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SHARON — Betsey Mauro, executive director of Women’s Support Services (WSS) in Sharon, gave  the selectmen an update on the organization and the services it provides to families in crisis in the Northwest Corner.

WSS has seen 515 new clients in the past year, she said. Of those, 71 are children and 132 are men. 

“We provide safe emergency shelter,” she said, adding that 11 clients were sheltered in the last year. 

A resident of West Cornwall, Mauro is now in her second year as head of the organization.

She reported that...

Sharon

Slight rise in mill rate as Sharon OKs budgets

SHARON — By unanimous accord, voters approved the municipal and education budget proposals at the annual town meeting held Friday, May 12, at Town Hall. About 60 taxpayers attended.
The budgets as presented were approved by a hearty “yes” vote. Total expenditures for the selectmen’s side will be $4,459,838, up by $95,950 over current levels. 

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Wet weather can’t quench spirits at Trade Secrets for WSS

SHARON — May in Litchfield County: It’s the best of times, the worst of times. Gardening is more than a hobby for many here, it’s part of a lifestyle, both social and personal, and one best suited for the wise, the intrepid and the very lucky. After all, it is not an uncommon occurrence for preciously awaited flowers to sprout early in the season only to be struck down in a late spring frost.

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To design or to demolish? That is the Maker Faire question

SHARON — How many laptops does it take to operate a 3-D printer? Apparently a table full, as evident at Sharon Center School’s Maker Faire on the evening of Friday, May 5. 
Originally conceived by Make magazine as a kind of do-it-yourself version of a World’s Fair, miniature Maker Faires have been sprouting up at schools across the country since the end of the previous decade, with the goal of sparking in students the importance of innovation and imagination. For the 3-D printer, the spark was more of a slow burn. 

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At the Historical Society, when art was ‘home’ work

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Sharon budgets move forward to vote on May 12

SHARON — By unanimous vote the finance board approved the municipal and education budget proposals at their meeting on Friday, April 28, clearing the way for a vote by local residents at the annual town meeting scheduled for Friday, May 12, at Town Hall, beginning at 7 p.m.
The finance board met immediately after the public hearing on the two proposed budgets.The hearing drew 60 residents. John Perotti served as moderator.  

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Trowbridge weds Sinclair

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.

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Branching out, in show at Town Hall

Continuing through May at the Town Hall Gallery in Sharon is a show of work by male artists (a show of female artists is next on the agenda). 
In this show, curated by Zelina Blagden, are photos, paintings and work in other media by David S. Allee, Allen Blagden, Eric Forstmann, Clifton Jaeger, William Trowbridge, David Valyou, Brian Wilcox and Jeff Barnett-Winsby.
Robert Haiko’s work in the show includes images of the iconic Twin Oaks in Sharon, both of which were felled by lightning and old age in 2012 and 2013. 

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Keeping the Earth beautiful

Trash and debris were picked up from Sharon roadsides on Earth Day, April 22. Volunteers with the Sharon Energy and Environmental Commission (SEEC) split up and went to work on Jackson Hill Road, Sharon Valley Road, Hilltop Road and Calkinstown Road. After just one hour of cleaning up, more than 15 bags of garbage and recyclables were collected. Students from Sharon Center School’s eighth-grade class also turned out, and helped clear roads with the Parks and Recreation Commission.

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Sharon trying hard to attract new families

SHARON — Recognizing the need to increase enrollment at Sharon Center School, and that the only way to do that is to attract families with young children to Sharon, a group of volunteers under the auspices of the Board of Education formed the Sharon Strategic Planning Task Force.
On Wednesday, April 12, at Town Hall, the group convened for the first time since dividing itself into three committees at its Jan. 25 meeting. In the interim, committees had worked on their assigned tasks, and now they were reporting their results to the task force as a whole.

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Hop to it! Day Care hosted mad hunt for multi-colored eggs

SHARON — It must have been terrifying to be a a plastic egg on Sharon Center School’s field on Saturday, April 8. 
The 700 eggs that lay scattered on three different “hunting ground” areas for different age groups were all spotted, snatched, shook and shoved into the bags of the fervent children in under two minutes. 
Easter Egg hunts are a notoriously swift affair. The eggs aren’t truly hidden and the hunters are extremely motivated.

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