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NORTH CANAAN — Responding to residents’ complaints about the uneven condition of the town’s sidewalks and observations about some residents neglecting to pick up after their dogs, the North Canaan selectmen discussed those concerns at their meeting on Monday, Sept. 10.

“It’s really bad,” Selectman Craig Whiting reported, after having walked all of the sidewalks in town. “Many dog owners are responsible about cleaning up, but some are not.” 

Rather than drafting and enforcing an ordinance right away, the selectmen decided...

North Canaan

Estelle (Hecht) Wolk

NORTH CANAAN — Estelle (Hecht) Wolk, 83, died Dec.28, 2017, at her home surrounded by her family. She was the wife of Stanley Wolk.  

Estelle was born May 15, 1934, in Brooklyn, N.Y., daughter of the late Rose (Goldberg) and Hyman Hecht.

Estelle was an elementary school teacher and taught both in the Brooklyn, N.Y., school system and at North Canaan Elementary School.  She earned her master’s degree in early childhood education at Brooklyn College and was graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Summa Cum Laude.     

Checking it twice!

Santa Claus and his elves paid a visit to the VFW in North Canaan on Sunday, Dec. 10, for a community breakfast with crafts, face painting and good cheer. He greeted families, including Julie Barbato with her two little girls, Bryn, left, and Blair, right.

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Future goals and fate of sidewalks

NORTH CANAAN — Following the November election, which resulted in changes to the Board of Selectmen, the newly constituted board held its first meeting on Monday, Dec. 4, and learned of the loss of state funding for Railroad Street sidewalks.
Welcomed to the board by new First Selectman Charles Perotti were Christian Allyn and Craig Whiting, who each presented their vision for the town in lists of goals and projects.

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The name is misleading: It has new soul, too

NORTH CANAAN — Not everything at Old Soul in North Canaan is old. There are plenty of sparkling new items that would make excellent holiday gifts and stocking stuffers.  
But yes, as its name implies, the main mission of the shop is to find new homes for items that have already been owned and loved. It’s a perfectly appropriate mission for a store that resides in a space that for decades was home to Jim’s Garage, which was a destination for shoppers in search of “pre-loved” Subarus and other winter-worthy vehicles. 

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Moped accident closes Route 44

Following a moped accident on Wednesday, Nov. 22, Route 44 in North Canaan was briefly closed.
Richard Hodgson, 59, of North Canaan was traveling east on Route 44 at about 1:45 p.m. on a moped. According to the police report, he was traveling too fast for conditions and slid into the westbound travel lane. He was “ejected” from the moped, police said, and “his forehead collided into the paved surface.”
North Canaan ambulance transported him to Sharon Hospital for severe lacerations on his forehead.

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Thanking military veterans at NCES

NORTH CANAAN — Veterans from the area were invited to North Canaan Elementary School on Wednesday, Nov. 22, for a special ceremony hosted by the second-grade class.
The students sang songs and read aloud short essays they wrote about their gratitude to the servicemen and women for their service, and about their memories of the military veterans in their own lives.

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In case you missed it: Union Station will open soon (no, seriously)

NORTH CANAAN — It’s started and stopped but mostly stopped, but now that it’s rolling, the restoration of the former train station in the center of North Canaan is really moving. Though it has overshot its scheduled completion date by several months, anyone can see that the workers have made spectacular progress and soon the former North Canaan Union Station will really and truly be finished.

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Depot CO maybe this year

NORTH CANAAN — Work on Canaan Union Station is nearly complete, with a certificate of occupancy (CO)expected  soon, according to a report at the meeting of the North Canaan Board of Selectmen on Monday, Nov. 13.  

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For Doug Humes, retirement is a beginning, not an end

Doug Humes is the punch line of that joke about guys who don’t understand what it means to retire.  There was a retirement party for him on Sunday afternoon, Nov.19,at the Couch Pipa VFW hall in North Canaan, but he’s not really retiring. It was a good party, though.

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BOE sets broad goals

NORTH CANNAN  — At the regular meeting on Thursday, Nov. 9, the North Canaan Board of Education heard a review of the official strategic plan for the coming year at North Canaan Elementary School.
According to Principal Rosemary Keilty, the strategic plan stems from the regional plan.  
“Once the regional plan is in place, then the local strategic plan is developed,” she explained.

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