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SALISBURY — First Selectman Curtis Rand said at the June 4 meeting of the Salisbury Board of Selectmen that the bidding documents for the new Salisbury-Sharon transfer station should be out to bid by the end of June.

Rand said the federal Department of Agriculture has been tweaking the plans to account for current financial and legal conditions — the price of steel, for instance, or provisions requiring American-made materials.

The USDA has the major say in the project because the two towns each received federal grants and loans that, along with a state grant,...

Salisbury

Kinsolving Whitman, larger-than-life

SALISBURY — William Kinsolving is becoming Walt Whitman. 
The metamorphosis has taken some time, but on Saturday, April 14, at 4 p.m. at Salisbury’s Scoville Memorial Library, the transition will be complete. At that appointed time, as the conclusion of the library’s celebration of National Library Week, the novelist, screenwriter, actor and director will present his one-man show, “America & Me.”

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Grim realities of life in North Korea

SALISBURY — North Korea is not like any other country on Earth according to Melanie Kirkpatrick.
“North Korea is not a normal nation,” she said. “We forget this at our peril.”
Kirkpatrick, a former opinion editor at the Wall Street Journal, and Jack David, who served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense in the George W. Bush administration, spoke at Noble Horizons on Saturday, March 24, on “North Korea: What’s Next?”
(Kirkpatrick and David, who are married, both now work at the Hudson Institute.)

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Health insurance a crushing cost

SALISBURY — The Salisbury Board of Finance took a look at the initial budget proposals from the Board of Education and Board of Selectmen on Thursday evening, March 8.
The proposed spending plan for Salisbury Central School for fiscal 2018-19 is $5,656,644, an increase of $235,858 or 4.33 percent over the current budget.
The proposed spending plan for town government is 6,627,485, an increase of $204,752 (3.1 percent) over the current budget.
The fiscal year begins July 1.

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Arctic expedition photos wow the audience

SALISBURY — A view of the remote Arctic region, its wildlife and people, captured by renowned photographer and Salisbury resident Joseph Meehan, with 40 years of experience as an author, educator and photographer, drew a capacity audience on Saturday, March 3, at Noble Horizons.
Meehan, whose camera lens brings panoramic splendor and close-up clarity to his subject matter, titled his talk “The Land and People of the Arctic Home of the Arctic Narwhal, Unicorn of the Sea.”

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For North Koreans, hope of escape is slim

SALISBURY — Melanie Kirkpatrick, former opinion editor at the Wall Street Journal, and Jack David, who served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense in the George W. Bush administration, will speak at Noble Horizons on Saturday, March 24, at 11 a.m., on “North Korea: What’s Next?”
Kirkpatrick is the author of “Escape from North Korea: The Untold Story of Asia’s Underground Railroad.” 

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SBT’s Spring Burke receives ‘Five Star’ award

SALISBURY — Salisbury Bank is pleased to announce that Spring Burke, Vice President, Mortgage Advisor has been named a Five Star Mortgage Professional in 2018. She will be featured in the March issue of Connecticut Magazine.

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Might v. right in history project

SALISBURY — “You are going to succeed in your task because you have right on your side.”
So wrote Col. John H. Parker of the U.S. 102nd Infantry to Joseph F. Murtagh, the commander of the 26th Infantry Division, on July 3, 1918. Murtagh’s men were about to go into combat with the German army.
This remarkable letter is part of an exhibit at Salisbury School devoted to the military career of Murtagh, the great-grandfather of sophomore Matt Wesson, who comes from Hoboken, N.J.

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Willis honored in Salisbury report

SALISBURY — The annual Salisbury town report for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2017, was formally accepted at a town meeting on Thursday, Feb. 22.
This year’s report is dedicated to Roberta Willis, who represented Salisbury and the 64th District for 16 years before retiring last year.
Her husband, Bill Willis, is the chair of the Salisbury Board of Finance. He started the introduction to the dedication, laughed, and said “I don’t know if I can read this.”

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Trills and thrills at open recital

SALISBURY — The Feb. 25 open recital for Tri-state music students, now in its 37th year, started off with a strong, confident performance of Muzio Clementi’s Sonata in C major, Opus 36, No. 3 by Isabella Deng on the piano.

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From Jacob’s Pillow: Why we dance

SALISBURY — Dance is as old as human history. Indian rock paintings from 9,000 years ago show people dancing; 3,000-year-old Egyptian tomb paintings depict angular, ritualistic dances. Greek statues represented dancers, often clothed in diaphanous robes. But why do people dance? And what does it mean for us in the 21st century?

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