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Volume 16, Issue 44

A reporter’s notebook

Deal for Powder Ridge withdrawn By Sue VanDerzee The weather outside was blowing snow as Middlefield First Selectman Jon Brayshaw sat in the Town Times office and explained the proposal for Powder Ridge that would be presented at a public hearing next Tuesday, Feb. 16, at 7 p.m. in the Memorial School gym. Brayshaw kept cautioning, “Don’t forget; nobody has signed off on this,” as he explored the status of the deal “at this point in time.” Less than an hour after leaving our office, Brayshaw called back and said, “I just received a letter announcing the withdrawal of the proposal from Dan Frank. I’m sending it along.”

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Welcome, Winter Olympics!

While the snow continued to blow, the prospects of fun on Powder Ridge receded again. Before Wednesday afternoon, this was the deal: CDF and Associates, LLC, whose principal is Dan Frank, and Snow Time Inc., Frank’s partner for this deal, would be asked for $500,000 for the 113+/- acres of the ski area portion of the 250-acre total town-owned property at Powder Ridge. In light of a state economic development grant of $500,000 announced last week, the deal would hopefully have been structured as a one- or two-year lease with a deposit of $250,000 at the outset and then $50,000 a year for the next five years after Frank See Ridge, page 7

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Korn School kicked off the Winter Olympics in a celebration that recognized the students who achieved the highest status in the STARR (Students Acting Respectfully and Responsibly) program. In honor of the Olympics, students earned bronze, silver or gold stars marking the points they acquired for doing good deeds. Above, Ms. Holland, P.E. and health teacher, stands with some of the gold star students. See Photo by Kim Aparo more pictures and information on page 5.

Emergency notification system reduced 911 calls after energy plant blast By Stephanie Wilcox Town Times Shortly after the explosion occurred at the Kleen Energy

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Dr. Brad Wilkinson of Durham with a new friend from the batays of the Dominican Republic. See story on page 6 and more photos at

Calendar............................4 Durham Briefs ...........15-16 Middlefield Briefs ......13-14 Obituary..........................22 Puzzles....................16 & 25 Sports..........................23-26 Valentine’s Day.......10-11, 27

plant in Middletown Sunday, Feb. 7, a notification was sent to Durham residents via the Emergency Notification System announcing that the town was not in danger. At the Feb. 8 Board of Selectmen’s meeting, First Selectman Laura Francis and emergency management director Francis Willett proudly announced that the system was successful in that residents were notified even before the news was broadcast — early enough so that the number of calls to 911 and the firehouse

were significantly reduced. Francis was pleased also to receive phone calls and emails from residents after the fact who were thankful for the immediate notification. In terms of the explosion itself, Francis reported that one unit from Durham Fire Company was deployed to South District in Middletown who then deployed them to the scene. Plans for Activity Center While working on the 2010 See BOS, page 15

Town Times Community Briefs


H1N1 flu clinic

Health officials urge anyone who has not been immunized against the H1N1 virus to get vaccinated at a free flu clinic on Wednesday, Feb. 17, from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Middletown City Hall Council Chamber. Officials say that the threat of H1N1 may not be over and that a resurgence of the virus is possible. There is no age or residency restriction and insurance is not necessary. The vaccine will be given on a first come, first served basis. Appointments are not required. Children in need of their second dose of vaccine should also attend this clinic. People who have a severe allergy to eggs or are running

a fever should not receive the vaccine. The H1N1 vaccine is not effective against seasonal influenza. The clinic is sponsored by MDA 36: the city of Middletown and the towns of Cromwell, Durham, Haddam and Middlefield. For more information, call 860-344-3474. To download a vaccination administration form:, then click on “H1N1 (Swine Flu) Tips and Free Clinic Information.”

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On Monday, Feb. 1, about 300 kids sat down in the Strong School gymnasium and listened to Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro talk to them. We were two of those students. She suggested that this speech was to inspire us to make changes, as we are the future generation. We think she did this well. She told us that the things she was standing for were less for her than they were for us. She told us about her family background and her congress work, implying that anyone can make a change if they love what they do. She also talked about what she is working on right now. One thing was her idea about a health program at our lym_SS54_02_08_TT:Layout school, Strong Middle School, 1 and other schools in Regional

should be attentive to her work and the rest of politics. It was a talk informing us about serious matters and how we can make a change to ensure the future is better. This article was written by two reporters from Strong Middle School’s online newspaper, the Strong Times. Read more student reporting at gtimes/.

School District 13. She spoke to us about the committees she was on and what they do. In addition to this, our congresswoman answered questions from us about important issues, examples being bus seat belts and controversy between political parties. Our opinion, as two seventh graders, was that the speech spoke out to us, telling us what she does and why we

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Crockpot Family Supper United Churches of Durham crock pot family supper will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. All are welcome. Tickets are $7 for adults and $3 for children and are available at the door. The dinner features a variety-packed, kid-friendly menu, and a sing-a-long. If you would like to donate a baked good for the dessert table, bring it along when you come. For questions, call Liz Cipollina at 860-685-0207. School Vacation D13 students will have early dismissal today, and schools will be closed until Monday, Feb. 22. Cogin-Chuggers The Durham Cogin-Chuggers will hold a Valentine’s Day dance at Brewster School from 8 to 10:30 p.m. Bob Smith will be the caller and Sue Lucibello the cuer. Donation is $6 per person. For info, call 203-235-1604 or 860-349-8084.


February 13

Saturday Synema All are invited to Congregation Beth Shalom Rodfe Zedek, 55 East Kings Highway in Chester to view the movie A Serious Man. The evening begins at 6 p.m. with a Havdalah ceremony, followed by a not-so-serious dinner of Hebrew National hot dogs and He’brew, the Chosen Beer. The movie will begin at 7:30 p.m. A donation of $10 is suggested. For information, call 860-536-8920. Prometheus The Yale Symphony Orchestra, will perform Alexander Scriabin’s “Prometheus: The Poem of Fire” as a multimedia work including lighting technology at 8 p.m. in Yale’s Woolsey Hall in New Haven. Tickets are available through Shubert Theater at 203-562-5666, 1-888-736-2663 or


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Valentine Brunch Enjoy a Valentine’s Day Brunch at Lyman Homestead at 10 and 11:15 a.m., 12:30 or 1:45 p.m. The brunch includes

an omelet station, a carving station and delicious desserts for $24.95 per person. Visit Pre-paid reservations required by calling 860-349-6043. Chocolate Auction Unitarian Society of New Haven will hold a chocolate auction at 1:30 p.m. at 700 Hartford Turnpike in Hamden. Bring a chocolate goody to auction or purchase one. For info, contact Tansy at 203-288-1807 or at Movie Marathon and Slumber Party Middlefield Park and Recreation is holding a movie marathon and sleep-over for kids ages six through 11 at the Middlefield Community Center. Kids can be dropped off at 6 p.m. and picked up at 9 a.m. tomorrow. There will be pizza, juice and popcorn tonight, and pancakes in the morning. The cost is $5. Call Chris Hurlbert at 860-349-9926 to reserve your spot.


February 15 Free Women’s Seminar The Durham and Cromwell Curves will host a free seminar for women only featuring Anthony Cudjo and Danny Russo. This wild and crazy seminar features how to flatten lower abs, firm butt and thighs and what foods are good for you; 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. at the Cromwell Curves. Call 860-613-1422 for reservations. Bring a food item for a local food pantry.


February 16 Foreclosure Prevention Every third Tuesday the Ct. Fair Housing Center and University of Hartford present a foreclosure prevention clinic. This free clinic, open to any homeowner facing foreclosure, is held at the UHart’s Handel Performing Arts Center Community Room, 35 Westbourne Parkway in Hartford. Visit or for directions or info. Balloon Art Workshop

All children ages 8-12 are invited from 2 to 3 p.m. to the Russell Library, 123 Broad St. in Middletown, for balloon art. Registration is required by calling 860-344-8479. Late-Life Depression Wallingford Public Library and Masonicare present Dr. Rehan Aziz, M.D., director of behavior health at Masonicare, for a program on late-life depression at 11:30 a.m. in the library’s community room. Everyone is welcome to this free program. Advance registration is required by calling 203-265-6754 or online at A boxed lunch will be provided. Ice Cream Social The Church of the Epiphany, Main Street in Durham, will have an ice cream social at 6:30 p.m. to celebrate Shrove Tuesday. Bring your own toppings to share. Last year’s Palm Sunday palms will be burned and the ashes used for the Ash Wednesday services. PFLAG Meeting Greater New Haven Shoreline Chapter of PFLAG (Parents, Friends and Family of Lesbians and Gays) meet at the Church of the Redeemer, 185 Cold Spring St. in New Haven, the third Tuesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. For more info send e-mail to or call 203-458-0493. Anime Film Series Children ages 11 and older are invited to see the movie Spirited Away from 4 to 6 p.m. at Russell Library, 123 Broad St. in Middletown. Light refreshments will be served. For info, call 860-347-2528. Ancient Mariners The Ancient Mariners Connecticut fife and drum corps will perform at 7 p.m. at the Guilford Free Library. Call 203-453-8282, or visit to reserve a spot.


