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Volume 19, Number 48 Serving Durham, Middlefield and Rockfall

Friday, March 8, 2013

Proposed Middlefield town budget at $4.75 million By Mark Dionne The Town Times

100 days and counting Submitted by Patti Checko

Brewster School recently celebrated its 100th day of school. Students in the library made 100 “groovy” buttons for their favorite character, Pete the Cat. Students in the first grade class charted how far their 100 steps would take them. Second grade students charted 100 M&Ms on a pie graph. Pictured, students measured by 10-step increments to see where 100 nonstandard units take them.

State funds decrease in town budgets By Mark Dionne The Town Times

See Funds, page 3

Town Times photo by Mark Dionne

Next year, this view of Lake Beseck will be different as the water level will be dropped 14 feet for work on the dam. A complete dredging is too expensive for Middlefield this year.

budget, Brayshaw said he included the mini-excavator because “this machine will allow the workers to work cleaner, quicker, cheaper.” The smaller machine, according to Brayshaw, will reduce the need for paving after projects. Next year the State of Connecticut will lower the Lake Beseck water level by 14 feet to rebuild the dam, which

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A common theme running through the budgets proposed for the towns and Regional School District 13 for the upcoming 2013-2014 budget year is the decrease in state contributions, potentially resulting in higher local taxes. For the school budget, the State of Connecticut reim-

bursed the town $282,257 for transportation costs in the current fiscal year, but that money is gone under Governor Malloy’s proposed state budget for 2013-2014. While the state is still contributing other funds to the local school budget, that drop has an impact. As Superintendent Sue Viccaro said during her budget presentation,

The 2013-2014 Middlefield budget, proposed by First Selectman Jon Brayshaw, contains expenditures of $4,745,944. This figure includes only the town portion of the yearly budget and excludes the school budget. The total figure, which is 7.3 percent higher than the expenditures in the current budget year, is reached with $3,595,121 in taxes, a 4.8 percent increase, and $1,150,823 in non-tax revenue. Non-tax revenue includes fees, charges for services, state money, and one of the payments for the sale of Powder Ridge. As proposed, the budget would set the 2013-2014 town portion of the mill rate for Middlefield at 8.95. The current town portion of the mill rate is 8.58. The capital improvement portion of the budget funds several pieces of new equipment and repairs, including paving at the town hall, community center, and Levi E. Coe Library. In an interview with the Town Times, Brayshaw said, “That’s three paving jobs that are long overdue. It’s a poor testimony to the town to have things in poor repair.” The budget also completes the planned purchase of a dump truck and a new fire truck. One unplanned capital expense is the purchase of a mini-excavator for the Public Works Department at a cost of $50,000. “A mini-excavator is a very small machine ... that allows for precision work such as along a catch basin where a backhoe is too large,” Brayshaw explained. Although not included in the Public Works proposed


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Corrections We strive to bring you the most accurate information available each week, but if you see something in Town Times that is incorrect, give us a call at (203) 317-2448, and we’ll do our best to make things right. Nina Vernali, of Rockfall, made the President’s List at Southern New Hampshire University.

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

A CT Legislative Lyme and Tick-Borne Disease Public Hearing is scheduled for Friday, March 8, at 10:45 a.m., at Wesleyan University in Middletown. This hearing is designed to gather information regarding the general public’s ideas, concerns, and beliefs about Lyme and tickborne diseases in the state so that legislation can be designed to meet the needs of citizens. The hearing is open to all. To submit public testimony, email PHC. and arrive at 9:30 a.m. Reference Bill No. S0368 (ask for confirmation of submission in email). To submit public testimony in person at the hearing, please deliver 10 copies to the Public Health Committee clerk. Contact Marie Benedetto for more information at The hearing will be held in the Fayerweather Building – Beckham Hall. Parking is across the street – #70 Wyllys Ave - Lot E.

Garden clubs The Wadsworth Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution is scheduled to meet with the Durham Gar-


Schoelzel. The club, whose mission is to promote interest and activity in all forms of gardening, was formed on March 23, 1933 by 12 women in a meeting at the Durham Library. The PALS Library window this month is dedicated to the club’s anniversary and shows the numerous awards and projects members have achieved over the years. All club meetings are open to the public. Meetings are scheduled for the second Thursday of the month at 10 a.m. at Town Hall, the library or the Durham Activity Center. For more information, contact Flo Flynn at (860) 349-0504.

den Club on Saturday, March 9, at 10:30 a.m., at the Durham Public Library. Members will discuss preparing gardens for the spring season. For more information, email wadsworthdar1@

Community supper The Church of the Epiphany, 196 Main St., Durham, has scheduled a free community supper for Sunday, March 10, at 5:30 p.m., in the church hall. The meal will be prepared and sponsored by Boy Scout 27. All are welcome. For more information, call (860) 349-9644 or email

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Durham Middlefield Youth and Family Services has scheduled a fun night and dance for Friday, March 15, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. All Memorial students are welcome. Registration is available online or at the door. Students are asked to bring a non-perishable food item for the Children’s Nutrition Program. For more information, call (860) 349-0258.

The public is invited to join the Durham Garden Club at its 80th anniversary celebration on Thursday, March 14, at 11:15 a.m., at the Durham Public Library. Scheduled guest speakers include First Selectman Laura Francis, Durham Historical Society President Sarah Atwell, and Federated Garden Clubs of Connecticut President Bronwyn



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times, we’re being careful not to count on what we might Continued from page 1 get from the state,” said Brayshaw, who notes that “That loss of revenue adds a some state money might also whole [percentage] point” to come in to directed accounts, such as for roads. “We’re the school budget increase. The proposed school budg- forced by the state to use the et has a 4.39 percent increase. money in a certain manner.” Middlefield’s proposed Middlefield First Selectman Jon Brayshaw planned budget, covering just the his town’s budget with a town, increases by 7.3 perwary eye on state activity. cent. Decreased state funds have “We’re getting to the point where a lot of towns don’t also impacted the local grand trust the state,” Brayshaw lists. In Durham, taxable said in an interview with the business property increased Town Times. “We’re being by about $9 million but alcareful not to overshoot what most $6 million worth of that property was exempted. To they might give us.” State municipal sharing lower local tax bills, companies can file for state exempmoney, which provided Middlefield with tions to their personal prop$189,000 in 2012-2013, is bud- erty tax. Connecticut used to reimgeted at zero for 2013-2014. Although there is new munici- burse towns for these exemppal aid pegged at $133,379, tions, but that money has all this still represents a drop of but vanished, according to almost $56,000 to Middlefield. Durham and Middlefield tax “During these trying assessors John Philip and


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provides an opportunity to dredge the lake. Noting a recent decline in water quality, Brayshaw said, “While the lake is down we could get in there and remove the muck. It would be about $600,000.” After seeing the price, “Reality struck.” The proposed budget puts $50,000 toward some Lake Beseck environmental improvements, possibly “spot dredging.” Brayshaw said that the full dredging won’t happen without extra funds, possibly from the state and added, “It’s their lake.” Of the increases in the capital portion of the budget, Brayshaw said, “For the last seven years we’ve been very tight with the general fund. We’ve skimped a little bit on capital. Now is the time to stash away on some of these capital accounts.” The proposed budget also includes a $275,000 transfer from the 1.5 million general fund. “In a town like Middlefield, 1.2 [million] is sufficient ... we’re doing that so we don’t

Camp call-in Girl Scouts of America has scheduled camp call-in night on Monday, March 18, Thursday, April 18, and Tuesday, May 14, from 5 to 9 p.m. Scouts interested in learning about summer camp or registering by phone are encouraged to call (860) 922-2770.

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The cracked and broken pavement at the Levi E. Coe Library will be fixed, along with parking lots at the Community Center and Town Hall, if voters adopt the proposed Middlefield town budget. have to overtax people.” According to the budget summary, the Middlefield homeowner’s average assessment of $165,350 would result in a tax burden of $1,480 for the non-school portion of the tax bill. That figure is $62 higher than the current average tax burden, but does not include the 2013-2014 school budget.

