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Volume 18, Issue 13

Animal blessing at MFC

A service for blessing animals was held at the Middlefield Federated Church recently. Cute pups (and one furtive horse!) enjoy the warm weather and all the attention. Photos taken by Madison Burt, submitted by Tim Burt

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Friday, July 8, 2011

‘A simple good for the community’ — composting units coming your way By Trish Dynia Special to the Town Times

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In a joint effort to reduce the amount of main stream waste we haul each week to the local transfer station, the Durham Garden Club and Durham Middlefield Interlocal Agreement Advisory Board (DMIAAB) have recently purchased 25 each of two styles of composting units, which will soon be available for purchase by local residents at a substantially reduced price. Main stream waste (MSW), consists of non-recyclable items we generally place in the trash can. Because the transfer station receives cash for recyclables and must pay to dispose of MSW, any reduction in the amount of MSW results in a cost savings. After carefully researching the market for the past year, the garden club and DMIAAB have opted to purchase 25 Garden Gourmets

Since its American debut on Oprah Winfrey’s Earth Day 2008 show, The Garden Gourmet has gained national popularity, and statistics show that when used properly by a family of four, the unit would typically need to be emptied three to four times per year and removes approximately 20 percent from the household’s MSW. During a recent presentation for DMIAAB, Jonas Strimaitis of Signature Marketing stated, “Unlike many homemade composting systems, this unit is critterproof when installed properly, and it does not attract flies or emit fowl orders when appropriate layering and turning techniques are used.” The easy-to-assemble Garden Gourmet weighs less than 30 pounds and is designed to take kitchen scraps, such as fruits and vegetables, coffee grounds,

breads and egg shells, as well as garden refuse, including grass clippings, wood chips, leaves and the like. The unit uses sunlight to make the compost ‘gold,’ which can be distributed throughout your garden, thus eliminating the need to purchase chemical fertilizers to make your garden grow. Local residents can purchase this unit for $30.25. The Green Cone Food Waste Digester is a two-piece system that can reduce MSW by 30 percent when used properly by a family of four. The bottom half should be buried in well-drained soil or in a raised bed if there is clay soil or ledge. The cone fits over the top and is designed to take all kitchen waste, including fruits, vegetables, meat, fish, bones, dairy products, etc. Evelyn Golden, owner of Signature Marketing, explained, “The unit eats everything you See Compost, page 19

Perk on Main in Durham ‘raises the roof’ Left, Nancy Alberico, Marilyn Horn and Ashley Horn stand at the “Mexican Market that took place June 30 at Perk on Main to raise funds for repair work needed at the Centro de Esperanza in Oaxaca, Mexico. More photos page 17. Photo by Sara Kennedy

In this issue ... Photo by Michelle P. Carter

Look under your car before pulling out of your driveway! This snoozing snapping turtle, Alonso, found a comfy, shaded spot under a car at the residence of new Town Times’ office assistant Michelle P. Carter.

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Durham on Thursday, July 14, from 5 to 8 p.m. Fried dough, drinks and desserts will be served. The money raised will be used to defray the cost of a barbeque pit that Matt is planning to make for United Churches. For more information and pricing, contact Matt at

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The Summer Fun Runs will be held each Tuesday night from June 28 to Aug. 16 (excluding July 19) starting at 6 p.m. Age groups are 0-4 years, 5-7 years, 8-10 years, 11-14 years, high school, and open. There is no cost for this popular series, and signup is held each Tuesday at the Coginchaug track. The event may be canceled in the event of severe weather. Contact the Durham Rec Department at 860-343-6724 or visit and access the Rec Department.

Senior patrol leader of Troop 270 Matt Amendola invites you to a fundraiser for his Boy Scout Eagle Project. The event will take place at the United Churches of

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speare plays. Each performance of Shakespeare’s Argument will be preceded by live music at 6 p.m. The audience is encouraged to arrival early and enjoy a picnic in the grove while enjoying some of the region’s top musical acts. Shakespeare in the Grove is a pay-if-you-can event. Suggested donation is $20 per person. For info, call 860-346-4390, e-mail or go to

The Awakened Heart ARTFARM artistic director Marcella Trowbridge and actor Jesse Gabbard in rehearsal for Shakespeare’s Argument. Photo by Ben Jordan

The fast-paced piece features four characters — an actor, a professor, a producer and a groundling (or audience member) — arguing about what makes Shakespeare so special. As the debate heats up, they perform scenes, songs and soliloquies from over a dozen Shake-

Come share a weekend filled with opportunities to explore your inner worlds. You are invited to the annual Connecticut Eckankar Regional Seminar to explore our spiritual natures through workshops, group discussions, talks and creative arts, July 8 and 10 at the Eckankar Temple of CT, Middlefield, and July 9 at Crowne Plaza Hotel, Cromwell. Visit or e-mail Free to newcomers.

Corrections We strive to bring you the most accurate info each week, but if you see something in Town Times that isn’t quite right, give us a call at 860-349-8000, and we’ll do our best to fix it. The correct spelling of retiring RSD13 curriculum director is Carol Luckenbach. 1208965



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Sign up your kids and teenagers for the pottery and art classes at John Lyman School in Middlefield this summer! The theme is “Inspired by Nature.” Kids will have fun creating beautiful nature-based pottery and art. These classes feature projects working with clay, natural materials, paint and wire sculpture. These classes are for children going into third grade through high school, and the instructors are CT-certified art teachers. Adults may take classes with children if desired, and classes are open to residents

and non-residents for the same fee. Pottery classes take place from July 12-16 in the morning and the afternoon. The art class takes place from July 18-22 in the mornings. For a flyer, more info and to register, contact the District 13 Adult Education office at 860-349-2232 or e-mail Susan Carroll Nardine at


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pointing out names from the contemporary or integrated day programs, depending on his audience. To this reporter, he made special mention of one name “from the Board of Ed” on his list. The casual use of school and parent names creates the impression that he has been accepted by the district. In fact, the opposite is true. Matt and Daniel represent Southwestern Company, a company that sells books and websites designed for parents to help their kids with schoolwork but not endorsed by or related to the district. Southwestern Company recruits and trains college students who become independent contractors direct selling the products to parents. The salesmen also have not been accepted by the community. Those contacted from the list say that the discussions

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July 8 Spiritual Seminar Come to the annual Connecticut Eckankar Regional Seminar to explore our spiritual natures through workshops, group discussions, talks and creative arts. July 8 and 10 at the Eckankar Temple of CT, Middlefield, and July 9 at Crowne Plaza Hotel, Cromwell. or e-mail Free to newcomers. Baked Bean Supper Enjoy an old-fashioned, home-cooked meal without the cooking at the United Churches at 6 p.m. in the airconditioned Fellowship Hall, located at 228R Main St. in Durham. The baked bean supper is a local tradition, featuring dishes such as baked beans, scalloped corn, macaroni dishes, salads and homemade breads and pies. All are welcome; call 860-3493683 for prices and more info.


