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NORTH CANAAN — Uneven sidewalks and non-working streetlights were discussed by the North Canaan Board of Selectmen at their regular meeting on Monday, Aug. 5.

Selectman Craig Whiting had noticed a lack of adequate lighting for pedestrians during the recent townwide celebration of Railroad Days, noting that he himself had used his cell phone light to cross the railroad tracks.

“I’ve never seen the center of town so dark,” Whiting said. “The lighting is terrible.”

First Selectman Charles Perotti agreed, and noted that the...

North Canaan

State vs. town

Who will rule the wind?
karenb@lakevillejournal.com

NORTH CANAAN — A draft of regulations governing wind turbines got another review at the March 14 Planning and Zoning Commission meeting.
The commission members also approved a letter to be sent to the state, asking about how involved the Siting Council or other agencies will be in deciding where wind turbines can be built.
A wind turbine proposed by BNE Energy Inc. for a ridgeline location at Lone Oak Camp Sites was denied by Planning and Zoning last fall. The commission wanted to wait until the town had regulations governing the green energy source.

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First victory for the Beth Johnson bill in Hartford

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NORTH CANAAN — Raised House Bill 6499, which includes the so-called Beth Johnson bill, made it through committee at the state Legislature last week.
Johnson, a teacher at North Canaan Elementary School (NCES), proposed a separate kindergarten-through-grade-12 certification endorsement for computer and information technology teachers.
Johnson recently earned a master’s degree in computer education, but her basic certification, for kindergarten through grade six, would preclude her from teaching technology in a kindergarten-through-grade-eight school, such as NCES.

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Checkered flags for Scouts

NORTH CANAAN — Cub Scout Pack 22 held its annual Pinewood Derby on Saturday, March 19, at North Canaan Elementary School.
The derby is an annual Cub Scout event that many area packs participate in. The first derby was held in 1953; California Cubmaster Don Murphy came up with the idea as an activity for Scouts who were too young to participate in soap box derbies.

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The Beth Johnson Bill: a lesson in civics for teacher’s students

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NORTH CANAAN — Here in North Canaan, it’s called the Beth Johnson Bill. In Hartford, it is known, more anonymously, as Raised House Bill No. 6499. It’s a bit cold; but legislators at the state capital now have a face to put with the bill if and when it comes up for a vote.
As previously reported in The Lakeville Journal, Johnson is a sixth-grade teacher at North Canaan Elementary School who is setting a good example for her students by using the democratic process to try and change a contradiction in the way state education certification works.

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Fire put out

A shed fire on Patty Lane March 10 brought some tense moments as a neighbor, who saw flames shooting from the roof, alerted residents at a nearby house and tossed filled gas cans and a propane tank out of the way. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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Seed of a good idea takes root online

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NORTH CANAAN — For gardeners, there is a fifth season. It is spent shopping and envisioning the summer’s bounty they will reap, their minds temporarily escaping the dead of winter.

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Funding, building, depot on board’s agenda

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NORTH CANAAN — A lean budget proposal for lean economic times is what the Board of Selectmen plans to present to the Board of Finance March 22.
At their March 7 meeting, the selectmen set their first and only budget workshop date, anticipating a review of expenses for the 2011-12 fiscal year that will change little over current spending.
The fiscal year begins July 1.
A discussion was prompted during the comment section of the meeting by former Selectman Tom Gailes, who called for holding the line on taxes in any way possible.

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Energy savings bring budget relief

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NORTH CANAAN — Finances are the last place one expects to find good news right now, but it may be heartening to attend two 2011-12 budget presentations to the Board of Finance next week.
The Board of Selectmen are slated to unveil their proposal on Tuesday, March 22, at 7 p.m. at Town Hall — and it looks like they are coming in with a spending plan that is essentially the same as the current budget.

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Help wanted (and needed), as volunteers resign

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NORTH CANAAN — Resignations of two longtime town volunteers were accepted with regret by the Board of Selectmen last week.
There were plenty of accolades for Lynne Martin, who served on the Douglas Library Board of Directors for 35 years.
“I don’t think anyone has been more dedicated to the Douglas Library that Lynn Martin,” First Selectman Douglas Humes said.
It’s been nine years on the Recreation Commission for Earl Dakers, who “did a fantastic job,” Humes said.

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Fire District agrees: The sidewalks must be repaired

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NORTH CANAAN — Though much of the annual meeting of the Canaan Fire District on March 1 was devoted to finalizing paperwork for the latest sewer extension, everyone was on the same page as to where to focus next: sidewalks.
Sidewalks within the fire district (which includes all parts of North Canaan that are served by town sewer) are maintained by the district.

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