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Volume 18, Issue 2

Serving Durham, Middlefield and Rockfall

Back to nature for Earth Day

Race to Nowhere documentary coming to Durham, Middlefield By Mark Dionne Special to the Town Times

Memorial School students (L-R) Lexi Raffles, Hannah Amirault and Mitchel Paduano release trout into the stream at Wadsworth Falls State Park on April 15. See more trout photos from Korn and Memorial schools on page 22. Photo by Stephanie Wilcox

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Imagine you’re trying to get a promotion. You’re not exactly sure how to qualify for this promotion so you have to do everything better than anyone else. Imagine that this promotion is a couple of years off so you have to work steady 12 or even 14hour days until then, trying to please multiple bosses at the same time. Along the way, you’re told repeatedly what tiny percentage of employees actually get the promotion you want, and yet it will shape the rest of your life.

Now imagine you’re 16. The promotion sought by high-schoolers across the country is admittance to a desired college. Many think the pressure of that lengthy and hyper-competitive race has put the modern teenager under unhealthy amounts of stress. School days are filled with as many AP courses as possible; nights and weekends crammed with high-level athletics and community service; leftover space in the schedule is filled with extracurricular activities, religious instruction and some sort of artistic achievement. All to impress a faceless admissions officer.

Will we see wind energy in Middlefield’s future? By Elisabeth Kennedy Special to the Town Times As prices for oil and gasoline soar, we as a country and a community must work to break our dependence on oil, natural gas and coal by developing clean energy alternatives from natural

sources such as wind, sun and water. Wind energy is now one of the most cost-effective sources of new electricity generation, costing less than coal or nuclear power. In an effort to bring wind energy to Connecticut, the Metacomet Regional Wind

Farm Committee was formed to study the feasibility of generating wind energy in our area. This joint-town committee is spearheaded by Robert Yamartino, along with Dick Boynton, Dwight Fowler, Jennifer Huddleston of Middlefield, along with membership from the city of

Middletown, to acquire stimulus money earmarked for projects in which municipalities work together to solve energy problems. In 2010, the committee applied for an Energy Efficiency Block Grant through the

After witnessing the difficulties of her own three children, Vicki Abeles conducted interviews with parents, teachers, experts and kids themselves to create the documentary Race to Nowhere, which will be screened at Coginchaug Regional High School (CRHS) on Monday, April 25, at 7:30 p.m. Race to Nowhere examines the world of students immersed in the high-pressure competition for college spots and finds problems, such as stress-induced illnesses, depression, cheating and students who ironically are not See Documentary, page 19

In this issue ... Calendar ...........................4 Durham Briefs................16 Libraries.........................15 Middlefield Briefs ..........17 Sports ..............................27 Spotlight..........................14 Honor Roll.......................26

See Wind, page 19

Candy hunts, golden eggs and hopping feet. Happy Easter!

See more photos from the candy hunt on page 21. Photos by Dee Wilcox


CRHS Fajita Fiesta The Spanish Honor Society at Coginchaug Regional High School will host its 10th annual Fajita Fiesta on Friday, April 29, in the CRHS Cafeteria. Dinner will be served from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Highlights, besides the delicious food from Jalapeño Heaven, are a Mariachi trio and a silent auction. Dinner includes veggie fajitas, chicken fajitas, cheese quesadillas,

Town Times Community Briefs rice, beans, chips and salsa, dessert and drinks. Call Nancy Alberico for tickets at 860349-7215, ext 479. The past few years this event has been a sellout and only a few tickets will be available at the door. !

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Outdoor gear expo The Connecticut Forest & Park Association (CFPA), headquartered in Rockfall, is gearing up for its 1st Annual Connecticut Outdoor Gear Expo on Saturday, April 30, from 3 to 7 p.m. at Fayerweather Beckham Hall at Wesleyan University in Middletown. The expo will display all types of outdoor gear, offer demonstrations and clinics by various experts, as well as host a silent auction of gear and other related gifts, such as art, photography and books. Major outdoor sporting retailers will be at the expo. For info and ticket prices, c o n t a c t or 860-346-2372.

How are teens wired? Rushford and MSAPC present a special program for middle and high school stu-

dents, their parents/caregivers, teachers, coaches and mentors to better understand the teen brain. At this event many topics will be discussed including adolescent brain development and teenage behavior, how alcohol affects teen brain development, serious risks associated with teen alcohol use and how families can influence their teens’ decisions to make healthy decisions. For info or to register, contact Krystle Blake at 203-238-6800 or dhatterstheatrecompany or call 860-395-1861.

Theatre auditions Madhatters Theatre Company is currently accepting registrations for their August 2011 two-week summer camp production of the Musical comedy Let Down Your Hair Rapunzel, open to ages 9 and over. To register, visit

Revaluation reminder: As data collectors come to your home for town revaluation, keep in mind that if you do not wish the Data Collector to come into your home, only exterior data will be collected and interior data estimated. If you do not wish the Data Collector to come on to your property at all, you need to mail or hand deliver a written notice with the property owner's name, signature and specific address to the assessor's office. It is in the taxpayer's best interest that the new assessments are based on accurate data. The best way to achieve this is to allow the data collector to inspect your property.

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 Durham Board of Selectmen article last issue, Roger Kleeman’s comments were in reference to the Recreation Committee, not the Clean Energy Task Force, as was reported. The CRHS Scholarship Fund thanks Green Man Tattoo Studio for its generous sponsorship and Cathy and Larry Holderman for their donation to the 39th Annual Scholarship Ball. They were mistakely ommitted from the ad in the April 8 edition.

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There are a few appointments to note. Steven DelVecchio was appointed to the Regional Mental Health Board for the term of June 2, 2011 to May 31, 2013. Karen Augeri was appointed to the Central Regional Tourism Council.

The Easter Bunny and magician Chris Hurlbert visited the senior cafe on April 20. The bunny passed out a candy-filled egg to those in attendance, far right. Above, Mary Ann O’Brien is part of Hurlbert’s magic trick.


New information about Powder Ridge will be available to the public in the form of a presentation by Dennis Abplanalp and associates from Alpine at a public hearing on May 24 at 7 p.m. at Memorial Middle School. After the public hearing, there will be a town meeting to vote on the sale of the Powder Ridge Ski Area. At their April 19 meeting, the Board of Selectmen (BOS) said the public is encouraged to participate. There will be an Annual Budget Meeting on May 9, at which time there will be an election for DMIAAB and Board of Education members. Those who are interested must have someone present at the meeting to nominate them and second their nomination. Another area of interest is a new ordinance concerning fats, oils and grease and the negative impact of these sub-

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Golf Demo Lyman Orchards will hold a golf demo from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the driving range at Lyman Orchards Golf Club. Come try the latest and greatest in golf equipment. Free admission. Ecumenical Cross Walk Notre Dame Church, Church of the Epiphany, United Churches of Durham;, St. Coleman Church and the Federated Church of Middlefield invite all to join them in the Way of the Cross on Good Friday. It is a physical event to commemorate the walk of Jesus as he journeyed from the Last Supper to his crucifixion and resurrection. The event begins at noon at Notre Dame Church, Main Street in Durham, and will end by planting the cross at Church of the Epiphany. Along the way, participants will carry the cross and observe Stations of the Cross.

