pick out gift is “spending time celebrating what they, movies, with your family,” or senior Ashley games...everyone loves music,” Davenport who votes for “leg warmsenior Joe Oblon said. ers,” your holiday shopping spree is “There are so many different vari- sure to be enjoyable this year! And ables [when choosing a present],” remember, practicality is key!

Just as toddlers tote their teddy bears around, teenage girls won’t leave the house without their purse. A collection of purses. With a variety of styles and brand names, the price range of a purse varies from the Walmart Rollback of $20 up to the Coco Chanel Black Alligator Purse coming in at a whopping $17,000! Many factors contribute to determining the price tag. “It depends on the design, quality, and size [of the purse],” said senior Laura Reimer. “It’s all relative.” With such a large price range, expensive b r a n d names, and fashion on the line, it’s time to ask the question: How much is too much for a purse? Answers and opinions separate the teenage population into a political battlefield. The right and the left. The conservative and liberal. The boys and girls. We begin the great debate with the gentlemen’s side, who take a more conservative approach to purse buying. Collectively, most guys would only spend around $100, ($200 tops) if they were giving a purse as a gift.

“I shop at Old Navy, brand name doesn’t matter to me,” said senior Dylan Pedersen. “A purse isn’t something I generally bring my eyes to.” On the flip side, some teenage girls feel the sky is the limit when it comes to the best of the best. “Nothing is too much!” said senior Alyssa Marone. When discussing a reasonable price limit, Alyssa and fellow classmate Marie Roberts explained that if you had the money, a thousand d o l l a r s wouldn’t be unreasonable. D o e s brand name really matter? “Absolutely,” Marie said. “ T h e brand name is what makes it worth buying,” said junior Jessie Maniscalco. Even though Jessie’s price range was a bit lower (around $300), a brand name purse “always looks good to hold.” However, not all teenage girls would be willing to spend several hundred on a purse. “You just need something to put your stuff in,” said sophmore Megan Campbell. In the world of purse-buying, some go for practical and inexpensive, while others would spend the extra money to accent their style.

Ronald McDonald Scholarships available for high school seniors Ronald McDonald House Charities of Connecticut and Western Massachusetts is announcing their annual scholarship applications are now available for high school seniors in Connecticut (excluding Fairfield County) and Western Massachusetts (Franklin, Hampshire, and Hamden counties only.) It will award a total of $50,000 to 22 local high school seniors this academic year through its scholarship program. Students of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply, with $31,000 allocated to eligible Hispanic applicants via the RMHC/HACER (Hispanic American Commitment to Educational Resources) Scholarship and $19,000 via the RMHC Scholars Scholarship. Scholarship applications are now available online at or by calling 1-866-851-3994. Students can also see their guidance counselor for applications. The deadline for submitting an application for the 2009-2010 scholarship program is Feb. 16, 2010. Eligibility requirements for RMHC scholarships: must be eligible to enroll in and attend a two or four-year college with a full course of study and reside in a participating area. Eligibility requirements for RMHC/HACER Scholarship: applicants must have at least one parent of Hispanic origin. Recipients will be selected on the basis of academic achievement, financial need and community involvement.


Devil’s Advocate

The Leviathan


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(Continued from page 18)

By Zhining Fang

It is 1914, the beginning of World War I in our world and the start of the Great War in the world of Prince Aleksander and the commoner, Deryn Sharp. All the European powers are arming up with Clankers to the AustroHungarians and Germans, and fabricated animals for the British Darwinists. The Clankers are steam driven iron machines loaded with all kinds of guns and cannons and ammunition. In this world, Darwin not only created the theory of evolution, he discovered DNA and how to weave life threads together to create war-fighting animals and ships. The Leviathan is such a being, a whale airship and the best in the British fleet. Prince Aleksander Ferdinand of the Austro-Hungarian Empire is a fugitive from his own people, who have turned on him. All he has left is a Stormwalker and an able crew of loyal men. Deryn Sharp is a com-

