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NORTH CANAAN — Voicing concern about program sustainability in the face of cuts to the proposed 2017–18 budget, the Board of Finance met Wednesday, July 12, to hear how the boards of education and selectmen propose to lower the amount of total increase in the town’s taxes by 1 mill.  The original budget proposal carrying a 4 mill increase was rejected by voters at a June 7 town meeting.

The current mill rate is 27.5. 

The state has cut $1.4 million from the North Canaan allocation in state funding. To make up for that impact, the proposed budget...

North Canaan

Fire District budget meeting moves to June 7

karenb@lakevillejournal.com

NORTH CANAAN — A May 17 town meeting to consider the proposed 2011-12 budget of the Canaan Fire District (CFD) has been postponed until June 7.
The adjournment was primarily due to a lack of a quorum, but CFD Warden Anthony Nania said there was also an issue of an incomplete budget.
The quorum issue is a long-standing one, hailing back to when the state Legislature changed the minimum from seven to 15 people. Anyone can attend public district meetings, but a quorum of eligible voters (residents and property owners within the district) is required.

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North Canaan’s Citgo to become a Shell

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NORTH CANAAN — Within the next few weeks, the Citgo station at the Xtra Mart in the center of town will be changed to a Shell station.
What the rebranding means for gas prices remains to be seen. But an official of Xtra Mart Convenience Stores, based in North Grosvenordale in northeastern Connecticut, confirmed this week that the station will partner with Stop & Shop to accept points customers earn in the Gas Rewards program.

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Breakfast with friends

Among those attending the senior breakfast at North Canaan Elementary School May 11 were Marty and Kitty McKay, who were served omelets by grandson Braeden Allyn; and Patricia Dennis, who was invited by Shane Stampfle, for whom she has babysat since he was 5 months old.

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Crossing guard says drivers continue to flout law

karenb@lakevillejournal.com

NORTH CANAAN — Town officials have begun addressing traffic problems in and near North Canaan Elementary School grounds.
Among the issues is a significant number of drivers going the wrong way during arrival and dismissal times, when Pease Street is designated as a one-way street.
A messy situation has long existed there that combines a difficult intersection and crosswalk with drivers (including parents and school staff) who seem unwilling or unable to follow the designated protocols.

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Major shift to be made in middle school schedule at NCES in fall

karenb@lakevillejournal.com

NORTH CANAAN — A plan to realign two grade levels at North Canaan Elementary School was well-received by the Board of Education May 12.
Two fifth-grade and two sixth-grade teachers will team up to teach students in those grades beginning in the next school year.
Fifth-graders will see the biggest change. Instead of remaining in the same classroom for academic subjects taught by the same teacher, they will move to different classrooms and subjects taught by team teachers with special expertise in, for example, math and science.

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Firefighters celebrate 100th year with a classic muster

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NORTH CANAAN — So what if it rained Sunday, May 15? People were going to get wet anyway. It did nothing to dampen the fun (or lessen the crowd) at the firemen’s muster on Lawrence Field, part of the Canaan Fire Company’s yearlong 100th anniversary celebration.Also held over the weekend was an open house at the firehouse, on Saturday.
The last muster held in North Canaan was in 1994. The competition was fierce but friendly on Sunday, and the day ended with challenges to rematches, and plans to call a muster every year.

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Derailed train in North Canaan brings in emergency crew

karenb@lakevillejournal.com

NORTH CANAAN — A train derailment Friday evening, May 13, created a weekend-long spectacle in the center of town. It wasn’t until mid-afternoon Monday that an emergency crew arrived to begin the arduous process of setting a string of railcars back on a siding to be hauled away by the North Canaan-based Housatonic Railroad Company.

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Town and Fire District budget meetings May 17

karenb@lakevillejournal.com

NORTH CANAAN — The Canaan Fire District will convene its annual budget town meeting Tuesday, May 17, at 7 p.m. at Town Hall. The only agenda item for voters to consider is the proposed budget for 2011-12.
A town meeting to consider the combined town and elementary school budget proposals, and renewal of the resident state trooper contract is set for May 17 at 7:30 p.m., also at Town Hall.

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Problems identified with first run of the new postal service regimen

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NORTH CANAAN — The initiation of what the U. S. Postal Service calls the Delivery Unit Optimization (DUO) program got off to a less than auspicious start Saturday, May 7.
The plan calls for mail to be delivered presorted from an automated facility in Springfield, Mass. Mail for North Canaan — which includes the Canaan and East Canaan post offices — now goes to the Falls Village post office. Mail carriers have to drive there to collect bins of letters and packages.

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Geer plans to build new affordable units for elderly

Meeting to show drawings is May 18
karenb@lakevillejournal.com

NORTH CANAAN — A large expansion to the Beckley House senior apartments is in the works. The public will get a look at the plan and the current facility at Beckley House on May 18 at 4 p.m.
Beckley House was built nine years ago, on the site of the old Robert C. Geer Memorial Hospital. From that facility the Geer campus grew to include the nursing home, adult day center and Geer Village, which offers every level of senior living, from independent to a memory-impaired unit.

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