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Friday, September 21, 2012

BOE examines test scores By Mark Dionne Special to the Town Times

Photo by Stephanie Wilcox

A tent at the Powder Ridge closing was filled with residents and out-of-towners.

Hundreds show up for Powder Ridge closing By Stephanie Wilcox Town Times

There was food, balloons, a bounce house for kids and lots of smiling faces. Even those who said they did not support the sale of Powder Ridge to Brownstone’s Sean Hayes before the town voted 1,132 to 466 last month to do so were in attendance at the closing on the property Thursday, Sept. 13. In front of nearly 200 people, the warranty deed was signed, and when the document was handed to Hayes, the property then officially transferred to his hands. “With a stroke of this pen, what was once ours is now going to be yours,” Middlefield First Selectman Jon Brayshaw said just before the signing. He took those few minutes to crack some jokes. “Powder Ridge is not just any plot of land, it’s a word of its own,” he said. “It should have its own spot in the Web-

ster dictionary. It’s known far and wide.” In a more serious tone, Brayshaw acknowledged Town Attorney Ken Antin for his involvement in the deal to sell the ski property. After signing their names, Brayshaw presented Hayes with an American flag. “Every new business needs one of these,” Hayes said, thanking him. Hayes told the onlookers he doesn’t see his team as the new owners of Powder Ridge, but rather the custodians. He shared an email from Middlefield native Celia Miller, a top 10 snowboarder in the country. Emailing from Colorado, Miller said the resurrection of Powder Ridge is a “great thing for the community.” “I know for a fact I wouldn’t be where I am in snowboarding if it weren’t for Powder Ridge,” she wrote. “It changed my life.” “That,” Hayes said, “is

what we want to make Powder Ridge again.” Others were excited about the positive effects of the future Powder Ridge Mountain Park & Resort. State Sen. Len Suzio said, “I think this can be the beginning of the turnaround in the local economy,” and pledged to help where he can from the state level. Middlesex Chamber of Commerce President Larry McHugh, who Brayshaw praised for being a part of “saving Powder Ridge from Day 1” with his help in securing a $500,000 Department of Economic and Community Development grant, congratulated Hayes as well as the voters of Middlefield. “This is something we should be so, so excited about.” Hayes and Brayshaw, joined by their respective parties, toasted to “50 more years of Powder Ridge being See Powder Ridge, page 5

On Sept. 12, Dr. Linda Berry, director of curriculum for Regional School District 13, gave a presentation to the Board of Education that focused on results from standardized testing such as SATs, CMTs, CAPT and AP scores. The results were compared to similar school districts, called the District Reference Group, or DRG (pronounced “dirg”), in the hope that a close examination of the data could reveal what RSD13 schools are doing right and what could use improvement. The results showed many students performing well, particularly on AP tests and the SATs. “The district ought to be

very proud of the Advanced Placement scores. It’s stellar in terms of what our teachers are getting them to do,” Berry said. While a school district could accept lower participation in AP courses and the SATs to achieve gaudier scores, Berry endorsed more participation. “The more people taking the SATs the better as far as I’m concerned,” she said. Of AP participation, she added, “I think it’s something that should be expanded.” Students who score well on AP tests can get college credit for their RSD13 courses, in some cases starting in advanced classes and saving tuition money. Berry noted areas for imSee BOE, page 6

Durham Fair one week away

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The fair’s first ever roller coaster, the “Super Coaster”, was being installed last week and will take a full two weeks to assemble, according to fair officials. More photos on page 14.


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Five generations in Middlefield

We strive to bring you the most accurate information available each week, but if you see something in Town Times that isn’t quite right, give us a call at (203) 317-2448, and we’ll do our best to make things right. In the Sept. 14 issue, the photo of the Boy Scouts leading the Pledge of Allegiance at the 9/11 ceremony in Durham was Troop 270.

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

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Leola Etheridge celebrated her 100th birthday with 100 of her friends and family earlier this month. She is pictured with her daughter, Gladys Fields, right, her granddaughter, Debby Wheeler, far left, her great-granddaughter, Kelly Therrien Rybak, back, and her two great-great-grandchildren, Jessica Rybak, right, and Kylie Rybak, left. All five generations live in Middlefield.

