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Volume 20, Number 4 Serving Durham, Middlefield and Rockfall

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Friday, May 3, 2013

All about Durham Photo by Lee Roski

This week the Town Times launches a three-part series about the towns it covers. These special features are one of the ways we plan to celebrate our communities as we enter our 20th year publishing this newspaper. (The spotlight next will go to Middlefield and then Rockfall.) At right, a welcome sign holds the emblems for some of the many community groups that operate in Durham and add to its vitality: Durham Fair, Durham Fair Foundation, Knights of Columbus, Durham VFW Post 10169, American Legion, Durham Historical Society, Lions International, Durham Volunteer Fire Co., Durham Exchange Club, Durham Garden Club. Inside today’s edition, on pages 9 and 10 is a photo journal and almanac to highlight the town of Durham. For more about this series see an editorial on its development page 8.

Pent Road construction should be done by end of June By Mark Dionne Town Times

Season starts for 2013 Little League Town Times photo by Mark Dionne

Beautiful weather greeted assembled teams, coaches and parents for Coginchaug Little League’s opening day on April 27. In this photo, Caroline Fournier, left, and Kailey Lipka come off the field after throwing - and catching - the ceremonial first pitch. See more photos page 20.

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The road will always be passable during construction. The road will not be widened. Those who use Pent Road, either in a car or on foot (disclosure, this includes the reporter), are familiar with the high speed traffic on the narrow road. A single walker creates alternating traffic. The rubberized chip seal will look the same as traditional asphalt. In addition to the safety claims, press releases from other states using the material claim it is

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Months ago residents of Pent Road received letters warning of upcoming significant construction. During the week of April 8, signs went up on both ends of Pent Road warning of impending construction and potential delays on the frequently travelled road. During the week of April 15, the Pent Road construction project got off to a modest start, with equipment moved in, certain trees close to the road taken down, and drainage culvert openings cleared. “We are making improvements on drainage, signing, road surface and fixing some roadside geometry to make it safer,” said Durham First Selectman Laura Francis. The paving surface will not be a traditional asphalt, but rubberized chip seal. “The adhesion is better, the traction is better, the longevity is better,” Francis said. “The new material is supposed to

last ten years.” Traditional asphalt lasts five to seven years. The rubberized chips seal is more expensive, but lasts longer. According to Francis, the project costs $280,000. The project received both state and federal funds because Pent Road, which provides a connection between routes 17 and 68, is considered a “collector road”. Durham’s share of the project came to 20 percent, or $56,000. “We’re hoping this will be complete by the end of June,” said Francis, “and that’s giving ourselves a lot of leeway.”

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Voter registration Residents can register to vote until Monday, May 6, to be eligible to vote on Tuesday, May 7. Citizens who own more than $1,000 in property in town and are over 18, are eligible to vote on the referendum on the school budget.

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The state of Connecticut offers Tax Relief to Elderly and Disabled Homeowners through a program administered locally by the assessor. Eligible applicants receive a reduction to their real estate property tax bill, based upon their level of income. In addition, The Town of Middlefield offers a matching program. In order to qualify: 1. You must be over 65 as of Dec 31, 2012, or eligible to collect permanent Social Security disability benefits. (Proof of disability is required) 2. You must reside in the house for which you are applying. 3. Your overall income for 2012 must be less than: $33,500 for a single person and $40,900 for a married couple. All income is counted, including wages, pensions, interest, social security, and any other taxable and non-taxable income. 4. You must apply on or before May 15, 2013. Bring proof of 2012 income, including a copy of your 1040, if you file with the IRS, and your SSA-1099. Applications may be made

at the Assessor’s Office, Town Hall, 393 Jackson Hill Road, Middlefield, Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to noon, and 2 to 4 p.m. (Fridays until 3 p.m.). If you are housebound because of disability or ill health, a representative can apply or you, or the Assessor can arrange to meet with you at your house. For more informaion, or to arrange a house visit, call the Assessor, Steven Hodgetts, at (860) 349-7111. 5. If you were approved last year, you do not need to re-apply until 2014 unless your income has changed significantly. The Town of Middlefield now also has a Tax Freeze program. The same income limits apply, and you must be 70 or over as of Dec 31, 2012. Full details are available at the Assessor’s Office, at (860) 349-7111.

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The following corrections and clarifications are needed for a page 1 story, in the April 26 Town Times, “Public hearing set on herbicide treatment for Lake Beseck”. Parks & Recreation Director Christopher Hurlbert was not present at the April 17 meeting of the Inland Wetlands Commission. A proposal from New England Environmental was presented with the permit filed by the Parks & Recreation Department, which application and proposal were discussed at the meeting and scheduled for public hearing at 7 p.m. May 15 at the Community Center. The area of the lake to be treated is the swim area and, as stated in the story, all abutting land owners will be notified directly.

