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Southington Genealogical Society celebrates 30 years

April 11, 2014
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer Carolyn Mansolf’s family has connections to the town of Southington that date back to the 1700s. Growing up in the “city of progress,” Mansolf said she always knew her family had a history with the First Congregational Church, but never knew how or when it started. “My mother always told…

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Brass blast returns; Looking for Guinness World Record

April 11, 2014
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer Last year, the 2nd Annual Southington Brass Blast brought about 300 brass instrument players together, all from different towns and generations for one goal, to support children and music education. “It’s a universal experience for folks,” said Erik Semmel, who organizes the brass festival. “Multi-generations all come together.” Since 2012,…

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Cox retires after 20 years

April 11, 2014
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer After serving as the Director of Operations for 20 years in the Southington school district, Fred Cox has decided to retire at the end of the school year. During a recent Board of Education meeting, Southington Supt. of Schools Dr. Joseph Erardi announced the retirement of Cox, catching the Director…

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Compounce opens for season May 10; New attractions offered

April 10, 2014
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Mark your calendars for Saturday, May 10, as LakeCompounce hosts its grand opening day for the 2014 season. A press from the oldest amusement park in the country said the park has “tripled the fun” this season with new additions such as, the first Pink’s Hollywood Hot Dogs on the East Coast, Bear Creek Campground…

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Nature center under construction at Sloper

April 10, 2014
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Nature center under construction at Sloper

For the last few years, a community collaboration between the Southington Board of Education, the Southington Education Foundation and YMCA Camp Sloper has been the key to giving every fourth grader in town the opportunity for a hands-on science experience. The program, called Science at Sloper, started as a pilot program funded by SEF to…

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Local to work with FEMA

April 10, 2014
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer Danielle Babon of Southington is currently in Virginia, preparing to complete her final ten week assignment before graduating from the Atlantic Region’s 20th Class of the National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC), as a member of FEMA Corps. Babon is one of 160 men and women who pledged to complete ten…

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Monday could bring temps in mid-70s, says AccuWeather

April 9, 2014
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Monday could bring temps in mid-70s, says AccuWeather

    The Hartford area could see temperatures reaching to 75 degrees, according to the latest forecast from AccuWeather. AccuWeather Global Weather Center — 9 April 2014 – AccuWeather.com reports the warmest weather since early last October will surge into many areas of the East on Monday, featuring 80-degree temperatures in some locations. The warmup may bring…

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ESPN announces Drake to host ESPYs broadcast

April 9, 2014
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ESPN announced that renowned rapper Drake is taking the reins of this year’s ESPYs. http://espnmediazone.com/us/press-releases/2014/04/drake-announced-as-host-of-the-2014-espys/

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Huskies’ victory parade this Sunday in Hartford, governor announced; sponsors still sought

April 9, 2014
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Governor Dannel P. Malloy in a press release today announced that the Hartford Business Improvement District will host a victory parade and rally in Hartford on Sunday, April 13 to congratulate the University of Connecticut Men’s and Women’s Basketball Teams for winning their 2014 NCAA  Basketball National Championships. The parade, which will begin and end…

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DCF seeking foster families in area

April 9, 2014
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Across Connecticut, according to the Department of Children and Families, there are over 4,000 children in its care. They need foster families to provide care, stability, and love, said DCF in promotional materials. They need parents to be positive role models, to teach them how to ride a bike, pick out a prom dress or…

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