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Volume 17, Issue 9

Durham chef invited to the White House By Joseph Adinolfi Special to the Town Times

“I did a lot of volunteer work over the years, and its surprising where it can bring you,” said Mark Shadle, co-owner and executive chef of “It’s Only Natural,” a Middletown restaurant specializing in vegan cuisine. Shadle was extremely surprised when he received an email from a friend he met while volunteering with the Share our Strength Program — a national program to end childhood hunger — offering him the opportunity to be one of 10 Connecticut chefs to travel to the White House

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as part of First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Chefs Move to Schools” program. “I found out about six days before I left – about two weeks ago,” said Shadle. Shadle left for Washington, DC on Thursday, June 3, and returned to his home in Durham the following day. More than 500 chefs from 37 states attended the meeting with Obama. The program featured several speakers — including White House Assistant Chef Sam Kass, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Obama. See Chef, page 3

‘Honor and Distinction’ in the Class of 2010 By Stephanie Wilcox, Sue VanDerzee and Judy Moeckel

There are 150 members of the Class of 2010 at Coginchaug Regional High School, and 17 of them will be graduating on June 18 with “honor and distinction.” These students have earned their honor and distinction the hard way — through academic success. On a 12-point scale, they have achieved a cumulative average of at least 10.0 over four years. This week, we will start our publication of interviews with these outstanding young people – eight of them this week and the remaining nine next week – in no special order except that readers will have to wait till next week to meet valedictorian Shaina Bradley and salutatorian Danielle Charette. Our towns are also honored this year because the valedictorian of Vinal Vocational Technical High School in Middletown is a student from Rockfall — Lauren Bradley.

You will also meet her next week. Be prepared to be amazed to meet these local academic stars! We would also like to congratulate another distinguished group of graduates — 23 strong — though we have not interviewed them. These are the CRHS graduates who have earned at least a 9.0 cumulative average over four years, and they are graduating with honor. They include, in alphabetical order, Eric Andrews, Shelby Artkop, Amanda Bedding, Randy Bertrand, Sarah Bugai, Derek Cuneo, Heidi Emack, Samuel Frey, Kyle Hassman, Sarah Hopkins, Erica Jones, Robert Ober, Dylan Pedersen, Laura Reimer, Kate Riotte, Caitlin Rogers, Edward Ruddy, Ryan Russell, Michael Sheldon, Benjamin Shoudy, Gregory Smith, Michael Smith and Sarah Wooley. See page 6 for our first H&D interviews.

Top, Stephanie Wilcox snapped the swan family on Lake Beseck, and Deb Huscher caught the kindergarten nature detectives, directly above, on a field trip to Wadsworth Falls. They talked about all kinds of animals, including birds.

Oliver Smith Jr., of Durham, took these photos of hummingbirds at Hill Hollow condos. Even though we can’t use every nature photo we get, we do put them up on our website, and we certainly appreciate the folks who send them along.

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Middlefield Garden Tour

349 2027. Tour day tickets will be on sale at the Levi Coe Library for $15.

The Mid-Lea Garden Club of Middlefield is sponsoring a garden tour on Saturday, June 12, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., RAIN OR SHINE. Five gardens, including three water gardens, will be featured. The gardens are in close proximity. Come and enjoy complimentary refreshments, a member plant sale and a garden item raffle, including fresh floral arrangements and garden implements. Tickets are $12 in advance; call Linda Betta at 860-3491428 or Sandy Frederick at 860

First 2010 baked The Connection bean supper to host baseball The baked bean suppers held at the United Churches of Durham will begin on Friday, June 25, at 6 p.m. in the air-conditioned Fellowship Hall building located at the corner of Route 68 and Main Street in Durham. The baked bean suppers are a local tradition, featuring dishes such as baked beans, scalloped corn, macaroni dishes, salads and homemade breads and pies.

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great Strawberry Baseball great Darryl Strawberry will be the guest speaker at The Connection’s second annual Connecting with Hope Gala on Friday, June 18, at The Stone House in Deep River. The four-time World Series champion with the Mets and Yankees and eight-time All-Star selectio will speak about his illustrious career and his victory over years of substance abuse.

Corrections We strive to bring you the most accurate information available, but if you see something in Town Times that isn’t quite right, give us a call at 860-349-8000, and we’ll do our best to make things right. Ryan Russell recieved a special award from guidance department chair Beth Galligan at the Senior Awards Night on June 2. It was not listed in the program and so did not make our list last issue.

A two-time cancer survivor, Strawberry and his wife, Tracy, operate a family foundation that addresses autism among youth. Darryl’s memoirs are captured in his new HarperCollins New York Times bestselling autobiography, Straw: Finding My Way. For tickets to this business casual, charitable event benefiting The Connection, a nonprofit human services agency serving 6,000 children and adults annually in every part of Connecticut since 1972, call 888-824-1972, or visit

Women: Looking for a place to sing? Valley Shore Chorus of Sweet Adelines International invites all women who like to sing to join them this summer as they brush up their repertoire and practice new songs in four-part a capella harmony barbershop-style singing. They are a fun group with members from all over Connecticut, so carpool-

In this issue ... Calendar ............................4 Durham Briefs ....14-15 & 19 In Our Churches..............22 Middlefield Briefs ...11 & 13 Sports ...............................27

ing is available. Ask about free individual vocal instruction. Sing with them on Tuesdays at 7 p.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Parish Hall, 47 Oak St. in Middletown. Call Joan at 860-767-8540 for info.

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The Cross Street Church, 440 West St. in Middletown, is hosting a community event: “Celebrate Me Cultural Bazaar” on Saturday, June 19, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. They are offering the congregation that brings the largest group to the event a $250 cash gift and a one-time free use of the Cross Street sanctuary or banquet facility for an approved event based on the Cross Street church guidelines and schedule. To qualify, register your group by June 16 by calling 860344-9527 or e-mailing to and have your group present for the opening ceremony at 10 a.m. in the Cross Street sanctuary.

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This month’s community supper will be hosted by Notre Dame and the Church of the Epiphany at 196 Main St. in Durham on Sunday, June 27, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. The dinner is free and open to all.

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“I was really impressed by her demeanor and sense of humor. Her speaking was great. It was inspiring,” said Shadle about Obama’s speech. “Instead of sending a letter, she actually invited us down and spoke to us. She let us roam around the White House lawn and showed us the garden.” “Chefs Move to Schools” asks chefs from around the country to work with the cafeteria staff at local schools to help create healthier lunches for students within their existing budgets. Shadle has already offered his assistance to Frederick Brewster Elementary School in Durham and is awaiting a response. For Shadle and his wife, Ami Shadle, a holistic nutritionist, healthy eating is more than a job; it’s a passion that they have shared for years. They both hope their involvement with the program will be just one part in a campaign to provide organic food to the greater community.

