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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.” 

For the small children in attendance, “literacy” might have been a $5 word,...

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Sharon man accused of running Ponzi scheme

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SHARON — Sharon resident Alvin Wilkinson has been accused of running a Ponzi scheme by the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois’ eastern division.
Although he lives in Sharon, Wilkinson’s businesses are registered in Chicago and Puerto Rico, according to court documents. 

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Avoiding conflicts in town

SHARON — Have you ever been annoyed because two events you wanted to go to — say, a fundraiser at the school and an author’s talk at the library — were scheduled for the same evening?
Chances are that the folks who sponsored those events weren’t happy about it either, because scheduling conflicts like that cut into their attendance.

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Field of solar panels will help power Sharon Center

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SHARON — Sharon Center School will soon get a field full of solar panels at no cost.
The solar array will be paid for by the Connecticut Greenbank and built and managed by Kingspan Energy. 
The panels will provide electricity to the school at a fixed cost of 14.2 cents per kilowatt hour. The school was paying 17.5 cents this year. The cost is locked in for the next 20 years, which will be very helpful to the school during its annual budgeting process. 

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History alive: Being Jewish in Amenia

Sharon Historical Society looks at immigrants

SHARON — “It brought history into the present,” Norman Osofsky said when asked about his initial reaction to the new exhibit, “A Chance for Land and Fresh Air: Jewish Immigrant Farmers, Hoteliers and Shopkeepers in Sharon and Amenia, 1907-1940,” at the Sharon Historical Society. 

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Horses help war vets ‘really come home’

SHARON — There’s a unique connection between horses and humans. Dogs might have earned the title of  “man’s best friend,” but horses have a special place on the anthropocentric radar, too.
Jane Strong, a Sharon resident, has created a program that emphasizes that connection, called The Equus Effect. Horses help military veterans who have returned from active duty.

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Social justice, community outreach at Silver Lake

SHARON — In the Northwest Corner bubble, few organizations are as socially in tune on the national level as Silver Lake Conference Center.

A striking “Black Lives Matter” sign posted at the center’s entrance communicates a clear message: Silver Lake doesn’t shy away from engaging the issues that dominate this country’s quest for social justice.

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HVRHS junior examines invasives

By Gabe Lefferts

 

SHARON — Lauren Murtagh, a junior at Housatonic Valley Regional High School, led an educational walk at Sharon Audubon Center on a chilly Saturday afternoon, Nov. 12.

Her focus was on invasive plant species, specifically seven plants that she identified both in the surrounding landscape and from pre-picked stems.

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Selectmen takin’ care of business

SHARON — The Board of Selectmen took action on three items and tabled a fourth at its meeting on Monday, Nov. 7.

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Scores reported for the weekly duplicate bridge tables in Sharon

SHARON — There were six full tables for duplicate bridge on Oct. 19 at St. Bernard’s Church. Playing five boards a round and having a skip after three rounds, all pairs played 25 boards. The average score was 50. 
For North South pairs, in first with 56.5 points (56.5 percent) were Trish Stimpson and Harry Hall; in second with 56 points (56 percent) were Alice Platt and Warren White, and in third with 51 points (51 percent) were Norma Bartholomew and Tom Burke. 

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Bargain Barn theft yields second arrest

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SHARON — The second person accused of breaking into the Bargain Barn thrift shop in Sharon in September has been arrested.
William Gallagher, 40, of Ancram, N.Y., was arrested in Columbia County and then extradited to Connecticut on Nov. 4.
Gallagher and Michelle Dinsmore, who was arrested on Sept. 30, are accused of breaking into the second-hand store, which is owned by Tristate Communications (which also owns the NPR radio station WHDD).

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