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Health officials warn about mosquito born diseases

July 13, 2014
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Health officials warn about mosquito born diseases

By Ed Harris Editor Local health officials are asking residents to remain vigilant about mosquitoes, citing their ability to spread disease. There are over 2,500 species of mosquitoes worldwide, with 49 species calling Connecticut home. Not every species of mosquitoes bite, and when they do, it is only the females. Less than half of the…

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Town allocates $25,000 annually to address downtown issues

July 12, 2014
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Town allocates $25,000 annually to address downtown issues

By Ed Harris Editor The town has started to set aside $25,000 a year to address the cosmetic maintenance issues in downtown Southington. Town officials have divided the area into separate tiers and will concentrate on one tier a year, starting with the North Main Street area. “Our downtown is literally the gateway to our…

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Local AARP chapter celebrates 20 years

July 11, 2014
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By Lindsay Carey Staff Writer The Southington Apple Valley Chapter AARP #4943 recently celebrated 20 years of charitable service. More than 65 members turned out along with some local and state officials to celebrate the anniversary at Mary Our Queen Church Hall. Connecticut State Senator Joe Markley, who is from Southington, came to support the…

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Residents are worried about Bradley Memorial Hospital

July 11, 2014
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By Lindsay Carey Staff Writer Many residents are worried about the future of Bradley Memorial Hospital, even though officials maintain that the hospital will remain open despite possible changes. Rebecca Steward, media relations director the Hospital of Central Connecticut (HOCC), said the hospital is still “considering” pursuing a Certificate of Need in order to validate…

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Farmer’s market opens for business on July 11

July 10, 2014
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Farmer’s market opens for business on July 11

By Lindsay Carey Staff Writer The Southington Farmer’s Market will open on July 11, a week later the normal annual opening, due to the fourth of July falling on a Friday this year. However, Market Master Henry Gresczyk said that since the market moved to the green last year it has been even more successful…

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Schools to get solar panels

July 9, 2014
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By Lindsay Carey Staff Writer Greenskies Renewable Energy LLC will construct solar panels at Plantsville Elementary, South End Elementary, Hatton Elementary and a landfill in town to create energy from sunlight. Greenskies, a solar energy developer, will finance, develop, build and maintain the solar panels, at no cost the town. The company will then sell…

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Groomer asks that you drive like your pets lived here

July 6, 2014
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Groomer asks that you drive like your pets lived here

By Lindsay Carey Staff Writer A Southington pet sitting and mobile grooming company, which has been in the industry for 20 years, is now taking even greater strides to care for pets in town by asking drivers to slow down. The idea spawned when Krista Lofquist, the owner of Wagging Tails LLC, was home with…

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Melissa Ericksen-Salmon is the new Chamber of Commerce chair

July 5, 2014
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Melissa Ericksen-Salmon is the new Chamber of Commerce chair

By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer For the past 21 years, Melissa Ericksen-Salmon has contributed to the town of Southington through a variety of volunteer projects. From volunteering on multiple committees at Flanders School, DePaolo Middle School and Southington High School while her children were students to becoming one of the first members of the Southington…

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Southington residents in Service

July 4, 2014
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Southington residents in Service

The following Southington residents are currently serving in the United States military. To have your loved one added to the list, please contact Leonard Marcheselle at the Southington Elks.   Name: Nicholas J. Augelli Rank: S/SGT Branch: ANG Duty Station: Afghanistan   Name: Aden Baume Rank: Capt Branch: ANG Duty Station: Camp Niantic   Name:…

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Lake Compounce opens Bear Creek Campgrounds

July 4, 2014
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Lake Compounce opens Bear Creek Campgrounds

By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer Lake Compounce may be “New England’s Family Theme and Water Park,” but now a new attraction adds to the meaning of its slogan: Bear Creek Campground. After months of planning, Lake Compounce just opened Bear Creek, a 15-acre campground that features 20 furnished cabins that hold up to 10 people…

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