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In Sports
victory from
High five for Unified
Vol. 5, Edition 11
March 14, 2013
In The Press
Town will spend
$25K on chemical
At the Feb. 25 Simsbury Board of
Selectmen meeting, the board
agreed to spend $25,000 to clean
up chemicals and to secure an
out building on the Dewey Farm
property, which, according to
Sawitzke, tested positive for hazardous chemicals. PAGE 13.
New possible
garage site
At a special meeting March 6, the
Canton Board of Selectmen authorized Chief Administrative Officer Robert Skinner to sign a
purchase and sale agreement for a
4.75-acre lot at 325 Commerce
Drive, a new possible location for a
highway garage. PAGE 13.
Simsbury High School was the site of the CIAC High School Unified Sports basketball tournament March 6. Farmington/Avon, Lewis Mills and host Simsbury were among the seven high school teams that played on four courts in two gymnasiums. Pictured above, Ashley Godin gives a fellow Unified
Sports player a high five. Read more on page 28.
Photo by David Heuschkel
This week
The Buzz
Town News
of Note
Where is it?
“Why couldn’t there
be a berm on my
property? I mean
they’re digging out all
that hillside. Right
now I have the benefit
of a slope and the
buffers on top of that
and when they
excavate everything,
that’ll be taken
-Kathleen Woolam in “Track and
field project approved” on page 14
“I think the storm two
years ago was a run
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-Avon Registrar Ann Clark in
“Contingency plan approved” on
page 15
NEWS & Notes
CHS presents ‘Bye Bye Birdie’
Canton High School Musical
Theater will present “Bye Bye
Birdie,” the satire on American life
set in 1958, March 22 and 23 at 7:30
p.m. and March 24 at 2 p.m.
The story follows rock-star
Conrad Birdie as he seeks “One
Last Kiss” for lucky fan Kim
MacAfee of Sweet Apple, Ohio, before he is drafted into the Army. It
includes such well-known hits as
“Put on a Happy Face,” “Rosie” and
The production includes a
large study cast, crew, a 15-musician pit orchestra, and the work of
several adult directors and parent
Tickets are $12 for adults; $8
for students and seniors. To order,
call 860-693-7707 or online at The
show will be held at Canton High
School's auditorium, 76 Simonds
Ave., Canton. If they’re not sold
out, tickets will be available at the
Read a full story on the production in next week’s edition of
The Valley Press.
Avon Taxpayers Association
to host public meeting with
The Avon Taxpayers Association will host a public conversation
with Gary Mala, Avon superintendent of schools, and other members of the school district’s central
leadership team Thursday, March
28, 7 p.m., at the Avon Public Li-
brary Community Room. Under
discussion will be the proposed
2013-14 Avon education budget as
well as future developments and
costs of public education as we
know it.
The public is invited to become informed on issues related
to the public schools and the impact of expected costs on property
taxes. Residents’ concerns and
questions are welcomed.
Simsbury seeks volunteers
for technology task force
The town of Simsbury is seeking volunteers to serve on the
Simsbury Technology Task Force.
The purpose of the task force is to
review and provide input on the
town of Simsbury website, to determine potential uses of the town
website and to review short- and
long-term goals for the town’s
technology plan.
The task force will consist of
up to eight people, including individuals with technology backgrounds and residents who use the
town website.
Persons interested in serving
should contact the first selectman’s office no later than March
28. Information, including a description of why one is interested
in serving on the Technology Task
Force, can be sent to Mary A.
Glassman at 933 Hopmeadow St.,
Simsbury, 06070, or by e-mail to
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Emergency response:
By Sloan Brewster
Senior Staff Writer
It takes a village, or, in this case,
a team.
For EMS Division Capt. Gerry
Holland, of the Canton Volunteer
Fire and EMS Department, the concept of teamwork is like a mantra.
When on the scene of an emergency
with a patient in need of EMS care,
he expects his crew to act cohesively,
working together smoothly. “Work as
a team, watch out for each other,” he
On Friday, March 1 when a call
came from the police dispatcher for a
“simulated call,” Holland went right
into action. e fact that the call was
a simulation had no apparent effect
on his response.
Previously, Holland, as crew
leader, had checked Car 10, the ambulance he was planning to use for
any calls that came in that evening.
All the necessary medication and
equipment were in their proper place
on board.
e crew was set, too.
Fire Division Capt. Ryan Kerr
was set to drive the ambulance, and
this reporter was set to assume the
role of EMT 2 in any mock emergency that came in.
When the call came in for a simulation of an 18-year-old who had
fallen, the crew jumped into action.
Kerr drove the bus out of the garage
of the Collinsville fire station. He
used lights as needed, but did not
turn on the sirens, save for crossing
intersections, or set off at a dangerously fast rate of speed.
As they headed closer to the
scene of the mock emergency, Holland tossed surgical gloves to EMT 2
and put on a pair himself. He also
prepared for what things they would
need to evaluate when they reached
the scene.
Observations that he said would
need to be made in the first few min-
utes included from what the patient
had fallen. How far was the fall? Was
the surface soft or hard? On which
part of the body did the patient land?
After these questions spun from
his mouth, he went through a checklist of what he would likely need,
things like a collar and board.
Is the patient entangled in trees
or brush? If so, what will he need to
cut the patient free?
“We’re thinking about lots of different layers,” he said later. “What do
we have? What do we need?”
He was thinking about roles,
too. EMT 2 is support staff – the person who, if needed, talks to patients –
assuring and calming them and taking orders from the team leader.
At some point, Holland verified
that EMT 2 was wearing the gloves
he had given her, looking silently at
her hands and making his observation without comment.
“As scene leader, I’m concerned
about your safety and [Kerr’s],” he
later explained.
Gloves are crucial because there
could be bodily fluids or chemical
substances on the scene, he said.
As soon as the ambulance arrived, everyone jumped out, immediately assessing what the patient
looked like and getting a general impression of the scene as a whole.
e young man, who was later
identified as Fire Cadet Lt. Zach
Goeben acting as the injured party,
was lying on the cold cement floor of
a garage in a pool of fake blood. His
pant legs were ripped open revealing
the simulated broken bones of his left
femur. ere was a step ladder on the
floor beside him.
e patient was conscious but
disoriented, which was evidenced by
his inability to recall how he had
fallen or to answer some basic questions Holland posed – all of which,
again, was simulated.
He did, however, know his
name. “Ryan,” he said weakly.
A night on the job with Emergency Medical Services volunteers
Staff Writer Sloan Brewster went on a simulated call with the Canton Volunteer Fire & EMS Department. She is pictured here with EMS Division
Capt. Gerry Holland, Fire Division Capt. Ryan Kerr and Fire Cadet Lt. Zach
Goeben who portrayed the victim in the simulation.
Courtesy photo
Holland immediately started to
work on the leg, tossing a duffle bag
to EMT 2 and commanding her to
hook the patient to oxygen at 12 to 15
liters of flow per minute.
Fumbling with the tank and unsure what she was doing, EMT 2 –
lacking the 180 hours of training the
other emergency responders on
scene had – turned the nozzle and
put the mask on the patient’s face,
missing a key element. Kerr quickly
recovered the situation, taking the
mask for a moment and filling the
bag attached to it with oxygen by
covering the valve with his finger. He
placed the mask back on the patient’s
face and immediately his breathing
was evident, the bag emptying and
filling as the oxygen spilled into his
Working together, the three
EMTs strapped the patient’s leg to a
board, lifted him onto a gurney and
into the ambulance.
On the way back to the station
Holland and EMT 2 took the patient’s
vitals and noted that he was less disoriented as the oxygen restored some
of his vitality.
Once back at the station, everyone, including the patient, jumped
out of the ambulance, the simulation
being over. It was a learning experience for the crew and the reporter.
For the crew, it was a way to
practice and hone skills. For the reporter, it showed the intricacies of a
volunteer team on the scene of an
emergency, and how each person’s
work flows directly from the person
next to him in a unified thread that
encircles the patient with care.
“If you think about what we do,
we need to try to bring order to other
people’s messes,” Holland later said.
“We’re trained to think rather methodically.”
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A photojournalist for the 2nd Marine Division, Simsbury native Cpl. Jeff Drew enlisted in 2009 and was deployed to Afghanistan from 2011 to 2012. Earlier this month, he took time out to read to kids via Skype as part
of Read Across America Day.
Courtesy photo
Photojournalist Marine takes
time out to read to kids
By Sloan Brewster
Senior Staff Writer
A Marine from Simsbury,
who is based in North Carolina,
took advantage of Skype to read
to youngsters from Texas.
When Cpl. Jeff Drew, a combat correspondent with the 2nd
Marine Division Public Affairs Office, heard about read Across
America Day, which occurred
March 1, he decided to take part.
e sister of a fellow Marine
on base at Camp Lejune in North
Carolina is a librarian and she
told her brother about the program, Drew said. e Marine, in
turn, decided participating would
be a great idea and told Drew.
In a short video in which he
spoke about the experience,
Drew said he had a good time
and was glad he had participated.
He read “e Fantastic Flying
Books of Mr. Mark Lessmore” by
William Joyce and said it was a
good story with great illustrations.
He picked the book he read
from a list sent to the base, most
of which were Dr. Seuss books, he
said in a phone interview March
“Great book, great book,”
Drew said in the video. “It seemed
like they were having a great time.
ey were oohing and aahing over
all the pictures, and they seemed
to really enjoy the stories.”
One of the people who participated read to the children in
Spanish, he said.
“Ultimately, I think they had
a really good time,” he said.
According to an online press
release, Read Across America Day
is a nationwide observance that
coincides with the birthday of an
American legend in children’s
books, Dr. Suess. His birthday is
actually March 2, but since the
date fell on a Saturday this year,
the nationwide reading event
began one day early. On Read
Across America Day, many
schools, daycares, libraries and
community centers bring people
together to read books and promote literacy.
Drew read to kindergarten
students at an elementary school
in Austin, Texas, he said.
He was last home in Simsbury at Christmas and keeps in
touch with family and friends
from town. He will be returning
home in April, when he is discharged from the service. e
things he misses most about
home are the people and the
sense of community, he said.
“I miss the people a lot. I
think there is, especially in Simsbury, a great community, and I
miss being a part of that,” he said.
“Don’t get me wrong, the Marine
Corps has its own sort of community, but I miss that.”
A photojournalist for the 2nd
Marine Division, Drew enlisted in
2009 and was deployed to
Afghanistan from 2011 to 2012.
“I’m happy that I don’t have
to deal with the snow,” he said
after he asked a few questions
about the weather on the local
Drew said he hopes to attend the University of Connecticut and study journalism and
that he would be completing his
application this week.
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Music Together celebrates anniversary with local concert
By Alison Jalbert
Editorial Assistant
e internationally recognized
children’s music and movement program Music Together is celebrating
its 25th anniversary, to be acknowledged locally with a participatory
Music Together of West Hartford and the Farmington Valley will
be recognizing the program’s milestone by holding a concert Friday,
March 22 from 5-6 p.m. at the Elmwood Community Center in West
Catherine Madrak, director of
Music Together of West Hartford and
the Farmington Valley, explained that
the Music Together program consists
of early childhood music and movement curriculum. It was started in
1987, developed by experts in the
field of early childhood education.
“[Music Together] pioneers the concept that a child’s parents or caregivers are their role models for
developing musical ability,” Madrak
said. Programs can be found in many
communities across the country and
around the globe.
While there is a class offered for
babies 8 months and younger, the
quintessential Music Together class
is for children of mixed ages, from
birth through kindergarten along
with their parents and caregivers.
e classes are 45 minutes in length
and meet once a week. Madrak said
A photo taken during Music Together of West Hartford and the Farmington
Valley class.
Cheyney Barrieau Photography
three 10-week semesters are offered
throughout the year, as well as a sixweek summer session.
Each semester focuses on a collection of nine songs that come from
collections published by Music Together. “Families together learn a
large repertoire of songs,” Madrak
said. “A child could do Music Together for three years before repeating songs. … By the time they cycle
back to the beginning, the children
will play with music in a much different way.”
e activities in a Music Together class are developmentally appropriate and include a variety of
things, such as rhythmic chants, large
movement activities or the use of an
instrument or prop. Each class includes a play along and a free movement, which Madrak said is like a
family dance party. Parents are ac-
tively involved in Music Together
classes. ere are also rituals, such as
the hello and goodbye songs.
“Children start to learn the flow
and format of the class over time
with experience,” Madrak said. “It allows them to transition with ease
and comfort through the musical activities we’re doing.”
Madrak thinks Music Together
has remained popular for 25 years
because the program and the class
end up being an integral part of a
family’s life. “It’s much more than an
activity that you might choose to do
with your child during the week. A lot
of parents will say that they look forward to class as much as, if not more
than, their children.”
Music Together works toward
the goal of making children lifelong
music-makers. Madrak said an unfortunate trend in American culture
is to farm out music making to those
who can do it well. “Rather than participating in it freely or comfortably,
we feel like we have to consume it.
e whole concept of the program is
to get people making music with
their children so we dispel that myth
and get back to where we used to be:
singing nursery rhymes, popular
songs, etc., with them.”
e anniversary concert, Music
Together Around the World Party,
will be a celebration of favorite Music
Together songs performed live. Local
modern folk band e Auburn Mode
will perform, as two of its members
are parents in the program. A Music
Together recording artist “Uncle”
Gerry Dignan will also be perform-
ing. Madrak said Dignan is on all
Music Together’s CDs and that the
children end up getting to know his
voice well. “Everyone knows who
Uncle Gerry is.” Several area Music
Together teachers will be involved in
the concert as well.
“It’s going to be really fun for the
general public as well,” Madrak said.
“Families will enjoy it even without
Music Together experience.”
Advance tickets are $7 per person or $25 per family. Tickets at the
door are $8 per person, or $30 per
family. Children under 1 are free. To
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Local photographer does project on ‘beards of the Valley’
By Jennifer Senofonte
Staff Writer
ey say there is a story
behind every beard.
Matthew J. Wagner brought
those stories to life through
his latest personal project,
“Beards of the Farmington
Wagner said it’s important to do personal projects
for creative growth and to improve his craft, especially in
these competitive times.
Inspired by the historic
portrait of Ernest Hemingway,
he decided to do a focus on
men with beards.
“ey’re really unique. Everyone’s got a story and it seems to
give guys more character. e stories behind the beards made it
more interesting.”
Martin Herman holds a
photo of himself and his
daughters, Aimee and Jessica, when he grew his first
beard 33 years ago.
