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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.

The annual town meeting on the budget proposals —...

North Canaan

Tax rebate to be discussed Sept. 27

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NORTH CANAAN — Farm owners could get a tax rebate on some of their work-related buildings if a new ordinance is passed at a special town meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 27, at Town Hall at 7:30 p.m.
Two versions of the ordinance were drafted, with the advice of town attorney Judith Dixon and at the request of several farmers in town.

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Good, clean (wet) fun at annual PTO Fun Fest

cythiah@lakevillejournal.com

NORTH CANAAN — It was a cool and rainy Sunday, Sept. 18, perfect conditions for dunking teachers into a tank full of cold water on the lawn outside North Canaan Elementary School.
A number of faculty members gamely offered themselves up as victims and a number of students availed themselves of the opportunity to throw balls as hard as they could at the dunk tank lever. 

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Hoping a T-shirt will bring visitors to town

NORTH CANAAN — Mike Goman of Goman+York, the region’s economic development consultants, spoke about the use of collaborative workspaces at an Economic Development Committee (EDC) meeting on Thursday, Sept. 15, at Town Hall.

His discussion was prompted by an investigation of using the building at 95 Main St., known as the Canfield Building, as a collaborative workspace.

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Douglas Library is 195 years old (seriously!)

NORTH CANAAN — One evening in early May 1821, William Douglas sat in his home in North Canaan and made out his will. One of his bequests consisted of $400 to buy books for a new library and another $400 as an endowment to fund future expenditures.

The first purchase made with those funds was the four-volume “Travels in New England and New York” by Timothy Dwight, a former president of Yale College.

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From a nightmare fire to a dream come true

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NORTH CANAAN — First Selectman Douglas Humes remembers getting the late-night phone call, between Oct. 12 and 13 in 2001: The historic Canaan Union Station building was on fire.

He got dressed and rushed to the center of town.

“The sky was orange,” he said during a groundbreaking ceremony last Friday, Sept. 9, on the site of the building known informally as “the depot.”

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Heavy rain for 9/11 vigil

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NORTH CANAAN — As though the weather was adding its voice to the Sept. 11 observance at St. Joseph’s Church, the skies blackened and a heavy downpour punctuated the ceremonial playing of bagpipes and firing of cannons on Sunday morning.

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Small turnout for swap on a busy weekend

NORTH CANAAN — The late-summer rendition of the Musicians Swap at Lawrence Field was quite a bit smaller than the early-summer version at the end of June. 
On Saturday, Aug. 27, there were only three vendors and a smattering of shoppers. Mostly it was the musicians who were buying each others’ wares. 

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Dante, the original literary ‘rock star’

NORTH CANAAN — Not every author can be described as a literary “rock star.” This may be especially true in the context of medieval literature, the papacy  and political exile. But for Mark Scarbrough, “rock star” is the perfect way to describe Dante Alighieri — author of the classic, “The Divine Comedy.”
Scarbrough, who lives in Colebrook and is an enthusiast of Western literature and an accomplished author himself, reads Dante’s book every year.

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Contract signed, depot work will begin Sept. 14

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NORTH CANAAN — Work will begin, at last, on renovations of the historic Canaan Union Station. A contract was signed by the selectmen on Thursday, Aug. 25, with Lawrence Brunoli Inc. of Farmington.
The depot was partially destroyed by an arson fire in October 2001. Some work was done to stabilize the east-west wing, according to First Selectman Douglas Humes. Then funds were set aside for the project by Congresswoman Nancy Johnson  (who retired from the office in 2007).

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Stretch, learn at CCCC

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NORTH CANAAN — The youngsters at the Canaan Child Care Center (CCCC) were growing in every sense of the word this summer. 
About a dozen children were honored in a ceremony at Geer Village on Friday morning, Aug. 19. They had completed a year-long program at the center designed to prepare them for kindergarten. 

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