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....

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A nice country for well-heeled white men

Turning Back The Pages

100 years ago — October 1918

Sugar should not cost Connecticut housewives more than eleven cents a pound, according to Robert Scoville, Connecticut’s Federal Food Administrator, who added, in a statement made yesterday, that on much sugar eleven cents was really an excessive price for some time to come.


Church, school and movies are closed until further notice, because of influenza.


TACONIC — Mr. and Mrs. Hanlon are recovering, and George and Emma Brayen are ill with influenza.

A defining moment for American justice

There are so many deep fractures in American society right now that it’s hard to predict and perceive all of them. Of course, the general polarization is quite predictable: Right-wing Republicans will defend the president, gun ownership of all kinds and the repeal of Roe v. Wade. Left-wing Democrats will support a woman’s right to choose and gun control and will criticize the president. Nothing new there.

Judicial Temperament

Letters to the Editor - Lakeville Journal - 10-4-18

What is fair, or unfair, prejudgment?

I would like to address Mark Godburn’s letter to the editor in The Lakeville Journal’s Sept. 20 issue. 

The story of the incredible, if somewhat brief, life of Jim the Bee

When it came to animals, my father was often one to bring home the unexpected. An intoxicating prospect for a family of five children, although it didn’t always have a happy ending. The baby chicks at Easter probably wasn’t well thought out. My youngest sister “liked to pet soft things”. Think Lennie in “Of Mice and Men”.

Fair and balanced, or not at all?

Brett Kavanaugh was as calm as could be expected at the Senate hearing Sept. 27, for someone who has been publicly accused and convicted without proof of assault, rape and exposure.

The people who have been truly hysterical throughout all this are not Kavanaugh or Christine Ford, but the media, especially The New York Times. Their parsing of Kavanaugh’s high school yearbook in a desperate search for evidence of bad character takes investigative journalism to a new low.

Smirks and glowers: The face of privilege under fire

That insolent smirk. I know it well. It’s the smirk of a hung-over but unruffled preppie slouching into the headmaster’s office to explain his drunken weekend — a boy who knows no real fear because his family name is on the school gym. A smirk that says: I get what I want. I dare you to hold me to account.

The Kavanaugh smirk, in the Senate hearing room.

Turning Back The Pages

100 years ago — 1918

LIME ROCK — School has closed on account of five cases of scarlet fever in town.


SALISBURY — Master Raymond Knickerbocker is ill with pleuro pneumonia.


TACONIC — Miss Sadie Gordon is pleasantly situated as companion to a lady in Dorchester, Mass.


LIME ROCK — A. Humes is to move from Chapinville to Mrs. Owen’s farm.


A blast of fall outdoor activity not to be missed

This is that beginning-of-autumn time of desperation, when any vaguely nice day elicits a need to ignore all other things (chore oriented, especially) and get outdoors and do things (such as hiking or simply taking a walk) that will soon enough become much less pleasant, if not downright impossible. The summer was just not long enough, was it? There are always activities we meant to take part in that slipped by us, no matter how much we have squeezed in.