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Volume 21, Number 53

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Friday, May 9, 2014

School budget approved, just 960 residents vote By Mark Dionne Town Times

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Farm animal rescue a specialized skill By Sam Corey and Charles Kreutzkamp

ers attended the six hour event which featured interSpecial to Town Times actions with live horses as well as a demonstration of More than 10 people at- rescue techniques on a simutending a training session lated plastic and metal horse put on by the Durham Ani- named “Lucky.” Attendees learned how to mal Response Team learned life-saving techniques to as- fasten a Large Animal Lift, a sist horses in perilous situ- device with a metal spreader ations at the equine rescue bar and many numbered training held at Rivendell straps, some of which cross over each other to allow an Farm May 4. Firefighters, animal con- large animal to be safely lifted trol officers, and horse own- by a tractor or backhoe.

“Have a firm and long lead in case he thrashes,” warned Roger Lauze, adding tension and life to the plastic form of the 600 pound false horse. Lauze, the equine rescue and training coordinator for the Massachusetts Society for Prevention of Animal Cruelty, instructed the session. Lauze frequently warned that the animals being assisted by the large animal lift See Rescue / Page 14

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Voters in Durham and Middlefield approved the proposed 2014-2015 District 13 school budget on May 6 by a margin of 622 to 338. Both towns approved the proposed budget, with Durham voting 441 to 215 and Middlefield voting 181 to 123 in favor. Board of Education members and Superintendent of Schools Kathryn Veronesi gathered at Korn School in Durham to hear the results. Reacting to the vote, Veronesi said, “I’m thrilled. I went into this feeling confident of the outcome and very proud of the work the administration did.” Even feeling confident, Veronesi said, “On referendum day, you’re holding your breath.” “I’m thrilled,” said BOE Chair Kerrie Flanagan. “It’s a very good budget.” Flanagan said she was grateful to the members of the public who provided feedback, volunteered at the

polls, and voted. The number who voted once again was low. With 622 voting in Durham and 338 in Middlefield, only 960 residents voted on referendum day. Last year, in what was regarded as a low turnout, 1,141 residents voted and passed the school budget at the first referendum. The approved budget represents a net 1.74 percent increase over the current year’s budget. That figure never changed from the original proposal. Starting with a proposed net reduction of 13.2 staff positions, three teachers were added back to the budget in response to a higher than expected kindergarten class and concerns about class sizes. At a district meeting attended by approximately 20 memebers of the public on the eve of the referendum, Flanagan and Veronesi called the budget responsible and also detailed the plans to reinstate two teachers after the vote.

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Catching up to Town Times founders 20th Anniversary

“A friend and I have been talking about starting a local newspaper ...”

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(As Town Times reaches its 20th year of publication, we asked past and present staff and contributors to write a few words about their experiences working for the newspaper. ) Three of the four founders of Town Times met last week at Brewbaker’s in Middletown (formerly Manhattan Bagel). It was at Manhattan Bagel over 20 years ago that Phyllis Sheridan approached Sue VanDerzee and said, “A friend and I have been talking about starting a local newspaper ...” And that started a conversation that came to include Bill Currlin (computer guru) and Marilyn Keurajian (ad whiz and artist). It also started months of planning, years of late nights, fond friendships with local businesses and officials and a steep learning curve.

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to Austin Sheridan USA, knits and crafts in her “spare time” and has recently completed Reiki I training. Bill continues active with the Durham Fair Association in the Entertainment Department (big surprise) and in administration. He is also active in the Middletown Elks and still goes to lots of meetings. Marilyn is the Minister Town Times founders recently reunited to note the paper’s 20 year anniversary. From left: Phyllis Sheridan, Bill Currlin to Children and Youth at the Middlefield Federated and Sue VanDerzee . Not pictured, Marilyn Keurajian. Church, active on the Joint Task Force on Energy and Now, 20 years later, we’re of the curve, having moved Sustainability in our towns, proud that Town Times is with husband Austin to a a happy grandmother and still part of our communities combined use office-residen- proud supporter of youngeven as we have moved on to tial building on Broad Street est daughter Aubrey, now a student at Cornell, who was in Middletown. other primary endeavors. She continues to contribute our “Town Times baby” with As always, Phyllis is ahead