February 17 TOPS Durham TOPS Club meets every Wednesday at 6 p.m. on the third floor of the Durham Town Hall. For info, call Naomi Klotsko at 860-349-9558 or Bonnie Olesen at 860-349-9433. Percy Jackson Redux Children in grades four through six are invited to help celebrate the opening of

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the movie Percy Jackson and the Olympians: the Lighting Thief from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at Russell Library, 123 Broad St. in Middletown. Participants will use their imaginations to create armor and shields for Percy. Call 860-347-2528 for info. Ash Wednesday Ash Wednesday services with Eucharist will be held at the Church of the Epiphany in Durham, at 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. and at Middlefield Federated Church at 7 p.m.


February 18 Dinner with a Doc Enjoy dinner with a doctor at Midstate Medical Service, 61 Pomeroy Ave in Meriden, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. The spotlight will be on women’s health issues including exercise and diet, with a healthy cooking demonstration. Dinner will be provided. Tickets are $15 per person. Call 203694-8733 for tickets and info. Feast for the Senses Green Street Arts Center, 51 Green St. in Middletown, will hold A Feast for the Senses from 6 to 9 p.m. This event features performances of jazz, rock and Balinese dance; a salsa dance lesson; food from India, Latin America and the Middle East; professional massages; and a silent auction. The cost is $50 per person. For info and tickets, call 860-685-7871 or send an e-mail to


February 19 Shabbat Celebrate the joy of Shabbat every third Friday evening at Congregation Adath Israel in Middletown. The service begins at 5:30 p.m. followed by a traditional Shabbat meal at 6:15 p.m., with warm conversation and song led by Rabbi Seth Haaz. The evening is free and open to the public. Call 860-346-4709 or e-mail to if you plan to attend. Shanghai Quartet The Mansfield Freeman Center for East Asian Studies, 343 Washington Terrace in Middletown, will present a pre-concert talk by Alvin Lucier at 7:15 p.m. The concert will be held at the Crowell Concert Hall on the Wes-

leyan campus. Call 860-6853555 for tickets and info. Business Networking The local chapter of Business Networking International will meet in the United Methodist Church, 24 Old Church St. in Middletown, at 7:30 a.m. Contact Kirk Hagert at 860-349-5626 for info. Winterfest Weekend Celebrate winter at Lyman Orchards’ 38th annual Winterfest and food expo beginning tonight from 2 to 5 p.m. with ice sculptor Bill Covitz. Winterfest continues tomorrow from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 21, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. with ice sculptures, rail jam exhibitions, aerial skiing tricks, snowboarding and snow tubing, an Igloo colony, free food samples, horse-drawn wagon rides and more. Admission is free. For info, call 860-349-1793, ext 6000 or visit


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Benefit Dinner There will be a benefit dinner to support Kenny DeSimone from 5 to 11 p.m. at PNA Park Hall, North Plains Highway in Wallingford, with a full buffet and a silent auction. Tickets are $25. For information, call Kelly at 203-793-7009 or e-mail Pasta Dinner Come to the all-you-can-eat pasta dinner at Third Congregational Church, 94 Miner St. in Middletown from 5 to 7 p.m. The menu includes pasta with meatballs, sausage, garlic bread, salad, dessert and a beverage. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children under 10. Take-outs are available.


February 21

Guitar Concert Peter Griggs will present 500 Years of Music for the Guitar, a chronological tour of the guitarist’s repertoire from the Renaissance to the Contemporary, including flamenco and jazz at 4 p.m. at Emmanuel Church, 50 Emmanuel Church Rd. in Killingworth. A donation of $10 is requested; children are free. A reception will follow; For information, call 860-663-1109 or visit

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On Friday, Feb. 5, Korn School held a double celebration recognizing the 2010 Winter Olympic Games and the great number of students who had achieved gold status twice so far this school year in the STARR (Students Acting Respectfully and Responsibly) program. The positive behavior incentive program rewards students with points for “being good,” especially during less structured times of the day. A total of 27 students have already earned gold status twice this year, and were recognized in front of their classmates Friday. At the same time, a short presentation on Olympic facts was shared before the final activity: creating an American flag using — literally — the student body (above). Third grade students wore red while fourth graders wore white for the stripes, and the 27 gold achievers wore blue shirts for the “stars” section of the flag.

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Tropical isle site of service, not siestas By Sue VanDerzee Town Times

Hispaniola is claiming a lot of attention locally. Hispaniola is the island in the Caribbean on which both Haiti and the Dominican Republic (DR) are located. Over the last few weeks we shared with readers a few ways they cold help Haiti deal with the aftermath of a 7.0 earthquake on Jan. 12. This week, we take you on a medical mission undertaken by local physicians Dr. Michael Good and Dr. Brad Wilkinson, of Durham, and Good’s son Jon, of Brooklyn. Wilkinson and the Goods were part of a recent trip organized by Health Horizons International, a non-profit organization with roots in Tufts University’s School of Public Health. This was Wilkinson’s second trip and the Good’s

cian’s assistant student at Quinnipiac University, he was so impressed with the project as well as the people they served that he started working on Good to make a trip with him. The specific destination of the group was a collection of “batays,” or work camps, located in the sugar cane fields. “Unemployment runs 90 percent Two “beautiful children” of the batay. in the batays,” explained Wilkinson. first experience. “The people in the batays are Wilkinson said he got bit- mostly Haitian, recruited by ten by the relief bug on a trip the Dominicans for the backto the Gulf Coast after Hurri- breaking labor of cane harcane Katrina and looked for vesting when times were ways to continue that kind of good. Then U.S. manufacturservice. After going on a trip ers switched to high fructose to the Dominican Republic corn syrup, the bottom fell out last year, taking along his of the sugar cane market and daughter Hannah, a physi- the workers were left on the batays. They’re almost stateless; the DR doesn’t want them, won’t give children a birth certificate so they can go to school, and they have no means or desire to return to Haiti, which has even worse

Dr. Good provides basic health care in a batay in the DR.


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The letter sent Feb. 10, however, made these discussions beside the point. Frank wrote, in part: “From our perspective, there are a number of concerns that negatively impact this project, the most significant of which is the town’s requirement to re-open portions of the old ski area with its attendant high cost of redevelopment and operating cost. Our concerns are many but driven primarily by very high electric rates and property taxes, especially the personal property tax. Together, they make even our original proposal marginal at best.” According to Brayshaw, the electric rates on ski areas in New York and Pennsylvania with which Frank has been associated are one-third of Connecticut rates. Brayshaw, however, intends to hold the Feb. 16 public hearing as announced to let

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were made with the $500,000 in state money. There were several unresolved points as well, including whether the deal would include a clause that would allow Frank to lease some or all of the surrounding townowned land should the business need extra room to grow and add more trails. Also, one member of the ad hoc committee who worked on drawing up a Request for Proposal/Qualifications (RFP/Q) was troubled by the fact that Frank would not guarantee an immediate restoration of the ski area. He consistently said, “I’d rather under-promise and over-deliver,” and explained that his plan to start with a tubing venue would make his initial investment and operating costs less and allow him to build up some capital for further investment in skiing down the road. Most members, though, were very pleased and excited about Frank’s proposal and anxious to work with him.


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Powder Ridge memories

I’d like to express what having Powder Ridge Ski Area operating in town as a youth in the ‘70s and later as a young adult and ‘80s meant to my life. Dreams – I remember walking from the center of Middlefield up to the ski area with a feeble set of plastic skis and nearly a dollars worth of change in my pocket... thinking I could go skiing. Didn’t happen, but there’s always another day to dream! Physical Activity and a Sense of Accomplishment – We would take a bus from Memorial Middle School once a week during the winter to participate in a learn to ski program, a free service the ski area provided to District 13 middle school students. It felt great to know you made progress from falling every time, to actually snowplowing down the bunny hill!

