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SHARON — Christ Church in Sharon hosted its third annual Blessing of the Animals on Sunday, Oct. 7, and it was happily attended by many affectionate and adorable four-legged parishioners and their devoted owners. 

The ceremony started in the church’s Pet Memorial Garden, where the Rev. Elizabeth Krantz-Wee read a moving and appropriate verse and a prayer for all present. 

Awaiting blessing were dogs, one fine horse and one timid cat, who decided the odds weren’t good and stayed in his box. 

Cider and doughnuts then welcomed the...

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Selectmen allow use of Green for rally

SHARON — A proposed change to the maternity services at Sharon Hospital was discussed by the Sharon selectmen at their regular meeting on Tuesday, July 10.
Requesting use of the town Green for a gathering on Saturday, July 14, was resident and event organizer Lydia Moore, who with her husband, Herbert, has formed a new group called Save Sharon Hospital. (For an article on the rally, turn to Page A1.)

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Community protests planned closing of maternity unit

SHARON — The future of the maternity unit at Sharon Hospital remains in jeopardy despite talks last week between Health Quest COO Kerry Eaton and doctors at the area’s OB/GYN practice, Sharon OB/GYN.

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Coon earns Derwin award

SHARON — Housatonic Valley Regional High School sophomore Anna Coon of Sharon is the eighth recipient of the Margaret Derwin Scholarship, Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation’s largest scholarship, which awards a life-changing amount of money. 
She has earned $100,000 over four years for tuition and costs associated with attending college, as well as $5,000 for a summer community service program. 

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Danielle Landau to wed Janine Whitman in July

SHARON — Doug and Melissa Landau of Sharon and Oak Hill, Va. are thrilled to announce the coming marriage of their daughter, Danielle Landau, to Janine Whitman, daughter of Marcy and Paul Whitman of Englewood Cliffs, N.J. Landau, a mental health therapist and Whitman, a middle school science teacher, live on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, NYC. The couple will marry on Saturday, July 14, in Hudson, N.Y. 

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Birthing suites threatened with closure at Sharon Hospital

Sharon Hospital announced this week that it will no longer offer obstetrics in its women’s health care center. 

Eighty bags of heroin found on injured man

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Bear Watch

SHARON — The two resident bears in Salisbury seem to be garnering all the ursine attention this week (see story, page A1). But the furry visitors are still found in other towns in our area, and are making their presence increasingly known around residences. Nat Benchley said the bear in this photo showed up for “a mid-morning nosh” at the bird feeder on Butter Road in Sharon, Friday, June 22.

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Spring Fling

Housatonic Valley Regional High School agricultural education teacher Karen Davenport and a group of students including Delaney Sheehan, Isabelle Kaplan, Sam Taylor and Krissy Galgano brought a lamb and three baby goats to the Sharon Health Care Center for a visit on Wednesday, June 13. The goats took the opportunity to play a game of tag with the students.

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Traveling to Washington with Mark Twain

SHARON — Mallory Howard and Jason Scappaticci from the Mark Twain House and Museum in Hartford, Conn., (the oddly angular red brick American gothic manor that housed Samuel Clemens and his family from 1874 to 1891), stopped by Sharon Town Hall on Friday, June 22. 

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Sharon Center School’s class of 2018 says: Be kind

SHARON — In the face of the unknown, it’s good to have friends by your side. Moving on from eighth to ninth grade might seem like a simple transition year in the eyes of an adult, but as class essayist Janay Gregory reminded the audience, the world is always a better place with just a little more empathy. 
As Sharon Center School celebrated its promotion ceremony on Wednesday evening, June 20, her speech was a topical plea for thoughtfulness. 

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