Connecticut charging up battery recycling efforts

September 26, 2014
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Connecticut charging up battery recycling efforts

By PAUL SINGLEY The Republican-American WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) _ Connecticut residents have approximately 3.7 million alkaline and rechargeable batteries that have reached the end of their lifespans. An overwhelming majority of those dead batteries won’t get recycled _ they will be tossed in the trash. That could change soon. Connecticut is charging up to become…

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Passing the first test; Swimmers open the season with 2 wins

September 26, 2014
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By John Goralski
Ally Schroeder swims the backstroke leg of the 200 individual medley during a win over Windsor Locks-Ellington-E.Granby on Sept. 19.

By John Goralski Sports Writer Southington faced two rivals to start the fall campaign. Both presented different challenges. Both ended the same. The Lady Knights won easily, qualified swimmers for the postseason, and turned to exhibition races with at least two events remaining. “We’re doing it the right way,” said Southington swim coach Evan Tuttle.…

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Wayne’s World; Chopus is no stranger to Halls of Fame

September 26, 2014
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Wayne Chopus, above, scores a lay-up for the Knights in the mid-60s. Chopus lettered in three sports in high school and two in college.

By John Goralski Sports Writer Wayne Chopus seemed to leave his feet at the crack of the bat, and a gasp washed across the crowd as he backhanded the ball at shortstop, pirouetted in the air, and completed the play with a perfect strike to first base. There was no surprise when Chopus was named…

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Knights win again; Field Hockey breaks .500 barrier

September 26, 2014
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By John Goralski
Lady Knight defenseman Erin Cova clears a ball past Sheehan’s attack during a 3-1 win on Thursday, Sept. 19

By John Goralski Sports Writer Jessica Lee pushed the ball forward to Allie Abacherli, and Abacherli quickly returned the favor as the Lady Knight field hockey seemed to weave between Sheehan defenders in a mad rush for the goal. On Thursday, Sept. 18, Southington’s offense was clicking on all cylinders with give-and-go passing, feints, dodges,…

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Southington Police Blotter for the week of Sept. 26

September 26, 2014
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The Southington Police Department has reported the following arrests. Benjamin Dutkiewicz, 26, of 37 Upson St., Bristol, was charged on Sept. 9 with disorderly conduct, third degree assault, third degree strangulation and second degree threatening. Bond was set at $10,000 with a Sept. 10 court date. Kelly Marie Thornton, 33, transient, was charged on Sept.…

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Brutal tests; Volleyball loses to Farmington; pushes BE to 5 games

September 26, 2014
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By John Goralski
Caroline Barry attacks the net during a 3-0 loss to Farmington.

By John Goralski Sports Writer Southington opened the week with a 3-0 loss to Farmington. They ended the week with a five-game loss at Bristol Eastern. Nestled in between was a victory over Hall that pushed the Knights to four games. Most teams have to wait for the postseason to be pushed to their limits.…

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Stratton Brook Invitational; Girls place 3 runner in top 25; boys place 2 in top 30

September 26, 2014
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By John Goralski
Gabi Napoli crosses the bridge in the second mile of the Stratton Brook Invitational. Napoli (20th) was one of 3 Lady Knights in the top 25.

By John Goralski Sports Writer Dan Dachelet double checked the numbers and trotted up to the Southington tent with a broad grin. He called out to a varsity girl lounging on a blanket, and she turned to face her cross country coach. “We finished fourth,” he cheered. “We beat Simsbury and Hall.” The runner looked…

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Green community; Town looks at renewable energy

September 26, 2014
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By Lindsay Carey Staff Writer The Town Council heard from representatives from a few energy companies regarding plans to make Southington a greener environment and in the process save a few tax dollars at an energy summit led by Assistant Town Engineer Annette Turnquist Monday night. “We are the first town in the state of…

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Second half surge; Knights outscore Indians 28-0 after break

September 26, 2014
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By John Goralski
Alex Jamele fights for yardage after the catch during a 56-15 win over Manchester on Friday, Sept. 19.

By John Goralski Sports Writer Kyle Borawski drew his defender with a small stutter-step at the sidelines, and rolled out to the open field. Just five minutes had elapsed in the second quarter, and Borawski danced 85 yards down the sidelines to give the Blue Knights the lead for good. Manchester came out swinging on…

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