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SHARON – Over stacks of delivery pizza boxes as tall as some of the toddlers, Sharon Day Care Center Director Carrie Olsen welcomed parents and children on Friday, March 17, to a special after-hours celebration. 

Many of the teachers woreshamrock green, and there were paper pots of “gold” hanging on the walls, but the Sharon Day Care was not celebrating St. Patrick’s Day. They were there for what Olsen dubbed their first “Literacy Night.” 

For the small children in attendance, “literacy” might have been a $5 word,...

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The joys and benefits of working together 

SHARON — What do narwhals, Inuits, dentistry, eco heroes, sustainable expeditions and Canada’s 150th birthday have in common? What ties all those disparate threads together is husband-and-wife team Dr. Martin Nweeia and Pamela Peeters. The Sharon residents were invited to represent the United States at the American embassy in Ottawa in a series of talks centered on collaboration between the countries in celebration of the 150th anniversary of Canada. 

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Guilty verdict for second of four charged in Vitalis killing

SHARON — The second of the three men accused of murdering 23-year-old Luke Vitalis at his Sharon home in August 2012 was convicted on  Wednesday, Feb. 1, in Litchfield Superior Court of murder during the commission of a felony, murder and six other charges, including home invasion and tampering with physical evidence.
The conviction of Hiral Patel, 28, a resident of Branford, Conn., followed that of his cousin Niraj Patel on Feb. 4, 2016. Still to be tried are the alleged shooter, Michael Calabrese, and Niraj Patel’s younger brother, Shyam. 

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A new home for Shear Illusions salon

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The Shear Illusions hair salon has moved from its former location at the shopping plaza, next to the restaurant, to a neat new location on West Main Street. 
Award-winning designer/builder Rafe Churchill bought and renovated the former oncology office there and Shear Illusions is one of the first new tenants. 

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Looking to entice new residents

There’s a crisis facing many towns in the Northwest Corner: a rapidly aging population combined with a lack of young families moving to the area. 

In 2016, Connecticut was one of only four states in the country to see a decrease in overall population. So, although the population question is not unique to the area, what is unique is the demographic the Northwest Corner is losing in droves, namely 18 to 44 year olds. 

With a new director, Sharon Day Care’s biggest year yet

“This whole school year has been a big jump for us,” Carrie Olsen, director of the Sharon Day Care Center, said during a mid-day interview on Friday, Jan. 13. The floors of the baby-gate-divided center (with children this young you have to look down to see the action) were a bustle of activity: crawling, coloring, cookies. 

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Community Center was once a Masonic lodge

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Residents voted Jan. 20 to keep the community center on Main Street as a town-owned property. 
An article about the vote in the Jan. 26 Lakeville Journal included photographs and said that the building might originally have been a Grange hall.
Barbara Bartram stopped by our offices to let us know that it was built in 1925 and was known as Hamilton Lodge No. 54. 

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Ohler bill would deter use of spray

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SHARON — New state Rep. Brian Ohler (R-64) told a full house at a meeting at Sharon Town Hall about a bill he has sponsored to prevent irresponsible use of herbicides along the Housatonic River.
The meeting, held Monday night, Jan. 30, was the first of Ohler’s promised monthly events in the district.
The herbicide bill came about because of spraying done last year along the Housatonic Railroad track bed that destroyed trees, especially in Falls Village and Cornwall.

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Catherine (Anderson) ‘Gail’ Zabriskie

SHARON — Catherine (Anderson) Zabriskie, known affectionately as Gail, died peacefully at age 84 on Jan. 8, 2017, in Houston, Texas, with her three sons at her side. 

Gail was a loving mother, grandmother and friend. 

Ironwork and artisans at shop

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SHARON — Will Trowbridge is a household name for many Northwest Corner residents. He has earned a reputation as a blacksmith whose designs are as elegant as they are practical; as a result, he’s the first person that many homeowners, designers and architects think of as they’re beginning a project that requires iron accoutrements.

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Residents vote to keep town building — for now

SHARON — Town residents have voted in favor of keeping the community center building as a town property.
At a town meeting held on Friday evening, Jan. 20, 60 people voted in response to this question: Shall the town of Sharon retain possession of 99 North Main Street?
The decision was not made unanimously: 34 people said yes, 26 voted no. The vote was made by paper ballot.

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