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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

Dinner out helps school in Haiti

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NORTH CANAAN — For four hours on Oct. 6 customers at the McDonald’s here, whether they knew it or not, supported a group called Partners with Haiti.
The Rev. Ed Eastman of Greenwoods Community Church in Sheffield, Mass., said turnout was excellent and that about $650 was raised between the McDonald’s proceeds and a teacup auction.
The organization earned 20 percent of sales from a four-hour period that evening. The church is targeting the money toward something it hopes could help move the island nation in the direction of self-sustainability: education.

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Bull riders aid Sue’s Kids

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NORTH CANAAN — Now that was different. Bull riding, with its sand-strewn ring, bleachers and blaring country music — came to town Saturday in a benefit at Caddie Shack for the Sue Segalla Foundation, called Sue’s Kids.

And the crowds came, too. The stands were filled for the entire event with an ever-changing crowd. It was a mix of experienced and knowledgeable fans and newcomers who marveled at the event.

It was a great encore for those who were at the Professional Bull Riding competition in Hartford last weekend.

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Welcome to autumn

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NORTH CANAAN — If not for the scarecrows and pumpkins, it would have been tough to tell it was the Fall Festival on Railroad Street Sunday.
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It was sunny and very warm. A street jammed with vintage and the newest fast cars and trucks, and live music in Jim’s Garage made it feel like summer is not already behind us.
The car show and vendor fair were sponsored by local businesses and the Canaan Chamber of Commerce.

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P&Z special permits allow businesses to grow

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NORTH CANAAN — Two special permits were approved by the Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) on Oct. 3. Public hearings were held on each. Only the applicants commented.
One approval will allow John Jacquier to expand the building that houses his welding business at his home at 213 Daisy Hill Road. His plan is to add to the existing 40-by-60-foot building a 40-by-50-foot addition for storage. It will have no exterior lighting.
It was noted by the commission that the business operates as a home occupation in a residential/agricultural zone. The decision was unanimous.

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Abbott will bring war to life Oct. 21

NORTH CANAAN — Tim Abbott, a Revolutionary War living historian with the 1st New Jersey Regiment, will give a presentation at the Douglas Library Friday, Oct. 21, at 7 p.m.
Abbott is a North Canaan resident and a Nature’s Notebook columnist for The Journal.
He will appear in the dress of a Continental soldier and talk about his effort to document the route and encampments of British and German prisoners who marched under guard through Connecticut in November 1778.

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Planning & Zoning says no to Mountainside expansion

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NORTH CANAAN — An application for a special zoning permit to allow the expansion of Mountainside Addiction Treatment Center was denied Oct. 3 amid confusion by the applicant and the public over procedure.
The decision by the Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) earned a strong reaction from many in the room.
Mountainside has been before P&Z for months with an application to build a detached addition to the facility on adjoining property it plans to buy.

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Police find ‘drug factory’ in North Canaan

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NORTH CANAAN — Two local men were arrested Oct. 5 after state troopers went to their home to serve a warrant related to an incident of domestic violence. They discovered what they referred to as a marijuana-growing operation and drug factory.
Resident State Trooper Jim Promotico went to 229 Ashley Falls Road (about a mile from the Troop B barracks) to serve a warrant on Thomas Stanton, 25, of that address, stemming from a Sept. 11 incident on Route 44 in North Canaan. The victim was an unidentified 17-year-old.

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Vintner vows to serve no wine before its time

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NORTH CANAAN — This is not a story of a fledgling business, or a piece of prime real estate for sale.
In fact, Bob Stone was very gracious when he shared the details of his tiny winemaking operation. As for the location of the vineyard, this reporter was sworn to secrecy. It is a stone’s throw from a main road. People have driven by it countless times without even knowing it is there.

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Bonnie the barber cuts hair on Main Street

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NORTH CANAAN — After six decades, a new barber in town would not seem to be an easy change. Especially when one of the last bastions of a “man’s world” has been taken over by a woman.
Bonnie Spadaccini, born and raised in North Canaan, knew she might be up against some resistance when she took over Mario’s Barbershop recently. Mario Sebben retired after about 60 years of not only cutting hair, but also of being the epicenter of the village.
It is as much about the place as it is about who is cutting hair, Spadaccini believes.

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Marijuana harvest seized from house

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NORTH CANAAN — A local resident was arrested Sunday after an investigation into an alleged drug factory at his downtown apartment.
Geoffrey Hill, 35, whose address was listed by police as a post office box, was found to have more than 62 marijuana plants in his home when investigating Trooper Lance Carlson arrived there on the evening of Oct. 2.
There was evidence Hill intended to sell marijuana and other controlled substances. Also seized were oxycodone pills, hallucinogenic mushrooms, packaging material and drug paraphernalia.

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