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NORTH CANAAN — Flag Day was celebrated across the nation on  Friday, June 14 — the date that is also the anniversary of the founding of the United States Army in 1775, 244 years ago.

The members and friends of Couch Pipa VFW Post in North Canaan chose to honor the day with a combination of joyous celebration and solemn ceremony.  

Starting at 6 p.m., the VFW Auxiliary members cooked up and served hot dogs, hamburgers and drinks served from the bar in the pavilion. After dinner, Las Vegas-based blues musician Chris Tofield performed.

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North Canaan

Filmmaker hopes for a horror classic, set in Berkshires

EAST CANAAN — An almost-full-moon rose over the deep woods, semi-obscured by a creepy late autumn mist. Fog rolled over the cleared fields around the former Canaan Valley Sporting Club, a dilapidated and sprawling building that is now a private residence. 
It was a dark and creepy night. 
The conditions were perfect for a stabbing by a deranged maniac in the basement of a house on a dirt road in the middle of nowhere. 
“It went great,” filmmaker Anthony Ashmore said of the (for-film-only) killing. 

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Hearing on Metcalf activities continues to Nov. 20

NORTH CANAAN — Whether the North Canaan zoning enforcement officer (ZEO) acted in accordance with policy and procedures with regard to the B. Metcalf paving company at their 15 Allyndale Road property, was the subject of a public hearing led by the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA).  
The hearing was opened on Thursday, Oct. 18, when testimony was heard and evidence submitted by Steve Allyn, the ZEO at the time that the issue arose.

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For 90 years, they’ve had their ducts in a row

EAST CANAAN — When William Perotti started his humble plumbing business back in 1928 with just two employees, it was more than a pipe dream. It was the start of a family legacy.

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Cupcake contest for a cause on Nov. 3

NORTH CANAAN — There are those of us who celebrate Halloween with cupcakes frosted and decorated like small pumpkins. Of course, fresh-baked goods are verboten as trick-or-treat give-aways because, sadly, only wrapped goods can now be handed out.
But a home for those small cakes can be found and they can even do good work, by supporting the Pilgrim House in North Canaan, which is home to both Fishes & Loaves Food Pantry and Closets, which has clothing and household goods for families in need. 

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Advice from a baseball great: Have fun and be kind

NORTH CANAAN — Baseball legend Steve Blass made an appearance at North Canaan Elementary School on Thursday, Oct. 4, to honor two students who shared the Little League pitching award in 2018.
Blass pitched for the Pirates from 1964 to 1974, and won two games in the 1971 World Series. He has worked as a Pirates broadcaster for more than 20 years.

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Body of missing man found

NORTH CANAAN — The State Police reported on Wednesday morning, Oct. 3, that they had recovered the body of German Perez in the Housatonic River, about one mile south of the spot in the river at North Canaan where his truck was found on Wednesday, Sept. 26.
Perez, 60, disappeared on Tuesday evening, Sept. 25, during that evening’s heavy rains. 
His truck slid into the Housatonic River at Lawrence Avenue in North Canaan that evening, probably between 6:30 and 7 p.m. 

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Town improvements discussed by North Canaan selectmen

NORTH CANAAN  — Trash receptacles, streetlights, and knotweed were discussed at the Board of Selectmen’s meeting in North Canaan on Monday, Oct. 1. All three topics involved needed improvements for the town’s residents.
Responding to residents’ concerns about the lack of trash receptacles in the commercial district, Selectman Craig Whiting said he has been looking into smaller bins that would collect hand-held pedestrian discards and dog waste in plastic bags, but would not encourage deposits of household trash. 

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Body of German Perez found in Housatonic

NORTH CANAAN — The State Police reported on Tuesday morning, Oct. 3, that they had recovered the body of German Perez in the Housatonic River, about one mile south of the spot in the river at North Canaan where his truck was found on Wednesday, Sept. 26.
Perez, 60, disappeared on Tuesday evening, Sept. 25, during that evening’s heavy rains. 
His truck slid into the Housatonic River at Lawrence Avenue in North Canaan that evening, probably between 6:30 and 7 p.m. 

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ZBA to hear B. Metcalf Paving plan Oct. 18

NORTH CANAAN — The North Canaan Zoning Board of Appeals will hold a public meeting about concerns over operations at the B. Metcalf Paving company. 
There have been accusations that the company is doing work that is not allowed under zoning regulations.
The public meeting will be held at North Canaan Town Hall on Thursday, Oct. 18, beginning at 7p.m.

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