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Beautiful music Photo by Diane St. John

Piano and flute students of instructor Sue Gregory, of Durham, performed in Gregory’s 39 annual Music Recital at St. Andrew’s Church in Meriden, in June. Students range from beginner to advanced and their works ranged from Debussy to Khachaturian to the Eagles. Front row: Shane Buckheit, Alexandra Nick, Claire Linden-Dionne, Gage Rovelli, Henry St. John, Gwynneth Palo-Mack, Eric Liesener, Nina Mattison, Nathan Boy, Anna Gargamelli. Middle row: Tyler McDonald, Liz Harlow, Catherine St. John, Mallory Figoras, Atalie Sweet, Ivy Linden-Dionne, Michael Malek, Sam St. John. Back row: Erica Fontanella, Flannery Keenan, Hannah Huddleston, Brian Jubelirer, Scott Romeyn, Martin Malek. Performers not pictured: Morgan Whalen and Emily Rose Pietruszka.

Fun with photos for the 4th of July Many readers send in photos to Town Times and we publish these each week whenever there is space. However, over time, we often accumulate a file of pictures that have yet to be printed. It seemed that the Fourth of July was a great time to bring you these photos that represent the spirit of Independence Day. This special edition of Town Times is chock full of your best shots of family, friends, teams, activities and triumphs. We appreciate all your photo submissions and hope you enjoy seeing your neighbors - and maybe yourself - in our pages today. To submit photos send jpeg files to news@towntimes.com.

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Brewster Elementary School celebrated its annual Dance Festival recently on the school’s front lawn. The event included a picnic lunch with parents and an afternoon of dancing by the students.

Sue Cummings of Durham, was named the winner of the Durham Fair Poster Contest. The contest received over 700 votes from a combination of an online survey and an open house event at the Durham Fairhouse.


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Town Times — Friday, July 5, 2013

Durham BOS hears Deerfield Farm issues By Mark Dionne Town Times

Although Deerfield Farm was not on the agenda, issues surrounding the Parmalee Hill dairy farm came up for extended discussion at the Durham Board of Selectman meeting on June 24. Deerfield Farm owner Melynda Naples, who leases the town-owned land for the farm, detailed several issues in a letter to the town and asked the BOS for a response during the meeting’s public comment. Construction materials for

the Pent Road repair project were stored on the Deerfield Farm property, creating one of the issues. Durham First Selectman Laura Francis said, “There were some reasons why we had to go farther into the property with that project than we wanted to. Some of it had to do with weather. Some of it had to do with the inability to store some materials ... because it was so wet and muddy.” Naples is seeking reimbursement for hay lost due to the construction materials. Francis said, “We also agree that we will try to calculate

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what hay you might have lost ... and make amends for that.” A second issue concerns a fence damaged, according to Naples, by town crews. Naples fixed the damage and sent Durham a bill for the job. Francis said, “There’s a lot of he-said-she-said about what happened to that fence and how it was handled after that and so we’re going to try to move forward.” According to Francis, the town is seeking estimates to send to the town’s insurance company. Other issues addressed in-

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The future of Deerfield Farm was discussed at a recent Durham Board of Selectman meeting. clude repairs to the driveway of the property and the installation of a water tank. An agreement to move Deerfield Farms, which currently operates on a monthly lease, to a longer-term lease is under review by Naples’ attorney and could move forward in July. In comments that he said reflected only his own views, Roger Passavant, who is on Durham’s Agricultural Commission and is an owner of Rivendell Farm, told the BOS that Naples was often put in a tough spot by different boards in town. “I really feel like she has been treated like a second class citizen,” said Passavant. “Why was all the Pent Road construction material stockpiled on her property and not on somebody else’s

front yard? Are we possibly just taking advantage of her as our tenant?” Francis proposed that the Conservation Commission Chair handle primary communication with Naples regarding the farm. “Until the Conservation Commission hands over the stewardship completely to us, I am going to respect their authority.” The Conservation Commission has authority over open space, which includes Deerfield Farms. When asked if she wanted to remain as a tenant, Naples replied, “That’s what I’ve been fighting and pushing for.” “We certainly don’t want to be adversaries ... we want to move forward,” Francis said.

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Briefs Get Stitchy Durham Recreation has scheduled Get Stitchy, an open event for quilters and sewers, for Monday, July 8 and Monday, Aug. 12, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Durham Activity Center, 350 Main St. Get Stitichy is an opportunity to enjoy the company of others, exchange ideas and finish projects. Bring you project materials, sewing machine and an extension cord. For more information and to sign up, contact Pam Carey at (860) 349-0453 or carey_clan@sbcglobal.net or Vicki Berry at (860) 343-0879 or vberry11@comcast.net.

Town meeting The Town of Durham has scheduled a special town

meeting of the Electors and Citizens qualified to vote at Town Meetings of the Town of Durham for Monday, July 8, at 8 p.m. in the third floor meeting room, Town Hall, on Monday, July 8, 2013 at 8:00 p.m. for the following purpose: To transfer up To $30,000 from #9685 Reserve for Highway Equipment to #6700-483 CIP-Highway Vehicles for the purchase of a new tow vehicle to be used by Emergency Management and the Building Department as recommended by the Board of Finance at its meeting of June 18, 2013. To transfer $100,000 from #9700 Reserve for Major Culvert Repair to #6700-476 CIPMajor Culvert Repair for the installation of a new culvert on Bear Rock Road as recommended by the Board of Fi-

nance at their meeting of June 18, 2013.

