Volume 18, Issue 19
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Leavitt presents Powder Ridge proposal at selectmen meeting By Cheri Kelley Town Times At the Aug. 16 Middlefield Board of Selectmen (BOS) meeting, a motion carried to extend the closing date of the sale of Powder Ridge to Alpine Ridge, LLC for two months. This moved the closing from Aug. 1 to Oct. 1. Jon Brayshaw, First Selectman, said, “The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) met today. The state owns the lake, and the DEEP is making the determination of whether or not an easement is necessary for the real estate located at the bottom of the lake.” Brayshaw restated that he has the water diversion permit in his office, and “I am not going to sign it until closing.” In a clarification of why he is waiting to sign and why there needs to be an extension if the hold-up is the permit, he and Mary Johnson of the BOS helped to explain the situation. He said, the permit is there but it is not perfect; the concept of taking the water from the lake is approved, but there
are other details like whether an easement for the bottom of the lake is needed that the DEEP needs to iron out. Powder Ridge proposal During public comment Ken Leavitt, representing Leavitt Family Partners, made a proposal to the board
Ken Leavitt presents a proposal to the Board of Selectmen. Photo by Cheri Kelley
about an alternative plan for Powder Ridge. Leavitt stated, “This state has serious
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unemployment and severe financial problems. There are a lot of people in the community who are unemployed, and for kids it is very hard to get summer jobs.” The plan could be implemented if the closing for Powder Ridge and Alpine never happens or in conjunction with Alpine once the ownership is transferred. The plan is called CenterPeaks-Powder Ridge, according to Leavitt. “It is a family-oriented resort, with diverse activities, where people can escape the hustle and bustle of daily life and get back to nature.” CenterPeaks would include public attractions, like aquatics and a ski area, and also private club facilities. Under the CenterPeaks umbrella would be the Powder Ridge Eco Resort, which Leavitt “would like to open as soon as summer 2012.” Powder Ridge Eco Resort would have activities like swimming, paddle board, ziplines, kayak, crafts, dance, among others; in addition they would have a “new high
Connor Chordas of Wallingford with a 1950-56 Bantam model 3000 at Durham’s annual Tractor Cruisein at the Durham Firehouse last weekend. See more Tractor Cruise-In photos on page 19. Photo by Cheri Kelley
See BOS, page 3
Teens participate in conference to address underage substance abuse By Jane Moen Teen Special to Town Times Power Project Durham Middlefield Planning Youth and Family SerGroup vices (DMYFS) teamed up with Middlesex Erin Substance Blecha, County Abuse Action Council Megan (MCSAAC), East HadSt.Amand dam Youth and Family and Katie Services and MADD Pareti, all (Mothers Against DeCRHS in- structive Decisions) to coming hold a conference, Teen freshmen. Power, on Aug. 10 and
11. The conference’s goal
was to empower teens to address prevention of underage drinking and substance use among their peers. The middle school and high school teams came together with a common goal – a desire to make a difference for underage substance use in their school and community. Conference activities included guest speakers John Boiano of Pulse Intergration as well as Lauren Iannucci from MADD, Jane Moen of DMYFS and Lisa Mason of MCSAAC. The
teams learned about local substance use statistics as well powerful lessons on leadership and the importance of community asset building to prepare them to create their own action plan See Teen, page 20
In this issue ... Calendar............................4 Durham Briefs................18 Middlefield Briefs...........16 Sports ..........................22-23
Town Times Community Briefs
Back to school means back to preparing lunches every day. Need some fresh ideas for fun, easy foods to prepare for your kids? Or better yet — lunchbox ideas that your kids can put together themselves? Come on down to the Durham Farmers’ Market on Thursday, Aug. 25, from 3 to 6 p.m. on the Durham town green where vendors will share ideas to help you and your kids prepare healthy, satisfying and fun foods to eat. Stop by the Farmers’ Market table for some handouts on easy lunch combinations that will entice even your fussiest eater! See you on the green!
On Aug, 20, there will be an end-of-summer day of Caribbean music, dance and food, complete with palm trees and other decorations — something for everyone in the family! The event will be from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 191 Meriden Road (Route 66) in Middlefield. Admission is free; there will be a minimal fee for some activities and food/drink items. The event is a fundraiser to send a team in October to bring humanitarian aid to Columbia. A large 40-foot container is being filled with clothes, sewing machines and cloth for vocational training,
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The “Main Stage” will feature entertainment throughout the afternoon with various local artists and dancers. Drums, hip-hop and drama will be mixed in with salsa/Latin dance demos, lessons and competitions. Ethnic food will be prepared by now-locals who moved here from various Caribbean islands. Hamburgers, hot dogs, popcorn and cotton candy will be available for those preferring American food. The indoor Java Bar will be operating throughout the afternoon.
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There will also be a kids’ game area, including pony rides, a scavenger hunt and inflatables (bounce houses). Video gaming will be in an air-conditioned trailer that accommodates two dozen players at a time! There will be crafters and artisans of all types in the vendor area. Artists will be doing work on-site as well as having items displayed and for sale. Raffle tickets will be sold for the indoor mega raffle, featuring donated items and gift certificates from area businesses and artisans. Tents will cover activity areas, and the event will be held rain or shine! Shuttle service from Moody School in Middletown to the parking lot will be available. Parking on-site is limited.
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by the town. Special Town Meeting During the special town meeting that was held just before the regular town meeting, the ordinance regulating illicit discharges and connections to the town’s storm drainage system was passed. The ordinance establishing a citation hearing procedure having to do with citations for violations of the town’s ordinances and regulations, including but not limited to any ordinance regulating illicit discharges and connections to the town’s storm drainage system, was also passed. A proposed addendum to the town’s existing WPCA ordinance that regulates the use of sanitary sewers within the town passed as well.
Durham Town Hall’s summer intern By Cheri Kelley Town Times
He is not sure on what level just yet — federal, state or local. While he discovers where his true interest lies, he has gained some great experience and knowledge during his seven-week internship with the town.
Every year, the Durham Town Hall has a summer intern, and this year it’s Conor Finley. Finely grew up in Durham with his parents Jeffrey and Jeri-Anne Finley and his brother T.J. While attending Coginchaug Regional High School, Finely was the quarterback and captain of the football team.
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Finley interned for 20 hours a week and spent his time learning about each department in the town hall, but most of his time was spent with the finance director, tax collector and town clerk. He said, “I got a lot out of it. I now have a great overview of how our town hall works.”
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Memorial Orientation Orientation will be today at 1 p.m. in the Memorial School Media Center. The program will welcome incoming fifth and sixth graders, who are new to RSD13, provide information relating to Memorial policies and procedures and give new students an opportunity to get to know the school. The program will last approximately one hour. Parents are urged to attend, and refreshments will be served. Summertime BBQ Come to the Middlefield Senior Center at noon to enjoy hot dogs, burgers, potato salad, baked beans and watermelon. The sounds of summer and patriotic songs will be played by John Valerio on his keyboard. It promises to be a lazy, hazy end of the summer with friends and neighbors. Sign up early! Please call Antoinette at 860349-7121 for pricing and to register. Baked Bean Supper Enjoy an old-fashioned, home-cooked meal without the cooking at the United Churches baked bean supper at 6 p.m. in the air-conditioned Fellowship Hall, located at 228R Main St. in Durham. The supper features baked beans, scalloped corn, macaroni dishes, salads and homemade breads and pies. All are welcome; call 860-349-3683 for prices and more info.
