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Durham’s egg hunt a tradition for families Town Times

Preparing for the arrival of a crowd Saturday, April 19, Durham’s Recreation Director Sherry Hill could not quite recall when she started overseeing the Easter Egg Hunt. Hill guessed that the Recreation Committee, which took over the event from the Lions Club, has run the annual Egg Hunt for 29 years. The recreation team uses the same system each year. “We really got it down so it’s comfortable for people,” Hill said.

A team of volunteers met the Wednesday before Easter in the cafeteria kitchen at Strong Middle School. HiLand Farms donated 1,080 eggs, which were dyed in pinks, yellows, greens and blues in one evening. Even working in batches of a few dozen eggs, gallons of water, a good deal of time, and several packages of dye go into producing that many colored eggs. Days after the coloring, Recreation Committee member Sharon Criscuolo still had red dye on her fingers. Early Saturday, volunteers

gathered again to section off parts of Allyn Brook Park for different age groups and hide the eggs. Hiding over a thousand eggs, including the 25 golden eggs that are worth prizes, takes time so the volunteers began preparing the park 90 minutes before the egg hunt. To help with the jobs, commission members have turned operations at the egg hunt into a family affair. Megan and Alyssa Szymaszek, were on hand to help their mother, committee member Lisa Recreation Director Sherry Hill verifies a gold egg found by Ella Bodner, of Durham, during the annual Egg Hunt on See Hunt / Page 16 April 19 at Allyn Brook Park. | (Mark Dionne\Town Times.)

‘Chicken guru’ holds chick day at farm store By Diana Carr

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It’s been a long time coming, this spring. It teases us with warm mellow days, then throws us back into nippy temperatures. But Chick Day, held at Main Street Feed, Durham, on April 17, gave us all hope. The owner of the feed store, Brenda Eddy, had ordered 400 chicks, all chirping away, awaiting good homes. All reminding us of life renewing itself. Eddy has been hosting Chick Day for the past 30 years. She orders the chicks from a hatchery in Iowa, and holds them for a couple of days to make sure they’re healthy before placing them. The stress of being shipped, and outside temperatures, can affect them adversely. People must buy a minimum of six, to discourage buying them as Easter presents for their kids. “I have a sign saying they’re not for your kids’ Easter baskets,” she said. “People think they’re so cute, but months

Middlefield applies for Lake Beseck grant By Mark Dionne

monitor and improve the lake environment when the water returns. Middlef ield has reWhile the water level at Lake Beseck remains quested $395,000. The drawn down mostly to the maximum possible for a mud to facilitate a dam re- STEAP grant, which stands pair project, the town of for Small Town Economic Middlefield has applied for a state STEAP grant to See Grant / Page 2 Town Times

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Lloyd and Susie Blair buying chicks on Chick Day at Main Street Feed, April 17. | (Photo by Diana Carr.) from now there will be lots of rabbits and chickens looking for new homes. Chicks and bunnies are a commitment for several years. They’re not presents.” Between pre-orders and walk-ins, she has never had any chicks left

over. Though chicks seem to be synonymous with Easter (could it be all those peeps we ate growing up?), Eddy says there’s no connection. See Chicks / Page 16

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Middlesex Dance Center members recently performed in the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade in Washington DC as part of the All Star Tap Team. The seven member team joined over 600 tap dancers and perfomed a routine to a remix of ‘Gonna Fly Now,’ the theme from Rocky. The parade travelled down Constitution Avenue from the National Archives to the White House. It was televised live locally and is scheduled to be rebroadcast over the next few weeks. Pictured: Marianne Fallon, MDC Director Toni-Lynn Miles, Jessica Carta, Catherine Fay, Matt Wickwire, Penelope Wickwire, and Tracy Wickwire. | Submitted by Toni-Lynn Miles