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Lion’s Scrabble Challenge The Durham Lions Club will present its First Annual Scrabble Challenge Tournament on Friday, May 10, 5:30 p.m., at the New Haven Raccoon Club, 853 New Haven Road, (Route 17), Durham. The event will benefit literacy and Lion’s charities in the area. Tables of four people will play together on a single board to win the challenge and enjoy a fun filled night. This isn’t your regular scrabble. You can bribe the word judge to get a peek at the dictionary or buy extra tiles to improve your score. Prizes will be awarded to the best tables in three categories. There is a fee to participate and a reduced fee for students. A light dinner fare will be provided. To register: call Kevin Mischke (860) 349-0755 or get a sign-up sheet at a local Durham business. As always, all funds raised by the Lions are put back into the community.

Pent Continued from page 1 also quieter. Future road projects in Durham include the installation of a stoplight at the intersection of Main Street and Pickett Lane and improvements to Bear Rock Road.

Corrections We strive to bring you the most accurate information available each week, but if you see something in Town Times that is incorrect, call us at (203) 317-2258.

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Durham Public Library has an entertaining schedule of programs lined up for young adults and children in the coming weeks and months as the school year winds down and summer vacation begins. Many of these programs should attract great interest from young people in Durham and the surrounding area. Durham Public Library Assistant Director Cyndi Shirshac discussed the challenges the library faces in adding more programs to its schedule, saying that the summer reading program takes up much of the staff ’s time and resources. “We do as much as we can with the summer reading program with the small staff we have,” Shirshac said. “Our young adult services and children services librarians (Karyn Gardiner and Christine Michaud) do a great job of putting together programs with the time they have available. Not being able to have more programs or classes is much more of a time restraint issue than a monetary one. The town and

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Durham Public Library is ready for summer reading. community do a strong job of supporting us in any way they can.” Two programs planned for young adults were a Spring Murder Mystery at the end of April and the upcoming Super Smash Brothers Tournament at the end of May. The Spring Murder Mystery, for young adults ages 12 to 18, had players compete to solve a murder in the library by finding out who the killer was, how he or she committed the murder, and the motive for the crime. The Super Smash Bros. Tournament will be held on Saturday, May

28, from 2 to 4 p.m., and also is for ages 12-18. The player who proves to be the best at Super Smash Bros. Brawl will win a gift card to GameStop. Make sure to register for both programs quickly, as they will quickly fill up. All the library’s summer programs for young adults will follow the theme of “Beneath the Surface”, meaning each will feature underwater or underground themes. The program schedule will begin around the time the school year ends in Durham. The opening program will be a Gold Rush after hours. In this program, which will begin right after the library’s regular closing time, players will compete to find gold

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coming weeks for more information on these programs. The library currently holds a number of weekly story time programs for young children and their parents, and will continue to do so throughout the summer. It currently holds four story time programs that run throughout the week. These programs are Mother Goose (Monday’s at 10:15 a.m., ages 18-30 months), Time for Tots (Wednesday’s at 10:15, ages 2 ½ to 3 ½ years), Preschool (Tuesdays at 10:15 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., ages 3 ½-5 years) and Bedtime Storytime (Mondays at 7 p.m., 2 to 5 years). The current story time schedule runs through May 15, and participants can drop in at any time. Shirshac said improvements to the library’s website

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have strengthened the library’s ability to make residents more aware of what programs are offered and has made it easier for customers to access both its print and digital catalog. “We put a lot of time and effort into improving the website,” Shirshac said. “It took us probably half a year to get the website up and going, and to where you could go on and see all the featured programs we have coming up and easily access the catalog. Now, you can easily go on and download e-books and check out your library record. The improvement is very exciting for us, and we’ve heard a lot of great feedback on it.”

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Durham Middlefield Youth and Family Services will be presenting a free workshop called Setting Boundaries with Teens on Wednesday, May 8, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Strong School Media Center, 191 Main St., Durham. The workshop is an interactive presentation which will answer questions about teenagers. It is designed to assist not only parents of teens in middle and high school, but will also provide information for teachers, coaches, mentors and community members, as well. The guest speaker is Dr. Alicia Farrell, a cognitive psychologist. She will discuss issues such as setting reasonable boundaries for teens, allowing them to make their own mistakes, explain “helicopter parenting” and its consequences, and answer questions about drugs and alcohol.

rocks hidden around the library, with the winner being the player who finds the most rocks in the shortest amount of time. The library will also hold cooking and ceramics classes. The cooking class will be seafood-themed, and members of the ceramics class will learn how to make bowls out of sand. There are also plans to throw a “Pirate Party”, and to hold an event where participants paint their own flower vases. The summer program schedule will end with a “Shark Week” during the last week of the library’s summer reading program, which it collaborates on with Durham public schools. The library will screen all four movies in the “Jaws” movie series that week. Additional information on these programs and

their exact dates and times will be posted on www.durhamlibrary.org in the coming weeks. The Teen Book Club and Teen Knitting Club also will continue to be held once a month during the summer. The Book Club takes place on the last Tuesday of every month, and the Knitting Class is held on the second Tuesday. Adolescents ages 10 to 18 can participate in these classes, and no registration is required. The library’s summer programs for children largely will be centered on the summer reading program. The theme of the summer reading program will be “Dig for Reading”, and the library has already scheduled a class in which children will learn about fossils. A magic show will also be held this summer. Additional programs are likely to be scheduled. Visit the library website in the

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Learn to grow great pumpkins at this seminar By Elisabeth Kennedy Special to Town Times

The world record for a giant pumpkin was broken in 2012, exceeding the one-ton mark for the first time. Ron Wallace of Greene, R. I. entered his 2,009 pound pumpkin in the Topsfield Fair in Topsfield, Mass., winning not only the top prize but the world record on September 28, 2012. Will Durham be next? On May 4, the Durham Fair Foundation will sponsor a Team-Pumpkin seminar. Participants will learn the basics of growing a giant pumpkin.