Race to Nowhere Film The movie Race to Nowhere is a hard-hitting documentary that aims to expose the silent epidemic in our schools. This grassroots sensation is a mustsee for students and their parents, and everyone in the community is encouraged to attend. The film will be played at CRHS tonight at 7:30 p.m., and tickets are available at the door or in advance at Durham 60+ Durham 60+ will meet at 1 p.m. at the United Churches fellowship hall located at the corner of Rt. 68 and Main. There will be a variety table/raffle with items contributed by the members. Join the fun with a social hour to follow. You can also sign up for one of the trips being offered to the membership.


April 23 Easter Egg Hunt Durham Rec is sponsoring an Easter Egg Hunt at Allyn Brook Park at 9 a.m. The eggs are donated by Hi-Land Farms. There are restrooms at the park. Hunts are sectioned into age groups, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., youngest to oldest.


April 24

Easter Resurrection Power The Cross Street A.M.E. Zion Church, 440 West St. in Middletown, will celebrate “Easter Resurrection Power” with a 6 a.m. sunrise service and a 10 a.m. “Resurrection Sunday Service.” Call the church for more info at 860344-9527. All are welcome.


April 26 Transition Night Memorial School will hold a Transition Night for grade four and five students who will be entering middle school. It starts at 7 p.m. and caters toward making the kids feel more comfortable with the move and transition into the new school. Destination Durham Every Tuesday at 7 p.m., on Comcast channel 19, Destination Durham will be played for those living in Durham. DVDs are also available at the Durham and Levi libraries; call for availability. Antiques Appraisal Wadsworth Glen Health Care and Rehab Center, 30 Boston Rd. in Middletown, is hosting an Antiques Appraisal event from 5 to 7 p.m. There is a limit of three items per person. In lieu of appraisal fees for this event, they will be collecting non-perishable food items for the Amazing Grace Food Pantry. Appetizers will be served. Please RSVP by April 22 to 860-346-9299 ext. 159 or


April 27 Healing Eucharist Come to the Church of the Epiphany, Main Streein in

Durham, at 9 a.m. for the weekly Holy Eucharist with healing. Knit Club Come knit or crochet at the Durham Activity Center every Wednesday from 6:30 to 8 p.m. TOPS Join the TOPS meetings every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Durham Town Hall third floor meeting room. For more info, call Naomi at 860-349-9558 or Bonnie at 860-349-9433. Lyman Family Shares John Lyman School has its annual Lyman Family Shares day starting at 7 a.m. Visit resident children at school and see what fun activities they do throughout the day. All are welcome to attend, not just parents and family.


April 28 Volunteer Appreciation Brewster School has their Volunteer Appreciation Day today starting at 7:45 a.m. Arts Showcase The Senior Arts Showcase is today in the CRHS cafe and band room from 6:30 to 8 p.m. It features the talents and accomplishments of graduating seniors. All are invited to view the artworks, projects and musical performances in a casual setting. We are again delighted to welcome our senior citizens as participants in this evening. Refreshments will be served. AARP Safe Driving Course An AARP Save Driving course will be offered at the Middlefield Senior Center. The course is four hours long, and upon completion you may qualify for a discount on your auto insurance. There is a small fee. The class will be taught by Ray Flynn of Durham. Call Antoinette to register at 860-349-7121. CT in the Civil War: Slavery, Sacrifice and Survival Matthew Warshauer, a professor of history at CCSU, will talk about and sign copies of his book at 7 p.m. in the Hubbard Room at Russell Library, 123 Broad St. in Middletown. April 12 marked the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the Civil War. CT was a quintessential northern state and instrumental to the Union’s survival, especially in regard to arms and munitions.

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April 29 Tot Time The MOMS Club of Durham and Middlefield sponsors a weekly Tot Time at the Middlefield Community Center. It is held every Friday from 10:30 a.m. to noon. This open-age playgroup is available for all residents and their children of Durham, Middlefield and Rockfall. Feel free to come on down and join the fun. For more info on the MOMS Club, please contact Ann at Fajita Fiesta The annual Fajita Fiesta, hosted by the Spanish Honor Society, is from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the CRHS cafeteria. Reserve tickets by calling Nancy Alberico at 860-349-7215, ext 479. School Musical Strong School’s musical, Just Another Teen Musical, begins tonight in the gym at 7 p.m. with additional performances tomorrow at 7 p.m. Frog Fridays Everyone Outside invites people of all ages to join in observing the transformations that occur in the vernal pools in Field Forest in Durham and Wadsworth Falls State Park in Rockfall. Over several outings we will see frogs, frog and salamander eggs, tadpoles, salamander and insect larvae, etc. Registration required. For more info or to register, contact Lucy at or 860-395-7771. 101 Dalmations The Madhatters Theatre Company is performing Disney’s 101 Dalmations, today at 7 p.m., tomorrow at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Andrews Memorial Town Hall on Main Street in Clinton. For more info or tickets, call 860-395-1861.


April 30 Connecticut Day Celebrate Connecticut with the flavor of CT-produced foods and beverages at Lyman’s Connecticut Day from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. It is open to the public and features a variety of free tastings of Connecticut’s best specialties, as well

as classic Lyman food items from the deli, bakery and grill. For more info, call 860-349-1793 or visit CFPA to Host Outdoor Gear Expo The Connecticut Forest & Park Association (CFPA) will hold its 1st Annual Connecticut Outdoor Gear Expo today from 3 to 7 p.m. at Fayerweather Beckham Hall at Wesleyan University in Middletown. The expo will display all types of outdoor gear, offer demonstrations by various experts, as well as host a silent auction of gear and other gifts. Fiddles in the Firehouse Durham’s own prize-winning fiddler Tim Hayes joins Grammy Award winner Stacy Phillips and Paul Howard for Fiddles in the Firehouse, from 6 to 9 p.m., at the Durham firehouse. It’s a family-friendly evening of fun, fiddles and victuals. The event is sponsored by the Durham Democratic Town Committee, and tickets are available from members or at the door. Call Karen Dyndiuk, 860-349-3468, for more info. Tag Sale & Flea Market Notre Dame Church on Main Street in Durham will have their monthly tag sale and flea market, rain or shine, in their church hall, church garage, parking lot and lawn today from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Household goods, pots and pans, dishes, craft supplies, sewing supplies, furniture, clothing, antiques, collectibles, over 1,000 books and anything you might need or want. A jewelry table and 30 tag sale tables with thousands of items are set up in the airconditioned church hall. Breakfast and lunch are also available. There are 40 vendors in the parking lot. Vendor space is available by calling Bob at 860-349-0356. PuppetSpeak! The Arts Center at Killingworth hosts PuppetSpeak! a day of mime, mask, puppetry performances, interactive workshops and film for all ages at the Old Town Hall, 273 Rt. 81 in Killingworth. For tickets, call 860-663-5593 or email Spring Renewal Open House Eco Yoga Studio, 16 Main St., Suite 203 in the Durham Village, will be hosting a Spring Renewal Open House from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be free classes held throughout the day and from 12 to 1 p.m. a Community Time with homemade Chai.

