Volume 18, Issue 34
Serving Durham, Middlefield and Rockfall
More twists and turns for Powder Ridge By Sue VanDerzee Special to the Town Times I sometimes imagine those road signs indicating S-curves and switchbacks when I think about the Powder Ridge story. Several things are clear. Middlefield voters have twice voted 9-1, at referendum and in town meeting, to first buy the property and then sell it to a group who would restore a ski area to the 146+/- acres on Powder Hill Road. Ski areas in southern New England are dicey businesses due mainly to unpredictable weather. This can be exacerbated by manage-
ment issues and single season focus. Restoring a ski area at Powder Ridge is not for the faint of heart. All that said, the last weeks have been normally dramatic — a few S-curves and a new deadline to perhaps figure out next steps. On Oct. 20, Dennis Abplanalp of Alpine Ridge LLC, who was in the last stages of contract approval, abruptly took himself out of the running. A week later, Rick Sabatino, a member of Abplanalp’s Alpine Ridge group, indicated that he would like to continue on his own with a new set of investors. The Middle-
field Board of Selectmen, spinning a bit from the sharp curves, agreed to let Sabatino work from the almost complete Alpine Ridge contract and secure investors with a deadline of Nov. 30 to finish the job. Sabatino and potential investor David Perry subsequently toured the site on Nov. 4 with an entourage of town and state officials and reporters. Last Friday, Nov. 25, Sabatino reversed course because, as he explained in an e-mail, his investors needed assurance of “a residential component,” i.e., time-
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Mystery snowman on Durham green A mystery snowman and an even more mysterious frog appeared on the town green earlier this week. Durham First Selectman Laura Francis said, “Mr. Snowman and his merry anonymous donor have created quite a stir! While I am not sure it fits in with the character of our historic Main Street, I am grateful that we have someone in the holiday spirit already. We are still searching for our secret pal.”
Selectmen approve plan for clean-up project Thanksgiving dinner drive 2011 results after October storm See Powder Ridge, page 5
Antoinette Astle (center), director of human services for the town of Middlefield, receives a check for the local proceeds of the eighth annual Liberty Bank/Rotary Club Thanksgiving Dinner Drive from Jim Brainerd, manager of Liberty Bank’s Middlefield office, and Middletown Rotarian Lisa Santangelo. With a traditional Thanksgiving dinner costing about 13 percent more* than last year, and the unemployment rate still hovering around nine percent, many Connecticut families are finding it difficult or impossible to pay for a holiday feast. Liberty Bank and 27 Rotary Clubs throughout central, eastern, and shoreline Connecticut teamed up to help them out, raising over $132,000 to provide Thanksgiving food for local families who cannot afford it.
This year’s Liberty Bank/Rotary Club Thanksgiving Drive collected $107,307 in donations from employees, customers, and the public — a record total for the eight-year-old drive. The Liberty Bank Foundation provided $25,000 in matching funds for a total of $132,307, which went to supply Thanksgiving food in 33 towns served by Liberty Bank. During the weeks leading up to the holiday, the Middletown Rotary Club and Liberty Bank’s Middlefield
branch collected $246 (including the foundation match). These funds were donated to Middlefield Senior Services to supply Thanksgiving baskets for local families. The bank’s Durham office collected $123, which went to Durham Human Services for the same purpose. Overall, the Middletown Rotary Club and local Liberty branches raised $6,974 (including the funds for Durham and Middlefield), See Thanksgiving, page 14
By Cheri Kelley Town Times
It’s hard not to notice the piles of brush and debris from the October Nor’easter along roadsides in Durham. A special Board of Selectmen (BOS) meeting in Durham was held Nov. 28 to discuss and obtain approval of the debris management plan as the clean-up project after hopes of joining a state bid turned out not to be the best plan. First Selectman Laura Francis said that the state awarded a contract to a company on which the town could piggyback, but after receiving an estimate of $600,000 for the bid and knowing that FEMA will pay up to 75 percent of the cost, they thought 25 percent of $600,000 was still too much for the town to pay. Francis said, “We went back to the drawing board and have come up with a plan.” Finance director Maryjane Malavasi and director of Public Works Kurt Bober presented the new proposal,
which would be in the form of three projects which are: brush pick-up, chipping and hangers and leaners. For the hangers and learners project, the town would work with their current contract and their tree company. The town’s seasonal workers would help assist with this project. As far as hauling the brush, the town feels that they don’t have enough time to go out to full bid. This process in itself would put the project back another month; if they were to do this, the town would run the great risk of winter weather coming and causing a more dangerous situation. The town will reach out to the local companies for an estimate so they can start this portion of the project. See Dur BOS, page 21
In this issue ... Calendar...........................4 Obituaries..................15-16 Sports .........................17-22 Town Briefs................12-13
Town Times Community Briefs
CRHS class of ‘01 reunion The Coginchaug class of 2001 10-year reunion will be held Dec. 22 at 7 p.m. at the Mezzo Grille (106 Court St. in Middletown). Tickets for class members and guests can be purchased at www.brownpapertickets.co m/event/213787 (by Dec. 15 preferably). Contact Jessica Seible (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions.
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RSD13 Preschool screening Regional School District 13 offers a play-based screening for children ages three and four. The screening allows parents the opportunity to have their child observed by district professionals in an informal, fun setting to ensure that their child’s development is progressing at an age-appropriate level. Participation is also a pre-requisite for a child to be considered as a role model for the preschool program. The next screenings are scheduled for Dec. 9 from 9 to 11 a.m. in the preschool room at Brewster Elementary School. All district fouryear-olds and children turn-
ing three by Dec. 9 are invited to attend. Parental permission and involvement are requirements in the screening. However, it is important for children to separate from their parents during the screening so that the team can get an accurate assessment. Parents will complete a questionnaire prior to the screening and have the opportunity to discuss any questions or concerns about their children with the school psychologist during the screening. If you would like your child to attend a screening, please contact Crystal at 860349-7210.
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Deerfield Farm holiday open house Come to the Deerfield Farm (337 Parmalee Hill Rd. in Durham) on Saturday, Dec. 3, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be dairy products and fresh eggs, milk soaps, milk bath, milk ‘n’ honey face scrub and gift packages
Join Women of the Woods (www.womenofthewoods.or g) for a two- to three-mile loop hike at Devil’s Hopyard in East Haddam (Devil’s Hopyard State Park) on Monday, Dec. 5, at 9 a.m. We will visit the spectacular Chapman Falls, take in the view from the lookout and
Corrections We strive to bring you the most accurate information available each week, but if you see something in Town Times that isn’t quite right, give us a call at 860-349-8000, and we’ll do our best to make things right. In the last issue, Split Enz was spelled incorrectly in a headline on page 18.
as well as live music from a local musician. The Jolly Rangers will have a 4-H Club display. Tour and learn about the farm, pet the cows and visit the herd of registered Jerseys. For more info, visit deerfieldfarm.org. 1225940
Everyone is welcome to join us this Saturday, Dec. 3, for the fifth Annual Agway Holiday Food Drive. Our food drive will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the following four Agway locations: Agway of North Branford, Agway of North Haven, Agway of Middlefield and Agway of Southington. Agway has kindly marked down certain brands of wet and dry dog and cat food for this drive. All donations are greatly
appreciated and accepted, but we’d like to mention that we have been receiving numerous requests from the Rescue Organizations and Shelters for dry food — especially dry cat food — as there seems to be a more desperate need for their cat population.
