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Bringing Sharon history to life

SHARON — He was born and raised in a rural town, living there for all his life. From a student to a soldier, a coach to a principal, Ed Kirby is now an author and historian of his beloved hometown of Sharon, making him a prime candidate for the Sharon Historical Society’s “Voices of Sharon” forum.


Putting the finishing touches on a riverside planting were River Jastremski, left,  and Jeannie Curry of West Hartford, doing their part to reclaim a section of Housatonic riverbank from the ravages of invasive knotweed. Photo by Leila Hawken

Gaining ground in Housatonic River knotweed battle

SHARON — After three years of intensive effort, invasive Japanese knotweed on the banks of the Housatonic River near the historic West Cornwall Covered Bridge on the Sharon side has been defeated and the area reclaimed with native riparian plantings. 


The Rent-a-Chef food truck in Sharon (and the ones in Kent and Washington, Conn.) are expected to remain open following the death of owner J.J. Herman. Photo by Cynthia Hochswender

Beloved fish truck owner dies

SHARON — His full name was Jean Jacques Herman but everyone knew him as J.J., the fish truck guy. 

Sharon was lucky enough to have the man himself in charge of the town’s fish truck, in the center of Sharon on Fridays and Saturdays. For many area residents, a visit to the truck has been a weekly ritual for years.


Allison Black intends to pursue tornadoes, thunderstorms and her passion for meteorology when she starts college this fall. Photo by Eileen Black

HVRHS graduate charts an unlikely path

SHARON — “When I was young, my parents and I would sit outside on our front porch whenever there was a thunderstorm,” said Allison Black, 18. “They didn’t want me to be afraid of thunder.” 

Although they could not have anticipated it at the time, this planted the seed for her love of meteorology.


The plastic sheets that once covered the greenhouses at Paley’s Farm Market lay in tatters after being hit by a tornado on Sunday, Aug. 2. A major storm, Isaias, was also heading for the region Tuesday at press time. Photo by Hunter O. Lyle

Paley’s market open after tornado hit

SHARON — As the sun rose over Paley’s Farm Market on Route 343 in Sharon on Monday, Aug. 3, Chris Coon pulled into the parking lot of his business, where his employees were already working to clean up the aftermath of a tornado from the evening before.

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