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SHARON — It’s not news that Sharon’s Ed Kirby has a new book. He’s chronicled the geological and industrial industry of the Northwest Corner since 1995 (“Exploring the Berkshire Hills”) and 1998 (“Echoes of Iron in Connecticut’s Northwest Corner”). 

Those surveys plus Victor C. Rolando’s “200 Years of Soot and Sweat” (1993) were foundation works in my local history library as I began my own investigations into the still little-recognized influence of the three-state Salisbury Iron District on the region...

Sharon

Library brings American Girls to life

The Hotchkiss Library of Sharon hosted an American Girl event on Monday, April 9, at the Sharon Historical Society. The girls who took part got to do some baking, dress-up and other activities related to the popular dolls and books. Emily Bartram (left), the new children’s librarian, organized the party.

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Vote April 20 on plan to change how selectmen are elected

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SHARON — The town is considering a change to an ordinance that would let voters vote for any two selectmen instead of just one in municipal elections.
The town clerk received a petition on March 21, signed by 23 eligible town residents, requesting the change.
There had been confusion during last November’s municipal elections about why voters could only choose a single candidate for the board, instead of voting for two.

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Spring brings new pens, chicks to pheasant farm

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SHARON — Before the unexpected snowstorm last October, most Northwest Corner residents were only vaguely aware of the Sharon Pheasant Farm.
Then the storm came, blowing in copious amounts of snow, shutting down power, pulling down trees — and destroying many of the pens at the farm, which is on Route 41 just north of the center of town.
Of the roughly 20,000 mature pheasants on the farm, about 6,000 escaped and about 4,600 have never been found, rescued or recaptured.
“Every day some are still spotted at locations in the area,” said owner Bob Wilbur.

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Budget public hearing April 27

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SHARON — At a Board of Finance (BOF) meeting on March 28, Board of Recreation and Youth Chairman Donna Christensen was asked why a budget item for Veteran’s Field had been increased by $500 to $4,500.
Christensen explained that the money will be spent on maintenance materials such as fertilizer, clay, clay conditioner and seeds.
“We felt by upping the budget for these products we can do a better job of keeping the field in shape.” She noted that the overall Park and Rec budget did not increase.

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Four secrets of Sharon told

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SHARON — The Sharon Historical Society (SHS) held its annual meeting on March 31. The treasurer reported $22,900 has been raised to cover virtually all costs of new storm windows and associated paintwork. Despite a slightly lower membership in 2011, dues and contributions remained stable compared with 2010.
The society’s primary goals for 2012 are to increase membership levels, net $35,000 from fundraising events and do more painting and repairwork (interior and exterior) on their building.

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Sharon due for five-year statistical reval

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SHARON — At the Board of Finance (BOF) meeting on March 28, Assessor Patricia Braislin was asked about how the costs of property revaluations (revals) are calculated.
Braislin explained that state law requires a “full-blown” reval every 10 years, including onsite inspections of every property. At the intervening five-year mark, a “statistical” reval is conducted without onsite inspections.
The assessor noted, “This upcoming reval is the five-year statistical project, not the full-blown one.”

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Conservation officers earn awards for Sharon arrests

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Three conservation officers assigned to the Western District office of the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) received the Medal for Meritorious Service.
Officer Tate Begley of Cornwall, Officer Keith Williams of New Hartford and Officer Nicholas Miofsky of West Hartford were honored April 4 at the annual State Environmental Conservation Police (EnCon) recognition ceremony.
The trio was honored for its work in apprehending illegal hunters in Sharon. The extensive investigation and apprehension were described in a press release.

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The great elm is gone but the Buckleys’ Great Elm is still growing in Sharon

Reprinted from the June 21, 2007, Lakeville Journal

By Eric Baliantz
Reprinted from the June 21, 2007, Lakeville Journal
SHARON — Priscilla Buckley’s casual hospitality would put the most skittish at ease. She is lively and in good spirits and in good shape despite her 85 years, and when she smiles her eyes brighten. Her vocabulary is peppered with phrases such as “grand” and she often says enthusiastically, “Isn’t that something?”

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In Appreciation: Priscilla Buckley, 1921 to 2012

Remembering a gentle force of nature
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SHARON — There are lots of Buckleys, many of them famous, so many of them that you can choose your favorite, the way people used to do with The Spice Girls. Maybe your favorite is William F., famous conservative and Catholic, founder and editor of National Review and host and founder of Firing Line, author of countless spy thrillers. Maybe your favorite is Chris Buckley, author of countless hilariously funny novels and books (including one made into the movie “Thank You For Smoking”).

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Author Buckley (Christopher, that is) comes home to Sharon

SHARON — Christopher Buckley, who is the author of 11 books, many of them national bestsellers, some of them made into movies, will be coming home to Sharon on Sunday, Oct. 7, to host a benefit for the Hotchkiss Library at Great Elm, the Buckley family homestead.
Buckley is looking forward to making the trip up here.
“I miss Sharon the way an immigrant misses the home country,” he said in a phone interview this week. When asked about the event, he simply explained that, “Whatever my Aunt Pitts asks, I do.”

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