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In the aftermath of the decision taken by the North Canaan Planning and Zoning commission (P&Z) at their meeting on Monday, Sept. 9, the town’s zoning enforcement officer submitted her resignation to First Selectman Charles Perotti.

Richelle Hodza had served the town for less than a year as zoning enforcement officer and land use administrator. 

Leading to her decision, she explained in her resignation letter, was the P&Z decision to deny a certificate of approval to the B. Metcalf company. She indicated that the vote was counter to her professional...

North Canaan

Despite arrest, vandalism continues in North Canaan

karenb@lakevillejournal.com

NORTH CANAAN — Two recent acts of vandalism, on town and private property, were discussed by the Board of Selectmen at a Feb. 6 meeting. Graffiti was written in black spray paint on the windows and facade columns at the Colonial Theatre.
The Railroad Street building has been closed for about 15 months now and is up for sale.
North Canaan First Selectman Douglas Humes said Canaan Valley Pet Shop owner Gregg Tidd had volunteered to clean the windows. Humes contacted the owners of the building to encourage them to paint over the graffiti on the columns.

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Author William Styron’s daughter tells of his life’s highs and lows

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NORTH CANAAN — For readers of American literature, William Styron is the famed 20th century author who gave the world such masterpieces as “Sophie’s Choice” and “Lie Down in Darkness.”
For readers suffering from depression, and the families of those people, Styron is also the author of “Darkness Visible,” the nonfiction account of his lifelong crippling affliction.
For Litchfield County residents, he was one of the celebrity residents of the town of Roxbury.

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Team of seven joins fire company’s ranks

Their motto: I got your back
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NORTH CANAAN — Their average age is 23. They have been volunteer fire company members for as long as 15 years, or as little as a month. But the number they all have in common is 200. That’s how many hours they have now completed in Firefighter 1 training.

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Diner owners step up to help Christ Church

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NORTH CANAAN — Last Sunday, members of Christ Church were prepared to take a vote on whether or not to close their doors. Upkeep of the historic Episcopal church had become too much for the dwindling congregation.
But what they lack in money they make up for in spirit, and a member who is always passionate about doing what is right has stepped up to become their inspiration.

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Petty cash, contributions stolen from the library

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NORTH CANAAN — The Douglas Library was broken into sometime between Sunday and Monday morning, Jan. 29-30. Between $300 and $400 was taken, money that had been contributed to the library plus petty cash.
Library Director Norma DeMay said the staff and volunteers are always careful to lock doors and windows and to monitor who comes and goes. She didn’t want to jump to a conclusion, but on Saturday she was troubled by what she called a “suspicious loiterer” who spent a lot of time in the history and magazine section on the west side of the library.

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Fire destroys North Canaan home

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People and horses all safe
NORTH CANAAN — A fire raged through a Moses Mead Road home Monday, Jan. 30, destroying in about two hours the residence of Michael Subklew and Rudy Molina.
No one was home at the time and there were no injuries related to the fire. Four horses in a stable about 50 feet behind the house remained safe in an adjoining fenced field while firefighters from eight towns battled the very stubborn blaze. They were hampered by an unsteady supply of water and gusty winds.

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Inferno

Fire destroyed the Michael Subklew/Rudy Molina residence on Moses Mead Road, North Canaan, Monday. For more photos and story, click here.

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Pastor takes ministry to the streets (and Collins Diner)

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NORTH CANAAN — His rather unusual name sounds forbidding and, frankly, daunting. It’s a misleading introduction to the new, unassuming and instantly likable new pastor at the North Canaan Congregational Church in East Canaan.
Savage Frieze (named for ancestors of varied northern European descent) took the helm at the town’s oldest parish on Jan. 1. He and interim Pastor Rosemary Dawson, who served for a little more than three years, shared the pulpit that Sunday.

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Officials ready FY2013 budget

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NORTH CANAAN — Budget proposals for the fiscal year 2012-13 are on the minds of town and school officials.
The new budget year will begin July 1, and will as always be preceded by months of crunching numbers. Local needs, regional school needs, state grants and changes, or not, in the grand list of taxable properties will all be considered to come up with workable plans to meet the town’s needs.

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Firemen’s ball tickets pay for more than just a fun night out

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NORTH CANAAN ­— “What if volunteers didn’t?” The Canaan Fire Company (CFC), now in its 101st year, has adopted that as its new motto.
Although, unlike so many other small town fire departments, their need right now is not for new members as much as it is for more money. Their upcoming annual dance — set for Feb. 18 — is a major fundraiser for the company. Everyone is invited. There will be four hours of music lead by DJ and CFC member Ryan Long, and a Hawaiian theme to overcome midwinter blahs.

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