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NORTH CANAAN — Christian Allyn, a 23–year–old selectman from North Canaan, visited The Cobb School in Simsbury on Election Day to talk with elementary students about his path to public service, the role of local government, and the importance of voting. Allyn, a 2017 graduate of the University of Connecticut with degrees in horticulture and resource economics, has a passion for public service, and his message of “getting involved” was powerful.

After Head of School Mary Lou Cobb introduced the young selectman, Allyn dived into the conversation with his...

North Canaan

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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Funding, building, depot on board’s agenda

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NORTH CANAAN — A lean budget proposal for lean economic times is what the Board of Selectmen plans to present to the Board of Finance March 22.
At their March 7 meeting, the selectmen set their first and only budget workshop date, anticipating a review of expenses for the 2011-12 fiscal year that will change little over current spending.
The fiscal year begins July 1.
A discussion was prompted during the comment section of the meeting by former Selectman Tom Gailes, who called for holding the line on taxes in any way possible.

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Energy savings bring budget relief

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NORTH CANAAN — Finances are the last place one expects to find good news right now, but it may be heartening to attend two 2011-12 budget presentations to the Board of Finance next week.
The Board of Selectmen are slated to unveil their proposal on Tuesday, March 22, at 7 p.m. at Town Hall — and it looks like they are coming in with a spending plan that is essentially the same as the current budget.

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Fire District agrees: The sidewalks must be repaired

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NORTH CANAAN — Though much of the annual meeting of the Canaan Fire District on March 1 was devoted to finalizing paperwork for the latest sewer extension, everyone was on the same page as to where to focus next: sidewalks.
Sidewalks within the fire district (which includes all parts of North Canaan that are served by town sewer) are maintained by the district.

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With sewer line built, all that remains is paperwork

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NORTH CANAAN — Costs and financing plans for the latest extension of the sewer line were concluded last week in a flurry of the paperwork and resolutions required for the government loans and grants that will help pay for its cost.
Canaan Fire District officials and a bare minimum of voters — a quorum of 15 was needed — met March 1 at the district’s 109th Annual Town Meeting. Approved was a $1,960,000 appropriation, required to allow the district to pay a combination of a $923,000 loan and $1,037,000 grant package.

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New owners of Caddie Shack eager for spring

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NORTH CANAAN — Most Northwest Corner residents have been waiting anxiously for the snow to melt, but it’s probably safe to say that no one has been waiting for as long (four months) as the new owners of what used to be called the Snack Shack, on Ashley Falls Road (Route 7).
Jerry and Mary Ellen Baldwin of Salisbury and their daughter and son-in-law, Erin and Keith Ohler of North Canaan, bought the property last November from Keith’s father, David Ohler.

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