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SHARON — The owner of Sharon Hospital has merged with the Western Connecticut Health Network (WCHN), following state and federal approvals that were finalized on April 1.

The new combined company will be known as Nuvance Health. 

Health Quest, a not-for-profit network of medical providers and hospitals in nearby New York state, purchased Sharon Hospital in August 2017. The company also was negotiating with WCHN to form a partnership. 

The two companies submitted a Certificate of Need (CON) application to Connecticut regulators in November 2018;...

Sharon

A blessed day in Sharon for our furry families

SHARON — Christ Church in Sharon hosted its third annual Blessing of the Animals on Sunday, Oct. 7, and it was happily attended by many affectionate and adorable four-legged parishioners and their devoted owners. 
The ceremony started in the church’s Pet Memorial Garden, where the Rev. Elizabeth Krantz-Wee read a moving and appropriate verse and a prayer for all present. 
Awaiting blessing were dogs, one fine horse and one timid cat, who decided the odds weren’t good and stayed in his box. 

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Birthday party for Ellsworth fire station

SHARON — The Sharon Volunteer Fire Department will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Ellsworth Station on Saturday, Oct.13, at 7 Dunbar Road in Sharon from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. 
There will be a dedication and plaque ceremony, station tour, touch-a-truck and fire safety information as well as hayrides. Ice cream and light refreshments, will be served. Everyone is invited to attend.

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Samuel Kent promoted to captain in U.S. Army

SHARON — Samuel Kent, son of David and Susan Kent of Keene,  N.H.  and grandson of Emma Paley of Sharon was promoted to the rank of captain in the U.S. Army at Fort Sill, Okla., on Aug. 1.  Kent is a 2010 graduate of Keene  High School and a 2014 graduate of Norwich University in Northfield, Vt.  In 2016 he completed Ranger School at Fort Benning, Ga. Captain Kent was recently selected to become a Fire Support Officer for the 3rd SFAB Brigade that is being established at Fort Hood, Texas.

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Buon gusto at Sharon’s new Alfresco restaurant

SHARON — Anyone with a taste for Italian cooking (and who doesn’t have that?) can visit Sharon’s newest restaurant, Alfresco, and give it a try.
Under the direction of owner/chef Adriano DiMario, Alfresco is still in its early stages of development. It opened quietly in the first week of August; DiMario is gradually adding more dishes to the menu.

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Track project wins approval at town meeting

SHARON — At a town meeting on Friday, Sept. 21, taxpayers approved spending $30,000 to complete construction work on a walking track at Veterans’ Field.
Tom Casey was elected moderator of the meeting, which drew 60 residents to vote on the proposal and on some updates to town ordinances.

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The whens and whys of library’s gala party

SHARON — This year, the Hotchkiss Library of Sharon is celebrating its 125th anniversary. Our upcoming fall fundraiser celebrating this milestone will be held at the historic Sharon home Weatherstone. How this came to be is just one of the special stories that happen at the library all the time.
Elaine Bresee is a regular visitor to the library. She says that she’s warmly greeted whenever she walks in, adding that the staff knows her literary tastes and that their recommendations are always spot on. Elaine, in short, loves the place.

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Surprises at Sharon Art Walk

SHARON — If there was one aspect of the Sharon Art Walk that lacked an artistic eye, it was that its scheduling on early Saturday evening, Sept. 8, coincidentally aligned with both the chilliest day so far in our late-summer in-between season and with the locally beloved United States Open Tennis Championships. 

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How to help the forests thrive

SHARON — A notable forest is growing in Sharon, so much of note that it drew a gathering of 70 professional foresters and conservationists to a day-long exploration on Thursday, July 26.
The late-July event at Jim Gillespie’s Herb Road tree farm was a working meeting of the Connecticut chapter of the New England Society of American Foresters, part of a national forestry organization. 
Visitors learned about a variety of topics, such as using solar-powered electric fencing to protect seedlings from deer. 

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Voters asked for funds for walking track

SHARON — A request for funding to complete work on a public walking track at Veterans’ Field will be considered at a town meeting scheduled for Friday, Sept. 21, at Town Hall, beginning at 7 p.m.
Although most of their meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 28, was devoted to the Sharon Hospital maternity unit (see story, Page A1) , the selectmen included the call to a town meeting on their agenda.  

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Seeking clarity on maternity plans

SHARON — The maternity unit at Sharon Hospital continues to be a topic of interest and concern. About 25 people turned out for a regular meeting of the Board of Selectmen on Tuesday, Aug. 28, at which the unit’s future was to be discussed. 
In July, the new owner of Sharon Hospital announced that it was planning to close the maternity unit. The hospital has been owned since August 2017 by Health Quest, a nonprofit group of hospitals based in New York state. 

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