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State Police Trooper Chris Sorrell was elected to the North Canaan Board of Finance at a special meeting of the board on Wednesday night, Feb. 8.

Sorrell is the resident state trooper for Salisbury. He lives in North Canaan with his wife and four children.

He is filling the seat that was vacated by Brian Ohler in January after Ohler was elected as the state representative for the 64th District. Sorrell will serve on the board until the municipal election in November, when town residents will vote for someone to fill the seat for the next four years. 

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Changes planned for regional school calendar

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Pamela Vogel, assistant superintendent for the Region One School District, presented the proposed 2017-18 school calendar to the Board of Education at their meeting on Thursday, Jan. 12.
Each of the six elementary school boards as well as the regional school board will vote on the plan. 
One notable change is the addition of two days off to observe the Jewish high holiday of Rosh Hashana; those two days will be Sept. 21 and 22. 

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Audit and officers for BOF

NORTH CANAAN — Nancy O’Connor was re-elected to the position of chair of the Board of Finance at a regular board meeting held on Wednesday, Jan. 11.
The Board of Finance also accepted the resignation of Brian Ohler, who was recently elected to the 64th District in the state House of Representatives.
With Ohler’s resignation comes a vacancy on the finance board.

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Fire destroys metal shed

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NORTH CANAAN — The cause of the fire at Segalla Construction on Tuesday morning, Jan. 10, has not been determined yet.
What is known is that the metal building at the company’s property on Allyndale Road was completely destroyed and will have to be rebuilt. 
Although the building looks more or less intact from the outside, owner Billy Segalla said, “The shop is a total loss.”

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At the Depot, looking forward to May

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NORTH CANAAN — The weather hasn’t been delightful in recent weeks, but it hasn’t offered (so far) any real obstacles to the ongoing restoration work at Canaan Union Station (aka the Depot).
Ron Zanobi of Norfolk is the chief inspector on the project, employed by the town of North Canaan. He is on the job site every day and oversees the project. 

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Mr. Ohler goes to Hartford

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NORTH CANAAN — New state Rep. Brian Ohler (R-64) said that his first week at the Connecticut General Assembly was “very humbling.”
Ohler spoke with The Lakeville Journal by phone on Saturday, Jan. 7.
He said on the first official day on the job, Wednesday, Jan. 4, his girlfriend and his mother were on hand.

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Future for dairy farmers relies on youth

The Connecticut Dairy Summit was held on Jan. 3rd at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford. Twelve business, nonprofit and governmental organizations outlined the challenges and opportunities facing Connecticut’s dairy farms just one day before the start of the state’s legislative session. 

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Year in review 2016: Historic Changes

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NORTH CANAAN — Railroad Street, which hadn’t changed much in recent years, shifted around quite a bit in 2016, with new owners for several notable properties and some changes in business tenants.
Vibrant Health, which used to be in the brick building near the Cordial Shop, is a North Canaan success story — so much so that it outgrew the space and moved in December to Shelton, Conn. 

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Year in Review: 2016: Sharon Hospital a nonprofit again

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SHARON — In September, Sharon Hospital announced that it would return to not-for-profit status by joining HealthQuest, a nonprofit health care provider based in the mid-Hudson Valley.
Sharon had converted to a for-profit hospital (the first in the state) in 2002.
The senior staff at the hospital remained in place, including Peter Cordeau, who has been Sharon Hospital’s CEO since last November; CFO Christian Bergeron and Lori Puff, the hospital’s chief nursing officer. 

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New regional grading system discussed

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NORTH CANAAN — A new system for grading students in the regional schools was explained to members of the North Canaan Board of Education at their meeting on Thursday night, Dec. 8.
Assistant Superintendent Pamela Vogel has presented the plan to all the school boards in the six towns in the past month. 
The idea is forthe six elementary schools and the regional high school to have similar methods and standards. 

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Famous author ‘trains’ young readers

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NORTH CANAAN — Students at North Canaan Elementary School will benefit from a grant from the bestselling author James Patterson.
School Librarian Alexandra Juch told the Board of Education at their meeting at the school on Thursday night, Dec. 8, that she had been encouraged by Principal Rosemary Keilty to apply for the funds, which are given in partnership with the Scholastic Reading Club under the name of the Patterson Partnership Grant. This is the second year the grants have been offered to elementary and high schools across America.

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