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NORTH CANAAN — The 55th annual Canaan Railroad Days will be held from July 17 to 28. For many North Canaan residents, this festival is the highlight of summer in the Northwest Corner.

Major events this year will include the Canaan Carnival, a party at the town pool, and trivia at the Great Falls Brewing Company. 

Some past events, such as fireworks and performances by the Salisbury Band, continue to be Railroad Days mainstays. 

Others not so much. The 1971 Railroad Days, for example, was host to a week long film series. Films shown included “...

North Canaan

Mini library in a mini ’fridge

NORTH CANAAN — Anyone looking for children’s books can now come to the North Canaan Town Hall and visit the Little Free Library at the entrance.
The library, which was a small refrigerator in a previous life, is the brainchild of Barb Johnson and her sister, Judy Warner.
Johnson said, “I just wanted to give something back to the town, which is the most magical place on Earth.”
The Little Free Library is an international phenomenon, started in 2009 by Todd H. Bol.
The idea is simple: Take a book or leave a book.

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A place of peace for trees and children in North Canaan

NORTH CANAAN — If you plant a tree every year for 30 years, how many trees will you have? 
Tom Zetterstrom posed this question to the students of North Canaan Elementary School as they gathered in front of the school for Arbor Day on Friday afternoon, May 24. It felt like a trick question, but the answer was, in fact, 30. 
Thirty trees of different species surround the school, one for every past Arbor Day. This year, an American Sycamore was planted. 

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Overdue honor for a life lost in Korea

NORTH CANAAN — The parade route through the town center was lined with children waving flags, dogs large and small, families sitting together on the roadside in folding chairs or perched in vintage Jeep Willys or on the tailgates of their pickup trucks. 
The biggest crowd congregated around the Doughboy monument, where the parade eventually ended (after beginning in the parking lot of Town Hall and processing along a few residential side streets and then onto Route 7). 

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Wording change is next step in fight against asphalt plant

NORTH CANAAN — Responding to a campaign led by local residents in opposition to an application by B. Metcalf paving company to expand its business, the North Canaan Planning and Zoning Commission(P&Z) agreed to add a provision to zoning regulations to not permit asphalt operations in North Canaan.  
At a meeting on Monday, May 13, the commission voted 3-1 to add an amendment to the existing town regulations. P&Z Chairman Steve Allyn did not vote on the matter, although he led the meeting.

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Problem speeders on village streets

NORTH CANAAN — Growing incidences of drivers exceeding the speed limit on local streets were discussed at the Monday, May 6, meeting of the North Canaan Board of Selectmen.
Of particular concern were Bragg Street and Prospect Street where the speed limit is posted as 25 mph. Nights and weekends are the problem times, First Selectman Charles Perotti noted during discussion. Although speed bumps were seen as a possible solution, the selectmen agreed to begin by installing additional signs at the two locations.

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Thoreau’s message of awareness

On Dec. 11, 1860, an ailing Henry David Thoreau delivered the last public lecture of his career to an audience at the Hotchkiss Block building in Waterbury, Conn.
Author and Great Mountain Forest board member David Leff gave a lecture about Thoreau’s last lecture at the Douglas Library in North Canaan on Saturday, May 11.
The Great Mountain Forest is in Falls Village and Norfolk.
Waterbury was a boom town at the time, he said. The metals industry had created great wealth, and Thoreau was speaking to the captains of Waterbury industry.

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Around the world with four AFS students

NORTH CANAAN — Three international students visiting the United States and one Northwest Corner teen who studied abroad this year spoke about their lives and experiences on Tuesday, May 8, at Geer Village to members of the Exchange Club. 
Three AFS students came to the Northwest Corner for a year, attending Housatonic Valley Regional High School (HVRHS) and staying with volunteer host families. 
One student, Valerie Lenis, lives here but went to Costa Rica with an AFS program.

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North Canaan town meeting set for May 22

NORTH CANAAN — A handful of North Canaan residents attended a public hearing to hear details of the spending plans for the 2019-20 fiscal year, on Monday, April 29. 
Little comment was offered on the education and municipal budgets, together totaling $11.404,251, a 2.41% increase ($268,680) over the current year totals.

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Area officials get refresher on state Sunshine law

NORTH CANAAN — A review of dos and don’ts of Freedom of Information (FOI) rules drew a capacity audience of area town officials to the North Canaan Town Hall on Tuesday, April 23.
Randall DiBella, who is the town attorney for North Canaan and several other area towns, drew upon his 37 years of experience to present an outline of issues that frequently arise in the application of FOI rules in connection with board and commission meetings.  

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Stop & Shop strike over

NORTH CANAAN — The picketing strikers were no longer out on Route 44 in front of Stop & Shop on Monday, April 22. 
The union and grocery store chain had announced Sunday night, April 21, that they had reached an agreement.
And so, on the day after Easter and three days into Passover, shoppers began to return to the North Canaan grocery store. Shelves of non-perishables seemed to be well-stocked. The normal abundance of the produce department was diminished, with many of the fruit and vegetable displays empty. 

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