moner girl determined to fly disguised as a boy in the British Air Service where her true identity is in constant danger of being discovered. This Great War will bring these two together in the most unexpected way aboard the Leviathan, which will bring them on a magically fantastic journey across the skies and change their way of life forever. Scott Westerfield weaves a tale full of dreams and science to bring about a journey across Europe. This book is full of detailed and beautiful illustrations and gives a sense of cruel beauty. It is a tale of how man weaves nature and steel together to create something greater. This book is definitely one of those books that I will remember. It will give you that warm satisfaction that you get after a particularly good book. Scott Westerfield once again brings together another fantastical alternate reality.

A New Moon is Rising

By Sarah Bugai Picture this: a classic romance art’s character, Bella Swan, falls into story where boy leaves girl and her after her own personal tragedy new best guy friend then becomes strikes. It’s not exactly a movie that more than just a friend. Keep in leaves the auidience feeling warm mind we’re dealing with shirtless and fuzzy afterwards. werewolves and sparkly vampires. Although most of the teenage girl Yes, as every fanatic teenage girl population of Coginchaug can’t get in Coginchaug knows, New Moon enough of New Moon, the boyfriends has finally hit theaters. Packed with and guys who get dragged along to the now buff and shorthaired Taylor this film will more than likely not be too Laughtner and the hypnotic Robert Pattinson, Twilight saga fans agree impressed. The promised action-filled that this movie has definitely lived up scenes with the premier vampire clan known as the Volturi seem to lack the to expectations. excitement most males crave and only “When Taylor Laughtner came on screen, most of the audience lasts about 15 minutes tops. For the most part, New Moon clapped or even screamed,” said senior Ashley Davenport. With a lives up to its name. Fans of the larger budget and better soundtrack, Twilight saga will all agree that New New Moon seems to be a crowd Moon is amazing and possibly even pleaser. better than the original movie. HowHowever, one criticism is that ever, in the grand scheme of things, most of the movie is focused on the New Moon is probably not a movie deep depression that Kristen Stew- everyone needs to go out and see.

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Does Moore Need More Money? By Cam Pollitt “Capitalism is evil.” The closing words of Michael Moore’s new movie more than sum up his latest movie Capitalism: A Love Story. They also show his limited and dogmatic view on American society. Michael Moore is at it once again; The target this time is the economic system of capitalism. Going on a one-man war against the system, Moore’s new documentary brings up the moral dilemma of living in an all-or-nothing system where the quickest way to make a buck is to kick the man beneath you. Moore’s film brings up the turmoil of the American recession and actually targets the men he believes caused it. In an intriguing scene, where he places yellow tape across Liberty Bank’s headquarters and demands the CEO to return the American peoples’ money because this is a citizen arrest, you can actually feel the hate and loathing coming off Moore as he addresses the CEO. Moore certainly knows how to make a documentary enlightening and entertaining, a hard feat for a topic that’s so depressing and almost taboo to the American culture. Moore brings up very disturbing statistics. For instance 95 percent of America’s total wealth is controlled by the top one percent of the population. By half way through the movie, he has his audience angered and questioning the very system they live in. Moore is an artist in his ability to know his target audience and how to get them to react. Moore never makes people think he is attacking them for living in this system and repeatedly says,

“I love America. I just don’t love the rich.” With his zeal and enthusiasm, it is hard to disagree. Ultimately, what kills this movie is Moore himself. In a rebuttal with Larry King, he is actually shown losing an argument when King tells Michael that they both are included in that top one percent of America and they got there by acting on what they believe in. Moore repeatedly uses the same lines and the viewer quickly loses previous enthusiasm as he spends more time on screen, and the pace of the movie changes from “look at the bad guys” to “look at me.” The movie fails after it has won. The audience is seduced, and they wait for the revolutionary new idea that will remove all the rich and monopolies from their beloved nation, but it never comes. In one oddly short scene, Moore interviews and rallies laid off workers, people who have lost everything and follow Moore because they believe in him; failing to recover their money, Moore leaves them with a smile on his face telling them about the corrupt world they live in. The audience feels almost sick as they see a jolly, overweight, millionaire prospering off the workers’ pain. Isn’t this what the posters of the movie promised to fight against? As the documentary draws to a close, Moore has yet to discuss how to change the country or recover from the recession. As the credits start rolling, the audience is confused; Moore never answered their question, and nausea is felt through the audience as they understand that Michael Moore stole $9 from them.

