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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

The name is misleading: It has new soul, too

NORTH CANAAN — Not everything at Old Soul in North Canaan is old. There are plenty of sparkling new items that would make excellent holiday gifts and stocking stuffers.  
But yes, as its name implies, the main mission of the shop is to find new homes for items that have already been owned and loved. It’s a perfectly appropriate mission for a store that resides in a space that for decades was home to Jim’s Garage, which was a destination for shoppers in search of “pre-loved” Subarus and other winter-worthy vehicles. 

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Moped accident closes Route 44

Following a moped accident on Wednesday, Nov. 22, Route 44 in North Canaan was briefly closed.
Richard Hodgson, 59, of North Canaan was traveling east on Route 44 at about 1:45 p.m. on a moped. According to the police report, he was traveling too fast for conditions and slid into the westbound travel lane. He was “ejected” from the moped, police said, and “his forehead collided into the paved surface.”
North Canaan ambulance transported him to Sharon Hospital for severe lacerations on his forehead.

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Thanking military veterans at NCES

NORTH CANAAN — Veterans from the area were invited to North Canaan Elementary School on Wednesday, Nov. 22, for a special ceremony hosted by the second-grade class.
The students sang songs and read aloud short essays they wrote about their gratitude to the servicemen and women for their service, and about their memories of the military veterans in their own lives.

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In case you missed it: Union Station will open soon (no, seriously)

NORTH CANAAN — It’s started and stopped but mostly stopped, but now that it’s rolling, the restoration of the former train station in the center of North Canaan is really moving. Though it has overshot its scheduled completion date by several months, anyone can see that the workers have made spectacular progress and soon the former North Canaan Union Station will really and truly be finished.

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Depot CO maybe this year

NORTH CANAAN — Work on Canaan Union Station is nearly complete, with a certificate of occupancy (CO)expected  soon, according to a report at the meeting of the North Canaan Board of Selectmen on Monday, Nov. 13.  

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For Doug Humes, retirement is a beginning, not an end

Doug Humes is the punch line of that joke about guys who don’t understand what it means to retire.  There was a retirement party for him on Sunday afternoon, Nov.19,at the Couch Pipa VFW hall in North Canaan, but he’s not really retiring. It was a good party, though.

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BOE sets broad goals

NORTH CANNAN  — At the regular meeting on Thursday, Nov. 9, the North Canaan Board of Education heard a review of the official strategic plan for the coming year at North Canaan Elementary School.
According to Principal Rosemary Keilty, the strategic plan stems from the regional plan.  
“Once the regional plan is in place, then the local strategic plan is developed,” she explained.

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North Canaan vets don’t rest on laurels

NORTH CANNAN — Military veterans are often men of action and so it was appropriate that several veterans in North Canaan celebrated Veterans Day (Saturday, Nov. 11) by doing good works for the community.
First there was the 11 a.m. ceremony at the Dough Boy monument in the center of town, where a crowd of about 35 people braved the cold to hear some words of praise and thanks fromCouch Pipa VFW Post 6851 Commander Kirk Harrington.

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Here comes Santa Claus … never mind how early

NORTH CANAAN —It isn’t just a feeling; the holiday season actually is barreling down on us more quickly this year, thanks to an earlier-than-usual Thanksgiving. For most of us, that just means a bit more of a rush to order a turkey. But for the North Canaan town crew, it meant getting an early start on putting up holiday lights and displays. 

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Sober house regulation fails on first try in NC

NORTH CANAAN — Strong opinions were expressed, sometimes at high volume, at a well-attended town meeting in North Canaan on Thursday, Oct. 26. 
The topic that drew such an emotional response was the regulation of sober houses in town. An ordinance had been drafted by town attorney Judith Dixon regarding the multi-user residences, referred to in the ordinance as “boarding houses.” 
Normally a town meeting is only an opportunity to vote, and not to discuss; discussion is supposed to take place only at public hearings. 

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