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NORTH CANAAN — Dec.  7 is not normally a day of celebration in the United States; it’s more traditionally a day to remember the attacks on Pearl Harbor that brought the nation into World War II.

But last Saturday, there was reason for cheer. Michael Hanlon Jr. had become an Eagle Scout, a promotion achieved by only about 2% of all Boy Scouts. 

Hanlon joined the Scouts in first grade. When asked what motivated him to join, he said, 

“All the activities I had heard of, and all the friendships that I could and did make.” ...

North Canaan

Inside Scoop: The view from inside the school bus

NORTH CANAAN — Leslie Sheldon was at Geer in North Canaan all last week, setting up the holiday display in the lobby with members of her family. 
“It takes several weeks to put together, and I have to take off a week from work as we get toward the end,” she said.
Sheldon works in the family business, Dufour Transportation, which owns and manages most of the school buses that run in the Northwest Corner (Region One schools use the All-Star line, which was started by Dufour and is still operated by the company).

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NC approves middle school sports proposal

NORTH CANAAN — By a vote of 6-1, the North Canaan Board of Education (NCES) approved a plan to regionalize the middle school sports program. The vote was held at the board’s regular meeting on Thursday, Nov. 14, and came after a lengthy discussion of the proposal initiated by Region One Athletic Director Anne MacNeil.

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Assorted business checked off list by BOS

NORTH CANAAN — An array of topics was discussed at the regular meeting of the Board of Selectmen on Wednesday, Nov.6, including accepting a resignation, replacing a town truck, announcing improvements to the town website, on-street parking and considering new initiatives such as a drive-through holiday light display.
First on the agenda was official recognition of Lynn Nania, recently retired director of the AHA! after-school program. Her many years of service to the town were commended by the selectmen.

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NCES hears middle school sports proposal

NORTH CANAAN — Declining student enrollment numbers and their effect on area middle school sports programs have led to a proposed plan to regionalize sports among the six elementary schools that form Region One.
The six towns are North Canaan, Cornwall, Kent, Falls Village, Salisbury and Sharon.

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Canaan Union Depot and Museum restored and open

NORTH CANAAN —Hundreds of visitors flocked to the restored Union Depot for a look at the railway museum and to celebrate the building’s reopening on Saturday, Nov. 9.
A blaze in 2001 had reduced the old depot to ashes, but residents determined that it would be rebuilt. Years passed before federal funds could be obtained for the project. The job finally went out for bid in 2014.
“It’s fantastic,” said First Selectman Charles Perotti.  “It’s been a long time coming.” 

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Museum is official

Bunny McGuire, center, cut the ribbon and officially opened the former Union Station depot in North Canaan as former First Selectman Doug Humes, to her right, and First Selectman Charlie Perotti, behind and to her left, applauded. Story, another photo, Canaan Union Depot and Museum restored and open.

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AHA! after-school program will continue

NORTH CANAAN — Responding to residents’ concerns ahead of a Nov. 1 deadline, the North Canaan Board of Selectmen acted at a special meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 30, to continue operation of the AHA! after-school program.
More than 30 residents attended the meeting to air concerns that the child care program might cease to operate after the current director’s retirement at the end of October.
The solution approved by the selectmen was to appoint Patricia Vanicky, school paraprofessional, to serve as interim director to continue the program. 

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Cupcakes and Calico Fair help raise funds for roof

NORTH CANAAN —Flour was flying in North Canaan in preparation for the judging at the annual King Arthur Flour cupcake challenge, drawing 16 competitors vying for first place at the fall Calico Fair to benefit Pilgrim House. The fair was held on Saturday, Nov. 2.
The blue ribbon went to Monica Conlogue, who claimed first prize (and a $75 gift card from King Arthur Flour) with her peanut butter cupcakes. 

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No autumn leaf left unturned for jubilee

The “Canaan Renaissance” continued over the weekend at the Autumn Jubilee in downtown North Canaan. 
The North Canaan Events Committee, in collaboration with the Great Falls Brewing Company, hosted this multi-generational event on Saturday, Oct. 26. 

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Government waging war against rising drug costs

NORTH CANAAN — Connecticut Attorney General (AG)William Tong visited North Canaan Tuesday, Oct. 22, to participate in a discussion on the high cost of prescription drugs.
State Rep. Maria Horn (D-64) chaired the event at North Canaan Town Hall. 

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