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BOE looks at long reach of Common Core By Mark Dionne Special to the Town Times “In a way, it’s like building the plane while you’re flying it,” said Regional School District 13 Director of Curriculum Linda Berry of the ongoing challenges of implementing the new Common Core State Standards. At their Nov. 14 meeting, the Board of Education heard a presentation by Berry describing the second year progress in implementing CCSS. While the presentation focused on math, the discussion, like the ramifications of the new curriculum, flowed into many areas. Connecticut, like most states in the nation, has adopted CCSS, which changes the way students are taught and tested.

Some of the implications are technological. All CCSS tests are computerized. Superintendent Sue Viccaro said there were still unanswered questions about the technological ability of young students. For example, could third graders use a standard-sized keyboard? Could young students accustomed to doing math with a pencil use scrap paper while taking the tests? Berry also noted that technological literacy varies at young ages. Some students, she said, might not be adept at computer skills like drag and drop or highlight. Budget implications also came up several times during the CCSS discussion. Potential costs include profesSee BOE, next page

Friday, November 23, 2012

Lake Beseck dam project will take one year By Stephanie Wilcox Town Times Residents of Lake Beseck who attended an informational meeting Tuesday night, Nov. 13, are now grappling with the idea of having no lake for seasonal recreation for an entire year. Representatives from the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection and the civil and environmental consulting engineering firm Fuss & O’Neill told the few dozen attendees the goals and construction schedule of a project to repair the Lake Beseck dam. “I anticipate a year,” DEEP project manager Ted Rybak said about the construction timeline. “If we can cut it shorter, great. If we don’t have a good winter, it can

Above, a projector image of the Lake Beseck dam. Photos by Stephanie Wilcox

See Dam, page 12

A Thanksgiving feast Durham 60 Plus Club celebrated its Thanksgiving luncheon Nov. 13, at the Durham Activity Center. Approximately 42 members enjoyed a generous array of gourmet food. A collection was taken to support the Giving Tree for the needy in Durham. The next meeting is scheduled for Monday, Dec. 10, at 1:30 p.m., at DAC. At this meeting, members will donate Durham 60 Plus members enjoy their meal at the health and beauty prod- Thanksgiving luncheon. More photos on page 4. ucts, peanut butter, tuna Submitted by Mary Ellen Dontigney fish, a variety of canned Restaurant in Meriden. goods and paper products scheduled at this meeting. to those less fortunate in On Wednesday, Dec. 19, a Those who participate should Durham and Middlefield. Christmas luncheon will be A blood pressure clinic is held at noon at Sans Souci bring a grab bag gift.

Above, the proposed design for the lake drawdown chamber.



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sional development expenses, fees for educational software, and staffing to track assessment. Berry confirmed that there would be budget requests even for this summer. “I don’t see any way around it if we’re going to meet the June 2015 deadline,” she said. BOE chair Kerrie Flanagan and member Robert Fulton requested that Viccaro and Berry look at the financial implications as early as possible in the budget cycle. Other areas potentially impacted by CCSS were parents and homework. New BOE member Eileen Buckheit suggested that homework might be a necessary component of preparing third and fourth graders.

The BOE has continued parental outreach, particularly focused on CCSS, this school year. Flanagan and Berry reported on visits to parent organizations at Brewster/Korn and John Lyman, respectively. Berry also held an information night for curriculum at the elementary levels and at Coginchaug Regional High School. The next BOE meeting will be Nov. 28, at 7:30 p.m., at Brewster school.

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Pedestrian struck and killed by car By Richie Rathsack Special to the Town Times

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A pedestrian was struck and killed Wednesday evening, Nov. 14, on Madison Road near Sand Hill Road in Durham. State police say Wanda Jacques-Gill, 61, of 181 Madison Road was in the roadway when she was struck by a Jeep driven by William Zanks, 39, of 481 Madison Road. Jaques-Gill was taken to Middlesex Hospital where she was pronounced dead, according to state police. The road was shut down for several hours as police investigated the scene. Police say Zanks is cooperating with the investigation, according to the Associated Press. The accident remains under investigation. Richie Rathsack is a reporter for the Record-Journal.

State Sen. Len Suzio will not seek a court-ordered recount in the 13th District race after losing to City Councilor Dante Bartolomeo and raising questions about what he said were voting irregularities. Suzio wrote a letter to the secretary of the state’s office asking for a recount last week but was told the secretary has no authority to order one when the margin is

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The annual Christmas Giving Tree, located on the first floor in Durham Town Hall, bears tags that symbolize an item of need for a local family in need. Residents, service organization and businesses are welcome to choose a tag from the Giving Tree, purchase the gift and return it to the tree. Gifts will be distributed to individuals and families. Monetary donations may be made payable to Durham Interchurch Assistance, mailed to Town Hall, P.O. Box 428, Durham, 06422, or dropped off at Town Hall, Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Volunteers are scheduled to gather at the Durham Activity Center Wednesday, Dec. 19, to pack basket items. Distribution is planned for Thursday, Dec. 20.







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Town Times — Friday, November 23, 2012

New member elected to BOE By Stephanie Wilcox Town Times

A new member was elected to the Regional School District 13 Board of Education Monday night, Nov. 19, at a special town meeting in Durham. Raffaela Fronc, the science coordinator and bilingual director for the West Haven School system, had no opponent and was unanimously elected. “Education is my passion,” said Fronc, who has a bachelor of arts in biology from Qunnipiac University, a master’s degree in environmental science from the University of New Haven and a teaching degree from Southern Connecticut State University. Fronc has worked with the Connecticut State Department of Education on the Common Core Standards in math and is in charge of writing the budget for the science and English Language Learners department at the

Raffaela Fronc district level. She currently volunteers as the director of coaches for Coginchaug Soccer and coaches the U12 Girls competitive team. With her experience, Fronc said she has a clear understanding of the needs and importance of education in RSD13.

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Fronc replaced Elizabeth “Betsy” Gara, who resigned last month. Resolution approved Also at the special town meeting, a resolution was approved that authorized the town to enter into an agreement with the Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority. This resolution will enable commercial and industrial properties and multi-family houses with a minimum of five units to take advantage of low-cost financing to do energy efficiency upgrades through tax-lien financing. “There’s really no downside,” said Jessica Bailey, a representative from CEFIA, who gave a brief presentation. “It’s a fantastic economic development tool.” Bailey said there is no burden to the town with the program, and if a property owner didn’t make a payment, the town is not responsible to pay it. The premise behind the program, Bailey said, is that energy upgrades are a public benefit, and therefore should be financed as such. A lien will be filed on the property, the property tax is made to the tax collector in Durham, and the tax collector then pays the state. Bailey said four other towns have passed this resolution.

