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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. 

“In 2012 I decided to go through the Souluna Life Coaching Certification course. Their philosophy of working with the mind, body and spirit...

North Canaan

Museum, brewery in the works at train station

Of course everyone was keen to see the inside of the refurbished Union Station train depot; it was the end of the 53rd Railroad Days events, after all.
Selectman (and project manager) Charlie Perotti led tours of the interior on Saturday, July 15. 
“It’s been an uphill battle, but we are finally gaining on it,” he said, referring to the many years it has taken to get construction underway. Almost 16 years since the fire, the station looks whole, at least from the outside.  

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Tour the new/old Canaan Union Station on July 15

NORTH CANAAN — Renovations to the Union Station train depot in North Canaan are nearly complete. The selectmen announced at their meeting on Monday, July 3, that the public is invited for a grand tour of the building on Saturday, July 15, between noon and 2 p.m. as part of this year’s Railroad Days festivities (a full schedule of Railroad Days events can be found in this week’s Compass arts and entertainment). 

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Five decades of Railroad Days fun in North Canaan

NORTH CANAAN —  Railroad Days, now in its 53rd year, is in full swing. The celebration began Wednesday, July 5, with activities such as a pet photo contest, farmers market, sales at stores and of course the carnival. 

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Slide arrival

Mason Hildreth, 3, and Mark Hildreth slid down the slide at the Railroad Days carnival in North Canaan on July 6. A schedule of remaining events appears in Compass this week. Another photo, story, Five decades of Railroad Days fun in North Canaan.

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NCES school board faces painful budget cuts

NORTH CANAAN — The North Canaan Board of Education met on Wednesday, June 21, at North Canaan Elementary School (NCES) to discuss more cuts to their budget. 
After the budget was defeated on June 7, the Board of Finance determined that the boards of selectmen and education need to cut an additional combined 1 mill, or $325,000, from their budgets. The town has been hit hard by state spending cuts; North Canaan requires significantly more state funding than other Region One towns.

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Fun for kids at Camp AHA!

NORTH CANAAN — North Canaan’s weekly summer day camp kicked off on Monday, June 19. Camp AHA!, run by Lynn Nania, is located at North Canaan Elementary School in the middle-school classrooms, outside on the playground and over by the town pool.

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Bike and car show a roaring success

Matt’s Ride to Recovery, a motorcycle ride and car show held on Sunday, June 25, at the Couch-Pipa VFW in North Canaan, benefited Matt Norton. 
Norton was injured in a motorcycle accident in Sharon on April 29 and has been moving between Hartford Hospital and a nursing hospital since. According to a post on the event’s page by Daniellea Abou-Hamzy (one of the organizers of the event), Norton is beginning to walk and talk again.

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Come on and get your free ride

NORTH CANAAN — The Hotchkiss School in Lakeville has donated bicycles to Pilgrim House/North Canaan Congregational Church/and Closets. The bikes will be cleaned and fixed up and then given at no cost to people who need them.  To get a bike, fill out an application any Wednesday at the Pilgrim House.

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Memories of a longtime town tradition: RR Days begins on July 5

Railroad Days has been the event of the summer in North Canaan for as long as I can remember, which is only roughly 16 of the 53 years it has been running. As the daughter of a former North Canaan fire chief, the Firemen’s Parade has always been the highlight of my year. This year’s two-week-long celebration promises to be better than ever, with a number of new and returning events.

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Depot will be open for tours on July 15

Sixteen years have passed since the historic railroad depot in North Canaan burned down, leaving an emotional and physical gap in the center of town.
After years of fundraising and paperwork and setbacks, work is nearly complete. Sure, there have been plenty of delays. The original deadline has been pushed forward to Sept. 1.
But things are moving along and the depot will definitely be open for tours on July 15, probably from noon to 2 p.m., during the annual townwide Railroad Days celebration. 

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