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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...

Sharon

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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Maple mania at Sharon Audubon

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SHARON — The sap was no longer flowing from the maple trees at Sharon Audubon Center on Saturday, March 19, but that didn’t stop the staff and volunteers from holding their annual Maplefest anyway.
Throughout the sunny but cool day, Audubon offered free tours to the public, and demonstrated how sap is collected from maple trees on the property and then boiled slowly down at the sugarhouse into thick brown syrup.

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Sharon students take a trip around the world through dance

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SHARON — Students at Sharon Center School were taken on a voyage around the world on Monday, March 21, when the Connecticut Ballet visited the school to perform a program called World of Dance.
The program featured four dancers who each represented a different country: Peru, India, Indonesia and Brazil.
Each dancer wore a costume that corresponded to the dance he or she performed and the country it represented, and each took a moment to tell the audience what they were doing before they began their dance.

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Kestrel flees from Sharon Audubon Center

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SHARON — An American kestrel escaped from the Sharon Audubon Center around noon on Monday, March 21, and had not been found at presstime. At 7 to 8 inches long, the bird is the smallest falcon species in North America.
The bird escaped when the door to his cage blew open while a volunteer was feeding the birds and cleaning the cages.

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Sharon dog wins prestigious award at 2011 Westminster Kennel Club show

SHARON — At not quite two years of age, one local canine already has under her belt a transatlantic journey and a big win at the most prestigious dog show in the world.
Ilsa, a Bernese Mountain Dog, was imported from Belgium by owner Tiggie Gerli as a 10-week-old puppy in the summer of 2009. For Gerli, who has owned this large, handsome breed for 18 years and been very involved in breeding and showing them, finding Ilsa was the culmination of a long international search for a special female to breed to one of her top males.

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St. Patrick’s Day celebration at the American Legion

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SHARON — The turnout at the American Legion’s annual corned beef dinner was well above average last Saturday, March 12.
About 260 people attended this year’s meal, which featured corned beef, cabbage, potatoes, carrots, applesauce and dessert.
The chefs said they went through about 375 pounds of beef.
The $12 all-you-can-eat dinner raised about $3,400, which will help the American Legion pay for maintenance and operating expenses in the coming year.

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Public hearing on dog pound continues April 13

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SHARON — The Planning and Zoning Commission held a public hearing March 9 on plans for a new dog pound to be built in the Sharon Valley, behind the town garage. About nine people attended the meeting, including four who live near the proposed building site.
The town already has a dog pound, with three pens and an outdoor dog run. It is attached to the town garage. The facility does not meet state standards, however, and must be upgraded to include heat and a source of fresh water and it must be made easier to keep clean.

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Kelley photos at Town Hall Seeing the beauty that surrounds him

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SHARON — Photographs by Chris Kelley, a Sharon resident who has lived in the area for 18 years, are on display now at the Town Hall art gallery.
Photography is a bit of a departure for Kelley. He’s a voice-over artist who is perhaps best known for his work with ESPN, the sports channel, which is headquartered in Bristol, Conn. It’s Kelley’s voice that’s heard every night across America saying, “This is SportsCenter.”
Kelley got his start in the recording industry as a musician, back in the late 1970s.

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Road repairs — after mud season

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SHARON — As Sharon residents are starting to notice the effects of this uncommonly harsh winter on their town’s roads, they’re also starting to wonder when the town will begin making repairs.
First Selectman Bob Loucks ran for office on a promise that he would fix the roads. He began work last fall and said in an interview this week that his plan for a large-scale road repair project will indeed continue in the spring, although residents are going to have to wait for the winter weather to clear before they see any work done.

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It was a night of Korean culture at church

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SHARON — Methodist Church members rushed around finding new chairs and tables to accommodate the unexpectedly large crowd that turned out Friday night, March 4. The occasion? A night of Korean cooking and culture organized by the new pastor, the Rev. Kwang-Il Kim, and his wife, Young.
“We were surprised at how many people came,” Annie Choe, an owner of the Sharon Farm Market, said the next day. “We expected 50 or 60, and I think we had about 85 or 90.”

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