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Letters to the Editor - Lakeville Journal - 10-10-19

Welcome the new church 

As a member of the congregation, I would like to reassure Lakeville Journal readers and put to rest rumors and gossip that have been going around about Christ Covenant Anglican Church in North Canaan. Like the other churches in town, Christ Covenant has the same common goals: to teach, and preach, the Lord God’s works through Jesus Christ, teaching the power of prayer and faith. 

The church is recognized by the American Council of Christian Churches. Father Robert Fredrickson studied at St. Joseph of Arimathea Theological College and was installed as rector by the Right Reverend Rocco Florenza, Bishop of the Eastern Dioceses of the Anglican Catholic Church. 

Christ Covenant is evangelical, but that doesn’t make it a cult or anything other than a legitimate church following the path of Christ. To those who believe in hearing before seeing and lack Christian warmth and insight before making judgments, come visit the church and find out the facts.  I was under the impression that Canaan got its name from the Bible as the Promised Land, or was it the Land of Milk and Honey? Either way, we should all help our town live up to its name. 

Michael Parmalee

North Canaan

 

Thanks for 25 years of the 21st Century Fund

Last week’s 25th Anniversary Celebration for the 21st Century Fund for HVRHS was a showcase of the many ways in which this group has impacted the lives of our young people. While I am aware of most of their grants, this gathering was an opportunity to celebrate the sheer volume and duration of their support. 

As principal, I look to the fund to solve some of our challenging funding gaps. When a teacher wants to know if there is money available for an experimental or pilot project, I am often able to cite the 21st Century Fund as the group that will help them get started. 

Our school owes an incredible debt of gratitude to those who have served on the board over the years and the many members of our community who have supported its work financially. Thank you for 25 incredible years!

Ian Strever, Principal

Housatonic Valley Regional High School

Falls Village

 

It is not over yet

As you likely know, B. Metcalf Paving is trying to put a warm-asphalt plant right on the property lines of residences and within one-third of a mile of the Blackberry River in North Canaan. The Metcalf property was never an industrial site. Ride up the valley and see for yourself that it is a rural area of family farms, a vineyard, a fishing club, residences, a church and state park. 

This warm-asphalt plant  is a risk to area drinking water aquifers, our health, our safety, our general welfare and property values in the entire town of North Canaan. As citizens and business owners in this community we must all step up and act as the North Canaan Zoning Ordinance, Article I, Intent and Purpose states, “To promote and protect public health, safety and welfare.”  

If this threat is not met now, the long-term effect on community health, safety and welfare will certainly be at risk along with the property values that generate taxes that support town services and obligations. A drop in property values because of this warm-asphalt plant means a drop in current tax revenues. Not stopping this warm-asphalt plant risks higher taxes to support our community, not lower taxes. 

Your help is needed now. Let the North Canaan selectmen know it is time to think long term about our community. It is time for them to speak up and fight this threat to our “...public health, safety and welfare.”

Bernard Re Jr.

North Canaan

 

Candidates for election who deserve your vote

One of the joys of living in Salisbury is that there is no shortage of intelligent, talented people willing to participate in the life of the community, including serving on our town boards and commissions. On Nov. 5, Salisbury voters will go to the polls to choose our selectmen and to fill vacancies on various boards and commissions.

We hope that voters will put aside their views about national politics and vote for the candidates they feel will best serve our town. We believe that the five Republicans on the ticket, though small in number, are large in talent and experience and will serve the town well. All five are long-time residents of Salisbury and all have been deeply involved in service to the town.  

The five are: Don Mayland, running for a second term as a selectman; Marie Barnum, running for the Board of Finance; Peter Becket, currently an alternate on the Board of Assessment Appeals who is running for a regular seat on that board; Jon Higgins, who is stepping down after 35 years on the Planning & Zoning Commission but is running as an alternate on that Board; and Peter Oliver, a former selectman who is running for the Planning & Zoning Commission. You can meet these candidates at our tent at the Brewski festival on Sunday, Oct. 13, and at our Meet the Candidates event on Tuesday, Oct. 22, at Town Hall.

