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Photo Art by Jack Karlie October 2000 - The Very First Article in The Peoples' Press It's your write to Ex-Press Yourself! By Dawn A. N-Reynolds Editor We would like to take this opportunity to thank the contributors to this, the first edition of The People's Press. We have been pleasantly overwhelmed by the support we have received from the small group of advertisers we have contacted, the individuals that submitted articles or personal thoughts and the various town agencies that have supported our efforts. Thank You! Our goal is to put out a paper written by you the reader that highlights your hopes, dreams, your good times, your good fortunes and especially your creative expressions. In addition we hope to be a window to the local arts. We would like to do our small part to help the arts flourish within our significant communities. Lastly, we wish to offer ideas to you and your family for more good times, information and inspiration. If you are interested in submitting for the next edition, the deadline is October 30, 2000.

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October Special Events
Parent's Night Out - Night on the Town This program is designed especially for children in grades K – 6. The program will take place every other Friday night from 6:30 – 9:30 PM. Kids will enjoy pizza and juice, games in the gymnasium, and swimming in the pool, while you spend some quality time together, without the kids! Registration is required! Members: $15.00 Program Members: $25.00 October 5th & 16th Friday Night Family Fit Club In addition to our weekly family gym and swim time, join us for Friday Night Family Fit Club: a time where families can spend quality time together doing fun, healthy and fit activities. Free to Members Program Members: $10.00 per family October 12th Family Yoga Halloween Overnight A night of thrills and chills! - October 27th Youth and Teens come and join us for a "ghoulishly" fun overnight! The fun begins at 7PM on Saturday evening and keeps hopping until 9AM on Sunday morning. Arrive in costume and enjoy a ghostly scavenger hunt, a costume show, splashingly fun swim adventure (bring your suits) and fall asleep listening to ghostly storytelling. Take a journey through our spook house if you DARE! Breakfast will be provided. Members: $50 Program Members: $55 A Day of Howling Fun! Ghouls & goblins of all ages come for an afternoon of creepy crafts, spooky stories, and ghoulish games. Don't forget to wear your costumes and be prepared to do some trick or treating around the YMCA. Sunday October 21st 1:00 - 4:00PM

Individualized Programs Personal Training, The Running Coach Mind & Body P i l a t e s , Yo g a Adult Basketball League Indoor Cycling Group Fitness Cardio & Strength Classes Aqua Fitness Especially for Seniors Senior Group Strength Training, Senior Brunch & Games, Smooth Moves

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Our November issue comes out on October 30th and the submission deadline is October 23rd!
What you need to know!
Official opening of the Quinnipiac Linear Trail Pictured L to R Joe Zajac, Chair of Quinnipiac Linear Trail Committee; Michael Rohde, City Councilor, member of committee.

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Girl Scout Earns her Silver Award Through her Hard Efforts and Great Love!
Tori Sheldon set out to earn her Girl Scout Silver Award, by toiling in earnest towards a goal she is passionate about: the voiceless, abandoned fur-children in her hometown of Wallingford, CT. Tori logged in countless hours organizing and collecting donations at Stop and Shop, All Pets Club, and PetCo. Wow! What a donation it was! I was over the moon with all the gifts which we are always in need of and very grateful for. Tori also handmade gorgeous blankets and pillows for the fur-children, adding her special love to each stitch. To see a young lady giving so much from her heart truly offers such great faith in the next generation! I cannot express how impressed I am by all she has done, so very well. One young person making such an amazing difference! I am doubly impressed by her perception, as she spoke to me with wisdom about the Gift of witnessing the caring hearts of others that donated towards her cause. She spoke of a man leaving Stop and Shop, that donated the litter he had just purchased for his own kitty. The mother and daughter that drove home, and then returned to donate some blankets, one a favorite fleece blanket that belonged to one child in the family. The mom and child that gingerly placed each can of dog food, lovingly in the donation bin. The little boy proudly handing over his bag of puppy treats with a pleased smile. The gift of human care is a priceless gift to witness: the silver lining to Tori's Girl Scout Silver Award. To all those that donated, and to Stop and Shop, PetCo, and All Pet's Club, a big, warm Thank You! To all the other wonderful folks that gift us with supplies; I thank you as well. You all make a difference, something each good heart hopes to do. To Tori's parents, I say thank you for raising a child with such a loving heart towards those in need. You've gifted her with an altruistic heart, which in turn gifts the world. Kudos! To Tori, I say…your award was one of silver. Yet, to the furkids and those of us that daily see their plight .. YOU, will forever be Golden! Blessings and thanks, Lisa and the "fur-kids" - Wallingford Animal Shelter 203 294-2180

Celebrations of Life and Home

Wallingford Public Library News
You will note that we are limited in what we can offer since we are still under construction. We are hoping construction will be completed later this fall. Today they are pouring the new sidewalk out in front which will make my walk to work infinitely easier! Adult Programs at the Wallingford Public Library for October 2007: Coffee Talk Wednesday, October 10th 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. Small Conference Room "Coffee Talk" is an informal book discussion group where you can relax and talk about books. Come and engage in stimulating conversation about books, characters and plot. It's a great way to share ideas and meet people with similar interests and interesting perspectives. We will be talking about the novel, "The Highest Tide" by Jim Lynch. Books are available from the Information Desk. Refreshments will be served. Once all of the construction is complete we will be able to resume our children's programming and continue with additional adult programs and events. I will give you a complete building update within the next week.

Andrew, Sunday, October 7th is your very special first birthday! Hope it is as happy and wonderful as you are! We love you. Love, Mommy, Daddy, Gramma and Grampas

Autumn Hike in Wallingford
The Wallingford Land Trust will have a guided Autumn Hike on Saturday October 20th at Orchard Glen/Spruce Glen Properties 2:00 off of Barnes Park North off of Route 68. It's moderately strenuous, hilly, with stream crossings and uneven terrain. This woodland walk will visit two adjoining land trust properties with fall foliage, mushrooms, wildflowers, birds, streams and a waterfall on a well-marked trail. Land Trust members will act as guides. There will be a Trail Work Day that morning at 9:00 at the same site with lunch to follow. If interested please contact WLT President Joe Palazzi at 284-0116 or Leader David Ellie at 269-9779. For more information on the Land Trust, please check www.wallingfordlandtrust.org.

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Mayor's Corner - Wallingford
Dear Friends: Every month has many opportunities for enjoyment and encouragement of good health. Everyone has problems and difficulties that at times come in waves. Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn says, "You can't stop the waves, but you can learn to surf." There are at least two events in October full of enjoyment and healthy activity. One is Red Ribbon Week, the week of October 23rd to October 31st. During that week we encourage good decisions. On October 23rd, a public event with students from the public schools will highlight the need for everyone to set a good example and stay away from drugs and alcohol. Red Ribbons will be distributed to advertise the importance of the week. The other event is the 30th Annual Wallingford Road Race. On Saturday, October 13th, the "Fishbein 4 Mile" for serious runners will start at 9:00 a.m. at North Elm Street and Christian Street. The Fun Run starts at 9:15 a.m. and the School Relay at 10:30 a.m. Johanna Fishbein continues to be the inspiration for these races. The relay races have relay teams from the elementary schools competing with one another! So, if the waves keep coming and you can't surf, at least run through the water and laugh with everyone else. Sincerely, William W. Dickinson, Jr. Mayor

Drinking Tea
Drinking tea, January, sitting with my grandmother Talking about the weather, in New England, The sky the color of frost, snow in the air; I drink my tea the color of crimson Against the blank whiteness of my cup, Steam rising, forming clouds Above the table. I drink my tea, feeling its hot smoothness Soothe my throat, Warm my insides. Remembering the heat of the summer sun, The nip of Autumn, In the bitterness of winter. I remember licking the white crystals of snow As they fell in January, 1984, Covering the ground with a blanket, Playing with my hair, Kissing my eyelashes, With winter roses blooming in my cheeks. Waiting every winter for the snow to fall, Impatiently, full of hope. Wanting the earth to glisten as it had done before, When I was younger. Remembering being small, before school, Sitting where I sit now, Drinking my tea, White like the snow, with milk, Sweet, with crystals like snowflakes, of sugar. Too sweet to drink, as I think of it Now; But I drank it anyway, With my grandmother.

Drinking tea, I burn my tongue As I have done before, Scorching it red Making it numb, unable to feel or taste. Afraid to take another sip, Of hurting myself more, I bring the sup to my mouth, Only tasting the tea in my exhale, After it has slipped down my throat. I wonder how my grandmother Can drink tea As hot as summer And not get burned, As I do. Turning on the kettle, Feeling it's steamy warmth in my dry hands, I pull out a thick, ceramic mug. A white one. Feeling it's smooth coldness, It reminds me of the snow. I look out the kitchen window To the dry winter grass, Frozen, Covered with crunchy frost, No snow. I pour steaming water over the tea bag, As it urgently bobs to the top. I give it a few dunks in the boiling bath And cautiously fish it out of the cup. I drink my tea there, By the window, Waiting for the snow, As I have done before, And will do again, Without my grandmother. For Alice Hutchinson By Kristen L. Melillo

Mayor's Corner - Meriden
Dear Friends, I hope you are enjoying the warm Fall weather. The City of Meriden has an array of programs available for all our citizen's enjoyment. The Trailblazer Hiking Program returns on Thursdays for six scenic hikes throughout Meriden. The 2007 Autumn Fest will take place on Saturday, October 20th from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM at Hubbard Park. Hayrides, children's entertainment, arts and crafts, and several refreshments will be available. Children ages 12 and under who bring a canned or boxed food item will select a pumpkin from the "Peoples Press Pumpkin Patch." We will also, once again, have the annual Halloween House Decorating Contest. Please call the Parks and Recreation Department at 630-4259 to enter your home. Castle Craig is open daily through October 31st from 10:00 AM to 4:45 PM, weather permitting. On October 4th, you can view Meriden under the lights from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM. We do hope you will join us for Halloween at City Hall from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM on Wednesday, October 31st. You can get a special bag for candy collection at the Meriden Public Library before coming to City Hall. The Indoor Public Swim Program will begin at Maloney High School on Monday, October 1st. The pool will be open on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursdays from 6:30 PM to 7:45 PM and Saturdays and Sundays from 12:00 PM to 3:45 PM. The Co-Ed adult recreation Volleyball Program will take place every Wednesday night at the Meriden YMCA from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM. The program will run from October 10th through March 20th and there is a one time $35.00 registration fee. I had an opportunity to tour the new Lowe's Plaza. This nineteen acre retail site will soon be home to a new Ocean State Job Lot and Lowes. It will also retain longstanding tenants including Valencia Liquors. Lowe's will open its 130,000 square foot store this January. Lowe's alone will cost over 12 million dollars and bring 120 new jobs to our City. In closing, Meriden said good bye to a dear friend, excellent leader, and an inspiration to all of us. I wish the Szymaszek family peace and happiness. Meriden will never forget Rob Szymaszek. Thanks for all the great memories. Sincerely, Mark D. Benigni


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It's Flu Season, Cover That Sneeze, Stay Healthy
Submitted by the Wallingford Health Department Changing seasons, changing temperatures also means changing our attitude about personal health. Is it just a cough, just a sneeze or is it really influenza? I'm sure we have all heard people say that they don't get the "Flu shot" because you can get the flu from the vaccine. NOT TRUE! Each year the strain of influenza changes, so each year there is a new strain of vaccine to prevent the Flu. The vaccine contains noninfectious killed viruses and cannot cause the flu. If you are already developing a respiratory illness such as a cold, this illness may present after you receive your vaccine but it is unrelated to the vaccine. Getting the Flu Vaccine is no guarantee that you won't get the Flu! Hand hygiene (proper and frequent hand washing), covering your sneeze or cough with a tissue (use it once and toss it) or your shirt sleeve will help stop the spread of viruses. Catch it before it spreads! The best time to receive the flu vaccine is during October or November, early in the season to prevent the illness from developing. The flu vaccine is the primary method for preventing influenza and its potential severe complications. Epidemics of influenza typically occur during winter months and have been responsible for an average of 36,000 deaths per year in the US. Who should get the flu vaccine? Persons aged 50 or older, young children, individuals with chronic medical conditions, people who work with the public, and all medical professionals. Individuals with a known allergy to eggs or persons currently experiencing an acute illness should not receive the flu vaccine. In addition to the flu vaccine, persons 65 years and older or individuals with suppressed immune system should also receive the pneumonia vaccine. Both vaccines may be given at the same time. Unlike the flu vaccine, the pneumonia vaccine is generally given only once, unless your primary provider indicates that a one-time revaccination is required. So go out and enjoy the crisp air, but be safe, be smart and over That Cough! Make sure you COVER YOUR COUGH or Sneeze with your bent arm (imagine pulling a cape up to your mouth like Bat Man) so as not to spread the germs in your hand. We call that proper cough etiquette. For vaccine clinic schedules, contact the Wallingford Health Dept. at 294-2065, the Wallingford VNA at 269-1475 or the CT ALA 1-888-NO-TO-FLU.

Celebrations of Life and Home

Happy 1st Birthday Owen! We love you so much! Love, Mommy, Daddy, Connor, Joey and Simon

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Crafters Needed
SS. Peter & Paul Orthodox Church in Meriden is holding a Holiday Extravaganza on November 3, 2007. Crafters and local artisans will be present. In addition, the Church will open up its kitchen specializing in a variety of ethnic foods. There will be a tea cup raffle as well. The craft show will run from 9:00 am -3:00 p.m. It will be held at St. Peter & Paul's Community Center located at 305 Center Street, Meriden, CT. For information and crafter registration, please contact Linda Craig @ 203-269-9759.

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Dear Housewives - Central Connecticut's Know It All Gals
Dear Readers, Do you have a question regarding family life, budgeting, customer service issues, DVD or book reviews, or home organization? We will give you our candid advise from a family perspective. Contact The Peoples Press by e-mail or phone with your confidential question and we will answer it in the next issue. June and Flora Dear Housewives, My step daughter is having her first child in November. I always wanted to be called Nana. The 'other' grandmother was OK with that until recently when she now wants to be called Nana. We both have the same last name initial too. This is becoming an issue. Please advise. Nana D in CT FLORA: I say you both can be called Nana. I had Grandma W... and Grandma B.... Since you are both Nana D's perhaps to distinguish you can be called Nana "Teresa" and she can be called Nana "Sue". Suggest it in this way: "Sue, how would you feel if I went by Nana "Teresa"?" It's too bad that some people have to complicate things...June? JUNE: Yeah, I see no reason to complicate this. You can both be Nana. Just my opinion but what is the deal with this whole Nana, Noni, Nunu, Gigi, Riri, Ramadamading Dong thing? What ever happened to Grandma this and Grandma that? I never had any of these fancy names for my Grandma and Grandpa and now they are Great-Grandma and Great Grandpa to my kids. What do you call a Nana when she is a great? Is it Great Nana? Maybe Granny #2 would stick with the traditions and be a Grandma. I think it is much cooler. Good luck and congrats! Dear Housewives, I work in an office and there is a coworker of mine that passes gas daily, multiple times during the day. There is no "excuse me". At first I felt like laughing but now I am annoyed. I leave and go to the restroom when I feel one coming on. How do I deal with this very awkward situation? Joe trapped in the Cubicle JUNE: Dear Joe, I have a question? How do you feel a fart of another "coming on"? Okay, seems pretty strange to me but the whole question stinks. Sorry, no pun intended. It just grosses me out. Who the hell, as an adult, "passes gas" at work repeatedly? And, what would an excuse me do for the situation? It wouldn't make it any better or more polite. How about tooty there get some sort of gas pills or learn how to hold it in until he/she gets into their vehicle and drives away. Talk to your boss. They get the big bucks to tell tooty to cut it out, no pun intended. That is gross! FLORA: Joe, your question made me laugh but gassing in public in no laughing matter. I would suggest to you to take the brave step and approach the gasser and privately tell him that you and others hear the gassing and that it is not culturally acceptable to gas in that manner. Tell him about anti-gas products (or just leave a package on his desk as a hint). If you can't approach him, go with June's suggestion and tell the boss. June, I think Joe was referring to himself when he 'felt one coming on'.

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Poem written in memory of my grandfather KENNETH MARSHALL Little angel spread your wings Fly down to save those in pain. Your tears do damage. But your heart revived. This bittersweet moments in time will never be forgotten. I trusted you to hold my hand to tell me everything would be okay. But you took his life. You hurt us all. I know it's better now, now that he's free of pain. So hold him close. Show him Love. And keep him safe until We fly with him up above. Silver Walker The Fall of Summer Ah! October has come at last; Emerald leaves are changing fast. Vivid colors of gold, red and brown; Float ever so gently to the ground. Furry critters scurry to and fro; Gathering goodies as they go. Autumn is a wondrous time of year; So, let's all enjoy it while it's here. George Arndt If you are one of the very few that sees me behind what I show the world then please tread lightly Kindness, truth and giving will touch me and I will answer with compassion, honesty and feeling The sharing can be amazing The passion white hot But ... If you found me by accident then let the temptation to manipulate pass … Walk away without a trace

of your discovery For fragile and vulnerable is what lies within ~ unprotected my heart hides nothing and I can be broken easily So If you find me Please ... Tread lightly By Sissy Vaughn The Snowdrop By Phyllis Head Appearing through the wintry soil She comes with resolute constancy, The prelude of an early Spring: Bows her head ingenuously, To hide a translucent beauty in a down turned face to endear us all. Carlos, 1982 Our Coming Season George Arndt There is a field of tender grass where rainbow flowers speckle it. We've walked through it barefooted; leaving traces of us, as we pass. There are leaves of brown and gold that flutter gently to the ground. You and I have trampled in them; hand and hand in merriment, untold. I've seen the glistening winter snow brought in on November winds. You and I have held one another; warming each, to a pinkish glow. And now I smell the blossoms that soon will be blooming forth. Then you and I will share the fruit, savoring tastes--yet to come. Michael Cole's poetry A contrasting poem YESTERDAY, TODAY AND TOMORROW Yesterday always was Today always is Tomorrow is always coming. Tomorrow never comes Today never ends Yesterday willl never be too far away. REFLECTION The cat, it sat watching a hat, A hat, that sat, on a cat. This cat sat, watching that cat, With a hat on its back.

