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It took literary critic and author Daphne Merkin 15 years to finally complete her memoir, “This Close to Happy: A Reckoning with Depression,” a keenly personal examination of her long history with the clinical disorder and the destabilizing childhood that may, or may not, have contributed to her adult despair. 

Invited as part of The White Hart’s 2017 Speaker Series in partnership with Oblong Books and Music, Merkin read from passages of her publication to a full room at the inn on Thursday, Feb. 16. 

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Art teacher is a first-prize artist

Indian Mountain School art competition organizer and curator Sam Posey had worried a few weeks ago that perhaps the show had outlived its once-fresh appeal, and that there would be little new interest in the 2017 show. 
On Thursday, Feb. 2, he was able to put those fears to rest. The opening for Indian Mountain’s “Main Street”show was the best-attended since the the Student Center art gallery was inaugurated with the first competition in 2014. 

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SWSA Jumpfest is Feb. 10 to 12

SALISBURY — The Salisbury Winter Sports Association (SWSA) hosts the 91st annual Jumpfest, a three-day celebration and competition featuring the best ski jumpers in the eastern United States, from Friday, Feb. 10, to Sunday, Feb. 12.
The jumpers are Junior National hopefuls, and some will go on to represent the U.S. in the Olympics.
Even if the weather is cold, SWSA will keep spectators warm with blazing bonfires and hot beverages — but warm clothing  and shoes are strongly recommended.

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Swiping away social media mysteries

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The mysteries of social media were explained Wednesday, Jan. 18, at Noble Horizons as a group of students from The Hotchkiss School and Indian Mountain School joined forces with members of an older generation. 
The workshop was led by Tyler Wosleger, Digital Media Specialist at Hotchkiss.
Wosleger started his presentation with a screen shot of the school’s Facebook page.
Facebook, he explained, is the dominant social media platform, used by a whopping 71 percent of all internet users.

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Main Street main event at IMS art opening

Indian Mountain School will unveil the 22 works on display for the third year of their curated contest and art exhibit on Thursday, Feb. 2. Held in the school’s Student Center, with its sloped roof, exposed wood and large glass panels that combine the modern mastery of Scandinavian architecture with the familiar attributes of a New England barn, it is the building itself that inspired the first gallery show. 

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Gift of diorama to SCS brings history of furnaces to life

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A diorama showing the blast furnace on Mount Riga is now on display in the lobby of Salisbury Central School.
The model was built by Rob Miller, a summer resident whose family has a summer home on Mount Riga, across the dirt road from the furnace.
Miller could not attend, but his parents, Fran and Pete Miller of Granby, Conn., made the trip.
Pete Miller said he and his son built a working blast furnace in their backyard in Granby in 1982, for Rob’s seventh-grade science fair project.

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Chamber sets officers, looks ahead

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About 35 members came together at the annual meeting of the Tri-state Chamber of Commerce on Thursday, Jan. 19, at Noble Horizons for food, drink and camaraderie while planning for the economic year ahead. 
The slate of officers approved for 2017, as presented by Nominating Chair Bill Willis, was: President Susan Dickinson of Litchfield Bancorp; Vice President Jean Saliter, freelance graphic designer and photographer; Treasurer Peter Fitting of Noble Horizons; and Secretary Janet Manko of The Lakeville Journal Company. 

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Art inspired by science: library talk

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SALISBURY — The paintings of Frederic Church were heavily influenced by the work of Prussian naturalist Alexander von Humboldt. That was the argument made by Valerie Balint, interim director of Collections and Research at Olana, the Church home and historic site in Hudson, N.Y.
Balint spoke at the Scoville Memorial Library on Saturday, Jan. 21, as part of the Era of Elegance series of talks, co-sponsored by the Salisbury Association.

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Art inspired by science: library talk

patricks@lakevillejournal.com

SALISBURY — The paintings of Frederic Church were heavily influenced by the work of Prussian naturalist Alexander von Humboldt. That was the argument made by Valerie Balint, interim director of Collections and Research at Olana, the Church home and historic site in Hudson, N.Y.
Balint spoke at the Scoville Memorial Library on Saturday, Jan. 21, as part of the Era of Elegance series of talks, co-sponsored by the Salisbury Association.

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If not at the White House, then at The White Hart

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Hoping to Kickstart the Holley Knife Co.

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LAKEVILLE — A Lakeville entrepreneur is using new technology to revive a historic local product.
The Holley pocketknives, introduced in 1844 and manufactured in Lakeville at Pocketknife Square, were legendary for their good looks and high quality. They were known as the first pocketknives, made and in use for more than two decades before the famous Swiss army knife became available.

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