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NORTH CANAAN — With subsequent hurricanes following hard on its trail, it’s easy to forget the devastation caused in Houston, Texas, and its surrounding towns by Hurricane Harvey, which blew through in the last days of August. 

But a group of humanitarians in North Canaan didn’t forget; and their earnest desire to help disaster victims there grew into a large truck full of everything from water to rakes to diapers and shampoo, all of which departed from North Canaan Elementary School on Sunday, Sept. 17.

The germ of the idea came from Debbie Martin,...

North Canaan

The feeling’s right at Ladies Night

NORTH CANAAN — Stadium System’s annual Ladies Night, held this year on Wednesday, Nov. 30, attracted about 45 shoppers for an evening of  food, beverages, sales, raffles  and (best of all) chair massages. What better way is there to balance the stress of holiday shopping than sitting face-down in a massage chair while a professional kneads out the holiday knots? 

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Selectmen review plan for NCES expansion

NORTH CANAAN — The Board of Selectmen discussed a plan for building a new swimming pool, gymnasium and playground at North Canaan Elementary School (NCES) during a regular board meeting on Monday, Nov. 14.
The current gymnasium, built in 1954, would become the school’s auditorium (it already has a stage and is used that way when it’s not being used as a gym).

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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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