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NORTH CANAAN — Responding to residents’ complaints about the uneven condition of the town’s sidewalks and observations about some residents neglecting to pick up after their dogs, the North Canaan selectmen discussed those concerns at their meeting on Monday, Sept. 10.

“It’s really bad,” Selectman Craig Whiting reported, after having walked all of the sidewalks in town. “Many dog owners are responsible about cleaning up, but some are not.” 

Rather than drafting and enforcing an ordinance right away, the selectmen decided...

North Canaan

Officials are coming closer to final budget numbers

karenb@lakevillejournal.com

NORTH CANAAN — Next up in the budget process is an April 13 regular Board of Finance meeting, where board members may offer feedback on town and school proposals.
While they can suggest adjustments to various line items, the finance board cannot call for anything beyond a bottom line change.

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Rise in cost may spark new debate over resident trooper

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NORTH CANAAN — A nearly 10 percent increase to the resident state trooper contract is part of the 2011-12 town budget proposal.
It is year two of a two-year contract. The $6,977 hike would be part of a renewed contract for the next two years, and could spark renewed debate over the necessity of the program for North Canaan.

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All smiles at school budget hearing

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NORTH CANAAN — Who says a budget presentation can’t be fun?
Everyone who attended the March 23 North Canaan Elementary School presentation to the Board of Finance got to play with the Promethean ActivExpression.
Finance board members and audience members got to use the new technology to answer questions posed by Principal Rosemary Keilty. Their answers — which were given using remote devices that resembled oversized cell telephones — were compiled and appeared on a SMART board.

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State vs. town

Who will rule the wind?
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NORTH CANAAN — A draft of regulations governing wind turbines got another review at the March 14 Planning and Zoning Commission meeting.
The commission members also approved a letter to be sent to the state, asking about how involved the Siting Council or other agencies will be in deciding where wind turbines can be built.
A wind turbine proposed by BNE Energy Inc. for a ridgeline location at Lone Oak Camp Sites was denied by Planning and Zoning last fall. The commission wanted to wait until the town had regulations governing the green energy source.

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First victory for the Beth Johnson bill in Hartford

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NORTH CANAAN — Raised House Bill 6499, which includes the so-called Beth Johnson bill, made it through committee at the state Legislature last week.
Johnson, a teacher at North Canaan Elementary School (NCES), proposed a separate kindergarten-through-grade-12 certification endorsement for computer and information technology teachers.
Johnson recently earned a master’s degree in computer education, but her basic certification, for kindergarten through grade six, would preclude her from teaching technology in a kindergarten-through-grade-eight school, such as NCES.

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Checkered flags for Scouts

NORTH CANAAN — Cub Scout Pack 22 held its annual Pinewood Derby on Saturday, March 19, at North Canaan Elementary School.
The derby is an annual Cub Scout event that many area packs participate in. The first derby was held in 1953; California Cubmaster Don Murphy came up with the idea as an activity for Scouts who were too young to participate in soap box derbies.

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Help wanted (and needed), as volunteers resign

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NORTH CANAAN — Resignations of two longtime town volunteers were accepted with regret by the Board of Selectmen last week.
There were plenty of accolades for Lynne Martin, who served on the Douglas Library Board of Directors for 35 years.
“I don’t think anyone has been more dedicated to the Douglas Library that Lynn Martin,” First Selectman Douglas Humes said.
It’s been nine years on the Recreation Commission for Earl Dakers, who “did a fantastic job,” Humes said.

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The Beth Johnson Bill: a lesson in civics for teacher’s students

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NORTH CANAAN — Here in North Canaan, it’s called the Beth Johnson Bill. In Hartford, it is known, more anonymously, as Raised House Bill No. 6499. It’s a bit cold; but legislators at the state capital now have a face to put with the bill if and when it comes up for a vote.
As previously reported in The Lakeville Journal, Johnson is a sixth-grade teacher at North Canaan Elementary School who is setting a good example for her students by using the democratic process to try and change a contradiction in the way state education certification works.

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Fire put out

A shed fire on Patty Lane March 10 brought some tense moments as a neighbor, who saw flames shooting from the roof, alerted residents at a nearby house and tossed filled gas cans and a propane tank out of the way. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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Seed of a good idea takes root online

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NORTH CANAAN — For gardeners, there is a fifth season. It is spent shopping and envisioning the summer’s bounty they will reap, their minds temporarily escaping the dead of winter.

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