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NORTH CANAAN — Toes were tapping in recognition as accordion collector Paul Ramunni visited Geer Village on Saturday, Feb. 9, to share his talent for squeezing several familiar tunes out of his special-edition Verde accordion while regaling his audience with facts and stories about the development of the instrument as well as the roles the accordion played in history.

The presentation was tuneful and informative, enlivened by an engaging personality.  Assisting Ramunni was his wife of 45 years, Marcia, who was in charge of book sales.  Ramunni’s recently...

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Sgt. Ohler injured in Afghanistan

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NORTH CANAAN — Sgt. Brian Ohler, 28, was wounded while out on patrol with his unit in Farah, Afghanistan, on Saturday night, Sept. 17. Farah is a city in western Afghanistan on the Farah River.
His brother, Keith Ohler, who lives in North Canaan with his wife, Erin, owns and operates the Caddie Shack and Steppin’ Stone.
“Brian’s unit was hit by an IED [Improvised Explosive Device], which blew up between two Humvees,”
he said in an interview Tuesday morning with The Lakeville Journal.
“He was in charge, and everyone got out, there were about 25 of them.”

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Library short on funds for repairs

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NORTH CANAAN — Electrical storms over the summer knocked out the elevator at the Douglas Library, leaving the library with a $2,000 shortfall after repairs, according to Director Norma DeMay.
The June 1 storm that included a rare tornado in Springfield, Mass., and a storm Aug. 19 together knocked out the elevator; the August incident also disabled the alarm system.
Getting the elevator and alarm systems repaired cost $4,000 per incident; DeMay said the library’s insurance policy includes a $1,000 deductible.

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9/11 We remembered

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Though many churches and other organizations held memorial services on Sunday, the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, the most extensive was organized by the Knights of Columbus and held at St. Joseph’s Church in North Canaan.

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Time to reflect

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NORTH CANAAN — It took 12 hours, and about as many volunteers. But the names of all the casualties of the terror attacks on Sept. 11,  2001, were read aloud throughout the day on Sunday, Sept. 11, at St. Joseph’s Church in North Canaan.

The Patriot Day service was sponsored by the area Knights of Columbus and was organized by a group of volunteers led by North Canaan resident Nick de Angelis, who is the area lodge’s grand knight.

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Getting to know a (past) president

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NORTH CANAAN — Kevin Titus began his career as an impersonator of characters on the wrong side of the law. In the mid-1980s, while stationed with the Army in Texas, he was portraying public enemies from the Dillinger era.
But as the years went on, he began to take on a more stately air.
“People told me I looked like I should be a president,” Titus said. “I liked history and was interested in several presidents, so it seemed like the thing to do.”

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At school, learning to read one way and stop signs

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NORTH CANAAN — The new year started at North Canaan Elementary School last week with some safety measures for pedestrians and drivers put in place at the 11th hour. Issues remain that still need to be addressed.
Signs that were ordered weeks before the last school year ended were put in place a few days before the Aug. 30 first day of school. Two black-and-white signs declare the one-way status of Pease Street from 8 to 9 a.m. and 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., covering arrival and dismissal times at the school.

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Patriot’s Day Vigil to be held at St. Joseph’s Church

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NORTH CANAAN — The 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks on the U.S. will bring memorial events across the country.
The Knights of Columbus at St. Joseph’s Church have, for several years now, recognized the thousands who died that day, and the heroes of rescue operations and war against terrorism that followed.
This year, the Patriot Day Vigil will begin at midnight Sept. 10 and continue for more than 24 hours.
Much of that time will be spent in silence, without speeches and ceremony.

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Talk Sept. 10 on Madoff at Geer

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NORTH CANAAN — Diane Henriques, senior financial writer at The New York Times, will speak about her new book, “The Wizard of Lies,” Saturday, Sept. 10, at 3 p.m. at Geer Village.
Bernie Madoff is the subject of a book that looks at the man behind probably the most famous Ponzi scheme of all times. Thousands of investors were defrauded of billions of dollars by his Wall Street investment firm over the course of many years. He pleaded guilty in 2009 to a list of felony charges.
Henriques’ extensive research included interviewing victims, his family and Madoff himself, in his jail cell.

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Hurricane Irene floods town, downs trees and wires

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NORTH CANAAN — Like other towns across the region, North Canaan dealt with its share of Hurricane Irene damage: trees and wires down and homes and property inundated with flood water. There were no reported injuries, but Monday’s cleanup included removing a tree that crashed on a home and a road washed away by a raging creek.

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Bricks — yes, bricks — spotlighted at Blackberry River Walk

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NORTH CANAAN — People actually collect bricks? That was pretty much the first collective thought by those attending last Saturday’s annual Blackberry River Walk.
The morning’s talk and walk celebrated and explored East Canaan’s industrial past, particularly the ironworks that once dominated the Lower Road area along the river. Three blast furnaces harnessed river power to melt iron from locally mined ore. The most obvious, and easily overlooked, aspect of it all were the bricks that lined furnace hearths and smoke stacks.

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