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Volume 20, Number 29

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Friday, November 1, 2013

Lake Beseck drained for dam repair By Mark Dionne Town Times

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Three vie for Middlefield first selectman Nov. 5 By Mark Dionne Town Times

There will be a third line on Middlefield’s Nov. 5 ballot. In addition to the lines for the Democratic and Republican parties, Marianne Corona will be listed as a petitioning candidate and the third option for First Selectman. Current First Selectman Jon Brayshaw is on the ballot as the Republican candidate and current Board of Finance chair Lucy Petrella is the Democratic candidate. In August, Corona filed the paperwork to become a petitioning candidate. According to Middlefield Town Clerk Donna Golub, third party options used to appear on ballots in Middlefield in the late 80’s

and early 90’s when the First Middlefield Party fielded candidates. Current Selectmen Ed Bailey and David Burgess are also on the ballot, as selectman candidates. According to Golub, the first selectman will be the highest vote-getter among Brayshaw, Petrella, and Corona. The other two Board of Selectman seats will be filled by the next two highest vote-getters, whether they are on the ballot for first selectman or selectman. “The next two [selectman] could be any one of those four people,” said Golub, referring to the two eventual unsuccessful candidates for First Selectman, along with Bailey and Burgess. Winners of the selectman

contests will serve two year terms. There are two candidates for the Town Clerk position, current Town Clerk Golub and Kathleen Kokoszka. Two candidates are also running for the Town Treasurer position, current Treasurer Ellen Waff and Mary Ann Zieminski. The Board of Finance has five candidates running for three seats. On the Republican line: David Lowry, Joel Nick, and Robert Yamartino are running. Laura Williams and Susan Heuberger are running as Democrats. Yamartino is currently serving on the BOF. Although state minority representation laws can cap the number of seats filled by See Selectman / Page 10

On Oct. 4, the state’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection opened a single pipe at the bottom of the dam on the southern end of Middlefield’s Lake Beseck and began a draw down of the lake. Aided by a lack of rain, the draw down has quickly and dramatically changed the lake, leaving acres of mud, rocks and scattered trash where there once was water. Docks sit hundreds of yards away from the shallow, remaining pools of lake water. It appears that someone may have stolen the Lake Beseck sign and some local schoolchildren say the sign went missing because it’s supposed to say “Puddle Beseck.” The draw down is the start of a DEEP dam re-

pair project. According to Middlefield First Selectman Jon Brayshaw, “The damn has a leak and it’s getting bigger and bigger.” The state, which owns the lake, is bearing the cost of the repair and also has the authority to make the decisions about the project, such as the water level. Brayshaw said he expects DEEP to keep some water running through the dam into Ellen Doyle Brook for the health of the brook. The project is estimated to take 300 calendar days from the start of construction, which is expected to happen after Thanksgiving. The project will end, Brayshaw said, “September, maybe October.” Brayshaw plans to ask DEEP representatives to a “community get together” about the project. “People See Beseck / Page 23

The draw down at Lake Beseck has revealed unusual items on the lake bed. | (Mark Dionne\Town Times.)

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Middlefield The Middlefield Registrars of Voters has scheduled a limited voter registration session of Monday, Nov. 4, from 9 a.m. to 5, in the office in the Community Center, 405

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Apple’s history reveals a juicy past As American as apple pie? Consider this: There were no apples for those first to arrive on the shores of the New World. European settlers brought them over. And almost everything you thought you knew about Johnny Appleseed is myth. The story of the apple is multi-faceted. Who better to sort it out and tell the tale than apple expert and the author of “America’s Apple,” Russell Steven Powell. The author recently held book signings in the area accompanied by fellow apple aficionado and Cheshire native Bar Lois Weeks, who is also the photographer for his book. “I’m still fascinated by this

fruit,” said Powell, who has worked for the New England Apple Association for more than a decade and whose grandparents grew apples in Massachusetts. Powell explained that early day settlers to America brought apple scions (branches) used to cultivate the fruit. “You cannot grow a true variety from seed— you can’t plant a Macintosh seed and get a Mactintosh,” he said. It just doesn’t work like that. “You need a second variety,” Powell said. And that “means we keep getting new varieties to this day, and some are just found in the wild.” In the true wild, the primordial apple forests of Kazakhstan, that’s where apple trees are as tall as oaks, and still stand to this day. At

