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Rejoice and Francis Tapon: A love of life, travel and each other

SALISBURY — The longer I live in Salisbury the less I feel the need to travel. As one local friend said, there is no need to go anywhere else because eventually everyone you will ever want to meet will come here. Of course they will — even travel champions Francis and Rejoice Tapon, who climbed nearly all of the tallest peaks in Africa before arriving in Salisbury last week. 

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Mr. Sullivan goes to Salisbury

The Salisbury School’s journalism class, with teacher Jonathan Siff, visited The Lakeville Journal’s new Falls Village office on April 10 to get some pointers on putting a newspaper together.
In a rare burst of altruism, I volunteered to follow up with the students and help them with their articles. We all met in early May, for two class periods.
As a group we discussed structure. 
With individuals, we worked on conforming to Associated Press style. 

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The show goes on in D.C.

WASHINGTON D.C. -— Since its opening in August, a Smithsonian exhibit titled “Narwhal, Revealing an Arctic Legend” has been drawing people to the National Museum of Natural History in Washington D.C.
Just before the opening, I had interviewed local dentist, Dr. Martin Nweeia, whose lifelong research into the narwhal is captured in this exhibit. Nicknamed the unicorn of the ocean because of its protruding single or double tooth-like structure, an 18-foot model of this North Atlantic whale is suspended from the ceiling, a focal point to draw visitors in.

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Aton Forest: unique habitat

Many may not be aware that tucked in-between Norfolk and Colebrook against the Massachusetts line is an ecological research station called Aton Forest Inc.
The forest itself preserves over 2,300 acres of habitat unique to the state. With an elevation of 1,250 to 1,655 feet, and part of the Berkshire Plateau, the forest’s flora and fauna has a northern character. Wildlife include moose and loons, despite the fact that Connecticut is very far south for them to breed. 

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Historic Scoville mansion is for sale

Down a long, landscaped, tree-lined avenue in Salisbury sits a home in search of an owner. The requirements? Must love character and history, and have $6 million on hand. 

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The Housatonic River

A place of community

We tend to think of nature as something “out there.” It’s as if we’re just a set of eyes, looking through glass at a world on the other side.
But the natural environment can be — and for some people, in some moments, it is — experienced differently.
On Wednesday, April 27, I joined the Housatonic Valley Association (HVA)’s Source-to-Sound paddle adventure.

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When do flags fly at half-staff (or half-mast)?

During a recent visit to Kent Town Hall, this reporter asked Town Clerk Darlene Brady why the flag outside was flying at half-staff. She referred the reporter to the town’s website at www.townofkentct.org, where there is a link called “flag update.”
It turned out the flag was flying at half-staff (or is it “half-mast?”) in honor of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, who died on Feb. 13. 

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Cyclists turn out for Rail Ride

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Each year as the calendar turns to summer, sports fans shift their focus away from the more mainstream team-based sports such as basketball, football, hockey and soccer and, for a few short weeks, turn their attention to the athletic accomplishments of the individual.

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Taking a look at The Wassaic Project

gabrieln@millertonnews.com

On Thursday, June 25, I joined fellow reporters (most of them there via Metro-North) for a press outing around The Wassaic Project.

As I imagine Millerton News readers are already familiar with the project and its work, a regular news story seemed maybe not the most useful way to report my day. I was therefore given the green light to do something else: I’m going to share my personal experience first hand.

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At FIFA World Cup, U.S. women make the crown their goal

This is  the time of year when the soccer world comes together for one month and celebrates national pride and a love for the game at the FIFA World Cup. Last year was the men’s turn to entertain the world. 

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