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Health district holds open house to showcase services

August 3, 2014
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By Lindsay Carey, Staff Writer Plainville-Southington Health District officials recently held an open house to inform the public about the support and services that they provide for the two towns. Shane Lockwood, director of the Plainville-Southington Health district and Deputy Commissioner Katherine Lewis, from the Connecticut Department of Public Health, led the information session and…

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Local veteran takes the lead in dance fundraiser

August 2, 2014
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By Lindsay Carey, Staff Writer Southington has been on the front lines supporting veteran and Southington High School teacher Brian Durbin in his fundraising campaign with “Dancing with Our Heroes” (DWOH). DWOH is a dance competition where veterans are paired with professional dancers to raise money for Fisher Houses. Durbin has already reached the $10,000…

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Apogee Dance Academy opens on Spring Street

August 1, 2014
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Apogee Dance Academy opens on Spring Street

By Mike Chaiken, Editions Editor There aren’t many dance studios that can say they are owned by a recent first runner-up for Miss Connecticut. And the field narrows down a little further when the studio can also claim an instructor who also was a first runner-up at Miss Connecticut and another instructor can lay claim…

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Taste of Southington to return for another helping

August 1, 2014
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Taste of Southington to return for another helping

The annual Taste of Southington is set to return for another helping. Now in its thirteenth year, the event is held on the grounds of the Barnes Museum. The event is sponsored by TD Bank and begins at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, August 6. “People have considered this another annual event that they attend,” Barnes…

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Cha Cha Slide at Camp Sloper

August 1, 2014
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Cha Cha Slide at Camp Sloper

By Ed Harris, Editor Campers at Southington YMCA Camp Sloper recently Cha Cha slid there way into exercise. DJ Casper, birth name Willie Perry, the creator of the Cha Cha Slide, visited Sloper as part of week long tour of Connecticut camps aimed at getting kids moving and reducing childhood obesity. Casper had made a…

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Italian-American Festival attracts a crowd

July 31, 2014
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Italian-American Festival attracts a crowd

By Margaret Waage, Correspondent The tenth annual Italian-American Festival drew crowds last weekend, despite a heavy downpour Sunday afternoon. Luckily the heaviest rain occurred after the traditional procession, which successfully made its way along stretches of Eden Avenue and Liberty Street and winding its way back to the main staging area off Center Street, adjacent…

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Singing competition moves to Lake Compounce

July 30, 2014
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Singing competition moves to Lake Compounce

Singing competition CT Icon, typically held during the Apple Harvest Festival, has found a new home. After numerous successful years at the festival, the competition is moving to Lake Compounce. Normally rounding up at least 100 singers for the auditions, CT Icon is hoping to attract even more people at the theme park. “Lake Compounce…

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Garden club announces fairy house competition

July 27, 2014
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Garden club announces fairy house competition

By Lindsay Carey Staff Writer For the third year, the fairy godmothers of the Orchard Valley Garden Club in Southington will host the fairy festival at the Apple Harvest Festival. However, this year, the club is hosting a competition for the public. The public will receive ballets to vote on the best houses and there…

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Author shares World War II story in new memoir

July 26, 2014
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Author shares World War II story in new memoir

By Lindsay Carey Staff Writer Lithuanian native Janina Nawarskas lived a cozy life with her parents and brothers until the 1940s, when her homeland was torn apart. Nawarskas detailed her lifestory in a memoir, “A Child Lost.” She recently held a reading and signing at the Southington Library. The memoir follows Nawarskas’ challenging past, caused…

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Southington’s Italian-American Festival kicks off tonight

July 25, 2014
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The annual Southington Italian-American Festival reaches the decade milestone this evening. The tradition continues with authentic Italian food, music and a homemade wine contest at the tenth annual Southington Italian-American Festival, July 25-27 on Center Street. The festival opens tonight at 5 p.m. It runs from noon to 10 p.m. on Saturday and from 12:30…

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