Apple experts Russell Steven Powell and Barr Lois Weeks. | (Photo by Joy VanderLek\ Special to Town Times.)

one time, America’s apple trees would also have been much taller than what we see in our modern orchards. Technology has advanced to allow for smaller dwarf trees, intensive planting and bigger yields. Along with its history, Powell’s apple talk included the pomology of the fruit, the marketing angle, and information on farmers who own and tend the orchards. Several apple-breeding progra ms a re under way around the world, including one at Cornell University, and “they are working fe-


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For more information, call Scholarship Coginchaug Regional High the guidance department at Ronald McDonald House School guidance department (860) 349-7221. Charities of Connecticut and has scheduled a financial Western Massachusetts plans aid night for Thursday, Nov. to award a total of $50,000 to 7 at 7 p.m. in the high school Open house 25 local high school seniors auditorium. (Snow date is Vinal Technical High this academic year through Nov. 14.) School has scheduled an its scholarship program. Tim Higgins, author of open house for Thursday, Eligibility requirements for “Pay for College Without Nov. 7, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. the RHHC scholarship are Sacrificing Your retirement”, Students entering ninth grade be eligible to enroll in and atis a certified College Planner in 2014, and their parents, are tend a two-or four-year colwho is scheduled to present welcome. The event includes lege with a full course study the program. demonstrations and hands-on and reside in a participating Students are encouraged to activities. area. attend with parents. The proScholarship recipients will For more information, call gram is open to all families in (860) 344-7100, ext. 313 or be selected on the basis of acathe community. demic achievement, financial visit www.cttech.oeg/vinal. need and community involvement. Applications are available by calling 1-855-670-4787 or online at www.rmhc-ctma. org/scholarships. Deadline to apply is Jan. 21, 2014. 36000R

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Patrick Gustafson, new assistant principal at Coginchaug Regional High School says, “I felt welcomed before I even started.” Gustafson took over after former Assistant Principal Brian Bodner left to accept a position in another district. One of Gustafson’s first impressions during the hiring process “the sense of connectedness” that he observed on the fields near the high school, noting that as he drove in for each stage of the interview process, he saw people from the community engaged in some type

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MIDDLEFIELD DEMOCRATIC TEAM WORKING FOR AND WITH YOU Vote Row B November 5th! EDUCATION, ECONOMY, ETHICS, AND ENVIRONMENT To my neighbors: As I reflect on the past few months going door to door, meeting and talking with so many of you, I could feel such an overwhelming love for our community. I, too, share that love. Multiple generations of families make up the basic fabric of Middlefield/Rockfall. All share the same bond with the community. Yet, many also share a similar concern: being able to continue to afford to live here. Confronted with rising costs and a strong connection to your roots, many of you have expressed your frustrations and a strong plea for help. I’ve heard your pleas. Having the chance to talk with so many of you, I can again see that the talents and skills needed for our community to prosper rest with its people – with you! I cannot promise you that I will resolve all your concerns. No one can. What I can promise you is that I will listen to you and give 110% of my time, energy, integrity, and skills to reach out to you – in the community, on a board or commission, or in a town department – to discuss and seek ways to address as many concerns as possible. I promise that I will respect you and the issues you raise and respond to you in a timely fashion, whether or not I can rectify the situation. I will be a relentless watchdog of your taxes to ensure that your hard-earned dollars are used to enhance and grow our community. I will effectively represent you with the Board of Education to ensure a quality education at an affordable cost. I will seek to broaden our commercial tax base while maintaining the unique, and cherished, character of Middlefield/Rockfall. But most of all, I will open your government and bring it back to you! Thank you all for taking your time to talk to me, ask questions, and share your ideas and concerns. On November 5, just a few days from now, you will have the opportunity to exercise your right to vote – a freedom that many have given their lives to protect and defend. Please exercise that right and vote. I ask for your support of the entire Democratic Team. We look forward to working not only for you but with you. Sincerely,

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Letters to the Editor Modern trap To the editor: The federal government has passed, and will now try to execute, the Food Modernization Safety Act (FMSA). They host a workshop on FMSA, Wednesday, Nov. 6, 8 a.m. to noon, at the Middlesex Extension Center in Haddam. Are the fed really concerned about our food safety? Or is this a trap to control and delete our organic farms and gardens? Sue McIntoch M.D. Durham

