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Volume 20, Number 16

Serving Durham, Middlefield and Rockfall

Friday, March 28, 2014

School budget advances to public hearing By Mark Dionne Town Times

Middlefield takes clean energy pledge “You’re either part of By Mark Dionne Town Times the cure or you’re part of the problem,” said First M i d d l e f i e l d o ff i c i a l s Selectman Jon Brayshaw bepledged to attempt to reduce fore signing the pledge on bethe town’s municipal build- half of the town. Representatives from the ing energy consumption by at least 20 percent by 2018 joint Durham-Middlefield Energy and and to purchase 20 percent C l e a n of the town’s energy needs Sustainability Task Force enfrom clean, renewable energy couraged the town to take the pledge. sources by the same year. Former Middlefield resiThe pledge, endorsed by Middlefield’s Board of dent Pat Bandzes attended Selectmen at its March 18 the meeting and supported meeting, is part of the Clean the program as a commuEnergy Communities pro- nity relations specialist for gram and makes the town el- Connecticut Light & Power. By taking conservation efigible for funds called Bright forts, Middlefield will earn Idea Grants.

points and those points can be used to earn Bright Idea Grants. According to representatives of the Clean Energy Task Force, Middlefield’s recent efforts could be applied to the program, making Middlefield already eligible for a $5,000 grant. “I think it’s a great program,” said Selectman Ed Bailey. “The voluntary nature of it doesn’t commit us to anything.” In addition to being voluntary, the pledge is non-binding. “There is no penalty if the See Pledge / Page 5

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Coginchaug junior designs clothing line By Charles Kreutzkamp Town Times

Coginchaug Regional High School junior and award-winning artist Cory Hassmann has designed his own clothing line under the name Doubt Limited, The collection features several designs on shirts, baseball caps, and beanies. Cory said he started off printing stickers onto postal labels and sending

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them to friends he knew online who were doing the same. Some of them were doing T-Shirts, which gave him the idea to design some as well, he said. “I liked the word and the visual formation of the letters,” Cory said, explaining why he branded the clothing with the word ‘doubt.’ After considering other options, he decided he liked See Clothing / Page 2

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Middlefield First Selectman Jon Brayshaw, center, motions to the energy-saving thermostats in the Middlefield Community Center. At their March 18 meeting, the selectmen took a pledge to reduce Middlefield’s municipal energy consumption and increase its clean energy purchasing. | (Mark Dionne / Town Times.)

The 2014-2015 school budget for District 13 will go to public hearing at the originally proposed net increase of 1.74 percent, but some of the specifics have been altered since the original proposal on Feb. 12. Insurance costs, which were finalized after the original proposal, still came in at a significant in-

crease, but less of an increase than projected. “The good news is ... that our insurance numbers came in at a 5.8 percent increase which was different than the 15 percent that had been budgeted,” said Superintendent of School Kathyrn Veronesi. “That resulted in a net savings for us of $295,000.” At their March 19 meet-

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Clothing has already done some small vectorization projects for clients around the world, Hassmann said. “That’s really when things started to take off,” Hassmann said. Cory has recently submitted another entry for the Doodle for Google competition, which he has entered three times previously. In 2012, he was the top finalist for Connecticut, which led him to be invited to the national competition in New York City, where he and his family had a chance to visit the Google Headquarters. Cory said he hopes to soon expand the clothing designs as well as the types of clothing offered by Doubt Limited. “I always want to keep designing new things,” he said.

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the combination “Doubt Limited.” Russ Hassmann, Cory’s father, said he encouraged his son’s ideas and connected him with a friend he knew who runs a silk-screening and embroidery business in Hartford to get the shirts printed. Hassmann has been encouraging his son’s artistic abilities for years. After Cory placed in the top 250 in the country for the Doodle for Google competition, Hassmann purchased an Apple computer for him. “He taught himself to use photoshop and how to do vectorization, which is a big part of the design industry,” Hassmann explained. Cory Cory Hassmann with some of the clothing he designed.

