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The Plymouth Connection
Volume 8, Issue 11 • November, 2014
Presrt STD
US Postage
southington, CT
Permit No. 12
Local Postal
Connecting Plymouth, Terryville and Pequabuck
Updates Include Road Project and New Businesses
It looks as if my prediction of last month about outdoor
work and leaves has come true. My yard is now buried
in leaves. All the raking must be Mother Nature’s way of
giving us something to do on the weekends. As a result
of the last prediction, I will avoid predictions about snow,
and, instead, talk about good news in town.
We will soon be welcoming Inland Fuels to our community as our newest business. Inland Fuels, a company
that is part of Santa Energy, is one of New England’s premier suppliers of wholesale heating fuel products. This
town will be the company’s fifth terminal in Connecticut;
the company also has terminals in Rhode Island. The
company, which will service all of Connecticut, Rhode
Island and Massachusetts, will use the rail line located at
the South Main Street site to receive their products. We
still have a little more work to do, but, if all goes well, I do
expect the construction of this facility to begin within the
next month or so. I feel very good about this company, and
I am sure that it will be a good neighbor and a good citizen
in our community. I will update you as we move forward.
Thank you to the seniors, who invited me to attend this
month’s meeting for the purpose of updating them on all
the positive happenings in town. Thank you all for your interest in the town and for your thoughtful questions. I hope
that I was able to give you the answers that you sought.
I recently attended an event at the Learning Center
where I met the new PLTI (Parent Leadership Training Institute) class. PLTI is a program which operates through
the United Way. The class meets weekly for 20 weeks
Continued on page 5...
Why Your Friends are
Supporting to Re-Elect Whit Betts!
“Whit Betts is a man of great integrity who has truly been our
representative. He has consistently informed his constituents of actions being taken in the legislature. He is pro-active in making voters
aware of issues and his position on the issues through emails, personal contact, civic meetings, and even phone calls. He truly listens
to what the voters have to say, studies the issues, and acts in the best
interests of the community. He is what all representatives should
be -- a true servant of the people. We cannot afford to return to
the days of secrecy, covert deals, and a complete disregard for the
voting public.”
-Sandra J. Klimkoski
“Whit Betts is a true representative of the people. He stands for
what’s right for the citizens of Connecticut and Plymouth. Representative Betts has stood behind common-sense ideals and conservative principles that too many of our elected officials simply ignore
because of party politics. A vote for Whit Betts is a vote for sensible
governing and smart decision-making.”
-Dennis Fowler
“It has been an honor to serve with Representative Betts the
last four years. During that time, I have known him to be a man of
his word and to always put the people of Plymouth before politics.
He is my State Representative and will surely get my vote again this
-Jason Welch, State Senator
“Whit Betts doesn’t just talk the talk he walks the walk for our
-Lynne Bobroske, Owner of Quail Hollow Village Senior
Housing, Terryville
“I have had the pleasure of working with Whit over the past 5
years. When wells in the Plymouth section of town were found to
be contaminated and unusable we turned to Whit for help. We now
have a waterline for these folks. Whit is always available to offer his
help, he is quick to praise volunteers and is always part of the solution not part of the problem.
Please support Whit Betts for our representative of the 78thDistrict.”
-Marty Sandshaw
“As the November election approaches, I feel we all need to
decide for whom we should vote -- a politician or a representative.
Whit Betts is a representative, which means he is in office to serve
his district and our town, He has done that for the last four years! He
has worked with town officials and listened to our concerns. Now,
more than ever, with the way the state is spending our hard earned
tax dollars, we need to re-elect a man of integrity and fiscal conservatism. That man is Whit Betts. I know I will be voting for Whit in
November; I hope you will do the same.”
-Cathy Paskus
“Whit has been an extremely responsive and dedicated Representative for the 78th District. I look forward to casting my vote for
him again on November 4th. I encourage everyone to join me in
doing the same.”
-William A. Hamzy, Esq.
“Whit Betts is and has been a great asset to the town of Plymouth.
In my first year as the Mayor of this great community I have looked
many times to Whit for help at the State Level and he is always there
for us, working to make this community a better place to live. Most
recently helping us with the State Department of Housing to alleviate a huge problem that we have in town. Whit is the man that we
need to represent us in Hartford.”
-Mayor Dave Merchant
Paid for by Betts for the 78th State Rep., John Letizia, Treasurer, approved by Whit Betts.
Please Join the Plymouth Police
Department for our 2nd Annual
"Stuff a Cruiser"
Toy Drive
The Plymouth Police Department is hosting its
2nd Annual stuff a cruiser toy drive. Please Join us
at the Bristol Walmart, Located at 1400 Farmington
Avenue, Bristol, Connecticut, on November 22, 2014
from 1:oo pm to 6:00 pm.
New, Unwrapped toys needed for less-fortunate
children between the ages of newborn to 18years old.
Items can also be dropped off at the Plymouth Police Department, 80 Main Street Terryville, CT.
Small Wonders
Holiday Gift Program
Before you know it, the holiday season will be upon us!
Please consider helping a low income child from Plymouth
this year, by signing up as a donor for the Small Wonder’s
Holiday Gift Program. Donors will be provided with the
child’s age and a short wish list. This year the theme will be
“Something They Want, Something They Need, Something
to Wear, Something to Read”. Last year, 146 local children
received toys through this program. Parents can receive the
holiday gift signup sheet at the Plymouth Community Food
Pantry any time before November 7th, 2014. All backgrounds
and religious affiliations are welcome to participate in this
program. Please contact Eric McCoy 860-309-5506 or Karen
Saccu 860-583-4717 if you would like to be a donor this year.
Honoring Veterans - page 7
Nov. 1, Food Fair
At the Lyceum - page 12
Nov. 2, Poppy’s Food Drive
At Adam’s IGA, for the Food Pantry - page 5
From the Candidates
Read what they have t say - page 21
Table of Contents...
Animal Rescue Foundation.....................................12
Business, Chamber, Rotary.....................................23
Church News..................................................... 28-29
Counselor’s Corner, by Bill Hamzy........................14
Family Gaming Tips by Stephen Duetzmann...........8
Financial Strategies, by Julia Weston.......................8
From the Candidates...............................................21
Health & Seniors .............................................. 24-27
I Remember When, by Dick Foote.........................17
Letters to the Editor.......................................... 18-21
Library News.................................................... 20-21
Local New........................................................... 1-16
Plymouth Historical Society (Veterans)....................7
Plymouth Human Services .......................1, 6, 25, 26
Plymouth Park & Rec.............................................32
School Lunch Menu................................................34
School News ................................................... 34-35
Senior Menu............................................................24
Sports, Leisure & Activities.............................. 32-33
Terryville Fire Department............................... 22-23
Page 2 • The Plymouth Connection • November, 2014
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The Plymouth Connection • November, 2014 • Page 3
Plymouth Local Prevention
Council Update
is KIDS Month at
Smile Haven Dental Center
Not Negotiable
For the rest of 2014
It pays to have a
healthy smile!
Receive a free and clear $50 cash bonus when your youngsters became
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Limit: Offer limited to patients 21 years and younger.
Enter our drawing to win a brand new
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Enter our drawing to WIN at every scheduled dental
appointment; emergency appointments do not count!
One entry per patient per appointment. Drawing will be
Saturday, December 20th! Winner will be announced on
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Limit: Patient must be 21 years or younger to be eligible.
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and x-rays.
proved to be
a busy month
for the Plymouth Local
The members of the
Local Prevention Council organized and orchestrated
Red Ribbon Week throughout the schools
and involving the community. It ran from
October 24th to the 31st. There were daily
messages and activities in the schools and
presentations all designed to help youth
make good choices and prevent substance
abuse. The community was invited to hear
Chris Herren speak at the High School on
Wednesday the 29th of October. He delivered a message about substance abuse, prevention, and recovery to adults. This was a
follow up to the daytime presentation that all
8th to 12th graders saw earlier in the day.
Red Ribbon week was just some of
the projects The Local Prevention Council
worked on this month. Adult members Pat
Borda, Lisa Aiudi, and School Resource Officer Patrick Walsh began putting together our
2nd annual World Café Community Discussion. The youth members of the Local Prevention Council had a lot to do. In addition to
their work with Red Ribbon week, they went
to the state capitol. There they met with Representative Whit Betts to talk about substance
abuse prevention efforts in Plymouth. They
also put their Public Service Message on To take their efforts to the next
step, the youth members attended a training
session sponsored by the Substance Abuse
Action Council. The training was about
community organizing and
mind that there
is always more
work the youth
members recruited additional youth
help and began the process of creating two
presentations that they will be providing to
the parents at the Park and Recreation Basketball league. They are working with Mike
Ganem and Jodiann Tenney to organize and
coordinate these events. The focus of the presentations will be in line with the “Talk Early…Talk Often!” campaign to keep talking
to youth about the expectations, dangers, and
consequences of substance use. The students
are planning on interactive and engaging activities to make the learning fun and relevant.
Below is the list meeting dates and
times for the Plymouth Local Prevention
Council. Please come and see what you
can do to help with the community wide
task of preventing substance abuse. Meetings are held at town hall, from 3 to 4pm.
November 5, 2014
December 3, 2014
January 7, 2015
February 4, 2015
March 4, 2015
April 1, 2015
May 6, 2015
June 3, 2015
If you have any questions please do not
hesitate to email us or call. Email/calls
can be directed to our Project Coordinator
Chris Perkins 860-314-2777 ext. 5433 or
[email protected]
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Local News
Continued from page 1...
and learns how to advocate for children, as well as how
to better our community. Congratulations to you all for
being part of this great organization; we are looking forward to your community projects in the spring.
Our Safe Walks to School Project, which I addressed
in last month’s newsletter, is very close to the awarding
the project. The bid process is complete, and our Public
Works director is reviewing the bids to make sure everything is as it should be before awarding the contract.
Depending on how cooperative the weather is, you may
even see some work started on the project during this fall.
I am very happy to report that we have company expansions occurring in our Business Park. Nutmeg Spice
will be doubling its building size and adding new employees. Other company expansions are going through
the process, as well, and another new building will soon
be underway. Three Leaf Landscaping is in the process
of erecting its new building. Currently, we are in preliminary talks with another large company interested in moving to Plymouth. We are making progress, and I hope to
give you more information soon. Economic development
continues to be on the top of the priority list.
At last month’s Council meeting we formed a new
Real Estate Committee. This committee is charged with
evaluating all town-owned property that is not being utilized. The committee will determine what is in the best
interests of the community regarding the disposition of
properties. I will be working with the members, and we
hope to report our progress in the coming months.
Looking out my window, I can see that the Skate
Board Park, which is coming along very well. When I
recently visited the property, work crews were in the process of pouring concrete. They are hopeful that this task
will be completed during the last week of October. Once
that job is completed, we will complete the site work. We
are hoping to have the park landscaped and seeded before
the weather turns cold. Again, thank you to all of the
volunteers that have given their time so that this project
could become a reality. Thank you to Lenny Johnson
who has spent so many hours driving the bulldozer while
keeping one step ahead of the contractors!
Speaking of parks, if you haven’t had a chance to
check out our new park area at the North Street Reservoir
Recreation, I suggest that you take a drive to visit. This
facility provides passive recreation in a beautiful lake setting. I have had some very positive feedback, and I have
received so many great photos that people have taken
while out on the lake. It is a beautiful setting of which we
can be proud!
I am sure that residents in the of Hillside Avenue are
very happy that the road has been paved with the final coat
and should be complete by the time you read this newsletter, although we may have just a few punch list items
to bring the project to closure. Hillside Avenue is the last
road from the bond package which we initiated couple of
years ago. With its completion, I am also very happy to
report that we will finish with a surplus from that bonding.
This surplus will, in turn, allow us to work on other roads.
We should know in the next couple of weeks exactly how
much money we will have for further work. I will work
with my Public Works Committee to go over the road priority list and then take it to the Public Works Commission
for its input. Once we agree on what we want to do next,
we will bring it forward. I hate to keep suggesting that
winter will get in the way, but it’s about to do so. Consequently, additional work will probably not take place until
spring when we should have plenty of projects under way
as soon as the spring thaw arrives.
As I promised previously, we are going to have an
“open house” at the new Highway Garage. Crews are finishing the paving this week, and we should be ready to
show it off! The Open House is on Saturday November 8,
from 10:00 A.M. until Noon. By then, we will have everything spruced up and ready for company! Please stop by
and take a look at this new facility, one of which we will
be very proud to have in this town!
Wow! The next time I write the monthly newsletter, I
will be talking about Christmas.
Have a Happy Thanksgiving! Let’s keep our community moving forward.
Stay Safe!
Mayor Dave
Thank You
Casanova Remodeling and
The Plymouth Connection will be holding
Poppy’s 7th Annual
Food Drive
in memory of
Mr. John Casanova, SR. who passed away during the
first food drive while the Casanova Brothers were on a
shopping spree for the Plymouth Food Pantry.
All food and cash donations go directly to
the Plymouth Community Food Pantry!
Sunday, November 2nd
10 am - 1 pm
The Plymouth Beautification
Committee would like to thank
all those that helped to make
the Fifth Annual Pumpkin fest
a success. Plymouth Fire Dept
and Women’s Auxiliary, Plymouth Baptist Church, Back to
Basics, Carol Rivard, Jerry
Milne, American Septic, Tractor Enthusiasts, Terryville Pizza,
Hometown Pizza, Hilltop Pizza and Chute Gates Restaurant.
Special thanks to the Plymouth Congregational Church. Your
continued support is what makes this a great event for all.
This year’s Jack o lantern winners are!!!
held at
Youth up to 6 Adults 18+
1st Juliet Karlak
1st Scott Brede
2nd Leah Pesce
2nd Rick Acker
3rd Maci Wolf
3rd Cindy Peterson
Ages 7-13
Best of Show-Tom Vaugh
1st Rebecca
& Caelyn Thomas
Silliest-Kara Hein
2nd Blake Sanford
Scariest-Gary Kozikowski
3rd Mersadez David
Most Unique-Ian Russell
Ages 14-18
Adams IGA
Turkeys Especially Welcome!
Pantry shelves are in need with the failing
economy and the upcoming holidays.
Please help us help each other!
Businesses can also make
cash or food donations
by calling 584-1750.
1st Tom Vaugh
2nd Cara Jones
St. Casimir Men’s Club Annual Cemetery Box Sale
Boxes - $17.00 Pots - $12.00
Orders taken through Thanksgiving Day
Pick-up Saturday, November 30th at St. Casimir Rectory from 9am to 11am
Please Contact Jim Butler at 860-582-3350 to place your order.
Terryville Lions Club
Annual Christmas
Display Contest
We Will pay up to $2000 for your used car
Open to All Plymouth,
Terryville & Pequabuck
depending on condition.
Foreign or Domestic
24/7 Call Joe: 203-982-8780
The Plymouth Connection
Publishing on the 1st of each month for the residential and
business communities of Plymouth, Terryville and Pequabuck. Deadline for submission is the 19th of the month prior
to publication.
Published by
The Plymouth Connection
75 Kearney Street, Terryville, CT 06786
Best Colored Light Display
Best White Light Display
Best Theme Display
(Judged on use of props, light effects, etc.)
Lisa Phillimore
News and Advertising Information
Phone: 860-261-5859 Fax: 860-589-1918
E-mail: [email protected]
Prizes are:
(awarded in each category)
$50 for 1st Prize
$30 for 2nd Prize
$20 for 3rd Prize
Nominate a Neighbor or Yourself!
Nomination/Entry blanks are available on-line
or at Terryville Public Library, Plymouth
Public Library and Mayfair Garage.
Entry Deadline: December 17, 2014
Judging will be December 20, 2014
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The Plymouth Connection and its agents against all claims
whatsoever of any nature arising from printing such advertisements in The Plymouth Connection, and all related costs
and expenses (including reasonable attorneys fees) associated with defending against such claims.
Settlement - The Plymouth Connection or its agents assumes no responsibility for typographical errors in advertisements, but will reprint without charge the portion of the
ad that was incorrect. Claims for allowance must be made in
writing within seven days. Credit for errors is at the discretion of The Plymouth Connection.
The Plymouth Connection does not guarantee any article will be in a specific issue, and reserves the right to refuse
any article or advertisement for printing.
The Plymouth Connection • November, 2014 • Page 5
Local News
“Be Patriotic”
Free Home Repairs!
HomeFront volunteers are ready to repair homes
at no cost to qualified homeowners in Spring 2015.
For more information, please call: HomeFront
1-800-887-HOPE (4673)
Small Wonders
BIG Success!
Human Services would like to thank everyone who made
year’s Small Wonders Backpack Program so successful.
Donations came from local residents and organizations
within the community! The businesses who supported the
program are: AllRead Products, Grela Well Drilling, Lions Club, Plymouth Volunteer Ambulance, Plymouth Explorer’s Post #111, Plymouth Police Dept, Plymouth Oil,
various offices at the Plymouth Town Hall, Terryville Fire
Dept and Thomaston Savings Bank. We would also like to
thank First Baptist Church of Plymouth, Holy Trinity, Immaculate Conception, Plymouth Congregational, St Casmir, St Cyril and Methodius, St Paul Lutheran Church and
Terryville Congregational for their ongoing support of this
program. With their assistance we were able to provide
126 kids with packs and supplies. Thank-you.
Questions About
Reverse Mortgages?
The State of CT Department of Banking will be doing a one
hour presentation about Reverse Mortgages on Wednesday, November 12th at 10 am. The presentation will be at
Plymouth Town Hall, in the community room. For more
information or to register, please contact Plymouth Human
Services at 860-585-4028.
I got started after 9/11 when my grandchildren asked if
I could make quilts for them. They picked out some red,
white and blue fabric as I suggested. It then was decided
that every grandchild should have a patriotic lap quilt. So
I made fourteen over a period of about five years. Then I
made seven more for my children, and four for my great
grandchildren. The size of each lap quilt was 50” x 60”.
Soon I started to wonder, where would I be able to use
all the red, white and blue fabric that I collected over the
years? We were making lap quilts in Port Orange, Florida
for people in rest homes. I belong to a sewing group at my
church. I suggested the red, white and blue fabric would
be great for our veterans who are in wheelchairs. I had the
idea of passing out these lap quilts on Veteran’s Day. We
Page 6 • The Plymouth Connection • November, 2014
all agreed it was a good time to do it. So for 1 year we
have been sewing quilts, 32” x 42”. (A sincere “Thank
You” goes out to the people of our church for donated fabric and other supplies. )
Veteran’s Day is arriving and it’s time to send out
approximately 50 quilts but more is needed to show our
appreciation for those who serve and have served our
country. Our next task will be to make veterans quilts for
wheelchairs & wheelchair bags as long as we can. Our
group sews once a month. All fabric is donated, so we
humbly ask if you have extra fabric you’d like to donate
please call Doris Strilkauskas at 860-620-4843.
Doris Strilkauskas
Thank you to our veterans!
This is part 1 of our Veterans Photo Jounal Series. Please continue to send in your family photos and information so
we can continue to honor those who have ser ved! Please call 860 314-2777 ext. 5412.ttt
This is Part One of our Veterans Photo Journal Series! Please send in family photos and info so we can continue to honor those who have
served in our community! Call 860 314 2777 ext. 5412 for further information! Special thanks to Mrs. Arlene Wood for her hard work.
US Navy Radarman
USS Allen M Sumner
DD692 1969-1975
Anthony Basile
Army Specialist 4th Class
Heavy Field Artillery
Nuremberg Germany
Charles Herr
Derald Demerchant
Edward A. Herr
George Chaivanik
Peter Gianesini
US Army 1st Lt.
US Army Private 1st Class
82nd Division WWI
France 1918
Ken E. Micloskey
US Army Selective Service
82nd Airborne Div. 1968-1969
Died S. Vietnam
David Merchant
US Army Specialist 4th Class
Michael Z. Sulkazi
Les Norton
David Francis Boilard
Andre St. Laurent
Rev. John Sheriden
Rev. Zelie
Army Sgt 1st Class 1940-1945
Army 10th Mountain Division
Camp Hale, Leadville CO
US Coast Guard
US Navy
US Marines /US Army
Special Forces 1954+
US Army
US Navy
Red Cross Army Chaplain
WWI France
Ed Klepps
US Navy
Pearl Harbor 1935-1945
With wife Alma
John R. Bull
US Marines
Marine and Chaplain
WWI France
The Plymouth Connection • November, 2014 • Page 7
Troop 75 Boy Scouts of America October Events
The scouts and leaders of Troop 75 assisted the
community this month by volunteering to wait tables
at a benefit dinner for Sandy McCann, the mother of
one of our scouts. Sandy has been diagnosed with stage
four thyroid cancer and the family needs support The
scouts and Plymouth Volunteer Ambulance Explorers
joined together to assist in making the event successful.
Thanks to all in the community, including local business support, that contributed to the evening’s success!
The troop will also be travelling to New York this
month to introduce some of the younger scouts to backpacking. The scouts will be trekking a section of the
Appalachian Trail that is relatively flat so it is not too
strenuous. Once in camp the boys can practice their
fire building skills and cooking with a small backpacking stove while also enjoying the fall foliage.
Recently, the troop began to have the Webelos of Pack 75 Terryville meet on the same
night as the Boy Scouts. The Cub Scouts still
have their separate meeting but we are introducing the younger scouts into the troop to ultimately enhance their transition to Boy Scouts.
Troop 75 BSA Leaders, Scouts and family members would like to collectively thank
the continued generosity of the Thomaston
Savings Bank Foundation. This year’s grant
will aid in the purchase of new cook kits for
each of our patrols. The patrols use this
equipment to prepare meals and learn skills
such as meal planning, preparation and cleanup.
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]
Share your financial and care inventory with those who need to know
By Julia Weston
Thrivent Financial
Each year, thousands of Americans are thrust into the uncomfortable role of making long-term care
decisions for their family members.
These emotional decisions may create stressful situations for the entire
family in addition to being time-consuming and expensive.
Fortunately, there is a way to help reduce the stress connected to these situations: communication. Discussing
plans for long-term care before the need arises can greatly
reduce the stress that may arise while dealing with an illness or disability.
Raising the subject may create some momentary awkwardness for both parents and their adult children. However it is far better to discuss long-term care options ahead
of time and together decide what makes the most sense for
the family.
Thrivent Financial recommends that families ask certain
questions regarding a long-term care strategy:
▪ Where and how you would like care delivered, if you were
to need it.
▪ The level of independence you’d like to maintain.
▪ The role you’d like your family to play in your care.
▪ How you want to fund your care, while protecting your assets.
Clear communication can help eliminate the problem of
catching a spouse or adult child off guard. It can also help
eliminate the burden of uncertainty with difficult decisions.
Spelling out the location of important documents, as well as
care wishes, ensures that family members have the information
they need to provide for their loved one’s desired care.
Create a financial and care inventory
It is also important to update family members on the location and status of financial and care documents. Having an
inventory of these documents provides family members with
a roadmap to critical information. It is focused on the “where”
information on financial holdings is located; not specific details about the financial holdings. The inventory is not a legal
document, and it need not divulge personal or confidential details you are not prepared to share. It should, however, enable
loved ones to quickly locate where you keep your financial,
legal, care and legacy records should a crisis occur.
This inventory should be updated at least annually, and copies given to family members - a lawyer or executor – or placed
in a secure location where those who might need it can access it.
While each family’s inventory will differ, the inventory
should include information related to where someone can find
the following:
Black Friday Advice
By Stephen Duetxmann
editor at
The holiday shopping season is almost upon us and will
kick off very soon on Black Friday. Video games will find their
way onto a huge number of kids’ wish lists this year. The following is a lis of tips to help get the most smiles per dollar
“Experience • Integrity • Compassion”
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▪ Living wills/health care directives
▪ Insurance and other contracts (health, life, long-term
care, annuities, auto, homeowners, etc.)
▪ Wills, trusts and deeds
▪ Bank accounts and investment accounts
▪ Credit card accounts and other outstanding debt
▪ Contact information for lawyers, accountants, brokers,
▪ Jewelry and other valuables
▪ Essential keys
▪ Instructions related to funeral arrangements
▪ Personal instructions or messages
▪ Location of birth, marriage and military discharge
▪ Information related to charitable gifts
While it may be a difficult topic, open and honest communication about your long-term care strategy can be one of the best
ways to prepare for a stress-free financial future.
This article was prepared by Thrivent Financial for use by
Julia Weston. She has an office at 934 Terryville Ave. in Bristol
and can also be reached at 860-261-7562.
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Have a Plan
Holiday shopping can be insane, especially if you go
shopping on Black Friday. It is important to make sure that you
have a plan. Black Friday flyers are being published earlier and
earlier each year. Make sure you look them over early.
The good news is that many sites (including my own) give
a roll up of the good deals before the big day.
The Last Generation is Not Dead
This is going to be a great year to buy into the last generation of consoles. The PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 have been
around a long time and are currently overshadowed by their
newer, shinier PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. But, they are still
more than viable systems especially for families that don’t
need the latest and greatest Both of these consoles have massive catalogs of family friendly games and will continue to receive support for a few more years.
