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SHARON — Moving a step closer to banning the use of plastic bags in town, as proposed by the Sharon Energy and Environment Commission (SEEC), the Sharon selectmen at a recent meeting agreed to start the process to draft an ordinance.

SEEC member Oscar Martinez has conducted a survey of merchants and found reasonable support for such an ordinance. SEEC Chair Carolyn Mattoon has been researching possible wording for the ordinance.

Selectman Jessica Fowler asked the commission members to choose one from among three ordinances and present the results to the selectmen. At...

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Journalism matters, and it’s fun

SHARON — In 2018, journalists were among the many groups that were targeted across the nation for hate crimes. A particularly low point was the murder of five reporters in the newsroom of the Capital Gazette, a newspaper in Maryland, at the end of June. 
On the Sunday after the shooting, Harry Smith did a moving “essay” on the NBC show Sunday Today with Willie Geist about small-town newspapers and the important contribution they make to their communities. It included images and mentions of The Lakeville Journal and The Millerton News.

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2018: Vim, vigor, variety at Playhouse

SHARON — Like a phoenix rising from the ashes of a disastrous 2017 season, Sharon Playhouse entered 2018 with new leaders — Alan M-L Wager, artistic director; Robert Levenstein, managing director — who declared two goals: to make the playhouse an all-year entertainment venue and to capitalize on the talented community members they found here by including them in productions.

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Counting crows … and eagles, owls, cardinals & woodpeckers

SHARON — To the unsuspecting, there were some odd sightings around town on Sunday, Dec. 30. Grown men whistled, chirped and cawed. Strangers stared with binoculars into residents’ backyard birdfeeders. People drove around in frigid, 27-degree weather with their windows rolled down. Small crowds stood in the middle of fields or forests, their eyes glued to the sky.

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Voting results: Transfer station cost increase accepted by voters

SALISBURY/SHARON — At town meetings Wednesday, Dec. 19, and Thursday, Dec. 20, residents of Salisbury and Sharon approved appropriations of about $507,000 per town to cover the cost of building the new Salisbury-Sharon Transfer Station.
The vote (by paper ballot) in Salisbury was 57 yes votes to 9 no votes. In Sharon, the resolution was approved by unanimous voice vote by about 60 residents.

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Salisbury/Sharon transfer station cost increase accepted by voters

SALISBURY/SHARON — At town meetings Wednesday, Dec. 19 and Thursday, Dec. 20, residents of Salisbury and Sharon approved appropriations of about $507,000 per town to cover the cost of building the new Salisbury-Sharon Transfer Station.

Christ Church welcomes new priest

SHARON — The Rev. Dr. Martha Tucker is still settling in after her first month of service in the ministry of Christ Church Episcopal in Sharon. She began on Nov. 18, and offers infectious enthusiasm about her new position and the church.
One of the impressive historic churches in the town center, Christ Church Episcopal is well-positioned for growth through the ministry of its new priest-in-charge.

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Foul weather delays Christmas Bird Count

SHARON — Icy rain put a damper on the Trixie Strauss Christmas Bird Count, which had been scheduled to take place on Sunday, Dec. 16. 
The annual event, which was to be preceded by a free winter bird walk at the Sharon Audubon Center, was postponed until after Christmas due to predicted adverse weather conditions, according to Eileen Fielding, the Audubon Center’s director.  As of press time, the new date for the count and walk had not yet been determined.

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Plans for Green win approval at town meeting

SHARON — Water drainage problems around the Sharon Green can now be solved following action by voters who assembled at a town meeting on Friday, Dec. 7.
The voters agreed to appropriate up to $496,000 for a Sharon Green Rehabilitation Project.
The meeting was attended by 15 town residents, most of whom voted to approve the project, with a minority voting to oppose the plan.

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Historical easement is now open in Sharon

SHARON — John Purdy of Sharon has recently completed his Eagle Scout project. He has been a member of Boy Scout Troop 24 since he was six and has worked his way up through Cub Scout and Boy Scout levels.

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Bringing light to darkness with menorah ceremony

SHARON — Participation in the annual lighting of the Hanukkah menorah on the Sharon Green doubled this year, with 12 people taking part in the ceremony on Sunday evening, Dec. 2. 
The menorah lighting ceremony began with Lynn Kearcher reading a brief history of the story of Hanukkah. 
She ended by saying, “Hanukkah is about transforming the negative to the positive. The holiday falls after nightfall, symbolically taking a dark cold environment and brightening it with candle light.  

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