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of girls come in here.” If a dress is out of style or hasn’t sold in a few years, it is donated to Goodwill. “It’s a fantastic program for students, because prom costs are so astronomical. There are so many students who can’t afford prom, so if we can help offset some expenses, it’s so worth it,” Williams said.


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as it’s youth-related.” Since Warner’s family initiated the project, Southington Youth Services has expanded Kristen’s Kloset. Saucier said the idea of buying and wearing used clothing has changed over the years. “I don’t think it’s a stigma anymore. People are thinking differently, and a lot

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(Kristen’s Kloset is available to all girls.) In an effort to make escalating prom dress prices — which can extend up to $600 — more affordable for girls, Kristen’s Kloset showcases a solid selection of gently-used and new gowns, for a modest donation of $25 for a used dress and $35 for a new one. Kristen’s Kloset wants all girls to be able to attend prom in beautiful dresses, at prices they can manage. The

Southington Youth Services program has been collecting dresses, shoes and accessories for eight years. “The whole idea is for everyone to get to go to their prom,” Director of Youth Services, Sue Saucier, said. “Anyone can come here. We don’t turn anyone away.” Kristen’s Kloset’s 2014 grand opening was March 8. Each year, Kristen’s Kloset sets up shop in a donated space. This will be the store’s second year in a row at the Southington Town Hall Annex, 93 Main St. In preparation for prom season, Kristen’s Kloset volunteers gather to organize some 500 to 600 dresses by size and color, display jewelry and accessories on tables, hang purses, arrange shoes, and set up a dressing room space. “I have found so many great volunteers,” Saucier said. “I’m lucky enough to have them so we can be open for quite a few weeks.” One volunteer, Sandi Varsell, a retired seamstress, does alterations for shoppers. Also, she uses leftover fabric to make purses and handbags. Varsell has even made gowns for girls. “She goes above and beyond. She’s just wonderful,”


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Gossip Diner reborn as Dine in Durham location with antiques and allowing customers to buy them if they wished — a win-win that would allow Casterino the opportunity to sell some pieces while also creating “a great atmosphere” for the restaurant, Zureiqi said. Customers frequently walk around to look at the antiques after ordering food. Zureiqi said he was shocked when, in only a month and a half of business, Casterino has already sold more than 40 pieces. “People see something they like, or that reminds them of

the old days, and they buy it,” Zureiqi said. “We did not think we would be selling a lot. I’m actually shocked we sold so many.” That isn’t the only surprise Zureiqi has had in the first month and a half of business: another is that the best selling item on the menu thus far has been liver and onions. Zureiqi said he strives to offer customers what they want. For example, although a meatball sub isn’t one the menu, when a customer requested one, the ingredients for our menu

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Originally proposed as a 1.5 reduction in full time equivalents, the budget now contains a 1.3 reduction. That restored 0.2 equates to one semester of science. At the BOE’s March 12 meeting, CRHS science department chair Susan Michael urged the board to reconsider the 1.5 cut. According to Michael, the school could offer more classes and have fewer students in 84-minute study halls. “Most of the students sitting in that [study hall] room are sitting looking at a phone.” According to Michael, the 2012-2013 school year showed that 250 students in the first semester had one study hall and 75 had two. For the spring semester, 300 students had one study hall, and about 60-70 had two. Some students carry three study halls. “That’s because they have no

classes to go into sometimes. They’re all filled,” Michael said. Restoring 3.2 positions to the budget results in a net reduction of 10 full time equivalents. Included in those cuts are 4 instructional assistants, 2 Applied Behavior Analysis positions, and 1.5 maintenance positions. The budget also cuts the 0.6 librarian position at Lyman Elementary School, currently filled on a temporary basis. A librarian will rotate among elementary schools. In addition to restoring positions with the $295,000 no longer needed in the benefits line, Veronesi also proposed dedicating $45,000 for potential contract settlement with non-certified staff, $30,000 for potential school engineering needs, and $30,000 for professional development. “There’s so much change happening in education,” said BOE chair Kerrie Flanagan in support of the professional

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at Brewster has been restored to the budget to accommodate a larger than expected kindergarten class. Another elementary teacher has also been restored. A previously undiscussed cut of a tech education teacher at Strong Middle School has also been restored to the budget. “There was talk of using this time to look at STEM programing at our schools,” Veronesi said. “It would be my recommendation that position is not eliminated.” STEM is an acronym for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Schools that follow the STEM Education Coalition place an emphasis on competitiveness in those areas. The new budget proposal has also changed the staffing reduction at Coginchaug Re g i o n a l H i g h S c h o o l .


