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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

EDC goes forward with sub-committees

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NORTH CANAAN — “So you haven’t done Railroad Days in quite a few years, are you planning on doing it again?”

That, reportedly, was the question asked by Jean Hebert of the Connecticut Commission of Culture and Tourism to Terence Dougherty, chairman of the Economic Development Committee, and Christian Allyn.

The answer, of course, was emphatically that Railroad Days has been going strong for more than 50 years.

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Sunset Series offers music, fun, cars and company

NORTH CANAAN — More than 100 people gathered at the Couch Pipa VFW on Thursday, June 16, to celebrate the second week of this year’s Sunset Music Series. The event, which is in its fifth year, is sponsored by the VFW 6851 Auxiliary. 
Each Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. through the summer, members of the community can enjoy food, door prizes and a live local band. 
“It’s really for the community,” said Sandy Reineke, a member of the VFW auxiliary. 

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From Busy Farmer to very busy dairy farmer

This is last in a four-part series that ran through the month of June (National Dairy Month) about women dairy farmers in the Northwest Corner. The series is written by Amanda Freund, of Freund’s Farm in East Canaan.
 

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Depot bids opened, project ready to go

NORTH CANAAN — Selectman Charlie Perotti opened four new bids for the rebuilding of the Canaan Union Station on Monday, June 13.
Of an original seven contractors that were interested in the project, four returned their bid packages.
A bid selection committee met on Wednesday, June 15, after this week’s newspaper went to press, to evaluate the three lowest bid packages and to select one package to send to the state for approval.

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Class of 2016 is moving upward & onward

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‘I’m not ready to leave.’ 

— Samantha Towle, Class of 2016

 

NORTH CANAAN — There was some heartfelt weeping after the North Canaan Elementary School (NCES) promotion ceremony on Friday night, June 10. But for the most part, this was a class that had clearly enjoyed its time in elementary school but was also clearly ready to move on.

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A new pet and a new reason to live

NORTH CANAAN — The transition to civilian life for veterans can be a very difficult one, especially for those who have served in combat. For Kyle Laidman, adjusting to leaving the U.S. Army after 10-and-a-half years, three of them in combat, was hard. 
“The Army gives you a short transition period,” Laidman said in an interview on Sunday, June 12. “It’s about the length of time it takes you to sign the discharge papers.” 

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Younger generation, fresh ideas

This is part three of a four-part series that will run through the month of June (National Dairy Month) about women dairy farmers. The series is written by Amanda Freund, of Freund’s Farm in East Canaan.
 

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Accordions find a home in North Canaan

NORTH CANAAN — Hidden away off the beaten track in North Canaan, the New England Accordion Museum is a treasure trove of a wholly surprising sort. Owned and operated by Paul Ramunni, the museum houses more than 400 handcrafted accordions from across the world; ranging in age from brand new to 200 years old, each one is a custom tailored work of art.

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Budget approved, no change in mill rate

NORTH CANAAN — The education budget for the coming fiscal year was approved by the unanimous voice vote of all 16 voters present at the annual budget meeting in Town Hall on Tuesday, May 24. 
Craig Whiteman was appointed as the meeting’s moderator.
The education budget for the 2016-17 fiscal year was set at $4,297,197, an increase of 0.86 percent ($37,169.66) from the 2015-16 budget ($4,260,027.69). 

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Of Railroad Days, ice cream and old coins

At one of the first Canaan Railroad Days around 1966, Billy Majewski and I had a stand on Main Street in front of Hart’s Five & Ten. We were about 12 years old and our wares were pottery and trinkets from the Chinchilla Ranch on Route 7, where Mountainside is now. Our table was under the awning that many stores in town still used in those days.

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