Turning Back the Pages

100 years ago — June 1922

Mr. and Mrs. George R. Belcher and Mr. and Mrs. Harry Amundson of Lime Rock are enjoying life this week at the Amundson camp at Cornwall Pond.

ORE HILL — Terence Solan, Stephen Meehan and James Moore and other members of the Lakeville High School Graduating Class motored to Springfield, Mass., last week Wednesday.

50 years ago — June 1972

With this week’s $184,692 purchase of 492 acres of Falls Village wetland from William R. Knowlton, the State took the first step in assembling a major Northwest Connecticut wildlife management area embracing perhaps 2,000 acres. A Department of Environmental Protection spokesman confirmed Tuesday that parcel-mapping and active negotiation on adjoining properties in the Robbins Swamp area are already in progress.

— There was standing room only Friday night as 183 seniors, largest graduating class in the school’s history, received their diplomas at Housatonic Valley Regional High School. Rain and the threat of more rain forced the 33rd annual commencement ceremonies indoors, where a crowd of 850 overflowed the school’s auditorium.

— Penn Central is formally petitioning the Interstate Commerce Commission for abandonment of nearly 70 miles of track on the Harlem and Berkshire Divisions. The abandonment would mean the end of freight service on the 35.1 miles of track between New Milford and Canaan; and on the 32-mile stretch from Millerton to Ghent, N.Y.

— Getting to know and understand other cultures and languages is the chief aim of the Summer Abroad Program of the American Field Service. Two AFS students from Housatonic Valley Regional High School have been awarded a Summer Abroad scholarship. Sheree Jackson of Sharon and Ben Freund of East Canaan will “get away from it all” via air travel; Sheree to Costa Rica and Ben to Turkey.

— Larry Casey, formerly associated with the Lakeville Food Center, is now in charge of the meat department at the new Falls Village Market on Main Street, according to Dana Shores, Falls Village Market proprietor.

25 years ago — June 1997

About 100 people packed the Town Hall meeting room last Thursday night, the majority obviously there to vote in favor of town ownership of the “corner lot” at the intersection of routes 7 and 44.

— Salisbury taxpayers will save more than $60,000 during fiscal 1997-98, thanks to the efforts of William Willis of Wagner McNeill Inc. insurance company in Lakeville. Mr. Willis, a Salisbury resident, helped the town to find a less expensive health-care plan by joining a consortium with the Region 1 schools.

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