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Volume 17, Issue 8

Serving Durham, Middlefield and Rockfall

Friday, June 4, 2010

Lightly attended Bearing witness to sacrifice “The more things change, the Middlefield town more they stay the same” could certainly be said of the meeting passes budget annual Memorial Day parade By Chuck Corley Special to the Town Times

After weeks of waiting for the school budget to pass, the town of Middlefield finally held its town budget meeting on Tuesday, June 1. As initially presented, the total budget amounted to $15,243,800, with $3,806,288 of this in town expenses, and a total mill rate of 27.39 mills. This represents an increase of 1.7 mills from the 2009-2010 budget, with .77 mills resulting from an increase in town expenses. Although these were the numbers initially presented to the town, a few changes were made to the budget before the night was through. The most significant of these were proposed by the Board of Finance, with chairman Rebecca Adams motioning for the removal of $294,033 from both the expenditures and revenue sides of the budget. This represents 14 percent of Middlefield’s portion of the Educational Cost Sharing grant that typically goes through the town before reaching the school. However, 14 percent of the ECS grant is going directly to the school from the federal government. Because of this, Adams wanted to avoid paying for a greater portion of the school budget than the town is supposed to. This was but one of the amendments Adams proposed, with three other, smaller adjustments making it into her motion. One was to increase the Board of Finance budget from $1,000 to $2,000 to cover various fees, while a $6,800 increase was also proposed in line-item 6075, Other Legal Fees, to cover anticipated legal costs relating to bond counseling. The final item in Adams’ amendment was the elimination of the Park and Recreation Director’s supplementary salary of $2,300. This supplementary salary is supposed to be generated by Park and Recreation itself, with a matching amount of money on the revenue side of the budget. Adams eliminated the salary as it is uncertain just how much revenue Park and Recreation may generate. When put up for a vote, the amendment met with substantial approval, with 35 members of the public voting in its favor, resulting in a $7,800 increase to See Middlefield budget, page 12

In this issue ... Calendar ...............................................................4 CRHS Awards ................................................35-38 Devil’s Advocate ............................................27-34 Durham Briefs & Library..................................39 Middlefield Briefs & Library ........................12-13 Obituary..............................................................43 Scouts & 4H.........................................................39 Sports..............................................................41-42

and ceremony in Durham. Always included are veterans, right, somber as a wreath is laid at the war memorial; flags in local cemeteries honoring veterans of wars as distant in time as the American Revolution, below; and young people, in this case scouts, who will no doubt someday carry on this beloved tradition as leaders. More on pages 16-17.

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Town Times Community Briefs


Barbeque and touch-a-truck

The Durham Volunteer Fire Co. and Explorer Post 422 are hosting a BBQ chicken dinner and touch-a-truck fundraiser on Saturday, June 12, from 3 to 7 p.m. on the Durham fairgrounds. The event will be held rain or shine. Dinner will include BBQ chicken, French fries, cole slaw and a beverage. Hot dogs and hamburgers will also be available. Tickets are $25 for a family of two adults and two kids, or $10 for adults,

$5 for kids (12 and under), free for those under two. The event will feature touch-a-truck, a DJ, a moonbounce and live music with Time Travelers band! Tickets will be available at the door and at the Durham Firehouse (Tuesday evenings and Sunday mornings), or from any DVFC member or Explorer.

Strawberry Fest in Westfield Garden tour The Westfield Ladies Aid Society’s 132nd annual Strawberry Festival and

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The Mid-Lea Garden Club of Middlefield will present a garden tour on Saturday, June 12, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. featuring five gardens. Each one offers a unique garden experience. The event will be

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held rain or shine. Tickets are $12 in advance and available by calling Linda at 860-3491428 or Sandy at 860-349-2027. Tickets on the day of the tour will be $15 at Levi Coe Library. The group will leave from the library at 10 a.m. Come and enjoy complimentary refreshments, live country entertainment by Midi, member-grown plant sale and a garden raffle after the tour.

Strawberry Fest at Lyman’s On Saturday, June 12, Lyman Orchards will celebrate strawberries, the first fruit of the summer season, at its 10th annual strawberry festival. The day-long event begins with breakfast on the Apple Barrel deck from 8 to 11 a.m., and features many family fun activities and strawberry treats throughout the day. A strawberry scavenger hunt, pie-eating contests, food sampling, free face painting and pick-your-own strawberries are offered. A live music performance by the popular country/bluegrass group, the

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Monthei Brothers, with vocalist Wendy May, will be held on the Apple Barrel deck from 1 to 3 p.m. Strawberry Fest is the kick-off of Lyman’s summer fest series that will include a berry fest on July 17, and a peach fest on Aug. 14. For more info about the strawberry fest and other summer events, call Lyman Orchards at 860-349-1793 or visit www.lymanorchards. com. Call the pick-your-own hotline at 860-349-6015 for upto-date information on picking times.

CRHS Class of 1990 reunion

The 20th for CRHS class o f 1990 will be held on Saturday, July 10, at 6 p.m. at the Tradition Golf Club at Wallingford. Tickets are $40 and can be purchased at by June 26. Classmates are asked to provide their maiden and married names, addresses and phone numbers to update the mailing list. Email updated information to

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Though Life Star was unable to be part of the mock crash as planned, due to responding to a real call, the impact was big, said senior Garrett Ercolani. For Ben Shoudy, a senior who acted as the drunk driver, it was very scary and didn’t feel like acting. “It was very real; we never want to see anyone in that position for real,” they said. Sophomore Zach Lavigne thought the crash had less of an impact then the stories shared in the auditorium, but the event as a whole meant something to him. He has friends who are just starting to drive. “Before seeing this, many people were afraid of how they’d feel,” he said. “But it was definitely moving and effective.” Which is exactly why the mock crash took place. Health teacher Christen Bertz was approached by Danny Comen, a member of Durham Volunteer Fire Co. and an EMT, and Brian Dumas, a member of


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With prom, the BOMB Fest and Memorial Day celebrations all in one weekend, Friday, May 28, was as good an opportunity as any to hold a mock car crash on the Coginchaug campus for all of the student body to see before heading off for a few days of fun. After losing three Coginchaug students in recent months in separate crashes, there was a message to get across about safe driving, and it needed to be said in the most realistic way possible. “This is to help you make responsible, good decisions,” said principal Steve Wysowski. With the support of the Durham Volunteer Fire Company and Durham Volunteer Ambulance Corps, the Middlefield Volunteer Fire Department, Durham and Middlefield first selectmen, Teens in the Driver Seat, the Durham/Middlefield Wellness Council and state police, students watched from a few feet away as four of their classmates, acting as victims and perpetrators of a head-on collision, were freed from the wreckage. Complete with sirens, trucks and equipment, including Jaws of Life, students were able to get a feel for the process of retrieving victims. After the 30-minute spectacle, students were sent to the auditorium where they processed what they’d just witnessed and heard testimonials from peers and emergency personnel — bringing

the message home. “You have a choice,” said Durham EMT Tom Wimler after sharing his most memorable crash experiences as a fireman. “You can prevent that from happening.” Students representing Teens in the Driver Seat addressed their peers about why the event was so meaningful. “Crashes like this happen every day, and they’ve happened multiple times in our community,” said one. Then students who had been given purple sticks on the way in were asked to stand; this number represented the number of teens who have died this year so far in crashes. Friends of the victims of the real crashes, which took the lives of Ally Palmisano, Michelle DiVicino and Ryan Weckesser in three different incidents, read heartfelt stories of their memories and friendships. DiVicino’s best friend said into the microphone, “No one ever thinks this can happen to them, but believe me, it can.” There were many wet eyes in the audience, “But it’s what we needed,” said senior Emily Shoemaker. “It was very emotional, but good for the community to see. We hear stories, but real life is different than the movies. This is a hit to the face.”

Town Times & Places


June 4

Nunsense The musical Nunsense opens for a three-week run at the Town Hall Theater, 174 Main St. in Deep River. Performances are Friday and Saturday nights at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2. For tickets or info, call 860-291-2988 or visit Robin Hood The Coginchaug senior class play, Robin Hood, will be held at 7:30 p.m.


June 5

Notre Dame tag sale Notre Dame Church on Main Street in Durham will have their monthly tag sale and flea market from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dudley Farm Market The Dudley Farm, corner of Routes 77 and 80 in North Guilford, will hold their weekly farm market from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., rain or shine. For info, call 860-349-3917. Kids’ Carnival Bring your family to a fun day of games, crafts, stories, face painting and more. Girl Scout Troop 62890 of Middlefield is hosting a community kids’ carnival with DMYFS. Activities for all ages will be held throughout the day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Community Center in Middlefield. Come touch a truck, visit with firefighters, work an excavator, get your face painted, scoot in a scooter race or get your friend wet at a water balloon fight. For more information, call Susan D’Orvilliers at 860-349-2454. Mica Ledges Hike At 9 a.m. enjoy a five-mile hike from Mica Ledges in Durham to Bluff Head in Guilford. Registration appreciated by contacting Lucy at or 860-395-7771. Health and Safety Day Middletown kids’ health and safety day will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., rain or shine, on Main Street in front of the police station. The event will feature health and safety information, a bicycle safety rodeo and bicycle helmet give away, health screenings and safety exhibits. The Connecticut Masons will offer identification kits. Adults

can obtain free gun locks from the Middletown Police Department. Fun activities include clowns, face painting, spin art, sand art, games, prizes, a DJ, martial arts and dance demos, all free of charge. Tag and Bake Sale The Church of the Epiphany, 196 Main St. in Durham will hold a tag and bake sale from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Items may be dropped off at the parish hall from 5 to 8 p.m. the night before. For information, call 860-349-9644. Car Show The fifth annual E.J.K. car show will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Xavier High School, 181 Randolph Rd. in Middletown. A donation of $10 is requested for entries and $1 for spectators. All proceeds benefit the memorial scholarship fund. Rain date is Sunday, June 6. For more info, call 860-870-8590. Hammonasset Walk The Friends of Hammonasset present a hike led by Ranger Russ Miller and Marcy Klattenberg at 10 a.m. from the Meigs Point Nature Center parking lot in Hammonasset State Park. This easy walk is for all ages. Bring binoculars, but no dogs. 1975 Class Reunion The CRHS Class of 1975’s 35th class reunion will be held at the Middletown Elks Club at 7:30 p.m. Enjoy reminiscing, dancing, hot and cold hors d’oeuvres, dessert and bar service. The cost is $40 per person. Contact Diane Roraback Bussolini at or 860-424-1512. Benefit Walk Take Steps for Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis at Wesleyan University’s Freeman Athletic Center in Middletown. Registration begins at 4 p.m. The walk begins at 5 p.m. For info, call 203-208-3130 or register at Judge Coe Day Beginning at 5 p.m., the Levi E. Coe Library will host Judge Coe Day. Bring a picnic to the garden and enjoy a concert with the New Two Cat Band and ice cream sundaes. Tickets for the sundaes are available at the library. Trails Day Today and tomorrow residents from across the state will hit the trails to take part in the 18th annual Connecticut Trails Day Celebration. A full listing of events is published in the Connecticut

Trails Day booklet, available at the CFPA office, 16 Meriden Road in Rockfall, libraries, the DEP Bookstore, and online at Baseball Tryouts Signups and tryouts for the U18 and U16 Babe Ruth baseball team will be held at the Coginchaug High School baseball field at 5 p.m. Cost is $140 per player. Contact Dan Wheeler at 860-349-0723 for the 18U team or Mike Fiddler at 860-638-9816 for the 16U team. Raptors Potapaug Audubon presents live raptors from “A Place Called Hope” at 1 p.m. at the Stewart B. McKinney National Wildlife Refuge, 733 Old Clinton Rd. in Westbrook. The program is free, but please consider bringing paper towels, copy paper or large garbage bags. For more information, call 860-399-0136. Canoe and Kayak Trip CFPA and the Jonah Center for Earth and Art, will lead a free kayak trip from Harbor Park on the Connecticut River at 9 a.m. Paddlers will return between 12 and 1 p.m. Bring your own kayak or canoe. Call 860-984-6178 for more information. Science of Mind The Science of Mind: a practical spiritual philosophy of the thinking mind. Take charge of your mind today and your tomorrow will take care of itself. Study the principles of life and success from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Disabled Veterans Hall, 80 Hall Ave. in Meriden. For info, call Rev. H. Patrick Pollard at 860-391-5772.


June 6 Rabies Clinic Dr. Mark Albin will donate his services for a rabies clinic in the medical building on the fairgrounds from 10 a.m. to noon. Bring proof of previous year’s vaccines for three-year vaccines. Vaccinations will cost $20 and town officials will be present to license your dog. Call Kim Garvis at 860349-3453 for info. All proceeds to benefit Durham Animal Response Team. Book Talk and Signing Jess Maghan, author of 40 Fathers, will talk about his book at 9:30 a.m. at Congregation Beth Shalom Rodfe Zedek, 55 East Kings High-

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way in Chester. For info, call 860-526-8920. All are welcome. Appraisal Fair The Meriden Historical Society will hold an appraisal fair at the Andrews Homestead, 424 West Main St., from noon to 2 p.m. The fee is $5 for each item or three for $10. Mother/Daughter Hike At 1:30 p.m. enjoy a mother/daughter hike for two-tothree miles from Mica Ledges. Registration appreciated by contacting Lucy at or 860-395-7771. Auditions The Ct. Gilbert and Sullivan Society will hold auditions for The Mikado at Congregation Adath Israel, 48 Old Church St. in Middletown, from 6 to 8 p.m. Call 800-8661606 for more information.


