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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,...

Sharon

Promoting local talent at Woman’s Club art show

SHARON — Over more than a century of service to the Sharon community, the Sharon Woman’s Club has promoted interest in the fine arts, one of its recurring activities since the 1960s being art shows of local talent. Talent and pride-in-purpose were evident at the Saturday, July 15, opening of a multi-media art show in cooperation with the Sharon Historical Society. 

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A drama of Korean family life, at Sharon book signing on Aug. 4

SHARON — There’s a moment toward the end of Min Jin Lee’s masterful new novel, “Pachinko,” where Sunja, the now-elderly daughter of the matriarch of a large and varied Korean family living in Japan, contemplates the suicide of her estranged son the year before.

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Repairs are topic at Sharon BOS

SHARON — Urgently needed road and culvert repairs brought residents to the Wednesday, June 28, meeting of the Sharon Board of Selectmen to describe the hazard to motorists and pedestrians.

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Input sought by Sharon selectmen on two new ordinances

SHARON — An ongoing effort to update town ordinances led the Sharon selectmen to consider snow and blight at their June 27 meeting.
A change to the snow ordinance will prohibit residents from plowing snow from their driveways into a roadway and leaving it there. 
“It is a matter of public safety,” Selectman Dale Jones said. 
Snow plowed into the road will freeze, presenting a hazard to motorists who do not expect it. 

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JAM food shop at Sharon Farm Market: No confusion

SHARON — JAM Food Shop, a popular destination for gourmet food at the Sharon Farm Market, is owned by Lee Kennedy, a local chef who has been serving the community fresh and delicious food in various ways for years. JAM is her latest endeavor, and has become the go-to spot for shoppers seeking high-quality, original and diverse prepared foods, catering, local and imported cheeses, fresh soups, made-to-order sandwiches, baked goods and more.

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Juggling play with reading in the summer? No problem!

How do you inspire young students on summer break to jump back into reading? Well, apparently one method is by showing them a man who can jump into the air — while juggling. 

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Reshaping the landscape

SHARON — Volunteers gathered to clear vegetation at the Twin Oaks field owned by the Sharon Land Trust on Saturday, June 24, and Sunday, June 25. 
Under the guidance of  Leonard Pouder, of LHP Services, LLC a Sharon-based landscape contractor and two of his employees, approximately 1,000 feet by 30 feet  of invasive plants that had taken over the tree line above Twin Oaks was removed. 
This was the first step in transforming this historic site, which will be planted with a pollinator conservation seed mix.

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‘Supporting free speech, in all cases’

SHARON — James Otteson has been successful in academia. He has published multiple books, including most recently the provocatively titled “The End of Socialism.” At Wake Forest University in North Carolina, Otteson not only serves as a full-time professor, but also as the Thomas W. Smith Presidential Chair in Business Ethics, and is the founder of a university-wide research project into the causes of, as he puts it, “human flourishing.”

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Creating good students

SHARON — Examining the relationship between success in school and a student’s connection with the community, the Sharon Board of Education heard a report on the results of a recent study at their meeting June 12.  
School counselor Elizabeth Foster said that interviews with students enrolled in grades five to eight were held in a two-month period in late winter and early spring.  She was investigating the premise that students who feel connected to school and community will be more successful in school.

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Tipping fees and town clerk at BOS

SHARON — Recognizing the value of a long-term contract to set “tipping fees” for Sharon residents’ trash, the selectmen approved a 10-year contract at their June 13 meeting.
Through MIRA (the Connecticut recycling authority that is a successor to the CRRA), the town contracts for disposal of trash and pays a tipping fee to do so. The first town contract was set five years ago for a five-year term.
“It is a good idea to go long-term,” Selectman Jessica Fowler said. 

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