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Volume 16, Issue 7

Serving Durham, Middlefield and Rockfall

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The somber faces of Memorial Day 2009

In this issue ... Calendar................................................4 Durham News ................................11-12 Libraries..............................................22 Middlefield Briefs...............................18 Obituary ..............................................22 Spotlight ..............................................19

While Memorial Day has come to mean many things -- the “official” beginning of the summer season, a day for picnics, parades and barbecues, an excuse for a three-day weekend, a time to show patriotism and pride, at its heart, as its very name implies, Memorial Day is a day to remember. Specifically, it is a day to remember those who have served and died in the Armed Forces of the U.S.A. It is therefore entirely fitting and proper that many of the faces of Memorial Day wear somber expressions. Top left, Veterans of Foreign War members Joe Konefal and Brian McDermott, who will be returning to Iraq as a National Guardsman later this year, at the Middlefield ceremony before the Durham parade. Bottom left, parade marshal and WW II vet Dr. Francis Korn silently salutes; near left, even the youngest marchers can sense the solemnity of the occasion; bottom center, American Legion color guards Rick Parmelee, George Roberts and John Miller Jr. Top right, Israel Cuellar of the Middlefield Fire Company; right, “ T a p s ” floats over the green as Harriet and Dick Duval wait to perform “ G o d B l e s s America.” More on pages 15 & 20-21. Photos this page by Sue VanDerzee, Bill Fowler and Lynn Stanwood


Corrections If you see something in Town Times that isn’t quite right, give our news department a call at (860) 349-8000, and we’ll do our best to make things right. In coverage of the Durham Board of Selectmen’s meeting last week, it was noted that Marge Stahl was appointed to the Ethics Commission. The appointee is actually Margie Stahl, daughter of Marge Stahl.

Town Times Community Briefs

Scholarships available The Benchwarmers would like to remind all CRHS scholar athletes that two $1,500 scholarships are being offered by the club. All applicants can obtain applications at the CRHS guidance office. Hurry, summer is approaching fast.

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the gallery at (203) 235-5347. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, 12-4 p.m.; Sat., 10-2 p.m.; and Sunday, 123 p.m. The gallery is located at 53 Colony Street in Meriden.

Rabies clinic There will be a rabies vaccination for cats and dogs on Sunday, June 7, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Emergency Operations Center on the Durham Fairgrounds. The fee

is $15 per animal, cash only. All dogs must be on leases and all cats must be in carriers.

One year certificates will be issued unless the owner presents a valid certificate of a previous rabies vaccination.

Kim Garvis and Alicia Fonash-Willett will license dogs for Durham dog owners only. License fees for a spayed or neutered dog is $8, and $19 for male or female nonspayed/neutered.

Durham/Middlefield Youth and Family Services After-School Program The center is open daily from 2:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. There are openings available. *** Tot Time Every Thursday from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Contact Terry Wickwire at (860) 349-1139 for information. *** Old Home Days Dance Friday, June 5 enjoy a free Old Home Days dance for fifth and sixth graders from 6 to 7:30 p.m. and for seventh and eighth graders from 8 to 9:30. Parents must sign kids in and out. *** Summer Program Summer hours are from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Summer camp is $30 per day. This year, DMYFS is offering “Theme Weeks” that will begin on July 1 and end Aug. 28. Call David Melchionne or Nicole Milardo at (860) 349-0258 for more information. *** DMYFS is located downstairs at the Community Center, 405 Main St. in Middlefield. Visit for the calendar of events, pictures, directions, information about DMYFS programs and services. If you are interested in volunteering or to register for any of the Center’s programs, call (860) 349-0258 or e-mail

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Middlefield town meeting votes down proposed 2009-2010 budget By Chuck Corley Special to the Town Times

Middlefield’s annual town budget meeting for 2009-10 was held on Tuesday, May 26, with a total mill rate of 26.02 presented to the town. However, this was increased to 26.13 after removing the $50,000 revenue line-item 4505 for the sale of town property to Monarca. This was removed as the sale is not yet finalized and the Board of Finance hadn’t put it into their budget. The sale will first require approval from the Planning and Zoning Commission as well as from the town. Regardless of the change, though, the budget is not yet final – in a 26 to 20 vote, the town turned down the budget as presented. While the budget may have failed at the town meeting, it will receive another chance to be approved by the town some time within the next two weeks. As the budget didn’t fail by two-thirds of the vote, it will go to a town referendum as-is. Should it fail yet again, then it will go back to the Board of Finance for further altering. Part of the budget’s failure may reside in union raises, which remain at three percent while elected officials

and non-union employees have opted not to take a pay increase this year. Though union employees stated their willingness to forgo raises this year, the town is currently contractually bound to pay them. Then there’s the matter of the school. While Middlefield residents have no direct say over the school budget during the town budget meeting, it still remains that the school budget is the sole source of the mill rate increase for the town. After removing the $50,000 in possible revenue, the town’s portion of the mill rate remains at the same 6.35 mills from 2008-09, while the school portion is up by .21 mills. Furthermore, the teachers’ union’s unwillingness to negotiate give backs has been cited as part of the reason why the municipal unions have held off on accepting raise freezes. There were a few other matters that residents took issue with during the meeting. Al Smith cited the salary of the administrative assistant as one reason he was voting against the budget, noting that the assistant was paid more than the town clerk. He also described the

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loss of the Mattabessett bridge grant as “stupid” on the town’s part for building the bridge before the money actually came in. Issue was also taken with the Seasonal Labor line-item for Public Works. Although the finance board initially removed the item at a prior workshop, some of the money was put back in to avoid paying for unemployment. The board acknowledged that the town shouldn’t be paying unemployment for a seasonal labor position, but the town was paying it anyway, due to an agreement between the town and the worker. While board member Paul Pizzo asked that First Selectman Jon Brayshaw fix the situation, the town must either fund the position or pay unemployment for the time being. Resident Jason Wickham also asked why the board put money back into the Public Works pick-up replacement, noting that the road foreman previously recommended removing the funds for it. Though board replied that it is to maintain the replacement schedule, Wickham stated that the town shouldn’t

High school graduation is a special event. This year’s Coginchaug Regional High School graduates will be taking that important step on Friday, June 26, at the CRHS auditorium. You can make it even more special by sending a personal message – written and illuminated with a candle. The Coginchaug Valley Education Foundation (CVEF) is sponsoring the second annual luminaria “experience.” For only $5, you can purchase a luminaria in honor of your child, your sibling, your fellow graduate or friend, even a much-loved teacher or administrator. Your special message will be printed in the luminaria booklet, which will be included in the commencement programs. The candle-lit bags (luminarias) will be on display as the CRHS Class of 2009 makes its way out of the high school auditorium following graduation. This is sure to be a moving and lovely tribute to these young men and women who are starting on the next chapter of their lives. At the first annual CVEF luminaria event last year, almost 200 tributes were purchased. To buy your luminaria now, you can either send $5 and your message to: CVEF, P.O. Box 19, Durham, CT 06422 OR you can drop your message and $5 off in the high school office. Please note that messages are limited to 25 words or less. The deadline for receiving your messages and payment is Friday, June 19. (In the event of rain, the luminarias will be on display at the Allyn Brook Park pavilion.) Apple Barrel open every day, 9am-6pm



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May 29 EDGE Jeff Yalden, a motivational speaker who encourages young adults to think before acting, will speak at a special assembly at 12:45 p.m. at Coginchaug. Jeff Yalden has appeared on MTV’s “Made.” Square Dancing The Durham Cogin-Chuggers will hold their “May Flowers” dance at Brewster School from 8 to 10:30 p.m. National caller Paul Cote will call the dance and Sue Lucibello will be the cuer. Donation is $6 per person. For information, call (203) 235-1604, (860) 349-8084 or visit


May 30

In Charge of the Fire St. Pius X, 310 Westfield St. in Middletown, will stage In Charge of the Fire at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 and may be purchased by calling (860) 347-4441 or at the door. This play deals with the life of the Apostle Paul at the time of his imprisonment in Rome. Tailgate Party The 2009 Falcon football and cheerleading season will begin with a party at 7 p.m. at the Raccoon Club, Route 17 in Durham. Catered buffet from 7 to 8 p.m. BYOB, dancing, raffles, fun! Open to everyone. Tickets are $30 and available from Jen Dragan at or Wendy Meeker at (860) 538-4490 or Vocal Chords The Middlesex Hospital Vocal Chords will hold their 20th spring concert at Portland High School at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $18 and $15, available by calling (860) 3468045 or (860) 342-3120. EJK Car Show Xavier High School, 181 Randolph Rd. in Middletown, will host the EJK Car Show to benefit the Eric J. Kalber Memorial Scholarship fund, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The show includes raffles, food and great music. Call (860) 870-8590 for information. NYC Bus Trip Enjoy a bus trip from the Middlefield Community Center at 8 a.m. to NYC; with stops at the Metropolitan, 34th Street and 5th Avenue

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Career Bus The Career Express will be parked at the Russell Library, 123 Broad St. in Middletown, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. This one-stop career center provides the latest workforce and job skills development services to individuals and employers. This service is free and open to the public. For more information, call Karen Quesnel at (860) 263-6018 or e-mail

Farmers’ Market Come to the Durham Green every Thursday from 3 to 6 p.m. The market will feature local produce, spices, flowers, dairy products, baked goods and more. Courtyard Concert The Homegrown String Band will perform bluegrass, folk and blues musice at the Russell Library, 123 Broad St. in Middletown at 7 p.m.







and South Street Seaport. Tickets are $45 per person (under 12, $20). Grand Opening Come to the 191914 Summer Salon grand opening at 608 Main St. in Middletown from noon to 5 p.m. Visit or call (860) 770-9721 for information. Farmers’ Market The Dudley Farm Farmers’ market will run every Saturday, rain or shine, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. through Oct. 24. The farm is located at 2351 Durham Rd. (Route 77) in Guilford. There will be local produce, conventional and organic, baked goods, honey, jam, eggs, seafood, meats, cheese, flowers, soaps, baskets, knitted items, jewelry, cards and more. For info, call (860) 349-3917.


May 31 Scam Prevention Angela DeLeon will speak at 2 p.m., at Congregation Beth Shalom Rodfe Zedek, 55 E. King’s Highway in Chester. She will address financial scams against seniors. The public is invited to this free event. For information, call (860) 526-8920.


June 1 Stroke Club Middletown Stroke Club will meet at 1 p.m. in the community room at Sugarloaf Terrace in Middlefield. The club meets the first Monday of every month. For information, call Ida at (860) 344-9984, Ray at (860) 349-9226 or Ann at (203) 235-4275. Chamber Breakfast The Middlesex Chamber of Commerce monthly breakfast meeting will feature Joseph Waz, senior VP of Comcast. The breakfast, held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Cromwell from 7:45 to 9 a.m., costs $18 per member. E-mail for info.


June 3 Underclass Awards Join Coginchaug faculty staff and administration in honoring members of the junior, sophomore and freshmen classes at 7:30 a.m. in the auditorium. Students, faculty, staff, parents and family are welcome. Special Olympic Torch The special Olympic torch will come through Middlefield at 12:33 p.m. along Route 66 at Route 147 to Jackson Hill Road, continuing along Route 66 into Middletown. Ice Cream Social Korn School will host an ice cream social from 6 to 8 p.m. Tickets are $3.50 available at the door. TOPS Durham TOPS Club meets every Wednesday at 6 p.m. on the third floor of the Durham Town Hall. For information call Naomi Klotsko at (860) 349-9558 or Bonnie Olesen at (860) 349-9433. Cancer Survivors The Gaylord cancer survivors support group meets the first Wednesday of each month at 6 p.m. in the Gaylord Hospital, Chauncey Conference center in Wallingford. You are welcome to bring a family member, caregiver or friend to share experience, strength and hope with one another. For info, call (860) 349-3443. Senior Awards Night The senior awards program will be held in the CRHS auditorium at 7 p.m. Seniors will be recognized for many accomplishments. Seniors and their families are encouraged to attend this event.


June 5 Business Networking The local chapter of Business Networking International will meet in the United Churches Hall, 228 Main St. in Durham at 7:30 a.m. today and every Friday. Contact Kirk Hagert at (860) 3495626 for more information. Golf Classic The Middlesex Community College Foundation fundraiser golf tournament will be held at 9:30 a.m. with a shotgun start at Lyman Orchards Golf Club in Middlefield. Registration begins at 8 a.m. The tournament fee includes greens fees, cart, breakfast, lunch, social hour and buffet dinner with raffles and prizes. Visit for a registration form or call Mike Waller at (860) 3498683 or Judy Mazgulski at (860) 343-5868 for info. Old Home Days Begin A pulled pork meal served by the Middlefield Lions starting at 5 p.m. will kick off Middlefield’s Old Home Days. Music by Karaoke Mike, dedication of the new field at 7:30 p.m., followed by dancing till 10-ish. Advanced tickets $8; at the door $9. Moon Bounce for youngsters for an additional $1 for a “bounce period.” Dance for fifth-sixth graders at the Community Center from 67:30 and for seventh-eighth graders from 8-9:30. The dance is free, as is pizza for the dancers by DaVinci’s.


June 6 Tag Sale/Flea Market Notre Dame Church in Durham will hold its month-

ly tag sale from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be many items inside and out in the parking area, plus breakfast and lunch is available in the Church Hall. Vendor space is available by calling Bob Smith at (860) 349-0356. Reptiles & Amphibians Potapaug Audubon will sponsor a program about reptiles and amphibians at the Stewart B. McKinney National Wildlife Refuge, Salt Meadow Unit at 733 Old Clinton Rd. in Westbrook, at 1 p.m. There will be snakes, turtles, frogs and salamanders. There is no registration required for this free program. For more information call (860) 399-0136. Old Home Days Middlefield celebrates Old Home Days with a parade starting at 9:15 in Rockfall, and festivities at Peckham Park all day long. This year’s theme is “A Happy, Healthy Community.”All welcome. Farming the Sound The Connecticut State Museum of Natural History and Connecticut Sea Grant at UConn present “Farming the Sound.” The program will be held in Groton, from 10 a.m. to noon. For information, call (860) 486-4460 or visit Amber Alert Protection The Edward Zavaski Agency, with the Wallingford Rotary Club, is offering finger/hand printing, and pictures of children to be registered with the police. The agency is located at 350 Main St. in Durham. The free event, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., will include refreshments as well as fun activities. Call (860) 349-2322 for information.


June 7 Rabies Vaccination Clinic There will be an open-toall rabies vaccination clinic for cats and dogs from 10 a.m. to noon at the Emergency Operations Center on the Durham Fairgrounds. The fee is $15 per animal, cash only. All dogs must be on leashes, and all cats must be in carriers. Durham officials will be in attendance to license dogs for Durham dog owners only. Dog license fees for a spayed or neutered dog is $8, and $19 for male or female not spayed or neutered.

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The second Community Supper (a cookout) at Church of the Epiphany on Sunday, May 24, was a great success, with many new friends in attendance, 60-70 people in all. Above, Karen Otte and Victor Friedrich of Durham with Rick Goodwin (formerly of Durham, now of Meriden). Right, Joshua Myjak of Middlefield enjoys his supper, and his truck. Below, some of the crew for the supper, led by Charlie Proctor (in pale blue t-shirt) of Durham.

