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SALISBURY — Serving 12 communities within northwestern Connecticut since 1904, the Salisbury Visiting Nurse Association (SVNA) recently promoted from within their organization by naming Stephanie Baldwin, RN, as their new Clinical Director.

“We are here as a support to keep people well,” Baldwin said, emphasizing interest in “getting people back to a state of wellness where they don’t need the services of the SVNA any longer.” 

“There’s a lot we can do and continue doing in the community,” Baldwin said. 

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Salisbury

C’mon, already, it’s time to open!

Rylan Soule of North Canaan was ready to take ice cream orders at the new attraction at the Salisbury Town Grove, a village with an ice cream shop, pet store and snack bar for the little ones to enjoy.

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Visionary gets upgrade (and Beats & watches)

LAKEVILLE — Visionary Computer has been visibly getting bigger and better. Last month, owner David Maffucci announced a major new improvement that might not be visible at first glance: Visionary is now the only independent retailer in the state that has earned Premier Partner status from Apple.

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How to write about killing your mother

SALISBURY — Holiday family gatherings can be joyous affairs around the grill, but they can also simmer with tension, bringing forth petty slights and unresolved grudges. If your family made if through the  July 4 holiday weekend without anyone murdered, you did better than King Agamemnon and his brood. 

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Plan approved for old firehouse

SALISBURY — The Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) unanimously approved an application from Seth Churchill for the former firehouse and adjacent building at 9 and 9A Sharon Road at the commission’s meeting Monday, June 26.
George Johanneson of Allied Engineering went through the proposal, which calls for a mix of uses: a “health food-type cafe,” and areas for exercise, yoga, massage, offices and storage.

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Snags seen in paving rules

A proposed regulation change was voted down after a lengthy public hearing of the Salisbury Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) on Monday, June 26.
The proposed change was to the town’s regulations concerning impervious surfaces in the Lake Protection Overlay Districts, and would have restricted the maximum impervious surface area on a lot to 10 percent.

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A meal and a meeting July 21

SALISBURY — Alia Al Ghanem and Zeina Mehio will prepare a Mediterranean dinner on Friday, July 21, at 7 p.m. at the Salisbury Congregational Church to benefit Salisbury’s Syrian refugee family. 
Mahmoud and Alia Al Ghanem and their seven children arrived here to escape the Syrian civil war. They fled their house in Aleppo one hour before it was bombarded. They first went to nearby Jordan, which is overrun with Syrian refugees. 

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An inside peek at how and where artists work

SALISBURY AND SHARON — Thirty-one area artists opened their studios to the curious and interested on the weekend of June 24 and 25. This year’s Open Your Eyes Studio Tour, sponsored by the Northwest Connecticut Arts Council, stretched from Salisbury, just this side of the Massachusetts line, all the way down to the farthest reaches of Sharon. Beautiful weather both days helped spur attendance at the wood shops, showrooms and ateliers throughout the region. Look in this week’s Compass for more photos.
— Bruce T. Paddock

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No coffee cups ... in recycling bins!

SALISBURY and SHARON — The blue recycling containers recently deployed in Sharon and Salisbury have been effective, for the most part, Barbara Bettigole reported at the monthly meeting of the two-town Transfer Station Recycling Advisory Committee (TRAC) at Sharon’s Town Hall on Wednesday, June 21.
There are 14 of the distinctive blue recycling containers in both towns, and for the most part they are being used properly, she said.

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Update on Lakeville road work

LAKEVILLE — The reconfiguration of Main Street in Lake–ville continues apace, according to First Selectman Curtis Rand.
In a phone interview on Monday, June 19, Rand said that the contractor, Mather Construction, is moving rapidly.
As of Monday morning, the crews had reached the crosswalk (by the post office), and work had begun at the stone wall at the intersection of Main Street and Sharon Road (aka routes 44 and 41).
Rand said small details crop up daily — the sidewalk height doesn’t match the curb height, for instance.

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SCS student goes to national convention

SALISBURY — Sage Wilson, who just finished the sixth grade at Salisbury Central School, was one of 90 students from Connecticut whose performance at the state Invention Convention earned an invitation to the National Invention Convention and Entrepreneurship Expo from June 1 through 3.
Sage is very interested in animals, and her invention — the Thermal Lammy Jammy — was tested out over the winter at Housatonic Valley Regional High School (HVRHS).

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