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Blumenthal talks jobs, national security at Middlesex Chamber By Mark Dionne The Town Times

In a breakfast speech to the Middlesex Chamber of Commerce Feb. 25, Sen. Richard Blumenthal touched on trade and Connecticut’s resources, praised the business community, and avoided controversial issues. Blumenthal had recently returned from a trade mission to France, where he attempted to maintain the sale of Pratt and Whitney engines to France’s aircraft manufacturer Airbus. Pratt and Whitney, Blumenthal said, “produces the world’s best engine bar none.” “We want to sell more products to Airbus,” the senator said, because “one out of every 20 jobs in our state depends on exports.” The export of Pratt and Whitney engines, Blumenthal emphasized, also benefits other companies, particularly Connecticut manufacturers supplying Pratt and Whitney. The senator praised representatives of these suppliers who were also on the trip to France, including Durham’s Chris DiPentima of Pegasus Manufacturing. “You made me proud to be from Connecticut and to represent you,” Blumenthal said

of DePentima and the other suppliers. “It’s very important to open those doors and establish relationships. It wasn’t just that we opened the doors, we had great people — great companies — walking through those doors.” Blumenthal got a laugh from the hotel ballroom crowd when he made sure to say that the trip was not taxpayer-funded, which was “the question on everyone’s mind.” The speech also touched on workforce training. Of Connecticut’s resources, Blumenthal said, “We don’t have gold mines, we don’t have oil wells, we don’t have the Grand Canyon. What we have is really talented people.” The senator praised America’s veterans who are in transition from Afghanistan to the workforce. “We need to give them what they need.” In the largely non-partisan speech, Blumenthal did not assign blame for the looming sequester but said that government policies needed certainty. “We’re going through another self-inflicted crisis. Government seems to lurch from one to the next, whether it’s the debt ceiling or the fiscal cliff or the sequester.” The sequester’s automatic

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Sen. Richard Blumenthal addressed the Middlesex Chamber of Commerce on Feb. 25 in Cromwell, taking the opportunity to praise Connecticut’s business community and workforce. defense cuts, according to Blumenthal, “endanger” the second submarine built annually at Connecticut’s Electric Boat. “It isn’t just about jobs, it is about our national security.” “Compromise isn’t a dirty word,” he added. Whatever the subject, Blumenthal spoke of being proud of Connecticut and the business community. Of the


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4C’s Square Dance The 4C’s Square Dance Club has scheduled a dance for Friday, March 8, at 8 p.m. at the Brewster School. Caller is John Hendron; cuere is Sue Lucibello. For more information, call (860) 349-8084 or (203) 272-7463. Michael and Jill Williams of Vernon are proud to announce the arrival of their daughter Audra Louise on Dec. 17, 2012. Audra’s maternal grandmother is MaryLou Andrade of Raynham, Mass. Her paternal grandparents are Kenneth and Catherine Williams of Durham. Her paternal great-grandmother is Irene Kosienski of Meriden and her paternal great-grandparents are Gilbert and Eunice Andrade of Taunton, Mass.



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Then and now drill for all hazards including such things as extreme weather, active shooters, white powder and other modern day threats. Before, you were alerted by a loud horn. Since 2007 we notify you via phone, text and email. Town finances have radically changed. When I first became head of a department in 1997, it would almost take a ream of paper to get a printout of my department’s expenses and revenue and it was not always up-to-date. With the implementation of a finance director and staff, accounts receivable and payable, payroll and budgets are more streamlined and timely. I have electronic access to the budget and a fiscal analysis is reported each month at the BOS meetings. This process allowed me to implement a deficit mitigation plan immediately when the economy went south al-

budgets to create surpluses almost every year. Not an entirely bad strategy. Having a healthy surplus and wellfunded reserve accounts allowed us to pay cash for such things as library additions, fire trucks, public works building and a total renovation of town hall. But others would call this over taxation. Today, we budget as accurately as we can to ensure that we don’t tax any more than we need to meet our obligations and goals, leaving little opportunity for major surpluses. Capital planning for major expenses is more important now than ever. We will need to discuss a prudent fiscal policy that most likely will include a debt service for when and if we embark on major capital projects such as improvements to the firehouse, water main extensions, major culvert replacements, community center

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and the like. I long for the days when we had steady grand list growth of 3, 4, and 5 percent. That was a cushion against the rising cost of education. This year the grand list grew only 0.75 percent; a trend that I predict will last a while unless we get serious about developing some of the empty, already zoned, commercial and industrial property. I am urging the Planning and Zoning Commission to start a community discussion that hopefully will lead to consensus on what we want so that potential developers will feel welcomed. I’ve always been energized by change and even look for opportunities in adversity. Trouble is it seems that in the past five years, the pace of change has dramatically increased. The economy, extreme weather and tragedy

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Next week marks my 21st anniversary with the Town of Durham. It has been an honor and pleasure to serve such a beautiful community. While reflecting on the past 21 years, I realized that “The times they are a-changing” is as true today as when Bob Dylan sang those words in 1964. We have chosen to and been required to do many things differently over these 21 years. I would like to share some of my walk down memory lane with you. Technology has improved our operations dramatically in nearly every department, including land records management, tax collection, tax assessing, budgeting and more. In 1992, there were only a few DOS-based computers in the whole town hall. In 1996 I was able to snag one of the first windows-based computers only because the tax collector refused to use it! By 2002 we had the internet and a fully functioning website. In fact, we were one of the few towns to create a website using content management software so we could design and manage it ourselves. This forever changed how we communicate with the public and has opened up services unimagined when I started. We’ve even started to use social media! Public safety has also been transformed. Durham did not get a Resident State Trooper until 1998. Before then, the town was covered by revolving troopers from Troop F. Trooper Pete DiGioia and his colleagues from the troop have improved public safety immeasurably by solving crimes, participating in local prevention programs and ongoing enforcement. In my opinion, the Resident State Trooper program has worked and should be expanded, and I will submit a proposal in the 2013-14 budget proposal. The 9/11/01 terrorist attack changed the world, and resulted in the creation of emergency management functions at all levels of government. Prior to that day, our civil preparedness exercises revolved around the nuclear plant in Haddam. Now we

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Obituaries Patricia Ann O’Malley Patricia A n n (Wells) O ’ M a l l e y, 72, of Middletown, wife of the l a t e Thomas H. O ’ M a l l e y, O’Malley Sr., passed away on March 4 at her home. Born in Brentwood, N.H., she was the daughter of the late Irving and Pauline (Poor) Wells.

Patricia lived in Durham for over 20 years moving to Middletown six years ago. She loved the beach, was a NASCAR fan and a good storyteller but most of all was a loving mom and a wonderful grandmother. Patricia is survived by two sons, Patrick H. O’Malley and his wife Donna of Durham and Thomas I. O’Malley and his wife Joyanne of Middletown; two daughters, Maureen A. O’Malley of Coventry and Abby C. O’Malley of Hebron; ten grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

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Robert Louis Botti R o b e r t Louis Botti, 70, of Chester, passed away on March 3, 2013 after a valiant battle with Acute M o n o c y t i c Botti Leukemia. He is survived by his loving wife of 49 years, Barbara (Dagle) Botti; his son, Michael R. Botti; daughter, Carole (Botti) Sibiskie and her husband Michael, and his cherished granddaughters, Caryn and Caitlyn. Bob was born Oct. 31, 1942 in Middletown to the late Giovanni and Esther (Scotti) Botti. “Bobby” was the youngest of seven children. He grew up working on the family farm and at Paddock Farm where he developed a strong work ethic at a very young age. In his teens, he and his brother, Tommy began working after school at Portland Electric, the appliance business his oldest brother, Rocco founded after returning from World War II. Bob later became president of the company and was in his 60th year of working at the business known for its loyal customers, quality products and service. He was also an avid outdoorsman who loved nature, whether cutting wood, canoeing or hunting with his buddies. Bob also played lots of sports in his younger years and won many local championships in softball, football, basketball, and volleyball. He played on great teams with great guys and was a tenacious and aggressive player. Bob loved

the water, boating, and his home on the river. He was very proud of his beautiful garden and sharing the rewards with family and friends. He also traveled extensively with his wife, Barbara and a group of lifelong friends affectionately known as “The Gang”. One of his favorite trips was a visit to Albenza, the little village in Northern Italy where his parents and four siblings were born. He is also survived by his brother, John Botti and his wife, Josephine; his brotherin-law, William Schneck and sister-in-law, June Botti as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Along with his parents, he was pre-deceased by brothers, Rocco and Tommy and sisters, Caroline Grassi, Yolanda Wysocki, and Gloria Schneck. A “Celebration of his life” for family and friends was held March 7, 2013 at Saint Clements Castle, Portland. In lieu of flowers, please go out to dinner or spend some quality time with your loved ones. If you are able, please donate blood to the Red Cross or send a donation to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, 300 Research Parkway, Suite 310, Meriden, CT 06450 in memory of Robert L. Botti. Doolittle Funeral Home, 14 Old Church Street, Middletown is handling the arrangements. Messages of condolence may be sent to the family at

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Alumni Association, the Sobieski Society of Deep River, the Polish Mountaineers orchestra, Durham Democratic Town Committee serving as secretary-treasurer, Economic Development Commission as secretary, Durham Public Library as treasurer, March of Dimes food sales, Washington Trail Guards, and the Durham 60Plus Club. He was a generous blood donor, the last record was nine gallons as of 1979. A resident of Durham for 39 years, he moved to Middletown in 1989 where his final

civic duty was as a Justice of the Peace, performing many marriage ceremonies. He and his wife, Stacia, traveled to many countries after retiring and presented countless slide travelogues and volunteer services to many area senior centers, convalescent homes and other social groups. The family wishes to thank the staff at Luther Ridge for their valuable care, assistance and support throughout his stay. Funeral services will be held March 9, 2013 at 9 a.m. from the Biega Funeral