June 7 Stroke Club Middletown Stroke Club will meet at 1 p.m. at Sugarloaf Terrace in Middlefield. The Stroke Club meets the first Monday of every month. For info, call Ida at 860-3449984, Ray at 860-349-9226 or Ann at 203-235-4275. White’s Farm Meeting Paul Capotosto, wetlands restoration biologist from the state DEP, will meet with interested residents at 3 p.m. at White’s Farm to discuss flood mitigation efforts at White’s. This meeting is open to all interested persons.


June 8 JLPA The John Lyman Parents Association will meet at 7 p.m. Concert The Korn School band and chorus concert will be held at CRHS at 6:30 p.m.


June 9 Instrumental Night The District 13 instrumental night will be held at 7 p.m. in the high school auditorium. TOPS Durham TOPS Club meets every Wednesday at 6 p.m. on the third floor of the Durham Town Hall. For info, call Naomi Klotsko at 860-349-9558 or

Bonnie Olesen at 860-349-9433. Arsenic and Old Lace The Ivoryton Playhouse, 103 Main St., will present Arsenic and Old Lace through June 17. For tickets and info, call 860-767-7318 or visit


June 10

Farmers’ Market Enjoy a traditional farmers’ market on the Durham green today and every Thursday from 3 to 6 p.m. Mustard’s Retreat Mustard’s Retreat will perform at 7 p.m. in the courtyard at Russell Library, 123 Broad St. in Middletown. Strawberry Festival The Westfield Ladies Aid Society’s 132nd annual strawberry festival and craft fair will be held at Third Congregational Church, 94 Miner St. in Middletown, from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The event features homemade biscuits buried under luscious strawberries and smothered with real whipped cream for $6.50 and $4.50 for small. For takeout orders, call 860-632-1486 today only.


June 11

Business Networking The local chapter of Business Networking International will meet in the United Methodist Church, 24 Old Church St. in Middletown, at 7:30 a.m. Contact Kirk Hagert at 860-349-5626 for info. Cogin-Chuggers The Durham Cogin-Chuggers will hold their June casual dance at the Brewster School in Durham, from 8 to 10:30 p.m. Will Larsen will be the caller and Sue Lucibello the cuer. This will be the last dance of the season. Donation is $6 per person. For info, call 860-349-8084 or 203-235-1604. Frog Friday Come to the Field Forest behind CRHS at 2:30 or 4 p.m. to go to the vernal pools and look for frogs and other signs of spring. Ct. Forest & Parks Association will provide viewing tubs, nets and pond scopes. You bring clothes and boots that can get muddy. For information, e-mail or 860-395-7771.

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Board of Education approves energy-saving projects By Karen Koba Special to the Town Times

“Essentially this is like a report card for us.” Viccaro explained. “Overall the state department is saying that we have met the requirements.” The report was very detailed, and Viccaro didn’t feel it necessary to review the entire report during the meeting. Instead she explained that the intention of the state and federal governments is to have students with disabilities in the classroom with their non-disabled peers as much as possible. “The state is monitoring us and rating us accordingly about the amount of time and quality of time that students with dis-

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winter or early spring months. The assessments are directed by the state department and are random in nature. The number of students that are assessed is determined by the state. “It varies. Sometimes it’s the entire class, sometimes just a group of students. We don’t have a choice,” Viccaro explained. “It’s just more testing, which is frustrating.” “Can our students refuse to do it?” asked BOE member Merrill Adams. “Or can a parent?” BOE member Debbie Golschneider added. Viccaro was unsure of the rights of students and parents to refuse testing. She told the board that she will seek some answers for them. Viccaro distributed a report from the Ct. State Department of Education regarding data on Special Education and the district’s results regarding adequate progress relating to students with disabilities.


At the Wednesday, May 26, District 13 Board of Education meeting, BOE member and building committee chair Bill Currlin explained that an energy audit was recently conducted to determine where the district can save money and energy. As a result there were many options presented to District 13 (D-13) for saving energy. To implement these savings would cost approximately $374,000. “What’s really exciting is that CL&P has offered to pick up $161,000 of this cost,” Currlin stated. “And what you’ll find even more exciting are the savings we can expect over the long term. If we do these projects, we will see about $113,000 in savings each year. That is considerable.” At that rate, the investment will be recouped within 1.9 years. The remaining balance of $212,369 would be the district’s responsibility. Currlin explained that some of the items have already been

planned and budgeted for. In addition, finance director Ron Melnick has been working to secure a grant to help with the remaining portion. The results of the grant award will be announced at the end of the month. The board members unanimously approved the acceptance of CL&P Clean Energy Fund money in the amount of $161,865 for improvements to D-13 buildings for energy efficiency and savings. The board members also unanimously approved a proposal from Siemans Industry, Inc. for implementing this project at a total cost of $374,235. Eighth and 12th graders randomly picked for state tests Superintendent of Schools Susan Viccaro informed the board that “We [the district] have been notified by the state that 8th grade students at Strong School and 12th grade students at Coginchaug will be participating in assessments next year. It entails a month-long, maybe six weeks total, testing of students.” The testing is expected to occur during the late

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Second annual Discover Durham business expo to move to fairgrounds The Durham Economic Development Commission will stage the second annual Discover Durham business expo in the commercial building on the Durham fairgrounds under an agreement between the town and the Durham Fair Association. The event will be held on Saturday, Oct. 9, to allow more participation by the public. The new venue will provide enough room for the expo to include local artisans, craftsmen and a farmers’ market, along with local businesses. Last year’s event drew enough participation to fill the Durham firehouse to capacity. Forty-one businesses participated as sponsors and eleven restaurants and caterers provided food and wine for a business after hours party. Economic Development Commission chairman Peter Cascini noted that the event is unique in the state. While there are several business expos sponsored by regional groups, Cascini said that very few individual towns promote their businesses this way. The fair association views the lending of the use of the building as part of its responsibility to be a good citizen, said fair president Gene Chiappetta.

The Expo Committee will again seek sponsorships at four different levels. Last year’s event was funded completely through the donations of sponsoring businesses. The committee will be contacting businesses throughout the coming months. The minimum level of participation will be $25 to cover the cost of the table rental and two chairs. Electricity is available. The Discover Durham business expo is open to manufacturers, retailers, contractors, professionals and home occupations in Durham. The committee is very pleased to add Durham artists, artisans and farmers to the event. Admission to the Expo by the public will be free. The event will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. It will showcase the entrepreneurs and myriad businesses in this small town and offer an opportunity for the public to discover the breadth of talent within our borders. Anyone interested in participating in or volunteering may call Brenda Eddy at 860349-0410, Peter Cascini at 860349-2309 or Ona McLaughlin at 860-349-8415. Visit for more information.

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Durham native on upcoming season of Top Chef By Stephanie Wilcox Town Times

ing to stay with his loyal team. Though it was close to their busy season, Sosa went for it, and in fall 2009 the application and casting process began. What was it like being chosen? “Let’s just say when I received the phone call, the hairs on my arms stood up. I had lots of feelings,” he said. Filming began this spring and lasted a little over a month. During that month, Sosa said he learned a lot, not only as a chef but also about himself from being around the 16 other chefs. “They’re really amazing — just look at the chefs on the show!” said Sosa. “It was awesome and extremely challenging – extremely, extremely. There were time restraints and having to think and move

quickly.” About being taped for a hit television show, Sosa, 35, said it was very intense, and he was like a sponge, taking in not only the experience but the information. “If you really listen, you can learn a lot about analyzing and critiquing food as a chef,” he explained. “It was very food-oriented and amazing to be around people who love food.” Sosa loves food so much himself that he can’t get enough of it and would love to go back to District 13 to host cooking classes, talks or programs. For him, it’s not only about taking steps into the See Top Chef, page 12


It wasn’t that long ago that Angelo Sosa was attending District 13 schools, playing in the town little league and strolling through Lyman Orchards. He remembers all of this vividly — as vividly as he remembers the exciting last few months of his life which were spent as a contestant on this season’s Top Chef. Born and raised in Durham, Sosa’s Dominican father and Italian mother made a great effort to expose their children to new experiences through traveling, especially trying different flavors and tasting various wines. For a short while Sosa worked as a waiter at a retirement home in Middletown to earn more cash. He became so intrigued and passionate about the cooking aspect that he often stayed late in the kitchen and went in on days off. At 19 years old, Sosa said goodbye to his parents and six siblings on Carriage Drive in Durham and went off to the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York. “I had a goal in mind to be one of the best chefs,” said Sosa, whose biggest inspiration came from his late Aunt Carmen from the Dominican Republic. “She was the most

amazing cook. I remember being eight years old and visiting her, and while all the kids were off playing, I was the only one who pulled up a bar stool and watched her cook.” After completing his culinary education, Sosa spent the beginning of his career with Jean-Georges Vongerichten, one of the first chefs to bring French and Asian flavors to America. Vongerichten became a mentor to Sosa, who went on to work for him at Jean Georges, Dune and Spice Market as executive sous chef. “He made me want to spend time in Asia,” said Sosa, which he eventually did, along with traveling and working in various places overseas with many of the world’s best chefs and restauranteurs. In July 2009 Sosa opened an Asian-influenced sandwich restaurant on 45th Street and 9th Avenue in Hell’s Kitchen called Xie Xie, which means “thank you” in Mandarin. “I thought it was a cool name, and it’s a homage to my guests,” said Sosa, who now resides in New York City. He was encouraged by many to participate in this season of Bravo’s Top Chef: D.C., in which chef-testants come face to face in the nation’s capitol to determine who has the chops to become Top Chef. But

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Last week my husband and I were at a local restaurant celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary when we received a phone call from our daughter with the news that our cottage on Lake Beseck was on fire, but fortunately no one was hurt. We drove to the lake to find dozens of firefighters and state police officers working in the pouring rain

trying to extinguish the fire in our cottage and trying to keep our friends, neighbors and the surrounding homes safe. Our sincere thanks go out to the firefighters from Middlefield, Westfield and Durham. We would also like to thank the folks of Middlefield for having the forethought to establish a water tank near the Lake Beseck beach. Our thanks go out to the dozens of fine firefighters, state police officers, friends,

Special election letter rules This is a bit earlier than usual for stating our letter to the editor rules for elections, but we are already getting the feeling that this may be a particularly active electoral season. In order to allow the largest number of citizens to express their opinions on the upcoming elections, we set a few special election season letter rules. Number one, the deadline for election letters will be Monday at 5 p.m. Number two, election letters will be limited to 200 words. Also, in order to allow as many people as possible to weigh in, we will not print letters that have already been printed in another publication, and only one contribution per month will be accepted from the same individual or group. For the last week before elections (deadline Oct. 25), only positive letters of support will be accepted. We also accept only signed letters with phone numbers, so we can verify authorship.

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Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battlefield of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this. But, in a larger sense, we cannot dedicate — we cannot consecrate — we cannot hallow — this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom— and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth. President Abraham Lincoln, 1863

Letters to the Editor and neighbors who helped out that night and the days following this tragedy. Our cottage may have been destroyed, but truly the only thing that matters is that everyone is safe. The Wilt Family, Tom, Josephine, Leslie, Greta

John shows up As president of Pegasus Manufacturing, I would like to personally thank Durham selectman and state representative candidate John Szewczyk for coming to my company headquarters in Middletown on May 12 to take part in Governor Rell’s job signing bill. This bill is a good step to get businesses out of the recession by providing, among other things, up to $500,000 lines of credit for small businesses, a pilot program to help Connecticut manufacturers implement more green technologies, and a sales tax exemption for machinery, supplies and fuel used in renewable energies. John spent a considerable amount of time talking with our employees to understand their concerns during the current economic turmoil. It was so very nice to see a politician not worry about the media who were present, but instead spend so much time talking to the workforce about their jobs and the economy and what he could do to help. John Szewczyk values people and truly understands what it

means to be a “public servant” – someone who serves the public and their interests, not his own. His slogan “People Before Politics” is dead on. I strongly support John Szewczyk for State Representative in the 100th District. Chris DiPentima, Durham

On May 12, Governor Rell, left, visited Pegasus Manufacturing in Middletown to sign the Job Growth Bill which provides several provisions to stimulate business and job growth in Connecticut. The bipartisan bill passed overwhelmingly a few days before the budget session ended. Chris DiPentima, right above, is president of Pegasus Manufacturing and a resident of Durham. Photo submitted by Chris DiPentima

Support for Szewczyk John Szewczyk will be a great State Representative for the residents of Middletown, Middlefield and Durham because he is a candidate who is

very much like us. Let’s start with John’s work ethic. He is an average citizen, who owns and maintains his own home, goes off to work each day to pay the mortgage and taxes, and saves for his retirement years. He knows first-hand about the ups-and-downs that life sometimes hands out, and so he understands the humanity that people need during difficult times. John is approachable and accessible. As a selectmen, he consistently makes a conscientious effort to ask residents for their views on matters which would affect them and their families. More importantly, he honestly listens and considers our suggestions. John is a civic-minded individual, who devotes most evenings to attending town meetings, and has devoted many hours to coaching local youth in both basketball and soccer. He understands the needs of our towns, having grown up here and graduated from Coginchaug. John earned his Bachelor’s degree at Trinity College, an institution respected for teaching high moral and ethical values. Now it is time for John Szewczyk to represent us in Hartford. This November support a representative with the education, energy and real-world experience that residents deserve. Frank and Debra DeFelice, Durham

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Notes from the campaign trail ... Local legislators named ‘Children’s Champions’ The Ct. Early Childhood Alliance has named 57 lawmakers (out of 187) from both parties as Children’s Champions. All three local state legislators, Senator Ed Meyer, Senator Tom Gaffey and Representative Matt Lesser, made the list. The Ct. Early Childhood Alliance is a group of organizations and individuals committed to improving developmental outcomes in the areas of learning, health, safety and economic security for children ages birth to eight. Member organizations provide care and education for 20,000 children.