T e n young people w e r e c o n firmed i n t o membership of the Middlefield Federa t e d Church (UCC and UMC) on Sunday, May 17. Pictured from left are Britney Lowry, Ben Plant, Sierra Manning, Colin Plant, Anastasia Koch, Molly Dudko, Rachel Footit, Gracie Lyman and Nick Augeri. Not pictured, Liam Bialobrzeski. Photo by Sue VanDerzee

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Lyman golf celebrates 40 years in Middlefield pionship golf courses would eventually be built. Lyman’s peach trees presided on the hills overlooking Powder Ridge during this same time period. But when the remarkably cold winter of 1917-1918 destroyed the entire crop, the Lyman family turned to the sturdier apple as their prime product. The farm quickly became the leading apple grower in the Northeast and eventually forayed into the successful agri-tourism business of today.

The face of Lyman golf Dick Bierkan, above, has presided in one way or another over the continued development of the program for the last 34 years. By Trish Dynia Special to the Town Times

The 19th century writer and satirist Mark Twain, who once said of golf, “It’s a good walk spoiled,” probably never saw the rolling hills and panoramic vistas present day golfers at Lyman Golf Club enjoy on a regular basis. Perhaps he would have changed

his mind, though more likely he would have complained that it was a nice walk spoiled by golf enthusiasts. Around the time Twain was in Hartford writing The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Charles Elihu Lyman was busy expanding the Middlefield family farm to 1,100 acres on which he raised lambs and dairy cattle where two cham-

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The milk business thrived alongside the apples well into the late 1950s. But according to John Lyman III, “It was around this time that people started becoming more health conscious and wanted milk with a lower fat content.” However the Guernseys his father Jack Lyman had cultivated all his adult life produced a high fat product. As the elder Lyman debated selling the herd, and if so, what to do with the land, a group of businessmen from Middletown caught wind of his plight, and in 1965 they approached Jack Lyman with an offer to purchase the grazing land and build a golf course. Negotiations ensued, rough drafts of a course were drawn up, then the Middletown group pulled out when they couldn’t find enough investors.

But the idea had been planted, and the corporation’s board of directors pursued the idea aggressively. Lyman noted, “Several golf architects were considered, but it happened that Dad’s cousin was a big golfer who liked the Robert Trent Jones courses.” Jones eventually walked the property and told Jack Lyman he could build a very nice course there. But at a subsequent board of directors meeting held to discuss the project, the architect walked out when the board, skittish about entering into such a new business, talked about building a nine hole course and adding another nine if it took off. As he was leaving, Jones stated, “I don’t associate with losers, and I’m not putting my name on anything less than 18 holes.” Apparently, however, the rift was healed, and when Jack Lyman applied for a business loan at his bank in Middletown, the Trent Jones name lent credibility and his bankers were more than willing to back it.

ones,” said Lyman. Golf had traditionally been a rich man’s game played by highpowered people at private clubs. This was a public course, and at first there wasn’t much interest. But as the baby boomers started coming of age in the 1970s, interest in the sport and in public courses grew so that by the mid-1980s the Robert Trent Jones course was playing at capacity. Another factor in the course’s long term success has been the influence of golf director Dick Bierkan who is entering his 34th year of association with the course. While growing up in Madison, Bierkan worked as a caddy in high school at the Madison Country Club. Shortly after the course opened, Bierkan was hired as the assistant golf pro, later became the head golf pro and today is the director and long-time friendly face of the club. Early on, he pushed for junior activities. Said Bierkan, “I love working with kids and it really is an investment in the future. Each year the club holds golf classes for children ages 7 to 14, and today several high school clubs utilize the courses, including Coginchaug, Mercy and Middletown High as well as Wesleyan University.” Over the years, Bierkan has also been instrumental in sponsoring many youth, women’s and men’s tournaments held at the course, as well as the PGA qualifying tournament. “When the first course was built,” Lyman said, “no one foresaw the possibility that there would be another one, otherwise we might have used less acreage.” So the Gary Player course, opened in 1994, has a tighter layout of 165 acres vs. the Trent at 220 acres. But having both has appealed to a larger audience. The Jones course has wider, longer fairways and dips in and out of woody land and pleasant ponds, while the Player course traverses higher terrain and offers gorgeous panoramic vistas of Middlefield, Middletown and Durham. “People often ask me how we can run such a diverse business: agriculture, retail and golf. But if you look at it See Lyman golf, page 33

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Habitat for Humanity still looking for property or a house in Durham By Judy Moeckel Special to the Town Times

Durham residents who own 10 or more acres of property, looking for someone who would be willing to sell a small portion of their property for $50,000. If they donated the property, of course, they would be eligible for a tax break. If a property had possible historical significance, Yarrow says, she and her organization would work closely with historical and preservation organizations. An example of this is a recent renovation carried out on a house on Pearl Street in Middletown. “We will work with the Durham community to make it possible,” Yarrow says.

The Habitat house on Ballfall Road (and Washington Street) in Middlefield. Photo by Judy Moeckel

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Middlesex Habitat for Humanity of Connecticut is still looking for property in Durham to create a home for one of the many families (a number from Durham) who are looking for affordable housing in Middlesex County. “It could be a lot to build a new house on, or an existing house to rehabilitate,” says executive director Joyce Yarrow. “We’ve had many leads in the last few months, but the people weren’t ready to donate or sell at this time.” Yarrow remains hopeful that something will move in Durham before June 30. That’s the date they must have a commitment in order to be able to access $25,000 in funding from United Way, which would be matched dollar for dollar by the Peachpit Foundation, a family foundation based in Durham. “We have asked United Way to carry over the funding (into the new state fiscal year),” she says, “but we don’t have an answer yet.” Finding (or creating) affordable housing is especially challenging in a small (and desirable) town like Durham. Yarrow has written to

“I’d be happy to come and speak to civic groups, churches, etc.” Meanwhile, she says, progress on the Habitat house in Middlefield (located on Ballfall Road) proceeds at a snail’s pace. The house, which was taken by the state when Route 66 was widened, is fine; the problem is the process of transferring the property (for $1) to Habitat. Considered “state surplus property,” the land and house have to go through a convoluted conveyance process that involves at least six different state agencies. “The state has not expedit-

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Another summer opportunity in our towns For the past few issues, we’ve been bringing you news of opportunities for you and your children to enjoy this summer. Just before press time, a new announcement came across our desk that we are happy to share.

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Vacation Bible School is back For the past three years members of the Youth Group of the Middlefield Federated Church have traveled to Lynn MA, Calais ME and Rutland VT to work alongside YouthWorks, Inc. staff and teenagers from many other places in a variety of mission projects in those communities. One of the favorite activities for the kids has been the “Kids Camp.” They prepare and present a vacation Bible program to local children. Every year they have asked: “Why can’t we do this in Middlefield?” Well, this year that’s what they’re doing. The Middlefield Federated Church is offering a Vacation Bible School, called “God’s Big Back Yard” to the community. This exciting program is all about serving in the Lord’s

name. Our youth, already experienced in this field, are taking on the roles of Workshop Leaders and teaching the kids about serving through craft, food, song and games. The program is presented with the idea that we are all playing in God’s Big Back Yard. We are opening our doors to all the children in our community between Kindergarten and sixth grade with this children’s ministry. The program will run from July 12 through 19, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The cost is only $50 per child, and children from kindergarten to sixth grade are welcome to join us. Children are being asked to bring their own lunch but afternoon snack will be provided. If you remember attending Vacation Bible School as a child, you probably remember how much fun it was. For information about registration, please call the church at (860) 349-9881 or Marilyn Keurajian at (860) 349-9984. Act quickly so as not to be disappointed; we are only able to serve 45 children. Now that Memorial Day is over, summer is right around the bend. Let the planning begin.

Letters to the Editor

Your ‘yes’ vote will count

As a teacher and a parent of District 13, I was surprised and saddened to hear of the low turnout for voting the first time around on the District 13 budget. I know there are many of us out there who are extremely proud of the education our children are getting (or have received, for that matter). We should know that the teachers in the district are extremely dedicated and work well beyond their allotted hours, deserving our support and praise. I moved to District 13 because of the school system — period. I know I am not alone with this decision. I am sure many of you moved here for the same reason. Being a teacher, I did my “homework” on the subject and Dis-

trict 13 far surpassed others in the area. THERE IS A REASON FOR THIS. The Board of Education and the superintendent must be doing a few things right! We, as a community, value our children’s education. A school system is only as good as its teachers and administrators. Do we really want to keep standing by, watching the budget keep getting cut down — vote after vote — as more and more programs and positions that directly affect our children’s education get cut as well? Please take a few minutes to go out on June 2 to vote. We need all the support we can get. If you value your child’s education, or the education of all children in our towns, please support the current budget and help the teachers and administrators continue to provide our chil-

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dren with the best education and programs. Your “yes” vote WILL count! Maura Caramanello, Middlefield

Support our local businesses Everyone is probably aware of the tragedies that Frank Calamaro endured. Four fraternal organizations came together to put on a benefit for him. We solicited donations from the following local merchants and could not believe their generosity and support for a long-time Middlefield resident. County Flowers Farms; Durham Pharmacy; Emanuel’s Beauty Salon; Indian Springs Golf Course; Lyman Orchards; Perrotti’s Country Barn; Pocketful of Posies; Rover’s Lodge; Trackside Deli; Uncle Bob’s Garden Center; and Y&J Liquors. Hats off to you all! Carol and Joe Geruch, Middlefield

Explanation of D-13 budgetting Dear community members, There have been many questions regarding the fund balance of Regional School District 13. I would like to try to explain how it works. I think of it as a “rolling

Most categories reduced in proposed budget

13 Board of Education, I want voters to notice that the 200910 budget has increased in only three of its nine categories: Salaries jumped 3.31 percent ($617,000) and Benefits 13.15 percent ($574,000) due mainly to the outcome of legally mandatory binding arbitration after negotiations with the teachers union reached an impasse. The third category, Dues and Fees, contains a small increase — $2,415 — for 6.59 percent increases in the cost of membership in athletic conferences, academic affiliations and professional organizations. Spending in the remaining six categories has been reduced. Even though energy costs have risen dramatically, the district moved quickly to lock in its heating oil at a low price and saved $115,000 over last year’s costs, so Building and Grounds is down 14.70 percent. Also down are Purchased Services by 7.35 percent (by cutting legal fees), Operating Services by 1.69 percent and Supplies by 11.05 percent. Some of these reductions were made by the Superintendent and more was saved when the Board cut over $512,000 from the Superintendent’s budget. Other savings were realized by cost sharing. Debt

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surplus.” Each year the district’s general operating fund is audited, and there is a “fund balance” (hopefully positive) as of June 30 of each year, which is the result of revenue being greater than expenses. This audit is performed in the fall and the final report is issued in December. In the spring, the Board of Education goes through the budget process and when estimating receipts, the fund balance from the prior June 30 is applied as revenue for the coming fiscal year. What makes the fund balance number confusing is that it is a result of general fund activity in one fiscal year (ex. July 2005-June 2006), and identified during the next fiscal year (July 2006-June 2007), and then applied to be used in the following fiscal year (July 2007-June 2008). If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call me or any member of the Board of Education Finance Committee. Mary Jane Parsons, chair, Finance Committee, Regional District 13 Board of Education

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Environmental lessons for our kids Meeting mini me ???

bles and pasta for It’s an on-going their dinner, and she challenge to dissect Claudia O’Connell drives the speed limit. and explain the global They know they may warming picture in a be asked to empty the way that translates to food scraps into the ready-digestion by young minds. Even adults struggle compost bin after dinner, and they with environmental basics discerning will wash our kitchen counters down between such things as carbon foot- with vinegar and water. They know they will fall asleep to prints, carbon offsets, and carbon capture - oh my. So how do we teach those words read from a borrowed library in the queue to be careful guardians of book and that they will wear secondtheir land? We start small and inten- hand clothing to school tomorrow. On tionally with facts doled out like tiny hot nights, they know we will not use Hershey kisses. My five year old has the air conditioning, opting instead to been so obsessed with the concept of open the windows and skip the covers. the Smart Car and trying to spy one And come August when drought beckduring our travels that she has taken ons, we will let our grass turn brown to identifying other cars as dumb cars. so as not to waste water knowing that Now no offence is meant here as I re- the grass knows how to survive main behind the wheel of a dumb car through clever dormancy. Heck, we even subject ourselves to myself (the minivan is paid off and running well, and will not be replaced all manners of torture by corralling until I can get a fuel-efficient model our family of five into our Toyota that, frankly, hasn’t been designed Prius for outings where bad behavior reaches a fever pitch from zero to sixyet). But for any of the environmentally ty. Within a family, many choices are negligent slip-ups I make in a day, I hope I eventually over-compensate in made in a day – some big, some small, the other direction with positive to- and some that I’m certain go unnokens of environmentally exemplary ticed. But kids soak up a lot from the living. For instance, on days when I repetition of parental habits and roufeel a fool because I drive my car with tine, and before they can say “tiddlyabandon spewing fossil fuels on the winks”, they will be playing house on way to and from Wallingford for swim their own someday, mimicking whole class, onto Middletown for groceries, chunks of familial routines that we then to Meriden for cleats and back thought went unnoticed. If those rouhome again, let us rest assured that tines pay homage to the earth, your efwe can still reign as a living message forts will be paid off in spades as a new of environmental responsibility. For generation will repeat and grow those instance, my kids know by now that lessons with families of their own. their mother totes her own cloth shop- Please visit my new parenting blog at ping bags, she buys organic vegeta-


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Budget Service is down by 6.35 percent as the district negotiated a lower interest rate on the remaining $350,000 in debt. The board also voted, albeit reluctantly, to use the Capital Reserve, taking $124,000 and leaving only $26,000 in reserve. The final proposed budget is $391,579 over last year — a l.26 percent increase. The bottom line of this budget for Middlefield is a .21 percent (two tenths of one percent) to .25 percent (one quarter of one percent) increase or $54,000. For Durham the increase is .7 percent (seven tenths of one percent) or $330,000. I have mixed feelings about this budget as do my fellow board members. First, I feel the responsibility to respond to the community by sending

and run for president, A good friend and Stephanie Wilcox I’d vote for her,” Zoe’s Town Times regular, mother interjected Bill Currlin, came by from the kitchen. “Ismy office a few weeks n’t that funny,” I ago with an urgent asked? In middle message. “There’s a little girl in town who school I entertained the notion of runyou have to meet because she reminds ning for president some day — I even me so much of you,” he exclaimed. Bill bought a “Future President” shirt from Washingproceeded to tell me how he heard her ton D.C. that I give a speech at Memorial Middle wore regularly School at the Evening of Academic Exto get the mescellence and something struck him sage out there. about Zoe Lerman. Obviously, I “She said she loves writing and bedidn’t take that ing inspired and I know you do too,” he route yet, and continued. when I told Zoe Not only that, I told Bill, but in sixth that instead I grade I, too, was chosen to give my graduated with speech at the Evening of Academic Exjournalism and cellence. Now I haven’t been a sixth grader for a decade nor do I typically Stephanie Wilcox women’s studdegrees interview them, but intrigued, I met in the “old days.” ies with Zoe to talk writer to writer: when from the University of Connecticut, I did she discover her love to write, heard a gasp. “That’s where I want to go for my what does she like to write about and what does she want to be when she undergrad,” she cried out, though she grows up? We shared stories about our told me she’s not sure yet where to go trials and tribulations and what we’re for grad school. I assured her she’s got some time to decide, but kudos for working on now. thinking ahead. It was in So what does Zoe want to be when third grade she finally does graduate? “Either a while writing a writer or a landscape architect,” (the fiction story latter is because it involves “imaginaabout the Titantion and artistic skills”). ic that Zoe At this point I’m almost off my seat. thinks she “Zoe,” I proclaimed. “When I was learned to love younger I had my future narrowed writing. What a down to either being a writer or an arcoincidence. chitectural historian for the very same My passion for writing came Zoe Lerman today. reasons.” Someone said something about an architectural historian one when I wrote a book about a WWII family when I was day and that was it, that’s what I wantnine (It filled an entire black speckled ed to be for quite some time. We both got a good laugh, but it didnotebook, but I have yet to finish it). What’s interesting is both of us admit- n’t end there. ted we’re not even history buffs but… “I think Zoe should be an attorney See Mini me, page 10

