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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

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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Canaan Foundation awards grants

NORTH CANAAN — The Canaan Foundation recently awarded 30 grants totaling more than $30,000 to area programs that benefit residents of North Canaan.
Core services that received grants included the Canaan Fire Company and the North Canaan Ambulance Corps. The Canaan Fire Company Juniors received funding to participate in a fire academy, North Canaan Social Services office for emergency assistance, the Douglas Library and the North Canaan Beautification Committee.

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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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