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NORTH CANAAN — U.S. Air Force National Guard Airman First Class Ethan J. Kobylarz graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio, Texas.

Kobylarz is the son of Audrey and Dennis Kobylarz of North Canaan and is graduate of Oliver Wolcott Technical School in Torrington.

He completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, as well as  basic warfare principles and skills.

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President Harding as greatest U.S. leader

If only he had lived to finish his term
karenb@lakevillejournal.com

NORTH CANAAN — President Warren G. Harding arrived at Christ Church Sunday. At least, his spirit was there, in a re-enactment presented by Kevin Titus of Falls Village.
The actor has taken on the role of the former president in a big way, promoting the man he believes could have been our greatest national leader had he not died two years into office.
Titus entered the church with a “Secret Service” man and shook hands with every member of the small crowd before taking the podium to give Harding’s “My Conviction” speech.

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Cleanups follow storms

karenb@lakevillejournal.com

NORTH CANAAN — The town’s “garage sale” has been rescheduled to Sept. 24 at 9 a.m. at the Town Garage.
Now that the town crew and selectmen have dealt with cleanup following Tropical Storm Irene, they can focus on clearing out unused items.
The list includes a 1-ton dump truck with plow, a larger dump truck with a sander and an Army surplus Jeep, in camouflage paint, as well as an assortment of smaller items.

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After lightning strikes, community comes out

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NORTH CANAAN — Lightning can strike twice, but it only takes one person to spark a groundswell of community spirit.
Resident Greg Karcheski read in the Sept. 15 edition of The Lakeville Journal that the electrical system for the Douglas Library elevator had been zapped by lightning twice over the summer.
The first time was June 1. It was repaired. The second time was Aug. 19. That strike also knocked out the alarm system. Again, it was repaired, and this time, a surge protector was added.
Each repair cost the library a $1,000 deductible on its insurance.

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For little golfers — and a child care center — it’s mini golf!

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NORTH CANAAN — A bright and brisk late summer day was just right for the Mini-Golf Tournament at the Caddie Shack in North Canaan last Saturday, Sept. 17.
The event was a fundraiser for the Housatonic Child Care Center (HCCC) in Salisbury, so it was fitting that groups of families with young children, as well as older folks, all took part in the tournament.

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Canaan Fire Company earns top honors

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NORTH CANAAN — Two local volunteer fire departments brought home big trophies from the 128th Connecticut State Firefighters Association’s Convention and Parade this past weekend.
It was hosted by the Clinton Volunteer Fire Department.
Norfolk Volunteer Fire Department won Best Overall Apparatus, for the second year in a row.
Canaan Fire Company won Best Fire Unit Without Music and came in sixth overall in the competition.

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North Canaan’s BD celebrates 50 years

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NORTH CANAAN — Half a century ago, the very rural local landscape was an unusual place to consider as a spot for a manufacturing plant. Becton-Dickinson Co., now known as BD, was a little more than 50 years old at the time, expanding and about to go public with shares on the New York Stock Exchange.
Perhaps former plant manager Jim Levy should have suggested they’d gone too far afield when he arrived in 1961 to interview prospective employees. He and his team were stuck in a motel room as 20 inches of snow fell. They did not conduct a single interview.

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Sgt. Ohler injured in Afghanistan

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NORTH CANAAN — Sgt. Brian Ohler, 28, was wounded while out on patrol with his unit in Farah, Afghanistan, on Saturday night, Sept. 17. Farah is a city in western Afghanistan on the Farah River.
His brother, Keith Ohler, who lives in North Canaan with his wife, Erin, owns and operates the Caddie Shack and Steppin’ Stone.
“Brian’s unit was hit by an IED [Improvised Explosive Device], which blew up between two Humvees,”
he said in an interview Tuesday morning with The Lakeville Journal.
“He was in charge, and everyone got out, there were about 25 of them.”

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Library short on funds for repairs

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NORTH CANAAN — Electrical storms over the summer knocked out the elevator at the Douglas Library, leaving the library with a $2,000 shortfall after repairs, according to Director Norma DeMay.
The June 1 storm that included a rare tornado in Springfield, Mass., and a storm Aug. 19 together knocked out the elevator; the August incident also disabled the alarm system.
Getting the elevator and alarm systems repaired cost $4,000 per incident; DeMay said the library’s insurance policy includes a $1,000 deductible.

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9/11 We remembered

cynthiah@lakevillejournal.com

Though many churches and other organizations held memorial services on Sunday, the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, the most extensive was organized by the Knights of Columbus and held at St. Joseph’s Church in North Canaan.

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Time to reflect

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NORTH CANAAN — It took 12 hours, and about as many volunteers. But the names of all the casualties of the terror attacks on Sept. 11,  2001, were read aloud throughout the day on Sunday, Sept. 11, at St. Joseph’s Church in North Canaan.

The Patriot Day service was sponsored by the area Knights of Columbus and was organized by a group of volunteers led by North Canaan resident Nick de Angelis, who is the area lodge’s grand knight.

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