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At a previously reported on BOE meeting, Flanagan pledged to use line item transfers from transportation, engineering, interns and substitutes and other lines after the budget referendum to reinstate third and fifth grade teaching positions in the contemporary program. Eliminating the two positions created class sizes of 23.7 for the fifth grade and 22.3 for the third. According to members, the board heard concerns and “valid points” from parents and decided to reinstate those positions. Because the total budget figure of $35,178,402 and the salary line had already been

publicized as part of the referendum, Flanagan said that the board should not change those figures before the vote. Unlike at many recent BOE meetings and the recent public hearing, public comment at the May 5 meeting was dominated by those critical of the education budget. Kurt Peterson of Durham said that the spending increase of 1.74 percent was much larger if measured as cost per student. One man who identified himself as a business owner in town said that taxes made him consider moving his business out of town. One speaker asked why the teachers had to be reinstated if the new class sizes were still within BOE recommendations. “Why don’t we follow


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regulated trapping has been allowed since 1961. DEEP receives hundreds of complaints about beavers annually. Beavers are normally docile, but may slap the water with their tails to warn people and other animals away from getting too close to their lodge. “In many circumstances, people experience relatively insignificant beaver damage,� DEEP says, “tolerating their activity is part of co-existing with wildlife.� However, DEEP also notes that beavers may cause problems, including millions of dollars of property damage from flooding and falling trees nationwide. For property owners with beavers on their property, there may also be concerns about increasing mosquito populations because of the increase in stagnant water, or a temporary but unpleasant smell of rotten eggs caused by flood-related decomposition.

Giardia, a micro-organism that thrives in stagnant water and causes intestinal infections in humans and other animals, may also be a concern. When property owners want to remove beavers from their property, DEEP refers them to volunteers like Jules Perrault, of Wallingford. “We have about 120 volunteers in the area,� Perrault said. “We have a special permit from the state to trap beavers in the off-season.� Trappers like Perrault benefit from the fur, which can be valued at anywhere between $18 and $28. Beavers are also prized by many for their succulent meat. The value of the fur can help cover the cost of traps and equipment, but Perrault said that he and the other volunteers do it “out of love


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These creations, based on birdhouses and an instrument case, were among the artwork auctioned for CVEF at “Flights of Fancy and Song.” | Mark Dionne / Town Times. a birdhouse with legs called “Baba Yaga’s Birdhouse.” “We have two three-person birdhouses,” Manassa said. Milne had another, yet-tobe-created birdhouse for auction. Milne offered to build a

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Local artists filled a tent at the Indian Springs Gold Course with unusual birdhouses and altered instruments, all to be auctioned of to benefit the Coginchaug Valley Education Foundation. The charitable auction, called “Flights of Fancy and Song” and held on May 2, featured 36 colorful and creative birdhouses and 13 pieces of art made from unplayable music instruments. CVEF member Connie Brown, who served on the event’s committee, said that CVEF had a successful birdhouse auction two years ago and this time partnered with Coginchaug Regional High School’s Parents of Performers group to make this year different. “We are lucky and happy to partner with POPs. Last

summer they reached out to the community for old instruments,” Brown said. Those instruments were turned into creations like lamps and candlesticks from clarinets, insects from organ pipes, carry-alls from music cases, and something called a Trombosaurus. The instrument art, like the birdhouses, went home with the highest bidder at the end of the night. Speaking at the event, CVEF president Betsy White Booz emphasized the foundation’s mission to benefit the broad community. Over the last 5 years, CVEF has awarded 33 grants totaling approximately $45,000 to community groups that provide educational enrichment to different age groups. The CVEF runs the annual spelling bee, which has become the trivia bee. CVEF also awards the Howard Kel-


