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The top 30 students of the Salisbury-based tae kwon do team led by instructor Dylan Baker traveled to Holy Cross High School in Waterbury on Sunday, Oct. 1, for the 53rd annual Connecticut Yankee National Open Karate Tournament. Accompanying the young athletes were instructors Mike Thomas, James Murnane and Kirsten Haaland.

Competing against more than 250 other young martial arts practitioners, Baker’s team achieved top honors across the 150 age/rank divisions. They took home four fourth-place trophies, nine third-place, 25 second-place, 27 first-place and one Grand-Champion...

Salisbury

Open doors and concert Oct. 1

SALISBURY — On Sunday, Oct. 1, the Salisbury Congregational Church will continue its Peace Through Understanding Series examining Immigration. The Rev. John Carter will speak at 2 p.m. about the immigration status in our area.
At 3 p.m., the first concert of the 2017-18 season will feature organist Jim Hammann and clarinetist Cheryl Growden Piana in a program entitled Old World New World. The concert is free, open to the public and made possible through the Al Sly Fund. 
Attendees are invited to donate non-perishable food for the Corner Food Pantry.

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Don’t be conned

How to avoid Equifax and other identity scams

SALISBURY — Every  2.8 seconds in the U.S., someone’s identity is stolen. A special program, “The Con Artist Playbook,” drew a capacity audience to Noble Horizons on Thursday, Sept. 14, to hear advice from experts on identity theft and scams that can target seniors.
Byron Peterson, representing the AARP, reported that people, particularly seniors, can be reluctant to admit that they have been victimized.

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Solving design problems while sitting on a comfy sofa

SALISBURY — The first noticeable thing about Katie Baldwin’s studio at 20b Millerton Road in Lakeville is that it does not appear to have been designed. Upon lowering one’s fundament into the comfy chair, the immediate impulse is to put the feet on the table. Maybe take a nap.
Katie Baldwin was pleased to hear it.
“That’s what I was going for: a comfortable space.”

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Vive la révolution Américaine

SALISBURY — Tom Shachtman, beyond his work as a columnist, lecturer and documentary filmmaker, is the prolific author of more than 30 books, with topics ranging from the Founding Fathers to World War II, the KGB to the hidden lives of the Amish. There are  even several books for children. 

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Selectman to drivers: Slow down!

SALISBURY — Salisbury First Selectman Curtis Rand has written a letter to the state Department of Transportation asking that the speed limit on Main Street (Route 44) be lowered from 30 to 20 miles per hour in the village centers of Salisbury and Lakeville.
Rand reported to the Board of Selectmen at the regular monthly meeting on Monday, Sept. 11.
He said that, from his own observations and from reports from others, vehicles routinely exceed the 30 mph limit when approaching and going through the marked pedestrian crosswalks.

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An insider’s view: Journalism in a troubled time

SALISBURY — Who better to talk about “Journalism in the Age of Trump” than Steve Coll, dean of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism? Coll, a two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize, will be the first speaker in The Salisbury Forum’s 2017-18 season on Friday, Sept. 22, at The Hotchkiss School.

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A historic Salisbury house and farm return to life

SALISBURY — Belle Vallee might still be Salisbury’s Gray Gardens, a grand mansion in decay, if it hadn’t been for Realtor Pat Best, who began work to restore it in 2013. 

Crumbling on the outside and ruined by pet damage on the inside, the Greek Revival house cried out for someone to show it some love and respect. 

Show and tell of vintage cars on town streets

LIME ROCK — There were 102 vehicles in the parade of historic cars that went from Lime Rock through Lakeville and Salisbury before winding up in downtown Falls Village, on Thursday, Aug. 31.
The parade left Lime Rock promptly at 4 p.m., and the first cars rolled into Falls Village about 40 minutes later.
They were greeted by Mark Alexander and Kelly Crine, of Mortal Beasts and Dieties, in white tie, tails and stilts.

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Julianna Sinchak promoted

LAKEVILLE — Salisbury Bank has announced the promotion of Julianna Sinchak to vice president, marketing and sales administration manager. 

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How the French helped us win the war

SALISBURY — Tom Shachtman’s career is a difficult beast to pin down. He describes himself as an author, filmmaker and educator — three different, if related, fields. But look at just one of those categories — author — and everything blows wide open.

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