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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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Then it got weird at Scoville Library …

SALISBURY — Matthew Deady, chair of the physics department at Bard College, told an audience at the Scoville Memorial Library that physicists are looking at new ways of explaining the universe. Deady spoke at the library Thursday, Jan. 11.
He said that 20th-century physics does a good job of explaining things, and verifying its conclusions through experimentation. But when scientists confront questions that are on “the edge of experience,” the process starts to break down.

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Stephanie Baldwin is the new SVNA clinical director

SALISBURY — Serving 12 communities within northwestern Connecticut since 1904, the Salisbury Visiting Nurse Association (SVNA) recently promoted from within their organization by naming Stephanie Baldwin, RN, as their new Clinical Director.
“We are here as a support to keep people well,” Baldwin said, emphasizing interest in “getting people back to a state of wellness where they don’t need the services of the SVNA any longer.” 

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How to keep speech free and robust

SALISBURY — Nadine Strossen, former president of the American Civil Liberties Union, and United States District Court Judge William F. Kuntz will discuss  Strossen’s new book, “Hate: Why We Should Resist It with Free Speech, Not Censorship,” at Noble Horizons on Sunday, Jan. 21, at 2 p.m.
In a phone interview on Thursday, Jan. 4, Strossen was asked to define “hate speech.”
“There are dozens of definitions,” she said. “They’ve been labored over by governments, international bodies, colleges.”

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Plenty of ice to skate on

A dramatic drop in temperatures froze pipes and created hardships for many area families, though a positive result was lakes and ponds had very hard surfaces, enticing skaters to bundle up and venture out to play hockey or trace figures. In Salisbury, the official ice watcher, Don Mayland, declared “ice in” for Lakeville’s Lake Wononscopomuc, above,  on Saturday, Dec. 30. Mayland warned that some sections of the lake are still soft.

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Controversial lakefront house gets board OK

SALISBURY —The Salisbury Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 19, affirmed the decision of the town zoning official to grant a certificate of zoning compliance to Kenneth Tyler for a house at 146 Millerton Road.
It was the end of a three-plus year legal controversy between Tyler and neighbors Gerry and Rose Mary Reidy, with the court system, the Planning and Zoning Commission, the Conservation Commission and, ultimately, the ZBA involved.

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Scoville Library re-design among best designs of year

SALISBURY — The Scoville Memorial Library was one of five finalists for libraries in Interior Design magazine’s international Best of Year Awards for its recently completed renovation designed by creative team Bristow|Proffitt (formerly Poesis Design) of Lakeville. 
The news was announced in a ceremony in New York City at Frank Gehry’s IAC Building honoring designs selected from nearly 2,300 submissions in 113 categories from around the world.

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All in the holy family

Holly Tierney was Mary, Jain Jose was Joseph and their baby, Marion, was the Baby Jesus in the Salisbury Congregational Church’s informal Christmas pageant after the service on Sunday, Dec. 10. Other children from the congregation played shepherds, kings, animals and celestial bodies.

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New board welcomed to Salisbury

SALISBURY — First Selectman Curtis Rand apologized that the town crew was unable to get to Twin Lakes Road before cold weather set in.
Rand (D) made his remarks at the first meeting of the new Board of Selectmen, with Don Mayland (R) and Chris Williams (D) taking their seats.
Both of the new selectmen expressed their gratitude and sense of being honored.
Williams added an endorsement of the Salisbury Volunteer Ambulance Service’s recent donation of an ambulance and equipment to a squad in Hyde County, N.C.

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Alberto Cardenas weds Michael Klemens

SALISBURY — Juan Alberto Cardenas and Michael W. Klemens were married in the loft of the Old Iron Bank in Falls Village on Dec. 2, 2017. The candlelight wedding ceremony was officiated by Justice of the Peace Susan Kelsey and was witnessed by a small gathering of family and close friends.

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One-of-a-kind and delicious

SALISBURY — The Artisans Group sale at The White Hart was packed on Saturday morning, Dec. 2.
Frank Grusauskas was asked if the small wooden bowls were designed for dipping sushi into sauce.
“Yep,” he told the customer. “I tested them with soy sauce, and it didn’t stain them.”
Jocelyn Krodman of Petit Felts added new small figures to her lineup of needle-felted animals: a monkey head, a shrimp and a cactus.
“And I brought back the trout,” she said, pointing to a piscatorial creation.

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