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SHARON — More than a thousand garden enthusiasts gathered during the Trade Secrets Rare Plant and Garden Antiques Sale on Saturday, May 18, at LionRock Farm, and hundreds more toured four private gardens the following day in Falls Village, Salisbury and nearby Ashley Falls, Mass.

“It’s one of our favorite events of the year,” said Mary Herms of Millerton, who was joined by Ryan Marshall during the early-bird buying on Saturday. “It exceeds the Chelsea Flower Show in London. This is a whole step above,” added Herms, a member of the elite...

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Barred Owl Watch

SHARON — Peggy Martinez was out on a stroll through the woods near her Sharon home last week when she spotted a large barred owl, sitting owlishly in a tree. The owl seemed confident that its feathers would act as camouflage, so it didn’t stir when Martinez went to get her husband, Oscar. 
He returned with his iPhone X and found the owl more or less where his wife had seen her. 

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Health Quest is now part of Nuvance Health

SHARON — The owner of Sharon Hospital has merged with the Western Connecticut Health Network (WCHN), following state and federal approvals that were finalized on April 1.
The new combined company will be known as Nuvance Health. 
Health Quest, a not-for-profit network of medical providers and hospitals in nearby New York state, purchased Sharon Hospital in August 2017. The company also was negotiating with WCHN to form a partnership. 

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Nancy Lee (Saunders) Ongley

SHARON — Nancy Lee (Saunders) Ongley, 86, peacefully entered into eternal rest at her home on March 27, 2019, surrounded by her loving family.

A celebration of Nancy’s life will be held at noon on Saturday, April 6, at The Sharon Congregational Church in Sharon. Friends and family are invited to a reception at the church immediately following the services. 

A private burial at the Salisbury Cemetery will be held at the convenience of the family. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Kenny Funeral Home in Sharon. 

A grave tour celebrates medical history

SHARON — Saturday, March 30, was a warm day that confirmed spring’s arrival.
It wasn’t exactly the kind of day you associate with visiting a graveyard. Nonetheless, a group of about 30 people gathered at Sharon’s Hillside Cemetery to learn the history and stories behind some of the gravestones. 
The tour was led by Marge Smith and Susan Shepard, both curators and researchers for the Sharon Historical Society; Historical Society Director Jen Owens also took part.

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Manslaughter charge follows fatal 2018 crash

SHARON — Christopher Hoyt, 18, of Sharon was arrested by the Connecticut State Police on March 27 at Torrington Superior Court and charged with manslaughter in the second degree with a motor vehicle and misconduct with a motor vehicle. 
Hoyt had already been arrested last summer, on lesser charges, following the car crash last summer in which his friend and passenger Lukas Kosko, 18, of North Canaan was killed.

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Modest changes in 2019-20 spending

SHARON — The Board of Education and Board of Selectmen in Sharon presented their proposed 2019-20 budgets to the Board of Finance on Tuesday, March 19.
The proposed municipal budget shows total town expenditures of $4,714,689, up from the current year’s budget of $4,602,767, a difference of $111,922 (or 2.4 percent).
The proposed education budget shows local expenditures of $4,258,983, down from the current year’s total of $6,693,631, a savings of $488 (or .01 percent).

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Air quality monitoring approved by selectmen

SHARON — Joining with area towns in an effort to monitor air quality, the Board of Selectmen voted to fund installation of equipment to do just that, at their meeting on Tuesday, March 12.
The monitor will establish base line data in advance of the completion of construction of the Cricket Valley Energy plant in Dover, N.Y.  The two-year contract will allow the town to monitor air quality once the plant begins operations next year.  The projected cost of the monitoring station is $4,500 to $5,000.

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Chilly nights, sunny days, time to gather maple sap and boil it for syrup

SHARON — It’s that special time of year, when the nights are very cold but the days are relatively warm and sunny. This is the season when sap shoots up through the trunks of the sugar maple trees, and the season when sugar makers collect the sap and boil it down into maple syrup. 
The Sharon Audubon Center hosted its annual Maple Fest on Saturday, March 16, to share the lore and history of this New England tradition.

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Education spending will dip in Sharon

SHARON — The Sharon Board of Education spending plan for the coming year shows a slight decrease from this year’s budget. The board voted at its meeting on Monday, March 11, to submit the proposed budget to the Board of Finance for review. 
The proposed education budget for Sharon shows total expenditures of $4,258,983, down from the current year’s budget of $4,259,472. The reduction amounts to $489.

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Voters OK lease agreement at special town meeting

SHARON — By unanimous vote at a brief special town meeting on Thursday, Feb. 21, voters in Sharon agreed to the signing of a new five-year lease with Tri-State Public Communications, located in a town-owned building next to Town Hall at 67 Main St. 
The vote was unanimous, approving a rent increase of 5.3 percent. Tri-State is the parent company of NPR radio station WHDD, also known as Robin Hood Radio.

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