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Volume 16, Issue 13

Serving Durham, Middlefield and Rockfall

Single bid greets Powder Ridge ad hoc committee By Sue VanDerzee Town Times At a meeting on Tuesday, July 8, members of the ad hoc committee on Powder Ridge were greeted with a single bid for the 115+/- acres of Powder Ridge ski area property they wish to sell or lease. The proposal was prepared by CDF and Associates LLC of Windham, NY and Snow Time Inc. of York, PA. However, an apparent UPS snafu held up a second bid – by Alpine Associates, a corporation with membership in Pennsylvania, Utah and New Zealand – and the group voted to invoke a clause in their Request For Qualifications/Bid Proposal (RFQ/BP) to allow the second bid to be considered. The committee spent most of Tuesday evening in executive session, discussing the CDF-Snow Time proposal based on a previously-devel-

oped selection rubric which includes assessing the Management Team, Business Plan, Financial Strength and Responsiveness to the Town and to the RFQ/BP. According to Dave Lowry, ad hoc committee chair and a member of the Board of Selectmen, the next meeting, on Tuesday, July 15, will hopefully involve consideration of the second bid and interviewing of principals from CDF-Snow Time. That meeting will also be conducted in executive session since sale or lease of property is one of the few instances in which deliberations of a government body do not have to be public. Any votes taken, however, must be taken in public, which is why the committee came out of executive session on July 8 to vote to allow the second bid to be considered because its late arrival seemed to be based on a UPS error rather

Middlefield Rec in Durham for the summer

than on an applicant error. If a successful bidder is found to buy or lease the ski area property, it is the hope of the committee that some sort of winter activity can be supported this year. The full RFQ/BP can be found on the Midstate Regional Planning website — The document includes maps and detailed descriptions of the property, which includes a pond, an Olympic-sized swimming pool, about 30,000 square feet in four main buildings, a vertical drop of 500 feet, nine ski trails, four chair lifts and three rope tows. Parking has been approved for 1,400 cars and 20 buses and a water diversion permit is in place to allow water from Lake Beseck to be pumped up to the ski area and used for snowmaking. Committee members realize, however, that the condition of the premises is such that investment in infrastructure will be considerable for any successful bidder. In other business at the July 8 meeting, committee member Marianne Corona reported that member Seb Aresco had asked her to report that he was sending a letter of resignation to the committee, and Corona also brought forward bonding figures for consideration at such time as negoatiations warrant.

In this issue ... From left, Tess McIntyre, Mazie Barrett, Hayley McIntyre and counselor Mackenzie Hurlbert enjoy a game of Connect 4 at the Middlefield Rec summer program being held this year at Strong School because of construction at Memorial School, the normal site. More photos on page 20.

Calendar...........................4 Durham Briefs ...............13 Libraries.........................12 Middlefield Briefs..........15 Mini Pages .................23-24 Scouts .............................22 Sports......................25 & 32

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Hemlock on ‘life support’

Photo by Sue VanDerzee

By Stephanie Wilcox Town Times A hemlock on the north end of the Durham town green that is at death’s door may be given a second chance. David Slade of Family Tree Care has volunteered his knowledge, service and materials to try and save it. “It would be a shame to lose a tree like that on the green,” he said. “I’m always looking at trees as a tree guy, and I thought ‘gosh, it would be nice to do something about it.’”

Hemlocks are large yet graceful evergreen trees known for their pyramidal shape and drooping branches. Slade, a North Guilford resident, began noting the tree’s declining health about a year ago as he’d pass by it. The tree is browning, he said, and from a distance, the canopy looks similar to a suffering tree. Durham’s tree warden and First Selectman agreed to let him attempt to save it, which included injecting See Hemlock, page 2


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Corrections We strive to bring you the most accurate and up-to-date information available each week, but if you see something in Town Times that isn’t quite right, give our news department a call at (860) 349-8000, and we’ll do our best to make things right. The two photos of the Allyson Palmisano memorial gazebo in our last issue – below the rainbow and filled with glowing luminaria – were taken by Renee Edwards, of Durham. In our Spotlight column last issue, we mistakenly printed the photo of Lauren Bradley’s guidance counselor at Vinal Regional Technical High School, rather than Lauren herself. Lauren was selected as one of Connecticut’s top junior students and a Governor’s Scholar. The designation carries with it a half-tuition scholarship to UConn should she choose to attend that school after graduation in 2010. Meanwhile, here is Lauren Bradley, one of 30 Governor’s Scholars in the state.

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chemicals to kill both scales and adelgids, two types of insects that are the likely reasons for the tree’s poor health, and laying hay and woodchips to kill the grass as grass often competes for water and nutrients. This will also loosen the compost and fertilize and create moisture in the soil. According to Slade, improving root zone conditions is key to the survival of a tree.

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Slade said there isn’t much more that can be done except wait and hope its health improves. He also noted that there is a certain point at which public safety comes first, especially since the Durham Fair and other town activities take place on the green. At the same time, preserving the natural beauty of the town is always nice, and therefore Slade is looking at the bigger picture to find a way to have healthy trees while still supporting the town’s interests and activities.

Fortunately, Slade said the living parts of the tree have greened up nicely in the last few weeks, thanks to the rain and/or the pesticides. “I hope we can bring it around,” he stated.

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Where does local economy fit into bigger picture? How are we doing? By Stephanie Wilcox Town Times

hind on their mortgage or credit card payments, companies can file a Lis pendens indicating that you owe them money as a way to protect their interest in getting paid. But sometimes people can pull their finances together at the last minute, explained Garvis. “By the time you get a foreclosure, that’s a huge thing,” she added. “Foreclosures are often the last straw, so they are not a definite indicator of how many people are struggling in the economy.”

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My, what a difference a year makes. Economists say the current recession began in December 2007, but it was about this time last year when the downturn of the economy really started affecting individuals in different ways. Have you wondered how the communities of Middlefield and Durham have been faring in these economic times? In Middlefield, the unemployment rate rose from 4.6 in May 2008 to 6.7 in May 2009, according to the state Department of Labor. In May 2009, there were 161 people unemployed while 109 were unemployed in May 2008. In Durham, the unemployment rate rose from 3.8 in May 2008 to 5.7 in May 2009. In May 2009, 247 people were unemployed while only 164 were unemployed in May 2008. To put these numbers in perspective, the May 2009 unemployment rate for Connecticut was 7.9 and for the U.S. as a

whole, 9.1. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, unemployment in all 372 metropolitan areas in the U.S. was up in May 2009 . Another facet of the condition of the local economy is the number of foreclosures. In Middlefield, there have been two recorded foreclosures since January 2009, though whether or not they came to fruition is unknown. In Durham, the number of foreclosures since January 2009 is three so far compared to eight last year. Town clerk Kim Garvis added, “One or two foreclosures a year in Durham is considered a lot.” Garvis explained that typically, a Lis pendens (Latin for “suit pending”) is filed before a house is foreclosed. In other words, when someone is be-


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The Aquatudes Durham’s vintage surf rock power trio, the Aquatudes, opens this season’s H-K family entertainment series with a free concert on the Higganum Green, at the intersection of Routes 154 and 81, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wear your Hawaiian shirt and enjoy an evening of surf rock classics and early rock ‘n roll. Hula Hoops provided for children of all ages. Call (860) 345-8334 in the event of rain. Baked Bean Supper The United Churches of Durham will have a baked bean supper in the air-conditioned Fellowship Hall building, 228 Main St. in Durham, featuring baked beans, scalloped corn, macaroni dishes, salad and more. Tickets are $7 for adults and $4 for children 10 and under. Serving begins at 5:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome.


July 11 Farmers’ Market The Dudley Farm farmers’ market will run every Saturday, rain or shine, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. through Oct. 24. The Dudley Farm is located at 2351 Durham Rd. (Route 77) in Guilford. There will be local produce, baked goods, honey, jam, eggs, seafood, meats, cheese, flowers, soaps, knitted items, jewelry, cards and more. For info, call (860) 349-3917. Tag Sale Flea Market Notre Dame Church in Durham will hold its monthly tag sale from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be many items inside and out in the parking area, plus breakfast and lunch is available in the Church Hall. Vendor space is available by calling Bob Smith at (860) 349-0356. Saturday Services Durham’s Church of the Epiphany offers Saturday services with Eucharist every Saturday at 5 p.m. For more information, call (860) 349-9644.


July 12 Coginchaug Soccer The annual general meeting

of the Coginchaug Soccer Club will be held at the Middlefield Community Center at 7 p.m. Services Cross Street AME Zion Church, 440 West St. in Middletown, will hold youth day morning services at 10 a.m. with guest preacher Rev. Yvonne M. Harrison of New York on “A Life Connected to the Vine.” For information, call (860) 344-9527. Inspiration Enjoy inspirational talks and uplifting music to awaken spiritual understanding in everyday life. All are welcome from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Eckankar Temple, Route 66 in Middlefield. This month’s theme is “Is Life a Random Walk?” For more information, call (860) 346-2226 or visit


July 13 Graceful Aging The Village at South Farms, 645 Saybrook Rd. in Middletown, will hold a “Brown Bag Lunch Presentation for Graceful Aging.” The program will be held at 12:15 p.m. on the second Monday of each month. Today’s topic is “Improving Your Memory.” The series is free and open to the public. Participants are encouraged to bring a bag lunch. Dessert and beverages will be provided. RSVP by calling the Village at (860) 344-8788. Mystic Workshop A modern mystic workshop will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Susan’s Fine Salon and Gathering, 338 Town St. in East Haddam. The workshop will feature a presentation by Greg Coleman of Heartstone Labyrinths. Workshop participants will experience the energy of labyrinths and learn to share it with others. Call (860) 873-8989 for info. Life Line Screening Christ Chapel of Madison will host Life Line Screening, a preventative screening to help identify the risk of stroke, vascular disease and osteoporosis. To pre-reg-

ister for this screening, visit or call 1-888-653-6441.


July 14 Business Seminar Middlesex Chamber of Commerce business seminar will be held at 393 Main St. in Middletown from 8 to 10 a.m. Today’s topic is Telephone Etiquette. Tickets are $25 for members and $35 for non-members. Contact the Chamber at (860) 347-6924 or for tickets and info. Fun Run Fun run tonight at Coginchaug at 6:30 p.m. for adults and high school students Sing with Sweet Adelines The Valley Shore Sweet Adelines invites women who like to sing to join them in singing four-part a capella harmony barbershop-style. Carpooling is available. Sing every Tuesday at 7:15 p.m. at the Village at South Farms, 645 Saybrook Rd. in Middletown. Call Joan at (860) 7678540 for information. White’s Farm Forum Durham Conservation Commission will host a forum to solicit community input and involvement regarding White’s Farm at 7:30 p.m. at the Durham Public Library. There will be presentations from officials and technical experts. The public is invited to attend and provide comments and input. Career Bus The Wallingford Public Library will host the Connecticut Department of Labor’s Career Express bus in the north end of the library’s parking lot from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Career Express bus is a mobile one-stop career center providing the latest workforce and job skills development services to individuals across the state. This free service is open to all and will provide assistance with online job searches, interviewing techniques, and resume writing and critiques. The bus is equipped with eight computer workstations with internet access and is fully accessible to persons with disabilities. Foot Care Summer foot care will be the topic of a presentation by Dr. Tina Boucher of Central Connecticut Footcare Center

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at 6:30 p.m. at the Wallingford Library. Come for dessert and hear about the good, the bad and the ugly of proper footwear, and get tips to keep your feet sandalready this summer. All are welcome to this free program. Call (203) 265-6754 or visit for info. Advance registration is appreciated. Lecture At noon, Hawk Henries, musician, storyteller, artisan and member of northeastern Algonquian tribe of Chabuna-gungamaug, band of the Nipmunk Nation, will talk at the Crowell Concert Hall on the Wesleyan campus. For information, call (860) 685-3355.


