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SALISBURY — Downtown Salisbury is a mecca for holiday gift shopping. Among the vendors of useful and beautiful giftable items for men and women is Passports, at 14 Main St.

Passports manager and buyer Christopher Baetz gave a tour an offered gift tips recently.

It’s winter and the shop has  a glamorous warm clothing for women in a range of prices: caps with faux pompoms run $35, but the fox fur ones are $65, for example. 

There are warm capes that can be worn three ways. Best sellers at the store include a faux-fur ruffle scarf available in six...

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Raw power available at Salisbury farmers market

SALISBURY — At 9:15 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 10, the only sign of life at the Scoville Memorial Library was a man mowing the grass.
Of the participants in the regular 10 a.m. Saturday farmers market there was not a trace.
A reporter checked the library website on his smart phone to see if the market had been canceled. No, it hadn’t.
At 9:20 a.m., a vehicle rolled up to the curb and a woman leaped out and began pulling things out of the car. Notably, a tent.
“Aha!” said the reporter.

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Not lost in the mail: Postcard show will be delayed

SALISBURY — The next exhibit at the Salisbury Association’s Academy Building on Main Street, originally scheduled to open Labor Day weekend, will instead open on Saturday, Sept. 7.
At least that was the plan as of Saturday morning, Aug. 24.
Lou Bucceri and Katherine Chilcoat were working on the exhibit, “A Postcard History of Salisbury’s Past,” and expressing dismay at the quality of the artwork that makes up the bulk of the exhibit.

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Sweater weather this year: Back to school, very cool

LAKEVILLE — It was a chilly first day of school on Monday, Aug. 26, and everybody at Salisbury Central School (SCS) had a jacket or a sweater.
Around 8:30 a.m. the buses pulled in and the teachers, holding signs with their names, set about corralling their charges for the new school year.

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Galaxy jar activity was out of this world

SALISBURY — To make a galaxy jar, start by stuffing cotton into a Mason jar, using a slender wooden stick to tamp the cotton down. Add color in the form of acrylic paint mixed with water. When the paint/water mix is absorbed by the cotton, add another layer and repeat with a different color. Add sprinkles and stars to taste. 

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Standing up and speaking out for firearm safety

SALISBURY — About 40 people attended a Rally for Gun Safety on the Salisbury Green by The White Hart on Saturday, Aug. 17.
Organizer Sophia DeBoer said the groups involved were the Northwest Corner Committee for Gun Violence Prevention, which was formed after the Sandy Hook school shooting; and Democracy First.
Many of the people attending carried signs expressing frustration with what they perceive as a lack of action on the part of the federal government on gun control.

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Seeking answers on town blight and waterfall safety

SALISBURY — Salisbury First Selectman Curtis Rand said the town can put up “no parking signs” around the Great Falls in the Amesville section of town to discourage visitors from going into the falls.
Rand was responding to Amesville resident Jeremy Dakin’s comments about the July 30 fatality at the falls, at the regular monthly meeting of the Salisbury Board of Selectmen on Monday, Aug. 5.

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Best & Cavallaro real estate agency merges with powerhouse Sotheby’s

SALISBURY — All parties involved seem delighted with the recently announced merger of Salisbury real estate agency Best & Cavallaro with the larger William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty (WPSIR). 
The merger became official on Monday, Aug. 12, and was announced by WPSIR on Friday,  Aug. 9.
According to the press release, WPSIR is “one of the largest Sotheby’s International Realty affiliates globally and the 37th-largest real estate company by sales volume in the United States.”

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The athletic center full of such wonderful ‘stuff’

LAKEVILLE — The Mars Athletic Center at The Hotchkiss School was full of … stuff.
Big stuff, in the form of furniture.
Little stuff, such as stuffed animals of all descriptions.
And unusual stuff, as in the set of like-new Scooby-Doo foil valentines, which was a bargain at 25 cents.
The occasion was the annual Habitat for Humanity of Northwest Connecticut tag sale.

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Prize honors integrity, positive change in leaders

SALISBURY — Hancock Shaker Village has announced  the creation of the Robert G. Wilmers Integrity Prize, an annual award to recognize individuals who have exhibited exemplary integrity in leadership in social justice, art and architecture, design, conservation, community, music, agriculture, commerce, and other fields of endeavor.  

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October wedding planned for Richardson, Colpitts

LAKEVILLE — Jay and Carole Colpitts of Lakeville announce the engagement of their son, John Colpitts, to Sarah Richardson. A former Lakeville Journal intern,  John is a graduate of St. Paul’s School in Concord, N.H., and Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vt. He is a professional musician and contributing writer for Modern Drummer magazine.

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