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Volume 19, Number 29

Serving Durham, Middlefield and Rockfall

Friday, October 26, 2012

Students put ‘citizenship in action’ during mock election By Stephanie Wilcox Town Times

19, where Barack Obama received 138 of the counted votes and Mitt Romney received 65. Rocky Anderson, an Independent, received 10 votes and Libertarian Gary Johnson received 4. But those votes weren’t official, quite obviously. They were the result of a school-wide mock election to “show students what it would be like

If Coginchaug Regional High School represented the entire country, Barack Obama would win this election. Students casted their ballots during both lunch blocks on Friday, Oct.

Photos by Stephanie Wilcox

CRHS held a mock election for the entire student body Friday, Oct. 19, during both lunch periods.

Student organizer Greta Wilt put up signs like this one throughout the building.

Chemo caps project a success By Debbie Bellemare Special to the Town Times The community has shown tremendous support in making chemo caps for cancer patients. At the Durham Fair, the Needlework Department displayed 324 hats collected by donors who either made a hand sewn, knit or crocheted chemo cap for cancer patients. Chemotherapy hats are used to help cancer patients during one of the most difficult parts of their treatment. Approximately 650,000 Americans receive chemotherapy each year, according to the American Cancer Society. Wearing special chemo caps can help suddenly-bald cancer patients feel like themselves again. When cancer patients receive handmade chemo caps, they know that someone cares. During a time in a cancer See Needlework, page 7

at the polls,” said Durham’s Democratic Registrar of Voters Karen Cheyney. Cheyney, along with Republican Registrar Pam Lucashu and Deputy Registrars Phyllis NaplesValenti and Lou Battipaglia, ran the mock election using the ballot from Durham’s 2nd District, hoping to give young people an idea of what voting

is like. “We had a student come in at the Primary and was kind of unsure, asking where do I go?” Cheyney said. “This lets us give a more graphic demonstration of what it would be like.” According to Cheyney and CRHS

A steady stream of students cast ballots throughout both lunch periods.

See Students, page 23

Greta Wilt, with classmate Danielle Drop, sports a yellow shirt urging people to vote.

Pumpkins take center stage in Middlefield About 40 carved and glowing pumpkins were displayed at the 3rd annual Light Up Middlefield event Saturday, Oct. 20, hosted by the Middlefield Lions Club, in partnership with the Middlefield Park and Recreation Department. Families strolled through Peckham Park enjoying games and food and casting their vote for scariest, most original and best in theme pumpkins. At the end of the night, winners were announced and given a cash prize. Photos by Stephanie Wilcox

A trio gets a closer look at the carving detail in the pumpkins.

See more photos on page13


Town Times — Friday, October 26, 2012

Corrections We strive to bring you the most accurate information available each week, but if you see something in Town Times that is incorrect, give us a call at (203) 317-2448, and we’ll do our best to make things right.

Index of Advertisers To advertise in the Town Times, call Joy Boone at 203-317-2313

Complementing colors Photo by Sue VanDerzee

Nothing says autumn in New England like a tree turning orange against a red barn. This very scene in Middlefield always captures drivers’ attention at the junction of Routes 147 and 157. If only the vibrant colors lasted longer.

Holiday wreaths The Durham Garden Club is accepting orders for decorated holiday wreaths. The club offers four styles of wreaths and two styles of sprays. Items will be delivered by Dec. 1. For more information and costs, call Kerrie Flanagan at (860) 349-6520 by Oct. 31.

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EDGE teams named Best Prevention Program By Stephanie Wilcox Town Times On Oct. 12, the Coginchaug Regional High School and Strong School EDGE teams (Excellent Decisions Guiding Everyday) received Middlesex County Sub-

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Family night - Vinal Technical High School has scheduled a family pasta dinner, game night and haunted house for Friday, Oct. 26, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the school. A fee is charged. Tot Time - The MOMS Club of Durham-Middlefield meets every Friday at Peckham Park in Middlefield at 10 a.m. Babies, toddler and children of Durham and Middlefield are welcome. For more information, email momsdurhammiddlefield@gmail.c om. Bridge night - Come join in at the Durham Activity Center every Friday night at 6:30 p.m. for a fun night of bridge. If you are not sure how to play, Jim will teach you. You may call Jim at (860) 346-6611 with bridge questions. Call Durham Recreation at (860) 343-6724 with further questions. Achievement award The Coginchaug Valley Education Foundation is looking for nominations for this year’s Howard Kelley Achievement Award. The award honors individuals in the community who embody the spirit of leadership. If you know of someone in the community who you think should be considered for this award, email the name and a brief supporting statement to The deadline for submission of names is Friday, Oct. 26. The awardee will be honored at a December reception.


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POPS clothing drive Parents of Performers has scheduled a clothing drive for Saturday, Oct. 27, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 28, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Strong School parking lot on Main Street in Durham. Drop off unwanted clothing, shoes, hats, scarves, draperies, tablecloths, linens, and other items to support the CRHS Music Depart-


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Members of the 2012 Coginchaug fall ball minors softball team Nursery Rhymes DayCare celebrate after winning a game recently. ment. All funds benefit the choral and band groups. Drive up to the school, and helpers will unload your car. For more information, contact Joanne Badin at (860) 349-8984 or Meet Fasano - Sen. Len Fasano is scheduled to be at the Core Club, 350 Main St., Durham, on Saturday, Oct. 27, from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Road clean-up - National Make A Difference Day is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 27. From 8 to 9 a.m. at the Exchange Club Pavilion at Allyn Brook Park (rain or shine), help clean the roads of Durham and Middlefield. Pick up the bags and ties, and do the actual clean anytime during the weekend. For more information, call (860) 349-0798 or email Dudley Farm Farmers’ Market - The Dudley Farm Farmers’ Market is held every Saturday through the end of October from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. rain or shine. The market offers a variety of both organic and non-organic fruit, vegetables, eggs, naturally grown meat, baked goods, jams, jelly, honey, maple syrup, sprouts, fresh flowers and crafts. All products are homegrown or homemade by the vendors. The Dudley Farm is located on the northeast corner of Routes 77 and 80 in North Guilford.

