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SHARON — Sharon is now the third town in the region to look seriously at taking the communications future into its own hands. 

The town will now try to find a way to get the high speed communications for all homes in town through fiber optic strands, rather than waiting for either the government or for private companies to provide it.

About 30 people, including many from area towns other than Sharon, came to a meeting Sunday morning, Nov. 17, at Sharon Town Hall to hear a presentation by Joceyln Ayer, community and economic development director for the Northwest...

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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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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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