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Volume 19, Number 42 Serving Durham, Middlefield and Rockfall

Presidential Inauguration at Brewster Submitted by Patti Checko

Brewster School recently held an Inaugural Gala for second grade students. Games and activities included the Electoral College Bowl, Make Your Vote Count, President Bingo, Guess the President’s Height and dancing. Students dressed up for the Inaugural Ball and had a photo op with a President Obama stand-in.

Friday, Januar y 25, 2013

Superintendent awards, Teacher of the Year presented

Photos by Mark Dionne

Alyssa Szymaszek and Gesami Vazquez pose for a picture with President Obama (Vicki Cummings) and his security (intern David Piccolo).

Left: Lauren Trombetta and Jeffrey Giantonio received the Superintendent Award. Right: Kathy Bottini, at right, with Sue Viccaro, was named Teacher of the Year.

Solar program was a success

By Mark Dionne Special to the Town Times

and Portland followed. Harsh Luthra, president of BeFree Solar, the company selected by the Town of Durham to install the solar panels, said he believes the reason Durham was so successful with the program is because the town picked a local company. “We’re right here in Madison and we’ve done a lot with Durham before,” Luthra said. “Other towns chose out-of-state companies, but people seemed to really respond to ours.” Luthra said he is happy that Durham got a lot out of the program, but emphasized the effort that was put into the entire process. “It started with seven or nine towns applying for this program,” he explained. “After we were picked as a company (for Durham), we did our own research on homes — roof placements, where trees are located — and went to about 600 homes ourselves. Some nights we would stay

At the Jan. 9 Board of Education meeting at John Lyman School, Superintendent Sue Viccaro presented Coginchaug High School students Lauren Trombetta and Jeffrey Giantonio with the Superintendent Award. Viccaro praised the variety of Lauren’s activities and the success she has had with them. “Lauren Trombetta is a highly intelligent, competitive and determined young woman who has experienced great success academically and has been involved in many different aspects of the Coginchaug High School community.” While maintaining a high GPA, Lauren competes in soccer and both indoor and outdoor track and is a school record holder in track. Lauren has also been a Special Olympics volunteer and hopes to create a reading tutoring program in the schools. Lauren is president of both the senior class and Na-

By Patty Szczygiel Special to the Town Times

Residents of the Town of Durham have made a big statement about solar power. The final count on homes in Durham that have received solar panels as part of Solarize Connecticut is 117, with 30 more homes signing up within two weeks after the deadline date was extended to Jan. 14. Solarize Connecticut, a pilot program of which Durham was selected as one of four pilot towns, aggregated homeowners to offer discounted prices for residential solar power. With 117 homes on board, the Town of Durham had the most sign-ups of all the pilot towns, bringing Durham’s kilowatts from 600 to 1,000 after the New Year — almost double the amount of the pilot town with the second highest number of sign-ups, Fairfield, with 76. Westport

up until 12 a.m. just looking over applications. It’s taken some time. Certain homes that applied in September had only received their solar paneling last week, so it’s been a process. But the people of Durham really made a great, thoughtful decision. They’re saving a lot on electricity now.” Even Middlefield, which wasn’t a pilot town, was able to benefit from the program. In early December, BeFree Solar announced that, since Durham was having success with the program, Middlefield residents were invited to sign up at Durham prices for the duration of the program. Since then two homes signed up to receive solar panels in Middlefield. Durham First Selectman Laura Francis and Middlefield First Selectman Jon Brayshaw were unable to be reached for comment by press time.

tional Honor Society. She has also been involved in the Model U.N. “She attributes her experiences with Model U.N. for teaching her how to be a successful public speaker and how to express herself appropriately,” Viccaro said. Jeffrey Giantonio has also been involved with the Model U.N. and his experiences there may serve him well later in life. “Jeff aspires to be a politician in the future and has shown through both his leadership roles and his class discussions that he has the social skills necessary to lead and the character and charm that make people believe in

See Awards, page 5

In this issue ... Calendar ..........................8 Devils Advocate ............13 Faith...............................10 Government ....................5 Obituaries .....................30 Schools.............................7 Seniors...........................25 Sports.............................22


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Front row: Len Baginski, treasurer; Daniel Miramant, 2nd vice president; Wendy Manemeit, entertainment coordinator; Gene Chiappetta, president; Emily Annino, education coordinator; Carol Schilling, assistant secretary; Debbie Huscher, marketing coordinator. Back row: Hans Pedersen, maintenance coordinator; Julie Egan, administrative services coordinator; Chuck Tobin, public safety coordinator; Melissa DeVito, revenue coordinator; Karin Thody, secretary; Kathy Robinson, livestock coordinator. Not pictured: Dom DeMartino, 1st vice president; Cheryl Mastele, personal skills coordinator; Fred Mastele, plant science coordinator; Norm Hicks, directors coordinator.

Durham Fair planning begins Newly-elected officers, coordinators and supervisors have started planning for the 2013 Durham Fair on Sept. 26-29. Daniel Miramant, vice president, said, “Like many in our town, I have been involved in the fair in different capacities for a number of years. My hope is that while in this position, I can contribute to the preservation of the great heritage of our fair and its agriculture relevance for our town and the State of Connecticut.” If you are interested in getting involved with the fair, there are many volunteer opportunities available. For more information, email

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The EDGE (Excellent Decisions Guiding Everyday) team from Strong Middle School and Durham Middlefield Youth & Family Services will hold a week-long campaign from Jan. 28 through Feb. 1 to test students’ knowledge of drug use. The week-long effort is part of the third annual National Drug Facts Week held nationwide and sponsored by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, part of the National Institutes of Health. “We are so pleased to be a part of this important weeklong observance,� said DMYFS Program Director and EDGE Co-Advisor Jane Moen. “The week-long observance will bring together teens and adults in the community to discuss scientific

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On the scene: A bumper crop of bumper stickers By Joy VanderLek Special to the Town Times

vintage VW bus jauntily sporting dozens of bumper stickers.

It’s been said that you can tell a lot about a person by the kind of car they drive. But I say you can tell a lot about a person by the bumper stickers stuck on his\her car. (Have a look around this page for bumper stickers spotted in the area.)

Of course, you’re not going to see anyone with a fancy car allow an ooey-gooey, bumper sticker to be peeled and popped on his\her car. However, you just may find a

Bumper stickers are as varied as the statements they make. You see bumper stickers announcing affiliations to sports teams and schools. During election time, political bumper stickers hit a frenzied state. Some just state a political party. But there are some with slogans - nasty or nice. Of course there are bragging bumper stickers. You know the ones: “My child is an honor student … blahblah.” I’ve noticed an underground movement of sorts has started up in response. These say things such as, “My Pekingese is smarter than your honor student!” You don’t see much in the way of bumper stickers that

push ideologies anymore — not like back in the ‘60s and ‘70s: “Make Love not War” and “War is not healthy for children or other living things” come to mind. Although I have spotted a few around here: be kind to one another, honor all the world’s religions, and treat the earth well.

tance of a half-marathon, Joy.” Bumper stickers are not as common as they used to be. Who wants to ruin the finish of a brand new car? The new “magnetic” bumper stickers take care of that problem.

Some bumper stickers make it a game to figure out what they mean. I used to bang my head on the dashboard when those oval “destination” bumper stickers came out. I could figure out “WV” — but “OBX”?

Plus, if you change your mind on politics, or your kid is out of school, or you got a cat after the dog died, it’s not a problem to change your bumper sticker. Bumper stickers aren’t really just for bumpers anymore either. Over time, bumper stickers seem to have gravitated to various parts of the car.