The next generation is in full swing so we can expect all
the marketing dollars to be pushing the newer consoles, but I
would expect to see some very good bundles this holiday as
retailers try to move their remaining stock.
PlayStation Plus and Xbox Live Gold
These might not be the biggest or flashiest gift you will
give, but both of these services are a great value on their own
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and have been heavily discounted during past Holiday seasons.
These programs are the key to online multiplayer on their
respective consoles, but both of them come with free games
every month. These free games are often older, but multiple
free games every month adds up to a great value.
Going Digital
Sony and Microsoft are both making strong pushes towards digital sales. This is understandable because it would
cut out the need to pay a portion of their sales to retailers.
This can be a great deal for parents as well. This may not
be as much of a deal on Black Friday itself, but Cyber Monday
is getting bigger every year so keep an eye out for deals on
“digital downloads”. The key here is that with no discs to ship,
there is no shipping required and that can be significant.
Digital downloads come in the form of codes that are just
strings of letters and numbers. This gives creative and crafty
parents all sorts of opportunities to disguise gifts. This is especially useful for those pesky teenagers who know all of their
gifts by the shape of the package. (Make sure to save the original code online somewhere just in case though!)
When Toys Come to Life Our Wallets Scream in Fear
Skylanders and Disney Infinity figures have been draining parents bank accounts across the country for a few years
no. This holiday season will be no different. Just keep in mind
while shopping that figured that were released with previous
games will still work. They may not feature the new gimmick,
but they will still be a new character to enjoy. Many retailers have heavily discounted older figures and you can save
a lot by shopping smart and picking a few up.
Best of luck to you on Black Friday and we’ll be back
next month!
Tour and Restore St. Matthew’s
Cemetery on Nov. 9
The Plymouth Historical Society will host
a “Tour and Restore” event at the historic
St. Matthew’s cemetery in East Plymouth
on November 9 from 1-3pm. The graveyard dates to 1796 and is listed on the
National Register of Historic Places. Participants should meet at the cemetery on
East Plymouth Road (near the intersection
of Marsh Road) at 1pm for the tour. Bring
shovels if you want to help reset grave-
stones. The “Tour and Restore” event is
free but registration is required by emailing
[email protected] or calling
860-921-6118. For more information, go to
Learn More about Girl Scouts
What did you do today? Join Girl Scouts
and you could be spending time having fun
with your friends while you try new things,
visit exciting places, and explore the world
around you. Come see the amazing things Girl
Scouts in Thomaston and Plymouth are doing
and learn how you can be a part of it all! Girls
in grades Kindergarten and up can join.
As a Girl Scout, you can try many new
things. You can learn about technology,
play sports and games, experiment with
math and science, earn badges, attend fun
workshops, travel to new places, and much
more! Girl Scouts gives every girl access
to fun-filled experiences that inspire her
and show her she can do anything she sets
her mind to. Girl Scouts of Connecticut offers girls the lifetime skills needed to discover their personal best, connect with others, and take action in their communities to
make the world a better place.
For more information about joining
Girl Scouts in Thomaston or Plymouth contact
Teresa Allen, [email protected] , 203-7571340 ext 3615.
Troop 64123 made
thank you cards for the
Fire Department for
fire prevention week.
Eagle’s Nest
Thomaston Savings Bank Grant
Will Honor Dorence Atwater,
Plymouth’s Civil War Hero.
The Plymouth Historical Society received
a grant from the Thomaston Savings Bank
Foundation to restore the Dorence Atwater
monument at Baldwin Park. The monument,
consisting of a large cannon and plaque, was
installed in 1908 to honor Plymouth’s Civil
War hero. Atwater served in the Union Army,
was captured, and sent to the Confederate prisoner camp in Andersonville, Georgia, where
13,000 Union soldiers died from the horrible
conditions. They were buried in mass trenches.
Atwater kept a secret list of the dead and smuggled it out when he was released. After the
War, he returned with Clara Barton, who later
founded the American Red Cross, to properly
document the graves and notify the soldier’s
families about the fate of their loved ones.
With the grant, the Historical Society will restore Atwater’s monument and install a new interpretive sign. The dedication will be on May 30,
2015, the 150th anniversary of Atwater’s return
to Terryville after the War. There will be a living
history demonstration with Civil War reenactors.
For more information and to donate for this project, go to, or
email [email protected]
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The Plymouth Local Prevention Council, in
cooperation with the Carol M. White PEP Grant,
is hosting former NBA star player Chris Herren to
speak at Terryville High School. The event took
place on Wednesday, October 29, 2014, during the
day and again for an evening performance. Former
NBA player Chris Herren shared his powerful message of hope and inspiration and his personal journey.
Herren was a high school basketball legend in
Fall River, Massachusetts, who realized his lifelong
dream of playing for the Boston Celtics only to lose
it all to alcohol and drug addiction. He shared his
story of abuse and recovery with Terryville’s 8th12th grade students during a daytime presentation.
His challenging message to students is to embrace
who they are, and not to resort to substance abuse in
order to become someone different. Herren hopes
that his presentation will have an impact on at least
one person in attendance, because that would make
what he does worthwhile.
During an evening presentation that was open
to the public, Herren shared more of his story and
also addressed how parents can help their teens
make good decisions. He will share with parents
that a high percentage of adult drug addicts started as
teens, usually through alcohol and smoking marijuana. Herren will talk about the uncomfortable reality that more often than people would like to admit,
many parents are aware that their teen abuses substance either socially or chronically. Herren encourages those in attendance to remember that addiction
can begin with as little as one drink or one pill and is
not a path easily reversed.
Students who have attended previous presentations call Herren “one of the most inspirational
people I’ve ever met” and “amazing,” saying that
Herren “had a really strong message and a great
presentation.” Herren’s story has been chronicled
in Sports Illustrated and Rolling Stone, on 60 Minutes, and in the ESPN documentary Unguarded. He
currently mentors young basketball players and has
launched a national anti-substance abuse campaign,
Project Purple, to encourage people of all ages to
stand up to substance abuse.
The evening presentation ) at 7pm at Terryville
High School and all adults and high school age teens
are welcome to attend. Any Plymouth residents who
would like to come at 6pm will be served free pizza
but are asked to RSVP to [email protected] or 860 314-2777 ext. 5433 with number of persons planning to attend.
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Strengthening Our
Connecticut State Archivist Appointed
Row #1 (starting on the left) : Thomas Broadus, Bailey McCann, Scott
Amendola, Megan Soucy, Connie Kapralos, Amber Barriault, Samantha
Row #2 (starting from the left) :Trey Belanger, Joe Klopp, Amihya Brock,
Joe DeLorenzo, Kaitlyn Bednaz, Valerie Bush, Camron Rivera, Matt Kozer, Sandy McCann, Lisa McCoy
PECC Holds Pre-Election Forum on October 15
We would like to take a moment to THANK all the organizations and
people who came out to support the Sandy McCann Pasta Diner Fundraiser
that took place on 10/9/14. Plymouth Volunteer Ambulance Explorer Post
111 would not have been able to make this vision a reality without all the support from the community. During the initial planning phase we thought we
would be successful if we served dinner to 200 people. We nearly doubled
that amount with 361 people being served a full dinner and dessert. We
would like to personally thank the Boys Scouts from Pack 75. If it weren’t
for them, we would have never been able to serve all the guests as efficiently.
From concept to execution Lisa McCoy and Scott Amendola, the coorganizers, kept Sandy McCann in mind. The energy and efforts of so many
people made this fundraiser wildly successful. This event and the other
activities the Ambulance Explorer Post 111 gets involved with are always
geared to help others. This fundraiser was especially important because it
was to directly support the mother of one of their own. To do an event in our
very own community for a community member is a life lesson.
You have surely heard the saying “it takes a community to raise a
child”. Well, in this incident the community support taught the Explorers
that powerful things can be accomplished when people and organizations
come together. Lisa and Scott would like to Thank all the family, friends,
groups, organizations and sponsors that help prove to one person is loved by
the community. This support also shows our youth program that the work
they do does matter.
The Lyceum Event Center was a fantastic place to hold this event and
the Explorers were so happy that this Event Center was also a sponsor for
this fundraiser. The staff was so wonderful, when the room was nearing
capacity they stepped up to help arrange things to allow for more guests to
join the party.
For the people that attended, you saw in the middle of each table, many
of the corporate sponsors and a special thank you to each of the 3 Emergency
Service the serve our community. The Terryville Fire Department stepped
up to the challenge by providing the fundraiser with a Fire Truck along with
a crew even though it was the night of their EDITH Drill. Many Fire Department members came to the event with their family to show support as well.
Another special thanks to the Plymouth Police Department for providing us
with a Police Officers and a dedicated Police car to stage in the front of the
building along with the Ambulance. It was touching to also have on-duty
police officer and off-duty police officers showing their support. Nothing
shows community support more than a showing like this.
A huge Thanks goes to Charlene McCann Clayton for requesting donations from business in our community and surrounding communities for the
tea cup auction. Her time and energy is what allowed this event to have so
many Tea Cup Auction Baskets and such wonderful Grand Prizes.
In the kitchen working feverishly was Mark Nadeau, Eric McCoy, Connie Kapralos, and Mr. and Mrs. Michael Busch. Their behind the scene
work is the reason why 361 people had a full belly at the end of the night.
Without all the hands and help from the Explorers and Troop 75 this event
would not have been so successful. All we can say is YOU ALL ROCK!!
Thank You to the organizations and companies that donated to this
event (random order) : Guida’s Dairy, Shannon jewelers, Harvest Bakery Inc.
Greer’s Chicken, Winterberry Gardens, Adams IGA, Yogurt City, Wojtusik
Nursery, Moe’s, Home Depot, Warner Theater, Lake Compounce, Rock Cats
Baseball, Hartford Wolf Pack, Pilgrim Furniture, Thirty-One, Sunrise Market, Treasure Hands, Price Chopper, Terryville Chevrolet, Spare Time & City
Sports Grille, PLTI Class of 2012, Pampered Chef, Trumpf Inc., Santa Maria
& Schneider, LLC, Image Ink and The Lyceum.
Please remember as the holidays approach that the Town of Plymouth has many families who are less fortunate than us. Please remember that
the Ambulance Garage is a drop off spot for the Food Pantry. The Human
Services Dept for the Town of Plymouth will also be looking for sponsors
for the Small Wonders Christmas Program. Please keep these two wonderful
programs that are providing services to the less fortunate in our community
in your mind as the holiday season approaches.
The Connecticut State Library is pleased to announce the
appointment of Lizette Pelletier
to the position of State Archivist
effective October 3, 2014. For the
past 8 years, Lizette has worked as
Public Records Archivist (Librarian 2) in the Office of the Public
Records Administrator. Lizette
served as Assistant State Archivist
from 1988-1998. Her experience
includes 8 years as a records and
information management consultant and serving as a project archi-
vist for CIGNA and on the CCSU Polish American
Archives. Lizette holds a B.A. in History from the
College of St. Benedict and a M.A. in History and an
MLS with a major in Archives and Records Management from the University of Maryland, College Park.
Since 1855 the Connecticut State Library has acquired historical records from the three
branches of State government. In 1909, the General
Assembly made the State Library the official State
Archives. The Archives contains more than 42,000
cubic feet of records documenting the evolution of
state public policy and its implementation, the rights
and claims of citizens, and the history of Connecticut and it's people.
Candidates for the 31st Senatorial District, Rob Michalik
and Henri Martin, were present for the Forum. The Forum was
co-sponsored by the Bristol Early Childhood Alliance, Plainville Family Resource Network, Plymouth Early Childhood
Council and the CT Early Childhood Alliance. "We Vote for
Kids" is a project of the CT Early Childhood Alliance to raise
awareness of the importance of investing in young children.
The campaign does not endorse candidates or political parties,
but this is the time to publicly debate issues. For more information on We Vote for Kids, please visit:
Candidates for the 31st Senatorial District (Bristol, Harwinton, Plainville, Plymouth and Thomaston), at left, Rob Michalik, of Plainville and at right, Henri Martin, of Bristol. Photo
by CT Early Childhood Alliance.
4th Annual Wine Gala to Benefit United Way
The Young Professionals for United Way will be holding its 4th Annual Wine Gala on Friday, December 5th at
Chippanee Country Club in Bristol. Doors open at 5:30pm
and tastings will occur until 8:30pm. Proceeds will benefit
the United Way of West Central Connecticut.
The community is invited to attend this exciting wine
tasting fundraiser to sample over 70 wines, try many delicious hors d’oeuvres and enter to win raffle prizes!
Maple End Package Store in Bristol will be providing
the wine for the event and will be taking orders for the holiday season. Wines will be available to be picked up in midDecember to give as gifts or bring to holiday gatherings!
Tickets for this fun holiday event are $40 if purchased
before November 24th; after that date, tickets will be $50.
This event has been sold out the last few years, so make
Volunteers Needed for United Way’s
Income Initiatives
If you’re willing, you’re able! United Way of West Central Connecticut is seeking volunteers to help with two of our
Income Initiatives: our free tax preparation site and financial
coaching programs. Our programs serve the communities of
Bristol, Burlington, Plainville and Plymouth/Terryville. Volunteers make a real difference in people’s lives!
VITA Program - The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance
(VITA) Program provides low- to moderate-income workers
and families, disabled, and elderly with free tax preparation
and filing. With your help, United Way can bring unclaimed
tax credits to these individuals, and thus help our community
grow and prosper. Tax preparers assist low- to moderate-income wage earners in completing their federal and state tax
returns using an online tax software program. Tax preparers
receive free training and are certified by the IRS. No tax experience needed!
VITA Volunteer Requirements: Be willing to commit four hours per week during the tax season (hours are
Tuesdays from 4:00-8:00PM or Saturdays from 10:00AM-
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sure to get your tickets early. Tickets must be purchased
ahead of time by calling United Way at (860) 582-9559
or logging onto their website –
The group responsible for this event, the Young Professionals for United Way, is a group of 21 to 40 year-olds who
are all interested in giving back to the community and making
it a better place to live and work. They are a group of young
professionals, who work at local businesses and schools, who
offer fundraising, volunteering, and networking opportunities
to other people their age. If you are interested in joining this
group, please call Emily at (860) 582-9559.
This is the fourth year the group will be holding this
event and they are hoping the community will come out to
support it and raise money for United Way!
2:00PM); must be comfortable working with diverse populations; no experience is necessary; all training is provided at
no cost by United Way; bilingual volunteers are needed; and
some positions require computer use.
Financial Coaching Program - Our Financial Coaching
Program is designed to help low- to moderate-income individuals address common financial concerns. As a financial
coach, you will be given the tools and resources necessary to
help individuals and families make smart money choices and
improve their personal finances.
Volunteer Financial Coach Requirements: Attend a
Volunteer Orientation and an eight-hour training course / Be
willing to commit a few hours per month to meet in-person
with your client / Must be comfortable working with diverse
populations / No experience is necessary / All training is provided at no cost / Bilingual volunteers are needed.
If you are interested in volunteering, please call Elizabeth Bohmier at (860) 582-9559 or email [email protected] for more information.
Upland Tree Farm
The Best At What We Do!
Res. (860) 283-8938
Cell (860) 689-2611
508 Farmington Avenue • Bristol, CT 06010
Office (860) 589-2104 x131 • Fax (860) 589-7712
Email: [email protected] •
All Trees $40
Come and Tag Early!
5 Varieties • 2,000 Trees • Most 6' Plus
Cut Your Own or We Will Cut For You!
Cross Road, Terryville
Call Ann or Wes, 860-582-1879
31 Main Street
Terryville 06786
phone 860-589-8858
fax 860-589-7968
Helping you live the simple life
Mon.-Fri. 9-6
Saturday 9-5
Sunday 9-3
Now In Stock!
Large selection
to choose from!
Black Oil
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Pet ID Tags
Several styles available!
Suet Cakes
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Propane Fill Up
Coupon must be presented.
Good 11/1-11/31/2014.
Stop by and let us help you
get your stove ready this month!
Now In Stock:
Complete Line of Single Wall and
Double Wall Stove Pipe, Chimney
Brushes, Stove Gaskets & More!
Wood Pellets,
Bio Bricks &
Coal In Stock
KUMA is a family owned and operated
manufacturer that prides itself in producing
products of only the highest quality. Every
KUMA Stove is made in the USA and over
90% of the materials come from US sources,
including US milled steel and despite
industry trends, cast iron from US foundries.
The Plymouth Connection • November, 2014 • Page 11
Local News
Pizza with Santa!
Save the Date:
Santa Claus is coming to Town on December 11 (snow
date 12/12) please come have pizza with Santa Claus and
Mrs. Claus! You can enjoy some yummy pizza with jolly
old St. Nick and help support the Plymouth Early Childhood Council’s (PECC) Preschool Scholarship Fund.
Tickets will be available mid-November by calling (860)
Enrichment Classes
Foothills Adult and Continuing Education, a program of
EDUCATION CONNECTION is offering Enrichment
classes on Tuesday evenings at Terryville High School.
November offerings include iPad Usage, Powerpoint
Essentials, Painting, Crocheting. Please see PDF of our
catalog (Pg 35) online at
Please register early 1-800-300-4781.
The Gift Of Life
Ambulance Explorer
Post 111 is a youth program that is active with
Services. The Explorers doctrine is “Mission
– LifeSaver”. Therefore the youth of this organization
performs acts and deeds that assist the general public in
various ways that follow this credo. The explorers want
to help you give a loved one a special gift this holiday
season. The gift is called a “File of Life”.
United Way to Accept Letters of Intent for
New Funding Cycle
St. Casimir's Women's Guild Hosts Its
Food Fair
At The Lyceum, 181 Main St., Terryville
On Saturday, November 1, 2014
From 9 Am-2 Pm
Everyone Is Invited To Attend!
(Polish Foods Available For Eat-In And Take-Home:
Various Crafts Available For Holiday Purchase)
Plymouth Early
Childhood Council
The Plymouth Early Childhood Council (PECC) is
working towards its mission to ensure that all Plymouth
Children are healthy, safe and successful.
Please do not hesitate to contact us as [email protected] or via phone at (860)
314-2763 with any questions or concerns. If you would
like to help us in our work, the Plymouth Early Childhood
Council (PECC) would be delighted if you could attend
our upcoming meetings.
Upcoming Plymouth Early Childhood Council Meetings (Free Dinner and Childcare available at evening
meetings only): Friday, November 21, 2014 – 9:00 a.m. to
11:00 a.m. Please frequent our website for updated meeting schedule at
Small Sewing Jobs
& Custom Made Slipcovers For Your Home
Pick up service available, please call Maryann Pelz at
Hometown Pizza
(860) 583-2555
124 Main Street
Terryville, CT 06787
Verdi Rizvani, Owner
Closed Thanksgiving Day
Happy Thanksgiving!
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Any Large or
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"File of Life" is an informational sheet designed to
help you in those first few critical minutes during an emergency. The "File of Life" contains important information
such as Medical Conditions, Medications, Allergies, Doctors, and other important information. This well organized
informational sheet can save time and possibly a life.
“File of Life” can be acquired in person on Monday
& Tuesday evenings from 6p.m.-9p.m. until the start of the
New Year at Plymouth Volunteer Ambulance Headquarters or by calling (860) 589-2313. We ask that you simply
donate $2 for each unit so the Explorer Post can purchase
more to continuously help others.
United Way of West Central Connecticut (UWWCC) will begin accepting letters of intent for their 2015-2018 Funding Cycle.
Any non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that serves the communities of Bristol, Burlington, Plainville or Plymouth/Terryville may
submit a Letter of Intent for a program they wish to have funded.
The program applying for funding must address one or more
of the three UWWCC Building Blocks and at least one Outcome
(listed below). It is United Way’s responsibility to ensure that it
has a measurable and verifiable impact on the critical needs identified in the community. The UWWCC Board of Directors will
allocate the undesignated funds raised through its Community
Campaign among the three Building Blocks:
1) Education - Helping Children and Youth Achieve Their Potential
As part of the Education Building Block, programs must address
one of the following – Families are actively engaged with their
children in programs, activities and/or experiences; children are
prepared for success in kindergarten; youth demonstrate age-appropriate social, emotional and cognitive skills; and youth become
engaged in their community through increased volunteerism.
2) Income – Promoting Financial Stability & Independence
As part of the Income Building Block, programs must address one
of the following – Adults improve/develop life skills necessary
for self-sufficiency; and families and individuals work toward
self-sufficiency by meeting basic needs.
3) Health – Improving People’s Health
As part of the Health Building Block, programs must address one
of the following – People in physical or emotional distress ac-
cess timely services resulting in improvement in functioning; and
older, isolated adults access services to increase their connection
to their communities.
Prior to accepting full proposals for this funding opportunity,
the United Way of West Central Connecticut invites Letters of Intent from all interested organizations. Based on the viability and
strength of the proposal as presented in this letter, select organizations will be asked to submit a full proposal for consideration.
A Letter of Intent should include the following:
- Name of organization (must be a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization)
- Brief description of the organization and its mission (no more
than one paragraph)
-Information on intended program/services, including target
population and communities served
-Identify Building Block(s) to be addressed and how it relates
to this program
-Identify corresponding Outcome(s) and explain how it will be
-Amount requested from UWWCC.
Letter should be no longer than two pages. Letters must reach
the United Way office by 12:00 Noon on Friday, November 7,
2014. Email submissions are acceptable and you will receive
electronic confirmation upon receipt.
Please address Letter of Intent to: Elizabeth Bohmier, Community Impact Coordinator, United Way of West Central Connecticut, 200 Main Street, Bristol, CT 06010. Or email: [email protected]
Animal Rescue Foundation Adoption
MORRIS. Morris
is a beautiful, very
friendly cat. He
seems to be fine
with other cats;
but likes to retreat
to the safety of his
cage, not so much
because he is
afraid; but that he does not want to be bothered
GEORGIA. If you love distinctive tabby markings,
you will just love Georgia. She is chocolate brown
with black stripes and dots and velvety black feet.
Shelter life scared her at first; but she soon came
around and
feels right at
home with
the other
cats. She also
soon figured
out that good
things come
from people.
Now she
comes running toward us, instead of running away.
She probably prefers a quiet home; but does not object to other cats. Haven't tried her with dogs. She is
not afraid, when she hears them barking.
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PERIWINKLE. This beautiful little silver-blue 6 mos.
old was a surprise at the
shelter gate. She had a note
with her, saying that neighbor kids had terrorized her
until she got mean. We have
not noticed any mean streak
in her. As a matter of fact,
she is very friendly. She is a
bit defensive, when she gets
scared; who can blame her?
She will soon learn to trust.
Oh, did I mention she is gorgeous?
Murphy was
left on our
doorstep. She
is 17 years old
and possibly
deaf; but in excellent health.
She gets along
well with other
cats and enjoys being brushed. She is friendly and
happy to find a cozy place to snooze. She definitely
deserves better than to be abandoned in her old age.
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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The Plymouth Connection • November, 2014 • Page 13
Local News
United Way Seeks Holiday Food
& Toy Donations
The United Way of West Central Connecticut is asking for your help this holiday season to
make great things happen. We are hoping that
you will help us make positive changes in the
lives of local individuals and families by donating non-perishable food items and gifts. These
contributions will help provide numerous local
families with a holiday meal and gifts for children to open at Christmas. These small changes
can help to put a family back on the path of financial stability and independence.
United Way’s Annual Joy of Sharing Program has been providing food, toys, and gifts
to needy children, teens, and families in Bristol,
Burlington, Plainville, and Plymouth/Terryville
for over fifteen years. Last year alone, over
2,000 toys and gifts were donated, along with
hundreds of food items. This year, the need is
greater than ever and we need your help!
There are two different ways that you can
“LIVE UNITED” this holiday season:
□ Thanksgiving Food Drive – You can
collect and donate food products that are the
most needed
during Thanksgiving (this list will be provided to you). Food can be dropped off at
the United Way office on either Nov. 13th or
Nov. 14th (9:00am – 4:00pm each day).
□ Holiday Toy and Gift Drive – You can
collect and donate toys and gifts for children
between the ages
of 3 and 14. Donations can be dropped off
at the United Way office on either December
8th or 9th (9:00am – 4:00pm each day).
If you, or your company, are willing to
participate in the following initiatives, please
call Emily at United Way (860) 582-9559 to
sign up.
By supporting United Way, you are
supporting YOUR community. Thank you
for joining together with us. Because great
things happen when YOU Live United!
The De-stuffing of My Life
By Lisa K. Watson-Barcia
Pastor, St. Paul’s Lutheran Church,
Recently I read an article by Mark Manson writing in the Huffington Post that
your 30s are all about tearing down what
you spent your 20s building. There were
a lot of good insights in the article, such
as not hanging on to relationships and circumstances that don’t ultimately serve you
and to risk more and worry less, but at 51, I
am finding that something even more fundamental is happening in my life. I am, for
lack of a better word, “de-stuffing” it.
I will preface by saying that for most
of my adult life, I have been a wanderer.
