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SHARON — Pausing to honor a lifetime of service to the Inland Wetlands and Water Course Commission, the Sharon selectmen welcomed state Rep. Maria Horn (D-64) who presented Sharon resident Edward Kirby with a citation awarded by the state General Assembly. The recognition was officially presented at the Board of Selectmen’s meeting on Tuesday, July 9.

“This is one of the great privileges of my office,” Horn said during the presentation of the official citation voted by the state’s General Assembly. The framed award speaks of Kirby’s 47 years of...

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State update on hospital on June 27

SHARON — The grassroots Save Sharon Hospital group has invited representatives from the state Office of Health Strategies to hold an information meeting at Sharon Town Hall on Thursday, June 27, from 4 to 5 p.m. 
A representative of the state agency said that the meeting is “an educational forum and chance for people to ask questions related to the Office of Health Strategies’ work. 

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Sharon plans to ban plastic bags

SHARON — Moving a step closer to banning the use of plastic bags in town, as proposed by the Sharon Energy and Environment Commission (SEEC), the Sharon selectmen at a recent meeting agreed to start the process to draft an ordinance.
SEEC member Oscar Martinez has conducted a survey of merchants and found reasonable support for such an ordinance. SEEC Chair Carolyn Mattoon has been researching possible wording for the ordinance.

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Former principal honored by Sharon Center School

SHARON — Former Sharon Center School  Principal Patricia Chamberlain walked into the new Gallery of Graduates and looked at the framed photos of past graduating classes. Each photo evoked memories for her. Although she left the school to become assistant superintendent of the Region One School District in 2001, Chamberlain still had ample time to get to know generations of Sharon students. 

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SCS Class of 2019 ready to take on the world

SHARON — For the 13 members of Sharon Center School’s eighth grade class, Monday, June 17, marked their transition from eighth grade to high school. 
Most of the students in this small class have known each other since kindergarten.

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State to provide update on Sharon Hospital on June 27

SHARON — The grassroots Save Sharon Hospital group has invited representatives from the state Office of Health Strategies to hold an information meeting at Sharon Town Hall on Thursday, June 27, from 4 to 5 p.m. 
A representative of the state agency said that the meeting is “an educational forum and chance for people to ask questions related to the Office of Health Strategies’ work. 

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Dinneen honored by Taghhannuck Grange

SHARON — Celebrating 130 years of service to the farming community and beyond, the Taghhannuck Grange in Sharon awarded its 2019 Citizen of the Year certificate at a community supper on Thursday, May 23.
The annual award recognizes a non-Granger who serves the community over a lifetime.
The truly surprised honoree this year was William Dinneen of Cornwall, who was treated to speeches describing in detail why he deserved the honor.

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America through the eyes of Chinese students

SHARON — About a month ago Region One School District Assistant Superintendent Lisa Carter received a somewhat panicky email from a colleague in China.
A planned trip for 16 Chinese students to stay for a month in Wethersfield, Conn., fell through when not enough families signed up to host the children.
Carter swung into action and found families in Region One who were willing to step up on short notice.
Four of the students came to Sharon Center School on Tuesday, June 4, for an interview.

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Green contract awarded

SHARON — Work on the Sharon Green drainage project is expected to start within six weeks. The Board of Selectmen voted to award the contract for the project at their meeting on Tuesday, May 14.
The contract to complete the regrading and add granite curbing was awarded to RAR Excavating in Torrington. 
That company will also handle the drainage correction, although drainage was not included in the original bid. Even with the drainage, the project costs will remain within the original allocation. The work is expected to be completed by August.

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Forgotten but essential WWII moment subject of book

SHARON — Author Tom Shachtman will fill some gaps in the history of World War II on Sunday, June 9, 4 p.m. at the Hotchkiss Library of Sharon.
Shachtman’s new book, “The Phony War,” deals with the period between the German invasion of Poland on Sept. 1, 1939, and the German attack on the Low Countries and France on May 10, 1940.
The period was referred to as the Phony War because there were no traditional military actions taken by the United Kingdom and France against the Germans.
But there was plenty of activity.

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Community spirit shone in red, white and blue

SHARON — Everyone loves a parade, and Sharon turned out on both sides of Main Street to wave, cheer and appreciate the array of antique cars, polished fire engines and emergency vehicles, while remembering lives lost in military service.
The lives of those who are able to continue to serve their community were also honored on a lovely Memorial Day.  The weather proved ideal for the event as the parade slowly made its way from Sharon Center School to the Veterans Memorial across from the iconic clock tower.

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