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NORTH CANAAN — Responding to residents’ complaints about the uneven condition of the town’s sidewalks and observations about some residents neglecting to pick up after their dogs, the North Canaan selectmen discussed those concerns at their meeting on Monday, Sept. 10.

“It’s really bad,” Selectman Craig Whiting reported, after having walked all of the sidewalks in town. “Many dog owners are responsible about cleaning up, but some are not.” 

Rather than drafting and enforcing an ordinance right away, the selectmen decided...

North Canaan

New Eagle Scouts

NORTH CANAAN — Several Boy Scouts from the Northwest Corner of Connecticut achieved the highest honor in Scouting this past spring: the rank of Eagle Scout.
Warren Eichman of Boy Scout Troop 22 in North Canaan, Hunter Rego of Troop 1027 in Winsted and Nathan Winter of Troop 11 in Kent received this recognition at their respected Eagle Scout Court of Honor ceremonies, which have been held over the course of the last few months. 

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Struggle continues with drugs, alcohol

NORTH CANAAN — People in the Northwest Corner trying to get help for drug and alcohol addiction have fewer available resources than their counterparts in more populated areas.
This was one of the many unpleasant realities discussed at length during a Partners in Community Safety presentation at the Bitterman Center in North Canaan on Thursday, July 12.

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Hot, fast favorites from NC food truck

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.  

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The complexities of domestic abuse

About 30 people gathered at the Bitterman Center in North Canaan on Thursday, June 28, for a talk on domestic violence.
Virginia Gold and Deanna Barry from Women’s Support Services (WSS) in Sharon gave a presentation they have done  at high schools in the region.

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Great Falls Brewery bubbling at Depot

NORTH CANAAN — Chris Tripler and Matt Bergfield were positively giddy with excitement as the large steel components for their future beer brewing operation were wheeled one by one into the future Great Falls Brewing Company at the former Canaan Union Station (aka The Depot).
It was Thursday morning, June 28, and the workmen had a temporary break from the heavy rains that had been drenching the Northwest Corner since Wednesday. 

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The hidden valley of vintage wonders

NORTH CANAAN — New England is not a place that treasures the new. People here prefer clothes that have lost their from-the-box shine, cars that can still be fixed by their owners, furnishings that have earned a bit of a patina.

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NCES bids farewell to Class of 2018

 NORTH CANAAN — North Canaan Elementary School (NCES) Principal Rosemary Keilty promoted the last 30 eighth-graders of her career as a school administrator on Tuesday, June 19. The NCES auditorium was packed to the edges as the graduates took the stage.
The ceremony opened with a welcoming statement from Joey Brennan, but NCES did without the traditional student speeches this year. 
Instead, Housatonic Musical Theatre Society Director Michael Berkeley gave the graduates some sound advice.

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Horseshoes and other summer fun at Lone Oak

NORTH CANAAN — Members of the Exchange Club of Canaan gathered at Lone Oak Campsites in East Canaan for the annual Exchange Club barbecue and horseshoe tournament on Tuesday, June 19. 
The night of food and games took place at the Douglas Memorial Playground located inside Lone Oak Campsites. Food and drinks were served underneath the pavilion at the park. Weather conditions were near-perfect the entire time, with low humidity and a clear, blue sky. 

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P&Z adopts Town Plan

NORTH CANAAN — The Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) in North Canaan voted unanimously to adopt the 2018 Town Plan of Conservation and Development following a public hearing on Thursday, June 14.
The 10-year plan will now be sent to the Northwest Hills Council of Governments (COG) and then the state Office of Policy and Management (OPM).  
The plan forms the basis of the town’s planning and zoning regulations. The state requires all towns to have a town plan; towns that do not have one can be refused grants and other state funds.

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Public invited to review town plan

NORTH CANAAN — Responsible development begins with a plan. A first draft of the 2018 Town Plan of Conservation and Development will be introduced at a public hearing on Thursday, June 14, at the town hall, beginning at 7 p.m.  
The plan has been coordinated and written by Selectman Christian Allyn, who gathered information on demographics, population trends, conservation needs and development potential in the commercial center and beyond.  

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