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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.

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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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A prince of Jordan muses on the Middle East, world

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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

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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

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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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