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Durham in December

21 The United Churches of Durham Christmas Bazaar was held on Saturday. Dec. 5. Clockwise from left, Ginny Harmon and Betsy Hall at their tables, Peg Atwell looking over the Bake Table and Jean Chittenden shopping.

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The Durham Tree Lighting took place under gray skies on Saturday, Dec. 5, but the hot cocoa, visit from Santa and lights warmed those who showed up for the annual celebration. Photo by Karen Kean


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Jonathan Champagne, Jessamin Cipollina, Gretchen Donovan, Kelly Dorsey, Carleen Doyle, Carleen Dupre, Hannah Elliott, Zachary Faiella, Zhining Fang, Molly Ferrari, Hannah Goulis, Raymond Graham, Laura Hargreaves, Timothy Heller, Alicia Lisitano, Elbridge Luther, Jeremy Mink, Aleksandr Morin, Lauren Mozzicato, Jean Ochterski, Jennifer Ruth, Kaylynn Sambor, Ryan Scherer, Tyler Sibley, Ryan Sirois, Jocelyn St. Pierre, Gina Stratmann and Mark Vanaman. Sophomores: Nicholas Agramonte, Nicholas Augeri, Stacey Backstrom, Melanie Badin, James Berardino, Lucas Bogdanski, Robert Brooks, Ethan Donecker, Rachel Foley, Stacey Fumiatti, Emily Halligan, Timothy Hayes, Derek Heer, Mark Kelly, Abigail Kotlarz, Emma Lerman, Monika Malek, Maria Manna, Alexis Martowski, Jessica Mink, Tanner Pedersen, Justine Plourde, Frank Posca, Brandon Russ, Steven Tyc and Rachel Viccaro. Freshmen: Lindsay Artkop, Connor Bates, Michael Behling, Sean Cavanaugh, Dominique Coppola, Jonathan Dalo, Jackson Doyle, Mallory Figoras, Chrisine French, Lauren Giannini, Jeffrey Giantonio, Samuel Gossner, Donald Guenther, Alan Haberern, Elizabeth Harlow, Benjamin Kelly, Jonathan Levine, Abby Lohmann, Michael McShane, Kyle Monroe, Jacob Nickel, Evan Rand, Sofia Robinson, Sean Rogers, Matthew Schock, Katherine Scibilia, Leah Slawinowski, Natalie Spence, Benjamin Taber, David Trombetta, Lauren Trombetta, Adrian Tubis, Kayla Votto, Mary Yale and Jessica Zerillo.

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Students earning high honors include: Seventh grade: Christian Alberico, Audrey Arcari, Marissa Berry, Janelle Berry, Alexandra Bonin, Kelly Brennan, Natalie Charette, AmyAriel Choplick-Ward, Victoria Conroy, Kayleigh Crocetto, Garrett D’Amato, Lauren Davis, Joseph Ertle, Alyssa see Honors on next page

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Honors (Continued from page 22)

