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Despite a steady light rain, Sharon residents gathered under a tent at the Hotchkiss Library of Sharon to honor and celebrate the contributions of the volunteers who provide the town’s fire and ambulance services. 

About 60 people joined representatives of the town’s emergency services for the party.

“We think the people in town should know what they do,” Hotchkiss Library Board President Tom Trowbridge said about the event, which was sponsored by the library. 

Trowbridge said the emergency services can be credited with consistently...

Sharon

Vintage fashion and new basics you need at B. Johnstone

SHARON  — B. Johnstone & Co. has left its intimate boutique in Kent for a new location in Sharon, which opened on Friday, May 18. 
The store had become a shopping destination in Kent, counting actress Katie Holmes and “Sex and the City” author Candace Bushnell among its customers.
Stylist and designer Bartley Johnstone’s shop at the Sharon shopping plaza has everything the Litchfield County shopper could want. Walk in wearing   Hunter boots and jeans — and try on a Lanvin dress, a ruffled Marni parka. 

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In Sharon, it was a grand parade

The Memorial Day parade went off without a hitch under cloudy but brightening skies, as Sharon residents and visitors gathered along the main thoroughfare to remember the fallen and to honor those who have served in the military. 

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Watering the flowers of 2018’s Trade Secrets

SHARON — April showers bring May flowers, but the rain didn’t stop anyone from shopping for blooms and plants on Saturday morning, May 19, the garden-sale day of this year’s two-day Trade Secrets fundraiser for Women’s Support Services in Sharon.
The sale was followed with garden tours on Sunday, May 20.

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Progress and promises from Sharon Hospital

SHARON — At a State of the Hospital presentation to community members on Wednesday, May 16, Sharon Hospital President Peter Cordeau gave a characteristically upbeat picture of where the care center has come from and where it’s headed.
The talk, held at Sharon Town Hall, recapped the past nine months, since Sharon Hospital joined the New York State-based Health Quest group.

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Well-known Secrets

Dana Brandwein Oates was one of the vendors at Trade Secrets, held in Sharon last weekend, selling handmade porcelain ware she crafts for dbO Home. For story and another photo, see Watering the flowers of 2018’s Trade Secrets.

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Sharon voters give nod to new budget plans

SHARON — Voters unanimously approved all budget proposals at the annual town meeting, held Friday, May 11, at Town Hall. 
No comments were offered by the 60 residents attending. All of the votes on all of the items were passed unanimously. John Perotti served as moderator.
A strong voice vote approved the budgets as presented by the finance board, showing total expenditures for the selectmen’s side of $4,609,567, up by $134,729 over current year levels. 
The fiscal year begins July 1.

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Much to review for little critics

SHARON — Lest one think that a children’s art show might be pint-sized, Standard Space gallery owner Theo Coulombe was busy Friday, May 4, making labels for more than 100 pieces by students pre-kindergarten through eighth grade from Sharon Center School, Salisbury Central School, Kent Center School, North Canaan Elementary School, Cornwall Consolidated School and Lee H. Kellogg School, all submitted by the art teachers. 

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Sharon budget moves to May 11 vote

SHARON — About 50 Sharon residents turned out for the budget public hearing on Friday, April 27. No one expressed opposition to any specific budget area. 
Following the hearing, the Board of Finance met and voted to move the education and municipal spending plans forward to a town meeting vote, which will be held on Friday, May 11, at 7 p.m.
The selectmen’s  proposed municipal spending plan totals $4,602,767, an increase of $134,929 or 3 percent over this year’s budget of $4,467,838. 

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Rebuilding trust at Sharon Playhouse

SHARON – Several months ago the Sharon Playhouse board of directors hired a new management team. Alan M-L Wager and Robert Levinstein are theater pros who have worked in several capacities on Broadway, off-Broadway, at regional theaters and summer theaters, not to mention in television and films. 

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Paintings of history are ‘a treasure’

SHARON — Although he did not begin painting until he was in his 50s, Cornwall’s Charles Besozzi continued creating folk paintings in oil until his death in 1997 at the age of 92. The passion he felt for American history is continued by his granddaughter, Elysia Magazzi, who has set out to share his works with an ever-widening audience.
An exhibit of his work at Sharon Town Hall is titled, “The Heart and Soul American History Initiative.” It features 18 paintings and was curated by Town Hall Gallery Exhibit Co-ordinator Zelina Blagden.

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