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NORTH CANAAN – In most years, budget proposals come pretty close to actual spending expectations. This has been an unusual year for area towns, however, because there are so many questions about what the state will and will not fund and what additional fees the state will pass along to the municipalities.

The state budget isn’t expected to be ready until June or July, which is long after most towns have already voted on their own spending plans (which usually happens in May, as required by state law).

For that reason, it’s hard to get a fully accurate...

North Canaan

BOS addresses Church Street risks, drought, depot progress

cythiah@lakevillejournal.com

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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Avast! Pirates take over Lone Oak Campsites

EAST CANAAN — Swashbuckling crowds of campers, children and adults alike, found their inner pirate at Lone Oak Campsites’ annual Pirate Adventure Weekend. On Saturday, Aug. 6, through Sunday Aug. 7, campers enjoyed a variety of pirate-themed events including treasure hunts, diving contests and a highly competitive cardboard boat race.

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Refurbished Troop B signs bring police and community together

NORTH CANAAN —  Lt. William R. Baldwin Jr., commander of the State Police Troop B Barracks, doesn’t only care about safety. He also cares about history and tradition, and he wants Troop B to look as spruce, attractive and welcoming as possible.
All these interests came together in his restoration of two historic signs at the barracks. 

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An abundance of pizza options with three restaurants

NORTH CANAAN — I’ve lived in the Northwest Corner all my life and it’s always seemed odd to me that a town as small as North Canaan should have three pizza restaurants. 

According to 2005 U.S. Census data, North Canaan has a population of 3,392. Since it has three pizzerias this means that the PPP for the town (people per pizzeria) is 1,130. 

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Planting the seeds for an ‘edible garden’ at NCES

NORTH CANAAN — North Canaan Elementary School has partnered with Plantin Seeds to create an “edible garden” at the school. 
Construction of raised beds was started last week. The builders hope to have it up and running for the beginning of the school year.

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Bees, milk, water and more at 4-H talks

NORTH CANAAN — The Litchfield County 4-H club held an event at the Douglas Library on Friday, July 22, as part four in a series of talks on food health and sustainability. 
These events are, according to talk leaders Meghan Tanner and Kathryn Meinert, aimed at youths with the goal of educating them on subjects such as food sustainability and proper diet. 

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Nader : Changing the world, 1 percent at a time

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NORTH CANAAN — What kind of car does Ralph Nader own? As it turns out, he doesn’t own a car, according to a spokesperson from his office in Winsted.
However, he still needs to get around, and for his talk on Saturday, July 23, at the Douglas Library in North Canaan (and other area libraries) he arrived in a Mazda 3 — sporty, yet fuel efficient. And, presumably, safe. 

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America’s agrarian rebellion, 230 years ago

NORTH CANAAN — On the night of Feb. 26, 1787, an armed party of angry New England farmers embarked on a march through the Berkshires. The events of the next day bookended one of the first anti-government protests in the United States, known as Shays’ Rebellion.
On the night of Friday, July 15, 229 years later, historian and naturalist Tim Abbott wore the same garb as his early American predecessors. However, he wasn’t angry, nor was he about to march.

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The show goes on at Railroad Days

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By Cynthia Hochswender 
and Karl Grannan
 
NORTH CANAAN -— The 52nd annual Railroad Days got a wet send-off on Sunday, July 17, the final day of the 11-day townwide celebration. The weather had dramatic highs and lows for this year’s events, with the sun baking the ground at Lawrence Field on some days and with torrential rain on others.

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There’s no drama with llamas at AHA!

NORTH CANAAN — “We’re going to learn about llamas, pet the llamas, walk with them .…” 
Debbie Labbe stood before the children of Camp AHA! at North Canaan Elementary School, last Friday, July 15, flanked by two friends: Theo and Jack, one furred in snow white, the other a rusty red, both with long ears and long necks. 

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