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NORTH CANAAN — An application by B. Metcalf Asphalt Paving requesting permission to process green hot asphalt mix at its site at 235 East Canaan Road was not accepted by the North Canaan Planning and Zoning Commission at its meeting on Monday, May 14. 

The board also voted to return the application and refund any fees.

Chairman Steve Allyn indicated that the requested use is not found in the list of those allowed in the town zoning regulations. The town attorney had advised against continuing with the application. 

Representing the applicant,...

North Canaan

Patriot’s Day Vigil to be held at St. Joseph’s Church

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NORTH CANAAN — The 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks on the U.S. will bring memorial events across the country.
The Knights of Columbus at St. Joseph’s Church have, for several years now, recognized the thousands who died that day, and the heroes of rescue operations and war against terrorism that followed.
This year, the Patriot Day Vigil will begin at midnight Sept. 10 and continue for more than 24 hours.
Much of that time will be spent in silence, without speeches and ceremony.

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Talk Sept. 10 on Madoff at Geer

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NORTH CANAAN — Diane Henriques, senior financial writer at The New York Times, will speak about her new book, “The Wizard of Lies,” Saturday, Sept. 10, at 3 p.m. at Geer Village.
Bernie Madoff is the subject of a book that looks at the man behind probably the most famous Ponzi scheme of all times. Thousands of investors were defrauded of billions of dollars by his Wall Street investment firm over the course of many years. He pleaded guilty in 2009 to a list of felony charges.
Henriques’ extensive research included interviewing victims, his family and Madoff himself, in his jail cell.

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Hurricane Irene floods town, downs trees and wires

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NORTH CANAAN — Like other towns across the region, North Canaan dealt with its share of Hurricane Irene damage: trees and wires down and homes and property inundated with flood water. There were no reported injuries, but Monday’s cleanup included removing a tree that crashed on a home and a road washed away by a raging creek.

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Bricks — yes, bricks — spotlighted at Blackberry River Walk

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NORTH CANAAN — People actually collect bricks? That was pretty much the first collective thought by those attending last Saturday’s annual Blackberry River Walk.
The morning’s talk and walk celebrated and explored East Canaan’s industrial past, particularly the ironworks that once dominated the Lower Road area along the river. Three blast furnaces harnessed river power to melt iron from locally mined ore. The most obvious, and easily overlooked, aspect of it all were the bricks that lined furnace hearths and smoke stacks.

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Canaan Child Care holds preschool fashion show

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NORTH CANAAN — Pre-schoolers strutted on the runway in the morning sunshine. Some worked it, bringing attitude. A few were too shy to peek out from under hats or behind masks.
The Aug. 17 fashion show was a first at the Canaan Child Care Center. The idea was the inspiration of Talia Prindle, a Sharon resident and Fashion Institute of Technology student who is working there over the summer. With her creative guidance, the children designed their own outfits and made invitations and swag bags for family members.

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Century expansion denied

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SHEFFIELD/NORTH CANAAN — A permit that would have been a step toward an expansion of the Century Acquisitions plant was denied earlier this month by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP).
The ruling was based on the applicant’s failure to respond to concerns by opposition group, No Asphalt! Defense Fund (NADF), about increased noise that its members say would result from a plan to add a hot mix asphalt operation to the existing concrete batch plant in Sheffield.

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Calcium fire on Daisy Hill Road

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NORTH CANAAN — A minor calcium fire was reported at the Specialty Minerals wire plant on Daisy Hill Road Aug. 21.
Canaan Fire Company and North Canaan Volunteer Ambulance Corps personnel were called to the scene at 8 a.m. The situation was quickly brought under control.
Calcium fires are unique in that the material reacts with water or moisture to ignite. Water, and even foam, which is water-based, cannot be used to extinguish burning calcium. At the plant, it is usually a matter of removing the raw material from machinery.

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State budget woes threaten Troop B

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NORTH CANAAN — A plan to try to consolidate State Police dispatch services in Litchfield County is being proposed again by the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection (DESPP). The goal is to prevent state budget cutbacks from translating into trooper layoffs (see related story, this page).
Local first selectmen and state representatives attended a joint meeting of the Northwestern Connecticut Council of Governments (COG) and the Litchfield Hills Council of Elected Officials (LHCEO) Aug. 16 at the University of Connecticut campus in Torrington.

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Summer music at Geer

The gardens at Geer Nursing and Rehabilitation Center are a perfect spot for Wednesday night concerts during August. Bruce Mandel performed last week. Aug. 24 brings Andy Sherwood’s Dixieland Jazz Band, 6 to 8 p.m.

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Cart before horse?

Mountainside seeks advice from P&Z board
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NORTH CANAAN — A public hearing on a plan for an expansion to the Mountainside Addiction Treatment Center brought an involved discussion Aug. 8, but no conclusion by the Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z).
The applicant will eventually need a special permit for the planned detached residential treatment facility on 6 acres adjacent to the Route 7 South facility.

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