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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.

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From Jacob’s Pillow: Why we dance

SALISBURY — Dance is as old as human history. Indian rock paintings from 9,000 years ago show people dancing; 3,000-year-old Egyptian tomb paintings depict angular, ritualistic dances. Greek statues represented dancers, often clothed in diaphanous robes. But why do people dance? And what does it mean for us in the 21st century?

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Affordable housing plans take shape in Salisbury

SALISBURY — About 115 Salisbury residents turned out for a workshop on affordable housing on Sunday, Feb. 25, at Salisbury Central School,  hosted by the Affordable Housing Commission.
Concerns were raised, including the long commute for essential workers such as teachers and business support staff, who are often priced out of the real estate market here. Some travel up to 30 miles or more each way and each day to work. This makes it difficult for employers to find and retain workers.

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Something Victorian, something blue

SALISBURY — The 178th anniversary of the royal wedding between Queen Victoria and her German-born first cousin, Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, in 1840 was on Saturday, Feb 10. 
A week later, the Scoville Memorial Library commemorated the date in its Era of Elegance series of lectures. Costume historian and museum consultant Lynn Zacek Bassett spoke to the library on Feb. 17 about Victoria, Victorian garb and even “Victoria,” the much-watched Masterpiece Theater series airing on PBS. 

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Welcome to the dog days of February

SALISBURY — The Scoville Memorial Library celebrated the Chinese New Year on Saturday, Feb. 17, a day after the official beginning of the Year of the Dog. 
It may have been a day late, but the library made up for it with lots of color — specifically red, the color of good fortune and a decorative mainstay of the festivities for the new year. 

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Open books

Salisbury Resident State Trooper Chris Sorrell read “Where’s Rodney?” by Carmen Bogan to third-graders at Salisbury Central School on Feb. 14, part of Read Aloud. For full story and another photo, see For the love of reading, a Valentine’s Day Read Aloud.

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Open books

Salisbury Resident State Trooper Chris Sorrell read “Where’s Rodney?” by Carmen Bogan to third-graders at Salisbury Central School on Feb. 14, part of Read Aloud.

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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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