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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

Douglas Library is 195 years old (seriously!)

NORTH CANAAN — One evening in early May 1821, William Douglas sat in his home in North Canaan and made out his will. One of his bequests consisted of $400 to buy books for a new library and another $400 as an endowment to fund future expenditures.

The first purchase made with those funds was the four-volume “Travels in New England and New York” by Timothy Dwight, a former president of Yale College.

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From a nightmare fire to a dream come true

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NORTH CANAAN — First Selectman Douglas Humes remembers getting the late-night phone call, between Oct. 12 and 13 in 2001: The historic Canaan Union Station building was on fire.

He got dressed and rushed to the center of town.

“The sky was orange,” he said during a groundbreaking ceremony last Friday, Sept. 9, on the site of the building known informally as “the depot.”

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Heavy rain for 9/11 vigil

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NORTH CANAAN — As though the weather was adding its voice to the Sept. 11 observance at St. Joseph’s Church, the skies blackened and a heavy downpour punctuated the ceremonial playing of bagpipes and firing of cannons on Sunday morning.

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Small turnout for swap on a busy weekend

NORTH CANAAN — The late-summer rendition of the Musicians Swap at Lawrence Field was quite a bit smaller than the early-summer version at the end of June. 
On Saturday, Aug. 27, there were only three vendors and a smattering of shoppers. Mostly it was the musicians who were buying each others’ wares. 

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Dante, the original literary ‘rock star’

NORTH CANAAN — Not every author can be described as a literary “rock star.” This may be especially true in the context of medieval literature, the papacy  and political exile. But for Mark Scarbrough, “rock star” is the perfect way to describe Dante Alighieri — author of the classic, “The Divine Comedy.”
Scarbrough, who lives in Colebrook and is an enthusiast of Western literature and an accomplished author himself, reads Dante’s book every year.

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Contract signed, depot work will begin Sept. 14

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NORTH CANAAN — Work will begin, at last, on renovations of the historic Canaan Union Station. A contract was signed by the selectmen on Thursday, Aug. 25, with Lawrence Brunoli Inc. of Farmington.
The depot was partially destroyed by an arson fire in October 2001. Some work was done to stabilize the east-west wing, according to First Selectman Douglas Humes. Then funds were set aside for the project by Congresswoman Nancy Johnson  (who retired from the office in 2007).

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Stretch, learn at CCCC

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NORTH CANAAN — The youngsters at the Canaan Child Care Center (CCCC) were growing in every sense of the word this summer. 
About a dozen children were honored in a ceremony at Geer Village on Friday morning, Aug. 19. They had completed a year-long program at the center designed to prepare them for kindergarten. 

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Hotels, health and Google Maps at EDC

NORTH CANAAN — Joanne Borduas, chief executive officer of the Community Health and Wellness Center of Greater Torrington, attended a meeting of the Economic Development Committee (EDC) at Town Hall on Aug. 18 to discuss bringing affordable medical services to North Canaan.

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Excellent year for honey, peaches

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NORTH CANAAN — Most people know of William Merriman as the “guy with the honey” that he sells from a shack beside his home on Route 44, near the Stop & Shop.

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Plunkett, Longwell earn 2016 Estabrook Award

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NORTH CANAAN — Gabriel Plunkett and Maddy Longwell were honored with the second annual Salisbury Rotary Robert Estabrook Internship Award. 
The award was part of an evening meeting of the Salisbury Rotary Club on Tuesday, Aug. 16, at Geer Village.

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