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Volume 20, Number 46

Serving Durham, Middlefield and Rockfall

Friday, Februar y 28, 2014

Exchange Club is there for the community By Diana Carr

Special to Town Times

Brenda Eddy displays the badges earned by the Durham/Middlefield Exchange Club for their civic service. | (Diana Carr/Town Times)

Few people may know that when they are batting a ball around the tennis courts at Allyn Brook Park, in Durham, or their children are swinging from the playground equipment, or playing “Four Square” under the pavilion, that it is due in large part to funds raised by the Durham/ Middlefield Exchange Club. “We have 50 members from Durham and Middlefield,” said club President Brenda Eddy. “The Exchange Club is a national civic organization, and we’re a branch of it in Connecticut.” The purpose of Exchange Clubs is to raise money for civic and charitable causes on the local, state, and national levels, with an emphasis on Americanism, the prevention of child abuse (the national project),

the promotion of youth development, and responding to the needs of the community. Badges are given by the National Exchange Club for work in these categories. Some of the Durham/Middlefield Exchange Club’s local projects are: handing out flags before the Memorial Day parade; giving the Proudly We Hail award to people who meet the criteria of properly flying their flag; the annual giving of the Book of Golden Deeds award to someone who gives a lot back to the community; honoring firefighters and police in both towns (who have gone above and beyond the call of duty) with the Salute to Connecticut’s Finest and Connecticut’s Bravest awards; the Adopt-A-Road project, which involves picking up litter off our streets; giving the ACE award to a high school senior who has surmounted extraordinary challenges,

whether they be emotional, physical, or circumstantial; sponsorship of the Child Abuse Prevention Centers in Rockville and Stamford; and raising money for scholarships, fuel assistance, the Giving Trees in the town halls, the food banks, the District 13 music and athletic departments, and the Boy Scouts (Troop 27). There are four major fundraisers a year: a spaghetti dinner in March at Coginchaug Regional High School (this year March 9); an Easter flower sale on Easter weekend, in front of Strong School; the Washington 10K race on Memorial Day (the money comes from the runners’ fees); and the French Fries booth at the Durham Fair. “Almost 90 percent of the money we raise from these events goes to the two towns,” Eddy said, “with the rest going toward the national goal of the See Exchange / Page 2

District 13 sees school Helmet mandate contributes to closing options long wait times at Powder Ridge By Mark Dionne Town Times

At Coginchaug Regional High School on Feb. 19, well over 100 community members from Durham and Middlefield heard a presentation on declining enrollment followed by multiple options for school reconfiguration. As they have in past workshops, representatives from the architectural and education planning firm Drummey Rosane Anderson, Inc. presented what they characterized as two extremes — doing nothing on one end and re-building all the schools on the other —and then focused on options in the middle of that range. The three main options presented had one thing in

common. They each made space to close an elementary school by changing Strong Middle School from a 7-8 grade school to a 6-8 grade school. The option called “C1” closed Korn Elementary School and changed Lyman Elementary School and Brewster Elementary School to K-3 schools and changed Memorial Middle School from a 5-6 to a 4-5 school. The option called “C3” (“C2” was never presented) closed Lyman and Korn and created two K-5 elementary schools at Brewster and Memorial. Jim Barrett of DRA characterized this plan as “not practical” because it would require building almost the equivalent of a new See School / Page 2

By Molly Callahan Special to Town Times

(This is the first installment of a series on Powder Ridge ski area that will run in Town Times over the next several weeks. The recently re-opened facility has attracted attention across the state and the region as it brings new winter recreation opportunities to the area.) A typically busy day on the slopes was even more hectic at Powder Ridge Mountain Park and Resort because of its recent reopening and helmet requirement. The park reopened at the Charlie Herman, 9, of Essex, adjusts his helmet next to end of November for the mother, Jessie, while in the busy equipment rental area first time since 2007 with a of Powder Ridge in Middlefield on Monday. Helmets are mandatory at the newly restored ski area. | (Dave Zajac/ See Helmets / Page 15