For starters there is the backdrop of those rolling hills and bright foliage. There are the prized farm animals and award winning fruits and vegetables. Still, God’s greatest creations are the hundreds of thousands of His children who climb up and down those God-awful hills each year. My heart and soul get recharged at the sight of these people of all ages, sizes, races, and religions, who, while enjoying the fair themselves, also bring joy to others. The countless manifestations of God’s love at the fair lead me to conclude that the Durham Fair is indeed a piece Fair was blessed of Heaven on earth. The sight To the editor: It’s tempting to say God of everyone stopping in their must love the Durham Fair, tracks at 9 a.m. each morning and that’s why He blessed us as the National Anthem plays with four days of warm tem- over the speakers only adds to peratures and brilliant sun- that belief. The exclamation shine this year. However, point for me occurred when I to conclude such might in- witnessed a local eight-yearfer that He didn’t approve old girl sing Ava Maria. She of the fair in the other years sang with angelic clarity unwherein the weather was less der a clear blue sky with puffy accommodating. I don’t be- white clouds that seemed lieve His approval or lack painted on by a master artist. As a believer in God and thereof, has any effect on our weather during the last week- Heaven myself, I pray to end in September. Still, if God someday be granted admiswanted to use the sun to spot- sion to such. If I am, I exlight His greatest creations, pect it will be much like the the Durham Fair would be a great place for it. See Letters / Page 9

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Two ensemble flicks, one delights, one doesn’t By Tanya Feke M.D. Special to Town Times

A f t e r t h e To r o n t o International Film Festival, Hollywood comes alive with talk of golden bald statues. The good news is that buzz-worthy films have already hit theaters. The bad news is that very few of these early hopefuls withstand the long and drawn out spectacle that is award season. Then again, Argo – 2012’s Academy Award Best Picture – took second place as the People’s Choice Award at last year’s TIFF. Blue Jasmine It isn’t surprising when a movie written and directed by an Oscar alumnus is brought into the fray. Here I refer to Woody Allen, best original screenplay winner for Annie Hall, Hannah and Her Sisters, and Midnight in Paris. No question his work is often an acquired taste. Whether you have been a fan of past films or a naysayer of all, Blue Jasmine is sure to leave its mark in this year’s run for a big prize. The story in itself is a bit jumbled, a flashback/flash forward sort of affair where the characters drop big plot lines as a preamble to the scenes to follow. The formatting distracts from what really makes the film zing – the casting. Cate Blanchett will forever be an Oscar darling, though shockingly, she has only taken home the prize once for portraying Katharine Hepburn in The Aviator. As the eccentric and spoiled wife of a scheming husband who dies and leaves her with “nothing”, her Jasmine seeks respite

with the adopted sister her husband bamboozled out of hundreds of thousands of dollars. Popping Xanax at the slightest provocation, her panic-attacking borderline-manic self-centered ego is a marvel to watch as she all but embodies the female counterpart to Allen’s neuroses. The pressured speech, the squinty eyes, the suddenly jerky body movements. Every gesture and phrase transforms the elegant Blanchett into the caustic insensitive mess that is Jasmine. The remainder of the cast rounds out the film with panache. Alec Baldwin, as always, plays a stellar villain, though he may never meet his peak performance in Malice. Sally Hawkins as the forgiving adopted sister, Peter Sarsgaard as the self-righteous politician, Louis CK as the seemingly sweet love interest, and even Andrew Dice Clay as the down and out construction worker, they all rescue an otherwise off-kilter script from Allen’s tumultuous San Francisco. The Butler Attempting a bit of casting magic himself, Lee Daniels overindulges in his ensemble piece with a capital E. The endless array of celebrity faces through The Butler is enough to distract even the most stoic of viewers from a well-intentioned story. This is worse for the fact that the majority of the characters are as superficial as the polish used on the silver dinnerware. The fact that The Butler is based on a true story may perk Oscar’s ear, but the rapid succession of historical events leaves lit-

