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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

Century expansion denied

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SHEFFIELD/NORTH CANAAN — A permit that would have been a step toward an expansion of the Century Acquisitions plant was denied earlier this month by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP).
The ruling was based on the applicant’s failure to respond to concerns by opposition group, No Asphalt! Defense Fund (NADF), about increased noise that its members say would result from a plan to add a hot mix asphalt operation to the existing concrete batch plant in Sheffield.

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Calcium fire on Daisy Hill Road

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NORTH CANAAN — A minor calcium fire was reported at the Specialty Minerals wire plant on Daisy Hill Road Aug. 21.
Canaan Fire Company and North Canaan Volunteer Ambulance Corps personnel were called to the scene at 8 a.m. The situation was quickly brought under control.
Calcium fires are unique in that the material reacts with water or moisture to ignite. Water, and even foam, which is water-based, cannot be used to extinguish burning calcium. At the plant, it is usually a matter of removing the raw material from machinery.

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State budget woes threaten Troop B

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NORTH CANAAN — A plan to try to consolidate State Police dispatch services in Litchfield County is being proposed again by the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection (DESPP). The goal is to prevent state budget cutbacks from translating into trooper layoffs (see related story, this page).
Local first selectmen and state representatives attended a joint meeting of the Northwestern Connecticut Council of Governments (COG) and the Litchfield Hills Council of Elected Officials (LHCEO) Aug. 16 at the University of Connecticut campus in Torrington.

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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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