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Volume 19, Number 45 Serving Durham, Middlefield and Rockfall

Friday, Februar y 15, 2013

Historic snowfall covers Durham and Middlefield By Mark Dionne The Town Times

The blizzard that arrived in Connecticut on Friday, Feb. 8, and didn’t leave until the next day dumped record amounts of snow on Durham and Middlefield and required massive cleanup operations. Close to three feet of snow was reported in Durham and Middlefield, but strong winds created much higher snow drifts in places. The snow was deep enough to choke snow blowers, engulf private plows, and even stall backhoes. Both towns declared a state of emergency and their first selectmen encouraged residents to stay off the roads even after Gov. Malloy lifted the travel ban. Around noon on Saturday, Durham residents received a Durham Emergency Management automated call from

First Selectman Laura Francis advising residents to stay off the roads. The call also advised homeowners not to tackle too much snow removal at once because in the event of trouble, emergency vehicles might not be able to make it to all homes. Despite the enormous amount of snow, power outages were not a large problem locally. At noon on Saturday, only two of 3,082 Connecticut Light & Power customers were without electricity in Durham, according to CL&P’s website, and all of Middlefield had power. The weight of the snow collapsed a barn on Jackson Hill Road in Middlefield. Four cows were euthanized because of their injuries, while others were pulled from the wrecked building by volunteer firefighters and

Photo by Mark Dionne

Rain forecasted for Monday after the Blizzard of 2013 threatened to add weight to already burdened structures, such as the rooftop of Brenda’s Main Street Feed. Members of the Durham Fair Association, which own the building, clear snow off the roof in the darkness of Sunday night. See more photos page 4.

See Storm, page 4

Disaster novel previews blizzard at Strong School Reads By Mark Dionne The Town Times What happened to the weather? What if the snow just doesn’t stop? How much time can I spend trapped with my family? Many in Durham and Middlefield asked those questions over the weekend Photo by Mark Dionne

Calendar ........................10 Government ....................8

during the Blizzard of 2013. Some students and community members asked those questions three days earlier

Obituary ........................17 Schools...........................21 Seniors...........................12 Sports.............................22

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Left: Middlefield First Selectman Jon Brayshaw, back to camera, and Durham First Selectman Laura Francis, far right, lead their discussion group about the apocalyptic novel “Life As We Knew It.”

during Strong School Reads. A book discussion program run by the PTO, Strong School Reads focused this year on the apocalyptic novel “Life As We Knew It.” In this young adult novel, the moon is knocked out of its regular orbit (just go with it) and the resulting weather calamities destroy much of the world.

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Left: Strong School principal Scott Sadinsky, volunteer Karren Collins, and Library Media Specialist Michael Klimas address the crowd gathered to discuss the apocalyptic novel “Life As We Knew It” at the ninth annual Strong School Reads.

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The main character, a teenaged girl named Miranda, is forced to endure the complete loss of power and water, months of ash grey skies and snowfall. In the book, snow blots out the sky, covers the ground, blocks doors and traps people inside. Plus society breaks down. It’s all much worse than a sore back from shoveling. Discussions at the ninth annual Strong School Reads focused more on the family struggles than on the nitty gritty of survival, which is why “Life As We Knew It” was such a good choice for a family reading program. In an extreme circumstance, where are family lines drawn? Is someone a hero if they devote themselves to strangers more than to family? Should you resent your brother if he gets one more serving of canned vegetables than you? Not all of the questions posed by the book were so dire. Miranda’s battered household learns about a perfect Christmas, family bonds and sacrifice. They are comforted by the gifts of a family friend and simple

things like poker night and a house cat. “One of the things that was a big source of comfort for them throughout the book was the library,” said Michael Klimas, Strong School’s Library Media Specialist. Klimas organized the event with PTO volunteer Karren Collins. Community participants included, among others, First Selectmen Laura Francis and Jon Brayshaw, Strong School Principal Scott Sadinsky, former English teacher and Director of Curriculum Carol Luckenbach, and Durham Library’s Young Adult Librarian Karyn Gardiner. Raffle prizes were donated by Carmine’s Pizza and Perk on Main. In addition to promoting reading, Strong School Reads promotes the idea of reading the same book as your family. It’s about sharing resources and spending time talking to family, which is good practice should you wind up trapped in your house for four days.

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.


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Briefs Zumbathon The Durham Co-operative Nursery School, a non-profit and non-denominational organization, has scheduled a Zumbathon fundraiser for Saturday, March 2 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at the Core Club. The event features raffles and Mexican crafts to benefit the Oaxaca Streetchildren Grassroots program. For more information, call the Durham Co-op Nursery School at (860) 349-9885.