Home, 3 Silver St., Middletown, followed by a 10 a.m. Funeral Liturgy in Notre Dame Church. Burial will be in State Veterans’ Cemetery. Friends may call at the Biega Funeral Home today from 5 to 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to either Notre Dame Church, 272 Main St. Durham, CT 06422, or to Luther Ridge, 628 Congdon St. West, Middletown, CT 06457. To share memories or express condolences online, please visit



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cian. He was employed at the Rabinak Flower Farm (Deep River) as a manager, a serviceman at G.U. Reed Radio & Electronics, an electronics technician at Connecticut Telephone & Electric and the Connecticut Aircraft Nuclear Engine Lab (CANEL - now P&WA in Higganum). Before retiring in 1980 he served as a senior vendor quality control representative for Pratt & Whitney Aircraft and was a member of the Instrument Society of America and the American Society for Quality Control. During that time he was a State of Connecticut registered nurseryman, putting his children through college with shrubbery sales. Charlie’s military activities began with the 62nd Troop Carrier Squadron, 9th and 12th Air Force group as a non-commissioned officer during World War II. His C-47 Squadron dropped supplies and paratroopers in North Africa, Sicily, the Italian mainland and the Northern European Theater including the D-Day invasion of France and the Battle of the Bulge. He received nine Battle Stars, Distinguished Unit citation, an Oak Leaf cluster and a belated commendation in 2000 from the French government for the liberation of France. Following Liberation Day he returned as a member of the Durham American Legion Post 184, Middlefield VFW, St. Mary Catholic War Veterans and served as the American Legion baseball team manager and their Cub Scouts institutional representative. During his long civic life Charlie was a member and officer of and active in the Deep River High School


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The Durham Middlefield Youth and Family Services and CRHS SafeDates team of 18 students presented a workshop to Strong School seventh graders on Feb. 27. The workshop focused on developing healthy relationships. The team prepared to facilitate workshops for two months with the tagline ‘choose respect.’ “I think the greatest thing about the SafeDates presentation is that it is kids teaching kids,” said Becca Sinusus, Strong School counselor.

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Three Years of Senior Gifts Remain Undelivered Every year the senior class leaves the school a senior class gift with the money that is left in their account after prom, the class picnic, and graduation, and announces at their commencement that the class will be leaving the school a gift. But our school hasn’t received any of these promised class gifts since 2009. According to principal Mr. Andre Hauser, the gifts have not been delivered for a number of reasons, including personnel changes, failure to gain central office approval, and the administration’s decision that the gifts are less important than


other initiatives. Mr. Hauser said that the gifts became “less of a priority.� However the money for these gifts remain sitting in the accounts of the former classes, Mr. Hauser said.

Displaying AnnouncementsThe Class of 2010 The class of 2010 wanted to have an electronic device to display announcements in various places in the school. The drawbacks were that the announcements

would be displayed one at a time and ran continuously so if a person missed an announcement then they would have to wait through the whole cycle to see it again. “ It was decided the money would be set aside to be combined with future class gifts until the amount was achieved to install something that would be more beneficial to the school, instead of wasting it on a system that wasn’t in the best interest of the students,� said former class advisor and special education aide Mrs. Kari Kuehnle.

The goal of this project is to get displays in the front hallways as students and visitors enter the building, one in the hallway by the library, and one in the cafeteria. “There is more to this project than just the initial purchase like installation, major rewiring, protecting the monitors from potential vandalism, installing locking devices on each of them so the cannot be changed, etc,� said Mrs. Kuehnle. “Until the cost for all of this can be covered the project cannot be completed.� Continued on Pg. 4


Freshmen Alec Bogen and Steve Phenicie check out one of the Google Nexus Tablets that the school will be loaning to Ms. Munson, Mr. Pulino, and Mrs. Legace’s American Studies and U.S. History B classes.

CRHS history teachers Mrs. Catherine Munson, Mr. Anthony Pulino, and Mrs. Julie Legace will soon be incorporating Google Nexus 7 tablets into their U.S. History B and American Studies curriculum. Considering how some of the textbooks were over 15 years old, it was time to start thinking about replacements. This is how the idea of tablets came about. “Textbooks are limited to what is between the covers, and teachers often supplement the text with other materials - many developed from online sources,� said Mrs. Legace. “Many of these are open source and can be accessed by anyone with an internet connection, making the idea of a tablet a more compelling one.� The classes will use the tablets for textbook reading, internet research, and more. Mrs. Legace is also excited about the apps that will come along with them. “One such app is called Socrative which allows teachers to conduct formative assessments and provide immediate feedback to students as well as to adjust instruction according to student learning.� In addition to the uses above, GoogleDrive will be put to use for communicating and sharing files between students and teachers. The tablets will be almost limitless compared to the standard text-

books. The development of ideas on how to get the most out of new technology continues. The teachers are open to suggestions that the students offer as well. These are the first Tablets to be given to a whole class of CRHS students. “Since American Studies, taught by Mr. Pulino and Mr. Fisher, will be bringing tablets into an English class, we’re interested to see how it will be applied in a different discipline,� she said. “I know Mr. Fisher is excited to use the tablets with his class. More importantly, when introducing the idea to students, they were excited with the thought that they may be able to use the tablets in other classes as well. We hope to share what we have learned with our colleagues so that they too will want to make use of the tablets, and perhaps even see their expanded use in the years to come.� “Students are already clear on the expectation of their use in the classroom,� she said. “The tablets would be an extension of this. It has been made clear to students, though, that the purpose of these tablets in the classroom is academic and that they are expected to follow the existing District Acceptable Use Policy as well as adhere to the District’s Core Ethical Values in their use.�


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“The spirit is there in every boy; it has to be discovered and brought to light.� Sir Robert Baden-Powell isn’t talking about the Holy Spirit, he’s talking about the Scouting Spirit and he says every boy, not just white, upper-class, heterosexual boys. Every boy. The Boy Scouts of America, while having its own rules and ideals, is a partially religious organization. “...I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country...� is a big chunk of the scout oath just like ‘under God’ is a part of the pledge of allegiance. Because of this link, the scouts and scout councils must follow some rules set by the church and create some rules based in religion. This presents problems when boys are making major life decisions like their sexual orientation during their scouting years. The Boy Scouts of America does not allow a boy to be a scout if he’s gay. In extreme cases, boys have even been removed from scouting because they had gay parents. Recently, however, it’s been a hot debate within the organization, as it has been everywhere else. Many members and non-members believe that changing times means changing policy while many others argue against the change, saying it’s anti-religious. And because many troops and districts are sponsored by churches and use church halls and basements, nothing has been changed. The risk of losing this sponsorship, it seems, is too great. On February 6 the National Council held a meeting in Dallas and was expected to make a decision on what to do about it’s membership policy. Despite also having meetings in the week prior to the official one, a final decision wasn’t made. In an e-mailed statement the council had this to say: “After careful consideration and extensive dialogue within the scouting family, along with comments from those outside the organization, the volunteer officers of the Boy Scouts of America’s National Executive Board concluded that due to the complexity of this issue, the organization needs time for a more deliberate review of its membership policy.� Nobody won here. It is, however, better than a no. In the past whenever the council has met on this issue it votes no. The fact that they’re delaying their answer means there’s at least a good argument for allowing gay members floating around. The board is set to continue consulting with scouting representatives around the country and the 1,400 voting members will make a decision on it’s membership in May. At a fundraiser in Fort Worth, Texas, the BSA’s Director of Government and Community Relations, Willie Iles Jr., made many excellent points on the matter. Illes’ main point was this: there are homosexual people everywhere you go, but the world isn’t going nuts over that fact. There are gay teachers and staff in public schools,

“And yet we don’t have people running to pull their kids out of school. We’re in the outreach industry, not a bible studies class,� This issue goes even beyond just the scouts themselves. Scout Leaders, who can’t be gay either, are also faced with a conflict: if you know a scout is gay and you’re fine with that on a moral level, do you bend or ignore the rules and allow him to achieve Scouting’s highest rank, accepting any repercussions? Or do you follow the rules and live with whatever guilt may sit on your conscience? Someone asked me if I would lose my Eagle rank because the membership hadn’t changed. The answer is no, I’m not gay. But that doesn’t mean I can’t be upset about it. This goes against my moral code and the backbone of the Boy Scouts. Ignoring my own moral code and just viewing the situation by the rules set forth by the Boy Scouts, this treatment of gay boys is utterly unacceptable. Scouting teaches us to accept, yet it excludes. To understand, yet it ignores. To be friendly, while it hates. At the Eagle Board of review, the final step in achieving the Eagle rank, I was asked a simple question: “What word would you add the the Scout Law and why?� The Scout Law is the standard by which a scout should conduct himself. I said tolerance. We live in a world of change and difference, and we need to be accepting and understanding ofthose who are different. Being gay doesn’t make a person less a person, and no less a Boy Scout. There are requirements for every rank in the Boy Scouts which must be signed off on by a Scout Leader. If I do every requirement and a scout who is gay does every requirement, he didn’t do any less work than I did or do it any worse than I did. But he was denied it where I wasn’t. The U.S Religious Landscape Survey showed that while around 31% of Americans were raised Catholic, only about 24% later affiliated themselves with Catholicism. We are simply a much less religious country and because of this religious rules need to be relaxed and basic moral rules need to be enforced. There are scout leaders teaching their kids to hate their fellow scout. That breaks more rules than a gay kid working hard to earn his Eagle Award. Just within CRHS more students are becoming atheists and agnostics. We aren’t “losing� religion as so many fear, we’re simply changing how religion governs our lives. The Scout Law, something I’ve repeated thousands of times, says friendly, courteous, kind, and brave. Taking each of these at their literal meanings alone, the exclusion of boys who are gay breaks this law. I challenge the National Council to be friendly. I challenge them to be kind. To be courteous. But most importantly, I challenge the National Boy Scout Council to be brave when others are afraid, and to take the necessary first step into a new, and more accepting and understanding world.