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Recreation Programs fee is charged. Night Recreation Youth Tuesday and Thursdays, July 1 through Aug. 7, for Durham and Middlefield students entering grades 5 to 8. A fee is charged. Summer Fun Runs July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 and Aug. 5, 12 (and possibly 15) at the Coginchaug High School track. Open to all ages. Registration starts at 5:45 before races. Wo m e n’s Fu n S o f t ball League - Monday and Wednesdays, beginning July

2. Open to all Durham and Middlefield residents. Junior Counselor Program - For students entering grade 8 to age 15. Students will volunteer and participate in all summer programs. No fee. Registration is required. Shoshin Ryu - Korn School on Mondays and at the Durham Activity Center on Thursdays, 6-8:30, for grades 2-8 and adults. A fee is charged. For more information, call Toby Bates (860) 349-3075. C h e e rl e ad i n g S p i r i t

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A good laugh for Mother’s Day While Mother’s Day is filled with sentiment and warm-fuzzy thoughts — as well it should be — there’s another side of motherhood to explore. There are lots of moms who appreciate how much a sense of humor can help when it comes to the world’s toughest job. We’ve gathered a few famous quotes on the topic from a range of observers. Share a laugh with your mother this Mother’s Day and see which of these funny quotes rings true for her experience. — The editors “I want my children to have all the things I couldn’t afford. Then I want to move in with them.” - Phyllis Diller “The most remarkable thing about my mother is that for 30 years she served the family nothing but leftovers. The original meal has never been found.” Calvin Trillin “A mother is a person who seeing there are only four pieces of pie for five people, promptly announces she never did care for pie.” - Tenneva Jordan

“My mother’s menu consisted of two choices: Take it or leave it.” - Buddy Hackett “Any mother could perform the jobs of several air-traffic controllers with ease.” - Lisa Alther “My mother had a great deal of trouble with me, but I think she enjoyed it.” - Mark Twain “If evolution really works, how come mothers only have two hands?” - Milton Berle “When your mother asks, ‘Do you want a piece of advice?’ it is a mere formality. It doesn’t matter if you answer yes or no. You’re going to get it anyway.” - Erma Bombeck (And a few last thoughts from that prolific writer “author unknown.”) Working mothers are guinea pigs in a scientific experiment to show that sleep is not necessary to human life. - Unknown “I’d like to be the ideal mother, but I’m too busy raising my kids.” - Unknown “To the world you might just be one person, but to one person you might be the world.” - Unknown

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Opinion At 90, memories remain vivid of wartime Poland By Rev. John Gwozdz Special to The Town Times

In March, my mother marked her 90th birthday. It was a small celebration, in keeping with her “don’t make a fuss” attitude. Now, at a time when people are living longer, marking nine decades of life is not unusual. But I mention my mother’s achievement because, for her, some of those years were quite unusual, to say the least. She grew up in Poland during the Second World War. For her, life under the Nazi occupation was something she and her family had to deal with everyday. And then, later, the Soviets pushed in on the eastern side and that posed its own hardships. My mother’s memories are similar to what many civilians had to endure during that terrible time. I had heard her stories often while growing up, but lately, I’ve been writing them down to preserve them and share them with my family and friends. My mother was born in Adams, Mass. to parents who were immigrants from Poland. She was the fourth of seven children. When she was one and a half years old, her father, my grandfather, got word from his mother that his older brother had died. That meant that he had to pack up the family and go back to Poland to take care of the farm in the village of Frysztak. And so, while my mother was born in America, she is culturally Polish; she was born an American citizen but she was raised and educated in Poland. So were her brothers and sisters. Life on the farm was quiet, but that all changed in 1939 when the second World War broke out with an invasion of Poland. My mother was 15-years-old at the time. It was practically impossible to

