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NORTH CANAAN — Stadium System has been providing team merchandise for sports teams for nearly 60 years. About 10 years ago, they opened a retail store on Ashley Falls Road,at the north end of town. 

The company’s main business is in providing custom uniforms and gear and in repairing and cleaning up football helmets.

The store was originally an outlet for sports-related products but it’s changed over the years, and now offers a wide variety of working gear. The basketballs are next to the Carhartt hats and steel-toed boots.

The store has...

North Canaan

Board considers future of middle school sports

NORTH CANAAN — Faced with declining enrollment projections, the North Canaan Board of Education considered the prospect of regionalization of middle school sports at the regular board meeting on Thursday, Oct. 10.
Board of Education Chairman Erin Drislane reported on the work of a regional committee charged with considering combined programs and how they might work. The combined effort would yield a greater variety of offerings for students.

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Duntz honored as Marine of the Year

NORTH CANAAN — Members of Northwest Marine Detachment 042 gathered at the Couch Pipa VFW center in North Canaan on Tuesday  night, Oct. 1, to surprise Russell Duntz by honoring him as the Marine of the Year.
Nick Gandolfo presented Duntz with a plaque and a ceremonial sword. Gandolfo was the detachment’s Marine of the Year two years ago. Last year’s Marine of the Year, Brian Richardson, has passed away so it was up to Gandolfo to do the honors on Tuesday. 

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Retailers grappling with changes in tax regulations

NORTH CANAAN — The Oct. 1, 2019, tax changes in Connecticut have been a topic of much discussion and consternation, especially among vendors of food and beverages. 

Retailers throughout the region were reprogramming their cash registers and trying to figure out the complexities of the new take-out food taxes last week, which add 1% to the tax on prepared foods in a wide variety of categories. 

VFW Couch-Pipa Post 6851 in North Canaan has specific concerns about the increase in taxes on alcohol, food and hall rentals. 

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Metcalf asphalt case returns to court

NORTH CANAAN — In the aftermath of the North Canaan Planning and Zoning Commission’s denial of the site plan application filed by B. Metcalf Paving Company on Sept. 9, the company has filed a new complaint in Superior Court of Litchfield County at Torrington.
At issue is the paving company’s site plan application to provide a modification to process warm asphalt at their location.

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Enrollment level at North Canaan

NORTH CANAAN — With the opening of the school year, the North Canaan Elementary School (NCES) is showing enrollment of 251 students, a figure announced at the Thursday, Sept. 19, meeting of the Board of Education.
The total school population will not be official until Oct. 1. NCES Principal Alicia Roy said that the number of students may increase by two or three by then.
The enrollment for 2018 was 255; in 2017 it was 253; in 2016 it was 277.

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Billions lost each year in scams on the elderly

NORTH CANAAN — Seniors who attended a program on Elder Abuse and Fraud Prevention on Wednesday, Sept. 18, heard a wealth of helpful information, the best advice being to speak up and get advice.
The program was held at Geer Village in North Canaan and was sponsored by Salisbury Bank and Trust.

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Zoning Enforcement Officer resigns over Metcalf decision

In the aftermath of the decision taken by the North Canaan Planning and Zoning commission (P&Z) at their meeting on Monday, Sept. 9, the town’s zoning enforcement officer submitted her resignation to First Selectman Charles Perotti.
Richelle Hodza had served the town for less than a year as zoning enforcement officer and land use administrator. 

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P&Z denies B. Metcalf site plan

NORTH CANAAN — By unanimous vote following a lengthy executive session closed to the press and the public, the Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) in North Canaan voted on Monday, Sept. 9, to deny the application submitted by the B. Mecalf paving company that would have allowed for the production of asphalt at 235 East Canaan Road.
With P&Z Chairman Steve Allyn abstaining from the vote, the commission voted to deny a certificate of demand for approval that had been submitted by Metcalf’s attorney, Mark Shipman. 

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By paying off lien, town can finish depot

NORTH CANAAN — By unanimous consent at a special town meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 27, voters in North Canaan approved an allocation of $159,000 from the town’s general fund to close out a lien and complete the Railroad Plaza construction project, home of the historic railroad depot.

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Picante’s joins a restaurant scene in bloom in North Canaan

NORTH CANAAN — Picante’s recent restaurant opening is proof (twice over) that lack of proper signage or advertising is not enough to stop locals from seeking authentic and novel Mexican food.

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