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SHARON — Sharon is now the third town in the region to look seriously at taking the communications future into its own hands. 

The town will now try to find a way to get the high speed communications for all homes in town through fiber optic strands, rather than waiting for either the government or for private companies to provide it.

About 30 people, including many from area towns other than Sharon, came to a meeting Sunday morning, Nov. 17, at Sharon Town Hall to hear a presentation by Joceyln Ayer, community and economic development director for the Northwest...

Sharon

Town wants Mitchelltown Road access

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SHARON — At a special meeting of the Board of Selectmen on Aug. 23, attended by approximately 30 people, the selectmen voted not to install speed humps on Mitchelltown Road.
There was a long discussion at the  meeting about the town’s desire to seek temporary eminent domain on a piece of the property owned by Metz LLC on Mitchelltown Road.
The town needs to be able to get access to and use the land to complete repairs to the Mitchelltown Road bridge. The bridge (and the road) have been closed for about a year.

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Road rebuilding work about to end

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SHARON — The Board of Selectmen (BOS) held an almost two-hour special meeting on Aug. 23, attended by approximately 30 people. The topic: repairs to the towns roads, and how to fund the ongoing work.
First Selectman Robert Loucks reported that work on about 37 of the town’s 40 miles of planned road rebuild has been completed.
With work currently being completed, the total project expeditures will rise to $5,893,402. The bond to finance the road repair project will cover approximately $6.2 million.

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Power line down

A tree fell on power lines on South Main Street on Sunday morning, an early victim of Hurricane Irene. The road was closed for most of the day and power and telephone service were eliminated for many Sharon residents. Connecticut Light & Power estimated Sunday afternoon that 63 percent of its customers in town had no power. By Monday morning, the percentage was down to 33.

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Richard Hanwacker, M.D., leaving Sharon for U.S. Army

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SHARON — “There are times when factors come together causing changes in our lives.” Sharon primary care physician Richard Hanwacker said that is the explanation for closing his medical office on Aug.31.
“Mandated changes in the medical system are making it very difficult for sole practitioners to survive. A new law will bring a serious increase in operating costs making most private solo medical offices unable to remain as viable businesses,” Hanwacker said.

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Internship program at Historical Society is a mix of young and old

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SHARON — It was a productive mixture of young and old this summer as the Sharon Historical Society hosted its first internship program, in partnership with the Housatonic Youth Service Bureau.
“We decided to do it because we have a backlog of work that needs to be done with archives,” explained Marge Smith, who is the society’s assistant director.
“Museum attendance is down as people look more and more to the Internet,” she said. “So that’s what the interns are doing: preparing as much of our data as possible for the Internet.”

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Answers will help town to fill housing needs

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SHARON — A major housing needs survey of Sharon is currently underway sponsored by HousingUs, an initiative of Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, the Northwest Connecticut Regional Planning Collaborative, the Sharon Housing Trust and the town of Sharon.
A mailing sent to all Sharon addresses by the Board of Selectmen noted, “The results of this survey will be used to create the kinds of specific housing our community needs for our seniors, young families, employees and town volunteers, but we can’t do it without your input.”

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Hotline volunteers needed at Women’s Support Services

SHARON—Women’s Support Services is working hard to combat domestic violence in the community by providing counseling services, advocates for victims in criminal courts, community education outreach programs, support groups and a 24-hour crisis hotline. The organization relies on volunteers in all areas and in particular, is in need of additional hotline volunteers.

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Bees, birds, forests and more at 44th Audubon Festival

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SHARON — Sharon Audubon held its 44th summer festival on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 13 and 14.
The festival featured nature programs, hikes, live animal presentations, musical performances, arts and crafts and food for sale.
Bee expert Al Avitabile returned, to give another of his popular talks on swarming bees. Without protective gear, he approached a hive created for the demonstration and showed how bees, if not provoked, would not attack his hands and arms.

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Webber brings to life the story of an escaped slave

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CORNWALL — Retired Reverend Christopher Webber has written more than two dozen books over his long career, most of them religious in nature.Several months ago, the Sharon resident published something slightly different, a biography called “American to the Backbone.” It tells the epic tale of James W. C. Pennington, an illiterate fugitive slave who became one of America’s first black abolitionists.
Several weeks ago The Wall Street Journal published a two-column glowing review of “American to the Backbone.”

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Black Goose Grill: At now-thriving plaza, a new eatery

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SHARON — Longtime restaurant operator and Sharon resident Robert Caeners has opened The Black Goose Grill in the shopping plaza.
Caeners who considers himself a “restaurant lifer” has managed restaurants and catering facilities his entire career.
The Black Goose Grill is designed as a family friendly restaurant that will use fresh local ingredients as much as possible.

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