Employment – My first job was in the cafeteria (Durham local Janet Rea was my boss), loved every second there, would work as many hours as offered. Discipline and Frugality – Walked to work uphill in the cold everyday (sounds like those stories from the old days!) and Herman Zemel, coowner, seemingly took me under his wing on occasion to show me how not to not be wasteful in the cafe... a little going green before its time! Teamwork, Communication and Family – When we would get a big snowstorm, all employees had to work as a team, and communicate well to handle the coming rush of business, and thus the employees became a family . Fiscal Discipline – Knowing the ski season would end in the spring, in order to keep working somewhere, an auto would be needed. Saved every penny to buy my first car for $50... and enough to pay for insurance and for gas. Was able

of pre-existing conditions or Four weeks ago I traveled Dr. Micahel Good unreachable premiums. with a group of physicians They all had significant and student volunteers on a medical problems – high medical service trip to the blood pressure, stomach ulDominican Republic. While cers, depression and arthritthere, we visited poor vilic hips. Yet in this country, lages, shanty towns and urthe richest nation in the world, they found ban barrios to hold free clinics for people themselves having to stand in line for who had no access to medical care. I felt hours at a convention center in the hopes proud that our group members were willof getting a single visit with a doctor they ing to come from a wealthy country like the United States to help poor Dominicans would never see again. As the voice of the volunteer manning and Haitian refugees who need basic the bullhorn boomed out calling for pahealthcare services. tient number 543, we wondered how the Last week my wife Sue (a nurse) and I leaders of our wealthy nation could allow traveled to the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford and joined hundreds of 47 million of our citizens to live in the same uncertainty and medical need that I doctors, nurses and lay volunteers to give saw during my trip to a poor island in the free care to over 1,000 of our neighbors Caribbean. At the end of the day we were who have no insurance and cannot afford weary, proud of our fellow volunteers and a visit to the doctor. We felt inspired to be of the patients who swallowed their pride among volunteers willing to donate their and endured long, long hours to receive time and skills for the benefit of the needy. But as the day went on, as we cared basic care. But as we made the short drive back to Durham, I felt ashamed that in for a continuous stream of patients, we our country hard-working families have were struck by another emotion – shame. to endure such humiliation in the midst of We saw that every one of the patients so much wealth. we cared for had jobs or recently lost Isn’t it time that we stand up for our them – a welder, an appliance delivery neighbors and insist that our leaders work man, a biologist, a landscaper, a store together to provide everyone in America clerk. All were hard-working Americans, what every industrialized nation in the yet because their jobs did not provide insurance, they found themselves unable to world provides for their citizens: the abiliaccess the medical system, either because ty to see a doctor when they are sick?

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Letters to the Editor to confidently find work outside of town with the car. College Savings – Promoted to working in the restaurant at the Ridge... from $3.37 an hour to (I think) $5 an hour! Saved every penny, knowing that if college was going to be a reality, I better work as much as possible and save. (It turned out I was not eligible for college loans because of my hard work and savings!?) Independence – Had the wonderful opportunity to live in the apartments at Powder Ridge for a reasonable rent... adulthood... paying bills, being responsible. Education – College became a reality. I didn’t fritter the opportunity away, knowing the work that allowed me to go to school in the first place. More Dreams – I’d like to see the same opportunities present themselves to all the youth of Middlefield and Durham in the future since it’s not a given that every-

thing is handed to them on a silver platter. Keep Powder Ridge alive!! Jamie Roraback, Middlefield

Making a difference In December at Memorial Middle School, the Environmental Club set up a well thought-out lunchtime recycling system for fifth and sixth graders. We have three bins: one for food and paper waste, one for bottles and cans and one for trash like styrofoam plates and plastic utensils that can’t be recycled. We used to have multiple trash cans and were throwing out so many things that could be recycled. Our school’s improvement has been remarkable! A few students have plastic bottles or soda cans each day at lunch. Before the system, we were devastated to find tin foil, napkins, plastic bags and

utensils in the bottle bin. Now because of the new system, the posters we made really stand out and everything goes in the right bins. Students of Memorial Middle School are very wise and now know the basics of recycling. We would like to advise all readers that doing one little thing CAN make a big difference! Cali Dills & Hayley McIntyre, Memorial School

Pride in the track team

On Saturday we saw dignity and class at its best. The high school boys and girls participated in the Shoreline track meet at Hillhouse in New Haven. The girls worked so hard and scored points. The boys broke five school records in several events. Will, Sam, Sheehan, Gary, Andrew, Alex, Archie, Dave, See Pride, page 20

Friday, February 12, 2010

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Politics in the Gulf Stream

Durham moving forward

bers of the upper house The legislative ses(the Senate) being apsion of the Connecticut pointed by the lower General Assembly did house. The upper house not start until early this is thus beholden to the month and so we had lower house and lacks open and free the independence. month of January. My Most striking is the wife and I decided to method of selecting the take our Labrador rehead of government, triever and visit the inthe Premier. He or she triguing island of is not elected by the votBermuda, which is loers but selected by the cated only an hour and a half by air from JFK State Senator Ed Meyer MPs of the majority party. The Premier is Airport and is situated therefore accountable in the middle of the Gulf more to the members of Stream. Winter in Parliament than to the Bermuda, while not voters and generally tropical, is moderate serves a five-year term and pleasant. Being a political wonk, I not only before a new election of MPs occurs. Readers of this column are familiar visited and toured the Bermuda Parliament but also met Members of Par- with my critiques of the Connecticut liament (MPs) and compared the leg- legislative process, but I found our islative processes of Bermuda with process preferable to much of the those of Connecticut. The Bermuda Bermuda parliamentary system. I parliamentary system is vastly differ- have invited the leadership of the ent from our system. First, there is a Bermuda Parliament to come to Conmerger of the legislative and executive necticut to meet with our government branches, many MPs being not only and business leaders and start a dialegislators but also cabinet ministers. I logue on how we could improve both did not think that this merger of the our systems and our respective two branches was particularly effec- economies as well. If this meeting tive because the ministers of the vari- takes place, I will publicize it so that all ous bureaus often lacked expertise in interested persons will have the opportunity to attend. the work of their departments. The Bermuda Parliament aside, we The Bermuda Parliament consists of two houses, the members of the low- enjoyed the tennis courts, golf courses, er house being elected, but the mem- pink beaches and warm waters!

The town of three budget years, Durham has been eliminated a five-year tightening its proverbacklog of curb rebial belt for several placements and impleyears. In fact, our taxmented an in-service es have been frozen for training program and three years. As we bestreet sign replacegin FY10-11 budget ment program. The preparation, we are building official has challenged once again assumed the role of fato hold the line. I am cilities manager, and encouraged that most we are well underway budgets have come in in creating a comprethe same or under last hensive plan to mainLaura Francis, Durham year. However, the intain our town propercreases that we face in ties. Our assistant some areas such as health director has health care are signifiprovided greater accant. We pledge to do cess to flu vaccines by our best and welcome enhancing our partany input from the nership with our republic. gional health organizations. The liThat being said, I am proud to an- brary continues with an ever-increasnounce that even though we have ing utilization rate and many proasked our boards, commissions and grams were enhanced by their latest town departments to cut back, we still renovation of the front desk and comhave managed to make progress and puter area. continue to move forward. Due to the Our volunteer elected and appointenthusiasm, talent and ingenuity of ed boards are also moving forward, our employees and volunteers, we are some with no town budget. The Ethics meeting our responsibilities and actu- Commission succeeded in passing the ally creating new initiatives and pro- very first Code of Ethics for town offigrams. cials. The Agriculture Commission is Here is a list of some of our accom- well on its way to creating an inventoplishments. The recreation depart- ry of agricultural assets of the town. ment has added new programs for The Conservation Commission was youth and adults, including some cele- an active participant in saving anothbratory contests among town hall em- er farm from development by helping ployees. The finance department has secure a conservation easement with added a purchase order system that the Ct. Farmland Trust and organized will be fully operational for the next several work parties to clean up fiscal year. The land record manage- White’s Farm. The Clean Energy Task ment software has been upgraded in Force has created a draft comprehenthe town clerk’s office, which will po- sive energy plan for the town. We will sition us well for online searches and soon complete the phase I design of a transactions in the future. The chiefs new emergency services complex renof fire, EMS and emergency manage- ovation led by a very talented renovament have all recruited new members tion committee. There is not enough space for me to and increased services to include an emergency notification system, ani- list all of the good work being done, mal response team, equipment up- and I apologize for leaving anything grades and replacements. Our ambu- out. My intention was to illustrate lance corps celebrated another year that it is possible to be fiscally conserthat they did not have to pass a call vative and progressive at the same time. They are not mutually excludue to lack of personnel. The Public Works Department has sive premises. I ask for your continalso made significant progress in sev- ued support and input, which is critieral areas. They have averaged four cal to keeping the town of Durham in major road projects in each of the past forward motion!

