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SHS seeks 2016 Wall of Honor nominations

April 11, 2016
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Last year's Wall of Honor honorees, above, with family, friends, and school officials. Nominations are being accepted for this year's class.

Nominations are underway for “A-list” alumni eligible for the Southington High School (SHS) Wall of Honor. Qualified nominees are SHS graduates that have enjoyed outstanding careers or business success, or have been honored with awards for exceptional achievement, humanitarian work, or community service. Forms are available on the Wall of Honor SHS page on Facebook,…

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CyberKnights win district event

April 9, 2016
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Team 195, the Southington CyberKnights, again took home the winning banner at their second and final district event in early April. The Hartford District Event welcomed 40 teams from across Connecticut and Massachusetts and included many of the top New England teams. The CyberKnights finished strong after the qualification rounds. Southington earned the first place…

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Celebrating 15 years of enriching women, girls

April 8, 2016
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Early Childhood Collaborative of Southington Director Dr. Mary Yuskis addresses local child care accreditation at the Main Street Community Foundation’s Wonder of Women event at the Aqua Turf last Thursday.

By LISA CAPOBIANCOSTAFF WRITER Over the past 15 years, the Main Street Community Foundation has helped women and girls realize their potential and the power they have to build strong communities through the Women & Girls’ Fund. For the Early Childhood Collaborative of Southington (ECCS), the fund has helped five Southington women who own and operate…

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Meet the local Outstanding Teens

April 7, 2016
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There are several young women from the area competiting for Miss Connecticut’s Outstanding Teen this week. The Observer asked the contestants some questions about themselves. Miss Connecticuts Outstanding Teen 2016 will be held this Sunday at 3 p.m. at the Mohegan Sun Cabaret, Uncasville. The competition is for girls ages 13 to 17. The stage…

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Key Club celebrates 55 years at Southington High

April 7, 2016
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Key Club members leaf through club scrapbooks during a 55th anniversary celebration on March 28.

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER The Key Club at Southington High School (SHS) marked its 55th anniversary earlier this month. With more than 100 students involved in the international organization’s Southington chapter, the student-led group has encouraged community service, character development, and leadership since 1961. Students, staff, and former Key Club members celebrated the milestone on Thursday,…

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Town Council selects final chip seal option

April 7, 2016
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By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER The Town Council voted to approve a pavement surface treatment project on March 28, selecting a chip seal for repairing residential roads. After testing three different types of chip seal at various locations around town, Town Manager Garry Brumback recommended a 20 percent rubberized chip seal to the council. The 20 percent…

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Apple Harvest Festival will stage a Battle of the Bands on second weekend

April 7, 2016
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By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER A new kind of entertainment will enter the Apple Harvest Festival lineup this fall—a Battle of the Bands. Musicians of all genres are welcome to show off their talent on stage, competing for a grand prize of $300. Whether it be metal music, hip-hop, or a cappella, event coordinator Bonnie Sica hopes…

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Southington unveils new plans for local farm land

April 6, 2016
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By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER There’s a new committee in town, focused on using farmland that the town has purchased as open space. As part of a broad plan to help maintain farming property in Southington, the newly established Farm Heritage Committee (FHC) is looking for a non-profit organization to farm town-owned land off of Belleview Avenue.…

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BOF unanimously approves budget

April 6, 2016
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By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER The Board of Finance (BOF) was in full agreement on March 30, casting four unanimous votes to approve next year’s budget. The board voted on the budget for fiscal year 2016-2017 by dividing it into four parts – general government, Board of Education (BOE), animal control, and sewer funding. The unanimous votes…

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Can you use is in a sentence? Cartwright wins town wide spelling bee

April 6, 2016
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Spelling Bee- Winner-Kent Carnright from Hatton 5th grade (4)

Kent Cartright spelled it out carefully, “I-L-L-E-G-I-B-L-E,” and officials countered, “We’ve got a winner.” Cartright, a fifth grader from Hatton School, outlasted a dozen fifth and sixth grade students from across the town, including sixth place runner up Logan Miller from Southington Catholic, during the Southington Town Wide Spelling Bee on Tuesday, March 29 in…

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