Columbia Aid Fundraiser There will be an end-ofsummer day of Caribbean music, dance and food — something for everyone in the family! The event will be from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 191 Meriden Road (Route 66) in Middlefield. Admission is free; there will be a minimal fee for some activities and food/drink items. The event is a fundraiser to send a team in October to bring humanitarian aid to Columbia. Car Wash The Coginchaug Football Club will be conducting a car wash at Carolyn Adams
Country Barn from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The funds will go to the Coginchaug Football Club Scholarship Fund. Hike for Women & Girls Women of the Woods is sponsoring a 2.5-mile hike for women and girls at 10 a.m. We will enjoy the beautiful view from Bear Rock and then hike to Millers Pond for a swim and lunch. For additional info, contact Lucy at email@example.com or 860-395-7771. Apple Barrel Story Time Lyman Orchards and Levi Coe Library present a story time with a craft at the Apple Barrel. Call the Levi E. Coe Library to register at 860-3493857 or simply join us at the Lyman Orchards Apple Barrel today as well as Saturday, Nov. 19, and Saturday, Dec. 10. Peach Festival Come to the Peach Fest from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Enjoy peak peach-picking season with horse-drawn wagon rides, pony rides, face-painting, fruit pies, peach crisp and lots of food to sample at the Apple Barrel Market. Enjoy a live musical performance on the Apple Barrel deck from 1 to 3 p.m. by Bus13, a country/rock music band featuring Todd Daniels. For more info, visit www.lymanorchards.com or call LymanOrchardsat860-349-1793. Fish Fry Come to the K Club, 168 Main St. in Rockfall, at 5 p.m. for an all-you-can-eat fish fry. Call 860-349-9521 to reserve. Donations at the door are requested. 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.
noon to 5 p.m.! The event is sponsored by Middlefield Parks & Recreation and is catered by Cyr BBQ. There will be live music, beach games and more; the menu will include pig roast-Cyr BBQ style, slow-smoked to perfection and served with apple cider BBQ sauce. There will also be roast beef, pulled pork, BBQ baked beans and corn on the cob. Only 100 tickets. Contact Amy Poturnicki RAHR25@comcast.net or Chris Hurlbert MiddlefieldPR@aol.com for tickets. Mozart in Chester Music by Mozart, Strauss and Schubert will be featured when the Chestnut Hill Concert series makes its annual Chester visit at 5 p.m. For more info, call 203245-5736.
August 21 Lake Beseck Beach Luau Grab some friends, your leis, kick up your heels and get ready to eat, sing, dance and limbo at the Lake Beseck Beach Summer Luau from
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for crafts and games based on the Judy Moody books by Megan McDonald. No registration is required. Otakus Unite If you like anime and manga, join the newly formed Anime/Manga Club for teens at 7 p.m. in Meeting Room 3 at Russell Library. Drop by and join in the fun. Ages 12 and up. Senior Center Bocce Come to the Middlefield Community Center every Tuesday at 6 p.m. for bocce. This is a great way to enjoy summer with neighbors and friends. For more info, call the center at 860-349-7121. 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.
WEDNESDAY New CRHS Students Registration for new students entering Coginchaug High School will be today and tomorrow from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the guidance office. Please call 860-349-7221 for more information. 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. For pricing info and to make a reservation, call Amanda Astarita, senior café manager, at 860-349-3153. Middlefield Senior Lunches The Middlefield Senior Café is serving lunch three times a week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Reservations are required 24 hours prior, and their monthly menu can be picked up at the center, Town Hall, or at www.middlefieldct.org.
Judy Moody Children ages 6 and up are invited to this program from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Activity Room at Russell Library. Let Judy mystify you with her fun predictions. Join us
August 24 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. For pricing info and to make a reservation, call Amanda Astarita, senior café manager, at 860-349-3153. 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. Lyman Orientation John Lyman School will hold kindergarten orientation and bus ride from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Children will meet with teachers and classmates to discuss the start of school. Bus riding and bus safety will be discussed, and everyone will also have an opportunity to take a brief bus ride around the Lyman School neighborhood.
August 25 Brewster Orientation Kindergarten orientation is today from 9:30 to 11 a.m.
at Brewster School. Kindergartners will have the opportunity to meet their teacher, visit the classroom, meet new friends and take a short bus ride. Parents should bring their child’s health form if it has not already been returned. The school nurse will be present to answer any questions. Parents will also receive a letter explaining how to purchase items from the cafeteria using District 13’s online access. Hot Dog Picnic The Middlefield Democratic Town Committee is hosting a free hot dog picnic at Peckham Park from 5 to 7 p.m. All Middlefield/Rockfall voters are invited to come meet the Democratic candidates for this fall’s municipal election, including Lucy Petrella and David Burgess, who are eager to hear your thoughts. Drums Alive This free kids’ fitness class will be from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Core Club (350 Main St. in Durham). Using drum sticks and a Pilates ball, Drums Alive captures the essence of movement and rhythm in a unique and enjoyable way. For more info, call 860-3499100 or visit www.coreclubllc.com. Musicians’ Open House The Central Connecticut Civic Youth Orchestra (CCCYO) is holding its annual open house for new musicians today from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Center Congregational Church in Meriden. Musicians should bring their instruments and play for 1-2 minutes. Scholarships available. The first rehearsal is Thursday, Sept. 1, from 4:307:30 p.m. For more info, please contact Katrina S. Axelrod at 203-235-7445 or firstname.lastname@example.org. MCC Member Breakfast The Middlesex Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a member breakfast from 7:45 to 9 a.m. at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Cromwell. Non-members can attend for an increased ticket price. For more info or to register, please e-mail email@example.com. Farmers’ Market The Durham Farmers’ Market is every Thursday See Events, page 5
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from 3 to 6 p.m. on the town green through Sept. 8. Today’s theme is Back to School with a Healthy Lunchbox. Visit www.durhamfarmersmarket.org for more info.
August 26 Film Festival Playing for Change (PG13), a collaboration of the work of musicians on four continents, will be shown at 2 p.m. in the Hubbard Room at Russell Library. Refreshments are available. Backyard Missions Trip The United Churches of Durham is having a “weekend of work and Fellowship” Aug. 26-28. The property and buildings need repair; about 40-50 members will stay the weekend to complete many tasks. Interested parties to help or donate should e-mail Deacon Derek Cummings at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Tot Time The MOMS Club weekly Tot Time is 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 available for local residents and their children. No RSVP required. For info, contact Ann at email@example.com. Catholic Youth Spectacular The 2011 Catholic Youth Spectacular is expected to draw over 1,900 teenagers from across the Archdiocese of Hartford who will participate in a host of outdoor activities including: Christian entertainment, the Sacrament of Reconciliation, a picnic lunch and a special Mass dedicated to them. The event will take place at the Archdiocesan Center at St. Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield from 1 to 7 p.m. on Sept. 18. Pre-registration is required by calling 860243-9465 and the deadline is today.
Here are two sandcastles that Hans Pedersen, of Durham, built at Old Orchard Beach. He builds a sandcastle at every beach he has visited during vacations. It even caught the attention of a local news reporter! It is a great conversation starter that inspired some young sandcastle-builders at the beach. Submitted by Amanda Astarita
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Fire-damaged home in Durham still on the radar By Mark Dionne Special to the Town Times On the night of January 15, 2010, a fire destroyed the house on the corner of Tuttle and Parmelee Hill Road in Durham. The next day, Richard McManus, Durhamâ€™s building official, put a notice on the structure deeming it unsafe. United Cleaning and Restoration secured the first floor of the house, boarding up the windows and nailing large sheets of plywood over the destroyed garage doors and open areas at the back of the house.
