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School board faces budget uncertainty; Could face reduction in ECS funding

May 3, 2013
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By Rob Glidden Staff Writer Uncertainty about state funding has made a tough budget season for the Board of Education even more difficult. At a past meeting, the school board discussed reports that the Educational Cost Sharing (ECS) funds that Connecticut schools depend on each year could be reduced by about $33,000. In addition to…

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Plainville hosting household hazardous waste collection

May 2, 2013
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On May 4, residents of member towns in the Tunxis Recycling Operating Committee (TROC) region will have the opportunity to bring Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) to the Tunxis Recycling Operating Committee (TROC) Household Hazardous Waste Collection. The HHW collection will be held on Saturday, May 4 at the Plainville Roadways Garage, on 23 Granger Lane…

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Strong students make dog treats

May 2, 2013
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Strong students make dog treats

By Rob Glidden Staff Writer A group of fifth-grade students at Strong Elementary School have launched their own small business selling homemade dog biscuits. Their teacher, Lenore Butler, has made it a tradition in her classroom to read “A Dog’s Life,” which tells the story of a canine who lives as a stray for many…

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Youth’s Google doodle up for vote

May 1, 2013
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A second grade student, Hope Scalise, from Derynoski Elementary School, is the Connecticut winner of the Doodle 4 Google Art Competition. A “doodle” is the logo design that appears on the Google website homepage periodically to celebrate special events, holidays , or the lives of artists and inventors. Hope’s winning design was one of more…

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Jitters goes mobile, to start out with holistic fair

April 29, 2013
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By Kaitlyn Naples Staff Writer A little over six months ago, Shirley Bloethe was hit with yet another devastating incident in her life. She had already lost a nephew and her father, and then on Sept. 26 she discovered the café, Pass-It-On, and book store building she had owned for 22 years was destroyed from…

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SCT is set for screwy comedy

April 28, 2013
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By Mike Chaiken Editions Editor Southington Community Theatre director Amanda Savio Guay knew the name but that was about it. Guay said she wanted to direct something for SCT, but unsure what. “Someone suggested this show,” said Guay. “This show” was “You Can’t Take It With You” by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart, which…

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How safe are our student-athletes?; Staying ahead of the steroids a problem at Southington High School

April 27, 2013
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How safe are our student-athletes?; Staying ahead of the steroids a problem at Southington High School

By John Goralski Sports Writer Southington police recently arrested a student for possession of steroids at Southington High School and, in the age of technology and tweets, it didn’t take long for the news to spread. Almost immediately questions, rumors, and fears began to surface. Are our kids safe? How big is the problem? How…

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Furry co-star commuted for role

April 27, 2013
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Furry co-star commuted for role

A Torrington pooch named Teddy for weeks now has made daily trips to Southington to practice for the play “Annie.” The 3-year-old mini golden doodle, owned by Patricia Zimmerman, took stage at John F. Kennedy Middle School as Sandy, Annie’s dog. Zimmerman said Teddy was trained at Canine Academy in Winsted and at home. “He…

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Putnam celebrates 50 years serving Southington

April 27, 2013
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By Margaret Waage Correspondent Spring is a welcome season for New Englanders, but it’s also a favorite for realtors. Southington’s Putnam Agency Real Estate office, is not only anticipating the spring market, but they are celebrating 50 years of serving the real estate needs of Connecticut. Owner and Broker Sherry Davenport spoke about how the…

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