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NORTH CANAAN — On a night that was marked by violent thunderstorms throughout the region, a North Canaan man died on Sunday, Aug. 18, in a car crash on Route 7, close to the entrance to Geer Village. 

Matthew Holderman, 46, of North Canaan was driving north on Route 7 near Sand Road at about 10:30 p.m. He was at the wheel of a  2011 GMC Sierra.

Holderman was “negotiating a curve to the right when the truck lost control for an unknown reason,” according to the report from the Connecticut State Police released on Monday morning, Aug. 19. ...

North Canaan

Bazinga!

Magician Sandy Rhoades, top, performed at North Canaan Elementary School March 2 at a free family show sponsored by the PTO. Donnie Cahill was a willing participant, joining Rhoades on stage to have a cake “baked” in his hat before sticking his head in a guillotine.

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School to get green upgrades

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NORTH CANAAN — A proposal to replace windows and doors for an energy efficiency upgrade at North Canaan Elementary School was quickly approved Feb. 28.
Sixteen people gathered to consider spending an estimated $310,000 on one of the recommendations of an energy audit conducted at the school and Town Hall. The recommendation was to replace windows in the oldest part of the building,the primary wing and library. But it was discovered some of the windows are part of a single unit that includes exterior doors. All will be replaced.

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State Police plan intensifies fears of Troop B barracks closing

karenb@lakevillejournal.com

NORTH CANAAN — A long-awaited look at a plan for the consolidation of State Police communication services has been provided to state Sen. Andrew Roraback (R-30).
It begins to answer some questions raised by town officials, legislators and the press over the course of the last year.
The plan calls for 911 and police dispatch for Troop B in North Canaan and Troop A in Southbury to be relocated and combined into an expanded operations center at Troop L in Litchfield.
Budget concerns

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CYB season ends with cupcakes

The first grade Canaan Youth Basketball team finished up its practice season on Saturday, Feb. 25, with a scrimmage against each other, tying the score 15-15. The day ended with an awards ceremony, pizza and very colorful cupcakes. The first-grade team started practicing in December before the holiday break.

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Fears of Troop B closing might not be far-fetched

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NORTH CANAAN — The question keeps coming up: Is Troop B slated to close?
The answer remains a firm “no” from the state Department of Emergency Service and Public Protection. But many state troopers and civilian dispatchers remain adamant it is headed in that direction. Local officials and legislators see the implications as too serious to ignore the possibility.

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Parking reconfigured at the school

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NORTH CANAAN — Another step in an effort to encourage safe and legal parking at North Canaan Elementary School is about to occur.
A relatively new parking lot directly across Pease Street from the school is getting a major improvement. The empty lot was purchased by the town about five years ago. The idea was to provide more parking for the school, particularly for nighttime activities.
Previously, the only legal parking was in the adjacent Town Hall parking lot. But it was typically used as overflow parking after the main entrance circle and fire lanes on the street were filled.

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New idea for meeting tax obligations: Point and Pay

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NORTH CANAAN — Times are tough and January tax bills may be ignored or forgotten.
In Tax Collector Jennifer Jacquier’s experience, unpaid taxes here are less likely a case of unwillingness or not having the money than they are of lost or forgotten bills. She has launched a program called Point and Pay, which allows property and vehicle owners a quick, convenient way to pay taxes by credit or debit card or electronic check, online anytime, or in her Town Hall office.

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Efforts continue to make Commons plan work

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NORTH CANAAN — A request for a dramatic lowering of a construction bond at Blackberry River Commons is making progress before the Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z).
The application to drop the $300,000 bond to $25,000 or $30,000 on construction of up to 21 homes at the age 55-plus condominiums has been before P&Z numerous times. Owner William Weingart was at the Feb. 13 meeting to discuss the issues. He last appeared in April 2011.

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CFC aloha

Canaan Fire Company (CFC) held a fundraising dance Saturday, Feb. 18, and among those attending were, upper left, Crystal and Christopher Ohmen (he is assistant chief of Lakeville Hose Company). Continuing clockwise are Timmy Redlund (Canaan Fire Police), Ginny Redlund, Rich Crane (Canaan Fire Company veteran), Valerie Crane and Ron Carpenter (president of CFC); then Rowland and Robin Denny of Norfolk (he is deputy fire marshall for North Canaan); and last, Maribeth Weaver (secretary of CFC), Jody Zeller (Norfolk Fire Department) and Shanna Foley (captain, CFC).

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Clock ticking (fast) on depot plans

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NORTH CANAAN — Plans for the final phase of the Canaan Union Station rebuilding are just about complete. More importantly, the project, which addresses interior and exterior finishing work, is poised for approval by the state. It remains on track to be completed before the year is out.
The state Department of Transportation (DOT) gets its say because it is holding $1.3 million in federal funding earmarked for the project since 2005.

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