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CATALES - CATALES has scheduled its fall Spay-ghetti dinner for Friday, Sept. 21, at the Fox Parish Center, 10 Elm St., Middletown. Arrive at 6:30 p.m.; dinner at 7 p.m. Dinner includes pasta, meatballs, salad, bread and dessert. A teacup raffle and silent auction will be featured. For more information or reservations, call (860) 344-9043 or email infor@catales.org.

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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.

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Durham 60+ Club - The Durham 60+ Club is scheduled to meet Monday, Sept. 24, at 1:30 p.m., at the Activity Center, 350 Main St. The nominating committee will present its new slate of officers and committee chairpersons. A variety table raffle will be available. A social hour will follow the meeting. Durham Senior Lunches - Every Monday and Wednesday, hot lunches are available for seniors over 60 and their spouses at the Durham Activity

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This 1929 Chevrolet will motor into Middletown for the Middlesex County Historical Society’s 27th annual Antique and Classic Car and Truck Show and Flea Market, Sunday, Oct. 7, at Middletown High School. Car registration begins at 8:30 a.m.; judging begins at 11:30 a.m. with trophies awarded at 2:30 p.m. A fee is charged. Although cars registered for judging must be dated 1987 or older, there is no cut-off date for cars being placed in the car corral. Rain date is Sunday, Oct. 14. For more information, call the Middlesex County Historical Society at (860) 346-0746. 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 www.middlefieldct.org.

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Tuesday

Blood drive - The American Red Cross has scheduled a blood drive for Tuesday, Sept. 25, from 1 to 6 p.m. at the Durham Public Library, 7 Maple Ave. Walk-ins are welcome. For more information and to schedule an appointment, call 1-800-REDCROSS 1-(800) 733-2767.)

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Powder Ridge (Continued from page 1) what it was,” Hayes said. After the remarks ended, the public scattered for food. Hayes’s cousin, Sandy Stevens, of Rocky Hill, stood outside the tent with other members of the family, waiting to congratulate Hayes. “I think they will do a fantastic job – look what they did in Portland,” she said. “I wish him all the best.” Tony Edwards, a Bloomfield resident who spoke at the public hearing last month, came to the closing. “As president of the CT Ski Council, I am proud to see this day come,” he said. “We will stand by Powder Ridge and help where we can.” He added, “We are trying to partner up with them” by “hopefully” holding the CT Ski Council monthly meetings at the lodge and displaying the council’s historical property on the premises. Edwards shared a lot of ideas for how he wants to help make Powder Ridge the

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provement and said, “There’s no complacency� on the staff. In a detailed comparison of CMT and CAPT results with its DRG, Berry showed that RSD13 frequently placed in the lower half. Berry also presented trend lines to the BOE. Trend lines show the change in results from year to year and can be compared to other districts to see if RSD13 is keeping pace, excelling or falling behind. Two areas of concern presented were kindergarten to grade 8 writing and high school reading. “Where other people are coming up, we’re going down,� Berry said. Berry presented the BOE with an improvement plan. Using a free online State Department of Education program called CBAS-Write, which provides prompts and instant scoring, was among the suggestions for improving K-8 writing. To improve high school reading, the board discussed reallocating reading specialist time to CRHS. Berry also suggested examining the reading material available for complexity and a proper nonfiction to fiction ratio. New standardized testing examines different types of literacy and places an emphasis on nonfiction. BOE chair Kerrie Flanagan noted the usefulness of having the information early in the budget process. “Our responsibility in looking at these results is to say, ‘What are we going to do, how do we take responsibility for this and where are we going to shift resources?’� The next BOE meeting is Wednesday, Oct. 10, at 7:30 p.m., at John Lyman School.

