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Scholarship available for CDL pursuit

September 13, 2016
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For over 40 years, Jeffrey Downes, a native of Southington, drove commercial trucks. He loved his work and truly had a passion for driving. When he passed away in March 2015, after a battle against cancer, his family established the Jeffrey Downes Memorial Truck Driving Scholarship Fund at Main Street Community Foundation to honor his…

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50 years with Zenobia and the Witch’s Dungeon

September 13, 2016
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By TOM DICKAU BRISTOL HISTORICAL SOCIETY Fifty years ago in 1966, a sickly 13 year old youngster began an adventure that this year culminates in its 50th anniversary. Cortlandt Hull could, at that time, be accurately described as the “boy in the plastic bubble.” Health issues separated him from his peers on a daily basis…

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St. Paul Catholic to kick off 50th anniversary celebration on Sept. 17

September 9, 2016
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It’s been almost one half century since the St. Paul Catholic High School yearbook championed their first graduating class.  “They conceived a school… in a breakthrough of thought…,” reads the 1970 Kaleidoscope, “minds opened as the ground broke… and spirit grew.” This year marks the 50 years since that group’s freshman year (1966), and the school will kick-off…

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Southington photographer is SoCCA’s first featured artist

September 9, 2016
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By JEN CARDINES STAFF WRITER Southington local and professional photographer John Atashian is featuring his work in the new Southington Community Cultural Arts (SoCCA) building this month. The display includes at least 75 brand new prints from a collection he built this past year to promote his recent photobook, “The Ultimate Photo Book of the…

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McDougall Agency honored by Farmers

September 9, 2016
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The McDougall Agency, Farmers Insurance, located at 100 Queen St. in Southington, was recently awarded with the Farmers National Blue Vase Award. The honor is bestowed on new agents that exemplify best practices for growth within multiple lines of business. In February 2015, the agency was the first Farmers Insurance office in the state, offering…

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Eversource to work on local power lines

September 9, 2016
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Eversource announced that they will be performing transmission maintenance on existing structures, replacing insulators in Southington.  This work includes only the replacement of insulators on existing structures, and minimal impact is expected. The work is expected to start the week of  Sept. 12 and continue through  late fall. Work hours will be Monday through Sunday…

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Town prepares for 9/11 anniversary

September 9, 2016
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Officials at last year’s 9/11 memorial event.

By JEN CARDINES STAFF WRITER This year marks the 15th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the United States. On Sept. 11, 2001, nearly 3,000 lives were lost in the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and on Flight 93 when terrorists hijacked four planes to deliberately crash them into national buildings. Every year…

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Sept. 18 dedication ceremony set for restored World War II Torah

September 9, 2016
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Members of the restoration committee display the recovered Torah at the start of the project.

By JEN CARDINES STAFF WRITER The Gishrei Shalom Jewish Congregation (GSJC) obtained a Holocaust Torah in May 2012, and a dedication ceremony is set to take place on Sunday, Sept. 18, at 3 p.m., in the First Congregational Church meeting hall at 37 Main Street, across from the town green. Founded in 1984, the GSJC…

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Zoni calls for a halt on governor’s mileage tax study

September 8, 2016
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State Rep. David Zoni (D-Southington) issued a statement asking Gov. Dannel P. Malloy to halt to a state application for federal funds to study a mileage tax that would cost $300,000 in taxpayer money. Zoni noted in a statement from his office that Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker recently vetoed a similar study according to media…

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SHS College fair on Sept. 14

September 8, 2016
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More than 130 colleges will be sending representatives to Southington High School on Wednesday, Sept. 14 to answer questions and provide information for Southington students and faculty. The day is being designated as “College Day” at Southington High School. The event, hosted by the SHS guidance and school counseling department, will run from 6:30 p.m. to…

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