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Volume 18, Issue 3

Serving Durham, Middlefield and Rockfall

Friday, April 29, 2011

On the way to Easter... It’s a season both somber and festive, sacred and secular. For Christians and Jews, Passover and Easter represent both some of their bleakest times (slavery in Egypt for the Jews, the crucifiction of Jesus Christ for the Christians) and their most joyful triumphs (the Passover which spared Jewish children and the subsequent Exodus and journey to their own land for Jews and the resurrection of Jesus for Christians). Below, a large group traces the Way of the Cross on Good Friday on Main Street in Durham. At right, young people enjoy the traditional Easter Egg hunt sponsored by the Durham Rec Committee. More on page 23.

Below, Rev. Elven Riggles, Tim Hayes and Will Conroy playing trumpets during the 6:30 a.m. ecumenical sunrise service on Easter Sunday at Lyman Orchards.

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Voters in Durham and Middlefield are reminded to vote in the referendum on the District 13 budget on Tuesday, May 3, from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. in their usual polling places.

Calendar ......................4 Durham Briefs...........12 Middlefield Briefs .....13 Libraries......................18 Spotlight....................24

Durham BOF considers options for mowing/plowing at the DAC By Chuck Corley Special to the Town Times The Board of Finance held a special meeting on April 25th to finalize the budget for the May 9 annual budget meeting. They devoted much of the meeting to discussing the mowing and plowing performed by the town at the Durham Activity Center. Based on past complaints about the town offering these services to the property, the board contemplated removing them in exchange for paying a higher rent to the landlord. This cost would amount to $600 per month, which Finance Director Maryjane Malavasi found to be roughly equivalent in val-

ue to the estimated 295 hours of work currently performed by the town. Board member Laurie Stevens noted that if the town eliminates mowing and plowing on the property that the town likely won’t reduce the number of hours the highway department works. As the town would pay more rent on the property and not reduce the highway department’s hours, she said, “So we’re adding an expense. I don’t feel that we’re doing our job.” While the possibility of sharing the cost of mowing and plowing with other tenants in the building came up, First Selectman Laura Francis reminded

See Durham BOF, page 17

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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 860349-8000, and we’ll do our best to make things right.

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Wesleyan Potters’ spring festival and sale Wesleyan Potters will have their annual Spring Festival and Sale Saturday, May 7, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at 350 South Main St. in Middletown. Browse the work of 35 guild members and students in the handcrafts of ceramics, basketry and jewelry/metalsmithing. Watch handcraft demonstrations. Find gifts for graduation, weddings, showers and anniversaries or any special event in your life. Free admission. Rain or shine!

Vocal Chords performance The Middlesex Hospital Vocal Chords will be having their spring performance on Saturday, May 21, at 7:30 p.m. at Portland High School. They will also be doing a

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10th Anniversary 9/11 Patriotic tribute at the Bushnell on Sunday, September 11, at 2 p.m. This is going to be quite spectacular as firemen, policemen, EMS, military, bagpipers, honor/color guards and local dignitaries will be participating. If you know of anyone who belongs to any of these organizations and would be interested in participating, please have them contact Sandy Zajac at 860-347-2688. RSVP by June 1, as we have to plan for seats accordingly.

Meditation at the Waterfalls Come to meditation classes at the Old Star Mill building on Beverly Heights in Middletown, Mondays and Thursdays at 7 p.m. and Saturdays at noon. For more information, contact Robert Vinci at 860-685-8716. “The group is very welcoming,” says Middlefield resident Sue Hamel. “The location is so close to Middlefield. This would be a great opportunity for anyone interested in mediation, from new to experienced.”

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Middlefield’s Banana Man turns 100! By Cheri Kelley Town Times Middlefield’s own Vic Galanto, also known as “The Banana Man,” is turning 100 years young on May 5. Galanto has been giving the residents of the Middletown Convalescent Center bananas every Wednesday for 21 years. It all started with him bringing food for his wife, who was a resident at the center. “She liked bananas, so I always brought her one, and soon all the ladies at our table were asking for one, and then the next table over and so on,” Galanto said. And so, he was there giving out bananas every week. He wife passed in 1992, but he continued visiting the center and volunteering his time. He was declared Man of the Month for

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April 29 Fajita Fest 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 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 a additional performance tomorrow at 7 p.m. Frog Fridays Everyone Outside invites people of all ages to join us this spring as we observe the amazing 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 information 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 first Annual Connecticut Outdoor Gear Expo today from 3 to 7 p.m. at Fayerweather Beckham Hall at Wesleyan University in Middletown. The expo will dis-

play all types of outdoor gear, offer demonstrations by various experts, as well as host a silent auction of great gear and other related 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. Organizers promise a family-friendly evening of fun, fiddles and victuals. The event is sponsored by the Durham Democratic Town Committee. Tickets are avail-

able from members or at the door. Call Karen Dyndiuk 860349-3468 for more info. Opening Day Little League Opening Day is today at 12 p.m. at Allyn Brook Park in Durham. Tag Sale & Flea Market Notre Dame Church on Main Street in Durham will have their monthly tag sales and flea markets, 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 air conditioned church hall. Breakfast and lunch are available. Vendor space is available by calling Bob at 860-349-0356. The next dates are June 4, July 2, Aug. 6, Sept. 3 and Oct. 1. 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 Truck Pull Come to the Durham Fairgrounds to watch the Spring Truck Pull. Registration begins at 3 p.m and the competition is at 6 p.m. For more info and cost, email Spring Renewal Open House Eco Yoga Studio, 16 Main St., Suite 203 in Durham Vil-

lage, 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.


May 1 March of Dimes In Middletown, March for Babies will take place at Vinal Technical High School. Registration begins at 9 a.m., and the almost four-mile walk begins at 10 a.m. Area residents can sign up today at or and start a team with coworkers, family or friends.


May 2 Pot Belly Stove Conversation, Take Two Durham Seniors Ralph Chase, Bob Atwell and Bob Newton remember stories about the Hurricane of ‘38 and other Durham memories at 1 p.m., at the Durham Activity Center, immediately following the Senior Café lunch. Sponsored by the Durham Senior Citizens Board and open to the community.


May 3 Concert The Strong School instrumental concert begins at 7 p.m. at CRHS. First Aid and CPR DMYFS is hosting a sixhour course that is designed to provide the necessary first aid and CPR skills for teens in grades 7-12. The course includes a workshop, textbook,

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course is from 6 to 9 p.m. today and tomorrow. The deadline for registration is April 29. 10 Tips for Parents The parenting workshop 10 Tips for Creating Cooperative Kids will be presented in the CRHS auditorium from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. DMYFS and national parent educator, Bill Corbett, will discuss tips on tough issues for pre-school to high school age, followed by a Q&A session. This workshop is free for all community members. Dolphin Days Fundraiser The Dolphin Days Relay for Life Team is participating in the 2011 Greater Middletown Relay For Life (RFL). The Dolphin Days team has partnered with Chili’s of Wallingford to raise funds for RFL. Chili’s has generously agreed to donate 10 percent of the proceeds from 10:45 a.m. to 11 p.m. today for anyone presenting a voucher or flyer. Contact or for a copy of the voucher or flyer.


May 4 Healing Eucharist Visit the Church of the Epiphany, Main Street 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 6:30-8 p.m. TOPS

money: Saturday, May 7, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Sunday, May 8, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., a Mother’s Day Plant Sale in the Strong School parking lot, and Saturday, May 14, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., a Car Wash at Carolyn Adams Country Barn.

FRIDAY 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. Untold Story of German POWs during WWII This traveling museum will be in front of Middlesex County Historical Society, 151 Main St. in Middletown, from 1-7 p.m. sponsored by the Russell Library and Middlesex County Historical Society.


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the writing life and answer questions about their craft at 7 p.m., Durham Activity Center. Sponsored by the Durham Senior Citizens Board and open to the community, writers, aspiring writers and readers alike. Art Exhibit The opening reception for the annual RSD13 Art Exhibit, grades 5-12, will take place from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in the community room of the Durham Library. All are welcome! The exhibit will run through May in the library showcase and the community room. Pet First Aide Certificate D.A.R.T (Durham Animal Response Team) will be sponsoring a Red Cross Pet First Aide Certificate Clinic at the Durham firehouse from 6 to 9 p.m. A lifetime certification will be given at the completion of the course. Call Brenda at 860349-0410 for fee and more info. Hypnosis Show Project Graduation will host a Hypnosis Show tonight at 7 p.m. in the CRHS auditorium. They will also be hosting more upcoming events to raise

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May 6 Friendship Day There will be an all-district kindergarten Friendship Day at Lyman School. 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. No RSVP is required; come on down and join the fun. For more info on the MOMS Club, please contact Ann at

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Durham selectmen set date and agenda for annual budget meeting By Stephanie Wilcox Town Times

term to expire June 30, 2014; to elect two members to a two-year term on the Durham-Middlefield Interlocal Agreement Advisory Board, said term to expire June 30, 2013; to authorize the Board of Selectmen to accept any and all Town Aid highway funds (transportation infrastructure) which may be due and available to the town of Durham for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2011; to adopt a total town budget for fiscal year 20112012 in the amount of $5,377,918, less state and local revenues of $1,155,009, for a net town budget of $4,222,909 as recommended by the Board of Finance at their meeting of April 25, 2011 and to adopt a five-year local capital improvement plan.