July 9 BBQ Ribs Supper Come to the Barbecue Ribs Supper at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 76 High St., Middletown, today from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Take-out is available. For more info and pricing, call 860-346-9107. Boat Trip There are a few seats left for the boat trip to the Groton fireworks. Contact Amy at for more info. Berry Festival Celebrate Lyman Orchards’ mid-summer berries at the 10th annual Berry Fest, featuring breakfast on the deck, face-painting, horsedrawn wagon rides with Foxglove Farm, blueberry pieeating contests and pickyour-own blueberries, raspberries and jostaberries. Lyman’s bakery has fresh, handmade berry desserts for sampling and purchase. The outdoor grill will be open for hotdogs, hamburgers and ice cream. Country singer Nicole Frechette will perform live on the Apple Barrel deck from 1 to 3 p.m. For more info, call Lyman Orchards at 860-349-1793 or visit Farmers’ & Flea Markets Farmers’ and flea markets are Saturday mornings in July at Peckham Park from 8 a.m. to noon. Come visit local vendors and see the best in farm-fresh produce, baked goods, arts and crafts and tag sale items. For info, e-mail Dudley Farmers’ Market The Farmers’ Market at the Dudley Farm, corner of routes 77 and 80 in North Guilford, is held every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. through Oct. 29. Local and organic produce, herbs, eggs, flowers, baked goods, honey, maple syrup, soaps, jewelry, knitted things, gift items and more homemade and homegrown items are sold.


July 10 CRHS Soccer Club The annual general meeting of the Coginchaug Soccer Club will be at 7 p.m. at the Middlefield Community Center. All are welcome.


July 11 Durham Senior Lunches Every Monday and Wednesday hot lunches are available for seniors over 60 and their spouses at the Durham Activity Center located at 350 Main St. Following the lunches on Mondays is game time which includes billiards, Wii and cards. Today’s menu includes Swedish meatballs with vegetable gravy, whipped potatoes, green and wax beans, 12-grain bread and fruit cocktail. For pricing and to make a reservation, call Amanda Astarita at 860-349-3153. Middlefield Senior Café The Middlefield Senior Café is serving lunch three times a week, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Reservations are required 24 hours prior, and our monthly menu can be picked up at the Center, Town Hall, or on our website: Sportime Camp Sportime Camp with Alex Edwards is July 11-15 and Aug. 8-12. Edwards is a teacher in District 13 who

makes learning and exercise fun. He teaches the fundamentals of team sports and how to be “good sports.” The camp meets at Peckham Park in the mornings. If you have any questions, please call Alex Edwards at 860-632-0510 or visit


July 12 Pottery and Art Classes Sign up your kids and teenagers for the pottery and art classes at John Lyman! The theme is “Inspired by Nature.” Adults may take classes with children if desired. For a flyer, more info and to register, contact the District 13 Adult Education office at 860-349-2232 or email Susan Carroll Nardine at Senior Center Bocce Interested in joining and getting more information on bocce every Tuesday at 6 p.m.? Call 860-349-7121. This is a great way to enjoy summer with neighbors and friends. Destination Durham Every Tuesday at 1 and 7 p.m. on Comcast Channel 19, Destination Durham will be aired for those living in Durham. DVDs are also available at the Levi Coe and Durham libraries.


July 13 Durham Senior Lunches Every Monday and Wednesday hot lunches are available for seniors over 60 and their spouses at the Durham Activity Center located at 350 Main St. Bingo starts at 1 p.m. on Wednesdays. Today’s menu includes roast pork loin with broth, oriental rice, baby carrots, pumpernickel bread and sliced peaches. For pricing and to make a reservation, call Amanda Astarita at 860349-3153. TOPS Join the TOPS meetings every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Durham Town Hall third floor meeting room. For more info, call Naomi at 860-349-9558 or Bonnie at 860-349-9433.

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July 14 Fried Dough Fundraiser Senior patrol leader of Troop 270 Matt Amendola invites you to a fundraiser for his Boy Scout Eagle Project at the United Churches of Durham on Thursday, July 14, from 5 to 8 p.m. Fried dough, drinks and desserts will be served. The money raised will be used to defray the cost of a barbeque pit that Matt is planning to make for United Churches. For more information and pricing, contact Matt at Shakespeare in the Grove ARTFARM is celebrating its 10th birthday and the sixth season of Shakespeare in the Grove with the original piece Shakespeare’s Argument, which will be staged July 1417 and 21-24 at 7 p.m. in the grove overlooking the Connecticut River valley on the Middlesex Community College campus. Each performance will be preceded by live music at 6 p.m. Donations at the door are appreciated. For info call 860-346-4390, e-mail or go to Farmers’ Market The Durham Farmers’ Market is every Thursday from 3 to 6 p.m. on the town green through Sept. 8. Today’s theme is Alex’s Lemonade Stand. For more info,visit


July 15 Tot Time The MOMS Club of Durham and Middlefield sponsors a weekly Tot Time every Friday from 10:30 a.m. to noon at Peckham Park, or, if it’s rainy, at the Middlefield Community Center. This open-age playgroup is availableforallresidentsandtheir children of Durham, MiddlefieldandRockfall. NoRSVPis required. For more information, please contact Ann at

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Looking for extra help around the yard or home? The DMYFS Youth Job Bank can help!

The program provides residents of Durham, Middlefield and Rockfall with a way to find short- or long-term help by matching the requirements of work to be done with the skills of area teens. Youth applicants are seeking work in everything, including animal care, babysitting, housecleaning, gardening, painting, tutoring and general labor or yard work. DMYFS maintains applications from area youth interested in employment and is ready to provide potential employers with referrals for local youth who have completed the application process. There is no fee for this service to the community.

Residents of Durham, Middlefield and Rockfall who are interested in employing a teen to help with jobs in their home or yard should contact Betsy Dean, DMYFS executive director, at or Jane Moen, program director, at

“It is a win-win experience for all,” says Moen. “Residents are able to have help with gardening, babysitting and other tasks while youth are earning money and gaining responsibility and work experience” during the summer break.

Ron Claveloux, Durham resident, has utilized the DMYFS Job Bank and said, “I’ve had an excellent experience with the job bank so far. I have arranged for maintenance of my vegetable garden while I am out of town. This will involve watering, weeding and the staking of tomatoes and other plants. I found someone age-appropriate, responsible and hard- working in order to perform this job. I put a good deal of effort into planting and maintaining the garden, and now I can go away confident that the garden will be properly maintained in my absence. The job bank performs a fine service in matching job to worker.”

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Marion Ely receives plaque for Senior Garden

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On Tuesday, July 5, the Middlefield Senior Center honored longtime resident Marion Ely with a plaque at the senior garden that she started and cared for. Social Services director Antoinette Astle said Marion is the “silent elf volunteer” who helped beautify the grounds. Clockwise from top right, Marion and Antoinette; the plaque that will hang on the building; the garden; friends hug Marion. The center also hosted a BBQ that day in memory of Toni Petrucci, whose family left money in her name for the Senior Center when she passed away in the spring.

