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Queen for a day? More like hostess for a year

September 8, 2016
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This year’s Apple Harvest Hostesses are already hard at work. From left, Ariel Perry, Carson Stifel, Leanne Raymond, Katerina Belales, Olivia Thomas, Allie Carta, and Lindsay Marziarz.

By JEN CARDINES STAFF WRITER They can be seen wandering throughout the Apple Harvest Festival, offering information about the event and pointing out directions. They are staples at local events, donning sashes to mingle with residents and champion the local fair. Many a local girl has dreamed of sitting atop the float, waving to onlookers…

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Strong Elementary School unveils outdoor classroom

September 7, 2016
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Students gather around BOE member Terry Lombardi at Strong school’s outdoor classroom.

By JEN CARDINES STAFF WRITER Students, faculty, school administration, and PTO members gathered outside Strong Elementary School on Friday, Sept. 2 for the official opening of the outdoor classroom. The project was started by the Strong PTO back in March, and after months of planning and proposals to the Board of Education, broke ground on…

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Larson visits local manufacturer

September 7, 2016
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U.S. Rep. John Larson addresses a group at Smiths Medical.

By JEN CARDINES STAFF WRITER Last Wednesday, Smiths Medical hosted U.S. Rep. John B. Larson (D-Conn.) at their Southington plant to demonstrate the cutting edge medical devices that they manufacture. Smiths is a premiere company in the state of Connecticut and is known globally. Their product line serves many clinicians and physicians to give patients…

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Southington goes back to school

September 7, 2016
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Students gather in the hall.

Southington boys and girls went back to school last week to kick off the 2016-2017 school year. Students arrived on Thursday, Sept. 1. Some were returning to familiar halls, while others were attending school for the first time. A few were transitioning from elementary to middle school or into the high school. For Evan Radziwon,…

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Lake Compounce opened this weekend for locals

September 7, 2016
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Lake Compounce logo (2015)

If you are a Bristol or Southington resident, you have one more chance to visit Lake Compounce Family Theme Park before they close for the season. On Saturday, Sept. 10 and Sunday, Sept. 11, the park will be extending its summer season to locals from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. for a Bristol and Southington Appreciation…

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Lt. Governor honors Yarde Metals for hiring record with veterans

September 7, 2016
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Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman, right, meets with employees of Yarde Metals on Aug. 23.

By JEN CARDINES STAFF WRITER Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman, along with Dept. of Labor Commissioner Scott Jackson, Dept. of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Catherine Smith, and Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Sean Connolly, paid a visit to Yarde Metals on Tuesday, Aug. 23. They met with Yarde Metals’ employees who are veterans to honor…

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Meet the 2016 Apple Harvest Committee: Hostess chair Alyssa Pappas knows the work that goes into it

September 2, 2016
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Former Apple Harvest hostess and queen Alyssa Pappas, above center, has been assisting hostesses ever since her reign ended.

The Apple Harvest Festival is almost here, and officials are working hard to prepare for opening day. The 2016 event runs from Friday, Sept. 30 to Sunday, Oct. 2 and Friday, Oct. 7 to Sunday, Oct. 9, and it will include everything that visitors have come to expect from a parade and road race on…

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Forestville woman has role in new series thriller on Crackle

September 2, 2016
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR In the new web television series, “StartUp,” the tension and mood begins to crank up right after the opening credits of the first episode. And as the series unfolds over the first episode and the next, the intensity doesn’t let up. The main characters are introduced one by one. Their…

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Bees seek 6th straight win

September 1, 2016
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Bees seek 6th straight win

In 140 Characters or Less: The Bees look to sweep the Skeeters tonight and extend their winning streak to six games! First pitch 8:05PM! Series: The Bees have won each of the first three games of this series with the Skeeters and now hold a 12-7 lead in the season series entering tonight’s game, which…

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Jewish congregation to re-dedicate centuries-old Torah Sept. 18

September 1, 2016
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Gishrei Shalom Jewish Congregation invites the community to join them in a special ceremony to re-dedicate a hundreds’ year old Torah that survived the Holocaust. This dedication, to be held Sunday, Sept. 18 at 3 p.m. in the Meeting House of the First Congregational Church in Southington comes at the conclusion of a lengthy restoration…

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