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NORTH CANAAN — The Canaan Union Station railroad history museum is chugging quietly forward, thanks to the efforts of a group of dedicated volunteers who meet every Saturday morning at the recently renovated space.

The station, known around town as the Depot, was burned in an arson fire in 2001, just weeks after the terror attacks of Sept. 11.

It took 18 years of red tape and delays by the federal government to rebuild the edifice, which is an emotional and geographical center of the town. 

In order to secure government grants, the building had to be...

North Canaan

New owners of Caddie Shack eager for spring

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NORTH CANAAN — Most Northwest Corner residents have been waiting anxiously for the snow to melt, but it’s probably safe to say that no one has been waiting for as long (four months) as the new owners of what used to be called the Snack Shack, on Ashley Falls Road (Route 7).
Jerry and Mary Ellen Baldwin of Salisbury and their daughter and son-in-law, Erin and Keith Ohler of North Canaan, bought the property last November from Keith’s father, David Ohler.

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North Canaan man extradited from U.S. Virgin Islands

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NORTH CANAAN — A former Northwest Corner resident was extradited from the U.S. Virgin Islands on a warrant stemming from an Aug. 22, 2010, incident in Torrington.
Frederick Pickering, 33, whose address in North Canaan was listed as 61 Foote Ave., was charged with second-degree sexual assault and first-degree burglary on March 2. The warrant had been pending since last September. Pickering was reported to have been arrested in December in St. Thomas by federal agents.

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Guilty plea in sexual assault case

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NORTH CANAAN — A North Canaan man will go to jail after pleading guilty to the sexual assault of a 15-year-old girl last summer.
Michael Laurel, 26, was sentenced at Litchfield Superior Court on March 4 to 18 months in prison, followed by 10 years probation. He agreed to plead guilty to second-degree sexual assault, significantly reducing the potential penalties for felony charges.
He was arrested Aug. 8, 2010, and charged with first-degree sexual assault, first-degree unlawful restraint and risk of injury to a minor.

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Teens find a way to socialize, help others

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NORTH CANAAN — A beach ball and some balloons were batted wildly; older brains edged out younger ones in games of trivia; and snow sculptures amazed all ages.
It was Giv2 Meets Geer on Feb. 27, and two or even three generation gaps were solidly bridged.
Giv2 (pronounced Give Squared) is a relatively new program, started about two years ago in Hartford through the United Church of Christ, Congregational (UCC). It is spreading quickly, as teenagers in grades seven through 12 welcome a chance to find a faith-based, meaningful way to socialize beyond Sunday mornings at church.

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Inland Wetlands nod received for wind turbine plan

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NORTH CANAAN — A proposed commercial wind turbine project received approval from the Inland Wetlands Commission Feb. 24.
The application by BNE Energy, Inc., of West Hartford only regards the access road planned for the rear of the Lone Oak Campsites property in East Canaan. The road would wind steeply up the side of Canaan Mountain to a ridgeline turbine site.

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Good news on sewer plan

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NORTH CANAAN — A public hearing and a town meeting will be held by the Canaan Fire District on consecutive nights next week.
A significant amount of regular business is expected to be accomplished, along with some unique items.
The fire district’s annual meeting will be held at Town Hall on Tuesday, March 1, at 7 p.m. The agenda includes the usual business of naming banks and depositories for district funds and choosing an auditor. Three slots on the executive committee are to be filled.

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Proposed law inspired by NCES teacher

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NORTH CANAAN — The state Legislature is working on a bill this session that was inspired by North Canaan Elementary School (NCES) teacher Beth Johnson.
Johnson, who attended NCES herself, currently teaches sixth grade, and she is certified to teach kindergarten through grade six. In Connecticut, teachers of students in grades seven and eight get a separate certification.

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Yes, you read that right Spending and energy use are down

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NORTH CANAAN — Energy savings are contributing to a school budget proposal for 2011-12 that is heading toward a decrease over current spending.
Plans are also in the works to make North Canaan Elementary School more energy efficient.
An energy audit conducted on town buildings recommended most of the windows at the school be replaced. Except for those in the 1991 addition, the windows are from the original 1955 construction. Swapping pneumatic heating system thermostats to digital ones was also recommended. The latter is estimated to save $29,000 per year.

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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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