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SALSIBURY — Gene Dattel, author of “Reckoning with Race: America’s Failure,” spent an hour contradicting much of what is currently written and spoken about race relations in the U.S. on Thursday evening, Nov. 9, at The White Hart in Salisbury.

Dattel was speaking as part of the White Hart Speaker Series, sponsored by Oblong Books in Millerton and Salisbury’s Scoville Memorial Library.

Dattel began by briefly recounting his childhood in Mississippi, where he quickly learned to adjust to differences between white and black, old and young, rich...

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First Selectman
Curtis Rand

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New zoning issues for lake house

SALISBURY — The Zoning Board of Appeals public hearing concerning a house at 146 Millerton Road in Salisbury, on the shore of Lake Wononscopomuc, resumed Tuesday night, Oct. 17, with attorney Gerald Reidy taking up most of the available time with a wide-ranging presentation.
Reidy is representing his wife, Rose-Mary, of 150 Millerton Road, and is appealing the issuance of a Certificate of Zoning Compliance by Salisbury Zoning Enforcement Officer Nancy Brusie in July for 146 Millerton Road (the owner of that property is listed as KMCT 146 LLC).

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Tae kwon do team takes top honors at meet

The top 30 students of the Salisbury-based tae kwon do team led by instructor Dylan Baker traveled to Holy Cross High School in Waterbury on Sunday, Oct. 1, for the 53rd annual Connecticut Yankee National Open Karate Tournament. Accompanying the young athletes were instructors Mike Thomas, James Murnane and Kirsten Haaland.

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A look back at summer and the jobs program

SALISBURY — Lou Bucceri of the Salisbury Association Historical Society provided a capsule history of the summer youth jobs program in Salisbury. He spoke to a small but enthusiastic audience at the Scoville Memorial Library on Saturday, Oct. 14.
The program’s origin was in a 1971 regional program created by Ed Kirby, then the principal of Housatonic Valley Regional High School (HVRHS).
It was a work/study program for HVRHS seniors, with a mix of classroom instruction in the morning and jobs in the afternoon.

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Offering a key to the Reformation

SALISBURY — The Reformation was more of a secession, Tom Key argued during his talk on the origins and development of Protestant Christianity at the Salisbury Congregational Church on Sunday, Oct. 15.
The Roman Catholic Church was relatively unaffected by the rise of Protestant churches, he said. “They just took their marbles and went home.”
The primary figure associated with the Reformation is Martin Luther, but he was preceded by reformers John Wycliffe, John Huss, Savonarola and Erasmus.

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Untangling the Constitution with Akhil Reed Amar at Oct. 27 Forum

SALISBURY — When Akhil Reed Amar and three other law professors testified in September before a senate committee considering two approaches to prevent President Donald Trump from firing Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller, the four disagreed with each other about the constitutionality of the ideas.
Because, Amar says, the Constitution “began a story that is still unfolding,” a story that can be read and interpreted in different ways.

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Festival welcomes autumn, scarecrows

SALISBURY — Among the high points of the Salisbury Fall Festival are the low-tech games for children set up on the lawn of the Scoville Memorial Library.
These include chucking a ball at metal bottles and the ever-popular “Heave the Wet Sponge” game.
On a picture-perfect Saturday, Oct. 7, the library grounds were home to a seething mass of the younger set, who decorated pumpkins and had themselves adorned with non-permanent henna tattoos.

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Women’s Support Services honors the lost but never forgotten

SALISBURY — “I am aware of how much human need we have witnessed in the past two months. We have seen lives devastated by hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, and we felt the pain of unspeakable tragedies in Las Vegas and so many other places around the world,” said Betsey Mauro, executive director of Women’s Support Services, hands resting firmly on the podium that had been set up in front of The White Hart as she looked out to the crowd gathered on the  Salisbury Green. “Perhaps less obvious to us are the human needs right next door.”

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Salisbury’s Knights find common ground with dragon

SALISBURY — In a distant maintenance building, on the edge of the Salisbury School campus, a monster as tall as the ceiling, with reptilian eyes slanted and open jaws gaping, has been lying in wait. By the time you read this, the chimerical demon will already have made its way into town. Give it a wave as you pass by the Green in front of The White Hart. It will be in residence there through the Salisbury Fall Festival, which will be held from Oct. 6 to 8.

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Salisbury BOS seeking solutions

SALISBURY — The Salisbury Board of Selectmen made several appointments at the board meeting Monday, Oct. 2.
Mike Carbone was appointed as the town’s building official, and Chip Carleton as the fire marshal. Both jobs were held by Mike Fitting, who retired last week.
Pat Hackett was made a full member of the Water Pollution Control Authority, and David Bayersdorfer was appointed as an alternate.

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