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Out in the snow

Durham Fair to open Thursday in 2010 By Chris Coughlin Special to the Town Times

Town Times photo by Stephanie Wilcox

Friday, Februar y 19, 2010

The Durham Fair lives and dies by weather reports. Over the past couple of years admission prices at the Durham Fair have risen and people are now being charged for parking that has always been free. These changes were implemented to raise new revenue for a fair whose overall success can almost entirely be predicted based on the weather forecast for the weekend. This was very clear in 2008 when the Durham Fair had to dip into its savings for $500,000 to cover the losses associated with the heavy rainfall on that fair weekend. Since then, the Durham Fair Association (DFA) has been looking for other sources of revenue for the fair in order to protect against huge loses, and

one popular idea that emerged would be to have the Durham Fair begin on Thursday night. A DFA meeting was held in the high school auditorium on Thursday, Feb. 11, to discuss and vote on the idea of adding an extra day to the Durham Fair for 2010. Gene Chiappetta, president of the DFA, addressed the audience, consisting entirely of DFA members, to explain the reasoning behind adding an extra day and to report on what happened when the DFA went to each department of the Fair with this proposal. Although this represents a big change, most departments reported that they would be able to accommodate pushing everything forward one day. Many of the departments who foresaw an issue with opening early have resolved the problem, and other departments were working towards

their own solutions. There is already a long list of possible events for Thursday night, including: A demolition derby. “It would be Durham Post Office style,” joked Chiappetta, “like Saturday mornings at the post office.” Holding the Giant Pumpkin Top 10 weigh-in A battle of the bands A special ceremony to recognize a volunteer from each department Fireworks An on-grounds parade A “Local Idol” contest A “Taste of the Fair” event with a coupon book A presentation on exhibit judging Rearranging the midway and having ride specials A time lapse show of the setup (“From a Lawn to a City”)

See Durham Fair, page 3

Washington walked here By Trish Dynia Special to the Town Times

Photo by Jen Schulten

This resident snowman on Burt Drive in Middlefield found it hard to believe – six more weeks of winter! Photo submitted by Marc

It’s become something of a joke to add plaques to older structures asserting “Washington slept here.” No such local claim to fame exists, but is certain that George Washington did indeed walk here. In 1932, as cities and towns throughout the United States celebrated the bicentennial of George Washington’s birthday (February 22, 1732), Durham and Wallingford joined forces to commemorate two journeys the father of our country made through Connecticut, by placing markers along the route.

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According to local history book, Century of Change, Durham, Connecticut 1866 to 1980, Washington left Wallingford and “entered Durham by a road that came over the mountain called Three Notches at the southwest side of town. He then travelled northerly on David Road to Parmelee Hill Road, then easterly on Parmelee Hill Road to Route 17 and to Main Street, then northerly on Main Street to Middletown.” Eleven memorial markers were placed in Durham to commemorate Washington’s travels through town and their locations appear at the end of this article. In all, Washington travelled through the state six times during his life, two of which brought him through Durham. When the Second Continental Congress appointed Washington as Commander in Chief of the Continental Army, he set out from Philadelphia on June 23, 1775, passed through Durham on Thursday, June 29

and arrived at Cambridge, Massachusetts on July 3 to take charge of his new command. There is no record of him stopping in Durham on this trip, but local lore indicates that he may have eaten at the Swathel Inn, formerly located at the northwest corner of Route 17 and Route 147, where Valero now stands. At the time, the inn was a common stop along the New York to Boston route. Arriving passengers generally satisfied their appetites for food and drink while the drivers changed horses. So….. maybe.

On Monday, October 19, 1789, Washington again passed through Durham via the same route from Wallingford, on what became known as his “Eastern States Tour.” The nation’s first, and very reluctant, president had taken the oath of office just a few months earlier, on April 30 in New York City, and embarked on this

See Washington, page 6

Town Times Community Briefs


Durham/Middlefield Youth & Family Services Unless noted, all events take place at the Youth Center in the Middlefield Community Center; phone 860-349-0258. New office Hours: 3:30-5:30 Tuesdays-Fridays. Bingo Family bingo will be played on Friday, Feb. 19, from 7 to 9 p.m. $4 per person. 5th and 6th grade dance Friday, Feb. 26; 7 to 9:30 p.m.; $5 admission Pizza and snacks for sale. Father/Daughter Dance On Friday, March 12, from 7 to 9:30 p.m. enjoy a father/daughter dance and fun night. Listen to great music, enjoy arts and crafts, or just hang out in the game room and see who will win. $10.

Corrections We strive to bring you the most accurate and up-to-date information available each week, but if you see something in Town Times that isn’t quite right, give our news department a call at 860-349-8000, and we’ll do our best to make things right.

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The Durham 60+ Club will meet Monday, Feb. 22, at 1 p.m. at the United Churches Fellowship Hall at the corner of Route 68 and Main Street. There will be a variety table and a social hour. Newcomers are welcome.

How nature sustains us

Plows found On Jan. 26, several snowplows were found in the town of Durham. These snowplows were stolen from many towns in CT. One Meyer and one Fisher snowplow were among the snowplows located and which remain unclaimed at this time. The find is being coordinated with investigating numerous burglary/larceny investigations. Owner must be able to describe the item in detail and show proof of ownership. Contact State Police Troop F in Westbrook at 860399-2145 if you have information or believe the plow(s) might be yours.

Community supper This month’s community supper will be hosted by the Girl Scouts, Notre Dame and the Church of the Epiphany. It will be held at the Church of the Epiphany, 196 Main St. in Durham, on Sunday, Feb. 28, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. The dinner is free and open

Potapaug Audubon is sponsoring a program, “Nature and Health - How Nature Sustains Us” on Thursday, March 4, at the Essex Town Hall at 7:30 p.m. with speaker Judy Preston of the Tidewater Institute. Access to nature positively influences human health and well-being, and it plays an important role in childhood development. Learn how the lack of involvement with nature in the lives of today’s wired generation may lead to some disturbing childhood trends, including rises in obesity, attention disorders and depression. Clinical studies have shown how access to nature can speed healing and reduce crime. This program will look at ways to connect people of all ages to nature in their own backyards. Refreshments will be served at this free program. For more info call 860-767-9763.

Rep. Lesser to hold monthly office hours State Representative Matt Lesser will be holding office hours in Durham, Middlefield and Middletown regularly over the next few months. This is an opportunity for residents to share their

thoughts and concerns with Lesser, ask him questions, get help or just meet. Rep. Lesser noted that holding local office hours in the evenings and weekends helps ensure that people living in his district have an easy way to speak with him and have their concerns addressed. He will be at the Durham Library on Saturdays, March 20, April 10 and May 8, from 10 a.m. to noon; at the Levi Coe Library, 414 Main St. in Middlefield, on Thursday, March 11, and Tuesdays, April 13 and May 11 from 5 to 7 p.m.; at the Russell Library, 123 Broad St. in Middletown, Tuesday, March 23, and Thursdays, April 15 and May 20 from 6 to 8 p.m. Those who cannot attend can reach Rep. Lesser by email at or by phone at 860-240-8635.

