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Reporter and student Samuel Foley is bored and can’t wait for sports to return to television. Meanwhile, he has been passing time watching the drama of the NFL free agency season. Photo by Samuel Foley

NORTH CANAAN — These are trying times. The coronavirus has basically put our society on hold — and part of that is that all sporting events have been canceled for the foreseeable future. For someone such as myself, who is a huge sports fan, it’s especially tough to be out of school and observing...

Gary Davis at the Davis IGA in Kent stood by shelves empty of tomato sauce.“This is like a snow day that doesn’t quit,” he said of the COVID-19 quarantine. Photo by Cynthia Hochswender

KENT — People with second homes here are fleeing larger cities to distance themselves from the threat of COVID-19. For a small, rural community where weekenders make up about half the population, this trend is putting a strain on some services in Kent, which shares its western border with New York...

The Rev. Heidi Truax of Trinity Lime Rock Episcopal Church is streaming service live on the church’s Facebook page. Image from the Facebook live stream

LIME ROCK — Last Sunday, March 15, Trinity Lime Rock Episcopal Church was closed for worship because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Undaunted, the Rev. Heidi Truax and a small group of people from the congregation held a service and streamed it live on the Trinity Lime Rock Facebook page. And they did...

Lans Christensen pulled out his tape measure to try and get a sense of how large his nocturnal visitor was in Kent on March 23. Photo by Lans Christensen

KENT — Lakeville Journal photographer Lans Christensen had a visit at his home in Kent on Monday night, March 23, from what appears to be a large bear, based on the animal’s 10-inch footprint. The bears have emerged from hibernation throughout the region and have not been practicing social...

Joe Heacox Photo by Leila Hawken

SHARON — Although Sharon Pharmacy is seeing COVID-19 as an unprecedented event, owner Joe Heacox is confident that he and his staff are well up to the challenge. Heacox and his family bought the pharmacy in 1961 and have operated it ever since, so his perspective is long. The pharmacy is owned and...

The J.P. Gifford Market & Catering Company will celebrate its 10th anniversary this summer. So far, business is still good at the Kent and Sharon locations for the store. Photo submitted

KENT and SHARON — J.P. Gifford Market & Catering Company co-owner Mike Moriarty said, “We have actually noticed an increase in sales in the past three to four days.” And that’s in spite of the fact that the two Gifford  locations — in Sharon and Kent — are currently open for takeout only due to...

Cornwall

March 25, 2020
CORNWALL — Robert Ensign is urging people to enjoy the outdoors and scenic roads — even without the help of an electric bike purchased at or rented from his shop. The Covered...

Kent

March 25, 2020
KENT — Ira Goldspiel is renting houses to people without even having to walk them through the property. “They’re taking things sight unseen,”said Goldspiel, a Sharon resident...

Salisbury


First Selectman Curtis Rand Photo by Patrick L. Sullivan

March 24, 2020
SALISBURY — As of Friday, March 20, Salisbury Town Hall is closed to the public, in response to the COVID-19 crisis. It had been open to the public on Mondays, Wednesdays and...

Falls Village

March 24, 2020
FALLS VILLAGE — Apart from the maintenance staff, who are busy cleaning everything in sight at Housatonic Valley Regional High School (HVRHS), the building is mostly deserted,...

North Canaan


Reporter and student Samuel Foley is bored and can’t wait for sports to return to television. Meanwhile, he has been passing time watching the drama of the NFL free agency season. Photo by Samuel Foley

March 25, 2020
NORTH CANAAN — These are trying times. The coronavirus has basically put our society on hold — and part of that is that all sporting events have been canceled for the foreseeable...

Sharon

March 25, 2020
SHARON — The first case of COVID-19 was detected in the Northwest Corner, in the town of Sharon. Sharon Health Care Center reported Sunday, March 22, that a 57-year-old woman in a...

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