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SHARON — Several juveniles, whose ages range from 14 to 15 years old, and were described by police as white males, were arrested between June 9 and June 14 by Troop B in an alleged connection to a series of break-ins on Upper Main Street in Sharon between March 7 and March 18. The break-ins included the graffiti of what Troop B cited in its news release as  “racist symbols.”

The charges against the juveniles include criminal trespassing, larceny, reckless endangerment and intimidation due to bias.

Connecticut General Assembly lists intimidation due to...

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Sharon paper and soap pantry is growing

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SHARON — With food pantries helping to bring nutrition to the tables of those who cannot afford to feed their families, it became clear to the Rev. Jody Guerrera, associate pastor of the Sharon Congregational Church, and other clergy that another everyday need was going unfulfilled. Families who cannot afford food also have a hard time affording personal hygiene products such as soap, paper goods and toothpaste.

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Century-old barber pole decorates Sharon center

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SHARON — About six years ago, when Linda Decker Peck became a partner in a hair salon in West Cornwall, a friend gave her an old barber pole to use as an advertising decoration. When Peck relocated her studio to Sharon two years ago, the pole came with her.
Peck’s husband, Alan, did some research on the Internet and determined that the pole was manufactured in 1908.
The pole didn’t work when Peck received it, but her husband was able to help with that, too, rewiring it and installing a new motor to turn the stripes.

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Essent to merge

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SHARON — At press time on Sept. 6, The Lakeville Journal was notified that Essent Healthcare, owner of Sharon Hospital, will merge with RegionalCare Hospital Partners of Brentwood, Tenn.
Day-to-day operations at the Essent hospitals will be unaffected by the parent-company-level merger, according to a press release sent out by Sharon Hospital on behalf of the merging companies.
“RegionalCare is the owner and operator of four market-leading, non-urban hospitals located in Florence, Ala.; Muscle Shoals, Ala.; Ottumwa, Iowa, and Wilmington, Ohio,” the press release said.

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Artisan Brenda Hall brings out the best in her woods

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SHARON — For 20 years, while living in her native Portland, Ore., Brenda Hall had a day job as a furniture refinisher. But in the evenings, she followed her dreams: She designed and built her own furniture.
Hall said she has been entranced with woodworking since she was a child. “It’s my passion.” At a certain point, she said, “I realized I had to give up my day job and devote myself fulltime to doing what is important to me: designing and building functional art furniture.”

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Town wants Mitchelltown Road access

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SHARON — At a special meeting of the Board of Selectmen on Aug. 23, attended by approximately 30 people, the selectmen voted not to install speed humps on Mitchelltown Road.
There was a long discussion at the  meeting about the town’s desire to seek temporary eminent domain on a piece of the property owned by Metz LLC on Mitchelltown Road.
The town needs to be able to get access to and use the land to complete repairs to the Mitchelltown Road bridge. The bridge (and the road) have been closed for about a year.

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Road rebuilding work about to end

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SHARON — The Board of Selectmen (BOS) held an almost two-hour special meeting on Aug. 23, attended by approximately 30 people. The topic: repairs to the towns roads, and how to fund the ongoing work.
First Selectman Robert Loucks reported that work on about 37 of the town’s 40 miles of planned road rebuild has been completed.
With work currently being completed, the total project expeditures will rise to $5,893,402. The bond to finance the road repair project will cover approximately $6.2 million.

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Power line down

A tree fell on power lines on South Main Street on Sunday morning, an early victim of Hurricane Irene. The road was closed for most of the day and power and telephone service were eliminated for many Sharon residents. Connecticut Light & Power estimated Sunday afternoon that 63 percent of its customers in town had no power. By Monday morning, the percentage was down to 33.

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Richard Hanwacker, M.D., leaving Sharon for U.S. Army

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SHARON — “There are times when factors come together causing changes in our lives.” Sharon primary care physician Richard Hanwacker said that is the explanation for closing his medical office on Aug.31.
“Mandated changes in the medical system are making it very difficult for sole practitioners to survive. A new law will bring a serious increase in operating costs making most private solo medical offices unable to remain as viable businesses,” Hanwacker said.

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Internship program at Historical Society is a mix of young and old

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SHARON — It was a productive mixture of young and old this summer as the Sharon Historical Society hosted its first internship program, in partnership with the Housatonic Youth Service Bureau.
“We decided to do it because we have a backlog of work that needs to be done with archives,” explained Marge Smith, who is the society’s assistant director.
“Museum attendance is down as people look more and more to the Internet,” she said. “So that’s what the interns are doing: preparing as much of our data as possible for the Internet.”

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Answers will help town to fill housing needs

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SHARON — A major housing needs survey of Sharon is currently underway sponsored by HousingUs, an initiative of Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, the Northwest Connecticut Regional Planning Collaborative, the Sharon Housing Trust and the town of Sharon.
A mailing sent to all Sharon addresses by the Board of Selectmen noted, “The results of this survey will be used to create the kinds of specific housing our community needs for our seniors, young families, employees and town volunteers, but we can’t do it without your input.”

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