Senior and Editor in Cheif Katie McKernan is pictured above working hard on the production of Devil’s Advocate. NEASC is coming in March and things in the classroom are different this year. NEASC stands for the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. This organization is coming to our school in March to analyze if we are an accredited high school. Since my freshman year I have never once thought that Coginchaug was not an accredited high school, it never crossed my mind that we could get something like that judged. My thoughts changed when I noticed that teachers started making a number of changes in the classroom and the way that they’re teaching. I came in on the first day of junior year and quickly realized that things were different. There is now something called the “essential question� that is stated at the beginning of every class. The extent that teachers have gone to make it overly obvious that they are trying to appease what is required for NEASC is almost humorous especially for teachers that I’ve had before. The changes in the homeroom/advisory period are also accredited to NEASC coming in March. Something that we needed to work on and get better at was having a productive advisory program in our school. I remember freshman year homeroom was nine minutes at the beginning of x-block on random Wednesdays throughout the year. Sophomore year homeroom made the switch to advisory and it became a weekly occurrence. Now, three years later, advisory has become a 25 minute block every Wednesday after second block. By the time I reached my junior year technology was encouraged to be used in the classroom. Teachers and students were using

their smart phones to look things up in class if it came up in the conversation, more students were using laptops and tablets to take notes in class, and it became more accepted to submit assignments electronically. This year the school updated from the :W drive to the Google cloud drive. Most of my major writing assignments have been submitted this year on the Google drive. Two of my classes surrounded around doing everything on Google. Now all it takes is one click of a button to “share� your essay with your teacher. Personally, I think the changes have been positive to the school. I prefer doing assignments online. There is no longer a way to make the vital error of forgetting your document on the printer in the morning. It’s easier to organize your notebook if you know exactly what you’re going to be doing in class and it’s nice to be able to process through the jabber that occasionally occurs in class to get back to that essential question posted on the board. Although advisory seems nearly pointless to a lot of kids, it allows us that mid-week relaxation time. Once the activity is completed you can use the time to review for other classes and mentally prepare you for the rest of the day. NEASC is not something that people need to be freaking out about because Coginchaug is a well rounded high school that offers a lot to it’s students and teachers. Students not only learn the essential material needed to graduate but they learn life lessons as well. Our teachers develop relationships with kids where they know they can trust a teacher if they need to talk about something.

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&RPLF%RRNV)RU&RJLQFKDXJ E\&RG\+HQGOH\ Senior Sean Rogers is bringing superheroes and everyday heroes to the school library shelves with his WISE project. Sean is setting up a section in the back of the library dedicated solely to graphic novels. “We have over thirty already in the library and we’re still waiting on probably over twenty to get in and hopefully once I graduate, we’ll continue to get more,” said Sean. It has been quite a process so far, starting off with a few interviews, but now he has started the actual process of getting the books ready to be checked out. “It started off, pretty much, interviewing people who read graphic novels and local librarians and local comic book stores and kind of getting a sensea of what they thought belonged in a school library for

people to read and we kind of turned that into a list of what to order,” said Sean. “I’ve learned how to wrap the books, categorize them, put the stickers on them, and our next step is going to be taking them off the small cart behind the librarians desk and putting it on the shelf and opening it to the public while we still get books in and add to it throughout the year.” Sean is starting it off with influential titles such as Scott Snyder’s American Vampire, Jeff Lemire’s Sweet Tooth, Brian Wood and Riccardo Burchielli’s DMZ, and quite a few titles by one of the biggest modern writers Geoff Johns, including Batman Earth One. “So hopefully this will just be the start of the section,” said Sean.


Every student involved in the WISE program has the chance to pursue something that reflects the individual’s passions and interests. One senior, Logan Porter, decided she wanted to write a novel for adolescents. With the help of her mentor English teacher Mrs. Sarah sAceto, she has been avidly writing. Her -story is about the struggles that come e with eating disorders and how social d pressure can drive a teen to develop an r eeating disorder. g “I turn on the radio on my way home nfrom school and an ad starts playing -about ‘10 easy ways to lose weight fast’,” wsaid Logan. “I get home and turn on the ”TV only to be bombarded with advertisements about how to lose weight. Girls all n over the world are starting to believe that eno matter how they look they’ll never nlook good enough. This is why I wanted -to write a book for adolescent girls about tthe dangers of eating disorders.” e Even though Logan’s story focusses on ta teenage girl, she acknowledges that o negative body images affect people of all . ages. o - “I decided to write a novel for adolesucents but also for anyone who may be sstruggling with their body. I believe that eit’s okay to think you have little imperfections with your body to a degree. The ocharacters in my book have surpassed a this degree. I want people to know that s it’s okay to have flaws because it means n tyou’re human.” - Logan has made it clear that the focus wof the story is not necessarily the eating kdisorder, but what can drive teens to such a low point, and what those struggles are

like for a teen. “I don’t want to write a dry book about what is right and wrong with todays society. But instead, I book about the struggles teenagers go through trying to fit in. My book will show the struggles of a teenager, Tracy, who just moved to a new school. She meets Julia who then persuades her to throw up. Throughout this book, Tracy will be pushed to her limits and find out how far she can go. My purpose is to provide a realistic image of what an eating disorder can do to someone.” “Statistically, 5 to 10% of anorexics will die within 10 years after developing the disease and 18 to 20% of anorexics die after 20 years. Even with treatment, 30 to 40% of anorexics will never fully recover. “To me that is shocking and appalling. Even now patients with eating disorders are not treated equally to someone who may have a disease such as Cancer. Mental disorders tend to be over looked by the medical field constantly. I want to make an impact and make sure that this changes,” Logan said. She will be presenting her project in the CRHS auditorium sometime near the end of March. She also plans to major in English in college, “I plan to go to college at Siena college and get an education for English. With that I may use this new information and apply it to my book now and or to new books I may possibly write,” she said, but she doesn’t know yet whether or not she wants to continue writing novels. “If I have an idea to write a book I definitely will write.”

Senior Sean Rogers stocks the shelf with graphic novels for his WISE project. Photo by Cody Hendley

%\H%\H%XGJHW %\'RPLQLTXH&RSSROD There aren’t many things to look forward to when being a senior other than possibly coming in late or leaving early, lowered free block requirements, and completing a WISE project. However, because of budget cuts, only twelve seniors awere able to complete a WISE project this year. A WISE project allows a student to complete an independent study on something of his or her choosing with the help of a mentor, in the form of a teacher, who is paid a set amount for their help, which is allocated from the general fund. “We capped the budget this year at twelve because we found that we were allocating too much money,” said principal Andre Hauser. “Previously, we budgeted for eighteen members of WISE and averaged nine. So, this year, there were many more students that wanted to participate than anticipated.” There were eighteen people interested in completing a WISE project this year. “It was a first come, first serve basis,” said

Spanish teacher and WISE Advisor Mrs. Kate Germond. “Only thirteen people filled out completed applications and the first twelve were accepted. Students were made aware that it was first come, first serve at the initial meeting, which all interested students attended.” “I was really interested,” said senior Dina Canalia, “and I had everything all set up. I was sick during the last few days of handing in the signed sheet and [WISE] was filled. I a with guidance and they told me another person didn’t fit in the budget.” Dina had planned on studying exercise and nutrition by training a student to have a healthier way of living. “I am assuming [the budget] will remain the same,” said Mrs. Germond. “Once something is cut, it is very hard to get more money for it.” So, to any juniors thinking about doing a WISE project next year, make sure to get your application in as soon as possible so that you get one of the twelve spots.


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%\+HDWKHU3RWXUQLFNL Recently senior Kaylee Powers shared

an inspiring story about her efforts to help a family in need by putting her passion and creativity into a life-changing project. “We are raising money to build a house for a poor family in the Dominican Republic,” said Kaylee “I am painting and selling customized wine glasses.” The project started for Kaylee when she made a personal connection on a mission trip.