tle time to delve into the characters. As much as Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey try to carry the piece, their well-executed performances (yes, Oprah is being hailed as an Oscar hopeful) are buried beneath a series of events that would have made for a better documentary miniseries than a personal biopic. Well, personal biopic would not be accurate since the real life butler did not experience the horrific family tragedy we witness in the cotton fields, did not have a son die in the Vietnam War, and did not have a second son, never mind one who was involved in the Black Panthers. What a disservice to the original butler whose service spanned eight presidents from Truman in 1952 to Reagan in 1986. It is as if his real life were simply not interesting enough to promote Daniels’ agenda. The miscasting of the presidents, too, has received a lot of press. Robin William as Eisenhower, John Cusack as Nixon, James Marsden as Kennedy (excellent, by the way), Liev Schreiber as Johnson, and Alan Rickman as Reagan. Caricatures all but entertaining nonetheless. What I found more contrived, however, was how a brief interaction between the butler and a president would be followed by a critical moment in civil rights history. Daniels would have you think this one man somehow shaped American civil rights by serving in the White House despite all the politics and rhetoric exploding across the country. The Butler See Flicks / Page 22

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Durham ballot

Middlefield ballot Poll information for Election Day Election Day is Nov. 5. For Durham: The polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Francis Korn Elementary School on Pickett Lane. For Middlefield: The polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m in the Middlefield Community Center.

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Durham Fair. However, if I fall short, I might find myself there anyway‌condemned for eternity to trudge up those God-awful hills. John Tuttle Durham

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one party on a town board, those laws do not restrict this race. With two Democrats and one unaffiliated member staying on the BOF and the Middlefield Democrats only fielding two candidates, any three of the five candidates can win. The voting booths will be open in the Middlefield Community Center on Nov. 5 from 6 a.m. to 8 pm. Unofficial results will be announced on election night. Sample ballots and absentee ballots are available in the Town Clerk’s office. Like us on Facebook: TownTimesNews

Great win for the Coginchaug softball fall ball team as the Durham Womens Club defeats Guilford 15-3. Front row from left: Caroline Fournier, Bailey Zettergren, Alex Grenier, Micayla Fontanella, Isabel Milardo, Back row, Dana Boothroyd, Kerry Turecek, Allie Lecza, Kelly Boothroyd, Isabel Marotta, Erica Fontanella, and Carina Mancini. Not in photo Manager Mike Mancini and Assistant Coaches Tom Boothroyd, and Mike Lecza. | (Photo by T Mancini/Submitted)

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What did I get myself into? By Daniel Jackson

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A few weeks ago, I set a goal. I told myself to write a small novel — about a 50,000Dan word story Jackson — during the month of November. Please realize: this is crazy. I can count the times I’ve written fiction on one hand. When I was about 12 and a fan of authors like JRR Tolkien, I tried writing a grand epic. But all my efforts read eerily similar to the beginning of “The Fellowship of the Ring” — so much for originality. In the coming weeks, I’ll fire up my old computer that carried me through college

and try another fiction story. I plan on writing 2,000 words a day, every day, from midnight Nov. 1 to 11:59 p.m. Nov. 30. But here’s the funny thing — I won’t be the only one writing a 50,000-word novel during November. The National No v e l Wr i t i n g Month (shortened to the word ‘NaNoWriMo’) is a 15-year-old annual writing challenge where participants from around the world try to write a first draft of a novel. Always held in November, the month of noveling is one of the best ways to finally get a novel’s words on the page because it’s a “powerful antidote” to novel-killing self-doubt, said Grant Faulkner, executive director of NaNoWriMo.

“NaNoWriMo is a rollicking conversation about all aspects of writing,” Faulkner said, “and an invitation to dare to do what seems impossible. As many NaNoWriMo writers have discovered, the best way to learn to write a novel is by simply plunging in to write.” The organizat i o n e s t i m a te s half a million people from around the world will be writing novels this month. When I last checked its website about a week before Nov. 1, over 125,000 writers officially signed up. So I’m plunging in. One popular piece of writing advice admonishes to “write what you know,” and so I’m keeping my story local. I’m going to write a modern ad-

aptation of the legend of the Black Dog of the Hanging Hills. The story goes that a black dog haunts the hills overlooking Meriden, Conn. The first time hikers meet the dog, it’s in happiness. The second time, in sadness. The third time, they die. During the coming weeks, I’ll keep you posted on writers block, coffee consumption, and of course, the agony and the ecstasy of creating a novel in one month. Is anyone else participating in NaNoWriMo? If so, I’d love to hear about your experiences. Who knows, I may write about your NaNoWriMo experience in the paper. Contact me at To learn more about NaNoWriMo, visit its website:

