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SHARON — April showers bring May flowers, but the rain didn’t stop anyone from shopping for blooms and plants on Saturday morning, May 19, the garden-sale day of this year’s two-day Trade Secrets fundraiser for Women’s Support Services in Sharon.

The sale was followed with garden tours on Sunday, May 20.

Garden enthusiasts tore their attention away from Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s royal wedding to don raincoats and rubber boots for the buying at Trade Secrets, which featured vendors of plants and plant-related items from across New England...

Sharon

Dry weather at Trade Secrets — at least for a day

cynthiah@lakevillejournal.com

SHARON — From a purely functional point of view, this might have been the best Trade Secrets ever.
The annual rare plant/garden antiques sale and garden tour to benefit Women’s Support Services in Sharon is now in its 11th year. Its maturity showed in the impressive level of organization and the ease with which everything happened, from vendors setting up their booths and wares to food sales and preparation in the indoor cafe (run again this year by The Farmer’s Wife in Ancramdale).

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Budget passes, mill rate now 11.35

Parents turn out in force

SHARON — The large meeting room at Town Hall was overflowing with Sharon residents on Friday, May 13. All had come out to vote on the town’s budget for the fiscal year 2011-12, which begins July 1.
Many were there because of concerns that, if the education budget was rejected, the Spanish language program at Sharon Center School would be eliminated. A vigorous email campaign had been carried on during the week, encouraging parents to come out and vote “Aye.”

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Pills become worrisome in area drug mix

patricks@lakevillejournal.com

SHARON — The effects of addiction on families — and strategies for dealing with an addict in the family — were the subject of a free-wheeling panel discussion and presentation at Sharon Hospital Tuesday, May 3.
The workshop, “In Our Own Backyards: Teen Use, Abuse and Addiction,” was sponsored by Sharon Hospital, Housatonic Youth Services Bureau and Mountainside Treatment Center.

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Audubon program teaches how to handle baby animals found in the woods

karaw@lakevillejournal.com

SHARON — Four animal-loving children and their five chaperones learned just about everything there is to know about baby animals at the Sharon Audubon Center on Saturday, May 7.
The program was led by Environmental Education Intern Sarah Conley, who started the afternoon off by introducing the children to the many animals that are housed in the main building.
In the first part of the program, the children (and the adults) learned what to do if they find a baby bird on the ground out in the woods.

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Budget vote, town meeting May 13

karaw@lakevillejournal.com

SHARON — The annual town meeting will be held at Town Hall on Friday, May 13, at 8 p.m.
Taxpayers will vote on the proposed education and municipal spending plans for fiscal year of 2011-12, which begins July 1.
The proposed municipal budget is $3,567,700.
The total education budget, including Sharon’s portion of the Region One budget, is a total of $6,274,426.
The municipal budget is available for the public to see at Town Hall. The education budget can be found at Sharon Center School.

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Selectmen answer questions about roadwork

janetm@lakevillejournal.com

SHARON — A handful of town residents attended a special 11 a.m. meeting of the Board of Selectmen on Friday, May 6, at Town Hall. Questions and concerns were raised about roadwork now being done around town, and about whether the company hired to do that work is accomplishing the goals of the town, especially in reference to the edges of the roads.
First Selectman Bob Loucks and Selectmen John Mathews and Meg Szalewicz attended the meeting as did the project’s clerk of the works, Gene Parsons, and several town employees.

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Northwest Corner — and Texas! — turns out for Sharon Classic

karaw@lakevillejournal.com

SHARON — The 26th annual Sharon Classic Road Race brought participants from all over the Tri-state region (and two from Texas) to Sharon to compete in one of the town’s biggest events of the year.
The race and other events on the Green were held on the morning of Saturday, May 7.
The 5-mile race is held annually to raise money for the Sharon Day Care Center, which uses the funds to help cover operating costs. Some of the funds are also used to offer scholarships to families who otherwise could not afford to send their children to child care.

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Audubon program teaches how to handle baby animals found in the woods

karaw@lakevillejournal.com

SHARON — Four animal-loving children and their five chaperones learned just about everything there is to know about baby animals at the Sharon Audubon Center on Saturday, May 7.
The program was led by Environmental Education Intern Sarah Conley, who started the afternoon off by introducing the children to the many animals that are housed in the main building.
In the first part of the program, the children (and the adults) learned what to do if they find a baby bird on the ground out in the woods.

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Lambert Road home catches fire after lightning strike

karaw@lakevillejournal.com

SHARON — A house at 106 Lambert Road caught fire Thursday afternoon, April 28. The house is owned by Patricia Braunsdorf.
The fire was reported by a neighbor at 3:09 p.m., according to Sharon Fire Marshal Stan MacMillan. It caused severe damage to the structure.

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Saving stray cats, with help of Town Hall Gallery show

karaw@lakevillejournal.com

SHARON — Inheriting the work of a world-renowned photographer (and close friend) can be a blessing. But it also leaves its owner wondering what to do with sheet after sheet of negatives, box after box of prints.
Sharon resident Linda Swenson was left the entire body of work of her good friend, photographer Suzanne Szasz, and Szasz’s husband, Ray Shorr, also a photographer.

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