Holiday bazaar - Ladies Aid Society of Third Congregational Church, 94 Miner St., Middletown, has scheduled its holiday bazaar for Saturday, Oct. 27, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The bazaar features lunch, homemade cookies, handcrafted gifts and decorations, baked goods and preserves. Pedal for Pink - The third annual Pedal for Pink is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 27, at Durham Fitness, 339 Main St., from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Anyone can participate in this event, and it is open to gym members and non-gym members. There is a minimum donation. Proceeds benefit breast cancer awareness. For more information or to sign up, call (860) 3492480 or visit “Durhamfitness, Durham Connecticut”on Facebook.



CROP Walk - The Durham/Middlefield annual CROP Walk is scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 28, at Peckham Park in Middlefield. United Churches of Durham is hosting the event. Sandwiches, baked items and drinks will be provided for walkers. CROP Walk envelopes (to collect your donations) will be available Oct. 28 at Peckham Park, and local churches have envelopes available.

Sign-in begins at 12:30 p.m. and the walk starts at 1 p.m. Participants will walk laps around the trail and are encouraged to keep track of their progress. If you have any questions, call Jan Wenzel at (860) 349-1319 or email Opera in Middletown On Sunday, Oct. 28, at 3 p.m., a performance of Bizet’s opera “Carmen”, will be brought to Middletown by the Connecticut Lyric Opera company and the Connecticut Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra. The Greater Middletown Concert Association is sponsoring “Carmen” in Middletown. For tickets, call (860) 347-4887 or (860) 3463369, or visit Halloween party - A Halloween party parade is scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 28, at 1 p.m., at the Durham Activity Center, 350 Main St. Ribbons, refreshments, cookie decorating and more are planned. The event is for children ages 1 to 13. Children are encouraged to dress in costume. For more information, call (860) 343-6724 or visit Hike - Everyone Outside has scheduled a two- to threemile hike to Chapman pond, East Haddam, Sunday, Oct. 28, from 2 to 4:30 p.m. The hike is for people of any age who can hike three miles on a trail. For more information, and to pre-register, con-


Durham Senior Lunches - Every Monday and Wednesday, hot lunches are available for seniors over 60 and their spouses at the Durham Activity Center, 350 Main St. Following the lunch on Monday is game time, which includes billiards, Wii and cards. Bingo starts at 1 p.m. on Wednesday. For pricing info and to make a reservation, call Amanda Pedersen, senior café manager, at (860) 349-3153. Middlefield Senior Lunches - The Middlefield Senior Café is serving lunch three times a week, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Reservations are required 24 hours prior, and the monthly menu can be picked up at the center, Town Hall or at



Flu clinic - A flu clinic is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 30, at the Durham Activity Center, 350 Main St., from noon to 8 p.m. The clinic is free and open to the public. No co-pays or appointments are required. First come, first serve. For more information, call (860) 3498253. Middlefield voter registration - The Middlefield Registrars of Voters are scheduled to register voters Tuesday, Oct. 30, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., at the Community Center, 405 Main St. Durham voter registration - The Durham Registrars of Voters are scheduled to be in session Tuesday, Oct. 30, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. The session is to revise the preliminary registry list and enroll new voters. Residents must appear in person with identiSee Calendar next page


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Durham Cooperative Nursery School has scheduled Ladies night for Friday, Nov. 2, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., at Core Club, 350 Main St. The pre-holiday shopping fundraiser features vendors, raffles and prizes. Proceeds benefit the school.

fication. Oct. 30 is the final day to register in person to vote in the Nov. 6 elections. Medicare RX-Xpress The Medicare RX-Xpress is scheduled to be at the Middlefield Community Center Tuesday, Oct. 30, by apSaturday pointment only. Residents must bring a medication Craft fair - The 36th annureview form listing their medications, the name of al Craft Fair sponsored by pharmacy and Medicare the Coginchaug Regional card. To schedule an ap- High School Band will take pointment, call Amanda Pedersen at (860) 349-3153 for Durham residents and Antoinette Astle (860) 3497121 for Middlefield residents. Women’s Hike - Join Women of the Woods Tuesday, Oct. 30, at 9 a.m. for a two-mile hike around Reservoir Loop, a reservoir behind Middlesex Community College. For more info, contact Lucy at or (860) 3957771 or visit www.


place Saturday, Nov. 3, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the CRHS gymnasium, 135 Pickett Ln., Durham. Admission is free. There will be raffles, homemade soups, refreshments and more. Gala dinner - On Saturday, Nov. 3, a gala dinner is scheduled for members, neighbors and friends of Church of the Epiphany as part of its 150th anniversary celebration. Christmas Bazaar – Notre Dame Church, 280 Main St., Durham, will hold its annual Christmas Bazaar Saturday, Nov. 3, from 9 a.m.