“The goal of this presentation is to give you an idea of the life cycle of a pumpkin plant and what you can do to maximize your chances of growing a truly giant pumpkin,” said presenter Matt DeBacco. Topics covered will include how to select a growing area, do a proper soil test, germinate pumpkin seeds, and fertilize a growing pumpkin plant. Novice and experienced growers are encouraged to attend the free seminar, which will be held, in the Durham Fair Medical Building, at 1 p.m. “This is a workshop intended to teach people who

are thinking about trying to grow a giant pumpkin all the steps to increase their odds of a successful season,” DeBacco said. “We go over everything from seed starting to care of the plant and we end with how to safely harvest a giant pumpkin. We have had people attend in the past who knew nothing and return to the Fair with success.” Debacco encourages participants to “bring a pen and paper and lots of questions. We will have seeds to give out also so we basically provide the information and the starting material . . . they can go home that day and get to work in the garden.” De-

Bacco said participants will be provided with “Not just any old seeds, but prize-winning seeds.” DeBacco and other members of Team Pumpkin are available to answer questions via email or phone and even make “personal patch visits” to offer advice, and recommend the following additional resources for interested growers: websites: www.team-pumpkin.org, Big Pumpkins.com; books: HowTo-Grow World Class Giant Pumpkins by Don Langevin (volumes I, II and III) and Teaming with Microbes: The Organic Gardener’s Guide to the Soil Food Web, Revised Edition by Jeff Lowenfels and Wayne Lewis.

Frog Friday Frog Fridays are scheduled for May 17 and June 7, at Highlawn Forest, Rockfall, at 4 p.m. Observe frogs, frog and salamander eggs, tadpoles, salamander and insect larvae, etc. The program is free of charge. Registration is required. Participants should bring water and a snack; leave your pets are home; wear sturdy shoes and children must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver. For more information, call Lucy at (860) 395-7771 or visit www.EveryoneOutside.org.

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Tot Time -The MOMS Club of Durham-Middlefield meets every Friday at Middlefield Community Center at 10 a.m. Babies, toddlers and children of Durham and Middlefield are welcome. For more information, email momsdurhammiddlefield@gmail. com. Annie, Jr. - John Lyman Parents Association has scheduled a production of Annie, Jr. for Friday, May 3, at 7 p.m. Tickets are available at showtix4u.com or at the door.

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Paperback book sale The Levi E. Coe Library has scheduled its paperback book sale for Saturday, May 4, from 8 a.m. to noon. A concert, featuring the Middlefield Ukulele Club, is scheduled from 11 to 11:30 a.m. No registration necessary. Plant sale - Mid-Lea

Garden Club has scheduled a plant sale for Saturday, May 4, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Community center, 405 Main St., Middlefield. The sale is scheduled for the lawn in front of the police station, rain or shine. Annie, Jr. - John Lyman Parents Association has scheduled a production of Annie, Jr. for Saturday, May 4 at 7 p.m. Tickets are available at showtix4u.com or at the door. Open house - Torrison Stone and Garden, 422 Main St., has scheduled an open house for Saturday, May 4, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, call (860) 349-0119. Tag sale - A Tag Sale fundraiser for Relay for Life(New Life Church/Boy Scout Troop 44) is scheduled for Saturday, May 4, from 8 a.m. to noon, at 25 Royal Oak Dr., Durham. Proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society. Farmer’s Market - The final winter Farmer’s Market is scheduled for Saturday, May 4, from 9 a.m. to noon, at Dudley Farm, at the Munger Barn, 2351 Durham Road, North Guilford. For more information, call (860) 349-3917 or visit www.dudleyfarm.com.

p.m., at Brewster School, Durham. The caller will be Ken Ritucci; cuer will be Sunday Sue Lucibello. For more information, call (860) 349Annie, Jr. - John Lyman 8084 or (203) 272-7463. Parents Association has scheduled a production of Annie, Jr. for Sunday, May 5, at 2 p.m. Tickets are Saturday available at showtix4u.com or at the door. Historical Society - The Durham Historical Society, 38 Town House Rd., is scheduled to be open to the Wednesday public Saturday, May 11, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. TOPS meeting - Take Off Concert - The Middlesex Pounds Sensibly meets Hospital Vocal Chords has every Wednesday, at 6 p.m., scheduled a concert “A Muat the Middlefield Community Center. For more infor- sical Tribute to all Who Served” for Saturday, May mation, contact Naomi 11, at 7:30 p.m., at Portland Klotsko at (860) 349-9558 or High School, 95 High St., Bonnie Olesen at (860) 349Portland. The concert will 9433. featured Broadway tunes Workshop - “Setting and a patriotic tribute. A Boundaries with Teens” workshop is scheduled for Wednesday, May 8, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., at Strong School. Alicia Farrell, Ph.D. is scheduled to speak.