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Middlefield website designers proposed By Mark Dionne

Middlefield’s website has not been reliable or updated. For years, a notice on the In order to fix a town web- front page has stated that “the site that First Selectman Town does not currently have Jon Brayshaw says is “limp- the upload/download caing along,” the town of pacity to post” agendas and Middlefield may enlist the minutes. “It does work, but it is not services of a Killingworth company named Purple Dog very useful in a lot of ways,” Brayshaw said. Web Productions. The current Middlefield At the March 18 Board of Selectmen meeting, Brayshaw website consists of approxialong with selectmen Ed Bailey and Dave Burgess enGOT dorsed hiring Purple Dog, but the move will not be official until approved by the Board of Finance. Non-Surgical Relief According to the quote, Quick, upgrading Middlefield’s web Easy, Painless. site will cost $5,646.11 ini- Covered by most insurances. tially, with yearly costs estimated at $1,128. The cost The Life Center includes design, implementation, training, and hosting. 203-239-3400 Money would come from the town’s contingency fund. Town Times

mately 35 pages of town government and resources and a calendar. Among other clients, Purple Dog designed the town website for Killingworth. To see what Middlefield’s website might look like, Brayshaw told the audience, “Go to the Killingworth site.” Middlefield’s website can be found at




MIDDLEFIELD — Leola Gladys Etheridge, of Middlefield, beloved wife of the late Charles F. Etheridge, Sr., passed away on Tuesday, March 18, 2014, six months shy of her 102nd birthday. Born in Lisle, N.Y., she was the daughter of the late George and Leah (Richardson) Howe. In the century that spanned her life, Leola was born right before World War I, was a teenager during the Roaring 20’s, spent early adulthood in the Great Depression, became a wife at age 19, a mother at age 20, all before World War II, and lived a tremendously full life. She was a proud and faithful member of the First Baptist Church in Middletown for over 70 years. As the matriarch to five generations, Leola taught strength and perseverance in all circumstances of life. She is survived by five children and their spouses, Gladys (Etheridge Tower) and Roland Fields, of Middlefield, Charles F. Etheridge, Jr., and Lorraine, of Durham, James

R. Etheridge and Jacqueline, of Stuart, Fla., Donald E. Etheridge and Judi, of Pahrump, Nev., and Sharon (Etheridge) Waite and Joseph, of Middletown. She is also survived by 27 grandchildren; 46 great-grandchildren; 14 great-great-grandchildren; one great-great-greatgrandchild; and many nieces and nephews. Along with her husband, Leola was predeceased by three children, Robert D. Etheridge, Richard W. Etheridge and Audrey (Etheridge) Lauria. A celebration of her life was held on Saturday, March 22, at the Federated Church. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to either Middlesex Hospice c/o Middlesex Hospital, 28 Crescent St., Middletown, CT 06457 or Middlefield Federated Church Building Fund, 402 Main St., Middlefield, CT 06455. Doolittle Funeral Home, 14 Old Church St., Middletown is handling the arrangements. To share memories or send messages of condolence to the family, please visit www. doolittlefuneralservicecom.


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Town of Middlefield fails to meet the reduction amounts set forth in the schedule,” reads part of the two page pledge. The program is administered in part by energy companies Connecticut Light & Power, United Illuminated, Yankee Gas, and others as the Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority and the Connecticut Energy Efficiency Fund. B rays h aw n o te d t h at Middlefield had been a leader in conservation efforts in the past and described the energy-efficient heating and cooling system working in Middlefield’s community

center. Tangentially, Brayshaw raised the idea that 20 acres of a town-owned 50 acre parcel on Hubbard Street would make good site for a solar farm. Homeowners also could become part of the program. Middlefield homeowners who put their home through an energy audit earn points for the town. Publicity for the program will be handled by both the selectmen and the task force. Durham already participates in the program and has earned a $5,000 grant. The funds earned through the program must be spent on conservation efforts, including education.



