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SALISBURY — The 178th anniversary of the royal wedding between Queen Victoria and her German-born first cousin, Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, in 1840 was on Saturday, Feb 10. 

A week later, the Scoville Memorial Library commemorated the date in its Era of Elegance series of lectures. Costume historian and museum consultant Lynn Zacek Bassett spoke to the library on Feb. 17 about Victoria, Victorian garb and even “Victoria,” the much-watched Masterpiece Theater series airing on PBS. 

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Winging it at the Scoville Library

SALISBURY — Zach Adams, environmental educator at Sharon Audubon, gingerly brought a red-shouldered hawk out of its box and coaxed it into spreading its wings.
“Oooh!” said the small children gathered at the Scoville Memorial Library in Salisbury on Saturday, Feb.3.
Adams also brought a kestrel, a saw whet owl and a red-tailed hawk.

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Something fishy

Aiden Cherniske, 12,  traveled to Salisbury from his hometown in Kent for a day of ice fishing, and caught a 4.5-pound large-mouth bass.  

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Filling big shoes, Bill Pond arrives at Noble Horizons in Lakeville

SALISBURY — Bill Pond joined Noble Horizons as its new administrator on Monday, Jan. 8, and promptly caught the flu that has been circulating around the Northwest Corner. 
He’s back on the Salisbury campus now, however, and is excited by the challenges that face him as he steps into the spot recently vacated by longtime and beloved Administrator Eileen Mulligan.

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State Supreme Court reverses lower court’s school funds ruling

SALISBURY — The state Supreme Court overturned a lower court decision on Connecticut’s funding of education on Wednesday, Jan. 17, effectively turning the issue back to the Connecticut General Assembly, which convenes on Feb. 7.
In September 2016, Superior Court Judge Thomas Moukawsher ruled that the Connecticut Coalition for Justice in Education Funding (CCJEF) did not demonstrate that public schools in the state were in violation of the state constitution in terms of funding or adequacy of instruction.

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At Clermont, a historical house as it looked in its heyday

SALISBURY — One of the unique features of the Clermont State Historic Site is that the home of the powerful and influential Livingston family is very much as it was during the life of John Henry Livingston, his wife, Alice, and their daughters, Honoria and Janet, in the early part of the 20th century.

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What changes will 2018 bring to Salisbury?

SALISBURY — Salisbury First Selectman Curtis Rand identified the top priorities for the Board of Selectmen in 2018 at the regular monthly meeting on Monday, Jan. 8.
The top six priorities are: the 2018-19 budget, the new transfer station, a new building for the Salisbury Winter Sports Association at Satre Hill, fixing the steps at Town Hall, some operational improvements in the town’s water and sewer system, and finishing the paving of Twin Lakes Road.

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Women, men and children rose to protest on Saturday

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The heart of protecting free speech

SALISBURY — Law professor Nadine Strossen and federal Judge William F. Kuntz covered free speech, censorship and related issues in a freewheeling discussion at Noble Horizons on Sunday, Jan. 21.
Strossen was president of the American Civil Liberties Union from 1991 to 2008. Kuntz is a United States District Court judge, appointed in 2011.
And if the discussion seemed to be friendly and informal, it’s because the two met 40-odd years ago at Harvard Law School.
“May I call you Bill?” said Strossen as they got started.

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Salisbury School teacher seeking help with photo IDs

SALISBURY  — When my wife, Danielle Mailer, and I purchased a small home on Farnam Road in Lakeville, we had no idea that we would find a cache of photos of previous owners of the home going back to the 1930s. This was the Fowlkes family, one of several black families who made a life here in this small, mostly white rural Connecticut town.

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Saturday morning cartoons, Salisbury-style

SALISBURY — Donald Sosin and Joanna Seaton provided instruments and inspiration. A group of small children provided the enthusiasm. The result was highly entertaining.
It was Saturday morning, Jan. 13, at the Scoville Memorial Library. Sosin and Seaton, who make a specialty of providing musical accompaniment for silent movies, brought a wide variety of mostly percussion instruments for the children to use, plus Sosin’s electric piano.
Many of the instruments were decidedly ordinary – child’s blocks, inexpensive whistles and bells, kazoos.

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