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To the editor: Pondweed is a ubiquitous problem in lakes and ponds. Perhaps we can generate a new attitude toward invasive plants of all kinds: how to harvest and use them effectively, rather than killing them with herbicide and adding more poison to our toxic environmental brews. Seaweed and freshwater microalgae already are

known to have uses as food, fodder, nutrients, fuel, dyes, plastics and pharmaceuticals. Let’s respect the earth and invest in ourselves. Opt for harvesting, especially with the drawdown for dam repairs. How about sponsoring a contest for local science students to invent and discover new use for pondweed? Sue McIntosh Durham

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Beautiful Durham, Middlefield and Rockfall A special Town Times series No matter how well we know our towns, there is always something new to learn. No matter how many times we’ve driven its roads or taken in the scenery, another perspective, a different angle, a great photo can make us aware of new elements in our environment. With that in mind, we are excited to bring you a special feature on each of the towns over the next month. (We’re proceeding alphabetically, we don’t have a favorite!) Photographer Lee Roski was tasked with creating a photo journal for Durham, Middlefield and Rockfall. We hemmed and hawed about

doing this project so early in spring - after all, the world isn’t yet decked out in all its finery. But there is something vital to this part of the year that isn’t there during the other seasons. There’s a pulse of life and the wide open spaces, ridgelines and vistas have yet to be obscured by foliage. When the photos came in, frankly, we were blown away. Lee did a great job - an artistic presentation - that captured the essence of these communities. His work is as good as you’re likely to see anywhere. Diana Carr, a regular Town Times contributor, has put together almanac-style profiles for each of the towns: facts, figures and a snippet of history on each of the communities. These special issues are a

Town Profile: Durham Established: 1699 Population: 7,416 (in 2011) Population per square mile: 314 (in 2011) Square miles: 24 Elevation: 239’ above sea level Bordered by: Middlefield, Haddam, Middletown, Wallingford, North Branford, Guilford, Killingworth, Madison. Natural features: Pistapaug Mountain, Miller’s Pond, Coginchaug River Known for: its historic district, the Durham Fair, and being a quaint rural town Number of businesses: 423 (in 2012) Schools: Frederick F. Brewster School, Korn School, Frank Ward Strong School, Coginchaug Regional High School Churches: Notre Dame Church, United Churches of Durham, Church of the Epiphany

Median age: 42 (in 2011) Median household income: $108,975 (in 2011) Crime rate: 44 per 100,000 residents (in 2009) Weather patterns, based on 100 being the national average: Earthquake risk – 64 Hail risk – 26 Hurricane risk – 126 Tornado risk – 40 Wind risk – 114 About: Located in south central Connecticut in the watershed of the Coginchaug River (a tributary of the Connecticut River), Durham was first settled in 1699 by Guilford resident Caleb Seward, and was originally named Coginchaug (meaning “Long Swamp”) by the resident Native Americans. The town’s center has been listed as a historic district on the National Register of Historic Places, with 28 houses pre-dating 1775. Its public library, founded in 1733, is one of

the first in the United States. It is the birthplace of Moses Austin, who played an instrumental role in the development of the American lead industry, and who was the father of Stephen F. Austin, the founder of Texas. Every autumn the town hosts the Durham Fair, the largest volunteer agricultural fair in New England. Durham’s rural setting offers a number of hiking trails, most notably the Mattabassett Trail, a blue-blazed Connecticut Forest & Park Association trail that extends through the southeastern part of Durham and along the Wallingford boundary. (Sources: usbeacon.com, Wikipedia, townofdurham.org, mail-a-map, livingplaces.com, the Durham assessor’s office.) - Complied by Diana Carr

tribute to the towns and the people who built them and the people who have loved living here and cared for these towns. The series is just one of the features we’ve planned for our 20th year of publication. Reporting and reflecting on what goes on in Middlefield, Rockfall and Durham is our mission. If you have an idea for a feature that fits this theme send it to news@towntimes.com.

Vinyl Tech Vinyl Tech High School announced the of students named to the honor roll. High honors Andrew Conway, Jonathan Conway, Tyler Hall of Durham; Brittany Gervais, Emery Mazo, Nickel Wilson; Lisa Bradley of Rockfall. Honors Giuseppe Caturano Jr., Shane O’Malley, Mark Pavlinko Jr.; Thomas D’Orvilliers, Gage Herrington, William Mazo, Christopher Quick, Stephen Wyskiel; Shane Phenicie of Rockfall.