Three years ago, the Shadles purchased a 270-year-old farm in Durham that had been dormant for over 30 years. The farm has expanded each season. The Shadles are now growing a wide range of crops, from blueberries to basil. “This is really only our third season, but we’re more committed to doing it now than we were when we first started,” said Ami Shadle. “We would like to put in beehives and hire farm hands. We will have crops being harvested all year.” The farm has already become one of It’s Only Natural’s suppliers, and the Shadles plan to sell crops at farmers markets as well as at the farm itself in the near future. Shadle is already brainstorming ways to inspire the students at Brewster Elementary to eat healthier food. “I’d like to hopefully incorporate some of the things that I grow at the farm, maybe work with the faculty and the students to develop a community garden,” said Shadle.

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“One of the key parts of the program is to get other volunteers involved. If it means coming in once a week and doing a demonstration in the cafeteria — the kids might like that. Demonstrations, bringing in some fresh food, trying out some things — those are the ideas that I have.” Just as the Shadle farm grows a wide variety of produce, Shadle wants to give students a variety of healthy meal options to choose from and maybe even inspire them to plant gardens where they can grow their own food. “I want to really ask the kids what they want to eat. I want to say ‘what do you like out of these 20 things’ and try to get them to eat more of that, maybe encourage them to start a garden at their house or at school,” said Mark. Shadle has faith in the program and hopes he will be able to find several dedicated volunteers to help educate cafeteria staff and students about healthy eating. “The chefs have to be willing to take the time and com-


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June 11 Cogin-Chuggers The Durham Cogin-Chuggers will hold the last dance of the season at Brewster School in Durham from 8 to 10:30 p.m. Will Larsen will be the caller and Sue Lucibello the cuer. Donation is $6 per person. For information, call 860349-8084 or 203-235-1604. Frog Friday Come to the Field Forest behind CRHS at 2:30 or 4 p.m. to hike to the vernal pools. Wear clothes and boots that can get muddy. For info, email or 860-395-7771.


June 12

Strawberry Fest Spend a day filled with fun family events celebrating Lyman’s fresh, homegrown strawberries. Enjoy fruitpicking, horse-drawn wagon rides, live music, great foods at the outdoor grill, and more. Tennis Tournament The sixth annual Wallingford Family YMCA/Wint Filipek Sr. Memorial Tennis Tournament will be held today through June 20 at the Cheshire Academy tennis complex. Send e-mail to Wint Filipek Jr. at, visit or call 860621-5655 for information. Pig Roast Enjoy a pig roast barbecue at the K-Club, 168 Main St. in Rockfall, to help raise funds for Chris Eckola, a 24-year old with an inoperable brain tumor. The event will be held from noon to 6 p.m. Donation is $15. For more in formation call the K-Club at 860-347-9521. Dudley Farm Market The Dudley Farm Market, corner of Routes 77 and 80 in North Guilford, is open from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. For information, call 860-349-3917. Little League Tryouts Coginchaug Little League tryouts for majors and minors teams will be held in Durham from 9 a.m. to noon. Polish Picnic The Polish Nat’l Alliance annual picnic will be at noon at the PNA Park on North Plains Industrial Road in Wallingford. There will be music, dancing and home-

made Polish food. Proceeds benefit the scholarship fund. Call 203-269-9405 for info. Garden Tour The Mid-Lea Garden Club will present a Middlefield garden tour from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. featuring five gardens. Tickets are $12 in advance and available by calling Linda at 860-349-1428 or Sandy at 860349-2027. Tickets on the day of the tour will be $15 at Levi Coe Library. The group will leave from the library at 10 a.m. Enjoy refreshments, music by Midi, a plant sale and a raffle. BBQ and Touch-A-Truck The Durham Volunteer Fire Co. and Explorer Post 422 are host a BBQ chicken dinner and Touch-A-Truck fundraiser from 3 to 7 p.m. on the Durham fairgrounds. There will be trucks, a DJ, a moonbounce and the Time Travelers Band. Tickets available at the door and at the firehouse. Art Guild Show The Art Guild of Middletown will have a show at the Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery on the Wesleyan campus beginning today. For info, call Carole Johnson at 860-267-9897. Free Admissions To celebrate Connecticut’s 375th anniversary, over 200 museums, galleries, historic sites, parks and attractions will have free admission today. Visit for a listing of participating properties. Arts Festival The Green Street Art Center, 51 Green St. in Middletown, will hold an arts festival from 1 to 3 p.m. Admission is free. Call 860-685-7871 or visit for information. Car Wash Girl Scout troops 62134 and 62891 will hold a car wash from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Carolyn Adams parking lot.


June 13 Go Far The Go Far program will run its first ever race at the Durham Fairgrounds on a safe closed circuit course on the lower portion of the fairgrounds. For information, email Amber Alert From 10 a.m, to 2 p.m. the Zavaski Insurance Agency, 350 Main St. in Durham, will hold an Amber alert registra-

tion and Project Smile teddy bear drive. Register your children in the Amber Alert program and bring in a new or gently loved stuffed animals for Project Smile. Refreshments and fun activities for the children. Register by calling Betty at 860-349-2322. Paradise Lost The Buttonwood Tree on Main St. in Middletown will host John Basinger at 2 p.m. Hear the words of John Milton come alive in this dramatic recitation of Paradise Lost by an artists who has performed the epic poem for decades. Jaguar Car Show The Apple Barrel at Lyman Farms will host the Jaguar Club of Southern New England from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sports Banquet The spring sports banquet will be held at Coginchaug High School at 4:30 p.m.


June 14 60+ Club The last meeting of the Durham 60+ Club will begin with a blood pressure clinic at noon at the United Churches of Durham Fellowship Hall at the corner of Route 68 and Main Street in Durham. Middi Southerland and the Country Gentlemen will be entertaining the group afterwards. Four Season Concert Enjoy the Four Seasons Plus concert at the Emmanuel Church, 50 Emmanuel Church Rd. in Killingworth at 4 p.m. Tickets are $15 and $10, and include reception. For info, call 860-663-1109 or visit Flag Day The Luther Ridge Art Gallery, 628 Congdon St. in Middletown, will present “Echoes from the Past.” The exhibit and military vehicles will be on display from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Difficult Conversations Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce will hold a seminar on managing difficult conversations from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at the Courtyard Marriott, 4 Sebethe Dr. in Cromwell. A Chamber Business after Work event immediately follows the meeting and includes complimentary wine, beer, soft drinks and hors d’oeuvres. RSVP your attendance to This event is

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June 15 Car Cruise Cruise Rt 66 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Palmer Field parking lot in Middletown. Fully paved lot for cars, cut off year 1980, free music, 50/50 raffles and goodie bags. For info, call Jay 860306-1280 or Louie 860-638-8234. Alzheimer Program The public is invited to “The Heart of the Alzheimer’s Caregiver” held at 5:30 p.m. at the Village at South Farms, 645 Old Saybrook Rd. in Middletown. RSVPs are requested by calling 860-344-8788. Time Management The Middlesex Chamber of Commerce, 393 Main St. in Middletown, will hold a Time Management seminar from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Cost is $25 for members $35 for non-members. To register e-mail m or visit


June 16 Graduation-Last Day Today is the last day for students in District 13. Coginchaug graduation ceremony will be held at 7 p.m. Blood Pressure Screening Twin Maples Health Care will hold a free blood pressure screening at the Durham Pharmacy, 321 Main St. in Durham, from 10 a.m. to noon. For info, e-mail or call 860-349-1041. Cruise Night Main Street Middletown will be closed at 3 p.m. for the annual cruise night event. There will be vintage cars, live music and more. Visit for information. TOPS Durham TOPS Club meets every Wednesday at 6 p.m. on the third floor of the Durham Town Hall. For info, call Naomi Klotsko at 860-349-9558 or Bonnie Olesen at 860-349-9433.


