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Turning Back The Pages 2-24-11

Turning Back The Pages

75 years ago — February 1936

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Hawks and owls in the snow

Nature's Notebook

When it comes to finding food, even the strongest birds of prey have a tough time in winters with lots of snow. Why? Rodents, which are the preferred food for these birds, are, by and large, tunneled under the snow.
It’s warmer down there, and they can forage for nuts and grains out of harm’s way.
Hawks can sometimes switch over to birds for food — if they are fast enough to catch them. As a result, you may be seeing some increased hawk activity at your bird feeder.

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Curbing the costs of home sweet home

The Lakeville Journal Editorial

Affordable housing. It’s a touchy subject. Just look at the controversy surrounding the subject in the village of Millerton, where a proposed affordable housing development has been mired in a thicket of unmet deadlines, empty escrow accounts, half-finished reviews, unfulfilled grant requirements and an outraged community. At the end of it all sits an empty lot seven years in the making.

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So is it cancer-causing to continually use cell phones?

EarthTalk

Dear EarthTalk: What’s the latest research on the question of whether cell phone use causes cancer?
William Thigpen
via e-mail
 
Cell phones have only been in widespread use for a couple of decades, which is far too short a time for us to know conclusively whether or not using them could cause cancer. Research thus far appears to indicate that most of us have little if anything to worry about.

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Earth, and more planets with life: how life begins, where it may go

The Inventive Mind

Earlier this month, astronomers monitoring the data from the Kepler satellite observatory, which has been orbiting the sun since being launched from Cape Canaveral in 2009, released a list of 400 stars that are most likely to be able to nurture life on the planets within their solar systems. Referred to as being in the “Goldilocks” zones (not too cold, not too hot, but just right to hold liquid water), these are the planets with ideal conditions to support life.

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Sense on ‘Plate Gate’: Get back to work

The Keith C. Burris Column

Maybe you have been hearing about “Plate Gate.” Plate Gate is the name given to an alleged scandal in Hartford that is really not a scandal at all. It is just a case of pettiness getting out of hand. That happens a lot in families, in workplaces and in politics.

Plate Gate is the story of former Gov. Jodi Rell and her top aide, Lisa Moody, spending their last days in office procuring about 30 low-digit license plates for themselves, their families and their friends. There are fewer than 1,000 of these plates in all. (Rell took plate No. 14, Moody got No. 83.)

Can a lousy winter sap all sense?

If You Ask Me

It must be the weather. The winter of 2010-11 has turned into the silly season in Connecticut politics, giving credence to the theory that extreme weather can cause a person to temporarily abandon his common sense. You could look it up.
To review: We have Sen. Richard Blumenthal indulging once again in an exaggeration of his personal history and his top aide compounding the felony by telling the person who reported it she’ll never work in this town again.

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What will be the unkindest cut of all?

The Lakeville Journal Editorial

With the unveiling of Connecticut’s state budget this week, one thing is sure: There are now plenty of unhappy recipients of fewer state dollars. It’s also pretty sure that all those at the wrong end of the budgetary knife strongly believe theirs is the one and only entity that must retain its funding. It’s everyone else who’s squandering the state’s money, not them.

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Turning Back The Pages 2-17-11

Turning Back the Pages

75 years ago — February 1936
On Monday morning the mercury stood at 16 to 20 below according to locality and thermometer. On Tuesday it registered from 10 to 14 below.
 
Ice is being harvested from the lake.
 
SALISBURY — Charles DuBois was quite badly jarred and bruised in a fall down the cellar stairs at his home last Thursday evening, when he stepped upon the family cat. The cat died as a result of the accident.
 

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The day I said no

Ranting Retiree

This is a tale the Tea Party folks will enjoy (I do hope they read my column). I was way ahead of them in standing firm that government shouldn’t interfere with our fine capitalistic way of following the Constitution to the letter of the law.
It was many years ago when I was managing the state’s Travel Promotion Department. It was one of those very dry winters that all of you digging out your drive and walkways today remember.

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