July 15 TOPS Durham TOPS Club meets every Wednesday at 6 p.m. on the third floor of the Durham Town Hall. For information, call Naomi Klotsko at (860) 349-9558 or Bonnie Olesen at (860) 349-9433. Kids Gardening The Middletown area Green Children at Russell Library, 123 Broad St. in Middletown, focus on appreciating, protecting and learning from the outdoors and nature. Every Wednesday during July and August at 4 p.m. they will work in the garden harvesting fresh vegetables and preparing tasty snacks from other cultures using these vegetables. They will also read stories from around the world and participate in other activities that teach about other countries. Call the library at (860) 347-2528 for info. Music at the Mansion Enjoy a free concert on the grounds of the Wadsworth Mansion at 6:30 p.m. featuring the music of Jay Ungar and Molly Mason playing American roots music. The grounds will be open for picnicking at 5:30 p.m. Parking will be at the mansion, at the Wilbert Snow School and at Mercy High School. For more information, visit m or call (860) 347-1064. Allyn Brook Concert Durham Recreation will present the Retreads, an old school rock and roll band featuring Durham residents

Leo Zirolli and John Hastings, at 6:30 p.m. at Allyn Brook Park in Durham. Bring your picnic basket and family to enjoy a night of local entertainment. Call (860) 343-6724 for information. Family Festival The fifth annual Citizens Bank Not Your Typical 5K and Family Festival will be held on Main Street in Middletown from 5 to 9 p.m. This includes the half-mile kids’ fun run, 5K road race, awards, entertainment by Avenue Groove and more. For info, call (203) 481-5933.


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Farmers’ Market Come to the Durham Green today and every Thursday from 3 to 6 p.m. The market will feature local produce, spices, flowers, dairy products, baked goods and more. Summer Concert Bring a lawn chair or a blanket to Masonic Health Center, 22 Masonic Ave. in Wallingford, every Thursday evening from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. to enjoy the summer concert series. Guests are welcome to enjoy a picnic on the grounds from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Call (203) 679-5900 for more information. Tonight enjoy the jazz music of Tuxedo Junction. Shakespeare in the Grove Following music by Nancy Tucker at 6 p.m., enjoy The Taming of the Shrew at 7 p.m. on the grounds of Middlesex Community College, 100 Training Hill Rd. in Middletown. Additional performances on July 17, `18, 19, 23, 24, 25 and 26. Call Dic Wheeler at (860) 346-4390 or email for more information. Jazz Quartet Hendrik Meurkens’ Samba Jazz Quartet will perform at Wesleyan’s Crowell Concert Hall, across the street from 45 Wyllys Ave. in Middletown, at 8 p.m. Admission is $18 general; $16 senior citizens; $10 students. For more information and tickets, visit or call 860-685-3355. Free Art Workshop This week’s free workshop at the Green Street Arts Mo re o n n ext pa ge

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Center, 51 Green St. in Middletown, will be on African drumming with Jocelyn Pleasant from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, call (860) 685-7871 or visit Jackson Pollock Come to Russell Library, 123 Broad St. in Middletown, at 1:30 p.m. for a program on Jackson Pollock. Pollock used many techniques as a painter, including dripping, dabbing and swirling paint. The group will try different ways to get paint onto paper. This event is for kids six to 12. Call (860) 347-2528 for info. Book Club The Wallingford Library’s Thursday night book club will meet at 7 p.m. to discuss Jenna Blum’s novel, Those Who Save Us. All are welcome. For more information, call (203) 265-6754, or e-mail

Music The Lost Acres String Band, with Gordon Swift, Thom Sayers and Jon Swift, will perform traditional bluegrass, jazz and contemporary music at the Buttonwood Tree on Main Street in Middletown at 8 p.m.


July 18 Farmers’ Market The Dudley Farm farmers’ market will run every Saturday, rain or shine, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. through Oct. 24. The Dudley Farm is located at 2351 Durham Rd. (Route 77) in Guilford. There will be local produce, baked goods, honey, jam, eggs, seafood, meats, cheese, flowers, soaps, baskets, knitted items, jewelry, cards and more. For information, call (860) 349-3917. Saturday Services Durham’s Church of the Epiphany offers Saturday services with Eucharist every Saturday at 5 p.m. For info, call (860) 349-9644. Berry Fest Lyman Orchards berry fest will be held on the grounds of the Apple Barrel, with activities all day, beginning with breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m. Other activities include a scavenger hunt, pie


July 17

Business Networking Business Networking International will meet in the Levi E. Coe Library in Middlefield at 7:30 a.m. today and every Friday. Contact Kirk Hagert at (860) 349-5626 for more information.

eating contests, food sampling, pick-your-own and live music. Call (860) 349-1793 or visit for information. Eilen Jewell Eilen Jewell and The Sacred Shakers will perform at Wesleyan’s Crowell Concert Hall, across the street from 45 Wyllys Ave. in Middletown, at 8 p.m. Admission is $17 general; $15 senior citizens; $10 students. For info or tickets, visit or call (860) 685-3355. Sidewalk Art Use chalk to create a summer-themed cement square on Riverview Center walkway in Middletown. Register by calling (860) 343-6620. The first 200 to register for this free event will receive a free kids’ cone at Cold Stone Creamery.


July 19

The MOMS Club® of Durham/Middlefield is a support group for mothers who are at home with their children during the day, including mothers who work part time. They believe being an at-home mom shouldn’t be isolating, which is why they offer playgroups, children’s activities, mom-related activities and a monthly moms’ night out. They also coordinate fundraisers to support local charities and feature family-related speakers at their monthly meetings. “The MOMS Club offers many activities for mothers and their children,” said Tracy Wickwire, president. “We have book, cooking and walking clubs and a babysitting co-op.” Don’t be a stay-at-home mom who stays home! Get out and meet other moms, make new friends for your children and yourself. No matter the age of your child – infant, toddler, school age – all are welcome. They know you need support through all ages and stages of child development. “When my daughter was born, I felt isolated not know-

Summer Concert The Aulus Trio, oboe, clarinet and bassoon, will perform “Music for the Moonlight” at Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 50 Emmanuel Church Rd. in Killingworth, at 4 p.m. Admission $15, Stu- Jason dents $10, Children free. Visit or call (860) 663-1109 for information.

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What would make YOU sign up for clean energy? Durham task force wants to know. By Chris Coughlin Special to the Town Times

The Durham Clean Energy Task Force was recently awarded a $4,000 grant from the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund. The grant was awarded for the purpose of promoting the Clean Energy Options Program. According to Paul Griese, chairman of the Durham Clean Energy Task Force (CETF), “CL&P has created this program as a means of giving consumers the opportunity to invest in the future of alternative energy and our environment.” The $4,000 is seed money to help CETF encourage more local customers to sign up for electricity produced through “clean generation,” in this case through wind or solar. A typical monthly statement from CL&P divides an electric bill into two main parts, a generation fee and a delivery fee. Griese explains, “When residents sign up for the Clean Energy Options Program, they pay a surcharge on their generation fee that is equal to about 13 cents per day for the typical household, depending on the house-

hold’s energy usage.” This small surcharge is then paid to either Community Energy (http://www. or Sterling Planet (http://www.sterlingplanet.c om). “These companies use the payments to finance alternative energy projects in New England that focus on different means of producing power such as solar, wind and hydropower,” says Griese. Given the tough economic times, this may seem like an unnecessary way to spend your money, but the annual cost comes out to only about $47.50 or an extra $3.96 on each monthly electric bill. This small charge pales in comparison to the number of benefits this investment brings, with the most immediate payoff in the form of solar panels for public buildings. For every 100 residents who sign up for the Clean Energy Options Program, CL&P will award the Clean Energy Task Force a solar panel that can produce one kilowatt of energy. Since Middlefield and Durham have such a close association and share regional schools, CL&P is allowing the two towns to combine their

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Middlefield and Durham will not be able to power all of their buildings with the amount of solar panels that CL&P could award for this investment. But according to Griese, “That’s because the purpose of these solar panels is not only to give some sort of immediate payoff to the town’s investment in alternative energy; more importantly, it is used to educate people on the benefits of these technologies.” If households invest in technologies that lower the generation fees that are currently charged, everyone’s electric bills will stabilize and potentially go down, and future generations will not be stuck with the rising costs of electricity. If we stick with carbon-based forms of energy that are widely used now, there will never be any such price control and reduction in our electric bills. The benefits of alternative technology are not only monetary. By investing in alternative energy, we are also investing in the future health of our planet. “The less we depend on carbon-based forms of power generation, the greater the reduction in carbon emissions, something which has been conclusively linked to global warming,” says Griese. This small investment of less than $50 a year will help to ensure that future generations will be able to enjoy the Middlefield and Durham we enjoy today; this can be a way to do our part in making the future not pay for the pollution of our time. Now that the Clean Energy Task Force has been awarded the $4,000 grant, they will use

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stand the impact of cuts when we make them, especially since sports are becoming a significant cost to the district,” she said. Lombardo also discussed the football program and said it will cost $600 to properly outfit every player. Viccaro noted that the district attempted to put aside half of the cost of uniforms for the football program in the 2009-2010 budget in order to not be as hard hit the following year, but it was cut. Bus contract Business manager Ron Melnik reported that the Dattco bus contract has been reviewed by both party’s lawyers and sent back to Dattco. Viccaro noted that, because there are some number changes and new language was added about protection and services, as recommended in a review prepared by Mark Walsh from Transportation Advisory Services, it is taking longer to get the contract back. Superintendent’s report Viccaro announced that

Kurtis Peterson, of Durham, and his family graciously donated 40 used easels from the Katherine Gibbs School, which is closing down. Peterson is president of the school. The easels will be used by all the schools in District 13 to display artwork. July 1 meeting At the July 1 meeting, the board unanimously elected Tom Hennick as chair, Mary Jane Parsons as treasurer, Norm Hicks as secretary and Bill Currlin as assistant secretary to sign documents when the secretary is away. New business The board approved the four-year custodian contract. The beginning pay ranges from $17.52 an hour up to $24.94 an hour, depending on job title, responsibilities and experience. (There are different categories of custodians, such as head custodian or maintenance, and salaries also depend on the size of the particular school.) Over the life of the contract, there will

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existing track is now. Formal presentation to the Planning and Zoning and Inland Wetlands commissions will take place later in July, Currlin said, though an informal discussion with the Durham Planning and Zoning Commission was held June 17. The Building Committee will seek approval for everything, including lights, bleachers, press box, slab, etc. so they will not have to submit requests to P&Z several times. However, he stressed that the projects will be completed only as funds are available, and added that an approved site plan is good for five years. Currlin reported that there are 10,650 square feet of wetlands on the northeast corner of the track where water runs off the hill. The board accepted the recommendation to create a wetland further south as trade-off for filling in the existing wetlands.