Mrs. Akerley, who is retiring from Brewster School, stands with her last second grade class. The students gave her a bird bath for her garden at home with some gardening tools and a gift certificate to Country Flower Farms. She loves to garden and plans on doing a lot now that she will be retired. Submitted by Nicole Albanese

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Summer reading selection for parents and kids By Mark Dionne Special to the Town Times We’ve just finished the second week of summer break, meaning all the grand plans we parents made for our kids are long dead. Still think you’re going to teach your kids Russian this summer? Probably not. Are you still on track to take your kids from multiplication tables in June to the quadratic equation by the end of August? Me neither. By this point of the summer, most parents consider it an accomplishment if their kids are out of their pajamas by lunch and nothing is on fire. Summer reading, on the other hand, doesn’t have to fall the way of yoga lessons and the herb garden. Experts can talk about the virtues and benefits of summer reading. I’d like to propose something else to make

summer reading fun for parents — read with your kids. I’m not talking about reading to your kids. If you have a middle school child or a late elementary school kid, they probably think they’re too cool to have you read to them. I’m talking about reading the same books as them. If you like your summer reading light with vampires and ninja spies, you should find Young Adult fiction fits right in your book bag. And if you don’t read at all over the summer, well, how are you going to convince your kids that reading is important anyway? When you read the same books as your pre-teen, you challenge and encourage them. You might also find some interesting things to talk about. And it’s cheaper than equestrian camp. What follows are books that might interest your kid and

possibly you this summer. The Lightning Thief, by Rick Riordan: What’s it about? Percy Jackson discovers his missing father is actually a god, but the rest of the angry and powerful gods believe he stole Zeus’ lightning. Will you like it? The Lightning Thief is rapid-fire entertainment. Some sort of action breaks out every 15 pages or so, with the occasional humor and mythology lesson tossed in. The Lightning Thief is a decent adventure and a clever use of myth but pretty lightweight. A couple of weeks after reading it, it took me a few minutes to remember if I’d actually read it or just watched the movie. Queasy subjects? There’s some violence and menace in the first book, and Percy’s mom is in an awful marriage.




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LEGAL NOTICE Town of Durham, CT Notice is hereby given to the taxpayers of the Town of Durham that the Town Tax on the Grand List of October 1, 2010 is due and payable in two installments, July 1, 2011 and January 1, 2012. All Motor Vehicle Taxes and Taxes in the amount of $100 or less are due and payable in full July 1, 2011. If the first payment is not paid on or before August 1, 2011, interest must be charged from July 1, 2011 at 1.5% per month (payment on 8/2/11 will have 3% added) with a minimum interest charge of $2.00. No bill is sent for the second installment. Payments may be mailed to: Town of Durham, P.O. Box 428, Durham, CT 06422 The Tax Collector’s office hours are Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 8:30-4:30 pm, Tuesday 8:30-7:00 pm and Friday 8:30-3:00 pm. Additional hours for this collection period will be Saturday, July 30, 10:00 am-12:00 pm. Martin French, CCMC Tax Collector, Town of Durham


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Queasy subjects? Should the government be allowed to murder citizens for entertainment? (Try to encourage the answer “no” here.) The Hunger Games examines what people will do in extreme situations, and it also portrays spectacle as political distraction. Katniss also finds herself in a love triangle but doesn’t really have much time to act on it because of all the fighting, running and hiding. Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life, by Wendy Mass: What’s it about? If you want your s u m m e r books to be about emotions instead of swords and guns, here’s an option. Jeremy Fink receives a box from his deceased father. He’s supposed to open it on his 13th birthday and discover the meaning of life. So with

The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins: What’s it about? These are the books of the moment, with a movie coming out in March 2012. Katniss lives in a future dystopia, where the remaining districts of America draw a boy and a girl by lottery to offer up to the Hunger Games. The unlucky children fight to the death for the entertainment of the rulers and the diversion of the masses. Will you like it? This is a fast and cheap novel, a puree of Most Dangerous Game, Running Man, Shirley Jackson’s The Lottery, Lord of the Flies and Project Runway — and I mean all of that as a compliment. The Hunger Games is like a teenager with a switchblade. It’s both sharp and sort of dumb, a cliché and a riveting novel at the same time.

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long “sales school” includes ethics, business management and safety, Campell said. He said that Southwestern Company encourages the salesmen to follow all local rules and obtain permits. “Summer is the time that peddlers and solicitors might knock on your door. Please note that everyone must have a permit in order to do that kind of business.” When asked if the training directed the salesmen to target their pitch to women, Campell replied, “The moms are most often the people who help with homework and are home.” The salesmen, Campell said, are not directed to include children in the pitch. “We ask them not to do any demonstrations or have...a conversation with the kids.” Campell also clarified that the salesmen can receive college credit through Nashville’s Trevecca Nazarene University that may transfer to their schools. The town offices of both Durham and Middlefield have heard numerous complaints. Door-to-door salesmen require permits in Durham and Middlefield. Trooper Eric Kelly

confirmed that the permit, which was in Daniel BurkeAguero’s name, has been pulled for Middlefield and the company is no longer allowed to sell there. According to Durham First Selectman Laura Francis in a mass e-mail, “[S]ummer is the time that peddlers and solicitors might knock on your door. Please note that everyone must have a permit in order to do that kind of business in Durham. [Town Clerk] Kim Garvis issues the permits after a background check from our Resident State Trooper Pete DiGioia and a signature from the First Selectman.” Durham lists approved permittees in the Permits and Licenses section of the town website. Francis has encouraged Durham residents to check the website and phone 911 if someone attempts to sell door-to-door without a permit or refuses to leave. Burke-Aguero of the Southwestern Company was issued a peddler’s permit for Durham on July 1. The permit lasts for four months. Francis said that a permit can be revoked, depending on the number of complaints directed to the resident state trooper. Matt’s name was not on a permit in either town.

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Missing: An ECO Recycling Bin from field across from Allyn Brook A bin used for recycling near Allyn Brook Park has been stolen. The bin, one of many that was placed around the Athletic Complex and Allyn Brook Park over the past four weeks, was paid for by ECO (Coginchaug High School's environmental club) through their own fundraising efforts and a grant from the Rockfall Foundation. If anyone knows where this bin has moved to, contact Susan Michael at 860-349-7215 ext. 235. or please return it to its original location. Also, someone has been taking (stealing) the bags of bottles out of the bins. The bottles and cans should be left in the containers for ECO members to pick up and sort. ECO would appreciate support in the proper use of the bins as well as encouraging the public not to take the bottles and cans from which ECO hopes to raise funds for projects. The stolen cans and bottles are also preventing the club from documenting the project's success which is required by their grant.

Letters to the Editor Support local businesses Winter blizzards? Weak economy? High gas prices? The combination of these and other factors have been detrimental to our local businesses. For example: Durham Pharmacy is feeling the state employees’ mail order drug change, sales at Durham Market are a bit slow and the new Durham’s Kitchen is still working to establish a customer base. Every business in town is feeling the same crunch we consumers are experiencing. All of our local businesses are run by friends and neighbors. Each merchant provides us with invaluable “rightdownthestreet”servic-

es that help us out in our busy lives, and they all generously support our schools and clubs with donations every year. Now it’s our turn to lend a hand. We need to step up and support local businesses. They have been here for us — let’s be there for them! Lisa Larsen and Tina Gossner, Durham

Thank you, from White family We would like to thank all the people who attended the open forum recently held by the Durham Conservation Commission. We appreciate the Conservation Commission giving us and others the opportunity to share our

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thoughts. Seth Lehrmen from NRCS provided the results of his hard work. We certainly appreciate his flexibility and willingness to work together in the future. To those of you who have called, written or stopped by the farm to offer insight, expertise and moral support — thank you! Your words of encouragement are very reassuring. We look forward to reaching a mutually beneficial resolution. The White Family Carrie, Sue, Pam, Rob, Cheryl, Heather and Rob Jr.

