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SALISBURY — It’s no secret that the Salisbury Pharmacy and General Store is so much more than a place where prescriptions are refilled.

And thanks to Front Store Manager Larissa Nordone, it’s even more than just a quaint, country shop. As the merchandise buyer, Nordone regularly attends conventions and speaks directly with product developers to ensure that when weekenders make the trip from Manhattan to Salisbury the boutique pharmacy experience still feels hand-selected and current. 

It also happens to be just about the best place in the region to...

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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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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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