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NORTH CANAAN — Christian Allyn, a 23–year–old selectman from North Canaan, visited The Cobb School in Simsbury on Election Day to talk with elementary students about his path to public service, the role of local government, and the importance of voting. Allyn, a 2017 graduate of the University of Connecticut with degrees in horticulture and resource economics, has a passion for public service, and his message of “getting involved” was powerful.

After Head of School Mary Lou Cobb introduced the young selectman, Allyn dived into the conversation with his...

North Canaan

VFW honors female vets on Memorial Day

NORTH CANAAN — “As most of you know, it doesn’t rain in Army Land,” VFW 6851 Post Commander Kirk Harrington remarked at the beginning of North Canaan’s Memorial Day ceremony on Monday, May 29.
The town was missing its usual holiday color, as the annual parade had been canceled on Sunday afternoon due to threats of rain. As a result, those who died while serving in the military were honored with a small ceremony at the VFW Post 6851 late Monday morning, in  the post’s newly constructed pavilion.

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Gasperini will learn about journalism and more at LJ

NORTH CANAAN— The first intern of 2017 at The Lakeville Journal is Morgyn Gasperini. 
Morgyn has just finished her first year at Curry College in Milton, Mass. She has since decided to transfer to Eastern Connecticut State University, where she plans to major in English. 
She grew up in North Canaan and is a graduate of North Canaan Elementary School and Housatonic Valley Regional High School. At Housatonic, she played field hockey and softball, and was a member of the FFA and the National Honor Society. 

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BOF will wait and see on education budget

NORTH CANAAN — Preparing for the annual public hearing on the town’s proposed budgets (scheduled for May 24), the education board at their May 11 meeting reviewed the education side of the budget, which totals more than $8.8 million. The total represents a 3.3 percent increase over the current year.
With the regional school expenses set at $4,470,963, the total proposed education budget for North Canaan stands at $4,425,872, an increase of $128,674 over this year’s expenses.

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Searching for water for 100 years with Allyn & Sons

NORTH CANAAN — When Louis E. Allyn attempted to drill for oil a hundred years ago in New York state, he came up short. What he found instead, though, was water — and a lot of it.
Pressured to move on after his failure in one industry but success in another, Allyn brought his equipment back to his farm and home in East Canaan and again drilled down. Again, he got water.
Neighbors started asking him to drill wells and, as Louis’ grandson, John Allyn, said, “it was just kind of a domino effect” after that.

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A look inside the renovated depot

NORTH CANAAN — Selectman Charlie Perotti led a tour of the under-construction North Canaan depot on Tuesday, May 9. Perotti was not only the fire chief at the time the depot burned down in 2001, he has also been the selectman overseeing the project during the many (many) years the town has struggled to get federal funding to renovate the iconic building.
Visible progress has been made on the exterior, with colors chosen and applied to the east-end wall — yellow clapboards, red window sashes and green decorative arches above the windows. 

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Around the world and back: NCES concert

NORTH CANAAN — Students at North Canaan Elementary School showed off their musical talents at two concerts on Tuesday, May 9.
Youngsters in kindergarten and first grade, all dressed up in festive spring outfits, gave an afternoon performance under the leadership of veteran teacher Mary Davidson. It was an ambitious program with more than a dozen different songs, some of them traditional folk songs, some inspired by children’s author Dr. Seuss and a fun tune from Tin Pan Alley.

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Hats off to the winners at Run for the Roses

NORTH CANAAN — Stylish hats were the wardrobe item of the day on Saturday, May 6, as the Salisbury Rotary Club and Exchange Club of Canaan hosted a Run for the Roses event at Geer Village. 
More than just a social occasion and a chance to watch the Kentucky Derby on a large-screen television, it was also a fundraiser that will help the clubs offer scholarships to local students and make donations to area nonprofits.

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Setting a vision for North Canaan’s future

NORTH CANAAN — Connecticut state law requires every municipality to adopt or amend a Town Plan of Conservation and Development (POCD) every 10  years. Any municipality that passes the 10-year mark without acting on its POCD becomes ineligible for state discretionary funds (basically, any form of state grant).
The law lists nine requirements of the POCD, starting with it being “a statement of policies, goals and standards for the physical and economic development of the municipality.”

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Depot should be done by the end of August

NORTH CANAAN — Red tape, paperwork and bureaucracy have once again slowed progress at the former Union Station train depot in North Canaan — but there is an end in sight.
The renovation was supposed to be done by the middle of this month. And in fact, much of it has been completed (including an elegant green-yellow-red paint job on the east end of the building). 

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Big stars! Small town! At the movies — tonight!

NORTH CANAAN — The Colonial Theatre in North Canaan has had some ups and downs since it was built in 1923, back when Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin were at the height of their fame. With two-level seating inside, and a classic movie house marquee out front with letters showcasing film titles, the theater is a relic of an era when nothing was more exciting than a nightly visit to see what was playing on the big screen. It was a small town’s portal into the faraway world of Hollywood film stars. 

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