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According to RSD13 Building Committee chairman Bill Currlin, the final layer of the track is expected to be sprayed down on Saturday (as usual, if the weather cooperates), and next week the lines are expected to be painted. It could take a couple of days, but by the end of next week the new track at the Coginchaug campus should be finished. The tennis courts will hopefully be getting their final surfacing next week (by a different company than the track), and their completion isn’t far off either. 1200246

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Residents are being asked not to flush their prescription medicine and instead to take part in a safer, more environmentally-sound method of disposal that First Selectman Laura Francis reported on at the April 25 Board of Selectmen meeting. It is the Prescription Drug Take Back program, which many towns are involved in, including the Durham Resident State Trooper’s office on Saturday, April 30, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Francis listed several other announcements during the Monday night meeting. One is that CL&P will be working on replacing the lights on Main Street in the next few months. The new installations will replace defective lights that were installed a few years ago that had an issue with the electronics, causing the fixture to fail often. The replacements should reduce the amount of times lights fail, and there is no charge to the town for the new fixtures. Though they will look a little different, Francis said the Historic District is aware of the change and said the new fixtures should be fine. Another announcement was mentioned in a budget update that there were union concessions “when there didn’t need to be,” Francis said. She noted that

there were no layoffs but lots of cooperation being given. Francis said she and finance director Maryjane Malavasi met with a bond counsel to discuss his services and the bonding process for general information. They discussed the town’s fiscal decisions and how they could affect bond ratings. He felt that the town is in good fiscal health. In the January and February 2011 fiscal analysis report, Francis said the budget is anticipated to be in balance through the end of the fiscal year unless some unforseen issue arises between now and then (June 30). The board set the date for the annual budget meeting to be held Monday, May 9, at 8 p.m. at Coginchaug High School. The agenda is as follows: to elect three members to a three-year term on the Regional School District #13 Board of Education, said

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Healthy, all-vegetarian, locally-grown food on wheels By Cheri Kelley Town Times Looking for something quick and tasty to eat during your lunch break, but fed up with the normal greasy burgers and tired of hotdogs? A new and groundbreaking venture from Mark Shadle and Ami Beach Shadle of Durham is sure to please. The Shadles have worked hard on a all-vegetarian, environmentally responsible food truck. Everything is done to deliver the freshest food to customers so they have tasty, homemade, straight-from-the-farm meals without impacting the environment negatively. The truck is fueled by Hale Hill Farm Biofuels of Chester. Everything is served on biodegradable and

vegetable-based plates and napkins, and they take all scraps back to the commercial kitchen on the Shadle Farm to compost. The memorable name for their truck, gmonkey, comes from a passion in which the Shadles truly believe. Ami explained, The monkey has been depicted for centuries throughout ancient Indian, Chinese, African and Egyptian cultures as representing a highly social being that is witty and possesses a magnetic personality. The monkey represents an insatiable curiosity, extreme cleverness, inventiveness and playfulness about life that we at gmonkey can really identify with. The ‘g’ in gmonkey also stands for ‘green,’ where we practice what we preach in terms of

business ethics.” Mark is the co-owner of It’s Only Natural (ION) restaurant in Middletown. He has been working to bring awareness to schools and families about food choices and the impacts on our lives. He was invited to the White House by First Lady Michelle Obama in June 2010 for his work within the schools.

Ami is the owner and founder of the Colonic Institute in West Hartford; she is a nutritionist, chef and author and is expecting a new book out this year. A really cool thing about the gmonkey truck is that you can figure out where the truck is by checking them out on, and then you can place your order ahead of

Gmonkey, the truck pictured above, is a vegetarian food truck and mobile kitchen owned by Mark and Ami Beach Shadle.

time and go to the location to pick it up. All you have to do is call the truck at 860-7598880, and away you go. Some of the yummy options available on the gmonkey truck are things like sweet potato fries cooked in 100 percent vegetarian canola oil, fresh squeezed juices, soups, locally produced cheeses, and fresh baked breads. The truck’s menu will change, as they want to serve seasonal foods that are locally harvested. The gmonkey truck will be out in the New Haven and Hartford areas and any town if someone would like a gmonkey appearance starting in May. They will also be seen bopping around at the Durham farmers’ market every Thursday from 3-6 on the town green. The truck will also be available for private parties and events, and they will have food items to go off the truck like loaves of bread and quarts of soup. Mark said, “This is no ordinary food truck; this mobile kitchen is an extension of our philosophy about the


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Legal Notice TOWN OF DURHAM CALL TO THE ANNUAL BUDGET MEETING The eligible voters of the Town of Durham are hereby warned that the ANNUAL BUDGET MEETING will be held in the Julian B. Thayer Auditorium, Coginchaug Regional High School, at 8:00 p.m. on Monday, May 9, 2011, to consider the following items: To elect three members to a three-year term on the Regional School District #13 Board of Education, said terms to expire June 30, 2014. To elect two members to a two-year term on the DurhamMiddlefield Interlocal Agreement Advisory Board, said term to expire June 30, 2013. To authorize the Board of Selectmen to accept any and all Town Aid highway funds (Transportation Infrastructure) which may be due and available to the Town of Durham for the Fiscal Year ending June 30, 2011. To adopt a total town budget for Fiscal Year 2011-2012 in the amount of $5,377,918 less State and local revenues of $1,155,009 for a net town budget of $4,222,909 as recommended by the Board of Finance at their meeting of April 25, 2011. To adopt a five-year Local Capital Improvement Plan. Laura L. Francis, First Selectman; John J. Szewczyk, Selectman; James W. McLaughlin, Selectman. Dated in Durham, Connecticut, this 26th day of April 2010.

A vehicle tried to enter the King Property near Lake Beseck through the main security gate on Easter morning. Though they failed to make it through, the gate was damaged in the process. A resident heard the commotion around 4 a.m. Sunday morning but was unable to get a plate number. If anyone has information that might be helpful to pass along to the police, please let Town Times know, or call Amy Poturnicki of Lake Beseck Crime Watch at 860-349-9108.


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That dirty word – taxes ior meal program attracting It finally really feels like upwards of two dozen particispring. Leaves are bursting, Sue VanDerzee pants each Monday and bulbs are blooming, forsythia Wednesday since it began. bushes are flaming gold, and, However, providing that cenoh yes, it’s almost time to vote ter costs tax money. Is it on our local town and school worth it? Are our seniors budgets. Somehow, it seems almost sacrilegious to worth it? What does it say about our values if talk about those two subjects – spring and we decide that keeping a few dollars to spend budgets – at the same time. Nevertheless, in as we wish is worth more than providing a our small towns they are hooked together by place for residents to gather, eat and support each other? at least the calendar. Of course, it’s important to make sure that Perhaps they’re linked by more than that as well. Just think for a minute… Spring is those expenses are fair and efficient, but for the rebirth of the natural world, an annual every program our towns run, there will be sign that all is well and that Mother Nature expenses. Sometimes, generous citizens prowill take care of us if we take care of her. vide the wherewithal, as HiLand Farms proNow budgets are man-made, to be sure, but vides eggs for the Durham Rec Easter egg they can represent a tangible expression of hunt, but would we be better off without our care for each other. While it is prudent such activities? Most people would answer a and wise to hold our local elected officials to resounding “no” in regard to egg hunts, sumstandards of efficiency and transparency, it mer programs, senior activities, plowed is at the local level that those civic virtues roads, fire fighting services and the like. are most apt to be on display. And it is also Thus most people should show up at the reon the local level, where we can vote on budg- spective town meetings (both Durham and ets, that we can most willingly put ourselves Middlefield on May 9), and we would urge a out in order to take care of our friends and “yes” vote on both budgets. Coming a bit sooner, and usually generating a bit more neighbors. For example, the Durham Activity Center heat, is the budget referendum on the Dishas been a resounding success, with the sen- trict 13 school budget, held in both towns on

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Tuesday, May 3, from 6 a.m. till 8 p.m. in the usual polling places (Korn School for Durham residents and the Community Center for Mid-

dlefielders). So, it’s spring, and time to consider taxes. Go get your hands dirty and vote!