Gambardella, Caroline Gervais, Ryan Gossart, Cory Hassmann, Autumn Iannielo, Noelle Khalil, Arthur Koba, Jillian Kopcik, Megan L’Heureux, Zoe Lerman, Michelle Mandel, Aleksander Marczuk, Connor Marszalek, Tyler McDonald, Hannah Michalik, Wilson Nickel, Kristina Pascarelli, Rachel Plant, Matthew Quick, Megan Quinley, Hayley Quirk, Danielle Richardson, Devin Rodrigue, Eliza Romeyn, Joshua Smith, Meghan St. Amand, Courtney Votto and Nathaniel Weir. Eighth grade: Kristen Burtt, Richard Chi, Martin Daniels, Danielle Drop, Anna Ferrari, Carolyn Fetchel, Samantha Foley, Melanie Frank, Justin Hall, Caitlin McAuliffe, Alice Ochterski, Gabrielle Pakech, Deanna Puchalski, Kimberly Romanoff, James Rosborough, Jack Temple, Samantha Turley, Emily Tuttle, Kasi Whitaker and Katelyn Williams. Students earning honors include: Seventh grade: Molly Anderson, Carlie Arnold, Jacob

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In Our Schools macher, Annalise Staneika, Benjamin Steele, Katherine Stevens, Connor Stewart, Kayleigh Struchowski, Zoe Stublarec, Tiffany Tang, Zachary Terrill, Bailey Thayer, Andrew Tirado, Zachary Vallone, Melissa Vynalek, Michael Wade, Daniel Wilson, William Witecki and Mikayla Wyskiel. Eighth grade: Jesse Azevedo, Austin Barrett, Curtis Bennett, Kevin Bjarnason, Tyler Bjarnason, Brian Blake, Sarah Brady, Hayley Brant, Emmett Brayton, Molly Breen, Morgan Cahill, Hannah Campbell, Katherine Chi, Robert Cocchiola, Olivia Corazzini, Hunter Courchesne, Mary D’Orvilliers, David DeSimone, Ryan DeVille, Morgan Dickson, Jessica Dontigney, Sean Doyle, Michaela Dumont, Abigail Eisner, Stephanie Fisher, Dana Foley, Matthew Fontaine, Lucas Fowler, Elizabeth Gable, Brenna Golberg, Nathan Gonzalez, Nathaniel Graichen, Jack Granger, Katherine Hamilton, Laurence Hill, Mara Hintz, Clarity Huddleston, Kayla Keathley, Tyler Kovacs, Morgan Kuehnle, Alison Luther, Molly MacDuff, Erin Mallinson,Alexander


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Inquiring Photographer: What is your favorite vegetable?

Jody Benbows (mom): “Squash!” Ginny, 9: “Corn!” Carly, 5: “Carrots!” Maddy (1 1/2) (according to mom) “ALL vegetables...every one.”

Joe Duffy: “It’s tough— there are SO many! The time of year affects it. In the fall, it’s butternut squash; it’s salads, and everything’s up for grabs!”

Anita Duffy: “Brussel sprouts. You don’t get Dave Craig (dad): “Carthem often, but it’s a toss- rots!” Emma, 7: “Corn, mashed up with cauliflower.” potatoes!” Lila, 5: “Carrots!”

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Friday, December 11, 2009

Middlefield Tree Lighting


Left, Darin Bullock, who will be nine on Dec. 14, was randomly chosen as the lucky child to help Santa light the tree. Right, Leila Gary shows her baby sister McKayla that it pays to be a good girl.


Left, carolers and an instrumental ensemble serenaded the many residents who came out to watch the tree lighting on the town green on Sunday, Dec. 6. “This is truly, truly a Norman Rockwell town,” First Selectman Jon Brayshaw said on the chilly night. Above left, Kyle and Ethan Kupec tell Santa what they want for Christmas.