Our Lady of Fatima - Craft Fair Nov. 10
A craft fair will take place on Saturday, November 10, from 9am to 3pm in the parish hall of Our Lady of Fatima Church, 382 Hope Hill Road, Yalesville. Over 20 tables of local crafters. Raffles, bake sale, lunch kitchen will be available. Hall is handicapped accessible. The public is invited.

What you need to know!
Official opening of the Quinnipiac Linear Trail Pictured L to R Joe Zajac, Chair of Quinnipiac Linear Trail Committee; Michael Rohde, City Councilor, member of committee.

Colonial Christmas Fair
Saturday, November 3, 2007 Relax for the holidays. Center Congregational Church, Meriden has been working hard to make life easier for you this holiday season. Come and shop for your decorations, gifts, and baked goods. We have created beautiful hand made crafts to decorate your home. We have been sewing, gluing, twisting, stuffing and painting all summer to fill the tables of our next fair, coming soon. We will have home made baked goods and there will be apple pies baking all day, just for you. Have a sample, or take home a whole pie for your freezer, to heat and serve on your special holiday. Your company will think you worked in the kitchen all day. You will find handmade items, including Christmas ornaments, house decorations, and special gifts as you wander around to the different booths. Join us for a mid-morning snack of coffee and sticky buns, or relax and enjoy a cup of our home made soup with a sandwich for lunch. Then take the "Cookie Walk" where you can gather up your favorite cookies to fill your freezer and make the holidays deliciously easy. We will have pecans fresh from Georgia and cheese direct from Vermont, it doesn't get any fresher than this. With giant specialty theme baskets, a Tea Cup Auction, Craft tables, and a Tag Sale which includes baby clothes, we have something for everyone. There will also be unique activities to occupy the children, and our book sale is always an event. Proceeds from the Fair will be used to help maintain our historic church building, contribute to activities for our youth, and to further local and worldwide ministries. Come join us for this fun day. Center Congregational Church is located at the corner of Broad and East Main Streets, Meriden, park in the back and come in the side door. The Fair will be open from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM on November 3, 2007.

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SWCD Annual Meeting: Wingmasters The Southwest Conservation District will sponsor a special event for the 61st Annual Meeting on Monday, October 29th at 7:00 at the Milford City Hall (City Hall Chambers) on 110 River Street. Take I 91 south to I 95 south and exit 39A. After a brief meeting and special award presentations, the special live birds of prey program will follow. The program will feature Julie Collier and live ‘North American Birds of Prey’ from Wingmasters of Springfield, Mass. The program will feature the following raptors: Golden Eagle ‘Lakota’, American Kestrel ‘Massachusett’, Red Tailed Hawk ‘Aquinnah’, Northern Saw-Whet Owl ‘Chippewa’, Barred Owl ‘Moodus’, Great Horned Owl ‘Osamequin’, Eastern Screech Owl ‘Sachem’. Wingmasters focus is to increase public awareness of North American Birds of Prey. Julie Ann Collier and Jim Parks are licensed raptor rehabilitators based in Springfield Mass. They provide a home for these raptors which cannot be released into the wild for various reasons and use them for educational programs throughout New England. In addition you will be able to view Julie’s artwork and Jim’s photos of these magnificent birds, samples of which can be viewed on the Wingmasters website: www.wingmasters.net For more information, please call Ellie Tessmer at SWCD 269-7509x710 or swcd43emt@sbcglobal.net. The meeting is open to the public and especially families. photo: Barred Owl and Julie Collier by Carole Golitko

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PRAYER TO The Blessed Virgin: Never known to fail. Oh most beautiful power of Mt. Carmel, Fruitful Vine, Splendor of Heaven, Blessed Mother of the Son of God, Immaculate Virgin, assist me in my necessity. Oh Star of the Sea, help me and show me that you are my mother. Oh Holy Mary, Mother of God, Queen of Heaven and earth, I humbly seek you from the bottom of my heart to secure me in my necessity. (Make your request). There are none that can withstand your pwer. Oh Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee (3 times). Holy Mary, I place this prayer in your hands (3 times). Say this prayer for three consecutive days and then you must publish it and it will be granted to you. Grateful Thanks. C.P.L.

PRAYER TO The Blessed Virgin: Never known to fail. Oh most beautiful power of Mt. Carmel, Fruitful Vine, Splendor of Heaven, Blessed Mother of the Son of God, Immaculate Virgin, assist me in my necessity. Oh Star of the Sea, help me and show me that you are my mother. Oh Holy Mary, Mother of God, Queen of Heaven and earth, I humbly seek you from the bottom of my heart to secure me in my necessity. (Make your request). There are none that can withstand your pwer. Oh Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee (3 times). Holy Mary, I place this prayer in your hands (3 times). Say this prayer for three consecutive days and then you must publish it and it will be granted to you. Grateful Thanks. P.A.

PRAYER TO The Blessed Virgin: Never known to fail. Oh most beautiful power of Mt. Carmel, Fruitful Vine, Splendor of Heaven, Blessed Mother of the Son of God, Immaculate Virgin, assist me in my necessity. Oh Star of the Sea, help me and show me that you are my mother. Oh Holy Mary, Mother of God, Queen of Heaven and earth, I humbly seek you from the bottom of my heart to secure me in my necessity. (Make your request). There are none that can withstand your pwer. Oh Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee (3 times). Holy Mary, I place this prayer in your hands (3 times). Say this prayer for three consecutive days and then you must publish it and it will be granted to you. Grateful Thanks. J.C.N.

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By Phyllis S. Donovan Back when I was a college girl, I went one summer with my roommate to wait on table in a small restaurant on Nantucket to earn money to pay for my school books and expenses. Up until that time, growing up in the Berkshires, I had only seen the ocean once in my life before boarding the ferry which took us 30 miles out to sea to spend the summer of our 20th year working on the island I would come to love. From the minute the boat skirted the lighthouse at Brant Point and nosed into the harbor, I was charmed by the island known as the "Grey Lady'. In those days, the cobblestone streets and grey shingled buildings harked back to the days of Quakers and whaling ships. The harbor was surrounded with a hodge-podge of workaday businesses and the Whaling Museum documenting its earliest industry, was an unappealing building with uninspired exhibits. Day trippers could pick up a rental bike at Young's Bicycle Shop to peddle around the island to get to the popular Jetties Beach or out to Surfside with its more challenging beaches. For the not so athletic, a sightseeing bus was available to take folks out to see Siasconset (Sconset), the village at the far end of the island with its rose-covered cottages and stop by some of the island's other attractions like the Oldest House, Old Windmill and Sankaty Lighthouse. Families could get a decent meal for not a lot of money at places like the Downyflake Donut Shop where we worked or other reasonabley priced eating establishments. Better healed visitors could dine at the White Elephant, Mad Hatter or even Sconset's Moby Dick. There was a movie theater right near Main Street where they showed the newest released movies (which ran for a week at a time) and we spent many an evening with our young crowd enjoying beach parties with bonfires and singalongs. (This was in the 1950s before drugs, sex and rock and roll.) Simple times, simple fun. Eventually, summer ended and we went back to school with warm memories of our special island in the sun. Fast forward a few years. My roommate married one of the local Nantucket boys and settled down out there to raise a family and run her own real estate agency. Our family would go out there from time to time to visit and every time we went, we saw how the island was changing. The harbor area was spruced up and gentrified. People were buying the old grey shingled cottages and fixing them up. Real estate was booming and strict rules were laid down as to what and where people could build. There isn't that much open space on an island that is barely 15 miles long and three miles wide.

Over the years, we have been back and forth fairly regularly, to hear a Boston Pops concert at the Jetties Beach or sail with our friends from Nantucket to Martha's Vineyard and back. But in the summer months, the island has increasingly become so loaded with tourists that a stroll up Main Street was like maneuvering the sidewalks of New York City it was so jammed and hectic. Stores were too crowded to get waited on (and the prices were so high out there, we mostly just looked and rarely bought.) Our friends were forced to shop for groceries late at night when the summer crowds were sleeping or partying. This year, my former roommate invited us and mutual friends from Pennsylvania who had never been to Nantucket, to visit Nantucket in September, after the bulk of the tourists had abandoned the place for home. Even the ferry ride over was more leisurely with barely one-third the people it carries at the peak of the season. Still, day-trippers were eager to sign up for the island sightseeing bus and Young's, after all these years, was still renting out bicycles. With first-time visitors in tow, our Nantucket hosts drove us all over the island, showing us parts of the island we hadn't seen in years. What an eye-opener! Even way out in the far reaches of the island, amid the moors which had been empty not so long ago, huge rambling houses have sprung up. Like the McMansions in upscape neighborhoods around here, they are far more house than any ordinary family would need. Some are as large as hotels. Yes, we know such well known people as Senator John Kerry, GE's Jack Welch and designer Tommy Hilfiger have island digs. But how do all those other people afford to build such enormous places out there, especially since they only use them a month or two (or less) out of the year. Just getting their vehicles over there by ferry costs an arm and a leg….if they can even get a reservation to take them along from the mainland. Our Pennsylvania friend, who also sells real estate, was amazed at the prices they are asking for most of those houses. Even a small Cape Cod or ranch (with the requisite grey shingle siding) start for over a million dollars or two. The larger places are going for seven, eight, and even 13 million. The lowest priced place in the ads was a shacky looking house selling for 750,000! Who buys these places …. And as second homes! Where do the local tradespeople live? Where do the waitresses and chambermaids and bartenders live? Young people who grew up on the island can't afford to live there these days. On a Saturday jaunt out to the airport while we women were checking out the shops, our husbands saw rows of trucks belonging to the plumbers, electricians, carpenters and others who work all week on the countless places that are being renovated (many of them gutted and/or moved once they're purchased). The trucks' owners had evidently flown home to the mainland to spend their weekend with their families. As island prices continue to escalate, who knows where it will end. I'm just happy that my introduction to Nantucket was back in simpler times when the quiet charm of the island was its main appeal. Now owning a summer place on the island seems to be a status symbol for those people who want to impress others. In spite of the social climbers, Nantucket is still a lovely place to visit. The one high point of our recent visit was finding the old Whaling Museum beautifully renovated by the Nantucket Historical Association. We were extremely pleased with the handsome exhibits, nifty gift shop, wonderful storyteller and film explaining how the bones of an authentic sperm whale hanging from the ceiling were salvaged from a whale that beached itself on a Nantucket beach several years ago. Seems even the whales think Nantucket is an ideal place for resting their weary bones. It was one of those perfect English autumnal days which occur more frequently in memory than in life. --P. D. James

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There's No Such Thing as a Bad Home Movie
by Bruce Manke In uncertain times, when the world may be falling apart at the seams, we instinctively draw our families closer. On a fireplace mantle, in ornate frames, are pictures of great-grandparents next to more modern frames with images of babies still swaddled and close-eyed. A burgeoning scrapbook on a coffee table details the family's history with pictures, letters, and other ephemera. It's good to spend some time with memories that evoke a soothing response. With the aging of the Boomer Generation has come an explosive renewal in the search for our family history, and as newly-appointed family archivists rummage in closets or attics, some find more than scalloped-edged photos and dusty postcards. The lucky ones find a shoebox filled with small reels of home movies; a cache of potentially astonishing power. The rummager may have an instant flood of recognition or may never have known they existed. But most certainly, there are likely to be a few generations that have never seen them, ever. Our parents made these films, and as our parents age, our children grow, and we want to connect the generations. The actual science of motion film was invented in 1887, but it wouldn't be until the early 1920s that average people the world over would be able to purchase cameras and make their own films. From that time on, the world was in love with "movies", and the movies loved us back by recording everyone and everything the lens saw from hundreds of thousands of units. Three film gauges dominated amateur collections from the 1920s to the mid 1970s. Though video tape mediums like VHS then took over as the popular choice because of its immediate results compared to film, video tape has taken the public on a costly joyride from one format to another over a much shorter span of years. Film, on the other hand, remained dependably the same for some fifty years; a pretty astounding record of performance. It's also one of the major reasons there's so much of it throughout the world today. Film archivist Bruce Manke, of Video Imagination in Wallingford is a local expert in film preservation and transfer. "Because family films reach back to the earlier parts of the 20th century, these images are historical primary sources now, and I remind everyone that their films have a price above rubies. There is something so visceral in watching films of yourself as a child, or your parents as young adults. It's the closest you'll come to being able to go back in time. There's a startlingly different emotional response between seeing a picture of your parent or yourself from an earlier time, and seeing a moving image of the same thing. The film is immeasurably more powerful. "Each collection can have unexpected surprises, said Mr. Manke. "I often played copies of my clients' films on a large screen at my shop. One day an older gentleman walked in, stood quietly in front of the screen as a 45 year-old black and white film of a newly married young couple played. He turned to me and said "that's Mary Cartwright. We buried her yesterday." I was astounded. He didn't know the man who took the films, and when I asked if her husband was still living, he said that Mrs. Cartwright was widowed many years ago." But she had a son. He came to the shop the next morning and watched the short film over and over. He never knew it existed, nor did his mother ever mention it, and even he didn't know the man who took it. It was a one-in-a-million circumstance. What were the chances that a friend of Mrs. Cartwright's would walk into my shop at the exact instant her wedding film was playing? Naturally, we made her son copies and introduced him to the man who had taken the films. It was a humbling moment. Some collections have a few downright lucky shots of what turn out to be truly historic moments. One client used to spirit her dad's camera out of the house and shoot a few minutes here and there. As her father was scolding her for taking the camera, she ignored him long enough to film a minute of something interesting she saw in the sky. It was the ill-fated Hindenburg passing over the shoreline of Milford, CT. There are many family films of JFK at Waterbury's Elton Hotel the night of his famous Election Eve visit in 1960; the Naugatuck Valley flood of 1955 and a devastating tornado in Waterville, CT in 1962. There hasn't been another time in history that an entire century has scenes of day to day life captured with the absolute realism of motion. Seeing these films a reel at a time is what people may be used to, but when you get to see everything in your collection played without interruption, there's an unexpectedly different emotional response. The room around you disappears and you're hurtled back in time. You live among those you see moving before your eyes. It's pretty intense for some people." Technological advances have driven part of the surge in interest to transfer and preserve family films. Less than a dozen years ago the cost to transfer these films to a digital format was prohibitive. "The advantage of film transfer to an easy-to-use medium such as DVD is practical and sensible" says Mr. Manke. "Once the movies are safely brought to another medium, the film collection can be enjoyed by everyone in the family without putting more wear and tear on the films themselves. "People are genuinely surprised to hear that their films can easily last for far more than a hundred years" according to Mr. Manke. "A tremendous amount of film I've worked with was recorded as far back as the mid 1920s. These films are already 85 years old and they're in terrific condition. From what I've seen, there's no reason to believe these films can't last another few lifetimes. Properly cleaned and stored, the films are nearly indestructible" says the film expert. So strong is the renewed interest in the art and cultural importance of family films that the Library of Congress is in the completion phase of opening The Center for Home Movies. Its purpose will be to collect and catalogue typical home movies from individuals who might otherwise throw their collections away. Mr. Manke's Video Imagination will be among those companies channeling donated family collections to the new Home Movie Center. Additionally, there is the increasingly popular National Home Movie Day. Mr. Manke served as the film technician for this year's Home Movie Day held in New Haven. The event is held worldwide. "What a great idea. We evaluated family films, and then we projected them in a small theatre environment. What a tremendous connection; families watching each other's films and enjoying it so much." Speaking of the value of Home Movie Day, an annual event since 2003, renowned filmmaker John Waters said, "There's no such thing as a bad home movie. These mini-underground-opuses are revealing, scary, joyous, always flawed, filled with accidental art and shout out from attics and closets all over the world to be seen again. Home Movie Day is …a chance for family memories to suddenly become show business." "Home movies are wonderfully entertaining," says Mr. Manke. "When someone tells me their film photography 'isn't that good', I remind them that even if the films are technically imperfect, they were handmade, personal, and cement a connection from past to present. Listen as you watch. You'll hear a family member telling you: 'This is a scene from long ago'."
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He sums it up this way: "Home Movies are more than an irreplaceable part of family history. They reveal a truth about our human condition that is so easily overlooked. I've transferred thousands of home movies from all over the world, and what I see is more of what's the same about everyone than what's so awfully different. It's too bad more people don't get a chance to see that for themselves. It would give us all a reason to be a little less fearful of each other. So, you see, John Waters comment is right on the money. There really is no such thing as a bad home movie." If a man . . . can paint a landscape, and convey into souls and ochres all the enchantments of Spring or Autumn; it is certain that the secret cannot be kept; the first witness tells it to a second, and men go by fives and tens and fifties to his doors. --Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.

