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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 Center School’s class of 2018 says: Be kind

SHARON — In the face of the unknown, it’s good to have friends by your side. Moving on from eighth to ninth grade might seem like a simple transition year in the eyes of an adult, but as class essayist Janay Gregory reminded the audience, the world is always a better place with just a little more empathy. 
As Sharon Center School celebrated its promotion ceremony on Wednesday evening, June 20, her speech was a topical plea for thoughtfulness. 

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Juveniles suspected of racist vandalism arrested in Sharon

SHARON — Several juveniles, whose ages range from 14 to 15 years old, and were described by police as white males, were arrested between June 9 and June 14 by Troop B in an alleged connection to a series of break-ins on Upper Main Street in Sharon between March 7 and March 18. The break-ins included the graffiti of what Troop B cited in its news release as  “racist symbols.”
The charges against the juveniles include criminal trespassing, larceny, reckless endangerment and intimidation due to bias.

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Van Doren brings New Yorker to life

SHARON — To learn more about Harold Ross and the profoundly human story of how The New Yorker magazine came about, come to The Hotchkiss Library of Sharon on Sunday, June 10, at 4 p.m.
Cornwall resident Adam Van Doren will screen his new work, “Top Hat and Tales: Harold Ross and the Making of The New Yorker.” He will offer glimpses into the making of this documentary and how it evolved, including the difficulty of finding images of his extremely private subject.

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Vintage fashion and new basics you need at B. Johnstone

SHARON  — B. Johnstone & Co. has left its intimate boutique in Kent for a new location in Sharon, which opened on Friday, May 18. 
The store had become a shopping destination in Kent, counting actress Katie Holmes and “Sex and the City” author Candace Bushnell among its customers.
Stylist and designer Bartley Johnstone’s shop at the Sharon shopping plaza has everything the Litchfield County shopper could want. Walk in wearing   Hunter boots and jeans — and try on a Lanvin dress, a ruffled Marni parka. 

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In Sharon, it was a grand parade

The Memorial Day parade went off without a hitch under cloudy but brightening skies, as Sharon residents and visitors gathered along the main thoroughfare to remember the fallen and to honor those who have served in the military. 

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Watering the flowers of 2018’s Trade Secrets

SHARON — April showers bring May flowers, but the rain didn’t stop anyone from shopping for blooms and plants on Saturday morning, May 19, the garden-sale day of this year’s two-day Trade Secrets fundraiser for Women’s Support Services in Sharon.
The sale was followed with garden tours on Sunday, May 20.

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Progress and promises from Sharon Hospital

SHARON — At a State of the Hospital presentation to community members on Wednesday, May 16, Sharon Hospital President Peter Cordeau gave a characteristically upbeat picture of where the care center has come from and where it’s headed.
The talk, held at Sharon Town Hall, recapped the past nine months, since Sharon Hospital joined the New York State-based Health Quest group.

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Well-known Secrets

Dana Brandwein Oates was one of the vendors at Trade Secrets, held in Sharon last weekend, selling handmade porcelain ware she crafts for dbO Home. For story and another photo, see Watering the flowers of 2018’s Trade Secrets.

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Sharon voters give nod to new budget plans

SHARON — Voters unanimously approved all budget proposals at the annual town meeting, held Friday, May 11, at Town Hall. 
No comments were offered by the 60 residents attending. All of the votes on all of the items were passed unanimously. John Perotti served as moderator.
A strong voice vote approved the budgets as presented by the finance board, showing total expenditures for the selectmen’s side of $4,609,567, up by $134,729 over current year levels. 
The fiscal year begins July 1.

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Much to review for little critics

SHARON — Lest one think that a children’s art show might be pint-sized, Standard Space gallery owner Theo Coulombe was busy Friday, May 4, making labels for more than 100 pieces by students pre-kindergarten through eighth grade from Sharon Center School, Salisbury Central School, Kent Center School, North Canaan Elementary School, Cornwall Consolidated School and Lee H. Kellogg School, all submitted by the art teachers. 

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