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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.

On one of her visits,...

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Helping students become Eco Heroes

SHARON — Teaching kids and adults to be “planet protectors” is the driving force behind the Eco Hero program developed by environmental economist Pamela Peeters of Sharon. Her mission is to work with students and others to help create a more balanced relationship with the planet and its resources.
“The current model of development is obsolete,” Peeters said in an interview. She urges moving toward sustainable development.  “To do otherwise is to harm people.”
How does that translate into action?

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Seeking images of world peace, the kids art alright

SHARON — Robin Yuran, co-executive director of The Hotchkiss Library of Sharon, has been asking children what they might see if they were to imagine world peace. 
The goal is to design a Peace Mural with the children who stop by her Saturday morning art workshops. A table is laid out in one of the library rooms and — bathed in the bright winter light — the under-10 crowd can watercolor and relax. It is as easy-going a morning as one can imagine on a cold weekend.

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Former volunteer now heads Audubon Sharon

SHARON — After one week on the job as the new director of the Sharon Audubon, Eileen Fielding exudes enthusiasm for the place, its tradition, its work and its possibilities. 

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Sabrina Walton engaged to Christian Abbott

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Internet, aging trucks and snow shoveling

SHARON — A solution for weak cell phone connections and “dead” zones in Sharon was proposed during a presentation to the Board of Selectmen at their meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 12.
A presentation was made to the board by NWCONNect, a nonprofit citizens’ organization seeking cooperation (and improved cell service and internet) among the region’s towns.
Representing the organization was Felicia Jones. She said that infrastructure development will empower the region and lead to economic development.

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Adjustments at Sharon to heating, cooling

SHARON — At a brief meeting on Monday, Dec. 11, the Sharon Board of Education awarded a contract for an engineering study that will lead to removal and replacement of an underground oil tank at Sharon Center School (SCS).
The school’s building committee met in November to review bids. Three bids from engineering firms had been received, ranging from $14,300 to $21,300.  The building committee voted to recommend the lowest bid, which had been submitted by M/E Design Associates of Wallingford, Conn.

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Hansell prepares to leave NECC and an area she loves

SHARON — Seventeen years ago, when Jenny Hansell stepped in as its new executive director, the North East Community Center (NECC)  in Millerton wasn’t much to look at.
NECC had been started in 1988 as a place where essential services could be provided to residents of this rural corner of Dutchess County. There was a Care Car, to help transport the elderly to doctors’ appointments. At one point there had been informational sessions offered at the center about addiction and alcoholism; there were programs for teens and children.

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Student achievements recognized at Webutuck school board meeting

WEBUTUCK — The Webutuck Board of Education (BOE) proudly recognized the excellence demonstrated by the district’s students at the meeting on Monday, Dec. 11.
By 7 p.m., the middle/high school library was flooded with parents who listened attentively as members of the Webutuck faculty recounted their children’s achievements, both inside and outside the classroom. The presentations kicked off with students from Eugene Brooks Intermediate School who were selected for the honor of Student of the Month.

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Unexpected treasures at Bargain Barn

SHARON— Still looking for Christmas presents? Of course you are.
So get over to the Bargain Barn in Sharon, where you might have to rummage a bit to find that perfect gift.
Although the rummaging is considerably easier than it was at this time last year. The store has been reorganized, with the “Posh” clothing section split into men’s and women’s sections. The books are all in one spot, with some comfy chairs in case you want to read a bit.
In general, it’s a quicker browse.

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In case you missed it: Jasper Johns’ artist retreat

SHARON — In September, the renowned American artist Jasper Johns announced plans to eventually turn his estate in Sharon into a retreat for artists.
According to the plan he presented to the Sharon Planning and Zoning Commission, the retreat would be similar to Yaddo in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., which has hosted artists including Truman Capote, Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath and David Foster Wallace, and the MacDowell Colony in Peterborough, N.H., which has hosted artists including Leonard Bernstein, Thornton Wilder, James Baldwin, Michael Chabon and Meredith Monk.

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