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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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Prince seeks the minuscule

Author to appear at book signing at library Aug. 5
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SHARON — Journalist Cathryn Prince has a passion for little-known episodes of history. It was this passion that led her to write “A Professor, a President, and a Meteor: The Birth of American Science,” which she will sign at the fifth annual Hotchkiss Library of Sharon Summer Book Signing on Friday, Aug. 5.

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‘Finally getting good roads’

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SHARON — The Board of Selectmen held a roadwork update meeting on Friday, July 15. Approximately eight people attended — including the three selectmen and several media representatives.
From July 18 to 22, road crews worked on Herb Road, King Hill Road, Northrup Road, Skiff Mountain Road,South Ellsworth Road and West Woods Road No. 2. The road contractor also will do driveway repairs.

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Special guests from Mexico at Silver Lake summer camp

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SHARON — When registration opens for week five at the Silver Lake Conference Center in Sharon on Sunday, July 24, four campers will have traveled a little farther and overcome more obstacles to get there than most.

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Goal made for Danbury man: Bicycle to all 169 towns and cities in Connecticut

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SHARON — What does a 34-year-old Danbury man, who dislikes what he calls “the car culture,” do to be true to his beliefs?
In 2001, then-24-year-old David Bonan made a vow to give up his automobile and rely only on his bicycle and public transportation.
“Cars keep people from interacting,” Bonan said in an interview this week. “In a car you just fly by people and never take time to stop and talk with them.”
As a freelance journalist, political organizer and documentary filmmaker, Bonan is someone who thrives on communicating with others.

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New restaurant coming to town

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The Black Goose Grille will open this summer in the former Twin Oaks coffee shop.SHARON — Area residents and visitors will soon have a new restaurant for both eat-in meals and take-out service when Sharon resident Robert Caeners opens The Black Goose Grille in the Sharon shopping plaza.
Caeners calls himself a “restaurant lifer.” For the past 11 years, he was the general manager of the Silo Ridge Country Club, supervising all food service and catering there. Before that he worked in the food service business his entire career.

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Sharon Motor Lodge for sale by bank

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SHARON — The 45-year-old Sharon Motor Lodge is for sale by the Salisbury Bank & Trust Company and is listed with several Northwest Corner Realtors.
A brochure about the property provided by Rick Meehan of Bain Real Estate in West Cornwall indicates the motor lodge was built in 1966 with an addition in 1986. It sits on 6.5 commercially zoned acres. The building is 10,380 square feet including 22 motel units. There are 30-plus parking spaces. The list price is $535,000.

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‘Spectacular’ garden, views at Chore Service fundraising party

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SHARON — Chore Service held its third annual garden party benefit on Saturday, July 9, at the home of Ann Goodbody, on Mudge Pond Road. Heather Dinneen, Chore Service coordinator, said the organization hoped 250 would attend the party. By Saturday morning, they had received more than 425 reservations.
Chore Service is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping the elderly and disabled remain in their homes rather than having to move into assisted living or other housing options.

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Little Rascals swim and play

A summer tradition continues this year with Little Rascals day camp at Mudge Pond sponsored by Sharon Recreation and Youth.For registration information, call 860-364-8053 or stop by Mudge Pond. Above, Zach Ongley and Connor O’Neil relaxed after swimming.

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Roads meeting update

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SHARON — The Sharon Board of Selectmen held a special road update meeting on Friday, July 8. The meeting was called to order by First Selectman Robert Loucks at 10 a.m. Approximately 12 people attended the meeting including the three selectmen and reporters from local media.

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Weekly road meeting takes questions

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SHARON — Every Friday morning the Board of Selectmen holds a special meeting for updates on the town’s road repair project.
At the July 1 meeting, it was announced that road repair work for the following week (July 5 to 8) would take place on Sharon Mountain Road, East Street and Fairchild Road. Additionally, work would be done to complete the remaining private driveways on the list.
About 10 people attended the meeting.
Sharon resident Kathy Fricker, who lives on Lambert Road, was there, accompanied by her father, Harry Hall.

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