Town taxes are unfair Another year has passed with our town collecting money it needs to function by taxing the value of the property a family owns. Over the years, local politicians have stated that taxing town citizens based on the value of the property they own is outdated, archaic and unfair to many families. Yet year after year, no politician is willing to stand up and attempt to change the system and offer another way for towns to collect money that is based upon something else than property taxes. How is taxing families based on property unfair? Consider two families.

Family A has an annual income of $100,000 and lives in a house assessed at $200,000. Family B has an annual income of only $75,000 and also lives in a house assessed at $200,000. Both families have the same number of members. Who pays more in taxes to the federal government? The answer is family A. Who pays more taxes to the state of CT? The answer is family A. Who pays more in taxes to the town of Durham? The answer is neither. They both pay the same amount because taxes in all towns in Connecticut, unlike federal and state taxes, are based on the assessed value of your property and not your annual income. Your ability to pay taxes has nothing to do with the value of the property you own unless that property makes money for you. Our houses do not make money for us. Your ability to pay taxes should be based on your annual income, taking into account the number of members a family has. The more members a family has, the less ability they have to pay taxes. When are local politicians in Durham and in the state going to realize this? How much longer do we have to wait? Tom Lipka, Durham

Seeking new PTO president(s)

I would like to extend thanks to the parents and teachers of the Strong School community who have volunteered their time and energy to make the past four years, while my children attended Strong School, a great experience for them. As president of the PTO for the past two years, I am thankful that parents were always there to pitch in and lend a hand to make my job easier. The PTO supports learning at Strong as it provides funding for cultural arts activities, purchases technology for both student and teacher use that is not supported by the budget and runs social events for students, such as dances and Strong School Reads each year. This past year the PTO renovated the Sweets Booth at the fair, and I was grateful for help from parents, staff and students. As my tenure as PTO president at Strong came to a close, I was saddened by the fact that there was no one to train or to pass the fair book or give notes to on what the PTO responsibilities are for See PTO, next page

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Movie Review: Cars 2 enough subtle details Ever since Cars Dr. Tanya Feke to keep you enterfirst crossed the fintained on repeated ish line in 2006, eager viewings. boys, men and chilYet what Cars 2 exdren alike have waitudes in glitzy spectaed with bated breath cle it lacks in heart. In for what every worthy film is groomed for — a sequel. the original film, Lightning McThat time has come with Disney- Queen learned to put aside his ego for Pixar’s theatrical release of Cars 2. A friendship. Sadly he reverts to his old cross between the original moniker self in the sequel when he backhands and a classic James Bond spy flick, Mater’s friendship for what is popuCars 2 is jam-packed with enough ac- lar at the moment. The misstep neartion and stunts to reduce Y chromo- ly erased the magic of Cars. The lack of beloved Radiator somes to tears. The subject matter is timely. To Springs characters is yet another promote the world’s newest alterna- gaffe by Pixar. Lovers of the original tive fuel, Allinol, inventor Sir Miles want their reunion! Yes, there is a Axlerod sponsors the World Grand brief tribute to Doc Hudson, in honor Prix, an elite race featuring the of the passing of Paul Newman. But world’s fastest race cars. From what about Fillmore, originally Tokyo, Japan, to fictional Porta Cor- voiced by George Carlin? While Carsa, Italy, to London, England, the lin may not have been a film legend, cars set out on an exciting adven- he certainly left his mark on the enture, unaware that an evil master- tertainment industry. I don’t think mind has set out to destroy the Alli- I’m alone in wanting more Sally, Ranol name. Mater becomes a key to mone, Flo, Sarge, Red, Lizzie and the caper when he is mistaken for a Sheriff either. While Cars 2 is cerspy — apparently his American in- tainly slick and exciting, as a simple eptitude is so well-played it couldn’t girl, I honestly would have been happy to keep cruising down Route 66. be real. Will he save the day? My ratings: 3 stethoscopes As always, Pixar does an excepEditorial: Dr. Tanya Feke is a tional job with the fine details. Each country is brought out in a colorful physician at Middlesex Hospital Pridisplay of pop culture and ethnic mary Care - Durham and guest colummarvel: wasabi, capsule hotels, Ani- nist for the Town Times. She was press me, Mangia!, family gatherings and credentialed to the LA Film Festival in British royalty complete with the 2009 and continues to pursue a love of Queen’s guard. There is visual stim- film. Diagnosis: Movies reviews are ulation galore with more than rated on a five stethoscope scale.

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PTO (Continued from page 8) Strong. With the advent of a new principal, it will be critical for the PTO to give support and guidance, yet no one has come forth. At this time we are seeking a president or two co-presidents, a secretary and a fair booth coordinator. (We have some volunteers already to do the work but no one to manage it.) Without a fair booth, there will be none of the above mentioned activities or support, as it is our only major fundraiser. I will leave all the information for

the fair booth as well as my notes on activities throughout the year in the Strong office and will be happy to speak to anyone who is interested in helping out. I am a full-time working parent and can assure you that volunteering on the PTO at Strong is not a huge time commitment. If you are a parent of a Strong student and want to see Strong’s PTO continue to thrive, I urge you to contact Strong School and let them know you are willing to do your part to make a difference for our students! Denise Brennan, Durham


Union deal’s demise — blessing in disguise for taxpayers? set you up for a brand Recently we Sen. Len Suzio new financial crisis learned why our of their own making. backs are so sore here Think about it. in Connecticut. Starting July 1, we The tax burden get smacked with the Connecticut forces largest tax increase you to bear is heavier than anywhere else in the United in state history and the average taxpayer sees an extra $1,000 added to States. A new nationwide study ranks his annual tax burden. How embarConnecticut with the highest Tax- rassing would it be to have the budget back in crisis within 12 months of payer Burden in America. According to the study, each tax- that huge, multi-billion dollar tax payer in Connecticut owes $41,200. hike? But wait; there’s more. The new The Taxpayer Burden represents the funds that will be needed to pay the state budget, which exceeds $19 bilcommitments the state has already lion next year, projects just an $87 accumulated divided by the state’s million surplus. What that means is there is less than a half percent martaxpayers. So we’re number one in the coun- gin of error — we have no fiscal try — for all the wrong reasons. This cushion whatsoever. To avoid finanis what your state government’s tax- cial meltdown, we were basically ing and spending binges have praying for a huge surge in tax collections beyond those projected for brought you. I bring this to your attention not to next year. Imagine inserting your last dollar be all doom and gloom, but rather to point to a way forward. We were pre- into a slot machine in hopes of winsented with an opportunity this ning the jackpot. That’s what we are week, and we cannot afford to squan- doing in Connecticut. Jacked up taxes plus dishonest der it. This week’s rejection by state em- budgeting was a recipe for fiscal disployee unions of the tentative con- aster, but the failure of the union cessions agreement with the gover- concessions package just might pronor was roundly criticized by De- vide state government with a muchmocrats, but the deal’s demise may needed reality check. The gimmicks be a blessing in disguise for Con- have now been removed from the equation. That’s a start. necticut’s overburdened taxpayers. So what should we do? I believe Why is it a blessing? The deal that unions voted down contained more this is our opportunity to finally than a half billion dollars of bogus start working toward lowering our savings — a collection of gimmicks tax burden. For starters, we should: -Make realistic spending cuts that you, the taxpayers, would have -Reduce middle management posibeen put on the hook for in the future. Examples of phony savings include: tions -Adjust the size of the union work-The creation of a “state employee suggestion box” which would magi- force -Rescind the Earned Income Tax cally save taxpayers $180 million -$205 million in alleged “immedi- Credit for filers who have no state inate” savings through making the come tax liability -Eliminate superfluous state comstate employee workforce healthier Even the legislature’s non-partisan missions -Aggressively reform state welfare budget agency stated publicly that — try as it might — it could not verify programs to cut down on fraud and abuse the above non-existent savings. With the new tax increases, ConDemocrats and the governor were betting on over $500 million that necticut has now become the highest wasn’t there and wasn’t ever going taxed state. It’s time to take this opto be there. They had built a fiscal portunity to enact real fiscal reform house of cards, and sooner or later it and real spending cuts that will pave the way for reducing the burden on was going to collapse. So what happens when a state our taxpayers. Sen. Suzio ( budget is based on a huge chunk of fictional savings? A brand new fiscal represents the communities of Cheshire, crisis is created. The governor and Meriden, Middlefield, Middletown and Democrat-controlled legislature had Rockfall.

