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Volume 19, Number 30 Serving Durham, Middlefield and Rockfall

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Hurricane Sandy: towns ‘dodged a bullet’ By Stephanie Wilcox Town Times

The coast of Connecticut took a beating from Hurricane Sandy, along with the eastern and western part of the state. And she certainly was not kind to New York and New Jersey. But Durham and Middlefield narrowly escaped the worst of Hurricane Sandy’s impact on New England. “We consider ourselves

very fortunate in that we weathered this storm with minimal damage,” said Durham First Selectman Laura Francis. “We dodged a bullet because we were on the fringe of the storm,” said Middlefield First Selectman Jon Brayshaw. “We were not in the direct path of the storm.” Both Brayshaw and Francis agree that, thanks to having plans in place before the storm hit, the towns were in a

good position when Sandy made her mark. “As always, I am very proud of our staff and emergency response team,” Francis said. “Each department had their storm plans in place and executed them properly. Moving the Emergency Operations Center to the town hall along with the generator proved to be very successful, both from an emergency response point of view and from a continuity of

government perspective as well. We were able to operate government functions with very little disruption as well as reassign town staff for storm response.” Before the storm, Durham Emergency Management Director Francis Willett said both towns expected and prepared to deal with a lot of trees and branches down with power outages. But he was confident that “Durham and Middlefield are prepared

for Hurricane Sandy.” Part of this preparation was a refined utility response with CL&P. “The learning curve has really developed based on last year’s experience.” Brayshaw said. With each of last year’s events, we got better. We have a more finely tuned process this time around.” Middlefield implemented See Hurricane, page 2

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(Continued from page 1) an emergency notification system just in time for the storm. The Safer Middlefield - Emergency Notification Program, powered by Everbridge, alerts residents and businesses in town on emergencies and community news. It was used twice during Hurricane Sandy. “It’s a major step from where we were last year, almost at this exact time,” said Middlefield Emergency Management Director Brian Dumas before the storm. “I think it’s a great way to reach everybody who has signed up for it, including businesses. It’s a definite step in the right direction. It’s all done to help keep the town safer, make us up-todate and be proactive instead of reactive.” Middlefield joined Durham and Regional School District 13, that already used the system, and therefore, some Middlefield families were already signed up for alerts through RSD13. Anyone can sign up by going to middlefieldct.org and following the steps from the homepage. By default, if you are registered properly in the White

Pages or Yellow Pages and have a valid telephone number, you are registered, according to Dumas. The system, which was not even a week old in Middlefield by the time it was used during Hurricane Sandy, had 1,560 contacts from the White Pages, 210 from the Yellow Pages and 125 who registered through the web or through Dumas. About the storm, Dumas said he agrees that Durham and Middlefield were extremely lucky. “The town of Middlefield was very proactive,” he said. There were daily briefings in Durham. Everybody worked great together. We took what we knew from the last two storms and were able to build on that. I think it was pretty successful.” On Sunday before the storm, a decision was made to close schools in RSD13 for

Monday and Tuesday. At 9 a.m. Monday morning, Francis and Brayshaw declared a state of emergency in both towns. In addition to being on high alert, Brayshaw said, “This enables us to submit expenses.” Yet as of noon, neither town had any outages. In the worst of the conditions Monday evening — around 8 p.m. — about 30 percent of CL&P customers in both Durham and Middlefield were without power — nowhere near the outages of last year during storms Irene and Alfred. “Last year 100 percent of Middlefield was without power,” Brayshaw said, “for five days.” The selectmen said Monday that depending on how severe conditions were, they would respond in proportion See Hurricane, page 9

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BOE sees fewer options for bathroom facilities By Mark Dionne Special to the Town Times

The 4th annual Elks Halloween Party has been postponed until Nov. 8, at 5 p.m. The event will be held at Middletown Elks Lodge 771, 44 Maynard St., Middletown.

