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NORTH CANAAN — After the defeat of the 2017-18 budget proposals at a June 7 town meeting, budgets were reduced from a 4-mill increase to 3 mills over current spending. The reduced budgets were reviewed at an Aug. 9 public hearing. Following discussion, the finance board voted to schedule a Sept. 5 town meeting.

The Board of Education reduced spending by $190,410 and the selectmen reduced the municipal budget spending plan by $169,450, for a total of $359,860 in reductions. 

The new proposed budget total is $6,750,588. This includes $4,235,461 for education and $2...

North Canaan

Down and derby with the wooden racers

At the Pinewood Derby, boys don’t take the wheel so much as let go and watch gravity do its work. The key to victory in this miniature-car race is all in the preparation — and as the motto goes, a Boy Scout is always prepared. 
The Pinewood Derby is a yearly tradition that dates back to the car-obsessed 1950s. It pairs a bit of healthy competition with mechanical ingenuity (in lieu of big engines) and some old-fashioned craftsmanship. 

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Fishes and Loaves gets remodeled

Fish and Loaves on Granite Avenue, a program sponsored by the North Canaan Congregational Church, recently Fishes and Loaves underwent a complete remodeling. Most notable was the creation of new shelving units for the donated foods given to families in need.
“The goal was to increase storage and make it easier for the volunteers to keep track of the inventory,” said Supply Manager Kevin Farnham. 

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Seniors thank Scouts with treats

On Wednesday, Feb. 22, residents of Beckley House hosted Scouts from North Canaan Cub Scout Pack 22.  Last December, the Scouts raised funds and bought Christmas gifts for the seniors. Last week, the seniors treated the boys to donuts and hot chocolate as a thank-you.

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Syrian family makes great strides

NORTH CANAAN — Sean White and Leo Gafney, co-chairs of the Church of St. Mary’s Syrian Refugee Committee, joined a meeting of the Exchange Club of Canaan on Tuesday evening, Feb. 2. The two parishioners discussed how they helped bring Mahmoud and Alia Al Ghanem and their children to live in Salisbury and the notable progress that has occurred as the family has transitioned to life in the United States over the past six months. 

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Budget schedule is set, Sorrell elected to finance board

State Police Trooper Chris Sorrell was elected to the North Canaan Board of Finance at a special meeting of the board on Wednesday night, Feb. 8.
Sorrell is the resident state trooper for Salisbury. He lives in North Canaan with his wife and four children.
He is filling the seat that was vacated by Brian Ohler in January after Ohler was elected as the state representative for the 64th District. Sorrell will serve on the board until the municipal election in November, when town residents will vote for someone to fill the seat for the next four years. 

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Rule would increase safety of short-term recovery rentals

A new ordinance regulating multitenant rehabilitation and recovery facilities is being crafted by North Canaan Resident State Trooper Greg Naylor, Town Attorney Judith Dixon and Assistant State’s Attorney Judith Dicine.
In an interview at Town Hall last week, Naylor stressed that the proposed ordinance is not meant to discourage people who are in recovery from finding someplace to stay while they are either waiting for admission to a facility such as Mountainside or after they have completed their program.

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Fraud investigation at recovery center

NORTH CANAAN — The state police are investigating the possible theft of  funds from the Eden Hill Recovery Retreat in North Canaan.
The center’s owner, Dorothy Gay, contacted the police last February and showed them detailed financial records that indicated the center’s director had improperly written checks and taken cash from the company’s bank account. 
The director’s name is redacted in the police warrant; the investigation into her activities is ongoing, according to a police source. 

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Funds transfer, key to the town

A special town meeting was held on Tuesday, Feb. 7, to approve a transfer of funds to pay for a town property revaluation (which is required by state law).
The meeting was chaired by Town Clerk Caroline O’Connor; Craig Warner was the moderator. 
The only thing on the docket was the vote to authorize the $28,800 transfer.

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Celebrating good books and good winter weather

The annual community Read Aloud day snuck itself in neatly between bad weather events. The morning was damp and cool but snow-free on Wednesday, Feb. 8, when about 15 parents, business owners and other adults from the area came to North Canaan Elementary School to read selected books aloud to children in grades prekindergarten to six.

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Mental health, substance abuse assistance now in North Canaan

NORTH CANAAN — The McCall Center for Behavorial Health, which provides substance abuse and mental health treatment in Torrington, now has a satellite office on the Geer Village campus in North Canaan.
Matt Roy, who is the primary staff member for the new location, said McCall will provide outpatient treatment for individuals and groups, 18 years old and up, in both substance abuse and mental health. The office hours are Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, 4  to 9 p.m.

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