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Just when I got the hang of those, here comes another breed of sticker. What exactly is the “13.1”? Not being mathematically inclined, I asked my husband, Scott, who took all of two seconds to explain. “That’s the dis-

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Government Meetings Board of Selectmen, Town Hall, 7 p.m. Durham Government Tuesday, Feb. 26 Ethic’s Commission, library, 7 p.m. Calendar (Unless otherwise indicated, all meetings are held in the Durham Library. Check the town website at for updates.)

him,” Viccaro said. Jeff serves as both the senior class vice president and the voice of Coginchaug for the morning announcements. Along with four years in the choir and two in the show choir, Jeff played a leading role in last year’ production of “Legally Blonde.” “Jeff Giantonio is a true representation of our school’s core ethical values of honesty, respect, kindness, courage and responsibility,” Viccaro said. Kathy Bottini was presented with the Teacher of the Year award for her achievements as a social worker at

Wednesday, Feb. 27 Board of Education Finance Committee, Strong School, 5:30 p.m. Board of Education, Brewster School, 7:30 p.m.

Middlefield Government Calendar (Unless otherwise indicated, all meetings are held in the Community Center.) Monday, Feb. 4 Board of Selectmen, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5 Board of Education Communications Committee, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6 WPCA, 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7 Parks & Recreation, 6:30 p.m. Economic Development Commission, 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 11 Middlefield Housing Authority, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13 Planning & Zoning, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20 Inlands/Wetlands Commission, 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21 DMIAAB, 7 p.m. Board of Finance, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27 Zoning Board of Appeals, 7 p.m.

Strong Middle School and Coginchaug. “Kathy has been instrumental in bringing a variety of different programs to both schools. She is instrumental in working with our students to help them develop leadership skills,” Viccaro said. “Most of her work is not seen.” Bottini also took charge of this year’s Community Round Up in December. “She did it seemlessly,” according to Viccaro, who noted that Bottini was the administrative team’s unanimous choice for teacher of the year for her impact on both students and their families.

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Sal Salafia, of Middletown, grew up watching the Food Network and his relatives cook in the kitchen. Interested in creating his own dishes, Salafia taught himself how to cook by imitating what he learned over the years. “My mother and grandmother both come from Italy. I use to watch them cook the food,” he said. “The simplicity of it with the attention to ingredients and taste was something I always liked to do. It’s sort of a passion for me and I enjoy it.” Putting his passion to reality, Salafia opened Santino’s Restaurant in Durham, at 325 Main St., last November. The establishment is an American-style breakfast restaurant that Salafia said has “a terrific corn beef hash.” Breakfast is served all day. But what sets Santino’s Restaurant apart from other establishments in the area, Salafia said, is an Italian twist when it comes to specials and lunch. On a daily basis, Salafia said he serves off-the-menu Sicilian dish specials that his mother inspired him to cook. Hours of operation are 6 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday. Salafia said all meals are made from scratch in the kitchen. From

fries to burgers, everything is done in-house. “What I think sets us off from other restaurants is the attention we give to every single customer,” he said. “If the food is not done correctly, it does not go out. We are very big on having great food. It’s not a chain restaurant.” The restaurant is named after his father Santo, which translates to Santino in Italian. “I wanted to do something special for him and he’s happy about it,” Salafia said. “He worked hard all his life. I love him, so this is just a little tribute to him.” Salafia worked in corporate America all his life, and said he was not happy with his career path. “Honestly, employment is tough, especially with how the economy is doing,” Salafia said. “I looked into different businesses. I wanted to do something on my own, something that I am responsible for. Whether I fail or succeed, I can at least look back and say, ‘I worked my tail off.’” Before Salafia opened Santino’s Restaurant, he was a cook for a year at Durham’s Kitchen to see if he wanted to venture into the restaurant business. When Durham’s Kitchen closed, he said he had his own ideas of how he wanted to run an establishment and took the opportuni-

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ty to open his own restaurant at the same site. “I wanted to stay at that location because of the closeknit community feel,” Salafia said. “The residents of Durham have been really supportive. If you make great food, people will find you. It’s a lot of hard work, but I’m enjoying every minute of it.” When Salafia opens his restaurant at 6 a.m., he said most mornings he is greeted by a group of six elderly costumers. Salafia said he will cook himself a plate of breakfast when the costumers order, so he can sit down with his regulars for a chat while eating. “That’s the neat part of it — the friends you make,” he said, “especially those guys in the morning who have lived in this community forever. It’s interesting to sit down and talk with them. That’s my motivation; I look forward to coming in because of the camaraderie that we have.”

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Open house The Independent Day School has scheduled an open house for Tuesday, Feb. 5, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., and Friday, Feb. 8, from 8:15 to 10 a.m. for families interested in learning more about the age 3 to grade 8 program. An open house is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 9, from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. for parents and students entering grades 6 to 8 to “Explore Middle School at IDS.� This program includes lunch. The Independent Day School, 115 Laurel Brook Road, Middlefield, is a small, co-educational school for threeyear-olds through eighth grade. For more information or to schedule a tour, call Robin Nichols (860) 3477235, email nicholsr@inde or visit www.Independ e n t D a y

Dean’s list Becker College, Massachusetts - Jeffrey Garuti, of Middlefield. Bucknell University, Pennsylvania - Emily Shoemaker, of Middlefield. Clemson University, South Carolina - Drew Cavanaugh, of Durham. Curry College, Massachusetts - Chelsea Wilson, of Durham. Keene State College, New Hampshire - Sarah Baker, of Durham; Hannah Goulis, of Middlefield. Southern Connecticut

State College - Courtney Acker, Paul Benjunas, Emilia Caturano, Stephen Gueble, Amber Ryan, Carley St. Armand, of Durham; Kasey Crompton, Jacob Doolittle, Mackenzie Hurlbert, Erica Jones, of Middlefield; Kathryn Mitchell, of Rockfall. University of Connecticut - Andrew Brown, Makayla Davis, Ethan Donecker, Samuel Frey, Erin Holden, Erica Mason, Jeremy Mewell, Brooke Sheridan, Alec Surprenant, Matthew Verderame, Deanne Wallace, of Durham; Alex Amarante,

Richard Demarco, Meaghan Hettrick, Gregory Smith, of Middlefield. Western New England University, Massachusetts - Tayler A. Dontigney, of Durham; Jonathan S. Champagne, of Middlefield.

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Family Ice Fishing Derby – Jan. 26, 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., at Coventry Lake, 172 Lake St., Coventry. Winter Festival – Feb. 2, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Burr Pond State Park, 384 Burr Mountain Road, Torrington. Lake Beseck Ice Fest 2013 – Feb. 9, 8 a.m. to noon, at Lake Beseck in Middlefield.


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Open house – Coginchaug Little League has scheduled its second annual open house for players and parents for Thursday, Jan. 31, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., at the Durham Public Library. For more information, contact Michele Wenchell at

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ey and maple syrup, jams and jellies, naturally raised meats, pickles, soap and winter vegetables are featured. The Winter Market will be held the first Saturday of each month through May, but is subject to cancellation due to inclement weather. The Dudley Farm is located on the northeast corner of routes 77 and 80 in North Guilford. For more information, contact (860) 349-3917 or visit Taste of Durham - The 17th annual Taste of Durham is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 2, from 6:30 to 9 p.m., at the Durham Public Library. An admission fee is payable in advance at the library. Attendance is limited to adults. The party is scheduled regardless of weather. The entry fee includes unlimited food tastings as well as three servings from the bar. The Taste of Durham is sponsored by the Public Association of Library Supporters. Proceeds from past events have funded capital improvements to the library, equipment and ongoing support of programs and museum passes. Shuttle service is scheduled to run continuously from the Strong School parking lot, beginning at 6 p.m. For info, call (860) 349-8415.




