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NORTH CANNAN  — At the regular meeting on Thursday, Nov. 9, the North Canaan Board of Education heard a review of the official strategic plan for the coming year at North Canaan Elementary School.

According to Principal Rosemary Keilty, the strategic plan stems from the regional plan.  

“Once the regional plan is in place, then the local strategic plan is developed,” she explained.

Four broad goals will guide the coming year, Keilty said. The goals include implementation of a “guaranteed and viable curriculum” that conforms to...

North Canaan

The Beth Johnson Bill: a lesson in civics for teacher’s students

karenb@lakevillejournal.com

NORTH CANAAN — Here in North Canaan, it’s called the Beth Johnson Bill. In Hartford, it is known, more anonymously, as Raised House Bill No. 6499. It’s a bit cold; but legislators at the state capital now have a face to put with the bill if and when it comes up for a vote.
As previously reported in The Lakeville Journal, Johnson is a sixth-grade teacher at North Canaan Elementary School who is setting a good example for her students by using the democratic process to try and change a contradiction in the way state education certification works.

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Fire put out

A shed fire on Patty Lane March 10 brought some tense moments as a neighbor, who saw flames shooting from the roof, alerted residents at a nearby house and tossed filled gas cans and a propane tank out of the way. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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Seed of a good idea takes root online

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NORTH CANAAN — For gardeners, there is a fifth season. It is spent shopping and envisioning the summer’s bounty they will reap, their minds temporarily escaping the dead of winter.

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Funding, building, depot on board’s agenda

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NORTH CANAAN — A lean budget proposal for lean economic times is what the Board of Selectmen plans to present to the Board of Finance March 22.
At their March 7 meeting, the selectmen set their first and only budget workshop date, anticipating a review of expenses for the 2011-12 fiscal year that will change little over current spending.
The fiscal year begins July 1.
A discussion was prompted during the comment section of the meeting by former Selectman Tom Gailes, who called for holding the line on taxes in any way possible.

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Energy savings bring budget relief

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NORTH CANAAN — Finances are the last place one expects to find good news right now, but it may be heartening to attend two 2011-12 budget presentations to the Board of Finance next week.
The Board of Selectmen are slated to unveil their proposal on Tuesday, March 22, at 7 p.m. at Town Hall — and it looks like they are coming in with a spending plan that is essentially the same as the current budget.

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Fire District agrees: The sidewalks must be repaired

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NORTH CANAAN — Though much of the annual meeting of the Canaan Fire District on March 1 was devoted to finalizing paperwork for the latest sewer extension, everyone was on the same page as to where to focus next: sidewalks.
Sidewalks within the fire district (which includes all parts of North Canaan that are served by town sewer) are maintained by the district.

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With sewer line built, all that remains is paperwork

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NORTH CANAAN — Costs and financing plans for the latest extension of the sewer line were concluded last week in a flurry of the paperwork and resolutions required for the government loans and grants that will help pay for its cost.
Canaan Fire District officials and a bare minimum of voters — a quorum of 15 was needed — met March 1 at the district’s 109th Annual Town Meeting. Approved was a $1,960,000 appropriation, required to allow the district to pay a combination of a $923,000 loan and $1,037,000 grant package.

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New owners of Caddie Shack eager for spring

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NORTH CANAAN — Most Northwest Corner residents have been waiting anxiously for the snow to melt, but it’s probably safe to say that no one has been waiting for as long (four months) as the new owners of what used to be called the Snack Shack, on Ashley Falls Road (Route 7).
Jerry and Mary Ellen Baldwin of Salisbury and their daughter and son-in-law, Erin and Keith Ohler of North Canaan, bought the property last November from Keith’s father, David Ohler.

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North Canaan man extradited from U.S. Virgin Islands

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NORTH CANAAN — A former Northwest Corner resident was extradited from the U.S. Virgin Islands on a warrant stemming from an Aug. 22, 2010, incident in Torrington.
Frederick Pickering, 33, whose address in North Canaan was listed as 61 Foote Ave., was charged with second-degree sexual assault and first-degree burglary on March 2. The warrant had been pending since last September. Pickering was reported to have been arrested in December in St. Thomas by federal agents.

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Guilty plea in sexual assault case

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NORTH CANAAN — A North Canaan man will go to jail after pleading guilty to the sexual assault of a 15-year-old girl last summer.
Michael Laurel, 26, was sentenced at Litchfield Superior Court on March 4 to 18 months in prison, followed by 10 years probation. He agreed to plead guilty to second-degree sexual assault, significantly reducing the potential penalties for felony charges.
He was arrested Aug. 8, 2010, and charged with first-degree sexual assault, first-degree unlawful restraint and risk of injury to a minor.

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