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NORTH CANAAN — On the Fourth of July, Biffdaddy’s Roadhouse, a new restaurant, opened next door to the former Jim’s Garage on Railroad Street. 

What you might not expect is that this restaurant is in a trailer. From the inside of that trailer (a former food concession truck) owner and chef Biff Sisco serves a variety of hot, fast favorites, including Philly cheese steaks and Buffalo wings.  

Sisco used to own the Well, a pub in Great Barrington, but left recently because the long hours and late nights had begun to take their toll on him....

North Canaan

Fairy expo fundraiser for History Center

NORTH CANAAN — North Canaan’s Cranford Club held its very first fairy expo this past Saturday, July 22, as a fundraiser to benefit the Canaan History Center. 
The event attracted a crowd of parents and children for an afternoon of activities that included a costume contest, bubbles, wand decorating and story time with the Fairy Godmother herself. 
There was a silent auction of small fairy gardens, all handmade by members of the community and the Cranford Club as well as children who attend the AHA! summer program. 

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N. Canaan Board of Finance still struggling with budget cuts

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. 

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Burglary investigation leads to arrests

NORTH CANAAN — On May 16, Trooper Greg Naylor was dispatched to a residence on Norfolk Road (Route 44) in East Canaan on a report of a burglary. The residents said a chain saw, a leaf blower and a string trimmer had been stolen from their garage, which is normally unlocked.

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Firefighters in step

Members of the East Hartland Volunteer Fire Department were among participants in the annual North Canaan Firefighters Parade on Saturday, July 15.

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Railroad Days ends with a bang

NORTH CANAAN — There was a large turnout for the Canaan Fire Company annual firefighters parade on Saturday, July 15, which included fire units from around Connecticut, Massachusetts and New York and featured marchers and trucks.
Next to the parade, the McDonald’s/Canaan Auto Supply Cruise Night was in full swing. There were about 70 vehicles on display, including a 1965 Compact Shelby Cobra and Tom Jaycox’s Jaguar XK 120 roadster (Jaycox is the owner of Jaycox Jaguar in North Canaan). 

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Museum, brewery in the works at train station

Of course everyone was keen to see the inside of the refurbished Union Station train depot; it was the end of the 53rd Railroad Days events, after all.
Selectman (and project manager) Charlie Perotti led tours of the interior on Saturday, July 15. 
“It’s been an uphill battle, but we are finally gaining on it,” he said, referring to the many years it has taken to get construction underway. Almost 16 years since the fire, the station looks whole, at least from the outside.  

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Tour the new/old Canaan Union Station on July 15

NORTH CANAAN — Renovations to the Union Station train depot in North Canaan are nearly complete. The selectmen announced at their meeting on Monday, July 3, that the public is invited for a grand tour of the building on Saturday, July 15, between noon and 2 p.m. as part of this year’s Railroad Days festivities (a full schedule of Railroad Days events can be found in this week’s Compass arts and entertainment). 

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Five decades of Railroad Days fun in North Canaan

NORTH CANAAN —  Railroad Days, now in its 53rd year, is in full swing. The celebration began Wednesday, July 5, with activities such as a pet photo contest, farmers market, sales at stores and of course the carnival. 

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Slide arrival

Mason Hildreth, 3, and Mark Hildreth slid down the slide at the Railroad Days carnival in North Canaan on July 6. A schedule of remaining events appears in Compass this week. Another photo, story, Five decades of Railroad Days fun in North Canaan.

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NCES school board faces painful budget cuts

NORTH CANAAN — The North Canaan Board of Education met on Wednesday, June 21, at North Canaan Elementary School (NCES) to discuss more cuts to their budget. 
After the budget was defeated on June 7, the Board of Finance determined that the boards of selectmen and education need to cut an additional combined 1 mill, or $325,000, from their budgets. The town has been hit hard by state spending cuts; North Canaan requires significantly more state funding than other Region One towns.

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