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SHARON — This year, the Hotchkiss Library of Sharon is celebrating its 125th anniversary. Our upcoming fall fundraiser celebrating this milestone will be held at the historic Sharon home Weatherstone. How this came to be is just one of the special stories that happen at the library all the time.

Elaine Bresee is a regular visitor to the library. She says that she’s warmly greeted whenever she walks in, adding that the staff knows her literary tastes and that their recommendations are always spot on. Elaine, in short, loves the place.

On one of her visits,...

Sharon

Housing Trust tops list for state grant requests

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SHARON — At a special meeting on June 10, the Board of Selectmen made a final decision on a state Small Town Economic Assistance Program (STEAP) grant application. First Selectman Robert Loucks and Selectmen John Mathews and Meg Szalewicz were all in attendance.
Loucks said Sharon was eligible to submit an application for up to a $500,000 grant. Applying for the authorized maximum grant amount does not mean it will be automatically granted. While the Sharon 2010 STEAP application was for $305,000, only $77,000 was awarded by the state.

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Power outage slows road work

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SHARON — The Board of Selectmen held a special meeting Friday morning, June 10, to review road repair work progress.
Bill Champagne, project manager for Waters Construction Company of New Milford, the project contractor, reported that work is currently being done on Sharon Mountain Road, Jewitt Hill Road, Fairchild Road, Jackson Hill Road, Low Road and Williams Road.
Because of the storm on Thursday evening, there was no electricity at the paving plant, he said, so there could be no paving that Friday, but related work would go ahead.

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Chore Service garden party July 9

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SHARON — The Chore Service will hold its third annual Garden Party on Saturday, July 9, at the home of Ann Goodbody, from 5 to 7:30 p.m.
The 19-year-old Chore Service has 250 clients and 100 workers serving the towns of North Canaan, Cornwall, Falls Village, Kent, Norfolk, Sharon and Salisbury. Local workers are hired to help out the elderly and disabled with cleaning, yard work, errands, laundry and other essential chores.
The Chore Service helps the elderly and disabled remain in their homes rather than having to move to an assisted living facility or other housing option.

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Hope and perseverance are the themes in Webber’s new book

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SHARON — In 1827, at age 19, illiterate and scared, James Pennington escaped from slavery — and soon became one of the leading voices against slavery in the United States prior to the Civil War.
The life of this Yale-educated minister is chronicled in a new book, “American to the Backbone,” by the Rev. Christopher L. Webber, a Sharon resident.
Webber, who is happy to be called Chris, said he wanted to write about Pennington and his life as a way to inspire contemporary African-American teenagers and offer them a positive role model.

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Sounds of spring concert

Students in kindergarten through grade five performed in the spring concert at Sharon Center School May 26. Third-graders played “Go Tell Aunt Rhody” on recorder.

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New director at health center

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SHARON — Sharon Health Care Center has named Douglas Finch, M.D., as medical director effective July 1, 2011.
Finch, a resident of Kent, has practiced medicine since 1994 and worked in northern Litchfield County since 2005. He practices internal medicine specializing in infectious diseases. He also serves as chairman of Sharon Hospital’s Department of Medicine and the Infection Control Committee.
Finch replaces Joel Danisi M.D., the first Medical Director at Sharon Health Care. Danisi had held that position since the facility opened in October 1992.

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Paley’s barn saved from fire

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SHARON — A barn on the Paley’s Farm Market property at 230 Amenia Road caught fire around 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 2.
According to owner Charles Paley, there were no injuries and the barn was not destroyed. He said the fire marshal could not determine the cause of the fire.
Paley said the first fireman arrived within five minutes of his calling 911, and within 20 minutes two firetrucks were on the scene, hosing down the barn.

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Duo Dara at Congregational church June 11

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SHARON ­— Duo Dara, featuring Keren Schweitzer, flute, and Jason Lippmann, cello, will perform Saturday, June 11, at 8 p.m. at the Sharon Congregational Church.
Proceeds from the concert will benefit the Sharon Historical Society and Sharon Congregational Church.
“Most people assume significant public buildings have enough members to properly support their preservation needs,” said Liz Shapiro, executive director of the historical society. “That is not usually the case, which is true for the historical society and the Congregational church.”

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A time for quiet reflection

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SHARON — The crowd was smaller than normal for this year’s Memorial Day celebration and parade, probably because of the storm that thundered through the region at daybreak. But the number of people old and young who took part in the parade and then gathered at the war memorial on Monday morning was still substantial.

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Brownies collect for Little Guild

SHARON — To fulfill its community service project, Brownie Troop 40374 is organizing a donations drive to benefit the Little Guild of St. Francis for the Welfare of Animals in West Cornwall.
“We chose the Little Guild because they help injured animals get better and find homes,” said Brownie Volunteer Eleanor Mooney.
“We also learned that the Little Guild relies only on donations to feed and take care of their animals,” said Brownie volunteer Kaylyn Vogel.

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