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Childhood Summer Memories — summer’s spell By Diana Carr Special to the Town Times Ah, summer. The word alone can buoy me up on the darkest of winter days. And though summer has never lost its magic for me, as a kid it had the added bonus of “No more pencils, no more books, no more teachers’ dirty looks.” (My apologies to all you teachers out there, except to the teachers who actually did give me dirty looks.) It all started with the agonizing countdown. I thought that last day of school would never get here, and that surely Father Time was having a bit of fun with me, as he seemed to be turning the pages of that calendar sooooooo slowly. But finally he acquiesced and delivered us that final day. Has there ever been such a sweet sound as that last bell releasing us from our shackles? Out the doors we galloped

with our spindly legs (well, not my spindly legs; I was of a, shall we say, sturdier build), our high hopes for the ensuing months, and our even higher spirits. There was summer stretching out at our feet, ready to cater to our every whim. The world was our oyster. Oh, the unmitigated joy of not having to lurch out of bed at an ungodly hour in the morning. Just getting up when I darn well pleased — as nature intended. Growing up in Madison meant there was always a day at the beach in store. My mother and I Diana at Mulberry Point in Guilwent to West Wharf ford, CT. beach, which really was two distinct and separate waves, or at the very least, beaches. She sat on one side some choppy water. My — the side where the boats friends and I were like seals, were moored — and chatted gliding through the water, with her friends. I went to doing handstands, having the beach on the other side of chicken fights, playing Marthe rocks where you could co Polo, floating on our rafts, find the most delightful taking a running start from

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never been easy for me. When my mother was ready to go home, she would stand on the shore and try to wave me in. I pretended I didn’t see her so that I could squeeze out a few more minutes in this paradise. She got so mad, but I would do it again the next day, for that extra time in the water was worth her ire. It’s a habit I never broke. Years later, when I had kids of my own, and we went to the beach, I played the same trick. They did not inherit my lifelong passion for the sea, and the poor dears would stand on the shore, pleading to go home — and I’m not proud of this — for a bit, just a bit, I pretended not to hear. Or I would assuage them with “Just one more minute.” Those minutes were pretty long. Neither one of them will go anywhere near a beach now. Oops! Summer cast its spell on me in so many ways. Those were the days before we were a nation gripped with fear for our children, and there was a freedom then about which many baby boomers today reminisce. I was outside every day and all day, only coming in for meals. My next door neighbor and his cousin and I would play hour upon carefree hour, building forts, roaming through the woods and playing all the typical childhood games. I had a huge crush on the cousin, which made it all that much more delightful. Unrequited love it was, but that didn’t stop me from swooning every time I saw him. When it was time to come home for supper, my mother sent my dog after me, with a note secured to her collar telling me that supper was ready. When we moved to our next house, and I had to say goodbye to my neighbor and his dreamy cousin, I would spend the days exploring the woods behind our house, with my dog, Lassie. (This was the same dog who had been a courier at the previous house.) And then there were all those evenings spent chasing fireflies with my friend, See Summer, next page

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Summer (Continued from page 10) Rick, and his younger brother, David. And picnics. And badminton. Riding my bike into town. Fireworks on the Fourth of July. Drive-in movies. Rides after supper that often ended at Dairy Queen. Amidst all this bliss I gave not a thought to the passage of time. It seemed like summer and I would just loll around together forever. That is, until August rolled in, and I realized that Father Time was up to his old tricks again. This time he played the game in reverse, making those last lingering days of our school vacation zip by with a speed worthy of the Indianapolis 500. Now I wanted to hold onto the days




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Meeting (From page 12) meetings of the town of Durham will be held in the third floor meeting room of Durham Town Hall on Monday, July 11, at 8 p.m. for the following purpose: to transfer up to $750,000 from Undesignated Fund Balance to #6700-469 Public Works project for the replacement of the Durham Public Works salt shed with additional construction for vehicle maintenance and storage as recommended by the Board of Finance (BOF) at their June 21 meeting; to transfer $7,130 from #9620 Reserve for Fire Trustees-Building Maintenance to #6700-508 CIP-Fire Department Building Main-

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his best friend Lizzy Muldoun, Jeremy searches New York City for the missing key. Will you like it? The box at the center of the plot provides a compelling mystery. Jeremy and Lizzy search through corners of New York with increasing desperation, remaining sympathetic characters. The boygirl friendship is well-handled, without ignoring pu-

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tifying the means. Each chapter starts with a business term in case you’re raising a burgeoning little capitalist. Runaways, written by Brian K. Vaughan, illustrated by Adrian Alphona: What’s it about? Runaways, a contemporary comic book, is the only book on this list where all of the characters, regular-seeming teenagers, have two parents. Unfortunately, the kids discover that those parents are super villains bent on destroying the world. Will you like it? Did you grow up reading comics? Then you probably will. Hate comics? Then you won’t. Maybe your kid loathes the idea of picking up a book with all those, you know, words, but loves super-hero movies. Runaways might provide a gateway to other reading. Also, because these characters are new, the pages are not clogged up by decades and decades of backstory. The Durham Library has a book that collects the first is-

sues of the comic, completing the first story arc. Queasy subjects? “If I turned out to be an evil super villain, would you put a knife in my chest?” Now there’s a dinnertime conversation. Adding young adult books to your reading list could encourage your kids to keep up with their summer reading and help you see what your kids are up to. It’s not hard to find a better writer than James Patterson or Michael Chrichton on the young adult shelves.

