Despite rules, nursing homes still lack sprinklers

October 5, 2014
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By MATT SEDENSKY Associated Press Tens of thousands of the country’s most vulnerable people are living in nursing homes without adequate sprinklers or that are missing them altogether, according to government data. Despite a history of deadly nursing home fires and a five-year lead-up to an August 2013 deadline to install sprinklers, 385 facilities in…

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Serial Koeller; Jim Koeller was deadly on the Southington mound

October 4, 2014
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Serial Koeller; Jim Koeller was deadly  on the Southington mound

By John Goralski Sports Writer Jim Koeller’s shadow seemed to strike fear in the hearts of batters when the hard-throwing big man took the mound in 1976. Just to foul off a fastball was reason to celebrate. Koeller was as good as anybody that’s ever set foot on a Southington mound, and every credible short…

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Apple Harvest Festival shut down due to weather

October 4, 2014
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  Officials have decided to close the Apple Harvest Festival today, due to inclement weather. The officials will decide by 2 p.m. if the festival is too open this evening, at 5 p.m. Tonight’s scheduled fireworks are rescheduled for next Saturday. Today’s bed races, set to make their return following a hiatus, will be rescheduled…

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Wolves are returning to Southington

October 4, 2014
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Wolves are returning to Southington

By Ed Harris Editor The wolves are returning to Southington later this month and it could be one of the final times they visit the area. The wolves are part of the Ambassador Wolf Program. “This is their retirement tour,” said Ruth Stanley, a local volunteer with the group. Stanley said that Mission: Wolf, the…

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Touring production of ‘Evita’ delights, leaving you on seat’s edge

October 3, 2014
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Touring production of ‘Evita’ delights, leaving you on seat’s edge

By KATERINA BELALES CORRESPONDENT After opening on Broadway 35 years ago in 1979, Evita has been one of Broadway’s most beloved musicals. With music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice, it concentrates on the life of Argentine political leader Eva Perón, the second wife of Argentine president Juan Perón. The story follows…

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Hockey wins 2 of 3; Lady Knights continue their torrid pace

October 3, 2014
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Hockey wins 2 of 3; Lady Knights continue their torrid pace

By John Goralski Sports Writer Nestled between a pair of lopsided victories, the Lady Knight field hockey team battled to a one goal loss to Nonnewaug. Southington opened the scoring. The teams were deadlocked through much of the second half. The Lady Knights owned the time of possession, but Nonnewaug managed to steal two opportunistic…

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Swimmers win twice

October 3, 2014
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Swimmers win twice

By John Goralski Sports Writer Evan Tuttle gathered his team at the edge of the YMCA pool and smiled. Southington had just dispatched Manchester, an historical rival, by a wide margin, but it wasn’t the victory that Tuttle was most pleased about. The new lights at the YMCA pool were like a spotlight on his…

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UPDATED, POSTPONED: Bristol church to screen ‘Frozen’ as its ‘gift’ to the community

October 3, 2014
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UPDATED, POSTPONED: Bristol church to screen ‘Frozen’ as its ‘gift’ to the community

UPDATE: Due to the rain, the church has postponed the screening of ‘Frozen’ until Oct. 18. by MIKE CHAIKEN EDITIONS EDITOR This Saturday, unless Mother Nature comes calling and wants to spoil the show, the First Congregational Church was slated to continue its October tradition of screening family-friendly movies on an outdoor screen in their…

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Youth makes a toy donation to Community Services

October 3, 2014
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Youth makes a toy donation to Community Services

By Mike Chaiken Editions Editor Janet Mellon, the director of Community Services for the town, hopes others will follow in the footsteps of Miss Southington Pre-Teen Haley Derwin. Haley, 11, a sixth grader at Kennedy Middle School, recently donated a bundle of children’s toys to community services for distribution during the upcoming holidays. The money…

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