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SHARON — The Sharon Board of Education spending plan for the coming year shows a slight decrease from this year’s budget. The board voted at its meeting on Monday, March 11, to submit the proposed budget to the Board of Finance for review. 

The proposed education budget for Sharon shows total expenditures of $4,258,983, down from the current year’s budget of $4,259,472. The reduction amounts to $489.

Significant spending reductions were found in the computer software, hot water heater, air conditioning for the day care area, a retaining wall and...

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Chore Service garden party July 9

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SHARON — The Chore Service will hold its third annual Garden Party on Saturday, July 9, at the home of Ann Goodbody, from 5 to 7:30 p.m.
The 19-year-old Chore Service has 250 clients and 100 workers serving the towns of North Canaan, Cornwall, Falls Village, Kent, Norfolk, Sharon and Salisbury. Local workers are hired to help out the elderly and disabled with cleaning, yard work, errands, laundry and other essential chores.
The Chore Service helps the elderly and disabled remain in their homes rather than having to move to an assisted living facility or other housing option.

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Hope and perseverance are the themes in Webber’s new book

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SHARON — In 1827, at age 19, illiterate and scared, James Pennington escaped from slavery — and soon became one of the leading voices against slavery in the United States prior to the Civil War.
The life of this Yale-educated minister is chronicled in a new book, “American to the Backbone,” by the Rev. Christopher L. Webber, a Sharon resident.
Webber, who is happy to be called Chris, said he wanted to write about Pennington and his life as a way to inspire contemporary African-American teenagers and offer them a positive role model.

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Sounds of spring concert

Students in kindergarten through grade five performed in the spring concert at Sharon Center School May 26. Third-graders played “Go Tell Aunt Rhody” on recorder.

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New director at health center

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SHARON — Sharon Health Care Center has named Douglas Finch, M.D., as medical director effective July 1, 2011.
Finch, a resident of Kent, has practiced medicine since 1994 and worked in northern Litchfield County since 2005. He practices internal medicine specializing in infectious diseases. He also serves as chairman of Sharon Hospital’s Department of Medicine and the Infection Control Committee.
Finch replaces Joel Danisi M.D., the first Medical Director at Sharon Health Care. Danisi had held that position since the facility opened in October 1992.

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Paley’s barn saved from fire

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SHARON — A barn on the Paley’s Farm Market property at 230 Amenia Road caught fire around 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 2.
According to owner Charles Paley, there were no injuries and the barn was not destroyed. He said the fire marshal could not determine the cause of the fire.
Paley said the first fireman arrived within five minutes of his calling 911, and within 20 minutes two firetrucks were on the scene, hosing down the barn.

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Duo Dara at Congregational church June 11

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SHARON ­— Duo Dara, featuring Keren Schweitzer, flute, and Jason Lippmann, cello, will perform Saturday, June 11, at 8 p.m. at the Sharon Congregational Church.
Proceeds from the concert will benefit the Sharon Historical Society and Sharon Congregational Church.
“Most people assume significant public buildings have enough members to properly support their preservation needs,” said Liz Shapiro, executive director of the historical society. “That is not usually the case, which is true for the historical society and the Congregational church.”

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A time for quiet reflection

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SHARON — The crowd was smaller than normal for this year’s Memorial Day celebration and parade, probably because of the storm that thundered through the region at daybreak. But the number of people old and young who took part in the parade and then gathered at the war memorial on Monday morning was still substantial.

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Brownies collect for Little Guild

SHARON — To fulfill its community service project, Brownie Troop 40374 is organizing a donations drive to benefit the Little Guild of St. Francis for the Welfare of Animals in West Cornwall.
“We chose the Little Guild because they help injured animals get better and find homes,” said Brownie Volunteer Eleanor Mooney.
“We also learned that the Little Guild relies only on donations to feed and take care of their animals,” said Brownie volunteer Kaylyn Vogel.

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Roadwork continues after holiday

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SHARON — The second weekly roadwork update was held Friday, May 27, at Town Hall.
The selectmen held the special meeting at 10 a.m. to review road repairs for the week ending Friday, June 3. Road repair review meetings are held each Friday at the Town Hall. The public is invited to attend.

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Memorial Day 2011

Firefighter Barclay Prindle, above with Little Barc, smiled to well-wishers at Sharon’s Memorial Day parade Monday.

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