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prevention of child abuse.” Meetings are on the second and fourth Thursday of each month, at 7 p.m. at the Elks Club in Middletown. “We try to have interesting speakers that talk about things related to our mission,” Eddy said. “We welcome new members. The meetings are dinner meetings, and your first meal is on us. “I’ve learned a lot about the other members. We’re all passionate about the group, and

we have a great time together, with the common goal of giving back to the community.” Wally Douglass, a longtime member agreed. “The money from our functions goes to kids who are in need-they are our main concern- and to senior citizens and to the community itself. It’s an honor to be a member of this group,” he said. Fo r m o r e i n f o r m a tion about the Durham / Middlefield Exchange Club, contact Brenda Eddy at (860)349-0410.

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suit their student.” When asked about the programs at the middle school level, DRA’s education planner Paul Moore said Strong was the “least flexible” building for programs, although “there is enough capacity to do it.” For the sample enrollment numbers, DRA used 2016 as a reference point both for when lower enrollment might impact the schools and the earliest significant changes could occur. Potential costs and savings, including busing, were not part of the presentation. DRA presented a matrix that scored different options on multiple considerations, including cost factors, on a 1-5 scale. Options were rated with total scores. Several speakers during the question and answer period reacted negatively to the matrix. The considerations were not weighted, each being worth a maximum of five points regardless of the importance of each particular consideration.

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that’s really the most important and most challenging aspect of what the board is dealing with here,” Flanagan said of the dual programs. “As much as I respect [DRA’s] expertise, they cannot solve that problem for us.” Unlike previous presentations, the accompanying slides contained no references to the logistics of Integrated Day or Contemporary programs or Lyman’s status as a Higher Order Thinking school. Barrett referred to the programs in discussing the early childhood centers of the C4 options, assuming the program choice would occur after kindergarten. Referring to the conclusions of an earlier study, Barrett said, “It may be beneficial for parents to have the opportunity to have their students in the system before making that decision as to which program would best

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Residents line up to ask questions about proposed school reconfiguration plans during a meeting Feb. 19 at Coginchaug Regional High School. | (Mark Dione/Town Times)


school at Brewster. The last plan, “C4” was presented two different ways. C4 again housed 6-8 at Strong. It created two elementary schools with grades 1-5 at Brewster and Memorial. C4 dedicated a building to early childhood education with kindergarten and pre-K grades. In C4, that early childhood school was Korn, with Lyman closing. In “C4.1,” it was the reverse — Korn closed and Lyman converted to an early childhood school. The DRA representatives did not address District 13’s dual Contemporary and Integrated Day programs. The subject of program choice dominated the discussions at the previous two community workshops and came up again during the question and answer period. During her introduction and in later remarks, Board of Education Chair Kerrie Flanagan separated the role of DRA from the role of the BOE. DRA, Flanagan said, would address how the community can use the buildings, not how the community educates its students. “What we have seen thus far is that physical space needed to accommodate the Integrated Day program and the Contemporary program is the same,” Flanagan said. “The board recognizes

planned, partially because of community questions. Veronesi said that she has heard the “tremendous concern and fear” of losing program choice. Moving forward with the reconfiguration, Veronesi said, “We start by talking. I need to hear from you.” 72343R

Also, the data behind the numbers was not provided. Barrett characterized the matrix as a tool for discussion rather than a recommendation. Superintendent of Schools Kathryn Veronesi gave closing remarks to the presentation which ran longer than

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When readers and their families gather for Nutmeg at Night on March 13, it will mark the fifth year local librarians have organized the quiz competition to celebrate and encourage reading. Teams of up to four will compete by collectively answering questions about books that were nominated for Connecticut’s Nutmeg Book Award. Teams from grades 4, 5, and 6 will compete from 6 to 7 p.m. Students in grades 7 and up, parents,

