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Great Barrington’s W.E. B. Du Bois Legacy Committee plans an ambitious day of activities to commemorate the controversial dedication, a half-century ago, of Du Bois Memorial Park on Route 23. Now maintained by the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, as the Du Bois Boyhood Homesite, the property is open to visitors in warmer months for self-guided walking tours. The event will be Friday, Oct. 18.

Randy Weinstein, chair of the Legacy Committee, believes the town has increasingly come to embrace its most famous native son. In 1969, there was considerable discomfort.

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Drought, winds mean early start to brush fires

karenb@lakevillejournal.com

The warm weather is encouraging residents to get a jump on spring yard cleanup. For many, the big chore this year is clearing away tree limbs — not only the typical winter debris, but leftovers from the late-October nor’easter.
But those planning to burn wood and brush outdoors are going to have to wait.

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Driver accused of killing Sheffield woman still held

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SHEFFIELD — No bond has been set for the Newtown, Conn., man blamed for the Feb. 28 Route 7 accident that claimed the life of a 24-year-old Sheffield woman and Hotchkiss School graduate, Moira Banks-Dobson.
Frederick Weller, 35, made his second appearance in Southern Berkshire District Court in Great Barrington March 8. The judge ordered that he remain incarcerated.

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Salisbury selectmen most highly paid in the region

cynthiah@lakevillejournal.com

The Northwestern Connecticut Council of Governments (COG) has just released its annual listing of salaries paid to town employees in the region. Towns in the Northwest Corner often refer to the list as they enter into the annual budget planning season. Charts showing all the information can be found at The Lakeville Journal’s website at www.tricornernews.com.
The COG is an organization based in Warren, Conn., made up of the first selectmen from nine Litchfield County towns, including all six towns in the Region One school district.

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‘Hot’ jazz and blues tonight in Simsbury

SIMSBURY — The First Church of Christ’s Cornerstone Concert Series presents an evening of hot jazz to melt away winter and set the stage for spring tonight, Friday, March 9, at 7 p.m.
Connecticut pianist Matt DeChamplain, who recently relocated to Toledo, Ohio, returns to the state along with his wife, vocalist Atla DeChamplain, for the appearance. They will perform with guitarist Doug Maher and bassist Matt Dwonszyk.
First Church is located at 689 Hopmeadow Street in Simsbury. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for students and seniors. There is a special family price of $25.

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Peaceful in the center

Winchester Center Congregational Church stands proudly amid recent snow.

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Nygren of New Hartford wins honors with Post’s Western team

WATERBURY — Amanda Nygren of New Hartford had an excellent showing during the Post University’s Western team’s first show of the semester on Feb. 11 at Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts.
Nygren won her horsemanship class at the event and placed fourth in the second show later in the day. Her teammate, senior and team coach Brooke Fowler of Meriden, earned second and third place in reining, and also placed fourth in horsemanship. 

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Program for immigrants

HARLEM VALLEY — The Foundation for Community Health has funded an innovative and collaborative program to help the immigrant community in eastern Dutchess County.
The foundation has funded Catholic Charities Community Services to assemble various women’s groups of kinship circles in eastern Dutchess County. The groups will meet monthly and the women will be encouraged to see themselves as a resource to each other, sharing collective experiences and identifying the kinds of information that they want to learn through presentations that will be arranged by them and for them.

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‘Crazy’ new novel by local author Judy Marshall

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DOVER — Judy Marshall is finding success with her first novel, “Crazy: A True Love Story.” Marshall is a Dover resident; she’s the owner of the former Judy’s Flowers in Wassaic, which has evolved into the eclectic Hamlet Country Store, on Route 22.
“It’s heartwarming and heartbreaking,” she said.
The novel takes place throughout Dutchess County and follows the lives of a married couple, Julie and Dan. It’s a story of love, infidelity and how Julie overcomes Dan’s indiscretions to forge ahead in their relationship.

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Library Gala 2012

COPAKE — The weather outside may — or may not — be frightful, but a committee of volunteers is already thinking spring and making plans for Gala 2012, the popular annual fundraiser for the Roeliff Jansen Community Library.
Gala Committee Co-chairs Cathy Oates, Pat Pollok and Laurie Shnayerson announced that Saturday, June 2, will be the date of the Gala, and that it will take place, as it did last year, at Camp Pontiac in West Copake.

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Salisbury selectmen most highly paid in the region

cynthiah@lakevillejournal.com, patricks@lakevillejournal.com

The Northwestern Connecticut Council of Governments (COG) has just released its annual listing of salaries paid to town employees in the region. Towns in the Northwest Corner often refer to the list as they enter into the annual budget planning season. Charts showing all the information can be found at The Lakeville Journal’s website at www.tricornernews.com.
The COG is an organization based in Warren, Conn., made up of the first selectmen from nine Litchfield County towns, including all six towns in the Region One school district.

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