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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...

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Hints and tips on how to make Medicare work best

SALISBURY — If you’re nearing age 65 and wondering what to do about enrolling for Medicare, whatever you do, don’t procrastinate.
That message came through loud and clear from Margaret Foran Ackley, who helps people with their Medicare options as an “independent agent advisor.”
That means it’s free to consult her, or one of the roughly 3,000 others in the state of Connecticut.

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Efforts made to make road safer in village

SALISBURY  — The many vehicle-versus-pedestrian crashes in the past few years (including one that was fatal), have prompted discussion about ways to make the center of Salisbury village safer.
In a letter to the editor of The Lakeville Journal in the Sept. 19 edition, journalist and author Tom Shachtman estimated the number of crashes at about two dozen in the past five years. Shachtman himself was hit and badly injured in one of those incidents. 

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An inside view of the White House

LAKEVILLE — Peter Baker, the senior White House reporter for the New York Times, spoke to a capacity crowd at The Hotchkiss School on Friday, Sept. 20, about the challenges of covering the activities of President Donald J. Trump.
The talk was hosted and organized by the Salisbury Forum.
Baker did not bring prepared remarks. He spoke off the cuff for about 15 minutes, and then fielded questions for an hour.

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Nonprofits and volunteers honored at corn roast in Lakeville

LAKEVILLE — The Salisbury Republican Town Committee (RTC) honored organizations that serve Salisbury, at a corn roast at the Grove on Sunday, Sept. 15.
Salisbury RTC Chairman Tom Morrison said the committee tried to make a comprehensive list. “I suspect we didn’t get everyone.”
The RTC has five candidates on the November ballot, and they were among the presenters. However, the politicking was kept to a minimum, the better to concentrate on the awards and the corn.

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Postcards quaintly illuminate the history of a town

SALISBURY — If you look at how people document visual evidence of their travels, in the 21st century you might start with Instagram and Pinterest. 
If you go back in years, you may find vacation images posted on older social media, like Facebook. Reverse even more in time and you may see images sent by email, included on a drive or a CD-Rom or printed on glossy paper. 

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A buck wanders into a tag sale …

SALISBURY — It might seem almost funny if there weren’t worrisome implications. A buck wandered into a tag sale on Main Street in Salisbury on Saturday morning, Sept. 7.
It had large tags on its ears that made it look like perhaps it was one of the sale items. And, sadly, it seemed dazed and just stood in one spot at the sale, contributing to the impression that it was a taxidermied specimen rather than a living animal. 

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Fitch’s 50 years of saving lives

LIME ROCK — Woodstock and the moon landing aren’t the only events celebrating a 50th anniversary this year. 
Half a century ago John Cooper Fitch, a war hero, racing legend and Lime Rock resident, invented a device in his Falls Village specialty auto workshop that literally changed the landscape of America’s highways. 

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Mount Riga: The best place on the planet

SALISBURY — Sitting about 2,000 feet above sea level is a small community of homes. Up an unpaved, winding road, past bridges smaller than the average car and walled by miles of trees, is Mount Riga. 
Up there you can find more than a hundred cottages, many of which were built in the 1840s, a lake that stretches from Connecticut to New York state, and one of the last remaining blast furnaces from Connecticut’s iron age. 
To me and to many others, this place is home. 

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After many adventures, Tom Blagden Jr. is back home

SALISBURY — After 42 years of living primarily in Charleston, S.C., photographer and Lakeville native Tom Blagden Jr. has moved back to the small town he grew up in — and it’s quite the homecoming. 
The entrance of The Hotchkiss School, which Blagden attended in the 1960s and where his father, Tom Blagden, taught art, now features mural-sized prints of his photographs of the campus. They will remain on display for the next two years. 

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Lamont visits Historic Fest

Gov. Ned Lamont, above right,  got a tour of Lime Rock Park by track owner Skip Barber during the four-day Historic Festival over Labor Day weekend. The governor said it was his first time at the track and he was “thrilled to be among such world-class cars and drivers.” Below, the driver of a vintage Maserati rounds a bend in racing competition. To find out more about those cars and drivers, see Elegance and speed as Italians arrive for Historic Festival at LRP.

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