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NORTH CANAAN — Uneven sidewalks and non-working streetlights were discussed by the North Canaan Board of Selectmen at their regular meeting on Monday, Aug. 5.

Selectman Craig Whiting had noticed a lack of adequate lighting for pedestrians during the recent townwide celebration of Railroad Days, noting that he himself had used his cell phone light to cross the railroad tracks.

“I’ve never seen the center of town so dark,” Whiting said. “The lighting is terrible.”

First Selectman Charles Perotti agreed, and noted that the...

North Canaan

Major shift to be made in middle school schedule at NCES in fall

karenb@lakevillejournal.com

NORTH CANAAN — A plan to realign two grade levels at North Canaan Elementary School was well-received by the Board of Education May 12.
Two fifth-grade and two sixth-grade teachers will team up to teach students in those grades beginning in the next school year.
Fifth-graders will see the biggest change. Instead of remaining in the same classroom for academic subjects taught by the same teacher, they will move to different classrooms and subjects taught by team teachers with special expertise in, for example, math and science.

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Firefighters celebrate 100th year with a classic muster

karenb@lakevillejournal.com

NORTH CANAAN — So what if it rained Sunday, May 15? People were going to get wet anyway. It did nothing to dampen the fun (or lessen the crowd) at the firemen’s muster on Lawrence Field, part of the Canaan Fire Company’s yearlong 100th anniversary celebration.Also held over the weekend was an open house at the firehouse, on Saturday.
The last muster held in North Canaan was in 1994. The competition was fierce but friendly on Sunday, and the day ended with challenges to rematches, and plans to call a muster every year.

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Derailed train in North Canaan brings in emergency crew

karenb@lakevillejournal.com

NORTH CANAAN — A train derailment Friday evening, May 13, created a weekend-long spectacle in the center of town. It wasn’t until mid-afternoon Monday that an emergency crew arrived to begin the arduous process of setting a string of railcars back on a siding to be hauled away by the North Canaan-based Housatonic Railroad Company.

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Town and Fire District budget meetings May 17

karenb@lakevillejournal.com

NORTH CANAAN — The Canaan Fire District will convene its annual budget town meeting Tuesday, May 17, at 7 p.m. at Town Hall. The only agenda item for voters to consider is the proposed budget for 2011-12.
A town meeting to consider the combined town and elementary school budget proposals, and renewal of the resident state trooper contract is set for May 17 at 7:30 p.m., also at Town Hall.

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Problems identified with first run of the new postal service regimen

karenb@lakevillejournal.com

NORTH CANAAN — The initiation of what the U. S. Postal Service calls the Delivery Unit Optimization (DUO) program got off to a less than auspicious start Saturday, May 7.
The plan calls for mail to be delivered presorted from an automated facility in Springfield, Mass. Mail for North Canaan — which includes the Canaan and East Canaan post offices — now goes to the Falls Village post office. Mail carriers have to drive there to collect bins of letters and packages.

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Geer plans to build new affordable units for elderly

Meeting to show drawings is May 18
karenb@lakevillejournal.com

NORTH CANAAN — A large expansion to the Beckley House senior apartments is in the works. The public will get a look at the plan and the current facility at Beckley House on May 18 at 4 p.m.
Beckley House was built nine years ago, on the site of the old Robert C. Geer Memorial Hospital. From that facility the Geer campus grew to include the nursing home, adult day center and Geer Village, which offers every level of senior living, from independent to a memory-impaired unit.

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Exercising compassion as well as their muscles at Curves center

karenb@lakevillejournal.com

NORTH CANAAN — Members of the North Canaan Curves fitness center donated 820 pounds of food to the Fishes & Loaves Food Pantry last week.
The nonperishables were collected over the past month by current members and those taking advantage of an offer to join the women-only gym for free in exchange for a bag of groceries.
“Our members have generous hearts. So it’s no surprise to me that they rallied behind the food drive,” said Curves franchise owner Carol Ann Routhier. “We set a goal of collecting 800 pounds of food and we exceeded that goal. I am really proud of our ladies.”

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As spring's waters subside, Blackberry Dam work begins

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NORTH CANAAN — Spring’s high water is roaring through an old turbine pipe and over the Industrial Monument Dam on the Blackberry River. When the river settles down, the last week or two of restoration work there will be completed.

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Budget down 1.8 percent; concerns raised

karenb@lakevillejournal.com

NORTH CANAAN — It was a thought-provoking public hearing April 26 on proposed 2011-12 spending. Town and North Canaan Elementary School budget proposals total $6,526,058 — a decrease of 1.8 percent over the current budget.
Another $3,657,539 is the town’s share of spending for the high school and other regional education services. Voters in the six Region One School District towns went to the polls May 3 to decide on that budget, which totals $14,679,097.

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Two new trees for North Canaan school arboretum

karenb@lakevillejournal.com

NORTH CANAAN — The 21st Earth Day/Arbor Day Celebration at North Canaan Elementary School always feels like the first real day of spring. The morning of April 29 was no exception, with warm sunshine chasing away the morning’s chill, and leaves about to burst forth as if waiting for this day.
Everyone headed out to the west side of the school, where not one but two American Hophornbeam trees were newly planted.

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