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Council makes 4 appointments to boards and commissions

January 20, 2016
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The Town Council made four appointments to town boards and commissions during their Jan. 11 meeting. Connie Proll was appointed to fill a vacancy on the Senior Citizens Commission until March 2018. Chris Shanley-Buck will serve a three-year term as a Board of Ethics alternate. Joe LaPorte will join the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA)…

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Students perform at Hatton

January 20, 2016
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By TAMMI NAUDUSSTAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Students perform at Hatton Elementary School on Wednesday, Jan. 13.  The school’s orchestra showcased their talents throughout the day, with a daytime concert for students, above, and evening concerts for parents, families, and friends by the school’s orchestra and band.

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Go jump in a lake: The 2016 Polar Plunge sets records

January 20, 2016
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Members of the ‘Leaping Ladies’ survive the chilly waters at YMCA Camp Sloper on Saturday, Jan. 16 during the annual Polar Plunge. Scores of brave locals leapt into the lake during the event that raises money for camp scholarships. (Photo by Tammi Naudus)

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER As five women in pink shirts and brightly colored tutus stood shivering on a dock at YMCA Camp Sloper on Saturday, Jan. 16, YMCA Executive Director John Meyers shouted the encouraging words, “Remember, it’s all for the kids.” Hundreds of brave volunteers participated in the 11th annual Polar Plunge last weekend, fundraising…

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Animal Abuse – Advocates backing animal abuse registry in Connecticut

January 20, 2016
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By SUSAN HAIGH Associated Press HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Advocates for domestic violence victims and those supporting animal rights are teaming up to support the latest proposal for a public registry in Connecticut that would identify people who abuse animals. The two groups contend those who abuse animals should be singled out because they’re more…

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Winners crowned for fire prevention poster contest

January 19, 2016
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The Southington Fire Department announced the local winners of the Connecticut Fire Prevention Poster Contest. Ava Agan and Joscelyn Spinelli were Southington’s 2015 winners. Spinelli’s poster was chosen as a Hartford County winner. The annual contest is for open to students across the state in grades 4 and 5. Contestants are challenged to create a…

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Petits offer grant for STEM study

January 18, 2016
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The Petit Foundation awarded a grant to the Southington Public Schools on behalf of Kennedy Middle School teacher Nancy Wasserman, paraprofessional Spencer Richards, and district science coordinator John Duffy. The grant will be used to support the “Engineering Our Circulatory System” unit of study for all seventh grade students. Students will create 3D working models…

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Lincoln students support BFL

January 16, 2016
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Members of the Lincoln College of New England (LCNE) Student Government Association partnered with Bread for Life (BFL) in a community campaign aimed at raising awareness for the local food bank. On Dec. 5, the students staffed a table outside of Stop & Shop to distribute information about the BFL food bank, the soup kitchen,…

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Forward into the past

January 15, 2016
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The Brass Ring Academy and Cabaret, which was held at the New England Carousel Museum in Bristol Saturday, celebrated all things ‘Steampunk.’ For those looking to emulate the look, there were plenty of vendors selling accessories. In addition, there was a Steampunk fashion show later in the evening. Here, three local models get into a…

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Turning over a new leaf: Greenleaf Stables has a new face, new leadership, same old values

January 15, 2016
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Greenleaf Stables barn manager, Lynette Piers, attends to one of the stable’s horses.

By MOLLY WESTFALLCORRESPONDENT When ownership of Greenleaf Stables was passed on to Paul and Rick Greenleaf in 2013, Lynette Piers was just a boarder, with two horses, living behind the property on Laning Street. The stable was originally purchased by the Greenleaf brothers’ grandfather, Paul Waszkiewicz, in 1932, but the brothers were faced with a choice…

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CyberKnights prepare to storm the castle: Team 195 launches the season at a FIRST kick-off event

January 14, 2016
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Members of the CyberKnights react to this year’s game challenge during a worldwide kick-off to the 2016 season. (Photo by John Goralski)

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER The Southington High School Cyber Knights (Team 195) launched their 2016 season in a worldwide kickoff last weekend. At 10a.m. on Jan. 8, FIRST robotics launched the international robotics season with the announcement of their Stronghold game. The Stronghold game is the annual challenge that each team faces in competition. The game’s…

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