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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Chasing the checkered flag; Tony Membrino has high expectations at Stafford Motor Speedway

July 6, 2013
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Chasing the checkered flag; Tony Membrino has high expectations at Stafford Motor Speedway

By John Goralski Sports Writer Tony Membrino shadowed the two front cars over the last three laps looking for any sliver of light to make his move. Ahead of him, the two leaders raced shoulder-to-shoulder as if they were trying to work together to keep the Southington driver out of the winner’s circle. On Friday,…

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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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Washed up; Legion battles rainouts, forfeits, and double headers

July 5, 2013
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Washed up; Legion battles rainouts,   forfeits, and double headers

By John Goralski Sports Writer On Tuesday, the locals had runners on first and third when the skies opened up in Terryville midway through the top of the first inning. The following day’s baseball game was scratched since Winsted’s American Legion team withdrew from the season. On Thursday, the Southington squad was halfway to Torrington…

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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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