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100 years ago — October 1920

Mr. Geo. E. Parsons and several of his neighbors have recently installed an electric street light for the benefit of those living or visiting in northern Main St., Salisbury. It is very much appreciated on dark nights. Those who joined Mr. Parsons in this public-spirited work are Edwin Smith, Mrs. McNeil, Mrs. Eggleston, Miss Grace Sherwood, Mr. Perrin, Douglas Ostrander and O.P. Fackler.

LAKEVILLE — Harry Judd has moved into part of Michael Larney’s house and Stanley Mather has moved into the rooms in Mrs. W.B. Peabody’s house vacated by Mr. Judd.

ORE HILL — Telephones are being put in at the residences of Michael Meehan and Martin Solan.


50 years ago — October 1970

Since boyhood, when he made his own flies and bamboo poles, fish and the art of angling have been the destiny of William Rosgen, Winsted sportsman and sports shop proprietor, so what more natural than for him to give the first course ever at the Litchfield Nature Center and Museum on making bucktails, streamers and other fly-ties to lure fish. His course will open Friday Oct. 23 at 7:30 p.m. in the museum auditorium.

KENT — Meeting in special session prior to Monday night’s town meeting, the Board of Selectmen voted to recommend to the Board of Finance that the amount of $1,500 be added to the Park and Recreation Commission appropriation for the construction of a wading pool for toddlers at Emery Park.


Roaring Oaks Florists, the popular flower shop in Sharon, has changed hands. Les Hoysradt and Ed Palko sold it as of Oct. 1 to Julia and Ted Gephart, a young couple from Indiana. 


Plan sketches have been filed with the North Canaan Selectmen for three apartment units to be built on North Elm Street. Each unit will have six two-bedroom and six one-bedroom apartments.


25 years ago — October 1995

SHARON — In memory of Edward Pitcher, the Sharon firefighter who died on duty July 15, an area business donated $6,000 worth of equipment last week to the Sharon fire department. The gift, three air packs and three spare bottles, were obtained by B-D when Mr. Pitcher worked there in the electrical department two years ago. But B-D has never had to use them. “We get such good service from the (Canaan) Fire Department, we don’t need them,” manager Bruce Rood said. “We thought this would be a way to show support for Ed.”


Neighboring towns joined Kent last week to share ideas and completed plans for creating affordable housing in Kent — a need that more than 60 Kent citizens turned out to discuss. Cornwall, Litchfield and Washington were represented. The Kent Affordable Housing Committee has recognized the need for Kent residents to express their needs before plans can be adopted.


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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