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STEAP grants are aimed to help small towns make capital improvements and Middlefield has included the purchase of a $150,000 aquatic plant harvester in the application. The plant harvester is a boat with a cutter and conveyer belt to remove weeds from the water. “We could go out there and manage our own weeds,” said Amy Poturnicki, chair of the Lake Beseck Ad Hoc Committee. The grant also requests $30,000 for maintenance and operation of the harvester. The harvester would likely be operated by a town employee, according to both June-Wells and Poturnicki. Where to store the harvester when not in use is still a question. The third part of the STEAP grant application would provide $50,000 of funding for five years of a Lake Manager. This would fund June-Wells as a town consultant, replacing his current contract with the town. The third part also requests $35,000 for five years of water quality equipment and monitoring. “The purpose of that is so I can always have my finger on what I call the heartbeat of the lake,” said June-Wells. The state will announce the grant recipients in waves until Sept. 15.

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Assistance P rog ram, is $500,000. Selectman Ed Bailey, who also serves on the Lake Beseck Ad Hoc Committee, told the Town Times he was “pretty confident” in Middlefield’s chances. Lake Beseck is a state-owned lake, but “unless the town gets involved, not much happens,” Bailey recently said. According to the grant application, the money would go to control phosphorous levels and invasive aquatic plants, as well the funding of a limnologist, or lake scientist. “The decline in the wa-

ter quality of Lake Beseck threatens recreational, economic, and social activities ... Because Lake Beseck is such a valuable local asset, it is important that water quality is managed and plant populations are controlled,” reads the grant application. High phosphorous levels create problems in the lake. “Algae responds directly to phosphorous in the water column,” said Mark JuneWells in an interview with the Town Times. June-Wells wrote the grant application and is the limnologist currently studying Lake Beseck for the town. Runoff of fertilizer from the entire watershed area, the contents of the storm drains, and decaying plant mass in the water have contributed to high levels of phosphorous. According to the application, Middlefield could use an alum treatment to deal with the phosphorous. June-Wells said that aluminum sulfate “binds directly to the phosphorous and holds it strongly to the bottom of the lake ... It essentially harvests the phosphorous.” The alum treatment is non-toxic, according to JuneWells, but risks of an alum treatment include pH swings in the lake water. “That can be mitigated through responsible practices,” said JuneWells, including staggered applications.

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rageous in programming, resources, and people.” Overall, the proposed budget contains a net reduction of 10.2 positions, including one special education position, four instructional assistant positions, and a part-time librarian position at John Lyman Elementary School. Even with the reductions, the 2014-2015 salary and benefits line increased by 1.96 percent, from $20,562,141 to $20,964,453, reflecting contractually obligated increases. Much of the public comment centered around the proposed cut of a third grade teacher at Korn Elementary

School and a fifth grade contemporary teacher at Memorial Middle School. Gwen Wirger said the fifth grade class size average of 23.7, the result of one position’s elimination, was too high. Wirger, who said she moved to Durham 10 years ago from a town with lower taxes, told the audience, “I’m fine with paying taxes for what I’m getting... I’m on board with returning to greatness and what it takes and I don’t feel that cutting a third and fifth grade teacher is going to help us return to See School / Page 18

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(As Town Times reaches its 20th year of publication, we asked past and present staff and contributors to write a few words about their experiences working for the newspaper. We kick off this series of occasional columns with Diana Carr. Diana is one of Town Times regular contributors and her feature stories often celebrate life in the towns.) Happy Birthday, Town Times —I think you and I will be growing old together. And let me say, you don’t look any older than the day I met you. Actually, you have improved with age. If you want to return the compliment, I’m all ears. Writing for you has been an absolute delight, for you have given me the great privilege of getting to know the people in these two towns — and they are spectacular. I’m no longer the waif standing outside in the cold, looking through the window at the folks inside gathered around the fire. The townsfolk have brought me inside, set me down by the fire, and poured me a lovely cup of tea. I’m

