Forward into the past at Steampunk event

January 1, 2016
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By MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR What if the future happened in the age of Queen Victoria instead of the 21st century? Well, you can find out on Jan. 9 when the Brass Ring Academy and Cabaret returns to the New England Carousel Museum for another celebration of everything known as Steampunk. The genre has been…

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Hot off the press: The Observer boasts 1 of 5 presses left in the state

December 31, 2015
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Production Manager of The Observer's press room Kevin Smalley inspects a machine while printing copies of a local publication.

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER Back in 1975, The Southington Observer became a source for local news in Southington, and it has enjoyed its distinction as the only local paper published and printed in town with Southington employees. For 40 years, the Observer has been rolling off the presses on Spring Street. Today, as one of the…

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Still focused on the community

December 31, 2015
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By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER For 40-years, The Observer has provided its readers with news of local sports, politics, education, and day-to-day life in the town of Southington. While other news sources have come and gone, The Observer has survived for four decades as a valued source of information and an important part of the community. Begun…

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Covering four decades of sports champions: The Blue Knights have kept us busy

December 31, 2015
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The 1976 Blue Knight baseball team, above, was the first of 80 Southington High School teams that The Observer followed into a championship contest.

By JOHN GORALSKI EDITOR Southington already had a long, successful sports legacy when the first Observer rolled off the presses in December of 1975. The town’s history goes back to the fall of 1910 when Lewis High School was one of three new teams to join the 16 established programs in Connecticut. Southington football teams rallied…

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Reloading for another run: Swim team returns a strong core of veterans

December 31, 2015
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By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER Sixth year coach Evan Tuttle stood behind the blocks with his hands on his hips, surveying each lane like a hawk as his young swimmers glided by one another in perfect synchronization. After finishing a set of laps, swimmers grabbed kickboards that were left outside of the pool at the blocks.…

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Gymnasts ready for another title defense

December 31, 2015
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By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER One can argue that Southington saw its best gymnastics team yet when they won their first four Class L state titles consecutively from 2005 to 2008. One might also argue that Southington may have seen their first state open title during that time too, if high school gymnastics started competing at…

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Obituaries for the Jan. 1 edition

December 31, 2015
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The following obituaries will be published in this week’s Southington Observer. For more information, look to Friday’s print or e-editions: Ryan W. Carlson, 24, of Southington, died on Saturday, Dec. 19. He was the son of William and Kathleen (Maguire) Carlson. Barbara Ann (Faryniarz) Dupuis, 62, of Southington died on Monday, Dec. 21, surrounded by…

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Fire Report for the Jan. 1 edition

December 31, 2015
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Southington Fire Department Headquarters
310 North Main Street, P.O. Box 289, Southington, CT 06489
(860) 621-3202

The Southington Fire Department announced the following 27 incidents between Monday, Dec. 21 and Sunday, Dec. 27: Monday, Dec. 21 6:46:46 a.m., 181 Queen St., Medical assist, assist EMS 9:07:09 a.m., 6 Carter Lane, No Incident found on arrival Tuesday, Dec. 22 2:41:21 p.m., I-84 Westbound, Smoke scare, odor of smoke 2:54:56 p.m., I-84 Eastbound,…

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Police Blotter for the Jan. 1 edition

December 31, 2015
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The Southington Police Department
69 Lazy Ln, Southington, CT 06489
(860) 378-1600

The Southington Police Department announced the following arrests from Wednesday, Dec. 9 through Tuesday, Dec. 22: Donald Paul Bisson, 56, of 1367 Diamond Hill Rd, Cheshire, was arrested on Dec. 11 for possession of narcotics. In a second incident, he was arrested for reckless driving and operating under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Armando…

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