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NORTH CANAAN — A new schedule of fees for use of the North Canaan transfer station was announced at the regular meeting of the Board of Selectmen on Monday, March 4. Rates showed an increase in all categories.

First Selectman Charles Perotti explained that the town’s tipping fee (the amount the town will pay for trash disposal) will be raised on April 1 to $85 per ton.

The new permit rate for residents will increase to $60 per year; for seniors 62 and over, $30; out-of-state users will pay up to $75. The new rates will be available for viewing on the town...

North Canaan

Great Falls Brewery bubbling at Depot

NORTH CANAAN — Chris Tripler and Matt Bergfield were positively giddy with excitement as the large steel components for their future beer brewing operation were wheeled one by one into the future Great Falls Brewing Company at the former Canaan Union Station (aka The Depot).
It was Thursday morning, June 28, and the workmen had a temporary break from the heavy rains that had been drenching the Northwest Corner since Wednesday. 

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The hidden valley of vintage wonders

NORTH CANAAN — New England is not a place that treasures the new. People here prefer clothes that have lost their from-the-box shine, cars that can still be fixed by their owners, furnishings that have earned a bit of a patina.

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NCES bids farewell to Class of 2018

 NORTH CANAAN — North Canaan Elementary School (NCES) Principal Rosemary Keilty promoted the last 30 eighth-graders of her career as a school administrator on Tuesday, June 19. The NCES auditorium was packed to the edges as the graduates took the stage.
The ceremony opened with a welcoming statement from Joey Brennan, but NCES did without the traditional student speeches this year. 
Instead, Housatonic Musical Theatre Society Director Michael Berkeley gave the graduates some sound advice.

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Horseshoes and other summer fun at Lone Oak

NORTH CANAAN — Members of the Exchange Club of Canaan gathered at Lone Oak Campsites in East Canaan for the annual Exchange Club barbecue and horseshoe tournament on Tuesday, June 19. 
The night of food and games took place at the Douglas Memorial Playground located inside Lone Oak Campsites. Food and drinks were served underneath the pavilion at the park. Weather conditions were near-perfect the entire time, with low humidity and a clear, blue sky. 

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P&Z adopts Town Plan

NORTH CANAAN — The Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) in North Canaan voted unanimously to adopt the 2018 Town Plan of Conservation and Development following a public hearing on Thursday, June 14.
The 10-year plan will now be sent to the Northwest Hills Council of Governments (COG) and then the state Office of Policy and Management (OPM).  
The plan forms the basis of the town’s planning and zoning regulations. The state requires all towns to have a town plan; towns that do not have one can be refused grants and other state funds.

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Public invited to review town plan

NORTH CANAAN — Responsible development begins with a plan. A first draft of the 2018 Town Plan of Conservation and Development will be introduced at a public hearing on Thursday, June 14, at the town hall, beginning at 7 p.m.  
The plan has been coordinated and written by Selectman Christian Allyn, who gathered information on demographics, population trends, conservation needs and development potential in the commercial center and beyond.  

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Landfill could make solar power

NORTH CANAAN — North Canaan Selectman Craig Whiting reported to the board on Monday, June 4, that he is working on upgrades to the town’s website.
He is in the process of upgrading the town calendar section so that public meetings can be posted in advance.   
The town’s Facebook page will also be upgraded so that local businesses can advertise there. At present, only one local business appears on the page, Whiting said.

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When soccer stars fought for their nation

NORTH CANAAN —On Friday, May 25, author Andrew Beaujon returned to the Northwest Corner and the Douglas Library to talk about his new book on a Scottish football team that fought in World War I.
The book is called, “A Bigger Field Awaits Us: The Scottish Football Team that Fought the Great War.” 
Beaujon explained what his book was about, going into depth on its history, as well as reading some short passages from it. 
He also talked about the process of writing the book, which required a copious amount of research.

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Rain stayed away for Monday’s Memorial Day parade

On Monday morning, the weather conditions could not have been better for the annual Memorial Day parade and observances. That must have been a relief for the parade organizers as they saw the cloudy skies overhead and perhaps worried that the parade would have to be canceled for the second consecutive year. 
Hundreds of people gathered on East Main Street to watch the parade. It began, as it does traditionally, at Town Hall and ended at the Doughboy statue in the center of town. 

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Common sense and firearms

NORTH CANAAN — Anyone who attended a talk by Mary Ann Jacob of Everytown for Gun Safety expecting to hear impassioned calls for the confiscation of firearms or repeal of the Second Amendment was surprised.
Jacob spoke at the Bitterman Center on Thursday, May 24, to a crowd of about 100 people (who enjoyed pizza and soft drinks prior to the talk).
Jacob was working as a school librarian at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown on Dec. 15, 2012, when a young man, Adam Lanza, fatally shot 20 children and six adults, before killing himself.

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