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SALISBURY — The Salisbury Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) unveiled a set of amendments to the town’s zoning regulations designed to encourage creation of multi-family housing at a public hearing Monday evening, July 1.

The hearing will resume on Saturday, July 13, 10 a.m. at Town Hall. (Spreading the hearing out over two dates was planned ahead of time, in order to give part-time residents the chance to participate.)

Nina Peek and Ashley Ley from consultant firm AKRF gave an overview of the amendments.

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Big plans for Salisbury’s sewer system

SALISBURY — The Salisbury sewer system will get major upgrades this spring — and there won’t be a lot of digging.
Don Mayland, a selectman and the chair of the town’s Water Pollution Control Authority, said in a phone interview Tuesday, Feb. 12, that the project has three components.
The first is complying with state-mandated phosphorus control regulations. This will require new construction at the sewer facility, located along the Rail Trail in Lakeville.

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Finding the nooks and crannies of every town

SALISBURY — If you enjoy exploring two-lane roads and visiting towns you’ve never heard of, you might as well join the Connecticut 169 Club.
The brainchild of historian and author Marty Podskoch, the club members explore all of the state’s 169 municipalities. Once a year, they have a banquet.
There’s a book that goes with it. “The Connecticut 169 Club: Your Passport and Guide to Exploring Connecticut,” has short entries for all 169 towns.

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Have I got a story for you

Connecticut State Police Officer Chris Sorrell read “A Couch for Llama” by Leah Gilbert to kindergarteners at Salisbury Central School last week as part of Read Aloud Day in Region One. Stories, see Guest readers charm young students.

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The bloody corpus that shook up a small town in the 1880s

SALISBURY — Immigration, religious strife, boycotts, political machinations, and national press coverage all contributed to the Lakeville Crucifix controversy of last fall, according to Geoffrey Brown.
Oh, wait — make that the fall of 1882.
The elements of the story of how the installation of a 12-foot tall, realistic crucifix in front of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Lakeville became a national news story have an unmistakably contemporary ring, Brown told a standing-room only audience at the Scoville Memorial Library on Saturday, Feb. 16.

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Friday Ski Jumping Activities Canceled

The Salisbury Winter Sports Association announced this afternoon that all Friday night activities on Satre Hill as part of the 2019 Jumpfest have been canceled because of weather concerns. The jumping competitions are expected to be held as scheduled on Saturday and Sunday. Go to http://www.jumpfest.org/ for updates.

Creepy crawlers thrill at library show

SALISBURY — The Scoville Memorial Library was host to an entire menagerie of reptiles on Saturday afternoon, Feb. 2.
Adam Harris of Harris in Wonderland, a pet store in Avon, Conn., brought snakes, chameleons and a whacking big tortoise and patiently explained how these exotic creatures operate to a boisterous crowd of inquisitive small children.
He started with a corn snake, native to the southeastern United States.

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Atchley earns top prize at IMS

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State trash regulations will impact both Salisbury and Sharon

SALISBURY — It was garbage and recycling day at the Salisbury Board of Selectmen’s meeting Monday, Feb. 4.
A group of residents asked the selectmen to consider a ban on single-use plastic bags in town. This would affect, primarily, LaBonne’s grocery store.
The group said the bags are wasteful, contribute to litter, are rarely recycled and get caught up in the machinery used for single-stream recycling.
They pointed to other towns that have enacted bans as examples to follow.

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Bobcat Watch

LAKEVILLE — Snow always leaves an interesting record of animal activities. Compass arts and entertainment editor Anne Day photographed these bobcat tracks at a house on Lake Wononscopomuc in Lakeville  last Tuesday, Jan. 22.
She also reported a face-off between a fox and a bobcat in the yard of her Salisbury home last week. The two wary animals stared at each other until both were startled by Day’s dog, Lola (see above), who barked at them.
— Cynthia Hochswender

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When temperatures are low, dogs still love snow

SALISBURY — Lola the Wonder Dog was undaunted by the cold temperatures and deep snow at her Salisbury home on Wednesday, Jan. 31. Dog owners are reminded to be protective of their dogs in cold weather, especially during the polar vortex with its sub-zero temperatures.
— Cynthia Hochswender

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