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SALISBURY — Christopher Baetz, manager at Passports in Salisbury, pointed to a faux-fur throw as the hot item of this year’s holiday shopping season.

It looks like fur and feels like fur, but unlike fur it is easy to clean and to style. 

“Just use cold water,” said Baetz.

The throw is $295 and a jacket is $250. There are also two faux fur bags, at $45 and $65. The latter is suitable for the new iPhone, Baetz said.

In the stocking stuffer department, there are socks from American Trench ($16.50). Made in North Carolina, these...

Salisbury

Cafe Giulia to move to Main Street

patricks@lakevillejournal.com

LAKEVILLE — Cafe Giulia (which closed Feb. 28) will move from its present location at 2 Ethan Allen St. to 392 Main St. in Lakeville, the former site of the home decor shop Agapanthus.
Cafe Giulia’ s chef-owner Robert Willis said the new location will be smaller at 34 seats and “will be very much a trattoria in style.”
The new site will also have a small private dining room for groups up to 10. 
“And for those of you who are fond of our booths, they will be coming with us to the our new home,” he said.

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Housing group meets, seeks staff

patricks@lakevillejournal.com

SALISBURY — The new Affordable Housing Commission had its first meeting last week, reported Selectman Bob Riva (the commission chairman) at the March 7 meeting of the selectmen.
The next commission meeting is Monday, March 21, 5 p.m. at Town Hall, and the commission will meet on the second and fourth Mondays of each month at 5 p.m. at least through May.
The commission has advertised for a part-time staffer. The job description is posted on the town website, salisburyct.us, and an ad ran in last week’s Lakeville Journal. (Applications were due March 17.)

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Grant will help with rewrite of plan

patricks@lakevillejournal.com

SALISBURY — The selectmen passed a resolution on March 7 authorizing First Selectman Curtis Rand to accept a state grant of $12,000 for rewriting the Town Plan of Conservation and Development. Rand said he would pass the paperwork along to the Planning and Zoning Commission.
All towns in the state are required to update their town plan once every 10 years. Towns that don’t comply are denied grant money.

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Time change for Rec Commission

patricks@lakevillejournal.com

SALISBURY — The selectmen have fielded a request from the Recreation Commission to change its regular meeting time, from 8 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The seemingly innocuous change has to go to town meeting, as the meeting time is specified in the ordinance creating the commission.

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EMS providers hone skills

Area emergency personnel discuss split-second decision-making, sports head injuries and more

LAKEVILLE — The EMS Institute’s Emergency Medical Service Symposium was held at The Hotchkiss School this past Saturday, March 12. The symposium was attended by EMS providers from around Connecticut and nearby New York regions.
Nationally known EMS experts lectured on various skill sets considered an integral part of EMS training and performance. In addition to the lectures, attendees had the opportunity to peruse EMS equipment such as fire retardant clothing, boots, roadside flares and automated CPR equipment, all exhibited by participating vendors.

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Happy birthday, Dr. Seuss

Teacher Karen Lundeen donned Cat in the Hat headgear and read the Dr. Seuss classic “Green Eggs and Ham” last week at Salisbury Central School in celebration of what would have been Dr. Seuss’ 114th birthday.

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Remembering John Rice, Jane Lloyd Spring Splash: Just like a cold shower

tarak@lakevillejournal.com

LAKEVILLE — The ice was still “in” on Lake Wononscopomuc as of Sunday, March 6, which does not bode well for participants in the annual Spring Splash.
This will be the seventh year that intrepid and slightly gonzo community members, including many who were friends or relatives of the late John Rice and Jane Lloyd, will take the icy plunge — which is a fundraiser in memory of the two Salisbury residents.
The Spring Splash was founded in 2004 in honor of Rice, who died at the age of 67 following a massive heart attack on Valentine’s Day in 2003.

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Finance board asks for additional budget cuts

patricks@lakevillejournal.com

SALISBURY — The Board of Finance asked the Board of Education and the Board of Selectmen to look for additional savings after a first look (on March 3) at the component parts of their proposed 2011-12 spending plan.
The fiscal year begins July 1, 2011.
The proposed budget for Salisbury Central School is $4,736,534, an increase of $110,194 or 2.38 percent over this year’s budget.
Salisbury will get a break on the town’s share of the Region One budget, at $2,991,037, a decrease of $31,644 (1.05 percent).

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EMTs and would-be EMTs are invited to symposium March 12

tarak@lakevillejournal.com

LAKEVILLE — The EMS Institute at Sharon Hospital is hosting its fourth Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Symposium at The Hotchkiss School in Lakeville on Saturday, March 12.
The workshops have titles such as “Dead Men Do Tell Tales — Unless You Screw Up the Crime Scene” and “Lifestyles in EMS — Buckle Up for the Ride,” it promises to be not just informative but entertaining as well.
Of course, catchy titles aside, it is a serious business. The purpose of the symposium is to educate EMS workers in the region.

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All we are is dust in the wind: Monks visit IMS

cynthiah@lakevillejournal.com

LAKEVILLE — Students at Indian Mountain School were visited last week by two monks from the Namgyal Monastery in Ithaca, N.Y. The monks spent two and a half days, from Feb. 21 to 23, using colored sand to construct a mandala in the conference room of the school’s Upper Campus on Indian Mountain Road.
The two monks, Tenzin Thutop and Tenzin Choklhang, constructed the Chenrezig (Avalokiteshvara) mandala, which symbolizes compassion.
After they completed the exquisitely detailed design, the monks performed a dismantling ceremony.

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