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(Continued from page 8) them a bare bones budget. On the other hand, I am disappointed to lose people and programs we worked to implement, such as the reading consultant whom we believed would have a long lasting impact in the classroom. Any further cuts will certainly harm programs and increase class sizes. For some people, the elephant in the room is the athletic project of a new track and tennis courts which the District’s voters approved last year 1031 to 862. This project supports two exceptional athletic programs of which we can all be proud. It is even more compelling, however, that unless these improvements are made, we will have to close both the track and tennis courts as unsafe and serious legal liabilities and then spend

money to police these areas to keep people out. As it is, we have to transport our teams—boys and girls tennis, and boys and girls track — to all their meets since none can be held at Coginchaug — a decidedly expensive way to run athletic programs. Finally, the value of our school property is being diminished by the deplorable condition of the track and tennis courts. One of our responsibilities is to care for and preserve these facilities for future residents and to ensure that their condition does not negatively impact the accreditation of the high school. I strongly encourage you to vote for this revised budget. Merrill Adams, Middlefield

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10 Habitat (Continued from page 7) ed the process in any way,” Yarrow says, with obvious frustration. She has even offered to “walk” the application from one agency to another to get the necessary sign-offs. Habitat has raised more than $100,000 to rehabilitate the house, and this money could be lost if things don’t start to move soon. And the family that has been approved for the house is still waiting, living with their in-laws. Middlesex Habitat for Humanity of Connecticut, Inc. is an independent affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, a non-profit 501(c)3,

ecumenical Christian housing ministry. Its mission is to build or renovate simple, decent, affordable houses in partnership with eligible families, and its objective is to eliminate substandard housing in Middlesex County, one house at a time. Habitat’s program is not a giveaway (details on the donation process are available at The homeowner must qualify financially for the program, as well as contribute “sweat equity” in creating their new home. Habitat houses are sold with no profit made, and house payments are recycled to build/renovate additional houses. A homeowner’s mortgage with Habitat is interest-free, and payments

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cannot exceed 30 percent of their gross income. The mortgage payment includes principal, taxes and insurance. Habitat homeowners must be able to support their mortgage. They have what it takes to be responsible property owners and stakeholders in the community. It’s no secret that Connecticut has a serious problem with a lack of affordable and decent housing. With some creative thinking and action, we can do our part to help alleviate this problem.

Mini me (Continued from page 9) She’s not much into math or science — me neither. She plays the guitar — I play the

guitar. She loves being outside — I love being outside. But most interesting, at almost 12 years old, Zoe is exactly half my age, yet us writers have similar ways about us. We both have so many thoughts at any given time that it’s hard to get them all out there. We both start many stories before finishing the first. And our best inspiration comes from simply looking out a window or at a scene, or a sentence just comes to our heads and BAMB! — Huston, we’ve got a story. Zoe’s mom mentioned that she’s always finding “snippets” of Zoe’s writing around her room and the house, which makes sense when hearing that Zoe writes for hours at a time. My parents would tell you the same thing,

and like me, Zoe has zillions of notebooks and journals. In the end, there’s no moral to this story other than it’s fun to meet people who share the same interests as you and hear their story, no matter their age. If you get the chance to chat with them, take it — it will do your spirit some good. Happy writing, Zoe!

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0 sDurham receives Public Works management report By Stephanie Wilcox Town Times

Mark Twain famously said: “Everybody complains about the weather, but nobody does anything about it.” In much the same way, people often complain about the Public Works Department, focusing on whether or not roads are maintained well enough, mailboxes hit by plow trucks or workers spotted having a coffee break by the roadside. Everyone has an opinion. However, these opinions are most often based on scant knowledge and no research. In order to get a handle on some of the issues, the Board of Selectmen commissioned a study by Randi Frank Consulting, LLC to look at the Durham Public Works Department. The management study, which was presented earlier this month to the Selectmen and the Board of Finance, found that drainage improvements, road repair and snow removal are the highest priority work performed by the department, and thus financial and staff resources should be devoted first to these efforts. Consultant Randi Frank met with First Selectman Laura Francis and Board of Finance chair Fran Korn to clarify the

issues of greatest concern to the town in relation to the Public Works Department. The consultants also met with the road foreman and Public Works maintainers and toured the town garage and town roads. Follow up interviews were conducted with the road foreman, finance director Maryjane Malavasi and the First Selectman for clarification. Each of the 19 functions performed by the Durham Public Works Department was carefully looked at, and below are the areas with the most significant recommendations. Drainage improvements Under drainage improvements, the consultants recommended that this work be one of the town’s top priorities “since storm water issues can affect many people and properties,” the report explained. In a description, it was noted that the town has many drainage issues, such as ice flow onto the streets, water ponds and streams on the streets and streets that regularly flood. The Public Works staff addresses these issues by installing storm water pipes, storm water catch basins, creating culverts, etc., and has the ability to design and build small and medium systems. Since many citizens

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are not aware of this function of the department, education should be conducted for the citizens about the purposes of swales and catch basins, the study recommends. This way, people will know not to fill in the swales with leaves or brush or pour hazardous materials down catch basins. The consultants recommend a simple check list be put in place to insure that everyone is informed about projects and has signed off on them. An inventory of all drainage/storm water systems should also be developed. Installing, maintaining and repairing curbing Snow operations, weather and accidents can all damage curbs. Public Works has a curbing machine that handles replacement and repair of curbs, and if funds are allocated, the department has the ability to install new curbs. According to the report, there have been citizen requests to install curbing, though curbing should not be installed if catch basins or some other storm water system is not in place to catch the water that runs off the new curb. The town has the ability to install these types of storm water drainage systems, but the cost is significantly more

(All meetings will be held at the Durham Library unless otherwise noted. Check the town Web page at for agendas and last-minute changes.) Monday, June 1 8 p.m. — District 13 public hearing on second proposed budget at CRHS auditorium, adjoins to referendum. Tuesday, June 2 6 a.m.-8 p.m. — Referendum on $31.4 million education budget; durham voters cast ballots at Korn School. 6:30 p.m. — Public Safety Committee 7:30 p.m. — Midstate Regional Planning, 100 DeKoven Dr. in Middletown Wednesday, June 3 7:30 p.m. — Planning and Zoning Commission Monday, June 8 7 p.m. — Board of Selectmen at Town Hall 7:30 p.m. — Inland Wetlands Commission Tuesday, June 9 7:30 p.m. — Library Board of Trustees 8 p.m. — Fire Company at the firehouse Wednesday, June 10 7:30 p.m. — Board of Education at CRHS Thursday, June 11 6 p.m. — Board of Selectmen with BOE at 135 Pickett Lane 7:30 p.m. — Zoning Board of Appeals at Town Hall Friday, June 12 7:30 p.m. — Historical Society at the Centre Schoolhouse than just installing curbing. Therefore, the consultants recommend that requests for new curbing should not be automatically approved by the First Selectman until the drainage issues in the area are reviewed by the appropriate staff (indicated on a drainage project check-off list). They also recommend additional funding for new curbing and drainage systems if this is a for our menu

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12 Public Works (Continued from page 11) the town. Brush is taken by dump trucks to the transfer station where the tub grinder makes chips, which are then available for citizens to take

for free for landscaping. The staff also cleans up residents’ lawns after removing brush for pickup, which is a timeconsuming but customer-oriented service. It is also expensive because of the number of staff and trucks used. The consultants recommend possibly changing this

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maintenance Under this category, the consultants learned that most vehicle and equipment maintenance is handled at the town garage by Public Works staff. Public Works takes care of routine maintenance along with welding, but they contract with auto mechanics for brakes, steering and other work they cannot handle, and they contract with a vendor to replace parts used on a regular basis. It is very important to keep the vehicles under cover to prolong their life span. The consultants recommended giving serious consideration to building a shelter space for other town equipment like the pay loader, back hoe, etc. to extend their useful life. In addition, the written sheets that the department keeps of each vehicle indicating dates of routine maintenance, mileage and special repairs, etc. should be entered into the computer for permanent record and should expand to include other information. The consultants said if the Public Works staff is going to enter information into the computer, then a special location is needed to install the computer, and the town garage is an unacceptable location due to the amount of dirt and grease. The consultants proposed using the trailer next to the town garage, which is used for sleeping during long storms, as office space for staff, the road foreman and for a lunch room. Management concerns The report also addressed concerns voiced by town officials, such as, “Is Public Works staffed adequately?” The response from the consultants was that with the amount of road work and snow plowing, the number of maintainers is adequate; however, there appears to be a difference in skill among maintainers. Similarly, the report stated that the consultants feel the department is adequately supplied and the equipment viewed is in good condition. There was a question of getting a larger tandem axle truck, but it was determined to not be cost effective at this time. In response to the question, “Is Public Works being managed professionally?” the report said the knowledge of the road foreman and several maintainers was at a high skill level, yet the lack of direct supervision and communica-

tion/planning is a concern of many, and thus several considerations were provided. Option one is to restructure the road foreman’s role and create a facility manager position; option two is to create a physical services department; option three is to create different levels of maintainer positions; and option four is to combine the Durham and Middlefield Public Works Departments. Each option was described in detail and listed issues that would need to be addressed if implemented. The consultants also noted that the town may want to use a combination of ideas from each of the options to restructure the Public Works Department.

P&Z denies ABC Academy application for summer hours

The Planning and Zoning Commission held a public hearing on Wednesday, May 20, to review an application from Kelly Pedersen regarding her day care center on 68 Main St. As the center currently operates only during the school year, Pedersen sought to expand the business months into July and August as well. She noted that the hours would remain from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. with no bus activity. The number of students would also be restricted to 19 at most. As zoning Chairman George Eames neighbors Pedersen’s property, he recused himself from the commission and spoke out against the application as her neighbor. He disapproved of the request due to the noise level of the center, which he felt would be worse during the summer from kids going outside more. He felt the center should maintain its current schedule. The commission also felt that expanding the center’s usage was inappropriate, with member Dave Foley noting that the center is a non-residential use in a residential zone. According to Foley, expanding the use would erode the residential zone. When put to a vote, all members voted against the application except for Tom Russell, who abstained. During the commission’s See Durham P&Z, next page

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Summer social for seniors

The Middlefield Senior Center will be serving up good old fashioned root beer floats at our first root beer float social on Wednesday, June 24, at 3:30 p.m. Enjoy the summer sounds of the popular John Banker Trio. Please bring a lawn chair, weather permitting we may hold the event outside. The cost is $1. Call Antoinette at (860) 3497121 to make your reservation by June 17. Jane Coggins, Rd. from CRT will present a nutrition update on Wednesday, June 3, following lunch. Her topic will be the pros and cons of Omega 3 Fatty Acid foods and mercury. If you would like to have lunch prior to the presentation, please make a reservation 24 hours prior. No registration is needed to hear our speaker only.

Durham P&Z (Continued from page 12) regular meeting, ZEO Geoff Colegrove reported on the state of the Greenland Realty site. He stated that the shrubs on the site will grow back and added that the commission may want to require dust control measures to avoid disturbing the homes of nearby residents. (In attendance/Chuck Corley)

Free Blood Pressure Clinics are offered on the first and third Wednesday of each month. The next clinic will be June 3. Bingo games are played on the third Monday of each month. The next games will be played on June 15 at 1 p.m. Cards are $1 each, with a four card maximum. All seniors are welcome.

Old Home Days: Saturday Speaks By Summer Lerch-Spencer Special to the Town Times Wow what a lineup for Saturday’s program at Old Home Days 2009! Our theme this year on health and happiness has led us to include many new faces. Our school nurses, who have cared for our children for years, are our Grand Marshals. We salute them and offer our heartiest “thanks” to nurses at CRHS - Judy Ellsworth, Strong - Anne Juncadella, Memorial - Joanne Nytch, Korn - Joyce Parisi, Lyman - Karen Charpentier, Brewster - Maryellen Johnson for all the hard work over these many years!!! Please meet and greet them this year in our Health/Business Tent. We will have talks with question and answer time on concerns like men’s health,

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teenage drinking, early signs of stroke, using an AED, eating locally/healthfully and more. Please take advantage of our local talent for answers about your own health and wellbeing. These should be informative talks and will be in the Health Speakers Discovery Tent. We have scheduled health clinics and table presentations in the Health/Business Tent. Come find out about cancer prevention; relaxation and healing through Reiki; functional and chiropractic medicine; blood pressure and eye sight screenings and much more. Also, Middlefield Biggest Loser will be launched. Starting at Old Home Days there will be registrations for the Biggest Loser Program. The cost will be $25 which will get you a t-shirt, water bottle and admittance to weekly workouts and seminars on healthier living. (The final awards for most weight lost will be held on Labor Day.) There is all of this and much more. Look for 2009 Old Home Days Program Books about town. Mark your calendars for the evening of Friday, June 5, and June 6 all day.


