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Mother and daughter take bike trip across country

November 16, 2013
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Mother and daughter take bike trip across country

By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer When Southington resident Liz Dietz wanted to pursue a bike trip across the nation last summer, she knew it would become the adventure of a lifetime, seeing popular landmarks and meeting new faces in unfamiliar places. But she struggled to find a biking partner. After consulting multiple friends, no one…

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Spikers advance to 2nd round; Lady Knight loss to No. 4 Darien ends autumn campaign

November 15, 2013
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Spikers advance to 2nd round; Lady Knight loss to No. 4 Darien ends autumn campaign

y John Goralski Sports Writer Coach Rich Heitz entered this season with more questions than answers. The Lady Knight volleyball graduated all but three varsity players. To lead the rebuilding process, Heitz had only one senior. How would they come together? How would they perform? Could they reach the postseason? Could they win? Sure, Heitz…

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Town thanks its local veterans

November 14, 2013
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Town thanks its local veterans

By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer For veteran Edison Occhi, the Korean War continues to serve as a vivid memory full of heartache and pain. He served 21 years in the U.S. Marine Corps, and enlisted at the age of 17-and-half after attending trade school. From September 1950 to January 1952, he fought during the Korean…

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The SEF tailgates at a fundraiser

November 10, 2013
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The SEF tailgates at a fundraiser

By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer Town residents sported their favorite athletic gear at the Southington Education Foundation’s fifth annual Fan of the Foundation Gala last month. With a theme of “Tailgate at the Turf,” attendees wore their favorite sports jerseys and t-shirts while eating tailgate-style appetizers and entrees at the Aquaturf. The gala will also…

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Knight charge continues; Southington football storms past Newington

November 7, 2013
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Knight charge continues; Southington football storms past Newington

By John Goralski Sports Writer For much of the first quarter, it looked like a shootout. The Blue Knight football team took less than two minutes to scramble 63 yards for their first score. Newington countered with a 75-yard drive that took just seven plays. Three plays later, the Knights were scoring again. On Friday,…

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Officials: Full-day kindergarten kicks off to success

November 2, 2013
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Officials: Full-day kindergarten kicks off to success

By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer Kindergarten teacher Franca Imme of Plantsville Elementary School recently counted down from ten as her students lined up one by one to make their way to the all-purpose room where they participated in Apple Day, an event full of fun and educational activities. All 15 students gathered their backpacks together…

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Back to the tournament; Girls clinch the postseason on their last attempt

November 1, 2013
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Back to the tournament; Girls clinch the postseason on their last attempt

By John Goralski Sports Writer Officials signaled the end of the contest, and the Southington girls soccer team scrambled onto the field in celebration. Sal Penta let out a sigh of relief, shook his head, and smiled. It wasn’t pretty. It wasn’t his team’s best game of the season, but the 3-0 win over New…

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Students denounce drugs at Red Ribbon Rally

October 25, 2013
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By LISA CAPOBIANCO STAFF WRITER The 23rd annual “Red Ribbon Rally” took over the town green last Tuesday, as Southington students were encouraged to speak out against drug use. The Southington Drug Task Force hosted the annual event, which ties into the national Red Ribbon program. Dating back to 1988, the program honors the memory…

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SHS Class of 2003 to reunite Nov. 30; tix available now

October 22, 2013
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The Southington High School Class of 2003 will be holding its 10-Year Reunion on Nov. 30 at Testa’s Banquet Facility from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. Tickets must be purchased by Nov. 15 at www.ezevent.com/shs10year. Tickets will not be sold at the door. Ticket price is $62 and includes buffet dinner, DJ, and open bar. For…

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Winner within; Lady Knights are hitting the books

October 11, 2013
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Winner within; Lady Knights are hitting the books

By John Goralski Sports Writer This fall, the Lady Knights have been attacking the net and hitting the books as Coach Rich Heitz tries to focus on the ‘student’ part of student-athlete. Pat Riley’s book, The Winner Within, has served as assigned reading. Practices have become study halls and games are tests leading up to…

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