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Legal Notice Town of Durham Board of Finance The Annual Budget Meeting will be held on Monday, May 9, 2011 at 8:00 p.m. in the Julian B. Thayer Auditorium, Coginchaug Regional High School, Durham, Connecticut. The Proposed Budget for the fiscal year 2011-2012 for the Town of Durham, Connecticut, as prepared by the Board of Finance will be presented for adoption to the General Public. Copies of the Proposed Budget are available at the Office of the Town Clerk, Durham Public Library, at, or by calling 860-343-6716. Dated at Durham, Connecticut this 29th day of April, 2011. Francis E. Korn, Chairman, Board of Finance

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son who both still live in town. Speaking about his experience working in EMS, Wimler said, “I have learned so much over the years, and what always stands out is that what you learn here is something you can use in your own personal life; being able to assist an ill or injured family member is one of the big benefits.” Chadd officially started as Fire Department Chief on January 15, 2011. He has been a member of the Durham Volunteer Fire Department for 20 years and has been the Assistant Chief for the past seven years. When asked what inspired him to become a part of the Volunteer Fire Department in Durham, he said, “It has been a family tradition. My grandfather was a member, so was my father and my uncle. I grew up around the Durham Fire Department.” Chadd is employed at the Uconn Heath Center as a


While we are cozy and fast asleep in our beds, there are men and women who commit to serve and protect us within the Emergency Medical Services and Volunteer Fire Departments. Chief Scott Wright and Chief Harry Hall declined to be reappointed to their positions in the Durham EMS and Volunteer Fire Departments, respectively. According to First Selectman, Laura Francis, Wright had been the EMS Chief for about 12 years, and Hall had been the Fire Department Chief for approximately five years. The town thanks both men for their commitment and service. As some step down from their posts, two new chiefs in Durham are ready and willing to begin their new journey. But Tom Wimler and Rob Chadd are not new faces in Durham’s Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and the Volunteer Fire Department; they have both participated for many years. Wimler has been in the EMS field for 33 years in Durham. He has held the positions of Vehicle Coordinator, Supply Coordinator, 2nd lieutenant and Train Coordinator. He officially became the EMS Chief on March 22. When asked what inspired him to stay in this field, he responded, “This is where I started, and it fostered a career in EMS. I enjoy being

able to help the people I grew up with and their families.” Wimler started as an EMT in 1977 and became a paramedic 1987. He is an instructor for many different areas of EMS, including triage and mass casualty scene management; national safety council emergency vehicle operator; advanced cardiac life support; advanced pediatric life support; SMART triage; VFIS emergency vehicle operator and US Department of Homeland Security. “I have attended many courses on emergency response to disasters, large scale events and terrorism incidents,” stated Wimler. Many of which are included in these areas of instruction within Homeland Security: understanding and planning for school bomb incidents; prevention and response to suicide bombing incidents and incident response to terrorist bombing. Wimler does not live in town but spends a great deal of time in town for duty time and to visit his mother and



Friday, April 22, 2011

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Cub Scouts troop members learn about Middlfield’s “Houses of Worship” By Judy Moeckel Special to the Town Times

Cub Scout Pack 33, above, learned about religions on April 12. Left, looking at the world map are Nick Morin and Jacob Toth. Photos submitted by Judy Moeckel

On Tuesday, April 12, at St. Colman’s Roman Catholic Church, members of Cub Scout Pack 33 were introduced to several of the houses of worship in Middlefield. Den leader Paul Miarecki invited representatives of various religions based in Middlefield to speak about their religion and practices. Given their age and the complexity of the material presented, the cub scouts listened attentively. “We felt it would be good

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for the community to learn about the houses of worship we have here in town,” Miarecki said. “So I invited all of them, including St. Colman’s Church, Middlefield Federated Church, Victory Christian Church, the Jafaria Center (Muslim) and the Temple of Eck (Eckankar). Also, Kate Mitchell, mother of Connor Mitchell, a member of the troop, was asked to talk about her practice of Buddhism.” The 12 principles of scouting include being reverent toward God and emphasize the importance of community as well as respect for others. By learning about various religions, Miarecki said he and his fellow Scout leaders hope to help the cub scouts develop respect for things that are new to them. “People tend to fear things they don’t know about,” Miarecki said. The evening’s presentations, he hoped, would help counteract this fear by presenting information. Each presenter talked about the roots of their religion, marking its birthplace on a world map. Then they spoke briefly about the core beliefs of their faith. Pastor Dale Azevedo of Middlefield Federated and Father Tony DiMarco of St. Colman’s talked about Christianity

Practicing Right Effort, Mitchell said, closely parallels the Cub Scout Motto, “Do Your Best.” Right Action, another part of the Eightfold Path, also matches up with scouting principles, emphasizing doing the right thing and always trying to help. While Imam Mohammed Tabarssi of Jafaria, who was delayed by traffic problems, did not have time to describe his vestments, the cub scouts seemed fascinated by his presentation, which included several passages in Arabic. Islam, the Imam said, has the same roots as Judaism and Christianity; they all go back to the prophet Abraham and his descendants. The messages of all the prophets, he emphasized, invite all people to one God and look to bring about justice and equality in the world. The united message of the evening’s speakers was in harmony with the values of scouting; it also seemed to resonate with the young people listening.

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The Middlefield Cemetery Association the days before power mowers, and the cuttings probably coincided with annual haying for local farmers.” Present Day Nearly 150 years later, the Middlefield Cemetery Association has achieved and surpassed its initial goal of expanding the burial ground. Maintenance is now performed by a full time sexton who is charged with mowing every 10 days, meeting with prospective plot purchasers, recording plot sales, digging graves, plowing snow on access lanes during winter months when feasible and overseeing monument placement. The Winter of 2010-2011 The by-laws of the association dictate that “Extra effort will be made by the sex-

cemetery located on Jackson Hill Road, but according to town treasurer Mary Hooper, “Back in the mid 1800s they decided that the old burial ground was too hilly to expand.”

