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SALISBURY — Robert and Debra Fails of Lakeville and Sami and Marie Menassa of Middletown, R.I., joyfully  announce the wedding of their children, Mattie Gaskin Fails and Joseph Menassa.  

The couple were married on Friday, Nov. 2, in St. Mary’s Church in  Newport, R.I., surrounded by their immediate families.

Mattie, who grew up in Lakeville, is the  Office Manager at Rig Pro in Portsmouth, R.I., and Joseph is a Program Manager  at KMS in Middletown. The couple resides in Newport.

Salisbury

Rain everywhere but no water in Salisbury

SALISBURY — Residents who use town water went without from about 5 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov.7, due to the accidental breaking of a water main at Town Hall.
Construction workers digging in front of Town Hall as part of a project to move the ramps and reconfigure the steps dug through a water main around 2:15 p.m.
The hole quickly filled with muddy water, prompting jokes about swimming pools.
First Selectman Curtis Rand said the pipe was not indicated on any maps or plans.

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Veterans honored on centenary of World War I

SALISBURY — Salisbury’s veterans were honored at two events last week.
Salisbury Central School honored the town’s veterans at an assembly on Friday, Nov. 9.
The entire assembly — veterans, students, faculty, staff, and visitors — began with the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by “America,” sung by the students. 
The veterans then introduced themselves. Jeff Haegler is currently on active duty with the Army, and Brian Sangster works for the Army as a civilian employee.

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100 years after World War I ended

Hayley McGarry read a poem, “On Veterans Day,” on  Sunday, Nov. 11, as a color guard looked on at a ceremony at Salisbury’s Town Hall. 

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Reasons for hope on climate

SALISBURY — Joshua R. Ginsberg is a “glass half full” guy. That is why his presentation to a Salisbury Forum on Nov. 9 is titled “Why I am an Environmental Optimist.”

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The mysteries of electronic photograph editing

SALISBURY — Having trouble sorting the photographs on your smart phone, tablet or computer? 
Or finding it difficult to edit the photos?
Or even finding them once they have disappeared into the innards of the device?
Photographer Thad Kubis helped a group of 15 people with these and other problems at the Scoville Memorial Library on Saturday, Nov. 3.
What was immediately apparent is that the method that works with one device likely does not work on another. 

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In village: The bears are back

SALISBURY — Salisbury First Selectman Curtis Rand told the Board of Selectmen that bears have returned to the Salisbury village area in search of garbage. The board held its regular monthly meeting at Town Hall Monday, Nov. 5.
Over the summer there were several bear sightings in the village area. One bear was captured by the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. The bear was taken a short distance away and actively discouraged from returning.
Selectman Chris Williams asked when the bears will go to sleep for the winter.

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$1 million more needed to finish transfer station

SALISBURY — The members of both the building committee for the Salisbury-Sharon Transfer Station and the Salisbury-Sharon Resource Recovery Authority, in a joint meeting, unanimously voted to ask the two towns for additional money to make up the shortfall between the winning bid for the new facility and the amount approved by town meetings in 2016.
The various members expressed their reluctance to do so, but ultimately agreed there was little choice.

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The songs of World War 1, a century later, at library

SALISBURY — Musicians Rick Spencer and Dawn Indermuehle entertained an audience at the Scoville Memorial Library in Salisbury with songs from the World War 1 era on Saturday afternoon, Oct. 20.
Spencer sang and played guitar and banjo, and Indermuehle contributed vocals and banter.
Between songs the two provided historical context. 
The duo began with “It’s a Long Way to Tipperary.” Most of the audience knew the words to the chorus, at least, and sang along.

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Not your grandmother’s $100 bill — if she’d had one

SALISBURY — The threat of a nor’easter did not deter a capacity audience from attending a lecture at Noble Horizons on Saturday, Oct. 27. Douglas Crane recounted the history of the Crane Paper Co. from its 18th-century beginnings to the present day. 
In addition to top-of-the-line stationery products, Crane is the only paper producer to engineer and create the paper that American currency has been printed on, since the nation was founded. 

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Notable ‘Nutmeggers’ collected in one book

SALISBURY — Author and historian Eric D. Lehman told an audience at Noble Horizons on Friday, Oct. 26, that the state of Connecticut “has punched above its weight, so to speak, for centuries” in terms of influential residents.
Lehman was promoting his latest book, “Connecticut Vanguards: Historic Trailblazers and Their Legacies.”
The book covers 24 notable Nutmeggers, including Jonathan Edwards, Katharine Hepburn and P.T. Barnum.

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