Lesser re-nominated A crowd of 50 residents of Durham, Middlefield, Middletown and Rockfall met May 24 in Middlefield and unanimously nominated

State Representative Matt Lesser, below, for a second term. Secretary of the State S u s a n Bysiewicz, who previously represented Lesser’s district, nominated Lesser. The nomination was seconded by Durham Selectman Jim McLaughlin and others. “Matt brings energy, intelligence and a strong work ethic to state government,” Bysiewicz said, “and I’m proud to have him as my State Representative.” Democratic gubernatorial candidate Dan Malloy also spoke in favor of the nomination, praising Lesser’s See Lesser, next page

Have you read any good books lately?

“Have you read…?” three written book Karen Brimecombe, or “You know, you recommendations Lyman School principal should read…” are oftprovided by each heard comments in fourth grader who apclassrooms, hallways, plies for the Jonathan around lunch tables Howe Reading Award. and yes, even on the As the school year playground at John winds down, it isn’t Lyman School. What may surprise unusual to hear conversations among some folks is that the comments are staff members about which books made by students as they share rec- they are now stacking on their bedommendations for favorite books or side tables for summer reading. It’s series they have read. not surprising that, in addition to In a community of learners that has classics and bestsellers, some are new a goal of developing a lifelong love of children’s literature as suggested by reading, the rich discussions about lit- students or reviewed in periodicals. erature reflect the school culture. Liter- Some of us are already packing tote acy as a way of life is evident through bags of books to take away on vacabook groups, the summer reading list, tion with us! recess book swaps sponsored by Mrs. At this time of year, parents often Hadlock’s class, and through essays ask for suggestions about what they and interviews of fourth graders apply- can do to help their children keep ing to be the recipient of the Jonathan learning, or at least not losing ground Howe Reading Award. over the summer. At Lyman, we recSeveral traditions have evolved at ommend daily reading by children and Lyman over the last several years in- read-alouds by parents of books at a volving student participation in all as- higher interest level to encourage rich pects of the annual summer reading discussion and expanded vocabulary. list. Currently, in classes at all grade We ask students to log their reading levels, students are discussing and time and books read and those read to suggesting “must reads” to be includ- them by others on the Governor’s ed in the brochure that will ultimately Reading Challenge forms sent home go home in the final days of school. with the Summer Reading List. We Once final decisions are made about also recommend parents consider havthe “best of the best,” the titles are ing their children participate in the submitted to the Summer Reading wonderful summer reading programs List Committee which coordinates available at the public libraries in submissions to avoid duplicates. That Durham and Middlefield. Children’s lisame committee also asks for student brarians from both libraries will speak entries for cover illustrations that ar- to all Region 13 elementary students tistically depict a love of reading. Fi- before the end of the school year to innally, a special section of the booklet troduce their summer programs. is dedicated to a list composed of the Have you read any good books lately?

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Education changes bring pride I was honored recently with an invitation from Governor M. Jodi Rell to attend a celebratory billsigning at an East Hartford elementary school. The occasion was a ceremony at which the governor formally enacted what I described that day as “the most comprehensive education reform law in ConState Senator necticut history.” This event was attended by many of us, from across the spectrum of public education advocates, who spent hour after hour together over seven weeks in March and April negotiating each aspect of the new law. The East Hartford event was the culmination of a collaborative legislative process that included all stakeholders: superintendents, teacher unions, administrators, charter school advocates and legislators. For years I had been outspoken about the need for a transparent and accountable public education system; this law initiates a protocol through which routinely entered data will track student achievement from kindergarten right through

high school. The law also requires that student academic growth becomes a new criterion for assessment of teacher performance within the context of other criteria, such as student mobility and class size. There is also a provision for boards of education in persisting non-performing districts to Tom Gaffey be replaced, and parents will have a far greater voice in management, budgets and reconstitution of persistently non-performing schools as well. In this way the new law will help improve student academic achievement throughout our public schools for generations to come. Another means toward that end: there are now stricter high school graduation requirements and refined secondary school curricula with greater emphasis on math, science and foreign languages. These provisions are an acknowledgement that Connecticut students are graduating into a global marketplace. They simply must

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Burglary prevention for summer and year-round

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work to save dairy farms and lower electricity rates. Malloy said that, as governor, he would support Lesser’s efforts to reform electricity markets. Bysiewicz praised Lesser’s energy and his commitment to the families of the 100th District. She called him a friend and said, “Matt made the reduction of electric rates and the promotion of renewable energy strong priorities. Those are things that the 100th District needs very much.” McLaughlin specifically thanked Lesser for championing legislation that benefits Durham, including funding for the Durham Library, resurfacing Route 68 and a recent law Lesser helped pass which benefited the Durham Fair. Middlefield resident Nicole Brewer sang the national anthem, and Middlefield selectman Mary Beth Johnson led the group in the Pledge of Allegiance.


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be prepared to compete successfully in engineering, technology and commerce. Another key reform will provide an Alternative Route to Certification (ARC) for public school administrators to parallel the highly successful ARC that brings accomplished private-sector professionals into classrooms as teachers. We believe the “real world” experience of these successful professionals will help prepare Connecticut students for their imminent “real world” experience. This new law should also significantly enhance the state’s second round application for federal Race to the Top education funding. But even as Race to the Top provided the necessary impetus to enact the reforms prior to the submission deadline, the establishment of excellent public policy for the long term benefit of Connecticut’s chil-

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Middlefield Volunteer Fire Co., both seniors, to do something after having just lost DiVicino. At that point, Palmisano had been gone almost a year. It got put on the back burner, but when Weckesser became the third victim in April, enough was enough. Dumas and Comen helped arrange logistics from the emergency end and Bertz and Teens in the Driver Seat arranged the assembly afterward. Members of Teens in the Driver Seat were very thankful that students took it

seriously. They felt it had a bigger impact than even they predicted. There were no hearses, medical examiners and body bags like some mock crashes have, Bertz noted, but “emotions are so raw that it wasn’t necessary. Because we’ve had so much loss recently, it didn’t need to be that much more dramatic.” Bertz said this is the first event of its kind at Coginchaug, and there may be others in the future. First selectmen Laura Francis and Jon Brayshaw arranged to have one car each from the mock crash on the

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the budget. However, Adams’ amendment was not the only one proposed. Economic Development Commission member Cheryl Pizzo suggested adding $7,000 to her commission’s budget, going from $3,000 to $10,000. Pizzo justified this by explaining the need to market the town’s Hubbard Street property, as well as the Design Development District along Route 66. While most residents agreed with the need to market the town to developers, some questioned whether Economic Development should handle the matter. Resident Marianne Corona questioned whether it was the responsibility of the commission to negotiate with developers or plan roads. Corona saw these as primarily functions of the Board of Selectmen or other commissions. First Selectman Jon Brayshaw disagreed, stating that he didn’t want to “tie the hands” of Economic Development. While Pizzo stated that marketing is part of what the money would go to, she added

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that it also had to pay for flagging wetlands and performing soil testing on the Hubbard Street property. Resident Tom Rogers argued that Economic Development shouldn’t be flagging wetlands in the first place, instead focusing on marketing property that’s already available to develop, with roads and engineering already in place. Most residents came out in support of Pizzo’s amendment, with individuals such as Dick Boynton noting that Middlefield has traditionally been known as an unfriendly town to businesses. In an effort to address this reputation, the town approved Pizzo’s proposal on a 25-7 vote. Although no further amendments were made to the budget, resident Seb Aresco wanted to know whether the $60,000 budgeted for MIRMA was a “real figure” or not. Rebecca Adams informed him that the amount represents what would have been paid for MIRMA to cover the town, with $10,000 more to account for MIRMA’s under-funding

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these are flavors he gravitates toward. But his favorite recipe is steamed madai snapper with lily bulbs, and he always has salt, Japanese fish sauce, cinnamon, green cardamom and lily bulbs handy in his kitchen. With the season of Top Chef: D.C. ready for the air June 16 at 9 p.m., Sosa is back with his team in NYC working harder than ever. “After the show, I have such a fresh perspective, more passion and excitement, and I’m motivated to be back,” he said. “I work one day at a time, and I will remember the amazing experience (of being on Top Chef). It was truly a great honor.”

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Town website ‘on the way’

A website for the town of Middlefield is on its way. Volunteers from the town, including assessor Steve Hodgitts who has been designated by First Selectman Jon Brayshaw as the web master, are helping put it together. The website company recently picked up the materials and within about a week will have it “somewhat ready.” “It’s almost done,” said Marianne Corona. “We’re very excited. It’s strictly a government website so there will be good links on it. It’s been a good, combined effort.”

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P&Z closes Lorraine Terrace hearing; 65 days to vote The Planning and Zoning

Commission’s public hearing for a proposed three-building retail center at 1 Lorraine Terrace was continued on May 26, at which time applicant Matthew Crescimano presented a few more revisions to the plan. These revisions include using only concrete for the curbing, putting in gridmark windows, and increasing the foliage along with installing a fence along the northern edge of the property to help buffer light and sound. Although the revised plan included the use of arborvitae trees, zoning commissioner Jim Malcolm suggested that hemlock may be better, as deer won’t eat it. Chairman Mike Turner also voiced some concern about the applicant’s willingness to change the plan, noting that the applicant’s landscaping representative previously recommended against using arborvitae due to deer. As in past hearings, though, traffic remained the primary concern for residents along Lorraine Terrace. Residents opposed the proposal based on the danger cars turning onto Lorraine Terrace may pose to children, as well as the increased time it will take for them to enter and exit their homes. While Crescimano’s traffic engineer Bruce Hilson has repeatedly told residents that an entrance from Route 66 isn’t feasible, Lorraine Terrace residents such as Dennis Bishop suggested there may be alternatives to a Lorraine Terrace entrance. One of these ideas was to move one of the proposed buildings further north in order to put an entrance on Route 66. His other idea was to build a bridge from the adjoin-

Levi Coe Library Hours: The library is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays. Visit or call the library at 860-349-3857 for information or to register for any program. You can also renew, reserve and check your library record on the website. Library Passes: Connecticut State Parks and Forests Day Pass can be checked out for two days and is used to cover the cost of parking at state parks and forests where there is an established parking charge. The pass can also be used to cover the admission fee for up to two adults and four children at state historical sites and exhibit centers at Dinosaur, Fort Trumbull and Gillette Castle state parks. The pass is valid through Dec. 21. New Titles: The Surrendered by Chang-Rae Lee, The 9th Judgment by James Patterson, Cake: A Global History by Nicola Humble, Cape Cod & The Islands Reflections by Christopher Seufert and The Cross Gardener by Jason Wright. New young adult and children’s titles include The Enemy by Charlie Higson, The Cardturner by Louis Sachar, The Karma Club by Jessica Brody, Solomon’s Thieves by Jordan Mechner, The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger, The Last Castaways by Harry Horse, The Red Umbrella by Christina Diaz Gonzalez and The Second Siege by Henry H. Neff. Come in and check out these books. New DVD Titles: The Thief, Daybreakers, Legion, Mirush, It’s Complicated, The Young Victoria, Seraphine and more. Stop by and view the expanded collection. For more information on new DVDs, visit, click on Online Resources, select Book Talk, then Recently Acquired Titles. Scroll down to DVD link. Judge Coe Day: Join the library in celebration of Judge Coe on Saturday, June 5, on the grounds from 5 to 8 p.m. There will be a variety of programs available and an ice cream social. Raffles and prizes and fun for the whole family! ing automotive center to 1 Lorraine Terrace, as both properties are owned by the Crescimano family. Both of Bishop’s ideas were rejected, however. P&Z chairman Mike Turner and town planner Geoff Colegrove informed residents that they spoke with state Department of Transportation (DOT) director for Section 1, Kevin Campbell, along with other representatives of DOT. According to Turner, Campbell “would do all in his power not to allow access onto Route 66 due to the presence of Lorraine Terrace.” Short of closing Lorraine Terrace off from


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at this time. Without knowing what other businesses may go onto the site, residents felt that the study can’t properly estimate the amount of traffic that the retail center may generate, and, based on what is known, there may be as many as 5,000 cars going to the site per week. Hilson responded by pointing out his credentials, informing residents that he has performed traffic studies since 1979 and has never been told he incorrectly conducted a study. Hilson anticipates upwards of 3,000 cars a week, a number that he added

Throughout the evening, the results of Hilson’s traffic study were also called into question. Individuals such as Tom Rogers and Dennis Bishop doubted the validity of the study, as only two of the possible five businesses are known



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To reduce energy costs, the district will install high efficiency lighting in gymnasiums, new controls for exterior lighting, new equipment and programs for heating and cooling system, and several other smaller projects at Korn, Brewster and Strong schools and Coginchaug High School.

