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SHARON — “Tell me when you want it to stop,” eighth-grader Aliza Luminati said as she showed visitors to a small slice of horror, part of her display at the Sharon Center Academic Fair. The video she was playing was certainly filled with blood and gore, and could leave a viewer feeling a bit queasy, but it wasn’t from any schlock slasher production. 

Rather, a marine veterinarian team was operating on a sea turtle, the front of its face dripping in red and the tip of a plastic straw protruding from one nostril. By the end of the video, the entire straw...

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Bird Watch

This barred owl has been making daylight appearances in backyards and in wooded areas around Salisbury this week. 

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Bug Watch

Sharon resident Michelle Alfandari found this terrifying little bug on her bathroom floor last weekend and sent this photo to The Lakeville Journal, asking for help with identifying it.
Wendy Miller from the Audubon Center in Sharon responded and said it is “a pseudoscorpion, which is an arachnid (related to spiders.) These are not typically seen because they are so small. They do not harm humans, and they eat some larvae that could be pests to humans.”

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For Paley’s, 35th season

SHARON — The maple sap runs, the frozen ground turns to mud, migratory birds begin to reappear and Paley’s Farm Market opens for a new season. In the Tri-state area, these are traditional indicators that winter and snow are on their way out and decent human living conditions are about to return.
Paley’s is one of the few remaining farm stand/garden centers in the area that closes for the winter and opens in the spring. 

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The joy of sharing a good story on a cold winter’s eve

SHARON – Over stacks of delivery pizza boxes as tall as some of the toddlers, Sharon Day Care Center Director Carrie Olsen welcomed parents and children on Friday, March 17, to a special after-hours celebration. 
Many of the teachers woreshamrock green, and there were paper pots of “gold” hanging on the walls, but the Sharon Day Care was not celebrating St. Patrick’s Day. They were there for what Olsen dubbed their first “Literacy Night.” 

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Sharon education costs will decrease

SHARON – The Board of Education at Sharon Center School will present a budget proposal showing a decrease in spending of 0.18 percent for 2017-18 ($7,639) when compared with current-year totals.  
This budget proposal was approved by the education board at their meeting March 13 at Sharon Center School, clearing the way to submit the proposed budget to the finance board for review.

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A swan dive to rescue trapped birds

SHARON – The Audubon Center in Sharon received a phone call tip on Sunday morning, March 12, saying that two swans seemed to be either ill or dead or trapped in the ice on Indian Lake, which is the water body on the side of the Millerton Road between Sharon and Millerton.
Audubon licensed wildlife rehabilitator Johanna Walton was sent to evaluate the situation. She called Todd Anderson, chief of the Sharon Fire Department, and he then called Jason Wilson, chief of the Lakeville Hose Company. 

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Bird Watch

An extremely rare leucistic downy woodpecker was spotted in the Northwest Corner on Friday, March 10. A call was placed to the Audubon Center in Sharon, and Director Sean Grace immediately called talented avian photographer Alexander Kearney to see if he could get to the bird and photograph it.
The word leucistic is used to describe the bird’s extremely pale plumage, similar to when a human is albino.
Grace said it’s likely that the bird will remain in the area as a year-round resident.
— Cynthia Hochswender

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Hospital’s return to nonprofit explained at forum

SHARON — Making the case that “it’s time for us to make a change,” top administrators from Sharon Hospital and RCCH (formerly Essent) explained at a community forum in Sharon on March 16 that health care laws and taxes have made it unprofitable and illogical for RCCH to continue to own the 78-bed community hospital.

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Blagden takes on the art shows at Sharon gallery

SHARON – A varied exhibit of works by area artists will be on display at the Sharon Town Hall through May. One of the notable themes is that all of the nine artists being shown are men. This exhibit will be followed by a showing of works by women artists, inviting comparison between the two showings, a concept devised by show coordinator Zelina Blagden in her first year in charge of the Town Hall gallery.
“It will be interesting to see what themes may parlay through the separation of the two groups,” Blagden said.  

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Grumblings about gravel roads

Gravel roads in Sharon will be inspected in the coming weeks, following discussion of road conditions at the Tuesday, Feb.  28, selectmen’s meeting.
Responding to residents’ concerns about the condition of the 30 miles of gravel roads in town — aggravated by the fact that the ground did not freeze sufficiently this winter to provide a firm base — the  selectmen termed it “a constant battle” with road conditions.
First Selectman Brent Colley praised the work of town road crews.  

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