be anywhere in Poland and not be affected by the fighting. My mother’s village was often caught in the crossfire. One day her father, my grandfather, noticed that a hay wagon on the farm was missing and so he went to look for it. Nazi soldiers suspected him of being a spy and they took him in for interrogation. For three weeks no one knew where he was until he was released. At another time, young men from the village were rounded up against their will and they were taken to Gwozdz a labor camp. Mom’s oldest brother, my uncle Julian, was forced to work as part of a road construction crew in Bavaria. His family didn’t know if he was dead or alive for three years until he came home. My mother’s village had a large Jewish population. She had many Jewish classmates before the war, but after the war only one was left. She told me of a day when, as she walked to the post office, she saw soldiers execute a Jewish man across the street. On her way back home, she saw two more Jewish men being killed; one was the town baker. One day, Nazi soldiers on the way to the eastern front stole livestock on the farm and set fire to what my mom called the “old house.” Rifles were pointed at her and her family to prevent them from putting out the blaze. Later, when the soldiers left, they scurried to put out the fire so it wouldn’t spread to the “new house” next door. When Soviet soldiers advanced west, they occupied the “new house” for a time, while my mom and her family took refuge in a root cellar.

Her mother, my grandmother, caught pneumonia from the damp conditions and never recovered. After the war, there was little left for them in Poland and so, over the course of several years, they went back to America. As American citizens, my mother and her siblings had easy entry, but my grandfather’s return was not so smooth. It took the efforts of a senator and congressman from Massachusetts to cut through the red tape. About a year after she arrived, my mom met my father and she settled into a quiet life and raised three children, including me. She was determined to learn English. Even today, when she’s reading a newspaper or book, there’s always an English- Polish dictionary at her side. For a long time I wasn’t sure if she wanted to go back to Poland. Finally, in 1994 I asked her and when she agreed I went with her. I took five hours of video. Now, of course, my mother’s life wasn’t all gloom and doom. She, along with my aunts and uncles made the most of life, and family gatherings were always filled with laughter. But six of my mother’s 90 years were spent during the war. They were the defining years of her life. And, of course, she wasn’t alone. Stories like hers could be told by thousands and even millions of people who lived through those same terrible times. But, for all of that, my mom doesn’t speak of those years with bitterness. What got her through was the strong support of her family and the even stronger faith in God they all shared. It was faith in God’s incredible love that gave my mother, and people like her, hope, incredible hope in the face of See Memories / Page 9

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Pizza a family affair at Our Place By Mark Dionne

used his Greek heritage. “They do make Greek style pizza in New Haven,” Kokis When the Pizza King said. Kokis opened the Pizza restaurant closed over two years ago, Peter Kokis was King in 1972 at 2100 South retired and living in Greece Main Street, Middletown, just but his connection to the outside of Middlefield. After years of running restaurant pulled him back to America and the pizza busi- the restaurant, Kokis sold ness with the opening of Our the restaurant in 2002 and semi-retired to Greece for 11 Place Pizza Restaurant. Kokis taught himself to years, where he was a fisher- Peter and Ermioni Kokis stand in front of the dining area of Our Place Pizza Restaurant. | Mark Dionne / Town Times make pizza shortly after ar- man. “It started as a hobby, riving in America on a date but then I made money.” When he heard that the he delivers specifically, “June 3, 1968.” After arriving, Kokis restaurant he started was Religious Briefs cooked in New Haven for a closing, Kokis started the while. Even in that city faFor more information and mous for its thin pies, Kokis tee has scheduled a Haitian See Pizza / Page 12 Free community supper A free community supper craft sale and authentic Hai- reservations, call (860) 349is scheduled for Sunday, May tian dinner. The craft sale is 1431 or (860) 239-3248 by May 18, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., at the scheduled for Saturday, May 12. Notre Dame Church, 280 Church of the Epiphany, 196 17, 10 a.m.t o 7 p.m. and Sunyears. He provides for her Main St. day, 9 a.m. to noon. Profits Main St., has scheduled its From Page 8 now as she enjoys the care The meal will be prepared benefit Outreach to Haiti, monthly flea market and tag she receives in an assisted and donated by the Durham an organization that pro- sale for the first Saturday of incredible trials. Lions. The Church of the vides education, health care each month, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., During the hardship of the living facility. And it is with her kind of Epiphany will supply dessert. and nutrition programs. The through Oct. 4. The tag sale second World War, it was the dinner, scheduled for Satur- will be located in the church faith of my mother, and peo- faith that I can hope and pray All are welcome. For more information, call day, May 17, 5:30 p.m., at the hall, rectory garage, parking ple like her, that helped them that God will continue to prochurch, 272 Main St., features lot and lawn, rain or shine. to hear God’s voice of com- vide for her, and people like (860) 349-9644. a traditional dinner of Haitian Breakfast and lunch will be fort and strength — strength her, all the days of their lives. rice and bans, creole chicken, available. Vendor space is that gave them patience and Rev. John Gwozdz serves at Notre Dame Church red snapper, Grio, stewed available for purchase. For resilience. God provided for my St. Thomas Becket Church. The Durham Notre Dame goat, and mixed vegetables. more information, call Bob Smith at (860) 349-0356. mother every day of her 90 Catholic Outreach Commit- A fee is charged. Town Times


