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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

Superintendent Award - North Canaan

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NORTH CANAAN — Ashlee Baldwin earned fame at North Canaan Elementary School last year when she won the Geography Bee and went on to qualify for and compete in the state bee.
But the future ambitions of this year’s Superintendent Award winner are much more artistic.
“I want to be either a painter or do something in the performing arts,” the eighth-grader said.
Ashlee’s favorite pastimes are drawing and reading, along with helping to care for her family’s menagerie of pets, which includes chickens, goats, dogs, cats, a rabbit and a guinea pig named Razo.

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Candidate profiles - North Canaan

Board of Selectmen
Nicole “Nikki” Blass, Independent
Office being sought: Selectman
Age: 37
Number of years in town: 37
Profession: Database coordinator at The Hotchkiss School; Realtor with Raynard and Peirce Real Estate Co.

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CL&P employees make difference at CCCC

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NORTH CANAAN — A “day off” was how Connecticut Light & Power (CL&P) employees described the eight hours they spent Oct. 21 at the Canaan Child Care Center.
But the linemen, electrician, mechanic and office workers were certainly working hard as they did their annual sprucing up of the child center’s building and grounds. This year, they did it a day early for national Make a Difference Day (which was held Oct. 22 elsewhere).
It’s the second year for employees of the electric company. CL&P pays them to do the community outreach.

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Dairy farms fight to survive — and have fun

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NORTH CANAAN — Even with 880 head of cows to milk three times each day, the watchword at Laurelbrook Farm is diversity. It’s about looking at every angle, to save and earn — and keep one of the largest remaining dairy farms in the state working and profitable.
Manure is composted into a saleable product. The cows and the things they do are monitored by computers down to the number of steps they take each day. A more than 15 percent change in any cow’s daily average movement can be a clue to health concerns.

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Dinner out helps school in Haiti

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NORTH CANAAN — For four hours on Oct. 6 customers at the McDonald’s here, whether they knew it or not, supported a group called Partners with Haiti.
The Rev. Ed Eastman of Greenwoods Community Church in Sheffield, Mass., said turnout was excellent and that about $650 was raised between the McDonald’s proceeds and a teacup auction.
The organization earned 20 percent of sales from a four-hour period that evening. The church is targeting the money toward something it hopes could help move the island nation in the direction of self-sustainability: education.

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Bull riders aid Sue’s Kids

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NORTH CANAAN — Now that was different. Bull riding, with its sand-strewn ring, bleachers and blaring country music — came to town Saturday in a benefit at Caddie Shack for the Sue Segalla Foundation, called Sue’s Kids.

And the crowds came, too. The stands were filled for the entire event with an ever-changing crowd. It was a mix of experienced and knowledgeable fans and newcomers who marveled at the event.

It was a great encore for those who were at the Professional Bull Riding competition in Hartford last weekend.

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Welcome to autumn

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NORTH CANAAN — If not for the scarecrows and pumpkins, it would have been tough to tell it was the Fall Festival on Railroad Street Sunday.
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It was sunny and very warm. A street jammed with vintage and the newest fast cars and trucks, and live music in Jim’s Garage made it feel like summer is not already behind us.
The car show and vendor fair were sponsored by local businesses and the Canaan Chamber of Commerce.

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P&Z special permits allow businesses to grow

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NORTH CANAAN — Two special permits were approved by the Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) on Oct. 3. Public hearings were held on each. Only the applicants commented.
One approval will allow John Jacquier to expand the building that houses his welding business at his home at 213 Daisy Hill Road. His plan is to add to the existing 40-by-60-foot building a 40-by-50-foot addition for storage. It will have no exterior lighting.
It was noted by the commission that the business operates as a home occupation in a residential/agricultural zone. The decision was unanimous.

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Abbott will bring war to life Oct. 21

NORTH CANAAN — Tim Abbott, a Revolutionary War living historian with the 1st New Jersey Regiment, will give a presentation at the Douglas Library Friday, Oct. 21, at 7 p.m.
Abbott is a North Canaan resident and a Nature’s Notebook columnist for The Journal.
He will appear in the dress of a Continental soldier and talk about his effort to document the route and encampments of British and German prisoners who marched under guard through Connecticut in November 1778.

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Planning & Zoning says no to Mountainside expansion

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NORTH CANAAN — An application for a special zoning permit to allow the expansion of Mountainside Addiction Treatment Center was denied Oct. 3 amid confusion by the applicant and the public over procedure.
The decision by the Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) earned a strong reaction from many in the room.
Mountainside has been before P&Z for months with an application to build a detached addition to the facility on adjoining property it plans to buy.

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