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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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No maple syrup (yet) from Audubon’s sugar bush

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SHARON — Although the sugar maples at Sharon Audubon have been tapped and ready since Valentine’s Day, they’re still waiting for the spring sap to start running and fill the buckets and tubes attached to their trunks.
Maple sap is produced when the nights are below freezing and the days are sunny and above 40 degrees. The combination of the extreme cold at night and the more moderate temps during the day creates pressure that forces the sap up through the tree trunk and out any holes — such as those created in the spots where the trees have been tapped with metal spiles.

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Warm hearts and wishes at chili fundraiser for Sharon Woman’s Club

SHARON — The Sharon Woman’s Club hosted its seventh annual chili dinner at the firehouse on Saturday, Feb. 26, to the satisfaction of many local residents and their stomachs.
The dinner is held each year as a fundraiser for the local organizations that the Sharon Woman’s Club supports. The total amount raised on Saturday was not available at press time, but was estimated at about $1,500.

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Dog pound to be discussed at public hearing, March 9

SHARON — The Planning and Zoning Commission will host a public hearing at Town Hall on Wednesday, March 9, at 7:30 p.m. to discuss an application by the town of Sharon to construct a dog pound.
Public comment will be encouraged at the meeting, and any written communications received by the commission will be read aloud.
The pound would be built near the town garage on Sharon Station Road. The current dog pound is located inside the town garage, and doesn’t meet the state’s requirements for housing animals, according to First Selectman Bob Loucks.

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Life in the White House — and tales of a mischievous Jackie Kennedy

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SHARON — A group of fascinated children and adults got to hear first-hand stories of life in the nation’s capital from former White House Social Secretary Nancy Tuckerman.
Tuckerman’s talk on Sunday, Feb. 20, was part of the Hotchkiss Library of Sharon’s First Family Sunday. The celebration was held in honor of the library’s newly expanded schedule, which now includes Sunday hours.
For nearly an hour, Tuckerman answered questions and shared anecdotes about the Kennedy family, for whom she worked during her time in Washington, D.C.

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Selectmen have mixed feelings on Sharon Ridge expansion plans

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SHARON — After making a presentation of plans for the expansion of the Sharon Ridge development to the Planning and Zoning Commission on Feb. 9, Sharon Housing Authority Vice Chair Lea Davies brought the proposal to the Board of Selectmen on Feb. 15.
While the reaction of the Planning and Zoning Commission was largely positive, several dissenting opinions arose at the selectmen’s meeting.
The main opposition to the three new buildings planned for the Sharon Ridge affordable housing complex came from Selectman John Mathews.

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To celebrate history of Woman’s Club, an exhibit and a tea party

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SHARON — The Sharon Woman’s Club celebrated an exhibition of the club’s history at the Sharon Historical Society with a reception on Sunday, Feb. 20.
Much of the exhibit was put together by club member Judy Albright and consisted of poster boards detailing the club’s accomplishments during each decade of its existence.
Many of the women looking at the displays recalled memories of the past, when they attended Woman’s Club events as children.

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Site plan shows details, design of new Sharon Ridge buildings

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SHARON — Representatives from the Sharon Housing Authority (SHA), as well as an architect and civil engineer who are working to design the three new buildings planned for the Sharon Ridge affordable housing development, presented a site plan to Sharon’s Planning and Zoning Commission on Wednesday, Feb. 9, at the commission’s regular monthly meeting.
Present at the meeting were SHA Chair Mike Silverman, Vice Chair Lea Davies and architects Randi Westermann of Paul B. Bailey Architect LLC and Glen Martin of TO Design LLC.

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Read Aloud Day brings together students, teachers, community

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SHARON — Thirteen representatives from the community visited Sharon Center School on Wednesday, Feb. 9, to read books aloud to each class.
The school was one of many that participated in this year’s Read Aloud Day, which has been happening annually for 20 years.

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Library expands hours, offers new programs

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SHARON — The Hotchkiss Library of Sharon has recently been focusing on ways to improve the library and make its materials as accessible as possible to community members.
In addition, the library is coming up with new ways to expand library membership and usage.
Several community-oriented events have been held in the building recently, including art shows, receptions and talks.

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Love in miniature at Barrington Bites

SHARON — “Cupcakes are a big deal now, and have been for two to three years,” says Barrington Bites co-owner (and Sharon resident) Wendy Weinberg.
Despite the growth in popularity of these sweet treats, Weinberg and her partner, Sherri Gorelick, prefer to keep things small.
In a miniature shop in the back of The Chef’s Shop on Railroad Street in Great Barrington, the two bakers make and sell miniature cupcakes in a massive variety of flavors.

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