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Turning Back The Pages 2-23-12

100 years ago — February 1912

The Observer (editorial): Sharon is to build a big stretch of new cement sidewalks the coming summer. If only the sidewalk germ would hit Lakeville, it would find a splendid field for work. Sidewalks are about the greatest need the village has, but they seem mighty slow in coming. The other villages all around us are distancing us in this respect, and we can not be very proud of the fact.

SALISBURY — The Leap Year Dance last Friday night was a great success. Every body seemed to have a good time and a good supper and $41 was netted for the street light fund.

CANAAN — W.S. Storm has resigned his position with C.E. Badgley. It is reported he will open a market.

LAKEVILLE — Abram Martin has rented his team of grays to the telephone company, and they are now in Torrington.

Abram Martin is demonstrating a handsome new “Dan Patch” auto. The new machine is one of the neatest things in the way of a moderate priced car going. Mr. Martin has the agency for them and will be pleased to have any one call and look it over.

50 years ago — February 1962

A three-alarm fire did an estimated $30,000 to $40,000 damage to the Christopher Smith home in Cornwall Plains Tuesday, gutting the main portion of the house and totally destroying the upper floors.

The White Hart Inn in Salisbury is about to “double its bulk,” according to plans released yesterday by its manager, John Harney. An addition designed by local architect S. Norton Miner, will be built directly behind the present structure and will include space equal to that of the present building’s ground floor.

Mrs. Claire Barcher Ackerman reports seeing a golden crowned kinglet at her Taconic home last Thursday.

25 years ago — February 1987

CANAAN — The Yale Barn, located on U.S. Route 44 in East Canaan, has been renamed The Lamplighter. The new owners, Ivan and Burnetta Iveskic, of Ridgefield, and Lubo and Diedre Pecarina of Wingdale, N.Y., plan to reopen the local restaurant in  late March.

Taken from decades-old Lake-ville Journals, these items contain original spellings and phrases.

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