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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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Portion of Hobart Street to close in prepartion for road project

June 19, 2013
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The Southington Police Department has authorized the closure of a portion of Hobart Street, from Michael Drive to Skyline Drive, for the purpose of sewer repair work in preparation of the mill and overlay road project scheduled on Hobart Street. The closure date will run from Tuesday, June 25 through Wednesday, June 26. Detour signs…

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Firefighters to ‘Fill the Boot’ to aid MDA

June 18, 2013
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Fire fighters will be out on the streets of Southington, asking motorists to help “Fill the Boot” for the Muscular Dystrophy Association on Friday, June 21, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.    Every dollar that passing motorists can pitch into the fire fighters’ boots of Southington Local 2033 helps to fund MDA services to…

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The Arc of Southington takes up donations for shelter pets

June 16, 2013
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The Arc of Southington takes up donations for shelter pets

By Ed Harris Editor A love for animals has led The Arc of Southington to collect various pet items to donate to the Blanket and Bowls program. Arc employees and patrons helped collect pet food, cat litter, clean blankets and towels, food bowls and toys. The donations were dropped off at Pet Playhouse on Meriden…

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Symposium addresses aging

June 15, 2013
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Symposium addresses aging

By Margaret Waage Correspondent A diverse group of community-based providers, state and local agencies, clergy, foundations and residents alike,  brought their insights and questions to The Symposium on Ageing held recently at The Orchards. The purpose of symposium is aimed at finding or creating the best possible solutions for the Southington’s older population, and the…

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2013 Class LL Champions; Moquin shuts out Mercy; Softball captures 15th state title

June 14, 2013
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2013 Class LL Champions; Moquin shuts out Mercy; Softball captures 15th state title

By John Goralski Sports Writer When umpires signaled the final out, the Lady Knights exploded in screams and celebration. Coach John Bores sighed with relief, looked down at the ground, and emerged from the dugout with a wide smile as his players gathered in hugs and tears. The longest title drought in program history had…

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New lease on life for the DePaolo landfill

June 14, 2013
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By Ed Harris Editor The old DePaolo Drive land fill has a new lease on life. The Town Council Monday night unanimously voted to lease the property to Supreme Forest Products for the next 20 years. “We’re leading the way in putting landfills back into use,” said Town Attorney Mark Sciota. DePaolo Drive is a…

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