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SHARON — On Saturday, April 20, at the Audubon Center in Sharon, Erica Clark confirmed that bunnies do not, in fact, lay eggs. 

Clark was leading an educational program about eggs when the question arose. The program drew two young naturalists, Sophie Natt and Nora Warren, to learn about all things egg-related.

To start off, Sophie, age 6, defined eggs: “They are little things that are oval shaped and they have something in them, like a baby animal or candy.” 

From there, Clark went over the various habits of egg-laying creatures,...

Sharon

Learning to care for baby birds

SHARON — Volunteers young and old gathered at Sharon Audubon on Sunday, May 22, for a training workshop that covered rescue, rehabilitation and release of injured and baby birds. Participants were 10 and older; those under 16 were required to have a parent or adult caregiver present.
Sharon Audubon’s resident crow, Princess, introduced the workshop by making as much noise as she could.
“She’s confused because there’s a room full of people not paying attention to her,” said Sarah Conley, an Audubon intern.

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Remembering Sharon’s veterans

SHARON — Memorial Day celebrations have always been important to the town of Sharon, and First Selectman Robert Loucks can attest to that. Loucks grew up in Sharon, marching in the annual Memorial Day parade as a drummer in the Sharon Center School band. Now, a U.S. Navy veteran, Loucks helps organize the day of remembrance. “It’s an important event that people need to be reminded of,” he said. “You know, freedom is not free.” Though towns across the country remember veterans once a year, it is memorials such as the Sharon Veterans Memorial that create a daily reminder.

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Sharon triathlon, June 25, a homespun competition

SHARON — The third annual Sharon Sprint Triathlon will be held on Saturday, June 25, starting from the Sharon town beach at Mudge Pond at 8 a.m.
Organizer Matt Mette, who is also the director of Sharon Recreation and Youth, said he looks forward to attracting a local crowd for the mini-triathlon. The driving motivation behind the race, after all, is not to raise money, but rather, to bring together members of the community who share a passion for wholesome exercise.

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Hotchkiss at Hotchkiss art show

karaw@lakevillejournal.com

SHARON — In 1893, Maria (Bissell) Hotchkiss donated the Hotchkiss Library of Sharon to the town.
More than a century later, the library will host its first exhibition of the art of the Hotchkiss family through the months of June and July. The art on display will be the work of DeWolfe Hotchkiss, the second cousin of Benjamin Berkley Hotchkiss, and his sons J.D. Hotchkiss, Ben Hotchkiss and Joel Hotchkiss.

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Dry weather at Trade Secrets — at least for a day

cynthiah@lakevillejournal.com

SHARON — From a purely functional point of view, this might have been the best Trade Secrets ever.
The annual rare plant/garden antiques sale and garden tour to benefit Women’s Support Services in Sharon is now in its 11th year. Its maturity showed in the impressive level of organization and the ease with which everything happened, from vendors setting up their booths and wares to food sales and preparation in the indoor cafe (run again this year by The Farmer’s Wife in Ancramdale).

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Budget passes, mill rate now 11.35

Parents turn out in force

SHARON — The large meeting room at Town Hall was overflowing with Sharon residents on Friday, May 13. All had come out to vote on the town’s budget for the fiscal year 2011-12, which begins July 1.
Many were there because of concerns that, if the education budget was rejected, the Spanish language program at Sharon Center School would be eliminated. A vigorous email campaign had been carried on during the week, encouraging parents to come out and vote “Aye.”

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Pills become worrisome in area drug mix

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SHARON — The effects of addiction on families — and strategies for dealing with an addict in the family — were the subject of a free-wheeling panel discussion and presentation at Sharon Hospital Tuesday, May 3.
The workshop, “In Our Own Backyards: Teen Use, Abuse and Addiction,” was sponsored by Sharon Hospital, Housatonic Youth Services Bureau and Mountainside Treatment Center.

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Audubon program teaches how to handle baby animals found in the woods

karaw@lakevillejournal.com

SHARON — Four animal-loving children and their five chaperones learned just about everything there is to know about baby animals at the Sharon Audubon Center on Saturday, May 7.
The program was led by Environmental Education Intern Sarah Conley, who started the afternoon off by introducing the children to the many animals that are housed in the main building.
In the first part of the program, the children (and the adults) learned what to do if they find a baby bird on the ground out in the woods.

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Budget vote, town meeting May 13

karaw@lakevillejournal.com

SHARON — The annual town meeting will be held at Town Hall on Friday, May 13, at 8 p.m.
Taxpayers will vote on the proposed education and municipal spending plans for fiscal year of 2011-12, which begins July 1.
The proposed municipal budget is $3,567,700.
The total education budget, including Sharon’s portion of the Region One budget, is a total of $6,274,426.
The municipal budget is available for the public to see at Town Hall. The education budget can be found at Sharon Center School.

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Selectmen answer questions about roadwork

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SHARON — A handful of town residents attended a special 11 a.m. meeting of the Board of Selectmen on Friday, May 6, at Town Hall. Questions and concerns were raised about roadwork now being done around town, and about whether the company hired to do that work is accomplishing the goals of the town, especially in reference to the edges of the roads.
First Selectman Bob Loucks and Selectmen John Mathews and Meg Szalewicz attended the meeting as did the project’s clerk of the works, Gene Parsons, and several town employees.

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