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Mustang state of mind a great place to reside By Diana Carr

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Allan Dean, of Durham, has always been fascinated with cars — the older, the better. His first love was a ’35 Ford

Coupe convertible that he drove around his yard. These days he’s never happier than when he is restoring his ’66 Mustang convertible and his ’67 Mustang convertible. His next project will be the ’49

Chrysler New Yorker Coupe, which has taken up residence in his front yard for the past 30 years. “My wife’s son bought it See Mustang / Page 2

Carol Wallace, right, president and CEO of CooperAtkins Corporation receives the President’s “E” Award for Exports from U.S. Secretary of Commerce, Penny Pritzker in Washington, D.C. | Submitted.

Local company wins national exports award By Charles Kreutzkamp The Town Times

Post referendum — adjustments and re-elections By Mark Dionne

Middlefield. The Board of Education altered the school budget to A number of events have reinstate two teachers. The taken place since May 6, when Middlefield Board of Finance the RSD13 education budget needed to adjust its town passed in both Durham and budget. And half of the BOE Town Times

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The Durham and Middlefield Girl Scouts Service Unit held its annual Mother/ Daughter Dinner Banquet in March at the St. Colman Church. Over 100 mothers and daughters enjoyed a dance demonstration and instruction from Gia Khalsa, a local belly dancer. Gia spoke about belly dancing and other folk dances around the world. She shared how belly dancing is rich in meaning, techniques, customs. Each troop, from Daisy to Cadette, shared a poster and what they have been doing this scouting year. Activities ranged from baking, camping, to zip lining. | Submitted

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and then went into the Marines,” he said. “I’ll restore it when I’m done with these two, if I live long enough. I never got around to it because I had other things to do at the time, like building this house. And then I wanted to work on Mustangs first.” Life gave him some experiences for this. From 1957 until 1960 he worked at Saybrook Ford, reconditioning cars. And he was a welder at Pratt & Whitney. But mostly he is self-taught. “I do everything,” he said. “I do the mechanical work, painting, welding, upholstery, I make parts when I need to. There’s nothing I

won’t try. I just look at something and say, ‘Okay, I can do that.’ “I like 60s cars or older. They’re easier to work on because they don’t have computers, like the cars today do.” “He enjoys this so much,” said his wife, Evelyn. “He tries to explain things to me but he goes into such detail that I don’t understand most of it. I just listen.” The ’66 Mustang, with its 200,000 miles, was in running condition when he got it but had a lot of rust. The ’67 Mustang came with 140,000 miles. “It was in very poor condition,” Dean said. “It was a basket case.” He has driven the ’66 Mustang to the beach, has entered it in car shows, and in 2011 he drove it across the Baldwin Bridge, which connects Saybrook and Old Lyme; 130 cars, dated from 1911 to 1970, crossed the bridge to commemorate its 100th anniversary. The ’67 Mustang is just a shell right now, but he’ll drive it around town when it’s finished, and he’ll enter it in car shows. There are some notable differences between the old cars and the cars today. In the 60s and before, cars needed tuneups every 40,000 miles. But today, because of the electronic ignitions, they can go 100,000 miles before needing one.

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asked, “Why don’t we follow our own guidelines?� Superintendent of Schools Kathyrn Veronesi said that after listening to input, she considered restoring the teachers “the best decision.� The transfers were made official at the BOE’s May 14 meeting. “Because of timing we were unable to incorporate [the reinstatement] into the original budget so ... the appropriate and transparent way to handle that adjustment is to go on line item transfers for the budget that was just passed last week,� Flanagan said on May 14. It was necessary for the BOE to transfer funds from other areas to stay at the approved budget figure of $35,178,402. The transfers cut interns at Coginchaug Regional High School, Lyman, Korn, and Brewster schools to move $51,200. The BOE also transferred $20,000 from the transportation lease,

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Sculptor called ‘Durham’s hidden treasure’ focus of talk By Mark Dionne Town Times

Marvin Beloff, shown with his book and one of William Kent’s sculptures, will give a talk about Kent’s life and work Thursday, June 12, 2:30 p.m., at the Durham Public Library. | Submitted

