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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

Chiropractic Center moves to Route 44 location in town

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NORTH CANAAN — The Chiropractic Center of Canaan is happily settled in its new home, having moved from Ashley Falls Road to 35 Church St./Route 44 in the former Health Food Junction shop.
Monica Nowak and Peter Markowicz took over the busy practice two years ago, from David Godwin. When the opportunity for a more affordable location came up, they jumped at it, enlisting family to help them turn the grocery storefront into a cozy warren of private treatment rooms.
“We’re quite happy here,” Nowak said. “It took a lot of work, but it’s a comfortable space.”

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Efficiencies planned for town buildings

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NORTH CANAAN — The Board of Selectmen signed a contract with Burlington Construction of Torrington for one phase of the planned energy upgrades to Town Hall.
Burlington bid $40,759 to install airlock vestibules at the two front entrances. A door at the east end of the building will be replaced with a more energy-efficient model.
At the annual town meeting Dec. 13, voters approved the expenditure of up to $65,671.77 on upgrades, such as digital thermostats and motion-detecting light switches.

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Demolition planned for ‘great old’ Grange Hall

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NORTH CANAAN — For about a decade now, the town has owned the old Laurel Grange Hall on Route 44 in East Canaan. It was given to the town after the grange disbanded. Boy Scout Troop 22 has used it since, mostly for storage.

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Snow not on ground (yet) but already on minds of the selectmen

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NORTH CANAAN — With the exception of October’s notable snowstorm, it’s been a relatively storm-free winter. So far. But at their meeting Jan. 3, the Board of Selectmen discussed the town’s bare roads policy — and reminded area drivers that it isn’t always possible for small towns to quickly clear large amounts of snow.
It means just what it says — that even while the town crew is doing its best to keep roads passable during the winter, there is no guarantee that any road will be completely clear at any time.

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Maybe there’s a better way to do it

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NORTH CANAAN — A learning experience. That’s how much of 2011 could be summed up for North Canaan.
New experiences, new needs and emergency situations were opportunities to take fresh and often better approaches, to evolve.
In January, a propane leak at the Specialty Minerals plant prompted an evacuation, which in turn provided a heads-up for many unfamiliar with the new mass notification system used by the town.
In the aftermath, the company donated emergency-related equipment, such as gas meters, to the Canaan Fire Company.

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Jan. 9 hearing on modified Mountainside plan

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NORTH CANAAN ­— A public hearing will be held Jan. 9 on an application to modify the permit for the expansion of Mountainside addiction treatment facility.
A special permit was granted by the Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) in November. It was a complicated matter of sorting out existing issues of zoning noncompliance plus the purchase of three adjacent land parcels.

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Top geographer

Greyson Schopp was the champion of this year’s North Canaan Elementary School geography bee held on Dec. 22. The first runner-up was Madison Snyder and the second runner-up was Jessica Serna. This year, students in grades four to eight participated.

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Three businesses struck by an early morning burglar

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NORTH CANAAN — Three local businesses were burglarized during the early morning hours of Dec. 23.
At about 3:15 a.m., when a security alarm sounded at Rite Aid Pharmacy at 76 Main St., neighboring residents were roused and went to windows that overlook the store and parking lot. State police were called and later reported that witnesses said a lone individual kicked in one of the glass front doors. Police arrived to find the burglar had fled the scene.

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Will depot rebuild have impact on historic diner?

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NORTH CANAAN — A central (and often emotional topic) at the Dec. 12 informational meeting on the rebuild of Canaan Union Station was the impact it will have on a nearby business.
The depot is a national landmark, a tourist attraction and, for North Canaan residents, an iconic structure. Half of the building was destroyed by a fire in October 2001. When it emerges from the ashes after the rebuild, it will have a museum and a retail center.

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Original depot weathervane resurfaces

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NORTH CANAAN — A weathervane that stood atop the Canaan Union Station signal tower nearly 60 years ago became the subject of debate following an informational meeting Dec. 12 on the rebuilding of the depot.
The owner of the historic building (the Connecticut Railroad Historical Association, or CRHA) is working on the final phase of completing the restoration of the national landmark, which was partially destroyed by arson in October 2001.

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