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TownOpinion Letters to the Editor

Town Green needs bike racks

To the editor: As a Durham resident, my family loves the fair and looks forward to it every year. However, I feel that the town should provide more bike racks on the green for local residents. The fair overtakes our little town, locking up roads with traffic. While the fair brings in a weekend of wonderful memories each year, it limits easy traveling within our town. As a resident, we get no breaks on admission, discounted food items or deals on parking. Perhaps more local people would use bicycles for travel if they had proper racks provided. There is one small rack by the library and that is it. I hope the fair committee considers this addition to help their local residents. Jennifer Haglund Durham

Time for his son

To the editor: Earlier this year I was driving in downtown Milford with my husband when we saw Congressman Chris Murphy walking along Broad

Street with his son. We pulled over to see if they were lost, but Chris explained that “every once in a while we take a train to a new town, get out and take a walk, and have some lunch together.” Here was a busy congressman, running for US Senate, commuting weekly between Washington, DC and Cheshire, taking the time to be with his son. I saw Linda McMahon walk the same sidewalk at the Oyster Fest. She came to have a rally on City Hall steps and had her handlers indiscriminately cut the limbs off our trees in Doughboy Park to enhance the media’s camera angles. Tessa Marquis Milford

Town crew not to blame To the editor: In response to last week’s letter from a family who lost their dog due to a speeding car in Durham, I extend my sympathy — losing a family pet is tragic. I hope the responsible party will reconcile with the family. I was concerned, however, with a comment made in the family’s letter… “I don’t know who to blame more — the driv-

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er who did this, or my town which has careless workers who don’t give a damn how fast people drive when a road is being worked on.” If I am interpreting the intent of her statement correctly, the family believes the Durham road crew, performing maintenance on the roads in the area that day, was somehow partially responsible for the death of the family’s dog. As a Durham resident, I respect the hard work our town employees do each day to maintain our public property and roads. The men on that crew risk their own safety when using heavy equipment and navigating speeding traffic around them as they perform work for the public’s benefit. I don’t believe our workers should or would be expected to be additionally responsible to maintain the safety of pets that are unleashed and in the street while the crew is performing dangerous road maintenance. The best we can do to prevent unfortunate accidents is to take personal responsibility for the safety of our own pets and children at all times. Deb Hoyt Durham

Government Meetings Middlefield Durham Government Government Calendar Calendar (Unless otherwise indicated, all meetings are held in the Durham Library. Check the town website at www.townofdurhamct.org for updates.)

Monday, Sept. 24 Board of Selectmen, 7 p.m. at Town Hall Tuesday, Sept. 25 Ethics Commission, 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 1 Board of Selectmen, 7 p.m. at Town Hall Fire Department Trustees, 7 p.m. at Durham Volunteer Firehouse Tuesday, Oct. 2 Historic District Commission, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3 Planning & Zoning, 7:30 p.m. at Town Hall

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(Unless otherwise indicated, all meetings are held in the Community Center.)

Monday, Sept. 24 Middlefield Housing Authority, 9 a.m. Monday, Oct. 1 Board of Selectmen, 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4 Economic Dev. Commission, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10 Planning & Zoning, 6:30 p.m. WPCA, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16 Conservation Commission, 6:30 p.m. Board of Selectmen, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17 Inlands/Wetlands Commission, 7 p.m.

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Commentary

Loss and grieving be compared to losing A tragic loss has Dr. Tanya Feke an arm or a leg. struck our communiThough an arm or a ty. A six-year-old leg can be replaced child has died. I do with a prosthetic, the not feel privy to original version of share the details. that person, the 1.0, would forever be That is for the family to do only if changed. Obviously, a child can nevand when they feel the time is right. er be replaced, and there will always What I do feel obligated to do, as a be an empty hole in the hearts of his physician and as a mother, is to adloved ones. That does not mean dress the issue of loss. those hearts can no longer experiIt does not seem fair. Loss of life ence love and joy. What it does mean never does, not when it is unexpectis that those loved ones must be ed, not when it is expected, not brave enough to open themselves to when it is in the old, and especially joy in their lives again, to find that not in the young and innocent. Not symbolic prosthesis. when it touches you as an individThis can seem an impossible task, ual. Some people may preach “it is and anyone dealing with loss must the circle of life”, but that does not first deal with the overwhelming take away the pain of grieving. emotions of that loss. Grief weighs The bond between a parent and a down on the heart and soul like a child is indescribable. Until someton of bricks. Some people manifest one has experienced that uncondiit physically — chest pressure, palpitional love, it seems an untenable tations, shortness of breath, muscle idea, the sort of magic that molds aches, fatigue. Others take on that fairy tales. Raising a child takes burden mentally — difficulty sleepcare, trust and patience, not always ing, irritability, isolation, panic atin that order and not always easy. tacks, depression. We are a populaThere can be moments of immense tion of different genes, personalities pride and joy and moments of gutand circumstances, and we will all wrenching frustration and disaprespond to loss in our own way. pointment. Those moments, however, are always rooted in love. Losing a child in some ways can See Loss, next page

Rx:Life

Eli Aitken and Skyler Kaczor, two kindergarten students, read books during the first week of school.

