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Volume 19, Issue 17

Serving Durham, Middlefield and Rockfall

Middlefield welcomes you By N. Summer Lerch Special to the Town Times It all started as a simple suggestion. Several years ago Middlefield Lions Club members were sitting around Lion Judy Didato’s pool during their summer meeting when Lion Bob Laptik suggested looking into signage that announces the Lions Club presence, along with meeting times, similar to what other local towns have. Everyone thought it was a good idea; the discussion ensued about location for a small Lions Club logo sign with meeting times and dates. (There is actually one; it is at the corner of Route 147 and Cherry Hill Road. It is barely detectable, mostly covered by weeds and morning glories.) Incoming President N.

Summer Lerch thought it would be a good signature project. Placing the signs around town could be both an honor to the members and an opportunity for the town folk to be involved with the good works of the Lions Club. It also would be a nice gift to the residents of Middlefield/Rockfall. First Selectman Jon Brayshaw loved the idea, suggesting the club look at expanding it and incorporating a welcome sign into the design. He suggested using colors like the ones from the Community Center signage as a way to unify the town. He also thought Don Ginter would like to help, as he created the town seal. Almost immediately Lion Kevin Boyle became the goto person. His involvement in Middlefield, as someone with a great relationship

with Brayshaw and someone with a business around the construction industry, made him the committee chair for the project. Over the course of the next year and a half, the first Lions Club sign came into being. Applications were made and approvals gotten. A new fundraiser “Sprint Into Spring” 5/10 K in April was put into play by Lion Mike Skelps to help with construction costs. Board meetings were held monthly; people were contacted and letters were sent. The first sign was installed July 25 on Route 66 in front of Guidas at the turn onto Baileyville Road. There are more signs to come. The next one will be coming up from Middletown on Route 66, near CT Forest See Signs, page 13

Friday, August 3, 2012

Selectmen accept findings of Brownstone financial audit By Stephanie Wilcox Town Times The Middlefield Board of Selectmen received “sufficient evidence” that Brownstone Exploration & Discovery Park owner Sean Hayes has access to the money and a business plan to purchase Powder Ridge, said First Selectman Jon Brayshaw. In a special meeting July 25, Teresa Opalacz, a CPA with Guilmartin, DiPiro & Soklowski LLC out of Middletown, gave a report of the financial audit. Following the

report, the selectmen unanimously voted to adopt a resolution to accept the findings of the audit. “Do they have the money? The consultant said ‘yes’,” Brayshaw stated in a phone call July 26. “Do they have a business plan that seems to be viable? The answer is yes to that, too.” The selectmen held a meeting Aug. 1 to schedule a public hearing and town meeting or referendum. Go to for updates.

A good time for a good cause Grill-master Kenny Hall with his wife Lorna, and friend Willy Kramer have fun at the annual St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Fundraiser in Durham. See page 9 for the story. Submitted by Lyn Curtis

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Celebrating the installation of the “Middlefield Welcomes You” sign at the corner of Route 66 and Baileyville Road are, from left: Incoming Middlefield President Lion Jay Dalo, of Durham; New England Sign Carvers principle and designer/creator/installer of sign Steve Sutton; Past President Bob Laptik; President Mary Roberts; Town Seal creator Don Ginter; and Immediate Past President N. Summer Lerch. Submitted by N. Summer Lerch

Town Times Community Briefs


Student orientation Orientation for fifth and sixth grade students new to Regional School District 13 is scheduled for Friday, Aug. 17, at 1 p.m. in the Memorial School Media Center. The program will provide information relating to policies and procedures at Memorial School as well as give students the opportunity to get to know the school. Parents are encouraged to attend.

4-H Fair The Middlesex and New Haven County 4-H Fair is scheduled for Friday, Aug. 3, Saturday, Aug. 4, and Sunday, Aug. 5, at the fairgrounds in Durham. Hours are Friday, 5 to 10 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.; and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free. A fee is charged for parking. The fair offers a menagerie of farm animals, home arts displays and trac-

tor and animal pulls. The kids barn is open on Saturday, filled with activities such as face-painting and a magician. For some old-fashioned fair entertainment on Saturday night, Farmer Joe’s Square Dancing will be in the livestock barn. A moon bounce and other inflatables will provide entertainment, as well as archery activities, live music and more. For more information, visit

The following roads are scheduled: Stagecoach Road, Schoolhouse Lane, Coe Road, Erika Court, Buckboard Road, Howard Road, Old Farms Road, Wagon Wheel Road, Barbara Lane, Flintlock Drive, Camera Road, Shunpike Road, Chaler Road, Agerola Road, Green Lane, and Pine Ledge Terrace. For more information, call (860) 349-1816.

