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Valentine’s gifts from STEPS

February 18, 2015
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Valentine’s gifts from STEPS

Mark Meade, left, and Samantha Martins, right, hand out Valentine’s Day gifts on Friday, Feb. 13 as part of a STEPS initiative. A number of STEPS members distributed lollipops with a mix of anti-drug slogans and other positive messages to SHS freshman during lunch periods at the high school. Photo by JOHN GORALSKI

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Southington Western Little League makes the jump to wooden bats

February 13, 2015
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By LINDSAY CAREY STAFF WRITER The Southington West Little League will be switching from aluminum bats to wood bats for the upcoming season for safety purposes and also to add more challenge to the game. The board of Southington West Little League voted 10 to 5 in support of the change. Skip Griffin, President of…

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Gymnasts break 140 barrier

February 13, 2015
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Gymnasts break 140 barrier

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER CHESHIRE—Flowers were exchanged and pictures were taken by parents, families, and friends. The seniors gave their coach big hugs, revisiting the recollections of success they have built together throughout their four years. Saturday night, Feb. 7 was senior night for the Lady Knights gymnastics team at the C.A.T.S. Gymnastics Center in…

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Town is running low on salt; staying ahead of the snow

February 12, 2015
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By LINDSAY CAREY STAFF WRITER Highway Superintendent Steven Wlodkowski shared his insight on how snow removal operations in Southington has been going this year at the Public Works Committee meeting on Feb. 4. “It’s actually been a good, eventful year even though in January we didn’t get a lot of snow,” he said. “We still…

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Jackie Laramee will receive the Rising Star Award on March 3

February 11, 2015
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Jackie Laramee will receive the Rising Star Award on March 3.

The Southington Community YMCA will have a lot to cheer about at the Professional Women in Construction (PWC) dinner. Local YMCA member Jackie Laramee will receive the Rising Star Award. The award is presented each year to a woman that has been in the Architecture-Engineering-Construction (AEC) industry less than seven years. A Rising Star Award…

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Wrestlers rebound from dual meet loss with 4th place at CT Challenge

February 6, 2015
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Wrestlers rebound from dual meet loss with 4th place at CT Challenge

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER The bleachers were filled in the Walt Lozoski Gymnasium. The lights turned off. The microphone turned on. The spotlight lowered to the center of the mat. The spectators and wrestlers cheered. And the stage was set. “This is the start of the medal round.” The Southington Blue Knights wrestling team competed…

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Make plans to meet a princess

February 3, 2015
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The annual Princess Meet and Greet will be held on Sunday, April 19 at the Aqua Turf in Southington from noon to 4 p.m. There will be opportunities for photographs with all of the princesses. There also will be face painting, glitter tattoos, balloon sculpturing, nail polishing stations, hair design stations, DJ, light refreshments, raffles…

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Meeting for Jr. Miss Southington pageant set for Feb. 17

February 3, 2015
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The Junior Miss Southington Scholarship Organization will host its annual fund raiser/ community service pageant on Sunday, May 3 at the Aqua Turf in Southington. Contestants are needed between the ages of 5 to high school senior, who are residing in Connecticut. This is an open pageant. Areas of competition are interview skills, talent, and…

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Letter: Reader champions Southington’s LEAF program

January 24, 2015
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To the editor: January 5, 2015 was our last day at Leaf (Lewis Education and Agriculture Farm). I have had the privilege of working with Mark Ramsey and his staff since the beginning of the school year. As a Job Coach at Southington High School, I have been taking young adults with special needs in…

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Brian Jennings joins the Observer sports staff

January 22, 2015
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Observer sports writer Brian Jennings

The Southington Observer welcomes Brian Jennings as our new sports writer for Southington sports. Brian is a 2011 Central Connecticut State University (CCSU) graduate with a bachelor’s in Communication (broadcast journalism) and a minor in Journalism. He served internships with CPTV Sports and WFSB Channel 3 Eyewitness News. As a student, Brian was a staff…

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