The Lakeville Journal Opinion/Viewpoint

Of squabbling squirrels and wily woodpeckers

Quarrelsome squirrels and irritating woodpeckers are just two of the creatures wandering my backyard these summer days. Add to them black bears, attack chipmunks, a lame bobcat and assorted birds, rabbits, mice etc. And that’s not even counting the teeniest tiny things out there. I’ve read there are as many as one billion living bacteria making their home in a teaspoon’s worth of my garden dirt, enabling all those weeds. 

Needed help for Torrington?

It has been almost 16 years since I took over as president and CEO of the Northwest Connecticut Chamber of Commerce. We are guided by our mission, “to promote economic growth while enhancing the quality of life in Northwest Connecticut.” One of the goals is to increase the awareness of the economic, educational, cultural and civic opportunities available within the region.

Turning Back the Pages - August 3, 2017

100 years ago — 1917

SALISBURY — Rev. J.C. Goddard is enjoying a month’s vacation which he is spending in Yonkers. Rev. Alan Fairbank will preach in the Congregational Church during his absence.


A local prophet declares that if every week we each observe

A wheat-less day

And a meat-less day

Letters to the Editor, Aug. 3, 2017 - The Lakeville Journal

Jane Lloyd Fund support appreciated

Never has our community’s support of cancer patients been more palpable than at last weekend’s 12th annual Jane Lloyd Fund clambake on Saturday, July 29. Record numbers attended the joyous event, tickets sold out faster than ever before, and sponsorships from generous local businesses reached an all-time high! Your will to ease the crushing financial burden cancer inflicts on our friends and neighbors has helped the Jane Lloyd Fund grant over $300,000 to support families facing cancer. 

A change that will create strength in the long run

Media companies are seen as being under the gun right now, especially any of those that print on paper, even if in conjunction with online publications.  And it’s not just the perception, it’s the reality. The media is dismissed even at what would ordinarily be considered the highest levels of our society. After all, the U.S. president accuses national and international media of producing only inaccurate or fabricated reporting, using Twitter to contradict and attack many responsible journalists. 

Abandoned eagle is recovering

An abandoned eaglet that was rescued from the backyard of a residence in Lakeville on July 19 is getting stronger every day and seems likely to recover fully.
Sunny Bettley, the wildlife rehabilitator and outreach specialist at Audubon Sharon, had rescued the bird after receiving a call from John Sprague that a smallish eagle (about 2 feet tall with about a 5-foot wing span) was trying to fly around Sprague’s yard and hadn’t returned to the home nest after two days.

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Witch Hunt

Your car: what might save you ... or what might not

Our daily driving should be carefree. For most of us it is, most of the time. The occasional — no, frequent — mishaps that happen “all of a sudden” are operational mistakes of “only a moment in time.”

Nation’s most unpopular governors: Malloy, Christie, Brownback

During Dannel Malloy’s first term, when he was popular enough to run for and win a second and his neighboring governors to the south, Chris Christie of New Jersey and Andrew Cuomo of New York, were also riding high, this column jokingly referred to him as “the Tri-state area’s third most popular governor.”

Harvesting vs. use of aquatic herbicides for weed control in Connecticut lakes

According to sources in the Hartford Courant and Republican-American newspapers, a number of Connecticut towns, including Winsted and Winchester, have turned to increased use of aquatic herbicides to control milfoil and other nuisance waterweeds in Connecticut ponds, lakes and even reservoirs for public water supply.