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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...

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Sharon Hospital closer to joining Health Quest

SHARON — The state Office of Health Care Access (OHCA) held a well-attended public hearing at Sharon Town Hall on Wednesday night, April 5, about whether Sharon Hospital should be allowed to join New York state’s Health Quest medical group and return to nonprofit status.

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Sharon Hospital One Step Closer To Joining Health Quest

SHARON — The state Office of Health Care Access (OHCA) held a well-attended public hearing at Sharon Town Hall on Wednesday night, April 5, about whether Sharon Hospital should be allowed to join New York state’s Health Quest medical group and return to nonprofit status.

Day care increase gets OK from BOF

SHARON — After adding on an increase in the proposed town budget for Sharon Day Care, the Board of Finance at their meeting Tuesday, March 28, approved both the town and the education budget proposals for 2017-18, clearing the way for the budgets to be the subject of a public hearing on April 28.

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A strong showing at Sharon town gallery

SHARON — Overcast weather failed to dampen spirits on Saturday, March 25, at Sharon Town Hall, where a steady stream of artists and art enthusiasts came for the opening reception for an exhibition of works by male artists from the area. The show was coordinated by Zelina Blagden.  An exhibit of work by women artists will follow.

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Bird Watch

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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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