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Volume 16, Issue 4

Serving Durham, Middlefield and Rockfall

District 13 education budget defeated By Sue VanDerzee and Stephanie Wilcox By a margin of 112, voters in District 13 defeated the proposed $31.8 million net budget for 2009-2010. That budget represented a 2.42 percent increase over the current year’s budget. The votes by town presented the picture seen most frequently in the last several years. Durham passed the budget by a razor thin margin, 578570, while Middlefield defeated it, 267-387. Less people voted in Durham and more voted in Middlefield than last year. “Disappointed” is the one word board member Deb Golschneider used to sum up

her feelings about the referendum results. Board chairman Tom Hennick said he isn’t completely shocked that it was, considering these economic times. “We worked hard in difficult times to come in with a 2.42 percent increase,” he said. With a special meeting called for 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 6, at Coginchaug High School, it’s “back to the drawing board” for board members. “Everything is on the table,” added Superintendent Susan Viccaro. So what’s going to be looked at? When asked about reconsidering the teacher that was added after parents

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spoke up about class size concerns over the course of developing the budget, Hennick said it’s not what he thinks but what the 10 board members think altogether. “We added that teacher in response to a lot of residents coming forward and supporting it,” he said. Then comes the question of staff give-backs, but “a contract is a contract,” Norm Hicks said. “If we came out with a surplus, would we distribute it to the employees? So why should we take it out on them?” While some questions have yet to be answered, the board can expect to hear See Budget, page 26

Big news in a small town: Responding to H1N1 flu By Stephanie Wilcox Town Times A confirmed case of swine flu, or H1N1 flu, in a Middlefield child is big news for a small town. Big enough for major news networks and print media to attend a community-wide forum on the topic with representatives from the Connecticut Department of Health (DPH), Board of Education, personnel from the school district and town health officials. “We’re here tonight for an information session so we can talk about the facts that have been going on the last couple of weeks,” said Region 13 health director and Durham physician Dr. Brad Wilkinson at the forum on Monday, May 4. “We feel, naturally, this is a very important issue that needs to be addressed with common sense and all the facts on the table.” Dr. Wilkinson was joined at the podium by Region 13

Superintendent Susan Viccaro, state epidemiologist Dr. Matthew Cartter of the DPH, and school liaison to the DPH, Debbye Rosen. Before questions and comments, which ranged from extremely positive to extremely negative on the way the local case was handled, the speakers brought everyone up to date on the specifics of the case. According to Dr. Wilkinson, two weeks ago, after vacationing in Mexico, a child who attends John Lyman School in Middlefield came down with symptoms of the flu. She was subsequently diagnosed, but never returned to school after the vacation. She was treated with Tamiflu and antiviral medications, as was a sibling, who eventually did return to school. The child who was affected has been a-symptomatic for eight days as of Monday, Wilkinson said, and “using CDC (Center for Disease Control) guidelines,

the child can return to school tomorrow.” He then added, “Every decision Sue Viccaro has made has been in close concert with the DPH in what has been sometimes minute-byminute advice.” Dr. Cartter, who has been with the DPH for 25 years and has connections with a child in District 13, felt he was the right person to attend the forum to answer questions. “This is a difficult time, I understand that, for parents,” he said. “We’ve learned so much in the last 12 days, and we ask for your patience as we share the information we know with you. I understand not everyone will agree with the DPH’s decisions.” He went on to say that influenza, or flu, is a very specific illness, and is not like the common cold. Connecticut’s season for the flu is generally between November and the end of February into

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Cade Buckheit, above, waits in the outfield for some action on Opening Day of the Coginchaug Little League on Saturday, May 2. The season is now in full swing at fields around Durham and Middlefield. See more photos of Opening Day on pages 32-33. March, so there are many seasonal flu cases going on right now. Every year, about 36,000 Americans die from the flu, and 15 to 20 percent of the population comes down with it, he said. In Connecticut, one to two kids die each year from the flu. When H1N1 flu was declared a public health emergency last Sunday, one of the biggest questions was See Flu, page 11

In this issue ... Calendar ........................4-5 Devil’s Advocate .......17-24 Durham Briefs ..........14-17 Libraries.........................35 Middlefield Briefs .....12-14 Mini Pages .................43-44 Obituaries ......................32 Spotlight .........................31 Summer Options .......36-37

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The United Churches of Durham will hold their annual giant tag sale on Saturday, May 9, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Proceeds will benefit the summer mission trip. There will be many items, including crafts, antiques, a bake sale, lunch items and more. To reserve a table, call the church office at (860) 3493683. Arts and crafts tables are limited to 12 spaces and are available at $30 each to qualified crafters. The cost to all other tag sellers is 10 percent of their total sales. This sale will be held rain or shine, in the parking lot or fellowship hall of the United Churches, 228R Main St. in Durham.

Memorial Day parade The 2009 Durham Memorial Day Parade will take place on Monday, May 25. The pa-

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rade will step off at 9:15 a.m. at the corner of Haddam Quarter Road and Main Street, and then continue down Main Street to the Durham Town Green. Parade participants should assemble at the corner between 8:15 and 8:30 a.m. The parade will take place rain or shine.

Immediately following the parade there will be a ceremony at the Town Green honoring our nation’s servicemen and servicewomen. If you have any questions concerning the parade, please contact parade chairman Bob Francis at (860) 3490881.

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. *** Summer hours are from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Call for prices and information on new summer programs. *** Tot Time Every Thursday from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Contact Terry Wickwire at (860) 349-1139 for information. *** American Red Cross CPR Program on Tuesday, May 12, from 6 to 9 p.m. This program is open to the public for $65 per person. *** Early Dismissal On May 22, the Center will be open from 12:30 to 5:30 to accommodate D-13 early dismissal. *** This year, DMYFS is now offering “Theme Week” that will begin July 1 and ending Aug. 28. Call David Melchionne or Nicole Milardo at (860) 349-0258 for more info. *** 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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For Mother’s Day: Changes over the years

As Karen’s children grow and her daughter Leann moves away to college, she seems to have reached that

stage where the logistics of being a mother are less overwhelming, and she can appreciate those small moments as well. “Now that they are older and more independent, you can watch them go out in the world and interact with others in a way that makes you proud. They have become very compassionate; they do things that follow their interests, but at the same time, they are very considerate.” For Marilyn, her generational perspective has allowed her to appreciate the person her granddaughter Lilly is already becoming. “(My daughter) Alexandra is a very funny person with a great sense of comedy,” says Marilyn. “As a preschool aged child, she would follow me in

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For obvious reasons, I will never fully understand or appreciate what it is to be a mom. Being a mom is a full time job that requires a wide range of skills, patience and energy; a job that seemingly never ends. So what does a person do to gain an understanding of motherhood: go on Google, or ask an expert in the subject? Karen Meiman is a mother of three, all of whom are teenagers; her daughter Leann, 19; her daughter Elizabeth, 17; and her son Geoffrey, 13. According to Karen, one of the most frustrating aspects of being a mother is working out the scheduling and finding enough time in the day for everything. Speaking of her children when they were younger, Karen said, “We tried to encourage them to be active in church, school, sports, Boy and Girl Scouts. In addition to this, every one of them was dependent on me for a ride and for all of their meals. When you become a parent, you never get a break; not until they move away.” Marilyn Keurajian definitely agrees with that. Marilyn

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Durham Historical The Durham Historical Society will meet tonight at 7:30 p.m. in the Centre Schoolhouse. Everyone is welcome to attend. Dan LaRosa Project Graduation will present Dan LaRosa, hypnotist, at 7 p.m. at the high school. Tickets are $8 at the door. Cogin-Chuggers The Durham Cogin-Chuggers will hold the “Anything Goes” dance at Brewster School from 8 to 10:30 p.m. Steve Garrett will be the caller and Sue Lucibello will be the cuer. Donation is $6 per person. For information, call (203) 235-1604, (860) 3498084 or visit Crude Independence The Wesleyan-CFPA volunteer student organization is presenting Crude Independence, by Wesleyan senior Noah Hutton, at 7:30 p.m. in the Exley Science Center. Noah will speak before the film and have a question and answer session after. Tickets are $5 for CFPA members, $7 seniors, $10 non-members. If you join CFPA ($35 membership), you get in for free. Wesleyan students are free.


May 9 Culminating Celebration Feet to the Fire, an 18month project, will end in a celebration at the CFA Theater on the Wesleyan campus beginning at 8 p.m. Excerpts from commissioned works by students and faculty, final projects by students and a video of activities that took place over the course of this project will be showcased in this celebration. Free admission. Postal Food Drive Leave your canned food donations at your mailbox today and your letter carrier will pick it up for delivery to the local food banks. Giant Tag Sale The United Churches of Durham, 228R Main St., will hold a tag sale from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be many items, including crafts, antiques, a bake sale, lunch items and more. To reserve a

table, call (860) 349-3683. Tea for Two Tea For Two or More, sponsored by the Middlefield Women’s Club, will be held from 10 a.m. to noon at the Middlefield Community Center. Moms of all generations and children ages 3-10, can dress up and come for crafts, sweet treats and, of course, tea and more for $5 per person. Call Nina Mink at (860) 349-3145 for necessary reservations. Tiny Tots Fair Killingworth Nursery School Association will hold their Tiny Tots Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Killingworth Congregational Church, Route 81 in Killingworth. The fair will feature Mother’s Day crafts, silent auction, raffles, food and refreshments. Admission is 50 cents. Wesleyan Potters Wesleyan Potters’ spring festival and sale will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 350 South Main St. in Middletown. View and purchase ceramics, fiber arts, basketry and jewelry/metalsmithing. There will be demonstrations and studio tours. Light refreshments will be served. Admission is free. For info, call (860) 347-5925 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. or visit Touch-a-Truck The Middlefield Volunteer Fire Department will have a touch a truck fundraiser with trucks of all shapes and sizes lined up for your inspection. The Lions will be selling their wonderful Durham Fair minidonuts. The Over the Hill Gang will present a classic car show. There will be special appearances by the Storm Team 8 mobile weather station, the Magic of Christopher, Rocky the mascot for the New Britain Rock Cats and FTO Racing. Admission is $5, kids under three are free. Japanese Garden Tour Stephen Morrell, designer of the Freeman Family Japanese Garden, will be available for questions during “open days” from 10 a.m.

to noon at the gardens at the Mansfield Freeman Center for East Asian Studies, 343 Washington Terrace in Middletown. Call (860) 685-2330 for more information. Plant/Tag Sale Project Graduation will host a plant, tag and sporting goods sale at Strong School from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call Jean at (860) 262-4656 or Kari at (860) 349-3896 for info. Pig Roast Boy Scout Troop 27 is holding the second annual pig roast and family day from 4 to 8 pm. at the United Churches of Durham’s lower parking lot and picnic pavilion. Come out and try your skills at fire building, orienteering, knot tying, Dutch oven cooking and more. Live Music “BluesGrass,” an acoustic duo featuring local musician Jon Swift on upright bass and vocals and Mark White on guitar, harmonica and vocals, will perform a mix of bluegrass and blues at Perk on Main, 6 Main St. in Durham, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call (860) 349-5335 for information. 4-H Auction Enjoy an auction at the Middlesex County Extension Center, 1066 Saybrook Rd. in Haddam. The auction preview begins at 2 p.m. There will be refreshments available. The auction begins at 4 p.m. Call (860) 982-1366 for info.


May 10 Korean Drumming Spend an evening at the World Music Hall on the Wesleyan campus at 7 p.m. experiencing pangut, a kind of pungmulnori, which is a Korean folk music tradition that includes drumming, dancing and singing. For info, call (860) 685-3355 visit Mother’s Day Walk Potapaug Audubon presents a “Mother’s Day Spring Migrant Birdwatching Walk” at Hammonasset State Park in Madison at 8 a.m. with leader Robert Braunfield, naturalist. Meet at Meig’s Point Nature Center parking lot. For info on this free program, call (860) 873-1165. Mother’s Day Service Join the Cross Street Ame Zion Church, 440 West St. in Middletown, for a special 10

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a.m. Mother’s Day worship service with guest preacher Rev. Edith Holloman. For info, call (860) 344-9527. Eckankar Worship The theme this month at Eckankar Temple, Rt. 66 and Harvestwood Rd. in Middlefield, is “How do We Know When God Speaks to Us?” All are welcome. The 10 a.m. service includes uplifting music and inspirational talks to awaken spiritual understanding in everyday life. For information, visit or call (860) 346-2226.

and $35 for non members. BKPTA The Brewster Korn Parent Teacher Association meets at 6:30 p.m. at Korn School. Job Help Jan Melnik, MRW, CCM, CPRW, is the featured speaker for “Strategies for Finding Your Next Job and Interviewing Successfully” at 6:15 p.m. at the Russell Library, 123 Broad St. in Middletown. Register by calling (860) 347-2520.


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. Healthcare Workshop The Coginchaug Valley Education Foundation presents “Your Healthcare and Your Health Insurance” as part of their “What’s on Your Mind” series, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Durham library. Panelists include Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield president Dave Fusco; managing vice president for the insurance team at Gartner, Robert Booz; and ProHealth physician and senior vice president Karen PossidenteLeiberger. There will be a question and answer session, and light refreshments will be served. For info, email Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Middletown Senior Center, 150 William St., offers a support group for grandparents raising grandchildren the second Wednesday of each month at 10 a.m. Call the center at (860) 344-3513 for information. Eucharist Healing Service The Church of the Epiphany, 196 Main St., in Durham, will hold a Eucharistic and healing service each Wednesday at 9 a.m. Call (860) 349-9644 for info. Workplace Wellness The Middlesex Chamber of Commerce will present a panel discussion on preventing the stressors of a changing economy from affecting your workplace. This program will take place at the

May 11 Tip a Fireman Members of the Durham Volunteer Fire Company will work with employees of the Wallingford Applebee’s and assist servers and hosts by performing their tasks; in return, Applebee’s customers will have the option to “Tip-A-Firefighter.” Donations received by the Fire Company will be used to benefit their Length of Service Rewards Program. For info, call (860) 349-9112. Memorial Parents The Memorial School Parent Council will meet at 7 p.m. in the media center. Graceful Aging The Village at South Farms senior living community, 645 Saybrook Rd. in Middletown, will hold a brown bag lunch presentation on graceful aging. Programs will be held at 12:15 p.m. on the second Monday of each month. Today’s topic is “Friends & Friendships.” The series is free and open to the public. Participants are encouraged to bring a bag lunch. Dessert and beverages will be provided. Please RSVP by calling The Village at South Farms at (860) 3448788.


May 12 Business Seminar The Middlesex Chamber of Commerce morning business seminar, held at 393 Main St. in Middletown, will discuss the importance of building business value. Call the Chamber at (860) 347-6924 for information or to register. Cost is $25 for members


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Friday, May 8, 2009 (Continued from page 4) Crowne Plaza Hotel in Cromwell, registration and hot breakfast buffet begins at 7:30 a.m. Tickets are $15 per person available by calling (860) 347-6924 or e-mailing


May 14

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Strong Pride and Spirit Come to Strong Middle School to view student work on display throughout the school after 7 p.m. Also, the Integrated Day Share Fair will feature work of ID students in grades K-8 at Lyman School from 6-8 p.m.

May 15 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. every Friday. Contact Kirk Hagert at (860) 349-5626 for more info. Blood Drive Coginchaug High School will host a blood drive today.

Call 1-800-GIVE LIFE to make an appointment. Fajita Fest The Spanish Honor Society at CRHS will host its ninth annual Fajita Fiesta at the CRHS cafeteria from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Enjoy delicious food from Jalapeno Heaven, a Mariachi trio, silent auction and a Mexican market. Dinner includes fajitas, quesadillas, rice, beans, chips and salsa, dessert and drinks. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for

students and senior citizens, children five and under eat for free. Reserve tickets by calling Marilyn Horn at (860) 349-7215, ext 264.


May 16 Giant Tag Sale Middlefield Lions will hold a giant tag sale on the corner of Main Street and Cherry Hill Road from 8:30 to 3 p.m.

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The Art Guild of Middletown will meet tonight at 7 p.m. at the Middlefield Federated Church, 390 Main St., Middlefield and will feature an oil painting demonstration by Nancy C. Marshall. Members are reminded to bring their work for the painting-of-the month contest. The public is invited and welcome. Refreshments will be served. A donation of $3 is suggested for non-Art Guild members.



Church Program The Church of the Epiphany presents the “3D Plan/Journey to Wholeness” at 9:30 a.m. in the parish hall, on Main Street in Durham. This on-going program is for eating right, living well, and loving God. The 3D plan will help you to make gradual changes that are positive and permanent. Farmers’ Market Come to the Durham Green today and every Thursday from 3 to 6 p.m. The market will feature local produce, spices, flowers, dairy products, baked goods and more. Children’s Coalition The Middlesex Coalition

for Children’s May meeting features reports on local issues and programs from Wesleyan University researchers and will be held from 9 to 10 a.m. at deKoven House, 27 Washington St. in Middletown. The public is invited to attend.


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District 13 BOE discusses swine flu, athletic fields, healthy food By Stephanie Wilcox Town Times

who was exposed while vacationing in Mexico, did not attend school this week so the exposure to other students is minimal. Taking all things into consideration, health officials have not recommended that the district close schools at this time, she said. In the event that a case is confirmed positive and the child had attended school (which is not the case in District 13), the recommendation is that the school close for seven days. This, Viccaro said, could have huge implications on the end of the school year because graduation is set and there are only two “extra” days in the

After a day of phone calls with the news media and health officials, Superintendent Susan Viccaro reported to the Board of Education during their Wednesday, April 29 meeting what she knew and what actions the district is taking in response to the probable case of swine flu, or H1N1, in a Middlefield elementary-aged child, announced earlier that day. “It’s a probable case – that’s a big underscore,” she said. “It is not a confirmed case at this time.” Viccaro said the child,


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school calendar. Viccaro said she is staying in touch with and getting updated information from the Middlefield Department of Health. “All of us who have been in touch are on the same page,” said Viccaro. “We are following directives from the state Department of Public Health, and we could get a different recommendation tomorrow.” In the meantime, the district has taken precautions by spraying disinfectants on all school fixtures, door knobs, fountains, etc., which Viccaro later learned wouldn’t make much of a difference. In response to a question from the board about publication of the child’s name if the case was in fact confirmed positive, Viccaro said most likely it would, but from DPH or other officials and not from the district because of HIPPA and privacy laws. The board also asked about the well-being of the child, to which Viccaro could only answer that she knows the child is being treated appropriately. Athletic fields update Building Committee chair Bill Currlin updated the board on finding an architect/engineering firm for the athletic fields projects. The committee received several submissions for the Request

For Qualifications and Request For Proposals that were sent out for the work at the athletic fields (not including wells and roofs), and narrowed them down to six who were interviewed and looked into extensively. Though not the lowest bidder by $9,000, the committee settled on CHA Sports, a company from Rocky Hill “because they are highly rated, had a good presentation and we felt comfortable with them,” Currlin explained. Viccaro added, “We wanted to make sure the people we’d be working with would be a good fit with the district. (CHA Sports) is over the top and had impeccable references.” Currlin finished by saying the company would make the final designs, such as soil testing, and would make the final drawings, which would included bleachers, courts, lights, etc., for the committee to present to the Planning and Zoning Commission and the Inland Wetlands and Watercourses Agency. He also said the company will likely be able to complete the majority of the projects by next spring and summer, weather and any problems permitting. “We want to do it properly, and I’d like (the fields) to last more than 30 years,” Currlin stated. A motion was

made to accept the committee’s recommendation to appoint CHA Sports and all members were in favor. The board also approved the Building Committee’s plans and cost estimates on roof projects at John Lyman and Memorial schools, pegged at $800,000 and $1,220,000 respectively. Finally, the board voted to appoint Paul Sutterlin and Paul Haberern as new members to the Building Committee. Healthy Foods Certification program Business manager Ron Melnik informed the board that the Healthy Food Certification program, an incentive for schools to provide healthy food options, is on the table again for the board to decide if they want to participate. He said the program is fundamentally the same this year, with the exception of a decrease from 10 cents to 5 cents on money given to the school per meal. Melnik explained that if the district follows state guidelines of portion and content, they will receive (now) 5 cents on every regularly priced meal. He said the district has never accepted the guidelines because the money the district brings in from the program is no more than what they lose from not doing bake

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diming” the budget even further down.