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there are four viable groups that have expressed interest in the Powder Ridge property. A resident, Jim Malcolm, stated during the meeting, “I am here tonight to purchase Powder Ridge in its entirety. I have a serious intention of purchasing Powder Ridge.” Brayshaw agreed to meet with Malcolm after the Thanksgiving holiday. After much debate, the closing date for the present contract with Alpine Ridge was extended to Dec. 31. (For more information on Powder
The Middlefield Board of Selectmen (BOS) honored former selectperson Mary Johnson and former treasur-
er Mary Hooper for their years of service and dedication to the town of Middlefield during the BOS meeting held on Wednesday, Nov. 23. Johnson was given an American flag, which once flew over the Middlefield Town Hall, and an engraved display case. “That is beautiful; I am deeply touched. It was my pleasure to serve the town as selectperson for the last six years,” Johnson shared. Hooper was treasurer for the town of Middlefield from Nov. 15, 1999, to Nov. 20, 2011 — “Never missing even a penny,” First Selectman Jon Brayshaw joked. Hooper was presented with an engraved brick with her name and dates of service on it, which will be added to the Peckham Park walkway. Hooper said,
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December 2 Zumba for Giving Tree Durham Fitness is holding Zumba® for the Durham/Middlefield Giving Tree today at Brewster School. The sponsors are Durham Fitness and the Brewster/Korn School PTA. Registration is from 5:30 to 6 p.m. Zumba® for adults is 6 to 7 p.m. Zumbatomic® for kids is 7 to 7:30 p.m. A kids’ movie will be shown from 6 to 7 p.m. Register at Durham Fitness; anyone can participate — men, women, children. Donation of an unwrapped toy or $20 will be given to the Durham/Middlefield giving trees and holiday meals. For more info, call Kristen 860-349-2480 or email email@example.com.
December 3 Breakfast with Santa Partnership for Sharing is sponsoring a Breakfast with Santa from 8 to 10:30 a.m. at Third Congregational Church (94 Miner St. in Middletown). Photos with Santa will be available at a minimum fee. For more info, call Ruth Kramer at 860-267-6580 or 860-301-5622. Awakening the Dreamer This program includes video presentations, discussions and ways to become “part of the solution” for the 21st century. Refreshments will be provided. Suggested donation is $20 to offset expenses, but no one will be turned away for lack of payment. Attendees are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item to donate to a local food pantry following this fall’s storms. Register online at awakeningthedreamer.org. For more details, contact Michael Harris at firstname.lastname@example.org or 860-873-8989. Notre Dame Bazaar Notre Dame’s bazaar is today from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and tomorrow from 9 a.m. to noon. Dudley Holiday Market The Dudley Farm Farmers’ Market will hold its 16th annual holiday market from
9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Munger Barn. Holiday treats and treasures feature baked goods, crafts, eggs, fibers, fresh holiday greens and trees, honey and maple syrup, jams and jellies, naturally raised meats, pickles and soap. Contact 860-3493917 or visit www.dudleyfarm.com for more info and last-minute updates. Help Willy’s Friends Drive Help Willy’s Friends is having a food and supply drive to benefit pets in local animal shelters today from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Agways in Middlefield, North Branford, North Haven and Southington. Food, toys and treats will be collected at these locations. For questions, please contact Help Willy’s Friends at 203-9881718 or email@example.com. For more about Willy’s cause, visit www.helpwillysfriends.org. Holiday Bazaar The Ladies’ Guild of St. Colman’s Church bazaar, originally scheduled for Nov. 5, has been rescheduled to today from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be crafts, a bake shop, gift baskets, wreaths, jewelry, a white elephant table and kids’ corner. Lunch will also be served. For more info, call the rectory in the mornings at 860349-3868. Community Round-Up From 9 a.m. to noon today, teams made up of students, teachers, parents and community members will be roving the town in a scavenger hunt-like fashion. Teams following assigned routes will collect non-perishable items, canned goods and gift cards that will be distributed to the needy. Those who prefer to remain at the high school can assist by sorting, counting and packing. For more info, please contact Beth Galligan, chairperson, at the Coginchaug Regional High School’s Guidance Department at 860-349-7221. A Country Christmas The United Churches of Durham (228R Main St.) will hold its annual Country Christmas fair from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Fellowship Hall. The bazaar features country crafts, Christmas ornaments, baked goods (the very popular cookie bas-
kets), jams, jellies and preserves, gift baskets, raffles, jewelry and more. Items are handmade and of excellent quality, so come and do some Christmas shopping — prices are very reasonable. Wreath Sale The Middletown Garden Club will be selling decorated wreaths and centerpieces, crafted from locally grown greens at the Wadsworth Mansion Holiday Craft Sale, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Mansion (421 Wadsworth St.). The sale also includes potted bulbs and plants and gift certificates to a June 2012 House and Garden Tour. Children are free; donations appreciated for adults. Door donations will be dedicated to conservation projects at the mansion. For a complete listing of vendors, visit www.wadsworthmansion.co m or call 860-347-1064. Holiday Wreaths The Durham Garden Club decorated wreaths at the firehouse, most of which are bought by pre-order, but the club makes some extras which will be sold from a truck from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Strong School parking lot. Holiday Tree Lighting Please join the Durham Recreation Committee on the Town Green for the annual tree lighting at 4 p.m. Rain or shine. Hot chocolate, cookies and Santa will be there. Sing along with the CRHS brass band.
December 4 Holiday Performance Enjoy music sung by the Sound of New England Chorus in their free holiday concert at 3 p.m. at the First Congregational Church (10 Wintonbury Ave. in Bloomfield). Come hear your favorite holiday classics sung in four-part a cappella harmony, including two new songs that our new Glee members will perform with us. A non-perishable food item would be appreciated, which will be donated to the CT Food Bank. Tree Lighting & Caroling Come be a part of Santa and Mrs. Claus’ highly anticipated arrival at the Middle-
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field Town Green from 5 to 7 p.m. Register your children for a chance to light the tree with Santa. Immediately following, please join us for complimentary refreshments served inside the Community Center. Take pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Bring your cameras and flashlights. Please bring non-perishable items to support Middlefield Community Service Food Bank. Rain, snow or shine!
December 5 Durham Senior Lunches Every Monday and Wednesday, hot lunches are available for seniors over 60 and their spouses at the Durham Activity Center (350 Main St.). Following the lunches on Mondays is game time which includes billiards, Wii and cards. For pricing info and to make a reservation, call Amanda Astarita, senior café manager, at 860-349-3153. Middlefield Senior Lunches The Middlefield Senior Café is serving lunch three times a week, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Reservations are required 24 hours prior, and their monthly menu can be picked up at the center, Town Hall, or on their website: www.middlefieldct.org. Women’s Hike Join Women of the Woods for a two- to three-mile hike including pretty streams and a waterfall at 9 a.m. at Devil’s Hopyard State Park in East Haddam. In addition to walking, we will take the time to admire the beauty around us and enjoy each others’ company. For info, visit www.womenofthewoods.org or contact Lucy at firstname.lastname@example.org or 860-395-7771.
December 7 Durham Senior Lunches Every Monday and Wednesday, hot lunches are available for seniors over 60 and their spouses at the Durham Activity Center (350 Main St.). Bingo is canceled today. For pricing info and to make a reservation,
call Amanda Astarita, senior café manager, at 860-3493153.