By Trish Dynia Special to the Town Times A Brief History On May 14, 1870, a small group of Middlefield residents met at the home of Reverend James Dickinson on South Street and voted to form the Middlefield Cemetery Association. The group’s stated purpose was to “Enlarge the Central Burial Ground” located behind the Methodist Episcopal Church (present day Middlefield Federated). The first plots had been laid out shortly after the Congregational Church was built on the site in 1842, and residents had become concerned about the lack of care their loved ones’ final resting places received. Prior to 1842, local residents were buried in the old

At the meeting in 1870, Alma Lyman, David Lyman, George Miller, James Dickinson and John Couch became the Association’s first directors, and their charge was to make all decisions regarding lot sales, fund distribution and groundskeeping. A perpetual fund was created to “cut the grass twice each year, upraise trees and repair fences.” A twice-peryear mowing might seem odd to 21st century folks accustomed to attending burials at finely trimmed cemeteries, but current association president Bruce Strickland explained, “This was in

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Looking for something to do with the little ones as they wait Cheri for the Easter bunny to start hoppin’ down the bunny trail? Here are a few festive Easter activities that are sure to please. A fun and healthy way to dye Easter eggs is to use plant-based dyes. Here is the basic idea taken from Decide on the colors that you want for your eggs. Remember that colors can be mixed to create the perfect shade. Try mixing the yellow and blue to see if a green egg is the outcome. This is a great way to get kids’ minds going and thinking about the environment and colors. Here are some ideas for obtaining different colors.

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• grated beets • chopped cranberries (fresh or frozen) • Red Zinger tea • chopped frozen cherries

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Yellows: • yellow/brown onion skins • chamomile tea • ground turmeric • saffron Greens: • chopped spinach Put about 2-3 cups of water in a saucepan for each color. Add the plants you desire and one tablespoon of vinegar to the water. Once the mixture has started boiling, let it continue for 15 minutes. There are a couple of ways to do this that change the look of the finished eggs; for smooth, fully-covered eggs, strain the bits of plants out of the dye before dipSee Easter, page 20

Letters to the Editor Thank you for your support While some have been getting ready for a royal wedding, I’ve been getting ready for my first half marathon. I will be headed to Nashville at the end of the month with Team in Training, an organization that raises money for the Leukemia Lymphoma Society. In order to participate I had to raise $3,200, which seemed like a huge task back in December. But although the training has been tough this winter – I found the fundraising to be easy – thanks to my generous friends and family I have raised over $8,500. I want to publically thank all those who made direct donations,

came to “Girls night out for a cure,” “Zumba for a cure” and those who have supported and encouraged me. I especially want to thank the following: Durham Fitness, Durham Women’s Club, Valentina’s Home Design, Pampered Chef, Arbonne, Kathy Croteau, Durham Wine and Spirits, Blackbird Tavern, Perk on Main, Iron Scissors, Skin Care Studio, Dream Dinners, Stefan Wich of Hartley and Parker, Mitchell’s Jewelers, Larkin’s Run, Lino’s Market, Humphrey’s, Attorney RJ Weber, Attorney Jennifer Zettergren, Uncle Bob’s, RLI Electric, Lyman Orchards, Jay Brown and Babysitting by Alycia Torado and Jenna Islieb. I could not have been successful had it not been for

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all of you. Thank you. Sheila Garvy, Durham

Clarification of energy changes With respect to Matt Lesser, I need to respond to his “too good to be true” article in last week’s Town Times. I used to be that door-to-door salesman, and I think I need to clear up some very grave misconceptions. It’s good to question things, Matt, but not to the point of blind paranoia. His article made it sound like anyone coming to your door asking for your electric bill is out to scam you, which is absolutely not the case. The truth is that CL&P has been telling their customers to do this for months. But let’s be honest — if a little pamphlet is stuck in with your bill, do you read it? Probably not. In fact, 99% percent of Connecticut residents did not respond to the information on their own, despite it being sent out every month with the bill. That’s why these supply companies are calling you, emailing you and sending mail (or people) to your door. I had to laugh when Matt cautioned to never show your electric bill to anyone who comes to your door. What are they going to do

with it, pay it for you? No salesman can sign you up with another supplier without your knowledge and consent, simply by magically looking at your bill. In order to sign up, you have to read and sign a contract or agreement and, if it is a reputable company, call a third party verification service where you will have the entire thing explained to you again, one item at a time, and be asked if you understand and agree to this. Without your signature and verbal consent, you will not be signed up. The only reason a salesman asks to see your bill is to figure out if you have a supplier, and if so, who it is and what rate you’re paying. Then they can talk to you about your options. Most people don’t even know they have the option to do this in the first place. It’s easier to explain to someone what’s going on if you can show it to them on their own bill. The fact of the matter is this — whether you have chosen a separate supply company or not, CL&P is already charging you twice: once for a supply charge and once for a delivery charge. Go grab your own electric bill and you’ll see them both totaled right at the top. The delivery charge is calculated

on the back, and the supply charge is calculated on the front. When you sign up with an electric supplier, the only thing that changes is the rate you’re paying on that supply portion of your bill. If you haven’t chosen a company, the current CL&P standard service rate is variable at 9.48 cents (it will say $0.0948 on your bill). Most electric companies have lower rates than this, both variable and fixed. Dominion currently has the lowest rate with 8.15 cents, followed by MX Energy with 8.49 (variable), Spark Energy with 8.5 and Public Power with 8.99. This price is multiplied by your usage in kilowatts, and that’s what you pay each month. The higher your usage, the greater the difference in the savings if you switch. There are a ton of companies, all with different rates and plans, so it’s good to check them out. CL&P will still bill you and tend to your power lines. Many people are concerned about switching to some foreign electric company. “But I’ve had CL&P for 50 years!” they say. And you still will, even if you sign up with a supplier. All you’re doing is selecting where CL&P gets

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Friday, April 22, 2011

Ag Day at the CT capitol Once a year, part of the CT state Capitol is Melynda devoted to Agricultural organizations. On Wednesday, March 16, Ag organizations from across the state set up booths to display their products and services. CT Ag Day at the Capitol gives these organizations a chance to meet face-to-face with many legislators from all districts. Legislators get to hear the ups and downs of agriculture in CT. It is the hope of those directly involved in CT agriculture to gain support of the legislators on political issues. Deerfield Farm is a member of the Farmstead Dairy Alliance of CT. The FDAC is a group that was created because of legislature proposed in 2007 that would limit the sales of raw milk in CT. FDAC supports dairies in CT who produce the milk and product on farm from a single source, whether raw or pasteurized products licensed through the state Department of Agriculture. CT Ag Day has provided a wonderful opportunity for our group to keep in touch with legislators and any issues that may be arising on the political front. Representative Matt Lesser is one of the state legislators who has been particularly helpful and proactive for CT agriculture. Time and time again Matt Lesser is there to buy our locally-produced CT products, support CT Ag producers and just to ask if there is anything we need or are

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concerned about. I am grateful that CT state legislators take time on Ag Day to meet with Ag producers. Many of the legislators simply come back each year to sample the award-winning raw milk cheese from Cato Corner Farm in Colchester, Chocolate Milk from Deerfield Farm in Durham or the Currant juice from Maple Lane farms, and more tasty CT goodies. CT Ag Day is open to the public so check or for details next year.