Full-day K and curriculum changes at Brewster

they have not been With every new beNancy M. Heckler, Principal able to spend much ginning there is time on in the past change. The new acabecause of the two demic year at Brewhour and 40 minute ster School has day. With the complebrought some signifition of the computer cant changes to the lab and the purchase school, which will of iPads, teachers will be integrathave a positive effect on the students ing technology into the curriculum. and staff. The students will be given ample opThe new full-day kindergarten portunities to use technology as a program is one of the most notable learning tool. All their work will be and exciting changes. The program If you have a probinstrumental in making kinderwill allow kindergarten teachers Olszewski lem with your bill garten productive and dynamic for time to focus on each of the developand the solution can- mental areas — cognitive, language, our young students. not be fixed on time, social/emotional, fine motor and The kindergartners are happy you will be charged and enthusiastic. They have settled gross motor — that are essential to the 1.5 percent penal- our students’ growth. in and know what to expect throughty per month. Oct. 1 out the day. They become excited Kindergarten teachers spent nupostmark is proof of merous days this summer in prepawhen they are introduced to new payment on time. skills, instructional materials or ration of the new six-and-a-halfThe drop box has no proof of payroutines. It has been wonderful to hour day. The present curriculum ment on time. The drop box will be was reviewed and amended to reflect watch the children’s eyes light up emptied at 4 p.m. for the last time when they enter the cafeteria or lithe instructional goals and objecon Oct. 1 and any payments brary, or when they began to join the tives that would be taught throughdropped in the box after close of first and second graders at morning out the year. The kindergarten Combusiness will be considered delinrecess. On the sixth day of school, mon Core State Standards were anaquent. For those who pay with an the students read the color poem and lyzed and discussions focused on the online service, the envelope your were surprised to discover they are English Language Arts and Math check comes in does not have a already readers. It is a joy to watch standards that would be taught this postmark on it. These payments them learn and experience life at year. Teachers outlined the most efwill be considered delinquent if I Brewster School. fective methods to instruct each receive them Oct. 1. Curriculum changes will be exestandard, then developed lessons Also, don’t go looking for your cuted at Brewster this year as a reand selected relative materials. The sewer usage bills. They have not sult of the adoption of the Common teachers were thrilled to be able to been sent as they are not due until Core Standards by the State of Conplan activities to develop the oral Oct. 1. Please do not send any monlanguage and social skills of our ey until you receive a bill or I will young students. This is an area that have to send it back to you. See Brewster, page 26

Sewer assessment bill information A reminder to all Anne L. Lake Beseck sewer users: the due date for the sewer assessment second installment was Sept. 1. The office has just begun collecting assessment payments. I have seen a few old friends and some new faces and hope to see a lot more. Back in April, you received your assessment bills (one for your April installment and one for this month’s installment). If you have lost or misplaced your bill, you can call the office and I will send you a new one. For those who escrow their taxes, you need to know that your bank does not escrow your sewer bills. You can pay your sewer assessment by mail or you can come in. No credit cards will be accepted. Please don’t wait until the very last minute to pay your assessment.