December 9 Tot Time The MOMS Club of Durham and Middlefield sponsors a weekly Tot Time every Friday from 10:30 a.m. to noon at Peckham Park, or, if it’s rainy, at the Middlefield Community Center. This open-age playgroup is available for all residents and their children of Durham, Middlefield and Rockfall. Bridge Night Come join in at the Durham Activity Center every Friday night at 6:30 p.m. for a fun night of bridge with great people. If you are not sure how to play, Jim will teach you. You may call Jim at 860-346-6611 with bridge questions. Call Durham Rec at 860-343-6724 with further questions. Holiday Concert The Middletown Symphonic Band (MSB), under the direction of conductor Marco Gaylord, will celebrate the joys of this most festive season with its 2011 winter holiday concert today at 7 p.m. at Westbrook High School (156 McVeagh Rd.) and on Sunday, Dec. 11, at 2 p.m., at South Church (9 Pleasant St. in Middletown). Both concerts are free and open to the public. Call 860214-8609 or visit www.middletownsymphonicband.org. for info. Durham Senior Holiday Lunch Come and join the Durham Senior Committee from noon to 2 p.m. at the Durham Activity Center. Lunch will be provided by our local restaurants. Join in on some holiday games and meet Santa. Holiday desserts are welcome. Bring a friend and join in on the holiday spirit. Snowflake Dance The 4 C’s Square Dance Club will hold their “Snowflake Dance” from 8 to 10:30 p.m. at the Brewster School in Durham. The caller will be Bruce McCue and Sue Lucibello the cuer. For more info, call 860-3498084 or 203-272-7463.
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not in the current contract and would have to be negotiated with the boards and commissions in charge.” On Monday, Sabatino emailed that he had “rekindled interest with the investor because there is a possibility of time-shares.” Town planner Geoff Colegrove, in a phone interview, said that he had talked to Sabatino about the timeshare issue. Agreeing with Brayshaw, Colegrove said it wasn’t raised at the site visit but that the investors saw it as a way to even out revenue and staffing, and “that’s what they (Perry’s company) do, so that’s what they know about.”
plan,” he said. “Then, if there is provision for timeshares in the new contract, Sabatino will have to go at least to the Planning and Zoning Commission for approval.”
ber of accomodations for staff (set at four in the Alpine Ridge contract) would not be acceptable. “However, time-shares do not impact the schools,” he explained.
Colegrove’s feeling is that the town would not be interested in anything that would add significantly to town expenses, particularly educational expenses. Thus, the idea of permanent housing beyond a very limited num-
Colegrove has also advised Sabatino that any plan, including a residential component, would be more acceptable if it didn’t impinge unduly on open space. “I told them that densely clustered time-shares would
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be the most likely to be accepted,” he continued. “What the time-share concept does is make multi-season use less dependent on attracting the public in large numbers, which has always been a neighborhood concern. The facilities would be mainly for the time-share owners as I understand it.” Colegrove added that he has not talked about numbers at all with Sabatino. S-curves ahead...
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shares, in order to go forward. He held out a slim hope because of talks scheduled on Monday, Nov. 28. This week, the Middlefield Board of Selectmen voted to give Sabatino until Dec. 31 to put together an offer based on his previous involvement in the Alpine Ridge contract, though not necessarily identical to it. Discussion at the meeting centered on whether to allow Sabatino 60 days to complete his due diligence and revisioning. First Selectman Jon Brayshaw noted during the discussion that there were at least three other interested parties out there, each with their own quirks and ideas. At the meeting, resident Jim Malcolm announced his intention to purchase Powder Ridge, creating a fourth possibility. With Brayshaw arguing for speed and new selectman Dave Burgess arguing for giving Sabatino more time, a 30-day, Dec. 31 compromise deadline was agreed upon. Brayshaw, who had toured the site four weeks ago with Sabatino and Perry and been in contact regularly since, was surprised by the emergence of a “timeshare issue.” “I don’t know where that came from,” he said. “They never mentioned it while they were here, but that’s what Perry’s company does, so it might be logical. I just keep telling them that that’s
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American (Continued from page 6) tant. The finish and constructions and fabric of American-made furniture are of much better quality. We buy a lot from the Amish community in Pennsylvania. They take such pride in their work.”
Yankee Candles, Silver Forest earrings (made in Vermont) and Fenton art glass (handcrafted glass artistry, out of West Virginia). “People come in and ask if we have anything made locally,” says Bob Perroti. “I want to support things made locally. When I sell a product, I talk it up if it was made in Connecticut or in the U.S. “We’re going back to grass roots. Something so small, like starting on the local level, helps the state, which helps the country. This is important. It’s good for all of us, and it’s good for the economy. My dad was a farmer, selling produce from his land, so I’ve been involved in American-made products from the get-go. “If you take care of things on the small level, things will be taken care of on the national level. We need to make this happen,” he concludes.
Carol and Walter Douglass recognized The “Angel Among Us” award is given each year by the Middletown Elks at Durham/Middlefield Night to someone who makes our community a better place and may fall under the radar. This year, the award went to Carol and Walter Douglass because: 1. They continue to donate a significant amount of prescriptions for missions work completed by Dr. Good and Dr. Wilkinson. 2. They donated cooking and kitchen gear to the Coginchaug POPS for their fundraisers. 3. They continue to donate significantly to Project Graduation. 4. They volunteer as coordinators of Kids’ Place at the Durham Fair each year and donate significant toys and games.
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Bone marrow registry drive Brenna Zettergren was first diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) at age 3 and recently relapsed and is in need of a life saving bone marrow transplant. There will be a bone marrow drive in honor of Brenna on Sunday, Dec. 18, from noon to 3 p.m. Please save the date. The location is still being finalized but will most likely be at one of the schools in Durham or Middlefield. The process involves a cheek swab and then addition to the National Bone Marrow Registry. There is no charge to participate in the drive. We are asking for donations to help offset the cost to the National Marrow Donor Program, which is about $100 per participant. Participants need to be between the ages of 18-60. More info, including the location and the donation website, will be forthcoming in a future issue of Town Times or visit marrow.org. Please join us at the drive to help find a match for Brenna or someone else in need. We can’t think of a better gift to give during this holiday season than the gift of life. Team Brenna and the Zettergren family thanks you.