Sometimes by choice, sometimes not, I
have found that I am not one of those people who get to sit on their porch and watch
the seasons change and the years progress,
each carefully deposited into a lifetime of
memory and continuity. Nope, I have been
what my grandmother used to call, a person
with “itchy feet”; eager to see what is over
the next hill, around the next corner and
beyond the horizon. This means I have had
some really exciting adventures and some
pretty good scares. But it also means that I
have been preoccupied with stuffing my life
full of people and places and, well, stuff.
Recently a dear friend died in the UK,
and I realized that in the whirlwind of my
life, I hadn’t actually seen him in 15 years.
Oh, I always meant to get back around to
visit, stayed in touch via facebook and occasionally daydreamed the practicalities of
the reunion – but it never really came to
anything because I was so often distracted
by the stuffing of my life with the next adventure, riding the next wave or chasing the
shiny bits of whatever that crossed my path.
And what his death revealed to me was that
I was too full, too stuffed to do the one thing
I truly wanted to do. The time has come to
look at my life and, instead of stuffing it
full, begin to “de-stuff” it so that I might
pursue that which really has value to me.
So I have set myself a challenge. As a
person of faith, prayerfully, I am asking
God to help me get rid of all the things that
do not matter to His will for my life. I am
working on learning to see that which has
lasting value and merit – that which will
feed me for a lifetime, rather than a day. I
am not tearing down what I have built up
– nope, I quite like the treasures that my
often traveling “itchy feet” have brought
me – but I am seeking to find new criteria,
to bring new eyes to the journey, so that I
might apply better care to the things that I
pick up, and spend more time tending to
them. The path will still twist and turn – I
am not at all sure that God is calling me
to that coveted porch sitting vantage point
– but I have determined that I will take better care to tend the treasures I have already
been given and be careful in picking up
new ones. I will choose to not pick up that
which - although beautiful and tempting does not allow me to be free to follow the
path God reveals. I have no idea at this moment in time what that will mean. But I am
more than ready to find out.
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“Counselor’s Corner”
by William A. Hamzy, Esq.,
The Hamzy Law Firm, LLC, Bristol, CT
It seems that we can’t survive these
days if we don’t have good credit. But,
how can you get good credit and if you
don’t have it, how can you improve it?
In order to be an informed consumer,
you have to be proactive in learning
about credit. There is a wealth of information available online but when you
boil it all down, as a general rule, good
credit results from good decisions.
One of the most important ways to
achieve good credit is to budget, budget, budget. I’m not talking about taking an informal and lax approach to
budgeting. I’m talking about sitting
down and putting pencil to paper to
create an actual document which will
dictate how you spend your money.
First, calculate your net monthly income. If your earnings fluctuate, take
an average over a period of time such
as your last six months. Then, subtract
all of your recurring monthly expenses. Again, for those expenses which
may be seasonal such as heat, average
those out over
the course of
one year. Then
you should include all of those unexpected expenses which come up every
month. However, you should be disciplined enough to determine which of
them are wants and which of them are
Once the budget is created, you
need to stick to it. It will do you no
good to take the time to put a budget together and then ignoring it. The
key to successfully implementing the
budget you created is to constantly
monitor how much you spend as well
as how much you make. None of it
is set in stone and the document you
come up with will need to be adjusted. However, once you get into the
habit of adhering to the budget you
created, the decisions you make will
be second nature and you’ll find it
pretty easy to do.
One of the most difficult things
for all of us to do is to change habits.
While it’s never easy, I guarantee the
results will be worth it.
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hand and be READY
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Local News
Strengthening Our Local Community, Thomaston Savings Bank
Foundation, Inc. Awards Grants for 2014
Stephen L. Lewis, Thomaston Savings Bank Foundation, Inc. president and Thomaston Savings Bank president and CEO, is photographed addressing the audience
at the annual Thomaston Savings Bank Foundation’s
Grant Award night at the Thomaston Opera House.
American Legion Clifford R French Post 22
American Legion Post 195
American Legion Post 27
Animal Rescue Foundation
Beacon Baptist Fellowship Church
Bethlehem Ambulance Association
Bethlehem Christian Fellowship
Bethlehem Senior's Commission
Bible Church of Waterbury/Kids Against Hunger
Boy Scouts of America Troop 303 WARC
Boys & Girls Club of Greater Waterbury
Brass City Charter School
Brass City Harvest, Inc.
Bridge to Success Community Partnership
Bristol Board of Education
Bristol Brass and Wind Ensemble
Bristol Community Organization
Bristol Historical Society
Bristol Hospital, Inc.
Bronc Callahan Community Fund
BSA Troop 11
Cemetery Commission and D.A.R. Katherine
Gaylord Chapter
CHD Adult Mental Health
Thomaston Savings Bank Foundation, Inc. has reconfirmed its financial commitment to the people within the
communities it serves and is proud to announce total grant
distributions exceeding $400,000 for the year 2014. With
total assets of $5.8 million, the Thomaston Savings Bank
Foundation, Inc. is a cornerstone to the charitable needs of
its communities helping to make a difference in hundreds of
peoples’ lives.
According to Foundation President, Stephen L.
Lewis, grants in excess of $3.8 million have been awarded
since the Foundation’s inception in 1997. The Foundation
has positively impacted area youth by enhancing local school
and library programs, athletic facilities and programs, family
literacy, safety awareness and other educational enrichment
programs. The grants also support the needs of local fire departments, ambulance corps, senior citizens, crisis funds,
disabled citizens, religious organizations and numerous other
charitable entities.
“We are proud to contribute to the betterment of
2014 Grant Recipients
Children's Community School
Chime In! Music with a Mission
Christmas Town Festival
Corporation of the Church of the Blessed Sacrament Covenant Church of Thomaston
CT Institute for the Blind Cub Scout Pack
Eagle Rock Congregational ChurchEast
Litchfield Volunteer Fire Company
Falls Avenue Senior Center Fine Arts Connection of Thomaston, Inc.
First Baptist Church
First Church of
First Congregational Church First Congregational Church of Plymouth
First Lutheran Church Waterbury
United Methodist Church of Torrington
FISH/Friends in Service to Humanity of NW
CT, Inc. Flanders Nature Center & Land Trust
Forestville Little League
Friendly Hands
Food Bank, Inc.
Friends of Hospice, Inc.
Friends of the
Thomaston Opera House
Garden Club - Chippens Hill Middle School
Gilbert Library
~ Needs List ~
Pasta (Except Spaghetti)
Nuts & Other Nutritious Snacks
Shampoo And Conditioner
Baby Food, Wipes
Diapers Size 4 & Up
Statistics for the month of September:
• Total # of Individuals served 351
• We received 4,336 pounds of food donations or
• Total # of Adults 18-64 served 213
41% of total food.
• Total # of Children under 18 served 96
• The total amount of food entering the pantry was
• Total # of Senior over 65 served 42
• Total # of New Families 9
• 10,392 pounds of food were given away by the pantry.
• We purchased a total of 6,315 pounds of food or • Since January, 2014 we have distributed 88,634
59% of Total Food.
pounds of food.
Donate on-line via our website
To learn how to donate or volunteer call (860) 584-1750. Erin Kennedy, Director; 20 Dewey Ave., Terryville
Chute Gates
fundraiser for the Plymouth Food Pantry
Sunday, Nov. 23rd 1-6 pm
Featuring nationally renowned Nashville recording artists:
The Mammoth Jack Band • $10 per person
100% of your ticket price goes to the Food Pantry to
Page 16 • The Plymouth Connection • November, 2014
our communities by supporting various non-profit organizations,” said Stephen L. Lewis, President, Thomaston Savings
Bank Foundation, Inc.
The Thomaston Savings Bank Foundation, Inc.
hosted a reception for this year’s 184 grant recipients at the
Thomaston Opera House on October 14, 2014. The Trustees of the Foundation and Thomaston Savings Bank officers
awarded grants and enjoyed the evening by meeting those
who share their commitment to area charitable causes.
This Foundation could not have been established
if it were not for loyal Thomaston Savings Bank customers
that have facilitated the Bank as a leader in the community.
The Foundation believes it will grow substantially acknowledging our true spirit of giving back to the communities we
A complete listing of the 2014 grant recipients is
available at any of Thomaston Savings Bank locations or
from Thomaston Savings Bank Foundation Secretary, James
R. Nichol, who may be reached at 860.283.3402.
Girl Scouts of Connecticut
Greater Torrington Family Development Center
Greater Waterbury Campership Fund
Greater Waterbury Interfaith Ministries, Inc.
Greater Waterbury YMCA
Har-Bur Middle School Team
Harwinton Ambulance Association
Harwinton Congregational Church
Harwinton Fire Marshal Office
Harwinton Fire Police
Harwinton Public Library
Harwinton Senior Center
Harwinton Volunteer Fire Department, Inc.
Harwinton West Side Volunteer Fire Company, Inc.
Harwinton Youth Sports Association
Hispanic Coalition of Greater Waterbury, Inc.
Holy Cross High School
Immaculate Conception Church
Joyful Noise, Inc. Landmark
Community Theatre
Light Up Thomaston
Lions Club of Harwinton
Lions Low Vision Center
Litchfield Fire Company, Inc.
Litchfield Montessori School
Literacy Volunteers of Greater Waterbury, Inc.
Main Street Community Foundation, Inc.
Mattatuck Museum
Melanie Ilene Rieger Memorial Foundation
Memorial Hall Committee
Memorial Military Museum, Inc.
Middlebury Elderly & Social Services
Middlebury Elementary School PTO, Inc.
Middlebury Police Department
Morris Congregational Church
Morris Housing Authority
Morris Public Library
Morris Senior Center
Naugatuck Valley Community College
New Beginnings/Our Savior Lutheran Church
Northwestern Connecticut YMCA
OakvilleAmerican Legion Auxiliary Unit 195
Operation PEACCE Robotics
Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church
Our Lady of Mount Carmel School
Our Savior Lutheran Church
Pack 53 Cub Scouts Thomaston
Pink 4 All, Inc.
Plymouth Center School
Plymouth Community Food Pantry
Plymouth Historical Society
Plymouth Parks and Recreation
Plymouth Police Department
Plymouth Volunteer Ambulance Corps
Plymouth Volunteer Ambulance Explorer Post 11
Prudence Crandall Center, Inc.
Railroad Museum of New England
Regional School District 10/Lewis Mills High School
Safe Haven of Greater Waterbury
Saint Casimir Church
Saint Thomas Church Corp.
Special Olympics Connecticut
St. Anthony SchoolSt. John of the Cross
St. John the Evangelist School
St. Joseph School
St. Margaret Willow Plaza NRZ, Assoc. Inc.
St. Mary Magdalen School
St. Matthew School
St. Paul Catholic High School
St. Peter's Trinity Church
St. Vincent DePaul Mission of Waterbury, Inc.
Supportive Environmental Living Facility
Susan B. Anthony Project, Inc.
Team Beta
Terry Nursery School
Terryville Congregational Church
Terryville High School Booster Club
Terryville Volunteer Fire Department
Terryville Youth Soccer Club
The Family Center
The McCall Foundation, Inc.
The New England Carousel Museum
The Salvation Army
The United Way of Greater Waterbury
Thomaston Center School
Thomaston Fire Department
Thomaston Fish and Game Club, Inc
Thomaston High School
Thomaston Ladies Choral Club
Thomaston Leo Club
Thomaston Lions Club
Thomaston Police Department
Thomaston Police Explorers
Thomaston Public Library
Thomaston Regional Dive Team
Thomaston Volunteer Ambulance Corp.
Thomaston Volunteer Fire Dept. Troop 53
Town of Harwinton
Town of Middlebury Public Library
Town Plot Neighborhood Association
Town Plot Sports Association
Troop 54 Woodbury B.S.A.
Troop 75 Boy Scouts Terryville
Trumbull-Porter Chapter DAR
Union Congregation Church of Oakville
United Methodist Church of Watertown
United Way of West Central Connecticut
VNA Health at Home
VNA Northwest, Inc.
Warner Theatre
Waterbury Youth Service System, Inc.
Watertown Area Assoc. for Special Citizens
Watertown Art League
Watertown Association for Youth Soccer
Watertown First Robot, Inc.
Watertown Historical Society
Watertown Land Trust, Inc.
Watertown Police Department
Watertown Schools Special Services Department
White Memorial Conservation Center
Wisdom House
Wolcott State Fire Training School
YMCA Camp Mohawk
I Remember When...
Respect For the Flag By Dick Foote
I'm not a flag waver. Some of our worst
citizens, in order to “cover their tracks”,
wrap themselves in the flag and/or their religion, spouting “family values”, motherhood
and apple pie. Patriotism has become super
patriotism, which during the '60's was a bad
word; witness the presidential election of
1964. Whenever I see this, I'm reminded of
those black and white movies taken in Nazi
Germany during the '30's, with spotlights
sweeping over the crowds; swastikas glaring overhead, and Germans swooning over
their hero Adolph Hitler. This is simplistic,
unreasoned adulation for a tyrant who promised everything, but delivered the destruction of his own country. Love of country,
and with the willingness to die for it cannot
be expressed by waving the flag at a sporting
event. Patriotism is not a football game.
I'm proud to be an American. I grew up
during the Second World War, when flag
waving was popular, even necessary. I've
written in the past about some of the things
we did during the war to keep us focused
on the ultimate defeat of the Axis powers. Singing the National Anthem between
features at movies, etc. were all necessary.
Flags were flown from houses and commercial buildings; stars were displayed in
windows of homes where there was a member of the military in the service. I have seen
somewhere a picture of my cousin, Dorothy
Ann Norton, nee Foote, holding a Douglas
MacArthur doll and an American flag in
her crisscrossed arms in front of her house on
Scott Road. There's even a photograph of me
, taken around the same time, in a Navy blue
topcoat and cap, holding a small flag.
We learned to never allow the flag to touch
the ground, and to hold our hand over our
heart when the flag passed by in a parade, or
when reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. If a
flag-bearer is lost in battle, other soldiers rush
to pick up the flag. It is the banner by which
the troops sustain their fighting spirit, and is
a beacon of hope, pride, and assurance that
America's cause will prevail.
My problem with what is being done to
the flag nowadays is that, with all good intentions, it is nonetheless being disrespected,
even abused. Flags, small and large, can be
seen flapping in the breeze from the backs of
pickup trucks and mounted on fenders of automobiles, eventually becoming torn and dirty.
Evidently, the driver feels that, in some way,
this will help win the war. Wouldn't it be more
patriotic to actually get off the couch and go
down to the recruiting office?
The real disrespect is shown when these
mobile flags break off from the car or truck
to land in the road to be run over by countless
cars and trucks; grinding them into the dirt,
mud and oil; leaving nothing but an unrecognizable piece of cloth in the road.
Another form of flag abuse can be called institutional. Many towns and cities place flags
on telephone poles along highways leading into
and out of the center or business district. These
flags look beautiful at certain times
of the year; Memorial Day, Veterans'
Day, Flag Day and the Fourth of July,
and announce to everybody the town's
respect for the flag, their thanks for
the sacrifices made by their servicemen and women, and their pride in America.
The problem I have with this is that these flags
become forgotten. Just take a look; even in our
town, there are flags, torn and dirty; sometimes
wrapped around the telephone pole where they
have been for several months. Some even end up
in the road, where, like an old rag, are trampled under the wheels of passing traffic, What
began as an institutional respect for the flag
ends up as pure and simple disrespect. These
flags should be removed after every use.
Dick Foote
Pecan Pie Cookie Recipe
Submitted by Niles Hilton
1 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup dark corn syrup
2 large eggs, separated
2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup butter
1/2 cup powdered sugar
3 Tablespoons dark corn syrup
3/4 cup finely chopped pecans
Beat 1 cup butter and sugar at medium speed with an electric mixer until light and fluffy.
Add 1/2 cup corn syrup and egg yolks, beating well. Gradually stir in flour; cover and chilli hour.
Melt 1/4 cup butter in a heavy saucepan over medium heat; stir in powdered sugar and 3
tablespoons corn syrup. Cook, stirring often, until the mixture boils. Remove from heat. Stir
in pecans; chill 30 minutes. Shape mixture by 1/2 teaspoonful's into l/4-inch balls; set aside.
Preheat oven to 375 F. Shape cookie dough into i-inch balls; place 2 inches apart on
lightly greased baking sheets. Beat egg whites until foamy; brush on dough balls. Bake at
375 F for 6 minutes. Remove from oven, and place pecan balls in center of each cookie.
Bake 8 to 10 more minutes or until lightly browned. Let cool 5 minutes on baking
sheets. Remove cookies to wire racks, and cool completely.
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Letters to the Editor
Dear Editor,
With the opening of the new Plymouth Reservoir Recreation Area
(PRRA), I would like to thank the many residents involved in this very
worthy town project. Even prior to when the property was purchased in
May 2012, to its opening on October 9, 2014, considerable effort and time
were expended by community members who volunteered their time and
expertise to help make this beautiful recreation area a reality.
Much appreciation and sincere thanks go to the members of the
North Street Reservoir Ad Hoc Committee and Town Councilors, both
past and present, in getting this project off the ground.
The torch to bring the project to fruition was then passed to commissioners from the Parks & Recreation Commission and their Reservoir SubCommittee, and Parks & Recreation staff, Inland Wetlands Conservation
Commission and staff, the Planning and Zoning Commission and staff, the
Police Commission and staff, and the Department of Public Works. Additionally, the enthusiasm and leadership of both Mayor Dave Merchant, and
former mayor, Vincent Festa, was invaluable to enable the united efforts of
all parties, resulting in a project that was extremely successful.
Special thanks also go to Wollenberg’s Inc. Bus Co., of Terryville,
for providing shuttle transportation, and Tonn’s Orchard, of Terryville,
for their fresh picked apples enjoyed by many attendees of the opening
ceremony. The PRRA is a product of our community’s efforts, which we
should all be proud of and take the time to enjoy.
Michael Ganem, Director of Parks & Recreation
Dear Editor,
I would like to thank the Harwinton Fair for having a Nursing Home
Division at the fair. At no charge to our facility and that everyone who
participates gets a ribbon. You do not know how much that means to our
residents. They love to see their items on display for their families to see
how well they are doing. They love to make the items that go into the fair
and to see the joy on their faces when they see the ribbons that they are
awarded, is heartwarming.
The dedication of these people that put on this fair every year is greatly appreciated by all the Staff and Residents at Cook Willow Health Center.
We look forward to next year and the fun we will have making our award
winning crafts. Thank you again to all of you!
Lee Ann Ward, Therapeutic Recreation Director
Cook Willow Health Center, 81 Hillside Ave, Plymouth, CT
The following letters are the opinions of the individuals who
submitted them, and in no way reflect the views or opinions of
the Plymouth Connection or it’s editor.
Whit Betts’ Strategic Plan to Restore
Growth and Prosperity in Connecticut
Increase income by:
-reducing property taxes by suspending unfunded state mandates
-reducing state sales tax by ½%
-eliminating the $300 business entity tax
Impose fiscal discipline and prioritize the state budget by:
-spending no more than revenue collected
-examining the feasibility of flat spending for 2 years
-restricting bonding to capital expenses only
-prohibiting the raiding of dedicated funds
-building up the Rainy Day fund for future emergencies
-making significant investments upgrading transportation infrastructure
We can create more good paying jobs in the private sector by:
-eliminating excessive regulation and govt. bureaucracy
-expanding the partnership between job training and job opportunities in manufacturing, health care, media technology, and bio-technology
-marketing trade schools as an alternative to colleges
-developing internships between between public schools and private
sector industries
-continuing to make excellence in education a CT hallmark
Vote Rep. Whit Betts for State Representative!
Paid for by Rep. Betts for 78th Representative, John Letizia, treasurer, approved by Whit Betts.
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Who is Dan Santorso? A great listener, a quiet listener, a good friend.
What is Dan Santorso about? Asking questions, getting answers, and
calling people back with results.
While working at the after school program a parent mentioned a concern with a bus route, so I told him I knew just the person to help him out.
Dan was on the Board of Ed at the time, I called Dan and gave him the
person’s phone number. The next day the parent told me Dan had called
him to find out what he could do to help. I did not hear what the outcome
was, but the bottom line is Dan went out of his way to help someone. That
is the kind of State Representative we need in Hartford. Not someone that
I personally asked a question to, and to this day, never received an answer.
This story and this statement are both true. With Dan you will get
answers. Vote Dan, along with everyone else on Row B.
Linda Kazmierski , Terryville, CT
Dear Editor,
As a candidate for the 31st Senate District Rob Michalik promises
“to work tirelessly to ensure a better future for my community, to create
jobs, hold the line on spending and taxes, and support funding for our
schools.” And based upon his accomplishments as a Town Councilor in
Plainville, his past performance is a great indicator of his future success
as a Senator for the 31st Senate District.
As a member of the Plainville Town Council, Rob was successful
in controlling costs and keeping taxes low. Whether he was focusing on
increasing collections of delinquent taxes to prevent tax increases, supporting property tax relief for seniors, advocating savings through the purchase of the town’s streetlights, or utilizing an on-line municipal bonding
service to lower bonding costs, Rob has always looked to lower costs and
decrease the tax burden on his community.
Due to Rob’s creative solutions and ability to gather consensus across
party lines, Plainville had the 11th lowest equalized tax rate out of the
169 cities and towns in Connecticut during the ten year period from19992009. Rob helped accomplish this feat, while maintaining strong funding
levels for the Plainville School System.
That is a strong record of achievement, that I know Rob can duplicate
in the State Senate. Please join me in supporting Rob Michalik on November 4th.
Christopher Wazorko, Plainville, CT
Letter to the editor in support of Henri Martin for State Senate in the 31st:
When people ask me why I am supporting Henri Martin for State
Senate, I not only talk about his integrity, his professionalism, his business background, his volunteerism, his record of helping others, his love
of Connecticut and how I have known him for over 20 years, I also talk
about the facts. And, the facts are that Connecticut is in deep trouble, and
the one party leadership we currently have in Connecticut government
lacks a check and balance and quite frankly is not working. How many of
us would agree that is harder to live in Connecticut and that it just seems
as though no one is listening or working to get us out of this mess? Things
are not getting better and in fact things are getting worse. How many of
us believe or who know others who believe that the only answer seems to
move out of the State to get ahead or find a good job or even retire?
It’s pretty hard to ignore the facts. For example, in a recent survey
by CNBC on America’s Top States for Business our home state ranked
47th in cost of doing business, 49th in state of the economy, 46th in the
top states for business, 48th in cost of living and 42nd in infrastructure and
transportation. In a study by Arizona State University, Connecticut ranked
44th in terms of job growth and the Yankee Institute recently reported
that 49% of state residents say they’d move to another state if they could,
that Connecticut is the worst state for retirees and Connecticut has the
3rd highest gas taxes in the nation, ranks in the Top 10 states for the most
foreclosures and has the worst debt burden at $46,000 per tax payer. Is it
no wonder that more people and businesses are leaving the state than are
moving here? Unfortunately, the list of facts goes on and on.
If you are like me, you are beyond frustrated with how the government of Connecticut is being run and want to see a real change in what
has become the status quo of out of control spending and higher taxes. I
want Connecticut to be great again. I believe it is time to have our voices
loudly heard and a time for new leadership at the state level. I applaud
Henri for stepping up and taking on the challenge of working to take our
state in a new direction. A direction we can all be proud of.
I personally know the type of person Henri is, and I truly believe that
with your support he would make an excellent State Senator. What I like
most about Henri is that he actually takes the time to listen, weight the
facts, analyze the different courses of actions and then make a decision
based on all of this. He has demonstrated time and time again that he is
a strong voice of reason even when it is not easy or popular. I believe
Henri will work tirelessly on our behalf to stop the insane runaway state
government spending that not only continues to increase our tax burden
but is driving people and businesses away from our state. One party state
leadership is not working, and we need people like Henri in the senate
who will actively work to restore fiscal responsibility in Hartford, to hold
government accountable to us, to create a business friendly environment
that promotes job creation and most of all makes listening to the people of
Connecticut a top priority.
I’d like to see Connecticut become a great place to live, work and retire again so on November 4th I hope you will join me in voting for Henri
Martin for State Senate in the 31st.
Marvin (Mickey) Goldwasser, Bristol, CT 06010
Transparency in government: As defined by the White House, transparency promotes accountability and provides information for citizens
Letters to the Editor
about what their Government is doing. Many politicians seem to use
transparency as a campaign slogan when seeking elected office , yet once
elected, the transparency seems to become very opaque. Such seems to
be the case in the Town of Plymouth with our current administration. Example: the Charles Street Project.
The Charles Street project has recently been introduced as a plan
to provide access to the Eli Terry Jr. Middle School from the rear of the
building. The purpose of the stated project is to promote a safe means of
access to the school building for parents, students, busses, and emergency
vehicles. While this sounds good in theory, the fact is this administration
has been very deceptive in the implementation of this project.