The house remains in the same state, 19 months later â€” long enough for locals to use it as a reference point. â€œTurn right at the burned down building.â€? â€œIf you reach the burned down building, youâ€™ve gone too far.â€? Fire damage can be seen on all sides of the house. Scorch marks deface the blown-out windows, and holes in the roof and walls open up the structure to the sky. Many Durham residents, especially those who live nearby, wonder why the house has not been demolished. A neighbor comments
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phasized that, since the taxes are paid, it remains private property, and the town has limited authority to take action. The inability of the town to tear down the house, Francis said, has nothing to do with a lack of sympathy for the neighbors or a lack of funds. Durham does not have a blight ordinance, which would allow the town to fine a property owner until the situation is remedied. According to Francis, the town can act if the issue becomes public safety. The house in question does not appear close enough to threaten the road or a neighboring structure by collapsing. â€œThe town,â€? Francis said, â€œdoesnâ€™t have the right to go onto that private property.â€? McManus agreed, saying that, outside of public safety,
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on the situation: â€œWeâ€™re stuck between a rock and a hard place. The town and the owner wonâ€™t do anything.â€? Those who complain to Town Hall get an answer that many of them did not expect: the property is not legally abandoned since it still has an owner. In a phone interview, Durham First Selectman Laura Francis said, â€œIâ€™m very sympathetic to the neighbors.â€? Francis, who has consulted the townâ€™s attorney regarding the structure, said, â€œWeâ€™re trying to work cooperatively with the owner.â€? Conversations between the first selectman and the owner happened as recently as the previous week. Records confirm that the taxes for the property are upto-date, including taxes due since the fire. Francis em-
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â€œthe only time a town would take action would be with a derelict building,â€? meaning one with no owner. The owner of record is Alicia Alfano, who purchased the home in May of 2004 from her father, Joe Alfano. Everyone connected to the situation, however, refers to Joe Alfano as the owner. Reached by phone, Joe Alfano, who no longer lives in Connecticut, said, â€œI want it out of my hair.â€? Alfano said he intends to sell the property with the new owner taking responsibility for the structure. â€œI think weâ€™ve got it pretty much sold.â€? Negotiations to buy the property, according to Alfano, are â€œjust about settled.â€? â€œWeâ€™ve got four builders who want the property,â€? he added. The property is not under deposit, and Alfano could not give an estimated date for a sale. No listing for the property could be found online. Alfano also maintains that the home does not have to be condemned and could be rebuilt using the basement and first floor. Aware that neighborhood residents do not like the house, Alfano said, â€œItâ€™s coming to an end soon.â€? Public records reveal that town officials tried to use their authority to have the building demolished after the fire. In a letter dated May 14, 2010, McManus instructed Alicia Alfano to take down the house, writing, â€œSection 115.1 of the Connecticut State Building code allows for the Building Official to order necessary actions of the owner which will render the property safe.â€? Connecticut State Building codes appear to give towns considerable authority in ordering the repair or demolition of â€œany structure that in the code officialâ€™s judgment is so old, dilapidated or has become so out of repair as to be dangerous, unsafe, insanitary or otherwise unfit for human habitation or occupancy.â€? The section on unsafe, See Fire, page 8
Friday, August 19, 2011
Living an organic farmer’s dream By Diana Carr Special to the Town Times
They’re Heritage breeds, which means that they have not been genetically altered in order for them to produce large quantities of eggs or to mature quickly. They’ve been around for many generations, and many of them are very rare and are on the verge of extinction. We think it’s essential to protect and preserve these special breeds. Could you explain a little more about biodynamic farming? The moon, tide and planetary alignments are all connected and working in unison. When the moon is full, for example, its gravitational force pulls water to the surface, making it ideal to sow seeds. So, during this time, the seeds receive extra ground water and extra light from the moon. This creates
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cordance with the Stella Natura calendar, which we get from the Josephine Porter Institute (a biodynamic educational farm center in Woolwine, VA). They determine, according to the tides and the alignment of the planets and the moon, the most favorable growing conditions for each day. There are root days (carrots, beets, turnips, rutabagas, etc.), flower days (we loosely put crops like broccoli and cauliflower in this category) and leaf days (kale, lettuce, arugula). We focus on them on their particular day by feeding and harvesting them. We’re a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) with 30 members. People pay up front in the spring and pick up a basket of vegetables every Friday of whatever is harvestable at that time. We do two farmers’ markets every week from May until October. And we have 45 laying hens who give us beautiful eggs of all sizes and colors.
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The house on the corner of Tuttle and Parmelee Hill Road has been boarded up since the January 15, 2010 fire. Photos by Mark Dionne a camp fire going in the house.” McManus concluded prophetically, “This looks like an accident waiting to happen.” According to neighbors and the Town Times report, the home was vacant at the time of the fire.
Built in 1987, the house looked unlike most others in Durham. A contemporary colonial, its asymmetrical design contained nearly 4,000square feet, six bedrooms, a steep roof and hipped dormer windows, all since destroyed in the fire.
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Letters to the Editor Durham’s quality leadership With all the current financial turmoil at both the state and federal levels, it’s assuring to see the value of quality leadership here in Durham. For the past threeand-a-half years, Laura Francis and her administration have showed that it is actually possible to have fiscal responsibility and political leaders who are in touch with the people. The citizens of Durham really need to realize that we have something special here, and just simply take a look around us to understand that having the right people at the top is a good thing for all of us. Please support Laura
Francis and John Szewczyk on Nov. 8 so we can enjoy four more years of outstanding professional leadership here in Durham. Mike Geremia, Durham
Community picnic Really? Is anything really free anymore? Yes! The red and white signs around town are advertising the free community picnic on Sunday, Aug. 28, from 4 to 7 p.m., co-sponsored by the Coginchaug Valley Education Foundation and Durham and Middlefield Youth and Family Services. For three hours, residents from Durham, Middlefield and Rockfall are invited to enjoy Camp Farnam on Maiden Lane in Durham.
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Camp Farnam is a hidden treasure in Durham that has an in-ground pool, volleyball and basketball courts, a playscape, horseshoes and a large pavilion with built-in stone fireplaces. CVEF and DMYFS will make a donation to the Farnam House Foundation for rental of the property and supply drinks, ice cream and s’mores. Bring a picnic supper, friends and neighbors, and check it out! It is a great time and an opportunity to see Camp Farnam! Denise Brennan, Durham
Local rescue In everyone’s life there comes a time when we throw a coin in a fountain and wish for something great. Sometimes the “one in a million” truly happens to someone and changes their life in a good way. On the night of June 9, while waiting to get to a banquet for my son at the high school, a “one in a million” happened to me, and I ended up in the ICU unit at Hartford Hospital — quite the unthinkable. In what was an unusual storm that night, I thought I was doing myself a favor by retrieving some items out by our pool so they wouldn’t blow around and cause damage, and from what I was
told much later on, a tree fell on me, injuring my whole right side. After nine days in the hospital and eight weeks in a rehab facility, I am home. Every day there is constant pain, and I am now working with therapists to get my limbs back to normal. Since it would take far longer for me to “write” my words of gratitude with a bad arm and hand, I would like to type those words in this space to say thank you. To my responders that awful night who came out to offer their help. To everyone who sent a card with beautiful and sincere words of “get well.” To all the friends who took time out of their busy days to visit. To the cooks and bakers who thoughtfully left meals and snacks for my family. To the drivers who offered my son Will a ride to or from somewhere. To everyone who said: “Can I help?” You all hold a special place in my heart. I have tears in my eyes now just remembering those little things that everyone offered. You all wear angel wings! Publicly now, I would also like to say “thank you” to my husband of 20 years, Joe, for sitting by my side all those days and worrying. For making sure that things didn’t fall apart at home and that life still went on for our
two boys. I couldn’t have asked for more and feel truly blessed. Also, to my parents who found a way to visit me every day, always with a treat, and with my nightclothes freshly washed. There’s a special kind of love that only parents can offer, and I am lucky to have that — still. As much as I wish that this accident had never happened, I am grateful for all the wonderful people with whom I share life on this planet. I threw a coin in a fountain and found something good. Margaret Neri, Middlefield
More on salt shed It comes as no surprise there is a referendum planned for Aug. 23 on the salt shed-vehicular storage/maintenance building for the Durham Public Works Department since its collapse after this past winter’s storms. The recent public hearing regarding this matter disclosed pertinent information useful in realizing the newly designed facility. Unfortunately, some questions may remain unanswered because there was no representative present from Hawley Construction Company (the See Salt Shed, page 26
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Vinegar’s untapped potential distilled vinegar and For years, my botClaudia O’Connell olive oil. Rub into tle of white distilled the stain in the divinegar measured rection of the grain time on the floor of and polish. my pantry, alone and For frost-free car windows in the undiscovered. Today it is the only cleaning liquid in my house, and its morning, wipe down the windows non-toxic cleaning magic continues the night before with one part water to amaze me. I keep a spray bottle to three parts white distilled vinewith a one-to-one ratio of water and gar. To remove lime stains from your white distilled vinegar and use it for car, rub a cloth soaked with a small nearly everything. Because vinegar amount of white vinegar over the is acidic, it cuts through grease, kills stained area. Be sure to try in an inbacteria and is self-preserving, so conspicuous spot before you really the same bottle can be used for years. get going. In the bathroom, pour a cupful Vinegar makes an excellent allaround cleaner for counter tops, down the drain of your sink and tub sinks, toilets, tubs and appliances, to deodorize once a week. Flush with including those made of stainless cold water after letting it stand for steel. Discovered by accident when a thirty minutes. Or to remove drain cask of wine went past its prime, build-up, play scientist by starting vinegar has been used for more than with a few spoonfuls of baking soda ten thousand years. It is formed as with a white vinegar chaser — the natural sugars, such as those found bubbling results will eat the drain in fruit, ferment to alcohol and then gunk. Remove film and soap residue undergo a secondary fermentation to from tub and shower doors by wipvinegar. It can be used alone, diluted ing down with white distilled vinewith water or used with other non- gar and rinsing with clean water. To toxic household items such as bak- remove tough stains from toilet ing soda and olive oil to handle near- bowls, spray with full-strength vinegar and brush vigorously. For mainly every chore around the house. Now, it is no secret that vinegar tenance deodorizing, add three cups knows its way around the kitchen, to the bowl and flush after thirty bathroom and laundry room, remov- minutes. No need to bore you by listing the ing odors and stains, unclogging mineral deposits in the coffee maker endless toxins “posing” as effective and shower head and so on. Here are cleaning ingredients within your just a few of the many hardworking home. You know as soon as you open a bottle or pull a trigger spray that but lesser-known uses for vinegar. For windows and mirrors, mix these noxious products are health equal parts white distilled vinegar hazards. What is so compelling about and warm water and grab a page of vinegar is that, while it is such a newsprint or lint-free cloth for a cleaning and disinfecting powerstreak-free shine. In the yard, use house, it is completely safe to use in white distilled vinegar full-strength and around the home. Costing less to spray on weeds and unwanted than three dollars a gallon, vinegar grass growing in sidewalk and is an economical and earth-friendly driveway cracks. For water marks investment. For more info about the history on wood table tops left behind by drinking glasses as they sweat, ap- and usefulness of vinegar, please visply a mixture of equal parts white it: www.versatilevinegar.org.