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Halloween is not just for young’uns By Michelle P. Carter Special to the Town Times

It’s October, which means that everyone is gearing up for the next holiday — Christmas. Wait... aren’t there a few before that one? I know a lot of people see Halloween as one of those pesky holidays that they have to suffer through to get to the good ones, but it happens to be one of my favorites. What’s not to love about an excuse to dress up in crazy costumes and consume copious amounts of pumpkin in an exotic variety of configurations? If you think you’re too old for Halloween, I’ve got news for you: Halloween isn’t just for kids. When I was in sixth grade, I was stalwart in my insistence that I was too old to be gallivanting about the town in a silly costume. I opted to


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Friday, October 26, 2012 — Town Times This provides a rewarding, fun service opportunity for interested individuals and groups in the local community, for the benefit of children. The Needlework Department is looking for volunteers to make handmade, washable fleece blankets, quilts, crochet afghans and

knit afghans in all sizes and in child-friendly colors/patterns. Remember that the blankets must be homemade, washable, free of pins and come from a smoke-free environment. Donated blankets can be dropped off at Durham Town Hall or Pamela Roose Specialty Hand Knits in Middletown

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Town Times Friday, October 26, 2012

Letters to the Editor

Lifelong public servant

To the editor: Unknown to many Durham voters, state Sen. Ed Meyer was instrumental in securing the original grant that allowed the pool at Camp Farnam to be renovated. Area residents, as well as teenagers through the Recreation Department, have enjoyed use of the only public pool in our area through the efforts of Sen. Meyer. Sen. Meyer is a lifelong public servant whose stature in Hartford will allow him to deliver benefits to our region to a greater degree than his opponent. I believe that Sen. Meyer’s candidacy crosses partisan divides. He has delivered for the Town of Durham. Michael Doyle Durham

Our best interest

To the editor: From the day Sen. Suzio took office he has called, met with me and made countless trips to attend important meetings and social events

in Middlefield and Rockfall. Sen. Suzio has availed himself of all that is going on in town. He has displayed a sincere interest in all that is important to us, including the sale of Powder Ridge, Regional School District and Lake Beseck. Because we are now embarking on what could be a mammoth project at Lake Beseck, it is in our best interest to keep him in office. We will most certainly need his help. Jon A. Brayshaw First Selectman, Middlefield

New ideas To the editor: I will be voting for David Dwyer for 101st Assembly District. We are lucky to have a young professional like David willing to serve Durham. David will bring professional experience with the tax code to the Capitol. Our state tax code is in need of serious reform, particularly in the area of funding for local education. David is aware of the unsustainable tax burden being put on our

seniors by the current system and is committed to bringing new ideas and efforts to help improve how we fund education. Please support David Dwyer, Steve Fontana and Ed Meyer on Nov. 6. Martin French Durham

Working tirelessly To the editor: Almost every voter wants to hear that taxes will go down, vital services (including those for the elderly, veterans and children) will not be affected, and that jobs will return to Connecticut. Ed Meyer has actually worked to control spending, protect vital services and streamline the government bureaucracy, and has advocated for a business-friendly atmosphere in our state. Our state needs all the help it can get. Let’s keep Ed Meyer in the state Senate. He knows what he’s doing, and works tirelessly for our community. Victor Friedrich Durham

Government Meetings Durham Government Calendar (Unless otherwise indicated, all meetings are held in the Durham Library. Check the town website at for updates.) Tuesday, Oct. 30 Ethics Commission, 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1 Public Safety Renovation Planning Committee, Durham Vol. Firehouse, 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 5 Historic District, 7 p.m. Fire Department Trustees, Durham Firehouse, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7 Planning & Zoning, Town Hall, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8 Zoning Board of Appeals, Town Hall, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13 Board of Finance, 7:30 p.m. Conservation Commission, 7:30 p.m.

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Middlefield Government Calendar (Unless otherwise indicated, all meetings are held in the Community Center.) Monday, Oct. 22 Middlefield Housing Authority, 9 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23 Zoning Board of Appeals, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24 Planning & Zoning Commission, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1 Economic Development Commission, 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 5 Board of Selectmen, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14 Planning & Zoning, 6:30 p.m. WPCA, 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15 Board of Finance, 7 p.m.


Good for Durham

To the editor: Connecticut needs Sen. Len Fasano’s leadership during these critical times. Sen. Fasano is a true supporter of small business. He played a key role in pointing out the legislature’s outrageous spending, multibillion-dollar deficits and how it was directly impacting small businesses. Sen. Fasano takes the time to listen and understand the needs of his constituents. He is an inspiration to small businesses and to the public. Please support Sen. Fasano Nov. 6. Chad Spooner Durham

To the editor: Ed Meyer is good for Durham. He has been chair of the Environment and Children’s Committees, as well as vice-chair of government and elections, where he helps rein in election laws that would lead to unfunded mandates on how our elections are conducted here in Durham. From Boy Scout events to church suppers, he talks to everybody in town on many issues and knows how to represent us. He helped with the water issue at the Durham Fair and See Letters, page 11

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Top 10 tips for a green Christmas Editor’s Note: For a hands-on demonstration of “green holidays,” shoppers at the CRHS music department craft sale on Saturday, Nov. 3, may come to the cafeteria before or after shopping. There, Coginchaug Area Transition members will be demonstrating green decorations and crafts and allowing children to make their own green wrapping paper. You can also enjoy a snack/lunch and support Parents of Performers. Of course, shopping at this annual craft fair goes a long way to ensuring green holidays for all. A snowflake-free Christmas can crush your spirit, especially if you’re a kid. But a green Christmas needn’t make us blue when it applies to the environment. There are so many ways to reduce the American-prone laissez faire gluttony of the holiday season. Pick one, two or 10 of these tips on your way to a lovely holiday season. 1) To think green in the area By Claudia of gift wrap, grab a reusable gift bag, or employ retired maps from the car, newsprint and choice pieces of your child’s surplus artwork for a distinctive package. A fabric scrap tied with hemp or a stand-alone bow can also be fresh and festive in the place of gift wrap. Remember, thinking green is not an all-or-nothing proposition. If each family could wrap three gifts creatively, it would save enough paper to cover 45,000 football fields. 2) When thinking about a tree, real trumps synthetic overall. The good news is that almost all Christmas trees are grown on farms which replant responsibly. If you buy a cut tree, consider shopping for a pesticide-free tree. Some tree farmers use up to 40 different pesticides, along with chemical colorants. 3) With 10 million cast-off Christmas trees ending up in the landfill each year, don’t forget to set your lovely evergreen aside for mulching when the holiday has passed. Either take it to a drop-off location near you, or wait for a pick-up as residents of Durham and Middlefield enjoy with the spring brush pick-up. 4) If you want to go a step further, buy a live tree to plant in your yard. For two or three times the cost of a cut tree, you can make an investment (call it a gift to yourself) in