Vocal Chords scholarship applications The executive board of the Middlesex Hospital Vocal Chords is requesting applications for its annual scholarships to be awarded to deserving students pursuing a career in nursing or music. They must have been accepted at an accredited college or university with one of these majors. Academic record, extracurricular and community service, See Vocal, page 7

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sion and at this point, there is serious consideration being given to the idea of shutting down at 10 p.m. instead of 11 p.m. Nothing is set though. Will there be a Thursday night package for ride bracelets, like there is on Friday? This hasn’t been worked out yet, but there might be a separate wrist band for Thursday night. If the fair actually does open on Thursday then the DFA will bring in an outside group who works with these kinds of events, see what he suggests, and weigh it against what might for the fair. Has anyone talked to the non-profit groups and civic groups about opening on Thursday yet? No, but that would be the absolute next step. The executive board felt they didn’t have the right to do that until finding out what the entire DFA wanted to do. If the DFA approves opening on Thursday then the executive board will begin talking to nonprofits, fire department and other community organizations within a week Will there be a four-day ticket package? The executive board needs to be careful when considering this, because the goal is to bring in more revenue to the fair. If a four day ticket package could work while still bringing in the

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A theme night such as “Only on Thursday” or Locals Night” A Presentation on Working the Land Family ticket packages A teen night or teen dance The DFA also took an indepth look at the costs involved with opening the fair on Thursday and found that the proposal makes financial sense. Opening the fair on Thursday would bring in revenue from admission, commercial vendors, the midway (food, games and rides) and from parking, bringing in a projected $77,000. On the other hand there are also expenses associated with running the fair an extra day, which include the cost of entertainment (which in these estimates, would be the cost of a demolition derby), maintenance, marketing, public safety and also the cost to process all of the extra revenue. In total, the estimated expenses could be around $56,000. Overall, the fair would realize $20,400 in net revenue from opening the fair one day early. Chiappetta stressed that the revenue projections used in these estimates were very conservative and that most likely, opening the fair on Thursday would bring in much higher net revenue.

The executive board of the DFA unanimously voted in favor to recommend adding Thursday, Sept. 23, to the 2010 Durham Fair, with hours going from 4 to 10 p.m. After Chiappetta finished his presentation and the executive board vote was complete, the DFA members in the audience were given the opportunity to address their questions and concerns, which Chiappetta fielded. Will the price of admission be the same on Thursday? The DFA expects to have a reduced admission for Thursday, but they haven’t zeroed in on exact amount yet. How did the DFA project how much extra revenue would be brought in by admission? The DFA’s figure for expected admission revenue ($20,000) was calculated by assuming that tickets would be $10 for Thursday; this figure isn’t cast in stone, it is only to convey possible revenue. Is the executive board counting on 2,000 additional fair-goers who would not go Friday through Sunday? The executive board feels that the demolition derby and other special events that would be specific to Thursday would be a big draw, and then those people might come back another day during the weekend. Would hours Friday through Sunday stay the same? There has been discus-


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Shabbat Celebrate Shabbat every third Friday evening at Congregation Adath Israel in Middletown at 5:30 p.m. followed by a traditional Shabbat meal at 6:15 p.m. The evening is free and open to the public. Please call 860-346-4709 or e-mail to if you plan to attend. Winterfest Weekend Celebrate winter at Lyman Orchards’ Winterfest and food expo beginning tonight from 2 to 5 p.m. and continuing tomorrow from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 21, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free. For info, visit or call 860-349-1793, ext. 6000.


February 20

Comic Books At 1 p.m. Green Street Art Center, 51 Green St. in Middletown, will host the Comic Book Artists Guild to bring writers and artists together. Benefit Dinner Enjoy a benefit dinner to

support Kenny DeSimone from 5 to 11 p.m. at PNA Park Hall, North Plains Highway in Wallingford. There will be a full buffet and a silent auction. Tickets are $25. For info, call Kelly at 203-793-7009 or email Pasta Dinner Come to the all-you-can-eat pasta dinner at Third Congregational Church, 94 Miner St. in Middletown, from 5 to 7 p.m. The menu includes pasta, meatballs, sausage, garlic bread, salad, dessert and a beverage. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children under 10. Take-out is available.

Rd. in Middletown, invites you and your sweetheart to renew your wedding vows. Enjoy a reception with a brunch at 11 a.m. and renewal of vows at 12:30 p.m. RSVP by calling 860-344-8788. Wedding Show The Wadsworth Mansion will host a wedding show from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $5. The event will include caterers, florists, photographers, videographers, rental companies, bakers and those who provide transportation and hotel accommodations. For info, visit



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Guitar Concert Peter Griggs will present a chronological tour of the guitarist’s repertoire, from the Renaissance to the Contemporary at 4 p.m. at Emmanuel Church, 50 Emmanuel Church Rd. in Killingworth. A donation of $10 is requested. A reception will follow. Visit or call 860-663-1109. Renew your vows If you have been married 45 years or more, The Village at South Farms, 645 Saybrook

Play Reading Over the River and Through the Woods by Joe DiPietro will be read by local actors at 7 p.m. at Russell Library, 123 Broad St. in Middletown. This play is a tender, delightfully humorous family comedy. Freedom of Information Tom Hennick, of the Freedom of Information Commission, will speak at 7 p.m. at the Middlefield Community Center. Durham and Middlefield board and commission mem-

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bers are encouraged to attend. The public is welcome. For info, call the town clerk in Middlefield at 860-349-7116 or Durham at 860-349-3453. Parent Council CRHS High School parent council will meet at 7 p.m.


February 23 Durham Fair Meeting Fair officials will meet with representatives of nonprofit groups at 7 p.m. in the EOC building on the fairgrounds to explain the decision to open the fair on Thursday this year. Quilters Heritage Quilters will meet at 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium at Masonicare, Masonic Ave. in Wallingford. There will be demonstrations by Heritage members. Guests and new members are welcome; guest donation $5. Call 203-269-2065. Climate and Energy Policy The Jonah Center for Earth and Art will present Roger Smith who will discuss energy policy at 7 p.m. in the memorial room at First Church of Christ, UCC, 190 Court St. in Middletown. Anyone interested in obtaining subsidized home energy services should contact John Hall at 860-346-6657 ext. 13.


February 24 TOPS Durham TOPS Club meets every Wednesday at 6 p.m. on the third floor of the Durham Town Hall. For info, call Naomi Klotsko at 860-349-9558 or Bonnie Olesen at 860-349-9433. Impact of Impressionism Local artist Jackie Peterson is the featured speaker for a Lunch and Learn Program at noon at Russell Library, 123 Broad St. in Middletown. Bring a lunch; dessert and coffee will be provided. Call 860347-2528 for info. Cancer Survivors Explore information about physical, social, emotional and spiritual questions that may arise after cancer treatment is completed at the Horowitz conference center at Midstate Medical Center in Meriden from 5:30 to 8 p.m. A light dinner will be provided. Registration is required by calling 203-694-8353. Little Buddha

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February 25 Managing Job Loss Dr. Ginger Blume, a psychologist and personal coach, will speak from 6:15 to 8:15 at Russell Library, 123 Broad St. in Middletown. She will explore job loss as a process tied to your unique perception. Register by calling 860-347-2520. Businesswomen’s Alliance The Middlesex Businesswomen’s Alliance meeting will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. at Roberts Physical and Aquatic Therapy, 210 Main St. in Old Saybrook. Free for Chamber members; $20 for non-chamber members. To attend, call or e-mail 860-347-6924 Theater Unexpected, Voices of Incarcerated Women, stories written by women formerly and presently incarcerated, will be performed by themselves and Wesleyan students at 8 p.m. in the CFA hall on the Wesleyan campus.