Gifts Ungiven, continued from pg. 1

The Benches for Mr. MartelThe Class of 2011

In 2011 Mr. Martel passed away and the senior class decided that they wanted their senior gift to be in honor of him. Their idea was to produce granite benches as a memorial for students to sit on during nice days. At the end of the year students worked with class advisor Mrs. Erika Anderson to make phone calls, set the designs, and try to get the project completed. Mrs. Anderson was willing to come into school during the summer to supervise the project so it could be done by the 2011-2012 school year. According to Mrs. Anderson, this project was never completed because it wasn’t approved by central office. “When the project [after graduation] became difficult to get going, the students decided to donate their money to school improvements and donate to help with

“Last summer I went on a trip through my church and met a little boy who was very sick,” said Kaylee. She met this family by visiting a number of villages. “We visited different villages every day, called Bateys. When I got off the bus at a village (Batey 50) this adorable little boy followed me around the whole day. Since he was sick, he hadn’t been able to sleep well in his bed, but he fell asleep on my shoulder and I just felt like I couldn’t leave until I did something for him and

his family. We gave him money to go to the hospital, and he is now doing much better. Because they have nothing and basically live in a shack, I want to help build them a home.” Kaylee has currently raised a little over $2,500, which is halfway to her goal of being able to give this family a home. If she is able to reach her goal, her plan is to surprise the family with the news at the end of June. In addition to her current fundraising

efforts, she would love to help more families if she can continue to raise money by selling wine glasses. If you are interested in helping Kaylee’s cause by purchasing a customized wine glass, she would be thrilled to hear from you via Facebook, Twitter, through e-mail at, or by phone at 860-770-9587. They are $20 a piece, and a set of four is $60. Every bit helps her towards her goal.

Shown on the left, Kaylee’s dad started a Lego model to gauge how close they are to reaching their goal. Each wine glass sold is equal to one Lego. The initials on them represent those who have donated. Photo Courtesies: Kaylee Powers

the sports facility,” said Mrs. Anderson. “I still have the plans and designs for this project,” said Mrs. Anderson. “If we can get the approval for it, I would still like to see it happen. It’s a great idea and I know that the kids were really excited about it.” “Recently the grass area behind the sunroom in the library was made into a memorial garden in honor of those who have died,” responded Mr. Hauser. “A tree was planted there in honor of Mr. Martel, we just have to get a plaque stating why it’s there.” This memorial garden is to be used to honor anyone who has passed that had a big part in the school or district community. The memorial garden was produced as a project of Mrs. Susan Michael and the ECO club. “ECO has not received any funds from anyone to complete the Memorial Garden,” she said.

TVs in the Cafeteria- The Class of 2012 The class of 2012 wanted to buy the school a large flat-screen TV that would be mounted in either the cafeteria or a hallway. This TV would serve as both a message board to display announcements, honor flag recognitions, and a way to show highlights from school events. Class advisor and former special education department chair Ms. Tara Amatrudo worked with the students and IT specialist Mr. Rich Fielding to set up a plan for putting the TVs into place. He recommended that we use Apple TVs and hook them up to big screen TV’s. Librarian Mrs. Tracy Earnshaw could update the information from her computer in the library and have the information displayed. Mr. Fielding also suggested that the project be handled by an outside company to do the sale and installation of the TV’s. According to Mr. Fielding this project was also completed at Memorial Middle

School in Middlefield and has been “a benefit to the school.” According to Mr. Hauser we do not have the TV because we don’t have anyone to oversee the project. Ms. Amatrudo, the class advisor for 2012, is no longer a teacher at this school. Mr. Hauser said that one of the jobs of a class advisor is that in the year following graduation, the teacher will oversee the installation of the class gift. However, when a teacher leaves the school, as Ms. Amatrudo did, there is no plan in place to make sure the gift is delivered. “We don’t have a lot of people working in the IT department of our school, or the district,” said Mr. Hauser. “We now have wi-fi all throughout the school and the IT department is still working on setting that up rather than the class gift from last year. We have requested for more IT people for next year in our budget.” Mr. Hauser said that the school is hoping to get this class gift in place by the end of the year or the end of the summer at the latest.

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7KH(OHFWLYHV([SHULHQFH The Devil’s Advocate staff is here to present some of our favorite electives that we ’ve taken over the years.

Creative Writing If you’re interested in taking a class where you can let your imagination fly, creative writing is the class for you. This class takes place in the computer lab and is run in a way that is independent. It is broken up into different units like short stories, playwriting, poetry, and writing other different types of pieces. The class also allows you to get feedback on your work from your peers which is important. At the end of the semester, the class constructs and runs a coffeehouse. This coffeehouse is a chance for the student authors to display their work to friends and family in the Coginchaug Library. -Katie McKernan

Intro to Psychology If you are interested in how the brain works, then this is the class for you. This may be just an introductory class, but there is a very wide range of topics covered. There is a substantial amount of work that goes into this class, but whether you are particularly interested in psychology or not, you will learn things that will give you a better understanding of yourself and your peers. -Courtney Silver

Pottery Pottery with Mr. Bothamley opens your eyes to a whole new world of art. In this class you learn how to make different types of vases, cups, bowls, plates, and much more. You are assigned a project with guidelines to follow, but other than those guidelines, you can be as creative as you want, using colors and patterns of your choice. One piece of advice for this class is to take your time so that in the end you are proud of your work. -Heather Poturnicki Message Of Film Message of Film is a class that explores the reasons why certain films and filmmakers use specific shots, lighting, and other elements to convey a story. Class is centered around viewing classic films, and one of the best things is that all of the assignments were handed out on the first day of class which means you know exactly what homework you will have for the semester. This is a great class that teaches a lot about film. I would definitely recommend this class. -Cody Hendley Accounting Accounting is all about numbers, numbers, and more numbers. Over the course of the year, you learn about a lot of different accounting aspects like creating balance sheets, general journals, general ledgers, doing payroll, and along with other things. You also become very familiar with Microsoft Excel and an automated accounting program to learn about present-day ac-

Intro To Video Production Intro to Video Production is a half credit course that explores fundamentals of directing, creating, editing, and even acting in videos. Students focus on two main projects: DMV Safe Driving Commercials and one Personal Video. The DMV Safe Driving video is a commercial that students create to encourage safe driving while following guidelines to submit their project to the Con-

necticut DMV. The DMV chooses the best five videos and award the creators with cash prizes. The personal project is the final video students complete. After being approved by Ms. Fox, the students go off on their own to complete their work. The final project is then showed to the rest of the class. -Lindsay Artkop Oceanography Oceanography was the most informative elective I have taken. Mrs. Lorrie Martin kept the class learning in creative and fun ways. A majority of class was spent hands-on work that is helpful in learning. At the beginning of the course, the class went on a terrif-

ic day trip to Block Island where we got to see the effects of the ocean on the island and talk with different experts on current marine issues. In the SeaPerch project, we got to build underwater ROVs (remotely operated vehicles) to use in competition where we aimed to complete a series of timed tasks.With the help of Mrs. Martin and many classes and hours spent outside of class on the Sailing Nancy, my group was finally able to complete one of the timed tasks. I would recommend Oceanography to any student looking for an interesting fast paced class. -Jeremy Brown

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Exploring Manufacturing Want a class that is almost completely hands-on learning? Take Exploring Manufacturing! It was a very fun class in which I learned how to use my hands and power machines to build things. I really enjoyed bringing home my projects to my mom. We built fish that could “swim,� a cutting board, and a dovetail box, among other projects. My mom actually still uses the cutting board that I made. Although we worked on individual projects, we as a group also built adirondack chairs which were sold to teachers, family, and friends. By learning how to build individual projects, certain skills will be obtained and that knowledge can be applied to other at-home projects. -Dominique Coppola

Personal Finance The real world is only a couple of years away for us in high school. Personal Finance teaches some basic financial information that you will no doubt need in the real world like how to balance a checkbook, how to budget effectively, and how to efficiently use and pay off a credit card. Taking personal finance has set me on a good path for a good financial future. -Adrian Tubis

counting. You don’t have to be a math genius to take this class; it is all manageable math that high schoolers can perform. This business class is very useful and can guide you to a successful future. -Mike McShane


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0\VWHU\)ORZHUV$SSHDU %\&RG\+HQGOH\ You may have noticed over 600 paper flowers across Coginchaug on Valentine’s Day morning; one for each locker. The question for most is, who was the mystery person that made these flowers? “I think I know, but I can’t say anything,� said senior Emory Manguilli. “I know the person wanted it to be a secret.� Not a single source had brought me closer to finding out who performed this random act of kindness. The only thing that this reporter knows for sure is that the florist is a man, thanks to a conversation with senior Lauren Trombetta.

“He doesn’t want to be recognized,� said Lauren. “I don’t want to ruin it for him.� Whoever this mystery man is, he sure knows how to keep himself a secret. To do something this big and not tell more than a few people is a pretty selfless act of kindness. The time and effort that must have gone into making all of these flowers is unbelievable. This man set out to make everyone’s day a little bit brighter and I think that it worked.

