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SALISBURY — The annual National Day of Prayer on Thursday, May 3, was observed in several area towns; in Salisbury the ceremony was at the Congregational Church.

Barbara Schoenly opened with a remark from Abraham Lincoln, about faith:

“I have been driven many times upon my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had nowhere else to go.”

“America is broken,” continued Shoenly. “Discord is undeniable, and unity is missing.

“America needs God now more than any time in our generation.”

Lillian Wang, a...

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Arctic expedition photos wow the audience

SALISBURY — A view of the remote Arctic region, its wildlife and people, captured by renowned photographer and Salisbury resident Joseph Meehan, with 40 years of experience as an author, educator and photographer, drew a capacity audience on Saturday, March 3, at Noble Horizons.
Meehan, whose camera lens brings panoramic splendor and close-up clarity to his subject matter, titled his talk “The Land and People of the Arctic Home of the Arctic Narwhal, Unicorn of the Sea.”

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For North Koreans, hope of escape is slim

SALISBURY — Melanie Kirkpatrick, former opinion editor at the Wall Street Journal, and Jack David, who served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense in the George W. Bush administration, will speak at Noble Horizons on Saturday, March 24, at 11 a.m., on “North Korea: What’s Next?”
Kirkpatrick is the author of “Escape from North Korea: The Untold Story of Asia’s Underground Railroad.” 

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SBT’s Spring Burke receives ‘Five Star’ award

SALISBURY — Salisbury Bank is pleased to announce that Spring Burke, Vice President, Mortgage Advisor has been named a Five Star Mortgage Professional in 2018. She will be featured in the March issue of Connecticut Magazine.

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Might v. right in history project

SALISBURY — “You are going to succeed in your task because you have right on your side.”
So wrote Col. John H. Parker of the U.S. 102nd Infantry to Joseph F. Murtagh, the commander of the 26th Infantry Division, on July 3, 1918. Murtagh’s men were about to go into combat with the German army.
This remarkable letter is part of an exhibit at Salisbury School devoted to the military career of Murtagh, the great-grandfather of sophomore Matt Wesson, who comes from Hoboken, N.J.

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Willis honored in Salisbury report

SALISBURY — The annual Salisbury town report for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2017, was formally accepted at a town meeting on Thursday, Feb. 22.
This year’s report is dedicated to Roberta Willis, who represented Salisbury and the 64th District for 16 years before retiring last year.
Her husband, Bill Willis, is the chair of the Salisbury Board of Finance. He started the introduction to the dedication, laughed, and said “I don’t know if I can read this.”

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Trills and thrills at open recital

SALISBURY — The Feb. 25 open recital for Tri-state music students, now in its 37th year, started off with a strong, confident performance of Muzio Clementi’s Sonata in C major, Opus 36, No. 3 by Isabella Deng on the piano.

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From Jacob’s Pillow: Why we dance

SALISBURY — Dance is as old as human history. Indian rock paintings from 9,000 years ago show people dancing; 3,000-year-old Egyptian tomb paintings depict angular, ritualistic dances. Greek statues represented dancers, often clothed in diaphanous robes. But why do people dance? And what does it mean for us in the 21st century?

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Affordable housing plans take shape in Salisbury

SALISBURY — About 115 Salisbury residents turned out for a workshop on affordable housing on Sunday, Feb. 25, at Salisbury Central School,  hosted by the Affordable Housing Commission.
Concerns were raised, including the long commute for essential workers such as teachers and business support staff, who are often priced out of the real estate market here. Some travel up to 30 miles or more each way and each day to work. This makes it difficult for employers to find and retain workers.

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Something Victorian, something blue

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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Welcome to the dog days of February

SALISBURY — The Scoville Memorial Library celebrated the Chinese New Year on Saturday, Feb. 17, a day after the official beginning of the Year of the Dog. 
It may have been a day late, but the library made up for it with lots of color — specifically red, the color of good fortune and a decorative mainstay of the festivities for the new year. 

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