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Larry Owens of Middletown

Larry Owens, at left, of Middletown, talks about the need for support and funding of small, grass-roots programs like his group, Middletown United Fathers, which mentors young men in the city. Owens participated in a community discussion at Middletown's Russell Library on Tuesday -- a discussion that took place after attendees had watched televised coveraged of the inauguration of Barack Obama. The library event was moderated by Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz. BOB MACDONNELL / HARTFORD COURANT