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SALISBURY — Horace Holley was mentioned in letters by U.S. presidents. He was a prominent clergyman in Boston, and he was the major figure in American higher education in the pre-Civil War American West.

“He was the most significantly insignificant person in American history,” declared James P. Cousins, professor of history at Western Michigan University and author of “Horace Holley: Transylvania University and the Making of Liberal Education in the Early American Republic.”

Cousins spoke at the Scoville Memorial Library on Saturday, April...

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An offering of cranes, and peace, to Japan

patricks@lakevillejournal.com

SALISBURY — Sunday school students at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Salisbury spent Sunday morning, March 20, making origami cranes and learning about the recent tragedies in Japan.
Karen LeSage and Deborah Carter (who is married to the Rev. John Carter, the minister at St. John’s) had seven youngsters (and one reporter) folding thin pieces of paper to produce the cranes.
Two of the children were visitors: Nick and Sandy Rauch, from Beaufort, S.C. The Rauches (with their parents, Bill and Sarah) were in town visiting friends.

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Region One fourth-graders devote entire day to the arts

patricks@lakevillejournal.com

LAKEVILLE — Fourth-grade students from the Region One School District public elementary schools spent Wednesday, March 9, at The Hotchkiss School for the popular Fourth-Grade Arts Day.
There were 16 workshops in the intensive day-long program, with three performances interspersed throughout the day.
Lisa Jones exhorted the students who were at work on decorating Ukrainian eggs. “Be bold!” she urged. “Get some color in there!”

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Budgets final look April 12 and 14

patricks@lakevillejournal.com

SALISBURY — The draft budget presented by First Selectman Curtis Rand to the Board of Finance on March 3 has a bottom line figure of $5,048,983, which represents an increase of 3.1 percent over this year’s spending plan.
“I think it’s too high,” Rand said in an interview Monday, March 14.

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Cafe Giulia to move to Main Street

patricks@lakevillejournal.com

LAKEVILLE — Cafe Giulia (which closed Feb. 28) will move from its present location at 2 Ethan Allen St. to 392 Main St. in Lakeville, the former site of the home decor shop Agapanthus.
Cafe Giulia’ s chef-owner Robert Willis said the new location will be smaller at 34 seats and “will be very much a trattoria in style.”
The new site will also have a small private dining room for groups up to 10. 
“And for those of you who are fond of our booths, they will be coming with us to the our new home,” he said.

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Housing group meets, seeks staff

patricks@lakevillejournal.com

SALISBURY — The new Affordable Housing Commission had its first meeting last week, reported Selectman Bob Riva (the commission chairman) at the March 7 meeting of the selectmen.
The next commission meeting is Monday, March 21, 5 p.m. at Town Hall, and the commission will meet on the second and fourth Mondays of each month at 5 p.m. at least through May.
The commission has advertised for a part-time staffer. The job description is posted on the town website, salisburyct.us, and an ad ran in last week’s Lakeville Journal. (Applications were due March 17.)

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Grant will help with rewrite of plan

patricks@lakevillejournal.com

SALISBURY — The selectmen passed a resolution on March 7 authorizing First Selectman Curtis Rand to accept a state grant of $12,000 for rewriting the Town Plan of Conservation and Development. Rand said he would pass the paperwork along to the Planning and Zoning Commission.
All towns in the state are required to update their town plan once every 10 years. Towns that don’t comply are denied grant money.

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Time change for Rec Commission

patricks@lakevillejournal.com

SALISBURY — The selectmen have fielded a request from the Recreation Commission to change its regular meeting time, from 8 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The seemingly innocuous change has to go to town meeting, as the meeting time is specified in the ordinance creating the commission.

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EMS providers hone skills

Area emergency personnel discuss split-second decision-making, sports head injuries and more

LAKEVILLE — The EMS Institute’s Emergency Medical Service Symposium was held at The Hotchkiss School this past Saturday, March 12. The symposium was attended by EMS providers from around Connecticut and nearby New York regions.
Nationally known EMS experts lectured on various skill sets considered an integral part of EMS training and performance. In addition to the lectures, attendees had the opportunity to peruse EMS equipment such as fire retardant clothing, boots, roadside flares and automated CPR equipment, all exhibited by participating vendors.

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Happy birthday, Dr. Seuss

Teacher Karen Lundeen donned Cat in the Hat headgear and read the Dr. Seuss classic “Green Eggs and Ham” last week at Salisbury Central School in celebration of what would have been Dr. Seuss’ 114th birthday.

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Remembering John Rice, Jane Lloyd Spring Splash: Just like a cold shower

tarak@lakevillejournal.com

LAKEVILLE — The ice was still “in” on Lake Wononscopomuc as of Sunday, March 6, which does not bode well for participants in the annual Spring Splash.
This will be the seventh year that intrepid and slightly gonzo community members, including many who were friends or relatives of the late John Rice and Jane Lloyd, will take the icy plunge — which is a fundraiser in memory of the two Salisbury residents.
The Spring Splash was founded in 2004 in honor of Rice, who died at the age of 67 following a massive heart attack on Valentine’s Day in 2003.

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