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NORTH CANAAN – In most years, budget proposals come pretty close to actual spending expectations. This has been an unusual year for area towns, however, because there are so many questions about what the state will and will not fund and what additional fees the state will pass along to the municipalities.

The state budget isn’t expected to be ready until June or July, which is long after most towns have already voted on their own spending plans (which usually happens in May, as required by state law).

For that reason, it’s hard to get a fully accurate...

North Canaan

North Canaan man confesses to setting fires

cythiah@lakevillejournal.com

NORTH CANAAN — A 24-year-old man has confessed to setting multiple arson fires in the area (including one at the rental property on Railroad Street where he lives) during the month of October.
Anthony Stumbaugh Jr. told state police on Thursday, Oct. 20, that he had intentionally set three brush fires in North Canaan and an additional fire in Sheffield, Mass.

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Halloween village at Geer Village

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NORTH CANAAN — The Riva family’s miniature Halloween spooky town has become a Geer Village fixture. This is the 10th year that it’s been constructed in the lobby, to the delight of residents and (especially) to visiting youngsters, who are fascinated by the tiny decorations and the train. 
The train actually chugs around the village, if Bertha Riva is nearby to operate the complex  control system set up by her family members. 

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Stroll through North Canaan — in the 1800s

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NORTH CANAAN — Members of the Canaan Exchange Club took a “virtual” tour of North Canaan, thanks to a presentation by town historian Kathryn Boughton at their dinner meeting on Tuesday night, Nov. 1, at Geer Village.

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New whistlestop in town: Railway Cafe at Geer Village

NORTH CANAAN — The new Railway Cafe at Geer Village isn’t even officially open yet and already the fame of the Friday cinnamon buns has spread so far and wide that on Nov. 4, all the buns were gone by 9:45 a.m. And they had only gone on sale at about 8:30 a.m.

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From tiny seeds, a recycling program grows

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NORTH CANAAN — As we know, from little acorns grow mighty oaks. That seems to be the progress of a small seedling of an idea that was planted a year ago and that has grown vigorously and in somewhat unexpected ways.
Chef Brandon Scimeca used to be the head of the kitchen at Morgan’s at the Interlaken Inn in Salisbury. In recent years, he’s migrated toward North Canaan with his family. He is now the chef at the Plantin’ Seeds Farm Kitchen on Main Street — as well as the parent of a youngster at North Canaan Elementary School (NCES). 

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State offers funds to spruce up the center of town

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NORTH CANAAN — The state has promised to give North Canaan a grant for $450,000 as part of its Main Street Investment Fund program.
First Selectman Douglas Humes said the money will be used to repair and improve sidewalks on the west side of Railroad Street, from the corner to the former Jim’s Garage. 
The other side of the road, which Humes referred to as “the short side,” will get repairs if there is enough money left. 

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Crane and load led to arrest

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NORTH CANAAN —  Barlow Street resident Christopher Jordano was arrested on Oct. 13, charged with reckless endangerment relating to a large crane on his property. 

The crane extended up about 20 to 25 feet in the air. Attached to it was a large metal Dumpster container that was observed to be swaying in even moderate breezes. 

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Meal with message: Fire Prevention Week

NORTH CANAAN — There are lots of ways to say “thank you” to the volunteers who help keep our regional towns safe. Last Tuesday, the Canaan Fire Company firefighters got a special treat when Freund’s Farm, which is an owner in the Cabot Cooperative, cooked up a meal of macaroni-and-cheese and salad for them. 

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What new farm ordinance means for farmers, taxpayers

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NORTH CANAAN — At a special town meeting on  Tuesday evening, Sept. 27, voters unanimously approved a new ordinance that will allow farmers to get a bit of a break on their property taxes. 

The ordinance has two parts. 

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Celebrating the health of area dairy farms

EAST CANAAN — Freund’s Farm, an owner of the Cabot Creamery Cooperative, was one of many farms in the Tri-State area that opened its gates to the public on Sunday, Oct. 9. Other farms that held open houses —Laurelbrook Farm (just down the road from Freund’s), Blue Slope Farm in North Franklin, Conn., and several more — are also co-owners of the Cabot co-op.

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