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SALISBURY — At the regular monthly meeting of the Board of Selectmen on Monday, Nov. 4, the selectmen voted unanimously to spend up to $5,000 on a preliminary assessment of 343 Main St. in Lakeville, the site of the former China Inn restaurant.

First Selectman Curtis Rand said any future use for the property — housing, for instance — will likely require grant money from the state.

But the state bonding commission has not freed up any funds.

Rand said he has been exploring other options. He proposed the town spend a modest sum of money to hire...

Salisbury

Every dog has his day (and a hamster won, too)

SALISBURY — Puppy Pride was on display on Sunday, Oct. 13, as dozens of pet owners paraded through Lakeville with their dogs, many of which were wearing costumes.
It was the second annual Pet Parade of the Salisbury Fall Festival (organized by the Tri-state Chamber of Commerce) , which has turned out to be an extremely enticing event because, after all, who doesn’t think that their pet is the most wondrous and beautiful of all?
This year, most of the entries were of the canine variety. 

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For a festival of fall fun, leaf it all to Salisbury

SALISBURY — The weather was glorious for the 43rd annual Salisbury Fall Festival, which was held not just in the town’s main village but also in Lakeville. 
The three-day stretch of craft sales, bread baking, hot dogs, scarecrow displays, musical performances, quilts and activities for children and small animals began on Friday, Oct. 11, and stretched to Sunday, Oct. 13 (for coverage of Sunday’s Pet Parade, see Every dog has his day (and a hamster won, too)).

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Centennial celebration

A celebratory luncheon was held on Wednesday, Oct. 9, for special members of the Noble Horizons community: those who have reached the milestone of 95 years and over. Administrator Bill Pond presented a rose to each guest whose ages ranged from 95 to 112. Above, Pond, right, with Noble resident Betty Scribner, who is 102 years old.

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Trying out her wings

Ivy Ohmen morphed into a butterfly at Salisbury’s Fall Festival last weekend. Story and another photo, see For a festival of fall fun, leaf it all to Salisbury.

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Victory in safety campaign

SALISBURY — Unexpectedly, the state road through the center of Salisbury  could get significantly safer in the coming months, thanks to efforts by a grassroots group and by First Selectman Curtis Rand.
There have been several instances in recent years of cars hitting pedestrians on Route 44, including one that occurred in September. The woman in the crash was injured but survived.

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Learn about the Pope property on Oct. 12

SALISBURY — The Pope Committee finalized plans for walking tours of the Pope property on Saturday, Oct. 12, during the Fall Festival. 
The committee met Wednesday, Sept. 25.
There will be a tent set up by the Rail Trail between the small bridge near Railroad Street and Salmon Kill Road. In the tent will be committee members with maps of the property.
There will be a path mowed for easy perambulation.
The committee members will answer any questions that people have.

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English Language scores up in Salisbury

SALISBURY — Salisbury Central School Principal Stephanie Magyar reported to the Board of Education on Monday, Sept. 23, that the final hire for the new school year is Crystal Ohmen as cafeteria cashier and office clerk. 
Ohmen, of Lakeville, attended Salisbury Central and Housatonic Valley Regional High School,  and is a graduate of the University of Connecticut with a B.S. in horticulture.

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Rep. Hayes: Education saved my life

SALISBURY — U.S. Rep. Jahana Hayes (D-5) attended the 25th anniversary celebration for the 21st Century Fund for Housatonic Valley Regional High School (HVRHS) at the Interlaken Inn  in Lakeville on Wednesday, Oct. 2.
The fund was created in 1994 by HVRHS Principal Jack Mahoney, when he returned from a year-long sabbatical in which he traveled across the U.S. to see what other schools were doing to support and encourage their students (and faculty) in and out of the classroom.

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A visitor in the yard

SALISBURY — Douglass Smith discovered what seems to be a bobcat, hunting some kind of small prey in his yard on Chatfield Drive in Lakeville on Sunday afternoon, Oct. 6.
“Over the years we’ve had various bobcats around the property,” he said. 
“Last winter there was a mother and three kittens that we and our neighbors saw roaming around hunting at various times. They can be hard to photograph since they tend to go through the property quickly. 

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Top-level consultants offer tips for entrepreneurs

SALISBURY — A workshop on entrepreneurship drew a crowd of about 30 people, mostly women,who listened raptly as consultants Mark Trager and Lauren Trager spelled out the fundamentals of starting and running a business.
The Thursday evening, Sept. 26, class was held at the Scoville Memorial Library.
Having a written business plan is essential when seeking loans, grants and investors, according to Lauren Trager, who has written more than 150 of them during her consulting career. 

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