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SALISBURY — A hearty and determined throng of holiday revelers defied the wretched weather Sunday evening, Dec.2, and came to The White Hart in Salisbury to meet Santa Claus, consume improving beverages, eat cookies and sing Christmas carols — all prior to the lighting of the Christmas tree on the town Green. 

Michael Brown led the singing, with the Salisbury Band Christmas Brass and Hot Chocolate Society accompanying.

Santa Claus was busy in a room just off the lobby, with a line of parents and small children stretching back into the rear of the inn....

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Millerhurst blaze recalls 1985’s Belter fire

SALISBURY — It wasn’t only Dutchess County residents who were stunned and saddened by the early evening fire on Oct. 14 that destroyed two dairy barns and killed 46 cows at Mike and Emily Miller’s Millerhurst Farm in Ancramdale. 
Northwest Corner residents who heard about the fire spread the news, posted photos on social media and visited the www.gofundme.com page for the fire, sharing support and money to help the farmers rebuild after the electrical fire. 

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Salisbury looks at rules on short-term rentals

SALISBURY — The Salisbury Planning and Zoning Commission held a workshop meeting Monday, Oct. 15, to get feedback from the public on the subject of  short-term rentals in town.
About 35 people attended, plus the commissioners.
Jocelyn Ayer from the Northwest Hills Council of Governments started the meeting with a presentation on short-term rentals and how different towns regulate them (if they regulate them at all). The council is made up of first selectmen from 21 area towns.

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Sotheby’s office now in Salisbury

The 14 agents of William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty have moved from their former office on Main Street in Lakeville to a new spot on Main Street in Salisbury. John Harney Jr. (at left in photo, with Tom Metzger and MC Taylor) said the company decided to make the move so the office would have greater visibility and more street traffic. The only downside to the new space, he said, is the presence nearby of the Sweet William’s bakery and coffee shop. “That’s 10 pounds, right there,” he said with a sigh. 
 

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Town meeting makes ponies tax free

SALISBURY — Voters at a Salisbury town meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 10, unanimously approved eight agenda items.
The first item was to combine the town’s Land Capital and Building Capital accounts into one new account, called the Building and Land Capital account. This was approved by unanimous voice vote.

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Moose on the loose

SALISBURY — A moose with aspirations has been visiting area independent schools in recent weeks. First a student at The Hotchkiss School spotted the leggy mammal taking a swim in Lake Wononscopomuc and took a photo. Then, at the end of September, Salisbury School teacher Avery Scoville caught a snapshot of the moose on his school’s campus. Drivers are reminded that moose are extremely tall and therefore can be very dangerous when encountered on roads, especially on misty early mornings. 
— Cynthia Hochswender

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Mayland celebrates 40 years on Litchfield Bancorp Board

SALISBURY — Don Mayland of Lakeville is celebrating his 40th year on the Board of Directors of Litchfield Bancorp.  Chairman of the board since 1993, Mayland also served as chairman of the Connecticut Mutual Holding Company, a partnership between Collinsville Savings Society, Litchfield Bancorp and Northwest Community Bank from its inception in 2001 until 2016.  

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Salisbury Forum: A Republican says ‘vote for Democrats’

SALISBURY — Tom Nichols is a lifelong conservative, a Republican who was a leading voice in the 2016 Never Trump movement. Now he calls for voters to back Democrats in the upcoming midterm election. As he recently wrote in USA Today, “I am still a Republican, but my party needs to be fumigated.”

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Town Hall steps, roofs get repairs

SALISBURY — Visitors to Salisbury for the Fall Festival noticed ongoing construction work at Town Hall in Salisbury — and perhaps noted that the decorative scarecrow that was supposed to be there had been moved. 
During the regular monthly meeting of the Board of Selectmen on Monday, Oct. 1, First Selectman Curtis Rand said that the rainy weather had pushed back the schedule for the rebuilding of the Town Hall steps and the relocation of the handicapped access ramps.

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Pumpkins, pets and a deliriously good time at fest

SALISBURY — Gloomy weather did not deter visitors to the Fall Festival in Salisbury, held from Friday, Oct. 5, through Sunday, Oct. 7.
On Saturday, Oct. 6, it rained a bit in the morning but by 10 a.m. or so Main Street was full of joy and merriment.
Magician Peter James had a crowd of children and adults laughing as he performed on the grass on the Library Street side of the Congregational Church. A routine involving Count Dracula was a big hit, as was the sleight of hand with fake eyeballs.

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Details on investigation of abuse claims

SALISBURY — First Selectman Curtis Rand gave an update on an investigation of allegations of sexual abuse by former Recreation director Art Wilkinson, at the regular monthly meeting of the Board of Selectmen on Monday, Oct. 1.
Rand shared a prewritten statement that said the investigators are “Thomas Murphy and James Healy of Cowdery & Murphy, LLC of Hartford.  The town is in the process of determining a location for the investigators to be available to speak to people who wish to speak to them.  

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