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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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North Canaan

Confusion continues over Metcalf processing

NORTH CANAAN — About 40 North Canaan residents came to Town Hall to hear the closing arguments at the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) public hearing on Wednesday, Jan. 16. They were also there to air their concerns about asphalt production at the B. Metcalf paving company.
Following public comment, the hearing was officially closed. The ZBA will reach a decision within 65 days on the issue of whether an August cease-and-desist order was properly served to restrict activities at the B. Metcalf site at 15 Allyndale Road. 

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Heartfelt moments thanks to the accordion

NORTH CANAAN — First, Angelo Paul Ramunni turned his passion for accordions into a small museum in North Canaan. Now he has published a book about his life and the musical instrument that has played such a large part in it. 
Ramunni created the New England Accordion Connection & Museum Company in North Canaan in October 2011. There he has accordions from the 1820s to the modern era on display.

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Solar power project wins approval

NORTH CANAAN — A proposal to install a solar energy plant at the North Canaan transfer station won unanimous approval from the 65 residents who attended the annual town meeting on Thursday, Jan. 10, at Town Hall.
Brian Allyn was elected moderator for the meeting.
“This is a milestone for the town of North Canaan,” First Selectman Charles Perotti said, reviewing the bid process that chose C-TECSOLAR of Bloomfield, Conn., to proceed with engineering and development of the project.  

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2018: Geer to build modern new nursing home

NORTH CANAAN — Geer announced in November that it had 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.
Of paramount importance, O’Connell said, is community input. 

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ZBA hearing will continue until January

NORTH CANAAN — Arguments continued at the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) public hearing held on Wednesday, Dec. 19, as B. Metcalf Paving Company attorney Mark Shipman sought to refute the evidence presented by Steve Allyn, who served as zoning enforcement officer (ZEO) when a cease-and-desist order was served to the paving company on Aug. 20.

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North Canaan town meeting will be Jan. 10

The annual town meeting has been scheduled by the North Canaan selectmen. It will be held on Thursday, Jan. 10, at the Town Hall, beginning at 7 p.m. 
On the agenda for that meeting will be a proposal from C-TEC Solar of Bloomfield, whose representative will attend. 
Under a  proposed agreement, the company would install solar panels at the transfer station. They would sign a 20-year lease for use of the land, at a rate of $12,000 per year to be paid to the town. 

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Board hears Metcalf asphalt concerns

NORTH CANAAN — The plans proposed by Metcalf Paving in East Canaan remain a concern for local residents, prompting them to attend a North Canaan Board of Selectmen’s meeting on Monday, Dec. 3.
A group of 29 residents, including some members of the grassroots Concerned Citizens group, came both to listen and to voice their concerns to the selectmen.
The selectmen indicated in advance their willingness to hear comments while stressing that they would not offer an opinion.  The decision is not up to their board.

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Brewery opening party is Dec. 15

NORTH CANAAN — After months of delays, the Great Falls Brewing Company is scheduled to open on Saturday, Dec. 15, at the historic former Union Depot in North Canaan.
There will be a short ceremonial ribbon cutting at noon and then the doors will be open until midnight, with food, live music and Great Falls beer.
The taproom will feature a wide variety of beer styles including lagers, IPAs, ales and stouts.
While many flavors may be familiar, brewery owner Chris Tripler said there will also be surprises. 

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Flowers, gifts and now snacks at Blue Hill Flowers

NORTH CANAAN — Oh, the agony of a search for the right hostess gift. Success awaits at the new location of Blue Hill Flowers in North Canaan, which has expanded and moved and now also offers sandwiches, pastries and hot drinks — with neighborly conversation thrown in to make the whole holiday shopping experience a joy.
The shop recently moved from its former Church Street location and is now in the homey white building at 176 Ashley Falls Road/Route 7 on the northern end of the center of the village. 

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Bobcat Watch

John Coston snapped this photo of a regal bobcat in a farm field in East Canaan on Thursday, Dec. 6.

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