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SALISBURY — Horace Holley was mentioned in letters by U.S. presidents. He was a prominent clergyman in Boston, and he was the major figure in American higher education in the pre-Civil War American West.

“He was the most significantly insignificant person in American history,” declared James P. Cousins, professor of history at Western Michigan University and author of “Horace Holley: Transylvania University and the Making of Liberal Education in the Early American Republic.”

Cousins spoke at the Scoville Memorial Library on Saturday, April...

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Main Street main event at IMS art opening

Indian Mountain School will unveil the 22 works on display for the third year of their curated contest and art exhibit on Thursday, Feb. 2. Held in the school’s Student Center, with its sloped roof, exposed wood and large glass panels that combine the modern mastery of Scandinavian architecture with the familiar attributes of a New England barn, it is the building itself that inspired the first gallery show. 

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Gift of diorama to SCS brings history of furnaces to life

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A diorama showing the blast furnace on Mount Riga is now on display in the lobby of Salisbury Central School.
The model was built by Rob Miller, a summer resident whose family has a summer home on Mount Riga, across the dirt road from the furnace.
Miller could not attend, but his parents, Fran and Pete Miller of Granby, Conn., made the trip.
Pete Miller said he and his son built a working blast furnace in their backyard in Granby in 1982, for Rob’s seventh-grade science fair project.

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Chamber sets officers, looks ahead

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About 35 members came together at the annual meeting of the Tri-state Chamber of Commerce on Thursday, Jan. 19, at Noble Horizons for food, drink and camaraderie while planning for the economic year ahead. 
The slate of officers approved for 2017, as presented by Nominating Chair Bill Willis, was: President Susan Dickinson of Litchfield Bancorp; Vice President Jean Saliter, freelance graphic designer and photographer; Treasurer Peter Fitting of Noble Horizons; and Secretary Janet Manko of The Lakeville Journal Company. 

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Art inspired by science: library talk

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SALISBURY — The paintings of Frederic Church were heavily influenced by the work of Prussian naturalist Alexander von Humboldt. That was the argument made by Valerie Balint, interim director of Collections and Research at Olana, the Church home and historic site in Hudson, N.Y.
Balint spoke at the Scoville Memorial Library on Saturday, Jan. 21, as part of the Era of Elegance series of talks, co-sponsored by the Salisbury Association.

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Art inspired by science: library talk

patricks@lakevillejournal.com

SALISBURY — The paintings of Frederic Church were heavily influenced by the work of Prussian naturalist Alexander von Humboldt. That was the argument made by Valerie Balint, interim director of Collections and Research at Olana, the Church home and historic site in Hudson, N.Y.
Balint spoke at the Scoville Memorial Library on Saturday, Jan. 21, as part of the Era of Elegance series of talks, co-sponsored by the Salisbury Association.

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If not at the White House, then at The White Hart

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Hoping to Kickstart the Holley Knife Co.

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LAKEVILLE — A Lakeville entrepreneur is using new technology to revive a historic local product.
The Holley pocketknives, introduced in 1844 and manufactured in Lakeville at Pocketknife Square, were legendary for their good looks and high quality. They were known as the first pocketknives, made and in use for more than two decades before the famous Swiss army knife became available.

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Old-fashioned inn prospers with new business model

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LAKEVILLE — The recent sale of Troutbeck, the inn and conference center in Amenia, and the 2014 sale of The White Hart to its current investor group have brought to mind another notable local inn, the Wake Robin in Lakeville. 
Although the inn was listed for sale several years ago, co-owner Shaffin Shariff said in an email that it has not been on the market since 2012. It was listed in 2011 for just under a half million dollars by Shariff and co-owner Michael Loftus.

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Chamber sets officers

SALISBURY — About 35 members came together at the annual meeting of the Tri-state Chamber of Commerce on Thursday, Jan. 19, at Noble Horizons for food, drink and camaraderie while planning for the economic year ahead. 
The slate of officers approved for 2017, as presented by Nominating Chair Bill Willis, was: President Susan Dickinson of Litchfield Bancorp; Vice President Jean Saliter, freelance graphic designer and photographer; Treasurer Peter Fitting of Noble Horizons; and Secretary Janet Manko of The Lakeville Journal Company. 

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Interfaith demonstration calls for action on climate change

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SALISBURY — About 65 people assembled on the town Green in Salisbury on Sunday, Jan. 22, for  an Interfaith Vigil for Climate Action. 

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