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from 8:45 a.m. to noon. The 4year-old program meet Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 9 a.m. to noon with an option for extended day to 2 p.m. For more information, call (860) 349-9885 or email

Coginchaug Area Transition will hold an Awakening the Dreamer symposium on Saturday, Feb. 23, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., in the community room of the Durham Library. This fourhour interactive program seeks to point the way toward “an environmentally sustainable, socially just and spiritually fulfilling human presence on Earth.” A light lunch is included and a donation is requested to cover the lunch and materials, though no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Please also bring a donation for the local food pantries and an inquiring and compassionate spirit. Register by emailing Sue VanDerzee at

Free AARP Tax-Aide is available every Tuesday through April 9, by appointment, at the Middlefield Senior Center. The free tax help is for taxpayers with low and moderate-income, with special attention to those age 60 and older. Bring all forms of income and all 1099 forms, as well as last year’s income tax returns. For more information and to schedule an appointment, call Antoinette at (860) 3497121.

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The Durham Cooperative Nursery School, 16 Main St., has scheduled an open house for Sunday, Feb. 24, from 1 to 3 p.m. Meet the teachers and see the school. The 3-year-old program meets Tuesday and Thursday

The Coginchaug Regional High School Scholarship Committee has scheduled its 41st annual Scholarship Ball


for Saturday, March 23 from 7 p.m. to midnight at Zandri’s Stillwood Inn, Wallingford. The evening includes a buffet dinner, open bar and dancing to the music of Prelude, as well as a silent auction. All proceeds benefit the CRHS Scholarship Committee scholarships. For more information, call Melynda Granger at (860)-3475061.

and/or renewal applications for the CT Elderly Homeowner and Totally Disabled Tax Relief Programs and the Durham Senior Tax Relief Freeze and Deferral Programs. The filing period for all Tax Relief Programs runs through May 15. Failure to re-file will result

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Town Times — Friday, February 15, 2013 plowed, while others had been cleared for only one lane traffic. At 3 p.m. on Sunday, Durham’s Department of Emergency Management released a statement, “We are making very good progress. Still a lot to do today to get one lane passable on all town roads. Our goal for that is by midnight tonight.” By Monday morning, some roads were still not passable and the Durham Department of Public Works asked for patience: “Fresh Durham Public Works Crews and Heavy

Equipment will be deployed early Monday morning focusContinued from page 1 ing on opening up the remaining roads, catch basins Durham’s Animal Response and waterways to handle the Team. anticipated rainfall.” Heavy snow also caused Reached during Monday’s the collapse of the giant bubrain, First Selectman Laura ble over the Bartlem Park Francis said that extra pay community pool in nearby loaders had been contracted Cheshire. There were no into handle the snow. “We’re juries. working on opening up interThe deep snow caused sections and sight lines. It’s trouble for the plows as well. going to take another day,” Going into Sunday night she said, adding, “this rain isroads in Durham and Middlen’t helping.” Francis said her approach field, especially dead ends to the storm cleanup was and hilly streets, were not “public safety first” and noted that Durham had established emergency budgets and would likely apply for FEMA assistance. “We’re grateful that the president declared a state of emergency.” The historic snowfall also made plowing difficult in Middlefield where some streets remained snowed in over the weekend. Interviewed on Tuesday, Middlefield First Selectman Jon Brayshaw said that given the historic volume of snow, “I would say we did very well.” “The weight of the snow exceeded the capacity of the trucks,” Brayshaw said, and also noted that the collapsed barn required attention. “We had to bring our machinery and whatever people we could muster to the barn ... It was a painful operation.” According to Brayshaw, Photo by Cindy Wilcox “By late Saturday, every road Jake wanted to play in the snow Saturday, but Dan except for one ... had at least Wilcox had a big job ahead clearing his yard in Mid- one lane open.”



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A festive tree decorated with Valentine’s hearts and cards outside the Middlefield Post Office is swallowed by snow.

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By the time Dan Wilcox finally took a break to play in the snow, Jake was no longer Martha Meigs in a snow cave in her front yard Sunday. amused.


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With the “heavy, heavy, heavy snow,� Brayshaw pointed out, even open roads could be difficult to pass and intersections tricky, but the priority was for emergency vehicles. “Our goals are safety. They are not to get people to work or to get people to buy a loaf of bread.� Middlefield also utilized outside equipment. Brayshaw noted that town equipment was not necessarily adequate for this storm’s “unique situation.� Two Middlefield trucks were out of commission Sunday morning. “This may not happen for another 20 years,� said Brayshaw, who also intends to apply for FEMA assistance. Town efforts did not stop all frustration. One Middlefield commenter on the Town Times Facebook page Satur-

day night wrote, “Our neighborhood has not been plowed at all. We are all stuck here. We also have two volunteer firefighters on our street that were not able to get out to an emergency call. This is negligent planning and also dangerous.� According to Brayshaw, Middlefield offices have received some “irate� phone calls but more complimentary ones. Schools, which were closed Friday before the blizzard hit, were also canceled for Monday and Tuesday after the blizzard left due to ongoing cleanup. By late Sunday, only half of Strong School’s parking lot had been plowed. Way Road and Tuttle Road, location of John Lyman and Brewster Schools, had only narrow lanes cleared late Monday. Durham Town Hall opened on Monday with a skeleton crew only for storm cleanup while Middlefield’s town offices were closed.