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ticle from 2000, making the prints “requires the precision of a sculptor, the strength of a weightlifter, the satiric vision of Jonathan Swift and the patience of Job.” For about a decade, Kent continued making prints in Durham. Switching to wood in the mid-1970s, Kent did not leave behind his affection for size and weight, sculpting larger-than-life creations out of single pieces of cedar, black walnut and other wood. Kent’s art earned him enormous respect in some circles, but he never found widespread acclaim among the art world at large. Wood-carving has not been in vogue for a while, and Kent’s bluntness and reclusive nature did his career no favors. “He turned some of the art world against him because he was difficult but if you got to know him he was a genius and warm,” Beloff said.

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Calendar Friday, June 6 Food truck - The United Churches of Durham, 228 Main St., has scheduled a food truck evening for Friday, June 6, 4:30 p.m. to dark, in the church upper parking lot. Food favorites available. Free parking. Proceeds benefit the Untied Churches of Durham maintenance and repair of the historic steeple and building.

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Sunday, June 8 Free community supper The Catholic Outreach Committee of Notre Dame and St. Coleman have scheduled a free community supper on Sunday, June 8, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., in the Notre Church hall, 272 Main S. The hot dog picnic meal is prepared by Notre Dame. Desserts by Church of the Epiphany. All are welcome. Free yoga - Free yoga and meditation by Swami Mukundananda is scheduled for Sunday, June 8, 5 to 6:15 p.m., at 11 Training Hill Road, Middletown. For more information and registration, call (860) 605-3685.

Farmers’ Market - The Dudley Farm Farmers’ Market is scheduled for every Saturday through October, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., 2351 Durham Road, North Guilford. Fruits and vegetables, flowers and plants, baked goods, eggs, naturally raised meats, arts and crafts, maple syrup, jams and jellies, pickles and more. Subject to cancellation due to inclement weather. For more Monday, June 9 information, call (860) 3493917 or www.dudleyfarm.com. Free yoga - Free yoga and 60+ Club - The Durham meditation by Swami Mukun60+ Club is scheduled to meet dananda is scheduled for Sat- Monday, June 9, 1:30 p.m., at

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Middlefield Park & Recreation Middlefield Park & Recreation has scheduled summer camps for June 30 through Aug. 8. Campers may participate all six weeks, two-week, or one-week options, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Early drop-off time is offered for an additional fee. Camp activities include gym time, arts and crafts, movies, field trips and more. For more information, visit www.middlefieldparkandrecreation.com.

Saturday, June 14 Car show - The Vinyl Technical High School Parent Faculty Organization has scheduled a spring car show for Saturday, June 14, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Durham Fair Grounds. Trucks and motorcycles are welcome. Registration for those showing vehicles is scheduled for 8 to 9 a.m. A fee is charged for exhibitors and spectators. Proceeds benefit student programs a Vinal Tech High School. For more information, visit www.cttech. org/vinal. Walk-a-thon - The 2014 CAT WALK fundraiser Walk-athon is scheduled for Saturday, June 14, at Middlesex Community College, 100 Training Hill Road. Registration at 9:30 a.m.; 2.2 mile walk

