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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

Holiday shopping season has already begun in town

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NORTH CANAAN — Special downtown shopping events planned for December are aimed at giving a boost to local merchants. Just being noticed by residents would make some very happy.
“Every day, weather permitting, we display merchandise out on the sidewalk,” said Ed Smith, who owns Mr. Ed’s Emporium on Railroad Street with his wife, Sara. “But I don’t think people who drive by everyday notice.”

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Mountainside gets nod to expand facility on Route 7

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NORTH CANAAN — The Mountainside addiction treatment facility on South Canaan Road (Route 7) was granted a special permit last week for an expansion.
Planned is construction of a 16-bed residential building, and additional drainage and parking to accommodate the addition. The Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) voted unanimously Nov. 14 without discussion on a permit motion, with conditions written by Zoning Enforcement Officer (ZEO) Ruth Mulcahy.

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Depot reno information meeting Dec. 12

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NORTH CANAAN — An informational meeting on the final phase of the restoration of Canaan Union Station will be held Monday, Dec. 12, during the regular Connecticut Railroad Historical Association Commission meeting.
A presentation will be given by engineer John Lloyd, who has designed the finishing work for the interior, exterior and landscaping. Lloyd was hired by the depot’s owner, Connecticut Railroad Historical Association.

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Housing Fair held at Geer

Solutions offered for housing crunch
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NORTH CANAAN — It is a generally accepted fact of life in the Northwest Corner that housing is expensive.
It is also generally accepted as fact that many of the volunteers who support the towns’ vital emergency services and fill many government seats are struggling to find a way to own or keep a home here.
The option for many has been to move away. And towns are feeling the pinch.

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Veterans celebrate their day over coffee at Collin’s Diner

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NORTH CANAAN — Military veterans were honored here in subtle ways on Nov. 11, Veterans Day. The day included breakfast at Collin’s Diner, where many of the local vets are regulars.
They came in a steady stream throughout the morning, wearing hats or some sort of insignia in memory of their days in the service.
Ask a veteran why he or she ended up in the military, and you will almost always get an interesting story, or a joke.

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USO dance, Geer style

Geer Village hosted its third annual USO dance, featuring the big band sound of the Bob Hughes Band, on Saturday, Nov. 12. World War II veterans were honored guests. All proceeds were donated to the USO for care packages for overseas troops.

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Halloween gets a second chance, nearly a week later

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NORTH CANAAN — A freakishly early major snowstorm may have sent Halloween to its grave, but a lot of good fairies were determined to call forth the zombies. This would not be the year of the Halloween that wasn’t.
For most of an hour last Saturday night (Nov. 5) a line of children snaked in through the North Canaan Elementary School lobby and back out the door.

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Bringing Harmony and happiness to Geer residents

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NORTH CANAAN — Harmony. Her name sums up what she brings to Geer Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Simple, unconditional canine affection brings greater dimension to life for residents there.
For the past six years, Jill Simmons, director of recreation at Geer, has brought Harmony to work with her each day. The yellow Lab began working when she was eight weeks old, trained to interact appropriately by visiting each resident every day, as well as with staff and visitors. She is even buddies with the UPS delivery person.

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Residents keep warm at Town Hall

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NORTH CANAAN — The scene outside Town Hall Monday was of one of devastation at the normally pretty little park adjacent to the parking lot. Small, conical-shaped trees that surround the fountain and benches were still in full leaf, not even having turned their autumn colors. They took the full brunt of about a foot and half of wet snow that fell Oct. 29 and 30. Branches snapped in all directions.

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Consignment shop set to open

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NORTH CANAAN — A new business is set to open in a downtown storefront.
Just Another Hand is expected to open soon on Main Street, in the former Canaan Apothecary space. Owner Rachel Call said it will be a consignment shop, with used items, from clothing to furniture, and unique items from artists and craftspeople. However, she plans to make it a community endeavor, with special sales aimed at helping others.

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