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NORTH CANNAN  — At the regular meeting on Thursday, Nov. 9, the North Canaan Board of Education heard a review of the official strategic plan for the coming year at North Canaan Elementary School.

According to Principal Rosemary Keilty, the strategic plan stems from the regional plan.  

“Once the regional plan is in place, then the local strategic plan is developed,” she explained.

Four broad goals will guide the coming year, Keilty said. The goals include implementation of a “guaranteed and viable curriculum” that conforms to...

North Canaan

Five decades of Railroad Days fun in North Canaan

NORTH CANAAN —  Railroad Days, now in its 53rd year, is in full swing. The celebration began Wednesday, July 5, with activities such as a pet photo contest, farmers market, sales at stores and of course the carnival. 

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Slide arrival

Mason Hildreth, 3, and Mark Hildreth slid down the slide at the Railroad Days carnival in North Canaan on July 6. A schedule of remaining events appears in Compass this week. Another photo, story, Five decades of Railroad Days fun in North Canaan.

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NCES school board faces painful budget cuts

NORTH CANAAN — The North Canaan Board of Education met on Wednesday, June 21, at North Canaan Elementary School (NCES) to discuss more cuts to their budget. 
After the budget was defeated on June 7, the Board of Finance determined that the boards of selectmen and education need to cut an additional combined 1 mill, or $325,000, from their budgets. The town has been hit hard by state spending cuts; North Canaan requires significantly more state funding than other Region One towns.

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Fun for kids at Camp AHA!

NORTH CANAAN — North Canaan’s weekly summer day camp kicked off on Monday, June 19. Camp AHA!, run by Lynn Nania, is located at North Canaan Elementary School in the middle-school classrooms, outside on the playground and over by the town pool.

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Bike and car show a roaring success

Matt’s Ride to Recovery, a motorcycle ride and car show held on Sunday, June 25, at the Couch-Pipa VFW in North Canaan, benefited Matt Norton. 
Norton was injured in a motorcycle accident in Sharon on April 29 and has been moving between Hartford Hospital and a nursing hospital since. According to a post on the event’s page by Daniellea Abou-Hamzy (one of the organizers of the event), Norton is beginning to walk and talk again.

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Come on and get your free ride

NORTH CANAAN — The Hotchkiss School in Lakeville has donated bicycles to Pilgrim House/North Canaan Congregational Church/and Closets. The bikes will be cleaned and fixed up and then given at no cost to people who need them.  To get a bike, fill out an application any Wednesday at the Pilgrim House.

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Memories of a longtime town tradition: RR Days begins on July 5

Railroad Days has been the event of the summer in North Canaan for as long as I can remember, which is only roughly 16 of the 53 years it has been running. As the daughter of a former North Canaan fire chief, the Firemen’s Parade has always been the highlight of my year. This year’s two-week-long celebration promises to be better than ever, with a number of new and returning events.

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Depot will be open for tours on July 15

Sixteen years have passed since the historic railroad depot in North Canaan burned down, leaving an emotional and physical gap in the center of town.
After years of fundraising and paperwork and setbacks, work is nearly complete. Sure, there have been plenty of delays. The original deadline has been pushed forward to Sept. 1.
But things are moving along and the depot will definitely be open for tours on July 15, probably from noon to 2 p.m., during the annual townwide Railroad Days celebration. 

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Starting over on budget plan

NORTH CANAAN — In the wake of the June 7 annual town meeting — when voters rejected the 2017–18 budget as proposed by the boards of education and selectmen — the finance board directed those boards to begin their budget processes again, and to reduce proposed expenditures by one mill, or $325,000. The decision was announced at the June 14 meeting of the Board of Finance.

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Passion, perseverance and friendship for Class of 2017

NORTH CANAAN — The 29 students in the North Canaan Elementary School (NCES) Class of 2017 gathered on Friday, June 16, to celebrate the end of their eighth-grade year and their promotion to high school. 
Surrounded by family, friends, NCES faculty and staff, the eighth-graders began the ceremony with a procession into the gym and a welcome by classmate Jacob Simonds. 
“In many ways, we have been preparing for this day since our arrival nine years ago,” he said. 

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