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NORTH CANAAN — The 55th annual Canaan Railroad Days will be held from July 17 to 28. For many North Canaan residents, this festival is the highlight of summer in the Northwest Corner.

Major events this year will include the Canaan Carnival, a party at the town pool, and trivia at the Great Falls Brewing Company. 

Some past events, such as fireworks and performances by the Salisbury Band, continue to be Railroad Days mainstays. 

Others not so much. The 1971 Railroad Days, for example, was host to a week long film series. Films shown included “...

North Canaan

Advice from a baseball great: Have fun and be kind

NORTH CANAAN — Baseball legend Steve Blass made an appearance at North Canaan Elementary School on Thursday, Oct. 4, to honor two students who shared the Little League pitching award in 2018.
Blass pitched for the Pirates from 1964 to 1974, and won two games in the 1971 World Series. He has worked as a Pirates broadcaster for more than 20 years.

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Body of missing man found

NORTH CANAAN — The State Police reported on Wednesday morning, Oct. 3, that they had recovered the body of German Perez in the Housatonic River, about one mile south of the spot in the river at North Canaan where his truck was found on Wednesday, Sept. 26.
Perez, 60, disappeared on Tuesday evening, Sept. 25, during that evening’s heavy rains. 
His truck slid into the Housatonic River at Lawrence Avenue in North Canaan that evening, probably between 6:30 and 7 p.m. 

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Town improvements discussed by North Canaan selectmen

NORTH CANAAN  — Trash receptacles, streetlights, and knotweed were discussed at the Board of Selectmen’s meeting in North Canaan on Monday, Oct. 1. All three topics involved needed improvements for the town’s residents.
Responding to residents’ concerns about the lack of trash receptacles in the commercial district, Selectman Craig Whiting said he has been looking into smaller bins that would collect hand-held pedestrian discards and dog waste in plastic bags, but would not encourage deposits of household trash. 

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Body of German Perez found in Housatonic

NORTH CANAAN — The State Police reported on Tuesday morning, Oct. 3, that they had recovered the body of German Perez in the Housatonic River, about one mile south of the spot in the river at North Canaan where his truck was found on Wednesday, Sept. 26.
Perez, 60, disappeared on Tuesday evening, Sept. 25, during that evening’s heavy rains. 
His truck slid into the Housatonic River at Lawrence Avenue in North Canaan that evening, probably between 6:30 and 7 p.m. 

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ZBA to hear B. Metcalf Paving plan Oct. 18

NORTH CANAAN — The North Canaan Zoning Board of Appeals will hold a public meeting about concerns over operations at the B. Metcalf Paving company. 
There have been accusations that the company is doing work that is not allowed under zoning regulations.
The public meeting will be held at North Canaan Town Hall on Thursday, Oct. 18, beginning at 7p.m.

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Selectmen discuss sidewalks, dogs

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.” 

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We will remember

The First Litchfield Artillery Regiment fired a cannon six times on the morning of Tuesday, Sept. 11, to honor the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on New York City, Washington, D.C., and Pennsylvania, and to recognize the almost 7,000 Americans who have died in the War on Terror. The cannon was at St. Joseph’s Church in North Canaan. Simple memorial services began at 12:01 a.m. on Sept. 11 and continued until midnight.

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Proposed solar site at landfill advances a step

NORTH CANAAN — A proposal for a solar energy installation at the town’s transfer station moved a step ahead as the selectmen voted at their Monday, Aug. 13, meeting to allow the developer to prepare a Request for Proposals.
Paul Michaud, an attorney with the Michaud Law Group in Middletown, Conn., explained that the town can at any point decide against proceeding with the solar energy idea. Benefits to the town can include putting the site to use as a clean energy production point, reducing energy costs by 30 to 50 percent for town buildings.

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New opening date for Depot

NORTH CANAAN — A tentative new finish line has been set for the reopening of the Canaan Union Station, more commonly known as The Depot. 

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