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Southington High Track, Turf Installation On Schedule Despite Rain

The installation project at Southington High School remains on time and on budget and officials are hopeful it could be completed in time for Music of the Knight. Take a look, in pictures, at the progress of turf installation.

The track at Southington High School's Fontana Field is just one spray coat from being complete, a coat that could come later this week, and by the end of the day Tuesday the turf carpet had already been laid out across nearly half the field.

Although rains over the past week and a half have slowed construction a bit, Southington Turf Committee Chairman Mike DeFeo said the project remains both on budget and on schedule to be completed befor the end of the month - although hopes remain it will be done in time for Music of the Knight.

"It's really amazing to see. These guys have been working hard to get it done and get it done the right way," DeFeo said. "There are a ot of good things happening at the high school and this only adds another thing for the community to be proud of. It's an exciting time."

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Take a look at the progress being made with the pictures above, taken by Mike DeFeo on Monday.

In providing an update for the Southington Town Council on Tuesday evening, council members asked if there was any shot it could be ready for Music of the Knight, which takes place the last weekend in October.

DeFeo said that he believes if a little sunshine comes to help make time back up, hosting the event in Southington could still be a possibility. In a worst case scenario, a contingency plan is in place to host the annual event for the high school marching band at Cheshire High School.

"Things are going well and we are keeping our fingers crossed," he said.

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Richard October 11, 2012 at 07:47 PM
Good question Rich!!!
Bob October 11, 2012 at 08:37 PM
I am in marching band and it is the most rewarding experience of my life. We are a band that is competing to win a national championship this year, because we are one of the best bands in the nation. If funding were to be stopped, we wouldn't even come close to the level of excellence that we achieve
kyle lipwhistle October 12, 2012 at 11:13 AM
Dear Rich and Bob, Unfortunately Harold is probably not on crack. What he is saying is we need a bit of perspective in our educational system. We've lost that. We conduct our sports program as if it's junior NFL. These are kids -- kids -- needing to be educated for their life's work and to be educated to a healthy lifestyle. There are truly more important things requiring funds in Town than more pumped into an already over-funded sports program. And, Bob, while it's admirable your interest in music and your pride in your musical prowess, I didn't recall the time when inculcating an interest in music in kids became a competitive sport. That mentality is what's really wrong with we're about.
Bill Gibbs October 15, 2012 at 04:33 AM
Kyle, While marching band may not be a sport, it is very competitive and Southington has had one of the top bands in the state for years with several state championships. It is also educational, many band graduates go on to careers in music as performers and educators, so they ARE being educated for their life's work.
Fred October 22, 2012 at 01:20 AM
Bob and Bill, Marching band is a rewarding experience and Southington's is on track to be one o the best. It teaches students commitment and music. Go band and good luck at MOTK! May the field be done....

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