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Fall Kid's World 2013

Fall Kid's World 2013

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Hersam Acorn's Fall 2013 Kid's World, a special section to The Easton Courier, Fairfield Sun, The Milford Mirror, The Monroe Courier, The Shelton Herald, The Stratford Star, The Trumbull Times and The Valley Gazette.
Hersam Acorn's Fall 2013 Kid's World, a special section to The Easton Courier, Fairfield Sun, The Milford Mirror, The Monroe Courier, The Shelton Herald, The Stratford Star, The Trumbull Times and The Valley Gazette.

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Special Section to:
The Valley Gazette
The Stratford Star
The Milford Mirror
The Trumbull Times
Fairfield Sun
The Herald
The Monroe Courier
The Easton Courier
Kids World 
by Lois Alcosser
Good-bye, summer clothes! Those almost see-through tops andvery short shorts. Farewell ‘til next year those wild-print pants.Thanks, polka-dot bikini! Fall is on the way, almost aroundthe corner, and it’s time to fill shelves and load hangers withbrand-new clothes. What are the trends for girls and boys,age 5 to teen? (Most stores say that fashion-conscious-ness for girls starts around age 5.)Littlejohn’s in New Canaan prides itself on beingchic, classic, as well as elegant/ trendy. They havemany brands of French jeans, admittedly for “skin-ny boys and girls.” The favorite look for fall: a lon-ger-than-usual sweater, leggings and simple top.“Boys always want to be comfortable and casu-al,” the store’s fashion consultant said. “We haveboys’ wear from England that’s very good-looking,but casual; khaki pants, wool jackets, basic T-shirts.Speaking of jackets, we have wool jackets and leather-look jackets that make any outfit look good.”Some fashion people say that olive is the new neutral,though navy blue, purple and lots of black are very popu-lar colors. Short dresses and skirts stay short this coming sea-son. For little girls, smock-style dresses are considered antique. Jeans and skinny pants are here to stay reports “B” Chic in Wilton. They believe that printed and patterned jeans will be popu-lar.Fall maxi-dresses look wonderful with flats or boots. Neutral col-ors seem to be back: taupe, grey and black. Gold or silver accentsgive classic jeans or sweaters a fun, sparklylook. Expect to see lace, crystals,fringe, studson denim jeans. For the first time in ages,there are fake fur muffs for girls. Leatherymaterials look new and different. Dresses andpencil skirts are still popular.Puffy vests are almost a necessity as wellas puffy jackets, it seems, and they come in achoice of very attractive colors.Boys and girls have turned scarves into truearticles of clothing and fun hats are not justfor costume parties anymore. Real or fake furtrim on jackets looks and feels cozy. Jumpsuitshave skin-tight legs. But the biggest news allaround is the look of oversize sweaters. At Cindy Nichols in New Canaan, boysare opting for less denim and more microfi-ber pants and tops. The younger, elementaryschool kids are sensible this fall. They wantto be comfortable, with leggings, tights andeasy-fit dresses. For this age, there’s not asmuch pink as there used to be — more redsand blues.It’s predicted that lots more shopping isgoing to be online this fall, but local shopswill always have the advantage of kids tryingon clothing before purchasing it and gettingopinions from mom and friends right away.Kids are expensive: they want to go back toschool looking great, looking cool. They mayhave outgrown most of last year’s wardrobe,but they never outgrow the urge to changeinto something new, something fun.Designers and buyers have gone all outto give boys and girls (and their parents)an exciting new season, with a closetfulof answers to: “What should I wear today,mom?”
 Taking a look into kidsclosets
Sara and Kit modelsummer into falllooks from CarenForbes & Co., NewCanaan.
Bryan Haeffelle photos
Alexander, in an outfit from IslandOutfitters in New Canaan andFairfield, gives a boost to Kit in CarenForbes clothes.
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Kids World
 Hersam Acorn Newspapers  
August 29, 2013
by Melissa Ezarik
It’s too early for foliage and autumn stilltechnically hasn’t even arrived, but there’splenty of fall fun to be had at Connecticutfarms. For adventurous types, it’s the perfecttime to get lost in a corn maze. With a littleluck — and know-how at some farms, whichoffer clues and trivia to point you in the rightdirection — your family will get through themaze in time to enjoy other farm festivities,ranging from hayrides and animal encountersto corn pits and farmstand shopping.Here are some kernels worth knowing forgetting the most out of the corn maze experi-ence:• Shop around first. Corn mazes come invarious shapes and sizes. If you’re a first-timer with a toddler in tow, it makes senseto choose a maze with less paths and totalacreage. You might also discover a 2013can’t-miss theme. In addition, not all cornmazes are stroller- or wheelchair-accessible.• Call ahead. On a sunny day following arainy one, the paths could be muddy andimpassible, causing a corn maze closure.• Avoid arriving close to quitting time. Youwon’t likely be thrown out on your ear, butstaying beyond closing is no way to butterup a farmer.• Go after dark. Some farms keep their cornmazes open for treks by flashlight.