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Volume 19, Issue 4

Serving Durham, Middlefield and Rockfall

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‘Controversial’ sex ed topics in health class cause stir By Mark Dionne Special to the Town Times

Claire Overton, 5, (center) was one of the eager Little Leaguers who participated in Opening Day ceremonies in Durham on Saturday. More photos on pages 24 & 25. Photo by Christine Foster

Board of Education members addressed a parental complaint, at their April 25 meeting, about a recent health class concern. According to a parent, the subject of fetishes came up during the sex ed portion of health class, upsetting her daughter. This discussion was led by a group called AIDS and Sexual Health Awareness (ASHA), which has led classes in the district for the past 15 years. “I think that it was handled well based on my meeting with the health teacher,” said Superintendent Sue Viccaro. The controversial subjects came not from instructors but from student questions, according to Viccaro. “Students were gener-

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ating topics that they wanted to talk about, and there were some topics that came up that certainly were very controversial.” Viccaro told the BOE that the health teacher refocused the discussion on “the curricular areas that they were supposed to be talking about,” which includes prevention of sexually transmitted diseases. “You can never predict what a student is going to bring up in your classroom.” BOE member Elizabeth Gara questioned whether the regular health teacher would do a better job controlling the discussion and recognizing student needs. “My recommendation is not to use this group.” See Sex ed, page 10

Red and yellow and pink and green...

Korn Elementary School students celebrated April Spirit Day by dressing in the colors of the rainbow. Student senators chose the theme of the day and took a photo of the entire school in the shape of a rainbow. The spirit of the student body brightened the gray April morning. Submitted by Eileen Chupron

Town Times Community Briefs


Pet Fair The 4th Annual Help Willy’s Friends Pet Fair (formerly The Durham Pet Fair) will be hosted by Help Willy’s Friends on Sunday, May 20, at Coginchaug Regional High School, 135 Pickett Lane, Durham. This fun, free and familyoriented event will feature over 40 local animal shelters,

more than 75 vendors, entertainment and lots of food for you and your pet. At last year’s Pet Fair, municipal animal shelters and breed-specific rescues brought their best and brightest animals to meet the public in the hopes of finding them loving, forever homes. As a result of last year’s event, 75 dogs and cats were adopted. Over 75 local vendors and ar-

Corrections We strive to bring you the most accurate information available each week, but if you see something in Town Times that isn’t quite right, give us a call at (860) 203-2448, and we’ll do our best to make things right. A letter in the April 27 Town Times incorrectly stated the net amount that the 2012-13 proposed Board of Education budget has been “trimmed.” The correct dollar amount is $320,448.

tisans are anticipated to showcase their services and products ranging from handmade jewelry, doggie apparel and organic pet treats to pet sitting services and woodworking. Tons of freebies will be given away. Last but not least is the Parade of Stars — a parade of the adoptable dogs with an emcee introducing each dog to the tune of thunderous applause from the crowd. It’s their 15 seconds of fame that gives these dogs reason to smile and enjoy the attention being lavished on them. This event will also include live music; DJ; wine tasting; silent auction; police K-9 demonstration; agility demonstration; frisbee demonstration; search and rescue demonstration; free

pet nail-clipping; free pet photography; free pet blessing; pet reiki and pet psychic; best pet trick contest ; pet owner look-a-like contest; rabies vaccinations and micro-chipping provided by Durham Veterinary Hospital at a nominal fee and children’s activities, such as face-painting, touch-atruck and a fun house.

See Briefs, page 14

Web Update This week, we asked our online readers, “Do you think Connecticut should abolish the death penalty?” Here are the results: Yes, it’s a horrible punishment: 41% No, I think it’s a necessary punishment: 47% I don’t have an opinion: 12% Be sure to vote in our next poll at!

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The Durham Recreation Department has scheduled a summer track and field clinic for July 9-13 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Coginchaug Track Facility. The clinic is for children in grades 5 through 8 and features sprinting, high jump, long jump, triple jump, javelin, shot put, discus and pole vaulting. The program is directed by CRHS track coach

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Notre Dame Church Palm Sunday procession

Alpine lawsuit settled By Stephanie Wilcox Town Times Last week, after having met with counsel several times to go over the particulars of a lawsuit filed against the town by Alpine Ridge, LLC, the Board of Selectmen decided to return $15,000 of the $25,000 deposit to Alpine while retaining $10,000 for the town. “Rather than go to court, which would have cost us more,” said First Selectman Jon Brayshaw, “we looked for a compromise. On advice of counsel, it wasn’t worth litigating.” The $25,000 deposit was given to the town after Alpine

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May 4 Bridge Night Come join in at the Durham Activity Center every Friday night at 6:30 p.m. for a fun night of bridge with great people. If you are not sure how to play, Jim will teach you. You may call Jim at (860) 346-6611 with bridge questions. Call Durham Recreation at (860) 343-6724 with further questions.