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Spartans win a pair against tough opponents The Strong baseball team won two games last week against two tough opponents, Woodrow Wilson and RHAM. Monday the Spartans hosted Woodrow and Prevailed 3-0. James Salemme pitched a complete game 1 hit shut out. It wasn’t easy. In the second inning Woodrow loaded the bases on the lone hit and two walks with no outs. An attempted safety squeeze bunt was thwarted when Dan Turecyk bounced out of the catchers box and grabbed the bunt tagging

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May designated American Stroke Month The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association has designated May as American Stroke Month. Two factors to know that may save a life are: Know if you are at risk for stroke and know the stroke warning signs and what to do in a stroke emergency. Stroke is the No. 1 preventable cause of disability and the fourth leading cause of death in the United States.

ant to check your blood pres- recognize a stroke and what sure regularly and talk to to do if one occurs: F - Face Drooping: Does your doctor about healthy levels for you. Through the one side of the face droop or American Stroke Associa- is it numb? Ask the person to tion’s Together to End Stroke smile. A - Arm Weakness: Is one initiative, the association provides information and tools arm weak or numb? Ask to help people to prevent, the person to raise both treat and beat stroke. A free arms. Does one arm drift stroke risk assessment, avail- downward? S - Speech Difficulty: Is able at StrokeAssociation. org/strokemonth, helps indi- speech slurred, are they unviduals to evaluate their per- able to speak, or are they hard sonal stroke risk and to work to understand? Ask the perwith their doctor to begin a son to repeat a simple sentence like, “The sky is blue.” prevention plan. The acronym F.A.S.T. was Is the sentence repeated provements to Coginchaug determined to help people to correctly? Little League. The little league team that buys the most tickets will visit assisted living the Rock Cats dugout prior to memory care the start of the game and take the field with the New Britain a d u lt d ay Rock Cats players during the playing of the National Anthem. In addition, one boy and one girl from the Spring 2014 little league players will be randomly chosen to throw out the first pitch. All players can take part in a pregame parade with other little league organizations approximately 30 minutes prior to game time. For more information, contact Michele Wenchell at

Someone in the United States has a stroke every 40 seconds, yet 80 percent of strokes are preventable. Knowing if you are at risk for stroke is highly important, because many risk factors can be modified and controlled. The No. 1 stroke risk factor is high blood pressure. Nearly 78 million Americans have high blood pressure and many more aren’t even aware that they have it. It’s import-

