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SHARON — This year, the Hotchkiss Library of Sharon is celebrating its 125th anniversary. Our upcoming fall fundraiser celebrating this milestone will be held at the historic Sharon home Weatherstone. How this came to be is just one of the special stories that happen at the library all the time.

Elaine Bresee is a regular visitor to the library. She says that she’s warmly greeted whenever she walks in, adding that the staff knows her literary tastes and that their recommendations are always spot on. Elaine, in short, loves the place.

On one of her visits,...

Sharon

Where everybody knows the name of your favorite Bordeaux

SHARON — Sharon may have many wine cellars, but only the new couple in town is offering to invite you in and pour you a glass every weekend, no R.S.V.P. or hostess gift needed. 
Brian and Tracey Abut are still working full-time in New York City. He’s a global accounts manager for BlackBerry, she’s an HR executive, but every Thursday night they’re the outgoing hosts welcoming you to The Porchlight on West Main Street. 

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Town meeting scheduled for oil tank replacement

SHARON — At their meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 26, the selectmen voted to call a town meeting to be held on Wednesday, Oct. 11, to consider appropriating $200,000 for removal and replacement of an underground oil tank at Sharon Center School. The meeting will be at Town Hall beginning at 7 p.m.
The funding is in place in the school’s non-recurring fund, but town action is required to spend it. A portion of the expenditure will be refunded by the state.

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New show: How women see the world

SHARON — In the wake of the successful town-wide Art Walk on Saturday, Sept. 16, the Female Perspective art showing in the Town Hall Gallery continues on.
Curator Zelina Blagden said she expects that the Art Walk will be repeated next year.  While serving on the committee that organized this year’s art experience, Blagden assembled and hung the Town Hall exhibit of the work of local women artists, “Female Perspective.”
As it turned out, Blagden said, four of the multiple shows on the art walk featured female artists.

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Preparing for Domestic Violence Awareness month

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.

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The new photographer in town loves an old-school camera

SHARON — Rafe Churchill has perhaps become for Sharon what the voice in the cornfield was for Kevin Costner: “If you build it, they will come.” 
When an old friend from graduate school, Theo Coulombe, came to the area for a spell, at a crossroads on where to head next in life, Churchill pointed the photographer to a vacant building at the end of Main Street. 
Coulombe had resided in a Williamsburg, Brooklyn, loft for 22 years before deciding to get away from the city. 

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Sharon BOE OKs funds for oil tank replacement

SHARON — The Sharon Center School Board of Education voted to ask the town to release up to $200,000 for the removal and replacement of an underground oil tank. The vote was taken at the board’s regular monthly meeting on Monday, Sept. 18.

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Art all around Sharon Green

SHARON — School is back in session and there’s a hint of crimson in the tree leaves, but with summer weather still simmering, Saturday evening was the perfect chance to throw on some shorts and take a walk — an Art Walk.

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Jasper Johns unveils plans for artists’ retreat around his property in Sharon

SHARON — Jasper Johns, considered by some to be the greatest living American artist, has announced plans to turn his estate in Sharon into a retreat for artists working in numerous disciplines.
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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Finish line in sight for American Mural Project

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. 

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Art you can eat off of

SHARON —“It’s not a glorious factory,” Dana Brandwein Oates warns, stepping into her workshop. “It’s an artisan studio that’s making factory amounts.” 

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