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not necessarily as his priThe Independent, the weekly mary news source, but that paper in the Massachusetts TT represented a culture. town where I grew up. Same The first time I took a good, seri- You gotta read it. Moan and as with TT, everybody read ous look at Town Times was a cou- groan, laugh or cry, you can’t it. Some weeks you loved it, ple of years ago when the weeklies’ look away. Sure it’s changed others not so much. offices were consolidated and I was a little over the years, but I know how much it means going to be working with then-editor what hasn’t? Change is hard, to have your story or photo Stephanie Wilcox. change is good. It’s also printed. When I was in thirdOlivia It was pretty well known to the inevitable. grade rhythm band (on trianLawrence merged staff that TT was a little bit As Town Times came gle - hey, it’s a lot harder to Weeklies different from the other weeklies — a more into the fold of our play than it looks) a four-coldifferent breed of cat as it were. weeklies department, I had umn photo of our class Editor The paper provided a forum, a a chance to participate in during the school’s spring great hodgepodge of voices, a good its production and study the concert ran in The Independollop of news, tons of reader submit- components more closely. Steph- dent. My mother cut it out and put ted photos and plenty of opinion. Not anie was my guide and every week it in my baby book. Since the resothat our other weeklies don’t provide she’d ask, do you want to proof Town lution was terrible, the faces totally that — but I guess it’s that je ne sais Times? And I’d say, yes, of course, it’s blurry, she drew an arrow to me in quois — or maybe some pixie dust my favorite paper. (Even though like the middle of the back row and wrote that gives this paper a unique flavor. with our children, we aren’t really al- “tallest one.” And of course, TT was of grassroots lowed to have favorites, we love them Whether to cherish or be appalled origins, a true labor of love. all the same.) at that keepsake, I���m still not sure. I liked how one of our readers put The vibe of Town Times wasn’t But there it is; a minuscule part of it in a recent story by Diana Carr. hard to understand at all, I got it im- my history preserved thanks to the He looked at what we have in TT mediately. It reminded me a lot of local newspaper.

Editor Nick Carroll works with me on production of all six newspapers and their related digital platforms. These days we’re devoting additional resources to the TT website and social media. Reporter Mark Dionne is quick on the draw to post to Facebook or tweet about an event — often as it unfolds. It took me a while to warm up to these sorts of news enhancements, but I’ve got to say, I love them. If you aren’t taking advantage of them — I have to break it to you — you’re missing out on some of the fine culture of TT that has migrated to the web. Come on and join the fun. After 20 years of hard copy, I get the feeling this is just the start of the TT story — we’re taking TT on a limitless journey and we hope you’ll come along. Olivia L. Lawrence is editor for the Record-Journal weeklies covering Middlefield, Durham, Southington, Plainville, Berlin, Cheshire and North Haven.

‘Fed Up’ takes on ‘big food’ Diagnosis: Movies By Tanya Feke M.D. Special to Town Times

Are you fed up? After seeing the movie “Fed Up”, you will be. Direct and candid, Fed Up, exec-

utive produced by Katie Couric and Laurie Lennard (“An Inconvenient Truth”), tells you the truth about the American diet and should be a wake-up call for all of us. I took to the theater not only as a movie fan but as a family

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doctor. I went with long-term friend and cardiologist Michael Rocha M.D. from the New Bedford Wellness Initiative in Massachusetts. As physicians, we thought we knew more than the average Joe about diet and exercise. The reality, however, is that medical school and residency do as much to teach doctors about nutrition as the National Baseball League teaches a ball player how to make his own bat. We are all must step up to the plate whether or not we have mastered all the tools in our arsenal. Ironic, isn’t it? The focus in U.S. medical training is more on how to treat disease than how to prevent it. Think of all the suffering from disease that could be stopped if more people were taught how to eat well to live a healthier life. Fed Up has courageously taken the reins as America’s advocate. The lobbyists of the food industry, aka Big Food, cannot be happy about it. Since the 1970s, we have been fed the line that too much fat is the culprit. Unfortunately, when you remove the fat from food, it tastes like cardboard. To keep Big Food alive, added sugar replaced the fat. The numbers are stagger-

ing. A single can of soda contains 111 percent the allowable added sugar per day for men (36 grams or nine teaspoons per day) or 167 percent for women (24 grams or six teaspoons per day). It makes you want to read your nutrition labels a bit more closely. For once, the United States does not want to be the leader but we are faced with an epidemic. America ranks first in the world for obesity with 32.8 percent of its citizens weighing in as obese. Big Food is eager to point the finger at everyone else. Exercise, they say. The sedentary lifestyle must be to blame for obesity. While exercise is an important part of health and wellness, exercise alone will not control someone’s weight -- not when it takes 1 hour and 12 minutes of swimming to burn off one medium sized French fry serving. What else are people eating throughout the day? Too many are relying on the convenience of processed food and the hidden added sugar. They are too focused on the “low fat” and “reduced fat” labels to do otherwise. Big Food pulls every trick in the book. Marketers target chil-

