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SALISBURY — “You know what?” said V.J. Maury. “This is a really good idea.”

Maury was one of six panelists, drawn from the local business community, who participated in a version of “Shark Tank” with students at Salisbury Central School (SCS) on Thursday, Nov. 8.

“Shark Tank”  was sponsored by SOAR, the after-school enrichment program at SCS.

The students, in grades five and six, made brief presentations to the panel, explaining their business ideas and asking for funds in return for a percentage of the...

Salisbury

Climate change: room for optimism

SALISBURY — Joshua Ginsberg, president of the Cary Institute in Millbrook, gave an overflow audience at Noble Horizons five reasons to be optimistic about climate change on Saturday, Feb. 17.
He immediately tempered his optimism by remarking he could also think of 50 reasons to be depressed.
However …
He said that despite the United States withdrawing from the 2015 Paris climate agreement, the Paris emissions targets will be met by 2020 anyway.
American energy emissions are dropping and energy efficiency has improved, he added.

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Seeking solutions for traffic and pedestrians

SALISBURY — Traffic dominated the discussion at the Salisbury Board of Selectmen’s meeting on Monday, Feb. 5.
Resident Dick Boyle said it is difficult for a motorist trying to turn into Main Street (Route 44) from the Lockup to see around a vehicle parked in the legal space immediately to the driver’s left.

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Trying to learn about the Branche family

SALISBURY — Students at the Salisbury School are continuing their research project, Black History in Rural Connecticut. 
The effort grew out of historical family photo archives their teacher, Peter McEachern, found while cleaning out a Salisbury house he recently purchased.
The group is now seeking information on the Branche family of Farnam Road in Lakeville, who appear in the photo above. The image is believed to have been taken in the 1930s.

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How high?

Despite the wet weather over the Jumpfest weekend, attendance was high at Satre Hill this year, as were the jumps. For more photos and a story, see Triumph at Jumpfest despite rain.

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Appeals expected on racing decision

SALISBURY — Both the Salisbury Planning and Zoning Commission and the Lime Rock Citizens Council plan to appeal last week’s ruling by Judge D. Moore, that state law prevents the commission from regulating or limiting auto racing on weekends.
The commission met in executive session on Friday, Feb. 9, with attorney Charles Andres and decided unanimously to reargue two aspects of the decision.

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Winging it at the Scoville Library

SALISBURY — Zach Adams, environmental educator at Sharon Audubon, gingerly brought a red-shouldered hawk out of its box and coaxed it into spreading its wings.
“Oooh!” said the small children gathered at the Scoville Memorial Library in Salisbury on Saturday, Feb.3.
Adams also brought a kestrel, a saw whet owl and a red-tailed hawk.

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Something fishy

Aiden Cherniske, 12,  traveled to Salisbury from his hometown in Kent for a day of ice fishing, and caught a 4.5-pound large-mouth bass.  

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Filling big shoes, Bill Pond arrives at Noble Horizons in Lakeville

SALISBURY — Bill Pond joined Noble Horizons as its new administrator on Monday, Jan. 8, and promptly caught the flu that has been circulating around the Northwest Corner. 
He’s back on the Salisbury campus now, however, and is excited by the challenges that face him as he steps into the spot recently vacated by longtime and beloved Administrator Eileen Mulligan.

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State Supreme Court reverses lower court’s school funds ruling

SALISBURY — The state Supreme Court overturned a lower court decision on Connecticut’s funding of education on Wednesday, Jan. 17, effectively turning the issue back to the Connecticut General Assembly, which convenes on Feb. 7.
In September 2016, Superior Court Judge Thomas Moukawsher ruled that the Connecticut Coalition for Justice in Education Funding (CCJEF) did not demonstrate that public schools in the state were in violation of the state constitution in terms of funding or adequacy of instruction.

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At Clermont, a historical house as it looked in its heyday

SALISBURY — One of the unique features of the Clermont State Historic Site is that the home of the powerful and influential Livingston family is very much as it was during the life of John Henry Livingston, his wife, Alice, and their daughters, Honoria and Janet, in the early part of the 20th century.

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