Letters to the Editor Back-breaking budgets Both the RSD13 and the town of Durham proposed budgets are excessive, together calling for a net increase of 6.26 percent, a 3.86 mill increase. Enrollment steadily declines in the schools but increases continue to soar. The Board of Education chooses to ignore the very real need for fiscal responsibility. While cities and towns across Connecticut and the nation are aiming to address the poor economy we are experiencing, and which has been ongoing for quite some time, by planning upcoming budgets with current figures or with the least possible impact on taxes, Durham and RSD13 present their exorbitant costs once again. Examples of budget percentage increases projected for member communities in our consortium are as follows: Cromwell 1.5 percent Middletown 0 percent Haddam (RSD17) .5 per-

cent Portland .66 percent Reasonable increased costs may be acceptable in deciding budgets. However, in difficult times, it should go without saying that budgets cannot afford to “break the backs” of taxpayers. It’s about time the members serving on the Board of Education and the Durham Board of Finance elect to represent all the residents in our community. My suggestion is to vote NO on the current proposed budgets. Donia Viola, Durham

Vote ‘yes’ Please vote yes for the school budget on Tuesday, May 3. An adequate budget (there is really not much that can be cut after all the cuts in recent years) is critical for our children’s education. Today’s children are the future of this town and country. In addition, without a high quality education system in our town, property values are likely to go down. Invest in all of our fu-

tures; please vote YES on May 3. Thank you, Lucy Meigs, Durham

May is mental health month One in five adults has a mental illness. The Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services in Connecticut provides help for those afflicted who have inadequate or no health insurance. The state is divided into regions, and those regions divided into Catchment Area Councils (CACs) which assess delivery of care. In addition to determining effectiveness of services and access to them, it is also the work of the CACs to advocate for clients, provide education to the public and make efforts to reduce the stigma attached to mental illness in this country. The CACs provide educational materials to the local libraries during May each year (Mental Health Month) to encourage folks to learn and talk about mental health. It is our hope that as

people become more comfortable talking about these illnesses, they will be identified and treated more effectively. Actress Glen Close in a September 2010 article for Guideposts Magazine says, “The stigma can be as daunting as the disease itself…” Ms. Close has been working to get people talking more openly about their family experiences living with or caring for family members with a serious mental illness. Joe Pantoliano has been working to “Stomp out Stigma” as well, using the internet approach. Check out his website at NKM2 is an acronym for “No kidding? Me too.” We hope you will take time during Mental Health Month to visit your library, do some reading, talk with a friend, write your legislator about your concerns or join a group that advocates for individuals with a serious mental illness. We are grateful for the librarians in the area who work with us each year to make materials available to the public. Further information can be obtained or

arrangements made to attend a CAC meeting by contacting the Region II Mental Board at Judy Hurlbert, Durham Representative to CAC10

Change Durham’s budget practices I have been carefully following the town of Durham budget process, as reported through the Town Times. I would like to comment on the budget practices utilized by the Board of Education related to the “fund balance.” When I read the following Town Times excerpts attributed to Superintendent Susan Viccaro, I was disappointed and dismayed. “In recent years the BOE, under pressure from citizens, the Board of Finance and defeated budgets, used the district’s fund balance to offset expenses. For example, according to figures in the budget proposal, the 2010/2011 budget uses $1.79 See Budget, page 25

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Statement of Senator Meyer Important up concerning state tax proposals On April 21, I made the following statement opposing the proposed $1.5 billion of new taxes: “We are being asked to vote today for an historical increase in state taxes without knowing the significant other side of the budget deficit, namely, spending cuts. “I have been a member of the state Sen. Ed legislatures in New York and Connecticut, and as a responsible member of the majority party, I have voted for tax increases in order to balance the budget but not when I have had practically no idea of what will happen on the spending side. “The Appropriations Committee has not yet provided us with a budget describing its spending cuts. The Governor has, perhaps understandably, not yet offered us any information about his negotiations to obtain large compensation concessions from our public employees. We are thus virtually ignorant on these two large components of the budget, state spending cuts and employee concessions. “If we vote today for this historical package of new taxes, we and our taxpayers will be continuing mistakenly to support, for example: - Longevity bonuses - Payment out of public pensions at age 50 - Lifetime health insurance for our public employees and their spouses

when they have only eight or ten years of state service - Mid-manager on top of mid-manager in a plethora of duplicating services in some of our state agencies - Boondoggle programs such as Riverview Children’s Hospital “We need to get smarter about our spending. “Let me stress why Meyer it is so important this year to understand the spending side of our state budget. Our Office of Fiscal Analysis documents that in fiscal year 1990, our budget was $6.8 billion, whereas our budget for the current fiscal year is $19.2 billion, a 280 percent increase but with an inflation increase over those years of only about 90 percent, all in a relatively flat state population. Thus, in the last 20 years, we have increased state spending by more than three times the rate of inflation. This budget history now requires our focus on responsible spending before we entertain an historical package of tax increases, particularly when we see that those tax increases are not sunsetted. “Finally, we are voting on these large tax increases before knowing about current and projected state revenues which could substantially reduce our deficit and result in a smaller tax package. “For these reasons, I will be voting no on this tax bill.”

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agriculture as our The countdown to Old Home Days Comthe actual sale of mittee pulls the many Powder Ridge has bedetails together. gun. This is an excitAmong the “details” ing and pivotal time that need your help is in our town’s history. paying for the fireIf you recall, last works. If you look formonth we accepted a ward to this event $25K deposit, and we like I do, mail your signed an “agreecheck to the Old ment.” The agreeHome Days or call ment provided for a Sydney Mintz. Stay 90-day due diligence period. It had been Jon Brayshaw, Middlefield tuned to their website for additional planned that toward info as the date draws the end of the 90 days, near. a public hearing and Two more dates to town meeting would remember. May 3 is be held for you to the referendum on meet the buyer and the RSD13 school have your questions answered. Following the presenta- budget. On May 9, the annual town budget tion, per our charter, a vote will be taken allowing the sale to take place. meeting will be held in the auditoriIf you have followed the media’s cov- um of the Community Center to vote erage of the details as they evolved, on a budget for town operations. you know the deal. There are no sur- Keep in mind that each is voted on prises. Mark you calendar: May 24 at separately. Our charter requires 7 p.m. at Memorial School. Between that we convene our annual town now and then you should have ample budget meeting on the second Montime to avail yourself of the remain- day in May and on subsequent Moning particulars in greater detail or days if necessary. So, all I can tell abbreviated… via the news print me- you is that the Board of Finance dia, our website, Patch, upon re- (BOF) has had perhaps a dozen hearquest from our finance director or ings and meetings. They have the Board of Selectmen members or shaved and shaved. Our employees the writer. I really do look forward to have recognized the dire financial bringing the Powder Ridge topic to a case we face (as a state and nation) conclusion — and bringing this area and have made concessions — gladly. On May 9, we will be addressing icon back to life. Not much defines this community the cost of running the town only in more than its propensity for open a public forum with a vote to ratify space, our celebration of the past and same at the conclusion. Once both our love for our greater town “fami- numbers are voted on, the final act of ly.” Every so often I have to remind the BOF will be to set the mill rate. myself that we share a treasure. This Copies of the town operation budget June 10 and 11, we will be celebrating our rich history in farming and See Brayshaw, page 27

From The Desk Of The First Selectman

Leave behind a legacy and enjoy more income for yourself As you were planning for retirement, your own financial future was your top priority. But, you also kept in mind the legacy you would leave your children when you were gone. As retirement drew nearer, you had every intention of sticking with your original plan and budget. But now, after being retired for a short while, you have found that you want additional discretionary income. Still, you’re unsure about increasing your savings withdrawals since doing so would erode the assets you had hoped to leave your heirs. Consider this hypothetical situation about how one 70-year-old woman tackled the very same challenge. She had set aside $500,000 for

gender and options her children’s inherichosen, the annual tance. Yet, once she Peter Pierino Cascini premium for this polactually retired, she icy was approximaterealized that the anly $17,000. nual budget she had Next, she purcarved out for herself was insufficient for the retirement chased a $500,000 Lifetime Income lifestyle she desired. She considered Annuity that generated a guaransimply buying an annuity to gener- teed annual after-tax payout of alate more discretionary income for most $37,000 that would continue herself until her financial profes- every year for the rest of her life. sional suggested a two-step life in- The annuity payouts covered the ensurance plus annuity strategy to tire life insurance premium each help her avoid choosing between her year, plus she still received the nearly $20,000 remaining per year of infinancial future or her family’s. First, she bought a permanent life come just as she had hoped. The life insurance plus annuity insurance policy with a $500,000 death benefit, naming her children strategy achieved both important as beneficiaries. Based on her age, goals: This retiree got the extra in-

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Race to Nowhere reveals world of student stress There’s an often-reprinted and often-pinned up “Calvin & Hobbes” cartoon in which each panel depicts a nightmare version of Calvin’s school day. Calvin is running along with a herd. Calvin is a square peg being hammered into a round hole. Calvin is a robot. Calvin is forced to parrot back memorized answers as, well, a parrot. It’s easy to hear real life versions of Calvin’s nightmares in Vicki Abeles’ documentary Race to Nowhere, which focuses on the stress of the modern student. The film begins with Abeles’ description of her three children’s difficulty with homework but then moves around the country featuring students, parents, teachers, ad-

ministrators and experts. Filmed in their homes, bedrooms, schools and colleges, the students give testimony to the levels of stress they’ve witnessed and the methods they’ve used to build a winning college application. The revelations about cheating, stimulant abuse, sleep deprivation and stress-induced illnesses are eyeopening, but the sheer number of teenagers facing the same problems gives the film its power. Jumping from talking

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President Bush’s openly loathed No Child Left Behind Act is briefly examined, but Race to Nowhere is more a cultural than political film. Because the problem is amorphous, there is no one target of blame.

