Festival hostesses inspired by the past

August 24, 2014
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By Lindsay Carey Staff Writer This year’s collection of Apple Harvest Festival hostesses said they always looked up to the former hostesses when they were young and hoped to one day represent Southington themselves. “You always see them in the parades and when you’re little you see them as princesses,” said Marissa Sisco. “And then…

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Southington High vo-ag student helps in Belize

August 24, 2014
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By Margaret Waage Correspondent Something new is needed sometimes to appreciate the familiar things in life. Such is the case for Southington High School Vo-Ag student Sariah Dutkiewicz. Volunteerism proved to be the vehicle that motivated Dutkiewicz, a Bristol resident, to choose to spend a big part of her summer vacation travelling to Belize to…

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Teachers prepare rooms for new school year

August 23, 2014
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By Lindsay Carey Staff Writer As children are picking out their new backpacks and gathering school supplies for back to school, the teachers are already back preparing for the first day. Curriculum and lesson plans aside, many of the teachers are trying to find ways to make sure their classroom are a comfortable learning environment…

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Library to apply for grant that could help with renovations

August 22, 2014
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Library to apply for grant that could help with renovations

By Lindsay Carey Staff Writer The Southington Library was recently granted permission by the Town Council to apply for a grant that could help fund an expansion project at the library. Though the expansion is not set to begin until 2017, Library Director Susan Smayda described moving the grant application forward as an important first…

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Sometimes nice guys finish first; Ron Wyckoff selected to the NE Auto Racing Hall of Fame

August 22, 2014
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Sometimes nice guys finish first; Ron Wyckoff selected to the NE Auto Racing Hall of Fame

By John Goralski Sports Writer Nobody expected much out of Ronnie Wyckoff when he slipped into the lineup at the Riverside Park Triple Crown Finale in August of 1980. After all, the Southington driver was supposed to be retired. How could he expect to keep pace with such a storied group of drivers in their…

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New superintendent adjusts to position

August 22, 2014
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New superintendent adjusts to position

By Lindsay Carey Staff Writer New Superintendent of Schools is transitioning to Southington with a busy first week on the job. “It’s a much larger school district,” said Connellan, who was the former superintendent for Oxford Public Schools. “There are lots of things to do every single day, that’s probably the biggest difference.” Assistant Superintendent…

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Continued anger over hospital plans; Healthcare officials meet with residents

August 22, 2014
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Continued anger over hospital plans; Healthcare officials meet with residents

By Lindsay Carey Staff Writer Hartford Healthcare officials held a “Community Conversation” at Derynoski Elementary School Monday night to hear the concerns of Southington residents about the changes at Bradley Memorial Hospital. Hartford Healthcare was represented by Tricia Walden, Lucille Janatka, president of the central region of Hartford Healthcare and Jim Blazar, senior vice president…

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Local volunteer firefighter charged with early June dumpster fire

August 20, 2014
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Local volunteer firefighter charged with early June dumpster fire

A local volunteer firefighter was arrested for allegedly starting a dumpster fire in the Raya Clinic parking lot in early June. On Wednesday, August 20, , 24, of 146 South St., third floor, Bristol, surrendered to police after learning there was a warrant out for his arrest. According to the arrest warrant, Newman, a volunteer…

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Miscellaneous listings for Aug. 22

August 19, 2014
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FRIDAY, AUG. 22 BRISTOL 5TH ANNUAL FALCON 5K. 6:30 p.m. Registration is 5 to 6:15 p.m. Hosted by St. PaulCatholicHigh School. Proceeds benefit The Reverend Edmund O’Brien Scholarship Fund. Flat, fast, simple 3.1 mile course. Chip timing and post race activities. St. PaulCatholicHigh School, 1001 Stafford Ave., Bristol. $20, open, alumni, general public. $15 for…

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