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The Post Office could soon be extinct By Emily Christenson

Editor’s note: Emily Christenson is a student in Emily DelGrego’s class at Strong School. Students wrote editorials on topics of their own choice, researching the facts and statistics on their own. The only requirement was that it was something they felt strongly about. The post office may seem like a business that will always be around, but it’s slowly fading away. Many people don’t think about the

benefits we would have if we didn’t have the post office. Although the post office may seem like something we need, many agree that it’s time to let go because people are using other online sources for sending mail, we could save money, and it could help the environment. Every day people are using online sources for sending mail. Emailing, e-cards, online banking, and bill paying, as well as other programs and services are replacing the need for the post office.

You could save money if the post office was eliminated because you could choose less expensive ways to ship packages, you would have less garbage and recycling, and you could send mail for free via email. The United States Postal Service, also known as the USPS, has higher prices for sending packages than the FedEx or UPS. Mailing a letter is not free, though it seems like a small amount — you have to pay the price of a stamp. The majority of

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Keep animals contained

To the editor: Recently I took my dog Murphy for a walk in town. In a short half-mile walk on two separate occasions, four dogs ran out in the road to meet Murphy. They were barking and running about as dogs do. They were all playful and no fights occurred. But I am concerned that dogs that are free to roam from their home are not only an annoyance, but also against the law. Not only that, it could potentially cause a fatal accident. While I was containing Murphy on his leash, these dogs were in the road while cars and oil trucks drove by. I would not have been surprised to see one of them hit, but I would have been sorry for the loss of a dog who is loved by its family.

Would any of us want to tell their young son or daughter that their pet was killed today? I don’t think so. I can understand that dogs may get away from us from time to time due to our own human failures or simply a break of a collar or an accidental run through the electric fence. I can also understand that in a rural community such as ours, there is a sense that it’s perfectly fine to let our dogs run free. But that is not the case. I am asking that we all make sure our animals are safe and secure and provide the appropriate measures to keep them that way, and allow others to freely walk their dogs without incident. Randy Plude Middlefield

Government Meetings Tuesday, Feb. 26 Durham Government Ethic’s Commission, library, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27 Calendar Board of Education Finance Committee, (Unless otherwise indicated, all meetings are held in the Durham Library. Check the town website at for updates.) Tuesday, Feb. 19 Agriculture Commission, Town Hall, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20 Board of Education, Brewster School, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21 Public Safety Facility Renovations P lanning Committee, Durham Volunteer Firehouse, 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 25 Board of Selectmen, Town Hall, 7 p.m.

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Middlefield Government Calendar (Unless otherwise indicated, all meetings are held in the Community Center.) Wednesday, Feb. 20 Inlands/Wetlands Commission, 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21 DMIAAB, 7 p.m. Board of Finance, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27 Zoning Board of Appeals, 7 p.m.

emailing sites are free, so you wouldn’t have to worry about losing money for sending 25 emails a day. It’s also a benefit if you’re annoyed by advertisements that fill your mailbox and are tired of having to waste money on garbage collection or taking paper to the dump. Eliminating the post office would be a big step to protect the environment. If we took the USPS away we could reduce the 4 million miles driven by the letter carriers each day that use gas and create

carbon emissions. The 279.5 million pieces of advertising mail would be eliminated and help reduce waste in the landfills. With 36,000 USPS retail locations, there is a great deal of energy used that could be saved. Every post office requires electricity for lights and heating which would be saved if the USPS offices were closed. Think about how eliminating the post office could help the environment in all ways. See another student editorial on page 20.