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14 Town meeting (Continued from page 3) need to replace the 2002 truck in the next three years. Another matter came from Marianne Corona, who initially made a motion to remove $12,000 from tree removal and put it into the Powder Ridge Development fund. She stated the town will need to put money into developing Powder Ridge and questioned why the town needed $18,000 for tree removal. Al Smith stated that leaving $6,000 will only pay to remove a few trees, while Brayshaw noted that the town is obligated to remove any trees it’s notified of and that any money remaining in the fund balance for tree removal is likely to be gone by the end of the 2008-09 Fiscal Year. Corona rescinded her motion, but stressed the need for the town to fund the development of Powder Ridge. Brayshaw made a motion of his own, asking that the town put $5,000 back into Youth and Family Services. Based on his discussion with service director David Mel-


chionne, $10,000 from the town is not enough for him to run the program. As Brayshaw saw it, the town either should support the program fully or not support it at all. Melchionne also explained that the program provides a valuable service in supervising kids and keeping them out of trouble at a time when most parents are at work. Despite this, Brayshaw failed in his efforts to add $5,000 to the Youth and Family Services budget, with 32 people voting against the motion and 16 voting in favor. The board was also questioned about the Incident Manager, as the position has a $5,000 stipend. Resident Terry Parmalee noted that the position was filled by a volunteer in the past and then at a cost of a $1,000 stipend afterward. The board explained that the item needs to exist in order to obtain emergency management grant money from the state. Board chairwoman Ellen Waff admitted that the lineitem could probably use a better name, though, and suggested putting the money into an equipment line-item. The need for a town website was another matter discussed briefly during the meeting, with Waff informing the public that Kathy Kokoszka is currently looking into two bids to build a town website. The amount currently ranges from $3,500 to $5,000. The board also hopes to reduce the cost of street light-

ing in town and budgeted $17,000 less for street lighting. While Brayshaw said that the town will try and stay at the $50,000 budgeted amount, he added that the cost comes from the state and is based on how many lights are used. Should the town not want to use a light, it also has to remove the pole in its entirety as it will otherwise use energy. Though the town previously received complaints when it tried to remove certain street lights, Kathy Kokoszka is trying to organize residents into volunteering to give up superfluous street lights. Finally, the town approved the replacement of DMIAAB member Peter Neidhardt with Katie Hughes, who will serve in his position until 2010. The town also re-elected Alexander Raczka and Peter Gibbons to another term on DMIAAB.

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Old Home Days Office. Please go to m for your registration form. Registration opens at 9 a.m.; there is $5 entrance fee and all participants will receive a water bottle. Course is 2.7 miles long, finishing at the flag pole at Peckham Park. The parade itself is starting from Roger’s Manufacturing at 10 a.m. If you have not already registered, please contact Carrie Anderson at (860) 349-8954. If you are not in the parade, please line the roads and cheer on the marchers ! On a personal note, there would be no Old Home Days at all without the outstanding Old Home Days committee. Carrie Anderson, Children’s Program and Parade Chair; Jean Gay, Business/Craft Chair; Joe Liseo, Main Stage

(Continued from page 13) Entertainment Chair; Judy Didato, Middlefield Lions President and Lion’s Friday Night Chair; Carol Schilling, Health Discovery Tent and Concessions Chair; Rob Badin, General Entertainment Chair; Ron Frost, Grounds and Security Chair; and Sydney Mintz, Budget and Finance Chair have contributed greatly to making this weekend happen. These fine people are the heart and soul of Old Home Days. Carol, Joe, Carrie, Rob, Jean, Sydney, Ron and Judy typify what is so great about our towns, a commitment to contribute, then making it happen. Thank you! We haven’t even talked about the music, entertainment and the fireworks yet! How about next week?


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Durham author explores Connecticut coast in new book By Stephanie Wilcox Town Times

Just a hop, skip and a jump away from Durham and Middlefield are the 24 shoreline towns of Connecticut that we often frequent but just as often know little about. In her new book Connecticut Coast, A Town-by-Town Illustrated History, Durham resident and historian Diana Ross McCain explores these towns in what she describes as a “surf and turf” approach. “There are lots of books coming out now by local folks that are primarily photographic, which is cool, except a lot of the photos are of the

beach,” McCain said. “Though all of these towns were shaped by the fact that they’re on the coast, not everything happened on the coast, and I wanted to look at the towns as a whole.” For instance, though it has little to do with the coast, Daniel Hand was an incredible part of Madison’s history. As McCain explains in the book, Hand, a wealthy businessman, spent $15,000 in 1884 to construct a building for use as an academy and later gave the equivalent of $20 million in modern money to a fund to educate African Americans living in states in which slavery had existed. It was the

largest donation made up to that time by a living benefactor to an American charity.

“I knew about the (Daniel Hand) high school and something about giving money to free slaves for education, so I did more research to get this incredible history out there,” she said. It took McCain nine months to research and write about the 24 towns, including Norwalk, Branford, New London, Greenwich, Old Saybrook, Guilford and more. She started by checking local histories online and looking into things she knew as an historian that she’d want to write about. Most of the research was driven by images from the Connecticut Historical Society, which was good because it provided McCain with exceptional bird’s eye views of the towns. “I love the bird’s eye views because they are incredibly detailed and incredibly accurate,” she said.



In addition to the bird’s eye views, McCain said she is also a big fan of the pencil sketches by John Warner Barber, an 1800s engraver and printer. He went to every town in Connecticut, sketching what it looked like, then talked to people, looked at town records and compiled everything into a book titled Connecticut Historical Collections. “He does this right before the Industrial Revolution comes to Connecticut — right at the cusp of huge change,” she said. “He doesn’t know this, but he’s capturing it all right before everything will change for almost all of the towns.” The best example to look at, she said, is Stamford because “it may not even look the same now.” In fact, McCain said what

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was most surprising to her in doing the research is how dramatically all of the towns have changed over 350 years. “They didn’t change just one time, it was rapid, repeated change,” she said. “Yeah, change happened elsewhere, but to see how dramatic and enormous it was along the coast was amazing.” McCain noted that all of the coastal towns started out as small farming towns before many became shipbuilding or fishing towns. Then after the Revolutionary War, many towns had a period where everybody left because all the land was settled, making it expensive to live with no way to make a living. “By the hundreds of thousands, people were leaving Connecticut for Ohio, Vermont, Pennsylvania and New York,” McCain said. “That’s when the Industrial Revolution kicked in and the industrial boom transformed everything.” New people came into the state and made everything from clocks to corsets which were sent around the world. Before that, up until 1840, Connecticut was the most homogeneous state in the union with a very small African American population with a huge majority of Anglo Saxon Protestants. Along with this demographic change, other

towns began developing as resorts. Then in the 20th century, resorts had gone by the wayside, and eventually automobiles and suburbanization came through the towns. “The change is remarkable, and it was fun to show this change for a number of towns,” she said. “The idea that it was not always this way is pretty amazing.” Though much has changed, it’s surprising how much still exists, she said. A prime example is the Henry Whitfield House in Guilford that stands today. The house was built in 1639, making it the oldest house in Connecticut and the oldest stone house in New England, McCain said. In 1997 it was declared a National Historic Landmark as “an example of Colonial Revival restoration work that stands as a testament to the historic preservation movement in America,” McCain quotes in the book. Another example is the Guilford town green that still includes several buildings, including the Congregational church and the Civil War statue that are seen in the 1881 bird’s eye drawing of the green. In talking about town greens, McCain said they didn’t start out as nice grassy areas to enjoy the town as most would think. “It was a place where daily life happened and everything was on the green, not around it,” she explained. “There were build-

ings, schools, churches, gravel pits and all sorts of things right on the green.” McCain noted that for a period of time, town greens were also used as burial grounds, but in the early 1800s, there was a movement to clean them up for members of the community. This was done in Guilford and New Haven, but McCain pointed out that the gravestones were removed but the bodies were left. “I suspect there is nothing left of anybody, but they are the only towns I know of in Connecticut that did this,” McCain said, adding that she learned many things in writing the book and readers are sure to learn a lot as well. “I already know a lot about Connecticut history, but when you look at individual towns you find very cool, very special little stories because every town really is different even though they are part of the same area,” she said. According to McCain, the idea to do a book on Connecticut’s coast came from someone at Globe Pequot Press. They had seen a book about Long Island and thought of the idea of a book that focused on the entire Connecticut shore, and asked McCain to do it. McCain has Masters degrees in history and library science and over 25 years’ experience writing about Connecticut’s past. She worked for the Connecticut

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Melanie Poole, a sophomore at Connecticut College, was awarded the Sally L. Taylor Prize at the annual honors and awards ceremony at Connecticut College on April 29. The honor is awarded to a student for consistent excellence in the field of environmental studies. Poole, a 2007 graduate of Coginchaug Regional High School, is the daughter of Nancy Winship-Poole and Allan Poole of Middlefield.

Keene State College has announced the names of 966 students who are candidates for graduation this month. Abigail Ruth Hogarth, of Durham, graduated cum laude with a B.S. Michael Morris Smith, of Rockfall, graduated with a B.S.

David Francis, of Durham, has received a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from the College of Science at the Virginia Tech commencement ceremony.

Anthony James Larosa, of Middlefield, has been selected to become a member of the Ipsilon of Connecticut Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. UConn is one of only 276 colleges in the country with Phi Beta Kappa chapters.

Rosa DeLauro recognized the hard work of the 482 first graders who participated this past year in the “Rosa’s Readers” program at a year-end reception. Three students received honorable mention for their bookmark design including Julie Kosienski who attends Brewster Elementary School in Durham. The Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection has recognized the life saving actions preformed last summer by 23 Connecticut State Park lifeguards and park staff. During a ceremony at DEP Marine Headquarters in Old Lyme, Deputy Commissioner Susan Frechette presented letters of appreciation from Gov. Rell for outstanding service to the lifeguards and staff who took part in life saving rescues and emergencies last summer. Those honored included

Matt Huntley, of Durham, who is a lifeguard supervisor at Hammonassett Beach State Park in Madison, for responding to breathing and cardiac emergencies with CPR and providing appropriate first aid. More than 2.5 million people visited the 11 Ct. state park guarded swimming areas last summer. State park lifeguards were involved in 29 rescues or emergencies. Seventeen of the 23 award recipients are veteran staff members with the DEP. Anyone interested in becoming a lifeguard in a Connecticut state park for the 2009 season should contact Sarah Battistini, DEP Water Safety Coordinator, 79 Elm Street, Hartford, CT, 06106 at (860) 4185958. Spc. Keith Lohmann Jr., a graduate of Coginchaug H i g h School, has completed basic training at F o r t Knox, Ky. He is a member of the U.S. A r m y

First Calvary Division, Third Brigade Combat Team, stationed at Fort Hood, Texas. Keith has also received his Masters Degree in education from Eastern Connecticut State University and has a Bachelor Degree in History. He is presently serving in Iraq. Andrea Lee Sperl, of Middlefield, was awarded a bachelor of science in special education and elementary education cum laude during Salve Regina University’s 59th Commencement on Sunday, May 17. Sperl is a member of Delta Epsilon Sigma national scholastic honor society at Roman Catholic institutions. The Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce has awarded Barbara Arafeh, of Middletown, the Governor William O’Neill Service Award. The award is given to a person who has performed outstanding public service for the citizens of Connecticut. Barbara Arafeh has a record of extraordinary service through her involvement and leadership in the areas of the arts, education, health, international relations, community projects, women’s is-

sues and services involving children and the elderly.

Town Times continued its winning ways at the annual dinner of the Ct. Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists on May 21, garnering 10 awards for 2008. Stephanie Wilcox won a first place in the category of General Column for her “Paycheck or Reality Check?” Pamela Morello, who has moved on to being editor of the North Haven Citizen, also a RecordJournal-owned weekly, won a first place award in General Reporting for her story on “Toy Parties” and an honorable mention for her photograph of a trout release at Wadsworth Falls State Park. Sue VanDerzee won first, second and honorable mention awards for three page 1 layouts – “Nothing Gold Can Stay,” “Coginchaug High School Class of 2008,” and “Ready, Set, Spring!” VanDerzee also earned an honorable mention for the Op-Ed Column “Only skin deep” and first, second, and honorable mention awards for single editorials entitled “So you think ...?”, “Democracy ... Isn’t it grand?” and “Not the best for Durham.”

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Far left, Pat Bandzes in red, white and blue; Dave Zemelski’s grandson reacts to the fire sirens; and the Durham Coop “Future Stars” float.

Stacia Simcox-Matyjas and Emily Stanwood enjoy the parade, below.

Above, CRHS drummers; bottom left and center, members of the Herds R Us 4H Club. Below, even on a good day, it’s a long way from Haddam Quarter to the green for these girl scouts.

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Above, the Strong School band; right, the best seat on the house — on grandpa Mark Meyering’s shoulders.

Right, the “Wimler girls” are among those who come “home” for the parade. From left, Amy and Heather with Dylan, Sara and Travis.

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Prior to her retirement, she taught third and fourth grade classes in Cheshire, Durham, Woodbury and Washington. After she retired, she was a supervisor for second career student teachers at Western Connecticut State College. Janyce was a member of Christ Lutheran Church of Troy, NH. She was very active in the church, serving on several committees. She loved horses and other animals, and was a charter member of The Litchfield Hills Driving Club. Janyce enjoyed quilting and was a member of several quilting clubs. In her senior year in high school, Janyce was chosen to be Connecticut Apple Queen, and was crowned by the state governor. Janyce will be sadly missed by her husband Ronald H. Rogstad; one

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Durham Library Hours: Regular library hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Visit to search the catalog, review your account, register for a program or renew your materials online. For information or to register for a program by phone, call (860) 349-9544. Annual Book Sale: The PALS’ annual book sale will be held in October this year. Due to the library’s space limitations, please hold donations until the end of summer. New titles include Sanctuary, a Jack Taylor Novel by Ken Bruin, Capture by Robert K. Tanenbaum, The Lovers by John Connolly, Resilience by Elizabeth Edwards, The Daddy Shift, How Stay-at-Home Dads, Breadwinning Moms, and Shared Parenting Are Transforming the American Family by Jeremy Adam Smith, Diet Myths That Keep Us Fat and the 101 Truths That Will Save Your Waistline – and Maybe Even Your Life by Nancy Snyderman, M.D. and Chasing Icarus, the Seventeen Days in 1910 That Forever Changed American Aviation by Gavin Mortimer The Book Lover’s Circle will meet on Wednesday, June 3, at 7:30 to discuss Austerlitz by W. G. Sebald. Copies of the book are available at the library. Everyone is invited to join this informal discussion. AARP Driver Safety Program: This eight-hour, two-session course entitles

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were learned and taught and will be applied to next year’s event, the third annual pig roast, tentatively scheduled for May 15, 2010. Any young man, ages 10 to 18 is encouraged to join Troop 27. Meetings are on Thursdays at 7 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall at the United Churches of Durham. Contact Scoutmaster Jim Smigel for details.


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crew of six adults spent nearly two hours carving the 240 pounds of meat, while also entertaining the crowd with his DJ skills and sound system. The troop served the various main courses with lots of tasty side dishes and lemonade to a crowd of over 400 people. Dessert was an enjoyable treat of ice cream and warm apple crisp made with empire apples given by Lyman Orchards. Special thanks to Parmelee Water Systems whose generous donation helped defray costs and Gwen Brayshaw who most marvelously produced lovely tablecloths and vases of lilacs. This boy-run, hands-on, community-interactive event was truly an achievement for the scouts of Troop 27. The funds raised will go toward attending the 100th national Boy Scout Jamboree in Fort A.P. Hill, Virginia in 2010, High Adventure trips, and other troop activities. Important skills


The boy scouts of Troop 27 in Durham are proud to announce that the second annual pig roast on Saturday, May 9, was a great success! The four fun, informative and filling hours were full of activity. The scouts, ages 10 to 18, put on demonstrations of Dutchoven cooking and fire building. They also invited the guests to test their skills on a slingshot course (with dog food as shot), at solving an orienteering (map reading) puzzle, and learning a few new knots. The rope bridge was a big hit. People of all ages could not resist the chance to master that precarious crossing. Best of all for scout parents and adult advisors was watching the interaction of their young men with the many participants. Speaking of scouts, parents and advisors, there was much planning and hours of preparation. Many hands do make light work! They were grateful to have the large kitchens at the New Haven Raccoon Club and the United Churches of Durham in which to work. The scouts give a big thanks to them and also to the many supporters from our towns. With guidance from Middlesex Livestock Auction and the amazing skills of the roast master, Ken Hall, the 105pound pig was delicious and disappeared quickly. From Lino’s Market, pork roasts, seasoned, smoked and pulled for sandwiches with barbeque sauce, and smoked turkeys were served to the hungry throng. The atmosphere was bursting with appetizing aromas. Hans Pedersen and a

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Students from Francis E. Korn School beautified their school grounds on May 19 by planting annual flowers under the guidance of Marianne Reynolds, Debbie Carras, Rose Dunlop and Flo Flynn, all members of the Durham Garden Club Horticulture Committee. Fifteen flats of flowers (begonias, ageratum, coleus and yellow marigolds) were planted in the inner courtyard as well as at the front entrance of the building. The students learned the principles of design and proper planting techniques while enjoying a great time outdoors. Thank you again to J. C. Greenhouse for their continuing support for this annual event.

