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NORTH CANAAN — Geer has 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.

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North Canaan

New street lighting is under consideration

NORTH CANAAN — Proposed modernization of street lighting was discussed by the North Canaan selectmen at their regular meeting on Monday, July 2.
Many of the town’s streetlights are managed by the North Canaan Fire District, which has plans to replace the present high-pressure sodium bulbs with energy-efficient LED lights. 
Selectman Christian Allyn reported on details of the proposed project, estimated to carry a total cost of $18,000 to $20,000.

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New Eagle Scouts

NORTH CANAAN — Several Boy Scouts from the Northwest Corner of Connecticut achieved the highest honor in Scouting this past spring: the rank of Eagle Scout.
Warren Eichman of Boy Scout Troop 22 in North Canaan, Hunter Rego of Troop 1027 in Winsted and Nathan Winter of Troop 11 in Kent received this recognition at their respected Eagle Scout Court of Honor ceremonies, which have been held over the course of the last few months. 

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Struggle continues with drugs, alcohol

NORTH CANAAN — People in the Northwest Corner trying to get help for drug and alcohol addiction have fewer available resources than their counterparts in more populated areas.
This was one of the many unpleasant realities discussed at length during a Partners in Community Safety presentation at the Bitterman Center in North Canaan on Thursday, July 12.

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Hot, fast favorites from NC food truck

NORTH CANAAN — On the Fourth of July, Biffdaddy’s Roadhouse, a new restaurant, opened next door to the former Jim’s Garage on Railroad Street. 
What you might not expect is that this restaurant is in a trailer. From the inside of that trailer (a former food concession truck) owner and chef Biff Sisco serves a variety of hot, fast favorites, including Philly cheese steaks and Buffalo wings.  

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The complexities of domestic abuse

About 30 people gathered at the Bitterman Center in North Canaan on Thursday, June 28, for a talk on domestic violence.
Virginia Gold and Deanna Barry from Women’s Support Services (WSS) in Sharon gave a presentation they have done  at high schools in the region.

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Great Falls Brewery bubbling at Depot

NORTH CANAAN — Chris Tripler and Matt Bergfield were positively giddy with excitement as the large steel components for their future beer brewing operation were wheeled one by one into the future Great Falls Brewing Company at the former Canaan Union Station (aka The Depot).
It was Thursday morning, June 28, and the workmen had a temporary break from the heavy rains that had been drenching the Northwest Corner since Wednesday. 

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The hidden valley of vintage wonders

NORTH CANAAN — New England is not a place that treasures the new. People here prefer clothes that have lost their from-the-box shine, cars that can still be fixed by their owners, furnishings that have earned a bit of a patina.

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NCES bids farewell to Class of 2018

 NORTH CANAAN — North Canaan Elementary School (NCES) Principal Rosemary Keilty promoted the last 30 eighth-graders of her career as a school administrator on Tuesday, June 19. The NCES auditorium was packed to the edges as the graduates took the stage.
The ceremony opened with a welcoming statement from Joey Brennan, but NCES did without the traditional student speeches this year. 
Instead, Housatonic Musical Theatre Society Director Michael Berkeley gave the graduates some sound advice.

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Horseshoes and other summer fun at Lone Oak

NORTH CANAAN — Members of the Exchange Club of Canaan gathered at Lone Oak Campsites in East Canaan for the annual Exchange Club barbecue and horseshoe tournament on Tuesday, June 19. 
The night of food and games took place at the Douglas Memorial Playground located inside Lone Oak Campsites. Food and drinks were served underneath the pavilion at the park. Weather conditions were near-perfect the entire time, with low humidity and a clear, blue sky. 

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P&Z adopts Town Plan

NORTH CANAAN — The Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) in North Canaan voted unanimously to adopt the 2018 Town Plan of Conservation and Development following a public hearing on Thursday, June 14.
The 10-year plan will now be sent to the Northwest Hills Council of Governments (COG) and then the state Office of Policy and Management (OPM).  
The plan forms the basis of the town’s planning and zoning regulations. The state requires all towns to have a town plan; towns that do not have one can be refused grants and other state funds.

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