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NORTH CANAAN — The North Canaan Board of Education met on Wednesday, June 21, at North Canaan Elementary School (NCES) to discuss more cuts to their budget. 

After the budget was defeated on June 7, the Board of Finance determined that the boards of selectmen and education need to cut an additional combined 1 mill, or $325,000, from their budgets. The town has been hit hard by state spending cuts; North Canaan requires significantly more state funding than other Region One towns.

Craig Whiting, a member of the Board of Finance, clarified that the Board of...

North Canaan

North Canaan voters say ‘no’ to budget plan

With 49 votes in favor and 67 votes against it, the North Canaan town budget did not pass. 

“I think most people knew how they were going to vote before they showed up,” said Board Of Finance Chair Nancy O’Connor. “It’s unfortunate.” 

The budget town meeting was held on June 7 at Town Hall; 116 people attended.

4 mill tax increase possible due to state cuts

NORTH CANAAN — After much discussion about the pressures inflicted on towns by uncertainty over state funding, the finance board unanimously voted to send the town’s budgets as presented to a June 7 town meeting. 
The town and education budgets were discussed at the May 24 public hearing, where taxpayers had an opportunity to review the budget proposals and ask questions.

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VFW honors female vets on Memorial Day

NORTH CANAAN — “As most of you know, it doesn’t rain in Army Land,” VFW 6851 Post Commander Kirk Harrington remarked at the beginning of North Canaan’s Memorial Day ceremony on Monday, May 29.
The town was missing its usual holiday color, as the annual parade had been canceled on Sunday afternoon due to threats of rain. As a result, those who died while serving in the military were honored with a small ceremony at the VFW Post 6851 late Monday morning, in  the post’s newly constructed pavilion.

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Gasperini will learn about journalism and more at LJ

NORTH CANAAN— The first intern of 2017 at The Lakeville Journal is Morgyn Gasperini. 
Morgyn has just finished her first year at Curry College in Milton, Mass. She has since decided to transfer to Eastern Connecticut State University, where she plans to major in English. 
She grew up in North Canaan and is a graduate of North Canaan Elementary School and Housatonic Valley Regional High School. At Housatonic, she played field hockey and softball, and was a member of the FFA and the National Honor Society. 

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BOF will wait and see on education budget

NORTH CANAAN — Preparing for the annual public hearing on the town’s proposed budgets (scheduled for May 24), the education board at their May 11 meeting reviewed the education side of the budget, which totals more than $8.8 million. The total represents a 3.3 percent increase over the current year.
With the regional school expenses set at $4,470,963, the total proposed education budget for North Canaan stands at $4,425,872, an increase of $128,674 over this year’s expenses.

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Searching for water for 100 years with Allyn & Sons

NORTH CANAAN — When Louis E. Allyn attempted to drill for oil a hundred years ago in New York state, he came up short. What he found instead, though, was water — and a lot of it.
Pressured to move on after his failure in one industry but success in another, Allyn brought his equipment back to his farm and home in East Canaan and again drilled down. Again, he got water.
Neighbors started asking him to drill wells and, as Louis’ grandson, John Allyn, said, “it was just kind of a domino effect” after that.

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A look inside the renovated depot

NORTH CANAAN — Selectman Charlie Perotti led a tour of the under-construction North Canaan depot on Tuesday, May 9. Perotti was not only the fire chief at the time the depot burned down in 2001, he has also been the selectman overseeing the project during the many (many) years the town has struggled to get federal funding to renovate the iconic building.
Visible progress has been made on the exterior, with colors chosen and applied to the east-end wall — yellow clapboards, red window sashes and green decorative arches above the windows. 

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Around the world and back: NCES concert

NORTH CANAAN — Students at North Canaan Elementary School showed off their musical talents at two concerts on Tuesday, May 9.
Youngsters in kindergarten and first grade, all dressed up in festive spring outfits, gave an afternoon performance under the leadership of veteran teacher Mary Davidson. It was an ambitious program with more than a dozen different songs, some of them traditional folk songs, some inspired by children’s author Dr. Seuss and a fun tune from Tin Pan Alley.

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Hats off to the winners at Run for the Roses

NORTH CANAAN — Stylish hats were the wardrobe item of the day on Saturday, May 6, as the Salisbury Rotary Club and Exchange Club of Canaan hosted a Run for the Roses event at Geer Village. 
More than just a social occasion and a chance to watch the Kentucky Derby on a large-screen television, it was also a fundraiser that will help the clubs offer scholarships to local students and make donations to area nonprofits.

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Setting a vision for North Canaan’s future

NORTH CANAAN — Connecticut state law requires every municipality to adopt or amend a Town Plan of Conservation and Development (POCD) every 10  years. Any municipality that passes the 10-year mark without acting on its POCD becomes ineligible for state discretionary funds (basically, any form of state grant).
The law lists nine requirements of the POCD, starting with it being “a statement of policies, goals and standards for the physical and economic development of the municipality.”

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