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Businesses in Durham are invited to participate in the third Discover Durham Business Expo, scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 11, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Commercial Building on the Durham Fairgrounds. The event, sponsored by the Economic Development Commission, will be held at the same time as the Durham Fair Foundation Tractor Cruise-in. The Discover Durham Business Expo is open to manufacturers, retailers, contractors, professionals,

The Town of Durham Public Works Department has scheduled its annual Chip Sealing project to begin Monday, Aug. 6. The chip sealing process involves the laying of oil and stone and is expected to take approximately one week. Residents are reminded to adhere to the posted 15 mile per hour speed limit on freshly sealed roads and to use alternate routes during working hours to avoid delays.

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artist, artisans, farmers and home occupations located in Durham. Participants will be charged a fee. Admission to the expo if free, but a fee is charged for parking. Rain date is Sunday, Aug. 12. Expo registration forms are available in the library and the Town Clerk’s office.

Join Durham Solarize CT Team The Town of Durham has been chosen as a pilot town for the Solarize CT program sponsored by the Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority. There will be an organizational meeting to build a local team to promote the program on Wednesday, Aug. 8, at 7 p.m. at the Durham Town Hall. The town is seeking people who are interested in solar technology and who are willing to help promote the unique opportunities the Solarize CT program will provide our residential property owners through marketing and community outreach and education. The program will kick-off toward the end of August and will continue through December. Call Beth in the selectmen’s office if you are willing to serve at (860) 349-3625 or email

Nutmeg at Night Wouldn’t it be neat to sit down at dinner or drive in the car and actually have a conversation with your child about something that doesn’t include nagging? There is a simple solution. Check out one of the 10 teen Nutmeg Books, read it alongside your teen and start talking about it. You’ll be amazed at what kind of dialogue develops. In fact, read at least three of these Nutmeg books and on Jan. 9, 2013, you can participate in Nutmeg at Night at the Durham Public library. You can create a team of four with other parents of teens and, in a jeopardy-style game, go head-to-head with your child, their friends and

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Registration forms will be available in the fall, but in the meantime, head to the local library and check out the Nutmeg titles and pick up a copy to enjoy.

For students in grades 4-6, there will be an intermediate Nutmeg at Night also on Jan. 9. Parents can read these books with their children, but instead of answering questions, parents can act as “spicelines.”

Any adults are welcome to participate in Teen Nutmeg at Night; you do not have to have a child to participate.

Blood drive

Middlefield Federated Church (402 Main St.) is holding a blood drive for the American Red Cross on Thursday, Aug. 16, from 1 to 6 p.m. Potential donors are encouraged to pre-register to ensure quick and efficient processing, but walk-ins are also taken. To sign up, call 1800-RED-CROSS (1-800-7332767) or visit and search zip code 06455 or sponsor code 322. Be sure to drink lots of water and bring your blood donor card or other form of identification.

In this issue ... Calendar ...........................4 Libraries .........................12 Schools ............................18 Scouts.....................6, 10, 15 Sports .........................20-23

Corrections We strive to bring you the most accurate information available each week, but if you see something in Town Times that isn’t quite right, give us a call at (203) 317-2448, and we’ll do our best to make things right.

Friday, August 3, 2012


Town Times

Durham P&Z discusses Main Street gas station reconstruction and spa/wellness center

The gas station and convenience store at 24 Main Street in Durham. Photo by Stephanie Wilcox

Mayn Perry, who resides directly across the site, told the commission she was pleased with the placement of the building further back from Main Street but inquired about speakers at the pumps that broadcast music/advertising. The applicant and Town Planner Geoffrey Colegrove responded to her concerns, noting that the placement of the building and pumps further back will help with noise issues. Colegrove said the commis-


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place the existing split-level building and be set back considerably beyond the existing building.

and Zoning Commission also heard from Attorney John Corona regarding an application that has been filed for a special permit for professional offices at 199 Main Street. The building, which is 4,300 square feet, is presently being outfitted for two to three businesses. The application discussed was specifically for a proposed spa/wellness center salon at the southerly end of the building on two floors. Subsequent applications would need to be made for any different proposed uses of the building. Town Planner Geoffrey Colegrove stated the building has approval for professional offices, and this application includes a different type of professional office


The Durham Planning and Zoning Commission held a public hearing July 18 to hear a request for a special permit for the reconstruction of the existing gas station and convenience store at 24 Main Street, owned by Alliance Energy Corporation. On behalf of the applicant, Russell Cyr described the proposed reconstruction of the gas station, reviewing site boundaries, the site plan and the proposed activities to demolish the existing structure. A new 2,640 square-foot one-story building would re-

sion can stipulate noise levels because of proximity to the residential neighborhood. Perry said hours of gasoline delivery also could be an issue of disturbance and that the current delivery time seems to be non-intrusive. The commission discussed gasoline delivery, signage and lighting. Colegrove stated that the Historic District ends at the property line of the Dunkin’ Donuts building, just before the gas station. The public hearing was scheduled to continue Aug. 1 at 8 p.m. Proposed professional offices During the regular meeting of July 18, the Planning

