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NORTH CANAAN — The Canaan Union Station railroad history museum is chugging quietly forward, thanks to the efforts of a group of dedicated volunteers who meet every Saturday morning at the recently renovated space.

The station, known around town as the Depot, was burned in an arson fire in 2001, just weeks after the terror attacks of Sept. 11.

It took 18 years of red tape and delays by the federal government to rebuild the edifice, which is an emotional and geographical center of the town. 

In order to secure government grants, the building had to be...

North Canaan

Smorgasbord of fun on family night

NORTH CANAAN — Family Fun Night, an evening installment of the Railroad Days festivities in North Canaan, came and went on Thursday, July 26. 
As the name would suggest, this event was primarily focused on a younger audience. 
Family Fun Night, rather than being a single entity, was split into a number of different sub-events spread around Lawrence field.  

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Poetry, music and passion

NORTH CANAAN — Most days, Collin’s Diner co-owner Ameen-Storm Abo-Hamzy serves up breakfasts and lunches at the historic restaurant in downtown North Canaan, along with his sisters Doonia and Bader Abo-Hamzy.
But for the past 23 years, on one day of the town’s weeks-long Railroad Days, Abo-Hamzy sets up a stage in the diner’s parking lot to host the annual Poetry Is Music festival and celebration of life, a multi-cultural event.
This year the festival was held on Saturday, July 28. 

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Fun for all ages at classic summer carnival

NORTH CANAAN — The 2018 North Canaan Railroad Days kicked off on Wednesday, July 11, with sidewalk sales, concerts and other free activities around town.
Heavy rain on Tuesday, July 17, rained out the pool party, but the weather was perfect on Wednesday, July 18, the first day of the carnival.
The carnival ended on Saturday, July 21, just before heavy rains began that are expected to last most of this coming week. 

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The place to meet

The Railroad Days carnival in North Canaan offered rides, games, cotton candy and more, as, from left, Sage Wilson, Kelsey Humes and Kayleen Considine found last weekend. For full story and another photo, see Fun for all ages at classic summer carnival.

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New street lighting is under consideration

NORTH CANAAN — Proposed modernization of street lighting was discussed by the North Canaan selectmen at their regular meeting on Monday, July 2.
Many of the town’s streetlights are managed by the North Canaan Fire District, which has plans to replace the present high-pressure sodium bulbs with energy-efficient LED lights. 
Selectman Christian Allyn reported on details of the proposed project, estimated to carry a total cost of $18,000 to $20,000.

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New Eagle Scouts

NORTH CANAAN — Several Boy Scouts from the Northwest Corner of Connecticut achieved the highest honor in Scouting this past spring: the rank of Eagle Scout.
Warren Eichman of Boy Scout Troop 22 in North Canaan, Hunter Rego of Troop 1027 in Winsted and Nathan Winter of Troop 11 in Kent received this recognition at their respected Eagle Scout Court of Honor ceremonies, which have been held over the course of the last few months. 

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Struggle continues with drugs, alcohol

NORTH CANAAN — People in the Northwest Corner trying to get help for drug and alcohol addiction have fewer available resources than their counterparts in more populated areas.
This was one of the many unpleasant realities discussed at length during a Partners in Community Safety presentation at the Bitterman Center in North Canaan on Thursday, July 12.

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Hot, fast favorites from NC food truck

NORTH CANAAN — On the Fourth of July, Biffdaddy’s Roadhouse, a new restaurant, opened next door to the former Jim’s Garage on Railroad Street. 
What you might not expect is that this restaurant is in a trailer. From the inside of that trailer (a former food concession truck) owner and chef Biff Sisco serves a variety of hot, fast favorites, including Philly cheese steaks and Buffalo wings.  

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The complexities of domestic abuse

About 30 people gathered at the Bitterman Center in North Canaan on Thursday, June 28, for a talk on domestic violence.
Virginia Gold and Deanna Barry from Women’s Support Services (WSS) in Sharon gave a presentation they have done  at high schools in the region.

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Great Falls Brewery bubbling at Depot

NORTH CANAAN — Chris Tripler and Matt Bergfield were positively giddy with excitement as the large steel components for their future beer brewing operation were wheeled one by one into the future Great Falls Brewing Company at the former Canaan Union Station (aka The Depot).
It was Thursday morning, June 28, and the workmen had a temporary break from the heavy rains that had been drenching the Northwest Corner since Wednesday. 

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