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Nov. 2 Friday

Ladies Night - The Durham Cooperative Nursery School has scheduled Ladies Night for Friday, Nov. 2, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., at Core Club, 350 Main St. The pre-holiday shopping fundraiser features vendors, raffles and prizes. Proceeds benefit the school. Tot Time - The MOMS Club of Durham-Middle-

field meets every Friday at Peckham Park in Middlefield at 10 a.m. Babies, toddlers and children of Durham and Middlefield are welcome. For more information, email momsdurhammiddlefield@gmail. com. Walk Wadsworth Mansion - A guided Walk Wadsworth Mansion in Middletown for adults is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 2, at 1 p.m. The one-mile walk will cover the grounds while discussing the history of the museum. After the walk, a half hour tour of the museum is offered. Reg-

istration is required. For more information, contact Lucy at everyoneoutside.org or (860) 395-7771.

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Craft fair - The 36th annual Craft Fair sponsored by the Coginchaug Regional High School Band will take place Saturday, Nov. 3, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the CRHS gymnasium, 135 Pickett Ln., Durham. Admission is free. There will be raffles, homemade soups,

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Durham Senior Lunches Every Monday and Wednesday, hot lunches are available for seniors over 60 and their spouses at the Durham Activity Center, 350 Main St. Following the lunch on Monday is game time, which includes billiards, Wii and cards. Bingo starts at 1 p.m. on Wednesdays. For pricing info and to make a reservation, call Amanda Pedersen, senior café manager, at (860) 349-3153. Middlefield Senior Lunches - The Middlefield Senior Café is serving lunch three times a week, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Reservations are required 24 hours prior, and the monthly menu can be picked up at the center, Town Hall or at www.middlefieldct.org.

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Daylight Savings Time ends - Be sure to set your clock back one hour! Christmas Bazaar – Notre Dame Church, 280 Main St., Durham, will hold its annual Christmas Bazaar Sunday, Nov. 4, from 9 a.m. to noon. The tables in the church hall will have Christmas crafts and knitted and crocheted items. There will be White Elephants tables, decorations, plants, homemade chocolate Christmas candy, toys, trims and treasures, stocking stuffers, grab bag gifts and a special gift area. There will be baked goods available, and Notre Dame’s Country Kitchen will be open all days serving breakfast, lunch, desserts and snacks. Rally for Recess - A Zumba-thon fundraising event is scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 4, at 1 p.m., at Core Club, 350 Main St., Durham. Donations benefit the school’s attempt to enter a contest called “Rally for Recess” where the winning

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Election Day – Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Korn School in Durham and the Community Center in Middlefield.

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Open house - Covenant Village of Cromwell, 52 Missionary Road, has scheduled an open house for Wednesday, Nov. 7, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Meet the staff and visit out- and in-patient rehab facilities. For more information, call (860) 4903006. TOPS meeting - Take Off Pounds Sensibly meets every Wednesday at 6 p.m. on the third floor of the Durham Town Hall. Contact Naomi Klotsko at (860) 3499558 or Bonnie Olesen at (860) 349-9433 for more information. See Calendar, 21


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‘World’s greatest living carver of wood’ remembered By Diana Carr Town Times

On Oct. 27, a multitude of people gathered to pay homage to a man who had left his mark on all of their lives. William Kent, a gifted sculptor and printmaker, died on Aug. 16 at the age of 93. His friends’ tributes, delivered at the memorial held at Kent’s Durham home, said it all. His passing has left a gaping hole. A man of many talents, he had a bachelor’s degree in music from Northwestern University in Chicago and a master’s degree in music from Yale. He taught himself to paint and to sculpt. He made carvings onto huge slate blackboards and developed a unique method of printing monoprints (one-of-

a-kind) on fabric without the use of machinery. In the 1950s he and a friend started a publishing company, and he published his drawings and his poetry, as well as the work of his friends. He wrote an opera. In 1961, he became the first curator of the John Slade Ely House in New Haven. But it is his monumental wood sculptures that are legendary. The New York Times called him “the world’s greatest living carver of wood; there’s not even anyone close.” Friend, Joan Baer, said, “His life was his work, and he worked up until two days before he died. He had an amazing ability to bring wood to life. His art was so individual that it didn’t fit into any category.” By all accounts he was a

