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NORTH CANAAN — The 55th annual Canaan Railroad Days will be held from July 17 to 28. For many North Canaan residents, this festival is the highlight of summer in the Northwest Corner.

Major events this year will include the Canaan Carnival, a party at the town pool, and trivia at the Great Falls Brewing Company. 

Some past events, such as fireworks and performances by the Salisbury Band, continue to be Railroad Days mainstays. 

Others not so much. The 1971 Railroad Days, for example, was host to a week long film series. Films shown included “...

North Canaan

In tough budget year, ideas for enticing new business

NORTH CANAAN — A new schedule of fees for use of the North Canaan transfer station was announced at the regular meeting of the Board of Selectmen on Monday, March 4. Rates showed an increase in all categories.
First Selectman Charles Perotti explained that the town’s tipping fee (the amount the town will pay for trash disposal) will be raised on April 1 to $85 per ton.

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ZBA lifts cease order

NORTH CANAAN — While sensitive to North Canaan residents’ concerns about cold-patch asphalt processing at the B. Metcalf business at 15 Allyndale Road, Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) members reached a unanimous decision at their meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 20, to lift the Aug. 20 cease-and-desist order.

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Thrills galore at Pinewood Derby

NORTH CANAAN — The members of Cub Scout Pack 22 milled around excitedly on Saturday morning, Feb. 23, in the gym at North Canaan Elementary School.
It was Pinewood Derby time.
There were 75 entries, including some non-Scout cars that were just for fun.
Nick Boyden, presiding over the races, said the official entries may be no heavier than 5 ounces. 
There was a weigh-in on Friday evening, after which the cars were “sequestered.”

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Accordions tell musical stories

NORTH CANAAN — Toes were tapping in recognition as accordion collector Paul Ramunni visited Geer Village on Saturday, Feb. 9, to share his talent for squeezing several familiar tunes out of his special-edition Verde accordion while regaling his audience with facts and stories about the development of the instrument as well as the roles the accordion played in history.

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From North Canaan to Westminster: One giant leap for four paws

NORTH CANAAN — Last week a resident of the Northwest Corner had an opportunity to be in the spotlight on a national stage. His name is Roger and he’s a three-year-old Parson Russell terrier owned by Brenda and Gary Koepell of North Canaan. 

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Geer Village to build modern new 120-bed nursing home

NORTH CANAAN, Conn. — Geer Village Senior Community has received a $2.2 million grant from the state of Connecticut to help get it started on plans to build a new 120-bed skilled nursing facility. 
The existing facility was built in 1969, at a time when the expectations of a care facility were lower. There are only semi-private rooms; bathrooms are also shared.
But, stressed Geer CEO Kevin O’Connell, the level of care is very high at Geer and there is a demand for residences that match that high standard.

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State trash regs will not affect North Canaan

NORTH CANAAN — New state regulations that could force some towns to reduce solid waste by 10 percent by 2024 will not apply to North Canaan, according to a report heard at the Board of Selectmen’s meeting on Monday, Feb. 4.
In a report to the selectmen, transfer station Manager Dinnie Light said that the state has developed a Comprehensive Materials Management Strategy, forcing towns to implement initiatives that could include a payment system for discarding trash, known popularly as “pay as you throw.”

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State grant gets ball rolling for Geer SNF upgrades

NORTH CANAAN — Geer Village Senior Community has received a $2.2 million grant from the state to help get it started on plans to build a new 120-bed skilled nursing facility. 
The existing facility was built in 1969, at a time when the expectations of a care facility were lower. There are only semi-private rooms; bathrooms are also shared.
But, stressed Geer CEO Kevin O’Connell, the level of care is very high at Geer and there is a demand for residences that match that high standard.

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Confusion continues over Metcalf processing

NORTH CANAAN — About 40 North Canaan residents came to Town Hall to hear the closing arguments at the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) public hearing on Wednesday, Jan. 16. They were also there to air their concerns about asphalt production at the B. Metcalf paving company.
Following public comment, the hearing was officially closed. The ZBA will reach a decision within 65 days on the issue of whether an August cease-and-desist order was properly served to restrict activities at the B. Metcalf site at 15 Allyndale Road. 

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Heartfelt moments thanks to the accordion

NORTH CANAAN — First, Angelo Paul Ramunni turned his passion for accordions into a small museum in North Canaan. Now he has published a book about his life and the musical instrument that has played such a large part in it. 
Ramunni created the New England Accordion Connection & Museum Company in North Canaan in October 2011. There he has accordions from the 1820s to the modern era on display.

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