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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.

“We want ideas,” she told the selectmen. The...

North Canaan

Father, son arrested for liquor theft

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NORTH CANAAN — A father and son were arrested March 10, shortly after one of them was accused of stealing a bottle of liquor from State Line Package Store.
State Police converged at the Stop & Shop Plaza on East Main Street (Route 44) at about 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 10. Apparently someone told police they recognized the two men, Michael Keefner, 58, and Shawn Keefner, 22, residents of Railroad Street in North Canaan. Troopers headed to their apartment and arrested them a short time later.
Michael Keefner was charged with interfering with police. Bond was set at $1,500.

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Give Kids a Smile Day provides free dental clinic

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NORTH CANAAN — Looking cool in her “shades” and relaxed in the reclining dental exam chair, 5-year-old Leah Ruane was thrilled to be told she had her first loose tooth. Later, she inspected a pouch full of goodies, pronouncing her favorite to be a purple plastic Tooth Fairy ring.
Leah was one of about eight children seen during a morning of free exams and cleanings March 2 at Dr. Thomas Livingstone’s office, as part of Give Kids a Smile Day.

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For NCES, mathletes program adds up to big success

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NORTH CANAAN — Mathlete: a combination of the words math and athlete to describe a person who participates in math competitions.
At North Canaan Elementary School (NCES), the mathletes are on a par with the sports stars. It’s cool to be smart, and the top athletes are likely to make academic honor roll, too.

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Bazinga!

Magician Sandy Rhoades, top, performed at North Canaan Elementary School March 2 at a free family show sponsored by the PTO. Donnie Cahill was a willing participant, joining Rhoades on stage to have a cake “baked” in his hat before sticking his head in a guillotine.

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School to get green upgrades

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NORTH CANAAN — A proposal to replace windows and doors for an energy efficiency upgrade at North Canaan Elementary School was quickly approved Feb. 28.
Sixteen people gathered to consider spending an estimated $310,000 on one of the recommendations of an energy audit conducted at the school and Town Hall. The recommendation was to replace windows in the oldest part of the building,the primary wing and library. But it was discovered some of the windows are part of a single unit that includes exterior doors. All will be replaced.

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State Police plan intensifies fears of Troop B barracks closing

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NORTH CANAAN — A long-awaited look at a plan for the consolidation of State Police communication services has been provided to state Sen. Andrew Roraback (R-30).
It begins to answer some questions raised by town officials, legislators and the press over the course of the last year.
The plan calls for 911 and police dispatch for Troop B in North Canaan and Troop A in Southbury to be relocated and combined into an expanded operations center at Troop L in Litchfield.
Budget concerns

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CYB season ends with cupcakes

The first grade Canaan Youth Basketball team finished up its practice season on Saturday, Feb. 25, with a scrimmage against each other, tying the score 15-15. The day ended with an awards ceremony, pizza and very colorful cupcakes. The first-grade team started practicing in December before the holiday break.

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Fears of Troop B closing might not be far-fetched

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NORTH CANAAN — The question keeps coming up: Is Troop B slated to close?
The answer remains a firm “no” from the state Department of Emergency Service and Public Protection. But many state troopers and civilian dispatchers remain adamant it is headed in that direction. Local officials and legislators see the implications as too serious to ignore the possibility.

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Parking reconfigured at the school

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NORTH CANAAN — Another step in an effort to encourage safe and legal parking at North Canaan Elementary School is about to occur.
A relatively new parking lot directly across Pease Street from the school is getting a major improvement. The empty lot was purchased by the town about five years ago. The idea was to provide more parking for the school, particularly for nighttime activities.
Previously, the only legal parking was in the adjacent Town Hall parking lot. But it was typically used as overflow parking after the main entrance circle and fire lanes on the street were filled.

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New idea for meeting tax obligations: Point and Pay

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NORTH CANAAN — Times are tough and January tax bills may be ignored or forgotten.
In Tax Collector Jennifer Jacquier’s experience, unpaid taxes here are less likely a case of unwillingness or not having the money than they are of lost or forgotten bills. She has launched a program called Point and Pay, which allows property and vehicle owners a quick, convenient way to pay taxes by credit or debit card or electronic check, online anytime, or in her Town Hall office.

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