Planting the way for the return of the monarch

February 22, 2014
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer Eric Stegmaier’s love for flying creatures and aviation inspired him to start a butterfly garden last year in his new Southington home. As a local artist, looking at nature’s beauty served as a creative source for Stegmaier, who paints in his free time when not working as a senior conservation…

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After Jitters, local businesswoman looks to keep the community in ‘The Loop’

February 22, 2014
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By Kaitlyn Naples Staff Writer After about a year-and-a-half since Jitters Café burned down, Shirley Bloethe, the owner, has a new venture that echoes what she did at Jitters, and then some. As of a few weeks ago, Bloethe took over the former RockWell’s Dance Hall and turned it into “The Loop.” She isn’t changing…

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Driver involved in single car accident in late January charged with DUI

February 21, 2014
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Southington Police have charged the driver involved in a January 25 single car accident that led to the operator and three passengers being transported to the hospital with drinking and driving. On January 25, police were called to a single car accident on Curtiss Street, involving a car that collided with the front steps of…

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Knights set best times in back-to-back meets

February 21, 2014
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By John Goralski Sports Writer Evan Tuttle knew that his team’s midseason schedule was like getting hit in the face by a 2×4. He knew that most teams would shrink from the challenge of two West Hartford schools followed by a late night meet in Simsbury. Winning? A long shot. But when his team failed…

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Students to compete in the Science Bowl

February 21, 2014
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer Kennedy Middle School in Southington is one of over a dozen other schools in the state facing off in the National Science Bowl regional this weekend. A team of four students from Kennedy will compete on Saturday, Feb. 22 at the University of Connecticut, in Storrs, answering a variety of…

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Snapping the skid; Hockey needs 1 win to clinch tourney

February 21, 2014
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Snapping the skid; Hockey needs 1 win to clinch tourney

By John Goralski Sports Writer At the start of the second minute, Brian Mahon skipped the puck under the pads of Lyman Hall’s goaltender. Seventeen seconds later, Dylan Roach pushed the lead to 2-0. On Monday, Feb. 10, the Warrior-Knights desperately needed a win. For the first time since mid-January, Hall-Southington helped their cause with…

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The perfect ending; Knights finish undefeated in the regular season

February 21, 2014
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The perfect ending; Knights finish undefeated in the regular season

By John Goralski Sports Writer Kaitlyn O’Donnell waved off the official and put an arm around her senior captain. “This will be Kayla Nati’s last floor routine at this gym,” said the Southington coach. For four years Nati has been the blue collar workhorse for the Knights. Since she was a child, she had been…

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Soldier surprises son with his return

February 21, 2014
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Soldier surprises son with his return

By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer Five-year-old Jackson Musshorn thought he was just playing an improvised game with his peers one day in the gymnasium of the Southington YMCA until an unexpected visit showed up. While standing in the middle of a circle with a blindfold on, Jackson, who was participating in the YMCA’s Amazing Kids…

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On to New Englands; Bennett scores second place at CT state open

February 21, 2014
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On to New Englands; Bennett scores second place at CT state open

By John Goralski Sports Writer When Matt Bennett first tried his hand at the shot put, he was struggling to clear 20 feet in competition. When he clawed his way into the postseason in his first season, it seemed like the end of an impossible dream. But Bennett was just getting started. On Monday, Feb.…

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