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Volume 18, Issue 7

Serving Durham, Middlefield and Rockfall

Almost 10-1, Middlefield voters approve Powder Ridge sale By Sue VanDerzee Town Times

dum, the town had two serious interested potential buyers, but in both cases, the buyThree hundred people er removed himself before crowded into the Memorial any contracts were signed. Middle School auditorium on These negotiations, however, Tuesday, May 24, to hear ate up most of two years. In about the proposed sale of the May of 2010, the town began 246-acre, town-owned proper- negotiations with Alpine Asty to Alpine Ridge LLC. Two- sociates, followed by continuing negotiations and-a-half with Alpine hours later, Ridge LLC, a moderator Matt subsidiary Willis anformed specifinounced the cally to carry 259-28 tally in fathis deal forvor of the sale. ward. In between, Dennis Abthere was plenplanalp is the ty of discussion. president of First town atAlpine Ridge torney Ken AnLLC, and he was tin gave a short next on the pubhistory of the lic hearing agenproperty, beginda. After showning in 2005 ing a short video when TD BanDennis Abplanalp produced to highkNorth began foreclosure proceedings light a bit of Powder Ridge’s against White Water Moun- past, present (horrifying tain Resorts (WWMR). In shots of the destruction and April of 2007 WWMR went vandalism) and possible rejuinto bankruptcy and the town venated future, Abplanalp said, voted overwhelmingly at a “I’m glad to be here.” He went on to detail his inreferendum to purchase the property as “a ski, recreation volvement with skiing, parand open space area,” accord- ticularly snowmaking and ing to the wording of the bal- mountain management. He lot question, which passed noted that he had actually 1,097 to 151. (Interestingly, worked at Powder Ridge for a this is almost the exact pro- short time in 2003 on snowportion of the vote on Tues- making. “There will be no day night.) Following that referenSee Sale, page 26

About 300 people came to the hearing and town meeting.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Campaign kick-off for Durham’s Laura Francis A crowd of about 50 well-wishers gathered at Durham Town Hall on Saturday as First Selectman Laura Francis announced that she would run again this fall. Said Francis, "Together we accomplished a good deal in four years, but there is more work to be done. I would consider it an honor and a privilege to serve in this capacity for four more years." Photos by Bob Francis

Proposal to give White’s Farm back to White family By Cheri Kelley Town Times A Durham town treasure, White’s Farm, was the basis for a passionate and heated discussion at the second community forum on this topic on May 24. Since the first meeting in 2009, a study was conducted by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) entitled “Allyn Brook Rehabilitation Project: Conceptual Design and Channel Alignment Options,” which was presented at the forum by NRCS representative Seth Lerman. This presentation was supposed to focus on two options for White’s Farm, but a surprising proposal from the White family was added into the mix. Sue White, representing her family, made a proposal that the White Farm open

space be legally transferred back to the White family. If this was done, the White family would take the necessary actions to repair the space to make it available for passive recreation, and the stream would be put back in its original footprint to make as much of the land viable for agricultural purposes as possible. White stated, “The White Farm was once a thriving recreational open space and is now a liability and embarrassment to the town of Durham.” If this transfer was made, White said, “All current activities would continue; (the family) would provide a documented commitment to the cause and it would be for the benefit of open space without burdening taxpayers.” At the close of this unexpected proposal, there was a round of applause from the audience of about 70 people.

First Selectman Laura Francis responded by saying, “Well, that would be some kind of partnership. We will put it on the agenda for a future Board of Selectmen (BOS) meeting, and research will be done to see if there are deed restrictions and any other legal issues.” According to Lerman and Francis, the intent of the survey and report was to give potential options for re-estabSee White’s, page 5

In this issue ... Calendar............................4 Durham Briefs................16 Middlefield Briefs...........17 Obituaries.........................29 Sports ..........................30-31 Women in Business......12-15

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CVEF grants available The Coginchaug Valley Education Foundation (CVEF) is currently accept-

This year grant applicants are asked to focus on the themes of mentoring/networking and the arts. Furthermore, CVEF encourages the sharing of expertise and common interests across generations. Grants outside of these criteria will also be considered as long as they enrich our community and bring learning and new opportunities to those of all age groups. Any community organization, community member, school or group with a realistic plan and an organized budget is encouraged to apply for grant funding. The deadline for CVEF grants ap-

plications is July 15. Grants of up to $1,500 will be awarded at the end of August. Applications are available at or you may email Renee Edwards directly at In its previous two grants cycles, CVEF has awarded 12 grants, totaling $13,570. More information about the grants CVEF has awarded is available on the foundation’s website.

Washington Road Race The 34th running of the Washington Trail 10K Road Race will take place in Durham on Memorial Day, May 30. A feature again this year will be a 4K Fun Run, starting at the same time, using a shortened distance of the same course. A fun run for children 10 and under will be conducted at the same time. The races are hosted by the town of Durham and the Durham/Middlefield Ex-

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Members of the junior, sophomore and freshman classes at Coginchaug High School will be honored at the annual Underclass Awards Assembly on Wednesday, June 1, at 7:30 a.m. in the auditorium at Coginchaug. Parking is limited and is available in the student parking lot adjacent to the athletic complex. The senior awards ceremony is also Wednesday, June 1, beginning at 7 p.m. in the Coginchaug auditorium. Seniors will be recognized for many accomplishments by a wide range of people. Everyone is invited to attend both special events.

ing applications for funding through their 2011 Grants Program. CVEF supports educational and enrichment opportunities in the Durham and Middlefield communities and has previously funded library programs, activities through town community centers, performing arts and school programs and service organization sponsorships and workshops.

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Third annual Go Far Run coming to us June 18 By Cheri Kelley Town Times

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Many residents are familiar with the Go Far Wellness Program in Regional School District 13 (RSD13), which is a fun fitness program that runs (no pun intended) during recess and after school for first through sixth grade. The kids self-motivate and challenge themselves to meet their own goals. The mission of the program “is to provide a non-competitive fitness program that encourages healthy exercise and long-term goal achievement.” The kids run laps which are recorded by an adult. After each mile they are given simple rewards, and when they finish 26.2 miles, they are given a tshirt and a sense of accomplishment. Last June the first ever Go Far Go Fast all-child race was started. According to organizer Jen Schulten, “The race could never happen without the program. Kids have to feel motivated themselves, then they can feel fulfilled with their work all year and show their parents their accomplishments at the race; it’s a nice year-end celebration.” This year the race will be held on Saturday, June 18, at the Durham fairgrounds. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. and the races begin at 9 a.m. There will be five races this year, and children ranging from preschool through grade 12 are welcome to par-

ticipate. Those in grades 7-12 will also act as mentors to help the little ones through the course. To avoid confusion, parents will not be allowed to run with their children. Older runners are important to the process of getting newer, younger runners motivated and enthusiastic, says Schulten, hopefully opening them up to the running opportunities that await them in high school. Schulten said, “The neatest thing is to watch (kids) working toward this; it’s the icing on the cake, and they get to show Mom how fast they can run.” Last year there were about 360 runners in races from a quarter mile to two miles. The pre-entry deadline is June 3; those who register by


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Transition Day Brewster School’s Transition Day into Korn School is today for second grade students.


May 30 DMIAAB The Transfer Station will be closed today because of the Memorial Day holiday. Parade The Durham Memorial Day Parade will step off at 9:15 a.m. from the corner of Haddam Quarter Road and Main Street and then continue down Main Street to the Town Green. Parade participants should assemble at the corner between 8:15 and 8:30 a.m. The parade will take place rain or shine. Immediately following the parade, there will be a ceremony at the Town Green honoring our nation’s servicemen and servicewomen. Any organizations wishing to participate in the parade or if you have any questions concerning the parade, please contact parade chairman Bob Francis at 860-349-0881. 10K Road Race & 4K Fun Run The 34th running of the Washington Trail 10K Road Race will take place in Durham today. A feature again this year will be a 4K Fun Run, starting at the same time. Race time will be at 11 a.m. sharp following the Memorial Day parade. The start and finish of the races are at Coginchaug High School on Pickett Lane, just off Route 17. Registration will take place at the high school beginning at 9 a.m. and will close at 10:45 a.m. Find registration forms, registration fees and more info at The races are hosted by the town of Durham and the Exchange Club.

Ice Cream Social The Strong School sports ice cream social begins at 6:30 p.m.


June 1 Underclassmen Awards The Coginchaug faculty, staff and administration are honoring members of the junior, sophomore and freshman classes at the annual Underclass Awards Assembly at 7:30 a.m. in the CRHS auditorium. Parking is limited and is available in the student parking lot adjacent to the athletic complex. Senior Awards The senior awards program begins at 7 p.m. in the Coginchaug auditorium. Seniors will be recognized for many accomplishments by a wide range of people: departments at CRHS, outside organizations and others. Everyone in the community is encouraged to attend this special evening. More Ice Cream The BKPTA ice cream social begins at 6 p.m. at Korn School. TOPS Join the TOPS meetings every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Durham Town Hall 3rd floor meeting room. For more info, call Naomi at 860-349-9558 or Bonnie at 860-349-9433.


June 2 Spring Concert CRHS Concert Choir and Chamber Choir Spring concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Farmers’ Market The Durham Farmers’ Market is every Thursday from 3 to 6 p.m. on the town green through September 8. Today’s theme is Wool Day. Visit for more info. The Lost Acres String Band The Lost Acres String Band will perform at 7 p.m. in the courtyard at Russell

Library, 123 Broad St. in Middletown. The band presents a unique program of all-instrumental music from various traditions: blues, rags, old and new fiddle tunes, swing jazz and some exotic originals as well. The music expresses a wide range of styles, appealing to music lovers of all ages. If rainy, the concert will be held in the Hubbard Room in the library.


