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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,...

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Amazing amphibians at Audubon

SHARON — They sky was overcast and temperatures were brisk last Thursday, April 21, but that didn’t deter an adventurous group of young field scientists from pursuing frogs, tadpoles and other exciting amphibians at Sharon Audubon.

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President writes to Sharon children

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SHARON — After a talk by former White House Social Secretary Nancy Tuckerman at the Hotchkiss Library of Sharon on Sunday, Feb. 20, a group of children composed letters to send to President Barack Obama, his family and his dog, Bo.
Two months later, the library received a reply from the president that thanked the children for sending him letters and noted their importance as the country’s future.
On Thursday, April 21, six of the children who sent the letters to the White House gathered at the library to read the response from the president.

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Budget hearing, special finance meeting April 29

karaw@lakevillejournal.com

SHARON — The budget public hearing is scheduled for Friday, April 29, at 7 p.m., at Town Hall. The budgets for the Board of Selectmen and the Board of Education for the 2011-12 fiscal year will be presented to and discussed by the town.
Following the meeting, the Board of Finance will hold a special meeting.
The selectmen’s budget proposal for municipal expenses is $2,991,883, a 1.1 percent increase over this fiscal year’s budget (the new fiscal year begins July 1).

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Thank you, Easter Bunny

Sharon Day Care hosted an Easter egg hunt Saturday, April 16, at Sharon Center School. Spurred by a bitter cold wind, the children made short work of a field of eggs. The Easter Bunny handed out a basket of small toys and the day care provided a spread of brownies and cookies. Mabel Fenton, 3, of Lakeville searched for eggs on the playground equipment, above. Mackenzie Milton, 5, of Sharon posed for a photo with the Easter Bunny, right.

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Audubon golden eagle now in Canadian wilderness

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SHARON — On the chilly morning of Monday, March 28, a rehabilitated golden eagle was released in the Mohawk State Forest in Cornwall by employees of the Sharon Audubon Center, along with researchers from West Virginia University and Tufts University.
Before the release, a tracking transmitter was placed on the eagle so its travels could be documented.
Now, nearly a month later, the eagle has made its way to Canada. Its location as of Thursday, April 14, was about 100 miles north of Montreal.

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Sharon turns off its televisions, children still have fun

karaw@lakevillejournal.com

SHARON — Sharon Center School hosted its annual TV Turn-off Week, with events every night between Monday, April 11, and Thursday, April 14. The week began with a pool party at The Hotchkiss School in Lakeville and ended with an evening of bingo and pizza at the Sharon firehouse.
On Tuesday, fitness activities for the children were offered. Poor weather led to the cancellation of some of the activities, including a scheduled walk around the Sharon Green, which was canceled due to rain.

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Board of Ed shaves budget by $72,000

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SHARON — At its regular monthly meeting on Monday, April 11, the Board of Education reduced its proposed budget to $3,686,345, a 1.99-percent increase over this year’s budget, or $6,274,426 including Sharon’s portion of the Region One School District budget.
The changes were made to satisfy the recommendation of the Board of Finance on March 29 that the budget be brought down to no more than 2 percent over this year’s budget. The fiscal year begins July 1.
The previous budget bottom line proposal for the coming fiscal year was $3,758,345, a 3.98 percent increase.

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Emma Okell named Governor’s Scholar

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SHARON — Sharon resident Emma Okell, a 17-year-old junior at Housatonic Valley Regional High School, has been selected as a Governor’s Scholar for the state of Connecticut.
Each year, one junior is nominated from every high school in the state to write an essay that will qualify him or her to win the scholarship. Out of 169 essays, 30 were chosen, including the one that Emma wrote about what it means to be a scholar and an intellectual.

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Lots to do with the TV off

cynthiah@lakevillejournal.com

SHARON — This is National TV Turn-off Week, and once again the Sharon Center School PTO has scheduled events to keep families entertained and engaged.
On Monday evening, April 11, the pool at The Hotchkiss School in Lakeville was open for a family swim night that attracted a large crowd of pre-teens, toddlers, tadpoles and parents.
Tuesday was fitness night. Families came to the Sharon Center School gym for fitness activities, then everyone was invited to the town Green for an evening stroll.

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Farm market season begins

Still too cold for planting, but...
cynthiah@lakevillejournal.com

SHARON — It’s not your imagination; it actually was warmer at this time last year. Or at least that’s what farmer Charlie Paley claims.
“I keep obsessive records,” he confided on Sunday afternoon, April 3, as he was about to close down Paley’s Farm Market for the day, following an active opening weekend.
“Last year on our opening weekend it was in the 70s,” he said, sounding not exactly wistful but also not exactly happy.

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