Letters to the Editor Socialism is shared misery In response to “Occupy What For?” by James Davis, all I can say is, “heaven help us.” First, if I’m looking for a job, the first place I’m going to go is under a bridge to find a homeless man. Maybe the homeless man can hire me, you know, because billionaires don’t create jobs. Second, we are not in this together, even though most of us want the same things. But you know what you really want, deep down in your heart like the rest of us, Mr. Davis? You want more money. You really don’t want equality or justice or the end to war or a health care for all and a system of total fair-
ness. No, you are no better than anyone else. You want more money, just like I do. Now why do I want more money? Because if I have more money, I can be even more generous. I can make more of a difference if I’m wealthy. I’d be the best billionaire in the world. I could create a lot of good jobs for people. Socialism, Mr. Davis, is shared misery. Please find me an example of a socialist state, in all of human history, that actually worked. You can’t. You know why? Because socialism works until you run out of someone else’s money. Good old greedy American capitalism works best. And there hasn’t been a more generous or God-sent nation in all of hu-
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man history than the United States. We do more good in the world than we do bad. We are the best thing that happened to the world in all of history. And you want to look to Canada? Why don’t you move to Canada? Greed is good. Greed works and puts people to work. So stop whining, take a bath and look for a job, Mr. Davis. I hope you work your way up to the top one percent. I’d be happy to drive your limo for a paltry fifty thousand a year, right past a Tea Party gathering, where they have toilets, no arrests and pistol permits. Mark J. Czaja, Middletown
Scholarship in memory of former CRHS grad In April of this year, I lost a dear friend, and our community lost a valuable and dedicated volunteer. Heather MacDonald, who had been a volunteer on the Crafts and Collections Committee at the Durham Fair for many years, passed away unexpectedly at the age of 28. Heather and I grew up together and graduated from Coginchaug in 2001. She had
just become a licensed clinical social worker prior to her death, and she was a valuable employee at the Cromwell Children’s Home. This fall, I contacted the CRHS Scholarship Foundation to establish a scholarship in memory of Heather. A graduating senior from CRHS who is interested in becoming a social worker or who will pursue a degree in psychology or a related field will be awarded the scholarship. I know that many of us are focused on holiday spending, but for those who knew Heather, please consider making a donation in her memory. If you would like to make a donation (in any amount), a check can be made out to CRHSSF, Inc. with Heather’s name in the notes or memo and mailed directly to the scholarship foundation at P.O. Box 120, Durham, CT 06422. Please include your e-mail address (if available) so the foundation can e-mail your acknowledgement, which helps to reduce their costs. Thank you. Sarah Atwell, Durham
It’s time we all stood up for what is right I just finished reading
possibly the very best letter to the editor I have ever read in my life (“Occupy What For?” by James Davis in the Nov. 25 edition of the Town Times). If you didn’t read it, I urge you to rescue your copy of the Town Times from the recycling and read this wonderful summary of what’s wrong with our world today. There has to be something fundamentally wrong with our government when a group of greedy bankers can (1) sell mortgages to people who they know can’t possibly meet the payments, (2) dump these mortgages into mortgage-backed-securities that are bought by unsuspecting investors because the credit agencies have been paid to rate them AAA, and (3) then these same greedy bankers who sold the bad mortgages are allowed to bet against the very mortgages they sold. These bankers should all be in jail, but instead they made billions of dollars on this evil maneuver, thanks to the US government bailout. Meanwhile the entire world economy is in a tailspin as a result of this. Both the Democratic and the Republican parties had a hand in letting See Occupy, page 23
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Food for thought Like many of us, I Claudia struggle with our collective human practices, but I haven’t done much about them. For instance, on the subject of animal rights, I own a leather couch, wear leather shoes and eat a variety of meats. Since I was a child, I have had no trouble eating beef, pork, fish and fowl. Yet I am highly food-averse when it comes to less mainstream offerings such as raw fish, baby animals, including lamb and veal, and things I deem exotic like crawfish or squid — laugh! I am weakly principled when I consider something too young to eat or too gross for my personal taste. But it wouldn’t take much for me to avoid meat altogether simply because I have a conscience. For now, I remain ignorant. For years, I have flatly avoided all books on the subject of slaughterhouses and animal death for human gain. And that’s why the next book I plan to read is called Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows: An Introduction to Carnism by Melanie Joy, PhD. Seriously, this one, among others, is on my Christmas list. Check out the reviews on Amazon.com. I’m not an activist on any level, but I want 2012 to be my year to dig beneath the status quo, at least when it comes to animals. I want to read things that will make me cry, but more importantly, stir something inside me that evokes personal change. I’m not promising to embrace veganism, but I can do better than I have so far. I serve many meatless dinners such as potato latkes, pasta, vegetarian chili and pizza and expand my offerings every week. My revolution will encompass more than just the food I feed myself (and my family). I often buy preowned clothing and shoes, but I am easily seized by desire when the right pair of this year’s tall leather boots catches my eye. During a quick
stop at Marshalls in Middletown to buy winter boots for my daughter, I convinced myself that I needed a pair of exquisite ankle boots in loden green. I had a moment of weakness, but the box is in the car and the receipt is in my purse — they’re going back to the store. I honestly confront my contradictions, but it doesn’t make them easier to live with. As a stopgap, I bought a used pair of leather boots for $12 at consignment. Clearly taking baby steps… The American meat industry brings much shame with regard to how animals are treated. Inadequate management of disease, overcrowded transport facilities and conditions, rough handling by unskilled attendants and brutally inhumane killing practices should compel meat eaters to think twice about where they buy their meat and how much they buy. In this light, locally grown meat is an attractive alternative, as is hunting and eating less meat. More than 60 billion animals are killed each year to feed Americans. And if I don’t change my habits, I’m on track to have the blood of 15,000 of them on my hands alone during my lifetime. Consider the chickens, turkeys, pigs, cattle and fish. And Heaven help us, think about the cost in sheep lives to perpetuate the longstanding fashion trend UGG boots. Shearling is not sheared wool but rather “skin from a recently sheared sheep or lamb that has been tanned and dressed with the wool left on,” according to Merriam-Webster Dictionary. I’ve touched on the environmental impacts in other Earthwise columns, and there are enough of those to go on about for days. I challenge readers to join me and remove our blinders so we can make intelligent, compassionate decisions about the role of animals in our lives.
Web Update This week, we asked our online readers, “When do you put your Christmas tree up?” By press time, 34 people responded. Here are the results: -Right after Thanksgiving: 26% -Right before Christmas: 15% -Whenever it happens: 41% -I don’t put up a Christmas tree: 18%
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can’t say that practice It is so wonderful makes perfect, I can to be able to commusay practice makes nicate with you better. You should be again. While I believe as proud as I am of it is good policy for your officials, volunthe Town Times to teers, emergency rediscontinue the first sponders, staff and selectman column neighbors for all the during the political work that was done to campaign, I sure did keep you safe during miss it! First, thank these storms. We will you again for the vote continue to review of confidence. I am and revise our emerblessed to serve in Laura Francis, Durham gency operations such a great town and plan, but I would like work with so many to share some of the talented people inthings we have cluding staff, elected learned with you at officials and volunthis time. teers. We have Our public works worked together to further your best interests. Howev- department and emergency responer, don’t underestimate the role you ders did a great job assisting the play. Please attend meetings, read CL&P crews by clearing roads and our minutes and participate when identifying hazards. As a matter of you can, especially when your vote is fact, we were able to give our liaison required. If you have time and a par- a list of roads and houses to address ticular interest, please call my office both during and shortly after the to see if there are opportunities to storm. As someone who helped disserve on our many boards and com- patch at the emergency operations missions. As they say, it takes a vil- center, I can attest that this was made more difficult, more time-conlage. This week, I will be attending yet suming and sometimes impossible another mandatory kick-off meeting because so many of you do not have to begin our third FEMA application proper reflective house numbers. in 18 months. Had Middlesex County Please put up reflective, obvious not been declared ineligible for the house numbers as soon as you can. If January 2011 storm, it would have you would like to order one of the been our fourth. Simply stated, we blue markers sponsored by our have been in storm response and recovery for almost two years. While I See Francis, next page
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Paws Place: Benny Benny Gold is a 10- to 12-month-old male pit-bull, small to medium sized, compact but muscular and beautifully athletic. He is a total sweetheart. He is all about people and lives to be with you and please you. He is smart and responsive, knows basic commands and is good on the leash. While he would always need regular exercise to keep him happy and well-behaved, once he gets a walk in, he settles down quickly and is very mellow. Benny likes other dogs and lived with a small dog at one time. Children under 10 are not recommended due to Benny’s strength. Benny is a puppy who has spent the majority of his short life at the pound. Not only are his coat and eyes golden, but so is his heart. This is a special boy. Please give him a chance — Will you rescue him? For more information about this dog, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, call 203-235-4179 or go to Petfinder.com. The Meriden CT Animal Control, located at 311 Murdock Ave. in Meriden (right off East Main St. exit on 691), has public viewing hours every day from 3 to 4 p.m., or you can call for an appointment.