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Opinion Saving the patient/doctor relationship There is a problem with our healthcare system today that transcends the political divide over Obamacare and the debate about how to best deliver quality, affordable care to every patient in America. The Greater New Haven region is fast becoming a microcosm for this problem and what it could mean to the future of the patient/doctor relationship and, more broadly, the future of health care in our country. My father, the late Dr. Leonard A. Fasano, M.D., practiced internal medicine out of his Whalley Avenue office for more than half a century. He was also associated with both Yale-New Haven and Saint Raphael’s hospitals. If you were my father’s patient, you knew who your doctor was and you knew that he cared. He loved practicing medicine, but he loved the intimacy of the patient/doctor relationship more. And he knew that the close relationship was vital to his patients’ health. After my father passed, one of his patients relayed a story about being on the phone with him and describing the symptoms of his own illness.

During the conversation, my f a t h e r overheard the patient’s wife coughing in the background. Having counState Sen. seled the paLen Fasano tient on the p h o n e, my father changed the course of the conversation and asked how long his wife had been coughing and what other symptoms she was experiencing. My father told the man to bring her in for a check-up, where he quickly diagnosed her and cured her. This would not have happened if the patient was on the phone with a switchboard operator at an emergency room, or some other nameless, faceless voice at a city hospital. It is tough enough on private medical practices to try to survive in an environment where insurance companies dictate fees. Private practices, like my father’s, have served families for generations and bring more than institutional knowledge to their craft; they bring personal knowledge, history and empathy.

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But, they are going the way of the dinosaurs and not just because our lives are too busy to devote time to choosing a good family physician and the pressures exerted on them from insurance companies. Now they, and every patient, face a new threat, family physicians and their practices being bought out and closed by large institutional hospitals. The result is not just a lack of choice for medical care but also the erosion of the close family patient/doctor relationship. Yale-New Haven Hospital, in particular, has made a business of buying up small private practices throughout the

New Haven area. They have exerted various pressures on our medical community that are forcing doctors out of private practice. Those efforts include, among the more direct methods, making the principal physician a financial offer they can’t refuse, providing them with a prestigious association at the hospital, and then removing any financial incentive for them to keep their private practice open. Compare the yellow pages from a decade ago to the yellow pages of today and you will see what I mean. Yale-New Haven Hospital has bought out most of the best oncologists and heart doctors

in the region and they are beginning to target orthopedic physicians. Why is this bad for our health care system? For one, it dilutes the patient/doctor relationship. The physician who may have served your family for generations and whose office was down the street from you, is no longer there. What is worse is that it is inconvenient, particularly for the elderly, to see a doctor when they need to; when they know their only option is to travel into the city and see a relative stranger at a large public hospital. See Fasano / Page 21

Legos make everything awesome By Tanya Feke M.D.

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Do you remember opening up a box of Legos as a kid? All those little pieces in primary colors with a few white, clear and black ones tossed into the mix. If you were lucky, there would be some special shapes in there too. A wheel, a window, a door. At best, the Lego guy bent at the waist and his head spun around on its axis like The Exorcist. But those C-cupped hands — they clutched onto simple tools and made him the hero of toy land. Apparently, in the land of Legos, no one needs an opposable thumb. That was — is —what makes them so awesome. Special gadgets and high-tech features take a back seat to raw creativity. It is the reason Legos still thrive today. Sure, they have expanded their brand into every nook and cranny of pop culture from Disney Princesses to Harry Potter, but it allows all of us, children and adults alike, to explore any world we choose. Build it and they will come. The philosophy is precisely why you need to see The LEGO Movie. The story follows construction worker Emmet (Chris Pratt) who