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Loss

Burning books

Most U.S. citizens agree with freedom of speech. That is, until they hear something that they don’t like. Then they are eager to throw away their ideals and burn a book to protect the nation or the town or the children from ‘dangerous’ thought. They try to convince others that their attempts to get rid of controversial books is not censorship. Would-be censors often claim that excluding a book from a particular library is not really censorship because it is still available elsewhere and only a total ban of every copy of the book in every loca-

Peter Chase, Plainville library director

Guest Column tion counts as censorship. This is ridiculous. If the purpose of excluding a book is to suppress the ideas it contains or show disapproval of the author, then that action is censorship whether it involves one library or a hundred. The second spurious claim made by censors is that by buying a book, a library is recommending and approving the ideas that it contains, so it should only have items that re-

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flect the official view of governing authorities. In truth, libraries do almost the opposite. They aim to buy a broad array of books representing all sides of controversial issues so that their readers will have access to all sides of the argument and then have the information to make up their own mind. The week of Sept. 30 to Oct. 6 is “Banned Books Week” sponsored by the American Library Association. It’s a time to celebrate our freedoms and to remember that censorship is still alive and well today and that the freedom of speech is still a controversial issue.

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The most challenging part of loss is managing the whatifs. What-ifs are devilish guilt monsters that do more harm and never any good when looking into windows of the past. What if I had done this or that? Would things have been different? Whether a what-if comes from yourself or from those around you, they derail healing for everyone involved. No amount of retrospection will change the past, and wounds will only deepen with every charge. Letting go of whatifs is difficult but necessary in moving forward. Anyone experiencing grief and loss should not be afraid to seek help when ready. Friends and family may surround you, offering you support at this time of loss. Be open to telling them what you need and likewise what

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you don’t. Your primary care physician may be able to help you through the physical and emotional symptoms of your grief as you adapt to your new life situation. Do not close yourself to what they have to offer, whether it be medication or counseling. Therapists and grief counselors are available to guide you through your transition and may provide useful strategies for coping. There are support groups that can unite you with people who have dealt with similar situations. In honor of your loved one, you must continue to live your life. This is the most poignant way to keep his legacy alive. I have a six year old son. I can never truly know what this family is going through, but I could imagine how I would feel in their situation. Any parent can sympathize. It reminds us all to appreciate the people in our lives every day, to enjoy them every day, even when our life circumstances are not perfect. Life may continue in “the circle of life” but we don’t always have to like it. We just have to make each moment count. Dr. Tanya Feke is a physician at Middlesex Hospital Primary Care - Durham and guest columnist for the Town Times.

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The Middlefield Senior Center has scheduled “The Health Effects of Hearing Loss” for Wednesday, Sept. 26, at 1 p.m. The program will discuss the psychological, social and functional effects on those suffering from hearing loss. Seniors with hearing loss are more likely to develop de-

mentia over time along with reduced language comprehension and depression. Untreated hearing loss affects not only the quality of life but ability to remember. The program is not a hearing screening; it is an educational workshop that explains the importance of everyday sounds. The public is welcome. No registration is required.

Durham 60+ Club The Durham 60+ Club is scheduled to meet Monday, Sept. 24, at 1:30 p.m. at the Activity Center, 350 Main St. The nominating committee will present its new slate of officers and committee chairpersons. A variety table raffle with items contributed by members will be available. A social hour will follow the meeting.

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

Fraud program An Identify Fraud and Schemes program is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 24, at 1 p.m. at the Middlefield Senior Center. The program will be presented by an agent from the FBI and will discuss schemes that target the elderly and healthcare fraud. The public is welcome. For more information, call Antoinette Astle at (860) 3497121 to reserve a seat.

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Obituary

Julie (Blomkvist) Fosdick

town where Julie played an active role and was a board member. She was also an active member of St. Andrew the Apostle in Rocky Hill. Julie loved her family and loved to travel, particularly cruises of Alaska, the Caribbean and visiting Italy as well as visits with family in Sweden. She was a devoted wife and mother who was an extremely thoughtful person and knew how to make everyone she came in contact with feel special. Julie is also survived by her brother, Jeff Blomkvist and his wife, Melissa, of Bethlehem Township, NJ; mother

and father-in-law, George and Cecelia Fosdick, of Middletown; two brothers-in-law, Geoffrey Fosdick and his wife, Sherri ofStaunton, VA, and George Fosdick of Brooklyn, NY; three nieces, Madalyn, Katherine and Emily Blomkvist; and two nephews, Matthew and Thomas Fosdick. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Sept. 22, at 10 a.m. at The Church of the Holy Trinity, 381 Main Street, Middletown, with Rev. William Venoit officiating. Burial will be at the conven-

