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NORTH CANAAN — At their meeting Wednesday, April 12, the North Canaan finance board agreed upon the public hearing and town meeting schedule for the 2017–18 budget proposals to be submitted to residents for approval in the coming weeks.

The finance board will hold a special meeting on Wednesday, April 26, to finalize the budget proposals in preparation for the public hearing on Thursday, May 4, at 7 p.m. During the public hearing, residents will hear presentations and have an opportunity to ask questions.

The annual town meeting on the budget proposals —...

North Canaan

Mental health, substance abuse assistance now in North Canaan

NORTH CANAAN — The McCall Center for Behavorial Health, which provides substance abuse and mental health treatment in Torrington, now has a satellite office on the Geer Village campus in North Canaan.
Matt Roy, who is the primary staff member for the new location, said McCall will provide outpatient treatment for individuals and groups, 18 years old and up, in both substance abuse and mental health. The office hours are Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, 4  to 9 p.m.

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Don’t forget the flowers

Naturally, one never expects to forget Valentine’s Day, and one always plans to buy flowers, candy, diamonds or whatever well ahead of that special day (which is coming up next week, on Tuesday).
Things do happen, however, and for anyone who finds himself (or herself, let’s not blame gender here) in need of a last-minute gift, it is good to know that Blue Hill Flowers will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Feb. 14. 

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Sunday fire destroys the Lone Oak office

NORTH CANAAN — A fire on Sunday morning, Feb. 5, destroyed the 50-year-old office building at the Lone Oak Campsite. Firefighters were able to stop the blaze before it destroyed the newer section, built in 1986, that houses the store, the nightclub and the recreation area.
Barry Brown, a co-owner of the campsite with his brother Peter, praised the firefighters for their quick response. 

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At last, upgrades to two in-town railroad crossings

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Plans for upgrades to the center of town, especially at the two railroad crossings, were presented at a public information meeting at Town Hall on Thursday night, Jan. 26.

The upgrades are a project of the state Department of Transportation (DOT), and will be paid for with federal funds, as part of a program dedicated to maintaining the safety of active railroad crossings. 

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Changes planned for regional school calendar

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Pamela Vogel, assistant superintendent for the Region One School District, presented the proposed 2017-18 school calendar to the Board of Education at their meeting on Thursday, Jan. 12.
Each of the six elementary school boards as well as the regional school board will vote on the plan. 
One notable change is the addition of two days off to observe the Jewish high holiday of Rosh Hashana; those two days will be Sept. 21 and 22. 

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Audit and officers for BOF

NORTH CANAAN — Nancy O’Connor was re-elected to the position of chair of the Board of Finance at a regular board meeting held on Wednesday, Jan. 11.
The Board of Finance also accepted the resignation of Brian Ohler, who was recently elected to the 64th District in the state House of Representatives.
With Ohler’s resignation comes a vacancy on the finance board.

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Fire destroys metal shed

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NORTH CANAAN — The cause of the fire at Segalla Construction on Tuesday morning, Jan. 10, has not been determined yet.
What is known is that the metal building at the company’s property on Allyndale Road was completely destroyed and will have to be rebuilt. 
Although the building looks more or less intact from the outside, owner Billy Segalla said, “The shop is a total loss.”

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At the Depot, looking forward to May

cythiah@lakevillejournal.com

NORTH CANAAN — The weather hasn’t been delightful in recent weeks, but it hasn’t offered (so far) any real obstacles to the ongoing restoration work at Canaan Union Station (aka the Depot).
Ron Zanobi of Norfolk is the chief inspector on the project, employed by the town of North Canaan. He is on the job site every day and oversees the project. 

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Mr. Ohler goes to Hartford

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NORTH CANAAN — New state Rep. Brian Ohler (R-64) said that his first week at the Connecticut General Assembly was “very humbling.”
Ohler spoke with The Lakeville Journal by phone on Saturday, Jan. 7.
He said on the first official day on the job, Wednesday, Jan. 4, his girlfriend and his mother were on hand.

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Future for dairy farmers relies on youth

The Connecticut Dairy Summit was held on Jan. 3rd at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford. Twelve business, nonprofit and governmental organizations outlined the challenges and opportunities facing Connecticut’s dairy farms just one day before the start of the state’s legislative session. 

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