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NORTH CANAAN — Uneven sidewalks and non-working streetlights were discussed by the North Canaan Board of Selectmen at their regular meeting on Monday, Aug. 5.

Selectman Craig Whiting had noticed a lack of adequate lighting for pedestrians during the recent townwide celebration of Railroad Days, noting that he himself had used his cell phone light to cross the railroad tracks.

“I’ve never seen the center of town so dark,” Whiting said. “The lighting is terrible.”

First Selectman Charles Perotti agreed, and noted that the...

North Canaan

Inferno

Fire destroyed the Michael Subklew/Rudy Molina residence on Moses Mead Road, North Canaan, Monday. For more photos and story, click here.

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Pastor takes ministry to the streets (and Collins Diner)

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NORTH CANAAN — His rather unusual name sounds forbidding and, frankly, daunting. It’s a misleading introduction to the new, unassuming and instantly likable new pastor at the North Canaan Congregational Church in East Canaan.
Savage Frieze (named for ancestors of varied northern European descent) took the helm at the town’s oldest parish on Jan. 1. He and interim Pastor Rosemary Dawson, who served for a little more than three years, shared the pulpit that Sunday.

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Officials ready FY2013 budget

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NORTH CANAAN — Budget proposals for the fiscal year 2012-13 are on the minds of town and school officials.
The new budget year will begin July 1, and will as always be preceded by months of crunching numbers. Local needs, regional school needs, state grants and changes, or not, in the grand list of taxable properties will all be considered to come up with workable plans to meet the town’s needs.

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Firemen’s ball tickets pay for more than just a fun night out

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NORTH CANAAN ­— “What if volunteers didn’t?” The Canaan Fire Company (CFC), now in its 101st year, has adopted that as its new motto.
Although, unlike so many other small town fire departments, their need right now is not for new members as much as it is for more money. Their upcoming annual dance — set for Feb. 18 — is a major fundraiser for the company. Everyone is invited. There will be four hours of music lead by DJ and CFC member Ryan Long, and a Hawaiian theme to overcome midwinter blahs.

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Christ Church reaches out for assistance as it struggles to survive

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NORTH CANAAN — Is Christ Church about to close its doors? A decision by members of the Episcopal church is expected in early March.
It all depends on what happens in the next six weeks.
The church leadership is seeking community support. They have long struggled to meet rising financial needs, while membership dropped off. Community members say a core group of highly dedicated members have kept it going for quite a while.

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With necessary approvals in place, Mountainside work will now begin

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NORTH CANAAN — The planned expansion of Mountainside Addiction Treatment Center on Canaan Road South (Route 7)is poised to begin, following the approval last week of modifications to a special permit granted in November.
Designers have been working to fine-tune siting and other aspects of the 16-bedroom facility, as well as parking lot and drainage in consideration of setbacks and runoff from Canaan Mountain directly behind it.
The original permit was issued with a list of conditions that were satisfied by this latest version of the construction plan.

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Concerns at BOE about Region One board member

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NORTH CANAAN — The Board of Education has taken a stand on divisive issues on the Region One School District board. Members here engaged in an impassioned discussion at their Jan. 12 meeting, and plan to send a letter to the Falls Village boards of selectmen and education.
Chairman Dolores Perotti raised the issue of a recent spate of emails, allegedly initiated by Falls Village’s Region One board representative, Gale Toensing.

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NCES eyes energy efficiencies

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NORTH CANAAN — Plans for further energy efficiency upgrades at North Canaan Elementary School are moving forward. The Board of Finance voted Jan. 11 to take the plan to a town meeting to seek approval for about $310,000 to replace the building’s older windows and some doors. It is now up to the Board of Selectmen to schedule the meeting.

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Early kindergarten early success

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NORTH CANAAN — The new early kindergarten program for North Canaan Elementary School’s (NCES) youngest students has proven in its first months to be highly successful.
It comes as no surprise to the three teachers who proposed it to the school board last spring. It came with no cost but with plenty of enthusiasm from Leigh Ann Merrill, Ashley DeMazza and Melissa Bachetti. Back then, they spent a large part of each school day dealing with the wide disparity in academic and social readiness among the 4- to 6-year-olds.

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Theodore Roosevelt was president...

Anne Rowe of Geer Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in North Canaan turned 106 on Jan. 1. She celebrated with a party on Jan. 6. She was joined by her godchild, Anne Clark, and her daughter, Julie Andresen. Mrs. Rowe enjoys joking, singing, dancing, spaghetti and potato chips. She was born the year Theodore Roosevelt won the Nobel Peace Prize.

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