Connecting Plymouth, Terryville and Pequabuck

The Plymouth Connection
Volume 9, Issue 3 • March, 2015
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Connecting Plymouth, Terryville and Pequabuck
Terryville Veteran Donates Historic Sabre
to the Manross Library in Forestville
James (Jim) Murdoch, a local veteran, was handed
down a sabre from the Connecticut Governor’s Horse
Guard, which he was actively involved in many years ago.
He carried it with him during presidential inaugurations and most other
formal military events before retiring the piece to his closet.
The sabre once belonged to his comrade, Colonel Fredrick Tuttle Manross,
an associate member of the Connecticut
Governor’s Horse Guard. Jim began
what turned out to be years of research
on Manross, so he could dedicate the
sword to the Manross Library, where
he felt it belonged. Though many
obstacles came up he finally gathered
every piece of information he was
looking for, and on February 8, 2015 a
dedication ceremony took place at the
library. In attendance were WWII veteran, Russ Trudel, Jr. and other officers
and members of the American Legion
Post #2; Bristol Mayor, Ken Cockayne;
other city officials; friends and family
The shadow box that houses
the sabre and plaque was built
by Jim’s son, Russel Murdoch.
The plaque summarizes Col.
Manross’ military history, and
reads, “Cavalry Saber of Colonel Fredrick Tuttle Manross
December 6, 1900 – June 12,
Son of Arthur Newton Manross and Della Tuttle Manross
Predeceased by his wife Elizabeth Douglas Manross
Graduated from West Point Military Academy Cavalry School June
12, 1919 - June 13, 1923. Served as
a Second Lieutenant Army Air Corps
Flying School September 11, 1923
to October 22, 1923. Transferred to
Cavalry October 22, 1923 - Resigned
December 22, 1923, reenlisted US
Cavalry January 15, 1941 – was discharged December 31, 1949.
He saw service during the Border Wars, in Japan and Fort Riley
Cavalry Training Academy. He
received the following medals and
ribbons: AM DEF SEV MED, AM
After his retirement he served as
an associate member of the First Co.
Governors Horse Guards in Avon
Photos courtesy of the Murdoch family and Teresa Goulden, Supervisor of Branch
Services, F.N. Manross Memorial Library
In memory of Jim Murdoch,
who will be dearly missed.
Fiscal department recovers;
goals, though on hold, remain the same
I hope you are all staying warm during what has turned out
to be a very cold winter. However, by the time you read this, it
will be March and hopefully spring isn’t far behind.
As you well know, we have had a great deal of snow this
winter, with some of the storms coming back to back. As a
result, before we completed cleanup of one storm, we were
covered again by a second and even third storm! The silver
lining in these repeated storms is the fact that the Public Works
Department has been doing a great job keeping up with the
accumulating snow! I thank the personnel for all their hard
work and their concern for the safety of the community! On
the other hand, our sand and salt budget has taken quite a hit
this year. We can only hope that the weather improves, so that
we don’t find ourselves in the shortage situation that we were
in last year. Given the pattern of storm after storm, I ask that
you do your best to keep the sidewalks clear and safe, and, if
possible, to help the Fire Department by cleaning around any
fire hydrants that may be near your home.
By now, I know that you have heard or read that our former
comptroller David Bertnagel has pleaded guilty to the theft of
some $800,000.00 from the town. While I certainly feel no joy
from this resolution, I am pleased that he took responsibility for
his actions and acknowledged what we have known since October 31st. The Town of Plymouth was the victim, but the town
is not faceless. The real victims are you, the people who live
or work in our community and who struggle to pay your taxes.
Most importantly, his deeds are a breach of the trust which was
mistakenly placed in him by the people who serve on the vari-
ous boards and commissions, as well as the elected officials of
our town. I talked with you last month about the issues that we
face in the aftermath of this crisis. In spite of what appear to be
overwhelming obstacles, I can tell you that we are making great
progress. Every day we take another step forward to resolve the
problems of this crisis. It will take us another month or two in
order to be where we want to be, and I am very confident that
we will get there. Again, I promise you that we will be better
and stronger than we were before.
Although we remain optimistic, we also have to be realistic
about the impact of the lost funds. Now, as we put together a
new budget that will start on July 1, which we need to deliver
to the Board of Finance next week, another huge project. We
wanted to start fresh with a new system and a new data base,
which we have built from scratch, and we will make our deadline and get it to the Board of Finance on time. The most difficult part of the budget this year will be dealing with our mill
rate. We are doing everything possible to keep it down, but with
all of the things that have happened this year, it is becoming a
very difficult task. For example, the Board of Education has
been saddled with many unfunded mandates that have started to
catch up with them; as a result, they also are in a difficult situation. The town has so many needs, many of which are of great
concern, and it is increasingly difficult to achieve the goal of
keeping the mill rate down. Many of the needs that have been
ignored will, at some point, catch up with us. We are trying to
put together plans to purchase equipment and complete projects
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Learn more about becoming a foster parent - Feb. 28th
Wheeler Clinic will offer an informational session for prospective foster parents on Saturday, February 28, 2015,
at 88 East Street, Plainville, Connecticut, from noon to 2
p.m. This no-obligation event provides information about
Wheeler’s foster care programs. Mature adults who are
single or married, working or at home, are encouraged to
become foster parents. Those who are interested can stop by
the session to learn about foster care without making a commitment of any kind. Wheeler’s team of experts coordinates
services for youth from diverse backgrounds with the goal
of providing a nurturing home and a structured environment. Families are part of a team of professionals and are
provided with financial support and training to ensure they
are well-equipped to meet the needs of youth in their care.
Plymouth Maple
The Plymouth Maple Festival takes place on Saturday,
March 7, from 10am-1pm, on the Green, 10 Park Street,
Plymouth. Discover how to identify sugar maples and how
to tap them to make maple syrup. Kids will get a chance
to drill the holes, tap in the spouts, hang the buckets, and
collect sap. Tree tapping starts at 10am. Throughout the
day, watch maple syrup boiling on an outdoor fire. Sample
sugar on snow and maple sugar candy. Maple baked beans
and maple ham can be purchased for lunch while listening to live acoustic music in the Plymouth Congregational
Church Fellowship Hall. Connecticut Grown maple syrup
will also be for sale. There will be children’s games at the
Congregational Church, including a historical scavenger
hunt on the Green, and a magician at the First Baptist
Church of Plymouth at 4 North Street. If there’s snow,
build a snowman and bring your sleds!
Admission is free. For more information, call 860-9216118, or go to
Table of Contents...
Animal Rescue Foundation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
Business, Chamber & Rotary. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
Church News & Outreach. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23-24
Classified. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
Growing Up Straight by Susan Huff. . . . . . . . . . . . 10
Health & Seniors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19-21
Hometown Heritage by Jerry Milne. . . . . . . . . . . . 10
I Remember When, by Dick Foote. . . . . . . . . . . . . 27
Leisure & Activity. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14-17
Letter to the Editor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26
Library News . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22-23
Local News . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-11
Plymouth Historical Society. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27
Plymouth Human Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11, 18
Plymouth Park & Rec. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
School News . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25-26
Senior Menu. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
Sports Writer, Christopher Griffin . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
Terryville Fire Department. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12-13
A New Landmark on Main Street
in Terryville Offers Big Opportunity
for Local Students!
A Shiny New Landmark is coming to Main
Street in the form of a
Sign, a big blue sign with a
several very special messages. What are some of
those messages?? Well,
that may depend on you
or your loved ones, your
children, your grand children, or the youngsters
across the street. Smile
Haven Dental Center
and Fast Signs of Bristol have created a Big Beautiful Road sign that will be more than just a sign for a
dental office. It has a special, very visible section of
signage set aside for the Students of Terryville with
the goal of promoting positive student action and the
importance of education.
Robert Perry of Fast Signs has crafted a unique
sign that has the ability to change its message to meet
the needs of local students. Students will be able to
195 Main Street, Terryville
have the eyes of passerby’s on the promotions that
matter most by taking advantage of the FREE AD
space donated by Smile
Haven Dental Center. Did
we mention its right on
Main Street?!? Smile Haven Dental Center has an
open invitation to Booster
Clubs, Scouts, and local
Parent/Teacher organizations to take advantage of
the FREE AD space that has been created for them.
Ad space will be available throughout the year,
all year long and always at no charge. Space will be
available on a first come first serve basis, with fairness always kept in mind and with the goal of promoting diverse and positive initiatives. Proposals must
be submitted in writing but should be considered informal. If multiple proposals are received all will be
reviewed and if all have equal merit a drawing will be
done to determine who gets to use the space first!
The BIG SIGN will be up in the next week or two
so keep your eyes on Main Street! Parents, Teachers,
and Students should feel free to call 860-584-2051 to
talk to the Doc about using the FREE AD SPACE.
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while, at the same time, keeping the costs in check as efficiently
as we can. We also have some projects that will require us to
borrow money or bond the money in order to complete them. I
would like to get started on some of these projects this summer,
for which some will not be reimbursed. These projects will require a bond to be sold. I am working with our financial people
to come up with the best plan possible. I am hopeful that I can
have that plan put together and talk to you about it next month.
Obviously, the past four months have been spent cleaning
up the aftermath of a crime that none of us saw coming. The
crime has forced me to focus all of my attention on repairing
and rebuilding our finance department; this crime has caused
a halt in all of the progress that we were making. That makes
progress another victim in this. Rather than a negative article,
the positive one is the one I look forward to sending to you
each month. Sadly, however, the tone has changed this month.
For the first eleven months, my letters to you remained positive
and optimistic. I talked to you about progress and everything
that we were working on. All of that progress has come to a
complete stop, and now I only talk about rebuilding a department that we all thought was running as it should. The theft
and its impact were not in my plans. Serving as your mayor,
my plans were to make our great community a better place
to live in than it was before I arrived. I can tell you that this
period has been very frustrating, but I can promise that with
your help, we can get back on track and start moving forward
again. I am not giving up. You should remain as bold, as well!
A recovery is just around the corner. I talked with you earlier
this year about my goals for this year. I can assure you that
they haven’t changed; they have simply been put on hold for a
while. I promise you all that when I talk again about projects,
it will be when I feel confident that the impact of the crime in
the comptroller’s office is in our rear view mirror, and a solid
future will be in front of us again. Throughout our recovery,
please remember that any and all information regarding our
town should come from my office, and I will try to put as much
as I can on our website. Trust that information; do not allow
social media sites to give you information that is not correct.
Again, thank you for all of the support that you have
given me during this calamity. Spring is on the way, and so
is progress.
Stay Safe!
Mayor Dave
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Education Connection, Foothills Adult & Continuing Education offers classes at Terryville High
In the Plymouth section of the Foothills Adult and Continuing Education Brochure, or see PDF online at www. catalogs tab.
Gardening in the Shade
March 3 6:30-8:30pm 1 session $20
Painting with Pastels
March 3 6:30-8:30pm 4 Tuesdays $79
Web Design Using Wordpress
March 10 6-8pm 4 Tuesdays $79
Grow Salad Sprouts in Your Kitchen
March 10 6-8pm 1 session $20
Intermediate Crochet II
March 17 6:30-8:30pm 3 Tuesdays $59
Edible Weeds
March 24 6:30-8:30pm 1 session $20
Terryville: To register or for more information on available classes, visit us online at www.educationconnection.
org or call (860) 567-0863 or 1-800-300-4781. You must
be 18 years of age to register.
Save money this tax season
Want to know how you can get your taxes done for
free… with no hidden fees or strings attached? United
Way of West Central Connecticut will again be hosting a free tax preparation site for individuals residing in
Bristol, Burlington, Plainville, Plymouth and Terryville
throughout the tax season. The Volunteer Income Tax
Assistance (VITA) Program provides low-income workers and families with free tax preparation and filing. The
goal is to bring unclaimed tax credits to these individuals,
and thus to the community!
All volunteers at this VITA site are IRS-certified and
ready to help you prepare your tax return and get you
all the money due to you! If your household income is
less than $53,000 then you are eligible to have your taxes
done at this local VITA site for free. Appointments are
required, so call (860) 540-4767 today and make sure to
request to come to the Bristol site!
Over the course of the last five tax seasons, United
Way has been able to bring over $1,485,806 in state and
federal refunds back to individuals in our community
through this program! It has also saved clients over
$200,000 in tax preparation fees alone. Plus, 100% of
clients at last year’s site said they were satisfied with the
services they received (based on the results of an exit
Another goal of this program is to promote the Earned
Income Tax Credit (EITC). The EITC is one of the largest antipoverty programs. EITC is a financial boost for
working people in a recovering economy. And for the
third time, there is also a State of Connecticut EITC.
To qualify for the federal and state EITC, earned income and adjusted gross income must be less than:
- $46,997 ($52,427 married filing jointly) with three or
more qualifying children;
- $43,756 ($49,186 married filing jointly) with two or
more qualifying children;
- $38,511 ($43,941 married filing jointly) with one qualifying child;
- $14,590 ($20,020 married filing jointly) with no qualifying children
The United Way of West Central Connecticut, serving
the communities of Bristol, Burlington,
Plainville and Plymouth, is working to create opportunities for a better life for all by focusing on education,
income and health. Under the building block of Income,
this initiative strives to help families become financially
stable and independent.
Again, appointments are required for this site, so
please call (860) 540-4767 as soon as you receive all of
your tax forms for 2014.
Tickets Available for United Way’s Annual
Community Builders’ Awards
The United Way of West Central Connecticut, serving
the communities of Bristol, Burlington, Plainville, Plymouth and Terryville, will hold its 13th Annual Community
Builders’ Reception on Thursday, April 9th at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Bristol. The event recognizes and
honors those who share their time and resources with the
United Way to advance the common good by creating lasting changes to improve lives in our communities.
This year’s theme, “That’s What It Takes to Live
Sunday, March 1st at 9 am
United” will showcase members of our community, both
young and old, explaining what they feel like is needed to
Live United! This evening is designed to honor our supporters who truly Live United by giving, advocating and
volunteering. We also hope to showcase the impact we are
having on the lives of everyone in Bristol, Burlington, Plainville & Plymouth/Terryville.
During this special evening, United Way will honor
those who Live United by giving, advocating and volunteering: Award for Excellence – Bristol Board of Education; Special Initiative Award – Plainville Positive Youth
Coalition; Lou Bachman Award – Patricia Marin from
First Bristol Federal Credit Union and Spirit of Caring
Award – Bryan Ricci, CPA.
Tickets are available for this event until Friday, March
27th for only $50/person. If you would like to purchase
tickets for the Community Builders’ Reception, contact
the United Way at (860) 582-9559.
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Sign up now for
Headstart 2015/2016
Plymouth Head Start, located at Harry S Fisher
School, is accepting pre-applications for the 2015-2016
school year. This early childhood program is committed to providing comprehensive, quality services
to children ages 3-5, and their families. The program
staff works in partnership with families to enhance children’s social competence, to provide families with opportunities to grow and develop, and to prepare children
to enter kindergarten with the skills and knowledge necessary for success.
Head Start is a free program. Eligibility is determined based on a family’s income. Homeless families,
families receiving Social Security Income, as well as foster children are automatically eligible. Head Start offers
nutritious breakfasts and lunches. This program currently
runs Monday through Thursday from 8:15 until 12:30.
For further information please contact us at [email protected] or call 860-689-6832.
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February is National Parent Leadership Month
Apply today for
preschool assistance!
The Plymouth Early Childhood Council is proud to announce its second application for Plymouth’s Preschool
Scholarship Fund; “Funds for the Youngest Ones”! Applications for a four year old preschool program supplement
are available on the Plymouth Early Childhood Council’s
Website: and due no later
than 3:00 on March 31, 2015.
Pictured left to right: Senator Henri Martin, 31st Dist.;
Donna Osuch, United Way of West Central Connecticut;
Linda Schnaars, PLTI Site Coordinator; Donna Koser,
PLTI Coordinator and Representative Whit Betts, 78th
Dist.) Photo Credit: Parent Leader Nicole McWilliams
(the Social Butterfly)
February is National Parent Leadership Month. In 2015,
the Parent Leadership Training Institute (PLTI) of West
Central CT marks its fifth year in Plymouth! To commemo-
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rate this occasion, an event was held on February 19, 2015
to celebrate the 80 PLTI graduates of PLTI of West Central
CT. It is with great thanks to the Trustees of St. Casmir and
Immaculate Conception Church, the Liberty Bank Foundation, the United Way of West Central CT, the Plymouth
Early Childhood Council, the CT Commission on Children
and Tasty Occasions that this event was made possible.
At this event, the Parent Leadership Training Institute
of West Central Connecticut proudly accepted an Official
Citation from the State of Connecticut General Assembly,
introduced by Senator Henri Martin and Representative
Whit Betts in recognition of five years of outstanding work
for the parents and children of West Central Connecticut.
PLTI is a free 20 week program designed to help parents
and other caring adults learn how to advocate for children.
This program is offered free to participants through a grant
awarded to the United Way of West Central Connecticut in
partnership with the Connecticut Commission on Children
and the Plymouth Early Childhood Council. In return for
the 20 week program, PLTI participants are required to
complete a community project in their respective community. Keep watch for the 2015 PLTI Class projects.
Have college-bound kids? Now is the time to
revisit legal and life insurance needs
By Julia Weston
Thrivent Financial
If you are the parent of a
college-bound student, you may
soon face a whole new world of an
empty nest, financial aid and questions about doing laundry. What
you might not realize, though, is
that with this new transition, there are some important
considerations you need to keep top of mind, specifically life insurance and updating of legal documents.
Thrivent Financial offers the following tips (besides never mix your whites and darks) as your kids
leave the nest.
Life insurance needs
Although it is not top of mind during this exciting
time, it is important to make sure you have the right
level of life insurance coverage.
No one wants to think about the unthinkable, but you
might want to increase your own life insurance coverage or obtain coverage on your student if:
• Your current coverage would not be sufficient to pay
off student loan debt and meet the surviving spouse’s
other financial needs, too.
• You take out a Parent PLUS or home equity loan.
• You co-sign with your child on a student loan.
Legal document needs
Strange as it may sound, if a college student age 18
or older is hospitalized while at school and is unable to
communicate, the parents might not automatically have
the right to tell doctors and hospital staff what medical
procedures to use or not use. Also, if the adult student
is not able to communicate for an extended time, parents might not be authorized to move funds from the
student’s accounts. As legal adults, students over the
age of 18 need their own advance medical directives,
health care agent form and durable power of attorney
for financial management, naming those who could legally act on their behalf. Below are some key terms
and ideas to discuss with an attorney to ensure you’re
prepared in the event that your child is incapacitated.
Important Definitions
Advance medical directive – Allows you to plan
your health care before you may be unable to make
sound decisions yourself.
Health care agent form – Allows you to appoint another person to make your health care decisions for you
if you are unable to communicate them yourself.
Durable power of attorney for financial management – Gives someone the right to make financial decisions on your behalf if you are unable to do so.
Leaving for school opens up a whole new world for
both children and their families. By taking a few minutes to review your financial and legal situation now,
you will be prepared for this new stage of your life.
This article was prepared by Thrivent Financial for
use by Julia Weston. She has an office at 934 Terryville
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Plymouth’s Joe Kalosky competes in Italy
Joe Kalosky was selected
to American Football Worldwide Elite Team and will represent the USA in a matchup
against the U19 Italian National Team in Milan, Italy on
April 4, 2015.