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Hours: The library is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays and closed Fridays. The library will be closed for the holidays on Mondays, Dec. 26 and Jan. 2. Visit www.leviecoe.com or call the library at 860-3493857 for information or to register for any program. You can also renew, reserve and check your library record on the website. Annual Giving Tree/Open House: Books are on display and available
to purchase for the Children’s Room and Young Adult Collections. How does Giving Tree work? The librarians choose a selection of books that would benefit both collections. Parents, teens and children browse the books to determine which ones they would like to donate. Patrons pay for their donations, take them home, and wrap them up. The books are then brought back to the library on Thursday, Dec. 8, during our Giving Tree Program/Holiday Open House and, for the young ones, presented to Santa Claus as a gift to the li-
brary. A bookplate will be placed inside each donated book in appreciation for the purchase. The Giving Tree/Open House will be from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 8. Join us for building graham cracker houses, listening to carolers and a special visit from Santa. Sign up by stopping by or calling the Children’s Department at 860349-3857 ext 2.
Russell Library tech upgrade Public computers at Russell Library will be tem-
porarily out of service on Tuesday, Dec. 6, and Wednesday, Dec. 7. The partial shutdown is necessary as library staff install a major software upgrade. In addition, staff will replace computers in Children’s Services. The installation of the software upgrade and related public computer shutdown will not affect use of the library’s wireless network. The wireless network provides Internet access to members of the public who bring their own laptop computers into the building. Call 860-347-2528 for details.
Middlesex Community College Classes start January 20th How to register:
1. Apply for admission New students must first apply for admission to the college. You can apply online at www.mxcc.commnet.edu. Under “Quick Links,” on the homepage, select “Registration 2012” and then click on the link for “Registration Information for New Students.” You can also apply in person at the Admissions Office, room 153 Founders Hall on the main campus in Middletown. Submit application with: • $20 Application Fee • Copy of your high school transcript, diploma, or GED. • Proof of Measles/Mumps/Rubella and Varicella (Chicken Pox) immunity CT law requires all full-time and part-time matriculated students attending Connecticut college, and born after 12/31/56, to provide proof of immunization against measles/mumps, rubella, and varicella (chicken pox). Some exemptions may apply; call Admissions Office for additional information 860-343-5719.
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emergency responders, call Jen in the building department at 860-349-8253 or download a form from our website. We will even send one of our fire explorers out to install it for you if you’d like. If we can’t find you, we can’t help you.
It’s been reported that, in the Hurricane of ‘38, the state of Connecticut lost 30 percent of its trees. Since then, we haven’t had a major storm that was even close to that level of devastation. In fact, it is estimated that, in the October Nor’easter, the state lost only one percent. As a result, our state is very heavily forested, and we should expect to incur major damages time and time again. Not only does the town have to ramp up our tree clearing/trimming operations, but I encourage all property owners to do the same. Please assess the trees on your property and trim or remove any that would potentially fall on wires either coming in from the street or connected to your house. This is especially important because our trees have been substantially weakened by the last two storms, which may result in further damage in years to come.
Lastly, we are determined to put the town hall on a generator — something that was not done during the renovations. Although we have successfully conducted our emergency operation center at the medical building on the fairgrounds, it does not allow any continuity of government operation during extended power outages. Our chiefs of service and our facilities manager have been working on a plan to install a generator that would make the town hall fully operational. There are some physical challenges to overcome, but this project is critical to our emergency response.
Call the College Learning Center on the Middletown campus for an appointment at 860-343-5770, or call the Meriden Center at 203-2386202. Exemptions may apply.
Stay tuned for more information on preparedness and response as we begin another winter season. I wish you all a safe, healthy and happy holiday season!
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Town Times Welcomes New Citizen Jack Richard Brady Born: May 22, 2011 Parents: Thomas and Jill Brady Siblings: Hayden (age four) Grandparents: James and Joan Sommers of Vernon and Jane Brady of Wading River, NY Great-grandmother: Nellie Brizitis of Manchester
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Lake Beseck Middlefield Government Calendar Association (Unless otherwise indicated, all meetings are held in the Sewer issues were discussed at the Oct. 18 meeting of the Lake Beseck Association (LBA). Grinder pump repairs totaled $65,000 last year and members are looking for ways to spread the word about proper use of the system. Items deemed “flushable” are not really flushable and can damage the system, like disposable wipes. Feminine products get lodged in the system, and grease has coated the float that tells the pump when to kick off, causing the pump to run until it burns out. A repair would cost $2,500, so residents are urged to pour grease into a can and properly dispose of other non-flushable items. Sand from the beach or carpet shampoos was also brought up as an issue as was garbage disposals because
Community Center.) Monday, December 5 7 p.m. — Board of Selectmen, with annual town meeting Tuesday, December 6 6:30 p.m. — Parks & Recreation Commission 7:30 p.m. — Midstate Regional Planning Agency at 100 DeKoven Dr., Middletown Thursday, December 8 7 p.m. — Board of Finance Wednesday, December 14 7-10 p.m. — Inland Wetlands & Watercourses Agency 6:30 p.m. — Planning and Zoning Commission 7:30 p.m. — Board of Ed at Lyman School Thursday, December 15 7 p.m. — DMIAAB at the Durham Library
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Home Invasion in Middlefield Jeremy Murphy, 21, of 39 Levesque Drive in Middlefield, was arrested and charged with first-degree unlawful restraint, risk of injury to a minor, first-degree sexual assault, first-degree burglary and home invasion. State police came and found the suspect within the area of the home after a sexual assault call was made just after 3 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 26. State police stated that this was not a random act. Murphy was arraigned in the Middletown Superior Court on Nov. 28; he was held on a $500,000 bond. (Cheri Kelley/wtnh.com)
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wish to donate a gift may come in and pick a tag of their choice. After purchasing a gift, the donor returns the purchased item to the Giving Tree. Gifts are distributed to individuals and families. Monetary donations can be made payable to Durham Interchurch Assistance and be mailed to Town Hall, P.O. Box 428, Durham, CT 06422 or dropped off at the Town Hall from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.
Volunteers will gather at the Durham Activity Center on Dec. 20 to pack basket items. Distribution will be from the center on Wednesday, Dec. 21. Call Amanda at 860-349-3153.