Government Meetings Durham Government Calendar (Unless otherwise indicated, all meetings are held in the Durham Library. Check the town website at for updates.) Tuesday, Nov. 27 Ethics Commission, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28 Board of Education, Brewster School, 7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 3 Historic District Commission, 7 p.m. Fire Department Trustees, Durham Vol. firehouse, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5 Planning & Zoning, Town Hall, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6 Public Safety Facility Renovations Planning Committee, Durham Volunteer firehouse, 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7 Senior Holiday Party, Activity Center, noon Monday, Dec. 10 Durham Volunteer Fire Company, Durham Volunteer firehouse, 8 a.m. Board of Selectmen, Town Hall, 7 p.m.


Middlefield Government Calendar (Unless otherwise indicated, all meetings are held in the Community Center.) Monday, Dec. 3 Board of Selectmen, 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6 Economic Development Commission, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12 Planning & Zoning Commission, 6:30 p.m. Board of Education, Korn School, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13 Board of Finance, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 19 Inland/Wetlands Commission, 7 p.m.

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Town Times is published every Friday by the Record-Journal Publishing Co. and is delivered to all homes and businesses in Durham, Middlefield and Rockfall. Stephanie Wilcox, Editor Marsha Pomponio, Office Assistant Olivia Lawrence, News Editor-Weeklies Kimberley E. Boath, Advertising Manager Joy Boone, Advertising Sales Contributors: Diana Carr, Trish Dynia, Elisabeth Kennedy, Karen Kean, Judy Moeckel, Mark Dionne, Christine Foster and Michelle P. Carter.

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CHRISTMAS TREES IN TOWN are bundled. Dogs are allowed on a leash. No chainsaws are allowed. The farm is open weekdays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and weekends from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Credit cards are accepted in the wreath shop Friday, Saturday and Sunday only. Call (860) 349-3636. Herzig Family Tree Farm, 310 Maiden Ln., Durham Starting the day after Thanksgiving, the Herzig farm, owned and operated by Warren and Carol Herzig, and son Jonathan, will be open Thursdays and Fridays

Dumas Tree Farm, 190 Little Ln., Durham Find your Christmas tree on more than 35 acres of the Dumas Tree Farm, open the day after Thanksgiving until Christmas. Dumas Farm offers fraser, canaan and blue and white spruce. There are assorted pre-cut trees and table top trees available. Wreaths, garlands and swags, as well as hot cider and cookies, are for sale in the wreath shop, open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Saws and rope are provided, and trees

from 1 to 5 p.m. and on weekends from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for tree cutting. blue and white spruce are available, with some standing 14 feet tall and plenty between eight and 10 feet tall. All trees are $40, and help is available for cutting the trees and bringing them down the hill. There are precut trees available. Netting



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and bundling is provided for free, and tagging is allowed. Delivery within 20 miles is available for a fee. The farm has some undecorated wreaths, tied with a red bow. Candy canes and stickers are given to children of all ages. Dogs are allowed, but must be on a leash. Call (860) 349-1275, (860) 301-0901 or (860) 7590484. Maplewood Farm, 175R Tuttle Rd., Durham Using a tag and cut system, Charlie Leigus’ 70-acre farm will be open from the day after Thanksgiving through Christmas. The farm is open during daylight hours and offers fraser fir and white spruce. All trees are cut-your-


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own, and you can bring a saw or use one that is provided. Be sure to bring rope to bundle and tie your tree. No chainsaws are allowed. Call (860) 349-8267. Miller Tri-Mountain Tree Growers, 301 Tri-Mountain Rd., Durham This farm, owned by brothers Seth Miller and Bob Miller, offers over 30 acres of Christmas trees. The Miller Farm opens the day after Thanksgiving and will be open seven days a week from 9 a.m. until dusk. The farm offers many different species of Christmas trees includ-

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Happy tree trimming to you Whether it’s a Charlie Brown version or more like that of the one appearing in New York City’s Rockefeller Center, Christmas trees represent our individual tastes and traditions. Some prefer the woodland look of popcorn and cranberries strung around green branches. Think: cabin in the woods with smoke billowing out the chimney. Others find red and gold glass ornaments with giant red ribbons more appealing, like you would see in a grand hall or The Carlyle Hotel. Elaborate or simple, decorated Christmas trees have a way of stopping us in our tracks to take in their magnificence only found this time of year. Do you prefer an angel at the top, or a star? White lights or colored? Blinking lights or non-blinking lights? Does your Christmas tree have “a spot” in your house, or do you change the location year after year?

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able in the farm’s Christmas Shop and hot chocolate, cider and butter cookies are complementary. Miller Farm allows tagging and dogs, but does not permit chainsaws. Call (860) 349-9511. Uncle Bob’s 191 Meriden Rd. (Route 66), Middlefield This year the full-service florist offers fresh-cut balsam trees from three to 12

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ing: white, Colorado blue, and Norway spruce, canaan, balsam, fraser and con-color fir, as well as assorted exotic varieties. Saws, twine and a bailing service are provided at this cut-your-own farm. All trees are $45. Wreaths, swags and garland are avail-

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with the woodland scene depicted above! For the month plus or minus that your family welcomes a Christmas tree into your home, it becomes almost sacred. You look forward to having the lights glow in a dark room, and it becomes symbolic of the season, of together times, of solitude and beauty. Of course, this is all after the tree is decorated. Each family has their own routine for picking out “the right” tree (or maybe they use an artificial tree). Do you choose big or small, blue spruce or white spruce, symmetry or unique in shape, etc.? I hope this gets you excited about the upcoming Christmas tree season. On pages 10 and 11, you will find our annual listings of local Christmas Tree Farms to use as your guide when choosing your tree this year. Here’s to happy tree trimmings! Stephanie Wilcox, editor


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take longer.” As early as this month, the permitting process is expected to begin, followed by bidding in April 2013. Construction will likely begin in July or August and will wrap up by December 2014. In that time, there will be a 13-foot drawdown of the lake to seal the spillway with a

concrete wall; to construct a new gate chamber and low level outlet on the King Road side of the dam; to remove the existing gate chamber and gate; to remove vegetation from the masonry face; to add a pull-off for maintenance vehicles; and to provide dual hydrants for town use on King Road, among other things. “This is major reconstruction,” Phil Moreschi, with Fuss & O’Neill, said. “A lot of

earth is being excavated on the upstream side of the dam. It’s a very involved project.” Moreschi advised people with shallow wells that could go dry while the water level is reduced to be prepared to find an alternate source of water. “I think that’s an important consideration,” he said, speaking mostly to those with wells of 25 feet or less. “Be forewarned.” Another concern brought up is flooding while the dam is under construction. First Selectman Jon Brayshaw, who was in attendance, spoke of his safety concerns. “A lot of people are downstream,” he said. “This is very serious.”

