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NORTH CANAAN — The picketing strikers were no longer out on Route 44 in front of Stop & Shop on Monday, April 22. 

The union and grocery store chain had announced Sunday night, April 21, that they had reached an agreement.

And so, on the day after Easter and three days into Passover, shoppers began to return to the North Canaan grocery store. Shelves of non-perishables seemed to be well-stocked. The normal abundance of the produce department was diminished, with many of the fruit and vegetable displays empty. 

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North Canaan

Food truck ordinance eyed

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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Coming together to break bread, grate carrots

The annual Thanksgiving meal at Pilgrim House in North Canaan is more than just a chance for area residents to have a holiday meal together. It’s also a chance for cooks to convene and prepare the feast. This year’s dinner was held on Thursday afternoon, Nov. 22.

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Lighting the way to the holidays

The holiday season of lights roared to a start in North Canaan with a parade of lights that traveled from the parking lots at Stop & Shop and Arnold’s Garage through the center of town. Fire companies from area towns participated, including Norfolk, Kent and Cornwall and of course the Slater clan from Millerton brought their truck and wagons.
Lawrence Field was festively lit for the occasion and a celebration was held at the pavilion near the field following the parade.

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ZBA extends Metcalf hearing

NORTH CANAAN — A request for a 65-day extension for the public hearing on the cease and desist order presented to the B. Metcalf paving company in August was granted by the North Canaan Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA)  at their meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 20.  
This action was in accordance with the advice of town attorney  Randall DiBella.

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Christian Allyn answers student questions on Election Day

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Food truck ordinance is mulled

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.

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Water pipes

Traffic has been slowed through North Canaan as Aquarion installs a new water main on Church Street and Reed Street. First Selectman Charlie Perotti also said that “the state has just put in a new drain pipe by McDonalds.”

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Geer to build modern new nursing home

NORTH CANAAN — Geer has received approval from the state to build a new 120-bed nursing facility to replace the aged and inefficient building on campus that was built in the 1960s.
Geer CEO Kevin O’Connell said that this is an important first step but the hard work is now just beginning. Money has to be raised, not just for building the new facility (which could cost between $20 million and $25 million) but also to do preliminary drawings and plans.
Tell Geer what you want

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Filmmaker hopes for a horror classic, set in Berkshires

EAST CANAAN — An almost-full-moon rose over the deep woods, semi-obscured by a creepy late autumn mist. Fog rolled over the cleared fields around the former Canaan Valley Sporting Club, a dilapidated and sprawling building that is now a private residence. 
It was a dark and creepy night. 
The conditions were perfect for a stabbing by a deranged maniac in the basement of a house on a dirt road in the middle of nowhere. 
“It went great,” filmmaker Anthony Ashmore said of the (for-film-only) killing. 

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Hearing on Metcalf activities continues to Nov. 20

NORTH CANAAN — Whether the North Canaan zoning enforcement officer (ZEO) acted in accordance with policy and procedures with regard to the B. Metcalf paving company at their 15 Allyndale Road property, was the subject of a public hearing led by the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA).  
The hearing was opened on Thursday, Oct. 18, when testimony was heard and evidence submitted by Steve Allyn, the ZEO at the time that the issue arose.

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