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The Rise of the Machine: SHS Marching band unveils this year’s production

September 22, 2016
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By JEN CARDINES STAFF WRITER It was hard to tell which was bigger—the  Southington High School (SHS) marching band or the fans crowded into the bleachers for their first look at this year’s competitive show. On Friday, Sept. 16, the Blue Knights band performed to an open house on the artificial turf as the 140…

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YMCA duo step into service roles in Southington

September 22, 2016
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Donna Ayer, left, has been named as the executive director for Bread for Life, while Christina Simms, right, was selected as director of Southington Youth Services. The two are cousins and have been working together for years at the local YMCA.

By JEN CARDINES STAFF WRITER New executive directors have been established for Bread For Life (BFL) and Southington Youth Services (SYS), but they are no strangers to leadership positions…or each other. Donna Ayer and Christina Simms, coincidentally cousins, are former directors at the Southington YMCA. Both women have ample experience working with the community, giving…

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Retired officer recognized for work with cadets

September 22, 2016
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At the September Police Commission Police Meeting, Retired Officer George Trostel was honored with a proclamation by the Southington Board of Police Commissioners for his work with the Southington police Explorer/Cadet Post. Trostel began his work as a Supernumerary officer in the post and then stayed on as a civilian adviser after his retirement. During…

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London’s calling for a Southington dancer

September 22, 2016
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JFK Middle School dancer Bridget Stevens will be traveling to London for international dance training. (Submitted photo)

By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR Bridget Stevens’ story began in Southington, took a detour to Poughkeepsie, and eventually landed in Los Angeles. And her story will continue next year in London. Bridget, a 13-year-old student at Kennedy Middle School, will be traveling to London, U.K. next year to dance and take classes. Bridget’s journey though…

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Regional health needs, survey results discussed at community forum

September 22, 2016
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By JEN CARDINES STAFF WRITER The Community Foundation of Greater New Britain (CFGNB), the Hospital for Special Care, and the Hospital of Central Connecticut hosted a community health needs forum and exchange on Tuesday, Sept. 13 to discuss the results from a recent community survey. CFGNB program and scholarship associate Kaylah Smith said, “This is…

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Saucier named as Grand Marshal of the Apple Harvest parade

September 21, 2016
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By JEN CARDINES STAFF WRITER Recently retired Youth Services Director Sue Saucier has been named the Grand Marshal for this year’s Apple Harvest Festival Parade by the Apple Harvest Festival Executive Committee. “Sue is the perfect person,” AHF co-chair Cheryl Lounsbury said in a press release. Saucier said that Town Councilman Tom Lombardi called her…

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United Way kicks off 2016 annual campaign

September 21, 2016
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Jack Eisenmann addressed the gathering at the 2016 annual campaign kick-off breakfast.

By JEN CARDINES STAFF WRITER On Wednesday, Sept. 14, members of the community gathered to kick off the United Way of Southington annual campaign. The kick-off breakfast at Manor Inn in Plantsville, was designed to encourage organizations and individuals to get involved with the local United Way. United Way of Southington executive director Jack Eisenmann…

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Council votes on tax relief, driveways, and farm expansion

September 21, 2016
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It was a full house at the Town Council meeting Sept. 12, with all nine councilors and a sizable crowd present. Councilors voted on committee appointments and passed motions for a tax abatement for volunteer firemen, changes in the streets and sidewalk ordinance, and an expansion of the Farm Heritage Committee (FHC). Appointments Paul Shupenko…

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Rededicating a Holocaust-rescued Torah

September 21, 2016
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On Sunday, Sept. 18, members of Gishrei Shalom Jewish Congregation unveiled a restored Torah that was rescued during the holocaust. The Torah was presented during a rededication ceremony at the First Congregational Church on Main Street where proclamations from the Town Council, Gov. Dannel Malloy, and President Barack Obama were read. The local congregants are…

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Apple Harvest listings for the Sept. 23 edition

September 21, 2016
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The 48th annual Apple Harvest Festival is scheduled on two weekends, Friday, Sept. 30 to Sunday, Oct. 1 and Friday, Oct. 7 to Sunday, Oct. 9. The annual, family-oriented event attracts an estimated 100,000 visitors annually to the town green. The festival offers a wide variety of live music and entertainment, food, contests, crafts, children’s…

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