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Michael Torelli/Cheshire Herald
It wasn't hard for young Grant Filek to find some pumpkins bigger than him at PumpkinFest over the weekend. The two-day event attracted quite a crowd as families turned out to enjoy some food and fun.

Rash Of Car Burglaries In Cheshire Has PD On Alert

December 31, 2011 by Special To The ...

Parked cars have become the target of smash and grab thefts in Cheshire over the last few weeks. Thieves are smashing windows and taking whatever valuables they can grab. Here is a notice from the Cheshire Police Department:

No Plans This Weekend? Here Are Some Things To Do In The Area

December 30, 2011 by Josh Morgan

Friday is the last day of work for most people in Cheshire before the long weekend, as many have Monday off thanks to the New Year's holiday. There are a few exciting and interesting things to check out this weekend in the surrounding areas. We wish everyone a happy and healthy New Year. Whether you are going to a party, or staying in on Saturday night, please remember not to drink and drive.

Get Your Cheshire Herald This Week

December 29, 2011 by John Rook

Make sure to get the last edition of The Cheshire Herald in 2011 this morning. Here's a sneak peek at what's inside:

Suspicious Package At Library Determined To Be Donated Books

December 28, 2011 by John Rook

It's likely that someone thought they were doing a good deed this morning, leaving a bag full of books at the Cheshire Public Library.
Instead, they set off a firestorm of activity.

Holiday Season Is Ending, Budget Season Is Coming: Check Out Upcoming BOE Budget Schedule

December 27, 2011 by John Rook

Christmas and Chanukah is behind us and New Year’s Eve is quickly approaching, meaning that the holiday season is all but at an end. That means only one thing: budget season is here.

It's Christmas! Here Are Some "Dos" And "Don'ts" To Help You Get Through The Day

December 25, 2011 by John Rook

Well, the day has finally come. The gifts are all wrapped, Santa has made his last stop, and all that's left to do is add up all of dad's sweaters he will be taking back to the store come Dec. 26.
Christmas is billed as "the most wonderful time of the year," but everyone knows there are a few things that should be done, and should be avoided, to help make the day go a bit smoother:

CHS Varsity Slate For Monday

Monday's Cheshire High School varsity schedule:

CHS Football Rides Big Second Half to 6-0 Record

Cheshire High School held just a 15-13 lead going to halftime on Friday, but they posted a shut out in the second half and won 36-13 at Hamden (2-4).

CHS Girls Sweep On Friday, Boys' Soccer Falls At Lyman Hall

On Friday, Cheshire High School girls' volleyball (16-0, 7-0 in Housatonic Division) beat Shelton (6-11, 0-6) 3-0.

Murray Earns Second At SCC X-C Meet, Freshmen Pace Girls' Team

On Friday, CHS cross country competed in the Southern Connecticut Conference Championship at Hammonasset Beach State Park in Madison.

CHS Girls' Swim And Dive Stays Perfect In Branford

On Thursday, Cheshire High School girls' swim and dive (10-0) posted a 95-86 victory against host Branford (5-6) at Walsh Intermediate School.

From This Week's Cheshire Herald

candidates.jpgBattle Lines Are Drawn
Candidates Square Off During Forum

by John Rook
Political campaigns are defined by differences between two candidates, and those differences were certainly on display last week in Cheshire.

Start Time Changes Discussed By District

by Michael Torelli
All who have gone to high school can likely remember the groggy mornings and hitting snooze on their alarm clocks.

cell tower.JPGResidents Have Their Say On Tower

by Michael Torelli
A mixture of opinions were offered by residents recently, who filled Town Hall to speak both in favor of and in opposition to the planned 180-foot cell tower on Cheshire Street.

Stark Differences On Term Limits, Economics Define Race For 90th

by Michael Torelli
The race for the Connecticut House of Representatives 90th District seat pits a 30-year politician against a newcomer who has been railing against “career politics” and promoting the need to reassess how districts acquire state funding.

OPINION

Opinion_25.jpgNeed For Tower Exists In Town

It’s understandable that residents in the vicinity of Cheshire’s Wastewater Treatment Plant are hesitant to throw their support behind a new plan that would see a 180-foot cell tower erected in the area.

SPORTS

Colin Thorne_0.jpgCheshire Football Tames Tigers At The Surf Club

by Greg Lederer
Cheshire High School football was aware of the challenge they would face last Friday against Daniel Hand. They hadn’t beaten the host Tigers since 2009 nor had they won at Madison’s Surf Club in five years.

AROUND TOWN

backyard.JPGBackyard Theater Ensemble Makes Mark At Festival

by John Rook
The Backyard Theater Ensemble was begun three years ago by a group of young Cheshire thespians who wanted to keep their acting chops sharp.