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SALISBURY — Middle-school students quizzed author Ann M. Martin about her work at Salisbury Central School on Friday, Sept. 7.

Martin is best known for her series, “The Baby-Sitters’ Club.”  She wrote 35 books in the series before turning it over to other writers. 

She said, in response to a question, that the original idea was for four books in the series.

Including her 35 books entries, there are now 132 novels — more than 300 if titles in spin-off series are added to the total.

“Rain Reign” is the...

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Adjustments to SCS classes as board eyes budget

patricks@lakevillejournal.com

SALISBURY — The Board of Education’s proposed budget for the 2011-12 calls for an increase in spending at Salisbury Central School (SCS) of 2.63 percent over this year’s budget.
The proposal was made public at the board’s regular monthly meeting Monday, Feb. 28.
The proposed spending total for 2011-12 at SCS is $4,747,905, up $121,745 from this year.
The budget proposal anticipates a drop in high school tuition. The total regional tuition (which includes the high school, Pupil Services and the regional office) is down $31,644 (1.05 percent) to $2,991,037.

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Joyous music soared to the rafters at Open Recital

patricks@lakevillejournal.com

SALISBURY — There was something happening this weekend that did not involve snow and skiing — the Open Recital of area music students on Feb. 27.
A good crowd came to the Congregational Church to hear the performers run through a wide variety of musical styles and to celebrate 30 years of the annual recital.
Pianist Helena Seo played Mozart’s C Minor, Fantasy K. 396 without a hitch; The Hotchkiss School Vocal Ensemble, directed by Laurie Ellington, sang three selections, and the LaVa Trio (Elijah Stone, Darby Craig and Kayo Wiggins) performed two original rock pieces.

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Hearing supports special permits for lake houses

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SALISBURY — The public hearing on the proposed change to the town’s zoning regulations for expanding lakefront homes continued before the Planning and Zoning Commission Tuesday, Feb. 15.
The zoning text amendment, which began life last year as a petition from the Lake Wononscopomuc Association, would prohibit expansion of non-conforming homes in the Lake Protection Overlay Zone (which extends to 300 feet from the water) and eliminate the special permit process that currently governs such properties.

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Open Recital welcomes new and old students Feb. 27

SALISBURY — The Salisbury Congregational Church will host the 30th annual Open Recital of Area Music Students on Sunday, Feb. 27. The recital, scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. in the parish hall, will feature 15 performances from students in grades kindergarten through 12. This year, a program highlight will be performances by former students who took part in recitals over the past three decades.

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This week at Satre Hill Junior Olympians take their turn at jump

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Salisbury — The 2011 U.S. Junior Olympics in ski jumping and Nordic combined, hosted by the Salisbury Winter Sports Association (SWSA), began Feb. 22 and will continue to Feb. 26.
A parade featuring the Olympic torch and the competing athletes was held Tuesday evening, Feb. 22, from the town Green in front of The White Hart. After traveling to the Scoville Memorial Library, the flame was lit in the cauldron.

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Competitor Bliss is the first to take home the SWSA trophy since 2003

SWSA Jumpfest 2011: A weekend dominated by Bliss

SALISBURY — Each February, the town of Salisbury gears up for a weekend of ski jumping at Satre Hill, often the biggest event of the winter season.
This time, though, preparations began in April 2010, when the Salisbury Winter Sports Association (SWSA) began construction on a new steel ski jump to replace the vintage and somewhat rickety construction that had served the town for more than eight decades.

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Episcopal church mission brings water to Hondurans

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LIME ROCK — Residents of a remote Honduran village will soon have better access to water, thanks in part to Trinity Episcopal Church in Lime Rock.
The Rev. Heidi Truax and Marian and Slava Browning are teaming up with 12 members of Trinity Southport for the mission, leaving Feb. 20 and returning Feb. 26.
Truax has extensive experience with this type of outreach, and even spent a school year (2008-09) in Honduras.

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Ice sculptors didn’t move as quickly as ski jumpers, but they entertained nevertheless

SALISBURY — Twelve carvers (seven professional and five amateur), competed in the annual Salisbury Winter Sports Association ice carving competition Saturday, Feb. 12, during Jumpfest weekend.
This year’s venue changed. The carvers used to wield their saws and picks on the Green in front of The White Hart Inn. On Saturday, they created their iced art on the snow-covered lawn in front of the Scoville Memorial Library.
Officials Andy Tabak and Pieter Lefferts had the difficult task of judging a talented group. The results:

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New affordable housing group is seated

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SALISBURY — The Board of Selectmen appointed the seven members of the new Affordable Housing Commission during their regular monthly meeting Monday, Feb. 7.
The new commission came out of the Affordable Housing Advisory Committee’s report of last year, which strongly recommended such a commission be established.

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20th annual Read Aloud Day at Salisbury Central

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LAKEVILLE — The 20th annual Read Aloud Day at Salisbury Central School was held Wednesday morning, Feb. 9.
Eighteen different readers from the local community came in to read to children in grades pre-kindergarten through six.
Each guest reader received a special student escort to their respective classrooms.
Before beginning their stories, many of the readers spoke about their own field of work and life.

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