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Flights of Fancy and Song 2014
The Coginchaug Regional High School parents’ group, POPs, brought in just under $1,000 with their unique and varied instrument art pieces, also auctioned. CVEF thanks all those coming out to support our organization and the community.

CVEF would like to thank the following businesses and organizations for their generous support:

Diamond ($1,000 and above)
Peach Pit Foundation

Platinum ($500 - $999)
Conroy Orthodontics

Gold ($250 - $499)
Durham Fair Foundation, Inc.
Redstone Studios, LLC

Silver ($100 - $249)
Chapman Manufacturing
Christopher M. Soulias, EA, CFP Tax and Financial Services
Durham Democratic Town Committee
Grade A Home Improvement, LLC
Larkin’s Run
Lino’s Market
Maggie Peterson Design
Middlefield Democratic Town Committee
Middlesex Dental Associates
Peerless Builders, LLC

Bronze (Up to $100)
Allan’s Tree Service
Durham Pharmacy
L and I Refridgeration, Inc.
Sharon McCormick Design, LLC

A special thank you to Home Depot, Indian Springs Golf Course, and Jay McKernan for their in-kind donations.

Robin Heath and Liz Conroy, CVEF president

Robin Heath receives 2013 Howard Kelley Community Award
The Coginchaug Valley Education Foundation awarded Robin Heath its Howard Kelley Award at a ceremony on December 12th at Indian Springs Golf Course in Middlefield.
     Heath serves as Scout Master for Troop 33 in Middlefield. “My favorite part of scouting is the ‘outing’ part,” said Heath in an interview with the Town Times before accepting the award. Since 1994, numerous scouts from the area have gone hiking in New Mexico, canoeing in the Boundary Waters park in northern Minnesota, and swimming in Florida under Heath’s guidance and supervision.
     CVEF’s award goes to an individual who demonstrates a commitment to giving back to the community in an educational way. The late Howard Kelley served as RSD13’s first school superintendent and oversaw the start of the Integrated Day program as well as the Youth Effectiveness Seminar (YES) program.
     Heath was nominated for the award by Pam Moore Onofreo, in her speech at the award presentation, she pointed to Heath’s guidance of scouts to the Eagle Scout rank as a reason Health made a good Howard Kelley Award recipient. Eagle Scout is the highest honor a scout can achieve and is only awarded after a significant community service project. There have been 41 Eagle Scouts since the inception of the troop decades ago. Of those, 30 have been guided to the rank by Heath.

2013 CVEF Bee Donors
CVEF would like to thank the following businesses, organizations and individuals for their generous support:

Diamond ($1,000 and above)
Peach Pit Foundation

Gold ($250 - $499)
Durham Fair Foundation
Independent Day School
Lyman Orchards
Redstone Studios, LLC

Silver ($100 - $249)
Brenda’s Main Street Feed
Chapman Manufacturing
Jason and Tracy Camassar
Dzialo, Pickett & Allen, PC
Durham Family Eye Care
The Hitchin’ Post Tavern
Lino’s Market
Middlesex Dental Association:
      Anthony J. Onofrio DMD,
      Pamela A. Moore DMD
Perk on Main

Team Sponsors ($150)
The Conroy Company
Durham Democratic Town Committee
Durham Library PALS
Durham VFW Post #10169
John Lyman Elementary School
Korn Elementary School
Memorial Middle School
Maggie Peterson Design
Christopher M. Soulias, EA, CFP:
      Tax and Financial Services

Bronze (Up to $99)
Dean Autoworks
L and I Refrigeration, Inc
Larkin’s Run
Lorrie Martin
Sharon McCormick Design, LLC

Howard Kelley Honored
Nominations are in for the first annual Howard Kelly Community Award. In honor of founder and board member Howard Kelley, who passed away in early 2010, the award will be made to someone who embodies the spirit of Howard’s leadership in the community, particularly his devotion to volunteerism and education. To nominated someone you think would be deserving of the Howard Kelley Award e-mail us at

2013 CVEF Bee
Mike Klimas and Donna Mattei were the Bee emcees filling the evening with spirited competition. Durham’s First Selectwoman Laura Francis, the Honorable Judge Joe Marino and Matt Thompson CRHS graduate, teacher and class advisor were judges. We would like to thank the teams who participated, Bill Kurtz, the amazing maintenance staff at Strong School, Tom Brennan, all the little bees, the countless volunteers behind the scene.

Winners of the Trivia Bee Most Spirit Award are the SeaBees, Becca Suchy, Claire Peterson, Nicole Maletta, Tom Volgenau and Paul Sinusas. Team sponsored by the Durham VFW

Team O-Bee-ma, Dina D'Amato, Nancy Senick, Julie Coogan, Michelle Berry and Abbey Coogan, won the Most Entertaining Award

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Sarah Atwell receives the 2014 Howard Kelley Award
Sarah exemplifies the mission of CVEF in support of lifelong learning and echoes Howard Kelley’s commitment to the importance of community involvement and spirit. Atwell, a registered nurse, is president of the Durham Historic Society and long-time member, as well as a volunteer with the American Cancer Society and the Durham Fair Association.

2014 Talk of the Towns

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2013 Trivia Bee

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2012 Spelling Bee

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2011 Spelling Bee

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Annual Gathering

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