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NORTH CANAAN — Responding to concerns voiced by local restaurant owners, the North Canaan selectmen at their meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 13, began discussion of a possible ordinance to regulate the operation of food trucks in the community.

Sam Leary came before the selectmen to ask for action to provide rules of operation for the seasonal enterprises. Leary is the owner of two local restaurants, the Blackberry River Baking Company and the Blackberry  River Bistro. He wanted to raise the issue during the off season, when food trucks are not operating.

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North Canaan

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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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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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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