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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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North Canaan

Depot party will be held July 28

NORTH CANAAN — North Canaan is considering having lighted trees decorate part of town during the December holidays, according to a proposal presented at the Monday, May 7, meeting of the Board of Selectmen.
An “adopt-a-tree” program was described by John Lannen of the Tri-State Chamber of Commerce. Residents and businesses who want to participate would “adopt” a tree to be placed in front of their property and lit at night. Trees can be dedicated to the memory of a loved one, designated by the property owner. 

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The weird, worrisome beauty trends of The Gilded Age

NORTH CANAAN — Author Velya Jancz-Urban returned to the Douglas Library on Friday night, May 11, a year after her uproarious yet informative talk, The Not-So-Good Life of the Colonial Goodwife. 
This time, instead of harsh tales of the risky pregnancies, uninformed doctors and early deaths that plagued Colonial women in New England, Jancz-Urban turned her attention to her love of coastal mansions in Newport, R.I. 

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Public hearing clears way for May 23 vote

NORTH CANAAN — It was described at the meeting as the “shortest ever” annual public hearing on the proposed town and education budgets.
The North Canaan Board of Finance held the hearing on Wednesday, May 2. It took only 16 minutes to go through the spending proposals.
Following finance board Chair Nancy O’Connor’s review of both the municipal and the education budgets, none of the 15 residents present had any questions or comments. 

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Summer on a paper plate, with fries on the side

NORTH CANAAN — Caddie Shack is now open for the season and serving up the signature tastes of summer: hot dogs, hamburgers, ice cream cones and shakes and an array of more exotic treats. 
The shack on Route 7 near the Massachusetts state line is open daily from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. until Memorial Day weekend, when the summer hours begin (11 a.m. to 9 p.m.). Work up an appetite on the mini golf range or batting cage on the premises.
 

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Food, fun, a fast horse race and finery

More than 75 people, decked out in their best spring finery, came to Geer Village in North Canaan for the annual Kentucky Derby party sponsored by the Salisbury Rotary Club and North Canaan Exchange Club on Saturday, May 5. Awards for best attire went to Gina Terwilliger, best hat; Sadie Chapell, best hat, youth division; and Dave and Nancy Bayersdorfer, best couple. Shown here is the winner of Best Hat, Gina Terwilliger of North Canaan, who celebrated Cinco de Mayo as well as Kentucky Derby day with her chapeau.
 
 

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Planting the roots of environmentalism

NORTH CANAAN — Students at North Canaan Elementary School (NCES) learned about the environment during a combination Earth Day and Arbor Day celebration on Friday, May 4.
Before the celebration, an Alligator Bark Sweetgum tree was planted on the front lawn of the school. The event was held around the tree. Kindergarten and first-grade students gathered around the tree singing the environmental-themed song “Habitat.”
Fifth-grade students then read their original environmental poems.

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Geer keeps tax-exempt status

NORTH CANAAN — The North Canaan Board of Assessment Appeals (BAA) has ruled that Geer will be able to keep its tax-exempt status.

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Geer will keep tax-exempt status

NORTH CANAAN — The North Canaan Board of Assessment Appeals (BAA) has ruled that Geer will be able to keep its tax-exempt status.

Ruling soon on Geer tax status

NORTH CANAAN — The North Canaan Board of Assessment Appeals (BAA) has 10 days from Tuesday, April 10, to rule on whether Geer will be able to keep its tax-exempt status.
At their meeting April 10, the three BAA members heard an appeal from Geer CEO Kevin O’Connell; Geer’s attorney, Joseph Schwartz of Murtha Cullina; and Geer CFO Mark Kovitch.
North Canaan has a new assessor, Donna Patchen, who officially started work on April 2 but who has been working in the assessor’s office in town since last autumn. 

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New mower, sidewalk upgrades in the budget

NORTH CANAAN — Roadside mowing in North Canaan may get a bit easier in the coming season. The selectmen voted at their regular meeting on Monday, April 2, to include the $42,500 purchase  of a new mower in the 2018-19 budget process.
The old mower is a 1976 model. First Selectman Charlie Perotti reported that the mowing arm from the old mower will fit the new mower, and that the old arm will accommodate a post-hole digger attachment.  A $500 value, the tool is being included with the new mower without additional charge.

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