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SALISBURY — Chris George, executive director of Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services (IRIS) in New Haven, said that the U.S. government’s vetting process for refugees is the “most rigorous” in the world.

George spoke to an audience at the Scoville Memorial Library in Salisbury on Saturday, April 13.

He made the distinction between “refugees” and other categories of immigrants.

By international law, refugees are those forced to flee their home countries because they face persecution on the basis of race, religion,...

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Eccentric etiquette among the elite

SALISBURY — Cultural historian and food writer Francine Segan has done specials for the Discovery Channel and the Food Network, but on Saturday, Feb. 23, she was at the Scoville Memorial Library as part of the Era of Elegance series, discussing the pomp and peculiarity of being a Gilded Age host or hostess.
Filled with the repressed conflict of wanting to both bring young couples together and conceal the true intimacy of marriage, Gilded Age balls and dinner parties were laden with ritual and social code. 

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Warming up with Showtown in colder months

LAKEVILLE — There is a new idea afoot and a new organization to make it happen. Showtown is the brainchild of Lakeville residents Lloyd Baroody and his wife, Zeina Mehio, who are responding to what they consider a dearth of area entertainment and cultural options between October and May.
Discussing the concept over coffee at Provisions at The White Hart inn on Saturday, Feb. 16, Mehio said, “We decided that the area needs more entertainment.” 

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Cardinal Watch

Male cardinals might prefer to wear showy scarlet coats but their female counterparts, such as this one photographed by Anne Day in Salisbury, are more discreet. 

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Construction to begin soon on two-town transfer station

SALISBURY — Construction on the new Salisbury-Sharon transfer station will begin on April 1.
Salisbury First Selectman Curtis Rand made the announcement at the regular monthly meeting of the Salisbury selectmen, Monday, March 4.
Rand said there are still some loose ends to be tied, and the town has yet to decide how to fund an additional sum, up to $507,000, to cover costs that rose in the period between the completion of the plan in 2016 and the actual bidding from contractors last year.
 
 
 

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Solid showing by young musicians at annual recital

SALISBURY — Music students from the Tri-state area converged on the Congregational Church in Salisbury Sunday, Feb. 24, for the annual Open Recital.
It was the 38th year of the event.

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Nelson is interim pastor for Salisbury Congregational

SALISBURY — The Congregational Church of Salisbury, UCC, announced last week that the Rev. Dr. John A. Nelson will serve as transitional pastor beginning in April, following the recent retirement of the Rev. Diane Monti-Catania. 
Nelson is currently at the Church on the Hill in Lenox, Mass., as designated-term pastor and teacher. 
He has previously served at the Niantic Community Church in Connecticut and with congregations in Dover, Mass., and Gloversville, N.Y. 

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Entering new worlds through the Hotchkiss portal

LAKEVILLE — Walking into The Hotchkiss School’s main building at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 24, was a little like a trip to another world. It was the first annual St. Luke’s Cultural Fair, presented by Hotchkiss students.
St. Luke’s Society is Hotchkiss’s oldest student organization and finds many ways to interact with and serve communities outside of the school. The students raise money for charities throughout the year and volunteer to help others. 

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Big plans for Salisbury’s sewer system

SALISBURY — The Salisbury sewer system will get major upgrades this spring — and there won’t be a lot of digging.
Don Mayland, a selectman and the chair of the town’s Water Pollution Control Authority, said in a phone interview Tuesday, Feb. 12, that the project has three components.
The first is complying with state-mandated phosphorus control regulations. This will require new construction at the sewer facility, located along the Rail Trail in Lakeville.

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Finding the nooks and crannies of every town

SALISBURY — If you enjoy exploring two-lane roads and visiting towns you’ve never heard of, you might as well join the Connecticut 169 Club.
The brainchild of historian and author Marty Podskoch, the club members explore all of the state’s 169 municipalities. Once a year, they have a banquet.
There’s a book that goes with it. “The Connecticut 169 Club: Your Passport and Guide to Exploring Connecticut,” has short entries for all 169 towns.

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Have I got a story for you

Connecticut State Police Officer Chris Sorrell read “A Couch for Llama” by Leah Gilbert to kindergarteners at Salisbury Central School last week as part of Read Aloud Day in Region One. Stories, see Guest readers charm young students.

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