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NORTH CANAAN — A tentative new finish line has been set for the reopening of the Canaan Union Station, more commonly known as The Depot. 

Doug Humes is president and trustee of the Connecticut Railroad Historical Association, and the former first selectman of North Canaan. In a phone interview on Monday, Aug. 6, he said that he is meeting with representatives from the state this week to go over the final plans. 

Humes said there are only a few items left to be completed by the contractors before the building is entirely finished and can get its certificate...

North Canaan

Tomato greenhouse wonder

NORTH CANAAN — When Carolyn Milke walked into Freund’s Farm Market in North Canaan and asked for green tomatoes for her Southern fried green tomato recipe, she didn’t expect to stumble upon the Freund family’s tomato greenhouse world of wonder.  
Theresa Freund was at the checkout that morning when Milke asked for green tomatoes. Freund told her that she doesn’t sell green tomatoes in the shop but would be happy to go pick some for her, fresh. 

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Great Falls Brewery is on track

NORTH CANAAN — You could sense the anticipation in Chris Tripler as he stood amid the renovations progressing at the historic Canaan Union Station railroad depot. He’s getting ready to launch a new business venture, Great Falls Brewing Company, as an integral part of the rebirth of the Depot, which was severely damaged by arson in 2001.

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$6.75M budget ready for Sept. 5 vote

NORTH CANAAN — After the defeat of the 2017-18 budget proposals at a June 7 town meeting, budgets were reduced from a 4-mill increase to 3 mills over current spending. The reduced budgets were reviewed at an Aug. 9 public hearing. Following discussion, the finance board voted to schedule a Sept. 5 town meeting.
The Board of Education reduced spending by $190,410 and the selectmen reduced the municipal budget spending plan by $169,450, for a total of $359,860 in reductions. 

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A cinema first on Aug. 20 at Boondocks screening

NORTH CANAAN — Pairing the name Boondocks Film Society with the title “The Docks of New York” practically begs for wordplay — “docks” appears in both; the New York City waterfront is the antithesis of the boondocks. But when Boondocks founders Jeff Palfini and Cindy Heslin  select films to screen, the title doesn’t really enter into consideration.

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Charges filed against North Canaan man

NORTH CANAAN — Wayne Christinat, 51, of North Canaan was taken into custody by Troop B on July 27 and charged with permitting a minor to illegally possess liquor and with fourth-degree sexual assault (subjecting another person to sexual contact without the other person’s consent). 

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Elm trees get their shots

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The Elm Watch team performed a macro-injection of fungicide into North Canaan’s two remaining great elms last Wednesday, July 26. 
Elm Watch founder Tom Zetterstrom described one as “the sentinel American elm.” It is on the North Canaan Corner Green, near the appropriately named intersection of Elm Street and North Elm Street. 
“It is 38 inches in diameter at breast height and approximately 70  feet tall,” Zetterstrom said.

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Public hearing Aug. 9 for new North Canaan budget

NORTH CANAAN — After accepting the revised budgets of the selectmen and the Board of Education, the North Canaan Board of Finance has scheduled a Wednesday, Aug. 9, public hearing on the revised budget. 
At that hearing, residents will have an opportunity to ask questions and offer comments on both revised budgets. 
The public hearing will begin at 7:30 p.m. at Town Hall.

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Cows and canines at Jack Brown Fair

EAST CANAAN — Northwest Corner 4-H-ers were rewarded with a sunny day on Sunday, July 23, for the annual Jack Brown Fair, held at the East Canaan Congregational Church. Every year, youngsters bring their dogs and dairy cattle to the informal event, which kicks off the agricultural showing season. Local fairs such as this are followed by county, state and then regional fairs.
The dairy show, which is the main part of the Jack Brown Fair, consisted of breed class and showmanship. 

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Fairy expo fundraiser for History Center

NORTH CANAAN — North Canaan’s Cranford Club held its very first fairy expo this past Saturday, July 22, as a fundraiser to benefit the Canaan History Center. 
The event attracted a crowd of parents and children for an afternoon of activities that included a costume contest, bubbles, wand decorating and story time with the Fairy Godmother herself. 
There was a silent auction of small fairy gardens, all handmade by members of the community and the Cranford Club as well as children who attend the AHA! summer program. 

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N. Canaan Board of Finance still struggling with budget cuts

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. 

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