Fireworks cruise Middlefield Park and Recreation has scheduled its annual trip to New London Harbor for the Sailfest Fireworks Cruise for Saturday, July 13, from 6 p.m. to midnight. Bus leaves Middlefield Community Center at 6 p.m. A fee is charged. For more information and tickets, email RAHR25@comcast.net. See Briefs, page 18

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Farmers Market -The Dudley Farm Farmers Market, 2341 Durham Rd., North Guilford, is open on Saturdays, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., through October. The market offers fruits and vegetables, flowers and plants, baked goods, eggs, naturally-raised meats, handmade art, crafts, maple syrup, jam, jellies, pickles and more. Church tag and bake sale -The Church of the Epiphany, 196 Main Street, has scheduled its annual tag and bake sale for Satur-

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Soccer club - The Coginchaug Soccer Club is scheduled its annual membership meeting for Sunday, July 7, at 7 p.m., at the Middlefield Community Center. Players, parents, coaches, and board members are welcome. For more information, call Matt at (860) 349-0647.

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Senior summer sizzler The 7th annual Senior Summer Sizzler barbeque is scheduled for Tuesday, July 7, from 4 to 6 p.m., at Water’s Edge center for Heath & Rehabilitation, 111 Church St., Middletown, rain or shine. All active adults and seniors, 55 and older, are welcome to the free event. For more infor-

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Landscape lighting much more than floodlights, it’s art By Judy Moeckel Special to Town Times

I never really thought much about outdoor lighting. Basically, it meant replacing floodlights outside the house or Moeckel changing the light bulb by the back door. Or perhaps those cold, blue-toned lights on poles by the road that seemed to glare at me. But there is a different world of lighting and artistry out there called landscape lighting design. Light can be magical and affect how you feel in a space. It can create

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Summer 2013: the lake, grads, youth employment, a vote on Powder Ridge and a new bathing suit

Jon A. Brayshaw

From The Desk Of The First Selectman

Am heading out the door to embark on a long awaited family vacation so, perhaps mercifully I will cut my usual rambling Town Times article short (ha). My favorite reporting is as usual Powder

Ridge. What progress! It’s so good to see workers slowly bringing “her” back to life. Adding to my personal excitement was Joe Geruch and I volunteering to be guinea pigs on the maiden trip of a recently refurbished chair lift up the mountain with our DECD rep and Sean Hayes waving us on. Add some snow and bingo dream complete. An issue closely connected with Powder Ridge is the Vogel-Brown sale. “If you recall” the town had always aimed at selling all of the 240 acres of PR land for $1 million. To achieve that goal the town agreed to sell the majority (220 acres) to Brownstone for $700,000. We kept back a 20 acre parcel (worth $300,000) from the deal. Not long after the PR closing, Town officials were approached with an offer to buy the 20 acres for $300K. So, $700K plus $300K =

$1,000,000. (Great.) The offer came from the neighboring horse farm operated by Lori Vogel-Brown. Following negotiations, a deal was presented at a public hearing on April 9. Based on input from the public hearing, the deal was revised to accommodate comments received. Because our charter calls for a vote to sell land, the Board of Selectmen is now in the process of bringing the offer to the citizens for a vote. To the board, there seems to be a number of plusses that will benefit the town … not the least of which is the support of agriculture (which includes grazing Appaloosa’s) and the proceeds that will reduce our mortgage on Powder Ridge (as planned). The deal includes a conservation easement. The particulars will be aired at a second

Government Meetings Thursday, July 18 Durham Government Public Safety Renovations Planning Committee, Durham Volunteer Firehouse, 6:30 Calendar p.m. (Unless otherwise indicated, all meetings are held in the Durham Library. Check the town website at www.townofdurhamct.org for updates.) Monday, July 8 Board of Selectman, Town Hall, 7 p.m. Inland Wetlands, Library, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 9 Conservation Commission, Library, 7:30 p.m. Library Board of Trustees, Library, 7:30 p.m. Durham Volunteer Fire Company, Durham Volunteer Company, 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 10 Cemetery Company, Town Hall, 7 p.m. Thursday, July 11 Zoning Board of Appeals, Town Hall, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 16 Board of Finance, Town Hall 6 p.m. Agriculture Commission, Town Hall, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 17 Planning & Zoning, Town Hall, 7 p.m.

DMIAAB, Middlefield Community Center, 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 30 Ethic’s Commission, Library, 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 31 Durham Volunteer Ambulance Corps, 205 Main St., Durham, 6 p.m.