Rockfall Foundation sponsors hikes and picnic at Wadsworth Falls State Park

In honor of the Rockfall Foundation’s 75th Anniversary Year Celebration, the foundation invites members and the general public to come to a Ct. Trails Day hike and picnic at Wadsworth Falls State Park, on Saturday, June 5, starting at 10:30 a.m. This 1.5-mile nature walk will run from approximately 10:30 a.m.-12 noon and will be guided by naturalist Judy Preston. Judy, director of the Tidewater Institute, is well known throughout the county for her wide-ranging expertise, passion for all things out-

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camp-out for the students of Sharon Berndt at John Lyman School and another for a high school field trip to Spain for level 3 and 4 Spanish students. This trip is slated for April vacation of 2012. In the final business of the regular meeting, the board went into an executive session to discuss the Superintendent’s evaluation. The next BOE meeting is scheduled for June 9. The board will hold a special meeting on July 1 at 6 p.m. just to elect officers.


Oddfellows Playhouse plans 35th birthday benefit Save the date! Oddfellows Playhouse, Connecticut’s oldest and largest youth theater, will mark its 35th birthday with a gala celebration and fundraiser on Thursday, June 17, from 6-9 p.m. at St. Clement’s Castle in Portland. This benefit for Oddfellows will feature the presentation of Oddfellows’ first distinguished alumni award, great food, live and silent auctions, and much more. Tickets are $100 per person or $150 per couple. In 1975, three Wesleyan University students with a

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Tens of thousands of young people aged 2 to 20 from throughout central Connecticut have participated in Oddfellows after-school and summer classes and productions. Not only do the kids have a joyful experience, but they also come away with enhanced life skills and a sense of empowerment as a result of having successfully navigated significant theatrical challenges.

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Friday, June 4, 2010 Left, two of the dozen or so horses taking their traditional position at the end of the parade! Below, Walter Douglass, of the Exchange Club, hands out flags along the route. He is followed by a period-perfect couple in an antique automobile. Photos by Sue VanDerzee

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Leah Gastler and the Kalmia String Quartet at Durham Library By Judy Moeckel Special to the Town Times On Thursday, May 20, Leah Gastler, who grew up in Durham, performed with the Kalmia String Quartet at the Durham Public Library. The room was packed with music lovers, and the music — which included works by Wolfgang Mozart, Alexander Borodin and Shen Yiwen — featured lush, glorious melodies. The performers, all students at the Bard College Conservatory of Music, seemed to breathe with the music, communicating with each other in a subtle musical body language. The Kalmia String Quartet includes Gastler on viola,

Shawn Moore on violin, Scot Moore on second violin and Stanley Moore on cello. You guessed it: the Moores are brothers. Gastler explains how the quartet came to be: “Shawn and I have been in school together for four years now, and have played in groups together throughout our time at Bard. Scot, Shawn’s younger brother, arrived at Bard two years ago. When Stanley, the youngest brother, decided to come to Bard, Shawn naturally thought of the idea of putting together a ‘Moore brothers’ string quartet, but they were missing a violist. In the spring of 2009, Shawn asked me casually if I’d play in it. I said ‘yes,’ but I really didn’t


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Leah, right, and the Moore brothers, aka the Kalmia Quartet. know how serious they were about it, and whether it would actually end up happening.” She says forming the quartet was delayed by a semester, while Shawn spent the fall of 2009 studying in China. “While he was away, I decided that the Moore brothers’ string quartet was a really intriguing idea, and that I really would love the opportunity to work with these three excellent musicians. They had been playing together for years, so the idea sounded very natural to them,” Leah explained. Kalmia started rehearsing in February 2010 but, hearing the quartet, it’s hard to believe they have been together for such a short time. Since its formation, the quartet has played concerts in the Annandale-onHudson, New York area, where the conservatory is located, as well as throughout New York and Pennsylvania. “During spring break we traveled out to Chicago [the Moores are from there] and spent the break rehearsing and performing around the Chicago area. We have packed a lot into the four months we’ve been together!” Leah exclaimed. This summer, she says they will spend two weeks in June playing concerts and rehearsing in the Chicago area. Then,

the quartet will travel to a chamber music festival in Blue Hill, Maine, where they were accepted as the Quartet in Residence. “We will be studying intensely and performing there for nine weeks. After that, it’s back to school. We will be planning more concerts in or around Durham in the coming school year, and we will definitely keep you posted,” said Leah. Leah has been playing viola much of her life, and she plans to make music her career. The Bard Conservatory program is not four but five years; students are required to have an academic as well as a music major. Gastler’s academic major is Spanish Literature and Latin American and Iberian Studies. In the upcoming school year, she will audition for graduate school music programs and, as she says, “look toward the next phase of my education in music.” In case you wondered, Kalmia is the botanical name for the mountain laurel, which is native to New England and the east coast of the U.S. “It is in bloom right now in the woods around Durham,” she points out.

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Xavier High School Class of 2010 included the following students from our area. From Durham, Andrew Brown, Matthew Criscuolo, Mark Fusco, Matthew Gueble, Joseph Kask Jr., Kevin Landers, Tucker Landy and Kyle Pietruska. From Middlefield, Ryan Birney, Jonathan Geenty, Ryan Overturf, Kyle Parrilla, Christian Schou, Tomas Virgadula and Andrew Williams. From Rockfall, Luigi G. Mazzotta, Raymond Satagaj, Christopher Scamporino and David Wolak.

Millicent Malcolm, of Middlefield, received her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from The University of Connecticut in Storrs in May 2010.

Gina Monti, of Durham, has been elected to Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges in recognition of outstanding merit and accomplishment as a student at Southern Connecicut State University.

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Danielle S. Charette, the daughter of Kevin and Lori Charette of Durham, has been named one of 10 Northeast Utilities Foundation Scholars, eligible to receive $10,000 in college scholarships as well as a paid summer position with Northeast ship role. The team finished Utilities. Danielle is presi30-15 but lost in the Region- dent of her class and served als. He will represent his as the secretary general of school in the New England her school’s Model United College All-Star game on Nations chapter. She played Sunday, June 6, at Fenway varsity soccer and track and the Clock Heating & Cooling;B14014;3x6 ParkBoston;Around in Boston. Jonathan was named the captain of

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field, Harriet Beecher Stowe Center in Hartford, Imagine Nation Museum in Bristol, Lyman Allyn Art Museum in New London, Mattatuck Museum Arts and History Center in Waterbury, New Britain Museum of American Art in New Britain, New Canaan Historical Society in New Canaan, Norwalk Museum in South Norwalk, Old Tolland County Jail Museum in Tolland, Slater Memorial Museum in Norwich, Stamford Historical Society in Stamford, Stanley-Whitman House in Farmington, Stepping Stones Museum for Children in Norwalk, The Golden Age of Trucking Museum in Middlebury, Torrington Historical Society in Torrington, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in Hartford, Yale Center for British Art in New Haven and the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History in New Haven.

Vinal Technical High School in Middletown is again holding a techno exploratory camp. Techno camp is open to those students going into seventh or eighth grade. Students will explore career opportunities in automotive, auto body, manufacturing, carpentry, culinary arts, computers, drafting, electrical, electrical mechanical, hairdressing and cosmetology. Each student will spend a total of 16 days exploring some of the technologies listed and will receive hands-on experience. The camp is free and will be funded by the state of Connecticut. The camp will be held at the Vinal Tech High School Campus, 60 Daniels St. in Middletown. The dates of the camp will be June 22 through July 16, Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to noon. For more information on Techno Camp, contact camp supervisor Lyn Caliendo at 860-344-7100, ext. 406.

For one amazing week in June, Connecticut welcomes the PGA TOUR and more than 200,000 energized fans for the Travelers Championship. In addition to exciting golf, the tournament offers a variety of activities that include an expanded Subway Fan Zone, Women’s Day, Farmington Bank Fan & Family Day, Michelob ULTRA 19th Hole Concert Series and much more! All children 15 & under are free all week with the purchase of an adult ticket.


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“Operation Appreciation: Blue Star Museums.” “This is a wonderful gesture of gratitude for the men and women of our military and their families,” Governor Rell said. “It is just one more way we can say a collective thank you for their service to our country. This initiative also opens more doors of opportunity for the public to enjoy and appreciate culture and arts in Connecticut.” The campaign is a collaboration between the National Endowment for the Arts and Blue Star families, a nonprofit group that supports U.S. military families. The promotion runs until Labor Day, Sept. 6. The participating museums are Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield, Barker Character, Comic and Cartoon Museum in Cheshire, Bruce Museum in Greenwich, Center for Contemporary Printmaking in Norwalk, Danbury Museum and Historical Society in Danbury, Fairfield Museum and History Center in Fair-


I went to Hammonasset. I saw crabs. I heard waves. I tasted goldfish. It was a snack. I picked up crabs. It was cool. My friend Jordan was screaming. Jordan screamed because I picked up a baby crab who didn’t know better. Jordan thought it would pinch me. I did not scream. It was cool to me. The crab looked like a squid with poked up eyes in a shell. The invader crab’s shell was on their back. The hermit crab’s shell was poking out the sides. I love Hammonasset. My favorite part of the trip was picking up the baby crab because it was so cute.

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Town Times Summer Things to Do

Middlesex Community College offers summer enrichment program Middlesex Community College is reaching out to the next generation of scholars with its inaugural “Kids On Campus” program, a summer enrichment series for students between fourth and ninth grades. Over a five-day period from Aug. 9 to 13, students will have access to nontraditional courses ranging from genre-specific writing workshops to such specialized science classes as marine biology and environmental protection. Program director Shannon Demi considers “Kids On Campus” an ideal fit for ambitious young learners whose curiosities do not idle at the end of the school year. Other classes (there are 31 total) include Crime Busters: Forensic Science, Web Design Made Simple, Harry Potter Chemistry and The Making of a Band. “As a former teacher and parent of two children, I feel that this is exactly the type of program our communities need,” Demi said. “These are fresh, exciting, educational

courses designed to provide children with a different approach to learning.” Instructors for the various workshops include certified teachers from across the state, undergraduate professors, local professionals and college students. Each offers a distinct expertise that will engage and inspire students by taking account of their unique interests and abilities. “Kids on Campus is an excellent opportunity for enrichment in many topics, including science, that may not be addressed in the classroom,” said Elaine Kotler, a teacher at the Saint Paul School in Kensington who is leading three “Kids on Campus” courses in physical, chemical and biological science. “It gives them hands-on activities where they’re actively engaged and not just sitting in a classroom,” said Suzanne Neafus, who will teach the above-mentioned forensics class. Courses meet once a day (Monday through Friday)

and fall under one of three categories: morning, afternoon or full-day. Students may enroll in more than one course if their courses occupy different time slots. Students enrolling in a full-day course are not eligible to take multiple courses. Courses are additionally broken down by grade level. Some subjects are designated for grades four through six, while others are intended for grades seven through nine. Grade level is determined by a student’s forthcoming academic year as of August 2010. “Everyone always wants to learn, so here’s a chance to do it,” Neafus said. “I have adults asking me, ‘Can I come and sit in on your class?’” Registration (for kids) is available now at the NonCredit Registration Office in Founders Hall, located on Middlesex’s Middletown campus at 100 Training Hill Road. Registration forms can also be downloaded and mailed or faxed to Middlesex. For more information, visit and search “kids.”

Region 13 Summer Theater Camp such venues as Long Wharf Theater, Goodspeed Opera House, Hartford Stage and the Eugene O’Neil Theater. YPCCA has over 25 years of experience with youth theater and is thrilled to bring their knowledge and expertise to Region 13. Information and registration available at or by calling 860-2672911. Come and join us center stage this summer at YPCCA!

Durham/Middlefield Youth & Family Services Office Hours: 3:30-5:30 Tuesdays-Fridays; phone 860-349-0258. June 5 Kids’ Carnival Saturday, June 5, free community kids carnival from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Community Center, rain or shine. hosted by Girl Scout Troop 62890. Food and Drinks will be available to purchase.