The past two seasons
Kalosky played quarterback
and long snapper for Holy
Cross High School in Waterbury leading his teams to
an overall record of 15-7.
The senior captain received
All-Division and All-City accolades his junior and senior
years while maintaining second honors academically.
Kalosky is the only player
selected from Connecticut and
one of only two quarterbacks
for the 40 player roster comprised of players from 24 states.The programs president
and head coach Jim Barnes, selected Joe after seeing his
game films and profile on the National Collegiate Scouting
Association’s website. Barnes was seeking a passing quarterback and said “Kalosky looks like a pocket passer and
his arm strength is outstanding. He is a big strong kid and
will not go down easily. He is an excellent quarterback and
that is such an important position. The recruiting service
gave me film on a number of players and Joe stood out in
the upper echelon and we extended him an invitation.”
When asked Kalosky said,”I joined American Football
Worldwide ELITE because it is a great opportunity to represent the USA. It gives me a chance to play with a whole
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new group of teammates and
coaches from around our
country. It will be interesting
to see how the different play
styles and coaching techniques compare and merge
together as we prepare for the
Kalosky also plays
baseball and is captain of
the basketball team for Holy
Cross, so he maintains constant physical strength and
conditioning year round. Over
the past four years, when he
does not have a commitment
to his other sports, Kalosky
trains off season on the weekends with legendary high
school football coach Jack
Cochran and now his son
Casey, former UCONN quarterback at the Connecticut Speed School.
Football practices will take place early in the day while
the rest of the time is spent learning and experiencing the
culture of Italy. The Elite team and tour party will travel
from Rome in central Italy to the tip of Lake Como just
north of Milan. During the week the players, who will be
joined by some family members and fans, will tour many
of the historical icons of Italy, including the Roman Coliseum and Forum, the piazzas of Rome, Vatican City, St
Peter’s Basilica, Sienna, Florence and Milan. For more
information on the American Football Worldwide Elite
Program please visit their website at
Spring will be here soon and
we have immediate openings
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training starting now to get
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NO experience necessary.
20 to 30 hours per week on
average. Clean driving record
required. Perfect attendance
bonus, dental and life insurance.
Apply In Person:
Plymouth Office
16 School Street
Burlington: Gorgeous Contemporary remodeled Kit., sunken FR, gas FP. formal LR and DR.
Sliders off the dining nook to covered (unheated)
porch and the hot tub (included), door leading to
grade level deck. There is even a lower level FR
and extra BR. New high efficiency propane gas
warm air furnace and central air too! $339,900!
Bristol: Lovely home in mint condition
offers 3 BR, 2 full baths, every attention
to detail. Gas heat, setup for generator,
car port and more.
Listed at Just $179,900!
Bristol: WHY RENT? This Colonial is in
need of some cosmetic TLC. Offers 3 BR, nice
yard and best yet, OWNER FINANCING (for
qualified buyers)! So if you have issues getting
a loan, this could be your ticket to homeownership. Call for details and an appt. to preview.
Listed at ONLY $79,900!
Bristol: Nice Cape with many new and
newer features. 3 BR with 1.5 baths,
hardwood floors throughout, FP in LR,
eat-in Kit, plus formal DR.
Must see at $129,900!
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LL family room ,nice wide lot with babbling brook.
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Donna Levesque
Janet Laviero
Kim Kilbourne
Shirley Salvatore
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88 Pine Street, Bristol • • 860-583-9977
The Plymouth Connection • March, 2015 • Page 7
Springing Into Our
Best Selves
By Lisa K. Watson-Barcia
Pastor, St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Terryville
After these last few weeks, we are now all hoping mightily for spring and a return to sunlight and moderate temperatures. Spring is a time of renewal and reawakening – a
time for self-examination. For those of you who follow the
Christian calendar, now is the time for Lent. Lent is defined,
by, as … a period of fasting, moderation,
and self-denial traditionally observed by Christians… It begins with Ash Wednesday and ends with Easter Sunday. The
length of the Lenten fast was established in the 4th century
as 46 days (40 days, not counting Sundays)... It’s six weeks
of self-discipline…The key is to focus on repenting of sin
and consecrating oneself to God. Lent should not be a time
of boasting of one’s sacrifice or trying to earn God’s favor
or increasing His love. God’s love for us could not be any
greater than it already is.
In our increasingly unchurched world, it is often hard to
explain that Lent is not simply the process of giving things
up, but rather of examining what we are doing in our lives
and asking the hard question, “is this something I really need
to continue?” In my faith journey, I have been called to be a
pastor. If ever there was proof needed that God has a sense
of humour, my call would provide it! I have an aversion to
the stately and the pompous that at moments is at direct odds
with this call to public leadership. Now in many ways that
has proven to be a good thing in my ministry – for those who
have been wounded by the officiousness of some of my colleagues, my gift, in God’s wisdom, is to provide a less formal
and thereby less imposing stance. And that’s a positive.
But every gift holds a challenge. This Lent, God has been
leading me to all sorts of moments where I am called not to
just facilitate but to be front and center. Honestly, it is not
where I am most comfortable. Yet in my faith walk, I have to
acknowledge that, yes, sometimes being a leader means you
put on the collar, stand up straight, don all the trappings of
office, stand up front waving your queen’s wave, and bloody
well OWN IT. Perhaps I will never get over feeling that I
am the jester in the queen’s clothes, but that’s my worry and
should not be whined about in public.
However I do share this with you publicly because I am
hoping that by doing so, you will, in turn, see those places in
your lives where you need to set aside old expectations and
out of date concerns. For the Christian, we see these struggles as a way to get closer to God, and his will for us. But
whatever your belief, I hope that you are able to find time to
ask yourself in this season of waiting for spring – Who am I
truly meant to be? And that you will find the courage to live
into that better, truer you. I am on that path too – and offer
you my support for the journey.
Nancy S. Henderson
(860) 584-2165
Small Business and Individual
Accounting, Bookkeeping and Taxes
185 Main Street Terryville, CT 06786 Fax: (860) 584-4654
Email: [email protected]
THE LYCEUM in Terryville
Space Available for Large or Small Events
Local News
Boy Scout Troop 75 February Events
The Troop was supposed to attend the annual Mad River
District Klondike Derby this month; however, old man winter
intervened with sub zero temperatures predicted the Saturday
morning of the event where the boys would be outside most of
the day. While the scout motto is be prepared, with a wide range
of boys aged 11-17, better judgment prevailed and the adults organizing the event are rescheduling for March.
The scouts, after many Wednesday evenings of production,
completed their work on homemade snow shoes for their winter cabins outing at Camp Workcoeman in New Hartford, Connecticut. It seems hard to believe that when the boys started work
on this project there was some concern that we would not have
any snow to use the snowshoes on! While this project consumed
many meetings of construction, the scouts learned hands on skills
such as cutting pvc pipe and steel, drilling holes, lacing plastic
and final assembly.
The troop leaders, scouts and parents would like to invite the
general public to our annual ziti dinner that will be held on Saturday March 14, 2015, from 4:30pm to 7:30pm at the Terryville
Congregational Church. Ticket prices will be $10 for adults,
$9.00 for seniors and $8.00 for children. This is our main fundraiser for the year and provides the troop with income to assist in
funding the outdoor program along with necessary troop equipment purchases. Troop 75 also receives significant support from
Let our event manager help you plan
Full kitchen facilities if desired
Bandstand and sound system available
Air conditioned comfort
Internet, laptop/projector available
Off street parking in our full size lot
Call Toll Free: 1 855 T LYCEUM
(1 855 859 2386)
z ner
Terryville Congregational Church
Tickets are available at the door:
Adults $10.00 Seniors $9.00
Children 6 and under $8.00
Animal Rescue Foundation Adoption
CALLIE. Judging
from the picture,
Callie is definitely
unhappy about
being in a cage;
but she is not aggressive. She has
wonderful calico
markings, deep, beautiful colors. We will have to get
to know her a little better to evaluate her personality.
Right now she is like Greta Garbo: “I want to be left
alone”. A loving home will change all that.
Seating for 25 in each of 4 meeting rooms
Seating for 250 at tables in our main hall
Saturday March 14th
4:30pm to 7:30pm
local businesses that enable the troop to continue to provide an
active and rewarding program to the scouts of our troop. Please
remember to put it on your calendar!
Troop 75 welcomes new boys aged 11 to 17 and meets at
7:00 pm every Wednesday night at the Terryville Congregational
Church on Main Street in Terryville. No prior Scouting experience is necessary. If you would like additional information about
joining Troop 75 and having your son participate in our activities, please email the following address: [email protected]
AURORA. This 2-yr.
old looks very prim &
proper with her white
gloves and socks. She
is a sweet, friendly little
girl, who could use a
few extra calories and
a lot of extra love.
playful &
outgoing, he
would love
an active
family. He
plays well
with other
cats. His ears look like those of a lynx & he has big,
furry feet which he uses to skid across the floor.
Treats are always welcome.
MOLLY. The picture does
not do this little cutie justice. You know, how hard
it is to photograph black
cats. Her eyes are the
prettiest green, large and
round. You just want to
cuddle her - and she would
like that. She has had a
terrible start to her life, but
is a forgiving soul. Just a
year old, she is playful, but
not hyperactive.
To adopt, please visit our shelter and at 366 Main St. in Terryville, or call (860) 583-3089.
Our adoption hours are Saturday and Sunday from 1pm - 4pm. • •
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Local News
News from Plymouth FRC
Plymouth FRC
Preschool Registration
The Family Resource Center (FRC)
is currently taking application for the
2015/2016 preschool program. This nationally accredited program has preschool
opportunities for three and four year old in
our five day a week program at Fisher Elementary and Plymouth Center School.
There is limited financial assistance for
families meeting the income requirements.
Visit our website to download your appli-
cation @ or call the
office for more details, 860-283-6167.
Free Play Groups
The Family Resource Center offers free
playgroups to the community at Plymouth
Center School, 107 North St. Plymouth.
Monday: Home Childcare providers 9:30-10:45
Tuesday - Friday: Families 9:30 - 10:45 &
Tuesday 6:00-7:00p.m., prior registration
not required. Visit our website for more
information or call
Area Legislators to host town hall
meeting in Bristol, March 9th
Plymouth residents are encouraged to attend.
Sen. Henri Martin, Rep. Whit Betts and
Rep. Cara Pavalock will host a Town Hall
Meeting on Monday, March 9 at the Bristol
Public Library’s Meeting Room 1.
The legislators invite the public to hear an
update from the State Capitol, and residents are
encouraged to ask questions about any issue.
The meeting will run from 6:30 p.m. to
8:00 p.m.
Those who cannot attend may call Martin at
860 240-0022 or Betts and Pavalock at 800 842
CORRECTION: CT Fire Prevention Poster Contest
from the February, 2015 issue should read: Special thanks go out to Adams IGA
in Terryville, Lake Compounce, Terryville McDonalds/Trefz Corporation, Walmart
Foundation, and to the Judges: Mayor David V. Merchant, Mr. Anthony Orsini and
Ms. Barbara Rockwell; along with Charles Doback, Fire Marshal; Art Teachers Mrs.
Diane Boylan and Mrs. Shari Kohl
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News from the Food Pantry
Easter Food Drives
Easter Food Drives are going to be held in
front of Adams IGA on the 2nd, 3rd and
4th weekends in March. Thank you to the
Dupont Family.
Feinstein Foundation
Feinstein Foundation’s 1 Millions Dollar Giveaway will be happening during the months of
March and April. Although the foundation
does not match 1 to 1 on what is donated to us,
they do donate based on the funds (and food)
we raise, so now is the time to donate.
Pennies for Plymouth
We will once again be collecting change
during the months of March and April.
This is a great way to be able to give even
when living paycheck to paycheck. Jars
will be collected by April 30th.
Statistics for the month of January:
• Total # of Individuals served 249
• Total # of Adults 18-59 served 153
• Total # of Children under 18 served 59
• Total # of Senior over 60 served 37
• Total # of New Families 5
Food Donations and Purchasing:
• We purchased a total of 5,946 pounds of food or 69% of Total Food.
• We received 2,732 pounds of food donations or 31% of total food.
• The total amount of food entering the pantry was 8,678 pounds.
• We bought at an average rate of 8.5 pounds per one dollar,
• Pork & Beans • Baking Goods • Approximately 17 cents per pound
• Chips and Crackers
Outgoing food amounts:
• Personal care items-(deodorant, • 9,409 pounds of food were given away by the pantry.
• 186 families visited, receiving approx. 53 pounds per family per visit.
shampoo, mouthwash, diapers)
Needs List
Evening Hours Have Changed: The Food Pantry will now be opened on the
FIRST TUESDAY of each month from 5-7 pm instead of the second Tuesday.
Donate on-line via our website:
To donate or volunteer call (860) 584-1750. Erin Kennedy, Director; 20 Dewey Ave., Terryville
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Irish Soda Bread
Submitted by a friend - It’s easy and delicious!
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 Tablespoon sugar
2 Tablespoons cold unsalted butter
2 Tablespoons cold vegetable shortening
1 egg, beaten
1 cup buttermilk
1 cup currants
In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and sugar. Mix well. Cut in butter and
shortening to the size of a pea. Add egg, buttermilk and currants. Mix until well incorporated. Knead
dough on a floured surface just until it becomes a smooth ball. Placed on a greased baking sheet. Score
the top with a knife. Bake at 375°F for 40-45 minutes or until golden brown.
Prep Time: 15 minutes • Cook time: 45 minutes • Makes 12 servings, 1 slice each
Per serving: 160 calories, 5g fat, 2g saturated fat, 25mg cholesterol, 300mg sodium, 27g carbohydrate,
19 fiber, 4g protein
The Plymouth Connection • March, 2015 • Page 9
Growing up Straight
(the hows, whats and whys of growing things)
Dear Susan: Do you have any remedies for leggy geraniums? I’ve had these 6 small pots from a cancer survivor breakfast with my mom 2 years ago that I’ve been
keeping inside over the winters, I want to hang onto them
forever. They still bloom, but they’re getting smaller
leaves and bigger stalks. Can they be pinched? I recently tried to re-root a stem that broke off with no luck.
Thank you for any suggestions you might have Susan!!
Dear Lisa: I had a geranium that I overwintered for
several years. Like yours it got leggy and produced less
so I didn’t bring it in one year. I do understand wanting
to keep some plants for sentimental reasons. I consulted
my sister who has been wintering over geraniums for
several years now since she built her greenhouse. She
says she cuts them back (about three to four inches)
but still leaving some growth and leaves, not just bare
stems. Her greenhouse is warm during the day but does
not freeze at night as she has a small heater. She waters
them every two weeks or so. Wintering over is different
from an active houseplant. It usually means a rest period
so cooler temperatures 45-55 degrees, less water (geraniums tend to like dryer soil anyway) but not necessarily
less light. Unheated bedrooms or attached porches can
work well. It has been working for her for about three
years. Doing cuttings is a good idea because geraniums
are a tropical plant and I have heard from more than one
person that after several years they become woody and
less productive. Take some new growth cuttings (not the
woody stems) and use some rooting powder. You can
find it at places like Agway or your smaller hardware
stores that carry garden supplies. I learned about rooting powder years ago at Maple Meadows where Patrick
did a lot of his own propagation. Keep the soil on the
drier side but not totally dry. Damp but not soaking wet.
Geraniums will rot in too wet a soil. You should see
roots forming in about 7-10 days. If you try it this winter I would keep the young plants in a warmer sunnier
location so they can grow. Dormancy is not necessary
for these young plants. No fertilizer until early spring
for the young or old. Around late March when the days
start getting longer a light fertilizing will do. Maybe
once a month until they are ready to go outdoors the end
of May. Above all love the little darlings. They always
know when they are loved. But no smothering. I have
know more plants to die from over care than under.
If you have a question you would like answered, please
e-mail Lisa at the Plymouth Connection: [email protected] and she will pass it on to me.
Plymouth Local Prevention Council
The Plymouth Local Prevention Council
(LPC) has two outstanding events to mention
this month. The LPC has been very busy during these winter months. The LPC continues to
work through the processes of growing a strong
community free of substance abuse.
The first was that 2 adult members and 6 youth
members of the LPC attended the National Youth
Leadership Initiative training event in Washington DC. The week long course was a part of the
national annual conference for Community AntiDrug Coalitions of America (CADCA). The trip
was made possible because of our funding from
the Drug Free Communities Grant through the
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The six students, Maranda Gallo,
Aaron Saindon, Alysaa Renick, Bryce Newton,
Jenna Covello, and Matthew Luksic, all from Terryville High School, are youth members of the
Local Prevention Council and the Terryville High
School Chapter of Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD). The
two adult members who attended were Chris Perkins the LPC Project
Coordinator and Pat Borda an adult member of the LPC.
The students worked long hours each day, from 7:15 a.m. until 11:00 p.m.
in the evening, and even sometimes later into the night. The group learned
about community engagement and leadership. The students worked so hard
and diligently, that they were singled out to have their 8 minute presentation idea become the main presentation at the Awards Luncheon. It included
video, music, and public speakers from the Plymouth LPC youth and a dozen
others from around the country. The audience for their presentation was 2,700
people, with members of the White House Staff and Cabinet level members of
the government as well as Prevention Specialists and volunteers from around
the world. The training staff complimented the student’s efforts and gave
them a new computer tablet so that they could take their efforts at home to
the next level. The group also attended and led two meetings with staffers
from the offices of both of Connecticut’s Senators to discuss community work
regarding substance abuse prevention. The students are already planning to
return next year for the advanced training course.
The second big accomplishment was the 2nd Annual World Café held
by the LPC. The World Café included over 40 community members from
various walks of life. There were parents, teachers, administrators, coaches, firemen, students, clergy, members of civic groups, and senior citizens all having an
open and frank discussion about the issues surrounding
substance abuse prevention in Plymouth. The World
Café committee included Pat Borda, Lisa Aiudi, and
Officer Patrick Walsh. With assistance from Chris Perkins who helped with logistics and setup and Culinary
Arts Teacher Mary Rioux whose classes prepared the
delicious food laid out for the event. The group talked about the current perceptions and msiconceptions
about the prevention messages that youth are getting.
They discussed the ways to expand and improve the
effectiveness of prevention messages. It was agreed
that spreading the message and information about the
community expectation and norm that we all desire
a drug free community should be a priority. Within a
week the complete notes and information generated by
the discussion will be available on the LPC webstie. It
was a successful event and the LPC hopes that all the
participants go out into their daily lives and continue our mission of Talking
about substance abuse prevention often. TALK Early….TALK Often.
The next meeting of the Plymouth Local Prevention Council is Wednesday 4th of March at 3pm. It is open to all residents of Plymouth. It will be
held at Plymouth Town Hall. Any questions please contact Chris Perkins,
Project Coordinator for the Plymouth LPC at 860-314-2777 ext 5433 or [email protected] or visit our website at or like us
on facebook at
Hometown Heritage
By Jerry Milne
This month’s historic Plymouth photo is
in keeping with our Civil War theme, as planning continues for the celebration on May 30 of
Dorence Atwater, Plymouth’s Civil War hero.
Recently, a Chris Foard of Delaware sent the
Historical Society a portion of the memoirs of
Francis Atwater, Dorence’s younger brother.
