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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

Piano shop moves to Main Street

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NORTH CANAAN — It’s always great to see an empty downtown storefront filled. And in recent years, efforts to attract shoppers have been helped tremendously by business owners decorating and lighting their front windows.

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Read Aloud Day celebrates 20th year

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NORTH CANAAN — The 20th annual Read Aloud Day at North Canaan Elementary School was held Wednesday morning, Feb. 9.
Twenty-four adults from the community and from North Canaan businesses came in to read to children, and to tell the students a little bit about their lives and the work they do.
The new books were purchased by the Northwest Connecticut Chamber of Commerce through a grant from the Alcoa Foundation and donated to the school library.

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Second study planned for Housatonic rail line to NYC

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NORTH CANAAN — The Housatonic Railroad Company is taking its move toward re-establishing passenger train service here another step forward.
It has launched a study of the benefits the service would provide for communities along the New York City to Pittsfield route. An earlier feasibility study determined about 2,000,000 one-way trips would be taken annually.

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Community steps up to help Dillons

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NORTH CANAAN — A local family struggling to rebuild after a fire damaged their home and business last month has been buoyed by support from the community.
Jenn and Marc Dillon and their sons, Aidan, 9, and Ian, 2, were left homeless, and their day care center was put in a holding pattern Jan. 24 when a fire left their second-floor living quarters with severe smoke and water damage.
Toddlers in the Puddle Jumper Day Care Center that Jenn Dillon runs on the first floor were safely evacuated to neighbor Beth McGuire’s home.

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Teamwork, and a custom-made roof rake

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NORTH CANAAN — “Lucky” is the word used time and again to describe how the town is faring in the face of record snowfall. No major issues were reported as of earlier this week.
First Selectman Douglas Humes credited a cooperative effort toward keeping roofs and roads clear (as well as downtown sidewalks and parking), and a unique “contraption” devised by a local farm.
“The town crew and [Canaan] Fire District and the merchants have been working together to make sure people can park and get to businesses. All things considered, it hasn’t been that bad,” Humes said.

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Who gets notification calls in an emergency?

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NORTH CANAAN — A recent emergency evacuation has prompted a closer look at mass notifications.
When an industrial-sized propane tank leaked at the Specialty Minerals plant Jan. 22, residents and businesses within a one-mile radius received two calls that morning through Litchfield County Dispatch (LCD), the region’s 911 emergency service. One call advised them of the incident and suggested they leave the area. Another, about 90 minutes later, announced that the crisis had been resolved.

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