has a very simple view of life. Follow the instructions, avoid conflict and life will be care-free. Some of you may know a few Emmets in your life. You may even be an Emmet yourself. Sometimes it is easier to follow the path of least resistance. Emmet’s world is turned upside down when he meets the spunky WyldStyle (Elizabeth Banks) and her mystical leader Vitruvius (Morgan Freeman). They are both Master Builders who can build anything they want from their own imaginations, no instructions required. What they reveal to Emmet at once makes him feel honored and nervous - he is the “special”, the “extraordinary” Master Builder who will save the world from the evil Lord Business (Will Ferrell). Too bad Emmett’s breadth of creativity is putting two pieces together to make a brick. On his adventure, Emmet meets a host of characters. Will Arnett’s Batman is rich with pompous snark. Liam Neeson plays maniacal Good Cop-Bad Cop with flare, giving a whole new dimension to two-faced. Even Anthony Daniels and Billy Dee Williams resurrect their

original Star Wars roles as C3PO and Lando. What Emmet learns is that we are often much more than we may appear to others and sometimes even to ourselves. Within each of us is a hero if we open ourselves to the possibility. While others get caught up in the “me” mentality (hello, Batman), only when creativity is shared can we really move forward and make a difference. The LEGO Movie courts nostalgia jam packed with witty banter and spectacular animation. You have to smirk at WyldStyle when she tosses her hair in the wind and you will no doubt leave the theater chanting that “Everything is Awesome” to the tune of the year’s best theme song. And you know why? Because everything is awesome. You have all the pieces. Put them together to build the life you want. The LEG O Mov ie: 4 stethoscopes. Dr. Tanya Feke is a family physician and guest columnist for the 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.

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In Brief We do our best to run a If you have specific requiresubmission at least one time, ments contact your sales rephowever, we cannot guaran- resentative at (203) 317-2313. tee a submission will be pubCoginchaug Little League lished on a specific date and offers a scholarship for grad- content may be edited. S e n d s u b m i ss i o n s to uating seniors attending or lege or trade school in the fall contact Marsha at (203) The Coginchaug Regional of 2014. 317-2256. High School Scholarship Applicants must have played for Coginchaug Little League for at least three 243 Main St. years. Applications and comEvening & pete requirements can be Durham, Rt. 17 Saturday found at www.coginchaugll. Corner Main & Maiden Hours org. Deadline is April 5. For more information, call Tonya Little at (860) Experienced 349-8678.

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New 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 are being accepted at the Assessor’s Office in the Town Hall. The filing period for all Tax Relief Programs are from February 1 through May 15, 2014.

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Design an Ad The Town Times wishes to thank all our local ad designers who participated in our 2014 Design an Ad promotion. We wish to acknowledge all our designers and participating businesses below. Three designers were selected to receive a prize for their efforts.

1st Place ............David Holahan ...........Lino’s Market 2nd Place ...........Kyle Ge .......................Durham Dental 3rd Place ............Jake Dykas .................Durham Healthmart Pharmacy Student


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Hannah Nielsen, BASREP Grade 3

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Faith Spring can bring renewal and balance to life liquid once again; it won’t be long before their cover of ice melts under the warming sun’s gaze. Mirroring these external signs of spring’s approach, I sense in myself rising energy, and an eagerness to throw off


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Notre Dame Church plans poverty dinner The Notre Dame Church Catholic Outreach Ministry has scheduled a Poverty Dinner for Wednesday, April 9, 6 p.m., in the church hall, 272 Main St. All are welcome. A free will offering will be accepted to benefit the Catholic Relief Services rice bowl. A panel discussion about hunger will follow the dinner.

