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NORTH CANAAN — Members of Northwest Marine Detachment 042 gathered at the Couch Pipa VFW center in North Canaan on Tuesday  night, Oct. 1, to surprise Russell Duntz by honoring him as the Marine of the Year.

Nick Gandolfo presented Duntz with a plaque and a ceremonial sword. Gandolfo was the detachment’s Marine of the Year two years ago. Last year’s Marine of the Year, Brian Richardson, has passed away so it was up to Gandolfo to do the honors on Tuesday. 

Gregg Timms, who is Litchfield County Commandant for the Northwest Detachment,...

North Canaan

Original depot weathervane resurfaces

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NORTH CANAAN — A weathervane that stood atop the Canaan Union Station signal tower nearly 60 years ago became the subject of debate following an informational meeting Dec. 12 on the rebuilding of the depot.
The owner of the historic building (the Connecticut Railroad Historical Association, or CRHA) is working on the final phase of completing the restoration of the national landmark, which was partially destroyed by arson in October 2001.

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Voters approve funds to make Town Hall ‘green’

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NORTH CANAAN — In addition to the routine items up for consideration at the annual town meeting on Dec. 13, voters also approved an expenditure of up to $65,671.77 for energy efficiency improvements to Town Hall, as recommended by the boards of selectmen and finance.
Details of the project are yet to be determined as the selectmen work on collecting bids for various parts of the job.

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Dear Santa

Santa made a surprise visit to the Canaan Post Office Dec. 14 to help Canaan Child Care Center kids decorate the Christmas tree there. Each ornament on the Christmas tree was handmade by a Canaan Child Care Center child, including Allison Ford, below.

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Remembering Pearl Harbor

A ceremony was held at the Doughboy Monument in the center of North Canaan on Dec. 7 to honor those who died in the attack on Pearl Harbor 70 years ago. A small crowd braved cold and heavy rain to be a part of the evening ceremony.

Click here for story and another picture of the ceremony for Pearl Harbor.

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On a day when rain fell, gathering to remember a day when flames fell

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NORTH CANAAN ­— It was a cold night. Rain poured down on the small crowd gathered Dec. 7 at the Doughboy Monument on a hill in the center of town. The thought of moving the candlelight ceremony indoors was quickly dismissed by those huddled under umbrellas.

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Informal depot meeting turns emotional

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NORTH CANAAN — An informal informational meeting on the final phase of the restoration of Canaan Union Station was advertised as being routine, a required part of the process of accessing federal and state funding.
The meeting structure might have been informal but the tenor of the comments was anything but casual.
A passionate, standing room only crowd gathered at Town Hall Monday night (Dec. 12). Engineers, architects and state Department of Transportation (DOT) officials attended as planned.

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Just smoke, no fire in school bus scare

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NORTH CANAAN — Fast-texting teen fingers quickly spread the word Tuesday morning, Dec. 13, that a school bus was on fire.
The real story was a lot of smoke from a rear brake that locked up on bus number 17, which runs a North Canaan Elementary School route and picks up high school students in North Canaan and Falls Village.

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FEMA may help pay for storm cleanup

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NORTH CANAAN — Cleanup and assessment of damage from the Oct. 28 snowstorm continued with a visit from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
The selectmen reported at their Dec. 5 board meeting that two FEMA representatives were in town recently taking photographs of an enormous pile of tree cuttings taken by the town to Tallon Lumber, and an equally enormous pile of wood chips at the transfer station.

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A sprawling holiday scene greets Geer Village visitors

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NORTH CANAAN — The success of this project requires a lot of creativity and an extended family. The result: A Christmas village display that is attracting people from near and far.
For the past five or six years, members of the Riva family have been creating a tabletop fantasy of lights, motion and music that captures the thrill of the holiday season in the Geer Village lobby.
Leslie Sheldon, the chief designer of sorts, said they do it simply to delight everyone, from the folks who live at the retirement village to children who pass by on their way to the YMCA in the building.

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Events focus on local shopping

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NORTH CANAAN —A night of downtown shopping Dec. 1 was the first of three such nights aimed at showcasing what local merchants have to offer.
Shopping small, shopping locally, call it what you will, but keeping Northwest Corner commerce alive begins with support from those who live in the area.
Those who say there is nothing to buy here, or that things are too expensive, have simply not been trying. At least, that’s the mantra of merchants here, most of whom are members of the Canaan Chamber of Commerce, which regularly sponsors evening shopping events in December.

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