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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.

North Canaan

Fun in the sun for students

NORTH CANAAN — The students at North Canaan Elementary School (NCES) got to take a small break from learning on Thursday, June 8, for their annual field day.
Students from all grades were split into more than 25 teams to compete in 10 events, including the sponge relay, tennis bowling and a game called Rescue. Each team was led by a teacher or staff member and was made up of about 10 to 12 students.
All students were given bright yellow T-shirts to commemorate the day, and some sported signatures and messages from classmates written across their shoulders.

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As lovely as trees, at Douglas Library

NORTH CANAAN — Hope Mongeau of Lakeville has been painting watercolors for about 10 years, and recently she picked up on something.
“I noticed I had quite a few of trees — different seasons, different types of trees. And they had a month free.”
(“They” being the Douglas Library in North Canaan.)
A show of Mongeau’s work runs throughout the month of June at the library, located at 108 Main St. in North Canaan.
Mongeau said her father, Paul Kertiles, was an artist. “I always watched him.”

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Ohler: state cuts won’t be as bad as fearaed

NORTH CANAAN — Brian Ohler, the Republican freshman representative for the 64th District in the Connecticut General Assembly, said his first legislative session was “a trial by fire” for him and the other newcomers.
The session ended June 7, without a state budget in place. There will be a special session to address the budget.
In a phone interview Friday, June 9, Ohler said his experience on the Appropriations Committee was “eye-opening.”

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North Canaan voters say ‘no’ to budget plan

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.

4 mill tax increase possible due to state cuts

NORTH CANAAN — After much discussion about the pressures inflicted on towns by uncertainty over state funding, the finance board unanimously voted to send the town’s budgets as presented to a June 7 town meeting. 
The town and education budgets were discussed at the May 24 public hearing, where taxpayers had an opportunity to review the budget proposals and ask questions.

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VFW honors female vets on Memorial Day

NORTH CANAAN — “As most of you know, it doesn’t rain in Army Land,” VFW 6851 Post Commander Kirk Harrington remarked at the beginning of North Canaan’s Memorial Day ceremony on Monday, May 29.
The town was missing its usual holiday color, as the annual parade had been canceled on Sunday afternoon due to threats of rain. As a result, those who died while serving in the military were honored with a small ceremony at the VFW Post 6851 late Monday morning, in  the post’s newly constructed pavilion.

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Gasperini will learn about journalism and more at LJ

NORTH CANAAN— The first intern of 2017 at The Lakeville Journal is Morgyn Gasperini. 
Morgyn has just finished her first year at Curry College in Milton, Mass. She has since decided to transfer to Eastern Connecticut State University, where she plans to major in English. 
She grew up in North Canaan and is a graduate of North Canaan Elementary School and Housatonic Valley Regional High School. At Housatonic, she played field hockey and softball, and was a member of the FFA and the National Honor Society. 

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BOF will wait and see on education budget

NORTH CANAAN — Preparing for the annual public hearing on the town’s proposed budgets (scheduled for May 24), the education board at their May 11 meeting reviewed the education side of the budget, which totals more than $8.8 million. The total represents a 3.3 percent increase over the current year.
With the regional school expenses set at $4,470,963, the total proposed education budget for North Canaan stands at $4,425,872, an increase of $128,674 over this year’s expenses.

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Searching for water for 100 years with Allyn & Sons

NORTH CANAAN — When Louis E. Allyn attempted to drill for oil a hundred years ago in New York state, he came up short. What he found instead, though, was water — and a lot of it.
Pressured to move on after his failure in one industry but success in another, Allyn brought his equipment back to his farm and home in East Canaan and again drilled down. Again, he got water.
Neighbors started asking him to drill wells and, as Louis’ grandson, John Allyn, said, “it was just kind of a domino effect” after that.

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A look inside the renovated depot

NORTH CANAAN — Selectman Charlie Perotti led a tour of the under-construction North Canaan depot on Tuesday, May 9. Perotti was not only the fire chief at the time the depot burned down in 2001, he has also been the selectman overseeing the project during the many (many) years the town has struggled to get federal funding to renovate the iconic building.
Visible progress has been made on the exterior, with colors chosen and applied to the east-end wall — yellow clapboards, red window sashes and green decorative arches above the windows. 

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