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NORTH CANAAN — The Canaan Foundation recently awarded 30 grants totaling more than $30,000 to area programs that benefit residents of North Canaan.

Core services that received grants included the Canaan Fire Company and the North Canaan Ambulance Corps. The Canaan Fire Company Juniors received funding to participate in a fire academy, North Canaan Social Services office for emergency assistance, the Douglas Library and the North Canaan Beautification Committee.

 Geer Adult Day Care received funds for its Dial-A-Ride transportation service for area residents....

North Canaan

A season of unknowns for budgets

NORTH CANAAN – In most years, budget proposals come pretty close to actual spending expectations. This has been an unusual year for area towns, however, because there are so many questions about what the state will and will not fund and what additional fees the state will pass along to the municipalities.
The state budget isn’t expected to be ready until June or July, which is long after most towns have already voted on their own spending plans (which usually happens in May, as required by state law).

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BOE tries to balance difficult 2017-18 budget

NORTH CANAAN – The North Canaan Elementary School (NCES) Board of Education discussed a preliminary budget for the 2017-18 fiscal year on Thursday night, March 9. The fiscal year begins July 1.
The preliminary budget for NCES had a 6.7 percent increase ($288,322) over this year’s budget, but that number is expected to change. This does not yet factor in the North Canaan Board of Education’s share of regional education costs.

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900 years of service celebrated at Geer

NORTH CANAAN – Praised for decades of dedication and selfless service, 37 staff members were honored at the annual Employees Recognition Breakfast on Friday, March 10, at Geer Village in North Canaan.  

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Ohler on ‘tough budget season’

NORTH CANAAN — State Rep. Brian Ohler (R-64) took to the podium at a meeting of the Exchange Club of Canaan on Tuesday evening, March 7, to discuss his first months as a “freshman legislator” and the issues facing Litchfield County. 

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Seniors thank Scouts with treats

On Wednesday, Feb. 22, residents of Beckley House hosted Scouts from Canaan Cub Scout Pack 22. Last December, the Scouts raised funds and bought Christmas gifts for the seniors. Last week, the seniors treated the boys to doughnuts and hot chocolate as a thank-you.

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Down and derby with the wooden racers

At the Pinewood Derby, boys don’t take the wheel so much as let go and watch gravity do its work. The key to victory in this miniature-car race is all in the preparation — and as the motto goes, a Boy Scout is always prepared. 
The Pinewood Derby is a yearly tradition that dates back to the car-obsessed 1950s. It pairs a bit of healthy competition with mechanical ingenuity (in lieu of big engines) and some old-fashioned craftsmanship. 

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Fishes and Loaves gets remodeled

Fish and Loaves on Granite Avenue, a program sponsored by the North Canaan Congregational Church, recently Fishes and Loaves underwent a complete remodeling. Most notable was the creation of new shelving units for the donated foods given to families in need.
“The goal was to increase storage and make it easier for the volunteers to keep track of the inventory,” said Supply Manager Kevin Farnham. 

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Seniors thank Scouts with treats

On Wednesday, Feb. 22, residents of Beckley House hosted Scouts from North Canaan Cub Scout Pack 22.  Last December, the Scouts raised funds and bought Christmas gifts for the seniors. Last week, the seniors treated the boys to donuts and hot chocolate as a thank-you.

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Syrian family makes great strides

NORTH CANAAN — Sean White and Leo Gafney, co-chairs of the Church of St. Mary’s Syrian Refugee Committee, joined a meeting of the Exchange Club of Canaan on Tuesday evening, Feb. 2. The two parishioners discussed how they helped bring Mahmoud and Alia Al Ghanem and their children to live in Salisbury and the notable progress that has occurred as the family has transitioned to life in the United States over the past six months. 

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Budget schedule is set, Sorrell elected to finance board

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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