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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...

Sharon

Circling around to hear a story at Sharon Center

Sharon Center School celebrated national Read Aloud month on Wednesday, March 1, with adults from the community reading aloud to students in their classrooms. 
For past read-aloud events, books had been provided by the Northwest Connecticut  Chamber of Commerce and Alcoa Howmet in Winsted.
This year, those organizations were not able to support the local events. Sharon Center School’s librarian, Judy Gafney, was undeterred and purchased the new books with funds from the library’s budget. 

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Community forum planned for Sharon Hospital

SHARON — Sharon Hospital has released its financial statements for the fiscal year ending Sept. 30 2016. 
After a modest profit in 2015 of $460,847, the statement shows a loss of $871,850 for 2016.
Chief Financial Officer Christian Bergeron and Chief Executive Officer Peter Cordeau met with The Lakeville Journal to go over the numbers. Although both executives seemed slightly weary, especially after several months of filing papers relating to the upcoming merger with HealthQuest, they remain upbeat about the hospital.

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Wilcox to wed Underwood

SHARON — Laurie and Brian Wilcox of Sharon are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Morgan Anne Wilcox, to Kerry James Underwood, son of Ellen Underwood of Bantam, Conn., and Kerry and Marilee Underwood of Sharon.  

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Changes to Sharon volunteers

Recognizing her many years of dedicated service to Sharon Housing Authority, the selectmen praised the contributions of Patricia Purdy to the town as they accepted her resignation at their meeting  onTuesday, Feb. 14.
“She has done a good job,” First Selectman Brent Colley said.  Purdy’s resignation was noted with “great regret and appreciation.” 
There are now two open slots on the housing authority.

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A more positive year for Sharon students

Skills to help middle school students learn and to keep up with their grade level were reviewed by leaders of the intervention program at Sharon Center School in a presentation to the Board of Education at their meeting on Monday, Feb. 13.
Presenting the program were Jill Pace, sixth-grade language arts teacher, and Jennifer Dietter, fifth-grade language arts teacher.  

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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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