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Youth prefer animals and humor in advertising Jane Moen DMYFS On Feb. 4, all Durham and Middlefield seventh and eighth graders were asked to join more than 20,000 students from 32 states across the county to vote on their favorite Super Bowl ads and recall what products were advertised. The survey was led locally by the EDGE (Excellent Decisions Guiding Everyday) team sponsored by Durham Middlefield Youth and Family Services and Strong School as part of the Drug-Free Action Alliance’s 10th annual Big Bowl Vote. According to Nielsen, 108.4 million viewers tuned in for this year’s Super Bowl, making it the third most-watched broadcast in TV history. We also learned from Nielsen that more than half of the viewing audience was likely tuned in more for the highpriced commercials (which cost between $3.8 to $4 million per 30 second spot) than the game itself. Many of those viewers were underage youth. According to preliminary results of the Big Bowl Vote, 72 percent of participating sixth through eighth graders and 73 percent of ninth through 12th graders watched the Super Bowl. Nation-wide, the goat with an insatiable hunger for Doritos was the favorite. It took top spot among both middle and high school students. Taco Bell’s old folks hitting the town was the second favorite among both age groups. But the Budweiser ad was not far behind. The story of the Clydesdale growing up but never forgetting who raised him stole hearts of all ages. This alcohol ad placed third favorite among the high school crowd and fourth favorite among the middle school group. And when students were asked what brand products they remember being advertised during the Super Bowl, Anheuser-Busch was the second

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highest recalled ad. What does this mean? Research reveals that young people are drawn to advertising that features animal and people characters, tells a story and makes them laugh. If the target demographic for Doritos and Taco Bell is middle and high school aged youth, the advertiser was right on the mark. But the Budweiser Clydesdale ad — cute animal, warm-hearted story, feel-good ending — also caught the attention of young viewers, intended or not. According to a study where researchers investigated alcohol advertising to learn what makes it attractive to youth, the alcohol ads that young people found to be appealing were more likely to elicit responses from them saying they wanted to purchase the brand and products advertised. Youth will continue to be flooded by alcohol ads on their computers, televisions, billboards and radio. While it’s impossible to shield children from every alcohol advertisement, this presents many “Teachable Moments” by helping them to decode the message through Media Literacy. Media Literacy is the ability to read between the lines

to recognize the influence of media messages. Children who are media literate can look and listen with a critical eye and ear, helping them to make healthier lifestyle choices and avoid the pressures fueled by media messages to drink, smoke or use other drugs. Parents are encouraged to watch TV shows or listen to the radio with tweens/teens, and when the commercials come on, ask: Who do you think created this commercial? What techniques did they use to get your attention? What do they want you to do after seeing their message? Would this be a healthy choice for you? Do you think your health and safety are important to the ad sponsor? How do you feel about it now? It doesn’t have to be an alcohol advertisement to be a learning experience. The key is to teach your child that no matter the product being promoted, there is an advertiser with an intended message. It is up to your child to think critically to interpret that message and apply it to his/her life appropriately.

The fifth annual Help Willy’s Friends Pet Fair is scheduled for Sunday, May 19, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Coginchaug Regional High School, 135 Pickett Lane. In addition to food and live music, a variety of canine demonstrations are planned, including search and rescue, agility and husky mushing. Children’s activities are also scheduled. For pets, a variety of free services will be available. Rabies vaccinations and microchipping is scheduled for a fee. The event also features a “Parade of Stars”, featuring a parade of adoptable dogs. For more information, call (203) 988-1718 or visit

Crafters wanted Local crafters and small businesses in Middlefield, Rockfall and Durham are invited to be part of the Middlefield/Rockfall Old Home Days on June 7-8. For more information, call Crafter/Business Committee co-chairs Jean Gay at (860) 638-8833 or Louise Tosetti at (860) 349-3905, or email A letter and application will be sent. A fee is charged for booth space. Deadline for enrollment is April 1.

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The Old Home Days Parade Committee is signing up marchers and musical units for its 2013 parade scheduled for Saturday, June 8, at 10 a.m. The parade will step off at Rogers Manufacturing, continue through the center of Rockfall and Middlefield and end at Peckham Park. Any organization interested in being part of the 2013 Old Home Days Parade should contact Carrie Anderson at (860) 346-895

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If you live in the Greater Middlefield area and you are a uku player at any level or just interested in trying out this instrument, we want uke. Come join this fun group of enthusiasts at its next meeting. THe Ukulele Club typically meets on the third Saturday of each month, from 9 a.m. to noon, at the Middlefield Community Center, 405 Main St. For more information, contact Cindy at (860) 349-5656 or email

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Coginchaug Valley Education Foundation’s first ever Trivia Bee is scheduled for Friday, March 8, at 7 p.m., at Strong School. Teams of up to five members can take part. The Trivia Bee features team costumes, judges, and emcees. Mike Klimas and Donna Mattei will preside. Entry forms can be found online at For questions, e m a i l, or stay up-to-date on the bee by “liking” CVEF on Facebook.

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Blood drive - The American Red Cross has scheduled a blood drive for Friday, Feb. 15 from 1:30 to 6:15 p.m. at Brewster Elementary School, 126 Tuttle Road. For more information and to schedule an appointment, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Bridge Night - Come join in at the Durham Activity Center every Friday night at 6:30 p.m. for a fun night of bridge. If you are not sure how to play, Jim will teach you. You may call Jim at (860) 346-6611 with bridge questions. Call Durham Recreation at (860) 343-6724 with further questions. Tot Time - The MOMS Club of Durham-Middlefield meets every Friday at Middlefield Community Center at 10 a.m. Babies, toddlers and children of Durham and Middlefield are welcome. For more information, email momsdurhammiddlefield@gmail. com.

