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NORTH CANAAN— The first intern of 2017 at The Lakeville Journal is Morgyn Gasperini. 

Morgyn has just finished her first year at Curry College in Milton, Mass. She has since decided to transfer to Eastern Connecticut State University, where she plans to major in English. 

She grew up in North Canaan and is a graduate of North Canaan Elementary School and Housatonic Valley Regional High School. At Housatonic, she played field hockey and softball, and was a member of the FFA and the National Honor Society. 

 Morgyn is excited to join the team...

North Canaan

NCES student among top in state

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NORTH CANAAN — It was a busy couple of days for Ashlee Baldwin. On the evenings of March 31 and April 1, the seventh-grader performed in the North Canaan Elementary School Drama Club production. In between, she headed to Southern Connecticut State University to compete in the state level of the National Geographic Bee.
She did well in the first elimination round, but like her counterpart from Cornwall Consolidated School, Malcolm Scott, did not quite make it to the top 10 and so did not move into the final round.

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Habitat home marks the beginning of a relationship

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NORTH CANAAN — For five years, Jeremy Kaminski drove the 500-mile round trip from Philadelphia to North Canaan at least every other weekend. His love for this area grew almost as fast as his love for hometown girl Ashleigh Bergenty.
He finally moved here — and now the couple just got word they have been selected as a partner family with Habitat for Humanity of Northwest Connecticut. Construction is expected to start as soon as weather permits at a site off of Salisbury Road (Route 44). It is almost directly across the street from where Bergenty grew up.

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Murder at the elementary school

The North Canaan Elementary School Drama Club presented “A Family Reunion To Die For” March 31 and April 1 at the school. Above,family reunion attendees discovered the body of their host, who had been murdered.

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A century of dedication, courage and community support

Canaan Fire Company
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NORTH CANAAN — The 100th anniversary celebration of the Canaan Fire Company (CFC) will offer a chance to look back over the decades at the volunteer company’s history, at commemorative events and in a future issue of The Lakeville Journal.
Mark your calendars now for two important events. An Open House and Muster will be hosted by CFC members on May 14 and 15. A judged fireman’s parade will be held July 16 (during the annual Railroad Days celebration).

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Young father pleads guilty to beating his infant son

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NORTH CANAAN — A young father will head back to jail after pleading guilty to severely beating his 3-month-old son.
Dustin Lawrence, 20, had recently completed a 6-month sentence for two separate assault cases when his wife, Fawn Rosier, left their son with him at their apartment at 92 Main St.

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Officials are coming closer to final budget numbers

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NORTH CANAAN — Next up in the budget process is an April 13 regular Board of Finance meeting, where board members may offer feedback on town and school proposals.
While they can suggest adjustments to various line items, the finance board cannot call for anything beyond a bottom line change.

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Rise in cost may spark new debate over resident trooper

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NORTH CANAAN — A nearly 10 percent increase to the resident state trooper contract is part of the 2011-12 town budget proposal.
It is year two of a two-year contract. The $6,977 hike would be part of a renewed contract for the next two years, and could spark renewed debate over the necessity of the program for North Canaan.

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All smiles at school budget hearing

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NORTH CANAAN — Who says a budget presentation can’t be fun?
Everyone who attended the March 23 North Canaan Elementary School presentation to the Board of Finance got to play with the Promethean ActivExpression.
Finance board members and audience members got to use the new technology to answer questions posed by Principal Rosemary Keilty. Their answers — which were given using remote devices that resembled oversized cell telephones — were compiled and appeared on a SMART board.

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State vs. town

Who will rule the wind?
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NORTH CANAAN — A draft of regulations governing wind turbines got another review at the March 14 Planning and Zoning Commission meeting.
The commission members also approved a letter to be sent to the state, asking about how involved the Siting Council or other agencies will be in deciding where wind turbines can be built.
A wind turbine proposed by BNE Energy Inc. for a ridgeline location at Lone Oak Camp Sites was denied by Planning and Zoning last fall. The commission wanted to wait until the town had regulations governing the green energy source.

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First victory for the Beth Johnson bill in Hartford

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NORTH CANAAN — Raised House Bill 6499, which includes the so-called Beth Johnson bill, made it through committee at the state Legislature last week.
Johnson, a teacher at North Canaan Elementary School (NCES), proposed a separate kindergarten-through-grade-12 certification endorsement for computer and information technology teachers.
Johnson recently earned a master’s degree in computer education, but her basic certification, for kindergarten through grade six, would preclude her from teaching technology in a kindergarten-through-grade-eight school, such as NCES.

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