Family Day at Rock Cats Coginchaug Little League has scheduled a family day at the New Britain Rock Cats for Sunday, June 1, at 1:35 p.m. The Rock Cats are scheduled to play the Binghamton Mets. A fee is charged. Tickets are available for purchase at www.coginchaugll. org, through Sunday, May 18h. Online ticket orders will be available for pick up between May 19 to May 23 at the CLL Concession Stand in Durham during evening game times. The Rock Cats have scheduled a players and coaches clinic for ages 6-12, 10:30 a.m. to noon before the game on the field at New Britain Stadium. No preregistration is required for the clinic. Proceeds benefit ongoing im-

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are not unconscious but may be sedated, and continually warned rescuers to show caution and avoid being kicked by the false horse so that the rescuers would learn not only how to fasten the straps, but also how to safely approach an actual injured animal. “We want everybody to learn that safety comes first, so you can take care of yourself, your team, and the animal,” said Sue White, DART response team leader. The day began with acquainting newcomers, with little to no experience with horses, with placing a halter on a live horse, walking the DART team leader Sue White (right) keeps “Lucky” the animal out of its stall, and model horse calm with a towel over his head while a guiding the horse out of the rescuer-in-training approaches carefully to tie his legs to barn to safety. A fte r wa rd s , m e m b e rs prevent him from kicking and to keep them from getting | Charles Kreutzkamp / Town Times split into two groups to res- broken. cue Lucky from a barn and a trailer. with learning how to move mal Lift. The session finished off Lucky using the Large Ani“Everyone gets a chance

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Elven Riggles, minister of the United Churches, in Durham, likes knowing where he came from. He’s in his 25th year of service to the church and is the longest-serving minister of the church since 1850. His passion for genealogy took root when he was in high school, and was an extension of his grandparents’ interest in family history and the history of North America. “Everyone wants to find out that they’re descended from famous people,” he said, “but I think it’s far more interesting to study ordinary people who settled the country, and who made it possible for us to be here today.” His mother’s side is French Canadian, and those ancestors were the original settlers of New France (which is now called Canada). Riggles found that he and a woman in town are both descended from a man who lived there in the early 1700s. “Mathematically speaking, we are all related,” he said. “If you go back to the Middle Ages, the number of ancestors you have is larger than the population of western Europe. My maternal grandparents were distant cousins.” His father’s side consists of Pennsylvania Germans and New England Puritans, with the first Puritan coming to Plymouth in 1621. The majority of these ancestors came to New England during the Great Migration (a period from 1620 to 1640 when the English migrated to Massachussetts), arriving with the Winthrop fleet. (John Winthrop became the first governor of Massachusetts.) Riggles discovered that his neighbor’s ancestors were the neighbors of his ancestors in Framingham, Mass. in the late 1600s. Those early Puritan settlers were Loyalists (loyal to the crown of England), and were part of the Admiral Digby evacuation to the Maritime provinces in Canada (New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island), which took place

during and after the American Revolution. “My family can’t be part of the Daughters of the American Revolution,” Riggles said, “because our ancestors fought on the wrong side of the Revolution.” He is, however, a member of the Winthrop Society, a genealogical society for the descendants of the Great Migration. Another interesting fact he uncovered – the father-inlaw of Riggles’ older daughter is descended from a family that lived next to the Riggles family in Nova Scotia in the 1700s. Riggles was not always the family name. Until the Civil War, it was Riegel. The minister credits this to inaccurate records for the census. “Nowadays spelling counts,” he said. “Back then spelling was more fluid and not so exact.”


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School Briefs Scholastic achievements B onnie C. Ryder of Durham has been awarded a 2014 Academic Award for accounting from Middlesex Community College. R ac h e l Kowa l s k i o f Durham has been awarded a Wheaton Fellowship for a summer experience working with Child Life at the CT Children’s Medical Center.

