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SALISBURY — Christopher Baetz, manager at Passports in Salisbury, pointed to a faux-fur throw as the hot item of this year’s holiday shopping season.

It looks like fur and feels like fur, but unlike fur it is easy to clean and to style. 

“Just use cold water,” said Baetz.

The throw is $295 and a jacket is $250. There are also two faux fur bags, at $45 and $65. The latter is suitable for the new iPhone, Baetz said.

In the stocking stuffer department, there are socks from American Trench ($16.50). Made in North Carolina, these...

Salisbury

Abuse incidents at school in 1970s and 1980s: report

LAKEVILLE —  The Hotchkiss School on Friday, Aug. 17, released the results of an in-depth investigation by an outside agency of incidences of sexual abuse or misconduct in the past eight decades at the private boarding school for students in grades 9 to 12.
The investigation was begun two years ago by attorney James Sconzo of the law firm Carlton Fields Jorden Burt. This year in February, attorney Allison O’Neil, a partner at the Locke Lord law firm in Boston, Mass., was hired to replace him. 

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New Salisbury preserve a boon for boulderers

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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.

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Making beautiful music with found objects

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Susan Lynn Smith of Great Barrington’s Green Art Workshop held up two beaters from an electric mixer. They had been decorated to the point of being unrecognizable.
Almost.
“What do you call these?” she asked a group of half a dozen young children at the Scoville Memorial Library on Saturday, Aug. 11.
She twiddled them, thus providing the essential clue.
“A mixer thing,” said a child.

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Pillow talk, from Habitat for Humanity tag sale

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LAKEVILLE — There were many interesting things happening at the Habitat for Humanity tag sale at The Hotchkiss School in Lakeville on Saturday, Aug. 11.
Prominent among them: By 11:30 a.m., three quarters of the contents of the Pillow Pen had been sold.

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Treasures come to surface as Habitat sale prep begins

LAKEVILLE — There was a lot of stuff at the Mars Athletic Center at The Hotchkiss School on Thursday, Aug. 2.

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Shock and awe at Below the Salt

SALISBURY — Chef/owner Noah Sexton hosted a pre-opening party at his Main Street Salisbury restaurant, Below the Salt, on Thursday, Aug. 2. Samples were passed of the restaurant’s snappy homemade ramen noodles, succulent/crisp fatty pork belly and two pigs heads, which were snapped up quickly by diners, who nestled the pork meat in homemade Chinese buns.
The restaurant officially opened the next evening, Friday, Aug. 3, and was packed with diners by Saturday, Aug. 4.

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Coming home to Salisbury, thanks to housing trust

SALISBURY — Tiffany Riva had packed her four children off to visit the grandparents and was catching her breath on Saturday afternoon, Aug. 4.
The family had moved into the latest acquisition of the Salisbury Housing Trust at 68B East Main St. a few days before.
Riva, who is the development and events coordinator at the North East Community Center in Millerton, had been living in North Canaan.
The Salisbury native had always wanted to return to town.

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Heavenly intervention thwarts fire at church

SALISBURY — Parishioners at the Lakeville United Methodist Church were alarmed at about 9:20 a.m. on Sunday, Aug.5, when smoke appeared to be coming out of the organ.
The service had not begun. The choir was rehearsing and the Rev. Margaret Laemmel was getting prepared.
In a phone interview Monday, Aug. 6, “Pastor Peg” said the Lakeville Hose Company determined it was an electrical fire.
The power is off for now, and Laemmel is trying to figure out the logistics for the church members.

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Affordable housing update

SALISBURY — The Salisbury Board of Selectmen took care of two pieces of business at a special meeting Tuesday, July 24.
The board executed the option to lease the “Holley Block” property to the Salisbury Housing Committee (SHC) after adding a provision that the lease is for the SHC and no other group. 
And the board agreed to transfer funds as needed from the Affordable Housing account for improvements at the town-owned house at 414 Millerton Road.

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‘Ring of fire’ and remembrances at the clambake

SALISBURY — The Jane Lloyd Fund clambake, held at Satre Hill on Saturday, July 28, went off like clockwork.
It was so organized that the organizers were wondering if they’d forgotten something critical — like the food.
At 1 p.m., an hour before the official start time of 2 p.m., a group was busy husking corn and cracking jokes.
Eliot Osborn was performing a microphone check prior to a musical performance.
Everything else was pretty much set up.

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