June 17 Oddfellows Playhouse Birthday Benefit Oddfellows Playhouse will

celebrate its 35th birthday with a gala celebration and fundraiser at St. Clement’s Castle in Portland. The event will feature awards, food, live and silent auctions and more. For info, visit or call 860-347-6143. Farmers Market Enjoy a traditional farmers’ market on the Durham green today and every Thursday from 3 to 6 p.m. Today, enjoy the music of the Strong School Chorus. Women’s Hike Join the Women of the Woods for a one-mile hike in the Field Forest in Durham at 9 a.m. They will discuss ways to identify the common trees in the woods. For info, contact Lucy at or 860-395-7771.


June 18

Business Networking The local chapter of Business Networking International will meet in the United Methodist Church, 24 Old Church St. in Middletown at 7:30 a.m. Contact Kirk Hagert at 860-349-5626 for info. Live Music Ann and Peter Sibley will perform folk, blues, bluegrass music at the Buttonwood Tree on Main St. in Middletown beginning at 8 p.m. Shabbat Celebrate the joy of Shabbat at Congregation Adath Israel in Middletown. Services begin at 5:30 p.m. followed by a Shabbat meal at 6:15 p.m. The evening is free and open to the public. Please call 860346-4709 or send an e-mail to if you plan to attend.


June 19

Summer Fest The Notre Dame church’s annual summer festival, featuring a craft fair, a strawberry festival and car show, will be held at the church on Main Street from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Electronic Recycle As part of an Eagle Scout project, there will be an electronics collection drive at St. Colman’s Church parking lot from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Boy Scouts will be on hand to remove items from your car including TVs, computers and accessories, DVDs and more.

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B.O.M.B. Fest brings new music to Durham By Garri Saganenko Special to the Town Times

Hyped by townspeople and music fans around Connecticut alike, the Bring Our Music Back (B.O.M.B.) festival showcased a new type of concert. B.O.M.B. Fest brought national acts to a secluded, rural community and opened the doors to a different scene. The mosh pit in front of 30 Seconds to Mars and the pro hip-hop crowd that gathered around Lupe Fiasco let the shoreline area, specifically Durham, shed its stereotype of a country-music-loving farm town. Casting off the identity of the town was not the goal though, rather an exhibition of a new generation of music was. Arriving at the Durham Fairgrounds around 2 p.m., I was surprised by how lowkey the concert was. Because the concert organizers had spread out the festivities to four stages, the area never became too packed. I made my way over to stage three, set up where the talent show and the CRHS show choir perform at the fair, to watch 40oz to Free-

dom, a Sublime tribute band. The atmosphere during the performance paralleled shows I had attended before — a small crowd gathered around the front of the stage with everyone else sitting on the hill. At the conclusion of their act, I made my way over to stage two, set up where the midway usually is, to watch Mute Math. Once again, the performance was very subtle. One thing I did expect of B.O.M.B. Fest was a greater number of people there. According to Frank Bombaci Sr., one of the coordinators of the show, only 2,300 of the 12,000 available tickets had been sold the day before the show. While some would view this as a negative, he shed a more positive light on it, “We had 1,300 people for last year’s show in New London, so we already have more this year. Plus, we’re hoping for a lot of tickets sold at the door.” In the end, I would estimate that about 4,000 people attended the show throughout the day, a considerable growth from the previous year. The high point of the show came when it was expected,

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with the final two performances. 30 Seconds to Mars, headed by former actor Jared Leto, had been booked by B.O.M.B. Fest when Brand New dropped from the bill. Although I was hesitant about what kind of performance they would put on, Leto got the crowd involved, eventually allowing some of the crowd to go on stage with the band for the final song. Despite some crowd members getting belligerent, enticing the intervention of the authorities, 30 Seconds’ put on a high energy show that had my peers talking for days to come. Lupe Fiasco, a prominent hip-hop recording artist, brought more of the same.

Come to the farm market on the Durham Green every Thursday from 3-6 p.m. for fresh, local dairy products, along with flowers, plants, produce, baked goods, jams, jellies, herbs, ice cream, kettle corn, meat and seafood. The Strong School chorus will entertain this Thursday. All welcome. A Division of Support your local farmers!


At the conclusion of the concert, one word stuck in my mind, and that word was “potential.” B.O.M.B. Fest has the potential to be something extraordinary. After hearing rumors that it may become an annual occurrence, this potential may be fulfilled, one day making the Durham the host of one of the greatest shows in the nation during late spring.

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FEMA wants to help if you suffered damages in heavy spring rains hotline at 1-800-621-FEMA tion, directions to your dam(3362), or do it online at aged property and a telephone number at which you can be Multilingual operators are contacted. available. If you are either After you have registered, speech or hearing impaired, an inspector will visit your call TTY 1-800-462-7585 for as- home to determine what can Town Times sistance. and cannot be covered. This will usually happen within 10 The phone lines will be june 11, 2010 open from 6:30 a.m. to 1 a.m days of calling. In the meanevery day. 3c x 3" time, Lembessis suggests According to Lembessis, keeping any receipts from over 1,000 people in the five temporary housing or other counties affected by the flood- expenses that resulted from ing have already registered the disaster because you may be eligible for reimbursement. with FEMA. Grants from FEMA are givWhen you register, have a pen and paper available, as en on a need basis. If you do well as your Social Security not qualify for a grant, FEMA number, a description of your will refer you to SBA. SBA losses, insurance informa- representatives will be sta-

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Officials seek Korean War veterans for public service awards

Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz announced that she is seeking Korean War veterans currently residing in Durham for the purposes of presenting them with public service swards at a ceremony to be held in the near future. After more than 130 ceremonies since the fall of 2007, the Secretary of the State’s office is concluding the presentation of public service awards to veterans of World War II and is now seeking to honor veterans who served in the Korean conflict between June 26, 1950 and January 31, 1955. Secretary Bysiewicz is asking Korean War veterans residing in Durham to contact First Selectman Laura Francis at 860-349-3625. Invitations for the ceremony will be sent to Korean War veterans who provide their mailing address. At the ceremony, Secretary Bysiewicz plans to present each veteran with an award in recognition of their service during the Korean War and will invite the veterans to share their stories with friends and family attending the event.

Blue Star Mothers membership drive

Membership to the Blue Star Mothers is open to any Ct. mother who has a child serving or who has served in the military. Fathers and family or friends may join as associate members. Meetings are held the third Wednesday of every month, except in July and August, at 7 p.m. at the Cromwell Town Hall, 41 West St. in Cromwell. For more information, email

Special election letter rules In order to allow the largest number of citizens to express their opinions on the November elections, we set a few special election season letter rules. Number one, the deadline for election letters will be Monday at 5 p.m. Number two, election letters will be limited to 200 words. Also, in order to allow as many people as possible to weigh in, we will not print letters that have already been printed in another publication. For the last week before elections (deadline Oct. 25), only positive letters of support will be accepted. Of course, only signed letters with phone numbers, so we can verify authorship, will be accepted.

