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Buttefly stolen from Because of 26 mural

July 2, 2013
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By Mike Chaiken
One of the butterflies was stolen from this Because of 26 mural. The butterflies are visible at the far right of the picture.

  By Ed Harris Editor The theft of a butterfly from the Because of 26 mural has outraged residents in town. Twenty-six metal butterflies were attached to the mural on the back of Ragazino’s Garage on Summer Street, along the linear trail. The butterflies were attached to the mural by a wooden sleeve and screws.…

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Miss Southington Kaitlyn Tarpey is Miss Connecticut

June 30, 2013
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By Mike Chaiken
Kaitlyn Tarpey, Miss Southington, left, was crowned the new Miss Connecticut. Krystiana Bouchard of Southington is the new Miss Connecticut’s Outstanding Teen.

By Mike Chaiken Editions Editor You can say central Connecticut’s towns of Southington, Bristol, and Plainville did well at the Miss Connecticut Scholarship Pageant Saturday. Miss Southington Kaitlyn Tarpey is the 2013 Miss Connecticut. And Krystiana Bouchard of Southington, competing as Miss West Hartford’s Outstanding Teen, is the new Miss Connecticut’s Outstanding Teen. After her…

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New Apple Harvest Festival hostesses named

June 29, 2013
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By Ed Harris
This year’s Apple Harvest Festival hostesses are, from left, Lindsey Starr, Amanda Pedrak, Lily Herman, Sara Dibenedetto, Natalie Nyerick, Maisey Ayer and Alexa Mosley. Not pictured is Antonia Cavallo.

By Ed Harris Editor Hostesses are a long standing tradition of the Apple Harvest Festival and this year’s group was inspired by the young ladies that came before them. “They’ve been role models,” Natalie Nyerick said of the past hostesses. “I’d like to be that for other people.” There are eight hostesses this year, Natalie,…

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2 out of 3 ain’t bad; Legion win streak ends with Simsbury

June 28, 2013
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By John Goralski
Third baseman Matt Sirois tries to beat the runner with a throw to first base during a 4-2 win over Simsbury.

By John Goralski Sports Writer Southington played four games last week, and three were against the Simsbury American Legion baseball squad. One was a comfortable win. The second was a comeback victory, and the third…well…the third was forgettable. “When you’re trying to beat a team three times in a week, it can be hard,” said…

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Winning the arms race; Jordyn Moquin is The Observer’s Female Athlete of the Year

June 28, 2013
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By John Goralski Sports Writer Mercy batters were desperate to erase Southington’s one-run lead in the Class LL championship game, and Coach John Bores trudged to the mound when a two-out double put the tying run in scoring position. Jordyn Moquin never blinked. The senior pitcher listened, nodded her head, and ended the threat. Over…

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A Rose for every season; Justin Rose is the Observer’s 2013 Male Athlete of the Year

June 28, 2013
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By John Goralski Sports Writer Coach Mike Drury didn’t know what to say when Justin Rose expressed interest in football at the end of his junior year. The multi-sport athlete hadn’t touched a football since his freshman year. Drury had never even seen him play. Rose even missed spring practice because the Blue Knight baseball…

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Teacher nurtures students, garden

June 28, 2013
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By Vannessa Stevens
Teacher of the Year Linda Bass-Really with some of her students in the garden at Thalberg School.

By Vannessa Stevens Contributor When Thalberg Elementary school teacher Linda Bass-Reilly was presented with Southington’s Teacher of the Year award she was all at once humbled, honored and a little overwhelmed. “I was shaking and everything went in slow motion for a moment,” she said. A teacher for 30 years, Linda Bass-Reilly knows deep down…

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Plainville firefighter arrested on larceny charges

June 27, 2013
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A Plainville volunteer firefighter was arrested by the Southington Police Department on larceny charges. On Monday, June 24, an arrest warrant was issued for Stephen Chapman, of 45 Park St. in Plainville. Chapman, a Southington Police Department emergency dispatcher, turned himself in on Thursday, June 27. Chapman was charged with four counts of second degree…

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Revisions up for a vote; Public to weigh in on potential changes

June 27, 2013
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By Ed Harris Editor The voters will have the final say on the proposed charter revisions, as the Town Council voted Monday night to place them on the November ballot. “There are people on both sides that are passionate,” said Town Council Vice Chairman Peter Romano. “Leave it to the people to decide.” Under the…

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Former student now assistant principal at Derynoski

June 26, 2013
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By Ed Harris
Kelly A. Nichols

By Ed Harris Editor A former Derynoski Elementary School student has worked her way up through the ranks to become the new assistant principal at the school. was selected as the new assistant principal at Derynoski at the recent Board of Education meeting. Nichols will begin her new position on July 1. “I’ve come full…

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