For the project to come to fruition, the Town of Plymouth must acquire the property located at 10 Charles St. This is a property which had
been vacant for well over 10 years. The property was purchased by its current owner who began aggressively fixing up the long vacant property, it
would seem with the intent of ‘flipping’ the property once completed. Approximately a month after the work began, it suddenly came to a halt. This
raised suspicion amongst the area residents and a rumor began to circulate
that the owner had been approached by the Town of Plymouth about the
town purchasing the property. At the town council meeting of May 13,
2014, a resident posed a question of the mayor regarding a Charles Street
project. The mayor promptly responded, “There is no Charles St. project.”
On July 23, 2014, a social media website exposed what could be described
as a conflict to the mayors’ statement of no Charles Street project, followed by an article in an area newspaper on July 27, 2014 regarding the
towns’ interest in the aforementioned Charles Street property. At this
point, semantics came into play. Was Charles Street a project or just an
idea? Was it a plan or possibly just a discussion? From the hallowed halls
of 80 Main Street, no concrete answer was provided.
Move the clock forward to the Town of Plymouth Board of Education
meeting of October 8, 2014. Business manager Michael Santogatta introduces a Charles Street project, stating that he’d been in discussions with
the mayor and others for some time about the acquisition of 10 Charles
Street and the development of a rear egress to the Eli Terry Jr. Middle
School. The Charles Street project was discussed in detail with preliminary sketches provided of the project.
So there really is a Charles Street project! Why was this administration not forthcoming back in May? Or July? What will this project
cost we the taxpayers and where will this money come from? Why is
this project being brought forward by the Board of Education? Most importantly, what about the individual property rights of the current residents of Charles Street when their once quiet, dead end road becomes a
throughway for all of this traffic? Mr. Mayor, where is the transparency
you promised as a candidate? Sadly, it seems to be lacking when political
expediency takes precedence.
Robert Wilcox, Terryville, CT
Letter to the Editor
I am writing in support of Dan Santorso, Democratic candidate for
state representative in the 78th House District. Dan possesses many of
the qualities and experiences necessary to make this office work for the
citizens of Plymouth, Terryville, Pequabuck and western Bristol. First of
all, he is young and energetic, articulate and full of the ideas and enthusiasm that we desperately need in Hartford. Second, he is highly aware
of the economic and social needs of our community and is committed to
represent the best interests of all our residents and taxpayers, not just the
rich and influential. Like many in his generation, he is tech-savvy and
brings a fresh perspective to helping solve waste and inefficiency in state
government by applying modern technological solutions.
Dan also would have another advantage in representing us – he is a
member of the majority party. This is a huge benefit we should not overlook. Our current representative, Whit Betts touts his “common sense
leadership” skills. While he is an earnest and well-intentioned gentleman,
the truth is that he cannot apply those skills in the House given the existing
political situation. As one of the lowest seniority members of the minority party, Mr. Betts has virtually no influence or power over the legislative
process in the General Assembly. Under the current parliamentary rules,
he cannot bring legislation to the floor, offer any amendments to bills or
even have a hearing scheduled in committee without co-sponsorship and
approval of the Democratic majority. Unless his initiatives align with the
Democrat’s agenda, it dies in committee and never gets a vote. Case in
point was the vain effort to kill the wasteful Busway project. For better
or worse, this is the cold, hard reality of the partisanship in Hartford, and
Republicans this year have virtually zero chance of being elected into the
majority in either chamber. Consequently, our voices are simply not being heard at the Capitol.
So why not vote for Dan? He is a lifelong resident of Plymouth,
served on the Board of Education and is currently holding office as a town
constable. Dan will work to protect education funding, defend the rights
of the average working person and support programs to create skilled jobs
within our region. He can join with other Democratic state reps in our
area to bring attention to the unique needs of Litchfield County, while
fighting against the corrupting influence of wealthy corporate special interests. The time has come to elect a young, enthusiastic Democrat like
Dan Santorso as our representative in the 78th District.
Ralph S. Zovich
To Whom It May Concern:
On Election Day, voters in Bristol, Harwinton, Plainville, Plymouth
and Thomaston will elect a new state senator. I’m voting for Rob Michalik
and I encourage everyone to do the same.
Rob is a capable, dedicated and knowledgeable individual. He has a
grasp of the issues that are facing the 31st State Senatorial District. His
command of the facts and ability to articulate pragmatic proposals and
solutions was very obvious to those of us who attended the debate at St.
Paul’s High School.
The 31st Senatorial District has been short-changed by a largely invisible incumbent Republican. The district requires and deserves a fierce advocate for the towns of the district. Rob has the skills and background that
can lend support to the businesses and people, old and young, of the district.
Rob has a proven record of being able to work in a bipartisan manner to implement practical solutions that benefit taxpayers. His understanding of economic
policy will allow him to work for those same types of goals as a state senator.
The 31st Senatorial District deserves an effective and energetic presence in Hartford. Please join me in voting for Rob Michalik for State
Senator on November 4th.
Joyce Krinitsky, Terryville, CT
I was fortunate enough to attend the political debate held on October 6th
at St. Paul High school. In my mind, the contrast between the two candidates vying for the open State Senate seat couldn’t be greater.
I found Rob Michalik to be well prepared, articulate, and on point.
He spoke to the audience about his view of the future of our state and
briefly explained how he would get us there. He also touched on his expertise in economic development and the dozens of small businesses that are
still operating because of the policies he has championed. He additionally
made a point of his willingness to work across the aisle. This is obviously
one of the biggest issues facing the taxpayers - the inability of politicians
to get things done because of intense partisanship. Rob noted that, above
all else, he is a practical guy who is willing to roll up his sleeves to make
the state a better place.
Henri Martin, on the other hand, came off ill-prepared. He mentioned
that Bristol would do well with “unique businesses”, but was vague on
what this meant. He also pointed out how he would be fiscally responsible
but did not outline any plan as to how he would make this happen. I know
Henri personally. He is a nice guy, but what this district needs is a man
who will stand up for what’s best for Connecticut workers. I don’t feel that
Henri Martin is prepared for the job. Based on what I saw in the debate,
Rob Michalik is the clear choice and should be our next State Senator.
Dave Butkus
Henri Martin is running for State Senate in the 31st District which covers
Bristol, Harwinton, Plainville, Plymouth and Thomaston. Henri, like a
majority of us, think Connecticut is moving in the wrong direction and
that we need new leadership. He has pledged to work to reduce licenses
for small businesses, end income tax on pensions and reduce gas taxes.
His experience as a small business owner and current Bristol Town Council Member will help him tackle these tough issues up in Hartford. Henri
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If you agree with these statements,
Henri Martin in the right choice for you for State Senate.
It’s time for NEW leadership
and a NEW direction!
I’ll be the voice for the people
without a special interest group...
the taxpayer!
- Henri Martin
Taxes in Connecticut are too high?
It cost too much to retire in Connecticut?
Gasoline tax is out of control?
Business tax and license fees keep growing?
Electrical rates are the highest we’ve ever
Connecticut roads and bridges are failing?
Paid for by Henri Martin for State Senate. Denise Albert Treasurer. Approved by Henri Martin.
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also believes that Connecticut’s fiscal health is in “dire straits” with a
projected deficit over the next two years of approximately $2.8 billion. I
believe that Henri will be a “voice of reason” instead of a rubber stamp
for the policies of our current Governor. So please join me in voting for
Henri Martin on November 4th.
Andrea Saunders, Plainville
On Election Day, we will have the opportunity to elect a new state senator. On
that day, I intend to vote for Rob Michalik, and I hope you will do the same.
Rob and I served together on the Plainville Town Council for 4 years.
Though we were from different parties, we worked well together. Rob and
I didn’t always agree, but I always found him to be someone who put the
interests of the community before any political party or special interest.
I was consistently impressed by Rob’s efforts to save the town money. For instance, he pushed for Plainville to purchase its streetlights from
CL&P, thus saving the town approximately $50,000 per year in maintenance costs. He advocated that the community implement an Ebay-like
auction procedure for the sale of bonds, which saved thousands of dollars
in interest costs. In addition, Rob championed an aggressive delinquent tax
program, which led to hundreds of thousands of dollars in back taxes being
collected and reduced the tax burden on those who pay their taxes on time.
We need more people like Rob Michalik in Hartford – people who
can work across party lines to get the job done. I ask that you join me in
supporting him on November 4th.
Johanna Petit Chapman, Plainville, CT
On November 4th, I’m supporting Rob Michalik for State Senate.
Rob understands that moving the city and the state forward starts with
investing in our future—our kids. It’s refreshing to hear a candidate
emphasize education when talking about improving our economy. Rob
knows you can’t meet the needs of a 21st century economy without a 21st
century education system.
Rob is committed to high quality education, and he will oppose unnecessary mandates that only increase costs for local taxpayers and overburden teachers. He believes in high standards, but not at the expense of
local autonomy. He understands the need to hold the line on spending, but
not at the expense of our kids.
Rob’s opponent, Henri Martin, is the leading anti-education voice on
the Bristol City Council. His opposition to education is so extreme that he
was the only vote against full-day kindergarten in the city. The vote was
14-1, and Henri was the only one opposed. Bristol is the last town in the
region to institute full-day kindergarten—and if Henri had his way, the
city still wouldn’t have it.
Bristol and the other towns in the 31st district will never get ahead
by starting from behind. Apparently Henri doesn’t understand that. Fortunately, we have a candidate in this election who does understand. Rob
Michalik is the clear choice for State Senate.
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Martin Responds To Criticism
For the past several weeks, the pages of various newspapers have
been used by operatives of my opponent to launch unjustified attacks on
me and on my performance as a City Councilman. I refuse to dignify
the bad behavior of these misguided individuals by retaliating or refuting
against groundless criticism or claims. Instead, I want to take this opportunity to address what I believe are three of the most important problems
facing citizens across our state.
First, in the area of public safety: Legislation that allows the early release of violent criminals from prison must be repealed. Just last week, it
was reported that Desmond James of Waterbury was arrested for sexually
assaulting a ten-year-old girl. He is a product of the early release program
as was Arthur Hapgood who allegedly stabbed a 1-year-old baby to death in
Bristol earlier this year. These are only the latest examples of violent criminals who participated in the early release program and subsequently committed violent crimes. I will work to repeal this ill-conceived legislation.
Second, in the area of fiscal responsibility: Connecticut is one of the
most indebted states in the nation; it ranks 3rd highest in public debt. A
major cause is the use of bonding to pay for operating expenses. This is
like paying your monthly rent or electric bill with a credit card. Nothing
is really paid; the cost is deferred and also increased because of interest
charges. I will work to curtail this practice.
Third, is in the area of tax policy. We have all been subject to Gov.
Malloy and his Democrat partners in the legislature enacting the largest
tax increase in our state’s history. Whether you have paid more in sales
tax, had your property tax eliminated or dealt with sky-high electric rates,
that tax increase is to blame. I intend on being the advocate for taxpayers
and to protect them from further increases.
My goal in writing this letter is to counter the misleading information that has appeared in these pages, by giving voters a clear picture of
how I intend to represent them in the state Senate. I ask for their vote on
November 4th and ask that they support the entire Republican team.
Henri Martin, Candidate
31st Senate District
Michalik will be a Malloy Rubber Stamp
I am extremely concerned about the direction our state has been
heading under Gov. Malloy’s “leadership.” Gov. Malloy’s economic polices, raising taxes on the middle class and giving hundred’s of million of
dollars to large corporations has resulted in our state having one of the
worse economic recoveries in the nation.
Robert Michalik Jr. has been a member of Gov. Malloy’s administration and worked in the agency that gave away our hard earned tax dollars to
profitable corporations. He is now trying to repaint his image as someone
who is above party politics and for the middle class. I urge you not to
fall for this election season change of heart. Mr. Michalik has repeatedly
voted to raise taxes as a member of the Plainville Town Council and will
certainly support the next round of tax increases Gov. Malloy will propose.
Henri Martin is a Bristol resident, small business owner and job creator. Henri has the life experiences that will lead him to make the right
decisions in Hartford in order to turn our economy around and get job and
income growth on the rise.
On November 4th, I hope you will join me in voting for Henri Martin. Only by electing an independently minded state Senator, not a rubber
stamp for Gov. Malloy, will we be able to experience a comeback of the
Connecticut economy.
Robert Pugliese, Plainville, CT
Negativity; Just what are we talking about?
Negativity (or Being Negative) has several definitions which apply
to political discourse. #1) Indicating opposition or resistance. #2) Demonstrate to be false, disapprove. #3) Lacking positive or constructive features.
The definition listed above as #3 seems to be the one most often
applied to those who question their elected leaders. It almost seems like
sport to those who are absent most of the time but come out to declare
with effervescent exuberance their perceived negativity of other, those
looking to make government more accountable, transparent and responsible. While decrying the negativity of others, these same people attack
with sanctimonious ferocity those working to make government better. So
why is this negativity acceptable for one group but not the other? Why the
double standard? Just who exactly determines what is right and what is
wrong for the Town of Plymouth? As an elected official, I generally leave
that determination to the voice of my constituents.
The primary difference between the two factions in my opinion is,
one group thinks “nice things” make Plymouth better and the other thinks
a fiscally responsible, civically responsive and politically accountable
government makes Plymouth better. While both are valid points of view I
would certainly consider myself a member of the latter group.
I truly do not understand what is negative about wanting government to
be transparent and honest? What is wrong with wanting your government
to be fiscally responsible? What’s the down side to wanting government
to obey the Town Charter and ordinances? Answer………absolutely
nothing. Yet those who want a trustworthy government are ridiculed and
mocked. They are treated as pariah simply for wanting, not physical things
from government but peace of mind. What people expect from government is changing, the face of government is evolving. Governments can
no longer operate as they have in the past when no one was watching…….
and the number of eyes are growing every day. I connect with people
on a daily basis who have had quite enough of the status quo. They are
questioning what is going on, more and more people are participating in
their government, and to me this is a great thing. I personally believe the
more eyes watching the better our town becomes. Everything should be
questioned. The easiest way to keep things going smoothly would be for
government to be as transparent as humanly possible.
What I personally find “negative” are those in positions of authority
and their associates ridiculing, intimidating or castigating those trying to
improve the inner workings of government. This tells me they either do
not understand just what goes on in their government, they benefit from
the status quo, or follow blindly those in power. I would encourage people
to get informed and never, ever, follow blindly……… anyone. “Trust but
verify” is a motto to live by and it doesn’t matter who is speaking.
Yes, there are those who do not understand the constant questioning
and suspicion. They can see no problems and therefore no reason to question. I would ask those who feel this way to learn about their government,
learn how it is supposed to run and the rules and laws that are supposed
to be followed. Once you know these things, questions are not difficult to
come by, in fact the more you know the more questions simply appear.
The suspicion comes from leaders misleading the citizens, it comes from
trust placed in the hands of government and citizens realizing that their
trust was misplaced. The suspicion is not unwarranted but the end result
of governmental arrogance.
It is not negative to hold your elected officials to a higher standard. It
is not negative to want elected officials to follow the rules and laws or be
transparent. It is not negative to question what is going on in town. It’s not
negative to be against political favoritism or unnecessary spending. We as
a community/society have been complacent and apathetic………that is
negative. I welcome those looking into just what is going on in town and
encourage others to do the same. Apply pressure to your elected officials,
you as citizens have that power and sometimes that pressure is the only
thing keeping them honest. Keep up the good work, whether the community at large realizes it or not you are doing this town a huge service!
Councilman William Heering
I admit walking into the recent legislative debate between senate
candidates Henri Martin and Rob Michalik I had my mind made up, as
I assume most in the audience of 120 had. It was a bit uncomfortable at
times for me because until July I was scheduled to be the one debating
Henri Martin.
Since I did not have the chance to formally debate and challenge Mr.
Martin on the issues brought up during the debate, I offer my thoughts on
what I saw and what I know.
Henri Martin has never stood for anything on town council. During
the cafeteria workers dispute he was the only city council member who
refused to let the issue die, which cost Bristol tax payers thousands. Here
is a guy who voted against the Bristol city budget in 2013 because of taxes
yet refused to take a stand on a dead issue which cost the city thousands.
During the debate he took the same route and instead of speaking
from the heart he read off of prepared note cards. When asked how to keep
young people from leaving the city of Bristol he responded by saying “
we need more cool places that kids want to go to such a barely vine and
Starbucks”. What will keep young professionals in Bristol is having high
quality jobs that will support a living wage not the number of bars and
coffee shops in the area.
One of the disappointing things about that debate was that all the
candidate had the questions in advance. The most disappointing thing was
that even though all candidates had the questions in advance Henri Martin
sounded unprepared for what was asked.
We need a state senator who can speak from the heart and represent
the values of the people of the 31st district. Walking out of the debate, the
choice was clear.
Dave Roche, Bristol Resident
To the Editor of the Plymouth Connection:
I am writing in support of Rob Michalik, an outstanding candidate
for the State Senate from the 31st District that encompasses Plymouth
along with Thomaston, Bristol, Plainville and part of Harwinton.
Rob began his government service at the local level as a member
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in his hometown of Plainville. During his time on the Council, Rob was
known for his reasoned approach to the issues, his integrity and the professional and respectful way in which he worked with others including the
public at large.
Rob’s job experience is another critical factor. After working in the
private sector with a marketing firm, he went on to direct a district congressional office and then to working specifically in the area of economic
policy and development at the federal and state levels.
Rob is not only exceptionally qualified but he will also bring fresh
insight and ideas to the process. He is committed to supporting business,
strengthening the middle class and focusing on job training. I have known
Rob for many years and know that he can make a real difference in the
I hope that the voters of the 31st District will join me in electing Rob
Michalik as our new State Senator on November 4th.
Rosemary Morante
(Chairperson, Plainville Democratic Town Committee)
To the Editor:
In the upcoming election I will be voting for Rob Michalik for State
Senate. I feel he is the upmost qualified candidate for this position. I
know he will work tirelessly for the people of Connecticut.
I do like his viewpoints such as “to allow more seniors the option of
in-home health care instead of being forced into nursing homes—a change
that will give seniors more flexibility and save money for taxpayers.”
Rob will work for Veteran’s benefits that I feel all veterans deserve
for their service to our country such as job training, education and employment opportunities.
Rob will also fight for the middle class and help get more good paying jobs here in Connecticut. He is someone that can get the work done.
Rob has experience as a state economic development director which
he helped secure millions of federal dollars for Connecticut and also
served on the Plainville Town Council for a number of years.
This is why I am voting for Rob Michalik
Sherry Cole, Plainville, CT
Independent Voter Stands For Henri Martin
A wise person once told me, “There are two things you should avoid
talking about with people: politics and religion”. I have stayed quiet
when it comes to the race for state senate, but can no longer contain my
thoughts. I represent an under 30 voting demographic. I am a Bristol
resident born and raised and an avid reader of the Bristol Press. I am a
registered Independent and vote whenever possible. This Election Day,
my independent self will be voting for Henri Martin. I have read a lot of
articles slaughtering Henri in the past few weeks, some from local politicians, residents of Bristol, and writers from the Bristol Press. However, I
choose to take a different spin on things. I will be voting for Henri Martin
because he stands for something I believe in: good moral character. I vote
for Henri because he has shown unwavering positivity throughout both
city counsel and state senate elections. He has endured bad mouthing,
negative writing, and damaging political ads, all without retaliation. He
has believed in his cause so whole-heartedly, that he risks being the one
person to vote against the majority. That is who I want representing me
in Hartford, someone who risks standing against the mass because he believes in the taxpayers. My last point: on one of Henri’s mailers he states:
“It’s getting hard to live in Connecticut.” I am a 24 year-old woman in
graduate school. Financially, I live week to week with the hope that there
is a reason behind me spending more money on my education. Connecticut is not where I plan to live after graduation. Young professionals are
leaving because the economy is the one of the worst in the country. I need
someone in Hartford that is going to be my voice and stand up for my
demographic. Henri Martin will be that person. This Election Day, I urge
you to ignore the negativity and focus on the politicians who don’t sink to
that level to get attention: the one guy who holds his own without needing
to bring others down. Henri Martin.
Jordan Sileo, Bristol, CT
Dear Editor,
Democratic candidate Rob Michalik has shown he has what it takes
to be the next great Senator from the 31st district. Rob’s work in both
the private sector and on the Plainville Town Council give him a diverse
background and a wealth of knowledge as to how both government and
business work. Rob will also work restlessly to make education a top priority in our state because he understands that a highly educated workforce
is essential in moving our economy forward. I am proudly casting my vote
for Rob on Election Day and I hope you will too.
Pat Perugino II, Terryville, CT
As a resident of Plymouth and a senior citizen, I have been thoroughly impressed by one of the candidates running for state Senate this fallRob Michalik. Even though Rob is vying to represent five towns (Bristol,
Harwinton, Plainville, Plymouth and Thomaston), he’s taken the time to
create a legislative agenda just for our Town of Plymouth! I must say that
Rob’s plans - including improving Plymouth’s roads and fighting for a
special zone to attract businesses - are spot-on.
Senior citizens will also like Rob’s plan to reform our local property
tax system so more of us can stay in our homes, and -especially! --to bring
a senior center to Plymouth. We’re one of only 14 towns in Connecticut
without our own senior center and that’s a shame.
After many years of waiting, I have never heard of another candidate advocating for senior center for our town. With Rob as our Senator, I’m
confident that we will see one in my lifetime.
I hope you’ll join me in voting for Rob Michalik for state Senate on
November 4th.
Linda Kazmierski, Terryville, CT
From the Candidates
From Dan Santorso
Dan Santorso is the Democrat running for State Representative in Plymouth
and West Bristol. Dan was raised in Terryville and his father and grandfather were
raised in Bristol. He went through Terryville public schools K-12, and then got a
bachelor's degree in Public Administration
from Central Connecticut State University.
Dan is 29 years old and has been persistently involved in volunteering for the community. In the past he has
served as an elected Trustee of the Terryville Library, as well as on
the Plymouth Board of Education. He is currently an elected constable, and has coordinated serving legal process through the Bristol
probate court. He has also worked in the Plymouth Mayor's office
under Vin Festa, and in the state legislature as staff.
Dan is passionate to give back to the community, to listen to the
public, and to fight for grass-roots representation. Dan is a workingclass candidate whose priority is to represent working families and
small businesses. He realizes that the government needs to pay it's
own bills, that there is a lot of waste built into the system, that
regulations can be excessive, and that taxpayer money needs to be
respected. At the same time, there are many investments in the state
budget that improve the quality of life for our seniors, that help small
businesses and struggling families, and that create new opportunities
for children to earn success.
Dan understands that the state is too dependent on property
taxes. Schools and municipal government seek to maintain funding or keep up with inflation and the default way to pay the bill is
with property tax increases. Education and infrastructure can be extremely effective investments, but property taxes are unaffordable
for seniors on fixed income, as well as small businesses and homeowners. Dan sees that the state and federal government have larger
revenue sources, and should pass the money to towns to relieve the
property tax problem and to energize local economies. This can be
done by maintaining and increasing the ECS grant to schools. Local
economy does not improve merely from cutting spending and eliminating programs that serve seniors, children, and working families.
One major way to help seniors is to ensure that healthcare costs
are affordable. Dan's opponent supports selling Bristol Hospital to a
Texas corporation, which will likely result in increased cost of treatment, as well as money leaving the state. One major way to help the
working poor is to raise the minimum wage, which big businesses
can afford to do. Dan supports breaks for struggling small businesses to improve their stability. Without public education investments,
families have little opportunity to escape from poverty, special needs
children get left behind, and the future of our community is put at
risk. Early childhood education has been shown to be especially effective in improving student success, so programs like Smart Start,
among others, require public support.
Positive Happenings in Our District
Dear Friends & Neighbors,
Every day, there are residents from our wonderful towns of Bristol, Plymouth, and Terryville, who are committed to making their
communities a better place to live and work. For some, it’s simply
through doing their job. They are protecting us, serving us, providing us with enriching experiences, and adding to our quality of life.
Volunteering is a huge part of what makes our community special. Time after time, our residents spring into action to help their
neighbors in need. This month over twenty volunteers from Rebuilding Together: Litchfield County and Wells Fargo showed up in
Plymouth to assist long-time residents David and Heather Folmsbee
with updating and repairing their home. Rebuilding Together has
a national volunteer base of nearly 100,000 and provides muchneeded updates, repairs, and modifications to homes of low-income
In addition to helping our
neighbors, Connecticut residents
are dedicated to growing our
economy. Thriving local businesses, such as Plymouth Spring,
provide much-needed jobs
within our community. Located
at 281 Lake Avenue in Bristol,
Plymouth Spring employs close to 50 people and has been a leading
manufacturer of custom springs, four slide parts, wire forms, and
precision pins since 1959. Because of its 50+ years of dedication
to quality service, Plymouth Spring was chosen as CONNSTEP’s
Made in Connecticut Manufacturer for October. I proudly attended
the company celebration and presented a citation from the General
Assembly in honor of their recognition.
Our residents are also dedicated to enhancing the lives of those
with disabilities. Last week, I had the pleasure of attending the
Chapter 126 Sports & Fitness grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony. Located at 47 Upson Street in Bristol, Chapter 126, which is
an Oak Hill Center, provides state-of-the-art resources to individuals with disabilities. Aimed at promoting an active, healthy lifestyle,
Chapter 126 will provide access to quality amenities, fitness trainers,
and specialized equipment.
