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SALISBURY — Middle-school students quizzed author Ann M. Martin about her work at Salisbury Central School on Friday, Sept. 7.

Martin is best known for her series, “The Baby-Sitters’ Club.”  She wrote 35 books in the series before turning it over to other writers. 

She said, in response to a question, that the original idea was for four books in the series.

Including her 35 books entries, there are now 132 novels — more than 300 if titles in spin-off series are added to the total.

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Salisbury

Keeping invasives from spreading like wildfire

SALISBURY — Students from The Hotchkiss School in Lakeville helped with the annual spring clean-up and maintenance at Washinee Park, just up the street from Salisbury Town Hall, on Wednesday afternoon, April 11.

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Salisbury spending up, but modestly

SALISBURY — A small crowd of about 13 people (mostly town officials) attended the April 9 budget public hearing at Salisbury Town Hall. 
Salisbury Central School Principal Stephanie Magyar presented the total education spending plan, including the elementary school plus the regional education costs.

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Making work fun at career day

SALISBURY — “Open!” said State Trooper Will Veras. 
Dexter, the German shepherd, happily trotted over to Veras’ police car, neatly opened the rear left passenger door, and hopped in.
The Salisbury Central School students were suitably impressed. 
Just to drive the point home, Veras and Dexter repeated the move two more times.

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Yoakum honored with HYSB’s Warner award

SALISBURY — Alice Yoakum will be honored by the Housatonic Youth Service Bureau this year with the organization’s Donald T. Warner Community Service Award.
A ceremony in her honor will be held at The White Hart on Saturday, April 28 (advance ticket sales ended April 16 but check www.eventbrite.com/e/the-housatonic-youth-service-bureau-community-celeb... for more information).

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State funds pay for upgrades

SALISBURY — With state funds flowing again, the town can take care of some capital projects such as replacing a 1950s quonset hut at the town garage.
That was the optimistic report of First Selectman Curtis Rand at the regular monthly meeting of the Board of Selectmen, Monday, April 2.
Rand said it seems likely the state will resume funding Local Capital Improvement Program (LOCIP) grants after a two-year hiatus. Salisbury typically gets between $40,000 and $45,000 per year.

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Ragamont House enters new era

The historic Ragamont House in Salisbury has been sold to Kathy and Michael Voldstad. Former owner Pete Hathaway will remain in the area and continue to run his Hathaway Young food shop in Millerton. Ragamont House has had many incarnations in the past few decades. It was a much-loved inn and restaurant for many years. At one point it was a high-end sober house and for several years it was a bed-and-breakfast. The Voldstads said they will use it as a private residence.

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Hawkey season is back

SALISBURY — Lakeville Journal Production Coordinator James Clark snapped some exceptionally clear photos of a red-tailed hawk that he spotted at the end of his driveway on Thursday afternoon, March 29.
“It might just be because I’m looking for them, but I’ve seen more hawks this year than I can ever remember,” he said.

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Finding secrets in old photos

SALISBURY — The Salisbury Association has a new exhibit on the black families of the Northwest Corner that will open on Saturday, April 21, with a reception from 3 to 5 p.m.
The show features photos of members of black families from the area; the photos were found at a house on Farnam Road when Peter McEachern and his wife, Danielle Mailer, “purchased a small home on Farnam Road in Lakeville. 

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Ohler speaks on school safety

SALISBURY — The reconstituted Salisbury Republican Town Committee met Tuesday evening, March 27, at Town Hall to hear from state Rep. Brian Ohler (R-64), who is running for re-election, and from Mark Greenberg, a Litchfield businessman who is running for state comptroller.
Greenberg has run unsuccessfully three times for Congress.
An energetic speaker, he told the committee that Connecticut needs to take “revolutionary” measures now to reverse decades of debt and lost population. 

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Salisbury budgets get whittled down

SALISBURY — Both the Board of Education and Board of Selectmen  in Salisbury presented slimmer 2018-19  budget proposals to the Board of Finance on Tuesday, March 27. The finance board then voted to send the proposals to the public hearing April 9.
The selectmen’s proposal was for $6,611,560, an increase of $188,827 (2.9 percent). But the final amount was $6,609,060, after the selectmen agreed to remove a $2,500 line item under “stipend board member.” The item was a hold-over from many years ago.

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