Bobbie's Bevy of Beauties
Whatever is blooming now is what remains of the beauties of 2007. This gorgeous weather has certainly helped. Some rain would be an added plus. I'm tired of watering as I'm sure many of you are. Thought the Montauk daisy and chrysanthemums were late last year to come into bloom. They are still only buds and probably won't flower for at least another week. Let's hope some of the very cool nights stay away for a while. Difficult to visualize brown limp dead stalks instead of green foliage with many different kinds of colorful flowers on them. The tomatoes are still plentiful. If I don't make a sandwich or two out of them then I'll cut them into small chunks and add Italian dressing and pig out. Jimmy was released from the Southing Care Center on Sept. 13th. The recovery is too slow for him but he's doing very well. A nurse and physical therapist come to the house to check his vital signs and help with his exercises. Great gals. Climbing up and down stairs is nowhere as big a problem as we thought it might be. Of course driving right now is still a no no. Has some pain and stiffness but his doctor says his progress is very good. Just a matter of time. Prior to and when he came home I ended up with laryngitis, sinus infection and chest cold. Just what we needed. Finally much better now. Tahrah will have left us a year ago on Sept. 29th. Love her and miss her. LitlBit moved into our home and hearts on Oct. 8th. Almost a year now. Would bring him to visit Jimmy. He is so lovable. Had quite a fan club at the care center. When the next issue comes out I'm sure a lot of transplanting and cleanup will have been done. So until that next writing I will say good bye. Last but not least. A great big "Thank You" to family neighbors and friends. For the phone calls, cards, visits, food, picking up groceries and prescriptions, chauffeur service and even the weed whacking and mowing of our back lawn. And also the staff at his surgeon's office who sent a floral arrangement. Thanks again. "B and J" Flowercerely yours, Bobbie G. Vosgien

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The New Haven County Marshal's Association held a dinner meeting at Gaetano’s Tavern on Main in Wallingford, CT on September 27, 2007 to present several organizations with much needed funds. Checks were presented to: Boys and Girls Club, North Farms Volunteer Fire Dept., East Wallingford Volunteer Fire Dept., Yalesville Volunteer Fire Dept., Wallingford Wishing Well & The American Red Cross. Shown from the evening event is (L-R) Howard Marshall (President NHCMA), Mary Fritz (State Representative, Deputy Speaker), Judy Daus (Board of Directors WWW) accepting for the Wallingford Wishing Well, & Chris Holcomb (President WWW). The overwhelming generosity from the Marshall’s Association has again increased this year to provide even more money for these organizations.

Wallingford Historical Society Annual Meeting
The Wallingford Historical Society will hold it's annual meeting on October 17th in the basement of the First Baptist Church located at 114 South Main Street in Wallingford. The dinner will begin at 6:30pm followed by musical entertainment at 8pm. The Southington Chamber Singers will perform a selection of songs from American History including folk songs, spirituals and Broadway favorites. Everyone is welcome. Call 265-0313 for reservations.

Cat Lover's (Minnie Mouse)
To the people who adopted a cat at the Meriden Humane Society on May 4, 2007. Her name was "Minnie Mouse" and I would like to know how she is. The manager will not let me have your name or where you live. I miss her very much and hope she is doing well. Sorry, I gave you up Minnie! We all make mistakes in life. Your brothers and sisters are all fine and wish you were here. If the folks who adopted you could please let me know by calling 630-3474 or I would love to have a recent picture sent to me: Mary Morgan, 23 Randolph Court Apartment 1, Meriden 06451 I would really like it a lot. Take care Minnie Mouse and be good. I love you and miss you so much. Love you always! Love, "Mom" Mary Morgan

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Every so often someone or something comes into our life that makes a positive welcoming difference....Andy, Dawn and The People's Press has done just that. Thank You for all that you do and mostly for sincerely caring about others. In a world so intent on bringing negativity into our lives we need more papers like The Peoples Press!! Many Blessings! Brenda and Ernie Change is a measure of time and, in the autumn, time seems speeded up. What was is not and never again will be; what is is change.

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Saved by HU
By Isa Navarre Why does God send angels? When a simple 'miracle' could do the job, the personal touch leaves us with an undeniable, unarguable knowing that we've been blessed and that God really cares. I am alive today because of an angel. When my daughter, Emily, was two, we took a vacation in Kauai. The beach was as lovely as the photo of a postcard, only the people playing in the waves were mostly senior citizens. Beautiful Souls they were, nonetheless, as they laughed and splashed with delight. I stayed on the sand, struggling with a lifelong fear of ocean waves. As toddlers do, Emily pulled and tugged my hand, begging to go into the water. Finally, I relented. If the seniors could do it, so could we. I would be careful to stay close to them. Emily and I splashed through the waves' crest until

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we were just behind it. We held each other in an embrace as we were gracefully lifted up and down by the rolling swells. Soon my feet no longer touched the sand. No worry, I thought, I could just swim back to shore while holding Emily who was also supported by inflatable "floaties" on her arms. Strangely, my efforts were fruitless. I was drifting away from the other bathers and there was nothing I could do about it. Minutes later we were beyond the crescent of land that defined the beach, and moving steadily out to sea. I spun in circles, looking for anyone who might be swimming nearby. We were desperately alone, and too far away from anyone who might hear our cries for help. I panicked, certain now that my fear had been well founded and wondering why I hadn't "listened" and stayed out of the water. The adrenaline peaked and then dissipated leaving me drained. My muscles were shaking and felt rubbery. "Emily," I said, "Sing HU." "Why Mommy?" "Sing HU, just Sing HU," I answered breathlessly. My daughter began a sweet melody, singing the ancient word that we often sang together. HU is a love song to God and is sung with your heart as open as it can be, to receive divine love in return. I had no strength left to speak, let alone sing with her. Every ounce of my willpower was spent treading water. I knew Emily's floaties would keep her aloft indefinitely, but they could not support my weight. I wondered how many minutes more I had left, and decided I'd let go my daughter so that she would have a chance to survive. Meanwhile, I listened to Emily's HU, and asked for help with my thoughts. "Would you like a lift back to shore?" The voice came from a swimmer who approached from behind me, holding a boogie board. Where did he come from? I didn't care. I nodded and grabbed the board with my last ounce of strength. Shortly, we were back on the sand. Emily ran onto the beach while I collapsed. Never before had I felt so exhausted. I'd noticed our rescuer was wearing blue swimming trunks, but when I looked up a second time to thank him, he was gone. The beach was too wide for him to disappear. I asked a nearby bather if she had seen him, and she had not. When I regained my strength I scoured the beach looking for him, wanting to express my gratitude. I never saw him again. God could have answered my prayer by reversing the riptide so we would be carried back to shore. He could have ceased the sea-bound current so I could swim back myself. Instead, he sent an angel-who could swim against the backward flow and tow us to safety. Why? I believe the answer lies in the question itself. When we are asked to ponder such unanswerables, we become the seeker. Our curiosity about life becomes like a current that may guide us from church to church, book to book, to study group to personal, spiritual exploration. On our journey, we become closer to God. Whether it's by singing HU or through any other method, developing that closeness opens our heart to divine love-and any miracle we might need. Believe in yourself, your neighbors, your work, your ultimate attainment of more complete happiness. It is only the farmer who faithfully plants seeds in the Spring, who reaps a harvest in Autumn. --B. C. Forbes

What you need to know!

The New Haven County Marshal's Association held a dinner meeting at Gaetano’s Tavern on Main in Wallingford, CT on September 27, 2007 to present several organizations with much needed funds. Checks were presented to: Boys and Girls Club, North Farms Volunteer Fire Dept., East Wallingford Volunteer Fire Dept., Yalesville Volunteer Fire Dept., Wallingford Wishing Well & The American Red Cross. Shown from the evening event is (L-R) Howard Marshall (President NHCMA), Mary Fritz (State Representative, Deputy Speaker), Judy Daus (Board of Directors WWW) accepting for the Wallingford Wishing Well, & Chris Holcomb (President WWW). The overwhelming generosity from the Marshall’s Association has again increased this year to provide even more money for these organizations.

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Annual Meeting of Meriden Children First and debate for Board of Education Candidates
The Meriden public is cordially invited to attend the annual meeting of the Meriden Children First Initiative. The event will be held on Wednesday, October 17, 6:30 p.m. at the Curtis Cultural Center. The evening will include: " Introduction of the 2008 Meriden Children First Board of Directors. " Status of 2007 priority issues and presentation 2008 priorities for Meriden children and families. " Recognition of this year's 'Children's Champions'. " Celebration of ten years of quality preschool through the School Readiness Program, and a special tribute to the Meriden preschool teacher of the year. The annual meeting will be immediately followed by a lively debate of those candidates running for the Meriden Board of Education. Refreshments will be provided. On-site professional childcare is available upon request. To RSVP or more information about the event, contact David Radcliffe at Children First at 630-3566 or via email at dwradcliffe@juno.com

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The Augusta Curtis Cultural Center that is!! 175 East Main Street, Meriden The Augusta Curtis Cultural Center (ACCC) is looking for volunteers to organize special events, instruct classes, be doscents of the Center, and many other tasks. If you are interested in volunteering for the ACCC please contact Staci at 230-6392856. The ACCC will be hosting "Tricks, Treats, and ARTS" on Sunday, October 28th from 2pm to 4pm and is looking for Pumpkin Carvers and Scarecrow makers. We want to bring the art of Halloween to Meriden's Arts and Cultural Center. There will be a prize for the most creative & artistic costume awarded.

Event is for ages 4 to 6, and there will be a costume parade, treats for everyone, Halloween Tattoos, and so much more....... Holiday display will begin at the Center on November 10th and continue through Dec. 5th. Trees, wreaths, and centerpieces are needed for the display. If interested in decorating an item for the Silent Auction it must be dropped off either Nov. 8th or 9th. Display will be open daily from Nov. 29th through Dec. 4th 11am to 8pm. Call for times on all other days. Show your support for the Arts Community and come out and enjoy the display and place a bid for your favorite tree or other Holiday item. All non-profits participating in display will receive half of the proceeds that there item brings in. What a great gift for the Holidays, all items can be picked up on Dec. 5th if your bid is the winner. In order to have display open we will need volunteers to be on hand at the display, if interested in being a part of this volunteer group give us a call at 203-639-2856 or e-mail us at accc@ci.meriden.ct.us. We are also looking for instructors to do Holiday themed classes, such as floral arrangements, tree decorating, meal presentation, and many more......... We need you to get involved!!! The ACCC is a wonderful place to experience Arts & Culture at its best. Our volunteer guild only makes us stronger in what we can be to this community, so get involved in anyway you can and support all that can be good about The Augusta Curtis Cultural Center!! Check out our website at www.curtisculturalcenter.org to see all the upcoming events. We want everyone to know and to be involved in what is happening.........."AT THE AUGUSTA"

Meriden Public Library News and Events
DR. KANE TO PRESENT PROGRAM -"REVERSING DIABETES" OCTOBER 17 Meriden Public Library will host a special appearance by naturopathic physician Dr. Michael Kane of the Connecticut Center for Health on Wednesday, October 17 at 6:30 p.m. His topic will be "Reversing Diabetes". Everyone is invited to attend. The incidence of diabetes is on the rise in the United States with an estimated 18 million people diagnosed with the blood sugar regulation disease. It is the sixth leading cause of death and direct medical costs exceed $90 billion dollars annually. These alarming health statistics are of concern for all. But most concerning is the surge of youth who are diagnosed with this dis-

ease. Inactivity, poor diet and lifestyle choices are major factors indicated in the development of this illness. Come join us to learn how you can start the process of "Reversing Diabetes" naturopathic physician Dr. Michael Kane will present the "natural" prevention and treatment options for those concerned about diabetes. The program is free and the public is invited to attend. Since seating is limited, free registration is requested by calling (203) 630-6349, sending an email to: comsvc@hotmail.com or by signing up online at the library calendar at www.meridenlibrary.org "BENEFITS OF MASSAGE THERAPY" PROGRAM OCTOBER 24 AT MERIDEN PUBLIC LIBRARY Meriden Public Library will host the program "The Benefits of Massage Therapy" with licensed massage therapist Carol Radzunas on October 24 at 6:30 p.m. in the Griffin Meeting Room. Ms. Radzunas will present information about massage therapy including the history and medical advances in this field. Several licensed massage therapists will be assisting Ms. Radzunas by offering massages to anyone in the audience. Ms. Radzunas was trained at the Connecticut Center for Massage Therapy in their medical massage therapy program and interned at Hartford Hospital. She is certified in Orthopedic Massage and is a certified personal trainer with the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Radzunas is also a member of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA). This program will be part of organization's National Massage Therapy Awareness Week, October 21-27, 2007. The AMTA is a professional association of more than 56,000 members. All members must demonstrate a level of skill and knowledge through education and/or testing and must meet continuing education requirements to retain their membership. The AMTA provides information about massage therapy to the public and helps consumers and healthcare professionals locate qualified massage therapists nationwide through their free locater service. The program is free and the public is invited to attend. Free registration is requested by calling (203) 630-6349, by sending an email to comsvc@hotmail.comor by signing up at the library online calendar at www.meridenlibrary.org. Once in a young lifetime one should be allowed to have as much sweetness as one can possibly want and hold. ~Judith Olney

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Nature as a Mirror
by Dorothy Gonnick GRASSHOPPERS Hordes of grasshoppers Chewing ripened fields of grain, Devastating crops. The recent lack of rain has caused our garden to suffer, evidenced by the drooping plants and flowers and the dusty soil. The garden hose has brought refreshing moisture and new vigor to the plants with a promise of fresh veggies soon. Sparse rain has also brought memories of the 1930's and widespread drought throughout the Midwest. The dry, parched soil of our Iowa farm constantly blew into the house and settled on everything, so dusting was an everyday chore that seemed such a futile task. The absence of rain was bad enough, but the horde of grasshoppers was horrid. They stripped the grains of wheat and oats in the field and were everywhere. They found their way into the house, and to Mom's dismay began chewing on the pongee dining room curtains. Pongee is fabric made of raw silk, so it was very tasty to those grasshoppers. Getting rid of the grasshoppers was a disgusting job; catching them and feeling their scratchy legs against our skin; then their sudden jump away with outstretched wings was most annoying and haunted our dreams at night. When grasshoppers feel threatened, they have a nasty habit of spitting something akin to tobacco juice. Whenever cousin Maury attempted to make those grasshoppers spit their ugly brown "tobacco" juice toward us, we girls would quickly back away; yet watched in fascination as he squeezed them to make them spit. Dad and Grandpa would come in from the fields, quite disheartened, yet with hopeful outlooks for the year. Their thankfulness for our healthy chickens and the eggs they laid; for the pails of frothy milk from our cows, and last years' grain (even though that supply was dwindling), gave them hope that rain was sure to come. Their faith kept them optimistic and in good spirits. Today we are thankful that there have been only a few grasshoppers this summer, and we have faith that the clouds will soon thicken and bring rain. Meanwhile, we use the hose to bring water to the garden, and note that the grape clusters look deliciously promising and the squash are getting bigger. The tomatoes and lettuce still give us delicious salads to savor, and for all these we give thanks.


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By Kenneth Cowing Part 1 of a 3 part series It would have seemed like a rather ordinary sight when a horseman approached the northerly end of the road from Wallingford. It was at the intersection of the other road leading from the west to the east towards the long river. His arrival, however, was a symbolic event. It was the beginning of a New England town and, during the life span of this rider, the passing of an era in an English colony. The change would not be evident to the inhabitants of this community, but eight years after this horseman's death, the people would no longer be English subjects. He must have shuddered as the biting December wind cut through to the bone, but he knew as he passed the stark, bare trees they would become green and alive in a few months. It was God's promise. He had faith. He certainly thought that his parents, Samuel and Love Hall, had made a prophetic choice when he was baptized, Theophilus. He could understand why the farms of the Wallingford Purchase Lands had petitioned the Assembly of the Colony of Connecticut for "the liberty to establish their own ecclesiastical society". The travel from their farms to church in Wallingford was long, dangerous and difficult in the extreme weather that often prevailed in the new England Colonies. The area was populated with bears, wolves and panthers. The Wallingford Purchase Lands became the Society of Meriden in 1725, and three years later the farmers heard a sermon preached by Theophilus Hall, a recent graduate of Yale College. Hall at the age on twenty-one, expected to be a candidate for ordination the next year. His cousin, the Reverend Samuel Hall, was Pastor of the church in Cheshire. The Hall family was one of the most affluent in the area. They were rivaled only y the Yale family whose original land was granted to them by the English Crown. Theophilus Hall's manner of dress clearly indicated his station in life. His black woolen cape, great coat and new britches, all of the same material, contrasted with a white satin waistcoat and linen shirt complete with lace and ruffles. The knee britches were secured with silver buckles, and silver buckles were also visible on the heavy leather shoes. Woolen stockings, of course, were required in the winter. The one article of clothing that would indicate his calling was his hat, made of black wool felt with a low crown. The wide brim, designed to protect the wearer from the elements was not folded in the traditional tricorn shape. The tricorn was necessary if the owner shouldered a musket, as required by law, in defense of the colony. All males sixteen to sixty were required to serve. Members of the clergy were exempt, so the flat brim of Hall's had indicated his station in life as surely as the silver buckles indicated his wealth. His annual salary of L50 and firewood was barely enough for survival, but adequate for a person of independent means such as Theophilus Hall. Theophilus Hall was accepted and ordained in 1729 and the Society of Meriden became the Meriden Parish of Wallingford which was the legal status of the community until it became a separate town seventy-seven years later. Hall served as Pastor of Christ's Church in Meriden Parish until his death in 1767.

