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SHARON — Betsey Mauro, executive director of Women’s Support Services (WSS) in Sharon, gave  the selectmen an update on the organization and the services it provides to families in crisis in the Northwest Corner.

WSS has seen 515 new clients in the past year, she said. Of those, 71 are children and 132 are men. 

“We provide safe emergency shelter,” she said, adding that 11 clients were sheltered in the last year. 

A resident of West Cornwall, Mauro is now in her second year as head of the organization.

She reported that...

Sharon

Pharmacy invites community to celebrate its 50th year

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SHARON — Sharon Pharmacy was opened on July 3, 1961, by Edward and Kathryn Heacox. And on Saturday, July 2, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., the Heacox family will host a party outside at the Sharon shopping plaza to mark 50 years in business.
Three generations of the Heacox family have been involved in the pharmacy, which is still at the same location after a half century in business. It is now run by four of the founder’s children: Ed Heacox Jr., a pharmacist; Joseph Heacox, the general manager; Chris Heacox the front of house manager; and David Heacox, a pharmacy technician.

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Learsy book exposes corruption in oil

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SHARON — Amid the hubbub concerning $4 gas, finding domestic energy sources, climate change, Big Oil and the ever-turbulent Middle East, there is Raymond J. Learsy, who says the entire game is rigged.
Learsy, a Sharon resident who writes for The Huffington Post website, has just published his second book, “Oil and Finance: The Epic Corruption,” which packages his columns from 2006 through 2010.

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Bear Watch

A nervous bear darted across Low Road in Sharon on Saturday morning and took off up a pine tree as a car approached. It waited patiently for a chance to make its getaway but became even more anxious as the branches of the elderly evergreen began to snap under the weight of its paws.

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Health providers learn about law and immigrants

SHARON — The Sharon-based Foundation for Community Health, in collaboration with Catholic Charities in Dutchess County, presented a forum June 22 on laws that have an impact on social and health service providers who serve immigrants.
Approximately 25 service providers from the Northwest Corner, southeast Columbia County and northeast Duchess County gathered on Wednesday, June 22, at the foundation’s Sharon offices to learn about laws that affect their interactions with immigrants.

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14 from Sharon Center School step forward to high school

By Cynthia Hochswender
SHARON — Sharon Center School’s class of 2011 moved up on Thursday night from eighth grade to high school in a ceremony that was brisk and, for the most part, unemotional. There were no notable displays of tears or laughter. The students didn’t seem especially eager to leave elementary school, nor did they seem especially keen on remaining in its safe cocoon.

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Summer reading party at Hotchkiss Library

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SHARON — The Hotchkiss Library of Sharon kicked off its summer reading program with an outdoor party on Saturday, June 18.
Gretchen Hachmeister, library board member and chairwoman of the event, said the program usually attracts about 60 youngsters. They range from toddlers (who have stories read to them) to teens. This is the first year that the library has hosted a party at the beginning of the program. Usually there is a celebration at the end of summer; this year,there will be an ice cream party. Children who complete the program will receive a gift from the library.

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Concert benefits church, historical society

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SHARON — For the first time, the Sharon Historical Society and the Sharon Congregational Church sponsored a joint concert to raise funds for preservation of both buildings.
The concert, held at the church, featured the husband-and wife team of flutist Keren Schweitzer and cellist Jason Lippmann, who perform together as Duo Daru.
Approximately 50 people attended the concert, including a number of teenagers.

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Faustwork Mask Theatre performs for students

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SHARON — During a special assembly at Sharon Center School (SCS) on June 6, students were treated to a program of “talking masks.”
Faustwork Mask Theatre of Toronto, Canada, presented a performance that explored the many different ways that masks have been used throughout history.
The company was founded by Robert Faust and has performed for students and adult audiences around the world since 1983. Faust remains the troupe’s artistic director.

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Housing Trust tops list for state grant requests

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SHARON — At a special meeting on June 10, the Board of Selectmen made a final decision on a state Small Town Economic Assistance Program (STEAP) grant application. First Selectman Robert Loucks and Selectmen John Mathews and Meg Szalewicz were all in attendance.
Loucks said Sharon was eligible to submit an application for up to a $500,000 grant. Applying for the authorized maximum grant amount does not mean it will be automatically granted. While the Sharon 2010 STEAP application was for $305,000, only $77,000 was awarded by the state.

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Power outage slows road work

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SHARON — The Board of Selectmen held a special meeting Friday morning, June 10, to review road repair work progress.
Bill Champagne, project manager for Waters Construction Company of New Milford, the project contractor, reported that work is currently being done on Sharon Mountain Road, Jewitt Hill Road, Fairchild Road, Jackson Hill Road, Low Road and Williams Road.
Because of the storm on Thursday evening, there was no electricity at the paving plant, he said, so there could be no paving that Friday, but related work would go ahead.

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