May 5 Dudley Farmers’ Market The Dudley Farm winter farmers’ market will be held the first Saturday of the month from February through May from 9 a.m. to noon in the Munger Barn. Goods for sale include: homegrown or handmade baked goods, crafts, eggs, fiber, honey and maple syrup, jams and jellies, naturally raised meats, pickles, soap and vegetables. In case of inclement weather, please visit or call (203) 457-0770 for update. Flea Market & Tag Sale A flea market and tag sale is scheduled for today from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Notre Dame Church, 272 Main St., Durham, rain or shine. New items are continuously added. Food is available for purchase. For more information, call Bob Smith at (860) 349-0356. Lake Beseck Fishing Derby The 1st annual Lake Beseck Fishing Derby, brought to you by the Town of Middlefield Parks & Recreation Department, is today from 5 a.m. to 11 a.m. Pre-register by e-mailing, or print registration forms at Prizes will be awarded. For more information, call Chris at (860) 349-7122.


May 6 Early-Morning Bird Walk Today at Hammonassett

Beach State Park, come for an early-morning bird walk. Meet at the Meigs Point Nature Center at 6 a.m.; Spotting scopes and experts will be available to help ID these early morning visitors. Bring your binoculars and dress for the weather. This is an easy walk for all ages. No dogs please. For more information, call (203) 245-8743 or (860) 463-9643.

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Meet & Greet The final Meet & Greet with Brownstone’s Sean Hayes, potential new buyer of Powder Ridge, is today at noon. Tour the Powder Ridge property with Mr. Hayes to learn his vision.

May 11

Pumpkin Seminar A team pumpkin seminar is scheduled for today at 1 p.m. at the Durham Fairgrounds. The seminar, sponsored by the Durham Fair Foundation, will show how to grow giant pumpkins.


May 7 Durham Senior Lunches Every Monday and Wednesday, hot lunches are available for seniors over 60 and their spouses at the Durham Activity Center (350 Main St.). Following the lunch on Mondays is game time which includes billiards, Wii and cards. Bingo starts at 1 p.m. on Wednesdays. For pricing info and to make a reservation, call Amanda Astarita, senior café manager, at (860) 349-3153. Middlefield Senior Lunches The Middlefield Senior Café is serving lunch three times a week, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Reservations are required 24 hours prior, and the monthly menu can be picked up at the center, Town Hall, or at


May 9 TOPS Meeting TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) meets every Wednesday at 6 p.m. on the third floor of the Durham Town Hall. Contact Naomi Klotsko at (860) 349-9558 or


May 10 Durham Farmers’ Market The Durham Farmers’ Market is open today from 3 to 6:30 p.m. on the Town Green.


4C’s Square Dance Club The 4C’s Square Dance Club has scheduled its Flower Power Dance for today at 8 p.m. at Brewster School. Caller is Lenny Stratton; cuer is Sue Lucibello. For more information, call (860) 349-8084 or (203) 2727463. Hypnotist Hypnotist Dan Larosa is scheduled to perform today at 7 p.m. at the Coginchaug auditorium. A fee is charged for this CRHS Project Graduation Committee fundraiser. Bridge Night Come join in at the Durham Activity Center every Friday night at 6:30 p.m. for a fun night of bridge with great people. If you are not sure how to play, Jim will teach you. You may call Jim at (860) 346-6611 with bridge questions. Call Durham Recreation at (860) 343-6724 with further questions. TOT Time Bring your babies, toddlers and preschoolers to join other moms and children in your community. Event hosted every Friday by MOMS (MOMS Offering Moms Support) Club of Durham/Middlefield at the Middlefield Community Center at 10 a.m. Tot Time is only open to residents of Durham and Middlefield. For more information, contact momsdurhammiddlefield@gmail.c om.


May 12 Plant Sale A plant sale is scheduled for today from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Strong School parking lot. This is a CRHS Project Graduation Committee

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fundraiser. Historical Society The Durham Historical Society is scheduled to reopen to the public today from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The society has been closed for renovations. Items on exhibit include town objects from the Civil War, World War I and World War II, children’s samplers from the early 1880s and women’s clothing. Paintings by Wedworth Wadsworth are also on display. For more information, call (860) 716-5497 or e-mail

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Rabies Clinic Durham Animal Response Team has scheduled a Rabies Clinic today (open to all towns) from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Durham Firehouse. A fee is charged. Dogs must be leashed; cats must be in carriers. Previous proof of rabies vaccinations is needed. If one is not available, a one year vaccination certificate will be given. Durham town clerk will be available for dog licensing.

Golf Classic Easter Seals Goodwill Industries has scheduled its 28th annual Golf Classic tournament for today at the Farms Country Club, 180 Cheshire Rd., Wallingford The full day event begins at 9 a.m. and includes brunch, 18 holes of golf, cart, dinner, silent auction and raffle prizes. For more information and cost, call Lisa Zielinski at (203) 777-2000, ext. 228 or e-mail

Outdoor Family Movie Night Durham Co-Op Nursery School’s 3rd annual Outdoor Family Movie Night will be today at the Durham Fairgrounds. This year we are showing Rio on the inflatable movie screen, and there will be face painting, live music from the Karma Brothers Band and concessions served from the Co-Op’s fair booth. There is a fee for family members over 2 years of age. Spring Festival and Sale Wesleyan Potters’ Annual Spring Festival and Sale is today from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 350 South Main Street in Middletown. Browse the work of over 30 cooperative members and students in the crafts of ceramics, basketry, weaving and jewelry/metalsmithing. Wesleyan Potters is a nonprofit cooperative guild founded in 1948 to promote the learning and development of skill in handcrafts. All proceeds from the Spring Festival and Sale go directly to local artisans and Wesleyan Potters’ Fundraising and Scholarship funds. The guild also maintains a Gallery/Shop year round. Admission is free. This event


May 13 HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY! Plant Sale A plant sale is scheduled for Sunday, May 13 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Strong School parking lot. This is a CRHS Project Graduation Committee fundraiser.