June 3 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 at Peckham Park or, if it’s rainy, the Middlefield Community Center. This open-age playgroup is available for all residents and their children of Durham, Middlefield and Rockfall. No RSVP is required; just feel free to come on down and join the fun. For more info on the MOMS Club please contact Ann at


June 4 National Trails Day National Trails Day hike and picnic lunch will be in the Timberland Woods in North Guilford from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Join Women of the Woods naturalists Lucy Meigs and Jen Huddleston for an approximately 4.5mile, moderately paced, WOMEN’S HIKE. Our route will partially follow the blue-blazed Mattabesett Trail (part of the New England Trail) as it winds gently up and down past a tranquil lake, a vernal pool, a waterfall, and interesting rock outcroppings. We will take the time to appreciate the natural beauty around us and enjoy each other’s company; bring a sack lunch and water. Meet at the northern parking lot for Timberlands, which is located on the north side of Route 80. Call Lucy for

more info at 860-395-7771. Dudley Farm Farmers’ Market Farmers’ Market at the Dudley Farm, corner of Routes 77 and 80 in North Guilford, is held every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. beginning today through Oct. 29. Local and organic produce, herbs, eggs, flowers, baked goods, honey, maple syrup, soaps, jewelry, knitted things, gift items and much more. Homemade and homegrown. Notre Dame Church Tag Sale & Flea Market Notre Dame Church on Main Street in Durham will have their monthly tag sales 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 air conditioned Church hall. Breakfast and lunch are available in the church hall. Vendor space is available by calling Bob at 860-349-0356. The next dates are July 2, Aug. 6, Sept. 3 and Oct. 1. Church of Epiphany Tag & Bake Sale The Church of the Epiphany, 196 Main St. (Rt. 17) in Durham, will hold its annual Tag and Bake Sale from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Entry to this event is free. Items may be dropped off at the parish hall in back of the church from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, June 2 and 3. This event will be held rain or shine. For more info, call the church office at 860-349-9644. Middlefield Children’s Center Tag Sale Middlefield Children’s Center will be hosting a Tag Sale at the Middlefield Community Center Auditorium (405 Main St. in Middlefield) from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. tomorrow. Baked goods and coffee will be available for purchase in the morning;

Friday, May 27, 2011 hot dogs, chips and drinks will be available at lunch time. The tag sale will feature lots of baby and children’s clothes, equipment, gear, toys, housewares, books and clothing. All proceeds from the tag sale will benefit our non-profit co-op preschool. For more info, call the school at 860-3490202 or email Car Show Come to Xavier High School, 181 Randolph Rd. in Middletown, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for the sixth annual E.J.K. Car Show. All proceeds benefit the Eric J. Kalber Xavier Memorial Scholarship Fund. All cars and motorcycles are welcome and free dash plaques are given to first 100 entries. There will be great food, raffles, 50/50 raffle and trophies. For more info visit or call 860-870-8590.


June 5 National Trails Day National Trails Day hike at Wadsworth Falls State Park will be from 1 to 4 p.m. The event is co-sponsored by Everyone Outside and the Rockfall Foundation. Join Everyone Outside naturalist Lucy Meigs for a fun 1.5 to 2-mile family hike followed by refreshments (provided by Rockfall). On our route through these beautiful woods, we will look for interesting plants, animal homes, frogs, tadpoles and other creatures. Meet in the parking lot of the Wadsworth Falls State Park’s main entrance on Route 157 in Middletown. Please note: DEP has waived parking fees for Connecticut Trails Day events. Heavy rain postpones this event to June 12 at 1 p.m. For more info, call Lucy at 860-395-7771.

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seal, that should never happen. Shame on us!� Many residents showed interest in the town choosing neither option presented by Lerman but thought a third option of putting the stream back into its original bed was the best bet. Returning the property to the White family was also supported by many in the crowd. One resident said, “We have proven that we are not good stewards of anyone’s land. I would like to see the Whites take it back; they

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done,� said White. “When you get a promise from your friends and neighbors and have a gentleman’s handshake, then to have them say, ‘We’ll do right by you,’ and they haven’t — that is why I am here tonight.� Francis summed up the forum by saying that the next step


One of the two commercial dairy farms left in Durham had to sell off part of their herd this past year because they lost the rented hayfields and couldn’t get enough hay to feed their cattle. White said, “In a town like Durham that boasts a cow on its

can’t do any worse than us.� Others felt that the White family has already done enough for the town. Joe Pasquale stated, “I applaud you, Sue, and your family. You have already given us a gift. It is our turn to take care of it. They shouldn’t have to stand up and take care of it again.�


lishing a stream channel in order to help minimize the duration and frequency of flooding. The survey was not done with the intent of making the land agriculturally viable again, although this is another option. Lerman said, “Depending on what you did to the stream, you could create an area that could be farmed in the future. It wouldn’t necessarily be a natural-looking stream channel.� Lerman stated for clarity purposes that the “NRCS is part of the United Stated Department of Agriculture. It is not a nonprofit organization; it is a federal agency. The purpose of the agency is to provide technical assistance to landowners in making land-planning decisions. The agency is non-regulatory.� Conservation Commission members were present and in attendance to answer questions as well.


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EDGE Team leaves reminders for peers The CRHS EDGE (Educated Decisions Guiding Everyday) Team, with Durham Middlefield Youth and Family Services, blanketed lockers at CRHS with MADD red ribbons this week. The red ribbons are a reminder to all students to be substance free. The activity is part of “EDGE Week,” which is packed with events and activities designed to bring awareness of the dangers of substance use and ultimately to prevent drinking and drug-related incidents during the period between prom and graduation. Pictured are EDGE Team members: TJ Murphy, Allyssa Tiedemann, Katie Chabot, Collin Plant, Melissa Ober, Ben Plant and Brenna Goldberg. Submitted by Jane Moen

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Friday, May 27, 2011

Cherishing memories of “Papi Jeff” Jeff Francis passed away last week, a devastating loss to his Elisabeth family, his friends, the community and the world he worked so hard to change. I once told Jeff that he could not commit to something he did not know. Likewise, I cannot commit or explain this series of events as to me it is surreal and so far from the Jeff I know. I was fortunate to know Jeff since he was a child. My daughter met Jeff when she started school. Jeff was kind to my daughter when others were not — nothing means more to a mom. As a teen, I watched him mentor many youths through Durham Middlefield Youth and Family Services (DMYFS). With his remarkable maturity, he became a peer when he joined the DMYFS board of directors. He worked tirelessly to support that organization and provide programming and support for teens in our communities. Jeff was a mentor and friend to many; he was a protector of and advocate for justice. As a college student, Jeff emailed from Australia that he admired my work in Haiti and wanted to get involved. I was grateful, having seen his dedication, energy and enthusiasm, and told him he had to come to Haiti as he could not commit to something he did not know. In November 2008 he traveled to Haiti with me, came home with a plan, and never stopped. He organized an event at Marist College to raise funds to purchase land nearby the rented home. He continued to fundraise and returned to Haiti the following December to put the finishing touches on HELO’s school. After the devastating earthquake, we tag-teamed day and night until we found a plane to fly us to Haiti. He rounded up medical supplies, and he and his dad again wrangled a plane and had them shipped to Haiti. He returned to HELO last May with a team from Marist and a Poughkeepsie soccer club to bring joy and laughter to a country in desperate need. Jeff was a great friend to HELO; his dealings with our Haitian families were honorable and respectful. Jeff shared my vision, matched my passion,


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but possessed the persistent go-getter qualities I lacked. We worked so well together — he told me when I was wrong, told me when I was right, and I always knew he would tell me the truth. When we put our hearts and minds together, we could move mountains. In Haiti, he was Papi Jeff — adored and cherished, he had near rock star status! Jeff earned the love of our Haitian families through his love of games, reading, creative crafts, wonderful sense of humor and hard work and dedication to improving their lives. A bright light has been extinguished, and from Connecticut to New York, Australia to Haiti, the world will not be the same. Jeff touched more lives in his short life than most of us do in much longer spans. I will do my best to hold on to some of his passion and go-getter attitude in his honor and always remember him as the wonderful, caring, compassionate advocate he was for children here and in Haiti. Jeff made random acts of kindness a way of life, not a slogan. Let us do the same in remembrance of a man who touched our lives so deeply and helped bring happiness to people around the world.