Francis became a close, lifelong friend of Clara
Barton through his brother. The memoirs are
fascinating, as Francis describes himself as “the
confidential agent of the world’s greatest humanitarian”. The memoirs are also intriguing in that
they include this photograph.
Hmmm! Immediately, speculation began. Where is
this house? Is it still standing? If so, does it still look
like the photo? A close inspection of an 1852 map of
Plymouth does show a house owned by T. Atwater in
Terryville. We met with the owner and the house looks
just as it did back then. Amazingly, even the old pear
tree on the left side of the house is still there.
To find out where this house is, go to Be the first to email us with
the correct answer to get a a free copy of the book “Andersonville to Tahiti-The Story of Dorence Atwater” and
a free lifetime membership in the Historical Society.
Plymouth Board of Education Appoints Martin
Semmel as New Superintendent of Schools
The Board of Education has appointed Southington High School Principal
Martin Semmel, Ed. D., as the new superintendent of schools.
The Board made the appointment official at its meeting held at Terryville
High School on Wednesday. Semmel will begin his new position on Monday,
March 16. He was selected from a pool of eight other candidates, including six
who interviewed for the superintendency.
“It will be my honor and privilege to serve the community of Plymouth
as superintendent of schools,” said Semmel. “I look forward to meeting the
students, parents, and community members and hearing their visions for our
schools. I am excited to work with the talented and dedicated Board of Education members, administrative team, faculty and staff to fulfill our mission.”
He added that student success would be at the heart of his work in Plymouth. “I am eager to begin collaborating with the students and the adults in the
community to build on the accomplishments of the Plymouth school system.”
Semmel has been principal of Southington High School since 2010. He was
previously principal at Bristol Central High School from 2007-10 and was
an assistant principal at that school from 2001-07. He began his educational
career as a math teacher at South Windsor High School in 1996. Semmel is a
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graduate of the University of Connecticut, where he also earned his master’s
degree and educational doctorate.
Plymouth Board of Education Chairman Raymond Engle said that the
board was intrigued by Semmel’s background in curriculum and experience
as the principal of a large school. Southington High School alone has about
475 more students and 20 percent more staff members than Plymouth’s entire
school district and Semmel was instrumental in constructing and managing a
large budget. He also helped raise test scores, improved student discipline, and
developed an accountability plan.
“It’s a great pleasure to welcome Dr. Martin Semmel as the new Plymouth Superintendent of Schools,” Engle said. “He will bring a newfound openness to the Board
along with a commitment to the children, parents, and Plymouth community.”
Trumbull-based Cooperative Educational Services coordinated the search
for a new superintendent on behalf of the Board. C.E.S. Executive Search
Services consultants held focus groups with community stakeholders and conducted an online survey to create a leadership profile for the position, based on
the characteristics and skills desired. The Board relied on the profile throughout the hiring process.
The Human Service
Commission needs
your help!
Local News
Rep. Whit Betts and Sen. Henri Martin
Update Taxpayers at Lucky Cup
Sen. Henri Martin (second from left) and Rep. Whit
Betts (third from left) were joined by several area
residents during a Feb. 20 “Coffee Hours” event at
Lucky Cup in Plymouth. The legislators provided
an update from the State Capitol and answered questions about public policy issues. Those who could
not attend may contact Betts at [email protected] or 800-842-1423 and Martin at Henri.
[email protected] or 860 240-0022.
Path to Employment for SNAP recipients
If you are receiving SNAP (food stamps) and not receiving financial assistance from the state of CT you may
be eligible to participate in an exciting opportunity! SNAP
Employment and Training offers many certificate and job
training programs at no cost!
While the SNAP program meets the immediate need of hunger,
the Employment and Training Program is designed to break the
cycle of poverty. Most people receiving SNAP benefits who are
able to work want to work. Many of SNAP recipients are working
at jobs that don’t pay high enough wage or provide enough hours.
Employment and Training provides an opportunity for people to
obtain certificates in a variety fields including but not limited to
massage therapy, culinary arts and manufacturing.
In order to apply for this program, SNAP recipients can contact any of the 11 partners to enroll in the Employment and Training certificate program. The two closest colleges are Northwestern CT Community College 860-738-6419 (Winsted) or Capitol
Community College (Hartford) 860-905-5029.
DSS has currently partnered with eleven organizations
to provide these Employment and Training program ser-
vices. They are:
1. Career Resources - Bridgeport - 203-610-8677
2. Community Renewal Team - Hartford - 860-560-5765
3. Eastern CT Workforce Investment Board - Franklin - 860-859-4100 ext. 22
4. The Kennedy Center - Waterbury - 203-365-8522 ext. 239
5. Capital Community College - Hartford - 860-905-5029
6. Opportunities Industrialization Center - New London - 860-447-1731
7. Gateway Community College - New Haven - 203-285-2408
8. Asnuntuck Community College - Enfield - 860-253-3128
9. Goodwin College - East Hartford - 860-727-6793
10. Workforce Alliance - New Haven - 203-624-1493 x270
11. Northwestern CT Community College - Winsted - 860-738-6419
All eleven have entered into agreements with DSS to
help eligible SNAP recipients gain the skills they need to
find employment in the current job market. All eleven do
their own recruiting and will be happy to discuss their programs with Connecticut SNAP recipients. Interested persons do not need to live in the town where the services are
provided and may self-initiate at any location.
Helping you live the simple life
We are evaluating our services and would appreciate
any thoughts you have on additional services that would
benefit the residents of Plymouth.
If you have received any service from the Human Service
Department at Town Hall, we would love to hear from you.
Please call Commission Chair Heidi Caron @ 860-5859528 or Commission Vice Chair Sally Bain-Picard @ 860584-1389; and complete a BRIEF questionnaire.
Thank-You for your assistance.
The Human Services Agenda and
minutes from the meetings are
now posted on the Town Website.
The CT Department
of Social Services
If you receive benefits from the state of CT from the Department of Social Services (DSS), there are two ways to access information about your benefits without waiting for a returned phone call. The first is the easy to use automated phone
system. The toll-free number is 1-855-626-6632. You will
need your client ID# and create a 6 digit PIN to protect your
information. (Please note, this PIN is different than the EBT
PIN) If you need to speak to a live person, there may be a very
long wait. The other way to get information is online at www. , where you can create an online account and see if
you have paperwork due and what programs you are receiving. You can also do a benefits screen to see what benefits you
are eligible for (even if you are not currently receiving benefits). Plymouth Human Services can help answer questions
that you may have about all of the changes, 860-585-4028.
31 Main Street
Terryville 06786
phone 860-589-8858
fax 860-589-7968
Mon.-Fri. 9-6
Saturday 9-5
Sunday 9-3
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Terryville Fire Department
Propane Safety Tips
The operation of camping stoves, gas grills, fireplaces,
and outdoor lighting often depend on the use of propane.
Propane gas is also a common fuel source for indoor cooking stoves, hot water heaters, heating pools and homes.
Propane consumers must understand and follow proper
tank storage guidelines. While generally safe, propane is
a highly flammable fuel source. The improper storage of
propane tanks may lead to accidents that result in costly
damage, injuries, and even death.
Propane Tanks
• Transport and use propane tanks only in the upright,
vertical position.
• Whenever a propane tank is not attached to an appliance, the cylinder valve must be closed and plugged with
a plastic plug.
• Do not leave propane tanks in your vehicle.
• Do not use or store propane tanks in your home, basement, or garage.
• Never refill a tank that is damaged or out-of-date (more
than 10 years old).
• Treat empty propane tanks with the same care as full
ones. Avoid dropping, rough handling, and any contact
with sparks or flames.
Properties and Characteristics of Propane
• Under pressure propane is a liquid which is very cold.
• In its natural state, propane is an odorless and colorless gas.
• A chemical odorant has been added to propane to give it
a distinct smell. The smell is similar to rotten eggs.
• If propane comes in contact with your skin, it can result
in frost burns.
• Concentrations or a buildup of propane may cause flash
fires or explosions.
• Propane is heavier than air. A propane leak will result in
a buildup of gas at floor levels or in other low areas before
it begins to dissipate.
• Even a slight gas odor may signal a serious propane gas
leak, and you should take immediate action if you smell gas
or suspect a leak.
What to do if you smell gas or have a gas leak
If you think you smell propane in your home or in the area
around any gas equipment, you should immediately follow
these suggestions:
• Extinguish all smoking material and any other open flames
or sources of ignition. Everyone should vacate the building
or area.
• Move away without using any electrical switches, appliances, or telephones.
• If possible close the gas shutoff valve on the propane tank.
• Call the fire department from a cellular telephone or a
neighbor’s telephone.
• Return to using gas equipment only when a service technician or emergency responders indicate it is safe to do so.
Safe storage of a propane tank
• Store propane tanks in a well-ventilated area that is not in
direct sunlight or exposed to the weather.
• Do not store propane tanks in a location subject to excessive
heat, open flame or close to any other type of ignition source.
• Never store a propane tank in a basement or cellar, garage,
home, occupied building or areas that are used by people.
• Store all propane tanks on a flat surface that does not
collect water.
• Do not store propane tanks on grassy areas or areas
prone to moisture.
• Rust damages a propane tank; a rusted propane tank is
not safe to use.
• Store a propane tank in an upright position at all times.
Submitted by Captain Tony Orsini,
Terryville Fire Department, Health & Safety Officer
Sources: Safety Authority, Energy Partners, Propane Gas Association of Canada, Railroad Commission of Texas
Natural Gas Safety Tips - Smells Bad, Right? That’s Good!
It’s true that natural gas is a clean burning fuel – so clean,
that it is colorless, odorless, and tasteless. That is why a sulfurlike odor (mercaptan) is added to natural gas – so you’ll smell it
when there is a natural gas leak in your home or business. The
gas company adds ethyl mercaptan to natural gas to give the gas
that strange odor. If you smell something like a rotten egg odor,
you may have a natural gas leak. Leave the area immediately,
calling the fire department from a neighbor’s home to report this
odor of natural gas in your home or neighborhood.
It is important for you to do your part to make sure a safe fuel
T.F.D. Fire Calls
January 26, 2015 - February 24, 2015
01-26-15…..Gas investigation – Haase Avenue
01-26-15…..Illegal burning – Main Street
01-27-15…..Power lines burning on House – Main St.
01-28-15…..Mutual aid to Harwinton
01-28-15…..Natural gas line leaking – Allen St. @ Pearl St.
01-28-15…..Smoke investigation – Gosinski Park
01-31-15…..Broken water pipe – Main Street
02-01-15…..Tractor trailer leaking fuel– Matthews St.
02-01-15…...Structure fire – Main Street
02-02-15…..Activated alarm – Fall Mtn. Terrace
02-03-15…..Odor of natural gas – Hickory St. @ Oak St.
02-03-15…..Smoke investigation – Hickory Street
02-04-15…..MVA – South Riverside Avenue
02-05-15…..Alarm investigation – Heather Lane
02-05-15…..Car fire – Burnham Street
02-06-15…..MVA – Rt. 6 @ North Street
02-06-15…..Investigation – Bobin Road
02-07-15…..Car fire – Maggie Court
02-11-15…..MVA / fluids leaking – Main St. @ Allen St.
02-12-15…..Activated carbon monoxide alarm – Kearney St.
02-13-15…..Fluids on roadway – Summit View Road 02-13-15…..Assist Public Works Dept. – Hillside Ave.
02-13-15…..MVA – Main Street
02-14-15…..MVA fluids on roadway – Rt. 72 @ Preston Rd.
02-14-15…..Natural gas leak – Canal Street
02-15-15…..Oven fire – Green Drive
02-16-15…..Broken water pipe – Main Street
02-18-15…..Automatic alarm investigation – Keegan Rd,
02-18-15…..Lift assist – Scott Road
02-20-15…..Car into building – Main Street
02-21-15…..MVA fluids on roadway – Rt. 72 @ Bemis St.
02-21-15…..Water problem – Fisher School
02-21-15…..Possible structure fire – Hickory Street
02-21-15…..Alarm investigation – South Street
02-22-15…..Gasoline leak – Main Street
02-22-15…..Activated fire alarm – Fall Mountain Rd.
is even safer. Here are some natural gas safety tips.
• Learn all you can about natural gas. The more you know…
the more you will be safe.
• Use your nose. If you detect even a small amount of the odor of
natural gas in the air, don’t stay, exit the building immediately. Go
to another place like a neighbor’s home to call the fire department.
• When exiting the building don’t light any matches or lighters,
turn on a gas range or other gas appliances, use a phone, flip any
electrical switches on or off including the television or radio, turn
on a flashlight, or open an automatic garage door. Do not start your
car. Don’t do anything that could create a spark or ignite a flame.
• Stay out of the building until a gas company official or the fire
department officer in charge says it is safe to return.
• Teach children never to light or play with natural gas appliances, and to stay away from natural gas meters. Also, children
should not pull on natural gas piping (nor should adults hang
anything on these pipes).
• Don’t use a gas oven or range for space heating or any other
purpose other than that for which it was designed.
• For safety and efficiency, gas appliances, such as kitchen stoves
and gas fireplaces, should be inspected and cleaned periodically.
• Keep paints, thinners, gasoline, oils, aerosol sprays, boxes,
papers and other flammable or combustible materials away from
natural gas appliances, including water heaters and furnaces/
Submitted by Chief Mark Sekorski
Page 12 • The Plymouth Connection • March, 2015
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boilers. Vapors from flammable liquids are typically heavier
than air and can ignite when exposed to an open flame – such as
pilot lights or operating heating appliances.
• Do not refuel lawnmowers or other power tools with gasoline,
and do not clean brushes or tools with solvents, when near a heating appliance or any other source of flame.
• When purchasing natural gas appliances look for the seal of
a national testing agency, such as the American Gas Association
(AGA) or the Underwriters’ Laboratory (UL).
• When moving gas appliances for any reason, be sure that the
natural gas connection has been properly shut off and capped or
• Recognize that the burning of any fuel can create carbon monoxide. Heating systems and chimney flues should be serviced by
professionals to ensure that they are safe and in proper operation.
And as an added measure, make sure you have working carbon
monoxide alarms and smoke alarms in your home.
Until next month be safe!
Submitted by Captain Tony Orsini, Terryville Fire Department
Health & Safety Officer
Sources: Georgia Public Service Commission, Central Hudson
Gas & Electric Corporation, Trussville Utilities
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Thomaston Savings Bank Donates Money to Landmark Community
Theatre for the 2015 Season at the Thomaston Opera House
Stephen Lewis, President
and CEO of Thomaston
Savings Bank (on the
left) presents a check to
Jeff Dunn, Executive Director of the Landmark
Community Theatre (on
the right) at the Thomaston Opera House.
Thomaston Savings Bank has donated $15,000 to the Landmark
Community Theatre (LCT) in order to continue to bring the performing
arts to the Thomaston Opera House and to help LCT offer opportunities where the community may produce, participate in and enjoy the
performing arts. LCT seeks to educate all ages in theatre and music
and strives to preserve and protect the Opera House as a historic landmark and community space. Built in 1884, the Thomaston Opera House
serves as a cultural and educational center for the performing arts in
Thomaston and its surrounding towns.
LCT is committed to continuing the high level theatrical productions
that it has become known for throughout the region and Thomaston
Savings Bank commends LCT for bringing the performing arts back to
LCT is very excited to be entering into its fourth theatrical season
managing the Historic Thomaston Opera House. Preparations are underway for the 2015 Season Shows which include: Winnie-the-Pooh, The
Stetson Experience, A Mardi Gras Masquerade, Arsenic & Old Lace,
Chicago, The Little Mermaid, Memphis, and The 1940’s Radio Hour.
LCT announces 2015 Season Productions at Thomaston Opera House
Landmark Community Theatre (LCT) is very excited to be entering into its fourth season of managing the Historic Thomaston Opera
House. The 2015 season offers five main stage shows including comedies, Broadway and family favorites and a big band holiday musical!
This season will also include a masquerade event, a Teen Drama Club
production and children’s shows!
The 2015 Season will start off with a comedy, ARSENIC & OLD
LACE by Joseph Kesselring, showing March 14, 20, 21, 27, 28 @ 8pm
and March 15, 22, 29 @ 2pm. A clever combination of the farcical and
the macabre, Arsenic & Old Lace centers on two elderly sisters who
are famous in their Brooklyn neighborhood for their numerous acts of
charity. Unfortunately, however, their charity includes poisoning lonely
old men who come to their home looking for lodging. We meet Mortimer Brewster as he stumbles upon his aunts’ cellar with the remains
of socially and religiously “acceptable” roomers, another nephew who
believes he is Theodore Roosevelt and digs locks for the Panama Canal
in the cellar; and a third nephew that appears after having just escaped
from a mental institution and has received plastic surgery performed by
his accomplice, Dr. Einstein. In his adroit mixture of comedy and mayhem, Kesselring satirizes the charitable impulse as he pokes fun at the
conventions of the theater.
The first musical of the season is a Broadway smash, CHICAGO,
showing April 18, 24, 25, May 1, 2 @ 8pm and April 19, 26, May 3 @
2pm. Set in the legendary city during the roaring “jazz hot” 20s, Chicago tells the story of two rival vaudevillian murderesses locked up in
Cook County Jail. Nightclub star, Velma serves time for killing her husband and sister after finding the two in bed together. Driven chorus girl
Roxie has been tossed in the joint for bumping off the lover she’s been
cheating on her husband with. Not one to rest on her laurels, Velma
enlists the help of prison matron Mama Morton and slickster lawyer
Billy Flynn, who turns Velma’s incarceration into a murder-of-the-week
media frenzy, thus preparing the world for a splashy showbiz comeback.
But Roxie’s got some of her own tricks up her sleeve…the #1 longest
running American musical on Broadway and winner of 6 tony awards,
CHICAGO has everything that makes Broadway great: a universal tale
of fame, fortune and all that jazz!
The summer production is one for the whole family, Disney’s THE
LITTLE MERMAID, showing July 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25 @ 7pm and
July 12, 19, 26 @ 2pm. In a magical kingdom beneath the sea, a beautiful young mermaid named Ariel longs to leave her ocean home to live
in the world above. The evil sea witch, Ursula, grants her the opportunity to sprout legs and go after the heart of Prince Eric, but with Ursula
working against her she’ll need help from her friends and family if she
is ever to see her dreams come true. Based on the award-winning Disney
film, the Little Mermaid is a musical favorite for audiences of all ages
and features beloved songs such as “Under the Sea”, “Kiss the Girl” and
“Part of Your World”. Hear new songs, meet new characters and relive
the tale that you and your family will fall in love with all over again!
The third musical of the 2015 Season features the sensuous, soulful sound of rhythm ‘n’ blues, MEMPHIS, showing September 19, 25,
26, October 2, 3 @ 8pm and September 20, 27, October 4 @ 2pm. In
1950s Memphis, Tennessee, the soul of a new era is dawning as the first
incredible sounds of rock ‘n’ roll, blues and gospel emerge. Falling in
love with a beautiful club singer, one young man’s vision to bring her
voice and her music out of the clubs and onto the airwaves of America
will fly in the face of cultural divides and spark a music revolution that
will shake the world.
