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Classrooms will see 16 new teachers when classes begin Aug. 26 in the Region One School District, which includes the elementary schools in Canaan/Falls Village, Cornwall, Kent, Sharon, Salisbury and North Canaan, as well as Housatonic Valley Regional High School (HVRHS). Not pictured are Audra Leach, Danielle Melino, Elizabeth Frost and Kiera Bisenius.

 

Maddie Cutler is the new fourth grade teacher at North Canaan Elementary...

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Bysiewicz updates towns on state budget, more

GOSHEN — Lt. Gov. Susan Bysiewicz (D) visited the Northwest Hills Council of Governments (COG) on Thursday, June 13, to talk about the state budget.
COG is an organization made up of the first selectmen from 21 area towns; they meet monthly in Goshen.

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The elusive Pentecost story

After casually searching for 35 years, I found a copy of “Alfred Hitchcock’s Daring Detectives,” a collection of short crime stories published in 1969. I purchased it for 50 cents at a library used book sale.
Why did I want the hardcover? It reprints a crime tale by Judson Philips (1904-1989) of East Canaan.
I will tell you a little about Philips as a companion to an essay about his co-founder of Sharon Playhouse, Guernsey LePelley (May 30 issue). The theater is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year.

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Blood drives save lives: One woman’s story of the ultimate donation

HARLEM VALLEY — One week after the birth of her second daughter, Hillsdale’s Jennifer Wakamatsu was happily at home with her family. She had been to the doctor that very day and all was well. Then, all of a sudden, it wasn’t. With no warning at all, Wakamatsu started to hemorrhage and was rushed to the hospital.
By the time she was able to return home three days later, she had lost 50% of the blood in her body. Only the transfusion of seven pints of blood saved her life.

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Peony Watch

While the ants that typically cover peony buds may look alarmingly like an army of invaders, they are, in fact, the opposite. The peonies have invited them in, by secreting sweet nectar at bud stage for the express purpose of attracting ants. 
Once effectively lured, the ants act as tiny protectors, eating other insects that would otherwise harm the buds before they get the chance to bloom.

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Pathways for predators, prey, humans

One morning as I was walking down a country road, a bobcat crossed ahead of me. I barely saw it because, instead of running over the blacktop, it dashed under the road through a narrow culvert, pausing on the other side to watch my approach before disappearing into the deeper cover of the woods. The channel was dry and the diameter of the tunnel no wider than a large pizza. There was no barrier to it going over the top. It clearly preferred the option of keeping to the shadows.

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Learn the ins and outs of the theater through summer internship

ANCRAM — Stage struck opera enthusiasts and others interested in helping nonprofit organizations obtain funding have great opportunity to gain valuable experience while supporting the well known Ancram Opera House. 

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ANCRAM — Stage struck opera enthusiasts and others interested in helping nonprofit organizations obtain funding have great opportunity to gain valuable experience while supporting the well known Ancram Opera House. 

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In appreciation: Robert ‘Bullet’ Sherwood (1946-2019): A man of many talents

You didn’t have to be a Salisbury native to know who Robert “Bullet” Sherwood was. You only had to be paying just a little bit of attention to realize that there was a big, gruff, bearded guy with piercing blue eyes directing traffic at pretty much every car accident or fire in the area and at every marquee event in town, like the Fall Festival for example. 

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Farmers look for creative ways around mud

This past April was the second wettest on record in Connecticut. Farmers of all stripes have been contending with saturated land, unseasonably cool soil temperatures and wet leaves.
According to University of  Connecticut (UConn) Extension educator Shuresh Ghimere, “Planting has been delayed because growers could not get in with their equipment. Farmers across the state have been experiencing soil erosion and compaction on fields and access roads due to high rainfall. Plant growth has been slow.” 

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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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