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NORTH CANAAN — Women who did not conform to contemporary gender roles were likely to be considered witches in Colonial New England, according to Peter Vermilyea. The author of “Wicked Litchfield” and a teacher at Housatonic Valley Regional High School, he spoke to the Exchange Club and Salisbury Rotary Club at Geer Village on Tuesday evening, Jan. 16.

Vermilyea said there are four documented cases of “witches” in Litchfield County in the mid 18th century.

“Well, three and a half,” he added. The case of the Terryville witch is...

North Canaan

In case you missed it: Union Station will open soon (no, seriously)

NORTH CANAAN — It’s started and stopped but mostly stopped, but now that it’s rolling, the restoration of the former train station in the center of North Canaan is really moving. Though it has overshot its scheduled completion date by several months, anyone can see that the workers have made spectacular progress and soon the former North Canaan Union Station will really and truly be finished.

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Depot CO maybe this year

NORTH CANAAN — Work on Canaan Union Station is nearly complete, with a certificate of occupancy (CO)expected  soon, according to a report at the meeting of the North Canaan Board of Selectmen on Monday, Nov. 13.  

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For Doug Humes, retirement is a beginning, not an end

Doug Humes is the punch line of that joke about guys who don’t understand what it means to retire.  There was a retirement party for him on Sunday afternoon, Nov.19,at the Couch Pipa VFW hall in North Canaan, but he’s not really retiring. It was a good party, though.

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BOE sets broad goals

NORTH CANNAN  — At the regular meeting on Thursday, Nov. 9, the North Canaan Board of Education heard a review of the official strategic plan for the coming year at North Canaan Elementary School.
According to Principal Rosemary Keilty, the strategic plan stems from the regional plan.  
“Once the regional plan is in place, then the local strategic plan is developed,” she explained.

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North Canaan vets don’t rest on laurels

NORTH CANNAN — Military veterans are often men of action and so it was appropriate that several veterans in North Canaan celebrated Veterans Day (Saturday, Nov. 11) by doing good works for the community.
First there was the 11 a.m. ceremony at the Dough Boy monument in the center of town, where a crowd of about 35 people braved the cold to hear some words of praise and thanks fromCouch Pipa VFW Post 6851 Commander Kirk Harrington.

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Here comes Santa Claus … never mind how early

NORTH CANAAN —It isn’t just a feeling; the holiday season actually is barreling down on us more quickly this year, thanks to an earlier-than-usual Thanksgiving. For most of us, that just means a bit more of a rush to order a turkey. But for the North Canaan town crew, it meant getting an early start on putting up holiday lights and displays. 

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Sober house regulation fails on first try in NC

NORTH CANAAN — Strong opinions were expressed, sometimes at high volume, at a well-attended town meeting in North Canaan on Thursday, Oct. 26. 
The topic that drew such an emotional response was the regulation of sober houses in town. An ordinance had been drafted by town attorney Judith Dixon regarding the multi-user residences, referred to in the ordinance as “boarding houses.” 
Normally a town meeting is only an opportunity to vote, and not to discuss; discussion is supposed to take place only at public hearings. 

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Forum: civil, informative

NORTH CANAAN — At a cordial and well-attended forum at Geer Village on Friday night, Oct. 27, the four candidates for North Canaan’s Board of Selectmen weighed in on topics that were of concern to residents of their town.
Audience members wrote their questions on index cards and handed them to moderators Terence Dougherty, Anna McGuire and Patricia Keilty. 

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North Canaan Profiles

First Selectman
Susan J. Clayton
I was born and raised in North Canaan. I’ve been married to my best friend for 39 years and have one amazing daughter, Allison.

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For women, help with finding the beauty within

NORTH CANAAN — Known to many area residents as a photographer, Stephanie Stanton is also passionate about her work as a life coach. Through her life coaching business, High Vibe Chick, Stanton aims to empower women, helping them to learn to love and value themselves.
Stanton’s calling as a life coach grew from her work as a photographer as she helped women come out of their shell and be confident for the camera. 

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