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At the June 10 Board of Education meeting, athletic director Ted Lombardo presented information on uniform prices and a football program at Coginchaug High School. According to Lombardo, money has never been designated for uniforms in the supply account. Instead, uniforms are usually purchased in June with what, if anything, is left over in the 610 account. Uniforms may also be purchased from surplus money in the athletic activity account, which will show a positive balance if gate receipts for winter sports are unusually high and fundraising is successful. Lombardo announced that he would like to outfit crosscountry, indoor and outdoor track, boys’ basketball, baseball, softball and football with the $30,000 left in the 610 account before the football program arrives in 2010. (Because of the number of Coginchaug players compared to Vinal Tech High School players on the current joint team, Coginchaug has been instructed by the Connecticut InterscholasGeneral Family Dentistry • Children & Adults Town Times tic Athletic Commission to State of the Art Dentistry in a Caring, Small Office Atmosphere have its own football program.) july 10, 2009 Saturday & Evening Appointments Available He expressed interest in the possibility of setting3caside x 3" $6,000 or $7,000 for uniforms Cosmetic Bonding every year and keeping each Regular Hours: Gum Therapy sport on a rotation. For future Tues.-Fri. 9 am-6 pm Crowns & Bridges education budgets, board member Kerrie Flanagan said Dentures & Repairs it would be helpful if LombarEmergencies do organized a purchasing Fillings 6 Way Road, Middlefield William J. Lema, D.M.D. program/schedule by sport to Root Canals (Near Powder Ridge Ski Area) see what each would cost. “It would help us to under-

be a 2 percent raise in 20092010, a 3 percent raise in 20102011, and 2 percent raises in 2011-2012 and 2012-2013. The board also accepted a bonding rate of 3.8616 percent for the work on the wells, roofs and athletic facilities. According to Bill Currlin, chair, the Building Committee was hoping to get a rate under 4.0, so the board was very pleased. Building Committee report Currlin reported that construction on the roofs has begun at Memorial School while John Lyman School was slightly delayed due to the weather. The replacement of wells at Lyman, Memorial and Brewster schools will take place over the summer. Construction on the athletic facilities will start in the fall. The near-future projects include replacing tennis courts and putting in a new track and artificial turf field where the


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pass it along. The very easiest is by email to, but we’d be happy to have you stop by our office next to Liberty Bank in Middlefield or mail it to: Town Times, P.O. Box 265, Middlefield, CT 06455. Finally, we told Middlefield town officials that we would make a “coupon” available for residents to use to indicate what streetlight(s) they would be willing to do without in the interests of trimming the town budget. Here is that coupon. Bring it to the First Selectman’s office in the town administration building or bring it to us and we’ll deliver it. In any case, your participation is much appreciated. Sue VanDerzee, editor

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What were they thinking? To the Editor: I suspect that many people in town aren’t aware of the hundreds of hours that the members of the volunteer Board of Finance spend trying to monitor the expenditures in our town. This is a thankless job and is particularly difficult at the present time, due to a reduction in tax revenue. Generally they deserve our appreciation. However, I don’t know what the members of the Board of Finance were thinking of when they created the proposed budget for the June 25 town meeting. 1. Maintenance Department overtime was eliminated, with the result that if it snowed on Friday afternoon, we would have to wait until

Monday to be plowed out. 2. The Tax Assessor’s hours were reduced from 35 to 20 per week. This probably would have led to his resignation. 3. Constable Michael Polanski’s hours were reduced to 20 per week. 4. Funding for Youth and Family Service was eliminated. 5. Funding for Lake Beseck lifeguards was eliminated. Many town residents, including myself, felt that this budget would have resulted in a major disruption of town services, and would lower the morale of the remaining employees of the town. We could have voted this budget down, but that would then put the Board of Finance in full control. Ellen Waff states in her letter to the editor last week: “If the budget had again failed on the 25th, the BOF would have been able to entertain more testimony, and made

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whatever changes were deemed necessary, including jobs.” Perhaps they would have made some good decisions, but could we trust the Board of Finance to do the right thing after they were the authors of the previous budget? Since the town charter limited the budget increase to about $20,000, this left only one choice: delete some items in the budget so that jobs and important services could be restored. I chose to postpone the set-aside money for trucks, since this would not have an immediate impact on the town. Eventually we should restore this money. Now would also be the time to pursue various cost saving ideas. The first one on my list would be to insulate the Community Center. At present this building has absolutely no insulation, and several wide-open ventilation ducts that draw hot air out of the building during the winter, with the result that the heating bill is huge. Ellen Waff states: “A rabble-rousing letter called out self-interested factions from the Lake Beseck Association and Durham Middlefield Youth and Family Services” to vote at the town meeting. My guess is that only about 25 of the attendees at the meeting were from the Lake Beseck Association. The rest of the people who overwhelm-

ingly voted for my amendment were concerned citizens who wanted to prevent a major disruption of services. And finally, regarding the claim that Republicans thwarted the efforts of the Democratic Board of Finance, I’m an Independent but generally vote for Democratic candidates. It wasn’t politics for me. I was concerned about our town. Dick Boynton, Middlefield

Democracy, Middlefield style On Thursday, June 25, there was a public hearing and town meeting on the revised budget for the town. This revised budget was created after the results of the first two attempts to pass a town budget failed. The first budget failed at a town meeting with 46 people voting 20 to 26. The second budget failed at referendum by approximately 2 to 1 with just over 350 people voting. There are approximately 3,100 registered voters who live in Middlefield. The Board of Finance took these results and, quite correctly we believe, concluded that the citizens of Middlefield were not comfortable with the budget as presented and wanted more meaningful cuts. In theory, the First Selectman is supposed to decide where cuts are to be made. In reality, that

job falls to the Board of Finance because the First Selectman does not want to be called to account for government spending or cutting programs. Absent proper leadership from the First Selectman, the Board of Finance justifiably felt compelled to honor the wishes of the electorate and proposed a budget that actually reduced the cost of government. These cuts would have been better made with a consensus of both boards of Selectmen and Finance. However, the First Selectman would not listen to the urgings of the Board of Finance. Faced with complete inaction by the First Selectman to take the lead to reduce spending, the Board of Finance made recommendations to compel him do his job and find ways to reduce costs of town government. In short, the Board of Finance tried to do what the electorate of Middlefield mandated but the First Selectman refused to do — reduce the cost of town government. The final public hearing and town meeting was held June 25 at Memorial School. The budget did pass with one amendment, sponsored in reaction to, among others, reductions to lifeguards being proposed as a cost-saving measure for this year. The 165 who mobilized to attend this See Democracy, page 17

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It’s a family affair

A new day needed in Hartford

Vegetable gardens are fashionable again. Alice Seed sales soared this year. Communal gardens have come back. My sister-in-law Vicky had the idea of planting a family vegetable garden two years ago after reading the book Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver. Since we have four family households in Middlefield, it was easy to pick a plot and all dive in. Each family member, from age 8 to 74, does their part. We grow plenty of crops for all of us, as well as some friends. In fact, we ended up begging people to take our zucchini last year. One family can only eat so much zucchini. We all have different skills and work preferences. Not surprisingly, the younger kids like to dig, water and pick (and eventually throw) rocks. One brother runs the rototiller and mulches. The other brother builds wooden structures such as gates and tomato trellises. Most of the ladies like to weed and pick. I like it all. At first, the benefits of a shared garden may seem obvious: cheap, fresh food. However, after just one season, other positive effects showed themselves clearly. Vegetable gardening is multi-generational project. These seem few and far between lately. For example, Tom DiMauro and his granddaughter Lydia D’Amato, both of Middlefield, look forward to growing big beefsteak tomatoes and frying peppers together each year.

The 2009 regular legislative session, which ended on June 3, was clouded by two events. First, the Republicans, as the minority party, decided to mount long filibusters during the debate of legislation. The use of the filibuster is not just the province of the Republicans because the Democrats widely used it when they State Senator were the minority party. Nevertheless, I found the filibuster a frustrating impediment to the passage of important legislation, particularly because the Republicans filibustered bills that they actually supported and ultimately voted for. Typically, the filibusters lasted five or six hours, often deep into the night, and they either slowed down or prevented the passage of significant bills dealing, for example, with improvements in the teacher certification process, reducing the cost of pharmaceutical drugs and a major solar power incentive. When one of my environment bills was being filibustered, a Republican leader apologized to me but said that “talk” is the only real power of the minority party. Remarkably, Senate Rule 29 permits a time limit to be set on debate, but when I tried to apply that rule, I was cut off by my own leadership who informed me that this rule has never been exercised and should never be ex-

Another positive point is that the “mother nature-driven” schedule of gardening provides unplanned family time in an over-planned world. And finally, a great benefit of growing family crops is outdoor exercise. Digging, hoeing and weeding build strong muscles. Expending more calories harvesting the Swiss chard for dinner than is actually in the greens keeps weight down. Even if you don’t have an abundance of family in the area, you can still create the same feel. Try a communal garden with friends. You’ll grow more than just green beans. If you would like to read more garden and fitness advice from the Garden Guru, check out her website at or just Google “Slender Gardener.”


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ercised in the interest of open and free debate. When one senator started talking about his fishing trips, I called for a point of order. The lieutenant governor, as the presiding officer of the Senate, refused to rule on my motion, and a Republican leader told the majority leader that my motion would only prolong the filibuster. In any event, I Ed Meyer have asked our staff to do a review of the practice of other states in the prevention or restriction of filibusters, and I will continue to press for reform. The second event clouding the session related to the Republican attempt to establish a Senate Ethics Committee in the aftermath of two legislators having been adjudged guilty of misconduct, one for double-billing the state and the other for forging campaign documents. The Democratic leadership decided on a direction with which I disagreed, namely, that an ethics committee would only be empanelled on an ad-hoc basis to deal with senators convicted of more serious crimes or misconduct of a highly prejudicial nature. Thus, when the Republicans offered an amendment to create a standing Senate Ethics Committee, I voted for it, consistent with a bill I have introduced each year since I was elected. The amendment did not pass. With respect to these matters, we need a new day in Hartford!

