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SALISBURY — Unexpectedly, the state road through the center of Salisbury  could get significantly safer in the coming months, thanks to efforts by a grassroots group and by First Selectman Curtis Rand.

There have been several instances in recent years of cars hitting pedestrians on Route 44, including one that occurred in September. The woman in the crash was injured but survived.

Other incidents have resulted in significant injuries and even one fatality. The husband of the woman killed in December 2017  when a car hit her as she crossed the street...

Salisbury

Nonprofits and volunteers honored at corn roast in Lakeville

LAKEVILLE — The Salisbury Republican Town Committee (RTC) honored organizations that serve Salisbury, at a corn roast at the Grove on Sunday, Sept. 15.
Salisbury RTC Chairman Tom Morrison said the committee tried to make a comprehensive list. “I suspect we didn’t get everyone.”
The RTC has five candidates on the November ballot, and they were among the presenters. However, the politicking was kept to a minimum, the better to concentrate on the awards and the corn.

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Postcards quaintly illuminate the history of a town

SALISBURY — If you look at how people document visual evidence of their travels, in the 21st century you might start with Instagram and Pinterest. 
If you go back in years, you may find vacation images posted on older social media, like Facebook. Reverse even more in time and you may see images sent by email, included on a drive or a CD-Rom or printed on glossy paper. 

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A buck wanders into a tag sale …

SALISBURY — It might seem almost funny if there weren’t worrisome implications. A buck wandered into a tag sale on Main Street in Salisbury on Saturday morning, Sept. 7.
It had large tags on its ears that made it look like perhaps it was one of the sale items. And, sadly, it seemed dazed and just stood in one spot at the sale, contributing to the impression that it was a taxidermied specimen rather than a living animal. 

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Fitch’s 50 years of saving lives

LIME ROCK — Woodstock and the moon landing aren’t the only events celebrating a 50th anniversary this year. 
Half a century ago John Cooper Fitch, a war hero, racing legend and Lime Rock resident, invented a device in his Falls Village specialty auto workshop that literally changed the landscape of America’s highways. 

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Mount Riga: The best place on the planet

SALISBURY — Sitting about 2,000 feet above sea level is a small community of homes. Up an unpaved, winding road, past bridges smaller than the average car and walled by miles of trees, is Mount Riga. 
Up there you can find more than a hundred cottages, many of which were built in the 1840s, a lake that stretches from Connecticut to New York state, and one of the last remaining blast furnaces from Connecticut’s iron age. 
To me and to many others, this place is home. 

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After many adventures, Tom Blagden Jr. is back home

SALISBURY — After 42 years of living primarily in Charleston, S.C., photographer and Lakeville native Tom Blagden Jr. has moved back to the small town he grew up in — and it’s quite the homecoming. 
The entrance of The Hotchkiss School, which Blagden attended in the 1960s and where his father, Tom Blagden, taught art, now features mural-sized prints of his photographs of the campus. They will remain on display for the next two years. 

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Lamont visits Historic Fest

Gov. Ned Lamont, above right,  got a tour of Lime Rock Park by track owner Skip Barber during the four-day Historic Festival over Labor Day weekend. The governor said it was his first time at the track and he was “thrilled to be among such world-class cars and drivers.” Below, the driver of a vintage Maserati rounds a bend in racing competition. To find out more about those cars and drivers, see Elegance and speed as Italians arrive for Historic Festival at LRP.

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New regs open path for Salisbury housing changes

SALISBURY — The Salisbury Planning and Zoning Commission adopted the package of zoning regulation amendments designed to encourage construction of multi-family housing at the commission’s meeting Monday, Aug. 26. 
The vote was unanimous. 
In contrast to the two nights of public hearings on the amendments, only a handful of people attended the meeting, and most of them left after earlier business was concluded.

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Pedestrian safe after being struck by car in Salisbury

SALISBURY — A car struck a pedestrian in the center of Salisbury village on Friday afternoon, Aug. 30, at about 2 p.m. 
Although Ruth “Robbin” Blaine was injured in the incident, she was released from Sharon Hospital after being taken there following the incident. 
According to the report from the State Police at Troop B, Anne Fribourg, 75, of New York City was traveling east on Main Street in Salisbury that afternoon in a 2018 Subaru Forester. She was about 20 feet east of Academy Street.

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Raw power available at Salisbury farmers market

SALISBURY — At 9:15 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 10, the only sign of life at the Scoville Memorial Library was a man mowing the grass.
Of the participants in the regular 10 a.m. Saturday farmers market there was not a trace.
A reporter checked the library website on his smart phone to see if the market had been canceled. No, it hadn’t.
At 9:20 a.m., a vehicle rolled up to the curb and a woman leaped out and began pulling things out of the car. Notably, a tent.
“Aha!” said the reporter.

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