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Every successful artist can look back and point to a critical time in his or her life when someone gave them permission to trust their creative instincts, providing the push needed to make truly original art. 

At Housatonic Valley Regional High School (HVRHS), teachers Warren Prindle and Janet Johnson do just that for many students, year after year. Friday evening, May 17, marked the 15th annual Blue and Gold at the White, a juried art exhibit and sale for HVRHS students at the White Gallery in Lakeville.

Art was practically spilling out the doors. According to gallery...

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After hours

The Tri-State Chamber of Commerce sponsored a Business After Hours at Skintastic in Lakeville on Wednesday, Aug. 3. About 30 business people gathered to find out more about the business, at 336 Main St., which specializes in manicures, pedicures, airbrush tanning, facials, cellulite reductions, massage and more. The Skintastic staff, including owner Colleen Kopec and masseuse Leslie Eckstein, welcomed Nancy DePecol and other visitors for the Business After Hours at their shop on Main Street in Lakeville.

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The cruising life

Noble Horizons residents enjoyed “Captain” Mike Beck’s July 28 cruise around Lake Wononscopomuc in Lakeville on the Grove’s pontoon boat.

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Public urges P&Z to rethink

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SALISBURY — At a Planning and Zoning Commission public hearing Tuesday, Aug. 9, opposition was the prevailing sentiment expressed.
Members of the public who were there seemed generally unhappy with a proposed change in the town’s zoning regulations that would eliminate special permits for vertical expansion of nonconforming buildings in the entire town.
Mat Kiefer asked how many nonconforming buildings could be turned into affordable housing, and inquired if the commission had done an inventory of nonconforming structures in town.

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Mysteries of the sweet life on Mount Riga, revealed

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SALISBURY — The summer community on Mount Riga settles into a routine as the season progresses.
With no electricity (save the odd generator for pumping water) and spotty cell phone coverage, the mountain provides a respite from the post-modern whirl of life.
Which is why the summer residents can often be tracked down at the Scoville Memorial Library mid-day — using the computers to check emails, certainly, but also stocking up on books.
People read on the mountain.
Fixing houses and swings

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John Fitch hits 94 and is on track for more to come

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LIME ROCK — Legendary auto racer and automotive innovator John Fitch celebrated his 94th birthday Sunday, Aug. 7, at Terry Dunn’s bed and breakfast on White Hollow Road.

Fitch took some good-natured ribbing (“The man who is singlehandedly going to bankrupt Social Security”) and received an inkwell and a quill from friend Peter Wild.

“I thought you should have something reminiscent of when you learned to write,” said Wild.

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Flint makes his pitch for housing in old firehouse

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SALISBURY — Mike Flint made his pitch for converting the old firehouse at 9 Sharon Road to affordable housing, at the meeting of the Affordable Housing Commission Monday, Aug. 8.
Flint has been advocating the conversion of the old firehouse into three “workforce” apartments for several weeks, and has now fleshed the project out.
He presented a “worst-case scenario” of $334,000 to convert the building.
Flint began by saying, “There are those who who believe the town shouldn’t put a dime into affordable housing. I disagree.”

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Habitat sale a success, again

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LAKEVILLE — Habitat for Humanity had another successful tag sale on the weekend of Aug. 5 to 7.
The sale was held in the fieldhouse at The Hotchkiss School. A total tally is not available yet but organizer Judi Moore said that an estimated $31,000 was made by the end of the day Saturday.
Moore said that there were more goods for sale than ever before, and turnout was good. One disappointment: a teak sailboat/kayak did not sell.

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Salisbury Candidates for 2011 Elections

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Region One swim finals

SALISBURY— The Region One summer swim season ended with a championship meet Wednesday, July 27, at the Lakeville town Grove.
Spectators filled the hillside by the swim docks. Parents, friends and fans cheered on swimmers from Salisbury, Cornwall, Sharon and North Canaan.
This year the Salisbury team was unusually large with 65 racers. Cornwall had 50, Sharon had 30 and North Canaan had 20.
The swimmers were extremely supportive of their teammates, gathering around the lanes to cheer each other on. The weather was perfect and the water was warm.

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Firehouse offer too low

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SALISBURY — The Board of Selectmen, in a unanimous vote, declined to take an offer for the old firehouse to town meeting on Wednesday, July 27.
The offer, for $400,000 from Albert and Tim Mucka of Goshen, was deemed too low by all three selectmen.
Jim Dresser, noting the appraised value of the property at 9 and 9A Sharon Road was $720,000, said the offer was “too low to justify taking to town meeting.”
He also expressed concern about part of the offer, which specified deeding the small white building (9A Sharon Road) back to the town for affordable housing.

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