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SHARON — In September, the renowned American artist Jasper Johns announced plans to eventually turn his estate in Sharon into a retreat for artists.

According to the plan he presented to the Sharon Planning and Zoning Commission, the retreat would be similar to Yaddo in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., which has hosted artists including Truman Capote, Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath and David Foster Wallace, and the MacDowell Colony in Peterborough, N.H., which has hosted artists including Leonard Bernstein, Thornton Wilder, James Baldwin, Michael Chabon and Meredith Monk.

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Beryl ‘Beri’ Greenwald

SHARON — Beryl “Beri” Greenwald, 87, passed away peacefully at Noble Horizons on May 27, 2017.  

She was the daughter of Cele and Sidney Greenwald.  Her early years were spent growing up in Patchogue, N.Y.  

She was predeceased by her brother, Edward.

Beri created and ran LibraGraphics, Inc., a successful design studio in New York, for many years.  

Later a resident of Sharon, she owned and operated a local bookstore, Sign of the Book.

Blight, snow ordinances almost ready for vote

SHARON — The ongoing review of town ordinances made progress as the selectmen targeted a few for action at their May 23 meeting. Once the ordinances are drafted, the wording will be passed along to the town attorney, Judith Dixon, for her review. Eventually, the changes will be voted on at a town meeting.
The two ordinances being worked on relate to property blight and plowing snow onto local roads.
A visual blight ordinance presently being used in Harwinton may serve as a template for the Sharon ordinance. 

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It rained on the parade, but commemorative events went on

SHARON — Although rain dampened plans for the annual Memorial Day parade, residents and visitors gathered at Sharon Center School on Monday, May 29, to remember the fallen and honor those serving in the military, past and present. 
The featured speaker was Richard L. Carley Jr., whose uncle, Michael, lost his life while serving in Vietnam 50 years ago. Michael was the middle child born to Richard Sr., and Rose Marie Carley, who resided on Sharon Mountain. 

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The bird was the word at Raptors and Riesling

SHARON — “This past year has seen tremendous growth for Audubon in Sharon, we’ve seen so many changes here at the center,” Director Sean Grace announced happily at the center’s Raptors and Riesling fundraiser, a start-of-the-party-season soiree that brought together donors and volunteers, celebrating their commitment to Connecticut’s wildlife in the sky. 

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New owners at Sharon Greenhouse

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.  

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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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