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Durham Fair advanced ticket sales Advanced ticket sales for the Durham Fair are available as follows: Exhibitor, $20 Sept. 22 - Durham Fair Medical Building, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 24 - Durham Fair Medical Building, 3 to 8 p.m. Sept. 25 - Durham Fair Medical Building, 12:30 to 9 p.m. Sept. 26 - Durham Fair Medical Building, 3 to 9 p.m. Student, $10. (Students ages 12 -18 from Durham, Middlefield and Rockfall only.) College student, $15 (College students from Durham, Middlefield and Rockfall only. Proof of college ID is required.) Sept. 22 - Durham Fair Medical Building, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 23 - Durham Fair Medical Building, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 24 - Durham Fair Medical Building, 3 to 8 p.m. Sept. 25 - Durham Fair Medical Building, 12:30 to 9 p.m. Sept. 26 - Durham Fair Medical Building, 3 to 9 p.m.

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Graduates Roger Williams University - Antonio Cuomo, of Durham. Towson University, Maryland - Michael Liebert, Jr., of Middlefield.

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Dean’s List Towson University, Maryland Alexandra Liebert, of Middlefield. University of Massachusetts Christopher Scamporino, of Middlefield.

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tor and author, will discuss ghost hunting in Connecticut, paranormal investigation and fact vs. fiction. The program will be held at the Community Center. Sydney Sherman Author Talk & Signing: Saturday, Nov. 3, from 1 to 2 p.m. Registration recommended. Paranormal author, Sydney Sherman, of the CT Ghost Hunters, will discuss and sign her new book: You Are Not Alone: Our Loved Ones are Here…You’re Just Not Listening. The program will be held at the Community Center.

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Town Times — Friday, September 21, 2012

COGINCHAUG FALL

SPORTS SCHEDULE Boys Cross Country September 22 V Ct River Championship Away at Cromwell High School, 9:30 a.m. 24 V League Meet 1 (Large Schools) at Morgan, 3:45 p.m. 27 V Husky Invitational at Indian River, 3:45 p.m.

October 6 V Wickham Invitational at Wickham Park/Manchester, TBA 10 V Shoreline Mega Meet at Valley Regional/John Winthrop, 3:45 p.m. 18 V Shoreline Championship at Valley Regional/John Winthrop, 3:45 p.m. 23 V JV Invitational at Old Saybrook High School, 3:45 p.m. 27 V SS State Championship at Wickham Park/Manchester, 2:45 p.m. 29 V Shoreline Frosh Invitational at Valley Regional/John Winthrop, 3:45 p.m.

November 2 V State Open at Wickham Park/Manchester, 2:45 p.m. 10 V New England Championship at Twin Rock Rec Area Cumberland, Maine, TBA

Girls Cross Country September 22 V Ct River Championship at Cromwell High School, 9:30 a.m. 24 V League Meet 1 (Large Schools) at Morgan, 3:45 p.m. 27 V Husky Invitational at Indian River, 3:45 p.m.

October 6 V Wickham Invitational at Wickham Park Manchester, TBA 10 V Shoreline Mega Meet at Valley Regional/John Winthrop, 3:45 p.m. 18 V Shoreline Championship at Valley Regional/John Winthrop, 3:45 p.m. 23 JV Invitational at Old Saybrook High School, 3:45 p.m. 27 V Class SS State Championship at Wickham Park/Manchester,11:25 a.m. 29 V Shoreline Frosh Invitational at Valley Regional/John Winthrop, 3:45 p.m.

November 2 V State Open at Wickham Park/Manchester, 2 p.m. 10 V New England Championship at Twin Brook Recreation Area, Cumberland, Maine, TBA

Boys Soccer September 21 24 24 25 27 27 28

JV at Portland, 3:45 p.m. V vs. Foran, 3:45 p.m. JV vs. Foran, 3:45 p.m. V at Old Lyme, 3 p.m. V vs. Old Saybrook, 3:45 p.m. JV vs. Old Lymne, 3:45 p.m. JV at Old Saybrook, 3:45 p.m.

