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SALISBURY – Tonya Roussis is the new director of the Housatonic Child Care Center (HCCC).

Actually, she’s not that new, having started the job on Nov. 28, 2016.

Roussis ran a home day care in North Canaan for 10 years, and then was the head teacher at the Canaan Child Care Center for nine years.

When the HCCC job opened up, she decided it would be the next logical step in her career.

Roussis said she plans to have more community involvement with HCCC.

“We’re going to get the community in here and the kids out there.”...

Salisbury

Raising funds for Salisbury Volunteer Ambulance

St. Luke’s, The Hotchkiss School’s community service organization, hosted an indoor soccer tournament on Sunday, March 5, to raise funds for the Salisbury Volunteer Ambulance campaign. The final game yielded a hard-fought victory for a team of faculty members over a team of students. Faculty standing: Molly Nickerson, Marcus Christianson, Diego Rivera, Dan Hanley and Sam King. Students kneeling: Denzel Bullen, Firas Kora, Brian Wong, Louise Essuman and Shane Kim.

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State plan pushes up SCS budget

The initial budget proposal for 2017-18 for Salisbury Central School calls for spending a total of $5,873,956. This is an increase of $614,731 (11.69 percent) over the current budget of $5,259,225.
Percentage increases in double digits are rare in Salisbury. The startling increase is due in large part to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s proposal to have the state’s municipalities pay one third of teacher pensions.

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State plans force large jumps in municipal budget

The Board of Selectmen will present a municipal budget proposal with a 5 percent increase to the Board of Finance on Thursday night, March 9, 7:30 p.m. at Town Hall.
At the regular selectmen’s meeting Monday, March 6, First Selectman Curtis Rand and Comptroller Joe Cleaveland went through the budget draft page by page.
Rand warned that the proposal, the third draft “is still subject to change.”

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Town report dedicated to Alice Yoakum

The annual Salisbury town meeting (held on Wednesday, Feb. 8) to receive the town report and the audited financial report for fiscal year 2016 took about 30 minutes and was attended by 38 citizens.
The two items passed unanimously, as did a third, an exchange of small parcels of land (.15 acres each) between the town and the Salisbury-Sharon Resource Recovery Authority, near the site of the new transfer station off the Millerton Road near the New York border.

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A feature film on Instagram?

Many of us have had an exceptional experience or a life-changing event and wished we had recorded it for posterity. Nicholas Sosin and Americk Lewis have no such regrets — not because they’ve never done anything memorable, but because they record everything they do.
“Literally every day we have adventures. Every single day,” Lewis explained during a recent interview in The Lakeville Journal’s offices — and yes, Sosin’s camera was running throughout.

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Finding truth in beauty

Whether an antique is worth collecting is not necessarily the same thing as what an antique will fetch on the open market.
Elliott Snyder, of Elliott and Grace Snyder Antiques in South Egremont, Mass., spoke at the Scoville Memorial Library on Saturday, Feb. 18, as part of the ongoing Era of Elegance series of talks sponsored by the library and the Salisbury Association Historical Society.
Snyder had three things that looked like small tables on a larger table. They were candle stands.

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Governor’s plan hits SCS budget hard

The initial budget proposal for 2017-18 for Salisbury Central School calls for spending a total of $5,873,956. This is an increase of $614,731 (11.69 percent) over the current budget of $5,259,225.
Percentage increases in double digits are rare in Salisbury. The startling increase is due in large part to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s proposal to have the state’s municipalities pay one third of teacher pensions.

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Chopin, sonatas and all that jazz

Before Hollywood’s big award show night, a roster of talented local artists stepped out onto their own red carpet to show off their stuff — and their sonatas. The Salisbury Congregational Church welcomed a gifted group of young musicians to the 36th Annual Open Recital of Tri-State Music Students on Sunday afternoon, Feb. 26. 

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The hidden horrors of depression

It took literary critic and author Daphne Merkin 15 years to finally complete her memoir, “This Close to Happy: A Reckoning with Depression,” a keenly personal examination of her long history with the clinical disorder and the destabilizing childhood that may, or may not, have contributed to her adult despair. 
Invited as part of The White Hart’s 2017 Speaker Series in partnership with Oblong Books and Music, Merkin read from passages of her publication to a full room at the inn on Thursday, Feb. 16. 

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In NW Corner, better iron and a better mousetrap

Did you know that at one point Sharon, Conn., was the Mousetrap Capital of the World?
Historian Ed Kirby delivered that and several other interesting historical tidbits at a talk at the Scoville Memorial Library on Saturday, Feb. 11 (sponsored by the library and the Salisbury Association Historical Society).

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