While the Middlefield Board of Finance is still in the process of finalizing the budget for 2009-2010, the town’s net budget currently comes out to $4,050,000, a decrease of $55,000 from the Board of Selectmen’s original proposal. Factoring in the school budget, the board currently expects to set a mill rate of 26.52 – an increase of .6 of a mill from the 2008-2009 budget. However, Board chairwoman Ellen Waff noted that the board plans on “nickel and

Furthermore, outside funding is currently anticipated to remain at roughly the same level of 2008-2009, which would be $3.3 million; $135,000 of this will come from the town’s fund balance, a decrease from the $150,000 used for the current fiscal year. However, the biggest portion of outside funding comes from the state ECS grant for the school, at around $2 million. In light of this, Waff was reluctant to give a definitive amount on the outside funds coming into the town. She felt

Local school security funds restored Lesser’s support in this endeavor,” said Viccaro. “The security grant will strengthen District 13 by providing security cameras and buzzers at the entrance to every building. In addition, this will provide significant enhancement of our communication systems in two schools with very antiquated systems,” Viccaro added.

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Although funding may remain the same, the average taxpayer with an estimated property value of $190,000 should still expect a $150 increase in taxes due to the increased mill rate. The budget will be presented to the town on Monday, May 11, but the board intends on recessing the meeting until Monday, June 1, according to Board of Finance chair Ellen Waff, to give townspeople the required 15 days to review the budget beforehand. Locally grown and/or produced fruits, vegetables, dairy products, baked goods, shellfish, maple syrup, ice cream, spice blends, kettle corn, fresh flowers, and heirloom plants are available at the Durham Farmers’ Market, Thursdays, from 3 to 6 pm, May through September, on the Durham Town Green on Route 17. Visit

The CT Farm-City Committee presented a plaque of appreciation for service to the Farm-City program to the Greenbacker’s farm of Durham. The Greenbackers opened their farm to local elementary children. The students learned about soils, raising calves and milking cows, the 3-A-Day nutrition program and played an agricultural jeopardy game. Students, teachers and chaperones were treated to delicious, healthy snacks of Cabot cheese, Guida’s Dairy milk and apples from Lyman Orchards. FarmCity is sponsored by the CT Agricultural Education Foundation. Learn more about agricultural education in Connecticut by visiting the website Pictured is Sydney Mintz, Farm-City Committee member, presenting a plaque of appreciation to Melissa and Joe Greenbacker of Brookfield Farm in Durham. Photo submitted by Sydney Mintz


State Representative Matt Lesser (D-Durham, Middlefield and Middletown) announced that security grant funding for District 13 schools has been restored in the 2009 budget. Superintendant Susan Viccaro received a $127,000 check this month. “This is a great victory for Durham and Middlefield,” Rep. Lesser said. “I am pleased to have worked with legislative leadership to get this funding restored.” Regional District 13 was scheduled to receive $127,000 from the state’s security grant program this year. In January the Governor proposed cutting $2,000,000 from this program, which would have halted scheduled school upgrades. “This grant is a huge step in upgrading our security in all six of our schools, and we are most appreciative of Rep.

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vocal regarding my Parents must be equally appreciation for your particin the meeting. kept informed; ipation Thank you. Monday Joe Millo, Durham meeting a good Thank you, start Bernie Fields To Susan Viccaro, Thank you for attending the meeting at CRHS on Monday evening. It was a spirited meeting for all who attended, and I appreciated your comments regarding the need for better communication in these types of situations. From the start, my focus has been on the need for us, as parents in the district, to be kept informed so that we can make the appropriate decisions for our families. I was very vocal in stating my dissatisfaction with the situation over the past week, so I think it only fair to be

To the Editor, The members of the Middlesex County 4-H Advisory Committee would like to express their gratitude to the Field’s family and Bernie Field’s Jewelers for their continuing support of the 4-H program in Middlesex County. Starting with Bernie and Helen Fields, followed by Marty and his son Alan, this family-owned business has supported our annual auction for decades; yes, for decades. They have a million reasons to be proud of all they have contributed to their community, thus mak-

Letters policy The Town Times intends to present a forum for the lively exchange of ideas and issues. To facilitate the publication of your contributions, several guidelines should be followed. Letters to the editor must be signed, with a phone number included. The writer will be called to confirm authorship. No anonymous letters will be printed. Contributions by any individual or group will not be published more frequently than once a month. Every effort will be made to print all letters received. However, the selection and date of publication will be at the discretion of the editor. Finally, the opinions expressed by our letter writers are not necessarily those of this newspaper. Deadline: Tuesday noon for Friday publication.

ing the world a better place for youth. Through abundant times as well as lean times, we knew we could count on a wonderful donation from them for our annual auction to raise funds for the youth of the county. Even when the business moved away from Middletown, this family continued their support. This year the Middlesex County 4-H Advisory Committee’s auction will be held on May 9 at the Haddam Cooperative Extension Center, and this committee is proud to offer as one of the many donations from local business a final donation from Bernie Field’s Jewelers. We wish the whole Fields family all the best in their future endeavors, and say “thank you” from the bottom of our hearts. You all have indeed “Made the Best Better” for Middlesex County. The Middlesex County 4-H Advisory Committee, including Kathy Naples, chairman, Kathy Ciarlo of Durham, Alice Frascatore of Middlefield and others

For my mom On a special day to celebrate the exceptional women in our lives, I want to take the opportunity to thank my mother. She has always been an essential person in my life, giving everything she

has without hesitation. She is my guiding star, companion and friend. As I mature into a young adult, I’m amazed at how our relationship grows and changes with our evolving lives. Discovering my place in the world is difficult and intimidating, but I know I can face any obstacle with my mother by my side. To my mother, my biggest cheerleader — I love you, Sharon Dahlmeyer. Rachel Dahlmeyer, Durham

School board chairman seeks re-election Regional School District 13 Board of Education chairman Thomas Hennick is running for re-election to the board at the annual Town Budget meeting on Monday, May 11, at 8 p.m. in the Coginchaug Regional High School auditorium. A member of the board since July of 2002, Hennick has been the chairman since July of 2007. A former journalist, Hennick is the Public Education Officer at the State Freedom of Information Commission. He has been an active participant in District 13 since the first of his three daughters entered kindergarten in 1991. In 1997, he was honored with an

award for volunteerism at Korn School. He has also coached several recreationlevel athletic teams. Since joining the board, Hennick has worked to streamline and make more transparent the budget process. Mindful of the board’s dual role as a board of education and, in essence, a board of finance, Hennick always tries to balance the needs of the students with the needs of all taxpayers. He also has initiated long range planning measures. “As chairman, I have tried very hard to let all opinions be heard, to moderate debates even-handedly, and to do my best to make sure every point of view is considered,” Hennick said. “I believe my colleagues would tell you that I have been fair and have worked very hard to contribute.” A Naugatuck native, Hennick is a member of the Naugatuck Savings Bank Board of Corporators and a member of the Board of Directors of the Middlesex Pool and Tennis Club in Middletown. He is a 1972 graduate of the Taft School in Watertown, Ct. and a 1976 graduate of Brown University in Providence, R.I. If re-elected, Hennick will serve until June 30, 2012. Ona McLaughlin, Durham More letters on page 10.

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Friday, May 8, 2009


Strategic Planning: Setting a new course

The dilemma of balancing the state budget

Regional School Disaction teams will be trict 13 has just comon Thursday, May Amy Emory, Director of pleted the first plan28, from 6-7 p.m. in Special Services ning session for our the CRHS cafeteria. fourth five-year DisDuring that meettrict Strategic Plan. A ing, each action group of 29 teachers, adteam will determine ministrators, support its own schedule for staff, Board of Educafuture meetings. tion members, parents and students If you are interested in serving on met for approximately 27 hours over one of the action teams, please comthe course of three days to revise the plete the form found on the back of District’s mission, objectives, param- the Strategic Plan brochure on the eters and strategies to set the course District website ( and for the next five years. The District send it back to Carol Luckenbach at Strategic Plan can be found on the Brewster School, 126 Tuttle Road, District website in its entirety at Durham, CT 06422 or email her at, and readers are by May 15, strongly encouraged to review the to indicate your first and second new and exciting direction set out by choices of action teams. We may not the planning team. be able to accommodate every person The next step in this process is to who expresses an interest, but we will convene action teams that will meet do our best to create balanced action for approximately 20 hours over the teams that represent a variety of next several months to develop action stakeholders. We hope you will conplans that will allow us to implement sider joining us as we move forward the strategies. The first meeting of the in the process.

All the parties to the vocates have procurrent state budget posed a one percent crisis — Governor, increase in this tax General Assembly, Dewith half of that inmocrats, Republicans crease going back to and economists — our towns in order to agree on one necessary reduce the pressure step to balance the on the property tax. budget, namely, that The most discussed our state will need to tax increase proposal go beyond substantial relates to the estabspending cuts to raise lishment of a graduattaxes. As much as your ed income tax to reelected representaplace the current five State Senator Ed Meyer tives do not like to say percent flat income it publicly and openly, tax. The proposed the undisputed conclugraduated rate is spesion is that the projectcific: 5.5 percent on ined budget deficit of comes over $250,000, 6 about $9 billion is so percent on incomes huge that it cannot be over $500,000, 6.5 perbalanced without an increase in tax cent on incomes over $750,000 and 6.95 revenue. percent on incomes over $1 million. A The question then becomes what is graduated income tax was approved the fairest and least harmful tax or tax- by the General Assembly a couple of es to raise. We are looking at several al- years ago, but vetoed by the Governor ternatives. First, there is a proposal to under very different circumstances raise corporate taxes by 30 percent and than exist today. to sunset that increase at three years. The tax debate has disclosed a real The argument is made that Connecti- travesty in that portion of our tax law cut’s corporate taxes are at the middle relating to estates. Connecticut curlevel in the country and so this is a tax rently exempts from estate taxes the burden that could be reasonably car- first $2 million of an estate. However, ried. Second, there is a proposal to this exemption is deceptive because if eliminate some of the many tax credits an estate is valued at $1 over the $2 that have been granted to our busi- million exemption, the estate tax apnesses. The opposition contends that plies all the way back to the first dollar the current tax credits are one of the of the estate and so the exemption is few incentives for the preservation totally lost. In the next session, I will and growth of businesses in Connecti- introduce a bill to address that travescut. Clearly, any elimination of tax ty and ensure the validity of the excredits should also have a sunset. emption. Surprisingly, there has been some Your views on any of the above support for an increase in the six per- would be appreciated as we try to reach cent sales tax. Even a half percent in- a budget resolution by the end of the crease in that tax yields a large current legislative session on June 3. amount of new revenue. A sales tax in- Senator Meyer can be reached by crease would still keep us competitive email at or with our neighboring states. Some ad- by phone at (860) 240-0455.

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Over the past sevSite Plan looks for eral years our articles Dr. Steve Wysowski, principal, ways to embrace varabout Coginchaug Coginchaug High School ious members of the have focused primariCoginchaug commuly on programs and nity. In an effort to initiatives that occur satisfy that action during our students’ plan, we have recenttime with us. What ly made attempts to we should also make mention of is initiate an “alumnae program” that the success that our students have will include former students who experienced in their lives after have graduated so that we may still Coginchaug. We have a statistic that keep in touch with them. Currently we have made public that documents we are formulating plans and gatherhow over 40 percent of our students ing ideas, and we have an alumnus are accepted to the nation’s most dif- who is spearheading attempts to ficult schools to gain admittance to. reach graduates and help plan The Guidance Department used Bar- events that will draw in and keep forron’s Guide to Leading Colleges and mer classmates together. A suggesUniversities, a prominent national tion has been made to invite our publication, to justify that fact. alumnae back when the new athletic Taking that positive statistic a bit fields and track are completed. We further, we learned through surveys have just started discussing how that our graduates generally felt ex- that would look and how the alumtremely well prepared in basic skills nae might get involved with the for the rigors of life after Cogin- opening of those facilities. Other dischaug. They reported that they felt cussions have included finding some less stress than their peers at the way to invite alumnae back to take post-secondary level in demonstrat- part in the Durham Fair. These ing their writing and math skills. plans, currently in the discussion Graduates report that they were bet- phase, might include having a tent at ter prepared than their fellow college the fair that welcomes back alumnae classmates for those challenges in and looks to have them create ways college. This information boasts of that they can stay in touch and plan how our programs in Region 13 have for future events. At this time, the carried over to our students’ later plans sound exciting and offer a lives, but we now want to highlight great deal of promise. some possibilities for our alumnae Of course, we cannot forget the currently in the planning stages! alumnae who currently live nearby Our graduates are one component and offer their services frequently of our school community whom we for the improvement of the facilities have recently attempted to include in our short range plans. Our recent See Graduates, page 12

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Thoughts on H1N1 influenza and Middlefield Stephanie Wilcox reWhat a busy, frightening, informative Dr. Matthew Huddleston, counts the meeting, and uncertain two Middlefield Health Director and I’ll try not repeat. However, so that weeks. As town health we’re all on the same director, as a physipage, let me retell the cian, as a member of sequence of events. this community and Two weeks ago a new type of flu as a father of children in the school district, I have had a complex view of was recognized in Mexico – the now events as they unfolded, and I would called Novel H1N1 influenza (also like to share a perspective and some termed Swine flu, or Swine-Origin influenza). As you know, this outbreak suggestions. Monday night Dr. Matt Cartter, epi- coincided with our April school vacademiologist for the state Department tion, when many Connecticut famiof Public Health, spoke at Coginchaug lies visited Mexico and many other Regional High School and clearly out- families traveled on airplanes carrylined the brief history of this epidemic. In her article from May 4, See Influenza, page 12

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“Do we keep schools open or not?” he said. “Schools don’t close for seasonal influenza, and the reason is because closing them doesn’t change the course or transmission of the epidemic,” he explained. “You would have to close all schools for four to six weeks, which is a burden on families and the structure of society.” He reported that the CDC last week said that schools should consider closing if a child with a confirmed case did attend school. He then noted that every school in the state that has closed has done so on their own and not by recommendation of the DPH. He continued, “There certainly is logic to closing schools, but what happens is parents will stop telling the truth about whether their kid is sick or not. They will stop saying they went to Mexico, and we need this flow of communication.” At this point, Viccaro stepped in to explain the process that has gone on since learning of the swine flu case from Middlefield’s director of

health, Dr. Matthew Huddleston. “I said, ‘What does this mean and give me some advice,’” Viccaro shared. She then spoke with Debbye Rosen. “My first question was should I close the school…my second question had to do with the sibling because I knew it would be a major concern for parents,” she said. Viccaro was not advised to close the school because the child had no exposure in school after returning from Mexico. She also said the family chose to keep the sibling home last Monday and Tuesday on their own. Even so, there were many questions from the audience having to do with the sibling. Lynn Stanwood, whose daughter is in class with the sibling, said she wasn’t looking for the school to close, but “it would have been prudent to quarantine the sibling.” But Dr. Cartter responded that because influenza is so easily transmitted, keeping the sibling home doesn’t do enough. “Quarantine is not recommended for influenza because it doesn’t control the spread,” he stated. He went on to say that a sibling who is non-symptomatic, is on Tami-

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and programs in Regional School District 13. Many of these graduates have children in the system currently and find ways to continue that great tradition of community involvement. It is that quality alone that sets this district apart from many others. Our students learn how to interact positively with their community while they are with us, and they take that experience with them when they leave us, hopefully to return someday and continue adding to the richness of a district that “honors tradition, and welcomes change.”

