Just horsing around; 14-year-old Renn Abramczyk-Dubiel is the CT youth barrel horse racing champion

January 12, 2014
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Just horsing around; 14-year-old Renn Abramczyk-Dubiel is the CT youth barrel horse racing champion

By John Goralski Sports Writer The January chill was broken by thundering hooves as steered her horse TeeJay toward a barrel at the back of the Wolcott barn. The earth shook as the two raced toward the barrel, and a plume of dust filled the air as they banked into a turn. The Kennedy Middle…

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Jennifer Binversie is the new Miss Southington

January 12, 2014
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Jennifer Binversie is the new Miss Southington

By Mike Chaiken Editions Editor WATERBURY— A pair of Jennifers will be representing the town of Southington for the Miss Connecticut Scholarship Pageant over the next year. Jennifer Binversie, a student at the University of Hartford and Wisconsin native, is the new Miss Southington. Jennifer Bukowski, a high school student from Bristol, is the new…

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Legislators lay out plans prior to session

January 11, 2014
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer With the General Assembley scheduled to convene on February 5, state officials representing Southington have reflected on their top priorities and goals, which focus on enhancing business climate, increasing job opportunities and assisting senior citizens. The Connecticut Business Industry and Association (CBIA) reported that overall, the state has not scored…

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Cyber Knights begin planning stages for robotics

January 11, 2014
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Cyber Knights begin planning stages for robotics

By Ed Harris Editor The Southington High School Cyber Knights team kicked off its 2014 season Saturday, with an all day kickoff event that included a new rookie partner team from Plainville High School. The Cyber Knights team is now in its seventeenth year and currently consists of 65 students. The team is supported by…

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Consistency; Warrior-Knights have been up-and-down in early season

January 10, 2014
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Consistency; Warrior-Knights have been up-and-down in early season

By John Goralski Sports Writer With two minutes elapsed in the final period, Hall-Southington finally broke through. Dave Valentukonis pushed the puck forward on a fast break. Cody Backus fell forward as he reached for the goal, and officials signaled the end of the scoreless tie. On Saturday, Jan. 4, the hockey co-op put a…

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Patchwork; Wrestling team’s still filling out the roster

January 10, 2014
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Patchwork; Wrestling team’s still filling out the roster

By John Goralski Sports Writer The tournament field read like a Who’s Who with top teams from Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Vermont crammed into the Southington High School gym. In most years, the powerhouse field would have been a welcomed challenge for Derek Dion and his Blue Knight wrestlers. But this is no typical year. Scheduling…

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Mount Southington turns 50

January 10, 2014
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer For Steve Positano of Bristol, the thought of Ski Mount Southington turning 50 years old this month is unimaginable. Serving full-time as the Snow Sports School director, Positano has worked at Mount Southington for 23 years, and remembers learning the ins and outs of the slopes there as a child.…

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Minimum wage increases; Local businesses may experience setbacks

January 10, 2014
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer Minimum wage workers throughout the state will see an increase in their paychecks. As of January 1, the state raised the minimum wage from $8.25 to $8.70, the first of two scheduled increases as a result of a new law Governor Dannel Malloy signed last year. By 2015, the minimum…

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Larkin sworn in as town clerk

January 10, 2014
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Larkin sworn in as town clerk

By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer Southington recently welcomed its new town clerk, Kathy Larkin, as she was sworn in by former town clerk Leslie Cotton on Monday. With 28 years of experience working in the Southington Town Clerk’s office, Larkin said she has enjoyed working for the town. Right after high school, Larkin had a…

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