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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

Marijuana harvest seized from house

karenb@lakevillejournal.com

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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Blass goes ‘over the edge’ for Boy Scouts

karenb@lakevillejournal.com

NORTH CANAAN — Putting in long hours of work on fundraisers is now second nature to Nikki Blass. She has organized all sorts of them through the local PTO and Cub Scout Pack 22, where she is currently Cubmaster.
But nothing compares to what she did for the Over the Edge event to benefit scouts in the Connecticut Rivers Council of the Boy Scouts of America.
Blass took a literal leap of faith when she stepped backward off a 17-story building at the Connecticut River Plaza in Hartford on Sept. 9.

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Seeking help while paying it forward

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NORTH CANAAN — At her sprawling old home, Tania Currier has five extra bedrooms. They are almost never empty.
For the past 10 years, she has rented out beds to a succession of men, and then women, who needed a safe haven, a bridge, a second chance. In all, about 125 people have come to the big white Colonial at the corner of Ashley Falls Road and North Elm Street.
Now, Currier needs help to continue helping people. A grateful “family” and community are finding ways to do so.

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Going, going, gone

Who needs eBay? Town sells own trucks
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NORTH CANAAN — With some hesitation, the 1992 Chevy dump truck was coaxed to life.
The bidding was opened by First Selectman Doug Humes at $300. Three of about a dozen people who came to the town’s Sept. 24 town-sponsored garage sale jumped into the fray.
As with most of the rest of the surplus items, the truck and plow were most attractive to the bidders as the sum of their usable parts. The dump truck went for $800, after bidding that was pretty good for early on a Saturday morning.

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Who gets to speak?

Dispute rages over cable television access control
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NORTH CANAAN — A deal to turn over control of the public access cable television station CATV6 from Tri-State Public Communications (TSPC) to Northwest Corner Public Access fell through in August when Tri-State withdrew its support.
How Tri-State sees it
Marshall Miles, who founded Tri-State (a nonprofit media company) with Jill Goodman, runs the television station and the WHDD-Robin Hood Radio NPR station in Sharon.

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Release of federal funds means Union Station nears completion

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NORTH CANAAN — Is there finally light at the end of the tunnel for the project to rebuild Canaan Union Station?
With plans for the final phase in hand and ready to be put out to bid, the owners were recently given an approval date of 2013 for the release of federal funding set aside for the project.
They found that date to be unacceptable.

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Roadwork could change use of school’s parking lot

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NORTH CANAAN — Work on a new Pease Street entrance to the Town Hall parking lot is underway, part of an effort to improve safety at a school crosswalk.
The Board of Selectmen put the plan in motion following a review by consulting engineer George Johannesen of Allied Engineering Associates.

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Good aim!

The NCES PTO annual Family Fun Fest was held on the front lawn of North Canaan Elementary School Sept. 18. Iain Rand showed winning form at the potty toss.

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President Harding as greatest U.S. leader

If only he had lived to finish his term
karenb@lakevillejournal.com

NORTH CANAAN — President Warren G. Harding arrived at Christ Church Sunday. At least, his spirit was there, in a re-enactment presented by Kevin Titus of Falls Village.
The actor has taken on the role of the former president in a big way, promoting the man he believes could have been our greatest national leader had he not died two years into office.
Titus entered the church with a “Secret Service” man and shook hands with every member of the small crowd before taking the podium to give Harding’s “My Conviction” speech.

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Cleanups follow storms

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NORTH CANAAN — The town’s “garage sale” has been rescheduled to Sept. 24 at 9 a.m. at the Town Garage.
Now that the town crew and selectmen have dealt with cleanup following Tropical Storm Irene, they can focus on clearing out unused items.
The list includes a 1-ton dump truck with plow, a larger dump truck with a sander and an Army surplus Jeep, in camouflage paint, as well as an assortment of smaller items.

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