Webb-Deane-Stevens museum summer As you’re planning your summer, why not include a fun-filled week of history brought to life at the WebbDeane-Stevens Museum in historic Wethersfield. Find out what it was like to live during colonial times. With the Webb-Deane-Stevens summer sampler program, children get to explore colonial life through crafts, games, stories and a variety of fun activities. The program will take place from July 12 -16 from 9:30 a.m. to noon. The program is open to children entering grades one through five. Cost per day is $18 for non-members and $15 for members. Cost per week is $75 for non-members and $60 for museum members. Full payment is due at the time of registration. Each day will be packed with fun activities! Monday, July 12 - Wethersfield: A Colonial Melting Pot. Learn about the many different people that lived in Wethersfield in the 1700s through song, crafts and games. Tuesday, July 13 - History Detectives. How do we know how people lived in the past? Put on your detective caps and figure out clues to the past by learning about archeology, primary source documents and architecture.

Wednesday, July 14 - The Great Outdoors. Explore the Webb Garden from different perspectives, enjoy a Scavenger Hunt and make ice cream! Thursday, July 15 - You Ought to be in Pictures! Examine the artwork at the WebbDeane-Stevens Museum, hear about Wallace Nutting and his famous photos and learn how to make your own silhouette. Friday, July 16- It’s Off to Work We Go! We know people in colonial times weren’t working on computers or selling fast food, but what kind of jobs did they do? Find out while exploring the museum, visiting with a colonial soldier, playing games and making a craft project! Don’t miss the fun! Pre-register in person at the WebbDeane-Stevens Museum, 211 Main St. in Wethersfield, or contact Tari-Lynn Joyce by phone at 860-529-0612 ext. 12 or by e-mail at Enrollment is limited to a maximum of 20 children per day. The Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum reserves the right to cancel scheduled programs due to low registration and/or conditions beyond our control. The registration deadline is July 5.

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The Young People’s Center for Creative Arts has openings available for a one week summer theater camp Aug. 2-6 at Coginchaug High School. Camp will meet daily from 8:30-3 p.m. and is open to students in grades 6-12. Cost of the camp is $150 if you register before June 1 or $175 thereafter. Students enrolled at the Young People’s Center for Cre- Connecticut. Students and ative Arts - Durham will staff of the program have gone choose from a variety of work- on to work and perform at shops including Show Choir, Acting, Broadway Chorus and SUDOKU Voice. Mornings at the camp ANSWER will be spent in these workshops and afternoons will be devoted to rehearsing selected scenes and songs from the musical, Little Shop of Horrors. The performances on Friday evening will feature all of our campers performing pieces from both the workshops and Little Shop of Horrors. The staff of YPCCA is made up of professional actors and teachers from throughout


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BASREP summer program

The BASREP summer program will begin on Monday, June 21, and will operate daily from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. throughout the summer. The children will enjoy fantastic theme weeks: extreme experiments; spirited artists; the value of volunteers; festive fiesta week; on your mark, get set, go!; homegrown heroes; creative cuisines; love, laughter, luaus; shiver me timbers, and it’s a wrap! The last day of the summer program will be Tuesday, Aug. 24, and will be celebrated by the staff, children and their families with an awesome “Farewell to Summer” bash! A non-refundable 10-day commitment of $400 ($350 for each additional child, from the same family) will be due upon registration. For each day that the child attends, after those 10 days, his/her account will be charged $40 per day ($35 for each additional child). Payment for all days used (after

the 10-day commitment) will be due weekly on the first day that the child attends of each week. Late fees will be strictly enforced. New this year, a drop-in rate of $55 per day for families opting to have no minimum number of days used. This fee is per child/per day used. Parents send in children’s lunches that do not require heating, including drinks, on these days. Light, nutritious morning and afternoon snacks with drinks will be provided by BASREP. Licensed by the state, BASREP’s summer schedule involves varied theme weeks, arts and crafts, nature study, physical activity, positive exercises, special guest presenters, theater, multiculturalism, reading, dance and music. Qualified teachers instruct children in all of these areas. For info, call co-directors Jodi Rempe or Meggan Pierce at 860-349-1819.


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and dessert. No charge, but call the office if you plan to attend and picnic with them at 860-347-0340; or email Claire Rusowicz, NOTE: Heavy rain cancels. You can check the website on the day of the event for cancellation news. Park and meet: at Wadsworth Falls State Park parking area on Route 157 (721 Wadsworth St., Middletown). Also in June, Rockfall is sponsoring these additional Wadsworth Legacy hikes: Saturday, June 5: A stren-

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uous four-five-mile hike for experienced hikers at Wadsworth Falls, the Long Hill Estate and Captain’s Field properties from noon-3 p.m. Meet at WFSP parking area on Rt. 157 (721 Wadsworth Street, Middletown). No dogs, wear hiking boots, bring water; torrential rain cancels. Leader: John LeShane. Sunday, June 6: An easy 1.5-mile along Long Hill Estate Inner Loop for everyone, including inexperienced hikers and families. From 10:30 a.m.noon. Wear boots or sneakers, no dogs, bring water, lunch; heavy rain cancels. Meet at Wadsworth Mansion rear parking lot (421 Wadsworth

St. in Middletown). Leaders: Bea Holt and John LeShane. Questions? Contact Bea Holt at 203-430-6712. Sunday, June 19: From 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Middlesex Land Trust Abe Temkin Preserve, a strenuous three-mile hike on hilly terrain through heavily wooded Hale’s Brook Ravine on a labeled tree trail with a visit to Wangunk Meadows, one of the largest fresh water meadows in central Ct. Bring water, bag lunch. Hiking boots and long pants recommended. Children 8+ with parents. No dogs. Rain cancels. Leader: John LeShane. Pre-registration not required for any Legacy Hike.

211 can help with summer camps Need assistance identifying and evaluating the right summer camp for your child? United Way 2-1-1 can help! 2-1-1 Child Care, a specialized service of United Way 2-11, maintains a comprehensive database of summer camps that can help families find the right program. Last year, 2-1-1 provided nearly 2,000 referrals for summer youth programs. United Way 2-1-1 is the best source for up-to-date information on program description

and openings. When dialing 21-1, families are asked by a Child Care Referral Specialist to take into consideration the child’s interests and personality; the child’s needs or limitations; the experiences your child wishes to have; the amount of structure suitable for your child; whether your child is a first time or veteran camper; preference for a co-ed, all girls or all boys camp; camp size, location, schedule and your budget.

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Volume 16, Issue 8

Coginchaug Regional High School

We are the Champions

After months of preparation, hard practice and dedication, the Coginchaug boys’ track team brought home the gold for the first time in four years. They won the track meet held at East Hampton with a total of 141 points. After the incident at the indoor track Shorelines competition, our boys were back with vengeance and proved that they are, in fact, the best in the Shoreline Conference. Congratulations, guys; we are all proud of you! By Mackenzie Hurlbert

P.E.E.R.S for peers By Dan Fonseca In light of the busy social calendar ahead for many students during this time of the school year, Coginchaug welcomed a new guest to the building this past week to help spread the awareness of the dangers of drinking, and its particular association with driving under the influence. With help from the members of Teens in the Driver’s Seat, Coginchaug brought in Robert Tower. Tower brought a car simulator, with a device to give the participant the feeling that they were driving drunk. Students from across the school flocked to Mr. Fairburn’s Technology Education department to participate in the activities. They were greeted first with a short documentary about teenagers and their families who were tragically affected by the affects of alcohol.

Extremely graphic and heartbreaking, the movie showed teenagers involved in accidents from the moment that they arrived at the trauma center, their family’s reactions and thoughts, and the process and progress of their recovery. Many students chose to leave the room because of its graphic detail. “That’s common,” said Tower. “I’ve had about 75 instances in my travels where students became nauseated and vomited or were helped out of the room because they passed out. One girl even had to go to the hospital because she hit her head on the cement floor at one school.” When the students finally did make it through the movie short, See PEERS, page 34

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Coginchaug students stage mock car crash to prepare for prom night By Jaclyn Caturano Seconds is all it takes for some- cars were hidden under a tarp. one’s life to change forever. On Fri- Once removed, students and faculday, May 28, Coginchaug Regional ty saw a realistic depiction of a car High School joined together with accident. The students playing the Teens in the Driver Seat, victims inside the car were covered Durham/Middlefield Fire Depart- in fake blood. After one victim called ment and Ambulance, along with 911, the police, fire and ambulance many others to put on a mock car arrived on the scene. Emergency crash. In the past two years we service workers reacted as if it was have lost three Coginchaug stu- a real crash. “Part of it I forgot I was acting bedents to car accidents. Putting on cause it the mock felt so car crash real,” said is a way to Ben, who make stuwas playdents and ing the the comdrunk drivmunity er. m o r e After the aware of jaws of life the danwere used gers of the to remove road and the victims the serifrom the ous traucrash, ma it can they were cause to everyone involved. Seniors Danny taken away, along with Ben who Comen and Brian Dumas brought was cuffed and put in a police car. “During this I was thinking, I nevthe idea to Teens in the Driver Seat and were vital participants in plan- er want to be in this position,” said Katie. ning the crash. Devils’ Advocate reporter Jaclyn “We’re trying to inform people of how dangerous the road can be,” Caturano is also a member of Teens in the Driver Seat. said Danny. Special thanks to the members of Health educator Ms. Christen Bertz also played a big part in put- Teens in the Driver Seat: Nicky DiVicino, Candace Perry, Alyssa ting this together. “As difficult as it is to coordinate Marone, Caitlin Breen, Kathy with so many different groups, it Rubendunst, Marie Roberts, Bryanwas worth it,” said Ms. Bertz, “I don’t na Hawley, Alyssa Tiedemann, and think anyone will forget this any time Katie Chabot, Durham Volunteer Fire Department, Middlefield Volunsoon.” For the mock crash, seniors Eddy teer Fire Department, Durham AmRuddy, Katie Francis, Emma bulance, State and town Police, ReKuehnle and Ben Shoudy portrayed gional District 13 Superintendent the crash victims and perpetrators. Susan Vicarro, the Board of EducaAll students were asked to stand on tion, the town of Durham and CRHS the side of Pickett Lane while two faculty and staff.


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Student Opinion

Experimenting with Formspring Editor-in-Chief: Mackenzie Hurlbert Contributors: Dan Fonseca, Tony Gambardella, Cody Given, Erin Holden, Mackenzie Hurlbert, Dan Jacobs, Zach LaVigne, Joe Oblon, Jennie Ochterski, Cam Pollitt, Emily Shoemaker, Tyler Tirone, Mike Tubis and Wolfgang Wallach. Production: Mackenzie Hurlbert and Jennie Ochterski Advisors: Mr. Nate Fisher and Ms. Stephanie Wilcox The Devil’s Advocate is the Coginchaug High School newspaper. These pages are the creation and expression of the students.

Summer Slump Hits Hard at Coginchaug By Mackenzie Hurlbert It’s that time of year when students’ eyes wander to the window, no longer enthralled by notes on the white board nor lectures on the American economy and the trickle-up theory. Lunches are taken outside to soak up those extra drops of vitamin D, and although students may sigh with relief while entering the air-conditioned halls of Coginchaug, by the end of the day, there’s nothing better than stepping out into the breezy, sunny, summer weather and looking up at the clear sky instead of the pockmarked classroom ceiling. Of course, along with the care-free, sunny attitude and promise of summer vacation soon comes more “my hamster ate my homework” excuses and the most common side effect: class-time day-dreams. It also doesn’t help that some teachers are rushing to cram the last few units of their curriculum into their students’ heads before finals start. While staff and students are feeling the heat of summer slumps, the last day of school — graduation for our seniors and independence day for the rest of the students and staff — is gradually coming closer. Students are feeling this slump the most: attentiveness has fallen to an alltime low, along with work ethic. As the work load grows so does the procrastination level. “I’m just burnt out. I’ve been working hard this whole year, and I’m tired of doing more work,” said junior Roby Granger. “It happens to everyone. I love it,” said junior Tim Heller. Another junior, Hannah Goulis, compared the school year to a race. First quarter starts out great, you feel fine, and you are breathing steadily. Then second quarter comes and you are still feeling okay, but you’re cramping up a little, and then there’s third when you are breathing hard and your legs feel heavy. “The end of the year is like the end of a race, it’s a mad dash and you want to throw up, but you really just have to push right through it,” concluded Hannah.

Teen Drivers Should be Responsible By Tyler Tirone We will hopefully all be behind the wheel of a vehicle at some point. However, whether it’s a Volkswagen Beetle with hardly any power to it or a Dodge Coronet 440 with all the big-block horsepower you can possibly hope for, there are rules of the road that need to be followed. Those who break the rules can pose serious risks to the automobiles around them. The risks include: driving under the influence, speeding, driving recklessly or in the wrong lane. So what about the opinions from our very own community? After interviewing health teacher Ms. Christen Bertz, I have found out that she believes that the law, which states that kids under a certain age cannot ride with another person in the vehicle, is a good law. Without it, peer pressure would influence teen drivers to take risks. Also she says the largest accident-causing factors are distractions, like cell phones, music and other kids. “It’s a big responsibility to operate a motor vehicle,” English teacher Mr. Nate Fisher said. “Kids need to know that while it’s nice to get that first taste of freedom, cars can be very dangerous.” Mr. Fisher learned this lesson the hard way. “I actually got into a car accident after having my license for two weeks,” he said. “I was driving in bad conditions and I lost control. It was a wake-up call for me. I think a lot about how lucky I was to walk away from it.” After hearing this, I will follow the rules of the road and encourage everyone to not only drive safely, but tell others to do the same.

