In this new column, we will explore the ways that hobbies (especially ones that connect the head and the hands) can offer serenity and a healthy sense of accomplishment. Our first featured pair of hands belongs to The Lakeville Journal’s own Patrick L. Sullivan, who not only covers town events but also writes our popular fly-fishing column, Tangled Lines.

For Patrick, fishing is a source of solace and a respite from the stresses of his job. It’s an activity that’s almost completely silent, except for the sound of the water and the light whizz of his fishing line....

The Lakeville Journal Opinion/Viewpoint

Thanks for the flamingos, and what else?

Thanksgiving is a favorite holiday for many of us: It’s about making or buying some favorite foods, sharing them with family and friends and maybe catching some football in between sittings. (Shopping of any kind must be kept at bay until the day after, Black Friday, when for many the gift-buying kicks in and takes over the rest of the month. But really: Need ideas for gifts and fun things to do during the festive season? See the Holiday Gift Guide and Compass Hometown Holidays section in this week’s paper.)

In the war over words, Republicans easily defeat the Democrats

The Republican Party lost ground in the congressional and state elections earlier this month, but they continue to triumph in the all-important contests over words.

Why community still matters

Recent events confirm how complex and divided our nation has become. From Charlottesville to Parkland to immigration these divisions grow and further divide us. On the national level, political clashes between Democrats and Republicans are a source of antagonism. On both sides of the political spectrum, more radical views and opinions are expressed. 

Giving thanks for renewed life in a neglected garden

I don’t know about you, but I didn’t spend much time outdoors this past summer. It seems that either it was raining — movie rains, coming down in voluptuous sheets, obscuring windows and flooding driveways; or, it was so hot that I was reluctant to leave my air-conditioned living room. To be honest, the outdoors has never held a great attraction for me. Hiking and biking are not my thing. Wining and dining is more like it.  


Letters to the Editor - Lakeville Journal - 11-22-18

Thank you, Brian Ohler, and I’m sorry

Brian, I was going to vote for you, but in the end I didn’t. 

A lifelong registered Democrat, who has voted in every election since 1960, in state elections I have in the past crossed over and voted Republican — I voted every time for Andy Roraback and for Gov. John Rowland when he proposed HUSKY, Connecticut’s health insurance program for children.  

NRA to MDs: Gun control not your business

Little attention was paid in the media and elsewhere when the American College of Physicians and Surgeons (ACP) updated its position on gun control at the end of October.  

The new proposals — keeping people with domestic violence history from buying guns, allowing families to get guns legally taken from a member at risk of hurting himself or others, safe gun storage and banning assault weapons, large capacity magazines and bump stocks — were both reasonable and unsurprising from a group dealing with gun violence and its victims every day.  

Turning Back The Pages

100 years ago — November 1918

SALISBURY — Mr. and Mrs. Edwin R. Smith and son Andrew started Monday on a trip to the South.


LIME ROCK — Sympathy is extended to Miss Harriet Fenton who is ill with scarlet fever.


SALISBURY — Mrs. Grace Baldwin has purchased a five-passenger Reo automobile of A.S. Martin.


Fred Seeley has sold his car to Monroe Bailey.


Salisbury-Sharon transfer station: Still no easy answers

When the tariffs were slapped onto steel imports by President Donald Trump, using Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962 as the rationale for his action, it may not have occurred to most residents of Sharon and Salisbury that this would affect the cost of their pending new transfer station. But it has, as have other factors related to the delays in construction since the amount to spend on this project ($3.8 million) was approved at town meetings in 2016.