When not on assignment and when the temperature allows, Diana Carr prefers to go barefoot. “It’s my trademark,” she said.| (Photo by Diana Carr.)

home. I have done stories on countless people, and there’s not been a dud in the bunch. I show up at their door, laptop in hand, and they welcome me like I’m an old friend. They offer me tea, and sometimes goodies, and as we sit around their kitchen table, I am so honored that they are sharing their stories with me, that they trust me enough to do that. It’s a gift that I do not take lightly. For that short period of time they pull me into their lives, and I am happy to be there. I’m with them as

they wrote that book, painted those masterpieces, rode their horses into the forest to clean up the trails. And as anyone who has been interviewed by me knows, it’s a real social event for me. We end up swapping stories, and there’s usually no shortage of laughter. By the time I leave I know I have made a friend. And I’ve been carved deeper. And it’s not always a kitchen table we huddle around. I’ve done interviews in barns and greenhouses and on front porches. The barns are my favorite because I so love the horses and the cows. Then there’s the writing of the story. I love the creative process. When I’m writing a story I am in it all the way-the rest of the world is gone-and for that period of time I am all yours. I belong to the person I am writing about, turning their story this way and that, making sure the gem of it is apparent for all to see, making sure I have gotten to the heart of it, keeping that person’s essence intact. I want the readers to see what I see in this person. So Town Times, I’m raising my glass to you. Thanks for bringing me home. I hope we can celebrate many more birthdays together-yours and mine. Here’s looking at ya, Kid!

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Letters to the edior Corporate role To the editor: Corporations, being artificial entities, do not pay taxes; instead, customers, employees (including officers) and/ or stockholders pay the taxes. Thus, corporations are really tax collectors for local, state, and federal governments. As such, corporations catch blame for the cost of these ex-actions, which censure should be directed to elected, legislative and executive politicians. Howard B. Field III Durham

Fields are fixed To the editor: I couldn’t agree with Mrs. Helmedach more (Letter to the Editor, Town Times, April 18) that our kids deserve “top of the line areas to do their sport.” This is why we have again made a significant investment to improve the girls’ fields that happened before your letter published. Every year, Coginchaug Little League spends thousands of dollars and numerous volunteer hours to make fields playable. CLL is fully responsible for the maintenance of the Atwell and Herzog fields, however the Varsity and JV fields are managed by the school district. This hasn’t stopped us from taking care of the fields or making large capital upgrades such as the pre-cast concrete

dugouts we donated to the JV field that totaled $25,000 or the loads of infield mix we’ve purchased over the years and paid to have graded. During the winter we assessed the needs of all fields. The varsity field required an investment of $4,000, we also paid to have the JV field graded and all fields rolled including the Varsity baseball and Babe Ruth fields. We fixed the girls’ batting cage, purchased a new net for $2,000, and bought a drag tractor dedicated to the girls’ fields. Every year we ask the schools to contribute money towards these efforts and some years they do, but this year and last year no money was budgeted. CLL uses these fields for three months in the spring and two months in the fall whereas the school, Shoreline Sting and Women’s Softball use them throughout the entire summer. In my opinion whatever the district brings in from renting these fields should go towards annual maintenance. CLL takes pride in the fields our children play on regardless of who the care-keeper officially is. We do our share and then some to keep them this way. CLL has 11 fields to manage between Durham and Middlefield with a finite amount of money. Tom Wenchell President Coginchaug Little League

‘Bad Words’ and ‘Divergent’ leads try to find a place in this world By Tanya Feke M.D. Special to Town Times