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Influenza (Continued from page 9) ing passengers returning from that country. One Middlefield family returned from Mexico and, over the weekend of April 25-26, the younger child developed a febrile illness. The family consulted their physician who obtained a swab positive for type A influenza and started the child on oseltamavir (Tamiflu). Although the illness was mild – a few days of fever and a brief cough – the family appropriately did not send the child back to school. The other members of this family consulted their physicians and were placed on prophylactic oseltamavir. The father and older sibling remained (and continue thus far to remain) without symptoms. The mother became ill but tested influenza negative. The initial test detected

type A influenza. What does that mean? Every year we experience a wave of type A and type B influenza, and, as Dr. Cartter noted, this every-year epidemic (regular seasonal flu) results in the death of one to two children in our state. On a national level, during the 2007-2008 influenza season, 83 pediatric deaths were attributed to influenza, with at least one in Connecticut. Ninety-two percent of those children who were over six months old (and thus eligible for the influenza vaccine) had not been vaccinated. H1N1 influenza is a new strain of type A influenza, and can be detected by our common screening tests. Why dwell on the numbers? Because every year we face risk, and respond to that risk with common sense measures such as keeping children home from school when ill, washing hands, and, ideally, getting vaccinated. Back to the case here in Middlefield. At the time of the

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first test, the child was a “suspected case” of H1N1 influenza: a person with a febrile illness within seven days of travel to a high-risk area. From the doctor’s office, the swab was sent to the state lab to determine if the influenza detected was regular seasonal influenza or “non-typable.” A nontypable result indicates that the virus being tested is not the common circulating type A influenza, but cannot confirm H1N1 influenza. On Wednesday, April 29, I, in my capacity as local health director, received notification from the state DPH that a child in our town had tested positive for non-typable type A influenza, with the history of travel as noted. At this point the child was a probable case according to the CDC definition, and the sample was sent to the CDC national lab for confirmatory testing. This last weekend, on May 2, the result from the CDC returned, with confirmed H1N1 influenza. So what happens? With a

non-typable test result, the state DPH contacts the local health director and the family. In Middlefield, as with many other small communities, we have a part-time health department. We have a sanitarian (Lee Vito does an excellent job) and a part-time health director (that would be me). The health director serves as advisor to the sanitarian (or, for larger towns, multiple sanitarians), receives notification of reportable illnesses within the town, weighs in on the occasional health question and receives pay from the state based on population. Like most part-time health directors, I am a physician with full-time clinical and teaching responsibilities. And like most part-time health directors, I realize that our current system is woefully inadequate to deal with large health crises. Thankfully, we have not yet had a large See Influenza, page 16


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16 Influenza (Continued from page 12) health crisis (and I hope that H1N1 does not become one), but the current situation does give us a taste of what could happen. So, on April 29, I was notified that a probable case of H1N1 influenza had been detected in a child in our town, that the child was doing well and had not returned to school. I was also informed that the child had an older sibling who was in school, and who had no symptoms of illness. Shortly thereafter the press started calling, even prior to the Governor’s announcement. Following protocol and common sense, I first consulted with the state DPH as to what this meant, contacted our sanitarian in case he started receiving calls, spoke with the Middlefield selectman’s office, spoke with the family in question, the principal involved and with the district school superintendent, Susan Vicarro. Let’s lay out the questions. First, should the school have been closed? As Dr.

Cartter said, no. The index case (the child who became ill) never went to school, and as such, per common sense, the school did not need to be closed. Thank goodness the parents were cautious and diligent in seeking appropriate care for their child, and thank goodness the child is well. Recommendations regarding school closure continue to evolve, but last week school closure was recommended if a suspected or probable case of H1N1 influenza (as in an ill child) had been present in the school. This never happened. Current recommendations are moving away from school closure (as not useful) toward heightened surveillance and appropriate isolation (in other words, if a school has a confirmed case in a student, the school might not be closed down but instead parents and the school would be on heightened look-out for illness, and all ill individuals would be isolated (remain at home for the duration of symptoms). When can the first child, the one who became ill, return to school? According to the CDC and best current understanding of the H1N1 virus, a child can safely re-

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matic contacts do not need to be quarantined. I have stayed awake at night thinking about this, and thinking about my own children (one of whom goes to the same school). Parents of children with asthma or immune concerns are right to question this recommendation, especially given that cases may be infectious up to 24 hours prior to the onset of symptoms. All of us, as parents, are right to be concerned first for the health of our own children, especially given the media swirl and the unknowns of the last two weeks. So here we have two issues, a recommendation, and the concern for how information gets out. Why is it that the CDC and state DPH do not recommend quarantine (the separation of healthy appearing people from the larger community based on exposure history)? Dr. Cartter gave one answer when he explained that when you start imposing quarantines, people stop disclosing exposure risk, your ability to detect cases in the community is hampered, and that, looking at past experience and at large numbers more than individuals, the epidemic is not lessened. That

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Student Opinion A Movie Review: Adventureland Editors-in-Chief: Meghan Woolley and Hannah Bober Contributors: Dan Bergstrom Hannah Bober Tyler Greenbacker Katelynn Hill Mackenzie Hurlbert Morgan Jacques

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Production: Meghan Woolley, Zach LaVigne, Mackenzie Hurlbert and Jennie Ochterski Advisors: Mr. Nate Fisher and Mrs. Sue VanDerzee The Devil’s Advocate is the Coginchaug High School newspaper. These pages are the creation and expression of the students. All students are welcome to contribute.

Everything You Never Wanted to Know About CRHS Teachers By Katelynn Hill As a freshman at Coginchaug Re- Miss Larsen was made fun of and gional High School, I quickly learned called names by a young boy named that our teachers are very original. I Henry, and she was so angry that am always fascinated by the per- she took action and punched the sonal goals or achievements that young boy in the stomach, causing brought these teachers to Cogin- him to throw up. Soon the mother of chaug. Over the past week I asked Henry yelled at Ms. Larsen at church some teachers at CRHS to share for punching her son. any embarrassing moments or stoWhen I talked to Mrs. Brickley, I ries about themselves that no one found out that she has been teachwould expect. ing nutrition and foods for 37 years. For example, Mr. Matt Thompson However, I didn’t know that she played a card soldier in the musical once taught an all-male senior Alice in Wonderland in college. Mr. class (17-18 years old) when she Thompson also worked at our local was only 21 years old. She had to Lyman Orchards when he was a lie and told the class that she was teenager. 35 years old. Mr. Kalberg, who played the saxMrs. Dunn ran an 800-meter ophone in fourth grade, was asked sprint/distance race and came in to leave the band by his band last, so she realized that running teacher because of his bad music wasn’t for her. She now hates losing skills, which is the reason he pur- in her tennis matches. sued sports. Another intriguing fact was that Miss Fernandez was terrified of Mrs. Selberg and her husband used sharks when she was little; she to perform 19th century dances in would have panic attacks at the full historic costume, but they now deep end of her pool. Her dad also enjoy theater lighting for young pertook her out of the soccer team be- forming arts groups instead. Also, cause whenever the ball came at when she was in high school, she her, she would scream and run was in an a capella group that made away from it. She spent most of her a record and was written up in the time picking flowers in the field in- New York Times. stead of playing. As I laugh and appreciate these I asked Madame Lejoly, “What’s stories being told to me, I realize that something interesting about you?” It all teachers seem to have one thing turns out that Madame has a very in common, a smirk on their faces unique taste in foods; one of her fa- and a facial expression of a memory vorite foods is “cow brain.” Sounds they’ll never forget. I soon realized delicious. that teachers at CRHS are not only One of my favorite stories was one looked upon as our teachers but as many could relate to. In third grade, people that we can all relate to.

By Pierce Watson Having the same director as the boisterous smash hit Superbad can never be a bad thing. The new movie Adventureland has director Greg Mottola, yet it sets up an expectation that is simply never fulfilled. Despite being a solidly entertaining and successful romantic comedy, Adventureland doesn’t bring the types of laughs the trailer seem to promise. However, as the credits roll, the overall quality of the movie is acknowledged. Taking place at a slightly dilapidated amusement park in Pittsburgh, PA, the main character, named James, is forced to take a job there to pay for graduate school. At the amusement park, he falls for a girl named Em, who unbeknownst to Jesse, has been sneaking around with the park’s handyman for a while. James,

played by Jessie Eisenberg, and Em, played by Kristen Stewart, both excel at their roles. However, the real stars of this flick are the park owners, husband and wife, played by Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig. Hader, who also worked with Mottola in Superbad, is the main source of comic relief in a movie saturated with tension. Martin Starr, who has been in movies such as Knocked Up, Superbad, and Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story, is an underrated actor who plays an amusing part as well. The movie is one I would definitely recommend to friends and family, while also warning them of the true nature of the film. Adventureland can be a lot of fun if you walk in with the correct expectations. Also, if you have a girlfriend, bring her to this movie.

AP Exams Will Be Over (Thank goodness!) by the Time You Read This By Hannah Bober Ladies and gentleman, it’s the moment you’ve all been waiting for. After months of trial and perseverance, the time has come for those select few students to “start their engines.” No, it’s not graduation time yet; our college level courses have come to collect our souls. AP. Few other letters hold so much power over seniors and juniors at CRHS. Monday, May 4, began this year’s series with a bureaucratic bang, featuring both a three-hour U.S. Government exam and a three-hour Comparative Government exam. The next exam is easy as pie, consisting of only one three-hour portion of Calculus. On Thursday, English students had better read up for their evaluation, and finally on Friday the young juniors make history (of the United States, of course). Finally, life continues after the following Monday’s completion of Biology. (You’ll have to excuse the puns as a side effect of Advancio placementio — AP syndrome.)

Ordinarily, tests are no big deal. Kids blow them off all the time. Most victims — I mean students — are finding the Advanced Placement exams slightly more stressful. With college credit (and therefore college money) at stake, everyone wants to do well. Whether the stress helps or not is an individual issue, but students have been known to spend quite some time preparing. Study parties abound, but it’s those dedicated eat-sleepand-breathe-if-there’s-time kids who really make an impression on the procrastinating type. There are even strategies suggested on College Board for “In-test” hints, the most useful of which I’ve found to be the Lion face. Once completed, however, the time spent studying matters very little in comparison to the full-fledged Senior Slide (which relieved juniors may very well slip down). To all those embarking in this journey: may the force be with you. Start your number two pencils, and begin to bubble-in.

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By Mackenzie Hurlbert In recent years senior gifts have ranged from picnic tables in the courtyard to brickwork by the chorus room, but this year’s proposal for the senior gift is especially meaningful. The class of 2009 plans to place a gazebo dedicated to Ally Palmisano by the picnic tables, but the proposal still has to be accepted by the Board of Education. The decision will be finalized by mid-May, and if it passes, the gazebo is planned to be finished by or shortly after graduation. The senior class council met Friday, April 17 after school, and plans for the senior gift were discussed. Already, fundraisers have been planned including an all-night walk-a-thon open to the community. Although the senior class has some funds saved up, they’ll need more money for the gazebo, and they will appreciate any donations towards the senior gift. Along with the gazebo, Dr. Wysowski and the senior class council plans to add a plaque honoring Ally. If you want to find out how you can help, contact Coginchaug principal Dr. Steve Wysowski or senior class advisors Mr. Robert Nemphos and Mr. Matt Thompson.

Junior Joe Oblon and senior Melissa Zanelli check out the offerings at the Senior Arts Showcase. Photo courtesy of Jan Wenzel

Senior Arts Showcase Held

By Dan Bergstrom Monday, April 6 was a night of and art teacher at CRHS Mrs. Jan successful exhibition for the Senior Wenzel . “Next year, we hope it will Arts Showcase where seniors from be even bigger though. There’s an CRHS were able to show off their idea going around of having senior talents in music and art. citizens in the community particiFrom 6 to 8 p.m., students pate with the CRHS seniors; it showed off music they might have would be seniors and seniors tonot been able to sing through the gether for the Senior Arts Showcurriculum and works of art they case.” had made on their own. Senior NaSeniors Liana Braga, Melissa talie Sabino said, “It was a fun night, Zanelli, Emily Ide, Lanya Staneika, and some students who I would not and Derek Casciano were among have thought to participate did.” some of the participants. Lanya “There was a lot of support and Staneika said, “I entered three participation among the students,” pieces, and I think they did fairly said co-organizer of the showcase well.”

Above, Jill Canalia, and below, Keith Johnson and Jack Grumm, enjoy the pie eating

The Senior picnic is usually a bright and sunny day, but this year it was not as sunny has some has hoped. Friday, May 1, was the senior picnic at Holiday Hill for the senior class. Every year the senior class goes to Holiday Hill as a class for a break from school and a celebration that school is almost over. Seniors look forward to this treat and getting the place whole place to our selves as a class. This year it was a little rainy on the day of the picnic. “Although it was raining, I felt we had an enjoyable time,” said senior Melissa Zanelli. “I think it went extremely well, no injuries, or complaints,” said Mrs. Wilda Castro, senior activity advisors for senior parking and picnic. “Everyone had a good time.” At Holiday Hill there were many different events and activities through out the day. “My favorite part was the egg and balloon toss. It was funny to watch every one, See Seniors, page 22

Seniors Cashing In On Scholarships By Natalie Sabino Seniors may have a case of se- sort. “I don’t want to write thirty esnioritis, but that doesn’t mean they says,” said senior Dan Bergstrom. are done preparing for college. “An online submission has College isn’t the cheapest thing, stopped me from filling out some and as a result seniors are current- applications,” said Brittany. “Havly working on scholarships. ing the paper application gives you Scholarship deadlines are com- more of a reminder.” ing up and some have passed. “It’s hard to find good scholarThere are a lot of different scholar- ships that match me,” said senior ships for seniors. Both national Chelsea Veranis. and local scholarships are availThere is a list of scholarships able. “A lot of students take advan- posted in senior homerooms, the tage of local scholarships,” said library, and the guidance office. guidance counselor Ms. Beth They are also at the guidance web Kendall “There’s not as much com- site. She also said that guidance petition with local scholarships.” counselors are encouraging jun“I’m trying to get all the money I iors to start thinking about scholarcan,” said senior Brittany Hill ships for next year. Something that has stopped stu“Free money is always good,” dents is the fact that most all appli- said senior James Carmichael. cations ask for an essay of some “Every one should do scholarships.”


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College Fair Inspires By Morgan Jacques

The first place 4x400 relay team includes junior Sheehan Michael, senior Mike Miller, junior Garri Saganenko, and senior Dan Nordstrom. Photo by Susan Michael

It’s always a good idea to know where you’re going and what you’re going to do after high school. Junior year is the best time to begin thinking about which college you want to attend, if you plan to. On Thursday, April 2, the Connecticut Expo Center in Hartford held a College Fair. Several hundred different colleges from all over the state and beyond Connecticut were represented there. 111 kids from schools throughout the state visited this fair and helped broaden their horizons of college by collecting the books and information cards representing different universities. Some of the different colleges set up at the fair included Bradley University, CT Air National Guard, Army National Guard, Lafayette College, Maine Maritime Academy, the University of Rhode Island and several Connecticut colleges such as Southern, Eastern and Central universities. At the fair, admission officers represented each school and gave out as much information as they could to students, trying to persuade them to attend their college and even just come by to check it out at a later tour. The students seemed to have a learned a lot from this experience. This National College fair travels from city to city across the country and influences many to shoot for the stars because a great college can make way for a great future.

‘It’s Still Rock ‘n’ Roll to Me’:Change Comes to the Music Industry

There’s no experience quite like a new CD. After staring at the artwork and track listing, you rip off the plastic wrap that covers the case. Then you pull off the stickers that seal the case, which ends with that annoying sticky glue being stuck to the case. Next you put the CD in your stereo, press play and enjoy. In the future, not many people will get this experience. The music industry is currently undergoing a transition, and the CD is being replaced by digital downloads. Musicians are moving their promotions online and using the ‘net to gather new fans and release new music. And now people are downloading music for free without worrying if they are supporting the artist or not. So, what will happen to the music industry? Right now the CD is slowly being replaced by digital versions of music, the most common being the MP3. CD sales are plummeting while the sale of digital downloads on sites such as iTunes are on the rise. This has both a good and bad effects on music. First of all, the MP3 has inferior audio quality when compared to the CD. The reason for this is that when the music is converted to MP3, some of the audio data is lost. This is done so that file sizes are kept small, and you can fit more songs on your MP3 player. To some people this loss of quality is not noticeable, but for others there is a huge difference. There are some audio formats that retain all of the quality of a CD, but the problem with them is that the resulting files are very large and not supported by a lot of MP3 players. But even though there is a loss of quality, MP3s are very useful. With

By Christopher Struchowski MP3s you can bring your whole mu- downloading music is fine, and that sic collection with you and not have only uploading of the music is illeto ever worry about swapping disks. gal. This is not true; both are illegal. One of the lesser-known prob- With the increase in downloading, lems with today’s world of MP3s the simple fact is that the industry and iPods is the way music is being has to change. Most artists on maproduced. If you listen to any CD jor labels are already making barely from the ‘80s or ‘70s you will notice any money at all from CD sales and that it is much quieter than today’s digital downloads. And it’s not from music. The reason for this volume low sales either; it’s that the artists change is that producers realized only make a couple of dollars from that if they made the music louder, each album sold. The money goes they could capture more people’s to the record company, and they attention when the song was played split the money between the artists on the radio. If the volume was the and all of the people who worked on only thing that was affected, then the album. However, most of the most people would be fine with this. money ends up going to the label itHowever, the problem is that with self. Another problem is that in a lot this volume increase, there is a ma- of record contracts, the labels end jor loss of dynamics in the music. up owning the artist’s songs. So, if a What that means is that if there is a musician changes labels and depart of a song that goes from loud to cides to release a live album conquiet, the difference will be little, taining songs from the other label, and the volume increase can also he has to pay the other label for result in a song’s mix sounding rights to his own music. It is in this harsh. Also if the album is produced way that the labels are the ones too loud, it can even end up with the killing off music. audio being distorted. One of the The music industry is simply not most famous examples of this is handling the music piracy issue in a Metallica’s 2008 album Death Mag- good way. The RIAA (Recording Innetic. The album sounds terrible be- dustry Association of America) is a cause in many parts of it the audio trade group that represents the muis so loud that it clips. When that sic industry in America and many of happens, an unwanted distortion the major labels are part of it. They occurs. Another thing that will be are known for their many lawsuits lost with the death of the audio CD against file sharers. They usually will be the artwork of an album. contact someone who they have Whenever I do buy an album, I re- caught downloading music and tell ally enjoy looking at the artwork and them to either settle with a big fine reading the booklet, but this will be or be sued for an even bigger fine. gone with digital downloads. They have brought lawsuits against The reason why the music indus- such people as grandmothers, try is not doing well right now is that twelve-year-olds, college students, more and more people are down- and even someone who had loading music without paying for it. passed away. The music industry It’s a common misconception that has to stop this if they don’t want to

seem like they care less about the music and more about making a quick buck off of music lovers and the artists themselves. With the help of the internet, many bands have found fame and a following. Sites such as Myspace allow a band to post their music and tour dates up on the internet for anyone to see or hear. Now many artists are even releasing their music for free on the internet, such as Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails, who released his band’s last album for free on the net. Reznor has embraced the internet and used it with success. For the Nine Inch Nails instrumental album Ghosts I – IV, Reznor released the album as both a free download and in a few different purchasable editions. The $300 edition, which was limited to 2,500 pieces, sold out within a few days of release. Obviously, not every band has a big enough fan base to pull this sort of thing off, but other bands should be taking notes. So where exactly is the music industry heading? Well, I think that in the future we will see a lot fewer major labels running the industry and that instead there will be an increase in the amount of small independent labels. I also believe that unless sales increase, the CD will end up being much like the vinyl is today — available, but not as widely available. In the future, we can also expect to see much more use of the internet in the promotion, release and marketing of music. So, in the end, music will survive, but it remains to be seen whether or not it will continue to be physically released.

