Local gives back during alternative spring break

May 4, 2014
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer For Southington resident Al Vojtila, spring break meant giving back to residents of New Orleans still affected by Hurricane Katrina. Currently a freshman at Nichols College in Dudley, Mass., Vojtila participated in the Alternative Spring Break in March, volunteering with eight other students with the Gulf coast Volunteers for the…

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American Legion Auxiliary would like your old books

May 3, 2014
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American Legion Auxiliary would like your old books

By Ed Harris Editor The American Legion Auxiliary is back in the book business. Up until a few months ago, the auxiliary had utilized two Got Books bins to help fund literacy programs in the local school system. However, the company went out of business, putting a stop to the practice. Now a new company,…

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Record heat in midwest heading east, reports AccuWeather

May 2, 2014
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Record heat in midwest heading east, reports AccuWeather

Spring barely has made a whisper this year. Now, AccuWeather says record heat may be on its way from the Midwest.   Near-Record Heat to Build Over Plains, Then Eye East     AccuWeather Global Weather Center — 2 May 2014 — AccuWeather reports summerlike heat is in store for the southern Plains this weekend.…

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Rolling with the punches; Shifting lineups don’t matter to the Lady Knights

May 2, 2014
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Rolling with the punches; Shifting lineups don’t matter to the Lady Knights

By John Goralski Sports Writer Cassidy Race slipped into the No. 2 singles position and never missed a beat. Caroline Barry moved into a vacant singles position to win her first varsity singles match. On Friday, April 23, the Lady Knight tennis team had a different lineup, but never missed a step. With a 7-0…

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Six grade students enriched in college classes

May 2, 2014
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer Katherine Drechsler and Morgan Duling of DePaolo Middle School recently made a public service announcement (PSA) video called, “Be a Buddy…Not a Bully.” Besides displaying recent facts about bullying nationwide, the video also featured school administrators, faculty and other students holding up signs to share the PSA’s message of anti-bullying…

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Surviving spring sweeps; Boys focus on fundamentals during lopsided wins

May 2, 2014
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Surviving spring sweeps; Boys focus on fundamentals during lopsided wins

By John Goralski Sports Writer Luke Pfanzelt was the only one to sweep every set to capture two wins, but everyone else still won in straight sets. The Blue Knight tennis team resumed action last week with a pair of shutouts against undermatched teams. The Knights improved to 3-0 in the early season, but Coach…

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A journey of ‘Ten Million Steps’

May 2, 2014
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A journey of ‘Ten Million Steps’

By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer When people ask Joe Hurley what he needed the most to walk 3,600 miles on Route 6, he replies, “luck.” Ten years ago, Hurley, a retired newspaper reporter who worked at the News-Times in Danbury, walked 3,600 miles (ten million steps) on Route 6, the longest highway in the U.S,…

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Southington students delve into the world of robotics with LEGOs

May 2, 2014
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer FIRST LEGO League (FLL) is a global robotics program that gives children ages 9 to 14 the opportunity to explore science and technology while tapping into their creativity through hands-on activities. For ten students at Thalberg Elementary School, this opportunity serves as a first-time learning experience, which just began in…

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Responding to pressure; Baseball bounces back after a tough loss

May 2, 2014
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Responding to pressure; Baseball bounces back after a tough loss

By John Goralski Sports Writer Joe Rivera opened the second inning with a double up the middle. Mike Rogalski drew a walk. Joe Daigle bunted them over, so that Nick Calabrese’s double cleared the bases. Adam Wilson followed with a hit. Josh Makles scored him with a double, and when the dust settled on the…

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