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We constantly give away our selves, our time, and our energy. And worse, we can give away too much of ourselves in the process and become depleted, out of balance. Instead of being like a canal, Bernard would have us be like a reservoir which, when it receives its water, doesn’t let it go, but waits until it is filled before it overflows. Reservoirs give of their water when there is enough to spill off into the canal. In their

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pace of life. Soon enough our calendars will fill with graduations, family celebrations, and end of the school year events. Soon enough, we will wonder why we are so tired and frayed and in need of vacation. This spring, before this season of newness goes by in one big blur, I want to recall some words of wisdom from an old friend. Bernard of Clairvaux was a 12th century French abbot, theologian, and poet. Though his words were written to church leaders some 900 years past, they are timeless wisdom for anyone who wrestles with keeping balance in the swirl of life’s busyness. Bernard suggests that humans have a tendency to be like canals, those channels that receive water on one end, convey it across their length, and pour it out on the other end. Too often we tend to do the same. We have relationships and experiences that fill us with joy and blessing, but instead of steeping in the moment, we let the moment pass us by. Like canals, we can be conveyers of life that merely passes through our hands.

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As I write, the outdoor thermometer is registering above 32 degrees, Daylight Savings Time has begun, and the blanket of snow—a fixture since December— is receding every day. The edges of reservoirs and ponds are

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Casual bridge - The Durham Activity Center, 350 Main St., schedules casual bridge every Friday at 6:30 p.m. All are welcome. For more information, call Jim Martinelli at (860) 346-6611.

Friday, April 4 Book sale - Levi E. Coe Library has scheduled its book and bake sale for Friday, April 4, noon to 4 p.m.

Saturday, April 5 Book sale - Levi E. Coe Library has scheduled its book and bake sale for Saturday, April 5, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Winter market - The Dudley Farm Winter Market is scheduled for Saturday, April 5, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., in the Munger Barn, 2351 Durham Road, North Guilford. The market features baked goods, eggs, arts and crafts, honey, maple syrup, jams, jellies, naturally raised mates and sundries. For more info, call (860) 349-3917 or visit


A Place at the Table screening is April 6 A screening of the documentary “A Place at the Table� is scheduled for Sunday, April 6, 5 p.m., at the United Churches of Durham, 228 Main St. A post-screening panel discussion, with representatives from local organizations, is scheduled to follow. The event aims to raise awareness about hunger and is link to obesity in communities throughout the United States. The event is free and open

to the public. Non-perishable food donations will be accepted to benefit local food pantries. For more information,


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giving, reservoirs do not lose anything of themselves; they keep that essential balance. Keeping balance, taking time for oneself is not a selfish act; it is essential to our being. Keeping ourselves filled and then giving to others from our fullness, from the best of ourselves, is a gift to those in our lives. It lends

vitality to our passions, to our work, to the world. May this spring be for you a time of balance and centeredness, and of finding renewal in the midst of giving and receiving. Rev. Alison McCaffrey is associate minister at First Congregational Church of Cheshire, United Church of Christ.

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Kevin Williams of Burlington and Ana Maria Lizcano of North Branford are getting a cake from Durham’s own Kim’s Cottage Confections courtesy of the radio station 102.9 DRC-FM, which the happy couple both grew up listening to. “Throughout our lives, Ana and I have continuously tuned into The Big D and have found comfort during our most difficult and happiest of times,” Williams said in a statement released by the radio station. A video of the surprise engagement can be found on YouTube under the title “102.9 DRC-FM’s Big D Big Day Engagement!” Three years ago, Ana’s mother was diagnosed with leukemia and the family spent all their resources, including those set aside for Ana’s wedding, to get her the best care possible. In 2012, Ana’s mother lost her battle to cancer. On the day

that Ana’s mother passed, Kevin told her, “I promise to take care of your daughter. I love her very much.” Kevin called that story into on 102.9 DRC-FM subsequently the station has helped the couple create their dream wedding. Kim’s Cottage Confections owner Kim Terrill said she is excited to be creating the cake for the couple, but that she has yet to meet them. They will be coming to Kim’s Cottage Confections to start selecting a cake soon. Kim’s Cottage Confections has been in business for 21 years, 11 of them in Durham after a move from Meriden. The bakery offers cookies, cupcakes, and handmade chocolates, and specializes in wedding and special occasion cakes. Terril said that Durham has been a wonderful and welcoming community, and that she has enjoyed participating in the Durham Fair, the Taste of Durham, and other community events. Kim’s Cottage Confections participates in a

scholarship program at the high school and sponsors a T-Ball team. In addition to the cake, 102.9 DRC-FM is giving the couple a wedding and reception package valued at $29,000, including an engagement ring, reception, dance lessons, tuxedo rental, reception flowers, hair stylist, and makeup.

