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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

Maple festival is March 17 at Audubon

SHARON — The Sharon Audubon Center will host MapleFest on Saturday, March 17, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children.
The event will feature 45-minute guided tours of the center’s maple sugaring operation. The tours take visitors down Maple Trail, where they can peek at the sap dripping into hanging buckets while learning about the tapping and gathering process. They will also stop at the Sugarhouse to watch the sap turn into syrup. The last stop of the tour includes a re-creation of Native American and early Colonial sugaring methods.

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¡Hola! Sharon Center School’s Spanish Club

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SHARON — ¡Hola!, or “hello” in English, was the greeting Sharon Center School’s (SCS) Spanish Club members heartily gave to Spanish-speaking students from The Hotchkiss School when they arrived.
The high school students visited Sharon Center each Friday afternoon in January and February to help the younger students perfect their Spanish language skills and learn about the cultures, customs and food of many Spanish-speaking countries.

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Frost riverfront parcel is protected

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SHARON — The Sharon Land Trust (SLT) and The Housatonic Valley Association (HVA) have closed on the purchase of a conservation easement on 20 acres of riverfront farm owned by Denny Frost.
“My [late] wife, Charlotte, would be supremely happy to see this land conserved,” Frost said. “We started talking about the possibility of preserving the riverfront meadows with [HVA Executive Director] Lynn Werner many years ago.”
Charlotte (Gay) Frost died in April 2009.
“The Frost property has 1,480 feet of river frontage and is extraordinarily beautiful,” Werner said.

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In first draft, Sharon Center budget up 6.89%

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SHARON — The first draft of the proposed 2012-13 Sharon Board of Education budget was discussed at the regular board meeting on Feb. 13.
The total proposed budget was $6,256,753, which is $17,964 less than the $6,274,717 2011-2012 budgeted amount. However, the new document also estimated that actual 2011-2012 expenditures will end up at $6,181,341.
If that turns out to be a realistic estimate of current year expenditures, the proposed budget for next year would represent an increase of $75,412.

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Diagonal parking at Hamlin House

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SHARON — At the Feb. 14 meeting of the Board of Selectmen, Elizabeth Hall, an alternate member of the Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z), spoke to the selectmen about P&Z concerns regarding parking on Upper Main Street in front of the Hamlin House.
“We are recommending that you, as a board, look into instituting diagonal parking and that at the same time you consider making that section of Upper Main Street one-way southbound,” Hall said.

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Road races, new storage on ‘to do’ list for town

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SHARON — Planning has begun for the annual road race to benefit the Sharon Day Care Center. At their meeting Feb. 14, the selectmen approved the use of West Woods Road, Boland Road, the town Green and Town Hall Parking lot for portable facilities for the May 5 run.
Plans are also being made for a triathlon to be held June 23. The Board of Recreation and Youth and the triathlon coordinators submitted a request to the Board of Selectmen, as the legal traffic authority for Sharon, to use Mudge Pond Road and Mudge Town Road for the triathlon to be held on June 23. The request was granted.

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BOE covers wide range of topics at meeting

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SHARON — Budget discussions have begun for the next fiscal year, which will begin July 1.
At the Sharon Board of Education (BOE) meeting on Feb. 13, Sharon’s Region One Board representative, Marilyn Yerks, said the town of Sharon had 102 students enrolled at Housatonic Valley Regional High School (HVRHS) in the 2010-11 school year. In the 2011-12 year, there are 79 students. Yerks said that will mean an approximate $300,000 reduction in Sharon’s assessment.

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Nine members and a mission for long-range plan group

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SHARON — The recently re-established Long Range Planning Committee (LRPC) now has nine members, according to First Selectman Robert Loucks.
The committee members were announced at the Feb. 14 meeting of the Board of Selectmen.
They are Jessica Fowler (chairman), Ray Aakjar II, Thomas Bartram, Mike Beck, Douglas Cahill, Alexandra Hunter, Dale Jones and Liz Shapiro.
The members were approved by a vote of the board.
An organizational meeting of the committee will be held Feb. 29 at 7 p.m., so the group can designate a secretary and begin work.

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Bucket brigade

Sap collected from maple trees at the Sharon Audubon Center on Route 4 supplies the center’s sugarhouse, where it is boiled down to amber-colored syrup. For dates and times of this year’s MapleFest. Click here to see another photo.

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Sap is up and running in preparation for MapleFest

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