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Thirteen Shirt Thursday

As you may have noticed, there have been some odd things going on at Coginchaug. These out-of-the-ordinary events have varied from students dressed up in 13 shirts, to students shaving half of their moustaches off. Although the past few weeks have seemed like they were spirit weeks, they have actually been the work of junior Ryan Behling. Anybody who is familiar with Ryan knows that these activities have only just begun. Ryan, the mastermind behind these proceedings, is well known around Coginchaug for his unusual antics. Ryan is infamous for creating a whole fleet of paper airplanes in his Spanish class, which in-

By Mike Markowski cluded a helicopter that had a rotating top, and ordering a delivery Domino’s Pizza for lunch. These types of things are Ryan’s forte, which is why it is fitting that he is the originator or these events. “Ryan’s behavior never ceases to amaze me,” said junior Cody Given. Ryan’s reputation as unusual or unique proceeds him all around Coginchaug. His most recent work has been on all of these abnormal days that Ryan has come up with. The most popular of these days took place on Thursday, April 9, and was called Thirteen Shirt Thursday. Although it is not hard to figure out what was required of the participants,

wearing 13 shirts all day was not easy. Putting 13 shirts on took an excruciating amount of time, and they tended to get extremely hot. “Thirteen Shirt Thursday was a huge success,” said Ryan. “I’m hoping that because there were so many people participating, more people will get involved in the future.” As of right now, there are no days already assigned. However, Ryan is in the preliminary planning stages and has come up with several more days, such as Bill Neidhardt and Pierce Watson carefully count their layers for Thirteen Shirt Thursday. Too Tight Tuesday.

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A Trip to the British isles By Jennie Ochterski Mist shrouded lakes, London lit up The next stop was Edinburgh, with the glow of a thousand build- Scotland. After a trip to Hadrian’s ings, and the opulent Windsor cas- Wall, a 117 kilometers long wall built tle…sounds like something from the around 122 A.D, the students pages of a travel brochure. Over stopped at a cathedral, a castle, and April vacation, seniors and juniors at did some shopping. “We went to EdCoginchaug got to experience the inburgh castle, which is an 11-acre trip of a lifetime in the British Isles. large castle on top of a dormant volOn the itinerary was two nights in cano in the center of a totally modern historic Dublin, Ireland, where the city!” said Zak Kowalski, senior. students visited St. Patrick’s CatheIn York, they climbed up 275 winddral and Kilmainham Gaol, a notori- ing steps to the tallest tower of Yorkous prison where the inmates were minster Cathedral. “It was in almost kept in squalor. They then took a fer- complete darkness, but the view from ry across the Irish Sea, stopped in the top was really worth it,” claims Wales, and headed on to the Lake Zak Kowalski, “It was one of my faDistrict of England. “The most sur- vorite cities.” At night, they took a prising thing about the trip was how ghost tour of the dark, medieval lookthe weather cooperated; it was sun- ing streets. ny everyday except for a little drizzle They went from the English counin the Lake District,” said Mr. Tony tryside to the bustling city of London. Pulino, social Studies teacher at “My favorite part of the trip was WinCoginchaug and the head organizer sor Castle,” said Ms. Tara Amatrudo. behind the trip. There, they visited “You could tell that you were surThe poet Wordsworth’s cottage. rounded by a lot of wealth and power.” One part of the castle was like a museum, but the other part was the queen’s apartments. They went on a bus tour of all the main sites in London, including the famous Big Ben, the largest chiming, four- faced, clock in the world. “My favorite part of London was seeing all the famous stuff like Big Ben, the Tower of London, parliament, and the tower bridge.” Some of the most awe inspiring sites included Buckingham Palace at night and the view from the top of the London Eye. The London Eye is a huge ferris wheel with big class bubbles instead of the traditional small capsules. When you are at the top, you can see a alot of the city of London. “The trip was a really great experiance for all. It’s definetly something you can’t get out of a text book. I think alot of the kids have caught the travel bug!”says Mr. Pulino. “We had an amazing group of kids and chaperones. It was a great time.”said Ms. Amatrudo. All of the students I spoke with couldn’t stop raving about the sites and their own personal experiances. “It was an unforgettable experiance,” said junior Liz Meiman.


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and the whole class was there which made it meaningful," said senior Alyssa Deegan. Holiday Hill had many events planned such as a volleyball tournament, egg and balloon toss, pie-eating contest, lip-synching, and with many more. While there were many events happening throughout the day, Holiday Hill always had food out. "Food was my favorite part, but if it wasn't raining food would still be my favorite

part," said senior Ruth Vizard. "I thought the senior picnic was enjoyable. I remember going in eighth grade, and even though it has been awhile, it was still fun," said senior Dan Bergstrum Students were pleased with the outcome of the senior picnic. The students had fun and enjoyed them selves. "I thoroughly enjoyed my experience at senior picnic, even though the weather wasn't ideal," said senior Allison Neuburger.

Left, Elizabeth Meiman and Sarah Bugai hang out with a lad in kilts. Above, Sam Frey, Jenna Langhans, Rachel Lang and Kyle Hassman enjoy an evening in London.

Get WISE: about Comida de Mexico (Mexican Food) By Ruth Vizard When you look at the typical tend to have a menu that is closer to menu at a Mexican restaurant in the what is actually eaten in Mexico United States, you will see the foods where as a restaurant such as Taco that are popular among Americans, Bell will usually have the American such as tacos and burritos. These ‘Tex-Mex’ twist on the food.” Mexican dishes are very tasty, but This Tex-Mex that Zach referred when senior Zach Martowski stud- to is a cuisine that has both Mexican ied Mexican foods for his WISE and American characteristics, “such project, he found many other meals as buffalo chicken burritos.” that are not as well known. Zach even experimented with “I chose the topic because I have making some Mexican food. “I a big interest in traveling, and I made ‘totopos’, which are tortilla spent a good portion of last summer chips that are commonly served in in Mexico,” said Zach. “Experienc- restaurants before a meal is ing the culture really drove my inter- served,” said Zach. est.” Since the cooking was a success, Like all countries, Mexico has hishe decided to incorporate the food tory that is important to its food. into his presentation. “I did a quick Originally there were lots of native demonstration on how to make the tribes all around Mexico who did not totopos, and then I let the audience get along. When Spaniards came to sample a few common foods that I colonize Mexico, they brought over picked up at two local restaurants,” traditions and food from their home said Zach country. “The clashes between the To display his research material, tribes and the things brought over by the Spaniards blended and Zach made a PowerPoint presentaturned into the modern Mexican cui- tion. “It had an introduction to the history of the food, common ingredisine,” said Zach. In his WISE research, Zach found ents and food eaten in three rethat there are even differences in gions,” said Zach. “Then I showed a the food throughout Mexico. De- video I made with my friends Gaby pending on the region, foods may Latapi and Joe Oblon of going around to three local restaurants be more or less spicy. Zach listed foods like “tamales, and interviewing the cooks about chile relleno, pollo con mole, arroz the food and the comparisons becon pollo, and carne asada” as tween here and Mexico.” some dishes that are not as popular Throughout his project, Zach was among the American public. Burri- very enthusiastic. He loves traveling tos and enchiladas verdes are often to Mexico, being immersed in the served in both the U.S. and Mexico. culture and, of course, eating MexiHe noted that the significant vari- can food. “Enchiladas verdes is one ations in the food were between tra- of my personal favorites,” said ditional Mexican food and Mexican Zach. It seemed that this project food served in America. was not at all a tedious job for him. “It depends where in the U.S. you “GO TO MEXICO!” were Zach’s go,” said Zach. “Small restaurants parting words.

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Adventures on the California Music Trip Between April 16 and April 21, the Coginchaug concert band, wind ensemble, jazz band, show choir, concert choir, and chamber choir went on a trip to California. Between late night Lion King parties, dinners at Yogurtland, and holes in hotel room walls, every kid on the trip seemed to enjoy the surf and sun. Warning: students who may experience a wave of sadness and longing, called the California Flu (more officially known as C1N1) may want to look away now as I recount the great memories of California. For most students, the first day held the discovery of Yogurtland, perhaps the greatest place on Earth. For the Yogurtland “virgins” out there, Yogurtland is an entirely self-serve frozen yogurt shop. Each person would grab a cup, fill it with however many different flavors of yogurt they could fit, and then load the yogurt with toppings that included cookie dough dots, m&m’s, mini chocolate chips, peanuts, and so much more. The best part is, one pays for the yogurt by the ounce, so most yogurt is five dollars or under. The third day was the trip to Disneyland/California Adventure (yes, there are two parks). While there was some mix-up with the ticket arrangements, the trip was a success that ended in a fantastic awards ceremony with a surprise visit from Merlin the Magician. Each of the performances won awards with no less than a

By Zach LaVigne silver score. The concert band and wind ensemble both won gold awards and were invited to another competition in Carnegie Hall next year. The fourth day marked the start of the stress-free portion of the vacation that took place at Universal Studios. Between back lot tours that unveiled the filming site of Jaws, Psycho, the newer King Kong, and everyone’s favorite, Desperate Housewives, and intense rides such as the Revenge of the Mummy, Jurassic Park and the Simpson’s Ride, the day was full of fun, excitement and surprises. I will now brag a bit and tell a story of a surprise that made Universal the best day of the vacation for senior Melissa Zanelli, freshman Tanner Pedersen, and freshmen Zach LaVigne (that’s me). After the back lot tour, our tram’s tour guide pointed out a red carpet and a line of people headed by Neil Patrick Harris, and said that the TV Land awards were taking place that night, so we might see stars walking across the red carpet. As we exited the tram, we moved closer to the red carpet to try and get pictures of any stars that we could see. Suddenly, a woman walked up to our group and asked if we wanted free tickets to the show. Of course, we accepted and spent the final two hours of our night seeing Tim Allen, Will Ferrell, Amy Poehler, and H.R. Pufnstuf among others. The night concluded with a late night

dinner at Yogurtland. The trip ended with the most relaxing day that included a bus tour of Hollywood, a walk down the walk of fame, and a trip to Venice Beach. But by far the most interesting part of the day was dinner at the Pirate Adventure Dinner Theater, home to the famous Antonio. Said senior Hannah Kowalski, “That’s quite an attractive pirate.” Unfortunately, that night’s sleep was bitter-sweet. Bitter because we would have to wake up and leave for Durham, and sweet because everyone was exhausted. Unfortunately, it seemed that the chaperones only caught the bitter part of the night, seeing as they were sitting outside with light sabers all night being sure that no children snuck out to go to Yogurtland just one last time. What was most fun for me about California wasn’t just the intense fun all day, every day, but it was the thought that I could wake up and do it with my friends that made it so perfect. I believe that every student on the trip shared this state of mind, and that it is this state of mind that made California such an awesomely great trip. Thanks to the chaperones, Mr. Coutsouridis, Ms. Larsen, Mr. Nemphos, Mr. Pedersen, Ms. Bertz, Mr. and Mrs. Keuhnle and Mr. and Mrs. Fowler, for making sure everything ran smoothly. Extra thanks to Mr. Couts and Ms. Larsen for coordinating the whole trip.

Chelsea Tuttle and Amanda Bedding enjoying treats at Yogurtland.

Erin Adams, center, at the award ceremony with Merlin, right.

Tanner Pederson, Melissa Zanelli and Zach Lavigne enjoying life in California, above. Left, students waiting for a ride at Universal Studios.

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Home Meet at Meriden

The Blue Devil Invitational took place at Platt High School on May 2. This is considered the Coginchaug home meet. Right, Lora Manley competes in the long jump. Below, Mike Miller handing off the baton to Sheehan Michael in the last leg of the 4x400 relay which

earned the team first place medals and the last points of the meet. Coginchaug boys squeaked ahead of Valley Regional by two points for first place honors. Below, Ian Kopcik running the 110 high hurdles.

Below, Will Conroy pole-vaulting. Photos by Susan Michael

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Boys’ Tennis Team Takes on a Challenging Season By Meghan Woolley With a record of 3–4 so far this such as Mike Smith’s “very consisseason and a small but sound tent hard serve,” Mike Finley’s team, the boys’ tennis team is look- well-placed shots, and Derek’s ing forward to the rest of a chal- “great serve and overhead.” The team is also helped by JV lenging season. The varsity team has exactly players Eric Kohl and Mike Tubis. nine players, the number needed “They have been great contributors to fill spots for two doubles teams in supporting our team and learnand five singles players in a match. ing how to get better at the sport,” Despite their small size, junior said Brian MacDuff. Mike French also mentioned that Mike Finley believes that the players “work better as a team.” Coach they have “made huge strides this Karen Kean described how dedi- year.” Eric and Mike will be imporcated the players are, working indi- tant to the team’s future, and Ms. vidually over the winter to improve Kean hopes more underclassmen their games and enthusiastically will join as well. The team is looking forward to showing up for weekend practices the second half of the season and at 8 in the morning. Junior Brian MacDuff said, seems confident that they will be “Though the shortage of players improving. Mike French said, “Althis year can get somewhat difficult though we have struggled so far, to manage at times, the team can we are looking ahead and know we always find a way to make the best can improve and get more wins out of the situation.” Nick D’Aquila this season.” Ms. Kean is hoping to have at agrees, pointing out that the players “are more committed to the least a .500 record, winning half or more of their matches. Mike Smith game than last year.” The team is led by senior captain also pointed out his hopes for the Greg Frank, who Ms. Kean says team in the future. “This is a year has improved a lot this year as a for improvement because we still player and leader. He has worked will have most of our varsity lineup really hard playing the number one for next year.” With eight juniors, singles spot and also serves as “a the team will definitely have a good sounding board,” discussing strong group of seniors next year. The team will also benefit from what’s best for the team and what to improve with Ms. Kean. His tal- recently fixed courts at Memorial ent was showcased in a match School, where they will be able to against North Branford earlier this practice and host a home match. season, which he won 6-3 in a With construction starting this sumtiebreaker. He has an impressive mer, courts at the high school will record of 19-1 winning tiebreakers, also be repaired in addition to havproving him to be a talented player ing water and better lighting. However, the main things helping as well as a leader that “the team the team to improve, according to looks up to.” The rest of the team is com- Brian MacDuff, are “support, conposed of Nick D’Aquila, Mike structive criticism and team confiSmith, Mike Finley, Chris Smith, dence.” It seems that, while the Derek Cuneo, Mike French, Joe courts might be in need of some reOblon and Brian MacDuff. Each pair, the boys’ tennis team has few player has individual strengths, cracks in their unity or spirit.

EDGE Week May 26-29 By Natalie Sabino and Alyssa Deegan Every year, Excellent Decisions Guiding Everyday (EDGE) does different activities to encourage kids to make smart decisions after prom. Usually each year we do a day of activities where the high school ends with an assembly, so the kids will remember to think. With the end of the year quickly approaching, seniors are more likely to want to start summer early. This year, instead of doing one

day of activities, we are doing a week filled with different events showing the effects of drunk driving and underage drinking. Prom falls on the week of Memorial Day, which makes the school week a shortened week. EDGE starts off with a chalk walk on Tuesday. With students walking into the school from an See EDGE, page 26

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25 talking about Vinton G. Cerf. Each student received a medal of achievement and hearty congratulations. As a participant, I would

like to thank the Memorial Middle School teachers and principal Kevin Brough for recognizing our efforts and academic achievements.

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26 Budget (Continued from page 1) more from the public before the second vote. Jeremy Renninghoff, who voted “no” on the education budget Tuesday, said he couldn’t get excited about the defeat in Middlefield until he heard Durham’s results. During the wait, he expressed that whether or not people voted is what really matters.

“This is where all the money goes, so it’s important to get out and have a say,” he said. “The turnout could have been better but more people voted this year than last.” Based on the number of registered voters in each town, 23 percent of people voted in Durham and 21 percent voted in Middlefield. However, because the vote is also open to people who own property over $1,000, the percentage is actually lower in each town.

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You are cordially invited to join the Coginchaug faculty, staff and administration in honoring members of the junior, sophomore and freshman classes at the annual underclass awards assembly on Wednesday, June 3, at 7:30 a.m. in the Julian Thayer Auditorium at Coginchaug Regional High School. Students, faculty, staff, parents and family are welcome. Award winners will not be notified of awards prior to the ceremony. Parking is limited and available in the student parking lot on the south side of the building.


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a pin one child made for me in preschool, a poem that another daughter wrote. They all mean a lot to me.”

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Marilyn also appreciates those signs of love and affection as well. For her, the best Mother’s Day gift is “every year, just having them near

me. It doesn’t matter what they give, just so long as we can continue to have a conversation and connection. Just to have their attention means more than any present.”

So now you know; go call your Mom.

Karen Meiman, second from right, with her children at Leanne’s CRHS graduation, from left, Elizabeth, Leanne and Geoffrey.

Moms (Continued from page 3) sion.” Marilyn laughs, describing how “Lilly already does the same thing. She takes the vegetable brush from the kitchen into the living room, brings the remote into the dining room, and goes through our house like that. It is interesting to see my daughter’s unique sense of humor already emerging in her daughter.” For Karen, her children have provided an entirely new outlook on life. “Children have a unique perspective on life; they really make you experience the world all over again through a different set of eyes,” says Karen.

“They look at things in a different way, without preconceived notions or structures, which really bring about a different angle to how you can look at the world.” So what is the Mother’s Day gift that has meant the most to Karen and Marilyn, in case you still have to buy one for your Mom before this weekend? “When my children were younger and in their ‘Mommy Mommy’ stage, Mother’s Day was about having a break, about going out in the garden and not being bothered,” says Karen jokingly. “As they became older, I always encouraged them to make cards, to give home made presents. Written poems, cards, those are the things that never really go away. I have things including

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Connecticut Heritage Productions announces its first annual “Connecticut Stories on Stage” playwriting competition. The purpose of this event is to encourage and foster new works for the theater as well as to support the development of local artists. Plays must be set in Connecticut and/or deal with a Connecticut-related topic or personality in the past, present or future. No musicals will be accepted. Playwrights must be Connecticut residents or students attending school in Connecticut. The competition is divided into three categories: tenminute plays, one-acts (20 to 90 minutes) and full-lengths (90minute minimum). Winners will receive a financial award of $200, $300 and $500, respectively. Playwrights may submit up to one play in each category. All entries must be original, properly formatted and postmarked no later than Oct. 15, 2009. Winners will be announced by Jan. 15, 2010, and the winning work will receive a staged reading at the annual “Connecticut Stories on Stage New Play Festival” to be held in Middletown in spring 2010. For more information about entry and mailing requirements, visit the CHP website at or contact Peter Loffredo, artistic director, at (860) 347-7771 or


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sales, etc. He said at 5 cents, reimbursement to the district is just shy of $7,000, and “we’d be taking it out of other programs like PTO,� Melnik said.

