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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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Fun for kids at Camp AHA!

NORTH CANAAN — North Canaan’s weekly summer day camp kicked off on Monday, June 19. Camp AHA!, run by Lynn Nania, is located at North Canaan Elementary School in the middle-school classrooms, outside on the playground and over by the town pool.

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Bike and car show a roaring success

Matt’s Ride to Recovery, a motorcycle ride and car show held on Sunday, June 25, at the Couch-Pipa VFW in North Canaan, benefited Matt Norton. 
Norton was injured in a motorcycle accident in Sharon on April 29 and has been moving between Hartford Hospital and a nursing hospital since. According to a post on the event’s page by Daniellea Abou-Hamzy (one of the organizers of the event), Norton is beginning to walk and talk again.

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Come on and get your free ride

NORTH CANAAN — The Hotchkiss School in Lakeville has donated bicycles to Pilgrim House/North Canaan Congregational Church/and Closets. The bikes will be cleaned and fixed up and then given at no cost to people who need them.  To get a bike, fill out an application any Wednesday at the Pilgrim House.

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Memories of a longtime town tradition: RR Days begins on July 5

Railroad Days has been the event of the summer in North Canaan for as long as I can remember, which is only roughly 16 of the 53 years it has been running. As the daughter of a former North Canaan fire chief, the Firemen’s Parade has always been the highlight of my year. This year’s two-week-long celebration promises to be better than ever, with a number of new and returning events.

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Depot will be open for tours on July 15

Sixteen years have passed since the historic railroad depot in North Canaan burned down, leaving an emotional and physical gap in the center of town.
After years of fundraising and paperwork and setbacks, work is nearly complete. Sure, there have been plenty of delays. The original deadline has been pushed forward to Sept. 1.
But things are moving along and the depot will definitely be open for tours on July 15, probably from noon to 2 p.m., during the annual townwide Railroad Days celebration. 

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Starting over on budget plan

NORTH CANAAN — In the wake of the June 7 annual town meeting — when voters rejected the 2017–18 budget as proposed by the boards of education and selectmen — the finance board directed those boards to begin their budget processes again, and to reduce proposed expenditures by one mill, or $325,000. The decision was announced at the June 14 meeting of the Board of Finance.

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Passion, perseverance and friendship for Class of 2017

NORTH CANAAN — The 29 students in the North Canaan Elementary School (NCES) Class of 2017 gathered on Friday, June 16, to celebrate the end of their eighth-grade year and their promotion to high school. 
Surrounded by family, friends, NCES faculty and staff, the eighth-graders began the ceremony with a procession into the gym and a welcome by classmate Jacob Simonds. 
“In many ways, we have been preparing for this day since our arrival nine years ago,” he said. 

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Songs and more celebrate the stars and stripes

NORTH CANAAN — The students of North Canaan Elementary School (NCES) celebrated Flag Day on Wednesday, June 14. 
The small ceremony started outside the school, where students, staff and parents gathered to watch the Boy and Girl Scouts, led by Eagle Scout and Housatonic Valley Regional High School senior Michael O’Connor (who is an NCES alumnus), salute as eighth-grade scouts Brandon Sorrell and Patrick Merrill raised the flag. Seventh-grader Joey Brennan played taps.

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Enriching the community, one trestle at a time

NORTH CANAAN — The Couch-Pipa Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 6851 in North Canaan is a place full of laughter and camaraderie — with an undercurrent of solace and respect. Military veterans and their families as well as community members are welcomed with open arms by the 144 post members from surrounding towns and the post’s commander since 2012, Kirk Harrington.  

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North Canaan voters say ‘no’ to budget plan

NORTH CANAAN — With 49 votes in favor and 67 votes against it, the North Canaan town budget did not pass. 
“I think most people knew how they were going to vote before they showed up,” said Board Of Finance Chair Nancy O’Connor. “It’s unfortunate.” 
The budget town meeting was held on June 7 at Town Hall; 116 people attended.

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