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Former student now assistant principal at Derynoski

June 26, 2013
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Former student now assistant principal at Derynoski

By Ed Harris Editor A former Derynoski Elementary School student has worked her way up through the ranks to become the new assistant principal at the school. was selected as the new assistant principal at Derynoski at the recent Board of Education meeting. Nichols will begin her new position on July 1. “I’ve come full…

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Southington High School Class of 2013 graduates

June 23, 2013
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By Ed Harris Editor Southington High School graduates reflected on the past and looked forward to the future at their recent graduation ceremony. Quoting several Dr. Seuss books, essayist Molly Anne Potter urged her classmates to continue to try new things, stay creative and take pride in who they are. “So, as we prepare to…

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Central Connecticut excels at Miss CT

June 23, 2013
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Central Connecticut excels at Miss CT

You can say central Connecticut’s towns of Southington, Bristol, and Plainville did well at the Miss Connecticut Scholarship Pageant Saturday. Miss Southington Kaitlyn Tarpey is the 2013 Miss Connecticut. And Krystiana Bouchard of Southington, competing as Miss West Hartford’s Outstanding Teen, is the new Miss Connecticut’s Outstanding Teen. In addition, Miss Southington’s Outstanding Teen Madison…

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Youth creates new Derynoski dragon mascot

June 23, 2013
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Youth creates new Derynoski dragon mascot

By Ed Harris Editor Derynoski Elementary School has a new dragon mascot that will appear on all apparel and communications from the school. Eight-year-old Ma-ckenzie Monahan desi-gned the new dragon, which she named Spotty. Mackenzie’s dragon competed against 45 other submissions in the Design a Dragon contest. “We didn’t have a consistent dragon,” said front…

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Art in the Yard show to return this Sunday

June 22, 2013
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By Brian Zahn Correspondent After what she believes was a successful test run in 2012, organizer Brandi Sabato is eagerly anticipating the second annual Art in the Yard art showing and sale. The event, which Sabato has coordinated through her “independent, grassroots organization” Arts Happenings, will take place June 23 from 10 a.m. to 3…

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Locals make some noise at Miss CT

June 22, 2013
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Locals make some noise at Miss CT

The local contestants from Southington, Bristol, and Plainville, made some noise in the second night of preliminary competitions at Miss Connecticut on Friday night in New London. Tonight, the top 10 contestants in the Miss and Teen categories will be announced and those contestants will compete in the finals for the chance to be the…

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Butterflies mark Because of 26 event

June 21, 2013
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Butterflies mark Because of 26 event

By Mike Chaiken Editions Editor There were sad memories of a sad day. However, there also were laughs. Plus, there was sun… and, of course, butterflies. On Saturday, the center of Plantsville was packed with families as the hard work of two Southington women, Lisa Wrubleski and Erin Furniss, came to fruition with Because of…

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One down… another tonight… and finals Saturday for Miss CT pageant

June 21, 2013
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One down… another tonight… and finals Saturday for Miss CT pageant

The first night of preliminary competition is history for the Miss Connecticut and Miss Connecticut’s Outstanding Teen scholarship pageants. Thursday night, the contestants hit the stage of the Garde Arts Center in New London for on-stage interview, talent, evening gown, and health and fitness competitions. None of the locals from Bristol, Southington, and Plainville won…

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Graduates entering military honored

June 21, 2013
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Graduates entering military honored

By Melvin Mason Contributor Austin King’s life after Southington High School will be focused on doing something important for his friends, neighbors and the United States. “I love this country. I love my family and friends and all that,” said King, 17, who will join the Navy after graduating Friday, taking the first steps toward…

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SEF awards more grants; Foundation gives $6,000 to six proposals

June 20, 2013
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by Ed Harris Editor South End Elementary School extended day kindergarten teacher Paula Gorham loves to tell stories, be it to her children or her students. This joy helped her craft the Interactive Storytelling Experience program that was recently awarded a $400 grant from the Southington Education Foundation (SEF). “I love storytelling,” Gorham said. “I…

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