Jason Bateman does bad so good. In his directorial debut for Bad Words, the Arrested Development star plays middle aged Guy Trilby with a chip on his shoulder, a chip so Movie big it threatens to squash the Reviews Golden Quill National Spelling Bee. Thanks to a loophole that contestants must not have graduated 8th grade by a certain date (and nope, he didn’t), he is eligible to participate in the tourna-

ment. Why a grown man would want to compete against the likes of sweet, if gullible, children and their controlling parents, you will have to watch and see. But Bad Words is definitely one to see. Bateman brings us on a journey. His snarky wise-cracking foul-mouthed character will make you smirk even if behind his childish behavior lurks some very adult issues. What makes the film special is that it does not pander to conventions of the buddy comedy. Yes, Guy makes “friends” with See Movies / Page 10


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Ed Meyer to be honored Retiring State Senator Ed Meyer is scheduled to be recognized for his years of service to Durham and the 12th Senatorial District at Jazz in the Firehouse, Saturday, April 26, from 6 to 9 p.m., at the Durham Firehouse. Senator Meyer has been a frequent visitor and effective advocate for Durham since taking office in 2004. He noted at a recent Democratic Town Committee Meeting that his career in politics began 50 years ago with his appointment by Robert F. Kennedy as a Federal Prosecutor in the US Department of Justice. Robert Kennedy’s nephew Ted Kennedy, Jr., who is seeking the nomination to run for his 12th Senatorial District seat, is expected to attend. The event is sponsored by the Durham Democratic Town Committee and continues a committee tradition of featuring local musical talent. Jack Riotte and Friends - Miles Livolsi, Michaela Coppola, and Andrew Fermo

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FOR MORE DETAILS 36th Annual VISIT Meriden Daffodil Festival www.daffodilfest.com or April 26 & 27 FESTIVAL HOURS:

FREE ADMISSION FREE PARKING FREE SHUTTLE

10:00 AM to 9:00 PM

ATM’S AVAILABLE ON SITE!

10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

NO BICYCLES, SKATEBOARDS, ROLLERBLADING, ETC. NO PETS OR ANIMALS. (Except Service Animals)

Wednesday, April 23

“THEATER OF THE TREES” CHILDREN’S ENTERTAINMENT STAGE Bill Hoagland the “Fun Magician” 1:00pm Literacy Volunteers “Read-Aloud” 2:00pm Airborne Jugglers Show 3:00pm Twin Dragons Martial Arts Show 4:00pm ~ ALSO ~ Ice Sculptor Larry Siragusa 12:00pm Temporary Tattoos by Jerry Russ 12:00-4:00pm Defender the Sport 12:00-5:00pm Facepainting with Fantasy Faces by Ruth 1:00-5:00pm Curious Creatures Live Animals 1:00-5:00pm Municipal “Touch-A-Truck” 1:00-5:00pm Dancin’ with Hoops 1:30-4:30pm Spiderman “Meet & Greet” 2:00-3:30pm Balloon Animals by Bogus the Clown 2:00-5:00pm

Friday, April 25 Weather Permitting

Amusements/Rides Food Available 5PM - CLOSE Band Shell Area On site parking available

2014 SPECIAL EVENTS MUSICAL ENTERTAINMENT SCHEDULE

Saturday, April 26

SUNDAY, April 27

THE JEFF CROOMS WELCOME STAGE 10:30-11:15 ��������������������������������� The Foresters 11:45-12:30 ��������������������������������� Mercy Choir 1:00-1:45 ������������������������������������� Violent Mae 2:15-3:00 ������������������������������������� Happy Ending 3:30-4:15 ������������������������������������� Amy Lynn & The Gun Show 4:45-5:30 ������������������������������������� Grand Cousin 6:00-6:45 ������������������������������������� The Backyard Committee 7:30-8:30 ������������������������������������� Mark Mulcahy BANDSHELL STAGE 12:45-1:30 ����������������������������������� Jenn Hill & Co� 2:00-2:45 ������������������������������������� The Big Fat Combo 3:15-4:00 ������������������������������������� The Manchurians 4:30-5:15 ������������������������������������� Pocket Vinyl 5:45-6:30 ������������������������������������� Fight The Fear 7:15-8:45 ������������������������������������� Boxxcutter FOOD TENT STAGE 10:15-11:15 ��������������������������������� Chico & Friends 11:45-12:30 ��������������������������������� Paul Brockett Roadshow 1:00-2:00 ������������������������������������� The Gonkus Brothers 2:30-3:30 ������������������������������������� River City Slim & The Zydeco Hogs 4:00-5:00 ������������������������������������� Tracy Walton Band 5:30-6:30 ������������������������������������� The Lonsome Sparrows 7:00-8:0 ��������������������������������������� Greg Sherrod

