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SHARON — Although he did not begin painting until he was in his 50s, Cornwall’s Charles Besozzi continued creating folk paintings in oil until his death in 1997 at the age of 92. The passion he felt for American history is continued by his granddaughter, Elysia Magazzi, who has set out to share his works with an ever-widening audience.

An exhibit of his work at Sharon Town Hall is titled, “The Heart and Soul American History Initiative.” It features 18 paintings and was curated by Town Hall Gallery Exhibit Co-ordinator Zelina Blagden.

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Bees, birds, forests and more at 44th Audubon Festival

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SHARON — Sharon Audubon held its 44th summer festival on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 13 and 14.
The festival featured nature programs, hikes, live animal presentations, musical performances, arts and crafts and food for sale.
Bee expert Al Avitabile returned, to give another of his popular talks on swarming bees. Without protective gear, he approached a hive created for the demonstration and showed how bees, if not provoked, would not attack his hands and arms.

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Webber brings to life the story of an escaped slave

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CORNWALL — Retired Reverend Christopher Webber has written more than two dozen books over his long career, most of them religious in nature.Several months ago, the Sharon resident published something slightly different, a biography called “American to the Backbone.” It tells the epic tale of James W. C. Pennington, an illiterate fugitive slave who became one of America’s first black abolitionists.
Several weeks ago The Wall Street Journal published a two-column glowing review of “American to the Backbone.”

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Black Goose Grill: At now-thriving plaza, a new eatery

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SHARON — Longtime restaurant operator and Sharon resident Robert Caeners has opened The Black Goose Grill in the shopping plaza.
Caeners who considers himself a “restaurant lifer” has managed restaurants and catering facilities his entire career.
The Black Goose Grill is designed as a family friendly restaurant that will use fresh local ingredients as much as possible.

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Pantry aims to furnish soap, toiletries

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SHARON — A new Community Paper and Soap Pantry, run by the Sharon Congregational Church, will provide paper goods, soap and personal hygiene products to anyone in need in northwestern Connecticut and eastern New York.
“There are a number of families in the area who have been impacted by financial challenges as a result of unemployment, including layoffs and downsizing, divorce, disability, health issues, domestic violence, homelessness, disasters, aging and the rising cost of living,” said the Rev. Jody Guerrera, associate pastor of the church.

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Talon to talon

Talon Skye, 14, a bird trainer from Earlville N.Y., nuzzled Jewel, a 4- month-old African white-necked raven, at the Sharon Audubon Festival last weekend.
 
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Dem candidates for Congress visit NW Corner

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SHARON — A noontime gathering on Aug. 13 at the home of Anthony and Elizabeth Piel on Route 41 drew more than 100 area Democrats and others who were interested in meeting the candidates vying for the Democratic endorsement to run for the 5th District U.S. House of Representatives seat in 2012.
The seat will be vacated by current 5th District U.S. Rep. Chris Murphy, who is running for a seat in the U.S. Senate, representing Connecticut.

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Morris, Korda among scribes at book signing

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SHARON — The combination of a large enthusiastic group of readers, a roster of sought-after authors, nice weather and much genuine community support for the Hotchkiss Library of Sharon assured the library’s 15th annual book signing event was a success.
Held on Friday evening, Aug. 5, the signing attracted about 400 people who were eager to purchase books and have them signed by the authors. The entry fee to the event was $25.
Thirty-two authors sat at tables under the tent on the lawn outside the library and signed copies of their books.

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Craft vendors drew crowd to Sharon Green Saturday

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SHARON — Even at 10 a.m., cars already lined the streets along the Green and parking was hard to find. The Sharon on the Green Arts and Crafts fair once again drew a healthy crowd of vendors and shoppers Saturday, Aug. 6.
Crafters from near and far, old friends and new, offered everything from the ubiquitous American Girl doll clothes to decoupaged light switch covers.
Richard Heys and his wife, Anna, of Litchfield sold hand-carved wooden bowls made from local wood.

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Motor Lodge sold to Mizza Pizza owners

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SHARON — The Sharon Motor Lodge was recently sold. Robin Leech of Robinson Leech Real Estate in Lakeville represented the owner of the property, Salisbury Bank and Trust Co. Leech said the property sold for $400,000.
It was reported the purchaser is a member of the family that owns the Mizza pizzerias in the area (including one at the Sharon Farm Market). The name of the new owner is Todie Canie, the brother of Eddie Canie (who many people know as Eddie Mizza).
It is believed that they are already beginning renovations and will reopen the complex as a motor lodge.

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Lease might be needed on Mitchelltown for repairwork

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SHARON — The Board of Selectmen held a special meetingon Friday, Aug. 5, to discuss repairs to the Mitchelltown Road bridge — and the possible need to lease land along Mitchelltown Road to store equipment.
First Selectman Robert Loucks tried to recuse himself at the beginning of the meeting, saying there is a possible conflict of interest because he owns property on Mitchelltown Road.
The other two selectmen (John Mathews and Meg Szalewicz) told Loucks they’d prefer to have him take part in the discussion.

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