Photo by Matthew J. Wagner
He started soliciting locals in
November 2012 and by the end of
December had about 25 men
come forward – a couple of whom
were growing out their beards for
their annual role-playing of Santa
for the holidays.
Wagner worked with the
guys in his studio, 522 Hopmeadow St. in Simsbury, to
take black and white style
photos. “ere’s a certain
lighting that makes them look
very heroic in black and
white,” Wagner said.
He asked each subject to
write about their beards, asking them questions like how
long they had it, why they grew it
out and “if your beard could talk,
what would it say?”
e first time Martin Herman grew a bread was 33 years
ago when his youngest daughter,
Aimee, was born and he didn’t
shave for the two weeks he took
off of work. “By the end of the two
weeks I had a full beard and liked
it. So did my wife and older
daughter, Jessica,” so much so that
he didn’t shave it upon returning
to work, Herman wrote.
When his boss fixed his gaze
on him, Herman thought for sure
he would be reprimanded. “I see
Marty is wearing something new
today … a blue shirt,” Herman
quoted his boss. He then wrote,
“So, the beard and I survived to
see another day.”
“e Beards of the Farmington Valley” gallery unveiling took
place at Zinc Salon in Unionville
Feb. 27.
e portraits will remain on
display there until next month
and will be moved to the Hair
Gallery at the Mill in Tariffville.
FVAC seeks works for a Fisher Gallery April youth exhibit – ‘Aspiring Young Artist’
e Farmington Valley Arts
Center, 25 Arts Center Lane in
Avon Park North, Avon, will host a
community exhibit of youth artworks from greater Hartford area
schools representing ages/grades
K-12 including drawings, paintings, photography, prints, mixed
media and sculpture.
Aspiring Young Artist, will be
on display April 6-19, with an
opening reception April 6, 3-6
p.m. FVAC invites all area students exploring their creativity
with visual arts by offering an exhibit with an open call for entries
to be delivered to the FVAC Fisher
Gallery March 29 and 30.
Details on acceptable works
are indicated on the prospectus
available at
e exhibit offers one People’s
Choice Award selected by patrons
and visitors to the exhibit. e
Pictured right is 2012 People’s
Choice Award “Field of Dreams”
oil by M. Parreira
Courtesy photo
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Society presents ‘e
Farmington Canal
through Historic Avon’
e Avon Historical Society
will explore traveling the Farmington Canal with a talk entitled “e
Farmington Canal in the Farmington Valley” by Carl Walter, local
leading expert on the 87-mile,
hand-dug canal, to coincide with
an exhibit about the waterway in
the front exhibit case of the Marian Hunter History Room of the
Avon Free Public Library, 281
Country Club Road, Avon.
e event will take place Saturday, March 16 at 2 p.m. in the
Community Room of the Library.
Walter will share some background about the canal and why it
was built and then focus on various canal sites between northern
Farmington and West Suffield. He
will describe topographical problems that were encountered during the building of the canal
together with the engineering solutions that allowed the canal’s
completion. e public is invited
to attend and stay to view two
companion exhibits an Open
House at the History, with refreshments, from 3-5 p.m.
e Farmington Canal was a
hand-dug canal with horse-drawn
canal boats that ran from New
Haven to Northampton, Mass.,
from 1829-1847.
In Avon Center it ran north
and south behind houses on the
east side of Old Farms Road, crossing the Albany Turnpike (currently
Route 44/East Main Street) where
daCapo’s Restaurant stands,
through the grounds of the Avon
Post Office and from there ran approximately along Route 10 and at
times where the Rails-to-Trail is
now. ere was a large canal warehouse in Avon Center as well as
other buildings that served this
important transportation route.
Avon Center was busy with a
church, post office, businesses,
school, etc. Some of these buildings still exist today extending
north/south/east/west at the intersection of Route 10 (Simsbury
Road) and Route 44 (East and
West Main Street). Last summer,
to commemorate the crossing in
Avon, the Avon Historical Society
placed two identical bronze
plaques on red sandstone markers- one at the entrance to daCapo’s Restaurant on the south
side of Route 44 and one at the former Living Museum on the north
e sandstone markers are
the same material used in the
Canal and many of the 19th century buildings in the area, including the old Climax Fuse Factory
buildings, which are today’s Avon
Town Hall complex.
Celebrate St. Patrick’s
Day at ‘Sundays at ree’
e Avon Public Library’s concert series, “Sundays at ree,” will
present a festive St. Patrick Day’s celebration, marked not with pipes and
pints, but with the percussive sound
of steel drums. On March 17 at 3 p.m.
at the library, 281 Country Club
Road, Murray Mast, Chelsea Tinsler
and James Waterman, known collectively as Steel Accent, will present
a perfect end-of-winter antidote and
hour-long paean to sunshine and
balmy breezes.
e trio of classically trained
musicians will be warming hearts
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By Alison Jalbert
Editorial Assistant
A fourth-year dental student
at the University of Connecticut
Health Center created a public
service announcement video that
won the Connecticut Coalition for
Oral Health’s first video award.
Andrew Rosenstein’s “Frank
D. Kay, Professional Cavity” is a humorous PSA illustrating the importance of proper oral hygiene.
Rosenstein wrote, directed and
starred in the video as the suitwearing Frank D. Kay, who visits
various people throughout the
two-minute video and inflicts
them with cavities as they make
poor oral health choices.
CCOH’s contest was launched
in August 2012, challenging various dental programs to create a
video that captured the message,
“A healthy body starts with a
healthy mouth.”
Rosenstein said he is known
within the dental school for making videos, as some of his fake
movie trailers have appeared in
the dental school’s version of “e
Gong Show.”
“As soon as the contest came
out, the professors e-mailed us, but
one professor e-mailed me personally,” he said. “I started brainstorming and knew I wanted to
make it funny, because that
catches people’s attention.”
Inspiration for the video came
from an original episode of “e
Twilight Zone,” “One for the Angels,” in which a man is visited by
Death, which takes the form of a
man in a suit.
“I thought it was an interesting idea and thought it could be
applied to dentistry,” Rosenstein
explained. “I started writing and
wanted to cover a few things that
people did every day. I wanted to
make it for all age groups and
thought [the comedic element]
made it memorable.”
Pictured is a frame from fourth-year dental student Andrew Rosenstein’s
public service announcement video that won the Connecticut Coalition for
Oral Health’s first video award. Rosenstein is pictured, center, as “Frank D.
Kay, Professional Cavity.”
Courtesy photo
Although Rosenstein has aspirations to become a pediatric
dentist, acting has always been a
passion of his, so it was an easy decision to play the main character
in his PSA. “I started acting at a
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since then I acted in middle school
and high school.” When the opportunity presented itself to allow
Rosenstein to act again, he
“jumped on it.”
It was Rosenstein’s personal
experience with patients that
made him want to participate in
the video contest.
“Sitting there talking at them,
[oral health] is not really a mind
racing subject. I had the opportunity to make it humorous and relevant; to put it in layman’s terms.”
He thought that by putting the
message in a comedic context,
people would respond to it better.
“I plan on going into pediatric
dentistry, where the underlying
theme is prevention,” Rosenstein
said. “I thought more of a preventative aspect came out a lot in the
February was the American
Dental Association’s National Children’s Dental Health Month, and
Rosenstein’s PSA was used as a
promotional video.
“I thought that was great.
at was another reason why I
jumped on participating,” he said.
“at was my first big thing to do
in the area of pediatric health care.”
Next year, Rosenstein will be
participating in a pediatric dentistry residency at the UConn
School of Dental Medicine and the
Connecticut Children’s Medical
Center, but there are plans to
make more Frank D. Kay videos.
e professor who personally
sought out Rosenstein for the contest said that everyone at the dental school liked his video and that
they want videos for other dental
events, geared toward certain populations, ages and aspects of dental health. “I’m already starting to
make a couple of things,” Rosenstein said.
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By Sloan Brewster
Senior Staff Writer
A Canton fifth-grader can talk
about the stock market and write
about it, too.
Allison Ann Tessman, a student at Canton Intermediate
School, was one of Connecticut’s
first place winners in the SIFMA
Foundation’s InvestWrite essay
Hundreds of thousands of students across the country participated in an annual Stock Market
Game, at the end of which 20,000
fourth- through 12th-graders entered the writing competition.
e challenge, according to a
press release from the SIFMA
Foundation, which sponsored the
contest, was to analyze an investment scenario and write an essay
offering investment advice. Students were to consider real-world
economic events and trends, conduct research online, develop investment recommendations and,
in the process, gain the skills to
prepare for their own financial future.
Allison, who claimed the top
prize for the elementary school division in the fall 2012 competition,
took on the Disney Corporation.
She decided the company was a
safe bet for investors.
“After researching Walt Dis-
“She really did put
her time and effort
into the competition,
and I think she was
just delighted that her
effort was recognized.”
-Elisa Genovese
ney Company, I feel that this stock
is a good long-term investment because it is usually making money
even when the economy is poor,”
Allison wrote. “It is very unlikely
for Disney to fail because all of
their parks and resorts over the
last several years have done better
than what they predicted for each
She researched the Disney
brand and characters, and concluded it was these things that
have made the company successful, even through bad times.
“ere is no other company
that is well-known and loved by all
ages and people all over the world,”
she wrote. “If someone wants to
invest their money in a stock that
is always stable even in bad times,
then Walt Disney Company is
right for them.”
Elisa Genovese, Allison’s
teacher in her talented and gifted
class, said she was optimistic the
essay might be a winner.
“When I was submitting it, I
did think it was a very well-done
essay,” Genovese said. “But there’s a
lot of competition; so who knows.”
Genovese said Allison was
surprised when she learned she
had won.
“She was just thrilled,” she
said. “She was very excited about
actually participating in the competiton, and she really did put her
time and effort into the competition and I think she was just de-
lighted that her effort was recognized.”
Town administrators were
also pleased.
“Obviously, just from our perspective we’re both impressed and
proud,” said Canton Intermediate
School Principal Kevin Hanlon.
Allison, for her part, learned a
great deal.
“I learned what stocks were
all about. I learned that stocks go
up and down when a company
makes a new investment or cre-
ates a new brand,” she wrote in the
conclusion of her essay. “Now I can
understand what my family and
other people are saying when they
talk about stock prices. … I feel
that I can now join in on conversations when someone is talking
about stocks, company sales and
Allison was presented with
her awards and trophy Feb. 27 during a surprise reception with a representative from Investwrite at
Canton Intermediate School.
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A portion of this story was inadvertently cut off in last week’s edition of the paper. The full article appears below. The Valley Press regrets the error.
Raw food frenzy: healthy eating trend popular in all age groups
By Sloan Brewster
Senior Staff Writer
Like so many other foods,
chocolate, too, is healthy when
eaten in its raw form.
Tia Battiston of West Hartford,
who works at Whole Foods on Raymond Road, sometimes puts raw
cacao in smoothies.
Timothy Smulders, the manager at Garden of Light in Avon, said
raw cacao is on the list of super
foods, a list that also includes goji
berries, goldenberries and maca –
an ancient Peruvian root that, according to Navitas Naturals, was
prized by Inca warriors.
“People love to make smoothies with all their superfoods,” Smulders said.
Battiston, “a big believer in a
plant-based diet” who said she is not
always “100 percent vegan,” certainly
does. She makes a green smoothie
for breakfast, and on Friday, March
1, she made a double batch – one for
the morning and one for later in the
day. e recipe included four to six
cups of baby spinach leaves, water,
two bananas, frozen strawberries,
two to three tablespoons of hemp
seeds, a “teenie bit of maca root
powder” and chia seeds, which, according to Navitas Naturals, are high
in protein, antioxidants and fiber
and were a key part of the diet and
medicine of ancient Central American cultures.
Battiston tries to give her body
the foods it needs, so her smoothie
recipes vary from day to day.
“I change it up. Some days I put
ginger, some days turmeric, some
days raw cacao,” she said. “I change
up the greens, I change up the fruit.”
Raw food is one of the current
trends in healthy eating, according
to several sources from health food
stores in the Farmington Valley and
West Hartford.
According to Lori Love, owner
of Granby Village Health, the trend
right now is going toward back to
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customers most.
Food is considered “raw” as
long as it has been heated to no
more than 119 degrees, she said.
“Living food means living bodies, processed food means dead food
bodies mostly,” Love said.
At many health food stores,
there is a section devoted entirely to
raw food. Love has one at her store,
and there is one at Garden of Light
and Whole Foods as well.
Food that has not been heated
has the benefit of providing enzymes and probiotics, Smulders
said. “e movement is to get those
whole foods,” he said.
Another big thing at Garden of
Light is unpasteurized, fermented
foods such as Kimchi, a Korean dish
made of seasoned vegetables.
“We’re seeing a huge movement toward raw and raw fermented and unpasteurized,”
Smulders said. “I see young people
coming in for raw food; I see old people, I see middle-aged.”
Another fermented item at
Garden of Light is a beverage called
Kombucha, and it’s available on tap
at the store. According to Smulders,
it is also high in enzymes and probiotics.
On Friday, March 1, Jim Lussier
of Pleasant Valley purchased a bottle
of Kombucha from the tap. It’s for a
cleansing diet he is doing as part of
a program with the Collinsville Yoga
Center. Excluded from the diet are
wheat, dairy and nightshade vegetables. e diet gives participants a 12hour window to digest and cleanse
the toxins from their bodies.
Kombucha is a big seller at
Garden of Light, Smulders said.
Mothers give it to their children instead of soda.
“You’re going to feel like wonder
woman,” he said when this reporter
said she would stop by to taste it.
“Your liver is going to love you tomorrow.” He also admitted that it
would take “a little getting used to.”
It does. e ginger-flavored
Kombucha from the tap actually
tasted pretty good, similar to fermented apple cider, but a few hours
later, the four women in e Valley
Press office who had tried it had
slightly upset stomachs.
Trending toward ‘free’ foods
Besides raw and fermented
foods, another current trend is specialty items for vegans and allergy
diets such as gluten-, dairy-, egg- or
soy-free diets.
In 1995, when Love first
opened her store, the trend was low
carbohydrate diets, such as Atkin’s.
Gluten-free offerings were just beginning to emerge, she said. Now
she estimates that about 85 percent
of her customers are looking for
foods to support allergy issues.
“[Allergy-free food] wasn’t on
the radar at all. It really is now because people are understanding
more and more that it really is what
you put in your body is how your
body’s going to be,” Love said, “so,
that’s been a big shift. … Over the
course of years, we’ve had an evolution.”
Smulders is also seeing a trend
toward gluten-free foods and Garden of Light has a “huge gluten-free
e store’s parent company,
Bakery on Main in East Hartford,
makes gluten-free products including bars and granolas.
