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SHARON — It will soon be easier to find your way around town, following action announced by the Board of Selectmen in Sharon at their meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 24.

New reflective, easy to read, street identification signs and some other semi-official signs will be appearing around town in the coming weeks.

“We have quite a bit of signage in town, but it’s all different,” First Selectman Brent Colley said. 

“This [signage] is not cheap,” he added, estimating the cost at around $5,000. The town has also ordered signs that...

Sharon

Roadwork continues after holiday

asherp@lakevillejournal.com

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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At Sharon Center, help for children with special needs

patricks@lakevillejournal.com

SHARON — The little boy went around the room asking everyone, child and adult, if they like spaghetti.
With considerable concentration, he noted each person’s answer with a hash mark under a smiley face (for yes) or a frowning face (for no).
The exercise involved interacting with others, basic mathematics and following directions — all challenges for the children in the Region One special education program run by Karen Ianucci at Sharon Center School.
Seven staffers work with 19 students who in terms of chronological age would be in grades pre-kindergarten through eight.

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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

patricks@lakevillejournal.com

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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