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SALISBURY — Salisbury residents voted to appropriate $2.25 million, to be raised through the issuing of bonds, for renovations and improvements to Salisbury Central School at a town meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 9. The meeting was called to order at 7:31 p.m. and adjourned at 7:43 p.m.

After Emily Vail was chosen as moderator and Town Clerk Patty Williams read the call, Mike Clulow took the podium to provide some background on the issue at hand. He is the chairman of the Salisbury Central School Building Committee and is a member of the Board of Finance.

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Coming together in song and prayer

SALISBURY — A group of about 40 people came to Town Hall on a chilly evening, Thursday, May 4, for a National Day of Prayer observance.
Barbara Schoenly, the Northwest Corner coordinator for the National Day of Prayer, opened the ceremony, saying “America is in crisis, within and without. 
“If there’s ever been a time for prayer, it’s now.”
First Selectman Curtis Rand read a proclamation from Gov. Dannel P. Malloy.

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Bring WWI items to library May 13

SALISBURY — To commemorate the beginning of American involvement in The Great War a century ago, the State Library has begun a push to gather photographs, documents and some souvenirs (not including weapons) in the private collections of Connecticut residents. 
And because this is 2017, not 1917, those collections will be preserved in a digital format. 

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Please (please!) don’t feed the bears

SALISBURY — “A fed bear is a dead bear.”
So said Paul Colburn, a Master Wildlife Conservationist with the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP), who spoke to a packed house at Noble Horizons on Saturday, April 29.
Colburn is a volunteer, one of about 200 who are selected to undergo training for the conservationist program.
Part of his volunteer duties is to make presentations. Black bears are a popular topic.

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Protecting the planet and ourselves with plants

SALISBURY — Americans approach horticulture incorrectly. We are all about lawns and pretty designs; we give no thought or study to balancing diversity with aesthetics. Doug Tallamy is an expert on designing landscapes that layer native plants in three dimensions — length, width and, importantly, height — instead of the lawn-and-flowerbed approach favored by most Americans. He will explain why this is important to the survival of many species, even our own, at a Salisbury Forum presentation on Friday, May 12, at The Hotchkiss School.

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Learn how to fight invasives

Of the 12 land trusts, co-sponsoring the May 12 Salisbury Forum lecture by Doug Tallamy, three are also providing public education programs. Among them, the Salisbury Association Land Trust is mounting an exhibition entitled “Go Native” at the Salisbury Academy Building. It opens Saturday, May 6, with an opening reception from 4 to 6 p.m. 
A week after the Tallamy talk at The Hotchkiss School, two field workshops will demonstrate landscape management options to reverse invasive impact and enhance native plant ecosystems. 

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Being a good citizen and finding a career

SALISBURY — Officer Ed Norton of the State Environmental Conservation Police leaned nonchalantly on his ATV and fielded questions from Salisbury Central School students on Career Day, Friday, April 28.
His official title being a bit of a mouthful, Norton told the students that the officers are called many things.
“Game warden, fish police …”
He is one of six officers assigned to 43 towns in the northwest sector of the state.

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Sailing along on old songs and stories

SALISBURY — A group of singers from Salisbury Central School and North Canaan Elementary School, and residents of Noble Horizons combined forces with Michael Berkeley on Friday, April 28 for a program of classic Broadway show tunes.
Berkeley said the program, which took about a month to put together, was funded by a grant from the Northwest Connecticut Arts Council. The two generations worked together on songs and stories from the past, as part of the Bridging Generations series of workshops.

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Visionary Computer The little Apple shop that keeps on growing reaches a new benchmark

LAKEVILLE — Visionary Computer, an Apple Computer Value Added Reseller and Premium Service Provider that has been an indispensable resource for Northwest Corner Mac users, is growing and expanding. 
After several months of construction, an extension of 1,800 square feet opened May 1 (following an opening party on April 29). The new wing more than doubles the store’s original 1,300 square feet.
The extension includes a sleek new showroom, designed according to Apple standards, and dedicated spaces for meeting  with clients.  

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Roadwork, a hidden roadway, lakeside tree cutting and transfer station update at Salisbury BOS meeting

SALISBURY — The Route 41/44 intersection project was delayed a bit due to problems with the 21 drains along that stretch of Route 44 in Lakeville, First Selectman Curtis Rand told the Board of Selectmen Monday, May 1.
Rand said the problems would be resolved shortly and the work would resume.
He cautioned, “It will be a fairly disruptive summer in Lakeville.”

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Trees, trout thriving at Lime Rock Park

LIME ROCK — “Don’t step on the flags,” said Tracy Brown to a group of students from Sharon Center School who were preparing to plant buttonbush along the banks of the Salmon Kill at Lime Rock Park.
“The flags are where we planted last year.”
Brown is the Northeastern Restoration Coordinator for Trout Unlimited. She has been busy the last few years on restoring trout habitat in the Salmon Kill, a major tributary of the Housatonic River.

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