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SHARON — Christ Episcopal Church in Sharon hosted a program on Monday night, Sept. 30, about religion in Litchfield County during the Civil War. 

Peter Vermilyea, historian and teacher at Housatonic Valley Regional High School, spoke in the church’s parish hall before an audience of about 30 people.

He said Litchfield County’s religious history was an integral part of U.S. Civil War history. 

The author of “Hidden History of Litchfield County,” Vermilyea captivated the audience with tales about religious figures who...

Sharon

Changes made to town ordinances

SHARON — Minor adjustments to Sharon town ordinances were approved at a sparsely attended town meeting held on Friday, Aug. 23. Voting was unanimously in favor of the wording changes.
Approved was a change in the regulations to allow for posting the annual proposed budget on the town’s website, thereby reducing, but not eliminating, a requirement for hard-copy printing. 

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Huge support for a group that supports military veterans

SHARON — The Saturday, Sept. 7, fundraiser for the Equus Effect had the largest turnout so far of any event for the nonprofit.  
The gala party and silent auction were held at the farm on Drum Road in Sharon of John Brett and Equus Effect co-founder Jane Strong. 
Strong and co-founder David Sonatore said more than 200 guests came to the gala, the highest attendance thus far for one of their events. 
Equus Effect uses horses to help military veterans overcome PTSD and more. 

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A lively evening of art in Sharon

SHARON — The third annual Sharon Art Walk took place on Saturday, Sept. 7, at several locales around the village Green in Sharon. 
This year’s outing was organized by Theo Coulombe, owner of the Standard Space gallery (where works by Natalie Beall in her Utility Suite series are on display until Sept. 29). 
This year, 15 artists from the Tri-state area took part in the one-evening event, including several business and municipal sites that one might not normally  expect to function as art galleries.

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Family to manage La Roche properties

SHARON — A Sharon resident who had an outsized impact on the village of Salisbury, Elaine La Roche, died on Aug. 25, 2019, at the age of 70. The cause of death was pancreatic cancer, with which she had been diagnosed two years earlier. 
Most people had no idea that she was ill, noted her daughter, Eve La Roche, who is now handling her mother’s properties here, with assistance from her older sister, Felicia La Roche Donovan. La Roche is also survived by her son, Nicolas La Roche Donovan. 

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Sharon Playhouse looks to bright future

SHARON — When asked some decades back to write a history of the Sharon Playhouse for its 25th anniversary booklet, Judson Philips, its founder and a former columnist for The Lakeville Journal, was quoted as saying that a theater is not about dates. It’s not about its physical structure or productions, lights or costumes. 
“A theater,” he wrote “is people.”

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Wood goods and more at trailer on Route 41

SHARON – As  you drive into the town of Sharon, you might see on the front lawn of a house on Gay Street (which is also known as Route 41) a new addition to the neighborhood: a remodeled trailer with a variety of wood signs. 
There is a sign with a cutout in the shape of an evergreen tree and the letters BHWD; another sign says “Lola.” There is a wood box that is carved with the word “Dance” underneath a traffic sign that says, “Don’t Walk.”

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Film, novel at center of Equus Effect event on Sept. 7

SHARON — Local engagement  and support will be quite evident when The Equus Effect, a program in Sharon that helps returning military veterans rebuild relationships through purposeful engagement with horses, hosts its annual fundraising gala on Saturday, Sept. 7, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the farm of John Brett and Jane Strong, 37 Drum Hill, Sharon.

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Town meeting in Sharon on Aug. 23 to update ordinances

SHARON — The Sharon selectmen scheduled a town meeting for Friday, Aug. 23, to approve modifications to existing ordinances concerning such topics as the numbers of hard copies of proposed budgets to be produced in advance of the annual budget town meetings in view of the growing number of people who access the information on the town’s website; an amendment to the building fees subsection; and amendments to the ordinances governing highway construction and driveways. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at Town Hall.

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A new era for social services as iconic Ella Clark retires

SHARON — After 31 years of service to the community as Sharon’s social services agent, a new position at the time, Ella Clark met with the Board of Selectmen to review the social services program and offer advice for the future.
The conversation was held at the selectmen’s meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 13.

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It took a village and then some to get Sharon Habitat house built

SHARON — Abundant smiles and gratitude greeted all who attended the dedication of a new Habitat for Humanity home, as a new family was welcomed to the town of Sharon and to their new neighborhood on Low Road on Saturday, Aug. 17.
Heather Ciccotelli said that her family hopes to move in by Labor Day, now that construction is completed. 

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