Digital Summit - Vinal Technical High School’s Family Engagement Team has scheduled a presentation for the Digital Summit series for Tuesday, Feb. 5, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Cyberbullying: What Families Don’t Know Can Hurt Them. The program will educate and empower parents to discuss and respond to their children’s experiences with cyberbullying. After the presentation, the following workshops will be held: Facebook 101/Twitter 101; iPhones; Digital Photography and Powerschool for parent and/or students. For more information or to register, call (860) 3447100, ext. 309 or email Strong School Reads Strong School Reads is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 5, at 6:30 p.m., in the school library. The featured book is “Life As We Knew It” by Susan Beth Pfeffer. Strong School Reads is an annual book discussion where students, parents and community members read a book and then break into small discussion groups. Copies of the book are available at Levi E. Coe, Durham and Strong School libraries. For more information, contact Mike Klimas at or Karren Collins at


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Boy Scout Troop 270 helped 61 residents from Durham, Middlefield and Rockfall by removing Christmas trees as part of the Scouts’ annual tree pick-up fundraiser. families and children, demonstrations, snowshoeing clinics, and more. Registration is recommended. For more information, visit Valentines - Wadsworth Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution is scheduled to make Valentines for area veterans on Saturday, Feb. 9, at 10 a.m., at Church of the Epiphany, 196 Main St., Durham. Bring your creativity and


Winter Trails Day - The Connecticut Forest & Park Association has scheduled its 2nd annual Winter Trails Day for Saturday, Feb. 2, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at 16 Meriden Road, Rockfall. The free event features hikes, activities for

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Garden club - The Durham Garden Club is scheduled to meet Thursday, Feb. 14, at 11:15 a.m., at the Town Hall, 30 Town House Road. Designer Marcia Kalayjian is scheduled to demonstrate table settings and floral accompaniments.

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During the weekend of Jan. 3-6, pastors and members of Victory Christian Church on Route 66 in Middlefield celebrated the 25th anniversary of the church. Guest speakers traveled long distances to join the celebration. Culminating the event was a reading of an official citation from the State of Connecticut General Assembly, sponsored and presented by Rep. Matthew Lesser. The citation was co-sponsored by Sen. Len Suzio and was signed by Sen. Donald E. Williams, Jr., president pro tempore, along with Denise W. Merrill, Connecticut secretary of state. Twenty-five years ago, the church was founded as Victory Tabernacle Christian Church by Senior Pastors Peter and Debbie Leal, who were born and raised in the area and returned to the region after completing Bible College in South Carolina in the early1980s. As the original congregation increased from three

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State Rep. Matthew Lesser from the 100th District, presented Senior Pastors Peter and Deborah Leal with an Official Citation from the General Assembly of the State of Connecticut honoring Victory Christian Church for 25 years of faithful service to their community. people in the Leal’s living room to about a 150 members in the American Legion Hall in Cromwell, a search began for a bigger building to accommodate the growing number of people and ministries. In 1998, the church purchased the building formally occupied by Dattco Bus Company, and, after extensive renovations, enjoyed its first worship service there in January of 2000.



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The Town Times welcomes a wide range of news from local churches, temples, meeting houses, mosques and other religious organizations. In addition to notices about services and programs, we know your organization is involved in community life in numerous ways. And so we ask, does your house of worship have a story to share with our readers? You may wonder, what are some of the topics of interest that we’d like to publish? Here are a few ideas. Has your church undergone renovations, received recognition, offered a new program, or grown its congregation? Do you have a new pastor, organist, choirmaster or religion teacher? Have you undertaken a social or charitable mission or traveled on behalf of your church? Have you written an essay or sermon that could inspire a wider audience? Does the church have an anniversary or celebration it would like to publicize? Are there traditions or practices you’d like the community to know more about? All of these activities are newsworthy and we’d like to publish submissions of this kind in our faith section. If you like to write and have a story to tell that involves your faith community, send it to and put “faith submission” in the subject line. In general, submissions should be no more than 500 words. Photos are welcome. Please include: your full name, a phone number, the name of your organization and in what capacity you represent it. Questions also can be sent to The Town Times email.

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Small town life explored through history lectures By Trish Dynia Special to the Town Times

Durham Public Library and Middlefield’s Levi Coe Library have scheduled a series of talks and events to help generate community interest, discussion and participation in the two towns’ book choice for the 2013 One Book One Community: “Empire Falls� by Richard Russo. In addition to talks on the book itself, both libraries recently sponsored local history events to connect people to small town life and the historic areas that most live in without knowing what was once there and how the past has shaped the communities. Durham On Saturday, Jan. 12, about 40 residents crowded into a meeting room at Durham Public Library as town historian Fran Korn spoke about Durham’s early church history and a series of events that made Durham the box manufacturing capitol of the world.

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pathway to Yale University for young men who lived in or were tutored in Durham. - James Wadsworth was born in Durham in 1730. He attended Yale, opened up a law office in Durham, served as town clerk for 30 years and in the Colonial State Legislature for 21, before attending one session in the Continental Congress. Dubbed ‘Old Wrong Head’ by Thomas Jefferson due to his opposition to some wording in the new constitution, he was instrumental in Durham’s vote against ratifying the constitution with a final vote of 67 against and only four in favor. - Merriam Manufacturing, the first box company in town, began using scrap metal that landed on the shop floor to make tin toys rather than sweeping it into the trash. Originally a sideline, in recent years some of the rare toys have been sold at auction for $18,000 to $41,000. Middlefield Over many years, Ray Hubbard, a retired District 13 teacher, made copies of old pictures provided by Middlefield residents before scanning technology was invented. He then created overhead projector transparencies to bring local history alive for third graders in the school district. On Saturday, Jan. 19, Hubbard used this ‘old technology’ during his presentation of Middlefield’s history at Levi Coe Library. Some interesting facts from Hubbard’s talk: - With ample water power available on the Coginchaug River in Rockfall, and later at the Ellen Doyle Brook created by the Beseck Dam, Middlefield became a factory town and home to numerous mills where buttons, paper, washing machines, cotton yarn and other implements of daily life were manufactured. Before the dam was built in 1848, Lake Beseck was just a boggy area where farmers grazed cows after the spring flooding ended. - Contrary to popular belief, the stone structure that overlooks Wadsworth Falls

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Ever since the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary, school officials have been doing their best to make Coginchaug a safer place. A meeting with every staff member in the CRHS Library took place at 7:05 a.m the Monday after the shooting. Some security precautions have been changed while others will receive increased enforcement. Students are becoming accustomed to the new security, and have feedback about their safety. “There’s a police officer parked at Coginchaug every single morning who watches everyone as they come into school,� said sophomore Megan L’Heureux. Police officers have also been seen around the other RSD13 campuses. Korn

Elementary School and Strong Middle School have been spotted having more police security recently. Overall, Megan feels safe, but she still thinks the school could use some increase in security. “I think there should be more security guards, and they also should all be armed,� said Megan. Freshman Micah Morris agrees with Megan, but he has something else to add. “I think they should be armed, but their weapons should be concealed,� he said. “I feel like security like that walking around the building would make everyone feel more comfortable.� Sophomore Holly Longabardi says the


security doesn’t really affect her that much anyway. “I feel safe at Coginchaug, and I don’t think that anything needs to be changed now.� she said. There are mixed feelings and opinions relating to armed security from both the students and the faculty at Coginchaug. There has been no official word that any changes or improvements will be made in that area. Principal Mr. Andre Hauser confirms students probably won’t be seeing armed security anytime soon. “I think the only people who should be armed are law enforcement officers. Schools are safe places.� As for the police sightings at Regional School District 13, Mr. Hauser explained that he doesn’t control it.

“The state police are assigning troopers at key times, especially in the morning. Police were most sighted right after the Newtown incident, for about a week,� he said. In terms of how long we can count on them being there, it is however long the state police feel it is necessary. Mr. Hauser also explained that Coginchaug is actually ahead of most schools in terms of security. Assistant principal Mr. Brian Bodner is dedicated to attending statewide security meetings that focus on improving security at schools. Many of the topics discussed at the meetings are things that CRHS has already taken action on, like buzzers for the office to let people in. “Other administrators from other schools were taking notes when Mr. Bodner shared his advice about security,� said Mr Hauser.


