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SHARON — Annie O. Trowbridge, daughter of Thomas and Nancy Trowbridge of Sharon and New York, was married at Christ Church Episcopal in Sharon on Aug. 27, 2016, to Duncan McA. S. Sinclair of New York. The Rev. Jon Widing married the couple. Duncan’s brother, Gibbons, was his best man and Annie’s sister, Carrie, was her matron of honor.

The night before the wedding, a rehearsal dinner was held at the Sharon home of the bride’s parents for the wedding party, members of the bride’s and groom’s families and out-of-town guests. Annie and Duncan...

Sharon

A more positive year for Sharon students

Skills to help middle school students learn and to keep up with their grade level were reviewed by leaders of the intervention program at Sharon Center School in a presentation to the Board of Education at their meeting on Monday, Feb. 13.
Presenting the program were Jill Pace, sixth-grade language arts teacher, and Jennifer Dietter, fifth-grade language arts teacher.  

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How Sharon roads are plowed, sanded

A dwindling road salt supply was reported by the road foreman at the meeting of the Board of Selectmen on Tuesday, Feb. 14, although a new delivery was expected to be received in a day or two after numerous phone calls to the town’s supplier.

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The state and the ash borer eat away at town funds

Continuing to assemble departmental requests for the coming fiscal year, the Sharon selectmen held a workshop session on Tuesday, Feb. 21, at Town Hall to examine the proposals received so far. The major missing pieces stem from contract negotiations still underway.
The selectmen also noted that the largest potential increase may come from the town’s education budget needing to support teachers’ pensions, formerly covered by state funding.

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Building repairs, state cuts push up Sharon budget

The Board of Education’s first draft budget shows a 6.95 percent increase ($464,777) over this year’s budget. 
Several more budget workshops are planned. 
“It will be a very tough budget year,” board Chair Douglas Cahill said at the meeting on Monday, Feb 13. He said that some items might need to be pulled out of this year’s spending plan, with the hope that they can be included in the 2018-19 plan.

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Budget, parking plans begin

The Board of Selectmen began assembling information for the 2017-18 municipal budget proposal at a meeting on Feb. 14.
The second budget workshop was held Feb. 21; a third will be held Tuesday, Feb. 28, at 3:30 p.m. at Town Hall.  They hope to finalize the draft budget on March 14 and then present it to the Board of Finance on March 21.

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Crafting Valentine’s Day gifts out of metal

Blacksmith Will Trowbridge has been busy at the forge next to his house in Sharon, making valentine-type gifts to sell at his new shop in the village, Wild Iron Forge.
For pet lovers, there are small, metal tags to attach to the collars of beloved dogs. He can customize them with your pet’s name.

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From the brushes of young artists, water lilies in winter

Robin Yuran had a full room of budding talent for her Young Matisse class on Saturday morning, Feb. 4, at the Hotchkiss Library of Sharon. Every Saturday at 11 a.m. through the end of February, Yuran invites children ages 6 and up to join her in the library, roll up their sleeves and get in touch with their artistic side. 

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New arrest on child porn charges

Donald Simmons, 58, was arrested again on charges of possessing child pornography by the state police on Feb. 2, 2017.
The charges date back to 2015. The police interrogation of Simmons took place at the Osborn Correctional Institution in Somers, Conn., where according to the police arrest warrant he has been incarcerated for almost two years.
Simmons, a former resident of Sharon Valley Road, was convicted in 1995 of harassment in the second degree, and in 2010 of sexual assault in the second degree, tampering with a witness and violation of probation.

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The joys and benefits of working together 

SHARON — What do narwhals, Inuits, dentistry, eco heroes, sustainable expeditions and Canada’s 150th birthday have in common? What ties all those disparate threads together is husband-and-wife team Dr. Martin Nweeia and Pamela Peeters. The Sharon residents were invited to represent the United States at the American embassy in Ottawa in a series of talks centered on collaboration between the countries in celebration of the 150th anniversary of Canada. 

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Guilty verdict for second of four charged in Vitalis killing

SHARON — The second of the three men accused of murdering 23-year-old Luke Vitalis at his Sharon home in August 2012 was convicted on  Wednesday, Feb. 1, in Litchfield Superior Court of murder during the commission of a felony, murder and six other charges, including home invasion and tampering with physical evidence.
The conviction of Hiral Patel, 28, a resident of Branford, Conn., followed that of his cousin Niraj Patel on Feb. 4, 2016. Still to be tried are the alleged shooter, Michael Calabrese, and Niraj Patel’s younger brother, Shyam. 

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