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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

Lots to do with the TV off

cynthiah@lakevillejournal.com

SHARON — This is National TV Turn-off Week, and once again the Sharon Center School PTO has scheduled events to keep families entertained and engaged.
On Monday evening, April 11, the pool at The Hotchkiss School in Lakeville was open for a family swim night that attracted a large crowd of pre-teens, toddlers, tadpoles and parents.
Tuesday was fitness night. Families came to the Sharon Center School gym for fitness activities, then everyone was invited to the town Green for an evening stroll.

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Farm market season begins

Still too cold for planting, but...
cynthiah@lakevillejournal.com

SHARON — It’s not your imagination; it actually was warmer at this time last year. Or at least that’s what farmer Charlie Paley claims.
“I keep obsessive records,” he confided on Sunday afternoon, April 3, as he was about to close down Paley’s Farm Market for the day, following an active opening weekend.
“Last year on our opening weekend it was in the 70s,” he said, sounding not exactly wistful but also not exactly happy.

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Too much water, too many miles of bad road

Topic at April 12 meeting
karaw@lakevillejournal.com

SHARON — Todd Golden came home from work after a nightshift March 7 at 3:30 a.m. — and found the basement of his Modley Road home flooded with 3 feet of water.
The area had been drenched with heavy rain and had been hit hard by an ice storm. Many homeowners had trees down, driveways and dirt roads washed out and had to seek help from the town to get the water out of their homes.

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FFA students coach shoppers on good choices

karaw@lakevillejournal.com

SHARON — Even in an area such as this one, where farming and gardening are still an important part of most people’s lives, it can’t hurt to remind shoppers where their foods comes from and how it is produced.
And so, as they do every year, students from the FFA program in the agricultural education program at Housatonic Valley Regional High School spent the afternoon at a local market (this time, the Sharon Farm Market) for the annual Food Checkout Day.
This year’s event was held Wednesday afternoon, March 30, and was sponsored by the Litchfield County Farm Bureau.

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Town budget ready for hearing

Education budget refined
karaw@lakevillejournal.com

SHARON — At a Board of Finance budget workshop on Tuesday, March 29, the Board of Education budget, Board of Selectmen’s budget and five-year capital improvement plan were topics of discussion.

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Quick town meeting in Sharon passes all items

karaw@lakevillejournal.com

SHARON — A special town meeting was held Friday, April 1, to vote to accept the town report, establish a land acquisition fund and approve expenditures.
The meeting was attended by 23 people, most of whom are members of various town boards and commissions. The meeting was quick and efficient, due mostly to the experience of the voters present.
At the beginning of the meeting, Tom Bartram was elected moderator, and the five items of discussion were voted on in 17 minutes.

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Eagle, hawks released into wild

karaw@lakevillejournal.com

SHARON — The Sharon Audubon Center facilitated the release this week of two red-tailed hawks on Saturday, March 26, and a golden eagle on Monday, March 28.
The hawks had both been rehabilitation patients of the Audubon Center on Route 4. One had arrived on Sept. 25, 2010; the other had only been there for about a month.

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‘The King and I’ transports audience to Siam

karaw@lakevillejournal.com

SHARON — This year’s spring drama production at Sharon Center School was an adaptation of the musical classic “The King and I,” by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein, about an English governess and the influence and the friendship she develops with the king of Siam.
Students at the school attended a special daytime performance of the show on Thursday, March 24. The community was invited in on Friday for an evening performance and again on Saturday for a matinee.

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Sharon siblings travel to Australia, Europe with People to People

karaw@lakevillejournal.com

SHARON — Sharon siblings Mikaela and Tristan Galm, children of David and Melissa Galm, have been selected to represent Connecticut as student ambassadors with the People to People Student Ambassador program.
Mikaela is a 13-year-old eighth-grader and Tristan is an 11-year-old sixth-grader; both are at Sharon Center School. The program was founded by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1956 and has sent more than 500,000 school-age children around the globe to promote world peace.

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Finance board suggests changes to budgets

karaw@lakevillejournal.com

SHARON — In a Board of Finance budget workshop on Wednesday, March 23, the board reviewed the budget proposals that had been presented on Tuesday, March 15, by the Board of Selectmen and the Board of Education.
The bottom line of the selectmen’s budget before it was changed by the Board of Finance was $2,930,360, and the bottom line of the Board of Education budget was $3,694,340, or $6,332,602 with the addition of Sharon’s portion of the Region One budget.

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