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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.

I approached Salisbury School, where I am the head of the Music Department, and asked to be allowed to use the photo archives as a starting point to teach a course called “Black History in Rural Connecticut.” They gave...

Salisbury

HCCC’s Big Rig heats up community field

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LAKEVILLE — The sun (finally) shone for the Big Rig event to benefit Salisbury’s Housatonic Child Care Center, on Saturday, July 23.
The fundraiser had been doused by rain twice before. It was anticipated that the combination of heavy machinery and heavy rains would destroy the grass at the community ballfield.
While it was the last day of a heat wave for the Northwest Corner, there was enough shade from tents and trees, as well as some water games and cool beverages, to keep attendees from overheating.

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Board of Ed sees surplus

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SALISBURY — The Board of Education is looking at a projected surplus of $79,288 in the current budget, Chairman Roger Rawlings reported Monday, July 18.
Rawlings explained that the Salisbury Central School (SCS) budget was finalized before the Region One School District concluded its negotiations for health insurance. The net result for SCS was $65,043 less than the budgeted amount for health insurance.
The regional school district includes the elementary schools of Falls Village, Sharon, Salisbury, Cornwall, Kent and North Canaan and the regional high school.

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Three unanimous decisions at town meeting

SALISBURY — Motions for all three items on the agenda at Salisbury’s special town meeting Thursday, July 21, were passed unanimously.
The three items voted on were transferring the funds from the Dr. William Bissell Fund, Inc., to the town of Salisbury; approving the 2011-16 plan for the Local Capital Improvement Program (LoCIP); and the approval of a word change in the Recreation Commission ordinance.
There were 12 attendees in addition to First Selectman Curtis Rand and Town Clerk Patty Williams. Charlie Vail was the moderator of the meeting.

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Lakeville teen earns Visual Arts award

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LAKEVILLE — Lakeville artist Megan Fisher, a 2011 graduate of Housatonic Valley Regional High School, is the recipient of the 2011 Contemporary Visual Arts Scholarship. Administered by the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, a nonprofit in New York City, the award is for $40,000, disbursed in four annual payments of $10,000. Which will come in handy, Fisher said, as she prepares to go to the Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, Fla., this fall. With the scholarship, “it will cost what a regular college costs,” she said. Fisher works in pen and ink, mainly.

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Lakeville teen earns Visual Arts award

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LAKEVILLE — Lakeville artist Megan Fisher, a 2011 graduate of Housatonic Valley Regional High School, is the recipient of the 2011 Contemporary Visual Arts Scholarship.
Administered by the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, a nonprofit in New York City, the award is for $40,000, disbursed in four annual payments of $10,000.
Which will come in handy, Fisher said, as she prepares to go to the Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, Fla., this fall.
With the scholarship, “it will cost what a regular college costs,” she said.

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Zoe Harson, Journal intern

LAKEVILLE — Zoe Harson, 17, is The Lakeville Journal’s newest summer intern. She is a rising senior at the Marvelwood School in Kent.
She is the daughter of Mimi Harson of Salisbury and Charlie Harson of Falls Village.
Zoe is particularly interested in photography, especially landscape photography. She is inspired by the work of Peter Lik of Australia, a well-known landscape photographer. Zoe’s work often features scenes from the Northwest Corner. Two of her favorite places to shoot are the Great Falls in Falls Village and Kent Falls.

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Special town meeting is July 21

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SALISBURY — On the agenda for a special town meeting Thursday, July 21, are three items: transferring responsibility for the Dr. William Bissell Fund to the town; approving the Local Capital Improvement Program (LOCIP) for 2011-16; and amending the statute creating the Recreation Commission so the meeting time and place can be changed.
The Bissell Fund, in its 93rd year of operation, was established to assist residents of the town with medical expenses. In recent years it has distributed about $50,000 yearly, according to First Selectman Curtis Rand.

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Hidden treasure at Saint John’s Church

SALISBURY — Tucked behind Saint John’s Church is a little-known oasis of tranquility. The Memorial Garden opened a year ago, but Mieke Armstrong, a church member, said, “A garden is never a finished project.” A five-person committee is still working toward the installation of trellises, the construction of a new storage area and the addition of trees, shrubs and flowers.

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114 compete in Riga Meadow Trials

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SALISBURY —Riga Meadow Equestrian Center on Route 41 in Salisbury held its horse trials on Sunday, July 18. The one-day event was a marathon for the 114 competitors and 67 volunteers involved.
Bright sun and warm weather with a slight breeze made it generally comfortable for competitors and spectators alike, though a delay in the afternoon due to a fall on the cross-country course meant that a few riders were standing around in the heat waiting for their moment of glory.
A horse trials encompasses three different disciplines: dressage, stadium jumping and cross-country jumping.

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Face-off expected at GOP caucus July 26

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SALISBURY — Rival factions within the Salisbury Republican party will go head to head at the party’s caucus meeting Tuesday, July 26 (6:30 p.m. at Town Hall).
The Republican Town Committee (RTC) led by Chris Janelli, has endorsed political newcomer Mark Lauretano for a seat on the Board of Selectmen over incumbent Bob Riva.
Riva has put together his own group of candidates and hopes to win enough votes at the caucus to get the nomination.

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