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Southington to Hold 22nd Annual Red Ribbon Rally on Oct. 15

The town-wide rally to promote smart decisions and a drug-free lifestyle will be held at the Southington Town Green a week from Monday.

Will you join members from throughout the community and make a commitment to live a healthy, drug-free lifestyle?

It's a question that will be asked when hundreds take to the Southington Town Green on Monday, Oct. 15. as students, parents and community leaders come together for the 22nd Annual Red Ribbon Rally. The rally is open to anyone in the community, organizers said.

The 2011 rally drew a large turnout of several hundred residents, despite the threat of rain. Groups of dancers, athletes, musicians and more all took part as they aimed to fight against drug-use and drug-abuse in the community. It's a concept developed years ago to promote a community partnership, Trish Kenefick said.

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Kenefick, a member of the drug task force, had a clear message:

"Look around you. Everyone is here," said Trish Kenefick, a member of the task force. "This is a community commitment, a time for all of us to reaffirm our commitment to a drug-free lifestyle."

The Southington Police Department said in a press release this week that this year's event will include the usual rally, as well as a poster contest hosted by the Southington High School Key Club. Simply bring your poster with you to register at the event.

The rally will begin at 6 p.m. and last a little over an hour, organizers said. A rain location has been established at the Derynoski Elementary School.

For more information on the rally, visit the Southington Police Department's Facebook page by clicking the link provided.

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