“There are a few things in the school that are not healthy, but it’s because of size,� he said, adding that a muffin should be three oz. instead of four and only one piece of pizza, not two, should be served. Viccaro noted that there has been an increase in


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healthy offerings across all schools in the district. The board again voted not to take part in the program. Melnik then shared that the district’s bus company, Dattco, has received the changes the district would like in the new contract, and they have a few more days to get back to the district or Dattco will send it to their attorney and the district will sent it to theirs. Strategic Plan renewal and district goals

The board heard a presentation from Viccaro and Carol Luckenbach, director of curriculum, on the fourth strategic plan renewal, which is done every five years. (See full story in a future article.) Viccaro passed out a draft of the 2009-2010 district goals which are based on progress with the current strategic plan. She asked board members to review the areas that are recommended for special focus next year. Once the goals are out of draft form Creating Beautiful Smiles!



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By Sue VanDerzee and Dr. Elven Riggles

Interestingly enough, besides the recent Oaxaca connection with Mexico before the H1N1 flu scare (in which

everyone involved remained perfectly healthy), our towns also had a group of travelers from the United Churches of Durham in Mexico when the scare hit. Here, in the words of trip leader Elven Riggles

are some comments. “Mexico was great. We were in Merida, Yucatan for most of our trip and only flew in and out of Cancun, Quintana Roo. There were no cases of H1N1 in Yucatan

while we were there, and Mexico City was over 1,000 miles away. Our tour ended a day early as the Mexican government closed all the ar-

chaeological sites and museums to tourists and then closed the public schools and See Mexico, page 42

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Mrs. Noelle Durkin, fourth grade teacher at Korn School, organized a group of enthusiastic student and parent volunteers that transformed the empty planters on the Korn property into a plethora of color. Both perennials and annuals purchased by the BKPTA from JC Greenhouses and donations from parents were lovingly planted by the green thumb volunPhoto submitted by Eileen Chupron teers.

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I also praise the family involved. Given the fears of the last week, I want to make sure people understand that the family acted appropriately. I have spoken with the father numerous times, and I doubt I would have done better. They sought care immediately with their physicians, followed that physician’s advice, kept their ill child home, and continued to keep the child home based on recommendations from the state DPH and from me (as local health department). They (as I understand it) kept the older sibling home an additional two days after returning from vacation, although, as noted above, the child was cleared by state and by national guidelines to return to school earlier. Did we dodge a bullet? Yes. The first child recovered without incident. The older child returned to school, and has remained without symptoms. H1N1 influenza (as of today, in the U.S., and who knows but that this might change tomorrow) appears to be more in line with regular seasonal influenza in terms of illness. (Remember, regular influenza kills, but it is a risk we are least used to, if not accepting of.) What can we do better? Communication is a concern. I continue to strongly believe that the child and her family deserved and continue to deserve all possible privacy. I will not reveal to news agencies who has a reported infection, or give specifics as to school and age. It is terribly important to get the right information to the right people in a responsible way, ideally done at the state level. However, it should not be the case that parents are finding out from neighbors or their own children, and in a small town we can improve how that information gets transmitted. Everyone involved in this case is aware of this need, from Dr. Cartter to Sue Viccaro. I am happy to do my best for the town, but I also know that if we had not dodged the bullet (despite doing most everything correctly given the information as it came in), if H1N1 gets much worse, or some other disaster comes along, we are not protected as we should

be. No part-time health department can be prepared. True, small towns like autonomy. We like not paying the possibly higher fees associated with joining a larger health district. We like the local feel of walking down to the Town Hall and chatting with our sanitarian. But we are not covered for major emergencies. Somehow, keeping Lee Vito where he is, likely in partnership with Durham, we need to join a regional health district.

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The following local students were named to the winter term 2009 dean’s list at Choate Rosemary Hall in Wallingford:. Bailey Benet, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lyle Howard Bennet; Nikhith Naidu, son of Dr. and Mrs. B. Narasimhulu Naidu; Hannah Nyhart and Maris Nyhart, daughters of Mr. Nicholas M. Nyhard and Rev. Kathleen McTigue; Ailis Peplau, daughter of Dr. Gail M. Sullivan; Alexandra Zachowski, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Zachowski; all of Durham, and Katharine Selberg, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lars Selberg of Middlefield. Capstone Photography, located in Middlefield, has been selected as the official photographer of this year’s ING Hartford Marathon. The company’s photographers will take photos of around 8,000 athletes as they traverse up to 26.2 miles through the city’s capital and surrounding

areas on Oct. 11. Mike Skelps, owner and founder of Capstone Photography, says, “We’ve worked hard to build a leadership position among the major road races throughout New England and adding the Hartford Marathon to our portfolio really solidifies our position as the region’s photographer of choice.” Joel Camassar, a 2008 graduate of Coginchaug Regional High School, has been accepted into the Industrial Design program of the university where he is just finishing his freshman year. This will allow Joel, who wrote a popular car column for the Devil’s Advocate for several years, to learn to design the cars of the future. The following students have videos in the running for scholarship awards from the Fox 61 Student News Program: Brooke Sheriden, Amanda Boyle and Kelsey Bogen for their news piece on

the Corn Maze at Lyman Orchards. Sarah Hopkins also created the new teen driving laws video that won $1,000 for Coginchaug in February from Allstate in Conjunction with Channel 3. The Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) Conference took place on March 30, at which Coginchaug competed against 70 other Connecticut high schools. Coginchaug received the Bronze Chapter Award for excellent participation and community involvement. Katie Francis received the “Who’s Who in CT FBLA” award; Sierra Querns, fourth place for her Annual Business Report; Lora Manley, first place for her Business Calculations; Katie Francis and Tayler Dontigney, first place for their Business Plan; Chris Smith and Matt Solomon, third place for their Business Presentation; Eric Kelly, first place for his Computer Problem Solving; and Jen Heller, second place for her Job Inter-


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This year celebrates the 50th Anniversary of Coginchaug Little League, and athletes, officials, family, friends and fans came out on Saturday, May 2, for the much anticipated sea of colors. President of Coginchaug Little League Rick Quirk was presented a distinguished service award for his many years of service to the teams of Durham and Middlefield. Appropriately, he threw the first pitch of the season, after words of wisdom from dignitaries and officials.

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34 BOE (Continued from page 28) near three contracts.” During public comment, Durham resident Donia Viola asked the board to look into ways for Regional District 13 students to collaborate more with magnet school students “so they can still do functions with students here.” The next regular board meeting is Wednesday, May 13 at 7:30 p.m. at Brewster School.

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Tabbatha Lynn Derosier Monroe, 24, formerly of Durham, passed away suddenly on Tuesday, April 28, at home. Born in Middletown, she was the daughter of Dane and Jessie Monroe of Durham. Tabbatha graduated from Middletown Adult Education in 2002. Besides her parents, she is survived by her maternal grandmother, Jessie Brockett of Durham; her siblings, Savanna Derosier, Victoria Derosier, Amber Monroe, all of Durham, Timothy Monroe and Hollen Monroe, both of Middletown; and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. A private graveside service will be held in Mica Hill Cemetery in Durham with the Rev. Dr. Elven W. Riggles Jr. officiating, at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, donations in Tabbatha’s memory

Lucille (Warner) Smith Nichols Lucille (Warner) S m i t h Nichols 80, of Bolton, formerly of Manchester, wife of the late Albert J. Smith and James E. Nichols passed away peacefully Thursday, April 30, 2009, at Manchester Memorial Hospital. Lucille was born December 29, 1928 in Hamden, daughter of the late Merle M. and May Belle (Hawkes) Warner and

had been a resident of Bolton since 1966. She was formerly employed as a hairdresser at Marlow’s Department Store in Manchester and later worked for the Travelers Insurance Company. Most recently she was the Food Service Manager for over 10 years at Nathan Hale School in Manchester. Lucille was a former member of North United Methodist Church where she also taught Sunday school. She was former Mother Advisor for the Manchester Rainbow Assembly #15 and former Grand Deputy of the Rainbow Assembly for Connecticut. Lucille was a state officer for the Order of Eastern Star and past Worthy Matron of O.E.S. #53, Manchester. She had also been a former Girl Scout and Cub Scout leader in Manchester. Lucille is survived by her two daughters and sons-inlaw, Sharon and Daniel Larose and Yvonne and Wayne Post of Durham; two loving grandchildren,

Matthew and Michelle Post; her sister Audrey Neville and numerous nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grandnephews. Besides her two husbands and parents, she was predeceased by four brothers and three sisters. Lucille very much enjoyed watching her grandchildren’s school and sports events. She was a fine lady, loved by all who knew her. Graveside services and burial will be held in (Section D Westminster) of East Cemetery, Manchester on Saturday, May 16, at 10 a.m. There are no calling hours. Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be made to the Shriners Hospital for Children, 516 Carew St., Springfield, MA 01104-2396 or to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1942. Holmes Funeral Home, Manchester has care of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook, visit

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Hours: Regular library hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Visit to search the catalog, review your account, register for a program or renew your materials online. For information or to register for a program by phone, call (860) 3499544. Annual Plant Sale and Exchange: Start potting up your houseplants, perennials, herbs, annuals and shrubs. The annual plant sale and exchange will be held on Saturday, May 16. Plants may be dropped off at the library on Thursday, Friday or before 9:30 a.m. on the day of the event. The sale/exchange starts at 10 am. Plants must be in pots and labeled. Anyone wishing to exchange plants will receive a

receipt, which will be credited for purchases at the sale. New titles include The Venetian Judgment by David Stone, The Way We Were by Marcia Willett, An Accomplished Woman by Jude Morgan, Brimstone by Robert B. Parker, Summer on Blossom Street by Debbie Macomber, WWW: WAKE by Robert J. Sawyer, Homunculus by Jerry Stubblefield, In the Courts of the Sun by Brian D’Amato, Yogi Berra, Eternal Yankee by Allen Barra, Tonight We Die As Men, the Untold Story of Third Battalion 506 Parachute Infantry Regiment, From Toccoa to D-Day by Ian Gardiner, Abigail and John, Portrait of a Marriage by Edith B. Gelles, Connecticut Baseball, the Best of the Nutmeg State by Don Harrison, Two Faiths, One Banner, When Muslims Marched with Christians Across Europe’s Battlegrounds by Ian Almond and Sunset Home Projects series, including Built-

Ins, Trimwork, Patio and Stone and Wiring. New in the children’s department: Wildlife Gardening by Martyn Cox, Baseball Great by Tim Green, Tacky Goes to Camp by Helen Lester, Fancy Nancy Explorer Extraordinaire by Jane O’Connor. In the Young Adult section: Dream Factory by Brad Barkley, Stargazer by Claudia Gray, The Reformed Vampire Support Group by Catherine Jinks, Girl #3 by Nichole McGill and Starclimber by Kenneth Oppel. Frost Nixon, Bride Wars, Inside the Meltdown: What Happened to the Economy (PBS), Bedtime Stories, Hotel For Dogs and Mickey’s Big Splash are among the new DVDs. May is Mental Health Month and will be recognized by a book and poster display. Judy Hurlbert (Durham representative to the Regional Mental Health Board’s Catchment Area 10


Council) has also arranged a Mental Health Forum on Childhood and Preadolescent Behavior at the library on Thursday, May 14, at 7 p.m. In addition, Charles Barber, author of Comfortably Numb, How Psychiatry Is Medicating A Nation, will speak at the library on Thursday, May 21, at 7 p.m. Copies of his book will be available for signing. The Mystery Book Discussion Group will meet on Tuesday, May 19, at 7:30 to discuss Interruptions by Rachel Froetschel. The author teaches writing at Yale University and journalism at Southern Connecticut State University. She will be present to discuss her book. Copies of the book are available at the library. Everyone is invited to join this informal discussion.

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Welcome a Fresh Air child into your home! You can enjoy a pictureperfect summer this year by inviting a Fresh Air child into your home! Close to 5,000 New York City children visit volunteer host families every summer through the Fund’s Friendly Town program in rural and small town commu-

nities from Virginia to Maine and Canada. Hosting a child does not take much – just a little room in your heart and your home – but the experience creates friendships and memories that will last a lifetime. Residents in and around the Durham and Middlefield area can help light up the face of a Fresh Air child this summer by hosting through the Fresh Air Fund. Since 1877, New York City children growing up in low-income neighborhoods have been able to experience simple summer pleasures in the country or suburbs. By welcoming visitors into their homes during the summer, host families give Fresh Air children an opportunity to escape the sometimes dangerous, hot and crowded city streets. Firsttime Fresh Air children are between the ages of six and 12 and may continue with the Fund through age 18. Many families find their hosting experiences so rewarding that

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Continued from page 36 and attractions in regions of the state that you may not have yet explored.” While visiting and re-discovering Connecticut’s treasures, residents can sign up to become Connecticut ambassadors, learn about more exciting things to see and do around the state this summer, and entertain visiting family and friends.” Connecticut Open House Day has grown from 120 participants in 2005 to more than 200 during the past several years. They include museums, galleries, historic properties, Connecticut River ferries, theaters, open artists’ studios, farms, vineyards, amusement parks, nature centers, shops, hotels, inns and B&Bs. Connecticut Open House Day specials and hours of operation will vary by property. For more info, call 1-888-

New England recreation areas Recreation areas at the 31 federal flood control reservoirs in New England operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will open to the public in mid-May. For a brochure about recreational opportunities, including directions to each site, write to the New England District, U.S. Army Crops of Engineers, ATTN: Public Affairs Office, 696 Virginia Rd., Concord, MA 01742-2751. For more information about Corps recreation and activities, check their Web site at:


Vacation Bible Camps Middlefield Federated Church, on Main Street in Middlefield across from the Community Center, is hosting a week of Vacation Bible Camp July 13-17, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. The program is offered to kindergartners through sixth graders with consideration given to slightly younger siblings of enrollees. The program is called God’s Big Backyard, and the cost per child is $50 with family discounts available. Call the church at (860) 349-9981 for further information and registration forms. Notre Dame Church in Durham is currently accepting registrations for its Vacation Bible Camp. The program, entitled Discovery Canyon, will be held July 2024 from 9 a.m. to noon and is geared for kids aged four to


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dletown Concert Association invited the Connecticut Lyric Opera of New London to present its statewide touring production of Verdi’s ever-popular La Triaviata at the high school’s new performing arts center. Especially now, the region has been thirsting for real grand opera, and this performance satisfied, if not quenched, that thirst. Much of the disappointment was in the “production” — or lack of one. If one is to stage an opera in modern dress with few props and no scenery, then that performance might as well be in concert. At least then the severe budget limitations of a fledgling company don’t become blatantly obvious, and the audience doesn’t feel shortchanged. After all, Traviata is real theater and needs staging — perhaps more so than any of the composer’s more static works. At least the orchestra, the Connecticut Virtuosi, lived up to its name, and played with virtuosity under the baton of artistic director Adrian Mackewicz. However, any Traviata stands or falls on the charisma of its protagonist. It’s not quite a one-woman show, but the courtesan Violetta is one of the most daunting roles in the entire soprano canon. Here, in Middletown, we lucked out, vocally at least, with Jurate Svedaite’s heroine. Excluding her prom gowns, matronly hairdo and an excess of semaphoric arm guestures, she came with all the technical requisites for the part — the many high Cs and Ds of “Sempre Libera” the vocal weight for Act II, and plenty of Italianate tonal warmth in the middle register — a rarity for northern European singers. She was well-complimented by the smooth professionalism of lyric baritone Chad Karl (Germont), but the chunky, curly-haired Alfredo of Jeffrey Hartman left a lot to be desired, though in fairness to the tenor, his one chance to shine in his Act II aria was thwarted by the 90-mile-anhour tempo from the pit. The brave attempts by the motheaten choristers to dance and pose as Spanish gypsies and matadors was, unfortunately, downright embarrassing. For further information on the Connecticut Lyric’s upcoming 2009-10 season, call (860) 440-3594, and for a listing of the Concert Association’s future events, call (860) 347-4887.

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Letter carrier food drive this weekend

On Saturday, May 9, letter carriers in more than 10,000 cities and towns across America, and throughout Connecticut, will deliver much more than mail when they walk and drive along their postal routes. They also will collect the generosity of their postal customers participating in the 17th annual Stamp Out Hunger National Food Drive – the largest one-day food drive in the nation and probably the world. The effort by letter carriers represented by the National Association of Letter Carriers (AFL-CIO) — with the help of rural letter carriers, other postal employees and other volunteers — has resulted in delivery of nearly one billion pounds of donations to community food banks and pantries over the past 16 years. “In these difficult economic times, hunger is an issue that must be addressed in every community across our country,” said William H. Young, president of the National Letter Carriers Association. “We see it daily out on our routes. That’s why now more than ever before we need everybody’s help to make a real difference.” Food items should be in nonbreakable containers, such as boxes

and cans. Local letter carriers can then collect donations and deliver them to local pantries, shelters and food banks. “This drive is a tradition entering its 17th year of success and has become the largest one-day food drive in the country,” said Postmaster General John E. Potter. “Our employees will further demonstrate their powerful reach into each of their communities and how our assistance helps those in need.” According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, more than 36 million Americans live in food insecure households, and approximately one in every three of these Americans is a child. Additionally, a recent survey conducted of Feeding America food bank members reported a 30 percent increase in requests for emergency food assistance. The Postal Service’s Connecticut District serves more than 3.5 million postal customers over more than 5,000 square miles through 218 post offices and an additional 80 stations and branches. LOST: Red Nintendo DS at girls’ major field near Korn on April 28. Call (860) 349-9821.

Together the Eagles Club, the Moose Lodge, the Kociuszko Society (KClub) and the Polish Falcons are hosting an event to raise money for their fraternal brother Frank Calamaro. Frank lost everything on Friday, March 20, in a devastating house fire that occurred only weeks after Frank lost Rose, his wife of over 50 years. The event takes place on Sunday, May 17, from 1 to 6 p.m. at the Falcon’s Grove, 144 Prout Hill Rd. in Middletown, and will include hamburgers, hotdogs, picnic-style buffet, beer, wine and soda. Tickets are available at the clubs hosting the event and from Joe Geruch at the Middlefield Town Hall. There will be raffles, door prices and a 50/50 raffle, with live entertainment from 2 to 5 p.m. with Bob Giannotti and Friends. Call Joe at (860) 349-7112 for more information.