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Perk On Main explores roots of its coffee By Mark Dionne

coffee served at her cafes Perk on Main of Durham and Perk on Church of Guilford. Equal Exchange, Hughes’ Many coffee drinkers do not think too much about coffee importer took her, their coffee. If it’s hot and has and five other cafe owners, on the trip to explore the orcaffeine, good enough. Katie Hughes recently took igins of their coffee and see a trip to Chiapas, Mexico, the up close the impact of Equal country’s southern-most tip, Exchange’s policies. “I love coffee,” said Hughes, to examine both the literal and figurative roots of the who jumped at “the chance to Town Times

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which roughly translates as some of the Equal Exchange “We consider all of it.” funds to open a small school, Comon Yaj Noptic had used monitor the health of the coffee trees, train medical screeners for cervical cancer, which is more common in coffee regions, and as micro-loans so farming families could start small businesses. The mother of the family Hughes stayed with used one of those micro-loans to run a small store out of her home’s pantry. While the visit was a new Your sweet spot for fresh, local products. experience for Hughes, it was also new for the village. The children had “never had a forGuida’s Milk eigner visit their village. They (all varieties) are so cute they were just enamored with my blonde hair Gallon - $3.99 and were touching it. They’d 1/2 Gallon - $2.49 never seen anything quite like Quart - $1.79 it,” she said. When they found out that Lyman’s Own Eco-Apples Perk on Main made crepes, villagers collected the ingreGolden Delicious – $1.29/lb dients so Hughes could make some. For the batch of crepes, McIntosh, Crispin, Fuji, the hosts set out to collect Granny Smith and more – $1.79/lb flour, a rarity in the region — “Apparently all the flour they had in the village,” she said. Cooking for the village with the last of their flour produced her first work nightmare. However, she said, “The crepes actually turned out pretty good.” Hughes sampled coffees, toured quality control facil2EEDS'AP2OAD -IDDLElELD #4s   ities and tried a new way of brewing — “slow coffee.” A Prices do not include applicable Sales Tax. We reserve the right to limit quantities and are technique that might show not responsible for typographical errors. Please visit for updates. up at Perk on Main. Expires February 25, 2014. 71186R

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There was also a surprising experience that came about while drinking coffee in the coffee growing region. “I don’t even need coffee anymore and it is because they drink the worst coffee. They send all the good coffee out,” Hughes said. The farmers also drink it “cowboy coffee” style, produced by boiling, a method not likely to show up in American cafes. One of the more moving moments for Hughes occurred during an outdoor conversation with a group of farmers within sight of

the Sierra Madre mountains. One of the cafe owners asked what difference the farmers had seen since switching to organic methods. “I don’t speak any Spanish, but I could understand what they were saying because they were [motioning] ‘The birds and the butterflies are so plentiful.’” Organic methods produced benefits in water quality and in soil retention. Farmers also told Hughes, “You hear life in the environment.” Hughes spent a day picking with the farmers picking beans from coffee trees. “I wasn’t very good at it,” she said.

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She finished with about a half a pound. Farmers average about 100 pounds of coffee picked a day and then have to carry the harvest back to the village. In the village where Hughes stayed, that meant an hour and a half walk. Those coffee beans eventually make their way north to become the “Mind, Body, & Soul” house blend at Perk on Main. The impact of buying that coffee makes its way south in the form of better education, responsible farming practices, and a higher quality of life for traditionally impoverished farmers.

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Morris, Richard Murphy, Joseph Prifitera, Nicholas The Coginchaug Regional Cumello, John-Rudy Fronc, High School Scholarship David Pakech, Justin Saks, Committee has scheduled the Ryan Child, Trevor Morris, 43rd annual Scholarship Ball Ryan Vynalik of Durham; dinner dance for Saturday, Patrick Booth, Christopher March 29, 7 p.m. to midnight, Carta, Jack Levine, Michael at Zandri’s Inn, Wallingford. Scherer, Nicholas Pitruzzello Ticket price includes dinner of Middlef ield; Trevor buffet, open bar and silent Dell’Oso of Rockfall. auction. DJ by Jock in the Box Entertainment. All proceeds Dean’s list benefit the CRHS General Eastern Connecticut Scholarship Fund, which State University - Caitlynn gives a scholarship to all se- Chabot, Michael Sbona, Leah niors who apply. For more in- Slawinowski of Durham; formation, contact Melynda Michael Lisitano, James Granger at (860) 347-5061 or Malcolm of Middlefield. Melyndagranger@comcast. net.

