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SHARON — Adam Van Doren screened and discussed his documentary film about Cornwall humorist James Thurber at a program held Saturday, Nov. 10, at Sharon Town Hall. The event, sponsored by the Hotchkiss Library of Sharon, drew an audience of 60 Van Doren-Thurber fans.

Co-produced with his wife, Charlotte, the 2000 documentary titled “James Thurber: The Life and Hard Times,” probed the remarkable life of a famed humorist who longed for success as a serious writer in the vein of Henry James, his literary idol. 

Thurber and his autographed books held a...

Sharon

Track project wins approval at town meeting

SHARON — At a town meeting on Friday, Sept. 21, taxpayers approved spending $30,000 to complete construction work on a walking track at Veterans’ Field.
Tom Casey was elected moderator of the meeting, which drew 60 residents to vote on the proposal and on some updates to town ordinances.

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The whens and whys of library’s gala party

SHARON — This year, the Hotchkiss Library of Sharon is celebrating its 125th anniversary. Our upcoming fall fundraiser celebrating this milestone will be held at the historic Sharon home Weatherstone. How this came to be is just one of the special stories that happen at the library all the time.
Elaine Bresee is a regular visitor to the library. She says that she’s warmly greeted whenever she walks in, adding that the staff knows her literary tastes and that their recommendations are always spot on. Elaine, in short, loves the place.

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Surprises at Sharon Art Walk

SHARON — If there was one aspect of the Sharon Art Walk that lacked an artistic eye, it was that its scheduling on early Saturday evening, Sept. 8, coincidentally aligned with both the chilliest day so far in our late-summer in-between season and with the locally beloved United States Open Tennis Championships. 

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How to help the forests thrive

SHARON — A notable forest is growing in Sharon, so much of note that it drew a gathering of 70 professional foresters and conservationists to a day-long exploration on Thursday, July 26.
The late-July event at Jim Gillespie’s Herb Road tree farm was a working meeting of the Connecticut chapter of the New England Society of American Foresters, part of a national forestry organization. 
Visitors learned about a variety of topics, such as using solar-powered electric fencing to protect seedlings from deer. 

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Voters asked for funds for walking track

SHARON — A request for funding to complete work on a public walking track at Veterans’ Field will be considered at a town meeting scheduled for Friday, Sept. 21, at Town Hall, beginning at 7 p.m.
Although most of their meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 28, was devoted to the Sharon Hospital maternity unit (see story, Page A1) , the selectmen included the call to a town meeting on their agenda.  

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Seeking clarity on maternity plans

SHARON — The maternity unit at Sharon Hospital continues to be a topic of interest and concern. About 25 people turned out for a regular meeting of the Board of Selectmen on Tuesday, Aug. 28, at which the unit’s future was to be discussed. 
In July, the new owner of Sharon Hospital announced that it was planning to close the maternity unit. The hospital has been owned since August 2017 by Health Quest, a nonprofit group of hospitals based in New York state. 

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Court says Hallingby owns the rare Ferrari

SHARON — In what must be one of the longest-running ownership disputes of any item ever, a U.S. District Court has ruled that Paul “Barney” Hallingby Jr. is in fact the owner of a rare 1957 Ferrari.
Hallingby is a resident of Sharon, which is where he stores the car (and other autos in his collection of vintage makes). The court ruling was made in March by the district court for Connecticut. 

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O’Briens celebrate 25th anniversary

SHARON — Kevin and Michele O’Brien will be celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary on Sept. 11. They both work in the surrounding towns and own a home in Sharon.

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Thanking town’s volunteers for all the work they do

Despite a steady light rain, Sharon residents gathered under a tent at the Hotchkiss Library of Sharon to honor and celebrate the contributions of the volunteers who provide the town’s fire and ambulance services. 
About 60 people joined representatives of the town’s emergency services for the party.

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SHARON — In the Aug. 9 issue of The Lakeville Journal, James Saunders of West Cornwall wrote to say that he’d been surprised to find a rattlesnake on a road near his home. 
This week, Len Rosenberg of Sharon sent in a photo of a snake near his home and a note saying that, “I thought I’ve seen virtually everything in the Northwest Corner: bear, bobcat, owls, eagles, etc. 

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