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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. 

The state has cut $1.4 million from the North Canaan allocation in state funding. To make up for that impact, the proposed budget...

North Canaan

After the fire, Lone Oak back again for summer camping

NORTH CANAAN — Peter Brown, one of the owners of the family-run Lone Oak Campsites in North Canaan, joined a meeting of the Exchange Club of Canaan on Tuesday evening, April 18, at Geer Village. 
Brown’s grandfather, Abraham “Bucky” Brown, also a North Canaan resident, created Lone Oak Campsites on 150 acres in 1964, and the family purchased an additional hundred acres in 2008. 

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Looking back (and into the future) with Decker & Beebe

NORTH CANAAN — Decker & Beebe, the heating and appliance store that has earned its spot as a pillar of Northwest Corner home living, wasn’t always called Decker & Beebe. It actually started as Decker & Alvord, named for William Decker and J.H. Alvord, 110 years ago.
As Tom Schaefer, Decker & Beebe’s (D&B) current vice president, explained, Decker served as a butler in Norfolk before going to plumbing school in New York City and graduating in 1899.

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NCES education budget shows 3.1% rise

NORTH CANAAN — After thoughtful consideration of all proposed expenditures, on April 20 the North Canaan Board of Education voted to approve their 2017-18 budget proposal, which shows a 3.1 percent increase. The spending plan will be presented at a public hearing May 4 and then a town meeting June 7.
The proposed North Canaan education budget is  $4,432,350, an increase of $135,152 or 3.1 percent over the current year. 

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Budget public hearing May 4

NORTH CANAAN — At their meeting Wednesday, April 12, the North Canaan finance board agreed upon the public hearing and town meeting schedule for the 2017–18 budget proposals to be submitted to residents for approval in the coming weeks.
The finance board will hold a special meeting on Wednesday, April 26, to finalize the budget proposals in preparation for the public hearing on Thursday, May 4, at 7 p.m. During the public hearing, residents will hear presentations and have an opportunity to ask questions.

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Eichman steps up for Canaan Exchange Club

NORTH CANAAN — Every small town has its core group of individuals who are unwavering in their commitment to “show up” for their community, even when they can’t exactly plan for it.
In North Canaan, Wendy Eichman exemplifies that spirit.
When the Exchange Club of Canaan contacted Eichman a day before the club’s formal meeting and banquet dinner at Geer on April 4, asking her to step in to replace the event’s featured speaker, she said yes and showed up.

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Trash stickers at transfer station, not Town Hall

NORTH CANAAN — The Board of Selectmen announced at their regular meeting on Monday, April 3, that new transfer station stickers are available for $40 per sticker; residents over 62 years of age can get stickers for $20.
All stickers, except those for hauler vehicles, are sold at the transfer station, not Town Hall.
Any stickers purchased after June 1 will cost an additional $20.
Selectman Charlie Perotti gave an update on work at the depot, which he said is progressing well.

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Welcoming a friendly new face to Town Hall

NORTH CANAAN — Jean Jacquier is the new town clerk in North Canaan, replacing Carolyn O’Connor, who retired on March 27. 
It’s rare and noteworthy when a town gets a new town clerk. The training takes several years; learning the ins and outs and history of a town takes much longer. 
Jacquier had been the assistant town clerk since 1999. 

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Reviving the original ‘blog’

NORTH CANAAN — It was a low-tech situation in the upstairs room at the Douglas Library in North Canaan on Saturday, March 25, as Olivia Montoya coached a group of children — and a few adults — through the process of creating “zines.”
What’s a zine?
Montoya, a North Canaan resident who is taking a yearlong leave from Stanford University, defines a zine as “a self-published mini magazine that anyone can make.”

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A season of unknowns for budgets

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).

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BOE tries to balance difficult 2017-18 budget

NORTH CANAAN – The North Canaan Elementary School (NCES) Board of Education discussed a preliminary budget for the 2017-18 fiscal year on Thursday night, March 9. The fiscal year begins July 1.
The preliminary budget for NCES had a 6.7 percent increase ($288,322) over this year’s budget, but that number is expected to change. This does not yet factor in the North Canaan Board of Education’s share of regional education costs.

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