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 — Mrs. Guy Drum is on the sick list with one of the prevailing colds.


LIME ROCK — Miss Rachael Cashdollar has accepted a position in Torrington.


Please DON'T ‘Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses ...’

A few years ago, during a project on Russian Jewish immigrants, I came upon Malka Chavanowa, who in 1905 had arrived at Ellis Island with her 10-year-old son. Beside her name were initials, LPC, which turned out to stand for, “likely to become a public charge.” Although Malka was allowed to pass through Ellis Island (she would become matriarch of Arnoff’s Moving and Storage), women who arrived without a husband either at their side or waiting on the pier were labeled LPC, and many were put back on steerage to be returned to Europe.  

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

Cell phone use while driving is rampant

I have been reading The Lakeville Journal Police Blotter every week for a long time and can only recall one instance of a motorist being ticketed for a cell phone violation.Yet, every week there are multiple incidents of people driving off the road and crossing lanes for no apparent reason. There is no question, to me, that many of these accidents are caused by distracted drivers on the phone. To their credit, Troop B is giving tickets for failure to maintain lanes but, apparently, not for cell phones.


Opioid treatment in Litchfield County

Fourth in a series about addiction


Cell biologists like to study problems where we have experimental control; thus, petri dishes of growing nerve cells or identical white mice. The results of such experiments are useful, but basic scientists are laboratory creatures. Outside the lab, where diverse people need to be treated, good experimental controls are rare and saving lives is complicated, we can be like New Yorkers lost in the woods.  

Reviving attacks on religion

The canard that members of this religion or that are more loyal to their religion than their nation is making a comeback and enjoying the aid and comfort of that eminent historian and theologian, Donald J. Trump.

When the president declared last month that the American Jews who voted Democratic in the last two elections — more than 70 percent of them — were either ignorant or disloyal, it was hard to determine if he meant they were disloyal to the United States, Israel or him — or maybe a little of each.  

Unsurpassable Sterling record of stamina

I’ve always been fascinated by stamina. Lou Gehrig was my boyhood hero, and not just because of his batting average, clutch hitting and dignified comportment. From 1925 to 1939 he played 2,130 ballgames in a row, not missing one, despite injuries and illnesses. (It was the record until eclipsed by the Baltimore Orioles’ formidable Cal Ripken in 1987.)

Turning Back The Pages

100 years ago — September 1919

LAKEVILLE — The silent policemen have arrived and were used Labor Day for the first time. There are two of them, one at the intersection of Main and Holley streets and the other at the railway bridge. The installation of the “billy cops” will make for much greater safety at these dangerous corners.


Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Fitting and daughter Phebe of Baltimore have returned to Salisbury. Mr. Fitting expects to finish his house which he had started.