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The First Litchfield Artillery Regiment fired a cannon six times on the morning of Tuesday, Sept. 11, to honor the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on New York City, Washington, D.C., and Pennsylvania, and to recognize the almost 7,000 Americans who have died in the War on Terror. The cannon was at St. Joseph’s Church in North Canaan. Simple memorial services began at 12:01 a.m. on Sept. 11 and continued until midnight.

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Exercising compassion as well as their muscles at Curves center

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NORTH CANAAN — Members of the North Canaan Curves fitness center donated 820 pounds of food to the Fishes & Loaves Food Pantry last week.
The nonperishables were collected over the past month by current members and those taking advantage of an offer to join the women-only gym for free in exchange for a bag of groceries.
“Our members have generous hearts. So it’s no surprise to me that they rallied behind the food drive,” said Curves franchise owner Carol Ann Routhier. “We set a goal of collecting 800 pounds of food and we exceeded that goal. I am really proud of our ladies.”

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As spring's waters subside, Blackberry Dam work begins

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NORTH CANAAN — Spring’s high water is roaring through an old turbine pipe and over the Industrial Monument Dam on the Blackberry River. When the river settles down, the last week or two of restoration work there will be completed.

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Budget down 1.8 percent; concerns raised

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NORTH CANAAN — It was a thought-provoking public hearing April 26 on proposed 2011-12 spending. Town and North Canaan Elementary School budget proposals total $6,526,058 — a decrease of 1.8 percent over the current budget.
Another $3,657,539 is the town’s share of spending for the high school and other regional education services. Voters in the six Region One School District towns went to the polls May 3 to decide on that budget, which totals $14,679,097.

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Two new trees for North Canaan school arboretum

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NORTH CANAAN — The 21st Earth Day/Arbor Day Celebration at North Canaan Elementary School always feels like the first real day of spring. The morning of April 29 was no exception, with warm sunshine chasing away the morning’s chill, and leaves about to burst forth as if waiting for this day.
Everyone headed out to the west side of the school, where not one but two American Hophornbeam trees were newly planted.

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Public awareness award for Elm Watch founder Tom Zetterstrom

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NORTH CANAAN — The annual Arbor Day/Earth Day celebration will be held at North Canaan Elementary School (NCES) Friday, April 29. It promises to be as moving as ever, with the entire school gathering outside to welcome a new tree to the arboretum that has been created there.
It will hardly be the same without the man who started it 21 years ago: former NCES student Tom Zetterstrom. But he could not have a better reason for not attending. On April 30, he will be in Nebraska to receive the 2011 Public Awareness of Trees Award from the Arbor Day Foundation.

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New site offers NC sports info

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NORTH CANAAN — A new website for town recreation activities is up and running, and promises lots of ways for community members and town officials to give and get information.
New Recreation Director Adam Bunce will manage the website at www.stadiumroar.com/northcanaanrec.
At the site, athletes can register for teams and coaches can sign up their teams. There will be group discussions, a calendar, scores and stats. People can sign up for email notifications and find out what sports are available and when.

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A trip round the bases at Fenway to help injured vets

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NORTH CANAAN — Next month, Rebecca Cahill and Erin Fowler will participate in the Run to Home Base at Fenway Park in Boston for the second year. And this time, they’re bringing a whole team along.
On May 22, they will be joined by Rebecca’s husband, Donald, and Caleb Huff and his girlfriend, Chelsea Happ. Huff was their inspiration last year. He was serving in Afghanistan then and came home in February.

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Town considers aid for Wangum Village upgrades

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NORTH CANAAN — Nothing but support was expressed for planned upgrades to the Wangum Village housing complex during an April 20 public hearing at Town Hall.
The subject of the hearing was an application for a $700,000 grant from the state Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD).
The positive response to the plan wasn’t completely surprising, since pretty much everyone in attendance was either representing the town or Wangum Village and the North Canaan Housing Authority, or is a resident of the complex.

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Solution in sight for crosswalk controversy

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NORTH CANAAN – Issues at a crosswalk adjacent to North Canaan Elementary School seem to be on their way toward resolution. The solution to ongoing traffic problems at this location may be as simple as enforcement of the law and safety practices, combined with barriers and the installation of flashing lights.
But will making people more aware solve the problems, or will it take giving out tickets to those violating parking regulations, running crossing guard and street stop signs and disregarding a one-way street designation?

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Eager hunter

Lydia Fleming was more interested in the eggs than the prizes during the North Canaan Recreation Commission’s April 16 Easter Egg Hunt at Sam Eddy Field.

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