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There was a little rain in the morning and a threat of afternoon showers. But the weather turned out to be generally perfect on Saturday, Aug. 3, for the 60th annual Sharon Craft Fair on the Green. 

“It was good. No, it was great,” said organizer Matt Andrulis Mette at about 2 p.m. The sky was  just turning dark and a strong wind was just picking up. Some of the vendors were packing up their tents and wares and preparing to leave. But, as Mette noted, by 2 p.m. most had already had a pretty good day, with lots of visitors and lots of sales. 

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Modest changes in 2019-20 spending

SHARON — The Board of Education and Board of Selectmen in Sharon presented their proposed 2019-20 budgets to the Board of Finance on Tuesday, March 19.
The proposed municipal budget shows total town expenditures of $4,714,689, up from the current year’s budget of $4,602,767, a difference of $111,922 (or 2.4 percent).
The proposed education budget shows local expenditures of $4,258,983, down from the current year’s total of $6,693,631, a savings of $488 (or .01 percent).

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Air quality monitoring approved by selectmen

SHARON — Joining with area towns in an effort to monitor air quality, the Board of Selectmen voted to fund installation of equipment to do just that, at their meeting on Tuesday, March 12.
The monitor will establish base line data in advance of the completion of construction of the Cricket Valley Energy plant in Dover, N.Y.  The two-year contract will allow the town to monitor air quality once the plant begins operations next year.  The projected cost of the monitoring station is $4,500 to $5,000.

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Chilly nights, sunny days, time to gather maple sap and boil it for syrup

SHARON — It’s that special time of year, when the nights are very cold but the days are relatively warm and sunny. This is the season when sap shoots up through the trunks of the sugar maple trees, and the season when sugar makers collect the sap and boil it down into maple syrup. 
The Sharon Audubon Center hosted its annual Maple Fest on Saturday, March 16, to share the lore and history of this New England tradition.

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Education spending will dip in Sharon

SHARON — The Sharon Board of Education spending plan for the coming year shows a slight decrease from this year’s budget. The board voted at its meeting on Monday, March 11, to submit the proposed budget to the Board of Finance for review. 
The proposed education budget for Sharon shows total expenditures of $4,258,983, down from the current year’s budget of $4,259,472. The reduction amounts to $489.

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Voters OK lease agreement at special town meeting

SHARON — By unanimous vote at a brief special town meeting on Thursday, Feb. 21, voters in Sharon agreed to the signing of a new five-year lease with Tri-State Public Communications, located in a town-owned building next to Town Hall at 67 Main St. 
The vote was unanimous, approving a rent increase of 5.3 percent. Tri-State is the parent company of NPR radio station WHDD, also known as Robin Hood Radio.

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Paley’s market to open anew March 30

SHARON — It’s late February and seeds need to be ordered and pansies need to be coaxed to life in the greenhouse and Charlie Paley is on vacation. This is possible because Paley has new partners at his eponymous farm market on Route 343 in Sharon: His sister, Sarah (Paley) Coon and her husband, Chris.
This is a relatively new development for Paley’s Farm Market but Paley was confident nonetheless that he could leave things in the hands of his sister and his brother-in-law. 

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Tell me a story, please!

SHARON — On Wednesday, Feb. 27, it was Sharon Center School’s turn to host Read Aloud Day, and invite members of the community to read to students. Many other schools in the Region One School District held their Read Aloud Day on Feb. 14.
Every grade was read to, from early kindergarten through eighth. 

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Playground remodel is a consideration

SHARON — Aging playground equipment at the Sharon town beach may be replaced as early as the spring following discussion at the Board of Selectmen’s meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 13.
The present system, now paint-chipped and deteriorating, although structurally sound, has been in place for an estimated 40 years, Donna Christensen, chair of the Parks and Recreation Commission, told the selectmen.  

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Olive oil never tasted so good

SHARON — A loaf of bread, a jug of wine, and thou. If you complement that scene imagined in Omar Khayyam’s “Rubaiyat,” with a bottle of fine, imported early harvest olive oil, you could enjoy an even better time.  The fortunate 50 participants who gathered for an olive oil tasting sponsored by the Hotchkiss Library of Sharon and held at the Town Hall on Sunday, Feb. 10, learned how to distinguish among the various oils, their sources, aromas, textures and taste elements. 

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Cordeau leaves Sharon Hospital

SHARON, Conn. — Health Quest announced on Tuesday, Jan. 29, that Sharon Hospital President Peter Cordeau would leave for a new position as president of Norwalk Hospital. 
Denise George, the interim president as of Feb. 4, will serve while a search is conducted for a new head of Sharon Hospital. 
George is president of Northern Dutchess Hospital in Rhinebeck, N.Y., and senior vice president of Health Quest. The search will be led by members of the hospital’s community Board of Directors, medical staff and Health Quest administrators.

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