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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

New regulations for town’s Historic District

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SHARON — The Sharon Historic District Commission has published new regulations concerning signs. These regulations apply only in the Historic District, which is Calkinstown Road to the intersection with Jewett Hill Road, Gay Street, North Main Street, Main Street, Upper Main Street, South Main Street, Amenia Union Road to the intersection with Boland Road, Boland Road and West Woods Road No. 1 to the intersection with Boland Road.

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Artful takes on nature at new library show

SHARON — Both Irene Blagden and Randy Orzano, whose work will be on exhibit at the Hotchkiss Library of Sharon from April 1 to May 31, use art to explore nature. But there the similarity ends. For while Blagden is a student of nature — observing and interpreting it with a keen, selective, often whimiscal eye — in Orzano’s compositions, nature is a collaborator. This bears explaining.

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Meetings now on YouTube

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SHARON — Tri-State Public Communications, which owns NPR radio stations WHDD AM and FM in Sharon (www.robinhoodradio.com), also operates the CATV6 public access television channel which provides community content to Comcast cable television subscribers in Falls Village, Lakeville/Salisbury, Norfolk, North Canaan and Sharon.
Tri-State has been videotaping government meetings in these towns including meetings of the board of selectmen, board of finance and board of education.

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Hospital layoffs blamed on state tax, fluctuating patient levels

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SHARON — “Fluctuating volumes” of emergency room patients and hospital inpatients were given as a major reason for a significant reduction in staff at Sharon Hospital.
The hospital’s president and CEO, Kimberly Lumia, also cited a substantial new tax levied on the hospital by the state as another reason for the layoff of 26 employees on Wednesday, March 21.
“Our goal is to have a right-sized organization for the volume of patients, so we’re back to our 2010 levels of staffing,” Lumia said.

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Country Inn is open

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SHARON — The former Sharon Motor Inn has reopened under new ownership following a total renovation. Brothers Todi and Eddie Canie, owners of Mizza’s restaurant in Lakeville, purchased the property last year from Salisbury Bank & Trust Company.
It is now called the Sharon Country Inn.
“We wanted to take our time before opening the inn to make sure everything was done right,” Eddie Canie said.

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Sharon Center budget up, but total education spending is down

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SHARON — The second draft of the proposed 2012-13 education budget was presented at a Board of Education (BOE) meeting on March 12. The proposed BOE budget is $3,947,442, a 7.07 percent increase over the current year.
Sharon’s share of the Region One School District budget is $2,462,397, a 9.95 percent decrease from the current year.
The combined total of $6,409,839 for the two budgets represents a 0.17 percent decrease from the 2011-12 school year.

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BOS approve parking barriers on Upper Main Street

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SHARON — At the Board of Selectmen’s (BOS) meeting on March 13, First Selectman Robert Loucks said, “The Sharon Green Preservation Committee (SGPC) had asked the BOS to place some rocks along this side of Upper Main Street to keep cars from encroaching on the lawn.”
Because Upper Main Street is a relatively narrow road, motor vehicles frequently park with one set of tires on the grass of the town Green.
Loucks said the town could provide 2-foot rocks to be placed at the edge of the grass to prevent motorists from parking their vehicles half on the grass.

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Garage rules change

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SHARON — Access to the town garage is now being limited, according to First Selectman Robert Loucks, to help protect the property from vandalism and theft.
“We don’t want people going in and out of the building,” Loucks explained at a meeting of the selectmen on March 13.
Anne Saunders was among the approximately 25 people who attended the meeting. She was there to express concern that she could no longer get free mulch and wood chips for her garden.

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Selectmen approve purchase of metal storage building

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SHARON — For several months, the Board of Selectmen (BOS) has been discussing the purchase of a prefabricated metal building for the town garage.
The building would be used for equipment storage. All the equipment at the town garage now sits outside. Though the proposed building would not be heated, it would protect the equipment from the elements.
The proposed building would cost the town $8,000 to purchase plus an additional $62,000 to $67,000 in construction costs including building a suitable foundation.

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Hen Watch

Anne Hepner’s chicken Fluffy celebrated St. Patrick’s Day on Sharon Mountain with a meal of fresh cabbage.

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