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SALISBURY – Tonya Roussis is the new director of the Housatonic Child Care Center (HCCC).

Actually, she’s not that new, having started the job on Nov. 28, 2016.

Roussis ran a home day care in North Canaan for 10 years, and then was the head teacher at the Canaan Child Care Center for nine years.

When the HCCC job opened up, she decided it would be the next logical step in her career.

Roussis said she plans to have more community involvement with HCCC.

“We’re going to get the community in here and the kids out there.”...

Salisbury

No skating on the lake yet

patricks@lakevillejournal.com

LAKEVILLE — Don Mayland reports from the shores of Lake Wononscopomuc: “I know this mild weather makes it hard to believe, but I have declared ‘ice in’ as of the night of Jan. 9, 2017. 
“If you look at the lake today it looks like it’s all water out there, but that is melt water due to the rain and mild weather. It is all ice underneath … but very, very unsafe ice.”
 
— Patrick L. Sullivan

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Forum to show film on Newtown Jan. 29

SALISBURY — Make no mistake: “Newtown,” Kim A. Snyder’s lovingly made documentary about the 2012 massacre of 20 kindergartners and first-graders and six teachers at the town’s Sandy Hook Elementary School is difficult to watch. 
 “Newtown” has been  called apolitical, but as you will see at its presentation in a Salisbury Film Forum in conjunction with the Millerton Moviehouse on Jan. 29, that is not entirely true. 

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Silent no longer, thanks to Donald Sosin

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SALISBURY — Jack Bowman warned the audience that the Salisbury Sinfonietta might encounter some difficulties while playing Donald Sosin’s music for the Charlie Chaplin 1916 silent film, “The Pawnshop.”
“At other places they get three rehearsals,” said Bowman, the conductor. “We got one. So if we stop and yell “letter F”…”
And that is pretty much what happened.
It was an unusual show at the Congregational Church on Sunday, Jan. 15.

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Looking back, Willis sees good and bad

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LAKEVILLE — Roberta Willis, a Democrat who represented the 64th District in the state House of Representatives from 2000 to 2016, said communications technology has changed how legislators go about their business.
Willis was interviewed at her Lakeville home on Thursday, Jan. 5. She announced her retirement from the Legislature in April 2016. She was replaced by Republican Brian Ohler of North Canaan.
Willis said the atmosphere in the Legislature has declined since she first went to Hartford.

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Forum to show film on Newtown

SALISBURY — Make no mistake: “Newtown,” Kim A. Snyder’s lovingly made documentary about the 2012 massacre of 20 kindergartners and first-graders and six teachers at the town’s Sandy Hook Elementary School is difficult to watch. 
 “Newtown” has been  called apolitical, but as you will see at its presentation in a Salisbury Film Forum in conjunction with the Millerton Moviehouse on Jan. 29, that is not entirely true. 

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Inklings of plans for town properties

patricks@lakevillejournal.com

SALISBURY — The Board of Selectmen approved a couple of resolutions, made a couple of appointments, and looked ahead to what First Selectman Curtis Rand said would be “a busy year” at the board’s regular meeting Monday, Jan. 9.
Rand and Selectman Jim Dresser attended in person; Selectman Kitty Kiefer, who was ill, participated via speaker phone.

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A filmmaker’s call to action for clean water

SALISBURY — Filmmaker and Indian Mountain School teacher Fidel Moreno held back tears as he thanked the veterans.
In November and December of 2016, thousands of U.S. military veterans traveled to the Standing Rock Indian Reservation to support the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s resistance of the Dakota Access pipeline.

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Police seek information on child pornography suspect

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LAKEVILLE — Connecticut State Police arrested a 53-year-old Salisbury resident on Dec. 15, following an undercover investigation that began in July.

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State squeezes funds from NW Corner towns and schools again

LAKEVILLE — Connecticut municipalities face additional education and local capital improvement aid cuts as the Connecticut General Assembly begins a long session and Governor Dannel P. Malloy prepares a proposal for the next two-year budget.
Legislative leaders and mayors, town managers and first selectmen were informed of the impending cuts in a Dec. 29 letter from Benjamin Barnes, secretary of the state Office of Policy and Management (OPM).

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Year in review 2016: Construction in the library and on the roads, land bought and more

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SALISBURY —  One of the biggest stories of the year in Salisbury was the renovation of the Scoville Memorial Library, which closed in January. The work was completed in summer and an opening party was held in August.

The renovation was generally received enthusiastically. Board of Trustees President Noel Sloane said that fundraising efforts for the project netted $1.6 million.

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