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NORTH CANAAN – The North Canaan Elementary School (NCES) Board of Education discussed a preliminary budget for the 2017-18 fiscal year on Thursday night, March 9. The fiscal year begins July 1.

The preliminary budget for NCES had a 6.7 percent increase ($288,322) over this year’s budget, but that number is expected to change. This does not yet factor in the North Canaan Board of Education’s share of regional education costs.

NCES Principal Rosemary Keilty pointed out that next year’s budget line for teacher wages shows a 10 percent ($199,060)...

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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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Hotels, health and Google Maps at EDC

NORTH CANAAN — Joanne Borduas, chief executive officer of the Community Health and Wellness Center of Greater Torrington, attended a meeting of the Economic Development Committee (EDC) at Town Hall on Aug. 18 to discuss bringing affordable medical services to North Canaan.

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Excellent year for honey, peaches

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NORTH CANAAN — Most people know of William Merriman as the “guy with the honey” that he sells from a shack beside his home on Route 44, near the Stop & Shop.

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Plunkett, Longwell earn 2016 Estabrook Award

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NORTH CANAAN — Gabriel Plunkett and Maddy Longwell were honored with the second annual Salisbury Rotary Robert Estabrook Internship Award. 
The award was part of an evening meeting of the Salisbury Rotary Club on Tuesday, Aug. 16, at Geer Village.

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Cookout for heroes and for those who love them

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NORTH CANAAN — It was hot on Sunday, too hot to cook indoors for certain, but not too hot to enjoy burgers and shaved beef with peppers prepared over a burning hot grill by Wayne Marshall.
But that wasn’t the only reason why a large crowd turned out on the afternoon of Aug. 14 at the Couch Pipa VFW. 

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Hat trick of summer fun at Sunset Series

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NORTH CANAAN — There are plenty of places to see and hear music outdoors in summer in the Northwest Corner, but the Sunset Series held at the VFW Couch Pipa post on Route 7 offers a trifecta of favorite summer evening activities.
There’s the music, of course (on Aug. 4, the band was K Mac and the Cadillas).

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BOS addresses Church Street risks, drought, depot progress

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NORTH CANAAN — Several recent car crashes on Church Street in the center of town are causing concern among homeowners on the street.
“It’s stressful,” said one woman who spoke during the public comment section of the meeting of the Board of Selectmen on Monday, Aug. 8.
She said that one couple just the other day had skidded on the road (“You could hear the telltale screech,” she said), and came to rest at the end of her driveway.

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