May 14

Durham Senior Lunches Every Monday and Wednesday, hot lunches are available for seniors over 60 and their spouses at the Durham Activity Center (350 Main St.). Following the lunch on Mondays is game time which includes billiards, Wii and cards. Bingo starts at 1 p.m. on Wednesdays. For pricing info and to make a reservation, call Amanda Astarita, senior café manager, at (860) 3493153. Middlefield Senior Lunches The Middlefield Senior Café is serving lunch three times a week, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Reservations are required 24 hours prior, and the monthly menu can be picked up at the center, Town Hall, or at Durham 60+ Club The Durham 60+ Club will meet at 1:30 p.m. today at the Activity Center, 350 Main Street. A blood pressure clinic will be held at 1 p.m. There will be a musical program presented by Roland Chirico, “The Trumpet Man,” and newcomers are welcome.

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Lillian White turns 95!

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from Washington state for the event. Bev Pedersen, who heads the WSCS, says it is not necessary to RSVP. And, please, no gifts, but cards and memories are most welcome. Lillian says she just wants her friends to “meet, greet and eat.” She appreciates the Town Times helping her get the word out as it’s not possible for her to write invitations to all the people she has known over the years. “I wouldn’t know where to begin or end,” she said.

Durham Recreation has scheduled adult co-ed volleyball for Mondays, May 7, 9, 14, 21, 28 and June 4 and 11, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Strong School. The program is open to residents of Durham, Middlefield and Rockfall. For more information, call (860) 3436724.

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Do you know what to do in the event of a barn fire? By Diana Carr Special to the Town Times Animal lovers are encouraged to be at the Durham Firehouse on May 17 at 7 p.m. for a unique Barn Fire Safety Program. Sponsored by D.A.R.T. (Durham Animal Response Team, a volunteer organization that helps out in emergencies that involve animals), the program is free and open to people from all towns. The event aims to educate firefighters and barn owners on barn fire safety. Laurianne Goulet and Meg Sautter, from The Connecticut Horse Council, “a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving all aspects of the horse industry in Connecticut,” according to its mission statement, will give an hour-long talk. An expert will give a demon-

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stration on the use of fire extinguishers, and a question and answer period will conclude the evening. The audience will take home valuable tips. Goulet said, “The program teaches barn owners how to prevent a fire, and firemen how to handle the horses, should there be (a fire).” The audience will learn that hay should be properly stored, and electrical systems should be up-to-date. Barn owners need to make a property layout to give to the firefighters so that “they’re not going in there blind”; it would include the locations of the fuse boxes, electrical boxes, water, horses and paddocks. Horses are to be secured upon being removed from the barn, as their innate need for security will have them running back into their stalls.

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Firefighters will learn how different barns are set up, and about latches that could be holding the door shut for the horses. They’ll learn how to put a halter on a horse, or how to make a halter out of the lead rope. Owners will be reminded that they would not be allowed to stay in the barn, in an attempt to save their horses, because “they will not be dressed properly to be in a fire, and it would be one more life for the firefighters to save.” D.A.R.T. member Brenda Eddy said, “This is the first of a series of educational animal programs that we are putting on. We asked The Connecticut Horse Council to do this because it’s a great organization. “We hope to raise awareness for barn owners and first responders (firefighters and police officers). We hope people go back to their barns and say, ‘Wow, we should move this. We should check our electrical boxes. We should check our evacuation routes.’ Even put up a simple No Smoking

sign. You don’t think about it, but you should have one. “We hope people think about the use of their barn for other animals that would need to be placed, in the event of a fire. The goal is for all local sta-

Lake Beseck fishing derby Take a chance on winning prizes for the longest, heaviest and smallest fish at the 1st annual Lake Beseck Fishing Derby on Saturday, May 5. This will be a fun day for the whole family brought to you by the Town of Middlefield Parks & Recreation Department. Pre-register by e-mailing, or print registration forms at Hand in registration form and fee at 5 a.m. check-in at the beach. You will be given a registration ticket. Last minute registrations will be accepted. The derby starts at 5 a.m. and will end at 11 a.m. when tallies will be taken and prizes awarded. You must have a valid fishing license; be registered; fish by boat or town property (no fishing allowed from beach); fish must be weighed in live; all species of fish qualify.. Prizes for the longest fish is $50; heaviest is $50; smallest is $20. Additional prizes are from businesses such as Fishin’ Factory 3; Lyman Orchards and First & Last Tavern. For more information, call Chris at (860) 349-7122.

