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SHARON — Serious gardeners have long known that Greystone Greenhouse in Sharon on Route 343 is an excellent source for many plant and garden needs, including starter plants for growing flowers and vegetables. 

The business was owned and operated by Ed and Laurel Powers for 33 years but is now in the hands of Sally Hambleton and Ken Harper.  

Gardening is in Hambleton’s blood. Born in Stoke-On-Trent, in Staffordshire, England, she had a gardening father “who always grew vegetables and still does, as my mother does with her perennials....

Sharon

Ohler bill would deter use of spray

patricks@lakevillejournal.com

SHARON — New state Rep. Brian Ohler (R-64) told a full house at a meeting at Sharon Town Hall about a bill he has sponsored to prevent irresponsible use of herbicides along the Housatonic River.
The meeting, held Monday night, Jan. 30, was the first of Ohler’s promised monthly events in the district.
The herbicide bill came about because of spraying done last year along the Housatonic Railroad track bed that destroyed trees, especially in Falls Village and Cornwall.

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Catherine (Anderson) ‘Gail’ Zabriskie

SHARON — Catherine (Anderson) Zabriskie, known affectionately as Gail, died peacefully at age 84 on Jan. 8, 2017, in Houston, Texas, with her three sons at her side. 

Gail was a loving mother, grandmother and friend. 

Ironwork and artisans at shop

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SHARON — Will Trowbridge is a household name for many Northwest Corner residents. He has earned a reputation as a blacksmith whose designs are as elegant as they are practical; as a result, he’s the first person that many homeowners, designers and architects think of as they’re beginning a project that requires iron accoutrements.

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Residents vote to keep town building — for now

SHARON — Town residents have voted in favor of keeping the community center building as a town property.
At a town meeting held on Friday evening, Jan. 20, 60 people voted in response to this question: Shall the town of Sharon retain possession of 99 North Main Street?
The decision was not made unanimously: 34 people said yes, 26 voted no. The vote was made by paper ballot.

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A new home for Shear Illusions salon

SHARON — The Shear Illusions hair salon has moved from its former location at the shopping plaza, next to the restaurant, to a neat new location on West Main Street. 
Award-winning designer/builder Rafe Churchill bought and renovated the former oncology office there and Shear Illusions is one of the first new tenants. 
Salon owner Becky Welsh said she opened on Jan. 5, bringing her former customers with her to the new location. 

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FBI arrests Wilkinson for investment fraud scheme

SHARON — FBI agents from the New Haven and Chicago field offices arrested Alvin Wilkinson, a Sharon resident, on Wednesday, Jan. 18, on four counts of fraud. 
He is accused of operating a “multi-million dollar fraud scheme that swindled approximately 30 individuals, including victims who reside in the Chicago area,” according to the a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Illinois.

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To keep or not to keep the community center building

SHARON — As a result of 52 Sharon residents signing a petition in favor of keeping the community center building in the town’s possession, a second town meeting will be held to address the matter on Friday, Jan. 20, at 7 p.m.
The Board of Selectmen scheduled the meeting during their regular board meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 10.

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Locations photographed near and far

SHARON — The inauguration of the Housatonic Camera Club dates back to the 1950s, and is presently composed of 30 or so members, who may meet once a month, or who may be off traveling to the far reaches of the world, snapping shots. 

On Saturday, Jan. 14, the Sharon Historical Society held an opening reception celebrating the work of eight of the Camera Club members. 

Youngsters on ice!

SHARON — When the new year is done being rung in, the holiday lights have come down and the presents, once mysteries shrouded in wrapping, now seem practically passé, there’s only one thing for Litchfield County parents and children to do to beat the winter blahs: stop writing thank-you notes and take to the ice!

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Sharon Hospital one of top 10 in state

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SHARON — Sharon Hospital has been honored this year by being left off a list — the list of hospitals that will see a reduction in Medicare reimbursements because too many patients are getting infections and being injured while hospitalized.
Sharon is one of only nine hospitals in Connecticut to be left off the list. As a result, the 78-bed acute care facility will not see the 1 percent reduction in reimbursements that other hospitals in the state will be penalized with. 

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