Special Program The Quinnipiac Valley Audubon Society, the local chapter of the National Audubon Society, will sponsor an Special Program at Riverbound Farm, 1881 Cheshire St in Cheshire on Sunday, October 14th at 1:30. The program will feature Marvin Carley, UCONN Certified Master Gardener and President of Cheshire Garden Club. The Program is “Putting Your Garden to Bed” a primer for gardeners who want to get a head start on next year’s gardening. Held Rain or Shine.The program is Free and Open to the Public. For information: Call Loretta Victor at 203-634-1911

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Living in South Africa
By Jill Vickerman I live on the West Coast of South Africa in a small fishing and holiday town called Yzerfontein, with my husband, Peter and our two dogs, Lady and Champ. The town is about 70 kilometres from Cape Town half way between Table Bay and Saldanha Bay. We have a Mediterranean-type climate, with warm, dry summer and cool, relatively wet winter seasons. Even on the hottest days we have a cool breeze that comes off the cold Atlantic Ocean and so it never really gets unbearably hot. Most of the rain occurs from the end of April until October. The unspoilt beaches stretch for miles in both directions and the sixteen mile beach stretches northwards towards Langabaan and Saldhana Bay. Yzerfontein's name is thought to come from the spring water, that bubbles to the surface over Ironstone, hence Ironfountain, it could also mean Icy, as the very first spelling of the name Ijser fonteijn was in Dutch. Ijs refers only to frozen water, and the sea is definitely freezing cold. It was known from early times for its salt pans, as early as 1686 and up to the early twentieth century salt was shipped from the towns little harbour to Cape Town and was often described as the best in the Cape. Of fish, especially line fish, snoek (they are like barracuda) are caught by the local fishermen, whose boats seem to brave any kind of weather. There are months that go by when the boats come back with nothing, I asked if they knew where they went to, they told me that you cannot tag Snoek (thank goodness, or they would all be fished out) when they catch one, their scales immediately fall off and it cannot be put back into the water. So they can disappear for months on end and live in peace....but when they do come back, the boats bring them in every day. I see people come from as far away as Cape Town and buy loads of Snoek, either to re sell or for the restaurants. This part of the west coast is well known for its spring wild flowers and at the moment, from here up to Namibia the veld is covered in white, yellow and purple carpets of colour. During this month there are special passenger trains that bring people up from Cape Town to view the flowers in Darling, which is a small town nearby. There are also tours that take people all over the Western Cape and Namibia to see them and visit the game farms.The Rooibos, which is becoming a well known health tea grows here The local wildlife includes Angulate tortoises (which are classified as Protected as the local populations are threatened by the clearing of land for development) Mongooses, Dassies (Rock Rabbits/Hyrax), Duiker (deer) some Jackal and countless birds come to the garden such as Cape Robins, Pied Wagtails, Sunbirds, Mousebirds, Kelp Gulls, Pied Crows, Cape sparrows, Eagle Owls, Guineafowl, Heron and many more. Dassen Island is situated about 10km west of Yzerfontein and is a proclaimed nature reserve.It is about 5km long and 2km wide. The island has a light house and it is fringed with dangerous reefs, many ships have run aground here in the past. The earliest recorded was the De Hoop, in 1734 and the latest was the wrecking of the Apollo Sea on 20 June, 1994 which caused terrible devastation to the marine and bird life, due to the oil pollution. The island has the densest-known population of angulate tortoises and is the breeding ground for the African Penguin, which is the only penguin species that breeds in Africa. The White Pelican, (it is one of only two localities in South Africa where it breeds). The Cormorants, the African Black Oystercatcher, the Swift Tern , Hartlaub's Gull which is one of the world's rarest gulls and For business or pleasure... noone else can measure up to

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Leach's Storm Petrel. The Cape Fur Seal used to be seen on the island in large numbers, but is now only rarely seen. Southern Right, Humpbacked whales and Dolphins come into our bay from about the end of August until more or less the end of November. The Southern Right come into the bay to calve in September. There is one in the bay now, she has been here for about 9 days in a pod of about 5 or 6 individuals and had her baby last week on about Tuesday, on Thursday I watched her and her baby quite close to the harbor wall enjoying the sunny spring weather and calm sea, she seems to be staying in the safety of the bay, perhaps until her little one gets his sea legs. The Southern right whale populations were depleted well before the end of the 19th century, and in between the years 1909 and 1915 some 17 000 whales were killed off the coasts of South Africa, Namibia, and Angola. Now, after more than 20 years of protection the whales of the West Coast are returning. We have noticed that some whales stay here throughout the year, and don't join the majority on their migration to Antarctic water. Being in a band you can wear whatever you want - it's like an excuse for Halloween everyday. ~Gwen Stefani

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William A. Henry
By Samuel Henry - Age 9 I am the great, great, great grandson of a famous farmer who wrote the farming bible. His name was William Arnon Henry and he was born in Ohio on June 16, 1850. He grew up in the country. After he finished his schooling he became a principal in Indiana and then Colorado. In 1883 he became a professor of Agriculture, and in 1891 he became the first head of the Agriculture College of the University of Wisconsin. William created the College of Agriculture and made it the best there was in his time. Not all farmers thought they needed to go to school, but William thought it was important for farmers to learn the science behind farming. "Feeds and Feeding" is the textbook William wrote in 1898 that was used then and now in nearly every agriculture and veterinary college in America. Because he was so important to the University of Wisconsin for setting up the first school for farmers they dedicated the Henry Quadrangle to him. It is the area of land in front of the University of Wisconsin. Many people described William Henry as truthful, honest, hardworking, great leader, scientist, thinker and he made friends easily. William married Clara Roxana Taylor on July 11,1881 and had a son named Arnon Taylor Henry (A.T.) in 1882. William and Arnon started Blue Hills Orchard in 1904. Believe it or not fruit was not the first crop grown at Blue Hills, cabbage was. Next came peaches then finally apples. William died November 25, 1932. I'm proud to be the 6th generation of Blue Hills Farm.

Submitted by Barbara Sherburne Pumpkin Pie Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Mix until well blended: 2 cups cooked or canned pumpkin 1 1/2 cups cream (I use light) 1/4 cup brown sugar 1/2 cup white sugar 1/2 tsp. salt 1 tsp. cinnamon 1/2 tsp. ginger 1/4 tsp. nutmeg 1/8 tsp. cloves 2 slightly beaten eggs Pour the mixture into the pie shell. Bake 15 minutes at 425 degrees then reduce heat to 350 degrees and bake about 45 minutes. I found this amount fills 2 regular pie shells or 1 deep dish pie shell and a small custard cup. Apple Pie Pare, core, and thinly slice 5 to 6 cups of apples (I like to use a mix of different types - although not granny smith) Combine and sift over the apples: 1/2 to 2/3 cup white or brown sugar 1/8 tsp. salt 1 to 1 1/2 tbsp. cornstarch (with McIntosh apples need 1 1/2 to 2) 1/4 tsp. cinnamon 1/8 tsp. nutmeg Stir the apples gently until they are well coated. Place them in layers in the pie shell and dot with 1 1/2 tbsp. butter. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Put top crust on. Cut 3 or 4 small openings in center of pie. Brush crust lightly with milk. Bake in oven at 450 degrees for 10 minutes. Reduce heat to 350 degrees. Bake for 35 to 45 minutes.

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SWCD Annual Meeting: Wingmasters
The Southwest Conservation District will sponsor a special event for the 61st Annual Meeting on Monday, October 29th at 7:00 at the Milford City Hall (City Hall Chambers) on 110 River Street. Take I 91 south to I 95 south and exit 39A. After a brief meeting and special award presentations, the special live birds of prey program will follow. The program will feature Julie Collier and live 'North American Birds of Prey' from Wingmasters of Springfield, Mass. The program will feature the following raptors: Golden Eagle 'Lakota', American Kestrel 'Massachusett', Red Tailed Hawk 'Aquinnah', Northern Saw-Whet Owl 'Chippewa', Barred Owl 'Moodus', Great Horned Owl 'Osamequin', Eastern Screech Owl 'Sachem'. Wingmasters focus is to increase public awareness of North American Birds of Prey. Julie Ann Collier and Jim Parks are licensed raptor rehabilitators based in Springfield Mass. They provide a home for these raptors which cannot be released into the wild for various reasons and use them for educational programs throughout New England. In addition you will be able to view Julie's artwork and Jim's photos of these magnificent birds, samples of which can be viewed on the Wingmasters website: www.wingmasters.net For more information, please call Ellie Tessmer at SWCD 269-7509x710 or swcd43emt@sbcglobal.net. The meeting is open to the public and especially families.

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Meriden Movers Community Group Walk Schedule
The Meriden Movers community walking program is happy to announce a schedule of group walks. Tuesdays, 10:00-11:00am October 16, 23, 30 Thursdays, 5:30-6:30pm October 11, 18, 25, November 1 All walks will be held at the Quinnipiac River walking trail (Red Bridge trail) at the corner of Oregon Road and Route 70. Meet at the Red Bridge. Wear comfortable clothing (dress for the weather); bring a water bottle and of course, your pedometer! Walks are done at your own pace. In the case of bad weather (rain or snow) the walk will be cancelled. More locations will be added in the spring. It is recommended that adults participate in at least 30 minutes of physical activity 5 or more days a week. Meriden Movers encourages residents to walk in addition to the days scheduled above. For more information on the Meriden Movers walking program, please call Lea Crown, Health Educator, at 630-4238.

Save the date!
6th Annual ¡Soy Unica! ¡Soy Latina! Celebration - October 13, 2007 On Saturday, October 13, 2007 the Meriden and Wallingford Substance Abuse Council, with generous support of Colonial Flooring Plus and Uniform Source, will host the 6th annual ¡Soy Unica! ¡Soy Latina! Community event for girls ages 9 to 14 and their mothers/caregivers. The event will take place from 9:00 am to 2:30 pm at Washington Middle School, 1225 North Broad Street, Meriden. Over 900 girls and their caregivers have benefited from this exciting event that offers workshops on self-esteem, decision-making and assertiveness skills. In addition, a health and wellness fair is presented with a wide range of community organizations providing information to the girls and their caregivers. Karen S. Hinds who is the author of 4 books, a motivational speaker, trainer and President of Workplace Success Group will conduct a mother/daughter workshop "From Confident Girl to Empowered Woman." Entertainment for Soy Unica! Soy Latina! is provided by Mikata, a dance and drumming group with powerful rhythmic music and dance that will showcase different cultures of Nigeria, Ghana, Puerto Rico, Jamaica, and the U. S. Also performing will be two Meriden based groups Da New Generation and Xxtreme Impact. A new level of premier sponsorships has been created with support from Cox Communications, Rushford Center Inc., and James H. Napier Foundation Additional community support has come from the Meriden Public Library, and MidState Medical Center. The Meriden and Wallingford Substance Abuse Council provides community-based education and information on the effects of substance abuse, alcohol, tobacco, gambling, and other addictive behavior. For more information or to register, please call Christelle Aubé at MAWSAC at 203-294-3591. This is a free event for girls ages 9 to 14 and their mothers and or caregivers. Brand New at www.peoplespressnews.com Download the entire paper in PDF form to your computer. Now you can read and enjoy at your leisure and print the entire paper! Go to www.peoplespressnews.com and the rest is easy. Political Advertisement

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TRAILBLAZER HIKING PROGRAM The Trailblazer Hiking Program returns to Thursdays for six exciting hikes in 2007 to explore Meriden's scenic areas. Dates & sites include(4:00PM start): Date Site 10/11 North Meriden(Cuno Camp parking lot) 10/18 Quin. River trail(Platt HS tennis court side parking lot) 10/25 Beseck Mountain(Black Pond parking lot) 11/1 Higby Mountain(end of Old Preston Avenue) 11/8 Hubbard Park(pool parking lot) All hikes will last approximately 1.5-2.0 hours. Hiking boots or other comfortable footwear is strongly suggested. AUTUMN FEST The 2007 Autumn Fest will take place at Hubbard Park on Saturday, October 20th from 1:00-4:00PM. This free event features hayrides, kids' entertainment, arts & crafts, amusements, a pie-eating contest, seasonal refreshments, and lots of fall foliage! The first 250 children ages 12 & under bringing a canned or boxed food item will have the opportunity to select their very own pumpkin from the "People's Press Pumpkin Patch." HALLOWEEN HOUSE DECORATING CONTEST Meriden homes are invited to enter the 10th Annual Halloween House Decorating Contest. Phone entries will be accepted at the Parks & Recreation office. (630-4259) from October 2nd-23rd. Judging will take place on October 24th. Prizes will be awarded in the following categories: "Most Creative," "Scariest Entry," "Best Autumn Theme," & "Best Overall." CASTLE CRAIG & NIGHT VIEWING The vehicle access road to Castle Craig is open daily from 10:00AM-4:45PM, weather permitting, through October 31st. The entrance to the road is located under the eastern Interstate 691 overpass in Hubbard Park. Do not miss a special opportunity to see Meriden and the surrounding area "under the lights." Weather permitting; the castle access road will be open from 7:00-8:30PM on Thursday, October 4th. HALLOWEEN AT CITY HALL Want to get an early start to candy collection this year? Then come to "Halloween at City Hall"! Departments will be distributing candy to costumed trick-or-treaters ages 12 & under from 3:00-5:00PM on Wednesday, October 31st. Make sure to begin at the Meriden Public Library(105 Miller Street) to get a special bag for candy collection! INDOOR PUBLIC SWIM PROGRAM The 2007-2008 Indoor Public Swim Program will begin at the Maloney HS pool on Monday, October 1st. The pool's weekly schedule will be as follows: Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 6:30-7:45PM and Saturdays & Sundays from 12:00-3:45PM. All interested participants must possess a valid 2007 pool pass. Available for purchase at the Parks & Recreation office, passes cost $5.00 for adults and $1.00 for children ages 17 & under. Potential recipients must come to the office in-person and bring proof of Meriden residency to receive a pass. 2007-2008 CO-ED ADULT VOLLEYBALL PROGRAM Organized recreational volleyball games for adults ages 18 & older will take place every Wednesday night at the Meriden YMCA (110 West Main Street) from 6:00-8:30PM. The program will run from October 10th - March 26th. A one-time $25.00 registration fee can be paid onsite any night the program is in session. MERIDEN MEN'S BASKETBALL LEAGUE Team registrations for the 2007-2008 Meriden Men's Basketball League will be accepted October 1st - November 7th at the Parks & Recreation office. The entrance fee is $475.00 per team. Games will begin in late November and run through March. Games are played on weekday nights at Washington Middle School, Lincoln Middle School, and the Meriden YMCA. Teams interested in obtaining a registration packet are asked to call 630-4259. Thus sung the shepherds till th' approach of night, The skies yet blushing with departing light, When falling dews with spangles deck'd the glade, And the low sun had lengthened every shade.

After School Pick-Up from Ulbrich Boys & Girls Club
The Ulbrich Boys & Girls Club is now taking applications for after school 2007-2008 Van Pick-Up from Dag, Moran, Parker Farms, and Yalesville Elementary School. Call for information: Ulbrich Boys & Girls Club, (203) 269-7535. or look on www.bgcawallingford.org.

Flu Clinics in Wallingford
Visiting Nurse Association of Wallingford; 135 North Plains Industrial Rd.; Wallingford, CT. Flu Clinics - October 2007: October 10 - 10am - 1pm; October 10 - 5pm - 7pm; October 15 - 1pm - 4pm; October 24 - 10am - 1pm; October 24 - 5pm - 7pm; October 29 - 10am - 1pm. Medicare & most Insurances accepted. Cash: $35.00. Please call the VNA for an appointment (203) 269-1475.

All Aboard! Meriden Kiwanis presents "Kruisin' with Kiwanis".
Take a fun-filled journey with us as we navigate through our highly entertaining variety show and raise money for the children of our community. Celebrating 56 Years of Kapers. 2006 Chairperson: Maureen Bilger. Director: Frand P. Jackson. Choreographer: Cheryl Z. O'Connor. November 9 & 10, 2007. New Earlier Time: 7:30 PM at Maloney High School. Adults: $15.00 donation. Children under 12 $5.00 donation. All proceeds directly support Kiwanis sponsored community initiatives.

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Fishbein 4 Mile Community Road Race, Wallingford.
30th Annual Wallingford Community Road Race. 3 Races Saturday, October 13, 2007 9:00AM Sharp. Expert Timing by Platt Systems. USATF Certified Course #CT05009-PH. Online Entry, Course Maps @ www.fishbein4mile.com Sponsored by: Wallingford Public Celebrations Committee; The Wallingford Foundation-Charitable Arm of the Wallingford Rotary Club; Wallingford Parks and Recreation Department; Choate Rosemary Hall; Wallingford Education Association; Stop & Shop of Wallingford. The Fishbein 4-Mile is dedicated to the memory of Johanna Manfreda Fishbein, who for 20 years was the force behind its success. Fishbein 4-Miler. 9:00AM Sharp. Entry Fee: Before 0/28: $15.00; After: $20.00. Categories for men and women: 12& Under, 13-15, 16-17, 18-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70 and over. Family rate 4 or more members $50. Check in: 7:00 am - 8:45 am at headquarters tent located 75 yards North of Christian and North Elm St. Same course as 2006, flatter finish…Course is certified with mile splits at each of the mile markers. Changing rooms/showers in Johnson Athletic Center (WinterEx) (Bring your own towel). Refreshments for Runners: Fresh fruits, juices, yogurt, bagels, cream cheese, and more. ¼ Mile Little Kids Fun Run. 10:15 M Sharp. Back for 2007, the fun run is recommended for children 3rd grade and under who would like to
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run in a race. There is no entry fee! The length of the race is about a ¼ mile in length which starts and finishes at the Fishbein 4 mile finish line. I Come cheer on your child and show them the joys of running. Parents are also welcome to run/walk with their kids. No dogs; they might scare some of our children.. Ribbons will be given to all children who participate. No places or race times will be given. This one is just for fun School Relay. 10:30AM Sharp. 4 x 1 Mile School Relay. Free to all Wallingford Elementary & Middle School Children. PreRegistration Only. You must pre-register at your school; please see your Phys. Ed. Teachers. Teams must have a minimum of 4 members, must pre-register and must bring own batons. Start and hand off area will be at the finish line of the Fishbein 4 miler. Each participant runs 1 mile. S.S. Peter and Paul Parish invites you to celebrate "Our Lady of Fatima's 90th Anniversary" with a Public Square Rosary Rally which will take place on October 13, 2007 at 12:00 p.m. Sharp! until 2:00 pm at the Johanna Manfreda Fishbein Gazebo located in the center of Wallingford at the railroad station. Prayers and Rosaries will be recited all around the United States in "Honor of Our Lady of Fatima's" message!