Another trend is foods that are
free of genetically modified organisms [GMOs], but according to
Smulders that can be a challenge because they are not easy to find.
“ere are not enough of
them,” Smulders said.
One way to assure foods are
GMO free is to get them from the
source, he said.
“Go to the farm,” Smulders said.
“We stock farm eggs, we stock farm
raw cheese.”
Love also works with farms at
her store, which is important not
only because the food is organic and
better, but for other reasons, too. “It’s
working with local farms, building a
sense of community,” she said.
Many people avoid the whole
organic health food craze because
they believe it costs more to eat that
way, but Kristin Arslan, the marketing team leader at Whole Foods on
Raymond Road in West Hartford,
said that is a myth.
She is participating in Rick Esselstyn’s Engine 2, a 28-day diet challenge.
“It’s a pretty strict diet; I’m trying,” she said. “As my co-worker
throws cookies on my desk ... I am
not eating those cookies.”
e detoxifying vegan diet excludes dairy products, oils and refined sugars. On ursday, Feb. 28,
she went shopping and purchased
about a week’s worth of food for only
$50, she said.
It’s a plant-based diet – you’re
mainly eating plants, you’re eating
vegetables,” Arslan said. “ey’re actually less expensive than if you eat
the preprocessed food.”
e types of food she is eating
on the diet include vegetables such
as peas, sweet potatoes and kale and
grains such as quinoa, a grain that
can be cooked in water or vegetable
A plant-based diet high in leafy
vegetables such as collard greens
and kale increases energy, but it also
trains the body to want different
food, Battiston said.
“A lot of times we’re such a
green light society, and we just go,
go, go,” she said. “Stop and think before you eat. … You don’t think about
what you’re eating.”
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to benefit fuel
For the second year, Memorial United Methodist Church, 867
West Avon Road in Avon, will host
a Pasta Supper to benefit the local
fuel banks of Avon and Farmington March 22, 5 to 7 p.m., in Fellowship Hall at the church.
Admission is by free will donation.
e dinner includes pasta, bread,
salad and desserts home made by
church members.
e fuel banks of Avon and
Farmington are available to residents who have exhausted their
benefits through the Connecticut
Energy Assistance Program. According to Farmington Town Social Services, so far this heating
season, 2,546 gallons of heating
fuel have been provided to 72
households. In addition, help was
given toward electric costs for
those with electric heat. e town
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per year at a cost of $12,500. Alan
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Services, noted an increase in
need this year due to unemployment and the economy.
Pam Fleming, co-chair of the
church’s mission/outreach committee, said, “Last year’s dinner
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By Sloan Brewster
Senior Staff Writer
Company will be hired
for work on Dewey Farm
tion. As of press time, the budgets
were to be presented to the Town
Council for consideration March
“Next year’s tax rate will have
to increase by at least 1.71 mills to
make up for the grand list decline,
plus it will have to increase to fund
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CANTON – Canton officials have a new possible location for a highway garage.
At a special meeting
March 6, the Board of Selectmen authorized Chief Administrative Officer Robert Skinner
to sign a purchase and sale
agreement for a 4.75-acre lot at
325 Commerce Drive.
e estimated prize for
the lot is $225,000, Skinner
said. Site work would cost
about $1.3 million compared
with the $3 million it was estimated it would cost on the
Cherry Brook Road site that
voters denied purchasing in
Commerce Road has
hookups for natural gas and
water, as well as a sewer line,
Skinner said.
He also said the layout of
the lot had benefits.
“What’s nice is that there’s
a slight slope, which will screen
the garage,” he said.
Preliminary plans for the
garage were drafted by Weston
& Sampson of Foxborough,
Mass., but Skinner said they
could change.
“ese are preliminary
plans that were developed to
indicate the feasibility of the
site,” he wrote in a memo. “e
final plans may vary based on a
number of considerations, including citizen comments,
land use regulatory process
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See GARAGE on page 26
By Sloan Brewster
Senior Staff Writer
SIMSBURY – e town of
Simsbury will spend $25,000 to
clean up a farm it owns.
When Carleton Dewey of
Dewey Farm on Terry’s Plain
Road passed away last year, the
town took over his farm. Dewey
sold the farm to the town about
12 to 14 years ago under an
agreement that gave him tenancy of the place for the rest of
his life, said Rich Sawitzke,
town engineer and director of
capital projects.
At the Feb. 25 Board of Selectmen meeting, the board
agreed to spend $25,000 to
clean up chemicals and to secure an outbuilding on the
property, which, according to
Sawitzke, tested positive for
hazardous chemicals.
He asked for the funds to
hire a company to perform the
“At this point we do not
feel the staff should do it,” he
said, adding that the funds for
the project were not included
in last year’s operating budget
because officials did not realize
the town would take ownership
of the property.
Selectmen agreed to the
In 2010, at age 74, Dewey
and his wife, Charlene Dewey,
spoke to e Valley Press about
See CLEANUP on page 26
On Saturday, March 2 at the Simsbury Public Library, 81 Chess and six Go players between the ages of 5
and 18 competed at the second Simsbury Open Scholastic Chess and Go Championship. The Simsbury 2013
chess champion was Leo Stolov (above, left). Second place went to Jonathan Aiyathurai (above, right) of
Simsbury, and third place went to Eric Hilhorst (above, center) of Simsbury. In the elementary school section, Ruthvik Ayyagari of Rocky Hill took first place. Local children Gautham Rajeshkumar of Farmington
and Jade Logan of Avon placed ninth and 13th, respectively. Simsbury resident Nicholas Beckius of Simsbury is the 2013 Go Champion. Aresh Pourkavoos of Avon also placed in the Go tournament.
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Farmington officials ‘pleasantly surprised’ with
smaller grand list decline than projected
By Jennifer Senofonte
Staff Writer
FARMINGTON – With completion of Farmington’s most recent revaluation, residential
property values declined by 10.2
percent, contributing to the overall decrease in the grand list by
$271.6 million.
Total real estate declined by
8.04 percent including residential,
commercial – which went down
1.7 percent – personal property
and motor vehicle.
e tax rate would need to increase by 7.8 percent, or 1.71 mills,
to fund the current year’s budget.
In order to limit the overall increase, the Town Council set a
budget target for the 2013-14 fiscal
year of a spending increase between 2 and 3 percent for the town
manager and the Board of Educa-
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After a presentation and public hearing March 6, the Zoning Commission passed the application by Cheshire’s
Milone & MacBroom to put an artificial turf field and new track at the school.
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Track and field project approved
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SIMSBURY – e Simsbury
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flattened and the field would be
raised, making it easier for her to
see and hear.
“Why couldn’t there be a
berm on my property? I mean,
they’re digging out all that hillside,”
she said. “Right now, I have the
benefit of a slope and the buffers
on top of that and when they excavate everything, that’ll be taken
Tom Daly of Milone & MacBroom said that, while it was feasible to put in a berm, to do so
would require taking out even
more vegetation.
Steve Bemis said he lives 30
feet from where the field will
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track and field at the high school.
After a presentation and public hearing March 6, the commission passed the application by
Cheshire’s Milone & MacBroom to
put an artificial turf field and new
track at the school.
In November 2012, voters agreed
to spend $3.6 million on the project.
After a lengthy presentation
by Milone & MacBroom, a handful
of residents spoke on the proposal.
Kathleen Woolam, who lives
next door to the school on property where she has resided her en-
tire life and which her family has
owned for 150 years, has opposed
the project from its inception.
“For me, this field is a disaster,”
she said. “ere is only a single line
of trees as a buffer and from my
experience trees do nothing.”
Woolam remonstrated that,
visually, trees are a benefit, “but for
lights and noise they do nothing.”
Lighting was not included in
the application, but the plan includes putting in foundations and
conduits so it could be added in
the future, assuming it is approved
at that time.
Woolam was also concerned
that the slope, which she said currently acts as a barrier between her
property and the school, would be
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men meeting, the board extended
the town’s license agreement with
the club for another four years.
e license gives the club the
right to use the pond at the base of
Onion Mountain and help with its
“ey’ve been wonderful part-
ners and great stewards of that
property,” said Gerald Toner, director of Culture, Parks & Recreation,
at the meeting. “It’s certainly afforded our residents the opportunity to fish in a beautiful, pristine
e club keeps the area clean,
stocks fish in the pond and sells a
limited number of fishing permits,
Toner said. It also holds a youth
fishing derby every year.
Fish & Game Club former
President Ned Kendall said the
club, which was established in
1938, has a history with a few local
e club used to stock pheasants and hunt behind Iron Horse
Boulevard on what he referred to
as the old Baker property. When it
went up for sale, the members
were split on whether to buy it or
not and it went to the town instead. e club also did a lot of
See STODDARD on page 27
Selectmen approve
3.9% increase budget
By Sloan Brewster
Senior Staff Writer
CANTON – e Canton
Board of Selectmen has approved a budget to pass on to the
Board of Finance.
After making some tweaks
to Chief Administrative Officer
Robert Skinner’s proposal, selectmen agreed on a $9.6 million
budget for the next fiscal year, a
3.9 percent increase over last
Among the changes selectmen made was an increase to
the capital budget, bringing the
total to $965,831 from Skinner’s
proposed $929,500.
As he made a motion to add
the additional funds to the capital budget, First Selectman
Richard Barlow said the amount
was more than they had hoped
to spend, but was necessary.
“Any further discussion,
parting words, moments of sorrow?” he asked before the vote.
Humphrey said the board was
taking a different approach to
spending in this budget than it
had last year, but also agreed it
was necessary.
“It’s important to show that
we are trying to address some
shortcomings in our operation,”
Humphrey said. “Unfortunately,
it takes money.”
Stephen Roberto agreed.
“A lot of things have happened in the last year, decisions
that were made in referendum
that I disagreed with,” he said.
“But a lot of residents have been
telling us that they want things
and they’re aware of the price
During a budget workshop
before approving the budget, selectmen mulled over what to cut
and prepared to face the question of further reductions from
the board of finance.
“e other thing we’ve got
to face is that, with the new
charter, the Board of Finance has
the option to tell us where the
cuts are going to come from,
whether it’s going to be in operating or CIP,” Barlow said, adding
that last year the finance board
asked him, at the spur of the moment, to prioritize. “I want to
have a consensus from you guys.”
Roberto suggested cutting
new expenses that had been
made to the budget, including a
The plan for Avon outlines steps for the moderators and poll workers to take in an emergency event.
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Council approves election contingency plan
By Jennifer Senofonte
Staff Writer
AVON – e Avon Town Council approved an emergency contingency plan for elections created by
Registrar Ann Clark and staff.
e secretary of the state
mandated for all municipalities to
create an emergency contingency
plan that aligned with the a specific plan for towns and cities in
the wake of recent weather-related
issues during the last couple of
“Because of what we’ve gone
through in the last two years when
we’ve had these 100-year storms,
they decided that the registrars
See BUDGET on page 27
better have an emergency contingency plan,” Clark said at the
March 7 council meeting.
She noted that some of what
was required has been done in
town in the past and that the tabulators have backup battery power
for up to 16 hours already.
Additionally, elections are held
at the high school and Firehouse
Company 1, which both have generators.
“e first storm we had we
had to move our polling place,”
Clark said, noting that they had a
backup plan in place already for
this circumstance.
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states that if a polling place is unavailable, the Avon Senior/Community Room can be used as an
alternate and, like two years ago,
the public will be notified as such
through the website, radio, Everbridge emergency system and signage.
“I think the storm two years
ago was a run-through,” Clark said.
She added that Avon is fortunate to
have a Public Works Department
that transfers all the election equipment.
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Salute our
senior citizen
Take time out and consider
nominating an outstanding senior
Especially as spring approaches, many organizations recognize excellent students for their
volunteer efforts.
Adults are often honored during their careers for various achievements and dedication to the
It is also important to recognize senior citizens who volunteer
their time to various causes for all
the work they do.
Nominations of Connecticut
residents as outstanding senior volunteers are currently open as part of
the Salute to Senior Service program.
e program, sponsored by
Home Instead, Inc., honors the contributions of adults 65 and older
who give at least 15 hours a month
of volunteer service.
Nominations will be accepted
until March 31 and state winners
will then be selected by popular vote
at between April 15 and 30, according to
a press release. From those winners,
a panel of senior care experts will
pick the national Salute to Senior
Service honoree.
Each of the state winners will
receive $500 for their favorite nonprofit organization and their story
will be posted on the Salute to Senior Service Wall of Fame.
e volunteer efforts of our
local senior citizens benefit the
community in so many ways. Most
groups include participants that
range in age, but senior citizen
members are often some of the
most dedicated members.
ey help to raise funds for
charity via church groups and other
organizations. ey keep our towns
beautiful as part of various groups,
such as the Old Drake Hill Flower
Bridge Committee in Simsbury.
ey work to support our libraries
and plan community events.
ey serve on committees for
local museums, food banks and
other non-profit organizations.
Volunteerism often starts at a
young age, is prevalent through
one’s aging and continues well into
one’s so-called “golden years.”
It is important to recognize the
lifelong efforts of our local senior citizens. If you know someone who has
provided excellent service to the
community, take a moment and
salute a senior.
To complete and submit a nomination form online and to view the
contest’s official rules, visit Completed
nomination forms also can be
mailed to Salute to Senior Service,
P.O. Box 285, Bellevue, Neb., 68005.
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Letter to the editor
Another white elephant
To the editor:
Four weeks ago, the Collinsville Renewable
Energy Promotion Act, known locally as the
Collinsville White Elephant Act, was passed by
the U.S. House of Representatives almost unnoticed and without any comment, which really is
too bad since it deserves a much closer look.
e bill was sponsored by Connecticut’s 5th
District freshman representative Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty and has been long championed by Canton’s First Selectman Richard
Barlow. It would enable the town of Canton to
assume a dormant license to operate a long defunct hydroelectric power generating facility on
the Farmington River. On the surface, this legislation and idea seems noble and good. However,
there are some serious issues with the entire
We, in the state of Connecticut, pay the second highest all sectors price for electricity in the
nation, according to a recent study conducted
by the U.S. Energy Information Administration.
is is just another sad metric on a growing list
of woes for the state of Connecticut.
A Collinsville hydroelectric facility does
nothing at all to help the residents and businesses in the state pay less. In fact, it actually
adds to our burden through a scheme called Virtual Net Metering and through the potential use
of renewable energy credits, known in the electricity underworld by several innocent acronyms
such as IRECs CRECs and ZRECs. ese little
beauties are subsidies plain as day and you as the
ratepayer fund them all through a collection
mechanism called your electric bill.