Brayshaw asked about emergency communications plans, and Moreschi said an emergency action plan will be in place. Moreschi said the dam isn’t in active failure mode at present, but “we are seeing signs of deficiencies.” The dam, built in 1848, has seen multiple repairs to address seepage problems over the years, but repairs have never been a permanent solution. The issues can’t be taken lightl, Moreschi said. According to Moreschi, the Lake Beseck dam is classified as a high hazard dam, “meaning it could cause loss of life if the dam fails.” He said some seepage is natural with all dams, but

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Lake Beseck’s dam has a seepage history of carrying soil that could cause sinkhole formation. Among the goals of the proposed improvements include cutoff leakage and eliminate soil loss; increase stability of stone masonry; increase lake drawdown capacity; improve site access for maintenance; and provide fire fighting water supply for town. Brayshaw asked about the possibility of the town having jurisdiction over the lake drawdowns after construction is completed as a cost-savings measure. He said the town pays the state $50 or $60 an hour to adjust the system. But due to safety reasons, Rybak said the state will stay in control of the drawdown operations.

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The spirit week results are in. Each day of the week from October 22 through October 26, students were encouraged to dress up to earn points to win a pizza party for their class. Monday was Coginchaug Gear Day. Students wore Coginchaug apparel such as t-shirts and sweatshirts. Tuesday was College and Team Wear Day in which members of each class wore their team jerseys and apparel. The next day was Hat Day. If students wished to partake in this spirit, they paid one

dollar which donated to charity. Thursday was class colors day. Seniors wore black. Juniors wore white. Sophomores wore grey, and freshman wore blue. On Friday, students wore their Halloween costumes and Halloween colors. As an end to this exciting week, there was a pep rally at the end of school on Friday. Cheerleaders performed their half time dance routine, cheered on the sidelines, and showed off individual stunts in front of the spirit filled school. Each sports team was recog-

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The new Devils, Michael O’Keefe, David Trombetta, and Jeremy Brown, all dance to Thriller. Photo by Kevin Onofreo nized and brought out to the middle of the gym where they were interviewed about the date, time, and location of their upcoming game. Throughout the pep rally, there were opportunities for each class to earn an extra point through activities like tug of war and a penalty kick contest where Mr. Hauser was the goalie. Spirit week ended with the freshman earning two points and the sophomores, juniors and seniors having a three way tie with four points each. To break this tie and determine

the actual winner, the members of each class were encouraged to donate at least two dollars that will be given to the Connecticut Food Bank to help those who were affected by Hurricane Sandy. In the end, the seniors narrowly defeated the juniors to win a pizza party. Spirit week led up to the Homecoming football game and dance on Saturday. At the conclusion of spirit week the Devils unfortunately lost 36-7 to valley regional.


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Editors-in-Chief: Kaitlin McKernan Editorial board: Kevin Onofreo, Mike McShane, Sarah Brady, Dena Branciforte Contributors and Production staff: Cody Hendley, Courtney Silver, Dominique Coppola, Adrian Tubis, Mike McShane, Kaitlin McKernan, Jeremy Brown, Victoria Buonanni, Jordan Cowles, Heather Poturnicki, Samantha Turley, Kevin Onofreo, Mike McShane, Jake Cunningham Advisors: Mr. Nate Fisher, Ms. Stephanie Wilcox The Devils’ Advocate is the Coginchaug Regional High School newspaper.

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The air is crisp, the leaves are on the ground, and the football practice fields are being occupied by girls? That’s correct, girls are playing football! Every November the junior and senior girls come together to battle against each other in a good old fashioned game of powder puff flag football. Each team is made up of any junior or senior girl that wishes to play. There is a $10.00 sign up fee plus a payment for the t-shirt that is personalized with whatever name and number the girl wants on it. The teams are broken up into grades, it’s junior versus senior game and the boy football players are the coaches. The day of the game the halls are completely taken over by girls wearing their powderpuff shirts, boys wearing their “coach” shirts and the spirit of the school is continuously rising as the day goes on. The major rules of powder puff state that there can be no profanity said, it is to be flag football, and no fighting. Although these rules are explicit, there is tons of profanity thrown around and flag football doesn’t necessarily mean flag football.

In 2009 a girl went to the hospital with a cracked rib, In 2010 a girl had to get stitches above the eye, and last year girls came out with a number of bruises and a lot of pain. The referees have gotten more strict with enforcing these rules and because of this we came out of the game without any major injuries allowing the tradition of powderpuff to continue for another year. “Being on the powder puff junior class team last year allowed me the opportunity to talk to people outside my direct group of friends,” said senior Dominique Coppola who was an offensive lineman. A lot of the girls like the tradition of powderpuff. In years past we have played other schools but the game has a better turn out if both grades play rather than just one. A majority of the student body line the bleachers to watch the game. The roles for everything in the game are completely reversed, there are football players acting as cheerleaders during the game. Powderpuff has definitely become a Coginchaug tradition.

! #$%$&! %'() Recently, an athlete who was on the verge of a freakout after a poor performance on the field was offered some advice by a seemingly unfazed friend. “Oh don’t worry. It’s just high school.” Wait what? I thought this was a key factor in what we plan to do with our futures? It puts a lump in my throat and a weight on my mind every time my ears are filled with this nonsense. Who promotes this kind of negativity? How in any way is that positive and productive to anyone? After all, we are told not to “worry about” many things. Worrying yourself about most things is not healthy, but there is a healthy kind of worry, the kind that makes you stick to your deadlines or hand the project in on time. It keeps our integrity and forces us to get things done. If we begin on this “not worrying” path in high school where we are given the foundations for our future then, how can we expect to be able to rely on that mindset when it comes time to study for that exam in college or to prepare that presentation for the board at work? I am already worrying about it, but it is the healthy worry

that will keep me moving forward. It’s the kind of worry that reminds me failure is an option just as much as success is. Just acknowledging that failure exists keeps my mind perked up and ready for the next challenge. After all, are we going to sit around and be “content” with however things turn out? We can with things that we cannot change, but there are things we can change, like our grades, our participation in the community, and our participation level on our sports fields. We as young people should throw ourselves into the raging stream of competition in the real world around us. Competition is rising as always, so why don’t we? Why sit on the sidelines and say “I’m not worried about it?”We’re just wasting our time and keeping the bench warm. If everyone is on the field why does the bench need to be warm? Why does the bench even exist? So please, next time you get a C on a quiz or perform poorly on the sports field, and someone tells you not to worry and “just do better next time”, focus on the “do better next time” because you can.

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Coginchaug is full to the brim and bursting with champions and determined winners, so it was no surprise when the morning announcements revealed that junior Marty Daniels had won the Newgrounds Annual Tournament of Animations. “Well, I spent six months of my life doing animations for an animation tournament on an animation website. It’s called,” said Marty. “It’s called ‘Newground’s Annual Tournament of Animations.’ What happens is it’s six rounds: an open round where everybody gets to make an entry and then five rounds of an actual tournament where people go

head-to-head with each other.” Marty had a lot of difficult opponents to face. “There was this one really skilled guy named SKS,” said Marty. Although he wasn’t in it for the prizes, Marty got a pretty cool free shirt for winning. Now that Marty has won, he needs to find other animation contests to clothe him. “Now that I won I can’t enter again,” he said. “But I’ll be judging next year.” An example to us all, Marty’s determination to be the very best inspires his fellow students to push themselves every day.

