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NORTH CANAAN — The picketing strikers were no longer out on Route 44 in front of Stop & Shop on Monday, April 22. 

The union and grocery store chain had announced Sunday night, April 21, that they had reached an agreement.

And so, on the day after Easter and three days into Passover, shoppers began to return to the North Canaan grocery store. Shelves of non-perishables seemed to be well-stocked. The normal abundance of the produce department was diminished, with many of the fruit and vegetable displays empty. 

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North Canaan

Fire district finances on stronger footing

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NORTH CANAAN — Things weren’t looking so good at the beginning of this year for Canaan Fire District finances. A newly completed sewer expansion had gone about a third over cost. The federal government had yet to approve a budget, and it was uncertain if additional loans and grants would be available. Hard times meant more tax liens than ever before, and fewer tax dollars coming in.
In anticipation last fall, the fee for those using the sewer was raised $35, to $270 per year.

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Maples take out power

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NORTH CANAAN — Granite Avenue residents were awakened at about 4 a.m. June 18 to loud and strange snapping sounds.
Daphne and Geoff Drury looked out their window in time to see a flash as a massive maple tree limb across the street fell — and pulled wires from a pole-top transformer.
That limb took additional limbs off a nearby tree, in front of the home of David and Robin Beaujon, who live on the corner of Granite Avenue and Orchard Street.

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Plants take steps to avoid future leaks

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NORTH CANAAN — Specialized equipment was donated to North Canaan’s emergency services teams by Specialty Minerals and Minteq Inc.
A need was identified during a safety meeting following a propane gas leak at the companys’ Daisy Hill Road plants in January.
The leaking connection on the newly installed 35,000-gallon tank forced the evacuation of businesses and homes within a mile radius early on a frigid Saturday morning.

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Lone Oak bikers help wishes come true

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NORTH CANAAN — Bikers in studded leather and their chromed pipes were on display at Lone Oak Campsites, but only briefly. After paying an entry fee, checking out an impressive array of donated prizes and perusing a map, they were off on a 120-mile motorcycle ride to raise funds for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
The Father’s Day ride — known as Wishes on Wheels — and picnic is one of many events throughout the summer at the campgrounds. The participants have coalesced into a close-knit community of summer friends who take pride in helping others.

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Neighbors organized against plant expansion

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SHEFFIELD/NORTH CANAAN — Century Acquisitions Inc. is planning to expand its plant on Clayton Road.
Currently, the company is waiting approval from the state of Massachusetts for a plan to add hot mix asphalt batch production. Many neighboring residents are strongly opposed.
A concrete batch plant has operated on the site for more than 50 years. Century, based in New York state, bought the plant from Connecticut Sand and Stone in 2001.
While the plant is in Sheffield — only the driveway is in North Canaan — the closest neighbors are in Connecticut along Clayton Road.

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Storm damage

A tree that fell in North Canaan was one of many across the region that succumbed during the early evening June 9 storms that included high winds, lightning and hail. This one blocked Route 7 just south of the town center, near the intersection of Church Terrace. Traffic was detoured for several hours.

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Lunch prices will rise, due to a new federal law

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NORTH CANAAN — The good news is the lunch program at North Canaan Elementary School is finally running solidly in the black. The school has struggled for years to strike a balance between healthy offerings and at least breaking even financially.
The bad news is that the lunch price will go up a nickel with the new school year — not to meet costs, but to comply with the law.
The federal Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 takes effect July 1. It dictates what can be served and for how much, in schools that take lunch subsidies.

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State reg written by NCES teacher is now law

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NORTH CANAAN — A legislative amendment, and a valuable civics lesson, were successfully achieved by a North Canaan Elementary School teacher.
Beth Johnson, who teaches fifth and sixth grades, recently earned her master’s degree in technology, hoping to become a K-to-eight technology, or computer, teacher. What she discovered was that, because the standard certification is now K-to-six, she would have to go back to school for additional certification she didn’t really need.

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Money saved at school can now be spent on upgrades

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NORTH CANAAN — An unexpected budget surplus of about $138,000 at North Canaan Elementary School (NCES) had the school board at its June 8 meeting looking at ways to spend part of it.
While the money legally must be returned to the town’s general fund, it has been established between the school and finance boards that the school can consider pre-buying supplies or completing capital projects on a reasonable basis.
The thinking is that most things will cost more down the road so it’s better to spend the money sooner rather than later if it is available.

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Railroad crossing downtown is repaired, for now

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NORTH CANAAN — A railroad crossing in the center of town was repaired last week by a crew from the Housatonic Railroad Co., which operates freight service on the line. A company official said the badly deteriorated roadway at the grade crossing caused a broken rail blamed for the May 13 train derailment.
“The drainage issue there is a serious one,” said Colin Pease, vice president of special projects for the North Canaan-based Housatonic Railroad. “It undermines everything. The crossing has been number one or two on the DOT’s priority list for 10 or 12 years now.”

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