Green Fest On Sunday, May 17, 17 Middlesex County libraries, including Durham, will present Green Fest – a celebration of going green in our community. The festival, the highlight of the libraries’ county-wide “Greening Our Valley” initiative, will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. at Middlesex Community College’s Chapman Hall, 100 Training Hill Road in Middletown. All ages are invited and admission is free. The festival will feature educational materials, giveaways and games sponsored by libraries and other organizations, circus-themed food, discussions on Connecticut outdoor living led by Rachael Sunny from the CT Department of Environmental Protection and gardening expert Patrice Barrett, and, at 3 p.m., a performance of ARTFARM’s Circus for a Fragile Planet. Bring your own water bottle for a chance to win an eco-surprise. Enjoy a great afternoon of family-friendly activities while supporting libraries and our green future! The college is handicapped accessible, and there is plenty of free parking. All ages are invited to this free festival, made possible by a grant from the Middlesex Community Foundation. For more information about this and other environmental programs going on now at libraries across Middlesex County, visit

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Learning life lessons from baseball, fishing and bull riding CRHS golf People wouldn’t usually put my name in a sentence having anything to do with sports. I’m not saying this because I’m not into athletics —– I’ve been dancing since I was three, was a gymnast for several years, a cocaptain of the girls’ tennis team at Coginchaug and dabbled in volleyball, cheerleading and cross-country during my years in District 13. I even took horseback riding lessons for a while, and I currently teach fitness classes, such as kickboxing and Pilates. But the truth is I’m usually clueless about most sports and I never understand what all the hype is about. However, last weekend I was exposed to true sportsmanship and devotion to the game when I just happened to have a weekend filled with sports. And in doing so, I realized there’s a lot more to sports than what’s on the surface; there’s a lot in there about life. Last Saturday I experi-

Worcester, enced OpenMassachuing Day of Stephanie Wilcox setts watchLittle League ing a live prowhen I was fessional assigned to bull-riding take pictures for the Town Times. I was competition for the first told that it was a “big deal” time. I’ve always been a here in town, but I didn’t ex- country girl, but what really pect to see as much enthusi- made me want to go was the asm as I did from parents, sheer lunacy of someone players, fans, officials and strapping himself to the dignitaries alike. There was back of a 2,000 pound animal lots of camaraderie, healthy when all 2,000 pounds are sportsmanship and sun- trying to buck him off. Once shine as the teams paraded again, I couldn’t help but see onto the field for the ceremo- the larger picture — it’s realny. I was particularly moved ly about determination and by advice from Durham’s living in the moment, or in First Selectman Laura Fran- this case, just eight seconds. cis: “Don’t worry about the I sat on the edge of my seat wins and losses, just have both stupefied and enlightfun,” she said into the micro- ened by the message of the phone. It’s so simple and yet bull riders: life gets crazy often forgotten. But at the and you’ll often get kicked end of the day, she’s right. around by forces bigger than The opportunity to give your yourself, but if you hang in best shot is what makes the there and hold on real tight, game of baseball, and life it- you’ll walk away just fine. self so fun and worthwhile. As if I didn’t already have Eight hours later, it’s Sat- my share of sports for the urday night and I’m now in weekend, my friend con-

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After going 0-2 in the first match of the season, the Blue Devil golf team has rebounded nicely. Coginchaug started their comeback against East Hampton. The Blue Devils shot 180 to East Hampton’s 211. Captain Matt Johnson was medalist with a 41 while Liz DeVincentis added a 43, Matt DeRosa had a 45 and Adam Twombly shot a 51. Coginchaug won another match this past Monday against Middletown at Lyman Orchards. Coginchaug shot 174 while Middletown shot a 231. Matt Johnson was a medalist, shooting a 39, while senior Rob DeRosa has been steadily showing improvement and came in with a smooth 44. Rounding out the top four scores were DiVencentis with a 45 and Twombly with a 46.

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Town Times Sports

Friday, May 8, 2009

10K Road Race 4K Fun Run

The 32nd running of the Washington Trail 10K Road Race will take place in Durham on Memorial Day, May 25. A feature again this year will be a 4K Fun Run, starting at the same time, using a shortened distance of the same course. A fun run for children 10 and under will be conducted at the same time. The races are hosted by the town of Durham and the Durham/Middlefield Exchange Club. The proceeds from the races benefit programs for the prevention of child abuse, scholarships for eligible high school seniors, and community projects, such as the Boy Scouts and the pur-

chase of a Red Cross bus for senior citizens. Race time will be at 11 a.m. sharp following the Memorial Day parade. The start and finish of the races are at Coginchaug Regional High School on Picket Lane, just off Route 17. Registration will take place at the high school beginning at 9 a.m. and will close at 10:45 a.m. The race day registration fee for the 10K race is $18; the pre-registration fee is $15. The race day registration fee for the 4K race is $15; the pre-registration fee is $12. For children under 12 years old, the fee will be $6. There is no fee for children under ten years old. Pre-registration


fees must be received by May 20. The first 200 pre-registered entrants will receive a commemorative T-shirt. Forms will be available at many local retail stores or by contacting Washington Trail 10K, Attention Mark Jungels, P.O. Box 281, Durham, CT 06422.

Johnson shot the best score of the day with a 38. Right on his heals was freshman standout DiVincentis with the day’s second lowest score at 42. Rounding out the top four were DeRosa with a 43 and Jason Monnes at 47.


Ct. Cobras Take Home Gold in State Tournament

The course is along the country roads of historic Durham. The runs touch on the actual Washington Trail and include flat and rambling, hilly roads through the charming New England village of Durham. Additional information is available at (Continued from page 40)

On Wednesday, Coginchaug traveled to Banner Lodge in Moodus to play HK. The Blue Devils continued their winning streak, shooting a 170 while HK shot a 228. Showing that he is a dominant force at the number one spot,


The Blue Devils are 3-2 overall and 2-0 in the Shoreline. The next four matches will be tough, against some of the top-rated Shoreline teams starting with Old Lyme, then Old Saybrook, Portland and Valley. Check back next week.

Durham/Middlefield girls are part of the U-12 Connecticut Cobras basketball team that won gold medals in the classic bracket of the state championship AAU basketball tournament held at Yale University last weekend. Local team members include Olivia Corazzini, Abbie Mancinelli, and Kim Romanoff. The team is coached by Rett Mancinelli and Steve Saunders.



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Town Times

42 A copy of a Mexican newspaper with a resident mocking the swine flu scare and worrying about the effect on tourism.

Mexico (Continued from page 29)

May is Pet Appreciation Month

Selling Your Home? You Deserve the Best!

Show off your favorite pet on May 29 for just $7.00.


universities a day later. Yet we still saw crowds congregating in the cities and public squares with very few folks wearing the largely useless face masks. Most of the locals were much more concerned about the devastating effects of the news media fear-mongering than they were about contracting H1N1. At the Cancun airport, we had to clear a Mexican Red Cross Infectious Disease Control station which took our temperatures and asked us to fill out a form about how we were feeling – it took about three minutes.” Travelers in the group took a self-imposed quarantine when they returned home, “just in case,” but no one has been ill.

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Mother’s Day Is May 10

A Berry Happy Mom’s Day Are you looking for something sweet to do for Mom on Mother’s Day? The Mini Page gathered some “berry” tasty recipes that you might surprise her with. Along the way, we learned some fascinating facts about these little power-packed fruits. Many of the small fruits that we call berries are not true berries. Botanists, or scientists who study plants, consider a true berry to be a fruit that develops from a single ovary, or female part of a plant. True berries include huckleberries, gooseberries and some mulberries. The delicious fruits that we often eat are from three different categories: • False berries, such as blueberries and cranberries; Cranberry

• Compound fruits, such as blackberries and boysenberries; Blackberry

• Accessory fruits, such as strawberries. Strawberry

photo courtesy U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Is it really a berry?

These colorful Alaskan wild berries are an important food for birds and animals such as bears and foxes. Berries are high in calories, so they provide plenty of energy for the animals that depend on them.

Small but mighty

Important to Native Americans

Berries may be small, but they are packed with nutrients. They’re a great choice because they’re easy to eat, taste juicy and sweet, and are good for us. For example: • Cranberries help our bodies process food. They may help prevent heart disease, stomach problems and some cancers. • Blueberries have large amounts of antioxidants, substances that help our bodies stay well. They’re also high in vitamin C. • Red raspberries may help our bodies fight cancer cells. They may also reduce pain from arthritis and other diseases. • Strawberries have a lot of vitamin C and potassium.

Meriwether Lewis and William Clark wrote that American Indians they met on their expedition made loaves out of huckleberries. “This bread is broken and stirred in cold water until it be sufficiently thick and then eaten,” they wrote.

Other uses for berries Experts say people have used berries in other ways over the centuries. Native Americans used berries to make dyes for clothing and blankets. They also may have cured infections from arrow wounds with cranberries. Iroquois Indians used blueberries in their ceremonies to bring health in the coming season.

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Stir Up a Berry-licious Treat Rookie Cookie cooked up some berry recipes that you might like to share with your family on Mother’s Day.

Berry Fruit Crisp

Blueberry Lemon Breakfast Cake

• 1/2 cup flour • 1/2 cup regular oats • 1/3 cup brown sugar • 1 teaspoon baking powder • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg • 1/4 cup walnuts

A great way to wake up Mom! You’ll need:

• 1 (18.25-ounce) lemon cake mix • 1 (6- to 8-ounce) container plain yogurt • 4 eggs • 11/2 cups blueberries (fresh or frozen) • Round tube or bundt cake pan • Cooking spray 1. Combine cake mix, yogurt and eggs. (Do not add oil and water.) 2. Blend until moist, then beat 2 minutes at medium speed. 3. Fold (gently stir) in blueberries. 4. Spray tube pan with cooking spray. Add cake mixture. 5. Bake in a 350-degree oven for 40 minutes or until done. 6. Cool for 15 minutes before removing from pan. Serves 8 to 12.

You’ll need:

1. Place flour, oats, brown sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and walnuts in a blender; pulse until blended and nuts are ground. 2. Pour mixture into a bowl and add the egg; stir until moistened. 3. Wash fruit and place in a large bowl. 4. Stir in maple syrup to coat fruit. 5. Pour fruit mixture into a shallow baking dish. 6. Crumble flour mixture evenly over fruit. 7. Bake in preheated 350-degree oven for 30 to 35 minutes until bubbly. Top with frozen yogurt. Serves 6.

This healthy salad will delight your family.

• 1 (6-ounce) bag baby spinach • 1/2 cup chopped pecans • 10 medium strawberries, sliced 1 • 3/4 cup bottled poppyseed • /2 pint blueberries 1 • /4 cup shredded parmesan cheese dressing

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Mini Spy . . .

• 1 large egg • 2 cups fresh blueberries • 1 cup blackberries • 3 nectarines, sliced • 1/4 cup maple syrup • Vanilla low-fat frozen yogurt or ice cream

What to do:

What to do:

‘Fruitful’ Spinach Salad

A yummy dessert!

You’ll need:

What to do:

1. Wash baby spinach thoroughly and pat dry. 2. Mix spinach, fruit, cheese and pecans in large bowl. 3. Pour poppyseed dressing over salad and toss gently. Serves 4. You will need an adult’s help with all of these recipes. from The Mini Page © 2009 Universal Press Syndicate


Mini Spy and her friends are picking strawberries. See if you can find: • snake • doughnut • fried egg • word MINI • strawberry • letter A • cat • alligator • number 7 • pig’s face

Brown Basset ws TRY ’N e The N d’s FIND Houn Words that remind us of berries are hidden in the block below. Some words are hidden backward or diagonally and some letters are used twice. See if you can find: MOM, SWEET, BOTANIST, OVARY, FALSE, COMPOUND, ACCESSORY, CRANBERRY, ANTIOXIDANT, VITAMINS, DYE, BLUEBERRY, POLLINATE, FRUIT, CULTIVATED, WILD, VINE, STRAWBERRY, TASTE, MACHINE, COLOR. C E T S A T B L U E B E R R Y MOM DESERVES R E T A N I L L O P C O L O R A BERRY GOOD A E S L A F B O T A N I S T O DAY! N O V A R Y R R E B W A R T S B V W U S N I M A T I V M K S E G I J W E N I H C A M O B E R T L N E X C D N U O P M O C R L D Y E D E T A V I T L U C Y K H Q T N A D I X O I T N A TM

Mother’s Day

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LOST- Green Amazon Parrot w/ yellow head on Wednesday, March 25 from 156 Sherman Avenue, Meriden. Responds to Kelby, speaks English & Spanish. Reward if returned. Call (203) 440-1551 LOST-Male grey striped cat. Vicinity of Washington St, Wlfd. Needs medication. 203-265-2044 LOST: Keys, Black Chevy & Masterlock. Reward. Meriden/ Wallingford area. Call (203) 238-3671


BUICK Century 1990 84K. Excellent. $1950. OLDS Cutlass 1986 2 door, V8, 130k, black, collectible. $1750. (203) 213-1142

Buick Park Ave 1995 $2,900 Can be seen at G.T. Tire, 155 Colony Street, Meriden. Mon-Fri 7am-4pm.

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

Buick Rivera 1988 $1,395 Can be seen at G.T. Tire, 155 Colony Street, Meriden. Mon-Fri 8am-4pm. CADILLAC 2003 Sedan Deville, tan ext, all power, hwy miles, $4200 or best offer. Call 203265-5639 or 203-272-7164

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FOUND Watch on Hilltop Road, Meriden. Owner may call (203) 238-8080 to identify. FOUND- pet Bird in vicinity of North Colony Road in Meriden, call 203-213-5143 FOUND-Injured black cat on 4/29. Vicinity of Trumbull St, Meriden. Need info on cause of injury or any info on the cat. Call 203-237-3149 FOUND: Small green parrot with red face. Vicinity of No. Wall St. Call 203-376-1831

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SAAB 9-5 2004 sedan. Tan Alarm system. Excellent condition. HTD Leather seats, new tires and wipers, cd, 5 spd 2.3 T 78000 HWY. $4800 or best offer. (860)561-0549

Toyota Corolla 1991 $1,695 Can be seen at G.T. Tire, 155 Colony Street, Meriden. Mon-Fri 8am-4pm.

TRUCKS & VANS 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. FORD Mustang GT Convertible 2001- Excellent condition. Red. Tan top, tan leather, new tires, low miles. $10,000/best offer. (203) 537-9198

$2,800 Can be seen at G.T. Tire, 155 Colony Street, Meriden. Mon-Fri 8am-4pm.

CHEVY C20 Pickup 1986- 5.7 ltr eng., 4 spd, 2 w/drive, 16” rims with new radial tires, body rusted, eng./trans. great! $500 takes it. (203) 634-7879 FORD 2002 F150, V8, 2 wheel drive, automatic, air conditioning, cruise control, runs fine, in very good shape. Asking $4000. Call 203-634-0121


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LOST Small white packet of credit cards, bank cards, etc. If found, please call (203) 237-1476.

DODGE NEON 2003, asking $6200 Good condition, 60,000 miles, 4 dr black sedan, pw & locks. Sunroof, air, CD player. (203) 269-1566

Ford Taurus SW 1995

FOUND Man’s Wedding Band near brush pile at Meriden Landfill. Owner may call (203) 237-9561 to identify FOUND Two keys at Ceppa Field Baseball Diamond. Call (203) 237-6034. Leave message.




ACURA Integra 1994 Auto, A/C, PW. Good condition. 145K miles. $1900 or best offer. Call 203-980-5214



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

Chevy Lumina 1995 $1,895 Can be seen at G.T. Tire, 155 Colony Street, Meriden. Mon-Fri 8am-4pm.

Ford Escort 1994 $1,395 Can be seen at G.T. Tire, 155 Colony Street, Meriden. Mon-Fri 8am-4pm.

$3,195 Can be seen at G.T. Tire, 155 Colony Street, Meriden. Mon-Fri 7am-4pm.

Mercury Courgar ‘93 $1,995 Can be seen at G.T. Tire, 155 Colony Street, Meriden. Mon-Fri 7am-4pm.

Olds Cutlass Supreme ‘96 $1,595 Can be seen at G.T. Tire, 155 Colony Street, Meriden. Mon-Fri 8am-4pm. ROBERTS CHRYSLER DODGE Quality Pre-Owned Vehicles. 120 So. Broad St, Meriden, CT 203-235-1111

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HONDA Shadow 2006 Spirit 1100cc, black with chrome, mint condition, low mileage, many extras. Call for price: 203-294-4371 or 203-915-5060

HARLEY DAVIDSON FLHX 2008105th Anniv. Street Glide. 4,600 miles, Fact. Warr. Dealer serviced, fact. sec. sys., Harman/Kardon audio sys., all detachable hardware w/back rest. $18,900. (203) 634-1996

AUTO PARTS MUSTANG 1968 Parting out. $100. Call for details (860) 2247209 PARTING OUT 81 GMC Sierra 4x4 pickup 92 Nissan Standard 4x4, power, 3.0, V-6 87 Jeep Larado 4x4, 4dr, 6 cyl 77 Olds Cutlass nose 77 or 78 Chevy Malibu Nose, 1 ea. 78 Chevy Malibu 79 Chevy Impala Nose 76 Pontiac Ventura Nose 79 Ford T-bird nose 80 Ford 6 ft. truck bed & 2 fenders & radiator support. 93 GM 4.3 V6 engine 69 Cuda 340 V-8 engine. Some work. Henry 203-317-0173

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

BOATS & MOTORS 18FT STARCRAFT boat w/trailer, 5 person fishing, 115HP Evinrude exc cond, fish finder, elec winch, many extras. Good on gas. Must Sell! $1,800. 203907-7296 2001 Glastron 6 x 180fs, 115HP, mercury outboard, low hours. Exc cond! Asking $9,950/OBO. 203-281-3528 or 203-288-9063

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

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The bargains to be found in Marketplace are real heart stoppers!

