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SALISBURY — The 178th anniversary of the royal wedding between Queen Victoria and her German-born first cousin, Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, in 1840 was on Saturday, Feb 10. 

A week later, the Scoville Memorial Library commemorated the date in its Era of Elegance series of lectures. Costume historian and museum consultant Lynn Zacek Bassett spoke to the library on Feb. 17 about Victoria, Victorian garb and even “Victoria,” the much-watched Masterpiece Theater series airing on PBS. 

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New owner for Salisbury Pharmacy

SALISBURY — Peter D’Aprile, owner of Kent Station Pharmacy, has expanded his business with the recent purchase of the Salisbury Pharmacy and General Store on Main Street in Salisbury. 
D’Aprile went in on the purchase of this business with his brother-in-law, Frank Randazzo, a retired Sprint executive. The two also co-own Lang’s Pharmacy in Wilton, Conn., and Randazzo owns Lang’s Pharmacy in Weston, Conn. 

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What the Constitution can and cannot do

SALISBURY — Akhil Reed Amar, Yale law professor and author, said gerrymandering was not why Hillary Clinton lost the 2016 election.
Amar spoke at the Salisbury School on Friday, Oct. 27, as part of the Salisbury Forum series of talks.
He spent about 20 minutes talking about the major themes of his many books, and then went into a question-and-answer mode.
Asked about gerrymandering and the 2016 election, he said Democrats “cluster in cities,” while Republican voters tend to inhabit rural districts.

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Curtis Rand

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New zoning issues for lake house

SALISBURY — The Zoning Board of Appeals public hearing concerning a house at 146 Millerton Road in Salisbury, on the shore of Lake Wononscopomuc, resumed Tuesday night, Oct. 17, with attorney Gerald Reidy taking up most of the available time with a wide-ranging presentation.
Reidy is representing his wife, Rose-Mary, of 150 Millerton Road, and is appealing the issuance of a Certificate of Zoning Compliance by Salisbury Zoning Enforcement Officer Nancy Brusie in July for 146 Millerton Road (the owner of that property is listed as KMCT 146 LLC).

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Tae kwon do team takes top honors at meet

The top 30 students of the Salisbury-based tae kwon do team led by instructor Dylan Baker traveled to Holy Cross High School in Waterbury on Sunday, Oct. 1, for the 53rd annual Connecticut Yankee National Open Karate Tournament. Accompanying the young athletes were instructors Mike Thomas, James Murnane and Kirsten Haaland.

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A look back at summer and the jobs program

SALISBURY — Lou Bucceri of the Salisbury Association Historical Society provided a capsule history of the summer youth jobs program in Salisbury. He spoke to a small but enthusiastic audience at the Scoville Memorial Library on Saturday, Oct. 14.
The program’s origin was in a 1971 regional program created by Ed Kirby, then the principal of Housatonic Valley Regional High School (HVRHS).
It was a work/study program for HVRHS seniors, with a mix of classroom instruction in the morning and jobs in the afternoon.

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Offering a key to the Reformation

SALISBURY — The Reformation was more of a secession, Tom Key argued during his talk on the origins and development of Protestant Christianity at the Salisbury Congregational Church on Sunday, Oct. 15.
The Roman Catholic Church was relatively unaffected by the rise of Protestant churches, he said. “They just took their marbles and went home.”
The primary figure associated with the Reformation is Martin Luther, but he was preceded by reformers John Wycliffe, John Huss, Savonarola and Erasmus.

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Untangling the Constitution with Akhil Reed Amar at Oct. 27 Forum

SALISBURY — When Akhil Reed Amar and three other law professors testified in September before a senate committee considering two approaches to prevent President Donald Trump from firing Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller, the four disagreed with each other about the constitutionality of the ideas.
Because, Amar says, the Constitution “began a story that is still unfolding,” a story that can be read and interpreted in different ways.

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Festival welcomes autumn, scarecrows

SALISBURY — Among the high points of the Salisbury Fall Festival are the low-tech games for children set up on the lawn of the Scoville Memorial Library.
These include chucking a ball at metal bottles and the ever-popular “Heave the Wet Sponge” game.
On a picture-perfect Saturday, Oct. 7, the library grounds were home to a seething mass of the younger set, who decorated pumpkins and had themselves adorned with non-permanent henna tattoos.

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Women’s Support Services honors the lost but never forgotten

SALISBURY — “I am aware of how much human need we have witnessed in the past two months. We have seen lives devastated by hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, and we felt the pain of unspeakable tragedies in Las Vegas and so many other places around the world,” said Betsey Mauro, executive director of Women’s Support Services, hands resting firmly on the podium that had been set up in front of The White Hart as she looked out to the crowd gathered on the  Salisbury Green. “Perhaps less obvious to us are the human needs right next door.”

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