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Plantsville displays its talent

June 19, 2015
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Plantsville School Talent Show-Griffin O'Neill karate

  Photos by TAMMI NAUDUS On Thursday, June 11, the audience at Plantsville Elementary School was treated to an amazing display of music, singing, hoola hooping, marshal arts, and dancing during the school’s annual talent show.

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Kennedy Middle School celebrates 50 years of education

June 19, 2015
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John F. Kennedy Middle School staff member and alumna Emily Dickson and her children, Spencer Dickson, 7, and Molly Dickson, 4, hand out "Happy Birthday" party hats during the JFK birthday party on June 11, celebrating the school's 50th anniversary.

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER There is no better way to celebrate turning 50 than with a birthday party—even for a building. John F. Kennedy Middle School reached its half-century mark on June 11, a milestone that assistant principal Susanne Vitcavage knew had to be celebrated. “We wanted to celebrate 50 years of excellence in education,” said…

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SoCCA hires Margaret Bodell as administrator

June 19, 2015
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Community Cultural Arts

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER With their Fall 2015 opening fast approaching, the Southington Community Cultural Arts (SoCCA) organization has hired its very first staff member, administrator Margaret Bodell. Bodell has worked in the arts center consulting and building industry for over 30 years and is the current director of the Uarts Chapel in New Haven, a…

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87-year-old crowned Ms. Senior Mulberry

June 19, 2015
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87-year-old crowned Ms. Senior Mulberry

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER A tall tiara sparkled atop the curly, white hair of Terry Kaelin on Thursday afternoon, when the 87-year-old was crowned Ms. Senior Mulberry. In the sixth annual beauty contest held at the Mulberry Gardens of Southington, 10 women from the Southington program and Marian Heights Adult Day Center in New Britain competed…

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Southington officials salute enlisted grads

June 18, 2015
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Thirteen graduating Southington High School seniors were honored on Tuesday afternon for their enlistment in the United States military. The students were recognized at a luncheon on June 10, when families, local veterans, school administrators and town officials gathered in their honor.

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER School officials saluted 13 Southington High School seniors at a special ceremony to aknowledge their enlistment in the United States military. Following their graduation from Southington High School, the students will serve in the Army National Guard, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve and U.S. Navy, with one student attending the U.S. Naval Academy…

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Parent volunteers recognized by Board of Ed

June 18, 2015
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Superintendent of Schools Timothy Connellan speaks during the parent volunteer recognition luncheon at Hawk's Landing Country Club on June, 16.

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER As the season of award ceremonies and end-of-the-year banquets winds down, the Southington Board of Education held one last luncheon this week, to recognize the parent volunteers who have helped plan, organize, and promote the many events and activities held throughout the school year. Nearly 100 parents, faculty members, administrators, and Board…

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Girls Scouts’ Camp Carlson now registering

June 18, 2015
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 This summer, girls at Camp Carlson can learn horseback riding and care while participating in traditional activities that summer camp as to offer. With the program, “Horse Fun”, girls will spend half of their day learning horse care and riding skills at a local equestrian facility, then come back to Camp Carlson for fun, traditional…

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Compounce joins Dinosaur Trail

June 18, 2015
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For the family with an affinity for dinosaurs, there are five locations on the Connecticut Dinosaur Trail, a historic collaboration that brings together five of the state’s pre-eminent tourist attractions: Connecticut Science Center, Dinosaur State Park, The Dinosaur Place at Nature’s Art Village, Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History. and new this year – Lake…

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Main Street Community Foundation awards scholarships

June 18, 2015
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Main Street Community Foundation has awarded $146,000 in scholarships to a group of over 120 students at varying levels of their academic careers from the towns of Bristol, Burlington, Plainville, Plymouth, Southington, and Wolcott as well as other communities. The majority of scholarship grants were awarded during the foundation’s June 9 Scholarship Reception at Hawk’s…

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DePaolo Middle School announced the students of the month for June

June 17, 2015
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DePaolo Middle School announced the students of the month for May.

Joseph A. DePaolo Middle School recently announced the names of its June students of the month. In sixth grade Avery Halloran, Saimir Kaja, and Nick Mowatt were selected by their teams. Avery is the daughter of Carina and Michael Halloran and won the American Citizenship Award in fifth grade. She volunteered at Alex’s Lemonade Stand…

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