THE JEFF CROOMS WELCOME STAGE 10:30-11:15 ��������������������������������� The Stray Dogs 11:45-12:30 ��������������������������������� Lys Guillorn Band 1:00-2:00 ������������������������������������� Steve Elci & Friends Kids Show 2:30-3:15 ������������������������������������� Good Night Blue Moon 3:45-4:30 ������������������������������������� The Mighty Soul Drivers BANDSHELL STAGE 12:30-1:15 ����������������������������������� All Riot 1:45-2:30 ������������������������������������� Coconuts 3:00-3:45 ������������������������������������� Farewood 4:15-5:00 ������������������������������������� 691 FOOD TENT STAGE 10:00-11:00 ��������������������������������� Oh, Cassius 11:30-12:30 ��������������������������������� Them Damn Hamiltons 1:00-2:00 ������������������������������������� The Summer Edeen Band 2:30-3:30 ������������������������������������� The Bird ‘n’ Boys 4:00-5:00 ������������������������������������� Kelley & Sean

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Saturday, April 26

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6:30 PM .......................... Ceremony

Meriden YMCA Theater Group 11:00am Valentin Karate Show 12:00pm Steve Elci & Friends(@ the Welcome Stage) 1:00pm Tony the “Magic Man” 2:00pm Dancin’ with Hoops 3:00pm ~ ALSO ~ Facepainting with Fantasy Faces by Ruth 11:00am-3:00pm Defender the Sport 11:00am-4:00pm Ice Sculptor Larry Siragusa 12:00pm Dancin’ with Hoops 12:00-2:00pm Temporary Tattoos by Jerry Russ 12:00-4:00pm Municipal “Touch-A-Truck” 12:00-4:00pm Balloon Animals by Bogus the Clown 1:00-4:00pm Spiderman “Meet & Greet” 2:00-3:30pm

Parking & Shuttle Information Parking Locations:

Westfield Shopping Mall -- JC Deck Westfield Shopping Mall JC Penney Penney // Sears Sears Deck Westfield Meriden - JC Penney/Sears Deck Platt HighSchool School- -Coe CoeAvenue Avenue Platt High Lincoln Middle School -Centennial Centennial Avenue TheMiddle Hub - School State &-Pratt Streets Lincoln Avenue Meriden Enterprise Center - 290 Pratt Street

Shuttle Bus Service:

Saturday 8:00 am - 8:00 pm (buses will leave Hubbard Park after the fireworks) Sunday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Handicap Parking:

Westfield Shopping Mall Meriden - Chamberlain Highway Entrance Westfield Meriden-Chamberlain Highway entrance Handicap accessible vans will bring you to the center of activities. Buses and vans from health care facilities with multiple riders will be allowed access into the park. All events are handicap accessible.

There is no parking in Hubbard Park during the weekend of the Festival. Illegally parked vehicles are subject to towing/fines

Silver Fork Food Tent

Non-profit food vendors are on-site ready to serve your favorite food, from Fried Dough to Brownie Sundaes. Over the years, profits made from the sale of these culinary delights has allowed these groups to return over $1,250,000.00 dollars back into the local community These dollars support the efforts of their organizations throughout the year.

Crafts by the Lake

Over 100 artisans gather across from Mirror Lake to sell their wares at one of the first juried craft fairs of the season. With everything from artwork to one of a kind jewelry designs this visitor favorite has something for everyone.