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A night of celebration took place at John Lyman School on May 14. Students from the Integrated Day program in grades K-6 displayed work and gave live performances for families and friends. ID students from Strong school were also represented by their observational drawings and letters of appreciation to the Middlefield Volunteer Fire Department in honor of its 75th anniversary. All students drew pictures of firefighter helmets (below). Interactive math and science activities took place in the gymnasium. (Above, fifth graders Cooper Dahlman, Tim McDermott and Jared PAVING Deflippo play Last Block • Quality Driveways (25+ years Experience) while, above right, Matt Treat CT REG.# 580903 • Concrete Sidewalks is busy spinning a top.) I• Drainage Work & Water Problems movies and Power Point projects were housed in the • Lot Clearing & Tree & Stump Removal library media center. Origi& INSURED In Durham nal poems and speeches (860) 349-0157 LICENSED We work 24/7 Call Charlie took place on the stage and in the Music Room throughout the evening.

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Strong School Ice Cream Social for athletes

Strong School’s annual Athletic Recognition Ice Cream Social was held Thursday, May 21, in the school cafeteria. Players participating in cross-country (fall), boys’ and girls’ soccer, boys’ and girls’ basketball, cheerleading, softball and baseball were recognized with certificates and medals. Attendance exceeded 200 people. Additional recognition was awarded to Players of the Year, Most Improved and Sportspersons. These recipients received trophies and plaques. Many thanks to members of Student Council for their assistance in handing out ice cream, to our dedicated coaches and players and especially to the parents for their continued support of strong school athletics. Above left, Kevin Larson hands Bill Neri his plaque. Center, top row, from left, Ben Taber, Yuri Funaro and Bobby Jungels, bottom row Sean Cavanaugh and Geoff Meiman watch the ceremony. Right, back row, from left Kelsi Pietruska, Lauren Giannini, Ashley Vanaman, Kerry Egan Sheena Landy and Jessica Soloman, front row, Kayla Votto, Ashley McLaughlin, Ali Doolittle, Dina Canalia and Sara Richards show off their medals. Text and photos submitted by Kevin Larson, athletic coordinator

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Blue Devils boys’ tennis

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By Melanie Frank Special to the Town Times

Left to right, CRHS boys’ tennis team members Brian MacDuff, Mike French, Mike Smith, Eric Cole, Greg Frank, Chris Smith and Joe Oblon. pulled off a string of 10 consecutive victories. During the first seven matches, junior Joe Oblon had little success as a doubles player. Moved to the number five singles spot, Joe has played gritty tennis and added four victories with more to come. In doubles, team chemistry and strategy are more important than in singles. Playing number one doubles are Chris Smith and “Chico” Cuneo. The lanky

Smith’s backhand is a perfect complement to the athletic Cuneo’s topspin forehand. The pair has an 11-3 record as teamates. Playing number two doubles are Brian MacDuff and Mike French. “Frenchie” was winless in four single matches before teaming with MacDuff. The boys play a unique brand of tennis. Their ability to communicate and make sensational

I have been teaching a lot of players who try to keep the club face square to the target all the way through the swing. When we make this mistake, the club will be parallel to the ground in the backswing, and the clubface will be pointing to the ground. Likewise when the club is parallel to the ground on the follow through, the clubface will be pointed to the sky. This means that you are not releasing the club and you are likely losing distance as well as accuracy. To swing correctly, make sure that at the halfway point of the backswing, the toe of the club is straight up in the air. The same is true on the follow through. The club will essentially go from an “open” position to a “closed” position with the face being square at impact. The “toe up to toe up” drill will perfect this shot. Take the club back parallel to the ground making sure that the toe is up. Swing the club through the ball, finishing with the club parallel to the ground making sure the toe is again pointed up. The result will be a straighter, more powerful golf shot. Jason Beffert PGA is Head Golf Professional of Lyman Orchards Golf Club and can be reached at (860) 349-6030 or

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The Coginchaug boys’ tennis team is in the middle of a third consecutive amazing season despite the loss of five starters from last year’s team. A lack of facilities to play home matches has added to the obstacles that the team has had to overcome. The first three singles positions were in place from last year, but it has taken half of the season for Coach Karen Kean to find the lineup that works best with this year’s players. Poor weather, tough losses and travel throughout the Shoreline Conference punctuated the early season. “This team has the best energy and camaraderie of any team I have ever coached,” stated Coach Kean. This spirit kept the boys together through the trials of the early season. Finally the courts of Memorial School were refinished so that the team could play a few home matches. The line-up was solidified, and the boys’ play has improved dramatically. With the new line-up, the boys have been victorious in seven out of nine matches, 4-1 at home, culminating with their 10th win against Old Saybrook. The 10th victory is significant because it assures the team a place in the state tournament. Senior captain Greg Frank has been a mainstay at number one singles. One of two players to play in every match, he has recently won straight set victories against Old Lyme and Old Saybrook, avenging early season losses to these two teams. Junior Nick D’Aquila has a team-leading 13 victories at singles number two. His tenacious play and spirit is contagious. D’Aquila says, “Unlike last year, this year you can define us as a team.” Mike Smith has been solid all year, playing in every match and possessing a winning record at number three singles. Lefty Mike Finley was moved around at the start of the season, but once established in the number four singles position, he has


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Middlefield Boy Scout Troop 33 Zips Into Adventure By Fitch Spencer, Star Scout, Troop 33 Special to the Town Times Earlier this month, Troop 33 took their spring adventure to the high tree tops of the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Zipline Canopy Tours, New England’s longest and highest zipline course, gave the boys, parents and leaders the trill of a lifetime! We arrived in six-wheeled

Austrian made “jeeps” after traveling up a very long hill. We had already geared up at the shop in Lincoln, NH and were ready to go. The first group consisted of Mr. Robin Heath, Troop 33 Scoutmaster; Pete Sibley and Malcolm Staddon, parents; Zach Russ, Summer Lerch-Spencer, Alexander Staddon, Dave Bedding, Ben Hamilton, Patrick Booth, Fitch Spencer and Peter Booth ready to go.

The first zipline required that we walk on a very thin, shaky bridge to the dual ziplines where we got to race a friend. Then it was over to Area 51, and the longest zipline on the circuit —“Treewalk Village.” This beautiful 1200’ long zipline gave us a wonderful scenic overlook of the western White Mountains. By this time, we could See Troop 33, page 31

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Military Kids Support from family and friends Military parents and kids depend on their extended families, such as aunts and uncles or grandparents, for help when one parent is called to duty. If both parents are in the military and are deployed at the same time, grandparents or other family members may take care of children while the parents are gone. photo courtesy Operation Proud Hearts

U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael R. Hinchcliffe

Do you go to school near a military base? If you do, you probably know some kids whose parents serve in the military. With more than 1.5 million members of our military actively serving our country, there are many thousands of kids in the United States and around the world who know just what it’s like to be a military kid. As we prepare to celebrate Memorial Day, The Mini Page found out about how kids and their families manage with moving often and having parents sent away for long periods of time.

Kids who move with their military families get to see new parts of the United States, or even other countries. They may learn one or more other languages while living away.

Schools help

Schools near military bases are used to having students who move a lot. They usually have good programs to help kids adjust to their new surroundings. Families coming along Teachers are great at helping out new A mom or dad may be stationed, or sent, to another city or country for training kids or students who have a parent or education in his or her military job. In serving away from home. They can work with kids on special projects to show to a this case, the family might choose to returning parent or to send to a parent. come along, especially if the soldier will Kids who have be away for a long time. However, the parent at home may have gone to several different schools may a good job and not want to quit. But many military spouses have jobs that let learn to be more outgoing and make them work from home, no matter where friends easily. Still, it home is. may be difficult for them to become really Sites to see: close to their friends, knowing that they pagename=childrens_resources might have to leave soon.

U.S. Navy sailors hurry to meet their family members after returning from a seven-month deployment.

Military unit In the military, a unit is a group of servicepeople who train and work together. For spouses and children of soldiers, the unit becomes like a family. Moms or dads who are still at home depend on each other for help in taking care of the house and kids. Note: Throughout this issue, for simplicity, The Mini Page refers to members of the military as “soldiers.” Members of the U.S. Marine Corps are generally known as Marines, Air Force members are called “airmen,” and Navy members are called “sailors.” National Guard members are generally called “guardsmen.”

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When a Parent Goes Away Deployment

When a parent has to go away, the whole family feels stress. • The soldier has to prepare gear and uniforms. He or she has to finish up any projects at home. • The husband or wife may worry about the soldier’s safety. The spouse also may have to take on more responsibilities while the soldier is gone. • Older kids might have to help out with extra chores or taking care of younger siblings. • Younger kids may struggle to understand where Mom or Dad is going and why. Their behavior might change because of the stress.

For military members going to Afghanistan or Iraq, deployments usually last about six months. E-mail, Web cameras and cell phones have made it easier for soldiers to keep in touch with families at home. But kids and parents can do other things, too. Some families get creative with ways to “count the days” until Mom or Dad comes home. They might make a paper chain and remove a link each day. Or kids can get a piece of candy, symbolizing a “kiss,” for each day the parent is gone.

Deployment stages Experts divide deployment into three different phases, or stages: • Predeployment, before the soldier leaves. • Deployment, or the time that the soldier is gone. • Reunion, or the time after the soldier returns home.

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Off to serve

Predeployment can be a busy time for parents, but experts say they should use some of the time to make memories with their kids.

Predeployment This stage may last several weeks or just a few hours. Parents of small kids can record themselves reading bedtime stories or singing songs. Older kids might want to give their mom or dad something special to take along. These treasured items are important to soldiers when they’re far away. Parents and children might want to plan a special activity for when the soldier returns.

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Reunion This happy time can also be stressful. Everyone will have to adjust to Dad or Mom being back home again. Kids should make sure to include their returning parent in school and play activities. from The Mini Page © 2009 Universal Press Syndicate


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breathe and enjoy all of it! Then there was Hemlock Walk. This is the second of two side-by-side ziplines where we got to race another friend. After crossing two Burma bridges, we had another long zipline at the Montego Bay Express. This zip is named for the outfit’s co-workers at their Jamaica location. The grand finale, “White Knuckle Pine,” had an 80’ drop and can have zip speeds of up to 50 mph. You can jump straight out or fall off backwards straight down 30 feet! We all had a great time and look forward to doing it again! Oh yeah, did I mention the guides are really great, too? They gave us a lot of confidence, cheered us on and they were really funny.


The Washington Trail 10K and 4K

Above and below, runners in the annual Washington Trail 10K race, sponsored by the Exchange Club, following the Memorial Day parade in Durham. Top right, Dylan Slomkowski ran the 4K and came in first for his division. He is 13 years old and an eighth grader at Strong School. Photos Submitted by Jen Zettergren and Tracey Wheeler

Boys’ Tennis (Continued from page 27)

shots is offset by inexplicable losses on seemingly routine plays. A crowd of more than 40 people was left spellbound as the duo won a match against East Hampton as darkness fell. The boys pulled off a stunning victory, coming back to win the third set 7-5. Their season record is 6-5. Eric Cole and Michael Tubis fill out the team. The season ends with two more individual matches before Shorelines and state tournament play begins. Mike Smith sums up the team’s outlook, “Each individual has great potential and should do well in the tournament.

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The Mini Mustangs 4-H Horse Club recently visited Hackney’s Hope Farm in Middletown. Hackney’s Hope is a new, state-of-the-art facility dedicated to improving the lives of people with or without cognitive, physical or emotional disabilities through the benefits of therapeutic horseback riding and other equine-assisted activities. The farm was the dream of Debbie Boutwell, a deaf single mother, who gave the club a tour of the facility and introduced them to “Chamois,” a miniature horse who is expecting a baby in July. Mini Mustangs 4-H operates from Grace Meadow Farm in Middlefield.

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agement group, and he is still the face of the course.” According to the Lyman Orchards website, the Lyman family has had a presence in Middlefield since 1744 when the first John Lyman moved here from Durham and purchased 36 acres on the south end of Middlefield for a family-sustaining farm operation. Now in its 265th year, Lyman Orchards continues to evolve while maintaining a steadfast commitment to preserving the land for future generations. Our main interviewee for this article, John Lyman III, currently serves as executive vice president of Lyman Orchards and represents the eighth generation of his family to be directly involved in the business. Like his father, grandfather and great-grandfather before him, preservation of the land remains central to his heritage, and the family continues to be innovative in its ways of upholding those traditions.

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from our point of view, it’s all land management,” noted Lyman. As part of their latest efforts to manage and improve the land, Lyman Orchards Golf Club has embarked on a $2 million capital enhancement project of the Trent Jones course to replace the now-antiquated irrigation system, renovate existing bunkers, improve drainage and create a more aesthetically pleasing sight line for golfers. The project has been on-going for the past two years, but as we go to print this week, all 18 holes of the Trent course should be open for business and an official ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held sometime in June. Bierkan noted, “People ask why we’re spending money on this. The answer is, we’re committed. If they don’t like the layout, they’re going to go somewhere else.” Lyman added, “Our golfers

expect the best and we are determined to give it to them.” Most recently, Lyman Corporation’s best includes choosing premiere management company Billy Casper Golf to oversee guest services, marketing and promotion of the golf club. Lyman explained, “Since 9/11 corporations have pulled back on their budgets and golf was an early one to go.” Also the proliferation of public golf courses in the 1990s have made things more competitive. Said Lyman, “A stand-alone facility can have a hard time staying above water today.” The management company’s success in marketing strategies and sharing talent, expertise and resources to improve their clients’ bottom lines was appealing to the Lyman Board of Directors. But most important to the board was their ability to promote themselves without overshadowing the facility. “Also,” added Lyman emphatically, “Dick works closely with the man-


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349-0344 Durham • For Lease Beautifully renovated Historic District home featuring 4 bedroom, 2 1/2 baths, and ample studio space. Fabulous level yard 600 feet deep with picnic grove and almost 1 1/2 acres! $2500 a month. Call Berardino Co. Realtors 349-0344.

