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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

Roll away the dew

cynthiah@lakevillejournal.com

The heavy fog on Easter Sunday, April 24, didn’t discourage a crowd of about 35 people from attending the ecumenical sunrise service at 6 a.m. at Lake Wononscopomuc.
Eric Chin, a Salisbury Central School student, stood across the lake on a dock of The Hotchkiss School and welcomed the sun with a trumpet solo. The sounds floated across the lake through the mist.

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Complaints about track noise are more of a hum than a roar

Lime Rock planning workshop
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SALISBURY — The Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) held an unusual meeting Tuesday, April 19 — a meeting billed as a “workshop” — on the question of noise from the Lime Rock Park racetrack and the effect on residents of the village.
The bulk of the two hour and 46 minute meeting was devoted to remarks from the standing-room only crowd at Town Hall. P&Z Chairman Michael Klemens started off by saying the meeting was not to discuss whether the track should continue to exist, but to address the complaints from residents about noise and, to a lesser extent, traffic.

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Rotary Club to honor Baldwin, Brown, Williams

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SALISBURY — The Salisbury Rotary Club and Foundation will honor three citizens with its highest award Tuesday, June 7, at the Cornucopia Banquet Hall in Torrington.
Carl Williams, Jerry Baldwin and Digby Brown will receive Rotary’s highest honor, the Paul Harris Medal. Together the three have logged more than 75 years of community service.
Williams, a retired member of the Salisbury Board of Finance, has been a camp director, teacher and writer of doggerel.
Baldwin, a longtime banker in both Torrington and Salisbury, is now the owner of the new Caddie Shack in North Canaan.

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Talk on April 23: Why Arab uprisings were a surprise

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LAKEVILLE — The Hotchkiss School is hosting an unusual event Saturday, April 23, combining a serious discussion of the unrest in the Middle East — with comedy.
There will be a panel discussion (“Why Didn’t We See the Arab Uprisings Coming, and What Can We Learn from Them?”) with Carrie Rosefsky Wickham, an associate professor of political science at Emory University; John Edwin Mroz, president and CEO of the EastWest Institute, a think tank with offices in New York, Brussels and Moscow; and Karen Linehan Mroz, president of the Middle East Children’s Institute.

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Paddock’s history of iron industry fascinates listeners

patricks@lakevillejournal.com

SALISBURY — It’s certainly not a new story, but the Scoville Memorial Library meeting room was filled to capacity on April 16 for a talk by amateur historian Richard Paddock on the iron industry in Salisbury.
After some minor computer programs that delayed the 2 p.m. start time, Paddock launched into some tales about the Barnum and Richardson Company and why it bought a facility in Chicago. The reason: They had an arrangement with the railroad there.

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Fishing derby goes on, despite raw, cold air

cynthiah@lakevillejournal.com

LAKEVILLE — The annual fishing derby for youngsters was held at Lake Wononscopomuc on the opening day of the fishing season (Saturday, April 16). It certainly wasn’t the coldest opening day in recent memory. And at least this year there wasn’t ice on the lake or snow on the grass around the pond.
But, reported Grove Manager Stacy Dodge, it was cold and blustery enough that many fishing families stayed home. Only 17 youngsters entered the derby.

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Meeting on Lakeville post office closure is April 21

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SALISBURY — Rumors have circulated for years that one or more area post offices might be shut down by the federal government. Now it looks as though the Lakeville post office is on a list of facilities that might be closed by the United States Postal Service.
An informational meeting with representatives of the U.S. Postal Service is scheduled for Thursday, April 21, at 6:30 p.m. at Town Hall.

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Barber offices will move to Georgia

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SALISBURY — The Skip Barber Racing School is moving its administrative offices from Lakeville to Road Atlanta in Braselton, Ga., completing a move that began in November 2010.
Administrative departments — accounting, marketing, sales and information technology — will move to the existing Georgia facility, which has unused office space.
Kyle Morham, director of sales marketing, said that of the 37 full-time positions currently in Connecticut, 20 will relocate and 17 will remain. Of the 17 remaining, five are administrative and 12 are operational support jobs.

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Late additions to ed budget

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By Patrick L. Sullivan
SALISBURY — The Board of Education presented to the Board of Finance on Thursday, April 14, a proposed budget that includes $59,119 in last-minute additions.
The school board met in a special meeting before the finance board to deal with a series of unexpected developments:
• A glitch in a computer program resulted in underbudgeting for fuel oil — by 5,000 gallons.
• A faculty member opted to take part in the health insurance plan.
• Diesel fuel had to be budgeted at $4 per gallon instead of $3.
• Hours for support staff had to be adjusted.

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Town budget to rise 1.1 percent

patricks@lakevillejournal.com

SALISBURY — The Board of Selectmen’s proposed municipal spending plan for 2011-12 has not generated the kind of attention the Board of Education’s proposals have, but there are a few things worth noting prior to the public hearing Monday, April 25.
The seventh and final draft of the selectmen’s budget proposal has a bottom line of $4,948,508 — an increase of $54,691, or 1.1 percent.

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