Senior Bus The Durham/Middlefield Senior Bus is available for transportation to activities on Tuesday and Wednesday. There is no fee for this service. Planned trips include: The Christmas Tree Shops in Manchester and Orange, Yankee Candle in Deerfield, Mass., IKEA, Mohegan Sun, Foxwoods, Evergreen Walk, WFSB Better Yet Connecticut, Stew Leonards, Foot Prints, Maritime Aquarium, Mystic Village and the Thimble Islands, to name a few. The bus schedule can be found at various establishments in Durham, such as the library, the Durham Activity Center, Town Hall and online at www.townofdurhamct.org. Call (860) 347-5661 Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., to make a reservation.s


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A ride around Durham Photos by Lee Roski

Photographer Lee Roski notes that the Dari Serv was always a stop on the way home from the beach when he was a little kid. “It’s a tradition my wife and I have maintained with our children,” he said. As the photo shows, it’s early spring, but the queuing has already begun. The motion of the cars in the foreground give a sense what a busy spot this is. Left: This cemetery is directly behind the town hall. Durham Town Hall. Below: A sign on the town green features Scenes from around town. Above center: A birdhouse adjacent Durham history. Below to the town hall, with town hall serving as the background for left: An ice-skating pond. the picture. Above right: A War Memorial. Above: Town Hall.

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Durham countryside Photos by Lee Roski

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New concert band for Durham/Middlefield adults A new concert band program for adults ages 50 and up in the towns of Middlefield and Durham is getting underway. Known as the Coginchaug New Horizons Band, the band is directed by Memorial Middle School band director Tim Fisher. No previous musical experience is necessary. Those who have always enjoyed music but never had the opportunity to play in a band or those who have played in school and are looking to get back into it, are welcome. The band will focus on instruction from the ground up, beginning with the basics and growing into a performing concert band. An informational meeting is planned for Wednesday, May 8 at 7 p.m. at The Independent Day School, 115 Laurel Brook Road, Middlefield. For more information email director Tim Fisher at coginchaugnhband @gmail.com. Rehearsals are schedule for in late May on Wednesday evenings from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Independent Day School in Middlefield. For more information on the New Horizons International Music Association, go to www.newhorizonsmusic.org/ This program was made possible by a grant from the Coginchaug Valley Education Foundation www.coginchaugvef.com.

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Golf tournament - The Middlefield Volunteer Fire Company has scheduled its golf tournament for Friday, May 17, at Lyman Orchards Golf Course. The event is a 9 a.m. shotgun start, and includes breakfast, golf, dinner and awards ceremony. A fee is charged. For more information, email middlefieldfiregolf@gmail.com.

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Three charged in area burglaries By Eric Herdia Special to Town Times

Three people have been charged by state police in a string of residential burglaries in Durham, Middlefield, Haddam and Killingworth between November 2012 and January 2013. In all six burglaries, jewelry and electronics were

stolen. A firearm was also stolen from a house on Cedar Lake Road in Haddam in November. Dane Tilley, 30, of 567 Butternut St., Middletown. and Shane Martingano, 31, and Derik Perini, 29, both of 51 Congress St., Hartford, face numerous charges including third-degree burglary, criminal possession of a firearm,

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conspiracy to commit theft of a firearm and three counts of third-degree criminal mischief. Information about their bail and court dates was unavailable at the time of this report. An arrest warrant is pending for a female suspect being held at the York Correctional facility in Niantic on other charges. The investigation revealed that Tilley and the female suspect may have driven the get-away car after another burglary in Wallingford. State police worked with detectives from Middletown, Cromwell and Rocky Hill who were investigating similar burglaries in their towns. Neighbors told police they saw a small tan pickup truck and an older green sedan in the area. Police said the burglars broke windows and used pillow cases to carry the stolen jewelry, some of which was recovered at one of the arrestee’s homes. Most of the stolen items were sold to drug dealers in Hartford or pawn shops, police said.

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Patricia M. (Sattler) Brayshaw, loving and much loved wife of Robert A. B r a y s h a w, passed into her eternal life in heaven on Wednesday, April 24, 2013, at her home, with her family surrounding her. Pat was born on Jan. 28, 1949, a daughter of the late Edward and Kathleen Murphy Sattler. She grew up in Meriden and was a graduate of Maloney High School, class of 1967. Pat was a faithful communicant of St. Rose Parish in Meriden throughout her life. After marrying Bob in 1971, they moved to Middlefield to raise their family: their son, Robert E. Brayshaw (Elizabeth) of Rockfall and daughter,

leaves many friends, some of whom she had been friends with since her youth. She had an impact on countless lives, and will be missed by so very many people. She loved the beach, and for countless summers, Pat and her family vacationed at Hampton Beach, N.H. Pat’s love of home and family was reflected in the care she took to make her home a welcoming, lovely place to be – whether it was decorating and cooking for holidays, or setting up a picnic pool-side for whomever stopped by on a hot summer day. Pat was a veterinary assistant for more than 40 years, starting out at Meriden Veterinary Clinic, and for the past 26 years with Powder Ridge Veterinary Hospital in Middlefield, where she continued to work until just a few weeks ago. Her family is grateful to Dr. Larry Brooks and the PRVH family for the love and care they expressed