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Not such a fan of Avatar

between two worlds. With Titanic sinkDr. Tanya Feke A story about ing box office records morality, about the in 1997, James essence of our humanCameron seems poised ity, should be engagfor world domination ing, thought-provok(aka $$$) with his lating, even awe-inspirest film, Avatar. Contrary to his win for Best Picture at the ing. Avatar only proves to be a letGolden Globe Awards, I hope he down with a shoddy script and lines so strikes out on Oscar night. Not that I predictable you can quote them before bear hard feelings against the “king of they are even spoken. It is no wonder the world ” for what many have called that despite nine Oscar nominations, a technical masterpiece, but without it did not earn one for screenplay. Apthe visual effects, Avatar is nothing parently, superficiality proves acceptmore than an in-your-face morality able for Saturday morning cartoons but not for a movie that claims to be tale without imagination. It’s not as if we haven’t dealt with the revival of the film industry. Originality aside, why not experiblue people before. Do you remember the Smurfs? (Fans should know there ence the film for its true machinations will be a live-action 3D movie released – the visual effects? I took myself to in July 2011!) Gargamel was an evil the nearest IMAX 3D cinema, expectwizard who weasled, manipulated and ing at worst to be impressed, at best to even used brute force to take what he be ruined for all movies to come. The wanted from those cute little Smurfs effects drew me into the scene with with pug tails sticking out from white enough panache to keep me interestpants. The only difference is that ed. Some moments were more obviSmurfs are smaller than humans ous than others, but for the most whereas the Na’vi (Avatar species part, I felt as if I was in the midst of from planet Pandora) are lanky giants. the action, even if Pandora looked Their blue faces are merely a conSee Avatar, page 26 trivance to show the power struggle

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Web update It was very interesting to see the results of this week’s poll, which asked: “Are you a member of a social networking site?” We then listed the most popular ones, including MySpace, Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook as well as offering the choice “more than one but not all” and “no” as in not a member of any social metworking group. Surprisingly, 50 percent of the 18 respondents said “no” while 28 percent belong to Facebook and 22 percent to “more than one, but not all” of the listed sites. What makes this result especially surpring is that we have way over 300 friends in the Town Time’s Facebook account. Go figure!

Happy Valentine’s Day from Town Times


Friday, February 12, 2010

Celebrating Valentine’s Day in the 21st century By Stephanie Wilcox Town Times

The first mail-posted valentine on record was sent in England in 1806 from a sailor to his wife, telling his love he was headed home from service. Records show Americans probably began exchanging handmade valentines in the early 1700s, and by the mid1800s, Massachusetts native Esther Howland was selling the nation’s first mass-produced valentine cards. Today, exchanging valentine cards is the number one way households participate in the holiday, outranking chocolate, flowers, jewelry and date night, according to U.S. Census facts. There are 180 million Valentine’s Day cards exchanged each year in the U.S., but things are done a little different than they were 200 years ago. After all, this is

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“What does love mean to you?” Collected by Karen “Freelance” Kean

Kevin Boyle: “Always being there for your loved one.”

Erika Russ: “When people care about each other.”

Alycia Tirado: “When people like each other.”

Jerry Russ: “16 years of blissful marriage.”

Chloe Pederson: “My parents”

Kelly Brennan: “Family”

George Eames: “Love can be many things.”

Jennifer Penney: “My family”

Amy Boyle, left: “Love means two people who care about each other and spend the rest of their life together.”

Steve Anastasio: “Being true to yourself and true to others.”

Ryan Donecker: “Sacrificing part of you to be a part of someone else.”



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Middlefield Town Briefs

Friday, February 12, 2010

Snowflake BBQ at Senior Center

The Middlefield Senior Center annual snowflake BBQ will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 23, at noon. Beat the winter doldrums with a hot lunch of burgers on the grill. Following lunch, warm up with a bingo game with prizes or games of setback. The cost is $2 per person. Please bring a side dish of salad or veggie to share (no desserts, chips or soda please). The dish should feed eight people. Wadsworth Glen Health Care has generously agreed to make a sheet cake. Call Antoinette Astle at 860-349-7121 by Tuesday, Feb. 16, to sign up and let her know what you are bringing. (Snow date is Thursday, Feb. 25.)

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of a walking trail. Attorney John Corona went over the basics of the site and noted that the Planning and Zoning Commission has granted approval for re-zoning of the property. Should IWA look favorably on this application, another application will be presented to P&Z to attain site plan approval. Most of the site is open lawn space, and the property is currently serviced by one existing well and public sewer, and there is no drainage system. The proposal includes a reserve well location. The existing pump will be eliminated, and discussions are under way to design a system that will tie into the current lines on King Road. It was also noted that infiltrator units for roof leaders have been designed for 18 of the houses to handle runoff and discharge; the other units will collect roof leaders into drainage swales due to proximity. All 39 current buildings on

Middlefield Government Calendar (Unless otherwise indicated, all meetings are held in the Community Center.) Tuesday, February 16 7 p.m. — Public hearing on Powder Ridge sale proposal at Memorial School 7 p.m. — Conservation Commission Wednesday, February 17 7 p.m. — Inland Wetlands and Watercourses Agency 7 p.m. — Joint meeting of Durham and Middlefield boards of finance and selectmen at Durham Town Hall. Thursday, February 18 7 p.m. — Board of Finance 7 p.m. — DMIAAB Monday, February 22 7 p.m. — Freedom of Information workshop for all board and commission members and the public Tuesday, February 23 7 p.m. — Zoning Board of Appeals Wednesday, February 24 7:30 p.m. — Board of Education at Memorial School site, as well as the old house at the front of the property, will be demolished. Ownership will either be a planned com-

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miniums, meaning homeowners would own the unit but not the land itself, which would be owned by the association or the co-owners. Professional grounds maintenance will be provided. Commissioners learned each unit will have two bedrooms with a parking space and a one or two-car garage. Access will be through Powder Hill Road. Work on the site should take place in the winter months while the water level is low and will be done using small equipment. Lengthy conversations en1147327


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sued about wetland impacts. One impact is the paver trail that crosses a wetland boundary, the other will be along the edge of the lake in the beach area. The proposed beach area is approximately 190 x 35 feet with eight to 12 inches of sand tapering off at a 10-12-foot water depth. There was also discussion of alternatives, and comments about the strong effort to design the site with low impact techniques. Corona noted the goal of the evening was to provide only an overview to generate questions for the applicants’ next presentation. The public hearing on the matter will be continued at the next regular meeting. Public session Tom Rogers explained that he found a glitch pertaining to the property at 1 Lorraine Terrace. According to him, the state has an easement agreement along Route 66, and in 2006, IWA granted the property owners permission to fill it, encroaching on the state easement. He feels the commission acted in good faith, but did not realize there was an easement. Rogers then said he called the police one Sunday after noticing someone cutting



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was proposed construction of house, well, septic system and driveway on Stowe Street and Jackson Hill for Mark Gribko within 100 feet of a wetland. No adverse impacts from the proposed house were identified; however, the opportunity to enhance the value of that area with a conservation easement and the eradication of reed canary grass and invasive shrubs was noted. The application was approved. There was a discussion on a violation by Jim Malcolm for filling within 100 feet of a wetland review area and filling of wetlands at 369 Baileyville Rd. This was followed by a proposal by Randy Bernotas to repair a seawall within the lake bed at 257 Baileyville Rd. Commission members discussed the need to involve the state DEP, but it was noted the DEP wants control over the dam but not landscaping issues. The commission approved the application. Election of Officers Darin Overton was elected chairman, Marianne Corona vice chairman and Daria VanderVeer as secretary. (From minutes/Stephanie Wilcox)

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trees within five feet of a stream on the Lorraine Terrace property and wanted the commission to look into the activity. This led to a discussion on liability and safety of cutting trees as Marianne Corona noted the Wetlands Enforcement Officer granted permission to the owner to remove specific trees due to safety issues. Rogers noted that the safety issues came after he was found cutting the trees. The project was discussed later in the meeting when Darin Overton said he reviewed the proposal and determined there was a lot of activity but none within the wetlands. When asked if he opposed, the applicant said he encouraged a public hearing to put to rest concerns over the project. Issues brought up were fill on the property, which Mr. Crescimano said was done prior to his ownership, except gravel in the parking lot. There was also concern over the eastern box turtle which is known to live in the area. Crescimano said Rogers’ family had previously owned the land, and any time he has tried to do anything with the property, Rogers has had strong disagreements with it. Before the application was approved, commission members expressed their desire to see the stream on the property — which was filled with tires — cleaned up. The next item discussed

