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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.

The decision will be made by a vote of the All Boards Chair Committee (ABC), which is made up of the chairmen from all six Region One elementary schools plus the regional board of education. Each of the six towns is voting on the proposal; their vote will...

North Canaan

Problem speeders on village streets

NORTH CANAAN — Growing incidences of drivers exceeding the speed limit on local streets were discussed at the Monday, May 6, meeting of the North Canaan Board of Selectmen.
Of particular concern were Bragg Street and Prospect Street where the speed limit is posted as 25 mph. Nights and weekends are the problem times, First Selectman Charles Perotti noted during discussion. Although speed bumps were seen as a possible solution, the selectmen agreed to begin by installing additional signs at the two locations.

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Thoreau’s message of awareness

On Dec. 11, 1860, an ailing Henry David Thoreau delivered the last public lecture of his career to an audience at the Hotchkiss Block building in Waterbury, Conn.
Author and Great Mountain Forest board member David Leff gave a lecture about Thoreau’s last lecture at the Douglas Library in North Canaan on Saturday, May 11.
The Great Mountain Forest is in Falls Village and Norfolk.
Waterbury was a boom town at the time, he said. The metals industry had created great wealth, and Thoreau was speaking to the captains of Waterbury industry.

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Around the world with four AFS students

NORTH CANAAN — Three international students visiting the United States and one Northwest Corner teen who studied abroad this year spoke about their lives and experiences on Tuesday, May 8, at Geer Village to members of the Exchange Club. 
Three AFS students came to the Northwest Corner for a year, attending Housatonic Valley Regional High School (HVRHS) and staying with volunteer host families. 
One student, Valerie Lenis, lives here but went to Costa Rica with an AFS program.

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North Canaan town meeting set for May 22

NORTH CANAAN — A handful of North Canaan residents attended a public hearing to hear details of the spending plans for the 2019-20 fiscal year, on Monday, April 29. 
Little comment was offered on the education and municipal budgets, together totaling $11.404,251, a 2.41% increase ($268,680) over the current year totals.

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Area officials get refresher on state Sunshine law

NORTH CANAAN — A review of dos and don’ts of Freedom of Information (FOI) rules drew a capacity audience of area town officials to the North Canaan Town Hall on Tuesday, April 23.
Randall DiBella, who is the town attorney for North Canaan and several other area towns, drew upon his 37 years of experience to present an outline of issues that frequently arise in the application of FOI rules in connection with board and commission meetings.  

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Stop & Shop strike over

NORTH CANAAN — The picketing strikers were no longer out on Route 44 in front of Stop & Shop on Monday, April 22. 
The union and grocery store chain had announced Sunday night, April 21, that they had reached an agreement.
And so, on the day after Easter and three days into Passover, shoppers began to return to the North Canaan grocery store. Shelves of non-perishables seemed to be well-stocked. The normal abundance of the produce department was diminished, with many of the fruit and vegetable displays empty. 

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As the sun rose on Easter...

Hardy members of the North Canaan Congregational  Church braved the elements at Hillside Cemetery to celebrate the resurrection of Christ at sunrise on  Sunday morning.

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History coming back to life at former Depot

NORTH CANAAN — The Canaan Union Station railroad history museum is chugging quietly forward, thanks to the efforts of a group of dedicated volunteers who meet every Saturday morning at the recently renovated space.
The station, known around town as the Depot, was burned in an arson fire in 2001, just weeks after the terror attacks of Sept. 11.
It took 18 years of red tape and delays by the federal government to rebuild the edifice, which is an emotional and geographical center of the town. 

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Lowell and Karcheski engaged

NORTH CANAAN — Russell and Denyce Lowell of North Canaan are happy to announce the engagement of their youngest daughter, Machayla Rachelle, 27, to Scott William Karcheski, 33, son of Lynn Reineke-Kelsey of North Canaan and also of Brian Karcheski of Falls Village. Both are graduates of Housatonic Valley Regional High School in Falls Village, Machayla class of 2009 and Scott class of 2004. The wedding is set to take place at Bliss Farms in Granville, Mass., on Aug. 16.

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Strike at Stop & Shop

NORTH CANAAN — The strike for union workers at Stop & Shop stores across New England (including the location in North Canaan) was still ongoing when this issue went to press on Tuesday, April 16.

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