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NORTH CANAAN — With subsequent hurricanes following hard on its trail, it’s easy to forget the devastation caused in Houston, Texas, and its surrounding towns by Hurricane Harvey, which blew through in the last days of August. 

But a group of humanitarians in North Canaan didn’t forget; and their earnest desire to help disaster victims there grew into a large truck full of everything from water to rakes to diapers and shampoo, all of which departed from North Canaan Elementary School on Sunday, Sept. 17.

The germ of the idea came from Debbie Martin,...

North Canaan

Lunch prices will rise, due to a new federal law

karenb@lakevillejournal.com

NORTH CANAAN — The good news is the lunch program at North Canaan Elementary School is finally running solidly in the black. The school has struggled for years to strike a balance between healthy offerings and at least breaking even financially.
The bad news is that the lunch price will go up a nickel with the new school year — not to meet costs, but to comply with the law.
The federal Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 takes effect July 1. It dictates what can be served and for how much, in schools that take lunch subsidies.

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State reg written by NCES teacher is now law

karenb@lakevillejournal.com

NORTH CANAAN — A legislative amendment, and a valuable civics lesson, were successfully achieved by a North Canaan Elementary School teacher.
Beth Johnson, who teaches fifth and sixth grades, recently earned her master’s degree in technology, hoping to become a K-to-eight technology, or computer, teacher. What she discovered was that, because the standard certification is now K-to-six, she would have to go back to school for additional certification she didn’t really need.

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Money saved at school can now be spent on upgrades

karenb@lakevillejournal.com

NORTH CANAAN — An unexpected budget surplus of about $138,000 at North Canaan Elementary School (NCES) had the school board at its June 8 meeting looking at ways to spend part of it.
While the money legally must be returned to the town’s general fund, it has been established between the school and finance boards that the school can consider pre-buying supplies or completing capital projects on a reasonable basis.
The thinking is that most things will cost more down the road so it’s better to spend the money sooner rather than later if it is available.

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Railroad crossing downtown is repaired, for now

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NORTH CANAAN — A railroad crossing in the center of town was repaired last week by a crew from the Housatonic Railroad Co., which operates freight service on the line. A company official said the badly deteriorated roadway at the grade crossing caused a broken rail blamed for the May 13 train derailment.
“The drainage issue there is a serious one,” said Colin Pease, vice president of special projects for the North Canaan-based Housatonic Railroad. “It undermines everything. The crossing has been number one or two on the DOT’s priority list for 10 or 12 years now.”

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Voters OK with 2011 budget

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NORTH CANAAN — The wait is over. A town budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1 was approved at a town meeting May 31.
It was the third scheduled meeting, with town officials putting off a vote on $6.5 million in proposed local spending in the hopes that the state would resolve its budgeting issues.

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Arrest made in motor vehicle death last October

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NORTH CANAAN — A teenager was arrested last week and charged following an investigation into a motor vehicle accident that claimed the life of 43-year-old Brian Brazzale Sr. on Oct. 27, 2010.
Cooper Brown of East Canaan, who turned 17 shortly after the accident, turned himself in at Troop B June 2 after learning of a warrant for his arrest. He was charged with negligent homicide with a motor vehicle and traveling too fast for conditions.

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Family is the theme this Memorial Day

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NORTH CANAAN — Family is what Memorial Day is ultimately about, according to Tom Gailes, a Navy veteran who organizes the annual parade and ceremony at the Doughboy Monument.

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Signs of good economy but ... three sticky zoning questions

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NORTH CANAAN — Two matters have come before the Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z), and are expected to play out in the coming months.
The Citgo gas station at the Xtra Mart on the corner of Route 44 and North Elm Street is working on a rebranding to become a Shell station. Some zoning nonconformity issues will have to be worked out.
Zoning Enforcement Officer Ruth Mulcahy reported at the May 9 commission meeting that the changeover includes replacing the logo-inclusive canopy over the pumps, as well as a “very large” freestanding sign.

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Waiting for state to make first move

North Canaan in wait-and-see mode on budgets
karenb@lakevillejournal.com

NORTH CANAAN — A second try at holding the annual town meeting to consider the 2011-12 budget proposal was postponed last week as town officials awaited word on the state budget and how it will affect grants and income to the town.
The town meeting to vote on local town and school spending was originally set for May 10. It was put off to May 17, when it was convened with about 20 people in attendance; a motion was approved to adjourn to May 31.

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National EMS week

Stuffed dog, kindergarteners sit in ambulance
karenb@lakevillejournal.com

NORTH CANAAN — National Emergency Medical Services Week was recognized last Friday, May 20, at North Canaan Elementary School with a visit by a team of emergency medical technicians and ambulance tours for the students.
It gave the emergency volunteers a chance to talk with children about when it’s appropriate to call an ambulance, what do to when calling 911 and the ways in which EMTs assist and care for the public.

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