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SALISBURY — At the regular monthly meeting of the Board of Selectmen on Monday, Nov. 4, the selectmen voted unanimously to spend up to $5,000 on a preliminary assessment of 343 Main St. in Lakeville, the site of the former China Inn restaurant.

First Selectman Curtis Rand said any future use for the property — housing, for instance — will likely require grant money from the state.

But the state bonding commission has not freed up any funds.

Rand said he has been exploring other options. He proposed the town spend a modest sum of money to hire...

Salisbury

Enter through the front door again

SALISBURY — The Town Hall steps in Salisbury are finished.
Prior to the May meeting of the Board of Selectmen, which was held Monday, May 6, the fencing was removed and it was once again possible to walk up the front steps and into Town Hall.

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Larger location for Elite Fitness

LAKEVILLE — The compact little gym on Main Street in Lakeville has more than doubled in size, thanks to its move to a different building on the same property. 
Bill Burke’s Elite Fitness had been snuggled into a compact space upstairs from the former Prime Finds furniture shop on Main Street. 
Burke was the owner in recent years of Northeast Fitness and Wellness, which was in Millerton at Thompson Plaza on Route 44. He moved to Lakeville in April 2018 and moved this April to the new, larger space on the same property.

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By tomorrow, today’s kitchens will be so yesterday

LAKEVILLE — Simply put, there is apparently no future in kitchens. They will one day be relegated to museums to be viewed as a quaint curiosity.   
A witty and yet provocative talk, titled “What the heck happened to my kitchen?” presented by cookbook authors (and Colebrook residents) Bruce Weinstein and Mark Scarbrough, delighted a near-capacity audience at St. Mary’s Church in Lakeville on Friday, May 3. 

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Salisbury mill rate will rise 2.6%

SALISBURY — Salisbury voters passed a $16 million budget at town meeting Wednesday, May 8, by a vote of 28-1.
The total amount for town government, Salisbury Central School and the town’s Region One School District assessment is $16,057,755.
Charlie Vail was the moderator for the town meeting.
The Board of Finance convened immediately after the town meeting adjournment to set the mill rate.

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Competitive history

SALISBURY — Students from Salisbury Central School displayed their projects for National History Day at the Academy Building on Friday, May 3.
National History Day is an academic competition for middle and high school students. Students compete at a regional level, and if they finish in the top three of their category, move on to a statewide competition. If they finish in the top two at the state level, they move on to the national round.

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She instills confidence in others

HYSB honors Lori Belter
SALISBURY —Lori Belter was honored on Saturday, May 4, at the Housatonic Youth Service Bureau (HYSB) Community Celebration at The White Hart.
More than 70 people came to celebrate the work that HYSB does, which includes bringing free counseling and behavioral health services to youth in the area.

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The fish whisperer catches two golden trout

SALISBURY — Every year the state slips two golden trout into the water at Factory Pond and the children’s pond at Lake Wononscopomuc, when fisheries representatives from the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection stock the ponds in advance of the beginning of fishing season.
This year was no exception. But this year no one caught the prize trout. 
D.J. Duntz was one of the champions of this year’s fishing derby on the first day of fishing, which was April 13. He had snagged a 3 pound trout. 

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Salisbury town meeting vote scheduled May 8

SALISBURY — After a brief public hearing Monday, April 23, on Tuesday, April 24, the Salisbury Board of Finance voted to send the town and education budget proposals to town meeting. 
The town meeting is Wednesday, May 8, 7:30 p.m. at Town Hall.
The budget proposal for municipal spending from the Board of Selectmen is $6,797,530 (an increase of $188,470 or 2.85%).
The Board of Education budget proposal is $5,678,153 (up $129,965 or 2.34%).
The town’s assessment for Region One is $3,559,681 (an increase of $43,913 or 1.25%).

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For climate, it isn’t too late (yet)

SALISBURY — Journalist Sam Eaton said that the pressures of development in the Amazon rain forest in Brazil are putting the entire planet at risk.
Eaton (who lives in Lakeville with his family) spoke at Noble Horizons on Saturday, April 27.
He showed two video pieces originally broadcast on the Public Broadcasting Service’s “News-Hour” program, and provided context before and after the clips.

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What’s out, what’s in, what’s new for the best kitchen makeovers

SALISBURY — In general, people remodel their kitchens because they want to increase the resale value of their home; or they just love, love, love to cook and want a nicer space in which to do it. 

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