• Dress the part. Even days with a nip in theair can quickly feel dreadfully hot whenthe sun is beating down and you’ve beentrapped for 45 minutes with a cranky kin-dergartener or fuss-pot fourth-grader. Inother words, layers it is.• Play the game. Farms that offer directionalhints or numbered checkpoints do so not just as entertaining extras, but because themaze may seem near-impossible withoutthem.• Keep moving. Even if you’re not sure of the best path to take, standing aroundto debate it causes corn maze congestionand doesn’t get you to the finish line anyfaster. While peak times do of course vary,corn mazes are popular and having a lot of company along the way is almost a given.Plasko’s Farm in Trumbull estimates that10,000 people a year visit the maze.• Keep your cool. Look at getting lost orreaching a dead end and having to back-track as extra family together time. As thecorn maze rules at Foster Family Farm inSouth Windsor state, “children are respon-sible for their parent’s behavior at all times.”• Know when it’s time to go. If the experienceturns too trying, ask a “corn cop” stafferwhere the nearest escape route is. If thekids (or the adults) can’t beat the challengethis year, there’s always next year.
 A great fall tradition:
Corn maze days
Bishop’s Orchards,
1355 Boston Post Rd.,Guilford; 203-453-2338; bish-opsorchards.com
Bunnell Farm,
498 Maple St., Litchfield; 860-567-9576; bunnellfarm.org
Buttonwood Farm,
471 Shetucket Turnpike,Griswold; 860-376-4081;but-tonwoodfarmicecream.com
Castle Hill Farm,
25 Sugar Lane, Newtown;203-426-5487; castlehillfarm.net
Ekonk Hill Turkey FarmCorn Maze,
227 Ekonk Hill Rd., Moosup;860-564-0248; getlostinthe-maze.com
Ellsworth Farm,
461 Cornwall Bridge Rd.,Route 4, Sharon; 860-364-0025; ellsworthfarm.com
Fort Hill Farms,
260 Quaddick Rd., Thompson;860-923-3439; forthillfarms.com
Foster Family Farm,
90 Foster St., South Windsor;860-648-9366; fosterfarm.com
Garden’s Dream Farm,
355 Taylor Rd., Enfield; 860-835-6652; gardensdream.com
Lyman Orchards,
32 Reeds Gap Rd., Middlefield;860-349-1566; lymanor-chards.com
Plasko’s Farm,
670 Daniels Farm Rd.,Trumbull; 203-268-2716;plaskosfarm.com
Scantic Valley Farm,
327 9th District Rd., Somers;860-749-3286; scanticvalley-farm.com
Wells Hollow Farm,
656 Bridgeport Ave., Shelton;203-926-0101; wellshollow-creamery.com
 A-maze-ingLocal Farms
Last year’s corn maze at Ekonk Hill Turkey Farm in Moosup.
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August 29, 2013
Kids World
 Hersam Acorn Newspapers  
Michael R. Marks, MD MBA, of Westport,spokesperson of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, provides the followingtips on backpacks. Dr. Marks is also vice pres-ident of business development at NorwalkHospital and president, Norwalk HospitalPhysicians & Surgeons.1) Most injuries that occur are muscular innature. They occur mostly in the upperback but to some extent in the lower back.It is rare for children/adolescents to injurea disk carrying their backpack.2) Most backpack-related injuries are due toimproper wearing and packing of the pack.Shoulder soreness comes from wearing thepack only on one shoulder, or using a packwith straps that are too thin. A/C jointproblems come from similar problems withthe straps going across the joint with directforce. Wearing the pack too low or wearinga pack that is too large (sits too low on thebody) can cause bruising to the lower but-tocks and upper thighs.3) There is no significant correlation betweenage/gender, with the exception that theyoungest children seem to be wearingpacks that are truly too big for them. Anelementary school child should not bewearing a pack that was designed for ahigh school student.4) Parents have a great deal of concernbecause of the large number of books thatthe children cart back and forth to school.Backpacks should be just that — a methodto transport books. They shouldn’t be sur-vival kits. There is no reason a child shouldbe carrying around their books all day longthrough school or have unnecessary itemsin the pack. They should be left in theirlocker.5) Backpacks have no correlation with creat-ing or worsening scoliosis (an old wive’stale). Many companies have created back-packs on wheels. These seem to have cre-ated even more problems than traditionalbackpacks as they are even heavier to liftand in crowded hallways there is no roomfor a backpack on wheels. Some childrenhave tripped over them while runningthrough the hallways. Additionally, itputs more stress on the low back to haveyour body slightly turned and draggingsomething behind you. Ask any travelerthrough airports.6) The best way to prevent injuries is to “Packit right, wear it right.” Put the heaviestand largest books closest to your back.Have well-padded straps pulled tightlyso the packs sit between your shoulderblades and use the belt strap to preventthe pack from bouncing back and forth.The Sherpas in the Himalayas don’t seemto have a problem carrying heavy loads.It isn’t suggested that children carry theseheavy packs all day long, but they certainlycan transport their needs to and fromschool. The schools must give the kidstime to use their lockers.7) If your child is having back pain that youthink is related to their backpack, makean appointment to see your pediatricianor an orthopaedist who understands backinjuries. Bring the backpack with you andlet the physician show the proper methodof wearing it.
Tips on properbackpack useto avoid injury
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