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dollar bet over who can make more money selling lemonade. Jessie Treski, the younger sister, is gifted but often confused by friendships. Evan, her brother, resents Jessie for skipping ahead into his class. The competition gets surprisingly heated. Will you like it? Lemonade War is terrific entertainment. The competition escalates realistically, and the story is both tense and funny. The bet at the center sounds tame, but it becomes more cut throat than the dare in How to Eat Fried Worms. Evan is decent but conflicted. Jessie is smart without being supernatural or a walking encyclopedia the way gifted kids are usually portrayed. Also, it’s 116 pages. How’s that for light reading? The ending is artful without being sappy and makes you want to read the sequel, The Lemonade Crime. Queasy subjects? You can talk about sibling rivalries, dares, bets and the ends jus-

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Durham art instructor to teach classes at DMYFS By Diana Carr Special to the Town Times

and collage work. “The collages will have beautiful decorative paper with words, lyrics, poetry, quotes of their choice, photos, etc. They can draw or paint over the top of it, thereby making it a two-dimensional art project. They will also be able to make a card out of a collage,” she explained. And they will be able to make a memory box — an empty box to which they glue paper and then add beautiful pictures, poetry, stamps, stickers, quotes or anything to their liking. LaBella’s love of collages, she tells us, is rooted in her childhood when, having no money for cards, she would make them and then mail them to people, with the cut-out pictures and words on one side and the person’s address on the blank side. “I think outside the box,” she says. She enjoys teaching crafts

Marci LaBella, of Durham, showing off her jewelry, which she’ll be teaching youth how to make at DMYFS this summer. Photo by Diana Carr

to young people because “a lot of art programs are being cut in the schools, and so kids are not getting as much as they need. Art time is when they can think freely and creatively. There’s no incorrect way to do art. It gives youth permission to relax and tap into their own self-expression. “I want the kids to have fun, and I love sitting there and talking to them when



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they’re making their stuff,” she said. “This is a low-stress time for them. I think, growing up in today’s world, they’re under a lot of stress. This is a time for them to relax, take a breather and enjoy the beautiful colors.” LaBella’s jewelry-making class will be at DMYFS from July 25-28; 9:30 a.m. to noon;

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Summer is still young, and our youth are, most likely, still reveling in their newfound freedom. But as the days roll on, parents may hear their youngsters wail, “What’s there to do?” Well, no worries. It turns out there’s a lot to do at Durham Middlefield Youth and Family Services (DMYFS). “Kids leave happy and positive, and I just love that,” says Jane Moen, the program director. “We provide healthy activities and positive role models for teens, which means there’s less chance of them being involved in risk-taking activities.” Marci LaBella, of Durham, is one of those positive role models. She’safreelanceartinstructor whose creativity has found a home in several venues. A member of the Wesleyan PottersArtGuild,sheteachesjewelry-making to teens and a variety of crafts to children at WesleyanPotters.She’stheart instructor for the after-school program at the YMCA in Middletown, teaching painting, clay, beading, crafts and art projects. In the summer she teaches a one-week clay class for youth at Middlesex Community College. The school year of 2010 saw her teaching beading and the making of wire jewelry at Berlin Adult Ed, along with Reiki. (She’s a Reiki Master.) And this summer she will be teaching jewelry-makingandmixedmediato teens at DMYFS. She also plays guitar and helps write the music for the all-female band that she’s in. She comes by all this naturally. “I’ve always done art,” she says, “since I was very little. I was always drawing or painting or working with clay. I started drawing when I was old enough to hold a crayon.” She studied art for a couple of years at Southern CT State University, learned jewelry-making at Wesleyan Potters and says her strongest background is in figure drawing and water media painting. “I learned art by doing it,” she tells us, “and having it become a part of my life. And I learned from my friends. I never sit down with any kind of expectations. I allow the

creative process to flow in its own way. When I sit down to create something, it usually goes in a different direction, and I’m always surprised at the results. “There’s this feeling that makes me want to create. This is something I feel compelled to do,” she shared. And she’s happy to do it seated on her porch, looking out over the bucolic three acres she shares with her husband, Peter, and two horses, two goats, three dogs, a cat and chickens. A dog groomer for 25 years — eight of which she owned her own grooming salon — she is enjoying doing her art full-time. She sells her handcrafted jewelry and ceramics at Wesleyan Potters and her jewelry at a well-known boutique in New York City. She’s excited, she says, about the classes she will be teaching to teens this summer at DMYFS. “When they’re done with the jewelry-making class, they will be able to make professional-looking jewelry from materials they can buy at a local craft store. Their jewelry will look like they bought it in a boutique. I tell the kids that they will never have to buy a gift again. They can make earrings for less than $2, whereas in a store they might have to pay $20. Her mixed media class will consist of painting, drawing


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Let the Games Begin in Durham and Middlefield By Michael A. Torelli Special to the Town Times Planning a party? Let the Games Begin is a brand new party entertainment business for kids of all ages created by Jill MacDiarmid of Killingworth Elementary School. How does it work? MacDiarmid meets with the family,

and sometimes the child whose party it is, and determines how many kids are attending and gets a feel for the size of the yard. MacDiarmid does not supply the

food, just the fun. On the day of the party, the business will go to the house where the party is taking place and supplies all the equipJill MacDiarmid ment and tools needed in order to play the activities. MacDiarmid helps referee the games, and in case the parents do not know the rules of some of the sports or games, MacDiarmid is there to help relieve some of the stress of throwing a party. MacDiarmid stays for around an hour to help the parents bring entertainment, especially with activities such as relay races and team-building games. The age group for parties she organizes ranges from as

young as five to as old as 14 or 15. An almost year-round business, Let the Games Begin will help celerate birthdays, Bar Mitzvahs and any other type of celebration for kids — all in the comfort of the family’s home. As the physical education teacher at Killingworth Elementary, she loves kids. “I want to be outside with kids. I was always outside when I was a kid,” she added. Aside from being a gym teacher, MacDiarmid was also a camp counselor, a babysitter and an assistant principal at Killingworth High School. “I’ve always been involved with kids, and I knew at a young age that I wanted to be involved with kids.” This is the first year for the business, but MacDiarmid hopes that the business grows.


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grades 5-9; cost: $75. Her mixed media class will be at DMYFS from July 25-28; 1 to 3:30 p.m.; grades 5-9; cost: $75. On July 28, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., there will be an art show in the newly-remodeled space at DMYFS. Says Moen, “We are doing an extreme makeover of the Community Room the week of July 11 and have asked the community for inspiring quotes to put on the walls.” For more information, call 860-349-0258. Attention Train Hobbyists Are you interested in outdoor model trains/railroads but haven’t got the space to run them? I am looking to start a G-Scale (garden size) club and open my Middlefield yard to all members. If interested, call Tom at 860-349-2020.

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July’s weekly market in Middlefield begins Middlefield’s first weekly Flea/Farmers’ Market took place at Peckham Park on July 2 from 8 a.m. to noon. Perfect weather set the stage for these early birds, who were eager to sell their goods. Even with just a few tents and displays, there was still a huge variety of homemade, homegrown and local goodies for all to enjoy. If you are interested in joining the next Middlefield market, e m a i l for vendor info. The market will continue every Saturday in July. Clockwise from top: the tents; a local and self-described “fabric-obsessed” woman sells her homemade bags; local produce; a local woman who has been creating delicious pies for years has decided to broaden her horizons by offering fun flavors, like peach-strawberry, here at the market. Photos taken by Dee Wilcox

