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Perfect weather allowed Northwest Corner residents and visitors to enjoy a full weekend of events celebrating American independence. The fun included fireworks at Lime Rock Park on Friday, July 5; and the annual picnic at the Salisbury Grove on July 4. Victoria Bellanca, Jamila Ahmad Al Ghanem and Riley Marshall were among the Salisbury Central School students who sold popcorn and other foods at the Grove on July 4, to raise money for the eighth-grade trip next year. For more coverage, see Tradition, history and fun are centerpieces...

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District voters cast ballots for school budget vote and BOE members

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HARLEM VALLEY — The blustery weather brought a strong showing of Harlem Valley voters to the polls last Tuesday, May 21, to cast their ballots in the annual school district budget vote and Board of Education (BOE) elections. 
Webutuck
Open from noon to 9 p.m., the North East (Webutuck) Central School District organized its annual school budget vote in the Webutuck High School gymnasium.

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Bear aggressive with state trooper

Photographer Scott Whalen snapped this very intimate photo of a large black bear on a warm early evening on Monday, May 20, in Lime Rock. 
While bears are becoming an increasingly common sight in the Northwest Corner, remember not to step too close for a photo or any other kind of interaction (long lenses are recommended for photos).
A bear attack was reported by the State Police at Troop L on that same day (May 20 at about 1:30 p.m.) in Burlington, which is just east of Torrington. 

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What the federal Farm Bill has to do with our dinner

What was affordable at the grocery store this week? Was there a farmers market nearby? If so, what mix of the market’s vendors were able to keep their businesses afloat this year? And could you afford to buy what they were selling? 
What ends up on our plates has a lot to do with a big piece of federal legislation called the Farm Bill. 

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Sketching out the Sharon Playhouse

Guernsey LePelley (1910-1990) was the Northwest Corner’s busiest cartoonist in the 1950s, providing the Christian Science Monitor with two drawings a day.
“We moved to Sharon in 1940 because we liked it,” LePelley told The Lakeville Journal in a story appearing June 8, 1950. That was a compliment to the town, considering the LePelleys had lived at one time or another in Cambridge, Mass., Highland Park,Ill., Los Angeles, Dallas and Venice, Fla. The LePelleys also lived in Salisbury before building a cottage in Sharon.

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Save Craryville wants to limit fueling positions at proposed gas station

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COPAKE — As part of their ongoing opposition to GRJH, Inc.’s proposal for a gas station in the hamlet of Craryville, members of the Save Craryville coalition have voiced concerns about the project over the last few months, from storm-water management and on-site wastewater disposal in February to local water contamination in April. At the recent Copake Planning Board meeting on Thursday, May 2, David Gordon, an environmental and land use attorney, represented Save Craryville and its request to reduce the number of fueling positions from 12 to six.

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Horsepower fuels Full Circus Farm

This is part five in a series of articles on Community Supported Agriculture (CSAs) in the Tri-state region. To find the first four articles, go to www.tricornernews.com.
 

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Schedules for Memorial Day ceremonies

Schedules for ceremonies
Memorial Day observances will be held throughout the region on Monday, May 27. 
Cornwall
Virginia Gold will lead a ceremony to decorate the graves of veterans of all wars at 9 a.m., at The North Cornwall Cemetery on Rattlesnake Road in West Cornwall. She represents the fifth generation of her family to lead participants since her great-great-grandfather began the practice in 1868. Those attending are encouraged to bring their own flowers.

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Gently getting rid of the voles

I have learned something important about moles and voles: Only one of them is damaging my perennial flower beds. 
The eastern mole is insectivorous and eats grubs, earthworms and other insects. The meadow vole eats plants, seeds and tubers. It is especially fond of some of the native wildflowers I have been assiduously establishing for more than 15 years in my gardens. I’ve been falsely accusing the mole of the vole’s handiwork.

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Memorial Day observances

HARLEM VALLEY — The following are local Memorial Day parades and observances:
Amenia
The town of Amenia’s Memorial Day Ceremony and Veteran’s Parade will take place on Monday, May 27, at 11 a.m. at Fountain Square at M&T Bank, 4958 Route 22. The parade will step off at 10:45 a.m. with the ceremony to follow at Fountain Square.
This event is sponsored by VFW Post 5444.

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Copake Falls Fun Day

COPAKE FALLS — Time spent exploring vintage toys and games at Copake Falls’ Roeliff Jansen Historical Society Family Fun Day on Saturday, May 18, will be far more than mere child’s play. Just ask board president Lesley Doyel, a well known expert in museum education, who will join fellow board members as she shares her expertise along with valued items from her family’s collection.

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