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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

Old favorites and some new twists at Caddie Shack

NORTH CANAAN — The recently renovated Caddie Shack has been a great success since opening in April. Keith Ohler, owner of the Steppin’ Stone in North Canaan, is one of the new proprietors of the Caddie Shack.
When what was known for many years as the Snack Shack went up for sale, he saw a great opportunity to bring the community involvement back to North Canaan.
The name is not the only change that Ohler made. While customers can still enjoy their favorite original Texas foot-long hot dogs, onion rings and handcut fries, the menu has been updated.

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Departing on track one

Josh and May Libenow of Sheffield took in a round trip Saturday before attending the carnival at Canaan Railroad Days. Activities continue this week. More photos, story, Page A8. Calendar of events, www.canaanchamber.com.

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Five boys, one teacher on a road trip to Alaska in 1962

It couldn’t happen today
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NORTH CANAAN — “Of all the great adventures undertaken since the dawn of civilization, one stands out amongst all others. It was shared by T.G. and the Boys who ventured from Canaan, Connecticut, in the Summer of ’62 — NORTH TO ALASKA — and back.”
That unattributed quote is at the beginning of a scrapbook created for the 30th anniversary reunion of that trek, taken on what seemed to be the whim of a man who was a combination of brave and perhaps a little mad.

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Man accused of trying to ignite parked car

NORTH CANAAN — A domestic dispute at a Barracks Road home June 24 resulted in the warrant arrest of a local man.
Christopher Toomey, 55, whose address was listed as 6 Barracks Road, allegedly tried to set a car on fire with a person in it. He was arrested June 27 after an investigation.
According to the warrant, Toomey got into an argument with Karen Deitch, of the same address, who slapped him in the face. Toomey disabled a vehicle after Deitch got into it. He then doused it with gasoline and lit a stick on fire, with the apparent intention of igniting the car.

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Railroad Days is on track

NORTH CANAAN — The North Canaan Railroad Days will be held from July 8 to 17. There will be entertainment, food, tag sales and games sponsored by North Canaan businesses. Some of the events are highlighted below.
The Commerford’s Carnival at Lawrence Field will be from July 8 to 10. There will be carnival rides, games, a petting zoo and elephant and camel rides. Food will be sold by Kristen Marie’s and the Northwest Detachment Marine Corps League to benefit its scholarship fund.

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Whiting Arches are little-seen engineering achievement

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NORTH CANAAN — A remarkable feat of engineering rose high above Canaan Valley 140 years ago. Embodying strength, purpose and beauty, it has endured in near perfect condition to this day. But few have seen or even heard of the Whiting Arches.
The mysterious double tunnel has gotten a modicum of attention lately, with the more than 54 acres of land that surround the arches on the market.

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Adjustments to regs are needed for Mountainside to grow

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NORTH CANAAN — A public hearing will be held Monday, July 11, at 7 p.m., prior to the regular Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) meeting.
The commission is seeking to make some adjustments to correct irregularities in the zoning regulations, which were discussed at its June 23 meeting. One that signifies an actual change is proposed to allow Mountainside Addiction Treatment Center to expand onto an adjacent piece of property.

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Eighth-graders at NCES look back, and ahead

By Karen Bartomioli
NORTH CANAAN — It was an evening not just for celebrating achievements, but also the talent and confidence that have been coaxed into blooming.
On June 16, the 29 members of the class of 2011 at North Canaan Elementary School spent their last official moments as eighth-graders looking back with tears, laughter and music.

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Maples take out power

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NORTH CANAAN — Granite Avenue residents were awakened at about 4 a.m. June 18 to loud and strange snapping sounds. Daphne and Geoff Drury looked out their window in time to see a flash as a massive maple tree limb across the street fell — and pulled wires from a pole-top transformer. That limb took additional limbs off a nearby tree, in front of the home of David and Robin Beaujon, who live on the corner of Granite Avenue and Orchard Street. Branches completely blocked Granite Avenue. Power was knocked out for 45 customers, according to the Connecticut Light & Power (CL&P) website.

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Fire district finances on stronger footing

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NORTH CANAAN — Things weren’t looking so good at the beginning of this year for Canaan Fire District finances. A newly completed sewer expansion had gone about a third over cost. The federal government had yet to approve a budget, and it was uncertain if additional loans and grants would be available. Hard times meant more tax liens than ever before, and fewer tax dollars coming in.
In anticipation last fall, the fee for those using the sewer was raised $35, to $270 per year.

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