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DURHAM 86 OLD FARMS ROAD $227,900. New Price! 3 Bdrm. Colonial located in South Durham with new features. Remodeled Kitchen w/all appliances, newer replacement windows, newer bath & roof. All set on a private, lovely treed corner lot. View w/Karla 860.301.0710. DIR: RT. 17 S left on Stagecoach left on Old Farms

Durham - This lovely Split Level home features 1548 square feet of living space, 3 bedrooms, livingroom with fireplace, 2 baths and central air. Custom blinds to stay! Many updates include new family room with hardwood floors, tiled entryway & lots of storage space. New pool & maintenance free deck! Situated at the end of a cul-de-sac on almost 1⁄2 acre lot. This home is in a quiet, private setting surrounded by town-owned open space. Offered at $249,900.

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DURHAM 24 BURWELL NEWTON RD. $535,000. Cuomo Built Cape offers 4 Bdrms. with master suite on 1st floor. Frpl’d. Liv. Rm., formal Din. Rm., 1st floor laundry. Beautiful inground heated pool on 4 acres. Ellen 860.324.9959. DIR: Haddam Qtr. Rd. to Burwell Newton, private road 1st house on the left.


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VOLVO 850 1996 5 speed, 4 door, runs great. $1750 FORD Taurus 1999 4 door, AT, AC. Looks & runs great. $1950 Call (203) 213-1142

LOST Long Haired Grey Kitten. 7 months old. Female. Recently spayed. Last seen area of Chimney Hill Rd., Wallingford. Answers to Lillian. If seen, please call (203) 294-9812 LOST-Cannon black lawn approx 3ft. Vicinity New Place St, Yalesville. REWARD! Call 203-265-6409 LOST: Kink Whip orange bike with blue stickers. If found please call 203-427-7084 LOST: small bird, Meriden Hubbard Park area, Cockatiel. Grey with yellow, yellow spike. Answers to Kiwi. 203-631-4383 LOST: White Pomeranian, female, 12 wks old. REWARD! If found please call 203-427-7084 MISSING since 5/18 Chocolate and light brown long haired Chihuahua. Mt. Carmel Ave. Hamden area. Please call (203)645-8740.

CHEVROLET HHR 2006 wagon. 4-cyl. 5-spd. manual. Red w/gray interior. Power windows. AM/FM/CD player. New brakes. Well maintained. 84,500 mostly highway miles Excellent condition. Garage kept. Minor scratches. $6,500 860 573-2434 FINANCE Buy Here Pay Here Financing! Down pymts as low as $588 plus tax & reg, low weekly pymts, no finance charge, or credit check cars under $3000. Call 203-5305905, Cheap Auto Rental LLC.


BUICK Regal 2000, fully loaded with sunroof, leather. 103,000 miles, runs great. $3,000 or B.O. Call John: 203-537-0376, or 203-634-6787 CHRYSLER 1993 Imperial, auto, all power, 82,000 miles/20,000 on newer transmission, body excellent, needs work, $800/best offer. Call 860-2769264 leave message OLDSMOBILE Cutlass Supreme 1996, 3.1 V6. Exc. condition. 30MPG. $2,500. 203-631-0105


MERCEDES Benz 1985 190 diesel, runs good, good tires, automatic $500 Call 203-265-6169 ROBERTS CHRYSLER DODGE Quality Pre-Owned Vehicles. 120 So. Broad St, Meriden, CT 203-235-1111

VOLVO 2040 GL 1992, new tires, new muffler system. Good condition. Low mileage. Asking $1900. (203) 265-0029

VW JETTA 1998 Auto. A/C. Airbags. Alarm system. Keyless entry. Adult driven. Non-smoker. Very clean. Well maintained. $2,500 (203)238-4861 VW JETTA 1998 GL, 4 dr, 5 spd, 2.0L engine, red w/black int, runs well, $1800 takes it! Call (203) 634-7879



DODGE Grand Caravan 2000 V6 Auto, green. Has cruise control, am/fm/cassette, rear temp control. AC needs repair, otherwise maintained regularly and runs well. $3500. (203) 284-2654 DUALLIE-Posi 1970 460 Big Block, big power AT, cab chassi body avail sold separately. NO RUST, solid frame. No women troubles. Money talks all else walks. Call 203-815-7140 or 203-630-3329

YAMAHA XVS65A V-Star Silverado 2003 Touring. Black. Excellent condition, one owner, 45,000 miles. Please call between 9am and 6pm. No late evenings please. Price TBD call 203-237-5590 2008 SHENKE Blue MopedUnder 300 miles, 49cc, up to 100 mpg, luggage rack, $1600 or best offer. Call (203) 2655806



BRIDGESTONE Blizzak LM22 225 45 18 91V 9/32 left. $25. Call 860-224-7209

TRUCKS & VANS CHEROKEE 1999 115K 3000 miles scheduled maintenance, just serviced. Good rubber new spare, slight front bumper damage no body damage, women trouble must sell! Money talks all else walks. Call anytime 203-6303329 or 203-815-7140 D2 tool box for mini & midsize trucks. $75. Call 203-294-0631


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HARLEY-DAVIDSON XL1200C Custom Sportster, 2007 pearl gray color. Clip-on Windshield. Excellent condition. Factory warranty. 1400 miles. $7500 or best offer. Paul 203-464-5044

1996 STARCRAFT Popup camper. Sleeps 6. Fridge, 3 burner stove, toilet, shower, AC, awning. $3000 OBO. (203) 634-0394


25FT all glass inboard fly bridge V8 motor, bathrm, kitchen. Needs work. $600. Call 203815-3794

PETS & LIVESTOCK 6 MO. OLD Siblerian Husky. Male. Beautiful coloring. All shots up to date. Loving and affectionate. Papers available. House broken. $1000 or B/O. 203-530-7648 BOXERS-Purebred, reverse sealed brindle, fawn & white. Males and females Reg. 1st shots, dewormed. Cert of health avail. AKC & ACA pedigree. Championship bloodline. 203-464-4779 BULLDOGS Beagles, Boxers, Poodles & Poodle Mixes, Dachs /Russell, Chihuahuas, Shih-Tsu, mini bulldogs, Rotts, Labs, Yorkie. $350+ 860-930-4001. LARGE BIRD CAGE ON WHEELS With 4 Nesting Boxes and 7 Love Birds. $275 or best offer. Call (203) 606-4169


LOVEBIRDS- (One) - Yellow peach faced. We cage. $60. (203) 886-9364 POMERANIAN Puppy, female. 9 weeks old. Vet checked. Registered. $1,000 or best offer. (203) 284-9395

2008 SCOOTER less than 200 miles $1,500 or best offer. Call 203-269-7984 DODGE Caravan 2007, V6, at, silver, loaded. Low mileage. Excellent shape. $12,995 or best offer. (860) 747-5647 or 860-874-5005

SUZUKI GZ250 Motorcyle 2007 Purple/Blue. One Owner, 400 Miles. Asking $2700 NEG. Call 860-508-6005

SUZUKI GS 700ES 1985 Blue and White. Garage kept. 21000 miles. Still in excellent condition. $1800 or best offer. Call 860-681-8007 Leave message.

2008 Timberland travel trailer, 26’ toy hauler, sleeps 6. Stove, refrig, microwave, air conditioning, heat, stereo system, etc. Holds 2 motorcycles, used once. Price neg. Call Kris 860351-5685

LAWN & GARDEN 22” weedeater push mower. New $95. Call 203-294-9057

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CRAFTMAN 22” lawn trimmer, Giant Vac blower 8 HP, Bolens Lawn Edger, Toro Snow thrower 25” great for a start up company. $2200 value, $650.00 takes it. All in very good condition. Won’t last long. (203) 747-9866 HOSTAS, Lilly of the Valley, Ajuga, ground cover and other plants. $3.50/pot. Red maple trees, $5/pot. Call 860-6212928, leave message. JAPENESE red maple 3 tall. $35. Call 860-747-8371

CONSTRUCTION EQUIP & TOOLS CENTURION PROPANE Generator - Brand new, in box. Maximum watts 3500. Rated AMPS 28.3. Voltage 120 vac. $750. (203) 314-4907 or 203-634-4857

DELTA Table Saw, 10 inch Tilting Arbor saw, Model # 36-755, with unifence Saw guide , 30 inch capacity, Asking $ 800.00 Cash. this is from an Estate. Excellent condition, Phone (203) 235-5529

FURNITURE & APPLIANCES AIR conditioner Sears brand, 5000 BTU. $50. Call 203-235-1154 BRAND New Queen Mattress Set still in plastic for $240.00. Can deliver. Call 203 278-0533 or 860 584-5298. BRAUN Deluxe food processor. Never used. $89. (203) 2696265 BUREAU with mirror. Very good cond. $80. Call 203-237-6809 DESK-6 drawers, solid wood top, 60in x 30in. $50. Call 860-349-1254 DINING room set, cherry, 48” round. $100. Call 203-949-0559 ENTERTAINMENT center, solid oak with ligths & drawers. $100. Call 860-621-7145 EXCELLENT condition. Bedroom set, kitchen set w/6 chairs, (2) metal desks. Best offer. Call 203237-7642 or 203-623-0539 FREE-40in console flat screen TV. 25yrs old. Works well. U pick up. Call 203-217-4445 KITCHEN CABINETS-Oak. Entire Set of 13, ONLY $550 OBO!! Serious buyers. Call for details 203-314-5938. LOVE SEAT, navy blue pattern, $50. 203-634-0495 LOVESEAT floral pattern. Excellent condition. Made by Broyhill. $75. Call 860-747-6484 LOVESEAT tan, green & maroon. Good condition. $100 Call 860-621-5962 RECLINER, Excellent condition, fabric, $90 or best offer. Call (860) 628-8112 REFRIGERATOR-white, Magic Chef Full size. Runs great. $99 firm. Call 203-235-0091 SOFA Bed 84in, Ivory with multi colors, $100. Good Condition. Call 203-269-5662 TOASTER oven-everything works, electric frypan w/cover. $8/each. Call 203-235-3120

Washers, Dryers, Refrigerators & Stoves CLEAN Will Deliver (203) 284-8986

FURNITURE & APPLIANCES WINDOW air-conditioner Good shape. $35 Call 203-314-7693 Ask for Ed

MISCELLANEOUS FOR SALE 1998 FRIGIDAIRE Upright Freezer 4’x2’ White $200 Good Cond., 2-Swivel/Rocker Easy Chairs used in camper one summer Tan/Tweed Excellent Cond.$150ea, 1972 Crestliner new hitch, tires, 2 gas tanks,wirung for lighting system and more Good Cond. $2000 ALL ITEMS CASH & CARRY Call 860-589-0667 between 4-7pm or leave message (4) all weather hi-back chair cushions. New condition. $25. Call 860-828-4619 50 CLASSIC horror DVD’s. Most of the DVDs never opened. $80. Call 203-634-9336 CHILD WAGON- Fisher Price, plastic, good shape. $15 or best offer. (203) 440-3919 CHINA service for 12 plus 2 large serving plates. $99 firm. Call 203-237-4903 CUSHIONS for tall back patio chairs, neutral print. (5) for $50. Call 203-265-1843 DOUBLE Stroller, umbrella. exc cond $80.00 860-628-4067 DUMP TRAILER for lawn tractor, all steel. $50. Call 203-2376645 or 203-631-1938 cell FANTOM vacuum cleaner w/manual, VHS tape extra belts & bulbs. $40. 203-634-9336 FREE Glass door for fireplace, burnt brass color. Size 40 x 33 1/2. Not new. Heavy metal. 203-630-2850 GAS grill briquettes push button start, front/side tables. $50. Call 860-677-6809 “HO” train stuff, engines, cars, track, +++. $200. Call 203-2376645 or 203-631-1938 cell




WOOD picnic table w/attached benches. 37” x 95”. $60. Call 860-677-6809 WORK Bench, 48x96 w/vise, $60; lawn mower, self propelled $40; 21 spd mountain bike $40. Call (203) 634-0765 after 4pm.

CLOTHING BOOTS: Ladies knee high brown leather cowgirl boots. size 9. narrow. $10. Call (203) 237-2117 MATERNITY clothes 80+ asstd items L XL summer, good. $50, 860-479-9079

SPORTING GOODS & HEALTH BIKE Specialized Hybrid 21 speed $75, was $600 new Exc Cond 203-269-2264 BIKE, ladies Ross, 3 speed, fat tires. $30. Call 860-223-0494 ELLIPTICAL Eclipse 1100HR Barely used $95 203-815-2128 HOMEDICS 5 motor back massager with heat. $25. Call 203235-3506 leave message. HUFFY men 10 speed bike. 1st $50 takes it. Great condtion. Local number 203-915-0945

PISTOL PERMIT CERTIFICATION. 1 Session only, $100. Group discount available! Call for next class 203-415-1144 ROLLERBLADES youth size 1-4, knee and arm pads incl. $15 203-639-0835 SMALL SIZE workout bench with Olympic bar and weights $40. Call (203) 427-5827. TENT 9x9 Sport Dome Ozark Trail. Used once. $30.00. 203630-3648.

LAMINATING Service. Let us help you preserve your most precious moments. From $2.50 to $4.50 per piece. Call 203238-1953 for info. LAWN Mower 4.75 hr/ Push mower. Weedeater mulch/bag. Runs great. Exc cond. $75. BABY Exersaucer - Mint condition. $25. (203) 626-5419 LOLLYPOPS for showers. White or chocolate $100. 860-426-1214 LUGGAGE CARRIER, rooftop, used once. Cost $665, asking $300. Call (860) 729-7988 PATIO GLIDING DOOR Anderson 6068 - $150. Call (203) 634-0765 after 4pm. PEWTER pieces Take all. $99. Call 860-426-1214 POWER LIFT/RECLINE CHAIR Remote control/battery backup medium blue. New in 2006 for $1,200, asking $550. Call 203-630-2753 after 3:00 p.m. RASCAL Model T600 3 wheel scooter. Asking $2000. Call (203) 269-0366 between 5pm9pm. RAZOR Dirt quad. Electric. Off road. 120 lbs. maximum. $275. Call (203) 265-7396 ROSETTA Stone CDs. Many languages available. $65. Call (860) 828-4884 SONY Trinitron XBR 32” pip cabinet speakers 36x21x43. $99. Call 203-238-7753 TRAMPOLINE with net enclosure. Good condition. $150. Call (860) 349-2272 WHOLESALE Green products, trash liners and paper goods. Call your order into TD Green (203) 980-4697

ANTIQUES & COLLECTIBLES ROTARY DIAL Wall telephone. Beige, excellent condition. $25. Call (860) 349-0302

SWIMMING POOLS & SPAS EVERYTHING Needed for above ground pool and more except pool. $350. Email:


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Town Times — Friday, May 29, 2009 Looking for the perfect new home for your Mother, Father, Aunt, Friend or Yourself?…….

