Mmm…Chocolate: Legion Auxiliary celebrates 13 years of Valentine’s Day treats for the troops

February 11, 2016
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The American Legion hosted its 13th annual Valentine's Day Chocolate Festival, an all volunteer based bake sale to support the troops.

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER The American Legion was filled with pink and red décor this Saturday afternoon, and a whole lot of chocolate. The American Legion Auxiliary hosted its 13th annual Chocolate Fest just in time for Valentine’s Day, offering candy, baked goods, and dozens of gift baskets. Four tables were filled with red velvet cheesecakes,…

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Local legislators react to the State of the State address

February 10, 2016
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State of Connecticut

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER Gov. Dannel Malloy, (D), delivered his State of the State address to the Connecticut General Assembly on Wednesday, Feb. 3, where he revealed his five-principle plan for strengthening the state economy. Malloy outlined a step-by-step process for creating a sustainable and enduring budget in the post-Great Recession economic environment. “We live in…

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The second time around: Boys avenge earlier losses to Conard and Simsbury

February 10, 2016
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Mark Lindberg leads a fast break during a recent home game.

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER A single digit win on the road and a four-point triumph at home against a top-10 Class LL team kept the Blue Knights’ (4-11) postseason hopes alive for another week. After opening the season with nine consecutive losses, Southington has been heating up. The boys have won four of their last…

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Inventive solutions from our Neighborhood kids

February 10, 2016
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Invention Convention-Alex DelVecchia (8th grade)

Eighth grader Alex DelVecchia discusses his fire fighting solution, similar to the snow-throwing equipment at Mount Southington ski area. On Tuesday, Feb. 2, local inventors flocked to Kennedy Middle School for the 2016 Southington Invention Convention. A similar event was held at DePaolo Middle School. Winners will advance to the state fair at UConn. Photos…

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Lady Knights split the week

February 10, 2016
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Sarah Minkiewicz finds an open shot during a 47-43 win over Simsbury on Friday.

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER The Lady Knights (14-3) suffered back-to-back losses, but ended their two-game skid with a six-point win, 45-39, at Simsbury (8-9) on Saturday, Feb. 6. The Knights took a 14-10 lead by the end of the first and extended their lead to nine by halftime, 27-18. The Trojans fought their way back,…

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YMCA celebrates community connections: Steve Nyerick crowned as the YMCA’s Person of the Year at the annual meeting

February 10, 2016
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Steve Nyerick accepts his Person of the Year award during the YMCA annual meeting at the Aqua Turf on Feb. 3.

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER The Southington-Cheshire Community YMCA hosted their 87th annual meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 3 sharing stories of good deeds done by YMCA members, and recognizing several locals for their commitment to the community. The YMCA honored individuals and groups who have promoted youth development, youth leadership, social responsibility, and healthy living. “We are…

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Injuries plague Knights: Windham takes advantage of depleted lineup

February 10, 2016
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Josh Gravel takes down his opponent during the 145-pound bout on Feb. 3. Southington beat Conard, 46-30.

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER The Blue Knights (11-3) finished the week with three wins out of four matches, while battling through injuries and weaving through growing pains along the way. Southington competed at the Jerry Watkins Colonel Duals at Waterford High School on Saturday, Feb. 6 and came away with two team victories out of…

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Gymnasts edge Glastonbury: Focus shifts to fine-tuning routines for the postseason

February 10, 2016
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Vicky Castillo catapults over the vault during a win over Glastonbury on Feb. 6.

By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER The Lady Knights (7-0) may not have had their best meet of the season on senior night at C.A.T.S. on Saturday, Feb. 6, but it was just enough to take down longtime rival Glastonbury, 136.75-133.3, and keep their undefeated streak intact. Rachel Williams mounted the best overall all-around score (34.4), taking…

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Miscellaneous listings, starting Feb. 12

February 10, 2016
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FRIDAY, FEB. 12 OTHER SINGLES HAPPY HOUR. Sponsored by Social Connections. 5 p.m. Plaza Azteca, 3260 Berlin Turnpike, Newington. No charge. (860) 582-8339. FEB. 12-13 BRISTOL HOLLYWOOD AT THE BIJOU. Friday, 7 p.m. Saturday at 1 and 7 p.m. “Dracula,” starring Bela Lugosi and “Dracula’s Daughter” starring Gloria Holden. Bring your camera and have your…

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