Legion wins the zone; Post 72 captures first title in 20 years

August 3, 2012
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By John Goralski Sports Writer A small parade of vehicles floated down the mountain road from Wolcott’s soggy field to the one at Recreation Park. First, a small band of volunteers began to ready the field. Next came the procession of players. Referees wandered onto the field like grand marshals at 9:30, and the fanfare…

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Gridiron greatness; The 1954 football team was the best of the best

August 3, 2012
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By John Goralski Sports Writer Tom Kirkland centered himself over the football in 1954 like a con artist with a handful of gullible tourists. Now you see it. Now you don’t. Kirkland’s snap would disappear into a swirl of Southington players. The offensive line charged forward. The quarterback swept out to the flanks behind an…

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Open season; Bill Lee was the first to capture the state crown

August 3, 2012
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By John Goralski Sports Writer A video camera captured Bill Lee in a close-up as he walked off the championship mat at the 1999 state open, and its grainy image captured the key to the Southington grappler’s success. Lee had just dismantled his opponent in the final bout to capture his second consecutive division title.…

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Crushing the opposition; ‘87 softball charged to a state title and a 52-game win streak

August 3, 2012
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By John Goralski Sports Writer Nobody knows what the Danbury girls where thinking when they stepped onto Falcon Field for the 1987 girls softball championship, but they couldn’t have been happy. Just a few months earlier Kris Mach had dashed the Hatters’ hopes for a girls basketball title with a last second basket, and there…

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Hall of Fame announces Class of 2012

August 3, 2012
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Hall of Fame announces Class of 2012

By John Goralski Sports Writer For more than a century, Eleanor DellaVecchia followed her beloved Yankees as they collected 27 World Series titles, but family and friends find it more than just a coincidence that the Bronx Bombers haven’t won a single title since she passed away in 2009. If it wasn’t for fans, sports…

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West crowned Miss Teen USA

August 3, 2012
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West crowned Miss Teen USA

Connecticut, and Southington in particular, can now lay claim to another national celebrity. On Saturday night, at a competition held in the Bahamas, Logan West of Southington was crowned the 2012 Miss Teen USA. The national pageant is described in press materials as “a Donald J. Trump and NBC Universal joint venture, (which) is a…

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Happy with the test scores; Students fare well on CMT and CAPT

August 3, 2012
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By Rob Glidden Staff Writer Southington school officials are delighted with the district’s scores on the Connecticut Mastery Tests (CMTs) and the Connecticut Academic Performance Test (CAPT) for the 2011-2012 school year, and are preparing to adapt when the test goes through significant changes in future years. The CMTs, which evaluate student skills in reading,…

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Top it off: Barnes gets new roof

August 3, 2012
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By Rob Glidden Staff Reporter After 175 years of standing up to weather and wear, the roof at the Barnes Museum is currently being replaced. “It’s a good feeling to know that they are up there,” said curator Marie Secondo. “The roof is looking great.” The homestead was built in 1836 and was home to…

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Looking at library expansion

August 3, 2012
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Looking at library expansion

By Rob Glidden Staff Reporter Inside the town’s new capital improvement plan is a small $30,000 expense that may have a major impact on Southington. A planned architectural study will examine the possibility of expanding the Southington Library, which has had to find more and more ways to fit a large amount of regular visitors…

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