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head to talking head and from California to New York to Florida to Indiana means Race to Nowhere lacks an overarching story and has little overall structure. Although some important factors of a student’s life — like socio-economic status and peer pressure — are hardly mentioned, Abeles demonstrates that the highpressure college application race is enough for its own film. Homework takes a beating throughout the film. Students describe staying up until early in the morning to finish homework they’ll completely forget. Parents compare themselves to prison guards overseeing homework duties, and teachers sound regretful about as-


By Mark Dionne Special to the Town Times

Our most recent poll question asked, “Do you think today's teenagers are over-stressed?” As of press time, 29 people responded — 52 percent said “Yes” and 48 percent said “No.” Read about stress on teenagers today from the film Race to Nowhere aired at Coginchaug on this page and the next page. The winners of our birthday candle contest were Fran Pac and Anneliese Kurek. They were the first to correctly guess the number of candles hidden throughout our 4/15/11 issue. Thanks to all those who participated and wished us a happy birthday!

Untold Story of German WWII POWs This traveling museum will be in front of Middlesex County Historical Society, 151 Main St. in Middletown, on Wednesday, May 4, from 1 to 7 p.m. sponsored by the Russell Library and Middlesex County Historical Society. The roughly 372,000 German POWs held in the U.S. Armyoperated camps across America were sent out to harvest and process crops, build roads and waterways, fell trees, roof barns, erect silos, work in light non-military industries, lay city sewers and construct tract housing, wash U.S. Army laundry and do other practical wartime tasks. Due to the high rate of 19th-century German immigration to America, many of those men worked with POWs and spoke to them in their native tongue; some even had relatives or former neighbors among them. In this process, they formed significant, often decades-long friendships with “the enemy” and underwent considerable changes as individuals and as a group, thus fundamentally influencing postwar German values and institutions, as well as American-German relations. A number of those POWs even chose to immigrate to America after the war was over.

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Although the audience stayed far away from the microphone, many had things to say. One mother from China related the practice of using physical activity, like yoga, to burn off stress. Another noted the complete lack of positive feedback about mandatory testing.

and the backpacks were lighter. High school senior Abbott said she noticed the change from her time as an elementary student to what she witnesses now as a volunteer, saying that there is more test preparation than she remembered. An audience member echoed that sentiment, saying, “The school is the place where kids go to work.” Another audience member reminded the parents and students in the audience that colleges should be sought after if they fit the student, not because they are


On Monday, April 25, the Local Wellness Council and Regional School District 13 (RSD13) co-sponsored a wellattended screening of the documentary Race to Nowhere at Coginchaug Regional High School (CRHS). Music teacher Lisa Larsen initiated the effort to bring the film to the district. Race to Nowhere (see review) explores the causes and effects of stress on students hoping to attend college. After the film, nearly all of the crowd stayed for a panel discussion of the issues moderated by RSD13 curriculum director Carol Luckenbach. The panel consisted of school psychologist Francienne Lehmann, health teacher and chair of the Local Wellness Council Chris Bertz, parent Kelly Davis and CRHS senior Darryl Abbott. Topics ranged from the realism of the film to how RSD13 has changed over the years. The conversation repeatedly returned to the subjects of homework and college applications. Echoing a theme from the

documentary, Lehmann stated that she has seen more stress in the last 10 years than in previous years.

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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, May 2 7 p.m. — Fire Department Trustees at 41 Main St. 7:30 p.m. — Clean Energy Task Force 8 p.m. — Board of Education at CRHS (district meeting) 8 p.m. — Historic District Commission Tuesday, May 3 6 a.m.-8 p.m. — Referendum on BOE Budget at Korn School 6:30 p.m. — Public Safety Committee 7:30 p.m. — Midstate Regional Planning Agency at 100 DeKoven Dr., Middletown Wednesday, May 4 6:30 p.m. — Durham Volunteer Ambulance Corps at 205 Main St. 7:30 p.m. — Cemetery Company on the second floor of the Town Hall 7:30 p.m. — Planning and Zoning Thursday, May 5 7 p.m. — Public Safety Facility Renovations Planning Committee at firehouse 7 p.m. — D.A.R.T.

Drug Take Back The Durham Resident State Trooper, in cooperation with

the Drug Enforcement Agency, is conducting a “Take Back” initiative to remove expired and unused pre-

scription drugs from homes on Saturday, April 30, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Residents can drop off the unwanted drugs at the Resident State Troopers Office, 24 Town House Road. This national initiative seeks to prevent increased pill abuse, theft and environmental problems by providing an opportunity for the public to surrender pharmaceutical controlled substances and other medications to law enforcement officers for destruction. Unused medicine that is flushed down the drain can result in contamination of groundwater and surface water. This service is free and anonymous and no questions will be asked.

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annual traditions returns with the official opening of the Durham Farmers’ Market on Thursday, May 5. The market kicks off its fourth season on the Durham Green and will be open every Thursday, rain or shine, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. through Sept. 8. New and returning vendors will offer a variety of locally grown or locally made merchandise, including: seasonal fresh fruits and vegetables, bread, baked goods, flowers, herbs, meats and dairy products. New vendors this season bringing CT grown/made products include: gmonkey, offering a variety of vegan/vegetarian options served straight from their Farm 2 Street mobile restaurant and Ann’s Good Stuff with natural handmade lotions, lip balms, bath salts and more. Returning vendors include: Naples Farm, offering seasonal produce and canned goods; Dondero Orchards, offering

Friday, April 29, 2011 fresh produce and baked goods; C.W. Shellfish Company, offering farm-raised clams, oysters, flowers and maple syrup; Dragon’s Blood Elixir, offering hot sauce and condiments; Little Something Catering’s quiches, tarts, pies, puddings, all using locally sourced ingredients; Auntie Arwen’s Spices, offering a variety of home-blended spices, seasonings and herbal teas; Cecarelli Farms, offering seasonal produce; Summerton Farms with a variety of grass-fed meats that are antibiotic and hormone free; Sweet Sage Bakery’s baked bread, scones and muffins; Deerfield Farm’s raw milk, yogurt and soft cheeses; Pisgah Mountain Primitives, offering kettle corn; Hometown Bakery, offering breads, buns, scones, and cookies; Marcy LaBella, offering handcrafted pottery, jewelry and freerange eggs and Perk on Main, Continued on next page

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Middlefield Government Calendar (Unless otherwise indicated, all meetings are held in the Community Center.) Monday, May 2 8 p.m. — Board of Education at CRHS (district meeting) 7 p.m. —Board of Selectmen Tuesday, May 3 6 a.m.-8 p.m. — Referendum on BOE Budget 6:30 p.m. — Parks and Recreation 7:30 p.m. — Midstate Regional Planning Agency at 100 DeKoven Dr., Middletown Thursday, May 5 7-10 p.m. — Economic Development Commission

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Continued from page 12 offering smoothies, crepes and more. Special activities are planned for the opening, including special guests from the Durham Historical Society. Available for purchase will be the book, Durham 1900-1950, and they will also display photographs of the work they have done to their building. We will also continue our tradition of Storytime on the Green at 4:30 during the market. Join us and learn more about the history of our great town, meet our farmers and local food producers, and help kick off a great market season! See you on the Green! More info can be found at, like us on Facebook, or contact market manager Tina Hurlbert at


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‘Top notch parenting advice from an expert’ By Cheri Kelley Town Times “But, I’m not sleepy, I don’t want to go to bed!” For those who are parents, these are words that most have heard at one point or another. Raising children can be trying at times, but there is help out there. “10 Tips for Creating Cooperative Kids,” is a program sponsored by Durham Middlefield Youth and Family Services (DMYFS) in collaboration with the Durham Middlefield Local Wellness Council, Strong and Memorial School PTOs and Brewster, Korn and Lyman PTAs. The free workshop is Tuesday, May 3, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Coginchaug High School auditorium. Bill Corbett is the author of Love, Limits, & Lessons: A Parent’s Guide to Raising Cooperative Kids. Corbett will be presenting a workshop on tips for parents and caregivers with children from 18 months to 18 years, based on the theories in his book. The tips can be used for all ages

with some appropriate adjustments. The presentation will include a PowerPoint, videos, demonstrations and a question and answer session at the end. Corbett said, “We will discuss all the tools in the tool box that don’t work, and then I will give 10 new modern tools that work, for parents and caregivers, teachers and grandparents to use.” Corbett will give step-by-step instructions that caregivers will be able to implement immediately, and according to Corbett, “many will see instant change.” During the presentation the reasons why the old tools don’t work will also be discussed; is it the kids, the world or us that changed? Jane Moen, program director for DMYFS, stated, “We hear from a lot of parents that, in particular, issues of respect, boundaries with technology and trying to find a balance of wants versus needs are areas where they would like some tangible advice. Mr. Corbett

will be armed with tools for parents to use immediately when they return home.” The methods in his book are based on the theories of two child psychologists, Rudolph Dreikurs and Alfred Adler. Corbett was inspired by what they discovered. “Amazingly enough, many of the tips require little to no speaking. Our kids tune us out because they are de-sensitized to us. We talk too much,” said Corbett. Corbett grew up in western Massachusetts and now lives in Connecticut. He has three kids who are in their 20s now, as well as three stepchildren, one of whom is 13 and obviously still living at home. He also has two grandkids; one is nine and the other is 11. Corbett has a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from the University of Phoenix and has been a parent educator for 15 years. His book, Love, Limits, & Lessons: A Parent’s Guide to Raising Cooperative Kids won the Parent Tested, Parent Approved Award for 2010. Corbett also has a TV