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August 3 4-H Fair The Middlesex and New Haven County 4-H Fair is scheduled for today, Saturday and Sunday, at the fairgrounds in Durham. Hours are Friday, 5 to 10 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.; and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free. A fee is charged for parking. The fair offers a menagerie of farm animals, home arts displays and tractor and animal pulls. The kids barn is open on Saturday, filled with activities such as face-painting and a magician. For some old-fashioned fair entertainment on Saturday night, Farmer Joe’s Square Dancing will be in the livestock barn. A moon bounce and other inflatables will provide entertainment, as well as archery activities, live music and more. For more information, visit Bean supper The Women’s Society for Christian Service at the United Churches of Durham will host a community bean supper tonight at 6 p.m. as a fundraising effort to support church and community. Members of the United Churches family prepare and donate the dishes. The menu includes baked beans, baked corn, mac and cheese, mac and beef in tomato sauce, salads, sliced white and brown bread, an assortment of pies, and coffee and tea. Seating is family style, and “waitresses” clear the table and keep your cup filled. You can also stop by for takeout. A fee is charged. Potato and Corn Festival The annual Potato and Corn Festival is scheduled for today, Saturday and Sunday, at Augur Farm, Route 22 in North Branford. The event includes a classic car show, cow chip raffle, tractor pull, 5K run, fireworks, amusement rides, arcade, games, contests, business expo and crafts. Roasted potatoes and corn are offered as well as food vendors. Live entertainment is scheduled

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August 4 Dudley Farm Farmers’ Market The Dudley Farm Farmers’ Market is held every Saturday through the end of October from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. rain or shine. The market offers a variety of both organic and non organic fruit, vegetables, eggs, naturally grown meat, baked goods, jams, jelly, honey, maple syrup, sprouts, fresh flowers and crafts. All products are homegrown or homemade by the vendors. The Dudley Farm is located on the northeast corner of Routes 77 and 80 in North Guilford.


August 5 Powder Ridge open house A seventh open house at Powder Ridge is scheduled for today from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. This will be the last opportunity for residents and interested parties to see the property and buildings up close before the public hearing and vote to proceed with the sale. Sean Hayes will be there to share his intentions and to answer questions. First Selectman Jon Brayshaw will be there as well.


August 6

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 the monthly menu can be picked up at the center, Town Hall, or at


August 8 TOPS Meeting TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) meets every Wednesday at 6 p.m. on the third floor of the Durham Town Hall. Contact Naomi Klotsko at (860) 349-9558 or Bonnie Olesen at (860) 3499433 for more information.

Track clinic A Track and Field clinic was held recently for fifth through eighth grade athletes at the Coginchaug Track facility. The athletes participated in 10 different events, learning the basics of pole vault, long and triple jump, shot put, javelin, discus, hurdles, high jump, relays and sprinting. Top, Kate Annechino shows good form in the long jump form. Right, Coach Bobby Jungels teaches shot put. Below, Coach Ali Doolittle and the pole vault squad. Submitted by Sherry Hill

Durham Senior Lunches Every Monday and Wednesday, hot lunches are available for seniors over 60 and their spouses at the Durham Activity Center (350 Main St.). Following the lunch on Monday is game time which includes billiards, Wii and cards. Bingo starts at 1 p.m. on Wednesdays. For pricing info and to make a reservation, call Amanda Astarita, senior café manager, at (860) 3493153.

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Durham Farmers’ Market The Durham Farmers’ Market is open today from 3 to 6:30 p.m. on the Town Green.

Durham Historical Society The Durham Historical Society is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Kids tag sale The Durham Public Library is having a Kids Only Tag Sale today (rain date is Saturday, Aug. 18), from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Kids and teens will be selling their treasures. For more information, call (860) 349-9544. Discover Durham The Economic Development Commission’s third Discover Durham Business Expo is today from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., in the Commercial Building on the Durham Fairgrounds.


August 10 Bridge night Come join in at the Durham Activity Center every Friday night at 6:30 p.m. for a fun night of bridge. If you are not sure how to play, Jim will teach you. You may call Jim at (860) 346-6611 with bridge questions. Call Durham Recreation at (860) 343-6724 with further questions.

