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The Salisbury Volunteer Ambulance Service (SVAS) has started a “Campaign for a New Ambulance.”

The SVAS volunteers want to buy a new ambulance on a Ford F-450 chassis. The price is steep: $250,000.

The ambulance that SVAS wishes to replace is 20 years old, does not meet new state standards, and lacks updated technology.

And, according to Pat Barton, the SVAS chief of service, the undercarriage is rusty.

“Nobody wants to be Fred Flintstone,” she said in an interview on Saturday, Feb. 11.

Upgrading the current...

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New bill will protect pollinator bees

cynthiah@lakevillejournal.com

Bees have begun to buzz around local plants and gardens as the weather has turned mild again. That’s actually a big deal, following several years of concern that bee populations were dying off.
The black-and-yellow pollinators are an essential part of the farm economy. State Rep. Roberta Willis (D-64) and her colleagues in Hartford are taking steps to further protect them, with SB 231, “An Act Concerning Pollinator Health.”

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Wild and Scenic designation goes to governor

patricks@lakevillejournal.com

The bill designating the Housatonic River as Wild and Scenic, sponsored by state Rep. Roberta Willis (D-64) and state Sen. Clark Chapin (R-30), passed the state House Monday, May 2, and now goes to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy for his signature.
The Wild and Scenic designation covers the river from the Massachusetts border in North Canaan downstream to New Milford. Those two towns, plus Salisbury, Sharon, Falls Village, Cornwall and Kent, all supported the bill.

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Torrington UConn campus to close

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TORRINGTON — The trustees of the University of Connecticut voted last week to close the Torrington campus, effective Friday, May 6. 
Commencement ceremonies for the final class at the campus will be held on Saturday, May 7, and Sunday, May 8.
Discussions on closing the campus took place over several months. 

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Primary election results from April 26 voting in area towns

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What’s new at CAMA? Nothing

cythiah@lakevillejournal.com

KENT, Conn. — The annual spring power-up of the Connecticut Antique Machinery Association (CAMA) on its grounds on Route 7 is an odd mix of high tech and low tech. Or rather, it’s very high tech but mainly in a late 19th- and early 20th-century kind of way.

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Stimulating event promised in Kent

cythiah@lakevillejournal.com

KENT, Conn. — Last year, when Kent residents Ben and Donna Rosen started to talk about their big idea for an ideas festival to be held here, called KentPresents, it was easy to be skeptical that they’d pull it off. 

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Two candidates emerge for 64th House seat in November

Brian Ohler
cynthiah@lakevillejournal.com

Brian Ohler of North Canaan announced last week that he plans to seek the Republican nomination for the 64th House District seat. 
State Rep. Roberta Willis said in April that she will retire in January, after her eighth two-year term in office.

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Two candidates emerge for 64th House seat in November

William Riiska
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Democrat William O. Riiska, who ran for the state Senate’s 30th District in 2012 and 2014, has announced he plans to seek the Democratic nomination for the 64th House District seat. 
State Rep. Roberta Willis said in April that she will retire in January, after her eighth two-year term in office.

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Foreign correspondent’s thrills, chills

CORNWALL — When Keith Johnson came to Time magazine, the style to emulate, he said, was to be “concise, to avoid repetition, and to develop an arc for the story that progressed smoothly from the lede through the body of the article to its ending — preferably in a snappy ‘kicker.’” 

He’s still got it.

Iran and how it got that way

Salisbury Forum
patricks@lakevillejournal.com

SALISBURY — Firoozeh Kashani-Sabet saw the 1979 revolution firsthand.

She was a schoolgirl at the time, watching American television shows and going to a school located in a part of Tehran where protests erupted.

She came to the United States in 1981 at “a touchy moment” — the end of the hostage crisis.

Enrolled at The Hotchkiss School, she recalled, “I was never insulted for being Iranian.”

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