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ANTIQUES WANTED - 1 Item or an Estate. Estate sale service provided. Seeking: Meridenmade items, lamps, paintings. Call Todd Shamock 203-237-3025

APARTMENTS FOR RENT MERIDEN- 2nd flr, 1BR apt. off st. parking. $650. 110 Colony St Leave message (860) 426-0658 MERIDEN- Crown St. Large 1BR, 1st flr, lots of closet space. $700/mo. Section 8 approved. 203-265-4664 MERIDEN- EFFICIENCY APTIncludes heat & HW. No pets. East side location. 1 mo. sec. (203) 238-1730

MERIDEN- Renovated Apartments

APARTMENTS FOR RENT WALLINGFORD- Spacious 3rd flr, 2 BR, appliances, $675 + util. Also Available -Sunny spacious 2 BR 1st flr, appls, porch, $850 + utils. W/D in bsmt. Off st parking. No smoking or pets. Security, Good credit. Tom 203-889-1940 WALLINGFORD-1BR, 1st Floor. Stove & refrigerator. $775 includes heat. No pets. 1 month security. Call 203-269-1148


MIDDLEFIELD Enjoy this 3BR waterfront cottage, fishing, boating, private dock & family beach available weekly, monthly or seasonal. $1200 per week.

Call Sue Farone (203) 265-5618

WALLINGFORD-Newly renovated 1BR, 1st flr, CAIR, off-stparking. No smoking/pets. $750/mo Call 203-499-8745

2 BR - $750, $850 & $950 CASH PAID FOR ALL COSTUME JEWELRY Especially Napier. 203-530-8109

DEE’S ANTIQUES Buying Silverplate, Glass, Furn, music instruments, china, art, collectibles. 1 item to estate.

203-235-8431 OLD Toys, barware, depression glass, pottery, cookie jars, oil lamps. Call us first for all your estate needs. (203) 639-1002

MUSICAL INSTRUMENT & INSTRUCTIONS FREE older piano & bench. Call 860-621-7065 FREE PIANO. Baby Grand, needs lots of work. Take it. 860-301-6597.


PUBLISHER’S NOTICE EQUAL HOUSING OPPORTUNITY All real estate advertised in this newspaper is subject to the Federal Fair Housing Act of 1968, revised March 12, 1989, which makes it illegal to advertise any preference, limitation, or discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, handicap, or familial status or intention to make any such preference, limitation or discrimination; and is also subject to the State of Connecticut General Statutes Sections 46a64c which makes it illegal to advertise any preference, limitation or discrimination based on race, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, age, lawful source of income, familial status, or physical or mental disability, or an intention to make any such preference, limitation, or discrimination. This newspaper will not knowingly accept any advertising for real estate or for the sale or rental of residential property which is in violation of these laws.

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Only $950 Heat, Hot and Cold Water Included Central air! Intercom system! Fully applianced kitchens On-site laundry! with frost free refrigerator, Library with computer range with self cleaning oven, workstation! dishwasher, garbage disposal! Ample on-site parking! Community room with fireplace Picnic area with grill! and full service kitchen! 24-hr. maintenance! Secure three-story building with elevators!

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HOME SWEET HOMES Offers Meriden - Studio, 2BR, 3BRs From $650. Heat & HW incl. Avail. immed! 203-938-3789 MERIDEN - 1st flr, 1BR, HW incld. $675. Good credit. No pets. 860-620-9658 leave msg. MERIDEN 1 & 2 ROOM EFFICIENCIES $450 & $550. Some include utils. 2 mo sec. Credit ck req. No pets. Call 203-284-0597

MERIDEN 1 BR Stove, heat & hot water incl. Lease, security & refs. No pets. (203) 239-7657 or 203-314-7300 MERIDEN 1 BR, Heat & Hot Water incl., 1st flr. Stove & Fridge. Pool. No Pets. 1 mo sec dep & credit check req’d. Section 8 approved. $800/mo. 860-349-5355. MERIDEN 1, 2 + 3 Bedrooms 1-yr lease. $750 to $900. Washer /dryer hookup. New paint /carpet. Call Natalie 203-671-2672

Meriden 2 BR $775 Lg Studio - $625 - Sm Studio-$525 Fully renovated, secure bldg. HW incl. New appls, on site laundromat & off st parking. Close to train station. Sec 8 Approved. Property Max 203-843-8006 MERIDEN 2 BR. Hdwd flrs. Some renovations. 2nd floor. 1 month rent & security. Sec 8 Approved. $900/month. 203-379-0212

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APARTMENTS FOR RENT MER. FURNISHED apts + rms: ALL Incl Heat, Elec, HW. Ground fl furn effic, $210/wk+sec. RMs $130/wk+sec. 203- 630-3823

Heat & Hot Water Included Secure building. Off st. parking. Call 203-886-7016 MERIDEN-1BR, 1BA w/gar. Heat & HW INCLD. Lg rms, new appls, new crpt, freshly painted, laundry hkup. No pets. Blackstone Vlg $895. Dennis 203-272-1977

Studio & 1 BR Apts. $600/Studio & $650+/1 BR New owners. Remodeled. Heat & Hot water incl. 203-886-7016 MERIDEN 3BR, 1st floor Stove & refrigerator included. $900 plus utilities. Section 8 Approved. (860) 833-3920

APARTMENTS FOR RENT MERIDEN 3rd fl furn studio, $700/mo + sec. Heat, HW, Elec incld. E. Side, very clean. Offst park. 203-630-3823 12pm8pm. MERIDEN EFFICIENCIES - $650 1BRs - $750 2BRs - $850. Heat & HW incl. ACs. 24 hr maintenance. Sec. guard. Laundry Rm. Off street parking. 203-630-2841 MERIDEN Large, Sunny 2 bdrm 1 bath LR,DR, fully applianced, Security dep & Credit check req. Great Location. $1100. Call 203-440-2912 MERIDEN LRG 4BR, lg kit, dishwasher, WD hkup. Good, quiet neighborhood, off-st park, yard. No pets. Near school. $1,475. Sect 8 approved. 860-982-6585 MERIDEN- 1, 2, 3BR units starting at $745. Some w/heat & HW incld. No pets. Sec dep & crdt ck req'd. MBI 860-347-6919. MERIDEN- 1BR $725/mo. Heat, HW & Electric incl. Private balcony, off st parking, laundry facilities, management & maintenance on site. Section 8. approved. No dogs. Cat w/deposit. For info 203-639-4868 MERIDEN- 2BR, 1st flr, w/appls. Excellent condition. Off st. parking. No pets. $900 + sec. & utils. (860) 663-1229 MERIDEN- 2BR, 2nd flr, $775/mo. + sec. Fully applianced, incl. w/d hookup. Yard. Off st. parking. AC, updated. (860) 250-6180. MERIDEN- 2BR, 4 rms, $750, No. Colony Rd. Stove & fridge incl. 3BR, $750, Crown St. Both no utilities incl and req. 1 mo. sec. 203-815-5399 MERIDEN- 2BR, large, ground floor apt. Refrig. & stove, w/d hookup. No pets, smoking or utilities. 1 yr lease. Credit check & refs. req’d. Sec. & 1st mo. rent. $750/mo. 203-608-8348

MERIDEN-3BR, 2nd Fl., W/D hookup, off-street parking,60 Prospect St. $850/mo. Sec. 8 approved. Call 203-376-5599 MERIDEN-New apt for rent. 2 big BR, 1 bath, porch, 2 car parking W/D hkup. 30 Stony Crest Dr. 203-630-2864 MERIDEN-Studio apt. Center of town. $495/mo + utils. 1BR, $575/mo +utils. No pets. Sec & refs. Call 203-982-3042 MERIDEN. 2 BR, newly renovated, all new appliances, fixtures, carpet, tile, bathroom w/radiant floor heat, (a new home), laundry room, patio area. Section 8 accepted. No pets. Sec & ref. 3rd flr $800; 1st flr $950. Call 209-949-1774, leave message. MERIDEN/WALLINGFORD line. Penthouse, 3rd flr, pristine, 4 1/2 rms, stove, refrig, skylights, security system, fp, off st parking. No pets. July 1. (203) 686-0818 MIDDLEFIELD APTS FOR RENT 1BR $775/mo + utilities. No dogs. 2 mos. sec. required. Call 860982-3000 PLAINVILLE 1BR units Starting at $515/month. One months security required. No pets. MBI 860-347-6919 SOUTHINGTON 24 High Street, 1st flr, 2 BRs. Stove, refrig, w/d hookups. $875/mo plus util & sec. 203-444-9525 or 203-245-2388 WALLINGFORD 1BR, 2nd FL. $725. Stove, refrig & dishwasher. Off street parking. Balcony. No smoking. No pets. Credit check. 203-269-9149 WALLINGFORD 2BR, 3rd flr, wall-to-wall carpet, W/D hookup. Two off street parking spaces. $800 + security. No pets. 203-213-3560 WALLINGFORD 3 BR Apartment 88 South Whittlesey Avenue. Fridge, stove, 2nd flr. WD hookup. $975/mo. 1 month sec. (203) 376-7324 WALLINGFORD Beautiful Location, N. Main St. Near Choate area. Attractive 5 Rms w/attic space. 2nd flr. Newly decorated w/hdwd flrs. New appliances. WD hookup. Off st. parking. A must see! No smoking. $1300/mo + 1 mo sec & refs. (203) 269-7671 WALLINGFORD- 2/3BRS, 2nd flr, recently updated, lg. apt. hdwd flrs, off st. parking. No smoking, no pets. W/D hookup avail. $985/mo. (203) 631-5367 WALLINGFORD- Spacious 2BR apt, 1 bath, 1st flr, quiet, central location. $700/mo. No pets. (203) 676-7418

WLFD- NORTHRIDGE Commons, spacious 1 & 2BR units. $695 & up - $750 & up. Also avail 2BR units $775-$795 203-269-5770

ROOMMATES MERIDEN House to share. One BR available Use of kitchen, LR, etc. Deck. Heat, hot water & electric incl. Call 203-235-9492

NORTH HAVEN Meadowstone Motel- Off I-91. Sat. TV, furn’d. Daily/Wkly On Bus Line. 203-239-5333 WALLINGFORD In newly renovated private home. Full house privileges. All utils incl. No pets. $600/mo + 1 mo security. Avail 6/1. Call George 203-927-3607

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WLFD $217,200-Large 2 family w/store fornt. Possible 3 family house R6 zone. Separate utilities, corner lot with some yard. Call Brian Miller (203) 265-5618

GARAGE & STORAGE SPACE FOR RENT WOW! CALL FOR THIS MONTH’S AMAZING MANAGER’S SPECIALS! Storage Space-Clean, well lit, fenced facility. 5’x10’-$58.29, 5’x15’-$68.89, 10’x10’-$94.33, 10’x15’-$116.59, 10’x20’$132.49, 10’x30’-$206.69. CALL (203) 250-1515 for details.


ROOMS FOR RENT MERIDEN CLEAN SAFE ROOMS Heat, utils,. E.Side, kit privileges, off-st park. $130/wk. or call 203-630-3823 12pm-8pm


MERIDEN 1 unit avail at approx 1130sqft $1,000/mo w/o utils. Bathrm & storage rm. Near Gianni’s Restaurant. MBI 860347-6919 MERIDEN Approx 900sqft, 5Rms + reception area & 2 baths, bsmt option extra. $1000/mo w/o utils. Near Gianni’s Restaurant. MBI 860-347-6919

WLFD $399,900-Beautiful 3BR, 2 1/2 bath Cape on gorgeous level acre. All HW floors, 2FP, remodeled baths and kitchen. Mechanicals, roof and windows have been updated. New CAIR. Linda (203) 265-5618

HOUSES FOR SALE MERIDEN Our builder will buy your home at fair market value if it qualifies for our program, when you buy one of his homes. You can also find other homes for sale on our website. Visit us at Galleria Real Estate 203-671-2223.

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NEW BRITAIN. 36 Nicole Rd. By Owner. 1700 sq. ft. Raised Ranch, 3 BRs, 2 full baths, 2 car garage, new siding and new roof, hdwd flrs, large flat yard with playscape, on cul-de-sac, all appliances included. Asking $256,900. (860) 224-2995

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WALLINGFORD $689,000 “Magnificient view & privacy”. Cust Cape on 2AC, 4+BR, 3.1BTH, 9’ ceils, Crown molding, French drs galore! Granite, marble. Many more amenities! Must see! Mins to I91/I95, town, country club. Dee (203)265-5618

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ADMINISTRATIVE Processing Position available at NEIS, Inc. in Cheshire, CT. Must have strong knowledge of Microsoft Office. FT position with benefits available. Looking for longterm candidate who is reliable and takes initiative. Send resume to Pam Or Fax 203-272-5267 CLEANERS- Full time/Part time for janitorial account in Wallingford area. Must have own transportation. 1-800-6881707 ext. 6301. DIESEL Mechanic Wanted. 5 Yrs Exp Min. Welding & Hydraulic Exp- A Plus. Mandatory Overtime. Pay Based on Exp. Apply in Person: United Concrete, 173 Church St, Yalesville. EOE. DRIVERS: School Bus P/T. Free CDL Training! No Exp. Nec. 866496-2726. Apply online at: GENERAL

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WLFD $689,000 “Magnificient view & privacy”. Cust Cape on 2AC, 4+BR, 3.1BTH. 9’ ceils, Crown molding, French drs galore! Granite, marble. Many more amenities! Must see! Mins to I91/I95, town, country club. Dee (203) 265-5618

$234,900 2BR Townhouse, Pilgrim Harbor. End unit, very clean, FP, HW floors, bright, CAIR, CVAC. Lots of closet space. Move in condition. Pat Burke (203)265-5618


GYMNASTICS - Team Coaches, Tumbling & Class Instructors. Competitive Pay. CT Gymnastics / Wallingford (203) 269-7464

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MERIDEN 7rm 3BR, 1 1/2b Col. w/enclosed front porch, wood flrs, form DR, remod EIK w/island, FP in LR, FR in LL, some updated windows, patio & 1 car gar, all for $169,900. Kathy (203) 235-3300

WALLINGFORD 3 bed., 1 bath cozy ranch. Near schools. Custom cabinets. Dishwasher. Walkout basement. New carpet over hardwood floors. Large windows. Vinyl siding. Carport. Central air. Freshly painted. Patio. Great community. Great schools. Move-in condition. $250,000. 203 265-5038 CELL 203 379-6282

WLFD $234,900-2BR Townhouse, Pilgrim Harbor. End unit, very clean, FP, HW floors, bright, CAIR, CVAC. Lots of closet space. Move in condition. Pat Burke (203) 265-5618

The Housing Authority of the City of Meriden (MHA) is seeking a HCV Homeownership Coordinator to deliver a broad range of counseling and referral services to the Section 8 participants and families that elect to participate in the Family Self Sufficiency (FSS) program. Please submit a letter of interest and resume to: Harold S. Ince, Jr. Director of Leased Housing MHA PO Box 911 Meriden, CT 06450. By May 30, 2009

HVAC LICENSED Installer Immediate opening. Residential. Min. B/D/S license required. Excellent wages, benefits. Billy Carlson Heating & AC, LLC (860) 621-0556

WLFD Close to Wlfd Ctr sits a well cared for 2BTH 3BR Split. Features include HWF, updated kit, FP, gr rm, newer mech, some windows & roof are an added benefit. Nice home w/neat level treed yard. $278,000. Vicki (203) 265-5618

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WALLINGFORD 3 Bedroom, 1 bath. Immaculate, splitlevel. Large family room in finished basement. Hardwood floors. Central air. Oil heat, very efficient. New roof, furnace, vinyl siding, insulation and windows. Big fenced yard with A/G pool. Great schools. Low maintenance. Low taxes. Move-in condition. $227,900 FSBO Scott (203) 605-4181

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MERIDEN Gorgeous 7rm Condo. Everything new within 4 years. Features 3BR, LR, kit, DR, 1 full bath, 2 half baths, finished lower level, first flr laundry. Too many extras to list $194,900. Call Sil Sala for details (203) 235-3300

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Town Times — Friday, May 29, 2009 HELP WANTED

$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ Human Resources Wallingford Public Schools is seeking qualified applicants for the position of Director of Human Resources. Competative Salary. A sixth year degree with a major in education administration and a valid CT administrative certification (092) required. Applications must be postmarked by June 12, 2009. Contact Dale Wilson Superintendent of Schools at (203) 949-6510 for an application and information.

