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

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.


Turning Back The Pages

100 years ago — August 1919

SALISBURY — The many friends of Mrs. E. Barton will be glad to hear that she is getting along nicely.


Dog days ended August 25th with rain.


SALISBURY — Samuel Whitbeck has received his discharge from the army and arrived home Monday.


ORE HILL — Mr. E.L. Peabody is having the silo on his farm rebuilt. Ward Dean is doing the work.


Letters to the Editor - Lakeville Journal - 8-29-19

Connecticut needs Republican leadership

Last year both gubernatorial candidates said what everybody  knows: the state of Connecticut is an economic disaster. But only 40 years ago, Connecticut was among the most prosperous  of all 50 states with one of the lowest tax burdens and  per capita debt,  a reasonable cost of living, and an excellent business climate.  

In short, this was a great place to live and do business. Many  major corporations, like UPS and GE, moved here.

Our home, our future

Voices from the Salisbury community about the housing needed for a healthy, economically vibrant future.

Affordable housing: What are we afraid of?

Predictable: The behavior of world leaders from era to era

Eighty years ago, on Sept.1, 1939, World War II began with a bang, an unprovoked Nazi German invasion of Poland, a blitzkrieg that produced shock and awe and featured such uneven combat as German Panzer tanks routing Polish horse cavalry. 

The onset of World War II was a momentous event, yet today in America little note is taken of it. Young Americans wonder what it has to do with their lives, and why they should bother studying it. 

How to make Housatonic River recreation safer?

Especially during the heat of the summer, we can all understand the desire for those who live in the city to leave it all behind for a day or two and escape to the country, where the air is fresh and the water is cool. But such excursions have twice this summer ended in terrible tragedy, with a 40-year-old Brooklyn man perishing in the Housatonic River at Great Falls in Falls Village July 30, and, as reported by Executive Editor Cynthia Hochswender this week, a 25-year-old Bronx woman drowning at Bull’s Bridge in New Milford  on Aug. 12.