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SHARON — On Saturday, April 20, at the Audubon Center in Sharon, Erica Clark confirmed that bunnies do not, in fact, lay eggs. 

Clark was leading an educational program about eggs when the question arose. The program drew two young naturalists, Sophie Natt and Nora Warren, to learn about all things egg-related.

To start off, Sophie, age 6, defined eggs: “They are little things that are oval shaped and they have something in them, like a baby animal or candy.” 

From there, Clark went over the various habits of egg-laying creatures,...

Sharon

Education spending will dip in Sharon

SHARON — The Sharon Board of Education spending plan for the coming year shows a slight decrease from this year’s budget. The board voted at its meeting on Monday, March 11, to submit the proposed budget to the Board of Finance for review. 
The proposed education budget for Sharon shows total expenditures of $4,258,983, down from the current year’s budget of $4,259,472. The reduction amounts to $489.

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Voters OK lease agreement at special town meeting

SHARON — By unanimous vote at a brief special town meeting on Thursday, Feb. 21, voters in Sharon agreed to the signing of a new five-year lease with Tri-State Public Communications, located in a town-owned building next to Town Hall at 67 Main St. 
The vote was unanimous, approving a rent increase of 5.3 percent. Tri-State is the parent company of NPR radio station WHDD, also known as Robin Hood Radio.

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Paley’s market to open anew March 30

SHARON — It’s late February and seeds need to be ordered and pansies need to be coaxed to life in the greenhouse and Charlie Paley is on vacation. This is possible because Paley has new partners at his eponymous farm market on Route 343 in Sharon: His sister, Sarah (Paley) Coon and her husband, Chris.
This is a relatively new development for Paley’s Farm Market but Paley was confident nonetheless that he could leave things in the hands of his sister and his brother-in-law. 

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Tell me a story, please!

SHARON — On Wednesday, Feb. 27, it was Sharon Center School’s turn to host Read Aloud Day, and invite members of the community to read to students. Many other schools in the Region One School District held their Read Aloud Day on Feb. 14.
Every grade was read to, from early kindergarten through eighth. 

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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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