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EAST CANAAN — When William Perotti started his humble plumbing business back in 1928 with just two employees, it was more than a pipe dream. It was the start of a family legacy.

Defying the odds of a family-run business surviving at the fourth-generation level and beyond, William Perotti and Sons Inc. has entered its 90th year in business. It has weathered the economy, changing technology, competition and a fire caused by a lightning strike in 1996 that reduced the original building to rubble. The family rebuilt and persevered.

That major milestone was marked on...

North Canaan

Planting the roots of environmentalism

NORTH CANAAN — Students at North Canaan Elementary School (NCES) learned about the environment during a combination Earth Day and Arbor Day celebration on Friday, May 4.
Before the celebration, an Alligator Bark Sweetgum tree was planted on the front lawn of the school. The event was held around the tree. Kindergarten and first-grade students gathered around the tree singing the environmental-themed song “Habitat.”
Fifth-grade students then read their original environmental poems.

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Geer keeps tax-exempt status

NORTH CANAAN — The North Canaan Board of Assessment Appeals (BAA) has ruled that Geer will be able to keep its tax-exempt status.

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Geer will keep tax-exempt status

NORTH CANAAN — The North Canaan Board of Assessment Appeals (BAA) has ruled that Geer will be able to keep its tax-exempt status.

Ruling soon on Geer tax status

NORTH CANAAN — The North Canaan Board of Assessment Appeals (BAA) has 10 days from Tuesday, April 10, to rule on whether Geer will be able to keep its tax-exempt status.
At their meeting April 10, the three BAA members heard an appeal from Geer CEO Kevin O’Connell; Geer’s attorney, Joseph Schwartz of Murtha Cullina; and Geer CFO Mark Kovitch.
North Canaan has a new assessor, Donna Patchen, who officially started work on April 2 but who has been working in the assessor’s office in town since last autumn. 

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New mower, sidewalk upgrades in the budget

NORTH CANAAN — Roadside mowing in North Canaan may get a bit easier in the coming season. The selectmen voted at their regular meeting on Monday, April 2, to include the $42,500 purchase  of a new mower in the 2018-19 budget process.
The old mower is a 1976 model. First Selectman Charlie Perotti reported that the mowing arm from the old mower will fit the new mower, and that the old arm will accommodate a post-hole digger attachment.  A $500 value, the tool is being included with the new mower without additional charge.

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Rosemary Keilty plans her future away from NCES

NORTH CANAAN — Among the items in her bag of “gifts,” North Canaan Elementary School Principal Rosemary Keilty has an exceptional one: She can almost magically see potential in anyone and anything. 
That’s what makes her able to see the beauty in discarded chairs and a battered desk -— like the cast-offs in her office, which she painted and decorated so exquisitely that there is going to be a fight to see who gets them when she retires. 

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Education budget shows decrease

NORTH CANAAN — North Canaan Elementary School (NCES) Principal Rosemary Keilty presented the last education budget of her long career here to the Board of Finance on Tuesday, March 20.
“It has been an honor to serve the people of North Canaan for 37 years,” said the North Canaan native, who will retire in June. 

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Turning back time at NCES show

To celebrate its 20th anniversary, the North Canaan Elementary School Drama Club presented a special cavalcade of costumes from past productions as part of Friday night’s presentation of “Wicked Is as Wicked Does.” Students of all ages dressed in costumes commemorating such past shows as “Ali Baba,” “Beauty and the Beast Jr.” and “Into the Woods Jr.”

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Will brewery open this summer?

NORTH CANAAN — Residents of North Canaan are eagerly awaiting the grand opening of Great Falls Brewing Company, which will occupy one wing of the historic Canaan Union Station. 
The depot has been out of use for decades since an arson fire in 2001, but long-delayed renovations have been under way over the past year to bring the building back to life. 
At a meeting of the North Canaan Exchange Club on Tuesday, March 20, Great Falls Brewing Company co-founder Chris Tripler said he expects to hold a soft opening for the brewery by midsummer. 

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Eichman new owner of Raynard and Peirce Realty

NORTH CANAAN — After working as a broker associate for the firm for several years, Wendy Eichman purchased Raynard and Peirce Realty on Feb. 14.
A resident of North Canaan, she says she sees indications that the real estate market here is in for a good year, as buyers recognize that there is positive change going on here — especially buyers with young families.
“We have affordable home prices in North Canaan, and that attracts young buyers,” she said.

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