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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

Retired banker ready to give back to town

Community Snapshot
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SHARON — John Perotti and his wife, Shirley, have lived in Sharon for three decades. But for most of that time, Perotti was off in Lakeville, working at Salisbury Bank and Trust. After he retired in 2009 as the bank’s chairman and CEO, he took a (very) little time for himself and then decided it was time to become a volunteer.
He offered his services as a selectman, and won a seat in the November municipal elections, joining incumbent First Selectman Robert Loucks and incumbent Selectman Meg Szalewicz.

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Automobile accident on Route 41 in Sharon

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SHARON — At approximately 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan.3, a car driven by William Riley, 82, of Sharon, was exiting the Sharon Shopping Plaza parking lot to turn left (north) onto Route 41 when it was struck by a truck traveling southbound on the road.
According to one witness, Christina Smith of North Canaan, Riley’s car started to pull out of the shopping plaza parking lot to make a left turn to go northbound on Route 41. A truck, which Smith said did not appear to be speeding, was too close to stop and collided with the exiting automobile.

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Eventing with carriages: A hard-driving sport

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SHARON — One day, when Scott Monroe was around 40 years old, he went for a carriage ride with a neighbor. He knew nothing about horses, never having owned, ridden or spent any time around them. But he was so smitten by the experience he decided to take up driving and to learn how to ride a horse.
That in itself could sound like a fairy tale, except that he did all that and then took it many steps further.

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Sharon town website is hacked

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SHARON — Returning to work after the New Year’s holiday break, Town Hall employees found meeting schedules and agendas missing from the town’s website, www.sharonct.org.
Tina Pitcher, the selectmen’s secretary, said, “When we logged onto the website, meeting schedules and agendas had disappeared.”
In place of the usual information, was a message that said “Kosova Hackers Crew.” Pitcher said that the websites of other towns were also attacked.
Town Clerk Linda Amerighi said that it seemed town meeting schedules and agendas were the only data the hackers had removed from the site.

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2011 was a year of losses and achievements in Sharon

2011 A Year in Review
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SHARON — 2011 was a year of many changes in Sharon.
The town’s population decreased by approximately 6,000 — birds, that is. About 6,000 ring-necked pheasants escaped from Sharon Pheasant Farm in November. The Oct. 29 snowstorm had damaged the pheasant cages and the birds ventured out into the wider world. For weeks afterward, the jewel-toned fowl could be seen wandering around Sharon and environs. Although most succumbed to predators and motor vehicles, a few hardy members of the species could still be spotted on lawns and roadsides in late December.

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Wreath adorns war memorial

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SHARON — Sharon resident Glenn Dennis noticed this holiday season that there wasn’t a wreath on the war memorial in the center of town. He decided to fix that problem himself, and (after getting an OK from Ray Aakjar of the American Legion) drove to Housatonic Valley Regional High School to purchase a wreath grand enough to grace the stone monument.

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Three agenda items for town meeting

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SHARON — There will be a town meeting at Town Hall on Friday, Jan. 6, at 7 p.m. with three items on the agenda.
The first item to be voted on is a proposed amendment to the ordinance regarding the town’s Open Space and Land Acquisition Fund.
Second on the agenda is a vote to make amendents to the ordinance regarding the building code, violations of the state building code and building fees.
The third item is a proposed amendment to the ordinance governing citation procedures.

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William Tortorella wins his second geography bee

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SHARON —William Tortorella was the champion (for the second consecutive year) of the Sharon Center School geography bee held Dec. 23. Tortorella was one of nine students who competed in the finals.
School librarian Judy Gafney acted as moderator and read the questions to the students. The bee was an elimination contest. When a contestant gave two wrong answers, he or she was eliminated from the competition.

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Governor rewards Sharon housing efforts

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SHARON — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy traveled to the Sharon Ridge affordable housing complex in Sharon on Friday, Dec. 30, to present state grant checks to the Sharon Housing Authority (SHA) and the Sharon Housing Trust (SHT).
A group of about 30 people gathered on a lawn at Sharon Ridge, where a podium had been set up, for the brief ceremony.
In addition to the governor, speakers were Sharon First Selectman Robert Loucks, 64th District Rep. Roberta Willis, Sharon Housing Authority Vice Chairman Lea Davies and Sharon Housing Trust Chairman Melinda Sweet.

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First to arrive

The first baby of 2012 was born Jan. 1 at 7:55 p.m. at Sharon Hospital. The 9-pound, 21.5-inch boy, named Elliot Ryan Monnier, is the son of Crystal Vondwingelo and Ryan Monnier of The Hotchkiss School in Lakeville. The baby was delivered by Megan Corjulo, CNM.

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