Meet Deerfield’s new calf, Vision

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show on public access in about 70 towns, which can be seen online as well. To watch the show or read articles from his syndicated column, visit the website Moen said, “Helping the parents of this community become stronger, more confident parents is a part of

DMYFS’ mission that is near and dear to my heart. In such a rapidly changing world, parents and children are often under stress, making parenting an even larger challenge. We hope every parent takes advantage of this opportunity to receive top-notch parenting advice from an expert in the field.”


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Healing Hands Massage Therapy brings relaxation to Durham By Cheri Kelley Town Times

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After working hard in the garden, nothing is better than a massage for those sore shoulders. Healing Hands Massage Therapy, LLC is the perfect place to go to relax and heal. Jennifer Lewis is a licensed massage therapist and owner of the new studio

Lewis became interested in massage therapy because, seh stated, “I had a history of chronic pain, and massage was the only thing that helped. Lewis opened her business in this location on the first of April; the previous year she did in-home care. She decided to switch from

the traveling became too much as far as lifting and setting up equipment. She thought it was better to have a home base. Lewis grew up in Durham and now lives in the southern section of Middletown with her family. Lewis said, “The location is great, it is very close to my home too.” The studio is located in the rear entrance and up the stairs. The massage room is peaceful, and soft music floats down the steps, inviting anyone who enters. Lewis offers deep tissue and Swedish massage, on-site chair massage,

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Durham will go to the annual budget meeting with a proposed town mill rate raise of 5.86 and a net town budget of $4,222,909. This is down from the initial 6.18 mills and $4,455,662 proposed at the April 1 budget hearing. With the education budget, the mill rate rests at 30.67, as opposed to the 30.94 mills proposed on April 1.

Last year’s top youth walker in the Middletown March of Dimes was Emily Dzialo, of Middlefield, a junior at Mercy and a March of Dimes volunteer for several years. Emily raised $6,500, an astonishing accomplishment and hopes to raise even more this year. In addition, in 2010 she was also ranked second in the state in the youth walker category as well as 11th in the nation. Emily said, “I look forward to raising as much money as I can because I believe that all babies deserve the opportunity to enjoy a healthy start. ” March for Babies will take place on Sunday, May 1, at

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While the board reduced DMIAAB revenues, they added $122,637 for a reinstated manufacturing PILOT (Payments in Lieu of Taxes) grant.

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those present that the town already receives a reduced rate in comparison to other tenants. The town would still receive a significantly reduced rent rate even if the rent went up $600 per month. One final item brought up before the board voted was that the town could reduce the line item during the budget meeting, but it could not increase the item. Despite this, the board decided not to pay the additional $600 per month and left the item as is, which includes the use of the town crew to mow and plow the activity center property. However, the board did eliminate one item from the budget. Rather than see the price of DMIAAB stickers increase in the coming budget year, Francis felt that DMIAAB should work more efficiently at saving money. She


The Middlefield Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) met with attorney John Corona during their April 13 meeting to discuss an addition to the Lyman Golf Course. While the addition has already been approved, the applicant wants to make a few changes to the site plan before finishing construction. These include reducing the size of the parking area as well as the clubhouse. As the Inland Wetlands Commission or the wetlands enforcement officer still need to review the changes, however, the zoning commission was unable to act on the application at the time. The commission also held an informal discussion with Henry Sylvestri regarding Sylvestri’s desire to build a garage along the west side of Peters Lane for servicing equipment. While Sylvestri’s intended use for the property is permitted in Design District 2, it currently is not allowed in Design District 1 where his property is located. Commission members informed him that they could potentially change the use of the property or the use table for Design District 1 to allow him to build the garage. Before he submits a formal application, though, they recommended he speak with Inland Wetlands due to potential drainage issues. They also noted that he should review the regulations before applying. The commission also discussed the possibility of canceling their May 11 meeting. As they currently are scheduled to meet with representatives of Lyman Golf Course, they chose not to cancel the meeting until after contacting Lyman’s attorney.

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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 860-3499544.

Facebook: Receive daily updates on library news and events by becoming a fan on Facebook. Click on the Facebook link on the library’s website. DPL Book Talk: Participate in the library’s new blog about all things book! Just click on the DPL Book Talk link on the library’s website. Book Lovers’ Circle: The Book Lovers’ Circle will meet on Wednesday, May 4, at 7:30 p.m. The Reluctant

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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 or to register for programs. You can also renew, reserve and check your library record on the website. Closing: The library will be closed Saturday, May 28, and Monday, May 30, for Memorial Day weekend. The library will be closed on Saturdays, from May 28 through Labor Day. Book Donations: The library is now accepting items in good condition for our an-

Plant Sale: The annual Plant Exchange/Sale will be held on Saturday, May 14. Plants can be dropped off at the library on Thursday and Friday or before 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 14. Exchange/Sale begins at 10 a.m. Plants must be in pots and labeled. We will accept houseplants, perennials, herbs, annuals and shrubs. 1199615

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nual November book sale. We do not accept textbooks or magazines. Thank you! New Museum Passes: The library has the following museum passes, which offer either free or reduced admission: Beardsley Zoo (our newest pass), CT State Parks & Forests Day Pass, Mystic Aquarium, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art and CT’s Old State House. Mother’s Day Tea and 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 ones or present this basket as a wonderful Mother’s Day gift. 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 and place your bid. Spring Clean-Up: Volunteers needed to help clean the Levi Coe Library grounds on Saturday, May 7, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Rain date May 14.) We Scrap: A scrapbooking event will be held on Saturday, May 7, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

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A surprise retirement celebration for lifelong resident of Durham, Charlie (Chas) Loveland, was held at Cypress Restaurant in Middletown on April 23 with all his friends and family. He retired from Moroso Performance in Guilford on April 15 after 17 years of service. Everyone wishes him the best of luck. Photo submitted by Helen Lipp

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Pretty in Pink

Jane Rynaski shared her skills with the MidLea Garden Club by creating a variety of spring centerpieces. Jane specializes in wedding arrangements at her shop, “Just for You,” located at 140 West St. in Middlefield. If you enjoy gardening and working with flowers, call Linda to find out more about the MidLea Club, at 860 349-1428. Submitted photo

Town Times Service Directory Melissa Albin as Pinkalicious. She read to kids at the Durham Library on April 23, and they had pink cupcakes and made pink crafts. Melissa’s hair, face and dress were all pink.

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Strong School celebrates National Poetry Month

Untitled His Hands Were Machines That Conquered The Impossible. His Job Was Garbage But He Spun It Into Gold. His Life Was An Endless Maze, Winding And Unwinding. His Voice Was A Deep Baritone Tone That Reached For The Sky. He Had No Family But Spread And Carried Love Like A Bee. He Had A Bright Smile That Was The Sun’s Sparkling Rays. His Brain Was A Genius That Knew All And Nothing. He Was The Sky That Watched Over All. His Feet Made No Sound As They Touched And Left The Ground. He Walked Down The Road, Lonely But Content. He Reached Far Into Life, And He Never Looked Back.

Invitation If you want to see, A duck, a mouse, A tree, a house, Don’t let your curiosity douse. Just let your imagination free. And come to me. O’ come to me. Linda Essery Blue Team, grade 7

On April 18, Strong School held a poetry celebration featuring nationally-recognized poet Richard Murphy, of Massachusetts. His credits include two books of poems, chapbooks, poems in many journals, essays, etc. He gave some poetry tips to the entire student body before seventh and eighth graders stood to read their own poetry. Photos by Stephanie Wilcox

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Above, a poem-picture from Miss Pantalena’s third grade class.