Of course, there will be by necessity the use
of a now ubiquitous tool called a government
grant. Grants, for the uninitiated, are free money
handed out by various government agencies to
entities hither and yon without any expectation
of repayment.
Here is how all this works. e town operates the dam and generates electricity. e excess amount of power it is not able to use in
certain town buildings would be sold back to the
Fair enough, right?
Here’s the rub. e price Canton would get
for the excess power sold to the grid would be at
the full boat retail price you pay on your bill for
generation, not the wholesale cost that any other
private beaver who owns a dam would get for
the power they make.
You, the ratepayer, pick up the tab on the
difference via your electric bill and those little
charges on the back page that no one reads. e
worst part about all this is that the extra cash the
dam might generate goes directly to the Canton
General Fund for Mr. Barlow to spend or misspend as the case may be.
It’s not over yet. We need to cover those actually not-so-little renewable energy credits. If
you ran a business that made donuts, wouldn’t
you love to get paid by your customers for your
donuts and then again by someone else just because you make nice low calorie donuts?
is is the concept behind renewable energy credits; the producer gets paid twice. Guess
who picks up the bill on both payments? Right,
the Connecticut electricity ratepayer. Here again,
people throughout the Farmington River Valley
are sending cash to the town of Canton simply
because it makes a certain class of low calorie
donut, which is already overpriced.
is project can not stand on its own economic merits without a complex subsidy
scheme, which may help us become numero
uno in the electricity cost top 50. How all this
helps the already overburdened ratepayer or the
state of Connecticut as a whole create new jobs
is a mystery.
Chris Budnick
Canton resident
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Beyond the desk of the editor
Mermaid for a day: my experience swimming with dolphins
By Abigail Albair
Doesn’t every little girl at one time or
another imagine herself as a mermaid,
swimming with the dolphins?
1. Something curved in shape
4. Tattoo (slang)
7. Therapeutic resort
10. His ark
12. Organized crime heads
14. Actor Connery
15. Free from danger
16. Honey badger
17. Part of a deck
18. Cause to run off the tracks
20. Classical music form
22. Defensive nuclear weapon
23. Volt-ampere
24. "Socrate" composer Erik
26. Keep up
29. Foot raced
30. The 44th President
35. Aboriginal (abbr.)
36. Wedding vow
37. 21st Hebrew letter
38. "Little Man Tate" director
44. Teletype (Computers)
45. Discovered alternating current
46. Tears down (alt. sp.)
48. Resinlike substance in shellac
Maybe not, but then I suppose my confession of the day is that I did imagine myself
as such.
As a young child, I fancied myself a future marine biologist until I realized I was
more of a Walt Whitman than a Jacques
49. Military mailbox
50. Smoothed wood
53. Old Testament book
56. Japanese lake with marimo
57. Card, dining or coffee
59. Checks
61. Telephone exchange (abbr.)
62. Greek covered walks or
63. Pigmented eye membrane
64. No. French river
65. Airborne (abbr.)
66. Shock therapy
1. Autonomic nervous system
2. Highway
3. Eating house
4. Afrikaans
5. Likely
6. Foot digits
7. Place to sit
8. For in Spanish
9. Also or including
11. N W Afghan city
12. Black Sea peninsula
13. Language of Slovakia
14. Divine Egyptian beetle
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19. What a baby wears to eat
21. River of NE Ecuador & N
24. European wooden shoe
25. Positive pole
27. Hereditary social class
28. Utters
29. British rule over India
31. ___ de Janeiro
32. Promotional materials
33. Narrow collapsible bed
34. Whatsoever
39. Land surrounded by water
40. Ardor
41. Aspects
42. Removes writing
43. __ Nui, Easter Island
47. Conductor Sir Georg
50. Landscaped road (abbr.)
51. Research workplaces
52. Organized factual information
53. A scheme or program
54. Female horse or zebra
55. Invests in little enterprises
56. Signing
58. Robert's nickname
60. Very fast airplane
Cousteau. My grades in English far surpassed those in any of the sciences, but I did
have an undying love for certain creatures of
the sea.
For years I hung onto the dream of one
day swimming with the dolphins.
Given the fact that I cannot breathe
under water and thus stay submerged for
long periods of time while I flip my nonexistent fins, once I finally had the chance at
this swimming with flipper experience, it
wasn’t quite the gliding underwater with
one hand gripping the dolphin’s dorsal fin
that I had pictured.
But it was magical.
To begin with, I had imagined that dolphins would feel like rubber to the touch.
eir dark, gray skin seems as though it
must be so sturdy, but in reality, dolphins
feel more delicate that human adults.
As part of my swimming with the dolphins experience on Blue Lagoon Island in
the Bahamas, one of the two adult female
dolphins my group swam with passed in
front of us as we floated in a line donning life
jackets and allowed us to gently rub our
hand along first its back and then it’s belly.
Its body was as soft as a baby’s and gave
to slight pressure as a down comforter or
pillow does.
e dolphins were playful. Each time
they accomplished a task their trainer commanded them to, they jumped in the air –
one reaching 25 feet in height – and clicked
and whistled at one another.
Each of the dolphins had a baby that
swam in the same cove as us, though as
these young ones were not fully trained, we
were not permitted to interact with them.
However, they would occasionally almost
tease us by swimming near us and brushing
against us.
On more than one occasion, one of the
babies – either feeling neglected or simply
bored – used its nose to toss a ball at the
trainers who were working with us and our
adult dolphin partners. At one point, the ball
caught a trainer off guard and bounced off
her shoulder.
She laughed. “Not right now, we’re
working,” she said to the baby.
After we became acquainted with our
dolphin friends, we first were able to hug
them. Two at a time we came forward and
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stretched out our arms toward them. Suddenly, they dove down and then popped out
of the water, resting their heads on our
As I wrapped my arms around my dolphin, I was startled by its size as it floated
vertically against me in the water. It’s tail extended below my toes and I reveled for a
moment in the full body hug.
Next, the dolphins retrieved a small fish
from their trainer and brought it to us. We
were meant to hold it up in the air and they
would jump to take it from us.
A bird dove at my husband and
snatched the fish from him, much to his dolphin partner’s dismay.
“Did he let your fish get stolen?” the
trainer said to the dolphin. “Tell him to get it
e dolphin eagerly turned and began
spitting water at Mike and clicking at him.
We then had the chance to dance with
the dolphins.
As we tapped our hands on the water’s
surface, they popped up and allowed as to
grab their fins as they rapidly moved their
tails, bopping back and forth and occasionally doing a full spin.
e dolphins kissed us on the cheek
and “giggled” at us and let us touch their
It was amazing, but nothing was as
thrilling as the grand finale.
Each one of us was sent out into the
middle of the cove where we floated on our
stomach with our arms stretched out in
front of us and our feet behind us, toes
pointing toward the ocean floor.
Suddenly, both dolphins in perfect synchronization each placed their nose on the
bottom of one of my feet and began to push
me forward.
For several yards I traveled this way, the
top half of my body curved up out of the
water as the dolphins carried me away.
I wasn’t quite a mermaid, but I felt like
King Triton in his chariot pulled by dolphins.
It was a feeling unlike anything I’ve ever
had before.
e intelligence and emotion of the dolphins that I experienced in a mere 45 minutes was overwhelming and incredible:
something I hope I have the chance to encounter again.
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HomeGoods opens in Simsbury
By Sloan Brewster
Senior Staff Writer
On a Monday afternoon, one
week following the grand opening
of HomeGoods in Simsbury, people
were piling into the store
e 25,000-square-foot store,
which opened for the first time
bright and early Sunday, March 3,
occupies the building in Simsbury
Commons that, until 2011, held
Borders Books.
According to company
spokesman Phil Tracey, there was a
line of customers around the store
on opening day.
“ere’s a lot of home enthusiasts in the area. e turnout was
wonderful,” Tracey said. “ere’s literally something for everyone.”
e pattern continued Monday, March 11 when many customers wandered the store on the
hunt for treasure.
Many of the shoppers were
new to the store. at was the case
for Barbara Hopkins of West Simsbury, who was loading a couple of
bags into her car after her visit to
the new store. She said she had
never been to a HomeGoods before,
but went there in search of inspira-
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As we entered
passed new legislation as a result of the
“fiscal cliff” negotiations. Although the
outcome was a tax
increase for many
people, Congress John W. Eckel
displayed its sense of humor by naming it
“the American Taxpayer Relief Act of
Good news
HomeGoods has opened in Simsbury Commons.
tion for colors and ideas for redoing
a bathroom in her home. She
bought some towels and a wicker
basket. “I think it’s going to be great
for the area, and I think we needed
it for the area,” she said.
Items for pets are one of
HomeGoods specialties, Tracey
said, who added that many of the
products in the store can be found
in New York boutiques.
Except at HomeGoods, they
are less pricey, he said.
HomeGoods, according to a
press release, offers an exciting,
ever-changing selection of highquality home fashions at prices 20
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percent to 60 percent less than department and specialty store regular prices, every day. HomeGoods
provides consumers with extraordinary values on brand name and
designer merchandise and unique
finds for every room and in countless styles. HomeGoods merchandise offerings include furniture,
rugs, lamps, kitchen and dining,
bedding and bath, kids décor, toys,
pet, storage and much more.
“We literally sell items for
everyone with a house,” Tracey said.
In addition, according to the
press release, HomeGoods will support the Simsbury community by
hiring store management and associates from the local area. e
Simsbury store is expected to fill
approximately 60 full- and parttime positions.
HomeGoods operates more
than 400 stores across the country and is a division of e TJX
Companies, Inc. e TJX Companies, Inc. is the leading off-price
retailer of apparel and home fashions in the U.S. and worldwide.
One of the few good things coming out of the legislation is Congress
made the individual $5.25 million federal
estate tax exemption amount permanent (or as permanent as anything is in
Washington) rather than subjecting it to
a future sunset provision.
e exemption amount is indexed
for future inflation, and a surviving
spouse can also use their deceased
spouse’s unused exemption in addition
to their own exemption. is is sometimes referred to as portability and is a
key reason why marital bypass trusts, also
known as credit shelter trusts, have been
Portability removes the possibility
that a spouse’s estate tax exemption may
not be fully utilized (which would result
in higher estate taxes for the surviving
spouse) and also removes some of the
advantages of a bypass trust.
Individuals with estates under $5.25
million and couples with estates under
$10.5 million will now not be subject to
federal estate taxes.
ose with estates above the exemption amount face a 40 percent tax.
However, families with estates less than
the federal exemption amount may still
be subject to estate taxes in the state of
their residence. Many states do not have
estate taxes, but some, especially in the
Northeast and Midwest, do.
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e state of Connecticut actually
lowered the exemption amount in 2011
from $3.5 million to $2 million with a top
rate of 12 percent. Unfortunately, the
Connecticut estate tax exemption does
not provide for portability of the unused
exemption to the surviving spouse.
Disadvantages of bypass
Bypass trusts have disadvantages
that should be considered when reviewing your estate plan:
- Assets in a bypass trust do not receive a second “step-up in basis” upon
the death of the second spouse, while
the second step-up in basis would be
available outside a bypass trust. is
could result in a higher capital gain tax
for your ultimate heirs.
- Undistributed income in a bypass
trust is subject to trust income tax brackets, making higher taxes a very real possibility, including possibly being subject to
the new 3.8 percent health care tax on
dividends and capital gains.
- Bypass trusts have administrative
Situations where bypass
trusts are advantageous
In spite of these disadvantages, bypass trusts still retain advantages in certain situations:
- Couples who live in a state with
no state estate tax whose estate value is
close to or above $10 million. e investments in the bypass trust from the death
of the first spouse would not be subject
to future estate tax even if their value
grew to more than the $5.25 million exemption.
- Couples who live in a state with a
state estate tax and whose estate value is
in excess of their state’s exemption (e.g.,
$2 million in Connecticut and $1 million
in Massachusetts)
- Where asset protection from
creditors or others is especially important
- A need for control of spendthrifts
- When privacy, avoiding probate
and expediting distribution of the estate
is particularly important.
is may be a good time
to see your estate planning
e net result is that Congress has
changed the rules and these rules are
considered permanent by the standards
of Washington. If you have a bypass trust,
this is a good time to discuss it with your
estate planning attorney to see if it remains the best approach for you.
John W. Eckel, CFP, CFA
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of Pinnacle Investment Management Inc.
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Students put ‘The Master’s Touch’ on gala event
By Abigail Albair
Children from The Master’s
School have put their own touches
on the school’s upcoming gala and
auction event, which will in turn
highlight the impact “The Master’s
Touch” has on the school’s students.
The annual event, which will
be held at The Riverview in Simsbury, is the school’s largest
fundraiser, scheduled for Friday,
March 22 this year.
Event Co-Chair Elissa O’Connor has said that the theme of the
event is “The Master’s Touch” because the school wanted to exemplify how students are touched by
their experience there, but the students have also left their mark on
the gala by creating pieces for the
Approximately 50 3- and 4year-old students in the early childcare program did splatter painting,
each choosing a color to splash
against a large canvas. The highest
bidder will receive the canvas, a
certificate for framing and a
framed picture of their child in
their smock with paint.
Students in the lower grades
and early kindergarten created a
fingerprint bench. Grade five students made a fingerprint piece to
decoupage onto the small, decorative bench. Students selected the
color for their fingerprint and used
markers to turn their prints into
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images of butterflies, turtles, bats
and others.
“We selected Isaiah 64:8 [to
put] on the center of the piece,” explained O’Connor.
The verse reads: “We are the
clay, and you are our potter; we are
all the work of your hand.”
Three Upper School students
created works of art using chairs
that were donated to the senior
class tag sale last October.
Michaela Todd, Hannah Dunn
and Morgan Sharp, all of whom
O’Connor said are “very active in
the arts,” took the chairs home to
transform them into decorated
In addition, a first-grade class
made its own chair artwork with
the Lower School art teacher Sylvia
Students also created special
touches for the gala event in other
Lower School students created watercolor butterflies to adorn
printed stationary cards as guest favors. Six hundred truffles were
handmade by Upper School students, also as favors for the event.
The National Honor Society
offered complimentary in-house
babysitting during the gala for
those in attendance as well.
“This event by far has ‘The
Master’s Touch’ and is seen from
our very youngest students all the
way to the senior class adults,”
O’Connor said. “It’s personalized
and personal in so many ways.”
Brian Meek, headmaster of
The Master’s School, commented,
“Lives are touched and the world is
impacted at The Master’s School.
