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SALISBURY — The idea was that Allison Huggins, a hiker on the Appalachian Trail, would cross the Amesville bridge at about 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 23, and be greeted by her friends from the Connecticut Episcopal Church with a service and picnic at the First Light boat launch and park on the Housatonic River.

Unhappily, Huggins was derailed somewhat with foot problems, so she arrived by car.

Huggins has been part of “A Christian Ministry in the National Parks.” She explained that some 300 college students, young couples and seminarians get jobs in...

Salisbury

For antiques buyers, a new museum and gift shop

LAKEVILLE — The beautiful white clapboard building on Main Street in Lakeville that once served as a doctor’s office now has a beautiful interior. Antique dealers Joni Beveridge and Tom Emerick described spending this winter unpacking an uncountable number of boxes from Naples, Fla., as they settled into their new New England home and set up shop. Black Squirrel Antiques has been open for two months now, and for those who only recall the building’s utilitarian medical setting, surprises await. 

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Assuming the worst in ’18

SALISBURY — Salisbury taxpayers are facing a tax increase of about 3.7 percent for 2017-18. 
That estimate was given by Board of Finance Chairman Bill Willis at the end the public hearing on the municipal and education budget proposals on Monday, April 10, at Town Hall.
The budget proposal from the Board of Selectmen is for $6,422,733, an increase of $274,740 (4.47 percent).
The budget proposal from the Board of Education is for $5,421,786, an increase of $162,561 (3.09 percent).

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Art, science, fire juggling at Mini Maker Faire

LAKEVILLE — “Maker” is a fairly broad term, so it’s not really a surprise that there was so much to see and do at this year’s Tri-State Mini Maker Faire. The event, cosponsored by the Hotchkiss School and Indian Mountain School (IMS), and held Sunday, April 9, at IMS, filled both the student center and the gymnasium, and stretched along the outdoor walkway between the two.

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Work begins on Lakeville roads

SALISBURY — The long-awaited Route 41/44 intersection project is underway, First Selectman Curtis Rand reported at the Monday, April 10, meeting of the Board of Selectmen.
Residents can expect considerable construction activity for the next five to six months.
The old railroad station building on Ethan Allen Street is the construction company’s headquarters for the duration.
The project includes reconfiguring the intersection, including rebuilding the stone wall. 

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New SCS principal likely to be chosen by June

SALISBURY — A search is underway for a new principal for Salisbury Central School.
Salisbury school board Chairman David Valcin said in a March 28 email that the position was posted “far and wide” on March 10, with an application deadline of April 21.
The search committee includes Valcin, Dave Bayersdorfer, Barrett Prinz, Natalia Smirnova and Jeff Lloyd. Region One Superintendent Patricia Chamberlain,  Assistant Superintendent Pam Vogel and current Salisbury Central Principal Lisa Carter are ex officio members.

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Salisbury budget plan shows caution

SALISBURY — The final budget proposals for 2017–18 town and education spending will be presented at a public hearing on Monday, April 10, 7:30 p.m. at Salisbury Town Hall.
The Board of Finance voted on Tuesday, March 28, to send the spending plans to the hearing. The board also voted to present the town’s share of teacher pensions as a separate item.

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Armchair Traveler: Tales from Uzbekistan

SALISBURY — The Silk Road is alive and well in Uzbekistan, according to Wendy Summer.
Summer spoke at the Scoville Memorial Library on Saturday, April 1, as part of the Armchair Traveler series of talks.
She had a slide show of images from a recent trip to Uzbekistan, which included vats of simmering silkworm cocoons and bolts of brightly colored fabrics for sale.

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Reviving Washinee Park with help from Hotchkiss

SALISBURY — It was spring cleanup day for Washinee Park in Salisbury on Wednesday, March 29.
Located behind Town Hall, the small parcel of land was founded as an official town park in 1919, when it was dedicated to “establish a public park and to plant trees as a memorial for those who participated in World War I.”
Over the years, the park was taken over by a variety of invasive plant species, in particular Oriental bittersweet.

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Scoville bells toll again

But no chimes   at midnight
SALISBURY — After years of silence, the time-keeping chimes can once again be heard emanating from the clock tower atop the Scoville Memorial Library in Salisbury. 
Some of them, anyway. 

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Holy days before Easter, explained

LAKEVILLE — For the Rev. Joseph Kurnath, also known as Father Joe, of Lakeville’s Church of Saint Mary, the lesson of Easter can be summed up in one line: “This is not all there is.”
Basically, there’s more. Life’s sorrows are just a part of the big picture — and Easter Sunday, the day that Christ was resurrected, is its full illumination. 
“He redeemed the human race for us,” Kurnath said.

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