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SALISBURY — One of the bears that has been spotted almost daily in Salisbury village was captured by a bear trap set behind a business on Academy Street. The bear wandered into the trap at about 11:30 p.m. on Monday, July 16, according to a neighbor who said she heard the door of the trap slam shut. 

At press time, state biologists were on their way to pick up the bear trap and move it to an undisclosed nearby location. More photos and a story will appear in the July 26 edition of The Lakeville Journal.

According to the neighbor, the bear settled down quietly...

Salisbury

Yoakum honored with HYSB’s Warner award

SALISBURY — Alice Yoakum will be honored by the Housatonic Youth Service Bureau this year with the organization’s Donald T. Warner Community Service Award.
A ceremony in her honor will be held at The White Hart on Saturday, April 28 (advance ticket sales ended April 16 but check www.eventbrite.com/e/the-housatonic-youth-service-bureau-community-celeb... for more information).

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State funds pay for upgrades

SALISBURY — With state funds flowing again, the town can take care of some capital projects such as replacing a 1950s quonset hut at the town garage.
That was the optimistic report of First Selectman Curtis Rand at the regular monthly meeting of the Board of Selectmen, Monday, April 2.
Rand said it seems likely the state will resume funding Local Capital Improvement Program (LOCIP) grants after a two-year hiatus. Salisbury typically gets between $40,000 and $45,000 per year.

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Ragamont House enters new era

The historic Ragamont House in Salisbury has been sold to Kathy and Michael Voldstad. Former owner Pete Hathaway will remain in the area and continue to run his Hathaway Young food shop in Millerton. Ragamont House has had many incarnations in the past few decades. It was a much-loved inn and restaurant for many years. At one point it was a high-end sober house and for several years it was a bed-and-breakfast. The Voldstads said they will use it as a private residence.

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Hawkey season is back

SALISBURY — Lakeville Journal Production Coordinator James Clark snapped some exceptionally clear photos of a red-tailed hawk that he spotted at the end of his driveway on Thursday afternoon, March 29.
“It might just be because I’m looking for them, but I’ve seen more hawks this year than I can ever remember,” he said.

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Finding secrets in old photos

SALISBURY — The Salisbury Association has a new exhibit on the black families of the Northwest Corner that will open on Saturday, April 21, with a reception from 3 to 5 p.m.
The show features photos of members of black families from the area; the photos were found at a house on Farnam Road when Peter McEachern and his wife, Danielle Mailer, “purchased a small home on Farnam Road in Lakeville. 

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Ohler speaks on school safety

SALISBURY — The reconstituted Salisbury Republican Town Committee met Tuesday evening, March 27, at Town Hall to hear from state Rep. Brian Ohler (R-64), who is running for re-election, and from Mark Greenberg, a Litchfield businessman who is running for state comptroller.
Greenberg has run unsuccessfully three times for Congress.
An energetic speaker, he told the committee that Connecticut needs to take “revolutionary” measures now to reverse decades of debt and lost population. 

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Salisbury budgets get whittled down

SALISBURY — Both the Board of Education and Board of Selectmen  in Salisbury presented slimmer 2018-19  budget proposals to the Board of Finance on Tuesday, March 27. The finance board then voted to send the proposals to the public hearing April 9.
The selectmen’s proposal was for $6,611,560, an increase of $188,827 (2.9 percent). But the final amount was $6,609,060, after the selectmen agreed to remove a $2,500 line item under “stipend board member.” The item was a hold-over from many years ago.

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Cheers to a hundred years, and more to come

Agnes Nowicki of Noble Horizons celebrated her 100th birthday on March 5 with Chinese food, balloons and a steady stream of well-wishers.  During her birthday luncheon, she told her niece, Salisbury Town Clerk Patty Williams, that to reach 100 you have to “keep having birthdays!”

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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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