The final production of the 2015 Season is a big band holiday musical,
1940’S RADIO HOUR, showing November 27, December 4, 5, 11, 12
@ 8pm and November 28, 29, December 6, 13 @ 2pm. With 1940s mu-
sic, dancing and old-time sound effects the play portrays the final holiday
broadcast of the Mutual Manhattan Variety Cavalcade on the New York
radio station WOV in December 1942. Relive the spirit of that bygone era
when the world was at war and pop music meant “Strike Up the Band”
and “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” (both are in this show). The musical
captures the holiday mayhem as the harassed producer copes with a drunk
lead singer, the delivery boy who wants a chance in front of the mike, the
second banana who dreams of singing a ballad, and the trumpet playing
sound effects man who chooses a fighter plane over Glenn Miller. 1940’S
RADIO HOUR is holiday gem to share with whole family.
Additional Season events: The Backyard Theater Ensemble will
perform in April in the Arts Center Theatre. A springtime concert featuring the Thomaston Jazz orchestra led by Jim Luurtsema will be held on
May 16th. The Landmark Student Theatre’s Drama Club will present a
main stage production on October 15, 16, & 17. And finally on October
31st, the CVTOS will present The Phantom of the Opera, a silent film
accompanied by Juan Cardona Jr. on the TOH historic Theatre Organ.
Landmark Community Theatre Subscriptions offer the best seats
available at the lowest prices. Subscribers may make all of their performance selections at the time of purchase or as the season progresses.
LCT also offers a season 4Pack for the undecided patron or to give as a
gift. The 4Pack offers four admissions at discounted prices to any one of
LCT 2015 Season main stage productions. The four admissions may be
used in any combination of shows i.e. 1 ticket to four shows, 2 tickets to
two shows or 4 tickets to one show. For more information on subscriptions, gift certificates and group sales contact or visit the Box Office,
(860) 283-6250 Monday – Friday, 1pm – 6pm & Saturdays 1pm - 4pm
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Leisure & Activity
Terryville Fish & Game Club Annual Ice Fishing Derby
The Terryville Fish & Game Club held its
annual ice fishing derby Saturday, February
7, 2015 at the Middle Pond. The derby was
a tremendous success. Mother Nature cooperated. The weather and ice conditions
were great. The air temperature was cold,
but the camaraderie, competition, and the
fishing was great. The average ice thickness
was about 14 inches. Fifty-one anglers
participated in the 6 hour derby. Many assorted fish were caught during the derby
including trout, largemouth bass, pickerel,
and perch. A great time was had by all.
Fish and Game Club
Terryville, Connecticut
Founded 1905
Annual Ham
Shoot March 22
The Terryville Fish & Game Club will be holding its Annual Ham
Shoot on Sunday, March 22, 2015, on the Middle Pond clubhouse
grounds Grove Street, Terryville. The Ham Shoot will start at 10 a.m.
and end at 4 p.m. The public is invited. Refreshments, including Uncle Bill’s world famous New England clam chowder and much more
will be available throughout the day. For additional information call
Bill Arlofski at 860-589-7399 or Tony Orsini at 860-589-6684.
Directions to the TFG clubhouse grounds: From Route 6 (Main
Street), at the waterwheel, turn onto Benedict Street. At the Y, bear
left onto Emmett Street. Take the first left turn, stay on Emmett Street.
Continue on Emmett Street then turn right on to Grove Street. The
entrance to the Terryville Fish & Game Club parking lot is at the top
of the hill on the left. Look for the Terryville Fish & Game Club sign
Family Night Corned Beef
& Cabbage Supper March 14
The Terryville Fish & Game Club will be holding A Family Night Corned
Beef & Cabbage Supper on Saturday, March 14, 2015 at the Middle Pond
Clubhouse on Grove Street, Terryville. The public is invited. The supper
will be served buffet style. The menu includes sliced corned beef, vegetables (cabbage, potatoes, and carrots), onion soup, rye bread & butter,
assorted desserts, coffee and tea; plus other beverages at a slight charge.
The first supper sitting will be at 5:00 p.m., while the second supper sitting
will be at 7:00 p.m. Each sitting will be limited to fifty tickets. The ticket
cost is adults $12, children 6 to 12 years old $6, and children 5 years old
and under are free. For additional information or to purchase tickets call
Bill Arlofski at (860) 589-7399 or Eileen Klimanoski at (860) 589-4740.
The Plymouth Connection • March, 2015 • Page 15
Teddy Bear Health Clinic
Leisure & Activity
Imagine Nation, A Museum Early Learning Center located at One Pleasant Street in
Bristol, CT is hosting a “Teddy Bear Health
Clinic” parent and child event on Saturday,
March 28th 2015 from 10:00-1:00pm. The
Teddy Bear Clinic offers a fun and interactive way for children to become familiar with
visiting a hospital or their pediatrician. Children should bring their teddy bear or stuffed
animal for a health check-up provided by
medical professionals. Families can visit
hands-on stations to learn about developmental health and wellness lifestyles. Activities
for the day also include a teddy bear repair
station, teddy bear wellness checkup, nutrition, oral hygiene, crafts, hands-on activities
and more. The event sponsored by the Thomaston Savings Bank and in partnership with
MEP of Bristol, is included with museum
admission. Admission is $10.00 per person,
children under one and museum members are
free. ACM and Library passes are not accepted for this event. For further information call
the museum at (860) 314-1400.
Imagine Nation, A Museum Early Learning Center is a division of the Boys & Girls
Club and Family Center of Bristol.
Imagine Nation, A Museum Early Learning Center will be hosting a fabulous event From The Vine,
Wine Tasting, Fondue, Grape Stomping, Sweets Too
on Friday, March 6th at Imagine Nation located at
One Pleasant Street from 6:30-9:00pm. Attendees
will enjoy a variety of wines provided by Yankee
Discount Liquor Hors d’oeuvres and non-alcoholic
beverages. Live entertainment will be provided by
Jazz Guitarist Sinan Bakir. Proceeds from the event
will support the museum’s educational initiatives;
Imagine Nation continues to be a unique environ-
ment that inspires young children and families to investigate tangible, interactive, learning experiences.
The advance ticket price is $35.00; tickets are
on sale at Imagine Nation at One Pleasant Street
and on our website
Tickets will be available at the door the evening
of the event for $40.00. Attendees must be 21
years or older to attend this event.
For more information contact Doreen Stickney at (860) 540-3160, [email protected]
Congratulations Terryville Youth
Soccer Club, U-11 fall 2014 team
Imagine Nation
‘From The Vine’ Wine Tasting
Pictured from left to right - first row, Gabriel Paez, Noah Fernet, Christian DiSapio, Caleb Smith, and Chris Stager. Second row, Jared Rheault, Jack Carpenter,
Ryan Maske, Andrew Nizzardo, Gabriel Stradtman, Abigail Williams, Zoe Zappone,
Matthew Mulvehill, and Michael Rinaldi. Third row, Coaches, Darren Smith, Karl
Maske, and Pete Carpenter. Coach Jason Fernet not pictured.
On Saturday, January 10, 2015, the Terryville
Youth Soccer Club (TYSC) fall 2014 U-11 travel
team was honored by the Connecticut Junior Soccer Association (CJSA) for their winning soccer
season at the CJSA annual banquet. The team and
their families enjoyed a buffet-style luncheon at
The Amber Room in Danbury. The team had an
impressive season with 7 wins, 0 losses, and 1 tie!
The team was coached by Karl Maske, Jason Fernet, Pete Carpenter and Darren Smith, and Becky
Zappone was the team manager/team mom.
Many of the players on the team began playing for TYSC when they were just four years old.
The U-11 travel team has been playing together
competitively since fall 2012. The team is registered with the CJSA Northwest District in the
boys’ division. In addition to the twelve boys on
the roster, there are also two girls on the team
who are able to compete in the boys’ league.
TYSC is a non-profit organization run entirely by volunteers. The organization was founded
in the early 1970s by a group of local parents who
wished for their children to enjoy and experience
youth soccer. The current board of directors is
under the direction of Chris Beauchemin, President, Jason Fernet, Vice President, and Becky
Zappone, Treasurer. The club collaborates with
The Town of Plymouth Board of Education and
The Plymouth Parks & Recreation Department
for facility use for practices, training, and games.
In recent seasons, the club has experienced
record enrollment in both the recreation and travel
leagues. The recreation league plays in-town, utilizing Hancock Field on Greystone Road in Plymouth as well as the field at Prospect Street School.
The travel league uses the Upper Fisher Field for
home games and travels to locations within the
Northwest region for away games. The travel
division consists of competitive teams ranging in
divisions from U-9 through U-19. Selective boys’
teams allow girls to roster on their teams; while
other teams are exclusively boys’ or girls’ teams.
Registration locations and dates for spring
2015 season will soon be announced. Additionally, parents may register their children online
at the club’s website: www.tyscsoccer.grupo.
la. TYSC invites all interested youth ages 4-11
to register for the recreation division. Players
interested in a travel team must contact the club
directly so the coaches may determine if there are
any vacancies on the current travel team rosters.
Financial assistance is offered to families in need.
TYSC’s spring season kicks-off in early April!
On Saturday, January 10, 2015, the Terryville
Youth Soccer Club (TYSC) fall 2014 U-11 travel
team was honored by the Connecticut Junior Soccer Association (CJSA) for their winning soccer
season at the CJSA annual banquet. The team and
their families enjoyed a buffet-style luncheon at
The Amber Room in Danbury. The team had an
impressive season with 7 wins, 0 losses, and 1 tie!
The team was coached by Karl Maske, Jason Fernet, Pete Carpenter and Darren Smith, and Becky
Zappone was the team manager/team mom.
Many of the players on the team began playing for TYSC when they were just four years old.
The U-11 travel team has been playing together
competitively since fall 2012. The team is registered with the CJSA Northwest District in the
boys’ division. In addition to the twelve boys on
the roster, there are also two girls on the team
who are able to compete in the boys’ league.
TYSC is a non-profit organization run entirely by volunteers. The organization was founded
in the early 1970s by a group of local parents who
wished for their children to enjoy and experience
youth soccer. The current board of directors is
under the direction of Chris Beauchemin, President, Jason Fernet, Vice President, and Becky
Zappone, Treasurer. The club collaborates with
The Town of Plymouth Board of Education and
The Plymouth Parks & Recreation Department
for facility use for practices, training, and games.
In recent seasons, the club has experienced
record enrollment in both the recreation and travel
leagues. The recreation league plays in-town, utilizing Hancock Field on Greystone Road in Plymouth as well as the field at Prospect Street School.
The travel league uses the Upper Fisher Field for
home games and travels to locations within the
Northwest region for away games. The travel
division consists of competitive teams ranging in
divisions from U-9 through U-19. Selective boys’
teams allow girls to roster on their teams; while
other teams are exclusively boys’ or girls’ teams.
Registration locations and dates for spring
2015 season will soon be announced. Additionally, parents may register their children online at the
club’s website: TYSC
invites all interested youth ages 4-11 to register
for the recreation division. Players interested in
a travel team must contact the club directly so the
coaches may determine if there are any vacancies
on the current travel team rosters. Financial assistance is offered to families in need. TYSC’s
spring season kicks-off in early April!
Page 16 • The Plymouth Connection • March, 2015
Parks and Recreation
For All Seasons and Ages!
Time to Think Summer!
Youth Summer Camp: K – 6th Grades
Registration Now Open Online! Registration
discounts available for Youth Summer Camp.
NEW: Teen Adventure Travel Camp:
7th – 10th Grades Registration Opening Soon!
Spaces will be limited, so register early.
Please LIKE our Facebook page to receive
the latest updates, and view our registration
site often, at
Activities and Programs Include:
• Youth Summer Camp
• NEW: Teen Adventure Travel Camp
• Coming Soon: Fishing Derby
• Art & Tea (last Saturday of each month)
• Dog Obedience with Val
• Gymnastics/Hip Hop
• Combo Class - Tap, Tumbling, Hip Hop
• RESERVE NOW: Community Garden Plots
• Excel Martial Arts
• Fly-Tying Class
• Tai-Chi
• Horseback Riding
• Adult Volleyball
• Senior Exercise
• Yoga, Active for Adults
• Open Gym, Adult, Men’s
A special thanks to our Youth Rec Basketball sponsors!
Mack & Molly’s Pet Parlor • Terryville Chevrolet • Lee Hardware
Crabby Al’s • Thomaston Savings Bank • Hometown Pizza
Cleveland’s Country Store • Smile Haven • Terryville Lions Club
Please patronize and support these businesses/organizations!
General Information:
Registrations for many activities are on a continuing basis.
Please call or email the P&R Dept. for details and fees.
Some Programs May Qualify for an Early Registration Discount!
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News from Terryville
Plymouth Little League
Leisure & Activity
Remember the Roos: a season full of milestones
One of the most brutal winters in recent memory is hopefully
coming to a close, and so too is the 2014-2015 Connecticut high
school basketball season. The Terryville Kangaroos basketball
squad only has one remaining regular season game left against
Nonnewaug High School, before the Berkshire League and state
tournaments begin shortly.
There were a lot of questions coming into the season for the
Kangaroos. The main question was how could the Kangaroos
possibly replicate last year’s season after the graduation of two
All-State players and 1,000 point scorers, Jacob Johnson and Tyler Trillo. Johnson and Trillo, who both went on to Roger Williams University in Bristol, Rhode Island, helped led the Kangaroos to a 19-1 regular season record and their first postseason
Berkshire League Championship since 1995.
2007 Terryville High graduate and current assistant coach,
David Alarcon, has been impressed by this year’s squad, who
currently holds an overall record of 13-6, and a Bl record of 13-4,
which is good enough for second place in the league.
“This season has been a successful one so far,” Alarcon
said. “The team works really hard. It’s never easy to replace two
All-State players (Johnson and Trillo) and four senior starters,
but this team has done a good job excelling in their rolls, and
hopefully we continue to improve heading into the tournament
and defend our league title from last year.”
One of the main reasons why the Kangaroos are in the position that they are is because of senior guard, Shea Tracy. Tracy,
a three year starter and an All-State selection from last year, is
finishing off one of the most legendary careers in Terryville High
School basketball history.
Tracy garnered national attention after he scored 51 points and
broke a Connecticut- state - record for most three-pointers in a
game, with 13 long balls in a blowout victory over Shepaug in late
January at the hallowed grounds of the old Terryville High School.
Tracy was also able to score his 1,000th point on the same day
when he broke the state-record for most three-pointers in a game.
“Scoring a 1,000 points was a very special night, ”Tracy said. I
couldn’t have done it without all the people around me. My teammates on that night were incredible. They knew it was a special
night and they never stopped feeding me the ball.”
Tracy, who hopes to play basketball at Keene State College
in New Hampshire and major in physical education next fall,
recently played one of his final regular season home games at
senior night along with the five other senior Kangaroo basketball
players, which resulted in another lopsided, 88 to 68 victory over
Housatonic. In that game, Tracy scored 39 points, dished out nine
assists, and landed eight rebounds.
Tracy’s illustrious four year career could not be possible without his teammates and the close-knitted community that have
supported him, and his fellow teammates throughout the years.
“My four years as a Kangaroo have been awesome; like I said,
my teammates had my back, and I love them all,” Tracy said.
“The student body and the community throughout the four years
have been great. They always have supported us through good
times and bad.”
The humble senior guard also paid homage to the coaches that
have helped transform him into the highly touted player that he is
today. “I also want to say thank you to Coach Alarcon, Coach Sirianni, and especially Coach Fowler for helping to shape me into
the player I’ve become over the last several years,” Tracy said.
The man who Tracy had most praise for, Coach Mark Fowler,
also reached a career milestone of his own with a 76-50 victory
over Gilbert last week, which sealed Fowler’s 200th win as a
head basketball coach.
Fowler has left indelible impressions on many of the young
men that he has coached throughout his fifteen year career, including assistant Coach Dave Alarcon, who has followed in his
mentor’s footsteps. “It was special being a part of coach’s 200th
win, especially considering I’ve been a part of them as a player
and now as a coach, “Alarcon said. “He prepares his players so
well. It has been great coaching with him and Coach Sirianni,
and it was a pleasure playing for him. It’s nice to see him get
some credit when he always gives it to the players.”
A basketball season that has been filled of personal milestones
will end shortly for the 2014-2015 Terryville High School boys’
basketball team. Six young men will leave Terryville High and
embark on the next journeys of their lives. A new crop of freshman will nervously walk the halls next fall, but the memories
that this year’s team, and the impact that they have had on the
community, will not fade.
As of right now, Shea Tracy and all the members of the Terryville Kangaroos basketball team hope to add to those memories, which will hopefully culminate in the cutting down of the
nets at rival, Thomaston High School on March 5th (weather permitting), which would symbolize their second Berkshire League
Championship in as many years.
Shea Tracy has high hopes for himself and his Kangaroos as they
head towards playoff basketball. “Senior year has been very fun,
but it has gone by so quick,” Tracy said. “I’m going to miss the relationship we’ve built as a team. Our team’s mindset going into the
BL and State Tournaments is just to be aggressive and have energy
every night. If we do that, we know we can win a lot of games.”
By Christopher Griffin
Chris Griffin is a ten year resident of Terryville and a graduate
of Holy Cross High School. Chris is currently an journalism major
and a senior at Western Connecticut State University. He is an aspiring sports writer and screen- play writer.
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The Plymouth Connection • March, 2015 • Page 17
Business, Chamber & Rotary
Who do you trust?
20th Annual Edmund
You’re Invited...
Ganem Memorial
Plymouth Chamber
5K RUN/Walk,
20th Annual Dinner
May 3, 2015
& Awards Ceremony Sunday, 20th
Janet Johnson
Trust is a two-way commitment between a giver (or provider) and a receiver. When trust is missing from the
commitment, either the two sides will
choose not to work together or they will
try to work together and neither side
will experience a positive and beneficial
result. Let me share some examples.
In my family’s contract manufacturing business, we held many corporate contracts for over 18 years.
Working largely with cosmetic packagers, we produced an average
of 50 million parts per year for the world’s most prominent cosmetic
companies including Avon®, Mary Kay®, and MAC®. Rather than
ask, how did we attract these customers, let’s ask, “How did we keep
these customers?”
As the baseline agreement, they trusted us to produce quality
parts at a competitive price, always delivered on time. This is the
most basic function of our commitment as their supplier. However,
the inherent and constant value they received, i.e. clear communication, immediate and timely response, flexibility in changing quantities and due dates, and of course having a pleasant experience – all
the while making it easy and joyful to work with us, helped us keep
their business. They happily trusted us with their contracts.
For my construction clients who hold government contracts,
trust is a major factor. The agencies ask this main question, “Can
this small business contractor handle our large contract?” Just
like corporate buyers, the agencies have their eagle-eye glasses
on. They look at everything beyond simply price, quality, and
deadline. Of course, price is very important because of their fiscal responsibility to our State, and so is trust. The government
agency will look at what resources the small contractor has chosen and ask, “Are they making smart, cost-effective decisions?”
They look at the office and if it’s disorganized they think, “If they
can’t handle their paperwork, how are they going to handle this
big job?” They also look at technology and think, “If they can’t
handle downloading PDF downloads or scanning, how are they
going to handle this big job?” You will find that certain businesses get repeat contracts because of price and past performance.
Don’t ever give them an excuse not to trust your business. Positive performance breeds trust.