Cogingchaug cheering section gives one final goodbye to Charlie Larsen. Photo by Amy Poturnicki


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%\-RUGDQ&RZOHV Charlie Larsen, a Coginchaug legend, died at the age of 52 on Febuary 6. Charlie was the son of Neil and Aved Larsen. Charlie was known as a 35 year member of Coginchaugs pep band. He was also a long time honorary member of Durham’s volunteer fire company. As a young man, he was a Boy Scout and also participated in Little League baseball. Charlie also participated in the Special Olympics for 40 years and had 52 gold medals. During this time, he traveled to two international Special Olympics. Charlie played the slide whistle for the

pep band and was known for going to every single game and dancing with it. “He was our spirit leader,� said pep band director Mr. Coutsouridis. “He was with the pep band before I was here.� Charlie is known for his friendly demeanor. “Charlie always had hugs for everyone at the games, especially the pretty girls,� said Mr. Coutsouridis. Charlie was honored for all of his time at Coginchaug on Febuary 7 in the girls game against Cromwell.

Over 600 flowers, delivered by anonymously by “Spider-Man�


 Holy inexcusably horrible Ghost Rider sequel! What’s with all the Nicolas Cage popping up around the school? Recently more and more students have been noticing the random Nicolas Cage heads appearing on bodies of paper people around the school. But why? Fun fact of the day: Every Johnny

Depp movie would not have happened without Nicolas Cage. Depp originally dropped out of high school to pursue a career in music, but after having little success, Nicolas Cage suggested he try acting; Johnny took his advice. Anyway. Some prankster’s hilarious hijinks have puzzled many. But just who was it that took the time to look up, print, cut out, and post this man’s beautiful face everywhere? None other than your school’s own Tim Rausch and Grant Willis. Posting Cage’s face on everything, Willis & Rausch are a dastardly duo indeed. Hold your breath for next year’s Senior Pranks, Coginchaug, we have a couple experts on our hands. Mrs. Michael is secretly Nicolas Cage. Photo by Jordan Cowles

:KHUHGLG)HEUXDU\%UHDN*R" %\/LQGVD\$UWNRS As you probably noticed, February break was cut short -- twice. Originally the 15th, 18th, and 19th of February were the only school days off for Regional School District 13. After the recent snowstorm, Friday was cut out of the break as well. Over the years, students have become accustomed to a longer February break. For 2013, the district only took two days from the calendar compared to the usual five. Sophomore Natalie Charette knew about the shorter break for a long time now, and she wishes the school district could distribute their time in a different way. “I’d rather have a longer break, so we

could break up the school year instead of a longer summer,� she said. Natalie did however make plans for the time that we had. She planned to visit her sister at college with her family that weekend. Senior Kayla Makara agrees that February break was in need of an extension. “It’s not fair. I couldn’t plan do anything special because it’s so short. You can’t do much in four or five days.� While most students are sad about the shorter break this month, the spring break in April is a whole week long! Students can look forward to the 15th through the 19th of April if they want to plan out of school activities.

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The Coginchaug boys’ basketball team played a home game against rival Shoreline Conference team Haddam Killingworth on Friday, February 15. From the second the game started the crowd was electric. Everyone was wearing pink to support breast cancer. Coginchaug started the game off hot scoring seven quick points in the first quarter. Then Haddam-Killingworth made a run towards the end of the quarter making the score fourteen to seven. The team rallied to tie the game at 22 at the end of half. At this point the game had been a slow game offensively for both teams. Senior Jackson Doyle scored all ten of his points in the first half. The game was defensively oriented with

several blocks and forced turnovers. The game had a slow tempo that Coginchaug worked hard to control. The game was close throughout the second half and Coginchaug was within three points with two minutes to go. The Haddam-killingworth team pulled away from the devils though with a final score of 43-34. Haddam-Killingworth hit a three point shot with 30 seconds left that separated them and put the final dagger in Coginchaug. “We played a good game, it just wasn’t good enough,” said senior Michael Bongiorno. After this loss the Blue Devils moved to six and twelve. They ended with a record of six and fourteen.


Some people were born with natural talent and ability, and some have to work day in and day out to reach that goal. Most baseball players that make it to the major leagues started off when they were only about five years old, hitting off the tee and just starting off their baseball career. As the years go on, you progress and develop as a player. You go from hitting in T-Ball, to the Little League field, and finally reaching the big field. When you reach the Major Leagues, it took all of that work, plus playing High School baseball, college ball, and maneuvering through the minor leagues. Millions of players fall short of the big show and just can’t elevate their game to the next level. For those who finally reach the highest level of baseball in the world, they have to make choices as a man and a player. I can’t put into words the frustration I have when I hear about professional athletes using performance enhancing drugs to try and get an edge. If you make it to the major leagues in any sport, you are on of the greatest stage of sports, and when you decide to cheat to try and become even better, it crosses the line. Major sports like football, hockey, and basketball experience a small dose of athletes taking steroids, but baseball has taken a huge blow from steroid use. Major League Baseball went through what is known as “The Steroid Era.” It started becoming evident steroids were being used in the game in the late 80’s and it extended all the way un-


Everyone should take Comparative Religions. Throughout the course of the class, you learn interesting things about

til just a few years ago. There wasn’t a policy banning steroids until 1991, and no league wide PED testing until 2003. Between 1961-1994, only three players reached the fifty homer mark for a single season. In the late 90’s, many hitters began to pass this milestone. Ken Griffey Jr, Mark McGwire, and Sammy Sosa all passed this mark in the 90’s. After investigations, Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa were both linked with PED’s. In 2001 Barry Bonds, one of the greatest known users of steroids, shattered the single season home run record with 73 in the same season. Prior to 2001, he didn’t have a single season dating back to 1986 of even fifty home runs. This steroid issue poses huge questions for baseball Hall of Fame voters. You have these all time great players that put up ridiculous statistics over the course of their


Imagine what it would be like to be a coach competing against your brother’s team in the Super Bowl to win a championship ring. Ravens coach John Harbaugh competed with his brother, Jim Harbaugh, in the 2013 Super Bowl. One would think this add a lot of fighting to the family and, bragging rights for John after the the Ravens win. Before the game even started a lot of hearts were touched by the Sandy Hook concert. This was a great opportunity for the kids to forget about what happened and experience something they might have never experienced before. The Ravens dominated the entire first half leaving the 49ers in the dust with a score of 21-6. Everyone thought the game was over, but the 49ers came out in the second half fired up and ready to play until Jacoby Jones returned a kick for a 108 yard touchdown with a celebration dance that honored Ray Lewis. Ray Lewis decided to retire after this season and wanted to make it memorable and he did that by winning the Super Bowl. The 49ers put up a great fight by coming back to make the game more from Maine, George J. Mitchell conducted a 21-month investigation of steroids and human growth hormones in Major League Baseball. The report included 89 players, either active or retired, that have

beenalleged to steroids or HGH. I was 11 years old watching this man listing off names of all these players I grew up seeing on the highlight reel on my favorite channel, ESPN. I didn’t have a full grasp on the situation, but what I was aware of is that a little under one hundred Major League Baseball players were accused of taking steroids or HGH. You can blame these personal trainers for allowing their players for doing such a thing, but in the long run it comes down to the man who suits up in his baseball pants, jersey, and cleats for 162 games a year. Organizations are paying these sluggers eight figure salaries to play for their team and none of them should deserve a penny of that if they are cheating in America’s pastime. These players need a little more integrity and be more than satisfied with the fact that they were gifted with such talent and ability to play the game of baseball and have a job that they

career, but there is an issue with PED’s. For some, they will go into the depths of when a certain player started taking steroids. For example, some of the voters try and look at Barry Bonds’s career prior to 2001 to see if he would have already been a hall of famer. Other voters have been notorious for not putting anyone remotely involved with PED’s on their ballot. t is almost impossible for these steroid users to crack a chunk of the 75% needed to be inducted into the hall of fame. I can remember watching on ESPN December 13, 2007 what is known as the Mitchell Report. Former U.S. senator absolutely love. different cultures. I imagine this probably sounds boring, but this class is anything but boring. After taking this course, I feel not only like a more understanding, cultured person, but it’s left me with a real desire to individually pursue this topic


on my own. Mrs. Selberg teaches with a somewhat non-contemporary teaching style that I have yet to find a person who dislikes it, which in my opinion manages to get the information through to students a lot more effectively than most

interesting with a score of 28-23. “Sometimes super bowls are blowouts,” said athletic director Ted Lombardo, “This was a great game.” The halftime show was probably the best show in Super Bowl history. Beyonce did an amazing job entertaining the audience with her energy and ability to “turn out the lights.” After the halftime show the stadium experienced some technical difficulties with the lights. The lights in the stadium went out for about 34 minutes, but technicians were able to get the stadium back and it’s still unknown on how the blackout happened however Technicians believe it was just an overload. The result of the game could could have changed drastically if the refs decided to call a momentous holding call. Jimmy Smith, of the Ravens, was engaged with Michael Crabtree, of the 49ers, in the 49ers end zone for a touchdown. Coginchaug student did activities for the Super Bowl, “I went to Rhode Island for the weekend to watch the superbowl with my grandparents,” said freshman Steve Phenicie.

