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Apple Harvest Festival survives a rainy first weekend

October 8, 2015
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By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER   Despite the less-than-ideal weather on Friday and Saturday which brought cold wind and rain to the downtown streets, loyal festival goers didn’t break tradition. Friday’s opening ceremonies were postponed until Saturday, but otherwise, the first three days of the two-weekend festival went on as planned. Thousands of Southington residents gathered downtown…

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2015 Apple Harvest Parade: Growing (and harvesting) community pride

October 8, 2015
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By TAMMI NAUDUSSTAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Members of Southington’s Lewis Educational Agricultural Farm (L.E.A.F.) cheer to the crowd from their float in the Apple Harvest Festival parade. The community-supported farm, formerly the historic Lewis Family Farm, harvests more than 200 varieties of fresh produce each year. What better way to celebrate this year’s theme of “Growing Community Pride”…

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50 years of pancakes…yum

October 7, 2015
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Volunteers serve hungry locals during the annual pancake breakfast. For 50 years the Southington Lions Club has sponsored the event.

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84 bridge named in honor of former SPD officer

October 7, 2015
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Rep. David Zoni (D-Southington) presents a plaque naming the Westbound Bridge on I-84 over Queen Street in memory of Lieutenant Michael J. Shanley, a former Southington Police Officer, to members of his family at a recently held ceremony at the Southington Falcons Club. From left, Lieutenant Shanley’s sisters, Kathy Shanley and Christine Shanley-Buck, his father,…

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Hispanic Heritage Celebration held Saturday by Queen Ann Nzinga Center

October 6, 2015
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The Queen Ann Nzinga Center will present a Hispanic Heritage Celebration Saturday, Oct. 10 from 1 to 4 p.m. with free food, dancing, live music, storytelling, games, arts and crafts, raffles and giveaways. Beginning at 1 p.m., visitors to the Stockman Gallery at Trinity-on-Main, 19 Chestnut St., New Britain, may visit a variety of booths…

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Eversource issues scam alert

October 6, 2015
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For popular eateries, like the Popover Bakery and Café in Simsbury, weekend business is their “bread and butter.” So when one of the owners at Popover recently got a phone call from someone claiming to be from Eversource, threatening to shut off their power in two hours unless they made an immediate payment, she panicked.…

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Imagine Nation brings all kinds of family fun to the farm

October 3, 2015
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By LISA CAPOBIANCO STAFF WRITER Pumpkin decorating, hayrides, and a scarecrow shindig are just a few of many fun activities to be featured during Family Farms Day next month. Hosted by Imagine Nation, A Museum Early Learning Center, Family Farms Day will take place at Roberts Orchard this Saturday (Oct. 3) from 11 a.m. to…

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Boissonneault to be honored at Leading Ladies luncheon

October 2, 2015
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By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER The Leading Ladies organization will host their annual luncheon on Friday, Oct. 16, bringing local women together for an afternoon of recognition and encouragement. Now in its 15th year, the luncheon began as a way to empower women who are active in the Southington community. Each year, the group sets aside an…

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Meet the 2015 Apple Harvest Committee: Joanne Salerno just loves the Apple Harvest parade

October 2, 2015
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By JOHN GORALSKIEDITOR The Apple Harvest Festival is almost here, and officials are working hard to prepare for opening day. The 2015 event runs from Friday, Oct. 2-Sunday, Oct. 4 and Friday, Oct. 9 to Sunday, Oct. 11, and it will include everything that visitors have come to expect from a parade and road race on…

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Judge reaches a decision on phase 1 of Hatton court case

October 1, 2015
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By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER Earlier this week, Judge James Abrams of the New Britain Superior Court ruled that the Town of Southington violated their own zoning regulations by not applying for a special permit before approving the solar-panel project for Hatton Meadow. The decision came in reaction to the town’s Power Purchase Agreement with Greenskies LLC…

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