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BOE chair Kerrie Flanagan. “She will be missed.” Durham voters will elect a replacement at a special town meeting Nov. 19 at CRHS to serve out the rest of the term. Field trip approved CRHS Spanish teacher Nancy Alberico gained approval from the BOE for a trip to Costa Rica. The trip will be open to juniors and take place in June, after the school year ends. Part of the trip, Alberico explained, would consist of “home stay,” where students live with local families. “When you’re there immersed in the culture, it’s so much better than what you get in the classroom” or from an English language tour, said Alberico. The trip will take place the same year as a music field trip. Some parents had complained in the past about two expensive field trips occupying the same school year. The next BOE meeting will take place Wednesday, Nov. 14, at 7:30 p.m., at CRHS.

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First months on the job at John Lyman

When I was asked in August to write an article describing my first months as the new principal of John Lyman School, it seemed like a task for the distant future. It was so far in the future, in fact, that I put a post-it on my desk to remind me of the due date. It was a good thing that I did. After a quick glance at the calendar last week, I realized that I have been principal of John Lyman School for nearly four months. What is most amazing is that it feels like I have been at Lyman much longer, and I mean that in a positive way. In a short amount of time, the students, staff and community at John Lyman and in Regional School District 13 have made me feel like I belong here. So what has stood out to

me since becoming principal of John Lyman School? Without question, it is the people. More than anything, I have enjoyed getting to know our kids. We really have outstanding students at Lyman who make it fun to come to work every day. As a principal, it is a great feeling when kids say hello to you in the hallway or tell you about what they are learning in their classrooms, and our students have done that since the first day of school. One of my favorite things about being principal at John Lyman is the weekly assembly. It gives everyone a chance to see and hear what the kids are learning, and it brings the whole building together as a community. We certainly have very talented and creative students

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A View form RSD13 at John Lyman, and I love seeing the enthusiasm the children have for our school. Along with the kids, I continue to be amazed by the dedication and professionalism of the staff at John Lyman. They are committed to what they do and kids are always the top priority. It has been very satisfying to observe the way our teachers and staff deliver the RSD13 curriculum to students in a challenging and meaningful way. In particular, I have been impressed with how effectively

Government Meetings Special Town Meeting, Durham Government Coginchaug auditorium, 8 p.m. Inland/Wetlands Durham Public Library, Calendar (Unless otherwise indicated, all meetings are held in the Durham Library. Check the town website at www.townofdurhamct.org for updates.) Monday, Nov. 5 Historic District, 7 p.m. Fire Department Trustees, Durham Firehouse, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7 Planning & Zoning, Town Hall, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8 Zoning Board of Appeals, Town Hall, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13 Board of Finance, 7:30 p.m. Conservation Commission, 7:30 p.m. Durham Volunteer Fire Company Drill, Durham Vol. Firehouse, 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14 Board of Education, Strong School, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15 Senior Citizen Board, Durham Activity Center, 12:30 p.m. Public Safety Facility Renovating Planning Committee, Durham Fire House, 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 19 Board of Selectmen, Town Hall, 7 p.m.

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our teachers integrate the arts and student choice into their instruction. I am also appreciative of the support our staff has given me during the transition. Being a new principal and replacing someone as well respected as Karen Brimecombe, I was not sure how I would be received. To say that Lyman teachers and staff have been welcoming and helpful would be an understatement. From day one, everyone has gone above and be-

yond to make me feel like part of the team, and that has made for what I hope has been a smooth transition. The same can really be said for the entire school community. Since taking the job, I have gotten to know many families, and I am so pleased to see how invested and involved Lyman parents are in their children’s education. From the See RSD13, next page

