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The top 30 students of the Salisbury-based tae kwon do team led by instructor Dylan Baker traveled to Holy Cross High School in Waterbury on Sunday, Oct. 1, for the 53rd annual Connecticut Yankee National Open Karate Tournament. Accompanying the young athletes were instructors Mike Thomas, James Murnane and Kirsten Haaland.

Competing against more than 250 other young martial arts practitioners, Baker’s team achieved top honors across the 150 age/rank divisions. They took home four fourth-place trophies, nine third-place, 25 second-place, 27 first-place and one Grand-Champion...

Salisbury

Welcoming and comforting all walks of life

SALISBURY — The Rev. Aaron Miller of Metropolitan Community Church in Hartford said that transgender people are particularly vulnerable to attempting suicide and to being verbally or sexually assaulted.
“Pastors and congregants may be the only people to offer unconditional love” in such cases.
Miller spoke at the Salisbury Congregational Church on Sunday, May 14, as part of the Peace Through Understanding series of talks.

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Unearthing, preserving mementos of the Great War

SALISBURY — Ghosts walk the streets of this historic town, and mingle comfortably with the living. History isn’t history here; it’s part of today, every day. Evidence of this was (again) abundant at the Scoville Memorial Library on Saturday, May 13, as a steady flow of people brought in old photos, medals, trench art and more to contribute to the state’s database of World War I mementos.

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See the church, see the steeple

SALISBURY — Recently a St. John’s Episcopal Church parishioner came out of the Salisbury Pharmacy, looked over at the church, and noticed the steeple seemed a little off-kilter.
He changed vantage points and looked some more.
He wasn’t imagining things. The steeple was definitely crooked.
He notified Father David Sellery, who got the ball rolling.

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Coming together in song and prayer

SALISBURY — A group of about 40 people came to Town Hall on a chilly evening, Thursday, May 4, for a National Day of Prayer observance.
Barbara Schoenly, the Northwest Corner coordinator for the National Day of Prayer, opened the ceremony, saying “America is in crisis, within and without. 
“If there’s ever been a time for prayer, it’s now.”
First Selectman Curtis Rand read a proclamation from Gov. Dannel P. Malloy.

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Bring WWI items to library May 13

SALISBURY — To commemorate the beginning of American involvement in The Great War a century ago, the State Library has begun a push to gather photographs, documents and some souvenirs (not including weapons) in the private collections of Connecticut residents. 
And because this is 2017, not 1917, those collections will be preserved in a digital format. 

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Please (please!) don’t feed the bears

SALISBURY — “A fed bear is a dead bear.”
So said Paul Colburn, a Master Wildlife Conservationist with the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP), who spoke to a packed house at Noble Horizons on Saturday, April 29.
Colburn is a volunteer, one of about 200 who are selected to undergo training for the conservationist program.
Part of his volunteer duties is to make presentations. Black bears are a popular topic.

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Protecting the planet and ourselves with plants

SALISBURY — Americans approach horticulture incorrectly. We are all about lawns and pretty designs; we give no thought or study to balancing diversity with aesthetics. Doug Tallamy is an expert on designing landscapes that layer native plants in three dimensions — length, width and, importantly, height — instead of the lawn-and-flowerbed approach favored by most Americans. He will explain why this is important to the survival of many species, even our own, at a Salisbury Forum presentation on Friday, May 12, at The Hotchkiss School.

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Learn how to fight invasives

Of the 12 land trusts, co-sponsoring the May 12 Salisbury Forum lecture by Doug Tallamy, three are also providing public education programs. Among them, the Salisbury Association Land Trust is mounting an exhibition entitled “Go Native” at the Salisbury Academy Building. It opens Saturday, May 6, with an opening reception from 4 to 6 p.m. 
A week after the Tallamy talk at The Hotchkiss School, two field workshops will demonstrate landscape management options to reverse invasive impact and enhance native plant ecosystems. 

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Being a good citizen and finding a career

SALISBURY — Officer Ed Norton of the State Environmental Conservation Police leaned nonchalantly on his ATV and fielded questions from Salisbury Central School students on Career Day, Friday, April 28.
His official title being a bit of a mouthful, Norton told the students that the officers are called many things.
“Game warden, fish police …”
He is one of six officers assigned to 43 towns in the northwest sector of the state.

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Sailing along on old songs and stories

SALISBURY — A group of singers from Salisbury Central School and North Canaan Elementary School, and residents of Noble Horizons combined forces with Michael Berkeley on Friday, April 28 for a program of classic Broadway show tunes.
Berkeley said the program, which took about a month to put together, was funded by a grant from the Northwest Connecticut Arts Council. The two generations worked together on songs and stories from the past, as part of the Bridging Generations series of workshops.

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