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Bear Creek Campground is open for business

June 13, 2015
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Biz - ASAP - Lake compounce Bear Creek

Lake Compounce has expanded its amenities with a spacious ‘Bear Creek’ campground that features state-of-the-art cabins, tee pee tents, huge RV lot, playground and a general store.  The Chamber helped to celebrate the grand opening that included ribbon cutting by Jerry Brick, general manager and local resident. Guests received tours and a complimentary buffet. Brick,…

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SHS top 3 students define ‘friendly competition’ with academic success

June 12, 2015
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Southington High School's top three graduating seniors, salutatorian Erik Bergland, left, valedictorian James Hoder, center, and essayist Caitlin Young, right.

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER A thick stack of resumes sat in front of Southington High School’s top three students on Tuesday afternoon, noting the many academic achievements that earned them a spot at the top. The three friends—valedictorian James Hoder, salutatorian Erik Bergland and essayist Caitlin Young, gathered to speak about their accomplishments, goals, and plans…

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Surviving the Holocaust: Kennedy students hear a first-hand account

June 12, 2015
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JFK Middle School principal Steven Madancy speaks with Janina Nawarskas, a Holocaust survivor, after she hosted an assembly for the seventh grade class.

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER When the topic of social issues in World War II was brought up in Sue DeSimone’s language arts class at John F. Kennedy Middle School, seventh grade student Megan Fortier was reminded of the story of her great aunt, Janina Nawarskas—a story Nawarskas had just begun sharing herself. Having rarely spoken of…

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Making music to make a ‘Wish’ come true

June 12, 2015
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR On Sunday, entertainment will prove to be the ticket to help the Make-A-Wish Foundation. And the reigning Miss Forestville, Jillian Duffy, will be among the performers that night. The role on stage is an appropriate one for Duffy, who herself, was once helped by the Make-A-Wish Foundation. She will be…

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UNICO honors the Top 25 students at Southington High

June 11, 2015
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On Wednesday, June 30, UNICO celebrate the Top 25 students at Southington High School at a dinner at the Aqua Turf Club in Plantsville. Front, from left, Tyler Hanna, Jessica Goralski, Kathleen Spagnoletti, Erin Cova, Margaret Mellitt, Ryann Snodgrass, Julia Granato, and Benjamin Herms. Back, Matthew Torrisi, James Hoder (Valedictorian), Victoria Swartz, Meghan Kelley, Bailey Potter, Erik Bergland, Cassidy Race, Julie Falk, Nicole Ricker, Ryan Padden, Priya Patel, Caitlin Young (essayist), Matthew Duszak (slightly behind), Julia Reilly, Kevin Drexler, and Michael Taylor. Not pictured is Jessica Lee. Photo by TAMMI NAUDUS

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER Southington’s UNICO honored the Top 25 students in Southington High School’s senior class, recognizing just five percent of the soon-to-be graduates. The annual UNICO Top 25 dinner is a 70 year tradition at Southington High School. With more than 500 students set to cross the stage next week and become the high…

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Officials pull weeds, point out progress during downtown walk

June 11, 2015
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Town Manager Garry Brumback studies  a cracked curb on Center Street.

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER It has become an annual tradition for town officials to gather for a walk through downtown, a hands-on way to see what progress has been made, and what improvements are still needed. Sponsored by the Central Business Alliance, a group within the Chamber of Commerce that oversees the downtown areas of Southington…

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Generosity and kindness celebrated at Hatton

June 11, 2015
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SO Celebration of Kindness-Allie Bechillo and Matthew  Rodrigues spraying Marcia Phelps' hair green (2)

On Friday, June 5, Allie Bechillo and Matthew  Rodrigues spray a cloud of green dye at their gym teacher, Marcia Phelps, during the Celebration of Kindness and Generosity at Hatton Elementary School. The “Town Meeting” event was the culmination of the school’s year-long commitment to the #bekindchallenge sponsored by Ben’s Bells, an organization dedictated to…

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St. Paul grads nostalgic but anticipate future

June 11, 2015
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Class president Jose Silva Jr., of Southington, gives his farewell adress. Silva will be attending the US Air Force Academy next year.

By MIKE CHAIKENEDITIONS EDITOR For the graduates of St. Paul Catholic High School, it was a night filled with hope for the future but also a sense of nostalgia for what they will be leaving behind. Over 100 seniors became graduates as the local parochial school held its commencement exercises at the Cathedral of St. Joseph…

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Four locals honored at Tunxis

June 11, 2015
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Four Southington students were among the list of over 90 award and scholarship recipients at the 32nd Annual “Student Achievement Recognition Ceremony,” held on May 21 at Tunxis Community College, Farmington. Two locals won Tunxis Foundation scholarships and awards provided by the Tunxis Community College Foundation and Advisory Board, Inc. Megan Fazzino earned the EBM-Pabst…

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Carousel Museum participating in open house day, June 13

June 10, 2015
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Connecticut residents are invited to discover – and rediscover – the state’s arts, history and tourism offerings with a variety of special incentives, such as discounted or free admission, free gifts or special exhibits and activities during the 11th Annual Open House Day on Saturday, June 13. The New England Carousel Museum in Bristol will…

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