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SHARON — Adam Van Doren screened and discussed his documentary film about Cornwall humorist James Thurber at a program held Saturday, Nov. 10, at Sharon Town Hall. The event, sponsored by the Hotchkiss Library of Sharon, drew an audience of 60 Van Doren-Thurber fans.

Co-produced with his wife, Charlotte, the 2000 documentary titled “James Thurber: The Life and Hard Times,” probed the remarkable life of a famed humorist who longed for success as a serious writer in the vein of Henry James, his literary idol. 

Thurber and his autographed books held a...

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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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Public hearing on dog pound continues April 13

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SHARON — The Planning and Zoning Commission held a public hearing March 9 on plans for a new dog pound to be built in the Sharon Valley, behind the town garage. About nine people attended the meeting, including four who live near the proposed building site.
The town already has a dog pound, with three pens and an outdoor dog run. It is attached to the town garage. The facility does not meet state standards, however, and must be upgraded to include heat and a source of fresh water and it must be made easier to keep clean.

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Kelley photos at Town Hall Seeing the beauty that surrounds him

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SHARON — Photographs by Chris Kelley, a Sharon resident who has lived in the area for 18 years, are on display now at the Town Hall art gallery.
Photography is a bit of a departure for Kelley. He’s a voice-over artist who is perhaps best known for his work with ESPN, the sports channel, which is headquartered in Bristol, Conn. It’s Kelley’s voice that’s heard every night across America saying, “This is SportsCenter.”
Kelley got his start in the recording industry as a musician, back in the late 1970s.

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Sharon dog wins prestigious award at 2011 Westminster Kennel Club show

SHARON — At not quite two years of age, one local canine already has under her belt a transatlantic journey and a big win at the most prestigious dog show in the world.
Ilsa, a Bernese Mountain Dog, was imported from Belgium by owner Tiggie Gerli as a 10-week-old puppy in the summer of 2009. For Gerli, who has owned this large, handsome breed for 18 years and been very involved in breeding and showing them, finding Ilsa was the culmination of a long international search for a special female to breed to one of her top males.

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St. Patrick’s Day celebration at the American Legion

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SHARON — The turnout at the American Legion’s annual corned beef dinner was well above average last Saturday, March 12.
About 260 people attended this year’s meal, which featured corned beef, cabbage, potatoes, carrots, applesauce and dessert.
The chefs said they went through about 375 pounds of beef.
The $12 all-you-can-eat dinner raised about $3,400, which will help the American Legion pay for maintenance and operating expenses in the coming year.

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Road repairs — after mud season

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SHARON — As Sharon residents are starting to notice the effects of this uncommonly harsh winter on their town’s roads, they’re also starting to wonder when the town will begin making repairs.
First Selectman Bob Loucks ran for office on a promise that he would fix the roads. He began work last fall and said in an interview this week that his plan for a large-scale road repair project will indeed continue in the spring, although residents are going to have to wait for the winter weather to clear before they see any work done.

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It was a night of Korean culture at church

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SHARON — Methodist Church members rushed around finding new chairs and tables to accommodate the unexpectedly large crowd that turned out Friday night, March 4. The occasion? A night of Korean cooking and culture organized by the new pastor, the Rev. Kwang-Il Kim, and his wife, Young.
“We were surprised at how many people came,” Annie Choe, an owner of the Sharon Farm Market, said the next day. “We expected 50 or 60, and I think we had about 85 or 90.”

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Celebrating Seuss at Sharon Center School

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SHARON — Wockets, stroodels and cats in hats took over Sharon Center School on Wednesday, March 2, to celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday.
The influence of the writer, who would have been 107 this year, was found everywhere in the school, from the library to the art room to the cafeteria, where the students enjoyed a meal of green eggs and ham for lunch.
Librarian Judy Gafney and art teacher Lucia Gulino teamed up for what Gulino said is at least the third year of planning Seuss-themed activities for the students in honor of the famous author.

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TriArts seeks hosts for summer actors

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SHARON — The productions at TriArts Sharon Playhouse combine the talents of members of the community with professional actors who come from New York City or farther away. Many of the professionals stay with host families in surrounding towns while rehearsing and peforming. TriArts is now looking for volunteers to house an actor for five or six weeks.

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Second arrest for perjury in Ellis murder case

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SHARON — A second arrest for perjury has been made as Connecticut State Police continue their investigation of the murder of Sharon resident Floyd Ellis.
Ellis went missing in Sharon on the night of Monday, Sept. 20, 2004. His body was found floating in Webatuck Creek four days later on Sept. 24, 2004. His death was determined to be a homicide by the chief medical examiner after an autopsy and review of the police investigation into the case.
A $50,000 reward, first offered in 2007 for any information concerning Ellis’ death that leads to a conviction, has not yet been claimed.

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