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Letters to the Editor Celebrate spring with birdhouses One evening, standing outside the Middlefield Community Center, Jim Brown pointed to the sky and showed me chimney swifts swooping above the roof in pursuit of insects to feed their young, huddled in pouches inside chimneys. Jim is a birder with a keen eye. He inspired me to pay closer attention to areas in town that I don’t normally look for birds. A few weeks later I saw two azure specks in the orchards that flew right to my own apple tree and proceeded to eat the blossoms. They were indigo buntings. I’d lived in Middlefield for at least 35 years then, and had never noticed these birds or this phenomenon in my old tree. Anyone who keeps a bird feeder can tell you when spring arrives. It’s not a robin’s presence since many stay here year round now. Instead, the yellowing of the goldfinch announces warmer days ahead and the return of birds that wintered as far away as Argentina, like barn swallows, or Mexico, like ruby-throated hummingbirds. To celebrate spring and the return of our summer birds, the Coginchaug Valley Education Foundation is sponsoring Flights of Fancy at the Lyman Homestead on Friday, May 18, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. The main event is a birdhouse auction. Birdhouses painted by local citizens of Durham and Middlefield will be silent-auctioned during a gala evening of music, food and drink. Tickets are available online at or by contacting Renee Edwards at (860) 575-4680 or by e-mail at Come to have fun, see some outrageous, creative birdhouses and support CVEF, a community foundation that awards grants to further lifelong learning in Durham and Middlefield. Merrill Adams, Middlefield

Road Race was great event Our town had a really cool function recently in the Lions 5K/10K Road Race. If you missed it, or just wondered why a lot of people were running, you missed a great community event. Peckam Park became a meeting place, registration station, and accommodated participants with beverages, photography and parking. Law enforcement conducted traffic points to ensure our safety, and our fire department was also highly visible and professional. I’d like to thank the neighbors who took up a piece of driveway just to encourage us along and the volunteers encouraging and giving us water. I think this event has the same potential as any other to be a day the community knows of and will come out for. John Magoveny, Middlefield

Lyme positive dogs may be vaccinated Last week’s article on Lyme disease in dogs was interesting and vital in the message that dogs should be vaccinated to prevent this serious tick-borne infection. I diagnosed the first case of canine Lyme cardiac disease in 1986, authored many published papers, presented scientific programs throughout the United States and internationally and in 2001 published the Standards of Care for Canine Lyme disease. This year I was an invited coauthor for the chapter on Lyme Borreliosis in the preeminent textbook on canine internal medicine. I would like to comment on the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine’s recommendation not to vaccinate dogs that have tested positive for Lyme disease as mentioned in the Town Times article. The ACVIM guidelines were compiled by

academic specialists who, by their own admission, had little experience with management of Lyme infected dogs. The ACVIM recommendations were based in large part on experimental studies in laboratory settings and theoretical considerations. Since the original canine Lyme vaccine was introduced in 1990, millions of Lyme positive dogs have been safely immunized. I have published many papers demonstrating that Lyme positive dogs may be vaccinated without adverse effects. I urge dog owners to have their dogs vaccinated against Lyme disease as part of the puppy series before they have been bitten by an infected tick. For older dogs that have not been vaccinated, I developed a “Test, Treat, and Vaccinate Protocol” for managing healthy Lyme positive dogs. This protocol combines antibiotic treatment to suppress the Lyme organism and vaccination to prevent new infection and limit episodes of Lyme disease. Readers may review a monograph I wrote for a canine Lyme vaccine manufacturer as part of my educational program for presentation to veterinarians by typing “Test Treat and Vaccinate Steve Levy” into Google. The first item on the list is a link to the PDF. I would like to mention that the biographical note in the monograph needs to be updated and that I am currently seeing patients at the Fox Memorial Clinic in Newington, CT. Steven A. Levy, VMD Durham

Vote for Danté We have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to vote for a candidate who will represent the 13th District with all her heart. Danté Bartolomeo will work for the 13th Senatorial District and for the people of Middlefield, Cheshire, Middletown and Meriden. She is committed to providing quality education for all of the children of Connecticut. She will fully fund the repair of our crumbling

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Electronic usage out of control Thursday’s instrumental concert at CRHS was fabulous; what amazing, talented children we all have. However, I was very saddened once again to witness the overwhelming number of children in the audience who “missed out” because they were too busy playing hand held electronic games. Apparently, a concert is not entertaining enough for electronic junkies, or perhaps the children have never been taught to act properly in public; so the parents make sure

they are distracted for the duration. Many of the parents themselves could barely control their texting; I witnessed several who “multi-tasked” throughout the entirety. Even sadder is the fact that because tickets were limited to two per student, there were many family members missing out while the available seats were wasted on inattention. I am dismayed on a daily basis by this addiction and by the overall mindset that this is acceptable. In restaurants, entire families sit down at a table and immediately the adults surf their cell phone while the children game away. The little conversation heard is limited to ordering. Driving down the road, I can see DVD’s playing in many of the SUV’s to keep the kids mind numbingly quiet. Just because the technology is available and you can afford it, doesn’t make it an appropriate or intelligent choice for every occasion. Kathi McMaster, Durham