"Our Lady of Fatima's 90th Anniversary"

A Good Wizard in Meriden?
Well, he is good at what he does and he is a good person. More than anything, he really has the experience to bring the magic of learning to your kids! Does that make him a Wizard? Maybe not...but he wants to turn your kids into Wiz-Kids! That’s why he needs your vote for Board of Education.

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Tom Bruenn for Board of Education
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* 37 Years teaching in MERIDEN * Teacher of the year in 1988 * Knows how students learn A Vote for Tom is a Vote for bringing the magic to Meriden schools! Find Tom at box 7B and please elect the entire Democratic Team! * Knows how to analyze a school budget * Knows what teachers should teach * Knows education is a lifetime experience
Our backyard friend in Wallingford these past few months walks away with a big smile on their face. Note: A fox will never lose its wild instincts to be alert and on its guard even though we seem to have connected this year. He has moved on recently and we don't see him any more but what a blessing it was to sit with him each day and watch his antics. Sent in by James Rusate

Celebrations of Life and Home

This message was approved by Tom and paid for by Bruenn 2007, Diane Paluszewski, Treasurer

Our Little Pumpkin is Turning One! Happy First Birthday, Connor Dalton LaFrance! We love you to infinity and beyond. Love and Hugs, Mommy, Daddy, and Eddie IV

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Antonio Bryant Belejack was born on Sunday July 29, 2007 at Scottsdale Healthcare Center in Scottsdale, Arizona to Jason and Kristy Evans Belejack of Mesa, Arizona. Paternal grandparents are Diamond and Bill Belejack of South Meriden. Maternal grandparents are Ann and Bryant Evans of North Windham. Paternal great grandparents are Celia Bartolomucci and the late Vinnie Bartolomucci and Donna Belejack and the late William Belejack. Maternal great grandparents are Beverly Parrotte and Thomas Evans. This is the couple's first child.

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My Beloved Smokey
By Diana Lewis My beloved Smokey died on July 28, 2007. She was 14 years when she died-in cat years that is 98 years old. This story is about her life. She was born November 17, 1992 in the apts. on Willow St. A new friend that I met in the building told I needed a cat and she gave one of hers who was pregnant. Her name was Cuddles. Cuddles instantly like me and she stayed by ne through the whole birth. I had made up a bed in a basket for her to have her babies. When she started having them Cuddles would not let out of her sight. When she started delivering them, Smokey was the first to come. Smokey had gray long hair.. She cleaned her up and she let me hold her, but Smokey rambunctious and wanted to even though her eyes weren't open yet. I set her back with Mama so she could eat. In about 15 minutes another came out, it was a gray and white boy. Next was a long haired calico which I named Fluffy. My neighbor who gave me the cat took the boy cat when it was big enough. I had made a little section beside the couch for Mam and the babies; I put a card table in the entrance. They had plenty of to play and I had a litter box there, so Mama could show them how to use it. As they grew they because part of the family and were treated as such. Once in a while I would get them some tuna and give the whole can and they loved. it, Smokey and Fluffy. They got all kinds of treats. They both like the hostess chocolate donuts and sometimes Smokey would drink the chocolate milk frim cereal. They loved cat nip that was another treat they enjoyed. Smokey loved me so, she would give me kissed. Fluffy gave me hugs and Smokey the kisses, especially when she wanted something, like a treat or something. At night when I went to bed, she either lay beside me on the bed or she was up on my hip. That was her spot most every night. When Fluffy want to do it she had to come to my upper back and shoulder. That's the way we slept almost all night. When I woke most of the time they were still there in the morning. We went on many years like this. They became indoor cats all their lives. I loved them like they were my kids. In the first part of July noticed that Smokey something wrong with her ear. I called my vet who came to the house and he came and cleared the ear and gave me medicine to give her. I did that it seemed like she was getting worse, now she was walking wobbly and her breathing was heavy and raspy. I called my vet again and he came `10:00 at night and also my son and his wife came. He cleared her again and we found a large lump on the outside under her ear. Since my vet didn't have facilities to treat these kinds of things so I had to another vet, This July 27. The next morning on the 28th I called another vet to see if they could get her in and they gave me an appointment for right away. I called my son and his wife and they took me to vet office. The doctor had see her before when he had done her teeth in January, He checked her over but said with all the rattling in there he couldn't even hear her heart. "Is it cancer?" I asked. "Most likely. It seems to have spread and since can't hardly walk anywhere, the best thing to was put her to sleep. I started crying. The vet said take your time deciding and he left. I picked Smokey up in my arms, she reached and hugged me and gave me her last kiss. She knew she was going to die, she was telling me that she loved me and she was going to die. I stayed through the whole procedure and we were told take our time with her. I kept stroking her fur and petting her but there was no movement. When we left and stopped at the desk, I told them I wanted her cremated and I wanted her ashes and I wrote a check for what they told me to pay. In the end Smokey she was loved and now she is missed by her sister, Fluffy who has been very lonely since Smokey's been gone. I showed her Smokey's ashes and she hugged the tin that Smokey's in so she knows Smokey is gone .She will be missed by all the family and the extended families of the family. Smokey, you are very missed. No one could ever take your place in my heart

Mother-Daughter Book Group Announces 2007 Fall Schedule"
The Mother-Daughter Book Group invites new members to join their book discussions this fall at the Wallingford Public Library. Mothers and their middle school or high school aged daughters are welcome to read and discuss the following good books for teens. (The group is open to all adult females and teenaged girls.) On Monday, November 5th the group will meet to discuss the futuristic novel: "House of the Scorpion," by Nancy Farmer; and on Tuesday, December 11, the season will conclude with a discussion of "Megan Meade's Guide to the McGowan Boys," by Kate Brian. Each book discussion will take place in the Small Conference Room at the Wallingford Public Library. All discussions begin at 7:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served. Please sign up for this free program at the library's Information Desk. For more information, call the library at 203-265-6754.

MidState Medical Center provides "Soft Touch" relaxation rubs for patients. This is a free service provided by MidState volunteers who are trained by a licensed massage therapist in the technique of therapeutic relaxation rubs. The volunteer provides these soothing relaxation "rubs" to patients' hands and feet. Research shows that "Soft Touch" aids in the healing process by increasing circulation, relieving a patient's anxiety, increasing endorphins, and just simply feels good! This program is rated extraordinarily high on patient satisfaction surveys. Additional volunteers are needed to meet the high volume of patient requests for this service. Those interested in becoming a "Soft Touch Volunteer" are asked to call Diamond Belejack, Manager of Volunteer Services at 694-8572.

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Harvest festival to benefit "Sunshine Kids"
Rosehaven Stables on Valley View Dr in Meriden will be holding their 3rd annual Harvest festival on 10-21 from 11-3. The festival is sponsored by Prudential Ct Realty and is a benefit for an organization called "Sunshine Kids". Sunshine Kids are a Nation wide group that assists children that have cancer. The organization supplies funds to children so they can go to amusement parks, field trips, and let them essentially be kids and forget about their dreaded disease and all that goes along with it. The event offers pony rides, cart behind the horse rides, face painting, moonwalk, popcorn, Ben bag toss, hay rides, pin the tale, and lots more! Questions about the Event can be directed to Prudential's manager, Paul Ott @ 203-741-5204.

Wallingford Senior Center News and Events
WEDNESDAY WORKSHOPS A series of informational workshops are held on the second and fourth Wednesday of the month. Join us for "Spirituality of Aging" on October 10 and "Promoting Your Mental Health" on October 24. SPIRITUALITY OF AGING on Wednesday, October 10, 10:00 a.m. MidState Chaplain Doreen Bottone will speak about how spirituality informs our aging process. Be sure to register in advance for this interesting program by calling 265-7753. PROMOTING MENTAL HEALTH THROUGH STRESS MANAGEMENT on Wednesday, October 24, 10:00 a.m. Protect your mental health by learning how to reduce stress. Vicki Spiro Smith, MSW, LCSW, of the Mental Health Association of Connecticut will offer mental health strengthening skills including relaxation techniques, "new ways of thinking" tools, and resiliency strategies. Call 265-7753 to register to attend. SENIOR FAIR Friday, October 19, 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. AND Saturday, October 20, 9:00 - 2:00 p.m. The Wallingford Senior Center will host the Record-Journal Senior Fair October 19 and 20. The Fair will feature more than fifty exhibitors as well as special activities including a cooking demonstration, a "taste of living", self-defense demonstration, mobile mammography van, various health screenings, bingo, silent auction and so much more! Cosponsors of the event are the Meriden and Quinnipiac Chambers of Commerce, MidState, Shop-Rite, and Masonicare. This Senior Fair will offer something for everyone. Don't miss it! INTERGENERATIONAL MUSIC EXPERIENCE Saturday, November 3, 10:30 a.m. What could be more fun than singing, dancing and giggling with your grandchild? Come experience the joy of family music making on November 3, from 10:30 a.m. to noon. With songs, creative movement activities, rhythmic chants, and an instrumental jam session, this playful environment is designed to develop musical skills and foster a love of music. The program, which is sponsored by Wallingford Early Childhood Alliance Resource and Education, is free and open to the public and is especially geared toward children ages 0 - 5 who must be accompanied by a grandparent or parent. PUMPKIN DANCE PARTY Friday, October 26, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. Vinnie Carr will provide the dancing and listening music in our pumpkin-themed Great Room. This monthly dance party is free. Refreshments will be provided. Bring your friends! BILLIARD ROOM UPDATE The 2007-08 billiards tournament schedule is underway. Our team players this year are Rennie Mattei (Capt.), Charlie Kent, Jerry Fortier, Mike Allen, Bob Heidgerd, Jim Logan, Jack Winkleman, Frank Gagliardi & Alfred Sprincis. The next 8-Ball Tournament vs. Meriden Senior Center will be held Friday, October 19, at 1:00 p.m. The monthly Coed Billiard Tournament will be held Monday, October 15, at 1:30 p.m. Interested players are asked to sign up in the Billiards Room. SOCIAL SERVICES THE BENEFITS OF APPLYING FOR BENEFITS EARLY- AND ONLINE By Paul Gilfillan, Social Security District Mgr., Meriden Ct Record numbers of new retirees will apply for Social Security benefits in the coming years. Why? This January the first wave of the 77 million strong baby-boomer generation will turn 62 and become eligible for reduced Social Security retirement benefits. That means that about 10,000 people per day will be newly eligible to apply for benefits. Social Security wants the experience for each of them to be as convenient as possible, so we are encouraging people to be aware of the benefits of filing online. You can apply online for your retirement benefits from the comfort of your own home or office. Just logon to your computer and visit our website at www.socialsecurity.gov/applytoretire. MEDICARE PART D OPEN ENROLLMENT INFORMATION SESSION Monday, October 22, 10:00 a.m. The next opportunity to enroll in a Medicare Prescription Drug Plan is November 15 through December 31, 2007. Even if you are already enrolled in a Medicare Prescription Drug Plan, please come learn about: How the Medicare Prescription drug coverage works How and when to switch from one drug plan to another. Who gets "Extra Help". How the "Coverage Gap" works. How to delay or avoid reaching the "Coverage Gap". Late enrollment penalties. Please register for this program by calling 265-7753 This program is FREE and open to the public. LOW VISION SUPPORT GROUP Andrew P. Swan, M.D., an Ophthalmologist specializing in cataract and lens implant surgery as well as comprehensive eye care, will be our guest speaker. Please join us Friday, October 19, at 10:15 a.m., and register by calling 265-7753. Alzheimer's Support Group Regency House of Wallingford, in association with the Alzheimer's Association, sponsors an Alzheimer's Support Group for families who have a loved one with Alzheimer's Disease. The support group meets at Regency House of Wallingford on the first Wednesday of every month, at 5:30 p.m. Please register by contacting Teresa Mowry, Alzheimer's Program Director, at 265-1661 Project Home Share Project Home Share is an arrangement between two or more people in which one shares his/her home with another in exchange for companionship, a financial contribution to household expenses, or some combination. Some benefits of Project Homeshare include increased security, friendship, and affordable housing. Project Home Share doesn't meet the needs of every applicant, but when a good match is made, it is a joy for the provider and the seeker. Project Home Share has made matches that have lasted for years and friendships that last a lifetime. If you would like to receive more information about Project Home Share, please call 1-800-994-9422 and ask for the Home Share Coordinator. The smile that flickers on baby's lips when he sleeps- does anybody know where it was borne? Yes, there is a rumor that a young pale beam of a crescent moon touched the edge of a vanishing autumn cloud, and there the smile was first born . . . . --Rabindranath Tagore This Halloween the most popular mask is the Arnold Schwarzenegger mask. And the best part? With a mouth full of candy you will sound just like him. ~Conan O'Brien

Highland Elementary School PTO Craft Fair
The Highland Elementary School PTO (200 Highland Avenue, Wallingford, CT) will hold its 24th annual Craft Fair on Saturday, December 1, 2007 from 9 AM to 3 PM at the school. Featured crafts include jewelry, wreaths, holiday ornaments, woodworking, original art work, animal treats, wall hangings, scarves, bags, doll clothes, books, glassware, florals, clothing, jams, jellies, candy, gourmet mixes, quilts, matted photographs, cards, etc. Refreshments will be available including homemade apple crisp. For more information contact Carole Eager at (203) 314-3413 or Highland School at (203) 949-0121. Shadows of a thousand years rise again unseen, Voices whisper in the trees, "Tonight is Halloween!" ~Dexter Kozen

A Voyage of Discovery - Paris to Prague
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Ever think of joining a ski club? It's a chance to meet new people, have folks to ski with, be a member of an organization that has great buying power, become a better skier and best of all save a bundle on your skiing costs. The Meriden Ski Club offers this and a lot more to skiers and boarders in the area. The Meriden Ski Club has been going strong for the last 46 years. It organizes ski trips, for a day, weekend or week. We go to areas in New England, western U.S., Canada and Europe. You just have to become a member to partake in these trips. We offer 6 to 8 day bus trips, Weekend trips to areas in Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire or New York. This year our week trips will be going to Breckinridge Colorado and Andorra, Spain. All you have to do, as a member is sign-up and pay. The ski club does everything else. We offer skiing and snowboard lessons to our members and their children. The club has on hand ASIA trained ski instructors who meet weekly with those who wish to improve their skiing. The club also has a group of members who are involved in ski racing. They are always looking for members to join them on the Meriden Race Team and participate in club racing, sponsored by the Connecticut Ski Council. They race Monday nights at Southington Ski area. Our team has finished near the top, the last few years and we are looking for new members to come and race with us. The club also has several social events during the year. We hold golf tournaments; have a summer picnic, Christmas party and a dinner dance to close out the year. We also have monthly member's nights where refreshments are served and the members have a chance to mingle. With the cost of skiing rising over the past several years the Meriden Ski Club, through the Connecticut Ski Council, had developed ways to save an enormous amount, 20% to 40% on the cost of lift tickets alone. We offer these savings for over 100 different skiing days at various areas. Our Sat./Sun. bus trips save on ticket costs and transportation. We offer a typical Sunday trip to Okemo for $ 40. If you drove your car up and brought a ticket at Okemo it would cost over $100. Several area ski shops offer our members substational savings on equipment. On October 25, 2007 at 7:00 we will be holding an open house at the A.O.H. hall, 71 Melville Ave., South Meriden. It's a good time to drop in and see what the Meriden Ski Club can offer you. We will have door prizes and refreshments. Representatives from several New England ski areas will be present, ski shops will have displays and a ski tuning demonstration will take place. We look forward to meeting old and new members on this night so stop by and say "Hi".

