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EAST CANAAN — When William Perotti started his humble plumbing business back in 1928 with just two employees, it was more than a pipe dream. It was the start of a family legacy.

Defying the odds of a family-run business surviving at the fourth-generation level and beyond, William Perotti and Sons Inc. has entered its 90th year in business. It has weathered the economy, changing technology, competition and a fire caused by a lightning strike in 1996 that reduced the original building to rubble. The family rebuilt and persevered.

That major milestone was marked on...

North Canaan

Former ZEO Nilsen seeks AR deal

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NORTH CANAAN — Karl Nilsen, the former zoning enforcement officer for North Canaan, who was arrested last fall for simultaneously embezzling from three towns that employed him, has applied for accelerated rehabilitation. The details are expected to be finalized in court on May 25.

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First selectman sent angry letter to lawmakers about postal service change

Did it go by mail or Internet?
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NORTH CANAAN — Common sense. Will it prevail in a plan by the U.S. Postal Service for changes in how it handles mail?
It all depends on one’s perspective. For North Canaan First Selectman Douglas Humes, a planned approach that aims to save time and money for the postal service will have the opposite effect here.
In a letter to U.S. Congressman Chris Murphy (D-5), and Senators Richard Blumenthal and Joseph Lieberman, Humes questioned a plan that seems to him will achieve the exact opposite of its stated goal.

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As produce prices rise, market gardening takes root

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NORTH CANAAN — It seemed like there were more vegetable plants than usual at the now-open-for-the-season Freund’s Farm Market. Is it true,or does it just seem that way?
Owner Theresa Freund thought about it for a moment. It’s hard to say, she finally concluded.
It’s mainly because every year finds changes in response to both demand and what’s available. For instance, last year, they ran out of broccoli plants, and will plant more this year.

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NCES student among top in state

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NORTH CANAAN — It was a busy couple of days for Ashlee Baldwin. On the evenings of March 31 and April 1, the seventh-grader performed in the North Canaan Elementary School Drama Club production. In between, she headed to Southern Connecticut State University to compete in the state level of the National Geographic Bee.
She did well in the first elimination round, but like her counterpart from Cornwall Consolidated School, Malcolm Scott, did not quite make it to the top 10 and so did not move into the final round.

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Habitat home marks the beginning of a relationship

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NORTH CANAAN — For five years, Jeremy Kaminski drove the 500-mile round trip from Philadelphia to North Canaan at least every other weekend. His love for this area grew almost as fast as his love for hometown girl Ashleigh Bergenty.
He finally moved here — and now the couple just got word they have been selected as a partner family with Habitat for Humanity of Northwest Connecticut. Construction is expected to start as soon as weather permits at a site off of Salisbury Road (Route 44). It is almost directly across the street from where Bergenty grew up.

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Murder at the elementary school

The North Canaan Elementary School Drama Club presented “A Family Reunion To Die For” March 31 and April 1 at the school. Above,family reunion attendees discovered the body of their host, who had been murdered.

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A century of dedication, courage and community support

Canaan Fire Company
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NORTH CANAAN — The 100th anniversary celebration of the Canaan Fire Company (CFC) will offer a chance to look back over the decades at the volunteer company’s history, at commemorative events and in a future issue of The Lakeville Journal.
Mark your calendars now for two important events. An Open House and Muster will be hosted by CFC members on May 14 and 15. A judged fireman’s parade will be held July 16 (during the annual Railroad Days celebration).

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Young father pleads guilty to beating his infant son

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NORTH CANAAN — A young father will head back to jail after pleading guilty to severely beating his 3-month-old son.
Dustin Lawrence, 20, had recently completed a 6-month sentence for two separate assault cases when his wife, Fawn Rosier, left their son with him at their apartment at 92 Main St.

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Officials are coming closer to final budget numbers

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NORTH CANAAN — Next up in the budget process is an April 13 regular Board of Finance meeting, where board members may offer feedback on town and school proposals.
While they can suggest adjustments to various line items, the finance board cannot call for anything beyond a bottom line change.

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Rise in cost may spark new debate over resident trooper

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NORTH CANAAN — A nearly 10 percent increase to the resident state trooper contract is part of the 2011-12 town budget proposal.
It is year two of a two-year contract. The $6,977 hike would be part of a renewed contract for the next two years, and could spark renewed debate over the necessity of the program for North Canaan.

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