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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

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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Christ Church reaches out for assistance as it struggles to survive

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NORTH CANAAN — Is Christ Church about to close its doors? A decision by members of the Episcopal church is expected in early March.
It all depends on what happens in the next six weeks.
The church leadership is seeking community support. They have long struggled to meet rising financial needs, while membership dropped off. Community members say a core group of highly dedicated members have kept it going for quite a while.

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With necessary approvals in place, Mountainside work will now begin

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NORTH CANAAN — The planned expansion of Mountainside Addiction Treatment Center on Canaan Road South (Route 7)is poised to begin, following the approval last week of modifications to a special permit granted in November.
Designers have been working to fine-tune siting and other aspects of the 16-bedroom facility, as well as parking lot and drainage in consideration of setbacks and runoff from Canaan Mountain directly behind it.
The original permit was issued with a list of conditions that were satisfied by this latest version of the construction plan.

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