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NORTH CANAAN — By unanimous consent at a special town meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 27, voters in North Canaan approved an allocation of $159,000 from the town’s general fund to close out a lien and complete the Railroad Plaza construction project, home of the historic railroad depot.

The action was needed to release a mechanic’s lien against the town of North Canaan and the Connecticut Historical Railroad Association, the latter being the owners of the depot building. A mechanic’s lien provides security for suppliers of either labor or materials for a...

North Canaan

What America means, celebrated at Flag Day

NORTH CANAAN — Flag Day was celebrated across the nation on  Friday, June 14 — the date that is also the anniversary of the founding of the United States Army in 1775, 244 years ago.
The members and friends of Couch Pipa VFW Post in North Canaan chose to honor the day with a combination of joyous celebration and solemn ceremony.  
Starting at 6 p.m., the VFW Auxiliary members cooked up and served hot dogs, hamburgers and drinks served from the bar in the pavilion. After dinner, Las Vegas-based blues musician Chris Tofield performed.

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Eyes on the future for 27 in the NCES Class of 2019

NORTH CANAAN — The 27 students in the North Canaan Elementary School Class of 2019 seemed ready to move forward into a future that, no doubt, will have much to offer them.
Each class has its own personality. These students seemed focused on whatever task was at hand, happy but serious. In her farewell address at the end of the hour-long ceremony, Caitlin Sorrell said, “It is time to say goodbye to the friends we have learned to respect and admire.”

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North Canaan Airman graduates

NORTH CANAAN — U.S. Air Force National Guard Airman First Class Ethan J. Kobylarz graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio, Texas.
Kobylarz is the son of Audrey and Dennis Kobylarz of North Canaan and is graduate of Oliver Wolcott Technical School in Torrington.
He completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, as well as  basic warfare principles and skills.

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Hub offers activities center

NORTH CANAAN — Enthusiastic about the recent opening of a hub in their town, the North Canaan selectmen discussed features of the project at their meeting on Monday, June 3.

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Staring at a pond (not a screen) at derby

NORTH CANAAN — The annual fishing derby at the Northwest Connecticut Rod and Gun Club has been held on the third Sunday in May for as long as anyone can remember. It probably began long before cell phone use became so widespread, but in 2019 it was particularly great to see young children enjoying staring out at a pond instead of staring at a screen.
The derby usually brings 80 to 100 children from all over Litchfield County. This year, on a sunny Sunday, May 19, it was no different. 

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Mini library in a mini ’fridge

NORTH CANAAN — Anyone looking for children’s books can now come to the North Canaan Town Hall and visit the Little Free Library at the entrance.
The library, which was a small refrigerator in a previous life, is the brainchild of Barb Johnson and her sister, Judy Warner.
Johnson said, “I just wanted to give something back to the town, which is the most magical place on Earth.”
The Little Free Library is an international phenomenon, started in 2009 by Todd H. Bol.
The idea is simple: Take a book or leave a book.

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A place of peace for trees and children in North Canaan

NORTH CANAAN — If you plant a tree every year for 30 years, how many trees will you have? 
Tom Zetterstrom posed this question to the students of North Canaan Elementary School as they gathered in front of the school for Arbor Day on Friday afternoon, May 24. It felt like a trick question, but the answer was, in fact, 30. 
Thirty trees of different species surround the school, one for every past Arbor Day. This year, an American Sycamore was planted. 

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Overdue honor for a life lost in Korea

NORTH CANAAN — The parade route through the town center was lined with children waving flags, dogs large and small, families sitting together on the roadside in folding chairs or perched in vintage Jeep Willys or on the tailgates of their pickup trucks. 
The biggest crowd congregated around the Doughboy monument, where the parade eventually ended (after beginning in the parking lot of Town Hall and processing along a few residential side streets and then onto Route 7). 

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Wording change is next step in fight against asphalt plant

NORTH CANAAN — Responding to a campaign led by local residents in opposition to an application by B. Metcalf paving company to expand its business, the North Canaan Planning and Zoning Commission(P&Z) agreed to add a provision to zoning regulations to not permit asphalt operations in North Canaan.  
At a meeting on Monday, May 13, the commission voted 3-1 to add an amendment to the existing town regulations. P&Z Chairman Steve Allyn did not vote on the matter, although he led the meeting.

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Problem speeders on village streets

NORTH CANAAN — Growing incidences of drivers exceeding the speed limit on local streets were discussed at the Monday, May 6, meeting of the North Canaan Board of Selectmen.
Of particular concern were Bragg Street and Prospect Street where the speed limit is posted as 25 mph. Nights and weekends are the problem times, First Selectman Charles Perotti noted during discussion. Although speed bumps were seen as a possible solution, the selectmen agreed to begin by installing additional signs at the two locations.

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