Schools in Town Times Multicultural Celebration at Brewster


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On Thursday evening, April 14, the second grade students at Brewster School performed “A Multicultural Celebration” for family and friends. Each of the six classes rehearsed and performed a skit, song, and dance that was culturally representative of a country. The whole group also sang “What a Wonderful World” and “We Are the World.” The performance was also held during the Outdoor Ed. teacher Lorrie school day for students and staff all to rave reviews by audience members. “Fabulous!!!” was one of the first Martin visited Lyman words that came to Nancy Heckler’s mind after watching the second grade students perform. School on April 18 as part Photo submitted by Patti Checko of their Earth Day events. Martin brought special microscopes from CRHS for students to use while examining natural materials. Commercial • Residential • Industrial • Licensed • Insured Above, Hannah HuddleAPEC ELECTRIC ston, Maddie DeFlippo and All Antique & Fine Furniture Michaela Grenier explore Purpose Refinishing & Restoration these grown-up tools.

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Easter Egg Hunt and Ecumenical Cross Walk in Durham

Left, Jim Chapman as Jesus carries the cross towards Calvary (the lawn of Epiphany Church). Above, leaders and members of all ages from five congregations in Durham and Middlefield participated in the annual Good Friday event. Photos by Sue VanDerzee

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Friday April 29, 2011 William Griffin III of Durham, a senior at Bentley University, was inducted into Omicron Delta Epsilon, the international honor society for economics, and Beta Gamma Sigma, the international honor society for business. He will attend Boston College Law School this fall.

Town Times Welcomes New Citizens Sara and Brian Hartley of Wethersfield welcomed their first child, Ella Rose Hartley, on August 5, 2010. Ella’s maternal grandparents are Bill and Jackie Nelson from Durham and her paternal grandmother is Patrice Onaitis of Norwalk. Her maternal great-grandfather is Bill Nelson from Port Salerno, Florida.

Joshua and Mindy Nelson of Durham welcomed their first baby, Noah William Nelson, on July 15, 2010. Noah’s maternal grandparents are Marianne and Marshall Winston of Emerson, NJ and Marcia and Stanley Schiffman of River Vale, NJ. The paternal grandparents are Bill and Jackie Nelson of Durham. The paternal great-grandfather is Bill Nelson from Port Salerno, FL. Photo submitted by Sara Hartley

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Xavier High School has announced its third term honor roll list: Senior High Honors: Anthony R. DeMarinis from Durham and Josh C. Etheridge from Middlefield. Senior Honors: Taylor A. Bonin from Durham, Andrew G. Giacco from Durham, Jacob C. Randazzo from Durham and Matthew D. Verderame from Durham. Junior High Honors: Gregory D. Brown from Durham, Geoffrey M. DeVille from Durham, Andrew P. Gonzalez from Durham, Joel P. Williams from Middlefield and Victor C. Wu from Durham. Junior Honors: Matthew J. DeKoeyer from Durham, Michael F. Mastroianni from Durham, Nicholas S. Mazzotta from Rockfall, Ryan P. Murphy from Durham, Akshay Vig from Durham and Jake T. Whalen from Durham. Sophomore High Honors: Tushar Vig from Durham. Freshman High Honors: Joseph A. Braun from Durham, Ryan J. DeVille from Durham and James R. Rosborough from Durham. Freshman Honors: Emmett A. Brayton from Middlefield, Robert Cocchiola from Middlefield, Sean P. Doyle from Durham and John W. Yusza from Middlefield.

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Budget (Continued from page 8) million from the fund balance and anticipated carryover.” (Town Times 3/11/2011, Controlling expenses can’t stop school budget increase, by Mark Dionne.)

payers of Durham. The fund balance is a budget line item funded by taxpayers. By having no yearly fund balance maximum dollar limit, unused funds are carried over from year-to-year; potentially creating a huge sum of cash (taxpayers’ cash). This cash is then used in following years to offset the spending cuts demanded by those same taxpayers (through budget votes) until the cash is depleted. This gives the illusion that yearly budget increases are minimal, but in fact other taxpayer money

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more closely resembles a taxpayer-funded slush fund, with little or no oversight on where or how it is spent. The fund should also have a yearly maximum dollar amount. Each year the fund should begin with a budgetset amount for emergency projects. Any monies not spent are carried over and applied to next year’s fund maximum amount. With these changes, Durham taxpayers will have real input to the budget process when they vote. It would be open, transparent

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(fund money) is used to make up the difference. This process also artificially elevates the education budget year after year, so the next year’s budget baseline is higher. The fund balance should only be used for emergency projects, and those completed projects should be explained to the taxpayers during the next year’s budget process. Capital projects should be bonded or planned well in advance so funding can be otherwise approved. Presently, the fund balance

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“By far, the biggest impact on next year’s budget is that we have used up the majority of our fund balance over the last two years in an attempt to mitigate the overall increase in taxpayer liability for those years. Our fund balance, similar to the reserve funds that the towns of Durham and Middlefield have, is used for emergency projects just as the towns use them. In addition, they allow the reserve to build up so they can fund capital projects without the need to secure bonding. Any additional funds that are not expended at the end of the school year are used to offset the budget the following year. Over the past two years we have utilized just under $1.4 million of our fund balance, leaving a large hole; consequently, our net budget increase is 6.25 percent. Compare this with 2009-2010 when our net budget increased by .68 percent and, 2010-2011 when our net budget increased by 2.10 percent, because we applied a significant amount of our fund balance.” (Town Times 3/18/2011, A View From District 13, Budget woes 20112012, by Susan Viccaro.)


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Town Times at the center in Middletown. weekends. I’ve done everyHe wakes every morning at 6 thing,” he said. a.m. He prepares all of his He has had many amazing meals, including breakfast. experiences and touched the Every day he has four cereals, fresh-squeezed orange juice from two oranges and, SUDOKU of course, a banana. “I’m ANSWER pretty solid; I only take a baby aspirin a day because I had a heart transplant five or six years ago, but that’s it.” He reads his newspapers, feeds the birds and the goose that comes at noon every day for bread. He loves to cook; he used to work weekends at the Hathaway Inn in East Hampton. The owner was his accountant. “He did my books, and I cooked there

lives of many; if you see him out and about in his shiny caddy, make sure to wish him a happy birthday!



Hounds that he raced in Plainfield. “I had a lot of fun with it. It’s a good sport, but back, and I said I wanted a expensive. I stopped because Cadillac, which they gave they don’t have it anymore me. So this year when they around here. I’m not keen on casinos; that’s not my dish, ” asked, I said an airplane!” Galanto has had many in- he explained. He has been a Yankee fan terests over the years; he used to have racehorses, and since he was a little kid. “I’ve at one point had nine Grey been to a few games, and once,” he said, “I sat two seats away from Walt Winchell and Judy Garland.” Galanto retired in 1977, but for the past 10 or 15 years he has spent most of his time hanging out at Galanto’s table of bananas. home when he’s not

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are available at the clerk’s office, the web or will be available at the meeting. When you see one of our BOF members, give them a hug and a ‘thank you.’ Their job is “grueling” and unappreciated.

spend a minimum of $2,000,000 on permanent improvements (construction) within two years of the closing. A mortgage will secure this debt. 7. Town imposes a “Development Restriction” on the entire acreage so that the property can be used for an Outdoor Recreational Facility as defined in the Zoning Regulations only and that a maximum of four owner/manager/caretaker homes can be constructed on the site. 8. Town reserves and places a conservation easement on the open field east of the Nerden Camp so that the property cannot be developed.


And finally, finally spring! What can I say but the last vestige of ice finally disappeared from the shaded stone buttress foundation of the railroad overpass on Baileyville Road. Never have I seen such slow-melting snow. The spring season is finally upon us with our brush pick-up nearly complete and the park loaded with happy kids now finally out of the house. This Saturday will be the opening day of our baseball season. It’s quite a site to see 500-600 players of all sizes gathered in one spot anticipating that once-ina-lifetime homerun when we hit one “out of the park.” In conclusion, all is well.

1. The buyer is Alpine Ridge ,LLC. 2. The sale includes all 5 parcels (approximately 250 acres) that make up the Powder Ridge Ski Area. 3. The purchase price is $1,000,000 — $300,000 upon closing and $100,000 in each of the next seven years. There is no interest being charged. A mortgage will secure this debt. 4. The initial $300,000 payment will be used to pay off the lien holder Middlefield Holdings and closing costs. 5. The town agrees to transfer the existing water diversion permit to the buyer so that water to make snow can be withdrawn from Lake Beseck. 6. Alpine Ridge agrees to 215 North Main Street, Wallingford, CT 06492 (203) 265-2356



MARVELOUS COLONIAL on wonderful 1.25 acre lot w/gorgeous views! 2,751 SF w/4 BRs, 2.5 baths! Sliders to large deck w/roof-covered area! 1st flr. fam. rm. w/cathedral ceilings, skylights & FP! Formal LR & DR! C/Air & 2-car garage!! $429,900. DIR: Route 17 to 77 south, left onto Mica Hill, left onto Surrey, left onto Banta Ln.


