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SHARON — John Purdy of Sharon has recently completed his Eagle Scout project. He has been a member of Boy Scout Troop 24 since he was six and has worked his way up through Cub Scout and Boy Scout levels.

One of the requirements to become an Eagle Scout is to select a project that involves organization and effort and makes a contribution to the area. John selected clearing the Sharon Recreational Easement on Joray Road. The Town Easements are under the supervision of the Sharon Conservation Commission, so John came to a meeting to present his plan. These easements began as...

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Town meeting scheduled for oil tank replacement

SHARON — At their meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 26, the selectmen voted to call a town meeting to be held on Wednesday, Oct. 11, to consider appropriating $200,000 for removal and replacement of an underground oil tank at Sharon Center School. The meeting will be at Town Hall beginning at 7 p.m.
The funding is in place in the school’s non-recurring fund, but town action is required to spend it. A portion of the expenditure will be refunded by the state.

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New show: How women see the world

SHARON — In the wake of the successful town-wide Art Walk on Saturday, Sept. 16, the Female Perspective art showing in the Town Hall Gallery continues on.
Curator Zelina Blagden said she expects that the Art Walk will be repeated next year.  While serving on the committee that organized this year’s art experience, Blagden assembled and hung the Town Hall exhibit of the work of local women artists, “Female Perspective.”
As it turned out, Blagden said, four of the multiple shows on the art walk featured female artists.

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Preparing for Domestic Violence Awareness month

SHARON — Betsey Mauro, executive director of Women’s Support Services (WSS) in Sharon, gave  the selectmen an update on the organization and the services it provides to families in crisis in the Northwest Corner.
WSS has seen 515 new clients in the past year, she said. Of those, 71 are children and 132 are men. 
“We provide safe emergency shelter,” she said, adding that 11 clients were sheltered in the last year. 
A resident of West Cornwall, Mauro is now in her second year as head of the organization.

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The new photographer in town loves an old-school camera

SHARON — Rafe Churchill has perhaps become for Sharon what the voice in the cornfield was for Kevin Costner: “If you build it, they will come.” 
When an old friend from graduate school, Theo Coulombe, came to the area for a spell, at a crossroads on where to head next in life, Churchill pointed the photographer to a vacant building at the end of Main Street. 
Coulombe had resided in a Williamsburg, Brooklyn, loft for 22 years before deciding to get away from the city. 

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Sharon BOE OKs funds for oil tank replacement

SHARON — The Sharon Center School Board of Education voted to ask the town to release up to $200,000 for the removal and replacement of an underground oil tank. The vote was taken at the board’s regular monthly meeting on Monday, Sept. 18.

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Art all around Sharon Green

SHARON — School is back in session and there’s a hint of crimson in the tree leaves, but with summer weather still simmering, Saturday evening was the perfect chance to throw on some shorts and take a walk — an Art Walk.

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Jasper Johns unveils plans for artists’ retreat around his property in Sharon

SHARON — Jasper Johns, considered by some to be the greatest living American artist, has announced plans to turn his estate in Sharon into a retreat for artists working in numerous disciplines.
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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Finish line in sight for American Mural Project

SHARON — It’s hard to believe, but the American Mural Project (AMP) in Winsted, which commenced in 2002, is about to meet its scheduled 2018 completion. 

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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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