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NORTH CANAAN — Responding to a campaign led by local residents in opposition to an application by B. Metcalf paving company to expand its business, the North Canaan Planning and Zoning Commission(P&Z) agreed to add a provision to zoning regulations to not permit asphalt operations in North Canaan.  

At a meeting on Monday, May 13, the commission voted 3-1 to add an amendment to the existing town regulations. P&Z Chairman Steve Allyn did not vote on the matter, although he led the meeting.

The action followed a public hearing that drew about 175...

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Dispute rages over cable television access control
patricks@lakevillejournal.com

NORTH CANAAN — A deal to turn over control of the public access cable television station CATV6 from Tri-State Public Communications (TSPC) to Northwest Corner Public Access fell through in August when Tri-State withdrew its support.
How Tri-State sees it
Marshall Miles, who founded Tri-State (a nonprofit media company) with Jill Goodman, runs the television station and the WHDD-Robin Hood Radio NPR station in Sharon.

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Release of federal funds means Union Station nears completion

karenb@lakevillejournal.com

NORTH CANAAN — Is there finally light at the end of the tunnel for the project to rebuild Canaan Union Station?
With plans for the final phase in hand and ready to be put out to bid, the owners were recently given an approval date of 2013 for the release of federal funding set aside for the project.
They found that date to be unacceptable.

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Roadwork could change use of school’s parking lot

karenb@lakevillejournal.com

NORTH CANAAN — Work on a new Pease Street entrance to the Town Hall parking lot is underway, part of an effort to improve safety at a school crosswalk.
The Board of Selectmen put the plan in motion following a review by consulting engineer George Johannesen of Allied Engineering Associates.

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Good aim!

The NCES PTO annual Family Fun Fest was held on the front lawn of North Canaan Elementary School Sept. 18. Iain Rand showed winning form at the potty toss.

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President Harding as greatest U.S. leader

If only he had lived to finish his term
karenb@lakevillejournal.com

NORTH CANAAN — President Warren G. Harding arrived at Christ Church Sunday. At least, his spirit was there, in a re-enactment presented by Kevin Titus of Falls Village.
The actor has taken on the role of the former president in a big way, promoting the man he believes could have been our greatest national leader had he not died two years into office.
Titus entered the church with a “Secret Service” man and shook hands with every member of the small crowd before taking the podium to give Harding’s “My Conviction” speech.

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Cleanups follow storms

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NORTH CANAAN — The town’s “garage sale” has been rescheduled to Sept. 24 at 9 a.m. at the Town Garage.
Now that the town crew and selectmen have dealt with cleanup following Tropical Storm Irene, they can focus on clearing out unused items.
The list includes a 1-ton dump truck with plow, a larger dump truck with a sander and an Army surplus Jeep, in camouflage paint, as well as an assortment of smaller items.

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After lightning strikes, community comes out

karenb@lakevillejournal.com

NORTH CANAAN — Lightning can strike twice, but it only takes one person to spark a groundswell of community spirit.
Resident Greg Karcheski read in the Sept. 15 edition of The Lakeville Journal that the electrical system for the Douglas Library elevator had been zapped by lightning twice over the summer.
The first time was June 1. It was repaired. The second time was Aug. 19. That strike also knocked out the alarm system. Again, it was repaired, and this time, a surge protector was added.
Each repair cost the library a $1,000 deductible on its insurance.

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For little golfers — and a child care center — it’s mini golf!

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NORTH CANAAN — A bright and brisk late summer day was just right for the Mini-Golf Tournament at the Caddie Shack in North Canaan last Saturday, Sept. 17.
The event was a fundraiser for the Housatonic Child Care Center (HCCC) in Salisbury, so it was fitting that groups of families with young children, as well as older folks, all took part in the tournament.

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Canaan Fire Company earns top honors

karenb@lakevillejournal.com

NORTH CANAAN — Two local volunteer fire departments brought home big trophies from the 128th Connecticut State Firefighters Association’s Convention and Parade this past weekend.
It was hosted by the Clinton Volunteer Fire Department.
Norfolk Volunteer Fire Department won Best Overall Apparatus, for the second year in a row.
Canaan Fire Company won Best Fire Unit Without Music and came in sixth overall in the competition.

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North Canaan’s BD celebrates 50 years

karenb@lakevillejournal.com

NORTH CANAAN — Half a century ago, the very rural local landscape was an unusual place to consider as a spot for a manufacturing plant. Becton-Dickinson Co., now known as BD, was a little more than 50 years old at the time, expanding and about to go public with shares on the New York Stock Exchange.
Perhaps former plant manager Jim Levy should have suggested they’d gone too far afield when he arrived in 1961 to interview prospective employees. He and his team were stuck in a motel room as 20 inches of snow fell. They did not conduct a single interview.

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