Monthly Archives: November 2012
Stony Hill Four Corners’ Hawleyville Tree Lighting Sunday Helps Children, Honors Friends
The Stony Hill Four Corners Association will host their 3rd Annual Hawleyville Tree Lighting this Sunday, December 2nd, from 5:30-6:30p.m at the Hawleyville Post Office Plaza, 23 Barnabus Road, Newtown. All are welcome to attend and get into the holiday spirit with sounds of the season sung by the Saint Rose Contemporary Choir and Wayne Lane. Ultra Violet Productions Childrens’ Theatre Troupe will be dressed as Whos and sing songs from Whoville. Guests are asked to bring an unwrapped gift or toy for the Newtown Fund, a non-profit volunteer organization that provides assistance to local residents and their families.
The charitable event will also honor two friends of Hawleyville who passed away earlier this year, Bucky Dean and Charles Speidel. Robert S. “Bucky” Dean was proud to be a dedicated member of the Hawleyville Volunteer Fire Department and served in the United States Army, stationed in Germany. Charles F. Speidel was involved in the “Save the Hawleyville Post Office” campaign. Charlie purchased a new flagstaff for the old Hawleyville Post Office and supplied new flags for the old Hawleyville Post Office for the last 14 years. At the opening of the new post office he was given the honor of raising the flag for the first time.
The Hawleyville Volunteer Fire Department will escort Santa & Mrs. Claus while people can enjoy refreshments donated by the following Hawleyville businesses:
*Pizza from Papa Al’s
*Sparkling Wine from Hawleyville Wine & Liquor
*Fortune Cookies from New Main Moon Restaurant
*Hot Chocolate from Big Buddha Cigar Lounge & the Hawleyville Post Office
The Stony Hill Four Corners Association is comprised of businesses between exits 8 and 9 in both Hawleyville / Newtown and Stony Hill / Bethel. All businesses and organizations in the area are welcome to join. Click here for more information.
- Girls U10: Jillian Collins* – 3rd place
- Girls U11: Nora Rose Ahern*- 1st place
- Girls U12: Meaghan Lynn*- 6th place
- Girls U14: Nicole Greco*- 9th place
- Girls U15: Julia Murphy*-3rd place
- Girls U16: Breanna Ahern*- 2nd place
- Girls U17: Megan Teeking- 17th place
- Girls U18: Hali Thorne* 1st place
- Boys U14: Colin Vecchiariello*- 1st place
- Men 18-20: Ryan Murphy*- 4th place
Bethel Hero Serves in AmeriCorps NCCC
Bethel, Conn.- Sarah Stelmazyk of Bethel, Conn. recently began a 10-month term of service in the National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC), an AmeriCorps program. Stelmazyk, based out of the AmeriCorps regional campus in Sacramento, Calif., was formally inducted into the program on November 8, 2012.
Stelmazyk arrived at her regional campus in October to begin a month of training. This training, which prepared the over 300 Corps Members for full-time service with AmeriCorps NCCC, emphasized teamwork, leadership development, communication, service learning, and included certification by the American Red Cross.
Stelmazyk will be responsible for completing a series of six- to eight-week-long service projects as part of a 10- to 12-person team. Their first service projects will end in mid-December, at which time the teams will break for the winter holidays and begin a new project in a new location in January.
Before serving in NCCC, Stelmazyk attended Bethel High School before going to Western Connecticut State University. Stelmazyk is the daughter of Maria Schiavo of Bethel. Stelmazyk said, “I wasn’t sure what I wanted for my future career wise. I had heard about Americorps NCCC and read up on it and I knew instantly this is what I wanted to do in the now. Theres things that I’ve wanted to do but wasn’t motivated enough and the NCCC program seems to be something that will motivate me to do the things I want to accomplish.”
AmeriCorps NCCC is a residential national service program that supports disaster relief, the environment, infrastructure improvement, energy conservation, and urban and rural development. Fifty-six teams composed of over 600 Corps Members and Team Leaders began service projects in November throughout the Pacific and Southwest regions, based in Sacramento in Denver respectively. There are three additional NCCC campuses located in Perry Point, Md., Vinton, Iowa, and Vicksburg, Miss., each of which is a hub for its respective area of the country.