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Decorations brighten every season By Diana Carr

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“Our family has a tradition,” Stacie Markoski, of Durham, said. “If it doesn’t move, decorate it.” That tradition has given a lot of satisfaction to a lot of folks. A few years ago her husband Steve put out nine posts that run from the front of their house to the end of their road — Pisgah Road —, in order to guide snowplows in the winter. “In a big storm it was hard to tell where the mulch

ended and the road started,” she said. When the posts couldn’t be pulled out of the ground in the spring, Markoski decided to decorate them. “I don’t have a background in art,” she said. “I just enjoy doing this. I decorate the posts in order to brighten people’s day, and in turn people brighten our day. They leave notes in our mailbox, saying how much they enjoy them. One man, in addition to expressing his appreciation, left a drawing of a stick figure and two dogs, because


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he was out walking his dogs when he saw the posts. When we see friends in town they tell us they drive by just to see them. And when Steve gives directions to contractors who are going to do work on our house, they tell him, ‘Oh, I know the house. It’s the one with the posts.’ “She uses the same decorations every year. Winter will find the posts decorated with sleds, as well as Santas for Christmas and snowflakes after Christmas. For Valentine’s Day, it’s hearts made out of wood. If Easter is in April, she honors St. Patrick’s Day with wooden shamrocks. If it’s in March, she doesn’t decorate for St. Patrick’s Day because there wouldn’t be enough room for both holidays. Easter sees a bunny plaque on each post. Flowers and bows for spring.

Each holiday, Stacie and Steve Markoski, of Durham, decorate their home as well as their street.

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Government Meetings Tuesday, Nov. 12 Board of Finance, Town Hall, 7 p.m. Economic Development (Unless otherwise indicated, all meetings are held Commission, Library, 7 p.m. Conservation Commission, in the Durha m Libra r y. Check the town website at Library, 7:30 p.m. D u r h a m Vo l u n t e e r Fi re Compa ny, D u rh a m for updates.) Firehouse, 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 4 Wednesday, Nov. 13 Historic District Board of Education, Korn Commission, Library, 7 p.m. Fire Department Trustees, Elementary School, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14 Durham Firehouse, 7 p.m. Zoning Board of Appeals, Tuesday, Nov. 5 Clean Energy & Town Hall, 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 18 Sustainability Task Force, Board of Selectman, Town Library, 6:30 p.m. Compensation Review/ Hall, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19 Personnel Policy Board, Agriculture Commission, Town Hall, 7 p.m. Town Hall, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6 Wednesday, Nov. 20 Planning & Zoning, Town Sen ior Citi zen Boa rd, Hall, 7:30 p.m. Durham Activity Center, 1 Thursday, Nov. 7 Cemetery Company, Town p.m. Pla n n i ng a nd Zon i ng, Hall 7 p.m. P ublic Sa fety Faci lity Library, 7 p.m. Recreation Committee, Renovations Pla n n i ng C o m m i t t e e , D u r h a m Durham Activity Center, 7 p.m. Firehouse, 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21 Monday, Nov. 11 P ublic Sa fet y Faci lit y Inland/Wetlands, Library, Renovations Pla n n i ng 7:30 p.m.

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Middlefield Government Calendar (Unless otherwise indicated, all meetings are held in the Community Center.) Monday, Nov. 4 Board of Selectman, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6 Water Pollution Control Authority, 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7 Parks and Recreation, 6:30 p.m. Economic Development Commission, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13 Planning & Zoning, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19 Zoning Board of Appeals, 7 p.m. Board of Selectman, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20 Inlands/Wetlands Commission, 7 p.m.


Coginchaug student recognized by Rotary The Middletown Rotary Club honored Kristen Burtt, a senior at Coginchaug Regional High School and resident of Durham, as Student of the Month for October. In addition excelling academically, Burtt participates in the Read and Lead Club, is editor of the Yearbook, and has been on the tennis team since ninth grade. As a past member of Future Business Leaders of

America, she now holds office of Treasurer of DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America). Volunteer efforts in the community include helping to create a newsletter for the Parkinson’s Wo r k i n g G r o u p a t Middlesex Hospital which she has been involved with for two years. Burtt plans to attend a four year college and major in accounting.

