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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

How Sharon roads are plowed, sanded

A dwindling road salt supply was reported by the road foreman at the meeting of the Board of Selectmen on Tuesday, Feb. 14, although a new delivery was expected to be received in a day or two after numerous phone calls to the town’s supplier.

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The state and the ash borer eat away at town funds

Continuing to assemble departmental requests for the coming fiscal year, the Sharon selectmen held a workshop session on Tuesday, Feb. 21, at Town Hall to examine the proposals received so far. The major missing pieces stem from contract negotiations still underway.
The selectmen also noted that the largest potential increase may come from the town’s education budget needing to support teachers’ pensions, formerly covered by state funding.

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Building repairs, state cuts push up Sharon budget

The Board of Education’s first draft budget shows a 6.95 percent increase ($464,777) over this year’s budget. 
Several more budget workshops are planned. 
“It will be a very tough budget year,” board Chair Douglas Cahill said at the meeting on Monday, Feb 13. He said that some items might need to be pulled out of this year’s spending plan, with the hope that they can be included in the 2018-19 plan.

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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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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.