We believe that  local government benefits from the work of good people from both parties, as well as those who are “unaffiliated”; accordingly, our committee also supports the re-election of First Selectman Curtis Rand, Selectman Chris Williams and Board of Finance member Mat Kiefer. Let’s keep national politics out of our local elections.  Most issues we face in our town have neither  “Republican” nor  “Democratic” solutions, only good and thoughtful solutions. Our five candidates pledge to work toward finding those good solutions.

Tom Morrison

Chair, Salisbury Republican Town Committee

Lakeville

 

Mayland sets the standard

Don Mayland has set a standard for public service in the town of Salisbury. He served four terms on the board of finance. He is on the board of the Northwest Community Foundation. He is chairman of the Salisbury Water Pollution Control Authority and president of the Salisbury Volunteer Ambulance Service. He has also been president of the Lake Wononscopomuc Association and has worked for many years studying all the issues that affect the water quality and health of the lake environment. 

Now Don is running for a second term on the board of selectmen. He is unopposed. You may ask, “Why does he need a letter of support?” The answer is that we need opposition. We need more people like Don Mayland to step forward and take part in the welfare of our community. We need fresh ideas, new energy and, frankly, younger volunteers. 

It’s not just electoral offices that need public spirited citizens. This is a small community with less help from the state every year. We need our weekend and summer residents to step up and take part in our volunteer services. Your donations are great, but we need you personally to fulfill your responsibilities to your community. 

Don Mayland has shown by example what one person can do. More of us should follow his lead.

Bill Littauer

Lakeville

 

A celebration worth the wait

The Board of Directors of the 21st Century Fund for Housatonic Valley Regional High School is so very grateful for all who helped make their 25th anniversary celebration so special. The true stars of the evening were the HVRHS students, faculty members and guest speakers.  The Fund’s message was clear:  to invest in our young people and encourage them to dream bigger and go “beyond the classroom” to inspiration.

Our guest speakers, Peter Vermilyea, HVRHS Social Studies Department chair; Dr. Richard Gustafson, HVRHS Class of 1959 and president emeritus Southern New Hampshire University; and U.S. Rep. Jahana Hayes (CT-5) who was also the 2016 National Teacher of the Year, did a wonderful job of putting our mission into words that resonated for everyone present.  Everyone who came, left energized and enthusiastic about the Fund and our school. Well done, one and all.  

The evening ended with Michael and Nancy Mahoney announcing that, in honor of the anniversary and their father, Jack Mahoney, who founded the Fund, their family would match any gifts received during the next few weeks up to $2,500.

Thank you to the Interlaken Inn and Moore & More Printing for working with us to make the evening a success.  

The support from our community is genuinely appreciated.

David Bayersdorfer (Chair), Ann Beizer (Vice Chair), 

Vance Cannon (Treasurer), Carol D. Schulz (Secretary), Claudia Cayne, John V. H. Dippel, John Hedbavny, 

Michael Mahoney, Thomas Schindler, Ph.D.,

Roberta Willis and Maura Wolf 

Board of Directors, 21st Century Fund for HVRHS

Falls Village

 

Thanks from the Sharon DTC

A hearty thank you to everyone involved in the Sharon Democratic Town Committee’s Kennedy film screenings at Town Hall this past weekend, Oct. 4 and 6. The crew at Town Hall could not have been more accommodating. Thank you Brent Colley, Jessica Fowler, Dale Jones, Tina Pitcher, Linda Amerighi, Marlene Woodman and Miriam Jones. 

And thank you to the members of the DTC who baked cookies, helped with clean-up and set-up, hung publicity posters (which were printed by the talented folks at Moore & More Printing), managed ticket sales, and donated the beverages, candy and popcorn to sell at the event. A special thank you to the Sharon Package Store for donating the ice and discounting the wine. And a double special thank you to Cody O’Kelly, our committee’s candidate for Board of Finance alternate, for donating the glassware, napkins, and most of the drinks for the screenings. Suzanne Smith went above and beyond organizing and running the concession stand, and Jan Dudek assisted with every aspect of the events with zeal and grace. 

And finally, thank you to everyone who attended the screenings. These films — “Primary” and “Crisis: Behind a Presidential Commitment”— were produced and directed by filmmaker Robert Drew, my late father-in-law, who lived in Sharon for the last decade of his life. It was an honor to host the screenings and feel supported here, in a community he loved.   

Jill Drew

on behalf of the Sharon DTC Event Committee

Sharon