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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.

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North Canaan

Public invited to review town plan

NORTH CANAAN — Responsible development begins with a plan. A first draft of the 2018 Town Plan of Conservation and Development will be introduced at a public hearing on Thursday, June 14, at the town hall, beginning at 7 p.m.  
The plan has been coordinated and written by Selectman Christian Allyn, who gathered information on demographics, population trends, conservation needs and development potential in the commercial center and beyond.  

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Landfill could make solar power

NORTH CANAAN — North Canaan Selectman Craig Whiting reported to the board on Monday, June 4, that he is working on upgrades to the town’s website.
He is in the process of upgrading the town calendar section so that public meetings can be posted in advance.   
The town’s Facebook page will also be upgraded so that local businesses can advertise there. At present, only one local business appears on the page, Whiting said.

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When soccer stars fought for their nation

NORTH CANAAN —On Friday, May 25, author Andrew Beaujon returned to the Northwest Corner and the Douglas Library to talk about his new book on a Scottish football team that fought in World War I.
The book is called, “A Bigger Field Awaits Us: The Scottish Football Team that Fought the Great War.” 
Beaujon explained what his book was about, going into depth on its history, as well as reading some short passages from it. 
He also talked about the process of writing the book, which required a copious amount of research.

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Rain stayed away for Monday’s Memorial Day parade

On Monday morning, the weather conditions could not have been better for the annual Memorial Day parade and observances. That must have been a relief for the parade organizers as they saw the cloudy skies overhead and perhaps worried that the parade would have to be canceled for the second consecutive year. 
Hundreds of people gathered on East Main Street to watch the parade. It began, as it does traditionally, at Town Hall and ended at the Doughboy statue in the center of town. 

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Common sense and firearms

NORTH CANAAN — Anyone who attended a talk by Mary Ann Jacob of Everytown for Gun Safety expecting to hear impassioned calls for the confiscation of firearms or repeal of the Second Amendment was surprised.
Jacob spoke at the Bitterman Center on Thursday, May 24, to a crowd of about 100 people (who enjoyed pizza and soft drinks prior to the talk).
Jacob was working as a school librarian at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown on Dec. 15, 2012, when a young man, Adam Lanza, fatally shot 20 children and six adults, before killing himself.

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Asphalt plant rejected by P&Z

NORTH CANAAN — An application by B. Metcalf Asphalt Paving requesting permission to process green hot asphalt mix at its site at 235 East Canaan Road was not accepted by the North Canaan Planning and Zoning Commission at its meeting on Monday, May 14. 
The board also voted to return the application and refund any fees.
Chairman Steve Allyn indicated that the requested use is not found in the list of those allowed in the town zoning regulations. The town attorney had advised against continuing with the application. 

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Geer Village celebrates 15 years

Geer Village Senior Community celebrated its 15th anniversary on Friday, May 18, with a cheerfully decorated party that brought together residents, family members and local officials who regularly make use of Geer for meetings of organizations. Rita Delgado of Salisbury School was there with her mother, Gertrude, a lifelong New Yorker who recently moved to Geer Village and is already making good friends.

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Youngsters

Caden and Rylan Soule of North Canaan cradled one of the baby goats in the petting zoo at Housatonic Valley Regional High School’s FFA open house last week. For a story and another photo, see Students educate public at HVRHS FFA Open House.

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Depot party will be held July 28

NORTH CANAAN — North Canaan is considering having lighted trees decorate part of town during the December holidays, according to a proposal presented at the Monday, May 7, meeting of the Board of Selectmen.
An “adopt-a-tree” program was described by John Lannen of the Tri-State Chamber of Commerce. Residents and businesses who want to participate would “adopt” a tree to be placed in front of their property and lit at night. Trees can be dedicated to the memory of a loved one, designated by the property owner. 

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The weird, worrisome beauty trends of The Gilded Age

NORTH CANAAN — Author Velya Jancz-Urban returned to the Douglas Library on Friday night, May 11, a year after her uproarious yet informative talk, The Not-So-Good Life of the Colonial Goodwife. 
This time, instead of harsh tales of the risky pregnancies, uninformed doctors and early deaths that plagued Colonial women in New England, Jancz-Urban turned her attention to her love of coastal mansions in Newport, R.I. 

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