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In the aftermath of the decision taken by the North Canaan Planning and Zoning commission (P&Z) at their meeting on Monday, Sept. 9, the town’s zoning enforcement officer submitted her resignation to First Selectman Charles Perotti.

Richelle Hodza had served the town for less than a year as zoning enforcement officer and land use administrator. 

Leading to her decision, she explained in her resignation letter, was the P&Z decision to deny a certificate of approval to the B. Metcalf company. She indicated that the vote was counter to her professional...

North Canaan

Maybe there’s a better way to do it

karenb@lakevillejournal.com

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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Voters approve funds to make Town Hall ‘green’

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NORTH CANAAN — In addition to the routine items up for consideration at the annual town meeting on Dec. 13, voters also approved an expenditure of up to $65,671.77 for energy efficiency improvements to Town Hall, as recommended by the boards of selectmen and finance.
Details of the project are yet to be determined as the selectmen work on collecting bids for various parts of the job.

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Dear Santa

Santa made a surprise visit to the Canaan Post Office Dec. 14 to help Canaan Child Care Center kids decorate the Christmas tree there. Each ornament on the Christmas tree was handmade by a Canaan Child Care Center child, including Allison Ford, below.

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Remembering Pearl Harbor

A ceremony was held at the Doughboy Monument in the center of North Canaan on Dec. 7 to honor those who died in the attack on Pearl Harbor 70 years ago. A small crowd braved cold and heavy rain to be a part of the evening ceremony.

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On a day when rain fell, gathering to remember a day when flames fell

karenb@lakevillejournal.com

NORTH CANAAN ­— It was a cold night. Rain poured down on the small crowd gathered Dec. 7 at the Doughboy Monument on a hill in the center of town. The thought of moving the candlelight ceremony indoors was quickly dismissed by those huddled under umbrellas.

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