Delivering a comprehensive Christian education one life at a time intentionally prepares each student
for the world, which awaits them in
all of their fullness. The Master’s
Touch refers directly to transformation that occurs as students are
educated in an environment where
they are well-known and welltaught.”
The evening will include dinner,
a live and silent auction, speakers
and live music and dancing featuring the Valley Swing Shift Orchestra.
Event sponsors are Rockland
Bank Foundation, Ruark Consulting LLC and The Valley Press.
“The generosity and investment of those who have donated to
this event and who are supporting
this event in The Master’s School
will have impact that is lasting and
visible for years to come,” Meek
The Master’s School is a private, co-educational, Christian day
school in West Simsbury, serving
students from a wide geographic
area. Parents, alumni and students
comprise a school community of
over 1,000 people.
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The Avon Senior Center, 635 West Avon
Road, 860-675-4355:
• SNAP presentation Thursday, March 14,
12:30 p.m., with Sherry Suber from End
Hunger CT, sign up
• Cooking with Nicole Wednesday, March 20,
noon, $5, sign up
• Taking Charge Thursday, March 21, 12:30
p.m., providing tips and tools for looking out
for oneself
Senior Citizens Organization of Avon, 635
West Avon Road, Monday, March 18, lunch
at noon, program at 12:30 p.m. with Jay Kaplan of Roaring Brook Nature Center on
Snakes Alive! including live snakes
Breakfast with the Easter Bunny March 23,
beginning at 9 a.m., at Avon Health Center,
652 West Avon Road, register online at
Talcott Mountain Science Center presents
Dr. Henry Lee, forensic scientist, Thursday,
April 4, 7-9 p.m., $8/$10, 860-677-8571
AVFD annual Citizens’ Fire Academy
course Thursdays beginning April 4-May 23,
6:30-9 p.m., to request application, call 860677-2644, application deadline March 21
Congregational Church of Burlington tag
sale Saturday, March 16, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., at
Town Hall
Park and Rec’s Eggstravaganza Saturday,
March 23, 10 a.m., Town Hall auditorium, preregister by March 14 – magic show, refreshments, outdoor egg hunt
Parks & Rec spring programs: Kickbox
Combo Session II, March 25-June 12, 6:307:30 p.m., $66 one class, $100 two classes per
week; Junior Golf Camp Session II, April 3, 10
and 17, 4-6 p.m., register by March 29; Get
Golf Ready Wednesdays, April 3, 10 and 27, 67:45 p.m., register by March 29
Canton calendar
Canton Historical Museum lecture of Feb.
10, “The Roots of John B rown: His Canton
Connection,” cancelled because of the snowstorm rescheduled for Sunday, March 17 at
2 p.m. at the Canton Library/Community
Center, 40 Dyer Ave., Collinsville (rear entrance, lower level)
At Gallery on the Green thru Sunday,
March 17: Members show “Dreams” in the
Main Gallery; Upstairs Gallery: “A Wild and
Scenic River,” waterscapes of Tom Cameron;
Spotlight Gallery: “In the Mind’s Eye,” work of
Diane Wright; gallery hours Fridays-Sundays,
1-5 p.m.
at the library
Avon Public Library
281 Country Club Road, 860-673-9712,
• Thursday Matinee Movies, 1:30 p.m.: March
14, “The Quiet Man” and March 21, “Vertigo”
• Candy Pixel Art Thursday, March 14, 3:15-4:15
p.m., grades 7-12, sign up
• Nutmeg Book Discussion Thursday, March
14, 4-5 p.m., “The Mostly True Adventures of
Homer P. Figg,” grades 4-6
• Teen DrawSomething Friday, March 15, 3-4
p.m., drop in
• St. Patrick’s Day program Friday, March 15, 44:45 p.m., grades K-2, wear green
• Daddy and Me Storytime Saturday, March 16,
10:30-11:30 a.m.
• Bookmates Reading Club Saturday, March 16,
4-5 p.m., grades 1-3, “The Dragon in the Sock
Drawer” by Kate Klimo
• Morning Book Group Wednesday, March 20,
10 a.m.-noon, “Emily Alone” by Stewart O’Nan
Burlington Public Library
1 Library Lane, 860-673-3331,
• TAC meeting Thursday, March 14, 6:30 p.m.
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Canton High School’s “Bye Bye Birdie”
spring musical March 22 and 23 at 7:30 p.m.
and March 24 at 2 p.m., tickets $8/$12 at or at
tickets door to door for $5 for duck race
(May 5) and collecting non-perishable food
items, six prizes; also selling tickets and collecting food at Stop & Shop March 16, 24
and 30
Ukrainian Egg Decorating Workshops presented by Canton Senior/Social Services
Monday, March 18, 1-3 p.m.; Thursday March
28, 3-5 p.m.; Tuesday, April 16, 1:30-3:30 p.m.,
in the multipurpose room of the Canton
Community & Senior Center, registration and
payment due two days prior to each session,
call 860-693-5811
Pysanky (egg decorating) workshop
Tuesday, March 19, 6:30-9:30 p.m., at Our
Lady of Calvary Retreat Center, 31 Colton
St., $25 offering, advance registration at 860677-8519
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Author Amy Bloom to speak about her
writing experiences Thursday, March 14, 7
p.m., in Founder’s Hall at Tunxis Community
College, free, book signing
At the UConn Health Center, 263 Farmington Ave.:
• Free workshop: “Spiritual Conclave: Mind,
Matter and Consciousness” Friday, March 15,
Conference Room EG-013 ([email protected])
• Free talk: “How Your Heart Works When
You Have Heart Disease” Tuesday, March 19,
1:30-3 p.m., HR training room, 16 Munson
Road, register, 860-679-3633
East Farmington Volunteer Fire Department 40th annual Pancake Breakfast Sunday, March 17, 7 a.m.-noon, at the fire station,
94 South Road, tickets available at the door
– all-you-can-eat blueberry, chocolate chip
or regular pancakes, sausage, orange juice and
choice of coffee, tea or milk,
Persona Poems: The Truth Behind the Mask,
a writing workshop with Jim Kelleher Sunday, March 17, 1:30-5 p.m., at the Hill-Stead Museum, 35 Mountain Road, $30/$35, contact
Sarah Wadsworth at 860-677-4787, ext. 134 to
register – study famous persona poems by
Browning, Hughes, Machan, Shakespeare, Yeats;
use workshop writing prompts to build a character and story; create a unique persona poem
Farmington, 1652 Wellness Program, Caring for Body, Mind and Spirit, Session 4,
Embodying Holiness: A Scriptural View of
Body, Mind and Spirit Wednesday, March
20, 7-8:30 p.m., in Porter Memorial Hall, 75
Main St., 860-677-2601, no registration, free
will offering, all welcome.
“Diverse Collections in Retrospect,” a collection of oil paintings, drawings and handcolored photographs of landscapes and still
lifes by Laurie Tavino, thru April 4 in the Wallace Barnes and Barbara Hackman Franklin
Art Gallery at Tunxis Community College
Granby/East Granby
Barn Fun at Maple View Farm, 192 Salmon
Brook St., Saturdays, March 16 and April 13,
3-5 p.m., $15 per child, limited to 10 per session, 860-655-2036 – grooming horses, stall
cleaning, feeding animals and learning about
seasonal activities on the farm
Copper Hill United Methodist Church
corned beef dinner Saturday, March 16, one
seating at 5:30 p.m., 27 Copper Hill Road, East
Granby, $12/$6, menu: corned beef, cabbage,
potato, carrots, rolls and butter, hot and cold
beverages, homemade cakes and ice cream,
call Susan at 860-668-1031 for reservations
Granby Education Foundation’s Gran-Bee
trivia night fundraiser Friday, March 22, 6:30
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At Village Gate, 88 Scott Swamp Road,
R.S.V.P. 860-676-8626:
• Nutrition Tips for Seniors Thursday, March
14, 2 p.m.
• Lucky Leprechaun Card Party Sunday,
March 17, 2 p.m. – set back, bridge, rummy
or any other variety
Simsbury Free Library, 749 Hopmeadow
St., hosting hosting the Connecticut
Women’s Hall of Fame “We Fight for Roses,
Too” exhibit Thursday, March 14, 11 a.m.-5
p.m., with a special event at 3 p.m., a speech
entitled “Powerful Voices: Connecticut
Women Changing Democracy” with Mickey
Farmington Police Department hosting
Women’s Personal Safety Program Thursdays, March 14 and 21, 6-9 p.m. for females
over age 16, to reserve a seat contact Detective Susan DiVenere at 860-675-2462
Meditation for Modern Life Thursday,
March 14, 7:30-8:30 p.m. at Valley Yoga, 730
[email protected], 860-268-7251
Ducks for Crew – Food for the Pantry,
Farmington High School crew team canvassing the town Saturday, March 16 selling raffle
Senior Center at Eno Memorial Hall, 860658-3273:
• Introduction to Meditation Thursday,
• Musical Movies Friday, March 15, 1 p.m.,
• Play Wii on the big screen Tuesday, March 19,
4:30 p.m., grades 2 and up, register
• Spring Story Times, ages 2-3 with caregivers,
Wednesdays, March 20-May 15, 10:30 a.m.,
• Lego Lit Story Time Thursdays, March 21May 16, 1 p.m., for 4-6 year olds, register
• Cuddles & Smiles Baby Group Thursdays,
March 21-May 15, 10:30 a.m., register
• Rhythm & Rhyme Story Time Mondays,
March 18-May 13, 10:30 a.m., ages 9 months35 months with caregivers, register
• T(w)een Craft Group Thursday, March 21, 6
p.m., decoupaged flower pots, register
Canton Public Library
40 Dyer Ave., 860-693-5800,
• Pajama Story Time: “Get Dressed” Thursday,
March 14, 6:30-7:30 p.m., ages 3 and up, register
• Winter Music Series, Kaleidos, the duo of Yovianna Garcia on guitar and vocals and Sayun
Chang on percussion and vocals Sunday,
March 17, 2 p.m., registration requested
• Movies on the Big Screen Wednesday, March
20, 2 p.m., “Wreck-It Ralph,” ages 6 and up, free
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Farmington Library
6 Monteith Drive, 860-673-6791,
• Afternoon at the Bijou Thursdays, 2-4 p.m.:
March 14, “Action in the North Atlantic”
(World War II – 1943); March 21, “Father Is a
• Investment Group with Hal Brent Saturday,
March 16, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m., register
• Director’s College event: author talk and
book signing with former U.S. Congressman
Bob Steele, author of “The Curse: Big-Time
Gambling’s Seduction of a Small New England
Town,” Wednesday, March 20, 10:30-11:30 a.m.,
• Bound by Distance: Italian Migration Across
Time Wednesday, March 20, 7:30-9 p.m., by
Joshua King, Ph.D., student at Trinity College,
• Free workshop, Creativity in the Community,
Thursday, March 21, 9 a.m., presented by Marilyn Price, educator, author, puppeteer, storyteller, learning opportunity for librarians
Granby Library
15 North Granby Road, 860-844-5275
• 2 programs at Cossitt Library, 388 North
Granby Road, 860-653-8958, Sunday, March 17:
From Stuttgart to Springfield: The German Immigrant at 1:30 p.m. and A Mason’s Toolchest
check it out
March 14, 1-2 p.m., free
• Friday Lunch Café March 15, 11:30 a.m.-1
p.m., minestrone soup, seafood salad or
chicken salad sandwich, $2 per sandwich, $2
per soup, call in order
• Massages Wednesday, March 20, appts.
starting at 10 a.m., sign up
• Lunch at Eno Wednesday, March 20, noon,
pineapple glazed ham, reservations by noon
on Friday the week before
• Wii bowling Thursday, March 21, 10 a.m.,
with members of Bloomfield Senior Center,
free, sign up
• Bereavement Support Group Thursday,
March 21, 2:30-4 p.m., call to register
• Cribbage every Tuesday, 1-3 p.m., drop in
Mah Jong Thursdays, 10 a.m.-noon, drop in
• Duplicate bridge Fridays, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., $2
per week/per player, register at 860-6519663
Simsbury Lions Club and Knights of Columbus Pancake Breakfast Sunday, March 17,
7:30-11 a.m. at St. Mary’s Parish Center, 946
Hopmeadow St., adults $6, children under 3
$3, family of 4 $15
Simsbury Community Band March concert, “Let Me Tell You a Story,” Sunday, March
17, 3 p.m., at Covenant Presbyterian Church,
124 Old Farms Road, free – music of John
Williams, Rodgers and Hammerstein, The
Beatles and more
Simsbury Garden Club meeting and program, “Naturescape Your Yard,” Monday,
March 18, 11:30 a.m., at the Apple Barn, 60
Old Farms Road, speaker: Karen Bussolini,
garden photographer, speaker, writer, NOFAaccredited organic land care professional and
eco-friendly garden coach
Senior Wisdom Series at the Village at
McLean Monday, March 18, 1-2:30 p.m., in
Burkholder Community Center, 100 Sarah
Lane, R.S.V.P. to 860-658-3906, Financial Planning When You Are Retired
Mondays with the Rabbi weekly discussion
based on Jewish texts March 18, 1:30-2:30
p.m., at the Farmington Valley Jewish Congregation, 55 Bushy Hill Road
Caregiver lecture presented by The Atwater
at McLean, 75 Great Pond Road, Wednesday,
March 20, 5 p.m., “How to Engage Your Loved
One with Dementia in Important Conversations” presented by Sheri Morris, LCSW, care
Simsbury Land Trust’s “Green Scenes”
Documentary Film and Discussion Series
Thursday, March 21, 6:30 p.m. at the Simsbury Farms Apple Barn, “Queen of the Sun”
about the disappearance of bees and the
mysterious world of the beehive, admission
$5/$10, call 860-651-8773 to register
on stonework at 3 p.m.
Simsbury Library
725 Hopmeadow St., 860-658-7663,
• Adult Book Discussion Group Thursday,
March 14, 7-8:30 p.m., “The Earth” by Emile Zola
• Free ACT/SAT Combo Practice Test Saturday,
March 16, 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m., pre-register
• Business programs, pre-register: Microsoft
Excel for Business-New Excel Data Table Feature
March 18, 6:30-8 p.m.; Facebook for BusinessGetting Started March 19, 6-8 p.m.; Investor’s
Program: Using Investor’s Business Daily to
Maximize Your Profits Tuesday, 19, 7-8:30 p.m.