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Preparing for combat with mosquitoes This spring has provided us with little warmth but plenty of rainfall; therefore we should be prepared to protect ourselves from mosquito bites. West Nile virus, which is transmitted to humans by mosquitoes that have bitten infected birds, will continue to threaten Connecticut’s residents. The best method to prevent contracting the disease is to be vigilant about personal protection. To put a dent in the mosquito population, the town of Durham’s Health and Public Works Departments will cooperate in a sting on mosquitoes. The sting will consist of an application of a larvacide to the catch basins and detention ponds associated with the town’s road drainage network. In addition, the larvacide, in the form of “dunks” or mini-donuts, are being

made available to Durham property owners who wish to treat their ponds, water catchment areas, topless rain barrels and unused swimming pools that have covers containing stagnant water. The larvacide is an EPA-registered biological control comprised of a bacterium called Bacillus thuringiensis, also known as Bt. The Bt only works during the larval stage of the mosquitoes’ life cycle, but it will reduce the potential number of adult mosquitoes. The “dunks” are packaged by the half dozen, and directions for their use are found on the back of the package. To obtain a package of “Mosquito Dunks,” please call the Durham Health Department at (860) 349-8253 or email the Department

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only that we CARE Every now and then, when I need to Jon Brayshaw, Middlefield for our respective town inhabitants. be reminded of my duBack then FREE ties, I pull out a copy meant FREE. This of the Selectman’s year, we had a diffiHandbook and soon cult budget season on I’m carried back to a both the school and simpler time when town budgets. Severour responsibilities included “suppression of vice, care al likened the three-month effort to for the insane, keeping order and giving birth to an A.C. Gilbert (1,000teaching civility and religion.” piece) erector set. In the end, the There is no mention of taxes or See Budgets, page 16 preparing budgets in the 1700s —

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Friday, July 10, 2009

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During the Water Commission’s April 16 meeting, discussion was held with First Selectman Laura Francis about connecting to Middletown’s water supply. The commission’s attention was focused on the availability of funds for connecting to the system and the cost to review the asset transfer agreement with the CT Water Company. The validity of Middletown’s supply estimates were also called into question by the CT Department of Public Health during the commission’s Thursday, June 18, meeting. A feasibili-

During the Senior Citizen Board meeting on April 23, chair Lainy Melvin reported that High View Health Care Center will no longer hold its breakfast program due to personnel shortages. In order to reduce costs associated with art classes, Melvin will also speak with the art instructor regarding art supply costs. The board was unable to hold their scheduled May 28 meeting due to the lack of a quorum, but staff member Jan Muraca mentioned that a senior tax relief program by the name of SAVE exists

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(All meetings will be held at the Durham Library unless otherwise noted. Check the town Web page at for agendas and last-minute changes.) Monday, July 13 7 p.m. — Board of Selectmen at Town Hall 7:30 p.m. — Inland Wetlands Commission Tuesday, July 14 7:30 p.m. — Conservation Commission; public comment invited on White’s Farm open space (see Brief) 7:30 p.m. — Library Board of Trustees 8 p.m. — Fire Company at the firehouse Wednesday, July 15 7:30 p.m. — Planning and Zoning Commission Thursday, July 16 7 p.m. — Water Commission at Town Hall Tuesday, July 21 7 p.m. — Board of Finance at Town Hall

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The Durham Conservation Commission will host a forum on Tuesday, July 14, at 7:30 p.m. to solicit community input regarding White’s Farm, with a special focus on issues related to its frequent flooding, as well as any other matters of interest to the public. The forum will be held at the Durham Library in the downstairs meeting room. There will be short presentations from various officials and technical experts. The Conservation Commission is one of the land use boards in Durham, and one of its duties is to manage townowned open space, including White’s Farm. White’s Farm is a large tract of meadows and fields, lying north of the Durham Fairgrounds and south of Route 68. It is part of the floodplain of the Coginchaug River, and is the most popular and frequently visited open space property in Durham. It is used for passive recreation by individuals and organized groups, and provides some opportunities for active recreation

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The shelves of the Middlefield Food bank are very low on certain important food items. Presently the bank needs canned corn, macaroni and cheese, paper towels and canned meats (spam, ham, chicken, corned beef hash and chili). Please consider picking up a couple of these items when you grocery shop this week. The food bank does not take dented, rusted or out-dated food. Drop off is at the Social Services Office in the Community Center at 405 Main St. If the office is not open, you may leave the items in the box next to the office. The director can be reached at (860) 349-7121.

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very last minute to pay your taxes. If you have a problem with your bill and the solution cannot be fixed on time, you will be charged the 1.5 percent penalty per month. Aug. 10 postmark is proof of payment on time. The drop box has no proof of payment on time. The drop box will be emptied at 4 p.m. for the last time on Aug. 10. Any payments dropped in the box after close of business hours will be considered delinquent. Also, for those who pay with an online service, the envelope your check comes in does not have a postmark on it. These payments will be considered delinquent if I receive them after Aug. 10. Please call me if you have any questions, big or small. I will be happy to help you. Anne L. Olszewski, Tax Collector, P.O. Box 179, Middlefield, CT 06455, (860) 349-7117.


Exercise and Yoga classes continue through the summer with Sue Schade on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 7:45 a.m. These are free classes to Middlefield seniors (60 and older). No signup is required; these are drop in classes. Classes are held downstairs in the auditorium. For those who prefer a lowimpact exercise program, the center is offering a chair exercise video on Tuesdays at 10 a.m. This also is a free drop-in class. The first Wii tournament potluck will be held on Thursday, July 23, at noon. Please call the center to make your reservation. This is another great way to get some easy exercise and have great fun with neighbors and friends. Call the Center at (860) 349-7121 by July 17.

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struggle produced a budget for the times. The budget carries a slight DECREASE in your tax levy and maintains the level of services people demand. Obviously, BOTH boards took the stewardship of your tax dollars very seriously. If you still have questions about the topic of “union concessions,” please call or stop in for an explanation. Taxation is truly a struggle that we ALL share. This year, please look at your tax bill. Do confirm for yourself that your house tax went down. Thanks. Now, onto other matters. Last winter, after we acquired Powder Ridge, the administration assembled a committee to deal with the solicitation of offers from recreational developers. A formal request for proposals went out giving Tuesday, July 7, as the last date that offers of interest would be received by the

town. At this writing (Monday) I have nothing to report on the subject. Hopefully, the Town Times editor will fit in a last minute update for this week’s paper. On June 4, our Economic Development Committee and town officials hosted a gathering of people interested in the future of Route 66. There is no question that in that one-mile stretch lays considerable latent (tax and job) producing possibilities. You may recall that our Planning and Zoning Commission did restructure the entire stretch so as to create more commercially zoned acreage. Good thinking, P&Z Commission. And finally, before I get unplugged by the Town Times (with election season coming), the BOS will be calling for a public hearing in July to discuss several initiatives in an effort to skinny up our government and to add horsepower to two committees. First is the elimination of the Long Range Capitol Commit-

tee. This committee has not met in years as its purpose is redundant to that of our finance director and boards. The second is to blend the Farm and Land Management Committee into the Conservation Commission. Both cover similar issues with the care and management of our many properties. Next is to add two members to our Economic Development Commission. Currently we can have five members. Now, more than ever, we need to inject more capability (two more members) into this all-important commission. Finally, our WPCA (Water Pollution Control Authority) has been in charge of our three mini-sewer systems. At this time we have existing water systems and assets that need to be carefully understood and administered. I am suggesting that we create a COMBINED Water and Sewer Authority. Like most towns, their duties would be to oversee our water and sewer utilities.

Friday, July 10, 2009 Finally, finally, the town has experienced an abundance of rain. People have been calling the Town Hall about assorted site drainage problems. What EVERY homeowner needs to know is that if you bought property that has an “EASEMENT” or “ROW” or a brook, or a trench or swale on your property for the collection/transportation of surface water, that easement or brook is yours to keep clearly defined and working. The only time that it is the town’s (or state’s) responsibility is if your deed or other legal document calls for the town to maintain the drainage feature. You must not locate sheds, trees, pools, gazebos, garages or your ‘52 Buick on top of these swales. If you are unsure, call me. So, off we go. Another 4th of July came and went. I confess, I shot off a few 25-yearold illegal fire works that I found in my garage. My wife made me do it….

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Letters to the Editor Thanks for Democracy (Continued from page 8) your patience The Registrars of Voters for Durham wish to thank the patient teachers and staff at Korn School for their help over the last three referendums. The physical education teacher, the BASREP program and the custodians were especially gracious to us as we repeatedly invaded their working space. We also thank the efficient poll workers and the Town Hall workers who do so much behind the scenes that goes unappreciated by many. And, as always, thanks to the voters who turned out to exercise their right to vote.

Herbert and Mary Kay Pickering, of Middlefield, announce the engagement of their son, Shaun Pickering, to Mary Defalco, the daughter of Joseph Defalco and Cindy Angela Polito of Macedon, New York. Shaun is a 1998 graduate of Coginchaug High School and 2004 graduate of Rochester Institute of Technology with a Bachelor’s degree in management information systems. Shaun is currently working for Viable Inc. as a business analyst. Mary is a 1999 graduate of Rochester School for the Deaf, New York and a 2005 graduate of Rochester Institute of Technology, New York with a Bachelor’s in social work and a Master’s in social work from Gallaudet University in Washington D.C. in May 2009. A July 2009 wedding is planned in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.

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The following local students have been placed on the honor roll at Xavier High School for the fourth term. From Durham, receiving high honors: Samuel Braun, Gregory Brown, Andrew Brown, Geoffrey DeVille, Mark Fusco, Andrew Gonzalez, Tucker Landy, Jonathan Manacchio, Jacob Randazzo, Akshay Vig and Victor Wu. Earning honors: Anthony DeMarinis, Matthew Gueble, Dylan Heer, Joseph Kask Jr., Connor Landers, Kevin Landers, Thomas Linden, Michael Mastroianni, Michael Mischke, Eric Mischke, Ryan Murphy, Kyle Pietruska, Timothy Rhone,

Graham Stewart and Matthew Tobias. From Middlefield, earning high honors: Sean Cahill, Josh Etheridge, Ryan Overturf, Tomas Virgadula, Joel Williams and Andrew Williams. Earning honors: Jonathan Geenty and Kyle Parrilla. From Rockfall. earning high honors: Nicholas Mazzotta, Christopher Scamporino and Tyler Sena.

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Eighth grade students earning honors include Molly Ahearn, Sydney Altschuler, Sydney Artkop, Ian Augur, Connor Bates, Katie Bednarz, Jacquelyn Benson, Scott Bently, Timothy Boyle, Lisa Bradley, Conner Brennan, Ryan Cassidy, Sean Cavanaugh, Kristen Ciarlo, John Crandall Thomas D’Orvilliers, Kayla Dandelski, Kelly Donovan, Jackson Doyle, Olivia Erickson, Molly Fehon, Mallory Figoras, Rachel Footit, Annalee Forline, Christine French, Yuri Funaro, Christopher Fusco, Brittany Gervais, Jeffrey Giantonio, Samuel Gossner, Donald Guenther, Alan Haberern, Douglas Hanley, Elizabeth Harlow, Nicole Ianniello, Robert Jungels, MacKenzie Kane, Ryan Lasso, Anne Linden, Abby Lohmann, Florianna Manna, Madison Marone, Kaitlin McKernan, Michael McShane, Wallace Meadows, Geoffrey Meiman, Samantha Misenti, Kyle Monroe, Mary Neidhardt, Kevin Onofreo, Victoria Orozco, Kylie Pascarelli, Kelsey Pietruska, Aleah Querns, Evan Rand, Sofia Robinson, Sean Rogers, Trevor Root, Katherine Scibilia, Alexander Shoudy, Leah Slawinowski, Natalie Spence, Korinne Stockdale, Natalie Swanson, Conner Thrall, David Trombetta, Joshua Villa, Kayla Votto, Wolfgang Wallach, Caroline Whitaker, Jessica Williams, Stephen Wyskiel, Mary Yale, Heather Zambrello, Alicia Zanelli and Jessica Zerillo. Eighth grade students earning high honors include Michael Behling, Michelle Berry, Skyla Bradley, Caitlynn Chabot, Jonathan Dalo, Kyle Dupre, Kerry Egan, Justin Etheridge, Melissa Handy, Benjamin Kelly, Jennifer Kennedy, Rachel Kowalski, Jane Landy, Jonathan Levine, Emory Manguilli, Alexia Mazzotta, Colleen McLaughlin, William Neri, Jacob Nickel, Sara Richardson, Conner Romeyn, Cassandra Santoro, Emily Sokol, Jessica Solomon, Benjamin Taber, Lauren Trombetta, Ashley Vanaman, Tusha Vig, Carli Wallace and Greta Wilt.

