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NORTH CANAAN — With subsequent hurricanes following hard on its trail, it’s easy to forget the devastation caused in Houston, Texas, and its surrounding towns by Hurricane Harvey, which blew through in the last days of August. 

But a group of humanitarians in North Canaan didn’t forget; and their earnest desire to help disaster victims there grew into a large truck full of everything from water to rakes to diapers and shampoo, all of which departed from North Canaan Elementary School on Sunday, Sept. 17.

The germ of the idea came from Debbie Martin,...

North Canaan

Searching for water for 100 years with Allyn & Sons

NORTH CANAAN — When Louis E. Allyn attempted to drill for oil a hundred years ago in New York state, he came up short. What he found instead, though, was water — and a lot of it.
Pressured to move on after his failure in one industry but success in another, Allyn brought his equipment back to his farm and home in East Canaan and again drilled down. Again, he got water.
Neighbors started asking him to drill wells and, as Louis’ grandson, John Allyn, said, “it was just kind of a domino effect” after that.

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A look inside the renovated depot

NORTH CANAAN — Selectman Charlie Perotti led a tour of the under-construction North Canaan depot on Tuesday, May 9. Perotti was not only the fire chief at the time the depot burned down in 2001, he has also been the selectman overseeing the project during the many (many) years the town has struggled to get federal funding to renovate the iconic building.
Visible progress has been made on the exterior, with colors chosen and applied to the east-end wall — yellow clapboards, red window sashes and green decorative arches above the windows. 

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Around the world and back: NCES concert

NORTH CANAAN — Students at North Canaan Elementary School showed off their musical talents at two concerts on Tuesday, May 9.
Youngsters in kindergarten and first grade, all dressed up in festive spring outfits, gave an afternoon performance under the leadership of veteran teacher Mary Davidson. It was an ambitious program with more than a dozen different songs, some of them traditional folk songs, some inspired by children’s author Dr. Seuss and a fun tune from Tin Pan Alley.

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Hats off to the winners at Run for the Roses

NORTH CANAAN — Stylish hats were the wardrobe item of the day on Saturday, May 6, as the Salisbury Rotary Club and Exchange Club of Canaan hosted a Run for the Roses event at Geer Village. 
More than just a social occasion and a chance to watch the Kentucky Derby on a large-screen television, it was also a fundraiser that will help the clubs offer scholarships to local students and make donations to area nonprofits.

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Setting a vision for North Canaan’s future

NORTH CANAAN — Connecticut state law requires every municipality to adopt or amend a Town Plan of Conservation and Development (POCD) every 10  years. Any municipality that passes the 10-year mark without acting on its POCD becomes ineligible for state discretionary funds (basically, any form of state grant).
The law lists nine requirements of the POCD, starting with it being “a statement of policies, goals and standards for the physical and economic development of the municipality.”

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Depot should be done by the end of August

NORTH CANAAN — Red tape, paperwork and bureaucracy have once again slowed progress at the former Union Station train depot in North Canaan — but there is an end in sight.
The renovation was supposed to be done by the middle of this month. And in fact, much of it has been completed (including an elegant green-yellow-red paint job on the east end of the building). 

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Big stars! Small town! At the movies — tonight!

NORTH CANAAN — The Colonial Theatre in North Canaan has had some ups and downs since it was built in 1923, back when Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin were at the height of their fame. With two-level seating inside, and a classic movie house marquee out front with letters showcasing film titles, the theater is a relic of an era when nothing was more exciting than a nightly visit to see what was playing on the big screen. It was a small town’s portal into the faraway world of Hollywood film stars. 

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Lasting ties for students, families through AFS

NORTH CANAAN — The Exchange Club of North Canaan hosted three students representing the AFS program at Housatonic Valley Regional High School (HVRHS) for a presentation at Geer Village on Tuesday, May 3. 
Vance Cannon, library media specialist at HVRHS and faculty advisor for the AFS Falls Village program, introduced German Sharabok from Stavropol, Russia, and Kristin Drees from Essen, Germany, who have spent the school year as sophomores at HVRHS. 

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Dark humor lightens tales of Colonial horrors

NORTH CANAAN — There was plenty of buzz over the weekend discussing the premiere of “The Handmaid’s Tale” — Hulu’s miniseries adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s grim and poignant novel of a future where a totalitarian America has cloistered women into the narrowest confines of servitude, childbirth and stolen identities.
Meanwhile, women at the Douglas Library in North Canaan were discussing those very themes — and they were laughing their heads off. It might sound a bit odd, and in the best way, it was.

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Planting roots on Arbor Day in North Canaan

NORTH CANAAN — The day will come, and perhaps it won’t be too far in the future, when there will be no room left for any new trees around North Canaan Elementary School (NCES) and Town Hall. 

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