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SHARON — Pausing to honor a lifetime of service to the Inland Wetlands and Water Course Commission, the Sharon selectmen welcomed state Rep. Maria Horn (D-64) who presented Sharon resident Edward Kirby with a citation awarded by the state General Assembly. The recognition was officially presented at the Board of Selectmen’s meeting on Tuesday, July 9.

“This is one of the great privileges of my office,” Horn said during the presentation of the official citation voted by the state’s General Assembly. The framed award speaks of Kirby’s 47 years of...

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Health providers learn about law and immigrants

SHARON — The Sharon-based Foundation for Community Health, in collaboration with Catholic Charities in Dutchess County, presented a forum June 22 on laws that have an impact on social and health service providers who serve immigrants.
Approximately 25 service providers from the Northwest Corner, southeast Columbia County and northeast Duchess County gathered on Wednesday, June 22, at the foundation’s Sharon offices to learn about laws that affect their interactions with immigrants.

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14 from Sharon Center School step forward to high school

By Cynthia Hochswender
SHARON — Sharon Center School’s class of 2011 moved up on Thursday night from eighth grade to high school in a ceremony that was brisk and, for the most part, unemotional. There were no notable displays of tears or laughter. The students didn’t seem especially eager to leave elementary school, nor did they seem especially keen on remaining in its safe cocoon.

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Summer reading party at Hotchkiss Library

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SHARON — The Hotchkiss Library of Sharon kicked off its summer reading program with an outdoor party on Saturday, June 18.
Gretchen Hachmeister, library board member and chairwoman of the event, said the program usually attracts about 60 youngsters. They range from toddlers (who have stories read to them) to teens. This is the first year that the library has hosted a party at the beginning of the program. Usually there is a celebration at the end of summer; this year,there will be an ice cream party. Children who complete the program will receive a gift from the library.

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Concert benefits church, historical society

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SHARON — For the first time, the Sharon Historical Society and the Sharon Congregational Church sponsored a joint concert to raise funds for preservation of both buildings.
The concert, held at the church, featured the husband-and wife team of flutist Keren Schweitzer and cellist Jason Lippmann, who perform together as Duo Daru.
Approximately 50 people attended the concert, including a number of teenagers.

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Faustwork Mask Theatre performs for students

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SHARON — During a special assembly at Sharon Center School (SCS) on June 6, students were treated to a program of “talking masks.”
Faustwork Mask Theatre of Toronto, Canada, presented a performance that explored the many different ways that masks have been used throughout history.
The company was founded by Robert Faust and has performed for students and adult audiences around the world since 1983. Faust remains the troupe’s artistic director.

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Housing Trust tops list for state grant requests

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SHARON — At a special meeting on June 10, the Board of Selectmen made a final decision on a state Small Town Economic Assistance Program (STEAP) grant application. First Selectman Robert Loucks and Selectmen John Mathews and Meg Szalewicz were all in attendance.
Loucks said Sharon was eligible to submit an application for up to a $500,000 grant. Applying for the authorized maximum grant amount does not mean it will be automatically granted. While the Sharon 2010 STEAP application was for $305,000, only $77,000 was awarded by the state.

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Power outage slows road work

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SHARON — The Board of Selectmen held a special meeting Friday morning, June 10, to review road repair work progress.
Bill Champagne, project manager for Waters Construction Company of New Milford, the project contractor, reported that work is currently being done on Sharon Mountain Road, Jewitt Hill Road, Fairchild Road, Jackson Hill Road, Low Road and Williams Road.
Because of the storm on Thursday evening, there was no electricity at the paving plant, he said, so there could be no paving that Friday, but related work would go ahead.

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Chore Service garden party July 9

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SHARON — The Chore Service will hold its third annual Garden Party on Saturday, July 9, at the home of Ann Goodbody, from 5 to 7:30 p.m.
The 19-year-old Chore Service has 250 clients and 100 workers serving the towns of North Canaan, Cornwall, Falls Village, Kent, Norfolk, Sharon and Salisbury. Local workers are hired to help out the elderly and disabled with cleaning, yard work, errands, laundry and other essential chores.
The Chore Service helps the elderly and disabled remain in their homes rather than having to move to an assisted living facility or other housing option.

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Hope and perseverance are the themes in Webber’s new book

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SHARON — In 1827, at age 19, illiterate and scared, James Pennington escaped from slavery — and soon became one of the leading voices against slavery in the United States prior to the Civil War.
The life of this Yale-educated minister is chronicled in a new book, “American to the Backbone,” by the Rev. Christopher L. Webber, a Sharon resident.
Webber, who is happy to be called Chris, said he wanted to write about Pennington and his life as a way to inspire contemporary African-American teenagers and offer them a positive role model.

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Sounds of spring concert

Students in kindergarten through grade five performed in the spring concert at Sharon Center School May 26. Third-graders played “Go Tell Aunt Rhody” on recorder.

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