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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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FFA students coach shoppers on good choices

karaw@lakevillejournal.com

SHARON — Even in an area such as this one, where farming and gardening are still an important part of most people’s lives, it can’t hurt to remind shoppers where their foods comes from and how it is produced.
And so, as they do every year, students from the FFA program in the agricultural education program at Housatonic Valley Regional High School spent the afternoon at a local market (this time, the Sharon Farm Market) for the annual Food Checkout Day.
This year’s event was held Wednesday afternoon, March 30, and was sponsored by the Litchfield County Farm Bureau.

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Town budget ready for hearing

Education budget refined
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SHARON — At a Board of Finance budget workshop on Tuesday, March 29, the Board of Education budget, Board of Selectmen’s budget and five-year capital improvement plan were topics of discussion.

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Quick town meeting in Sharon passes all items

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SHARON — A special town meeting was held Friday, April 1, to vote to accept the town report, establish a land acquisition fund and approve expenditures.
The meeting was attended by 23 people, most of whom are members of various town boards and commissions. The meeting was quick and efficient, due mostly to the experience of the voters present.
At the beginning of the meeting, Tom Bartram was elected moderator, and the five items of discussion were voted on in 17 minutes.

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Eagle, hawks released into wild

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SHARON — The Sharon Audubon Center facilitated the release this week of two red-tailed hawks on Saturday, March 26, and a golden eagle on Monday, March 28.
The hawks had both been rehabilitation patients of the Audubon Center on Route 4. One had arrived on Sept. 25, 2010; the other had only been there for about a month.

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‘The King and I’ transports audience to Siam

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SHARON — This year’s spring drama production at Sharon Center School was an adaptation of the musical classic “The King and I,” by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein, about an English governess and the influence and the friendship she develops with the king of Siam.
Students at the school attended a special daytime performance of the show on Thursday, March 24. The community was invited in on Friday for an evening performance and again on Saturday for a matinee.

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Sharon siblings travel to Australia, Europe with People to People

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SHARON — Sharon siblings Mikaela and Tristan Galm, children of David and Melissa Galm, have been selected to represent Connecticut as student ambassadors with the People to People Student Ambassador program.
Mikaela is a 13-year-old eighth-grader and Tristan is an 11-year-old sixth-grader; both are at Sharon Center School. The program was founded by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1956 and has sent more than 500,000 school-age children around the globe to promote world peace.

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Finance board suggests changes to budgets

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SHARON — In a Board of Finance budget workshop on Wednesday, March 23, the board reviewed the budget proposals that had been presented on Tuesday, March 15, by the Board of Selectmen and the Board of Education.
The bottom line of the selectmen’s budget before it was changed by the Board of Finance was $2,930,360, and the bottom line of the Board of Education budget was $3,694,340, or $6,332,602 with the addition of Sharon’s portion of the Region One budget.

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Maple mania at Sharon Audubon

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SHARON — The sap was no longer flowing from the maple trees at Sharon Audubon Center on Saturday, March 19, but that didn’t stop the staff and volunteers from holding their annual Maplefest anyway.
Throughout the sunny but cool day, Audubon offered free tours to the public, and demonstrated how sap is collected from maple trees on the property and then boiled slowly down at the sugarhouse into thick brown syrup.

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Sharon students take a trip around the world through dance

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SHARON — Students at Sharon Center School were taken on a voyage around the world on Monday, March 21, when the Connecticut Ballet visited the school to perform a program called World of Dance.
The program featured four dancers who each represented a different country: Peru, India, Indonesia and Brazil.
Each dancer wore a costume that corresponded to the dance he or she performed and the country it represented, and each took a moment to tell the audience what they were doing before they began their dance.

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Kestrel flees from Sharon Audubon Center

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SHARON — An American kestrel escaped from the Sharon Audubon Center around noon on Monday, March 21, and had not been found at presstime. At 7 to 8 inches long, the bird is the smallest falcon species in North America.
The bird escaped when the door to his cage blew open while a volunteer was feeding the birds and cleaning the cages.

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