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NORTH CANAAN — A proposal to install a solar energy plant at the North Canaan transfer station won unanimous approval from the 65 residents who attended the annual town meeting on Thursday, Jan. 10, at Town Hall.

Brian Allyn was elected moderator for the meeting.

“This is a milestone for the town of North Canaan,” First Selectman Charles Perotti said, reviewing the bid process that chose C-TECSOLAR of Bloomfield, Conn., to proceed with engineering and development of the project.  

“It will not cost the town any money,” he...

North Canaan

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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Public hearing clears way for May 23 vote

NORTH CANAAN — It was described at the meeting as the “shortest ever” annual public hearing on the proposed town and education budgets.
The North Canaan Board of Finance held the hearing on Wednesday, May 2. It took only 16 minutes to go through the spending proposals.
Following finance board Chair Nancy O’Connor’s review of both the municipal and the education budgets, none of the 15 residents present had any questions or comments. 

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Summer on a paper plate, with fries on the side

NORTH CANAAN — Caddie Shack is now open for the season and serving up the signature tastes of summer: hot dogs, hamburgers, ice cream cones and shakes and an array of more exotic treats. 
The shack on Route 7 near the Massachusetts state line is open daily from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. until Memorial Day weekend, when the summer hours begin (11 a.m. to 9 p.m.). Work up an appetite on the mini golf range or batting cage on the premises.
 

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Food, fun, a fast horse race and finery

More than 75 people, decked out in their best spring finery, came to Geer Village in North Canaan for the annual Kentucky Derby party sponsored by the Salisbury Rotary Club and North Canaan Exchange Club on Saturday, May 5. Awards for best attire went to Gina Terwilliger, best hat; Sadie Chapell, best hat, youth division; and Dave and Nancy Bayersdorfer, best couple. Shown here is the winner of Best Hat, Gina Terwilliger of North Canaan, who celebrated Cinco de Mayo as well as Kentucky Derby day with her chapeau.
 
 

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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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