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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

BOE tries to balance difficult 2017-18 budget

NORTH CANAAN – The North Canaan Elementary School (NCES) Board of Education discussed a preliminary budget for the 2017-18 fiscal year on Thursday night, March 9. The fiscal year begins July 1.
The preliminary budget for NCES had a 6.7 percent increase ($288,322) over this year’s budget, but that number is expected to change. This does not yet factor in the North Canaan Board of Education’s share of regional education costs.

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900 years of service celebrated at Geer

NORTH CANAAN – Praised for decades of dedication and selfless service, 37 staff members were honored at the annual Employees Recognition Breakfast on Friday, March 10, at Geer Village in North Canaan.  

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Ohler on ‘tough budget season’

NORTH CANAAN — State Rep. Brian Ohler (R-64) took to the podium at a meeting of the Exchange Club of Canaan on Tuesday evening, March 7, to discuss his first months as a “freshman legislator” and the issues facing Litchfield County. 

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Seniors thank Scouts with treats

On Wednesday, Feb. 22, residents of Beckley House hosted Scouts from Canaan Cub Scout Pack 22. Last December, the Scouts raised funds and bought Christmas gifts for the seniors. Last week, the seniors treated the boys to doughnuts and hot chocolate as a thank-you.

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Down and derby with the wooden racers

At the Pinewood Derby, boys don’t take the wheel so much as let go and watch gravity do its work. The key to victory in this miniature-car race is all in the preparation — and as the motto goes, a Boy Scout is always prepared. 
The Pinewood Derby is a yearly tradition that dates back to the car-obsessed 1950s. It pairs a bit of healthy competition with mechanical ingenuity (in lieu of big engines) and some old-fashioned craftsmanship. 

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Fishes and Loaves gets remodeled

Fish and Loaves on Granite Avenue, a program sponsored by the North Canaan Congregational Church, recently Fishes and Loaves underwent a complete remodeling. Most notable was the creation of new shelving units for the donated foods given to families in need.
“The goal was to increase storage and make it easier for the volunteers to keep track of the inventory,” said Supply Manager Kevin Farnham. 

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Seniors thank Scouts with treats

On Wednesday, Feb. 22, residents of Beckley House hosted Scouts from North Canaan Cub Scout Pack 22.  Last December, the Scouts raised funds and bought Christmas gifts for the seniors. Last week, the seniors treated the boys to donuts and hot chocolate as a thank-you.

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Syrian family makes great strides

NORTH CANAAN — Sean White and Leo Gafney, co-chairs of the Church of St. Mary’s Syrian Refugee Committee, joined a meeting of the Exchange Club of Canaan on Tuesday evening, Feb. 2. The two parishioners discussed how they helped bring Mahmoud and Alia Al Ghanem and their children to live in Salisbury and the notable progress that has occurred as the family has transitioned to life in the United States over the past six months. 

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Budget schedule is set, Sorrell elected to finance board

State Police Trooper Chris Sorrell was elected to the North Canaan Board of Finance at a special meeting of the board on Wednesday night, Feb. 8.
Sorrell is the resident state trooper for Salisbury. He lives in North Canaan with his wife and four children.
He is filling the seat that was vacated by Brian Ohler in January after Ohler was elected as the state representative for the 64th District. Sorrell will serve on the board until the municipal election in November, when town residents will vote for someone to fill the seat for the next four years. 

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Rule would increase safety of short-term recovery rentals

A new ordinance regulating multitenant rehabilitation and recovery facilities is being crafted by North Canaan Resident State Trooper Greg Naylor, Town Attorney Judith Dixon and Assistant State’s Attorney Judith Dicine.
In an interview at Town Hall last week, Naylor stressed that the proposed ordinance is not meant to discourage people who are in recovery from finding someplace to stay while they are either waiting for admission to a facility such as Mountainside or after they have completed their program.

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