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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...

Sharon

Road repairs — after mud season

karaw@lakevillejournal.com

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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Celebrating Seuss at Sharon Center School

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SHARON — Wockets, stroodels and cats in hats took over Sharon Center School on Wednesday, March 2, to celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday.
The influence of the writer, who would have been 107 this year, was found everywhere in the school, from the library to the art room to the cafeteria, where the students enjoyed a meal of green eggs and ham for lunch.
Librarian Judy Gafney and art teacher Lucia Gulino teamed up for what Gulino said is at least the third year of planning Seuss-themed activities for the students in honor of the famous author.

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TriArts seeks hosts for summer actors

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SHARON — The productions at TriArts Sharon Playhouse combine the talents of members of the community with professional actors who come from New York City or farther away. Many of the professionals stay with host families in surrounding towns while rehearsing and peforming. TriArts is now looking for volunteers to house an actor for five or six weeks.

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Second arrest for perjury in Ellis murder case

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SHARON — A second arrest for perjury has been made as Connecticut State Police continue their investigation of the murder of Sharon resident Floyd Ellis.
Ellis went missing in Sharon on the night of Monday, Sept. 20, 2004. His body was found floating in Webatuck Creek four days later on Sept. 24, 2004. His death was determined to be a homicide by the chief medical examiner after an autopsy and review of the police investigation into the case.
A $50,000 reward, first offered in 2007 for any information concerning Ellis’ death that leads to a conviction, has not yet been claimed.

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No maple syrup (yet) from Audubon’s sugar bush

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SHARON — Although the sugar maples at Sharon Audubon have been tapped and ready since Valentine’s Day, they’re still waiting for the spring sap to start running and fill the buckets and tubes attached to their trunks.
Maple sap is produced when the nights are below freezing and the days are sunny and above 40 degrees. The combination of the extreme cold at night and the more moderate temps during the day creates pressure that forces the sap up through the tree trunk and out any holes — such as those created in the spots where the trees have been tapped with metal spiles.

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Warm hearts and wishes at chili fundraiser for Sharon Woman’s Club

SHARON — The Sharon Woman’s Club hosted its seventh annual chili dinner at the firehouse on Saturday, Feb. 26, to the satisfaction of many local residents and their stomachs.
The dinner is held each year as a fundraiser for the local organizations that the Sharon Woman’s Club supports. The total amount raised on Saturday was not available at press time, but was estimated at about $1,500.

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Dog pound to be discussed at public hearing, March 9

SHARON — The Planning and Zoning Commission will host a public hearing at Town Hall on Wednesday, March 9, at 7:30 p.m. to discuss an application by the town of Sharon to construct a dog pound.
Public comment will be encouraged at the meeting, and any written communications received by the commission will be read aloud.
The pound would be built near the town garage on Sharon Station Road. The current dog pound is located inside the town garage, and doesn’t meet the state’s requirements for housing animals, according to First Selectman Bob Loucks.

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Life in the White House — and tales of a mischievous Jackie Kennedy

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SHARON — A group of fascinated children and adults got to hear first-hand stories of life in the nation’s capital from former White House Social Secretary Nancy Tuckerman.
Tuckerman’s talk on Sunday, Feb. 20, was part of the Hotchkiss Library of Sharon’s First Family Sunday. The celebration was held in honor of the library’s newly expanded schedule, which now includes Sunday hours.
For nearly an hour, Tuckerman answered questions and shared anecdotes about the Kennedy family, for whom she worked during her time in Washington, D.C.

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Selectmen have mixed feelings on Sharon Ridge expansion plans

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SHARON — After making a presentation of plans for the expansion of the Sharon Ridge development to the Planning and Zoning Commission on Feb. 9, Sharon Housing Authority Vice Chair Lea Davies brought the proposal to the Board of Selectmen on Feb. 15.
While the reaction of the Planning and Zoning Commission was largely positive, several dissenting opinions arose at the selectmen’s meeting.
The main opposition to the three new buildings planned for the Sharon Ridge affordable housing complex came from Selectman John Mathews.

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