Friday, August 3, 2012


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with the executive sessions between both parties. She also said the deal could become a burden to taxpayers down the road. Antin explained that a lot of the current deal was modeled after the deal with Alpine Ridge, the previous interested buyer, as the town overwhelming voted in favor of that deal. “The selectmen felt if we duplicate it as much as possible, the selectmen could get approval once again so not to start from square one,� he said. The other three EDC members in attendance, Charles Kreitler (chair),


In a meeting July 24, the Middlefield Economic Development Commission voted 3 to 1 in support of the sales agreement between the Town of Middlefield and Brownstone Exploration and Discovery Park owner Sean Hayes. The vote followed a presentation from Hayes, who gave a “sneak preview� of what the public will see at a second public hearing not yet scheduled. The presentation included development plans, industry conditions and details of Phase 1 — restoration to the ski area to make it into Powder Ridge Mountain Park & Resort. Hayes, who has agreed to purchase Powder Ridge for $700,000, said the new facility will be an adventure sports park that everyone in the family can feel comfortable going to. He will focus on reestablishing downhill skiing, redesigning and expanding the tubing facility and creating an advanced terrain park. To restore downhill skiing by Dec. 31, 2014, as the sales agreement signed by

the town and Hayes last month stipulates, he will spend $2 million in improvements over the next two years by Dec. 31, 2014. “Brownstone is putting everything its got behind this,� Hayes said. “We are not starting from scratch,� he added, referring to his adventure park in Portland. “This is an extension of a successful, existing business.� Hayes addressed the option to lease rather than purchase Powder Ridge as some residents have inquired about, saying leasing “is not an option.� “The reality is to open these doors, you’re talking millions,� he said. “This isn’t a $3 million investment; it’s millions and millions to make it grow. Phase 1 is just restoration.� At the close of his presentation, EDC member Cheryl Pizzo posed questions to Town Attorney Ken Antin. She expressed frustration


Friday, August 3, 2012

Town Times

Scouts hope to bring comfort to hospice patients By Stephanie Wilcox Town Times

ways of giving back to the community as part of earning their silver award. “We were trying to think of something,� said troop member Isabella O’Keefe. “We have to do a community project that would have a lasting effect.� Somebody remembered

Warm. Soft. Handmade. Things of this nature tend to be soothing during times of fear, sadness or pain. Girl Scout Troop 62027 out of Durham had this in mind when they brainstormed

hearing about hospice patients receiving beautiful blankets as donations that were not only comforting to them, but became keepsakes for their family when they passed on. The scouts decided to make quilts with a soft fleece lining on the back and cheerful embroidered squares that say ‘love’ or have heart designs. The scouts met together to design the quilts and will work on the individual pieces in their own time

this summer. But the scouts are asking for the community’s help to do this. Local sewers are asked to donate “cheerful� fleece fabric and batting. Donations of new quilts or blankets, either knit or crochet, for a twin size bed, are also appreciated. Donations will be collected at the lobby of the Durham Public Library and the Levi Coe Library until Aug. 18. When all the pieces are ready, the scouts will get to-

gether to sew them into quilts that will be so much more than a means of keeping warm — they will bring comfort. “We hope to help some of the patients — they are probably very scared,� O’Keefe said, “and to help some of the families get through it as well.� By the end of their project, the scouts will have worked on the quilts roughly 50 hours toward their sil-

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Letters to the Editor The smart choice Eileen Buckheit is an extremely well-qualified candidate for our Board of Education. Her experience in longrange planning, municipal budgeting and grant writing and acquisition will be an asset to our board members as they face a steadily declining enrollment and ever-increasing costs. Our board has new leadership and energetic, talented members. Eileen will be a hard-working addition who will bring clear thinking and a realistic understanding of how to more efficiently operate and improve our schools. Jim McLaughlin Durham

No favoritism, financial gain The question I get asked frequently about Powder Ridge is “what’s the deal with Middlefield Holdings?” First of all, Middlefield Holdings LLC (MH) was established as a holding company created by Westport Capital for the purchase, ownership and disposition of Powder Ridge when it was facing bankruptcy. The history is as follows: PR was put up for auction and MH bought the property as the town could not outbid them as the price exceeded the available town funds. Eventually our First Selectman Jon Brayshaw got MH to sell the property to the town. Keep in mind that MH accommodated the town; MH might have done better if they held on to the property or sold to a housing developer. The town paid $2.55 million for PR plus a lease agreement with MH that requires a $225,000 payment should the town sell the property before Dec. 1, 2012. The leasing arrangement was a way to postpone paying the full amount of the purchase until the property was sold. I suppose nobody, including MH, thought it would take nearly four years to get to where we are today. Currently, as a result of negotiations with MH, some

terms of the lease have been changed and the town is now obligated to pay $200,000 instead of $225,000. The buyers of PR want to close on the property soon, as to have time to restore skiing by the end of 2014. This date also coincides with the requirements of the $500,000 state grant for infrastructure improvements to PR. Delays coupled with the seasonality of skiing could push restoration to the end of 2015, jeopardizing the plans of the buyer, losing the state grant and collapsing the deal. Some have suggested postponing the sale of PR until December 2012 to save the $200,000 payment. Given the facts, this argument brings to mind the idiom “penny wise and pound foolish.” Another issue that I hear is that our first selectman has an interest in MH or he will benefit from the sale to Brownstone and he will benefit by setting aside the 20acre parcel that the town is now keeping. Mr. Brayshaw has stated repeatedly and categorically that he has no interest in MH, and that includes denials of any financial interest. I am now in my third year of being your second selectman and have worked alongside Mr. Brayshaw and the Board of Selectmen on two previous deals to sell PR and now the deal with Brownstone. In each deal, I have seen no indication of favoritism or any financial gain on the part of our first selectman, and no one has produced a shred of proof otherwise. I would suggest questioning the motivation and truthfulness of those who repeatedly make these accusations. Edward Bailey Second Selectman, Town of Middlefield