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love their job, the chances are, it could go either way. If you ask a professional athlete, the chances of him or her saying yes are next to guaranteed because they have done this most of their life and can’t live without the game. Even the steroid era is considered to be over, it isn’t completely out of the game. Over the past year, Milwaukee Brewers star an NL MVP Ryan Braun, San Francisco Giants Melky Cabrera, and Oakland Athletics pitcher Bartolo Colon, all of people who faced conflicts with elevated levels of testosterone. According to Lynn Zinser of the New York Times, she goes into the depths of recent incidents in Major League Baseball and how it is an issue. Not only does this issue put commissioner Bud Selig in a tough position, but it also puts Major League Baseball in a terrible position

on these drug problems Can it actually be fully eliminated, or will there always be that small percentage of flaw in the

game. I mean, nothing is fully perfect, right? This could be an issue that’ll drag on for as long as Major League Baseball exists. “listen-and-take-notes” type approaches. From round-table discussions to fully engageable open-ended conversation about any subject, to the student that wishes to speak his mind and be heard, this class is paradise. -Jake Cunningham

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To the left, the boy’s championship SMR team poses together, to the right, junior Christian Adams at the start line for the 300 meter dash. To the bottom left freshmen Alec Bogen runs hard in the 4 by 200 meter relay. To the bot%\-HUHP\%URZQ tom middle, junior Megan Sirois runs her leg in the 4 by 400 meter relay. To quite some time and finally her perseverthe bottom right senior Kristen Ciarlo The boys’ and girls’ track teams traveled ance prevailed. Taking home the gold in fiercly long jumps, Photos by Tara to Hillhouse High School on Friday, Feb- the event she waited in great anticipaDandelski and Sydney Altschuler ruary 25 to compete in the second regu- tion for the final timed results to be relar season Shoreline meet. Both teams re- leased. turned home with school record worthy “I was very excited,� says Maus, “I literperformances. ally jumped out of bed when I saw the Senior Wolfgang Wallach, an All New results.� England four hundred meter runner, was Maus’ now has her place secured in the competing in the fifty five meter dash for record books under the fifty five meter his second time ever. hurdles with a time of 8.60 seconds. Wallach sprinted to a third place finish “I worked really hard, I couldn’t have and into the record books for the second done it without Roberts,� claims Maus. time this indoor season tying Jack FlanMarty Roberts, former head track and nery’s forty one year old record. cross country coach, retired after this “It was pretty insane,� commented ju- past cross country season but his coachnior Bailey Maus, “being only his second ing continues to influence the schools time running it.� athletes. Maus, the lady devils’ premier hurdler, When asked about her goals for the recompeted in the fifty five meter hurdles. mainder of the season Maus responded, Maus had been running for Nina Akerly’s “I’m looking to win states and make New thirteen year old record in the event for Englands.�



If you look at the team totals for points for the the shoreline conference championship, you may not see Coginchaug at the top of the list for the boys’ and girls’ teams. But there was a huge team effort and numerous, notable performances. For the shoreline championship, when an athlete or relay team placed in the top six in an event, they received a medal for their accomplishment. The top eight performances in an event scored points; the higher the place, the more points for the team. The meet kicked off with the boys’ 4x200m relay, which placed 4th with a time of 1:41.05. The girls’ team had a solid race, placing 6th with a 1:57.10 time. The boys’ 4x800m relay came in 5th place, as the girls’ came in 3rd afterwards. Senior Wolfgang Wallach’s first event was the 55m dash. He advanced to the finals in the dash, and ran the race in 7.0 seconds to place 5th overall. Senior Ali Doolittle competed in the 55m dash as well, placing 7th with a time of 8.19 seconds. The only person hurdling for the two teams that scored was junior Bailey Maus, who ran a 9.15 55m hurdle race. In the 1000m runs, both teams put up some points. Ben Taber came in 3rd place, running a solid 2:47.51, while freshmen Samantha Drop ran a 3:24.38, which earned her a medal and 6th place finish. Samantha wasn’t finished though. She ran an extremely strong 1600m with a

%\0LNH0F6KDQH 5:57. Sophomore Christian Alberico completed the same event in a 4:49, coming in 5th place. Next up was the boys’ Sprint Medley Relay (SMR) consisting of 200m runners Evan Rand and David Trombetta, 400m runner Wolfgang Wallach, and 800m runner Ben Taber. Not only did they come in 1st place for the meet, but they ran their best time of the year and re-breaking the record they set earlier in the season. They ran an incredible 3:46.28, a record that will be tough to compete with in the upcoming years. “It felt really great to be first team allshoreline,� said senior Ben Taber. “We had been anticipating this race since last year and it felt great to finally get to race and set a new school record.� “It’s great to know that you have a way to leave your mark on the school after you graduate,� said senior David Trombetta. I looked at the records as a freshman and thought of all the people who have come and gone on the list and now it’s awesome to feel that a new generation of students will do the same to us.� The girls’ SMR team ran a solid 5:35.48 as they placed 7th for the meet. The two sophomores, Kelly Halligan and Christian Alberico ran a 13:54.63 and 10:25.46 respectively for the 3200m run. Wolfgang Wallach finished in 5th with a time of 38.42 in the 300m sprint, which was filled with a lot of talent across the

board. The boys’ 4x400m relay team ran a 3:49.61 and the girls’ combined for a 4:34.32. Bailey Maus jumped 14’04.75�, receiving an 8th place finish at the meet. Christian Adams jumped 18’10.75� as Tommy Schock jumped 18’03.50�. They combined to give the team eight points for the team. “Personally, I felt like I did a lot better than what was expected,� said junior Christian Adams. “My jump was six inches further than my PR (personal record).� Marco Rondinone was new to the team this year as a senior, but performed at a very high level throughout the course of the year. His hard work paid off and he finished 5th in the shot put, throwing 43’08.50�. Melissa Handy had a great 28’00.75� throw as she placed 6th. “The meet went very well,� said Melissa. “Many medals were won and you can’t get better than that.� Also, new to the team this year was Ben Kelly. He placed 2nd in the high jump with a jump of 5’06.00� and freshman Alec Bogen placed 3rd in the event. Finally, Ali Doolittle cleared 7’06.00� in pole vault and was in 5th place for the meet. “Overall, I think everyone did really well,� said senior Natalie Swanson. “There were a lot of personal records which is awesome. I am so proud of this team.�


Ever since the Newtown shooting 2 months ago, the District 13 Board Of Education has been stepping up the security around the district. 5 out of the 6 schools in the district have portables; although these are a valuable extension to the school its also a security threat. It’s a possible threat for students to travel to and from the portables. There are no finalized plans but the BoE has come up with a few ideas in regards to what to do with the portables. “A possible plan was to make an enclosed corridor around the portables with lit exit signs for students to get out of the area in case it was needed�.. said head custodian Mr. Rob Francis. The downside of this idea was that it could cost close to $110,000 in order to get it complete. Another option was moving all the classrooms out of the portables into the school, and keeping administrative offices out there. In an email BoE member Kerrie Flanagan said “BoE has not finalized our plans regarding the portables yet.� The superintendent should have a plan by mid-April.


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Girl Scouts learn teamwork while earning Bronze Award By Elisabeth Kennedy The Town Times

The Bronze Award is the Junior Girl Scout’s biggest award. It also is a group project, therefore the troop must agree on a service project and work together to complete the work. Girls from Troop 62092 brainstormed possible projects, picked one they thought was the most important, and broke into groups to set goals and work on different approaches to achieve them. Wanting to help keep families and neighbors safe, Troop 62092’s service project involves public safety. Girl Scouts met with Middlefield Troopers Halligan, Polansky and Kelly to develop “Tips to Keep Family & Property Safe,” create flyers they posted around town, and to write an announcement

for the Town Times (see box). “We sent the flyer to Mrs. (Susan) Viccaro at RSD13 asking her to put it on the electronic mailing system as well,” Kylie Johnson said. Kylie, of Middlefield, said she hopes the tips help members of the community stay safe, a concern which began when her neighbor had money stolen from his car. She hopes people learn to be more careful after reading the tips. “Keep a light on,” she suggested, and urged people to “look out for and help their neighbors.” Scout leader Jen Johnson explained that the importance of teamwork and working together is the essence of the Bronze Award.

Girl Scout troop 62092’s Tips to Keep You Safe: To keep your belongings safe, and protect your house, try these tips: · Create an illusion; keep a few lights on in your home, then crack the shades open a bit. When you aren’t home, thieves will think you are. · Lock your cars and vehicles. If you are not in your car or home, keep your windows rolled up and closed. One of the most popular things that thieves usually look for are things like GPS’s, loose change, and other items that cannot be traced. If you have a garage door opener, keep it off of your visor and out of sight. · If you have a motion sensor light, use it! Thieves like sneaky areas, especially tall bushes by your house, which they can hide behind. · If you plan to go out of town or on vacation, go to your local police station. They have a vacation form for you to fill out and they can keep an eye on your house. · Have a neighbor or relative park their car in your driveway. Ask a neighbor to keep an eye on your house. Go to your local post office or online to put a hold on your mail until you return home. · If you spot someone lurking around your neighborhood or notice someone going door to door, call your local police and have them check into it. Don’t open the door and let anyone in your house who does not have an I.D. As you can see, these tips can really help prevent thefts that can happen in your home and with your vehicle. Stay safe!

