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Southington Magazine — Autumn 2021
Southington Magazine
Welcome to the fall issue of Southington Magazine! This is now our 46th issue – RDS Media has been publishing Southington’s Premier Publication since October, 2011. This continues to be an adventure with every issue, and I’m sure you will enjoy this 46th issue.
Over the years RDS has expanded with publications in Wallingford, North Haven, and Hamden; but Southington is
where it started and this is where my heart is. During the last 10 years, we have had the privilege of highlighting many
Southington events, local entrepreneurs with thriving small businesses, and enumerable community functions. We’ve brought you Southing- ton’s history from its earliest founder, Samuel Woodruff in 1698, to the settling of Panthorn. It was exciting to learn of the early tinsmiths and carriage builders in Marion to the vast industrial growth of Peck, Stow & Wilcox, who employed most of the town in their heyday. We’ve inter- viewed elder residents who recall walking everywhere they had to go in Southington, when most of the town had dirt roads and the population was not yet 7,000 folks. We covered the early invention of the photo booth by Julian Florian with pictures provided by his family and even a letter to him from Thomas Edison. These stories, these events, both current and long past, are the heart of this town and it is our continued honor to bring them to you in this publication. I hope you have enjoyed it as much as we have.
It is the continued support of all our local businesses that have made this publication possible, and in return you supporting them com- pletes this healthy relationship. I urge you to buy local and tell them that you saw them here, in Southington Magazine.
The adventure continues, and today we bring you more of the heart of Southington in issue 46. Settle into your favorite chair, pour yourself a beverage, and enjoy the fall issue of Southington Magazine.
FEATURES:
  Many people asked where the cover photo from our last issue was taken. The picture was shot from the top of Mount Southington looking down at Mount Vernon Road, at the location of our latest beehive installation.
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 Ralph Mann
A tribute to one of the pillars of the Southington community! by Patty Boissonneault
Southington Fire Department
Progress under new leadership: Chief James Paul, Jr.
Perfectly Seasoned
Storm woes, customer service and green stuff!
by Patty Boissonneault
 Southington TV
Apple Harvest Festival
Tops Marketplace Celebrates 70 Years
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The Little Free Libraries of Southington
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Business Spotlight: b&v Jewelry
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Southington Public Library
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