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‘Middlefield Welcomes You’

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Kevin Boyle, of CherThe Town of Midry Hill Road, began dlefield will soon the research under dihave such a greeting rection of Club Presifor people driving dent N. Summer into our town. The Lions Club of Middlefield has undertak- Lerch. There was no ordinance or en a multi-year project to design, cre- guidance for this type of signage, so ate and place welcome signs on major with the help of Middlefield’s Planning and Zoning Committee, such a roadways entering town. Welcome signs are getting more provision was put in place. New England Sign Carvers on Lyand more popular. According to man Road in MidWikipedia, these dlefield was selectsigns are also ed as the local called “gateway company to create signs” and origithe signs. With nally were inhelp from Don stalled as a markGinter, who develer, or placeholder, oped the current of a new border, retown seal, a design gion or town. Typithat merged the cally they were graphics and colused to let the travors of the Town eler know where Hall/Community they were. More Center signs was recently, with developed using tourism on the rise, gateway signs Example of the small signs. the deep rich blue against bright also offer an opporwhite trim. It was tunity to promote the historical nature and/or the social First Selectman Jon Brayshaw who importance of an area or a town. coined “Middlefield Welcomes You” Durham recently erected a sign near as a warm, friendly greeting to all who the skating pond on Route 68 that pro- pass into our area. Next came the Department of motes civic organizations in Durham. Middlefield has only a few green Transportation approvals. With help state-provided markers on routes 66, from the Lions Committee, Boyle put 157 and 17. Several years ago a move- together a packet that satisfied the ment was started in the Lions Club to powers that be, and the initial locacreate signs that would generously welcome people to the area. Lion See Lions, page 23

grow in my vegetable I would like to ask Nancy DuBrule-Clemente garden. But I don’t everyone who is readwant to eat this plant, ing this to do me a faI want to get rid of it. vor. We have two reThe main problem ally bad, terribly invasive plants in our midst. Even with this invasive pest is that it though most of us in the nursery quickly takes over and crowds out trade know all about these thugs and our native plants, eventually elimiare taking steps to remove and elimi- nating them. I was driving down nate them, I get the feeling when talk- Route 157 in Durham a few weeks ago ing to homeowners and retail cus- and spotted a gorgeous stand of one of tomers that this problem is not com- my favorite wildflowers, bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis). It has mon knowledge. The first bad plant is garlic mus- large white flowers over blue-green scalloped leaves. It tard. You will is called bloodroot know this plant because if you when you look at break the underthe photo. It has ground rhizome a large, round, scalbright red sap oozes loped green leaves out. Bloodroot is a topped by sprays of precious plant in tiny white flowers. Connecticut, and I It is everywhere — have been known to on the side of the drive many miles road, in the woods, in gardens. It The larger leaves of the garlic out of my way to spreads by seeding mustard amongst the native visit large stands and the seeds are bloodroot. Photo by Diane St. John in the wild in April and May. It is also amazingly fertile and vigorous. The reason it is called easily propagated in nurseries and garlic mustard is that when you pull readily available for sale. Never, and it up the roots smell a bit like garlic. I mean never, dig up a wild stand of The leaves are actually edible, similar to the edible mustard greens I See Natureworks, page 26

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Engaged students are connected, committed more likely to make a Student engagement is a key element Scott D. Sadinsky, Principal, personal commitment Strong Middle School to engage in rigorous to their success in learning when they school. An article in know teachers, parthe March 2010 Middle ents and other stuSchool Journal entidents care about how tled Examining Stuwell they do.” He condent Engagement and Authority: Developing Learning Re- tinued, “For students to engage fully lationships in the Middle Grades in challenging learning, they must states that, “Students are engaged in have increased levels of support from learning when they show commit- the people around them.” When students are engaged, then ment to a task because they see value in completing it.” The article looks at student connectedness and involvestudents reflecting on their own ment is further enhanced; the posilearning practices, collaboration tive relationship students have with with their peers and the development their school continues to grow and of trusting relationships with their develop. The study referenced above, teachers. Our students continue to suggests that adult and peer relationshow increased commitment to their ships that positively influence learnlearning and display strong effort ing are those that, “show respect; include active listening; exhibit enthuevery day. In his 2008 study entitled, Strength- siasm; encourage students to express ening Student Engagement, Dr. their opinions; and celebrate accomRichard Jones speaks to the develop- plishments.” Note the direct link to ment and maintenance of the rela- Regional School District 13’s five tionship students have with their Core Ethical Values. In order that we continue to propeers, their teachers and their school as a whole. Dr. Jones writes, “Strong vide such an environment for our positive relationships are critical to the education process. Students are See Engaged, page 24

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Coffee with a candidate Dante Bartolomeo met for coffee last Tuesday with residents of Sugarloaf Terrace in Rockfall. Bartolomeo is a Democratic candidate for State Senate this fall. She is pictured with Ruth Kowalski, Tom Ogorzalek, Gladys McDonough and Anne Tuthill. The group discussed health care, state construction projects and transportation. Submitted by Alma Elder


