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Turning Back The Pages August 25

Turning Back The Pages

75 years ago — August 1936
ORE HILL — Messrs. Roland and Robert Fenn of Millerton were guests of Morris Dennis last Thursday. While fishing Roland captured a six pound bass. Richard Solan is working hard with his new casting rod to catch the mate to Fenn’s bass.

LAKEVILLE — Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Doyle have severed their connection with the chain store which they have been managing the past year. They have not announced their future plans.

Summer’s bounty

Nature's Notebook
sheth@audubon.org

You can feel the changes in seasons already.  Early mornings are cooler, the days are shorter and the forests are noticeably quieter having lost many of the singing migratory birds to parts south. I like this time of year a lot. There is still plenty of warm weather to come for those of us who think in terms of “half full” rather than “half empty” and there is even more to see in our woods and meadows than in previous months.

Paper Bags

Editorial Cartoon

Region would benefit from improved rails

The Lakeville Journal Editorial

There are good reasons why upgrades to the rail crossings and lines in North Canaan, Cornwall and Kent would be good for the entire region. The Housatonic Railroad Co. has already set the stage for renewed passenger service on its Berkshire line, and as reported by Karen Bartomioli in this newspaper last week, the North Canaan-based company is now vying for between $10 and $12 million in transportation grant money to help take area rail service to the next level.

Turning Back The Pages 8-18

75 years ago — August 1936

Reflections of the Season (editorial): The state Motor Vehicle Department states that while not naming the man, the worst driver in the state has had 17 accidents in 10 years. While very interesting, it raises the question as to why after about the 10th accident, the fellow was still able to get a license. Please don’t all answer at once.

SALISBURY — Livingston Lansing is spending his vacation at his home on Lansing Hill.

First aid for the United States economy: revenue reform

Insight

It comes as something of a surprise to read pronouncements by some conservative gurus in the pages of mainstream newspapers such as the New York Times that “Obamacare is the principal cause of the economic recession and the U.S. debt crisis.”

That’s curious. Didn’t the debt problem begin under President George W. Bush in 2001-2008? Didn’t the economic recession begin in late 2007, and didn’t President Obama take office afterward in January 2009?

Trade union democracy

If You Ask Me

When we were first told that the state employee unions required an 80 percent yes vote to ratify a contract, a union official proudly proclaimed we were witnessing trade union democracy in action.

But since then, the 80 percent rule was magically reduced to a simple majority, without the advice and consent of all those trade union democrats.

In more authoritarian societies, this sort of thing is known as the dictatorship of the proletariat, the proletariat being the industrial working class that is theoretically endowed with all the political power, but not really.

What to expect after a waterfall decline

The Independent Investor

It’s been one heck of a two weeks. One would think the world was coming to an end, given the way global markets have behaved. You may not be able to make much sense of why markets sold off so quickly, but out of the carnage we may be able to predict what comes next. Here’s why.

Stock market free falls, such as the one we are presently experiencing, are called waterfall declines, which are sudden drops of 20 percent or more compressed into a few short weeks or days. They are fairly rare events and most follow a roughly similar pattern consisting of three phases.

Letters to the Editor August 18

Letters to the Editor - The Lakeville Journal

Tag sale proceeds will help Habitat
As Habitat for Humanity puts the wraps on another record-breaking tag sale, several acknowledgements are in order:  The Hotchkiss School for providing a great venue along with an extremely helpful staff; tables from Salisbury School and the Lakeville Hose Company; Lynn and Tony Nania for hosting our victory party; and all our faithful  volunteers and the public for their unwavering support.

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Drawing new lines to germinate new planting ideas

The Garden Coach

I finally planted my fothergilla on Father’s Day. Now I can’t imagine it not being there.

Sometimes figuring out where to plant when lines have already been drawn and beds are full isn’t easy. It’s hard to see past what is already there, to think outside of the box, especially when beds run parallel to walls of the house.