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SALISBURY — The Salisbury Central School (SCS) production of “The Wizard of Oz” played to large crowds over the weekend.

That it played at all was the result of student initiative.

SCS students asked Principal Lisa Carter if the school would sponsor a dramatic event, and Carter agreed.

Plays and similar activities have come under the auspices of SOAR, the after-school enrichment program, in recent years.

At the final show, on Sunday afternoon, May 21, Ayla Hill as Dorothy escaped from Miss Gulch, only to encounter the Wicked Witch of the...

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Looking back, Willis sees good and bad

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LAKEVILLE — Roberta Willis, a Democrat who represented the 64th District in the state House of Representatives from 2000 to 2016, said communications technology has changed how legislators go about their business.
Willis was interviewed at her Lakeville home on Thursday, Jan. 5. She announced her retirement from the Legislature in April 2016. She was replaced by Republican Brian Ohler of North Canaan.
Willis said the atmosphere in the Legislature has declined since she first went to Hartford.

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Forum to show film on Newtown

SALISBURY — Make no mistake: “Newtown,” Kim A. Snyder’s lovingly made documentary about the 2012 massacre of 20 kindergartners and first-graders and six teachers at the town’s Sandy Hook Elementary School is difficult to watch. 
 “Newtown” has been  called apolitical, but as you will see at its presentation in a Salisbury Film Forum in conjunction with the Millerton Moviehouse on Jan. 29, that is not entirely true. 

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Inklings of plans for town properties

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SALISBURY — The Board of Selectmen approved a couple of resolutions, made a couple of appointments, and looked ahead to what First Selectman Curtis Rand said would be “a busy year” at the board’s regular meeting Monday, Jan. 9.
Rand and Selectman Jim Dresser attended in person; Selectman Kitty Kiefer, who was ill, participated via speaker phone.

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A filmmaker’s call to action for clean water

SALISBURY — Filmmaker and Indian Mountain School teacher Fidel Moreno held back tears as he thanked the veterans.
In November and December of 2016, thousands of U.S. military veterans traveled to the Standing Rock Indian Reservation to support the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s resistance of the Dakota Access pipeline.

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Police seek information on child pornography suspect

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LAKEVILLE — Connecticut State Police arrested a 53-year-old Salisbury resident on Dec. 15, following an undercover investigation that began in July.

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State squeezes funds from NW Corner towns and schools again

LAKEVILLE — Connecticut municipalities face additional education and local capital improvement aid cuts as the Connecticut General Assembly begins a long session and Governor Dannel P. Malloy prepares a proposal for the next two-year budget.
Legislative leaders and mayors, town managers and first selectmen were informed of the impending cuts in a Dec. 29 letter from Benjamin Barnes, secretary of the state Office of Policy and Management (OPM).

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Year in review 2016: Construction in the library and on the roads, land bought and more

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SALISBURY —  One of the biggest stories of the year in Salisbury was the renovation of the Scoville Memorial Library, which closed in January. The work was completed in summer and an opening party was held in August.

The renovation was generally received enthusiastically. Board of Trustees President Noel Sloane said that fundraising efforts for the project netted $1.6 million.

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Standing Rock, seen up close, in new film

SALISBURY — There is a moment early on in the rough cut of Fidel Moreno’s new film, “Standing Behind Standing Rock,” when a young Red Warrior, a black bandanna hiding his identity, talks about a hundred-year-old battle site recently unearthed during the laying of the pipeline in South Dakota. Poignantly, he speaks directly into the camera to describe what had happened: “They have desecrated those graves. Disturbed their slumber. 

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Year in Review 2016: All the noise about LRP

LIME ROCK, Conn. — The legal battle over Lime Rock Park’s (LRP) attempt to add Sunday racing to its scheduled moved slowly during 2016. Considerable time, energy and resources were expended by both the track and the Lime Rock Citizens Council, both in court and in the court of public opinion.
A recap: In September 2015, LRP went to court to try to amend the injunction governing the days and hours of operation at the auto racing track.

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The original lock-up and how the road got its name

SALISBURY — At Litchfield was the county jail. There was no place of detention in Salisbury during the 18th century. The first place of detention in 1824 was a barred room in the Town Farm on Farnam Road. This was later replaced by a small brick building behind and adjacent to the cemetery in back of Town Hall, where the drunks picked up on the streets could sober up.  

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