In observance of Memorial Day, local posts of the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), with assistance from local Boy Scout troops, continued the annual tradition of placing flags on veterans’ graves in cemeteries in Middlefield and Durham. According to Dan Murphy of Durham, who is active in the local post of the American Legion, Memorial Day is the one day of the year when flags are officially placed on graves. “Until the 1950s, Memorial Day was known as Decoration Day,” Murphy says. “It goes back to a tradition that originated in the South of ‘decorating’ veterans’ graves with flags.” Arthur Goddard, a former Durham resident who now lives in Middlefield, once again played a role in placing the flags in Durham on the Thursday evening before Memorial Day. “We in the VFW placed flags in the cemetery behind Town Hall ... it was challenging, because some of the names on the brownstone markers are obscured.” Murphy says this year the VFW and American Legion also covered the historic cemetery behind on Main Street and Mica Hill Cemetery. “There were about 18 of us total, all veterans. We placed flags on probably 150 graves in all. There is not a lot of fanfare, but we are respectful — a lot of us know the people who are buried there,” Murphy explained. In Middlefield, Albert Smith of the VFW says that his organization, along with the American Legion and local Boy Scouts, were able to place nearly 200 flags in the cemetery next to Middlefield Federated Church and at the Old North Burying Ground. “We went out the Friday evening before Memorial Day,” he says. “We also put flags at the fire station and at

the flagpole on the town green.” He says that the flags will remain until after Veterans’ Day, and they replace any that become worn between now and then. What about our flag? How’s your “flag IQ?” Did you know that on June 14, our flag — also known as “The Stars and Stripes,” “Old Glory,” or “The Star-Spangled Banner” — has a birthday? This birthday goes back to 1777, the year Congress adopted the flag that bears 13 stars (one for each of the original 13 colonies). While the Fourth of July has long been observed as “America’s birthday,” the idea of celebrating our flag on an annual basis did not surface until the late 1800s. Lillian White, a lifelong Durham resident and member of the Wadsworth Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, has written about the flag for the DAR. In 1885, she says, Bernard J. Cigrand, a 19-year-old schoolteacher at Stony Hill School, a one-room school in Waubeka, Wisconsin, and his students, put together the first observation of June 14 as “Flag Day” or “The Flag’s Birthday.” It had been 108 years since the official adoption of the Stars and Stripes in 1777. According to the National Flag Day Foundation (www.nationalflagday. com), Cigrand placed a small 38-star flag in an inkwell and had his students write essays on what the flag meant to them. Since then, Cigrand has been known informally as the “father” of Flag Day. Over the next several decades, patriotic observations flourished. In 1914, Franklin K. Lane, Secretary of the Interior, delivered a Flag Day address in which he repeated words he said the flag had spoken to him that morning: “I am what you make me; nothing more. I swing before your eyes as a bright gleam of color, a symbol of yourself,” he said. White says that it was not until May 30, 1916 that Flag Day was officially established,

by proclamation of President Woodrow Wilson. For years after Wilson’s proclamation, Flag Day was celebrated, but it was not until August 3, 1949, that an act of Congress, signed by President Harry Truman, designated June 14 as Flag Day. On June 14, 2004, Congress voted unanimously to officially declare that Flag Day originated in Ozaukee County, Wisconsin, home of Bernard Cigrand and his schoolhouse, now a historical sire. According to, the flag flies at all times over the east and west wings of the Capitol building in Washington, DC, as well as at other sites that are important to our nation’s history, including the White House; Fort McHenry in Baltimore, Maryland; the town green of Lexington, Massachusetts; the Washington Monument; all United States Customs ports of entry that are open around the clock; and the U. S. Marine Corps (Iwo Jima) Memorial in Arlington, Va. It is, of course, illuminated during periods of darkness. To see a video of the Capitol at sunset, with flags, go to The Smithsonian Institution, our country’s national museum, has a fun and educational web page about the flag that you should check out: starspangledbanner. Mary Johnson of Middlefield, who is active in the DAR, feels it is important for people to learn about the flag, and to pay it proper respect. “People should learn about the Flag Code [of etiquette],” she says, “such as placing the right hand over the heart as the flag goes by, and that a flag pin always goes on your left side [by itself].” A final flag trivia (but NOT trivial) question: How many stripes does the U. S. flag have, and what do they represent? (Answer: 13 stripes, one for each of the original 13 colonies. Next question: name those 13 colonies…)

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Notes from the campaign trail ... Szewczyk qualifies for public financing The State Election Enforcement Commission (SEEC) has determined that John Szewczyk, a candidate for the 100th Legislative District, which covers Middletown, Middlefield, Rockfall and Durham, is one of only three house candidates (out of a possible 302) in the entire state to qualify for public financing. To qualify for the program, a candidate must forego PAC money, raise small contributions from individuals and adhere to campaign spending limits and other restrictions. “It is virtually unheard of for a non-incumbent to qualify this early in the election cycle,” stated State Representative Vincent Candelora (86th District; Wallingford, North Branford and East Haven). “The grassroots support for Szewczyk from Middletown, Middlefield, Rockfall and Durham has been truly amazing.” In order to qualify for the program, the candidate must raise $5,000 with donations ranging from $5 to $100. Also, 150 of the contributors must reside in the district. Szewczyk’s opponent participated in the program in 2008; however, he has not yet qualified this year. Candidates have until August to qualify. Szewczyk, 32, is currently a member of Durham’s Board of Selectmen and a decorated eight-year veteran of the Hartford Police Department. He is a lifelong resident of this district and a graduate of Trinity College with a degree in Education and Political Science. Szewczyk can be reached at 860-3490003, by email at, online at or on Facebook at John Szewczyk 2010.

State Senator Thomas P. Gaffey (DMeriden), left, long-standing Senate chair of the legislature’s Education Committee, recently appeared with Governor M. Jodi Rell at an East Hartford elementary school while she signed into law a package of sweeping education reforms. Senator Gaffey described the new law as “the most comprehensive education reform law in Connecticut history.”

Davenport receives Republican nomination for 12th District State Senator In a room packed with delegates, fellow candidates, friends and family, Lisa Davenport was unanimously nominated as the 12th District Republican State Senator candidate on May 14. Vincent Candelora, 86th District Representative, nominated Lisa. He spoke to her strong work ethic, grounded morals and an extraordinary ability to connect with people. “Having spent two years working closely on the budget, I am enthusiastic to have Lisa who actually will represent the interests of our district, rather than the cities,” said Rep. Candelora. Davenport’s nomination was seconded by Karen Buckley-Bates, with comments about Davenport’s dedication to and passion for her community. “I have had the pleasure of knowing and working side by side with Lisa since I moved to Durham in 1996. I know, when she is Senator, she will bring common sense to Hartford, and she’ll read the bills.” Davenport accepted her nomination with a poignant speech, connecting her life experiences to the changes needed in Hartford. She spoke to the problems Connecticut faces and the devastating losses the state has endured with the current administration. “As a mom, wife and business owner, I can no longer stand by and watch this all continue to happen,” said Davenport. “We need a new commitment to Connecticut, built on honesty and cooperation. That change starts now, here, today. You hold a unique power in making Connecticut great again, vote! Your voice will be heard.” Davenport’s acceptance speech can be viewed on YouTube under “Lisa Davenport’s Acceptance Speech.” The evening concluded with a reception. Davenport is running against incumbent State Senator Ed Meyer.


