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NORTH CANAAN— The first intern of 2017 at The Lakeville Journal is Morgyn Gasperini. 

Morgyn has just finished her first year at Curry College in Milton, Mass. She has since decided to transfer to Eastern Connecticut State University, where she plans to major in English. 

She grew up in North Canaan and is a graduate of North Canaan Elementary School and Housatonic Valley Regional High School. At Housatonic, she played field hockey and softball, and was a member of the FFA and the National Honor Society. 

 Morgyn is excited to join the team...

North Canaan

What new farm ordinance means for farmers, taxpayers

cythiah@lakevillejournal.com

NORTH CANAAN — At a special town meeting on  Tuesday evening, Sept. 27, voters unanimously approved a new ordinance that will allow farmers to get a bit of a break on their property taxes. 

The ordinance has two parts. 

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Celebrating the health of area dairy farms

EAST CANAAN — Freund’s Farm, an owner of the Cabot Creamery Cooperative, was one of many farms in the Tri-State area that opened its gates to the public on Sunday, Oct. 9. Other farms that held open houses —Laurelbrook Farm (just down the road from Freund’s), Blue Slope Farm in North Franklin, Conn., and several more — are also co-owners of the Cabot co-op.

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Tax breaks will help farms remain in town

cythiah@lakevillejournal.com

NORTH CANAAN — It took roughly 15 minutes for voters to approve a new ordinance that will give farmers a break on their property taxes.

The special town meeting was held on  Tuesday evening, Sept. 27. Town attorney Judith Dixon, explained that, earlier this year, representatives of several of the farm families in town had approached  her and the town’s assessor to see if North Canaan could adopt a tax break that has been used in other parts of the state, and which is allowed by state statute.

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Slow tours of the hills: an advantage of the balloonist

NORTH CANAAN — Most people probably think of banking as a down-to-earth profession. But Darrel Long, a vice president at Salisbury Bank in North Canaan, doesn’t fit that mold.
“Anything that gets my feet off the ground, I’m a happy guy,” he says.
Long knew what he wanted quite early. By age 23 he had earned a license to fly gliders and was dating the woman who would become his wife, Laurie.

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Helping United Way to help those in need

cythiah@lakevillejournal.com

NORTH CANAAN — The United Way kicked off its ambitious annual fundraising push with an event at Geer Village on Tuesday, Sept. 13.
Jeff Geddes, who is this year’s campaign chair, wore an eye-catching red suit bedecked with white hearts, in honor of this year’s theme: Give from the heart, change the future.
The campaign vice chairman, Joyce Muse, wore a more subdued white top and black slacks —although both wore their biggest smiles as they shared details of this year’s campaign. 

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Helping United Way to help those in need

cythiah@lakevillejournal.com

NORTH CANAAN — The United Way kicked off its ambitious annual fundraising push with an event at Geer Village on Tuesday, Sept. 13.
Jeff Geddes, who is this year’s campaign chair, wore an eye-catching red suit bedecked with white hearts, in honor of this year’s theme: Give from the heart, change the future.
The campaign vice chairman, Joyce Muse, wore a more subdued white top and black slacks —although both wore their biggest smiles as they shared details of this year’s campaign. 

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History celebration was one for the books

cythiah@lakevillejournal.com

NORTH CANAAN — It would have been easy to forget on Saturday, Sept. 24, in the center of town that it’s the 21st century. The occasion was the 195th anniversary of the Douglas Library and to celebrate the occasion there was an old-fashioned celebration on the lawn beside the town’s historical society (the former office of the late attorney Catherine Roraback and her antecedents).

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Tax rebate to be discussed Sept. 27

cythiah@lakevillejournal.com

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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