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NORTH CANAAN — Flag Day was celebrated across the nation on  Friday, June 14 — the date that is also the anniversary of the founding of the United States Army in 1775, 244 years ago.

The members and friends of Couch Pipa VFW Post in North Canaan chose to honor the day with a combination of joyous celebration and solemn ceremony.  

Starting at 6 p.m., the VFW Auxiliary members cooked up and served hot dogs, hamburgers and drinks served from the bar in the pavilion. After dinner, Las Vegas-based blues musician Chris Tofield performed.

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North Canaan

Public hearing clears way for May 23 vote

NORTH CANAAN — It was described at the meeting as the “shortest ever” annual public hearing on the proposed town and education budgets.
The North Canaan Board of Finance held the hearing on Wednesday, May 2. It took only 16 minutes to go through the spending proposals.
Following finance board Chair Nancy O’Connor’s review of both the municipal and the education budgets, none of the 15 residents present had any questions or comments. 

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Summer on a paper plate, with fries on the side

NORTH CANAAN — Caddie Shack is now open for the season and serving up the signature tastes of summer: hot dogs, hamburgers, ice cream cones and shakes and an array of more exotic treats. 
The shack on Route 7 near the Massachusetts state line is open daily from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. until Memorial Day weekend, when the summer hours begin (11 a.m. to 9 p.m.). Work up an appetite on the mini golf range or batting cage on the premises.
 

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Food, fun, a fast horse race and finery

More than 75 people, decked out in their best spring finery, came to Geer Village in North Canaan for the annual Kentucky Derby party sponsored by the Salisbury Rotary Club and North Canaan Exchange Club on Saturday, May 5. Awards for best attire went to Gina Terwilliger, best hat; Sadie Chapell, best hat, youth division; and Dave and Nancy Bayersdorfer, best couple. Shown here is the winner of Best Hat, Gina Terwilliger of North Canaan, who celebrated Cinco de Mayo as well as Kentucky Derby day with her chapeau.
 
 

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Planting the roots of environmentalism

NORTH CANAAN — Students at North Canaan Elementary School (NCES) learned about the environment during a combination Earth Day and Arbor Day celebration on Friday, May 4.
Before the celebration, an Alligator Bark Sweetgum tree was planted on the front lawn of the school. The event was held around the tree. Kindergarten and first-grade students gathered around the tree singing the environmental-themed song “Habitat.”
Fifth-grade students then read their original environmental poems.

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Geer keeps tax-exempt status

NORTH CANAAN — The North Canaan Board of Assessment Appeals (BAA) has ruled that Geer will be able to keep its tax-exempt status.

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Geer will keep tax-exempt status

NORTH CANAAN — The North Canaan Board of Assessment Appeals (BAA) has ruled that Geer will be able to keep its tax-exempt status.

Ruling soon on Geer tax status

NORTH CANAAN — The North Canaan Board of Assessment Appeals (BAA) has 10 days from Tuesday, April 10, to rule on whether Geer will be able to keep its tax-exempt status.
At their meeting April 10, the three BAA members heard an appeal from Geer CEO Kevin O’Connell; Geer’s attorney, Joseph Schwartz of Murtha Cullina; and Geer CFO Mark Kovitch.
North Canaan has a new assessor, Donna Patchen, who officially started work on April 2 but who has been working in the assessor’s office in town since last autumn. 

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New mower, sidewalk upgrades in the budget

NORTH CANAAN — Roadside mowing in North Canaan may get a bit easier in the coming season. The selectmen voted at their regular meeting on Monday, April 2, to include the $42,500 purchase  of a new mower in the 2018-19 budget process.
The old mower is a 1976 model. First Selectman Charlie Perotti reported that the mowing arm from the old mower will fit the new mower, and that the old arm will accommodate a post-hole digger attachment.  A $500 value, the tool is being included with the new mower without additional charge.

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Rosemary Keilty plans her future away from NCES

NORTH CANAAN — Among the items in her bag of “gifts,” North Canaan Elementary School Principal Rosemary Keilty has an exceptional one: She can almost magically see potential in anyone and anything. 
That’s what makes her able to see the beauty in discarded chairs and a battered desk -— like the cast-offs in her office, which she painted and decorated so exquisitely that there is going to be a fight to see who gets them when she retires. 

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Education budget shows decrease

NORTH CANAAN — North Canaan Elementary School (NCES) Principal Rosemary Keilty presented the last education budget of her long career here to the Board of Finance on Tuesday, March 20.
“It has been an honor to serve the people of North Canaan for 37 years,” said the North Canaan native, who will retire in June. 

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