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man’s office. Our second each gift recipient, such as grade Brownie Troops make age and needs. Names are not ornaments to decorate the listed or given to donors. Re(Continued from page 12) tree. On the tree are tags that cipients receive a donor gift from a wish list of items. months imprisonment, fol- symbolize an item of need for a disadvantaged family. The Residents, service organilowed by five years of supervised release. On May 13, 2011, tags contain information on zations and businesses that following a four-day trial, a jury found Marshall guilty of 20 counts of bank fraud and one count of fraud using an (Unless otherwise indicated, all meetings are held in the access device. Durham Library. Check the town website at www.townofAccording to the evidence durhamct.org for updates.) presented during the trial, beMonday, December 5 tween July 2005 and June 7 p.m. — Fire Department Trustees at 41 Main St. 2006, Marshall obtained blank 7 p.m. — Durham Volunteer Fire Company at 41 Main St. credit card checks, also 7:30 p.m. — Clean Energy Task Force known as “convenience 8 p.m. — Historic District Commission checks,” without the account Tuesday, December 6 holders’ knowledge. Accord6 p.m. — Special Board of Finance meeting at 5 p.m. ing to court testimony, all of 6:30 p.m. — Public Safety Committee the account holders lived in 7:30 p.m. — Midstate Regional Planning Agency at 100 the vicinity of Marshall’s forDeKoven Dr. in Middletown mer residences in West Wednesday, December 7 Haven and New Haven. Mar6:30 p.m. — Durham Volunteer Ambulance Corps shall then made the checks at 205 Main Street out to himself or to Truth Be 7:30 p.m. — Planning and Zoning Told Publications, a business Thursday, December 8 associated with Marshall, 7:30 p.m. — Zoning Board of Appeals at Town Hall forged the account holders’ signatures and then deposited the fraudulent checks into various bank accounts he held. Marshall then withdrew the funds in cash or used them to make debit card purchases. Judge Hall ordered Marshall to pay $90,572.85 to the Open the day after Thanksgiving victims of his fraud. This case was investigated Tag-and-Cut your own by the United States Postal In175R Tuttle Road, Durham • 349-8267 spection Service. The case (Just south of Brewster School) was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys David J. Sheldon and Christopher W. Schmeisser. Submitted by Tom Carson, Public Information Office
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Sophie Jay Sophie (Varhue) Jay, 93, of Rockfall, wife of the late Stanley Jay, died on Sunday, Nov. 20, at Wadsworth Glen Health Care. Born in Rockfall, she was the daughter of the late Peter and Anna Sophie (Grzech) Varhue. Prior to retirement, she was employed by Rogers Manufacturing and Raymond Engineering. She was a communicant of St. Mary of Czestochowa. Sophie is survived by a son, Kenneth Jay and his wife Sheila of Middlefield; two brothers, Joseph Varhue of Middlefield and Walter Varhue of Middletown; two sisters, Bernice Mucha of Deep River and Evelyn Len of East Haddam; two grandchildren, Tara Jay and Alicia Evans and husband Stephen; four great-granddaughters, Hannah, Emma, Samantha Anderson and Scarlett Evans; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a son, Richard Jay; a brother, Frank Varhue and two sis-
ters, Ida Pokorny and Mary McKenna. The Funeral Liturgy was held at St. Mary of Czestochowa. Burial followed in Calvary Cemetery in Middletown. Friends called at Biega Funeral Home (3 Silver St. in Middletown). Those who wish may send memorial contributions to St. Mary of Czestochowa, 79 South Main Street, Middletown, CT 06457. To share memories or express condolences online please visit www.biegafuneralhome.com.
sions as a side gunner on a B29 in the Pacific, which earned him numerous military commendations, including two Purple Hearts and the Distinguished Flying Cross. Prior to his retirement, Robert was a carpenter. He was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church in Portland, the Portland Grange and the St. John’s Masonic Lodge No. 2 in Middletown. Besides his wife, Robert is
survived by two sons, Robert Iverson and his wife Karen of Ellington and their children Daniel Iverson, Annie Iverson, Ryan Orszulak and Rachael Iverson, Martin Iverson and his wife Nancy of Durham and their children Krista Vazquez and her husband Alec, Sarah Iverson, and Rebecca Iverson; two daughters, Janet Lane and her husband Alan of Middletown and their children Aimee Skene and her
husband Kyle and Jessica Santos, Francene Bransfield and her husband Peter of South Glastonbury and their daughter, Laurel Bransfield; four great grandchildren, Isabella Santos, Ceszar Santos, Colin Skene, and Troy Vazquez; three sisters, Millie Rose of Higganum, Alice Stemmler of Portland and Helen Gustafson of Portland; several nieces and nephews See Iverson, next page
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an Church (183 William St. in Portland). Burial with military honors will be held in the State (Continued from page 15) Veterans Cemetery, Middletown. Friends may call at Bieand many extended family ga Funeral Home on Friday, members. He was prede- Dec. 2, from 4 to 7 p.m. Those ceased by two brothers, who wish may send memorial contributions to Weiss HosWillie and Henry Iverson. Funeral services will be pice Unit c/o Dept. of Philanheld Saturday, Dec. 3, at 9:30 thropy, 28 Crescent St., Middlea.m. from the Biega Funeral town, CT 06457. To share memHome (3 Silver St. in Middle- ories or express condolences town), followed by a service online please visit www.biegaat 10:30 a.m. at Zion Luther- funeralhome.com.
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COGINCHAUG AND STRONG SCHOOL
WINTER SPORTS SCHEDULES CRHS Boys’ Basketball December 3 V at North Haven (Scrim.), 2 p.m. 5 V vs. Branford (Scrim.), 5:30 p.m. 7 V vs. Branford (Scrim.), 6 p.m. 9 V vs. Jamboree, 5 p.m. 10 V vs. Somers (Scrim.), 12 p.m. 14 V at Valley Regional, 7 p.m. 14 JV at Valley Regional, 5:30 p.m. 17 FR at East Hampton, 9 a.m. 19 V vs. Old Saybrook, 7:30 p.m. 19 JV vs. Old Saybrook, 6 p.m. 21 FR vs. Westbrook, 6:30 p.m. 22 V vs. Enfield, 7:30 p.m. 22 JV vs. Enfield, 6 p.m. 27 V at Hyde Leadership, 7:30 p.m. 27 JV at Hyde Leadership, 6 p.m. 28 FR vs. Haddam-Killingworth, 11 a.m. January 2 V vs. North Branford, 7:30 p.m. 2 JV vs. North Branford, 6 p.m. 4 FR at Hyde Leadership, 4:30 p.m. 5 V at East Hampton, 7:30 p.m. 5 JV at East Hampton, 6 p.m. 7 FR vs. North Branford, 12 p.m. 9 V vs. Haddam-Killingworth, 7:30 p.m. 9 JV vs. Haddam-Killingworth, 6 p.m. 11 FR vs. Valley Regional, 6:30 p.m. 12 V at Old Lyme, 7:30 p.m. 12 JV at Old Lyme, 6 p.m. 14 FR at Old Saybrook, 10:30 a.m.
17 V at Hale Ray, 7 p.m. 17 JV at Hale Ray, 5:30 p.m. 18 FR at Morgan, 4 p.m. 20 V vs. Cromwell, 7:30 p.m. 20 JV vs. Cromwell, 6 p.m. 21 FR vs. Portland, 12 p.m. 25 V at Morgan, 7 p.m. 25 JV at Morgan, 5:30 p.m. 25 FR vs. East Hampton, 6:30 p.m. 27 V vs. Portland, 7:30 p.m. 27 JV vs. Portland, 6 p.m. 28 FR at Westbrook, 9 a.m. 31 V vs. Westbrook, 7:30 p.m. 31 JV vs. Westbrook, 6 p.m. February 1 FR at Haddam-Killingworth, 5:30 p.m. 3 V at Cromwell, 7 p.m. 3 JV at Cromwell, 5:30 p.m. 4 FR vs. Hyde Leadership, 12 p.m. 7 V vs. Morgan, 7:30 p.m. 7 JV vs. Morgan, 6 p.m. 8 FR at North Branford, 7 p.m. 10 V at North Branford, 7:30 p.m. 10 JV at North Branford, 6 p.m. 11 FR at Valley Regional, 10:30 a.m. 14 V at Haddam-Killingworth, 7 p.m. 14 JV at Haddam-Killingworth, 5:30 p.m. 15 FR vs. Old Saybrook, 6:30 p.m. 17 V vs. East Hampton, 7:30 p.m. 17 JV vs. East Hampton, 6 p.m. 18 FR vs. Morgan, 12 p.m. 20 V vs. Valley Regional, 7:30 p.m. 20 JV vs. Valley Regional, 6 p.m. 22 V at Old Saybrook, 7 p.m. 22 JV at Old Saybrook, 5:30 p.m.
