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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. 

Wager worked at the White Plains Performing Arts Center with Jamie Roderick, a lighting designer who is the son of Ray Roderick and Sarah Combs, founders of Tri-Arts along with Michael Berkeley. When Roderick heard of the leadership openings at Sharon Playhouse, he...

Sharon

Adjustments at Sharon to heating, cooling

SHARON — At a brief meeting on Monday, Dec. 11, the Sharon Board of Education awarded a contract for an engineering study that will lead to removal and replacement of an underground oil tank at Sharon Center School (SCS).
The school’s building committee met in November to review bids. Three bids from engineering firms had been received, ranging from $14,300 to $21,300.  The building committee voted to recommend the lowest bid, which had been submitted by M/E Design Associates of Wallingford, Conn.

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Hansell prepares to leave NECC and an area she loves

SHARON — Seventeen years ago, when Jenny Hansell stepped in as its new executive director, the North East Community Center (NECC)  in Millerton wasn’t much to look at.
NECC had been started in 1988 as a place where essential services could be provided to residents of this rural corner of Dutchess County. There was a Care Car, to help transport the elderly to doctors’ appointments. At one point there had been informational sessions offered at the center about addiction and alcoholism; there were programs for teens and children.

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Student achievements recognized at Webutuck school board meeting

WEBUTUCK — The Webutuck Board of Education (BOE) proudly recognized the excellence demonstrated by the district’s students at the meeting on Monday, Dec. 11.
By 7 p.m., the middle/high school library was flooded with parents who listened attentively as members of the Webutuck faculty recounted their children’s achievements, both inside and outside the classroom. The presentations kicked off with students from Eugene Brooks Intermediate School who were selected for the honor of Student of the Month.

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Unexpected treasures at Bargain Barn

SHARON— Still looking for Christmas presents? Of course you are.
So get over to the Bargain Barn in Sharon, where you might have to rummage a bit to find that perfect gift.
Although the rummaging is considerably easier than it was at this time last year. The store has been reorganized, with the “Posh” clothing section split into men’s and women’s sections. The books are all in one spot, with some comfy chairs in case you want to read a bit.
In general, it’s a quicker browse.

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In case you missed it: Jasper Johns’ artist retreat

SHARON — In September, the renowned American artist Jasper Johns announced plans to eventually turn his estate in Sharon into a retreat for artists.
According to the plan he presented to the Sharon Planning and Zoning Commission, the retreat would be similar to Yaddo in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., which has hosted artists including Truman Capote, Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath and David Foster Wallace, and the MacDowell Colony in Peterborough, N.H., which has hosted artists including Leonard Bernstein, Thornton Wilder, James Baldwin, Michael Chabon and Meredith Monk.

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Veterans Day marked with flag presentation in Sharon

SHARON — Blustery cold weather brought the ceremony indoors at Town Hall in Sharon on Friday, Nov. 10, as the town accepted a new flag from the Sharon Woman’s Club, continuing a tradition begun in 2010. Each year, the old Town Hall flag is officially retired and a new flag installed on the pole.  
A flag retirement ceremony was held on Saturday, Nov. 11, with the American Legion and the Boy Scouts, at the memorial near the Clock Tower.  

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Rev. Keay welcomed to Sharon Congregational

Members and friends of the historic Sharon Congregational Church gathered to celebrate the installation of a new pastor,  Robert Keay Jr. He was joined by his wife, Jill, and his mother, Sheila Keay, of Middleboro, Mass., as they greeted visitors immediately after the service on Sunday, Nov. 5.

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The art of the seat

SHARON — The show was called “Have a Seat”but it was standing room only at the opening reception on Saturday, Nov.  4, at the Sharon Historical Society. A wine and hors d’oeuvres reception set the tone for visitors to view paintings, sketches and sculptures depicting “seats” or “sitting.”
The range of interpretations went from serious to whimsical, with something for every viewer, from the art connoisseur to the historian to the curious.  

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Halloween for one day in November

SHARON — The resilience of children was on full display in Sharon last weekend on Sunday, Nov. 5, even with an overcast sky of clouds so thick it seemed night was descending, and with temperatures low enough for the first time this autumn to leave cheeks and fingers red. 
Still, Audubon Kids Day, typically a pre-Halloween costumed carnival, had been rescheduled already once from Oct. 29 because of the weather. The children paid no mind to minor thoughts like what the weather might be or whether it was still Halloween. 

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New places to play in Sharon

The ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the new playground addition at Sharon Center School was held on Friday, Nov. 3. The additional play area was built with the help of the school’s PTO, which raised $18,000. The playground is open for all community members to use on weekends.

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