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NORTH CANAAN — After the defeat of the 2017-18 budget proposals at a June 7 town meeting, budgets were reduced from a 4-mill increase to 3 mills over current spending. The reduced budgets were reviewed at an Aug. 9 public hearing. Following discussion, the finance board voted to schedule a Sept. 5 town meeting.

The Board of Education reduced spending by $190,410 and the selectmen reduced the municipal budget spending plan by $169,450, for a total of $359,860 in reductions. 

The new proposed budget total is $6,750,588. This includes $4,235,461 for education and $2...

North Canaan

Firefighters in step

Members of the East Hartland Volunteer Fire Department were among participants in the annual North Canaan Firefighters Parade on Saturday, July 15.

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Railroad Days ends with a bang

NORTH CANAAN — There was a large turnout for the Canaan Fire Company annual firefighters parade on Saturday, July 15, which included fire units from around Connecticut, Massachusetts and New York and featured marchers and trucks.
Next to the parade, the McDonald’s/Canaan Auto Supply Cruise Night was in full swing. There were about 70 vehicles on display, including a 1965 Compact Shelby Cobra and Tom Jaycox’s Jaguar XK 120 roadster (Jaycox is the owner of Jaycox Jaguar in North Canaan). 

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Museum, brewery in the works at train station

Of course everyone was keen to see the inside of the refurbished Union Station train depot; it was the end of the 53rd Railroad Days events, after all.
Selectman (and project manager) Charlie Perotti led tours of the interior on Saturday, July 15. 
“It’s been an uphill battle, but we are finally gaining on it,” he said, referring to the many years it has taken to get construction underway. Almost 16 years since the fire, the station looks whole, at least from the outside.  

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Tour the new/old Canaan Union Station on July 15

NORTH CANAAN — Renovations to the Union Station train depot in North Canaan are nearly complete. The selectmen announced at their meeting on Monday, July 3, that the public is invited for a grand tour of the building on Saturday, July 15, between noon and 2 p.m. as part of this year’s Railroad Days festivities (a full schedule of Railroad Days events can be found in this week’s Compass arts and entertainment). 

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Five decades of Railroad Days fun in North Canaan

NORTH CANAAN —  Railroad Days, now in its 53rd year, is in full swing. The celebration began Wednesday, July 5, with activities such as a pet photo contest, farmers market, sales at stores and of course the carnival. 

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Slide arrival

Mason Hildreth, 3, and Mark Hildreth slid down the slide at the Railroad Days carnival in North Canaan on July 6. A schedule of remaining events appears in Compass this week. Another photo, story, Five decades of Railroad Days fun in North Canaan.

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NCES school board faces painful budget cuts

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.

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Fun for kids at Camp AHA!

NORTH CANAAN — North Canaan’s weekly summer day camp kicked off on Monday, June 19. Camp AHA!, run by Lynn Nania, is located at North Canaan Elementary School in the middle-school classrooms, outside on the playground and over by the town pool.

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Bike and car show a roaring success

Matt’s Ride to Recovery, a motorcycle ride and car show held on Sunday, June 25, at the Couch-Pipa VFW in North Canaan, benefited Matt Norton. 
Norton was injured in a motorcycle accident in Sharon on April 29 and has been moving between Hartford Hospital and a nursing hospital since. According to a post on the event’s page by Daniellea Abou-Hamzy (one of the organizers of the event), Norton is beginning to walk and talk again.

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Come on and get your free ride

NORTH CANAAN — The Hotchkiss School in Lakeville has donated bicycles to Pilgrim House/North Canaan Congregational Church/and Closets. The bikes will be cleaned and fixed up and then given at no cost to people who need them.  To get a bike, fill out an application any Wednesday at the Pilgrim House.

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