February 26 Renaissance Feast The Chamber Choir Renaissance Feast will be held at Coginchaug at 6 p.m. Tickets are $18 and must be purchased in advance by calling 860-349-8236. Business Networking The local chapter of Business Networking International will meet in the United Methodist Church, 24 Old Church St. in Middletown at 7:30 a.m. Contact Kirk Hagert at 860-349-5626 for info. Auditions ARTFARM will hold auditions for Shakespeare in the Grove’s production of As You Like It from 6 to 9 p.m. and tomorrow from 1 to 4 p.m. in Founders Hall at Middlesex Community College, 100 Training Hill Rd. in Middletown. Performers must be 18, bring resume, head shot, Shakespeare monologue and prepare to stay for the threehour session. Call 860-346-4390, e-mail to or visit for info or to register.

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This is the house at 127 Main Street in Durham where Washington stood in the yard and talked to General James Wadsworth, owner. how the residents of the new nation were doing.

Washington (Continued from page 1) tour as a personal vacation and fact finding mission to see

On this occasion, the historic record is clear. He did stop in Durham at the home of General James Wadsworth, a

close colleague of his during the war. President Washington spoke to General Wadsworth at length in the yard but did not enter the house. (Location: 127 Main Street, second house north of the Durham Post Office.) But, alas, it seems that George Washington never slept in Durham. His personal diaries indicate that after passing through Durham, he lodged overnight at the home of Silas Deane in Wethersfield in 1775, and at Bull’s Taverne in Hartford in 1789. Let’s get real here – If George Washington really slept at every inn, taverne, house and hostel with a sign proclaiming such, he would have to have lived to be approximately 492 years old, give or take a decade. However, while researching this article, other interesting tidbits of local history were revealed. According to Durham’s Heritage by Milton Whited, Silas Deane dined at the Swathel Inn. Deane served as a delegate to the Second

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Continental Congress from Connecticut, and yes, there is a highway named after him. The aforementioned history book does not specify a date, but simply states, “On one occasion the town had been informed that Silas Deane was coming, so most of the young boys went about a mile north of the Inn and waited beside The Washington Trail sign in front of Strong the highway School, one of 11 in town. for his coach. When it came, they ran beside coach as far as the southern it all the way to the Inn. After end of Durham.” In a letter dated February 25, Deane finished his dinner, the 1932, a gentleman by the name boys ran beside the departing of W. Fowler reports his find-

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Who knew? Maybe it’s the weather.

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When Dan Frank and Snow Time withdrew their proposal to buy Powder Ridge on Feb. 10, it seemed like a depressing development, especially for those who had put in countless hours to help develop plans for bringing recreation back to the Ridge. The letdown matched the letdown the same day brought about by weather forecasters predicting a “big snow,” which turned out to be merely a heavy dusting. Despite the Frank withdrawal, Middlefield First Selectman Jon Brayshaw felt that he should go ahead with a public hearing scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 16, if for no other reason than to let residents know what had happened. Then it snowed ... again, this time heavily and without any forecaster fanfare, so Brayshaw wisely cancelled the Feb. 16 hearing. In between these two snow events, however, at least half a dozen individuals/groups contacted Brayshaw to express interest in Powder Ridge. This is something of a mystery to town officials given the fact that only two entities submitted any proposals when the Request for Proposals first came out last year.

However, Brayshaw is not looking these gift horses in the mouth just yet. (Strange phrase, isn’t it? According to, this phrase means that: “When given a present, be grateful for your good fortune and don’t look for more by examining it to assess its value as horseowners look in horses’ mouths to assess their age and thus their value. As with most proverbs the origin is ancient and unknown. The phrase first appears in print in 1546 in John Heywood’s A dialogue conteinyng the nomber in effect of all the prouerbes in the Englishe tongue.”) In keeping with ancient wisdom, then, Brayshaw is collecting names for further study and hoping that the snow-covered landscape will inspire still other proposals. He doesn’t expect to make any decisions about re-scheduling the public hearing until the next Board of Selectmen’s meeting on March 1 at 7 p.m. in the Community Center. Until then, he’ll be working on the budget for 2010-11, which must be delivered to the Board of Finance that day. Sue VanDerzee

Letters to the Editor

Taste of Durham a success

People have asked how we pull off a fundraiser with 350 guests at the library? The answer is simple – you have a lot of help! Every year 50 of those 350 paying guests volunteer an hour during the event serving wine, beer or food. Additionally, a couple dozen volunteers come in Saturday afternoon to transform the library into party central, and then come back Sunday morning to clean and put the library back in order for Monday morning.

PALS organizers are extremely grateful to the generosity of the restaurants, caterers and businesses that share their delicacies with our sell-out crowd – without them we wouldn’t have this event. Others who donated their time and services included Bruce Schmottlach as guest pianist, programs by the Printing

Dept. Inc., floral arrangements by Durham in Bloom, and safety coverage by the Durham Volunteer Fire Company and Fire Marshall. PALS, Friends of the Durham Public Library, is pleased to report that the Taste of Durham on Feb. 6 was a hit both as a community party and as a fundraiser. Please patronize the businesses that so generously support our library and when you do, be sure to tell them you saw them at the 2010 Taste of Durham. See the ad on page 2 for a full list of participants and, while they last, pick up a program at the library for a handy restaurant guide. Laurie Stevens, PALS president

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and lovely daughters, granddaughters and nieces to Durham/Middlefield Youth and Family Service’s first father and daughter dance on Friday, March, 12. So, dazzle up and put on your dancing shoes and dance the night away. Refreshments will be served. The dance will begin at 7 p.m. and conclude at 9:30 p.m. at Middlefield Community Center. Come and enjoy an evening of dancing, fun games and refreshments. DMYFS Staff

Looking to serve Dear Neighbors, For the past 32 years I have had the good fortune of calling the Durham-Middlefield community my home. During this time, this community has become more than just my home, and my neighbors have become more than just friends. Instead, it has become part of who I am, and the people here have become part of my family. Durham and Middlefield are two communities that have helped my family in times of need, two communities that boast a tremendous school district which more than adequately prepared me for college and the workforce, and two communities that continue to care about maintaining their small town charm. Simply put, I have been the beneficiary of all

