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Marine Gunnery Sgt. Ted Marolda, who turned 100 on May 6, recounts the battles at Guadalcanal during World War II. At left, Sgt. Nick Gandolfo of North Canaan, a Korean War veteran. Photo by John Coston

Marine, at 100, recounts battles at Guadalcanal

NORTH CANAAN — Ted Marolda heard the news on the radio as he rode to work in his old Ford. It was Dec. 7, 1941. The Japanese had bombed Pearl Harbor, the radio announcer said.

Representatives from each grade took turns mulching and watering the newly  planted catalpa at NCES. Photo by Riley Klein

NCES plants tree for Arbor Day

NORTH CANAAN — Students at North Canaan Elementary School (NCES) added a northern catalpa to the school’s arboretum on April 28 in honor of Arbor Day. For the 33rd year, NCES celebrated the annual tradition before a crowd of relatives and loved ones.

Art pop-up

The crowd was hungry for art,  hors d’oeuvres and Great Falls Brewing Co. beer on Friday, April 28 at the Canaan Union Depot in North Canaan, where local artists’ work was on display for sale to benefit Douglas Library.

From left, Terry Aitken, an election day poll worker, and voter registrars Patricia Keilty  and Rosemary Keilty  count ballots during the special town meeting on April 26. Photo by Riley Klein

North Canaan keeps resident trooper

NORTH CANAAN — Residents of the town of North Canaan gathered at Town Hall on April 26 for a special town meeting to vote on the future of their resident trooper. After a contentious discussion, the 55 residents in attendance voted 37 to 18 in favor of keeping the program for another year.

Sam and Audrey Leary of Blackberry River Bistro. Photo by John Coston

Big Eats At The Bistro

As we come to the end of Railroad Street and start on Main Street, on the corner of the Canfield Building is the Blackberry River Bistro. If you haven’t been to North Canaan in a while and find yourself saying “That name sounds oddly familiar,” that’s because it is.

A Vision in Ink

Up about 100 feet on the right side of Railroad Street we come across Nerdy Visions. Opened in 2020 in the heat of the pandemic Nerdy Visions is a very proud new member of the North Canaan community. Nerdy Visions is a new twist on a tattoo parlor. Owner Joe Murph lends his “Vision” to help people envision themselves with new tattoos.

Cassidy Considine and Kelly Wolfe at Nutrition on Railroad. Photo by Riley Klein

Coffee Roasting, Smoothie Mixing

A short distance away from Northwest Auto, across Railroad Street, we come across the newest business in town, ILSE Coffee. ILSE is a company that has been based in Stamford, Conn. Originally, they were primarily wholesale coffee roasters that shipped beans to cafes around the world.

Charles Boros and Kevin Rosier of Northwest Auto, formerly Brewer Bros. Photo by Alexander Wilburn

Where To Go On The Go

Starting on Route 7 South and coming into North Canaan you’ll encounter Picante’s, Crane’s Power Equipment, and the Caddie Shack. As we cross the train tracks and pass the first few buildings of North Canaan we come across Northwest Auto on the left. A large garage directly on the side of the road I’d say impossible to miss.


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