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Workshop instructor Tal Hadani-Pease, at right, and assistant Margaret Hopkins. Photo by Leila Hawken

Krauting class turns cabbage into sauerkraut

Lacto-fermentation in action was the focus of the day at Taghhannuck Grange No. 100 in Sharon, Conn., as attendees learned the relatively easy, but muscular, process of turning cabbage into sauerkraut and using the same salt-brine method to preserve other farm vegetables on Thursday, Jan. 26.


Peter Steiner's illustrations are featured at The Sharon Historical Society. Photo by Leila Hawken

Illustrations on view at Historical Society

By all accounts the opening reception for the current exhibit at the Sharon Historical Society in Sharon, Conn., was a superb success. Visitors mingled with artists and lingered over their works, all part of the current gallery exhibit, “Illustrators in the Northwest Corner.”


Courtesy of Bullfrog Films

Preventing a nuclear future

On August 6, 1945, America dropped an atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima killing over 70,000 citizens from both the blast exposure and the effects of radiation. A survivor of the bombing, 91-year-old Setsuko Thurlow has made nuclear disarmament her life’s mission, earning her The Nobel Peace Prize in 2017.


Film still courtesy of Seventy Seven

Where are the working class teens in cinema?

In 1969 two working-class teenage lovebirds travel to West London on a date to see the post-Oscars run of Carol Reed’s Best Picture-winning musical “Oliver!” As low on London’s food chain as Dickens’ 19th-century pickpocketing orphans — Del (Del Walker) is a 17-year-old welding apprentice who engages in small-time larceny, while Irene (Anne Good

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