• Free Business Assistance & Mentoring with a
SCORE counselor Thursday, March 21, 10 a.m.2 p.m., Barnes Room, registration required
• Preventing and Reacting to a Home Invasion
Thursday, March 21, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Children’s/teen programs
• Crafty Kids: St. Patrick’s Day Thursday, March
14, 1:30 p.m., ages 3 and up, register
• Make Green Pretzels Thursday, March 14, 45:15 p.m., grades 3-6, register
• Lego Mania Saturday, March 16, 10 a.m.-2
p.m., ages 5 and up, drop in
• Mittens Visits the Library Saturday, March 16,
10:30 a.m., ages 3 and up, drop in
At Bridge Street Live, 41 Bridge St.,
Collinsville, 860-693-9763: March 14, 9
p.m., Charlie Musselwhite; March 15, 9
p.m., John Mulroony & Chris Roach,
comedy; March 16, 9 p.m., Mike
Doughty.; March 21, 9 p.m., Johnny A.
At e Mark Twain House & Museum,
351 Farmington Ave., Hartford, 860-2470998,
• “e Guilded Age of Hartford” opening
Friday, March 15 – explores major cultural,
social and economic trends of the era and
Hartford’s role in those trends
• “Celtic Echoes: Myths & Stories from Ancient Ireland” Sunday, March 17, 2 p.m.,
• “Henry Ward Beecher: Seizing Liberty,” free
conversation and book signing Wednesday,
March 20, 7-8:30 p.m., with Debby Applegate,
author of “e Most Famous Man in America: e Biography of Henry Ward Beecher”
Farmington Valley Stage Company’s
“e Price” by Arthur Miller Fridays and
Saturdays, March 15 and 16 at 8 p.m. at
4 Market St., Collinsville, tickets $25/$22
at, cast includes Eric Litsky
of Simsbury and Ginny Wolf of Avon
At Hartt School, 200 Bloomfield Ave.,
West Hartford: Evening with Guitar
ursday, March 14, 8 p.m., Berkman
Recital Hall; “On the Twentieth Century”
musical comedy March 14-16, 7:30 p.m.,
and Sunday, March 17, 3 p.m., Millard
Auditorium; Faculty Recital Series featuring Robert Black, double bass Sunday,
March 17, 2 p.m., Berkman Recital Hall;
Chamber Choir Concert Sunday, March 17, 3
p.m., St. Patrick-St. Anthony Church, 285 Church
St., Hartford; Foot in the Door Wednesday, March 20, 7:30 p.m., Lincoln eater
At Infinity Hall, Rte. 44, Norfolk, toll free
1-866-666-6306: March 14, 8 p.m., Jefferson Starship; March 15, 8 p.m., New Riders of the Purple Sage; March 16, 8 p.m.,
Kenny Vance and the Planotones; March
17, 7:30 p.m., Shemekia Copeland; March
20, 7 p.m., Open Mic Night; March 21, 8
p.m., Paul orn and Band
At Maple Tree Tavern, 781 Hopmeadow St., Simsbury, 860-651-1297, 8:30
p.m.: March 15, Eight to the Bar; March 16,
e McLovins (ages 18 and older only)
Singer-fiddler-songwriter Joyce Andersen at Roaring Brook Nature Center,
70 Gracey Road, Canton, Saturday,
March 16, 7:30 p.m., $18/$20
e Pipes and Drums of the Black
Watch at the Warner eatre, 68 Main
St., Torrington, Saturday, March 16, 8
p.m., call 860-489-7180 for tickets
Mick & e Kippster at the Sounding
Board Coffeehouse Saturday, March 16, 8
p.m., at the Universalist Church of West
Hartford, 433 Fern St., West Hartford, [email protected] or 860-635-7685
Artist reception for Mary CottleSmeallie of West Hartford and her master’s exhibit of recent paintings Sunday,
March 17, 1-4 p.m., at the Stanley-Whitman House, 37 High St., Farmington, running thru the month of March
“Play It Again, Sam” at Playhouse on Park,
244 Park Road, West Hartford, thru Sunday,
March 24, tickets $22.50-$32.50,,
That’s entertainment!
Farmington snatches victory
from Avon in triple OT thriller
By David Heuschkel
Sports Editor
After his team went 9-11
in the regular season, Farmington basketball coach Duane
Witter told his players they
didn’t deserve to play a home
game in the Class L state tournament, but playing its firstround game in the next town
over was the next best thing.
“e bus ride was nice,”
Witter said.
Compared to the 3 and a
half-mile trip to Avon, the
game was a marathon. e
third matchup between the
Falcons and Indians this season was historic. According to
Witter, it was the first time the
teams met in the state tournament. e participants made it
one to remember.
Farmington emerged victorious in triple overtime, 5756 on March 5 at a packed
gymnasium at Avon High.
“Speechless,” said Farmington junior Colin Cheesman,
who scored a game-high 22
Avon coach Chris Vozzolo used the same word in
his post-game comments. Six
nights earlier, his team beat
Enfield in triple overtime in
the NCCC tournament semifinals. e following night,
the Falcons cruised to a 36point victory over Granby in
the championship.
“We had a roller coaster
week,” Vozzolo said. “I’m very
proud of our guys. I thought
we did a lot of good things
during that week. I’m proud
of what they did in the conference tournament. I’m
proud of the way we came
back and we started a new
season. Knowing we had to
Colin Cheesman, right, celebrates with teammate Vasil Borisevich after
go into Class L, we practiced
the final horn sounded in Farmington’s 57-56 win in triple overtime
hard for three straight days.”
against Avon in the first round of the Class L state tournament on
Witter said the atmosMarch 5.
Photo by David Heuschkel
phere made it feel like a state
tournament semifinal. e
prises in this game. Just a lot of biggest play in the closing secteams played twice in the regu- kids making great plays on onds, grabbing an offensive
lar season and split.
both sides,” Witter said.
“ere really were no surCheesman made the
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Boys hockey: Simsbury wins tournament opener
By David Heuschkel
Sports Editor
Simsbury’s top line of
Ryan Carpenter, Connor Rice
and David Olechna accounted
for the majority of goals scored
by the Trojans this season.
Once again, that was the case
in a 3-0 win over Notre Dame
of Fairfield in the first round of
the Division I state tournament
at the International Skating
Center last week.
Carpenter scored the first
goal and Rice got the second
one. But the third goal, which
shifted the momentum back in
Simsbury’s favor, was scored by
a player who is usually more focused on shutting down the
opposing team’s top line.
ere was a scrum in front
of the Notre Dame net when
junior Nolan ompson
knocked a loose puck past
goalie Stone Denbok just 32
seconds into the third period,
giving the Trojans and goalie
John Ryan a three-goal cushion.
“I was really happy for
Nolan ompson,” Simsbury
coach Tom Cross said. “He’s
played really well all season but
hasn’t scored. at was his first
goal. What a time to get it.”
ompson’s goal and
Ryan’s goaltending (32 saves)
helped Simsbury win its first
state tournament game in five
years. But the Trojans would
not advance past the quarterfinals, losing 6-1 to Notre Dame
of West Haven on March 9 at
Yale’s Ingalls Rinks.
As a sophomore last season, ompson scored a handful of goals but said he’s been
“pretty much snake-bitten” this
year. Skating on the third line,
By Scott Gray
It is official. Hopefully, this
ends our chronicling of the death
of the old Big East.
On ursday, Mike Aresco,
who is not likely to retain the office
of commissioner of the Big East, announced that an agreement had
been worked out with the league's seven non-football
playing Catholic schools to break away from the existing conference on July 1. ose seven schools will
then add Creighton and Butler and begin play next
season as, at least, a nine institution league. ere are
talks reportedly ongoing with Dayton that could make
it a 10-team league in the fall, with its greatest focus
on basketball. e new league already has a lucrative
basketball television contract with the new FS1 cable
sports arm of the FOX network.
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league will keep the name Big East and the rights to
Madison Square Garden for its annual basketball tournament. In return, the remnants of the old Big East will
keep the majority of a $110 million television revenue
pool, the departing Catholic schools taking about $10
million, $100 million to be divided up by the holdover
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Florida. Navy had been committed to join the Big East
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of the sizzle of a league that features programs that
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Farmington girls
headed to Mohegan
By Gregory A. Scibelli
A balanced attack was more
effective than one large contribution as the Farmington High School
girls basketball team defeated
RHAM, 62-51, in the semifinals of
the Class L state tournament Saturday night at Bulkeley High School
in Hartford.
Farmington had four players
score in double figures. Jamie Bartucca and Bridget Kelly each had 11
points. Courtney Hofer and Sophie
Borg scored 10 apiece. Sarah
Veilleux led RHAM with 27 points.
e Indians, the No. 10 seed in
the tournament, play top seed and
defending L champion Bacon Academy in the final at Mohegan Sun
Arena this weekend. (e time and
day were not announced as of press
time.) It is Farmington’s first appearance in a final since losing to
Bulkeley in 2006.
Farmington coach Russ Crist
said they were aware of what
RHAM brought to the table and
were ready.
“We were excited to play
RHAM,” said Crist. “We knew they
had one of the best players in the
state. Sarah showed that tonight.”
Farmington did a good job
containing Veilleux, holding her to
eight points the first three quarters.
She scored 19 in the fourth, but the
Indians were able to hang on and
sealed the win at the free throw line
in the closing minutes.
Farmington led 43-25 after
three quarters before RHAM began
to make a push at a comeback. But
first, Cally Lombardi would sink a
three-pointer to start the fourth for
Farmington. Cameron Rishell
would match that trey for RHAM.
Veilleux would then score a threepoint play after being fouled on a
Rishell would score another
three and Veilleux made two free
throws to close the gap to 46-39
with 4:34 remaining in the game. Finally, Alyssa Hansen would make a
layup to cut the deficit to five
A three-pointer by freshman
Cheray Saunders pushed Farmington’s lead to 49-41. Later, Kelly
made a layup and was fouled. She
made the free throw.
“I emphasized to them that we
needed to keep playing,” said Crist.
“We had to finish the game.”
With their hopes fleeting,
RHAM resorted to sending Farm-
Driving to the basket for a layup, Bridget Kelly and the Farmington girls basketball team have their eyes on a
state championship after beating RHAM in the Class L semifinals, 61-52, on March 9. The No. 10 seed Indians play
top seed Bacon Academy, the defending L champion, on either March 15 or 16 at Mohegan Sun Arena.
Photo by Gregory A. Scibelli
ington to the line in the final two
minutes. Bartucca helped out
Farmington with four made free
throws. Borg and Brittany Belisle
also contributed free throws during
the final two minutes and Farmington kept their nine-point lead to the
“I was really proud of how they
responded to Sarah and how they
finished this game,” said Crist. “We
scored the free throws when we
needed them.”
Kelly said the team knew they
could defeat RHAM and the early
lead helped. Farmington lost to
RHAM by a point in the season
“We have played them before
and we knew we needed to get up
in the game early,” Kelly said.
Farmington got some clutch
shooting from the outside with five
three-pointers in the game. Two of
them came from Lombardi off the
bench in the second half.
Crist said the team’s depth really helped against a team like
RHAM and being able to rotate
eight different players helped keep
everyone in the lineup fresh.
Farmington led 8-1 nearing the
end of the first quarter and RHAM
came back within two. Farmington
would play better in the second
quarter and led 33-15 at halftime.
Boys basketball: Upsetting ending for Simsbury
By David Heuschkel
Sports Editor
ere wasn’t much that Greg
Stillman could say to his team following its first-round exit in the
Class LL state tournament last
ere weren’t any words the
Simsbury boys basketball coach
could use to ease the pain following
a heartbreaking loss to Cheshire,
59-58, that abruptly ended a great
season on March 4.
“It wasn’t like I was planning to
have that speech,” Stillman said. “I
basically said I was proud of them.
We’ll have a banquet to celebrate
the success of the season. At that
point, they’re not hearing much of
what I’m saying. ey just hear that
I was proud of them. at’s all they
need to hear tonight.”
Simsbury, the No. 7 seed in the
29-team tournament, wasn’t able to
close out No. 26 Cheshire the same
way the Trojans closed out victories over New Britain, Northwest,
Southington and Farmington, the
last two weeks of the regular season
to win the CCC West championship.
Cheshire wasn’t able to stop
Simsbury’s E.J. Crawford, who had
34 points, until the closing seconds
when the Rams bottled him up on
the perimeter, forcing him to take a
three-point shot with the clock
winding down.
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Pat Abrahamsen, who was
fouled going for the rebound, failed
to convert the front end of a 1-and1 at the line with less than a second
remaining. As the ball bounced
high off the rim and the horn
sounded, Abrahamson dropped to
the floor as the Cheshire players
Moments earlier, Abrahamson
had fallen to the floor in pain after
hurting his left knee under the
Cheshire basket with 1:24 left. After
a few minutes, he rose to his feet,
limped to the bench and took a
seat, but not for long.
“He came off and said, ‘One
play and I’m going back in, coach,’”
Stillman said. “He’s a warrior. He’s
the heart and soul of our team. I
don’t think anybody wanted to end
that game with Pat sitting on the
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eight points after Crawford fed
Karon Beckford for a basket as he
was fouled. Beckford, one of six
seniors, made the free throw to
make it 36-38 with 5:58 left in the
third quarter.
Cheshire roared back, though,
as junior guard Collin Jordan used
his quickness to spark the Rams,
who outscored Simsbury 21-8 the
rest of the quarter. Jordan scored
eight points and upped the tempo.
He dribbled through defenders and
around them. He went around the
back and penetrated the lane.
“We’ve had to come back from
a lot of deficits this year and we’re
able to play at a pretty quick speed,”
Cheshire coach Dan Lee said. “We
get up and down the floor pretty
“Collin Jordan kind of raised
his game to another level. For that
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Alojuwon and the other schools do
nothing to excite college basketball
fans nationally. From a football perspective, the new league will proceed
without Syracuse, Louisville, Rutgers,
Pittsburgh and West Virginia, whose
departure had already relegated the
league to also-ran status with the Bowl
Championship Series, forced back into
a pool with four other leagues competing to get one team into one BCS
bowl game.
It didn't take long for the old Big
East to become recognized as the nation's top basketball conference, but
that league was made up of recognized
power teams whose only reason for
giving up their independent status was
an edict from the NCAA that future
NCAA tournament eligibility would re-
third quarter, it seemed like
he was dominating,” Stillman said. “en we made
some adjustments. E.J. actually stepped up and said he’ll
take him in the fourth quarter. at slowed him down a
little bit. E.J. kind of took
over himself.”
Crawford scored Simsbury’s last 22 points. He had
14 in the fourth quarter,
helping the Trojans erase an
early five-point deficit. ere
were six lead changes in the
final 6:03.