There are countless examples of these feel-good stories happening. Although far too many to include in a short column, I’d like
to thank each and every one of you, who, through your business,
your work, your community, or volunteer service, contribute to making the communities of our 78th district a wonderful place that we
proudly call home.
Please contact me if you’d like to share your thoughts on this or
any legislative issue. Please call my office at 800-842-1423 or email
[email protected]
Stay connected, stay informed:
Rep. Whit Betts
Preparing Connecticut’s Workforce: Michalik
Tours Bristol TEC
Rob Michalik, candidate for the State Senate in the 31st District,
highlighted the need to link technical high school education with local employers, while touring the Bristol Technical Education Center
(TEC) on Tuesday October 21st. The tour was led by Joyce Mowrey
the principal of Bristol TEC and was joined by former State Senator
Tom Colapietro - a longtime supporter of the school.
“When I speak with our local businesses, they constantly stress
the importance of linking the skills taught in the classroom to the
jobs that make up our local economy,” said Michalik who earlier this
month toured local manufacturing businesses in Plainville, Bristol,
and Plymouth where he touted his plans to bring good-paying jobs
to central Connecticut. “With its Work Based Learning (WBL) program, Bristol TEC provides students with an opportunity for realworld experience on actual job sites with area employers. We need
to encourage such business/school partnerships to ensure that our
schools are meeting employers’ workforce needs.”
Bristol TEC offers programs in automotive technology, culinary
arts, electronics technology, HVAC/R, welding/metal fabrication,
and manufacturing technology. Students receive a ten-month intensive technical education that results in certification upon completion.
High school juniors and seniors are eligible for the program. These
students graduate from their local high school while receiving credits from BTEC toward their diploma.
“Bristol TEC is the only school like it in Connecticut,” added
Michalik “With its 95% student placement rate after graduation, the
school obviously is doing something right. We should be looking at
ways to duplicate that success throughout the state.”
In addition to its WBL program, BTEC gives students the chance
to utilize their trade skills in the local community for a modest fee.
For instance, the general public can bring their cars in for repairs at
the school’s automotive shop. Additionally, the public can eat lunch
at Bristol TEC’s Bristol Bistro, as Michalik did following his tour.
Martin Pledges to Fight Attempts to
Reduce Drug Free School Zones
Henri Martin, candidate for state Senate district 31, pledged that he would fight
any efforts to reduce the size of drug free
zones around schools and daycares. State
law prescribes that dealing or possessing
drugs within 1,500 feet of schools, daycares or public housing facilities results in
enhanced penalties for the individuals that
violate these laws.
Over the last several legislative sessions, Democrat lawmakers
have attempted to dramatically reduce the drug free zones around
schools and daycares. They have repeatedly proposed legislation
that would reduce the zones from 1,500 feet to 200 feet, nearly an
87% reduction.
“We should be doing all we can to protect our children from the
dangers of drugs and drug dealers. Reducing the drug free zones
to a mere 200 foot would roll out the welcome mat to drug dealers
and would send the wrong message to the children in our cities and
towns.” Said Martin. “If we were to change the drug free zone law
at all, it should be to make the punishments even more severe.”
Henri Martin is a Bristol Town Council member, small business owner and life-long Bristol resident. He is running for the 31st
Senate District to fill the seat being vacated by retiring Sen. Jason
Welch. The 31st is comprised of Bristol, Harwinton, Plainville,
Plymouth and Thomaston.
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Terryville Fire Department
Fireplace and Wood Stove Safety Tips
With the increased cost in utilities, more homeowners are using fireplaces or wood stoves for additional
heating. With this in mind, there are some safety precautions that need to be followed to insure a safe heating season.
• Clear the area around the fireplace / wood stove.
Debris too close to the fireplace / wood stove could
cause a fire.
• Always use a fireplace screen or have the wood stove
doors closed.
• Never overload the fireplace / wood stove with too
many logs. Do not use your fireplace or wood stove as an
incinerator. Never burn garbage or trash.
• Keep a fire extinguisher on hand and place smoke detectors throughout the house. Test the smoke detectors and
batteries regularly. Also install and maintain carbon monoxide detectors.
• When building a fire, place logs at the rear of the fireplace, preferably on a grate.
• Never leave a fire in a fireplace unattended. Be sure
the fire is extinguished before you leave the house or go
to bed.
• Make a fire that fits your fireplace / wood stove. A fire
too large or too hot not only wastes fuel, but it can crack
your chimney.
• Keep fire wood stacked, covered, and out-of-doors,
away from the house and off the ground. Bring in only
as much fire wood as you need for one evening to prevent
insects that may be in the wood from entering your home.
• Keep your fireplace in good working condition. If you
notice any cracks in your fireplace and/or chimney, any
loose mortar or bricks, have your chimney and/or fireplace
repaired. Have the chimney liner inspected for cracking or
• Have your chimney inspected and cleaned annually.
• Choose the right fuel. In general, hardwoods, such as
oak, hickory, ash, etc., burn cleaner than softwood such as
fir, pine, cedar, etc.
• Use seasoned wood. Wood with a moisture content of
less than 20% burns much cleaner than green (high moisture content) wood.
• Burn smartly. Good fireplace / wood stove habits can
decrease fuel consumption in your home while maintaining the same level of warmth. Make sure the fire gets
enough air to burn properly. Adjust air inlets according to
the manufacturer’s recommendations.
• Properly dispose of fireplace and wood stove ashes. Place all ashes in a metal container which has a
metal cover. Never leave this metal container, with
ashes in it, in your home. Store the metal container
of ashes outside, at least three feet from any combustible surface.
Until next month be safe!
Submitted by Captain Tony Orsini,
Terryville Fire Department Health & Safety Officer
Source: FireCall Magazine
The Facts about Chimney Fires
What Causes Chimney Fires?
Chimney fires are usually caused by the accumulation of
creosote in chimneys. Creosote is a natural by-product of
burning wood. It accumulates in chimney flues overtime
and is highly flammable. Creosote is especially likely to
accumulate when wood is not burned at the proper temperature. Since creosote is flammable, when it accumulates on the walls of your flue, hot flue gasses can ignite it.
The result is a chimney fire. Depending on the condition
of your chimney, such a fire can pose a significant threat
to the rest of your house. Flames from the fire can find
their way through cracks in a clay chimney liner or mortar
and ignite framing around the chimney. The flames can
also spread onto the roof and cause a fire there.
No One Welcomes a Chimney Fire
A chimney fire in progress can be frightening. It has
been described as creating loud cracking and popping
noises, a lot of dense smoke, and an intense, hot smell.
Chimney fires can burn explosively. Flames of dense
smoke may shoot from the top of the chimney. Homeowners report being startled by a low rumbling sound
that reminds them of a freight train or a low flying air
plane. However, those are only the chimney fires you
know about. Slow-burning chimney fires don’t, however, get enough air nor have enough fuel to be as dramatic or visible. But, the temperatures they reach are
very high and can cause as much damage to the chimney structure – and nearby combustible parts of the
house – as their more spectacular cousins. With proper
chimney care, chimney fires are entirely preventable.
Creosote & Chimney Fires: What You Must Know
Fireplaces and wood stoves are designed to safely contain wood-fueled fires, while providing heat for a home.
The chimneys that serve them have the job of expelling
the by-products of combustion – the substances given
off when wood burns. These include smoke, water
vapor, gases, unburned wood particles, hydrocarbon
volatiles, and tar. As these substances exit the fireplace
or wood stove, and flow up into the relatively cooler
chimney, condensation occurs. The resulting residue
that sticks to the inner walls of the chimney is called
Creosote is black or brown in appearance. It can
be crusty and flaky…tar like, drippy and sticky… or
shiny and hardened. Often, all forms will occur in one
chimney system. Whatever form it takes, creosote is
highly combustible. If it builds up in sufficient quantities – and catches fire inside the chimney flue instead
of the firebox of the fireplace or wood stove – the result
will be a chimney fire. Although any amount of creosote can burn, homeowners should be concerned when
creosote builds up in sufficient quantities to sustain a
long, hot, destructive chimney fire.
Certain conditions encourage the buildup of creosote. Simply put, restricted air supply, unseasoned
wood and cooler-than-normal chimney temperatures
are all factors that can accelerate the buildup of creosote
on chimney flue walls. Air supply in fireplaces may be
restricted by closed glass doors or by failure to open
the damper wide enough to move heated smoke up the
chimney rapidly (the longer the smoke remains in the
flue, the more likely it is that creosote will form). A
wood stove’s air supply can be limited by closing down
the stove damper or air inlets too soon and too much,
and by improperly using the stovepipe damper to restrict air movement. Burning unseasoned wood keeps
the resulting smoke cooler, as it moves through the
chimney system, than if dried, seasoned wood is used.
In the case of wood stoves, fully-packed loads of wood
may also contribute to creosote buildup. Cool flue temperatures increase creosote production, too. Condensation of the unburned by-products of combustion occurs
more rapidly in exterior chimneys rather than in a chimney that runs through the center of a house and exposes
only the upper reaches of the flue to the elements.
How Chimney Fires Hurt Chimneys Masonry chimneys. When chimney fires occur in masonry chimneys
– whether the flues are an older, unlined type, or are
tile lined to meet safety codes – the high temperatures
at which they burn (around 2000 degrees F) can “melt”
mortar, crack tiles, cause liners to collapse and damage the outer masonry material. Most often, tiles crack
and mortar is displaced, which provides a pathway for
flames to reach the combustible wood frame of the
house. One chimney fire may not harm a home. A second can burn it down.
Special Effects on Wood Stoves. Wood stoves are
made to contain hot fires. The connector pipes that
run from the stove to the chimney are another matter.
They cannot withstand the high temperatures produced
during a chimney fire and can warp, buckle and even
separate from the vibrations created by air turbulence
during a fire. If damaged by a chimney fire, they must
be replaced.
Eight Signs That You Have Had a Chimney Fire
Since chimney fires can occur without anyone being
aware of them…and since damage from such fires can
endanger a home and its occupants, how do you tell if
you’ve experienced a chimney fire? Here are the signs
to look for:
• “Puffy” creosote, with rainbow colored streaks,
which has expanded beyond creosote’s normal form.
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• Warped metal of the damper, metal smoke chamber,
connector pipe or factory-built metal chimney.
• Cracked or collapsed flue tiles or tiles with large
chunks missing.
• Discolored or distorted rain cap.
• Creosote flakes and pieces found on the roof or
• Roofing material damaged from hot creosote.
• Cracks in exterior masonry
• Evidence of smoke escaping through mortar joints
of masonry or tile liners
If you think a chimney fire has occurred, have your
chimney inspected by a professional chimney sweep.
If it is determined that a chimney fire did occur, you
may need to replace a few flue tiles, reline the chimney
system, or rebuild the entire chimney.
Proper Maintenance Clean chimneys do not catch fire.
Make sure your chimney is inspected and cleaned annually. If repairs are needed, make sure they are done.
Ways to Keep the Fire You Want From Starting One
You Don’t Chimney fires do not have to happen. Here
are some ways to avoid them.
• Use seasoned woods only.
• Build smaller, hotter fires that burn more completely and produce less smoke.
• Never burn cardboard boxes, wrapping paper, or
trash; these can spark a chimney fire.
• Install stovepipe thermometers to help monitor flue
temperatures where wood stoves are in use in order to
adjust burning practices as needed.
• Inspect and clean your wood stoves on a regular basis.
What to Do if You Have a Chimney Fire If you realize a chimney fire is occurring, follow these steps:
• Get everyone out of the house, including yourself.
• Call the fire department.
If you can do so without risk to yourself, these additional steps may help save your home. Remember,
however, that homes are replaceable, but lives are not.
• Close the glass doors on the fireplace.
• Close the air inlets on the wood stove.
Once the chimney fire is over, call a professional
chimney sweep to inspect your chimney for damage.
Chimney fire damage and repair normally is covered by
homeowner insurance policies.
Until next month be safe!
Submitted by Captain Tony Orsini,
Terryville Fire Department Health & Safety Officer
Sources: Chimney Safety Institute of America Inc
Terryville Fire Department
Terryville Fire
Operation E.D.I.T.H.
October 9, 2014
Our community fire drill, that was held on Thursday, October 9, 2014, was a tremendous success. It was
reported by the TFD firefighters, who were touring town
roads, that the participation by the residents in Operation
E.D.I.T.H. (Exit Drill In The Home) was fantastic. It was
reported that 1,861 households participated in conducting
a home fire drill. It is extremely important for all family
members in a household to know what to do in the event of
a fire. Prior planning is the key to fire safety in the home.
The goal of the Terryville Fire Department is to educate
the residents of Plymouth about the life saving value of
having a fire escape plan from their home.
Exit Drills In the Home can help people prepare for
an emergency. Most home fires occur at night, when
people are the least prepared. Home fires can become a
disaster if you and your family are not familiar with how
to escape during an emergency.
Have a safe and joyous holiday!
Captain Tony Orsini,
Terryville Fire Department Health & Safety Officer
T.F.D. Fire Calls
September 21 - October 26, 2014
09-21-14…..Carbon Monoxide alarm – South Main St
09-24-14…..Investigation – Main Street
09-25-14…..Camp fire – High Street
09-27-14…..Alarm activation – North Main Street
09-29-14…..Wires down – Seymour @ Ridge Road
10-05-14…..Terryville Fair Grounds Stand by
10-05-14…..Illegal burning – Bernice Avenue
10-07-14…..Mutual aid to Thomaston
10-07-14…..Fire prevention program
10-08-14…. Wires down – North Riverside Avenue 10-08-14…..Tree limb on wires – Allen St. @ Old Waterbury Rd.
10-08-14….. Fire prevention program
10-10-14…..Vehicle leaking gasoline – Seymour Road
10-10-14…..Smoke investigation
10-11-14…..Transformer failure – Main Street
10-12-13…..Natural gas leak – Smith Street
10-16-14…..Gasoline leak – Fountainhead Road
10-16-14…..Gas investigation – Lovely Street
10-17-14…..Investigation – Old Waterbury Rd. @ Tunnel Rd.
10-22-14…..Vehicle roll over – South Street
10-22-14…..Vehicle fire – Greystone Road
10-25-14…..Assist Plymouth PD – North Main Street
10-25-14…..Smoke investigation – Dillon Drive
10-26-14…..Alarm activation – Stevens Street
Submitted by Chief Mark Sekorski
Fire Department
Selling T-Shirts for
Breast Cancer
Terryville Fire Department Hose Company Number 1
to Sell T-shirts for Breast Cancer Awareness
Terryville Fire Department Hose Company
Number 1 will continue selling Breast Cancer
Awareness T-shirts to show support and to help
sustain momentum of this vital awareness campaign. This event is as much about raising funds
for breast cancer research and support, as it is about
raising awareness.
Hose Company #1 firefighters will be selling
T-shirts throughout the month of November at the
Terryville Fire Department Station 1 21 Harwinton
Avenue, Terryville. The shirts will be selling for
$20. All proceeds will go to the Susan G. Komen
Through this activity, the Hose Company
members want to show their continued support for
cancer research and to raise breast cancer awareness. For additional information or to purchase a
Breast Cancer Awareness T-shirt, contact FF Rob
Cataldi at (860) 605-8151 or at [email protected]
“Side Businesses and the Holiday Season”
By Janet Johnson
A “side business”
is what an entrepreneur
would call a business they
operate while they have
a full time job, family, or
both. There are so many
people in this town who
have side businesses and
yet we don’t really know
who is doing what. If we
knew – perhaps we would
purchase more from them.
Buying from our friends
and neighbors in our community is exactly what we need
to do to support one another.
If you have a side business, I encourage you to do this
exercise. First, write down how much money you are
profiting per month (sales minus expenses equals your
profit). Second, write down how much money you want
to profit per month. If there’s a gap between what you
want to make VS what you are making now, that’s a goal
to work toward. A few strategies here would be to reduce
expenses, increase, sales, or do both simultaneously.
In regard to increasing sales, here are a few strategies
for people owning side businesses who want to achieve
greater profits. These are low-cost ideas that take very
little time to implement. The idea here is consistency.
1) Network. People love to help so tell everybody you
know what you’re doing. Oftentimes, I’m surprised when
a long-time acquaintance tells me of their “side business”
because they tell me when it’s too late and I’ve already
found someone. Let’s take painting for example because
we had our old house on High Street painted. If you are
my friend, of course I’m going to want to hire you. Bottom line. But if you don’t tell me what you’re up to, I don’t
know and I would have missed out on the opportunity.
2) Remind. More than flyers and business cards,
remind people of what you’re doing at minimum on a
monthly basis. If you sell candles, don’t just go to craft
fairs, set up a booth, and expect to sell as much as you
want. Remind your friends, “In 6 weeks, I’m going to
have a booth at the craft fair. I’ve got some great products
on sale. Please come and please tell everyone you know.”
3) Share and serve – don’t “sell.” Oftentimes, we think
of the sleazy, cheap suit sales person and of course we
don’t want to be this person so we don’t want to sell. Of
course, this can hurt our business! Think of sales as sharing and being of service. A friend of mine sells women’s
jewelry but she doesn’t market to women. Right before the
holidays, she markets to men. She brings her showcase
to restaurants and places where men gather and she helps
them choose gifts for the women in their lives. This saves
them time, a car trip, and the worry of choosing the perfect
This holiday season, if you are a “side-business” entrepreneur in Terryville, I challenge you to get out there in
a really big way. This is your moment! Especially if you
sell products that could make great gifts, let others know.
Have your friends and family members help you spread
the word. Buying a gift from you, a person who’s local,
cares about our town, and has roots in this town means far
more to most people (your community) than running to the
mall and buying something cold and off the shelf. Please
do us all a favor and sell to us!
Terryville Rotary's
25 Anniversary
Please join us as we celebrate the 25th Anniversary of
the Rotary Club of Terryville!
Saturday evening, November 22, 2014
Chippanee Golf Club
6 Marsh Rd, Bristol, CT
Cocktail Hour 6 pm, Dinner 7 pm
$50 per person, Cash bar
Buffet with carving station
RSVP to:
Lisa Aiudi, [email protected] or
Marissa McGee, [email protected]
Please make checks payable to Terryville Rotary Club
Chamber and Beautification
Committee Partner to Raise
Funds for
Main St.
The Plymouth Chamber has
partnered with the Beautification Committee and is
raising funds for the seasonal
banners that are being installed on the light post in the
village district, and will soon
be at the waterwheel. Contact Chamber President, Michael Ganem, 860-589-3377
ext. 201 for more information
or to contribute towards the
beautification of your Main
Network Group Nov. 4
RSVP Requested
The Thomaston Business Association monthly meeting
will be held on Election Day, November 4, 2014 at the Thomaston Savings Bank Operations Center, 140 Main Street Thomaston (the original bank building) on the lower level. Members
are asked to enter from the back to get to the lower level. We
will munch on Tony’s Coffee Shop goodies and coffee.
Membership is free…. Just rsvp and join us at 8:00 am to
9:0 am. The only cost is food on a cash basis.
The relatively new group is an opportunity to meet new
local business owners, to share business cards, upcoming
events at your business and collaborate to increase your bottom
line. The group meets monthly on the first Tuesday mostly for
breakfast with a few evening meetings interspersed.
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Terryville/Plymouth Senior News - November, 2014
Just wanted to wish you a very Happy
Thanksgiving. Remember to vote on
November 4th.
I want to welcome Pat Crisco and
Jacqueline Merchant as new members
of the senior group. Our October door
prize was won by Carole Kozikowski. A
big thank you goes to Mayor Merchant
for taking time from his busy schedule
to be our guest speaker on October 14th.
He gave us an update on projects that are
happening in town. There was a question and answer period after.
By the time this article is published
we will have had our pie and ice cream
social on October 28. I want to thank
all who baked and brought pies for everyone to enjoy. Don’t forget that our
only meeting in November will be held
on the 18th and we will enjoy pizza after the meeting. Remember to sign up
for the Christmas party on December 9th
at noon at Pequabuck Golf Course. On
November 19th at 9:30am at the Bristol
Library, another TRIAD program will be
presented entitled Holiday “Safe-Tea”.
All seniors are welcome, but please
call before November 9th. Cookies and
teas will be served. We have started Tia
Chi on Monday mornings at 9am in the
Community Room. We are now in our
fourth week and everyone enjoys it. S
- Mid-morning Movie Madness at
Terryville High School.
One Wednesday of each month will
be sponsoring a Mid-Morning Movie
Madness starting on November 12th in
the high school auditorium from 1am to
12pm. The dates for the movies (so you
can mark you calendars) are December
10th, January 14th, February 11th,
March 11, April 15 and May 13. Hope to
see you there.
Again I remind you that we have a
group of ladies who meet on Wednesday
afternoons 1pm in the Library Room,
Thursday morning 10am -11am senior
exercise in the Community Room, Mag
Jongg from 11am and Cards from 1pm in
the Library Room. All are welcome beginners or experts. I invite you to come,
and join us at a meeting or activity. We
meet on the second and fourth Tuesdays
of each month. We have friendly conversation and refreshments. Please call me,
860-589-7837 with any questions you
might have regarding any of the above.
Helena Schwalm, President
P.S. Happy Halloween
Senior Community Café November
3 Monday - Meatless Monday - Baked Cheese Ravioli
with Tomato Sauce, Italian Mixed Veggies, Three Bean
Salad, Italian Bread, Fresh Apple
Crackers, Eggplant Rolette with Meat Sauce, Buttered
Ziti, Green Beans, Oatmeal Bread, Vanilla Chocolate,
Ice Cream
4 TUESDAY - Happy Birthday - N.E. Clam Chowder, Unsalted Crackers, Philly Cheese Steak, Onions and Peppers,
Sweet Potato Fries, Green Beans, Sub Roll, Birthday Cake*
13 THURSDAY - Chicken Patty , French Fries, Lettuce
and Tomato, Coleslaw, Hamburger Bun, Banana
24 Monday - Meatless Monday - Pineapple Juice,
Vegetarian Chili Au Jus, Brown Rice, Carrots, Corn
Muffin, Pears
14 FRIDAY - Eye of the Round, Beef Gravy, Egg Noodles
Broccoli, 100% Whole Wheat, Citrus Selections
25 Tuesday - Lemon Chicken Au Jus, Buttered Orzo,
Scandinavian Veggies, Multi Grain Bread, Fresh Apple
17 Monday - Meatless Monday - Orange Juice, Ziti,
Cannellini Beans, Broccoli and Alfredo Sauce, Stewed
Tomatoes, Italian Bread,Oatmeal Cookies
26 WEDNESDAY - Orange Juice, Beef Stew, White Rice,
Chucke Wagon Veggies, Biscuit, Applesauce
5 WEDNESDAY - Chicken Pot Pie, Carrot Coins, Garden
Salad with Ranch Dressing, Biscuit, Fresh Orange
6 THURSDAY - Grape Juice, Crab Cakes with White
Sauce, Buttered Tri-Color Pasta, Tuscany Vegetables, Rye
Bread, Brownie*
7 FRIDAY - Sliced Ham** with Pineapple Glaze, Yams,
Spinach, Multi Grain Bread, Apricots
10 Monday - Meatless Monday - Egg Bake with Mushrooms and Peppers, Hash Brown, Carrot Coins, Pumpernickel Bread, Pineapple Chunks
11 Tuesday - Closed for Veteran’s Day!
12 WEDNESDAY - Hearty Vegetable Soup, Unsalted
18 Tuesday - Chicken Ala King over Wild Rice, Romaine
Salad, French Dressing, Multi Grain Bread, Pears
19 WEDNESDAY - Thanksgiving Special - Apple Cider,
Roast Turkey with Giblet Gravy, Stuffing, Mashed Potato,
String Bean Casserole, Cranberry Sauce, Dinner Roll,
Pumpkin Pie with Whipped Topping
20 THURSDAY - Cranberry Juice, Lasagna Rollette,
Meat Sauce, Italian Blend Veggies, 12 Grain Bread, Vanilla Pudding
21 FRIDAY - Baked Filet of Sole with Lemon Sauce,
Couscous, Spinach, Oat Bread, Fresh Apple
27 THURSDAY - Closed for Thanksgiving
28 FRIDAY - Closed for Thanksgiving
Elderly Nutrition Program meals are served at the Gosinski Park Community Room Mon.-Fri., 12:00 p.m.
to persons and their spouses 60 years of age or older.
All meals are served with a variety of bread and margarine, coffee, tea and 1% milk. DONATIONS: $2.50
(or whatever you can afford). Please call 670-8818 1
day before between 10:00AM and 12:30 PM. **Menu
Subject to Change**
Thank You
With experts in medications, health and nutrition, we’re proud to play
a part in making our community stronger (and healthier).
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Senior Citizen
Mid-Morning Movie
at Terryville High School
FREE! A sense of community is an important part of
the vision and mission of our school. We have residents,
community wide, who have been dedicated and committed
to the well-being of others and the welfare of Plymouth
over many decades and we want to recognize and thank
you. Please join us; this is open to all senior citizens!!!!
