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Locals commemorate 15th anniversary of 9/11

September 15, 2016
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Southington Fire Department Chief Harold Clark delivers a statement on Sunday, Sept. 11 as members of the Southington Police Department and Southington Fire Department joined local residents, the Knights of Columbus, American Legion Kiltonic Post 72, local veteran support groups, civic leaders, and state and local officials for a memorial service in Plantsville to commemorate…

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Former BOE member Zaya Oshana honored by town Democrats

September 15, 2016
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Former BOE member Zaya Oshana was honored by town Democrats.

By JOHN GORALSKI EDITOR Zaya Oshana was wheeled to the podium by his son, Zaya. The younger Oshana grabbed the microphone and apologized that his father didn’t have the voice to address the crowd. “I know that’s surprising,” said his son. The crowd of Democrats chuckled at the irony. On Wednesday, Sept. 7, the Southington…

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Council gives high marks for handling of Quinnipiac spill

September 15, 2016
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Excavation at the scene of the hexavalent chromium (Chromium 6) spill at Light Metals Coloring. (File photo)

By JEN CARDINES STAFF WRITER Just weeks after hexavalent chromium spilled into the Quinnipiac River from Light Metals Coloring Company, the town has everything under control and the area has returned to normal. Officials took a moment at the start of Monday’s Town Council meeting to review Southington’s efforts during the crisis. Town Manager Garry…

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Long summer break leads to strong start for the school year

September 15, 2016
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By JEN CARDINES STAFF WRITER The Southington Board of Education (BOE) kicked off the year with an upbeat meeting on Thursday, Sept. 8 after one of the town’s longest summer recesses. Superintendent Timothy Connellan greeted board members with a positive report for the start of the 2016-2017 school year. With a long summer, custodial staff…

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Apple Harvest listings for the Sept. 16 edition

September 14, 2016
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Apple Harvest Festival
www.southington.org/AHF

The 48th annual Apple Harvest Festival is scheduled on two weekends, Friday, Sept. 30 to Sunday, Oct. 1 and Friday, Oct. 7 to Sunday, Oct. 9. The annual, family-oriented event attracts an estimated 100,000 visitors annually to the town green. The festival offers a wide variety of live music and entertainment, food, contests, crafts, children’s…

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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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St. Paul Catholic High School
www.spchs.com

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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Southington Community Cultural Arts
93 Main St., Southington, CT 06489
(860) 276-1581
www.SouthingtonArts.com

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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