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SALISBURY — Unexpectedly, the state road through the center of Salisbury  could get significantly safer in the coming months, thanks to efforts by a grassroots group and by First Selectman Curtis Rand.

There have been several instances in recent years of cars hitting pedestrians on Route 44, including one that occurred in September. The woman in the crash was injured but survived.

Other incidents have resulted in significant injuries and even one fatality. The husband of the woman killed in December 2017  when a car hit her as she crossed the street...

Salisbury

From walls of necessity to walls of human engineering

SALISBURY — David Frye, professor of history at Eastern Connecticut State University and author of the recently published “Walls: A History of Civilization in Blood and Brick,” said he did not set out to write a political book, and backed it up by not talking about politics — at least, not contemporary politics.
Frye spoke at Noble Horizons on Saturday, March 30.
He said the effort that eventually produced “Walls” began as he considered the idea of civilization vs. outsiders.

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Be ready for still more bears rifling trash

SALISBURY — Black bears are back in Connecticut, Paul Rego from the Wildlife Division of the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) told a standing-room only crowd at the Scoville Memorial Library on Saturday afternoon, March 30.
That’s not news for most Northwest Corner residents. But what is more suprising is that the heaviest population of the ursines is not in this part of the state. 
Yes, they like the woods

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Song and story night at Scoville

SALISBURY — Danny Tieger sang songs with toddlers and pre-schoolers on Thursday, March 21, at a family literacy night at the Scoville Memorial Library. More  than 50 people attended the event, which was hosted by Housatonic Child Care Center and funded by the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation. After pizza was served, librarian Molly Salisbury read “Whistle for Willy,” by Ezra Jack Keats. Each child received a copy of the book to take home.

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Neo in Salisbury opens to applause

SALISBURY — They tried to have a quiet slow opening for their restaurant, to give the staff a chance to work out the kinks. 
But fate and the eager diners of Salisbury had other plans for Neo restaurant, which opened (quietly) on Main Street on Tuesday, March 19, in the space most recently occupied by the restaurant Below the Salt. 

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At Region One Arts Day, ‘don’t hurry, don’t worry’

LAKEVILLE — Calliope Brass, a brass quintet (plus puppeteer and storyteller) kicked off the annual Arts Day at The Hotchkiss School on Wednesday, March 13.
Arts Day sees fourth-grade students from all six Region One towns come to the private school campus for a day of performances and workshops with artists of all stripes.
Joel Schapira gave the morning workshop group instructions for making A Room With a View using a cigar box and a wide range of materials.

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Making an artistic point

Printmaker Charlie Noyes, center, made a point to Joey Sherwood, left, North Canaan Elementary School, Hadley Casey, right, Salisbury Central School, and other students from Region One during the annual Arts Day at The Hotchkiss School on Wednesday, March 13. Story, more photos, see At Region One Arts Day, ‘don’t hurry, don’t worry.’

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Why we build walls and how we use them

SALISBURY — Historian David Frye will discuss his new book, “Walls: A History of Civilization in Blood and Brick,” at Noble Horizons on Saturday, March 30, at  11 a.m.
Frye, who teaches ancient and medieval history at Eastern Connecticut State University, said in a phone interview Friday, March 15, that the book goes back to the first “historically affirmed” example of a border wall, built in ancient Sumeria about 4,000 years ago.

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Lambs are here, can warm weather be far?

The lambs have arrived at Weatogue Farm in Salisbury. They are, along with cautious daffodils and early robins, indicators that snow and frost will soon give way to mud and warmer temperatures. It also means that the spring/summer season of gardening will begin soon. For fans, the annual plant sale at Weatogue Farm begins this year on May 17 and will continue for several weeks; for details, go to www.weatoguefarm.com or call 860-435-0345.

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Salisbury budgets up at first look

SALISBURY — The Salisbury Board of Finance got its first look at the proposed budgets for 2019-20 from the Board of Selectmen and the Board of Education on Thursday, March 7.
The selectmen’s proposal is for $6,992,989, an increase of $383,929 (5.8 percent).
The budget proposal for Salisbury Central School is $5,743,829, an increase of $195,641 (3.53 percent).

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Hope Fitting weds Tavaris Douglas

LAKEVILLE — Hope Lindsay Fitting and Gunnery Sergeant Tavaris J. Douglas were joined in marriage on Nov. 17, 2018, in Palm Coast, Fla. The bride’s brother-in-law, Peter O’Neill, officiated. The proud parents were Michael and Melinda Fitting of Palm Coast, formerly of Lakeville and Sheffield, Mass. and  Brenda and Reginald W. Douglas Sr. of Prairieville, La. The newlyweds now reside in Oahu, Hawaii. A honeymoon is planned for later this year.

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