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SHARON — Last month, 75 devoted aficionados of traditional folk music — singers and musicians, professionals and amateurs alike — gathered at Sharon’s Silver Lake Conference Center to mark 58 years of Folk-Legacy Records, the legendary independent folk-music label run by longtime Sharon residents Caroline Paton and her late husband, Sandy Paton.

Conceived and organized by their 30-year-old granddaughter, Linnea Paton, who led a Friday night concert with her sisters Shannon, 22, and Juliana, 19, the Folk-Legacy Weekend also celebrated Caroline Paton...

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Sharon turns off its televisions, children still have fun

karaw@lakevillejournal.com

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

karaw@lakevillejournal.com

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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Emma Okell named Governor’s Scholar

karaw@lakevillejournal.com

SHARON — Sharon resident Emma Okell, a 17-year-old junior at Housatonic Valley Regional High School, has been selected as a Governor’s Scholar for the state of Connecticut.
Each year, one junior is nominated from every high school in the state to write an essay that will qualify him or her to win the scholarship. Out of 169 essays, 30 were chosen, including the one that Emma wrote about what it means to be a scholar and an intellectual.

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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

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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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