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meeting. The second and third public hearings discussed together a request from the town of Middlefield for a variance to allow an interior lot to be located to the rear of another interior lot at 99 Powder Hill Road; and a request from the town for a variance of 250 feet for the access strip. The lot being discussed is referred to as the field in front of the Nerden Camp. Colegrove, the advocate for the application, explained that Powder Ridge is approximately 250 acres owned by the town. It consists of six separate parcels. Referring to a map, Colegrove showed that one area would become town property surrounding the ski area and another area would create an interior lot with an access strip on Powder Hill Road, which would be the major part of the ski area. According to Colegrove, Nerden Camp has issues with access and they would like to have an easement that allows them to come back out the ski area driveway. They would also like to put ball fields on the town property and would give the town the entire back 40 feet of their property in return. Based on topography and slope to the wetlands, it is not useable for them. The town would gain two-thirds of the camp’s property, which would be added to town open space. Upon closing the public hearing, commissioners agreed they were more concerned with how to grant a variance than whether to grant one. It was suggested they have a special meeting on Feb. 1 on the application. Subsequently, on Feb. 1, the ZBA unanimously granted the requested variance to the town for 99 Powder Hill Road because this will reduce the current nonconformity of the property and “public health, safety, convenience, welfare and property values” would be preserved and enhanced by the granting of the variance. Going back to the first public hearing on Feb. 26, it concerned a request by Michael Cyganik for a 33-foot front yard variance to replace an existing shed roof with a peaked roof at 253 Main Street. To clarify, attorney Joan Molloy informed the board that the application was for a vertical expansion,

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Durham Town Briefs

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2011 budget at the conclusion of the meeting, the selectmen voted to include in the budget the proposal for an activity center for senior citizens at Carolyn Adams Barn on Main Street. While it will need to be approved by the Board of Finance, Francis feels it is the best way to go. The activity center would be located where the temporary town offices were located several years ago, on the second floor. Proclamation, appointments and resignation On the agenda was the approval of a proclamation for the 100th anniversary of Scouting to be presented at a dinner this weekend, and the appointment of Pam Carey to the Recreation Committee and Sherri Slight to the Senior Board, all of which were approved. The board accepted the resignation of Marge Stahl from the Ethics Committee, and briefly discussed minority party representation. According to selectmen John Szewczyk, the town has many people in other parties, and the way the Ethics Commission stands, it unfairly leaves out those in other parties. Francis will have Bob Fulton, chairman, look into this. Community Block Grant Prior to the selectmen’s meeting, a public hearing was held on the 2010 Community

Block Grant Program Application. After describing the grant program, which provides zero interest loans for community development activities such as home renovations, to the seven residents in attendance, Francis introduced consultant Larry Wagner from L. Wagner and Associates who helped answer questions about eligibility, acceptable renovations and the application itself. The town is anxious to receive letters from interested residents as they must be able to substantiate that there is interest from at least 12 to 15 residents. So far there are only two letters, and the deadline for letters is May. For more information on the program, see details on page 26 or call Town Hall at 860-349-3625 or 860-3493153 or Larry Wagner at 203573-1188, ext. 211. During the following meeting, the board approved an authorizing resolution granting Francis permission to make an application to the state for $300,000 to undertake and carryout a Small Cities Community Development Program and to execute an Assistance Agreement. Public Works facility and CRHS building project In old business Francis said the site walk at the town garage went well and was informative, especially considering it took place during a day it snowed and, according to her, the Board of Finance was able

to see how the town crew operate under the conditions. The town engineer has done a preliminary report for a storm water runoff permit, but Francis said there are issues, especially with space, but also money. It would cost $50,000 to $100,000 to clear out half an acre of property for the detention area. The alternate is to explore other properties in town that could potentially serve as a Public Works facility, but Francis and others would like to see this site work. In fact, neighbors have been very cooperative, she said. Francis announced that she met with Superintendent Susan Viccaro, who is hopeful that an agreement can be reached on the building projects at the Coginchaug campus and the appeal hopefully will be dropped in the next few days. The joint meeting with the boards of finance and selectmen of both towns is set for Wednesday, Feb. 17, at 7 p.m. in the Durham Town Hall.


Durham Government Calendar (All meetings will be held at the Durham Library unless otherwise noted. Check the town Web page at for agendas and last-minute changes.) Tuesday, February 16 6:30 p.m. — Board of Finance at Town Hall Wednesday, February 17 7 p.m. — Joint meeting of Durham and Middlefield boards of finance and selectmen at Durham Town Hall. 7:30 p.m. — Planning and Zoning Commission Thursday, February 18 7 p.m. — Compensation Review/Personnel Policy Commission at Town Hall 7 p.m. — DMIAAB at Middlefield Community Center 7 p.m. — Durham Animal Response Team Monday, February 22 7 p.m. — Board of Selectmen at Town Hall 7 p.m. — Freedom of Information for all board and commission members as well as members of the public at Middlefield Community Center Tuesday, February 23 7 p.m. — Ethics Commission Wednesday, February 24 7:30 p.m. — Board of Education at Memorial School

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Realty should be allowed to add a fuel tank and the outside storage of equipment to its 10 Mountain Road location. Although the commission discussed putting various safety requirements on the fuel tank, their conversation focused on how well the site fits in with nearby residents. According to Dick Eriksen, there was increased “industrial creep” in places such as

the Design Development District, which he described as looking more like the Heavy Industrial Zone. He went on to say that he was unhappy with how Greenland Realty’s current site plan has been interpreted. One item that Mike Geremia pointed out is that the design district development must be compatible with the area. As far as members such as Dave Foley were concerned, this site is “not compatible with abutting property owners” and that to

expand the use would be “a mistake.” While commissioners had little to say in support of the application, town planner Geoff Colegrove noted that there are other sites in the Design Development District that have fuel tanks and outside storage. The only reason Greenland lacks these accommodations are because they weren’t noted in the original site plan. Colegrove added that the commission could require additional buffering to

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obscure the property from its neighbors and require the buffering to go in before Greenland Realty goes forward with any other site improvements. Another point that Colegrove brought up in favor of the site changes was that a fuel tank may cut down on the intensity of the site’s use by reducing the number of trips trucks need to take off-site to refuel. Dave Foley disagreed, stating that there would be increased intensity due to the

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greater number of vehicles kept on site. Although commissioners put a few conditions on the application, they ultimately unanimously turned the application down. Other Business Colegrove informed the commission that there have been a “blizzard” of on-street signs along Main Street and that he’ll have the assistant ZEO go door to door with a copy of sign regulations for business owners rather than issuing violation notices. There was also a letter from the Durham Fair Association disputing that there are any violations on the fairgrounds. Chairman George Eames remarked that while storage is allowed on the site, at least one business has vehicles leaving in the morning and returning in the afternoon on a regular basis. Eriksen remarked that there’s a difference between storage and a garage. Colegrove also suggested that the commission look into the home occupation regulations, as many home businesses have no signs or outside activity. He pointed out that towns such as Portland have

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“To help other people at all times” The scouts of Troop 27 carried out this one key point in the Boy Scout motto on Sunday, Jan. 24. While most people were watching the AFC and NFC championship games, the scouts volunteered to set up and help with the community dinner at the Church of the Epiphany on Main Street in Durham. Lori Tausta and leaders of Troop 27 supervised the event. Created to help the needy in Durham and Middlefield, the community dinner is free for all people of our towns to get together and have a nice time. The food, supplied by donations and attendees, was served buffet style and was enjoyable for all. The food went quickly as the diners dug in, and all participants left satisfied after a hearty meal of various salads, pastas, meats and desserts. With over 40 in attendance, the dinner was a huge success. Created in March of 2009, the community dinner was started by the Church of the Epiphany, and was later joined by Notre Dame Church of Durham. The dinner, which has been a success since it was started, has been an opportunity for the people in Durham and Middlefield to come together and help those who do not have enough basic goods to support themselves in these harsh times. If you are interested in helping those in our community, come participate at the next community supper on Feb. 28.

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Students in Ms. Berndt’s first and second grade class at John Lyman School performed a snow poem accompanied by rhythm instruments for each short vowel sound. Student actors dramatized the snow scene action. Seated, Drew Morris, Andrew Sacco, Carolyn Cumello, Jorn Layman and standing is Rhea Patel. Below, Ellie Domian.

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Report from HELO in Haiti Friends, What an amazing weekend in Haiti! Not only did Go Ministries provide HELO with a flight to les Cayes, they opened their warehouse and allowed us to “shop” to fill the plane to capacity. What joy, what a blessing to go from pile to pile, choosing antibiotics, IV fluids, pedialyte, baby formula, MORE TENTS, 125 pound bags of rice and 90 pound bags of beans, and other food items….we filled the plane to capacity and arrived in les Cayes with approximate 2,000 lbs of relief supplies, which we sorted well into the night for the clinic set up in the “tent city,” the hospital, HELO orphanage and an orphanage in Leogane.