CRHS Project Grad CRHS Project Grad has scheduled the following events: Saturday, May 10 - Mother’s Day flower sale at Strong School parking lot, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Proceeds benefit Project Graduation. Sunday, May 11 - Mother’s Day flower sale at Strong School parking lot, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Proceeds benefit Project Graduation. Saturday, May 31 - Car

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Xavier High School Xavier High School students named to the third term honor roll. High honors - James R. Rosborough, Connor M. Marszalek, John-Rudy Fronc, William J. Egan of Durham; John W. Yusza, Patrick J. Hocking of Middlefield. Honors - Joseph A. Braun, Ryan J. DeVille, Kevin M. Tobias, Lawrence H. Bourland, Patrick McCann, Timothy S. Morris, Richard J. Murphy, Christopher J. Peach, Joseph F. Prifitera, Xavier Watson-Coleman, Nicholas C. Cumello, Steven M. Fumiatti, Scott R. Marks, David Pakech, Ryan W. Child, Dominick J. DeMartino, Trevor A. Morris of Durham; Patrick A.



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Monday, May 12 60+ Club - The Durham 60+ Club is scheduled to meet Monday, May 12, 1:30 p.m., at the Durham Activity Center. A blood pressure clinic is scheduled prior to the meeting. Entertainment by Bruce Hazzard is planned. New members are welcome.

Track and field - CRHS vs. Old Saybrook, Hale Ray, away, 3:45 p.m.

Wednesday, May 14 Baseball - CRHS vs. Old Saybrook at Old Saybrook, 3:45 p.m. Softball - CRHS vs. Old Saybrook at CRHS, 3:15 p.m.

Boys tennis - CRHS vs. East Hampton at CRHS, 3:45 p.m. Girls tennis - CRHS vs. East Hampton at East Hampton, 3:45 p.m. Boys golf - CRHS vs. Haddam-Killingworth at Lyman Orchards. Thursday, May 15 Music - Perk on Main, 6 Main St., has scheduled the bands ‘Grace Band’ and ‘If Not for Dreaming’ for Thursday, May 15, 6 to 8 p.m. For more information, call (860) 346-2641.

Friday, May 16 Baseball - CRHS vs. Cromwell at Cromwell, 3:45 p.m. Softball - CRHS vs. Cromwell at Cromwell, 3:45 p.m.

Saturday, May 17 Concert - The Middlesex Vocal Chords has scheduled its annual spiring concert “Music Changes the World” for Saturday, May 17, 7:30 p.m., at Portland High School, 95 High St. Portland. A fee is charged for tickets. For more information, call (860) 347-2787, (860) 3423120 or visit vocalchords20. org.

Sunday, May 18 Pet Fair - The 6th annual Help Willy’s Friends Pet Fair is scheduled for Sunday, May 18, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Coginchaug Regional High school.

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Postal food drive - The National Association of Letter Carriers and the United States Postal Service is scheduled to collect food for the local food pantry, Saturday, May 10. Place non-perishable donations in bags by your mailbox. Carriers will collect the donations when they deliver the mail. Historical Society - The Durham Historical Society is scheduled to be open Saturday, May 10, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cemetery open house - The Durham Historical

Baseball - CRHS vs. Valley Regional at CRHS, 4 p.m. Softball - CRHS vs. Valley Regional at CRHS, 4 p.m. Boys tennis - CRHS vs. Old Lyme at Old Lyme, 3:45 p.m. Girls tennis - CRHS vs. Old Lyme at CRHS, 3:45 p.m. Boys golf - CRHS vs. Old Saybrook at Fenwick, 3 p.m.


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Society and the Durham Cemetery Company have scheduled an open house at the Old Durham Cemetery for Saturday, May 10, 9 a.m. to noon. The event includes tours, demonstrations, activities, and more. Parking available at Strong School. For more information, call Sarah Atwell at (860) 716-5497. Track and field - CRHS vs. Old Saybrook, away, 8:30 a.m.