22 FR at Portland, 5:30 p.m.
CRHS Girls’ Basketball December 3 V vs. Guilford (Scrim.), 3:30 p.m. 5 V at Loomis Chaffee School (Scrim.), TBA 8 V at Valley Regional, 7 p.m. 8 JV at Valley Regional, 5:30 p.m. 13 V vs. Old Saybrook, 7:30 p.m. 13 JV vs. Old Saybrook, 6 p.m. 16 V vs. Hyde Leadership at Truman School, 6:30 p.m. 16 JV vs. Hyde Leadership at Truman School, 5 p.m. 20 V vs. North Branford, 7:30 p.m. 20 JV vs. North Branford, 6 p.m. 23 V at East Hampton, 7:30 p.m. 23 JV at East Hampton, 6 p.m. 27 V vs. Thomaston, 7:30 p.m. January 3 V vs. Haddam-Killingworth, 7:30 p.m. 3 JV vs. Haddam-Killingworth, 6 p.m. 6 V at Old Lyme, 7:30 p.m. 6 JV at Old Lyme, 6 p.m. 10 V at Hale Ray, 7 p.m. 10 JV at Hale Ray, 6 p.m.p.m. 13 V vs. Cromwell, 7:30 p.m. 13 JV vs. Cromwell, 6 p.m. 16 V at Morgan, 7 p.m. 16 JV at Morgan, 5:30 p.m. 19 V vs. Portland, 7:30 p.m. 19 JV vs. Portland, 6 p.m. 23 V vs. Westbrook, 7:30 p.m. 23 JV vs. Westbrook, 6 p.m. 26 V at Cromwell, 7 p.m. 26 JV at Cromwell, 5:30
p.m. 28 V vs. East Longmeadow (MA) at Emmanuel College, 4:15 p.m. 30 V vs. Morgan, 7:30 p.m. 30 JV vs. Morgan, 6 p.m. February 2 V at North Branford, 7:30 p.m. 2 JV at North Branford, 6 p.m. 6 V at Haddam-Killingworth, 7 p.m. 6 JV at Haddam-Killingworth, 5:30 p.m. 9 V vs. East Hampton, 7:30 p.m. 9 JV vs. East Hampton, 6 p.m. 13 V vs. Valley Regional, 7:30 p.m. 13 JV vs. Valley Regional, 6 p.m.
CRHS Indoor Track December 13 V vs. Shoreline Developmental at Little Athletic Center, Hillhouse, 4:30 p.m. January 7 V vs. Shoreline Coaches Invitational at Little Athletic Center, Hillhouse, 10 a.m. 9 V vs. Shoreline 1 at Little Athletic Center, 4:30 p.m. 21 V vs. HK Invitational at Little Athletic Center, Hillhouse, 10 a.m. 27 V vs. Shoreline 2 at Little Athletic Center, Hillhouse, 4:30 p.m. February 4 V vs. Shoreline Championship at Little Athletic Center, Hillhouse, 10 a.m. 10 V vs. Class S at Little Athletic Center, Hillhouse, 4 p.m. 18 V vs. State Open at Little Athletic Center, Hillhouse, 12 p.m. March 2 V vs. New England Championship at Reggie Lewis Center/Boston MA, 5 p.m.
Strong Boys’ and Girls’ Basketball December 8 RHAM; boys home, girls away 13 Portland; boys home, girls away 14 Rocky Hill; boys away, girls home 19 Cromwell; boys home, girls away 22 Rocky Hill; boys home, girls away January 4 Colchester; boys home, girls away 6 East Hampton; boys home, girls away 10 Berlin; boys home, girls away 12 RHAM; boys away, girls home 17 Cromwell; boys away, girls home 20 Portland; boys away, girls home 23 TEMS (Meriden); boys home, girls away 24 Colchester; boys away, girls home 26 East Hampton; boys away, girls home 31 Berlin; boys away, girls home **Varsity games generally start by 3:30 p.m., JV games at conclusion of varsity game
* These schedules are tentative and may change prior to the start of the season. Please visit www.casciac.org for the latest CRHS sports schedules and blogs.rsd13ct.org/klarson for the latest Strong sports schedules.*
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the culmination of all her hard work at the Shoreline Conference meet where she placed an impressive third overall. She learned this season how to use the power of her track legs to close out her cross country races. Emily has set the bar high for the other girls on the team and for those to come down the road. She has shown us what hard work, determination and speed can do, and I appreciate all of her efforts. Coach Lavinia Vigue
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lete for this season is a young lady who has found her inner athlete. Last year she ran on the team right in the middle of the pack, finishing most races as our 10th runner. She ran comfortably but was more interested in chatting and being social than racing hard. This year, she took off after having an excellent track season last spring and never looked back. She was consistently our third runner. Very consistent. I could always count on her to be there to pull her teammates along and set a great example to follow. She worked hard in practice and listened to the advice she was given. I know that she has much more in her, and I look forward to two more years. Coach Lavinia Vigue
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most valued player was our top runner all year, Jeremy Brown. He was first team AllShoreline and placed 10th in the Class SS state meet. He was a major contender in all the invitational meets in which Coginchaug competed. We expect great things from him next year. Coach Marty Roberts
Boys’ Cross Country Most Improved Player Jimmy Malcolm Last year, I told this runner that there is a good chance that he would not run varsity this year. He ran all summer, and he came back
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Banquet (From page 18) sibility on the team was to develop team spirit within her cheerleading team as well as for the football team. She created team spirit within the team by organizing spirit days. She also was in charge of spirit for our football team. She was the team organizer when the cheerleading team baked spirit goods for the football players. She has been a pleasure and positive role model for four years — TriCaptain Alyssa Tiedemann. Coach Sherry Hill
Ethan’s true value, however, cannot be measured by statistics. When an early season injury to the starting quarterback thrust a sophomore into that key position, it was Ethan’s calming presence in the huddle and on the field that allowed that sophomore quarterback to make a smooth transition to the starting role. Ethan aided the young quarterback’s growth and confidence by being a steady and reliable target for his passes. The young quarterback knew he could always throw it to Ethan, and more times than not, Ethan would come through. The entire offense functioned more smoothly thanks to Ethan’s leadership. Ethan also assumed a lead-
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Most Valuable Player Ethan Donecker Ethan Donecker started at tight end and safety each of the past two seasons. This year on offense, he led the team in receptions, receiving yards, touchdown catches and scoring. He accomplished all of this despite being the primary focus of most of the defenses Coginchaug faced. When Ethan wasn’t catching passes, he was a tough and ef-
caught the attention of the coaching staff. Ryan earned spots on several special teams, and he started three games at defensive back late in the year. Opposing teams targeted Ryan because he was the “new kid” in the lineup, but they soon learned that he was not the weak link they expected. Ryan’s steady improvement and consistent performance earned more and more playing time as the season progressed. Sean Harper missed all of his sophomore season due to injury, so 2011 was his first year with the varsity team. The coaches expected Sean to contribute at running back, but when it became evident that the team needed help on
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to week thanks to his strong work ethic and attention to detail. Evan is expected to get varsity playing time next year at both receiver and punt-snapper. Coach John Bozzi
ing save to keep us in games and doing it with the maturity of a keeper twice his age. He is one of the main forces behind the success of our program. This year’s MVP, voted for by his teammates, and a true animal in net is Mark Kelly. Coach Chris Cap
cer is not his first sport of choice, he is a four-year letterman, second leading scorer his junior year and has been recognized by the league three years in a row. It has been a privilege to have coached him these past four years. Coach Chris Cap
Most Valuable Player Mark Kelly It was very clear three games in who this year’s most valuable player was going to be. Through his hard work and dedication to the sport, he has developed into a great all-around keeper, making save after outstand-
Coach’s Award Erikson Wasyl The coach’s award this year goes to one of the most complete players I have ever coached. His natural athletic ability, leadership and love of completion have made him one of the best players in the Shoreline. Even though soc-
Most Valuable Player Sam Mancinelli Sometimes you get one of those “All-Everything” players. Sam Mancinelli is that player. She is a two-time AllState selection, a four-time All-Shoreline performer, two-time All-Area for two different newspapers, a Senior