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Oscar’s best picture nominees — the envelope, please By Tanya Feke M.D. Special to Town Times

At this stage in the game, the 86th annual Academy Awards have become a predictable acting race with Cate Blanchett, Matthew McConaughey, and Jared Leto as locks for Best Actress, Actor, and Supporting Actor respectively. Even “12 Years a Slave” has all but secured Nyong’o as Best Supporting Actress after her SAG Award win — though the ever charming Jennifer Lawrence could possibly snea k in and swoop it up at the last minute. The real action is in the movies themselves. While movies whose directors have been nominated are seen as more likely to take the top prize (see asterisks), my picks break a bit from that tradition. 9) Nebraska* — The everyman story of Nebraska brings father and son together as they journey to Lincoln, Nebraska to claim a sweepstakes prize that

doesn’t exist. Shot in black and white, the film captures what it means to appreciate the things you have when others try to wrestle them away from you. 8) Philomena — The true story of a woman trying to reunite with the son taken away from her 50 years ago, Philomena comes to life with the outstanding acting of Judi Dench and Steve Coogan. Tragic and heartfelt, the story uncovers a truth that Philomena may not want to hear. 7) The Wolf of Wall Street* — “Greed is good” has resurrected its mantra amid a sea of profanity in Martin Scorsese’s latest though not greatest film. Wolf follows the rise and fall of real life stockbroker Jordan Belfort as he plunders the pockets of the little man and lives a grandiose life without remorse. 6) Dallas Buyers Club — When Ron Woodroof is diagnosed with HIV in 1986, he crosses the border into Mexico and learns about al-

The 86th annual Oscars airs March 2 on ABC. ternative treatments that could extend his life and that of scores of others. The story follows his embittered battle with the FDA to do the right thing. Powerfully delivered and affecting. 5) Captain Phillips — The mounting tension is tangible when American cargo ship MV Maersk Alabama is hijacked by Somali pirates in the fact- based Phillips story. Self control evolves into terror in the face of uncertain death. If I’ve said it once, I’ll say it again: Tom Hanks was robbed of that best actor nomination.

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(Unless otherwise indicated, all meetings are held in the Durham Library. Check the town website at for updates.) Monday, March 3 Fire Department Trustees, Durham Volunteer Fire Department, 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 4 Town Green Design Committee, Durham Library, 5 p.m. Clean Energy & Sustainability Task Force, Durham Library, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 5 Planning & Zoning, Library, 7:30 p.m. Board of Education, Strong School, 7:30 p.m.


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4) 12 Years A Slave* — A free man is kidnapped and sold into slavery in Director Steve McQueen’s film version of America’s shameful past. The star-studded drama stands as a disturbing reminder, if a bit heavy handed, of the cruelty that failed to see all men as equals. The acting ensemble portrays the range of morality with exquisite depth. 3) Her — Say what you will but Her is one of the year’s best films. Brilliantly stylized by writer and director Spike Jonze, Her tells the tale of a man who falls in love with his computer’s operating system, showing that emotions and not physicality are needed to sustain a meaningful connection. 2) Gravity* — Alfonso Cuaron directs this f ilm about a medical engineer and an astronaut caught in a tragic accident that destroys

their space shuttle. Survival is only possible when instinct sets in and the breadth of their humanity guides at least one of them to safety. Gravity is thematically and visually breathtaking with enough adrenaline to fuel a shuttle pod. 1) American Hustle* — The Inception of deceit – a con within a con within a con. How deep it goes you will only know once you watch the captivating finale. For sheer entertainment value alone, Hustle cannot be beat. The scripting is quick backed by stellar acting and costuming that knocks your socks off. Dr. Tanya Feke is a family physician and guest columnist for the Record-Journal and Town Times. Check out more movie reviews at , Facebook page (Diagnosis Life), or Twitter (@tanyafeke).