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John Lyman Parent Association to attendance at school events and weekly assemblies, our parents make the time to support what their kids are doing in school. I can tell you that their commitment does not go unnoticed. And I would certainly be remiss if I did not acknowledge the other educators across the district. My fellow administrators have helped to bring me up to speed, and it is always nice to know that you can reach out to people when you have a question. As you can probably tell, I am incredibly happy to be the principal of John Lyman School. About the only complaint I have at this point would be the rainy weather at the Durham Fair, but as I was told on many occasions during a soggy shift in the Corn Booth, it would not be the Durham Fair without some rain. There is always next year, I suppose, and I look forward to many more shifts in the Corn Booth, rain or shine. It has been a great four months, and every day I consider myself lucky to be part of the John Lyman family.

to the situation. Both towns opened their Emergency Operations Centers and the 24hour storm lines were activated. The Durham Activity Center was open for water and meals-ready-to-eat distribution and for charging stations early in the week, but Francis said only two people came to the center on Tuesday. As of press time Wednesday, the commodities were bring brought to the library and the center was not going to be staffed. In Middlefield, the Community Center was open as of press time to those who "want to come in, sit down, warm up a bit and get coffee," Brayshaw said. The shelter at the high

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Obituaries

Marguerite Riggles

Marguerite (DesRosiers) Rose Riggles, 92, of Enfield, beloved wife for 67 years of the late Elven W. Riggles, Sr., passed away on Oct. 23, 2012, at Bay State Medical Center in Springfield, Mass. Born in Springfield, Mass. on April 28, 1920, daughter of the late Evagrius H. and Rose Mary (Champagne) DesRosiers, she was raised in Springfield, Mass. and had lived in Milford and Cheshire before moving to Enfield in 1976. After graduating from high school, Marguerite took a position with the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad, where she met her husband Elven W. Riggles. After starting a family Marguerite stayed home to raise her children and pursue her true pas-

sion in life, painting. She was a longtime member of the Connecticut River Valley Artist Association and she participated in several art shows throughout Connecticut, Massachusetts and Quebec. During the summer, Marguerite enjoyed spending time with her family at their lake home in Quebec. She loved to fish, enjoy the fresh air, paint and spend time with friends and family. Marguerite was a phenomenal cook, a talent that she learned from her mother, and her entire family looked forward to her meals at holidays and parties. She leaves a son, The Rev. Dr. Elven W. Riggles, Jr., of Durham; a daughter, Deanna N. Lavoie, of Willington; five grandchildren, Meredith J. Huntley and her husband Matthew, of Waltham, Mass.,

John A. Riggles, of Durham, Elizabeth “Posey” Riggles, of New Haven, Danielle R. Lavoie and Michelle A. Lavoie, both of Willington; two sisters-in-law, Marcella Riggles, of Windsor and Nina DeMarco, of Willimantic; her former son-in-law, Armand Lavoie, of Stafford; her dear friends, Stella and Marcel Stutz, of Montreal, Canada; many nieces and nephews; and her cat, Charlie. Besides her husband, she was predeceased by two children; her daughter-in-law, Jill E. Riggles; three brothers, Leonard DesRosiers, Alexander DesRosiers, and Raymond DesRosiers; and a sister, Jeanette DesRosiers. A memorial service will be held on Sunday, Nov. 18, at 2 p.m., at the United Churches of Durham, 228 Main St.,

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First and second graders in Carol Sibiskie’s class at John Lyman School shared what they are learning about math at a recent assembly. They used dance, music, art work, humor and theater in their presentation. Photos submitted by Elizabeth Hadlock

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On Wednesday, Nov. 7, at 1 p.m., members of the Middlefield Fire Department will visit the Middlefield Senior Center to provide helpful information on fire safety, the File for Life program and more. I.C.E. (In Case of an Emergency) tags for key chains will be available free of charge to those who attend.