Durham and Middlefield have to offer. I consider myself very fortunate to be part of this community. My decision to serve on the Board of Selectmen in Durham has been based entirely on giving back to a community that has already given me so much. I am very proud of what has been accomplished over the past two years. First Selectwoman Laura Francis, Selectman Jim McLaughlin and I have worked closely to deliver the promises we made to the people of Durham. We have also worked closely with Middlefield First Selectman Jon Brayshaw and Selectmen Dave Lowry, Mary Johnson and Edward Bailey to improve the quality of life in both communities. We have worked to ensure that residents receive the highest quality services from their town governments at the lowest cost to taxpayers. We have cut spending significantly and lowered the town’s operating budget in each of the last two years. In fact, Durham is one of the communities in the state where the mill rate has actually decreased. We have also enacted a Senior Property Tax Relief Program, along with establishing an Ethics Commission and an Agricultural Commission. Sadly our state government has not subscribed to these same ideals. Taxpayers were caught in the crossfire as a bitter partisan budget battle played out in Connecticut’s General Assembly. With your

help, I am confident that I can take this same sense of fiscal responsibility and positive government service to Hartford. With that goal in mind, I have opened up an exploratory committee for the 100th Legislative District (Durham, Middlefield, Rockfall and Middletown) to “test the waters” as allowed by the State Election Enforcement Commission (SEEC). The seat is currently occupied by Matt Lesser of Middletown and was previously held from 2003-2008 by Middlefield native and Durham resident Ray Kalinowski. Along with serving on Durham’s Board of Selectmen since 2007, I continue to be a dedicated member of the Hartford Police Department where I have been employed since 2002; I am a 1995 graduate of Coginchaug Regional High School and a 1999 graduate of Trinity College with a degree in Political Science and Education. I have also coached athletics in District 13 for nine years. I feel my experience and commitment to this community will enable me to serve the citizens effectively. I believe residents deserve a representative who has a proven track record of fiscal discipline. Residents deserve a representative who will work to foster an environment for job creation in the region. Residents deserve a representa-

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Town Times Columns

Brewster technology tykes Students then either “What opportunities iBooks or do Brewster students Nancy Heckler, principal, made have to use technolo- Brewster Elementary School iMovies to share with their classmates and gy?” is one of the most families. The second frequently asked quesgraders are busy worktions by parents and ing on news broadcasts visitors. Many are about weather. In oramazed to hear that der to have the correct technology is infused into all curricular areas at Brewster knowledge to share in the newscast, School. This should not come as a sur- students developed their own research prise since the mission of District 13 “… questions, conducted research in the liis to ensure that students become self-re- brary using books and the Internet, liant, lifelong learners and respectful, wrote a report, then used the report to responsible citizens who will thrive in create scripts for their weather report. global and technological environ- They made weather maps and visuals ments….” Strategy Two of our current and collected props to use when filmstrategic plan maintains, “We will pro- ing. Students were expected to be fluent vide the resources and support neces- and use expression when acting as the sary to coordinate and integrate tech- weather reporter. The students are curnology in learning, teaching, and work- rently editing their broadcast. Author ing environments.” One of the action studies are completed during library plans focuses on the development and class as well as in the classroom during implementation of curricular activities Reader’s Workshop. Students then crethat integrate technology at each grade ate iMovies to share their information level. Research reveals that students about the author and their personal need to be introduced to technology at opinions about the author’s work. an early age since children learn and These are just a few examples of how adapt to technology quickly. Technolo- technology is used to facilitate learning gy should continue to be utilized in the early elementary grades. The SMARTBoard, which is an inthroughout the educational years because it lays a strong foundation for the teractive whiteboard with a touch screen, provides hands-on learning for future. Technology is an effective instruc- students. The SMARTBoard is used to tional tool in the classroom. Studies introduce, reinforce and enhance literhave shown that educational technolo- acy, grammar skills, math skills and gy boosts achievement and enhances science concepts. Teachers often develreading, writing and math skills. The op their own SMARTBoard activities, Internet, a valuable research tool, based on curriculum, to improve stubrings information from around the dent understanding of a specific subworld to our students. The inclusion of ject area. Since this is a favorite intechnology in the learning process al- structional tool for students and facullows teachers to differentiate instruc- ty, the SMARTBoard is in high demand tion, address the learning styles of all at Brewster. students and make learning more student-centered. Education technology has been found to encourage cooperative work, motivate students and have a positive impact on attitude. The use of technology in schools also contributes to improvement in attendance and feelings of success. Learning comes alive as the kindergarten through second grade students at Brewster School use technology to research, to complete author studies, to participate in reader’s theater, and to Brewster faculty members are tradmake iBooks, iMovies, newscasts and ing in their overhead projectors for ELpodcasts. Student excitement grows as MOS. ELMOS are document cameras they create iBooks and iMovies to used to assist teachers in instruction. share new knowledge learned from in- Teachers use them to project live mestruction and research. Kindergarten dia on a screen for students to view, to students just finished making an ABC share books and student work, to edit iMovie to demonstrate their knowl- writing, solve math problems, model edge of the alphabet and to reinforce lit- lessons and much, much more. eracy skills. Students were responsible Educational technology plays a sigfor taking the pictures and narrating nificant role in the educational process the movie themselves. The first at Brewster today. That said, technolograders are currently studying the dif- gy should not be used to replace tradiferent animal groups in science. After tional methods of teaching but should learning about a specific animal group, be used to enhance the educational such as mammals, the students re- process. At Brewster School, technolosearched a mammal and used the infor- gy is one of the many instructional mation they learned to write a script tools our faculty uses to develop a and draw an illustration of the animal. strong foundation for future learning.

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Calling all artists! Our annual Community Guide will come out this year at the end of March. Our theme will be “Our Creative Communities,” and we’d like your help. If you are a person who is involved in public creative endeavors – painting, play in a band, author, woodworker, potter, etc. – we’d like to know about you and print a paragraph and a small photo of your work in our Community Guide. If you know someone who is involved, please feel free to extend an invitation on our behalf or tip us off so we can contact them. Also, if you are a member or fan of a particular civic organization or group, please contact us. After three years of community guides, our lists are getting better, but if your organization, religious group or service club hasn’t been listed before, we’d love to hear from you. Deadline for both of these will be Thursday, March 4, and we’re happy to hear by email at, phone at 860-349-8000, regular mail at PO Box 265, Middlefield, CT 06455 or just drop in to our office at 488 Main St. in Middlefield, next to Liberty Bank.

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Thoughts on Powder Ridge, town budgets, DMIAAB and emergency management