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Ervin R. Hostetler Ervin R a l p h Hostetler, 77, of Middlefield, husband of the late C a r o l (Grayson) Hostetler, entered into eternal peace on Thursday, June 30, after a yearlong illness. Born on July 19, 1933, in Johnstown, PA, he was one of nine children of the late Elmer and Edith (Dodge) Hostetler. Ervin attended Johnstown High School where he held long-standing records in track and then spent his senior year at Bedford High School. He left Pennsylvania in 1953 with his brother Earl for a job at CVH in Middletown where he worked until

his retirement. He met his wife Carol while working at CVH and was married for 47 years until her death seven years ago. He was a fan of UConn and Coginchaug sports, especially basketball and girls’ softball. He was an avid tennis player and would regularly beat players half his age. He also enjoyed roller-skating sports, both live and on TV, “The Young and the Restless,” “Judge Judy” and “Survivor.” He spent the last 21 winters in Palm Bay, FL, where he had many friends and enjoyed tennis, bocce, the beach and the Melbourne Dog Track. Ervin will be remembered as a jokester, always ready with ajoke:sometimesgood,sometimes bad and usually corny. He is survived by his four sons, James and his wife Sandra of Middletown, John and his wife Melissa of Somers, Thomas and Kate of Milford and Mark and his wife Susan of Houston, TX;

seven grandchildren, Jack, Doug, Derek, Aaron, Azam, Julia and Sam; two brothers, Randall of MD and Ernest of VA; and two sisters, Elinor of PA and Eva of FL. Besides his wife and parents, he was predeceased by his brothers, Earl and Eugene, and two sisters, Ellen and Edna. The family would like to thank our fathers and all our friends and extended families for their support and a special thank you to the staff of Middlesex Hospice for their care and support. Funeral services were held on Wednesday, July 6, at Middlefield Federated Church, 402 Main Street, Middlefield, with the Rev. Dr. Dale H. Azevedo officiating. Burial followed in Middlefield Cemetery. Calling hours were Tuesday evening at the Doolittle Funeral Home, 14 Old Church Street, Middletown. In lieu of flowers, donations

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Thomas E. Zabit Thomas E. Zabit, 79, of Durham, passed away at home surrounded by his loving wife of 51 years, Elaine, and family after a courageous battle against cancer on June 22. He was born Feb. 2, 1932, in Waterbury, the seventh child of Peter and Tharsille (Audette) Zabit. He graduated from Sacred Heart High School, where he excelled in

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basketball and baseball. He went on to serve his country in the U.S. Army, the 172nd Infantry, stationed in Munich, Germany, during the Korean Conflict. He returned home to begin a career in the printing trade, following an apprenticeship at the Waterbury Republican-American. After accepting a job with the Middletown Press, he and his wife settled in Durham where they raised their family and were parishioners of Notre Dame Church. Tom was active in the community with the Little League, CYO Basketball, the Exchange Club, the North Haven Ski Club and the New Haven Yacht Club. After 35 years, Tom retired from the Middletown Press and went on to enjoy his summers in Penobscot, Maine, with Elaine. He remained busy in retirement by golfing, kayaking and watching the University of Connecticut’s men’s and women’s basketball teams, but he loved socializing the most. His quick wit made him a popular friend to many and a source of great joy to his family. His family would like to thank the many relatives and friends who were so supportive over the past seven months. Their visits and phone calls were daily reminders of how special those relationships were and made the family’s pain more bearable. Besides his wife, Elaine, Tom leaves his three children, Greg Zabit of Toms River, N.J., Gretchen Young and her husband, Kenneth, of South Windsor, and Heidi Zabit of Durham. He also leaves a brother, George Zabit of Goshen; a sister, Ruth Lestage of Waterbury; and the pride and joy of his life, his nine grandchildren, Lynn Carter, Carrie, Skylar and Jacqueline Zabit, Gabrielle and Ryan Young, and Jeff, Adam and Jason Tibbetts. He also leaves behind many nieces and nephews. Funeral services for Mr. Zabit were held on Monday, June 27 at 9 a.m. at the CaseyO’Donnell Family Funeral Home, 1581 E. Main St., Wa-

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terbury, to the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, 74 W. Main St., Waterbury, for a Mass of Christian Burial. Burial held at the convenience of the family. Memorial donations in Mr. Zabit’s memory may be made to Sacred Heart High School, 142 S. Elms St., Waterbury, CT 06706. To extend online expressions of sympathy to the family or for additional info, visit the funeral home website at

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John C. Otte, Jr. John C. Otte, Jr., 92, of 14 Sugarloaf Terrace, Rockfall, CT., died Monday, July 4, at Middlesex Hospice. Born in Hartford, CT, on January 27, 1919, he was a son of the late John C. and Glennie Morse Otte. He received a BA degree from Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, class of 1940. He was a U.S. Army Air Force veteran of World War II and part owner of Morse & Otte’s store in Durham for many years. John is survived by a loving companion Elsie Doris Ferron of Meriden, a daughter Pamela of Burlington, Vermont, a son Joel Otte of Durham, several nieces and nephews and many grandnieces and grandnephews. He

was predeceased by his wife Eleanor Weir Otte, a brother Melvin and sisters Verna Wallin and Nyca Stuart. At his request there will be no funeral service or calling hours. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Middlesex Hospital Hospice or a charity of your choice.

Frank J. Klotsko Frank J. Klotsko, 68, of Baileyville Rd., Middlefield, beloved husband of Naomi (Whitebred) Klotsko, died Tuesday, June 21, at Middlesex Hospital. He was born in New Philadelphia, PA, the son of the late Anna Klotsko. Prior to his retirement, Frank was a gauge inspector for Pratt & Whitney Aircraft for 37 years, retiring in 1999. Frank graduated in 1961 from Nativity High School in Pottsville, PA. Besides his wife, Naomi Klotsko RN, he is survived by a daughter, Charlotte Klotsko-

Pitka of Middletown. Those who wish may make memorial contributions to Meriden Humane Society, 311 Murdock Ave Meriden, CT 06450. Biega Funeral Home had care of the arrangements. To share memories or express condolences online, visit

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Go Far, Go Fast a huge success

Nora OConnell hangs out with this year’s Go Far mascot. By Jennifer Schulten As I looked out on the great hill of the fairgrounds at the recent Go Far, Go Fast race, I

felt like I was looking into a Norman Rockwell painting. Kids in droves rolled down the big hill as parents sat relaxing on the grass. This followed an energy-infused morning of racing from children ages two to 18. Seeing a community come together was heartwarming. It wasn’t for the simple cause of burning calories but for something far greater. I hope it is safe to say that each child went home feeling proud and accomplished. I learned that this program is working its own special kind of magic — the type that will hopefully grip these kids into adulthood. Good health and personal accomplishment will see these kids to the best possible future. This year many mentors kept these kids motivated, no matter what the cost to their personal time and commitments. Just the fact that

so many kids raced proved that these children are truly invested in Go Far’s everyday program. The kids needed to see things come full circle for themselves. They had lived the mantra of Go Far, and now they could test themselves by running hard and going fast. Where the program thrives on children being publicly recognized, Go Far, Go Fast 2011 was the ultimate who’s who party. Among their teachers, parents and town dignitaries, the kids were seen in a big way. We witnessed the fastest runner in the school district, Alex Morin, do what he does best. The younger kids cheered him on, some slack-jawed and envisioning themselves in the same position. Watching the little tots had everyone smiling as we saw this town’s future coming forward, one tiny step at

A tired but happy race committee at day’s end. Kim Salley, Janine Kozik, Becky Finnerty, Jen Schulten, Sandie Dalles and Mary Beth Gossart. a time. We saw a young girl and boy duke it out for first place in the one-mile race of 168 kids...inspiring to say the least. My son Peter put it best saying, “Wow, mom, all of these Go Far kids are getting crazy fast.” No matter your celebrity in our little fish bowl, they all felt pride in themselves and went home

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better off than before. Even our great sponsors enjoyed the treat of seeing their money being wellspent for a cause that would make them feel good at the end of the day. Every cent of our sponsor money was put forth in a way that will benefit the kids. We thank each and every one of them for believing in Go Far and seeing its value. So what’s next for Go Far? I realize that this program has immense value to the kids who participate. In many ways, these kids are like my own, and I want to see them through. My goal next year is to break the middle school barrier. Doing this is a challenge on par with climbing Mount Everest. Nothing is impossible,though;Itrulybelievethat. Fornow,we needto recharge and enjoy the summer. Parents, consider bringing your kids to the Summer Fun Runs at the new track on Tuesday nights to continue your family’s fitness goals. There is an event for each family member, and we are lucky to have the track back for the town to enjoy. Go Far finished the school year with well over 14,000 miles once again. We’re committed to teaching kids and families the value of good health and illness prevention through exercise. I am in for the long haul as well as so many mentors who are fully dedicated. Go Far has a lot more miles to run, and we hope that you’ll join us in the future.