Agreement to sell Powder Ridge

9. The town reserves unto itself the reversionary rights of the Nerden Camp property as set forth in the land records. When/if it sells, the property reverts to the town. 10. Alpine Ridge acknowledges and agrees to re-establish downhill skiing no later than December 31, 2014. 11. The DECD grant continues to be negotiated with the State. The buyer acknowledges that the agreement is not contingent upon receipt of same. When and if the grant arrives, the proceeds will be used for non-building infrastructure like electric, water, sewer, access road, etc. Copies of the entire Agree-

in sales of Durham and Middlefield



Land in 2009, 2010, & 2011*. Open Sun. 12-2 pm 715 Haddam Quarter Rd., Durham Country Charmer set on private, wooded lot. 4 BR Col. w/form. dining rm., FP, bright eat-in kit. w/maple cabinets, 3 season porch, walkout LL family rm. & 2 car garage. Just reduced to $299,900! DIR: Rt. 17 to Haddam Quarter. Call Berardino Co. for more info 860349-0344

Open Sun. 12-2 pm 53 Maryland Drive, Middlefield Mint condition Cape in quiet neighborhood. Over 2200 sq. ft. of living space w/4 BRs, 2.5 baths, FP & walkout LL w/poss. in-law. Only $319,900! DIR: Jackson Hill to School St. to Valleyview to Maryland. Call Berardino Co. for more info 860-349-0344

Open Sun. 12-2 pm 37 Derby Rd., Middlefield Privacy Abounds! 1.5 acre lot set high above the road! Offers 3 BRs, 2 baths & 2 car garage. Fantastic outdoor living space for entertaining w/huge patio, deck & hot tub. Only $299,900! DIR: Rt. 157 to Derby Rd. Call Berardino Co. for more info 860-349-0344

40 Main St., Durham (860) 349-0344 *Data from CTMLS

ment of Sale are available in hard copy by contacting the Town Clerk. There will be a cost of $5 for reproduction. The agreement is available in electronic format on the

town’s website or by contacting our Finance Director. For info or clarification, submit your question(s) to the First Selectman or Finance Director.


And finally, at the annual meeting noted earlier, two members to serve on our Board of Education and DMIAAB Board will be elected. If you have an interest, I want to remind you that you need someone to nominate you and a person to cast a second and some votes. These are not appointed positions, but rather mini elections.


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DURHAM IT’S A SMALL PRICE OPEN SUN. 2:15-4:15 You’ll pay for this cute and cozy 3 bedroom Ranch. Enjoy hardwood floors throughout, fireplace, central air, partially finished lower level and remodeled bathroom. All situated on a nice level lot wit a 1 car garage. A gem for only $235,000. 15 William Dr. DURHAM PRIVACY ON A CUL-DE-SAC The best of both worlds: a neighborhood with a completely private yard! Stunning and spacious Contemporary with over 3500 sq. ft. of living space just flooded with natural light. Pristine and clean, no white gloves needed here. Move in today for $449.000. DURHAM MORE THAN A PRETTY FACE Beautiful 2800 sq. ft. Colonial set on OPEN SUN. 12-2 nearly 3 acres. Private backyard and only one visible neighbor. Enjoy the stunning Brazilian cherry floors, expansive master suite with an extra wing for home office or gym. Perfect condition and priced at $465,900. 57R Pent Rd. DURHAM - NEW LISTING A HORSE OF COURSE Should go in the 2 stall barn that comes with this country charmer. You’ll love the paddock, private backyard, 3 season room, oversized 2 car garage, pool, hot tub and more. Make this the place where you’ll want to hang your spurs for $349,900. DURHAM - NEW LISTING ONCE UPON A TIME A long time ago, back in 1754, Jeremiah Butler built a post & beam to be used as a local tavern. It endures as a living legacy of quality and has been home to generations. In 1969 it was painstakingly rebuilt on-site by numbering and reassembling each timber. See what all the fuss is about for just $339,000.


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33rd Annual Meriden Daffodil Festival April 30 & May 1

Parking & Shuttle Information


Parking Locations:


Saturday, April 30


The Jeff Crooms Welcome Stage

The Jeff Crooms Welcome Stage

11:00-11:45 12:15-1:00 1:30-2:15 2:45-3:30 4:00-4:45 5:15-6:00 6:30-7:15 7:45-8:45

11:00-11:45 12:15-1:00 1:30-2:15 2:45-3:30 4:00-4:45

Freshly Squeezed The Furors The Ivory Bills Eran Troy Danner The Stratford Survivors The Reducers Echo & Drake The Stepkids

Shuttle Bus Service:

John Fries & The Heat The Sawtelles Plume Giant Heirlooms The Zambonis

Saturday 8:00 am - 8:00 pm (buses will leave Hubbard Park after the fireworks) Sunday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Handicap Parking: Westfield Meriden-Chamberlain Highway Entrance Handicap accessible vans will bring you to the center of activities. Buses and vans from health care facilities with multiple riders will be allowed access into the park. All events are handicap accessible.

The Food Tent Stage

The Food Tent Stage 10:30-11:30 12:00-1:30 2:00-3:00 3:30-4:30 5:00-6:00 6:30-7:30

Westfield Meriden - JC Penney/Sears Deck Platt High School - Coe Avenue Wilcox Technical School - Coe Avenue The Hub - State & Pratt Streets

Chico & Friends The Gonkus Brothers The Church Street Revue River City Slim & The Zydeco Hogs Raise The Rent Caravan Of Thieves

The Band Shell Stage 12:45-1:30 Surge Chamber 2:00-2:45 The Frank Critelli Band 3:15-4:00 The Manchurians 4:30-5:15 Columbia Fields 5:45-6:30 Kicking Daisies 7:00-8:30 Jimmy Hat Dave Hogan plays 2 songs on each stage Saturday

10:00-11:00 11:30-12:30 1:00-2:00 2:30-3:30 4:00-5:00

Tommy Lourdes Just Friends The River Street Band The Shinolas Kelli, Sean & Wayne

There is no Parking in Hubbard Park during the weekend of the Festival Illegally parked vehicles are subject to towing/fines

Silver Fork Food Tent

The Band Shell Stage 11:45-12:30 691 1:00-1:45 The Michael Cleary Band 2:00-2:45 Ticket To Ride (featuring members of Abbey Road) 3:30-4:45 The McLovins

Forty non-profit food vendors are on-site ready to serve your favorite food, from Fried Dough to Brownie Sundaes. Over the years, profits made from the sale of these culinary delights has allowed these groups to return over $125,000.00 dollars back into the local community These dollars support the efforts of their organizations throughout the year.

The shuttle drops you off in the center of all activities! There are more than 600,001 daffodils in bloom during the festival and activities for the entire family. So, bring the family and enjoy all that Meriden’s 33rd Annual Daffodil Festival has to offer!


Silver Fork Food Tent

Maloney HS Band Noah’s Ark of Hope Democratic Town Committee Meriden AOH

or visit our website at Dates and times are subject to change.

Stop by and support the area’s non profit groups. All proceeds go back into the community. Enjoy the great food and friendly atmosphere while listening to continuous music on the food tent stage. Food Served Organization Food Served Apple Fritters Cotton Candy Steak & Cheese Subs Fried Dough - Roasted Peanuts Fried Dough Pretzels, Italian Wedding Soup, Rib Sandwich, Kielbasa & Kraut Sandwiches, Sweet Potato Fries Sausage & Pepper Grinders, Sno-Cones, Clam Fritters Donuts & Baked Potatoes Shish Kebabs (Pinchos), BBQ Chicken & Grilled Steak Carne Asada King Size Churros, Onion Rings, Fried Pickle Chips, Fried Jalapenos Ice Pops, Espresso Coffee Coolata, Fruit Smoothies, Hot Chocolate, Chocolate Drizzle Peanut Butter Bars, Popcorn Flavored Coffee, Tea, Hot Chocolate, Cannoli’s, Mac & Cheese, Chicken Sandwiches Kettle Korn Brownie Sundaes, Fruit Cup, Italian Ice Chicken Wings

Beat the Street NGDOM St. Mary’s Men’s Club Mt. Mist Alumni Association Meriden YMCA Seals Swim Team Amici Della Vigna We The People St. Andrews Church Meriden Rotary Club Meriden Turner Society Meriden Republicans Gus Robotics Props & Paints Maloney HS New Dimensions St. Joseph School

Downhill Chillers, Sundae Cups, Hershey Variety Ice Creams Empanadas, Fried Cod Fritters, Spanish Pork with Rice Steamed Cheeseburgers, Homemade Fries, Corn Dogs Cookies & Milk, S’Mores in a Cup Penny Candy, Packaged Cookies & Crackers, Granola Bars, Nachos & Cheese Jumbo Hot Dogs, Pasta Fagiola w/Italian Bread Peach Shortcake Deli Wraps, Shrimp Cocktail Wrap, Daffy Dill Pickles, Chips Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Bratwurst w/Kraut, Deep Fried Hot Dogs, Fried Oreos, Fried Snickers, Spiral Fries Hamburgs, Hot Dogs, Chicken Tenders, Fresh Squeezed Lemonade Blooming Onions Capri Sun, Yoplait Yogurt Jerk Chicken Hot Dogs, Red Hots, Bacon, Egg & Cheese Sandwiches, Doritos, Sun Chips, Tropicana Twister Drinks~

Every year there are thousands of festivals in North America where artists, artisans, and craftspeople display and sell their work. The 33rd Annual Meriden Daffodil Festival with over 600,001 daffodils blooming is the site of “New England’s Most Beautiful Craft Fair!” As a juried craft fair, the Meriden Daffodil Festival selects it’s exhibitors for their quality and uniqueness. This year’s festival will have over 100 craftspeople presenting the highest quality fine art and crafts at this ever popular 2 day event.