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Italian dinner - The Partnership for Sharing Committee has scheduled an Italian Dinner (Chicken Cordon Bleu) for Saturday, Feb. 16, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Third Congregational Church, 94 Miner St., Middletown. A fee is charged.


day. For pricing info and to make a reservation, call Amanda Pedersen, senior café manager, at (860) 3493153. Middlefield Senior Lunches - The Middlefield Senior Café is serving lunch three times a week, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Reservations are required 24 hours prior, and the monthly menu can be picked up at the center, Town Hall or at



Magic show - Project Graduation has scheduled the Magic of Christopher for Friday, Feb. 22 at 7 p.m. at the Coginchaug Regional High School, 135 Pickett Lane. A fee is charged. For more information, call (860) 349-7110.


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4C’s square dance - The 4C’s Square Dance Club has scheduled a dance for Sunday, Feb. 24 from 7 to 10:30 p.m. at the Cheshire Park and Rec Center, 559 Main St., Cheshire. The caller is Bill Mager; cuer is Sue Lucibello. For more information, call (860) 349-8084 or (203) 235-1604. Open house - The Durham Cooperative Nursery School, 16 Main St., has scheduled an open house for Sunday, Feb. 24, from 1 to 3 p.m. Meet the teachers and see the school. For more information, call (860) 349-9885 or email Blood drive - The annual CT Rugby Team blood drive is scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 24, from 9 a.m. to 1:45 p.m., at the Middlefield Community Center. For more information and to schedule an appointment, call Mike Meyer at (860) 3497025 or email

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Knitting and crocheting Knitters and crocheters meet every Thursday morning at 9:30 at the Middlefield Senior Center for coffee and knitting. Bring your unfin-

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Women of the Woods stops for a lunch break and to enjoy the view from Bear Rock in Durham. 2008, she was leading WoW hikes in this area, searching for other women who shared her love of nature. “This is not power hiking,” Meigs explained. “We take the time to admire the beauty around us, experience some quiet time in nature, and enjoy each other’s company.” Hikes are for women of all ages and vary in location and d i f f i c u l t y . Details of each hike are available on WoW’s website (www. to help interested participants find the one that best fits her interest and ability. “Nature is a wonderful place to get to know others and find friends that share our interests,” Meigs said. “In our high stress world, nature can have a powerful calming force, give us peace of mind and perspective on our lives. Going for a walk in nature is good for both mind and body.” Meigs also hopes to foster stewards of the

forests and parks, explaining that “people won’t be passionate about preserving the beauty around us if they are not aware of it.” Meigs does not limit her work to women. For the past two years, the Community Foundation of Middlesex County has provided partial funding for WoW and “Girls Outside”, an associated program to get girls outside. In 2009 she received a grant from Coginchaug Valley Education Foundation entitled “Everyone Outside.” With that seed funding and additional funding from the Rockfall Foundation, she started a program with the same name. Everyone Outside offers programs to get people of all ages outside to enjoy nature and promote healthy living and environmental stewardship. Please watch for an upcoming article on these programs and a schedule for this year’s “Frog Fridays.”

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The presentation of Regional School District 13 Superintendent’s budget for the 2013-14 school year will take place at the next Board of Education meeting on Feb. 20, at 7:30 p.m., in the Strong Middle School Library. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend.

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Charles E. Larsen Charles Eric Larsen, 52, a life-long resident of D u r h a m , passed away on Feb. 6, 2013. C h a r l i e Larsen was born on June 4, 1960, in Middletown to the late Nell and Arved Larsen, of Durham. From the start, Charlie was a gift to everyone around him with his sweet smile, his cheery outlook and his love of life. If you ever asked Charlie how his day was, he always replied “great”. He lived life by the motto, “Do one good deed every day” and he brightened the world with this outlook. Charlie was very involved in his



Town Times Friday, February 15, 2013 community. If you know Durham at all, you probably know Charlie, and for this reason, many have said that he was “Honorary Mayor” of Durham. He was a long-time honorary member of the Durham Volunteer Fire Company and a member of the Coginchaug High School Pep Band for over 35 years. He was a Boy Scout as a young man and also played Little League baseball. Charlie was active in Special Olympics for over 40 years, held 52 gold medals and traveled to two International Special Olympics. He would often quote the Special Olympics oath “Let me win, but if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.” He was employed by Stop and Shop in Wallingford for 18

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husband, Mark Gossner, all of Durham; two brothers, Arved and his wife Donna, of Illinois, and John Larsen and his wife Mindy, of Texas. Charlie also loved his 11 nieces and nephews, Anissa and Jenna Mack, Soren, Noah and Kirsten Larsen, Steve, Chris and Nichole Larsen, and Hannah, Julia and Sam Gossner. Charlie loved to hear about his many great-nieces and nephews. Along with his parents, Charlie was predeceased by his sister, Pam (Larsen) Mack, of Guilford.

