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SALISBURY — The Salisbury Central School (SCS) production of “The Wizard of Oz” played to large crowds over the weekend.

That it played at all was the result of student initiative.

SCS students asked Principal Lisa Carter if the school would sponsor a dramatic event, and Carter agreed.

Plays and similar activities have come under the auspices of SOAR, the after-school enrichment program, in recent years.

At the final show, on Sunday afternoon, May 21, Ayla Hill as Dorothy escaped from Miss Gulch, only to encounter the Wicked Witch of the...

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Town report dedicated to Alice Yoakum

The annual Salisbury town meeting (held on Wednesday, Feb. 8) to receive the town report and the audited financial report for fiscal year 2016 took about 30 minutes and was attended by 38 citizens.
The two items passed unanimously, as did a third, an exchange of small parcels of land (.15 acres each) between the town and the Salisbury-Sharon Resource Recovery Authority, near the site of the new transfer station off the Millerton Road near the New York border.

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A feature film on Instagram?

Many of us have had an exceptional experience or a life-changing event and wished we had recorded it for posterity. Nicholas Sosin and Americk Lewis have no such regrets — not because they’ve never done anything memorable, but because they record everything they do.
“Literally every day we have adventures. Every single day,” Lewis explained during a recent interview in The Lakeville Journal’s offices — and yes, Sosin’s camera was running throughout.

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Finding truth in beauty

Whether an antique is worth collecting is not necessarily the same thing as what an antique will fetch on the open market.
Elliott Snyder, of Elliott and Grace Snyder Antiques in South Egremont, Mass., spoke at the Scoville Memorial Library on Saturday, Feb. 18, as part of the ongoing Era of Elegance series of talks sponsored by the library and the Salisbury Association Historical Society.
Snyder had three things that looked like small tables on a larger table. They were candle stands.

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Governor’s plan hits SCS budget hard

The initial budget proposal for 2017-18 for Salisbury Central School calls for spending a total of $5,873,956. This is an increase of $614,731 (11.69 percent) over the current budget of $5,259,225.
Percentage increases in double digits are rare in Salisbury. The startling increase is due in large part to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s proposal to have the state’s municipalities pay one third of teacher pensions.

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Chopin, sonatas and all that jazz

Before Hollywood’s big award show night, a roster of talented local artists stepped out onto their own red carpet to show off their stuff — and their sonatas. The Salisbury Congregational Church welcomed a gifted group of young musicians to the 36th Annual Open Recital of Tri-State Music Students on Sunday afternoon, Feb. 26. 

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The hidden horrors of depression

It took literary critic and author Daphne Merkin 15 years to finally complete her memoir, “This Close to Happy: A Reckoning with Depression,” a keenly personal examination of her long history with the clinical disorder and the destabilizing childhood that may, or may not, have contributed to her adult despair. 
Invited as part of The White Hart’s 2017 Speaker Series in partnership with Oblong Books and Music, Merkin read from passages of her publication to a full room at the inn on Thursday, Feb. 16. 

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In NW Corner, better iron and a better mousetrap

Did you know that at one point Sharon, Conn., was the Mousetrap Capital of the World?
Historian Ed Kirby delivered that and several other interesting historical tidbits at a talk at the Scoville Memorial Library on Saturday, Feb. 11 (sponsored by the library and the Salisbury Association Historical Society).

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Lockup owners address claims

From the beginning, The Lockup was the subject of stories and speculation. The Main Street Salisbury restaurant was set to open in a space that had primarily been used as a clothing store, and its long renovation through a seemingly endless summer of 2016 was as public an affair as possible. 
Pedestrians peeked in through the windows, watched the workers, and by autumn, it seemed anyone inquisitive enough to fully stick their head in the door was happily given a full tour, weeks ahead of the Thanksgiving Day grand opening. 

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Funds needed for new SVAS ambulance

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The Salisbury Volunteer Ambulance Service (SVAS) has started a “Campaign for a New Ambulance.”
The SVAS volunteers want to buy a new ambulance on a Ford F-450 chassis. The price is steep: $250,000.
The ambulance that SVAS wishes to replace is 20 years old, does not meet new state standards, and lacks updated technology.
And, according to Pat Barton, the SVAS chief of service, the undercarriage is rusty.
“Nobody wants to be Fred Flintstone,” she said in an interview on Saturday, Feb. 11.

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What to do with those pesky plastic bags

Salisbury-Sharon Transfer Station Manager Brian Bartram told the Salisbury Board of Selectmen that 14 large blue containers for recyclable materials will be placed in public locations in the two towns for “public recycling.”
Bartram came to the meeting Monday, Feb. 6, to talk about recycling.
First Selectman Curtis Rand, armed with a grocery bag full of garbage, lifted the items out one at a time and asked Bartram where they go at the transfer station.

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