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NORTH CANAAN — On the Fourth of July, Biffdaddy’s Roadhouse, a new restaurant, opened next door to the former Jim’s Garage on Railroad Street. 

What you might not expect is that this restaurant is in a trailer. From the inside of that trailer (a former food concession truck) owner and chef Biff Sisco serves a variety of hot, fast favorites, including Philly cheese steaks and Buffalo wings.  

Sisco used to own the Well, a pub in Great Barrington, but left recently because the long hours and late nights had begun to take their toll on him....

North Canaan

When soccer stars fought for their nation

NORTH CANAAN —On Friday, May 25, author Andrew Beaujon returned to the Northwest Corner and the Douglas Library to talk about his new book on a Scottish football team that fought in World War I.
The book is called, “A Bigger Field Awaits Us: The Scottish Football Team that Fought the Great War.” 
Beaujon explained what his book was about, going into depth on its history, as well as reading some short passages from it. 
He also talked about the process of writing the book, which required a copious amount of research.

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Rain stayed away for Monday’s Memorial Day parade

On Monday morning, the weather conditions could not have been better for the annual Memorial Day parade and observances. That must have been a relief for the parade organizers as they saw the cloudy skies overhead and perhaps worried that the parade would have to be canceled for the second consecutive year. 
Hundreds of people gathered on East Main Street to watch the parade. It began, as it does traditionally, at Town Hall and ended at the Doughboy statue in the center of town. 

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Common sense and firearms

NORTH CANAAN — Anyone who attended a talk by Mary Ann Jacob of Everytown for Gun Safety expecting to hear impassioned calls for the confiscation of firearms or repeal of the Second Amendment was surprised.
Jacob spoke at the Bitterman Center on Thursday, May 24, to a crowd of about 100 people (who enjoyed pizza and soft drinks prior to the talk).
Jacob was working as a school librarian at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown on Dec. 15, 2012, when a young man, Adam Lanza, fatally shot 20 children and six adults, before killing himself.

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Asphalt plant rejected by P&Z

NORTH CANAAN — An application by B. Metcalf Asphalt Paving requesting permission to process green hot asphalt mix at its site at 235 East Canaan Road was not accepted by the North Canaan Planning and Zoning Commission at its meeting on Monday, May 14. 
The board also voted to return the application and refund any fees.
Chairman Steve Allyn indicated that the requested use is not found in the list of those allowed in the town zoning regulations. The town attorney had advised against continuing with the application. 

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Geer Village celebrates 15 years

Geer Village Senior Community celebrated its 15th anniversary on Friday, May 18, with a cheerfully decorated party that brought together residents, family members and local officials who regularly make use of Geer for meetings of organizations. Rita Delgado of Salisbury School was there with her mother, Gertrude, a lifelong New Yorker who recently moved to Geer Village and is already making good friends.

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Youngsters

Caden and Rylan Soule of North Canaan cradled one of the baby goats in the petting zoo at Housatonic Valley Regional High School’s FFA open house last week. For a story and another photo, see Students educate public at HVRHS FFA Open House.

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Depot party will be held July 28

NORTH CANAAN — North Canaan is considering having lighted trees decorate part of town during the December holidays, according to a proposal presented at the Monday, May 7, meeting of the Board of Selectmen.
An “adopt-a-tree” program was described by John Lannen of the Tri-State Chamber of Commerce. Residents and businesses who want to participate would “adopt” a tree to be placed in front of their property and lit at night. Trees can be dedicated to the memory of a loved one, designated by the property owner. 

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The weird, worrisome beauty trends of The Gilded Age

NORTH CANAAN — Author Velya Jancz-Urban returned to the Douglas Library on Friday night, May 11, a year after her uproarious yet informative talk, The Not-So-Good Life of the Colonial Goodwife. 
This time, instead of harsh tales of the risky pregnancies, uninformed doctors and early deaths that plagued Colonial women in New England, Jancz-Urban turned her attention to her love of coastal mansions in Newport, R.I. 

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Public hearing clears way for May 23 vote

NORTH CANAAN — It was described at the meeting as the “shortest ever” annual public hearing on the proposed town and education budgets.
The North Canaan Board of Finance held the hearing on Wednesday, May 2. It took only 16 minutes to go through the spending proposals.
Following finance board Chair Nancy O’Connor’s review of both the municipal and the education budgets, none of the 15 residents present had any questions or comments. 

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Summer on a paper plate, with fries on the side

NORTH CANAAN — Caddie Shack is now open for the season and serving up the signature tastes of summer: hot dogs, hamburgers, ice cream cones and shakes and an array of more exotic treats. 
The shack on Route 7 near the Massachusetts state line is open daily from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. until Memorial Day weekend, when the summer hours begin (11 a.m. to 9 p.m.). Work up an appetite on the mini golf range or batting cage on the premises.
 

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