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tion and benefits packWhat does a full age is now underway. time state senator do Further, I have when the regular anbrought this week to nual session of the the Department of EnGeneral Assembly has vironmental Protecfinished? The General tion a proposal for the Assembly has freexpansion of Conquent special sessions necticut’s shellfish induring the remainder dustry by the estabof the year, and I am lishment of what is now focused on a specalled a depuration cial session that will plant. This would take place later this clean certain forms of month. It will deal State Senator Ed Meyer shellfish, particularly with significant legissoft-shell clams, lation that we did not which are used for complete in the regusteamers and fried lar session; consideraclams, in contrast to tion of overriding the the usual hard-shell Governor’s vetoes of several bills such as the energy bill, clams. In these out-of-session days, I am which received much support except from the utilities; and an amendment also focusing on other issues, includto the clean elections law which a fed- ing incentives to reduce property taxeral court ruled was discriminatory to es by more regionalization of public services. We do not do a very good job minor parties. With respect to legislation that we of sharing and coordinating our pubdid not complete in the regular ses- lic services. I am also investigating the consolision, Representative Pat Widlitz and I are seeking to take up a paint recy- dation of state agencies which now ofcling bill. Transfer stations will not fer similar services, together with the accept half-used paint cans unless combining of supportive services they have been filled and dried out (purchasing, legal, accounting, inforwith a substance like kitty litter, as I mation technology, public relations, unfortunately discovered when I re- etc.) into one office, thereby eliminatcently brought a bunch of such cans to ing the existence of each of those servthe Guilford transfer station. Our bill ices in every state agency. would delegate the responsibility of I am also focusing on the reorganirecycling these cans to the paint in- zation of two state agencies with dustry itself. which I am closely involved, the DeConnecticut’s economy has been partment of Children and Families static for 20 years, and so I have been and the Department of Environmenchallenged in bringing new compa- tal Protection. As the Senate chairnies or industries into the state. Re- man of the Environment Committee cently, I introduced a large Italian and as vice-chair of the Children’s manufacturer of gymnasium equip- Committee, I have specific oversight ment to our Department of Economic over these two hurting but important and Community Development. That agencies. firm would like to establish an AmeriLots to do when we are out of sescan headquarters and manufacturing sion! Have a great summer, and you plant of more than 300,000 square feet, are always invited to visit me at our and negotiation of a Connecticut loca- beautiful State Capitol.

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Web update - How old were you when you got your first paying job? That was the question, and here’s what our 45 voters had to say. Most (47 percent) started working between the ages of 12 and 15. What we don’t know is whether that means working at a “regular” type of job, or whether it means something like babysitting, mowing lawns or maybe shoveling walkways after a snowstorm. The 16 - 18 age category was the second most popular choice, with 31 percent of respondents saying that’s when they got their first job. Under 12? Twenty percent noted that’s when they started working. Only two percent waited until after the age of 19 to begin employment. We’d like to hear from more of you! With graduations either imminent (as in the case of high school) or past (as in the case of most colleges and universities), not to mention school vacation on the horizon for the rest of District 13 kids, jobs and employment are a top priority for many. We hope to hear from you!

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DEP official sets plans in motion for White’s Farm By Sue VanDerzee

A group of Durham residents has been working in concert with the Durham Conservation Commission for about a year, trying to solve the mostly water-related problems of



disposal of the material removed from the stream and the local Inland Wetlands and Watercourses Agency (IWWA). Dick Eriksen, of the IWWA, kept referring to permit processes, while the DEP official promised speed and cooperation though he noted that the state-owned equipment under DEP control was booked 12 months in advance. Casey Cordes of the Conservation Commission was also present, and according to First Selectman Laura Francis, it is from the Conservation Commission that a plan for remediation should come, building on plans that have already been prepared in the past. To facilitate that plan, representatives of the DEP will return to the site in approximately two weeks with a special vehicle that will allow them, and other interested parties, to get out in the field and survey the actual site from beginning to end — the next step in the process.

Managing difficult conversations Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce will hold a seminar on managing difficult conversations on Monday, June 14, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at the Courtyard Marriott, 4 Sebethe Dr. in Cromwell. Have you struggled with trying to figure out how to approach subjects you would rather avoid? Jane Zirlis, our presenter, focuses on Organizational Conflict and will offer helpful insights for handling these difficult situations; delivering bad news; defusing a hot conversation and facili-

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for a loan of up to $200,000 to repair damages to their house. In addition, anyone can apply for a loan of up to $40,000 to pay for any additional damages — like damage to an automobile. Homeowners may be able to qualify for both the $200,000 and $40,000 loan. Businesses and private non-profit companies can apply for loans of up to $2 million. Loans are available not just for physical damages, but for economic damages — the loss of revenue, for example — as well. If you do not qualify for a loan from SBA, they will refer you back to FEMA. This will happen if you are requesting damages that fall under the category of “other needs” — that is, compensation for medical, dental, funeral, personal property, transportation, moving, storage or other damages. If FEMA cannot assist you, volunteer agencies like the Red Cross and Salvation Army may be able to. FEMA can refer you to one of these agencies if they cannot help you. “FEMA always works in cooperation with the state. We’re here to support the state in their effort to provide assistance to the disaster victims,” said Lembessis. “The disaster center will be here as long as it is needed—but it won’t be here forever. I urge the victims to call, go online or come in person to register as soon as possible.”

Middlefield Town Briefs

Friday, June 11, 2010

Middlefield selectmen form safety committee and hear updates on Powder Ridge By Chuck Corley Special to the Town Times

The Board of Selectmen met on June 7, at which time First Selectman Jon Brayshaw gave an update on the status of Powder Ridge. According to Brayshaw, “things are flowing fairly smoothly” with the town currently in negotiations with Alpine Associates Inc. to buy the land and open a recreational facility to include skiing. Brayshaw also reported that three other offers have come for the property, though he noted that these were from investors and not ski operators. Therefore, the town is focusing its attention on Alpine, though the other investors are still “on the back burner.” A deal has yet to be reached with Alpine, but the board held an executive session after the meeting to receive an update on the negotiations from town attorney Ken Antin. Brayshaw also informed the board that, according to an

inspector from the Connecticut Department of Labor, the town is supposed to have a Health and Safety Committee that meets at least three times a year. The board put together a new committee composed of Brayshaw, sanitarian Lee Vito, a member of the Fire Department, the Police Department and the Public Works foreman. The formation of the committee was approved by all board members. The selectmen also discussed the need for a DMIAAB task force that would look into the operation of the transfer station. Their duties would focus on modernizing the facility and advising the selectmen of Middlefield and Durham on long-range planning issues, as well as reviewing the facility’s operating efficiency. As proposed, the task force would be made up of five members from Durham and four from Middlefield. While no members have been proposed yet, Brayshaw suggested that individuals familiar with law, accounting, agriculture and en-

vironmentalism might all be good for the task force. During this discussion, Brayshaw also noted that DMIAAB is nearing the point where it might need an administrator to oversee the $1 million annual operation. While Brayshaw planned on scheduling a public hearing to vote on an illegal discharge and storm water ordinance being adopted throughout the state, he was cautioned against this by resident and Inland Wetlands Agency commissioner Marianne Corona. Corona recommended against scheduling a hearing based on the length and complexity of the ordinance. She suggested that the board confer with the town planner, as well as other towns that are already in the process of adopting the ordinance. In light of this, Brayshaw held off calling a hearing. A few items were also dis-


