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EAST CANAAN — When William Perotti started his humble plumbing business back in 1928 with just two employees, it was more than a pipe dream. It was the start of a family legacy.

Defying the odds of a family-run business surviving at the fourth-generation level and beyond, William Perotti and Sons Inc. has entered its 90th year in business. It has weathered the economy, changing technology, competition and a fire caused by a lightning strike in 1996 that reduced the original building to rubble. The family rebuilt and persevered.

That major milestone was marked on...

North Canaan

Proposed solar site at landfill advances a step

NORTH CANAAN — A proposal for a solar energy installation at the town’s transfer station moved a step ahead as the selectmen voted at their Monday, Aug. 13, meeting to allow the developer to prepare a Request for Proposals.
Paul Michaud, an attorney with the Michaud Law Group in Middletown, Conn., explained that the town can at any point decide against proceeding with the solar energy idea. Benefits to the town can include putting the site to use as a clean energy production point, reducing energy costs by 30 to 50 percent for town buildings.

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New opening date for Depot

NORTH CANAAN — A tentative new finish line has been set for the reopening of the Canaan Union Station, more commonly known as The Depot. 

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Smorgasbord of fun on family night

NORTH CANAAN — Family Fun Night, an evening installment of the Railroad Days festivities in North Canaan, came and went on Thursday, July 26. 
As the name would suggest, this event was primarily focused on a younger audience. 
Family Fun Night, rather than being a single entity, was split into a number of different sub-events spread around Lawrence field.  

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Poetry, music and passion

NORTH CANAAN — Most days, Collin’s Diner co-owner Ameen-Storm Abo-Hamzy serves up breakfasts and lunches at the historic restaurant in downtown North Canaan, along with his sisters Doonia and Bader Abo-Hamzy.
But for the past 23 years, on one day of the town’s weeks-long Railroad Days, Abo-Hamzy sets up a stage in the diner’s parking lot to host the annual Poetry Is Music festival and celebration of life, a multi-cultural event.
This year the festival was held on Saturday, July 28. 

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Fun for all ages at classic summer carnival

NORTH CANAAN — The 2018 North Canaan Railroad Days kicked off on Wednesday, July 11, with sidewalk sales, concerts and other free activities around town.
Heavy rain on Tuesday, July 17, rained out the pool party, but the weather was perfect on Wednesday, July 18, the first day of the carnival.
The carnival ended on Saturday, July 21, just before heavy rains began that are expected to last most of this coming week. 

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The place to meet

The Railroad Days carnival in North Canaan offered rides, games, cotton candy and more, as, from left, Sage Wilson, Kelsey Humes and Kayleen Considine found last weekend. For full story and another photo, see Fun for all ages at classic summer carnival.

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New street lighting is under consideration

NORTH CANAAN — Proposed modernization of street lighting was discussed by the North Canaan selectmen at their regular meeting on Monday, July 2.
Many of the town’s streetlights are managed by the North Canaan Fire District, which has plans to replace the present high-pressure sodium bulbs with energy-efficient LED lights. 
Selectman Christian Allyn reported on details of the proposed project, estimated to carry a total cost of $18,000 to $20,000.

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New Eagle Scouts

NORTH CANAAN — Several Boy Scouts from the Northwest Corner of Connecticut achieved the highest honor in Scouting this past spring: the rank of Eagle Scout.
Warren Eichman of Boy Scout Troop 22 in North Canaan, Hunter Rego of Troop 1027 in Winsted and Nathan Winter of Troop 11 in Kent received this recognition at their respected Eagle Scout Court of Honor ceremonies, which have been held over the course of the last few months. 

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Struggle continues with drugs, alcohol

NORTH CANAAN — People in the Northwest Corner trying to get help for drug and alcohol addiction have fewer available resources than their counterparts in more populated areas.
This was one of the many unpleasant realities discussed at length during a Partners in Community Safety presentation at the Bitterman Center in North Canaan on Thursday, July 12.

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Hot, fast favorites from NC food truck

NORTH CANAAN — On the Fourth of July, Biffdaddy’s Roadhouse, a new restaurant, opened next door to the former Jim’s Garage on Railroad Street. 
What you might not expect is that this restaurant is in a trailer. From the inside of that trailer (a former food concession truck) owner and chef Biff Sisco serves a variety of hot, fast favorites, including Philly cheese steaks and Buffalo wings.  

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