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NORTH CANAAN — A new schedule of fees for use of the North Canaan transfer station was announced at the regular meeting of the Board of Selectmen on Monday, March 4. Rates showed an increase in all categories.

First Selectman Charles Perotti explained that the town’s tipping fee (the amount the town will pay for trash disposal) will be raised on April 1 to $85 per ton.

The new permit rate for residents will increase to $60 per year; for seniors 62 and over, $30; out-of-state users will pay up to $75. The new rates will be available for viewing on the town...

North Canaan

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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Canaan Child Care holds preschool fashion show

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NORTH CANAAN — Pre-schoolers strutted on the runway in the morning sunshine. Some worked it, bringing attitude. A few were too shy to peek out from under hats or behind masks.
The Aug. 17 fashion show was a first at the Canaan Child Care Center. The idea was the inspiration of Talia Prindle, a Sharon resident and Fashion Institute of Technology student who is working there over the summer. With her creative guidance, the children designed their own outfits and made invitations and swag bags for family members.

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Century expansion denied

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SHEFFIELD/NORTH CANAAN — A permit that would have been a step toward an expansion of the Century Acquisitions plant was denied earlier this month by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP).
The ruling was based on the applicant’s failure to respond to concerns by opposition group, No Asphalt! Defense Fund (NADF), about increased noise that its members say would result from a plan to add a hot mix asphalt operation to the existing concrete batch plant in Sheffield.

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Calcium fire on Daisy Hill Road

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NORTH CANAAN — A minor calcium fire was reported at the Specialty Minerals wire plant on Daisy Hill Road Aug. 21.
Canaan Fire Company and North Canaan Volunteer Ambulance Corps personnel were called to the scene at 8 a.m. The situation was quickly brought under control.
Calcium fires are unique in that the material reacts with water or moisture to ignite. Water, and even foam, which is water-based, cannot be used to extinguish burning calcium. At the plant, it is usually a matter of removing the raw material from machinery.

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State budget woes threaten Troop B

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NORTH CANAAN — A plan to try to consolidate State Police dispatch services in Litchfield County is being proposed again by the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection (DESPP). The goal is to prevent state budget cutbacks from translating into trooper layoffs (see related story, this page).
Local first selectmen and state representatives attended a joint meeting of the Northwestern Connecticut Council of Governments (COG) and the Litchfield Hills Council of Elected Officials (LHCEO) Aug. 16 at the University of Connecticut campus in Torrington.

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Summer music at Geer

The gardens at Geer Nursing and Rehabilitation Center are a perfect spot for Wednesday night concerts during August. Bruce Mandel performed last week. Aug. 24 brings Andy Sherwood’s Dixieland Jazz Band, 6 to 8 p.m.

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Cart before horse?

Mountainside seeks advice from P&Z board
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NORTH CANAAN — A public hearing on a plan for an expansion to the Mountainside Addiction Treatment Center brought an involved discussion Aug. 8, but no conclusion by the Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z).
The applicant will eventually need a special permit for the planned detached residential treatment facility on 6 acres adjacent to the Route 7 South facility.

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Annual Blackberry River Walk is Aug. 20

NORTH CANAAN —The annual Blackberry River Walk will be held Saturday, Aug. 20, and includes a look at the work done to restore the Beckley Dam.
It begins at 9:30 a.m. at the North Canaan Congregational Church with speaker John Pawlowski, who is head of the Connecticut Museum of Mining and Mineral Science in Kent.
Participants will then proceed down Lower Road, viewing sites from East Canaan’s industrial past, to Beckley Furnace. There will be an opportunity to see the results of the recent reconstruction and restoration of the dam, with demonstrations of stonecutting and blacksmithing.

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