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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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Samuel Kent promoted to captain in U.S. Army

SHARON — Samuel Kent, son of David and Susan Kent of Keene,  N.H.  and grandson of Emma Paley of Sharon was promoted to the rank of captain in the U.S. Army at Fort Sill, Okla., on Aug. 1.  Kent is a 2010 graduate of Keene  High School and a 2014 graduate of Norwich University in Northfield, Vt.  In 2016 he completed Ranger School at Fort Benning, Ga. Captain Kent was recently selected to become a Fire Support Officer for the 3rd SFAB Brigade that is being established at Fort Hood, Texas.

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Buon gusto at Sharon’s new Alfresco restaurant

SHARON — Anyone with a taste for Italian cooking (and who doesn’t have that?) can visit Sharon’s newest restaurant, Alfresco, and give it a try.
Under the direction of owner/chef Adriano DiMario, Alfresco is still in its early stages of development. It opened quietly in the first week of August; DiMario is gradually adding more dishes to the menu.

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Track project wins approval at town meeting

SHARON — At a town meeting on Friday, Sept. 21, taxpayers approved spending $30,000 to complete construction work on a walking track at Veterans’ Field.
Tom Casey was elected moderator of the meeting, which drew 60 residents to vote on the proposal and on some updates to town ordinances.

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The whens and whys of library’s gala party

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.

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Surprises at Sharon Art Walk

SHARON — If there was one aspect of the Sharon Art Walk that lacked an artistic eye, it was that its scheduling on early Saturday evening, Sept. 8, coincidentally aligned with both the chilliest day so far in our late-summer in-between season and with the locally beloved United States Open Tennis Championships. 

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How to help the forests thrive

SHARON — A notable forest is growing in Sharon, so much of note that it drew a gathering of 70 professional foresters and conservationists to a day-long exploration on Thursday, July 26.
The late-July event at Jim Gillespie’s Herb Road tree farm was a working meeting of the Connecticut chapter of the New England Society of American Foresters, part of a national forestry organization. 
Visitors learned about a variety of topics, such as using solar-powered electric fencing to protect seedlings from deer. 

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Voters asked for funds for walking track

SHARON — A request for funding to complete work on a public walking track at Veterans’ Field will be considered at a town meeting scheduled for Friday, Sept. 21, at Town Hall, beginning at 7 p.m.
Although most of their meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 28, was devoted to the Sharon Hospital maternity unit (see story, Page A1) , the selectmen included the call to a town meeting on their agenda.  

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Seeking clarity on maternity plans

SHARON — The maternity unit at Sharon Hospital continues to be a topic of interest and concern. About 25 people turned out for a regular meeting of the Board of Selectmen on Tuesday, Aug. 28, at which the unit’s future was to be discussed. 
In July, the new owner of Sharon Hospital announced that it was planning to close the maternity unit. The hospital has been owned since August 2017 by Health Quest, a nonprofit group of hospitals based in New York state. 

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Court says Hallingby owns the rare Ferrari

SHARON — In what must be one of the longest-running ownership disputes of any item ever, a U.S. District Court has ruled that Paul “Barney” Hallingby Jr. is in fact the owner of a rare 1957 Ferrari.
Hallingby is a resident of Sharon, which is where he stores the car (and other autos in his collection of vintage makes). The court ruling was made in March by the district court for Connecticut. 

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O’Briens celebrate 25th anniversary

SHARON — Kevin and Michele O’Brien will be celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary on Sept. 11. They both work in the surrounding towns and own a home in Sharon.

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