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NORTH CANAAN — The 55th annual Canaan Railroad Days will be held from July 17 to 28. For many North Canaan residents, this festival is the highlight of summer in the Northwest Corner.

Major events this year will include the Canaan Carnival, a party at the town pool, and trivia at the Great Falls Brewing Company. 

Some past events, such as fireworks and performances by the Salisbury Band, continue to be Railroad Days mainstays. 

Others not so much. The 1971 Railroad Days, for example, was host to a week long film series. Films shown included “...

North Canaan

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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4-H Fair begins show season

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NORTH CANAAN — The Jack Brown 4-H Fair is one of the town’s enduring traditions. After decades and generations of involvement, the move from the usual Sunday to a Saturday this past weekend really threw folks off, so attendance was lower than normal.
But kids proudly showing off their cows, or goats, rabbits, chickens, ducks or dogs remains a joy that never changes.

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Tree planted at elementary school honors Glennon

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NORTH CANAAN — It was a day of mixed emotions for those gathered at a tree planting in honor of Tom Glennon, retired science teacher from North Canaan Elementary School, on Thursday, July 28, in a courtyard at the school.
Glennon died at his home in Florida on July 21, but there was no doubt that his spirit was there with the crowd of about 50 people who remembered him and his generosity and wisdom as a teacher and mentor.

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Four injured in car accident

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NORTH CANAAN — Four Salisbury residents were injured this week after a late Sunday night accident on Route 44 in North Canaan.
According to police, Ryan Diamond, 22, was driving a 1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee west, near the intersection of Old Turnpike Road South at about 11 p.m., when the car drifted off the right side of the road. Diamond attempted to regain control. The Jeep veered back across both travel lanes. It hit a large tree.
Diamond and passenger Kevin Cantele, 20, were flown by Life Star helicopter to Hartford Hospital, according to police. Diamond had a broken femur.

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A little off here, a little off there, after 62 years, that’s a lot of hair

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NORTH CANAAN — Mario’s Barbershop, with the red- white-and-blue-striped pole, has been the calm center of the village for 62 years, as change has swirled around it.
It is the place where generations of boys got their first haircuts, sitting miraculously still. Mario Sebben said it was for the promise of a lollipop. But there was something about his reassuring voice telling them not to move, seated on a booster board attached to the barber chair arms, their little heads sticking out of the cone of a cape.

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