Turning Back the Pages

100 years ago — March 1922

SALISBURY — Miss Grace Speed returned to Torrington last Sunday after having spent the week with Mrs. Fred Seeley.


TACONIC — Mr. Kelsey who gives dancing lessons gave his pupils a masquerade dance last Saturday.


LAKEVILLE — William McAuliffe last week sustained an injured eye while doing some electrical wiring. A piece of wire entered the eye, but fortunately missed the sight.


A truck belonging to Martin’s Garage was quite badly damaged by fire on Tuesday evening. The chemical truck was called out and quickly extinguished the blaze. It is thought that a spark from the muffler ignited some escaping gasoline, as the tank was being filled at the time.


The present issue of the Journal has been gotten out under extreme difficulties, as practically the whole office force have been victims of the grippe or flue or whatever the pesky ailment is that has been epidemic in this section.


50 years ago — March 1972

Northeast Utilities is reliably expected to announce this week a further delay of at least a year in the time when power might be needed from the proposed Canaan Mountain pumped-storage project. The previous date had been 1982. This means in effect that a decision whether to seek permission to build the project probably need not be reached until the beginning of 1974, and possibly for some time beyond that.


David N. Parker, who has served as Canaan Editor of The Lakeville Journal for the past year, has been named Managing Editor of the newspaper. He has been succeeded as Canaan Editor by Kathryn Bickford, who has worked as his assistant in Canaan.


Service on the Super Service bus line ain’t so super any more. This week, daily bus service between Danbury and Pittsfield was suspended. Sunday service will remain, and fuller service will be implemented in June. Super Service Coach Corp. officials said curtailment was due to lack of patronage.


25 years ago — March 1997

A parents meeting will be scheduled soon for those with children in the Lee H. Kellogg School kindergarten through second grade (K-2) program, which came under fire for overcrowding at a recent Board of Education meeting. The program now has 51 students in the mornings and 35 in the afternoon after kindergarten pupils leave school. “There’s no argument that we have too many students for the space we have, but we’ve compensated by scheduling some students in the library and the gym,” Mr. Pozzi added. “A new school renovation plan should consider our additional space needs.”


Region 1 school officials have determined that as of March 14, all delayed openings due to inclement weather will be a uniform 90 minutes, rather than one hour as in the past.


These items were taken from The Lakeville Journal archives at Salisbury’s Scoville Memorial Library, keeping the original wording intact as possible. For more archival fun, go to www.scovillelibrary.org and search the newspaper archives.

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