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In the aftermath of the decision taken by the North Canaan Planning and Zoning commission (P&Z) at their meeting on Monday, Sept. 9, the town’s zoning enforcement officer submitted her resignation to First Selectman Charles Perotti.

Richelle Hodza had served the town for less than a year as zoning enforcement officer and land use administrator. 

Leading to her decision, she explained in her resignation letter, was the P&Z decision to deny a certificate of approval to the B. Metcalf company. She indicated that the vote was counter to her professional...

North Canaan

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

What just happened?
karenb@lakevillejournal.com

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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Police find ‘drug factory’ in North Canaan

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NORTH CANAAN — Two local men were arrested Oct. 5 after state troopers went to their home to serve a warrant related to an incident of domestic violence. They discovered what they referred to as a marijuana-growing operation and drug factory.
Resident State Trooper Jim Promotico went to 229 Ashley Falls Road (about a mile from the Troop B barracks) to serve a warrant on Thomas Stanton, 25, of that address, stemming from a Sept. 11 incident on Route 44 in North Canaan. The victim was an unidentified 17-year-old.

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Vintner vows to serve no wine before its time

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NORTH CANAAN — This is not a story of a fledgling business, or a piece of prime real estate for sale.
In fact, Bob Stone was very gracious when he shared the details of his tiny winemaking operation. As for the location of the vineyard, this reporter was sworn to secrecy. It is a stone’s throw from a main road. People have driven by it countless times without even knowing it is there.

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Bonnie the barber cuts hair on Main Street

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NORTH CANAAN — After six decades, a new barber in town would not seem to be an easy change. Especially when one of the last bastions of a “man’s world” has been taken over by a woman.
Bonnie Spadaccini, born and raised in North Canaan, knew she might be up against some resistance when she took over Mario’s Barbershop recently. Mario Sebben retired after about 60 years of not only cutting hair, but also of being the epicenter of the village.
It is as much about the place as it is about who is cutting hair, Spadaccini believes.

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Marijuana harvest seized from house

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NORTH CANAAN — A local resident was arrested Sunday after an investigation into an alleged drug factory at his downtown apartment.
Geoffrey Hill, 35, whose address was listed by police as a post office box, was found to have more than 62 marijuana plants in his home when investigating Trooper Lance Carlson arrived there on the evening of Oct. 2.
There was evidence Hill intended to sell marijuana and other controlled substances. Also seized were oxycodone pills, hallucinogenic mushrooms, packaging material and drug paraphernalia.

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Blass goes ‘over the edge’ for Boy Scouts

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NORTH CANAAN — Putting in long hours of work on fundraisers is now second nature to Nikki Blass. She has organized all sorts of them through the local PTO and Cub Scout Pack 22, where she is currently Cubmaster.
But nothing compares to what she did for the Over the Edge event to benefit scouts in the Connecticut Rivers Council of the Boy Scouts of America.
Blass took a literal leap of faith when she stepped backward off a 17-story building at the Connecticut River Plaza in Hartford on Sept. 9.

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Seeking help while paying it forward

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NORTH CANAAN — At her sprawling old home, Tania Currier has five extra bedrooms. They are almost never empty.
For the past 10 years, she has rented out beds to a succession of men, and then women, who needed a safe haven, a bridge, a second chance. In all, about 125 people have come to the big white Colonial at the corner of Ashley Falls Road and North Elm Street.
Now, Currier needs help to continue helping people. A grateful “family” and community are finding ways to do so.

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Going, going, gone

Who needs eBay? Town sells own trucks
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NORTH CANAAN — With some hesitation, the 1992 Chevy dump truck was coaxed to life.
The bidding was opened by First Selectman Doug Humes at $300. Three of about a dozen people who came to the town’s Sept. 24 town-sponsored garage sale jumped into the fray.
As with most of the rest of the surplus items, the truck and plow were most attractive to the bidders as the sum of their usable parts. The dump truck went for $800, after bidding that was pretty good for early on a Saturday morning.

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Who gets to speak?

Dispute rages over cable television access control
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NORTH CANAAN — A deal to turn over control of the public access cable television station CATV6 from Tri-State Public Communications (TSPC) to Northwest Corner Public Access fell through in August when Tri-State withdrew its support.
How Tri-State sees it
Marshall Miles, who founded Tri-State (a nonprofit media company) with Jill Goodman, runs the television station and the WHDD-Robin Hood Radio NPR station in Sharon.

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