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Over the course of the past two years there has been case after case of somebody, somewhere going crazy. It began with the supposed rapture, then it was the introduction of the drug bath salts, and mass shootings just before what was assumed the end of the world, according to the Mayans. The world is going nuts. In May of 2011 people believed that the world was going to end and the rapture was going to occur. Harold Camping who runs the Evangelical network Family Radio predicted that the world was going to end on May 21, 2011. He determined this by a mathematical system that he created based on the stories and events that occurred in the Bible. The funny thing is that this “system� failed him once before when he thought the world was going to end on September 6, 1994. Bath salts are a drug originally from Europe that is similar in appearance to cocaine. This drug became popular in the United States in 2012 and, according to the American Association of Poison Control Centers, over 1,000 calls had been made to poison control by June. We noticed the outbreak rather quickly when the news started reporting on peoples’ faces being eaten off by naked people on the streets. There were a few friends of mine that believed the zombie apocalypse was occurring and started forming

their teams, just as though they were characters on the television show The Walking Dead. Suddenly, as we got closer to December 21, 2012, more and more people seemed to be “going crazy.� Tragedies became more apparent when mass shootings started to occur. The shootings began at a movie theater in Chicago, during the premiere of the Dark Knight in July. Mass shootings stayed quiet for a little while, until there was one in a shopping mall in Portland, Ohio, on December 11, where at least three were pronounced dead. After these two events the tragedy of Newtown struck where 27 people, including the shooter, died. As of January 8, 695 people have been killed by gunshot since the Newtown tragedy occurred. The world is going nuts. What is causing all of this to happen? Was it the fact that everyone thought the world was going to end, or is it just that the evil in this world is finally showing through all the masks? It’s tragic that so many people have to die on a daily basis and if setting up new gun laws is the first step to fixing all that’s going on then I say why not. We as the new generation of the world have the power to stop all of the tragedies and hazards that we worry about daily. Let’s be the generation to help fix the mess, not add to it.


Science teacher Mrs. Laura Francis and her husband Kyle are proud to announce the arrival of Lilliana Lezah Francis! She was born on Sunday, December 16, at 4:09 p.m.


If I had a dollar for every time I’d been in a debate about what constituted a super hero, I’d have enough money for a new comic book. People have created a criteria for who is super and who is not. For example, someone might say Superman and The Flash are both superheroes because they have super powers, but Batman or Iron Man aren’t because they weren’t exposed to gamma radiation or bitten by a spider. The thing is to be super, one would simply have to do things normal people could. They have to be extraordinary. Iron Man might not shoot lasers from his eyes, but he’s more intelligent than most of the humans in his universe. The same is true for Batman. He might ultimately just be a man in a bat suit, but he’s more well trained in fighting than most in his universe and is, again, extremely intelligent. While money is a factor there, it isn’t fair to say they’re superheroes by wealth. Using the most recent movies as an example, Tony Stark built the Mark I in a cave with no money and very few supplies. Bruce Wayne was wandering around learning different styles of martial arts, everyone thought he was dead. Neither of them had money when the hero was born. The money simply gave them a medium through which it took shape. The other thing people all tend to notice very quickly about comic books is that the characters tend to have “perfect bodies.� They’re perfect models of

humans, all beautiful people with large muscles, among other things. Before you flag this as inappropriate you must at least understand the reasoning behind the tight, revealing spandex suits. When superhero comics took off, they were essentially a study of the perfect human being. Take Superman for example. Everything about him physically was perfect, he was the epitome of physical fitness. And the comics carried on showing that off, but Superman was more than that, he was a good person. He was selfless, kind, helpful, and was dedicated to protecting the planet. In a time where the world was looking pretty grim, people needed to remember what it was like to be that kind to others. So we latched on to superheroes because they were everything we wished we could be. And as more and more female supers joined the ranks, it was only natural to continue to strive for that “perfect image.� In our world we need superheroes, but not in the sense of needing someone in a cape who can fly. We need the part of the superheroes who were always there for other people, who were always willing to help, who would give their lives for others. An invincible man doesn’t need to give up his fear of death in order to save others. The true heroes are each of us, if we strive to be better. In the end Superman has nothing on a fragile human who risks his life for others.


Since 1935, the Orange Bowl has been kicking off the new year with a little college football, but this year Coginchaug seniors Christine French and Korinne Stockdale, and junior Kaitlyn Mentlick, members of Stage Left Dance in Middletown, were picked to be a part of the excitement, along with the rest of the studio. On January 1, Stage Left Dance Studio performed in the Orange Bowl halftime show. The dance crew had a different meaning behind the performance though. “We don’t dance just because we love it,� said Christine. Being from Connecticut, Stage Left thought that it would be a good idea to raise money for the victims of the Newtown shooting that struck, not just Connecticut, but the entire country last December. The studio made ribbons to give

to the other dancers and band members. “Our studio ended up making close to one thousand ribbons, that way all the dancers and all the band people could wear one and then we had a few extras to sell to help support Newtown,� said Christine. The studio raised close to $4,000 and donated it all to the town of Newtown, not just the families of Sandy Hook Elementary. “All that money went to to the town of Newtown, not just the families, so that way with people who still need counseling from what happened, can get it,� said Christine. These dancers have made a big difference in the lives of those who were affected by the Sandy Hook shooting and have proved that they do not dance just to dance and that anything you can do could help somebody in need.


WISE is a special program CRHS provides for seniors who wish to pursue an independent study of a personal interest. These self-motivated students put their own time and effort into researching a topic and completing a project that reflects their studies. Each student chooses a teacher or mentor who is a specialist in their chosen topic. They meet periodically with their mentors to show them their progress and receive feedback. After they complete their final projects, there is a special showcase where each student presents their work. Mrs. Germond and Dr. Taber are working together as leaders for the twelve students completing WISE projects. They host monthly meetings to check up on everyone. The projects are going in all unique and personal directions. Some involve music, such as the ones Liz Harlow and Sam Gos-


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sner are doing. Liz will be directing a flute ensemble with Strong Middle School students, while Sam is creating his own symphony. Courtney Silver, is currently working on a graphic novel. “It’s like a comic book, with a story and pictures to go along with it,� she said. “It’s all about the students,� said WISE director Mrs. Kate Germond. “They will continue learning about their interests, and see if it is something that they might like to pursue as a career.� Logan Porter, who is writing a novel as her WISE project, has decided that she would like to be an English major in college. WISE presentations will take place on several different dates in April. Teachers will judge them based on certain criteria including meeting with mentors, journal entries, bibliographies, and their overall project presentations.


Junior Timmy Rausch has decided to try a new sleeping habit to hopefully get more time and better sleep. “It worked for other people,� Timmy said, “And I’m only going off the things they say.� Timmy is going to take one core 3 hour nap from 10pm to 1am and then he is going to take two 30 minutes naps from both 4:30

am to 5:00 am and then he is up the rest of the night. “its been going really wells,� Timmy said, “sometimes i over sleep and i get angry, but other than that its going fine.� Timmy already is on a healthy diet but he hopes to try harder and eat a little healthier, “I guess people who do it say its easier when you eat well� said Timmy.

Pictured above is junior Timmy Rausch displaying his passion for quality sleep. Photo by Victoria Buonanni.

Pictured above junior Katie Hamilton and senior Mallory Figoras relax in the school library. Pictured on the left, students put hard work towards their new year school resolutions. Photos by Jake Cunningham.


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´7KHGRRUVDUHDOZD\V ORFNHGQRZÂľ +ROO\/RQJEDUGL Just one day before a gunman killed 26 people at Sandy Hook Elementary school in Newtown, CRHS practiced the lockdown procedure that students and staff will implement in case of a similar attack here. As the country debates how to make our school safer, students are asking whether the procedures in place can keep them safe. “We have a Crisis Response Manual in place with procedures from experts and Mr. Bodner, our safety expert as Vice Principal,â€? said Principal Andre Hauser. “It is updated every year to ensure that it is safe and effective. Each teacher has one but it is in a place where students won’t

notice and teachers can easily get to it. It has every situation that could happen and what various people should do in case of an emergency, spelled out.� Even though our emergency plan is spelled out and updated annually, students opinions vary, some unaware of such procedures. “I think practicing them is good because we would know what to do, but I don’t think we do them enough,� said sophomore Kelly Halligan, unable to recall doing a drill last school year. “The practice drills help but I don’t think in a real situation people would remember what to do,� said junior Rue Strothers. “[Lockdowns] can be effective if they announce it in time,� she said, remarking on a real lockdown. “I feel like they are more serious now because people used to take it as a joke,� said sophomore Holly Longobardi about the drills. “If someone came in then everyone would know what to do because of the procedures.� “We try to hold at least one [lockdown] drill a year. The idea is to tell you in advance so you think about doing it right and we can tweak the procedure each time,� said Mr. Hauser. “After Newtown, we want to make sure that everything works. We were happy with the drills on Thursday, before Newtown. Everyone did what they were supposed to do.� To the left is the buzzer all students, staff and visitors use to get into the school Photo by Lindsay Artkop.