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Join us for Wednesdays at the movies! June line up for movies: June 16, Why Did I Get Married?; on June 23, The Wedding Date; and on June 30, Pride and Prejudice. Brief synopsis and stars are posted at the center. Movies start at 1 p.m. No reservation needed. Movies and popcorn are free. The “Ask Me Three” program will be offered on Monday, June 14, at 12:30 p.m. Coginchaug High School students will present key questions and information to assist you with all doctor appointments. You will learn the important questions to ask your health care provider and what kind of information to bring to your doctors’ appointments. This is a free seminar, and no reservations are needed. A free glucose/cholesterol screening will be held at the Senior Center on Thursday, June 17, at 8 a.m. Fasting is

recommended. This is sponsored by the town of Middlefield and Middlesex Hospital Homecare. No registration is necessary. The annual Senior Center ice cream social will be held on Thursday, July 1, at 3 p.m. In order to be sure there is enough ice cream for everyone, you must call the center and make your reservation by Wednesday, June 23. Reservations will not be taken after that date. Participants will enjoy ice cream with all the toppings and the summer sounds of the John Banker and Al LaPorte Duo. They play a wide variety of upbeat music, including island rhythm, ragtime and oldies on the keyboard, banjo, trumpet and even the washboard. They perform throughout the world and appear year round at the Griswold Inn. The cost is $3 per person. Call director Antoinette Astle at 860-349-7121 if you have any questions or wish to


formed them that Happy Acres is currently designing a dock for use at Lake Beseck. Furthermore, due to the DEP’s scant information on dock regulations for Lake Beseck, the commission suggested that the Worrolls submit a letter to the DEP that details what they want to do. Before the Worrolls build a dock, they will also need to submit an application to the IWWA. The commission continued the discussion about Lake Beseck docks among themselves. Daria VanderVeer believes that the DEP wants to avoid any more structures on the lake as they require the water to be drawn down in winter. While VanderVeer went on to say that there’s no ecological reason to draw the lake down, Marianne Corona stated that it may be affecting the fish population. There was also a discussion held with Jim Malcolm about a filling violation at 369 Baileyville Road. Malcolm re-

ported that the fill is being removed, but that the job is not yet completed due to rain. He added that the work should be done soon, and he will report to the commission at their next meeting. In other business, developer Dwight Fowler spoke with the commission about renovating buildings along Baileyville Road. After reviewing what information was already available on the project, the commission asked that Fowler put together information on the sewer connections, basement designs, and the proximity of the lake to the renovated buildings. Also, wetlands enforcement officer Vito said that Public Works wants to drain the Strickland Road skating pond in order to cut down the pond vegetation. Corona noted that the department is already allowed to mow the vegetation during July, when the pond is driest. (From minutes/Chuck Corley)

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The town of Durham is accepting donations for the new Activity Center that will be used for senior and recreation activities. Below is a list of suggestions. Monetary donations will also be accepted. We are excited to create new and improved programming for our residents. Call Laura Francis at 860-3493625, Sherry Hill at 860-3436724 or Janet Muraca at 860349-3153 for arrangements. Items needed include a refrigerator, double sink/faucets, microwave oven, cabinets, pool table, ping pong table, card tables,

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Commission held a public hearing on Wednesday, June 2, to discuss Lisa Stopka’s request to extend her Academy for Little Learners program at 68 Main St. for five weeks in the summer. The program would run from the last week of June through July, with the day going from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. two days a week and from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. two other days, Monday through Thursday. According to Stopka, her proposal should result in a minimal increase in traffic, with only 20 kids attending the program at most. The children would range from two-and-a-half to five-years-old. Stopka gave two reasons for extending the program. The first reason is that parents have requested it. Her second reason was purely financial. Stopka informed the commission that she still must pay rent on the building, even when it’s not in use. This is why she hoped to keep it open longer. The main contention with Stopka’s proposal was that the original application for the academy was for a daycare facility, not a preschool. Stopka is certified specifically to run a preschool, rather than a daycare. Stopka listed the differences between a daycare and a preschool, noting that a preschool’s purpose is to teach and that it doesn’t involve activities like napping or having bottle warmers on hand.

Commissioner Dave Foley was the most outspoken in opposition the proposal, based on the original application covering a daycare instead of a school. As Foley saw it, this slight difference in use might cause legal troubles for the town in the future. Furthermore, Foley saw the proposal as not an extension of use, but as a change in use from a daycare to a school. By approving the proposal, he felt that any type of school could potentially be set-up on the site. Despite Foley’s concerns, town planner Geoff Colegrove felt that a preschool fell into the same general category of use as a daycare, a sentiment shared by commissioners such as Campbell Barrett. Colegrove also explained that extending the hours for a daycare would allow Stopka to run her preschool program during the summer without allowing other types of schools to open up at 68 Main St. Over a dozen parents came out to speak on Stopka’s behalf, with residents such as Alicia Willett stating that “an academic program for twoyear-olds is much needed.” Others such as Gwen Werther noted that it gives the children something to do during the summer without having to leave Durham. As noise problems were another concern raised, parents also noted that the vehicular traffic along Main Street is more of a problem than the sound of children. When put to a vote, the support of parents was matched by the support of the commis-

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Durham Government Calendar (All meetings will be held at the Durham Library unless otherwise noted. Check the town Web page at for updates.) Monday, June 14 7 p.m. — Board of Selectmen at Town Hall 7:30 p.m. — Inland Wetlands and Watercourses Tuesday, June 15 7 p.m. — Board of Finance at Town Hall 7:30 p.m. — Midstate Planning, 100 DeKoven Dr., Middletown Wednesday, June 16 7:30 p.m. — Planning and Zoning Commission Thursday, June 17 7 p.m. — Compensation Review/Personnel Policy Commission at Town Hall 7 p.m. — DMIAAB at Middlefield Community Center 7 p.m. — Durham Animal Response Team Monday, June 28 7 p.m. — Board of Selectmen at Town Hall Tuesday, June 29 7 p.m. — Ethics Commission in the farm/residential zone. The commission noted that nothing is supposed to be sold in the zone, with Frank DeFe-

