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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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Mitchelltown Road Bridge repair project makes gains

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SHARON — The Mitchelltown Road bridge repair project appears to be on course to proceed after many months of negotiations between the selectmen and Mitchelltown Road property owner James Metz, who attended the selectmen’s meeting on Nov. 9.
Selectman John Mathews reported that he, Selectman Meg Szalewicz and contractor Florien Palmer had met with Metz and his wife that morning. The biggest concern voiced by the Metzes was what would be visible when the bridge is rebuilt. They said they can live with a finished bridge that does not show any more concrete than the bridge that is there now.

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Perotti wins in recount

Four-vote margin for new selectman
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SHARON — A recount of the ballots for two candidates for selectman was conducted at Town Hall on Sunday, Nov. 13. Candidate John Perotti was declared the winner, with 347 votes. Candidate Howard Randall did not win a seat. He had 343 votes.
The municipal election was held last Tuesday, Nov. 8. The vote totals (which were declared to be 347 and 343 that day) were close enough that state law required a recount.

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Medical mission to Asia

No paperwork, and no computer imaging
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SHARON — Two doctors from Sharon Hospital spent the first couple of weeks of October in Cambodia, seeing hundreds of patients in rural areas and getting back to their medical roots.
Gene Chin from the emergency department and hospitalist Mark Marshall went to the city of Siem Reap, a provincial capital in the northwestern part of the country, as part of a group of 15 medical professionals, under the aegis of Flying Doctors of America.

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6,000 pheasants have flown the coop

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SHARON —Motorists traveling along Route 41 in and out of Sharon have been noticing, and avoiding, an unusually large number of pheasants on the roadsides.
Sharon Pheasant Farm proprietor Robert Wilbur said approximately 6,000 birds escaped from the farm, which has two locations near the center of town on Route 41, during last week’s snowstorm.

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EMS coordinator comes full circle

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SHARON — There are times when destiny may not be apparent. Such is the life of David Cadwell, coordinator of the EMS Institute at Sharon Hospital. From 1970 to 1972 Cadwell, a conscientious objector, served as a medic with the U.S. Army in Vietnam.
Perhaps his personal feelings about war and mortality and his own experiences tending to the wounds of others set his life on a course of service, both volunteer and professional.

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Resident dies from generator fumes

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SHARON — Sharon resident Richard Rothschild was found dead in the early morning hours of Nov. 1, the day after the massive snowstorm that took out power for most of the Tri-state region. The 85-year-old artist was discovered after a neighbor came to check on him, found him and telephoned police.
State police said the generator supplying power to his home was properly vented, but a broken muffler allowed carbon monoxide gas to fill the house.

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Essent completes merger with Tennessee entity

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SHARON — Essent Healthcare (owner of Sharon Hospital) has completed its merger with Tennessee-based RegionalCare Hospital Partners. The deal was finalized Nov. 4.
The merger combines the four hospitals owned by RegionalCare, which are in Florence, Ala., Muscle Shoals, Ala., Ottumwa, Iowa, and Wilmington, Ohio; and the three hospitals owned by Essent, which the press release from the companies describe as “market-leading, non-urban acute care hospitals.”
In addition to Sharon Hospital the company has a hospital in Waynesburg, Pa., and Paris, Texas.

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6,000 pheasants have flown the coop

SHARON —Sharon Pheasant Farm proprietor Robert Wilbur said approximately 6,000 birds escaped from the farm (which is near the center of town on Route 41), during last week’s snowstorm.
“The wet snow and winds damaged the pens where the pheasants are kept,” he said. “The wet snow just tore through everything.”
Wilbur said the pheasant farm is faced with two challenges right now: recovering the escaped pheasants and rebuilding the damaged pens.

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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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