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Friday, July 8, 2011


Coginchaug soccer spring season wrap-up By Will Kovacs

tion) who wanted to try playing 11v11. This experimental season turned out fine. Although the team was by far the smallest team physically on the field, they did great. The boys had a 3-3-1 record playing teams that were predominately made up of 14year-olds. The boys showed incredible sportsmanship in every game and played with heart and determination throughout. BOYS’ U16 COMP A The boys’ U16 A team (the sophomores) played in the top U16 Comp division and had an outstanding season. They finished third, but only one point out of first, and they scored the most goals of any team in league play. The season started slowly as they dropped the first two league games, but then the boys put it together and did not lose another game. In the process, they beat traditional league

The girls of U14 Comp team stand with their coach at the Coginchaug track. Seated (l-r): Saige Avery, Caitlyn Sibiske, Isabelle DeFlippo, Larissa Cade, Lena Huntington, Christina Rizzo and Angela Koerber. Standing (l-r): Olivia Marran, Anni Garvey, Emma Funaro, Janelle Berry, Coach Will Kovacs, Shaun Whitaker, Cassie Kovacs, Jess Drop and Emily Smith. Not pictured: Clarissa Backus, Amy Boyle and Emma Photo by Jay Huntington, submitted by Will Kovacs Blair. standouts West Haven, Naugatuck and Shelton. The most impressive thing about this U16 team was the possession game that they developed. They

were able to move the ball through midfield with a series of deft passes that included every player on the See Soccer, next page

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GIRLS’ U10 BLUE (Under 10 years old) The Coginchaug U10 stepup team had a season full of improvements, including a win over a Wallingford team that had previously beaten them 5-1. The players ended their season by participating in a highly competitive tournament in Suffield on June 25 and 26. Many of the players will return for a second season of U10 soccer next year. The team is coached by Larry DiBernardo, assisted by Brian Mendoza and managed by Traci Turecek. GIRLS’ U10 WHITE The older U10 girls’ team finished their developmental careers this spring and will be moving up to U11 Comp in the fall. Their core group has been together since fall 2009, and they have really developed into a team. After playing the indoor sessions this winter, the girls stayed on track and posted a 7-2-4 record, which was only bested by one other team in the district. Stifling defense and ball control are the keys to success for this group with a few strong kicks that would make older players envious. They are a balanced group that had contributions from all team members throughout the season. GIRLS’ U12 COMP The girls’ U12 Comp team finished the spring season undefeated in league play (4-0-1) to win their division. The team also finished in second place in the Clinton Invitational soccer tournament earlier in the season. They made a lot of progress this year and are looking forward to playing 11v11 in the fall. GIRLS’ U14 COMP The girls’ U14 Comp team faced several challenges coming into this season. After winning their division two seasons in a row, the team made a big jump to a much more competitive division. Coach hoped that this would push them to a higher level of play. Wins would be tough to come by, but the goal of the season was a simple one: improve. Coach focused on individual ball skills and game tactics with

the hope that improvements in these areas would later translate to winning games. Not one to normally celebrate losses, Coach was elated with the first four games of the season – all losses, but all were competitive, wellplayed and close, losing most by only a goal or two. Midseason hit hard with two crushing defeats, where they were out scored 16-1. The team’s collective shoulders slumped. A well-timed team meeting reminded players and parents of where they were and what they trying to accomplish. The team regained their focus and finished the season with two wins and a tie in the last four games of the year. More importantly, they played like a team — a very good team. BOYS’ U14 The U14 rec team this year was comprised entirely of U12 players (with one excep-

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Results of June 28 Fun Run The Durham Rec Department staged its first Fun Run of the summer. The younger age groups were able to participate for the first time in two years, thanks to the new track at the high school. Here are the results: 0-4 years: first Cooper Woodward, second Allison Vigue and third Chloe Lamin. 5-7 years: first Alyssa Woodward, second Ryan Gerry, third Patrick Flanagan, fourth Mazzie Hinsdale, fifth Kevin Ryan, sixth Abby Gerry, seventh Rose Hinsdale, eighth Allison Woodward, ninth Rachel Hinsdale, 10th Natalie Hayward, 11th Julian Volenec, 12th Olivia Lamin and 13th Katie Flanagan. 8-10 years: first Mike Salley, second Evan Faiella, third Peter Schulten, fourth

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Tournament on the Turf

Soccer (Continued from page 21)

The Coginchaug Soccer Club’s U10 and U12 boys’ travel teams enjoyed a day of soccer, food and fun on June 19 at the new Coginchaug turf field. The 64 players were mixed into 16 teams to create a four-versus-four World Cup-style tournament. Parents supplied the food and refreshments while the kids enjoyed the season’s closing games at home on the turf. It is a wonderful facility that our kids will enjoy for years to come. We all thank the towns of Middlefield and Durham for their support. Submitted by Mark Salley, U10 CSC coach Brandon Hayward, fifth Jason Salley, sixth Will Flanagan, seventh Ashley Woodward and eighth Levi Axelrod. Open Race: Kevin Vigue (21:25), Lavinia Vigue (22:08), Paul Cieniewicz (23:11), Lar-

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Friday, July 8, 2011

Early returns highlight TOT mid-season report By Bob Dynia Special to the Town Times The Time Out Taverne (TOT) men’s 40-and-over softball team has had a rough road this season. The team’s record stands at 1-5 with their only win by forfeit. While the past weekend technically constituted the halfway point of the season, TOT still needs to play local rival United Concrete. The teams have yet to agree on a date to play a rain-out game from several weeks ago.

The team’s other major concern was a leg injury to utility man Steve Ackerman. Like Evers, Ackerman’s ail-

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The Coginchaug Elders look to get on the winning track on the road, traveling to Greider Field in Essex to play Essex Vets on July 11 at 6 p.m. The Gray Wonders return home on July 18 for a contest against defending league champs Mad Murphy. Home games are at Vinal Tech field on Randolph Road in Middletown; park at Mercy High School and come across the street. The team invites their rabid fans to come and cheer them on.


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Manager Bob Dynia has been frustrated with the team’s lack of hitting along with some questionable defense in games that they could have won. Also, he has not had a full team for most of the games, necessitating putting players in unfamiliar positions. “I know that the guys have priorities. Family and work come first,” Dynia said, adding, “This is a great bunch of guys. We’ve played teams with some superior players that can hit the ball wherever they want. We’ve had our butts kicked several times, but we always shake hands afterwards with our opponents and have some sociables (okay, a few beers).”




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