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 — September 1919

SALISBURY — Samuel Whitbeck is at present employed in a drug store in Ridgefield, Conn.


Miss May Finnegan has been enjoying a two weeks’ vacation from her duties in the office of the Conn. Power Co., in Canaan.


LIME ROCK — Mr. L.A. Bulman celebrated his 78th birthday Monday. There are not many men as old as Mr. Bulman who are as well as he is and able to work every day.


More about John Fitch

Vintage car mechanic Skip North, who worked for John Fitch back when John Fitch & Co., Inc., was at 100 Main St. in Falls Village, stopped by The Lakeville Journal on Sept. 12 with this photo of the business from around 1968. North clarified that “Sprint” on the sign was the name of the car, not the company. We ran an article in that week’s issue by Robert Buccino that described Fitch’s innovative and life-saving invention of the Fitch Barrier, commonly seen at highway construction sites.

Shabby treatment of NFL ‘legends’

The National Football League, which earns billions every season on the backs and often the brains of its players, is celebrating the 100th anniversary of its founding this season.   

At the risk of spoiling the party, it might therefore be a good time to give some attention to how the NFL treats those players whose greatness decades ago made the league what it is today.

Doing business, but on whose terms?

On Aug. 19, the Business Roundtable, a group of hundreds of CEOs from the largest corporations in America, released a statement updating their definition of a corporation’s purpose. After decades of insisting that a corporation exists solely to increase shareholder’s returns, they now claim that all stakeholders should be considered. Now, apparently, employees, customers, suppliers and their communities should be taken into consideration.

The Journal’s reporting on state police activity

Every so often, this newspaper takes on the question of how, and why, we handle publishing the police blotter, which at this time we do weekly from the public information put out by Connecticut State Police Troop B in North Canaan. Additional coverage can happen if we know of something that has occurred in Kent, and then we would approach Troop L in Litchfield to obtain information they may have on an incident or alleged crime.

Letters to the Editor - Lakeville Journal - 9-12-19

Lime Rock report for Rep. Maria Horn

Dear Maria,

My personal observations/experiences from the Lime Rock Historic Festival follow:

Monday night, I went to The Black Rabbit with friends from Toronto. I ordered arugula salad and a bottle of wine, both unavailable. The manager said they were out because Sunday was the biggest day in their eight-year history. 

The next day, had lunch at Mountainside Café; they said Sunday was the biggest day in their sales history. 

Aging in place: Worth it despite challenges

Part 2

We are extremely lucky to have two excellent retirement facilities in our area. Noble Horizons and Geer Village are both well appointed, full of caring people and, above all, safe. Safety is the top priority. Safety is what the families of residents want.

From Trump Tower to power, over the law

Donald Trump is (to use his phrase) “dumb as a rock” when it comes to the programs and the policies of the federal government agencies over which he is allegedly presiding. However, when it comes to defending and expanding his own political power, Trump is shameless and profoundly cunning.