your home’s landscape. 5) Decorate your tree with natural trimmings. With eggnog and cookies on hand, have some fun and get the entire family involved. String popcorn, cranberries, pasta and cereal or bake and decorate gingerbread cut-outs. Tie up some ribbon bows, glue thread to seashells, and grab small toys from the kids’ toy bins and you’ve made holiday magic. Embellish with candy canes and cinnamon sticks, pine cones, twigs and feathers and you’ll think you stepped off the pages of Clement C. Moore’s brilliant holiday poem. 6) Get the latest in holiday lighting and decorate your house with LED lights that use 90 percent less energy than conventional holiday lights saving up to $50 on your energy bills. These workhorses last for 50,000 hours and are cool to the touch making them a safer option. You can find them at many major retailers, including Target and Ace Hardware. 7) Post your O’Connell gifts to loved ones using minimal packaging. Use the smallest envelope or box appropriate to the size of the item being shipped. Throughout the year, stash and reuse all the bubble wrap, packing peanuts and tissue paper that comes your way, and you will be in excellent shape to ship holiday gifts. 8) While hosting annual holiday gatherings requires oodles of energy, these increasingly scarce celebrations of family and friends deserve all the pomp you can dish out. These occasions favor real china, silverware and linens. Don’t punish the landfills for your convenience with disposable plates and cutlery. Spare the porcelain and spoil the holiday. 9) Gift giving needn’t be a frenzied shower of plastic and fasteners. There may be some recipients on your not-so-naughty list for whom a homemade gift will fit the bill. Cruise holiday and craft magazine pages and websites for ideas. Baked goods, gourmet food items (did someone say fromage?), a framed photograph, coveted tickets to an event or a donation to a charity are all thoughtful gifts for the right recipient. 10) And finally, support local family farmers this holiday season and

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Small town life explored

holding One Book, One Community We’ve just passed one of the iconevents. This will be our second in ic events of the local year — the Durham and Middlefield. The first Durham Fair. Many people in one, held successfully several years Durham and Middlefield have ago, was centered around “The strong personal ties to this event; Search for Major Plagge” by local many more attend it annually; and physician and author Michael Good some people actively dislike it, or at about his families’ least what it does to personal relationtraffic and smallBy Sue VanDerzee ship to the Holotown serenity one caust. weekend a year. After considering Such communal and reading about a intensity is perhaps dozen books, the only found in small group decided on places. As this “Empire Falls” by Richard Russo. year’s One Book, One Community Written in 2001 about a small town committee sat around talking about in Maine, it won the Pulitzer Prize what theme we might choose this for fiction in 2002 and became a twotime around, the sometimes suppart HBO miniseries in 2005, starportive, sometimes destructive ring Paul Newman. strands of small town life kept risIn order to fulfill the One Book, ing to the surface. We also wanted a One Community premise most fully, book that had been made into a decent movie since that is another way the committee has also chosen two books for young people by local authat many people can comfortably thors that focus on the community address themes and issues. theme. “The Universe of Fair” by Addressing themes and issues and getting a community conversation going is, at base, the reason for See Explored, page 14

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Student success plans — A blueprint for the future

gate through their secondary Thinking back to when you were school careers. While the idea of a sixth grader, do you remember learning plans is fairly new, there what you wanted to be or what is increasing evidence that they goals you had? Whether those memories are still very clear to you may have a positive impact on making students successful. or whether they are long forgotten, According to a policy brief pubthey still served to motivate you for lished by the Rena period in your life. nie Center for EduPerhaps your presKevin J. Brough, principal, cational Research ent occupation is diMemorial Middle School and Policy entitled rectly related to Student Learning that goal or dream, Plans: Supporting or perhaps you Every Students’ moved on in a comTransition to Colpletely different dilege and Career, rection. Either way, “learning plans have been linked to you were guided at least in part by a variety of developmental activithe future and pushed to achieve ties, including improved academic that goal. motivation, engagement, decisionEffective July 1, 2012 school dismaking and personal accountabilitricts in the state were asked to esty characteristics that are increastablish Student Success Plans for ingly seen as essential for success all individuals in grades 6-12. In in postsecondary education and light of a wide variety of additionwork.” A review of the research al educational reforms, this could conducted by the Rennie Center reeasily have been perceived as anvealed that “there is a growing other mandate placing additional body of research on the impact of demands on our students and staff. student learning plans on other In taking another look however, these plans may be very important tools for our students as they naviSee Future, next page

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student outcomes, such as motivation and engagement, goal setting, long-term planning, increased awareness of career options, and parental involvement in academic and career decisions.� With this information in mind, teachers and counselors at Memorial, Strong and CRHS are working hard to establish opportunities for the development of Student Success Plans for all individuals in grades 6-12. One of the most important tools being used to create these plans is a type of software called Naviance Succeed. Using this software, students can easily develop short- and long-term academic goals and explore career options. A plan created by a sixth grader can be up-

