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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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Summer music at Geer

The gardens at Geer Nursing and Rehabilitation Center are a perfect spot for Wednesday night concerts during August. Bruce Mandel performed last week. Aug. 24 brings Andy Sherwood’s Dixieland Jazz Band, 6 to 8 p.m.

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Cart before horse?

Mountainside seeks advice from P&Z board
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NORTH CANAAN — A public hearing on a plan for an expansion to the Mountainside Addiction Treatment Center brought an involved discussion Aug. 8, but no conclusion by the Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z).
The applicant will eventually need a special permit for the planned detached residential treatment facility on 6 acres adjacent to the Route 7 South facility.

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Annual Blackberry River Walk is Aug. 20

NORTH CANAAN —The annual Blackberry River Walk will be held Saturday, Aug. 20, and includes a look at the work done to restore the Beckley Dam.
It begins at 9:30 a.m. at the North Canaan Congregational Church with speaker John Pawlowski, who is head of the Connecticut Museum of Mining and Mineral Science in Kent.
Participants will then proceed down Lower Road, viewing sites from East Canaan’s industrial past, to Beckley Furnace. There will be an opportunity to see the results of the recent reconstruction and restoration of the dam, with demonstrations of stonecutting and blacksmithing.

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North Canaan businesses begin to change, grow

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NORTH CANAAN — Among the items on the agenda of the Aug. 8 Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) was old and new business, and a new sign for a prominent local business.
Zoning Enforcement Officer Ruth Mulcahy reported that after much deliberation, the McDonald’s restaurant franchisee has dropped plans to seek a variance for a sign that would have been double the size of the original pole sign.
That sign has already been removed from the grassy area west of the parking lot. The plan includes installing a sign of about the same size in a different location.

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Touch-a-Truck Aug. 27 at Lone Oaks

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NORTH CANAAN — Who doesn’t love a truck? List in that category all sorts of work vehicles including fire engines, tractors, wreckers, excavators, ambulances and military vehicles — more than 30 different big rigs in all — and you have the makings of a fun fundraiser.
Lone Oak Campsites is sponsoring a Touch-a-Truck fundraiser at the campground on Route 44 in East Canaan on Aug. 27, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Admission is by donation. Proceeds will benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation, the North Canaan Volunteer Ambulance Corps and the Canaan Fire Company.

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Weeknight concerts this month in town and at Geer

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NORTH CANAAN — Who says there’s nothing to do in August? Forget the weekends. Music and fun are bringing residents together at two free entertainment series meant to liven up the weeknights.
The Canaan Chamber of Commerce and several local businesses are sponsoring music and live bands under the banner of Night on the Town in Canaan, which continues on Thursdays in August, from 6 to 9 p.m.
On Aug. 11, it’s the Steve Dunn and Kevin Wolf Acoustic Show in front of Canaan Union Station. Music can be enjoyed close up, or from the hillside across the street.

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Auction of ‘good stuff’ from town garage is Sept. 9

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NORTH CANAAN — “Good stuff” —or make that “well-used, good stuff” — is going up for auction as the town clears out surplus equipment from the highway department garage.
The auction is set for Sept. 9; details will be announced at a later date. The Board of Selectmen talked about some of the available items at its Aug. 1 meeting. On the list is a four-wheel drive dump truck, a dump bed with spreader and an assortment of old plows. All will be sold “as is.”

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Why so many cruisers in town Aug. 4?

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NORTH CANAAN —Anyone traveling through the center of town Aug. 4 could not miss the string of State Police cruisers parked on Route 44 just west of the McDonald’s parking lot. While police were still on the scene, rumors began swirling about all sorts of crimes allegedly committed, gleaned from overheard radio transmissions.
Soon after, an ambulance, and Sheffield and Great Barrington police arrived on the scene.

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Venerable elm trees inoculated

Remarkable survivors get their anti-fungal shots
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NORTH CANAAN — The town’s two remaining heritage elms received last week the next in a series of injections to prevent Dutch elm disease.
Webster Ingersoll, a landscaping contractor based in Sheffield, Mass., completed the process July 20.

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North Canaan Candidates in the 2011 Elections

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