Middlefield Government Calendar (Unless otherwise indicated, all meetings are held in the Community Center.) Wednesday, July 10 Planning & Zoning, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 11 Parks & Recreation, 6:30 p.m. Monday, July 15 Middlefield Housing Authority, 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 16 Board of Selectman, 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 17 Inlands/Wetlands Commission, 7 p.m. Thursday, July 18 Board of Finance, 7 p.m.

public hearing July 16 in preparation for a formal vote at a referendum July 23. All the details of the deal are available at the clerk’s office. It’s in your hands. The Board of Selectmen did their job. Once again, I had the honor of attending the various moving up and graduation programs in our school system on behalf of

the town. I love the look of anticipation in the youngest. I love the boys with their shirts hanging out and the girls with their first attempt at the use of cosmetics. I love the always hot steamy evening in the Coginchaug auditorium. Besides graduation, perhaps the single most

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Letters to the Editor New chapter To the editor: The last 28 years have flown by with a lifetime of memories from working at Regional District 13. I cannot begin to express my deepest gratitude for all of your support over so many years. My father could never understand how it came to pass that I found a “real” job that allowed me to wear jeans, hike in the forests, catch insects, frogs and snakes and get paid. I’ve had the privilege of working with thousands of children and so many wonderful adults. I learned from and was challenged by all of you, too. This school district is unique in that it supports a tremendous IT department while also supporting real-life ex-

periences and learning in the natural world. The Outdoor Education Center has been in District 13 since 1977 and the reins have been turned back over to Lorrie Martin, who will continue to work with the children of Durham and Middlefield, instilling in them that all important sense of wonder and understanding of all that we share on this planet. It is not often that one gets to retire still loving to come to work each day, so I feel especially fortunate. Thank you all and I will continue to follow your news as I begin the next chapter in my life. I know I will miss you. Marcy Klattenberg Outdoor Education Teacher for District 13

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Summer Continued from page 8 rewarding happening in Middlefield this summer is the Workforce Alliance summer work program we are involved in. Yes, it does take “Town Hall” time but it’s well worth the effort. This year, Middlefield, Rockfall and Durham found jobs for nearly 50 of our youth working for an assortment of employers. The jobs keep the kids from going cross-eyed from playing with their assortment of electronics and they keep the kids out

of mom’s hair. As for Lake Beseck. Momentum is building as the learning curve flattens to the point now that we are looking at retaining professionals to help with understanding our situation and to help come up with a game plan. There was a very nice news clip on the lake on TV last week. At this point looks like we’ll get in another season of enjoyment. You should know that we will do something once the lake is drained. On June 20, the state conducted a mock emergency exercise. Many of us participate in the “make believe”

weather events so we know what to do when it’s real. These exercises along with the removal of a few hundred trees should have a beneficial impact on how we survive the next storm. And finally, the books are closed for fiscal year 2012-2013. There is money left in the check book. So, off we go again spending your hard earned ever diluted paycheck. I wish readers a refreshing and meaningful summer. I for one will be showing off my new floral design bathing suit. (Jon A. Brayshaw is first selectman for the Town of Middlefield.)

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2013 CRHS valedictorian bids adieu to her classmates By Carli Wallace

Hey everybody. First off, I would like to thank everyone in the audience for att e n d i n g Coginchaug Regional High School’s Class of 2013 Gradu- Wallace ation. As this night draws to a close, our time at high school also comes to an end. In the words of John Green, “Some infinities are bigger than other infinities.” There is an infinite set of numbers between zero and one, right? There’s .1, .01, .001, and infinite more. And there’s a larger infinite set of numbers between zero and two, yeah? And yet, somehow, the infinite set of numbers between zero and two is bigger, and encompasses the infinite set of numbers

between zero and one. While each memory we make may have lasted a few hours, minutes, or seconds, time, and our concept of time, is subjective. Really, these memories last forever, as we remember and relive them. These memories we’ve made within our long time at Coginchaug represent one of those infinities within other infinities. And what memories we’ve made. We woke up to Jeff Giantonio’s sultry voice on the announcements, occasionally were treated to Justin’s fabulous dance moves, and took part in the school-wide bear vs. tiger debate. We got to see our new track, as well as the end of the senior parking lot, much to our frustration. We finally know Mr. Pulino’s rapper name (Italian Ice), if Mrs. Earnshaw will let us leave early from the library (she won’t) and

whose America is it (Mrs. Munson’s). After four years of classes, assemblies, and homework, we have come out more competent, more prepared, and ridiculously more attractive than when we came in, although, let’s face it, we all know that Garret Judson wins the attractiveness award. Four years. Four all too quick, yet never-ending years. Within our finite years here, these memories and many more have taught us an infinite number of lessons. We’ve learned to think, to dare, to create. We learned that we have the power to shape the years ahead of us. We also learned that we can’t trust Bobby with any glassware, because he’ll probably just break it. One lesson that particularly struck me is that there was a wid, caring community in the students and faculty. When I entered high

school, I was convinced that it was going to be like the DMV - full of cold, standoffish people who only want to see you fail. I was surprised to see that the opposite was true- everyone here supported us, and unbeknownst to us, we supported them equally in turn. If you stop and look around, can you really believe this seemingly infinite reality is ending? Now, we must go on into the great unknown and let high school, currently our reality, become a memory, just like everything else. I can’t say that these past four years have been the best years of our lives, though, because that would be insanely sad. If you leave high school and say “you know, I really miss that I took the SATs for six hours straight and then cried over a grade I got in A.P. U.S. History”, then you need to completely re-evaluate your life.