“All year we’ve been in Simsbury sophomore E.J. Crawford was the
these tight games and the focal point of the Trojans’ offense, espefourth quarter is kind of cially in the second half when he scored 22
when we start pulling away of his game-high 34 points in a 59-58 loss
and make a couple baskets, to Cheshire in the Class LL first round last
make a couple stops and week.
Photo by David Heuschkel
then hit our free throws at
the end,” Stillman said. “We were Cheshire didn’t go away. We couldsetting up for that again today. n’t get that key stop.”
quire league membership. At the time
the league was formed, Georgetown,
Syracuse, St. John's, Villanova and Providence were at the top of their basketball games. UConn was the weak sister.
UConn's new league comes with
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Boys basketball: Crawford takes charge
By David Heuschkel
Sports Editor
Unable to stop E.J. Crawford
the entire game, Cheshire coach
Dan Lee was not going to let the
Simsbury sophomore beat his team
in the closing seconds of a Class LL
tournament first-round game last
“It’s the ultimate compliment
to him that we had to try so many
things,” Lee said. “As a player, it’s
tough to have all those things
thrown at you. But I guess it’s a
compliment to try a lot of different
things. To his credit he defeated it.”
Lee asked Andrew Yamin, a 5foot-10-inch guard, to stick with
Crawford (6-feet-4-inches) and give
him little space to move. When that
didn’t work, Lee put a bigger player
on Crawford, but 6-foot-2-inch forward Erik Pettit didn’t fare any better. It didn’t matter what defense
the Rams deployed to stop Crawford.
“I’m sure he was close to 20.
How may did he have tonight?” Lee
Crawford scored 22 points –
just in the second half – and finished with 34. He had 14 in the
fourth quarter and scored the last
22 points by Simsbury.
Crawford made outside
jumpers and scored on drives to the
basket. He hit pull-ups in the paint
and floaters in the lane. He grabbed
his own miss and scored on a putback. He was perfect from the line,
going 10-for-10.
“He was feeling it and we felt
he had good matchups and was
able to get to the hole,” Simsbury
coach Greg Stillman said. “We were
just riding the hot hand at that
When Simsbury called a timeout with 19.3 seconds left and down
by one, Stillman wanted the ball in
Crawford’s hands. When Crawford
wasn’t able to drive to the basket
with the clock winding down, Stillman called another timeout with 9
seconds left and drew up a play to
get Crawford a shot.
Crawford launched a threepointer just to the left of the key.
e shot clanged off the rim and
Simsbury wound up losing 59-58 in
the first-round of the Class LL state
“No, it was good D [by
Cheshire],” Stillman said. “We were
trying to get E.J. the ball and get him
going to the hole. ey were double
teaming him and he wasn’t able to
turn the corner and get into the
lane like he wanted to. He felt the
clock running down and just shot
the three.”
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his primary focus was to keep the puck out of the net.
“Coach usually threw me out against their top
line to play good defense,” ompson said.
Carpenter gave Simsbury a 1-0 lead when he slid
a rebound past Denbok (26 saves) with 2:24 left in the
first period. Curt Eustis assisted on the goal. Seconds
later, Notre Dame nearly tied it when a shot by Christian Lacroix clanked off the post. Less than two minutes into the second period, Carpenter set up Rice on
a 2-on-1 to give the Trojans a 2-0 lead.
Midway through the second with Simsbury on
the power player, Ryan stopped Jonathan Suporn on
a breakaway. After the penalty expired, the Lancers
continued to pressure but couldn’t score.
“If they score one, the momentum swings their
way,” Ryan said. “We score one and the momentum
goes our way.”
Notre Dame pulled its goalie with 2:30 left, but
the Lancers weren’t able to get one past Ryan.
“John Ryan played really, really well,” Cross said.
“ere’s an old saying, all he needs to do is make the
saves he’s supposed to and make three or four he has Even though Simsbury goalie John Ryan stopped the puck from going in the net, teammates
no business making. I thought that’s what he did P.J. Sullivan (20) and Jeff Lowndes (21) had his back during the second period of a state tournament game against Notre Dame of Fairfield last week.
Photo by David Heuschkel
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rebound and scoring as he was
fouled to tie it with 2.3 seconds on
the clock. He proceeded to make
the biggest shot, sinking the free
Avon junior Patrick McKearney scored a team-high 18 points,
driving to the basket three times in
the opening minutes of the third
quarter to tie it at 34. e score was
tied seven times in the second half.
Avon junior Sean Hermann
had 15 points and senior Brandon
Feinberg added 12. Feinberg’s last
field goal gave the Falcons a 51-47
lead with 3:50 left in the fourth
quarter. e Indians tied it on baskets by Cheeesman and Richie
Freckleton, who made a scoop shot
on the baseline with 1:20 left. Avon
had a chance to win it, but Ryan
Marioni’s shot in the lane bounced
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off the rim.
Neither team scored in the Farmington senior Vasil Borisevich
first two overtimes. Both had missed a long jumper and
chances to take the lead in the clos- Cheesman swooped in for the rebound
ing seconds
scored the winbut couldn’t
ning points.
Farmington’s season ended
third overtime, March 9 with a 67-62 loss to RHAM i m m e d i a t e ly
M c K e a r n e y in the second round of the Class L turned
scored in the boys basketball tournament.
Farmington led 36-28 at half- court as Mariopening seconds and made time, but RHAM erased the deficit oni’s half-court
free by outscoring the Indians 24-13 in heave went off
throws to give the third quarter. Colin Cheesman the backboard
the Falcons a led Farmington with 25 points. e as time expired.
Fa r m i n g t o n
55-51 lead with Indians finished 10-12 overall.
players cele2:12 left. He
also drew the fifth foul on Obi brated and its fans rushed onto the
Momah (13 points), forcing the court.
“I’m proud of the way we came
Farmington junior to watch the
out in the second half, started
final 2:53 from the bench.
Cheesman stepped up, scoring doing what we needed to do to put
six points in the final 1:37. He made ourselves in position to win that
a free throw with 1:37 left and hit a game. Unfortunately, Farmington
short baseline jumper, making it came up on top,” Vozzolo said.
55-54 with 30 seconds left. With 11 “ere were a couple plays that
seconds on the clock, Feinberg could have gone either way, and the
made the second of two free last one ended up going their way.”
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Boys basketball:
Cheesy does it
By David Heuschkel
Sports Editor
AVON – Farmington basketball coach Duane Witter wasn’t brimming with confidence as
Colin Cheesman stepped to the
line with a first-round state tournament game against Avon on
the line.
It didn’t matter to Witter
that Cheesman is a 75 percent
free-throw shooter who wears a
poker face 100 percent of the
time. Nor did it matter that
Cheesman is the picture of calm,
never showing emotion and always exhibiting a cool demeanor
regardless of the circumstance
or environment. Or that the 6foot-1-inch junior forward has a
history of putting the ball in the
net in the big game against Avon,
doing so twice last fall to lead the
Indians over the Falcons in a
state championship soccer
With 2.3 seconds remaining
in the third overtime period,
Witter didn’t assume Cheesman
would knock down the free
throw that would sink Avon.
“No, because he was exhausted,” Witter said. “I mean,
anybody can miss a free throw
after playing that many minutes.”
Farmington guard Vasil
Borisevich, another soccer
player, was slightly more confident than his coach. Just to be
certain, though, the senior captain had a request for his teammate.
“I came up to him and said,
‘Can you make the shot for me?’”
Borisevich said. “He nodded and
said ‘Yes.’ And then he made the
Seconds earlier, after Borisevich missed a jumper,
Cheesman grabbed the rebound
and scored the tying basket as he
was fouled. He then made the
free throw, giving the Indians a
57-56 win over Avon.
Cheesman led the Indians
with 22 points, his highest total
of the season and more than
double his average (9.7 ppg). He
scored all of his team’s six points
in the third OT, including a baseline jumper with 30 seconds left.
“You always try to give it
your all. But with a rivalry you always want to give it your all, especially in the playoffs,”
Cheesman said.
In his last five games, including the win over Avon,
Cheesman averaged 18.2 points.
“e kid plays his heart out.
He plays every second as hard as
he can. at’s why some times I
got to get him a little rest in the
game,” Witter said. “I don’t like
taking him out of a game, but he
plays so hard he’s got to rest once
in a while.”
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Simsbury goalie John Ryan
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Nickname: J.R.
e key to success: “My team.”
Other sports: Lacrosse, badminton
Favorite pizza topping: Bacon
Favorite pro team: Boston Bruins
Last book read: “Hamlet” by William Shakespeare
Best hockey movie: “Miracle”
Dream vacation: African safari
Dream job: NHL player
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The Granby Memorial cheerleading squad finished second in the NCCC Cheerleading Championships on March
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Farmington senior guard Jamie
Bartucca scored 11 points to help
the Indians beat RHAM 61-52 in a
Class L semifinal March 9.
Boys basketball: Granby to the semis
By David Heuschkel
Sports Editor
It was the final time the six
seniors on Granby played a high
school basketball game in the high
school’s gymnasium. So it was fitting that one of them, Jacob
Yankauskas, stepped to the free
throw line in the closing seconds
and made two free throws, putting
the finishing touch on a 58-45 win
over Old Saybrook that sent the
Bears to the Class S semifinals.
According to Granby coach
Wally Hansen, it is the first time in
school history that a basketball
team – boys or girls – has made it
that far in the state tournament.
So no, he wasn’t planning to shave
his week-old beard until the season was over.
“My wife and my brother-inlaw, they love hockey,” Hansen
said, explaining the hair on his
face, best known as a “playoff
beard” and grown by hockey players during their postseason.
It had the feel of a hockey
game, as both teams engaged in a
low-scoring defensive battle in the
first half. Midway through the second quarter, there was some afterthe-whistle jawing when one
player shoved another. No technical fouls were called.
Sophomore Tanner Gibson
led the Bears with 15 points. Seniors Mike Noyes and Brett Buser
each had 14. Granby was 17 of 23
from the free throw line, Old Saybrook 10 of 18.
“You got to play like it’s the
last game you’ll ever play in your
life,” Buser said.
In the second round of the
tournament, Buser had the game
of his life in a 77-72 win over No.
East Hampton. He scored a careerhigh 38 points, eclipsing his previous mark of 37 against Ellington in
“My shots were falling. I was
driving to the basket. Everything
was going in for me,” Buser said. “It
was just a good day.”
Old Saybrook advanced to the
quarterfinals by beating two
higher-seeded teams – No. 6
Coventry and No. 11 Westbrook –
in close games. And with a trip to
the semifinals at stake, facing No.
27 was a potential “trap game” for
No. 3 Granby.
“It was a concern and we
talked about it,” Hansen said. “But
we’re the home team and this is
the quarterfinals of the state tournament. Really, the opponent
doesn’t matter. We focused on the
game, doing what we do. We
played with emotion, intensity.
We’re playing hard. I think we
guarded well tonight.”
Both teams played tight de-
fense in the first half. Granby led
19-15 at the break, but Old Saybrook tied it at 22 early in the third
quarter. e Bears answered with
a 9-2 spurt, triggered Gibson by
making consecutive baskets.
Early in the fourth quarter,
Granby took its first double-digit
lead when David Eke grabbed an
offensive rebound and scored as he
was fouled. He sunk the free throw
to make it 42-30.
Old Saybrook cut the deficit
to seven with 5:00 left, but Granby
answered. Noyes made a behindthe-back pass to Buser on a 2-on-1
to make it 44-35. After a threepoint play by Old Saybrook, the
Bears pushed the lead back to double digits.
Gibson scored on a feed from
Buser. On Old Saybrook’s ensuring
possession, Noyes stole the ball
and Gibson made two free throws,
pushing the lead to 48-38 with 2:45
left. Granby made 10 of 14 free
throws down the stretch to secure
the win.
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their experience during that
summer’s difficult weather conditions. A three-month-long
drought was parching their
flowers and vegetables, while
giving weeds the chance to
wreak havoc on the 13-acre
ey spoke of the flowers
and vegetables that were surviving the lack of rain, those that
were thriving and those that
were doing poorly. “Asters are
drying up on the field looking at
me,” Carleton Dewey said.
ey also boasted about
their recipe for old-fashioned relish, which a customer stopped
by to purchase and which was a
draw for many of his customers.
“He’s got a big steel safe for
the recipes,” the customer, who
did not give his name, quipped.
Now the old house where
the Deweys sat selling flowers,
veggies and secret recipes is vacant and the town is considering
how to utilize it and the property once the cleanup is done.
At the March 11 selectmen
meeting, resident Joan Coe
brought up the farm again, stating that barrels containing toxic
chemicals were found on the
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revenue losses that may occur,”
Farmington Finance Director Joe
Swetcky said.
For residential taxpayers,
there will not be a shift in tax burden as normally occurs when
there is a revaluation, he said.
“It also means that any property whose value declined by 7.8
percent or greater will actually experience a tax decrease based on
The rendering of the southeast view of the possible highway garage that is part of the preliminary plans for locating the highway garage at 325 Commerce Drive. Preliminary plans were developed to indicate the feasibility of the site. According to Chief Administrative Officer Robert Skinner, the final
plans will vary based on a number of considerations, including citizen comments, land use regulatory process and the design/build competitive selecCourtesy image
tion process.
competitive selection process.”
e purchase and sale agreement is only the first step in the
process, Skinner said. Selectmen
must approve the actual purchase,
then it must go to the Board of Fi-
nance and, ultimately, voters must
agree when the proposal goes to a
townwide referendum.
Since the February 2010 Town
Meeting when residents said no to a
referendum question that the town
buy the nine-acre lot on Cherry
Brook Road for $900,000, officials
have been looking for properties
on which to locate a new garage.
From poor working conditions, tight quarters and improper
lighting to a lack of space to park
expensive equipment and leaving
trucks outside exposed to the elements 24 hours a day, officials
have long argued the need for a
new garage.
Among other details, the preliminary plans indicate the new
garage would have an approximately 11,000-square-foot vehicle
and equipment storage area with
14 bays.
the current budget. In general,
about 60 percent of residential
property owners would have a tax
decrease and the majority of commercial property owners would
have a tax increase.”
e decline was not unexpected, as it had been talked about
in past Town Council meetings
since the town undertook the
revaluation last year.
“We expected to see a decline
in the grand list, however, we were
pleasantly surprised that it was
not as large a decline as we had
originally projected,” Swetcky said.
“Property values, especially commercial property values, in Farmington held up pretty well over the
past five years.”
As stated in a press release
from the town, Town Council
Chairman Jeff Hogan was pleased
that the commercial tax base remained strong and had less of a
decrease in comparison to the res-
idential property.
