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100 years ago ­— April 1922

SALISBURY — Howard Curtis is the owner of a new Chevrolet touring car, purchased of Clayton Benjamin, Canaan. He has also built a garage for his new car.

SALISBURY — A fire in the roof of the kitchen at W.P. Everts’ house created some excitement this morning. Prompt application of a small extinguisher and a few buckets of water soon put out the blaze.

LAKEVILLE — Madison Silvernale has been off duty at Roberts’ store for a few days owing to a fall down the cellar stairs at his home early Saturday morning. He had arisen about four o’clock and in the darkness mistook the cellar door for the bath room, and fell the complete length of the stairs. A padded ironing board which stood at the foot of the stairs prevented him from striking against the foundation wall and doubtless prevented him from sustaining serious injuries although he was painfully bruised about the head and shoulders.

50 years ago — April 1972

Penn Central Transportation trustees now plan to abandon altogether more than 60 miles of Harlem Valley and Berkshire Division railroad track in Connecticut and New York State. A company spokesman confirmed Tuesday that what remains of freight service between New Milford and Falls Village and between Millerton and Ghent, N.Y. has been tagged for extinction.

— Can the private citizen, lacking great personal wealth or power of position, exert any influence in Hartford? Can he or she get the General Assembly to enact needed legislation? Evon Kochey of Lakeville says the answer is yes, “absolutely, absolutely.” She should know. The General Assembly this month passed the Inland Wetlands bill, a milestone in conservation legislation, and Mrs. Kochey was in the thick of the long, tough battle that finally brought that result.

25 years ago — April 1997

Housatonic Valley Regional High School musicians earned additional awards during their April vacation trip to California, bringing home six trophies, four medals and two plaques. “It would have been great if they had won one trophy,” HVRHS Principal Kathleen Burkhart told the Region 1 Board of Education Monday. “But this is out of this world!”

— Next week marks the debut of Compass, a new — and improved — version of the familiar Taconic Week, these newspapers’ weekly guide to entertainment, the arts and life in the Tri-State area.

— Dylan Hickey, 5, of Lakeville, was awarded fishing gear prizes for winning the ages 6 and under category on the opening day of fishing season Saturday at Factory Pond. He won under the categories of first fish caught, largest fish (12.5 inches), first to catch the five-fish limit and total weight of limit catch (2 pounds, 9 ounces).

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