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LAKEVILLE — The 32 members of the Salisbury Central School (SCS) Class of 2019 milled around the courtyard at the upper school building before the promotion exercise on Friday, June 14, taking photos of each other, adjusting their outfits, and being generally excited.

It took a little while to get them settled for their official class photo. The professional photographer hired by the school dispelled the tension by having the students do a “serious” pose and a “silly” one.

The ceremony took place in the gym. 

Four students spoke...

Salisbury

Making an artistic point

Printmaker Charlie Noyes, center, made a point to Joey Sherwood, left, North Canaan Elementary School, Hadley Casey, right, Salisbury Central School, and other students from Region One during the annual Arts Day at The Hotchkiss School on Wednesday, March 13. Story, more photos, see At Region One Arts Day, ‘don’t hurry, don’t worry.’

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Why we build walls and how we use them

SALISBURY — Historian David Frye will discuss his new book, “Walls: A History of Civilization in Blood and Brick,” at Noble Horizons on Saturday, March 30, at  11 a.m.
Frye, who teaches ancient and medieval history at Eastern Connecticut State University, said in a phone interview Friday, March 15, that the book goes back to the first “historically affirmed” example of a border wall, built in ancient Sumeria about 4,000 years ago.

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Lambs are here, can warm weather be far?

The lambs have arrived at Weatogue Farm in Salisbury. They are, along with cautious daffodils and early robins, indicators that snow and frost will soon give way to mud and warmer temperatures. It also means that the spring/summer season of gardening will begin soon. For fans, the annual plant sale at Weatogue Farm begins this year on May 17 and will continue for several weeks; for details, go to www.weatoguefarm.com or call 860-435-0345.

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Salisbury budgets up at first look

SALISBURY — The Salisbury Board of Finance got its first look at the proposed budgets for 2019-20 from the Board of Selectmen and the Board of Education on Thursday, March 7.
The selectmen’s proposal is for $6,992,989, an increase of $383,929 (5.8 percent).
The budget proposal for Salisbury Central School is $5,743,829, an increase of $195,641 (3.53 percent).

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Hope Fitting weds Tavaris Douglas

LAKEVILLE — Hope Lindsay Fitting and Gunnery Sergeant Tavaris J. Douglas were joined in marriage on Nov. 17, 2018, in Palm Coast, Fla. The bride’s brother-in-law, Peter O’Neill, officiated. The proud parents were Michael and Melinda Fitting of Palm Coast, formerly of Lakeville and Sheffield, Mass. and  Brenda and Reginald W. Douglas Sr. of Prairieville, La. The newlyweds now reside in Oahu, Hawaii. A honeymoon is planned for later this year.

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A simpler way to tell what kind of tree it is

SALISBURY — Mark Mikolas, author of “A Beginner’s Guide to Recognizing Trees of the Northeast,” said his book is not like others on the subject.
Mikolas spoke to a standing-room only audience at the Scoville Memorial Library on Saturday, March 9, in an event sponsored by the library and the Salisbury Association Land Trust.
With a standard tree guide, the reader goes out in the woods, picks a tree, and tries to find it in the book.
The guides are based on identifying leaves and buds, bud scars and flowers, in detail.

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Helping immigrants, neighbors: Compassionate action is urged

LIME ROCK — Compassionate action is the aim of an upcoming seminar, “Unshackling Dreams of America,” to be held at Trinity Lime Rock Church on Saturday, April 6, from 1 to 4 p.m.
Participants will learn what can be done to support asylum-seekers and other immigrants. The seminar was organized by the Rev. John Carter, director of a local organization, Vecinos Seguros (Safe Neighbors), now two years in existence. (This organization is not associated with an organization by the same name based in Brazil.)

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Eccentric etiquette among the elite

SALISBURY — Cultural historian and food writer Francine Segan has done specials for the Discovery Channel and the Food Network, but on Saturday, Feb. 23, she was at the Scoville Memorial Library as part of the Era of Elegance series, discussing the pomp and peculiarity of being a Gilded Age host or hostess.
Filled with the repressed conflict of wanting to both bring young couples together and conceal the true intimacy of marriage, Gilded Age balls and dinner parties were laden with ritual and social code. 

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Warming up with Showtown in colder months

LAKEVILLE — There is a new idea afoot and a new organization to make it happen. Showtown is the brainchild of Lakeville residents Lloyd Baroody and his wife, Zeina Mehio, who are responding to what they consider a dearth of area entertainment and cultural options between October and May.
Discussing the concept over coffee at Provisions at The White Hart inn on Saturday, Feb. 16, Mehio said, “We decided that the area needs more entertainment.” 

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Cardinal Watch

Male cardinals might prefer to wear showy scarlet coats but their female counterparts, such as this one photographed by Anne Day in Salisbury, are more discreet. 

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