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lected at that time In the best of times, showed us that our the budget process is market was not as not easy. There are alsluggish as other ways competing intowns. We had a faterests, needs and devorable bid from the sires. However, this revaluation consultyear has been espeants, and the decision cially challenging for was made to stay on reasons you hear schedule. The reality about every night on is that there was the news. So much of nothing year-overour budget has been year between 2010 affected by factors far and 2011 that would beyond our control. have greatly affected Through the hard Laura Francis, Durham our revaluation. But work of staff and oththe results are still er officials, we have drastic. Because only been able to keep our six percent of our mil rate stable for the grand list is commerpast five years. Decial, industrial or spite our best efforts utility, a nine percent this year, there will be an increase. Our job is to present decrease on average in residential a responsible budget not only for the property values is devastating. current year, but one that won’t negOver the past several years I have atively affect the fiscal health of our reported some cost-saving measures town. Thank you to those of you who we have implemented. Long range came to the budget hearing. I will try capital planning for equipment, faand summarize the presentation and cility maintenance, projects, techshare with you some of the measures nology and vehicles allows us to stawe’ve implemented. bilize our capital budget. If we stay The town budget increased ap- disciplined with our capital budget, proximately $150,000. Local and state we will limit our exposure to unanrevenue has decreased approximate- ticipated expenses resulting in budgly $100,000. Undesignated fund bal- et volatility. Consolidations of conance as a percentage of our total tracts and bidding consortiums have budget (including education) is esti- maximized our buying power. Cenmated to be at 7.37 percent this year. tralizing the facility management We made the decision last year to function of all town property has aldiscontinue the practice of applying lowed us to holistically address $100,000 of the balance to the operat- maintenance and capital needs. ing budget and funding the local op- Lastly, we have downsized our staff. tion tax relief program for seniors Since 2006, we have reduced staff by and public safety volunteers (ap- 167 hours or four full-time equivaproximately $128,000) from fund bal- lents, reducing the health benefit ance. This year, these items will be census by three. This is real cost savtaken off the grand list directly. ings without any reduction of servicThese are wise decisions that protect es. I would like to express my apprethe fiscal health of our community ciation to our local union for their and will factor in greatly if and when cooperation with these reductions. I we need to bond. could not have achieved this much Our grand list decreased 7.11 per- savings simply with layoffs. In addicent, drastically reducing our tax- tion, we have implemented furlough able base. Someone asked a very days and increased premium share good question at the hearing: why we for health benefits. Without some didn’t defer revaluation when we major transformation of labor laws, knew we were in a recession. If you changes in the public employment recall, we had to make a decision in sector will be incremental. I am 2009 whether to take the one year ex- grateful that we have been able to tension that the new law allowed. Al- achieve what we have and for a wonthough we now know that this reces- derful staff that is dedicated to our sion officially ended in 2009, we did town. Thank you for your input. The annot know at that time whether the housing market had hit bottom or nual budget meeting will be held on not. In fact, the data that we had col- Monday, May 9, at CRHS at 8 p.m.

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Pictured are Melynda Naples, Ruth Naples and Matt Lesser at Ag Day. Editor’s Note: Read more about Melynda and her farming efforts at Durham’s Deerfield Farm on page 11 of this issue.

Local police stats from March Allen Loosemore, of March police staTrooper Eric Kelly, Middletown, was intistics for both towns: Middlefield volved in a vehicle Middlefield pursuit by the Mid399 calls for service dletown Police Defive accidents partment when it four DWI arrests crashed on Main Street (Route 157) five criminal investigations in Middlefield near Aresco Drive. 165 infractions issued Loosemore, the owner of the un17 warnings issued registered, unlicensed 2000 Audi Durham A6, was transported to Hartford 496 total calls for service Hospital for unspecified injuries. 12 accidents The vehicle was towed from the No DWI arrests scene. Loosemore was charged 11 criminal investigations with operating a motor vehicle 175 infractions issued without a license, operating an un21 warnings issued registered motor vehicle, failure to have vehicle insurance, misuse of plates and traveling too fast for On April 9, just before 10 p.m., a conditions. vehicle driven by Christopher

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Deerfield Farm — a place for 4-H, gardeners, customers and... cows! By Diana Carr Special to Town Times

By Connecticut law, only the plain milk can be raw. (The law allows for cheese aged over 60 days to be made

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Lost family pet or wild rabbit? Deerfield Jamie Roraback saw this large, solid black rabbit dining in his yard, on Mack Road, Friday, April 15. It was hopping around his yard with another friend who was definitely a wild rabbit (gray brown Eastern cottontail). He was not sure if the black rabbit was somebody’s escaped pet or perhaps what is called a “melanistic” rabbit (where they can either go white albino or solid black upon birth.) The rabbit was not scared of people, which leads him to believe that it may be somebody’s pet. His backyard borders Toad Ridge Road. Maybe somebody will recognize it as their lost pet, or it’s just another unique wild critter in our town. Submitted by Jamie Roraback

(Continued from page 11) only when they’re sick. “If a cow is sick and on an antibiotic,” she says, “we don’t use her milk until she’s well and the antibiotic is completely out of her system. We have a test kit for determining when she is antibiotic-free.” Naples also offers her farm as a meeting place for a 4-H club, which has eight chil-

“People love this,” says Naples of her farm. “They can see the cows that produce the milk they drink. And because the store is always open, people on the night shift can come by at 2 in the morning and get what they need.”

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dren leasing her cows and showing them at fairs as one of their projects. Another of their projects saw them decorating the barn for Christmas, which included putting a stocking by each of “the girls,” with their names on them.

Bob Trigo, who has a background in nutrition, is one of those happy customers. He gets four gallons of raw milk a week, as well as the plain yogurt. “We need to drink milk,” he says, “because it has high-quality protein and fat. It develops the brain and muscles, and the fat is important for the hormonal system. “Raw milk is easier to digest and more nutritious because the vitamins and nutrients are not being destroyed by the high heat of pasteurization. Melynda’s milk is at least one-fourth cream; you can see it in the bottle. It tastes the way milk should – creamy and not watered down. We’re lucky to have this milk right in our backyard.” For information on such things as upcoming events, when the calves are born and when the products are made and put out in the store, go to the farm’s Facebook page: To learn more about Deerfield Farm, go to

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UConn Class of 2011: Alexandra Kuehnle, a shining star By Jenni Saunders

Kuehnle also interned with Teach for America as a campus campaign coordinator. Joseph Briody, associate director of the Department of Student Activities, says, “Alex has impressed me not only with what she has accomplished here at UConn, but with the poise, compassion and dedication she demonstrates when connecting with both students and

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currently serves as president of the new Northeast Region. “I really know who I am now and where I want to be since coming to UConn,” says Kuehnle. “My mentors here have really changed my perspectives on life. I learned to take everything as it comes and to seize the opportunities that are available.” Kuehnle hopes to work in Washington, D.C., at the state department dealing with educational policy, but for now she will be teaching in New Orleans with Teach for America upon graduation. “Everything I’ve done so far has been in service to my country,” she says. “Teach for America is a way for me to serve without a uniform.”

