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NORTH CANAAN — On a night that was marked by violent thunderstorms throughout the region, a North Canaan man died on Sunday, Aug. 18, in a car crash on Route 7, close to the entrance to Geer Village. 

Matthew Holderman, 46, of North Canaan was driving north on Route 7 near Sand Road at about 10:30 p.m. He was at the wheel of a  2011 GMC Sierra.

Holderman was “negotiating a curve to the right when the truck lost control for an unknown reason,” according to the report from the Connecticut State Police released on Monday morning, Aug. 19. ...

North Canaan

For little golfers — and a child care center — it’s mini golf!

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NORTH CANAAN — A bright and brisk late summer day was just right for the Mini-Golf Tournament at the Caddie Shack in North Canaan last Saturday, Sept. 17.
The event was a fundraiser for the Housatonic Child Care Center (HCCC) in Salisbury, so it was fitting that groups of families with young children, as well as older folks, all took part in the tournament.

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Canaan Fire Company earns top honors

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NORTH CANAAN — Two local volunteer fire departments brought home big trophies from the 128th Connecticut State Firefighters Association’s Convention and Parade this past weekend.
It was hosted by the Clinton Volunteer Fire Department.
Norfolk Volunteer Fire Department won Best Overall Apparatus, for the second year in a row.
Canaan Fire Company won Best Fire Unit Without Music and came in sixth overall in the competition.

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North Canaan’s BD celebrates 50 years

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NORTH CANAAN — Half a century ago, the very rural local landscape was an unusual place to consider as a spot for a manufacturing plant. Becton-Dickinson Co., now known as BD, was a little more than 50 years old at the time, expanding and about to go public with shares on the New York Stock Exchange.
Perhaps former plant manager Jim Levy should have suggested they’d gone too far afield when he arrived in 1961 to interview prospective employees. He and his team were stuck in a motel room as 20 inches of snow fell. They did not conduct a single interview.

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Sgt. Ohler injured in Afghanistan

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NORTH CANAAN — Sgt. Brian Ohler, 28, was wounded while out on patrol with his unit in Farah, Afghanistan, on Saturday night, Sept. 17. Farah is a city in western Afghanistan on the Farah River.
His brother, Keith Ohler, who lives in North Canaan with his wife, Erin, owns and operates the Caddie Shack and Steppin’ Stone.
“Brian’s unit was hit by an IED [Improvised Explosive Device], which blew up between two Humvees,”
he said in an interview Tuesday morning with The Lakeville Journal.
“He was in charge, and everyone got out, there were about 25 of them.”

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Library short on funds for repairs

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NORTH CANAAN — Electrical storms over the summer knocked out the elevator at the Douglas Library, leaving the library with a $2,000 shortfall after repairs, according to Director Norma DeMay.
The June 1 storm that included a rare tornado in Springfield, Mass., and a storm Aug. 19 together knocked out the elevator; the August incident also disabled the alarm system.
Getting the elevator and alarm systems repaired cost $4,000 per incident; DeMay said the library’s insurance policy includes a $1,000 deductible.

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9/11 We remembered

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Though many churches and other organizations held memorial services on Sunday, the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, the most extensive was organized by the Knights of Columbus and held at St. Joseph’s Church in North Canaan.

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Time to reflect

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NORTH CANAAN — It took 12 hours, and about as many volunteers. But the names of all the casualties of the terror attacks on Sept. 11,  2001, were read aloud throughout the day on Sunday, Sept. 11, at St. Joseph’s Church in North Canaan.

The Patriot Day service was sponsored by the area Knights of Columbus and was organized by a group of volunteers led by North Canaan resident Nick de Angelis, who is the area lodge’s grand knight.

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Getting to know a (past) president

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NORTH CANAAN — Kevin Titus began his career as an impersonator of characters on the wrong side of the law. In the mid-1980s, while stationed with the Army in Texas, he was portraying public enemies from the Dillinger era.
But as the years went on, he began to take on a more stately air.
“People told me I looked like I should be a president,” Titus said. “I liked history and was interested in several presidents, so it seemed like the thing to do.”

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At school, learning to read one way and stop signs

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NORTH CANAAN — The new year started at North Canaan Elementary School last week with some safety measures for pedestrians and drivers put in place at the 11th hour. Issues remain that still need to be addressed.
Signs that were ordered weeks before the last school year ended were put in place a few days before the Aug. 30 first day of school. Two black-and-white signs declare the one-way status of Pease Street from 8 to 9 a.m. and 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., covering arrival and dismissal times at the school.

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Patriot’s Day Vigil to be held at St. Joseph’s Church

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NORTH CANAAN — The 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks on the U.S. will bring memorial events across the country.
The Knights of Columbus at St. Joseph’s Church have, for several years now, recognized the thousands who died that day, and the heroes of rescue operations and war against terrorism that followed.
This year, the Patriot Day Vigil will begin at midnight Sept. 10 and continue for more than 24 hours.
Much of that time will be spent in silence, without speeches and ceremony.

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