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Jr. Grange reaching out to youth

July 31, 2013
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On Thursday, Aug. 15 from 6:30 to 8 p.m., the Wolcott Junior Grange chairperson Alyscia Talbot of Bristol has invited children ages 5 to 14 to join her for a free ice cream social to be held at the Grange, 313 Bound Line Rd., Wolcott. “We want to introduce our amazing Junior Grange program to…

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Local woman looks to collect back to school items

July 31, 2013
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By Ed Harris Editor A local woman has set an ambitious goal: Stuff 30 new backpacks with various back to school items. For the last few years, WBFF Pro Allyson Genovese has partnered with the local community to sponsor the Backpack Challenge for Underprivileged Children. Two years ago, she was able to collect two backpacks…

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That’s Italian!

July 29, 2013
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That’s Italian!

Southington celebrated it’s annual Italian American Festival this past weekend.  The festival welcomed performers, a wine tasting, vendors, and food celebrating the Italian heritage.  People flocked Center Street to enjoy time with family, friends, and the community.  Photos by: Tammi Naudus    

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Milldale train depot finds new life as a museum

July 27, 2013
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Milldale train depot finds new life as a museum

By Ed Harris Editor The Milldale train depot has recently reopened as a museum. The railroad line that once came through town is now Rails to Trails. Volunteers and officials have long sought to restore the train depot as an attraction for the people that utilize the trail. “It’s a passive historical site,” Town Attorney…

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Democrats announce slate for

July 26, 2013
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Democrats announce slate for

By Ed Harris Editor The Southington Democrats have announced their slate for November, a mixture of old and new faces. “I’m excited with the candidates we’re presenting,” said Robert Berkmoes, a member of the nominating committee. For Town Council the Democrats are running incumbents John Barry, Dawn Miceli and Christopher Palmieri. They are joined by…

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Republican announce slate for November elections

July 26, 2013
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Republican announce slate for November elections

by Ed Harris Editor The Republican slate for November features many familiar names and faces even though there is a bit of a shakeup at the top of the ticket. Four of the six incumbent Republican town councilors have decided against seeking reelection. The only incumbents running again are Cheryl Lounsbury and Stephanie Urillo. Council…

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Mary DeCroce is named festival Grand Marshal

July 26, 2013
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Mary DeCroce is named festival Grand Marshal

By Ed Harris Editor Mary DeCroce is hoping to take the Batmobile for a ride in the upcoming Apple Harvest Festival parade. DeCroce, a well known community volunteer, was recently selected as the Grand Marshal for the parade. Her duties will include leading off the parade, and her family hopes it will be in the…

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Italian-American Festival takes over Center Street

July 25, 2013
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Italian-American Festival takes over Center Street

By Ed Harris Editor The Italian-American Festival returns to Center Street this weekend. The three-day street festival, managed by the Sons of Italy and the Southington chapter of UNICO, aims to carry on the customs and traditions of the Italian culture. “It’s a gathering of friends,” said Bill Della Vecchia, who co-chairs the festival with…

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Famed Irish tenor coming to area

July 24, 2013
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Irish tenor, Ronan Tynan, is coming to The Summit At Plantsville to speak and sing on Monday, Sept. 9 for an “Honor & Remember 9/11” Ceremony. First introduced to audiences as a member of the Irish Tenors, Tynan has gained international recognition. He is currently one of the most sought after motivational speakers delivering over…

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Health district warns of West Nile Virus

July 24, 2013
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The Plainville-Southington Regional Health District is warning about West Nile Virus. Last year ranked as the second worst year for reported cases of West Nile Virus (WNV) in the United States. Connecticut reported 21 cases, with 12 of those cases being the severe type that can cause encephalitis. An interesting fact regarding all the Connecticut…

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