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‘Charlie-sized hole’ left in community By Mark Dionne The Town Times

Few people could hold onto the title of mayor for as long as Charles “Charlie” Larsen, who was known as Durham’s mayor for most of his life. His recent passing affected so many people locally because Charlie brought a generosity of spirit everyone could admire to so many activities. News of Charlie’s death reached far flung people with Durham roots. Writing from Vermont, Amy Ash Nixon said, “Every image that comes to my mind this morning of Charlie Larsen fills my heart with beauty and gratitude that I was part of this dear life; that our whole community got to be.” Nixon went to Korn

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Former Fire Chief Harry Hall shakes hands with longtime honorary member of the Durham Volunteer Firefighters, Charlie Larsen, at a banquet.

School with Charlie and recalls, “I never felt more loved or included or accepted than in the company of Charlie Larsen. He did that for people, and I think our town did that for him, too. He was treasured and loved and celebrated and now, as we must let go of our dear ambassador, he is deeply mourned.” Durham’s Elizabeth Shoudy, who graduated from Coginchaug with Charlie, recalls, “Even back then he was an ambassador. He was friendly to everyone and made everyone feel special.” Those classmates voted him Most Friendly. Charlie’s kindness could also generate kindness in return. Charlie really wanted a limo ride, Shoudy remembers, and his sisters made sure he graduated Coginchaug in one.

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The quote underneath Charlie’s yearbook photo that year reads, “It is only with the heart that one can truly see.” His ambition was to be a volunteer fireman. He fulfilled this dream as a longtime honorary member of the Durham Volunteer Firefighters. Recalls Durham Fire Chief Robert Chadd, “Members talked about how they will miss Charlie especially on Memorial Day, where he has marched with our members for the past few decades. A lot of members said Charlie was like Durham’s ambassador. Everyone knew him, as we marched down Main Street in Durham just about everyone would be yelling ‘Hi Charlie!’ I have personally known Charlie for most of my life but the one thing I will miss is his smile and hug every time I see him.” It’s that spirit that many remember when they think of Charlie. Durham First Selectman Laura Francis said, “Durham has lost a valued member of out town. Charlie personified kindness and community spirit. He set such a good example for many of our youth. I thank the Larsen family for sharing so much of their beloved brother.” It is with family that many locals remember Charlie as he was so often out in the company of his sisters, Lisa Larsen and Tina Gossner. A fixture at Coginchaug events, where Lisa Larsen teaches, his memory was honored last week at the CRHS girls basketball game with a giant banner reading “We Love You, Charlie,” a fitting tribute to a man who spent so much time showing love and support for the Blue Devils — and who himself competed as a Special Olympian. Larsen writes about her brother, “Charlie’s life was an example of how it takes a village to raise a child. He had a loving family but there were all kinds of people who made room for him and

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helped him grow. There were Boy Scout leaders, coaches, custodians, teachers, and his favorite Durham Fire Company who not only included him, but made him feel needed. He received honor after honor through the years, like Durham Fireman of the Year to proclamations declaring a Charlie Larsen Day, to the Spirit of Life award from then Gov. O’Neill. We thank everyone for being so kind to Charlie and helping him grow into the wonderful man he was.” Gossner also remembers the community surrounding Charlie. “As some friends just shared with us, he certainly leaves a ‘Charlie-sized hole.’ In my heart, that hole is about the size of the Grand Canyon. He was a gentle soul. He was always full of smiles and hugs which he readily shared with everyone.” She added, “To quote Mother Teresa, ‘Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.’ That is Charlie’s story. Everything that he touched, every person that he met, and every task that he completed was surrounded by great love. What an incredible world it would be if we all felt and acted like Charlie.” Talking to Durham and Middlefield residents about Charlie, the words get repeated — friend, brother, firefighter, fan, ambassador, mayor — as people reflect not on the circumstances of his birth but the manner of his life. A few years ago, Charlie made a point to do a good deed everyday. As Larsen writes, “He would always announce, ‘There! I did my good deed!’ Perhaps all of us can keep his memory alive by doing a daily good deed ourselves. Then we too can say, ‘There! I did my good deed!’”

