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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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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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Providing care in Cambodia

Sharon Hospital doctors Mark Marshall and Gene Chin (at left in photo) are spending two weeks on a medical mission to Cambodia. A story and more photos will be featured in The Lakeville Journal after their return.

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Wound center opens at Sharon Hospital

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SHARON — “I wasn’t here in 1909 when Sharon Hospital was created,” said Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal at the Thursday, Sept. 29, opening ceremony for the hospital’s new wound center. “But I was here when the hospital almost closed, when it was struggling to stay open.”
Blumenthal was Connecticut’s attorney general in 2002, when the small rural facility converted from a nonprofit to a for-profit, under the ownership of Essent Healthcare in Nashville, Tenn.

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