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NORTH CANAAN — Christian Allyn, a 23–year–old selectman from North Canaan, visited The Cobb School in Simsbury on Election Day to talk with elementary students about his path to public service, the role of local government, and the importance of voting. Allyn, a 2017 graduate of the University of Connecticut with degrees in horticulture and resource economics, has a passion for public service, and his message of “getting involved” was powerful.

After Head of School Mary Lou Cobb introduced the young selectman, Allyn dived into the conversation with his...

North Canaan

Signs of good economy but ... three sticky zoning questions

karenb@lakevillejournal.com

NORTH CANAAN — Two matters have come before the Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z), and are expected to play out in the coming months.
The Citgo gas station at the Xtra Mart on the corner of Route 44 and North Elm Street is working on a rebranding to become a Shell station. Some zoning nonconformity issues will have to be worked out.
Zoning Enforcement Officer Ruth Mulcahy reported at the May 9 commission meeting that the changeover includes replacing the logo-inclusive canopy over the pumps, as well as a “very large” freestanding sign.

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Waiting for state to make first move

North Canaan in wait-and-see mode on budgets
karenb@lakevillejournal.com

NORTH CANAAN — A second try at holding the annual town meeting to consider the 2011-12 budget proposal was postponed last week as town officials awaited word on the state budget and how it will affect grants and income to the town.
The town meeting to vote on local town and school spending was originally set for May 10. It was put off to May 17, when it was convened with about 20 people in attendance; a motion was approved to adjourn to May 31.

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National EMS week

Stuffed dog, kindergarteners sit in ambulance
karenb@lakevillejournal.com

NORTH CANAAN — National Emergency Medical Services Week was recognized last Friday, May 20, at North Canaan Elementary School with a visit by a team of emergency medical technicians and ambulance tours for the students.
It gave the emergency volunteers a chance to talk with children about when it’s appropriate to call an ambulance, what do to when calling 911 and the ways in which EMTs assist and care for the public.

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A swinging time at Geer senior prom

karenb@lakevillejournal.com
NORTH CANAAN — Poodle skirts and vinyl albums set the tone for the Housy Happy Days senior prom, held at Geer Village Saturday, May 21. Teens who are part of the Student Government Association (SGA) at Housatonic Valley Regional High School organized the dance. Otherwise, the evening was for those who were teens back in the 1950s and earlier. The Geer crowd was joined by seniors from Sharon Health Care Center and Noble Horizons. Lena DeMarco was among those who enjoyed themselves on the dance floor. “I used to love to dance,” DeMarco, 94, said during the pre-dance dinner.

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A swinging time at Geer senior prom

karenb@lakevillejournal.com

NORTH CANAAN — Poodle skirts and vinyl albums set the tone for the Housy Happy Days senior prom, held at Geer Village Saturday, May 21.
Teens who are part of the Student Government Association (SGA) at Housatonic Valley Regional High School organized the dance. Otherwise, the evening was for those who were teens back in the 1950s and earlier. The Geer crowd was joined by seniors from Sharon Health Care Center and Noble Horizons.
Lena DeMarco was among those who enjoyed themselves on the dance floor.

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Fire District budget meeting moves to June 7

karenb@lakevillejournal.com

NORTH CANAAN — A May 17 town meeting to consider the proposed 2011-12 budget of the Canaan Fire District (CFD) has been postponed until June 7.
The adjournment was primarily due to a lack of a quorum, but CFD Warden Anthony Nania said there was also an issue of an incomplete budget.
The quorum issue is a long-standing one, hailing back to when the state Legislature changed the minimum from seven to 15 people. Anyone can attend public district meetings, but a quorum of eligible voters (residents and property owners within the district) is required.

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North Canaan’s Citgo to become a Shell

karenb@lakevillejournal.com

NORTH CANAAN — Within the next few weeks, the Citgo station at the Xtra Mart in the center of town will be changed to a Shell station.
What the rebranding means for gas prices remains to be seen. But an official of Xtra Mart Convenience Stores, based in North Grosvenordale in northeastern Connecticut, confirmed this week that the station will partner with Stop & Shop to accept points customers earn in the Gas Rewards program.

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Breakfast with friends

Among those attending the senior breakfast at North Canaan Elementary School May 11 were Marty and Kitty McKay, who were served omelets by grandson Braeden Allyn; and Patricia Dennis, who was invited by Shane Stampfle, for whom she has babysat since he was 5 months old.

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Crossing guard says drivers continue to flout law

karenb@lakevillejournal.com

NORTH CANAAN — Town officials have begun addressing traffic problems in and near North Canaan Elementary School grounds.
Among the issues is a significant number of drivers going the wrong way during arrival and dismissal times, when Pease Street is designated as a one-way street.
A messy situation has long existed there that combines a difficult intersection and crosswalk with drivers (including parents and school staff) who seem unwilling or unable to follow the designated protocols.

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Major shift to be made in middle school schedule at NCES in fall

karenb@lakevillejournal.com

NORTH CANAAN — A plan to realign two grade levels at North Canaan Elementary School was well-received by the Board of Education May 12.
Two fifth-grade and two sixth-grade teachers will team up to teach students in those grades beginning in the next school year.
Fifth-graders will see the biggest change. Instead of remaining in the same classroom for academic subjects taught by the same teacher, they will move to different classrooms and subjects taught by team teachers with special expertise in, for example, math and science.

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