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 — 1919

John Roebuck, age 63, a well known farmer of this section, met a tragic fate Saturday afternoon, being killed by an angry bull. The shock to the family was very great and to Mr. Roebuck’s many friends as well. The bull had always been gentle, and had given no previous trouble, a fact which doubtless caused Mr. Roebuck to be taken totally unawares.


Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Scoville will entertain about 150 of their friends at a dance at their home in Taconic tomorrow night.


Letters to the Editor - Lakeville Journal - 6-27-19

Lime Rock Park: Facts of the matter

It’s troubling these days to read so many false and misleading statements uttered to fit ones own perception of reality or to push a narrative. Alternative facts  can be conveniently applied to bolster the argument.

Here are a few ideas for improving our villages

Our Northwest Corner towns and villages are more beautiful than most but a coordinated set of minor physical improvements could dramatically improve their appearance.

While the overall population of the Northwest Corner has not increased over the years, the considerable increase in part-time residents has caused development to spread out. More and more of the countryside looks suburban. At the same time, our villages have shrunk and some, like Lime Rock and Taconic, have nearly disappeared. 

D-Day: Here’s what it was like for a child in England

On the 75th Anniversary of D-Day recently, I began to remember a few things about D-Day that not many people still living would be able to recollect. And I thought readers might find them interesting. 

When dictators meet: Hitler and Mussolini at the Brenner Pass

When dictators confer at an important juncture in history, the products are usually disinformation, bullying and dashed expectations.   

A classic example of such a meeting occurred during the “phony war,” that period between September of 1939 and May of 1940 characterized by a battlefield lull in the fighting between the Allies and the Third Reich. 

Children and the trauma of immigration

Immigrant children have become the collateral damage of the Trump administration’s Zero Tolerance policies aimed at their parents, as well as “bargaining chips” in the administration’s negotiations with Congress. In addition, our current administration probably hopes that its disdainful treatment of children at the border will be a deterrent to Central American families contemplating life in the U.S.

Turning Back The Pages

100 years ago — June 1919

SALISBURY — Frank Ostrom is in Winsted for two weeks.