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SALISBURY — The 178th anniversary of the royal wedding between Queen Victoria and her German-born first cousin, Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, in 1840 was on Saturday, Feb 10. 

A week later, the Scoville Memorial Library commemorated the date in its Era of Elegance series of lectures. Costume historian and museum consultant Lynn Zacek Bassett spoke to the library on Feb. 17 about Victoria, Victorian garb and even “Victoria,” the much-watched Masterpiece Theater series airing on PBS. 

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Salisbury

Al Ghanem family is welcomed

SALISBURY — The Salisbury Congregational Church hosted a dinner on Friday, July 21, to officially welcome the Al Ghanem family into the community. 
The family, who moved from Aleppo, Syria, to Salisbury in August 2016, have been in the process of transitioning into American life and, thanks to the community, have been doing very well.
When they first arrived in the U.S., the only word of English they knew was “Hartford,” because Mahmoud Al Ghanem wanted to know the capital of the state they were going to be living in. 

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Rejected by its parents, eaglet saved by Audubon

SALISBURY — An ailing young eagle sought shelter at a home in the Amesville section of Salisbury last week, and eventually ended up in the care of the Audubon Center in Sharon. 
On Wednesday morning,  July 19, John Sprague got out of bed, looked out his window and saw something sitting on a chair in his yard. The thing turned out to be a large bird, which hung around the house all day, sometimes disappearing into the nearby woods but then always reappearing. 

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Lobster sales help ambulance corps

LAKEVILLE — The Masons of Montgomery Lodge No. 13 in Lakeville sold roughly 585 lobsters at their monthly sale on Saturday, July 15.

Proceeds from the May sales always go to a local nonprofit. Bill Palmer, worshipful master of the lodge, said, “We’ve been doing this for 56 years; we vote on the recipient.” This year’s vote was for the Salisbury Volunteer Ambulance Service. At the July 15 sale, Palmer said, “Earlier today we gave them a check for $2,500,” earned from the sale of more than 475 lobsters at the May event.

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Efforts made at hearing to derail transfer station

SALISBURY — The public hearing before the Planning and Zoning Commission on the proposed Salisbury-Sharon Transfer Station was continued after the third consecutive three-hour session (on Monday, July 17) was dominated by criticisms and complaints from neighbors.
The next installment is Monday, Aug. 21, at 6:30 p.m. (not 6:45 p.m.) at Town Hall.
After considerable discussion between the public and the commissioners, and among the commissioners themselves, the decision was made to continue the hearing in order to receive new information.

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Vote in August on school renovation

SALISBURY — The Board of Selectmen will call a town meeting in Salisbury for either Thursday, Aug. 3, or Thursday, Aug. 10, to ask voters for approval of a $2.25 million bond for renovations at Salisbury Central School (SCS).
At their regular monthly meeting on Monday, July 10, First Selectman Curtis Rand said the SCS building project is a “distillation of an expensive proposal” put forth a couple of years ago.
Last month the Board of Finance recommended the project to town meeting.

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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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