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NORTH CANAAN — Concerns about the condition of the town swimming pool were brought to the North Canaan selectmen by representatives of the Recreation Commission at a meeting Monday, Oct.  7.

“Nobody wants to see it closed,” said recreation commission head Tammy MacDonald, but she said that expensive repairs are needed before it can open again. 

Two water heaters were replaced this year, taking the department over budget, but they have reconciled the difference, MacDonald said.

“We want ideas,” she told the selectmen. The...

North Canaan

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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Annual town meeting scheduled

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NORTH CANAAN — The annual town meeting will be held Tuesday, Dec. 13, at 7:30 p.m. at Town Hall.
On the agenda are routine items that need to be considered by voters each year. Those items include determining banks in which town funds may be deposited; authorizing the Board of Selectmen to borrow funds to meet unbudgeted needs that may arise; and receiving the audit of town financial records and reports from boards and commissions.

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Holiday events light up night sky, hearts of all ages

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NORTH CANAAN — The  Christmas Festival, Parade of Lights and Holiday Lighting brought crowds to the streets of downtown North Canaan and the Lawrence Field Pavilion Nov. 27, kicking off the holiday season in grand style.
Fire trucks, ambulances, motorcycles, tractors and haywagons, strung with thousands of lights arrived to the sound of Christmas music, wailing sirens and cheers of appreciation.

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Geer Village author series

Consultant explains how Dr. House came to life
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NORTH CANAAN — An intriguing guest speaker, part of Geer Village’s author series, offered sage advice sprinkled with an intriguing behind-the-scenes look at a hit television show when she spoke Nov. 3.
Lisa Sanders is a former CBS News producer, now a medical doctor, Yale professor, New York Times Magazine columnist and author. It is not by chance that she is also a technical consultant on the long-running Fox show, “House.”
The show was inspired by her “Diagnosis” column, in which she presents a single, difficult case each week and offers readers the opportunity to make a diagnosis.

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BOE discusses recess, lunch costs

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NORTH CANAAN ­— Helping students get and stay healthy has become an integral part of school life.
The North Canaan Board of Education took a close look at two aspects at its Nov. 17 meeting: breakfast and recess.
A breakfast program that could include a large number of students at North Canaan Elementary School (NCES) — and be profitable — is getting serious consideration.
The elimination of recess for seventh- and eighth-graders may be reversed, based on negative reaction from students, teachers and parents.

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Federal dollars to support affordable apartments on the Geer campus in North Canaan

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NORTH CANAAN — Affordable apartments that offer secure yet independent living for seniors are a much sought after commodity around here. At Beckley House, part of the Geer campus, the wait to get into one of the affordable units is about two years.
It may be about to get shorter, with the approval of $1,672,000 in federal funding from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The grant is expected to cover a 10-apartment addition to Beckley House.

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Public access TV offers visitors a peek inside the studio

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NORTH CANAAN — Tri-State Communications hosted an open house at its public access television studio at Geer Village on Saturday, Nov. 19.
Tri-State co-owners Marshall Miles and Jill Goodman proudly showed off the facility, which Miles said has state-of-the-art digital equipment. In his tour of the master control room, for example, he noted that there used to be eight VHS vidoetape recorder/players. They have now been replaced by a single digital unit, which is the size of a single VHS player.

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Couldn’t I just email it?

Michael Riccardelli had a very serious chat with Santa during North Canaan’s Parade of Lights Nov. 27.
 
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