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NORTH CANAAN — A tentative new finish line has been set for the reopening of the Canaan Union Station, more commonly known as The Depot. 

Doug Humes is president and trustee of the Connecticut Railroad Historical Association, and the former first selectman of North Canaan. In a phone interview on Monday, Aug. 6, he said that he is meeting with representatives from the state this week to go over the final plans. 

Humes said there are only a few items left to be completed by the contractors before the building is entirely finished and can get its certificate...

North Canaan

Blarney and an Irish band at Geer

Dave Paton and his musical colleagues entertained residents of Geer Village with Irish tunes in honor of St. Patrick’s Day, during a celebration held on Friday afternoon, March 16. Some of the residents, such as Richard Patz, dressed in silly splendor for the occasion.

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Region, board support choice of Roy for NCES

NORTH CANAAN — A replacement has been chosen for retiring North Canaan Elementary School Principal Rosemary Keilty. 
Region One School District Superintendent Pamela Vogel announced on Thursday, March 8, that the North Canaan Board of Education’s choice is Alicia M. Roy, who has been the superintendent of schools in New Fairfield, Conn., since 2010. 

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New rates at NC transfer station

NORTH CANAAN — It’a time for North Canaan residents to buy new transfer station stickers (they went on sale on Thursday, March 15). Once again, they are only available at the transfer station and not at Town Hall; the only exception is for commercial haulers, who should buy their stickers at the office of the selectmen at Town Hall. Payment is by credit card or check only, not cash. 

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Steering Tesla cars toward North Canaan

NORTH CANAAN — Selectman Christian Allyn announced a potential forthcoming partnership between the town of North Canaan and Tesla, Inc., at a meeting of the Canaan Exchange Club on  Tuesday, Feb. 20, at Geer. 
Tesla, an electric automotive company led by CEO Elon Musk, contacted the North Canaan zoning office shortly after Allyn’s election to the Board of Selectmen and proposed the Stop & Shop on East Main Street as an ideal location for a Tesla Supercharger station. 

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Tales of witches and magic in early Connecticut

NORTH CANAAN — Women who did not conform to contemporary gender roles were likely to be considered witches in Colonial New England, according to Peter Vermilyea. The author of “Wicked Litchfield” and a teacher at Housatonic Valley Regional High School, he spoke to the Exchange Club and Salisbury Rotary Club at Geer Village on Tuesday evening, Jan. 16.
Vermilyea said there are four documented cases of “witches” in Litchfield County in the mid 18th century.

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The human impact on a bird’s life

NORTH CANAAN — Successional habitats are critical for birds, and human development reduces the amount of such habitat.
That was the takeaway from a talk by Jane Seymour, a wildlife biologist for the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection and a steward at the Belding Wildlife Management Area in Vernon. She spoke at the Douglas Library in North Canaan on Saturday, Jan. 13 as part of Great Mountain Forest’s continuing series of lectures.

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Things looking up in 2018 North Canaan: Depot could be done soon

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.

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Estelle (Hecht) Wolk

NORTH CANAAN — Estelle (Hecht) Wolk, 83, died Dec.28, 2017, at her home surrounded by her family. She was the wife of Stanley Wolk.  

Estelle was born May 15, 1934, in Brooklyn, N.Y., daughter of the late Rose (Goldberg) and Hyman Hecht.

Estelle was an elementary school teacher and taught both in the Brooklyn, N.Y., school system and at North Canaan Elementary School.  She earned her master’s degree in early childhood education at Brooklyn College and was graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Summa Cum Laude.     

Checking it twice!

Santa Claus and his elves paid a visit to the VFW in North Canaan on Sunday, Dec. 10, for a community breakfast with crafts, face painting and good cheer. He greeted families, including Julie Barbato with her two little girls, Bryn, left, and Blair, right.

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Future goals and fate of sidewalks

NORTH CANAAN — Following the November election, which resulted in changes to the Board of Selectmen, the newly constituted board held its first meeting on Monday, Dec. 4, and learned of the loss of state funding for Railroad Street sidewalks.
Welcomed to the board by new First Selectman Charles Perotti were Christian Allyn and Craig Whiting, who each presented their vision for the town in lists of goals and projects.

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