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Friday, February 12, 2010


Simon and Yeater to wed

Girl Scouts out & about Daisy Troop 67798 visited Shepaug Dam on Jan. 31 to observe bald eagles in Southbury. All the children and adults viewed several eagles that day. The troop included back row, from left, Claire DeFlora, Ariana Velez, Sara O’Malley, Lael Amendola, Elyse Boothroyd and Cari Hill; front row, from left, Ava Meliso, Dana Boothroyd, Kelly Boothroyd, Julia Dattilo and Lexi Statton. Photo by Cindy Statton Girl Scout Cadette Troop 62890 baked Christmas cookies for the residents of Sugarloaf. From left are Taylor Smith, Morgan Cahill, Mary D’Orvilliers, Danielle Drop and Emily Tuttle. They plan to have a Mexican fiesta for the residents in March. Photo by S. D’Orvilliers

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Sandy and Allan Simon, of Middlefield, announce the engagement of their daughter Shannon Simon, of Hendersonville, TN, to Brad Yeater, also of Hendersonville. Shannon is a 2004 graduate of Coginchaug High School, and graduated from Marist College in 2008 with a BA in communications. She is currently employed by Big River Restaurant and The Ryman. The groom-to-be is the son of Debbie and the late Henry Yeater, and currently a merchandise manager for recording artist Justin Moore, employed by Richards and

Southern. The couple’s first date was a dinner that Brad cooked at his mother’s house. He repeated this date in November of 2009, but ended it with a proposal and a ring. The couple are planning a spring wedding in Nashville.

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Margaret (Quinn) “Peg” Yeomans

Margaret (Quinn) “Peg” Yeomans, 71, long-time resident of Durham and recently of Wolfeboro, N.H., passed away on Friday, Feb. 5, 2010 in New Hampshire. She was a 10-plus-year breast cancer survivor and lived with diabetes. Peg loved to travel, especially to Cape Cod, South Carolina and Florida, and also made a wonderful trip to Ireland. She was a fan of her grandchildren’s baseball, softball, soccer, cross-country and swimming. She had a long career in banking and eventually retired from Aetna. She was a huge fan of the New York Yankees and Derek Jeter, along with Tom Jones and Frank Sinatra, and leaves many family and


friends saddened by her sudden passing. Peg is survived by her best friend and fiancé, Robert Nebor of Wolfeboro, with whom she spent much of her time traveling back and forth from New Hampshire to Connecticut to be with family and friends. She is also survived by two sisters, Helen Q. Rollins of Greenville, N.C., and Kathleen Skinner of West Haven; two sons, Jack Yeomans and his wife, Lori, of Durham and Bill Yeomans of Middlefield; three daughters, Debbie Annino and her husband, Donald, of East Haddam, Peg Lee and her husband, Robert, of Plainville and Kim Clifford and Mark DeSimone of Conway, S.C.; eight loving grandchildren, Jill Agnew of Carroll, Md., Amy Slater of Rocky Hill, Lindsey, Kelsey and Christine Yeomans of Durham, Cody Annino of East Had-

dam, Edwin Lee of Plainville and Andrew Gentile of Middlefield; and many nieces, nephews and godchildren. Peg was predeceased by her long-time husband, Harold W. Yeomans Jr.; her loving parents, John and Margaret (York) Quinn; two brothers, Brigadier Gen. John T. Quinn and James J. Quinn; and two sisters, Elizabeth Q. Rivard and Mary Q. Suraci. Burial will be at the convenience of the family in Mica Hill Cemetery in Durham. In lieu of flowers, friends may make donations in Peg’s memory to the American Diabetes Association, 306 Industrial Park Road, Suite 105, Middletown, CT 06457 or the American Heart Association, 5 Brookside Drive, Wallingford, CT 06492. Messages of condolence may be sent to the family at

Celebrate the special joy of Shabbat every third Friday evening, next on Feb. 19, at Congregation Adath Israel. Instead of the normal 7 p.m. start, these special services will begin at 5:30 p.m. making them family-friendly. Services will be followed by a traditional Shabbat meal at 6:15 p.m., with warm conversation and song led by Rabbi Seth Haaz. The evening is free of charge and open to the public. Please notify the synagogue office at 860-346-4709 or by email at by Jan. 11 if you plan to attend dinner or would like to contribute toward the cost of the meal.

A feast for the senses and an auction In its fifth anniversary year, Wesleyan University’s Green Street Arts Center will hold A Feast for the Senses, a benefit event reflecting the unique makeup of Green Street and featuring the talents of its teachers. The evening will feature live performances including jazz, rock and Balinese dance; a salsa dance lesson; food from India, Latin America and the Middle East; professional

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A Feast for the Senses will take place on Thursday, Feb. 18, from 6 to 9 p.m. (snow date Feb 19) at Green Street Arts Center, 51 Green St. in Middletown. The cost is $50 per person. For more information and tickets, call 860-685-7871 or send an email to

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The Middlefield Federated Church book group met recently to discuss Same Kind of Different as Me by Ron Hall and Denver Moore. This book was about a homeless man who finds compassion and friendship at a mission soup kitchen. The stories of their lives are told chapter by chapter, first in the voice of Ron Hall and then of Denver Moore, a sometimes sad, often funny story of two men who become “family.” The next book is Jesus by Deepak Chopra. The group meets at the Middlefield Federated Church to discuss this book on Monday, March 1, at 7 p.m. Everyone is invited to attend.

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Friday, February 12, 2010


Coginchaug track athletes prove they are champions By Susan Michael Special to the Town Times

spectively. Frey closed out the field events with a long jump of 18’06.50”, earning sixth place. It should be noted that the 4x400 relay team put in a stellar performance. Frey, Sananenko, Gucwa and Michael ran an

amazing race and came across the finish line first. But due to a fault that occurred unintentionally during the excitement of the race, the

relay team was disqualified. This cost the team 10 points. The fault was not unsportsmanlike conduct or anything that impacted the fair completion of the race. Coach Roberts filed an appeal, but it was ignored by the officials. Everyone at this From left, Emily Spence, Jennie meet would agree Ochterski and Rebecca Weir the Coginchaug boys were athletically the place. Also scoring for the best team there. Old Say- girls were the 4x400 relay brook may have gotten first team of Taylor Maus, Carleen by default, but our boys put Doyle, Lauren Giannini and in their best performances Hannah Goulis, who ran across the field in each event. 4:43.37 and earned fourth. The In the end, Old Saybrook 4x200 relay of Monica Malek, came in first with 89 and Meg Fairchild, Emily Spence Coginchaug second with 87. and Rebecca Weir received The Coginchaug girls sixth place medals with earned 10th place at the 2:03.78. Shoreline Conference meet. Support the athletes who Scoring the first medal of the qualified for the state Class S day for the girls was Jennie championship Saturday, Feb. Ochterski, who threw the 13, at 4 p.m. at New Haven shot put 25’09.00” for sixth Sports Complex.

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The Coginchaug boys’ and girls’ indoor track teams represented their communities in style on Saturday, Feb. 6, at Shoreline Conference Championships. The boys’ team broke five Coginchaug records in the process. The meet got off to a fast start with the 4x800 relay of Tyler Doherty, Jeff Ducki, Connor Grady and Andrew Guckwa coming in fifth place with a time of 9:15.76. Sheehan Michael broke the school record in the 55m hurdles for the third time this year with a sprint of 7.82, earning second place to Rodrigo Souza of Old Saybrook, who broke the meet record and has the best time in the nation currently. Ian Kopcik earned sixth place in the 55 hurdles with a time of 8.59. Paul Benjunas sped through the 55-meter dash in 6.90 seconds, earning third place. Coginchaug dominated the 1000-meter run with Alex Morin earning second with a time of 2.39.82 and Archie Doyle earning sixth with 2:48.70. Morin’s time in the 1000 earned him the new school record. Garri Sagananko earned fourth place in the 600-meter run with a time of 1:29.09. Sagananko’s time also broke a school record. Morin earned second in the 1600-meter with a time of 4:40.36. The 1600-meter sprint medley relay team of Greg Smith, Benjunas, Saganenko and Doyle earned third place with a time of 3:53.43. The medley relay team broke the school record by over three seconds. Michael broke the school record for the 300-meter run with a time of 36.79, earning third place. Alex Morin finished his third distance event of the meet with a stellar photo finishing an extremely exciting race against Jason Funaro of H-K. Both boys came in with a time of 10:13.68. Meet judges studied the finish photo for quite a while and ended up giving first place to Funaro and second to Morin, but the split was not more than a hair. The 4x200-relay team of Smith, Yuri Morin, Flannery and Benjunas earned second

place honors with their 1:40.30 finish. The boys also scored high marks in the field events. Dan W h e e l e r earned AllConference first team honors with his first place shot put throw of 44’05.50”. Dylan Pederson earned seventh place and made it into the top flight for the shot put. At the Shoreline Will Conroy Championship. and Sam Frey Above, Sam Frey tied their perpole vaulting. At sonal records of right junior David pole vault of 11’06.00”. Their Wheeler earned a heights earned gold medal in third and shot put. fourth place re-

