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SALISBURY — The Town Hall steps in Salisbury are finished.

Prior to the May meeting of the Board of Selectmen, which was held Monday, May 6, the fencing was removed and it was once again possible to walk up the front steps and into Town Hall.

The crew will begin the new ramps later this week, according to First Selectman Curtis Rand.

Rand provided a transfer station update: earth is being moved around, concrete will be poured very soon, and there will be no need for any blasting.

Selectman Don Mayland said the Salmon Kill pump station is on...

Salisbury

Budgets pass, mill rate rises to 10 from 9.5

patricks@lakevillejournal.com

SALISBURY — Voters approved a $12.7 million budget for the 2011-12 fiscal year at the annual town budget meeting Wednesday, May 18.
The vote, conducted by paper ballot, was 74-14.
The Board of Finance met immediately afterward and set the mill rate at 10 mills, up from 9.5. The finance board vote was 4-1, with Don Mayland voting against it.
There were a few qustions directed at Roger Rawlings, chairman of the Board of Education. Gary Nasiatka said he was “amazed” at any increases in spending at Salisbury Central School (SCS) “in a time of financial crisis.”

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Ugandan voices

Members of the Watoto Children’s Choir performed at the Salisbury Congregational Church Sunday, May 22. The organization serves some 2,000 African children orphaned by war and disease.

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Interview with Gwendolyn Craig

LAKEVILLE — Gwendolyn Craig, 21, of Goshen, is a rising senior at the University of Connecticut (UConn). A double major in English and journalism, she is eager to apply the skills she’s acquiring during a summer internship at The Lakeville Journal. Recently, she sat down with fellow intern Will Burchfield and divulged a glamorous past, discussed future plans and even talked a little basketball.
WB: It would be wrong to suggest that every successful journalist is born with a pen and pad in hand. In this light, where did your first childhood ambitions lie?

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‘Donna’s Shoes’

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Raven Casey’s “Donna’s Shoes” won Best in Show at the Blue and Gold at the White show at the White Gallery in Lakeville Friday, May 13. Students from Housatonic Valley Regional High School exhibited their work at the Lakeville art venue. A percentage of all sales goes to the high school’s art program.

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Bear Mountain blaze takes out 73 acres but no homes

tarak@lakevillejournal.com, patricks@lakevillejournal.com

SALISBURY — A forest fire burned 73 acres in the Bear Mountain area of the Taconic Range Tuesday, May 10.
According to Jason Wilson, chief of the Lakeville Hose Company, the fire was concentrated in the Ball Brook camp area which is just above Scoville Ore Mine Road.
Photographer Joseph Meehan was out that morning taking sunrise photos. He didn’t realize the fire was moving slowly across the peak but he saw it and captured an image of it that can be seen at The Lakeville Journal’s website, www.tricornernews.com.

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Skintastic expands, now tends aches, pains

tarak@lakevillejournal.com

LAKEVILLE — Colleen Kopec’s skin glows, which is perhaps the best advertisement for Skintastic, her skin care salon.
The salon, which has had several locations, has been settled comfortably for the past few years at 336 Main St., across from the post office.
It shared the space most recently with the Shine hair salon, which closed last fall. That gave Kopec the opportunity to expand — and she needed the extra room.

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Pastor welcomed to Salisbury Congregational Church

patricks@lakevillejournal.com

SALISBURY — Diane Monti-Catania was formally installed as “pastor and teacher” at an afternoon service at Salisbury Congregational Church Sunday, May 15.
Kathleen Mera, the moderator of the Salisbury church, noted that it was the first such occasion in 30 years.

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State police say still no signs of missing Tom Drew

Rumors are false
cynthiah@lakevillejournal.com

SALISBURY — The Connecticut State Police put to rest rumors this week that the body of Tom Drew had been found.
Drew was a 91-year-old Salisbury resident who suffered from dementia. He was at home on July 21, 2007, with a caregiver named Catherine Paton who was filling in at that time for Drew’s regular caretaker, Mario Zecca.
Paton called the police that night to report that Drew had wandered off and was missing.

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Rotary will honor Harris medalists

SALISBURY — On Tuesday, June 7, the Salisbury Rotary Club and Foundation will honor three outstanding citizens who have worked for the benefit of their communities for more than a total of 75 years.
At a gala benefit dinner at the Cornucopia Banquet Hall in Torrington, the three will certainly be roasted but more likely praised by those nearest and dearest to them.

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Crews fight fire on top of mountain

SALISBURY — As The Lake­ville Journal went to press on Tuesday, May 10, a substantial forest fire that had started during the night was still raging in the Bear Mountain area of the Taconic Range. Jason Wilson, chief of the all-volunteer Lake-ville Hose Company, estimated at noon Tuesday that there were between 50 and 70 acres ablaze on the peak, which is the highest peak in the state with a height of 2,316 feet (the highest point in the state, at 2,380 feet, is on Mount Frissel, whose peak is in Massachusetts).

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