4 BLACK kittens free to good homes. 6 wks old. Please call after 9am. (203) 626-5413 BULLDOGS, Boxers, Chihuahuas, Boston Terrier, ShihTsu, Rat Terrier, Cockapoo, Rottweiler, Labs, Yorkie. $350 plus. Call 860-930-4001. CHIHUAHUA PUPPIES 2 males, 1 female. 6 weeks old. 1st shots, dewormed. $650 each. Parents on premises. Call (203) 715-0796 COCKATIEL or parrot cage with stand. 24x24x32. Unused. $85. 203-630-0290


Town Times — Friday, May 7, 2009 FURNITURE & APPLIANCES


BRAND New Queen Mattress Set still in plastic for $240.00. Can deliver. Call 203 278-0533 or 860 584-5298. CASTRO Convertible couch w/full size bed, ivory w/light multi-color stripes, $300/best offer. Dresser w/mirror, maple color. $175/best offer. (203) 269-5662 COLONIAL maple bedroom set. Dbl bed, dresser, mirror, night stand. Exc. cond. Asking $335. Matching rocker $65. Must sell. Call (203) 269-3692 COUCH for sale. Asking $350.00. Tan, Suede, like new condition. Used for 6 months. Call 860-480-3120. DINETTE SET White ceramic tile top, 52x34, w/ 4 chairs, exc. cond. $140 or best offer. Call (203) 269-1881 DINING ROOM set, table w/2 leaves, 4 captain’s chairs & buffet, dark pine. $275. (203) 235-1379 FURNITURE- DARK PINE Armoire, Triple Dresser, Nightstand, Rocking Chair, End Table and Lamp. Best offer. (860) 793-9527 GORGEOUS victorian high chair drops to stroller, carved oak, $95/OBO. Pair of kidney shaped leather topped end tables. $90/OBO. 203-634-4154 HITCHCOCK 3 level stand ,$40. Call 860-426-1214 KITCHEN CABINETS-Oak. Entire Set of 13, ONLY $550 OBO!! Serious buyers. Call for details 203-314-5938. MAYTAG Gemini 2 oven, white, Best offer. (203) 235-7068

PETITE hardwood rocking chair. $65 or best offer. 3 antiques side chairs. $99/BO. Call 203-634-4154 RCA TRUFLAT TV/DVD combo. Excellent condition. $100. 203-440-2520 REFRIGERATOR 23 cubic ft, almond $225; STOVE GE elec, almond w/black flat top $300; DISHWASHER Magic Chef black $125; MICROWAVE Amana black $75. All great condition (renovating kitchen); OR $600 for all. Call 203 694-8497 6am - 4pm; After 4 call 203 494-9154 or 203 238-4136 ROCKING CHAIR,Hardwood, DETAILED, PERFECT. $65. 2032376807

PETS & LIVESTOCK FREE KITTENS- (4). 4 weeks old, ready to go on May 15. (860) 388-8538 HORSE BOARD Wallingford. Self - Full care. Catering to the mature rider. Carriage drivers welcome. Prices start at $300. (203) 294-9313 HORSE LOVERS EXCEPTIONAL riding opportunity in exchange for 6-8 hours per week. AM and PM time needed. Call: 203272-6593 or 203-213-8833 KITTENS (3), 2 black and one grey, free, 8 weeks old. Call (203) 919-1746 LARGE BIRD CAGE ON WHEELS With 4 Nesting Boxes and 7 Love Birds. $275 or best offer. Call (203) 606-4169 MALTESE - 1 yr old. Female, up to date with shots. $600. Call (203) 213-2780

PETS & LIVESTOCK YORKSHIRE terrier 11 month old male, shots. Looking for a good home. $450. Call Gabe 203-996-4458

LAWN & GARDEN QUALITY SCREENED TOPSOIL Wholesale supplier. Large quantities available. We also provide sand, gravel & fill. 860-883-7935

CONSTRUCTION EQUIP & TOOLS CRAFTSMAN 6 1/8 inch Jointer-Planer. Good condition. Asking $250. (203) 269-0415 LOST Or Found. The RecordJournal will run your lost or found ad FREE in our Marketplace Section! Call 203238-1953 for details.


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


2 IDENTICAL burgandy couches for sale- $50 each Call 203-237-3371 BABIES crib mattress. Excellent condition! $45 203-500-2946 COT. Daycare style, 24” x 44”, blue color. $12. (203) 634-9149

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

MISCELLANEOUS FOR SALE COUCH, Chenille, 84” long, stuffed with duck feathers, champagne color, free. Call (203) 901-2121 DEPRESSION GLASS pit. & 5 gls orange main color $50.00 203-443-7856 DOORS: FREE interior with Hardware (8). Take All. Call 203-265-2591 LADIES BIKE- Electra Betty-1 Brakes on the pedal. Like brand new! White with pink trim. Including helmet. (used 10 times) $200. Call 860-479-9061

PISTOL PERMIT CERTIFICATION. 1 Session only, $100. Group discount available! Call for next class 203-415-1144


SWORDS & DAGGERS LAMINATING Service. Let us help you preserve your most precious moments. From $2.50 to $4.50 per piece. Call 203238-1953 for info. LARGE Microwave Cart w/cabinet & wine rack, $25 Or best offer. Patrick 203-521-8341 LOGITECH Wired USB headset. Great shape. $15. (203) 284-9255 LUGGAGE CARRIER, rooftop, used once. Cost $665, asking $300. Call (860) 729-7988 MICROWAVE OVEN, Magic Chef, 1.5 cu.ft, extra large capacity, like new, $95. (203) 265-3738 MOVIES Children’s Videos (sixty). Mostly Disney. 50 cents each. Many still new. (203) 440-3919

Flags, Helmets, Fighting Knives, Bayonets, Medals, etc.

203-238-3308 JEWELRY

NAPIER & Costume jewelry.

SWIMMING POOLS & SPAS HAYWARD D.E. Pool filter, used on 24 ft. aboveground round pool w/connections. Runs well. $100. Leaf net cover for 24 ft. round pool. Used 1 season. Good condition. $75. (860) 6212928

WANTED TO BUY MUSH HAGGLERS Heated Indoor Flea Market & Tag Sale. Dealers wanted. Daily or monthly rental. Fri, Sat, Sun. 84. 203-213-1248. 387 S. Colony St, Meriden. (Down the st. Chef’s Hat Pizza). Antiques, furn., hand-made jewelry. Free coffee! New Items Daily! Come in, let’s haggle! 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.


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.

1-2 ITEMS Silverware, china, glass, furniture, 50’s items, whole estates.



HOUSES FOR RENT CHESHIRE $2900/mo. Impressive Colonial conveniently located in central Connecticut. Expectional detail throughout. Stainless and granite kitchen, mahogany beams and trim, luxurious master bath. Linda 203-272-1234

Especially Napier. 203-530-8109

$ ALWAYS BUYING! $ PROFORM 400 GI treadmill, Sportcraft Turbo Air Hockey Table, Everlast Punching Sand Bag, Kenmore Free Standing Freezer I'm moving ... Call Laurie w/ Best Offer @ 203-2342023 ROSETTA Stone CDs. Many languages available. $65. (860) 8284884 STAMP Collection for sale. U.S., U.N. & Foreign. Half Price, Scott Catalog. (203) 630-0632

1 item to entire estate! Call or stop by Frank’s, 18 South Orchard St. Wallingford. Mon-Sat. 9:30-4:30.

203-284-3786 ANTIQUES WANTED - 1 Item or an Estate. Estate sale service provided. Seeking: Meridenmade items, lamps, paintings. Call Todd Shamock 203-237-3025

STEEL BUILDING PKG 18 x 21 Door & Anchor Bolt Incl Reg $8,200 Now $4,845 + Code Adj. Other Sizes Avail Big & Small Erection Avail Source #11S Phone #860-237-4588

MISCELLANEOUS FOR SALE A NEW COMPUTER NOW. Brand Name laptops & desktops. Bad or NO Credit - No Problem. Smallest weekly payments avail. Its yours NOW. 800-3177891 BLUE Man group keyboard, barely used, paid $110, sacrifice $50. Precious Moments spice rack w/12 tea cup shaped spice holders, $50. Call (203) 605-6398 BURIAL PLOT in Walnut Grove Cemetery, Meriden. Section D, East, Lot 55. Single grave. Current cost $700, will sell for $600. Call (610) 670-4869



SPORTING GOODS & HEALTH BBALL Umpire leg/knee grds. Brnd new cndtn. $60.00 Call 860-628-6964 CHEST HIGH Fishing waders. $30. (860) 747-4849 YANKS Twins May 15-16-18 2 Main Bx 209 Ft Row..VS O’s May 19-20-21- $55.00 p/seat (2). Call 203-530-9666


CHESHIRE - Raised Ranch, 3BRs, 2 bath, 2 car garage. Hdwd flrs. No pets. Close to I84. $1200/mo. Refs & sec. dep. (203) 758-4378 PLAINVILLE. House for rent. 2 BR, perfect for home office. $1100/mo plus util. Avail immed. 860-221-5998.

WALLINGFORD $1300 - 3 BR, 1 Bath Cape. Centrally located. 1 mo sec/1 mo rent req. Refs req. Pets considered. EOH. Avail 6/15. Call Kathy (203)265-5618 x690

Buying Silverplate, Glass, Furn, music instruments, china, art, collectibles. 1 item to estate.

203-235-8431 WANTED: Fishing tackle, local collector looking for old or new, Rods, reels, lures, highest prices paid. Call Dave anytime 860-463-4359

WALLINGFORD -i 91 accessible. Split level. 3 full baths. 3 BRs. 2 car garage. Hardwood floors. Fireplace. Refs & Credit check. $1875/mo 203-265-5729


MUSICAL INSTRUMENT & INSTRUCTIONS STUDIO BLUE GUITAR Of Durham- Lessons for all ages. Berklee Alumna. 860-836-8157

MERIDEN- 3BR Townhouse, garage. $1200. Call Quality Realty, LLC 203-949-1904 WLFD- Judd Square- 1BR, No pets. $700. Call Quality Realty, LLC 203-949-1904


Friday, May 7, 2009 — Town Times APARTMENTS FOR RENT 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

Looking for the perfect new home for your Mother, Father, Aunt, Friend or Yourself?…….

You Found It! S a g e Po n d P l a c e

MERIDEN- 1BR Clean, newly decorated. 2nd flr, Heat, Hot water & cooking gas incl. $700. Small pet ok. 38 Lincoln St. Call (203) 440-4789 MERIDEN- 1BR, 2nd flr. Stove & refrigerator included. New carpeting. Secure building. No pets. One month security. $775 per month. 203-376-1259

Nestled off the road in a quiet, wooded setting!

Brand New Beautiful 1 Bedroom Apartments in Berlin For Active Adults 55 and better

MERIDEN- 2BR unit with dining room or use as 3rd bedroom on the 2nd floor in this quiet area. Newly renovated with parking. 81 Parker Ave North. $900 + sec. Utils. not included. No pets. (203) 537-1278 MERIDEN- 2BR, 1st flr, w/appls. Excellent condition. Off st. parking. No pets. $900 + sec. & utils. (860) 663-1229 MERIDEN- 3BR, 3rd flr, Big unit. 92 Franklin St. Newly renovated. Gas heat. No pets. Discounted rent. $895. 203-5371278. MERIDEN- Crown St. Large 1BR, 1st flr, lots of closet space. $700/mo. Section 8 approved. 203-265-4664 MERIDEN- Spacious 2BR, new appl’s incl. washer, dryer, DW, microwave, yard. Good neighborhood, near school. Off-st park. $1,100 +utils. 860-982-6585 MERIDEN- Wallingford line, Large, Luxury 2BR condo. Laundry. Rent - $850 + utils, no pets. 203-245-9493 x 2. MERIDEN-177 Foster St. Renovated, 1st fl, 2BR-$875. 2nd fl, 3/4BR, W/D hkup. $1100. Section 8 approved. Stove, refrig, micro, lg yd, off-st park. 203-634-3210 MERIDEN-2BR apt for rent. Newly renovated. Quiet. $750/mo + sec. No pets. Call Craig 203-537-6121 anytime. MERIDEN-2BR, 2nd flr, updated, Hdwd floors, gargage incld. $850/mo, 1st/last/sec. Call (203) 686-1016


YALESVILLE-1 BR -$1,050 2BR $1200-$1300, all appls incld W/D, C/Heat & air, exercise facility, patio & BBQ area. Call 203-464-8066


APARTMENTS FOR RENT MERIDEN 1 & 2RM EFFICIENCY $450 & $550. Some incld utils. 2 mo sec. Credit ck req. No pets. Call 203-284-0597 MERIDEN 1 BEDROOM 1-year lease. 581 Crown Village. Available now. $750 per month. Includes heat & hot water. Call Natalie 203-671-2672

MERIDEN 1 BR HOME SWEET HOMES Offers Meriden - Studio & 1BR apt From $650. Heat & HW incl. Avail. immed! 203-938-3789

HOME SWEET HOMES Offers Meriden- 3BR, Recently renovated, $1200/mo. Heat & HW incl. Available immediately. 203-938-3789 MER. FURNISHED apts + rms: ALL Incl Heat, Elec, HW. Ground fl furn effic, $210/wk+sec. RMs $130/wk+sec. 203- 630-3823

53 Washington St. New carpet. New paint. No pets. $625/month. 2 months security. 203-494-2147 MERIDEN 1 BR Apartment. Nice and quiet. WD hookup, off st parking. Hardwood floors, porch. Cats OK. $550 per month plus utils. (203) 554-3377

MERIDEN 1 BR Stove, heat & hot water incl. Lease, security & refs. No pets. (203) 239-7657 or 203-315-7300 MERIDEN 1, 2 & 3 BRs Available. $700, $900 & $1,000. Heat & HW included. Off street parking. No pets allowed. Ask for David (203) 630-6661 or 203-444-6901


MERIDEN 1BR., 1 bath. 465 Crown St, Spring Hill Condominiums H/H included Fridge/freezer. Well-maintained. $650/mo. 203-317-9638 MERIDEN 1st floor, 1 BR, 3 rooms, stove/fridge, washer hook up, gas heat, $675 mo. Avail Now! 203-284-5843 MERIDEN 2 BEDROOM, 1 BATH. 2nd Floor. $750/mo+Util. No pets. Nice street near MidState. 860-262-2464 MERIDEN 3 & 4 BRs avail. Great apts in great locations. 2Mos sec; No pets; app and ref a must. Starting at $925/mo. Call for details (203) 715-1965

MERIDEN 32 Cook Ave.

Spacious 1 BR Apt. New owners, Remodeled. Heat & HW incl. $650+. 203-886-7016

APARTMENTS FOR RENT MERIDEN 3rd fl furnished studio, $700/mo + sec. Heat, HW, Electricity incld. E. Side, very clean. Off-st park. 203-6303823 12pm-8pm

MERIDEN East side 3 BR APARTMENT $750 per month plus security. (203) 901-4000 MERIDEN Lg 1BR. 1 1/2 baths, 2 levels. New appliances, washer & dryer included. Secure Parking. $750 + utils. (860) 214-4852

MERIDEN-3BR, 2nd Fl., W/D hookup, off-street parking,60 Prospect St. $850/mo. Sec. 8 approved. Call 203-376-5599 MERIDEN-Bright & cozy 2BR, 2nd flr. Stove & refrig. No utils. Off-st park. Fenced yd, 3 season porch. $750 +1mo sec. 193 Springdale Ave. (203) 237-8445 MERIDEN-Studio apt. Center of town. $450/mo + utils. 1BR, $575/mo +utils. No pets. Sec & refs. Call 203-982-3042 MERIDEN. 2 BR, 2nd flr, modern, w/d hookup, off st parking, DR, absolutely no pets. Good credit & ref. Avail June 1. $850. (203) 634-0576


2 BR $775+/MONTH Heat & Hot Water Included Secure building. Off street Parking. Call 203-886-7016 MERIDEN LRG 4BR, lg kitchen, dishwasher, WD hookup. Good, quiet neighborhood, offst park, yard. Near school. $1,500 860-982-6585

NEW BRITAIN House for rent with option to buy. Seller will pay closing costs. Why rent when you can own your own house and pay less? Choose from 2 for 3 family houses. Please call Nilda (203) 507-7800 We Habla Espanol

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!

Call Now!

(860) 828-3958 also accepting applications for Affordable Units Income Restriction Apply Merit Properties, Inc. Financed by CHFA APARTMENTS FOR RENT PLAINVILLE 1BR units Starting at $515/month. One months security required. No pets. MBI 860-347-6919

SENIORS 62 PLUS More than a rental, a lifestyle • One BR SUITES • One & Two BR COTTAGES • Immediate Availability • Affordable monthly rates • No buy in • No lease • Pet friendly • Tours daily Call for appointment or info 203-237-8815 330 Broad Street, Meriden SOUTHINGTON - 1 1/2 RM Efficiency, near I-84 $130/wk. Incld heat & HW, A/C, appl’s. Sec dep & refs req 860-620-0025 SOUTHINGTON-3BR, 2nd flr. LR, big kit & bath, gar, laundry. $850/ mo. 17 Bristol St. No pets. Credit check. Open House Sun 4pm-5pm back dr. 203 699-9143 WALLINGFORD - 2 BR Large kitchen, off-street parking. $875 includes utilities. 203-530-1840 WALLINGFORD - 2 BR, Meadow St, 3rd flr, off-str pkg, $800, 203-288-3743 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 So Main St. 3rd flr. Quiet. 4 Rms. Hardwood flrs, eat-in kitchen, off st parking. Pet considered. Refs, lease, sec. Incl HW. $900/mo. (203) 265-9243

APARTMENTS FOR RENT WALLINGFORD- 1BR, studio, kitchen. Stove & refrigerator included. Centrally located. $525. No pets. 2 mo security + refs. 203-265-0698 WALLINGFORD-1BR, 1st Floor. Stove & refrigerator. $775 includes heat. No pets. 1 month security. Call 203-269-1148 WLFD 1BR 2nd FL off street parking. 2mos sec 1st mo rent + references. NO PETS. 203294-0329 WLFD-2BR, 3rd flr, $750/mo + utils inclds refrig, stove & W/D hkup. Whittlesey Ave. Off-stpark. No smoke/pets. Good credit. 2mos sec. Jerry 508-758-6927 WLFD. OVERSIZED Tri-level, applianced kitchen, lots of storage & closet space. NO PETS. $1195. Call J.J. Bennett, 203-2657101. YALESVILLE 1BR, 1st flr, appls. included. No Pets. 1 Mo. rent + 1 Mo. Sec. $600. 203-284-9100 Mon-Fri, 8-4

ROOMS FOR RENT MERIDEN - Hobart St Furnished or unfurnished. All utilities included. Parking. $125 weekly. Call 203-814-5786 MERIDEN Clean safe 1st floor, furnished rm. Share kit & BA. $120/wkly. 1 wk sec req. Call 203-238-3369 leave message. MERIDEN CLEAN SAFE ROOMS Heat, utils,. E.Side, kit privileges, off-st park. $130/wk. or call 203-630-3823 12pm-8pm MERIDEN. Room for rent, all util, share kit, bath & LR. Washer & dryer, off st parking. $150/week. 2 wks sec. (203) 605-8591


Town Times — Friday, May 7, 2009

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Friday, May 7, 2009 — Town Times

ATTIC & BASEMENTS CLEANED 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

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


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


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

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

203-237-4124 an LLC co. 15 & 20 Yard Roll-Offs. Home, Business or Job Site We do clean-outs too! Empire Construction, LLC 203-269-3559




Free Consultation 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

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

HOMETECH Carpentry, repairs. No job too small or large. Member BBB.