October Events at Temple B'nai Abraham
October 19th - Family Shabbat Services and The Rabbi's Toy Box -At Temple B'nai Abraham at 127 East Main Street in Meriden, families are always welcome to attend Friday night and Saturday morning Shabbat (Sabbath) services. The Rabbis Toy Box is available to help entertain little ones. On Shabbat morning, services begin at 9:30 a.m. Children can help carry the Torah silver and march with the Torah. Special Family Shabbat evening services will be held on October 19th and November 16th beginning at 6:30 p.m. On other Friday evenings services begin at 7:00 p.m. For more information, please call (203) 235-2581. October 21st -Fall Fun Hayride - Come have fun and enjoy a hayride and treats with Temple B'nai Abraham's Auxiliary club on Sunday October 21st at 1:00 p.m. at Norton's Fruit Farm, 450 Academy Road in Chesire. Cost is only $4 person. Fee includes a half hour hayride, donut holes and apple cider. Please call Susan Massicott at (203) 630-1947 to save your spot. Special membership price for new members - New members may join for a special membership price of $50 (per couple) for the first year. Ye flowers that drop, forsaken by the spring, Ye birds that, left by summer, cease to sing, Ye trees that fade, when Autumn heats remove, Say, is not absence death to those who love? - Alexander Pope

October Events at Agusta Curtis Cultural Society
What is in The Words "S.W.E.E.T Potato Society in conjunction with ACCC 175 East Main Street Meriden, CT Wednesday, October 10, 2007 6:00pm to 9:00pm - S.W.E.E.T Potato Society in conjunction with the ACCC presents "What is in The Words", Spoken Word ....."At The Augusta". Caberet Style Event BYOB & BYOF $15.00 per person or $100 per table of 8. For more information call Floresia at 715-1758 Come and enjoy this new event happening on Wednesdays twice a month "At the Augusta". Bring your own food and drink to our version of a Poetry Slam....The Spoken Word..... "Fall Home Series" - Judy Mik, Prudential CT & ACCC Tuesday, October 16, 2007 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm Free Admission.. Speaker will be Barry Katz a builder from Fairfield that will be talking on "Green Living Ideas" at the Augusta....More info to come SAVE THE DATE!! Meriden Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Meriden Hall of Fame & ACCC 175 East Main Street Meriden, CT Sunday, October 21, 2007 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm 5th Annual Meriden Land Trust & ACCC Presentation Meriden Land Trust and ACCC 175 East Main Street Meriden, Tuesday, October 23, 2007 7:00 pm "Coyotes in our midst" Coyote expert Tom Pepe will talk on sightings in the news and attacks on pets by Coyotes and why so many all of a sudden........Free Admission

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By Carrie Purcell If asked what holiday the Irish immigrants brought to America, most of us would answer St. Patrick's Day. But what about Halloween? Yes, Halloween. Although different versions of All Hallows Eve and All Saints Day are celebrated in different countries, our American tradition is rooted in the pre-Christian origin of the Celtic festival of Samhein (sow-in). On this night, the Celts would have a feast and light a sacred bonfire to mark the last harvest, the beginning of their new year, and the moving into a time of darkness - winter. And what about the ghosts and goblins associated with Halloween? Should we be afraid? Of course not. But for an ancient culture entirely at the mercy of the seasons and natural events, the cold, harsh winter was a time to fear. From ignorance of the workings of the natural world arose superstitions. The Celts believed the boundary between the living and the dead became blurred on the night of Samhein; the ghosts of those who died during the year would roam the earth to ruin crops and cause trouble. In order to fool and distract the dead, the living would dress in costumes and leave the ghouls dishes of food. At the end of the night, the Celts would take fire from the bonfire and light their hearths to protect themselves from the cold, hard months ahead. Eventually, Romans had conquered the majority of Celtic territory, including what is now the British Isles and Ireland. During their rule, Samhein blended with the Roman's day to honor Pomona, the Goddess of fruit and trees, and the festival of Feralia, a day dedicated to commemorate the dead. As Christianity spread into the Celtic lands, the church attempted to convert the pagans living there. One method it used was to incorporate the pagan holidays into its own calendar. The church replaced Samhein and the Roman holidays with All Saints' Day, a time to honor saints and martyrs. Although this was a holy day, the church still allowed some pagan festivities, including bonfires, costumes and feasts. This day of observance was called All-hallowmas and the night before it was called All-hallows Eve. The Irish called it Hallow E'en. Later it would become known as Halloween. Early European immigrants brought their assorted Halloween customs with them, but strict Protestant influence in the American colonies frowned upon the practice of Halloween. Up until the second half of the 1800s, varied Halloween traditions were celebrated sporadically in America. In the later half of the nineteenth century, the potato famine drove millions of Irish to the US. They brought with them their Catholic and Celtic customs. Among the most popular Irish celebration was Halloween. In addition to bonfires, feasts and costumes, the poor in England and Ireland would go door to door asking for food and money on All Souls Day. In exchange, they would pray for the souls of the deceased members of the donating families. Eventually, the two Irish traditions of going door to door and dressing in costumes to elude hostile spirits spread across America and combined to form a new tradition: Americans donned costumes and asked neighbors for treats. At the end of the 19th century, communities wanted to take the superstition and association with ghouls out of Halloween, so they held parties where both children and adults could play games, eat seasonal foods, and wear costumes instead of going door to door. As the 20th century moved forward, Halloween became a festivity focused toward children, especially after the postwar baby boom. Unfortunately, tricks of vandalism became a popular Halloween pastime. Before the second half of the century, Americans began to offer food just as the Ancient Celts did. Only, instead of warding of ghosts, people hoped to thwart the efforts of mischievous children. The age-old practice of trick-or-treating became a permanent feature of our American Halloween.

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Sunday, 10/28; the Field Forest, Durham; 2 PM - 4 PM; 6 years+ Come explore this gem of the woods in central Durham and explore this wonderful forested area. We'll look for animal homes, interesting trees, plants, rocks, a stream and perhaps explore a vernal pool. Figure out the clues to find a letterbox (bring your rubber stamp and pad). Feel the fresh air and enjoy quality time outdoors together. Directions: From RT 17 in Durham, turn onto Maiden Lane, then onto Pickett Lane. Meet in parking lot between Coginchaug Regional High School and athletic fields.

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Well Braveheart the American Bulldog mix at the Wallingford Animal Shelter is really living up to his name! Here is his story: Braveheart is an 8 year old male American bulldog mix, he is a chubby little white matza ball with a personality to match! He is a big ham who loves everyone and everything! His happy attitude is an attest to his true character, because despite his wagging tail, Braveheart has some medical issues to deal with. When he arrived at the shelter about a month and ½ ago he was hopping around on three legs like a tripod. He would not put any weight on his back right leg, and it was soon discovered that he had a torn cruscha ligament, which would require surgery to repair. He was taken to the vet for a medical examine and the vet also discovered a fatty growth that he took a sample of and sent to the lab. As it turns out the small lump was determined to be mass cell cancer. The vet however, is very optimistic that once the mass is removed Braveheart will be fine, and it poses no effect on his life span. The staff at the shelter know that Braveheart's chances are optimistic because he is a young 8 years old, with a lot of spunk and character. Even on three legs he happily runs and bounces all over the place!!!! He will make a great addition to a family that has a lot of love to offer, for this little boy deserves that love! Meeting Braveheart once is all it takes to fall in love with this handsome gentleman, which is exactly what happened when after meeting him only once someone volunteered to foster him while he recovers from his surgery and begins his search for a new home. So with a foster home all lined up, Braveheart’s only issue is his medical bills. His leg surgery and mass removal combined add up to approximately $2,000.00, and although the shelter has a huge desire to help Braveheart, his medical expenses would make a huge dent in their limited budget. Which would prevent them from helping countless others with less serious needs. It’s a tough predicament for the shelter to be in, but they do know one thing for sure Braveheart deserves a shot at a long and healthy life. He is a wonderful dog in his current condition, so they cant even imagine how much better he will be once he's healthy. That is why I have decided to reach out to the community for help. If there was ever a dog special enough to deserve this effort and help, it is Braveheart who is bravely facing each day in a shelter even while not feeling himself all in the hopes that he will someday have a warm bed and a family to call all his own. I would like to start a fund raiser for this little man. Anyone willing, should send their donations to North Haven Animal Hospital, 386 Washington Avenue, North Haven CT 06473. Please not on the donation: To help Braveheart! Sincerely, Nicole

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Bring the kids! Feel the fresh air and enjoy quality time outdoors together. Family hikes, led by trained Family Hike Leaders, are part of Connecticut Forest & Park Association's initiative, WalkConnecticut the trails to health and happiness. Join us for adventure along the trails, held throughout Connecticut the last weekend of every month. Free as a public service to the children and families of Connecticut. Pre-registration is appreciated. Locations are subject to change; call CFPA at (860) 346-2372. Visit www.ctwoodlands.org for additional family guided hikes. OCTOBER Saturday, 10/27; 10 AM - Noon, McLean Game Refuge, Granby; all ages Join us for a fun hike on a two-mile loop of easy trails through pine groves and oak forests. A lava outcrop will be the perfect place to rest and enjoy a snack. Meandering brooks and a small pond will be fun to explore along with the many rocks and plants along the way. Ducks, herons, and other animals might be spotted at the pond. Directions: One mile south on route 10/202 from junction with Route 20; main entrance to the Game Refuge is located on Route 10/202 in Granby Continued Top Right

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Container Design to be Topic at Wallingford Garden Club Meeting
"Fabulous Flowers and Foliage and Dramatic Doorway Containers" is the title of a program to be presented by Karla A. Dalley at the next meeting of the Wallingford Garden Club Tuesday, Oct. 9, in the First Congregational Church meeting room. A West Hartford resident, Dalley is a freelance garden writer and lecturer, a water gardening expert, a self-employed garden designer and consultant. She lectures to as many as 50 garden clubs a year. She created a water gardening department and annual lecture series at Gledhill Nursery in West Hartford. Dalley also designed the layout and display of water garden plants and hard goods that was considered especially attractive by The Connecticut Nursery and Landscape Association on its tour of the nursery. A part-time lecturer at Capital Community College in Hartford, she has given courses on various gardening topics including early spring gardening, perennial gardening, and gardening for butterflies and hummingbirds. She also is the creator and author of two email newsletters, one devoted to water gardening and the second entitled "Timely Tips and Topics and in the Garden" devoted to more general topics. The meeting is open to non-members for a fee of $5. A mini-luncheon at 11:30 a.m. will precede the program. Dalley will take questions from those attending her talk and provide a written handout for her lecture.

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Parent Leadership Training Institute
Meriden, although small, is full of resources. PLTI (Parent Leadership Training Institute) is one of those community resources that enable, parents, grandparents, teachers and anyone who cares about Meriden's children, to become leaders and empower themselves in making changes. Graduates of this program have contributed to the Meriden community in vital ways… Cathy Ambercrombie has been elected as State Representative, Hilda Santiago was elected to the Meriden City Council and Barbara Sokol ran and won the elected seat on the Meriden Board of Education. Cathy Lewis was one of the leaders in creating the "Senior Buddy Readers" literacy program linking area senior volunteers with at-risk elementary students. Dawn Reynolds was the genius who started the work to renovate and relocate the Hubbard Park playground to

make it safer and accessible to people with disabilities. Many of the graduates of PLTI have had a hand in various Children First Initiatives such as, expanding Meriden's school breakfast program, increasing the availability of full-day kindergarten and fighting to protect class size and school enrichment programs. If you care about the quality of heath, education, and safety of Meriden children, PLTI will teach you the tools of democracy and advocacy and get you started in a life changing journey. New sessions begin in January and offers dinner, transportation and childcare at no cost to you. Parents meet once a week for 20 weeks in Meriden. Join now by applying online at www.meridenchildrenfirst.org or for an application contact us at 203-630-3566, stop by Meriden Children First at the Meriden Public Library (105 Miller Street)


New Uses for Old Buildings
Meriden celebrated its 200 year anniversary last year and while there aren't many, if any, buildings that go back that far, there are scores of older buildings in Meriden. Several of Meriden's long-standing buildings recently changed hands. What does one do with an old building? The latest building which transferred ownership is 137 South Colony Street. Built in 1895, and known as the Meriden Brewing Company, it then cost $125,000 to build. Employment at the brewery was steady and wages were good, $20 to $25 a week. Abraham Agyeman is the new owner and is renovating the building into a shipping center and warehouse for goods headed to other parts of the world, particularly West Africa. The Studios at 55, is the new name for 55 Colony Street. Peter Limosani purchased the building in August and is renovating the former Swift Premium Ham & Bacon Company, built in 1902, into studios for performing artists -musicians, comedians and dancers. Limosani is hoping to attract a music vendor for the retail storefront of the 20,000 sf building. 153 Pratt Street, previous home of Kuhn Employment Opportunities, was built in 1905. In September, Ye Old Book Bindery moved its operation from Cheshire, CT to this location. The company is primarily engaged in printing and binding books and pamphlets. Chris Komondy, owner, projects ten new jobs to be added to their current staff of five full time and five part time employees. They also plan to bring an-out-of town printing company and a newly acquired business from Kansas (related to the book bindery industry) into the 40,000 sf building. The Issac Lewis house, at 189 East Main Street, was built in 1868 by the founder of the Meriden Britannia Co. who also served as Meriden's third Mayor in 1870. Amin Noori, the new owner, is converting the 8,500 sf building into office space. The former St. Paul's Universalist Church at 5 Norwood Street was built in 1892 with Isaac Lewis being one of its largest contributors. After being vacant for a number of years the 14,500 sf building, with a 40 ft ceiling in the main hall, was recently purchased by the Holy Word Foundation Ministry out of East Haven, CT and will celebrate its first worship service in October. - Trudy Magnolia

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The Wallingford Land Trust is looking for a Wallingford resident interested in the outdoors, walking, hiking, birding, building and maintaining trails. The WLT board meets 7:00 pm on the 3rd Thursday at the Southwest Conservation District. If interested please contact WLT President Joe Palazzi at 284-0116. For more information on the Land Trust, please check out the website at www.wallingfordlandtrust.org.

A Story of True Giving
Shared by Keith Gordon THE FIREMAN In Phoenix, Arizona, a 26-year-old mother stared down at her 6 year old son, who was dying of terminal leukemia. Although her heart was filled with sadness, she also had a strong feeling of determination. Like any parent, she wanted her son to grow up and fulfill all his dreams. Now that was no longer possible.. The leukemia would see to that. But she still wanted her son's dreams to come true. She took her son's hand and asked, "Billy, did you ever think about what you wanted to be once you grew up? Did you ever dream and wish what you would do with your life?" Mommy, "I always wanted to be a fireman when I grew up." Mom smiled back and said, "Let's see if we can make your wish come true." Later that day she went to her local fire department in Phoenix, Arizona, where she met Fireman Bob, who had a heart as big as Phoenix. She explained her son's final wish and asked if it might be possible to give her six-year-old son a ride around the block on a fire engine. Fireman Bob said, "Look, we can do better than that. If you'll have your son ready at seven o'clock Wednesday morning, we'll make him an honorary fireman for the whole day. He can come down to the fire station, eat with us, go out on all the fire calls, the whole nine yards! And if you'll give us ! his sizes, we'll get a real fire uniform for him, with a real fire hat-not a toy one-with the emblem of the Phoenix Fire Department on it, a yellow slicker like we wear and rubber boots. They're all manufactured right here in Phoenix, so we can get them fast." Three days later Fireman Bob picked up Billy, dressed him in his fire uniform and escorted him from his hospital bed to the waiting hook and ladder truck. Billy got to sit on the back of the truck and help steer it back to the fire station. He was in heaven. There were three fire calls in Phoenix that day and Billy got to go out on all three calls. He rode in the different fire engines, the paramedic's van, and even the fire chief's car. He was also videotaped for the local news program. Having his dream come true, with all the love and attention that was lavished upon him, so deeply touched Billy that he lived three months longer than any doctor thought possible. One night all of his vital signs began to drop dramatically and the head nurse, who believed in the hospice concept that no one should die alone, began to call the family members to the hospital. Then she remembered the day Billy had spent as a fireman, so she called the Fire Chief and asked if it would be possible to send a fireman in uniform to the hospital to be with Billy as he made his transition. The chief replied, "We can do better than that. We'll be there in five minutes. Will you please do me a favor? When you hear the sirens screaming and see the lights flashing, will you announce over the PA system that there is not a fire? It's just the fire department coming to see one of its finest members one more time. And will you open the window to his room? About five minutes later a hook and ladder truck arrived at the hospital and extended its ladder up to Billy's third floor open window 16 firefighters climbed up the ladder into Billy's room. With his mother's permission, they hugged him and held him and told him how much they loved him. With his dying breath, Billy looked up at the fire chief and said, "Chief, am I really a fireman now?" "Billy, you are, and the Head Chief, God, is holding your hand," the chief said. With those words, Billy smiled and said, "I know, He's been holding my hand all day, and the angels have been singing.." He closed his eyes one last time. October. This is one of the peculiarly dangerous months to speculate in stocks in. The others are July, January, September, April, November, May, March, June, December, August, and February. --Mark Twain

The Stanley Budleske V.F.W. Post 9965 and the Ladies Auxiliary, Yalesville has mailed 181 care packages to our troops in Iraq, Afganistan and South Korea. The Post is running short on items for this program. We are looking for donations of hygiene products both for men and women. Tube socks (black, green, brown), popcorn, any kind of nuts, baby wipes, dry wipes, paper back books, CD's, small games, hard candy, oatmeal, cookies, can fruit. All items can be left off at the Post Canteen everyday from 1:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. 424 Church St (Rt. 68) across from the Yalesville school. Also items may be left at the Yalesville Post Office. Thank you in advance, Rod Fulton (203) 269-9851

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Kindergarten Child Care (KCC)
This program is designed especially for children who attend the half day Kindergarten program in the Wallingford Public School System. Located on the 1st floor of the Kinderhouse, the KCC program has 2 large rooms for play, academic and art activities. Our new media room is the place where the children enjoy learning through play on computers and the center room is used not only for lunch and snack, but also for creative art projects. The backyard has a deck area, grassyplay area, and a large playscape. Also, the children are afforded the opportunity to participate in freeswim one day during the week. Before Kindergarten School Care (6:45 am– noon) After Kindergarten School Care (noon– 6 pm) Before and after school care at the school site is offered. For more information,contact Tammi Mastroianni 269.4497 ext. 14

