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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.

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North Canaan

Efforts continue to make Commons plan work

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NORTH CANAAN — A request for a dramatic lowering of a construction bond at Blackberry River Commons is making progress before the Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z).
The application to drop the $300,000 bond to $25,000 or $30,000 on construction of up to 21 homes at the age 55-plus condominiums has been before P&Z numerous times. Owner William Weingart was at the Feb. 13 meeting to discuss the issues. He last appeared in April 2011.

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CFC aloha

Canaan Fire Company (CFC) held a fundraising dance Saturday, Feb. 18, and among those attending were, upper left, Crystal and Christopher Ohmen (he is assistant chief of Lakeville Hose Company). Continuing clockwise are Timmy Redlund (Canaan Fire Police), Ginny Redlund, Rich Crane (Canaan Fire Company veteran), Valerie Crane and Ron Carpenter (president of CFC); then Rowland and Robin Denny of Norfolk (he is deputy fire marshall for North Canaan); and last, Maribeth Weaver (secretary of CFC), Jody Zeller (Norfolk Fire Department) and Shanna Foley (captain, CFC).

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Clock ticking (fast) on depot plans

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NORTH CANAAN — Plans for the final phase of the Canaan Union Station rebuilding are just about complete. More importantly, the project, which addresses interior and exterior finishing work, is poised for approval by the state. It remains on track to be completed before the year is out.
The state Department of Transportation (DOT) gets its say because it is holding $1.3 million in federal funding earmarked for the project since 2005.

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Guest reader

Children at North Canaan Elementary School and adults from the community shared a joy of reading on Read Aloud Day, Feb. 8, sponsored by the Northwest Connecticut Chamber of Commerce and the Alcoa Foundation. Darrel Long from Salisbury Bank and Trust was among the readers. Books for the program were donated to the school.

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BOS twice turned down by state

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NORTH CANAAN — Two requests made to state agencies by the Board of Selectmen on behalf of a local business and a local nonprofit were denied.
Discussed at the Feb. 6 selectmen’s meeting was the denial of an application for a $200,000 STEAP (Small Town Economic Assistance) grant toward the Canaan Union Station renovation.
“We qualified but we didn’t get it,” First Selectman Douglas Humes said. “There were 184 applicants and $49 million requested from a fund capped at $20 million. Only 61 projects were funded.”

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Efforts to remedy parking problem at NCES pick up speed

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NORTH CANAAN — Things are getting better with illegal (and inconsiderate) parking around North Canaan Elementary School, thanks to physical restrictions and reminders that caution is required in a school zone.
The Board of Selectmen is now stepping in to create and enforce clearer directives.
Some of the changes already made include the relocation of the entrance to the neighboring Town Hall parking lot, so drivers can no longer cut across the pedestrian crosswalk. New signage makes it clear the street is one-way for an hour twice a day, during student arrival and dismissal times.

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551 pairs of blue jeans will soon find new legs

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NORTH CANAAN — What does it look like when you put together 551 pairs of jeans? To those who collected them at North Canaan Elementary School (NCES) and Housatonic Valley Regional High School, it looks like a successful clothing drive for people in local shelters.
The NCES PTO led a collection for the past month, taking in 448 pairs, in all sizes, at the school and at Collins Diner. Another 103 was collected in a week when a box was set up at the high school.

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CFC fundraising dance is Feb. 18

NORTH CANAAN —The Canaan Fire Company has launched its annual appeal, seeking to raise $120,000 to cover its yearly operating and capital expenses.
Proceeds from the CFC annual dance this Feb. 18 are hoped to move that firetruck much higher on the sign in front of the firehouse.
The dance is 8 p.m. to midnight at North Canaan Elementary School. Tickets are $10 and available at the door.
Donations may be sent to PO Box 642, Canaan, CT 06018 or at www.canaanfirecompany.org.

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Despite arrest, vandalism continues in North Canaan

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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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