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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

Vote on budgets will be May 15

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NORTH CANAAN — A line-by-line look at town and school budget proposals at a public hearing April 26 brought a good-sized crowd that expressed few concerns regarding local spending.

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Tank gets rehab, but water will keep flowing

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NORTH CANAAN — A tank that is part of the town center’s water supply system is undergoing a rehab. Work will include sandblasting, repairing joints as needed, repriming and repainting. The tank is not being replaced with a much bigger one, despite rumors that have been going around town to that effect.
Work began last week. The tank is essentially hidden on a wooded hilltop off Daisy Hill Road, midway between Patty and Granger lanes. JPI Painting of Poland, Ohio, which specializes in tank painting and restoration, is handling the job.

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Essay about a tree with as many memories as apples

Wins state contest
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NORTH CANAAN — When Victor Flores was a newborn, his grandfather came to visit.
“It was his one and only trip from El Salvador,” the North Canaan Elementary School fifth-grader said. “He came to see me. While he was here, he planted an apple tree. It was the best thing I could have asked for from my grandfather.”
About a decade later, it produces apples that are green and very sour. Victor eats them not because they taste very good, but because it is all he has left of his grandfather.

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A decade later, YMCA thrives at Geer Village

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NORTH CANAAN — Few remember its original name: the Young Men’s Christian Association. To most, it’s the YMCA, or just “the Y,” a more generic term that is now its official logo.
Today, the organization boasts the same core values: caring, honesty, respect, responsibility. And it is moving from Christian-based to community-based, to be more inclusive.
The YMCA at Geer Village’s first decade has been one of growth and change, as it responds to the unique needs of the community.

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Foes expect new application

No Asphalt! Defense Fund meets in Sheffield to discuss Century hot mix plant on border
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NORTH CANAAN — The proposed addition of a hot mix asphalt operation at the Century Acquisitions plant on Clayton Road in North Canaan and Sheffield, Mass., is poised for a second attempt at permitting, according to a local opposition group.
Members of the No Asphalt! Defense Fund (NADF) have been working against the proposal since 2008, and are ramping up their efforts as an adjudication period, part of an appeal by Century of a permit denial, ends in May. A new permit application is expected by this summer.

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Veterans urged to learn about their benefits they’ve earned

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NORTH CANAAN — For about five years now, on the fourth Wednesday of the “odd” months, Steve Kowaleski sets up shop at North Canaan Town Hall, ready to listen, advise and advocate, as needed.
A small but steady stream of military veterans comes, looking for answers about benefits they earned serving their country, or their spouses come wondering the same. On a regular basis, it’s a widow asking about coverage for burial costs, and wondering about a pension.

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Therapy for the mind and body

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Colleen Aulenti can read your body like a book. At least, that’s what she did with mine during a one-hour massage session I had with her recently.
Normally, a massage feels great, relieves tension and lets you know where your muscles are tight. As Aulenti worked over my upper body, she found more than just muscle tension, though.

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Residents seek dog park in town

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NORTH CANAAN — A place where pet dogs can safely run and socialize — that’s all Lynne Martin and a small committee of local residents want. They are willing to doggedly jump through a lot of hoops to make it happen.
Martin came to the Board of Selectmen’s April 9 meeting. It was her second appearance, as she seeks guidance on how to proceed.

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Beckley House expansion on horizon

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Beckley House, a 24-unit apartment building for seniors able to live an independent lifestyle, is heading toward an expansion project.
Planners and an attorney appeared before the Planning and Zoning Commission meeting April 9 with a special permit application. It will go to a public hearing May 14, when details of the 10-unit expansion will be presented, comments collected and questions answered.
In the decade since it was built, Beckley House has had a constant waiting list that averages about 16 couple and individuals. The wait is about two years.

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Out ‘fore’ Easter fun

NORTH CANAAN — Now that was a little different. Area youngsters arrived at the Caddie Shack April 7 with Easter baskets and dreams of filling them with goodies. They got to hunt on the 18-hole miniature golf course.
 
A sizeable crowd was greeted first by the appearance of the Easter Bunny, who came sneaking out of the trees on the 10th hole, to squeals of delight as children spotted him (or her?).
 
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