Letters to the Editor Help our troops “beat the heat” This Memorial Day, please help support our American military troops

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gle serving sizes made with artificial sweeteners rather than sugar); any non-chocolate snack items such as granola bars, beef jerky, nuts and tuna in foil pouches. No glass, aerosol cans, canned goods or homemade food. Look for the “Give 2 the Troops®” Donation bins located at Berardino Co. Realtors, Coginchaug Regional High School and area businesses. These items will be sent to our troops by the Give 2 the Troops® organization based in Rocky Hill. For more information, please contact me at 860-349-3110. James Berardino, Durham

Thank you for your generous support On April 30, 32,000 runners and walkers took to the streets of Nashville, TN, to participate in the Country Music Half Marathon and Marathon. I was fortunate enough to be among them. I

was also part of a very special team, a team of 13 runners from Connecticut and 317 runners from around the country to participate as part of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training. As part of the team, I made an appeal to the community to help meet a fundraising goal of $5,000. Thanks to your incredible generosity, I surpassed that goal, collecting a total of $5,280. Together the 317 runners netted an impressive $900,000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, monies which will help fund research into cures and treatments of blood cancers, as well as provide much needed services for those living with these diseases. This was my first time running on behalf of LLS, and it was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. There is something very satisfying and uplifting about helping people you have never met before but whose lives are deeply touched by the generosity of

strangers. Several people living with leukemia approached me throughout the weekend in Nashville and offered thanks and appreciation for helping raise money, which is literally helping to keep them alive. I want to thank the many people who contributed to this campaign, not only with monetary donations, but also with gifts of time and encouragement. Thanks for stopping by the Apple Barrel and offering your support; it was a great help! Your generosity is greatly appreciated, especially by those who are benefiting from your kindness. I can tell you that, beyond a doubt, you are saving lives. If you would like to help me as I plan my 2012 run with Team in Training by either donating, becoming a corporate sponsor, having a special fund-raising event, or helping raise money or awareness, please contact me at 203-237-4305 or e-mail me at

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Town Times Columns

Friday, May 27, 2011

Governor’s proposed state labor agreement is exercise in faith-based budgeting You have probably heard of “faith-based” government initiatives. An examination of the governor’s proposed agreement with the state unions reveals it to be an exercise in “faith-based” budgeting. The governor claims to have State Sen. achieved $1.6 billion in cost savings in the deal. A closer look shows that one-third of those “concessions” — $565 million — is imaginary. If one counts only the truly reliable cost savings that appear to be in the deal, the governor has fallen 50 percent short of his $2 billion concessions goal. Take a look at of some of the “faithbased” assumptions in the deal: $205 million. The governor says that this is the amount of savings which would be seen over the next two years by making the state employee workforce healthier. Savings are hoped for based on healthier lifestyles and use of physician-recommended physicals, regimens and tests. In the long run, this might be effective, but the governor is saying those savings will result immediately. Is this optimistic? Very much so. Is this pragmatic? No. Does this represent reliable savings over the next two years? No way. $180 million. We are told that these savings will come out of an employee suggestion box. Responsible budgeting techniques would require documentation to substantiate that estimate, but the governor has not provided an explanation or any shred of documentation to support the guessed-for savings. This is irresponsible budgeting. We cannot base the Connecticut state budget on wild guesses. $75 million. This is the fictitious amount the governor claims will be saved through “Health Care Cost

Containment.” These savings allegedly would result from the efforts of an entity called the Health Care Cost Containment Committee (HCCCC). It sounds like a good idea, until you read the unions’ own budget document which was circulated last week and which Len Suzio contradicts the governor’s claim. According to the unions’ document, “Despite the best efforts of the Health Care Cost Containment Committee, these (health care) costs have continued to rise — they are scheduled to go up about five percent for both the state and state employees beginning July 1 of this year.” In other words, the HCCCC has failed to achieve any cost savings. How can we rely on a committee that has a history of failing to keep health care costs down to generate $75 million of savings in the next two years when it has never generated any savings? The governor’s negotiating team has failed to deliver the necessary $2 billion in labor savings needed to balance the budget. Furthermore, the deal protects state employees from any pay cuts or layoffs for the next four years and guarantees pay increases in years three through five of the labor agreement. This deal must be defeated in the Connecticut General Assembly or else we will be faced with potential catastrophic cuts in aid to our cities and towns. The governor must honor his pledge to balance the budget through union concessions or downsizing the number of state employees. Voters should contact their state representatives and tell them to vote “No” on the state union contract. Please continue to contact me at with your thoughts and comments. You can also visit my website at

From The State Capitol

Web update In reference to Coginchaug High School lifting its ban on technology use in the classroom, our latest poll question asked, “What do you think of students using personal hand-held technology, like iPads and cell phones, in the classroom?” As of press time, 64 people responded; 69 percent think it’s a bad idea, 31 percent think it’s a good idea. Answer our next online poll at


CRHS and Durham 2.0: Is there an app for that? the risk rather than By now you must miss an opportunity. have read one of the articles reporting Through our webthat the Board of Edusite, and now social cation voted to lift the media, we have been ban on student use of able to push out all personal handheld kinds of informatechnology for the tion. Almost rest of the school overnight, I wityear. I’ve already nessed a more eduheard several comcated citizenry at ments that this will meetings because lead to trouble and a they were able to disruption of the read agendas, minLaura Francis, Durham learning process. I utes and town docucommend the board ments online. I noand Principal Andre ticed greater particiHauser for their willpation at town ingness to explore the events. We pull inpotential educational formation with inbenefits of using techteractive elements, nology. It will require diligence on such as online Citizen Service Retheir part to ensure success, and I quests. Best of all, we are reaching thank them for putting forth the effort. our youth by embracing their preTo my student readers, Mr. ferred method of communication. Hauser went out on a limb for you, While I am aware of the downas did the board. Please be responsi- side of technology, I believe that ble; help us maximize the use of the proper use of certain technolotechnology and enhance the learn- gy has improved how we manage ing experience. You are equal part- our town and educate our chilners in this endeavor. dren. I also believe there is more In 2003, we installed internet at we can do. There are new Governthe Town Hall in order to build our ment 2.0 tools created every day, very first website. At the time, it and our staff is open to all ideas. was cutting edge, especially for a However, not all applications are small town. Many town halls were scalable to our size town or budget. not connected; in fact, some state There are cities and towns all over agencies weren’t either. There were the nation doing some really cool actually first selectmen around the stuff, and we will too when it state who were fearful of viruses, as works for us. Maybe we can partif they would harm their employees! ner with the students at CRHS and Fortunately, we chose to mitigate find an app for that!

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State Police Report On Thursday, May 19, at approximately 9 a.m., State Police received a complaint reporting that Jeffrey M. Francis had left his residence for a brief time and was expected to return. When he did not return as expected, family members reported him missing to State Police Troop F in Westbrook. Troopers broadcast a description of the missing person’s vehicle to all police agencies. The car was located near Lake Beseck in Middlefield. Troopers searched for the missing man utilizing State Police K-9 teams, manpower and the State Police Dive Team. On Friday, May 20, at approxi-

mately 1:10 p.m., Jeffrey Francis was found deceased in Lake Beseck just off of King Road in Middlefield by members of the State Police Dive Team. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The State Police investigation has determined that there appears to be no criminal aspect to this death. A post-mortem examination was conducted by the Office of the Chief State’s Medical Examiner to determine the manner and cause of death.

On Tuesday, May 24, the State Police ruled the death a suicide.

Jeffrey Francis was a resident of Durham and was 23 years old.


Friday, May 27, 2011

Town Times

Dr. Scott Nicol leaves RSD13 with fond, funny memories By Cheri Kelley Town Times There are so many remarkable people within Regional School District 13 (RSD13) who have made a difference, and Dr. Scott Nicol is one among them. Nicol has enjoyed six years working at Strong Middle School, but he will be taking a position in the Hartford

Public School System at the closing of this school year. Nicol’s new position will be a central office administrator entitled Director of Performance Management. Nicol stated, “My main responsibility is to work with the 49 principals to support teachers in meeting the standards of the school district.” Nicol resides in Portland, with his wife, Heather, who

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When asked about his time at Strong School, Nicol stated, “Over the past six years, Strong School is really proud of many accomplishments. We are proud that we were able to change the master schedule to integrate students from the Contemporary and Integrated Day programs for PE, art, health, technology education, music, world language and band.” During that time the school increased the number of extracurricular activities by over 40 percent at zero cost to the taxpayers. Nicol also stated that he is proud that “we have a school in which 90-plus percent of students report being safe, and approximately 80 percent of parents believe their child has received an outstanding education.” According to Nicol the percentages mentioned come from the student and parent anonymous feedback report. Teresa Opalacz is a parent of three children, Tucker, Sheena and Kendra, who all attended Strong during Nicol’s tenure. She stated, “Dr Nicol is innovative and proactive. He continued to move our middle school forward in technology and community-based programs. Between (Nicol) and the teachers, many after school clubs were added that enticed all different personalities. My kids really enjoyed their time at Strong School, and I think his creativity will be missed.” Nicol said he was so excited on his first day at Strong that he shook a teacher’s hand and actually broke his bone. The next day he came to school with a soft cast, and

Friday, May 27, 2011


Town Times

Durham Historical Society plans to re-open Center School By Trish Dynia Special to the Town Times

were built by residents who lived too far from church to


that stands next to Town Hall today was built about 1780 and was later moved to Indian Lane. When local resident Charles Stannard reSee School, page 25


traipse home for the noon break from Sunday services that lasted all day. In History of Durham, 1662 to 1866, author William Chauncey Fowler wrote that he remembered there being at least six Sabbath Day houses when he was young (about 1803). He also recalled that the last house was occupied by John King, a Hessian deserter from the British Army during the American Revolutionary War. The rustic brown clapboard Sabbath Day House

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Durham Historical Society president Sarah Atwell was the featured speaker last Thursday, and the latest in a series called “Conversations with Local Talent,” sponsored by the Durham Senior Committee. A dozen local residents gathered at the Durham Activity Center as Atwell, assisted by local resident and historian Diana McCain, related a brief history of the society and the three buildings on Town House Road in their care. Since 1968, when the society first leased the former Center School building from the town, it has undergone several renovations. Most recently, the second floor was gutted and repainted, the wide beam floorboards were refurbished and clear stained, and early in May the building received a coat of fresh white paint from local contractor A.J. Eames. Said Atwell, “The work has been 90 percent done by volunteers, and the rest was funded through book sales.” The school, which served local students from 1775 to 1923, is unique in design, strength and location. It is one of a number of two-story schoolhouses ever built and has never been removed from its ideal location in the center of town. McCain added, “Every town was required by the Congregational Church to provide a school house where children could be taught to read so they could read the Bible.” The schools were often poorly built, located in inconvenient areas, and class was in session just a few months each year. Center School’s prime location and longevity underscores the importance of education to Durham residents since its founding in 1699. Atwell added that Durham’s schools were often in session 11 months out of the year, and areas of study included reading, math, geography and the sciences. Located just south of Center School is Durham’s only surviving Sabbath Day House. Explained Atwell, “At one time there were