nance will be holding public How could I not open my hearings this spring to solicit first article of 2010 without disyour input. Please let your cussing Powder Ridge? By thoughts be heard. now, readers must feel a bit Durham and Middlefield scrambled, as I do. The TT edihave a jointly-owned and opertor will, I’m sure, be filling you ated transfer station. DMIAAB in on assorted details so I won’t does a great job running be redundant. Suffice to say that the chosen devel- Jon Brayshaw, Middlefield the operation on our behalf. In a funny sort of oper withdrew interest way, our transfer station in buying PR for finanis also a source of pride cial reasons. They came and social interaction to the conclusion that among neighbors. In anthey (and we) could not other year, it will be at develop a four-season resort with the money they had to spend, the end of its sanctioned life of 40 years. in light of the inherent risk. But, out of WOW! Where did the time go? We used something (seemingly) bad often comes to have a place called the dump. The something good. Powder Ridge, even in two towns will soon be looking at the its present state, is a source of great DMIAAB operation and charter as we pride, even closed! There is something plot out the next 40 years. I feel compelled to end this month’s mystifying about this particular gem as it waits for the right touch. FYI … last article with reflection on the explosion week, after news about the withdrawal at the power plant in Middletown. got out, I received three calls from in- What a tragedy and only a few miles terested parties. I for one cannot imag- from our border. Our town’s heart and ine Middlefield without a Powder prayers go out to the families that sufRidge. Stay tuned … the ride continues. fered such losses. Who would have On other fronts, last week we re- thought that on a Sunday morning our ceived word that the town would be the homes would have shaken violently recipient of a $37,300 block grant under and five lives would be lost? Emergencies come in many forms the “Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant” program. We applied and sizes. For years, certain emergenfor the funds last month to continue our cies were handled by our very capable energy improvements at both the Town fire department. Today, it’s a new world. We as a town have been coming Hall and the Community Center. Speaking of money, can you believe up to speed in the world of emergency its budget time again! Finance director management. Our newly appointed Joe Geruch and I are in the process of emergency management director Terassembling the numbers. Without a ry Parmelee has been pulling the pieces doubt, this year will not carry a ZERO together for one day it may be our turn increase without people being elimi- to experience an earthquake or natural nated. Our Grand List continues to disaster. If you have an interest in beshow no growth, and the state is not as ing a part of an on-call emergency trustworthy a source of funds as they team, contact Terry or myself. Speaking of the “value” placed on livonce were. I continue to preach, to those who will listen, that to live in a ing in Middlefield and Rockfall, I have a small town with no economy of scale question: Does the town make the peowill always cost more. The Board of Fi- ple or do the people make the town?

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Friday, February 19, 2010

Troop 27 to the Klondike challenge By Marc D’Orvilliers Special to Town Times Klondike is where boy scouts demonstrate their skills and compete under pressure in various events like orienteering, distance and height estimations, fire-building, tree identification, animal tracks, signaling, first aid and knot-tying, all in a timed event. The boys began training months in advance and built their own two sleds — one sled 1143974


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The Girl Scouts of Troop 62092 with just some of the supplies that they have collected from family and friends to support DMYFS in their efforts to donate supplies for the nonprofit corporation HELO (Home, Education, Love and Opportunity) to aid orphaned and abandoned children of Haiti. From left, Julia Kaliszewski, Kayla Dahlmeyer, Caroline Gmyrek, Kylie Johnson and Lily King. Kiyah Reynolds, right, a Middlefield second grader, collected 200 cases of water for Haiti. Durham/Middlefield Youth & Family Services (DMYFS) would like to thank Kiyah, Girl Scout Troop 62092, Brownie Troop 62119 and the residents of Durham and Middlefield for their generous contributions to the victims of the tragic earthquake in Haiti. The kitchen area was overflowing with clothing, water and first aid items. DMYFS board members Elisabeth Kennedy and Jeff Francis recently traveled to Haiti, delivering many donated supplies to a hospital, refugee camp, HELO and another orphanage in Haiti. The remaining items will be shipped shortly. Thank you for such a wonderful outpouring of support!

Community supper This month’s community supper will be hosted by the Girl Scouts, Notre Dame and the Church of the Epiphany. It will be held at the Church of the Epiphany, 196 Main St. in Durham, on Sunday, Feb. 28, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. The dinner is free and open to the public. All are invited; all are welcome.



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Durham Government Calendar Peddler and Solicitor permits (All meetings will be held at the Durham Library unless otherwise noted. Check the town Web page at for agendas and last-minute changes.) Monday, February 22 7 p.m. — Board of Selectmen at Town Hall 7 p.m. — Freedom of Information workshop for all board and commission members as well as members of the public at Middlefield Community Center Tuesday, February 23 7 p.m. — Ethics Commission Wednesday, February 24 7:30 p.m. — Board of Education at Memorial School Tuesday, March 2 6:30 p.m. — Public Safety Committee 7:30 p.m. — Midstate Planning, 100 DeKoven Dr., Middletown Wednesday, March 3 7:30 p.m. — Board of Education at Strong School; superintendent’s budget will be presented. 7:30 p.m. — Planning and Zoning Commission Monday, March 8 7 p.m. — Board of Selectmen at Town Hall


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Local author brings us another lovable romance By Pamela Morello Special to the Town Times

Higgins’ own Hungarian family will often gather to eat. “It was a lot of fun to write about the food,” she said.

After devouring The Next Best Thing, fans won’t have to wait long for another romance from Higgins. All I Ever Wanted - about a woman trying to get over a bad relationship with her ex, who happens to be her boss - is slated for release in August. Higgins is also working on another book possibly titled Second Time Around, about a divorced couple who find themselves on a road trip with a mutual acquaintance. When Higgins is not writing books, she is busy blogging on her web site and as a guest on other sites, and leads workshops for fellow writers. On Thursday, Feb. 25, Higgins will read from The Next Best

Thing and sign copies of her newest book at the Durham Public Library at 7:30 p.m. Higgins encourages those who have contemplated writing a book to go for it, but notes that there is a staggering amount of work involved. “If you love to write, then you should,” Higgins said. “Don’t try to write for a market. Write a book that you think is great, and see where it goes.” For more about Kristan Higgins, her books, blog, or recipes, visit Visit for the Higgins’ family recipe for cinnamon bread pudding with whiskey glaze.



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Pair arrested in Meriden burglary By Stephanie Wilcox Town Times Two Middlefield residents have been arrested and charged after allegedly attempting to rob Pappas Restaurant on Broad Street in Meriden on Friday, Jan. 22. Daniel Henderson, 45, and Lori Touma, 45, both of 22 Lake Road, were charged with thirddegree burglary, conspiracy to commit third-degree burglary, possession of burglary tools, criminal attempt to commit sixth-degree larceny, third-degree criminal mischief, second-degree breach of peace and interfering with an officer. Henderson and Touma were arraigned in court and remained in custody in lieu of $500,000 and $250,000 bail, respectively. The judge said the criminal records of each is the reason bail was so high. Henderson is involved in nine other pending cases from 2009 and Touma in four. According to Sgt. Leonard Caponigro, Meriden police public information officer, police caught the pair after witnesses provided a description of them and were able to show police where they had fled.

Henderson was found several streets over and Touma was found hiding in bushes with several tools in her possession. Touma was believed to be acting as a lookout, police said. John Pappas, 86, arrived at his restaurant a few minutes earlier when he saw someone breaking in. He yelled at the man, hoping to scare him from coming further. While this was happening, across the street at Robert’s Chrysler Dodge, Thomas Hinman was about to start his shift when he heard glass smash and saw a man attempting to crawl into a broken restaurant door. He ran to call 911 and heard Pappas yell, followed by the man crawling back out and heading up the road toward the Food Bag. Hinman ran after the man and was able to alert police of the direction he was headed. There was nothing but change in the register, said Pappas, who didn’t know the pair and didn’t know why he would be targeted. Police suspected the incident was random. They are investigating the two in connection with several other burglaries in the area.

