In this new column, we will explore the ways that hobbies (especially ones that connect the head and the hands) can offer serenity and a healthy sense of accomplishment. Our first featured pair of hands belongs to The Lakeville Journal’s own Patrick L. Sullivan, who not only covers town events but also writes our popular fly-fishing column, Tangled Lines.

For Patrick, fishing is a source of solace and a respite from the stresses of his job. It’s an activity that’s almost completely silent, except for the sound of the water and the light whizz of his fishing line....

The Lakeville Journal Opinion/Viewpoint

Turning Back The Pages

100 years ago — May 1919

SALISBURY — Mrs. Wm. Washington Jr. has moved his household effects to Winsted.


LIME ROCK — Mrs. C.W. Barnum is out of town for a few days this week.


LAKEVILLE — James Morgan is wearing his left arm in a sling owing to a broken wrist caused by the breaking of a plank over which he was wheeling a barrow load of cement at Dufour’s new garage.


Finding a path to affordable housing

There is little dispute about the need for more and better affordable housing to be available in the Northwest Corner. Such housing may be geared toward different age groups who are in need of it. But the general consensus, according to multiple studies done by towns, nonprofits and agencies here, is that with the population trending older and fewer young families finding a way to live in this region, housing for such families would be the most desirable and beneficial to the life of the community to find a way to build.

Letters to the Editor - Lakeville Journal - 5-9-19

Ban asphalt production

This is an important time for North Canaan to come together and protect our natural wealth. We have always been proudly pro-business, but when it comes to compromising our health, our environment and our future, we need to take a stand against the proposed asphalt plant.

In a Lakeville Journal article, Ben Metcalf said he takes seriously his responsibility to be a good neighbor. However, Mr. Metcalf’s actions speak otherwise.


A baseball comedy routine, a singer and a song

In the 1940s, my father’s cousin would occasionally get us tickets to the broadcasts of the Kate Smith radio program, which General Foods sponsored. Those excursions across the Hudson to Manhattan’s Radio City and dinner at Tofenetti’s Times Square restaurant were major events for our young family.

‘Better living through chemistry’

From 1935 to 1982, the DuPont Corporation used the advertising slogan, “Better living through chemistry,” to promote their products. By the late 1960s, a character in the film “The Graduate” delivered a one-word line about the future that remains famous to this day: “Plastics!” Both plastics and chemicals have become so ubiquitous that now most of us hardly notice them.

Trump versus Congress and our Constitution

Donald Trump is the most impeachable president in American history. Many Democrats, however, are running away from the word “impeachment” for tactical political reasons. Some Democrats say they have a sworn duty under the U.S. Constitution to present articles of impeachment for a vote in the House of Representatives, regardless of the refusal by the Republican-controlled Senate to hold a trial.

Turning Back The Pages

100 years ago — May 1919

SALISBURY — Hamlet Hill Farm has received a carload of Guernsey cows from Wisconsin. They arrived Tuesday.


CANAAN — Dr. and Mrs. Irving F. Barnes motored from Oyster Bay last week and visited at Henry Barnes’. Mrs. Eugene T. Rowe returned home with them to spend a few days.


SALISBURY — Miss Lucy Reed has gone to Pennsylvania, where she has secured a good position.