Four seniors were inducted into the National Honor society on January 7. Character, scholarship, leadership, and service are the four things engraved into these people. Senior Leah Slawinowski has been a four year participant in outdoor track, a two year participant in indoor track, and was elected co-captain for her senior year. Outside of school, she has been a member of Northern Middlesex YMCA Barracuda Swim Team for four years. And it doesn’t stop there, she is involved in Art Club and Quiz Bowl. “I was very excited and honored to get in this year because I was declined last year,� said Leah. “I’m really excited to be apart of the society now.� “Leah is a very enthusiastic person who defines dependability,� said Latin teacher Mrs. Mary Sersanti. Melanie DeFilippo was very involved in co-curricular life at Coginchaug. She is a member of Show Choir and Pep Band. In addition, she is a member of Helping Hands, the Devil’s Advocate and a member of French honor Society. She commonly performs acts of goodwill such as work at the Levi Coe library, as well as her participation and organization of volunteers at the Durham Co-op Nursery School are a few a examples. “Melanie impresses me with her personality and ability to make work that is

innovative.� The next inductee was Caitlynn Chabot. She was a four year member of the Art Club, the Pep Band, and Outdoor Track team. She also is a three year member of French Honor Society, serving as co-president this year, and a two year member of the indoor track team. She leads her peers in a variety of ways that include coaching a Little League T-ball team and acting as the Artistic Director of the Music’s Department’s production of Legally Blonde: The Musical and other drama productions. She also assisted an art teacher at Strong with murals for the past three years. “I’m really honored to be apart of the society,� said Caitlynn Chabot. “I applied junior year and when I applied this year, I didn’t expect to get it.� “Caitlynn is a proactive president of the French Honor who has a high level of creativity that sets her apart from everyone else,� said French teacher Mrs. Cashore Skyla Bradley has volunteered her time in a variety of capacities. She volunteered as a park and recreation counselor for four summers and initiated a quest project that included observing, volunteering, and teaching numerous hours in a preschool classroom at Gianelli School. “Skyla is a determined focused woman,� said Mrs. Sersanti, “with a caring and helpful side.�

NHS Inductees (left to right) Melanie DeFillipo, Skyla Bradley, Leah Slawinowski, and Caitlynn Chabot. Photo by Mrs. Amy Jacques-Purdy


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%\.HYLQ 2QRIUHR ing away at what seemed to be the outer defenses of a Dwarven kingdom, the hole was dug and he was only waiting on the pole and its underground fixture. And we’re not saying there were ever small children inside the hole in the ground, but I don’t believe the Hanley family has released an official statement saying there weren’t. “I wanted to give back to the school community that raised me to be who I am today. I wanted to make something great, like the new field, a bit better.� The raising of the flagpole was greeted by a wonderful sunset which gave everyone present a sense of great accomplishment, especially Douglas. The flag now flies to the west of the track near the scoreboard. “It really taught me how to plan and carry out a massive project, how to organize labor and materials, and how to get the right approvals.� His Eagle Ceremony took place on January 6 and was attended by State Representatives First Selectmen Laura Francis and John Brayshaw, the president of the Middlefield Lions Club Mary Roberts, State Senator Ed Meyer and State Representative Noreen Kokoruda. He also received a document from the Governor expressing his congratulations for Doug. As well as those special guests, the ceremony was also attended by many members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Posts from both Durham and Middlefield. It was the VFW that provided Douglas with his funding. Whether he’s cleaning out the latrine or teaching young scouts or carrying an injured teammate to the bus, Douglas reflects the merits of an Eagle Scout and I am proud to call him my brother in scouting and my friend.


Solarize CT is a program designed to encourage the adoption of solar panels in Connecticut. Durham was chosen to participate in the pilot phase of this program. Durham residents had the opportunity to not only help the environment by pumping out cleaner energy, but also to significantly lower, or possibly even rid of their electricity bill. Many people in Durham have already signed up for this program, and some of those people we see everyday here at CRHS. Dr. Matthew Taber, science

teacher, is one of the many Durham citizens participating in this program. He’s had the solar panels installed on his house, and they’re already up and running. It’s been cloudy, cold, and rainy... but he’s already cut his electricity bill by about 2/3. “We had been thinking about getting solar panels for a while, but we decided to get them because of the Solarize Durham program,� he said. The more residents that sign up to install solar, the more the price decreases for everyone who participates,

so that makes it much easier for people to make the decision to install solar panels. There are currently over 100 Durham citizens signed up to install solar. This also includes Mr. Craig Bradinini, math teacher, and Ms. Lorrie Martin, science teacher. When asked if he would recommend solar to other residents, Dr. Taber replied “Yes, it’s good for the environment, reduces your electricity bill, and reduces the need for fossil fuels.�

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The Boy Scout Law starts as “A scout is‌â€? and then lists a number of adjectives, the twelve attributes to be exact. That list includes words such as loyal, helpful, friendly, cheerful, and all of those words remind me of the collective group of boy scouts as well as eagle scouts. Most recently of course, is Mr. Douglas Hanley. Doug has been a good friend of mine and fellow Cub Scout and Boy Scout since we joined Den six of Pack thirty three nearly a decade ago and I am happy and honored to say he’s now joined me in the prestigious brotherhood of Eagle Scouts. Doug’s Eagle project, the cornerstone of the Eagle Scout requirements, really started almost two years ago, when the new sports facility was beginning the long road of production. He realized the plan didn’t call for a flag pole on which to raise and lower a flag during games. He dove into that rabbit hole in true Boy Scout fashion: with his eyes focused forwards, high hopes, and absolutely no idea what he was getting into. His project got caught in the middle of a lawsuit and he struggled to make any headway in the chaos. “Until the lawsuit was settled I didn’t know if the field was going to be built, therefore I didn’t know if I could have done the project in the first place,â€? Douglas said. He did what he could and stuck with his project through the whole ordeal. Eventually he grabbed a shovel and dug a hole. In New England. Proud farmers of rocks. On the day of the dig I arrived to help and was pleased to see not only so many of the scouts in our troop, but also scouts from troops 27 and 270 from Durham and Doug’s friends and teammates from soccer and track. After a lot of hard work chisel-



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The school bell rang at 2:02 and students rushed down the hallways with holiday gifts in their arms from friends, ready to get a start on their winter vacations on Friday, December 21. Some students traveled to the hotter climate and missed out on the local snowstorm. “I went to Florida,� said senior Christine

French. “I went to go and dance and do a workshop for dance.� She said she also enjoyed the warmer weather down south, rather than the cold up in Connecticut. On the other hand, some Coginchaug students traveled north, where they participated in winter sports. “I went to Vermont and snowmobiled,�

said junior Tori Salemme. “ I went to Vermont with my family and one of my friends,� said senior Kayla Votto. “We went snowmobiling, skiing, and out to dinner.� While Christine, Tori, and Kayla had a great time out of state, senior Conner Brennan experienced something completely opposite at home.

“I broke my arm in three places,� said senior Conner Brennan. “I was running down a hill with my friends and fell.� Along with traveling places and socializing with friends, comes the holiday and family portion of winter break. “I got to see everyone at Christmas that I haven’t seen in a while,� said senior Mike Lisitano.