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Woman’s Club Award went to Rachel Footit from the Green Team and Josh Villa from the Red Team. The Exchange Club Student of the Year savings bond was presented to Rachel Kowalski.

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The DAR Award went to Carli Wallace, and Art Awards went to Michelle Geary, Michelle Berry and Garrett Judson. Shelby Artkop received the award for Outstanding Musician. The Durham Woman’s Club Award went to Sam Gossner from the Green Team and Kelly Donovan from the Red Team. The Middlefield

Above, Rachel Kowalski reads a poem she wrote during the StepUp Ceremony. Left, principal Scott Nicol hands out certificates to the proud eighth grade graduates. Photo top left, the graduating group anxiously awaits their transition to high school. Photos by Stephanie Wilcox

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In front of a packed audience of family and friends at Coginchaug High School on June 25, Strong School eighth graders “stepped up” to ninth grade. In addition to achieving this milestone, many students also received awards and special recognition at the ceremony. Receiving the Presidents Education Award for Educational Excellence were Michelle Berry, Skyla Bradley, Kristen Ciarlo, Kerry Egan, Justin Etheridge, Jennifer Kennedy, Rachel Kowalski, Sheena Landy, Colleen McLaughlin, William Neri, Jacob Nickel, Sara Richardson, Trevor Root, Cassandra Santoro, Emily Sokol, Jessica Solomon, Lauren Trombetta, Ashley Vanaman, Carli Wallace and Greta Wilt. The Citizenship Award went to Brittany Gervais, the Principal’s Award went to Sheena Landa and the CAS Scholar Leader Awards went to Tushar Vig and Emily Sokol. The Green Team Growth Award went to Amanda Rogers, the Red Team Growth Award went to Brian Walker. The Chuck Atcherson Award was presented to Kelsey Pietruska and Jessica Solomon. The Zilla Gorden Award went to Jason Kokoszka. Under subject achievement awards in the Red Team, Kristen Ciarlo received English, Jeffery Giantonio received Science, Ashley Vanaman received Math, Emily Sokol received Reading, Trevor Root received Social Studies, Justin Etheridge received French, Evan Rand received Spanish and Victora Orozco received Latin. Subject Achievement awards in the Green Team were awarded to Skyla Bradley for English, Colleen McLaughlin for Science, Carli Wallace for Math,

Greta Wilt for Reading, Jessica Solomon for Social Studies, Jon Dalo for French, Lisa Bradley for Spanish and Jennifer Kennedy for Latin.

The awards for Core Ethical Values were presented as follows: From the Red Team, Cassandra Santoro and Michael McShane received Responsibility, Amanda Divicino and David Trombetta received Honesty, Florianna Manna and Trevor Root received Kindness, Alexia Mazzotta and Jacob Nickel received Respect and Dina Canalia and Yuri Funaro received Courage. On the Green Team, Kerry Egan and Aleah Querns received Responsibility, Doug Hanley and Sara Richardson received Honesty, Kevin Onofreo and Will Neri received Kindness, Mark Pavlinko and Matt Schock received Respect and Annalee Forline and Mike Bongiorno received Courage.

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The Middlefield Park & Recreation Summer Camp started this week, and things are a bit different this year. Camp is held at Strong School while work is being done on the roofs at Memorial School, and while everyone is having fun, the counselors said “it’s a little different - not just spacially as it’s more spread out here, but also because lots of campers didn’t come back because it isn’t conveniently located in Middlefield for those parents.” Left, Caroline Smith plays Guess Who; bottom left, Hannah Wu assembles a puzzle with counselors Ali Doolittle, Kara Levine and Jessica Mink. Photos by Stephanie Wilcox

A group of boys have their own game going, at left, while Abby Eisner, with camp counselor Kara Drenzek, above, shows off her rocker side for “Rock Star Day” on July 7. Eisner said she’d rather be back at Memorial School but said the camp itself hasn’t stopped being fun. “Some of the campers like it, some just think it’s weird to switch around,” said the counselors. Below, Marceline D’Errico impressively collects three stray balls during a game of dodge ball.

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Friday, July 10, 2009 Hannah Bober and Matthew Johnson of Coginchaug High School were both recognized at the scholar-athlete banquet sponsored by McDonald’s. Only one male and one female student are eligible for the award through a nomination from their principal for demonstrating exemplary academic and athletic careers, including participating in interscholastic athletics; possessing personal standards and achievements that are a model to others; exhibiting outstanding school spirit; and community service. Two Middlefield residents graduated from the University of New Haven at the spring commencement held on Saturday, May 23. John Dowling received a Master of Business Administration and Tristan Mallinson received a Master of Science in Education. Sara Kennedy, of Middlefield, was named to the dean’s list at Iona College School of Arts and Sciences.

Andrea Aresco, of Durham, has been named to the dean’s list for the first and second semesters with a GPA of 3.66 at Southern Connecticut State University where she is a freshman majoring in nursing.

Cara Russo of Middlefield and Dan Marceau of Methuen, Ma. were married on October 25, 2008 by Fr. Stuart Pinette of St. Elizabeth Seton Church in Rocky Hill. Family and friends celebrated with the couple at Glastonbury Hills Country Club after the ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Michael and Susan Bald of Middlefield, and the groom is the son of Robert and Maureen Marceau of Methuen, Massachusetts. The couple honeymooned in Hawaii and returned to their home in Lancaster, Ma. Cara is a graduate of Massachusetts College of Pharmacy in Boston and is a pharmacy manager for Walgreens. Dan received his engineering degree and MBA from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and is an electrical engineer for National Grid.

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Leah Starr, a freshman in the John G. Rangos Sr. School of Health Sciences, daughter of Tom and Sharon Starr of Durham, has been named to the spring dean’s list at Duquesne University. Alma College recently awarded a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art and Design to David Haskell of Durham.

Olivia Lee Astle graduated magna cum laude from Springfield College on May 17. She received a BS degree in Therapeutic Recreation and certification in Child Life. She is the daughter of Richard and Antoinette Astle of Middlefield.

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Bentley University has named Durham residents William Griffen, a junior majoring in managerial economics, and Anthony Giacco, a sophomore majoring in business, to the dean’s list.

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Patrick Kokoszka, a firstyear student at the College of the Holy Cross, majoring in English, has been named to the dean’s list. He is the son of Michael and Karen Kokoszka of Durham.

Jason E. Sokol, a Durham resident and Operations Manager at Monitor Controls, Inc. of Wallingford was named to the 2009 National Burglar & Fire Alarm Associat i o n Young Security Professionals Council. NBFAA has established a networking, best practices and education group called Young Security Professionals (YSP) to offer community, education, mentoring and support, and to engage and cultivate young security professionals as the next generation of leaders in the electronic life safety, security and integrated systems industry. YSP is made up of motivated, ener-


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Troop 27 goes whitewater rafting By Brent Beckert and William Smigel Troop 27 Scouts On June 20 and 21, 22 scouts and 18 adults from Durham Boy Scout Troop 27 went on a camping and whitewater rafting trip in Massachusetts. Besides falling into the water and getting completely soaked, the

blistering cold river water was great! We started the campout driving up to the campsite at Savoy State Park. We set up our tents and got out the troop gear first. Later we went on a scavenger hunt where the younger scouts in our troop learned a lot about different types of plants and animals, and they even learned what to do when you

are lost in the woods. The next day we went to Crabapple Whitewater Rafting. The troop then was divided into two groups, the Fife Brook section of the river for those 14 and under; the other section was the Monroe Bridge part of the river for the older scouts. A few scouts and leaders who went on the Monroe Bridge section fell into the river during some of the rapids — Brent Beckert, Mr. Smigel and Mr. Wilson to name a few. When Brent Beckert fell in he grasped something to pull himself back into the raft, but accidentally pulled Mr. Wilson in with him. Overall the trip was a lot of fun, and we hope to raft with Crabapple again in the future. See one last photo


Boys from Troop 27, above, camped at Hammonassett State Park on a June weekend. Everyone enjoyed biking, including some of the older scouts who biked to the park all the way from Durham Dari Serv. On that Saturday, we saw all the amazing kites at the annual Hammonassett Kite Festival. Thunder and lightening broke out at 3 a.m. in the morning, and every scout woke up to a rainy, cold Sunday morning. At right, Shane Pheniecie and Travis Newell. Story by First Class Scout Wilson Nickel

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Come Ye to the Faire! photos by Ron Lutz, courtesy Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc.

Have you ever dreamed of living in the time of knights, lords and ladies? This time is known as the Middle Ages. Renaissance (reh-nuh-SAHNTS) fairs and tournaments give modern people a taste of life in the Middle Ages and Renaissance. To learn more about Renaissance fairs, The Mini Page talked to an expert from the Society for Creative Anachronism* (uh-NA-kruh-ni-zum), or SCA. *An anachronism is something out of its proper time or place. For example, if you were watching a movie about American pioneers and somebody pulled out a cell phone, the phone would be an anachronism.

SCA brings something from the past into the present. It calls itself “creative” because certain modern conveniences, such as modern plumbing, can be at their events. Renaissance fairs (sometimes spelled “faires”) are re-enactments of town festivals that would have occurred during the Middle Ages, usually to celebrate a holy day or the harvest. A queen walks a greyhound during a tournament.

Knights engage in team combat in a battle at an SCA Renaissance festival. For most of the Middle Ages, knights promised to serve in the king’s army for a certain number of days each year. In the late Middle Ages, knights paid a tax to get out of military service. This was better for the king because knights were around only during wars. With the money paid by unwilling knights, the king could keep an army of trained fighters all the time.

The Middle Ages

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Experts disagree about the exact dates of the Middle Ages. This era, or time period, lasted about 1,000 years. It is the time in European history stretching from about the fall of the Roman Empire, around A.D. 400, to the end of the reign of England’s Queen Elizabeth I, in 1601. During the Middle Ages, people lived under a feudal (FYOO-duhl) system of government. This meant kings, and sometimes queens, had the most power. Lords and ladies, or nobles, were under the royal rulers. They owned large areas of land. The people who worked the land were under the rule of the lord of the land, or the landlord.

The Renaissance arrived at the end of the Middle Ages. It began in about the 1300s in Italy, and in about the 1500s in France and England. After the fall of the Roman Empire, trade between countries shrank. People weren’t well educated, and they grew poorer. During the Renaissance, things got better again. “Renaissance” means “rebirth.” People began trading more, which allowed them to learn from other cultures. Scientific study and art grew important again. More people began living in cities. Business people, artists and educated people gained more power and respect.

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Knights in Combat During parts of the early Middle Ages, knights were regular soldiers. They stopped being knights as soon as they left the wars. Later, knights kept their rank even after the wars were over. They began to gain their own castles and land. Often they earned this land by their deeds on the battlefield. Slowly, they began pulling themselves out of the peasantry, or lower class. They became part of the aristocracy (ah-ruh-STAH-kruh-see), or ruling class. Although most knights were men, women could be knights too. In the 1300s, the Order of the Garter in England accepted women and men as knights. In Spain, the Order of the Hatchet was founded just for women going into battle. A female knight engages in hand-tohand combat with another knight at a Renaissance tournament.

