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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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Ringing in the holidays

SALISBURY — Fireplaces crackled and exuded welcome warmth at The White Hart on Sunday, Dec. 3, and the lobby’s pine trees glowed with lights. Despite those soothing elements, there was an anxious, impatient energy in the air as children were herded with their parents to meet one man. It could only be Saint Nick, burly body bundled in red, who could inspire a bit of festive chaos, as the youngsters of Salisbury were invited to take turns joining him and his elf for a photo. 

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‘No right side’ in Middle East wars

SALISBURY — Documentary filmmaker Martin Smith said that while turmoil in the Middle East is nothing new, the degree of violence has increased markedly since 1979 as a result of proxy wars fought between groups tied to Saudi Arabia and Iran.
Smith was speaking at the Salisbury Forum, held at Salisbury School on Friday, Dec. 1.
Smith has a new documentary in the works, “Bitter Rivals,” which will start on the Public Broadcasting Service on Feb. 20. 

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Mulligan retires from Noble

SALISBURY — Eileen Mulligan, administrator and chief operating officer of Noble Horizons, is retiring after 43 years at the facility.
When she came to Noble in 1974, there were 20 cottages for independent living and the Riga Residence, a residential hotel with up to 26 people, she said in an interview Monday, Dec. 3.
“No medical facilities,” she said.

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Historic cannonball truly a unique gift idea

SALISBURY — Dan Dwyer, proprietor of Johnnycake Books in Salisbury, has an unusual item for sale: a Salisbury cannonball.
Dwyer said the cannonball was dug out of a hillside in Lakeville around 1920 by a Salisbury resident who died in the 1980s. (There were apparently two cannonballs, but nothing is known of the whereabouts of the second.)

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Small, enticing luxuries at Passports

SALISBURY — The alert holiday shopper can find a lot of unusual items for the hard-to-please people on the list at Passports on Main Street in Salisbury.
Recently, Manager Christopher Baetz drew a reporter’s attention to a few items that are pleasant to behold — and that won’t break the bank.
Mainstays such as stretch pearl and stone bracelets ($15) and kimono hair clips ($15) will be familiar to Passports veterans.

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Babes in the woods of Christmas trees

SALISBURY — ’Twas the day before Thanksgiving, but at Noble Horizons on  Wednesday, Nov. 22, it was, thematically and imaginatively Dec. 24 — the night before Christmas. 
Dressed in her bonnet and offering sugar cookies and cheer, Nina Mathus once again played the role of Mrs. Claus (15 years and running for the Noble Horizons resident in this role). She welcomed Salisbury Central School middle school students to the annual Festival of Trees. 

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ZBA’s lake property meeting on Dec. 19

SALISBURY — The Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) decided to continue its deliberations on Gerry Reidy’s challenge of the issuing of a Zoning Certificate of Compliance for 146 Millerton Road. The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 19, at 5 p.m. at Town Hall in Salisbury.
The ZBA met on Tuesday, Nov. 21, to elect officers and begin deliberations on the Reidy application.

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Season of giving: SVAS shares with N.C.

SALISBURY — Hyde County, N.C., has a new ambulance, courtesy of the Salisbury Volunteer Ambulance Service (SVAS).
The 1997 PL Custom ambulance, with 63,000 miles, became superfluous to requirements when the SVAS got a new ambulance, a 2017 Lifeline vehicle.
The old one has gone south.
Mike Brenner said, after consulting with Litchfield County and state fire officials, that SVAS was matched with Hyde County.
The volunteer fire departments in Warren, Gaylordsville and Winchester Center also pitched in with donations of extra equipment.

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Celebrate!

Salisbury Central School students presented “Kids On Broadway,” created by Michael Berkeley and Darcy Boynton, Nov. 17 and 18. The large cast (25 students) sang and danced to 22 songs from Broadway shows. The show was a production of SOAR, the after-school enrichment program at Salisbury Central.

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Lakefront property dispute could be resolved this month

There has been a years-long dispute between two property owners and the Salisbury Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) about construction on a site on the shore of Lakeville’s Lake Wononscopomuc. 
Bill Littauer is a retired longtime television news journalist and also president of the Lake Wononscopomuc Association. He shared this summary of the dispute with members of the lake association and agreed to let The Lakeville Journal run this slightly modified version of the email with our readers. 
 

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