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NORTH CANAAN – In most years, budget proposals come pretty close to actual spending expectations. This has been an unusual year for area towns, however, because there are so many questions about what the state will and will not fund and what additional fees the state will pass along to the municipalities.

The state budget isn’t expected to be ready until June or July, which is long after most towns have already voted on their own spending plans (which usually happens in May, as required by state law).

For that reason, it’s hard to get a fully accurate...

North Canaan

Trains, bridges and scrap metal at BOS

NORTH CANAAN — The Board of Selectmen met on Tuesday, July 5, to discuss town business and projects.
The board addressed the issue of how to charge for the bulky waste and scrap metal that the transfer station has been receiving from residents. After a brief discussion it was decided that the charge for dropping off scrap metal would be set at market price. 

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Railroads brought North Canaan to life

NORTH CANAAN — The 52nd annual Railroad Days celebration wouldn’t be complete without a lecture on the history of the industry that helped North Canaan stay on the map. 
Peter Vermilyea, author of “Hidden History of Litchfield County” and “Wicked Litchfield County” was joined by a crowd at the Douglas Library on July 8. 

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Water, water everywhere but Railroad Days still a hit

NORTH CANAAN —  The Canaan Railroad Days, now in its 52nd year, kicked off July 6 with perfect weather and about a dozen events that took place throughout the day, including fitness classes, arts and crafts and a crowd favorite: the carnival. 

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Fixing budgets, drugs and education are Ohler’s priorities

NORTH CANAAN — Brian Ohler of North Canaan, Republican candidate for the state House of Representatives in the 64th District, said he is running for the General Assembly because Connecticut, and the Northwest Corner, “has reached its fiscal and social breaking point.”
Ohler spoke by phone to The Lakeville Journal on Friday, July 8.
He said recent state budgets have hurt the Northwest Corner. “The negative impacts will be felt for years to come.”

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Camp AHA! grows in numbers and spirit

NORTH CANAAN — As Camp AHA! finished its second week, just before the July 4th weekend, campers eagerly ran around participating in swimming, Legos, crafts, chess and tennis. This organized chaos creates a buzz that all campers look forward each day and that keeps the counselors on their toes.
In the recent years the camp has grown to about 50 children, drawing campers from Salisbury, Sharon, Millerton and Massachusetts. Campers range in age from 4 to 14 years old.

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At 195, library still young at heart

NORTH CANAAN — With $800 and a love of reading, William Douglas took the first step in establishing North Canaan’s Douglas library in 1821. Today, 195 years later, North Canaan residents are still celebrating the life of Douglas and the birth of their library. 

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Railroad Days from July 6 to 17

NORTH CANAAN — As the first weeks of summer come to a close, North Canaan’s Railroad Days celebration is quickly approaching. From July 6 to 17, events will be happening across the town, lasting from early morning to late evening. 
Activities and events are available to people of all ages and interests, from historical presentations to children’s story hours, raffles and bake sales. 

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Now it’s time for mini disc golf

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NORTH CANAAN — Mini disc golf isn’t exactly the most popular sport in the area. Actually, people are more likely to have never heard of it.
“If you’ve ever seen it, it’s the kind of thing that someone would say, ‘What’s that?’” said Andrew Brooks, a North Canaan resident who recently began introducing the sport to the Northwest Corner.

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Swapping stories, songs and old guitars

NORTH CANAAN — Sean Claydon and Kevin Godburn hosted their fifth annual music tag sale on Saturday, June 25. The event took place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., under the pavilion at Lawrence Field, with most of the buying taking place in the morning.

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Camp AHA! — back again

 NORTH CANAAN — Camp AHA! has returned to the campus of North Canaan Elementary School (NCES) for yet another summer of fun for children ages 4 through 14.
Led by Lynn Nania, who began working with the AHA! after-school program in 1991, when her own children attended NCES, the camp provides children with a well-supervised environment in which to engage in a number of exciting activities with their peers.

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