From left: Middletown Rotary President, Garry Mullaney; Student of the Month Kristen Burtt; and Middletown Rotarian Joseph Marino.

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Comedy night The Durham Lions Club has scheduled “Comedy Night with RC Smith” for Saturday, Nov. 16 at the New Haven Raccoon Hunter Club, 853 New Haven Road. Doors open at 6:45 p.m.; dinner at 7 p.m.; show at 8 p.m. A fee is charged. The R-rated show features adult content by comedians RC Smith and Billy Winn. For more information and tickets, call Kevin at (860) 349-0755.


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cards to grocery stores are also appreciated. For more information, contact Amanda Pedersen at (860) 349-3153. Donations may be dropped off to Town Hall (Human Food pantry The Durham Fair is work- Services) and gift cards can ing together with the Town also be sent to Town Hall, atof Durham Social Services tention: Amanda PO BOX 428 Department in opening a Durham, CT 06422. pantry for town residents in need. The Durham Fair is providing space for social Dial-A-Ride services to store non-perDial-A-Ride provides curbishable items. Peanut but- to-curb transportation for the ter, sauce, pasta, toilet paper, elderly and disabled. This shampoo, and toothpaste will service can be used for medbe accepted at this time. Gift ical appointments, shopping, banking and other places, and is available five days a week. Call (860) 347-3313 for a reservation. There is a fee.

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Veterans Day VFW Post 10362, Middlefield/Rockfall, has scheduled a Veterans Day ceremony for Monday, Nov. 11, 11 a.m., on the Middlefield Town Green. The public is welcome. Various elected officials are scheduled to speak. A wreath will be placed honoring all fallen heroes world wide.

Troop 27 recalls river trip

B oy S co ut Tro o p 2 7 in Durham went to the Delaware River for six days this past summer. We canoed down the river earning a 50 mile badge. There were fun events such as butt bumping were you ride the rapids and your butt hits the ground, a 16 foot rock where you jump off into the water. If you jump

and get a rock from the bottom you would get an extra Rice Crispy treat. Everyone loved the rope swing. People did back flips, front flips, and more. Our guides cooked all our meals for us during the trip. They pulled funny pranks on us and we all laughed. During the trip, it was someone’s birthday so




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As hunting season gets under way, the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection has beefed up its website to help hunters with questions about new gun laws that will begin over the next few months. DEEP added a Frequently Asked Questions section to its site on the new laws and the potential impact on hunters. DEEP says the laws should not impact hunting unless someone uses a magazine that holds more than 10 rounds or uses certain types of banned “assault-style” rifles and semi-automatic pistols. DEEP cautioned that rules for buying firearms and ammunition have changed significantly. A new batch of state gun laws was passed in April. On Oct. 1, the purchase of ammunition required an eligibility certificate or a pistol permit. On Jan. 1, 2014, the assault weapons portion of the law goes into effect and certain types of rifles now deemed “assault” style must be registered, others will be prohibited. Col. Kyle Overturf, with the state Environmental Conservation Police, said so far the biggest impact is the ammunition change on Oct. 1. Many hunters may not have a pistol permit, so they had to apply for an eligibility certificate or rely on ammunition purchased before the law went into affect, he said. “A few were surprised,” Overturf said. “The vast majority wanted to make sure they don’t do anything illegal.” Locally, DEEP has four public hunting sites includ-

ing a 1,354-acre hunting area on the Meriden/Cheshire line for the Meriden Rod and Gun Club and the 342-acre Quinnipiac River State Park in Wallingford and North Haven. Craig Fishbein, a Wallingford Town Councilor and member of the state Board of Firearm Permit Examiners, said he has been receiving calls daily from concerned citizens about the new gun laws. Fishbein, an attorney who hunts, said many other hunters he talks to are upset about the new laws.