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Middlefield; a son and daughter-in-law, Phillip and Cindy Bufithis of York, Maine; a daughter and son-in-law, Charlotte and Bradley Anderson of Spindale, N.C.; seven grandchildren, Andrew Wamester and his wife Sandy of Middletown, Holly Bliven and her husband Brandon of Spindale, N.C., Katie Oberlander and her husband Eric of Salem, Mass., Michael Bufithis and his wife Marnya of South Berwick, Maine, Marcy Webster and her husband Bill of Old Wethersfield, Daniel Bufithis-Hurie of Portland, Ore. and Jennifer Bu-

Lois Anne (Read) Bufithis Lois Anne (Read) Bufithis passed away Dec. 5, 2009, with family members at her side. Born in 1917 to the late Thomas and Mabel (Sears) Read, she lived in Middletown and Middlefield. Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, attorney Charles P. Bufithis, and a son, Robert Thomas Bufithis. She leaves a brother, T. Irvin Read of Middletown; a daughter, Carol Bufithis of

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school. She worked at Pelton’s in the card department after she was widowed.

fithis-Hurie of Middlefield; seven great-grandchildren and an extended family who loved her dearly.

Before her husband’s death in 1977, he and Lois traveled extensively in the United States, Mexico, Europe and the Middle East. She enjoyed entertaining, and her gracious home was always open to family and friends. During the final years of her life, despite declining health, she enjoyed having visitors and talking about her childhood and her years as a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She will be missed and will live forever in the

Lois was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Middletown. She served on the board of St. Luke’s Home, the Women’s Board of the YMCA and was a volunteer in the Middlesex Hospital gift shop for many years. Lois was employed in the business office of the James H. Bunce Company before her marriage and worked in an insurance office in Hartford while her husband was attending law

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hearts of those who loved her. Lois’ family would like to thank the staff of Apple Rehab Center for the compassionate care they gave Lois for many months prior to her death and a special thank you also to Lois’ friend Carol Merrill for her loving kindness. A memorial service will be held on Monday, Dec. 21, at 11 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 24 Old Church St., Middletown, CT 06457. The burial will be private and at the convenience of the family. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the First United Methodist Church in her memory. To leave remembrances for the family, visit

The Art Guild of Middletown is offering workshops this January. The first is an all-day pastel workshop given by awardwinning pastelist and instructor Chris Ivers, who will teach students how to do a winter landscape. The workshop will take place on Saturday, Jan. 9, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 390 Main St., Middlefield. Cost is only $45 for the day. Deadline for registration is Jan. 5. Award-winning watercolorist Bivenne Harvey Staiger will teach winter watercolor classes beginning Tuesday, Jan. 12, from 9:30 a.m. to noon, six weeks, also at 390 Main St., Middlefield. Cost is $75 for Guild members, $85 for nonmembers. Guest artist Karen Cashman will be giving a demo of a winter landscape in oil on board on Thursday, Jan. 14, at 7 p.m. This demo will take place at the Middlefield Federated Church, 390 Main St., Middlefield, and is open to all with a suggested donation of $3 from non-member. Ellie Bender, an awardwinning pastelist, continues to teach her pastel classes on Wednesdays. Call 203-237-5224 for info and to register. To become a member of the Art Guild of Middletown, send a check for $35 along with name, address and phone number to The Art Guild of Middletown, PO Box 205, Middletown, CT, 06457. To register classes, except Ellie Bender’s, call 860632-7334.

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they created and why. “If people thought of art for what art has to offer — art and design — they would see that art is everywhere,” Wenzel said. “When you look around in your world, everything you see has been designed by nature or by man. Everything we know about ancient cultures has been determined by their design, from high art to everyday items.” Both teachers point to the value of self-expression in art. The bulletin boards in the halls of IDS are covered with students’ artwork, and allow

for observation and discussion as classes move about in the hallways. This sense of audience enhances Smith’s students’ awareness of how their art represents their own unique way of seeing the world. For example, Smith recently read “Tar Beach” by Faith Ringgold, based on a story quilt about a girl living in Harlem in the 1920s who imagines flying above her world. She then asked her fourth grade students to represent in similar fashion what they might like to see on their own imaginary flight. Their artwork reveals each

student’s unique perspective on his or her world. One child imagined himself above a football field; another over the Statue of Liberty. “Art in its purest form is the celebration of your own voice, and for so many kids this is the only way they are heard,” Wenzel said. “You are creating your own symbol system that is yours alone. Through art, my students are in the process of developing their voices.” How do you communicate holiday wishes to those you live with and work with? How do you express love, peace,

anger, sadness or a myriad of other thoughts and emotions? Deep feelings often go beyond the scope of mere words. This may be where art comes in. It has often been said that the best gifts come from the heart. Allow that hidden, creative spirit within to dabble in some form of artistic venture, and express yourself.

