Parent volunteers recognized for service to schools

June 16, 2016
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By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER As the school year came to a close, Southington Public Schools took the time to recognize the many parents who volunteered their time to help out teachers, faculty, and students during this past school year. On June 2, the sixth annual Parent Volunteer Luncheon was held at Hawk’s Landing Country Club, recognizing…

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Derynoski welcomes ‘The Wall that Heals’

June 16, 2016
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On Wednesday, June 8, students from Derynoski Elementary School lined the street to welcome “The Wall That Heals” as it passed the school. Local veterans supplied American flags for the front lawn. Student musicians played “Taps,” while teachers and students gathers to applaud the procession of trucks, motorcycles, and first responders that escorted the Wall…

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Miss Connecticut, here they come

June 15, 2016
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Two of the local contestants for Miss Connecticut began their final approach to the crown on Wednesday afternoon. Meeting a limousine for the ride down to the Mohegan Sun Cabaret for a few days of rehearsal before Friday night’s semifinals and Saturday’s finals, Miss Forestville Allison Owsianko and Miss Plantsville Alyssa Anderson said their goodbyes…

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Christina McKirryher is Southington’s 2016 Teacher of the Year

June 15, 2016
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Plantsville Elementary School kindergarten teacher Christina McKirryher, above, will be recognized by the Southington Board of Education as the 2016-2017 Teacher of the Year during the staff convocation on Aug. 29.

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER First grade students at Plantsville Elementary School (PES) have had the pleasure of being taught by the best teacher in town, Christina McKirryher. Southington Public Schools announced on June 9 that McKirryher, who has been teaching first grade at PES since 2001, is Southington’s 2016-2017 Teacher of the Year.  She will be…

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Southington schools recognize 33 retirees in 2016

June 15, 2016
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By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER Along with the 490 Blue Knights who graduated from Southington High School (SHS) last Friday, Southington schools will say goodbye to more than 30 members of their faculty and staff. During the 2015-2016 school year, 33 employees of Southington Public Schools announced their retirement. The list of retirees includes one administrator, Special…

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Legion baseball gets back to basics this summer

June 15, 2016
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By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER The Post 72 legion baseball team opened its summer season with a win and a pair of losses on the road last week, but as Southington coach Marc Verderame explains, this season looks a lot different than last year. “This is a totally different team,” the coach said. “We made a…

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Howe places in top 10

June 15, 2016
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Amanda Howe

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER Amanda Howe competed in the 71st annual New England interscholastic track and field championship on Saturday, June 11 at Willow Brook Park in New Britain. Howe’s throw of 117’3” landed her in third out of 36 athletes in the discus, behind Katey Comstock of Windsor, VT (127’7”) and Adelaide Cook of…

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Mom who tried to drown son avoids prison

June 15, 2016
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Kathleen Lilly

By JONATHAN SHUGARTSREPUBLICAN-AMERICAN WATERBURY — A Southington woman arrested after trying to drown her son in the Naugatuck River because “she needed to save him from impending doom” was sentenced to probation on Friday, June 10. Kathleen Lilley, 46, told police she had been reading “new media” conspiracy theories online and believed something horrific was going…

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‘Congraduations’ to the Class of 2016: SHS graduates come together at commencement

June 15, 2016
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On Friday, June 10, Southington High School celebrated 490 graduating seniors during commencement activities on Fontana Field. Graduates Steve Salmon and Mark Threlkeld, above, celebrate with their classmates at the end of the ceremony.

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER In her final moments as a Blue Knight senior, Emily Sargent stood before friends, family, and faculty to sing the national anthem at the Southington High School commencement ceremony on Friday, June 10. Just before the second verse of The Star-Spangled Banner, her microphone cut out. Sargent kept singing, and turned to…

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