Join your friends and neighbors for the annual Thanksgiving luncheon at the Middlefield Community Center scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 20, at noon. A traditional Thanksgiving feast will be served by volunteers, with the meal being provided by C.W. Resources in New Britain. There is a suggested donation, and reservations need to be in by Nov. 16 by calling (860) 349-7121.

every Monday and Wednesday at the Durham Activity Center, 350 Main St. The Elderly Nutrition program is designed to provide nutritional meals, at a low cost to persons ages 60 and over and their spouses. To cover the

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This week, we asked our online readers, “What is your feeling about Halloween?” Here are the results: It’s one of my top favorite holidays: 10% I loved it as a kid, but I’m too old for it now: 30% It gets me excited for the upcoming holiday season: 40% It’s way overrated: 20% It’s just an excuse to eat candy: 0%

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The annual Holiday Fair of the Middlefield Federated Church, sponsored by the Women’s Christian Fellowship, is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 10, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The fair offers homemade gifts, baked goods, jams and jellies, Christmas gifts, gift baskets and a silent auction. Breakfast and lunch will be planned. The church is located at Middlefield Federated Church, 402 Main St. For more information, call (860) 349-9881.

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The Middlefield Senior Center has scheduled the following events: Bingo is scheduled for the third Monday of each month at 1 p.m. All are welcome. Foot Care is scheduled for the third Wednesday of each month. The Masonicare provides this monthly service. The nurse soaks, assesses, massages and clips the toenails. A fee is charged. Call the senior center to sched-

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Library Briefs Durham Library Hours: Regular library hours are Mondays through Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visit www.durhamlibrary.org to search the catalog, review your account, register for a program or renew your materials online. For information or to register for a program by phone, call (860) 349-9544. DPL Book Talk: Favorite book or movie? Let the library know by writing a message on the Facebook page or fill out a Patron Picks form when you’re at the library. Next week, the library will list all your favorites on its book blog,

DPL Book Talk. Just follow the link from the library website. Pre-School Mother Goose (18 to 30 months) Mondays at 10:15 a.m. Time for Tots (2 1/2 to 3 1/2) Wednesdays at 10:15 a.m. Preschool Storytime (3 1/2 to 5) Tuesdays at 10:15 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Bedtime Storytime (2 to 4) Mondays at 7 p.m. (wear pajamas) School Age Series-ous Fun: (grades 1 to 3) Book discussion that focuses on chapter book series. Saturdays, Nov. 3 and Dec. 1, from 2 to 2:45 p.m. Refreshments served. Lunch Bunch: (grades 4 to 6) Book discussion; bring your lunch, the library pro-

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Levi E. Coe Library Hours: Mondays-Thursdays 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Closed Fridays. Holiday closings: Monday, Nov. 12, for Veterans Day; Thursday, Nov. 22, for Thanksgiving Day; Tuesday, Dec. 25, for Christmas, and Tuesday, Jan. 1, for New Year’s Day. The library will close at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14, for staff training; Monday, Dec. 24, at 1 p.m., and Monday, Dec. 31, at 5 p.m. Call (860) 349-3857 or visit www.leviecoe.com for more information. Programs Genealogy program: Thursday, Nov. 8, 6 to 6:45 p.m. Registration recommended. The program is scheduled at the Levi E. Coe Library. Levi E. Coe Library’s Annual Book & Bake Sale: Friday, Nov. 9, noon to 4 p.m., preview and purchase. Saturday, Nov. 10, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., regular book & bake sale. Reading with a Therapy Dog: Saturday, Nov. 10, 10:30 a.m. Registration is required.

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The third quarter started with the Bears on offense, who began moving the ball well until the Falcons defensive line began applying more pressure to force the Bears to turn the ball over on downs. The Falcons wasted no time moving down field with great running by Shea Larkin and Anthony DeFilio, both with back-to-back 20-yard runs. Finally, inside the 5 yard line, Roccapriore scored the Falcons’ final touchdown to end the game 13-0. The Falcons finish the season 5-4, including the Salomone Cup win. The Falcons will play a bowl game next week with a team and location TBD.

