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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

North Canaan last town in region to pass budgets

NORTH CANAAN — North Canaan voters turned out in large numbers to cast their votes to approve the revised 2017-18 town and school budgets for North Canaan. 

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Tomato greenhouse wonder

NORTH CANAAN — When Carolyn Milke walked into Freund’s Farm Market in North Canaan and asked for green tomatoes for her Southern fried green tomato recipe, she didn’t expect to stumble upon the Freund family’s tomato greenhouse world of wonder.  
Theresa Freund was at the checkout that morning when Milke asked for green tomatoes. Freund told her that she doesn’t sell green tomatoes in the shop but would be happy to go pick some for her, fresh. 

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Great Falls Brewery is on track

NORTH CANAAN — You could sense the anticipation in Chris Tripler as he stood amid the renovations progressing at the historic Canaan Union Station railroad depot. He’s getting ready to launch a new business venture, Great Falls Brewing Company, as an integral part of the rebirth of the Depot, which was severely damaged by arson in 2001.

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$6.75M budget ready for Sept. 5 vote

NORTH CANAAN — After the defeat of the 2017-18 budget proposals at a June 7 town meeting, budgets were reduced from a 4-mill increase to 3 mills over current spending. The reduced budgets were reviewed at an Aug. 9 public hearing. Following discussion, the finance board voted to schedule a Sept. 5 town meeting.
The Board of Education reduced spending by $190,410 and the selectmen reduced the municipal budget spending plan by $169,450, for a total of $359,860 in reductions. 

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A cinema first on Aug. 20 at Boondocks screening

NORTH CANAAN — Pairing the name Boondocks Film Society with the title “The Docks of New York” practically begs for wordplay — “docks” appears in both; the New York City waterfront is the antithesis of the boondocks. But when Boondocks founders Jeff Palfini and Cindy Heslin  select films to screen, the title doesn’t really enter into consideration.

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Charges filed against North Canaan man

NORTH CANAAN — Wayne Christinat, 51, of North Canaan was taken into custody by Troop B on July 27 and charged with permitting a minor to illegally possess liquor and with fourth-degree sexual assault (subjecting another person to sexual contact without the other person’s consent). 

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Elm trees get their shots

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The Elm Watch team performed a macro-injection of fungicide into North Canaan’s two remaining great elms last Wednesday, July 26. 
Elm Watch founder Tom Zetterstrom described one as “the sentinel American elm.” It is on the North Canaan Corner Green, near the appropriately named intersection of Elm Street and North Elm Street. 
“It is 38 inches in diameter at breast height and approximately 70  feet tall,” Zetterstrom said.

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Public hearing Aug. 9 for new North Canaan budget

NORTH CANAAN — After accepting the revised budgets of the selectmen and the Board of Education, the North Canaan Board of Finance has scheduled a Wednesday, Aug. 9, public hearing on the revised budget. 
At that hearing, residents will have an opportunity to ask questions and offer comments on both revised budgets. 
The public hearing will begin at 7:30 p.m. at Town Hall.

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Cows and canines at Jack Brown Fair

EAST CANAAN — Northwest Corner 4-H-ers were rewarded with a sunny day on Sunday, July 23, for the annual Jack Brown Fair, held at the East Canaan Congregational Church. Every year, youngsters bring their dogs and dairy cattle to the informal event, which kicks off the agricultural showing season. Local fairs such as this are followed by county, state and then regional fairs.
The dairy show, which is the main part of the Jack Brown Fair, consisted of breed class and showmanship. 

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Fairy expo fundraiser for History Center

NORTH CANAAN — North Canaan’s Cranford Club held its very first fairy expo this past Saturday, July 22, as a fundraiser to benefit the Canaan History Center. 
The event attracted a crowd of parents and children for an afternoon of activities that included a costume contest, bubbles, wand decorating and story time with the Fairy Godmother herself. 
There was a silent auction of small fairy gardens, all handmade by members of the community and the Cranford Club as well as children who attend the AHA! summer program. 

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