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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

Here comes Santa Claus … never mind how early

NORTH CANAAN —It isn’t just a feeling; the holiday season actually is barreling down on us more quickly this year, thanks to an earlier-than-usual Thanksgiving. For most of us, that just means a bit more of a rush to order a turkey. But for the North Canaan town crew, it meant getting an early start on putting up holiday lights and displays. 

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Sober house regulation fails on first try in NC

NORTH CANAAN — Strong opinions were expressed, sometimes at high volume, at a well-attended town meeting in North Canaan on Thursday, Oct. 26. 
The topic that drew such an emotional response was the regulation of sober houses in town. An ordinance had been drafted by town attorney Judith Dixon regarding the multi-user residences, referred to in the ordinance as “boarding houses.” 
Normally a town meeting is only an opportunity to vote, and not to discuss; discussion is supposed to take place only at public hearings. 

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Forum: civil, informative

NORTH CANAAN — At a cordial and well-attended forum at Geer Village on Friday night, Oct. 27, the four candidates for North Canaan’s Board of Selectmen weighed in on topics that were of concern to residents of their town.
Audience members wrote their questions on index cards and handed them to moderators Terence Dougherty, Anna McGuire and Patricia Keilty. 

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North Canaan Profiles

First Selectman
Susan J. Clayton
I was born and raised in North Canaan. I’ve been married to my best friend for 39 years and have one amazing daughter, Allison.

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For women, help with finding the beauty within

NORTH CANAAN — Known to many area residents as a photographer, Stephanie Stanton is also passionate about her work as a life coach. Through her life coaching business, High Vibe Chick, Stanton aims to empower women, helping them to learn to love and value themselves.
Stanton’s calling as a life coach grew from her work as a photographer as she helped women come out of their shell and be confident for the camera. 

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Turning back time at Octoberfest

NORTH CANAAN — The Green in the center of town was filled with children on a mild Saturday afternoon, Oct. 14. They were there taking part in Octoberfest activities for all ages.
Dozens of kids, with their parents and grandparents in tow, played games, had their faces painted, carved pumpkins and took hay rides, just as children have done for hundreds of years during autumn in rural towns and villages throughout New England and beyond.

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Vote on boarding houses in North Canaan is Oct. 26

NORTH CANNAN — An ordinance to regulate boarding houses has been drafted and will be brought to a town meeting to be held on Thursday, Oct. 26, at 7 p.m. 
At their regular meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 4, the selectmen voted to call the meeting. 
“Boarding houses are a problem,” First Selectman Douglas Humes said. The town expected that a state law governing boarding houses would be passed, but none has come along. Copies of the new ordinance can be seen at the town meeting or in advance at Town Hall.

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At base of food chain, signs of health

NORTH CANAAN — Larva is not a word that conjures a particularly pleasant image, but their presence is a sign of good health. Or it can be, if it’s the correct type of larva and if the health it’s contributing to is the health of an aquatic ecosystem. 
The Housatonic Valley Association’s Alison Dixon led North Canaan Elementary School’s (NCES) eighth-grade science students on an early morning outdoor adventure on Friday, Sept. 29, billing it as a journey into the Benthic zone. 

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Student struck by car Monday

NORTH CANAAN  —  Dartanian Oyanadell, 18, was struck by a car at the intersection of Route 7 and Beebe Hill Road in North Canaan on Monday, Oct. 2. 
Oyanadell, a student at Housatonic Valley Regional High School, sustained serious but non-life-threatening injuries. He was transported to Sharon Hospital and then transferred via Life Star Helicopter to Hartford Hospital.

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Love and donations grow: Town reaches out to Harvey-hit Houston

NORTH CANAAN — With subsequent hurricanes following hard on its trail, it’s easy to forget the devastation caused in Houston, Texas, and its surrounding towns by Hurricane Harvey, which blew through in the last days of August. 
But a group of humanitarians in North Canaan didn’t forget; and their earnest desire to help disaster victims there grew into a large truck full of everything from water to rakes to diapers and shampoo, all of which departed from North Canaan Elementary School on Sunday, Sept. 17.

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