October 1 V vs. East Hampton, 3:45 p.m. 2 JV at East Hampton, 3:45 p.m. 4 V vs. Hale Ray, 3:45 p.m. 4 JV vs. Hale Ray at Nevers Field, 3:45 p.m. 8 V at Haddam-Killingworth, 3:45 p.m. 9 JV vs. Haddam-Killingworth, 3:45 p.m. 10 V vs. North Branford, 3:45 p.m. 11 JV at North Branford, 3:45 p.m. 15 V vs. Valley Regional, 3:45 p.m. 16 JV at Valley Regional, 3:45 p.m. 17 V at Cromwell, 6:30 p.m. 18 JV vs. Cromwell, 3:45 p.m. 22 V at North Branford, 3:45 p.m. 23 JV vs. North Branford, 3:45 p.m. 24 V at Valley Regional, 6 p.m. 25 JV vs. Valley Regional, 3:45 p.m. 26 V at Foran High School - Turf Field, 6 p.m. 26 JV at Foran High School - Grass Field, 3:45 p.m.

Girls Soccer September 22 24 25 27 27

V vs. Portland, 10:15 a.m. V at Old Lyme, 3:45 p.m. JV vs. Old Lyme, 3 p.m. V vs. Old Saybrook, 3:45 p.m. JV at Old Saybrook, 3:45 p.m.

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V vs. East Hampton Home, 3:45 p.m. JV at East Hampton, 3:45 p.m. V vs. Hale Ray, 3:45 p.m. JV at Hale Ray, 3:45 p.m.

6 V at Immaculate High School,10 a.m. 9 V at Haddam-Killingworth, 3:45 p.m. 10 JV vs. Haddam-Killingworth, 3:45 p.m. 11 V vs. North Branford, 3:45 p.m. 12 JV at North Branford, 3:30 p.m. 13 V vs. Morgan, 10 a.m. 16 V at Valley Regional, 3:45 p.m. 17 JV at Valley Regional, 3:45 p.m. 18 V at Cromwell, 6:30 p.m. 19 JV vs. Cromwell, 3:45 p.m. 23 V at North Branford, 3:45 p.m. 24 vs. North Branford, 3:45 p.m. 25 V at Valley Regional, 6:30 p.m. 26 JV vs. Valley Regional, 3:45 p.m.

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Big plays for Falcons and Vipers in high scoring game By Carl Pitruzzello Special to the Town Times

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The Mighty Mites Falcons D squad took on the Vernon Vipers Sept. 16 on their first road trip of the year. This week’s captains were Drue Fleck, Greysen Egana, Dalton Sisk and Anthony Toth. The Falcons were in search of their first victory after ties in the first two games. The weather was perfect for football on this Sunday afternoon and both teams had big plays in store for all the fans attending the game.

The Falcons won the coin toss and started the first play from the line of scrimmage with a 30-yard run from quarterback Jeremy Mangiameli. The blocking up front was solid from Dante Salvatore, Toth, Fleck, Peter DeRita, Benjamin Pitruzzello and Michael Pitruzzello. The Falcons lost possession on the next play and the Vipers took advantage and scored two touchdowns to jump to a quick 12-0 lead. But this Falcon team did not give up so quickly. They came back and scored on a 25-yard touch-

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Falcons A Squad tested early By Charlie Carroll Special to the Town Times

The Falcons A Squad played against the Panthers of South Windsor, in their first game, a familiar oppo-

nent from a scrimmage in August. The Falcons defense was on the field about 90 percent of the first half, where they saw just about every play in the Panther playbook. The Panthers found the end

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zone twice on play action passes, which completed long drives on both occasions. The second half included the boys fighting hard on both sides, but the final score was 30-0 in favor of South Windsor. The Falcons then went on to the first of four weeks away from the Blue Devil Stadium as they traveled to Vernon for a battle with the Vipers. Captains were Brendan Wiknik, Robert Gleason, Ricky Sorenson and Griffin Saks. The Falcons offense was first to get the ball and quickly began to move up field. The first defensive series was short with only two plays, one where the Falcons stopped the Vipers for a loss and the other that resulted in the first score of the game. With the conversion, the Vipers were up 7-0.

