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100 years ago — 1920

From Children’s Gardening and Canning Notes column: Jesse Branche picked 48 quarts of string beans from his garden plot. These beans have been canned by his sisters and are a creditable addition to the Branche store room. 

We understand that one of our gardeners is having to stand on a step ladder to pick her pole beans.

One wide awake youngster said, “I know why the ‘grown ups’ don’t have Salisbury Fair any more. They don’t dare exhibit, for they are afraid we ‘kids’ will beat them.”

FALLS VILLAGE — Thousands of suckers in the Housatonic River at Falls Village have died from some unknown cause, and were raked ashore at the raceway of the Connecticut Power Co. plant. Three wagon loads were removed last week and as many more remained. The cause of the death of the fish remains a mystery but some seem to think the recent heavy rains have washed chemicals from the Chemical Co. plant at East Canaan into the Blackberry River and thus poisoned the fish.

SALISBURY — Miss Clara White of Winsted is visiting friends in town.

LAKEVILLE — Miss Caroline Judd has accepted a position in the Journal Office.


50 years ago —1970

Graced by brilliant weather, the Pet Show for the benefit of The Little Guild of St. Francis for the Welfare of Animals was held at the White Memorial Foundation grounds in Litchfield Aug. 29. A crowd of several hundred persons enjoyed watching and showing a variety of animals ranging from trained mice to boa constrictors, from cats to donkeys, from dogs to rabbits, from gerbils to an ocelot. 

SHARON — At their monthly meeting Aug. 3 the Sharon Fire Department elected Tom Carberry as Chief. Mr. Carberry will take the place of Jack “Flick” Anderson who resigned after selling his garage. Mr. Anderson plans to live in Florida.

SHARON — Mr. and Mrs. Erle Day have returned from a three-day motoring trip through the middle of New York State which included stops at the Corning Glass Works and Letchworth State Park.


25 years ago — 1995

LAKEVILLE — Joshua Schilling, 12, an eighth-grade student at Salisbury Central, recently completed a three-week summer institute for gifted students at Vassar College. His expenses were funded by a grant of $1,000 from the E=MC2 Fund administered by the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation. He qualified by participating in the Johns Hopkins University Young Students Talent Search and in Region 1’s gifted program. He is the son of Timothy and Linda Pallano-Schilling.


These items were taken from The Lakeville Journal archives at Salisbury’s Scoville Memorial Library, keeping the original wording intact as possible.

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