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Boy Scout Troop 27 in Durham hosted Webelos Weekend at Deer Lake Scout Reservation in Killingworth, on Oct. 11 to 13. Webelos, which is the rank given to Cub Scouts in the fourth and fifth grades, were invited from Pack 27 in Durham and Pack 33 in Middlefield to join the Boy Scouts of Troop 27 for a camp out. It was a beautiful fall weekend with the trees in dazzling colors and crisp, cool temperatures at night. The scouts shared their knowledge with the Webelos on topics such as first aid, forestry, and geology. We took a hike through the forest to Fat Man Squeeze, which is a large rock formation with many small crevices to crawl or squeeze through. We hiked along the edge of Deer Lake and had a scavenger hunt along the way where we had to find worms and salamanders, and identified various plants and trees including our Connecticut state flower, the mountain laurel. We had great food all weekend prepared by the Boy Scouts and Webelos and a bonfire on Saturday night where we sang songs, told stories and performed funny skits. A good time was shared by all. We can’t wait for our next outdoor adventure.

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Chili cookoff Church of the Epiphany, 196 Main St., has scheduled a chili cookoff and dinner for Saturday, Nov. 2, 4 to 7 p.m. A fee is charged for dinner. (An alternative meal for non-chili dinner will be available.) Prizes will be awarded for meatless, mild and hot, and a children’s (5-18) category. There is no entry fee. Chili should be dropped off at the church by 3:45 p.m. For more information, call (860) 349-9644. Notre Dame Church Notre Dame Church, 280 Main St., has scheduled its annual Christmas Bazaar

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for Saturday, Nov. 3, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 4, 9 a.m. to noon. The event features homemade items, crafts, plants, candy, toys, stocking stuffers and baked goods including Jewish coffee cakes, cookies and pies. Breakfast and lunch will be available for purchase. Free community supper A free community supper is scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 17, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. The supper features a traditional Thanksgiving dinner. Dinner is sponsored by members of the Church of the Epiphany and parishioners of Notre Dame. All are welcome.

Middlefield Federated Church The Middlefield Federated Church, 402 Main St., has scheduled its holiday fair for Saturday, Nov. 9, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sponsored by the Women’s Christian Fellowship, the event features homemade gifts, baked goods, cheese, jams and jellies, Christmas items and gift baskets, homemade fudge and bulbs. A silent auction is planned, as well as children’s workshops. Fellowship Cafe offers breakfast, lunch and snacks for purchase. For more information, call (860) 349-9881.

Durham Interchurch Assistance prepares a Thanksgiving Holiday Basket Program for families and individuals. Stresses from financial difficulties, unemployment, medical problems, and other personal or family issues often create unanticipated hardships. Families or individuals having difficulties should call Durham Human Services at (860) 349-3153 to apply for a Thanksgiving basket. Families and organizations can sponsor an individual or family. Donors can provide food gift cards in gift amounts of

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comes across as self-important and insulting to all those who struggled through these trying times. Woody Allen and the civil rights movement seem to have so little in common but for sharing the same theater space. Blue Jasmine has a near clinch for a Best Actress nominee in Blanchett and Lee Daniels’ The Butler remains hopeful for Winfrey as a Supporting Actress. But there are a lot more movies to come between now and nomination time. These early hopefuls should not hold their breath. But breathe away, Miss Jasmine, breathe away. Blue Jasmine: 3 stethoscopes (for Cate) Lee Daniel’s The Butler: 1 stethoscope 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. Follow her blog (, Facebook page (Diagnosis Life), or twitter (@tanyafeke).

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To encourage community members and other students to make a positive difference in their lives, the Durham Middlefield Local Wellness Coalition has kicked off a media campaign asking residents to “Be the One”. The goal of the campaign is to empower the community to make a difference and “Be the One” to make healthy decisions that do not involve drug and alcohol use, especially among those under 21. In the spring of 2013, students from Coginchaug Regional High School met with staff from Durham Middlefield Youth and Family Services to design and develop the campaign. While working with a professional media consultant youth de-

cided they wanted to send two positive messages; one to their peers and one to the community. Youth were asked to take the lead because they have big plans for their lives; while adults were asked to set the example because they lead the way for youth. To help kick-off the campaign, EDGE (Excellent Decisions Guiding Everyday) students from CRHS and Strong Middle School participated in “Be the One Week”. During the week of Oct. 15 19, students from both schools spent time encouraging peers to make healthy decisions. Yellow ribbons were put on every student’s locker Friday after school, for when arrived Tuesday morning. Students at Strong spent their lunch period on Thursday asking every student to write on a paper ribbon what they will

