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NORTH CANNAN  — At the regular meeting on Thursday, Nov. 9, the North Canaan Board of Education heard a review of the official strategic plan for the coming year at North Canaan Elementary School.

According to Principal Rosemary Keilty, the strategic plan stems from the regional plan.  

“Once the regional plan is in place, then the local strategic plan is developed,” she explained.

Four broad goals will guide the coming year, Keilty said. The goals include implementation of a “guaranteed and viable curriculum” that conforms to...

North Canaan

Railroad Days is on track

NORTH CANAAN — The North Canaan Railroad Days will be held from July 8 to 17. There will be entertainment, food, tag sales and games sponsored by North Canaan businesses. Some of the events are highlighted below.
The Commerford’s Carnival at Lawrence Field will be from July 8 to 10. There will be carnival rides, games, a petting zoo and elephant and camel rides. Food will be sold by Kristen Marie’s and the Northwest Detachment Marine Corps League to benefit its scholarship fund.

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Whiting Arches are little-seen engineering achievement

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NORTH CANAAN — A remarkable feat of engineering rose high above Canaan Valley 140 years ago. Embodying strength, purpose and beauty, it has endured in near perfect condition to this day. But few have seen or even heard of the Whiting Arches.
The mysterious double tunnel has gotten a modicum of attention lately, with the more than 54 acres of land that surround the arches on the market.

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Adjustments to regs are needed for Mountainside to grow

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NORTH CANAAN — A public hearing will be held Monday, July 11, at 7 p.m., prior to the regular Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) meeting.
The commission is seeking to make some adjustments to correct irregularities in the zoning regulations, which were discussed at its June 23 meeting. One that signifies an actual change is proposed to allow Mountainside Addiction Treatment Center to expand onto an adjacent piece of property.

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Eighth-graders at NCES look back, and ahead

By Karen Bartomioli
NORTH CANAAN — It was an evening not just for celebrating achievements, but also the talent and confidence that have been coaxed into blooming.
On June 16, the 29 members of the class of 2011 at North Canaan Elementary School spent their last official moments as eighth-graders looking back with tears, laughter and music.

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Maples take out power

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NORTH CANAAN — Granite Avenue residents were awakened at about 4 a.m. June 18 to loud and strange snapping sounds. Daphne and Geoff Drury looked out their window in time to see a flash as a massive maple tree limb across the street fell — and pulled wires from a pole-top transformer. That limb took additional limbs off a nearby tree, in front of the home of David and Robin Beaujon, who live on the corner of Granite Avenue and Orchard Street. Branches completely blocked Granite Avenue. Power was knocked out for 45 customers, according to the Connecticut Light & Power (CL&P) website.

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Fire district finances on stronger footing

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NORTH CANAAN — Things weren’t looking so good at the beginning of this year for Canaan Fire District finances. A newly completed sewer expansion had gone about a third over cost. The federal government had yet to approve a budget, and it was uncertain if additional loans and grants would be available. Hard times meant more tax liens than ever before, and fewer tax dollars coming in.
In anticipation last fall, the fee for those using the sewer was raised $35, to $270 per year.

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Maples take out power

karenb@lakevillejournal.com

NORTH CANAAN — Granite Avenue residents were awakened at about 4 a.m. June 18 to loud and strange snapping sounds.
Daphne and Geoff Drury looked out their window in time to see a flash as a massive maple tree limb across the street fell — and pulled wires from a pole-top transformer.
That limb took additional limbs off a nearby tree, in front of the home of David and Robin Beaujon, who live on the corner of Granite Avenue and Orchard Street.

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Plants take steps to avoid future leaks

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NORTH CANAAN — Specialized equipment was donated to North Canaan’s emergency services teams by Specialty Minerals and Minteq Inc.
A need was identified during a safety meeting following a propane gas leak at the companys’ Daisy Hill Road plants in January.
The leaking connection on the newly installed 35,000-gallon tank forced the evacuation of businesses and homes within a mile radius early on a frigid Saturday morning.

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Lone Oak bikers help wishes come true

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NORTH CANAAN — Bikers in studded leather and their chromed pipes were on display at Lone Oak Campsites, but only briefly. After paying an entry fee, checking out an impressive array of donated prizes and perusing a map, they were off on a 120-mile motorcycle ride to raise funds for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
The Father’s Day ride — known as Wishes on Wheels — and picnic is one of many events throughout the summer at the campgrounds. The participants have coalesced into a close-knit community of summer friends who take pride in helping others.

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Neighbors organized against plant expansion

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SHEFFIELD/NORTH CANAAN — Century Acquisitions Inc. is planning to expand its plant on Clayton Road.
Currently, the company is waiting approval from the state of Massachusetts for a plan to add hot mix asphalt batch production. Many neighboring residents are strongly opposed.
A concrete batch plant has operated on the site for more than 50 years. Century, based in New York state, bought the plant from Connecticut Sand and Stone in 2001.
While the plant is in Sheffield — only the driveway is in North Canaan — the closest neighbors are in Connecticut along Clayton Road.

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