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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,...

Salisbury

Veterans honored on centenary of World War I

SALISBURY — Salisbury’s veterans were honored at two events last week.
Salisbury Central School honored the town’s veterans at an assembly on Friday, Nov. 9.
The entire assembly — veterans, students, faculty, staff, and visitors — began with the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by “America,” sung by the students. 
The veterans then introduced themselves. Jeff Haegler is currently on active duty with the Army, and Brian Sangster works for the Army as a civilian employee.

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100 years after World War I ended

Hayley McGarry read a poem, “On Veterans Day,” on  Sunday, Nov. 11, as a color guard looked on at a ceremony at Salisbury’s Town Hall. 

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Reasons for hope on climate

SALISBURY — Joshua R. Ginsberg is a “glass half full” guy. That is why his presentation to a Salisbury Forum on Nov. 9 is titled “Why I am an Environmental Optimist.”

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The mysteries of electronic photograph editing

SALISBURY — Having trouble sorting the photographs on your smart phone, tablet or computer? 
Or finding it difficult to edit the photos?
Or even finding them once they have disappeared into the innards of the device?
Photographer Thad Kubis helped a group of 15 people with these and other problems at the Scoville Memorial Library on Saturday, Nov. 3.
What was immediately apparent is that the method that works with one device likely does not work on another. 

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In village: The bears are back

SALISBURY — Salisbury First Selectman Curtis Rand told the Board of Selectmen that bears have returned to the Salisbury village area in search of garbage. The board held its regular monthly meeting at Town Hall Monday, Nov. 5.
Over the summer there were several bear sightings in the village area. One bear was captured by the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. The bear was taken a short distance away and actively discouraged from returning.
Selectman Chris Williams asked when the bears will go to sleep for the winter.

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$1 million more needed to finish transfer station

SALISBURY — The members of both the building committee for the Salisbury-Sharon Transfer Station and the Salisbury-Sharon Resource Recovery Authority, in a joint meeting, unanimously voted to ask the two towns for additional money to make up the shortfall between the winning bid for the new facility and the amount approved by town meetings in 2016.
The various members expressed their reluctance to do so, but ultimately agreed there was little choice.

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The songs of World War 1, a century later, at library

SALISBURY — Musicians Rick Spencer and Dawn Indermuehle entertained an audience at the Scoville Memorial Library in Salisbury with songs from the World War 1 era on Saturday afternoon, Oct. 20.
Spencer sang and played guitar and banjo, and Indermuehle contributed vocals and banter.
Between songs the two provided historical context. 
The duo began with “It’s a Long Way to Tipperary.” Most of the audience knew the words to the chorus, at least, and sang along.

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Not your grandmother’s $100 bill — if she’d had one

SALISBURY — The threat of a nor’easter did not deter a capacity audience from attending a lecture at Noble Horizons on Saturday, Oct. 27. Douglas Crane recounted the history of the Crane Paper Co. from its 18th-century beginnings to the present day. 
In addition to top-of-the-line stationery products, Crane is the only paper producer to engineer and create the paper that American currency has been printed on, since the nation was founded. 

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Notable ‘Nutmeggers’ collected in one book

SALISBURY — Author and historian Eric D. Lehman told an audience at Noble Horizons on Friday, Oct. 26, that the state of Connecticut “has punched above its weight, so to speak, for centuries” in terms of influential residents.
Lehman was promoting his latest book, “Connecticut Vanguards: Historic Trailblazers and Their Legacies.”
The book covers 24 notable Nutmeggers, including Jonathan Edwards, Katharine Hepburn and P.T. Barnum.

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Crazy good time at Mad Hatters Ball

SALISBURY — It’s possible that John Pogue’s sombrero got the whole thing started, although no one specifically admitted that was what happened. 
For whatever reason, Habitat for Humanity of Northwest Connecticut chose hats as the theme for this year’s fundraising party,  calling it the Mad Hatters Cocktail Party and Ball. 
The madness happened on Saturday, Oct. 27, at the Grove recreation building. 

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