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STANFORDVILLE — Stanford Community Day will again provide an opportunity for revelers to pick a favorite pair and cheer them to victory in what has become the traditional Push Cart Derby, organized by Helen Hamada and her husband, Kardsh Onnig of the Barraka Center for 3D Experimentation.

They began the event three years ago because, according to Hamada, “post election there was such a divide in this country that we thought, ‘Why don’t we try to do something in the community?’ Something that will be fun and bring everyone together — and it doesn...

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Pathways for predators, prey, humans

One morning as I was walking down a country road, a bobcat crossed ahead of me. I barely saw it because, instead of running over the blacktop, it dashed under the road through a narrow culvert, pausing on the other side to watch my approach before disappearing into the deeper cover of the woods. The channel was dry and the diameter of the tunnel no wider than a large pizza. There was no barrier to it going over the top. It clearly preferred the option of keeping to the shadows.

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Learn the ins and outs of the theater through summer internship

ANCRAM — Stage struck opera enthusiasts and others interested in helping nonprofit organizations obtain funding have great opportunity to gain valuable experience while supporting the well known Ancram Opera House. 

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ANCRAM — Stage struck opera enthusiasts and others interested in helping nonprofit organizations obtain funding have great opportunity to gain valuable experience while supporting the well known Ancram Opera House. 

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In appreciation: Robert ‘Bullet’ Sherwood (1946-2019): A man of many talents

You didn’t have to be a Salisbury native to know who Robert “Bullet” Sherwood was. You only had to be paying just a little bit of attention to realize that there was a big, gruff, bearded guy with piercing blue eyes directing traffic at pretty much every car accident or fire in the area and at every marquee event in town, like the Fall Festival for example. 

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Farmers look for creative ways around mud

This past April was the second wettest on record in Connecticut. Farmers of all stripes have been contending with saturated land, unseasonably cool soil temperatures and wet leaves.
According to University of  Connecticut (UConn) Extension educator Shuresh Ghimere, “Planting has been delayed because growers could not get in with their equipment. Farmers across the state have been experiencing soil erosion and compaction on fields and access roads due to high rainfall. Plant growth has been slow.” 

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District voters cast ballots for school budget vote and BOE members

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HARLEM VALLEY — The blustery weather brought a strong showing of Harlem Valley voters to the polls last Tuesday, May 21, to cast their ballots in the annual school district budget vote and Board of Education (BOE) elections. 
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Open from noon to 9 p.m., the North East (Webutuck) Central School District organized its annual school budget vote in the Webutuck High School gymnasium.

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Bear aggressive with state trooper

Photographer Scott Whalen snapped this very intimate photo of a large black bear on a warm early evening on Monday, May 20, in Lime Rock. 
While bears are becoming an increasingly common sight in the Northwest Corner, remember not to step too close for a photo or any other kind of interaction (long lenses are recommended for photos).
A bear attack was reported by the State Police at Troop L on that same day (May 20 at about 1:30 p.m.) in Burlington, which is just east of Torrington. 

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What the federal Farm Bill has to do with our dinner

What was affordable at the grocery store this week? Was there a farmers market nearby? If so, what mix of the market’s vendors were able to keep their businesses afloat this year? And could you afford to buy what they were selling? 
What ends up on our plates has a lot to do with a big piece of federal legislation called the Farm Bill. 

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Sketching out the Sharon Playhouse

Guernsey LePelley (1910-1990) was the Northwest Corner’s busiest cartoonist in the 1950s, providing the Christian Science Monitor with two drawings a day.
“We moved to Sharon in 1940 because we liked it,” LePelley told The Lakeville Journal in a story appearing June 8, 1950. That was a compliment to the town, considering the LePelleys had lived at one time or another in Cambridge, Mass., Highland Park,Ill., Los Angeles, Dallas and Venice, Fla. The LePelleys also lived in Salisbury before building a cottage in Sharon.

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Save Craryville wants to limit fueling positions at proposed gas station

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COPAKE — As part of their ongoing opposition to GRJH, Inc.’s proposal for a gas station in the hamlet of Craryville, members of the Save Craryville coalition have voiced concerns about the project over the last few months, from storm-water management and on-site wastewater disposal in February to local water contamination in April. At the recent Copake Planning Board meeting on Thursday, May 2, David Gordon, an environmental and land use attorney, represented Save Craryville and its request to reduce the number of fueling positions from 12 to six.

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