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There are two types of Renaissance fairs. In one kind, actors perform for the public. The knights already know who will win the tournaments. They may charge each other on horseback. Because the combat is being staged, the actors can make sure that no horses or people will be hurt. In SCA festivals, people act as if they were in the Middle Ages. Knights engage in real matches. No one knows who will win ahead of time. Knights engage only in hand-to-hand combat so no horses could accidentally be hurt.

A joust (jowst) is a competition between two knights with long lances, or spears. At the beginning of the Middle Ages, jousting was basically war with rules. There were many deaths. By the late Middle Ages, it had become more of a sport. If someone got killed during a match, the king’s officials investigated it as if it were a murder.

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Two polearmsmen battle at a tournament.


Mini Spy and Basset Brown enjoy dressing up for the Renaissance fair. See if you can find: • letter C • dog • snake • tooth • sock • pig’s face • bell • word MINI • number 7 • letter A

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Words that remind us of Renaissance fairs are hidden in the block below. Some words are hidden backward or diagonally, and some letters are used twice. See if you can find: MIDDLE, AGES, RENAISSANCE, KNIGHTS, LADY, LORD, WAR, JOUST, HORSE, ARMOR, KING, QUEEN, FEAST, JUGGLER, EAT, FESTIVAL, SAFE, TOURNAMENT, EUROPE, MERCHANTS, ART, LITERACY. COME ALL YE LORDS AND LADIES!












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The Shoreline Sting fall softball league for girls is taking individual and team registrations for the 2009 fall softball season starting Aug. 29 and 30. Late registration and player placement is Saturday, Aug. 22, for grammar (grades 4-6) and junior high (grades 7-9) from 9 a.m. to noon and on Sunday, Aug. 23, for high school division from 9 to 11 a.m. at Coginchaug. Sixth and ninth graders may play up if they wish. To register, call Ray Ezell at (860) 984-3060 or e-mail Visit for a registration form.

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Café 66 broke open a tight game, scoring 13 times in the eighth inning en route to a 19–5 victory over Time Out Taverne in men’s 40 and over softball league action on July 6 at Jarvis Field. TOT had just fought back from a 4–2 deficit in the bottom of the seventh to tie the contest. A one-out triple by Bob Dynia plated Keith Hughes, who had singled. John Cote lined a two-out single to left, sending in Dynia. The visitors stuck back immediately against losing pitcher Wayne Hubbard, getting the first five batters on base. After one out, nine consecutive batters reached base against Hubbard and relief hurler Bob Edwards. After Café 66 scored two more in the ninth, the gray wonders were able to muster a run in their half on an RBI single from Joe Rizzo. Before the eighth inning fireworks, the contest was a low-scoring affair. The teams matched single runs in the first, with Rizzo driving in Dean Fredricks. The game stayed that way until the fourth, when the visitors took a 4–1 advantage. Pitching and defense held Café 66 scoreless over the next three innings as

TOT mounted their comeback. Jack Carr drove in Dynia in the fifth before the home team knotted things in the seventh. “I thought we had them when we tied it up in the seventh,” said manager Dave Devaux. This was a moral victory, of sorts, as this was the first game that the Coginchaug elders were not mercied. Devaux went three-for-four with a double and two singles. Dynia had a triple and two singles, and Rizzo smashed three singles in four times up. Fredricks, Hughes and Cote each had two hits. Rizzo had two ribbys, with Dynia and Fredricks scoring twice apiece. Hubbard pitched seven and a third innings before giving way to Edwards. Hubbard was charged with 17 runs (12 earned) on 20 hits. Edwards gave up two runs on five hits. TOT plays two straight against a perennially strong Essex squad: Monday, July 13, at home, then Monday, July 20, in Deep River. Home games are played at 6 p.m. at Jarvis Field, on the corner of Brush Hill Road and Anderson Road in Middletown. The team invites family and friends to cheer on the team and their favorites.

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AUTOMOBILES WANTED DURHAM- Sat & Sun. 7/11 & 7/12. 101 Parmelee Hill Rd. 8am4pm. New designer clothes, country decor, Christmas items. ROCKFALL (Middlefield)-17 Aresco Dr off Main St. Sat 7/11 & Sun 7/12, 9am-4pm. MultiFamily. Kids, household, much more! Lemonade & cookie stand. No Early Birds! ROCKFALL- Tag Sale/Estate Sale. 12 Cedar St. Sat 7/11, 8am-2pm. Everything must go! Large selection of glassware, housewares, furniture, toys, sporting goods, books, holiday items and collectibles.

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CHEVY Lumina LTZ 1998, white, 6 cyl, 96,000 miles, well maintained, runs great. $2500 or best offer. Call 203-980-9808 FORD TAURUS 1996 Fully loaded. Excellent condition in & out. Many new parts, 120K. $1800 or best offer. Call (860) 349-3157

FINANCE Buy Here Pay Here Financing! Down pymts as low as $588 plus tax & reg, low weekly pymts, no finance charge, or credit check cars under $3000. Call 203-5305905, Cheap Auto Rental LLC. INFINITI j30 1993 Loaded, runs great. $1750. SATURN 4 door 2002. 77k. Runs great! $3350. PLYMOUTH Sundance 1991 58k $1650. ( 203) 213-1142


CAMPER & TRAILERS 22 GAL. portable waste tank w/hitch, hose, new wheels $70 or BO 203-235-3769. FORD TRAVEL CRAFT Motorhome 1985 $2500 or best offer. Call (860) 349-9194

PETS & LIVESTOCK ROBERTS CHRYSLER DODGE Quality Pre-Owned Vehicles. 120 So. Broad St, Meriden, CT 203-235-1111

TRUCKS & VANS DONATE YOUR CAR to SPECIAL KIDS FUND. Help Disabled Children With Camp and Education. Non-Runners OK. Quickest Free Towing. Free Cruise/Hotel Voucher. Tax Deductible. Call 1-866-4483254.

CASH And/Or Tax deduction for your vehicle. Call

1-800-527-3863 OLDSMOBILE Achieva 1994Runs well. 125,000 miles. $800 or best offer. BUICK Century 1999 - Needs engine. $500 or best offer. Call (203) 237-0771

AUTO PARTS KARRITE Cartop Carrier. $10. (203) 237-7883

The Jewish Childrens Fund


2002 ACURA TL-S FWD Silver, 5-Spd Auto, 93,800 miles. Excellent condition, new tires & brakes, looks and runs like new! Heated leather seats w/memory, moonroof, Bose 6CD, HomeLink, steering cntls, HID headlamps, remote entry. $8500 Orig owner 860635-2477.

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FORD F-8000 1993 Dump Truck w/plow. Diesel, weight 35,000lbs. $6,000. Call 203237-3378

‘01 HARLEY Road King Classic under 12K miles, org. owner, Stage 2 1550cc. Extras! Mint! $13,750. Call 860-508-3268 2009 Harley Davidson Street Glide Touring Pearl black with pin striping. Immaculate can’t keep medical reason. $19,000. Call 203-645-1617

BULLDOGS, Beagles, Boxers, Poodles & Cockapoos, Shi-poos. Chihuahuas, Mini Bulldogs, Rotts, Yorkie, Labs, Puggles, Boston Terrier. $350+ 860-930-4001. COCKER Spaniel pups (5) 1 male, 4 females. 1 black, 1 brown, 1 black/silver, (2) brown/white spotted. 9wks old. $300/ea. 203-887-9767

TRUCK cap 8ft bed. As is. $100 or best offer. Call 203-269-4254


NISSAN Exterra SE 2002 - V6, 3.3L, AT, AC, alloy rims, running boards, remote starter, CD player. Excellent condition. $6000. Call 860-209-2739

BOXERS-Purebred, reverse sealed brindle, fawn & white. Males and females Reg. 1st shots, dewormed. Cert of health avail. AKC & ACA pedigree. Championship bloodline. $750 203-464-4779

LARGE Bird Cage (black). 13Lx18Wx22H, Easy Clean. $25. Call (203)238-3529 YAMAHA DIRT/trail. TTR 125LE 2006 - Elec Start garage kept low miles/hours - excellent condition - 3 "standard" performance mods - JDjetting kit, airbox & muffler $2,200 obo 860-518-6963

PET CARRIER for cat or small dog. Excellent condition. $12 Call 203-237-7070 YORKIE-BIJON Spayed. 9 months old. 10 lb female with many accessories. $600 or best offer. Call (203) 238-0410


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FUTON Full Size All wood frame, great condition. $100 (860) 828-1761 LAZY Boy Recliner Chair. Burgandy color. Ex. Cond. $50.00 (203) 630-2851 MOVING! Full bed w/mattress, box spring, headboard, 2 sheet set, comforter, like new, $250. Refrig, good cond, $100. 30in TV, like new, $150. Dining hutch, $250. Stove, good cond, $100. Detachable dishwasher, $100. Outside furniture set, 6 chairs, 2 glass tables, 2 ottoman w/cushions, good cond, $250. Maternity rocking chair, $75. Elliptical machine, paid $400, sell $175.....much more! Call 203752-7841 after 5pm NEW QUEEN Mattress set in original plastic. $240.00 Call 860 584-5298 OAK ENTERTAINMENT CENTER 30w, 47h, 18d. Shelf and 2 doors. $75. (203) 237-7646 QUEEN/KING Headboard. Oak. Ex. Cond. $75.00 (203)630-2851 SOLID Oak Entertainment Center Excellent condition. Originally cost $600. Asking $200. Call 203-237-6497 SONY Kid’s Clock AM-FM Radio. In Original box. $20.00. (203) 238-1610

Washers, Dryers, Refrigerators & Stoves CLEAN Will Deliver (203) 284-8986 WET BASEMENT? Plastic Pallets 39 x 47 - $10 each. (203) 715-5689

MISCELLANEOUS FOR SALE 10 STEEL POSTS 6ft each. $25 takes all. Call (860) 628-4496 2 COLLEGE TEXTBOOKS for CNC Blueprint and Math. $20 for both. Call (203) 843-6270 2 PAUL MCCARTNEY Tickets Floor Seats-11th Row July 17th at Citifield $1000.00 or B/O 203-887-7183 2005 Mitchell collision estimating reference guides. Complete set. $50. 860-224-7209

LAWN & GARDEN 48” EAGLE STAR Walk behind Mower. $800 or best offer. Call after 4pm (203) 379-6163 HOSTAS, $3.50/pot, 2 plants per pot. Call 860-621-2928, leave message.