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Conveniently located at all eight Wallingford Elementary Schools, our SACC program offers a safe, fun, structure environment for your child to be either before school, after school or both before and after school. Children enrolled in our SACC program will participate in a variety of games, crafts and outdoor activities designed to stimluate the imagination , develop new skills and foster our core values- Caring, Honesty, Respect and Responsibility. Quiet timefor reading and/or homework is also provided. Before School Program 6:45– 8:45 amAfter School Program 3:15– 6:00 pm For more information regarding our SACC program, contact Jane Rynaski 203.697-2383


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Love Comes Tenderly
Chapter 1 By Diana Lewis The shades of the evening sky were a magnificent purple, blue and yellow. Sara watched as it faded into night from her back stoop. She had been sitting there for hours it seemed but she loved the wondrous colors in the evening sky. God's evening sky as she loved to call it. It also meant another day without rain that they desperately needed or the crops would be ruined for another year and they would not be able to pay their bills again this year. "God help us," she prayed. Her husband, Jason, came out of the house to join her. "Praying for rain again?" he asked. "Of course," Sara answered. "Do you really think He'll listen to you?" he asked. "He always has in the past." "It doesn't look like this year is going to be good like last year, so with the money we have left why don't we think about moving west to say, Missouri or Kansas. They say there's plenty of land to pickin' there" "You really want to leave our home here?" she asked. "As it is the bank is going to foreclose on the farm and I have money stashed away that's not in the bank so we could go make a new start out west." "I'm your wife, I have to go where you go, but let's take it easy on my parents when we tell them." "Okay, tomorrow I'll check on the next wagon train headed west, and we can tell your parents when we go to dinner with them after church on Sunday." "Do you think we will be going that soon?" "I think this will be the last wagon train out this year, it's already July. Hopefully we'll be in Missouri before winter sets in." "You'll have to give me a list of what to pack and what we will have to leave behind." said Sara as they walked in the house and sat at the kitchen table. Jason poured them both a cup of coffee and got a piece of paper from the desk drawer in the sitting room. Sara put some sugar and milk in her coffee as he was getting the paper. She was stirring it when he came back and sat down. "We'll have to take at least one mattress to sleep on and food stuffs to cook over a fire. We'll need blankets, towels, sheets and any small important things you want to take. The papers I will get a box with a lock on it for them and each of will have a key. That's where we will stash most of our money as well. Hopefully we can take this old stove with us." "Will it fit in the wagon?" "I'm gonna try to get it in there. If we don't take too much big stuff it should fit." "What about the baby? Will it be okay on this trek?" "We'll check with the doctor but if you take it easy, I'm sure it will be okay." They retired to bed and Sara prayed about the trip and she felt peace about it more than she did when they were first talking about it. She felt that was what God wanted her to do was go west, so she would go. The next day, when Jason came back from town, everything had been arranged. They were leaving on July 23. They had two weeks to get everything in order and packed to be ready to go. Jason had brought boxes home for her to start packing and they wrote a list of things they needed to purchase for the trip. Sara suggested getting a few things for the baby just in case it decided to come early so he or she would have something to wear. Sunday after church when they went to her parents home for dinner, they announced their plans. It wasn't a happy scene. Her parents absolutely forbid them to go, but they knew deep down they could not stop them, no matter how hard they tried. But they did try to get them to change their minds.

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"We're going to loose our farm anyway because of the drought. They let us get by from last year's drought but you know yourself they aren't going to let us go another year without paying them. I have money stashed away. We're using that to go on." said Jason, trying to get them to see reason. "How about if I went with them?" asked Sara's brother, Michael. "I could help them to get set up and then come back. We could take two wagons." "If we did that, said Sara, "We could take Grandma's Chest that I love so much." "Well, alright he can go," Calton Chambers, "but you're responsible for him." "Don't worry, Mr Chambers, we will take good care of him." answered Jason. The next day Mike, as he liked to be called, came over with the things he was planning taking with him. He surprise Jason by putting a rifle under front seat of the wagon. "What is that for?" he asked. "You never know if we run into Indians or something. And I could go shoot us some meat if we needed it," answered Mike, "You should have one too. You still have that revolver?" "Yes, I'll make sure we bring it." answered Jason. "I'll have to go into town and get more shells." They were about to get both the stove and Sara's grandmother's chest in the wagon. The stove went in Jason and Sara's wagon and the chest went into Mike's. Sara was so busy the nest couple of weeks sorting through things. Some of the things she really wanted that she couldn't take, she took them to her parents' place to be shipped later when they got settled. She ended up with six boxes of those things. The things she chose to take, some went in their wagon and some went in Mike's. They were finally all packed the day before they were to leave. Sara and Jason lay in bed the evening before they were to leave. They weren't sleeping as they should be because they had to rise so early, in fact before sun up. Sara was looking at the ceiling and thinking. "I'm really going to miss this place." she said in the darkness. "Yeah, I know," answered Jason. "It's our first home when we got married." "Yeah, I'll miss it too," and he turned over and kissed her. "Now we better get some sleep. We need to rise early." "I know," she said as she snuggled close to him and closed her eyes. Jason heard her breathing slow and knew she was asleep. He lay there trying to sleep but sleep wouldn't come. He wished he had the faith in God that his wife had. He didn't know how to have that faith. He'd always thought that religion was a crutch for poor people and people who needed something to wish upon, but it really hadn't been for him. He was too busy doing things for himself and for Sara. He did everything his way and thought it was the right way. He didn't need God's help to do anything, he was fine doing it on his own. Sara called him stubborn sometimes. He also thought about the house he was going to build for Sara. She had always wanted to live in a log home. He had carefully drew up plans for their house and showed them to Sara just last night. She was excited about the home. He finally dozed off. Look for Chapter 2 in the next issue

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I prefer winter and fall, when you feel the bone structure of the landscape -- the loneliness of it -- the dead feeling of winter. Something waits beneath it -- the whole story doesn't show. --Andrew Wyeth I saw old autumn in the misty morn Stand shadowless like silence, listening To silence. --Thomas Hood

"Why Can't Johnny Sing?"
Part 1 of a 2 part series By Katrina S. Axelrod Of course I have spoken about "The Arts Economy" before this in the People's Press, but let me explain it; "What goes around, comes around, artistically and economically- and academically". I'll start from the beginning as I see it. When you purchase a gift at a retail store in the mall that purchase helps the general economy. But when you buy that same (or better) gift at a museum or artists' collective, you not only help that non-profit museum, but you help the entrepreneurial process in the arts. Some non-profits are Big Businesses- the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, for instance. You can go to malls in several cities and purchase a gift 'from the Metropolitan'. They have overhead just like any shop owner and fewer of the dollars go to the non-profit for museum work, but it does Market the name, and I guess that is a good thing... Actually, I'm rather saddened to see big business in the non-profit arena, but that is only because I am living in a fairyland where non-profits are accorded all of the money they can use. Not. My feelings on that subject are a very mixed bag. OK, so, if you go and purchase an item from say, Gallery 53, you help 1) the gallery, 2) the artists who made the object, 3) the entire non-profit economy in the area. If you give your loved-one(s) a gift certificate for the next season's performances of Con Brio, you have helped- yes, the members, the venue in which they play, and 3) "The Arts Economy". When you get creative and have a recital/show/installation at the Augusta Curtis Cultural Center, another non-profit, you help 1) the recitalist/artist(s), 2) the ACCC, and 3) "The Arts Economy." Yes, I do realize that the ACCC doesn't sell toothpaste and that the big box stores do have a right to exist. But not at the expense of important things like people expressing themselves creatively for their living. However, there is growing optimism (mine) that when people see the artist down the street as an entrepreneur, a business person, just like an auto mechanic, then that artistic person has a better shot at a good living. He/she has done some serious work already, gotten some very expensive education, training, lots of practice, and needs to build a client base, and have some sort of business plan and probably has two or three jobs "to make a living". Just like the guy down the street who fixes cars, only he only has to have on job because he is seen as "relevant". Only the mechanic learned his skills in public school and maybe a for-profit training tech after that. But it started in school is my point. Now, the artist has one 'day job', (something related to his art if he/she is lucky), or does something else entirely that he/she learned is a "better" bet for a 'real job' while either having a home studio, providing lessons or some other way doing art on the side. Ick and Yuck. It is with this in mind that the whole Artist as Entrepreneur idea got started. I've given it some thought, and thanks to our Secretary of the State, with whom I had breakfast last week (with 40 other people, at a great Meriden Chamber of Commerce event), I have 'hatched a plan'. She asked for ideas and this one is brewing almost 24/7. Just like with Auto Mechanics as a public school curriculum, I'll start at the school level, I'll move to the Independent Artist (mechanic) and then to the Independent Artist as Entrepreneur, or, that is, "The guy who has a business down the street." The school systems around the country have as much arts as they can afford. True, true. That correlates to the community having as much arts (great grammar there) as they can afford? Sure, but if you look at it, the arts in the school systems are dead or looking like it, everywhere, and, so go the communities. Can the converse be true? If one school system peps up the Arts programs, could we have more Arts in the community? What do you think? We have new students coming into the school system every year. New people- new talents, new dreams. We have students leaving the school system every year. What did they get out of their educational experience? Can they dance? Can they sing? Can the write? Can the journal? Can they play an instrument? Can they express themselves adequately to family, peers and other constituents? Can they tell one musical instrument from another? Are those important life skills? Well, that depends on the decision that somebody made about priorities in the budgeting for education. I bet that student can kick a ball in several different ways, for several different kinds of games. I bet he/she can play a sport and I still bet that they can't tell one instrument from another. How many know the difference between a band and an orchestra? The answer is that an orchestra has stringed instruments in it. Like violins violas, cellos, basses and harps, that sort of thing. How many of them have ever held a cello and pulled the bow over its strings to produce sound? That is as good a science lesson as I can think of. "Acoustics" and "the human being", both of which are, in some circles, entirely scientific pursuits, should occur at every level of every school as artistic lessons, too. OK, so, I am making the assumption that there will be artistic/musical students entering every grade in every class. How many? How many do you want? Without music classes, we'll never know how many we can make. There's a convenient way to say that music and the other arts aren't important- just say it! It's true! It must be true- the authorities have said it! I am not haranguing local priority makers here, they get this shaft just as much as the students do, I know that. I'm talking higher up. I promised no politics here. But, come on, now, how many kids go to pee-wee sports programs and then have no team? Hmmm, well, the Curlers are flat out of luck, but the Bowlers manage. The soccer players and the football players, and the basketball players and the La Crosse Players and……oh, this is making me queasy. My point is that a student of anything usually starts early. Some children are scientific, and their parents send them to Talcott Mountain Rocketry camp, if they can afford it. But, not to worry, because science is taught at every level. Science teachers know to watch out for scientific kids and challenge them scientifically with Science Fairs and lots of enrichment. Math has Mathletix and so on. But what about the Arts? That is left to the parents who can afford it. Private lessons, which are costly to be sure, are the only option for the new young pianist or oboist. Musical and artistic children come along in every sector of society, not just the rich ones. The Arts are left to a second-and third-class status and a mixed-bag of budget priorities. Where are the African American and Hispanic violinists? Is that a strange question? I'm sorry that it is. Look for Part 2 in the next issue

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PRAYER TO The Blessed Virgin: Never known to fail. Oh most beautiful power of Mt. Carmel, Fruitful Vine, Splendor of Heaven, Blessed Mother of the Son of God, Immaculate Virgin, assist me in my necessity. Oh Star of the Sea, help me and show me that you are my mother. Oh Holy Mary, Mother of God, Queen of Heaven and earth, I humbly seek you from the bottom of my heart to secure me in my necessity. (Make your request). There are none that can withstand your pwer. Oh Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee (3 times). Holy Mary, I place this prayer in your hands (3 times). Say this prayer for three consecutive days and then you must publish it and it will be granted to you. Grateful Thanks. APR

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Know Your Status:
National Latino / Hispanic AIDS Awareness Day On October 15, 2007 the Meriden Health Department will honor National Latino and Hispanic AIDS Awareness Day. This day is a celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month and marks the first day of what has become an annual observance in the fight against AIDS. HIV/AIDS does not discriminate by language, color, sexual preference, or country of origin. One cannot tell if someone has HIV by just looking at them; status is only known by getting tested. The Meriden Health Department encourages everyone to become more educated about HIV and AIDS. The Meriden Health Department offers free, confidential testing and counseling to all interested individuals. The department offers the OraSure test, in which test results are available in twenty minutes. Educational information is also available. All services are available in English and Spanish. Call Abby Torres, HIV Counselor / Bilingual Educator, at (203) 630-4176 for more information or to make an appointment.

MidState Makes Varicose Vein Procedure Easier
Barbara Molis of Meriden has had protruding veins, leg heaviness, and discomfort associated with varicose veins for years. In recent months, her symptoms seemed to get worse by the week, especially when she was standing. That was before June, when Barbara underwent a procedure at MidState Medical Center to treat her varicosities. The procedure is medically termed radio frequency ablation, a minimally invasive practice by which doctors shut down the troublesome vein with radio frequency waves. The waves deliver heat to the vein at lower temperatures than laser treatments, causing the collagen in the vein's lining to break down. The result-no more pain, heaviness, or bulging veins. "It was great," said Barbara. The office-based procedure can be conducted in 30 minutes to one hour and requires no sedation, said Daniel Schwartz, MD, MidState Medical Center. Though patients must wear compression hose temporarily following the surgery, they are able to resume normal activity immediately. "I took a trip to American Girl in New York City the week after the procedure," said Barbara. Barbara was hesitant about the trip at first, but her doctor encouraged her to go. Results are almost immediate as well. Patients can notice a difference in as little as two days following surgery. Barbara commented, "I have no more pain and tiredness." This procedure is a far cry from what used to be done to treat venous insufficiency. In a more dated procedure, vein removal was the norm. Doctors had to surgically strip out the vein, frequently causing the patient pain and bruising. Results were not favorable either. "The vein reopens in up to 52% of cases," Dr. Schwartz said. Radio frequency ablation is less painful and much faster. It is performed by first using ultrasound technology to find the best location to enter the vein. Then a catheter is inserted into the diseased vein. The radio frequencies delivered to the vein close it immediately, redirecting blood to deeper, healthy veins. MidState physicians have performed over 30 radio frequency ablation procedures since the hospital started offering them in October 2006. The hospital has also organized a vein center in response to the growing need for vein disease treatment. MidState's Vein Center is comprised of four MidState doctors: Daniel Schwartz, MD, general and vascular surgeon; Jack Huse, MD, general surgeon; Harry Hajedemos, MD, Assistant Medical Director of Radiology; and Gary Dee, MD, Medical Director of Radiology. Approximately 80 million Americans suffer from venous insufficiency, and another 20 million experience symptoms associated with reflux (blood traveling in the wrong direction), but only 1.2 million of these individuals seek treatment. Vein centers have been an emerging concept in the last six years, and doctors are beginning to better understand the effect of vein problems. Bulging varicose veins are the well-known characteristic of venous insufficiency, but people can experience other problems without having physical manifestations. Pain, heavy legs, tingling, swelling, and fatigue of the legs are all signs that valves are poorly functioning. The Vein Center at MidState will assess patients' vein problems through a specific staging process and then propose appropriate treatment. Advanced ultrasound technology and a comprehensive examination will be used to determine a diagnosis. Most insurance companies will cover the radio frequency ablation procedure with confirmation of symptoms and diagnosis and if conservative therapies like compression hose have continually failed. Treating venous insufficiency and varicose veins has not always been this simplistic, but patients no longer have to suffer with pain. Dr. Hajedemos said, "The technology makes it easy to treat."

The Meriden Health Department will offer the influenza (flu) vaccine on the following dates: October 17, 2007 9:00am - 12:00pm Meriden Senior Citizens Center 22 West Main Street (Seniors over 60 years of age and chronically ill residents encouraged to attend) October 24, 2007 2:00pm-5:30pm Meriden Health Department 165 Miller Street (Open to all Meriden residents, including City of Meriden and Board of Education employees) October 30, 2007 9:00am-11:00am Harbor Towers 60 Hanover Street (Seniors over 60 years of age and chronically ill residents encouraged to attend) The cost of each inoculation is $20.00. Medicare Part B will be accepted. Any persons allergic to eggs or any part of the flu vaccine are not eligible for the vaccination. All vaccination dates are by appointment only. Please call the Meriden Health Department at 630-4234 to make an appointment.

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The Senior Buddy Readers intergenerational mentoring & literacy program is currently seeking volunteers for the 20062007 school year. Active retirees are needed to help first and second grade students improve their reading skills. The program runs from October through the end of May and takes place in six of Meriden's elementary schools: Ben Franklin, Casimir Pulaski, Hanover, Israel Putnam, Nathan Hale and Thomas Hooker schools. Anyone interested in sharing one hour a week mentoring a child is invited to call the office of Meriden Children First Initiative at 630-3566. Make a difference in the life of a child…become a Senior Buddy Reader volunteer!

