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NORTH CANAAN — On a night that was marked by violent thunderstorms throughout the region, a North Canaan man died on Sunday, Aug. 18, in a car crash on Route 7, close to the entrance to Geer Village. 

Matthew Holderman, 46, of North Canaan was driving north on Route 7 near Sand Road at about 10:30 p.m. He was at the wheel of a  2011 GMC Sierra.

Holderman was “negotiating a curve to the right when the truck lost control for an unknown reason,” according to the report from the Connecticut State Police released on Monday morning, Aug. 19. ...

North Canaan

An opportunity to keep recent history alive

NORTH CANAAN — Town Historian Kathryn Boughton is buried under a mountain of ephemera and she couldn’t be happier about it. In fact, she’d like to make it a more or less permanent affliction, and if you come to the Canaan History Center on Friday, July 26, from 5 to 7 p.m., she’ll explain why.

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More to come: Carnival still a highlight of Railroad Days

NORTH CANAAN — Railroad Days celebrations are in full swing, for the 55th year. The festival includes fireworks, fire truck rides, raffles, lots of food, music, crafts and activities geared toward families. 
The carnival in the first week of the townwide celebration is a favorite part of Railroad Days, and attracted many on the evening of Thursday, July 18, after being rained out the previous day. 

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Knights Templar acquire church in North Canaan

NORTH CANAAN — What was formerly Christ Episcopal Church in North Canaan is now the home of the OSMTJ Knights Templar. 
“OSMTJ” is the French acronym for Ordre Souverain et Militaire du Temple de Jérusalem or The Supreme Military Order of the Jerusalem Temple. 

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Continuity and change for North Canaan Railroad Days

NORTH CANAAN — The 55th annual Canaan Railroad Days will be held from July 17 to 28. For many North Canaan residents, this festival is the highlight of summer in the Northwest Corner.
Major events this year will include the Canaan Carnival, a party at the town pool, and trivia at the Great Falls Brewing Company. 
Some past events, such as fireworks and performances by the Salisbury Band, continue to be Railroad Days mainstays. 

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Medical center seeking space in NC

NORTH CANAAN — Two proposals involving the town’s future development, one for a health center and the other for a new branding logo, were heard by the Board of Selectmen at their meeting on Tuesday, July 9.

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Hub brings new energy to North Canaan

NORTH CANAAN — The North Canaan Community Hub is attempting to spark a renaissance of the downtown area. A free collaborative work space for local businesses and nonprofit organizations, the Hub is the brainchild of Selectman Christian Allyn and student-intern Victor Flores. It is located in the Colonial Theater on Railroad Street. 

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Getting children (really) excited about books

NORTH CANAAN — For preschoolers the Douglas Library in North Canaan was the place to be on Monday evening, June 24. 
It was Preschool Literacy Night, sponsored by the Northwest Child Care Collaborative, the Canaan Child Care Center and the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, which donated books to the event. Every preschooler went home with a copy of “A Tree Named Steve” by Alan Zweibel. 

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What America means, celebrated at Flag Day

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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Eyes on the future for 27 in the NCES Class of 2019

NORTH CANAAN — The 27 students in the North Canaan Elementary School Class of 2019 seemed ready to move forward into a future that, no doubt, will have much to offer them.
Each class has its own personality. These students seemed focused on whatever task was at hand, happy but serious. In her farewell address at the end of the hour-long ceremony, Caitlin Sorrell said, “It is time to say goodbye to the friends we have learned to respect and admire.”

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North Canaan Airman graduates

NORTH CANAAN — U.S. Air Force National Guard Airman First Class Ethan J. Kobylarz graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio, Texas.
Kobylarz is the son of Audrey and Dennis Kobylarz of North Canaan and is graduate of Oliver Wolcott Technical School in Torrington.
He completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, as well as  basic warfare principles and skills.

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