Estate planning Durham Middlef ield Youth & Family Services, with Dzialo, Pickett & Allen, P.C., has scheduled a free estate planning program on Wednesday, March 26, 6:30 to 7 p.m. at the Durham Public Library, 7 Maple St. The program, Smart and Savvy Estate Planning for People with Children, focuses on how to plan ahead and protect children’s future with practical estate planning strategies. For more information and to reserve a seat, call (860) 349-0258.



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for its maple syrup production facility. The total cost is $25,000. The grants were awarded on a competitive basis and a match must be made by the applicant. For more information on these grants, visit the Department of Agriculture’s website at Click on: “Programs and Services” and then: “Agriculture Viability Grants.”

agriculture sector is an important economic driver for our state with enormous potential for future job creation and economic growth,” Malloy said. Rogers Orchards, in Southington, received a $20,000 grant to install a trellis system. The total cost of the project is $80,000. Miller Tree Farm, in Durham, received $12,500


fallen over the winter. The press release states that piles from “land clearing” or with “evidence of newly cut down trees” fall outside of the regulations and will not be removed. For further information, the Public Works department can be reached at (860) 3491816 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. — Mark Dionne

A Southington orchard and a Durham tree farm were among more than 40 farms, agricultural non-profits and municipalities to receive state funding totaling $880,327. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and state Department of Agriculture Commissioner Steven K. Reviczky announced the awards March 20. “Our diverse and vibrant

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T h e P u b l i c Wo r k s Department of Durham will begin its annual spring brush pick up on April 21, according to Public Works Director Kurt Bober. Residents can pile brush curbside for pick up as long as the pile meets specifications of the Durham-Middlefield Interlocal Agreement Advisory Board. According to Bober, the branches and limbs in the pile can be no longer than eight feet in length with trunks no larger than four inches in diameter. The piles also cannot have processed wood or stumps. Residents are also asked to stack their brush with the large ends toward the road. The piles should be at least 10 feet from mailboxes and telephone poles and 15 feet from electrical transformers and cable or phone boxes. A public works press release says that town crews will only make one pass per road and will leave piles that do not comply with the regulations. According to the press release, the intent of the brush pick up is to assist residents in clearing brush that has

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The Levi E. Coe Library has scheduled its annual Phonathon for Monday, April Book sale 7 through Wednesday, April 9. Volunteers will place calls Levi E. Coe Library has after 6 p.m. To make a donascheduled its book and bake tion to help the library reach sale for Friday Preview Day, the goal of $7,000, drop it off April 4, noon to 4 p.m. (a fee at the library or call (860) is charged) and Saturday, 349-3857. April 5, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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A fter School Mov ie Wednesday, April 2, 3:30 p.m. “Anchorman 2” (ages 10-18). Drop-in, no registration required. A fter School Mov ie Wednesday, April 9, 3:30 p.m. “The Hobbit” (ages 1018). Drop-in, no registration required. Teen Adv isor y Group (ages 12-18). Saturday, April 12, 3 p.m. share your ideas for the library. Drop-in.

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The pace at which Yale-New Haven Hospital has gobbled up private practices also reduces competition in the marketplace and increases costs to patients. A constituent of mine was recently charged two copays (a doctor’s fee and a facility fee) by Yale-New Haven Hospital for a visit that used to cost just one co-pay through their family physician. Twenty or 25 years ago, I remember my father warning of the day when family physicians and private practices would become a thing of the past. He feared that a focus on profits over outcomes would result in patients being viewed as “numbers instead of people.” If we do not do something soon to refocus our priorities on outcomes over profits, I am afraid that his fear may be realized. What is happening in the New Haven region is akin to a monopoly and it needs to be stopped, or regulated. To be sure, Yale-New Haven Hospital is one of the preeminent medical institutions in the world and they should have a seat at the table when we look for a solution to this problem. But, let us take steps now to improve health care by ending this dangerous trend, restoring the patient/doctor relationship, and re-establishing the New Haven region as a model for healthcare delivery in America. State Sen. Len Fasano, R-34, represents the communities of East Haven, Durham, Walling ford and his hometown of North Haven.


