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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

State trash regulations will impact both Salisbury and Sharon

SALISBURY — It was garbage and recycling day at the Salisbury Board of Selectmen’s meeting Monday, Feb. 4.
A group of residents asked the selectmen to consider a ban on single-use plastic bags in town. This would affect, primarily, LaBonne’s grocery store.
The group said the bags are wasteful, contribute to litter, are rarely recycled and get caught up in the machinery used for single-stream recycling.
They pointed to other towns that have enacted bans as examples to follow.

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Bobcat Watch

LAKEVILLE — Snow always leaves an interesting record of animal activities. Compass arts and entertainment editor Anne Day photographed these bobcat tracks at a house on Lake Wononscopomuc in Lakeville  last Tuesday, Jan. 22.
She also reported a face-off between a fox and a bobcat in the yard of her Salisbury home last week. The two wary animals stared at each other until both were startled by Day’s dog, Lola (see above), who barked at them.
— Cynthia Hochswender

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When temperatures are low, dogs still love snow

SALISBURY — Lola the Wonder Dog was undaunted by the cold temperatures and deep snow at her Salisbury home on Wednesday, Jan. 31. Dog owners are reminded to be protective of their dogs in cold weather, especially during the polar vortex with its sub-zero temperatures.
— Cynthia Hochswender

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Safe navigation of pickups on snowy roads

LIME ROCK — This new chapter in our series of articles on safe winter driving unfolded at Lime Rock Park on Tuesday, Jan. 29. 
Chevrolet presented this unique clinic, focused solely on traveling safely in pickup trucks on snowy roads; the company supplied new Chevy Silverados for the hands-on driving experience.

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Pullman strike mirrored many of our modern woes

SALISBURY — Author Jack Kelly will discuss his new book, “The Edge of Anarchy: The Railroad Barons, The Gilded Age, and the Greatest Labor Uprising in America,” on Thursday, Feb. 7, 6 p.m. at The White Hart as part of the series sponsored by the inn, Scoville Memorial Library and Oblong Books and Music.
In a phone interview on Thursday, Jan. 17, Kelly said he picked the 1894 Pullman strike in part because it’s a compelling story.
“It’s got a beginning, middle and end, and great characters.”

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Formality, exuberance at The Mount

SALISBURY — The Mount, the Lenox, Mass., home of Gilded Age novelist Edith Wharton, is “an autobiographical house.”
Anne Schuyler, director of visitor services at The Mount, provided this insight during a presentation on Wharton at the Scoville Memorial Library on Saturday, Jan. 26.
Wharton, in designing the house and gardens, deliberately rejected Victorian excess in favor of classical simplicity and symmetry, Schuyler said.

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Salisbury town meeting Feb. 6

SALISBURY — There will a town meeting in Salisbury on Wednesday, Feb. 6, 7:30 p.m. at Town Hall. 
The agenda includes the new town report and some standard administrative items.
The big item on the agenda is the final step in the process of planning the new transfer station. Taxpayers in Salisbury and Sharon approved an additional expenditure for the project earlier this month. 

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Mural comes to life at SCS

SALISBURY — Salisbury Central School eighth-graders are working on a mural of a Japanese landscape.
On Thursday, Jan. 17, the students were busy either drawing outlines of their scenes in pencil on  5.5-by-10-inch pieces of thin birch, or starting to paint them.
It was painstaking work. Ryan Gibb was experimenting with the right color, using different shades of acrylic paint, while Molly McDowell was concentrating on getting the outline of leaves in the right perspective.

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Lakeville’s Green Cafe continues to grow

SALISBURY  — It started with a fairly austere vegan menu but the Green Cafe at Studio Lakeville quickly expanded to be more inclusive of all types of eaters, including those who really like a juicy mouthful of pork belly or a burger once in a while. 
Studio Lakeville opened last February, on Valentine’s Day.Within a few months, owner Leslie Sherman realized that the very clean and healthy menu being offered at the fitness center’s cafe needed to be expanded. She hired chef Sean Killmer of Pine Plains to come in and “beef” things up.

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Surprise! The lake is frozen

LAKEVILLE — On Sunday, Jan. 13, prior to the cold snap of Sunday, Jan. 20, and Monday, Jan. 21, lake watcher Don Mayland declared “ice-in” on Lake Wononscopomuc in Lakeville.
“For a while this winter I was beginning to think I would be out of work. I did not feel like we would see ice on Lakeville Lake all winter.  But, the last few days of cold and no wind has done the trick, at least for the moment.”
Mayland cautioned that the ice is not necessarily ready for walking or skating. 

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