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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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A swan dive to rescue trapped birds

SHARON – The Audubon Center in Sharon received a phone call tip on Sunday morning, March 12, saying that two swans seemed to be either ill or dead or trapped in the ice on Indian Lake, which is the water body on the side of the Millerton Road between Sharon and Millerton.
Audubon licensed wildlife rehabilitator Johanna Walton was sent to evaluate the situation. She called Todd Anderson, chief of the Sharon Fire Department, and he then called Jason Wilson, chief of the Lakeville Hose Company. 

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Bird Watch

An extremely rare leucistic downy woodpecker was spotted in the Northwest Corner on Friday, March 10. A call was placed to the Audubon Center in Sharon, and Director Sean Grace immediately called talented avian photographer Alexander Kearney to see if he could get to the bird and photograph it.
The word leucistic is used to describe the bird’s extremely pale plumage, similar to when a human is albino.
Grace said it’s likely that the bird will remain in the area as a year-round resident.
— Cynthia Hochswender

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Hospital’s return to nonprofit explained at forum

SHARON — Making the case that “it’s time for us to make a change,” top administrators from Sharon Hospital and RCCH (formerly Essent) explained at a community forum in Sharon on March 16 that health care laws and taxes have made it unprofitable and illogical for RCCH to continue to own the 78-bed community hospital.

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Blagden takes on the art shows at Sharon gallery

SHARON – A varied exhibit of works by area artists will be on display at the Sharon Town Hall through May. One of the notable themes is that all of the nine artists being shown are men. This exhibit will be followed by a showing of works by women artists, inviting comparison between the two showings, a concept devised by show coordinator Zelina Blagden in her first year in charge of the Town Hall gallery.
“It will be interesting to see what themes may parlay through the separation of the two groups,” Blagden said.  

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Grumblings about gravel roads

Gravel roads in Sharon will be inspected in the coming weeks, following discussion of road conditions at the Tuesday, Feb.  28, selectmen’s meeting.
Responding to residents’ concerns about the condition of the 30 miles of gravel roads in town — aggravated by the fact that the ground did not freeze sufficiently this winter to provide a firm base — the  selectmen termed it “a constant battle” with road conditions.
First Selectman Brent Colley praised the work of town road crews.  

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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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