A large truck carrying solar panels makes its way to town for Solarize Durham’s solar program recently. Durham has reached tier 5 pricing, meaning participants will receive the lowest price available, according to First Selectman laura Francis. dated and modified as the youngster moves into seventh grade and beyond. As the student grows and develops so does the Student Success Plan. Using Naviance from year to year, students can explore college and career paths and participate

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has helped many Durham residents with specific issues. Reelect this knowledgeable and hardworking senator. Catherine Devaux Durham

No better choice

To the editor: Sen. Ed Meyer is so closely aligned with what is good for Durham that he is the natural choice for your vote Nov. 6. His deep understanding of his constituents comes easily for Sen. Meyer. Ed Meyer gets to know the people he works for through candid questions and patient listening. He cares about the environment, small business and education. Ed Meyer is kind, smart and authentic. Sen. Meyer has the knowledge and experience to represent our needs at the state House and move things in the right direction. In my opinion, there is no better choice than Ed Meyer. Claudia O’Connell Durham

Against more taxes To the editor:

I am fully and whole-heartedly supporting state Sen. Len Suzio for re-election for this reason: he has signed a pledge to oppose any tax increase for next year. All of us are overtaxed — property taxes, sales taxes, income taxes. And thanks to the governor’s office and Democratic-controlled legislature, we will see more proposals to increase our taxes. But Suzio has vowed to not increase taxes. As always, Len Suzio is looking out for us and ensuring that we are not hit with paying more. Sen. Suzio has my support — please join me in voting for him and against more taxes. David F. Cichon Middlefield

Unquestioned integrity To the editor: Sadly, Ed Meyer will not be representing many of us due to redistricting. If you can vote for him, please do so. He has taken a sincere interest in all of us. Ed has gone up against party leaders when he felt it was in the interest of those he serves. He is not using this office as a stepping stone; he is not looking for another job, such as a judgeship. Ed’s integrity is un-

questioned. If you are in his district, please vote for Ed Meyer for state senator. Molly B. Nolan Durham

Sane voice To the editor: It is still the economy, after too many years. Despite the fact that the economy is still unstable, the majority party has raised state taxes through the roof and has failed to balance the budget. One sane voice was heard during the last two legislative sessions — the voice of state Sen. Len Suzio. Sen. Suzio knows that the residents of Middlefield and Rockfall do not want higher taxes. What they want is a quality of life that is second to none; they want jobs and a secure state economy. Bob Veeley Middlefield

Fasano as state senator for my side of town. Sen. Fasano is currently serving his fifth term representing the 34th District and I believe his knowledge and experience will be invaluable when he represents the needs of our small community. I am confident that his five point plan to reduce government spending and lower state taxes will result in an improved business climate, the creation of jobs and growth in our economy. Maryann Boord Durham

In trouble To the editor: More Connecticut workers are unemployed than in other states; more than nine percent are out of work. The reason is a poorly managed state. We were in trouble before Malloy and his fellow Democrats raised taxes and spending and now we are in

more trouble. To fix the problems elect people willing to reduce state spending and taxes on both individuals and businesses. Elect Republicans like Cindy Cartier, a small business owner, to the state senate, and do not re-elect Ed Meyer, career politician, who has supported bigger budgets, higher taxes and giveaways of more than a billion dollars to some of the state’s most profitable corporations. Robert Poliner Durham

The right decisions

To the editor: Dante Bartolomeo will bring a fresh new voice to the CT state Senate. She will make decisions that are right for the people of Connecticut because she listens to all sides of the issues. I had

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Good outcome To the editor: The recent redistricting has had profound effects on our small town of Durham, some good, some not so good. However, one very good outcome of the redistricting is that we will gain Sen. Len

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make decisions that are right for the people of Connecticut because she listens to all sides of the issues. I had first-hand experience with Dante’s enthusiasm, intelligence, knowledge of the issues and open-mindedness when going door-to-door with Dante in Middlefield. Not only is Dante an independent thinker, but she has the back-

ground experience to do the job. Her experiences as a mother, a volunteer and a public servant for many years have helped to create her open outlook, understanding and knowledge of the issues facing our state and our country today. Lucy Petrella Middlefield

Bipartisan leader To the editor: I am writing this letter in support of the re-election of Sen. Len Fasano. He has

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done an outstanding job representing the people of North Haven, Wallingford and East Haven and is prepared to fight for the people of Durham. Sen. Fasano has been a strong community leader and a tireless advocate for his constituents. He is a respected bipartisan leader in the senate. By working with Democrats and Republicans, he has been able to pass legislation and advance initiatives that are important to the communities and the people he represents. Gina Peach Durham

‘Gets’ small towns To the editor: I had the distinct opportunity to meet and spend time with Noreen Kokoruda, who is running for re-election as our state representative in Durham and Madison. She is genuine and truly cares about Durham and the issues we face. She gets small towns and their struggles. She’s been a selectman in Madison for 16 years and was on the beach recreation committee before that. In Hartford, she’s one of the few republicans endorsed by the CEA. Cheryl Salva Durham

Disrespect To the editor: Durham’s Election Day will be confusing and expensive. We will have three voting districts. The committee made up of Len Fasano and seven others demonstrated reckless lack of concern for us. Republicans, Democrats, Independents and unregistered resident will pay the price for 10 years. We will need triple staffing for poll positions, three different ballots and other costs. Elections are paid from town budgets, not the state. If you ask the average voter today, “Which district are you in?” many do not know. Now Len Fasano wants our vote. How can he, who has shown such disrespect, serve us? Carol Wray Durham

New course To the editor: Last week, we learned that Connecticut’s jobs situation continues to erode; with an unemployment rate at 9 percent and worsening. We must chart a new course now if we truly desire to bring quality jobs back to Connecticut. Cindy Cartier, who is running for state senator, can help drive this change.