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Positive Coaching Alliance At the direction of the BOE, Viccaro will investigate using Positive Coaching Alliance, a national nonprofit organization based out of Stanford University. The PCA seeks to replace the win-at-all-costs mentality with what its website terms “a positive, character

building youth sports experience.” According to Viccaro, the PCA “provides training and workshops to parents, administrators, coaches, schools and youth sports organizations.” The group was created “with a mission to transform youth sports so that sports can transform youth.” BOE member Nancy Boyle said, “My only regret is that we haven’t done it al-

ready... it fits in beautifully with our CORE ethical values.” Noting how much influence the community outside the schools has over youth sports, BOE member Merrill Adams suggested partnering with local organizations. “It can’t be just the schools.” Michael Doyle, of Durham, who has attended several recent BOE meetings to support working with the group, quoted PCA advisor Phil Jackson on the impact of positive coaching. Common Core State Standards Director of Curriculum Linda Berry addressed student instruction with the goal of preparing the curriculum for the switch to the Common Core State Standards. First examining the math part of the curriculum, Berry said she started by looking at the desired results and working back-

Durham basketball The Durham Basketball Association is looking for coaches for the 2012-13 season. Please respond by e-mail to by May 31. For more information, visit wards for the way to achieve them. While describing the complexity of the switch, Berry also noted the emphasis on the bigger picture, “Teachers will have more time to really go in deeper.” Berry will be meeting with parents’ groups to discuss the new curriculum. The budget referendum is scheduled for Tuesday, May 8, at Korn School in Durham and the Middlefield Community Center in Middlefield. The next BOE meeting is Wednesday, May 9, at 7:30 p.m. at John Lyman School.

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Community loses a ‘devoted and loyal friend’ By Stephanie Wilcox Town Times

Kilmartin said, “Laurie was a tireless advocate for the library. Her energy, enthusiasm and creativity were evident in everything she did. You could depend on her for anything. She was a devoted and loyal friend, with a wicked sense of humor. I will remember and miss my friend always.”

First Selectman Laura Francis added, “Laurie Stevens was a dedicated elected official, volunteer and political activist who shall forever serve as a shining example of true community spirit. I so enjoyed her quick wit and unique style! Laurie was my friend, and I wish I had one more chance to say thank you for all she did for our community.” I feel fortunate to know first-hand what a pleasure Laurie was to work with and what a presence she had in

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TOWN OF DURHAM CALL TO THE ANNUAL BUDGET MEETING The eligible voters of the Town of Durham are hereby warned that the ANNUAL BUDGET MEETING will be held in the Julian B. Thayer Auditorium, Coginchaug Regional High School, at 8:00 p.m. on Monday, May 14, 2012, to consider the following items: 1. To elect one member to a three-year term on the Regional School District #13 Board of Education, said terms to expire June 30, 2015. 2. To elect two members to a two-year term on the DurhamMiddlefield Interlocal Agreement Advisory Board, said term to expire June 30, 2014. 3. To authorize the Board of Selectmen to accept any and all Town Aid highway funds (Transpor tation Infrastructure) this may be due and available to the Town of Durham for the Fiscal Year ending June 30, 2012. 4. To adopt a total town budget for Fiscal Year 2012-2013 in the amount of $5,938,182 less State and local revenues of $1,098,734 for a net town budget of $4,839,448 as recommended by the Board of Finance at their meeting of April 17, 2012. 5. To adopt a five-year Local Capital Improvement Plan. 6. To transfer $61,427 from Undesignated Fund Balance to the following line items to cover expenses incurred due to Storm Irene as recommended by the Board of Finance at their March 20, 2012 meeting. 6700-489 CIP-Storm Irene $31,460 3007-136 Wages-Seasonal Labor 6,898 3006-137 7,586 Wages-Public Works OT Diesel Fuel 3013-557 7,780 3008-552 7,703 PW Equipment Maintenance 7. To approve a resolution granting tax fixing to BSD Real Estate of CT, LLC, Commerce Circle, Lot 7.

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8. To accept the following resolution: “Resolved, That the Town Meeting of the Town of Durham hereby ratifies the action of the Connecticut River Valley Council of Elected Officials to become a council of governments at their meeting of July 27, 2011, toward that end, the Connecticut River Valley Council of Elected Officials formally adopted Sections 4-124i to 4-124p, inclusive, of the Connecticut General Statutes, in accordance with the procedures set for th in Section 4-124j of the Connecticut General Statues, and that this newly established council of governments be called the Lower Connecticut River Valley Council of Governments.”

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Public invited to Historical Society grand reopening By Stephanie Wilcox Town Times When it comes to history, “sometimes it’s hard to make the connection that these were real people who came before us and held these items and wore this clothing,” said Durham Historical Society president Sarah Atwell. Though the society has published many books on local history, “it’s different to come and see it.”