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2013 CRHS salutatorian celebrates past, welcomes future By Justin Etheridge

Broaden our view further still and we will find one family in Dorchester, Massachusetts that should be celebrating the completion of a marathon and instead is mourning the loss of a son. There are seven such families in Moore, Oklahoma and countless others around the world that don’t make the news. You see, my friends, there is suffering in this world, and if we were to allow our heart to fill with pride alone, we would lose sight of this truth. We must never allow ourselves to do this. We must never cease to be humble. Humility is the anchor of humanity. It keeps us grounded and sensible. It makes us aware of our own limitations and, more importantly, aware of the condition of others. When we inject a little bit of humility into our lives, our very perception of the world changes drastically. We begin to see this world not as something to be conquered but as something to be shared: not as something to be fought over and won but as something to be improved

together. When we cast pride and arrogance from our hearts and enshrine in its place humility, then we have taken the first and most difficult steps on the path to change. I believe with all my heart that the greatest thing we can do on this earth is lend our voices to those who are silenced, especially to those people who are entirely unlike us. We sometimes think that the only problems deserving of our time and efforts are those that impact us directly, but humility shows us that this is a tragic, and de-

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The final School Spirit Day at John Lyman School was Twin Day, where teachers and students dressed alike. Pictured, Kareena Patel and Allie Dugan, Aidan Lentz and Drew Morris, Stevie Ricci and Aurora Morgan.

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United Churches of Durham held its annual Baccalaureate Day recently. Pictured are the 2013 high school graduates on the front steps of the church. Front row, from left: Christina Pen, Melissa Handy, Ashley Vanaman, Caroline Whitaker, Sydney Altschuler. Back row: Connor Bates, Dr. Riggles, Noah Ludecke.

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Game for their hometown Submitted by Toni-Lynn Miles

Broken record Submitted by Paula Doolittle

The Coginchaug girls 4x400 relay team recently competed in the state open championships after earning a spot with a fifth place finish at the class S championship meet. At the state opens, the team broke a 13 year-old record with a time of 4.13.56, securing a place in the record books. Team members are Ali Doolittle, Jessica Drop, Bailey Thayer and Bailey Maus.

Members of the Middlesex Dance Center recently danced a pregame performance at New Britain Stadium before the New Britain Rock Cats baseball game. Before their performance, dancers were recognized by the organization as Hometown Champions, honored for their charity and civic work with the studio and in the community. Meghan Crocetto, winner of the 2013 MDC Rosamund F. Lange Award for tap, threw out a first pitch.

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Local members of team Around the Clock Heating and Cooling smile after participating in the American Diabetes Association’s Tour de Cure bike ride at the Durham Fairgrounds recently. The event, the first one held in Durham, raised over $117,000 for diabetes research. From left: Stan Schuetz, John Leonard, Caitie Casey-Leonard, Mike Lecza, Bernadette Lecza, Kenneth Byrne, Conner Byrne, Allison Byrne, Craig Lampo, and Nathan Lampo.

Connecticut Shoreline Sting 14 U blue travel softball team played The Grows Spring Bash Pony soft ball tournament in Watertown recently. The team defeated the Connecticut Tradition to seed third. The team’s first opponents were the Tradition, which they defeated to advance to the semifinals where they went up against the Cheshire Wildcats. Connecticut Shoreline Sting 14 shut out the Wildcats to advance to the finals against the Hornets, eventually winning the tournament. Lauren Donnelly, of Durham, and Destiny Helmedach, of Middlefield are members of the team.


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Obituary John Bobka John Bobka, 85, of Middletown, beloved husband of Georgia Rose (Gike) Bobka, died peacefully on June 25, 2013. He was born in New York City on July 14, 1927, the son of the late John Bobka and Catherine (Kornak) Bobka. John joined the United States Merchant Marine at the age of 16, serving as a radio officer and traveling the world from 1943 until 1949. He had a lifelong affection for black coffee, boats and the water. On June 19, 1949, John married Georgia, who always refers to him as, “the love of my life.” The couple moved to Riverside, California, when John’s New York Air National Guard unit was activated during the Korean War and returned to New York in 1952, settling in Elwood on Long Island where they raised their family. John graduated from Hofstra College with a B.S. in Applied Physics in 1959 and worked as an electrical engineer for Sperry Corporation and Grumman Aerospace Corporation until his retirement in 1988. One of his proudest accomplishments was participating in the design of the backup navigation system for the Apollo Lunar Module.

