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SHARON — The Sharon selectmen scheduled a town meeting for Friday, Aug. 23, to approve modifications to existing ordinances concerning such topics as the numbers of hard copies of proposed budgets to be produced in advance of the annual budget town meetings in view of the growing number of people who access the information on the town’s website; an amendment to the building fees subsection; and amendments to the ordinances governing highway construction and driveways. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at Town Hall.

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Richard Hanwacker, M.D., leaving Sharon for U.S. Army

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SHARON — “There are times when factors come together causing changes in our lives.” Sharon primary care physician Richard Hanwacker said that is the explanation for closing his medical office on Aug.31.
“Mandated changes in the medical system are making it very difficult for sole practitioners to survive. A new law will bring a serious increase in operating costs making most private solo medical offices unable to remain as viable businesses,” Hanwacker said.

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Internship program at Historical Society is a mix of young and old

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SHARON — It was a productive mixture of young and old this summer as the Sharon Historical Society hosted its first internship program, in partnership with the Housatonic Youth Service Bureau.
“We decided to do it because we have a backlog of work that needs to be done with archives,” explained Marge Smith, who is the society’s assistant director.
“Museum attendance is down as people look more and more to the Internet,” she said. “So that’s what the interns are doing: preparing as much of our data as possible for the Internet.”

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Answers will help town to fill housing needs

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SHARON — A major housing needs survey of Sharon is currently underway sponsored by HousingUs, an initiative of Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, the Northwest Connecticut Regional Planning Collaborative, the Sharon Housing Trust and the town of Sharon.
A mailing sent to all Sharon addresses by the Board of Selectmen noted, “The results of this survey will be used to create the kinds of specific housing our community needs for our seniors, young families, employees and town volunteers, but we can’t do it without your input.”

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Hotline volunteers needed at Women’s Support Services

SHARON—Women’s Support Services is working hard to combat domestic violence in the community by providing counseling services, advocates for victims in criminal courts, community education outreach programs, support groups and a 24-hour crisis hotline. The organization relies on volunteers in all areas and in particular, is in need of additional hotline volunteers.

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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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