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Bowl selection and has also been nominated for the AllNew England team. We could change our formation because we had Sam. We could experiment with players because we had Sam. We could be champions because we had Sam as a member of our team. However, despite all of her personal accolades, Sam always puts her team first and deflects the praise from herself. That is the measure of a great player. She is a true team player while still knowing at times that she would have to put her team on her shoulders. Her teammates often would watch in amazement at the grace and poise she played with. A natural on the ball and a leader in the back, Sam is truly deserving of the girls’ soccer Most Valuable Player award. Coach Megan Kavanaugh
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Melissa Conway personifies what every coach looks for in a leader. She never took credit for anything she contributed to her team. She was the first one there and the last one to leave but not without two defining statements: “I have a question” and “What do you need me to do?” In a class of 12 seniors with very different personalities, sometimes it’s hard to be the leader, but Melissa did so with grace. She probably didn’t get as many minutes as she would have liked but would do anything her team needed her to do every minute she was on the field. I think the moment that defines Melissa’s leadership was going into PK’s against Old Saybrook to get to the conference finals; she came back to the huddle after the coin toss, and I said to her, “You want to be our leader, then lead and go first.” Melissa stepped up to the spot and banged home the first and most important PK. She instills confidence in her team just as she had all season long. Coach Megan Kavanaugh
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Banquet (From page 20) serve. This player is capable of playing any position on the court; halfway through the season, when she was moved to the setter’s position, she ran the offense. She is a gifted player with an unrivaled knowledge of the game. This season, she amassed 33 acres, 51 kills, 45 assists, 67 digs and eight blocks. However, numbers do not depict the immeasurable impact this player had on the CRHS team this season. Her determination to win and sheer willpower led her teammates to several victories. In short, she often ran the show. Coach Clare Matasavage
this season, it is a shame she will not be back amongst the ranks of the Lady Devils next season. By the end of the season, she amassed 16 kills and 13 total blocks in addition to nine service aces and 38 service points. Coach Clare Matasavage Editor’s note: Not pictured in the Benchwarmers’ sports banquet coverage are Nicole DeBaise and Evan Rand.
Dur BOS (Continued from page 1) “We need to hire outside workforce to supply this type of work that we need done,” Bober said. They need logging trucks, trailer dumps and tri axles which have the best capability for cost effectiveness for the town. They are planning to start the project on Dec. 1. In the end, if the
Francis and Bober both stated that homeowners who have taken truckloads of brush to the transfer station on their own have been a big help. Even DMIAAB has been hammered with the amount of brush that has been brought in. “They have been chipping three days a week, and the pile doesn’t seem to get any smaller,” Bober said. The motion passed for Public Works Department to negotiate legitimate suppliers for the proposed brush clean up project.
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Most Improved Player Kelly Donovan The first award goes to a young woman who, despite the fact that this was her first season as a volleyball player, brought transferable skills to the volleyball court. Her athleticism allowed her to catch on quick. In addition, she managed to amass some impressive statistics. She demonstrated a calm, respectful demeanor but was also a fierce competitor. She was never one to complain and always put the team before herself. She was a role model for positive team attitude. Coach Clare Matasavage
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Most Improved Player Nicole DeBaise The second award for most improved player goes to a young woman who stepped onto the court with fire in her eyes the first day of the season. At the start of the season, she struggled to serve the ball over the net, and by the end of October, her jump serve was a veritable threat. She was a pleasure to coach and was always striving to do better. For her, good was not good enough. Given her progress
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CRHS Powderpuff game The annual Powder Puff game, senior girls against junior girls, took place on Wednesday, Nov. 23, on a chilly afternoon before the Thanksgiving holiday. The seniors won 32-12. Clockwise from top left: both teams in action; the crowd bundled up in blankets with pep band music sounding from the top of the bleachers; another action shot with the ball being passed off; the junior team in a huddle; the senior team in a huddle. Photos by Stephanie Wilcox
Boys’ recreation basketball Boys’ seventh and eighth grade basketball will start Dec. 10. Boys in seventh grade will meet at Strong from 9 to 10:15 a.m., and boys in eighth grade will meet from 10:15 to 11:30 a.m. for team placement. Please register at the Durham Town Hall if interested in boys’ basketball. Call 860-343-6724.
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I would like to ask you to please consider participating in this year’s Community Round-Up taking place on Saturday, Dec. 3. Students from District 13 schools will be out and about in the Middlefield-Durham communities starting about 9 a.m. to collect non-perishable food
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So how do we change our government into one that makes decisions based on the health of our nation rather than the wealth of a few individuals? Unfortunately we are up against a vast propaganda machine that has been shaping public opinion for many years. Tax breaks for the wealthy don’t result in more jobs. I’m in favor of reducing government waste and bringing government salaries in line with the private sector, but we don’t need an austerity program right now; we need a large investment in our infrastructure to jump start our stagnant economy. And most of all, we need to throw out the politicians who believe that the earth is 6,000
our state. We were thankful hind the scenes before and to have heat and electricity after the book sale. and therefore went forward To all the readers who left with the sale. with stacks of books to help Despite the hardships and them through the winter: enstress that people were fac- joy! Thank you for your suping, the sale was an over- port, and I hope to see you whelming success! It was next year. well-attended and enjoyed by Chris Zawacki, Middlefield all. Visitors came from near and far with storm stories and gratitude for the warmth of our beloved library.
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Round-Up (Continued from page 23) items as well as gift cards and monetary donations. For some of our friends and neighbors, it has been a tough year, so I ask those of you who can to please give to this worthy cause. The Round-Up will help people here in the towns of Middlefield and Durham. We will be assisting over 20 families in Durham this year as well as replenishing the Middlefield food bank and the Amazing Grace Food Pantry in Middletown. Besides non-perishable food, toiletries (such as toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, etc), paper towels, toilet tissue, facial tissues, cleaning supplies, laundry supplies and pet food are needed. Monetary donations in the form of cash, check (made out to “CRU” Local Wellness Council) or gift cards are also appreciated and will be given to people in the towns of Durham and
Middlefield. So I ask, if you are able, to give whatever you can to the students who come to your door on Saturday morning, or leave items on your front steps for the students to take (label them Community Round-Up). Karen Meiman, Durham
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The Durham Woman’s Club baked goodies for all the bus drivers and the six schools in District 13 for National Education Week. Ashley Schuetz and Katelyn Cummings give bus driver Mrs. B. a bag of treats. Submitted by Susan Cummings
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