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NORTH CANAAN — With subsequent hurricanes following hard on its trail, it’s easy to forget the devastation caused in Houston, Texas, and its surrounding towns by Hurricane Harvey, which blew through in the last days of August. 

But a group of humanitarians in North Canaan didn’t forget; and their earnest desire to help disaster victims there grew into a large truck full of everything from water to rakes to diapers and shampoo, all of which departed from North Canaan Elementary School on Sunday, Sept. 17.

The germ of the idea came from Debbie Martin,...

North Canaan

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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Don’t forget the flowers

Naturally, one never expects to forget Valentine’s Day, and one always plans to buy flowers, candy, diamonds or whatever well ahead of that special day (which is coming up next week, on Tuesday).
Things do happen, however, and for anyone who finds himself (or herself, let’s not blame gender here) in need of a last-minute gift, it is good to know that Blue Hill Flowers will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Feb. 14. 

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Sunday fire destroys the Lone Oak office

NORTH CANAAN — A fire on Sunday morning, Feb. 5, destroyed the 50-year-old office building at the Lone Oak Campsite. Firefighters were able to stop the blaze before it destroyed the newer section, built in 1986, that houses the store, the nightclub and the recreation area.
Barry Brown, a co-owner of the campsite with his brother Peter, praised the firefighters for their quick response. 

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At last, upgrades to two in-town railroad crossings

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Plans for upgrades to the center of town, especially at the two railroad crossings, were presented at a public information meeting at Town Hall on Thursday night, Jan. 26.

The upgrades are a project of the state Department of Transportation (DOT), and will be paid for with federal funds, as part of a program dedicated to maintaining the safety of active railroad crossings. 

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Changes planned for regional school calendar

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Pamela Vogel, assistant superintendent for the Region One School District, presented the proposed 2017-18 school calendar to the Board of Education at their meeting on Thursday, Jan. 12.
Each of the six elementary school boards as well as the regional school board will vote on the plan. 
One notable change is the addition of two days off to observe the Jewish high holiday of Rosh Hashana; those two days will be Sept. 21 and 22. 

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Audit and officers for BOF

NORTH CANAAN — Nancy O’Connor was re-elected to the position of chair of the Board of Finance at a regular board meeting held on Wednesday, Jan. 11.
The Board of Finance also accepted the resignation of Brian Ohler, who was recently elected to the 64th District in the state House of Representatives.
With Ohler’s resignation comes a vacancy on the finance board.

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