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NORTH CANAAN — Geer has received approval from the state to build a new 120-bed nursing facility to replace the aged and inefficient building on campus that was built in the 1960s.

Geer CEO Kevin O’Connell said that this is an important first step but the hard work is now just beginning. Money has to be raised, not just for building the new facility (which could cost between $20 million and $25 million) but also to do preliminary drawings and plans.

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North Canaan

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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Town has reduced spending —but so has the state

Budget hearing April 26
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NORTH CANAAN — Town and school budget proposals for 2011-12 will be presented at a public hearing April 26 at 7 p.m. at Town Hall.
It’s been a smooth process so far, with the boards of selectmen and education coming up with spending plans that bear no surprises or daunting increases.
The selectmen’s budget for municipal government expenses is down considerably, thanks mainly to the release of a $125,000 annual payment for the 1991 school addition bond.

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HVRHS students issue invites to a ‘senior’ prom

NORTH CANAAN — The Student Government Association at Housatonic Valley Regional High School is hosting Housy Happy Days. It’s a senior prom unlike any other, because only senior citizens are invited.
It will be held on May 21 at Geer Village from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. There will be dinner, dancing, a raffle and a chance to dress up and see friends. There is no charge to come; however, space is limited so tickets should be ordered as soon as possible.
For any questions or to order a ticket, call Sharon Veatch at 860-824-5123 ex. 171 or by email at sveatch@hvrhs.org.

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Former ZEO Nilsen seeks AR deal

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NORTH CANAAN — Karl Nilsen, the former zoning enforcement officer for North Canaan, who was arrested last fall for simultaneously embezzling from three towns that employed him, has applied for accelerated rehabilitation. The details are expected to be finalized in court on May 25.

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First selectman sent angry letter to lawmakers about postal service change

Did it go by mail or Internet?
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NORTH CANAAN — Common sense. Will it prevail in a plan by the U.S. Postal Service for changes in how it handles mail?
It all depends on one’s perspective. For North Canaan First Selectman Douglas Humes, a planned approach that aims to save time and money for the postal service will have the opposite effect here.
In a letter to U.S. Congressman Chris Murphy (D-5), and Senators Richard Blumenthal and Joseph Lieberman, Humes questioned a plan that seems to him will achieve the exact opposite of its stated goal.

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As produce prices rise, market gardening takes root

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NORTH CANAAN — It seemed like there were more vegetable plants than usual at the now-open-for-the-season Freund’s Farm Market. Is it true,or does it just seem that way?
Owner Theresa Freund thought about it for a moment. It’s hard to say, she finally concluded.
It’s mainly because every year finds changes in response to both demand and what’s available. For instance, last year, they ran out of broccoli plants, and will plant more this year.

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NCES student among top in state

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NORTH CANAAN — It was a busy couple of days for Ashlee Baldwin. On the evenings of March 31 and April 1, the seventh-grader performed in the North Canaan Elementary School Drama Club production. In between, she headed to Southern Connecticut State University to compete in the state level of the National Geographic Bee.
She did well in the first elimination round, but like her counterpart from Cornwall Consolidated School, Malcolm Scott, did not quite make it to the top 10 and so did not move into the final round.

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Habitat home marks the beginning of a relationship

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NORTH CANAAN — For five years, Jeremy Kaminski drove the 500-mile round trip from Philadelphia to North Canaan at least every other weekend. His love for this area grew almost as fast as his love for hometown girl Ashleigh Bergenty.
He finally moved here — and now the couple just got word they have been selected as a partner family with Habitat for Humanity of Northwest Connecticut. Construction is expected to start as soon as weather permits at a site off of Salisbury Road (Route 44). It is almost directly across the street from where Bergenty grew up.

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Murder at the elementary school

The North Canaan Elementary School Drama Club presented “A Family Reunion To Die For” March 31 and April 1 at the school. Above,family reunion attendees discovered the body of their host, who had been murdered.

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