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He was an avid reader and had an intense interest in military history, the financial markets, and high level mathematics. John leaves behind four children, Vivian Bobka of the San Francisco Bay area, Captain Christian Bobka of Apple Valley, Minn., Ellen Bobka of Armonk, N.Y., and Susan McNamara, M.D. and her husband Glenn F. McNamara, of Middlefield; and four grandchildren, who brought him much happiness, Troy E. McNamara, Britt A. McNamara, Erich Bobka, and Adam Bobka. John is also survived by two brothers, Walter Bobka and George Bobka. Services were held June 29, 2013 from the Doolittle Funeral Home, Middletown followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at Saint Mary of Czestochowa Church, Middletown. Burial was held Monday, July 1, 2013 in the State of Connecticut Veterans’ Cemetery, Middletown, with full military honors. Donations may be made in John’s memory to Person-toPerson Camperships, 1864 Post Road, Darien, CT 06820. Messages of condolence may be sent to the family at www.doolittlefuneralservice.com.

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Carving club remembers the old times By Daniel Jackson The Town Times

The faces etched into the wood spoke of age and hardship, as if Rip Van Winkle himself came back in the form of a walking stick. A woodcarver had carved a face deep in those walking sticks, displayed at a walking stick class held by the Connecticut Woodcarver’s Association. The association invited the public to try their hand at carving walking sticks at the Connecticut Forest and Park Association open house held in June at its headquarters in Middlefield. Novices who barely took knife to wood carved alongside veterans who’d made piles of wood shavings in their years of carving. Vice president of the club, Jim Mueller of Southington, taught one man how to carve a face into a piece of wood. Using a gouge, Mueller demonstrated how to make an eye socket by scooping out the wood, defining the nose. He explains that the biggest mistake most people

make is that they are afraid to remove material. The Woodcarving Club meets the first Sunday of every month, except for a break during the summer, at the CFPA headquarters. From about 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., carvers drop in, bring their projects, carve and help each other out. While the carvers share the hobby, they carve vastly different things. Some like carving decoys, bass reliefs, chainsaw carving - even carving golf balls. Grant Lauer, of Bristol, cuts away the hard plastic shell of golf balls to get to the plastic resin beneath. The color of the plastic varies from golf ball to golf ball, even ones made by the same company. “You don’t know what you’re getting until you open it,” he said. He took one golf ball and carved it into a Christmas ornament. He also carves the center of softballs. Today, however, he carved a face onto a walking stick. Along a wall, the club

Walking sticks were on display at a recent class held by the Connecticut Woodcarving Association. leaned dozens upon dozens of sticks that they cut from Nassahegan State Forest in Burlington. The club received a permit to thin the saplings from the forest. Mueller said his favorite wood to carve into a walking stick is black birch. When the wood dries out, the dark bark contrasts with the light wood

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Connecticut Woodcarving Association member Gant Lauer puts the finishing touches on a walking stick. underneath. It also dries out well. Some wood, like oak, crack and split as it dries. A few years ago, the club was small. Only about eight to 10 people showed up at the club’s monthly carving meetings. However, it experienced a mini renaissance and now, usually 30 to 40 people will carve together in the bottom of the CFPA building, Mueller said. Carving is an old craft that isn’t getting as much attention in today’s video-game culture, Mueller said. “A lot of people don’t want to work with their hands anymore. People don’t want to get dirty,” he said. However young and old attend these meetings. For example, the youngster got a carving set from his grandfather and he wants to try it out, Mueller said. For those who don’t have a

set, the club puts together beginner carvings kits, with a basic knife and a strop, to keep the knife sharp, to help people get involved in the craft. But they also organize the walking stick class, where they invite the general public to try carving a stick, try out tools and see if they like carving. About 25 people tried carving at the CFPA open house, Mueller said. They felt how a well-sharpened knife glides easily through wood and they smelled the scent of fresh birch, as if someone opened a can of root beer, as strips of bark fell away from their walking stick, exposing the white wood beneath. For more information about the Connecticut Woodcarver’s Association, visit ctwoodcarvers.org.

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Ann Tuthill in her apartment at Sugarloaf Terrace where she enjoys life at the subsidized housing community. the refrigerator. The smaller apartments do have a benefit, though. Ely does not have to move to get ingredients while cooking. And if a resident was to get dizzy in the bathroom, he or she can easily grab onto something to steady themselves. Elder said most of the residents are retired. If they need a ride, they dial a ride. It’s a close community. Thus, when conflicts arise in the community, it’s usually between the independence of the individual versus the good of the whole, like when someone has a dog for companionship but it barks all

the time. While community relations may be a short-term issue at Sugarloaf, Elder said Middlefield needs more housing. Middlefield Housing Authority commissioned a study by DataCore Partners, done January 2011, to study

the housing situation in Middlefield. The results found that the town could benefit from more affordable housing. In the coming years, the elderly population in the nation is set to rise. Because

