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SALISBURY — Chris George, executive director of Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services (IRIS) in New Haven, said that the U.S. government’s vetting process for refugees is the “most rigorous” in the world.

George spoke to an audience at the Scoville Memorial Library in Salisbury on Saturday, April 13.

He made the distinction between “refugees” and other categories of immigrants.

By international law, refugees are those forced to flee their home countries because they face persecution on the basis of race, religion,...

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Mattie Fails weds Joseph Menassa

SALISBURY — Robert and Debra Fails of Lakeville and Sami and Marie Menassa of Middletown, R.I., joyfully  announce the wedding of their children, Mattie Gaskin Fails and Joseph Menassa.  
The couple were married on Friday, Nov. 2, in St. Mary’s Church in  Newport, R.I., surrounded by their immediate families.
Mattie, who grew up in Lakeville, is the  Office Manager at Rig Pro in Portsmouth, R.I., and Joseph is a Program Manager  at KMS in Middletown. The couple resides in Newport.

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How housing impacts communities

SALISBURY — Few subjects arouse more local interest — and debate — than affordable housing. The recent decision by the Salisbury Affordable Housing Commission to build an apartment house-type structure in the town’s Lakeville section, on Millerton Road adjacent to a group of businesses that face the road, has raised questions and loud objections from business owners and nearby residents.

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Exquisite architectural treasures

SALISBURY — Of course they are all located in the Northwest Corner. But one might wonder what else the Beckley Blast Furnace in East Canaan, Salisbury Town Hall, Winchester’s Little Red School House, Lime Rock Park and the Colebrook Green have in common. 
The answer: They all share the limelight in a new  hardcover book, “Connecticut Architecture: Stories of 100 Places,” by Christopher Wigren, deputy director of the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation. 

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Visionary Computer can now replace iPhone displays

LAKEVILLE — As everyone on the planet becomes accustomed to having a phone with them at all times and in all places, it’s not surprising that those phones are beginning to take a beating. 
The thing that seems to go most quickly is, of course, the glass display screen. It’s no longer unusual to see even adult men and women swiping across a fragmented glass surface.
The glass doesn’t always get replaced because a) it can be expensive, and b) it can require a person to be without his or her phone for days. 

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A time of togetherness (and turkey)

SALISBURY — Children, family members and teachers gathered on Thursday, Nov. 15, for Housatonic Child Care Center’s annual Thankful Feast. 
“The turnout was amazing with so many of our families, and I think this year we had more than last year,” said Tonya Roussis, director. “We had so much food to share!”
The Lakeville Journal wishes all our readers and advertisers a safe and happy Thanksgiving. 

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An early and appreciated meal

Bob Smith, chief of the Lakeville Hose Company, loaded up enough Thanksgiving food for 100 people at the firehouse Sunday, Nov. 18. The hearty holiday repast was served to homeless people in Torrington later in the day.

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Snow fun

For adults, snow means shoveling, plowing and struggling to get to work. To youngsters, snow means school’s out and a day of outdoor fun awaits, as it did on Friday, Nov. 16, at the Grove Street playground in Salisbury for, from left, Neve Kline, Tessie Connell and Hadley Casey.

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Students find their way out of SOAR’s ‘Shark Tank’

SALISBURY — “You know what?” said V.J. Maury. “This is a really good idea.”
Maury was one of six panelists, drawn from the local business community, who participated in a version of “Shark Tank” with students at Salisbury Central School (SCS) on Thursday, Nov. 8.
“Shark Tank”  was sponsored by SOAR, the after-school enrichment program at SCS.

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Salute to veterans

Salisbury Central School students took part in a Veterans Day assembly Friday, Nov. 9. Story, Veterans honored on centenary of World War I.

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Rain everywhere but no water in Salisbury

SALISBURY — Residents who use town water went without from about 5 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov.7, due to the accidental breaking of a water main at Town Hall.
Construction workers digging in front of Town Hall as part of a project to move the ramps and reconfigure the steps dug through a water main around 2:15 p.m.
The hole quickly filled with muddy water, prompting jokes about swimming pools.
First Selectman Curtis Rand said the pipe was not indicated on any maps or plans.

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