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Coginchaug girls defeat Cromwell and Hyde but lose to Portland By Alan Pease Special to the Town Times Cromwell On Monday, Feb. 1, the Coginchaug girls hosted the Panthers of Cromwell in a Shoreline Conference game. The Devils got off to a solid start, leading 10–7 after the first, largely on the strength of some nice inside work and six points from Taylor Edinger. Lauren Esposito and Audrey Biesak each had two points in the period. The second period almost proved to be the Devils’ downfall, as they were outscored 15–8, primarily due to eight turnovers in the period. Only Biesak could break the lid on the basket, as she dropped in two from inside the arc and one from beyond the arc for seven points to at least keep things close. Edinger hit a single free throw, so the Devils went in at the half trailing 30–26.

Coginchaug really ramped up the defense in the third period. After allowing a single free throw in the opening seconds, it was six minutes into the period before the Panthers would score again, and that basket would prove to be their only score from the field during the period. Coginchaug wasn’t exactly pouring the points in either, but Samantha Mancinelli converted an old-fashioned threepoint play off of an Erica Jones assist. A bit later, Mancinelli stole the ball and got it to Elizabeth Meiman for the basket that tied the game at 23-all. After some misses by both teams, Mancinelli again stole the ball and converted on the lay-up to give the Devils their first lead since early in the second quarter. The Panthers quickly came back to tie again at 25, but Mancinelli again initiated the play that put the Devils up for good, as she fed the ball to Lauren Esposito, who made

the basket that gave the home team the lead. Cromwell hit a single free throw to cut the lead to one point, but Cassidie Cade answered that with a single successful charity try. Audrey Biesak finished the period in style, as she drove the hoop from the right – in traffic – then converted on the reverse lay-in from the left side as time expired to give Coginchaug a 30–26 lead entering the final period. In that final period, several times Cromwell crawled back to within two points, but first Edinger, then Esposito with key baskets, then Mancinelli with two conversions from the charity stripe extended the lead back to four points. Over the final two minutes of the game, the Devils hit just enough of their free throws (seven out of 12 – Cade making four of six) to ice the win, and make the final score 49–42. Biesak led Coginchaug with 12 points, and added

three rebounds and a steal. Mancinelli and Edinger each scored 11 points, with Mancinelli leading the team in both assists and rebounds with eight, along with three steals, and Edinger adding four rebounds, three steals and an assist. Cade scored seven points and added four rebounds and an assist. Esposito scored six points and contributed three rebounds and an assist. Meiman grabbed four rebounds and scored two points, Erica Jones had two rebounds and two assists, and Amanda Boyle had two rebounds and one assist. Andrea Braga also played. Portland On Thursday, Feb. 4, the Coginchaug girls traveled to Portland to play the Highlanders, the only team to win on the Devils’ home floor this season. Unfortunately, this was a predictor for the outcome of this game, as Coginchaug was outscored in every

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period, ultimately falling to the Highlanders by a 70–53 score. According to Coach Tony Calcagni, this was a game with no flow, as Portland was 35 for 46 from the charity stripe, while Coginchaug was 20 for 30. That means that exactly half of Portland’s points came on free throws. Kelly Coleman of Portland, who scored a total of 31 points, was 20 of 26, and Lindsay Dionne (21 points) was 11 of 13. Four players fouled out for the blue Devils. The foul troubles started early for Coginchaug, which made them somewhat tentative, but despite working hard for the entire game, things did not go the Devils’ way. They trailed 10–5 after one, 29–20 at the half, 49–35 at the end of three, and the final score was 70–53. Audrey Biesak scored 22 points, Lauren Esposito had 16, Samantha Mancinelli scored nine points and Liz Meiman, Cassidie Cade and Taylor Edinger each scored two points. Coginchaug is 14–3 overall, 12–2 in conference, tied with Morgan for first place in the Shoreline Conference. Hyde On Monday, Feb. 8, the Coginchaug girls visited the Howling Wolves of Hyde, and controlled the game throughout in a 71–48 win. Audrey Biesak led the Devils with 22 points, while Lauren Esposito scored 13, Taylor Edinger rang up 11 and Cassidie Cade rounded out the double digit scoring with 10 points. Amanda Boyle and Cade made significant contributions on defense, while Hannah Elliot and Andrea Braga played well in a reserve role. On Monday, Feb. 15, Coginchaug plays their final regular season game at home against North Branford. Senior captains Erica Jones, Liz Meiman and Taylor Edinger will be honored before the game, along with Nicole Demoranville. Come on down to Coginchaug to help the seniors and the rest of the team celebrate their tremendous success this season. Be there around 7 p.m. to make sure you don’t miss the pre-game ceremony.

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Devils dominate Rams and hang on at Morgan At the mid-point of the third period, the Devils were on top by 16, with a 49–33 score, with Hewitt and Ryan scoring four points, Tiedemann picking up three points and Markowski scoring two points. Over the remainder of the period, the Huskies knocked down two 2s and two treys answered by a Tiedemann-assisted basket by Wasyl. This resulted in the lead being cut to eight at 51-43, setting the stage for an entertaining, but tense final period.


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and the next to Hewitt (after a Tiedemann steal) to make the cushion seven points at 59–52. The Huskies scored from beyond the arc to cut it back to four, but a Hewitt steal led to a Wasyl-assisted bucket by Tiedemann which proved to be the final basket from the field for the Devils. Tiedemann hit one-of-two from the line to make it a seven-point game, but Morgan again cut it to three with back to back buckets, then to two at 63–61 with a basket after a free throw hit by Wasyl. Despite twice missing the front end of one-and-one situations, the Devils were able to hit just enough from the charity stripe, going five-of-six (after the one and one misses) in the final minute, with Ryan hitting three-of-four, and Wasyl hitting two-of-two, to preserve the 68–62 road victory. Ryan was leading scorer 1147276

The fourth period started miserably for the Devils, as they missed a couple of shots and had a key turnover, while the Huskies scored seven straight to make it a one point game at 51–50, with Coginchaug still on top. After a time out by Coach Salva, they worked the ball inside to Hewitt, who connected twice in half a minute, the first assisted by Ryan and the second by Tiedemann, to make it 55-50. Morgan hit on a two to bring it back to three, but Tiedemann assisted on the next two baskets, the first to Wasyl,



for the Devils with 18, and added two rebounds and an assist. Tiedemann had a wellrounded stat line with 16 points, six assists, five rebounds, three steals and a block. Hewitt also scored 16, and was the leading rebounder with 10 for the double-double. Hewitt also had three steals. Wasyl scored 13 points and had a complete stat line with seven assists, two rebounds, a steal and a blocked shot. Andrew Markoski scored five points and also had three assists, two steals and two rebounds.

Off the bench, Ed Ruddy had an assist, and EJ Luther and Ethan Donecker each had a rebound.

