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NORTH CANAAN — In the wake of the June 7 annual town meeting — when voters rejected the 2017–18 budget as proposed by the boards of education and selectmen — the finance board directed those boards to begin their budget processes again, and to reduce proposed expenditures by one mill, or $325,000. The decision was announced at the June 14 meeting of the Board of Finance.

At the town meeting, residents rejected a tax increase of four mills over their current 27.5 mill rate. The state of Connecticut has cut $1.4 million in grants and aid that North Canaan has...

North Canaan

Depot should be done by the end of August

NORTH CANAAN — Red tape, paperwork and bureaucracy have once again slowed progress at the former Union Station train depot in North Canaan — but there is an end in sight.
The renovation was supposed to be done by the middle of this month. And in fact, much of it has been completed (including an elegant green-yellow-red paint job on the east end of the building). 

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Big stars! Small town! At the movies — tonight!

NORTH CANAAN — The Colonial Theatre in North Canaan has had some ups and downs since it was built in 1923, back when Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin were at the height of their fame. With two-level seating inside, and a classic movie house marquee out front with letters showcasing film titles, the theater is a relic of an era when nothing was more exciting than a nightly visit to see what was playing on the big screen. It was a small town’s portal into the faraway world of Hollywood film stars. 

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Lasting ties for students, families through AFS

NORTH CANAAN — The Exchange Club of North Canaan hosted three students representing the AFS program at Housatonic Valley Regional High School (HVRHS) for a presentation at Geer Village on Tuesday, May 3. 
Vance Cannon, library media specialist at HVRHS and faculty advisor for the AFS Falls Village program, introduced German Sharabok from Stavropol, Russia, and Kristin Drees from Essen, Germany, who have spent the school year as sophomores at HVRHS. 

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Dark humor lightens tales of Colonial horrors

NORTH CANAAN — There was plenty of buzz over the weekend discussing the premiere of “The Handmaid’s Tale” — Hulu’s miniseries adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s grim and poignant novel of a future where a totalitarian America has cloistered women into the narrowest confines of servitude, childbirth and stolen identities.
Meanwhile, women at the Douglas Library in North Canaan were discussing those very themes — and they were laughing their heads off. It might sound a bit odd, and in the best way, it was.

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Planting roots on Arbor Day in North Canaan

NORTH CANAAN — The day will come, and perhaps it won’t be too far in the future, when there will be no room left for any new trees around North Canaan Elementary School (NCES) and Town Hall. 

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Society will show ‘Arizona Dream’

NORTH CANAAN — The Boondocks Film Society will open its summer season with a screening of  the cult 1993 film “Arizona Dream,” starring Johnny Depp, Faye Dunaway, Jerry Lewis, Vincent Gallo and Lili Taylor. The screening will be on Thursday, May 11, at the historic Colonial Theatre in North Canaan at 7:15 p.m.
Boondocks events combine cult classic films with local foods in interesting locations. This BYOB event will be catered by Bennett Chinn from When Pigs Fly South in Sharon.

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Canaan Foundation awards grants

NORTH CANAAN — The Canaan Foundation recently awarded 30 grants totaling more than $30,000 to area programs that benefit residents of North Canaan.
Core services that received grants included the Canaan Fire Company and the North Canaan Ambulance Corps. The Canaan Fire Company Juniors received funding to participate in a fire academy, North Canaan Social Services office for emergency assistance, the Douglas Library and the North Canaan Beautification Committee.

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After the fire, Lone Oak back again for summer camping

NORTH CANAAN — Peter Brown, one of the owners of the family-run Lone Oak Campsites in North Canaan, joined a meeting of the Exchange Club of Canaan on Tuesday evening, April 18, at Geer Village. 
Brown’s grandfather, Abraham “Bucky” Brown, also a North Canaan resident, created Lone Oak Campsites on 150 acres in 1964, and the family purchased an additional hundred acres in 2008. 

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Looking back (and into the future) with Decker & Beebe

NORTH CANAAN — Decker & Beebe, the heating and appliance store that has earned its spot as a pillar of Northwest Corner home living, wasn’t always called Decker & Beebe. It actually started as Decker & Alvord, named for William Decker and J.H. Alvord, 110 years ago.
As Tom Schaefer, Decker & Beebe’s (D&B) current vice president, explained, Decker served as a butler in Norfolk before going to plumbing school in New York City and graduating in 1899.

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NCES education budget shows 3.1% rise

NORTH CANAAN — After thoughtful consideration of all proposed expenditures, on April 20 the North Canaan Board of Education voted to approve their 2017-18 budget proposal, which shows a 3.1 percent increase. The spending plan will be presented at a public hearing May 4 and then a town meeting June 7.
The proposed North Canaan education budget is  $4,432,350, an increase of $135,152 or 3.1 percent over the current year. 

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