CONSTRUCTION EQUIP & TOOLS BLACK & DECKER 10” Radial Saw. $90. Call Steve 203-269-0153

FURNITURE & APPLIANCES 2 AIR CONDITIONERS- $50 each. 5000 BTU. (203) 237-9235 2 PC LIVING RM SET- Sofa w/2 recliners and loveseat. 4 matching pillows. Cranberry. Like brand new. $400. (203) 915-7837

FURNITURE & APPLIANCES 3 PC. bedroom set, dark pine $100 203-464-9085 4 HIGHBACK Chair cushions for outdoor chairs. Blue stripe. Like new. $20. (860) 828-4619 5 DRAWER Dresser bureau, 19”w x 38”l x 52”h. Good condition. No scratches. $100. (860) 747-6484 ACCENT antique table $25 860-426-1214

FURNITURE & APPLIANCES DESK wood 5’x30”x30.5”.6 drawer w/slide outs $50 203235-8674 DREXEL Heritage Sofa- excellent condition, floral pattern $700.00. Paid $2000 new. Call 203.248.5982 ENTERTAINMENT center, solid oak with ligths & drawers. $100. Call 860-621-7145

ADVERTISE your product or service nationwide or by region in up to 12 million households in North America’s best suburbs! Place your classified ad in over 1000 suburban newspapers just like this one. Call Classified Avenue at 888-4862466 or go to: BALLY 8 ball Champ pinball machine, reconditioned, $1,350. Ms. Pac Man video game, $750. Donkey Kong video game, $500. AMI CD junkbox, $900. 860-223-0936


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Call 860-346-3226 JONAS BROTHERS- July 18th. Banknorth Garden, Bal 316. $99 or best offer. (203) 440-3610

LAMINATING Service. Let us help you preserve your most precious moments. From $2.50 to $4.50 per piece. Call 203238-1953 for info. LAMPS: 5 battery operated stick up lights for dark areas. $1.35 each. (203) 237-2117 MOVING SALE! 9 piece pine DR set 1987 30ft Allegro RV, 17 1/2ft boat w/trailer & motor, jet ski w/trailer, misc items. 203-237-2963 or 203-213-5036 RUTH Morehead plates. Set of 8. $50.00 Call Lori 203-265-3680 TWO WHEEL HD hand truck. Air tires. $20. (203) 269-9009 WALKER Free. Only used once. Also, free cane. For more info, call (203) 265-9461 WOMEN’S Open cut dress shoes, Hush Puppies, New 8W, black & bone $15 pair. (203) 634-0548

SPORTING GOODS & HEALTH EXERCISE CSA alpine tracker aerobic trainer $15 860-628-8811 GOLF balls $4 doz, all great, major brands. U-pick. Call 860-632-8666 TRAIN at home! Multi-use home gym barely used.$100 203-4403859

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

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

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(860) 828-3958 also accepting applications for Affordable Units Income Restriction Apply Merit Properties, Inc. Financed by CHFA ELECTRONICS

GLASS SHOW National Depression Glass Association Convention Show and Sale. July 11 & 12. O’Neill Center, WCSU, Exit 4 off I84. Saturday 10am-5pm. Sunday 11am - 4pm. $8. Info 516-4760155 or


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

203-238-3499 ALWAYS BUYING

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

203-238-3308 SWIMMING POOLS & SPAS FREE 21’ POOL You take down/haul away. 203-237-1242


BREADMAN machine Like new. $60.00 Call 203-237-6052

A NEW COMPUTER NOW. Brand Name laptops & desktops. Bad or NO Credit - No Problem. Smallest weekly payments avail. Its yours NOW. 800-6183765

CRAFTSMEN 16”Scroll saw and table. Used once. $90. Call 203-630-0841

COMPUTER complete; Win 98; Office 97; modem. $75. Call 203288-8790 after 6pm

COMPUTER Station Oak & Black Finish, Ex Cond. Assembled. $100. 203-265-5576 COUCH Large Dark blue $45 can deliver. 860-682-4435

FREE Large computer desk and FREE Refrigerator - runs fine. Call (203) 265-5910

FANTOM vacuum cleaner w/manual, VHS tape extra belts & bulbs. $40. 203-634-9336

DELL Flat Panel w/XP, tower, keyboard & mouse-Runs. $80 203-294-1872

COUCH-blue with white stripes. Asking $40.00 or B/O. Call 203-238-4265.

FREE Patio bricks. Covers 400 sq. ft. Red/black. Excellent condition. Call (203) 238-4410

FREE-CINDER blocks. You haul away. Gregg 203-623-1988 Wallingford

HP Photosmart 8100- $25. Prints photos only. 203-2373371


DTV Digital to Analog Converter. Never used. $10 203 269-6117


FOR SALE: Solid Oak Dining Room Set, Queen Anne Style, China Cabinet 64”W 80”H 19”D, Matching Table 2 Leaves and 6 Chairs, Table Pads, Ex. Cond. $500 or B/O. 203-2135442.

AIR CONDITIONER $50 Works great, 7800BTU Call 203-634-8478

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

Old, used & woodworking, machinists & misc handtools & tool chests. Honest offers made at your home. Please write this number down and call Cory 860-345-8539 .

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

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

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

203-235-8431 FISHING TACKLE. Local collector looking for old or new rods, reels, lures. Highest prices paid. Call Dave anytime 860-463-4359

MUSICAL INSTRUMENT & INSTRUCTIONS 20” BASS drum. Red sparkle. Only $25. 203-634-0809. PRIVATE MUSIC LESSONS. Many different instruments offered. Exp’d. music teacher. Call Miss Sarah at 203-235-1546 Summer openings avail.

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Especially Napier. 203-530-8109

Placing a Marketplace ad is an easy and affordable way to whip up some interest among potential buyers. What are you waiting for? Contact us today and start turning the stuff you don’t want into something you do want:

ESTATE LIQUIDATIONS Pottery, oil paintings, clocks, jewelry, toys, silver, anything old. (203) 639-1002





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HOME SWEET HOMES Offers Meriden - Studio apts From $650. Heat & HW incl. + sec. 3BR apts from $850 + utils & sec. Avail. immed! 203-938-3789

APARTMENTS FOR RENT MERIDEN Studio - $580 & 3 BR w/WD hookup- $930. Sec 8 approved. 1st month, Sec & Refs. (203) 927-6827 MERIDEN- 1 & 2BR apts. 657

East Main St. Call (917) 468All real estate advertised in 3909 this newspaper is subject to the Federal Fair Housing MERIDEN- 1BR $725/mo. Act of 1968, revised March MERIDEN - 4BR, 2nd flr, 1 mo. Heat, HW & Electric incl. Pri12, 1989, which makes it sec. + 1 mo. rent. References, vate balcony, off st parking, illegal to advertise any no pets. Section 8 or other prolaundry facilities, managegrams approved. $1175. (203) preference, limitation, or ment & maintenance on site. 464-6273 Section 8. approved. No dogs. discrimination based on Cat w/deposit. race, color, religion, nation- MERIDEN - 815 Broad Street For info 203-639-4868 Studio $575. HT/HW included al origin, sex, sexual orienNo pets. 860-246-0613 tation, handicap, or familial MERIDEN- 2BR, 1st flr, w/appls. status or intention to make MERIDEN - CLEAN Excellent condition. Off st. any such preference, limi1 ROOM EFFICIENCY parking. No pets. $900 + sec. & tation or discrimination; $450. Utilities included. utils. (860) 663-1229 and is also subject to the 2 mos security. Credit check req. State of Connecticut GenNo pets. Call 203-284-0597 eral Statutes Sections 46a- MERIDEN 1 LG BR 4 Rms 3rd flr, 64c which makes it illegal Broad St. Newer kit & bath. to advertise any prefer- Painted, new carpet, off st. park- MERIDEN- Renovated Apartments 2 BR - $750, $850 & $950 ence, limitation or discrimi- ing, balcony. $650 + utils. Heat & Hot Water Included nation based on race, Rob 203-639-9238 Secure building. Off st. parking. creed, color, national oriCall 203-886-7016 gin, ancestry, sex, sexual MERIDEN 1 or 2 BR orientation, marital status, MERIDEN- Wallingford line, Stove, heat & hot water incl. age, lawful source of Large, Luxury 1 & 2BR condo. Lease, sec & refs. No pets. income, familial status, or (203) 239-7657 or 203-314-7300 Laundry. Rent - $630 & $850 + utils, no pets. 203-245-9493 x 2. physical or mental disability, or an intention to make MERIDEN-2BR, modern, nice any such preference, limiarea, prvt yd, driveway, W/D tation, or discrimination. hkup. Absolutely no pets. $775. MERIDEN 108 Maple St,2 Sec & dep. Refs. Gas heat. Avail This newspaper will not 1/2 bdrm., 2nd flr, recently 8/1. 203-634-0576 knowingly accept any rennovated. W/D hook-up in advertising for real estate base't. $900/mo incl or for the sale or rental of Heat/HW 888-520residential property which 6786x101 is in violation of these laws. MERIDEN-2RM Efficiency. $525

HOUSES FOR RENT DURHAM- $1400/mo + sec + utilities. MBR downstairs, 2 BRs upstairs, bath & 1/2. Oil hot air w/AC. 1 car garage. Avail 6/1. George (860) 349-9102

MERIDEN 2 bdrm., 1 1/2 baths. Center St. Townhouse. Fully applianced. A/C Deck. $875 month plus util. 2 months sec. No Pets. Call Brian 203-9803117

WALLINGFORD 2BR, 1 bath, unfurnished. 1-yr lease. Washer/dryer. Cable TV hookup. Available now. $1,000/mo. plus security deposit. Ken (203)4102733

MERIDEN 2 Bedroom Apartment. Brand new. Security, 1 1/2 months. Credit check. Must See! 2nd flr - $850. 216 Hobart Street. (203) 265-5980 Lisa

WLFD 3-4BR. 2 full baths. Hdwd flrs, WD hkup, DW. Nice loc., double driveway. No pets. 203- 284-2077 or 203-654-6190


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Sm Studio-$525 Fully renovated, secure bldg. HW incl. New appls, on site laundromat & off st parking. Close to train station. Sec 8 Approved. Property Max 203-843-8006

MERIDEN 1 bdrm, 1 bath Ranch style 1-car garage. Owneroccupied. $875.00 per month, heat included. No pets. Call (203) 430-7341

Studio & 1 BR Apts.


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MERIDEN 1BR Apt. New St. Nice and quiet. WD hookup, off st parking. Hardwood floors, porch. Cats OK. $550 per month plus utils. (203) 237-6575

MERIDEN Eastgate Commons 2 BR, completely remodeled. $800/month. 2 months security. (203) 605-8591 WLFD- Judd Square- 1BR, No pets. $730. Call Quality Realty, LLC 203-949-1904

WLFD-Upscale Condo 3 full baths, granite & tile, custom window treatments, patio & deck. Perfect for home office. No pets. $1,800/mo + utils. 203-671-6979


HOME SWEET HOMES Offers Meriden - 4BR, 1st flr, recently renovated, 2 full baths. $1275 + utils & sec. Avail. immediately. 230 West Main St. 203-938-3789

MERIDEN 32 Cook Ave. $600/Studio & $650+/1 BR New owners. Remodeled. Heat & Hot water incl. 203-886-7016 MERIDEN 433 Center Street 3 BRs, 1st floor. Off street parking. No pets. $850 plus security. Call (203) 213-9896 MERIDEN EFFICIENCIES - $650 1BRs - $750 2BRs - $850. Heat & HW incl. ACs. 24 hr maintenance. Sec. guard. Laundry Rm. Off street parking. 203-630-2841 MERIDEN Extra lge Furnished Room in private home. All utilities including cable. Share kitchen & bath. $150 week plus security. 203-440-0825 MERIDEN Great 4BR, lge kit incl DW. W/D included, quiet neighborhood, off-st park, yard. No dogs. Near school. $1,450. Sect 8 approved. 860-982-6585 MERIDEN Spacious 2 BR. East Side. Elevator building. Great condition. 2 mos sec. Credit check & refs required. No pets. $875. Call (203) 284-0597.