Craft Fair Presenters


Friday, April 29 Weather Permitting

Amusements 5PM - CLOSE Band Shell Area

Band Shell - Food Tent 5PM - CLOSE Band Shell Area On site parking available

Saturday, April 30 10:00 AM Festival Opens PARADE BEGINS AT 11:30 AM “Theater of The Trees” Children’s Entertainment Stage 1:00 PM..........Spiderman- “Meet and Greet” 1:30 PM..........Parade Awards Ceremony 2:00 PM..........Literacy Volunteers “Read-Aloud” 3:00 PM..........Airborne Jugglers Show 4:00 PM..........Twin Dragons Martial Arts Show

Other Children’s Activities Band Shell Area 1:00-5:00 PM....Temporary Tattoos By Jerry Russ 1:00-5:00 PM....Face Painting With Fantasy Faces By Ruth 1:00-4:00 PM....Defender, The Game 1:30-4:30 PM....Balloon Figures By David Alan & Bogus

Judecraft Specialty Foods..............Specialty Foods Sugar Maple Farms .......................CT made Maple Syrup products Blueberry Haus..............................Functional Wood Items Nature Crafts..................................Wood & Cactus, musical sticks & toys ReGlass.........................................Jewelry from recycled, repurposed & found glass A Shoppers Dream.........................Wood & Slate signs Carolyn’s Jewelry...........................Unique wood & glass jewelry designs Nature Walk...................................Original wood designs Velvet Orchid Hoops......................Custom/Specialty Hula Hoops World of Wool ................................ 100% wool items for kids & adults & cotton dresses Slates Ornate.................................Distinctive Slates & accessories for home and garden Positive Energy..............................Personalized macrame name bracelets Hikin Bottoms.................................Handpainted clothing & furniture Pat Giguere/Doris Wapner.............Beaded & shell flowers, doll clothes Lollipop Kids...................................Hair accessories, flip flops, & children bracelets Woodcraft Arts ............................... Collapsible Wooden Baskets & puzzles Family Ties.....................................Children’s Fashion Accessories Squirl Toys ..................................... Handcrafted wooden toys Tyler’s Sweet Revenge..................Jams, Jellies & Fruit Butters Windspinners.................................Metal wind spinners & Back supports Susan Baker Jewelry.....................Handmade Jewelry A Shoppers Dream.........................Slate & Wood Signs Terri’s Treasurers...........................Wire wrapped one of a kind jewelry Laura Beaudry Photography..........Photo cards, and photos with frames Tomarc’s of Troy.............................Spice Blends & Rubs Southwest Stone and Handmade Baskets.............Sea Grass Baskets, carved animals & jewelry Kraft Kreations...............................Hand Knit & Crocheted Clothing A.D. Foster Studio..........................Carved wood clocks & mix media Woodburned Angel ........................ Woodburned art on wood items G & J Co. .......................................Jewelry Asian Name Painting..................... Watercolor Name Sign Painting Halladays Harvest Barn.................Specialty Foods

Heitmann’s-Gourmet Nuts & Specialties...............................Gourmet Nuts and candies Candle Light Rose of Norwich....... Dichroic Fused Glass Jewelry and misc. glassworks, vases, bowls, plated items Karen’s Kandles.............................Mineral Oil Candles Island Sea Glass Company........... Natural Maine Sea Glass Jewelry Jewels Verne Jewelers ..................Handmade gold & silver jewelry Kim’s Kozy Kraft Korner.................Unique Home Decor Kenai Music ...................................Native American Musical Instruments & clothing Caizzilo Art, LLC ............................Airbrush Face & Body Art, Temporary tattoos Sparkles by Sam............................Swarovski Crystal Jewelry Glow in the Dark Glass..................Glow in the dark hand blown glass Washington Park Junior Drum Corps.................................Musical themed crafts SUNLIFE........................................Handcrafted Wood Items Ping Wang ..................................... Marionettes Annie’s Pooch Pops.......................Homemade Dog Treats Ron’s Beer Chasers.......................Themed Airplane wind mobiles Bittersweet Herb Farm...................Specialty Foods Hands for Peace............................Original Design Shirts Henna By Heather......................... Henna Body Art The Jerky Hut.................................Beef Jerky Julianna Drumheller.......................Handmade functional pottery Dreamweaver.................................Tye Die Clothing SuzDesign Fine Jewelry & Crafts .. Fused Glass items & Jewelry Belle Case......................................Jewelry, bags, bibs & princess crowns Winding Drive Corp........................Artisan style Jams & Jellies Wysteria Handcrafts.......................Assorted variety of items Toan Nguyen..................................Wood logo signs and other wood items Country Pride Cheese House........Cheeses, spreads and crackers Great Things, Inc. .......................... Organic handmade skin care products Art Business...................................Oil Paintings Electiques ...................................... Children’s bags & backpacks some with removable animals Designs by Maxine.........................Personalized Items & Face painting

Sunday, May 1 10:00 AM Festival Opens “Theater of The Trees” Children’s Entertainment Stage 11:00 AM.......Valentin Karate Show 12:00 PM .. Airborne Jugglers Show 1:00 PM Bill Hoagland The “Fun Magician” 2:00 PM Ken Sprano “Yo-Yo Man” Show 3:00 PM Curious Creatures Animal Show

Other Children’s Activities Band Shell Area 12-4 PM..............Temporary Tattoos By Jerry Russ 12-4 PM...Face Painting with Fantasy Faces By Ruth 12-4 PM..........Defender, The Game 1:00-4:00 PM..........Balloon Figures By David Alan & Bogus 1:00 PM..Ice Sculptor Larry Siragusa


Saturday, April 30 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM

Sunday, May 1 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM


TICKETS: Tickets valid for food and amusements must be purchased at the ticket booth sites in the park. Dates and times are subject to change.



Lisa’s Garden Designs...................Lightweight Garden Art Irena Varecka.................................Hand Painted Glass Random .........................................Decorative Accent Pieces & Jewelry Surf-N-Turf.....................................Shellcraft & Driftwood Pat’s Crystal Nail Files...................Handpainted designs on glass nail & pedicure files also wood items Birdhouses Plus.............................Birdhouses & Lawn Decorations Designs by Denise.........................Beaded Jewelry & Watches and Decorated Flip flops Bags, Bones, and More.................Handbags, watches & dog treats Ann Torrey......................................Glass windchimes & other glass items Sunflower Jewelry & Gifts..............Handmade beaded jewelry A Greater Grater ............................Clay Graters Fire Witch Pottery .......................... Functional Stoneware Pottery Golden Monkey Publishing, LLC....Children’s Picture Books Josies Jems...................................Adult & Children’s handmade jewelry Country Store Fudge......................Fudge and Candy Lovely Lathers Soaps....................Homemade soaps, bath, & body products Marshall Arts..................................Magnetic Hematite Jewelry The Olive Oil Factory, LLC.............Quality oils, vinegars, bread dippers Caricatures By PJ..........................Caricatures--Cartoon portraits drawn with humor and artistic flair Augusta Curtis Cultural Center......Stormy Mountain Candle Products & Jim Duffy Original Note Cards Beads of Faith................................Rosaries & Jewelry made of glass, seed, Swarovski crystals Shirts and Things...........................Embroidery Clothing, scarves, purses Shape Shifter Glass.......................Various Blown Glass Witt Brothers Photographic Arts.....Matted nature & landscape photos YanYan...........................................Handmade polymer clay flower jewelry and fashion jewelry Daystones......................................Unique Stone Jewelry “... By Cyndie”................................Irish Crochet Just Clowning Around....................Quilted works, dog & cat treats. Hand puppets & handbags House of Flags...............................Handmade appliqued flags


For additional information please call the Daffodil Hotline at:

Saturday Night, April 30 at 8:30 pm Shuttles will run until 9 pm



Crafts by the Lake Over 100 artisans gather across from Mirror Lake to sell their wares at one of the first craft fairs of the season. With everything from artwork to one of a kind jewelry designs this fan favorite has something for everyone.

Don’t miss the Fireworks

St. John’s Lutheran Church Meriden Jaycees Falcon BMX Meriden Kiwanis Club Mt. Carmel School Civitan Club of Meriden Elks Club of Meriden Meridian Masonic Lodge #77 Alpha Omega Church Marine Cadets of America First Church of Christ

Friday, April 29, 2011


Town Times published 4-29-2011


Town Times published 4-29-2011