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SHARON — An informational talk about cohousing drew about 50 area residents to a meeting at Sharon Town Hall on Tuesday, Jan. 30. The meeting was led by architect Lynn Gaffney, who provided the information in an effort to measure potential interest.

A part-time Sharon resident, Gaffney said that she was hoping to inspire a core group to develop a cohousing complex. The core group would need to be passionate about seeing the project through from inception to reality.

The idea of cohousing comes from Denmark, where it began in the 1960s and 1970s, coming to California...

Sharon

Henry Kissinger equally comfortable on world and small-town stages

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SHARON — International diplomacy and rustic community support come together next weekend at the Hotchkiss Library of Sharon when Henry Kissinger will be among the authors at the 15th annual Sharon Summer Book Signing on the Green, Aug. 5 from 6 to 8 p.m.
Kissinger will be there with his latest book, “On China.”
The part-time Kent resident has the distinction of being the only secretary of state most people can name. For some, it was because he served during the memorable presidency of Richard Nixon (and then Gerald Ford).

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Four wheels and a lot of faith for gravity car racers

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SHARON — The Sharon Fire Department held its third annual Adult Soap Box Derby on Saturday, July 23, at Veterans’ Field. The day started out overcast with clouds. As race time neared, the clouds vanished and sunshine blanketed the spectator area and the downhill race section of the road.
The derby was a fundraiser for the Sharon Fire Department. Although countless people helped out, it was organized by Eugene Aakjar.

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Roadwork update

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SHARON — At a special Board of Selectmen road meeting on Friday, July 22, it was announced the following road work was scheduled for the week of July 25 to 29:
Monday, July 25 — Backfilling roads and prepping driveways, various roads around town.
Tuesday and Wednesday, July 26 and 27 — Driveway paving, various roads around town.
Thursday, July 28 — Backfilling driveways, various roads around town.
Friday, July 29 — Paving South Ellsworth Road.

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Albright still lifes exhibited at Town Hall

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SHARON — Someone once said, “If you want to get something done, give it to a busy person to do.” Sharon resident and artist Judy Albright is just such a person.
In addition to running a specialized interior design business, Home Potential-Interior Design; teaching painting; volunteering at her church, the Sharon Women’s Club and the Sharon Historical Society; Albright finds time to take art classes and paint still life studies in pastels.
This month, until July 31, 28 pieces of her work are on display in the gallery on the main floor at Town Hall.

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Easy Fix

Need to check the undercarriage? No big deal for gravity-pull car competitors in Sunday’s Adult Soap Box Derby in Sharon.

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New place to play at Sharon Center

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SHARON — Several years ago the Sharon Center School (SCS) PTO and school officials realized the existing wood playground equipment had to be replaced. Made of pressure-treated wood, it was splintering and infested with wood-boring bees.
The PTO undertook responsibility for raising funds for a new $65,000 playground. Through community support, fundraisers and several grants, the PTO accumulated $35,000. At that point, knowing the old equipment was no longer safe for students, the PTO decided to split the project into two phases. The $35,000 in hand was used to complete Phase One.

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Trust to conduct housing survey

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SHARON — At the Board of Selectmen’s meeting on July 12, the selectmen agreed to sponsor a housing needs survey for the Sharon Housing Trust.
While the selectmen will be the official sponsors, the survey will be paid for by the trust. The goal of the survey is to determine the housing needs of people who live and or work in Sharon.

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Bringing books to life by sharing them with others

SHARON — Judy Gafney, the librarian at Sharon Center School, held a summer book club for children at the Hotchkiss Library of Sharon. The group met on Tuesdays from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. from July 5 to 19.
Gafney first formed a parent-and-child discussion group at Sharon Center School four years ago with students who were in first grade. She believes that, “You get so much more from a book when you talk about it,” and started the group as a way to get children excited about reading.
The discussion group during school was funded by a grant from the school’s Millenium Fund.

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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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