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Old Saybrook On Tuesday, Feb. 2, the Coginchaug boys hosted the Rams of Old Saybrook. The Devils started out slowly, scoring only two shots by Eric Hewitt from the free throw line in the first three minutes. Despite that, they led wire to wire, increasing the lead in every period. Only in the fourth period did the Devils’ defense allow more than three field goals. After one, they led 15–7, with Jeff Tiedemann scoring five points and Hewitt four. Tommy Ryan, Andrew Markoski and Erikson Wasyl each scored two. In the second period, they outscored the visitors by seven, Markoski scored five and both Tiedeman and Wasyl four. In the third, they outscored the Rams by five, 11–6, with Tiedemann and Ryan scoring four points, and Wasyl netting three, making the score entering the final period 39–29. In the fourth, Coach Salva cleared the bench, and Old Saybrook hit six baskets, including two from beyond the arc, for 14 points. Coginchaug increased their lead, with Ryan scoring six points, Wasyl three, and Tiedemann, Ed Ruddy, Ethan Donecker and Roby Graenger each scoring two for a 17–14 score in the period, and a 56–33 final score for the game. Tiedemann led the way for Coginchaug with 15 points, six rebounds, an assist and a steal. Both Ryan and Wasyl scored 12 points, Wasyl adding three rebounds, two assists and a steal, and Ryan adding two assists, a steal and a rebound. Markowski had seven points, six rebounds, four steals and three assists for a well-rounded stat line. Hewitt was the team’s leading rebounder with nine, and also had four points, three assists, a block and a steal. Off the bench, there were three players who scored two points – Ruddy, Donecker and Graenger, with Donecker adding four rebounds, an assist and a steal, and Graenger adding a rebound. EJ Luther had an assist and a steal, Jay Norton had a steal and a rebound, TJ Murphy had a re-

bound and Jake Tietlebaum had an assist. Alec Corazzini also played. At Morgan On Friday, Feb. 5, the Coginchaug boys traveled to Morgan to play the Huskies, who are right behind them in fifth place in the conference standings at 7–5, with Coginchaug in fourth place at 9–2. Add to that the fact that Morgan has always been a difficult place to play (not that there are easy places in the Shoreline Conference), and this had the makings of an interesting game. The Devils sprinted to a 22–10 lead in the first period. Tommy Ryan had eight points, Jeff Tiedemann scored seven, Andrew Markoski had three and both Eric Hewitt and Erikson Wasyl scored two. The second period was not so dominant for the Devils, but they kept the margin at 12 points, 36–24. Hewitt and Wasyl each had four points, while Tiedemann and Ryan each hit one from beyond the arc to account for the scoring.


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of the town are with respect to the referendum passed almost three years ago authorizing the town to bond up to $2.85 million for Powder Ridge. That bond has never been fi-

nalized pending negotiations with first Robert Switzgable of Ski Sundown and then Dan Frank, both of which have now failed. According to a weary Dave Lowry, chair of the ad hoc committee, “We need to drop back and take a breath now.

There’s a Plan B out there, but I don’t know what it is.” Lowry recommends going ahead with the bonding to take advantage of favorable interest rates and using the state grant to improve the property (new electrical service, perhaps taking down one

State housing rehab program qulaifications The Small Cities Community Development Block Grant provides financial assistance to rehabilitate and renovate housing units occupied by income-eligible individuals, families or investor owners. Typically, funds are offered in the form of deferred loans. Deferred loans are 0 percent interest loans that do not require payment until a title is transferred, the property owner has died, or the subject property is no longer the applicant’s pri-

Mfld. ZBA (From page 21) not a footprint expansion. The location of the septic tank — currently located on the Brayshaw lot —was brought up. According to Geoff Colegrove, septics are required to be located to the rear of the property, and thus a design to move it to the portion of the property uphill, requiring a pump system, was approved by the town sanitarian. Due to the extent of the renovations, the sanitarian is requiring that the relocation of the septic system be implemented or they would have to expand the system on Brayshaw’s property.

Avatar like an overdone rave club with its incessant glow-inthe-dark sets. Unfortunately, despite the advanced technology, I am sad to say it did little more for me than other 3D movies I have seen in theaters. (I can hear the gasps from sci-fi fans everywhere.) Though the bulk of 3D features have been cartoons until now, Avatar doesn’t pull itself apart. In fact, it falls comfortably into that animated genre with its own heavy hand in CGI. It’s not as if I am stirring up an anti-Avatar campaign. It is entertaining. For action seekers especially, this will be more than satisfying fare. Adrenaline, explosions, gunfire and mindless fun, i.e.

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Letters should indicate need for the loan and detail the interested party’s situation, i.e. an elderly person on a fixed income needs a new furnace or roof; an individual with a disability or medical condition must make repairs or alterations to stay in the home; loss of assets; loss of a secondary income; recent housing problems etc. Residents with questions can call L. Wagner & Associates, Inc. at 203-573-1188.

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EDC meeting The $500,000 state infrastructure grant available for Powder Ridge came up during the Economic Development Commission meeting on Feb. 4. As the grant must be used on town property, the commission discussed the possibility of leasing the property rather than selling it immediately, <ember Cheryl Pizzo also called attention to the Mattabeseck Bridge grant which did not get awarded after the state had promised a

The other major item that came up during the meeting was the Hubbard Street industrial property. The town has not received an estimate for what it would cost to put in sewers versus septic. The town must also stake out the wetlands on the site. Putting together the cost estimate will come to $2,000 while the wetland flagging amounts to $800. The commission approved both expenditures.

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Firestorm win over Essex

Back row, from left Coach Ted Morris, Ryan Vynalek, Trevor Morris, Jack Murphy, Justin Faiella, Griffen Murphy, Camden Stockdale and Coach Mike Grenier. Front row, Patrick Piscatelli, Owen Gonzales, Adam Doolittle, Aiden Doyle and Kyle Grenier. By Joshua Stockdale Special to the Town Times

On Feb. 7, the Durham fifth grade boys’ basketball team improved their record with a win over Essex. After three The commission will need straight losses, the 4-7 to check on whether or not Firestorm players and coachthe town owns the pump sta- es were determined to transtion that Zygo uses, while the late their hard work in praccommission also wants an tice to this critical game. With steely glares and estimate for removing trees players, the from the easement. Chair- pumped-up man Chuck Kreitler men- Firestorm took the floor with tioned that the town should the objective of nothing less get credit for the value of the than absolute victory. Using (Continued from page 9) his height and strength, Jack lumber. (Chuck Corley) Murphy took control of the you won’t have to think beboards early with an offensive (From page 16) rebound and a quick put-back cause every detail will be spoon-fed to you. My quesfor the first two points. He was tion is: Whatever happened tiers for home-run businesses followed by his brother Grifto the art of story-telling? based around the intensity of fin, who took a defensive reLooking at the other Oscar activity on the site. The com- bound the length of the court hopefuls this year, and you mission recommended that for a lay-up. Camden Stockcan’t help but see what Colegrove get the regulations dale followed suit, using his Avatar is missing. Heart. from these towns and bring speed for his own coast-toLike life, it can’t be all about them back for review. coast lay-up. Pat Piscatelli what things look like, but The final item that Cole- added two free throws, an earhow they make you feel in- grove brought up was regard- ly indication that things were side. At least the Smurfs did- ing a developer who wants to going the Firestorm’s way. n’t put on airs. They just open a golf therapy facility on On the defensive end, made me laugh, and laugh- Ozick Drive. As there’s al- Aiden Doyle and Owen Gonzaing makes me happy. ready a softball training facili- les read the minds of the Essex My rating: ty in the area, Colegrove felt players, coming up with sevTwo stethoscopes on a that the use itself should be al- eral big steals. Trevor Morris scale of five. lowed. The commission said and Ryan Vynalek dominated that the developer should be down low, both contributing put on the agenda to speak rebounds and baskets to finwith them at a later meeting. ish off the first quarter with the Firestorm up 14-6. (In attendance/Chuck Corley)

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a sad day, but we have to look forward.” Residents are therefore invited to come Tuesday, Feb. 16, to the Memorial School gym and share your ideas. The slate is as clean as the field of new outside the window.

The Firestorm continued to control the second quarter with an oppressive mid-court trap and an offensive barrage by Jack Murphy, fed by Griffen with a nifty behind-theback pass. Stockdale set a fast break pick for Griffen, taking out two Essex players and allowing a clear lane to the hoop. Justin Faiella came up big, rebounding and being in the right place at the right time on offense. Vynalek made a big block and added a field goal while Piscatelli added a mid-range jumper. The Firestorm cooled off a bit in the third quarter, but turned on the jets in the fourth with Morris taking down just about every rebound and Kyle Grenier playing relentless defense, coming up with rebounds on both ends of the court and sinking the final two shots of the game. Also coming big in the second half was Adam Doolittle, whose scrappy playing contributed rebounds, baskets and foul shots. It was a well rounded game with every Firestorm player on the board with points and rebounds. Jack Murphy turned in the first double-double of the year. Final score, Durham Fire-storm 49, Essex 27. The Firestorm will be hosting North Branford in their final game of the season Feb. 14, at 9 a.m.


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Friday, February 12, 2010

Left, girl scouts of Troop 62092 with some of the supplies they have collected to support DMYFS with supplies for HELO to aid orphaned and abandoned children in Haiti. From left, Julia Kaliszewski, Kayla Dahlmeyer, Caroline Gmyrek, Kylie Johnson and Lily King. Right, to help raise money for Haiti, Brewster School decided to sell colorful ribbons for $1 that are hung in the main hallway. The students and their families have donated $911 to date, and the goal is $1,000. Donations will continue this week. From left, Megan Mancarella, Frank Papa, Carmine Andranovich, Nina Ciarleglio and Jared Munro. Submitted photos


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