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Students were sitting at their lunch tables, laughing and conversing, when our Mr. Hauser came over to the table. He was advertising for more participation in the Mock Presidential Election. On October 19, students cast their votes. for their favorite presidential candidate. Senior Greta Wilt co-organized the event hoping to encourage more people to vote in the upcoming election. “I hope to start a chain reaction,”said Greta. “I’ve been working with the Voting Registrars for a few months and we have projects to encourage people to vote.” “It gives people the experience to under-

stand politics,” said sophomore Kelly Halligan, “and to know who to vote for.” Although some students have the chance to vote in the real election, the majority of students do not have the power to vote, yet. By exposing students to voting before they can, the hope was to get them involved and registered at 18. “It was cool being able to vote,” said senior Sydney Altschuler. “It prepared us for the future.” The results showed that 221 students voted. Of which, 64% voted for Obama, 39% voted for Romney, and 7% voted for Independent.

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Senior Michelle Berry enjoys her last Spirit Week while dressed as Velma from Scooby Doo. Photo by Kevin Onofreo

teachers get training on different things to do. In February, 2012, a speaker came into a meeting to talk about technology integration in the classroom. Currently, the teachers have been preparing for the New England Association of Schools and Colleges evaluation, which is beginning this school year. “Everything we teach is tied to some sort of standard,” said principal Andre Hauser. “The world is changing, education has changed- we don’t stop learning when we graduate college so we want to train teachers to learn, too.”

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Senior Sean Harper, a multi-talented football team captain, won the district student of the month in October that was given by the Rotary club. He has a very diverse range of talents, which spread from a second degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do, the football team captain, and participates in both Spanish Honor Society and National Honor Society. Not only does Sean participate in the well known organization of Spanish Honor Society, but he is the co-president of this club. “Sean is a very hard worker and is doing a very good job at being the co president of spanish honor society,” said spanish teacher, and Spanish Honor Society advisor Nancy Alberico.

To get into this club, he has to achieve a ninety and above average in any Spanish class above Spanish two. “Sean is a dedicated individual who really puts his heart into things,” said senior Carli Wallace. Sean takes these values and really puts them into his school work. These are the reasons Sean was chosen to be part of the National Honor Society. In football, Sean is the team’s fullback and defensive end. He is this year’s captain accompanied by Senior Ian Augar. “Sean this year has not only worked hard at his positions,” said junior Bryan Paxton. “But he has also done a great job of bringing the team together.”

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89"317 : ;17)" 56<"= ! )$&! 3,(&+,! Coginchaug students next year will be given the opportunity to embark on an amazing trip and experience “A gorgeous country with a lot to offer,” said Spanish teacher Mrs. Germond. From June 24 to July 1 2013, students who sign up to, will join the school on a trip to Costa Rica. In the past, Spanish students have travelled to Oaxaca and Spain, but have decided on Costa Rica this year for a number of different reasons. “Costa Rica is also much cheaper than Spain which allows more students the opportunity to travel. As for Mexico, right now, it is not a safe place to travel due to the border and drug violence,” said Mrs. Germond. The question of whether or not this trip has to do with the cancellation of the trip to France for French students has risen a couple of times, but the two do not coincide. Mrs. Germond, the trip’s advisor, said that the choice had to do with the amount of experience that the Spanish teachers and students have with the exchange program. “In both 2009 and 2011, we had an

exchange program with a school in Oaxaca, Mexico,” said Mrs. Germond. Some students may be concerned about the idea of staying with a family they have never met in a country they have never been to, but students in the past and the Spanish teachers can advise them that they are all safe host families and secure areas. “They are screened to ensure that each student will be safe and enjoy their stay in Samara Beach,” said Mrs. Germond. “The school asks for feedback on the families so they can remove any that would make students uncomfortable. Most of these families have been hosting students for numerous years and are used to opening their home to students.” This year’s seniors, class of 2013, are upset about hearing that they will not be allowed to attend the trip, but there is, in fact, reasoning behind it. “Since seniors will already have graduated, they are no longer CRHS students. It would be hard to ensure they abide by the school rules,” said Mrs. Germond. Those who are able to go on the trip, however, are excited for 2013.

Ms. Elizabeth Gara, a two term Regional School District 13 Board of Education member, has retired from the BOE. Board of Education members are expected to meet twice a month to review budget documents and proposed policies which took up a lot of her time. “I left the BOE because I became the Executive Director of Connecticut Council of small towns which involves meetings and activities that normally interfere with the BOE meetings,” said Ms. Gara. While Ms. Gara was a member of the Board of Education, she specifically

wanted to improve the efforts in student learning and create a more transparent, easier to follow budget. She didn’t run into many problems during her terms as a BOE member, but at times, it was hard to understand what taxpayers wanted. “My favorite part of the BOE was getting to know students and learning about what helped students achieve excellence, such as AP level courses and mastery tests. My least favorite part being the long meetings, which took away from my time at the capitol, which was usually during BOE meetings,” said Ms. Gara.

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! *$+,) -)'.%$' I have known Mr. Sam Gossner for a long time now and I still donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t understand him. If you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know Sam, heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the sort of guy who, in order to fight off boredom on a Saturday morning, invents a monster that is apparently plaguing Durham, finds two suckers, myself and Patrick Daniels, and goes to make a documentary about it. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the sort of guy who has a pair of pants made of duct tape, several swords hanging around his bed, and quite possibly the most impressive arsenal made entirely of aluminum foil that I have ever seen. Mr. Gossner is also a musical genius, he plays trombone, and composes music, as well as creating it on his computer and selling it to private game creators. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m an overall creative person. I enjoy working in all forms of art from music to poetry to drawing,â&#x20AC;? said Sam. Samâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s music is currently written, purchased, and used for small flash animated games, but he hopes one day to work on film scores and larger projects. He also does some of the graphic designs like characters, user interfaces, and main title screens for flash games. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m a strong believer that to be successful in a broad creative field such as games or film, you need to experience as many of the positions as possible in order to be able to understand how your part fits into the rest and what things that you do

help/hinder the process, so I try to keep myself creatively engaged as much as I can and in as broad subjects as I can- designing a game one day, composing the next, writing poetry the third,â&#x20AC;? said Sam. Sam is also now a proud Eagle Scout. His scouting journey started in Pack 33 with the cub scouts and has continued through to the present in Troop 33. I wholeheartedly believe that Sam is the epitome of who a boy scout is, and if Sir Robert Baden Powell were to meet him, heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d be proud of the person Sam has become. Samâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Eagle Service Project, which all scouts must complete, was nothing less than perfect for him. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I created a database for the Durham Historical Society that holds information, images, and research on their items. When I completed my work, I had catalogued 182 items,â&#x20AC;? said Sam. The project submerged him in the many historical artifacts held by the society including everything from civil war bayonets to top hats from the 1900s. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Holding something that is 100 or even 200 years old is pretty incredible,â&#x20AC;?said Sam. Samâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Eagle Ceremony took place on Saturday, November 10 at the Durham Public Library. Special guests included First Selectwoman Laura Francis, First Selectman Jon Brayshaw, Veterans of Foreign Wars Commander John Capega, and Durham Historical Society President Sarah Atwell.

