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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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Foul weather delays Christmas Bird Count

SHARON — Icy rain put a damper on the Trixie Strauss Christmas Bird Count, which had been scheduled to take place on Sunday, Dec. 16. 
The annual event, which was to be preceded by a free winter bird walk at the Sharon Audubon Center, was postponed until after Christmas due to predicted adverse weather conditions, according to Eileen Fielding, the Audubon Center’s director.  As of press time, the new date for the count and walk had not yet been determined.

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Plans for Green win approval at town meeting

SHARON — Water drainage problems around the Sharon Green can now be solved following action by voters who assembled at a town meeting on Friday, Dec. 7.
The voters agreed to appropriate up to $496,000 for a Sharon Green Rehabilitation Project.
The meeting was attended by 15 town residents, most of whom voted to approve the project, with a minority voting to oppose the plan.

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Historical easement is now open in Sharon

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.

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Bringing light to darkness with menorah ceremony

SHARON — Participation in the annual lighting of the Hanukkah menorah on the Sharon Green doubled this year, with 12 people taking part in the ceremony on Sunday evening, Dec. 2. 
The menorah lighting ceremony began with Lynn Kearcher reading a brief history of the story of Hanukkah. 
She ended by saying, “Hanukkah is about transforming the negative to the positive. The holiday falls after nightfall, symbolically taking a dark cold environment and brightening it with candle light.  

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Warm weather a good holiday gift

SHARON — Sharon was blessed with mild weather on Saturday, Dec. 1, the night of the annual tree lighting and carol sing on the Green. The temperatures were cold enough to make it feel appropriate to be singing holiday carols but not so cold that anyone was in danger of getting frostbite. Best of all: no rain, no snow.

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Passion for Holy Grail of olive oils

SHARON — Steven Jenkins’ mission in life is to introduce home cooks to superior olive oil — not the stale, filtered, tasteless, tired, musty, oxidized and overpriced oils that are often labeled as “quality” oil. 
The only olive oils that have any right to be in anyone’s kitchen, said the Sharon resident, is oil made from superior olives that are harvested early, that are unfiltered, that retain antioxidants, that are billowing with fragrance and flavor, and that are bottled to order.

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Meeting to fix Town Green

SHARON — The Sharon selectmen scheduled a special town meeting to be held on Friday, Dec. 7, to consider an expenditure for improvements to the Town Green. The meeting at the Town Hall will begin at 7 p.m.
To be considered will be an expenditure of up to $496,000 to fund the project and resolve drainage issues plaguing the Green. 

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Hospital updates on pain, maternity

SHARON — Peter Cordeau, chief executive officer of Sharon Hospital, affirmed the hospital’s commitment to providing maternity services “for the foreseeable future” on Monday, Dec. 3.
The occasion was a “State of Sharon Hospital” report to the community at Sharon Town Hall.

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For the holidays: his and hers Hermès in Sharon

SHARON — Manhattan apartment dwellers might dream of a snowy Christmas in the country, but for those living all year in Litchfield County, the city exerts a magnetic pull for holiday shopping, hot chocolate at Serendipity, a glimpse of the decorated display windows on Fifth Avenue and the tree at Rockefeller Center. 
But if luxury gift shopping is your only reason for venturing south, save yourself a train ticket and head to Sharon instead. 

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Dec. 3 at Sharon Town Hall: Update on Sharon Hospital

SHARON — Sharon Hospital will host its second State of the Hospital community update at 9 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 3, at Sharon Town Hall.
 Members of the surrounding communities are invited to hear from Sharon Hospital President Peter Cordeau as he provides updates on new services and challenges ahead, and discusses changes made at the hospital since joining Health Quest in August 2017.
A question-and-answer period will follow Cordeau’s presentation.

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