TEACHING POSITION Wallingford Public Schools is seeking CT certified candidates for Athletic Director w/2 teaching classes. Certification endorsement 092 strongly preferred. Visit our website @ for an application and mail to: Mr. Dale Wilson Personnel Office Wallingford Public Schools 142 Hope Hill Road Wallingford, CT 06492 or fax to (203) 949-6551

Adults Wanted! Come join our fast growing team of adult newspaper carriers for the Record-Journal! It's an excellent way to supplement your income during early morning hours without interfering with day jobs, family and other obligations. Looking for carriers in all areas, Meriden, Wallingford, Southington & Cheshire

MACHINIST Growing machine shop seeking exp’d CNC VTL, CNC lathe & CNC miller operators. Fax to 860-426-1560 or email: MAINT. ASSIST. F/T-Mon-fri. Experience preferred. EOE. Apply in person: Coccomo Memorial, 33 Cone Ave, Meriden, CT.

PAI NTING FT Carpenters, Painters, subs, for residential / commercial work. 800-778-9885 x1279 PART TIME Clerical filing, phone clerk – After-school hours at small law firm in Middlefield. Email: jessenianarvaez@ PERSONABLE & Compassionate Caregivers are needed for inhome, non medical care for elderly in the area. Flex sched. Our caregivers are as valuable to us as our clients. Call us at 860-349-7016 PET Sitting svc. hiring pet lovers for 6AM-9PM, flex. & wknd hrs. Earn $12+ caring for pets. Must have refs, car & exp.

QUALITY INSPECTOR Growing machine shop seeking exp’d Inspector. Needs to fully understand blueprints, precision measuring tools and must be able to perform calibration as needed. ISO exp. is preferred. Fax to 860-426-1560 or email:

WAITPERSON night shift. Exp preferred but will train the right person. Apply: Neptune House Rest, 1086 N. Colony Rd., Wlfd.

A TO Z REMOVAL Free estimates. Garages, attics, basements, brush, pools, decks, etc. Sr. discounts. 203-238-0106


203-494-1526 One Man’s Junk REMOVAL. Free est. Call Ed.


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MEDICAL CAREERS CNA/HHA NEW ENGLAND HOME CARE is seeking CNAs and Home Health Aides with a minimum of 6 months experience for a pediatric group home in Meriden. Previous experience in a group home with physically and emotionally challenged children preferred. All shifts available.

SECURITY $10.00 per hour

800-286-6300 ext. 3902

SSC is recruiting for F/T, All Shifts, Monday - Friday in Wallingford. Must be 18+, clean police & dmv records & valid DL, & HSD/GED Call 1-800-638-0457 for info.

or fax your resume to the HR Department 860-613-3777 or email to: E/E/O/C/M/F/V/D


T.E.C. Electrical Svc LLC All Phases of Electrical Work 24 hr. Emergency Service


203-237-2122 FENCING CORNERSTONE FENCE & Ornamental Gates. All types of fence. Res/Comm. AFA Cert. Ins’d. Call John Uvino 203-237-GATE CT Reg #601060 BICO FENCE - All types of quality fencing & repairs available. Professional installations. 20 years exp. Lic’d & ins’d. 203715-0567. CT Reg# 616240


203-754-6000 Atlantic Bartender School 663 Lakewood Rd, Wtby, CT



1 or 2 week course Job Placement Assistance

Earn up to $12.00 per hour based on experience. Must have a current CT CNA certificate. To schedule an appointment to apply, please call:

The Amerigas terminal has a PT opening to assist monitoring storage, unloading rail cars, loading trucks, maintenance, Microsoft Word & Excel knowledge desired. Must be able to lift 50lbs and work outdoors. Apply in person: 203 Birch St, Southington, 06489. EEOE

DEBRIS removal of anykind. Demolition sheds, pools, etc. Quick, courteous srv. All calls returned. Ins. #0620397. Office 203-235-7723/Cell 860-558-5430 JUNK REMOVAL & MORE We clean Estates, house, office, attic, cellar, gar, yd. Spring C/U. 860-575-8218/203-535-9817

Those interested should call 203-634-3933

WRECKER Drivers Nights & weekends. Must have clean driving record. Apply in person only: Danbys, 41 High St, Meriden, CT ask for Dave. Priority given to certified or exp’d drivers.


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POSITION open for Medical Assistant. Needs at least one year experience. Fax resume to 860-347-1343 Attn Robin. Or email to TEMPORARY MEDICAL Billing Representative. Immediate. Experienced, CPC Preferred. Mornings. IDX a plus! Terrific Opportunity Letter and resume to or fax 203-741-6575.

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GARAGE DOOR SERVICE Installation & Repairs CT #600415 203-235-9865

CARPENTRY REPAIRS Additions, Sunrooms, Finish Bsmnt, Decks & Porches 203-238-1449 #578107 Free est.

RWL CONST. SERVICES RON LIGAS - 35 YRS EXP. Garage doors & openers installed CT Reg. #622764 860-349-6873

CENTRAL CT OVERHEAD DOOR Sales/ Service. Reg # 565116 203-630-1058 or 860-349-3372


HOMETECH Carpentry, repairs. No job too small or large. Member BBB. CT Reg #564042

Green Planet Remodeling Repairs to remodeling. 41 yrs exp. Master Carpenter 203-639-8389 CT #573358

COMPUTER SERVICES COMPUTER PROBLEMS? Upgrades, installs, repairs & viruses fixed at your home. DMT Computer Services. 203599-1097. After 5 - 860-424-1177 1113322

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Keep home, auto, 401k, etc. STOP FORECLOSURES IRS & “Repos” Atty F.W. Lewis 439 Main St, Yalesville 203-265-2829 “Debt Relief Agency” We help people file for relief under the bankruptcy code


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MIDSTATE PAVING DRIVEWAYS BUILT TO LAST Reasonable rates. CT Reg 575852 203-238-1708

DUMPSTERS 15 & 20 Yard Roll-Offs. Home, Business or Job Site We do clean-outs too! Empire Construction, LLC 203-269-3559

DOW GUTTERS Seamless gutters/leaders. WINDOW cleaning. Free est. #612964 Steve 860 426-0045

GUTTERS DON’T WORK IF THEY’RE DIRTY For gutter cleaning, call Kevin at (203) 440-3279 Fully insured. CT Reg. #569127.

HANDYPERSONS Neighborhood Handyman, LLC. Specializing in smaller jobs. Indoor/outdoor. CT Reg #611858 Matt 860-877-2549 AFFORDABLE HANDYMAN SERVICES - Siding, Patios, kit., baths & more. 203-886-8227 CT Reg #455709 & Insured.

Shamock Roofing All types of remod. 30+ yrs exp. No $$ Down. CT Reg 523804. Ins

203-237-4124 an LLC co. A-1 HANDYMAN PLUS CT Reg #606277. GIVE us a call, we do it ALL. Free est. 203-631-1325

HEATING & COOLING DON’T Sweat It this Summer! Call Duane, Plumbing, heating & cooling. Quality work. Low rates. 203-3798944 Lic. #0389224.


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LANDSCAPING BILL RUDOLPH Landscaping Paver walkways & patios, retaining walls, landscape design, water features, planter bed renovations, drainage work backhoe work. Est 1972. Free est. #563661 (203) 237-9577

HEDGE TRIMMING Quality Work - Reasonable Rates Complete home services. Electric, plumbing, kitchens, baths, etc. (203) 376-7532 CT Reg# 616307. SAMMY Construction Quality Work. Carpentry, repairs, siding, roofs & more! 203-757-8029 or 860-970-6181 CT# 619246

O’CONNOR ROOFING 203-639-0231 Lic. & ins. Free est. Work performed by owner. CT Reg #602521




No Hedge/shrub too big, small or tall. Fully Ins. Free estimates. Quality Landscaping, LLC. WWW.QLSLLC.COM Jim 203-537-2588 or 860-349-2118

Spring Clean-ups, mowing, landscaping, stone work. WWW.QLSLLC.COM CT Reg #620306 Jim 203-537-2588 or 860-349-2118 Silver City Landscaping LLC Lawn Mowing/Spring Clean-up Lawn Power Seeding/Mulch Reliable Service 20yrs exp 203-537-8106 CT Reg# 622655 GREAT PRICES! Full service landscaping & property maintenance. Irrigation srv avail. Call Presise Now



PLUMBING & Piping Contractor Specializing in small jobs. Capable of doing new & large jobs. Lic# 204060. John 203-284-9744 or 203-500-5224 cell.


Empire Construction, LLC Your Professional Roofer New Roofs, Reroofs, Tearoffs. We fix leaks too! 203-269-3559 CT Reg#565514

A-1 Quality Powerwashing HOT WATER, LOW RATES

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Call Dennis 203-630-0008



A-1 QUALITY PAINTING Specializing in Wood/Aluminum siding. Low rates. Reg#533474. Call Dennis 203-630-0008



Siding, roofing, windows, decks, sunrms, additions. 203-237-0350. CT Reg. #516790

C&M CONSTRUCTION To ensure a quality job at a fair price. Call 203-630-6459 CT Reg #608488


BIG GREEN LANDSCAPING Full service lawn care: Landscape design, pavers, retaining walls, planting, weeding flower beds, mulch, new lawns, lot clearing, yard cleanup. CT#619909 203-715-2301 EL SOL Clean-ups, Hedge Trimming, Mowing. Accepting new clients. Comm/Res. Free est. Walter 203-619-2877

MIDSTATE PAVING DRIVEWAYS BUILT TO LAST Reasonable rates. CT Reg 575852 203-238-1708

ROOFS R US 41yrs exp. Lifetime warranty Siding, windows, carpentry. (203) 639-8389 CT #573358

O’CONNOR ROOFING 203-639-0231 Lic. & ins. Free est. Work performed by owner. CT Reg #602521

Shamock Roofing All types of remod. 30+ yrs exp. No $$ Down. CT Reg 523804. Ins

203-237-4124 an LLC co


LAWN & GARDEN ROTOTILLING Garden Bill with Troy Built, no garden too small. 203-294-1160

DON’T Flush money down the drain, call Duane Plumbing, heating. Quality work, low rates Major credit cards accptd. 203379-8944 lic. #283401 #389224

Fully licensed/insured. CT Reg.# 577319


LAVIGNE’S TREE SERVICE IN BUSINESS 28 YRS. Tree removal. Stump grinding. Crane Srv. Free Est. Fully insured. 203-294-1775

PROF. ARBORIST #S3365 75ft bucket truck. Precise Tree CT Reg #562159.


FIDERIO & SONS Siding, roofing, windows, decks, sunrooms, additions.

203-237-0350 CT Reg. #516790

SWIMMING POOLS & SPAS BENJAMIN BUILDERS LLC Payment plans & credit cards ROOFS, SIDING, WINDOWS, ADDT’S, KIT, BATHS, DECKS 203-671-7415 Ct Reg #622755




Gonzalez Construction

ALL Types pool & spa serv. Complete service on pools & spas, above and inground liner replacement. Lic & ins. CT Reg 622885. Call (203) 537-9188

IS Spring cleaning on the outside. FREE ESTIMATES. Call Kevin 203-440-3279






Decrease in material costs means savings for you. No job too small, driveways, parking lots, any concrete sidewalks, curving. etc. New or repairs of water or sewer service, any excavation needs. Prompt free est. Fully licensed & insured. CT Reg #630230. Call 203-235-1030 or 203-537-7303 Sales/ Service. Reg # 565116 203-630-1058 or 860-349-3372

★★★★★★★★ Fully license/insured. CT Reg# 577319

BIG GREEN POWERWASHING SERVICE Residential, Commercial. Quality work done. Gutters cleaned at time of power wash. CT# 619909. Call Today. Call 203-715-2301


Roofing, siding, windows, decks, gutters & remodeling.

203-639-0032 APOLLO PAINTING Int/Ext, Popcorn Ceilings, Powerwashing. Call Mike 203-974-2097 or 860-347-1355 CT# 613892 MIRKEL PAINTING Int./Ext. Popcorn ceilings. Interiors from $125 Exteriors from $899 CT Reg #569864. Ed 203-824-0446


Roofing, siding, windows, decks, gutters & remodeling.


To ensure a quality job at a fair price. Call 203-630-6459 CT Reg #608488

JT’S LANDSCAPING, LLC Spring cleanups, Grass cutting, lawn maint. Comm/Res Top quality work. Ins., Free est. 203-213-6528 CT Reg #616311

JOHN Biafore and Son Masonry Chimneys, brick, block, stone walls, patios. In business over 50 yrs. CT# 549071 (203) 537-3572 BILL RUDOLPH Landscaping paver walkways, patios, retaining wall. Free estimates. #563661 . Call 203-237-9577 SAMMY Masonry-Since 1977. Concrete, stone, chimney, stucco. All masonry. CT 574337. Ins. 203-757-8029 or 860-970-6181


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GARY Wodatch Landscape Svs. Hedge/tree trim., trimming over grown properties. Est 1985. All calls returned. Lic ins. #0620397. Office 203-235-7723 or Cell 860-558-5430 GARY Wodatch Landscape Svs. Spring clean-up. Quick, courteous service. All calls returned. Lic ins. #0620397. Office 203-235-7723 or Cell 860-558-5430 A+ MOWING & LAWN CARE. Quality Lawn Care at low prices. Call for free quote. (203) 886-9360


SANDBLASTING We come to you. Snowplows, trailers, truck bodies, etc. Reasonable prices. Bill Coleman. 203-715-0567. CT Reg# 616240

FREE FILL Contract Rob at (203) 913-4221 for location and additional details. HAZELWOOD EXCAVATING Dry farm screened topsoil and colored mulch.

203-269-0135 TREE SERVICES TREES Tree Removal. Chipping. No job too small. Fully insured. 20 yrs. Local business. CT Reg# 673534. Call Joe (203) 804-4739 VILLA’S TREE REMOVAL We save everybody money! Fully insured, free estimates. (860) 777-7914 CT Reg#709285 GARY WODATCH LLC Tree Removal, All calls returned Reg #0620397. Quick courteous service. Office 203-235-7723 or Cell 860-558-5430 YARDLEY TREE Fair, reasonable. Free estimates. Reg. Insured. 203-440-0402 or 860-595-4159


DOW GUTTERS Seamless gutters/leaders. WINDOW cleaning. Free est. #612964 Steve 860 426-0045

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Mistletoe Love you sooo much. From Mom, Eleanor Dunkavich



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Clancy Our little tom boy!

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