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SHARON — Nearly 40 costumed youngsters flocked to the Sharon firehouse for the Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary’s annual Halloween Gathering costume contest on a rainy Thursday, Oct. 31. The parade inside the firehouse began at 5:30 p.m., allowing the judges to get a good look at all the contestants. 

The judges selected a winner in each of six different categories. Many of the parents asked that the last name of their child not be printed in the newspaper. 

The cutest costume award was given to Baltazar, who was  “The Cowboy Riding a Horse...

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Updates on Sharon Hospital, now part of Nuvance

SHARON — Denise George, the interim president of Sharon Hospital, gave an update on Sharon Hospital under the new management of Nuvance to a crowd at Sharon Town Hall Monday, June 3.
Nuvance is the result of the merger between HealthQuest and the Western Connecticut Health Network. That merger was made final on April 1.
She said the hospital board is looking for candidates for a permanent hospital president. 

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CivicPlus hired to upgrade Sharon’s town website

SHARON — The Sharon selectmen have awarded a contract for the design of a new town website, at their meeting on Tuesday, May 28.
Four proposals were considered by Town Clerk Linda Amerighi, who is the web administrator,  and by the selectmen.
The contract will be awarded to CivicPlus, headquartered in Manhattan, Kan. 
The company has created websites for 68 towns in Connecticut, and Amerighi said they seem knowledgeable about what’s required and added that their sites are easy to update.

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Steiner will sign copies of his new thriller at annual book event

SHARON — The prolific Peter Steiner has completed his new thriller, “The Good Cop,” which is due at bookstores in September but will be available to local fans of his work at the annual summer book signing at the Hotchkiss Library of Sharon, to be held this year on Friday, Aug. 2, from 6 to 8 p.m. 

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State update on hospital on June 27

SHARON — The grassroots Save Sharon Hospital group has invited representatives from the state Office of Health Strategies to hold an information meeting at Sharon Town Hall on Thursday, June 27, from 4 to 5 p.m. 
A representative of the state agency said that the meeting is “an educational forum and chance for people to ask questions related to the Office of Health Strategies’ work. 

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Sharon plans to ban plastic bags

SHARON — Moving a step closer to banning the use of plastic bags in town, as proposed by the Sharon Energy and Environment Commission (SEEC), the Sharon selectmen at a recent meeting agreed to start the process to draft an ordinance.
SEEC member Oscar Martinez has conducted a survey of merchants and found reasonable support for such an ordinance. SEEC Chair Carolyn Mattoon has been researching possible wording for the ordinance.

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Former principal honored by Sharon Center School

SHARON — Former Sharon Center School  Principal Patricia Chamberlain walked into the new Gallery of Graduates and looked at the framed photos of past graduating classes. Each photo evoked memories for her. Although she left the school to become assistant superintendent of the Region One School District in 2001, Chamberlain still had ample time to get to know generations of Sharon students. 

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SCS Class of 2019 ready to take on the world

SHARON — For the 13 members of Sharon Center School’s eighth grade class, Monday, June 17, marked their transition from eighth grade to high school. 
Most of the students in this small class have known each other since kindergarten.

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State to provide update on Sharon Hospital on June 27

SHARON — The grassroots Save Sharon Hospital group has invited representatives from the state Office of Health Strategies to hold an information meeting at Sharon Town Hall on Thursday, June 27, from 4 to 5 p.m. 
A representative of the state agency said that the meeting is “an educational forum and chance for people to ask questions related to the Office of Health Strategies’ work. 

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Dinneen honored by Taghhannuck Grange

SHARON — Celebrating 130 years of service to the farming community and beyond, the Taghhannuck Grange in Sharon awarded its 2019 Citizen of the Year certificate at a community supper on Thursday, May 23.
The annual award recognizes a non-Granger who serves the community over a lifetime.
The truly surprised honoree this year was William Dinneen of Cornwall, who was treated to speeches describing in detail why he deserved the honor.

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America through the eyes of Chinese students

SHARON — About a month ago Region One School District Assistant Superintendent Lisa Carter received a somewhat panicky email from a colleague in China.
A planned trip for 16 Chinese students to stay for a month in Wethersfield, Conn., fell through when not enough families signed up to host the children.
Carter swung into action and found families in Region One who were willing to step up on short notice.
Four of the students came to Sharon Center School on Tuesday, June 4, for an interview.

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