January 20 2013 Coginchaug students will travel to Okemo Mountain vermont for the day with health teacher Mr. Bajoros and Math teacher Mr. Frashier. They will leave Coginchaug around 5:15 am. “The school has never done something like this before and i can’t wait to go

skiing with all the kids from my school because you never usually get to do that� said Sophomore Janelle Berry. Pictured to the right is Okemo Mountain where students who chose to go on the trip will travel to ski and snowboard. Photo Courtesy Okemo’s Website

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Junior Taylor Meekerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s resolution was a bit more simplified, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Go to school.â&#x20AC;? Usually New Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s resolutions are pretty self-centric, but Freshman Michael Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Keefe said he wanted to â&#x20AC;&#x153;Be nice to people.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;But you are a nice person!â&#x20AC;? replied gym teacher Mr. Robert Nemphos. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There are people that annoy me that Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not nice to, and I want to be nicer to them,â&#x20AC;? Michael responded Mr. Nemphos has a very different take on New Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s resolutions. When asked if he had a new years resolution, he firmly replied â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do New Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s resolutions. If you have to wait for a certain time of the year to make a resolution, you probably wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be successful.â&#x20AC;? He went on to say â&#x20AC;&#x153;Do it when you make the decision or when you know when a change needs to be made.â&#x20AC;?

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Everyone deserves a fresh start at the beginning of the year. 2013 is finally here, and at the beginning of the year many people make a commitment to one or more personal goals, projects, or the reforming of a habit... or a New Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s resolution. CRHS students are setting goals for themselves at the beginning of the year as well, and not surprisingly, most of them are health related. Social Studies teacher, Matt Thompson, has been waking up at 5am every day to stick to his resolution â&#x20AC;&#x153;My resolution is to work out six days a week.â&#x20AC;? Many students had very similar resolutions, and this is the time of the year that local gyms really start raking in the cash. Junior Rue Strothersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; New Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s resolution was to â&#x20AC;&#x153;Go to the gym more, and just work out more in general.â&#x20AC;? Senior Christine French wants to â&#x20AC;&#x153;Eat more salad, and go to the gym more.â&#x20AC;? Senior Sydney Altschuler wants to â&#x20AC;&#x153;get better times in track this year.â&#x20AC;? Improving your academics is also another common New Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s resolution.


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Marielle Handley, Marissa Puchalski, and Lauren Esposito hold the state championship trophy. Photo courtesy of Lauren Esposito

Newly inducted members of the 2012 1,000 point club. Photo courtesy of Audrey Biesak

Senior Ian Augur pumped up after a sack on North Branford quarterback Brandan Basil. Photo courtesy of Max Preps

Junior Bailey Maus in the 110 meter hurdles in outdoor track. Photo by Tara Dandelski

Senior Wolfgang Wallach competing at the state open championship in the 400m race. Photo courtesy of Durham Patch The 2011-2012 Girls’ Basketball team celebrating a state championship at Mohegan Sun. Photo by Jennifer Schulten

Throughout the course of the 2012 year, there were basketballs being dribbled, baseballs and softballs being hit, track and field athletes competing at very high levels, and football players getting physical. Whenever a team wins a championship, it is something extremely special. The 2011-2012 Girls’ Basketball team took home the Class S state championship. In their journey, they defeated St. Bernard, Hyde Leadership, Morgan, and Capital Prep for the title. The ladies beat Capital Prep 58-48 at Mohegan Sun. In outdoor track, there were numerable athletes that made it to the state open meet held in New Britain, Connecticut. Bailey Maus participated in the 100 meter hurdles with a time of 17.16. The girls’ 4x400m team, consisting of Megan Sirois, Bailey Thayer, Liz Harlow, and Bailey Maus finished with a time of 4:30.24. Jeremy Brown ran the 2 mile race, known as the 3200 meter in track, ran a 9:53.85. Senior Wolfgang Wallach finished in 4th in the 400 meter run with a time of 49.98, and then placed 6th at New England’s with an identical time. This gave Wolfgang the

honor of all New England’s. “I was surprised more than anything else,” said Senior Wolfgang. “Standing there and receiving a New England’s medal was something I had dreamed of for a long time, and I was truly just surprised that I had done it.” As for the field events at the state open, Sam Baker jumped 5’10”, Shawn Donovan pole vaulted 12’, and Ethan Donecker jumped 41 feet, 6 1/2 inches in the triple jump. Sam also went to New Englands and jumped 6 feet their. For the football season, the most notable game was the grand finale. The Devils’ took on Cromwell and lost 36-22. You may have thought, how was this a notable game if they didn’t come out on top? Cromwell was a very solid team that finished with a regular season record of 8-2 and Coginchaug stayed with them until the very end. “It was Thanksgiving day against one of our biggest rivals,” said junior football player Christian Adams. “They are one of the best teams in our conference and we held our own.” “It was probably one of the best games

Andrea Braga and Jessica Solomon pumped up at the CT Class S state championship. Photo by Jennifer Schulten

I’ve played in,” said senior football player Conner Thrall. “The atmosphere was crazy and it was just a great game.” Coming into the 2012 baseball season, the team was faced with losing multiple seniors and coming off a 5-14 season the previous year. The team in 2012 doubled its win total, improving to 10-10 in the regular season. “The 2011 team had more overall talent, but it was more of a collection of good players rather than a good team with a single goal,” said senior baseball player Evan Rand. “This year’s junior class has really matured and that helped a lot to the 2012 success.” On the flip side, the softball team won not a single championship, but two in the same season. They coasted to win the Shoreline Conference Championship and took that momentum into the Class S State Tournament. The softball team took down Academy of the Holy Family, Lyman Memorial, Morgan, and Saint Bernard with a score of 6-0 in the state championship game. To only give up two runs throughout the course of four state games is an incredible ac-

complishment. The boys’ soccer teams best game at the very end of the season against Foran. “Foran scored in the first half to make it 1-0,” said junior soccer player Jeff Peracchio. “In the second half, (senior) Kyle Dupre scored two goals, including the game winner with 35 seconds to go.” The girls’ soccer squad had a solid season, and had an astounding game against the Cromwell panthers at their field. “We went to Cromwell and were having a bad first half,” said junior soccer player Victoria Buonanni. “Cromwell scored two goals on us. During halftime, everyone thought the game was over. Coach Kavanaugh motivated us to not give up and we scored two goals to go into overtime and win.” Freshman Amy Araci scored the game winning goal in overtime to give the team a 3-2 victory. Erikson Wasyl and Audrey Biesak, both 2012 graduates, achieved the accomplishment of scoring 1,000 points. The 2012 season was filled with multiple championships and incredible games that will go down in Coginchaug history.


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Over winter break the boy’s and girl’s indoor track teams traveled to the Floyd Little Athletic Center at Hillhouse High School in New Haven to compete in the Hillhouse Winter Relays. The meet was strictly running and field relays making it truly a team effort to compete well. Senior throwers Marco Rondinone, Will Neri, and Conner Brennan banded together to take the shotput relay gold with a combined mark of 114-05.00. “Will Neri came out of nowhere” said junior Christian Adams. Seniors Melissa Handy, Christina Pen, and Leah Slawinowski placed sixth as a team in the girls shotput relay with a combined mark of 70-06.00.

The boys 4 by 200 meter relay team consisting of seniors Wolfgang Wallach, David Trombetta, captain Evan Rand, and junior Christian Adams finished 6th overall with an impressive time of 1:41.40. “It wasn’t our best time but we are looking to improve.” said Evan. The school record breaking senior sprint medley relay team returned Wolfgang, Evan, and David with Mike McShane stepping in for the 800 meter leg. Finishing in 9th place overall they ran to a time of 4:09.46. “Mike McShane stepped up and ran well,” said Evan. “We were missing key 800 meter runner Ben Taber.” Senior Liz Harlow, sophomore Bailey

Thayer, and juniors Bailey Maus and Megan Sirois sprinted to a time of 4:39.80 placing 7th overall. Freshman Alec Bogen and senior Ben Kelly jumped to 6th place overall and a combine mark of 10-10.00. “Bogen did really well,” said Evan. “He was surprising and Ben Kelly as well.” In the triple jump relay the senior duo of Kristen Ciarlo and class president Lauren Trombetta placed 2nd overall with an outstanding combined mark of 60-00.00. “I was pretty impressed that we did well against the big schools at the meet, especially in shot put,” said Evan. “Our alternates stepped up and did well. It was a pleasant surprise.”


Photos by Sydney Altschuler. Pictured above is senior Michael McShane running the sprinted medley relay along with senior Wolfgang Wallach, pictured below. Michael McShane is a member of The Devil’s’ Advocate.