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The Durham Thunder fifth grade boys travel basketball team travelled to Milford for a first round game in the CT Hoopfest tournament, dropping a tough game to the CT Express from Bridgeport/Stratford. Justin Penney led the Thunder with six points and Derek Grant added one, before leaving with an injured right knee. The Thunder hung tough in the first half and the game was tied at halftime, but had no answer for the Express inside game in the second half. The boys played hard and hustled to the final whistle, but came up short in the first round. They will play in the second round next weekend hoping to avoid elimination in this double elimination tournament. Submitted by Scott Penney

a minute left to knot the score, and Morgan Kuehnle dropped in a rebound putback to give the Devils their first lead, 9-7, that they ended the first period with. Coginchaug was one for four from the charity stripe. The Devils got off to a relatively quick start, as Solomon scored twice, both times assisted by Arcari, and Olivia Corazzini dropped in a trey that had the Devils fans going wild. The Lancers scored two buckets wrapped around a single Corazinni free throw to make it a 17-9 lead for the Devils, but had an 8-5 flurry in the last two minutes to make the Devils lead at the half 22-19. Williams and Romanoff had buckets, and Solomon hit one from the line to keep the Devils ahead.

arc, leaving Coginchaug still ahead by a 38-35 count. But Notre Dame hit both ends of a one-and-one, then dropped in a three to take the lead with just under three minutes left. From that point on, the Devils were zero for nine from the field, and one for six from the line, while the Lancers had one long pass for a basket, and were nine for 17 from the line to take away a 49-39 victory. It may look like a double digit win for Notre Dame on the scoreboard, but the Lancers probably know that they were lucky to escape with the win, and advance to the quarter finals. Coginchaug was one for nine from the charity stripe for the period, making them four for 23 for the game. Coach Rett Mancinelli said early in the season that this

team would have three issues: rebounding, free throw shooting, and field goal percentage. They did fine on the rebounding front, with a 3332 advantage over Notre Dame, and in field goal percent, a large extent likely due to the deliberate style that was their best option against a high caliber team. But the free throws really did them in — even 65 percent from the line would have tied the game, and without the need to foul at the end, the outcome could have been completely different. Morgan Kuehnle and Olivia Corazinni led the Devils with eight points, with Morgan also leading the team in rebounds with 11. Morgan also had two blocks,

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Coginchaug girls end season with loss The Lady Devils traveled to Fairfield Friday, March 1, to visit the second seeded Lady Lancers of Notre Dame. The Lancers had two common opponents with Coginchaug, Kolbe Cathedral, who Coginchaug beat and Notre Dame had one of their three losses to, and Morgan, who Coginchaug lost to twice by double digit margins, and Notre Dame beat by 10. So comparisons were inconclusive and probably meaningless — the issue would be decided on the court. With Coginchaug again running a very deliberate offense, similar to the Cromwell game, the Lady Lancers struck first, scoring a two, then a three wrapped around a single free throw by Audrey Arcari. Jessica Solomon scored the first field goal for Coginchaug almost half-way through the period, but almost two minutes later, Notre Dame scored to make it a 7-3 game. After a Kate Williams rebound, she dished to Kim Romanoff who scored with two minutes left in the period. Mikayla Wyskiel scored with less than

Coginchaug was two for six from the charity stripe, three for 10 cumulatively. The third period was a back and forth affair, with the teams trading baskets back and forth, but only after running offense for a while, with the Devils never surrendering the lead. Corazinni scored four in the period, and Kuehnle, Arcari and Williams each scored two to allow the Devils to increase the lead by one, 32-28. Coginchaug was zero for four from the charity stripe, three for 14 for the game so far. The Devils managed to keep things on an even keel through the first four minutes as two baskets by Kuehnle and another by Williams offset three Lancer buckets, one from beyond the


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a steal and an assist, while Corazinni added a rebound. Jessica Solomon scored seven points, and grabbed five rebounds. She led the team in blocks with three, and added a steal and an assist. As she has all season, Solomon also played some dynamite defense on the interior, doing the things that don’t show up on the stat sheet, but help her team win. Kim Romanoff did the major-

ity of the ball handling, sowing off some truly slick moves against the pressure, while scoring five points, grabbing five rebounds and adding three assists and three steals. Audrey Arcari pulled in five rebounds, adding three points, three assists and a steal. Off the bench, Katelyn Williams scored six, adding four rebounds and an assist. Mikayla Wyskiel scored two points, and Sydney Trusty had two rebounds. Every team that the Devils

lost to this year has advanced to the quarter final round in the state tournament, Cromwell, Notre Dame and H-K in class M, and Morgan and Thomaston in class S. Two teams that Coginchaug beat during the year play on, Valley and Hyde, both in class S. Coginchaug finished the season with a total record of 15-9, advancing to the second round of both the Shoreline tournament and the state tournament. Although the teams loses its sole senior,

Jessica Solomon, next year, and will need to replace her defensive prowess, next season looks promising, especially if the team can improve its free throws over the off-season. Submitted by Alan Pease

Pitching clinic Coginchaug Little League has scheduled pitching clinics for softball players, league age 8 to 12, for the 2013 season. Instruction will be provided by Ashley and Nicole Thody.

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The clinics are scheduled for Sundays, March 10, 17, 24 and April 7, at Lake Grove Gym. Experienced (pitched at majors level) are scheduled from 8:30 to 9:15 a.m.; experience/intermediate (pitched at major or minors level) from 9:15 to10 a.m.; beginner from 10 to 10:45 a.m. A fee is charged. Girls must be registered for the 2013 little league season to participate in the pitching clinic. All players must register in advance at A parent/adult is required to catch when their daughter is participating in the clinic. For more information, contact Michele Rulnick at

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Coginchaug Little League has scheduled catchers clinics for softball players, League age 8 to 12. Instructors include Jackie Benson and Naomi Rinaldo of the Coginchaug High School softball team. Clinics are scheduled for Sundays, March 10, 17 and 24, from 10:45 to 11:30 a.m., at Lake Grove Gym. Girls will be invited to catch during the 8:30 or 9:15 pitching clinic, scheduled for April 7. A fee is charged. Register at http://www. Girls need to bring their glove and the league will provide the protective gear. A parent is welcome to stay but he/she does not need to be present during the clinic. For more information, contact Michele Rulnick at mrulnick


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Pitching clinic Registration is now open for Coginchaug Little League’s four-week baseball pitching clinic from March 9-April 6. The clinic, instructed by Sal Santanello, is open to all farm, minors, majors and intermediate players from league age 8-13. Three separate skill levels are available to help group players by ability so that they get the most from the instruction. The clinic runs four Saturdays (clinic not held during Easter weekend) for 30 minutes per week at the gym at Lake Grove/Rushford School on Route 68 in Durham. A family member is required to come and catch for the player. Both should bring a glove. Baseballs are provided. There is a fee. This clinic is for first-time pitchers to start off with good fundamentals, and for more experienced pitchers to improve technique. To register your son, visit For more information, contact Scott Strang at

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Little League scholarship Coginchaug Little League is accepting applications for a scholarship for graduating seniors attending college or trade school this fall. Applicants must have played for Coginchaug Little League for at least three years. Other eligibility, criteria, and requirements can be accessed online by downloading an application at Students can also inquire at their guidance office. All applications and required materials must be postmarked by April 6, 2013. For more information, call Tonya Little at (860) 349-8678.

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The Pupil Services Office of Regional School District 13 is scheduled to destroy the confidential special education records of all former students from the class of 2006. This action is allowed by state regulations per authority of the State of Connecticut Office of Public Records Administration and Federal Regulation 34 CFR 200.573. Copies of these records are available following submission of a written request by the student before May 31. Letters should be sent to Amy Emory, director of Pupil Personnel Services, regional School District 13, PO Box 190, 135A Pickett Lane, Durham, CT 06422.

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Scholastic achievements Taylor DelVecchio of Durham was recently awarded the Joseph F. Guerrina Scholarship for outstanding academic merit in the College of Engineering at Villanova University.

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Above: Strong School was one of only 20 institutions selected to host this exhibit, which shipped out to its next destination March 1. Town Times photos by Elisabeth Kennedy

Left: Docent Lauren Melchionne said, “Hundreds of people got on a bus — as diverse as diverse could be — and changed so much in America.”

Strong School opened its Freedom Riders exhibit to the public, with student docents such as Emily Leibiger (at left in blue) guiding visitors. The exhibit chronicled the efforts of the Freedom Riders, a diverse group of activists who risked their freedom and their lives to challenge the continued segregation of interstate bus facilities in the South in the 1960s. The museum-style exhibit was accompanied by Freedom Riders telling their stories in audio files accessible by smart phones or hand held devices loaned to visitors. Town Times photo by Mark Dionne

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Maura Caramanello’s class at Brewster school recently celebrated Chinese New Year with crafts, music and homemade egg rolls. Sophia Stephan and her mother, Oanh, shared their traditions and culture with the class.

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