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Turning Back The Pages

100 years ago — 1917

TACONIC — Mr. D. Tellerday and son George motored to Lime Rock on Sunday and spent the day with his son.

Dutcher’s bridge over the Housatonic river is closed to travel by order of Supervisor M.F. Mulville because of the fact that the center pier has weakened. The detour is made by way of Weataug and the toll bridge at the power house of the Connecticut Power Co.

TACONIC — Mr. Louis Beal is building an addition to his house and digging his cellar.

The puzzling tale of the alien rabbit and the hawk

Something happened in my backyard a while ago, and I’ve been thinking about it off and on ever since. My husband and I were sitting outside, late in the day, finishing dinner and polishing off the last of the wine. Suddenly, out of the corner of my eye, I saw a hawk down at the end of our lawn, struggling to lift a limp rabbit off the ground.

Letter to the Editor - Lakeville Journal - 9-7-17

Still no change in North Canaan

First, I would like to thank Mark Godburn for his letter in response to mine in the July 20 issue of The Lakeville Journal about North Canaan’s status quo. I was beginning to believe I was the only one who was perceiving the needs for the commercial district of North Canaan, and other places that could be vitally used to improve the town, because obviously some people haven’t traveled downtown enough to see what I was saying. It’s as plain as your face. I am not retracting anything.

American media worse than the Russians

You don’t know how lucky you are, boy. Back in the U.S., back in the U.S., back in the U.S.S.R.

— The Beatles, 1968

The Russians weren’t the only ones meddling in the 2016 presidential campaign. So was the American press.

The Russian interference ended on Election Day, at least for now, but the American press didn’t stop there. It has been actively trying to overturn the result of the election ever since.

As they say in Vladivostok, that ain’t kosher, comrade.

Black bears are here to stay

There are many misconceptions lingering throughout the Northwest Corner about the appearance of black bears. It is obvious that the population of the species has significantly increased within the last several years. I will explain why the population is increasing, the history of black bears, the importance of the species in our ecosystem and solutions for the increased interactions with humans.

North and South: Winsted’s Union statue has Confederate brothers-in-zinc

There’s a statue on the Winsted Green, in East End Park, of a Civil War soldier who looks exactly like statues of Union soldiers in dozens of other northern towns. He also looks exactly like statues of Confederate soldiers guarding the town squares and courthouses in dozens of southern towns.

Letters to the Editor - Lakeville Journal - 8-31-17

Safety is key with personal care products

My mother was diagnosed with skin cancer when she was 52 years old. She needed to use a strong sunscreen. Every lotion she tried, she broke out into an inflamed rash.

Men, women, and children are all exposed to ingredients in personal care products every day, such as toothpaste, body wash, baby shampoo, cosmetics or deodorants. These products are not regulated, and the manufacturers do not have to list their ingredients or test the product for safety.

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Turning Back The Pages

100 years ago — August 1917

SALISBURY — Wm. Lamson was taken to the Hartford Hospital on Monday for an operation for appendicitis.

TACONIC — William Brayen finds it necessary to harvest his crop of ensilage due to the hot and dry weather which makes pasturage rather short.

SALISBURY — Messrs. Samuel Whitbeck and Paul Parsons motored to Hartford last Thursday.

LAKEVILLE — Richard K. Miles of Arlington, Vt., has been home to visit his mother and sister.

The language of love: childhood is a precious time

A couple of weeks ago, I met one of the Syrian refugee families who have recently settled in Litchfield County. I wasn’t surprised that the children, who have been attending a local elementary school, could chatter in English and were already indistinguishable from attractive and playful American children.