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EAST CANAAN — When William Perotti started his humble plumbing business back in 1928 with just two employees, it was more than a pipe dream. It was the start of a family legacy.

Defying the odds of a family-run business surviving at the fourth-generation level and beyond, William Perotti and Sons Inc. has entered its 90th year in business. It has weathered the economy, changing technology, competition and a fire caused by a lightning strike in 1996 that reduced the original building to rubble. The family rebuilt and persevered.

That major milestone was marked on...

North Canaan

Four injured in car accident

karenb@lakevillejournal.com

NORTH CANAAN — Four Salisbury residents were injured this week after a late Sunday night accident on Route 44 in North Canaan.
According to police, Ryan Diamond, 22, was driving a 1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee west, near the intersection of Old Turnpike Road South at about 11 p.m., when the car drifted off the right side of the road. Diamond attempted to regain control. The Jeep veered back across both travel lanes. It hit a large tree.
Diamond and passenger Kevin Cantele, 20, were flown by Life Star helicopter to Hartford Hospital, according to police. Diamond had a broken femur.

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A little off here, a little off there, after 62 years, that’s a lot of hair

karenb@lakevillejournal.com

NORTH CANAAN — Mario’s Barbershop, with the red- white-and-blue-striped pole, has been the calm center of the village for 62 years, as change has swirled around it.
It is the place where generations of boys got their first haircuts, sitting miraculously still. Mario Sebben said it was for the promise of a lollipop. But there was something about his reassuring voice telling them not to move, seated on a booster board attached to the barber chair arms, their little heads sticking out of the cone of a cape.

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Lots to do for youngsters during the hot summer

cynthiah@lakevillejournal.com

NORTH CANAAN — For children in the North Canaan Summer Recreation Program and the Camp AHA! program, last week’s hot days were spent doing some fairly cool activities.
Children with the Camp AHA! program run by Lynn Nania (which began June 20 and continues to Aug. 12) spent time doing martial arts, music, crafts and more last week.
Camp AHA! is the summer extension of the town-sponsored after-school program AHA! (after-hours activities), which has been operating since 1991 at North Canaan Elementary School. The is the first year AHA! has offered a summer camp.

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State police arrest four on drug, theft charges

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NORTH CANAAN — A car that got the attention of a Connecticut state trooper because of its reported involvement in drug activity in town has led to the arrest of four local people on theft and drug charges.
The blue Ford Taurus was spotted waiting in line for gasoline at the Shell station at Route 44 and North Elm Street at about 9 p.m. Sunday, July 24.
An investigation revealed driver Tara McDougall, 23, of Railroad Street in North Canaan to be in possession of four plastic bags containing a total of .88 ounces of marijuana, as well as used syringes and heroin wrappers.

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P& Z approves two zoning changes

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NORTH CANAAN — Two amendments were made to zoning regulations July 11. One clarifies how home occupations are regulated. The other paves the way for an application for a proposed expansion of an addiction treatment facility.
Unanimous votes by the Planning and Zoning Commission followed two public hearings.
There was no public comment on the proposed change to Article XI, Home Occupations & Cottage Industries. The change was merely to correct an inconsistency. The Table of Uses was changed a couple of years ago to require both be by special permit only.

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Giumarro Real Estate moves to new office

NORTH CANAAN — Giumarro Real Estate, previously located at 8 East Main St., has moved to 25 Main St.
Bob Giumarro, Realtor and owner, sold the property at 8 East Main St. in 2002, when his wife, Ruth, sold her flower shop business next door. The flower shop ran for 19 years, starting in 1986. After about nine years of renting the office space, Giumarro decided it was time to move.
Giumarro, who is originally from Bethel, Conn., first visited North Canaan as a child. He has been a Realtor since 1972 and has had offices in North Canaan since 1986.

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Fireman’s Parade marks last weekend of annual Railroad Days events

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NORTH CANAAN — The food, the music, the bull-riding, belly dancing, classic cars, and fireworks, and oh yes, the weather. The last weekend of Railroad Days rocked in every sense.
As thousands jammed the streets prior to Saturday’s Fireman’s Parade, there was an atmosphere of sheer summer enjoyment: being outside, greeting friends and being grateful a sudden storm with damaging winds was not bearing down (as it did last year).

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Fireman’s Parade in North Canaan

The crowd on Main Street cheered for the Sharon Volunteer Fire Department at the start of Saturday’s Fireman’s Parade in North Canaan.

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Bird Watch

“For the past week, we’ve had a pair of barred owls hunting in the daytime from trees around our house on the side of Canaan Mountain,” reported Alison Orr-Andrawes of Falls Village. “A pair of robins raising a brood on one of the porch lights is quite upset about this. The male robin dive bombs the owl whenever it gets too close, but the owls ignore him and seem more interested in rodent activity on the ground.”

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All aboard for Railroad Days!

cynthiah@lakevillejournal.com

Sure, it rained on Friday night, but the relatively light downpour was nothing compared to the intense storm that hit the annual Railroad Days festivities in 2010. Last year, the rain and winds hit suddenly and not only drenched the firefighters marching in the parade, it also lofted at least one vendor’s tent up into the air.
So yes, it rained this year on Friday but not enough to deter any carnival-goers from coming out for the many activities offered as part of the annual center-of-town celebration.

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