Cindy is intelligent and energetic. A small business owner, Cindy knows what it takes to motivate businesses to expand and create jobs. And Cindy has a long history of community service; as selectman for the Town of Guilford, Board of Education member and chairman of Guilford’s Planning and Zoning Commission. Help bring quality jobs back to our state by supporting Cindy Cartier. Frank DeFelice Durham

Elect expertise for Durham David Dwyer is an expert on tax law. The state Assembly desperately needs representatives who are knowledgeable about the subject of their legislation and the legislative process. While effective for Madison, his opponent has no known college degree. Her only experience with tax law or legislative processes comes from her partial term since a special election in 2011. David Dwyer, a UConn law grad, has extensive tax structure experience and will represent Durham, not just the shoreline. Vote for David Dwyer. Katharine W. Forline Durham



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Leslie Bulion, of Durham, focuses specifically on a fair that many will recognize as our own Durham Fair. The story revolves around an 11year-old boy on one fair day as he attempts to prove that he can handle the experience on his own. Both the sense of community surrounding the fair and the universal urge for independence by young people figure into this engaging story written for elementary-middle school students. For our very youngest community members, Amy Beth Bloom’s “Little Sweet Potato” tells the trials of a “lumpy, dumpy vegetable” uprooted accidently from his patch (home) and thereby launched on a journey to find a new

community. Both Bloom and Bulion will present programs during January 2013 for younger residents. The One Book, One Community events and activities will be held during the month of January when what is more inviting than to curl up indoors with a good book or attend a program at a local, warm library? Events will include book discussions and readings for all ages, a showing in two parts of the HBO movie, programs based on the history of prominent families in each town, and food events. (The central character of “Empire Falls” runs the town diner.) A detailed calendar will be available in November in Town Times. For further information, contact either town librarian at Durham Public Library or Levi Coe Library.

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Senior lunches are offered every Monday and Wednesday at the Durham Activity Center, 350 Main St. The Elderly Nutrition program is designed to provide nutritional meals, at a low cost to persons ages 60 and over and their spouses. To cover the cost of the meal, a suggested donation is welcomed. To make lunch reservations, call Amanda Pedersen, senior cafe manager, at (860) 3493153. Bingo is offered every Wednesday at 1 p.m. following the luncheon.

St. Luke’s supports successful aging and independent living for veterans and elders. Free services provided are friendly visiting, outof-area medical transportation, transportation for elderly veterans to VA hospitals, grocery shopping services, minor home repair, information/resource referral, individual case management, education/advocacy, The Gatekeeper Program, Access4Care and St. Luke’s Apartments on Broad Street in Middletown. For specific information on their services, call (860) 347-5661. St. Lukes is located at 760 Saybrook Road in Middletown.

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A flu clinic is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 30, from noon to 8 p.m. at the Durham Activity Center, 350 Main Street. For more information and other possible dates, call Antoinette Astle at (860) 3497121.

The Middlefield Senior Center has scheduled the following events: Bingo is scheduled for the third Monday of each month at 1 p.m. All are welcome. Foot Care is scheduled for the third Wednesday of each month. The Masonicare provides this monthly service. The nurse soaks, assesses, massages and clips the toenails. A fee is charged. Call the senior center to schedule an appointment. Bring two hand towels to the appointment.

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Senior exercise is offered Monday, Wednesday and Friday at the DAC. Two classes are offered: 9 a.m and 10 a.m. There is no cost for Durham residents 60 and over.

The Middlefield Senior Center is located in the Middlefield Community Center at 405 Main St. If you have any questions or would like to sign up for any programs or for lunch (monthly menus can be picked up at the senior center or Town Hall) in the Senior Café (serving on Monday, Wednesday and Friday), contact Antoinette Astle at (860) 349-7121. The Durham 60 Plus Club meets at the Durham Activity Center the second and fourth Monday of each month, September through June, at 1:30 p.m. The next meeting is Oct. 22 at 1:30 p.m and newcomers are most welcomed.



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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 various establishments in Durham, such as the library, the Durham Activity Center, Town Hall and online at Call (860) 3475661 Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., to make a reservation.

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2012 Election — Meet the candidates This week’s election coverage includes candidate bios for the U.S. Senate and Congress. Visit and click on our election tab for complete election coverage, voter information and candidate news.

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Record-setting numbers register to vote in Durham and Middlefield By Stephanie Wilcox Town Times The registrars offices in Durham and Middlefield have been busy getting ready for the Nov. 6 election, and both towns have seen a significantly large number of people registering to vote. “We’re setting records for the number of new registered voters,” said Karen Ch-

Voter registration The Durham Registrars of Voters are scheduled to be in session Tuesday, Oct. 30, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. The session is to revise the preliminary registry list and enroll new voters. Residents must appear in person with identification. Oct. 30 is the final day to register in person to vote in the Nov. 6 elections.

eney, Durham’s Democratic Registrar of Voters, “probably more than 2008.” As of Oct. 18, the total number of registered voters was 5,028 in Durham. Registered Democrats total 1,227, registered Republicans total 1,385 and 2,383 are registered as unaffiliated. In the minor parties, such as Libertarian, Green Party and Independent, 33 Durham residents are registered. In Middlefield, it’s a similar situation. “A lot of people are registering to vote,” said Middlefield’s Democratic Registrar of Voters Barbara Jean DiMauro. A total of 3,224 people are registered, 1,003 of which are Democrats, 634 are Republicans and 1,570 are unaffiliated. Seventeen are registered in the minor parties. Because of these numbers, the registrars have high hopes for Election Day turnout. They’ve ordered enough ballots for 100 percent of voters. “In 2008, we had 82 percent

turnout,” Cheyney said. “I’m expecting that or higher.” “In 2008, we had 76.7 percent turnout,” DiMauro said. “There were 3,158 registered voters and 2,421 showed up. I expect at least that. This race is close.” One way to measure voter turnout is by diversity, Cheyney said. “If we see all different ways of registering, like online, and applying for absentee ballots, it’s usually a higher voter turnout,” she said. “How many people are registering, how many absentee ballots come in so far — and that’s all been high.” Durham’s Republican Registrar of Voters Pam Lucashu said her office processed 40 voter registrations in one day recently. These were people who registered in person with the town clerk, came in to the Registrars Office or mailed in the registration. “That’s amazing, that’s a really high number,” Lucashu said. “Compare that to the voter registration drives at the high school, that’s one