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Lt. Joseph Lombardo named honorary captain By John Bozzi Special to the Town Times Lt. Joseph Lombardo was named honorary captain of the Coginchaug Football team’s Oct. 27 Homecoming game as part of the team’s effort to pay tribue to local veterans. Lombardo served in the Army Air Corps as a navigator on B-17 Flying Fortresses that flew bombing missions from England deep into Germany during World War II. He enlisted at age 18 in the Army Air Corps Aviation Cadet Program just months after he graduated from Middletown High School in 1942. Lombardo received two years of intense and diverse training before being shipped to the European Theater. After basic training he was sent

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ment Authority, which is also a Solarize Connecticut program partner. We are also earning additional points from the Connecticut Energy Efficiency Fund, who has recently joined CEFIA as a joint administrator of the Clean Energy Communities program. Home Energy Solutions visits, a prerequisite to installing solar, and other energy efficiency efforts earn points for the community towards a grant that can be used for municipal energy efficiency projects. Durham is proud to have signed the Clean Energy Communities Municipal Pledge — a challenge to cities and towns to reduce municipal building energy consumption 20 percent from baseline levels by 2018 and to voluntarily purchase 20 percent of municipal buildings’ energy use by 2018 from clean, renewable sources. Our success in Solarize Durham is helping us to be recognized as a leader amongst other Clean Energy Communities. Check out our display in the Library, which is going up Nov. 14. You’ll see all the Durham homes that have gone solar and testimonials from solar homeowners. As we head into the remaining weeks of the program, we encourage every resident to ask for a free site assessment to determine whether they can lower their utility bills and use less fossil fuel through clean, renewable solar power. In order to qualify, homeowners must sign a contract by Dec. 14. For a free no obligation assessment, contact BeFree Solar at 1-888-596-2922. You can also go to SolarizeCT.com/durham to learn more.

Knitting group – Local knitters are invited to join Warm Up America the first Wednesday of each month from 7 to 8:30 p.m., at Durham Activity Center, 350 Main St. You may drop in to knit and chat or you can stop by to drop off items you’ve completed. The group will continue to work on the Warm Up America blankets as well as baby blankets, lap blankets

for nursing homes and chemo caps. Dates are Nov. 7, Dec. 5, Jan. 2, Feb. 6 and March 6. For more information or pattern changes, contact Kim at kgarvis@townofdurhamct.org.

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Coginchaug Football Results from this past week: JV won against Old Saybrook/Westbrook Freshman lost to Valley Regional/Old Lyme Varsity lost to Valley Regional/Old Lyme 36 -7

By Jennifer Dragan Special to the Town Times On Saturday, Oct. 27, all four Durham-Middlefield Falcon cheerleading squads participated in the annual CTYFL Cheer Competition at Berlin High School. Not only do the girls need to

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learn cheers for the football games on Sundays, they also needed to learn a 2½-minute routine made up of cheer and dance for the competition. The first Falcon cheer squad to take the mat was the A Squad, which is made up of 13- and 14-year-olds and only had 10 girls on the team. The A Squad was coached by Daneen Saks and assisted by Krystyn Manzione. With one week left before competition, one of the girls sustained an injury that took her out of the competition. The nine girls remaining took the mat in front of about 1,200 people. The C Squad was the next team to take the mat. The C Squad has 15 girls on the team and was coached by Paula Murphy and assisted by Melissa Fisher and Cindy Arnold. When the afternoon session began, the B Squad and Mighty Mites took the mat. The Mighty Mites squad was coached by Kim Butcosk. This team has seven girls ranging in age from 6 to 8 years old. For most of them this was the first time they performed in front of so many people. Right after the Mighty Mite squad preformed, it was time for the B Squad to take the mat. The B Squad, made up of 11- and 12-yearolds, was coached by Amy King-Painter and assisted by Felicia Potvin. With 16 girls on the team they pulled off an ambitious routine. C Squad won second place, A Squad placed third, the Mighty Mites received a Participation Award and B Squad won the Showmanship Award. The B and C Squads will compete at the Youth State Cheer Competition Nov. 17 at Berlin High School in Berlin at 9 a.m. For more information about this competition and ticket prices, contact Falcons Cheer Director Jennifer Dragan at SpicySass1@aol.com.


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