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DARE graduation at Memorial School By Tori Piscatelli Special to the Town Times Memorial Middle School sixth graders celebrated their DARE graduation on May 25th. The DARE program brings local police officers into the classrooms to work with students and educate them on the serious topic of substance abuse. For the graduation ceremony, students were asked to write essays on what they learned through the DARE program and how it has affected their thoughts on drugs and alcohol. Eight students were chosen to read their essays at the ceremony, as well as adult guest speakers including principal Kevin Brough, Durham First Selectman Laura Francis and Middlefield First Selectman Jon Brayshaw. “The DARE graduation has a long history of 15 years and

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Kathryn Smith Kathryn will attend Naugatuck Valley Community College next fall. She plans to earn an Associate’s degree in Nursing, a state-certified program that will prepare her to pursue her Bachelor’s degree and become a Registered Nurse. At this time, she is leaning toward the program at Southern Ct. State University. “I shadowed several nurses at Midstate Medical Center (in Meriden) and Connecticut Children’s Medical Center (in Hartford), and I loved it,” she says. She has also done summer work at the “Joni and Friends Family Retreat Camp,” located in New Hampshire. After working with the campers — children with special needs — she found herself drawn to special education, and hopes her eventual career will combine this with her interest in nursing. The clarinet is Kathryn’s instrument, and she has played it since the fourth grade. She was chosen to play in the CRHS wind ensemble; she also has played in the pit band for several CRHS musicals. “With the ensemble, you explore more music than in regular band,” she says, “and you also get to be in things like festival bands. It’s lots of fun.” As if this isn’t enough to keep her busy, Kathryn sings in the CRHS chamber choir and competes in cross-country and tennis. When asked to pick out a part of her school experience that was especially influential, she doesn’t play favorites: “There have been so many teachers who have been a great source of help and encouragement!” Her parents are Daniel and Judith Smith; she has a twin brother, Gregory, and a sister, Erin finishing seventh grade. More on next page ...

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Linda Ruth Tosetti, seated left above, spoke at the Strong School ice cream social in May. She signed autographs well into the evening for admirers such as the Vuotto family, pictured with their niece, seated right, who mentioned that she was doing a project on Babe Ruth. Linda subsequently spoke at her North Branford school. Inset, photoshopped picture of Linda striking a “Babe” pose.

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Chelsea Tuttle is planning to attend Quinnipiac University in the fall. There she plans to study mathematics and physical sciences, such as chemistry or physics. Proving that math/science and music are closely related, this young woman lists one of the most influential aspects of her school years thus far as the involvement in school band since fourth grade. It has not only taught her new skills, but it has also given her the ability to continue to work harder to achieve goals and to be a part of something. With all of the special trips and competitions, Chelsea says she has had experiences that will

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Eric Kelly will attend Northeastern University in Boston, where he plans to major in computer science. “I’m the ‘go-to’ computer guy,” he says. “My dream job is to work at Google,” and he has the sort of confidence and optimism that might just land him a job there. At CRHS, he says, one particular teacher had a strong impact on him: Julie Selberg, who teaches social studies and humanities. “I took classes — like AP Government — just because she was teaching,” he says. “She’s a great teacher, and the class atmosphere is great — she is famous for inside jokes. So much goes on in class that is just amazing. And she is always there for us.” Eric’s parents are Bruce and Beth Kelly, and he has one brother, Mark, who is two years behind him at CRHS.

stay with me for the rest of my life. Chelsea also counts her membership in Girl Scouts since first grade as “really helping me to grow into the

person I am today.” Whether it was doing community service, leading a group of younger girls, or just making life-long friendships, Girl Scouts has made an impact on her life that will last. Chelsea lives in Durham with her mom, dad, sister Emily, who will be a freshman at CRHS in the fall, and her dog Buddy. Watch for interviews with Shaina Bradley, Danielle Charette, Makayla Davis, Katharine Francis, Andrew Gucwa, Hannah Kowalski, Jonathan Monroe, Sierra Querns and Christopher Smith of CRHS and Lauren Bradley of Vinal Tech next week.


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Church of Epiphany celebrated the confirmation of 10 students on May 1. Back row, from left, Annalee Forlini, Aleah Querns, Bishop James Curry, David Proctor, Charles Proctor and Samantha Turley. Front row, from left, Marissa Holder, Jillian Kopcik, Kendra Pashley, Katherine Kannam and Eric Wind. Photo submitted by Lisa Kopcik

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Middlefield Federated Church is inviting kids from first to fifth grades to blast-off in search for the stars of the Bible at their 2010 Vacation Bible School. We’re calling it “Bible Star Galactica,” and we have seats for 35 youngsters for the week of July 12-16 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For a modest boarding (as in space ship!) fee of only $50 per child, we’ll be having some great summer fun. Our air-conditioned, fully accessible “Spaceship” is located at 402 Main Street in Middlefield, and you can make your reservations by calling 860-349-9881.

The Middlefield Federated Church youth had a perfect day for their annual Car Wash and Blessing last month. From right to left are Sierra Manning, Anastasia Koch, Jonathan Keurajian, Marissa Berry, Alec Bandzes, Jacob Burt, Colin Plant, Ben Plant and Rachel Plant. (Missing from the picture are Aubree Keurajian and Jesse Azevedo.) The kids washed and then prayed over about 35 cars while raising money for mission trips to Heifer Farm as well as YouthWorks in Philadelphia later this summer. Photo by Sharon Dahlmeyer-Giovannitti, a customer

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There will be a Shoreline Soul concert this Sunday, June 13, at Madison’s Congregational Church on the Green. The music is uplifting and the choir is one of the best she and her husband have ever sung with, according to Town Times freelancer Kathy Meyering. “They are an amazing group of people from all walks of life,” Kathy says. “If you can make this concert, I guarantee you will leave feeling 100 percent more hopeful and happy than when you arrived!” The concert starts at 3 p.m., doors open at 2:30 and there will be a freewill offering.

Notre Dame summer festival Come to the Notre Dame annual summer festival, featuring a craft fair, a strawberry festival and car show in Durham on Saturday, June 19, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. This festival is sponsored by the Notre Dame Knights of Columbus Council 12289. Top off an enjoyable day with delicious strawberry shortcake made from native strawberries and homemade biscuits. For additional info and craft reservations, call Dan Murphy at 860-349-1304.

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“Better late than never,” we always say. So we invite you to enjoy the photos above, most taken by Bill Fowler of the Middlefield Volunteer Fire Company, sponsors of the Touch-A-Truck event at Peckham Park on May 15. If, perchance, you did not get a chance to touch enough trucks or did not attend, the Durham Volunteer Fire Company and Explorer Post 422 are sponsoring a similar fundraising event, along with a chicken barbecue, on Saturday, June 12,. from 3 to 7 p.m. on the Durham Fairgrounds. The dinner will include chicken, French fries, cole slaw and a beverage (hot dogs and hamburgers will also be available). Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for kids 12 and under, and free for under two or $25 for two adults and two kids. There will be trucks, a D.J., a moonbounce and live music featuring "Time Travelers Band." Tickets available at the door and at the Durham Firehouse.