In Our Libraries

Friday, April 22, 2011

Levi Coe Library Hours: The library is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays. Visit or call the library at 860-349-3857 for info, to register for any program, to renew, reserve and check your library record. New Museum Passes: The library now has the following museum passes, which offer either free or re-

duced admission: Beardsley Zoo (our newest pass), CT State Parks & Forests Day Pass, Mystic Aquarium, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art and CTâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Old State House. Please call the library for more info.

ones or present this basket as a wonderful gift this Motherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day. The basket was created by the Levi E. Coe Friends Group and will be awarded on Wednesday, May 4, at 5 p.m. Stop by to place your bid.

Motherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day Tea Basket Silent Auction: Here is your chance to take home a beautiful basket of delicious goodies, books, special gifts and all things tea. Keep it for your own, share it with loved

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. Fri-

15 days and Saturdays. Visit to search the catalog, review your account, register for a program or renew your materials, or call 860-349-9544. Art Display: Durham artist Gwen Clark will display her artwork during the month of April in the Activity Room. CRHS art classes will feature an art exhibit during the month of May. Book Loversâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Circle: The Book Loversâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Circle will

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Durham Government Calendar (All meetings will be held at the Durham Library unless otherwise noted. Check the town website at for updates.) Monday, April 25 7 p.m. — Board of Selectmen on the third floor of the Town Hall Tuesday, April 26 7 p.m. — Ethics Committee Wednesday, April 27 7:30 p.m. — Board of Education at Korn School 6:30 p.m. — Durham Volunteer Ambulance Corps at 205 Main St., Durham Thursday, April 28 1:30 p.m. — Senior Citizen Board at DAC

Brush pick-up schedule The town of Durham Public Works Department began the annual spring curbside brush pick-up the week of April 11. Brush should be less than 4” in diameter and not longer than 6 feet in length. Brush should be stacked at roadside in an

Durham participates in National Donate Life Month in April

Connecticut’s flag-flying campaign is part of a national initiative, Flags Across America, to honor and celebrate the hundreds of thousands of donors and recipients whose lives have been affected by organ and tissue donation. With more than 110,000 people in America waiting for a transplant and 1,200 in Connecticut alone, the need for donation has never been greater. Durham is proud to partner with Donate Life Connecticut, the only statewide organization dedicated to increasing the donor registry through organ and tissue donation awareness, to help our community.

The town of Durham is one of nearly 30 Connecticut municipalities, hospitals and organizations promoting organ and tissue donation awareness by flying flags that read “Donation Saves Lives” during April, National Donate Life Month.

“Becoming a donor is one of the most generous decisions a person can make to help others,” says First Selectman Laura L. Francis. Connecticut residents can register to save lives two ways: when renewing their driver’s license or by visit-

that neighbors combine piles on property lines. Loads shall not measure any larger than 4’ high, 6’ wide and 8’ long, unless combined with a neighbor. If your load does not follow these guidelines it will not be removed. Week of April 18, 2011 will continue to be all areas north of Maiden Lane to the Middletown town line.

open area, away from mailboxes, trees, telephone poles and other structures. Brush should be stacked perpendicular to the roadway, butt end toward the road. No leaves, stumps, wood or foreign matter will be picked up. Each household will be strictly limited to one truck load during this collection. In an effort to be more efficient, it is recommended

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Family Movie Night The Durham Co-op Nursery School will hold its second annual Family Movie Night at the Durham Fairgrounds on Saturday, May 21 (rain date is June 11). This year there will be a showing of the film Kung Fu Panda on a two-story inflatable screen under the stars. Doors will open at 7 p.m. with the movie beginning around 8 at sunset. Free entertainment will be provided by The Karma Brothers band, and a concession will be open. Mark your calendars as this should again be an enjoyable evening for families! For ticket information or to learn how you can help sponsor the event, please call the Durham Coop at 860-349-9885. Also, current families and alumni of the co-op, please call if you are interested in showing a message or photo on the screen for a small donation.

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Middlefield Town Briefs

Friday, April 22, 2011

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Join in on card game fun at the center. We have three days of card playing: Tuesdays at 1 p.m. set back is played, and on Thursdays and Fridays Bridge is played at 12:45 p.m. No sign-up is necessary; they are drop-in games.

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Middlefield Government Calendar (Unless otherwise indicated, all meetings are held in the Community Center.) Monday, April 25 11 a.m. — Middlefield Housing Authority Tuesday, April 26 7 p.m. —Zoning Board of Appeals Wednesday, April 27 7:30 p.m. — Board of Education at Korn School Wednesday, May 2 8 p.m. — Board of Education District Meeting at CRHS 7 p.m. —Board of Selectmen next game will be played on April 18. Cards are $1 each (4 card max). All are welcome. The Senior Center is locat-

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When the Board of Finance makes changes to the First Selectman’s budget, a public hearing must be held to present those changes to taxpayers. On April 14, Board of Finance members presented the budget page by page and listened to taxpayers’ questions, concerns and suggestions. There was considerable discussion about Powder Ridge with explanations of long-term versus short-term financing, taxable versus nontaxable bond rates and development rights. The board was urged to safeguard townspeople from additional tax burden, and the board indicated that it considered all variables and budgeted for any scenario in an effort to do that. If there is a surplus due to a less costly scenario, those funds can be applied to the principal. Public comments also concerned the school budget and anticipated funding from the state of Connecticut, which the board concurred are unresolved and will directly impact the town’s budget. After adjourning the public hearing, the regular meeting of the board resumed. The board discussed concerns and issues presented to it by the public and the finance director. Consensus of members was that it had done its due diligence in the long and detailed process it used to carefully consider this budget. Based on information gathered from departments, detailed spreadsheets created for town assets and three years’ expenditure histories, the board felt the changes to the First Selectman’s budget were valid. However, due to unresolved issues, the board will request that the First Selectman recess the special meeting until after the vote on the RSD13 budget with the hope that uncertainty at the state level will also be resolved by that time. A new meeting date will be set after the

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By Chuck Corley Special to the Town Times The Planning and Zoning Commission devoted their April 6 meeting to revising the town’s zoning regulations. Much of this involved eliminating redundant or out-of-date language, such as references to a non-existent design review committee. However, most of their discussion revolved around commercial uses around town.

Jack Riotte, 12, center, of Durham plays with the Brian Jenkins Band during Jazz Tuesdays Jam Sessions at Trinity-on-Main in New Britain April 12, 2011. At left on upright bass is Brian Jenkins of Wolcott and at right on drums is Jocelyn Pleasant of Bloomfield. The 10-week series meets every Tuesday from 7-9 p.m. and invites all musicians and students of jazz to jam with the band. Photo by Dave Zajac/Record-Journal

One item the commission brought up was changing the maximum coverage for a location from 40 percent to 60-75 percent for accessory structures and a parking lot. Town planner Geoff Colegrove recommended this change on the basis of the limited commercial property remaining in town for development. Based on prior findings, only Twin Pines Farm and Gastler Farm

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Documentary (Continued from page 1)

screened on Monday, April 25, at 7:30 p.m. at CRHS, with the panel discussion to follow. Tickets are $10 in advance at m or $15 at the door.

