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This photo of the Hotchkiss Library of Sharon was taken in 1900. The glass negative was reproduced by Sharon resident Jonathan Doster in 2008, when plans were first being made to renovate and expand the cozy library. Photo reproduced by Jonathan Doster

A tribute to a lovely library that needs to grow

Plans are being presented in 2021 to the town of Sharon  for a renovation and expansion of the town’s library, known as the Hotchkiss Library of Sharon. Plans were most recently presented in 2008 for a similar expansion and at that time this history of the building was published in The Lakeville Journal.

David R. Chase​

SHARON — David R. Chase Jr., 69, of Amenia Union Road, passed peacefully Dec. 4, 2020, at home, surrounded by his family.

David was born July 18, 1951, in Sharon, the son of Alice (Cookingham) and David Chase Sr. 


We think of owls as primarily nocturnal but this northern saw-whet was out on Friday morning, Dec. 4, in Sharon. Photo by Oscar Martinez

Whooo do you spot in the trees?

SHARON — Oscar Martinez in Sharon was clearing leaves on Dec. 4 when he “heard noise, looked up and he/she stared back.” By contacting a neighbor who is a birder and by then contacting Sharon Audubon, Martinez was able to identify this owl as a northern saw-whet. 


Photo by Hunter O. Lyle

The season of many lights

The town Green in Sharon was alight on Sunday night, Dec. 13, with an array of seasonal observances, including a menorah celebrating Hanukkah; the colorful holiday tree (not in photo); and hundreds of luminaria placed around the perimeter. The luminaria were a fundraiser for the Sharon volunteer ambulance.


Caleb Sedgewick met Santa Claus at an event held by the  Hotchkiss Library of Sharon on Sunday, Dec. 6. Photo by Lans Christensen

Father Christmas visits the children of Sharon

SHARON — The Hotchkiss Library of Sharon invited youngsters to meet Santa outdoors and chat about gifts and wishes. The visit was postponed to Sunday from Saturday, when wet weather had washed out the town’s holiday plans, including the lighting of the luminaria on the Green. They are expected to be on display on Saturday, Dec.

Update on Sharon Hospital

SHARON —  Sharon Hospital, part of Nuvance Health, will host an online Community Update from 4:30 to 6 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 14.

In the virtual webinar, Sharon Hospital President Dr. Mark Hirko will discuss the latest hospital developments and updates on the affiliation that created Nuvance Health. 

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