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NORTH CANAAN — Responding to residents’ complaints about the uneven condition of the town’s sidewalks and observations about some residents neglecting to pick up after their dogs, the North Canaan selectmen discussed those concerns at their meeting on Monday, Sept. 10.

“It’s really bad,” Selectman Craig Whiting reported, after having walked all of the sidewalks in town. “Many dog owners are responsible about cleaning up, but some are not.” 

Rather than drafting and enforcing an ordinance right away, the selectmen decided...

North Canaan

Adjustments to regs are needed for Mountainside to grow

karenb@lakevillejournal.com

NORTH CANAAN — A public hearing will be held Monday, July 11, at 7 p.m., prior to the regular Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) meeting.
The commission is seeking to make some adjustments to correct irregularities in the zoning regulations, which were discussed at its June 23 meeting. One that signifies an actual change is proposed to allow Mountainside Addiction Treatment Center to expand onto an adjacent piece of property.

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Eighth-graders at NCES look back, and ahead

By Karen Bartomioli
NORTH CANAAN — It was an evening not just for celebrating achievements, but also the talent and confidence that have been coaxed into blooming.
On June 16, the 29 members of the class of 2011 at North Canaan Elementary School spent their last official moments as eighth-graders looking back with tears, laughter and music.

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Maples take out power

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NORTH CANAAN — Granite Avenue residents were awakened at about 4 a.m. June 18 to loud and strange snapping sounds. Daphne and Geoff Drury looked out their window in time to see a flash as a massive maple tree limb across the street fell — and pulled wires from a pole-top transformer. That limb took additional limbs off a nearby tree, in front of the home of David and Robin Beaujon, who live on the corner of Granite Avenue and Orchard Street. Branches completely blocked Granite Avenue. Power was knocked out for 45 customers, according to the Connecticut Light & Power (CL&P) website.

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Fire district finances on stronger footing

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NORTH CANAAN — Things weren’t looking so good at the beginning of this year for Canaan Fire District finances. A newly completed sewer expansion had gone about a third over cost. The federal government had yet to approve a budget, and it was uncertain if additional loans and grants would be available. Hard times meant more tax liens than ever before, and fewer tax dollars coming in.
In anticipation last fall, the fee for those using the sewer was raised $35, to $270 per year.

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Maples take out power

karenb@lakevillejournal.com

NORTH CANAAN — Granite Avenue residents were awakened at about 4 a.m. June 18 to loud and strange snapping sounds.
Daphne and Geoff Drury looked out their window in time to see a flash as a massive maple tree limb across the street fell — and pulled wires from a pole-top transformer.
That limb took additional limbs off a nearby tree, in front of the home of David and Robin Beaujon, who live on the corner of Granite Avenue and Orchard Street.

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Plants take steps to avoid future leaks

karenb@lakevillejournal.com

NORTH CANAAN — Specialized equipment was donated to North Canaan’s emergency services teams by Specialty Minerals and Minteq Inc.
A need was identified during a safety meeting following a propane gas leak at the companys’ Daisy Hill Road plants in January.
The leaking connection on the newly installed 35,000-gallon tank forced the evacuation of businesses and homes within a mile radius early on a frigid Saturday morning.

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Lone Oak bikers help wishes come true

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NORTH CANAAN — Bikers in studded leather and their chromed pipes were on display at Lone Oak Campsites, but only briefly. After paying an entry fee, checking out an impressive array of donated prizes and perusing a map, they were off on a 120-mile motorcycle ride to raise funds for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
The Father’s Day ride — known as Wishes on Wheels — and picnic is one of many events throughout the summer at the campgrounds. The participants have coalesced into a close-knit community of summer friends who take pride in helping others.

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Neighbors organized against plant expansion

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SHEFFIELD/NORTH CANAAN — Century Acquisitions Inc. is planning to expand its plant on Clayton Road.
Currently, the company is waiting approval from the state of Massachusetts for a plan to add hot mix asphalt batch production. Many neighboring residents are strongly opposed.
A concrete batch plant has operated on the site for more than 50 years. Century, based in New York state, bought the plant from Connecticut Sand and Stone in 2001.
While the plant is in Sheffield — only the driveway is in North Canaan — the closest neighbors are in Connecticut along Clayton Road.

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Storm damage

A tree that fell in North Canaan was one of many across the region that succumbed during the early evening June 9 storms that included high winds, lightning and hail. This one blocked Route 7 just south of the town center, near the intersection of Church Terrace. Traffic was detoured for several hours.

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Lunch prices will rise, due to a new federal law

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NORTH CANAAN — The good news is the lunch program at North Canaan Elementary School is finally running solidly in the black. The school has struggled for years to strike a balance between healthy offerings and at least breaking even financially.
The bad news is that the lunch price will go up a nickel with the new school year — not to meet costs, but to comply with the law.
The federal Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 takes effect July 1. It dictates what can be served and for how much, in schools that take lunch subsidies.

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