! #$%$&! %'() In the past few years you may have noticed a few signs here and there proclaiming â&#x20AC;&#x153;seasonal sale!â&#x20AC;? or â&#x20AC;&#x153;liquidation sale!â&#x20AC;? taking place inside of a mysterious â&#x20AC;&#x153;school store.â&#x20AC;? Although this â&#x20AC;&#x153;storeâ&#x20AC;? has been around for quite a while there was never that much done with it, until this year. Junior Morgan Kuenhle, along with Business teachers Ms. Susan Wagemaker and Mr. Ryan Donecker, have taken control over the school store with big plans to re-invent the shop. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is a year of transition, a year of learning,â&#x20AC;? said Ms. Wagemaker. Morgan has come up with a marketing plan for the store as her junior Quest project which is

similar to a senior Wise project. It includes setting a goal and keeping diligent track of your progress in pursuing the goal. In college, Morgan plans to â&#x20AC;&#x153;major in marketingâ&#x20AC;?. For this project she will work with the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) to accomplish the goal. During spirit week, the FBLA held a contest in which students had a chance at naming the new school store along. The winner got a $25 gift card. The winner was ultimately Katie Boris with the name evocative of a grocery store â&#x20AC;&#x153;CoginShop.â&#x20AC;? CoginShop will also feature new leadership opportunities such as store accountants and managers to in-


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terested and qualified students. On parent night there was a survey taken to see what parents would be interested in seeing offered at the new store. Morgan and the FBLA soon plan to survey students on what they would like to see as well. After replenishing the previous storeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s supply, they will consider all of the information gathered in the individual studies to upgrade the merchandise offered. Some possibilities may include: winter gear, sports performance gear, snapback hats and much, much more. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m really enjoying doing it,â&#x20AC;? said Morgan.

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Students have been upset about not being able to use the track during free periods. They feel that the policy is preventing students from staying active. â&#x20AC;&#x153;On a nice sunny day I want to go outside and get my mind away from all the work I have, but I never can,â&#x20AC;? said senior Jessica Solomon. The main reason for not letting students on the track alone is safety. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We like it when we can see the students.â&#x20AC;? said Principal Mr. Andre Hauser.



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Two Coginchaug graduates are taking learning into their own hands while creating their own WECS radio show. Alumni Eddie Daniels (Class of 2011) and Jimmy Malcolm (‘12) are the co-hosts of the Eastern Connecticut State University radio show Radio Faces. “Our show is supposed to be an indierock format so we primarily play songs, but at least twenty minutes of the two hours is talking,” said Eddie. Eddie and Jimmy both belong to the ECSU radio club where they began their radio show. “I have a radio show because Eddie was in the club and had a show last year,” said Jimmy. “I joined the club but I don’t necessarily need to be in the club to get one. But club people tend to get first choice at time slots.” With interesting names like DJ Imbo and the Cake, Radio Faces is a two hour show that incorporates interesting conversation and a variety of music. “We play music and mention trivia about the band and go off into topics,” said Jimmy. “I like to mention a lot of pop culture like ‘this was in the soundtrack of... blah blah.’” “We’re pretty much allowed to say whatever we’d like because it is our show,” said Eddie. “If there’s anything in the news or other media that will spark con-

versation we will bring it up, and then after songs we will say the name and artist and any other relevant trivia,” Although it is technically their radio show, Eddie and Jimmy do have to watch what they say at times. “There are a few rules about what we can say, like expletives, references to drugs, sex or alcohol, and we’re not supposed to use people’s full names,” said Eddie. The name Radio Faces may spark questions considering radio is solely audio and faces are irrelevant to this type of media, but there is in fact an explanation to the title. “I think the story was, Jimmy said we were great DJs cause we had the ‘faces for radio’ and it just stuck from there,” said Eddie. “I wouldn’t say it’s the perfect name, but I prefer it to Eddie and the Cake.” The two play a variety of music and even take requests from callers. “People listen to our show for the music and the trivia,” said Jimmy. “We have listeners from home and I have gotten calls and AIMs in studio from Willimantic fans requesting songs, so I keep up the music,” If you are interested in listening to the show, you can find them from eight to ten p.m. on 90.1 WECS radio, or at

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What happens when the Coginchaug Model UN Team has the best year in recent memory? Are they supposed to rest on their laurels and call it a day? Stage a massive takeover of student government? Denounce all world issues and start publishing a fashion blog about Western Business Attire? No! If anything, CogMUN, where students pose as countries in the United Nations to solve real-world issues, is trying to go higher and do better. How does Model UN plan to make this year even better? It’s not all about the awards. Club Advisor and Social Studies teacher, Julie Selberg likened the new MUN approach to a pit crew at a car race. “It’s about preparation,” said Mrs. Selberg. “When we send a delegate into a UConn, Boston, or Yale conference, he should represent not just the research he does alone at his house, but the collaborative effort of the whole Model UN club.” She’s also very excited about holding mock debates between delegates to test the strengths of their arguments before conferences. General enthusiasm- nay, exuberance-

seems to be the tagline for Model UN this year. Growing to nearly three-times their previous size, Model UN meetings are loud and spontaneous. Senior co-Secretary General Emory Manguilli remarked that the club seems to be approaching the same level of spirit she saw as a freshman. Much of this is due to the successful MUNchkins conference last May when 7th and 8th graders participated in a Model UN conference run by the Coginchaug club. The excellent recruitment and growing role of students leading the clubhandling the MUNchkins topic research, recruitment, and organization logistics largely on their own fostered greater member participation during the “offseason,” the time of year after the large college conferences. Other goals for the year include touching up the club webpage and organizing research and conference preperation so it can be accessed by future delegates. Model UN meets from 6-7 on Tuesday evenings and is advised by Ms. Selberg and Ms. Zygmont.

