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SHARON — With a snip of the scissors, Realtor Elyse Harney of Salisbury cut the ceremonial ribbon and inaugurated a new house in Sharon. The modest habitat has no heat, no A/C and no running water. But to its tenants the drafty, open-air abode is sheer luxury.

After all, the new home is strictly for butterflies, and is now part of the Sharon Audubon Center. 

The ceremony took place Saturday, Sept. 14, during the center’s first annual Butterfly Celebration Festival. The family-friendly event attracted visitors of all ages who were aflutter over the colorful...

Sharon

Town meeting in Sharon on Aug. 23 to update ordinances

SHARON — The Sharon selectmen scheduled a town meeting for Friday, Aug. 23, to approve modifications to existing ordinances concerning such topics as the numbers of hard copies of proposed budgets to be produced in advance of the annual budget town meetings in view of the growing number of people who access the information on the town’s website; an amendment to the building fees subsection; and amendments to the ordinances governing highway construction and driveways. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at Town Hall.

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A new era for social services as iconic Ella Clark retires

SHARON — After 31 years of service to the community as Sharon’s social services agent, a new position at the time, Ella Clark met with the Board of Selectmen to review the social services program and offer advice for the future.
The conversation was held at the selectmen’s meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 13.

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It took a village and then some to get Sharon Habitat house built

SHARON — Abundant smiles and gratitude greeted all who attended the dedication of a new Habitat for Humanity home, as a new family was welcomed to the town of Sharon and to their new neighborhood on Low Road on Saturday, Aug. 17.
Heather Ciccotelli said that her family hopes to move in by Labor Day, now that construction is completed. 

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Sawyer Thornton and Jeff Haab to wed in June

SHARON — Scott and Becky Thornton of Sharon are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Sawyer Thornton, to Jeff Haab of Lakeville. He is the son of Rob and Carol Haab of Millerton.

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Sawyer Thornton takes charge at Sharon Health Care Center

SHARON — The new head administrator at Sharon Health Care Center (SHCC) is Sawyer Thornton, 29, a native of Sharon (and daughter of Becky Thornton, president of the Dutchess Land Conservancy). 
Thornton was tapped for the top job earlier this summer, replacing John Horstman, the longtime head of the center who had come there after many years at the head of Geer in North Canaan.

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New vendors, perfect weather for weekend crafts fair

There was a little rain in the morning and a threat of afternoon showers. But the weather turned out to be generally perfect on Saturday, Aug. 3, for the 60th annual Sharon Craft Fair on the Green. 
“It was good. No, it was great,” said organizer Matt Andrulis Mette at about 2 p.m. The sky was  just turning dark and a strong wind was just picking up. Some of the vendors were packing up their tents and wares and preparing to leave. But, as Mette noted, by 2 p.m. most had already had a pretty good day, with lots of visitors and lots of sales. 

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Let's Face It

Katherine Lafond and Jorie Welshams — their faces brightly decorated — were all smiles as they shared a serving of french fries at the 60th annual Sharon Craft Fair on the Green on Saturday, Aug. 3.

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New Record for book sales

Perfect weather and interesting authors combined to make this a particularly successful book signing at the Hotchkiss Library of Sharon on Friday, Aug. 2. About 350 people attended, an increase over the average of 300; and several of the authors sold out of their books, including Henry Kissinger, a Kent resident, who signed copies of his and Winston Lord’s new book, “Kissinger on Kissinger: Reflections on Diplomacy, Grand Strategy and Leadership.” In all, about 700 books were sold that evening, setting a record for the annual fundraiser.

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A passionate bibliophile brings his 1,000 favorite books

SHARON — Expect the line to be long at the table for author James Mustich at the Aug. 2 book signing at the Hotchkiss Library of Sharon. 
It’s not just that his book, “1,000 Books To Read Before You Die,” is lavishly produced and a thing of beauty, in an age when print editions maybe don’t get as much love as they used to (this book has Italianate end papers and an embossed cover). 

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Fatal motorcycle crash in Sharon

SHARON — A fatal motorcycle crash occurred in Sharon on Route 41 on Saturday, July 27, at 6:30 p.m.
Jon H. Morey, 51, of Amenia was traveling north on a 2007 Harley Davidson 999. Just before the intersection with Mitchelltown Road and West Woods Road, he lost control of the motorcycle. 
He struck the wire rope guardrail and both he and his passenger (Tanja Iaanum Laanum Kraft, 40, of Pine Plains) were thrown from the bike.

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