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Confronting the bullying epidemic at the State Capitol necticut law is on A 2009 state report their side. found that one of This year, I coevery four Connectisponsored legislation, cut high school sturecently signed into dents had been bullaw by the governor, lied or harassed on which requires adults school property in the to take notice of bullyprevious year. The ing and trains them students said they on what steps to take were often targeted when they recognize for their appearance abusive behavior. or their perceived Sen. Len Suzio sexual orientation. The new law requires Bullying is an epithat: demic. The more we -All school employtalk openly and honees, including bus estly about it, the drivers and cafeteria more we can do to prevent abusive be- staff, must receive annual training havior. on how to prevent and respond to On Aug. 10, I had the honor of be- student bullying and suicide. ing the keynote speaker at the 2011 -All teaching candidates and beAnti-Bullying Leadership Confer- ginning teachers must also receive ence at the State Capitol. Educators, training. students and lawmakers had the op-School employees must report portunity to talk and share best prac- acts of student bullying to school oftices in combating bullying. I re- ficials. They have one day to submit minded the audience of what hap- oral reports and three days to submit pened in Meriden on Jan. 2, 2002. written ones. That was the day seventh grader -When they receive reports of bulDaniel Scruggs was found hanging lying, schools must investigate them by a tie in his closet — dead by his promptly. Parents of the children inown hand at the age of 12. volved must be notified of the We were all stunned by one of the school’s response and any conseyoungest suicides in state history, quences for students within 48 hours especially when it became known after the investigation’s completion. that Daniel was the victim of relent-Schools must respond to bullying less bullying. Daniel was a lonely kid whether it occurs at school, online, who was tormented at school. He was on a school bus, at a bus stop, at a hit, kicked, spit on and laughed at. school-related activity or elsewhere. When Daniel died, we resolved to do (Schools will respond to bullying whatever we could to prevent such outside the school setting if it creates tragic scenarios from playing out in a hostile environment at school for the future. the bullied student, infringes on the Sitting on the Meriden Board of rights of the student at school or subEducation for 14 years and on the leg- stantially disrupts the student’s eduislature’s Education Committee has cation or the orderly operation of a taught me that we have got to learn school.) to recognize the symptoms of bully-Each school district will appoint ing. We may not see the offense get a safe school climate coordinator to committed, but we want children to help individual schools implement feel comfortable talking about it. We a safe school climate plan for the want them to know that if they feel district. uncomfortable in any way, they It is my hope that Connecticut should not bottle it up. They need to will become a model state for bullyknow that they have the power to ing prevention. There is always change the situation if they are more we can do, but we have taken forthcoming and tell others how they some positive steps toward our goal are feeling. this year. In fact, these efforts may Now, I am proud to say that Con- end up saving lives.
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Friday, August 19, 2011
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As the sultry summer slides toward fall, it is once again time to celebrate the bounties of CT. The Wadsworth Mansion at Long Hill Estate (421 Wadsworth Street in Middletown) is hosting their ninth annual Open Air Market and Festival on Sunday, Aug. 28. The free festival will be open to the public from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine. The historic mansion will transform its 700-foot vista into a marketplace and festival where a variety of vendors will gather to sell their CT grown or made products. One can purchase fresh produce, fruit, cheese, breads and prepared foods. Local artisans — such as potters, painters and jewelers — have been invited to sell their work. Visitors can lounge on the lawn with lunch and listen to live music performed on the patio. Families can bring their children and spend the day discovering the Wadsworth Mansion, enjoying music and art and experiencing the tradition of shopping at an open-air market. Over 80 CT vendors will be participating this year, including Cold Goats Farm, The Farmer’s Cow, Cato Corner Cheese, Joy Newton Designs, Hometown Bakery, Wendy Black Nasta Jewelry and Rustica Ornamentals. Children’s and musical entertainment will be featured throughout the day. The Middletown Commission on the Arts will be sponsoring the music. The Middletown Symphonic Band will play from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., The Sam Vinci Band with Joey Pass from 11:45 a.m. until 1:45 p.m., and the final performance between 2 and 4 p.m. will be delivered by Full Gael. There will be horsedrawn carriage rides by Allegra Farms from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Along the vista there will be face painting from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Docent-led historical tours will be given by the Friends of Long Hill Estate. Shuttle parking will be available from Snow School. Additional parking is available at Mercy High School. Visit www.wadsworthmansion.com for more info.
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Last minute summer fun is close by By Cheri Kelley Town Times
home to various fallow deer and a donkey, among other animals.
