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NORTH CANAAN — The 55th annual Canaan Railroad Days will be held from July 17 to 28. For many North Canaan residents, this festival is the highlight of summer in the Northwest Corner.

Major events this year will include the Canaan Carnival, a party at the town pool, and trivia at the Great Falls Brewing Company. 

Some past events, such as fireworks and performances by the Salisbury Band, continue to be Railroad Days mainstays. 

Others not so much. The 1971 Railroad Days, for example, was host to a week long film series. Films shown included “...

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Geer Village author series

Consultant explains how Dr. House came to life
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NORTH CANAAN — An intriguing guest speaker, part of Geer Village’s author series, offered sage advice sprinkled with an intriguing behind-the-scenes look at a hit television show when she spoke Nov. 3.
Lisa Sanders is a former CBS News producer, now a medical doctor, Yale professor, New York Times Magazine columnist and author. It is not by chance that she is also a technical consultant on the long-running Fox show, “House.”
The show was inspired by her “Diagnosis” column, in which she presents a single, difficult case each week and offers readers the opportunity to make a diagnosis.

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BOE discusses recess, lunch costs

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NORTH CANAAN ­— Helping students get and stay healthy has become an integral part of school life.
The North Canaan Board of Education took a close look at two aspects at its Nov. 17 meeting: breakfast and recess.
A breakfast program that could include a large number of students at North Canaan Elementary School (NCES) — and be profitable — is getting serious consideration.
The elimination of recess for seventh- and eighth-graders may be reversed, based on negative reaction from students, teachers and parents.

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Federal dollars to support affordable apartments on the Geer campus in North Canaan

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NORTH CANAAN — Affordable apartments that offer secure yet independent living for seniors are a much sought after commodity around here. At Beckley House, part of the Geer campus, the wait to get into one of the affordable units is about two years.
It may be about to get shorter, with the approval of $1,672,000 in federal funding from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The grant is expected to cover a 10-apartment addition to Beckley House.

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Public access TV offers visitors a peek inside the studio

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NORTH CANAAN — Tri-State Communications hosted an open house at its public access television studio at Geer Village on Saturday, Nov. 19.
Tri-State co-owners Marshall Miles and Jill Goodman proudly showed off the facility, which Miles said has state-of-the-art digital equipment. In his tour of the master control room, for example, he noted that there used to be eight VHS vidoetape recorder/players. They have now been replaced by a single digital unit, which is the size of a single VHS player.

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Couldn’t I just email it?

Michael Riccardelli had a very serious chat with Santa during North Canaan’s Parade of Lights Nov. 27.
 
Click here for story on North Canaan's Parade of Lights.

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Holiday shopping season has already begun in town

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NORTH CANAAN — Special downtown shopping events planned for December are aimed at giving a boost to local merchants. Just being noticed by residents would make some very happy.
“Every day, weather permitting, we display merchandise out on the sidewalk,” said Ed Smith, who owns Mr. Ed’s Emporium on Railroad Street with his wife, Sara. “But I don’t think people who drive by everyday notice.”

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Mountainside gets nod to expand facility on Route 7

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NORTH CANAAN — The Mountainside addiction treatment facility on South Canaan Road (Route 7) was granted a special permit last week for an expansion.
Planned is construction of a 16-bed residential building, and additional drainage and parking to accommodate the addition. The Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) voted unanimously Nov. 14 without discussion on a permit motion, with conditions written by Zoning Enforcement Officer (ZEO) Ruth Mulcahy.

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Depot reno information meeting Dec. 12

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NORTH CANAAN — An informational meeting on the final phase of the restoration of Canaan Union Station will be held Monday, Dec. 12, during the regular Connecticut Railroad Historical Association Commission meeting.
A presentation will be given by engineer John Lloyd, who has designed the finishing work for the interior, exterior and landscaping. Lloyd was hired by the depot’s owner, Connecticut Railroad Historical Association.

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Housing Fair held at Geer

Solutions offered for housing crunch
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NORTH CANAAN — It is a generally accepted fact of life in the Northwest Corner that housing is expensive.
It is also generally accepted as fact that many of the volunteers who support the towns’ vital emergency services and fill many government seats are struggling to find a way to own or keep a home here.
The option for many has been to move away. And towns are feeling the pinch.

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Veterans celebrate their day over coffee at Collin’s Diner

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NORTH CANAAN — Military veterans were honored here in subtle ways on Nov. 11, Veterans Day. The day included breakfast at Collin’s Diner, where many of the local vets are regulars.
They came in a steady stream throughout the morning, wearing hats or some sort of insignia in memory of their days in the service.
Ask a veteran why he or she ended up in the military, and you will almost always get an interesting story, or a joke.

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