Wind (Continued from page 1) American Reinvestment and Recovery Act to pay for three 80-foot meteorological towers (two on Mt. Higby and one on Powder Ridge) to measure wind velocity and direction after these locations were determined by a UMASS wind study to be the most promising for wind energy. Unfortunately, the grant application was turned down last July. The committee then looked to the two towns to fund the study necessary to apply for funding through the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund (CCEF). This study will determine the best height for towers, how many towers to

place and where to place them. CCEF’s Small Wind Demonstration Project currently has four sites (Coventry, Lebanon, Meriden and New Haven) that demonstrate different wind technologies and research what works best in Connecticut, including a 90-foot turbine installed on Long Wharf Drive in New Haven as part of CCEF’s pilot program. W i t h C C E F funding, w i n d s p e e d , wind direction, humidity and atmospheric pressure will be studied for one year. If wind generation is determined to be viable and town permits are obtained, towers will go up (a three- to four-year process). Once completed, turbines are projected to generate 10 to 20 percent of the towns’ energy needs. Pow-

er could also be sold to a power grid to lower taxes. Last week the project hit another snag when a bill regulating wind turbines passed Connecticut’s Planning & Development Committee by one vote. The bill will now go on to the House for consideration. This bill proposes a moratorium on commercial wind turbine projects until state regulations governing their placement are developed. The Metacomet Regional Wind Farm Committee meetings are open to the public, and residents are urged to come out to learn more about the proposed wind farm and how we can help bring alternative energy to Connecticut. Please watch the Town Times for meeting dates and updates on the Metacomet Regional Wind Farm.

Cemetery (Continued from page 7) ton to ensure that the cemetery is in top shape” for signi

ficant holidays, including Mother’s and Father’s Day, Memorial, Independence, Labor and Veterans Day, as well as on Christmas Day. Courant Sexton Ken Jay stated, “During a normal, mild winter, we plow the access roads to the cemetery for the entire season, but when 22” fell in one night in early January, it became a matter of safety. Even if we were able to find a place to deposit the snow from the access roads, we were worried that folks visiting the cemetery would trip over foot stones and hurt themselves.” Given the extreme circumstances, the cemetery association decided to cease plowing. Said Strickland, “It was a tough decision to make, and we are grateful for everyone’s patience and understanding.”

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prepared for college. According to The New York Times, Abeles and her co-director Jessica Congdon “admirably convey the complexity of the issue with considerably more compassion than prescription.” After the Coginchaug screening, curriculum director Carol Luckenbach will moderate a panel consisting of school psychologist Francienne Lehmann, health teacher and chair of the Local Wellness Council Chris Bertz, parent Kelly Davis and CRHS senior Darryl Abbott. Luckenbach said the question and answer session will be “open and flexible.” Nationally, there have been over 1,500 screenings of Race to Nowhere, including several in Connecticut, all propelled by word of mouth. Music teacher Lisa Larsen initiated the Coginchaug screening with the Local Wellness Council. Dana Himler, who hosts the Internet radio show LifestyleMom Radio Caf`e, was moved to help bring the film to Madison after interviewing the director. She said, “Not to say this is a problem we have (in Madison) but to open a door of conversation.” This sentiment was echoed by Luckenbach, who said, “Not that we have more of an issue than anyone else does.” Himler said that the screening for Madison and Guilford drew over 500 people, despite being held on a snowy day. She added that, while the film focuses on schools, their panel discussion afterwards ranged over all aspects of the high-pressure teenage environment. Race to Nowhere is rated PG-13. Luckenbach said the film is geared toward parents, students, teachers and community members. “We had high school students there,” noted Himler, who recommended discretion for younger kids and more sensitive students because of the intense nature of the problems discussed, such as drug use, depression and suicide. Race to Nowhere will be


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Liberty Bank Foundation donates to DMYFS The Liberty Bank Foundation has awarded a $1,500 grant to Durham/Middlefield Youth and Family Services (DMYFS) to support the Strong Families Initiative. “We are proud to be a grant recipient of the Liberty Bank Foundation,” says Betsy Dean, executive director of DMYFS. “These funds will help support our asset-rich Healthy Communities – Healthy Youth initiatives in Durham and Middlefield.” “The agency is making an effort to expand its programming for children and families in the community. Its focus on parenting skills, early literacy and numeracy, nutrition, and social skills all support preventative programming for children and families and fit closely within Liberty Bank Foundation’s funding priorities,” said Jim Brainerd, Middlefield Manager, AVP. Since its inception in 1997, the Liberty Bank Foundation has provided over $5.7 million in grants to non-profit organizations within Liberty Bank’s market area. Pictured in the photo is Betsy Dean, executive director of Durham Middlefield Youth and Family Services, and James Brainerd, manager, Liberty Bank in Middlefield. Photo submitted by Besty Dean

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Friday, April 22, 2011


Kids collecting candy in search of the golden eggs Middlefield Lions Easter Egg Hunt was held on Saturday, April 16, at Peckham Park. Hundreds of eager kids showed up to search for candy. “Thank you to everyone who came out for this event.” Middlefield Lions Club member Melissa Kowal

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Local students releasing trout Left, Julianna Milidantri, Melany Chanthinith, Ava Dunleavy and Kassandra Caballero waiting to release their trout with the rest of their Korn classmates on Thursday, April 14.

Left, Bill Glueck handing MaryGrace Fiondella trout as a part of Memorial School’s trout release.

Korn third graders have been raising trout since they were eggs about five months ago. The program is part of Trout in the Classroom, and Mr. Tubby and Mr. Sanford generously donated their time and knowledge.

Above right, Memorial School students line up to release their trout with help from Bill. Above left, Garret Pulchalski setting his trout free in a Wadsworth stream on Friday, April 15. These students all volunteered to be part of Trout in the Classroom.

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Friday, April 22, 2011

Brewster students help kids in Japan


IDS students soar in science

Brewster first graders have been making origami cranes that will be delivered to the OshKosh B’Gosh store in Westbrook, which will send one item of clothes per crane to kids in Japan. As it has been reported on the news, these kids have been affected by the recent earthquake and tsunami, losing everything including clothes. What has made this experience more empowering for the Brewster students is that their social studies unit right now is “families here and around the world.” They have been learning that, while there are many differences among people and families, we are all a part of “One World.” Visit and click on Brewster School to see the video that first graders made of “Kids Helping Kids.” By Jessica Loffredo Far left, Erin Donlan and Kelly Viski and left, Francesco Marotta with their cranes. Above, students from Mrs. Loffredo’s first grade class. Bottom photo, all of the first graders made 227 cranes in total for Japan.