As said earlier, trust is a two-way commitment. In our manufacturing example, we had to trust our buyers to honor their contracts. Processing 42,000 lbs. of metal each month on our dime
– before receiving payment, believe me, is trust. In our construction example, sending guys out on the field - before receiving
payment, also is trust. In these two industries, we outlay a lot of
money up front with expectation that the customer will honor our
agreement. We need to trust that payment will be timely and collected effortlessly. This trust inspires us to continue improving
all that we provide to this customer.
In my service consultancy business, trust is very important
to me. One day, I will write about this and know that sometimes
I fire clients. When I have a client who doesn’t follow through
on his or her commitments, doesn’t have a sense of urgency or
a sense of personal responsibility, and makes weak excuses (the
economy, people as volunteers, lack of time), I choose to let them
go in order to make room for excellent clients – those that take
charge with a no-excuses approach, those that quickly seek further training and resources when needed, and those that ask questions and are engaged in the process of improvement and growth.
I know it sounds harsh and consider the end result. My expression in this world is to help make it a better place full of opportunities for our kids. I can either exhaust an extreme amount
of effort working with a weak complainer with a scarcity mindset
and get nowhere, or I can joyfully invest my time working with a
strong and motivated company with an expansive, abundant, and
faithful mindset.
Who do you think I trust to do more for this world? More
importantly, who do you trust will do more for this world? If our
two avatars are named “Excuses Erin/Eric” and “Motivated Mary/
Mark”… which avatar do you relate to? If you relate to “Excuses
Erin/Eric,” what can you commit to today in order to show up
more strongly in your life both personally and professionally?
Building trust is a subject that I’m going to explore in the
next few articles for this paper. If you are a small business owner
seeking to build trust in order to win the really big contracts, and
if you would like to ask me questions about this, feel free to reach
out to me privately at [email protected]
All are invited to join the Chamber members in honoring
their Award recipients at the 2015 Annual Dinner,
Tuesday, March 24, 2015, at the Pequabuck Golf Club
6 :00 p.m. - Buffet Dinner - Cost $45 per person
Congratulations to:
Chet Scoville, Jr. - Leadership Award
MaryLynn Gagnon - Service Award
Terryville Lions Club - CLERF Project Special
Community Project Award
Local Prevention Council - Community Support Award
Plymouth Connection - Distinguished Business Award
Celebrate With Us!
R.S.V.P. 2015 Annual Dinner
For tickets and/or if you would like to place an ad in the
Program Book, e-mail: Robin at [email protected]
Ad prices are: 1/4 page $25 • 1/2 page $50 • Full page $100
Edmund Ganem Memorial
5K RUN/Walk
Sunday, May 3, 2015
Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Terryville
Lake Winfield, Terryville
Intersection of Harwinton Ave, Bemis and Holt St
Schedule of Activities:
9:00 –Registration
10:00—5K Race/Walk
10:05- Loop the Lake– 1 mile
10:45 –Kids Fun Run
Run/Walk $15 pre-registration/$20 race day
Fun Run free/Loop the Lake $5
Free tee shirts to first 75 5k participants
Electronic timing, Music, water stops
Awards: M/F top runners $50 cash prize
Awards to all 1st place finishers in age groups
TO REGISTER, contact [email protected]
Health & Senior
Senior Community Café March
2 Monday - Grilled Chicken Breast with Honey Mustard
Sauce, Baked Potato, Capri Blend Vegetables, Rye Bread,
3 TUESDAY - Happy Birthday - Pineapple Juice, Low Salt
Sliced Ham with Maple Glaze, Rice Pilaf, Spinach,
Corn Muffin, Birthday Cake
4 WEDNESDAY - Egg Bake with Broccoli, Tater Tots,
Stewed Tomatoes, Pumpernickel Bread, Banana
5 THURSDAY - Orange Juice, St. Louis Ribs, Egg Noodles,
Scandinavian Veggies, Whole Wheat, Pecan Spinwheel
6 FRIDAY - Lentil Soup, Unsalted Crackers, Seafood Salad,
Lettuce and Tomato, Pasta Primavera with Italian Dressing,
Hot Dog Roll, Apricots
9 Monday - Pulled Pork, Mashed Potatoes, Coleslaw,
W.W. Hamburger Roll, Applesauce
10 Tuesday - Pineapple Juice, Sweet and Sour Grilled
Chicken Breast Au Jus, Brown Rice, Ginger Baby Carrots,
12 Grain Bread, Ice Cream Cup
11 WEDNESDAY - Beef Brisket, LS Beef Gravy, Oven
Roasted Potatoes, Green Beans, W.W. Dinner Roll, Fresh
12 THURSDAY - Grape Juice, Hot, Open Turkey Sandwich
with LS Gravy, Herbed Stuffing, Romaine Salad with
Thousand Island, Potato Bread, Brownie
13 FRIDAY - LS Yankee Bean Soup, Unsalted Crackers,
Eggplant Rolatini, Baked Ziti with Sauce, Italian Blend Veggies, Garlic Bread, Tropical Fruit Cup
16 Monday - Grape Juice, Stuffed Shells, Meat Sauce,
Winter Squash, Italian Bread, Fresh Apple
17 TUESDAY - Holiday Lunch - Cranberry Juice, Corned
Beef Au Jus, Cabbage, Boiled Potatoes, Carrots, Mustard,
Rye Bread, Shamrock Cookie
18 WEDNESDAY - Low Salt Ham Steak with Pineapple
Glaze, Buttered Noodles California Veggies, 7 Grain Bread,
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Fresh Orange
19 THURSDAY - Cranberry Juice, Garlic Baked Chicken,
with Spinach and Parmesan Cheese, Scalloped Potatoes, Geneva Blend Veggies, 100% Wheat Bread, Pudding Cup
20 FRIDAY - LS Vegetable Orzo Soup, Unsalted Crackers,
Baked Fish with Lemon Dill Sauce, Couscous, Hot Buttered
Beets, Multigrain Bread, Pineapple Chunks
23 Monday - Orange Juice, Block & Barrel Hot Dog, Steak
Fries, Corn with Peppers, Hot Dog Bun, Oatmeal Cookies
24 Tuesday - LS Cream of Broccoli, Unsalted Crackers,
Balsamic Roasted Chicken Breast, Mashed Potatoes, Zucchini, 12 Grain Bread, Cinnamon Applesauce
25 WEDNESDAY - Finger Lickin’ Ribs with Sauce, Baked
Sweet Potato, Cauliflower, Corn Muffin, Tropical Fruit Cup
26 THURSDAY - Grape Juice, Roast Turkey, Turkey Gravy,
Stuffing, Green and Gold Beans, Romaine Salad, French
Dressing, 100% W. Wheat, Brownie
27 FRIDAY - Crab Cakes with White Sauce, Buttered Noodles, Broccoli, Rye Bread, Citrus Selections
30 Monday - Chicken Pot Pie with Carrots, Celery and
Peas, Diced Potatoes, Chopped Spinach, Biscuit, Pineapple
31 Tuesday - Ravioli, Meat Sauce, Garden Salad, Italian
Dressing, Garlic Bread, Fresh Orange
Blood Pressure Clinic
Once a month Bristol Hospital Home Care provides
free blood pressure screening right here in Terryville!
No appointment needed. Call Human Services for
more information 860-585-4028.
March 24th, 12:30-1:30pm
Town Hall (senior lounge)
80 Main Street ,Terryville.
Health & Senior
Terryville/Plymouth Senior News - March, 2015
I hope everyone is staying warm this
very snowy winter. Just think spring and it
will be here in March, I hope. We had to
cancel our soup and sandwich for February
10th and will reschedule sometime soon
when the weather is better.
We had three door prizes at our first
meeting in February. The first winner was
Linda Kazmerski, second Maureen Leblanc
and third Betty Theriault. The seniors voted to donate money to purchase items for
the LEO Support A Soldier-Month project.
The items were delivered to the Terryville
High School on February 24th.
If you didn’t attend our last movie
madness, on February 11th you missed out
on a great movie. Before the movie started
we were entertained by several members
of the drama club singing songs from their
March 26th, 2ih and 28 production of Have
You Seen Princess Whatsername. After the
movie we were again given a package of
delicious just made cookies to take home
and enjoy. There was a drawing for tickets
to the upcoming drama club production and
the winners were Dickie Zalaski, Norma
Jean Tanguay and Lucien Theriault each
receiving two tickets each. I know that you
will enjoy the evening. Next months movie
will be Grumpy Old Men on March 11th
starting at l0am. I’ve also been told that a
special treat is planned for us. Hope to see
you there.
feature movie will be Singing in the Rain.
March 10th we will have Miles Everett as
our guest speaker.
Remember that senior exercise is on
Thursdays at lOam, Mag Jongg at 11am
and Card playing at 1pm. Beginners and
experts are always welcome. Remember
we have books for you to take out and read,
there are some magazines and puzzles for
you to enjoy. As always, I invite you to
come and join us on the second and fourth
Tuesdays of each month for our meeting.
There will be friendly conversations a cup
of coffee and a treat. We meet at 1:30 pm in
the Terryville Town Hall. So I invite you to
come and sit a spell. If you have any questions, please call me at 860-589-7837.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day.
Helena Schwalm, President
Terryville Senior Trips Getaway Tours No Minimum Day & Overnight Tour Options for 2015
For more information or to book a space on any of the tours listed below, please contact the Getaway Tours office at (800) 247-5457 or (860) 582-9741 between 9:00am-5:00pm, Monday-Friday.
March 8, 2015 - AAC Semi-Final Game – Women’s Basketball Tournament at Mohegan Sun Arena - LV: TBA
$66.00 Per Person - Includes: Transportation, Tickets to the
Games, Food Voucher & Casino Bonus at Mohegan Sun,
and Driver’s Gratuity
March 26, 2015 - Feast of St. Joseph at the Bownstone
in NY - LV: TBA $96.00 Per Person - Includes: Transportation, Luncheon, 2 Comp Drinks, Entertainment, and
Driver’s Gratuity
April 1, 2015 - Radio City’s Spring Spectacular with
the Rockettes - LV: TBA $169.00 Per Person - Includes:
Transportation, Lunch at Carmines, Admission, Gratuities
for Driver and Tour Director
April 18-21, 2015 - Myrtle Beach - LV: TBA $1202.00
PP Double $1722.00 Single
$1172.00 PP Double Round Trip Transportation, Hotel Accommodations, Admissions wherever applicable, 12 Meals, Cruise on Intercoastal Waterway, 4 Shows, Taxes and Baggage Handling,
Gratuities for Driver & Tour Director
April 23, 2015 - Newport Playhouse - “When the Cat’s
Away” - LV: TBA $97.00 Per Person - Includes: Transportation, Lunch Buffet and Show, Driver’s Gratuity
May 3, 2015 - Warner Theatre –“Hello Dolly!” - LV:
TBA $91.00 Per Person - Transportation, Lunch at San
Marino’s, Tickets to Show
May 20, 2015 - Twin River Casino in R.I. & Lobster at Cap’n
Jack’s Restaurant - LV: TBA - $91.00 Per Person - Transportation, Lobster Lunch, Casino Bonus, Driver’s Gratuity
May 21, 2015 - Italian Feast at Hunt’s Landing - LV:
TBA $95.00 Per Person - Transportation, Luncheon and
Full Day of Activities at Hunt’s Landing - Driver’s Gratuity
May 27-29, 2015South Coast of Maine - LV: TBA
$469.00 PP Double $579.00 PP Single
$454.00 PP
Single - Round Trip Transportation, Hotel Accommodations, Admissions to Attractions, 4 Meals, Taxes & Baggage Handling, Driver’s Gratuity
June 23, 2015 - 9/11 Memorial and Museum - LV: TBA
$111.00 Per Person - Transportation, Lunch at Carmine’s,
Admission to 9/11 Memorial & Museum, Driver and Tour
Director’s Gratuities
June 25, 2015 - Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island - LV:
TBA $102.00 Per Person - Transportation, Ferry to Statue
of Liberty & Ellis Island, Lunch at Bonefish Grill, Gratuities for Driver & Tour Director
Vitamin-D – The Next Hot Vitamin
Dr. Joe Cherneskie
Terryville Medical Center
Vitamin D has been a hot topic lately, it has been advocated for
bone health, boosting your immune
system and energy and possibly
even protective against some cancers. Let’s take a look at vitamin-D
and how it might help you.
SYMPTOMS. People deficient in vitamin-D can
have muscle weakness and cramps, sometimes fatigue
and weak bones. It is often seen in patients with kidney
CAUSES OF DEFFICIENCY. Poor diet, limited or
no sun exposure, kidney or liver disease. Certain medications, like seizure medications or certain intestinal
conditions that do not allow the vitamin to be absorbed
into the blood
HOW MUCH DO YOU NEED? The average person needs about 400 IU of vitamin-D daily. This can be
had by taking a supplement, staying in the sun 20 min-
Terryville Medical Center
Joseph Cherneskie M.D.
Primary Care/Internal Medicine
Certified DOT/CDL
Medical Examiner
utes each day or in dairy products like milk, eggs, tuna
or salmon. If you choose to take a supplement, you can
certainly take more than 400 IU but you should not go
above 2000IU unless instructed by your doctor. If you
are older than 70, it is recommended that you take in
600IU per day
only true way to tell your status would be with a simple
blood test that you doctor can order.
WHAT ARE THE RISKS OF BEING DEFFICIENT? The biggest risk is in your bones. Vitamin-D
plays an integral part in bone strength and development.
If you have osteoporosis or osteopenia, you should
definitely take a supplement and your level should be
checked to see if you need a prescription strength supplement which can be 50,000IU. It would probably be
best to take a combination supplement with calcium and
vitamin-D together.
Realistically, very few patients have true vitamin-D
deficiency but taking a 400IU supplement probably won’t
hurt, but if you really would like to know, see your doctor, ask for a vitamin-D blood test just to make sure.
July 5, 2015 - Tanglewood – Boston POPS - LV: TBA
$136.00 Per Person - Includes: Transportation, Complete Luncheon, Reserved Seating in the Music Shed and
Driver’s Gratuity
July 7, 2015 - Coins & Claws - LV: TBA - $61.00 Per
Person - Includes: Lobster Lunch at Abbott’s & Fun at the
Casino - Includes: Transportation, Lobster Lunch, Casino
Bonus Package, Driver’s Gratuity
July 14-21, 2015 - Prince Edward Island - LV: TBA
$1975.00 PP Double $2450.00 Single $1905.00 PP Triple - Includes: RT Transportation, Hotel Accommodations,
Admissions to Highlighted Attractions, 13 Meals, Taxes &
Baggage Handling, Gratuities for Driver and Tour Director
July 23, 2015 - Boston Whale Watch - LV: TBA $121.00
Per Person - Includes: Transportation, Whale Watch, Restaurant Lunch, Driver’s Gratuity
August 6, 2015 - Saratoga - LV: TBA $74.00 Per Person
Includes: Transportation, Grandstand Admission, Reserved Seating and Driver’s Gratuity
August 20, 2015 - Polkafest at Hunt’s Landing - LV: TBA
$95.00 Per Person - Includes: Transportation, Luncheon &
Full Day of Activities at Hunt’s Landing, Driver’s Gratuity
Now Taking ApplicationsEli Terry Retirement
Owner: Terryville Retirement Community Corp., located at: 20 East Orchard
St., Terryville, CT 06786. Income
Limits: One Person,51,000; Two Persons, 57,500. Funded by: The U.S. Department of Agriculture / Rural Development. Eligible household must have
a head, co-head, or spouse 62 or over
or eligible disabled. 2 units adapted
for persons with disabilities who need
those features. For Information Contact: Eli Terry Retirement Community,
Phone: (860) 589-1160 Fax: (860)
583-6505 TRS: 800-872-9710. Eli
Terry is an Equal Opportunity Housing
Provider and Employer.
27 Main Street • Terryville, CT 06786
Phone (860) 314-6818 Fax (860) 314-6899
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81 Hillside Avenue
Plymouth, Connecticut
(860) 283-8208
Medicare/Medicaid Certified
• Friendly Home Like Atmosphere
• Specializing in Skilled Nursing Care
• Progressive Therapy Department
• Fine Dining Service
• Short Term Rehabilitation
• Private Suites and Bath
Health & Senior
Dial-A-Ride for Seniors & Disabled
The van is now available!
Monday-Thursday 11am-3pm, and
Friday 9am-12pm (parked)
• Covers Terryville/Plymouth and Bristol
• Available earlier (9am) if needed and out of area for medical appointments only
• First come first serve
• Not available for weekends or any major holidays
This program is for local appointments (ex: medical, hair appts, shopping)
with 2 day notice. Local is considered Plymouth/Terryville/Bristol. It is available for service out of area for medical appointments only, with at least one week
Call 860-283-0060 to schedule as soon as possible, at least 2 days notice for
in-area and at least one week notice outside of area.
Bristol Hospital & Health Care Group- March 2015 Programs
To read a full description of each program and
class, please visit
events. Registration instructions are included
in each program listing on the website.
Free Bariatric Weight Loss Surgery Informational Seminars:
March 11, 6:30 – - Litchfield Community Center, 421 Bantam Rd, Litchfield
March 25, 6:30 pm- Farmington Marriott, 15
Farm Springs Road, Farmington
March 9, 6pm- Bristol Hospital Hughes Auditorium, Brewster Road, Bristol
To register for a weight loss informational seminar, please call 860.585.3339.
Blood Pressure Screenings:
Bristol Hospital Wellness Center, March 12,
10am – Noon.
Gnazzos, March 20, 10 am – Noon.
Pat’s IGA, Wolcott, March 16, 10 am – Noon
Plymouth Town Hall, March 24, 12:30 – 1:30 pm
Village Gate in Farmington, March 4, 9 – 10 am
New Baby Care Class, March 2, 6-9pm, $25.
For more information or to register, please visit
Comforting Conversations: Cancer Support
Group, March 2, 16 & 30, 6pm, Free. For more
information, please call 860.585.3356.
Alzheimer’s Support Group, March 2, 6 – 7:30
pm, Ingraham Manor Skilled Nursing Facility,
400 North Main Street, Bristol, Free.
Handling Children’s Anger, March 3, 6 – 8
Quick and
pm, $6. For more information or to register, please call the Parent and Child Center at
7:30 pm, $5. For more information or to register, please call the Parent and Child Center at
Circle of Hope Cancer Survivor Support
Group, March 3, 6pm, Free. For more information, please call 860.585.3356.
Crime Prevention: Protect yourself and your
family from today’s criminal, Tuesday, March
10 & Thursday, March 12, 6 – 8 pm, $30. To
register or for more information, please visit:
Evening Diabetes Support Group, March 4,
5:30 pm, Center for Diabetes, 102 North Street,
Bristol, Free.
Power Struggles Between Parent and Child,
March 5, 6 – 8 pm, $10. For more information
or to register, please call the Parent and Child
Center at 860.585.3895.
Baby and Me Play and Support Group, Thursdays, March 5 – 26, 1:30 – 2:30 pm, Free. For
more information or to register, please call the
Parent and Child Center at 860.585.3895.
EMT- Basic Recertification, March 5 - 8, 8 am5 pm, $275. Please call 860.314.4700 to register or for more information.
First Aid for Daycare Providers, March 7, 8 am
– 2 pm, $60. To register or for more information, please call 860.314.0632.