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Valentine lunch at Korn School Korn School celebrated Valentine’s Day on Friday, Feb. 12, with a lunch time “valentine restaurant,” complete with piano music provided by music teacher Mr. Robison, red tablecloths, flower displays, heartshaped grilled cheese sandwiches and big red heart cookies, as show by this group of third graders, right, and the two girls with a valentine bear at left. The Lipka triplets had a reservation with mom, Karen, below. Photos by Stephanie Wilcox

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night at the fair again. This is unknown territory, and no one knows the real impact that having the fair open on Thursday will have on the community or other organizations. If this extra day turns out to be a huge failure, then the DFA has an obligation to revisit the issue. The same is true if this extra day turns out to be a huge success. After all questions were considered, Chiappetta again stressed why he felt the Durham Fair needed this extra day in order to remain an event that the community looks forward to every year. “We need to change and go forward rather than go backwards,” said Chiappetta. DFA members clearly supported this statement, and after a show of hands, voted to officially recommend trying to open the fair on Thursday night this year. A meeting with nonprofits has been set for Tuesday, Feb. 23, at 7 p.m. at the EOC building on the fairgrounds. or call 800.GO.SOLAR (800.467.6527)

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Durham Library Hours: Regular library hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Visit to search the catalog, review your account, register for a program or renew your materials online. For information or to register for a program by phone, call 860-349-9544. E-Books are Available: If you received a Sony Reader or Barnes and Noble Nook for Christmas or are thinking about getting one, downloadable e-books are now available online from the library. Visit and follow the instructions for downloading e-books to your device. Taste of Durham: Pictures taken at the 2010 Taste of Durham can be viewed on the library website at Coupons: The library has 20 percent off coupons for ad-





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tive who will restore increasing education funding to our communities. Residents deserve a representative who will fight to make college tuition more affordable. Residents deserve a representative who will streamline government agencies making them more efficient. Residents deserve a representative who will serve all towns in the district and individuals from all political parties. Residents deserve a representative who will not deny someone constituent service because he or she is from a different political party. Residents deserve an elected official who will return phone calls and emails promptly and will not talk down to those who may have a different opinion. However, it is the residents of Durham, Middlefield, Rockfall and Middletown who will ultimately decide what they deserve in a state representative. Since opening this exploratory committee over four months ago, the response has so far been overwhelmingly positive. Republicans, Democrats and Unaffiliated voters have already pledged their support in hopes of restoring to office someone who will put people

before politics. Please send an e-mail to, call me at 860349-0003 or visit me on the John Szewczyk Facebook page to help “test the waters.” I truly value your input. John Szewczyk, Durham

Czaja meets an angel Dear Editor; Luke fed me a fine dinner in his small apartment that was in the back of The Church of What’s Happening Now. We smoked and had a few beers after dinner and a woman came in and Luke introduced her as Naomi. She was a black woman, very beautiful. “I have some things that y’all are gonna need for your trip in this suitcase. There’s a heavier jacket packed in here too. The train goes to New York, and here’s your ticket. They say you can catch a commuter train from there,” Naomi said as she smiled at me. “What’s that perfume you’re wearing? It’s great,” I asked. She laughed easily and said, “I found it at Walmart. It’s called Divorce Court.” “It figures,” I said.

“Naomi runs the soup kitchen here. She does a great job,” Luke stated flatly. Naomi found a chair at the table and sat down. She was staring at me. “You have the most beautiful blue eyes I’ve ever seen,” she said. “Naomi, he’s our guest,” Luke said. “I have a difficult time with southern angels. I’ve found them to be slower than the northern ones,” I said. “Does it bother you that I’m black?” Naomi asked. “Not at all,” I said. “My best friend in flight school was a blue angel, Dominic. Blue angels are very rare. God only made 500 of them. Me and Dominic had a great time for a few years. We used to play tricks on Lucifer, but the big baby went to God about it, and God decided that me and Dominic could-

n’t work together anymore. He sent Dominic to another system, but every month me and Dominic and have a meeting, just to talk over old times.” “I wish you could stay here and help us,” Naomi said. “I have to be at the K-club, which is a little country bar, at 3:03 p.m. Friday. God’s going to change the center of the universe again, and I have to guard the right flank of the old guy that’s been chosen.” “What’s his name?“ Luke asked. “He’s just an old guy named Teddy. He won’t even know that he’s the center. I recommended him for the job. The guy that’s the center now is an idiot, he can’t handle it. The power has gone to his head. It’s quite common.” “I need to kiss you,” Naomi said.

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Albert Johnson Albert Johnson, 75, husband of the late Betty Jane (Regan) Johnson of Old Farms Road in Durham, passed away, Tuesday, Feb. 16, at Middlesex Hospital. He was born June 23, 1934, son of the late Carl and Esther (Johnson) Johnson in New Haven. Prior to his retirement, he was employed as a truck driver for Westbrook Block. He was a past member of the Benchwarmers, PALS (Grill Boy) and Durham Little League. In 1995 he was hon-

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missed by his summer friends in Maine, his friends at Perk on Main and Hazel Carter.

He is survived by his children, Lynn Johnson of Durham, Eric Johnson and his wife Angie of Eugene, Oregon, Jennifer Wilcox and her husband Walter of Rockfall; a brother, William Johnson of North Guilford; a sister, Lorraine Roberts of Pennsylvania, grandsons Todd Johnson and his wife Falishia of Veneta, Oregon, and Samuel Wilcox of Rockfall. Albert also leaves his cat, Samantha. He was predeceased by his brother Robert Johnson. He will be

Friends may call at Biega Funeral Home, 3 Silver St. in Middletown, on Sunday, Feb. 21, from 3 to 5 p.m. Burial will be at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Durham Library, Memorial Garden Fund, 7 Maple Ave., Durham, CT 06422; Durham Historical Society, P.O. Box 345, Durham, CT 06422 or the Durham Ambulance Corps, P.O. Box 207, Durham, CT 06422.

Chris Smith, of Middlefield, and Katie Francis, of Durham, both students in the Advanced Placement (AP) Government class at Coginchaug Regional High School, had the chance to spend the day in Hartford with State Representative Matt Lesser to see how state government works. The two high school seniors attended a legislative breakfast at the Capitol where they met Speaker of the House Chris Donovan, and sat in the House chamber when the 2010 legislative session was officially called to order by Speaker Donovan. Later they listened to Governor Rell give her annual “State of the State” address.

Hamentaschen, groggers and costumes – Purim is coming On Saturday, Feb. 27, at 6:30 p.m., Congregation Adath Israel will read the Scroll of Esther, a tale of Haman’s lies and deception and of the heroes who risk their lives to save the people. Audience members can interact and take part. Prizes

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Friday, February 19, 2010 Danielle Kleczkowski, of Durham, and Heather Skaanning, of Middlefield, have been named to the dean’s list at Saint Joseph College, with GPAs of 3.5 or higher.

