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Despite a steady light rain, Sharon residents gathered under a tent at the Hotchkiss Library of Sharon to honor and celebrate the contributions of the volunteers who provide the town’s fire and ambulance services. 

About 60 people joined representatives of the town’s emergency services for the party.

“We think the people in town should know what they do,” Hotchkiss Library Board President Tom Trowbridge said about the event, which was sponsored by the library. 

Trowbridge said the emergency services can be credited with consistently...

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Saving stray cats, with help of Town Hall Gallery show

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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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Budget funds for library restored

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SHARON — Taxpayers had a chance to look at the municipal and education budget proposals at a public hearing at Town Hall on Friday, April 29.
The hearing will be followed by a town meeting at Town Hall on Friday, May 13, at 8 p.m.
Approximately 50 people showed up for the hearing.

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For fire volunteers, and town, real nice clambake

SHARON — The annual Sharon Volunter Fire Department clambake held on Sunday, April 17, brought a taste of the shore to the hills of Sharon.
The mixed mouthwatering aroma of fresh steamers, chowder, shaved steak and sausage and peppers enveloped the neighborhood of the firehouse. Attendees feasted heartily on a treasured treat while enjoying good company and a surprisingly warm spring afternoon.
Weeks of organizing and days of preparations — which included a crew handwashing 5,400 clams and bagging them by the dozen — made for a truly enjoyable event.

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Amazing amphibians at Audubon

SHARON — They sky was overcast and temperatures were brisk last Thursday, April 21, but that didn’t deter an adventurous group of young field scientists from pursuing frogs, tadpoles and other exciting amphibians at Sharon Audubon.

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President writes to Sharon children

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SHARON — After a talk by former White House Social Secretary Nancy Tuckerman at the Hotchkiss Library of Sharon on Sunday, Feb. 20, a group of children composed letters to send to President Barack Obama, his family and his dog, Bo.
Two months later, the library received a reply from the president that thanked the children for sending him letters and noted their importance as the country’s future.
On Thursday, April 21, six of the children who sent the letters to the White House gathered at the library to read the response from the president.

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Budget hearing, special finance meeting April 29

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SHARON — The budget public hearing is scheduled for Friday, April 29, at 7 p.m., at Town Hall. The budgets for the Board of Selectmen and the Board of Education for the 2011-12 fiscal year will be presented to and discussed by the town.
Following the meeting, the Board of Finance will hold a special meeting.
The selectmen’s budget proposal for municipal expenses is $2,991,883, a 1.1 percent increase over this fiscal year’s budget (the new fiscal year begins July 1).

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Thank you, Easter Bunny

Sharon Day Care hosted an Easter egg hunt Saturday, April 16, at Sharon Center School. Spurred by a bitter cold wind, the children made short work of a field of eggs. The Easter Bunny handed out a basket of small toys and the day care provided a spread of brownies and cookies. Mabel Fenton, 3, of Lakeville searched for eggs on the playground equipment, above. Mackenzie Milton, 5, of Sharon posed for a photo with the Easter Bunny, right.

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Audubon golden eagle now in Canadian wilderness

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SHARON — On the chilly morning of Monday, March 28, a rehabilitated golden eagle was released in the Mohawk State Forest in Cornwall by employees of the Sharon Audubon Center, along with researchers from West Virginia University and Tufts University.
Before the release, a tracking transmitter was placed on the eagle so its travels could be documented.
Now, nearly a month later, the eagle has made its way to Canada. Its location as of Thursday, April 14, was about 100 miles north of Montreal.

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Sharon turns off its televisions, children still have fun

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SHARON — Sharon Center School hosted its annual TV Turn-off Week, with events every night between Monday, April 11, and Thursday, April 14. The week began with a pool party at The Hotchkiss School in Lakeville and ended with an evening of bingo and pizza at the Sharon firehouse.
On Tuesday, fitness activities for the children were offered. Poor weather led to the cancellation of some of the activities, including a scheduled walk around the Sharon Green, which was canceled due to rain.

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Board of Ed shaves budget by $72,000

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SHARON — At its regular monthly meeting on Monday, April 11, the Board of Education reduced its proposed budget to $3,686,345, a 1.99-percent increase over this year’s budget, or $6,274,426 including Sharon’s portion of the Region One School District budget.
The changes were made to satisfy the recommendation of the Board of Finance on March 29 that the budget be brought down to no more than 2 percent over this year’s budget. The fiscal year begins July 1.
The previous budget bottom line proposal for the coming fiscal year was $3,758,345, a 3.98 percent increase.

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