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Preschool Storytime (3 ½ to 5 years). Tuesdays at 10:15 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Drop in. Bedtime Storytime (ages 2 to 5 years). Mondays at 6:30 p.m. Drop in. Story Magic (Grades K to 2). Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. Drop in. Nutmeg at Night G a m e s h o w. T h u r s d a y, March 13, grades 4 to 6 p.m., 6 to 7 p.m. Grades 7 and up, 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Form a team to answer questions about this years Nutmeg books. Durham Public Lunch Bunch Book Discussion (grades 4 to 6). Library Saturday, March 15, 12:30 Programs for Kids: Bouncing Babies (birth to p.m. Bring lunch; dessert 17 months). Mondays at 11 provided. “Dead End” by Jack Gantos. Registration a.m. Drop in. Mother Goose Storytime required. Programs for adults (18 to 30 months). Mondays B ook L overs Ci rcle at 10:15 a.m. Drop in. Time for Tots (2 ½ to 3 ½ Wednesday, March 5, 7:30 years). Wednesdays at 10:15 p.m. “Fun Home” by Alison Bechdel. All are welcome. a.m. Drop in. Library hours are: Monday through Thursday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; closed Fridays. Museum pass The Levi E. Coe library now offers a pass to the New Haven Museum. Program Wednesday, March 12 Book Talk at the Middlefield Senior Ceter, 1 p.m. Discuss “Blessings” by Anna Quindlen.

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Committee has scheduled the 43rd annual Scholarship Ball dinner dance for Saturday, March 29, 7 p.m. to midnight, at Zandri’s Inn, Wallingford. Ticket price includes dinner buffet, open bar and silent auction. DJ by Jock in the Box Entertainment. All proceeds benefit the CRHS General Scholarship Fund, which gives a scholarship to all seniors who apply. For more information, contact Melynda Granger at (860) 347-5061 or

The Dudley Farm Winter Farmers’ Market is scheduled for Saturday, March 1, 9 a.m. to noon, at the Munger Barn. The market features baked goods, eggs, handmade art and crafts, honey and maple syrup, jams and jellies, naturally raised meat, and pickles. The winter market is scheduled for the first Saturday of each month, through May. Dudley Farm is located at 2351 Durham Road, North Guilford. For more information, call (860) 349-3916 or visit www.


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Altrusa International of central Connecticut, Inc. has scheduled its annual Gerard F. Melito Senior Citizens’ Poetry Contest. All residents of central Connecticut, 55 and older, are welcome to participate. All poems are published in a booklet, distributed to each participants and local libraries. Requirements state author must be a resident of central Connecticut, 55 or older; participants may submit one poem with a maximum of 25 typed lines; each poem must be original (previously submitted work will be disqualified); all entries must be postmarked by Friday, March 7, emailed to Altrusa. or mailed to Altrusa Senior Citizens’ Poetry Contest, c/o E. Paris, 11 Alexander Drive, Cromwell, CT 06416. For more information, call (860) 635-0892 or email Altrusa.CentralCT@gmail. com.

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Friday, Feb. 28 Casual bridge - The Durham Activity Center, 350 Main St., schedules casual bridge every Friday at 6:30 p.m. All are welcome. For more information, call Jim Martinelli at (860) 346-6611. Scout fundraiser - A pasta dinner fundraiser for Boy Scout Tommy Pellegrino’s Eagle Scout project is scheduled for Friday, Feb. 28, 5 to 8:30 p.m., at United Churches church hall. Proceeds benefit Pellegrino’s project of installation of electricity to the church outdoor pavilion. For more information, call (203) 2135110 or email 4pellegrinos@

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Girls hoops cap Mixed results for Blue Devils regular season at 14-6 By Alan Pease

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dropped in 12 points, and chipped in four rebounds and two assists. Amy Arcari scored three, and Kate Williams and Naomi Rinaldo each scored two for the Devils. Coginchaug finished the regular season with a 14-6 record, and was 13-5 in the Shoreline Conference, which left it tied for third.