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percent of the voting population (in Durham) in one day.” But there is still time to register. The deadline to register in person at the Town Clerk’s office is Oct. 30. There is a registration session Oct. 30 at the Middlefield and Durham Registrars offices. For those who just moved here or turned 18 between Oct. 30 and Nov. 5, there’s one Nov. 5. But Cheyney gives one caution for those who still need to register, and that is to be aware of the difference between Independent Party and Unaffiliated. If you intend to register as an unaffiliated, do not write

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DEEP hopes for ‘permanent solution’ By Stephanie Wilcox Town Times

Middlefield residents, most from the Lake Beseck community, attended a public information meeting at the Community Center Oct. 23 to hear about a new dam project at the lake. Members from the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection and Middlefield’s Lake Beseck Association, First Selectman Jon Brayshaw, Selectman Ed Bailey, and state Sen. Len Suzio and Rep. Buddy Altobello were in attendance. The proposed project will repair the existing dam origi-

nally built in 1848. Over the years, there have been multiple repairs to the dam to address seepage problems, but each time the repairs only lasted five to 10 years, according to Jennifer Perry from DEEP. The repairs laid out in the design plan, which is only 70 percent completed, will hopefully “provide a permanent solution,” Perry said. Despite what some residents have heard, there will not be a new dam, rather, it will look like it looks now, with the original cut stone remaining in place. Concrete cut-off walls will be installed and tied into both embankments, and the elevation will stay the

same. “We don’t look at it as a brand new dam,” Perry said. Because the project will require a 12½ foot drawdown of the impoundment with a 14foot pool remaining, some saw an opportunity to dredge the lake to address other issues, such as algae, weeds and sediment. “The Lake Association is wondering if it can take advantage of fixing that when it’s drained,” said LBA member Dick Boynton. “We love our lake; the algae blooms spoil the lake.” But dredging is not part of DEEP’s plan. “Dredging is a complicated

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There is also an $87,000 grant for the lake still to be used. A Lake Beseck Environment Committee is working on how best to use it to improve the water quality. But when it came to public comment, most were focused on the dam project itself. Linda Beichner, who lives at the lake, said she fears once the drawdown takes place, lakefront residents will just “sit there and wait for money you don’t have.” Perry explained that DEEP can’t enter into a contract until the money is in hand. “I don’t have much detail yet,” she said, but added, “the biggest driver (of the project) is the funding.” An engineer’s estimate was in the $1.1 to $1.8 million range, she said. There is no budget for repairs, Perry said, so DEEP has to go to the CT Bond Commission for funding. She said she hopes to get the funding early next year to start the project mid to late next year. Given the design, Perry said she expected the project to take 10 months but “can’t promise the refill will come back fast.” “It needs to rain in the time period we need it to,” she said. “We have no control over that.” On Nov. 13, at 6:30 p.m., DEEP and the Town of Middlefield will host a Q&A session in the Community Center auditorium on the proposed new dam. A presentation will be given by DEEP’s consultant Fuss & O’Neill, Inc.

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Make your mark International Dot Day celebrated in district schools By Jenny Lussier Special to the Town Times Students at Brewster, Korn, John Lyman and Memorial schools began this school year thinking about making their mark. Inspired by the book “The Dot” by Pe-

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Mark (Continued from page 19) soccer ball and flower. These unique creations are on display in the school hallway. Third and fourth graders took a slightly different approach. Each student thought about ways he or she could leave a mark on John Lyman School. Every student created a dot with a

Town Times — Friday, October 26, 2012 picture and sentence indicating his or her personal goals for the school year. These dots are on display in the library. Students at Memorial School read “The Dot” and had lots of creative ideas. They included researching artists and making a dot gallery and, of course, wearing dots from head to toe. Students in some classes were able to use Skype, a video-conferencing site, to

connect with other classes around the country. Connections were made with students in Arizona, Wisconsin, Vermont, Illinois and Maryland as well as between Korn and Memorial schools.

Highlights included fifth graders in Wisconsin sharing a Reader’s Theatre performance with kindergarteners at Brewster, and grade 1 students at Brewster connecting with a class in

Maryland by reading “The Dot” and creating a “dot graph” together. A kindergarten class at John Lyman also had the opportunity to Skype with students in Vermont about their Dot day projects. Experiences such as these allow students to practice digital citizenship and use technology to develop 21st Century skills as well as have fun. One second grader said, “This was the best day ever.” Jenny Lussier is teacher librarian at Korn and Brewster Elementary schools

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Leslie Bulion, author of “Universe of the Fair,” visited Anne Doyle’s fifth grade library classes at Memorial Middle School recently. The students surprised the author with book trailers that they made. They also had time to ask questions and get to know the author.

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National Make a Difference Day is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 27. From 8 to 9 a.m., at the Exchange Club Pavilion at Allyn Brook Park in Durham, come help clean up the roads of Durham and Middlefield. Pick up bags and ties and do the cleanup at your convenience over the weekend. The public is welcome. Participants do not have to belong to a club or organization. This event is held rain or shine. For more info, call (860) 349-0798 or email

Rally for Recess A Zumba-thon fundraising event is scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 4, at 1 p.m., at Core Club, 350 Main St., Durham. Donations benefit the school’s attempt to enter a contest called “Rally for Recess” where the winning school can receive $30,000 toward a playground makeover at Korn Elementary School.


