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NORTH CANAAN — Members of Northwest Marine Detachment 042 gathered at the Couch Pipa VFW center in North Canaan on Tuesday  night, Oct. 1, to surprise Russell Duntz by honoring him as the Marine of the Year.

Nick Gandolfo presented Duntz with a plaque and a ceremonial sword. Gandolfo was the detachment’s Marine of the Year two years ago. Last year’s Marine of the Year, Brian Richardson, has passed away so it was up to Gandolfo to do the honors on Tuesday. 

Gregg Timms, who is Litchfield County Commandant for the Northwest Detachment,...

North Canaan

Budget down 1.8 percent; concerns raised

karenb@lakevillejournal.com

NORTH CANAAN — It was a thought-provoking public hearing April 26 on proposed 2011-12 spending. Town and North Canaan Elementary School budget proposals total $6,526,058 — a decrease of 1.8 percent over the current budget.
Another $3,657,539 is the town’s share of spending for the high school and other regional education services. Voters in the six Region One School District towns went to the polls May 3 to decide on that budget, which totals $14,679,097.

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Two new trees for North Canaan school arboretum

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NORTH CANAAN — The 21st Earth Day/Arbor Day Celebration at North Canaan Elementary School always feels like the first real day of spring. The morning of April 29 was no exception, with warm sunshine chasing away the morning’s chill, and leaves about to burst forth as if waiting for this day.
Everyone headed out to the west side of the school, where not one but two American Hophornbeam trees were newly planted.

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Public awareness award for Elm Watch founder Tom Zetterstrom

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NORTH CANAAN — The annual Arbor Day/Earth Day celebration will be held at North Canaan Elementary School (NCES) Friday, April 29. It promises to be as moving as ever, with the entire school gathering outside to welcome a new tree to the arboretum that has been created there.
It will hardly be the same without the man who started it 21 years ago: former NCES student Tom Zetterstrom. But he could not have a better reason for not attending. On April 30, he will be in Nebraska to receive the 2011 Public Awareness of Trees Award from the Arbor Day Foundation.

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New site offers NC sports info

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NORTH CANAAN — A new website for town recreation activities is up and running, and promises lots of ways for community members and town officials to give and get information.
New Recreation Director Adam Bunce will manage the website at www.stadiumroar.com/northcanaanrec.
At the site, athletes can register for teams and coaches can sign up their teams. There will be group discussions, a calendar, scores and stats. People can sign up for email notifications and find out what sports are available and when.

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A trip round the bases at Fenway to help injured vets

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NORTH CANAAN — Next month, Rebecca Cahill and Erin Fowler will participate in the Run to Home Base at Fenway Park in Boston for the second year. And this time, they’re bringing a whole team along.
On May 22, they will be joined by Rebecca’s husband, Donald, and Caleb Huff and his girlfriend, Chelsea Happ. Huff was their inspiration last year. He was serving in Afghanistan then and came home in February.

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Town considers aid for Wangum Village upgrades

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NORTH CANAAN — Nothing but support was expressed for planned upgrades to the Wangum Village housing complex during an April 20 public hearing at Town Hall.
The subject of the hearing was an application for a $700,000 grant from the state Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD).
The positive response to the plan wasn’t completely surprising, since pretty much everyone in attendance was either representing the town or Wangum Village and the North Canaan Housing Authority, or is a resident of the complex.

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Solution in sight for crosswalk controversy

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NORTH CANAAN – Issues at a crosswalk adjacent to North Canaan Elementary School seem to be on their way toward resolution. The solution to ongoing traffic problems at this location may be as simple as enforcement of the law and safety practices, combined with barriers and the installation of flashing lights.
But will making people more aware solve the problems, or will it take giving out tickets to those violating parking regulations, running crossing guard and street stop signs and disregarding a one-way street designation?

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Eager hunter

Lydia Fleming was more interested in the eggs than the prizes during the North Canaan Recreation Commission’s April 16 Easter Egg Hunt at Sam Eddy Field.

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Town has reduced spending —but so has the state

Budget hearing April 26
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NORTH CANAAN — Town and school budget proposals for 2011-12 will be presented at a public hearing April 26 at 7 p.m. at Town Hall.
It’s been a smooth process so far, with the boards of selectmen and education coming up with spending plans that bear no surprises or daunting increases.
The selectmen’s budget for municipal government expenses is down considerably, thanks mainly to the release of a $125,000 annual payment for the 1991 school addition bond.

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HVRHS students issue invites to a ‘senior’ prom

NORTH CANAAN — The Student Government Association at Housatonic Valley Regional High School is hosting Housy Happy Days. It’s a senior prom unlike any other, because only senior citizens are invited.
It will be held on May 21 at Geer Village from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. There will be dinner, dancing, a raffle and a chance to dress up and see friends. There is no charge to come; however, space is limited so tickets should be ordered as soon as possible.
For any questions or to order a ticket, call Sharon Veatch at 860-824-5123 ex. 171 or by email at sveatch@hvrhs.org.

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