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Absolutely Anything is Possible — ask Lynn McPhelimy By Diana Carr Special to the Town Times Lynn McPhelimy, of Middlefield, knows about life’s magic. It’s taken her to a place in life where she never thought she’d be. And it’s all good. But before the magic, there was a hard blow when her parents were both diagnosed with cancer in the mid-’80s. “I was praying for a miracle and hoping for a cure,” she recalls. “And then my mother said, ‘Take one day of denial, and then come back for a cup of coffee. You’re going to be left to take care of the house, the yard, the dogs.’ They wanted to alleviate what could have been

an overwhelming situation. My mother said they didn’t want me to miss them for the wrong reasons.” Her father handled the practical side of things. “You’ll have to mow the lawn,” he told her, and she thought, “How hard can that be?” She soon realized it could have been very hard, since she saw no key for the rider lawnmower when she and her father went out to the shed. He showed her where it was — under a brick on a windowsill that was covered in cobwebs. He imparted other useful information, too, like when the dryer doesn’t heat up, check the fuse. And he made a detailed map showing the location of the septic tank. “My

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wanted to go to a toy store to buy a Cabbage Patch doll, which was not easy to find in those days. But when a friend finally found one for her, she told her, “It’s not going to do. It has yellow hair and it needs to have red hair.” Back went the doll, and when the friend returned with another one, it had red hair. “It was grandmother’s intuition,” says McPhelimy. “She was thinking about the next generation and what she would be missing, and the joy it would have given her to give her first granddaughter a doll. I didn’t have any kids at the time, but when my daughter was born, she had red hair.

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McPhelimy (Continued from page 12) Nobody else in the family has red hair.” After her parents passed away, she found a folder that her father had put important papers and information in. There were things like banking information, phone numbers she needed for the care of the house, important documents and his favorite recipe. “In that file was him taking care of me again. It was the checklist for their life. They were making things as easy as possible for me so that I could move forward with courage and confidence.” Soon her friends were asking her to talk to their par-

ents about organizing their lives. “Would we know how to walk in and take care of their lives and their house if something happened?” they asked themselves. And the answer was “No. We would freak out.” So McPhelimy went to their parents’ houses and told them, “Let’s start this conversation while you are still healthy and happy. Let’s deal with the ‘what ifs.’ If one of you gets sick, would the other one know how to take care of things? If you both pass away, would your loved ones be able to step in and do what is necessary to keep things going?” When a friend passed away suddenly, she realized it was time to create the same file of important information that her parents had left her. “I asked myself,

‘How can I take what I learned from my parents and leave my family with answers, not questions? I wanted to leave things in order so that my family could move forward. I also wanted to leave them something to hold onto, so I turned red plaid flannel pajamas into stuffed animals for them.” In 1998, tired of all the rejections from publishers, she formed her own publishing company so that she could publish her book, In the Checklist of Life. Says McPhilimy, “It’s a working book of your life, a checklist where you put all your information in one place so that someone else could step into your life and run with it, in the event of death or sickness, or even just going on vacation.” And it leaves no

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Kristen Kleeman opened Durham Fitness LLC in February 2007. Durham Fitness is a full service gym offering free weights, weight machines, and cardio equipment. In addition, if a customer would like personal training in any core discipline, Durham Fitness currently has four trainers on staff. Durham Fitness expanded two years ago to include a multi-purpose room for fitness classes. Current fitness classes being offered include Zumba®, Spinning®, Team Training, Group Training, Kids Hula Hooping, Zumbatonic® for kids, and children’s fitness birthday parties. In June we will be adding Cardio Kickboxing, Boot Camp, Muscle Fusion, AB Blaster, and Kettlebells It was actually Kristen’s love for sports that made her decide to open a Fitness center in Durham, to promote a healthy and physical life style. Kristen was a ranked singles tennis player at both CRHS, as well as the University of Hartford. Kristen also excelled in various other competitive sports, and holds a professional ski instructor (PSIA) certificated in both snow boarding and skiing. Kristen also has a Masters degree in education and in her spare time is an Adjunct Professor of Mathematics at Middlesex Community College. You don’t have to be a member to do the classes at Durham Fitness, as Durham Fitness has non-member packages available as well. For your convenience there are two changing rooms with individual lockers. Check out the website at for updates and class schedules or visit us on facebook at durhamfitness df-ct. Kristen was raised and lives in Durham and hopes that you will stop in to see her or any of her staff to inquire on how Durham Fitness can help you. She can be reached at 860/349-2480 or by email at

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Carol Kleeman, Realtor Berardino Realtors, Durham Selling or buying your home? Carol, a full time real estate professional, is a recognizable face in the community who specializes in the Durham/Middlefield area. A resident of Durham for over 35 years, She has served on numerous town organizations, committees, and RSD13 committees. Carol is pursuing her long time love of real estate after working for many years in various management positions in the private sector Carol is known to “look outside the box” to find the answers for her clients. Your home is your greatest asset and should be a reflection of you. In her downtime Carol enjoys traveling, reading, and outdoor activities. Carol looks forward to helping you with your real estate needs and can be reached at 860/349-0344, email at, or on facebook at Carol Kleeman Real Estate Page.


Dr. Frances Sites, O.D. has been an Optometrist for 21 Years. She has been practicing in Durham since 2007. Her business partner is her husband Phil Perrino, O.D. Recently they purchased a beautiful Historic home and relocated the practice to the first floor of 243 Main Street (formerly Fairground Mortgage). This home was built in the 1760’s, previously owned by the Quick family as well as Marshall’s Variety Store. While the exterior is historic the interior is updated and beautifully decorated. It houses the latest technology in eye care. The office provides routine eye exams for adults and children. They also treat pink eye and glaucoma, as well as provide diabetic eye care. Dr. Sites is proud to be an owner run and operated business in a small town. Many patients express how happy they are to have this service in town and choose to stay local and support Durham businesses. There are hundreds of contact lenses in stock and they can accommodate many same day fitting. Dr Sites specializes in difficult contacts. Durham Family Eye Care participates in most insurance plans. The office is open Monday thru Saturdays with evening hours on Thursday. There are over 800 frames in stock to choose from ranging from budget to designer. Dr. Sites is married with 3 children ages 15, 11 and 7. She and her family have lived in Wallingford for 16 years. You are invited to visit our office and browse our showroom of glasses and discuss any issues you may have concerning your eye health.

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McPhelimy (Continued from page 13) peace of mind into lives that have been turned upside down. When I do a presentation, people are there for three hours afterward. They hang out and tell me their stories. And I tell them, ‘What wouldn’t I do to have just five minutes with my parents? You have those five minutes. Take the time to start the conversation. Then you’ll have no regrets.”

solutely Anything Is Possible. For more information on McPhelimy, go to her website: For info on her business, Moving & More, go to

More than a map — Connie Brown helps capture life’s journeys By Diana Carr Special to the Town Times Little did she know that her hike in the Pyrenees in the early ‘90s would turn out to be so much more than a hike — that it would be a turning point in her life, leading her to a career pursued by few. But let’s begin at the beginning.

“You have to be open to life,” she muses. “You never know where it’s going to take you. I never would have thought all this would happen.”

Connie Brown, of Durham, fell in love with art when she was just a wee one sitting on her grandfather’s knee. “I spent a lot of time in his studio, where he taught me to draw and mix paints. He was a cartoonist and a writer who

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Above and left, Connie Brown and her unique maps. Photo by Diana Carr

practiced all kinds of art, and he made me feel comfortable with a pencil or a brush in my hand. That feels like home to me.” She got a master’s degree in English and became a high school English teacher, but motherhood and the desire to spend more time with her three children moved her away from teaching and toward freelance illustration. “I was going back to my roots,” she says. She became interested in scientific art (art that serves a purpose, like charts, diagrams and maps) from centuries past — not a big leap from her collegiate concentration on 18th century British literature. When she met artist Julie Ruff, “We decided to get together once a week and play in our studios and collaborate. We started playing around with various aspects of scientific art, including maps, and eventually we were doing utilitarian art. We copied maps, put in numbers and letters and painted them on objects, like boxes. We sold them, but it really was more of a hobby than a business, and as our kids got older we felt the need to get real jobs.” And then came that lifealtering hike in the Pyrenees. “I’d been thinking about maps,” she recalls, “and I thought I could make a wall map of the hiking routes I was on during this trip. When I got home and was making the map, it occurred to me that I could make big decorative maps for people, for money. I had

found my profession. Julie and I spent six months educating ourselves, looking at decorative old maps and seeing the intersection of art and science.” They made a few maps, had them photographed and had slides made of the photos. She sent the slides, “with no hope at all of publication,” to the design editor of the New York Times, and says, “I felt like it was a message in a bottle, and I would never hear from her, and I would just go back to looking for a job. But the stars must have been aligned.” The editor called and said she wanted to be the first to feature them, and she put an image of one of the maps, along with a paragraph about their work, in the design section. “The phone started ringing,” says Brown, “and people were commissioning us to do the maps.” After 10 years of working with Ruff, Brown began working on her own. (Her husband, Duncan Milne, an architect and artist, works with her on the property maps.) She creates biographical, property, travel and stewardship maps. (Stewardship maps are designed to inspire in people a desire to protect the environment.) She creates a synthesis of several maps, putting in only the relevant details, takes it to an architectural printer, gets it blown up to the right size and traces it onto the canvas. She then puts in the place names and See Brown, next page

