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SALISBURY — The Salisbury Central School (SCS) production of “The Wizard of Oz” played to large crowds over the weekend.

That it played at all was the result of student initiative.

SCS students asked Principal Lisa Carter if the school would sponsor a dramatic event, and Carter agreed.

Plays and similar activities have come under the auspices of SOAR, the after-school enrichment program, in recent years.

At the final show, on Sunday afternoon, May 21, Ayla Hill as Dorothy escaped from Miss Gulch, only to encounter the Wicked Witch of the...

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Reviving Washinee Park with help from Hotchkiss

SALISBURY — It was spring cleanup day for Washinee Park in Salisbury on Wednesday, March 29.
Located behind Town Hall, the small parcel of land was founded as an official town park in 1919, when it was dedicated to “establish a public park and to plant trees as a memorial for those who participated in World War I.”
Over the years, the park was taken over by a variety of invasive plant species, in particular Oriental bittersweet.

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Scoville bells toll again

But no chimes   at midnight
SALISBURY — After years of silence, the time-keeping chimes can once again be heard emanating from the clock tower atop the Scoville Memorial Library in Salisbury. 
Some of them, anyway. 

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Holy days before Easter, explained

LAKEVILLE — For the Rev. Joseph Kurnath, also known as Father Joe, of Lakeville’s Church of Saint Mary, the lesson of Easter can be summed up in one line: “This is not all there is.”
Basically, there’s more. Life’s sorrows are just a part of the big picture — and Easter Sunday, the day that Christ was resurrected, is its full illumination. 
“He redeemed the human race for us,” Kurnath said.

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Warm day, cold water for splash

LAKEVILLE — A rite of spring took place Sunday, April 2, at the town Grove in Lakeville, as 90-plus brave souls plunged into Lake Wononscopomuc on behalf of the Housatonic FFA Alumni John Rice Scholarship and the Jane Lloyd Fund.
Jacquie Rice said, prior to the splashing, that for the past 14 years the Jane Lloyd Fund has provided more than $270,000 in assistance with medical expenses to individuals and families.
And the scholarship has given out $9,000 in scholarship funds for Housatonic FFA students heading for careers in agriculture.

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Recycling made easy

The good news is that there are many options for recycling and reusing everyday goods, so they don’t just end up languishing in a landfill.
The tricky thing is that there are lots of complex rules for recycling, and they change from time to time as new technologies develop and as transfer stations switch vendors.

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New New England guide to making memorable meals

SALISBURY – Co-authors Joan Osofsky and Abby Adams looked right at home atop the stage in The White Hart inn, on Sunday, March 26 — not just figuratively, but physically. Each was cozied up on a comfy armchair complete with paisley-printed throw pillows, the stage was layered with patterned rugs and a round-top wooden coffee table held copies of their new, glossy and gorgeously photographed book, “Entertaining in the Country: Love Where You Eat, Festive Table Settings, Favorite Recipes  and Design Inspiration.” 

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Doster: a look at modern China

SALISBURY – Jonathan Doster showed about 35 minutes of an unfinished documentary he shot in China in 2014, at the Scoville Memorial Library on Saturday, March 25, as part of the Armchair Traveler series of talks.
Doster accompanied an American musical group, Rhonda Larson and Ventus, on a tour of 25 Chinese cities in six weeks.
There is a lot of concert footage, and a lot of sound checks.

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Inventors think outside the box

SALISBURY – Lindsey Faveau, a sixth-grade student at Salisbury Central School, does not like it when people are car sick.
“Ugh,” she said, shivering at the thought.
So she invented the Easy Queasy car sickness apparatus.
Attached to a sturdy piece of board is a plastic bag — with drawstrings. The board fits over the headrest of the front seat, allowing an ailing passenger to use the bag in a timely manner.
And for afterward, there are moist towelettes and breath mints.

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Bringing the world to HCCC

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.

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At Arts Day, children drew on their imaginations

SALISBURY – While students atThe Hotchkiss School left the campus for their spring break, the school’s director of art, Brad Faus, sprang into action, organizing the annual Region One Fourth-Grade Arts Day. 
Arts Day brings together students from the six Region One elementary schools for a full day of scheduled workshops and performances at Hotchkiss. In the school’s arts and theater facilities, there are painting, crafting, music and dance offered by artists from the Tri-state region.

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