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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.

The acquisition of the land, which will be preserved intact, with no...

Salisbury

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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Cheers to a hundred years, and more to come

Agnes Nowicki of Noble Horizons celebrated her 100th birthday on March 5 with Chinese food, balloons and a steady stream of well-wishers.  During her birthday luncheon, she told her niece, Salisbury Town Clerk Patty Williams, that to reach 100 you have to “keep having birthdays!”

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Kinsolving Whitman, larger-than-life

SALISBURY — William Kinsolving is becoming Walt Whitman. 
The metamorphosis has taken some time, but on Saturday, April 14, at 4 p.m. at Salisbury’s Scoville Memorial Library, the transition will be complete. At that appointed time, as the conclusion of the library’s celebration of National Library Week, the novelist, screenwriter, actor and director will present his one-man show, “America & Me.”

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Grim realities of life in North Korea

SALISBURY — North Korea is not like any other country on Earth according to Melanie Kirkpatrick.
“North Korea is not a normal nation,” she said. “We forget this at our peril.”
Kirkpatrick, a former opinion editor at the Wall Street Journal, and Jack David, who served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense in the George W. Bush administration, spoke at Noble Horizons on Saturday, March 24, on “North Korea: What’s Next?”
(Kirkpatrick and David, who are married, both now work at the Hudson Institute.)

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Health insurance a crushing cost

SALISBURY — The Salisbury Board of Finance took a look at the initial budget proposals from the Board of Education and Board of Selectmen on Thursday evening, March 8.
The proposed spending plan for Salisbury Central School for fiscal 2018-19 is $5,656,644, an increase of $235,858 or 4.33 percent over the current budget.
The proposed spending plan for town government is 6,627,485, an increase of $204,752 (3.1 percent) over the current budget.
The fiscal year begins July 1.

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Arctic expedition photos wow the audience

SALISBURY — A view of the remote Arctic region, its wildlife and people, captured by renowned photographer and Salisbury resident Joseph Meehan, with 40 years of experience as an author, educator and photographer, drew a capacity audience on Saturday, March 3, at Noble Horizons.
Meehan, whose camera lens brings panoramic splendor and close-up clarity to his subject matter, titled his talk “The Land and People of the Arctic Home of the Arctic Narwhal, Unicorn of the Sea.”

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For North Koreans, hope of escape is slim

SALISBURY — Melanie Kirkpatrick, former opinion editor at the Wall Street Journal, and Jack David, who served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense in the George W. Bush administration, will speak at Noble Horizons on Saturday, March 24, at 11 a.m., on “North Korea: What’s Next?”
Kirkpatrick is the author of “Escape from North Korea: The Untold Story of Asia’s Underground Railroad.” 

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SBT’s Spring Burke receives ‘Five Star’ award

SALISBURY — Salisbury Bank is pleased to announce that Spring Burke, Vice President, Mortgage Advisor has been named a Five Star Mortgage Professional in 2018. She will be featured in the March issue of Connecticut Magazine.

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Might v. right in history project

SALISBURY — “You are going to succeed in your task because you have right on your side.”
So wrote Col. John H. Parker of the U.S. 102nd Infantry to Joseph F. Murtagh, the commander of the 26th Infantry Division, on July 3, 1918. Murtagh’s men were about to go into combat with the German army.
This remarkable letter is part of an exhibit at Salisbury School devoted to the military career of Murtagh, the great-grandfather of sophomore Matt Wesson, who comes from Hoboken, N.J.

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Willis honored in Salisbury report

SALISBURY — The annual Salisbury town report for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2017, was formally accepted at a town meeting on Thursday, Feb. 22.
This year’s report is dedicated to Roberta Willis, who represented Salisbury and the 64th District for 16 years before retiring last year.
Her husband, Bill Willis, is the chair of the Salisbury Board of Finance. He started the introduction to the dedication, laughed, and said “I don’t know if I can read this.”

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