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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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Chapter 126 offering programs in summer

June 9, 2016
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Chapter 126 Sports and Fitness, 47 Upson St., Bristol offers adaptive sport summer clinics for school-aged children with or without disabilities. Summer. The following activities will be offered. Camp Themes and Dates: Sports of all Sorts: June 20 to 24 Music/Theater Clinic: June 27 to July 1 Wheelchair Basketball Clinic: July 5 to 8 Wheelchair…

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Dancing at the Calendar House

June 9, 2016
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The United Way of Southington and Southington Community Services (SCS), hosted their annual senior luncheon at the Calendar House on June 2. The event, organized by David Harrington and Bob Verderame from the Calendar House, along with Janet Mellon and Linda Mendelshon from SCS, featured live music by Michael Ciulla, food, and dancing. The event…

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‘American Pickers’ looking for leads for History program

June 9, 2016
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Mike Wolfe, Frank Fritz, and their team are returning to Connecticut.! They plan to film episodes of the hit series “American Pickers” throughout the region this summer. “American Pickers” is a documentary series that explores the fascinating world of antique “picking” on History. The hit show follows Mike and Frank, two of the most skilled pickers…

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Drive-In sells out opening show

June 9, 2016
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935 Meriden-Waterbury Tpk., Plantsville, CT 06479
Phone:(860) 276-6219
www.SouthingtonDrive-In.org

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER Grease was the word at The Southington Drive-In on Saturday night, when the venue opened for its seventh movie season. Southington’s chapter of UNICO hosted a screening of “Grease” to a crowd of over 700 viewers. The first film of the season sold out the venue, with 447 vehicles and 257 walk-ins.…

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