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SALISBURY — A hearty and determined throng of holiday revelers defied the wretched weather Sunday evening, Dec.2, and came to The White Hart in Salisbury to meet Santa Claus, consume improving beverages, eat cookies and sing Christmas carols — all prior to the lighting of the Christmas tree on the town Green. 

Michael Brown led the singing, with the Salisbury Band Christmas Brass and Hot Chocolate Society accompanying.

Santa Claus was busy in a room just off the lobby, with a line of parents and small children stretching back into the rear of the inn....

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Salisbury budgets pass, 34-0

SALISBURY — Voters unanimously approved the 2018-19 municipal and school budgets in Salisbury at a town meeting on Wednesday, May 9.
By a vote of 34-0, the town meeting approved total expenditures of $15,673,016, for town government, Salisbury Central School and the town’s share of the Region One budget.
The town government budget for 2018-19 is $6,609,060, an increase of $186,327 (2.9 percent).
The Salisbury Central School budget is $5,548,188, an increase of $126,402 (2.33 percent).

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Salisbury to look at affordable housing

SALISBURY — The Salisbury Board of Selectmen agreed to adopt the Affordable Housing Commission’s affordable housing plan at a special meeting Tuesday, May 15.
Commission members and other interested parties presented the plan to the selectmen at the regular monthly meeting May 7, but the selectmen decided to take a week to think it over.
First Selectman Curtis Rand emphasized that by adopting the plan, the selectmen are not trying to usurp the authority of the Planning and Zoning Commission, nor of the town meeting.

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Hope for unity on National Day of Prayer

SALISBURY — The annual National Day of Prayer on Thursday, May 3, was observed in several area towns; in Salisbury the ceremony was at the Congregational Church.
Barbara Schoenly opened with a remark from Abraham Lincoln, about faith:
“I have been driven many times upon my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had nowhere else to go.”
“America is broken,” continued Shoenly. “Discord is undeniable, and unity is missing.
“America needs God now more than any time in our generation.”

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Holley Block could be housing

SALISBURY — The Salisbury Board of Selectmen received a plan for affordable housing from the Affordable Housing Commission at the selectmen’s meeting Monday, May 7.
The plan (available online at www.salisburyct.us.affordablehousing, click on “Salisbury housing forum”) is required by state statute, similar to town plans of conservation and development.
The commission has been looking for suitable sites in town for the development of affordable housing. The site they have identified is called the Holley Block.

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Yoakum, proud friend of HYSB

SALISBURY — Alice Yoakum was honored with the Housatonic Youth Service Bureau’s (HYSB)Donald T. Warner Service Award on Saturday, April 28, in a room overflowing with her admirers at The White Hart inn. 
She also received an official citation from the General Assembly, from State Rep. Brian Ohler (R-64) and State Sen. Craig Miner (R-30), who were both in attendance. 
The citation  recognized Yoakum’s “faithful, honorable and selfless service” Ohler said.

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Beer, vodka: the roadside drinks of choice

SALISBURY — A 1.3 mile stretch of Taconic Road in Salisbury is now a little cleaner, after a team headed by Jean Saliter spent a few hours on Saturday, April 21, picking up trash.
The occasion was Earth Day (which was on Sunday, April 22). 
The participants were Saliter, Digby Brown, state Rep. Brian Ohler (R-64) and a surprise guest: state Sen. Craig Miner (R-30), looking especially rustic.

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Solving the mystery of faces in decades-old photos

SALISBURY — An exhibit from Salisbury School, “Black History in Rural Connecticut,” opened Saturday, April 21, at the Salisbury Association’s Academy building on Main Street in Salisbury.
Salisbury School music teacher Peter McEachern designed the course after finding a cache of photos in his home, the former Fowlkes house, dating back to the 1930s. 

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Keeping invasives from spreading like wildfire

SALISBURY — Students from The Hotchkiss School in Lakeville helped with the annual spring clean-up and maintenance at Washinee Park, just up the street from Salisbury Town Hall, on Wednesday afternoon, April 11.

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Salisbury spending up, but modestly

SALISBURY — A small crowd of about 13 people (mostly town officials) attended the April 9 budget public hearing at Salisbury Town Hall. 
Salisbury Central School Principal Stephanie Magyar presented the total education spending plan, including the elementary school plus the regional education costs.

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Making work fun at career day

SALISBURY — “Open!” said State Trooper Will Veras. 
Dexter, the German shepherd, happily trotted over to Veras’ police car, neatly opened the rear left passenger door, and hopped in.
The Salisbury Central School students were suitably impressed. 
Just to drive the point home, Veras and Dexter repeated the move two more times.

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