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SHARON — Joining with area towns in an effort to monitor air quality, the Board of Selectmen voted to fund installation of equipment to do just that, at their meeting on Tuesday, March 12.

The monitor will establish base line data in advance of the completion of construction of the Cricket Valley Energy plant in Dover, N.Y.  The two-year contract will allow the town to monitor air quality once the plant begins operations next year.  The projected cost of the monitoring station is $4,500 to $5,000.

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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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Lion Rock Farm plan is off the table for now

SHARON — Two aspects of an application for a new building at Lion Rock Farm were approved at the Wednesday, Jan. 9, meeting of the Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z). The remainder of the application was denied, but without prejudice, meaning that the applicant may choose to revise and re-submit those aspects.

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Journalism matters, and it’s fun

SHARON — In 2018, journalists were among the many groups that were targeted across the nation for hate crimes. A particularly low point was the murder of five reporters in the newsroom of the Capital Gazette, a newspaper in Maryland, at the end of June. 
On the Sunday after the shooting, Harry Smith did a moving “essay” on the NBC show Sunday Today with Willie Geist about small-town newspapers and the important contribution they make to their communities. It included images and mentions of The Lakeville Journal and The Millerton News.

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2018: Vim, vigor, variety at Playhouse

SHARON — Like a phoenix rising from the ashes of a disastrous 2017 season, Sharon Playhouse entered 2018 with new leaders — Alan M-L Wager, artistic director; Robert Levenstein, managing director — who declared two goals: to make the playhouse an all-year entertainment venue and to capitalize on the talented community members they found here by including them in productions.

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Counting crows … and eagles, owls, cardinals & woodpeckers

SHARON — To the unsuspecting, there were some odd sightings around town on Sunday, Dec. 30. Grown men whistled, chirped and cawed. Strangers stared with binoculars into residents’ backyard birdfeeders. People drove around in frigid, 27-degree weather with their windows rolled down. Small crowds stood in the middle of fields or forests, their eyes glued to the sky.

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Voting results: Transfer station cost increase accepted by voters

SALISBURY/SHARON — At town meetings Wednesday, Dec. 19, and Thursday, Dec. 20, residents of Salisbury and Sharon approved appropriations of about $507,000 per town to cover the cost of building the new Salisbury-Sharon Transfer Station.
The vote (by paper ballot) in Salisbury was 57 yes votes to 9 no votes. In Sharon, the resolution was approved by unanimous voice vote by about 60 residents.

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Salisbury/Sharon transfer station cost increase accepted by voters

SALISBURY/SHARON — At town meetings Wednesday, Dec. 19 and Thursday, Dec. 20, residents of Salisbury and Sharon approved appropriations of about $507,000 per town to cover the cost of building the new Salisbury-Sharon Transfer Station.

Christ Church welcomes new priest

SHARON — The Rev. Dr. Martha Tucker is still settling in after her first month of service in the ministry of Christ Church Episcopal in Sharon. She began on Nov. 18, and offers infectious enthusiasm about her new position and the church.
One of the impressive historic churches in the town center, Christ Church Episcopal is well-positioned for growth through the ministry of its new priest-in-charge.

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