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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...

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Any of these your old classmates?

Wally Chase sent in this photo that he believes was taken at Sharon Center School around 1930. In his note to the newspaper, he said, “My father David R. Chase 1920-2004 is in the back row second from the left and Mary Louise Hooper Culver, first row, third from left. I am wondering who the others are in the photo?” Anyone who would like to share information can send an email to cynthiah@lakevillejournal.com.

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Books for Babies delivers at hospital

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SHARON — Each of the approximately 250 babies born annually at Sharon Hospital now goes home with a new children’s book, thanks to a Books for Babies partnership between the Hotchkiss Library of Sharon, the nonprofit organization Read to Grow and Sharon Hospital.
Families also receive a literacy guide for parents of newborns as part of this joint effort to foster children’s language and early literacy development.

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He’s a small-town ‘automotive doctor’

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SHARON — Art’s Automotive garage in Sharon is not just a commercial business. It is also a realized vision of a business genuinely helping people.
Years ago, when a young Arthur Subklew graduated, at the top of his class from trade school in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., he worked in an automobile dealership service department.
“One of the benefits of working for a dealer was all the free training they provided,”he recalled in an interview last week. “I took advantage of all the training courses that were offered.”

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Bridge repair could begin in summer

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SHARON — A special Board of Selectmen’s meeting was held Jan. 9 to discuss planned repairs to the Mitchelltown Road bridge.
First Selectman Robert Loucks recused himself from the discussion. He owns property on the road, near the bridge, which has been closed for about two years.
Selectman Meg Szalewicz chaired the meeting. Loucks and Selectman John Perotti were present as was Dennis Garceau, a representative of WMC Consulting Engineers, hired by the town for this project. Sharon contractor Florien Palmer, owner of Palmer Construction, was also present as a volunteer consultant.

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Parked bus complaint

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SHARON — School bus parking was on the agenda at the Jan. 10 Sharon Board of Selectmen’s meeting. Aside from the selectmen and their secretary, it was attended by about 26 people.
School buses owned by All-Star Transportation Co. are parked on property owned by Claire and Edward Pedersen on Mitchelltown Road Extension.Prior to All-Star, buses owned by Laidlaw bus company were parked at the same location.

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Carley documents what it was like to grow up on a farm

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SHARON — Longtime Sharon resident Richard “Dick” Carley signed copies of his book, “Growing Up On the Farm, a Sharon Mountain Story,” at the Sharon Historical Society on Jan. 15.
Carley came to Sharon when he was 5 years old in 1942. He then began a 17-year journey working on the farm with his father, also Richard, who was the farm manager.

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Following ‘censorship’ charge, town considers closing Town Hall art gallery

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SHARON — No decision has been made yet on whether the Town Hall art gallery should be closed down. About 26 people attended a meeting of the Board of Selectmen Jan. 10 to share their opinions. That was a fraction of the number who showed up for a December meeting of the board. For that meeting, about 75 people came to protest what they described as censorship of a collection of political cartoons by Millerton artist Dianne Engleke.

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Flamenco comes alive at Sharon Center

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SHARON — Friday the 13th of January was a lucky day for students at Sharon Center School. Thanks to a grant from the school’s PTO, there was an all-school assembly featuring internationally renowned flamenco dancer Rebecca Thomas. In addition to her performance for the students and staff, she also conducted an introductory class in the art form.
Thomas was accompanied by guitarist Cristian Puig.

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A new chapter at the library children’s room

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SHARON — Emily Bartram is the new children’s librarian at the Hotchkiss Library of Sharon. She assumed her new post on Jan. 3.
Born and raised in Sharon, and still a resident of the town, “I literally grew up in the library,” she said. In addition to spending time there as a reader, “for many years I served as a library volunteer.”

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Quick vote on changes at town meeting

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SHARON — Changes to several ordinances were quickly approved at a town meeting Jan. 6.
Selectman John Perotti moderated the meeting, which brought about 20 people to Town Hall for what ended up being a 10-minute session.
Discussion on all three agenda items consisted only of explanations from town officials.

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