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At one point, shoveling snow and the work involved with keeping a home became too much for Marion Ely. “When you get in your 80s, you can’t do it anymore,” Ely said. For seven winters now, she watched as someone else cleared the snow from the walkways at her apartment in Sugarloaf Terrace. She waves to the person who comes down the walk with a snow blower. Sugarloaf Terrace is Middlefield’s subsidized housing. Seniors with moderate to low income can apply to live in 30apartment complex built around three courtyards. However, the waiting list is long and there is a need for more affordable housing in Middlefield, said Alma Elders, chair of the Middlefield Housing Authority Commission. Recently, a resident of Sugarloaf left the complex, leaving an opening. This is an event that happens only a few times a year, said Elder. The Housing Authority looks for a new resident by opening a waiting list. Currently, many people have applied and the list is long. “There are a lot of people who want to live there,” she said. Applicants must meet certain criteria: they must be older than 62, have no criminal history, and possess good credit. They also need to have a moderate to low income, defined as receiving an income 80 percent lower than the median income of the town, which is $85,000 a year. After the housing authority has a list, they randomize the order of the names and then call the first person on the list. If they decline, the Housing Authority moves onto the second name, and so on until someone accepts. Elder said Sugarloaf is a community that lives independently. The residents organize weekly bingo games, have clubs and work on projects together. On a recent summer day, Ely and her friend, Ann Tuthill, sat outside the doors

of their apartments and visited with each other. They said they frequently spend their time outside. If they want shade, they can move underneath the red maple which grows in the courtyard. The flowers which grow in front of both their apartments were blooming. Ann said the ground is too difficult to dig in, so she set window planters on the ground, and piled red mulch around them to make beds. Both are from Middlefield. Tuthill went from a fully furnished house on Route 66 to a one-bedroom apartment. Downsizing to a small apartment was difficult. Ely said one way to downsize is to hold a big tag sale. But Tuthill kept her family photos. She placed them around her apartment on bookcases and on tables. Newer photos, of her greatgrandchildren, are posted on


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The Social Services Department office hours are scheduled for Monday and Wednesday, at the Durham Activity Center, 350 Main St., from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Office hours on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, are scheduled at the Town Hall, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Amanda Pedersen is available at (860) 349-3153 at either location.

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Briefs Continued from page 18 day, Aug. 8, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at the Middlefield Community Center. A fee is charged, which includes instruction, book, materials and certificate. Class is limited to 12 participants. Registration is required by July 31. The program includes basic childcare information, first aid and CPR training, how to respond to emergency or sudden illness, prevention of accidents and supervision of children from infancy to school age. For more information, call (860) 349-0258 or visit www.dmyfs.org.

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CRHS assistant principal latest administrator to resign By Mark Dionne Town Times

Coginchaug Regional High School Assistant Principal Brian Bodner will leave the district for an assistant principal position at Daniel Hand High School in Madison. In April, the resignations of CRHS Principal Andre Hauser and Superintendent of Schools Sue Viccaro came within a week of each other. Hauser left to become principal at Waterford High School, while Viccaro resigned without a destination but has since accepted a superintendent job in Massachusetts. “We now find ourselves in the very unfortunate position of having to hire what I would consider the top three

administrative positions in D13,” said Durham First Selectman Laura Francis at the June 24 Board of Selectmen meeting. “Not a position that we would like to be in.” Principal positions have turned over at four of the six district schools since 2011. Nancy Heckler recently watched the first kindergarten class from her term as principal at Brewster Elementary School graduate from CRHS. Memorial Middle School’s Kevin Brough is the only other principal with long term experience in the district. The school district has also experienced recent turnover at the director of curriculum and the business manager positions, although the business manager, Ron Melnik, returned after his

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replacement left. The Board of Education (BOE) has also seen an influx of new members and a turnover in the chairmanship, from Tom Hennick to Kerrie Flanagan, during that time. Some of the departures have been due to retirement, while others, like Bodner’s, were due to opportunities in other districts. “I really hope that that’s the end of it,” said Francis. Don Gates, longtime principal at Portland High School, is operating as interim principal at CRHS during the search. The principal job has been re-posted after one failed search. Ernest Perlini, longtime superintendent of schools in Newington, is currently operating as interim superintendent for district 13.

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spaces at night without having to blast it with spotlights. Our street is very dark and the tree lighting softly lights the area, letting guests see where we live,” he said. Brandie Patton moved to Durham from Ohio. Where she comes from, most homes have some type of exterior lighting. She decided to do the same to her new home here. Lights were installed outside the front of the house and also to light to the outdoor fireplace, pool area and larger trees in the backyard. “The lighting has really enhanced the property,” Patton said. “Some of the lights are on dimmers, so we can control the look and mood or feel of the lighting depending on the event or setting that we want.”

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many retired people live on fixed income, they can be challenged economically whenever the mil rate increases, Elder said, making affordable housing a comfortable way to live. The study also said younger workers, who wish to locate to the area, need an affordable place to stay that only cost 30 percent of their pay. These workers boost the economy of an area. “From an economic standpoint,” the study said, “the data strongly suggests that the Housing Authority try to maximize the number of units that could be offered, since demand is far outpacing supply. Clearly, this is one of the most important economic development initiatives that could be undertaken given the pronounced need for ‘workforce housing.’” However, Elder said her commission has not moved forward with the recommendations from the study because there is no money.

