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NORTH CANAAN— The first intern of 2017 at The Lakeville Journal is Morgyn Gasperini. 

Morgyn has just finished her first year at Curry College in Milton, Mass. She has since decided to transfer to Eastern Connecticut State University, where she plans to major in English. 

She grew up in North Canaan and is a graduate of North Canaan Elementary School and Housatonic Valley Regional High School. At Housatonic, she played field hockey and softball, and was a member of the FFA and the National Honor Society. 

 Morgyn is excited to join the team...

North Canaan

Seniors thank Scouts with treats

On Wednesday, Feb. 22, residents of Beckley House hosted Scouts from North Canaan Cub Scout Pack 22.  Last December, the Scouts raised funds and bought Christmas gifts for the seniors. Last week, the seniors treated the boys to donuts and hot chocolate as a thank-you.

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Syrian family makes great strides

NORTH CANAAN — Sean White and Leo Gafney, co-chairs of the Church of St. Mary’s Syrian Refugee Committee, joined a meeting of the Exchange Club of Canaan on Tuesday evening, Feb. 2. The two parishioners discussed how they helped bring Mahmoud and Alia Al Ghanem and their children to live in Salisbury and the notable progress that has occurred as the family has transitioned to life in the United States over the past six months. 

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Budget schedule is set, Sorrell elected to finance board

State Police Trooper Chris Sorrell was elected to the North Canaan Board of Finance at a special meeting of the board on Wednesday night, Feb. 8.
Sorrell is the resident state trooper for Salisbury. He lives in North Canaan with his wife and four children.
He is filling the seat that was vacated by Brian Ohler in January after Ohler was elected as the state representative for the 64th District. Sorrell will serve on the board until the municipal election in November, when town residents will vote for someone to fill the seat for the next four years. 

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Rule would increase safety of short-term recovery rentals

A new ordinance regulating multitenant rehabilitation and recovery facilities is being crafted by North Canaan Resident State Trooper Greg Naylor, Town Attorney Judith Dixon and Assistant State’s Attorney Judith Dicine.
In an interview at Town Hall last week, Naylor stressed that the proposed ordinance is not meant to discourage people who are in recovery from finding someplace to stay while they are either waiting for admission to a facility such as Mountainside or after they have completed their program.

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Fraud investigation at recovery center

NORTH CANAAN — The state police are investigating the possible theft of  funds from the Eden Hill Recovery Retreat in North Canaan.
The center’s owner, Dorothy Gay, contacted the police last February and showed them detailed financial records that indicated the center’s director had improperly written checks and taken cash from the company’s bank account. 
The director’s name is redacted in the police warrant; the investigation into her activities is ongoing, according to a police source. 

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Funds transfer, key to the town

A special town meeting was held on Tuesday, Feb. 7, to approve a transfer of funds to pay for a town property revaluation (which is required by state law).
The meeting was chaired by Town Clerk Caroline O’Connor; Craig Warner was the moderator. 
The only thing on the docket was the vote to authorize the $28,800 transfer.

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Celebrating good books and good winter weather

The annual community Read Aloud day snuck itself in neatly between bad weather events. The morning was damp and cool but snow-free on Wednesday, Feb. 8, when about 15 parents, business owners and other adults from the area came to North Canaan Elementary School to read selected books aloud to children in grades prekindergarten to six.

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Mental health, substance abuse assistance now in North Canaan

NORTH CANAAN — The McCall Center for Behavorial Health, which provides substance abuse and mental health treatment in Torrington, now has a satellite office on the Geer Village campus in North Canaan.
Matt Roy, who is the primary staff member for the new location, said McCall will provide outpatient treatment for individuals and groups, 18 years old and up, in both substance abuse and mental health. The office hours are Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, 4  to 9 p.m.

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Don’t forget the flowers

Naturally, one never expects to forget Valentine’s Day, and one always plans to buy flowers, candy, diamonds or whatever well ahead of that special day (which is coming up next week, on Tuesday).
Things do happen, however, and for anyone who finds himself (or herself, let’s not blame gender here) in need of a last-minute gift, it is good to know that Blue Hill Flowers will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Feb. 14. 

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Sunday fire destroys the Lone Oak office

NORTH CANAAN — A fire on Sunday morning, Feb. 5, destroyed the 50-year-old office building at the Lone Oak Campsite. Firefighters were able to stop the blaze before it destroyed the newer section, built in 1986, that houses the store, the nightclub and the recreation area.
Barry Brown, a co-owner of the campsite with his brother Peter, praised the firefighters for their quick response. 

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