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SHARON — It’s hard to believe, but the American Mural Project (AMP) in Winsted, which commenced in 2002, is about to meet its scheduled 2018 completion. 

The largest mural in the world is the brainchild of artist and Sharon resident Ellen Griesedieck and the collaborative result of contributions from sponsors, builders, interns, school children and so many more. A tribute to the American workers, the three-dimensional mural, when all the pieces are fully assembled, will be 120 feet long, 10 feet deep and five stories tall, with contributions from more than 10,000...

Sharon

Keeping land free and clear

SHARON — The Northwest Corner fosters a love of the environment. And for those residents who want to help protect the land they love,  area land trusts are always looking for ways that volunteers can conserve the Litchfield Hills’ bucolic landscape.
In an effort to funnel individual concerns into a structured public outlet, the Sharon Land Trust (SLT) and Weantinoge Heritage Land Trust held an informational meeting about their volunteer opportunities on Saturday, April 1, at Sharon Town Hall.

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Slight budget decrease, requests for funds

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.  

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Recycling made easy

The good news is that there are many options for recycling and reusing everyday goods, so they don’t just end up languishing in a landfill.
The tricky thing is that there are lots of complex rules for recycling, and they change from time to time as new technologies develop and as transfer stations switch vendors.

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All a man needs for the Ivy League look is a smart eye and a sack jacket

SHARON – With an entire back room filled with racks of donated men’s suit, the Bargain Barn’s Lisa Consolini and Heidi Haskell needed someone to help distinguish gems from junk for the Sharon consignment store’s inventory. 
The man for the job turned out to be The Lakeville Journal’s own Patrick L. Sullivan. 

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Magic, miracles at Sharon Center play

SHARON – A tale as old as 1740, a song as old as 1991. Audiences have been privy to a number of successful incarnations of the French fairytale “Beauty and The Beast,” in which a paysan’s daughter (imbued with a pure heart and pristine facial features) finds the gentle soul hidden within a young nobleman who has been cursed into the form of a feral beast. 

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Bird Watch

This barred owl has been making daylight appearances in backyards and in wooded areas around Salisbury this week. 

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Bug Watch

Sharon resident Michelle Alfandari found this terrifying little bug on her bathroom floor last weekend and sent this photo to The Lakeville Journal, asking for help with identifying it.
Wendy Miller from the Audubon Center in Sharon responded and said it is “a pseudoscorpion, which is an arachnid (related to spiders.) These are not typically seen because they are so small. They do not harm humans, and they eat some larvae that could be pests to humans.”

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For Paley’s, 35th season

SHARON — The maple sap runs, the frozen ground turns to mud, migratory birds begin to reappear and Paley’s Farm Market opens for a new season. In the Tri-state area, these are traditional indicators that winter and snow are on their way out and decent human living conditions are about to return.
Paley’s is one of the few remaining farm stand/garden centers in the area that closes for the winter and opens in the spring. 

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The joy of sharing a good story on a cold winter’s eve

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.” 

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Sharon education costs will decrease

SHARON – The Board of Education at Sharon Center School will present a budget proposal showing a decrease in spending of 0.18 percent for 2017-18 ($7,639) when compared with current-year totals.  
This budget proposal was approved by the education board at their meeting March 13 at Sharon Center School, clearing the way to submit the proposed budget to the finance board for review.

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