For those who are ready to fill their last weeks of summer with some close-to-home fun, Town Times has put together some great ideas for beating the summertime blues within a one-hour drive of home base. The B & B at the Bartlett Farm in Guilford offers farm stay amenities. For folks who love to live in the amazing farming communities of Durham, Middlefield and Rockfall but don’t have time to participate in the agricultural lifestyle, a stay at the Bartlett Farm can give one a glimpse into the cherished world that is farming in New England. The house was built in 1784 and has remained in the same family. The farm offers the opportunity to gather fresh eggs from the hens and to glimpse the 20-plus ducks that make a home there. Across the way there is a wandering buffalo and many cows to observe. The Bartlett Farm is also
If animals aren’t your cup of tea, there is a beautiful porch that is begging for a relaxing read, or you can visit the summer’s harvest in the veggie garden. “The vegetable garden is available for people to look at and wild critters to destroy,” joked Sam Bartlett, who owns the B & B with his wife, Diana. There is plenty to explore on the farm, but hiking in the nearby woods is also a highlight of a stay at the farm. Bartlett said, “It is a quiet, rural, peaceful place.” Sounds like a great spot to spend the last dog days of summer. Another great destination for hot August days is Meig’s Point Nature Center at Hammonassett Beach State Park. The nature center hosts all sorts of great activities for people of any age. Have you ever seen a group of people walking along the shoreline with a very long net and wondered what it was that
they were doing? Well, it is called seining. The long net has weights along the bottom that drag on the ocean floor. The top of the net floats on the top of the water. All the critters in the net are scooped up educational and scientific observation. The catch will be explored on the shore to see what discoveries lie beneath the waves. If you’re ready to get a little crazy, then cliff diving, scuba diving and zip lines await you at Brownstone Exploration & Discovery Park in Portland. This super exciting park has something for everyone, from regular relaxing swimming to soaring
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Students from Durham and Middlefield participated in the recent production of RENT performed by YPCCA (The Young People’s Center for the Creative Arts) on By Peg Shugrue July 28-31. Front row (l-r): Mason Passavant, Katelyn Special to the Town Times Hill, Kelly Dorsey, Alison Luther, Rachel Viccaro, GarDuring the weekend of ret Judson and Conor Grady. Back row (l-r): Tim July 28-31, 12 students from Rhone, Nate Szymanski, EJ Luther and Danielle Drop. Middlefield and Durham parMissing from the photo is Julia Orosz. ticipated in this year’s pro-
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(Dark) Childhood Summer Memories By Trish Dynia Special to the Town Times
The six-room duplex that was my first home had three bedrooms and was filled to capacity with parents, three older siblings and an elderly grandmother, so my nursery consisted of a crib in the corner of my parents’ small bedroom. No musical mobile adorned my crib to dispatch me into peaceful baby slumber. No Cinderella night light softened the harsh features of the dark mahoganyfilled room. Instead I was lulled to sleep each night to the sound of my father snoring like a chainsaw in midmassacre.
This summer, Town Times writers escorted their readers along a lovely path from the serene Long Island Sound to the wind-swept shores of Maine. Their sweet stories of lazy afternoons at the beach and inspirational walks through mountains and glens all depict a peaceful parallel universe in which loveliness and order remain un-trampled by the chaos of life in session. But today I bring you the dark details of my childhood, a disturbing story unfiltered by the softening lens of time. In other words, child abuse in the 1960s and ‘70s, a nightmare from which I barely escaped with my life and limbs intact. It all began on a balmy August morning in 1960 when I was driven home from the hospital in my mother’s loving arms in the front seat of the family station wagon.
When I was five, we moved from the duplex to a lovely ranch house on Round Hill Road in Middletown’s south end where I shared a room with my sister Linda who was six years my senior. And the incessant abuse continued unabated until I left home at age 22. Because my mother worked (that in itself was considered abuse in the ‘60s),
I was often left in the care of my three older siblings during the summer. They were charged with making sure I ate well and engaged in plenty of safe, healthy and fun activities. By noon, it usually dawned on them that they had not seen me since going to bed the night before. A panicked mad dash to my bedroom revealed that I had not only been up for hours but had left the room undetected several times to lay in supplies for the morning. I had foraged well. The remains of my marshmallow puff and grape juice breakfast lay half-eaten in one corner. Strewn around the floor were the results of a followup trip during which I gathered Barbie playing supplies, such as a large pot full of water for my dolls to swim in, a baking pan sprinkled with sugar and salt for their beach and several feminine hygiene “napkins” pressed into service as their beach towels. After dressing and scarfing down peanut butter and jelly sandwiches with iced-tea to ratchet up the morning’s sugar-high, Linda and I often walked barefoot on the hot road to Sunshine Dairy on
In this July 1961 photo, the Nellis Family is about to leave for New York. Dad and Mom (cigarettes in hand), Jerry 11, Steve 9, Linda 7, and, oh wait! Where is oneyear-old Trish? I'm too young to be taking the photo. Am I crawling around the car? Have I been left home alone in the house? Hmm. Coleman Road where we swung from ropes attached to the barn ceiling from one twostory pile of hay bales to the other. Well, that’s not completely accurate. Sometimes we rode our bikes barefoot with no helmets or knee pads. Truth be told, I’m not sure they sold bike helmets and/or knee pads in the ‘60s. As the years went by, I continued to be the only “child” in the neighborhood, and, since I wasn’t “cute and five” anymore, the barbarous teenagers regularly ditched me. In general, there were no organized activities, unless you count my daily unwelcome visit to the
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teenage hangout at the edge of the woods. Here I would find out who had taken up smoking, who had stolen beer from the fridge and which neighborhood boy had pilfered an adult magazine to drool over. But, in their defense, they never offered me beer or cigarettes. Well, there was that one time, but my sister quickly and efficiently clocked the offending boy.
Each weekday afternoon, Mom would return from work and drive me and my sister (un-belted because the neverused belts were buried deep in the seats) to our one adult-organized activity: swim lessons and playground at Veterans Memorial Park in Middletown. After swim lessons, we would retire to the playground to fashion the ubiquitous yarn potholders and clay ashtrays that adorned our home for years. Then we would dangle precariously from monkey bars placed over a hard concrete base and burn our bare legs on red hot metal slides dimpled with rust flakes and the occasional baked-on hard candy.
As my older siblings came of age, Mom would often assign one of them to transport me to and from the pool. Mind you, they were brandnew drivers, there was not a seatbelt or experienced driver in sight, and — I can only reveal this because my mother has passed on — on more than one occasion, my oldest brother drove me to and from swim lessons on his motorcycle when he was 18 and I was eight. As a safety precaution, he had me wear his helmet,
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With one hug from our washing the cigarette ash grandparents and a quick off my face before we went dip in Lake Ontario, we were into a store. (Continued from page 14) ready for action and showed no signs of warm mayonwhich covered my eyes and a naise-induced botulism. The good portion of my torso. So next two weeks were quickly truth be told, I was never re- consumed with fishing, waally sure where we were go- ter skiing and happy reunions with aunts, uncles ing until we got there. In the early years of my and cousins. Late night pichorrific childhood, each nics at a friend’s cottage us unsupervised, summer our family of six found would eventually pile into catching fireflies and dancthe sedan for our annual ing like demented popcorn two-week trek to Water- kernels around a bonfire town/Sackets Harbor, NY, near the edge of a sheer cliff. But don’t get me wrong. where our father grew up. It’s a lovely area at the It wasn’t abuse and neglect convergence of Lake On- all the time. I do recall one tario and the St. Lawrence time when Linda and I River and lies just 20 or so were about to run into the miles south of the Canadi- lake during a thunderstorm, Dad yelled, “Hey, an border. The trip itself was fraught you two, you can’t go swim- Bathing beauties, Trish with danger. Mom made ming until a half hour after and Linda, ages 6 and 12, bologna sandwiches on you’ve eaten.” Mom was hanging out in the front white bread with mayon- also really great about spityard on Round Hill Road. ting on her hankie and naise, which were then wrapped in wax paper and placed in a large paper bag. No cooler, no ice, no chemical cooling packs. We would Must qualify. stop at a park in Utica, NY, to Local eat our now warm sandwichManufacturing es, which we washed down Jobs are Waiting! with water from the park’s Training starts public water fountain. And August 29th. then it was back on the road again. Call Ian Of course, like all men, Canning at Dad hated to stop, so bathroom breaks only occurred 860-343-5710 when we wore him down ASAP. with pleading. The “bathroom” was usually a quick scurry into the woods on the side of the interstate highway with cars and trailer trucks flying by at 70 mph. Air conditioning was inef2 Toelles Rd. • Unit 5 • Wallingford • (203) 269-5244 ficient and consisted of Mom and Dad opening their front windows to get “a nice crossbreeze.” This did little to cool the car, and four perspiration-soaked children squirmed uncomfortably throughout the seven-hour Brian LeRoux, (R) director of Jag is excited to welcome Brian LeRoux, former Pre-School, Kinder & up ride. A side-effect of the standing w/Shawn Johnson (L) Program Director of “The Wallingford Park & Rec. cross-breeze cooling method Gymnastics Program. Brian will continue “The Supernastics Gymnastics was that our parents’ cigaDevelopment Program” at our state of the art facility. rette ashes (they usually Call (203) 269-JAGG (5244) for more information. smoked in tandem) flew into FALL SESSION SIGN UPS NOW... the back seat and adhered to our sweaty skin. By the time • Competitive Program • Parent & Child Classes we reached Grandma and • Recreational Classes • Private Sessions • Tumbling Classes • Birthday Parties Grandpa’s lakeside cottage, • Open Gym • Fun & Fitness Star Program we emerged from the car dazed and gray with ash, USA Gymnastics Safety Certified Call Today Club Member Coaching Staff like four coal miners after a long shift. FOR A “FREE TRIAL CLASS” But we were resilient. FREE GIFT FOR VISITING
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to 5 p.m. is the “Luau at the Lake” — pig roast, music and games. We are also selling tickets for a deep sea fishing charter on Sept. 17. E-mail Amy Poturnicki for tickets at RAHR25@comcast.net or call the Parks and Rec office at 860-349-7122.