Vote for Buckheit I am writing to endorse the candidacy of Eileen Buckheit for RSD13 Board of Education. Ms. Buckheit has a master’s degree in public administration and over a dozen years’ experience working across party lines

for the greater good of the communities she served. In difficult times we can count on her proven success in winning grants to accomplish projects others abandoned or avoided as too difficult. She is a 10-year resident of Durham and has three children in our school system. As both a taxpayer and a parent she will use her considerable skill to be sure that the school system is run with a professional, business-like proficiency as well as the loving care of a mom. Some school boards establish search committees to hire professional administrators with Ms. Buckheit’s skills, education and experience. RSD13 is indeed lucky to have her willing to provide her services as a volunteer. Please support Eileen Buckheit for the opening on the RSD13 Board of Education at the meeting on Aug. 6. Dr. Steve Levy Durham

Buckheit for BOE I am writing in support of Eileen Buckheit’s candidacy for the Region 13 Board of Education. I have known Eileen since our now sixth grade sons entered John Lyman School as kindergarteners. Like Eileen, I balance my career while actively participating in my children’s education. Based on my years of personal friendship, I endorse Eileen in her mission to be a board member on the Board of Education committee. Eileen’s profession was in an often hostile political work environment. She has endured immense pressures where her projects had to be rigorously defended. Eileen maintains her composure when defending her position; she does not succumb to overwhelming pressures. Eileen will utilize her experiences in other communities to benefit our district. She respectfully listens to other viewpoints and works amicably toward a common purpose. Eileen is a compassionate,

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Vote for Berens Durham has a great candidate for the Region 13 Board of Education — Eric Berens. Eric is an accomplished business professional who is

willing to devote his time and many talents to enhance education in our district. Eric has the financial acumen to help ensure that our tax dollars are targeted in ways that will help all students graduate with the skills they need to be successful. His passion and commitment to education balanced with his understanding of the pressures facing taxpayers will bring an important voice to the board. Please attend the Aug. 6 town meeting and vote for Eric. Elizabeth Gara Durham

Vote on Aug. 6 I really hope there will be an extremely high turnout to the Durham Town Meeting this coming Monday, Aug. 6, See Vote, page 18

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Durham event raises over $14,000 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital For the 11th year, Lyn Karrie Herrington hosted an annual St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Fundraiser at her Durham home in early June. Despite the weather, this year’s event was, once again, a success. A total of $14,320 was raised thanks to the support and generosity of local and out-of-area businesses, family, friends, neighbors and coworkers of Herrington. Along with local guests, there were folks from Texas, Maryland and North Carolina. Eight-year-old Hannah Footit, of North Branford, presented Herrington with a $300 check; the result of Footit’s collecting bottles and cans since the day after last year’s event. Kristine Forline, of Trenzz-A-Salon, styled and cut hair while Courtney Turner gave manicures; the dona-

tions given to St. Jude. Kenny Hall roasted a pig while Tony Tourville roasted three rounds of beef, and Ray Minor grilled hot dogs, hamburgers and sausage. Family and guests provided the sides and desserts so that a feast was had by all. Kenney G. and his band provided musical entertainment throughout the afternoon. The highlight of the event, being the “gift give-away” table, as in years past, had a variety of gifts which were given away via a ticket drawing. Local and out-of-area merchants also contributed gift certificates, gifts, hanging flower baskets and potted plants to the table. Christine Sniadach contributed 10 sets of jewelry she designed and made,


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Garden of the week Each week, Coginchaug Area Transition spotlights a local garden. This week features the beekeeping operation of the Hurlbert family in Durham. On Sunday, Aug. 19, at 7 p.m. in Middlefield Federated Church, CAT will show a free film, Queen of the Sun: What are the bees telling us? Nancy Poole, a veteran beekeeper with her husband Allan, will be joined by beekeeper Tina Hurlbert for a discussion following the film. This is the third in a series of free films about becoming more resilient, community-minded and locally focused in our daily lives.