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Brown (Continued from page 14) important features of a person’s life, travels, property, etc. “I draw freehand,” she tells us. “All my maps involve some degree of illustration and ornament.” She uses acrylic paint applied as a wash (she applies it with a brush and then rubs it off, in order to get a transparent coat of paint that will allow the place names to be visible), and pen and ink. In 2007 she did a stewardship map for the Hudson River. It’s designed for the public, intended to introduce viewers to the size of the watershed and, through the use of illustrations around the map, pictorially

give reasons for protecting the river and its watershed. She travels to the properties she maps, which are often ranches, and has been to North Carolina, Wyoming, Texas and farms in New England. These maps celebrate her clients’ properties and show their uniqueness. Brown says she tries to bring in as many factors as she can that define the property as well as the soul, and she likes going there so that she can take the pulse of the place. Her maps, which are usually 3`’x4’ in size, are mostly for individuals who are giving them as surprise presents for their spouses. One of her favorites was a travel map, using Chinese art, decorations and symbols, for a

New York couple who traveled to China to pick up the baby they were adopting. “This was a profound journey,” says Brown. “It struck me that I might be mapping significant life events, not just recreational travel, maybe the most important journey a person has ever made. I viewed my work a little differently after that.” The title of the map says it all: a map of a journey of love and faith — led by God, traveled by Lindsay and Peter to find Ziaoling and to bring her home to her place in the family, now complete. Brown also lectures about maps and what they mean to us, and she gives workshops, mostly in New York, on making hand-drawn maps. And she and Milne make globes and are offering a limited


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edition 19” hand-painted period globe showing the world as it was known to mid-17th century Europeans. The New York Public Library has acquired one for its collection. Brown says she loves her work for so many reasons. She loves the mix of being with clients and then working on her own. “It’s hard work, but it’s tranquil.” She loves learning about a place through someone else’s eyes. “Learning about a place feels like an exploration. Every place name has a history.” She loves depicting flora and fauna, which are often in her maps. And she loves the collaboration with her clients. “They get so involved in the creation of the map that they feel like they are a part

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Jane Brayshaw Rynaski has been designing floral arrangements since she got her first job at the age of 16 at Keser's Florists in Middletown. After graduation from Coginchaug High School, Jane attended The Rittner School of Floral Design in Boston where she received her certificate. She then returned to Connecticut where she began her career working in the floral industry, eventually deciding she would like to concentrate her efforts on weddings and special events. Her business, Just For You Floral Design Studio, located at 140 West Street in the old Lyman Gun Sight building in Middlefield, evolved at that point. Without the day to day operations of a full service florist shop, Jane is able to focus her creativity on each individual event, thereby making each wedding or event uniquely personalized: "Just For You". Jane keeps current on new trends by attending industry workshops and conferences on a regular basis. She has studied under many nationally and internationally known designers. Just For You also carries invitations, rental items, bridal accessories and services are available for custom floral design. To be able to devote her time to each individual event, Just For You is by appointment only. Jane would be pleased to hear from you if you have an event coming up. You can reach her at 860-349-0575.



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And why does she think her work is in such demand? “People like maps. It’s kind of primal. They look at a map and take pleasure at pointing to the places they’ve been. We define ourselves by our relationship to the physical world and its places. And a map represents our aspirations and the places we want to go. It defines our dreams.”

Judy Lyman Smith Judy’s Checks & Balances, LLC 860-349-1555

Judy’s Checks & Balances, LLC is a Middlefield based company owned by Judy Lyman Smith that has been providing services to clients since the year 2000. Judy’s business offers personal daily money management services to help individuals organize and maintain their financial affairs. She works with a variety of clients: seniors who need help to maintain an independent lifestyle, individuals with special needs, or people too busy to handle these transactions for themselves. Her services include balancing bank accounts, reviewing and paying bills, sorting mail, and organizing and maintaining financial records. For seniors in need, Judy can help them apply for Title 19 and see this complex process through to completion as well as renew the Title 19 status annually. Further, Judy can organize tax documents, track medical claims, and provide accountants or advisors with current financial information. If you are an individual interested in these services, contact Judy Lyman Smith for a free consultation.

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of the process, and they feel pride in the work we do together. I couldn’t do this without them. They give me ideas on how to creatively express their vision. It’s not just data.”

Over 30 years as a professional photographer have set Marie Curtis and Curtis Studio apart from the rest of the crowded photography field. She turned a childhood hobby into an exciting career and fine art. Curtis Studio is fortunate to have recorded cherish memories for families, children, pets, brides and grooms, high school and college graduations, corporate executives, people at play, people at work, and even some in their final hours, from their restored barn on Main Street in Durham. Marie is a member of Connecticut Professional Photographers, where she served on their Board of Directors and is a past president. She is a Certified Professional Photographer, a credential held by less that 3% of all professional photographers, and acts as the liaison from CT to the Professional Photographers of America, which recently awarded her their Master of Photography Degree in recognition of her achievements and photographic skills.

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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 30 9 a.m. — Memorial Day Parade starts and Main Street will be closed for about 90 minutes. Transfer Station is closed for the holiday Tuesday, May 31 7 p.m. — Ethics Committee Wednesday, June 1 6:30 p.m. — Durham Volunteer Ambulance Corps at 205 Main St. 7:30 p.m. — Planning and Zoning Thursday, June 2 7 p.m. — Public Safety Facility Renovations Planning Committee at Durham Volunteer Firehouse 7 p.m. — D.A.R.T.

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The Durham Assessor’s Office will be closed from June 6 through June 10 for

staff training at the Connecticut annual Assessor’s School. The public access computer station located on the second floor of the Town Hall will be open for anyone needing property data cards. The office will re-open for regular hours on Monday, June 13.

Free community suppers The Church of the Epiphany will use the United Churches of Durham’s Fellowship Hall for its next three free community suppers due to a construction project at Epiphany. The suppers will take place June 12,

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July 10 and August 14, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Epiphany’s Outreach Committee sponsors the monthly suppers. Other local groups, including the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Lion’s Club and Twin Maples Health Care, have also helped with or sponsored some. Notre Dame Church has sponsored several, and its parishioners often supply desserts. “They are as involved as we are,” Community Supper chairman Deb Proctor of Epiphany said of Notre Dame. But the addition of a handicap-access ramp to Epiphany’s Parish Hall, the relocation of an oil tank and other renovations at the historic church left Epiphany without a place to hold its suppers. United Churches hosted its first community supper in April, and Proctor is grateful for their willing-

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ness to help again. “This is absolutely amazing and thrilling to me for them to be involved like this,” she said. Proctor also has changed the supper schedule to accommodate its Angel Food Ministries project, another Outreach Committee effort. Church of the Epiphany is a distribution site for Angel Food Ministries, a national organization that allows families and individuals to buy boxes of food at wholesale prices. The suppers were previously held on the third Sunday of the month but are now scheduled for the second Sunday of the month. The earlier date allows those who attend the suppers time to order food from Angel Food Ministries. Information about the community supper or Angel Food Ministries is available by calling Church of the Epiphany at 860-349-9644 or by e-mail at

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Discussion (Continued from page 16) Thursday, June 9, at 10 a.m. at the Durham Public Library, 7 Maple Ave. Ms. Eddison will present a talk on Change: The Passage of Time in the Garden. She will also have on hand her latest book, Gardening for a Lifetime: How to Garden Wiser as You Grow Older. A nationally recognized gardener, author of seven books and a wildly popular lecturer, Ms. Eddison will share her joy, enthusiasm and experience as a life-long gardener. Her garden has been featured in magazines and on television shows, including “Martha Stewart Living” and “The Victory Garden.” Gardening for a Lifetime is a memoir about having to scale back after widowhood and painful joints made it impossible to keep up with a large garden. Intermixing personal experience with practical gardening tips, Ms. Eddison presents a road map for accepting and embracing a new and simpler way of gardening. Refreshments will be served. The suggested donation for non-members is $5.

A representative from the Wadsworth Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will be available on the Durham town green during and after the Memorial Day parade with information about Wreaths Across America. Each year the chapter participates in Wreaths Across America by laying wreaths on the graves of our veterans in the Middletown Veterans’ Cemetery. The ceremony will be held simultaneously with the “Wreaths Across America™” ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery and ceremonies in state veterans’ cemeteries, veterans’ monuments and local cemeteries. This event is open to the public, who can also participate by helping place the wreaths at the cemetery. The ceremony will take place on Dec. 10.

You can help honor our veterans by donating wreaths. Donation forms will be available so people can donate a wreath for the ceremony. An individual wreath costs $15, but there are also other sponsorship levels available. Please stop by the table for more information and to purchase a wreath to honor our veterans.

Memorial Day in Middlefield

Middlefield Government Calendar (Unless otherwise indicated, all meetings are held in the Community Center.) Monday, May 30 Transfer Station is closed for the holiday Thursday, June 2 7-10 p.m. — Economic Development Commission Monday, June 6 7 p.m. — Middlefield Board of Selectmen Tuesday, June 7 6:30 p.m. — Parks and Recreation 7:30 p.m. — Board of Education at Brewster School Wednesday, June 8 6 p.m. — Board of Education 6:30 p.m. — Planning and Zoning 7 p.m. — Water Pollution Control Authority the Middlefield Cemetery and the North Burial Grounds. The public is invited to attend.

