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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

Ho-ho-holidays are here

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NORTH CANAAN — The first of the 2016 season’s holiday parades was held in North Canaan on Sunday, Nov. 27. 
Most other towns in the area will have their ceremonies this coming weekend; for a listing of times and places see this week’s Compass arts and entertainment section. 

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From Boy Scout to Eagle Scout

NORTH CANAAN — An Eagle Scout Court of Honor was held on Saturday, Nov. 26, at Couch-Pipa VFW, to celebrate Michael Shawn O’Connor Jr.’s transition from Boy Scout to Eagle Scout. 
More than 60 people were in attendance for the ceremony, including friends, family, his Boy Scout troop (Troop 22) and the Marine Corp League Northwest Detachment. 

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Here comes Santa Claus!

Santa Claus brought lovely, mild weather for the season’s first parade of lights, in North Canaan on Sunday, Nov. 27. He hitched a ride on this festive truck decorated by Arnold’s Garage. For more photos, turn to Page A8. For a complete listing of holiday festivities, look in this week’s Compass arts and entertainment section.

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Win-win at Ladies Night at Stadium System

NORTH CANAAN — The holiday season is approaching and many shoppers are already planning binge shopping trips on Black Friday and Cyber Monday. 

But Black Friday brings long lines and hot tempers. Cyber Monday can have crashing websites, high shipping costs and the fear of putting bank information online. 

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Jim’s Garage finds a new life as Old Soul

NORTH CANAAN — This holiday season, the building that was the home for many years of Jim’s Garage, on Railroad Street, will once again be open for business. This time, however, the space will have a new purpose.
Switching from auto services to retail, the new business, called Old Soul, will offer vintage furniture and new home decor items.
Deb Keller, Old Soul’s owner, has worked with property owner Bill Hower to develop the business

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Surprises at Stadium System party

NORTH CANAAN — Stadium System’s first ever Contractors Night was a huge success. 
On Thursday, Nov. 10, Stadium System hosted local business owners and shoppers for a night of food, sales and raffles.

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Remembering soldiers from now and long ago at NCES

NORTH CANAAN — “We are happy, free, strong …,” Logan Padelli read, before emitting a hearty hiccup. “Sorry,” he interjected politely. He went back.
“We are happy, free and strong.” He spoke in tribute to his Grandpa Gill, a surgeon in the Vietnam War, and to all American veterans.  
“We love you vets … hiccup!” Again, Logan added a polite “sorry” for the spontaneous interruption.
“I love you, Grandpa Gill.”

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North Canaan man confesses to setting fires

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NORTH CANAAN — A 24-year-old man has confessed to setting multiple arson fires in the area (including one at the rental property on Railroad Street where he lives) during the month of October.
Anthony Stumbaugh Jr. told state police on Thursday, Oct. 20, that he had intentionally set three brush fires in North Canaan and an additional fire in Sheffield, Mass.

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Halloween village at Geer Village

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NORTH CANAAN — The Riva family’s miniature Halloween spooky town has become a Geer Village fixture. This is the 10th year that it’s been constructed in the lobby, to the delight of residents and (especially) to visiting youngsters, who are fascinated by the tiny decorations and the train. 
The train actually chugs around the village, if Bertha Riva is nearby to operate the complex  control system set up by her family members. 

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Stroll through North Canaan — in the 1800s

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NORTH CANAAN — Members of the Canaan Exchange Club took a “virtual” tour of North Canaan, thanks to a presentation by town historian Kathryn Boughton at their dinner meeting on Tuesday night, Nov. 1, at Geer Village.

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