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SALISBURY — Horace Holley was mentioned in letters by U.S. presidents. He was a prominent clergyman in Boston, and he was the major figure in American higher education in the pre-Civil War American West.

“He was the most significantly insignificant person in American history,” declared James P. Cousins, professor of history at Western Michigan University and author of “Horace Holley: Transylvania University and the Making of Liberal Education in the Early American Republic.”

Cousins spoke at the Scoville Memorial Library on Saturday, April...

Salisbury

New SCS principal likely to be chosen by June

SALISBURY — A search is underway for a new principal for Salisbury Central School.
Salisbury school board Chairman David Valcin said in a March 28 email that the position was posted “far and wide” on March 10, with an application deadline of April 21.
The search committee includes Valcin, Dave Bayersdorfer, Barrett Prinz, Natalia Smirnova and Jeff Lloyd. Region One Superintendent Patricia Chamberlain,  Assistant Superintendent Pam Vogel and current Salisbury Central Principal Lisa Carter are ex officio members.

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Salisbury budget plan shows caution

SALISBURY — The final budget proposals for 2017–18 town and education spending will be presented at a public hearing on Monday, April 10, 7:30 p.m. at Salisbury Town Hall.
The Board of Finance voted on Tuesday, March 28, to send the spending plans to the hearing. The board also voted to present the town’s share of teacher pensions as a separate item.

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Armchair Traveler: Tales from Uzbekistan

SALISBURY — The Silk Road is alive and well in Uzbekistan, according to Wendy Summer.
Summer spoke at the Scoville Memorial Library on Saturday, April 1, as part of the Armchair Traveler series of talks.
She had a slide show of images from a recent trip to Uzbekistan, which included vats of simmering silkworm cocoons and bolts of brightly colored fabrics for sale.

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Reviving Washinee Park with help from Hotchkiss

SALISBURY — It was spring cleanup day for Washinee Park in Salisbury on Wednesday, March 29.
Located behind Town Hall, the small parcel of land was founded as an official town park in 1919, when it was dedicated to “establish a public park and to plant trees as a memorial for those who participated in World War I.”
Over the years, the park was taken over by a variety of invasive plant species, in particular Oriental bittersweet.

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Scoville bells toll again

But no chimes   at midnight
SALISBURY — After years of silence, the time-keeping chimes can once again be heard emanating from the clock tower atop the Scoville Memorial Library in Salisbury. 
Some of them, anyway. 

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Holy days before Easter, explained

LAKEVILLE — For the Rev. Joseph Kurnath, also known as Father Joe, of Lakeville’s Church of Saint Mary, the lesson of Easter can be summed up in one line: “This is not all there is.”
Basically, there’s more. Life’s sorrows are just a part of the big picture — and Easter Sunday, the day that Christ was resurrected, is its full illumination. 
“He redeemed the human race for us,” Kurnath said.

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Warm day, cold water for splash

LAKEVILLE — A rite of spring took place Sunday, April 2, at the town Grove in Lakeville, as 90-plus brave souls plunged into Lake Wononscopomuc on behalf of the Housatonic FFA Alumni John Rice Scholarship and the Jane Lloyd Fund.
Jacquie Rice said, prior to the splashing, that for the past 14 years the Jane Lloyd Fund has provided more than $270,000 in assistance with medical expenses to individuals and families.
And the scholarship has given out $9,000 in scholarship funds for Housatonic FFA students heading for careers in agriculture.

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Recycling made easy

The good news is that there are many options for recycling and reusing everyday goods, so they don’t just end up languishing in a landfill.
The tricky thing is that there are lots of complex rules for recycling, and they change from time to time as new technologies develop and as transfer stations switch vendors.

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New New England guide to making memorable meals

SALISBURY – Co-authors Joan Osofsky and Abby Adams looked right at home atop the stage in The White Hart inn, on Sunday, March 26 — not just figuratively, but physically. Each was cozied up on a comfy armchair complete with paisley-printed throw pillows, the stage was layered with patterned rugs and a round-top wooden coffee table held copies of their new, glossy and gorgeously photographed book, “Entertaining in the Country: Love Where You Eat, Festive Table Settings, Favorite Recipes  and Design Inspiration.” 

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Doster: a look at modern China

SALISBURY – Jonathan Doster showed about 35 minutes of an unfinished documentary he shot in China in 2014, at the Scoville Memorial Library on Saturday, March 25, as part of the Armchair Traveler series of talks.
Doster accompanied an American musical group, Rhonda Larson and Ventus, on a tour of 25 Chinese cities in six weeks.
There is a lot of concert footage, and a lot of sound checks.

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