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. Historical Society - The Durham Historical Society is scheduled to meet Friday, May 9, 7:30 p.m., at the Center School. All are welcome. Plant sale - Mid-Lea Garden Club has scheduled a plant sale for Saturday, May 9, 9 a.m. to noon, at the Community Center, 405 Main St. Rain or shine. Proceeds benefit a scholarship for a graduating senior and for continuing town beautification projects. Yoga - Core Club & 24/7 Gym, 350 Main St., has scheduled free ‘Vin & Yin’ yoga class for Friday, May 9, 5 to 6 p.m. Baseball - CRHS vs. North Branford at CRHS, 3:45 p.m. Softball - CRHS vs. North Branford at CRHS, 3:45 p.m. Boys tennis - CRHS vs. Haddam-Killingworth at CRHS, 3:45 p.m. Girls tennis - CRHS vs. Haddam-Killingworth at Haddam-Killingworth, 3:45 p.m. Square dance - The 4C’s Square Dance Club has scheduled dance for Friday, May 9, 8 to 10:30 p.m. at the Brewster School. Caller is Bruce McCue; cuer is Sue Lucibello. For more information,call (860) 3498084 or (860) 828-6978.



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Softball - CRHS vs. Haddam-Killingworth at Monday, May 19 Haddam-Killingworth, 3:45 p.m. Baseball - CRHS vs. Boys tennis - CRHS vs. Morgan at CRHS, 3:45 p.m. Westbrook at Westbrook, Softball - CRHS vs. 3:45 p.m. Morgan at CRHS, 3:45 p.m. Girls tennis - CRHS vs. Boys tennis - CRHS vs. Westbrook at CRHS, 3:45 Cromwell at Cromwell, 3:45 p.m. p.m. Boys golf - CRHS vs. Hale Girls tennis - CRHS vs. Cromwell at CRHS, 3:45 p.m. Ray at Fox Hopyard, 3 p.m.

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Thursday, May 29

Softball - CRHS vs. Waterford at Veterans Field, 4 p.m. Boys tennis - CRHS vs. Morgan at CRHS, 3:45 p.m. Girls tennis - CRHS vs. Morgan at Morgan, 3:45 p.m.

Boys golf - CRHS vs. East Hampton at Banner Lodge CC, 3 p.m.

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Thursday, May 22

Boys golf - CRHS vs. Cromwell at TPC, 3 p.m. Track and field - CRHS vs. Westbrook at Westbrook, 3:45 p.m.

Baseball - CRHS vs. Portland at Portland, 3:45 p.m. Boys golf - CRHS vs. North Branford at Lyman Orchards, 3 p.m. Track and field - CRHS vs. Valley Regional at Valley Regional, 4 p.m.

Wednesday, May 21 Baseball - CRHS vs. Haddam-Killingworth at Haddam-Killingworth, 3:45 p.m.

Softball - CRHS vs. Middletown at CRHS, 3:45 p.m. Boys golf - CRHS vs. Westbrook, away, 2 p.m. Track and field - CRHS at Marty Roberts Invitational at CRHS, 2 p.m.

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Riggles From Page 15

The Riegels came from a Protestant state in western Germany. When the prince died without an heir, the throne went to his nephew, who was Roman Catholic, and who told his subjects they either convert to Catholicism, or leave. The Riegels left. They went to Pennsylvania in 1732 and bought land from William Penn. Riggles cloaks himself in history every day. He makes reproductions of early Colonial furniture, and treasures the 1892 clock passed down from his great grandfather. “That clock has been passed down to the oldest son in the family, which puts the pressure on my son to have a

son,” he said. As much as he loves family history, Riggles has, however, broken one family tradition. Every generation for five generations has had an Elven, but Riggles named his son John, after his great grandfather. “I love history,” Riggles said. “For me genealogy is the direct connection we have to the history of our area. It’s not just a connection to our past, but also a gateway into understanding our history as human beings. “If we could help kids see this connection, it might make history more interesting for them. They wouldn’t just be reading about some boring dead guy, but some boring dead guy that they’re related to,” he said.


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