More to do with Parks and Rec The summer is winding down, and the summer camps are all but wrapped up. The Parks and Rec Commission would like to thank the staff of our summer camp, especially the three directors — Marissa Hewitt, Jordan Gilbert and Kara Drenzek. We would also like to thank the following businesses for donating prizes to our camp Bingo Day: Lino’s Market, Gossip’s, Durham Kitchen, Durham Pharmacy, Durham Market, Lyman Orchards and Serv Pro of New Haven. Your donations were very much appreciated! Our camps may be finishing up, but there is still a lot of fun left in the summer! Sunday, Aug. 21, from noon
The Kerry Boys show, consisting of Pierce Campbell, right, and Mark Jones, was provided by Middlefield Parks and Rec. This free concert was held Aug. 4 at Peckham Park. They have been performing their Irish and Scottish folk songs at the park for a few years. Submitted by David Bruno
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ders, our men and women who answered the call to military service and the many service organizations that give generously to our community. The 9-11 Remembrance Ceremony will at the United Churches. The bell will toll at 8:46 a.m., the precise moment of the first attack on the World Trade Center, and at 9:02 a.m., the moment of the attack on the second tower. We ask each resident to pause and observe these moments in silence and reflection. At 6 p.m. we will hold the annual 9-11 remembrance ceremony on the south end of the town green. Join those who serve our town through volunteerism in emergency services, community service and town government, as well as those who have served our nation in the armed services. Submitted by Karen Kean and Dr. Steve Levy, 9-11 Tenth Year Remembrance Committee
Kids’ fitness class There will be a free kids’ fitness class, Drums Alive, on Thursday, Aug. 25, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Core Club (350 Main St. in Durham). Using drum sticks and a Pilates ball, Drums Alive captures the essence of movement and rhythm in a class that combines fun and fitness in an extremely unique and
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Keeping residents safer The Durham Town Clerk’s office has implemented Cott Systems PropertyCheck to protect residents from potential fraud. The service is 24/7 and allows residents to sign up to receive notifications of recordings on their property. The software is free to both the town and its residents. Durham has been working with Cott Systems to identify a no-cost solution to help make residents safer when it comes to their properties and online security. “Records in many states are made available for viewing online at no cost or sometimes for a fee, which makes it easier to track recordings on your property, but it does require persistence and, in some cases, costs the taxpayer for access,” said Bob Mains, vice president of IT at Cott Systems. “This solution eliminates the time associated with doing a search on your name or property by alerting the resident by e-mail or text message when a document has been recorded that matches the alerts that they activated.” “Over the years, residents have shown interest in being notifiedwhenadeedisrecorded relative to their name and/or property. The technology is available now to give our citizens the alerts they are requesting,” said Kim Garvis, Durham’s town clerk. Durham residents can sign up for Cott PropertyCheck alerts on the town’s website www.townofdurhamct.org under “Online Service” or go to cotthosting.com/CTDurhamPC/Sentry/Home.aspx.
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Inquiring photographer Karen Kean asked: How are you beating the heat this summer?
Lanya Staneika “Going to the beach.”
Mike Mastroianni Sherry Hill Ricky Murphy “Staying hydrated.” “Ice-cold showers “Swimming in the and the pool.” pool — a lot.”
Teen (Continued from page 1) by the conference’s end. A group of four high school and college students experienced in substance abuse prevention activities served as mentors for the
program and lead all facets of the program. These mentors were Parker Dumont, CRHS grad and freshman at Southern Connecticut State College; Janna Moen, Valley Regional HS grad and sophomore at St. Anselm College; Ben Plant, CRHS Senior; and Colin Plant, CRHS Senior. These mentors were pivotal
to the program’s success as they reached out to the younger students as role models and peers. All participants worked in teams to create a Substance Abuse Project Action Plan to be implemented this fall in their school. The Durham Middlefield Team consisted of Erin Blecha of Durham,
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Durham is home to a unique facility that is tucked away in the serenity of its quiet woods. The Way Back is an alcohol and drug rehabilitation center that shows clients “the way back” to living their lives. The facility is located on what used to be the Lake Grove School Campus off of Route 68. “The Way Back uses the 12-step principles of both Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA) but is not affiliated with either directly,” said Jill Swimmer, Way Back’s director of sales and marketing. The Way Back works in two phases. Phase I is the rehabilitation process; this is where some of the differences between programs start. Most rehabilitation programs are for 28 days, and then the recovering addict is on his or her own in a world that they have not really been part of in quite some time. Adjusting to the real world takes a lot of transitioning and relearning life skills; this relearning is built into the rehabilitation program and continues into phase II at The Way Back sober housing. Most clients at The Way Back stay for six to eight weeks. The cost for traditional 28-day programs can range from $10,000 to $33,000. This program is purposefully cost-effective and tries to keep the lowest price in the state. For male clients ages 19 and up, the cost is $8,750 for a six-week program. There will also be a program for women start-
ing next week. This will be a female-only program and will cost $5,000 for 28 days, and then there is off-site sober housing available. The female clients will be driven to and from the site on a daily basis and will have all the same amenities as the male program. Another distinctive part of the rehabilitation program is Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP). The idea of working with horses is often used when working with the disabled, and those programs have found great success. “We are the only EAP program in the state of Connecticut,” stated Swimmer, “and the guys love it.” The program works with the combined effort of the trained horses, an equine specialist, a mental health professional and the client. There is no riding or mounting the horse, just exercises
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Friday, August 19, 2011
Coginchaug seniors ready for last year of football By John Bozzi Coginchaug Football Coach Fifteen seniors begin their final high school season when the Coginchaug football team begins practice on Aug. 22. This senior class is a diverse group that includes three-sport athletes, an award-winning musician, numerous academic awardwinners and even a worldtraveling snowboarder. Each of the seniors will be playing their fourth season for the Blue Devils, and they are determined to make it a memorable one. Although all of the seniors could be in the starting lineup this season, the road to the top of the depth chart was a long one for most of them. Other than Alec Corazzini, who earned a starting job as a freshman, and three-year starters