Jack Bergantino, left, of Cromwell, was one of two children selected to represent IDS at the annual Connecticut Invention Convention. His invention, “Temperature

on Tap” is designed to prevent children and the elderly from burning their hands when washing them. Mattina Benedetto, right, of Middlefield, won for her “Dribrella,” which solves the problem of staying dry from head to toe in a rainstorm. Jack and Mattina spent a lot of time working through the process. They identified relevant problems and went through prototypes before coming Photos submitted by JoAnn Rider up with their final models.

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your electricity. They still deliver it to you, and they’re still who you call if you have a power outage. You will also still only get a bill from CL&P, the same CL&P bill you’ve always gotten. (There are one or two exceptions, like Glacial, which send a separate bill for the supply charge, while CL&P sends the bill for the delivery charge.) Matt told you to use caution in this matter, but he didn’t tell you exactly how to do that, short of slamming the door in the face of some poor kid who’s just trying to help you with your bill. Here are some questions that you should ask about any electric supplier’s agreement. Is it a contract? All companies will offer you a plan for a certain period of time, but you are often not contractually obligated to stay with them for the duration. You don’t want to get into something you can’t get out of. Be wary of any company with a cancelation fee. If there is no fee to enroll or to cancel your agreement at any time, you should be good. Is it a fixed or a variable rate? Different customers want different plans. Some people feel safer with a fixed rate. (If you could fix the price of gas so that it never went up on you again, wouldn’t that be amazing?) But some people are worried about fixing a price that cannot go down. Many supply companies offer both fixed and variable rates, so know which one you prefer before choosing. Will I get two bills? The majority of the supply com-

Race to Nowhere Too many of our youth are under way too much stress. They are encouraged to play multiple sports simultaneously, excel at school, be thin, wear stylish clothes and participate in a million activities all while they are being bombarded with texts, emails and Facebook. They are given the impression that if they do all of these things, they will get into a “good” school, get a sports scholarship, get awards and be a success in life. They are constantly scrutinized and forever pushed to do better. To deal with this stress, our youth end up developing “creative” ways to cope, such as anxiety, depression, substance abuse, eating disorders, suicidal thoughts, self-mutilation and finally, just not being able to cope and go forward. Thankfully, not all students end up at this point, but they are all touched by the high level of stress and competition. They race and race and race...often to get nowhere. The See Race, next page




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Friday, April 22, 2011 continued from page 24 burn-out rate keeps rising while the competition keeps heating up. I know that many people would read that statement and feel that it can’t be happening in our little towns of Durham and Middlefield because we have good families, caring parents and great schools. Well, guess what? All of the above is happening here regardless of all that we have and all that we do. If it hasn’t touched someone that you know, it will. I don’t mean to sound all doom and gloom, but we need to wake up and take a look at what is happening to our youth. The parent-made docu-

mentary, Race to Nowhere, openly looks at this issue and discusses possible solutions, while calling it “the silent epidemic running rampant in our schools.” This film will be shown at Coginchaug Regional High

School on Monday, April 25, at 7:30 p.m. (Go to to purchase tickets ahead.) I invite all members of the community to attend to discuss this important issue. Tina Gossner, Durham

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Vinal Tech Vinal Techinal High School has announced the Dean’s List for Middlefield, Rockfall and Durham students: High Honors: Brianna Gasior (grade 11), William Mazo (grade 10), Samantha Misenti (grade 10) and Lisa Bradley (grade 10.) Honors: John Amendola (grade 9), Christopher Quick (grade 9), Steven Koerber (grade 10), Thomas D’Orvilliers (grade 10), Brittany Gervais (grade 10), Stephen Wyskiel (grade 10), Leah Carlson (grade 10), Brandon Joslyn (grade 11), Alfonso Caturano (grade 12), Katherine Farrall (grade 12) and Rebecca Farrall (grade 12).

IDS artwork displayed at Levi Library

During the month of April, a sampling of three-dimensional artwork from students of the Independent Day School will be on display in the glass case of the downstairs foyer of the Levi Coe Library. Some two-dimensional work is being exhibited on the bulletin board opposite this glass case. Submitted by JoAnn Rider

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Friday, April 22, 2011

Men’s League 2001 season wrap-up


Football junior league champions Submitted by Kris Smith

By Scott Strang Special to the Town Times

Around the Clock

The 2011 Durham Men’s Basketball League completed another successful season last Tuesday night, as Tyler Gerry’s Torrison Stone defeated Frank DeFlippo’s Snowservices 60-36 for their third straight league title. In the first ever Men’s League AllStar Game, the American division team beat the National division team 55-47. Mike Baranoski scored 15, while Alex Schade and Tim D’Aquila each scored 14 for the winners. Dave DeSanti led the National team with 11 points. Before the All-Star game, the awards for All Men’s League 1st and 2nd team and MVP were announced: 1st Team Alex Schade Young Gunz G Ryan Cove Snowservices G Tim D’Aquila Laser Engraving Svcs F Steve Markowski Around the Clock F Adam Poturnicki Torrison Stone C 2nd Team Danny Haynes Snowservices G Mark Sutterlin Allstate Fire Equip G Pete Donecker Around the Clock F Pete Lynch Torrison Stone F Dave Blair

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The Men’s League thanks all of its sponsors, including Gentle Dental of Meriden who sponsored the Young Gunz this season and the Town Times for keeping our league in the news each week. Best wishes to Jack Piquol, our scorekeeper for the past two seasons, who will be leaving us to attend college this fall. If you wish to sponsor a team for the 2012 season, please contact Scott Strang at durhamCTmensleagueBB@y or Sherry Hill at the Durham Town Hall for more info. Sign-ups for the 2012 season will begin in late October, with the season opener targeted for Thursday, December 15.

Physical football was in order as the 13U Ice Demons went 7-1, including a 20-19 semi-final win over Bridgeport followed by a 41-22 victory over Stratford, avenging a loss to them earlier in the season to capture the 2011 Winter Football League Junior Championship. Josh Witkowsky led the offensive attack from the tailback position. Leading the way for Witkowsky at fullback was Alec Cottiero. Tyler Williams, Tanner Garitta and Parker Tegoning all carried the ball with effectiveness throughout the season. Patrick Piscatelli and Brett Ballentoni were solid at the QB position. The offensive line was anchored by Eric Avila, Tristin Fowler, Kyle Burke, Ti-Kee Whitfield, George Poleschuk, Justin Augur and Ryan Gries. The defense was the catalyst to the championship run, stopping a very good Bridgeport team on four con-

secutive downs inside the five yard line to end the semi-final game and secure a spot in the championship. All season long opposing teams had a difficult time running the football against this hard-nosed, physical group of kids. Witkowsky, Cottiero, Tegoning, Whitfield and Ballentoni led the way at the linebacker position. Garitta, Williams and Piscatelli played strong at safety. The physical play up front on the defensive line was


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