The football team had their annual banquet on December 16. Coach John Bozzi talked about every person on the team while giving out varsity letters to those who earned them. After this Coach Bozzi gave out awards. The MVP award went to Ian Auger and the Foundations of Honor to Sean Harper. “I felt honored to be rewarded with MVP,” said Ian Augur. “And be recognized for my work throughout the season.” Jake Nickel won the Bonnie Curlin award, which is given for courage and commitment. This was given to Jake because he agreed to play less time in the new defense. He had no problem with that and prepared for every game, every week just like he was starting. “I worked hard in the offseason,” said senior Jake Nickel. “So this showed me all the hard work payed off.” The Rookie of the Year award was given to two people, Carlos Benitez and Jake Ober. This award is given to the first year varsity starters that make the biggest impact on the team. “I am very honored,” said sophomore Jake Ober. “I was striving to get that award, it was my goal. Having this goal accomplished, it really completed my season.” “It meant a lot because I just moved here,” said sophomore Carlos Benitez. “I just went out there and tried my hardest playing the game I love.”

Photo by Lori Sbona. Pictured above, left to right, are freshmen Jacob Ober, seniors Sean Harper and Ian Augur, sophomore Carlos Benitez, junior Ty Kartiganer, and senior Jacob Nickel posing with their awards during the football banquet.


Friday, January 25, 2013 — Town Times ety is on Town House Road adjacent to the town hall. The Middlefield Historical Society does not currently have regular hours, but you can call the society at (860) 349-0665, or contact Chairman Ken Twombly at (860) 349-0618 to make an appointment to view their collections. The Durham Historical Society meets on the second Friday of each month at 7:30 p.m. Exhibits will be open to the

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An early, state-of-the-art Metropolitan washing machine.

Small Continued from page 12 was not built for the convenience of tourists. It is in fact the base of an old mill that once stood there. The last items to be manufactured there were automobile brakes, and the hillside adjacent to the Falls is full of asbestos which was used in the manufacturing process. - Happy Acres, once a popular resort on Powder Hill Road with beach frontage on Lake Beseck, was opened in the 1930s by Capt. Jack Sibley as a fresh air camp for city children. Later it became a destination for tri-state area residents who wished to escape the cities and relax at a quiet resort in a quiet town. It closed in the late 1970s once air fare to more exotic beach

front locations became more accessible to the average traveler. Hubbard noted that Sibley’s son, Peter, recently launched a Facebook page commemorating the resort. Facebook members can enjoy old time photos of the resort by typing in ‘Happy Acres Family Resort’ on their homepage. After his retirement, Hubbard provided cd’s and booklets containing his photos

and synopsis of Middlefield history to both of the towns’ libraries, as well as to the Middlesex Historical Society and Godfrey Genealogy Library in Middletown. Both towns have substantial collections of local history items on display at their respective headquarters. The Middlefield Historical Society is located at the Middlefield Community Center, and the Durham Historical Soci-

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Resident inducted into Fordham Athletics Hall of Fame Durham’s Jennifer Akerley will be inducted into the Fordham University Athletics Hall of Fame in a ceremony on Saturday, Jan. 26, for women’s rowing. Akerley, a two-time women’s rowing A10 champion, also brought home the gold medal twice at the Dad Vail Championships. She

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currently lives in Manhattan and had two final four appearances in the Women’s Henley Regatta in England while also being part of the crew given the most outstanding crew award at the Dad Vail Championships her sophomore year. Submitted by Tim Martin

The Durham Thunder fifth grade boys travel basketball team travelled to Old Saybrook on Sunday, Jan. 20, and walked away with a thrilling 37-34 win. Durham took a three-point lead with eight seconds remaining and held on for the win. Chris Onofrio led the way with eight points, while Hugh Barrett and Max Temple added six points apiece. The Thunder takes the court on Sunday, Jan. 27, at 3:15 p.m. at home vs. Waterford #2. Submitted by Scott Penney, Head Coach

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20-9 lead after one period, and 43-18 at the half, ultimately rolling to a 61-37 win over the Coginchaug girls basketball team. The Lady Devils shot the ball better than they have in recent games, at 31 percent, but it was nowhere near enough to overcome the overall 60 percent shooting (83 percent in the first half) by the Huskies, in the lop-sided loss. Normally, the Devils can extend its defense to an aggressive press, but the Huskies’ ball-handling was too good for this to be effective, depriving Coginchaug of its normal allotment of steals and easy baskets, giving an enormous advantage to the visiting Huskies. Audrey Arcari was the only double digit scorer for Coginchaug with 10, adding three rebounds and three assists. Kim Romanoff added nine points and four rebounds, and led the team in steals with two. Morgan Kuehnle was the leading rebounder with six, also garnering six points. Slow start dooms boys with Morgan On Tuesday, Jan. 14, the Coginchaug boys basketball team hosted Morgan, but could manage only eight points in the first period, to Morgan’s 21. Despite a furious 12-0 run mid-way through the final period that brought Coginchaug within eight points at 52-44, the team ultimately succumbed to Morgan in a 61-50 loss. Coach Todd Salva always says that winning games comes down to free throws, rebounds and turnovers. The Devils did OK in only one of those areas — turnovers, with only eight give-aways to Morgan’s 12. But they got beat on the boards by 30 to 23, and at the charity stripe by 12, 18-6, with the free throw difference being more than the ultimate losing margin. Mike Bongiorno led the Devils with 16 points, while both Jackson Doyle and Devin Rodrigue added 13. Rodrigue was also the Devils’ leading rebounder with eight, while Alex Kotrady added five boards.

Girls overcome slow start at Portland On Thursday, Jan. 17, the girls visited the Portland Highlanders, and despite trailing 20-16 at the half, ramped up the defense in the second half for a 47-32 victory. The girls came out after half-time rededicated to played tenacious defense to key the win. In the crucial third period comeback, Kim Romanoff had 10 points, four steals and two assists, while Audrey Arcari had four steals and two points, as they took the period by a 20-5 mark. The Lady Devils coasted home with an 11-8 margin in the fourth period for the eventual 47-32 victory. Kim Romanoff led Coginchaug with 16 points, also leading the team in steals with seven and assists, also with seven. Morgan Kuehnle dropped in 12 points, adding five rebounds, two blocks and two steals. Jessica Solomon was the leading rebounder with eight, adding six points and three steals. Olivia Corazzini had six points and three rebounds, while Mikayla Wyskiel grabbed six rebounds. The girls are 9-4 overall, 8-3 in the Shoreline conference. They play at North Branford on Monday, Jan. 28, at 5:30 p.m. Fast start propels boys at Portland The boys visited Portland on Friday, Jan. 18. On the strength of some hot first period shooting by Jackson Doyle, who scored 10 in the period, the Devils jumped out to a 19-9 lead. At the end of the first half, Jack Granger took the inbounds after a Highlander bucket with only seconds remaining, and launched a three-quarters court shot from near the Portland three-point line, and banked it off the backboard for a long-range threepointer, and a commanding 36-19 lead at the half. Portland did manage to outscore the Devils in the third period, 16-14, but Coginchaug more than made up for

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Sports Continued from page 22 that by surrendering only a single two-point basket in the final period, pulling away for the 65-37 victory. Sophomore Devin Rodrigue led the Devils in scoring with 15, and steals with five, and tied Alex Kotrady for rebounds with seven. Kotrady also added six points and three steals. Jackson Doyle scored 13 points, adding four rebounds. Mike Bongiorno rounded out the double digit scoring with 11, adding six rebounds and four assists. Jack Granger was the leading assist man with five, adding three each of points, rebounds and steals. Jeff Grumm scored six, adding four boards. Conor Doyle scored five, and Josh Smith, Mike Decker and Taylor Sapia each scored two. The boys are 4-6, all in the Shoreline conference. Submitted by Alan Pease

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Coginchaug Little League has scheduled its second annual open house for Thursday, Jan. 31, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., in the lower level of the Durham Public Library. This event is open to all players and parents who are signing up for Coginchaug Little League for the first time or who would like to know more about the organization. Meet the newly-elected board members, hear plans to improve the league, and learn about volunteer opportunities. Light refreshments will be served. “Rocky” from the New Britain Rock Cats is scheduled to make an appearance. For more information, contact Michele Wenchell at

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Third and fourth graders in Betty Hadlock’s class at John Lyman School invited Principal Tom Ford to lunch recently. All enjoyed the informal conversation and time together.