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‘Zoo’ per zoos By Tommy Koba Editor’s note: Tommy Koba is a student at Strong School. Students wrote editorials on topics of their own choice, researching the facts and statistics on their own. The only requirement was that it was something they felt strongly about. If a kid is curious about hippopotamuses, if a teenager needs a job, if animals are close to extinction, why not send them all to a zoo? These protection sites for animals can save a poached species from extinction, but that is not all. Being a great site for children and a provider of jobs to anyone, zoos are a great contributor to the society as a whole and are very

important to animals and society. Nowadays people don’t poach animals as often, but poachers are still there. The definition of poaching is the hunting or killing of dwindling animals. Poaching is already illicit in most countries. Violators are thrown in jail or fined. People poach for treasured materials like the ivory in rhino horns. Rhinos and elephants are the most poached animals; in addition, there are only about 18,000 rhinos left if the wild. If zoos were illegalized and shut down, then the amount of animals in the wild would increase; therefore, there would be more animals to poach, and it will decrease the amount of rhinos

Durham resident Claudia White has been hired by Durham/Middlefield Youth and Family Services to provide peer mediation training for 10 local students in grades 7-11. White has training in mediation and conflict resolution and worked at a domestic violence project. She brought her training to diverse jobs sites, including a high school in Tennessee and as a caseworker for a community health agency. Betsy Dean, executive director of DMYFS, saw the value of peer mediation in situations involving young people. “The peer mediation program will provide youth with the skills needed to asSee Zoo, next page sist in promoting a positive

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Honor Roll Xavier High School announced local students named to the second semester honor roll. High honors - Ryan DeVille, James Rosborough, Lawrence Bourland, Connor Marszalek, Nicholas Cumello, Scott Marks of Durham. Honors - Tushar Vig, Joseph Braun, Timothy Morris, John-Rudy Fronc, David Pakech, George Trapp

School records 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,

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On Tuesday, Feb. 2, the Coginchaug boys basketball team travelled to Old Saybrook to take on the Rams. It’s never easy to win on the road in the Shoreline conference, and this was certainly not an easy game, as it was tied at nine apiece after one, and Coginchaug surged ahead 29-19 at the half. But late in the third quarter, extending into the fourth, the Rams went on a 14-0 run that knotted the game at 36-36 after three, and actually carried a four-point lead with only three minutes left in the game. With 10 points from Mike Bongiorno in the final period, including four of four from the line, the Devils pulled ahead to take the 50-45 win.

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two points early on in the period. A Jessica Solomon steal and basket finally knotted the game at 15 all, and a Kim Romanoff bucket off of a Morgan Kuehnle assist put the Devils on top for good, as they took a 19-15 lead at the half, 33-20 after three, ending with the 51-28 victory. Kuehnle led the team in three categories — rebounds with 14, points with 12, and blocks with two. She also has three steals and an assist. Solomon scored 10, adding seven rebounds, two assists, and leading the team in steals with four. Romanoff dropped in nine points, adding three steals, three rebounds and an assist. Audrey Arcari and Olivia Corazzini both scored seven, with Arcari adding four rebounds,

Coginchaug girls split a pair Bongiorno scored 20 points to lead Coginchaug, with Devin Rodrigue adding 10. Jackson Doyle scored eight, Alex Kotrady four, and Jack Granger dropped in one. Off the bench, Alex Markoski scored five, and Josh Smith scored two. The win leaves the Devils with a 6-9 record, needing two more wins in their last five games to make the state tournament, a challenge given the nature of the competition, with only Haddam Killingworth, a team that has

Old Saybrook The Coginchaug girls basketball team travelled to Old Saybrook on Monday, Feb. 4, and despite a slow start, the Lady Devils came away with a comfortable 51-28 victory. Shooting problems resulted in a 13-8 deficit after one period. The problems continued early in the second period, as the girls had six turnovers in the period before they even got a shot off, half-way through the frame. However, the defense was also clamping down, and the Lady Rams were having even more difficulty in scoring, netting only

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three steals and an assist, and Corazzini adding two boards. Off the bench, Mikayla Wyskiel scored two, adding two rebounds, a steal and an assist. Sidney Trusty had two steals, an assist and a rebound, Caryn Sibiskie scored two, and Naomi Rinaldo had a rebound and a steal. Cromwell On Thursday, Feb. 7, the Devils hosted the undefeated Panthers from Cromwell. The girls kept the game reasonably close for a while, trailing 23-15 after the first period, with a Jessica Solomon bucket off of a Morgan Kuehnle assist drawing Coginchaug within seven at 28-21 with three minutes gone in the period. But it was down-hill from there, as the Devils missed there next nine shots, and Cromwell finished the half on a 9-0 run to take a 37-21 lead at the half. Their shooting woes continued in the third period, as only baskets by Kuehnle and Romanoff, plus a free throw by Audrey Arcari, raised an otherwise woeful 0-10 performance from the team, as Cromwell led 51-26 after three periods, and left with a 67-40 win. Kuehnle was again a bright spot for Coginchaug, with a double-double, and leading the team in rebounding with 14, scoring with 11, and blocks with four. She also had two steals and an assist. Romanoff was the other double digit scorer with 10, adding four assist and four steals. Solomon scored seven, adding three rebounds and an assist. Arcari and Olivia Corazzini each scored six points, with Arcari adding four rebounds, four steals and an assist, and Corazzini adding three rebounds and blocking a shot. Off the bench, Caryn Sibiskie grabbed two rebounds, Mikayla Wyskiel had a rebound and a steal, and Sydney Trusty had a rebound. Coginchaug is 13-5, 12-4 in the Shoreline conference. Submitted by Alan Pease