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and meaning to others, all with a sense of play. The skills Pink discusses have traditionally been attributed to “right-brained” people; leftbrained people, on the other hand, are those who excel in collecting data, organizing facts, applying learned knowledge, and thinking in a more linear fashion. “I tell students their ability to think creatively lies primarily in the right side of the brain,” Wenzel said. “Biology tells us that if (the right side) wasn’t important for our survival, it wouldn’t be used anymore. I try to tie it to science.” Both art teachers made the point that in today’s world art needs to be considered even more valuable to building up our society and finding creative solutions to problems, now and in our future. In the creative process, students learn how to “think outside the box,” especially when they encounter a stumbling block to their designs. “If they get stuck in one of their ideas in the middle of a project, I say ‘Great!’” Smith said. “Then they have the opportunity to figure out how to fix it.” Smith credits such experiences as a way to build confidence in her students’ ability to solve problems on their own. “Being able to think creatively helps to move our culture forward,” Wenzel said. Art is a form of play, and she suggested that children today need to play in open-ended activities. Wenzel cited an article she recently read about NASA scientists which raised a question about why older scientists were more able to create and innovate than recently graduated engineers and physicists. “The supposition is that the older scientists played more when they were kids,” she said. While art instructors take their teaching seriously, art is playful. For example, Coginchaug students are currently playing with art straws, foil lined bags and wire to create three-dimensional designs. But behind the play is a purpose: They have been instructed to express with their sculpture a statement about technology and to articulate what


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Dominators dominating The Durham Dominators beat North Branford at home two weeks ago, 18-13. All the girls played strong defense and had assists, including Alana Beckert, Taylor Marino and Caitlyn Sibiskie. Points were put up by Amy Arcari with eight, Gabriella Diaz with four, and Emma Blair, Larissa Cade and Shaun Whitaker with two points each. The sixth grade girls are looking forward to injured players Carlie Annechino and Brianna Sawicki returning soon. Photo submitted by Alice Blair

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The Middlefield father and son hockey duo of Joseph D’Agostino Jr. and Joseph D’Agostino III, above, and their Central Connecticut Capitals hockey team swept through the Avon Thanksgiving tournament, winning all four games on their way to the championship. With preliminary victories over South Windsor Mite B, Avon Mite B and Long Island Gulls Mite Minor, the Capitals earned their way to a rematch against the tough Long Island team. They played an exciting game with constant action. In the end, a total team effort by the Capitals was too much for the Gulls as Central broke open the game in the third period and went on to a 7-0 win for the title. The Capitals outscored their opponents 30 to 7 over the course of the tournament with contributions from across the team. Joseph D’Agostino III tallied a hat trick in the tournament while his team held the four opponents to a total 26 shots, including only 4 from the Gulls during the championship. That compares to 123 shots the Capitals took over the course of the four games.

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Recently Troop 33 members began their climb towards achieving the Climbing merit badge. The scouts learned climbing terminology, knots and climbed to new heights and navigated across a beam suspended high above the floor. The four scouts — Andrew Carter, Thomas D’Orvilliers, Jason Gribko and Tyler Sibley — have participated in belay (secure climbing rope and spotting climbers) training and will become certified to belay their fellow climbers and support their fellow Troop 33 members as they continue working to complete the merit badge requirements, developing and challenging themselves and their climbing skills. Photo submitted by Marc D’Orvilliers

