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Only a few small hurdles remain before the former Canaan Union Station, better known as The Depot, is open again.

First Selectman Charlie Perotti, who has been the project manager for the town on the project in recent years, did a walk-through last week and pointed out the night-and-day differences in the building and noting the few tasks that remain.

The original station burned in an arson fire in 2001, just a few weeks after the terror attacks on Sept. 11 of that year. The Depot fire was set unintentionally, by some local boys, but it had a devastating impact on this...

North Canaan

Elm trees get their shots

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The Elm Watch team performed a macro-injection of fungicide into North Canaan’s two remaining great elms last Wednesday, July 26. 
Elm Watch founder Tom Zetterstrom described one as “the sentinel American elm.” It is on the North Canaan Corner Green, near the appropriately named intersection of Elm Street and North Elm Street. 
“It is 38 inches in diameter at breast height and approximately 70  feet tall,” Zetterstrom said.

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Public hearing Aug. 9 for new North Canaan budget

NORTH CANAAN — After accepting the revised budgets of the selectmen and the Board of Education, the North Canaan Board of Finance has scheduled a Wednesday, Aug. 9, public hearing on the revised budget. 
At that hearing, residents will have an opportunity to ask questions and offer comments on both revised budgets. 
The public hearing will begin at 7:30 p.m. at Town Hall.

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Cows and canines at Jack Brown Fair

EAST CANAAN — Northwest Corner 4-H-ers were rewarded with a sunny day on Sunday, July 23, for the annual Jack Brown Fair, held at the East Canaan Congregational Church. Every year, youngsters bring their dogs and dairy cattle to the informal event, which kicks off the agricultural showing season. Local fairs such as this are followed by county, state and then regional fairs.
The dairy show, which is the main part of the Jack Brown Fair, consisted of breed class and showmanship. 

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Fairy expo fundraiser for History Center

NORTH CANAAN — North Canaan’s Cranford Club held its very first fairy expo this past Saturday, July 22, as a fundraiser to benefit the Canaan History Center. 
The event attracted a crowd of parents and children for an afternoon of activities that included a costume contest, bubbles, wand decorating and story time with the Fairy Godmother herself. 
There was a silent auction of small fairy gardens, all handmade by members of the community and the Cranford Club as well as children who attend the AHA! summer program. 

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N. Canaan Board of Finance still struggling with budget cuts

NORTH CANAAN — Voicing concern about program sustainability in the face of cuts to the proposed 2017–18 budget, the Board of Finance met Wednesday, July 12, to hear how the boards of education and selectmen propose to lower the amount of total increase in the town’s taxes by 1 mill.  The original budget proposal carrying a 4 mill increase was rejected by voters at a June 7 town meeting.
The current mill rate is 27.5. 

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Burglary investigation leads to arrests

NORTH CANAAN — On May 16, Trooper Greg Naylor was dispatched to a residence on Norfolk Road (Route 44) in East Canaan on a report of a burglary. The residents said a chain saw, a leaf blower and a string trimmer had been stolen from their garage, which is normally unlocked.

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Firefighters in step

Members of the East Hartland Volunteer Fire Department were among participants in the annual North Canaan Firefighters Parade on Saturday, July 15.

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Railroad Days ends with a bang

NORTH CANAAN — There was a large turnout for the Canaan Fire Company annual firefighters parade on Saturday, July 15, which included fire units from around Connecticut, Massachusetts and New York and featured marchers and trucks.
Next to the parade, the McDonald’s/Canaan Auto Supply Cruise Night was in full swing. There were about 70 vehicles on display, including a 1965 Compact Shelby Cobra and Tom Jaycox’s Jaguar XK 120 roadster (Jaycox is the owner of Jaycox Jaguar in North Canaan). 

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Museum, brewery in the works at train station

Of course everyone was keen to see the inside of the refurbished Union Station train depot; it was the end of the 53rd Railroad Days events, after all.
Selectman (and project manager) Charlie Perotti led tours of the interior on Saturday, July 15. 
“It’s been an uphill battle, but we are finally gaining on it,” he said, referring to the many years it has taken to get construction underway. Almost 16 years since the fire, the station looks whole, at least from the outside.  

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Tour the new/old Canaan Union Station on July 15

NORTH CANAAN — Renovations to the Union Station train depot in North Canaan are nearly complete. The selectmen announced at their meeting on Monday, July 3, that the public is invited for a grand tour of the building on Saturday, July 15, between noon and 2 p.m. as part of this year’s Railroad Days festivities (a full schedule of Railroad Days events can be found in this week’s Compass arts and entertainment). 

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