Katherine O’Connor (Terry) of Meriden. She was also the very proud, happy grandmother of Lauren and Aiden O’Connor and Eleanor and Emeline Brayshaw. In company with her husband, children and grandchildren, she will be so sadly missed by her sister, Kathleen Bassett (Al) of Vermont; her brothers, Thomas Sattler (Nancy) of Meriden, E.J. Sattler (Ellen) of Wallingford, and Paul Sattler of Wallingford; as well as her mother-in-law, Lynette Brayshaw of Middlefield; her brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Jon and Gwen Brayshaw of Middlefield and her two sisters-inlaw, Lynette Haber of Meriden and Jane Rynaski of Middlefield. Pat also leaves many nephews, nieces and grandnephews and grandnieces. Along with her parents, she was predeceased by her sister, Susan (Sattler) Rose and her father in law, Robert E. Brayshaw. Pat also

to her. Pat’s family wishes to thank the doctors and nurses at Meriden Oncology, specifically Dr. Tansino and his staff, Mary and Karen, for the kind and wonderful care they gave to her throughout her illnesses. They treated her like family, and for that we are grateful. We know that Pat was the strongest person we have ever known and she fought valiantly and won for many years, however, there came this time when we needed to let go and allow her to go on to her peace and well deserved rest. Her energy was boundless and her faith was true and endless. Heaven will shine that much brighter now when she smiles down on us. Our hearts are broken, but we are so very fortunate to have been a part of her life, and to have had her be a part of ours. A Mass of Christian Bur-

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Middlefield man an accomplished fisherman By McKenzie Hurlbert Special to Town Times

Longtime Middlefield resident Harry Barber is the true definition of a fisherman having 77 registered trophy fish and multiple awards as testament to his talent and dedication. “I’ve caught some big fish,” Barber said. “I’ve caught Chinooks up in New York that were 32 pounds. But here in Connecticut one of my best achievements was three trophy blackfish in the same day.” “I didn’t register the blacks though,” Barber said. “I only register freshwater.” Barber’s most recent achievement was receiving an award for catching the largest Channel Catfish of 2012 at the DEEP’s Fifth Annual Trophy Fish Award

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Obituary Ronald Flood Ronald William Flood, 69, of East Hampton, passed away peacefully at home on April 24, 2013, after a wonderfully fulfilled life. He was born Aug. 30, 1943 in New Britain. He leaves behind his beloved wife and best friend of 44 years, Louise (Di Fiore); daughter Kimberly and her husband Garth Colegrove of Clinton; a son, Michael, his wife Lydia Morris Flood and grandson Wayland Morris Flood of Issaquah, Wash., and his brother Gerald Flood, of Portland. Before moving to East Hampton, Ron was a long time resident of Durham where he enjoyed restoring a 1730 colonial house on Main Street and raising his children in the community.

He was predeceased by his parents Joseph and Margaret (Farmer) Flood, his brother Peter C Flood, and his beloved orange tabby cat of 19 years “Dallas”. Ron truly loved people, entertaining kids with inventive games and hosting a great party. He will be forever remembered for his positive outlook on life, endless supply of jokes, infecting others with his positivity, laughing out loud often, and serving up Manhattans and Yuengling beer to guests. His children, nephews and nieces will forever remember Uncle Ronnie’s legendary “snipe hunting” adventures. His family will remember the wonderful summers spent in Charlestown Beach, R.I. He served for six years in the Connecticut Army Na-

tional Guard; Company A 1st Battalion as a paramedic and as a sharpshooter. Ron worked for the State of Connecticut Department of Transportation and retired after 39 years of service. He had a very active retirement. He spent many hours playing golf and pool with friends and family, biking the Airline Trail and Bristol Pike Path with Louise, reading novel upon novel, going to the Casino with his closest friends, and traveling extensively throughout Europe, the Caribbean and the United States. He enjoyed his vegetable garden and made great salsa and stuffed hot cherry peppers for friends and family each summer. His

favorite moments were spent sitting in the sun or on the beach, and playing with his grandson Wayland who shares his sense of humor. Ron enjoyed model trains, a hobby that started as a youth where he created his first train layout under his bed. During retirement, Ron built an impressive HO model railroad layout where he made much of the scenery and buildings. The trains were a delight to both young and old. Ron leaves behind many beloved relatives, Irene and Dave Jensen, Rhodie and Paul Coleman, Catherine Slack, Mary Jane Flood, his soul mate, friend and brother in-law Clarence “Red” Slack

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Hot stretch for baseball team; Tennis player Frank undefeated retired coach Roberts. The baseball team was at North Branford Thursday and next Monday travels to Deep River to play Valley Regional. Both are Shoreline Conference games. The softball team plays the same two clubs on the road.

The track teams battle Old Lyme and Valley Regional next Tuesday on the road in Old Lyme while the boys golf team was in Clinton with Morgan Wednesday, is home with Hale-Ray Friday and is home again Tuesday with Old Lyme.