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P&Z (Continued from page 3) lations would be necessary to allow for consideration of a day spa under the medical and professional office use category. Lisa Davenport noted that, in many instances, day spas can and do fall under medical office headings. Corona said tenants being consid-

ered for other sections of the building are more likely to be categorized as true professional offices as considered by the commission. In discussing the facility itself, Corona said the outside of the property would not be very different from what appears now. He indicated that about 27 parking spaces will be required to accommodate employees and patrons. (Approximately 14-16 See P&Z, page 16


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Troop 33 has unforgettable Washington DC trip By Kevin Onofreo Special to the Town Times

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From June 25-29, 31 of Troop 33’s scouts and leaders hopped on a bus and toured the nation’s capital city. Many had visited before, but a large number of the scouts on the trip were younger and newer to the troop and were seeing the

The great thing about DC is that new monuments are put up every year. Since the last time we went as a troop, the Martin Luther King Jr. monument was installed as well as a few others. Unfortunately, the Washington Monument is still closed because of the earthquake

But before we went on tours or to museums, the group visited the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The changing of the guard and wreath laying ceremonies are both sobering experiences, but when you are a part of the honor guard that brings the wreath forward and lays it on the tomb, it is on a completely different level. Senior Patrol Leader Spencer McCoy, Doug Hanley, Brian Blake and I had

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Epiphany’s Godspell performances sell out The Epiphany Summer Theatre’s production of Godspell opened this past weekend at Durham’s Church of the Epiphany. The show, a collection of Biblical vignettes set to catchy Broadway tunes, involved 24 children ages five through 12 from Durham, Middlefield and Wallingford. It was directed by Heather Kannam, who is well known in the area for her shows at John Lyman School, such as Aristocats and Willy Wonka. Both Saturday and Sunday’s shows sold out well in advance of their opening. Church of the Epiphany offered the camp, which culminated in this weekend’s shows, on Tuesday and Thursday mornings for five weeks. It was designed to dovetail with Durham Recreation’s popular Playground Program, and many of the children participated in both programs. Far right, Yazmin DeJesus, an incoming third-grader from Durham, sings “Oh, Bless the Lord my Soul” in Epiphany Summer Theatre’s production of Godspell. Right, Bryce Fleck, as Jesus, prays as his followers sleep. Below, the cast of Godspell. Submitted by Christine Foster

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St. Jude (Continued from page 9) along with several of her original oil paintings. Gifts were also contributed by

Willy Kramer helped to celebrate St. Jude’s 50th birthday — the theme of the event — by putting together gifts and memorabilia for all of those born in 1962.

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Durham will be lucky to have Eileen Buckheit on the Board of Education. She understands our town, our needs, our children — and she knows how to work within the structure of public education. Eileen understands that public education is not — whether we like it or not — the corner grocery store. She understands the importance of working within government, of working with others and of balancing priorities. Her professional background is directly comparable to the work she can do for Durham on the Board of Education. She understands shrinking budgets in the public sector and that public education is not a matter of profit in good times or slash-and-burn in bad times. Eileen Buckheit brings many years of skill in the public sector and of creativity in the face of budget constraints. See Buckheit, page 18

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Washington (Continued from page 10) by name; a wreath seemed almost too insignificant a way to honor them. As we spun and walked back up the aisle, I realized it wasn’t about the wreath or the guards or the ceremony. It was about us as scouts, the crowd on the stairs, and everyone else who was watching in silence, quietly honoring the lost soldiers and praying for those still abroad. It was about having complete strangers lose their lives for the protection of our country so that people like us could live safely and happily. The crew also made its way to the International Spy


Town Times Museum, where we thankfully made it out with only a few electric shock pens and a couple of young James Bonds. We also got to some of the Smithsonian Institutes like the Air and Space Museum. You would be surprised to see a few of the crazy things we have hurled into the final frontier. A few also walked through the Holocaust Museum. While it’s not a journey through some dark history that anyone wants to take, it is an experience I think none of us will forget. We also saw the temporary exhibit on Nazi propaganda, which was interesting to see. Thankfully, they provided translations of the posters. On a brighter note, the trip was a success and everyone made it there and

back healthy and in one piece. And speaking of health, remember that little health care thing? The one being debated for constitutionality in the Supreme Court? A few scouts, including myself, Brian Blake, Doug Hanley, Greg Lineberry, and Alexander Staddon, were there, behind the camera crews, when the final decision was made and announced outside the Supreme Court. We hardly had front row seats, but we were present when history was made none the less. It’s the crazy, accidental things like that that makes scouting fun and enjoyable. I think all of the scouts and adult leaders learned something new and had a great visit to the Capitol and would do it again.

State police investigate car driven into Black Pond in Middlefield Detective Lt. Mark Walerysiak of the Meriden Police Department said Meriden police assisted to a "car in water" call at Black Pond Tuesday night, July 31.

the scene, along with Meriden police. Walerysiak said a Meriden officer actually jumped into the pond because he thought someone might be in the car, but it was empty.

At about 11:30 p.m., witnesses reported seeing a car travel at a high rate of speed into the pond. Middlefield police and fire responded to

State police are investigating where the car came from and the possibility of it being stolen. (Andrew Ragali/Record Journal)


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18 Graduates Hobart and William Smith College, New York Phillip A. Yamartino, of Middlefield.