Tyler Doherty and Sam Baker, most of the remaining seniors didn’t move into starting roles until their junior year. But for Frank Posca, Nick Augeri, Tyler Gray and Zev Kartiganer, this is the season they hope to break into the starting line-up for the first time. Players like Posca, Augeri, Gray and Kartiganer are the exception. Lesser kids quit when things don’t go their way, but these students didn’t. They were patient and kept working. The entire team will benefit from their perseverance, and they will all play important roles this season. Captains Tyler Davis, Luke Bogdanski, Andrew Paxton and Nick Agramonte, who will lead the Blue Devils this season, learned their leadership skills by understudying the seniors of prior Coginchaug
teams. Bogdanski credits Jack Bascom and Justin Johnson, seniors during the 2009 season, for his work ethic. “Jack and Justin were always in the weight room in the off-season,” Bogdanaski Front row (l-r): Tyler Doherty, Shawn Donovan, Frank Posca, Luke recalled. “They Bogdanski, Nick Augeri, Tanner Pedersen and Nick Agramonte. motivated me to be there so that one Back row (l-r): Sam Baker, Zev Kartiganer, Tyler Gray, Andrew day I could be on Paxton, Cody Aitken, Ethan Donecker, Alec Corazzini and Tyler that varsity field. I Davis. Submitted by John Bozzi only missed one football workout the summer between my that, if you work hard and played Hyde two years ago, sophomore and junior years, stick together as a team, you we started out so strong and and my work paid off with a can accomplish anything. I by half-time had a multiple hope to keep the team in- touchdown lead, but by the starting position.” Andrew Paxton hopes to spired and teach them to fourth quarter, Hyde had taken the lead back. But because emulate the example set by never give up.” Nick Agramonte recounts those seniors never gave up, David Wheeler and Zack Faiella, captains of the 2010 the lesson learned from the they ended up regaining the Blue Devil team. “Dave and seniors of the 2009 champi- lead with a minute or two to Zack were always positive,” onship team. “I learned to go and came away with one Paxton said. “They taught us never to give up. When we of the biggest wins in school history.” Tyler Davis was also influenced by the 2009 team. “They all worked hard as a team, and it was motivating DANNY’S to think that our class could UNLIMITED, L.L.C. one day be playing like Truck & Auto Service them,” he recalled. “Conor Detailing, Repairs Finley in particular stood Small Engine Repair out. He never started until Welding, Snow Removal his senior year, and he was our quarterback and captain. 589 Wallingford Rd. He was always motivating Unit 66 the underclassmen during Durham, CT summer conditioning and Fully Insured 860-349-0351 weight lifting. He showed Daniel Forline that hard work and dedication really do pay off.” LICENSED RESIDENTIAL & COMMERCIAL DONALD DANDELSKI Misfortune has befallen some of the seniors during their careers. Shawn Donovan (split end), Cody Aitken (defensive back) and Tanner Pedersen (linebacker) all Removal and Relocation of missed starts last year due to Skunks, Raccoons, Squirrels, Bats, Woodchucks, injuries. They’re hoping that 2011 will be a kinder and genMoles, Foxes, Rodents, Snakes and More... PHONE tler season for them and 24 HOURS Est. 1992 (203) 235-1318 their teammates. Donovan believes a healthy Coginchaug team could win a Pequot-Sassacus championship. “We have a great Specializing in Bathroom Remodeling team with almost all our skill players coming back and • Painting/Dry Wall many capable linemen to get • Tile Flooring the job done,” he explained. • Basements/Skylights While several of the sen• Decks/Patios/Sheds iors began playing football in • Odd Projects elementary school, most took CT Lic. 0612088 • No Job Too Small up the game after entering
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Football (Continued from page 22) seventh grade. Corazzini and Doherty, who didn’t start playing football until the eighth grade, are proof that football is a game that welcomes latecomers. They were the first of their class to have an impact on the varsity level. Corazzini has been a starter since freshman year, and the versatile Doherty started at fullback as a sophomore, halfback as a junior and is slated to start at quarterback this year. It’s not just on the football field where these seniors have excelled. Paxton, Davis, Donecker, Corazzini and Posca have all won scholar-athlete awards, and others regularly appear on the honor roll, but Corazinni and Donecker stand out from even this impressive crowd. They share the distinction of being three-sport athletes who have won scholar-athlete awards in each of their three years at Coginchaug and have been on the honor roll every term of their high school careers.
This week’s Fun Run participants were treated to September-like temperatures and clearing skies. The event was wellattended. Here are the results: Ages 0-4 years (one lap): Allison Vigue (2:25), Sophie Zimmerman (2:33), Cooper Woodward (2:44), Brooklyn Gordon (2:52), Lily Montemurro (2:55), Austin Gordon (3:53) and Evageline Volenec (3:55). Ages 5-7 years (one lap): Alyssa Woodward (1:37), Meredith Lentz (1:43), Luc Stankewich (2:00), Chris Hoyecki (2:04), Allyson Woodward (2:06), Julian Volenec (2:15), Kayla Mingo (2:26) and Cassandra Gordon (3:11). Ages 8-10 years (two laps): Tyler Woodward (3:18), Alexis Oumsou (3:20), Paris Stankewich (3:21), Aidan Lentz (3:24), Noelle Sorensen (3:27), Zachary Sauer (3:37) and Jenna Mingo (3:39). Ages 11-14 years (0.9 mile course): Brendon Dana (4:36), Ashley Dana (4:38), Samantha Vigue (4:39), Claire Sorensen (4:57) and Jackson Volenec (5:02). Adults (3.5 mile course): Alex Morin (19:18, course record), Noel Roberts (22:56), Kevin Vigue (23:45), Zak Roberts (24:10), Paul Cieniewicz (24:29), Lavinia Vigue (24:48), Karen Woodward (25:24), Dave Montemurro (25:34) and Guy Pulino (28:00). Special thanks to Amy Sorensen, Samantha Vigue and Keith Woodward for their assistance this week. The Fun Runs are free to all (even out-of-town folk) with registration starting at 6 p.m. The final Fun Run of the season will be held Tuesday, Aug. 23, rain or shine (but not lightning). For more information, visit the Town of Durham website. Submitted by Dave Bellemare
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Seniors should be the backbone of any high school team, and this class will need to fill that role. They have the most invested in this season, but they also have a debt to pay. These seniors inherited a winning program, and now it’s their responsibility to add to the legacy and pass e it on to the younger kids.
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Ethan Donecker is also part of a unique piece of Coginchaug football history. Three of his older brothers — Dan, Brendan and Cody — played football for the Blue Devils, and, thanks to the strategic timing of their births, there has been at least one Donecker on the roster since the inception of the Coginchaug football program. “I’ve been to almost every basketball and football game, band concert and many other events over the last 13 years,” Donecker noted. “These experiences are a big part of who I am and who I will become.”