dren’s programming. School cafeterias serve fast food straight from McDonald’s, Arby’s and Sbarro’s. Health insurers buy stock in fast food companies because they know that is what keeps them in business. Lobbyists have even influenced what information is included in government reports. Fed Up turns its spotlight on the ugliness of Big Food but it is up to you to decide how to step up for yourself. Show that you are fed up by pulling away from added sugar in your own diet. Speak out to your state legislators about changes that can have a widespread impact. Do not be a statistic. Get to a theater today to see Fed Up for yourself and join the charge. Fed Up: 5 stethoscopes (Dr. Tanya Feke is a family physician and guest columnist for the Record Journal and Town Times. She has been press credentialed to the LA Film Festival and continues to pursue a love of film. Her reviews are rated on a five stethoscope scale. Follow her blog (www.tanyafeke.com), Facebook page (Diagnosis Life), or twitter (@tanyafeke).


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Library Briefs

DEMOCRATS INTRODUCE NEW CANDIDATES

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The Durham Democratic Town Committee met recently to introduce the state senate candidate, Ted Kennedy Jr. Kennedy, who is running to fill the seat of retiring state Sen. Ed Meyer. Also present was Alex Taubes, who is the Democratic candidate on the state House of Representatives ballot seeking to unseat current Republican Rep. Noreen Kokaruda. From left: Ted Kennedy Jr.; Durham DTC chairperson Dede Levy and Alex Taubes. | Photo by Sue

June 12 - “A Fistful of Dollars” (1964) starring Clint Eastwood. June 19 - “Stage Door” (1938) Library hours are: Monday starring Katharine Hepburn. through Thursday 10 a.m. to 7 June 26 - “His Girl Friday” p.m.; closed Fridays. (1940) starring Cary Grant The library is closed Saturand Rosalind Russell. days for the summer.

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Farmer’s Market Storytime, Thursdays at 5 p.m. (all ages). Come to the Durham Green Levi E. Coe Library’s 2014 for stories, songs and activiSummer Reading program ties. Weather permitting. “Fizz, Boom, Read” begins Programs for adults Tuesday, June 24. Live concert with musical Tuesday, June 24, 11 a.m. - Color Me Happy Summer duo Francine & Joel - SaturCelebration. Face painting day, June 7, 2:30 p.m. Timeand sandcastles. Registration less classics made famous by Frank Sinatra and Judy Garis necessary. Wednesday, June 25, 11 a.m. land. Concert is free and open - Homemade ice cream with to the public. No registration required. Auer FArm. All ages. Discover the Life and Thursday, June 26, 11 a.m. Storytime on the Farm. Pre- Work of Local Sculptor and Printmaker William Kent school - grade 1. Thursday, June 12, 2:30 p.m. Museum passes Levi E. Coe Library has mu- Marvin Beloff is scheduled seum passes. Multiple state to discuss the contemporary parks and forests are available. artist known as “Durham’s Hidden Treasure.” Kent lived in Durham for 48 years, hidden in plain sight, all the while carving monumental sculptures and creating unique slate prints on fabric and rice Movies paper. Few people knew of The Durham Public Library this fascinating, self-taught schedules Classic Movie Mat- artist who led a solitary life inee for Thursdays, 1:30 p.m. completely devoted to creatThe film series is free and ing his fine art. open to the public.

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Senior Briefs Applications are being accepted for the Renter’s Rebate program. Required documentation from 2013 includes: 2013 1099 income statement, a copy of the 2013 tax return (if filed); proof of rent paid; utility payment history printouts; proof of interest or dividends from bank accounts, stocks, bonds. Filing dates through Oct. 1. Income limits are: single, $34,101 and married $41,600. For more information and to schedule an appointment, call Amanda at (860) 349-3153.

mer bocce group, for Tuesdays, beginning June 17, 6 p.m. No sign up is required, just drop-in in back of the Community Center. Games are informal and run by senior volunteers. No experience is necessary. Those interested in volunteering should call the senior center at (860) 349-7121. For more information, call the Middlefield Senior Center at (860) 349-7121.

