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SHARON — Adam Van Doren screened and discussed his documentary film about Cornwall humorist James Thurber at a program held Saturday, Nov. 10, at Sharon Town Hall. The event, sponsored by the Hotchkiss Library of Sharon, drew an audience of 60 Van Doren-Thurber fans.

Co-produced with his wife, Charlotte, the 2000 documentary titled “James Thurber: The Life and Hard Times,” probed the remarkable life of a famed humorist who longed for success as a serious writer in the vein of Henry James, his literary idol. 

Thurber and his autographed books held a...

Sharon

Art you can eat off of

SHARON —“It’s not a glorious factory,” Dana Brandwein Oates warns, stepping into her workshop. “It’s an artisan studio that’s making factory amounts.” 

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School is back in session in Region One

Youngsters learned what the new school year at Sharon Center School would bring.

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Friends

It was the first day of classes at Sharon Center School on Monday, Aug. 28, and students greeted friends they hadn’t seen over the summer.

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Waxing, poetic at SHS — all in a day’s work

SHARON — A sun-soaked afternoon on the grassy yard behind the Gay-Hoyt House was the perfect time to dip into a quick history lesson — and dip into some hot wax. 
Sharon Historical Society Executive Director Jennifer Owens paired up with the Hotchkiss Library of Sharon’s Robin Yuran for a second week of giving children a bit of hands-on learning, Colonial-style. At the earlier session they learned what a laborious chore it is to hand-churn butter (although they also could taste the delicious, sweet results).  

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Honoring a treasure at Sharon Playhouse: Bobbie Olsen

SHARON — Sharon Playhouse held its rescheduled Spotlight Gala on Saturday night, Aug. 19. It’s always an intimate and festive affair; last year’s gala honored actress Glenn Close and the late composer Marvin Hamlisch. This year — as Artistic Director Johnson Henshaw had divulged earlier in the summer — the performing arts theater wanted to cast the spotlight on one of its own.
Playhouse Board President Emily Soell took to the podium at the party to introduce the evening’s honoree, Roberta Olsen, known to all as Bobbie. 

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Sharon teen achieves high Scout rank

SHARON — Liam Sweeney of Sharon recently attained the rank of Eagle Scout. His accomplishment was recognized in a ceremony at the Christ Church Episcopal in Sharon on Saturday, August 12.
Eagle Scout is the highest rank in Boy Scouting. Only 6 percent of Scouts reach that level.
One of the requirements for attaining Eagle Scout is completing a service project helpful to the community or an institution in it. Liam organized and completed the renovation of a pump house in the Sharon Historic District.

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Trash and blight discussed at meeting

SHARON — Transfer station plans were discussed at the Tuesday, Aug. 8, meeting of the Sharon Board of Selectmen, with resident William Kelsey raising concerns again about those plans and the need for scales to monitor the weight of trash as it is deposited.
The scales, which cost about $23,000, were eliminated from the plans and can not be added back at this point.

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Smithsonian eye on elusive narwhal

SHARON — After decades of research into the elusive narwhal, Sharon dentist Martin Nweeia and his team have created a major narwhal exhibit based on their Arctic expeditions. The exhibit was celebrated with an Aug. 3 opening at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. The interactive exhibit will run until 2019.
Native to the Arctic and Greenland, a narwhal is a medium-sized whale, toothless except for a single straight tusk projecting forward through, not under, its upper lip.

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Peppery salts

Martha McGann turned antique salt-and-pepper shakers into ornaments; her husband, John McGann, pictured, sold them at last weekend’s Sharon Crafts Fair. Story, another photo, Fair weather and local fare at Sharon craft fair.

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Not bragging, but Alice Lewis is 104 years old and counting

SHARON — Alice (Bonhotel) Lewis, like many other people who grew up in Sharon, attended school on Hilltop Road. Like other students, she remembers teachers helping her with her worst subject, arithmetic, until she was good at it. She also remembers walking a sick classmate home at the end of the day one time.

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