The shuttle drops you off in the center of all activities!

Don’t miss the Fireworks Saturday Night, April 26 at 8:30 pm Shuttles will run until 9 pm

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Sunday, April 27

So, bring the family and enjoy all that Meriden’s 36th Annual Daffodil Festival has to offer!

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Calendar Friday, April 25 Casual bridge - The Durham Activity Center, 350 Main St., schedules casual bridge every Friday at 6:30 p.m. All are welcome. For more information, call Jim Martinelli at (860) 346-6611. Theater - Students from grades one through eight are scheduled to present “Wizard of Oz” on Friday, April 25, 7 p.m., at the Coginchaug Auditorium. Tickets are available at showtix4u.com. Back section, general admission seating available at the door.

Proceeds benefit the CRHS Music Department. Theater - Students from grades one through eight are scheduled to present “Wizard of Oz” on Saturday, April 26, 7 p.m., at the Coginchaug Auditorium. Tickets are available at showtix4u.com. Back section, general admission seating available at the door. Pest House hike - The Durham Historical Society has scheduled a community hike to the Pest House for Saturday, April 26, at 9 a.m. Gather at the Historical Society, 38 Town House Road. For more information, call (860) 716-5497. Dudley Farm - Dudley Farm, at he corner of Rt. 80 and Rt. 77 North Guilford, has scheduled a tag sale for Saturday, April 26, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Rain date May 3. For more information call (203) 457-0047 or (293) 457-0770. Jazz in the firehouse The Durham Democratic Town Committee has scheduled Jack Riotte and Friends performing Jazz at the firehouse for Saturday, April 26,

Obituaries Sharon M. Graichen

MIDDLEFIELD — Sharon M. (Merriam) Graichen, 74, of Middlefield, wife of the late Richard Graichen died Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, at Hartford Hospital after a courageous battle with cancer. She was born in 1940, on New Year’s Day, the daughter of the late Archer and Marjorie (Otte) Merriam. She was employed as the office manager at Malloves Jewelers of Middletown for over 25 years. She was an avid New York Yankee fan and Saturday, April 26 loved UConn basketball. Sharon is survived by two Pot roast dinner - Partnerdaughters, Diane Graichen, ship for Sharing has schedof Durham, Christine Graiculed its annual pot roast hen, of Middlefield; three dinner for Saturday, April 26, 5 to 7 p.m., at Third Congresons, Richard Graichen, of gational Church, 94 Miner St., Colorado, Donald GraicMiddletown. All you can eat, hen, of East Hartford, David take out available. A fee is Graichen, of North Branford; charged. two brothers, Ronald MerriClothing drive - POPS am, of Northford, George (Parents of Performers) has Merriam, of Tennessee. She scheduled a clothing drive has eight grandchildren, fundraiser for Saturday, April April who she raised as her 26, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the own daughter, DJ, Amanda, Strong School parking lot. See Calendar / Page 15 Sarah, Nate, Noah, Joshua, Jillian; and one great-grandchild Lexi; as well as several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a sister, Patricia Berten. Sharon’s family would like to thank Middlesex Oncology Center, especially nurse Robin, for all their care, compassion and support. Funeral services will be Monday, May 5, at 10 a.m. at Middlefield Cemetery. Memorial Contributions may be made to Middlefield Fire Department, 406 Jackson Hill Road, Middlefield, CT 06455 or to the Wallingford Animal Control and Shelter, 5 Pent Road, Wallingford, CT 06492. To share memories or express condolences online please visit www.bieJackson is an affectionate, playful 2-year-old, black gafuneralhome.com. domestic short hair.He was rescued from an abusive

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McLaughlin, son of past commission chair Kate McLaughlin, volunteered in the morning and was recognized by children from the recreation summer program, where he works as a counselor. After all the work, the egg hunt was over quickly, as the crowds of children scoured the park and returned with eggs to show their parents or, in the case of the gold eggs, to exchange for prizes.