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Local scouts take on leadership training responsibilities By Jay McKernan NYLT Course Director This year, at CT Rivers Council’s National Youth Leader Training (NYLT), the towns of Durham and Middlefield were well-represented. There were scouts from Troop 27 (T27), Troop 33 (T33) and Venture Crew 169 (C169) as staff and as participants. NYLT is the pinnacle training for a Boy Scout or Venture Scout. The training course is presented by youth, to youth. The adults involved are only responsible for safety and logistics. The training syllabus is long and detailed, and all the staff members began to prepare for the July 25-30 course in January of 2011. Scouts from all over the CT Rivers Council came together and formed an awesome team. We met every month and practiced presentations, re-
viewed schedules and finetuned the program. By the time we all met on July 23 to begin setting up Leever Lodge at Camp Mattatuck in Plymouth, the youth staff was more than ready to go. Camp was set up in record time under the direction of youth course director Kyle Backus, who is a four-year veteran of NYLT. Kyle recently earned his Eagle in December of 2010 with Troop 27 and clearly demonstrated his leadership skills over the course of the week. He had a great team to back him up that included Brent Beckert (T27, C169, Jake Nickel (T27), Brian Blake (T33) and Lee Houle (T33). This was Jake, Brian and Lee’s first time on staff, and they did an outstanding job working with the Yellow, Olive and Blue teams. Being senior youth staff was nothing new for Kyle and Brent. They have
both been on NYLT staff for the last four years, and their experience and knowledge of NYLT made things go very smoothly. Brent’s knowledge of the syllabus inside and out was a great resource all week. We had several “bumps” in the road during the week. The toughest one was a major thunderstorm that came through camp on Tuesday afternoon. Once the rain and wind started, we moved all of the participants into the Lodge. After everyone was inside, I looked outside and saw that Kyle and several staff members were outside pulling down the 10-foot by 20-foot carports that were set up for the eight teams. The wind was so strong it was pulling the carports apart. I was very proud to see these scouts working together to accomplish this task. No one told them to do it; they just
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with the weather, we couldn’t do that. To say I was very proud of the youth staff would be an understatement. Once the weather settled down, we got back to our normal schedule. That night, at our staff meeting, the adult staff gave the youth staff a standing ovation. I told them I was very proud of their performance during the storm, and I was grateful to have each and every one of them on staff. The rest of the week went very smoothly. Presentations were given by the youth staff, and the participants enjoyed themselves. By the end of the week, the participants were ready for their Outpost experience. They packed up all of their gear and were given a GPS unit and a set of coordinates to get to their campsite. They spent the night in the woods without any youth or adult supervision. Over the course of the evening, they worked together to finalize their presentation for their “Quest for the Meaning of Leadership” presentations that they would give on Saturday afternoon. Everyone returned to Leever Lodge on Saturday morning with big smiles on their faces and ready to hit the showers. After their Quest presentations, they packed up and got ready for the Final Feast. Many scoutmasters and advisors were in attendance to see their scouts receive their certificates and light their own candles of leadership. I would like to thank Mike Phenicie (T27), Robin Heath (T33) and Andy Golschneider (C169) for attending. They all had scouts on staff and as participants. Once the ceremony was done, everyone went home safely. Shane
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Girl Scout Day of Fun A Girl Scout Day of Fun will be held at Wesleyan University on Sept. 3. Two programs will be offered: Grades K and 1 —– Princess Party from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Learn about real princesses, make your own crown and wand, help make others smile by making cards for soldiers overseas and learn about Girl Scouts. Cost: $5/girl (includes a patch). Grades 4 through 8 — Girlz R.U.L.E.™ from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Girls will participate in activities from the Girlz R.U.L.E.™ (Respect, Understand, Leader, Empower) program. This program uses challenge initiatives and role-playing games to empower girls with the skills they need to develop as the self-confident leaders of tomorrow. Cost: $1 for a patch for existing Girl Scout
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members, $13 for non-registered Girl Scouts (includes $12 membership fee; financial assistance is available). Girls participating in the Girlz R.U.L.E.™ program should bring a bag lunch. To RSVP, please call Lisa Deschnow at the Middletown Girl Scout office at 860347-5768 ext. 3751 or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org by Aug. 31 if you plan to attend. Space is limited, so re- On Aug. 2, Fresh University, a hip-hop dance group, visited the Girl Scout Summer serve your place early! Sampler program. There they performed two hip-hop dance routines and taught Submitted by Nancy Sher- the girls a dance of their own. Fresh University is a dance group composed of stuman dents from Hopkins School in New Haven, CT. The visit offered girls a look at dif-
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organic farming? My family always ate healthily when I was growing up. The kids used to make fun of my lunches. When I started Green Mountain College, I had no idea what I wanted to do. In Vermont, everything is about local and organic food, and there’s a lot of great coops, so I became receptive to organic food and health and being part of a community that shares my values. Furthermore, the campus had an organic farm, with a greenhouse and livestock, which was an educational model for sustainable agriculture, and this inspired me to study environmental business. I figured business was a safe bet because I could do anything with it. It was my safety major. Then Jon and I studied for a semester in Australia, where he is originally from. Biodynamics is a large movement there right now. He had grown up eating or-
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lege (in Poultney, VT). I have a Bachelor of Science degree in environmental business, and he has a Bachelor of Science degree in environmental studies. What is organic farming and what are the standards? It is growing vegetables in the most natural way possible. This means buying only organic seeds, having the water and soil tested and using no chemicals. Only certain fertilizers can be used, and everything is natural and non-toxic. With biodynamics, we go beyond this, using specific herbs to nourish the soil and the plants. How did you end up on Long Island? Jon is from Sag Harbor, so we moved there after we graduated. At that point we were making plans to have an organic farm. What got you interested in
ganic and biodynamic food, and biodynamics was part of his studies at Green Mountain College, so I learned about it from him. Having an organic farm was somewhere in the back of my mind, but we weren’t talking about it yet. We were in college mode. But when we were back in Vermont, we said, “Let’s do this.” I had worked on a few farms, but it didn’t prepare me for this. Jon and I read a lot of books, and we both had gardens growing up. Basically, we use our instincts and common sense. How long have you been doing this? The planning process began in 2009, and we started our farm in 2010. Do you have any future plans? Next year we will get certified by NOFA-New York. (NOFA stands for the Northeast Organic Farmers Association. Being certified means the farm will be in-
spected annually.) It is illegal in the state of New York to call your vegetables organic unless they are certified, so we are just legitimizing our practices. And we want to prove to our customers that we are following the guidelines. Right now there are grants that will pay for up to 75 percent of the cost of certification. We will extend our CSA to accommodate more families. And we’re going to incorporate more educational opportunities so that people can come and learn about what we are doing. What do you love about organic farming? I love being outside and in nature every day. And I love that I’m doing something positive for the environment and community and for my own health. See next issue for another Coginchaug grad doing organic farming!
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Apartment for Rent 2 BR, 2nd floor apartment in Durham for rent. Kitchen appliances, washer-drier hook-up. Non-smoking, no dogs; $1,015 per month plus one month security. Includes heat and hot water. Credit check and references required. If interested, please call Sheila at 860-349-0818.
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MIDDLEFIELD Industrial Park 3 Bldgs. 1360-3600 sq. ft. Machine/carpentry shop. Landscaping, Warehousing possibilities - Call Irwin at 860-347-5823 or 860-573-8884 1213904
55 and Older Active Adult Community
Last chance to own the Guilford Ranch Model Home! Nestled on a cul-de-sac with a walkout basement leading to wooded area. First floor master suite, fantastic open layout, granite kitchen, fireplace and more. Ready to go at $329,900.
Pamela Sawicki-Beaudoin Broker/Owner
Experience Makes the Difference!
Lisa Golebiewski, ABR, GRI Broker/Owner
NICHOLLE DAGATA •860-205-4053 www.beckleyfarms.com 860-357-2008 1213769
in sales of Durham and Middlefield
NEW LISTING! Extremely well maintained 6 room Ranch style home has ROOM FOR EXPANSION! Meticulously clean and updated. Enclosed front porch, some newer windows and walkout lower level with rough plumbing for future bath. Set on .94 acres of level land. Must see! Offered at $224,900. Ready to move in!
NEW CONSTRUCTION! Features nearly 2000 sq. ft., 3 bedrooms, 2.1 baths, custom kitchen with granite counters, formal living room & dining room & first floor family room with gas fireplace & c-air. Still time to add your personal touches! Nestled on a third of an acre and close to town. Reduced to $339,900. Be in by end of summer!
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Classic Saltbox located on quaint country road situated on 3.4 idyllic acres of open land. This property features a huge 32x24 open spanned fully trussed outbuilding with 11’ ceiling height w/separate electric & large fully dormered walk-up 2nd flr. perfect for contractors, car enthusiasts, or horses! Stunning setting close to state forest. The main house has 3 BRs, 1st flr. FR w/wood stove, form. DR, 2 car garage, C/air & walkout lower level w/double doors. $379,900. DIR: Rt. 17 to Call Jon J. Berardino for more info 203-605-8663!
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447 Higganum Rd., Durham
Custom built Colonial set on a beautiful acre lot adjacent to state forest with extensive fruit trees. Desirable open flr. plan offering formal living & dining rms., 1st flr. family rm. w/FP & MBR suite w/private deck. Double door walkout lower level and bonus rm./4th bedroom. $415,000. DIR: Rt. 79 to Call Jon J. Berardino for more info 203-605-8663!
73 Ernest Drive, Durham
Call Pam Beaudoin at 203-623-9959 for details!
Masterfully remodeled Ranch in immaculate condition on cul-de-sac. New roof, hardwood floors, finished walkout lower level. 3 BRs, large eat-in kitchen with fireplace. Only $265,000! Call Berardino Realtors for more info 860-3490344 or come Sunday! DIR: Rt. 17 to Parmelee Hill Rd. to Ernest Dr.
Call Pam Beaudoin at 203-623-9959 for details!
715 Haddam Quarter Rd., Durham Country Charmer. Colonial set on private, semi-wooded lot. 4 BRs, formal dining rm., fireplace, bright eat-in kitchen w/maple cabinetry, 3 season sun porch, walkout lower level family rm., 2 car garage. Affordably priced at $285,000. Call Berardino Realtors for more info 860-349-0344 or come Sunday! DIR: Rt. 17 to Haddam Quarter Rd.
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