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NORTH CANAAN — In the wake of the June 7 annual town meeting — when voters rejected the 2017–18 budget as proposed by the boards of education and selectmen — the finance board directed those boards to begin their budget processes again, and to reduce proposed expenditures by one mill, or $325,000. The decision was announced at the June 14 meeting of the Board of Finance.

At the town meeting, residents rejected a tax increase of four mills over their current 27.5 mill rate. The state of Connecticut has cut $1.4 million in grants and aid that North Canaan has...

North Canaan

Year in Review: 2016: Sharon Hospital a nonprofit again

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SHARON — In September, Sharon Hospital announced that it would return to not-for-profit status by joining HealthQuest, a nonprofit health care provider based in the mid-Hudson Valley.
Sharon had converted to a for-profit hospital (the first in the state) in 2002.
The senior staff at the hospital remained in place, including Peter Cordeau, who has been Sharon Hospital’s CEO since last November; CFO Christian Bergeron and Lori Puff, the hospital’s chief nursing officer. 

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New regional grading system discussed

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NORTH CANAAN — A new system for grading students in the regional schools was explained to members of the North Canaan Board of Education at their meeting on Thursday night, Dec. 8.
Assistant Superintendent Pamela Vogel has presented the plan to all the school boards in the six towns in the past month. 
The idea is forthe six elementary schools and the regional high school to have similar methods and standards. 

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Famous author ‘trains’ young readers

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NORTH CANAAN — Students at North Canaan Elementary School will benefit from a grant from the bestselling author James Patterson.
School Librarian Alexandra Juch told the Board of Education at their meeting at the school on Thursday night, Dec. 8, that she had been encouraged by Principal Rosemary Keilty to apply for the funds, which are given in partnership with the Scholastic Reading Club under the name of the Patterson Partnership Grant. This is the second year the grants have been offered to elementary and high schools across America.

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Pearl Harbor: So we don’t forget

NORTH CANAAN — About two dozen people gathered at the Doughboy Monument on the evening of Wednesday, Dec. 7, to commemorate the lives lost during the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. 
The sky had an eerie glow as Isadore “Izzy” Tadiello laid a wreath before the statue under a December twilight mixed with oranges and grays. It was a setting pulled from the screen at a movie theater — far different from the theater of war Tadiello was pulled into 75 years ago.

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Solving the mystery Becton Dickinson and what it does

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NORTH CANAAN — Members of the 21st Century Fund of Housatonic Valley Regional High School were invited to take a tour of Becton Dickinson last week, on Wednesday, Nov. 30. 

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The feeling’s right at Ladies Night

NORTH CANAAN — Stadium System’s annual Ladies Night, held this year on Wednesday, Nov. 30, attracted about 45 shoppers for an evening of  food, beverages, sales, raffles  and (best of all) chair massages. What better way is there to balance the stress of holiday shopping than sitting face-down in a massage chair while a professional kneads out the holiday knots? 

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Selectmen review plan for NCES expansion

NORTH CANAAN — The Board of Selectmen discussed a plan for building a new swimming pool, gymnasium and playground at North Canaan Elementary School (NCES) during a regular board meeting on Monday, Nov. 14.
The current gymnasium, built in 1954, would become the school’s auditorium (it already has a stage and is used that way when it’s not being used as a gym).

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Ho-ho-holidays are here

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NORTH CANAAN — The first of the 2016 season’s holiday parades was held in North Canaan on Sunday, Nov. 27. 
Most other towns in the area will have their ceremonies this coming weekend; for a listing of times and places see this week’s Compass arts and entertainment section. 

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From Boy Scout to Eagle Scout

NORTH CANAAN — An Eagle Scout Court of Honor was held on Saturday, Nov. 26, at Couch-Pipa VFW, to celebrate Michael Shawn O’Connor Jr.’s transition from Boy Scout to Eagle Scout. 
More than 60 people were in attendance for the ceremony, including friends, family, his Boy Scout troop (Troop 22) and the Marine Corp League Northwest Detachment. 

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Here comes Santa Claus!

Santa Claus brought lovely, mild weather for the season’s first parade of lights, in North Canaan on Sunday, Nov. 27. He hitched a ride on this festive truck decorated by Arnold’s Garage. For more photos, turn to Page A8. For a complete listing of holiday festivities, look in this week’s Compass arts and entertainment section.

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