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60+ Club day trips The 60+ Club has scheduled the following day trips. Tuesday, July 8 - All You Can Eat Lobster at Delaney House. July 23 - Newport Luncheon Cruise and slots. Aug. 17-23 - Mackinac Island. Sept. 19 - Scallop festival at the cape. Oct. 14 - Oktoberfest. Nov. 6 - Costa Azzurra all about the 50s. For more information, call (860) 346-0724.

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Durham Middlefield Youth and Family Services has scheduled a production of “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown” for its youth summer stock theater. Students entering grades 5 through 9 are welcome to register to participate. A fee is charged. Deadline to register is July 1. Summer stock dates are July 7 through 11 and July 14 through 19, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Performance dates are scheduled for July 18, 7 p.m. and July 19 and 1 and 7 p.m. A parent information meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, June 11 at 6 p.m. at the Middlefield Community center, 405 Main St. Auditions are scheduled for Monday, June 16. For more information, call (860) 349-0258 or email bdean.dmyfs@comcast.net.

Members of the Strong Middle School bands and choirs recently participated in the Fantastic Music Festival in Massachusetts. The eighth grade chorus, band, select chorus and seventh grade jazz band earned gold awards at the festival. The eighth grade jazz band also received a platinum award. The group received the Esprit d’Corps Award, given for their cooperative spirit, supporting of each other and excellent behavior. | Lisa Larsen / Submitted

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STUDENTS PARTICIPATE IN INVENTION CONVENTION Students from Memorial School in Middlefield participated in the annual Invention Convention recently. Students made prototypes, experiments and modified their inventions and competed within classrooms. The classroom winners moved onto the school-wide competition. The top inventors then represented the school at the University of Connecticut in the annual state competition. Memorial School sent seven sixth grade inventors: Maia Carpentino, Sam Castiglia, Alexandra Jiawen Denhart, Evan Hempel, Ava Kowal, Carina Mancini and Timothy Rinaldi. Three students received the “Recognized Inventor Award” for their inventions: Denhart for her invention “The Goggle Grabber,” Mancini for “The Sweat Grabber” and Rinaldi for “iSolar - Bringing the Sun Inside.” Timothy Rinaldi also received an award from Pratt & Whitney, the “Pratt & Whitney Power Award,” for his inventions using solar power for the indoors: indoor solar powered nightlights, solar powered flashlight and a Carina Mancini with her Sweat Grabber invention. solar light recharging station.

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The Coginchaug Soccer Club Girls Under-12 team won its division at the annual Clinton Tournament. The team, coached by Bob Francis and Lou DePonte, defeated Branford 2-0 to claim the championship. The Coginchaug girls won four of their five games at the tournament, allowing just two goals. | (Submitted)

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The Strong School baseball team improved to 11-0 with its recent successes over Woodrow Wilson and McGee Middle. The game against Woodrow was anything but easy, as the locals won a close one, 14-11. Strong jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the top of the first. Cole Niedmann reached on an error before being brought home by Luke Garofalo’s double. Griffen Saks singled shortly thereafter to score Garofalo, before Saks came around to score on a fielder’s choice. The pitching staff for the Spartans, though, was less than accurate, walking four Woodrow batters and allowing a base hit to make the score 3-2 after one inning of play. Strong seemed to put the game away in the top of the second with seven consecutive hits to help build up a 10-2 lead, yet Woodrow stayed close, scoring seven runs over the next two innings to make it a 10-9 contest after three. The Spartans proved to be too strong, though, adding four more runs and outlasting the patient Woodrow hitters. The Strong pitching staff surrendered 20 walks and four hits throughout the contest. After the holiday weekend, the Spartans traveled to Berlin to face McGee for the first of a home and home series, winning 11-2. Eric Debrum and MacGuire O’Sullivan combined to hold McGee’s batters to only four hits, while the Spartans were able to tally 13. Garofalo, Saks, Dan Munro, and Luke Bourland each recorded two hits apiece while Peter Onofrio scored three times to pace Strong’s offensive attack. In the second half of the two schools home and home series, the Spartans played host to McGee, winning by a large margin once again, 6-0. James Salemme was a force to be reckoned with on the

