The Lakeville Journal Editorial

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.

Thanks for a great Fourth

There are things that happen so reliably that we are tempted to take them for granted, and think that they always have and always will happen. Yet reality belies that kind of complacency at this time in the United States. 

On to the next great thing

“To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream, not only plan, but also believe.”

— Anatole France


Life can seem more complicated at times of transition. While the stress of preparing for tests or finishing off projects can seem overwhelming, once all the dust has settled, planning for what might come next can seem more daunting than any of what came before.

Two cultural icons mark milestones in 2019

It seems as if June crept up on us this year, what with lots of rain and cooler weather. But it has arrived, with some warmer sunny days that can adjust one’s mood to a summer attitude pretty quickly. One of the aspects of summer life in the Tri-state region that can lift anyone’s spirits is the vast array of cultural events at our fingertips, many of them less costly than in the cities and more easily accessible.

‘Bullet’ Sherwood: An extraordinary life, very well lived

There are few community members who are so well known and beloved that just about everyone knows them. And fewer still who are instantly recognizable by the mention of just one name. This is as it was with Robert “Bullet” Sherwood, who was Salisbury’s quintessential volunteer, often the first at the scene of a fire or accident, directing traffic or taking on some other necessary task. 

Memorial Day has touched our hearts once again

The beginning of summer is a time of both nostalgia for past good times in the sun and joy looking forward to new ones. But Memorial Day, which marks that new moment every year, brings its own profound meaning to the weekend. The ceremonies and parades that each town in the region organizes remind us all of the monumental sacrifices made by those who gave their lives for their country, and by the loved ones and comrades they left behind.

Pay attention to the municipal budgets

The charm of town and education budgets eludes most citizens until their tax bills arrive. Then, the repercussions of decisions made in spending municipal money become all too real. But in the Northwest Corner, none of the towns has been so irresponsible as to shock their taxpayers with gigantic increases. Rather, the boards and commissions look at every budget line and try their best to keep spending in check.

Recovery, no matter the final outcome, will not be easy in North Canaan

This is a time of sometimes stunningly uncivil civic discourse. It’s happening at the national level and at the international level, so it shouldn’t be too surprising when it trickles down to the local level. Yet somehow, it is.

Not to say that the issues facing humanity aren’t worthy of passion and even in-your-face activism. Because they are. And the things that affect our own lives every day undeniably mean just as much, or even more, to us than those that are more conceptual or in the distance.