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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

A prince of Jordan muses on the Middle East, world

cynthiah@lakevillejournal.com

LAKEVILLE — Prince Zeid Ra’ad Zeid Al-Hussein of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan was invited to speak at The Hotchkiss School on Thursday evening, April 28, and to share insights and observations on recent events in the Middle East. So much had already happened in the Arab world since January; but at the time of his speech, Osama Bin Laden was still alive.

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Work by South African natives highlights an international pottery symposium

karaw@lakevillejournal.com

LAKEVILLE — Two drastically different styles of South African pottery will be featured in an exhibit entitled “Clay: The Art of Earth and Fire” at The Hotchkiss School’s Tremaine Gallery through June 12.
The first style is a traditional Zulu technique of pottery, which is handmade and pit fired. The creations are traditional “beer pots,” which are often used in spiritual ceremonies.
The second is an entirely modern approach that incorporates the color and culture of the Zulu people, created by the Ardmore school of artists.

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River rafting offers insight into art, literature

patricks@lakevillejournal.com

AMESVILLE — David Albano was standing on a picnic table with a paddle and issuing instructions about what to do in the event of a dunking. “Don’t panic,” he said. “Try to get around to the back of the boat.”
He was talking to a group of about 15 students from Fox Lane High School in Bedford, N.Y., who were about to take three rafts from Clarke Outdoors down the swollen Housatonic, from below the Great Falls to the Housatonic Meadows park.
Albano, an English teacher, offers a course called “Philosophy of the Wild” as an English department elective. Most of the students are seniors.

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New shop marks the passage of time

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SALISBURY — The first thing a visitor notices when stepping into the Salisbury Framing shop on Railroad Street is the sound.
Tick-tock, click click click and an occasional bell.
That’s because Patricia Barton’s framing store is also the home of Stephen Barton’s For Old Time’s Sake, specializing in antique clock sales and service.
Stephen Barton got the clock bug as a teenager, when his father gave him “a clock out of the attic,” according to Patricia Barton.

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Spartans nab trivia contest

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SALISBURY — The SOAR Bowl, a trivia contest sponsored by the Salisbury Central School (SCS) Educational Enrichment Fund, was won by the Spartans — Alicia Fitch, James Jimenez (SCS third grade), Max Jimenez and Emilio Jimenez. 
The competition was held at the school on April 29.
There was a tie for second place between the P.A.C.E. Makers — Chris Oostenink, Annika Oostenink (SCS grade six), Paul Bushey and Erin Bushey (SCS grade six) — and They Who Shall Not Be Named — Hannah Pouler, Sage Otterson and Carrie Babigian (SCS grade seven) and David Sanford.

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Blue and Gold at the White annual art show is May 13

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LAKEVILLE — Blue and Gold at the White, an annual show of artists from Housatonic Valley Regional High School, opens next weekend, May 13 to 15, at the White Gallery in Lakeville.
Art teacher Warren Prindle said that 45 students are showing 60 pieces, with paintings in acrylic, watercolors, gouache, mixed media, photography, printmaking, monoprints, animation and sculpture.

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SWSA’s thank you to town

SALISBURY — Approximately 150 people attended Salisbury Winter Sports Association’s “Thank You” party on a brilliant Sunday afternoon, May 1, at Satre Hill.
SWSA President Ken Barker and Vice President Mat Kiefer addressed the crowd, thanking all of the donors to the capital campaign for their generosity and the volunteers for their hard work.

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Lauretano retires as resident trooper

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SALISBURY — The Board of Selectmen passed a resolution at a special meeting Tuesday, April 26, recognizing Mark Lauretano’s 22 years of service as resident state trooper for Salisbury.
Lauretano has announced his retirement.
The resolution reads:
“The Salisbury Board of Selectmen wishes to thank you, Mark Lauretano, on the occasion of your retirement after over 20 years of service as our resident trooper.

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‘Mac’ Francis’s talk on fly-fishing stirs the hearts and souls of anglers

patricks@lakevillejournal.com

SALISBURY — Austin “Mac” Francis warned the audience at the Scoville Memorial Library that they were heading into dangerous waters.
“Fly-fishing is a dangerous sport,” he said sternly. “You should be aware that you may become ... addicted.”
Francis, author of “Catskill Rivers” and “Land of Little Rivers,” covered theory, practice and history during his 45-minute talk Saturday, April 30.

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06039 becomes branch of 06068

Lakeville post office will remain open
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SALISBURY — It was a bit of an anticlimax when Joseph Mazzola, acting director of postal operations for the region serving ZIP codes beginning with 060, told the crowd at Salisbury Town Hall on Thursday, April 21, that the Lakeville post office was not going to be closed.
The Postal Service had announced a few weeks ago that it might shutter the stately brick edifice. Postal patrons had received surveys in the mail asking how they would feel about the change. The meeting Thursday had been announced as a chance for town residents to express their opinions.

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