Above: Eddie Daniels sits at the mic. Below: Jimmy Malcom sits in the recording studio Photo by Cody Hendley

6%7 8!1% &9):7 8;5< ! ./*+&-! #2,3-+ Have you ever sat through a class and thought “How is this going to help me in my future career?”Well, as a senior, you have the opportunity to pursue a subject in which you are passionate about learning more about with a WISE project. WISE is an independent study where seniors may choose to do a project that reflects upon their personal interests, and invest time outside of school to research a topic that they are dedicated to learning more about. With the help of a teacher mentor of their choice, students take their education well beyond the classroom and curriculum. Students may have to do intense research, conduct interviews, shadow jobs, maintain a journal, or have weekly meetings with their mentors over the course of a few month which finally leads up to a presentation of their projects. This year, twelve seniors have signed up for to do a WISE project. Though the “kick-off” meeting wasn’t until November 20, these students were already developing ideas well before the project officially started, and were extremely eager to

start. Students chose various subjects from graphic design to therapeutic riding. The project gives students the opportunity to create something that really illustrate the hobbies, learning ability, and perseverance of the individual. The mentors of these students are also very excited. Being a mentor of a WISE project gives teachers the chance to watch the students learn and grow while learning from the students they are mentoring.Although previously art teacher Jan Wenzel ran WISE,this year, it was taken over by two new teachers, Spanish teacher Mrs. Kate Germond and science teacher Dr. Matthew Taber. Being new to the program, they both have very high hopes for this group of students and what they will accomplish. “Overall, I hope that everyone is able to learn more about the topic that interests them. I am hoping that the participants can gain a better understanding of their topic as well as the topics of the other participants. I am excited to see the finished product of all WISE participants.” said Mrs. Germond.


The Devils’ Advocate

Friday, November 23, 2012

Changing the World

Iron Curtain

By Kevin Onofreo

By Jake Cunningham

Most everyone has met or seen Richard Chi roaming the halls, usually dressed all in white or in a dapper vest and bowtie. However, Richard is far more than a well dressed gentleman. He’s also the founder of the Coalition of Peace and Love. CoPaL’s goal is to change the world through peaceful actions and loving everyone. “Our end goal is world peace, and in the meantime, we’re just helping out little by little. Each member of the CoPaL is dedicated to spreading a message of peace and love to the world,” said Richard. “We’d act as a catalyst in the arrival of world peace to the human race.” Mr. Chi first began this bold venture e af after meeting a schizophrenic man in the emergency psych ward of Middlesex hospital. “While there, I came to a self-realization of existence and became very spiritual. The doctors labeled the event as an episode of mania in a bipolar patient,” said Richard. Richard himself was there because he was bipolar. At the time, he was going through something called psychosis which is basically “when the brain turns to mush,” as Richard put it.

“I guess the episode of mania was sort of like a mind-blowing experience that completely altered my view on life. I was just full of love for everything and the whole world was wonderful. I had entered a state of mind where I’m completely at bliss and okay with everything,”said Richard. Richard has recovered from that, but his mindset has stayed the same. “It’s like being a kid and thinking that there’s a Santa Claus. Once you find out that Santa Claus was just a lie, you can’t go back to believing he’s real,” said Richard. Now Richard is using his experiences to change the world one step at a time. “To be honest, I don’t think we’ve changed any lives, but it certainly has had a positive impact on the members and all the people who’ve come into contact with the members,” said Richard. I’d argue that statement after seeing Richard pull an underclassman from his empty table and invite him into the welcoming table of Richard and Company. Regardless, Richard and his peers have undertaken a noble task that I believe we can all get behind.

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Mr. Neal Shusterman is a successful writer who has written popular books such as Unwind, Bruiser, and Unstrung, and is coming out with a new book called Unwholly. The author came to the school on October 10 where he spoke to students from Memorial, Strong, and Coginchaug about what it takes to write stories for a living. Mr. Shusterman started his presentation by saying it wasn’t going to be a normal presentation. The whole presentation was just students asking questions and Mr. Shusterman answering. Again and again the students wanted to know how you become a writer. “What is your writing process?” one student asked. Mr. Shusterman starts his writing in a regular notebook then transfers it to computer. He writes three drafts of every chapter, and then he finishes the book and writes a fourth draft, which is the biggest rewrite. Next he takes a month off from writing the book, and writes the fifth draft to the book. After that he gives it to other writers who he knows are going to be hard and critical of his work and then edits one more time. Finally he

gives it to his editor and calls it his first draft, who edits it on average three more times before publication. Mr. Shusterman decided he wanted to become an author in the ninth grade when he wrote a story based on Jaws and submitted it to a contest. You would expect an accomplished writer to have won this type of contest, but he actually lost the contest miserably. “I was really bummed when I lost that contest,” said Shusterman. The same thing happened when he wrote his first book. He sent it off to twenty different publishers and not one wanted to publish his book. “At the time I was mad about this, but now looking back on it those failed books did a job, and that job was to make me a better writer,” said Mr. Shusterman. “With every book I become a better writer.” If you are wondering when you should tell a story, Shusterman advises to “tell it when it has a universal feeling, or is screaming to be told. Don’t limit yourself to a specific genre, because it limits the amount of people you can affect with your story,” said Shusterman.

Much to the surprise of many students, Coginchaug’s gymnasium has recently been equipped with what appears to be a large blue curtain dividing the gym in two. But what exactly is the story behind this seemingly new wall of blue? The answer to that question became clearer after talking to Mr. Robert Nemphos and Mrs. Clare Matasavage, the school’s P.E. teachers, about the curtain. According to the two tenacious track and tennis teachers, although this particular divider may be new, it’s far from the first one Coginchaug’s ever had. Before Mr. Nemphos even began working as a Coginchaug teacher, the gym had a similar curtain that would pull back across the room, instead of lowering to the ground automatically as the new one does. “A couple building people came in and were doing work on the gym, and somebody derailed the old one. It winded up getting thrown away,” said Mrs. Matasavage. The gym went over eight years without a divider until the 2002 Building Project helped install a new one. “It’s really great,” said Mr. Nemphos. “You can have two sports going on at once. We can have two completely separate classes doing their regular activities at the same time.” This is especially useful with the addition of Racquet Sports, another physical education elective, happening at the

same time as gym classes. Despite the usefulness of the gym divider, students have mixed opinions about it. “It neglects the idea of having an open gym. The gym feels small & cramped,” said junior Jeffery Peracchio. “I’ve already had enough trouble taking photos of sports in the gymnasium. From a photographer’s standpoint, this divider is bad news bears,” said junior Kat Hamilton. “It’s a waste of money,” said senior Christine French. “It’s a gym, it’s supposed to be big and open. If not, they’d have made two separate rooms.” “Oh yeah, I have gym every day, the divider’s great,” said senior Jason Kokoszka. “There’s always another class going on, so if it’s raining out I don’t have to go downstairs and get crammed into the little Martial Arts room. I can just do whatever we’re doing on the other side of the gym while the other class is doing their thing,” Despite the mixed reviews from Coginchaug students, what’s clear is that the divider is here to stay. Never again will Walk Fit students have to worry about getting stuck outside in the freezing cold because another class is using the gym. Never again will you have to worry about volleyballs flying into the court in the middle of a game. With the blue and white representing Coginchaug spirit, never again will we have to worry about other schools forgetting who beat them.

