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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

Housing Fair held at Geer

Solutions offered for housing crunch
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NORTH CANAAN — It is a generally accepted fact of life in the Northwest Corner that housing is expensive.
It is also generally accepted as fact that many of the volunteers who support the towns’ vital emergency services and fill many government seats are struggling to find a way to own or keep a home here.
The option for many has been to move away. And towns are feeling the pinch.

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Veterans celebrate their day over coffee at Collin’s Diner

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NORTH CANAAN — Military veterans were honored here in subtle ways on Nov. 11, Veterans Day. The day included breakfast at Collin’s Diner, where many of the local vets are regulars.
They came in a steady stream throughout the morning, wearing hats or some sort of insignia in memory of their days in the service.
Ask a veteran why he or she ended up in the military, and you will almost always get an interesting story, or a joke.

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USO dance, Geer style

Geer Village hosted its third annual USO dance, featuring the big band sound of the Bob Hughes Band, on Saturday, Nov. 12. World War II veterans were honored guests. All proceeds were donated to the USO for care packages for overseas troops.

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Halloween gets a second chance, nearly a week later

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NORTH CANAAN — A freakishly early major snowstorm may have sent Halloween to its grave, but a lot of good fairies were determined to call forth the zombies. This would not be the year of the Halloween that wasn’t.
For most of an hour last Saturday night (Nov. 5) a line of children snaked in through the North Canaan Elementary School lobby and back out the door.

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Bringing Harmony and happiness to Geer residents

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NORTH CANAAN — Harmony. Her name sums up what she brings to Geer Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Simple, unconditional canine affection brings greater dimension to life for residents there.
For the past six years, Jill Simmons, director of recreation at Geer, has brought Harmony to work with her each day. The yellow Lab began working when she was eight weeks old, trained to interact appropriately by visiting each resident every day, as well as with staff and visitors. She is even buddies with the UPS delivery person.

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Residents keep warm at Town Hall

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NORTH CANAAN — The scene outside Town Hall Monday was of one of devastation at the normally pretty little park adjacent to the parking lot. Small, conical-shaped trees that surround the fountain and benches were still in full leaf, not even having turned their autumn colors. They took the full brunt of about a foot and half of wet snow that fell Oct. 29 and 30. Branches snapped in all directions.

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Consignment shop set to open

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NORTH CANAAN — A new business is set to open in a downtown storefront.
Just Another Hand is expected to open soon on Main Street, in the former Canaan Apothecary space. Owner Rachel Call said it will be a consignment shop, with used items, from clothing to furniture, and unique items from artists and craftspeople. However, she plans to make it a community endeavor, with special sales aimed at helping others.

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Superintendent Award - North Canaan

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NORTH CANAAN — Ashlee Baldwin earned fame at North Canaan Elementary School last year when she won the Geography Bee and went on to qualify for and compete in the state bee.
But the future ambitions of this year’s Superintendent Award winner are much more artistic.
“I want to be either a painter or do something in the performing arts,” the eighth-grader said.
Ashlee’s favorite pastimes are drawing and reading, along with helping to care for her family’s menagerie of pets, which includes chickens, goats, dogs, cats, a rabbit and a guinea pig named Razo.

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Candidate profiles - North Canaan

Board of Selectmen
Nicole “Nikki” Blass, Independent
Office being sought: Selectman
Age: 37
Number of years in town: 37
Profession: Database coordinator at The Hotchkiss School; Realtor with Raynard and Peirce Real Estate Co.

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CL&P employees make difference at CCCC

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NORTH CANAAN — A “day off” was how Connecticut Light & Power (CL&P) employees described the eight hours they spent Oct. 21 at the Canaan Child Care Center.
But the linemen, electrician, mechanic and office workers were certainly working hard as they did their annual sprucing up of the child center’s building and grounds. This year, they did it a day early for national Make a Difference Day (which was held Oct. 22 elsewhere).
It’s the second year for employees of the electric company. CL&P pays them to do the community outreach.

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