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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.

And that’s good news for business owners in North Canaan, who have pinned their hopes for a resurgence of the town’s downtown on the opening of the station, known...

North Canaan

At base of food chain, signs of health

NORTH CANAAN — Larva is not a word that conjures a particularly pleasant image, but their presence is a sign of good health. Or it can be, if it’s the correct type of larva and if the health it’s contributing to is the health of an aquatic ecosystem. 
The Housatonic Valley Association’s Alison Dixon led North Canaan Elementary School’s (NCES) eighth-grade science students on an early morning outdoor adventure on Friday, Sept. 29, billing it as a journey into the Benthic zone. 

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Student struck by car Monday

NORTH CANAAN  —  Dartanian Oyanadell, 18, was struck by a car at the intersection of Route 7 and Beebe Hill Road in North Canaan on Monday, Oct. 2. 
Oyanadell, a student at Housatonic Valley Regional High School, sustained serious but non-life-threatening injuries. He was transported to Sharon Hospital and then transferred via Life Star Helicopter to Hartford Hospital.

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Love and donations grow: Town reaches out to Harvey-hit Houston

NORTH CANAAN — With subsequent hurricanes following hard on its trail, it’s easy to forget the devastation caused in Houston, Texas, and its surrounding towns by Hurricane Harvey, which blew through in the last days of August. 
But a group of humanitarians in North Canaan didn’t forget; and their earnest desire to help disaster victims there grew into a large truck full of everything from water to rakes to diapers and shampoo, all of which departed from North Canaan Elementary School on Sunday, Sept. 17.

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Tobey Hill bridge to be repaired in 2019

NORTH CANAAN — Plans for repairs to the Tobey Hill Road bridge over the Whiting River in North Canaan were reviewed at a Tuesday, Aug. 29, public information meeting at Town Hall.
Fewer than a dozen residents attended the meeting to hear project engineers WMC Engineering of Newington report on the planned work.
An important part of the repair will be the addition of new liners under the bridge in the form of two steel tubes to replace the present liners, which had been found to be in poor condition.

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North Canaan last town in region to pass budgets

NORTH CANAAN — North Canaan voters turned out in large numbers to cast their votes to approve the revised 2017-18 town and school budgets for North Canaan. 

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Tomato greenhouse wonder

NORTH CANAAN — When Carolyn Milke walked into Freund’s Farm Market in North Canaan and asked for green tomatoes for her Southern fried green tomato recipe, she didn’t expect to stumble upon the Freund family’s tomato greenhouse world of wonder.  
Theresa Freund was at the checkout that morning when Milke asked for green tomatoes. Freund told her that she doesn’t sell green tomatoes in the shop but would be happy to go pick some for her, fresh. 

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Great Falls Brewery is on track

NORTH CANAAN — You could sense the anticipation in Chris Tripler as he stood amid the renovations progressing at the historic Canaan Union Station railroad depot. He’s getting ready to launch a new business venture, Great Falls Brewing Company, as an integral part of the rebirth of the Depot, which was severely damaged by arson in 2001.

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$6.75M budget ready for Sept. 5 vote

NORTH CANAAN — After the defeat of the 2017-18 budget proposals at a June 7 town meeting, budgets were reduced from a 4-mill increase to 3 mills over current spending. The reduced budgets were reviewed at an Aug. 9 public hearing. Following discussion, the finance board voted to schedule a Sept. 5 town meeting.
The Board of Education reduced spending by $190,410 and the selectmen reduced the municipal budget spending plan by $169,450, for a total of $359,860 in reductions. 

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A cinema first on Aug. 20 at Boondocks screening

NORTH CANAAN — Pairing the name Boondocks Film Society with the title “The Docks of New York” practically begs for wordplay — “docks” appears in both; the New York City waterfront is the antithesis of the boondocks. But when Boondocks founders Jeff Palfini and Cindy Heslin  select films to screen, the title doesn’t really enter into consideration.

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Charges filed against North Canaan man

NORTH CANAAN — Wayne Christinat, 51, of North Canaan was taken into custody by Troop B on July 27 and charged with permitting a minor to illegally possess liquor and with fourth-degree sexual assault (subjecting another person to sexual contact without the other person’s consent). 

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