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While in a normal year The Lakeville Journal would have gone down to the shore to take a photo of the rushing water at the Great Falls, this year the levels are high enough that the most prudent place from which to take a photo was on the Iron Bridge between Falls Village and Salisbury. Photo by Cynthia Hochswender

Water levels in river & lakes remain dangerous

After a brief respite, it rained again on Sunday, July 25, and the Housatonic River, which had been dropping, leveled off and began to rise again.

Monday morning, July 26, the United States Geological Survey measured the river at 1,890 cubic feet per second (cfs) at Falls Village. The historical median flow is a little over 300 cfs.

Locally grown sweet corn is showing up at area markets. Paley’s in Sharon, expects to have its own farm-grown corn by this weekend. Photo by Cynthia Hochswender

A great year for corn — but for tomatoes, maybe not so much

In the Northwest Corner, the arrival of sweet corn from local farms is as big a story as, say, the arrival of the nouveau beaujolais is to French winemakers or the debut of a new blockbuster film is to Hollywood.

Macey Levin, at left in photo, and Richard Boyle, at right, celebrated the newly installed elevator at The Moviehouse in Millerton with a champagne toast. Photo by Leila Hawken

With the elevator in place at The Moviehouse, a time to celebrate

MILLERTON — For years The Moviehouse in Millerton and a following of loyal patrons had envisioned an elevator to transport them between the lobby level and the second-floor screening rooms.  Owners Carol Sadlon and the late Robert Sadlon had understood the need — but as time passed, patrons had acclimated to the steep climb up the stairs to the

The falls at Bull’s Bridge in Kent this weekend were running fast and hard after days and days of rain and a major thunderstorm on Saturday night, July 17.  Photo by Lans Christensen

It’s the ‘North-wet’ Corner this week

There was no need to consult online charts over the weekend to know that the heavy rainfall had caused flooding: All you had to do was drive around the Northwest Corner to see submerged yards, battered footbridges and swollen creeks.

The Housatonic River has been at or near flood stage with the heavy rain falling this week. Recreational visitors are reminded that the water is extremely dangerous. This photo was taken at Bull’s Bridge in Kent on Thursday, July 8. Photo by Lans Christensen

Take no chances when the river is at flood stage

It stopped raining for a minute on Saturday, July 10, and the flow of the Housatonic River levels began to level off — but then the rain began to drum down steadily again on Sunday afternoon.

This photo from the website www.gypsymothalert.com in New Jersey shows female gypsy moths laying egg masses. Photo from Gypsy Moth Alert

What to do as the gypsy moths lay their eggs

Those large brown moths that seem to be everywhere right now are the next life stage of those same caterpillars that defoliated acres of trees in the Northwest Corner earlier this summer.

Yes, the gypsy moth caterpillars are all grown up now and are laying egg masses in preparation for next year.


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