Turning Back The Pages

100 years ago — June 1919

CANAAN — William Blass with the 301st engineers has arrived at Boston from overseas.


SHARON — Mrs. W.E. Hotaling continues to improve after her recent operation in Brooklyn.


LIME ROCK — Mrs. Curtiss who is in the Winsted Hospital is gaining slowly and at this writing is able to sit up an hour daily.


A fine hay crop is reported throughout this section and farmers are already beginning to gather it.


For Sale — A nice lot of white pigs. Apply W.E. Pidgeon, Hilltop Farm, Sharon, Conn.


LAKEVILLE — Thomas Graney is assisting in the Express Office.


The cement road is now being laid near the railroad bridge. There has been considerable discussion as to whether Main Street would have to be closed while the cement is laid, but it has been decided to keep the street open. One half the roadway will be constructed at a time.


50 years ago — June 1969

The Southern New England Telephone Company has put into effect a series of rate increases which will affect every telephone subscriber in northwest Connecticut. Harold E. Eiby, local SNET manager, said increases for the Lakeville, Sharon and Canaan exchanges include: Private line residence service, up 85 cents a month from 3.75 to 4.60; two-party residence service up 65 cents, and four-party service (no longer offered to new customers), up 50 cents a month. Private line business service up 1.25 a month from 8.50 to 9.75; and long distance rate changes adding 5 cents to calls outside the immediate calling area.


Danny Loffredo, for 40 years owner of Danny’s Shoe Repair in Lakeville, flew to Rome Monday, to spend the summer in his native Italy. It was his first trip to Italy since he came to the U.S. as a youth.


Maureen Passini, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Passini of Falls Village, was awarded an associate in science degree in business at the graduation exercises of the Northwestern Connecticut Community College in Winsted. She is a Housatonic Valley Regional High School graduate and plans to continue her business career in the Torrington area.


Sam Posey added to his prestige as a race car driver when he placed eighth in the tortuous 24-hour LeMans (France) endurance race Sunday in his first entry in what is considered the biggest and toughest race for cars in the world. His partner was Teodoro Zeccoli and they drove a Ferrari.

25 years ago — June 1994

Within the next four years Northwest Corner homeowners may face the loss of all their hemlock trees because of a pest named the woolly adelgid which has no natural enemies in the region. The insect, recently found for the first time in Sharon and Salisbury, now appears in 147 of the 169 towns and cities in Connecticut, according to official sources. It can kill hemlocks of all sizes within four years of infestation.


CORNWALL — Cellular phone service may soon echo from the hills of Cornwall, if additions to the Mohawk Mountain communications tower are approved.


Ann-Marie Shook of Canaan was one of more than 800 students receiving degrees from New Hampshire College. Ms. Shook received a B.S. degree in accounting.


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