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What could be better than an early morning basketball game on your home court the weekend after Thanksgiving? Well, a win would have been a good start, but it was not to be. The Durham fifth grade boys’ travel basketball team fell to East Lyme for their second loss of the season. With both teams pressing hard on defense, the first quarter got off to a slow start. Ryan Vynalek started the home team off with a strong defensive rebound and a long outlet pass to a streaking Owen Gonzalez for a lay-up and the first Firestorm basket. Jeremy Orozco came into the game and quickly passed to Camden Stockdale for the second basket. The score at the end of the first quarter was tied at four. With parents’ and coaches’ stomachs in knots, the Firestorm continued to struggle in the second quarter, with Griffin Murphy scoring the sole field goal. Despite strong rebounding efforts from Jack Murphy and suffocating defense from Aiden Doyle and Kyle Grenier, the East Lyme team pulled ahead by making several shots and free throws. Score at the half was 11-6, advantage East Lyme. After a quick pep talk from the coaches, the Firestorm came out in the third quarter with determination! Grenier started them off with a basket, followed by Gonzalez, then Vynalek with two, followed by Trevor Morris, Camden Stockdale and Jack Murphy each with one. At the end of the third, the Firestorm had erased the deficit and were up 20-17. Unfortunately, the fourth quarter would come down to the wire and ultimately belong to East Lyme who made the most of their foul shots. After a bucket by Doyle, East Lyme went on a roll and was up 27-22 with just two minutes left in the game. In an effort to bridge the gap, the Firestorm went outside with three-point attempts. Gonzalez nailed one at the buzzer, but the team came up just a tad short at 29-25.

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New Young Adult titles: Operation Storm City by Joshua Mowll, Malice by Chris Wooding, Love the One You’re With by Cecily von Ziegesar, Deadly Little Lies by Laurie Stolarz, The Plague by Joanne Dahme and I Will Always Love You by Cecily von Ziegesar. New DVDs Angels and Demons, Before the Fall, Bruno, Four Christmases, Funny People, G-Force and Hurt Locker. Great new titles include A Duty to the Dead by Charles Todd, Fly by Wire: The Truth

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Durham Library Amnesty for Fines: Through Saturday, Dec. 12, all overdue fines will be waived when you visit the library. This does not apply to lost book charges but does apply to all items returned to the Durham Library, even if from another library. New Titles include: Searching for Pemberly by Mary Lydon Simonsen, The Farmer’s Daughter by Jim Harrison, Tainted by Brooke Morgan, The Vikings, a History by Robert Ferguson, Menopause Matters by Julia


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Confirmation 2009 at Durham’s Notre Dame Church

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Albert Palmer-Trustee to Donna ODay, 16 Hamlet Manor Lane, $235,000; Richard Ackerman to Durham Agricultural Fair Association, 5862 Main Street, $850,000; Prudential Relocation to Donald Edwardson, 24 Burwell Newton Drive, $470,000 and Phyllis and Samuel Marcionette to Kathleen Rhodeen, 64 Madison Road, $237,500. Durham – October Theodore and Patricia Machold to Clotilde Poisson, 43 Fowler Avenue, $290,000;


Durham – September Cuomo Construction to Marianne H. Wudarsky, 33 Eastwood Trail $570,000; Kathleen Riolino to Joseph Fournier, 35 Dionigi Drive, $477,500; Deborah L. Vitale to Robert Caruth and Sandra Lasso, 133 Main Street, $374,000; Sandra Lasso to Josh and Catriona Cleveland, 25 Arrowhead Court, $270,000; Steven Webb to Adam Cook and Jillian Boehringer, 249R Higganum Road, $257,500;

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Left, a team unloads the food they collected. Right, counting items.

The once-a-year Community RoundUp is an opportunity for members of the community to come together for charity when teams of students in the district collect food around town for area food banks.

Left, Coginchaug High School student Shelby Boris had her hands full all morning.

70 teams plus 3 hours equaled 12,437 food items, $2,291.70 in cash and $150 in gift cards to help neighbors.

Left and above, it took a lot of help to sort food into categories and box it.

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