AmeriCorps NCCC members, all 18 to 24 years old, complete at least 1,700 hours of service during the 10-month program. In exchange for their service, they receive $5,550 to help pay for college. Other benefits include a small living stipend, room and board, leadership development, team building skills, and the knowledge that, through active citizenship, they can indeed make a difference. AmeriCorps NCCC is administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service. For more information about AmeriCorps NCCC, visit the website at www.americorps.gov/nccc
WFSB Nominates Bethel Quarterback Joe Piatnik for Friday Night Football Athlete of The Week
Bethel Quarterback Joe Piatnik has been nominated by WFSB News Channel 3 for the Friday Night Football Athlete of The Week. Joe had 249 yards rushing, 3 rushing touchdowns and 3 touchdown passes. Click here to vote.
From the BHS School Email Alert:
Bethel Quarterback Joe Piatnik has been nominated in WFSB’s statewide poll for FNF Athlete of The Week.
Please vote for Bethel’s Quaterback Joe Piatnik at WFSB.COM through Friday afternoon.
Click on Sports and Friday Night Football.
The poll has just been posted online:
The winner will be announced on Friday’s 6pm newscast then again on the 11:15pm FNF show.
Also, Park & Rec. HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL LEAGUE IS BACK!!
THE LEAGUE IS FOR BOYS AND GIRLS IN GRADES 9-12. See website for details.
“Tis the Season… for Back Pain
Lumbar sprain. Photo contributed.
Editor’s note: Dr. Russell D. Caram is one of our local sponsors who will be sharing weekly tips and articles on Bethel Buzz. This week’s topic is holiday lumbar strain. During this busy holiday season with family and friends visiting from far and near, Dr. Caram sees many patients who experience “holiday injuries” such as lumbar sprains and strains from moving furniture and lifting heavy items otherwise not normally lifted. Below is an informative article from Dr. Caram about how these injuries can be treated with chiropractic care.
Holiday Lumbar Strain/Sprain ~ By Dr. Russell D. Caram
Symptoms: Stiffness or decrease in range of motion, pain in the back that worsens with movement, pain that often peaks immediately, most often from stretched ligaments and muscle spasms. Patients quite often express an inability to get out of bed or out of the position they’re in due to the pain. However the restrictions usually let up a bit, but not without pain.
A sprain is a stretch or tear in the ligament resulting from a sudden movement that causes the back to extend to an extreme position. For example, in the rapid deceleration of a car crash, and the translational shift of the vertebrae on each other.
The lumbar sprain seems to feel as if the pain is also at times difficult to localize. It seems to be present in the back, but at other times seems to pierce thru the body. Sprains of this type also make the patient aware of their posture as well as how poor their lifting/bending techniques were prior to the sprain.
The diagnosis of lumbar sprain is not difficult, but is most often derived from the mechanism of injury as described above. At times it’s difficult to examine a patient with a severe lumbar sprain simply because the positions required for testing cannot be assumed by the patient. When there is a typical C-shaped curve of the back when viewed from the side, that curve can become reduced, straightened or reversed. The subsequent subluxations of the vertebrae, stretching of the ligaments and protective contraction of the muscles generate a tremendous amount of pain.
One of the most common reasons for seeing a chiropractor is for this exact kind of injury. Usually a set of x-rays will help confirm a diagnosis of lumbar spine sprain/strain. Lumbar spine adjustments are the best remedy for removing these subluxations of the spine while restoring nerve function and range-of-motion. Physical therapy modalities are often utilized in conjunction with care in order to help facilitate the healing process, either by reducing inflammation or calming muscle spasms. Depending on the condition, treatment and recovery times vary, ranging from 6 weeks to 6 months. Considering the involvement of the spine and nervous system, if the sprain is significant enough to cause a permanent problem, follow-up treatments may be recommended in order to help stabilize the affected area.
Dr. Russell D. Caram’s office is located on 182 Grassy Plain Street, Bethel, on Route 53. Office hours are Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. and Thursdays and Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.
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