The boys tennis team was at Old Saybrook Wednesday, is at Haddam-Killingworth Friday, then returns home Monday for a match with Old Lyme. The girls tennis team plays the same three schools, but at opposite locations on the same days as the boys.

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The Coginchaug Regional baseball team clinched a state tournament spot last week, the Blue Devils softball team inched closer to making the postseason to defend its state title, and the boys tennis team and boys golf team each posted Monday victories to highlight sports action at the high school as May dawned. The baseball team won three games in a row last week over Old Lyme (5-2), Morgan (2-1) and Portland (10-9, 8 inn), but had its streak snapped Monday by East Hampton, 9-4, behind ace pitcher Marvin Gorgas. The Devils fell way behind, but rallied late to make the score a bit more respectable. At 8-5, coach Ted Lombardo’s team is in position to close with a rush. “We’ve won a lot of close games with pitching and defense,” Lombardo said. “Against Portland last week we scored 10 runs, so maybe we’re starting to hit little bit.” The softball team defeated East Hampton Monday 5-2. That win improved the Devils’ record to 5-6. Coginchaug must win three of its remaining games to qualify for the postseason. The boys tennis team improved to 4-9 with a 4-3 win over North Branford Monday. Tyler McDonald, the No. 1 singles player, is having a very good year. The girls tennis team is struggling at 1-7, but its star player, Melanie Frank, is having a sensational season. She is the team’s No. 1 singles player and through Monday is undefeated. She dispatched her North Branford opponent Tara Auger 6-0, 6-0, but it wasn’t enough as the Thunderbirds won the match, 5-2. The boys golf team (2-2) also won Monday, nipping East Hampton 170-171. Eli Christianson, in the No. 2 spot, and John McLaughlin

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Memorial Day Parade The 2013 Durham Memorial Day Parade is scheduled for Monday, May 27, rain or shine. The parade will step off at 9:15 a.m., at the corner of Haddam Quarter Road and Main Street, and continue down Main Street to the Durham Town Green. Parade participants should assemble at the corner between 8:15 and 8:30 a.m. A ceremony, at the Town Green, honoring the nation’s servicemen and servicewomen, is scheduled to follow immediately following the parade. For more information or to participate in the parade, contact parade Chairman Bob Francis at ((860) 349-0881.

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Continued from page 22 vertical layout. The poster should include “94th Annual Durham Fair” along with the dates Sept. 26-29, 2013. Submissions must be received by May 10. The winner will be decided through voting by Durham/Middlefield residents. The winning design will be featured at the Durham Fair and sold in the souvenir shops. The winner will also receive a Durham Fair Fun Package. For more information, guidelines and submission, visit www.durhamfair.com or email dhuscher@comcast.net.

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clearly into focus lay just off the respectable, dignified, marble-lined lobby of the building where our family dentist had his office, way back in the 1950s. Standing right next to New Britain City Hall, it was the kind of building a respectable, dignified lady like my mother wouldn’t dream of setting foot in without having first accessorized herself with makeup, earrings and a hat, and possibly gloves as well, unless she forgot them in her Oldsmobile. And of course there was an elevator operator, whose name was Sam. And of course he was black, because all elevator operators were black then. You see, it’s not that we didn’t have Jim Crow

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I’m so old that … I’m so old that starting a column with “I’m so old that …” doesn’t really seem out of place anymore. Pre- Richter dictable, maybe, but not out of place. So I think I will: I’m so old that I remember public toilets where you had to insert a dime to get into a stall. And I’m so old that I remember a gag Jack Benny did about just such a men’s room: In this one, he gets caught trying to sneak under the door of the stall — not because he’s CHEAP, but because he had left his hat in-

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Jackie Staddon, Middlefield Why did you move here? When we moved from England, we were looking for a small community that we could feel a part of. What is your favorite thing about Middlefield? The sense of community, people gathering together, like Old Home Days and the Durham Fair, and feeling safe because so many people are looking out for our children. What is something you would change? This is a beautiful town and I love to walk. More sidewalks would make it safer to walk around town. Tell us about yourself. My husband Malcolm and I have two sons. I am a stayat-home mom and am very involved in my church and the boy scouts. What would people be surprised to know about you? I crashed a steam train.

Summer Playground Wednesday, June 26 through Friday, Aug. 16, for children entering first through seventh grade living in Durham. Playground meets every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings, from 9 a.m. to noon, at Allyn Brook Park. Arts and crafts, sports, and special events. A fee is charged. Little people Program Monday, June 25, and through Friday, Aug. 9 for children ages 4 and 5 living in Durham. Program meets Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings. Two little people program sessions are scheduled, Session 1, from 9 to 10:30 a.m., and session 2 from 10:30 to noon. Pre-registration is required. A fee is charged. Night Recreation Youth

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Russell Library Russell Library, located at 123 Broad St. in Middletown, is open from 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Fridays, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays.

