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NORTH CANAAN — An array of topics was discussed at the regular meeting of the Board of Selectmen on Wednesday, Nov.6, including accepting a resignation, replacing a town truck, announcing improvements to the town website, on-street parking and considering new initiatives such as a drive-through holiday light display.

First on the agenda was official recognition of Lynn Nania, recently retired director of the AHA! after-school program. Her many years of service to the town were commended by the selectmen.

During public comment, Kathy Potecuk asked for clarification of...

North Canaan

Avoiding cyclist on road, cement truck driver rolls his vehicle truck

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NORTH CANAAN — A cement truck that rolled over, taking a utility pole with it, closed Route 7 between Lower Road and Sand Road for hours on the afternoon of May 10.
Driver Andrew Mo, 33, of Torrington suffered minor injuries in the crash. He was taken to Sharon Hospital, where he was treated and released.
The truck, a 1988 Oshkosh, is owned by Bonded Concrete, of Watervliet, N.Y., and is used at Century Acquisition in North Canaan. Both companies are part of the Clemente Group.

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Comment period begins for Specialty Minerals permit

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NORTH CANAAN — A renewal of a permit that allows a local company to discharge drainage water into the Blackberry River from two facilities has received tentative approval from the state Department of Energy and Environmental protection (DEEP).
The process is essentially a routine renewal for Specialty Minerals Inc., which has operated here for decades. But it requires a public comment period, which is open until May 20. A hearing will be held upon request, if the commissioner determines it will best serve public interest or if a petition signed by at least 25 people is submitted.

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Buy transfer station stickers by May 18

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NORTH CANAAN — Lights are finally set to be installed at the parking lot across from North Canaan Elementary School.
First Selectman Douglas Humes reported at the May 7 board meeting that there was a paperwork issue, but that Connecticut Light & Power is ready to do the installation. The lot is often used at night, and the contrast of bright lighting around the school makes it difficult to see, particularly while walking into or out of the lot.

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Help needed in finding a way to open Roraback’s safe

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NORTH CANAAN — There’s mystery along with history at the new town historical society headquarters.
Renovations to what will probably always be called the Roraback Law Offices on Main Street are ongoing to turn it into a depository and research center for town history records, as well as a meeting venue.

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Strike one!

Opening day was Saturday, May 5, for the North Canaan/Canaan Little League with a double-header at Steve Blass Field in North Canaan. It was the Pirates over the Giants, 7-3, and the Red Sox over the Athletics, 8-6. This photo is from the second game.

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Plans for dog park move forward

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NORTH CANAAN — A proposal for a dog park on Whiting Drive has had some early obstacles. But the plan is getting considerable interest and may be moving in a different and possibly better direction.
Lynne Martin and Nancy Tidd have been patiently forging ahead on a not-so-simple plan for a fenced in area away from homes and handy to parking.
The vacant town land they hoped to use is mostly wetlands. At the April 24 Inland Wetlands Commission meeting, they were told it is too wet for their use.

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After more than a decade, work on depot set to begin

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NORTH CANAAN — Plans for the final phase of the Canaan Union Station restoration are looking good for a predicted June 1 approval. Interior and exterior finishing work and landscaping could be started before the year is out.

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Former grocery store has new owner, will begin new life as antiques shop

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NORTH CANAAN — Thanks to a new tenant, a prominent Railroad Street building is getting a new look after five years as an unoccupied storefront in the center of town.
The old Canaan Market will be called, well, The Old Canaan Market when it reopens in the near future. New owner David Mason is turning the former grocery store into an antiques center. He is not expecting a lot of off-the-street business. The West Cornwall resident deals in antiques, mostly imported from overseas, and was mainly looking for a place to store inventory.

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Persimmon trees added to the NCES arboretum

Arbor Day 2012
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NORTH CANAAN — “Possum up the ’simmon tree,
Raccoon on the ground.
Raccoon say to the possum,
Won’t you shake them ’simmons down.”
The lyrics from an old folk song, read by Tom Zetterstrom at Arbor Day at North Canaan Elementary School (NCES) on April 27, offered a laugh following the planting of two persimmon trees.

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Vote on budgets will be May 15

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NORTH CANAAN — A line-by-line look at town and school budget proposals at a public hearing April 26 brought a good-sized crowd that expressed few concerns regarding local spending.

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