A Memorial Day ceremony under the guidance of the Middlefield/Rockfall, VFW Post #10362, will be held Monday, May 30, at 8 a.m., at the town green. Town officials will speak and a wreath will be placed honoring our nation’s fallen comrades. Following the ceremony, wreaths will also be placed at

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Zuby, a 9/11 K9 Hero with Durham roots By Judy Moeckel Special to the Town Times You may have heard the term “the last man standing,” usually applied to hu-

man bravery demonstrated in combat. Recently it has been applied to Zuby, a German Shepherd who was a member of the Connecticut State Police Canine Unit that


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responded after terrorist at- sizes and shapes,” she says. tacks caused the collapse of Connecticut had at least 14 the Twin Towers at the four-legged heroes — members of the CaWorld Trade nine Unit, Center (WTC) who, along in New York with their City on Sept. trooper hero 11, 2001. As handlers, Memorial worked to Day is obrescue the livserved this ing and reweekend, and cover the the 10th andead from the niversary of WTC site. the attacks Zuby, a darkapproaches, colored and N a n c y powerful dog, Morand, who was the last used to work surviving at the “K9” from Durham VetConnecticut erinary HosZuby that worked pital, says a true hero died in Durham at the there in the days following the attacks. beginning of May. Those who worked on “Heroes come in many


search and rescue in New York after Sept. 11 don’t like to talk about what they saw, or what their dogs experienced with them. But we know from newspaper articles, interviews and websites (the “Dogs in the News” website is great, with touching photos) that not finding any survivors after the first few days took a heavy toll on both the dogs and their handlers, whether from K9 units or search and rescue teams. Dogs trained to find survivors almost seem to feel it’s “their fault” if they can’t find anyone alive. They are deprived of the reward they have been trained to search for, and it can be profoundly depressing for them. Trooper Kevin Slonski See Zuby, next page

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she’d never worked with a dog as strong-minded and “serious” as Zuby. He had a strong “ball” drive — that is, his focus was on the ultimate prize: getting to play after finding his quarry. He also had the necessary dominating personality of a police dog and had never had a female handler. When he showed aggressive tendencies towards her and her dog Truffles, she knew something had to change. After seeking advice from local trainer Brian Malloy, she laid down the law with Zuby, asserting herself as the “alpha” dog in their pack. “After about a half hour,” she says, “he bellied up. Then he got that adoring gaze K9s give to their handlers.” At that point she knew things were going to work out. She used him as a “demo dog” in her obedience classes and also made visits at the Hospice in Branford. At area schools she participated in “career days” (she is a veterinary technician) and sometimes brought Zuby to middle school classes.

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(now with Troop F in Westbrook), Zuby’s handler, in an article published shortly after the attacks, said that he could tell by the droop of Zuby’s tail that the dog wasn’t happy with what he found. In training, dogs find “victims” who are happy to see them and shower them with praise. But over and over again at the WTC site, Slonski and the other trooper/handlers had to praise their dogs for finding the dead, which was both traumatic and stressful. To keep the dogs’ spirits up, Slonski and the rescue team went to a nearby park to play fetch, but that probably couldn’t make up for what they were going through. Health issues were of great concern as the dogs worked. Not only was there the risk of injury from the debris and collapsing structures, but the dogs absorbed the same pollution and toxins as the human rescuers. Thanks to volunteer veterinarians and assistants from a variety of organizations, including the Society for the Protection of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA), the dogs were given frequent medical check-ups and much-needed refreshment as they worked to find survivors, then bodies, in the rubble of the Twin Towers. According to Dogs in the News, rescue dogs are trained to detect traces of sweat and other musky odors exuded by the body during stress. They can distinguish between the living and the dead, and their sense of smell has been estimated to be at least one million times more

refined than ours. They can detect sound vibrations at 250 yards that most humans can barely hear at 25. Bob Sessions, a rescue worker with the Federal Emergency Management Agency who responded to the Sept. 11 attacks, has said, “If these dogs only knew what a difference they make. Certainly, there’s nothing that can replace the precision of a dog’s nose —and absolutely nothing that can replace a dog’s heart.” After an active career as a State Police K9, first with Trooper Slonski and then with Trooper Blake, Zuby retired several years ago, living with Gina D’Alessio, who has worked at the Durham Veterinary Hospital for many years. The hospital has long been connected with the State Police Canine Unit in Meriden; Dr. Steven Levy was State Police Surgeon for the unit for many years, and Dr. Sudesh Kumar took over the position when Dr. Levy moved to the Midwest. D’Alessio helped treat Zuby during his years of active duty, and both she and Levy were aware that years of search and rescue work were taking their toll on the dog. A chronic hip condition was causing him to come up lame after searches; he needed a break from the demanding work he had done for so many years. “I had told Trooper Blake if, at some point, Zuby needed a retirement home, I would provide it,” she says. She was thrilled to have the chance to follow through, and Zuby was a treasured member of the family for five and a half years. In D’Alessio’s experience doing obedience training,



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Memorial Day 2011 Grand Marshal Richard Duval By Trish Dynia Special to the Town Times When the Durham Memorial Day Parade steps off from the corner of Main

Street and Haddam Quarter Road this Monday, retired Marine Sergeant Richard Duval will lead the grand march to the town green. Mr.



Marines in September 1949, shortly after graduating from high school, and he completed his basic training at Parris Island, South Carolina. From there he received additional amphibious training at Camp LeJeune in North Carolina.


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Duval then served until 2003 as a Middlesex County volunteer sheriff. During this time, he helped to organize and participated in many child safety programs in District 13 schools. Duval lives in Durham with his wife Harriet, who is better known as “the lady who has played the organ at Notre Dame Church for as long as anyone can remember.” Please join the Town Times in honoring this vet-

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While Duval recovered from his wounds at a naval hospital in Japan, his division went on to fight in the Battle of Chosin Reservoir. While not a victory in the classic sense, the withdrawal from Chosin Reservoir that winter is revered as a high point in the history of the US Marine Corp because, during 17 days of fighting, the Marines and other UN troops effectively destroyed or crippled seven Chinese divisions that were attempting to block their progress. Marine losses in this campaign numbered 836 killed and 12,000 wounded. The majority of those wounded suffered from frostbite due to the severe cold and a lack of proper clothing.

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Friday, May 27, 2011 Kristen Charpentier, a senior at Southern CT State University, received the Social Work Senior Internship Award at the Honors Convocation Ceremony, May 1, at the John Lyman Center for the Performing Arts at SCSU. Kristen, a Social Work major, was one of three recipients receiving awards in a class of 69 students in the department. She made a significant contribution in her internship at East Hartford High School this past year as a crisis intervention counselor. Kristen resides in Middlefield. Mercy High School senior Julia Kannam recently received the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest honor. The Gold Award involves more than a year of work and the final component is a 65+ hour leadership project that each girl plans and executes to benefit her community. Julia’s project addressed the need for computer literacy in young children. As a long-term volunteer at “I Have a Friend Youth Center” in Middletown, she transformed one room into a technology lab and media room. By organizing donations of supplies, materials, and computer equipment, she built a space where kids

can access the modern educational resources that will help them with their education for years to come. The Girls Scouts of Connecticut are also nominating Julia for the National Young Women of Distinction Honor. Julia is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Tom Kannam of Durham. She plans to attend Dartmouth College in the fall.

History department’s Dexler/Swain Prize for the best senior thesis on a non-U.S. history topic, “The British and French Reaction to the Italian Invasion of Ethiopia in the 1930s.” Submitted by Mark McCormick Michael V. Laubach, of

Durham, graduated from the Quinnipiac University School of Law during a commencement ceremony on May 15. Meghan Woolley, daughter of Joy and David Woolley of Durham, was named the recipient of the Kellogg Essay

Prize at Hamilton College’s annual Class and Charter Day, held on May 6. The Kellogg Essay Prizes, established by Charles C. Kellogg, Class of 1849, are awarded to a junior, Continued on page 24


Benjamin Miller, the son of Seth and Barbara Miller of Durham, received his Bachelor’s degree cum laud in Criminal Justice from Mitchell College on May 14. Benjamin is a 2007 graduate of Coginchaug High School. McCormick, a 2007 graduate of Coginc h a u g H i g h School and the daughter of Mark M c Cormick of Westborough, MA, and Sharon McCormick of Durham, graduated with cum laude honors from the George Washington University in Washington, DC, on May 15. She was awarded a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Political Science. Kendra won the


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Christine Dahlmeyer has been promoted to the position of office manager with the Zavaski Insurance Agency in Durham. Christine began her career at the insurance agency in 2008. Her commitment in providing exceptional service and counsel for automobile, homeowners, renters, condominium owners, plus business/commercial insurance is exceptional. Christine told agency principal Ed Zavaski: “I am honored by this promotion and know that it will only improve and broaden my skills.” Ms. Dahlmeyer is “on your side” certified by corporate Nationwide as well. Melanie Poole, a senior at Connecticut College, was awarded the Botanical Society of America Young Botanist Award, which is given for an outstanding graduating senior in the plant sciences. Poole was presented with the award at the annual honors and awards ceremony at Connecticut College on April 27. Poole, a 2007 graduate of Coginchaug High School, is the daugher of Nancy Winship-Poole and Allan Poole of Middlefield. At the ceremony, Timo V. Ovaska, Hans and Ella McCollum Vahlteich Professor of Chemistry, gave the keynote address. Dean of the College Community Armando Bengochea and Dean of the Faculty Roger Brooks also congratulated the students.

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BOE (Continued from page 6) transaction fees versus meal prices, and whether meal prices should increase at all schools. A motion to maintain current meal prices for grades K-6 and increasing meal prices for grades 7-12 to $3 effective July 1, 2011 was approved. The board then discussed Healthy Snacks, with Melnik explaining that the biggest hurdle at this point involves fundraising as there are restrictions on what can be sold and how. (Some snack or dessert items can be sold as a fundraiser if parents pick items up versus children carrying them home.) Basil detailed changes in the district’s meal service, which include nutritional links and facts on the website, menu adjustments, change in produce company to purchase more local produce and more selection of fresh fruit, introduction of more beans, vegetables and whole grains. The salad bar at Coginchaug is very popular and a smoothie bar is being considered. Many of these changes have brought the district close to healthy snack compliance. Additional changes would include chip selection (currently 80 percent compliant), reduced fat cookies, reduced muffin sizes, reduced portion sizes and changes in vending machine and ice cream choices. As the health service is now so close to the certification requirements, it was decided to accept the limits on food item fundraising and a motion to participate in the healthy snack initiative in order to benefit from the 10 cent per meal reimbursement was unanimously approved. Melnik reported on the Brewster well, which is being tested and is very close to completion, and discussed “alternatives” for the track, including lights, concession stand and bleachers. Melnik explained that after a state audit, any funds left at that time will go toward these alternatives. The board recessed the meeting to go into executive session for the superintendent’s evaluation.