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“There are elections every

vote, Wilt will not be voting this November. “I will turn 18 in December, so it kills me!” she said. But it isn’t a total loss.

year — maybe not presiden-

tial, but other offices — so next time I can,” she said.

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with the registrars on creating a Facebook page for students that will be a place to find election and voter information and important websites. “These are all going to be future voters in our towns,” Cheyney said. Of the 577 total students in all four grades at CRHS, 221 voted in the mock election. “That’s a huge turnout,” Cheyney said, after ballots were hand-counted. “We didn’t expect this.” Wilt added, “Yea, I’d say it was a success.” Though she will be graduating next spring, Wilt hopes CRHS will continue the mock elections. According to Cheyney, the school used to do mock elections, but it stopped for a number of years. The registrars wanted to get it going again when Wilt, coincidentally, approached them. And despite her strong efforts to get fellow students to

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Principal Andre Hauser, 25 to 50 percent of the senior class is 18 years old, making them eligible to vote in the Nov. 6 elections. And nothing would please senior Greta Wilt more than if they do. She was the reason for the mock election, as a staunch advocate for exercising the right to vote (she wore a yellow shirt at the mock election reading “VOTE”). The idea started after Wilt learned that a group of her friends did not plan to vote. “I was shocked,” she said. “Their reasons were they did not think they were informed enough or they don’t think their vote will have a say.” Around the same time, Wilt, who is in an AP government class, was looking to get more involved in government, so she contacted Durham First Selectman Laura Francis. She met with Francis and Assistant Town Clerk Alicia C. Fonash-Willett after school on a few occassions. “I said it bothers me when people don’t vote,” said Wilt, who plans to go to college to major in political science and communications to one day be a political analyst or campaign manager. “So they gave me the registrars’ email.” Wilt has been working with the Durham Registrars to target the 18-24 age bracket but desperately hopes it will start a chain reaction. “The great thing is a lot of kids who can’t vote in the election can vote today (in the mock election),” Wilt said. “They may go home and say, ‘hey, I voted today,’ and that might encourage some parents to vote.” During the mock election, there was a constant stream of students at the table casting their ballots, and there was a lot of enthusiasm. High-fives were shared and conversations at the election table were about politics and how voting works. Organizers even ran out of ballots and had to get more. Wilt said her government teacher requires students in the class to watch the presidential debates. She said those students, she felt, were

especially excited about the mock election “because they are interested in politics.” But Hauser said the mock election was a great educational tool for everybody. “It’s one thing to teach them about citizenship, but this is them putting that into action,” he said. “Whether they are the organizer of it, or participant, it’s making citizenship and electoral politics real to them.” He added, “I love opportunities to bring community members like the registrars into the school to work with us.” Next, Wilt said she plans to contact the Regional School District Board of Education to make civics education a top priority. “We need to improve civics education. Now, it is just a pass-fail class,” she said. “The registrars would like to get in class and help. Elections are not emphasized enough in school.” Meanwhile, Wilt is working



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Falcon A Squad takes on Raiders By Charlie Carroll Special to the Town Times

Falcon A Squad and the Raiders of Bloomfield challenged each other at Devil Stadium Oct. 21. This contest matched American conference opponents that would figure CTYFL playoff implications. Captains for the Falcons were Michael Doyle, Brian Shields, Alex Boothroyd and Victor Vieira. The first half for the Falcon offensive team was a productive one as they would find the end zone on two occasions; one being an 80-yard pass play from Owen Gonzalez to Shields and a 25-yard run from Gonzalez over the right side of the offensive line. Andrew Godbout, Jake Layman and

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Falcon Mighty Mites challenge Bloomfield Raiders By Carl Pitruzzello Special to the Town Times

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touchdown with 12:59 in the fourth quarter. The extra point was no good and the score was 13-7 Falcons. The missed extra point would turn out to play a big factor later on. The Raiders, also sensing the urgency, came back and scored a touchdown with two minutes left in the fourth quarter and converted the extra point to make the score 14-13. This was the second game in a row where the Falcons would have to come back and run the two minute offense to try to scrape out a win. The Falcons moved the ball down the field but unfortunately time ran out. The final score was 14-13 Raiders. The Mighty Mites are back home next week to face Berlin Sunday, Oct. 28, at 3 p.m. at the High School field.


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A day for the seniors The girls and boys soccer teams at Coginchaug Regional High School stand with their parents on Senior Day, Oct. 15. Photos by Karen Kean

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Parents of Performing Students has scheduled a Clothing Drive for Saturday, Oct. 27, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 28, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Strong School parking lot on Main Street in Durham. Drop off unwanted clothing, shoes, hats, scarves, draperies, tablecloths, linens and other items to support the CRHS Music Department. All funds benefit the choral and band groups. Drive up to the school, and helpers will unload your car. For more information, contact Joanne Badin at (860) 349-8984 or

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Town Times Welcomes new citizens Lyric Opera company and the Connecticut Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra. The Greater Middletown Concert Association is sponsoring “Carmen” in Middletown. For tickets, call (860) 3474887 or (860) 346-3369, or visit

Bus trip to casino Durham Middlefield Falcons has scheduled a bus trip to Foxwoods Casino, Saturday, Dec. 8, to raise money for new, safer helmets. The bus leaves Allyn Brook in Durham at 4 p.m. and returns at 11 p.m. For price information or to sign up, contact Dan Wheeler at (860) 7594402 or Carrie Anderson at (860) 301-7315.

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