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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...

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Playground remodel is a consideration

SHARON — Aging playground equipment at the Sharon town beach may be replaced as early as the spring following discussion at the Board of Selectmen’s meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 13.
The present system, now paint-chipped and deteriorating, although structurally sound, has been in place for an estimated 40 years, Donna Christensen, chair of the Parks and Recreation Commission, told the selectmen.  

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Olive oil never tasted so good

SHARON — A loaf of bread, a jug of wine, and thou. If you complement that scene imagined in Omar Khayyam’s “Rubaiyat,” with a bottle of fine, imported early harvest olive oil, you could enjoy an even better time.  The fortunate 50 participants who gathered for an olive oil tasting sponsored by the Hotchkiss Library of Sharon and held at the Town Hall on Sunday, Feb. 10, learned how to distinguish among the various oils, their sources, aromas, textures and taste elements. 

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Cordeau leaves Sharon Hospital

SHARON, Conn. — Health Quest announced on Tuesday, Jan. 29, that Sharon Hospital President Peter Cordeau would leave for a new position as president of Norwalk Hospital. 
Denise George, the interim president as of Feb. 4, will serve while a search is conducted for a new head of Sharon Hospital. 
George is president of Northern Dutchess Hospital in Rhinebeck, N.Y., and senior vice president of Health Quest. The search will be led by members of the hospital’s community Board of Directors, medical staff and Health Quest administrators.

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Coyote Watch

SHARON -— When Nancy Zannini snapped this image of two animals on Drum Road in Sharon  on Tuesday, Jan. 29, she thought they might be coywolves, which are a mix of coyote, wolf and dog.  The experts at Sharon Audubon took a look at the image and said the animals are eastern coyotes.
Audubon Center Director Eileen Fielding said in an email that eastern coyotes “more or less by definition refer to a population of coyotes that’s had some wolf genes mixed in as they gradually spread eastward over the decades.  

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Centuries of Sharon medicine in show

SHARON — Medicine has been a big part of the community since Dr. Simeon Smith arrived in Sharon  in 1756 to focus on the controversial smallpox inoculation and on the professionalism of medical practitioners. 
The latest exhibit at the Sharon Historical Society explores three still-relevant medical controversies through the lens of time and local stories: vaccination, immunotherapy and physician gender equality.

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New state regs could force pay-as-you-throw on towns

SHARON — Salisbury-Sharon Transfer Station Manager Brian Bartram told the Transfer Station Recycling Advisory Committee (TRAC)  that the towns have received a notification from the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) that they have until July 1 to implement a plan for reducing municipal solid waste (MSW) by 10 percent by 2024.
TRAC met at Sharon Town Hall on Wednesday, Jan. 16.

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Lion Rock Farm plan is off the table for now

SHARON — Two aspects of an application for a new building at Lion Rock Farm were approved at the Wednesday, Jan. 9, meeting of the Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z). The remainder of the application was denied, but without prejudice, meaning that the applicant may choose to revise and re-submit those aspects.

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Journalism matters, and it’s fun

SHARON — In 2018, journalists were among the many groups that were targeted across the nation for hate crimes. A particularly low point was the murder of five reporters in the newsroom of the Capital Gazette, a newspaper in Maryland, at the end of June. 
On the Sunday after the shooting, Harry Smith did a moving “essay” on the NBC show Sunday Today with Willie Geist about small-town newspapers and the important contribution they make to their communities. It included images and mentions of The Lakeville Journal and The Millerton News.

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2018: Vim, vigor, variety at Playhouse

SHARON — Like a phoenix rising from the ashes of a disastrous 2017 season, Sharon Playhouse entered 2018 with new leaders — Alan M-L Wager, artistic director; Robert Levenstein, managing director — who declared two goals: to make the playhouse an all-year entertainment venue and to capitalize on the talented community members they found here by including them in productions.

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Counting crows … and eagles, owls, cardinals & woodpeckers

SHARON — To the unsuspecting, there were some odd sightings around town on Sunday, Dec. 30. Grown men whistled, chirped and cawed. Strangers stared with binoculars into residents’ backyard birdfeeders. People drove around in frigid, 27-degree weather with their windows rolled down. Small crowds stood in the middle of fields or forests, their eyes glued to the sky.

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