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SALISBURY — Northwest Corner residents with an appetite for the outdoors probably already know that invasive plant species are one of this area’s top environmental threats.  But do they realize the other side: the reasons why native species are so valuable?

Elaine Hecht, chair of the Salisbury Association’s outreach and education committees, said that it’s impossible to pin down the benefits of native plant species to one particular function.

“They’re all part of the full web,” she said in a phone interview last week. “...

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Putting all their eggs in two baskets at Trinity Lime Rock

LIME ROCK — The Easter egg hunt at Trinity Lime Rock Episcopal Church usually features eight or 10 youngsters in their Sunday best.
They are held back until everyone is ready.
Then they charge about the grounds, grabbing up the plastic eggs with candy inside. 
It’s an event that tends to favor sprinters, although the more methodical contestants sometimes find a cache cunningly hidden in the fork of a tree.
This year, however, there were only two children in the hunt.

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Forum: An answer to the refugee crisis

SALISBURY — Refugees fleeing the world’s worst conflicts have created one of the world’s most serious problems. More than 50,000 people are forced from their homelands every day. But George Rupp, who will speak at a Salisbury Forum on Friday, April 21, believes there are ways to prevent this flood of displaced people.
Rupp has experienced the refugee crisis first hand: He led the International Rescue Committee (IRC) and its staff of more than 12,000 based in more than 40 countries from 2002 until 2013. 

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For antiques buyers, a new museum and gift shop

LAKEVILLE — The beautiful white clapboard building on Main Street in Lakeville that once served as a doctor’s office now has a beautiful interior. Antique dealers Joni Beveridge and Tom Emerick described spending this winter unpacking an uncountable number of boxes from Naples, Fla., as they settled into their new New England home and set up shop. Black Squirrel Antiques has been open for two months now, and for those who only recall the building’s utilitarian medical setting, surprises await. 

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Assuming the worst in ’18

SALISBURY — Salisbury taxpayers are facing a tax increase of about 3.7 percent for 2017-18. 
That estimate was given by Board of Finance Chairman Bill Willis at the end the public hearing on the municipal and education budget proposals on Monday, April 10, at Town Hall.
The budget proposal from the Board of Selectmen is for $6,422,733, an increase of $274,740 (4.47 percent).
The budget proposal from the Board of Education is for $5,421,786, an increase of $162,561 (3.09 percent).

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Art, science, fire juggling at Mini Maker Faire

LAKEVILLE — “Maker” is a fairly broad term, so it’s not really a surprise that there was so much to see and do at this year’s Tri-State Mini Maker Faire. The event, cosponsored by the Hotchkiss School and Indian Mountain School (IMS), and held Sunday, April 9, at IMS, filled both the student center and the gymnasium, and stretched along the outdoor walkway between the two.

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Work begins on Lakeville roads

SALISBURY — The long-awaited Route 41/44 intersection project is underway, First Selectman Curtis Rand reported at the Monday, April 10, meeting of the Board of Selectmen.
Residents can expect considerable construction activity for the next five to six months.
The old railroad station building on Ethan Allen Street is the construction company’s headquarters for the duration.
The project includes reconfiguring the intersection, including rebuilding the stone wall. 

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New SCS principal likely to be chosen by June

SALISBURY — A search is underway for a new principal for Salisbury Central School.
Salisbury school board Chairman David Valcin said in a March 28 email that the position was posted “far and wide” on March 10, with an application deadline of April 21.
The search committee includes Valcin, Dave Bayersdorfer, Barrett Prinz, Natalia Smirnova and Jeff Lloyd. Region One Superintendent Patricia Chamberlain,  Assistant Superintendent Pam Vogel and current Salisbury Central Principal Lisa Carter are ex officio members.

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Salisbury budget plan shows caution

SALISBURY — The final budget proposals for 2017–18 town and education spending will be presented at a public hearing on Monday, April 10, 7:30 p.m. at Salisbury Town Hall.
The Board of Finance voted on Tuesday, March 28, to send the spending plans to the hearing. The board also voted to present the town’s share of teacher pensions as a separate item.

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Armchair Traveler: Tales from Uzbekistan

SALISBURY — The Silk Road is alive and well in Uzbekistan, according to Wendy Summer.
Summer spoke at the Scoville Memorial Library on Saturday, April 1, as part of the Armchair Traveler series of talks.
She had a slide show of images from a recent trip to Uzbekistan, which included vats of simmering silkworm cocoons and bolts of brightly colored fabrics for sale.

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Reviving Washinee Park with help from Hotchkiss

SALISBURY — It was spring cleanup day for Washinee Park in Salisbury on Wednesday, March 29.
Located behind Town Hall, the small parcel of land was founded as an official town park in 1919, when it was dedicated to “establish a public park and to plant trees as a memorial for those who participated in World War I.”
Over the years, the park was taken over by a variety of invasive plant species, in particular Oriental bittersweet.

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