Tai Chi and Qi Gong, Mondays, March 9 – June
1, 6:30 – 7:30 pm, $80. To register or for more
information, please visit: www.bristolhospital.
Free Discussion on Joint Health, March 9, 5:30
pm, Free. To register or for more information,
please call 860.584.8306.
Bristol Hospital’s
Terryville Laboratory Draw Station
No Appointments Necessary!
• Fasting Services
• 1-Hour Glucose Tolerance Testing
Conveniently located within the office of Dr. Joseph Cherneskie:
27 Main Street, Terryville
Monday – Friday: 7:30 am - 4:30 pm
Phone: 860.314.1955
Fax: 860.314.1956
Advanced Tai Chi & Qi Gong, Mondays,
March 9 – June 1, 7:45 – 8:45 pm, $80. To
register or for more information, please visit:
Parenting Your Strong-Willed Child, March 9
& 16, 6 – 8 pm, $11/parent. For more information or to register, please call the Parent and
Child Center at 860.585.3895.
All- Level Yoga for Health and Wellness,
Thursdays, March 12 – April 30, 6:45 – 7:45
pm, $80. To register or for more information,
please visit:
Dementia- what we know now and what lies
ahead, March 12, 5:30 – 7pm, Bristol Hospital, Hughes Auditorium, Free. To register or for
more information, please call 860.845.5901.
Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers,
Full certification: March 13, 9 am – 3:30 pm,
$85. Recertification: March 11 & 25, 5 – 8:30
pm, $55. For more information or to register,
please call 860.314.0632.
Nutrition and Your Preschooler, March 10, 6 -
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Cancer Caregivers Support Group, March 10,
6pm, Bristol Hospital Cancer Care Center Conference Room, Free. For more information,
please call 860.585.3356.
Prenatal Yoga, Wednesdays, March 11-April
15, 7:15 - 8:15pm, $65. For more information
or to register, please visit www.bristolhospital.
Support Group for Parent of Children with
Challenging Behaviors, March 11, 6pm, Parent
& Child Center, 9 Prospect Street, Bristol, Free.
For more information or to register, please call
the Parent and Child Center at 860.585.3895.
One-Day Express Birth Preparation, March 14,
9am – 4pm, $100 per couple. For more information or to register, please visit
Families Are First Maternity Unit Tour, March
15, 7pm, Bristol hospital Family Waiting
Room, Free. For more information or to register, please visit
Diabetic Foot Care Informational Seminar,
March 16, 6 - 7 pm, Bristol Hospital Hughes
Auditorium, Free. For more information or to
register, please call 860.585.3559.
Free Sleep Disorder Informational Seminar,
March 17, 5:30- 7pm, Bristol Hospital Hughes
Auditorium, Free. For more information or to
register, please call 860.585.3300.
Preparing for Kindergarten, March 17, 6 – 8
pm, $6. For more information or to register, please call the Parent and Child Center at
Reiki Level One (Shoden), March 21, 9 am –
4:30 pm, $150. To register or for more information, please visit:
Free Bariatric Weight Loss Surgery Support
Group- March 24, 5:30pm, Bristol Hospital
Hughes Auditorium. For more information
please call Cassandra at 860.585.3339.
Learning Stations, March 24 or March 31, 6
– 8 pm, $6. For more information or to register, please call the Parent and Child Center at
Health & Senior
Can chocolate help your pain?
Let me start
by saying that
I’m not sending you out on
a candy binge!
With that out
of the way,
please let me
sweet news!
came across a
study that was published in the Journal of Neuroscience. (Just a little of
my light reading :) that showed that
when rats had a bulb lit under their
cage they lifted their paws due to
pain. Seems pretty straight forward
right? I’m not a rat but I think I’d lift
my paw too. Then they gave some
rats chocolate and lo and
behold the rats took
longer to lift the paws.
It seems as though the
chocolate blunted their
pain response in the
brain and was providing some analgesia. Chocolate contains a number of compounds that are actually good for us,
including a compound called anandamide which blocks pain temporarily. Interestingly enough though, in
this study, while they were unable to
reproduce the results with a number
(What to do with the leftover valentines day chocolates!)
of other compounds that they tried,
they saw a similar response to pain
when the rats were given water!
OK so here are my takeaways
from this: 1) This study was done
in rats so please don’t break out the
candy bars whenever you feel back
pain, instead, maybe have a glass of
water and definitely call your chiropractor. 2) This study may also
be giving us some real insight into
our so very complicated relationship
with food! Wow!
Here are some real benefits of eating chocolate, dark chocolate without a lot of sugar and milk added in
that is:
1) Chocolate is rich in antioxidants and studies show it is able to
improve cardiovascular health!
2) Dark chocolate may increase satiety and decrease
cravings, making it probably the best part of a
healthy diet!
studies show that the
flavonoids in chocolate increase nitric oxide production.
This may lead to many benefits including improved insulin regulation,
improved blood flow to the brain
and muscles and of course, possibly
helping patients with ED?
4) This one I think is stating the
obvious, but I’ll mention it anyway:
Studies show that chocolate helps
reduce levels of stress hormones.
Reducing stress hormones usually =
more happy! I can definitely appreciate that benefit!
5) The benefits of chocolate seem
to be never ending. From making
you smarter in the short and long
term, controlling diarrhea, possibly having an effect on cancer and
Alzheimer’s to suppressing coughs
and protecting your skin, including
chocolate in your diet seems like a
win win proposition!
So what to do with the leftover
Valentine’s Day chocolates? Maybe
an ounce or two of dark chocolate
daily may be just what the doctor ordered!
Regards in Health,
Dr. Shepherd
Reignite your New Year’s Resolution!
Join us for an intention setting Open House on March 30th from 5:30-7 pm:
Vision Board Workshop: Foam Roller Workshop: Learn How Aromatherapy
Set your resolution to
Reduce your pain with
pictures and watch your
rehabilitation techniques
health and wellness improve! you can use at home!
can help your pain
and overall health
and wellness!
Plus, please RSVP for your Complementary Massage!
Refreshments will be served
• Do you have headaches, joint pain, neck or back pain?
• Have you tried other options with less than satisfactory results?
Call Today: (860) 589-1491 665 Terryville Ave., Bristol, CT 06010
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Terryville Public Library
238 Main Street
Terryville, CT 06786
Circulation/Children’s: (860) 582-3121
Reference: (860) 583-4467
Library Hours
Monday - Wednesday: 10am - 8pm, Thursdays: 10am - 6pm
Fridays and Saturdays: 10 am - 5pm.
Saturday, March 21, 2:00 pm
Writing and Publishing Children’s Books
Have you always wanted to write a children’s book?
Christine Ieronimo, author of “A Thirst For Home”: A Story
of Water Across the World, will be discussing the process of
writing a children’s book. She is busy working on her next
book and will share her experiences in the world of writing
and publishing. Registration is required and refreshments
will be served.
The IRS has drastically reduced the forms that libraries can
Basically, they are sending 1040, 1040A and 1040EZ forms
and nothing else. You can get copies of all forms and instructions free through the mail by going to http://www/
Or calling 1-800-829-3676. It will take between 7-15 days
to receive the forms by mail.
If you don’t want to wait you can view, download, and
print them online by going to
We will have reproducible forms soon for people to make
copies here in the library at 15 cents per page. Copying or computer printing the entire instructions booklet will not be allowed.
Connecticut forms are available now at Terryville Library.
Artist of the Month
Ray Olsen – Drawings
Upstairs Display Case
Maple sugaring display
Downstairs Display case
Caraline Lundie – Art Gallery
Book Display
you to check out these books!
Library Board of Directors Meeting
Wednesday, March 18, 6:30 p.m. - The Board of Directors
meet the third Wednesday of each month.
Friends of the Terryville Library
Monday, March 9—6:30 pm
The Friends of the Terryville Public Library is a voluntary,
non-profit group of interested citizens whose purpose is to
enhance the value of the library
Knitalong Night
Every Wednesday—6:30-8:00 PM
Bring along a project in progress, projects to share or questions to ask. Newbie knitters welcome. This is not meant to
be an instructional class but there will be people there willing
to help. For more information, please call Lisa Courtney at
(860) 583-4467.
Fiction Lovers Book Discussion
Monday, March 16—6:30 p.m.
Wide Sargasso Sea: A Novel by Jean Rhys
Jean Rhys’s reputation was made upon the publication of this
passionate and heartbreaking novel, in which she brings into
the light one of fiction’s most mysterious characters: the madwoman in the attic from Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre. Set in
the Caribbean, its heroine is Antoinette Cosway, a sensual
and protected young woman who is sold into marriage to the
prideful Rochester. In this best-selling novel, Rhys portrays a
society so driven by hatred, so skewed in its sexual relations,
that it can literally drive a woman out of her mind.
New Materials at Your Library
Adult Fiction
Shadows of Lancaster County – Mindy Starns Clark
Breaking Creed – Alex Kava
The Sacrifice – Joyce Carol Oates
The Marriage Charm – Linda Lael Miller
Cane and Abe – James Grippando
Private Vegas – James Patterson
Burned – Karen Marie Moning
The Third Target – Joel C. Rosenberg
Lost & Found – Brooke Davis
First Frost – Sarah Addison Allen
Puzzled Indemnity – Parnell Hall
See How Small – Scott Blackwood
Love Gently Falling – Melody Carlson
Skeleton Coast – Clive Cussler
Etta and Otto and Russell and James – Emma Hooper
Unbecoming – Rebecca Scherm
The Deep – Nick Cutter
The Promise of Palm Grove – Shelley Shepard Gray
Near Enemy – Adam Sternbergh
Black River – S.M. Hulse
One Step Too Far – Tina Seskis
I Must Say: my life as a humble comedy legend – Marti n Short
Sophia: princess, suffragette, revolutionary – Anita Anand
The Work: my search for a life that matters – West Moore
Adult Non-Fiction
The Moral Arc – Michael Shermer
Guantanamo Diary – Mohamedou Ould Slahi
Gateway to Freedom – Eric Foner
The Test – Anya Kamenetz
Paul Simon: an American Tune – Cornel Bonca
Chasing the Scream – Johann Hari
Killers of the King – Charles Spencer
Getting Back Out There – Susan Elliott
Raising Passionate Readers – Nancy Newman
Flash Points: emerging crisis in Europe – George Friedman
The Age of Cryptocurrency – Paul Vigna
One Nation, Under Gods – Peter Manseau
Schubert’s Winter Journey: anatomy of an obsession – Ian Bostridge
Empirer’s Crossroads – Carrie Gibson
America in Retreat – Bret Stephens
Deeper Dating – Ken Page
Parenting Your Deliquent, Defiant, or Out-of-Control Child
– Patrick Duffy
Healthy Slow Cooker Revolution
The Brain’s Way of Healing – Norman Doidge, M.D.
The Patient Will See You Now – Eric Topol
The Mood Repair Toolkit – David A. Clark, PhD
Team Dog – Mike Ritland
High-Conflict Custody Battle – Amy J. L. Baker, PhD
Not Impossible – Mick Ebeling
I Was Here – Gayle Forman
All Fall Down – Ally Carter
Fables: 1001 Nights of Snowfall – Bill Willingham
The Necromancer – Michael Scott
Atlantis Rising – Gloria Craw
All The Bright Places – Jennifer Niven
Stone Cold Touch – Jennifer Armentrout
Big Hero 6
Horrible Bosses 2
My Old Lady
Lego: Justice League vs. Blizarro League
Olive Kitteridge
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
A Walk Among the Tombstones
We’re excited to announce a unique digital entertainment/
media service, hoopla, enabling you to borrow movies, videos, music and audiobooks straight from your browser, tablet,
or smartphone!
Terryville Public Library has never offered a service quite
like hoopla, but we think this could be the beginning of a
beautiful, new, digitally-driven friendship between us!!
Patrons can download the free hoopla digital mobile app
on the Android or IOS device or visit to
begin enjoying thousands of titles - from major Hollywood
studios, record companies and publishers - available to borrow for instant streaming or temporary downloading to their
smartphones, tablets and computers. Each patron is limited to
5 downloads per month.
Children’s Programming
free to be me
Mondays March 9th-30th 4:15-5:15pm
Girls Scouts of the USA, in partnership with the World
Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts and Dove, has
launched Free Being Me. Girls ages 8 and up will explore
issues of beauty and body confidence and build their leadership skills.
This FREE four-week program will include many fun
activities and crafts. Past activities have included duct tape
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crafts, Spa Day, games, and more. Space is limited. Registration is required. Girls ages 8 and up. Bring a snack!
New Program * Saturday Storytime
Saturday, March 7—10:30-11:15am
This will be a monthly storytime for ages birth-3. The program will include stories, finger plays, movement, music and
playtime. Registration required.
Thursday, March 26—4:00-5:00pm
Join us for stories and activity centers! This month’s topic is
dinosaurs. Ages 3-6. Registration required.
The Spring 1 session will begin March 2nd and end April
6th. Registration will continue until all spaces are filled.
Come join us for stories, music and more!
Mother Goose – prewalkers up to 15mo—Mondays, 10:3011:15—Stories, nursery rhymes, music and playtime
Night Owls - 3-5 yr. olds—Tuesdays, 6:30-7:30pm—Stories,
finger plays, music, movement and craft
Busy Bees - 2-3 yr. olds—Wednesdays, 10:30-11:15am—Stories, finger plays, music, movement and craft
Toddlertime -Walkers 9 to 24 mo. old—Thursdays, 10:3011:15am—Stories, nursery rhymes, music, movement and
Friends of the Library
Cookie Sale
There is nothing like a delicious cookie and hot chocolate to make a winter day feel comfortable. Thank you
to all the Friends who baked away the chills for another
wonderful cookie sale! Thank you also to those book lovers who came out to purchase a book or two and a bunch of
cookies. The Friends always manage to provide delicious
homemade baked goods for every sale and then go to the
extra cup of flour to bake for a special event. The cookie
sale was a success, thanks to the support of a wonderful
Stay tuned for our next book sale on March 21!
“Chase Away the
Chills” Winners
The drawing for the lovely items in the “Chase Away the
Chills” event was held in the Booktique, in spite of the
weather’s best efforts to resist The Friends of the Library’s
attempt to chase away the frigid temperatures! The winners of the drawing include the following:
The Poinsettia Afghan - Linda Frac
The large basket with pillow, throw, and mugs, hot chocolate - Barbara Lyga
The Snow Day Emergency kit - Lindsey DeLorenzo
The Cookbook Basket - Sandra Colasanto
The Crafters Knitting basket - Kelly Boggio
The Rosette Afghan - JoAnn Dukeley
The soft green throw, mugs, candle, and chocolate candies
basket - Ellen Coville
The knitted mint green baby blanket and pillow- Kathy Baca
The Measuring Cups Box gifts donated by Helena
Schwalm - Shirley Zbikowski
Congratulations to the winners! The Friends thank
all those individuals who purchased tickets and supported our efforts!
Well- read Fitness Experts
Have you ever asked
yourself, “How do those
Booktique volunteers stay so
fit?” Well, they “exercise” at
least twice a month by moving wonderful mountains of
books from the library, the
site of generous donations,
to the Booktique, just up the
hill. Volunteers have to pack
up the books, load them onto a cart, travel through the library to the parking lot, and then load those books into their cars. After the brief ride to the
Booktique, the ladies unload
the cars and carry all those
boxes into the Booktique. It
is not an easy job, especially
in the winter cold or summer
heat, but no one complains
because their efforts are “labors of love” and even fun!
Once the books are inside,
the volunteers engage in
“power walking” throughout the building to shelve all those books, moving quickly from one room to another to place the books where patrons
will easily find them. The
volunteers actually enjoy
the weight lifting, bending,
power walking, and readying the Booktique for the
next sale, during which they
will continue to shelve the
donations that come into the
If you are looking for a
good exercise routine, consider joining the Friends to
grow stronger and more fit!
Chase Away the Chills
As promised in our
initial ad for this
event, the “Chase
Away the Chills”
drawing featured so
many beautiful items,
including handmade
baby blankets, throws,
hats, mittens, and crocheted Afghans. These
items were donated by
library staff members,
local and very talented
artists, and members
of the Friends. The
Friends also had some
which featured clever
and comfortable ways
to feel warm and cozy
or very crafty. A beautiful basket featured
essential items for the
knitter or crochet artist. Another featured
beautiful mugs and hot
chocolate mixes. There
were even baskets with
cook books for the
much-desired comfort
foods on a chilly (or
frigid) day and even a
Snow Day,Emergency
kit, which featured
CDs and books for the
youngster stuck home
on a school snow day.
The Friends are deeply
grateful to the following donors and their generosity: Local artist Sue Losacano, Library Friend Rose Dotson, Research Librarian Lisa Courtney and the Library Knitting
Club, Library Friend and Library Board Member Mary
Wollenberg, and Library Assistant Laurie Marconis, and
Library Board member Linda Kazmierski. Thank you!
Thank you! Thank you!
Library News
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Wednesday Nights: 6:00-8:00pm, Saturday: 10:00am-2:00pm
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New Adult Fiction:
Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands – Chris Bohjalian
Shots Fired: Stories From Joe Pickett Country – C.J. Box
The Eye of Heaven – Clive Cussler
Silesian Station – David Downing
Helen of Troy – Margaret George
Saint Odd – Dean Koontz
The Hypnotist’s Love Story – Liane Moriarty
Private Vegas – James Patterson with Maxine Paetro
New Adult Non-Fiction:
Seeing Further: The Story of Science, Discovery, and the
Genius of the Royal Society – Edited by Bill Bryson
New Science Fiction:
NOS4A2 – Joe Hill
Three Princes – Ramona Wheeler
Necessary Evil – Ian Tregillis
American Patchwork and Quilting
• American Hunter • Better Homes and Gardens
• Consumer Reports • Martha Stewart Living
Don’t forget to visit our
ongoing book sale!
Hardcovers - $1.00
Paperbacks - $0.50
Magazines - $0.50
Video Cassettes - $0.25
Church News
The House a Refuge - A Place of Rebirth
Some people in the Terryville area may have noticed the building on 1 Main Street on Route 6 with
the sign, “The House of Refuge,” wondering what it
may be. For one family, it signifies a place of second
chances and a place to give back to the community. To
all others, from every background, life-situation, and
circumstance, the House of Refuge is a place to gather
to learn more about what faith and hope can do in their
The House of Refuge was opened by Rev. John Anello and his family who have a compelling story as
to how it was opened. In an inexplicable experience,
more than 30 years ago, John was driving down the
same road to work and saw a great shining light and
heard the voice of God to pray, as he was overwhelmed
with a supernatural presence. As foolish as it seems to
him now, he replied to the Lord that he would return to
that spot after work because he did not want to be late
for work. After work, he returned and with a sorrowful
heart, he felt nothing and knew that he had missed his
opportunity because the presence of God was not there
anymore. He didn’t say a word to his family or friends
and over the next 30 years he would often regret not
obeying God’s request.
In the many years following that unexplainable moment, he strengthened his faith and served God and
the people of his church, striving to live a godly life.
Between his job and faithfully giving finances towards
the work of God, he and his family were blessed.