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



K & A ENTERPRISES Water & sewer lines, inground tank removal, drainage, grading, additions, pavers. Reg# 571435. ins. 203-379-0193 GRADING, Drainage, Foundations, Trucking, Retaining Walls, Pavers, Water/Sewer/Septic. Lic. #1682. Cariati Developers, Inc. 203-238-9846 MC/Visa Accepted

FENCING CORNERSTONE FENCE & Ornamental Gates. All types of fence. Res/Comm. AFA Cert. Ins’d. Call John Uvino 203-237-GATE CT Reg #601060


Green Planet Remodeling

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

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

DECKS MATTSON Home Improvement Affordable, quality decks. Free estimates. Insured. CT Reg 581924. (203) 631-7459

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

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

Spring Clean-ups, mowing, landscaping, stone work. WWW.QLSLLC.COM CT Reg #620306 Jim 203-537-2588 or 860-349-2118 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

Over 25 years experience. Call today for free estimates. Call 203-440-3535 Ct. Reg. #578887

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

Norm the Gardener’s 3-man crew is only $65/hr. CT Reg#571339 (203) 265-1460 A & A Lawn Care-Cuts, spring clean-ups, hedge trimming, tree, shrub, debris removal #584101 Free estimates. Jim 203-237-6638 BUDGET Friendly lawn mowing. Call (203) 314-7693, EBK Property Services. EL SOL Clean-ups, Hedge Trimming, Mowing. Accepting new clients. Comm/Res. Free est. Walter 203-619-2877

MOWING RICK’S AFFORDABLE Comm/resid Mowing, bagging Spring clean-ups, hedge trim, brush, tree & pricker removal. 11 yrs exp. 203-530-4447.



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

LANDSCAPING Silver City Landscaping LLC Lawn Mowing/Spring Clean-up Lawn Power Seeding/Mulch Reliable Service 20yrs exp 203-537-8106 CT Reg# 622655


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


VINCENZO D’ONOFRIO BATHROOM Remodeling, Concrete, Carpentry, Tile, Painting, Patio & Sidewalk Paving. CT Reg. #559333. (860) 628-2236


CT Reg #564042

BENJAMIN BUILDERS LLC Compared to major competitors. ROOFS, SIDING, WINDOWS, ADDT’S, KIT, BATHS, DECK, more 203-671-7415 Ct. Reg. #622755


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 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 JOE’S LAWN CARE, LLC Spring clean up, mowing, mulching, landscape work & irrigation service. 203-631-7444 Licensed, fully insured. #563805 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


Quality Landscaping, LLC




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

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


GARDEN TILLING Insured. CT Reg#0603313 Call Kurt 203-376-7324 ROTOTILLING Garden Bill with Troy Built, no garden too small. 203-294-1160

MASONRY 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 CASCIO Mason. Chimney repair, sidewalks, walls, brick work, etc. CT Reg #611774. 203-265-7826 or cell 860-398-1223 JIMMY’S MASONRY Stonewalls, steps, patios, chimneys, all types. Lic. & Ins’d. 25 yrs exp. Call for free est. 860-2744893 CT. Reg. #604498

PAINTING/ WALLPAPERING MIRKEL PAINTING Int./Ext. Popcorn ceilings. Interiors from $125 Exteriors from $899 CT Reg #569864. Ed 203-824-0446

APOLLO PAINTING Int/Ext, Popcorn Ceilings, Powerwashing. Call Mike 203-974-2097 or 860-347-1355 CT# 613892

CARABETTA’S GRADER SERVICE Sweeping Division For All Your Commercial Sweeping Needs. 203-214-6247 or 860-306-9970

GAF LIFETIME WARRANTY 3 of 100 R Master-Elite cert. Go over, repairs. MC/Visa. Ct. Reg. #572776


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

PLUMBING & Piping Contractor Specializing in small jobs. Capable of doing new & large jobs. Lic# 204060. John 203-284-9744 or 203-500-5224 cell. DON’T Flush money down the drain, call Duane Plumbing, heating. Quality work, low rates Major credit cards accptd. 203379-8944 lic. #283401 #389224 FAHEY Plumbing & Heating Quality ● Clean/Neat ● Honest! A guaranteed job at a good price! Days, Nights, Wknds - Same Price


Gonzalez Construction Roofing, siding, windows, decks, gutters & remodeling. ★★★★★★★★

203-639-0032 Fully license/insured. CT Reg# 577319


203-237-4124 an LLC co

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

203-639-0032 Fully licensed/insured. CT Reg.# 577319

203-269-0135 BEAUTIFUL FARM FRESH Screened Top Soil. Fill, Sand & Stone. Picked up or delivered. No minimum. Cariati Developers, Inc. 860-681-3991 TOPSOILScreened & unscreened, small & big loads available. Pick-up or delivery. Please call 860-349-5674

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

SERVICES OFFERED CARABETTA’S GRADER SERVICE Sweeping Division For All Your Commercial Sweeping Needs. 203-214-6247 or 860-306-9970

Reg #558927

Empire Construction, LLC


Gonzalez Construction

HAZELWOOD EXCAVATING Dry farm screened topsoil and colored mulch.

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


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

CT Reg. #516790

Shamock Roofing

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

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





Siding, roofing, windows, decks, sunrooms, additions.

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



Reg #558927




$1000 Off Your Lowest Estimate.

OFFICE Cleaning All your cleaning needs also provide floor refinishing and carpet cleaning Fully insured. I guarantee your satisfaction! Family owned. Upfront pricing.Jeff Ross 860919-7562 Owner Reliable, Office, Service, Specialist



To ensure a quality job at a fair price. Call 203-630-6459 CT Reg #608488 Sales/ Service. Reg # 565116 203-630-1058 or 860-349-3372


GARY WODATCH LLC Tree Removal, All calls returned Reg #0620397. Quick courteous service. Office 203-235-7723 or Cell 860-558-5430

LAVIGNE’S TREE SERVICE IN BUSINESS 28 YRS. Tree removal. Stump grinding. Crane Srv. Free Est. Fully insured. 203-294-1775 TREE Cutting, stump grinding, wood chipping, bucket work. Fully ins’d & free estimates. Call anytime. 860-628-8830

PRICKER REMOVAL RICK’S AFFORDABLE Spring clean-ups, hedge trim, brush, tree, pricker & underbrush removal. No job too big or small. 11 yrs exp. 203-5304447.


Town Times — Friday, May 7, 2009 HOUSES FOR SALE




Vending Route Drivers - Middletown, CT

Meadowstone Motel- Off I-91. Sat. TV, furn’d. Daily/Wkly On Bus Line. 203-239-5333

Are you motivated by being compensated for exceptional performance? Do you desire base pay plus commission with existing customers on established routes?

VACATION & SEASONAL RENTALS SELL/RENT YOUR TIMESHARE NOW!!! Maintenance fees too high? Need Cash? Sell your unused timeshare today. No commissions or Broker Fees. Free Consultation. 1-866-708-3690


WLFD $199,900 Perfect for first time homebuyers or empty nesters! 3BR home with updated mechanicals and newer windows. Cosmetics needed, but worth the effort. Full basement w/bath and 1 car garage. Linda 203-265-5618

Giving You Clear answers during complex times. Call Lisa Golebiewski, Broker/Owner. 203-631-7912 Experience Makes the Difference!

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.

Michelle Wininger Realtor/Residential Specialist Let me explain the new tax credit of up to $8,000 for first time buyers. This is NOT a loan, you pay nothing back on purchases from now to Nov 30th.

860-707-5389 Michelle@

HOUSES FOR SALE MERIDEN FOR SALE BY OWNER!!! Meriden 3 bed., 2 baths. Elegant, ranch. Granite counters. Fully applianced. Hardwood floors. Brick/vinyl siding. Attached 1-car garage. Oil heat. Recently remodeled. Landscaped. T Hooker School. $250,000 CALL: 860-637-0228 NC MOUNTAINS. NEW! E-Z Finish Log Cabin Shell Financing Available!! With Loft & Full Basement. Includes acreage. $99,900 Warm Winters/Cool Summers 828-247-9966 code 45

Depot Delivery Driver - Middletown, CT Next Generation Vending and Food Service, Inc., a successful, regional leader in the Vending, Dining and Office Refreshment services industry is seeking a motivated Depot Deliver Driver to service the Central Connecticut and Western Massachusetts Region.

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WLFD $285,000 “Pristine” Ranch. 2+BDRMS, DR, FR, HDWD flrs, C/A, att gar. Total update. Huge level fnc’d yard/deck/patio. “Must See”. EZ to twn, Y, Choate, Yale. $8000 tax credit to qualified buyers! Dee (203) 265-5618

MERIDEN-Office space available in downtown. Across the street from future engineering company, plenty of parking available. $10 per sq. foot, 500 to 3600 sq. feet available. Please call 203-235-1511 x701. MERIDEN. 3 rm office suite, 1st flr, heat & electric. 1st mo. free, sec & ref. $650. Colony RE 203-235-5797

This position will provide a full training program, the opportunity to work independently, early hours, Monday through Friday work schedule.


MERIDEN Approx 900sqft, 5Rms + reception area & 2 baths, bsmt option extra. $1000/mo w/o utils. Near Gianni’s Restaurant. MBI 860-347-6919

Responsibilities including delivering, servicing and filling our vending machines with quality products and developing great customer relations with our clients. Drivers will provide exceptional customer service by keeping our machines clean, filled and working. A valid driver's license and ability to lift 50 pounds required (No CDL required).

Responsibilities including driving safely and efficiently to various depot sites, loading and unloading product in warehouse, cleaning, and meeting customer needs. Other responsibilities include:

YALESVILLE-Hartford Turnpike. Garage Bay for rent. 10ft overhead door, heat & running water avail. Call 203-641-4746

MERIDEN 1 unit avail at approx 1130sqft $1,000/mo w/o utils. Bathrm & storage rm. Near Gianni’s Restaurant. MBI 860347-6919

Next Generation Vending and Food Service, Inc., a successful, regional leader in the Vending, Dining and Office Refreshment services industry is seeking motivated, Route Drivers to service the Central Connecticut Region.

MERIDEN Ideal corner lot pro landscaped well cared for home in desirable area. Home sits on lg lot w/beautiful mt views. Impressive great rm w/vaulted ceiling & HW flrs. $279,000. Call Vicki (203) 235-3300

NO BANK QUALIFYING! 3BR, 1 bath Colonial Off st parking in Meriden For more info, go to: Homes R Us

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Replenish stock of soda & product from pallets. Maintain cleanliness of warehouse and parking area. Ensure entries on required paperwork are accurate. Inspect vehicle daily for safety and working equipment. Answer customer requests and questions courteously. Bring customer requests and needs to Supervisor's attention.

Applicants must be able to lift & push a minimum of 50 pounds. Valid driver's license and ability to drive a hand truck are also required. Next Generation Vending and Food Service, Inc. offers a competitive compensation and benefit package including medical, dental, 401(k), life insurance, STD, vacation and personal/sick time. If you are looking for a company that encourages career advancement and you are the type of person who has strong customer service skills, high energy and appreciates working independently...look no further! Interested candidates should send their resumes and salary requirements to:

Kevin Garrison EEO/AA

Giving You Clear answers during complex times. Call Pam Sawicki-Beaudoin Broker/Owner. 203-623-9959 Experience Makes the Difference!

MERIDEN Lovely 3BR Ranch w/HW fls, remod EIK & bath, 3 season sun room, 2c det gar, fin LL w/bar, many updts, including roof, windows & much more + CAIR, private quiet area. $179,900. Kathy (203) 235-3300

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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Regency House of Wallingford is a 130-bed skilled nursing facility and is currently recruiting for the following position:

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CONDOMINIUMS 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.

MIDDLETOWN Spacious 2BR 1.5 bath Townhouse in lovely Ridgely. Plenty of space plus a family room. Come see! $169,900. Brian Miller 203-2655618 MERIDEN-E. side. “Estate Sale” 2-family. 5 & 5, LR, DR, 2BR, updated kit., bath, 2 enclosed porchs, 3-car gar., vinyl siding, full bsmt. (2) 100amp service, (2) gas boilers & water heaters. Bonus-zoned com. “C-4” Ideal for residents and/or business. Must See property! Call Ania (203) 488-6389 or (203) 623-2009

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MERIDEN Lovely top flr remodeled 2BR Ranch, East side, open flr plan, remod bath, master w/walk in closet & dressing area, CAIR, sliders to deck & pool. $99,000. Kathy (203) 235-3300


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Duties include general cleaning of resident rooms and common areas. Must be available weekends and holidays and have experience cleaning in a Healthcare setting. Interested candidates please contact:

Kathy Delvey-Takasch Regency House of Wallingford 181 East Main Street Wallingford, CT 06492 (203) 265-1661 or fax (203) 265-7842 EOE COMMERCIAL & INDUSTRIAL PROP. MERIDEN- For sale by owner. Commercial property. 4 1BR units - fully rented, plus restaurant - currently vacant but fully equipped. New roof, new electricity. 133 Hanover St. $325,000. (203) 912-9045


BOOKKEEPER-for automobile dealership. A/P, A/R, payroll, general maintenance, bank recs, prepare paperwork for DMV. Must have Quickbooks, Excel exp. 20-30/hrs per week in Wlfd. Fax resume to 203-949-0143 CONTRACTOR NEEDS CLASS A CDL Driver w/ tri-axle exp, P/T only. Call 203-271-0709.


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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


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For the Wallingford Planning & Zoning Commission. Involves an average of two evening meetings per month; recording & transcribing minutes of said meetings. Shorthand helpful but not necessary.


Please send resume to: Linda Bush, Town Planner, Wallingford Planning Department Town Hall, 45 South Main Street Wallingford, CT 06492 Or FAX to: 203-294-2095.



QUALIFICATIONS: Candidate should have at least five (5) years administrative experience in a public school system. Experience in a position as a leader in curriculum/instruction administration at the high school level is required. Candidates should possess or be eligible for Connecticut Certification endorsement #092. An earned doctorate is desirable. Effective date: July 1, 2009 Closing date: UNTIL FILLED To Receive Application Contact: You may fax, phone and email:

Cheshire Public Schools Human Resource Dept. 29 Main Street Cheshire CT 06410 203-250-2429 203-250-2438 (FAX)

HELP WANTED BURGER KING is now hiring for many positions at 888 N. Colony Rd, Wallingford. MonSun, 11AM-3PM & 5PM-3AM. 203-265-2726

HELP WANTED DRIVERS: School Bus P/T. Free CDL Training! No Exp. Nec. 866496-2726. Apply online at: GYMNASTICS - Team Coaches, Tumbling & Class Instructors. Competitive Pay. CT Gymnastics / Wallingford (203) 269-7464


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The primary role of a high school principal is the oversight & delivery of the educational program for all students including supervision of the teaching/learning process. In addition, the principal will develop & manage a site-based budget; establish and maintain excellent relations and communications with parents and the community, and provide level management of the facility ★ Supervise certified and classified staff ★ Collaborate w/reps of teachers & parents to assess needs and develop goals annually for the school's strategic planning objectives ★ Assist teachers in improving techniques and methodologies of teaching ★ Implement district philosophy of education and instructional goals and objectives


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INTEGRATED LAWN & LAND SERVICES Lawn maintenance position. Minimum 3 yrs mowing experience. Call (203) 537-7060 MYSTERY Shoppers Needed. Earn up to $150 per day. Undercover Shoppers needed to Judge Retail & Dining Establishments Exp Not Required. Call Now 1-877-218-6211

FT Opening in our Meriden office. Must be an RN, BSN preferred with minimum of 1 year homecare exp. Reports to Supervisor of Clinical Services. Competitive salary & benefits. Contact Nancy Pratt, DCS 800-227-3449

CNA To work 24-32 hours per week, day or evening shift. Apply in person:

Montowese Health & Rehab Center 163 Quinnipiac Ave. North Haven, CT 06473 or fax 203-789-4433 Attn: Annette

Waterbury Extended Care Facility We are currently seeking an experienced RN Supervisor for our newly renovated facility! Available Positions: 11pm-7am shift- 32 hour position 7am-3pm shift- 32 hour position Come join our Nursing Staff where your caring can make all the difference in the world! Apply @ WECF 35 Bunker Hill Road Watertown, CT 06795 860-274-5428 Or send resume to Don: EOE An Affiliate of Apple Health Care, Inc. HOME HEALTH AIDE Mon-Fri, 9am-2pm. Reliable. Non-smoking environment References req’d. 860-426-9208



Join a team of spirited, friendly, dedicated co-workers! Service Response Line Coordinator for Building Services in a premier Continuing Care Retirement Community. Responsible for receiving directing calls for Maintenance, Housekeeping & Laundry. Excellent Customer Service skills Dispatcher experience a plus. Good Computer skills a must Position available immediately. Please apply in person at: Elim Park Baptist Home, 140 Cook Hill Road, Cheshire, CT, M-F, 8a-7p or weekends, 10a-3p. EOE, A/A, D/F, M/F

INFINISTAFF will be hosting an Open Recruitment on Friday 5/1/09 from 10am-12pm at CT Works, 85 W Main St, Meriden, CT. We have openings for Prod u c t i o n W o r ke r s , Ma c h i n e O pe ra t o rs, a n d As se m ble rs . For more information please call 860-223-5100.


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52 Happy Mother’s Day and Thank You. To: Laurie for my dear grandson Shawn To: Marylou for my caring grandson David To: Denise for my beautiful granddaughters Melissa & Gina To: Geri for my charming granddaughter Genna To: Ingrid for my dear Amy & Katie To: Monica for my darling grandson James All my love, Mom

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Mom For all you do for us, a simple wish of love, now and forever. Happy Mother’s Day! Love, David, Lauren and Dad


Happy Mother’s Day to the Best Grammy in the world. We Love You. God Bless You Always. Love You Lots, Ashley and Jenna XOXO

Viola Ayotte Happy Mother’s Day Gramma! We love you so much! Love, Tim & Kate

Mom Happy Mother’s Day. There should be more than one day to celebrate how special you are to us. We love you so much. Hugs & kisses. Love, Angel, Justin & Nora

Mom You are the strongest and smartest woman I know. Thank you for making me the person I am today. I couldn’t have done it without you. I love you! Happy Mother’s Day! Bryanna

Mommy Happy 3rd Mother’s Day. I love you Mommy! Love, Kisses & Hugs, Ava May P.S. Thank you for being a wonderful Mommy!

Grandma Eshoo We love all you do for us! Love, Toby, Noah & Nancy

Grammie, Happy Mother’s Day Grammie! I love you very much. Thank you for taking care of me and playing with me. Love, Skylar

Mama Happy Mother’s Day Mama! I love you very much. Thank you for taking care of me and playing with me. Love, Skylar

Wendy Caruso Happy Mother’s Day Grammy I Love You! Love, Nicole

Mommy Mary E. Barnes A mothers love, so very hard to explain. Joy, heartache & pain. So precious and rare. Happy Mother’s Day. Love, Diana Rose

Amy (Devine) Burdeshaw Happy First Mother’s Day Amy! Love, Mom & Dad and your Precious little Girl, “Raegan”

Alicia Sibilio Happy Mother’s Day Mommy. Thanks for being the best Mom a little girl could ask for.


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Friday, May 8, 2009 By Sue VanDerzee and Stephanie Wilcox March, so there are many sea- sonal flu cases going on right now. Every year, abou...