Dean’s list New York University, Gallatin School of Individualized Study - Katharine Francis, of Durham. Tufts University, Massachusetts Colleen Chausse, of Durham. Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Massachusetts Jeffrey Ducki, of Middlefield.

Scholastic achievements Emily Ann Rubendunst, of Durham, has been inducted into the Sigma Alpha Lambda at the University of Connecticut. Sigma Alpha Lambda is a national leadership and honors organiza-

tion dedicated to promoting and rewarding academic achievement and providing members with opportunities for community service and personal development.

ment in Virginia during 2011, as well as playing for the Connecticut Revolution Team. She earned honorable mention at the New England Premier Showcase.

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Bower also played lacrosse for four years, cocaptained during her senior year and was named to the All Area SCC Lacrosse Team. Bower plans to play Division I field hockey at The College of the Holy Cross in Massachusetts in the fall. She is the daughter of Dana and Lewis Bower.

Sarah Bower, of Durham, was named Mercy’s Athlete of the Year at the Mercy High School Baccalaureate Mass and Award Ceremony. The award is bestowed to the individual who achieves the highest athletic performance for the school year. Bower played varsity field hockey for four years, was team co-captain for 20112012, and was named to the All SCC Team. She was named to the All State Field Hockey Second Team, as well as to the Middletown Press All Area Team. She also played with “Hear The Cheer,” a Futures Team which competed at the National Field Hockey Tourna-

Comcast recently awarded outstanding Connecticut students Leaders and Achievers scholarships to Zachary LaVigne and Victor Wu, both of Durham. The Comcast Foundation’s Leaders and Achievers Scholarship Program recognizes students’ leadership skills, academic achievement and commitment to community service.

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(Continued from page 16) She understands that public education is not only not a corporation, it’s more important. Our shareholders are all of Durham. Vote for Eileen Buckheit and vote for a more successful school system that has a better relationship with our community. Amy Bloom Durham

Berens is a team player On Monday, Aug. 6, at 8 p.m. at CRHS, a town meeting will be held. Among the items on the agenda will be an opportunity to vote for a new Board of Education member. I’m asking you to support Eric Berens for this position. Eric is financially very capable, professional and knowledgeable with technology. He has children in RSD13 schools and is familiar with the strengths and needs of the district. These assets will benefit all taxpayers. However, Eric’s biggest strength is his ability to operate as a team player within the Board of Education. I’ve worked with Eric on various committees; his personality and professional experience give him the interpersonal skills to be a very effective member of the Board of Education. These strengths are good for both the taxpayer and our children. Please join me in supporting Eric. Ernie Judson Durham

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that our best interests are met. He has a lot of energy — it’s hard to imagine anyone with more — and is very hard working. He is a successful financial services executive who has two children in the school district so will always have the interests of the children and community at the top of his agenda. Because of his professional experience, he would bring a practical financial viewpoint to the board, which is the type of person we need representing us. I hope you will come to the special meeting and vote for Eric. Fred Raley Durahm

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Little League 11-year-olds advance to state championship solo home runs to lead the way for Coginchaug. Mystic starter Jason Kilcoyne, who also started the prior meeting between the two teams, retired Coginchaug in order in the top of the first inning. Mystic got a one-out single by John Marcolina in the bottom of the inning, but two batters later Rulnick made a great diving catch in Right field to save a run and end the threat. Saks led off the second, and on the first pitch of the inning slammed a line drive high over the left-centerfield fence to give Coginchaug a 10 lead. Ryan Genest was then hit in the hand to reach base, but Rulnick grounded into a double play to end any hopes of more damage. The Saks home run would be their only hit through the third inning, but it was clear that Coginchaug was having

By Scott Strang Special to the Town Times Coach Ken Vallone’s Coginchaug Little League 11year-old team made history on July 27 as the first baseball team from Coginchaug to ever win a Section 2 championship and advance to the state finals, with a 6-1 victory over Mystic at Volunteer Field in Newington. Both teams were 4-1 in Section 2 pool play with Coginchaug having defeated Avon, Ellington, Newington and SFC (Franklin) to get to the finals. The Section 2 title game would be a rematch against a Mystic team that defeated them 4-2 in the opening pool game. John-John Jose threw a three-hit complete game gem, and Griffin Saks and Connor Rulnick each hit

much better at-bats this game than their first time around against Kilcoyne. Through the first fine batters, Kilcoyne had just one strikeout, and TJ Vallone, Dylan Carlson and AJ Kleczkowski had all been retired on hard hit balls off the hard-throwing pitcher. In the Mystic half of the third, Kilcoyne would reach base with a two-out walk, and score on a Marcolina single to centerfield to tie the score at 1-1. In the top of the fourth, Cole Niedmann led off with a single, and Jose walked. Both came around to score on a series of wild pitches to bring the score to 3-1. Rulnick then hammered a 3-2 fastball over the centerfield wall to build the lead to 4-1. In the fifth, AJ Kleczkowski led off with a double, and Kyle Strang singled to put

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hit for Coginchaug in the top of the sixth inning.

