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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

More to come, even as Seeds is closed

NORTH CANAAN — With regret, Dale McDonald announced at an afternoon reception on Thursday, March 15, that she is closing down the Plantin’ Seeds Farm Kitchen on Main Street. 
A small group of the restaurant/shop/food hub gathered to hear the announcement (snacking on a delicious spread of healthy foods prepared by Tracy Hayhurst and served by Devon McRimmon). 

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Blarney and an Irish band at Geer

Dave Paton and his musical colleagues entertained residents of Geer Village with Irish tunes in honor of St. Patrick’s Day, during a celebration held on Friday afternoon, March 16. Some of the residents, such as Richard Patz, dressed in silly splendor for the occasion.

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Region, board support choice of Roy for NCES

NORTH CANAAN — A replacement has been chosen for retiring North Canaan Elementary School Principal Rosemary Keilty. 
Region One School District Superintendent Pamela Vogel announced on Thursday, March 8, that the North Canaan Board of Education’s choice is Alicia M. Roy, who has been the superintendent of schools in New Fairfield, Conn., since 2010. 

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New rates at NC transfer station

NORTH CANAAN — It’a time for North Canaan residents to buy new transfer station stickers (they went on sale on Thursday, March 15). Once again, they are only available at the transfer station and not at Town Hall; the only exception is for commercial haulers, who should buy their stickers at the office of the selectmen at Town Hall. Payment is by credit card or check only, not cash. 

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Steering Tesla cars toward North Canaan

NORTH CANAAN — Selectman Christian Allyn announced a potential forthcoming partnership between the town of North Canaan and Tesla, Inc., at a meeting of the Canaan Exchange Club on  Tuesday, Feb. 20, at Geer. 
Tesla, an electric automotive company led by CEO Elon Musk, contacted the North Canaan zoning office shortly after Allyn’s election to the Board of Selectmen and proposed the Stop & Shop on East Main Street as an ideal location for a Tesla Supercharger station. 

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Tales of witches and magic in early Connecticut

NORTH CANAAN — Women who did not conform to contemporary gender roles were likely to be considered witches in Colonial New England, according to Peter Vermilyea. The author of “Wicked Litchfield” and a teacher at Housatonic Valley Regional High School, he spoke to the Exchange Club and Salisbury Rotary Club at Geer Village on Tuesday evening, Jan. 16.
Vermilyea said there are four documented cases of “witches” in Litchfield County in the mid 18th century.

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The human impact on a bird’s life

NORTH CANAAN — Successional habitats are critical for birds, and human development reduces the amount of such habitat.
That was the takeaway from a talk by Jane Seymour, a wildlife biologist for the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection and a steward at the Belding Wildlife Management Area in Vernon. She spoke at the Douglas Library in North Canaan on Saturday, Jan. 13 as part of Great Mountain Forest’s continuing series of lectures.

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Things looking up in 2018 North Canaan: Depot could be done soon

Only a few small hurdles remain before the former Canaan Union Station, better known as The Depot, is open again.
First Selectman Charlie Perotti, who has been the project manager for the town on the project in recent years, did a walk-through last week and pointed out the night-and-day differences in the building and noting the few tasks that remain.

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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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