Hall of Fame: Hitting his stride: Chris Walsh went the distance

October 1, 2015
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Chris Walsh builds some distance at the front of the pack during a Blue Knight track meet in the early 1970s. Walsh went on to gain national success in college and as a high school coach in California.

By JOHN GORALSKI EDITOR Cheshire hearts rose when Chris Walsh’s opponent burst from the start of the two mile race at a dual meet in 1973. The Rams needed a win to capture the track meet, and Walsh was trailing by 10 yards when the frontrunners began their final lap. “Their coach threw his hat up…

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Gov issues warning about hurricane; offers tips on preparedness

October 1, 2015
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Gov issues warning about hurricane; offers tips on preparedness

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy today said that with Hurricane Joaquin currently forecast to impact the east coast over the next several days, he is asking Connecticut residents to closely monitor the storm’s path and be prepared for severe weather conditions.  The Governor continues to work with state emergency management officials to monitor the storm and…

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When you Make-A-Wish upon a star

October 1, 2015
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Daniela Ciriello is all dressed up and ready to go on a Disney Cruise. The Southington princess was presented a family trip by Make-A-Wish.

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER When it came time to interview 3-year-old Daniela Ciriello, she pulled up a chair and said “Now, let me tell you all about Mickey Mouse.” Dressed in a floor length Little Mermaid gown and a three-tiered tiara, the wide-eyed brunette danced with excitement around the room as her parents answered questions for…

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The Orchards hosts October open houses

October 1, 2015
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The Orchards at Southington
34 Hobart St., Southington, CT 06489
(860) 628-5656

The Orchards at Southington, an independent and assisted living community, will host open houses on Saturdays, Oct. 10 and Oct. 24, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Edesa Ciscar, retirement counselor, will facilitate the events. Coffee will be served. The Orchards at Southington is located at 34 Hobart St. in Southington. People are welcome to…

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Senior health fair offers resources and screenings

October 1, 2015
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Hartford HealthCare Senior Services will present the Southington Senior Health Fair on Tuesday, Oct. 6, from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., at the Calendar House, 388 Pleasant St., Southington. The free event features information geared toward older adults for achieving optimum health. Demon-strations, educational materials, free health screenings (balance, blood pressure, bone density, memory and…

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SEF Gala at the Turf

October 1, 2015
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By TAMMI NAUDUSSTAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Locals packed into the Aqua Turf on Friday, Sept. 25 for the 7th annual Fan of the Foundation Gala. The event featured a live auction and a silent auction to raise funds for the Southington Education Foundation (SEF). All proceeds raised from the event will be used to support SEF’s commitment to…

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Apple Harvest Gala marks the start of the festival season

October 1, 2015
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Apple Harvest Festival Coordinator Jim Champagne and Apple Harvest Hostess Chair Alyssa Anne Pappas, left, shower the 2015 Apple Harvest Festival Queen Rebecca Caisse, center, with her crown, flowers, and sash during the annual Apple Harvest Gala on Thursday, Sept. 24. The annual gala kicks off the local festival.

By TAMMI NAUDUSSTAFF PHOTOGRAPHER The changes of the fall season are upon us, but one thing remains constant in the town of Southington. The tradition of the Apple Harvest Festival will be in full swing beginning this weekend. The unofficial start came on Thursday, Oct. 24 with the annual Apple Harvest Gala at the Aqua Turf.…

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Soccer stays perfect

September 30, 2015
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The boy’s soccer team improved to 3-0-1 on the season with a 1-0 victory on the road at Simsbury (3-2) on Friday, Sept. 25. Through four games this season, Southington has yet to surrender a goal. Hayden Burbank scored the game’s only goal midway through the first half. Southington took 10 shots on goal. Evan…

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Southington Sports Listings for the Oct. 2 edition

September 30, 2015
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EVENTS NAMING OF THE SHS TURF WALKWAY IN HONOR OF DOM D’ANGELO—Wednesday, Oct. 30, 5 p.m., at the entrance to the SHS sports complex. A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held to honor the renaming of the walkway for the late Dom D’Angelo, a combat medic in World War II, serving with the 8th Armored Division…

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