Juniors Emmy Norton and Morgan Dickson show their spirit as Captain America and Superman. Photo By Katie McKernan

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When it comes to a sports season, athletes across the board put in hours upon hours of hard work, conditioning, and preparation before every game. When you have multiple teams in the same season qualifying for the state tournaments, it is an incredible accomplishment. The boys’ soccer team (with a 6-8-2 record) qualified for the state tournament in an exciting fashion; they left it to the last game when they traveled to Foran in the evening to win a thriller of a competition. “I feel that we are starting to play the best soccer of the year,” said the boys’soccer coach Chris Cap. “Wins at North Branford and Foran were important for us. Not only getting us into states, but building our confidence knowing that we can go on the road and get a result.” “We had our ups and downs this season, but we stuck together as a team to make states, but unfortunately lost a tough game in the first round to Old Saybrook,” said senior captain Ben Taber. “Playing our last high school game was very emotional, and I think we are all going to miss playing and the bond we had as a team.” The girls’ soccer team finished the regular season with a solid 9-7 record. “There are games that we lost that we should have won, but it is over and done with, and nothing we can do it about it now,” said senior Ali Doolittle. “Looking back on it, I’m proud of everyone for how we played this year, and I’m very satisfied especially since we were a very young team.” The Lady Devils got past Stonington in the first round of the state tournament, but ended up losing November 12 to Suffield in a 3-2 game. The cross country teams had some notable performers throughout the course of the season. “Sophomore Kelly Halligan was consistently the top runner for the girls during the season,” said cross country coach Mr. Dave Bellemare. “With the team comprised largely of underclassmen, the future looks to be very promising for the girls.” Kelly was named to the second team all shoreline conference team for the 2012

season. In boys’ cross country, senior Jeremy Brown and sophomore Christian Alberico were honored as first team all shoreline cross country runners. “I look up to Galen Rupp who recently placed 2nd in the 10k in the Olympics because of his hard work and dedication,” said Christian. “But my inspiration comes a lot from my dad who used to run track in high school as well.” Head cross country coach Mr. Marty Roberts is retiring from coaching as he has put in countless hours since 1986. Coach Roberts was named Connecticut coach of the year back in 2002. With his since famous motto of “You don’t have to be the best, you have to try your best” inspiring several thousand high school athletes, “Marty” will be remembered for his vast knowledge, ability to motivate, and humor,” said Mr. Bellemare. “Be sure to wish Coach Roberts well as he makes his final awards presentation at the Fall Sport Banquet.” The football team got off to a hot start, kicking off the season with a 3-1 record. Since then, the Devils have dropped four straight games losing to Old Saybrook/ Westbrook, Valley Regional/Old Lyme, North Branford, and Haddam-Killingworth. “Our aggression kills us,” said sophomore Antonio Lockwood. “We are 3-5 and that’s not good enough. Hopefully we can get to the playoffs next year with some hard work in the offseason.” The team has suffered serious injuries, most notably the wrist of junior quarterback Tyler Meeker in an early season game against Hyde. Last but not least, the volleyball team managed to finish the year at an even 9-9. “The team improved a lot going into this season,” said senior captain Kelly Donovan. “Last year was a big rebuilding year and this year was more about the aspect of teamwork and togetherness. We made it to both shorelines and states which was a big accomplishment and goal for the team.” The ladies lost to Northwest Catholic three sets to none in their first round of the state tournament.

Senior Alan Haberern focuses on a soccer game. Photo by Sarah Trombeta

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Senior Bus The Durham/Middlefield Senior Bus is available for transportation to activities on Tuesday and Wednesday. There is no fee for this service. Planned trips include: The Christmas Tree Shops in Manchester and Orange, Yankee Candle in Deerfield, Mass., IKEA, Mohegan Sun, Foxwoods, Evergreen Walk, WFSB Better Yet Connecticut, Stew Leonards, Foot Prints, Maritime Aquarium, Mystic Village and the Thimble Islands, to name a few. The bus schedule can be found at See Seniors, page 28 1265971

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New Durham shop the ‘place to go’ for quality antiques and vintage finds By Stephanie Wilcox Town Times

Mark Freeman had planned his antiques and vintage gallery business for a couple of years before deciding last year to open it in Durham. “I was attracted to Durham,” said the Wallingford resident. “It’s beautiful; it has an old, historic district. It’s a nice little community.” And because “so many people utilize Route 17,” Freeman said Main Street Durham is the perfect location to open Antiques & Vintage Gallery, at 16 Main St., in the Durham Village plaza. The 2,000-plus square foot gallery opening this weekend will specialize in furniture — more specifically, “rare furniture in top notch condition,” Freeman said. “There are a lot of rare

Mark Freeman, right, with nephew Jaryd Boisvert at Freeman’s new Antiques & Vintage Gallery in Durham. Photo by Stephanie Wilcox pieces,” he said. “At quick glance, it looks like just any oval shaped marble-top table from the Victorian period. But it’s very rare, one you may not find for another six or seven years.” Freeman’s nephew, Jaryd

Boisvert, who will help run the shop, calls it a “unique” place. “You can have a piece in your living room (from the gallery) that your friends don’t have,” he said. “The item could be a couple hun-

dred years old, one of a kind.” “We’re proud of our stuff,” he added. Freeman’s company, Edwin Taylor Antiques, will have a presence in the shop, but he plans to use the space

as a group shop once doors open. Over time Freeman will acquire a variety of specialized dealers, such as high end pottery, glassware, vintage antique toys, jewelry and linen dealers, and a master dollhouse builder. Freeman has been involved in the antiques business for about 35 to 40 years. “In my personal life, I’ve done this for myself and my friends,” said Freeman, whose wife Doreen will help run the shop. “My friends will say, ‘hey, I’m looking for something in particular. Can you see if you can find one for me while out in your travels?’” The antiques business is a passion for Freeman, and the draw is the historical aspect. “There is such a rich history in America. There were master joiner and cabinet See Antiques, page 25

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Cupcakes for a cause Coginchaug football cheerleaders raised $210 for breast cancer awareness in the month of October. The girls made pink cupcakes and sold them at games.

