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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

New whistlestop in town: Railway Cafe at Geer Village

NORTH CANAAN — The new Railway Cafe at Geer Village isn’t even officially open yet and already the fame of the Friday cinnamon buns has spread so far and wide that on Nov. 4, all the buns were gone by 9:45 a.m. And they had only gone on sale at about 8:30 a.m.

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From tiny seeds, a recycling program grows

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NORTH CANAAN — As we know, from little acorns grow mighty oaks. That seems to be the progress of a small seedling of an idea that was planted a year ago and that has grown vigorously and in somewhat unexpected ways.
Chef Brandon Scimeca used to be the head of the kitchen at Morgan’s at the Interlaken Inn in Salisbury. In recent years, he’s migrated toward North Canaan with his family. He is now the chef at the Plantin’ Seeds Farm Kitchen on Main Street — as well as the parent of a youngster at North Canaan Elementary School (NCES). 

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State offers funds to spruce up the center of town

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NORTH CANAAN — The state has promised to give North Canaan a grant for $450,000 as part of its Main Street Investment Fund program.
First Selectman Douglas Humes said the money will be used to repair and improve sidewalks on the west side of Railroad Street, from the corner to the former Jim’s Garage. 
The other side of the road, which Humes referred to as “the short side,” will get repairs if there is enough money left. 

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Crane and load led to arrest

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NORTH CANAAN —  Barlow Street resident Christopher Jordano was arrested on Oct. 13, charged with reckless endangerment relating to a large crane on his property. 

The crane extended up about 20 to 25 feet in the air. Attached to it was a large metal Dumpster container that was observed to be swaying in even moderate breezes. 

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Meal with message: Fire Prevention Week

NORTH CANAAN — There are lots of ways to say “thank you” to the volunteers who help keep our regional towns safe. Last Tuesday, the Canaan Fire Company firefighters got a special treat when Freund’s Farm, which is an owner in the Cabot Cooperative, cooked up a meal of macaroni-and-cheese and salad for them. 

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What new farm ordinance means for farmers, taxpayers

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NORTH CANAAN — At a special town meeting on  Tuesday evening, Sept. 27, voters unanimously approved a new ordinance that will allow farmers to get a bit of a break on their property taxes. 

The ordinance has two parts. 

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Celebrating the health of area dairy farms

EAST CANAAN — Freund’s Farm, an owner of the Cabot Creamery Cooperative, was one of many farms in the Tri-State area that opened its gates to the public on Sunday, Oct. 9. Other farms that held open houses —Laurelbrook Farm (just down the road from Freund’s), Blue Slope Farm in North Franklin, Conn., and several more — are also co-owners of the Cabot co-op.

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Tax breaks will help farms remain in town

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NORTH CANAAN — It took roughly 15 minutes for voters to approve a new ordinance that will give farmers a break on their property taxes.

The special town meeting was held on  Tuesday evening, Sept. 27. Town attorney Judith Dixon, explained that, earlier this year, representatives of several of the farm families in town had approached  her and the town’s assessor to see if North Canaan could adopt a tax break that has been used in other parts of the state, and which is allowed by state statute.

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Slow tours of the hills: an advantage of the balloonist

NORTH CANAAN — Most people probably think of banking as a down-to-earth profession. But Darrel Long, a vice president at Salisbury Bank in North Canaan, doesn’t fit that mold.
“Anything that gets my feet off the ground, I’m a happy guy,” he says.
Long knew what he wanted quite early. By age 23 he had earned a license to fly gliders and was dating the woman who would become his wife, Laurie.

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Helping United Way to help those in need

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NORTH CANAAN — The United Way kicked off its ambitious annual fundraising push with an event at Geer Village on Tuesday, Sept. 13.
Jeff Geddes, who is this year’s campaign chair, wore an eye-catching red suit bedecked with white hearts, in honor of this year’s theme: Give from the heart, change the future.
The campaign vice chairman, Joyce Muse, wore a more subdued white top and black slacks —although both wore their biggest smiles as they shared details of this year’s campaign. 

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