mo + 1 mo. sec. & refs. Call 203213-5153 or 203-631-0105 MERIDEN-Free Rent 1st month. 1BR $575/mo + utils. On busline downtown. No pets. Sec & refs. Call 203-907-8688 MERIDEN. 5 RMS in duplex, private bsmt, stove, refrig, w/d avail. Immed occup. $900. Call 203-887-8805; 860-347-2992; 860-632-2800 ext 31 or 10 PLAINVILLE 1BR units Starting at $515/month. One months security required. No pets. MBI 860-347-6919 PLANTSIVLLE Mansion- 1BR Apt, priv porch. Newly renovated. Small Pet Ok! Cheap Util. Huge Yard, Bike Path, Parking. Clean, Quiet. $800/mo. 203910-4349 WALLINGFORD 1st Flr, 2 BR, Lg rms. Clean. Laundry Rm, Trash Pick-Up. Security deposit. 1 1/2 mos, credit check. No pets. $900/mo. (203) 265-5980 Lisa WALLINGFORD 2 bedroom Judd Square. Central Air. No Pets. $925/mo. Call 203-265-3718 WALLINGFORD 2 BR Townhouse Apt. LR/DR Combo. W/D Hookup. Deck. Sec Dep $925 Available July 1st 203-535-3487 WALLINGFORD 2 BR Townhouse end unit. Beautiful area, yard. Granite counters, DW. WD hookup, garage, porch. No pets. $1075/mo + sec. (203) 631-6057 WALLINGFORD- 2nd flr, 5 rms, freshly painted & updated. W/D hookup in basement. $1000/mo. + sec. No pets. Call (203) 2843561 or 203-640-5249 WALLINGFORD- 4 rm, 2BR apt, 2nd flr, stove & fridge, 1 car garage. No pets. (203) 2657026 WALLINGFORD-4 Rms, newly painted, Hardwood flrs re-done. $800/month + utils & sec deposit. No smoking. No pets. 203-269-1426 WLFD. 2 BR, no pets, no smoking, off st parking, w/d hookups in bsmt. Call (203) 269-5733


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STORAGE SPACE We have 3,800 square feet of storage space available for short or long term rental. Centrally located in Meriden and convenient to all major highways. 12’ ceilings with heat and air conditioning. Tractor trailer access with a covered dock. 24 hour access, security camera for extra protection, office and bathroom. Plenty of parking. Call today for more information and tour.

Open Sunday 12-2 26 Fowler Ln, Lake Beseck Middlefield Remodeled lakefront home w/ open flr plan. $289,900. Dir. Rte 147 to Lake to Fowler. Michelle Wininger, Mission Real Estate 860-707-5389


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WLFD Move right in! 3BR, 1 1/2BA Split in Cook Hill area. HW floors, updated kitchen w/stainless appliances. Large level lot. Great for summer picnics. $315,000. Call Fred 203-265-5618

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



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

WLFD- NORTHRIDGE Commons, spacious 1 & 2BR units. $725 - $875 & up 203-269-5770 WLFD. OVERSIZED Tri-level, applianced kitchen, lots of storage & closet space. NO PETS. $1195. Call J.J. Bennett, 203-2657101.


MERIDEN-Priv/bath, kitch, entrance, utilities incld, prkg, $175/wk. Avail. Call 203-912-4579



WALLINGFORD. 1BR apt, nice location, off st parking. No pets/smoking. $700/mo+sec. Call 203-284-2103


WLFD Cute, immaculate & affordable! Freshly painted 6rm, 3BR, 1BA Cape, built in 1989, form DR opening to EIK, full bsmt, paved driveway. All for under 200K. Kathy 203-265-5618


$375,000-2,275 sq.ft. newly built Elevated Ranch on a 1/2 acre. 3 bdrms., 3 full baths, central air, formal DR, hdwd flrs., plus a fin. bsmt.

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

MERIDEN- Storage space for boxes, medical records, etc. No cars. Call (917) 386-3630


PLAINVILLE $439,900 Settle your family comfortably into this custom 3-4BR, 4 full bath home in neighborhood. 2BRs have private baths. Perfect for older child or parent. Open floor plan. Call Linda (203) 235-3300. MERIDEN 30 Village View Terr. 1600sqft. 8rm 2BR/2 bath. Sat. & Sun, 10-4 $179,900. 1-car garage. Robert 860-462-8857

MERIDEN 230 Williams St. MOTIVATED SELLER. 1340 sq ft Cape. 2 car det gar w/27X15 wkshp. 2/3 Bdrm, 1 bath, FDR, HW flrs. New siding, roof, windows, oil tank. 200 amps. Immaculate! $219,900 Gerry Winters Prudential CT Realty 860-371-0900 MERIDEN HOMES $279,900-Newly built 1700 sq.ft. Colonial plus an additional 700 sq.ft. fin. walk-out bsmt. 3 bdrms, 2 1/2 baths, formal DR, central air, 1 car garage..

CHESHIRE $429,900-below market value, orig $629,000. Must see 4BR, 2 1/2 ba, rem kit, LR/DR, fam rm. ingr pool, koi pond, 1.8 acres, level lot. Florals abound, southern wrap porch, horseshoe drvwy, laundry on first. P. Lane (203) 272-1234.


YALESVILLE In Loring Court, an over 55 adult park. 3 homes for sale. New 20x36, 1 BR - $94,900. Used 14x68, 2 BR - $69,900. Used 12x44, 2 BR - $46,900. Call Bill Loring, Broker for more information. 203-269-8808


MERIDEN-comm/res bldg, 6000sq ft, new roof, elect, heat, street lvl grg dr, near dwntwn, $135,000 neg. poss rental income. 203-912-4579


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

PERSONAL service for your complete satisfaction. Call Frank Guodace Realtor. 860-301-7400 Experience makes the difference!

SOUTHINGTON 55+ complex at Spring Lake; Open House Sun 7/12 1pm-3pm; Gorgeous rarely avail. 3 bed 2.5bath att garage; 2 gas fp; stunning location off main road on annex st. go to: $199,900 Linda Edelwich, 860-818-3610

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

LAKE WINNIPESAUKEE- Weirs Beach, N.H. Channel Waterfront Cottages. 1,2 & 3BR, A/C, Full Kitchens, Sandy Beach, Dock Space. Walk to everything! Pets Welcome **Wi-fi! 1-603-366-4673

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

NC MOUNTAINS. NEW! E-Z Finish Log Cabin Shell Financing Available!! With Loft & Full Basement. Includes acreage. $99,900 Warm Winters/Cool Summers 828-247-9966 code 45

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WALLINGFORD Nearly 2 acres with street to street access. Come see before owners list. 3 bedroom, 2 bath. Move in ready. 941 N. Farms Rd. $314,000. Call for details 941-223-0213


$379,900-4,000 sq.ft. Ranch incl 1800 sq.ft. fin. walk-out fin bsmt w/2nd kitchen. 3-4 bdrms, 3 full baths, formal DR, central air, 2 car gar., all on 1.15 acres $410,000-Gorgeous Colonial with Victorian flair. 2,284 sq.ft., 4 bdrms., 2 1/2 baths, plenty of upgrades incl hdwd flrs, granite wrapped fp., wraparound porch, fin. walk-out bsmt., 2 car gar., all of 1 acre CALL FOR DETAILS GALLERIA REAL ESTATE 203.671.2223


MERIDEN Awesome Condo, 5 rooms. Featuring 2BRs, kit, LR, family room in lower level, bath and a half. Beautifully landscaped park-like setting. Priced to sell at $159,900. For details, call Sue Farone (203) 235-3300

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WAREHOUSE Local Importer requires an experienced, self-motivated and responsible person whose experience has been in traffic and warehouse activities. Must be proficient with computers, detail oriented and capable on analyzing data. Candidate will be required to assist the daily tasks of planning work, analyzing customer order requirements and routing shipments. This is a hands-on operation in a multitasking, fast paced environment. At present, this is a part time position, 3 or more days per week. Fax resume to: Attn Ray: 203-284-0886 WAREHOUSE/DELIVERY DRIVER Automotive parts Distributor is seeking two sharp, responsible people to learn all aspects of running a warehouse. Shipping & Receiving, packing orders, scheduling freight pickups & deliveries if necessary. $10 to start. Must be able to lift up to 70lbs. Previous applicants need not apply. Apply in person at Northeast Imported Parts, 20 N. Plains Industrial Rd., Suite 10, Wallingford M-F 9am-4pm. Bring current Motor Vehicle Report.

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Friday, July 10, 2009

Going Far at Memorial School

July 31, August 1, 2, 2009 Mountain Ridge Resort 350A High Hill Road Wallingford, CT 06492

The 23rd Great Connecticut Traditional Jazz Festival Dates:

The Go Far program, a program that seeks to encourage young people to be physically active, moved into Memorial School last year after finding success at Lyman and Korn schools. Pictured above are the fifth graders who completed the equivalent of a marathon (26.2 miles) by running during recess times. Sixth grade students who accomplished the same feat are, from left, Morgan Kosiorek, Kelley Blake and Vincent Bellacicco. Organizer Jen Schulten reports that the program is now firmly established in three schools – Lyman, Korn and Memorial – with a whole-school program planned for Memorial next year, much like Lyman’s Run with the Troops in June. “Last year participating students ran approximately 8,000 miles,” she noted with pride. “To keep going at this level and even increase involvement, we need some more volunteers as well as donations by individuals or companies to allow us to mark these students’ achievements,” Schulten continued. If you or your business would like to help next September, contact her at

Friday, July 31 - 3 pm to 11:30 pm

Sat., Aug. 1 - 11:00 am to 5 pm and 6 pm to 11:30 pm Sun., Aug. 2 - Gospel Service 9:00 am, Antique Car Display 11:00 am, Bands start 11:00 am to 5 pm New Orleans style, blues, swing, big band sounds. New festival grounds just 4 minutes from I-91 Air-conditioned indoor venues, a large tent & pool side. Large swimming pool, tennis and games for the kids Dance lessons and dancing in all venues.

Durham Fun Run June 7

BANDS: Louis Ford and his New Orleans Flairs (LA) • Igor’s Jazz Cowboys (AZ) • Cornet Chop Suey (St. Louis, MO) • Ivory and Gold (CT) Blue Street (Fresno, CA) • JAS’M (CT) • Midiri Brothers (NJ) • Heartbeat Jazz Band (CT) • Jeff Barnhart All Starts (CT & Beyond) Sugarfoot Jazz Band (TGCTJF Youth Band) • Galvanized Jazz Band with Jane Campedelli (CT & FL) • Sarah Spencer (UK) Triple Play (CT) • The Festival All Stars (CT and beyond) • Wolverine Jazz Band (MA) • Freight Train (CT) • The Blue Lights (CT)

At Gate: $95/weekend pass, $45/session, $60/all day Sat., Children 6 Before July 24: $90/weekend, $40/session, $50/all day Sat. Special Sponsor: Be a Jazz Angel $160/3-day pass, special seating Call 1-800-HOT-EVENt (1-800-468-3836) see: Festival sponsors Horns for Kids 1119732



Fun runs, now for adults and high school students only due to the condition of the track, take place every Tuesday at 6:30 at the Coginchaug track in Durham. The following are the results from the June 7 Fun Run. In the 2 mile high school division Kathleen Darling

14:29, Alex Cannata 15:39, Joanie Darlin 15:50, Molly Sweeney 17:40 and Jean Ianuzzi 17:40. In the open 3.3 mile run Sean Nestor 18:19, Alex Morin 18:59, Brian Feitel 20:21, Gary Nixon 20:51, Melissa Reynolds 23:41, Larry Hodge 24:29 and Scott Ely 27:23.

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