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Festival planning is year round effort

July 8, 2013
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By Vannessa Stevens Contributor Planning is underway for Southington’s 45th Apple Harvest Festival. The annual event will take place Oct. 4 to 6 and Oct. 11 to 13. The downtown Southington festival attracts anywhere from 75,000 to 100,000 people every year. It offers food, fun, and live entertainment. It also provides a showcase for local…

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Parking issues brought up during recent Plantsville walkthrough

July 6, 2013
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Parking issues brought up during recent Plantsville walkthrough

By Ed Harris Editor Downtown Plantsville business owners appear to be in favor of eliminating on the street parking in the area, a major proposal of the planned Plantsville Renaissance. The on-street parking on the already narrow streets in the area has been a consistent safety concern, and many officials and merchants have expressed a…

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Compounce hosts fireworks tonight

July 5, 2013
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Looking for fireworks for the post-Independence celebrations. Lake Compounce Amusement Park on the Southington/ Bristol town line, presents its annual display tonight, July 5. They are scheduled to launch at 10 p.m.

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Time capsule tradition continues at South End

July 5, 2013
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Time capsule tradition continues at South End

By Ed Harris Editor There was just one question on the minds of a group of Southington High School seniors as they opened a time capsule held in storage at South End Elementary School since 2006: Do you think the Twinkies are still edible? It is a South End School tradition to “bury” a time…

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SCCA receives state bond;$500,000 to help with Gura Building

July 5, 2013
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By Ed Harris Editor Southington Community Cultural Arts (SCCA) is well into its fundraising efforts to turn the old Gura Building into an arts hub, thanks to $500,000 from the State Bond Commission. “I want to thank former State Representative Zeke Zalaski and current State Representative Dave Zoni for their passionate advocacy in support of…

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Nardelli’s takes grinders to Southington

July 4, 2013
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By David Krechevsky Special to The Observer Southington will be the latest location for the continued expansion by Naugatuck-based Nardelli’s Grinders Shoppes. The deli and restaurant chain currently has two family-owned locations and six franchises. The Southington location, at 405 Queen St., will be the company’s seventh franchise and ninth store. It is expected to…

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*UPDATE* Police recover stolen Because of 26 butterfly

July 3, 2013
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*UPDATE* Police recover stolen Because of 26 butterfly

By Ed Harris Editor A wooden butterfly stolen from the Because of 26 mural was turned over to the Southington Police Department. Police said the butterfly did not appear damaged. The butterfly was taken in as evidence and the police are still investigating the theft. Police spokesman Sgt. Jeff Dobratz said a woman had returned…

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Buttefly stolen from Because of 26 mural

July 2, 2013
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Buttefly stolen from Because of 26 mural

  By Ed Harris Editor The theft of a butterfly from the Because of 26 mural has outraged residents in town. Twenty-six metal butterflies were attached to the mural on the back of Ragazino’s Garage on Summer Street, along the linear trail. The butterflies were attached to the mural by a wooden sleeve and screws.…

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Miss Southington Kaitlyn Tarpey is Miss Connecticut

June 30, 2013
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Miss Southington Kaitlyn Tarpey is Miss Connecticut

By Mike Chaiken Editions Editor 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. After her…

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New Apple Harvest Festival hostesses named

June 29, 2013
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New Apple Harvest Festival hostesses named

By Ed Harris Editor Hostesses are a long standing tradition of the Apple Harvest Festival and this year’s group was inspired by the young ladies that came before them. “They’ve been role models,” Natalie Nyerick said of the past hostesses. “I’d like to be that for other people.” There are eight hostesses this year, Natalie,…

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