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SHARON – Budgets were the focus of the Board of Finance meeting on Tuesday, March 21, as the Board of Education (BOE) and the Board of Selectmen (BOS) presented their proposed 2017-18 budgets and responded to finance board members’ questions.

Acquainting the finance board with the education proposal, BOE Chairman Doug Cahill noted that the budget total is down 0.17 percent from this year, a decrease of $11,446.  The new budget total is $6,675,063.  

The current enrollment of 155 students is expected to decline to an estimated 144, although enrollment...

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Additional charges against Gallagher for thefts

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SHARON — William Gallagher, 40, of Millerton was arrested by the Connecticut State Police on Nov. 21 on charges relating to one of three break-ins at the Bargain Barn in Sharon. He was also charged with stealing money from his brother’s home in September.
Gallagher had already been arrested on Nov. 4 in Columbia County for one of the Bargain Barn break-ins; he was then extradited to Connecticut. 

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Several new charges for Ray Sprague

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SHARON — New charges were filed against Raymond C. Sprague III, 28, of Sharon by the Connecticut State Police on Nov. 30.
Sprague was initially taken into police custody at the end of September following a domestic disturbance in Sharon. When state police arrived at his West Meadow Road residence on Sept. 26, they found that Sprague had left the property. 

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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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