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Apple Harvest photo contest is back

August 28, 2013
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The Apple Harvest Festival is once again hosting a photo contest. All winning and submitted photos will be displayed during the festival. The contest is open to amateur photographers only. There are no age categories or entry fees. The theme of the photos should have something to do with apples or the harvesting of apples.…

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Bread for Life to host movie at the Southington Drive-in

August 28, 2013
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Bread for Life is the non-profit organization that will benefit from the Saturday, Aug. 31 showing of “The Incredible Hulk” at the Southington Drive-in. “The Hulk” will be on hand for photo opportunities and will also lead a parade line around the cars before the movie. Children are encouraged to dress in costume as their…

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Titans hold free softball clinic

August 27, 2013
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The Ct Titans Softball program will be hosting a free Softball Clinic for girls ages 6 to 18 years of age at PlainvilleHigh School on Saturday, Sept. 14 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Please bring a non – perishable item when registering on the day of the event. All donations will benefit the Plainville…

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Apprenticeship, Extension courses for adult ed. registering

August 27, 2013
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Apprenticeship and Extension Courses for the State of Connecticut Adult Education Evening School Division at BristolTechnicalEducationCenter will be starting the week of Sept. 16. Registration dates are Aug. 28, 29, Sept. 3, 4, 5 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at 431 Minor St., Bristol. Courses offered include apprenticeship training in HVAC/R, sheet metal, welding, construction…

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Classrooms burst with life with new themes

August 23, 2013
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By LISA CAPOBIANCO STAFF WRITER As the new school year approaches, teachers of all eight elementary schools have brought their classrooms to life with distinct themes and decorations. Third grade teacher Sarah Turci from South End Elementary School knew without a doubt that “the beach” would be her classroom theme. Every year, her family stays…

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Art provides local teen with his own voice

August 23, 2013
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Art provides local teen with his own voice

By LISA CAPOBIANCO STAFF WRITER From the time Southington resident Daniel Gagnier was 12 years old, accomplishing tasks that involve the use of his fine motor skills and speech became difficult. At the age of eight, doctors diagnosed the teen with Rasmussen’s Encephalitis, a rare disease that involves constant seizures, loss of motor skills, and…

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Make it or break it for SCT

August 23, 2013
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By LISA CAPOBIANCO STAFF WRITER When local residents Amanda Savio and Heidi Bass-Lamberto are not taking care of their children at home or at work, they act, direct, or produce shows at Southington Community Theater. Heidi also serves as president for the non-profit organization while Amanda serves as the publicity chair for the group. Although…

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Back to school and back to wellness at Westfarms

August 21, 2013
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FARMINGTON, Conn. – Ready. Set. School! As summer winds down, and the kids head back to school, you can make back-to-school shopping an adventure for your kids. This year, take part in the “Ready. Set. School! Scavenger Hunt,” enjoying Wellness at Westfarms while having some fun. Parents and students, grades K-5, will have the chance…

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Middle schools ready for students during construction

August 20, 2013
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Middle schools ready for students during construction

By Lissa Capobianco Staff Writer The first phase of the middle school renovations has been completed, and now both DePaolo and Kennedy Middle Schools are ready to start on time. Past environmental tests found traces of asbestos and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB) at both DePaolo and Kennedy Middle Schools. The remediation process was able to be…

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Flat Stanley inspires new children’s program at Southington Library

August 19, 2013
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Flat Stanley inspires new children’s program at Southington Library

By Lissa Capobianco Staff Writer The library has a new mascot: Mr. Bear—better known as “Flat Bear,” to the children who are members of the annual summer reading program. Dressed as a cowboy with a fanny pack, “Flat Bear” is a laminated library tool that children can check out for two weeks.  Cindy Wall, head…

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