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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. 

This tale of the friendship between a family and a tree was one of a few books read aloud that evening by Cindy Strattman. The room was filled with the...

North Canaan

Accordions tell musical stories

NORTH CANAAN — Toes were tapping in recognition as accordion collector Paul Ramunni visited Geer Village on Saturday, Feb. 9, to share his talent for squeezing several familiar tunes out of his special-edition Verde accordion while regaling his audience with facts and stories about the development of the instrument as well as the roles the accordion played in history.

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From North Canaan to Westminster: One giant leap for four paws

NORTH CANAAN — Last week a resident of the Northwest Corner had an opportunity to be in the spotlight on a national stage. His name is Roger and he’s a three-year-old Parson Russell terrier owned by Brenda and Gary Koepell of North Canaan. 

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Geer Village to build modern new 120-bed nursing home

NORTH CANAAN, Conn. — Geer Village Senior Community has received a $2.2 million grant from the state of Connecticut to help get it started on plans to build a new 120-bed skilled nursing facility. 
The existing facility was built in 1969, at a time when the expectations of a care facility were lower. There are only semi-private rooms; bathrooms are also shared.
But, stressed Geer CEO Kevin O’Connell, the level of care is very high at Geer and there is a demand for residences that match that high standard.

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State trash regs will not affect North Canaan

NORTH CANAAN — New state regulations that could force some towns to reduce solid waste by 10 percent by 2024 will not apply to North Canaan, according to a report heard at the Board of Selectmen’s meeting on Monday, Feb. 4.
In a report to the selectmen, transfer station Manager Dinnie Light said that the state has developed a Comprehensive Materials Management Strategy, forcing towns to implement initiatives that could include a payment system for discarding trash, known popularly as “pay as you throw.”

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State grant gets ball rolling for Geer SNF upgrades

NORTH CANAAN — Geer Village Senior Community has received a $2.2 million grant from the state to help get it started on plans to build a new 120-bed skilled nursing facility. 
The existing facility was built in 1969, at a time when the expectations of a care facility were lower. There are only semi-private rooms; bathrooms are also shared.
But, stressed Geer CEO Kevin O’Connell, the level of care is very high at Geer and there is a demand for residences that match that high standard.

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Confusion continues over Metcalf processing

NORTH CANAAN — About 40 North Canaan residents came to Town Hall to hear the closing arguments at the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) public hearing on Wednesday, Jan. 16. They were also there to air their concerns about asphalt production at the B. Metcalf paving company.
Following public comment, the hearing was officially closed. The ZBA will reach a decision within 65 days on the issue of whether an August cease-and-desist order was properly served to restrict activities at the B. Metcalf site at 15 Allyndale Road. 

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Heartfelt moments thanks to the accordion

NORTH CANAAN — First, Angelo Paul Ramunni turned his passion for accordions into a small museum in North Canaan. Now he has published a book about his life and the musical instrument that has played such a large part in it. 
Ramunni created the New England Accordion Connection & Museum Company in North Canaan in October 2011. There he has accordions from the 1820s to the modern era on display.

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Solar power project wins approval

NORTH CANAAN — A proposal to install a solar energy plant at the North Canaan transfer station won unanimous approval from the 65 residents who attended the annual town meeting on Thursday, Jan. 10, at Town Hall.
Brian Allyn was elected moderator for the meeting.
“This is a milestone for the town of North Canaan,” First Selectman Charles Perotti said, reviewing the bid process that chose C-TECSOLAR of Bloomfield, Conn., to proceed with engineering and development of the project.  

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2018: Geer to build modern new nursing home

NORTH CANAAN — Geer announced in November that it had received approval from the state to build a new 120-bed nursing facility to replace the aged and inefficient building on campus that was built in the 1960s.
Geer CEO Kevin O’Connell said that this is an important first step but the hard work is now just beginning. Money has to be raised, not just for building the new facility (which could cost between $20 million and $25 million) but also to do preliminary drawings and plans.
Of paramount importance, O’Connell said, is community input. 

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ZBA hearing will continue until January

NORTH CANAAN — Arguments continued at the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) public hearing held on Wednesday, Dec. 19, as B. Metcalf Paving Company attorney Mark Shipman sought to refute the evidence presented by Steve Allyn, who served as zoning enforcement officer (ZEO) when a cease-and-desist order was served to the paving company on Aug. 20.

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