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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

Trescott Hill Road land can be farmed, commission says

NORTH CANAAN — More than a year after it began, the Trescott Hill Road wetlands matter was resolved last week, with a consensus by Inland Wetlands Commission (IW) members that the agricultural use there does not need a permit.

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Creation of a race of ‘super trees’ could fight elm disease

NORTH CANAAN —With the help of intern Michelle Grohe from The Nature Conservancy, last week Elm Watch founder Tom Zetterstrom put in a long day assessing the health of (and measure trunk diameter) on 16 elms — coming in between 35 and 55 inches — in seven towns, including North Canaan, Sharon, Falls Village, Millerton and Copake. They made it through not quite half of the 35 trees on their list, so another day is planned.

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Need is high, supplies are low at food bank

NORTH CANAAN — The shelves at the Fishes and Loaves Food Bank are nearly bare.
Food donations are down more than usual for this time of year and demand is high. One to four families join each week, due mainly to high unemployment.
“People are generous during the holidays, but they tend to forget about us during the summer,” Fishes and Loaves Co-director Michele Bosworth said. “But when kids are out of school, families have to get an extra meal on the table every day. I don’t know how we are going to continue to meet the need.”

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Community rallies behind child center on Day of Caring

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NORTH CANAAN — It was one of the hottest days of the year, but ACTEX Publications in Winsted closed its air-conditioned offices June 21 so its employees could head out for a United Way Day of Caring.
“We only have 10 employees and we all come out,” employee Denise Calkins said, “so we had no choice but to close to come here.”

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Everyone’s a winner as CFC drills while filling pool

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NORTH CANAAN — For several hours Thursday evening, June 14, tanker trucks from 10 area fire departments converged on the streets in the center of town.

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Documents, plans, clarity sought on wetlands site

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NORTH CANAAN — A determination on a disputed wetlands encroachment continued before the Inland Wetlands Commission (IW) May 24, but there was little forward movement without a plan from the property owner and a family using the property as a horse pasture. More on a plan and results of a site visit by Inland Wetlands members is expected at the June 28 meeting.

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Neighbor defies tractor to stop wetland plowing

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NORTH CANAAN — In a twist on the ongoing Trescott Hill Road wetlands issue (see story, Page A8), the property in question was turned into a planting field last week, and neighbor Bernard Re was charged with trespassing after attempting to stop further wetlands encroachment.
Re’s concerns about the environmental impacts there were upheld by the Inland Wetland Commission (IW), which recognized the wetlands encroachment, filed a cease-and-desist order and began working on gaining regulatory control of the situation through a special permit application.

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Garden helps church blossom

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NORTH CANAAN — Hidden away in the center of town is a sunny yard behind Christ Church, and in that yard is a plot of newly turned earth that is becoming a community garden.
On Friday, June 15, church member Mary Monnier hosted preschoolers from Canaan Child Care Center, who had walked over with their teachers to plant and water pumpkin seeds in their section. They plan to come back on a regular basis, and with their parents and families, to weed and check on what they hope will soon be some very large pumpkins.

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Eighth-graders ‘prepare for takeoff’ in ceremony

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NORTH CANAAN — “Boys and girls, please fasten your seatbelts and prepare for takeoff.”
Sierra Grossman, one of the students in the class of 2012 about to move on from North Canaan Elementary School (NCES), was actually speaking about the first day of kindergarten, nine years ago.
But it also applies to the ceremony June 12, as eighth-graders received promotional certificates at a ceremony in the school gym.

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100-mile motorcycle ride raises money for Wishes on Wheels

NORTH CANAAN —There were big smiles for the big engines at the Make-a-Wish fundraiser on Sunday, June 17, at Lone Oaks campground, where 35 motorcycles cooled off after a 100-mile Wishes on Wheels ride.
Riders from the Northwest Corner and as far away as Bristol, Terryville, Torrington and Canton came out for the second annual ride, which was organized by Peter Brown, one of Lone Oaks’ owners.
“It gets bigger and better every year,” said Belinda Dipetro, who drove the emergency vehicle this year. “Last year only 25 people signed up.”

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