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Once again in May, Korn School’s gym was transformed into a Colonial village. Students researched occupations of early settlers and shared their knowledge with parents, grandparents and third grade students. Clockwise from top left, Mrs. Zastawsky’s class

all dressed traditionally; Jack Howell and Samantha Kinell mix up some medicines, above. Ashly Tang, David Coppola and Julia Filiault, left, show off their bakers’ wares; bottom left, Charlotte Planeta as a glassblower. Directly below, Emily Tiedemann and Samantha Pietrzyk demonstrate teaching in “the old days.” Photos submitted by Eileen Chupron




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The 2010 Coginchaug Envirothon team took home bronze medals from the Connecticut Envirothon competition on Thursday, May 20. The team was made up of three Envirothon veterans, Paul Benjunas, Aubree Keurajian and Laura Hargreaves, all juniors. They were joined by junior Mackenzie Hurlbert, and freshman Connor Bates. Freshman Jonathon Dalo was this year’s alternate who competed with the Wildcard Team 5 which also had a strong performance. Twenty-nine teams from across Connecticut competed in the field competition held at the Deer Lake Scout Reservation in Killingworth. Coginchaug experienced their best overall performance in the Envirothon to date. Benjunas, a third-year veteran, specialized in the wildlife division and led the team to first place honors and a special plaque. Keurajian, also a third-year veteran, helped lead the team to a second place finish in soils, missing a tie for first by one point! CRHS’s team tied for second in the Current Issue Oral Presentation. This year the task was to develop a water management plan for a watershed in Connecticut that promoted best management practices for watershed protection as well as water conservation. The students met frequently to research their sections of the speech and design a poster board to convey their key points. The Blue Devil team came in fourth for aquatics and forestry. Susan Michael, advisor, was extremely proud of the team and the fact that they brought in scores in the top four of each division this year! When asked whether they will join the Envirothon team next year, all six members exclaimed “Yes!” Students who are interested in competing next year should feel welcome to contact Mrs. Michael. Each high school can enter up to two teams of five. Some fun summer outings are in the works to start preparing the team for next year. This year’s team is Connecticut’s second alternate to compete in the National Envirothon taking

Right, the 2010 Coginchaug Envirothon team with their third place plaque and medals. Pictured are junior Paul Benjunas (top), middle row, from left, freshmen Jonathon Dalo and Connor Bates, and front, juniors Laura Hargreaves, Aubree Keurajian and Mackenzie Hurlbert. Below, the team at work in the field.

place in California in August. Next year the National Envirothon competition will take place in New Brunswick and the current issue will be estuaries. Estuaries are exciting to focus on because there are good examples to study right here in Connecticut. “We’ll be focusing on improving our forestry and aquatics knowledge and skills over the summer and in the year ahead to see if we can earn the gold and go to Canada next summer!” beamed Mrs. Michael.

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Movies at the Lake Over 75 people gathered on the Lake Beseck beach Lady Marmalade rocks the Palace on Saturday night and approximately 45 on Sunday to watch movies on Memorial Day weekend. Some brought blankets and chairs, while others were spread across the parking area, watching from their vehicles just like a drive-in. The night shimmer of the lake made a beautiful back drop. Popcorn, candy and drinks were sold for $1 to help offset expenses. Special thanks to Craig Orosz for volunteering his time and equipment. The location, beautiful weather and friendly company make movies at the beach something to remember. Photo by Amy Poturnicki

By Larry Kellum Special to the Town Times Rock stars are used to rowdy teenage fans charging the stage, and opera divas with their much older followers are used to being pelted with flowers and cries of’ “Bravo.” However, the sheer adulation that poured onto the Palace Theater stage in Waterbury on June 4 for legendary songstress Patti LaBelle was like nothing this viewer has ever witnessed in three

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decades of avid concert-going! Well-dressed, middle-aged patrons, bussed in from every corner of the state, turned the glamorous theater into a frenzied circus as they cult-worshipped their idol with numerous standing ovations and applause worthy of a Super Bowl game. All this for an ex-gospel singer, clad in the simplest, unadorned little brown dress, who changed her shoes a dozen times and complained about the heat in the theater … This is the enigma and wonder that is Patti LaBelle, arguably one of the most unique and best-loved performers in the industry. Her philanthropic qualities are well known, and were in evidence on several occasions. First, LaBelle paid homage to scores of people dear to her —- deceased relatives, soldiers in the Middle East, countless colleagues, even a fan in the audience celebrating her 102nd birthday! Second, she gave her backup singers, and even five patrons pulled out of the front row, a chance to share the spotlight by soloing or singing alongside of her. As for the voice, it remains intact —- the range, the volume, the long-held high notes. Only some of the stamina is missing, but Patti begged nobody’s indulgence. In her totally candid manner, she informed the crowd of her age (66) and health issues and warned us that she was taking this concert “nice and slow,” She did not disappoint —- all the mega-hits were there, both the mellow “On My Own” and “If You Asked Me To” and the powerhouse “New Attitude.” Every high school student since 1975 — even those who never took French — knows the meaning of “voulez-vous coucher avec moi,” and everyone was anticipating “Lady Marmalade” as the big finale. After completely blowing the roof off the house with this number, the diva shocked all with “The Lord’s Prayer” as her encore. What a trouper, what a person! No wonder security did nothing to curtail hundreds of cell phone cameras going off —- verboten in any performance venue! The evening was made even more festive with a disco dance party after the show, See Palace, page 26

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Soccer Champions

Boys’ track team wins Shoreline Championship

On Sunday, June 6, the Oakwood Soccer Club’s U12 girls’ team won the Connnecticut Junior Soccer Association state cup final game and are the State Champions in their age group for 2010. In July, the team will travel to West Virginia for the Region One tournament. Local girls in the picture are, in the back row, third from the right, Kendra Landy from Durham and in the middle row, second from right, Zoë Stublarec from Rockfall.

The boys’ track team handily won the Shoreline League Championship on Thursday, May 26. Coginchaug boys had a score of 141. Second was H-K with 95, and Westbrook was third with 93. They enjoyed a fire truck escort to the school! Coginchaug was well represented in the 110m hurdles when senior Sheehan Michael broke the 19-year-old league meet record with a time of 14.75. He was joined by senior Sam Frey earning 7th in 17.05 and junior Ian Kopcik in 8th. In the State Open meet, Michael came in first in the state in the 300m hurdles after falling in the 110m. The complete Shoreline story is on our website at

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sponsored by the Arthur Murray Dance Studio of Hamden. The swirling and twirling instructors and their students, along with volunteers pulled from the onlookers, transported us back to 1979 and made us all yearn for a long overdue revival of this “feel good” dance form! For information on or tickets to the myriad of shows and events coming to the Palace in 2010-11, call 203-7554700 or visit

Football camp July 25-30 This development camp is designed for rising eighth and ninth grade students and will be held at Choate Rosemary Hall in Wallingford from July 25 through July 30. The program aims to prepare players for playing football at the high school and prep school level. The program provides skill development in all offensive, defensive and special team positions, as well as seminars in study skills for academic success. For more information, contact coach Eric Cooper at 203-697-2060 or visit

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