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Traffic has been slowed through North Canaan as Aquarion installs a new water main on Church Street and Reed Street. First Selectman Charlie Perotti also said that “the state has just put in a new drain pipe by McDonalds.”

North Canaan

Town and Fire District budget meetings May 17

karenb@lakevillejournal.com

NORTH CANAAN — The Canaan Fire District will convene its annual budget town meeting Tuesday, May 17, at 7 p.m. at Town Hall. The only agenda item for voters to consider is the proposed budget for 2011-12.
A town meeting to consider the combined town and elementary school budget proposals, and renewal of the resident state trooper contract is set for May 17 at 7:30 p.m., also at Town Hall.

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Problems identified with first run of the new postal service regimen

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NORTH CANAAN — The initiation of what the U. S. Postal Service calls the Delivery Unit Optimization (DUO) program got off to a less than auspicious start Saturday, May 7.
The plan calls for mail to be delivered presorted from an automated facility in Springfield, Mass. Mail for North Canaan — which includes the Canaan and East Canaan post offices — now goes to the Falls Village post office. Mail carriers have to drive there to collect bins of letters and packages.

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Geer plans to build new affordable units for elderly

Meeting to show drawings is May 18
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NORTH CANAAN — A large expansion to the Beckley House senior apartments is in the works. The public will get a look at the plan and the current facility at Beckley House on May 18 at 4 p.m.
Beckley House was built nine years ago, on the site of the old Robert C. Geer Memorial Hospital. From that facility the Geer campus grew to include the nursing home, adult day center and Geer Village, which offers every level of senior living, from independent to a memory-impaired unit.

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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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