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100 years ago — November 1920

ORE HILL — Lawrence Hayde has gone to Sharon Hospital for a month for treatment of rheumatism.

The first snow flurries of the season were noted last Saturday.

Thank fortune the presidential election is over with and the country may again get back to its knitting and quit getting red in the face every time political matters are mentioned.

LAKEVILLE — Miss Catherine Phillips has been confined to the house with a hard cold and was unable to go to her new position as a teacher in Springfield.

50 years ago — November 1970

SHARON — The hunting of birds and animals, which have been raised for the purpose, has frequently been criticized as an unfair contest; but the ultimate in unsportsmanlike tactics was exemplified by an incident last Sunday, when one or more “sportsmen” walked to within 250 feet of a local dwelling, cut a hole in a pen full of pheasants, and calmly shotgunned at least 20 of the birds.

A gas explosion followed by a raging fire totally demolished a house on the Salisbury- Lime Rock Road early Monday morning. The house, owned by William Cunningham of Sharon, was empty at the time of the disaster, the last tenants, Mr. and Mrs. Chester Zielinski, having moved out on Saturday. 

Sharon firemen worked for three hours last Friday night to extinguish a blaze that started in a vacant building in Sharon Valley. The two-story wooden building belongs to the Sharon Drainage Co., but was unused at the time of the fire. Damage to the building was extensive, especially in the rear, where smoke and water damage were greatest. Cause of the fire is still undetermined.

In an executive session following Friday night’s legal hearing on the matter, the Planning and Zoning Commission voted unanimously to adopt an amendment to Kent’s zoning regulations which prohibits the establishment of mobile homes in all zoned areas of town. The new amendment will become effective after legal publication of its contents.

25 years ago — November 1995

CANAAN — Terry Southern, screenwriter and satirist and a resident of East Canaan since 1960, died Oct. 29 in New York City. Southern was a spokesman for the disillusioned, the druggies of the 1950s and ‘60s. He received an Academy Award nomination for his screenplay for the 1969 movie “Easy Rider.” Written with Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper, it was about two dropouts who set off across the country and, on the way, picked up another free spirit played by Jack Nicholson.

The region’s latest weekend storm dumped up to four inches of rain in Lakeville, more in Canaan. Along Farnam Road, the Salmon Kill overflowed its banks, temporarily crowding out Malcolm MacLaren’s cows. 

CANAAN — It is the end of an era. What is believed to be Canaan’s and possibly the state’s oldest continuously run business is closing its doors. Collin’s Jewelers, a fixture among ever-changing Main Street storefronts, will soon be part of Canaan’s history, one it has been a part of for nearly 110 years. Longtime owner and watchmaker Gene Valenti has sold the business and inventory, and the new owner made the difficult decision not to continue there, one of the deciding factors being that it would take at least $50,000 just to renovate the shop’s interior and bring it up to building codes. 

These items, taken from Lakeville Journal archives, keep the original wording intact as possible.

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