As John got closer to the Lord, he became more
passionate about doing God’s work and telling people
about the love of God and truth of the Bible. Each time
he was mentored or advised by a Pentecostal peer, he
would confide with them about that day over 30 years
ago when he saw the light and felt like he failed God at
that moment. Each would console him, saying, “God
will give you a second chance. God knew you weren’t
ready.” Then, in another turn of fate, two years ago, the
Lord intervened once more in a most unexpected way.
In the spring of 2011, John decided to invest in new
residential rental property and asked a realtor to search
for a two-family rental close to his home in Watertown.
Instead, she found a one-family house adjacent to a
commercial building. The two properties were in the
Town of Plymouth, much farther from his home than
he wanted, but they came at a great bargain, so he and
his wife visited the place. When his wife, Lisa, saw
the commercial building, she immediately said, “We
should use this building for the Lord.” John did not
have that in mind and quickly put up rental signs for
the onefamily house as well as the commercial building.
A few weeks later while attending a Bible study and
prayer meeting and kneeling in prayer, John’s heart
was suddenly touched. He had no doubt that it was a
revelation from the Lord and that God was making another request. Suddenly, all the pieces came together.
His wife had been right about the commercial building
being meant to serve the Lord and his ministry was
meant to take place in that building. For the first time
it struck him that God had brought him back to the
Town of Terryville, in the same area where God had
first spoke to him so many years ago. He knew this
was his second chance to do what God wanted him to
do all along. He went to the town hall seeking a permit
that would allow the commercial building to become
a house of worship and was told it wasn’t possible due
to parking restrictions.
Knowing that this was divine fate, he went back and
forth to the town dozens of times until he was surprised
to hear that out of nowhere that they had changed their
mind. He was issued a permit and after remodeling the
modest space into a small place of worship and he recently opened the building as a community “House of
Refuge.” John serves as its minister with the help of
his family and other Christians.
John truly believes that the Lord knew that the 20
year-old whom he once inspired was finally ready to
serve Him. The first time he drove to the approximate
spot where he had seen the light. and where a Town of
Plymouth road sign now stands, he stopped his car and
prayed. He has been blessed, and thanks the Lord for
giving him a second chance.
The House of Refuge is a place where people from
all backgrounds can come to seek a relationship with
God and growth in faith. John is a minister of the Bible with a background in the Pentecostal faith. If you
would like prayer, Christian fellowship, or are interested to learn more about the Christian faith, you are
encouraged to attend one of their meetings on Sunday
mornings at 11 am. They occasionally hold special
events, such as music coffee houses, holiday specials,
and potluck suppers which they advertise.
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News From St. Paul Church
The annual Lenten Luncheons hosted by the churches in
Terryville and Plymouth continue during the month of
March with the following churches hosting:
March 3rd – The Lyceum, 181 Main Street, Terryville (hosted by St. Casimir’s)
March 10th – St. Michael’s Ukrainian Catholic Church, 35 Allen St., Terryville
March 17th – Plymouth Congregational Church, 10 Park St., Plymouth (cohosted with First Baptist Church of Plymouth)
March 24th – Terryville Congregational, 233 Main St., Terryville
All soup and sandwich luncheons begin at 12 Noon and
a donation of $5.00 (or what you can afford) is asked. If
possible, bring non-perishable food items to donate to the
Plymouth Community Food Pantry.
All are welcome and invited.
Good News Thrift Shop
10 Park Street, Plymouth
50% Off Everything
Sale Starts March 4th to March 14th
Excludes Boutique & Jewelrv
$6.00 Bag Sale, Or 50% Off
At St. Paul Lutheran Church in Terryville, this has been a rough February. Pastor Lisa Watson-Barcia states, “We have had two Sundays where
weather has forced us to cancel services, as well as losing out on our Fast
Nacht celebration due to a predicted storm.” She pauses as she looks
around her office. “For a church already dealing with some financial difficulties, this can be a much harder punch than it first appears.” Shaking her
head, and glancing up with a smile, she then says, “I guess it’s in those moments that we recall all the wonderful things God has brought to us in the
past, and trust that He will yet bring more. I know it sounds ‘churchy’, but
then that’s the business we’re in!” As the church looks forward to March
and Easter, they can certainly not be said to have closed up shop for the
remainder of winter. “We have the Lenten suppers, every Wednesday from
630 to 730, with a short Vespers service offered at 730, focusing on renewal and how we are working to clear our lives of the junk that prevents
us from reaching our full potential in our relationship with God. These
evenings will be done jointly with the Terryville Congregational Church.
I think we are all looking forward to modeling a little Christian unity in
these times of polarization!” On March 18th, the Bishop of the New England Synod, James Hazelwood, will be leading the event. “If you haven’t
had the opportunity to meet him – please come along. It’s not every day
you meet a 6’5” man, who started life as a rock star!” In fact, if you would
like to learn more about him and the ministries of the Evangelical Lutheran
Church in America, Watson-Barcia invites you to follow his blog at http://
Terryville Congregational Church
Sale Starts March 18th and Ends March 28th
Sale Excludes Jewelry& Boutique
Open Wednesday Thru Saturday, 10:00 AM-2:00 PM.
Questions Call 860 283 2853 During Store Hours
Contact Person Pat Kopcha 860 283 9300
St. Casimir Church Easter Supper
“A Polish Swieconka Meal”
An Event for the Whole Family
Saturday, April 25, 2015
5:00 PM-9:00 PM
The Lyceum, 181 Main Street, Terryville
Music by “The Senior Sounds”
Adults: $15.00
Children (7 years old to 12 years old): $10.00
Children (6 and under): FREE
Tickets are available at:
Beacon Pharmacy, 241 Main Street, Terryville
Polsmak, 111 Main Street, Terryville
Or by calling: Pat: (860)583-3285, Karen: (860)5834717 or Linda: (860)583-9183
A St. Casimir Church Fundraiser
The Season of Lent is a period of time set aside for self-reflection,
prayer, penitence, study and acts of service. It is a time, leading to the joy
of Christ’s Resurrection, where we focus on Jesus’ ministry and his journey
to the cross. In many ways it is a somber season, a time of quiet, focused
prayer and reflection. Some churches practice fasting, others have extra
study groups and worship services, and others strive for more community
service; indeed, some do all of the above and more. In individual families,
people often choose to “give up” something as a way of focusing more on
one’s faith and one’s devotion to God and to neighbor. I often think of Lent
as a time to “give up” those things that separate you from God, and as a time
to “take on” those practices that might help you draw closer to God. What
special practices will you “give up” and “take on” this Season?
One of the things I love about our community is that we believe in partnerships. We have partnerships between the Lions, Leos, Rotary Club, School
system, ARF, local business, town government and more! And, we have
special partnerships in an ecumenical spirit that exists between our various
churches. Did you know that Terryville is a town of 12,000 residents and
there are at least 14 practicing faith communities? I say at least because there
may be more! But just counting the ones that either have their own building
or meet in an established rental space, there are 14. And did you know that
this coming Christmas will be our 40th Annual Ecumenical Christmas Walk?
That means for 40 years we have been practicing a spirit of ecumenism and
partnership among our churches. In that same spirit, join us for this year’s
March 14 & 15
by appointment,
only email:
[email protected]
com to schedule an
Stop by the Terryville Congregational Church
March 6-7
and show your support for
Terryville High School Students during their
30 hour famine
to help end hunger.
100% of your donations go directly to
combat hunger, both locally and globally.
The Blue Cherry Band at the Lyceum
The Blue Cherry Band will be performing on Saturday,
March 21st from 7:00-11:00 p.m. at The Lyceum, 181
Main Street. The Blue Cherry Band is an all-star band
featuring rock, jazz, and blues music. For more information, visit their website,
Admission is only $12 per person – singles welcome!
Bring your own beverage. Snacks and soft drinks will be
available for sale. Pre-paid tables of 8 people may be
reserved, walk-ins are welcome. Bring a friend or come
alone, either way you will enjoy a nice night out! For
more information or to make pre-paid reservations,
please call the Parish Center at (860) 583-4697.
In that same model, St. Paul will also be participating in the noontime
Tuesday community lunches, with a number of area churches. “This is a
wonderful and blessed aspect of doing ministry in Terryville!” enthuses
Pastor Watson-Barcia. “It has been a great joy to meet and interact and
pray with fellow believers. I particularly have been humbled and blessed
by the comradery offered to me, as I am the sole woman in Terryville area
and that support has made a world of difference to how we at St. Paul can
do joint ministry. I am deeply grateful to ‘the guys’!”
Looking ahead to Holy Week, Watson-Barcia invites the community to
join with them in the celebrations of Palm Sunday on the 29th, as well as
a foot-washing service of discipleship on Maundy Thursday and a Good
Friday Tenebrae service, both at 730. “In addition, on Good Friday day, we
are offering a mini-camp for kids, grade k to 5, that will run from 9am to
1pm. Registration will be available at the church and on our face book page.
We ask that parents get their registration done by the 27th of March, so that
we know how many children to plan for,” says Watson-Barcia. “And on
Holy Saturday from 10am to 2pm, we will have a prayer maze set up inside
the social hall and sanctuary for those who wish to spend some personal
time reflecting on the wonder of Christ’s sacrifice for us.” Easter will see
the St. Paul community busy at three services. Pastor Watson-Barcia will
participate at the 630 service at Plymouth Congregational, as well as hold
an 8am and 10 am service at the Main Street sanctuary. “We look forward
to seeing as many of our neighbours as we can this season! There is always
a welcome for you at the small church with a mighty mission!”
Ecumenical Lenten Lunches. While we don’t make it to all 14 (there’s not
enough weeks in Lent), there are 5 churches who have agreed to host our
Luncheons this year (see the schedule below). Each lunch costs $5 and we
ask that you bring donations for our local food pantry. Also, speaking of faith
practices, we’ll have the opportunity at our lunches to hear from each host
church “special practices which that church finds meaningful during Holy
Week.” Join us, and let’s build on the partnerships in our community!
Rev Zachary Mabe
Terryville Congregational Church
March events:
Sunday worship every Sunday at 10am
March 6-7 Famine Event for High School Youth (benefits our
Plymouth Food Pantry)
March 21 – 7pm Comedian/Hypnotist ($20 in advance or $25 at
the door. Benefits our upcoming mission trip)
March 28 – 7pm BINGO
Lenten Lunch Schedule
(all lunches 12pm. $5/person):
Mar 3 – Lyceum
Mar 10 – St. Michael’s
Mar 17- Plymouth Congregational Church
Mar 24 – Terryville Congregational Church
The Problem of the Ages and God’s Solution
by Rev. Joel D. Kotila, Pastor, serving Holy Trinity Lutheran Church
During the season of Lent, Christians are especially mindful of God’s
call to repentance. Repentance is a heartfelt sorrow or inner turmoil or brokenness because of sin, along with faith in Jesus Christ as Savior. Christians
are called to confess their sins, turn from them, and trust in Christ who has
covered their sins by suffering and dying on the cross. God’s people in the
Old Testament repeatedly heard the call to repent. John the Baptist came
and sounded forth, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand” (Matthew
3:2). Jesus came preaching the same words (Matthew 4:17).
Connected with repentance is the certain knowledge of sin—of one’s
own sins. And the Bible reveals that “all have sinned and fall short of the
glory of God” (Romans 3:23). And what sinners deserve is condemnation
and death, for “the wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23). But many ask,
“What is sin?” “How do I know what is sinful?” The answer, according to
the Bible, is that God makes us to know what is sin in our lives by the Holy
Word of His Law (The Ten Commandments). The Law of God exposes
our sin (Romans 3:20). It functions like a mirror. God holds the mirror of
His Law before us so that we see our sin. These Ten Commandments are
illumined by numerous other passages of Scripture. For example, the Fifth
Commandment states: “You shall not murder.” In 1 John 3:15 we find that
“Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer.” So, hating someone is a sin
against the Fifth Commandment.
For Christians, seeing one’s own sin and being convicted of it is a continuum in the daily Christian life. And as such, repentance is not intended to
be a seldom thing but a regular thing—a daily thing. The church-year season
of Lent teaches us this. Dr. Martin Luther wrote in the 15th century that the
whole life of the Christian is one of repentance. That is to say, with a contrite
heart and in humility and faith, the Christian confesses one’s sins daily and
trusts in Jesus Christ who has taken all sins away.
Sin is no small problem. It is a serious problem. It plagues every human
being on earth. In fact, sin is such a “monstrous” problem that God sent the
only One who could deal with it once and for all—His very own Son, Jesus
Christ. Thanks be to God for Jesus Christ, “the Lamb of God, who takes
away the sin of the world” (John 1:29).
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, located at 8 Maple Street, has midweek Lenten worship services on Wednesdays in March at 7:00PM. The sermons are based
on the “Seven Deadly Sins” of the Book of Revelation, chapters 2-3. Lenten
suppers are held just before worship at 6:00PM. The community is welcome!
News From Saint Casimir & Immaculate Conception
For Christians, Ash Wednesday, on February 18th, marked the beginning of
Lent, a forty-day period of preparation before the celebration of the Jesus’
Resurrection on Easter Sunday. Through fasting, prayer, and enriching others,
Lent is a time for each of us to look inside ourselves and determine how to
become the “best-version-of-yourself.” To this end, during Lent many people
choose to give up something unhealthy in their lives, such as cookies, candy,
or chocolate. However, Lent is more than this, it is a time to look into ourselves and change our bad habits, such as gossip, laziness, rudeness. Lent is
about taking steps to do something more to become better people.
During Lent, the parishioners of Immaculate Conception and Saint Casimir Churches invite you to join them by attending one or all of the following:
• Each Monday during Lent, all of the Roman Catholic Churches in the
Archdiocese of Hartford are happy to provide weekly confessions each Monday from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. The confessions are designed to make it simple for
you to drive to any church on your way home from work, or on your way from
running errands. It is also a way to welcome those who have not received the
Sacrament in a while, back to the Church to experience God’s forgiveness.
• On Fridays at 7:00 p.m., we will be following in the final footsteps of Jesus Christ by praying the Stations of the Cross. This began on February 20th
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at Saint Casimir Church and alternates between Immaculate Conception and
Saint Casimir, through March 27th.
• We invite those who would like to know more about Catholicism to
join us on the first Monday of each month for Understanding My Faith, My
Church. The focus of these meetings will be on the book, Rediscover Catholicism: A Spiritual Guide to Living with Passion and Purpose by Matthew
Kelly. As we work together to understand our faith, our Church, we promise
to answer questions and stir a new energy within you. Do not miss this opportunity! We will be meeting the first Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at
The Lyceum.
• On Palm Sunday, March 29th, dioceses around the world will be celebrating locally the 30th World Youth Day. As we look forward to next year’s
WYD in Krakow, Poland, all are invited to join us for an afternoon highlighting past, present, and future World Youth Days. Past –watch Revolution in
Rio, a documentary on the highlights of WYD 2013 in Rio de Janeiro. Present
–hear Pope Francis’ message for this year’s WYD. Future - meet our students
traveling to the 2016 international World Youth Day. This event is free and
open to everyone. We hope you will join us at The Lyceum on March 29th
starting at 5 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.
College Scholarships
School News
Plymouth Public Schools Receives Wellness Grant
Plymouth Public Schools received $7,000 from the
dairy farm families of Connecticut to support their Fuel Up
to Play 60 initiative. Fuel Up to Play 60 is the nation’s
largest in-school health and wellness program created
by the National Dairy Council and the National Football
League in collaboration with the USDA. The funding will
be used to add milk, yogurt and fruit smoothies as well as
exercise equipment to both Eli Terry Jr. Middle School and
Terryville High School.
From left to right: William Weitzler, school nutrition
director; Lisa Daly, PEP grant coordinator for Plymouth
Public Schools; Chris Hannan, dairy farmer from Woodbury, CT and Stephanie Konopaske, wellness teacher from
Eli Terry Jr. Middle School.
For more information on Plymouth Public Schools Nutrition Program please contact William Weitzler at (860)
538-3030 or [email protected]
For more information on Plymouth Public Schools physical education and wellness programs please contact Lisa
Daly at (860) 314-2790 or [email protected]
For more information on Fuel Up to Play 60 please
contact Amanda Aldred at (203)723-8924 or [email protected]
Kindergarten Registration for 2015 - 2016
Kindergarten Registration for the Plymouth Public Schools
will be conducted at the schools on the following dates.
Harry S. Fisher Elementary School
Energize Connecticut Announces Statewide
Student Contest
Eleventh annual eesmarts™ Student Contest gives
Connecticut students the opportunity to creatively promote energy efficient and renewable energy technologies
NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (February 11, 2015) – Energize
Connecticut, in partnership with Eversource Energy and the
United Illuminating Company, is now accepting entries for
its eleventh annual eesmarts Student Contest for students in
grades K-12. The contest is open to all students in Connecticut and the deadline for entries is April 24, 2015.
The eesmarts Student Contest invites students to create projects about energy efficiency, renewable energy,
and sustainability. Finalists for each grade level will be
honored at a special awards ceremony on June 5 at the
State Capitol in Hartford.
“The eesmarts program is intended help Connecticut
students understand the science, math and technology related to clean energy and empower them to make energyefficient choices, now and in the future,” said Bill Dornbos,
ENE (Environment Northeast) and Connecticut Energy Efficiency Board Chairperson. “The annual contest is a great
opportunity for students to creatively demonstrate their un-
The School Counseling Department at Terryville High
School has applications available for many scholarships.
Students in their senior year are encouraged to check frequently as new scholarships (local and national) are being
announced and put out daily with each one having its own
deadline. THS Seniors have been introduced to special
software which will aid them in the application process.
The School Counseling Department staff is available to
assist students with this. Parents please check with your
seniors and encourage them to stop into the office weekly to see what is available to them and to check on those
deadlines. Of course, parents are always welcomed to stop
in as well, or for more information feel free to call us at
860-314-2777, Ext. 5414.
Wednesday, March 18, 2015, 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. and
1 – 3:30 p.m. Last names beginning A - K
derstanding of clean energy and develop projects that can
positively impact Connecticut’s environment.”
Students in grades K-8 are assigned grade-specific
topics and asked to submit their entries in the form of a
poster (Grades K-2), narrative (Grade 3), news article
(Grade 4), book review (Grade 5), essay (Grade 6), speech
(Grade 7), or public service announcement (Grade 8).
Students in Grades 9-12 compete in the “Power of
Change” award category, which asks students to propose
a community-based project to address an energy-related
issue. Students may work in groups in this category, and
winners’ schools will receive funding to make their proposed project a reality. The eesmarts program provides
grants of $1,000 for first place, $1,000 for second place
and $500 for third place.
For all grade levels, first prize winners receive a $400
Amazon Gift Card, second prize winners receive a $250
Amazon Gift Card, and third prize winners receive a $50
Amazon Gift Card.
For more information about the contest, please visit
Thursday, March 19, 2015, 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. and 1 –
3:30 p.m. Last names beginning L - Z
Plymouth Center School
Wednesday, March 25, 2015, 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. and
1 – 3:30 p.m. Last names beginning A – K
Thursday, March 26, 2015, 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. and 1 –
3:30 p.m. Last names beginning L – Z
NOTE: If the above dates and schedules are inconvenient;
feel free to call either school for an appointment.
Children who will turn 5 on or before January 1, 2016,
will be eligible for Kindergarten in the 2015 – 2016 school
years. Children do not have to be present to register; however, parents are asked to bring the child’s birth certificate,
immunization records and 2 proofs of residency. Parents
must contact the respective school even if their child will
not attend public schools.