One Wednesday each month, the Terryville High
School student body and faculty, in conjunction with our
Local Prevention Council (LPC), will be sponsoring a
Mid-Morning Movie in the high school auditorium from
10:00am to 12:00 pm as a symbol of appreciation and gratitude to those who have paved the way for the opportunities that we now experience. Each month we will poll the
audience and by popular vote pick the movie to show the
following month.
Please join us from 10am-12pm on the dates below! If
you have any questions, please do not hesitate in contacting
Joann Basile School to Career at 860-314-2777 x5413
November 12
December 10
January 14 February 11
March 11
April 15
May 13
MRSA – It’s bad but
can usually be tackled.
Dr. Joe Cherneskie
Terryville Medical Center
Recently there has been a lot
of talk about the “New Bacteria”
called MRSA, technically known as
Methacillin Resistant Staph Aureus.
Staph germs commonly cause skin
infection and until recently these infections were easily taken care by common antiobiotics
such as Keflex. Then came along resistant staph germs
that did not respond to these and other common antibiotics
and they were named “methacillin resistant”. So now antibiotics that were not normally used for skin infections are
needed to fight MRSA and frequently patients will need to
be treated with two antibiotics if it is unclear if an infection
is the old staph or MRSA
If the staph bacteria enters the body through a cut or
scrape it may cause an infection. The infection is usually minor and localized, like a small pimple or boil, but
sometimes can cause a more serious infection involving
the lungs blood or bone. Most serious infections occur
in people with weak immunity or hospitalized patients.
MRSA infections that occur in the community can cause
small “epidemics” among athletes who share equipment
and children in day care. It has also been seen in the military and with tattoos.
Staph infections cause red, swollen and painful areas
on the skin. These infections can turn into boils and abscesses that need to be drained. Since this germ can be
contagious and serious, any drainage should be done by
a doctor, do not try to squeeze the area or drain it with a
needle. Antibiotics will frequently be prescribed after the
drainage and it is very important to take all of them to prevent further bacterial resistance. More serious infections
may need to be treated with IV antibiotics.
Though the MRSA infection can be scary, prompt
medical treatment will almost always result in a cure. The
most important thing is to realize that you have a skin infection and see the doctor as soon as possible so you can
get treatment to keep a small problem small.
Terryville Medical Center
Joseph Cherneskie M.D.
Primary Care/Internal Medicine
Certified DOT/CDL
Medical Examiner
27 Main Street • Terryville, CT 06786
Phone (860) 314-6818 Fax (860) 314-6899
Health & Senior
An Evening of Wonder Raises $100,000,
Honors Health Care Leaders
Photo credit: Cindy Lang
October 16, 2014 – Wheeler’s fourth annual An Evening of
Wonder on October 11, 2014 brought another unforgettable
evening of hope, healing and transformation to the Marriott
Hartford Downtown and raised $100,000 to support Wheeler’s continuum of coordinated, integrated primary and behavioral health care services. The event, attended by more
than 300 business and community leaders, honored five
outstanding individuals and organizations for their commitment to building health equity in underserved communities.
Pictured, from left to right are Jake
Biscoglio, event co-chair and Wheeler trustee; Susan Walkama, LCSW,
president and chief executive officer,
Wheeler Clinic; Dick Salmon, M.D.,
Ph.D., national medical director
for performance management and
improvement, Cigna; Christopher
Dadlez, FACHE, president and chief
executive officer, Saint Francis Care;
Kurt Barwis, FACHE, president and
chief executive officer, Bristol Hospital and Health Care Group, Inc.;
Patricia Baker, president and chief
executive officer, Connecticut Health
Foundation; Louise Murphy, MPA, LPC, CEAP, president,
Aetna Behavioral Health; and William Gombatz, event cochair and Wheeler trustee.
Connecticut Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman served as the
event’s Honorary Chair, and Fox CT News Anchor Jenn Bernstein served as the event emcee. Aetna was the event’s Presenting Sponsor, and Cigna, Deloitte and C&R Marketing Services
of Bristol also were among top sponsors. Jake Biscoglio and
William Gombatz, Wheeler trustees, served as event co-chairs.
Cancer Survivors, Caregivers Invited to
November 6 Survivor’s Day Celebration at
The Harold Leever Regional Cancer Center
The Harold Leever Regional
Cancer Center (HLRCC) invites
all cancer survivors and caregivers to their 2014 Survivor’s
Day Celebration on Thursday,
November 6 from 5:30 pm to
7:00 pm at its facility on 1075
Chase Parkway, Waterbury, CT.
The event will kick off with
and a complimentary
light dinner at 5:30 pm followed
by special guest speaker Suzy
Becker at 6:00 pm.
Ms. Becker, author of “I Had Brain Surgery, What’s
Your Excuse?” will share her inspirational story of over-
Foot Care Clinic
Do you have trouble reaching your feet to care for your
toenails? Help is available from an APRN (nurse practitioner) who has many years of experience providing foot
care. Caring for your feet and toenails is essential to your
overall health and wellbeing. There is a five dollar charge
for the clinic and appointments are necessary.
Please call Plymouth Human services for information about clinic times and location 860-585-4028.
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coming a terrifying medical condition and reclaiming her
funny bone.
In addition to being an author, Ms. Becker is also an
artist, entrepreneur, a former White House Fellow (the
Clinton administration), a Bunting Fellow at Radcliffe
College, and the founder of Ride FAR (Ride for AIDS Resources). She began her career as an award-winning advertising copywriter, and then founded the Widget Factory, a
greeting card company. Her books also include the #1 New
York Times bestseller “All I Need to Know I Learned from
My Cat” and “My Dog’s the World’s Best Dog.” She lives
with her family in central Massachusetts.
Space is limited and registration is required. To reserve
your place, please call (203) 575-5544 or e-mail
[email protected]
“Safe-Tea” Event
on November 19th
Fraud & Scams:
What you need to know
Date: Time: Where: Wednesday, November 19
10:00 a.m.
Bristol Public Library
5 High Street, Bristol, CT 06010
All are welcome. Casual attire.
Tea and cookies will be served.
*Snow Date: Thursday, November 20
RV Electric
Service • Parts • Supplies
Master RV Electrical Technical
Full Electrical Services on All Types of RV-Trucks, Boats,
Busses, Trailers & More - From wiring to everything electrical!
Tips to Safeguard you from Holiday Scams
People’s United Bank, Cigna, and West Central
Connecticut TRIAD* invite you to a special event
designed to help safeguard you from common scams
that occur during the holiday season, which could
lead to financial exploitation, identity theft or other
fraudulent activity.
To RSVP contact Liz Bohmier,
United Way at (860) 582-9559.
The Plymouth Connection • November, 2014 • Page 25
Help Keep Vulnerable Sheriden Woods Health Care Center Open House
In honor of National Alzheimer’s Disease month, Sheriden a private tour, please call 860-583-1827. Or, to learn more about our
Citizens Safe
Woods Health Care Center at 321 Stonecrest Drive in Bristol, will facility, please visit our website at:
The Town of Plymouth Human Services Department is updating
the town wide list of its vulnerable citizens and would like to hear
from you if you are homebound elderly or if you rely on electric
equipment for medical reasons (oxygen, hospital bed, etc.) The
list is used before anticipated natural disasters to communicate information about sheltering in place, going to stay with family or if
the town opens a shelter. Please call the Human Services office at
860-585-4028 if you or a loved one needs to be placed on this list.
Dial-A-Ride for
Seniors & Disabled
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 notice.
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.
Medicare Open
The annual open enrollment period for Medicare Part
D (prescriptions) and for Medicare Advantage plans begins on October 15th and ends on December 7th.
If you would like to change the plan that you are enrolled
in, you need to decide and notify Medicare by December 7th. If
you are satisfied with the plan you are on, you do not have to do
anything, however it always a good idea to review your plan and
make sure it is still meeting your needs. You might even be able
to receive assistance to help cover the costs of your insurance
coverage. (Monthly income limit for one person is $2393, for
two people is $3225)
If you would like any assistance with making the decision
to change plans or to find out if you are eligible for extra help,
please contact Plymouth Human Services (860)-585-4028.
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. November 25th, 12:30-1:30pm Plymouth Town Hall (senior lounge)-80 Main Street Terryville.
The Town of Plymouth Human Services Department is updating the town wide list of its vulnerable citizens and would like
to hear from you if you are homebound elderly or if you rely on
electric equipment for medical reasons (oxygen, hospital bed, etc.)
The list is used before anticipated natural disasters to communicate
information about sheltering in place, going to stay with family or
if the town opens a shelter. Please call the Human Services office at
860-585-4028 if you or a loved one needs to be placed on this list.
AARP Driving Course
The AARP will present their “Smart Driver Course”
on November 21st from 09:30 AM to 02:30 PM at
the Plymouth Town Hall Community Room, 80 Main
Street Terryville. It is open to all ages. The cost of
the course is $15.00 for AARP members and $20.00
for non-members with checks made out to “AARP”
(Sorry, AARP is no longer offering free tuition to veterans). This course has been revamped with new materials and information! Those individuals completing
the program may be eligible for a discount on their
auto insurance. Per the AARP policy, please plan to
arrive early, as people arriving more than 15 minutes
late will be excluded from the class. A light lunch
will be provided. Class size is limited and will fill up
quickly, so please call Plymouth Human Services to
sign up 860-585-4028.
be having an educational talk on Tuesday, November 11, 2014 from
5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Please join us in welcoming special guest speaker,
Patty O’Brian, North Central Regional Director of the Alzheimer’s
Association of Connecticut. Patty will be giving an informational
talk titled, “Keeping Connected in the Unconnected World of Alzheimer’s.” Following her talk, O’Brian will answer questions.
Light refreshments will be served and the opportunity to tour Sheriden Woods will be available. Please RSVP to the facility at 860583-1827, by November 4th.
Sheriden Woods Health Care Center the home to 16 residents
on their Secure Dementia Wing, “Whispering Pines”. In addition to
caring for those with Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, Sheriden
Woods Health Care Center also specializes in providing Short-Term
Rehabilitation, Long-Term, Respite, and Hospice Care. If you are
unable to join us on November 11, 2014 and would like to schedule
Sheriden Woods Health Care Center is managed by Athena
Health Care Systems.
Terryville Senior Trips
Getaway Tours No Minimum Day & Overnight Tour Options for 2014/2015
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.
November 6, 2014 - Costa Azzurra – “It’s All About
The 50’s” - LV: TBA - $67.00 Per Person - Includes:
Transportation, Luncheon & Show at Costa Azzurra Restaurant and Driver’s Gratuity.
November 20, 2014 - Radio City Christmas Spectacular - LV: TBA - $161.00 Per Person - Includes: Transportation, Lunch at Carmine’s, Ticket to Radio City Christmas
Spectacular and Driver’s Gratuity.
December 4, 2014 - Boar’s Head Feast at Williams Inn
& Bright Lights at Forest Park, MA LV: TBA - $97.00
Per Person - Includes: Transportation, Boar’s Head Procession, Christmas Buffet & Cabaret at Williams Inn, Admission to Bright Nights Light Display at Forest Park, and
Driver’s Gratuity
December 7-8, 2014 - Atlantic City – A Hollywood
Christmas Show at The Trump Taj Mahal - LV: TBA
- $139.00 PP Double, $173.00 Single, $134.00 PP Triple
- Includes: Transportation, Hotel Accommodations, Taxes
and Baggage Handling, Matinee Performance “Hollywood
Christmas” at the Tropicana Casino & Resort, Casino Bonus package and Gratuities for the Driver & Tour Director.
December 21, 2014 - UConn vs. UCLA – Women’s
Basketball at Mohegan Sun - LV: TBA - $61.00 Per
Person - Includes: Transportation, Tickets to the UCONN
Women’s Basketball Game, Food Voucher and Casino Bonus, Driver’s Gratuity
January 4, 2015 - UConn vs. St. John’s Women’s Basketball –Maggie Dixon Classic at Madison Square
Garden - LV: TBA Cost to be announced soon
February 17, 2015 - Mardi Gras at Hunt’s Landing LV: TBA $95.00 Per Person - Includes: Transportation,
Complete luncheon & full day of activities at Hunt’s Landing, and Driver’s Gratuity
February 19, 2015 - CT Flower Show - LV: TBA
$76.00 Per Person - Includes: Transportation, Luncheon
at the Chowder Pot, Admission to the CT Flower Show,
Driver’s Gratuity
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
Bristol Hospital November Classes & Programs
Look Good… Feel Better- November 3, 12 – 2 pm, Free. Bristol
Hospital Cancer Care Center. To register, please call Debbie at the
American Cancer Society at 860.227.2345.
by calling 860.314.0632.
Alzheimer’s Support Group- November 3, 6-7:30pm, Free. Ingraham Manor Skilled Nursing Facility.
Reiki Share- November 15, 9am, $10. Register online at
Kids Cook- November 3, 6-7:30pm, $15. Register by calling
Nutrition and Young Children- November 4, 6-7:30pm,$5. Register by calling 860.585.3895.
First Aid for Daycare Providers- November 15, 8 am – 2 pm, $60.
Register by calling 860.134.0632.
Families Are First Maternity Unit Tour- November 16, 7pm, Free.
Register online at
Circle of Hope Cancer Support Group- November 4, 6pm, Free. Bristol Hospital Hughes Auditorium.
Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers. Full certification:
November 17, 8am – 2pm, November 18, 5-8:30pm. Recertification: November 13, 8-11:30am. Full certification: $85, Recertification: $55. Register by calling 860.314.0632.
Evening Diabetes Support Group- November 5, 6:30pm, Bristol Hospital Center for Diabetes, Free.
Free Discussion on Joint Health- November 17, 5:30pm, Bristol
Hospital Hughes Auditorium. To register please call 860.584.8306.
Potty Training Boot Camp- November 6, 9:30-10:30 am, Free.
Register by calling the Farmington Library at 860.673.6791.
Breastfeeding Workshop- November 18, 6-9pm, $35/couple. Register online at
Beginner & Mixed Level Yoga- Thursdays, November 6 – December 18, 6:45-7:45, $60. For more information or to register, please
Heartsaver/AED- November 19, 6 – 9:30 pm, $70. Register by
calling 860.314.0632.
New Baby Care Class- November 10, 6-9pm, $25/couple. Register
online at
Cancer Caregivers Support Group- November 11, 6pm, Free. Bristol Hospital, Cancer Care Center.
Handling Children’s Anger- November 11, 6-8pm, $6. Register by
calling 860.585.3895.
Support Group for Parents of Children with Challenging Behaviors- November 12, 6-7:30pm, Free. Call 860.585.3895 for more information.
Free Balance Screening- November 13, 9:30am, Bristol Hospital Wellness Center. To scheduled an appointment, please call
860.582.9355 x.223.
Basic First Aid- November 14, 9 am – 12:30 pm, $45. Register by
calling 860.314.0632
Pet Emergency First Aid- November 15, 9am-1pm, $35. Register
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Free Weight Loss Surgery Informational Seminar- November 20, 6pm,
Bristol Hospital, Hughes Auditorium. Register by calling 860.585.3339.
One-Day Express Birth Preparation- November 22, 9am-4pm, $100/
couple or $50 for WIC. Register online at
Free Weight Loss Surgery Support Group- November 24, Pre Op:
5:30 pm, Post Op: 6:30pm, Bristol Hospital Hughes Auditorium.
Diabetes Support Group- November 25, 1aam-12pm, Bristol Hospital Center for Diabetes, Free.
Free Blood Pressure Clinics:
Bristol Hospital Wellness Center- November 13, 10am- 12pm
Gnazzos- November 21, 10 am – 12pm
Pat’s IGA, Wolcott- November 17, 10 am – 12 pm
Plymouth Town Hall- November 25, 12:30 -1:30 pm
For more information about these programs, please visit
Health & Senior
Back pain? Don’t walk… Run to
your Chiropractor!
Did I mention
October was National
Chiropractic Health
M o n t h ( N C HM ? )
Perhaps only 100,000
times to anyone who
will listen! October
was a busy month. In
addition to NCHM
we also celebrated
breast cancer awareness, down syndrome
awareness, domestic violence awareness,
lupus awareness, to name a few. Please let
us be aware of and lend our support to all
these campaigns in addition to NCHM.
This year the NCHM’s theme was “Conservative Care First!” An absolutely appropriate theme based on how we as doctors
are trained to practice. Talk to your primary
care provider, or any health care provider
that you know for that matter, and they will
concur that when managing patients, starting with conservative care and reserving
more invasive modalities for patients who
fail conservative care is the cornerstone of
evidence based practice.
With that in mind however, it is interesting to note that this is very often not what
we see in practice. Instead a majority of
our patients come in suffering from chronic
pain. They may have tried other more invasive and in some cases even high risk procedures with less than satisfactory results and
it is at that time that conservative therapy is
considered, often as a last resort, and more
often than not with excellent results.
In many cases it is unfortunate that
patients endured suffering that could be
avoided, however it is no one’s fault. Many
patients just did not know what conservative therapy options are available. 80% of
Americans will suffer from back pain. The
good news for these patients is that more
and more patients are learning to seek conservative care first. Patients with a variety
of musculoskeletal complaints can now go
directly to their local neighborhood chiropractor, and in most cases these visits are
covered by health insurance. Chiropractors are extensively trained and extremely
skilled at diagnosing these complaints and
determining if conservative care is appropriate, as well as determining when referral for more invasive or a different type of
treatment is indicated. At the end of the day,
conservative care first is indeed in the best
interest of the patient.
All very well and good, you may say…
but what does that mean for me with my
low back pain that started yesterday from
fall clean up; or me sitting at a desk job for
years only to recently notice back pain and
pain going down the leg; or me with: (insert
your particular musculoskeletal problem
here?) This means you know what many patients wish they knew years ago: conservative care first is the best approach. Now you
know where to go first to get the help you
need, and as we learned as kids “knowing is
half the battle.” :)
Regards in Health,
Dr. Shepherd
Quick and
the hair’s inn salon
The Hair’s Inn Offers a Shampoo & Set for Seniors for Only $20!
Haven’t tried us yet? Come see us at
153 Main Street in Terryville.
We are located right next to The Whole Donut.
Print our $5.00 off
coupon on our website!
Open Tues-Thurs 10:30-6:00, Fri 9-4 and Sat 8-3
Appointments available online at:
or by phone: 860-845-5613
Please join us in welcoming
Licensed Massage Therapist: Angelica Macaraeg.
• Do you have headaches, joint pain, neck or back pain?
• Have you tried other options with less than satisfactory results?
You are not alone. 80% of Americans have suffered from back pain.
Our patients are getting great results!
Just see their success stories at
Interested in getting similar results? Please call today for your
no obligation, complimentary get acquainted visit.
Call Today: (860) 589-1491
665 Terryville Ave., Bristol, CT 06010
Senior Health Fair Hosted By Cook Willow Health Center 81 Hillside Avenue, Plymouth Friday, Nov 21st 9am‐11:30am Bristol Hospital’s
Terryville Laboratory Draw Station
*local vendors *giveaways *screenings No Appointments Necessary!
• Fasting Services
*Complimentary Bingo & Prizes 11:00am* • 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
Visit our facility and meet our dedicated staff. Offering excellent short term rehab in addition to meeting your long term care needs We are looking for vendors, there is no cost. Please contact Cristina Freimuth 860‐637‐2752 [email protected]
Plymouth/Terryville residents: Call Dial‐A‐Ride for transportation to the event 860‐283‐0060 The Plymouth Connection
• November, 2014 • Page 27
News from Immaculate Conception and Saint Casimir Churches
During the month of November, the Roman
Catholic Church traditionally remembers those
whom God has called through death to eternal
life. Beginning with the Feasts of All Saints and
All Souls, it is a time to celebrate those who
have gone before us. All Saints Day celebrates
all the men and women, blest in the eyes of the
Lord, who are in the heavenly presence of God.
On November 2nd, we celebrate the Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed (All Souls
Day). Each year, this day is observed by the
Church to remember all those who have died
and “gone before us marked with the sign of
faith.” In faith, we believe that we remain united with our loved ones because the Kingdom of
God is not bound by death.
The Roman Catholic Community of Terryville invites you to our annual Mass of Remembrance, on Saturday, November 1, 2014
at 2 p.m. in St. Casimir Church. At this special
Mass, we will remember, by name, those who
died within the past year and who were part of
or connected to our parishes. A candle will be
lit and will remain in the church throughout the
month of November. In addition, the Book of
Remembrance, a compilation of names submitted by parishioners of all loved ones they wish
remembered, will be kept in the sanctuary of
both Immaculate Conception and St. Casimir
Churches. We will pray for all those named in
these books at all Masses in November.
As Catholics we also believe that the bodies of the dead must be treated with respect
and charity, in faith and hope of the Resurrection. As such, respect for the dead requires that
cemeteries be properly kept and respected. In
respect for the dead, we ask that you help keep
our cemeteries clean and respectful sanctuaries
for remembrance and prayer. This means no
dumping and no walking of pets. As a reminder,
our cemeteries close at dusk.
Some of you may have noticed some work
being done at St. Mary Cemetery on Route 72.
Beginning next year, in addition to the traditional burial plots, we will have new cremation
plots available to all Catholics. If you are interested, please contact our Parish Center at (860)
Giving Thanks
by Rev. Joel D. Kotila, serving as pastor at
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Terryville
As a Christian pastor, I advocate that there
is certainly much more to giving thanks than
the rituals we find ourselves doing at the dinner
table on Thanksgiving Day. Indeed, as some
pastor smarter than I expressed it: “Thanksgiving is THANKS-LIVING.”
Thanks for what? I guess you could consider my article here as a sequel to last month’s
article, entitled: “God Who Graciously Gives.”
God gives all that we have—and I mean everything. The Fourth Petition of the Lord’s
Prayer is as follows: “Give us this day our daily
bread.” What does that mean? What is daily
bread? God gives us everything we need to
live. And the list can be quite lengthy, when
you think about it. Make a list of what must
happen for you to live. The more we put our
lives under magnification, well then, the list
just gets longer and longer and becomes a list
of countless blessings.
To understand what is meant by “daily
bread,” I share what Martin Luther (1483-1546)
wrote in his Small Catechism about the meaning of it. He wrote:
Daily bread includes everything that has to
do with the support and needs of the body, such
as food, drink, clothing, shoes, house, home,
land, animals, money, goods, a devout husband
or wife, devout children, devout workers, devout and faithful rulers, good government, good
weather, peace, health, self-control, good reputation, good friends, faithful neighbors, and the
Luther’s list is far from exhaustive. But
he points out a good starter list of those things
which are good gifts from God, and they are
daily gifts from His gracious hand. Jesus Christ
taught His disciples and His Church to pray this
petition of the Lord’s Prayer so that we know
that our lives depend on God and that we would
be thankful for God’s kind and generous gifts.
The ultimate of God’s gifts is His Son,
Jesus Christ, as the Savior of the world. And
whoever believes in Him has eternal life. This
supreme Gift moves the Christian to thanksgiving—even thanks-living—every day!
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Plymouth Congregational Youth
Group Spreads
Some Seasonal
On Friday, October 10th, the Plymouth Congregational Youth Group sat down together and
painted 65 mini-pumpkins. There were all sorts
of designs, faces, animals and scenes, not to mention a few monsters! The pumpkins were brought
to Cook Willow and given to each resident so that
they could enjoy a little fall spirit.
If you would like information about the Youth
Group, please contact Tracy Dupont at 860-283-0553.
News from Immaculate Conception and Saint Casimir Churches
During the month of November, the Roman
Catholic Church traditionally remembers those
whom God has called through death to eternal
life. Beginning with the Feasts of All Saints and
All Souls, it is a time to celebrate those who
have gone before us. All Saints Day celebrates
all the men and women, blest in the eyes of the
Lord, who are in the heavenly presence of God.
On November 2nd, we celebrate the Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed (All Souls
Day). Each year, this day is observed by the
Church to remember all those who have died
and “gone before us marked with the sign of
faith.” In faith, we believe that we remain united with our loved ones because the Kingdom of
God is not bound by death.
The Roman Catholic Community of Terryville invites you to our annual Mass of Remembrance, on Saturday, November 1, 2014
at 2 p.m. in St. Casimir Church. At this special
Mass, we will remember, by name, those who
died within the past year and who were part of
or connected to our parishes. A candle will be
lit and will remain in the church throughout the
month of November. In addition, the Book of
Remembrance, a compilation of names submitted by parishioners of all loved ones they wish
remembered, will be kept in the sanctuary of
both Immaculate Conception and St. Casimir
Churches. We will pray for all those named in
these books at all Masses in November.
As Catholics we also believe that the bodies of the dead must be treated with respect
and charity, in faith and hope of the Resurrection. As such, respect for the dead requires that
cemeteries be properly kept and respected. In
respect for the dead, we ask that you help keep
our cemeteries clean and respectful sanctuaries
for remembrance and prayer. This means no
dumping and no walking of pets. As a reminder,
our cemeteries close at dusk.
Some of you may have noticed some work
being done at St. Mary Cemetery on Route 72.
