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SHARON — Recognizing the need to increase enrollment at Sharon Center School, and that the only way to do that is to attract families with young children to Sharon, a group of volunteers under the auspices of the Board of Education formed the Sharon Strategic Planning Task Force.

On Wednesday, April 12, at Town Hall, the group convened for the first time since dividing itself into three committees at its Jan. 25 meeting. In the interim, committees had worked on their assigned tasks, and now they were reporting their results to the task force as a whole.

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Sharon

Hospital’s return to nonprofit explained at forum

SHARON — Making the case that “it’s time for us to make a change,” top administrators from Sharon Hospital and RCCH (formerly Essent) explained at a community forum in Sharon on March 16 that health care laws and taxes have made it unprofitable and illogical for RCCH to continue to own the 78-bed community hospital.

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Blagden takes on the art shows at Sharon gallery

SHARON – A varied exhibit of works by area artists will be on display at the Sharon Town Hall through May. One of the notable themes is that all of the nine artists being shown are men. This exhibit will be followed by a showing of works by women artists, inviting comparison between the two showings, a concept devised by show coordinator Zelina Blagden in her first year in charge of the Town Hall gallery.
“It will be interesting to see what themes may parlay through the separation of the two groups,” Blagden said.  

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Grumblings about gravel roads

Gravel roads in Sharon will be inspected in the coming weeks, following discussion of road conditions at the Tuesday, Feb.  28, selectmen’s meeting.
Responding to residents’ concerns about the condition of the 30 miles of gravel roads in town — aggravated by the fact that the ground did not freeze sufficiently this winter to provide a firm base — the  selectmen termed it “a constant battle” with road conditions.
First Selectman Brent Colley praised the work of town road crews.  

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Circling around to hear a story at Sharon Center

Sharon Center School celebrated national Read Aloud month on Wednesday, March 1, with adults from the community reading aloud to students in their classrooms. 
For past read-aloud events, books had been provided by the Northwest Connecticut  Chamber of Commerce and Alcoa Howmet in Winsted.
This year, those organizations were not able to support the local events. Sharon Center School’s librarian, Judy Gafney, was undeterred and purchased the new books with funds from the library’s budget. 

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Community forum planned for Sharon Hospital

SHARON — Sharon Hospital has released its financial statements for the fiscal year ending Sept. 30 2016. 
After a modest profit in 2015 of $460,847, the statement shows a loss of $871,850 for 2016.
Chief Financial Officer Christian Bergeron and Chief Executive Officer Peter Cordeau met with The Lakeville Journal to go over the numbers. Although both executives seemed slightly weary, especially after several months of filing papers relating to the upcoming merger with HealthQuest, they remain upbeat about the hospital.

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Wilcox to wed Underwood

SHARON — Laurie and Brian Wilcox of Sharon are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Morgan Anne Wilcox, to Kerry James Underwood, son of Ellen Underwood of Bantam, Conn., and Kerry and Marilee Underwood of Sharon.  

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Changes to Sharon volunteers

Recognizing her many years of dedicated service to Sharon Housing Authority, the selectmen praised the contributions of Patricia Purdy to the town as they accepted her resignation at their meeting  onTuesday, Feb. 14.
“She has done a good job,” First Selectman Brent Colley said.  Purdy’s resignation was noted with “great regret and appreciation.” 
There are now two open slots on the housing authority.

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A more positive year for Sharon students

Skills to help middle school students learn and to keep up with their grade level were reviewed by leaders of the intervention program at Sharon Center School in a presentation to the Board of Education at their meeting on Monday, Feb. 13.
Presenting the program were Jill Pace, sixth-grade language arts teacher, and Jennifer Dietter, fifth-grade language arts teacher.  

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How Sharon roads are plowed, sanded

A dwindling road salt supply was reported by the road foreman at the meeting of the Board of Selectmen on Tuesday, Feb. 14, although a new delivery was expected to be received in a day or two after numerous phone calls to the town’s supplier.

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The state and the ash borer eat away at town funds

Continuing to assemble departmental requests for the coming fiscal year, the Sharon selectmen held a workshop session on Tuesday, Feb. 21, at Town Hall to examine the proposals received so far. The major missing pieces stem from contract negotiations still underway.
The selectmen also noted that the largest potential increase may come from the town’s education budget needing to support teachers’ pensions, formerly covered by state funding.

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