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SHARON — Christ Church in Sharon hosted its third annual Blessing of the Animals on Sunday, Oct. 7, and it was happily attended by many affectionate and adorable four-legged parishioners and their devoted owners. 

The ceremony started in the church’s Pet Memorial Garden, where the Rev. Elizabeth Krantz-Wee read a moving and appropriate verse and a prayer for all present. 

Awaiting blessing were dogs, one fine horse and one timid cat, who decided the odds weren’t good and stayed in his box. 

Cider and doughnuts then welcomed the...

Sharon

To celebrate history of Woman’s Club, an exhibit and a tea party

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SHARON — The Sharon Woman’s Club celebrated an exhibition of the club’s history at the Sharon Historical Society with a reception on Sunday, Feb. 20.
Much of the exhibit was put together by club member Judy Albright and consisted of poster boards detailing the club’s accomplishments during each decade of its existence.
Many of the women looking at the displays recalled memories of the past, when they attended Woman’s Club events as children.

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Site plan shows details, design of new Sharon Ridge buildings

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SHARON — Representatives from the Sharon Housing Authority (SHA), as well as an architect and civil engineer who are working to design the three new buildings planned for the Sharon Ridge affordable housing development, presented a site plan to Sharon’s Planning and Zoning Commission on Wednesday, Feb. 9, at the commission’s regular monthly meeting.
Present at the meeting were SHA Chair Mike Silverman, Vice Chair Lea Davies and architects Randi Westermann of Paul B. Bailey Architect LLC and Glen Martin of TO Design LLC.

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Read Aloud Day brings together students, teachers, community

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SHARON — Thirteen representatives from the community visited Sharon Center School on Wednesday, Feb. 9, to read books aloud to each class.
The school was one of many that participated in this year’s Read Aloud Day, which has been happening annually for 20 years.

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Library expands hours, offers new programs

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SHARON — The Hotchkiss Library of Sharon has recently been focusing on ways to improve the library and make its materials as accessible as possible to community members.
In addition, the library is coming up with new ways to expand library membership and usage.
Several community-oriented events have been held in the building recently, including art shows, receptions and talks.

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McGuire’s paintings play with local views

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SHARON — Colleen McGuire never expected to be a resident of a rural area.
The painter, a native of Canada who always considered herself a city dweller, moved to Sharon more than a decade ago and says she now couldn’t imagine living away from the countryside — and from the rural vistas and views that are a focus of her work.
McGuire’s canvases are on display at the Hotchkiss Library of Sharon, in a solo exhibit that opened Feb. 1.

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Love in miniature at Barrington Bites

SHARON — “Cupcakes are a big deal now, and have been for two to three years,” says Barrington Bites co-owner (and Sharon resident) Wendy Weinberg.
Despite the growth in popularity of these sweet treats, Weinberg and her partner, Sherri Gorelick, prefer to keep things small.
In a miniature shop in the back of The Chef’s Shop on Railroad Street in Great Barrington, the two bakers make and sell miniature cupcakes in a massive variety of flavors.

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Historical Society celebrates valentines

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SHARON — A tradition continued on Saturday, Feb. 5, when the Sharon Historical Society hosted 16 children and seven adults for its annual Valentine’s Day Tea.
The day was divided into two parts: a Valentine-making session and a formal tea service.
The tea has been an annual highlight of late winter for the past eight or nine years, according to Sharon Historical Society Director Liz Shapiro, who planned the tea with Kathy Amiet, the children’s librarian at the Hotchkiss Library of Sharon.

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