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Champions crowned in CLL

Around the Clock Heating and Cooling, after dismantling Transact Tech for the Majors Division championship. Back row, from left: Coach Tim McDermott, Lila Cerritelli, Ava Pitruzzello, Dana Boothroyd, Cadence Hurlburt, Coach Tom Boothroyd, Isabella Marotta, Hannah Huddleston, Coaches’ Assistant Allie Lecza, Coach/Manager Jen Huddleston. Front row, from left: Talia Caramanello, Kelly Boothroyd, Taylor McDermott, Sara Deponte, and Ayanna Helmedach. | Jen Huddleston / Submitted

Around the Clock Heating and Cooling walked away victorious in the softball Majors Division championship game May 28 at Atwell Field. Around the Clock prevailed mightily over Transact Tech, 21-10, in a game that was almost one sided from the opening pitch. Veteran pitcher Taylor McDermott, in her final year with the team, was instrumental in keeping the Transact bats at bay. She struck out multiple batters over the first two innings, only allowing one run. McDermott also contributed on the offensive end with strong hitting and

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base-running, as she, along with Hannah Huddleston, Isabella Marotta, and Dana Boothroyd helped Around the Clock jump out to a 9-1 lead after two. Called on in relief of McDermott in the third inning, Kelly Boothroyd struggled with the suddenly lively bats of Transact, giving up several runs, but not the lead, Boothroyd and Around the Clock held a slim 9-8 advantage. In the bottom of the third, McDermott struck again with a three-run home run over the centerfield fence, starting a rally that continued until Around the Clock led 16-8. Continued excellence at the plate and on the base paths by Huddleston, Marotta, Boothroyd, and McDermott, as well as Ava Pitruzzello and Ayanna Helmedach helped push the lead to an insurmountable one, as Boothroyd held Transact to only two more runs over the final three innings. Around the Clock Heating and Cooling was coached by Tim McDermott, Tom Boothroyd, and Jen Huddleston, while Transact Tech was managed by Steve DeMartino. -Submitted by Jen Huddleston

Durham Fair poster contest The second annual Durham Fair poster contest is accepting submissions. The theme is “Good. Clean. Wholesome. Fun.” Entries musts be original artwork. The poster should include the Durham Fair logo and “95th annual Durham Fair” and the dates of Sept. 25 through 28. Deadline for submissions is June 30. The winner will be decided by July 21. For more information, visit www. durhamfair.com or email secretary@!durhamfair. com.


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Notre Dame Church Notre Dame Church, 280 Main St., has scheduled its monthly flea market and tag sale for the first Saturday of each month, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., through Oct. 4. The tag sale will be located in the church hall, rectory garage, parking lot and lawn, rain or shine. Breakfast and lunch will be available. Vendor space is available for purchase. For more information, call Bob Smith at (860) 349-0356.

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Sixty-two ninth grade students from Notre Dame and St. Colman Churches received the Sacrament of Confirmation on April 26 at St. Colman Church in Middlefield, celebrated by, from center left: Deacon Peter Gill; Monsignor Robert Brown, Chancellor of the Diocese of Norwich; Rev. Jan Swiderski, new Pastor of Notre Dame and St. Colman Churches; and Deacon Ron Blank. | Submitted by Kum-Cha Soja

