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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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Salisbury

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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Finance board asks for additional budget cuts

patricks@lakevillejournal.com

SALISBURY — The Board of Finance asked the Board of Education and the Board of Selectmen to look for additional savings after a first look (on March 3) at the component parts of their proposed 2011-12 spending plan.
The fiscal year begins July 1, 2011.
The proposed budget for Salisbury Central School is $4,736,534, an increase of $110,194 or 2.38 percent over this year’s budget.
Salisbury will get a break on the town’s share of the Region One budget, at $2,991,037, a decrease of $31,644 (1.05 percent).

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EMTs and would-be EMTs are invited to symposium March 12

tarak@lakevillejournal.com

LAKEVILLE — The EMS Institute at Sharon Hospital is hosting its fourth Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Symposium at The Hotchkiss School in Lakeville on Saturday, March 12.
The workshops have titles such as “Dead Men Do Tell Tales — Unless You Screw Up the Crime Scene” and “Lifestyles in EMS — Buckle Up for the Ride,” it promises to be not just informative but entertaining as well.
Of course, catchy titles aside, it is a serious business. The purpose of the symposium is to educate EMS workers in the region.

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All we are is dust in the wind: Monks visit IMS

cynthiah@lakevillejournal.com

LAKEVILLE — Students at Indian Mountain School were visited last week by two monks from the Namgyal Monastery in Ithaca, N.Y. The monks spent two and a half days, from Feb. 21 to 23, using colored sand to construct a mandala in the conference room of the school’s Upper Campus on Indian Mountain Road.
The two monks, Tenzin Thutop and Tenzin Choklhang, constructed the Chenrezig (Avalokiteshvara) mandala, which symbolizes compassion.
After they completed the exquisitely detailed design, the monks performed a dismantling ceremony.

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Salisbury School hosts New England Class A Squash Championships

SALISBURY — Salisbury School hosted the Boys’ Class A Division Championships of the 58th Annual New England Interscholastic Squash Association over the weekend of Feb. 25-27.
The winner of this year’s A Division Championships was Taft School, with second place going to Westminster School. Each of these teams features internationally recognized junior players from Egypt.
Salisbury School finished eighth in the tournament, its best finish in history.

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Adjustments to SCS classes as board eyes budget

patricks@lakevillejournal.com

SALISBURY — The Board of Education’s proposed budget for the 2011-12 calls for an increase in spending at Salisbury Central School (SCS) of 2.63 percent over this year’s budget.
The proposal was made public at the board’s regular monthly meeting Monday, Feb. 28.
The proposed spending total for 2011-12 at SCS is $4,747,905, up $121,745 from this year.
The budget proposal anticipates a drop in high school tuition. The total regional tuition (which includes the high school, Pupil Services and the regional office) is down $31,644 (1.05 percent) to $2,991,037.

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