Bottom row, from left: Megan Yale, Ave Altschuler, Faedra Flannigan, Heather Poturnicki, Jessica Williams, Dominique Coppola, Caitlyn Ruggiero, Jessica Dontigney, Aubrey Schock, Abby Eisner and Melissa Parsons. Top row, from left: Stephanie Fisher, Dana Foley, Jackie Stevens, Alyssa Gambardella, Lily Elliott, Jenna Barton, Amy Stankiewicz, Rachel Plant and Morgan Manning. Submitted by Sherry Hill

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Mannion named Coginchaug Football honorary captain By John Bozzi Special to the Town Times

graduated with honors with a B.S. degree in English/education. That fall, Mannion began a 30-year teaching career at Sheehan High School in Wallingford when he was hired as an English teacher and assistant football coach. In 1990 he became Sheehan’s third head football coach and held that post until 2002. In 1992 Mannion was awarded the New Haven Football Officials Coach of the Year Award. In 2002 he was presented with the Distinguished American Award from the New Haven Chapter of the National Football Foundation Hall of Fame. In 2010 he was inducted into the Shee-

Sgt. Dennis Mannion

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Photo by Dennis Mannion

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Sgt. Dennis Mannion was selected to be Coginchaug football team’s honorary captain for the Cromwell game on Thanksgiving as part of the team’s efforts to honor veterans. Mannion enlisted in the Marine Corps in January 1967. After boot camp at Parris Island, S.C. and infantry training at Camp Lejeune, N.C., he attended Naval Gunfire School in Coronado, Calif. In September of that year he departed for Vietnam and was assigned as an artillery forward observer with Kilo Company, 3rd Battalion, 26th Marines. Kilo Company and other Marine Corps companies were sent to the remote Khe Sanh Combat base in December 1967 in response to a build up of North Vietnamese forces in the area. Kilo Company was tasked with the defense of an isolated hilltop outpost, Hill 861, where Mannion was solely responsible for the artillery support for the base at Khe Sanh. In January 1968 Khe Sanh was attacked by an estimated 40,000 North Vietnamese soldiers. During the 77 day Siege of Khe Sanh that followed, Mannion conducted over 300 artillery missions that helped thwart the NVA attempt to overrun the base and its 6,000 U.S. Marine defenders. Twicewounded on that hill, Mannion was awarded two Purple Hearts. He and the other defenders of Khe Sanh were awarded a Presidential Unit Citation. When the 26th Marines departed Khe Sanh at the end of April 1968, he was sent to the 12th Marines located at Dong Ha. For the last five months of his combat tour, he was part of a small Naval Gunfire team that operated along the coast of South Vietnam above the Cua Viet River near Dong Ha and below the Ben Hai River in the DMZ. Home from Vietnam in October 1968, he served out the

remainder of his enlistment at Camp Lejeune with 2nd ANGLICO. As part of that unit he spent four months in Guantanamo Bay and also took part in a 1969 summer Med-Cruise with Marine and other NATO Forces in Greece and Turkey. He was honorably discharged with the rank of Sergeant in December 1969. Mannion graduated from Notre Dame High School in West Haven in 1964 where he was a two-year starter on the football team and a captain his senior year. He began his college career at the University of Notre Dame but left South Bend after his sophomore year. After his stint in the marines he resumed his college career at the University of Connecticut where in 1973 he

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Town Times — Friday, November 23, 2012

Winning season for IDS soccer and cross country due to inclement weather but managed to finish undefeated. Under the guidance of their coach, Janet Sisson, the boys demonstrated extraordinary progress this year. The new IDS cross country team had an exceptional run this season, placing well in all of their events. Their ambition, energy and spirited coach, Martha Ficke, created a recipe for success.

By JoAnn Rider Special to the Town Times

All three fall sports teams at The Independent Day School in Middlefield ended their season on top. With Coach Carrie Boyce to guide them, the girls soccer team started out with two losses but managed to end with four straight wins. As the season progressed, the team grew and developed tactically and learned to move the ball exceptionally well. Unfortunately, the boys soccer team experienced a season cut short

The IDS girls soccer team. Photo submitted by JoAnn Rider

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han High School Hall of Fame and into the New Haven Gridiron Club Hall of Fame in 2011. Mannion is a lifetime member of the National Organization of the Purple Heart, the Disabled Veterans of America, and the Khe Sanh Veterans Association where he is on the scholarship and by-laws committees. His experiences at Khe Sanh have been documented on the History Channel, CBS TV, and the ABC Millennium Series as well as three books and one video documentary. He has made numerous presentations to high school and college classes about this topic. Mannion is the proud father of four children, daughter Brooke (and her husband Charles Davis); sons Jake, Blake and Devin and grandchildren Grace and Campbell Davis. His wife Joan is retired from her own 35 year career as an English teacher and guidance councilor at Sheehan.

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Top prize

Web poll results This week, we asked our online readers, “What’s your favorite traditional Thanksgiving food?” Here are the results: Turkey: 0% Stuffing: 50% Cranberry sauce: 0% Mashed potatoes/squash/yams: 25% Pumpkin pie: 25% Be sure to vote in our next poll at

This adorable turkey sits at the corner of Haddam Quarter Road and Oak Terrace in Durham. Photo by Sue VanDerzee

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Work off your holiday stress by joining a free Zumba class held every Sunday at 11 a.m. from now until Dec. 23, at Core Club & 24/7 Gym, 350 Main St., Durham. Zumba is a Latin-inspired exercise movement where you dance your way into a leaner, healthier, happier you. Aerobic shoes are recommended. One class per person.



Janet Field and Karen Aubry with the quilt that will be given out as the top raffle prize at the United Churches of Durham holiday bazaar Saturday, Dec. 1. The quilt was handmade by Darleen Merriam, who retired from Memorial School in Middlefield. The bazaar is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Fellowship Hall, 228R Main St. This year’s bazaar will feature country crafts, homemade goodies, holiday greenery, baked goods, candies, gift baskets, jewelry and a White Elephant room sponsored by Boy Scout Troop 270. Photo by Karen Kean


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Come In From The Cold! Your backyard grill may be under wraps, but the one in Time Out Taverne’s kitchen is always ready to cook up your favorite Angus burgers and steaks. In need of a dose of “comfort food”? Try the Pasta Quattro Formaggio (a grown-up version of mac ‘n cheese), Pasta Carbonara, Clams over Linguini, Shrimp Scampi Ravioli or creamy, nutmeg-seasoned Penne Vittoria. Time Out’s dinner specials feature fresh-off-thedocks seafood, plus cold weather favorites like Pork Osso Bucco and Grilled Beef Tenderloin Medallions, all expertly prepared in creative presentations. Delicious appetizers, pub-style sandwiches and meal-sized salads complete the menu. Relax near the fireplace in the Taverne’s handsomely appointed dining room, or enjoy the lively atmosphere of the sports-themed lounge. Affordable wines, fine brews (more than 70 selections!) and inventive cocktails - delivered by a friendly staff - round out a great dining experience. ❄ Open Mondays from 4 PM; Tuesday through Sunday from 11 AM ❄ Wheelchair accessible ❄ Hi-Def TVs with satellite feed in the lounge ❄ Reservations welcome Filet Mignon “Trio”

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