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For this reason, Atwell is thrilled about the grand reopening of the Durham Historical Society, located adjacent to the Town Hall, on Sat-

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“It’s absolutely amazing to see where it was then, and where it is now,” said Atwell. “We want people to see the interesting parts of our collections and the space we have…

to see how far we’ve come.” The restoration of the Historical Society has been an ongoing process, according to See Reopening, next page






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Atwell. Headquartered in “Center Schoolhouse,” a schoolhouse built in 1775, the downstairs of the Historical Society building needed work around the late 1960s and was restored to look the way it did in the 1700s. School groups and visitors toured the first floor and viewed display case exhibits, but the building was not open on a regular basis. Restoration on the second floor started around 2000. According to Atwell, the structure needed to be stabilized with large beams to support the roof before floors, walls, installation and “the basics” were tackled. “It was just a skeleton of a building,” said Atwell. “Lots of work had to be put into it.” To complete the project, the society, run entirely by volunteers, had to raise funds. Little by little, they received private donations from families in town, nonprofits, anonymous donors and businesses to restore the building they rent from the town. “It really was the townspeople and local businesses who helped us,” said Atwell. “And if it wasn’t for our volunteers doing things like carpentry, painting and the leg work, we would have had to hire it all out. We probably would not be done if that was the case.” In addition, Atwell said much of the historical collection has been donated by Durham families who have been here for generations — including women’s clothing dating back to the 1790s and 1810; four samplers made by children in the early 1800s (little pieces of cloth that children practiced their stitching on); a World War I uniform complete with a gas mask and a Civil War sword that belonged to a Durham man who enlisted. “Almost all of our items we can highlight back to a


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Durham family,” Atwell said. The society will establish regular hours and will be available for school and private tours. The society will also be available for meeting space to groups and nonprofits. Atwell said she hopes new members may decide to join the Durham Historical Society at the May 12 grand reopening. “For the last decade, students and schools haven’t been able to visit (the Historical Society),” Atwell said. After the renovation, they’ll get to see what a school would have looked like in 18th century. Not only students, but the public will be able to “make a better connection between the people of Durham’s past by viewing some of the items we have here. They walk around the town green and look at the building. Now it will be nice to finally get in the front doors, too.” For tours, e-mail DurhamHistoricalSociety@h or call (860) 7165497 or visit




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the capital fund is 1.32 out of 32.14. That compares with 0.93 out of 28.16 last year. Taxes for the average homeowner are set to drop slightly from $5,418 to $5,298, mainly because the school portion of the tax bill is dropping because of a decrease in enrollment. The budget likely will be up for a vote at the next town meeting, scheduled for May 14. Approval also depends on the confirmation of Regional District 13 budget numbers, which are woven into the town numbers. It needs to be okayed by July 1, when the next fiscal year begins.


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P.A.L.S. book sale P.A.L.S. has scheduled its annual book sale for Saturday, May 19, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Durham Public Library. The event is free of charge, and open to the public. An early bird preview is scheduled from 9 to 10 a.m. for a fee. The event is in conjunction with the library plant sale. Donations of gently used books in good condition may be dropped off at the library. Sale proceeds benefit P.A.L.S.’ programs, including the summer reading programs. For more information or to volunteer, contact Jane Eriksen at (860) 349-1247 or sign up at the library.

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The Middlefield Park and Recreation Department has scheduled its summer programs. For more information and cost, call Chris Hurlbert at (860) 349-7122 or visit Programs are open to Durham residents as well. Summer Camp is scheduled from June 25-Aug. 10. (No camp July 4.) The camp is held at Memorial School from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with an optional early drop-off at 8 a.m. for an additional charge. Trips and snacks will be available for purchase. Tennis Camp is scheduled for July 16-20 and Aug. 13-17 at the District 13 courts in

Durham. Sportime Camp is scheduled for July 9-13 and Aug. 610. Basketball Clinics, with Blue Devil Men’s Varsity Basketball Coach, Todd Salva, are scheduled June 25–29 and July 2–6. The girls’ camp is scheduled for July 9-13. Visit the website for more information. Flyers have been distributed through the schools. Skateboard Camp is scheduled June 25-29 at the skate park at Peckham Park. Both a beginner and an intermediate camp are offered. Class size is limited to 12 per session. Proper safety equipment is required. Visit the website for more information. Soccer Camp is scheduled for July 23-26. Coach Geoff Wheeler from the

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Middlefield Government Calendar (Unless otherwise indicated, all meetings are held in the Community Center.) Monday, May 7 7 p.m. — Board of Selectmen 8 p.m. — Board of Ed district meeting on budget at CRHS Tuesday, May 8 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Referendum on RSD13 Education Budget Wednesday, May 9 6:30 p.m. — Planning & Zoning Commission 7 p.m. — WPCA 7:30 p.m. — Board of Ed at John Lyman School

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About Into the Woods: When a Baker and his Wife learn they’ve been cursed with childlessness by the Witch next door, they embark on a quest for the special objects required to break the spell, swindling, lying to and stealing from Cinderella, Little Red, Rapunzel and Jack (the one who climbed the

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Telling stories Tom Lee, a storyteller, visited Korn Elementary School recently. Lee, a professional arts educator, told traditions stories, myths and legends from cultures around the world. The stories are rich with vivid imagery and compelling characters. His programs support Language Arts and Social Studies in the Common Core Curricula. After the assembly, Lee facilitated four 45minute interactive workshops with students.