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Mens League Torrison Stone holds off Scott Tax, wins three more to reach 6-0 Scott Tax gave Torrison Stone its toughest test this season in the battle of undefeated teams in the Durham Mens Basketball League, but Adam Poturnicki and Jeremy Lobo hit some clutch free throws down the stretch, and Torrison held on in the final minute to pick up a 5349 victory. Chris Staab from Scott Tax matched up well underneath with Poturnicki, and held Adam to just 13 points, his lowest of the season. Lobo also contributed with 13 and John Biechner and Mark Pfister added 9 each for Torrison. For Scott Tax, Staab led all scorers with 15, while Keith Ferguson and Eric Rettburg also finished in double figures. The Scott Tax contest was the only test for Torrison over the past 2 weeks. Torrison easily defeated Allstate Fire Equipment 76-52, and then upended Hitchin Post Tavern 79-44, the most lopsided game in the league so far this season. Against Allstate, Lobo led the scoring for Torrison and Joe Davis for Allstate, both with 22 points. Pfister, Poturnicki and Pete Lynch also scored in double digits for Torrison. Then against Hitchin Post, Torrison (6-0) played with just 5 players, but 4 hit double figures with Poturnicki (26) leading and Lobo (20), Dave Bennett (13) and Mark Pfister (12) all finishing with big nights. Ryan Donecker led Hitchin Post with

19 and Matt Thompson finished with 10. In other Mens League games the past two weeks: Timeout Taverne 60, Young Gunz 59 - Outside the Torrison v ScottTax game, this was the most exciting game of the past 2 weeks. Pete Doering posted 9 of his 14 total points in a big 2nd half, as Timeout overcame a 2 point deficit to hold off final surge from the Young Gunz. The Gunz, always a threat to shoot the 3 pointer, went to more of an inside game against Timeout, as Mike Baranoski led with 15 and Jason Williams added 11 points, most from down in the paint. The Gunz fell behind by 6 with 4 minutes left, and cut it to 1 point with 5 seconds remaining, but did were out of timeouts and the clock expired. Scott Chesmer also picked up 13 in the win for Timeout. Connecticut Sign 53 Durham Dental 38 - Preston Beverly (17) and Matt Quinn (15) helped CT Sign (32) overcome a 20-17 halftime deficit and easily defeat Durham Dental. Marc Crayton (12) and Chris Haywood (10) led the Durham Dental scoring. Timeout Taverne 52, Hitchin Post 27 - Timeout opened up with a 10-0 start and the Post scored just 11 points in the first half, as Timeout Taverne (3-2) won easily. Scott Penney (11) and Tommy Ryan (10) led Timeout while Scott Rogers was the leading Hitchin Post (0-6) scorer with 9. Young Gunz 64 Allstate Fire 52 - Allstate trailed by just 2 at halftime, but the Young Gunz (2-3) scored 15 straight to open the 2nd half to finish with a 12 point vic-

tory. The Gunz continued their inside game dominance, scoring just 5 threes on the night. Greg Bereski led with 18 and Jason Williams had 16 for his best night so far this season. Trevor Hanson hit almost every shot he took, including 5-5 from the foul line, and Joe Davis also contributed

15 in the loss for Allstate (14). Scott Tax Group 76 Around the Clock Heating 61 - Around the Clock (1-4) took and early 7 point lead, but in a surprisingly physical contest, Scott Tax took control late in the 1st half. Playing with just 6 players, Dennis Rich fouled out 2

minutes into the 2nd haft for ScottTax (5-1), but no one else got into further foul trouble. Leland McKenna poured in 25 points and Chris Staab supplied 22 for the Scott Tax offense. Steve Markoski led ATC with 23 and Tim Egan hit on 4 three pointers for 12 total. Submitted by Scott Strang

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. This clinic is for firsttime pitchers to start off with good fundamentals, and for more experienced pitchers to improve technique. To register your son, visit, and click on “Register Online”. Contact Scott Strang at for further questions. There is a fee. Submitted by Michele Wenchell

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