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NORTH CANAAN — Concerns about the condition of the town swimming pool were brought to the North Canaan selectmen by representatives of the Recreation Commission at a meeting Monday, Oct.  7.

“Nobody wants to see it closed,” said recreation commission head Tammy MacDonald, but she said that expensive repairs are needed before it can open again. 

Two water heaters were replaced this year, taking the department over budget, but they have reconciled the difference, MacDonald said.

“We want ideas,” she told the selectmen. The...

North Canaan

‘Stark’ frees the soul of area poet

karenb@lakevillejournal.com

NORTH CANAAN — A week before he was set to host the 17th annual Poetry is Music, a Celebration of Life, during Railroad Days, Ameen-Storm Abo-Hamzy was riding a rollercoaster of emotions.
He had received word that he had been chosen to be among 20 nationally known poets to be included in a coffee table book. His excitement was soon tempered by the realization that the photo shoot scheduled for a few days later was to be done in the nude.

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North Canaan the Brave

The Waterbury Police Pipe and Drums brought a taste of auld Scotland to the annual firemen’s parade in North Canaan, last weekend.

 

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Railroad Days has more events to come

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NORTH CANAAN — Better weather? Nope. More events? Whew, don’t think folks could take more fun and socializing. Railroad Days had a phenomenal first week, with great weather predicted to accompany a jam-packed schedule that continues this Sunday.
By last Saturday night, a few days into the July 11 to 22 schedule, with the carnival at Lawrence Field and the Street Cruise on Railroad Street, the town was filled with a mix of locals and those from the wider reaches of the Tri-state area.
They enjoyed a beautiful evening and the short walk between the two venues.

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Trescott Hill neighbor asks if art studio is legal

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NORTH CANAAN — A formal complaint has been filed with the Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) by a Trescott Hill resident against his neighbors.

Joseph Sebben told the commission at its July 9 meeting that he has two issues relating to the home and property of Bernie Re and Joey Jablonski, who live across the street from him. He called a wall he described as made of blue tarp an eyesore, and said that people attending pottery classes and open studios there park on his lawn, and on the street, creating a hazard.

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Staff changes at NCES follow July 12 meeting

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NORTH CANAAN — A new art teacher was hired by the Board of Education at its July 12 meeting, and it was also learned that the board clerk had resigned.
Elizabeth Allyn will bring a wealth of education and experience, particularly at North Canaan Elementary School (NCES), to her new job in the art room. She has degrees in arts and administration from the University of Bridgeport, Wesleyan University and Post College. She has worked as an interior designer and in management. She is certified in grades kindergarten to 12 and will be hired at a sixth-year master’s salary level.

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Taking the measure of federal health care plan

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NORTH CANAAN — The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, more commonly known as Obamacare, was the subject of a series of forums hosted by Geer Village this past week. Passed more than two years ago, the national health care plan continues to be hotly debated by the public and by government representatives.

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Building community, and spirit, in North Canaan

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NORTH CANAAN — Its name pretty much says it all: The Community Mission is a product of the people of the community. Its goal is to carry out the word of God through its work, whether it be through worship services, Bible study, providing needs such as food and clothing, offering access to medical care, tutoring and job support or feeding the soul with cultural programs.
The Rev. Bob Alonge moved to North Canaan and has been working to build a nondenominational ministry, including inspiring worship services on Sundays at 6 p.m. in the Geer Village chapel.

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Foote Avenue dog park questioned

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NORTH CANAAN — It seemed like a simple idea: Fence in a small plot of unused land and let dogs romp there in safety.
The idea, proposed by the newly appointed Dog Park Committee of Lynne Martin and Nancy Tidd, called for the park to be in or near the center of town, where yards are small or nonexistent for apartment dwellers. It might also solve the problem of dog owners not cleaning up after their pets at recreational fields.

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Railroad Days is on schedule for fun

cynthiah@lakevillejournal.com

NORTH CANAAN — A Northwest Corner summer highlight begins this week with the annual Railroad Days celebration.
Opening night was Wednesday, July 11. The fun continues until Sunday, July 22.
Highlights will include the Commerford Carnival, which began July 11 and continues to July 14. Beginning at 5 p.m. there will be rides, food and games at Lawrence Field. The carnival ends at 9 p.m. on Thursday but remains open until 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

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At last, a home for Scout Troop 22

NORTH CANAAN — The neat little building, stained an earthy Boy Scout green, may not be anything fancy. But it suits Troop 22 just fine, and best of all, it’s all theirs.

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