By Dan Fonseca and Cody Given For many years, teenagers lived vides the user with several survey their social lives through “hanging questions upon creation of a profile, out” with their friends. In the ‘90s, in an effort to help the user get startcellular phones became the new ed with describing themselves to means for sharing information, as spark potential feedback from other parents saw the minutes rack up on users or anonymous posters. Folmonthly phone plans. At the turn of lowing his answer to a site-generatthe century, texting became the new ed question of “What is your biggest popular action amongst teenagers. phobia,” Cody’s questions started to The list continues to grow, with the pour in. Many were harmless, with emergence of social networking jokes and sentiments from some of sites such as MySpace, Facebook his friends and peers. But as we conand the new, controversial site, tinued to journey up the page, the But, as the market comments became vulgar. One of where teenagers go to for the anonymous user posted a question means of expressing themselves ex- regarding Cody’s sexual orientation, pands, so do the dangers associated and an appeal to pornography. Anwith it and its relevance to a whole other user, also remaining anonymous, wrote something similar. This new form of bullying. Since Facebook has become the comment also regarded false statemost popular social networking site ments about Cody’s sexual orientaon the planet, more and more sites tion and an appeal for oral sex. The last negative comment that we have tried to duplicate their success. Many students are currently flocking received showed what we’re trying to to the newest popular website, figure out in the first place: How bad Formspring. Formspring enables can the information on Formspring users to answer questions that can actually get? Another anonymous be either anonymous or traced back user left a message that told Cody to through another user of the site. For “Keep talking [expletive],” and that he was an [expletive] [expletive]” many, this site spells disaster. “It’s cruel, immature and it’s not “I think Formspring could be one of the worst things available to kids needed,” senior Jack Bascom agrees. on the Internet,” says senior Steve “This is the worst type of bullying Delvecchio. “It literally gives kids the that there is,” said Delvecchio. “It’s ability to anonymously post and write anonymous, and you can say whatwhatever they want about a person, ever you want. Formspring is the who has no idea what kind of effect worst idea for a teenager.” they have by writing whatever they Students have become more and have to write.” more aware about the dangers of In an effort to see what really went what goes on with social networkon with the activities of Formspring, ing sites. But many are worried we created a page for Cody Given to that it isn’t enough to stop teens see what type of information, posi- from joining these dangerous sites tive or negative, could be retrieved and jeopardizing themselves from the website. through it. For many, however, the In some cases, the results were answer is clear-cut. Be careful particularly disturbing. The site pro- about what you say online.

Agenda Books Need Slimming By Mike Tubis The agenda book; by now they Many schools have already started are probably crinkled, crunched and to keep them online.” curved to the point when they don’t If unnecessary fluff is taken out look quite as fresh as when they and put online, it could give the were first given out. school one less thing to worry about It seems like there are more and could lower the $5 replacement pages than you need. Besides the fee if you lose your agenda. Also it passport pages and the calendar, trims down about 1/3 of the amount the agenda book is just a rulebook of paper and a ton of color ink. with a lot of unnecessary fluff. The agenda is helpful. It is a tool Why can’t it just be slimmed down that every student should have, but to only what we need? just because the pages are printed Administrative assistant Mrs. on pretty colors does not mean Janet Thompson said, “A lot of the that they are useful. The fluff agenda could be printed online. should be taken out all together.

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Ask Me 3: Good Questions for your Good Health By Joe Oblon and Emily Shoemaker Your doctor just delivered the news that you have lung cancer. He continues to walk through your diagnosis, but you mind starts to drift. Rather than listening, you begin to worry about your family and affairs. Health information can be both shocking and confusing. Learning about a serious health condition affects your ability to accurately process information. This problem is complicated by advanced health jargon, which the average person can’t interpret. Health literacy will affect everyone at some point in his life. Doctors and nurses have received a thorough education and have a large medical vocabulary, but terms such as ‘hypertension’ (high blood pressure) can confuse patients. “It’s when you’re really hyper, right?” said a CRHS senior who, after learning of his mistake, wished to remain anonymous. The combination of shocking news and incomprehensible terminology can make understanding the health condition and its diagnosis even more difficult. Studies show that by the time a patient has left the doctor’s office, they have forgotten 80 percent of what they were told. Of the remaining 20 percent, only half is correct. Due to a lack of clear understanding, health literacy-related problems cost over $63 million in the United States every year. This results in a lower quality of care and increased cost for patients. “It’s very important for the people receiving the treatment to actually understand the

treatment; otherwise, what’s the point?” said junior Alec Bandzes. The Coginchaug chapter of the National Honor Society was introduced to a program initiated by the Middlesex Chamber of Commerce titled Ask Me 3. The goal is to teach elderly patients a simple way to ensure they understand their health and medicinal needs. “There was a need in the community to inform seniors about protocol in going to a doctor and being able to understand what is often a life or death situation,” said English teacher and head of the National Honor Society, Ms. Donna Mattei. The program is based on the three questions needed for good health: What is my problem? What do I need to do? Why is it important I do this? By posing these questions to a health provider, the patient can get a clear diagnosis, learn about their treatment plan, and understand what will happen if they don’t follow through with their medications. While the program was designed for senior citizens, adults and teens alike can benefit by using the three questions, “I think that Ask Me 3 will help [people] make better decisions towards the thing that matters to them most, their health,” said senior Ryan Ciarlo. The members of the National Honor Society will be taking this program to various assisted living developments and senior citizen housing complexes throughout the surrounding area.

Blood Drive at CRHS By Tony Gambardella The American Red Cross held a blood drive in the Coginchaug gym on Friday, May 14. Over 100 people signed up to give blood, surpassing the goal set by the new event advisor, Ms. Kate Martino. “It’s going well. We signed up 102 appointments, and our goal was 100,” said Ms. Martino. “We’re projecting right now that we’ll raise about 60 pints of blood, one per person.” Also among the staff of the blood drive were over 10 student council volunteers, who participated in various roles. “We’ve got a lot of student council volunteers divided up into registration, canteen (food) duty, and escorting students to the recovery mats after having blood taken,” said Ms. Martino. Besides the drive to save lives, the blood drive offered other incentives for students to part with their precious bodily fluids. Among them, an extensive selection of food and drinks, and a few kind words from volunteers, many of whom are returning for another consecutive year

of service. “I’ve done this for three years now. It’s fun,” said junior Aubree Keurajian. “This year I’m helping to escort people from the blood drawing area to the recovery mats and give out refreshments.” Students who aren’t allowed to participate cannot do so for a variety of reasons. “Certain medications, medical issues, or being ill can invalidate you,” said Ms. Martino. “And a lot of people are just underweight. The weight requirements changed this year and it’s obviously affecting donor population.” “I can’t give blood because my hemoglobin levels are too low,” said senior Christine Lily. Another senior, Sarah Kirsch, chimed in that she didn’t meet the weight requirement. Several things have changed with the newly-appointed advisor, among them a hard stance on loiterers. “We’re keeping busy trying to keep people who aren’t supposed to be here out and making sure people don’t loiter,” said Mrs. Martino. “It’s a challenge.”

Driver Seat Carwash By Jaclyn Caturano If you were driving on Main Street Durham on Saturday, May 1, chances are you saw five or six bikini-clad girls and shirtless guys holding carwash signs. The carwash was run by a group called Project Graduation. Project Graduation provides an all night, alcohol and drug free, adult supervised party for the CRHS graduating class. It is a nonprofit event run by a committee of parents. Senior class advisor Mrs. Kari Kuehnle said the fundraiser was a tremendous success. “The amount of people who showed up was unbelievable. It brought every-

one together.” With all the donation’s given, Project graduation made $1,380.00 from the car wash. Besides getting your car washed, you were also given an air freshener and key chain to support the group Teens in the Driver Seat. Also candy Smarties were handed out to those wearing their seatbelts, and Dum Dums to those who were not. “We can earn money any way, but this was about bringing everyone together,” added Mrs. Kuehnle. “We raised money for project grad- ing a great time,” says senior uation and awareness about Teens Alyssa Marone. “I would definitely in the Driver Seat, as well was hav- take part in this fundraiser again.”

Project Graduation takes place at the Wesleyan University Field House, this year on June 18th.

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WISE baking By Sara Bugai On April 6, senior Gwen Kotlarz presented her WISE project on baking for the Ronald McDonald House. The main goal of her project was to bake enough items to give to the Ronald McDonald House as a service project. Her presentation included a PowerPoint full of pictures, which vividly showed how she learned and made different pastries. Gwen said, “I got the idea to help the Ronald McDonald House through my family. We always helped them by baking and cooking for them. I thought it would be a good WISE project.” At the end of the presentation, she also had a hands-on activity for

everyone present. Each person got a small cannolli shell, a cream puff shell and filling for both items. Gwen then proceeded to show everyone how to fill them properly. It not only gave the audience a chance to see how the items were made, but to make them as well as eating them. “I wanted the presentation to be hands-on so that everyone could see what I did,” said Gwen. By the end of Gwen’s WISE project, the entire audience felt as though they could take on any baking feat. The entire presentation was very fascinating to anyone with aspirations of baking or culinary pathways, or even just for fun.

WISEing up about the music industry By Joe Oblon

From lowly floor sweepers to demanding managers, the music industry is a vast land of opportunity for those who seek it. However, you can’t walk out the door with a guitar in your hand, head to a recording studio, and come back a super star - it’s not that easy. While entering the music industry may seem a bit daunting, CRHS senior Emily Field, who wants to become a recording artist, decided to learn more about the business for her WISE project. In the music industry, sometimes you have to be in the right place at the right time. You need that lucky break. “I dream of becoming a recording artist,” said Emily. “It’s going to be helpful getting to know [the

industry] before I enter it.” While preparing for her presentation, Emily wrote her own songs. She is currently working on her first album titled, “Wreckage.” The hardest part? “Finding the will to write and matching the rhythms,” she said. Emily also got firsthand experience at a backstage tour at the Oakdale. She got a tour of the dressing rooms and got to see the stage up close. Getting a head start in the music industry isn’t a bad idea, as people who have connections can often jump over some barriers. Regardless, the most important thing she learned was “to put yourself out there and never give up.”

Clowning around with Haney

Lounging on the lawn at Holiday Hills.

Holiday Hill was a True Holiday

By Tim Rizzo A day of rest, relaxation and not a available to these students and thought about school in the world. staff. It was mind-boggling. Upon The senior class trip to Holiday Hills entrance, students were treated to a in Cheshire was an incredible day of breakfast of bagels, muffins, a basketball, a bounty of food fit for a loaded nacho bar and an endless king, rock climbing, and did I men- variety of soft drinks. By 9:30 I could tion the food? argue that every student was full “This was just what I needed, I get and had consumed a day’s worth of to forget about school for a day and food. And when lunch came around, just relax,” said senior Jeff Ducki who was seen most of the day spik- it was a whole other story. Burgers, ing the volley ball on unexpected vic- fries, hot dogs, ice cream galore! I tims. The trip was organized by have a hard time believing that even teaching assistants Mrs. Kari Kuehn- the fullest kid couldn’t turn down free le and Mrs. Wilda Castro, along with ice cream bars. some help from the senior class “Overall this trip proved to be a council. They went about giving stu- great way to bring our class togethdents who helped with parking cars er in a relaxed and interactive enviat the Durham Fair in the fall a serironment for one last time,” said senous discount of no admission. Mrs. Kuehnle said, “Those stu- ior Katie Francis. The weather was a dents gave three and a half hours little bit on the chilly side, but with of their time to help out so we re- everyone running around, it made warded them when it came to the the day very enjoyable. Mrs. Castro said, “This is the sixth year we’ve senior picnic.” You would have had to have been done this trip for the seniors, and it there to see the amount of food truly was a blast, as always.”

French field trip immerses students in culture By Emily Shoemaker

Matt Solomon, right, clowns around with weatherman Scott Haney during a TV Production class field trip to Channel 3.

