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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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North Canaan

Fatal Route 7 crash Sunday night near Geer

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.

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Sidewalks still a concern

NORTH CANAAN — Uneven sidewalks and non-working streetlights were discussed by the North Canaan Board of Selectmen at their regular meeting on Monday, Aug. 5.
Selectman Craig Whiting had noticed a lack of adequate lighting for pedestrians during the recent townwide celebration of Railroad Days, noting that he himself had used his cell phone light to cross the railroad tracks.
“I’ve never seen the center of town so dark,” Whiting said. “The lighting is terrible.”

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Main Street Barber will close at end of month

Bonnie Spadaccini is closing Main Street Barber at the end of August.
In an interview at the Main Street shop on Tuesday, July 30, Spadaccini said she lost her lease when the building was sold.
It caught her by surprise.
She said she tried to find another site in North Canaan, but either the rents were too high or the spaces required too much work and money to bring them up to the state standards for hair salons.
“People don’t realize what it costs.”
She expressed disappointment and frustration.

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The future of the downtown Ducillo Building

NORTH CANAAN — Old and new met at the new HUB in North Canaan as Kathy Ducillo gave the first in what is expected to be a series of talks on vital issues affecting the town.
Ducillo’s talk was on Thursday, July 18. In it, she traced the remarkable history of her family and her own plans for renovating the Ducillo Building in the center of town.

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Jack Brown 4-H Fair begins the ag fair season

Busy Farmers 4-H Club members got a chance to practice their skills at showing cattle and other animals at the annual Jack Brown Fair, held on the grounds of the North Canaan Congregational Church on Sunday, July 28. The young farmers in this photo are taking part in the Showmanship competition. The fair is always the first of the seasonal area agriculture shows. 

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As Railroad Days ends, firemen march through North Canaan

NORTH CANAAN — One of the last remaining annual firefighters’ parades in the Northwest Corner was held on the closing weekend of the 55th Railroad Days celebration on Saturday, July 27. 
The streets of downtown North Canaan were lined with families in beach chairs and summer outfits as the parade began. Marshall Miles, co-owner of Robin Hood Radio, announced the fire departments through a speaker as they drove and marched past. 

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Family Fun Night fun for all

NORTH CANAAN — The Railroad Days celebration continued in North Canaan with Family Fun Night on Thursday, July 25, at Lawrence Field. 
Despite the large variety of sugary treats that were served up, right at the entrance to the field, most of the stations and games promoted outdoor play and a healthy lifestyle. 

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In step

Firefighters marched on Main Street in the annual parade in North Canaan on Saturday, July 27, as part of the annual Railroad Days event. Story, more photos, As Railroad Days ends, firemen march through North Canaan.

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Finding ways to lure doctors to rural regions

NORTH CANAAN — The Foundation for Community Health hosted a lunch session at Geer Village on Friday, July 26. 
The lunch was a wrap-up session following  a two-week summer program in which medical students shadowed health-care practitioners in the Tri-state region. 
The purpose of the program was to introduce the students to the challenges and  rewards of practicing medicine in a rural area, and to consider a career in Litchfield or Dutchess County, where there has been a shortage of doctors. 

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An opportunity to keep recent history alive

NORTH CANAAN — Town Historian Kathryn Boughton is buried under a mountain of ephemera and she couldn’t be happier about it. In fact, she’d like to make it a more or less permanent affliction, and if you come to the Canaan History Center on Friday, July 26, from 5 to 7 p.m., she’ll explain why.

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