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Grace Kelly, president of the Couch Pipa VFW Auxiliary, made a sale of a rag wreath on Saturday, Sept. 26, at the Couch Pipa VFW in North Canaan. Kelly said she kept busy during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown by making the wreaths. Photo by Patrick L. Sullivan

Crafts on an autumn day at VFW

NORTH CANAAN — The Couch Pipa VFW Auxiliary hosted a crafters fair at Couch Pipa VFW in North Canaan on Saturday, Sept. 26. 

With music, food, 23 vendors, children running around and excellent weather, it was almost like normal life.

Becton Dickinson has committed to producing 50 million syringes and needles by the end of this year to support the U.S. COVID-19 vaccination campaign, Operation Warp Speed. Photo courtesy of BD

North Canaan’s BD on the front lines for COVID-19 vaccine

NORTH CANAAN — This quiet, rural community is making a “heroic” contribution to the U.S. government’s COVID-19 vaccination campaign, known as Operation Warp Speed.

Rich Crane Jr. and Crane’s Outdoor Power Equipment in North Canaan were inundated with phone calls from area residents seeking help with generators in the days after Tropical Storm Isaias. Photo By Alexander Wilburn

With generators, maintenance and caution are key

NORTH CANAAN — In a one-two punch, Tropical Storm Isaias’ arrival in early August, on the heels of four confirmed tornadoes in the Northwest Corner, wreaked havoc on thousands of homes and businesses by knocking out power and plunging the region into darkness for nearly a week.

Lisa Douyard, fitness director at the YMCA in North Canaan at Geer, hopes the pool and other indoor facilities will open by Aug. 10. Parts of the YMCA will open on Aug. 3. Photo by Cynthia Hochswender

YMCA at Geer slowly comes back to life

NORTH CANAAN — Slow and sure has been the motto of the Northwest Connecticut YMCA in North Canaan at Geer Village, which closed March 16 for the COVID-19 quarantine.


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