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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

Work could begin on ‘illegal’ steps

SALISBURY — Salisbury’s Town Hall will get a major makeover this fall. The Board of Selectmen at the regular monthly meeting Monday, Sept. 10, voted to get started on rebuilding the ramps, steps and facade.
First Selectman Curtis Rand said the total price is $278,000. 
There will be a town meeting soon, with a number of financial items on the agenda, including the balance of the Town Hall project.

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Salisbury and its part in World War I

SALISBURY — There is a new exhibit about Salisbury’s role in World War I on the 100th anniversary of the end of the war. 
“Over There and Here: Salisbury and Its People During the Great War” is on display at the Academy Building on Main Street until the first weekend in December.

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Baby-Sitters Club explained at SCS

SALISBURY — Middle-school students quizzed author Ann M. Martin about her work at Salisbury Central School on Friday, Sept. 7.
Martin is best known for her series, “The Baby-Sitters’ Club.”  She wrote 35 books in the series before turning it over to other writers. 
She said, in response to a question, that the original idea was for four books in the series.
Including her 35 books entries, there are now 132 novels — more than 300 if titles in spin-off series are added to the total.

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Bittersweet Watch

SALISBURY — The Amesville Association took steps to protect the sycamore trees along the Housatonic River, by hosting an invasive eradication workshop on Saturday morning, Sept. 8. The event was organized by Jennifer Law.
Amesville is one of the five Salisbury villages. It runs along the Housatonic River near the iron bridge that crosses over to Falls Village.
Association President Danella Schiffer said that 15 people took part by pulling up bittersweet vines and painting the massive roots with a herbicide containing 18 percent glysophate. 

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Charges raised publicly against former town employee

SALISBURY — A group of about 20 people has asked the Salisbury Board of Selectmen to initiate an investigation of former town Recreation Director Art Wilkinson for alleged sexual abuse of children.
The dramatic request came at the end of an otherwise routine monthly selectmen’s meeting on Monday, Sept. 10.
First Selectman Curtis Rand and Selectman Chris Williams were present. Selectman Don Mayland was out of town.

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Camp Sloane turns 90

LAKEVILLE — Camp Sloane YMCA celebrated 90 years in Lakeville on Sunday, Sept. 2, with a dinner and celebration.
Executive Director and CEO Paul “Bear” Bryant, interviewed on Tuesday, Aug. 28, provided a vest-pocket history of the camp.
The origins of Camp Sloane go back to 1910, when the Westchester County, N.Y., YMCA began the process of creating Camp Mohegan at Lake Mohegan, N.Y. 
William Sloane, for whom Camp Sloane is named, was on the committee that established Camp Mohegan.

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Ending another summer season for Salisbury Band

SALISBURY — The Salisbury Band played its traditional end-of-summer concert in front of the Scoville Memorial Library on Saturday afternoon, Aug. 25.
About 60 people came to eat ice cream (from Freund’s Farm Market in North Canaan) and hear the band play venerable favorites such as “Hey, Look Me Over,” “Second Connecticut March” and “Down By the Riverside.”

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Man claims misconduct by former rec director

SALISBURY — A former town resident has raised charges of misconduct by a town recreation director in the 1960s. 
Robert Wallingford (who has lived in California since 1974) says he does not plan to file charges with the State Police or a lawsuit against a former town of Salisbury recreation director, whom he claims behaved inappropriately toward him when Wallingford was an adolescent. 

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Blessings, gifts and school backpacks

LIME ROCK — Backpacks filled with school supplies were blessed as part of the service Sunday, Aug. 19, at Trinity Lime Rock Episcopal Church.
Parishioner Geoff Brown said he was a little surprised at the items on the supplies list sent from the schools.
“Post-it notes, erasable markers and Kleenex” he said.

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Rev. Sellery will move to North Carolina

The Rev. David F.  Sellery of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Salisbury announced Thursday, Aug. 16, that he was leaving for a new job in North Carolina.
Sellery has been at St. John’s for four years.
His Aug. 16 email began: 
Dear Friends,

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