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Victoria DelVecchio, a resident of Durham, was named to the dean’s list at Fairfield University for the fall 2009 semester. Victoria is Named to the Marist College a sophomore studying in the dean’s list for the fall 2009 se- School of Engineering. mester were: Katherine Melanie Poole, of MiddleClark, of Middlefield, a member of the Class of 2013 major- field, Class of 2011 at Connectiing in Communications/Public cut College, has been named Relations; Jeffrey Francis, of to the dean’s high honor list Durham, a member of the Class for the 2009 fall semester by of 2010 majoring in Psychology earning a grade point average of at least 3.7. and Special Education; and Eric Murphy, of Durham, a Rachel Galluzzo, of member of the Class of 2013 maDurham, has been named to joring in Mathematics. the dean’s list for the fall 2009 semester at the University of April Graichen, of MiddleVermont. Galluzzo is a senior field, has been named to the animal sciences major in the dean’s list at Syracuse UniverCollege of Agriculture and sity where she is majoring in Life Sciences. child life psychology. She is currently completing her inGeorge Moore Eames, of ternship at Greenville Hospi- Durham, has been named to tal in Greenville, South Caroli- the dean’s list at Trinity Colna and will graduate in May of lege in Hartford with a perfect 2010. April is the granddaugh- 4.0 GPA for the fall semester. ter of Sharon M. Graichen of George is a 2006 graduate of Middlefield. Choate Rosemary Hall, and is

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Amanda Searle, of Durham, achieved academic excellence during the fall semester at the University of Connecticut and has been added to the dean’s list of the school of nursing. She is the daughter of Darcy and Fred Searle.

Kathryn Post, of Durham, has been named to the dean’s list for the fall semester of her senior year at UConn. She has earned a GPA of 4.0 majoring in psychology and HDFS.

Antonio Cuomo, of Durham, and Michelle Santos, of Middlefield, were named to the Roger Williams University dean’s list for the fall 2009 semester. Leanne Meiman, of Durham, has earned high honors for the first semester of 2009-10 at the University of New Hampshire. Sara Kennedy, of Middlefield, has been placed on the dean’s list for the fall 2009 semester at Iona College School of Arts and Science. Emily Erin Glenewinkel, of Durham, has earned dean’s

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Friday, February 19, 2010

Coginchaug Lady Devils overcome pesky Valley Regional Warriors By Alan Pease Special to Town Times On Thursday, Feb. 11, the Devils visited the Warriors of Valley Regional in a Shoreline Conference contest. Going into the game, Coginchaug was 13–3 and Valley was 3–14, which would lead the casual or not-so-casual observer to believe that this should be an easy win for the visiting Devils. But it took a fourth quarter comeback by the Devils to finally put this one into the books as a win. Before the game started, Valley celebrated their senior play-

ers in their final home game of the year. In a classy move by the Warriors, the Coginchaug seniors (Erica Jones, Liz Meiman, Taylor Edinger and Nicole Demoranville) were first called to center court, presented with a flower and acknowledged, a nice show of sportsmanship. Coginchaug started well, as Audrey Biesak dropped in a Samantha Mancinelli-assisted shot from beyond the arc just seconds into the game. That was to be their only score for the first six-and-a-half minutes of the game, as Valley scored 11 straight to charge out to the lead. The Devils closed the gap,

scoring the last five points in the period on two free throws from Jones, a single free throw after a steal by Lauren Esposito, and a hoop by Mancinelli to make the score 8–11 at the end of one. The second period was a vast improvement, as they allowed only two field goals and two from the charity stripe from the Warriors for the period. In the meantime, Coginchaug scored 17 points, nine by Biesak, four by Esposito, and two apiece by Mancinelli and Edinger, to go into the halftime break ahead by 23–17. In the first three minutes of

the second half, the Devils were fine, going ahead by as much as 10 points on the strength of five points from Biesak and four from Mancinelli, while the Warriors had a free throw and three field goals to make the score 34–24. The problem was that Coginchaug would not score again in the period, as Valley scored 11 straight points, to take a 35–34 lead entering the final period. The Devils had four turnovers, were zero for four from the line and zero for nine from the field during the Valley run. As the fourth period started,

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Biesak quickly righted the ship, hitting a trey off a Mancinelli assist to again give the visitors a lead. The Warriors tied the score one final time at 37-all, as they converted on two free throws, but another Mancinelli-assisted trey by Biesak gave the Devils a lead that stuck for the remainder of the game. Cassidie Cade scored, and Biesak converted an offensive rebound into two points, to make the score 44–37, but the home team converted back-toback baskets, the first from beyond the arc, to make the score 44–42. Mancinelli hit on two free throws, then assisted on a Cade bucket, to push the lead back to six at 48–42. The Warriors converted two from the line, but Mancinelli matched that for a 50–44 lead. Valley made one last charge with a minute left, hitting a shot from beyond the arc, but that was to be their final score for the game. Cade, Biesak and Mancinelli went one-for-two from the charity stripe in the final minute to seal the deal and make the final score 53–47, with the Devils ending up on top. Biesak led the way for the Devils, scoring 26 points and adding six rebounds and an assist. Mancinelli had a complete stat line, scoring 13 points, adding five each of rebounds, steals and assists and blocking a shot. Esposito had five points, five rebounds, five steals and an assist. Cade contributed four points, two steals and a rebound. Edinger tied Biesak for the rebounding lead with six, and added two points and two steals. Jones had four rebounds, two points and an assist. Amanda Boyle had two rebounds, one point and a steal. Meiman had two rebounds and a steal. Coginchaug is 16–3 overall and 14–2 in the Shoreline Conference (SLC), in clear first place for tournament seeding purposes if they can win their Monday game against the 11–7 North Branford team. They should have a first round SLC tournament game at home at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 20, and assuming they can win that, a semi-final game, again at 7 p.m. at Coginchaug, on Tuesday, Feb. 23. The Coginchaug girls are sort of like Forrest Gump’s definition of a box of chocolates – you never know what you’re going to get, but you know that they have a chance to win

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Coginchaug Blue Devils fall to the Cromwell Panthers By Alan Pease Special to the Town Times

maining. But Ryan first assisted on a Hewitt lay-up, then scored himself to make the deficit six points. With just under 60 seconds to play, Markoski stole the ball and fed a harddriving Wasyl for the lay-up to make the score 40-36, but down the stretch, despite conversions by both Markoski and Wasyl, the Panthers hit enough of their free throws (they went five-for-six in the last minute) to ice the win with a score of 45-40. Before I recap the stats, a quick note on reliability – I keep my own stats, and do my best to capture what really

happens on the court. As a cross-check, I verify against the official score-book, or what gets published in other newspapers. I very rarely have differences in scoring by individual, but for this game, I was off for three of the Devils’ players. So to Tiedemann, Markoski and Erikson Wasyl, I apologize if any of your stats are off – this doesn’t happen often, but I want to acknowledge that it may have in this case, so some of the stats and the game descriptions may be different from what actually occurred. Tiedemann led with 13 points (10 per scorebook), and

added seven rebounds and a steal. Hewitt led the team in rebounding with 11, while scoring four points. Ryan scored 10 points and also had two rebounds, two assists and a steal. Markoski had eight points (seven per scorebook) and added two steals, an assist and a rebound. Wasyl scored five points (nine per scorebook), assisted three times and grabbed two rebounds and a steal. Off the bench, Luther had two rebounds and an assist and Ruddy had an assist and a rebound. Ethan Donecker also played.

