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NORTH CANAAN — Geer has received approval from the state to build a new 120-bed nursing facility to replace the aged and inefficient building on campus that was built in the 1960s.

Geer CEO Kevin O’Connell said that this is an important first step but the hard work is now just beginning. Money has to be raised, not just for building the new facility (which could cost between $20 million and $25 million) but also to do preliminary drawings and plans.

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North Canaan

ZBA to hear B. Metcalf Paving plan Oct. 18

NORTH CANAAN — The North Canaan Zoning Board of Appeals will hold a public meeting about concerns over operations at the B. Metcalf Paving company. 
There have been accusations that the company is doing work that is not allowed under zoning regulations.
The public meeting will be held at North Canaan Town Hall on Thursday, Oct. 18, beginning at 7p.m.

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Selectmen discuss sidewalks, dogs

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.” 

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We will remember

The First Litchfield Artillery Regiment fired a cannon six times on the morning of Tuesday, Sept. 11, to honor the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on New York City, Washington, D.C., and Pennsylvania, and to recognize the almost 7,000 Americans who have died in the War on Terror. The cannon was at St. Joseph’s Church in North Canaan. Simple memorial services began at 12:01 a.m. on Sept. 11 and continued until midnight.

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Proposed solar site at landfill advances a step

NORTH CANAAN — A proposal for a solar energy installation at the town’s transfer station moved a step ahead as the selectmen voted at their Monday, Aug. 13, meeting to allow the developer to prepare a Request for Proposals.
Paul Michaud, an attorney with the Michaud Law Group in Middletown, Conn., explained that the town can at any point decide against proceeding with the solar energy idea. Benefits to the town can include putting the site to use as a clean energy production point, reducing energy costs by 30 to 50 percent for town buildings.

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New opening date for Depot

NORTH CANAAN — A tentative new finish line has been set for the reopening of the Canaan Union Station, more commonly known as The Depot. 

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Smorgasbord of fun on family night

NORTH CANAAN — Family Fun Night, an evening installment of the Railroad Days festivities in North Canaan, came and went on Thursday, July 26. 
As the name would suggest, this event was primarily focused on a younger audience. 
Family Fun Night, rather than being a single entity, was split into a number of different sub-events spread around Lawrence field.  

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Poetry, music and passion

NORTH CANAAN — Most days, Collin’s Diner co-owner Ameen-Storm Abo-Hamzy serves up breakfasts and lunches at the historic restaurant in downtown North Canaan, along with his sisters Doonia and Bader Abo-Hamzy.
But for the past 23 years, on one day of the town’s weeks-long Railroad Days, Abo-Hamzy sets up a stage in the diner’s parking lot to host the annual Poetry Is Music festival and celebration of life, a multi-cultural event.
This year the festival was held on Saturday, July 28. 

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Fun for all ages at classic summer carnival

NORTH CANAAN — The 2018 North Canaan Railroad Days kicked off on Wednesday, July 11, with sidewalk sales, concerts and other free activities around town.
Heavy rain on Tuesday, July 17, rained out the pool party, but the weather was perfect on Wednesday, July 18, the first day of the carnival.
The carnival ended on Saturday, July 21, just before heavy rains began that are expected to last most of this coming week. 

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The place to meet

The Railroad Days carnival in North Canaan offered rides, games, cotton candy and more, as, from left, Sage Wilson, Kelsey Humes and Kayleen Considine found last weekend. For full story and another photo, see Fun for all ages at classic summer carnival.

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