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

karenb@lakevillejournal.com

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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On parade (and behind the scenes)

karenb@lakevillejournal.com

NORTH CANAAN — Really, it’s a competition so fierce, it could be an Olympic sport. Tremendous effort goes into training and preparation. It brings together competitors from far and wide. Winners are often separated by tiny fractions of a point.
But this event is first and foremost a mainstay of small town traditions. It is the firemen’s parade. The rolling display of fire engines, rescue vehicles and ambulance, sirens and flashing lights is a thrill that transcends entertainment trends.

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Old favorites and some new twists at Caddie Shack

NORTH CANAAN — The recently renovated Caddie Shack has been a great success since opening in April. Keith Ohler, owner of the Steppin’ Stone in North Canaan, is one of the new proprietors of the Caddie Shack.
When what was known for many years as the Snack Shack went up for sale, he saw a great opportunity to bring the community involvement back to North Canaan.
The name is not the only change that Ohler made. While customers can still enjoy their favorite original Texas foot-long hot dogs, onion rings and handcut fries, the menu has been updated.

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Departing on track one

Josh and May Libenow of Sheffield took in a round trip Saturday before attending the carnival at Canaan Railroad Days. Activities continue this week. More photos, story, Page A8. Calendar of events, www.canaanchamber.com.

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Five boys, one teacher on a road trip to Alaska in 1962

It couldn’t happen today
karenb@lakevillejournal.com

NORTH CANAAN — “Of all the great adventures undertaken since the dawn of civilization, one stands out amongst all others. It was shared by T.G. and the Boys who ventured from Canaan, Connecticut, in the Summer of ’62 — NORTH TO ALASKA — and back.”
That unattributed quote is at the beginning of a scrapbook created for the 30th anniversary reunion of that trek, taken on what seemed to be the whim of a man who was a combination of brave and perhaps a little mad.

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Man accused of trying to ignite parked car

NORTH CANAAN — A domestic dispute at a Barracks Road home June 24 resulted in the warrant arrest of a local man.
Christopher Toomey, 55, whose address was listed as 6 Barracks Road, allegedly tried to set a car on fire with a person in it. He was arrested June 27 after an investigation.
According to the warrant, Toomey got into an argument with Karen Deitch, of the same address, who slapped him in the face. Toomey disabled a vehicle after Deitch got into it. He then doused it with gasoline and lit a stick on fire, with the apparent intention of igniting the car.

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Railroad Days is on track

NORTH CANAAN — The North Canaan Railroad Days will be held from July 8 to 17. There will be entertainment, food, tag sales and games sponsored by North Canaan businesses. Some of the events are highlighted below.
The Commerford’s Carnival at Lawrence Field will be from July 8 to 10. There will be carnival rides, games, a petting zoo and elephant and camel rides. Food will be sold by Kristen Marie’s and the Northwest Detachment Marine Corps League to benefit its scholarship fund.

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