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On Tuesday, Feb. 9, the Devils hosted the Panthers of Cromwell in a critical Shoreline Conference match up. Cromwell had been 13-0 before losing two in a row, first a 70-44 shellacking by undefeated Hyde, then a closely contested 50-47 loss to Valley, a rising power in the Shoreline conference. The Panthers could ill afford another loss, but the Devils wanted to prove that they could play with the big boys. In the first half, Coginchaug had problems getting the ball in the basket, scoring only two Jeff Tiedemann treys in the first period, both assisted by Erikson Wasyl, and in the second period, an old-fashioned three-point play by Andrew Markowski, assisted by EJ Luther, an unassisted basket by Tommy Ryan, and an Ed Ruddy-assisted basket by Eric Hewitt, giving the Devils just 13 points at the break. The Panthers did not fare a great deal better, but they managed three treys, and four each of free throws and baskets from inside the arc to give them 21 points and an eight-point lead. In the third period, Cromwell opened the scoring, but Tiedemann responded with a rebound put-back. Another basket by the Panthers pushed the lead to 10, but a Markoski steal and single free throw hit narrowed the gap. Markoski also had an unassisted baskets 30 seconds later to further close the deficit. Cromwell converted on an offensive rebound, but Ryan converted an offensive board in response. Wasyl converted a steal into a single conversion from the charity stripe, but the Panthers again hit a rebound put-back to push the lead to eight. Ryan fed Tiedemann for a lay-up, and the Devils managed to get within four points late in the period after two Ryan makes from the charity stripe. But a Cromwell hit from outside the arc pushed the lead back to seven. A nifty Ryan drive from the right side resulted in a basket and in Tommy being body-slammed to the floor by a Cromwell player, but there was nary a whistle in sight. I confess that I was pleased that Tommy was able to get off of the floor – he took one heck of a hit – but he should have had at least a chance at a three-point play.

The Panthers were able to close the period with a hoop to make the score entering the final period 34-27. Tiedemann opened the final period again knocking down a trey assisted by Wasyl (more on this in a bit) to again close the gap to four, and there things stood for a couple of minutes, as neither team could drop one through, with both teams misfiring on their shots. With just over five minutes left in the game, Cromwell finally broke the seal on the basket, scoring three times without answer to go ahead 40-30 with just under four minutes re-

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Friday, February 19, 2010

Durham Destroyers defeat Madison By Kevin Charette Special to the Town Times

scrappy defense. Durham took a 21–10 lead into half time. The Destroyers kept up the pressure on both ends of the court in the third quarter and extended the lead to 32–16. Madison continued to play hard in the fourth quarter and did close the gap; however, Durham held on for the wellearned 14-point victory. The Destroyers were led in scoring by Stephanie Mangiameli with nine points, Audrey Arcari with seven points, Natalie Charette, Lauren Davis and Kendra Landy each with six points and Anni Garvy and Danielle Richard-

Sunday, Feb. 14, the Durham Destroyers girls’ seventh grade travel basketball team completed its 2009-10 league schedule with an impressive 42–28 victory over visiting Madison in the Strong School gym.

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Matthew Sullivan scored five of his 17 points in the final three minutes, as team Red held on to defeat Orange 47-42 for their first win in week four of Durham Men’s League action. Frank DeFlippo also picked up 17 points for Red (13). Ryan Donecker led Orange (1-3) with 16 points, while John Szewczyk added nine. The Young Gunz kept it close for the first 15 minutes, but couldn’t contain Torrison’s Pete Lynch (21 points) and Jeremy Lobo (11 points) on the offensive glass. Torrison (4-0) opened up a big lead early in the second half, and cruised to a 62-43 win to remain undefeated. Mike Baranoski scored the Gunz first six points and went on to finish with 11. Greg Bereski also picked up 11 points for the Young Gunz (2-2) in the loss. For scores, summaries and stats become a fan of Durham Men’s League on Facebook.


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every time they take the floor. I was disappointed that the game at Valley was so poorly attended; it was so quiet during time-outs that everyone in the gym could hear Coach Calcagni’s emphatic instructions to the players. Get down to Coginchaug to support the girls during the tournament games – if you like basketball, you’ll enjoy the experience.

Friday, February 19, 2010

CRHS boys wait for final period to beat Portland By Alan Pease Special to the Town Times

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have a huge home game Friday, Feb. 19, against Valley Regional, who beat the Devils at Valley. They also have home games on Monday, Feb. 22, against North Branford, and senior night, on Thursday, Feb. 25, against Sports and Medical Sciences Academy. Come on down to celebrate the careers of seniors Tiedemann, Hewitt and Ruddy. The varsity game normally starts around 7:30 p.m., but get there early on Thursday for the pre-game ceremony.

The first points of the meet were scored when Garri Saganenko placed seventh in the 600-meter run with a time of 1:27.89. This time broke the school record that Saganenko set at Shorelines on Feb 6.

Sheehan Michael placed fifth in the 55-meter hurdles with a time of 7.92 seconds. Later in the meet he placed third in the 300-meter dash with a time of 36.95. Sheehan qualified to compete in the State Open Championship meet Saturday, Feb. 20, at the New Haven Sports Complex at noon. Sam Frey and Will Conroy competed in the pole vault. Sam earned fourth place with a jump of 11’ 06” and qualified to compete in the State Open. Frey, Saganenko, Andrew Gucwa and Michael earned

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Last Saturday, Feb. 13, the Coginchaug boys’ indoor track team competed in the Class S State Championship. The boys came in 10th out of 31 teams with a score of 13 points. Two boys qualified for the State Open.


On Feb. 12, the Coginchaug boys visited the Highlanders of Portland, who entered the game with one win in 17 tries, while CRHS had 12 wins in 15 chances. Looks like an easy win for the Devils, right? Wrong – for three periods, the Highlanders gave the Devils as much as they could handle, as Portland had a lead of 20-17 after one, trailed at the half by 3936, and by four entering the final period, 59-55. The CRHS fans were getting restless. Finally in the fourth period, the Devils’ defense appeared, as they allowed only six points in the period. They also scored 26 points, to make the final score a deceiving 85-61 Devil victory. It’s not that the Devils had trouble scoring – they had 17, 22 and 20 points in the first three periods. But they allowed 20, 16 and 19 points in those periods, much of that on uncontested lay-ups. Only the fourth period defensive stand sealed the win. All five starters scored in double digits, with Jeff Tiedemann and Erikson Wasyl leading the way, each scoring 19 points. Tiedemann added six rebounds, three steals, two assists and a block, while Wasyl had three assists and a rebound. Eric Hewitt was a monster on the boards, pulling down 17 rebounds, and scoring 10 points for the double-double. Eric also had two steals, a blocked shot and an assist. Andrew Markoski scored 14 points, and contributed seven rebounds, seven steals and six assists, nice numbers in all categories. Tommy Ryan scored 13 points, and added three assists and a rebound. Off the bench, Ethan Donecker scored six and added four rebounds. Jay Norton and Roby Graenger each scored two points, with Norton also gathering in a steal. Ed Ruddy had four rebounds, EJ Luther had two assists and a rebound, and Jake Tietlebaum had a steal. Alec Corazzini also played. CRHS is 13-3, 11-3 in the Shoreline Conference. They

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