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grown food and farm products from current levels of less than 2 percent to 10 percent, what role could farmland protection play and what role could agriscience schools and/or the University of Connecticut 4-H play in meeting that goal?” A total of $1,000 ($500 for first place, $300 for second


T h e Wo r k i n g L a n d s A l l i a n ce, a p ro j e c t o f American Farmland Trust, is accepting entries for the first FFA/Agriscience/4-H Student Essay Contest. Students must write a 750 word essay to answer the question, “If we, as a State, want to increase everyone’s consumption of Connecticut-

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Coginchaug Area Transition workshops planned Thursday, April 24, at 7 p.m. at the Durham Library — Energy Efficiency for Older Homes. Older homes present special energy challenges. Learn specific strategies for dealing with those challenges. Thursday, May 8, at 7 p.m. at the Durham Library — “Living through Hard Times”, a panel discussion suggested by members of the Durham Historical Society. The panel will consist of local residents who lived through and remember the Depression and/or World War

Coginchaug Area Transition plans to offers the following free workshops in the next three months. Workshops feature a variety of topics to help people attain a more energy efficient and sustainable lifestyle. Thursday, April 10, at 7 p.m. at the Durham Library — How to maintain a pesticide-free lawn and help keep your corner of the world as nontoxic as possible. Using fewer chemicals can impact on the health of the environment, pets and people.


They will talk about their families’ experiences as a way to inspire people to develop resilience. Thursday, May 22, at 7 p.m. at the Durham Library — Energy efficiency involves new technology and old techniques. This workshop is for those who would like to go above and beyond in the quest to save energy and reduce your personal carbon footprint. For more information, call Sue VanDerzee at (860) 349-0777.

AARP Foundation TaxAide offers free tax preparation assistance to middle-and l ow - i n c o m e t a x p aye r s , through April 15. Special attention is given to those 60 and older. Services are provided by trained and IRS-certified volunteers in libraries, senior centers and community centers throughout the state. Appointments are required. For more information, to schedule an appointment and a list of required documents, call 1-888-AARP-NOW (1888-227-7669) or org/taxaide. Additional information for Connecticut taxpayers is available at taxes or call 2-1-1.

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Sports banquet fetes varsity athletes

Sherry Hill and Nick Barbieri. Hill was presented with an Outstanding Service Award. | (Photos by Karen Kean.)

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The Coginchaug Regional High School Sports Banquet was held March 17 to honor athletes who earn a varsity letter in their sport. Athletic Director Nick Barbieri presented the Courage Award to twins Karen and Michelle DeFilippo for gymnastics. Sherry Hill, who is retiring, was presented with an Outstanding Service Award for Cheerleading Coach. The Coach Award went to: Alex Markoski for Boys Basketball; Christian Adams for Boys Indoor Track; Caryn Sibiskie for Girls Basketball; Kia Bourland for Cheerleading on the Spirit Squad; Bailey Thayer for Girls Indoor Track. The Most Valuable Players Award went to: Katelyn Branciforte for Cheerleading Spirit Squad; Jessica Drop for



CRHS Athletic Director Nick Barbieri with twins Karen and Michelle DeFilippo who were given the Courage Award for gymnastics.

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Coaches Award: Alex Markoski\basketball, Christian Adams\track, Caryn Sibiskie\basketball, Kia Bourland\ cheerleading, Bailey Thayer\track.

Got news? We’d love to print it along with your photos. Most Valuable Players award: Katelyn Branciforte\cheerleading; Jessica Drop\track; Christian Alberico\track; Jack Granger\basketball; Kim Romanoff\basketball; Morgan Keuhnle\basketball; Catelyn Ruggerio\cheerleading.

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