Beginning next year, in addition to the traditional burial plots, we will have new cremation
plots available to all Catholics. If you are interested, please contact our Parish Center at (860)
News from St. Paul Lutheran Church
November will be off to a roaring start at
St. Paul Lutheran Church Terryville with the
Annual Sauerkraut Supper November 01st.
“There are four - count ‘em, FOUR! – seatings!” laughs Pastor Lisa Watson-Barcia. “It is,
in many ways, our signature event. We serve
pork loin, meatloaf – from a special recipe of
course! – vegetables and pie – lots and lots
of pie. And not to be forgotten – SAUERKRAUT!” Turning serious for a moment, Watson-Barcia reflects, “There may be some that
find the supper to be anachronistic. After all,
it has been a very long time since our services
were held in German, and our congregation
today boasts people of colour and all sorts of
ethnicities, but it is always good to remember
our roots. We have people involved in the supper that we may not see at other times during
the year – it is for many in this church and community a touchstone, a symbol of all the hard
work and sacrifice of their parents and grandparents. Besides,” she adds with a smile, “it’s
great food!”
The women of St. Paul will enjoy a weekend retreat on the 14th to 16th , gathering at
the Lutheran campground of Calumet in New
Hampshire. “It is a time to relax and reflect
before the holidays shift into high gear,” says
Watson-Barcia. “And this year we have the
largest crowd in our history going! When I
attended last year, it was remarkable how the
weekend spoke to those women who attended.
I think the word got out about peaceful and restorative the retreat was. It is wonderful to see
seeds planted begin to sprout! ”
November will also see the community of
St. Paul continuing to participate in the Plymouth Community Food Pantry and work to supply Thanksgiving supper to about 15 families.
“The Brauer family are the food pantry gurus
for us at St. Paul. Louise Brauer has got us all in
the routine of bringing a weekly food donation
and our congregation (along with many others
in the community) supports the pantry through
dollars, donations and volunteers. And Sharon
Grey is the worker behind the Thanksgiving
suppers. Once you begin to be aware of how
many folks are in need this time of year, you
can’t help but hear the words of Jesus – ‘As you
have done to the least of these so have you done
to me.’ And this community is bound and determined to make sure Jesus has enough to eat!”
At the end of November, on the 23rd at the
Plymouth Terryville Congregational Church,
Pastor Watson-Barcia will be delivering the
sermon at the community Thanksgiving service. “Last year I read the Governor’s letter,
and I must not have messed it too badly since
they are asking me back. Although the more senior pastors in the area did mention something
about my being a newbie and therefore ‘up’!”
says Watson-Barcia. “I guess I am new enough
to it all that I am actually honoured and excited
to do it – the holiday is a great time to reflect
on both the blessings of those who were fed
and to challenge ourselves to address the needs
of those who were disenfranchised. It can be
a tricky path to walk.” She pauses, and grins
mischievously. “Hmmm. Maybe the old folks
knew something!”
The last Sunday in November will be the
first Sunday of Advent – and the community
of St. Paul invites you to spend the time awaiting the Christ child with them. Pastor WatsonBarcia smiles, saying, “If you haven’t a church
home, please think of us as a place to come and
worship with peace and joy. No pressure, just
grace freely offered. Communion is open to all,
dress code is relaxed, the coffee is pretty good
and treats are on offer. All we ask of you is an
open mind and expectant heart. And on the
days when even that is too much, come anyway. We want you to see how Jesus can help in
any situation. Come and be fed.”
Pet Blessing
Church News
Thank You from Rev. Marcin P. Pluciennik
Dear Friends,
I would like to extend my sincere thanks and appreciation to
the estimated 600 people who attended our Catholic Community
Picnic: United In Christ on September 14, 2014 – what a lovely
way to spend a Sunday! The day’s events including: a special
community Mass, Polish and American food, music, activities, entertainment, and a rocket launch were enjoyed by all that attended!
Through God’s blessing of perfect weather and the hard work of
numerous volunteers from the Catholic Communities of Terryville:
Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church, Saint Michael
Ukrainian Catholic Church, and Saint Casimir Roman Catholic
Church, we were all able to spend a wonderful afternoon, with
family and friends, relaxing, and enjoying the abundance of God.
The spirit of service to God and community that was present
throughout the day are greatly appreciated and truly inspiring. A
very special thank you to Fr. Paul Luniw, Fr. Ed Przygocki, and
Deacon Lee Conrad for their support of this special day.
Again, thank YOU for making our first Catholic Community
Picnic a successful day United in Christ! I hope to see you again
soon at a service or event in one of our parishes or next year, at
our Catholic Community Picnic!
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Rev. Marcin P. Pluciennik
Pastor, Roman Catholic Community of Terryville
Ladies of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church
What’s your earliest memory of Thanksgiving? I remember this:
my family always ate ham. That’s right, for some reason my family
got into a tradition of eating ham at Thanksgiving (followed by eating
turkey at Christmas). I always thought that was odd, but it worked for
us, and that’s all that mattered.
I also remember sitting around a table and passing the various
side dishes: green beans, mashed potatoes, rolls, corn, etc. Each person would take a dish, spoon some on their plate, and pass it to the next
person. And the dishes kept coming! Then, my family would say this
prayer: “God is great, God is good; let us thank him for our food. By
his hands, we all are fed. Thank you, Lord, for daily bread. Amen.”
I often ask people about their individual family traditions, because I think they are all beautiful and wonderful - even if you eat ham
at Thanksgiving! Over the years I have compiled a list of three of my
favorite Thanksgiving prayers that families have shared with me, all of
which I have found to be simple and beautiful. I hope you’ll find them
meaningful and perhaps use them at your own gathering this year:
“Thank you for the world so sweet, thank you for the food we eat,
thank you for the birds that sing, thank you for everything. Amen.”
“For food, for friends, for loving care; for gifts to us, for gifts
to share; for all that makes life sweet and true; dear God, we give our
thanks to you. Amen.”
“Thank you, God, that you are God, and that we are not. Thank
you for being you, and please continue being you. Amen.”
Rev. Zachary Mabe
Terryville Congregational Church
Happening this month at Terryville Congregational Church:
Nov. 8: Christmas Bazaar 10am-3pm!
Nov. 15: Meal for residents of Gosinski Park 4pm!
Church Christmas
“They Call Me Old Glory”©
By Charlie Zahm,
They call me Old Glory, I fly over this land I love
And I am more than just a flag that you’ll see wave above.
I’ve stood for freedom and for faith two centuries and more,
Your fathers’ fathers cherished me, and their fathers gone before.
I was there in Philadelphia where they wrote the Declaration,
Now I’m in the homes of patriots yes all across this nation.
You’ll see my sweet Red, White, and Blue on Rocky Mountain towers…
But mostly, I’m in the hearts of those who love this land of ours.
Now my red is for the blood that stained the grass of Bunker Hill.
My white is for the light that shines on soldiers’ graves so still.
My blue is for the hope that morning skies give us each day,
These colors join to make me strong and they’ll never fade away.
I flew above the brave young men in the jungles where I’d lead ‘em
You’ll see me at the Alamo, the shrine to Texas freedom.
I wave above Pearl Harbor where some forever sleep,
You’ll see me in old veterans’ eyes and in the memories they keep.
I’m above the hills of Arlington, where just the other day
Another hero found his rest, now with the best he lays.
I was wrapped in a tight triangle for the grieving widow there,
I felt her tears fall on my cloth as she closed her eyes in prayer.
I know today misguided souls might say you’d be a fool
To teach your children some old rhyme that you once learned in school.
But I tell you now that pledge you make with your hand upon your chest
Is a pledge to honor those who gave it all that you’d be blessed…
That you’d be blessed to live in freedom, without hunger without fear,
That you’d be blessed to raise your family, so for all your given years
Remember those who fought and died for me, they’d do it all again
So when you pledge allegiance, you thank all veterans then.
So for this Country’s sons and daughters, this pledge I make so true:
You fight to keep me flying high, and I’ll inspire you,
Annual Christmas Bazaar
Saturday, December 6, from 9am to 2pm
8 Maple St,. Terryville
Breakfast and lunch will be served. Many delicious soups along
with hot dogs and sauerkraut, cheesecake and apple crisp.
All can be purchased for take out. Also a great “cookie walk”,
baked goods table, Christmas crafts including hand knit items.
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November 8, 2014 • 10:00m-3:00pm.
The featured activities will be: crafters and vendors,
luncheon, Christmas Past room, Cookie Walk,
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Remembering our Veterans
With Veterans Day coming up please remember to honor
veterans everywhere. If you walk by someone in uniform
thank them for their service. We tend to be so busy we forget
how important the role our veterans have played in the freedom of our country. Take this time to reflect on how lucky we
are in the USA thanks to them.
Following is a poem I was given permission to use that
honors veterans and the flag that inspires them.
In celebration of St. Francis of Assisi Day on Sunday, October
5, a pet blessing took place at 12:00 p.m. Saint Casimir and
Immaculate Conception Churches had a great turnout in front
of The Lyceum.
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You’ll see me waving in the breeze above the old town square
And you’ll know that by my colors that’s Old Glory flying there.
Yes, they call me Old Glory and I’ve been around a while
And I may have a rip and tear from a long and dusty mile,
But I’ll ne’er forget the morning when God first planted me
And I swear I’ll fly forever, as long as you believe in me.
Please consider donating to a worthy cause to help those who
have helped us such as the American Legion or the VFW, or
one of the following:
Check out Charlie Zahm on Youtube reading this poem and
his great song Prayer for a Soldier
On Friday night, November 14, Nelson Hall at Elim Park
in Chesire will present a special tribute concert in honor of
U.S. Veterans, and is offering a limited number of free tickets
to local Veterans.
Charlie is a patriotic American whose patriotic songs
were recently noticed by the US Military, which flew him to
Qatar to perform for the troops for Memorial Day 2014
Veterans of Cheshire and surrounding towns are eligible
for a free ticket to the show, while supplies last, and tickets
for guests are $20, $15 for seniors. For tickets and information, contact the Nelson Hall box office: 203-699-5495, or
Concert Date: Friday, November 14, 2014 at 7:30 PM.
Nelson Hall at Elim Park, 150 Cook Hill Road, Cheshire
Please come by and join us some good faith and good times.
Thank You, Raymond Dupont (Head of Church Council)
Plymouth Congregational Church
Upcoming Events
Veterans Sunday November 9, 2014 Quilts of Valor will be
given out to Veterans at the 11 AM Service
Saturday November 15 Christmas Bazaar from 10:00 to
3:00. Featured will be Crafts, Quilts, Baked Goods, Basket
Raffles, White Elephant Sale with a Soup & Sandwich Luncheon served in our Fellowship Room from 11:00 to 2:00.
November 23rd 10AM commemorative service for the
275th anniversary
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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
Closed - Tuesday, November 11, for Veteran’s Day
and Thursday, November 27 for Thanksgiving.
From Hula Hoops to High Fashion:
G.Fox & Co. in the 1950’s
Saturday, November 15, 2:00 p.m.
This presentation will take you back in time to Fox’s heyday
as we go from floor to floor and recall departments ranging
from accessories on the “street” floor to designer dresses on 6,
and ending at Toyland on 11. You’ll also learn about Beatrice
Fox Auerbach, the remarkable woman who made every visit to
Fox’s so enjoyable and set the standard for customer service.
We promise to stir pleasant memories of date nut bread in the
Connecticut Room, back to school shopping, and Raggedy
Ann and Andy! Registration required, refreshments served.
hoopla - COMING SOON!
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!!
More information to follow in the coming weeks.
Artist of the Month
Leo Raia – acrylic painting
Upstairs Display Case
Artifacts from the Terryville/Plymouth Room
Downstairs Display case
Sadie Wilson - Lalaloopsy
Friends of the Terryville Public Library
Monday, November 10, at 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.
Find your favorite authors and books at great prices at the
Friends of the Terryville Public Library’s ongoing Book Sale!
The Booktique also holds a book sale every third Saturday. Come see us at 244 Main St. (Next door to the Library)
from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. this month on November 15th.
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.
Library Board of Directors Meeting
Wednesday, November 19, at 6:30 pm
The Library Board of Directors usually meets the third
Wednesday of each month at 6:30 pm. Members of the public
are invited to attend.
Monday, November 17, 6:30 p.m.
Frankenstein by Mary Shelly
At once a Gothic thriller, a passionate romance, and a cautionary tale about the dangers of science, Frankenstein tells the story
of committed science student Victor Frankenstein. Obsessed with
discovering the cause of generation and life and bestowing animation upon lifeless matter, Frankenstein assembles a human being
from stolen body parts but; upon bringing it to life, he recoils in
horror at the creature’s hideousness. Tormented by isolation and
loneliness, the once-innocent creature turns to evil and unleashes a
campaign of murderous revenge against his creator, Frankenstein.
Frankenstein, an instant bestseller and an important ancestor of
both the horror and science fiction genres, not only tells a terrifying story, but also raises profound, disturbing questions about the
very nature of life and the place of humankind within the cosmos:
What does it mean to be human? What responsibilities do we have
to each other? How far can we go in tampering with Nature? In our
age, filled with news of organ donation genetic engineering, and
bio-terrorism, these questions are more relevant than ever.
Pick up your copy at the Circulation Desk.
New Materials @ Your Library
Adult Fiction
Fighting Chance – Jane Haddam
Bagmen – William Lashner
Blood on the Water – Anne Perry
Lovely, Dark, Deep – Joyce Carol Oates
California – Edan Lepucki
Angels Walking – Karen Kingsbury
The Rest is Silence – James Benn
The Queen of Tearling – Erika Johansen
The Last Breath – Kimberly Belle
Life is Sweet – Elizabeth Bass
The Perfect Witness – Iris Johansen
A Sudden Light – Garth Stein
The Wonder of All Things – Jason Mott
The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher
You – Caroline Kepnes
The Lost Key – Catherine Coulter
Butternut Summer – Mary McNear
Up at Butternut Lake – Mary McNear
The Boy Who Drew Monsters – Keith Donohue
Wicked Ways – Lisa Jackson
Deadline – John Sandford
Paris Match – Stuart Woods
Undead and Unwary – Mary Janice Davidson
Mr. Miracle – Debbie Macomber
The Silent Sister – Diane Chamberlain
Leaving Time – Jodi Picoult
Winter Street – Elin Hilderbrand
The Remedy for Love – Bill Roorbach
Keep Your Friends Close – Paula Daly
The Undertaking – Audrey Magee
Adoring Addie – Leslie Gould
Stone Mattress – Margaret Atwood
Vampires of Manhattan – Melissa De La Cruz
Rose Gold – Walter Mosley
Hit and Run – Sandra Balzo
Bones Never Lie – Kathy Reichs
Love Song – Elizabeth Lowell
Getting Even – Sarah Rayner
Rooms – Lauren Oliver
Autumn Fire – Tom Wither
Burn – James Patterson
A Life Intercepted – Charles Martin
Adult Non-Fiction
The Half Has Never Been Told – Edward Baptist
Living with Bipolar Disorder – Karen Brock, M.D.
The Thief-Taker Hangings – Aaron Skirboll
No-Drama Discipline – Daniel J. Siegel, M.D.
The Marshmallow Test – Walter Mischel
Hate Crimes in Cyberspace – Danielle Keats Citron
Gluten Freedom – Alessio Fasano, M.D.
Invincible – Brian Martin
The Sense of Style – Steven Pinker
The Handmade Marketplace – Kari Chapin
The Grain Brain Cookbook – David Perlmutter, MD
Enough: our fight to keep America safe– Gabrielle Giffords and Mark Kelly
You Can You Will: 8 undeniable qualities of a winner – Joel Osteen
Wheat Belly Total Health – William Davis, MD
The End of Absence – Michael Harris
Killing Patton – Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard
The Irish Revolution – Fergal Tobin
World of Order – Henry Kissinger
The Organized Mind – Daniel J. Levitin
Unretirement – Chris Farrell
The Untold Stories of 33 Men Buried in a Chilean Mine – Hector Tobar
Unworthy: how to stop hating yourself – Anneli Rufus
100 Days of Real Food – Lisa Leake
Minecraft Guide for Parents – Cori Dusmann
Thirteen Days in September – Lawrence Wright
What If?: answers to absurd hypothetical questions – Randall Munroe
On Immunity: an inoculation – Eula Biss
The Best Yes: making wise decisions – Lysa Terkeurst
Revealed – Margaret Peterson Haddix
The Infinite Sea – Rick Yancey
Sway – Kat Spears
On a Clear Day – Walter Dean Myers
Afterworlds – Scott Westerfeld
Eyes Wide Open: going behind environmental headlines –
Paul Fleischman
Hunt for the Bamboo Rat – Graham Salisbury
Belzhar – Meg Wolitzer
Found – Harlan Coben
Unmarked – Kami Garcia
Perfectly Good White Boy - Carrie Mesrobian
The Perfectionists—Sara Shepard
Very Good Girls
Are You Here
Edge of Tomorrow
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X-Men: days of future past
Mr. Peabody & Sherman
Million Dollar Arm
Fed Up: time to get real about food
Childrens Programs
Under the Sea Math Literacy Night
Wednesday, November 12
Join the library and other community organizations at Under
the Sea Math Literacy Night on Wednesday, November 12 at
6:00 PM in the Fisher Elementary School Gym. There will be
a lot of fun math games and activities geared toward children
ages 3-5. Color in the sea creature provided by the library and
bring it along to help create a Sea of Math! We will also be
collecting nonperishable food items for the Food Pantry. We
hope to see you there!
New Book Clubs!
Series Starters (ages 9-12) • Series Starters Jr. (ages 6-8)
Explore new worlds and meet new characters! Join us as
we discover a new children’s series each month! Registration
is required. See a librarian to sign up and get your first book!
New Sections!
We have two new sections in the children’s department. A
beginning reader non fiction section (easier reads meant for
pre k to second grade) located at the end of the non fiction
area after the biographies.
Also a new picture book section located on top of the
smaller picture book bookcase near the windows. Come in
and check them both out!
Books 4 Little Guys:
ages 6-8 - First and Third Saturdays from 11-12pm;
Will be held June 14th and 28th this month. “Boys Only”
book club for beginning readers. We will meet twice a month
to have a snack, play some games and have a book discussion. Join us for some group fun! Registration required.
ages 8-12 - Second Tuesday, June 10th, from 4:305:15pm; Read awesome books dudes will dig – explosive
action and strange circumstances! Then talk ’em over with
the guys, play games, wolf down some food and meet new
friends Join us for some group fun! Registration required
American Girl Club:
Fourth Tuesday, June 27th, from 4:30-5:15 pm–Girls from
6-10 years old. Once a month we will have a snack, play some
games and discuss American Girl books. No dolls required.
Bring a friend! Registration required.
Wild Wednesdays:
November 5, 4:15– 5:00 pm - Lego Block Party- Come
build towering buildings, unique ships, cars and airplanes!
We provide the LEGO Blocks, you put them together! Ages
4 and up
November 12 4:15– 5:00 pm - Sharpie SuncatchersCome use your imagination to create eye catching designs to
hang in your window! Ages 6-12. Registration required
November 19, 4:15– 5:00 pm - Marshmallows & spaghetti. Ready, set, build! How big you of a tower can you
make out of just marshmallows & spaghetti? Ages 7-12. Registration required..
Saturday Movie Matinees
Saturday, November 1, 2:00 pm - Stuart Little (PG; 85
minutes) Popcorn and juice will be provided– bring a blanket
to sit on and a friend to share the fun!
Saturday, November 8, 2:00pm - Mulan (G; 90 minutes) Popcorn and juice will be provided– bring a blanket to
sit on and a friend to share the fun!
Saturday, November 22, 2:00pm - Maleficent (PG; 97
minutes): Popcorn and juice will be provided– bring a blanket
to sit on and a friend to share the fun!
Saturday, November 29, 2:00pm - Cloudy with a Chance
of Meatballs 2 (PG; 94 minutes) Popcorn and juice will be provided– bring a blanket to sit on and a friend to share the fun!
Fall II session will begin the week of November 3rd and end
the week of December 8th. Registration will continue until all
spaces are filled. Come join us for stories, music and more!
Mother Goose on the Loose– prewalkers up to 15mo
- Mondays October 6th and 20th only - Stories, nursery
rhymes, music and play-time
Night Owls - 3-5 yr. olds - Mondays, 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 playtime
Christmas Tree Festival
and Drawing
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Thanks to the generosity and creativity of Ms. Arlene
Wood, and Friend of the Library and member of the Library Board, the Friends of the Terryville Library will be
holding a Christmas Tree Festival! Beginning on December 1, small, decorated artificial Christmas trees will be on
display in the library. The Friends will decorate the trees
for the holidays and put them on display in the library
until December 20. All trees will be entered into a teacup drawing, which will be held on December 20 at the
Booktique during its regular monthly book sale. The community is invited to stop in, view the trees, and purchase a
few tickets. The tree could be in your home just in time for
The Friends are very grateful to Arlene Wood for her
generous donation of 11 adorable little trees and for her
inspiration to have our own little Festival of Trees. Thank
you, Arlene!
During a recent visit
to the Booktique, Diane
Klepps Finger donated a
wonderful biography of her
father to the Friends and the
Terryville Public Library.
The book, entitled “Memories of Edmund Kleeps, A
Story of War and Family, “
was written by Kenneth Finger, the grandson of Edmund Klepps and Michael Michaud,
the great grandson of Edmund Klepps. The book deals with
the life of Edmind and his wife Alma Wondrovski Klepps as
they endured the hardships of the Depression and World War
II and the wonderful life of 68 years together that they created
for themselves and their daughters Nancy and Diane.
The book addresses his naval career aboard the USS Helena until three Japanese torpedoes sank the ship, leaving Edmund to swim for hours to avoid drowning or capture. he was
plucked from the ocean by the USS Nicholas. He then found
his way to the USS Detroit, where he saw the end of the war
in Tokyo Bay.
The book also addresses the love Edmund and Alma had
for their family and the faith that kept them strong throughout
their lives.
The book, which was published on February 5, 2014, onehundred years after his birthdate, February 5, 1914, will be
available in the Terryville Public Library. The Friends and
the library thank Diane Klepps Finger for her very generous
donation of this publication.
The Plymouth Library is a quiet, one-room establishment located within walking distance of the town green. It features a
small but varied collection, from bestselling fiction and nonfiction to local history and cemetery records. There is also a
selection of board games and a telescope complete with star
maps. The library offers internet access, copying, and printing.
New Adult Fiction:
Destroyer Angel – Nevada Barr
Personal – Lee Child
The One From the Other – Philip Kerr
Prayer – Philip Kerr
Stolen Prey – John Sandford
New Adult Non-Fiction:
Shakespeare: The World as Stage – Bill Bryson
It Takes a Village and Other Lessons Children Teach Us – Hillary
Rodham Clinton
W.E.B. Du Bois – The Fight for Equality and the American Century, 1919-1963 – David Levering Lewis
New Graphic Fiction:
Snowpiercer 1: The Escape – Jacques Lob and Jean-Marc
Snowpiercer 2: The Explorers – Benjamin Legrand and Jean-
New youth Fiction:
Breaking Dawn – Stephenie Meyer
Eclipse – Stephenie Meyer
New Moon – Stephenie Meyer
Twilight – Stephenie Meyer
Brisingr – Christopher Paolini
Eldest – Christopher Paolini
Eragon – Christopher Paolini
Inheritance – Christopher Paolini
New Science Fiction:
Baltic Gambit: A Novel of the Vampire Earth – E.E.
• Car and Driver • American Patchwork and Quilting
• American Hunter • Better Homes and Gardens
• Consumer Reports • Martha Stewart Living
• National Geographic • Smithsonian
Don’t forget to visit our
ongoing book sale!
Hardcovers - $1.00
Paperbacks - $0.50
Magazines - $0.50
Video Cassettes - $0.25
Welcome Back Denise Fosse & Essie’s Garden
Bake Sale
The Friends thank those
so graciously dosigned copy who
nated baked goods to
James Hannon, our recent
guest to the Booktique,
signed his book for the
Friends, who have donated it to the Terryville
Public Library. It is now
available at the library.
Marc Rochette
Boxers & Saints – Gene Luen Yang
the Booktique Book and
Bake Sale. Your contributions are gratefully
acknowledged and appreciated by the many
who will benefit from
the programs that you
help sponsor.
The Friends of the Terryville Library are excited to welcome back Denise Fosse of Essie’s Garden on November
15. Denise has been hard at work making all kinds of
homemade hand crafted toys and herbal products, ranging
from balms to creams to eye pillows, bath salts, and neck
wraps, to name a few. She recently finished making a
number of buckwheat therapy neck wraps, pictured here.
During the summer she was busy picking dandelions and
calendula flowers for dandelion and calendula salves She
has also been making balms for insect bites -- a perfect
stocking stuffer for children!
Of course, her craft items are lovely and whimsical.
She has beautiful Victorian flower pins and pins and delightful toys.
Join us at the Booktique next to the library on November 15, 10:00 A.M. - 2:00 P.M. and treat yourself to some
wonderful products and good books -- all of which could
make some great gifts. Think Christmas!
