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SALISBURY — To make a galaxy jar, start by stuffing cotton into a Mason jar, using a slender wooden stick to tamp the cotton down. Add color in the form of acrylic paint mixed with water. When the paint/water mix is absorbed by the cotton, add another layer and repeat with a different color. Add sprinkles and stars to taste. 

At the Scoville Memorial Library in Salisbury on Saturday afternoon, Aug. 17, children’s librarian Molly Salisbury (with assistance from her daughter, Zozo, and Isabella Yoo, an intern from The Hotchkiss School) and a group of five...

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The fish whisperer catches two golden trout

SALISBURY — Every year the state slips two golden trout into the water at Factory Pond and the children’s pond at Lake Wononscopomuc, when fisheries representatives from the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection stock the ponds in advance of the beginning of fishing season.
This year was no exception. But this year no one caught the prize trout. 
D.J. Duntz was one of the champions of this year’s fishing derby on the first day of fishing, which was April 13. He had snagged a 3 pound trout. 

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Salisbury town meeting vote scheduled May 8

SALISBURY — After a brief public hearing Monday, April 23, on Tuesday, April 24, the Salisbury Board of Finance voted to send the town and education budget proposals to town meeting. 
The town meeting is Wednesday, May 8, 7:30 p.m. at Town Hall.
The budget proposal for municipal spending from the Board of Selectmen is $6,797,530 (an increase of $188,470 or 2.85%).
The Board of Education budget proposal is $5,678,153 (up $129,965 or 2.34%).
The town’s assessment for Region One is $3,559,681 (an increase of $43,913 or 1.25%).

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For climate, it isn’t too late (yet)

SALISBURY — Journalist Sam Eaton said that the pressures of development in the Amazon rain forest in Brazil are putting the entire planet at risk.
Eaton (who lives in Lakeville with his family) spoke at Noble Horizons on Saturday, April 27.
He showed two video pieces originally broadcast on the Public Broadcasting Service’s “News-Hour” program, and provided context before and after the clips.

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What’s out, what’s in, what’s new for the best kitchen makeovers

SALISBURY — In general, people remodel their kitchens because they want to increase the resale value of their home; or they just love, love, love to cook and want a nicer space in which to do it. 

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Traffic block in Lakeville

At mid-day on April 15 in Lakeville, near La Cantina restaurant, a large truck slid onto the grass, blocking traffic on Route 44. Cars went around the driveway to the restaurant and the Inn at Iron Masters. See the police blotter for more details.

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Finding fun in serial commas and ancient Greek

SALISBURY — Mary Norris looked around the room at The White Hart inn in Salisbury and said, “I don’t know, this might be too classy for me.”
Norris, a recently retired copy editor at The New Yorker magazine, was in town on Wednesday, April 17, to promote her new book, “Greek to Me: Adventures of the Comma Queen.” It follows her first book, “Between You & Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen,” which came out in 2016.

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Lori Belter to be honored by HYSB on May 4

SALISBURY — Lori Belter of Lakeville will be presented with the Donald T. Warner Community Service Award by the Housatonic Youth Service Bureau on Saturday, May 4, 5:30 p.m. at The White Hart inn in Salisbury, as part of the organization’s annual Community Celebration.
Belter, interviewed at her home in Salisbury on Wednesday, April 17, said she came to the Northwest Corner in 1969, at age 9.

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The so-far excellent immigration vetting process

SALISBURY — Chris George, executive director of Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services (IRIS) in New Haven, said that the U.S. government’s vetting process for refugees is the “most rigorous” in the world.
George spoke to an audience at the Scoville Memorial Library in Salisbury on Saturday, April 13.
He made the distinction between “refugees” and other categories of immigrants.

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Symposium looks at challenges small towns face

LAKEVILLE — Salisbury First Selectman Curtis Rand said that addressing the shrinking population of Salisbury and other Northwest Corner towns begins with housing.
Rand was one of six panelists at a “Symposium on Issues Facing Our Towns,” held at The Hotchkiss School on Monday, April 8. The event was sponsored by the Salisbury Republican Town Committee, the Hotchkiss Democrats Club and the Hotchkiss Republicans Club.

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Investigation finds strong, credible evidence of abuse

SALISBURY — A report on allegations of sexual misconduct by former Salisbury Recreation Director Art Wilkinson concluded that “the people making allegations of abuse are credible, and that Arthur Wilkinson’s denials are not credible.”
The Salisbury Board of Selectmen, at a special meeting Wednesday, April 10, made public the report from attorneys Thomas J. Murphy and James J. Healy of Cowdery and Murphy LLC. The selectmen voted to publish the report, in its entirety, on the town website.

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