Picture a day where students are completely immersed in a foreign language. Where culture is abundant and kids enjoy what they’re learning. Now think of French, the language of love. It’s being spoken all day. Being taught in various ways. Being stressed minute after minute. Welcome to Francofête. On Wednesday, May 19, French

three, four, and five students participated in an all day learning experience at Southern Connecticut State University. Months prior to this event, schools were assigned a Francophone country to represent at the Opening Ceremony. Each of the 13 participating schools were informed See French, page 34

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Coginchaug Watergun Assassins


Happy at Hyde Park

By Cam Pollitt honesty and integrity. “We have had very few complaints,” said Jack. “I am impressed that all disputes are being handled without having to resort to a higher authority.” “It is a lot of fun,” said senior Jeff Ducki. “You have to think about every movement you make and how you’re going to get your own kills.” Seniors certainly have their hands full with this unusual game, and many hope it will become a new senior tradition. Here are the rules: You will receive your targets every Sunday night between eight and 10 p.m. The round will start 12:01 Monday morning. Each round will end at 12 p.m. the following Sunday. Don’t forget to call/text/message Ciarlo on every hit. Scoring: hitting one of your targets scores you +1 point. Getting hit by your attacker gives you -1 point. Once you get hit, you are out for the round. Your team must be in positive digits to move on to the next round

Career Fair By Erin Holden and Jennie Ochterski mouse pads and lip balm. “It’s good because once you get home, you can look through the items you got and remember the companies and what they said,” mentioned Taylor Maus, also a junior. Although this year both juniors and sophomores attended, the CRHS Guidance Department only plans on taking the sophomore class next year. The idea is that the sophomores could use the career fair as an opportunity to discover new and interesting job options before they really buckle down with college research. Overall, most sophomores and juniors agreed that the career fair was an enlightening experience that aided many in formulating job ideas.

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Hundreds of high school students found themselves investigating rows of career booths at Wesleyan University’s Freeman Athletic Center on April 29th for the 2010 Connecticut Career Fair. The students, sophomores and juniors of CRHS included, wandered from booth to booth, picking up pamphlets and asking the representatives questions. Henry Willis, a junior, gave the fair a positive review. He said, “All the booths gave out information, which I thought was very helpful. Some gave brochures about salary, majors, and internships!” The career fair exposed the students to all kinds of jobs, from funeral directors to cosmetologists. Some stations also gave out logoemblazed merchandise like

(either +1 or +2). If you don’t hit any targets and nobody hits you, you still do not advance (score of zero). Getting targets: You can make a hit only with a water gun or a water balloon. No cars, but you can hide in trunks and jump out. A car’s ignition must be off and in park. Safe zones: School grounds are off limits at all times, including the parking lots and fields. Spectators at any school events are safe. You can’t get someone if they’re in their own house. Anywhere else and they’re fair game. Garages don’t count as safe zones.

Start with a dream. Finish with a future!

Move over 007! The senior class has joined the ranks of the world’s top assassins. Licenses to kill have been given and the lethal ammunition issued is… water guns. This game is a simplified version of the complex college game known simply as Assassins. The game’s popularity has skyrocketed, and over 80 students from the senior class have decided to join the mayhem. The CRHS version has teams of two who are given another team as a target. They have a week to complete the “kill” and each kill is worth one point. If the team targeting them then kills them, they lose a point. Only teams with a positive score are allowed to advance to the next week. To try and promote a safe environment and good sportsmanship, seniors Jack Bascom and Ryan Ciarlo, the official organizers of the event, created a list of rules that every assassin must follow. First and foremost, this is a game based on honor,

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World Cup 2010 Preview By Dan Fonseca Every four years, soccer fans begin to countdown the days for the commencement of the World Cup in early June. The World Cup unites countries and people for one month, as even non-soccer fans find themselves drawn to even just a game or two with a sudden peak of interest. On June 11, in South Africa, the World Cup will take the stage again. Four years ago, fans were captivated by the dramatic events that took place during the World Cup Final between France and Italy. In extra time, following a tie at the conclusion of regulation, television sets across the world captured the infamous head butt of Zinadine Zidane of France into the chest of Marco Materazzi of Italy. At the game’s conclusion, Italy was crowned champions for the fourth time following a 5-3 penalty shootout with France. This year, many fans are drawn to the high level of talent surrounding the different teams within the World Cup. Let’s get some quick predictions out of the way. No, the United States will not win the World Cup this year. No, the United States will not make it past the quarterfinals. Sure, the Americans knocked off top-ranked Spain in the Confederations Cup a year ago, but don’t let their roster fool you. Several of their players are coming back from serious injuries, including defender Oguchi Onyewu, who hurt his knee in a friendly match a month ago. Charlie Davies, a regular starter for the team, had to be left off the roster due to a serious car accident in October, which only allowed him to dress for professional games this past March. He is yet to even play in a game. The teams that they would face are also notorious World Cup contenders, such as England, with whom they will open their World Cup play on June 12. Led by world-class soccer athletes Wayne Rooney, Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard, England has the strong advantage and should win in the opening game against the Americans. The United States should otherwise manage a second place finish in Group C, with weaker matches on June 18 and 23 against Slovenia and Algeria, respectively. And if the Americans do finish second in Group C, they will find themselves playing against the winner of Group D, which, in all likelihood, will be Germany. This is where the United States’ World Cup journey will end. Even without captain Michael Ballack, Germany has enough weapons to hold off the U.S.

attack with relative ease. The likes of Bastian Schweinsteiger, Miroslav Klose, and Lucas Podolski can still carry Germany past the US into the quarter-finals. The other notable group to keep an eye out for is Group G. Nicknamed the “Group of Death,” it features Brazil, a perennial World Cup participant with the most World Cup titles (five); Portugal, the fourth place team of the 2006 World Cup who now sits fifth in the FIFA rankings; and a sleeper pick for many, the Ivory Coast. When the group stages are over, this is by far the toughest group to predict. Portugal barely managed to even qualify for the World Cup after playing poorly in the first several qualification matches, and then had to make up their wins without an injured Cristiano Ronaldo, considered by many to be the second best soccer player in the world, next to Argentina’s Lionel Messi. They will have to play better as a team, and put their egos aside when they start play on June 15. The Ivory Coast is led by the great Didier Drogba and could defeat Portugal or Brazil. Some even expect the Ivory Coast to knock off Brazil and manage to escape the Group of Death along with Portugal. Others believe, amongst the countless possibilities, that they will do Portugal in, and escape with Brazil. Regardless of who beats who, you need to win this group. The second place finisher of Group G will face the winner of the weak Group H that consists of Spain, ranked first, and three other non-factor teams such as Switzerland, Chile and Honduras. The winner of Group H will in all likelihood be Spain. Portugal has beaten Brazil in the past two years when the two sides faced in an international friendly in England, and when they play at their sparkling best, can handle the Ivory Coast. The Group of Death is a toss-up, but expect to see Portugal win the group with Brazil finishing in second place. The rest of the tournament is much tougher to predict. The teams that won’t win the 2010 FIFA World Cup Any team in South America not named Brazil or Argentina; Any team from Africa; Australia; Any team from North America (Yes, that means the United States); Any team in Europe not named England, Germany, The Netherlands, Italy, Portu-

Friday, June 4, 2010

Band Geeks Promoted BandGeeks!

By Emily Shoemaker When it comes to school news, theater prior to the evening’s opensports are prominent, new teachers ing night performance. As payment, are in the spotlight, and social each member of the ensemble will events are always on the radar. But receive a free ticket to the show for what about the lesser known groups the same weekend. – the bands? On Thursday, May 13, The wind ensemble, which particthe Coginchaug wind ensemble ipated in its last concert Tuesday, traveled to the Norma Terris Theater May 11, will be using this trip as a in Chester to promote the new way to end the year with a bang. Goodspeed musical Band Geeks! “(This experience) will be a nice way “This is meant to be a fun thing – to kick back and laugh at ourselves not something too intense, just light- a bit, especially because we are hearted and fun,” said band director supposed to be the ‘serious’ band,” Mr. Dean Coutsouridis. The musical said senior Hannah Kowalski. group was recruited when chorus diWind ensemble captain senior rector Ms. Lisa Larsen was ordering Dylan Pedersen agrees, “This will tickets for the chamber choir to see be a chance to test out our (Memorthe show. “The group sales coordinator heard the band practicing in ial Day parade) march to see if it’s the background and wanted to know up to Couts’ standards.” “This is a great thing for our group if we would play – they were looking for a marching band!” The wind en- to do. Along with giving us more semble is set to march down four marching experience, it also will alblocks on Main Street, Chester, and low us to play for a larger audience,” then play 20 minutes outside of the said junior Eric St. Amand. Members of the CRHS wind ensemble helped to open the play Band Geeks at the Goodspeed’s Norma Terris Theater in Chester. The musicians entertained the audience with some lively music. Pictured are band members, from left, Adam Twombly, Bobby Ober, Joe Oblon and Zach Lavigne. Submitted photo

Viva Mexico

By Zach Lavigne Over April vacation, the Spanish mal, and went to a folklore show. department took 15 students to Mex- The next stop on the trip was in Akuico. The trip started on April 8 and mal, a small community where the the students returned on April 15. students could just relax on the The students flew into Cancun, beach and enjoy the sun. The rest of and then traveled to Chichén Itzá. the trip was mostly beach time. At That night they attended a light the hotel, the students could show at the archeological site that snorkel, swim and lay in the sun. explained the history of the site and On the last day, the group visited the rituals that took place there. a local library where young students The next morning the students go to do homework and hang out visited the site and took a tour of the many ruins. Later that day they went with friends. The Coginchaug kids to a cenote to go swimming. taught the young students how to Cenotes are sinkholes that are com- make hemp bracelets and helped mon to the Yucatán Peninsula be- them draw different animals that can cause of the limestone rock bed. be found in Mexico. The trip was a Then it was off to Mérida where the great opportunity for the students to practice their Spanish and experistudents spent two nights. In the two days in Mérida, the ence the Mexican culture. It was a See World Cup, page 34 group visited another ruin site, Ux- learning experience for everyone.

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Coginchaug Prom Night!!! Left, Jeff Tiedemann and his friend Madison Strickland dressed as the characters from Dumb and Dumber for the prom this year.

Above, left to right, Ryan Ciarlo, Kelly Dorsey, Rachel Viccaro and Zach Lavigne.

Photo submitted by Lee Harper

Above, Erin Holden, Jon Champagne, Kaylie Adams, Tj Murphy, Jen Roth, Liam Bialobreski, Emily Spence, Greg Smith, Taylor Maus, Brendan Lewis, Elise Pasquale, Matt B, Jennie Ochterski and Jeff Tibbetts. Photo submitted by Jennie Ochterski

34 PEERS they entered the garage of the technology education wing to find Mr. Tower, a laptop, a large projector screen, and a Mazda car. Students formed a line and waited their turn, while others tested the car. When the students reached the car, they put on a virtual reality head-device that projected a road ahead of them on which they were to “drive under the influence.” Tower would then set a blood-alcohol content level for the driver, whose vision would then become impaired. When all was loaded, the students were free to accelerate the gas, and turn the steering wheel to simulate driving. Depending on the BAC level, some drivers had more difficulty than others at slowing down, turning, and keeping the car straight. All of what the driver saw on the virtual reality device was also portrayed on the large screen for all audience members to witness. “It was a good experience,” said senior Conor Finley. “It’s helpful that we got to understand the dangers of driving drunk, without actually having to do it. With everything ahead of us, especially seniors in the next month, it was helpful and important.” Kathy Rubendunst, also a senior,

World Cup gal or Spain. (France will not make a run at this World Cup, such as they did four years ago in Germany.) This leaves us with eight legitimate potential World Cup winners, wreaking havoc on other teams fortunate enough to advance to the knockout stages of the tournament. If Portugal is able to win Group G, there is a legitimate possibility for them to reach the World Cup Finals for the first time in history. They would face a weak team in the Round of 16, and depending on outcomes, would probably face the Netherlands in the quarter-finals, a team that they’ve beaten in Euro 2004 and the 2006 World Cup. Look for them to win that game as well, as the Dutch have been marred by recent injuries. That would place them against the winner of a different quarter-final match-up, most likely Italy vs. Spain. Advantage Spain. Italy may have won in 2006. They will not win in 2010. With a semi-final matchup of Portugal vs. Spain, many people might pick Spain to advance to the finals. Many people are probably right. But just like Portugal’s group, this match-up is a toss-up as well. Portugal has had success against Spain in the past, but Spain is the defending European Champion

Devil’s Advocate (From page 27) French is a member of Teens in the Driver’s Seat, and also participated in the simulator. “Not enough people understand the dangers associated with driving drunk,” she said. Everyone just thinks, ‘I can do it.’ But this was a great way to show everyone what is bad about going through with it.” Sponsored by PEERS, Professionals Encouraging Education Reform Statewide, Tower travels around the country to different schools to preach PEERS’ mission. “I’ve traveled about 60,000 miles over the last four months to 43 schools,” he said. Mr. Tower has all the reason in the world to travel and try and educate students about the dangers of drinking. “I’ve lost seven of my friends to alcohol-related deaths. Those ranged from driving drunk and getting into an accident, or walking drunk across a street and being struck by an 18-wheeler.” He says he always stresses one important message at every school he visits. “You have one life, and putting yourself in danger by driving drunk puts not only you, but also others and the people you love in danger. You have to look beyond yourself.” (Continued from page 32) from 2008. Look for it to be decided in at least extra time, possibly penalty kicks. In the end, Spain will win. That leaves the other team in the Finals undetermined. England will knock off Mexico in the quarter-finals, and Argentina will do the same to Germany. But when the two sides face each other in the semis, coaching will play a factor. Argentina’s Diego Maradona has been criticized greatly for his skill in managing a soccer team filled with superstars. England to win 3 – 1. At last, we come to the Finals. Spain vs. England. England has not won a World Cup title since 1966, their only such title. Spain has never won. This match should be just as good as the France vs. Italy Final from four years ago. Coming off their Euro 2008 win, and with a team filled with great players such as Fernando Torres and David Villa, the Spain national team is a force to be reckoned with. England will fall. Spain will once again rise to the top, this time for the first time on the World Cup stage. The 2010 World Cup has the potential to be one of the greatest World Cups in history. With the amount of talent in this year’s tournament, there is no reason why it shouldn’t be.