“In light of the uncertainty of
revaluation, the Town Council directed the town manager to limit
the spending increase in next
year’s budget with the interest of
reducing the tax impact on Farmington property owners,” Hogan
said in the release.
e top 10 taxpayers remained the same from the previous year including Westfarms Mall
Associates, which continues to be
the largest taxpayer with an assessed property value of $122.8
e total Westfarms complex
includes Westfarms Mall Associates, other anchor stores and
smaller stores that have an assessed value of $170.7 million, representing 4.91 percent of the grand
list. e second highest taxpayer is
United Technologies and the third
is Dunn-Sager Affiliates followed
by CL&P.
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be and that, while he is not opposed, he does have some concerns.
“My biggest concern is the potential of lights in the future,” he
He asked that the neighbors
be brought into the discussion
when that happens.
Ann Bonini rose and pointed
out that most of the sports would
be over before dark or by early
“So, I don’t know if lights are a
huge issue,” she said.
e track and field project
will also include an expanded and
redesigned parking lot with 26 additional parking spaces.
“It’s much more efficient,”
Daly said. “It really just became a
reconfiguration and more efficient
e approval was contingent
upon certain conditions, including
that local emergency services be
included in planning the emergency entrance.
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teen librarian that Library Director Robert Simon has requested
for several years.
“I’m been trying to make this
librarian work for years,” Roberto
said. “I can’t see any more coming
from CIP, the operational. We
shaked it down as much as we can
shake it.”
Humphrey thought it would
be best to hold back on buying a
new dispatch communications
console for the police department,
which Skinner, in his proposal, had
opted not to fund.
Police asked for $145,000 for
the console, which has not been
upgraded since 2001, but still
works, Skinner wrote in the draft
Humphrey said that since the
console works, the board could
hold off on funding the new one
and use money from savings if it
breaks down.
“Fund balance exists for
emergencies,” he said.
Skinner thought it would be
better to ax a new generator and
put it in next year.
“Even if [the generator] goes
down, we still have some alternatives,” he said, adding they would
not be so fortunate if the dispatch
console were to break.
In the end, they slashed
amounts allocated to some items
and reduced the requests for the
generator and dispatch console.
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Nicole Chase, 22, of 50 East
Hill Road, Apt. 3B, was arrested
for disorderly conduct.
March 1
Christopher Lonardo, 26, of
27 South Ridge Road was arrested for third degree assault,
second degree breach of peace
and interfering with 911.
Skylar Grant, 22, of 64
Mansfield St., Hartford, was arrested for criminal impersonation and interfering with an
March 2
James Bonilla, 22, of 12
Bragg St., East Hartford, was arrested for operation while under
the influence.
Nicholas Climan, 25, of 17
Unionville, was arrested for operation while under the influence.
March 4
Grzegorz Kuzniar, 31, of 63
Caesar Drive, Bristol, was arrested for operation while under
the influence.
Feb. 17
Abigail Fontana, 24, of 6
Morgan St., Granby, was arrested for operation while under
the influence.
March 2
Ashley Foy, 23, of 12
Meadow Crossing was arrested
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Barbara Franklin, 85
Barbara “Bobbie” Franklin, 85, of
Avon, and wife of the late Martin
Franklin, passed away Feb. 18, 2013. She
was born on July 8, 1927 in Denver,
Colo. Before residing in Avon, she lived
in Simsbury, East Dorset, Vt., and
Bobbie was an accomplished
equestrian. As a child, she won numerous riding championships in her home
state of Colorado. Later in life, she enjoyed passing on her love of horses and
riding expertise to the children of East
Dorset, Vt. One of her most cherished
memories was a week-long riding excursion through the countryside of Ireland, which she undertook while in her
late 60s.
Bobbie was a proud mother of
three sons and a great supporter of their
activities. From Darien High School
hockey games and tennis matches to
sailing regattas all over Long Island
Sound, she was always there and always
leading the cheers.
While her horses and her sons
were a huge part of her life, her marriage
with Marty was remarkable and remained strong for the 40 years of their
life together. ey did not hide their af-
fection for each other and everyone
who saw them knew they had something special.
Fifteen years after Marty’s death,
Bobbie found love again with her friend
Rich Rooney. ey cared deeply for
each other and were constant companions over her last seven years.
Bobbie's personality was responsible for her widespread popularity with
all those fortunate enough to come in
contact with her. She genuinely cared
about others more than herself and
made people feel better about themselves through their engagement with
She leaves three sons, Philip
Franklin and his wife, Melissa, of Lake
Forest, Ill., Lindley Franklin and his wife,
Daryl, of Darien, Steven Franklin and his
wife, Claudia, of West Simsbury; and
seven grandchildren, Andrew, Matthew,
Whitney, Ryan, Sydney, Kevin and Amy.
Besides her husband and parents, she
was predeceased by two sisters, Gigi
Dunklee and Margo Robinson.
Memorial donations, in Bobbie’s
memory, may be made to Second
Chance Animal Shelter, Second Chance
Animal Center, P.O Box 620, Shaftsbury,
Vt. 05262. For online condolences, visit
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fishing in a pond off Great Pond
Road, which is now gone.
Another spot was a brook behind the high school.
e club has fished in Stoddard Reservoir for about 40 years,
since it was owned by the Village
Water Company and supplied
water to the town.
When it was sold to the town
between 1998 and 2000, the club
signed the license agreement and
has been stocking and overseeing
the care of the pond since then,
Kendall said.
Four times a year, club members stock the pond with between
300 and 400 rainbow, brook and
brown trout, which they get from
the hatchery at Rowledge Pond in
Sandy Hook.
e number of fish they put in
is based on how much money the
club has at the time. Most of the
fish are between12 and 14 inches,
Kendall said, though the club
tosses in four or five bigger ones
per year, too. “We’re looking for
members,” Kendall said. “e more
members we’ve got, the more fish
we can put in.”
“I’d rather see the kids
out there fishing than
sitting in front of the
TV. My grandkids even
say to me, ‘Grandpa,
when are you taking us
to your pond?’”
-Fish & Game Club former
President Ned Kendall
Individuals with permits are
allowed four fish per day and up to
12 per week.
For Kendall, joining the club
was all about children. “I’d rather
see the kids out there fishing than
sitting in front of the TV,” he said.
“My grandkids even say to me,
‘Grandpa, when are you taking us
to your pond?’”
e derby is free and is open
to children 14 and under. It is for
members and their children,
grandchildren and their guests.
Prizes, including fishing poles,
reels, tackle boxes and tackle, are
awarded based on the measurements of fish caught. “Everybody
gets a prize,” Kendall said.
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Budget proposals under 3% increase target
By Jennifer Senofonte
Staff Writer
GRANBY – Granby Town
Manager Bill Smith presented the
proposed 2013-14 town budget at
last week’s Board of Selectmen
meeting at a 2.96 percent increase
over the current year.
Superintendent Alan Addley
also presented his proposed school
budget to the Board of Education
last week, which represents a 2.07
percent increase. Both budgets fall
under the guidelines set forth by
the Board of Finance to stay under
a 3 percent spending increase. e
school board and selectmen will
hold a series of budget workshops
and then present finalized proposals to the finance board March
Proposed town budget
Smith said the new budget is
intended to provide municipal service, mainly those services that are
already in place. e net increase is
a 2.8 percent increase, which includes the town operations, debt
service and capital budget decrease
of 16.2 percent and anticipated revenues.
“It’s a rather steady comparison of services over the past 10
years,” he said at the March 4 selectmen’s meeting. “We were seriously
reduced back in the 2011 budget
and again in the 2013 budget.”
After revenue offsets are applied, his proposed budget is
$271,000 over the current years.
Some highlights include an
$84,000 increase in insurance costs
with health plans and pensions, a
$52,000 increase in contingency and
anticipated contractual settlements, $120,000 increase in the police department and a $29,000
increase in the library services category.
e additions in the police department include $45,000 for overtime coverage and $75,000 for an
additional officer for investigative/youth services. “e library
services took a big hit in the reductions that were made in 2011,” Smith
said. e $29,000 will kick start participation in the Connecticut library
consortium, which he said will pay
for itself over the next few years.
Proposed school budget
Addley said the proposed increase is 2.07 percent, however, with
an expected $100,000 in reimbursement revenue anticipated, the
budget increase is 1.7 percent to the
Some increases include
$111,000 in benefits, $95,000 in
salaries, $30,000 for the gifted and
talented program, and $111,000 for
unfunded state mandates like
teacher and administrator evaluation plans, implementation of the
new Common Core State Standards
and Secondary School Reform.
“I don’t think any of these [unfunded mandates] are bad. ey’re
actually good for education in many
ways,” Addley said, however, they
are difficult to do on deadlines that
are imposed by the state.
Some savings examples are
$30,000 in utilities, $38,000 in books
and $288,000 from the special education review, which resulted in the
reduction of 12.5 full-time equivalent positions that were allocated
elsewhere. “It allows us to do some
positive things with our highest
qualified people with our neediest
students,” he said of the special education review that was completed
last year.
e Quality and Diversity
Fund, a separate account that holds
Open Choice program revenues, is
slated to fund magnet school tuition, transportation and full-day
kindergarten for $297,000. Addley
also presented $600,000 in small
capital expenditures for items like
technology, building maintenance,
furniture and equipment purchases,
and a new school bus.
e proposed school budget
for fiscal year 2013-14 is for $29 million. As of press time, the school
board held a budget workshop on
March 13 and will vote on the
budget at its next regular meeting,
March 20.
With the charter revision, there
will be a public hearing on the
budget April 8 at 7 p.m. in the high
school auditorium. e referendum
vote will take place April 22 in the
Town Hall meeting room. First Selectman John Adams said it is a simple majority vote and to pass the
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Alyssa Marchetti of Lewis Mills shoots the ball. Photos by David Heuschkel
Evan Jiantoni of Farmington High School shoots.
SHS hosts Unified Sports
basketball tournament
Simsbury High School was
the site of the CIAC High School
Unified Sports Basketball tournament March 6.
Farmington/Avon, Lewis
Mills and host Simsbury were
among the seven high school
teams that played on four courts
in two gymnasiums.
Brooke Bulmer, one of the
Simsbury coaches, says the team
practices once a week, learning
basic skills and playing games.
Unified Sports partners studentathletes with special needs and
peer mentors in competitive
“We love the kids, and the
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By Stephen Allaire
Never too late to save
When faced with the sudden
crisis of a loved one needing a nursing home or substantial care at
home, a logical worry is what will
happen to your home and other assets. e fear of losing everything
can be overwhelming. While it is far
better to have done pre-planning
before a crisis, it is never too late to
save some of your assets. Here is
ere are rules set forth in federal and state law relating to Medicaid (Title 19), which are intended
to prevent a healthy spouse from
losing the home and certain other
assets. e idea is that the spouse
should not be impoverished, as in
some cases it may even be possible
to save everything for the healthy
spouse. at takes detailed knowledge of the rules for Medicaid eligibility and speedy action.
For example, the rule allowing
the home to be saved may not work
if the home is partially or wholly in
the sick spouse’s name. But there is
nothing to prevent putting that
home in the healthy one’s name,
even at the last minute. e fiveyear look-back rule does not apply
to transfers between spouses.
Another example is using unprotected funds to pay down debt.
If your funds exceed the amount
you are allowed to keep, and you
have a home mortgage or a car
loan, you could use the excess
funds to pay down the debt. at
also can be done at the last minute.
One expense we all have someday is funeral expense. Pre-payment of funeral expenses is allowed
at any time, whether a single person or a married couple, as long as
the Medicaid rules are followed in
the pre-payment contract.
An extremely beneficial rule
allows a healthy spouse to purchase
an annuity with IRA funds so that
the funds will no longer count as an
asset. is can be done even if the
sick spouse is already in a nursing
home. But the rules have a catch in
them, because the state must be
named as the primary beneficiary.
Even so, it is better to keep the IRA
than lose it to nursing home payments.
As of last fall, an even more
beneficial federal court case ruled
that a healthy spouse could purchase a special annuity with nonIRA money, at the last minute, and
protect the assets, as long as certain
very stringent requirements were
met. is can be a lifesaver for
someone who has done no pre-
planning, as it can be done at the
11th hour. It only works for a married couple, and the requirements
are complicated and strict, but if set
up properly can allow the healthy
spouse to avoid becoming impoverished.
ere are numerous other possibilities for crisis protection of assets that an experienced elder law
practitioner can advise you to use,
and those depend on the particular
family situation, the size and type of
assets, and the family income. It is
undoubtedly frightening to be faced
with the prospect of needing care
and losing assets. If your appendix
bursts, you would go to the nearest
hospital and have a surgeon solve
the problem. If you are faced with
expensive long-term care, get to an
experienced elder law attorney to
stop the financial bleeding.
Attorney Stephen O. Allaire is a
member of the National Academy of
Elder Law Attorneys, and Executive
Committee member and past officer
of the Connecticut Bar Assn. Elder
Law Section, with offices at 271
Farmington Ave. Bristol, 860-5842384), or on the web at If you have a question,
send a written note to Attorney Allaire at Allaire Elder Law, LLC, 271
Farmington Ave., Bristol, 06010, and
he may use your question in a future
‘It’s Good to Get Out’
Members of the “It’s Good to Get Out” group were at the Farmington Senior Center for a pizza party and
planning session for their upcoming spring trips. Pictured is the group of volunteers and participants,
which is coordinated by Marcie Shepard. The group is part of the Friendly Visiting Program of Services
for the Elderly and established last year by Shepard, who sponsors all the entertaining field trips to interesting places in the area. It’s Good to Get Out is looking for additional members – anyone 65 and older
who is looking for companionship, enjoys getting out of the house to have fun is welcome to join this
merry group. Call Services for the Elderly at 860-673-1441 to sign up.
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Rep. Hampton says he is focused on helping seniors
State Rep. John K. Hampton
(D- Simsbury) has proposed a number of bills that promote the safety
and health of seniors and disabled
persons in Connecticut.
In the Aging Committee,
Hampton proposed H. B. No. 5453,
“an act concerning streamlining
approval for nursing homes to
shelter vulnerable residents,” which
hopes to ensure that nursing
homes can play a role in helping to
provide shelter and care to vulnerable elderly and ill residents in a
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Hampton, drafted this legislation
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Proposed H.B. No. 5546, “an
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Also put forward by Hampton is proposed H.B. No. 5979, "an
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disease plan would create the infrastructure and accountability
necessary to build dementia-capable programs in response to the
growing number of people with the
“I feel very passionately that
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