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It’s a matter of timing. Chicks need to be kept warm for at least eight weeks before they go outside, so a March birthday will bring them to May, and warmer temperatures, for their outside ventures. People also buy chicks now because they will be full-grown and laying eggs by September or October. “They need 14 hours of daylight for producing eggs,” Eddy said. “If you wait longer than that, they won’t be laying eggs because it will be winter.” The most important things to remember regarding care of the chicks, Eddy says, is to give them heat, water, food, and do not handle them a lot. Eddy herself has 20 chickens behind her store. “Chickens are great,” she said. “You name them, they come to you, they’re personable. They become pets.” Lloyd and Susie Blair, of Middlefield, bought 12 chicks on Chick Day. “We have nine old girls at home,” Susie said, “who have seen better days.” They have chickens for the eggs. “They’re better for you than store-bought eggs,” Susie said. “They’re fresher, richer-tasting, they have a brighter color,” Lloyd said. “Eggs can be up to 60 days old in the supermarket.” “This is only my second Chick Day,” Susie said. “Before that I had never seen a chick. They’re so small and fluffy. If they could stay babies they’d be my best friends.” “It’s exciting to come to Brenda’s and see all the chicks,” Lloyd said. “We’re always wanting to learn more about them, and wanting to raise them to their full potential. Brenda gives us a lot of helpful information. She’s the chicken guru of Durham.”


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Paperhouse Productions debuts with Oz participants not only have the time of their lives, but learn important life skills. “With live theater you never know what is going to happen,” Kannam said. “We teach them to problem solve when things go wrong. They learn about community and teamwork. We’re building a family, with a huge range of ages, skills and experience, and they support each other. The play doesn’t work unless we have each other’s backs.”

Dionne said, “We put them in a position where they can shine. A good feature of a big show, is that kids with little experience are learning from kids with a lot of experience. These kids are doing things that are really impressive. Performing in front of a lot of people is not an easy thing.” “The Wizard of Oz” will be at Coginchaug High School on April 25 and April 26 at 7 p.m., and April 27 at 2 p.m.

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“The Wizard of Oz” is coming to town as a play being put on by JLPA Theater and PaperHouse Productions. It’s the first play put on by this non-profit community theater group formed by Durhamites Mark Dionne, Heather Kannam, and Chris Baley. The organization’s second play, “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown”, will be a summer camp for kids, at Durham Middlefield Youth and Family Services. Kannam, the director of Oz, was in her first play when she was 7-years-old, performing in a theater her parents built for her in their garage. She has a masters of fine arts in playwriting from the University of Iowa and had worked internationally as a playwright. “As my kids grew up I wanted to be more involved with creating theater experiences that they could share with me,” she said. “Community theater was so important to me when I was growing up, and I wanted them to have the same opportunity.” Balay, the technical director of this play, studied technical theater in college and has an extensive background in this discipline. “My theatrical background is just about non-existent,” said Dionne, the play’s producer. (Dionne also is a reporter for Town Times.) “I coached a lot of different sports, I was a board member for Parks & Recreation for six years, and I was the past president of the John Lyman Parents Association. All this helped give me the skills for being a producer. My kids love theater, and I just kept volunteering time to help, and here I am.” There are 104 members of the Oz cast , five also are part of the stage crew. The cast is in grades one through eight, with different leads for each performance. “We have so many talented kids and we wanted to give everyone an opportunity. They all auditioned so that we could put them in roles where they could grow and be really successful,” Kannam said

Volunteers have been instrumental to the production. “We have the best volunteers in the world,” Kannam said. “Some don’t even have kids in the show. They made a lot of our props, and I’m blown away by what they have carved and sown and woven. We could enter our props in the Durham Fair, they’re so beautiful.” Kannam says she loves the creativity of the kids. “We take their ideas seriously,”

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