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NORTH CANAAN — By a vote of 6-1, the North Canaan Board of Education (NCES) approved a plan to regionalize the middle school sports program. The vote was held at the board’s regular meeting on Thursday, Nov. 14, and came after a lengthy discussion of the proposal initiated by Region One Athletic Director Anne MacNeil.

The decision will be made by a vote of the All Boards Chair Committee (ABC), which is made up of the chairmen from all six Region One elementary schools plus the regional board of education. Each of the six towns is voting on the proposal; their vote will...

North Canaan

Roadwork could change use of school’s parking lot

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NORTH CANAAN — Work on a new Pease Street entrance to the Town Hall parking lot is underway, part of an effort to improve safety at a school crosswalk.
The Board of Selectmen put the plan in motion following a review by consulting engineer George Johannesen of Allied Engineering Associates.

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Good aim!

The NCES PTO annual Family Fun Fest was held on the front lawn of North Canaan Elementary School Sept. 18. Iain Rand showed winning form at the potty toss.

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President Harding as greatest U.S. leader

If only he had lived to finish his term
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NORTH CANAAN — President Warren G. Harding arrived at Christ Church Sunday. At least, his spirit was there, in a re-enactment presented by Kevin Titus of Falls Village.
The actor has taken on the role of the former president in a big way, promoting the man he believes could have been our greatest national leader had he not died two years into office.
Titus entered the church with a “Secret Service” man and shook hands with every member of the small crowd before taking the podium to give Harding’s “My Conviction” speech.

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Cleanups follow storms

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NORTH CANAAN — The town’s “garage sale” has been rescheduled to Sept. 24 at 9 a.m. at the Town Garage.
Now that the town crew and selectmen have dealt with cleanup following Tropical Storm Irene, they can focus on clearing out unused items.
The list includes a 1-ton dump truck with plow, a larger dump truck with a sander and an Army surplus Jeep, in camouflage paint, as well as an assortment of smaller items.

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After lightning strikes, community comes out

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NORTH CANAAN — Lightning can strike twice, but it only takes one person to spark a groundswell of community spirit.
Resident Greg Karcheski read in the Sept. 15 edition of The Lakeville Journal that the electrical system for the Douglas Library elevator had been zapped by lightning twice over the summer.
The first time was June 1. It was repaired. The second time was Aug. 19. That strike also knocked out the alarm system. Again, it was repaired, and this time, a surge protector was added.
Each repair cost the library a $1,000 deductible on its insurance.

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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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