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Beloff, who describes himself as a “part-time, weekend sculptor,” met Kent through a mutual sculptor friend in 1964 and remained friends through the rest of his life. Beloff has written a book, “William Kent: The Story of My Friendship with the Master Sculptor,” with help from many letters written by Kent. “I did bring

him out of seclusion and I was there with him when he died,” Beloff said of their friendship. Kent’s seclusion was such that his neighbors on Howd Road had no idea what he did. In those circumstances, his work ethic never flagged. As cold as a Connecticut barn can get in the early morning hours, Kent went daily to his work. Even after a leg amputation due to complications

his wood carvings “Self Portrait with Erection.” Beloff said, “His entire life was devoted to doing his work.” Most in Durham were unaware of that work or his presence in town. Kent’s champions, such as Beloff, hope to get that work reconsidered by the world at large. “Durham’s Hidden Treasure” is a free and open to the public.

from a circulatory ailment, Kent continued his routine. As Alan Bisbort wrote for an article on the William Kent Foundation’s website, “He was, literally, on his last leg but he kept going.” A sense of humor worked into his art as well. Kent cribbed a line from e.e. cummings, “Honesty is the best poverty,” for a print that hung above his bed and titled one of

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More than 75 local companies, organizations, and individuals were honored recently for their contributions to raising $1.75 million for the 2013-14 Middlesex United Way Campaign. Distinguished honors went to Carol P. Wallace, CEO of Cooper-Atkins Corp. in Middlefield, who earned the Leadership Award for exemplifying philanthropic leadership through support of the United Way campaign. Cooper-Atkins was also recognized as an Honor Roll company for five or more consecutive years of campaign growth and was recognized for surpassing 75 percent employee participation the United Way campaign. Special Achievement Awards for outstanding Middlesex United Way campaigns were presented to Lyman Farm of Middlefield, the Town of Durham; Middlesex Hospital and Webster Bank, both with locations throughout Middlesex County; and Henkels & McCoy, of Portland. Other recognitions to Durham-Middlefield companies recognized include: Citizens Bank, Durham; Financial Benefits Unlimited, LLC, Durham; Liberty Bank, Durham and Middlefield; Town of Middlefield; and Zygo Corp., Middlefield.


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Middlefield birthday committee to meet First Selectman Jon A. Brayshaw has announced the initial meeting of the Sesquinsentenial Steering Committee which will organize Middlefield’s 150th birthday celebration with the help of the community volunteers. The meeting is scheduled for Sunday, June 8, at 6 p.m. at the commu-

nity center. Pizza and desserts will be served. “We need to start planning. So far I have quite a few volunteers who will begin to put together a suitable celebration venue. At this point many have contributed initial thoughts on how and what to celebrate. Nothing is off

the table, “ Brayshaw said. “This event has the potential of putting us on the map and being a memorable event in the towns history.” Anyone who is interested in this exploratory meeting is encouraged to call (860)-349-7114 or e-mail j_brayshaw@ middlefield-ct.com.

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The Connecticut State Museum of Natural History and Connecticut Archaeology Center, part of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at UConn, presents “Exploring Connecticut’s Towns”, a series that looks at natural and cultural history from a local perspective. The next town to be explored is Durham on Saturday, June 14, 10 a.m. to noon. Durham was settled by residents of Guilford and Killingworth in 1699. Durham was originally called the Plantation of Coginchaug, an Algonquin word meaning “long swamp.” Incorporated and renamed Durham in 1708, the town’s location on the shortest inland route between New York and Boston brought many people and events. Some notable historic figures from Durham are Phineas Lyman, a major general during the French and Indian War, and Moses Austin and his son Stephen, the founder of Texas. Join Sarah Atwell from the Durham Historical Society and explore Durham’s historic Town Green, Main Street, and Old Cemetery. Tour sites planned are the Durham Library, the second lending library established in the colonies, and the rediscovered Mill Bridge that linked the New Haven and Hartford stage coach route. The Old Cemetery has hundreds of brownstone markers, many from the historic Portland Brownstone Quarries, with the oldest marker dating back to 1712. The total walking tour is approximately one mile and may be challenging for some. Parts of the Old Cemetery are on steep and bumpy terrain. A fee is charged. Advance registration is required. The program is for adults and children (age 8 and older). Children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, www.cac.uconn.edu/mnhcurrentcalendar.html or call (860) 486-4460. The Connecticut State Museum of Natural History and Connecticut Archaeology Center are part of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at UConn.

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