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Coginchaug with 12 points, and Cam Powers added 10. Feb. 19, Coginchaug hosted the Huskies of Morgan, and in a high-scoring affair, outlasted the visitors 73-63. Devin Rodrigue was dynamite for the Devils, dropping in 28 points. Conor Doyle added 12 and Cam Powers 11 points for the victors. Coginchaug visited the Rams of Old Saybrook on Feb. 20 and the Rams prevailed 5643, avenging an early season loss. Cam Powers was the only double digit scorer for the Devils, with 14, and also led the team in assists (4). On Feb. 22, Coginchaug traveled to Killingworth to take on the Cougars of H-K. Devin Rodrigue had backto-back buckets in the fourth quarter, the second of which gave Coginchaug the lead for good. In the final minute, Conor Doyle hit both ends of a one-and-one opportunity to ice the game, as the Devils held on for a 44-41 victory. Rodrigue led the Devils with 13 points and 10 rebounds for a double-double. Zach Terrill added nine points, Doyle eight, Cam Powers seven, Alex Markoski five and Jack Granger two. At press time, Coginchaug owned a record of 10-8 and was 9-8 in the Shoreline Conference.

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new requirement that all skiers and snowboarders must wear helmets, regardless of skill level. In order to accommodate winter sports enthusiasts who don’t already own helmets, the ski park rents helmets. But an influx of people eager to get back out on the mountain meant wait times for rental were upwards of two hours on a recent Monday. Sean Hayes, CEO and one of the owners of Powder Ridge, said since the park had opened, roughly 40 percent of patrons were renting gear of some sort. Typically that’s around 25 percent, Hayes said. “What that tells me is that we have a lot of inexperienced skiers and snowboarders out here, a lot of people either new to the sport, or dusting off their skis after 10 years of not using them,” he said, adding, “Those are exactly the people who should be wearing helmets, and I’m glad they are.” Tom Loring, the park’s ski and snowboarding school director, said Powder Ridge has about 600 helmets available to rent. The park is also selling helmets at a discount for $60. A spokesman for Suburban Sports in Berlin said that helmets there start between $70 and $80, and go up well above that. Loring and Hayes cited at least four incidents already this season when wearing a helmet has prevented injuries for skiers, keeping the cracked equipment as examples. “We had one guy, 6 feet, 4 inches, 250 pounds, who walked in here and said he might have a slight concussion after crashing. He turns around, and the whole back of his helmet is cracked all the way down. That would have been his skull,” Hayes said. While few doubt the safety benefit, the time spent waiting for them created headaches for more than a few would-be skiers. “It seems like they’re just not ready,” said Vlad Shapiro, a Brighton, Mass. resident originally from the Ukraine. “It’s a perfect storm for us today,” Hayes said of the crowding. “The Olympics inspire people to get back out here, it’s a beautiful day

with some fresh snow on the ground, and people have the day off. So, we’re busy.” By comparison, rental wait times at Mount Southington in Plantsville are around 20 minutes, general manager Edward Beckley said. The ski area does not require helmets or provide helmet rentals. The ski area, which opened in 1959, closed in 2007 because of bankruptcy and sale proceedings. The town bought the 246-acre park in


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Entries are judged on creativity, originality, poring that answers the ques- trayal of theme, spelling and tions “What do I want to do grammar. Three $1,000 grand prizes after I go to college?” Fourth and fifth grade students must will be awarded (one winsubmit an essay that responds ner from each grade). Fortyto the question, “How will I eight winners (six per change the world after I go to county) will be awarded a $500 CHET account. Twelve college?” From Page 7

statewide winners representing Connecticut’s Review and Turnaround Schools will be awarded a $500 CHET account. Deadline for entries is March 26. For more information and entry form, visit www.

Alexandra Denhart, a sixth grade student at Memorial School, won the recent school level competition of the National Geographic Geography Bee. As winner, she has a chance at a $50,000 college scholarship. This was the first round in the 26th annual National Geographic Bee, which is scheduled for Washington, D.C. in May. | (Submitted by Carl Bruenn)







Town Times Feb. 28, 2014


Town Times Feb. 28, 2014