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days, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Closed Fridays. Phonathon The Levi E. Coe Library would like to thank everyone for their donations during this year’s annual Phonathon fundraising event. If we missed you, or you would like to donate to our Phonathon fundraising event, please call (860) 349-3857 drop by the library. Children’s Room display case Do you have a collection you’d like to share? Are you a community group interested in showcasing your work? If so, please contact the Children’s Department at (860) 349-3857 to use the downstairs display case. Paperback Book Sale Saturday, May 4, from 8 a.m. to noon. A concert, featuring the Middlefield

Ukulele Club, is scheduled from 11 to 11:30 a.m. No registration necessary. Book discussion Monday, May 20, from 1 to 2 p.m. The book is The Shoe-

maker’s Wife, by Adriana Trigiani. Program is scheduled for the Middlefield Senior Center. Books are available at the library and the Senior Center.

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Native plant enthusiasts needed

Brush pick up scheduled

Town Times garden columnist, Judy Moeckle, wants to talk with local gardeners who use native plants in their gardens or landscaping. If you live in Middlefield, Durham or Rockfall, have used this approach and are willing to talk about it for publication, contact Judy at jmoeckel@comcast.net.

The Town of Durham Public Works Department continues its annual spring curbside brush pick up. Brush should be less than 4” in diameter and not longer than 6 feet in length. Brush should be stacked at roadside in an open area, away from mailboxes, trees, telephone poles and other structures. Brush should be stacked perpendicular to the roadway, butt end toward the road. No leaves, stumps, wood or foreign matter will be picked up. Each household will be strictly limited to one truck load during this collection. In an effort to be more efficient, it is recommended that neighbors combine piles on property lines. Loads shall not measure any larger than 4’ high, 6’ wide and 8’ long, unless combined with a neighbor. If loads do not follow these guidelines, it will not be removed. Because brush pick up can only be done in fair weather, it is recommend that residents get piles ready for pick up and not wait until you see areas of town listed. The crew is presently working in the north end of town and continuing south. For more information, call the Public Works office at (860) 349-1816.

Annie Jr. “Tickets are on sale for Annie, Jr.” announced radio man Burt Healey (played by John Lyman Elementary School student Thomas Kannam) and L’il Orphan Annie (played by Jordan Moore from Memorial Middle School) on the Burt Healey Radio Hour. Tickets are available at showtix4u.com. The John Lyman Parents Association production has scheduled shows for Friday, May 3 at 7 p.m.; Saturday, May 4 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, May 5 at 2 p.m.

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Lucy Burdette, author of the Key West Food Critic mysteries, is scheduled to speak Wednesday, June 5, at 1 p.m., at the Middlefield Senior Center. The program is sponsored by the Levi E. Coe Library. The program is free; registration is required. The Senior lunches are offered public is welcome. every Monday and WednesFor more information and day at the Durham Activity to register, call the Middlefield Senior Center at (860) FROM THE ASSESSOR’S OFFICE 349-7121 or the Levi E. Coe LiFINAL REMINDER brary at (860) 349-3857.

ing the luncheon. The Middlefield Senior Center is located in the Middlefield Community Center at 405 Main Street. 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,

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Town Times — Friday, May 3, 2013

Keep Public Notices Public DON’T LET CONNECTICUT OFFICIALS REMOVE YOUR RIGHT TO KNOW FROM THE NEWSPAPER. KEEP PUBLIC NOTICES IN YOUR NEWSPAPER! Pending legislation may remove your right to read public notices in newspapers, moving them from the public domain to government controlled web sites. We’re concerned. And you should be, too. Public notices are an important tool in assuring an informed citizenry. They have helped develop America into a participatory democracy for hundreds of years and where it counts the most: how your tax dollars are spent, how policy is made and how our futures are charted. They are located in easy-to-find sections of your newspaper. And they are fully accessible to everyone - unlike the internet, which is not accessible to everyone.

Less than 10% of the U.S. population views a local, state or federal government website daily, according to the May 2009 release of U.S. Census Bureau, Annual Estimates of Resident Population. This means more than nine out of ten people may never see a given notice. This compares dramatically to the fact that 83% of adults read a community newspaper every week, according to the National Newspaper Association. Furthermore, a public notice printed in the newspaper produces a permanent record. The internet does not, nor does it assure timeliness. And a newspaper is archived for years; not subject to computer crashes and hackers. Newspapers are easily verifiable, fully transparent and represent a secure third party who has nothing to gain from any notice.

Connecticut’s recent ethical lapses shed a glaring light on the full meaning of this problem. It’s like putting the fox in charge of the hen house. Every public notice, which runs in a Connecticut daily newspaper, is automatically uploaded to that newspaper’s web site and CTPublicNotices.org. Newspapers are your watchdogs. Don’t let that role be changed now. Voice your opinion. To keep your notices in the newspaper, contact your local legislator to oppose Senate Bill #1112 - An Act Concerning the Publication of Legal Notices by Municipalities. Governor’s Office - 860.566.4840 Senate Democrats - 860.240.8600 House Democrats - 860.240.8500 Senate Republicans - 860.240.8800 House Republicans - 860.240.8700

Visit www.ctdailynews.com to contact your legislator today

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Town Times May 3, 2013