The schools may be contacted for more information.
Harry S. Fisher Elementary School (860) 314-2770
Plymouth Center School
(860) 283-6321
Terryville High School 2nd Quarter – Honor Roll
GRADE 12: George Andrews, Mark Bunker, Monica
Oakes, Melissa Pysar, Brandon Renick, Allison Smith,
Brandon Wysocki.
GRADE 11: Brianna Gervickas, Catherine Gullotta,
Kayla Ireland, Kathryn McDermott, Caitlyn Monterosso,
Joseph Stancavage, Joshua Tellier, Allison Trudeau.
GRADE 10: Michael Cote, Djellza Dauti, Jennifer Fisher,
Alayna Garuti, John Grimes, Hailey Hills, Trevor Jones,
Courtney Latimer, Nora Samih, Frank Tirino.
GRADE 9: Maria Cesare, Mikaela Corsi, Jessica Dupont,
Taya Gwizd, Alison Kulesa, Sydney Morin, Adam Pelz,
Corey Picard, Dominique Picard, Alyssa Prozzo, Samantha
Stone, Emilee Tirino.
GRADE 12: Alexandra Albino, Jacob Aldi, Emily
Armbruster, Kayley Armington, Alexandra Belanger, Tyler
Bergeron, Emmalee Caisse, Joseph DeLorenzo, Jeffrey
Dupaul, Alex Dziezynski, Maranda Gallo, Andrea Hunt,
Sean Huria, Ashley Jamele, Benjamin Johnson, Krista
King, Marissa Krayeski, Brianna Lane, Ashley Long,
Rebecca Malinosky, Connor Murphy, Seneca Ouellette,
Jenna Roberts, Zacharya Samih, Alissa Santopietro,
Natalie Selavka, Brianna Strahowski, Abigail Webster,
Makenzie Witham.
GRADE 11: Joseph Barlow, Andrew Berman, Jolene
Bourgoin, Kolbie Brenner, Jakob Buckley, John Christiana,
Hunter D’Antonio, Brianna DellaValle, Marie Farley,
Zachary Guarriello, Aaron Hunt, Alex Ieronimo, Austin
Iris, Ariana Katiewicz, Halley King, Connor Levins,
Erka Mullaj, Charles O’Loughlin, Kelsey Pedersen, Kyle
Poulin, Kara Raboin, Milyssa Raboin, Alyssa Renick,
Emmilena Russo, Aaron Saindon, Ian Schmidt, Rachael
Sweeney, Douglas Thorne, Chad Wright.
GRADE 10: Troy Armington, Victoria Barbour, Kaitlyn
Bednaz, Dean Brayne, Caylee Brown, Colby Brown,
Jocelyn Bukowski, Alycia Calabrese, Tanner Carone,
Jenna Covello, Aschlyn Dawson, Joseph Deutsch, Ryleigh
Dring, Kyle Engle, Louis Farley, Shawn Fulton, Michael
Gudeczauskas, Zoe Jabs, Harley Jobbagy, Joanna Johnson,
Allison Lafleur, Aaron Mantoni, Jacob Rideout, Ashley
Santopietro, Shayan Sasani, Megan Soucy, Summer
Steiner, Gillian Strahowski, Brianna Tuohy, Kelsey
Turgeon, Linda Williams.
Grade 9: Joshua Anderson, Hannah Avolt, Gary Belanger,
Amihya Brock, Olivia Christiano, Zachary Churchill,
Kiley Doyle, Abigail Gallo, Alana Girch, Haley Guarriello,
Brianna Hanlon, Hayden Hiscock, Amy Ieronimo,
Courtney Johnpiere, Zachary Johnson, Cara Jones,
Dimytra Kowaleski-Pham, Hannah Krayeski, Andrue
Krukar, Thomas Kurilenko, Brogan Lee, Noah LeMere,
Camryn Lopez, Allysa Oakes, Alyssa Papapietro, Ethan
Rheault, Madison Saucier, Andrew Skempris, Jack Smith,
Nolan Stack, James Standish, Johnathan Tataranowicz,
Jacob Tellier, Martina Trovato, Isabelle Zaniewski.
GRADE 12: Viana Barnes, Tiffany Beaulieu, Marion
Bongiovanni, Lindsay Bouchard, Kyra Bugbee, Grayce
Campbell, Joshua Dennis, Joseph Fuentes, Justin Furtado,
Baylee Guerrette, Ryan Hackett, Esther Johnson, Brittany
Laferriere, Kyle Leger, Sarah Leger, Madison Malloy,
Molly Northrop, Patrick Norton, Kyle Petrone, Nathan
Piercy, Spencer Pilarski, Makayla Rainey, Nikolas
Rodriguez, Liberta Rrahimi, AnnaMarie Slevinsky, Riley
Sprague, Ashley Suarez, Bridget Sullivan, Eric Szarejko,
Nicholas Tichon, Shea Tracy, Paul Tuper, Elliott Wilion.
GRADE 11: Amanda Antonioli, Alexander Beaulieu, David
Betters, Cyber Calderon, Erik Combs, Alexis Cote, Joseph
Covello, Jordyn Fontaine, Alissa Genest, Christopher
Johnson, Caitlyn Kerins-Chandler, Joseph Klopp, Sara
Kobryn, John Leavenworth, Kaitlyn Levesque, Benjamin
Piercy, Hailey Posadas, Kaylee Rideout, Ryan Sanchez,
Nathan Saunders, Michael Savage, Shane Schuler, Leah
Switser, Miranda Tataranowicz, George Vargas.
GRADE 10: Aaron Alsobrooks, Ryan Capozziello, Jakub
Czopik, Makayla Descault, Jaison Donahue-Johnson,
Alexis Gonska, Zachery Harnish, Kyle Hotchkiss, Jason
Hume, Alyssa Iris, Kirsten Johnson, Bradley Kozikowski,
Sydney Lallier, Joshua Mazur, Alyssa Orr, Brendan
Pavelec, Christopher Pelletier, Nicholas Ratta, Shane
Rider, Christian Robinson, Adam Sprague, William
Stone, Nation Sullivan, Derek Thibodeau, Dante Valente,
Douglas Welton, Joshua Wright, Justin Zalaski.
GRADE 9: Jade Aubin, Heather Clyma, Elissa Corrado,
Logan Covello, Melanie Dubrosky, Maisie Festa, Trinity
Fontaine, Keri Genest, Mackenzie Gizzie, Brett Hotchkiss,
McKenzie Huria, Timothy Keaten, Hannah Lindsay, Jesse
Lowell, Keysha Martinez, Alyssa Miranda, Makayla
Morring, Patrick Mulvehill, Madison Rainey, Aaron Schein,
Matthew Soucy, Mary Stefano, Haley Thayer, Michael
Tiscia, Cheyenne Turner, Sierra Woodward, Riley Zappone.
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School News
K.I.M. students (Kids in the Middle)
PTA The PTA meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 24in the library at 7:00 p.m. New members can sign up
on that evening. All are welcome and needed!!! Remember
to keep clip-ping those Boxtops for Education coupons on
food containers. Each one is worth 10¢ and can be used to
purchase items for the school. Collection bottle is on the office counter.
IGA has Hometown Labels Savers Program. Each bundle of 500 IGA Brand labels is worth $50.00. Simply cut out
the bar code from the label and send them in to school.
Thank you!!
K.I.M students volunteer
at Imagine Nation Museum
KIM, Kids in the Middle did a great job creating Valentine’s Day Cards which will be sent to the Convalescent Home
for their 60 residents. They also created some Birthday Cards that they could use as needed. KIM will be collecting
items for “Support a Soldier” until March 6th. Items list is on page 6, and donation box is in the office. All collected
items will be sent to two soldiers from our town, and their units.
February 2015 Update from the Board of Ed Chair
The Plymouth Board of education has selected a new
Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Martin Semmel. Dr. Semmel
first official day will be on Monday, March 16th. Before he
begins he will be working with Mark Winzler, Interim Superintendent of School in order to ensure that there is a seamless
Dr. Semmel will be actively involved in the selection
process for two administrative positions: Director of Pupil
Personnel and Special Education Services and School Business Manager.
Dr. Semmel comes to Plymouth very highly recommended. He has a reputation of honesty with integrity. It is
the Board of Education’s belief that Dr. Semmel will continue the good work that has been started by our interim superintendent and build upon it.
The above is just some of the Board’s recent accomplishments. Since January the district has developed and passed
an evaluation process, along with continued growth in the
area of rebuilding our curriculum. Although a lot of work and
a long way to go, we are seeing progress.
At its February 11 Board of Education meeting the Board
has passed a budget of a little over $24,000,000 which is an
increase of 4.4%. This increase represents only a true 1%
increase over last year’s budget . We will be looking for community support. It should be noted that 3.4% of the 4.4% of
this budget were “fixed costs” and contractual obligations.
For more details of the budget, budget information can be
found on the district website: You
may also contact our Interim Superintendent of Schools,
Mark Winzler, or Mike Santogatta, our Business Manager.
Speaking of Mr. Santogatta, he has submitted his resignation for the purposes of retirement as of the end of April,
2015 . It is with heavy heart, but also understanding that his
resignation was received. I have known Mike professionally
for more than 40 years. You will find no finer person possessing great ethical and moral values. I want to wish him the
very best in his retirement.
As always, if you have any questions please contact the
superintendent or any board member.
Raymond B. Engle
Plymouth Board of Education Chairperson
Letters to the Editor
On February 13, our day off from school, ten K.I.M. volunteers dressed up in our beloved Sesame Street characters to dance and celebrate Elmo’s birthday at the Imagine
Nation Museum at 1 Pleasant St. in Bristol. Dozens of
children partied with Elmo, Cookie Monster and Abby
Cadabby. They also worked at various stations throughout
the museum keeping the children entertained.
To the Mayor of Plymouth,
Please, Mr. Mayor, we do not NEED a sidewalk on
Bemis Street, especially one that goes from the middle of
nowhere on Route 72 and up to High Street and connects
with NOTHING. And this is an area where students take
buses to school.
We do not WANT a sidewalk that in some cases will
be merely a few feet from some of the houses. We are not
allowed to build a house that close to the road. Why build
the road and sidewalk that close to the houses?
We cannot AFFORD a sidewalk on Bemis Street. If
you want to plug up the $800,000 hole in the budget, put
the sidewalk money toward it.
So please, Mr. Mayor, fix the long-neglected Bemis
Street, but please, no sidewalk, please.
Ed Milish
Bemis St.
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To the Editor,
We thank the many greater Bristol residents who
stopped by our “Coffee With Your Legislators” event at
Rodd’s Restaurant on Feb. 6.
The food and coffee was excellent, as was the conversation.
We were able to update area taxpayers on a variety of state
issues being debated in Hartford which impact our daily lives.
For those who could not attend, please feel free to
contact us at 800 842-1423 or 860 240-0022.
We look forward to future coffee hours at Rodd’s and
we thank everyone at the restaurant for hosting us.
Sen. Henri Martin
Rep. Whit Betts
Rep. Cara Pavalock
I Remember When...
I Can Still See Their Faces By Dick Foote
I completed
sessions between
1963 and 1964.
The first was
at the Stanley
School across the street from Central Connecticut State College
(Now Central Connecticut State University). It was not a particularlu happy time, at least in part because President Kennedy
was assassinated while I was there, but that’s another story.
My second lab school training took place at the Broad Street
School in Plainville. This was a better experience, since the
kids were not used to having teacher-candidates, as were those
in the CCSC laboratory schools, which assigned eight studentteachers to their classes each year. The lab school kids knew all
the tricks, and in some cases drove these hapless students out.
As I approached graduation, I worked with CCSC’s Placement Department; filling out the necessary forms, and sending
letters, etc. I was hoping to find a job in a school somewhere
in Litchfield County. I was interviewed in several schools out
that way; Sharon Center School, New Milford and Salisbury.
Unfortunately, I was unsuccessful, since everybody I talked to
said that they really wanted experienced teachers, and I was
just fresh out of college.
One day at coffee break, Ann Torrant, the principal of
Broad Street School, asked me how things were going, and
after I told her about my poor results with job hunting, she
asked if I’d like to work in Watertown. It seems that she knew
Dr, Richard C. Briggs, the Watertown Superintendent. I sent in
my application, and was called for an interview.
At that interview, I met with Miss Frances Griffin, the
principal of South School in Oakville [ This was the first time
that I realized that Oakville was not a part of Waterbury ]. I got
the job. I would be teaching 5th Grade Science starting in the
fall, and had the whole summer to prepare for it.
Francis Griffin introduced me to the whole Watertown faculty on the day before school opened for the 1964-’65 school
year as “My one and only man” , which I was. I was sur-
rounded by women, many of whom had been teaching since
the First World War. Miss Griffin herself, had been at “South”
since 1917; spending 25 years as a teacher, and 22 years as a
Principal. [She retired in 1967 after 50 years of service and
reaching the (then) mandatory retirement age of 70.]
It’s hard to imagine how scary it is when you have to face
a classroom full of 5th graders for the first time. Because I was
a man, I guess Frances Griffin expected me to be one of those
hard-ass disciplinarians that would take misbehaving students
and “jack them up” against the wall, etc., but that wasn’t my
way, and I had to learn classroom management from the ground
up [You don’t learn much of it in college]. Anyway, I got through
the first day, the first week, the first month, and the first year.
I was not a Science major in college. Specific- subject majors were for the Secondary-Ed (Junior High and High School)
folks. Elementary-Ed majors took a little of everything, with
the aim of teaching each subject in a less intense manner to
grade-school children. I patterned my Science teaching after
one of my professors, Dr. Fred McKone. His classes were
aimed at training us to teach what he called “Tin Can Science”.
As it happened, Watertown had purchased a rolling lab
table, which was a cabinet with a black-painted top just like
those in Science laboratories. It had uprights and cross bars
to hold pulleys and ropes, etc. from which I could do demonstrations and lectures. It could also be moved out of the way
when showing slide presentations , movies [Sixteen Milimeter
Sound] and filmstrips. It could also be moved from room to
room. Fifty years ago, [January 22nd 1965], I started something new. I passed out little blue booklets to each student to
be used as a “Before-Class Quiz”; helping them to get ready
for the day’s discussion, and in hopes that they did their homework the night before. About a year ago, my sister found forty
seven of these booklets at my mother’s house. They are quite
interesting and fun to look at, especially since I didn’t know
they still existed. They are fun to read; some of them even
say “Keep Out”, etc. and show some beautiful penmanship
[They don’t teach that any more] along with my scratchings
of grades for each page. The following are the names of my
kids who are now in their early 60’s and would have graduated
from high school in 1972.
Albert Barre Richard Julian
Sherry Bousquet Joseph Lavoie
Janette Brisbois Francis Lerz
Darlene Carnaroli Elaine Maynard
Josephine Cavallo Michael Mc Dermott
Colleen Sullivan David Nagy
Joanne Cefaretti Thomas Olson
Richard Christopher Catherine Orsini
Glorianne Cilfone Carmel Palomba
Andrew Ciriello Edward Palomba
Randy Clark Susan Shannon
Virginia Clock Robert Simons
Annette Desjardins Sharon Sovia
Nicholas DiMichele Wayne Spearin
Michael Distefano Kathryn Stanziano
James Downey Theodore Stroberg
Joyce Duhamel John Telash
Cole Finley Mark Thornberg
David Garceau Janet Vadney
Nancy Gilevege Robert Vitone
Martin Giordano Christine Wood
Sheila Graham Deborah Zappone
Sharon Geatorex
Kathleen Hill
Frances Hale
Some other names that I recall, but don’t show up in this pile
of books are:
Judy Retallick
Robert Rose
Randy Rigazzio
I realize that this is from a long time ago, and Watertown is
ten miles away, but just by chance if anybody has information
about these “kids”, or would like to receive their booklet, I
would be happy to send it out. Please contact me through the
Plymouth Connection. I can still see their faces.
Dick Foote
Plymouth Historical Society
Archives 147 Years Ago – “Dorence Atwater – Plymouth’s Hero”
Dorence Atwater, the son of
Henry and Catherine Fenn Atwater was born in Terryville, Connecticut on February 3, 1845.
During the Civil war he enlisted
at the First Squadron Connecticut Cavalry. Terry E. Baldwin in
the Clerk of the Dead: Dorence
Atwater describes the following details of Atwater’s military
service and his trials and tribulations. His unit was transferred to
the Harris Light Cavalry, the 2nd
New York. While carrying disDorence Atwater
patches near Hagerstown, Maryland of July 7, 1863, he was captured by two Rebel scouts
dressed in Union uniforms. He was sent to Belles Isle on the
James River, and then taken to the infamous prison in Andersonville, Georgia where 130 prisoners of war died every day.
He was detailed as a clerk in the office of the surgeon,
J.H. White to keep the daily records of death of Federal
prisoners of war at Andersonville, and to make monthly
and quarterly abstracts of the deaths. Atwater deduced that
these lists would be destroyed; therefore, he secretly compiled a list of the names of 12,920 dead soldiers and hid it
in this coat lining until he safely passed through the lines
in March 1865. It was his personal mission to have his
“death register” published for the relief of the many thousands of anxious relatives and friends. Atwood went to
the War Department and they informed him that he would
receive $300 for the rolls. Atwater stated that he did not
wish to sell the rolls; and as a result, an angered Colonel
Breck told Atwater the rolls would be called contraband
and confiscated. Atwater refused to give his rolls to the
War Department and was subsequently court martialed,
found guilty, sentenced to hard labor for eighteen months,
and was ordered to return the “stolen property to the War
Department. Clara Barton founder of the American Red
Cross, Horace Greeley, and other powerful friends began
to work on his behalf. He was discharged without a discharge order or an executive pardon. Atwater was deeply
humiliated and disgraced. He returned to Connecticut
penniless and in poor health, only to discover that the rolls
had not yet been given to the relatives. Resourceful Atwater asked Horace Greeley, editor of the New York Tribune,
to publish a book containing the rolls and Greely agreed.
The stigma of the court martial plagued Atwater. Even
though President Andrew Johnson, urged by Clara Barton
rewarded him for hits graves identification work by making
him a U.S. consul and sent to Seychelles Islands in the Indian
Ocean and later transferred to Tahiti. In 1895 Clara Barton
appeared before the townspeople of Terryville and delivered
a stirring appeal. Miss Baron urged that the town take action
to purge the record of Dorence Atwater and to have dishonorable discharge from the army corrected. It produced a powerful effect and steps were taken by Connecticut Senators
and Congressmen to have an honorable discharge for Atwater. In 1898 the hated court-martial verdict was set aside as a
“great wrong.”
As a result, the trustees of Baldwin Park obtained a
Rodman cannon from the fort in Boston Harbor to the knoll
in Baldwin Park for the Dorence Atwater memorial. In 1908,
Plymouth’s hero Dorence Atwood visited Terryville with his
Tahitian princess wife and saw the memorial in his honor.
Dorence Atwood died on January 10, 1911.
Andersonville to Tahiti: The Dorence Atwater Story
by Thomas P. Lowry will be published next year. The
Plymouth Historical Society will invite Mr. Lowry here
for a book signing.
Compiled by ©Arlene M. Wood
The Plymouth Connection • March, 2015 • Page 27
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