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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

Saturday night storm blankets streets, takes down trees

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SHARON — Power was slowly being restored to Sharon residents and businesses by Tuesday morning but First Selectman Robert Loucks said the firehouse would remain open as a shelter for as long as needed.
About a dozen people sought shelter at the emergency center on Monday night. Volunteers cooked breakfast for them on Tuesday morning.
“Sharon Farm Market donated food that the fire department is using to feed shelter visitors,” Loucks reported.

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Superintendent Award - Sharon

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SHARON — Ashley Coon is the winner of this year’s Superintendent Award for Sharon Center School. She is an eighth-grader who knows what she wants to do for a career: “I want to have something to do with music because I really love to sing and to act.”
Ashley has performed and volunteered at Sharon’s TriArts. She plays the trumpet in the school band and jazz band, and sings in the chorus. She is a member of the drama club and the school’s literary magazine, The Sharon Scribe.
Last year she played Anna in the school’s production of “The King and I.”

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Roadwork done, sidewalks next

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SHARON — The Board of Selectmen announced at a special meeting on Oct. 21 that sidewalk repairs on the western side of Main Street, West Main Street and Hospital Hill Road are scheduled to be done.
The length of sidewalks to be repaired is 1,430 feet. The average width of repairs is 4.6 inches. The project will include fine grading of approximately 120 square feet of broken sidewalk. Debris will be removed by the town. A tack coat will be applied to the asphalt that is already in place and then paved with two inches of compacted Class II overlay.

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Board of Selectmen candidate profiles

This week, The Lakeville Journal offers profiles of candidates in each town for the boards of selectmen and the Region One Board of Education (except in Cornwall and Kent, where the representative is appointed). Information in the profiles was provided by the candidates, at the newspaper’s request. The candidates are listed in alphabetical order.

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Sharon candidate profiles

Region One Board of Education

Judge Manning, Republican
Office being sought: Region One Board of Education
Age: 60
Number of years in town: 16
Profession: President, Judge Manning Horse Transportation, Inc.

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Hospital merger raises concerns

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SHARON — Winsted’s Community Lawyer Charlene LaVoie is raising concerns about a proposed hospital merger that she says looks more like a takeover that is not being properly reviewed.
In a letter to state Attorney General George Jepsen last month, LaVoie noted that an announced “merger” between RegionalCare Partners and Essent Healthcare, which owns Sharon Hospital, looks more like an acquisition to her, and that such transactions require greater oversight than has been given to the deal.

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Copper downspouts stolen from historic buildings

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SHARON — Sometime over the Labor Day weekend, copper downspouts were stolen from the buildings that are home to the Sharon Historical Society and the Hotchkiss Library of Sharon.
Marge Smith, associate director of the Sharon Historical Society, said, “Liz Shapiro, our executive director, was at the library and learned some of the copper downspouts on the outside of their building had been stolen.”
When Shapiro returned to the historical society, which is next door, she and Smith walked the exterior of their building and found three of their copper downspouts had also been stolen.

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Board agrees to pay Palmer for work on King Hill Road

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SHARON — At a Board of Selectmen’s meeting on Oct. 11, a motion was passed to pay Palmer Construction of Sharon more than $35,000 for work that owner Florien Palmer did in conjunction with town road crews on King Hill Road.
In a separate contract between Sharon Hospital and Palmer, the company was paid $40,000 by the hospital. The town of Sharon was not a party to that contract. A controversy arose when the town was required to do work in conjunction with the trench Palmer was installing as part of the hospital contract.

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Hair studio raises funds for American Cancer Society

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SHARON — L’s Hair Studio held its second annual Cutting For Cancer event on Oct. 17.
“This is the second anniversary of opening my hair studio in Sharon. We celebrate by giving free haircuts and trims, with 100 percent of what customers donate going to the American Cancer Society,” owner Linda Decker-Peck said.
Peck said last year’s event raised $252. This year the studio raised $566.
Also on hand this year was Sharon massage therapist Leslie Eckstein, who donated her time by giving chair massages.

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Four accused of poaching in Sharon

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SHARON — An ongoing investigation into illegal hunting on Sharon Mountain netted four arrests Oct. 8.
Environmental Conservation (EnCon) police officers from the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) have conducted surveillance for the past several deer hunting seasons. Complaints were coming from local residents about vehicles with Massachusetts plates dropping off and picking up people wearing camouflage clothing along wooded areas and private estates.
No permission had been granted by property owners to hunt there.

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