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With a reverse play called on the kick-off return, Sorenson fielded the kick and started left where he handed to Owen Gonzalez who ran around right end for the Falcons’ first score. The return team blocked to help set up the run. Though the conversion attempt failed, the Falcons responded to the Vipers score and closed the gap 7-6. The second quarter had the defense struggling to stop the Vipers, who scored on two more drives. The score was 19-6 at less than the midpoint of the game. With little time remaining in the second quarter, the Falcons forced their first turnover on defense as the Vipers tried to add a fourth touchdown through the air. The turnover gave the ball back to the offense where Saks went to work finding a couple of receivers, which included catches by Bryan Shields. The momentum had shifted to the Falcons and it would set the stage for the second half. The second half began with both the Falcons and Vipers exchanging scores during the third quarter. The

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Excitement and joy were felt by my 5-year-old son this weekend with the opening of soccer season. This is the year where he joined his older sister in becoming an official Coginchaug soccer player. Early Saturday morning, my son ran into my room with a big smile on his face already dressed in his “Galaxy” uniform. “Mom, I even put on my own shin guards” he said as he proudly pointed to them. The excitement of his first day of soccer had been brewing all week. Nearly every family member and anyone who came by the house knew that Saturday was Ethan’s very own soccer day. Before we left the house, Ethan insisted on using a soccer bag like his big sister, and packed his soccer ball and bottled water in it. We headed over to Peckham Park for his first kindergarten soccer clinic. Ethan marched along with his oversized soccer bag draped over his back as he greeted his friends with smiles. Once all the uniforms were handed out, Peckham Park was brightly adorned with 5-, 6- and 7-year-olds wearing various MLS team jerseys with the CSC logo on them. The kids looked like mini soccer stars awaiting a chance to compete for The

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Continued from page 22 Falcons showed a mix of running and passing behind the line play of Wiknik, Patrick Hocking, Andrew Godbout, Victor Vieira, Jake Layman and Sam Longworth. The score at the end of the third was 27-13. The Falcons did not close the lead to one touchdown, but the Vipers, while pushed to a fourth and goal, scored on a short run through the hands of a few Falcon defenders.

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DC United. He also enjoyed seeing his friends and classmates on the field. Mark Salley went from game to game to assist the parent coaches and encourage the kids and cheer them on. Mark has a passion for soccer, and he has been innovative in making changes to the program that are benefiting our children. My daughter developed a love for soccer due in part because of him. Back in Ava’s early elementary years, he was her soccer coach. Through this experience she grew to love and enjoy soccer. In fact, she plays for both the Coginchaug U-11 Girls Travel Team and a girls premiere team. Soccer is her sport, and she aspires to be a professional soccer player. So here we are at the first clinic, and the kids are already being taught foundation and toe touches. Foot skills are what make an excellent soccer player, and the earlier a child learns foot skills, the more comfortable he or she will be at utilizing them when playing more competitively. We are truly fortunate in our community to have parents who step up and do wonderful things that benefit our children. Having Mark Salley as director for kindergarten soccer is a winning goal for our community and for the future of kids’ soccer. Thanks to all the parent volunteers and coaches who teach and inspire our children at all levels of soccer.


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Falcons B Squad loses to Vipers

Tune-up game The Coginchaug Football team had its final scrimmage Sept. 8 against Lyman Hall.

By Dee Dee Dahlman Special to the Town Times The Falcon’s B Squad, led by this week’s Captains Bobby Huscher, Bryce Fleck and Luke LaTorre, visited the Vernon Vipers for Sunday’s contest. In the first half, the Falcons defense, led by Andrew Gleason and Brendan Rae, made a goal line stand forcing a turn over. The offense was able to move the ball well, but couldn’t come up with a score. The Vipers led at halftime. During the second half, the Falcons rallied on offense. Led by Quinn Reardon’s powerful running, they marched down the field and completed their drive with a touchdown pass by Anthony Curry to Otto Wallach. Falcons defensemen Trevor Smith and Anthony Arreguin worked hard to slow their opponents, but the Vipers held their lead and won the game 33-6.

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Falcons C Squad loses in Vernon By Steve Roccapriore Special to the Town Times On Sunday, Sept. 14, the Falcons C Squad traveled to Vernon to face the Vipers. On the first play of the game, Logan Saks made a

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