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In the aftermath of the decision taken by the North Canaan Planning and Zoning commission (P&Z) at their meeting on Monday, Sept. 9, the town’s zoning enforcement officer submitted her resignation to First Selectman Charles Perotti.

Richelle Hodza had served the town for less than a year as zoning enforcement officer and land use administrator. 

Leading to her decision, she explained in her resignation letter, was the P&Z decision to deny a certificate of approval to the B. Metcalf company. She indicated that the vote was counter to her professional...

North Canaan

Memorial Day launch for VFW revisioning

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NORTH CANAAN — Those who make it back from military service abroad can find comfort and an extended “family” at the local Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) post. These facilities quickly become centers of their communities. They were, and still are in many cases, where weddings, graduation parties, band concerts, picnics and horseshoe tournaments are held.

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Dispute over whether horses may graze in wetlands

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NORTH CANAAN — Destruction of wetlands and the altering of a stream on a Trescott Hill Road property will be scrutinized at a May 24 Inland Wetlands Commission meeting.
Landowner Maryanne Marschat and members of the Sebben family, who last summer cleared the land across from their home to pasture their horses, are expected to bring to the commission a plan for the use of and continued changes at the property.

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Avoiding cyclist on road, cement truck driver rolls his vehicle truck

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NORTH CANAAN — A cement truck that rolled over, taking a utility pole with it, closed Route 7 between Lower Road and Sand Road for hours on the afternoon of May 10.
Driver Andrew Mo, 33, of Torrington suffered minor injuries in the crash. He was taken to Sharon Hospital, where he was treated and released.
The truck, a 1988 Oshkosh, is owned by Bonded Concrete, of Watervliet, N.Y., and is used at Century Acquisition in North Canaan. Both companies are part of the Clemente Group.

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Comment period begins for Specialty Minerals permit

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NORTH CANAAN — A renewal of a permit that allows a local company to discharge drainage water into the Blackberry River from two facilities has received tentative approval from the state Department of Energy and Environmental protection (DEEP).
The process is essentially a routine renewal for Specialty Minerals Inc., which has operated here for decades. But it requires a public comment period, which is open until May 20. A hearing will be held upon request, if the commissioner determines it will best serve public interest or if a petition signed by at least 25 people is submitted.

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Buy transfer station stickers by May 18

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NORTH CANAAN — Lights are finally set to be installed at the parking lot across from North Canaan Elementary School.
First Selectman Douglas Humes reported at the May 7 board meeting that there was a paperwork issue, but that Connecticut Light & Power is ready to do the installation. The lot is often used at night, and the contrast of bright lighting around the school makes it difficult to see, particularly while walking into or out of the lot.

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Help needed in finding a way to open Roraback’s safe

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NORTH CANAAN — There’s mystery along with history at the new town historical society headquarters.
Renovations to what will probably always be called the Roraback Law Offices on Main Street are ongoing to turn it into a depository and research center for town history records, as well as a meeting venue.

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Strike one!

Opening day was Saturday, May 5, for the North Canaan/Canaan Little League with a double-header at Steve Blass Field in North Canaan. It was the Pirates over the Giants, 7-3, and the Red Sox over the Athletics, 8-6. This photo is from the second game.

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Plans for dog park move forward

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NORTH CANAAN — A proposal for a dog park on Whiting Drive has had some early obstacles. But the plan is getting considerable interest and may be moving in a different and possibly better direction.
Lynne Martin and Nancy Tidd have been patiently forging ahead on a not-so-simple plan for a fenced in area away from homes and handy to parking.
The vacant town land they hoped to use is mostly wetlands. At the April 24 Inland Wetlands Commission meeting, they were told it is too wet for their use.

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After more than a decade, work on depot set to begin

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NORTH CANAAN — Plans for the final phase of the Canaan Union Station restoration are looking good for a predicted June 1 approval. Interior and exterior finishing work and landscaping could be started before the year is out.

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Former grocery store has new owner, will begin new life as antiques shop

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NORTH CANAAN — Thanks to a new tenant, a prominent Railroad Street building is getting a new look after five years as an unoccupied storefront in the center of town.
The old Canaan Market will be called, well, The Old Canaan Market when it reopens in the near future. New owner David Mason is turning the former grocery store into an antiques center. He is not expecting a lot of off-the-street business. The West Cornwall resident deals in antiques, mostly imported from overseas, and was mainly looking for a place to store inventory.

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