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NORTH CANAAN — Stadium System has been providing team merchandise for sports teams for nearly 60 years. About 10 years ago, they opened a retail store on Ashley Falls Road,at the north end of town. 

The company’s main business is in providing custom uniforms and gear and in repairing and cleaning up football helmets.

The store was originally an outlet for sports-related products but it’s changed over the years, and now offers a wide variety of working gear. The basketballs are next to the Carhartt hats and steel-toed boots.

The store has...

North Canaan

Canaan Union Depot and Museum restored and open

NORTH CANAAN —Hundreds of visitors flocked to the restored Union Depot for a look at the railway museum and to celebrate the building’s reopening on Saturday, Nov. 9.
A blaze in 2001 had reduced the old depot to ashes, but residents determined that it would be rebuilt. Years passed before federal funds could be obtained for the project. The job finally went out for bid in 2014.
“It’s fantastic,” said First Selectman Charles Perotti.  “It’s been a long time coming.” 

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Museum is official

Bunny McGuire, center, cut the ribbon and officially opened the former Union Station depot in North Canaan as former First Selectman Doug Humes, to her right, and First Selectman Charlie Perotti, behind and to her left, applauded. Story, another photo, Canaan Union Depot and Museum restored and open.

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AHA! after-school program will continue

NORTH CANAAN — Responding to residents’ concerns ahead of a Nov. 1 deadline, the North Canaan Board of Selectmen acted at a special meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 30, to continue operation of the AHA! after-school program.
More than 30 residents attended the meeting to air concerns that the child care program might cease to operate after the current director’s retirement at the end of October.
The solution approved by the selectmen was to appoint Patricia Vanicky, school paraprofessional, to serve as interim director to continue the program. 

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Cupcakes and Calico Fair help raise funds for roof

NORTH CANAAN —Flour was flying in North Canaan in preparation for the judging at the annual King Arthur Flour cupcake challenge, drawing 16 competitors vying for first place at the fall Calico Fair to benefit Pilgrim House. The fair was held on Saturday, Nov. 2.
The blue ribbon went to Monica Conlogue, who claimed first prize (and a $75 gift card from King Arthur Flour) with her peanut butter cupcakes. 

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No autumn leaf left unturned for jubilee

The “Canaan Renaissance” continued over the weekend at the Autumn Jubilee in downtown North Canaan. 
The North Canaan Events Committee, in collaboration with the Great Falls Brewing Company, hosted this multi-generational event on Saturday, Oct. 26. 

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Government waging war against rising drug costs

NORTH CANAAN — Connecticut Attorney General (AG)William Tong visited North Canaan Tuesday, Oct. 22, to participate in a discussion on the high cost of prescription drugs.
State Rep. Maria Horn (D-64) chaired the event at North Canaan Town Hall. 

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Planting seeds of hospitality to grow a church

NORTH CANAAN — Community members who came to a ham and bean supper hosted by Christ Covenant Church on Saturday, Oct. 12, were welcomed by the Rev. Robert Fredrickson and invited to become part of the newly planted worship community.
Nearly 40 attended the fundraising event to benefit the new Anglican church, which is renting their sanctuary at 9 Granite Ave., formerly the worship home of Christ Church. In addition to supper, there was a raffle of donated gift baskets and music provided by the Grace Life Worship Team of Torrington.

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FridaysForFuture in North Canaan

Bernie Re and Joey Jablonski of North Canaan stood on a corner across from the North Canaan firehouse with their dog, Luna, on Friday, Oct. 11, from 4 to 6 p.m. to show their support to “FridaysForFuture,” the climate crisis campaign started by Swedish activist Greta Thunberg. North Canaan Selectman Christian Allyn joined them. Re and Jablonski plan to return on future Fridays and hope other concerned area residents will join them.

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Costs could force North Canaan to close town pool

NORTH CANAAN — Concerns about the condition of the town swimming pool were brought to the North Canaan selectmen by representatives of the Recreation Commission at a meeting Monday, Oct.  7.
“Nobody wants to see it closed,” said recreation commission head Tammy MacDonald, but she said that expensive repairs are needed before it can open again. 
Two water heaters were replaced this year, taking the department over budget, but they have reconciled the difference, MacDonald said.

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Stop the Asphalt Plant group speaks out

NORTH CANAAN — Representatives from the Stop the Asphalt Plant (STAP) grassroots protest group were making the rounds at public meetings to share their concerns about a proposed expansion of an asphalt plant in East Canaan. 
They came to a meeting of the Board of Education on Thursday, Oct. 10, and were added to the public comments section of the agenda.

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