Jose would get good defensive support as he retired Mystic in order in the bottom of the fourth and fifth innings, including an extended-arm catch of a high linedrive by Fazzino at second base to end the fifth. Jose struck out Kilcoyne and Marcolina to start the sixth, and with two outs, Mystic’s Tom Tabor would ground to Niedmann at Shortstop, and when the throw hit Saks’ glove at first, the section title belonged to Coginchaug.

The team went on to play a best-of-three series against Fairfield National at DeTorre Field in Manchester for the title of Connecticut 11year Little League champion. Go to for coverage of that game.

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Durham Fun Run results from July 24 Sophia Pini – 3:59 Natalie Turner – 4:06 Alyssa Woodward – 4:26

Ages 0-4 years; 1 lap Aidan Willet – 2:33 minutes Aiyana Donecker – 2.55 Ella Bodner – 2:56 Ryan Stern – 3:30 Maya Martin – 3:46 Jameson Pini – 3:51 Ages 5-7 years; 1 lap Colton Conway – 1:43 minutes Serena Fournier – 1:44 Abby Gerry - 1:46 Teddy Isaacson – 1:49 Jimmy Schafer – 1:55 Allyson Woodward – 1:59 Cooper Woodward – 2:07 Will Fournier – 2:14 Allison Vigue – 2:20 Annie Thiel – 2:26 Layla Pini – 2:33 Ages 8 – 10; 2 laps Edward Fournier – 3:23 minutes Logan Conway – 3:30

Ages 11-14; 0.9 miles Tyler Woodward- 6:29 minutes Ashley Woodward; 7:22 High School; 0.9 miles Samantha Vigue – 6:35 minutes Adults; 3.5 mile course Lavinia Vigue – 25:52 minutes Karen Woodward – 27:46 Sal Ficara – 29:07 Guy Pulino – 30:27 Jim Ledford – 31:52 (late start)

Little runners at the starting line before a recent Fun Run. Check back next week for the July 31 Durham Fun Run Results

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Coginchaug Scholarship winners Four CRHS students were awarded scholarship money from the Coginchaug Football/Cheerleading Club upon graduation in June. From left: Tyler Davis, Alyssa Tiedemann, Alec Corazzini and Andrew Paxton. Photo by Rita Van Steenbergen

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Berens (Continued from page 19) to community is readily evident. Eric will be able to work well with board members, and his engaging personality, sound judgment and common sense will bring a unifying element to that most important body. Ray Kalinowski Durham

Everything has changed Taxpayers were told by Jon Brayshaw, over and over, that we need to save and preserve the land at Powder Ridge, and it will be worth the millions we would be paying. He said only the ski area would be sold or leased, the rest would be preserved, all to the benefit of the taxpayers. Now everything has changed. Taxpayers will pay millions for the land; Brayshaw will give the land away. There is no referendum and not enough information given concerning these so-called deals. First Alpine, now Mr. Hayes. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t blame the buyers for this mess; I blame our first selectman. Why were other offers left out? Offers which were better than the one at present? Two liens have been placed on the land records by me, as a taxpayer, and as one of the many owners. I did this on my own, and only I am responsible. Brayshaw was hand-delivered a copy for himself and for the town, because they are named in the lien. Brayshaw and his colleagues shouldn’t take this lien lightly. Before any proper sale can take place, this lien needs to be properly removed, it could be by me,

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and or it could be by a court of competent jurisdiction. If Brayshaw gives the taxpayers a referendum as promised in 2011, then I will remove said liens. If not, then he can go to court to have the liens dealt with legally. The lien is called an Equitable Lien. The taxpayers, the true owners of the land, have great equity in said property. These liens stand as a security interest to all who believe as I, that there are still many unanswered questions as to this deal. Susan Maloney Pringal Middlefield

Make a difference for Durham On Aug. 6, we have a rare opportunity to support a qualified, effective and intelligent candidate for the open seat on the Board of Education. Eileen Buckheit hits the mark on all fronts: she is a concerned parent with a fresh perspective; she has demonstrated leadership experience, most recently as commissioner of Planning and Development for the City of West Haven; she is a good listener and thinks broadly about important issues; she has a keen perspective on fiscal issues of government agencies with finite resources; and she has thought long and hard about putting these talents to work on the Board of Ed. This is a special election and citizens are asked to come to a town meeting in the Coginchaug Regional High School auditorium on Monday, Aug. 6, at 8 p.m. to cast their votes. If you want to make a difference for Durham, please attend and support Eileen. We’ll all be glad you did. Kary Strickland Durham

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