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Derynoski welcomes ‘The Wall that Heals’

June 16, 2016
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On Wednesday, June 8, students from Derynoski Elementary School lined the street to welcome “The Wall That Heals” as it passed the school. Local veterans supplied American flags for the front lawn. Student musicians played “Taps,” while teachers and students gathers to applaud the procession of trucks, motorcycles, and first responders that escorted the Wall…

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Miss Connecticut, here they come

June 15, 2016
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Two of the local contestants for Miss Connecticut began their final approach to the crown on Wednesday afternoon. Meeting a limousine for the ride down to the Mohegan Sun Cabaret for a few days of rehearsal before Friday night’s semifinals and Saturday’s finals, Miss Forestville Allison Owsianko and Miss Plantsville Alyssa Anderson said their goodbyes…

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Christina McKirryher is Southington’s 2016 Teacher of the Year

June 15, 2016
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Plantsville Elementary School kindergarten teacher Christina McKirryher, above, will be recognized by the Southington Board of Education as the 2016-2017 Teacher of the Year during the staff convocation on Aug. 29.

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER First grade students at Plantsville Elementary School (PES) have had the pleasure of being taught by the best teacher in town, Christina McKirryher. Southington Public Schools announced on June 9 that McKirryher, who has been teaching first grade at PES since 2001, is Southington’s 2016-2017 Teacher of the Year.  She will be…

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Southington schools recognize 33 retirees in 2016

June 15, 2016
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By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER Along with the 490 Blue Knights who graduated from Southington High School (SHS) last Friday, Southington schools will say goodbye to more than 30 members of their faculty and staff. During the 2015-2016 school year, 33 employees of Southington Public Schools announced their retirement. The list of retirees includes one administrator, Special…

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‘Congraduations’ to the Class of 2016: SHS graduates come together at commencement

June 15, 2016
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On Friday, June 10, Southington High School celebrated 490 graduating seniors during commencement activities on Fontana Field. Graduates Steve Salmon and Mark Threlkeld, above, celebrate with their classmates at the end of the ceremony.

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER In her final moments as a Blue Knight senior, Emily Sargent stood before friends, family, and faculty to sing the national anthem at the Southington High School commencement ceremony on Friday, June 10. Just before the second verse of The Star-Spangled Banner, her microphone cut out. Sargent kept singing, and turned to…

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Planned power outage today for Eversource conversion

June 13, 2016
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Eversource has announced that there will be a planned power outage in Southington for a conversion that will take place on Monday, June 13, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Rain date is Tuesday, June 14, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.) This outage will affect 239 customers from the intersection of Meriden-Waterbury Turnpike and…

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Southington High School graduates 490 locals in the Class of 2016

June 10, 2016
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On Friday, June 10, Southington High School graduated 490 locals at a commencement ceremony at Southington High School for the Class of 2016. The following is a list of graduates (*High Honors, +Honors): *Michael Robert Aberizk; *Andrew John Ackerman; *Steven Thomas Adams; +Christian Yamil Aguayo; *Evan David Aiudi; *Leandro Antonio Alabado Alejandro; *Griffin Richard Alix;…

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Painters are putting the finishing touches on the Gura project

June 10, 2016
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By JOHN GORALSKIEDITOR Professional painters exploded into the Gura Building last Saturday like a cluster of spiders scrambling to build a web. They spilled into every room, blanketing the floors with drop cloths and paint buckets. Some were climbing ladders, armed with paint brushes. Others were crawling into corners and staircases, while the rest swept across…

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Southington photographer’s concert photos travel around state

June 9, 2016
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This photograph of Michael Jackson is among the photographs by John Atashian is now on display through the end of the month at the Plainville Public Library.

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER Nearly 40-years ago, Southington resident John Atashian went to a Pink Floyd concert on Long Island and decided to bring along his camera to capture a few memories from the show. Since then, he has been attending concerts with his camerPlaina in hand, recording images of nearly 4,000 musicians performing live on…

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911: It’s just a click away

June 9, 2016
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A 911 dispatcher toils at his new workstation after a recent state-of-the-art upgrade.

By JOHN GORALSKIEDITOR Three operators wait patiently by their keyboards, surrounded by an array of monitors and television screens, in a darkened room at Southington Police Department headquarters. Suddenly, a phone symbol flashes onto one of the screens and the three of them jump into a perfectly choreographed dance. Until recently, two dispatchers were left in…

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