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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...

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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

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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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Informal depot meeting turns emotional

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NORTH CANAAN — An informal informational meeting on the final phase of the restoration of Canaan Union Station was advertised as being routine, a required part of the process of accessing federal and state funding.
The meeting structure might have been informal but the tenor of the comments was anything but casual.
A passionate, standing room only crowd gathered at Town Hall Monday night (Dec. 12). Engineers, architects and state Department of Transportation (DOT) officials attended as planned.

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Just smoke, no fire in school bus scare

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NORTH CANAAN — Fast-texting teen fingers quickly spread the word Tuesday morning, Dec. 13, that a school bus was on fire.
The real story was a lot of smoke from a rear brake that locked up on bus number 17, which runs a North Canaan Elementary School route and picks up high school students in North Canaan and Falls Village.

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