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SHARON — Aging playground equipment at the Sharon town beach may be replaced as early as the spring following discussion at the Board of Selectmen’s meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 13.

The present system, now paint-chipped and deteriorating, although structurally sound, has been in place for an estimated 40 years, Donna Christensen, chair of the Parks and Recreation Commission, told the selectmen.  

“We’ve ridden that pony a long time,” Christensen said, as selectmen Dale Jones and Jessica Fowler recalled playing on the equipment as children...

Sharon

Weekly road meeting takes questions

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SHARON — Every Friday morning the Board of Selectmen holds a special meeting for updates on the town’s road repair project.
At the July 1 meeting, it was announced that road repair work for the following week (July 5 to 8) would take place on Sharon Mountain Road, East Street and Fairchild Road. Additionally, work would be done to complete the remaining private driveways on the list.
About 10 people attended the meeting.
Sharon resident Kathy Fricker, who lives on Lambert Road, was there, accompanied by her father, Harry Hall.

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Medical, cultural views of the heart subject of new book

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SHARON — The Hotchkiss Library of Sharon will host the fifth annual Summer Book Signing on Friday, Aug. 5, from 6 to 8 p.m.
Stephen Amidon, a resident of Greenfield, Mass., will be among the more than 30 authors there. He will sign copies of “The Sublime Engine: A Biography of the Human Heart,” written with his brother, Dr. Thomas Amidon. This is his first nonfiction work; his six novels are “Splitting the Atom,” “Subdivision,” “Thirst,” “The Primitive,” “Human Capital” and “The New City.”

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A ‘tasteful’ fundraiser for SHS

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SHARON — “Let Them Eat (Birthday) Cake” was the theme for the Sharon Historical Society’s second annual cake auction, which was held on July 1 and marked the 100th anniversary of the founding of the society.
Liz Shapiro, executive director of the Historical Society, said that bakers really stretched their culinary wings this year.
“They learned from the first auction, which was last year. They knew what they were up against and they really showed some competitive creativity.”

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Pole fails to stop automobile

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SHARON — A motor vehicle jumped the curb at the Sharon Farm Market on July 1 in the middle of the afternoon. It snapped a steel-reinforced concrete pole and then broke the plate-glass window. The vehicle was moving with enough force that it pushed the Farm Market office back about four inches.
No one was hurt.
Chris Choe, owner of the market, immediately began drawing up plans for a new, stronger pole system.
Because of the holiday weekend, the window could not be repaired until mid-week.
For details of the accident, see the Police Blotter.

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TriArts accent on youth

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SHARON — TriArts Sharon Playhouse’s annual Youtheatre workshops began June 27 and will continue through the summer to Aug. 13. The one-, two- and three-week classes are for students ages 5 to 18.
Tuition ranges from $150 to $799; tuition assistance is available. Michael Berkeley and John Simpkins are the Youtheatre artistic directors.
Alice Bemand, TriArts’ executive director, said the workshops offer students an opportunity to build self-confidence and develop skills.
The program draws youngsters from throughout the Tri-state region.

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Miles, Goodman, WHDD honored by Sharon Lions

In the early years of the turn of this century, Sharon native Marshall Miles, a lifelong radio broadcaster and entrepreneur, partnered with Jill Goodman, an art dealer and astrologer, to formulate one of the most unique radio stations in the country. The nonprofit Tri-State Public Communications consists of public radio stations WHDD FM 91.9 and AM 1020. WHDD is the smallest NPR affiliate in the country.
This broadcasting experiment resulted in a gift to the Northwest Corner, with 60 percent of its broadcasting time devoted to the region.

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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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