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Town Times a typical school room circa 1775. The upstairs will contain the society’s ample collection of local artifacts. Atwell is applying for a grant to purchase museum cases for the second floor, and local Boy Scout Samuel Gossner has chosen the historical society for his Eagle Scout project. Gossner plans to purchase a computer and digitize the society’s collection.

School (Continued from page 11) ceived the news that it was to be burned down in the 1960s, it was moved to the fairgrounds and finally to its present location in 1970. The third building on the property is a round white structure which served as Durham’s airplane spotter building during World War II. Many communities placed these buildings in prominent areas throughout New England. They were manned by community volunteers and each station was equipped with a telephone, detailed drawings of German and Japanese planes and specific instructions on what to do if an enemy plane was spotted. As far as we know, no Japanese or German planes were ever sighted in the area, but the danger was real and ever present. This volunteer opportunity provided an important outlet and purpose for those at home who wanted to help with the war effort. Durham’s spotter building was originally located on a hill overlooking Greenbacker Farm on Route 68. Moving forward, the Historical Society hopes to reopen Center School to visitors in the fall of 2012, with the downstairs furnished as

Additional issues include the need for a heating system and bathrooms, and the society hopes to raise enough funds to allow them to approach local contractors for quotes on these vital projects. For funding, the Durham Historical Society has relied on book sales and occasional social events. Five books have been written on Durham’s history, and three of them are still available for purchase. Anyone wishing to purchase a book and support the Durham Historical Society’s efforts to preserve local history should contact Sarah Atwell by phone at 860-7165497 or by e-mail:

Two Durham Fair buildings to be demolished By Michelle LaPointe, Durham Fair Marketing Coordinator This past winter was a historic one in terms of significant weather. Many people and businesses felt Mother Nature’s wrath, and unfortunately the Durham Fair did, too. We wanted to take this opportunity to let people know what was going on at the fairgrounds as we are

certainly aware there has been much discussion around town. The most significant damage happened to some of the older buildings on the fairgrounds — specifically the Fruit & Vegetable Building and President’s Hall. Unfortunately, that damage is too extensive to repair. After reviewing the professional evaluations, assessing the needs of the Fair

and keeping the safety of our fair members and fair visitors top of mind, the Durham Fair membership has collectively made the decision to replace these two buildings. The history and sentimental value of these buildings is lost on no one. They both have been fixtures of the Durham Fairgrounds for many, many years. If those See Buildings, page 27

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learning on the job with this team,” he asserted. “We’re ready to go.” He stressed his snowmaking experience, saying, “I’ve made snow in the mid-Atlantic states and in Southern California. I can do it.” He predicted that residents would be amazed by the newest generation of snowmaking guns. “They’re unlike anything you’ve seen, and they’re very quiet. Modern multi-nozzle fan guns turn 90 percent of the water used into snow, unlike older ones which usually hit only 60 percent. That’s a savings all around — in water use and utilities,” he explained. “It will also allow us to minimize hours of snowmaking needed. “Snowmaking is a science,” he concluded. “Without the product, which is snow, you can have no customer base. We will create a friendly, safe, positive and

inviting atmosphere with plenty of snow.” Questioners generally asked about three main issues: price, sewers and water use and off-season plans. Several speakers objected to the price of $1 million since the town spent over $2 million to purchase the property. Attorney Antin noted that the conditions of the contract had real value: “Promises to invest ($2 million in permanent improvements over two years) have value. Restrictions (conservation easement and forgoing rights to build houses) have value. The promise to restore skiing for at least 10 consecutive years has value.” In addition, the tax benefits to the town of a thriving business, 200-250 seasonal jobs and some full-time jobs and the spillover effect of visitors spending money in town were noted as adding financial value to the deal. The deal is structured so that Alpine paid a $25,000 de-

posit at the contract-signing on March 15, will pay $300,000 at closing (expected this summer) and $100,000 in each of the seven following years. A first mortgage on the property to be held by the town will secure these payments. The promise to install $2 million worth of improvements in two years will be backed by a second mortgage held by the town as well as a letter of credit supplied by Alpine. Questions about where Abplanalp would get the money were called “inappropriate” by moderator Matt Willis. “Frankly, it’s irrelevant and none of our business where a private business gets their capital,” he said. With regard to sewers, Ed Bailey, a selectman and chair of the Water Pollution Control Authority in town, responded that Powder Ridge is not in the Lake Beseck sewer area and could not be added without a positive referendum vote, and even then the addition would require multi-

ple layers of approval. Also, Alpine has not asked for connection to the system. Regarding water use, attorney John Corona explained that the current diversion system would be abandoned and that the new one would be installed near the dam, with piping running along Powder Hill Road and then across Powder Ridge land with no other private property on the route. The pump will be electric (not comparable to the noisy diesel pump most recently used) and all installation costs will be borne by Alpine. Finally questions about offseason plans were answered by Abplanalp, who stated that with his snow-making expertise, “even small ski areas can be profitable.” There are no plans for a waterpark; there will be a food court for skiers, tubers, boarders and their visitors and a possible restaurant down the road. “We will definitely be moving the tubing area to make it larger and

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safer,” he said. Audience reaction ranged from very positive to extremely negative. Mike Waller, of the town’s Economic Development Commission (EDC), reported that the EDC had voted in favor of the purchase plans because of the increased tax revenue and job-creating potential of a rejuvenated ski area. Dick Boynton, president of the Lake Beseck Association, noted: “Frankly, I was worried that no one would buy it. This is a relief.” Lucy Petrella, a member of the Board of Finance, told the crowd, “This is our time to bring Powder Ridge back home,” referencing the large part “The Ridge” had played in Middlefield’s history. Dylan, a youth from Middlefield, said, “For kids this place would be great.” On the other side, resident Jim Malcolm noted his extreme disappointment in not having multiple explanatory hearings and not having the opportunity to vote via referendum. Attorney Antin explained that a referendum was held to buy Powder Ridge because it involved bonding and the charter specifies that bonding must be approved by a referendum. Alternately, he continued, sale of town property does not require a referendum, according to the charter. Malcolm nevertheless said that a referendum would have allowed more people to participate. Main Street resident Al Smith told moderator Willis that he did not intend to abide by the three-minute limit on speakers announced at the beginning of the meeting because he had “a lot to say.” By this time, restless audience members began to weigh in loudly on speakers who seemed to be prolonging the meeting. A motion to vote by paper ballot passed resoundingly, and voters lined up to cast their ballots, leading to the 259-28 tally announced just past 9:30 p.m. After the vote, Abplanalp expressed his excitement and desire to jump right in to “bringing Powder Ridge back.”

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with TNT in the subject line. About the race: I completed the half marathon, a hilly course through the streets of Nashville, covering the 13.1 miles in 1 hour 46 minutes and 15 seconds. Bill Mercuri, Meriden

Dedication This poem is dedicated to all the veterans and active servicemen and women from Durham, Middlefield, Rockfall and those who have had their lives touched by them.

Congratulations to Middlefield

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On behalf of the residents of the town of Durham, I would like to thank and congratulate the residents of the town of Middlefield for approving the sale of Powder Ridge. Thanks to your efforts, the entire region will benefit from the economic and recreational activities surrounding the ski area. First Selectman Jon Brayshaw and members of the Board of Selectmen, both present and former, did an amazing job of keeping this a priority and securing a buyer. We look forward to the day when we can look on the horizon and see the lights back on at Powder Ridge! Laura Francis, Durham First Selectman

at their subsequent faculty meeting, the entire staff showed up wearing arm slings and ace bandages. Another funny tid-bit was that Nicol didn’t know the set-up of the tri-school campus being new to the district. He had his also newly-hired administrative assistant call Korn Elementary School and ask for directions from Strong. Nicol said, “Apparently, traveling on Pickett Lane is quite a confusing trip!” Seriously, he is amazed at the number of parents who truly recognize how great Durham and Middlefield are to raise a family and send their kids to school. “The overwhelming majority of people in Region 13, from staff to students to community members, are the ‘salt of

the Earth,’” continued Nicol, “I have been honored to serve as the principal of Strong. I am confident the next principal will be able to usher in a new era of success.”

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then are guaranteed a tshirt. At 9 a.m. the two-mile race will begin for grades 712. The 10 a.m. race is for Little Tots, or ages four and under. At 10:15 a.m. is the halfmile race for ages six and under. The one-mile race starts at 10:35 a.m. for children up to sixth grade, and following that at 11:05 a.m. is the twomile race also for children up to sixth grade. Parents must choose one event per child. All children who finish the race will get a reward, and there will be first, second and third place trophies for different categories.