John Casanova
Main Street
Plymouth, CT
HIC #0618953
Toll Free:
Cell: 877-283-8158
The Plymouth Connection • November, 2014 • Page 31
October 9th Marked the Official
Opening of Plymouth Reservoir
Recreation Area
Parks and Recreation
New Activities for Fall and Winter
Visit for
Details & Updates on the Following Programs:
NEW Programs Starting:
• Horseback Riding
• Art & Tea (Special Class)
• Open Gym for Families (under 17 yrs
old to be accompanied by an adult)
• Tai Chi: Moving For Better Balance
• Gymnastics/Hip Hop
• Combo Class - Tap, Tumbling, Hip Hop
• Excel Martial Arts
• Dog Obedience with Val
• Men’s Adult Open Gym
• Cheerleading, Boys & Girls
• Adult Volleyball
• Senior Exercise
• Adult Active Yoga
Youth Basketball:
• It's not too late to register for Youth Basketball!
• Clinic session starts November 1st, games start in January.
• Now accepting registrations for kindergarten age.
Four Levels:
Grade: K-1 1:15 pm - 2:15 PM;
Grade: 2-3 12:15 pm - 1:15 PM;
Grade: 4-5 10:30 am - 12:00 PM;
Grade: 6-8 9:00 am - 10:30 AM
• All Levels: Saturdays at Eli Terry Middle
School Gym
• 11/01/2014 - 03/14/2015
• Clinic: November through December
• League: January through March
• Starting around 01/01/2015, there will be
a new schedule
Travel Basketball:
• Girls and Boys, Grades 5-8
• By Invitation Only
• Dates to be announced
Upcoming Trip:
Coach Bus to New York City, A Day On
Your Own - Saturday, December 13th:
Departs 8:00 AM, leaves NYC 6:00 PM,
$49.00 R, $49.00 NR (Persons under 18
years old need be accompanied by adult.)
Register for this trip online or at Town
Hall. More detailed information is available about the trip on the Park and Rec
website, please visit www.Plymouth
General Information:
Some programs may qualify for a $10 Early Registration Discount!
Please check online frequently for new
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special announcements
information is available about each proand updates, and
share us with your friends!
gram on the Parks and Rec website: www. Current up-
dates will also be printed each month in e-mail: [email protected]
the Plymouth Connection!
Parks & Rec: 860-585-4031
Photos by: Peter Gianesini & Briana Brumaghim
The Town of Plymouth has a new town
treasure with the opening of the Plymouth
Reservoir Recreation Area (PRRA) on
Thursday, October 9, 2014. The PRRA
is located on North Street, near Plymouth
Center Elementary School, and is now
open for "carry-in" watercraft and fishing (catch and release/artificial lures).
Development of the PRRA was initially
researched by the North Street Reservoir
Ad Hoc Committee, who submitted their
recommendations to the town council on
June 9, 2013. The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (CTDEEP) was consulted in all
aspects of the planning and construction
of the ADA compliant dock and parking
area, as well as any current and future recreational uses of the area.
A "soft" opening ceremony took place
in the afternoon, with approximately 50
people in attendance, at which Mayor
Dave Merchant and former mayor, Vincent
Festa, jointly "cut the ribbon," opening
access to the state of the art facility. Enjoyment of the PRRA began immediately
thereafter with fishing lines cast and kayakers in the water. A beautiful Columbus
Day weekend followed, keeping the parking area filled to capacity with enthusiasts
exploring and utilizing our new town park.
Phase Two of developing the PRRA
for passive recreation is in the works,
which includes hiking trails throughout
the 178 acres. The PRRA is maintained
by our Parks & Recreation Department
and managed by the Parks & Recreation
Stop by and check out this beautiful
new recreation area.
Michael Ganem, Director
Plymouth Parks & Recreation
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Plymouth Parks and Recreation Gift Certificate
Give the Gi oliday Season!
This H
Purchase online: or
Message: at the office: 80 Main St., Terryville • 860-585-4031
Skate Park Is
Rolling Along
Construction taking place at Skate Park location behind Town Hall. With cooperating
weather, the park should be open soon!
Photos by: Briana Brumaghim & Marty Sandshaw
Sports, Leisure & Activity
"5 O'Clock Shadows"
Baseball Try-Outs
The Water-Oak Athletic Club is conducting try-outs for
the 2015 season on Saturday November 8th from 11am 2pm at Veterans Park in Watertown field #3. All players
ages 7-14 should attend. In the event of inclement weather
tryouts will be held at our indoor facility at the Old pin
shop in Oakville 3rd floor. Players trying out should send
a confirmation email to [email protected]
The Water-Oak Athletic Club is an organization that
provides youths ages 7-16 the opportunity to play baseball
at all abilities and skill levels. Players will be evaluated by
experienced coaches and will be placed at the appropriate
For additional information visit the clubs website at
‘The Joker’ Keeps On Rockin’ 40 Years Later
Steve Miller Band Returns to Waterbury To Celebrate Palace Anniversary Season
Mini watercolors by Fredricka Schwanka, extra large
acrylic by David Verdosci.
The Fine Arts Connection of Thomaston presents "Dimensions", Crescent Gallery, 158 Main St., Thomaston.
November 13th - Dec 31st Artwork extra small to extra
large and everything in between. One size will fit all. Consider giving original art and supporting local CT artists this
Holiday Season. Art-2-Go includes free gift wrapping.
Gallery hours: every Thursday from 10am-1pm (meet
the artists); Friday, December 5th and Saturday, December 6th from 7pm-8pm; Sunday, December 7th from 1pm2pm; Friday, December 12th and Saturday December 13th
from 7pm-8pm; Sunday December 14th from 1pm-2pm.
For more information, please contact Pat Piscopo 860283-2155.
Terryville Fish and
Game Club
Terryville, Connecticut
Founded 1905
Annual Turkey Shoot
The Steve Miller Band returns to Waterbury forty-one
years after their original 1973 appearance for a special concert in celebration of the Palace Theater’s 10th Anniversary and iconic Rock and Roll history. The concert will
take place on Saturday, November 15, at 8 p.m., almost
ten years to the day following the venue’s restoration and
grand-reopening on November 12, 2004.
Tickets for the anniversary concert range from $55 to
$75 and can be purchased by phone at 203-346-2000, online at, or in person at the box office, 100 East Main Street in Waterbury.
Before the show, the Palace will start the celebration
early with an anniversary pre-show party in the orchestra
lobby by Riverhouse Catering. For an additional $75 per
ticket, guests will enjoy heavy and hearty hors d' oeuvres,
specialty drinks and an exclusive commemorative gift. Admission can be purchased when buying tickets online or by
calling the Box Office.
As one of rock music’s all-time greats, the Steve Miller
Band has sold more than 30 million records in a career
spanning more than 40 years. Featuring their classics hits
“The Joker,” “Jungle Love,” “Abracadabra,” and “Take the
13th Annual
Wild About Animals Festival
November 16, 2014
The Terryville Fish & Game Club will be holding its
Annual Turkey Shoot on Sunday, November 16, 2014, on
the Middle Pond clubhouse grounds on Grove Street, Terryville. The Turkey 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 the
tasty TFG hot dogs with or without kraut or meat sauce and
much more, will be available throughout the day. For additional information call Tony Orsini at 860-589-6684 or Bill
Arlofski at 860-589-7399.
The Terryville Fish & Game Club will be collecting
food for the Plymouth Food Pantry. Please bring a nonperishable food item to the Turkey Shoot. Collection boxes
will be in the clubhouse.
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.
Bus Trip to Mohegan Sun
November 22, 2014
The Terryville Fish & Game Club will be sponsoring a bus
trip to the Mohegan Sun Casino for Saturday, November
22, 2014. The casino goers will be traveling in a 55 passenger Land Jet bus. The bus will be leaving the Town hall
parking lot, at 80 Main Street Terryville, at 9:00 a.m. and
returning at approximately 6:45 p.m. The cost is $30.00
per person. Each person going will receive a $15 food
voucher and a $15 coupon for a game of chance from the
Mohegan Sun Casino. Reservations will be accepted on a
first come first serve basis. No reservations will be accepted without payment in full. The cutoff date is Friday, November 14, 2014. For additional information or to make a
reservation contact Tony Orsini at (860) 589-6684 or Bill
Arlofski at (860) 589-7399.
Money and Run,” this anniversary concert is one classic
rock fans will not want to miss.
The Palace Theater’s presentation of the Steve Miller
Band is sponsored in part by Webster Bank; Shaker Automotive Group, Ion Bank, CT DECD Office of Tourism,
Comcast, Saint Mary’s Hospital, Bank of America; Secor,
Cassidy & McPartland, P.C. ; Waterbury Hospital; Thomaston Savings Bank; Crystal Rock; Powerstation Events;
CBS Radio; and Worx.
Imagine Nation, A Museum Early Learning Center, located at One Pleasant Street in Bristol presents our always popular 13Th Annual Wild About Animals Festival on Saturday,
November 15, from 11:00am to 2:00pm. Join us as we celebrate with a variety of furry, feathered, and scaly creatures
to learn about their habitats. Live animal demonstrations will
be presented by local organizations throughout the museum.
Pet a pony, rabbit, tortoise and snake. See chickens, degus,
turkeys and more! Play animal games and make fun animal
crafts. Pizza and snacks will be available for purchase at an
additional cost in our Old Fashioned Soda Fountain. Admission of $6.00 per person, museum members and children
under one year of age are free. ACM and Library passes are
not valid for this Festival. For further information call 860314-1400, or visit This event is
sponsored by the Thomaston Savings Bank Foundation.
The Imagine Nation Museum is a division of the Boys
& Girls Club and Family Center of Bristol.
Imagine Nation Museum - Family Volunteer Day
The Imagine Nation Museum celebrates National
Family Volunteer Day, Saturday, November 22,
from 8:30am to 10:30am at One Pleasant Street
in Bristol, Connecticut. For the eighth year in a
row the Imagine Nation Museum will be joined by
Team ESPN employees and volunteers from the
United Way of West Central Connecticut. Families from across Connecticut, committed to help
make a difference in their communities, are invited
to join-in and participate in volunteer events at the
Imagine Nation Museum.
National Family Volunteer Day is a Points of Light
signature day of service that demonstrates and celebrates the power of families who volunteer together, supporting their neighborhoods, communities, and the world. For 24 years, it has been held
on the Saturday before Thanksgiving to “kick-off”
the holiday season with giving and service. This
year it’s being powered by generation On and
sponsored by Disney Friends for Change, a global
initiative that inspires kids and families to take action to help people, communities, and the planet.
The Imagine Nation Museum has helped to promote programming for this national effort to bring
families together to help those in need throughout
the community of Bristol and Connecticut. Doreen Stickney, Imagine Nation Museum Director said “We look forward to Family Volunteer
Day, a wonderful collaborative community
project each year”.
Children and families are invited to work on projects including special Gobble Thanksgiving Crafts
like making colorful Thanksgiving napkin ring
holders for patients at Bristol Hospital, nursing
homes, and shelters in the community. ESPN employee Sandy Maier notes how fun it is to bring
her family in joining their community, to help
others ---“The great opportunity about the National Family Volunteer Day is that it helps set
an example for our children that communities
should work together to help others. I have
brought my family every year to give back to
our local community.” Families are also invited
to join other families for free refreshments and
entrance to the Imagine Nation Museum between
11am and 5pm. For more information please call
the museum directly at 860-314-1400 or go to
The Plymouth Connection • November, 2014 • Page 33
School News
Roos On The Rise - Terryville High School Booster Club
As the fall season comes to a close the THS Booster Club
is excited about the how the 2014-2015 year has started
out. The Girls Volleyball team is in the hunt for the Berkshire League Title. By time the paper goes to press they
will have hopefully put their name on the title. Come
watch some of the last of the regular season games when
you get a chance. The Boys Soccer Team has worked hard
to grow as a program and is seeing success this year and
great potential for the future. There has been a marked increase in the numbers of the Boys and Girls Cross Country
team this year. Coaches Dean Martin and Steph Konopaske continue to push the program to improve. Top runners Connor Levins and Emma Caisse have been setting
a great pace this season. The big news this issue from
the THS Sports programs is that the Girls Soccer team
is headed to the State Tournament for the first time in 5
years. With a solid win over Northwestern on Friday the
24th of October they punched their ticket to the big show.
With two regular season games left they hope to improve
their seeding. It has been a long haul. After 2 full seasons
without a win the team has grown under the leadership
of Varsity Coach Brian Rosano and Junior Varsity Coach
Chris Perkins and volunteer assistant Patrick Norton. The
team put some wins on the board last year during the final
season of the Co-op with Thomaston and looked to improve this year. For seniors Molly Northrop, Sara Leger,
Bridget Sullivan and Jenna Roberts, this has been a dream
come true. After fighting hard to keep in the fight during winless seasons during their freshman and sophomore
years, they have played an integral part in the turnaround
of this team. Under their example, coupled with the new
coaching staff during the last two years, the freshman and
sophomores have helped round out an effective and skilled
team. The THS Booster Club and the community looks
forward to seeing how far they can take this season. On a
final note the THS Booster Club will be starting their raffle
calendar fundraiser, please support the Booster Club’s efforts by buying a ticket that is good for 30 chances to win
one of the great donated prizes. The money raised goes to
scholarships, training, and equipment for the athletes.
Photo Caption- Members of The Girls Soccer Team working out Saturday Morning following their tournament entry
winning game on Friday night. They don’t plan on resting
on their laurels. Give to Get is their motto….Give(hard
work and effort) to Get (Victory/Respect)
Plymouth Elementary Terryville High School Drama Club Fall Play
hand. Lead Painter and Production
fall play for 2014 is “And Then
Students Perform at The
Artist Alexandra Belanger is doThere Were None”, Aka Ten Little Ining a good job putting the details
dians, it was written by Agatha ChrisXL Center
in the set for student Producer Bri
tie. This production is made possible
On Sunday, October 26, members of the Plymouth Center School and Fisher Elementary School's 4th and 5th
Grade Chorus, under the direction of Stephanie Fauss
and Anne DeMichiel, performed "God Bless America'
at the XL Center at the Hartford Wolfpack game.
Ripa and Club President Maranda
by: Samuel French Licensing. The
Gallo. They are all working very
Terryville High School Drama Club
hard to put suspense into the air
is presenting this show November 6th,
as you wonder who will fall at the
7th, 8th in the Borkowski Family Auhands of the unknown murderer
ditorium at Terryville High School. It
and who will escape, if anyone can
is a tale of mystery and whodunit as
escape. Please come support these
one by one each character meets an
great students at one of the followuntimely but possibly justified end. It
ing shows-Show Dates: November
is a tale of justice served in an unjust
Students practice while the set is being built
6th,2014 at 7pm, November 7th
world of secrets and deceit. A cast lead
by seniors Connor Murphy, Natalie around them. Abbey Elias, Natalie Selavka, and 2014 at 7pm, and November 8th,
Cameron Lopez going over lines.
2014 at 1:30pm and 7:00pm. StuSelavka, Maranda Gallo, Joe DeLorenzo, Lindsay Bouchard, Briana
dent and Senior Tickets are $8.00
Ripa, and Sarah Leger. They are supported by a strong group of up- per person, Adult Tickets are $10.00 per person, tickets may be purand-coming underclassmen, some of which are Michael Calderon, chased from any Drama Club Member and at the door prior to each
Jakob Buckley, Abbey Elias, Alissa Genest, and Alyssa Renick. The show. Any questions can be directed to the Drama Club Advisor Mr.
behind the scenes support from both the booth and the crew headed Chris Perkins at 860-314-2777 ext. 5433 or [email protected]
by Stage Managers: Jessica Hawrylo and Keri Genest and Light- Also, be sure to check out our facebook page “Terryville
ing and Sound: Director Tori Campbell, who have the show well in High School Drama Club” and our twitter page “TvilleDramaClub”.
School Lunch Menus for November, 2014
• Plymouth Center School – PCS • Fisher Elementary School – FES • Terryville High School – THS • Eli Terry Jr. Middle School – ETJMS
3 Monday - FES & PCS cheeseburger on whole grain bun,
french fries ETJMS Early Dismissal No lunch served THS
Mashed potato bowl, creamy mashed potatoes, popcorn chicken, roasted carrot fries, Homemade chicken gravy, breadstick
4 Tuesday - No School Election Day
5 Wednesday - FES & PCS chicken nuggets, mashed potatoes,
with gravy, steamed carrots ETJMS Early Dismissal No Lunch
Served THS macaroni and cheese bowl, creamy macaroni &
cheese, chicken nuggets, warm biscuit, steamed broccoli
6 Thursday - FES & PCS breakfast for lunch, maple burst waffles, turkey sausage, tater tots ETJMS Early Dismissal THS
cajun rice bowl, savory sausage and peppers with pasta, spicy
tomato sauce, fresh biscuit and mixed vegetables
7 Friday - FES & PCS Cheese pizza tossed salad ETJMS &
THS burrito bowl, beef and bean chili, Fiesta rice, golden
corn, shredded cheese, whole grain tortilla
10 Monday - FES & PCS Beef nachos, cheese sauce, brown
rice, steamed corn ETJMS & THS fajita bowl, spicy fajita
chicken, cilantro lime chips, seasoned black beans, roasted
peppers & onions, shredded cheddar cheese
11 Tuesday - No School Veterans Day
12 Wednesday - FES & PCS chicken patty on whole grain
bun, french fries ETJMS backyard BBQ bowl, BBQ chicken,
macaroni and cheese, seasoned green beans, fresh baked biscuit THS Early Dismissal No Lunch Served
13 Thursday - FES & PCS grilled cheese, Campbells tomato
soup, tater tots ETJMS Italian pasta bowl, roasted Italian vegetables, Italian meat balls, garlic breadstick THS Early Dismissal No Lunch Served
14 Friday - FES & PCS pizza dunkers, tossed salad ETJMS
pork rib sandwich, on whole grain bun, seasoned carrots THS
Early Dismissal No Lunch Served
17 Monday - FES & PCS chicken stir fry, brown rice, broccoli
ETJMS grilled cheese, chicken noodle soup, tater tots THS
backyard BBQ bowl, BBQ chicken, macaroni and cheese, seasoned green beans, fresh baked biscuit
18 Tuesday - FES & PCS chicken nuggets, dinner roll, mashed
potatoes, seasoned green beans ETJMS popcorn chicken
bowl, crunchy popcorn chicken, steamed brown rice, stir fry
vegetables THS orange ginger chicken bowl, crunchy popcorn
chicken, steamed brown rice, stir fry vegetables, Homemade
orange ginger sauce
19 Wednesday - FES & PCS roasted turkey with gravy,
mashed potatoes, steamed carrots ETJMS & THS italian pasta
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bowl saucy italian meat balls, curly rotini pasta, steamed vegetable medley, marinara sauce, toasted garlic bread
20 Thursday - FES & PCS Meatball grinder on whole grain
bun, tater tots ETJMS & THS homestyle chicken dinner bowl,
roasted chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, seasoned peas,
dinner roll
21 Friday - FES & PCS Cheese pizza, tossed salad ETJMS
taco bowl, beef and bean chili, Fiesta rice, golden corn, whole
grain tortilla chips THS fajita bowl, spicy fajita chicken, cilantro lime chips, seasoned black beans, roasted peppers &
onions, shredded cheddar cheese
24 Monday - FES & PCS hotdog, whole grain bun, sweet potato fries ETJMS breakfast bowl, french toast sticks, turkey
sausage, scrambled eggs, strawberries THS sausage and pepper bowl, roasted Italian sausage, pepper and onions, whole
grain pasta, green beans, dinner roll
25 Tuesday - FES & PCS chicken nuggets, dinner roll, mashed
potatoes with gravy, peas & carrots ETJMS & THS stuffed potato bowl, baked russet potato, diced ham, steamed broccoli,
Homemade cheddar cheese sauce, dinner roll
26-28 Wednesday-Friday - NO SCHOOL Thanksgiving Break
Head Start Button Day!
School News
News from Eli Terry Jr. Middle School
Kids in the Middle
Kids in the Middle had their first meeting and invited
Aaron Saindon, and Allison Trudeau, officers of the Leo’s
Club at the high school. They came to explain the club,
and how our students will transition from KIM to Leos
when they leave ETJMS. They have been busy this month
painting milk jugs for the Lion’s Club Halloween Party,
and helping with Red Ribbon activities
Dr. Doughty-Jenkins' Academic Discovery students are
currently taking part in the State of Connecticut Emergency Medical Responder course. Throughout the course,
they will be learning emergency action and be trained in
safety, and patient care. At the end of the course, students
will take a state written test and a state practical test to
be certified as an emergency medical responder. This will
enable them to ride as an Explorer with the Plymouth Volunteer Ambulance Corps.
Lt. Col. Greg Fortier addresses THS Students
Lieutenant Colonel Greg Fortier is a graduate of Terryville
High School. He went on to attend the United States Military
Academy at West Point. LTC Fortier holds Bachelors of Science in Operations Research from the United States Military
Academy and a Masters of Science in Industrial Engineering
from the University of Central Florida. LTC Fortier's numerous military awards include the Bronze Star Medal with Oak
Leaf Cluster, the Meritorious Service Medal with Oak Leaf
Cluster, and many more. He returned to Plymouth, CT to
speak at Terryville High School on October 24, 2014. He
spent time meeting with student leaders of the Local Prevention Council about peer leadership. He also addressed the entire student body about the consequences of personal decision
making- both good and bad. The Plymouth Local Prevention
Council sponsored this event as part of the Red Ribbon week
efforts to spread the word about substance abuse prevention
and recovery among youth in the community.
Terryville High School PTSA-After-Grad
The PTSA of Terryville High School has started the year
finding ways to help reach our financial goal to make a safe
After-Grad Party for our graduating seniors. The event is
to promote the idea of a drug and alcohol free celebration
on the night of graduation. This may be the last chance for
some of the graduates to get together. Safe Grad is a parent
sponsored night of fun at the Shelton Sports Center. Graduates have the opportunity to explore all that the Sports Center has to offer from miniature golf, batting cages, basketball
to ice skating, laser tag and more. To help make this event
successful we are having a variety of fundraising. One of
the upcoming events is a bus trip to New York City, on December 6th. The cost of this trip is $45.00 per person, if you
THE LYCEUM in Terryville
Space Available for Large or Small Events
Seating for 25 in each of 4 meeting rooms
Seating for 250 at tables in our main hall
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)
are interested please contact Carol Andrews at [email protected] We are also having Jake's Wayback
Burger night on November 11th, Wendy's nights on November 25 and December 16, and Moe's night on November
25, December 17, and January 14. At every event we get
a portion of the sales, so just stop by have some dinner and
mention you are there for Terryville High School. Also, if
you haven't been to Adams Supermarket, on November 2ndNovember 15th, you can round up all of your purchases the
nearest dollar and all donations will go to support our cause.
Please keep a look out in the community for other
upcoming events and thank you to the community for all
your support.
EDUCATION CONNECTION Head Start: Prenatal to
Five is planning great things this year to celebrate Head Start
and Early Head Start Awareness month in October and Head
Start's 50th Anniversary in January!
On October 24th everyone in Head Start across the country
will wear a Head Start Works button. This will spread our message far and wide and let the entire nation know how proud we
are to provide opportunities for success in school and life for
more than 31 million children and their families! Please wear
your button on Friday, October 24th to your child’s center. We
will be taking photos of the event. Optional: children can dress
in red, white and blue to help us to celebrate the day as well.
Magnum Attends
Cops in the Middle
Magnum came
to the first Cops
in the Middle
Meeting at Eli
Terry Jr. Middle
School. He, as
well as some
of Plymouth’s
finest get acquainted with
our students.
Thanks to all
the officers that
Update from the Board
In an effort to keep the public informed of the workings of
the Plymouth Board of Education, I will be submitting a monthly
update to keep parents and community members current on the
workings of the Board of Education.
First, I have been getting inquiries from parents and teachers as to when we will be re-starting the Superintendent Advisory
Group that we initiated last June. Please know that it is our intent
to move forward with this again once a new superintendent begins service. Presently we have an interim superintendent who
is contracted for a short period of time and works three days a
week. During a period of interim leadership, the school system
moves ahead without any “drastic” changes made or new initiatives brought forward. Please know that Board members wish to
hear constructive feedback and comments. Anyone can feel free
to contact any Board of Education member, superintendent or
member of the administration to do so.
On another note; the Board has begun the process to seek
a new Superintendent to lead the Plymouth Public schools. The
first step is to interview search firms to assist the board in the
process. It is our desire that the search firm will be gathering
input from the public on what they would like to see in a new
superintendent. Further information will be available once the
search firm is selected.
Lastly, the negotiations subcommittee of the Board has
begun negotiations with the Plymouth Education Association.
Once we reach an agreement, and it is approved by the Association and the Board an announcement will be made.
I hope this communication helps to provide you with some
information. . As always you are free to contact a board member
or the administration directly if you have a concern.
Ray Engle, Plymouth Board of Ed Chairperson.
The Plymouth Connection • November, 2014 • Page 35
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