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NORTH CANAAN — By a vote of 6-1, the North Canaan Board of Education (NCES) approved a plan to regionalize the middle school sports program. The vote was held at the board’s regular meeting on Thursday, Nov. 14, and came after a lengthy discussion of the proposal initiated by Region One Athletic Director Anne MacNeil.

The decision will be made by a vote of the All Boards Chair Committee (ABC), which is made up of the chairmen from all six Region One elementary schools plus the regional board of education. Each of the six towns is voting on the proposal; their vote will...

North Canaan

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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In an emergency

An emergency call box, with camera, was installed at the Troop B State Police barracks in North Canaan (in photo) and Troop A in Southbury, as part of a dispatch consolidation. The boxes, quickly earning the nickname Trooper Smurf, are a backup for the possibility that either troop could be unmanned at any given time. Dispatch communications for three barracks are now processed at Troop L in Litchfield.

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Seven area fire departments compete in Fire Muster

NORTH CANAAN —The Canaan Fire Company hosted, for the second year in a row, a Fire Muster, at Lawrence Field. This year’s event was held on Sunday, June 10. Fire departments from Bethany, North Canaan, Millerton, Norfolk, Colebrook, Nepaug and Sharon participated.
North Canaan hadn’t hosted a muster in many years, but revived the tradition last year in honor of the 100th anniversary of the fire company.
The multitown contest of firefighting prowess proved so popular that many of the teams asked North Canaan to host it again.

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Budgets approved, mill rate will rise by .5

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NORTH CANAAN — With a budget finally approved, the verdict is in: The mill rate will rise by half a point.
That works out to an additional $35 in taxes for every $100,000 in assessed value, taxed at 70 percent.
The tax hike, plus $250,000 from the general fund, will balance budgetary needs for the coming fiscal year.

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Remembering the Alcan Adventure, 50 years ago

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NORTH CANAAN — June 18 marks the 50th anniversary of the start of an amazing part of the town’s history — an event that took place mostly elsewhere, including Alaska.

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Midnight alarmists

Wake up from a sound sleep. Jump into your firefighting gear. It’s a race against time. And the competitors from Norfolk Volunteer Fire Department were up to the challenge at Canaan Fire Company’s second annual Fire Muster on Sunday, June 10.
 
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Sunny weather, high spirits equal success for Touch-a-Truck

NORTH CANAAN — An estimated 300 adults and children attended a Touch-a-Truck fundraiser on Sunday, June 3, at the Lone Oak Campsites, in conjunction with the Lone Oak tag sale.
On display were firetrucks, dump trucks, tractors and even a race car.
The proceeds from the event were divided between the Make-a-Wish Foundation and the Canaan Fire Company. Make-a-Wish is a nonprofit organization that grants wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions.

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Condo asks (again) for new age limit

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NORTH CANAAN — Developers of Blackberry River Commons are trying once again to get the Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) to remove the 55-plus age restriction on the partially built condominiums.

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Gone fishin’

Cub Scout Pack 22 held its annual fishing derby May 27, along with a barbecue and pack meeting, at the Northwest Rod and Gun Club in North Canaan. Jim’s Bait and Tackle donated bait and weighing scales. Tiger Scout Gus Dekker, in the photo at left, won a trophy for the largest fish — 15 inches — and the heaviest — 1.5 lbs. One of the most memorable moments was when a turtle swallowed a hook. It took parents Dave Moran and Bill Minacci about 30 minutes to save the turtle.

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Garage fire prompts review of permit procedures

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NORTH CANAAN — A fire whose cause remains unknown completely destroyed a garage and attached barn in East Canaan June 1.
Twenty-four hours later, Susanna Zeitler stood by a blackened jumble of timbers that still radiated heat. She and her late husband, Carl, moved here 16 years ago. She isn’t sure but presumes the detached building was built at the same time as the gray stucco house, in 1910.

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