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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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The art and work of the remarkable Frank Mason

SALISBURY — A documentary film about art restoration and a remarkable teacher of painting will be shown on Saturday, Dec. 2, at 4 p.m. at The Scoville Memorial Library.
The film is called “A Light in the Dark: The Art and Life of Frank Mason” and it will be shown by the artist’s grand-nephew (and former student) Scott Mason, who was the film’s producer. 

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Real answers to Middle East questions at Forum talk

SALISBURY — President Donald J. Trump made Saudi Arabia his first international destination. He was feted as a visiting monarch, complete with an Arabian sword dance; his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, now the Trump strategist for a Middle East peace plan, became an instant friend of the crown prince. The U.S. announced its total support for the Saudi regime in its struggle against Iran for hegemony in the region.

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The cows return home to Red Mountain Road

SALISBURY — Despite the magnitude of the fire that destroyed two buildings on one of their satellite farms last week, the Jacquiers of Laurelbrook Farm in East Canaan seem largely undaunted by the damage that’s been done and the work that lies ahead of them.

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A hard look at race in America

SALSIBURY — Gene Dattel, author of “Reckoning with Race: America’s Failure,” spent an hour contradicting much of what is currently written and spoken about race relations in the U.S. on Thursday evening, Nov. 9, at The White Hart in Salisbury.
Dattel was speaking as part of the White Hart Speaker Series, sponsored by Oblong Books in Millerton and Salisbury’s Scoville Memorial Library.

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And watch them grow …

A group of children helped officially open Bauer Park at Factory Pond on a brisk autumn afternoon, Wednesday, Nov.8.
The children, participants in the EXTRAS program at Salisbury Central School, created hand-painted signs of the flowers that were planted. The medium was long-lasting paint on bluestone slabs. 
The park is part of an ongoing effort by the Lakeville Community Conservancy to spruce up the village center.
— Patrick L. Sullivan

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A prayer of thanks for military veterans

SALISBURY — A small but hardy crowd turned out to honor veterans at a ceremony at the war memorial next to Town Hall in Salisbury on Saturday, Nov. 11, at 11 a.m. Down coats and fleece jackets were the outfits of choice for most people, but a few veterans including Ron Solan came dressed in  their military gear. 
Jason McGarry, a Navy veteran and native of Salisbury, organized the event for American Legion Post 70. Even though he now lives in Mansfield, Conn., he heads up the Salisbury Legion post as a way to give back to a community he loves. 

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In Salisbury, Thanksgiving is a deadline date

SALISBURY — First Selectman Curtis Rand thanked Selectmen Jim Dresser and Kitty Kiefer for their service at the regular monthly meeting of the Board of Selectmen Monday, Nov. 6, at Town Hall.
Dresser (12 years) and Kiefer (four years) did not run for re-election.
Dresser said of his work with Rand, “I’ve never had a better working relationship.”
Kiefer urged “anyone under the age of 50” to get involved in town government.

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Bobcats: Thrilling but chilling

SALISBURY — The bobcat, once nearly eliminated from Connecticut, is now well-established throughout the state, according to Paul Colburn, a master wildlife conservationist for the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP).
Colburn spoke at Noble Horizons in Salisbury on Saturday morning, Oct. 28. He did a similar program on black bears last spring.
The master wildlife conservationist program is a volunteer effort overseen by DEEP that includes a 90-day training period.

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Black history from The Lakeville Journal’s archives

SALISBURY — Six students from Salisbury School visited The Lakeville Journal’s new office in Falls Village on Thursday, Oct. 26, to look through archival materials relating to the Fowlkes family of Salisbury — especially the late Ray Fowlkes, who worked at The Journal for more than 40 years. 

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The American art of ‘bon appétit!’

SALISBURY — Anyone who’s spent the weekend toiling in the kitchen in preparation for a dinner party knows there’s a story behind every meal, whether it’s the use of a laminated legacy recipe that never fails or a brave new attempt that ends with a few Band-Aids and some burnt shallots. 

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