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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

Suspect arrested in North Canaan break-ins

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NORTH CANAAN — A suspect in at least two burglaries last December was arrested on a warrant March 24.
Jason Heath, 26, of 50 Bank St. in Winsted was charged in connection with break-ins at Rite Aid and the Great Wall Chinese restaurant in the early morning hours of Dec. 23. The Subway sandwich shop next to the Great Wall was also broken into that morning, but was not included in the arrest warrant, according to a report issued by Troop B.

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A little off the top

Christian Allyn, a Housatonic Valley Regional High School agricultural education student and a North Canaan resident, worked last week with Housy alumnus Tom Zetterstrom, above, also of North Canaan, pruning 17 trees in the new municipal parking lot between Railroad Street and Camp Brook. The trees are a part of the “urban forest” being nurtured in the town center.

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Music Man Jr.

North Canaan Elementary School Drama Club members have been busy rehearsing “The Music Man Jr.” which they will present March 29 and 30.

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At child care center, care and much more

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NORTH CANAAN — Skinny Pig Apartments and a treehouse painted John Deere green. These and other unique structures can be found in town, in a model of North Canaan that came out of the inspired imagination of some of its youngest residents.
Preschoolers at Canaan Child Care Center have been studying the town, its architecture and who it takes to build it, welcoming professionals to the center to talk with them. Blueprints and models they created are on display in the Salisbury Bank and Trust Company’s North Canaan branch.

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Is NASCAR in their future?

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NORTH CANAAN — The annual Pack 22 Cub Scout Pinewood Derby brought fierce competition and some crazy cars to the North Canaan Elementary School gym March 17.
In addition to Cub Scouts, there are divisions for siblings, parents, den leaders and businesses. Veterans were well-represented with the local Marine Corps League and Torrington AmVets. It all led to heats that pitted, in one instance, a husband against his wife (she won) and a granddaughter against her grandpa (she won).

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With dry weather, fire company remains busy with small blazes

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NORTH CANAAN — The 911 call at just before 11 p.m. March 15 was dispatched as a structure fire.
Canaan Fire Company (CFC) rolled all its equipment. The first truck that arrived at the converted two-story apartment house at 17 High St. (Route 7, just south of the Blackberry River bridge) was Ladder 1. Dozens of firefighters from North Canaan, Falls Village and Norfolk then converged on the scene. Lakeville Hose Co. was to have gotten a mutual aid call as well, but within minutes had a serious car accident to deal with in Lime Rock.

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Parties debate the best way to get BRC housing built

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NORTH CANAAN — A request by a beleaguered developer for a reduction to a performance bond has become more complicated than anticipated. Various factions are addressing the matter, but no one is on the same page yet.
The owners of Blackberry River Commons, who in five years have sold only one of 21 active adult condominiums planned for the site off West Main Street, asked for a reduction of the escrowed funds from $300,000 to about $25,000, which is the estimate of the cost to finish infrastructure work.

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Christ Church, blessed with a very generous community, remains open

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NORTH CANAAN — Support from its membership and the community is keeping Christ Church afloat for at least another few months, and there is now hope for the future.
The Episcopalian church, one of the oldest in the area and an architectural landmark, put out an appeal in January to help keep the doors open. It was cited as a historically significant building in the town center, and an important part of the area’s spiritual life.
It is the “family” church for many, and those roots apparently run deep. Many inactive members have started coming back and pledges have increased.

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Interest grows in preserving old grange hall in East Canaan

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NORTH CANAAN — The old Laurel Grange hall, which appeared destined for a wrecking ball, could benefit from a historic renovation plan instead.
The town was poised to sell the East Canaan building, for one dollar, to a neighbor. The assumption was that there was no possible future use for the building, and that its only value was the land beneath it, which an adjoining landowner might want.

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Garbage costs money; recyclables make money

BOS reminder
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NORTH CANAAN — It’s a simple formula: Garbage is expensive but recyclables cost nothing, when it comes to getting rid of them.
The Board of Selectmen issued a reminder to residents at the March 5 meeting that there is a town ordinance that requires them to recycle, and that it just makes sense.

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