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Did you know that electric current flows at a rate of 186,000 miles per second? Students in N o e l l e D u r k i n ’ s fourth grade class at Korn Elementary School welcomed Bob Isleib of RLI Electric to their classroom recently and were amazed at what they learned. Isleib spoke about electrical safety and the flow of electricity through a circuit. He concluded the presentation by demonstrating how a series circuit is used to electrify a pickle. Submitted by Eileen Chupron

John and Laurie Tuttle, is a mathematics major/chemistry minor. The Middle School Interact Club, from the Independent Day School in Middlefield, was recently presented the Rotary International Service Award for their year-long End Polio Now campaign for which the club raised over $800. The Interact Club, which includes sixth, seventh, and eighth graders, runs a school store every Friday to raise money for the eradication project. The store, a cart on wheels that goes from hallway to hallway, sells school supplies, treats and crafts made by some of the students. Students have made bracelets and currently are making duct tape flowers that sit in

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top of pens. In addition, students have the option of donating an extra dollar at dances. At one dance, students’ pinkies were painted purple, and at the most recent dance, purple Band-Aids were placed on pinkies. Infants’ pinkies are dyed purple after they receive a dose of the polio vaccine. Jane Mills received the John Miller Middle School Educator of the Year award for Connecticut by the Connecticut Music Educators’ Association recently. Senator Richard Blumenthal also recognized Mills at the conference. Mills is a music teacher at The Independent Day School in Middlefield and has been an active member of the Connecticut Music Educators’ Association. She aided the music program at IDS to develop from two ensembles, to its present nine ensembles. The performing groups at IDS have received superior ratings at various festivals and have been selected to perform at the CMEA In-service Conference. This year, 29 IDS students, 40 percent of the middle school, were selected to the 2012 Southern Region Middle School Music Festival. Mills received her Bachelor of Music degree with majors in music education and clarinet performance and special graduate studies from Hartt School of Music. She has studied clarinet with Charles Russo, Henry Larsen and Dick Sanders and composition with Robert Carl.

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Durham Market debuts 12 new flavors from Vermont Peanut Butter By Christine Foster Special to the Town Times You almost certainly have a jar of it sitting on your pantry shelf: peanut butter. More than nine of 10 American families eat it. Maybe you eat yours in a traditional PB&J sandwich or perhaps you dip pretzels in it or spread it on apples. If you are looking for a twist on the old favorite, you might check out a new product on the shelves at Durham Market. A start-up company called Vermont Peanut Butter has made 12 varieties of nut butter, with mix-ins including Champlain Cherry, Maple Walnut and Banana Nut Crunch. Bob Mounts, manager of Durham Market, said the market started stocking the product because one the


company’s sales reps is also one of the market’s customers. The store took their first shipment of 12 jars about two week ago. By earlier this week, only half of those remained on the shelf

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— five jars of the familiar straight peanut butter and one “Bee Nut Butter,” sweetened with Vermont honey. “People really seem to like it,” Mounts said. The product is pricier

than mainstream peanut butter brands: a 16 ounce jar of the regular stuff is $6.99, while one of the specialty flavors, such as “Good Karma,” which is mixed with rich dark chocolate, goes for $7.99. But it boosts some traits unusual in most peanut butters: it contains no preservatives, hydrogenated oils, GMO’s, palm fruit oils or excess sugar and salt. On the company’s website, Chris Kaiser, the founder and president of the Vermont Peanut Butter Company, described conceiving of the product after craving peanut butter with some extra flavor and protein as he hiked one day in Vermont’s Green Mountains. “In our small creative kitchen, under the watchful eye of my six year old, together we created TEN DIF-

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Carmel Beaudry Carmel (DeFalco) Beaudry, 84, wife of the late Fredrick Beaudry, her beloved husband of 40 years, peacefully passed away April 18, 2012 at Middle-

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Laurie Baldwin Stevens, 60, of Durham, wife of Walter “Bob” Fulton, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, April 29, at Middlesex Hospital. Born in Pittsburgh, PA, she was the daughter of Robert B. Stevens of Columbia, SC and Doris (Liljenstein) Stevens of Westport, CT. Laurie lived in Durham for 26 years, was a member of the Durham Democratic Town Committee, P.A.L.S., Durham Garden Club, Durham Fair Association, and elected member of the Durham Board of Finance. Along with her parents and husband, she is survived by a brother, Bradley Stevens of Gainesville, VA and two sisters, Susan von Schenk of Co-

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Beaudry (Continued from page 27) possessed and shared great faith, and had a special devotion to the Blessed Mother. She is survived by her son, Michael Beaudry and his wife Carol of Springfield, MA, her daughter, Cathy ( Beaudry) Artkop and her husband Dean of Durham, and her precious granddaughters, Ashley Beaudry and Kaitlyn Beaudry of Middletown, and Shelby Artkop and Lindsay Artkop of Durham. Mass took place on April 24 at St. Pius X Church and burial was in St. Laurent Cemetery in Meriden. Biega Funeral Home was in care of the arrangements. To share memories or express condolences online please visit

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