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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

New affordable housing group is seated

patricks@lakevillejournal.com

SALISBURY — The Board of Selectmen appointed the seven members of the new Affordable Housing Commission during their regular monthly meeting Monday, Feb. 7.
The new commission came out of the Affordable Housing Advisory Committee’s report of last year, which strongly recommended such a commission be established.

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20th annual Read Aloud Day at Salisbury Central

patricks@lakevillejournal.com

LAKEVILLE — The 20th annual Read Aloud Day at Salisbury Central School was held Wednesday morning, Feb. 9.
Eighteen different readers from the local community came in to read to children in grades pre-kindergarten through six.
Each guest reader received a special student escort to their respective classrooms.
Before beginning their stories, many of the readers spoke about their own field of work and life.

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Help sought to transcribe oral history

patricks@lakevillejournal.com

SALISBURY — Jean McMillen began teaching at Salisbury Central School in 1967, and part of the fourth-grade curriculum at that time was local history.
Those years of teaching (and learning) about the years gone by in Salisbury are coming in handy now, as McMillen works on transcribing audio tapes of interviews with Salisbury residents done in the 1980s and 1990s as part of the Oral History Project (sponsored by the Salisbury Association and the Scoville Memorial Library).
There are 117 tapes of interviews, adding up to about 80 hours worth of material.

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Spending of state funds on agenda for Feb. 17 town meeting

patricks@lakevillejournal.com

SALISBURY — At the selectmens’ meeting Feb. 7, First Selectman Curtis Rand took the opportunity to talk a bit about the five-year Local Capital Improvement Program (LOCIP) state funding proposal that is the second item on the agenda for the town meeting Thursday, Feb. 17, 7:30 p.m. at Town Hall. (The first item is receiving the final audited financial report for the fiscal year that ended in June 2010.)
Rand said that Salisbury typically receives about $46,000 per year through LOCIP. “We tend to save it up and use it for big things,” he said, adding that the balance is currently $211,400.

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Agreement on lakeshore house

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SALISBURY — The Planning and Zoning Commission approved the application by John McNiff for 151 Interlaken Road, with some conditions, at a meeting Thursday, Feb. 3.
The approval ends a sporadically controversial episode in the commission’s dealings with the Lake Wononscopomuc Association, which objected to the original McNiff plan.

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Enthusiastic new leader takes HousaTonics through their paces

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SALISBURY — The HousaTonics singing group was at its regular rehearsal last Thursday, working on “Goodnight Sweetheart.”
“Doot doot doot,” sang the basses.
“I think we’re going to lose the ‘t’ — at least swallow it,” said the group’s new director, Nicole Thomas.
“For them to swing, we’ve got to stay square,” she said, making a notation on her music as to the transformation of the “doots” to “doos.”
Thomas has been working with the all-male singing group for a month now, and she’s having a good time.

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P&Z reduces consulting fees, but braces for Town Plan update costs

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SALISBURY — The Planning and Zoning Commission plans to request less money for consulting services in the coming fiscal year.

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