Local crafters and small businesses in Middlefield, Rockfall and Durham are invited to be part of the Middlefield/Rockfall Old Home Days on June 7-8. If you would like to be part of the event this year, call Crafter/Business Committee co-chairs Jean Gay at (860) 6388833 or Louise Tosetti at (860) 3493905, or email A letter and application will go out to you. There is a nominal charge for the booth space. Deadline for enrollment is April 1.


Town Times Friday, January 25, 2013 Cancer Center and the MidState Cancer Center. Yarn Water color classes for and needles are available. seniors with well-known local artist, Aleta Gudelski, is scheduled for Thursdays, from 1 to 3 p.m., through Feb. 14, at the Durham Activity Free Blood Pressure Center. Screenings are held every Beginners are encouraged first and third Wednesday of to attend and explore the art each month at noon at the of water color. IntermediMiddlefield Senior Center. ates are also welcome. StuNo appointment is necesdents work at their own pace. Class is limited to 10 stu- sary. dents. A fee is charged and is payable in advance. For more information and to register, call Sherry Hill at (860) Senior lunches are offered 343-6724. every Monday and Wednesday at the Durham Activity Center, 350 Main St. The ElThe Middlefield Senior derly Nutrition program is Cafe serves lunch on Mondesigned to provide nutriday, Wednesday and Friday tional meals, at a low cost to to senior in the community. persons ages 60 and over and The Senior Center is looking for volunteers to set up, their spouses. To cover the serve lunch (no cooking) and cost of the meal, a suggested clean up after lunch. The donation is welcomed. To commitment would be one to make lunch reservations, two times a month, from call Amanda Pedersen, sen10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Volun- ior cafe manager, at (860) teers receive training and 349-3153. Bingo is offered may choose what best fits every Wednesday at 1 p.m. following the luncheon. their schedule. For more information, call Antoinette at (860) 349-7121.

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day, Feb. 16, 2-3 p.m. Using Skittles and M&M you will make pixilated art that you can eat. Ages 10-18, please register. Teen Book Club: Tuesday, Feb. 26, 6:30-7:30 p.m. For the month of February, read “Delirium” by Lauren Oliver. Grab a copy of the book at the front desk. Ages 12-18, drop in. Adults:

Mystery Book Discussion: Tuesday, Feb. 19, at 7:30 p.m.; “A Beautiful Blue Death” by Charles Finch will be discussed. Copies of the book are available at the Library. All are invited. Book Lovers’ Circle: Wednesday, Feb. 6, at 7:30 p.m.; “The Orphan Master’s Son” by Adam Johnson will be discussed. Copies of the book are available at the Li-

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First grade students at Brewster School walked on a nature trail with outdoor education specialist Marcy Klattenberg recently.

Each year John Lyman School teaching assistants, Linda Pettit and Karen Balavander, meet with a group of parents to teach them how to help students make hard cover books. Every student in the school publishes a book, every year, and they get it done with hours of help and support from volunteers.

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John Phillip Rinaldi, Jr., 68, a longtime resident of Middlefield, died unexpectedly while surrounded by his loving family on Jan, 18, 2013. He was born in Hartford, and was the son of

the late John and Althea (Morin) Rinaldi, of East Hartford. John worked for DB Mart as a service technician for 30 years prior to his retirement. He also worked at Allstate Conveyor Services. John will be remembered by us mostly for his heart of gold and willingness to help anyone at any time and never expecting anything in return, his wonderful sense of humor, and million dollar

smile. He loved to dance and entertain. To know him was to love him. The world has truly lost one of its best. He was inseparable and the beloved husband to his wife of 45 years, Janet (Schreier) Rinaldi; with two daughters, Brenda (Rinaldi) Rigano and her husband Joseph, of Middletown, and Elaine (Rinaldi) Diaz and her husband Miguel, of Middlefield. John also has two brothers, Nicholas Rinaldi

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Kenton Darryl Post, of Durham, husband of Cheryl Post, passed away on Jan. 14, 2013 at his home. Born in Amityville, Long Island, N.Y., he was the son of the late William and Harriet (Hackett) Post. Besides his wife, Kent was survived by two daughters, Rebecca Gerchy and her husband, Michael and Kathryn Post, all of Durham; a brother, Curtis Post, of Texas; two grandchildren, Gavin and Olivia; a dear friend, Steven Grozinsky, of Durham, and several nieces and nephews. Along with his parents, he was predeceased by his sister, Justine DeNicola. Kent will be forever remembered for his care and kindness on Midway Farm and to the Grozinsky family in his giving freely and generously of his God-given skills, gifts, and talents. Many thanks to Patricia Carter, Roseann Marchetti, and Robin, the RN’s who volunteered their time giving comfort and care during his time of great need. There will be no services. Messages of condolence may be sent to the family at Doolittle Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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Patricia Louise Yusza (Slavinski) passed into the arms of our Lord on Jan. 16, 2013, with her loving husband of 47 years and her children by her side. Patricia was born on Sept. 14, 1946, in Meriden, to Mr. and Mrs. Francis Slavinski (Frances Kumkowski). She grew up in Meriden attending St. Stanislaus School and Orville H. Platt High School. She and her husband, John W. Yusza, Jr., were married and moved to

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finds peace knowing that Patty will be with her mom, dad, brother, beloved Trapper and her grand animals in Heaven. Funeral services were Jan. 19, 2013, from The Wallingford Funeral Home followed by a Mass of Christian burial at SS. Peter and Paul Church. Interment was in St. John Cemetery in Wallingford. Pallbearers were John Yusza IV, Christopher Sokol, Gary Smith, Paul Tanguay, Jack Fiora, Tanner Pederson and Seb Monarca. Gifts in her memory may be sent to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN. 38105, Wallingford Animal Shelter, 5 Pent Road, Wallingford, CT 06492 or Simply Smiles, 1771 Post Road East, Westport, CT 06880.


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by her husband and her two children, John W. Yusza, III Continued from page 30 and his wife, Kathryn (Lynch), of Middlefield, and Wallingford in 1965. They Deborah Sokol and her husfounded Monitor Controls, band, Jason, of Durham. Inc. where she worked as the Patty’s pride and joy were bookkeeper and self-pro- her six grandchildren, Emiclaimed social director. She ly, John IV, Christopher, was a member of SS Peter & Anna, Faith and Nicole, who Paul Roman Catholic were the center of her uniChurch in Wallingford. In verse and will deeply miss her spare time Patty enjoyed their Grammy. Patty will scrapbooking, crossword also be missed by her sister, puzzles, shopping, the Barbara Smith and her husocean, and going for Sunday band, Gary, of Thomaston, rides with her husband. Peter Slavinski and his wife, It was the simple things Dawn (Atwater), of Meriaround Patty that she never den, Joseph Slavinski and took for granted, comment- his wife, Beverly, of Myrtle ing daily how fortunate and Beach, S.C., and her sisterthankful she was. Above all, in-law, Mary Slavinski Patty was absolutely devot- (Kruczek). Patty was predeed to her husband, children ceased by her brother, Franand grandchildren. She al- cis “Butch” Slavinski. Patty ways involved herself in was blessed with several every detail of her family’s nieces and nephews whom lives and supported, respect- she loved dearly and spoke ed and loved her husband of often, Lori, Lisa, Linda, unconditionally. She was a Kelly, Kate, Joey, Randi and woman of strong faith, be- Sarah. Besides her immedilieving in the power and ate family, Patty was exstrength of Jesus Christ’s tremely close to her cousin, love and the beauty and Pam Tanguay, of Seminole, peace that would await her Fla.; and her best friend, after her passing. Charlotte Czerwonka of She will be sadly missed Scottsdale, Ariz. Her family


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