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SHARON — Over more than a century of service to the Sharon community, the Sharon Woman’s Club has promoted interest in the fine arts, one of its recurring activities since the 1960s being art shows of local talent. Talent and pride-in-purpose were evident at the Saturday, July 15, opening of a multi-media art show in cooperation with the Sharon Historical Society. 

Held in the society’s gallery, the artists (who are all members of the Woman’s Club) mingled with visitors as leaders of both organizations joined in celebrating the breadth of talent on...

Sharon

Budget, parking plans begin

The Board of Selectmen began assembling information for the 2017-18 municipal budget proposal at a meeting on Feb. 14.
The second budget workshop was held Feb. 21; a third will be held Tuesday, Feb. 28, at 3:30 p.m. at Town Hall.  They hope to finalize the draft budget on March 14 and then present it to the Board of Finance on March 21.

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Crafting Valentine’s Day gifts out of metal

Blacksmith Will Trowbridge has been busy at the forge next to his house in Sharon, making valentine-type gifts to sell at his new shop in the village, Wild Iron Forge.
For pet lovers, there are small, metal tags to attach to the collars of beloved dogs. He can customize them with your pet’s name.

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From the brushes of young artists, water lilies in winter

Robin Yuran had a full room of budding talent for her Young Matisse class on Saturday morning, Feb. 4, at the Hotchkiss Library of Sharon. Every Saturday at 11 a.m. through the end of February, Yuran invites children ages 6 and up to join her in the library, roll up their sleeves and get in touch with their artistic side. 

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New arrest on child porn charges

Donald Simmons, 58, was arrested again on charges of possessing child pornography by the state police on Feb. 2, 2017.
The charges date back to 2015. The police interrogation of Simmons took place at the Osborn Correctional Institution in Somers, Conn., where according to the police arrest warrant he has been incarcerated for almost two years.
Simmons, a former resident of Sharon Valley Road, was convicted in 1995 of harassment in the second degree, and in 2010 of sexual assault in the second degree, tampering with a witness and violation of probation.

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The joys and benefits of working together 

SHARON — What do narwhals, Inuits, dentistry, eco heroes, sustainable expeditions and Canada’s 150th birthday have in common? What ties all those disparate threads together is husband-and-wife team Dr. Martin Nweeia and Pamela Peeters. The Sharon residents were invited to represent the United States at the American embassy in Ottawa in a series of talks centered on collaboration between the countries in celebration of the 150th anniversary of Canada. 

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Guilty verdict for second of four charged in Vitalis killing

SHARON — The second of the three men accused of murdering 23-year-old Luke Vitalis at his Sharon home in August 2012 was convicted on  Wednesday, Feb. 1, in Litchfield Superior Court of murder during the commission of a felony, murder and six other charges, including home invasion and tampering with physical evidence.
The conviction of Hiral Patel, 28, a resident of Branford, Conn., followed that of his cousin Niraj Patel on Feb. 4, 2016. Still to be tried are the alleged shooter, Michael Calabrese, and Niraj Patel’s younger brother, Shyam. 

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A new home for Shear Illusions salon

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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. 

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Looking to entice new residents

There’s a crisis facing many towns in the Northwest Corner: a rapidly aging population combined with a lack of young families moving to the area. 

In 2016, Connecticut was one of only four states in the country to see a decrease in overall population. So, although the population question is not unique to the area, what is unique is the demographic the Northwest Corner is losing in droves, namely 18 to 44 year olds. 

With a new director, Sharon Day Care’s biggest year yet

“This whole school year has been a big jump for us,” Carrie Olsen, director of the Sharon Day Care Center, said during a mid-day interview on Friday, Jan. 13. The floors of the baby-gate-divided center (with children this young you have to look down to see the action) were a bustle of activity: crawling, coloring, cookies. 

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Community Center was once a Masonic lodge

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Residents voted Jan. 20 to keep the community center on Main Street as a town-owned property. 
An article about the vote in the Jan. 26 Lakeville Journal included photographs and said that the building might originally have been a Grange hall.
Barbara Bartram stopped by our offices to let us know that it was built in 1925 and was known as Hamilton Lodge No. 54. 

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