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Salutatorian Continued from page 11 their race, neither their faith nor their sexuality, will limit their prospects. Though it may serve our interests in no way at all, lending our voices – and perhaps even our votes – to the cause of the betterment of others is the most and perhaps only gratifying endeavor we can ever take on. Such a task, however, requires a tremendous amount of humility. If you don’t believe what humility can do for us all, I ask you once again, to look around this room. One hundred and forty-six graduating seniors sit on this stage tonight, and despite what our giant, overinflated, teenage egos are telling us, we are here not only because of our-

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selves but also because of our educators and loved ones. Every day our teacher stood before us, spoke over a chorus of yawns, and commanded our attention despite our lack of sleep or our lack of motivation. They were eternally insistent that we learn even when it was clear that we had no desire to do so. Why? Because it was for the greater good, our education, our growth, our future. Then there are our loved ones who taught us too, maybe not about math and history but about life certainly. They taught us how to love and how to dream, and they did much more than teach us. They cared for us. They changed our diapers and wiped our noses. They took us back and forth to school and soccer practice. They consoled us when we lost. They celebrated with us when we won. And they were humble enough to refrain

from kicking us out when we fought with them. They gave us half of all the things that we have in this world and they motivated us to earn the other half ourselves. In the case of both our educators and our loved ones, our future successes will forever be linked to them and to their ability to remain humble even when we made that task difficult for them. They are the truest testament to the power of humility in changing the world, for we are exactly what we are because of them. I think I speak for us all when I say, for this, we are eternally grateful. So, class of 2013, now that it is my time to leave you, I will do so with a simple challenge; as you go forward in life, be brave enough to remain humble. I say be brave because humility is not an easy thing to have. Though we may sometimes mistake humility for weakness or in-

security, I believe the true distinction between strong and weak is not one’s opinion of oneself but rather one’s willingness to take on the most daunting of challenges. In the coming years we will be exploring new areas of life, making new friends, and through the process learning more and more about ourselves. Under such circumstances, thinking of our own interest would be the easy thing to do. Thinking of others and how they suffer and what we can do we can do to ease their pain, is a far more formidable task. But I promise you this, class of 2013, if you can manage to be humble, you will discover more about yourself than you ever thought possible. In being humble and dedicating our lives to the defense of others, we can make a better home of our country, a great legacy of our lives, more honorable people of ourselves. Good

luck Class of 2013. I have loved you dearly, and I will forever remember you fondly. Thank you. (Justin Etheridge gave this speech at the June 25 graduation ceremonies for Coginchaug Regional High School.)

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“We have looked for funding and there isn’t any,” she said. After they find a potential stream of revenue to get more housing in the town, the commission will write a proposal and present it to the town. However, Elder said she would still want to serve the residents of the town who have lived in town for years, as they do now. “We would try to give preference to certain groups, like seniors,” she said.

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ous voice, Madame Cashore’s piercing gaze, and Mrs. Walsh’s generally eccentric behavior. We couldn’t have succeeded without all of your infinite kindness, infinite generosity and infinite knowledge. At least, you always said your knowledge was infinite. So, thanks. I can’t say that we’ll leave here and become the doctors, politicians, or anarchists of tomorrow, because I’m only an 18-year-old girl. Last week, I spent 20 minutes looking up how to boil corn and I still didn’t get it right. Does it really sound like I’m the most qualified person to tell you what our futures hold? All I know is that we have reached the next stage in our lives. And while our time at Coginchaug might be finite, the memories we’ve made are infinite if we carry them and their lessons with us. I hope you all remember to carry those memories with you as you go on to create more, even better memories. So, in closing, on behalf of the class of 2013, I’d like to say farewell, stay classy and may the force be with you, Coginchaug. It’s been a ride. (Carli Wallace gave this speech June 25 at graduation ceremonies for Coginchaug Regional High School.)

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Hours: Monday to Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information: (860) 349-9544 or www.durhamlibrary.org. Summer programs for kids Language Workshops for Children (ages 7 to 10) -

Wednesdays, July 3 to Aug. 7 from 4 to 5 p.m. The program uses games, songs, stories and crafts to teach basic vocabulary and an appreciation for foreign languages. Touch-a-Truck Event (all ages) - Wednesday, July 10 at 10:30 a.m. The Durham Town crew will bring digging equipment to explore. Critter Caravan (ages 3 and up) - Wednesday, July 17 at 10:30 a.m. Meet a variety of

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small animals, from hedgehogs to turtles, in this handson program. Underland Quest (ages 8 to 12) - Wednesday, July 17 at 6:30 p.m. Demonstrate your knowledge of the Gregor the Overlander series at this fun quest event. Books in the series are available at the circulation desk. Drop-in story programs: Little Diggers (18 to 36 months) Mondays, through

Aug. 5 at 10:30 a.m. Bedtime Storytime (2 to 5 years) Mondays, July 8 through Aug. 5 at 7 p.m. Growing Readers (3 to 6 years) Tuesdays, through Aug. 6 at 10:30 a.m. Farmers’ Market Storytime on the Durham Green (all ages) Thursdays, through Sept. 6 at 4:30 p.m. The Bookworms (ages 7 to 10 years) Thursdays, July 11 to July 25 at 7 p.m.

