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SALISBURY — Peter McEachern shared photos and stories of Salisbury’s African-American community with a standing–room–only crowd at the Scoville Memorial Library on Saturday, Jan. 5.

McEachern and his wife, Danielle Mailer, bought an old, modest house on Farnam Road in Lakeville. They discovered 314 photographs in the house, some dating back to the 1920s.

The photographs show a side of Salisbury’s history that McEachern said is not very well known.

The photos have also formed the core of an exhibit about black history in the town,...

Salisbury

Storm keeps ambulance volunteers busy

SVAS At Your Service
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The Salisbury Volunteer Ambulance Service (SVAS) is an all-volunteer organization whose members are on call 24 hours-a-day, seven days-a-week to respond to emergencies in the community.

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Plans for library will offer easier access

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SALISBURY — The preliminary plans for the addition to the Scoville Memorial Library involve getting in and out of the building, and no expansion of library space, according to Director Claudia Cayne.
What is anticipated is improving access to the Wardell Community Room in the rear of the library, and making it possible to park in the lot off Library Street and getting to the main library via elevator.

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Exploring the arts and summer fun

LAKEVILLE — Music and tapping filled the room at the Shooting Star Arts Camp at the SPACE building last Wednesday, July 13, as a dozen campers practiced Shirley Temple’s military time step.
Darcy Boynton of Salisbury and Elise Babigian of Lakeville, founders of the camp, and guest artist Caitlin McEwan of Salisbury were teaching the children about the history of tap dancing as well showing them how to do it.

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Northwest Corner turns out for Habitat

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SALISBURY — The weather was as delicious as the beverages at the Wine Tasting and Silent/Live Auction Gala celebrating the 20th anniversary of Habitat for Humanity of Northwest Connecticut on Saturday, July 16.
Tents were set up around the periphery of the lawn at the expansive Four Winds estate of the Harris family, keeping attendees out of the sun as they bid on auction items and tasted wines supplied by Little Gates wine merchants of Millerton.

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Region One towns compete at swim meets

SHARON — Every year, the recreation committees in the Region One towns organize swim meets between the towns.
On Thursday, July 14, swimmers from Sharon and Salisbury gathered at the Sharon beach on Mudge Pond to compete.
The beach was filled with swimmers of all ages competing in various swim styles. Parents and volunteers operated the stop watches from the docks to determine winners.
The final regular meets take place Thursday, July 21. Lakeville will swim at Cornwall and Sharon will swim at North Canaan. The meets begin at 1 p.m.

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Selectmen keep details of firehouse sale under wraps

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SALISBURY — The Board of Selectmen discussed the process of repairing the Amesville bridge, announced changes in the Local Capital Improvement program spending for 2011, and attempted to field questions about the possible sale of the old firehouse during the regular monthly meeting Tuesday, July 5.
Who will buy the firehouse?

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Camp Sloane gives children of veterans summer in the country

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LAKEVILLE — Last year, Bear Bryant, executive director of Camp Sloane YMCA, was thinking of ways to thank military veterans at a time when programs and dollars for such endeavors are dwindling.
Specifically, Bryant was wondering how to offer two weeks at camp for the children of soldiers and sailors on active duty, or wounded, or killed in action.
Bryant was wondering where to get the money for 20 such children — at about $1,000 for two weeks per child — and not getting very far.
A friend suggested he just do it himself. So he did.

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Angry words exchanged over process of zoning change

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SALISBURY — The Planning and Zoning Commission, during its regular monthly meeting Tuesday, July 5, set dates for two public hearings. One is on a proposed change to the zoning regulations governing expansion of nonconforming structures. The other is on a proposed moratorium on special permit applications within the Lake Protection Overlay Zone for second-story additions or other vertical expansions.

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Trailing AT hikers

SALISBURY — The Appalachian Trail brings many interesting characters through the Northwest Corner. Stopping and getting to know one can be quite an experience.
The trail, or the AT as it is known to many hikers, stretches from Springer Mountain in Georgia to Mount Katahdin in Maine, a distance of 2,180 miles. Although some hikers do short stretches of it, each year many men and women (and quite a few dogs) start at the southern terminus and begin the long walk north to Maine.

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One-of-a-kind finds

Curiosities found at the Republican Town Committee’s flea market Saturday, July 9, included an Elvis Presley lamp and the agility skills of Gigi, a champion Welsh corgi owned by Janet Lynn.

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