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The annual town meeting has been scheduled by the North Canaan selectmen. It will be held on Thursday, Jan. 10, at the Town Hall, beginning at 7 p.m. 

On the agenda for that meeting will be a proposal from C-TEC Solar of Bloomfield, whose representative will attend. 

Under a  proposed agreement, the company would install solar panels at the transfer station. They would sign a 20-year lease for use of the land, at a rate of $12,000 per year to be paid to the town. 

In addition, the arrangement would provide the town with free solar power for all...

North Canaan

Neighbors organized against plant expansion

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SHEFFIELD/NORTH CANAAN — Century Acquisitions Inc. is planning to expand its plant on Clayton Road.
Currently, the company is waiting approval from the state of Massachusetts for a plan to add hot mix asphalt batch production. Many neighboring residents are strongly opposed.
A concrete batch plant has operated on the site for more than 50 years. Century, based in New York state, bought the plant from Connecticut Sand and Stone in 2001.
While the plant is in Sheffield — only the driveway is in North Canaan — the closest neighbors are in Connecticut along Clayton Road.

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Storm damage

A tree that fell in North Canaan was one of many across the region that succumbed during the early evening June 9 storms that included high winds, lightning and hail. This one blocked Route 7 just south of the town center, near the intersection of Church Terrace. Traffic was detoured for several hours.

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Lunch prices will rise, due to a new federal law

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NORTH CANAAN — The good news is the lunch program at North Canaan Elementary School is finally running solidly in the black. The school has struggled for years to strike a balance between healthy offerings and at least breaking even financially.
The bad news is that the lunch price will go up a nickel with the new school year — not to meet costs, but to comply with the law.
The federal Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 takes effect July 1. It dictates what can be served and for how much, in schools that take lunch subsidies.

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State reg written by NCES teacher is now law

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NORTH CANAAN — A legislative amendment, and a valuable civics lesson, were successfully achieved by a North Canaan Elementary School teacher.
Beth Johnson, who teaches fifth and sixth grades, recently earned her master’s degree in technology, hoping to become a K-to-eight technology, or computer, teacher. What she discovered was that, because the standard certification is now K-to-six, she would have to go back to school for additional certification she didn’t really need.

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Money saved at school can now be spent on upgrades

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NORTH CANAAN — An unexpected budget surplus of about $138,000 at North Canaan Elementary School (NCES) had the school board at its June 8 meeting looking at ways to spend part of it.
While the money legally must be returned to the town’s general fund, it has been established between the school and finance boards that the school can consider pre-buying supplies or completing capital projects on a reasonable basis.
The thinking is that most things will cost more down the road so it’s better to spend the money sooner rather than later if it is available.

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Railroad crossing downtown is repaired, for now

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NORTH CANAAN — A railroad crossing in the center of town was repaired last week by a crew from the Housatonic Railroad Co., which operates freight service on the line. A company official said the badly deteriorated roadway at the grade crossing caused a broken rail blamed for the May 13 train derailment.
“The drainage issue there is a serious one,” said Colin Pease, vice president of special projects for the North Canaan-based Housatonic Railroad. “It undermines everything. The crossing has been number one or two on the DOT’s priority list for 10 or 12 years now.”

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Voters OK with 2011 budget

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NORTH CANAAN — The wait is over. A town budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1 was approved at a town meeting May 31.
It was the third scheduled meeting, with town officials putting off a vote on $6.5 million in proposed local spending in the hopes that the state would resolve its budgeting issues.

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Arrest made in motor vehicle death last October

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NORTH CANAAN — A teenager was arrested last week and charged following an investigation into a motor vehicle accident that claimed the life of 43-year-old Brian Brazzale Sr. on Oct. 27, 2010.
Cooper Brown of East Canaan, who turned 17 shortly after the accident, turned himself in at Troop B June 2 after learning of a warrant for his arrest. He was charged with negligent homicide with a motor vehicle and traveling too fast for conditions.

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Family is the theme this Memorial Day

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NORTH CANAAN — Family is what Memorial Day is ultimately about, according to Tom Gailes, a Navy veteran who organizes the annual parade and ceremony at the Doughboy Monument.

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Signs of good economy but ... three sticky zoning questions

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NORTH CANAAN — Two matters have come before the Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z), and are expected to play out in the coming months.
The Citgo gas station at the Xtra Mart on the corner of Route 44 and North Elm Street is working on a rebranding to become a Shell station. Some zoning nonconformity issues will have to be worked out.
Zoning Enforcement Officer Ruth Mulcahy reported at the May 9 commission meeting that the changeover includes replacing the logo-inclusive canopy over the pumps, as well as a “very large” freestanding sign.

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