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The Wallingford Garden Club and Wallingford Center Inc cosponsored the 2007 Gardener’s Market on Saturday mornings at the Railroad Station. The ten week event was a success for vendors and customers alike. Special thanks to all those volunteers who assisted: Caryl Ryan, Lillian Hefka, Lillian Weaver, Shirley Krampitz, Eileen Eccles, Helen Daney, Fran Pellegrino, Barbara Hannon, Maryon Lindholm, Sandy and TJ Pajor, Candy Grana, Liz Landow and Rosemary Rascati from the Garden Club and WCI. Other volunteers who deserve special thanks are Bob and Carole Golikto who gave the cooking demonstration, cooking advice and free recipes as well as the Wallingford Brass Quintet who entertained the crowd in September. The last day was a free raffle of many vendors’ items. The volunteer basket donated by Carole Golitko was won be Marilyn Ollayos. The vendor basket donated by Ellie Tessmer was won by Skippy D’Albero from Tancreti Farms and the customer basket of a silk flower arrangement donated by Rose Marano was won by Lydia Wooster. The vendors with fruit, veggies, flowers, plants, food, crafts were exceptional. We look forward to another successful year in 2008. We hope to see you all back. For more information: Contact Ellie Tessmer, market manager 269-2653 Photo by Ellie tessmer of chefs Bob and Carole Golitko


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Franciscan Christmas Fair
Come one, come all to the 16th Annual Franciscan Christmas Fair to benefit the counseling, education, home health care and hospice care programs of the Franciscan Life Center on Saturday, November 17, 2007, 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on the campus of the Franciscan Life Center, 271 Finch Avenue, Meriden, Connecticut 06451. Join in the spirit of Christmas by enjoying Franciscan music, quilt raffle, a living creche, pottery, jams and jellies, bread, and more. Freshly cut Christmas trees, hand-decorated wreaths and a fantastic basket raffle are also available. Bring family and friends. See you at the Fair. For more information call the Franciscan Life Center at (203) 237-8084.

The Journey
When you bring a pet into your life, you begin a journey - a journey that will bring you more love and devotion than you have ever known, yet also test your strength and courage. If you allow, the journey will teach you many things, about life, about yourself, and, most of all, about love. You will come away changed forever, for one can not touch another without leaving its mark. Along the way, you will learn much about savoring life's simple pleasures - jumping in leaves, snoozing in the sun, the joys of puddles, and even the satisfaction of a good scratch behind the ears. If you spend much time outside, you will be taught how to truly experience every element, for no rock, leaf, or log will go unexamined, no rustling bush will be overlooked, and even the very air will be inhaled, pondered, and noted as being full of valuable information. Your pace may be slower - except when heading home to the food dish - but you will become a better naturalist, having been taught by an expert in the field. Too many times we hike on automatic pilot, our goal being to complete the trail rather than enjoy the journey. We miss the details - the colorful mushrooms on the rotting log, the honeycomb in the old maple snag, the hawk feather caught on a twig. Once we walk as a dog does, we discover a whole new world. We stop; we browse the landscape, we kick over leaves, peek in tree holes, look up, down, all around. And we learn what any dog knows: that nature has created a marvelously complex world that is full of surprises, that each cycle of the seasons bring ever changing wonders, each day an essence all its own. Even from indoors you will find yourself more attuned to the world around you. You will find yourself watching summer insects collecting on a screen (How bizarre they are! How many kinds there are!), or noting the flick and dance flash of fireflies through the dark. You will stop to observe the swirling of windblown leaves, or sniff the air after a rain. It does not matter that there is no objective in this; the point is in the doing, in not letting life's most important details slip by. You will find yourself doing silly things that your pet-less friends might not understand: spending thirty minutes in the grocery aisle looking for the cat food brand your feline must have, buying dog birthday treats, or driving around the block an extra time because your pet enjoys the ride. You will roll in the snow, wrestle with chewy toys, bounce little rubber balls till your eyes cross, and even run around the house trailing your bathrobe tie - with a cat in hot pursuit - all in the name of love. Your house will become muddier and hairier. You will wear less dark clothing and buy more lint rollers. You may find dog biscuits in your pocket or purse, and feel the need to explain that an old plastic shopping bag adorns your living room rug because your cat loves the crinkly sound. You will learn the true measure of love - the steadfast, undying kind that says, "It doesn't matter where we are or what we do or how life treats us as long as we are together." Respect this always. It is the most precious gift any living soul can give another. You will not find it often among the human race. And you will learn humility. The look in my dog's eyes often made me feel ashamed. Such joy and love at my presence. She saw not some flawed human who could be cross and stubborn, moody or rude, but only her wonderful companion. Or maybe she saw those things and dismissed them as mere foibles, not worth considering, and so chose to love me anyway. If you pay attention and learn well, when the journey is done, you will be not just a better person, but the person your pet always knew you to be - the one they were proud to call beloved friend. I must caution you that this journey is not without pain. Like all paths of true love, the pain is part of loving. For as surely as the sun sets, one day your dear animal companion will follow a trail you cannot yet do down. And you will have to find the strength and love to let them go. A pet's time on earth is far too short - especially for those that love them. We borrow them, really, just for a while, and during these brief years they are generous enough to give us all their love, every inch of their spirit and heart, until one day there is nothing left. The cat that only yesterday was a kitten is all too soon old and frail and sleeping in the sun. The young pup of boundless energy wakes up stiff and lame, the muzzle now gray. Deep down we somehow always knew that this journey would end. We knew that if we gave our hearts, they would be broken. But give them we must, for it is all they ask in return. When the time comes and the road curves ahead to a place we cannot see, we give one final gift and let them run on ahead - young and whole once more. "God speed, good friend," we say, until our journey comes full circle and our paths cross again. By Crystal Ward Kent

Emergency Medical Technician Course
Hunter's Ambulance Service, Vehicle and Education Resource Center, 474 W. Main St., Meriden. Classes will start on October 25, 2007 until end of March 2008. They are held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Additional Saturday sessions are planned. Students must be over 18 years of age or older. Anyone over 16 but under 18 must have a signed parental permission form. (Available first night of class). Class size is limited to 30 students. For more information please call (203) 514-5142. Fall is my favorite season in Los Angeles, watching the birds change color and fall from the trees. --David Letterman

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Children's Book Drive a Great Success During the month of August, the Meriden Borders book store ran a book drive to collect new children's books for the Senior Buddy Reader program, sponsored by Meriden Children First. Over the course of the month, Borders staff held several community events to raise awareness for the book drive. Employees also did a great job of encouraging customers to donate a book. The goal of 600 new books was easily met. The final totals? In just one month, more than 1,400 books were collected! As an extra bonus, a percentage of these sales will support the Ronald McDonald House. Hundreds of young children and their families will benefit from the generosity of this community, and of Borders. A special thanks to Mike Rohde of the Ronald McDonald House, and to Theresa MacNaughton, Lorna Marshall, Craig Kennedy and the entire Borders team for their amazing efforts. For more information about Senior Buddy Readers and Children First call 630-3566 or visit www.meridenchildrenfirst.org Left to right, Theresa MacNaughton, Keri Lynn Engel, Jessica JohnsonTravers, Dulany Ney (top book drive collector with 341!), and Anne Marie Golba. Not pictured: Corrie Needels, who collected 313 books for the drive.

Lyman Hall Class of 82 25 year reunion
November 24, 2007 Elks Lodge in Wallingford 7:00pm - midnight. Cost is $59.00 per person. Call Mike Cassello at 203-265-2864 ext 175, or email Laurene at lmgtravel@sbcglobal.net No Spring nor Summer Beauty hath such grace As I have seen in one Autumnal face. --John Donne

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We are pleased to have Pam Hall from Connecticut Light and Power who will discuss Energy Efficicency on October 16th at 2 p.m. We welcome Pam to serve your needs in our continuing series of talks by area experts on topics of interest to older adults. Please join us for these free programs to keep you informed.
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If a man . . . can paint a landscape, and convey into souls and ochres all the enchantments of Spring or Autumn; it is certain that the secret cannot be kept; the first witness tells it to a second, and men go by fives and tens and fifties to his doors. --Ralph Waldo Emerson

The Max E. Muravnick Meriden Senior Citizens' Center is open to all Meriden residents age 60 and over. Membership is free of charge and new members may sign-up any weekday between 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM by presenting a driver's license or other proof of age. New members receive an information package about senior services and a coupon entitling them to one complimentary lunch in our Senior Community Café. Sign-up today and find out about all that is offered for Meriden seniors at the Max E. Muravnick Senior Center! ******** The Meriden Health Department has scheduled a Flu Shot Clinic at the Max Muravnick Senior Center on Wednesday, October 17 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 noon. The flu shots at the Senior Center will be given by appointment only again this year. Appointments must be made by calling the Meriden Health Department at 630-4234 to schedule a time for your flu shot on Wednesday, October 17. According to Meriden Health Director Beth Vumbaco, flu shots are strongly recommended for all people aged 65 and older, all residents of nursing homes or chronic care facilities and all adults with chronic disorders of the pulmonary or cardiovascular systems, including asthma. The flu shots at the Senior Center are for Meriden residents over 60 or those with chronic illnesses such as diabetes, severe anemia, severe asthma, heart disease or lung disease. Please note that the flu shot does not contain live virus and cannot give you the flu and a new, sterile needle is used for each person. To make an appointment for your flu shot at the Senior Center call the Meriden Health Department at 630-4234. Remember to bring your Medicare card too! ******** The next session of the AARP Driver Safety Program at the Senior Center will be on Wednesday, November 7 and Friday, November 9 from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Five good reasons to take the class are: Learn defensive driving techniques, new traffic laws and much more in this 8-hour course. Find out how to adjust to age-related changes in vision, hearing and reaction time. Get an insurance discount. You don't have to take a test. Millions of people have taken advantage of this valuable course. The course fee is $10 and people can sign-up by calling the Senior Center at 237-0066. The program will be limited to the first 30 people who register so sign-up today! ******** Meteorologist Art Horn will again visit the Senior Center to put on his latest weather show, "The Weather of the U.S.A.". Art's fun and informative show will be on Wednesday, November 14 from 10:30 - 11:30 AM in the first floor meeting room. His 45 minute slide show will cover such topics as historic weather events and extreme weather conditions that have taken place in the history of the United States. Following his slide show Art will conduct a 10 to 15 minute question and answer session. Be sure not to miss "The Weather of the U.S.A." with former TV weatherman Art Horn on Wednesday, November 14 at 10:30 AM! ******** The Senior Center has been notified that we will again receive funding from the Agency on Aging of South Central Connecticut to provide medical transportation services for Meriden residents age 60 and over to their in-town medical appointments. The service is provided by the Senior Center Mini-Bus and appointments must be scheduled several days in advance by calling 237-3338 or by making a reservation in the Mini-Bus Office. The grant also covers out-of-town rides, which are provided by the Wallingford Meriden Branch of the American Red Cross. To schedule the out-of-town rides, call the Red Cross at least one week in advance at 265-6721. Services are provided to local residents age 60 and over, or the disabled free of charge and voluntary contributions are accepted. For further information about transportation to your in-town and out-of town medical appointments call the Senior Center Mini-Bus Office at 237-3338. ******** As a member of the Board of Directors of the Connecticut Coalition on Aging, I would like to encourage People's Press readers to complete the CCOA 2007-2008 Survey of State Legislative Issues. The Coalition on Aging's annual legislative survey is a very important means of determining which issues are priorities for Connecticut seniors. We distribute the results to every Connecticut State Legislator. We testify in public hearings in support of proposed legislation based on the top priorities of the survey. Just go on-line to www.CoalitionAgingCt.org, click on legislative survey, pick the five issues most important to you and submit the survey. If you prefer to fill out a printed copy the surveys are available now at the Senior Center. The Connecticut Coalition on Aging has been working to improve the quality of life for Connecticut's senior citizens since 1974 and you can help by completing our annual survey on the Internet or by picking up a copy at the Senior Center. ******** For a complete listing of all Senior Center classes, activities, trips and meal menus, pick-up a copy of our newsletter available on the first of each month at the reception desk in the front lobby. John F. Hogarth - Senior Center Director All those golden autumn days the sky was full of wings. Wings beating low over the blue water of Silver Lake, wings beating high in the blue air far above it . . . bearing them all away to the green fields in the South. -Laura Ingalls Wilder

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Meriden Family Day - A “Step” in the Right Direction Over 60 people joined the Meriden Health Department and Rushford Healthcare to celebrate Meriden Family Day on Saturday, September 22, 2007. The family fun walk was held at the new Quinnipiac River linear walking trail, located at the corner of Oregon Road and Route 70 in Meriden. Mayor Mark Benigni led the enthusiastic walkers down the 1.3 mile trail. After the walk, participants enjoyed healthy snacks and great conversation as they rediscovered their families, their community, and their environment. The Meriden Health Department and Rushford Healthcare would like to thank everyone who participated. We could not have asked for a better day to hold such a fun event! This event was also held as the kick-off walk to the Meriden Movers community walking program. Group walks will be held during the week at the trail; for a schedule please contact Lea Crown, Health Educator, at 6304238. Schedules are also available online at www.meridenhealth.com.

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Celebrations of Life and Home
Happy Birthday DAD! You are the BEST! Love, Mark, Jeannie and Booey

Celebrations of Life and Home
Is this our little guy or what? Preston Bucklan Nanny and Diggy LOVE YOU SO MUCH

By Andy Reynolds Discovering a New Me, (Maybe), on Columbus Day Many of you read Dawn's article on Isogenix and Dr. David DeRosa of Precision Chiropractic Center, llc challenge that it would work. Again there were no conditions. He would provide us with the program and we would honestly report the results. He did not have to advertise but if he chose to that was his option. If you would like to read what Dawn had to say in Part 1, email me at andy@peoplespressnews.com and I will be happy to send it to you. So now I begin my challenge on Columbus Day. Before I get into my weight and all of my current measurements, I should once again explain that this is not just supposed to be a weight loss program but a chemical cleanse program. It will be a real challenge for the program and for me to do this. I have a horrible lifestyle. I smoke 1-2 packs of cigarettes a day. I drink 5 cups of coffee and maybe 3 glasses of soda a day. I'm a sugar and breadaholic. I eat only 1 meal a day even though I have to admit Dawn has forced me, (since she cares), to eat breakfast and lunch. So the question is - can I give all of this up? The program requires that I do so if I can't then is it really a fair test to it? I will try to do so. If you call me after Columbus Day - I warn you that I will not be the same. When I quit smoking, I become for a lack of better words, not nice. So please don't take it personally if I attack you, your family and everything. I'm not kidding. Everything that is required to be given up is my ENTIRE diet and habits. So send my thoughts my way as in the end - even if the diet does not work, if I can quit everything then it has been a success in a way and remember when you quit smoking you tend to eat much more and gain weight so keep that in mind. On to my current weight which I really don't want to share. I am the heaviest I have ever been weighing in at 182.4 pounds. In part 3 of the series in the next issue - you will have the final results reported to you for both Dawn and I. You will also have the disgusting honor of seeing a before photo and an after photo of me, (that is only if it works), so be prepared and close your eyes if needed.

The Challenge Part 2

Wallingford Park and Recreation Fun Events
DOGTOBER FESTIVAL SATURDAY OCTOBER 27, 2007 1:00-3:00P.M. AT DOOL ITTLE PARK Doggie Lovers Unite. Join us for a fun filled afternoon of doggie activities. Paws n' Effect of Hamden will set up an agility course to allow dogs to practice their jumps, tunnel runs and various talents. Also local dog obedience experts, trainers, dog bakeries, vets, pet stores, pet spas and more will be available for questions and purchases. This event will not be judged however; - participants are welcomed to dress their dogs in their favorite costumes. All dogs not participating in the agility and Frisbee event must be leashed. A GOBLIN GATHERING FRIDAY OCTOBER 26, 2007 6:45P.M. A gathering for all Wallingford Goblins! Gather in front of theWallingford Town Hall for an evening of fun activities, d.j. monster mash music and ghoulish games by "Jock in the Box," prebagged candy, cider and donuts. Activities to include art projects, glow necklaces for the first 500 children and more. This event is sponsored by the Wallingford Public Celebrations Committee and the Wallingford Parks and Recreation Dept. NINE AND A CHICKEN This year's hunt will be one for the ages. Participants will be required to go to the Recreation Department to pick up a packet of CERTIFIED clues. (We want to make sure that all participants start from the Recreation Department so everyone has a fair shot) These clues will lead you to 9 cardboard turkeys and the bonus chicken. All cardboard turkeys and chicken will be hidden on Wallingford town property. The object is to locate a turkey and return it to the Parks and Recreation for the gift certificate. Awards: To be awarded to the first three families. Clues must be handed in at time of redemption. When: November 16, 2007 Day: Friday Time: 7:00p.m. Where: Wallingford Parks and Recreation Department Fee: Free Those seemingly interminable dark walks between houses, long before street-lit safety became an issue, were more adrenalizing than the mountains of candy filling the sack. Sadly Halloween, with our good-natured attempts to protect the little ones, from the increasingly dangerous traffic and increasingly sick adults, has become an utter bore. ~Lauren Springer

Celebrations of Life and Home
Happy Sweet 16th Birthday Jeannie on October 19th Love, Mom, Dad, Mark and Booey

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You are cordially invited to...

Celebrate a great year for our kids...

& plan an even better one for the upcoming year!

Meriden Children First - Annual Meeting
Wednesday, October 17th - 5:30pm-8:30pm Art Viewing begins at 5:30. Program begins at 6:30. Augusta Curtis Cultural Center - 175 East Main in Meriden
Together, we have accomplished so much for our kids in the past year. Together, we can do even more in the upcoming year. Our mission is to promote and protect the interests of ALL of our kids. It’s a mission that we all believe in and all of us need to keep on fighting for.

Programs and Events:
* Meet the Meriden Board of Education candidates and their stand on school issues at our B.O.E. debate. * Celebrate the “Children’s Champions” of 2007! * Celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the “School Readiness” program with an award presented to the Pre-School Teacher of the year. * Help plan and listen to our goals for 2008. * Meet the new Children First Board of Directors. * Take a look at what our kids want to do in the future with artwork from area schools from 5:30pm - 6:30pm.
Professional childcare available upon request. Refreshments will be served.

Please R.S.V.P. by calling Meriden Children First Initiative at 203-630-3566
Visit www.meridenchildrenfirst.org for more information on what we are all about!