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NORTH CANAAN — The Canaan Union Station railroad history museum is chugging quietly forward, thanks to the efforts of a group of dedicated volunteers who meet every Saturday morning at the recently renovated space.

The station, known around town as the Depot, was burned in an arson fire in 2001, just weeks after the terror attacks of Sept. 11.

It took 18 years of red tape and delays by the federal government to rebuild the edifice, which is an emotional and geographical center of the town. 

In order to secure government grants, the building had to be...

North Canaan

Solar power project wins approval

NORTH CANAAN — A proposal to install a solar energy plant at the North Canaan transfer station won unanimous approval from the 65 residents who attended the annual town meeting on Thursday, Jan. 10, at Town Hall.
Brian Allyn was elected moderator for the meeting.
“This is a milestone for the town of North Canaan,” First Selectman Charles Perotti said, reviewing the bid process that chose C-TECSOLAR of Bloomfield, Conn., to proceed with engineering and development of the project.  

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2018: Geer to build modern new nursing home

NORTH CANAAN — Geer announced in November that it had received approval from the state to build a new 120-bed nursing facility to replace the aged and inefficient building on campus that was built in the 1960s.
Geer CEO Kevin O’Connell said that this is an important first step but the hard work is now just beginning. Money has to be raised, not just for building the new facility (which could cost between $20 million and $25 million) but also to do preliminary drawings and plans.
Of paramount importance, O’Connell said, is community input. 

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ZBA hearing will continue until January

NORTH CANAAN — Arguments continued at the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) public hearing held on Wednesday, Dec. 19, as B. Metcalf Paving Company attorney Mark Shipman sought to refute the evidence presented by Steve Allyn, who served as zoning enforcement officer (ZEO) when a cease-and-desist order was served to the paving company on Aug. 20.

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North Canaan town meeting will be Jan. 10

The annual town meeting has been scheduled by the North Canaan selectmen. It will be held on Thursday, Jan. 10, at the Town Hall, beginning at 7 p.m. 
On the agenda for that meeting will be a proposal from C-TEC Solar of Bloomfield, whose representative will attend. 
Under a  proposed agreement, the company would install solar panels at the transfer station. They would sign a 20-year lease for use of the land, at a rate of $12,000 per year to be paid to the town. 

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Board hears Metcalf asphalt concerns

NORTH CANAAN — The plans proposed by Metcalf Paving in East Canaan remain a concern for local residents, prompting them to attend a North Canaan Board of Selectmen’s meeting on Monday, Dec. 3.
A group of 29 residents, including some members of the grassroots Concerned Citizens group, came both to listen and to voice their concerns to the selectmen.
The selectmen indicated in advance their willingness to hear comments while stressing that they would not offer an opinion.  The decision is not up to their board.

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Brewery opening party is Dec. 15

NORTH CANAAN — After months of delays, the Great Falls Brewing Company is scheduled to open on Saturday, Dec. 15, at the historic former Union Depot in North Canaan.
There will be a short ceremonial ribbon cutting at noon and then the doors will be open until midnight, with food, live music and Great Falls beer.
The taproom will feature a wide variety of beer styles including lagers, IPAs, ales and stouts.
While many flavors may be familiar, brewery owner Chris Tripler said there will also be surprises. 

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Flowers, gifts and now snacks at Blue Hill Flowers

NORTH CANAAN — Oh, the agony of a search for the right hostess gift. Success awaits at the new location of Blue Hill Flowers in North Canaan, which has expanded and moved and now also offers sandwiches, pastries and hot drinks — with neighborly conversation thrown in to make the whole holiday shopping experience a joy.
The shop recently moved from its former Church Street location and is now in the homey white building at 176 Ashley Falls Road/Route 7 on the northern end of the center of the village. 

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Bobcat Watch

John Coston snapped this photo of a regal bobcat in a farm field in East Canaan on Thursday, Dec. 6.

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Food truck ordinance eyed

NORTH CANAAN — Responding to concerns voiced by local restaurant owners, the North Canaan selectmen at their meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 13, began discussion of a possible ordinance to regulate the operation of food trucks in the community.
Sam Leary came before the selectmen to ask for action to provide rules of operation for the seasonal enterprises. Leary is the owner of two local restaurants, the Blackberry River Baking Company and the Blackberry  River Bistro. He wanted to raise the issue during the off season, when food trucks are not operating.

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Coming together to break bread, grate carrots

The annual Thanksgiving meal at Pilgrim House in North Canaan is more than just a chance for area residents to have a holiday meal together. It’s also a chance for cooks to convene and prepare the feast. This year’s dinner was held on Thursday afternoon, Nov. 22.

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