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NORTH CANAAN — By a vote of 6-1, the North Canaan Board of Education (NCES) approved a plan to regionalize the middle school sports program. The vote was held at the board’s regular meeting on Thursday, Nov. 14, and came after a lengthy discussion of the proposal initiated by Region One Athletic Director Anne MacNeil.

The decision will be made by a vote of the All Boards Chair Committee (ABC), which is made up of the chairmen from all six Region One elementary schools plus the regional board of education. Each of the six towns is voting on the proposal; their vote will...

North Canaan

Planting seeds of hospitality to grow a church

NORTH CANAAN — Community members who came to a ham and bean supper hosted by Christ Covenant Church on Saturday, Oct. 12, were welcomed by the Rev. Robert Fredrickson and invited to become part of the newly planted worship community.
Nearly 40 attended the fundraising event to benefit the new Anglican church, which is renting their sanctuary at 9 Granite Ave., formerly the worship home of Christ Church. In addition to supper, there was a raffle of donated gift baskets and music provided by the Grace Life Worship Team of Torrington.

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FridaysForFuture in North Canaan

Bernie Re and Joey Jablonski of North Canaan stood on a corner across from the North Canaan firehouse with their dog, Luna, on Friday, Oct. 11, from 4 to 6 p.m. to show their support to “FridaysForFuture,” the climate crisis campaign started by Swedish activist Greta Thunberg. North Canaan Selectman Christian Allyn joined them. Re and Jablonski plan to return on future Fridays and hope other concerned area residents will join them.

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Costs could force North Canaan to close town pool

NORTH CANAAN — Concerns about the condition of the town swimming pool were brought to the North Canaan selectmen by representatives of the Recreation Commission at a meeting Monday, Oct.  7.
“Nobody wants to see it closed,” said recreation commission head Tammy MacDonald, but she said that expensive repairs are needed before it can open again. 
Two water heaters were replaced this year, taking the department over budget, but they have reconciled the difference, MacDonald said.

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Stop the Asphalt Plant group speaks out

NORTH CANAAN — Representatives from the Stop the Asphalt Plant (STAP) grassroots protest group were making the rounds at public meetings to share their concerns about a proposed expansion of an asphalt plant in East Canaan. 
They came to a meeting of the Board of Education on Thursday, Oct. 10, and were added to the public comments section of the agenda.

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Board considers future of middle school sports

NORTH CANAAN — Faced with declining enrollment projections, the North Canaan Board of Education considered the prospect of regionalization of middle school sports at the regular board meeting on Thursday, Oct. 10.
Board of Education Chairman Erin Drislane reported on the work of a regional committee charged with considering combined programs and how they might work. The combined effort would yield a greater variety of offerings for students.

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Duntz honored as Marine of the Year

NORTH CANAAN — Members of Northwest Marine Detachment 042 gathered at the Couch Pipa VFW center in North Canaan on Tuesday  night, Oct. 1, to surprise Russell Duntz by honoring him as the Marine of the Year.
Nick Gandolfo presented Duntz with a plaque and a ceremonial sword. Gandolfo was the detachment’s Marine of the Year two years ago. Last year’s Marine of the Year, Brian Richardson, has passed away so it was up to Gandolfo to do the honors on Tuesday. 

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Retailers grappling with changes in tax regulations

NORTH CANAAN — The Oct. 1, 2019, tax changes in Connecticut have been a topic of much discussion and consternation, especially among vendors of food and beverages. 

Retailers throughout the region were reprogramming their cash registers and trying to figure out the complexities of the new take-out food taxes last week, which add 1% to the tax on prepared foods in a wide variety of categories. 

VFW Couch-Pipa Post 6851 in North Canaan has specific concerns about the increase in taxes on alcohol, food and hall rentals. 

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Metcalf asphalt case returns to court

NORTH CANAAN — In the aftermath of the North Canaan Planning and Zoning Commission’s denial of the site plan application filed by B. Metcalf Paving Company on Sept. 9, the company has filed a new complaint in Superior Court of Litchfield County at Torrington.
At issue is the paving company’s site plan application to provide a modification to process warm asphalt at their location.

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Enrollment level at North Canaan

NORTH CANAAN — With the opening of the school year, the North Canaan Elementary School (NCES) is showing enrollment of 251 students, a figure announced at the Thursday, Sept. 19, meeting of the Board of Education.
The total school population will not be official until Oct. 1. NCES Principal Alicia Roy said that the number of students may increase by two or three by then.
The enrollment for 2018 was 255; in 2017 it was 253; in 2016 it was 277.

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Billions lost each year in scams on the elderly

NORTH CANAAN — Seniors who attended a program on Elder Abuse and Fraud Prevention on Wednesday, Sept. 18, heard a wealth of helpful information, the best advice being to speak up and get advice.
The program was held at Geer Village in North Canaan and was sponsored by Salisbury Bank and Trust.

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