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Embracing the challenge; Local tournament welcomes top teams in the region

January 30, 2013
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Embracing the challenge; Local tournament welcomes top teams in the region

By John Goralski Sports Writer Austin Sullivan was trailing by eight points when Coach Derek Dion made his way to the mat from another Blue Knigth bout. An in-state wrestler was slowly gaining dominance over Sullivan in the 183-pound match, and a red-faced coach bellowed from the sidelines. Sullivan reversed his opponent and planted him…

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School board asks for $85.3 million; Funds include full-day kindergarten proposal

January 30, 2013
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By Rob Glidden Staff Writer The Board of Education approved a school budget of $85.3 million for the next fiscal year that includes the funds necessary to launch a full-day kindergarten program. The recommended budget represents a 3.51 percent increase over the previous year. This is a reduction of about $900,000 from the proposal presented…

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Sloper registration set to begin

January 28, 2013
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Registration for YMCA Camp Sloper’s 64th year of day camp will open on February 2nd with Online Early Bird Registration. Beginning at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 2, priority registration for 2012 campers and full members of the Southington and Cheshire Community YMCAs will be accessible through the online registration page by linking from www.ymcacampsloper.org. …

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Wildcats recognize Observer sports writer John Goralski

January 27, 2013
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Wildcats recognize Observer sports writer John Goralski

On Thursday, Jan. 17, Southington Observer sports writer John Goralski was recognized by the Lincoln College New England men’s basketball team (formerly known as Briarwood College) for almost one decade of sports coverage. Coaches and players presented Goralski with a framed Briarwood College jersey and plaque.

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Miss Teen USA gives lessons to stop bullies

January 27, 2013
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Logan West knows what it’s like to be bullied. When the current Miss Teen USA was younger, she found herself a target of a bully. But the Southington resident survived the experience. To ensure other children don’t have to go through what she went through, she created a program, “Bully…

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The race for 140 points; Knights improve by 3 points without full lineup

January 26, 2013
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The race for 140 points; Knights improve by 3 points without full lineup

By John Goralski Sports Writer Lexi Rothstein catapulted herself off the the vault and twisted like a corkscrew before sticking her landing. Kayla Nati launched herself between the bars as if she was mad at gravity, and the Lady Knights stuck to the beam as if they had glue on their feet. On Saturday, Jan.…

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The real test; Skaters beat defending champ, clinch a postseason berth

January 26, 2013
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The real test; Skaters beat defending champ, clinch a postseason berth

By John Goralski Sports Writer Hall-Southington hockey has knocked off a division one opponent. They’ve come out on top in all but one division two game, and they’ve swept through their division three pairings without as much as a hiccup. But make no bones about it. There was only one game circled at the start…

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The SEF hands out another $12,000 in grants

January 25, 2013
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The SEF hands out another $12,000 in grants

BY Rob Glidden Staff Writer The Southington Education Foundation handed out another round of grants last week, with over $12,000 in funding meant to make six unique teaching ideas possible. The teachers behind the chosen proposals gathered at Derynoski Elementary School to accept their grants and publicly summarize their ideas. “Choosing these was a difficult…

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Knights control conference; Girls lead CCC West with wins over Simsbury, New Britain

January 25, 2013
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Knights control conference; Girls lead CCC West with wins over Simsbury, New Britain

By John Goralski Sports Writer Last year the Lady Knights had just one chance to play for double digit wins, but it was spoiled by a postseason loss. What a difference a year makes. Southington dispatched two opponents last week to improve to 10-3. A two-point victory over Simsbury at the start of the week,…

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Southington’s Big Read; Novelist Charlotte Rogan selected

January 25, 2013
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By Rob Glidden Staff Writer The Southington Library has chosen “The Lifeboat” as the focus of the 2013 Big Read event, a novel by Connecticut novelist Charlotte Rogan that has enjoyed huge acclaim and success since its release last year. Rogan’s debut novel was released in April of last year and climbed to the New…

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