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SALISBURY — Salisbury’s Town Hall will get a major makeover this fall. The Board of Selectmen at the regular monthly meeting Monday, Sept. 10, voted to get started on rebuilding the ramps, steps and facade.

First Selectman Curtis Rand said the total price is $278,000. 

There will be a town meeting soon, with a number of financial items on the agenda, including the balance of the Town Hall project.

Rand said the work is long overdue. Not only do the steps regularly deteriorate, but the ramps are “illegal” because they are right under the...

Salisbury

Pastor welcomed to Salisbury Congregational Church

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SALISBURY — Diane Monti-Catania was formally installed as “pastor and teacher” at an afternoon service at Salisbury Congregational Church Sunday, May 15.
Kathleen Mera, the moderator of the Salisbury church, noted that it was the first such occasion in 30 years.

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State police say still no signs of missing Tom Drew

Rumors are false
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SALISBURY — The Connecticut State Police put to rest rumors this week that the body of Tom Drew had been found.
Drew was a 91-year-old Salisbury resident who suffered from dementia. He was at home on July 21, 2007, with a caregiver named Catherine Paton who was filling in at that time for Drew’s regular caretaker, Mario Zecca.
Paton called the police that night to report that Drew had wandered off and was missing.

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Rotary will honor Harris medalists

SALISBURY — On Tuesday, June 7, the Salisbury Rotary Club and Foundation will honor three outstanding citizens who have worked for the benefit of their communities for more than a total of 75 years.
At a gala benefit dinner at the Cornucopia Banquet Hall in Torrington, the three will certainly be roasted but more likely praised by those nearest and dearest to them.

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Crews fight fire on top of mountain

SALISBURY — As The Lake­ville Journal went to press on Tuesday, May 10, a substantial forest fire that had started during the night was still raging in the Bear Mountain area of the Taconic Range. Jason Wilson, chief of the all-volunteer Lake-ville Hose Company, estimated at noon Tuesday that there were between 50 and 70 acres ablaze on the peak, which is the highest peak in the state with a height of 2,316 feet (the highest point in the state, at 2,380 feet, is on Mount Frissel, whose peak is in Massachusetts).

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IMS sends hope and cranes to Japan

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LAKEVILLE — Students at the Indian Mountain School have patiently folded 1,000 paper cranes as a gesture of concern and compassion for those injured, displaced and lost in the series of earthquake, tsunami and radiation disasters that struck Japan in March.
The thousand cranes have now been carefully put on display in the school.
The folding of cranes comes from “Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes,” a 1977 children’s book by Eleanor Coerr about a girl, Sadako Sasaki, who lived through the atomic bombing of Hiroshima in 1945 but later developed leukemia.

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Black Rabbit: family dining in Lakeville

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LAKEVILLE — The Black Rabbit is a new business, but there are familiar faces behind it. Kendra Chapman, longtime innkeeper at The White Hart, and her husband, Corey, whose voice many will recognize from radio station WQQQ ( Q103FM, before it was affiliated with NPR station WSHU), plan to open their family-friendly restaurant on Ethan Allen Street in the beginning of June.

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Selectmen plan repairs to dam

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SALISBURY — The Board of Selectmen approved entering into a contract with the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) for the repair of the Long Pond dam at a special meeting Monday, May 9.
The Long Pond dam project has been in the works for several years, but the state’s fiscal role became uncertain during the financial crisis.
Fortunately, the firm that submitted the proposal kept the bid price the same, at $455,000.
The state will pay two thirds of the project’s cost, up to $500,000, as per the contract the selectmen authorized First Selectman Curtis Rand to sign.

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Strong showing for tae kwon do group

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SALISBURY — The group of 14 people — two instructors and 12 students — lined up in three groups.
On a signal from instructor Dylan Baker, they shuffled, sort of, dragging the back foot and jabbing with one arm, moving forward across the mat.
It was a lot faster than it sounds — “it” being tae kwon do, a Korean martial art.
Baker, Mark Schmidt and Kitty Visconti are the instructors, and the class had a mix of students — children, teens and adults.

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Budgets OK, will be presented May 18

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SALISBURY — The Board of Finance voted Thursday, May 5, to send the budget proposals of the Board of Selectmen and the Board of Education for the 2011-12 fiscal year, as presented at public hearing, to a vote at a town meeting Wednesday, May 18.
The proposed selectmen’s budget for town government is $4,948,508, an increase of $54,691 or 1.12 percent over 2010-11. The new fiscal year begins July 1.
The proposed budget for Salisbury Central School (SCS) is $4,802,422, an increase of $176,262 or 3.81 percent.

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Wake Robin Inn is on the market

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LAKEVILLE — As they prepare to celebrate their 10th year as the innkeepers of the Wake Robin Inn, owners Shaffin Shariff and Michael Loftus are also announcing that the inn is up for sale.

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