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SALISBURY — A hearty and determined throng of holiday revelers defied the wretched weather Sunday evening, Dec.2, and came to The White Hart in Salisbury to meet Santa Claus, consume improving beverages, eat cookies and sing Christmas carols — all prior to the lighting of the Christmas tree on the town Green. 

Michael Brown led the singing, with the Salisbury Band Christmas Brass and Hot Chocolate Society accompanying.

Santa Claus was busy in a room just off the lobby, with a line of parents and small children stretching back into the rear of the inn....

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Charges raised publicly against former town employee

SALISBURY — A group of about 20 people has asked the Salisbury Board of Selectmen to initiate an investigation of former town Recreation Director Art Wilkinson for alleged sexual abuse of children.
The dramatic request came at the end of an otherwise routine monthly selectmen’s meeting on Monday, Sept. 10.
First Selectman Curtis Rand and Selectman Chris Williams were present. Selectman Don Mayland was out of town.

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Camp Sloane turns 90

LAKEVILLE — Camp Sloane YMCA celebrated 90 years in Lakeville on Sunday, Sept. 2, with a dinner and celebration.
Executive Director and CEO Paul “Bear” Bryant, interviewed on Tuesday, Aug. 28, provided a vest-pocket history of the camp.
The origins of Camp Sloane go back to 1910, when the Westchester County, N.Y., YMCA began the process of creating Camp Mohegan at Lake Mohegan, N.Y. 
William Sloane, for whom Camp Sloane is named, was on the committee that established Camp Mohegan.

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Ending another summer season for Salisbury Band

SALISBURY — The Salisbury Band played its traditional end-of-summer concert in front of the Scoville Memorial Library on Saturday afternoon, Aug. 25.
About 60 people came to eat ice cream (from Freund’s Farm Market in North Canaan) and hear the band play venerable favorites such as “Hey, Look Me Over,” “Second Connecticut March” and “Down By the Riverside.”

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Man claims misconduct by former rec director

SALISBURY — A former town resident has raised charges of misconduct by a town recreation director in the 1960s. 
Robert Wallingford (who has lived in California since 1974) says he does not plan to file charges with the State Police or a lawsuit against a former town of Salisbury recreation director, whom he claims behaved inappropriately toward him when Wallingford was an adolescent. 

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Blessings, gifts and school backpacks

LIME ROCK — Backpacks filled with school supplies were blessed as part of the service Sunday, Aug. 19, at Trinity Lime Rock Episcopal Church.
Parishioner Geoff Brown said he was a little surprised at the items on the supplies list sent from the schools.
“Post-it notes, erasable markers and Kleenex” he said.

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Rev. Sellery will move to North Carolina

The Rev. David F.  Sellery of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Salisbury announced Thursday, Aug. 16, that he was leaving for a new job in North Carolina.
Sellery has been at St. John’s for four years.
His Aug. 16 email began: 
Dear Friends,

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Abuse incidents at school in 1970s and 1980s: report

LAKEVILLE —  The Hotchkiss School on Friday, Aug. 17, released the results of an in-depth investigation by an outside agency of incidences of sexual abuse or misconduct in the past eight decades at the private boarding school for students in grades 9 to 12.
The investigation was begun two years ago by attorney James Sconzo of the law firm Carlton Fields Jorden Burt. This year in February, attorney Allison O’Neil, a partner at the Locke Lord law firm in Boston, Mass., was hired to replace him. 

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New Salisbury preserve a boon for boulderers

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The Salisbury Association Land Trust has acquired a 54-acre parcel of land, now known as the Shostak Preserve, along Route 7 in Salisbury (with a little bit in Sharon).
The land was donated by Carolyn Lu, the widow of Mitchell Shostak. There was a brief and informal ceremony at the Shostak cottage on the banks of the Housatonic River on Sunday, Aug. 12.
George Massey, from the Land Trust, said the land abuts the Appalachian Trail and the general vicinity of the intersection of routes 7 and 112.

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Making beautiful music with found objects

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Susan Lynn Smith of Great Barrington’s Green Art Workshop held up two beaters from an electric mixer. They had been decorated to the point of being unrecognizable.
Almost.
“What do you call these?” she asked a group of half a dozen young children at the Scoville Memorial Library on Saturday, Aug. 11.
She twiddled them, thus providing the essential clue.
“A mixer thing,” said a child.

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Pillow talk, from Habitat for Humanity tag sale

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LAKEVILLE — There were many interesting things happening at the Habitat for Humanity tag sale at The Hotchkiss School in Lakeville on Saturday, Aug. 11.
Prominent among them: By 11:30 a.m., three quarters of the contents of the Pillow Pen had been sold.

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