Buildings (Continued from page 25) walls could talk! As we move forward in the coming months, we will be working together as a community to determine what will be built in the footprint of the Fruit and Vegetable Building and President’s Hall. We will certainly keep everyone in town updated on our progress and for our plans for the 2011 Durham Fair. Should you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to us at any time at 860-349-9495 or e-mail

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Freedom is Not Free Written by Cadet Major Kelly I watched the flag pass by one day. It fluttered in the breeze. A young Marine saluted it, And then he stood at ease. I looked at him in uniform So young, so tall, so proud, With hair cut square and eyes alert. He’d stand out in any crowd. I thought how many men like him Had fallen through the years. How many died on foreign soil? How many mothers’ tears? How many pilots’ planes shot down? How many died at sea? How many foxholes were soldiers’ graves? No, freedom is not free. I heard the sound of Taps one night, When everything was still. I listened to the bugler play And felt a sudden chill. I wondered just how many times That Taps had meant “Amen,” When a flag had draped a coffin Of a brother or a friend. I thought of all the children, Of the mothers and the wives, Of fathers, sons and husbands With interrupted lives. I thought about a graveyard At the bottom of the sea Of unmarked graves in Arlington. No, freedom is not free. Submittedd by Commander John Capega, VFW Post 10362


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Friday, May 27, 2011

Mother and Child Tea Party

Korn’s Student-Teacher Basketball Game Korn School had their annual students vs. teachers basketball game recently. Everyone was a good sport and had fun. The students won the game. Below, Korn School students cheer on their classmates and teachers. Left, Physical Education Teacher and Intramural Coach, Jen Holland, tosses the ball at the beginning of the game.

On Friday, May 13, the Durham Co-Op Nursery School held their annual Mother and Child Tea Party. This year the theme was a Magical Mad Hatter’s Tea Party. The students arrived in any outfit or costume of their choosing and then presented their moms with hats they had created for them! The children also presented their moms with recipe books assembled with each child’s favorite family recipe as retold by the child. For enrollment info,

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please call Margaret Datillo at 860-3496800. Above, the entire two-day class. Below, Grace Harkins with mom Melissa. Left, Claire Overton with mom Sarah and Annabella Datillo with mom Margaret reading their handmade recipe books. Submitted by Mica Machnik

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Town Times Obituaries

Friday, May 27, 2011

Jeffrey Francis

Funeral services were private and burial will be held at the convenience of the family. Those who wish may make memorial contributions to ISAAC School Activity Fund, 190 Governor Winthrop Blvd., New London, CT 06320;, or HELO (Home, Education, Love Opportunity), Inc., 42 Lake Shore Drive, Middlefield, CT 06455;

Katherine E. (Koch) Wilson Dubey A memorial service for Katherine Elizabeth (Koch) Wilson Dubey, 97, of Middletown, wife of the late Gordon W. Dubey and John O. Wilson, who passed away on January 11, will be held on Thursday, June 2, at 4 p.m. at the Middlefield Federated Church, 402 Main St., with the Rev. Dr. Dale H. Azevedo officiating. Burial will be

private and at the convenience of the family. There will be no calli n g hours, and, in lieu of flowers, friends may make donations in Katherine’s memory to the Alan Chiarappa Scholarship

Fund c/o Middlefield Federated Church, 402 Main Street, Middlefield, CT 06455. Messages of condolence may be sent to the family at The Doolittle Funeral Home, 14 Old Church St. in Middletown, is handling the arrangements.

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J e f f r e y Francis, 23, of Durham died Frid a y , May 20, 2011. He w a s born in N e w Britain, the son o f Robert and Susan (Touchette) Francis of Durham. In addition to his parents, Jeff is survived by two brothers, Kevin and David; a sister, Katharine; a grandmother, Mildred Lucas, several aunts, uncles and cousins, as well as many friends. He is predeceased by his grandparents: Paul Touchette, and Charles and Pauline Francis. Jeff graduated in 2006 from Coginchaug Regional High School and graduated magna cum laude from Marist College in 2010. He was certified in elementary and special education and was a member of the International Honor Societies in Education and Psychology. He taught a special education class while studying abroad in Australia. Jeff made numerous trips to aux Cayes, Haiti and was actively involved with HELO Inc., a non-profit corporation that founded and supports an orphanage there. He served as the vice chairman of the Board of Directors for the Durham and Middlefield Youth and Family Services. Jeff’s love of teaching was fulfilled when he became a member of the ISAAC School of New London. This community of staff and students became a part of his extended family. He dedicated much of his life to serving the needs of others, not only in the classroom, but also in many other ways. His fundraising efforts, Hearts for Haiti, provided the needed money to purchase the property for the new school and orphanage in aux Cayes. He enjoyed reading, watching movies, traveling the world, spending time

with friends and vacationing at the Outer Banks with family.


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Friday, May 27, 2011

Coginchaug Little League tryouts By Nick Faiella Coginchaug Little League announces tryouts. Little League Boys’ Majors All Minors players interested in playing in the Majors Division during the 2012 season must tryout on Saturday, June 11, at the Durham Majors Field, 1:30 p.m. Open to ages 9-12 (before May 1, 2012). Bring cleats and a baseball glove. Please contact Nick Faiella, Boys’ Majors director, with

any questions at 860-344-1670. Little League Boys’ Minors Tryout is on Saturday, June 11, 9-10:30 a.m. at the girls’ high school varsity field. Bring cleats and a baseball glove. Farm players On Saturday, June 11, from 9-10:30 a.m. at the Allyn Brook Girls’ Majors field, mandatory tryouts will be held for all Farm players that are age 7 and older as of May 1. Players should bring a glove, wear cleats and be pre-

pared to field grounders, catch pop-ups and hit. The tryout scores will be used to place all second year Farm players (age 8 as of May 1) on Minor League teams and enable first year Farm players (age 7 as of May 1) to move up to minors based on ranking and roster availability. Tryouts are on a first come, first served basis. Please contact Tom Wenchell, Minor Boys’ Director, with any questions at 860349-9455.

Little League Girls’ Majors All players interested in playing in the Majors Division during the 2012 season must tryout. Coginchaug Little League Girls’ Majors tryout is on Saturday, June 11, from 9:30-10:15 a.m. for 11- and 12-years-olds; 10:15-11 a.m. for 9- and 10-years-olds as of Dec. 31. This will take place at the high school JV softball field. Bring cleats and a softball glove. Please contact Bob Lane with any questions at 860-3490939.

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At Higganum’s Brickyard field, the Men’s Over 40 softball season began with a game dedicated to the memory of Mrs. Joanne Salva. Missing at shortstop but in the thoughts of his teamates was United captain and manager Gary Salva. All players agreed that we had a game to play and decidedly exacted a prideful victory in Mrs. Salva’s honor. The Higganum men were, as always, very intent on playing their best hands and did not fold, even as the score continued to leave them well behind. The Brickyard Bombers of Higganum continue to be a very gracious and sportsmanlike rival to United Concrete year after year. All players on the roster this day came out looking to be in mid-season form, as the bats were highly productive and the defensive skills were superb. Brian Curry put emphasis on a potent offensive display with a homerun blast in the third inning, which was well clear of the left field fence. Kevin Cove tallied six hits, Tim Rhone five hits, “Six Pak” Solomon five hits, Larry Hill three hits, Dean Delvecchio five hits, Dave Monroe four hits, Slider Davis four hits, and Joe Dotney four hits. All told, United put up 28 runs to Higganum’s 9 as the dust settled after seven innings of play.

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Once again this year, the men are proud to be carrying sponsorship from United Concrete of Durham. We are grateful for United’s support and are very pleased to represent this fine local company once again. Next home game will be against the Essex Vets team at Vinal Stadium in Middletown, on Monday, May 23, at 6 p.m. Thanks to our many supportive fans.

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Town Times Sports

Friday, May 27, 2011

Time Out Taverne records first win of 2011 By Bob Dynia

U12 Girls’ Soccer

Killingworth on Monday, June 6. Game time is 6 p.m. TOT then goes home for a renewal of its rivalry with United Concrete on Monday, June 13, at Vinal Tech Field on Randolph Road in Middletown; park in the Mercy High School parking lot and come across the street. The team invites their rabid fans to come and cheer them on.

On May 22, the Coginchaug Kickers placed as finalists in the 2011 Clinton Soccer Tournament for the U12 Girls’ Comp Division. Top row: Katelyn Richardson, Amanda Paul, Gillian Murphy, Olivia Preneta, Francesca Andranovich. Middle row: Jessica Drop, Alycia Tirado, Emma Forrester, Erin Houchin. Bottom row: Isabel DeFlippo, Alyssa Richardson, Megan Decker. Not shown: Marisa Poulin and Coaches: Debbie Decker and Spencer Richardson.

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The Time Out Taverne’s (TOT) men’s 40 and over softball team was awarded a forfeit win on Sunday, May 22, as their opponent, Mad Murphy II, had no one show up. Although the official score of the contest was 9–0, all the players who showed up for TOT went five-for-five. (Satisfied, Ken?) The Edwards brothers, Daryl and Bob, lined solid hits to center and left-center. Mike Mills, Ken Judson, rookie Steve DeMartino, Bruce Bisson and Bob Dynia drove balls into the gaps for several extrabase hits. Bisson barely missed a majestic home run, with the ball hitting the top of the left-center field fence and bounding back into the field of play. First baseman Jack Carr and second baseman Bill Lema had exceptional batting performances. Wills Evers and Charlie Mather ran roughshod around the bases all game. Last year’s team MVP, George Miller, kept up his hot-hitting with several shots to right and right-center. TOT’s returning veterans, Russ Harrison and Chris Flanagan, chipped in with run-producing hits. The team was inspired by the appearance of veteran pitcher Wayne Hubbard, currently on the week-toweek disabled list as he recovers from off-season surgery. The official attendance figure was seven. Although the team was glad for a victory, manager Dynia questioned the need to have his players drive to Nolan Field in Portland only to find that no players from Mad Murphy II bothered to attend. “It’s nice to get a W, but the fact that nobody from the opposition came tells me that they had no intention of playing. I know it was rainy all week, but I contacted the league commissioner Sunday morning and was told that the field was in good shape, which it was.” After a week off for the Memorial Day holiday, the Gray Wonders look to get another win with a match at



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