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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Asylum Seekers

Checking in with the Tooth Fairy

Is the economy strong or is it tanking? Should we be worried? Let’s face it, our concern about the health of the economy is an exercise in blatant self-interest poorly disguised as concern for the big picture. Is the reassurance we’re looking for found in a mountain of financial algorithms, neural networks and investment advice? Possibly. 

Turning Back The Pages

100 years ago — November 1918

SALISBURY — Mr. and Mrs. George R. Belcher spent Saturday and Sunday in Great Barrington.


LAKEVILLE — Mr. and Mrs. George Miller entertained a number of their young friends at a party last Thursday evening.


LIME ROCK — W. Tellerday moved to East Canaan this week.


Congratulations on a job well done

Walking into Salisbury Central School is a bright and welcoming experience. It has been for a long time, what with Patty Stevens doing the welcoming for so many years, and creating an active visual with lights, posters and more to encourage any visitors to linger there. 

But there is even more to it now that the renovation of the building has been completed (see story by Patrick Sullivan, page A3.) It is impressive to see just what new ceilings, lights and furniture can do for a space.

Who will it be for governor, the has-been or never-was?

Governor of Connecticut was a job nobody in either party wanted this year so Connecticut’s voters were offered the leftovers and will make one of them governor next Tuesday.

The polls indicate the battle between the Democratic has-been and the Republican never-was could go either way, with maybe a slight edge in this one-party state to the Democrat and maybe not. It’s as if it doesn’t matter, probably because it doesn’t. Neither has gone beyond base-pleasing talk to offer real solutions to Connecticut’s serious problems. 

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Maria Horn is the choice for saving the environment

Executive road service

Turning Back The Pages

100 years ago —1918

SALISBURY — Miss Helen Eggleston is home from her duties at Connecticut Western News, Canaan, owing to illness.


The weather of the past two weeks has been delightful and are what the old timers would term Indian Summer.


SALISBURY — Stanley Sherwood of Torrington is spending a few days at his home here.


Questions, questions, where are the answers?

In an oft-reported exchange between Gertrude Stein, an American widely known for her wisdom and glittering 1920s Parisian literary salon, and one of her earnest admirers, the admirer asked her: “What are the answers, Madame Stein?” She replied, “What are the questions?”

Within our media/political/corporate culture of self-censorship and taboo topics, we should restate Ms. Stein’s rejoinder — what are the questions of gravity and relevance that are chronically unasked?