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NORTH CANAAN — Voicing concern about program sustainability in the face of cuts to the proposed 2017–18 budget, the Board of Finance met Wednesday, July 12, to hear how the boards of education and selectmen propose to lower the amount of total increase in the town’s taxes by 1 mill.  The original budget proposal carrying a 4 mill increase was rejected by voters at a June 7 town meeting.

The current mill rate is 27.5. 

The state has cut $1.4 million from the North Canaan allocation in state funding. To make up for that impact, the proposed budget...

North Canaan

Mr. Ohler goes to Hartford

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NORTH CANAAN — New state Rep. Brian Ohler (R-64) said that his first week at the Connecticut General Assembly was “very humbling.”
Ohler spoke with The Lakeville Journal by phone on Saturday, Jan. 7.
He said on the first official day on the job, Wednesday, Jan. 4, his girlfriend and his mother were on hand.

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Future for dairy farmers relies on youth

The Connecticut Dairy Summit was held on Jan. 3rd at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford. Twelve business, nonprofit and governmental organizations outlined the challenges and opportunities facing Connecticut’s dairy farms just one day before the start of the state’s legislative session. 

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Year in review 2016: Historic Changes

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NORTH CANAAN — Railroad Street, which hadn’t changed much in recent years, shifted around quite a bit in 2016, with new owners for several notable properties and some changes in business tenants.
Vibrant Health, which used to be in the brick building near the Cordial Shop, is a North Canaan success story — so much so that it outgrew the space and moved in December to Shelton, Conn. 

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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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