The Lakeville Journal Editorial

21st Century Fund marks a quarter century

Everyone should remain aware of what it is that inspires them to do better in their lives, and try to follow that. Why? Because one bit of inspiration, absorbed by the right person, can change the course of many other people’s lives as well as their own. 

The Journal’s reporting on state police activity

Every so often, this newspaper takes on the question of how, and why, we handle publishing the police blotter, which at this time we do weekly from the public information put out by Connecticut State Police Troop B in North Canaan. Additional coverage can happen if we know of something that has occurred in Kent, and then we would approach Troop L in Litchfield to obtain information they may have on an incident or alleged crime.

How to make Housatonic River recreation safer?

Especially during the heat of the summer, we can all understand the desire for those who live in the city to leave it all behind for a day or two and escape to the country, where the air is fresh and the water is cool. But such excursions have twice this summer ended in terrible tragedy, with a 40-year-old Brooklyn man perishing in the Housatonic River at Great Falls in Falls Village July 30, and, as reported by Executive Editor Cynthia Hochswender this week, a 25-year-old Bronx woman drowning at Bull’s Bridge in New Milford  on Aug. 12. 

Shootings are a bipartisan, critical issue that needs dedicated attention

Some time has passed since two mass shootings happened in one weekend in the United States, in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio. Is now a good time to review some actions that should be taken in the wake of these tragedies, and all the other shootings in the U.S. that have taken and ruined lives? It seems that once the great eye of national interest has turned away from specific events, the news cycle moves so quickly and erratically that it becomes difficult to turn back. But turn back we must if we want to save our country from continued targeted and heinous violence.

We’re 123 years old, yet new every week

This week marks the beginning of the new year for The Lakeville Journal’s life as a publication, entering its 123rd year, having begun publication in 1897. If you would like to stop by our office in Falls Village, you can see a hard copy that is kept under glass of Vol. 1, No. 1, published Aug. 14, 1897, four broadsheet pages of news.

Railroad Days: Fifty-five years and counting

Congratulations to all in North Canaan who worked so hard to make Railroad Days such an all-around fun and welcoming time for their town. It is extraordinary that this town brings together its merchants and nonprofit organizations to have an astonishing array of family-friendly activities over two weeks in July. It is only due to the hard work of organizer John Lannen and so many others, as well as the support of the town of North Canaan.

Summertime means interns at The Journal

It’s time to note how great it is to have the summer interns in our midst once again. Regular Lakeville Journal readers will have already seen several interns go by, pictured on the front page and bylined on numerous articles they have written. And, if you also listen to our weekly radio discussion with Marshall Miles and Jill Goodman on WHDD Robin Hood Radio (91.9 FM, 1020 AM) on Thursday mornings at about 8:30, you will also have heard them speak very well about the stories they have been covering for their community weekly newspaper.

Fraud is rampant, even in the Northwest Corner

There are some who may think their local community weekly newspaper is not actually a business, but it certainly is. Proof of that fact came to the fore last week when this small business’ checking account was apparently hacked, and a fraudulent check written from our checking account to a person out West for almost $9,000, purportedly for a camper that person had put up for sale.