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are anxious,” Brayshaw said. Three residents, all with shallow wells, have contacted Town Hall with fears of losing their water. L a ke B eseck Ad Hoc Com m it te e C h a i r A my Poturnicki, of Middlefield, estimates that the water level in the lake has dropped 15 feet. The draw down has given Poturnicki the opportunity to photograph the landscape in a way it hasn’t been seen in years. “I’m enjoying the beauty and the wild life it’s brought in,” Poturnicki said. “It’s kind of pretty right now.” She has seen blue herons, hawks, and egrets, as well as raccoon tracks. Wildlife, of course, has ignored the new signs that read “Caution! Stay Off Muck.” Some people have as well. Deep footprints reveal how far people have walked - and sunk - in the wet areas of surprisingly deep mud. “People are losing shoes and boots,” said Poturnicki, who advises walkers not to go near areas that are wet. On a recent weekend morning, dog walkers and hikers explored the lake bed’s dry ring separating what was once the shore from the wet muck closer to the center of the lake bed. Tom Wiczkowicz, of Middlefield, took advantage of the exposed landscape to search for buried items with his metal detector. So far, Wiczkowicz said he had not found much besides trash in the exposed lake bed. Wiczkowicz carried a bucket with him so he could haul out the metal he digs up, saying he does not like to leave a mess behind when he goes treasure hunting. It would take more than a single bucket to carry out the items once hidden beneath the water. Bottles, cans, mul-

tiple car tires, a boat propeller, beer pitchers, and golf balls dot the mud. Near the middle of the north area of Lake Beseck, the draw down revealed a sunken rowboat and a 55 gallon drum. Poturnicki said she was surprised at the amount of debris in the lake bed and hopes there can be a community clean up effort while the lake bed is exposed. Any clean up effort, Poturnicki notes, would have to be timed between the drying out and the freezing of the ground. Because of the weeds and other plants, the lake bed was initially colored green after the draw down. With the plants drying up in late October, brown dominates the landscape. Lake Beseck will be green with grass and plants in summer of 2014 before it becomes a lake again.


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The importance of these trees is not underestimated. The town’s council cites preservation of the ecology and the filtering effect of trees on air pollution, as well as the provision of noise barriers. Since much of the town lies on hillsides and sloping terrain, the council maintains that the uncontrolled cutting or destruction of

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The Exchange Club’s coveted Book Of Golden Deeds Award was presented to Bruce Schmottlach, retired music department head of Regional District 13 recently. In addition to Exchange Club members, several family members and former students were present at the banquet. The B ook Of Golden Deeds award is presented to a Durham or Middlefield resident who has been nominated by peers for contributions to the community. The award honors the good deeds of America’s unsung heroes, recognizing those uncommon men and women who, if not for this project, might never receive the acclaim they deserve. Schmottlach became the first music teacher at Coginchaug High School in 1970, and remained until his retirement. When not running on the roads of Durham, he volunteers at the library, entertains with piano playing at The Taste Of Durham and plays for events at the Community Center. In addi-

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Library hours are: Monday through Thursday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; closed Fridays. Holiday hours - The Levi E. Coe Library is scheduled to be closed Monday, Nov. 11 in observance of Veterans Day. The library is also scheduled to close Wednesday, Nov. 27, at 1 p.m. and be

closed Thursday, Nov. 28 for Thanksgiving. Civ i l Wa r prog ra m Thursday, Nov. 14, 6 to 7 p.m. Professor David A. Koch of Housatonic Community College is scheduled to spea k on “Li ncoln , t he Gettysburg Address, and the Transformation of the Civil War”. Registration is requested.

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October is Fire Prevention Month. This year’s theme is Prevent Kitchen Fires. Under the guidance of JoAnn Pantalena, third grade teacher at Francis E. Korn School, and an EMT/ Fire Fighter for Company 8 in Wallingford, students took part in a poster contest for the Middlefield Fire Department. All 61 students that participated won a goody bag for displaying knowledge about fire safety. Sydney Stone, fourth grade, won an additional prize. Her poster will displayed for a full year at the fire department. Other Korn School winners are fourth graders Sydney Hovenstine and Carly Benbow, second place. Third graders Natalie Ness, Emma Ostrander and Gesami Vazquez placed second.



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