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Summer Programs for Young Adults: Teen Advisory Group (ages 12-18) - Saturday, July 6, 3 to 4 p.m. Share your ideas for how to improve the library. Joining this group can count towards community service hours. Drop in, no registration. Teen Knitting Club (ages 10-18) - Tuesday, July 9 and Tuesday, Aug. 13, from 7 to 8 p.m. Learn to knit or bring your projects and knit along. All levels welcome. Needles and yarn available for those just learning. Drop in, no registration. Teen Cuisine: Seafood (ages 12-18) - Wednesday, July 10, 4:30 to 6:30. Learn cooking skills and kitchen safety all while preparing a three course meal. The program is an ocean theme and will make salmon dip, baked fish, and sea salt brownies. Please register. Teen Pirate Party (ages 10-18) - Saturday, July 20, 3 to 4:30 p.m. Dress as a pirate and play pirate games, eat pirate food, watch clips of our favorite pirates and more. Please register. Sand Drip Bowls (ages 1018) - Tuesday, July 23, 7 to 8 p.m. Make a decorative bowl out of sand! Please register. Teen Book Club (ages 1118) - Wednesday, July 24, 6:30 to7:30 p.m. “The Year of the Gadfly” by Jennifer Miller, with a live video chat with the author. Books available at the front desk. Drop in, no registration. Decorating Flower Pots (ages 10-18) - Wednesday, July 31, 4 to 5 p.m. Paint your own flower pot, then plant a mystery seed in it. Please register. Visit www.durhamlibrary .org to search the catalog, review your account, register for a program or renew your materials online.

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Schools

Pet of the week - Grace Xavier High School

Xavier High School announced its fourth term honor roll High honors James Rosborough, Lawrence Bourland, Connor Marszalek of Durham; John Yusza, Patrick Booth of Middlefield. Honors Christopher Fusco, Joseph Braun, Ryan DeVille, Sean Doyle, Noah Palo, Timothy Morris, Christopher Peach,

Joseph Prifitera, Nicholas Cumello, John-Rudy Fronc, Scott Marks, George Trapp of Durham; Timothy Boyle, Trevor Root, Christopher Carta, Michael Scherer, Paul Martorelli of Middlefield.

Graduates

University of New Haven - Gary Mason of Middlefield.

Dean’s list

University of Hartford Ross McCain, Monika Malek of Durham.

Football clinics

Grace is about 6-years-old and is a sweet girl. She is overwhelmed at the shelter with all of the cats and needs a quiet home of her own. She loves to be petted and she purrs and seeks affection. She is not crazy about being held, but over time and with trust she may become a lap cat. She needs a patient, cat experienced person to adopt her who will give her time to adjust. Dogs and small children would scare her. Please contact Catales today at (860) 344-9043 or email us at info@catales.org.

Library Continued from page 22 For information or to register for a program by phone, call (860) 349-9544.

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the summer. Storytime & craft Levi E. Coe Library and Lyman Orchards have scheduled “Berry Storytimer” Saturday, July 13, from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. at Lyman Orchards, 32 Reeds Gap Rd. For more information and to register, (860) 349-3857.

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varsity football team. The clinic runs July 22 to 25 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Registration fee is $60. Durham-Middlefield Youth Football will issue equipment to any player enrolled for its fall season so they can attend the clinic. Both clinics will be held at the at the Coginchaug football field. A certified athletic trainer will be on site for both clinics. Registration forms can be obtained from the Durham Recreation Department website and the Durham-Middlefield Youth Football website.

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Explore all things underground this summer during the Durham Library Summer Reading Program. A feature of the summer reading program is the online registration and book logging program, provided by the Connecticut State Library. Reading programs and prizes are available for preschoolers, school-aged children, teens and adults. Children can earn weekly awards for reading, while teens and adults earn raffle tickets for prizes. To register, visit the Durham Public Library website at w w w. d u r h a m l i b r a r y. o r g . Registration is open now. Book logging will begin July 1. The library has also scheduled numerous programs for children, teens and families this summer. Investigate fossils at the Fossil Factory program or learn some new

recipes at Teen Cuisine. There will be stories and crafts, movies and concerts, and, of course, lots of books. For a full list of programs, visit www.durhamlibrary.org. Registration is open for all programs. For more information and to register, visit the library or call (860) 349-9544.

The Durham Recreation Department and the Coginchaug football staff will offer two youth football clinics the week of July 22. The “Little Devils” clinic is for players entering third through sixth grade. Players will learn the game’s fundamentals and every player will be taught the basics of blocking, tackling, ball carrying, pass catching and pass defense. The clinic will be staffed by the Coginchaug freshmen football coaches and varsity football players. The clinic runs July 23 to 25 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Registration fee is $25. The “Varsity Plus” clinic is for players entering the seventh, eighth and ninth grades. It is a full contact clinic run by the Coginchaug Varsity football coaches. Players will receive the advanced instruction that will give them an edge in their upcoming seasons. The clinic will feature individual skill sessions and team periods where players will learn the same techniques and schemes used by the Coginchaug

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High energy performance

Photo by Heather Kannam

Photo by Claudia O’Connell

Thomas Kannam of Durham celebrates at the state capital after winning an iPad as the first place finisher in his age group at the ninth annual Energy Efficiency Student Contest.

Rowan O’Connell of Durham poses at the state capital with the text of her public service announcement about smart energy choices. Rowan’s work made her one of 30 finalists from over 1,000 entries across the state.

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