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SALISBURY — Horace Holley was mentioned in letters by U.S. presidents. He was a prominent clergyman in Boston, and he was the major figure in American higher education in the pre-Civil War American West.

“He was the most significantly insignificant person in American history,” declared James P. Cousins, professor of history at Western Michigan University and author of “Horace Holley: Transylvania University and the Making of Liberal Education in the Early American Republic.”

Cousins spoke at the Scoville Memorial Library on Saturday, April...

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Standing Rock, seen up close, in new film

SALISBURY — There is a moment early on in the rough cut of Fidel Moreno’s new film, “Standing Behind Standing Rock,” when a young Red Warrior, a black bandanna hiding his identity, talks about a hundred-year-old battle site recently unearthed during the laying of the pipeline in South Dakota. Poignantly, he speaks directly into the camera to describe what had happened: “They have desecrated those graves. Disturbed their slumber. 

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Year in Review 2016: All the noise about LRP

LIME ROCK, Conn. — The legal battle over Lime Rock Park’s (LRP) attempt to add Sunday racing to its scheduled moved slowly during 2016. Considerable time, energy and resources were expended by both the track and the Lime Rock Citizens Council, both in court and in the court of public opinion.
A recap: In September 2015, LRP went to court to try to amend the injunction governing the days and hours of operation at the auto racing track.

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The original lock-up and how the road got its name

SALISBURY — At Litchfield was the county jail. There was no place of detention in Salisbury during the 18th century. The first place of detention in 1824 was a barred room in the Town Farm on Farnam Road. This was later replaced by a small brick building behind and adjacent to the cemetery in back of Town Hall, where the drunks picked up on the streets could sober up.  

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Night visitors undeterred by heavy snow

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SALISBURY — Jack Bowman, looking every inch the orchestra conductor in white tie and tails, thanked the audience for coming, prior to the start of the 5 p.m. show of “Amahl and the Night Visitors” at the Salisbury Congregational Church on Saturday, Dec. 17.
Bowman said the scheduled rehearsal for Saturday morning had been called off because of the snow, and he was in some doubt about the performances.

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Grab-and-go last-minute gifts

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LAKEVILLE — Imagine it is Wednesday, Dec. 21. The Christmas gifts have been carefully selected and purchased: SuperMegaActionMayhem IV for the kids, a Donald Trump dartboard for your uncle (who forwards emails written in capital letters) and a bottle of single malt Scotch for yourself because, well, just because.

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Old-fashioned tunes warm up winter at The White Hart

SALISBURY — On the coldest night of this winter so far, with temperatures dipping down to 17 degrees, The White Hart inn was cozy as can be on Dec. 15, with the fireplace lit, the Christmas tree aglow and a lineup of dapper gentlemen belting out the best of the old holiday standards. 

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Whelan replaces Whalen at helm of Habitat

Habitat for Humanity of Northwest Connecticut announced this week that Executive Director Dawn Whalen will step down on Dec. 27. The new executive director will be Sharon resident Bob Whelan. 
Whalen is leaving to work with the Norfolk Foundation, a new organization dedicated to contributing to the vitality of the town.  
Many qualified candidates offered an impressive supply of talent and energy, said George Massey, chair of the Governance Committee.

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Have yourself a very British Christmas

SALISBURY — The Brits have always had a way with Christmas. So much of our cherished Christmas Eve entertainment comes from the United Kingdom, from Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” to Richard Curtis’ “Love, Actually.” Did you know that what may be our most cherished emblem of the holiday, the Christmas tree, came about because of the popularity of an 1848 portrait of Queen Victoria decorating a pine tree with Prince Albert? 

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Fell in love with town

‘I am extremely grateful for the people and community of Salisbury. When I think of America, the ideal America, I didn’t know if it truly existed. But it does and it’s here in Salisbury, ” said Nathaniel Andrews at the end of our interview. And since it’s the time of the year to be thankful, I thought it was the perfect beginning to his story.

It was all about the traffic

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Flag raised at Salisbury Bank, honors Pearl Harbor day

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SHARON — In remembrance of the attacks on Pearl Harbor  75 years ago, Salisbury Bank & Trust hung a new American flag outside its Sharon branch in a ceremony held on Wednesday, Dec. 7.
The event paid tribute to the victims of the Pearl Harbor attacks in 1941, as well as to all of the nation’s fallen soldiers and veterans. It also was a chance to note that the new flagpole had been installed.

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