that two students would be in charge of representing their country. A flag, piece of artwork, and short presentation were asked to be prepared and shown off in front of judges and students alike. After this, students headed off to assigned classrooms to learn about different aspects of the French culture. With lessons ranging from Impressionistic paintings to African drumming lessons to preparing Belgian waffles, it was clear students enjoyed themselves throughout the day. “I thought it was fun. [To] have the chance to work with teachers and people in different workshops,” said senior Lauren Stafford. “I love the opening ceremony,” said Madame Nancy Silander, the French teacher at E.O. Smith High school in Storrs, Connecticut and COLT (Connecticut Council of Language Teachers) secretary and board member. “I love listening to all the presentations of the various Francophone countries.” Madame Elizabeth Neger, past President and current AATF (American Association of Teachers of

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French) board member agreed. “[I also enjoy] seeing [students] going from workshop to workshop and interacting with students from all over CT,” she said via e-mail. “The most rewarding part [of the day] for me is offering a program that is diverse and representative of the extent of the Francophone world.” “Every year that I leave Francofête, I think about how fortunate the students were to participate in an event which allowed them to extend their French understanding and appreciation.” said CRHS French teacher Madame Donna Cashore. “It exposes students to the worldwide reach of the language and culture,” said CRHS French teacher Madame Jacqueline LeJoly Hendricks, “[it] recognizes the importance of global perspective and celebrating the similarities and differences among peoples of the world” Students returned to collect prizes for the best presentations and discussed their favorite workshops. “One of the many excellent workshops this year was on French texting,” said Madame Donna.

Iron Man 2 Reviewed By Wolfgang Wallach Knight. “I have sucThis sequel cessfully privawas no better tized world and no worse peace,” is by far than the origithe most memonal, and in rable line in the some ways it’s newest installathe same tion in Marvel’s movie. In the Avengers series important ways, of movies, Iron this movie can Man 2. The line stand alone, itself was delivand is a necesered in no spesary installment cial way, but in into the series. that, it was no Some people different than may argue that the rest of the Marvel is giving movie. It was in viewers what almost every asthey want to pect more of the see: Tony Stark same movie that playing with exits predecessor treme holowas, even pickgraphic images, ing up where it Iron Man fightleft off. ing Iron Man, Fortunately, this much-anticipated sequel was and Scarlett Johansson, whether independent of Iron Man in the or not people will admit it. This may ways that mattered. This movie be true, but at the same time, Marwas not a movie about Iron Man, vel also manages to pull together this was a movie about Tony Stark, an engaging plot, actors who deand he just happened to don a suit serve the title, intriguing characters and be called Iron Man. This was for them to play, and for those who more than enough to redeem the know to stay after the credits, an movie from what could have been extreme instance of foreshadowanother Transformers 2, although ing. All in all, Iron Man 2 is an enit was not enough to pull a Dark joyable ride, albeit a similar one.

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Coginchaug underclass awards distributed June 2 European History, Jesse Siegel; Achievement in European History, Brandon Russ; Excellence in US History, Erin Holden; Achievement in US History, Alec Bandzes; Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony Award, Aubree Keurajian; Model United Nations Award, Alec Bandzes and Michelle Palma. Personal Achievement Award: Sean Aivano and Melanie Glen. Recognition of exchange student: Konstantin Baumann. World Languages: French I, Melissa Conway; French II, Carli Wallace; French III, Rebecca Weir; French IV, Erin Holden; Latin I, Christopher Sullivan; Latin II, Emily Spence and Mallory Figoras; Latin III, Amanda Presutti and Emily Romanoff; Latin IV, Josef Danczuk and Henry Willis; Spanish I, Andrew Ganaros and Jessica Williams; Spanish II, Emily Romanoff

and Colleen McLaughlin; Spanish III, Jesse Siegel and Aubree Keurajian; Spanish IV, Hannah Goulis. Colt Awards; French I, Sarah Ertle; French II, Justin Etheridge; French III, Megan Hettrick; French IV, Jen Ochterski and Emily Spence; Latin IV, Benjamin Hamilton, Aubree Keurajian, Kelly Dorsey and Jessamin Cipollina; Spanish I, Victoria Orozco, Nicole DeBaise and Myrna Crompton; Spanish II, Alyssa Tiedemann, Tyler Davis, Roe Granger; Spanish III, Kevin Gawron, Rachel Foley, Sarah Ertle and Jesse Siegel; Spanish IV, Alec Bandzes. Technology education: Excellence in CAD: CAD I, Mackenzie Kane, Skylar Bradley, Shawn Donovan, Jason Monnes and Elizabeth Harlow; CAD III, Amritpal Khalsa; Exploring Technology, Carli Wallace, Matthew Schock, Steven Thody,

Derek Heer, Meagan Hettrick, Samantha Kaika, Mark Kelly, Devin Kokoszka, Abby Kotlarz, Alexander Kovacs, Zach Lavigne, Maxine Lizotte, William Malcolm, James Malcolm, Monika Malek, Maria Manna, Shelby Matus, Tory Meyers, Jessica Mink, Yuri Morin, Andrew Paxton, Tanner Pederson, Ashley Pen, Rob Perreault, Eric Peters, Benjamin Plant, Justine Plourde, Frank Posca, Amanda Presutti, Ryan Rausch, Spencer Root, Brandon Russ, Ryan Salke, Taylor Salva, Megan Sherman-Bauman, Carly St. Amand, Jesse Siegel, Alyssa Tiedemannn, Jacob Teitelbaum, Sommannyadam Touch, Adam Twombly, Nina Vernali, Rachel Viccaro, Erikson Wasyl and Amanda Young. The following students have passed all four components of the Physical Fitness

William Neri and Jonathan Levine; Photography, Kelsie Annelli, Sean Harper, Megan Hettrick, Lauren Trombetta, David Trombetta, Marissa Puchalski and Tresa Roberts. Physical education achievement awards passing all four components at the State level of accomplishment: Nicholas Agramonte, Megan Andrulis, Nick Augeri, Stacey Backstrom, Melanie Badin, James Beradino, Tyler Berry, Audrey Biesak, Evan Birney, Taylor Buton, Megan Campbell, Laurel Chausse, Melissa Conway, Alec Corazzini, Kasey Crompton, Tyler Davis, Elizabeth DiVincentis, Jacqueline Digertt, Sarah DiSilvestro, Ethan Donecker, Shawn Donovan, Krystle Doyle, Mark Edwards, Rachel Foley, Stacy Fumiatti, Kevin Gawron, Alec Giacco, Dylan Gilbert, Tyler Gray, Nikoli Halligan, Marielle Handley,

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Coginchaug senior awards presented June 2

“With Honors and Distinction” graduates include galedictorian Shaina Bradley and salutatorian Danielle Charette, plus Ryan Ciarlo, Makayla Davis, Jeffrey Ducki, Katharine Francis, Andrew Gucwa, Eric Kelly, Hannah Kowalski, Elizabeth Meiman, Jonathan Monroe, Joseph Oblon, Sierra Querns, Emily Shoemaker, Christopher Smith, Kathryn Smith and Chelsea Tuttle.

National Honor Society seniors include Shelby Artkop, Shaina Bradley, Sarah Bugai, Ryan Ciarlo, Makayla Davis, Heidi Emack, Hannah Kowalski, Elizabeth Meiman, Joseph Oblon, Sierra Querns, Edward Ruddy, Emily Shoemaker, Kathryn Smith and Chelsea Tuttle.

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Senior awards continued... Schmottlach Music Award, Emily Shoemaker; Daryl Sigleski Memorial, Eric Andrews; Mark Spatuzzi Appreciation Award, Daniel Comen; Edwin L. Stannard Memorial, Gregory Smith; Strong School Parent Organization, Caroline Thompson, Derek Cuneo; Mary and J. Richard Taylor Award, Caitlin Breen; Lillian and Ward Thompson Memorial, Guinevere Kotlarz; Andrea Bradley Tucker Memorial, Emily Field, Kathryn Smith and Randi Doehr; Washington Trail 10K, Emma Kuehnle; Durham Volunteer Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary and Edith White Memorial, Robert Ober; Leo and Dorothy Willett Award, Matthew Solomon. CRHS scholarship fund awards: Eric Andrews, Shelby Artkop, Jordan Barton, Amanda Bedding, Randy Bertrand, Erika Blechert,

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Perfect attendance Juniors: three years, Stephen Bethel, Zachary Gilbert, Erin Holden, Amritpal Khalsa, Lauren Mozzicato, Jean Ochterski, Tresa Roberts and Eric St. Amand; two years, Roe Granger; one year, Kyle Backus, Kaitlynn Chabot, Kelli Dupre, Zhining Fang, Maura Fehon, Timothy Heller, Nicole Jubelirer, Kyle Onofreo, Julian Pasquale, Eric Reilly and Brooke Sheridan. Sophomores two years, Alec Corazzini, Mark Kelly and Justine Plourde; one year Audrey Biesak, Emily Carria, Tyler Davis, Elizabeth DiVincentis, Brock Hoyt, Ashley Pen, Ryan Rausch, Carley St. Amand and Adam Twombly. Freshmen Katie Bednarz, Michael Bongiorno, Conner Brennan, Dina Canalia, Jonathan Dalo, Devan DeNicola, Olivia Ericksen, Mallory Figoras, Michelle Geary, Jeffrey Giantonio, Kyle Monroe, Kevin Onofreo, Jerrod Ravid,

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Electronic recycling – time to purge Bullseyes for By Fitch Spencer Special to the Town Times

Troop 270 Troop 270 would like to thank the New Haven Sportsman Club, particularly Dick Lalumiere, for allowing us to shoot in their indoor range. We had a blast! Photo submitted by Dawn Amendola

The Middlesex Poppin’ Pony Riders 4H Club came in sixth in the state horse quiz bowl on March 6. In the state horse judging competition on April 25, their two teams received an overall first and overall third. Many members placed well individually as well. Competing members included Jesse Azevedo, Shelby Corbin, Taylor Mangiafico, Zoe Page, Morgan Robb, Kristin Torre, Erin Tucker and Emily Tuttle. Kim Antol is leader and Julie Robb, Maria Torre and Laurie Tuttle are coleaders. Photo submitted by Laurie Tuttle

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Coginchaug baseball comes to a close By Collin Boylin Special to the Town Times As the Coginchaug baseball season comes to a close, both the varsity and junior varsity teams can look back on another successful year. The junior varsity ended the season with seven wins and six losses, and the varsity team will continue on to the Shoreline championships. The junior varsity team played their final game at Hale Ray High School last Wednesday in 95-degree weather. Kevin Gawron and Steven Thody pitched extremely well, letting in only a few runs. Key hits from Marcial Little, Yuri Morin,

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Right, Kevin Gawron pitching. Below, Mike McShane pitching. Bottom left, top photo, Eric Hewitt at first base for varsity. Below Jeff Grumm (shortstop) and Mike McShane (second base). Photo submitted by Collin Boylin

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Central Connecticut Aquatics Team (CCAT) 12 and under swimmers at their May 23, Summer Splash Invitational meet for U12 swimmers, a CT Swimming sanctioned event. The meet was held at Choate Rosemary Hall, and hosted by the Wallingfordbased USA swim team, CCAT. Front: Christopher Garrelts, Jillian Clemente, Lauren D’Amico, Brianna Lane (all of Killingworth). Middle: Michael Pimer (Northford), Kelsey D’Amico (Killingworth), Scott Romeyn (Durham), Cameron Garrelts (Killingworth), Jordan Clemente (Killingworth), Emily Frost (Middletown), Maxwell Colavecchio (Cromwell).Back: Benjamin Pello (Wallingford), Sara Jordan (Meriden), Sophia Liu (Wallingford), Teddy Liu (Wallingford), Brooke Perrotta (Killingworth), Eliza Romeyn (Durham), Sydney Georgiades (East Hampton), Abigail DiMatteo (Killingworth), Delany Wood (Cromwell), Daria Dabrowski (New Haven), Cassie Garrelts (Killingworth). Missing from photo: Blake Fulton (Wethersfield).

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A TOT managerial oversight corrected By Bob Dynia Special to the Town Times In last week’s Town Times article this reporter inaccurately reported that, with the retirement of Dave Devaux, Bob Dynia became the third manager of the Time Out Taverne Men’s 40 and Over

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