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|The Heritage of New England still plays a strong role in Canaan. We value our history, meeting places, old ways, and lessons from the past. Our heritage helps us to embrace the future.
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New Transfer Station Stickers Issued
After July 1, 2014 Green Transfer Station stickers will only be valid with the addition of the yellow update decal. Please obtain this decal at the Town Office.
Christmas in Canaan 2014
At the November 18, 2014 Board of Selectmen Meeting, a representative of a concerned community group from Alexandria, NH approached the board to pass on information on a possible wind turbine proect for Canaan, Dorchester, Orange, Alexandria, and Groton. The presenter provided a map (viewable here) that shows proposed sites that were identified on a FFA website. None of this infomation has been independently verified nor has the Board of Selectmen had any communications from the company mentioned, EDP Renewables. We will continue to keep you informed of new information.
Wanted: Historical Information or Photographs of the Canaan Fire Department!
Alton Hennessy is looking for any historical information, pictures, or newspaper articles about or from the Canaan Fire Department. The information will be used for the History of The Canaan NH Fire Dept. When submitting photos please give credit to whoever took the photograph. Contact Alton Hennessy at email@example.com if you have any information.
The concrete bridge beams for Goose Pond Bridge being set.
Check out photos of the Goose Pond Bridge project and other recent projects - Codfish/Talbert Hill Roads and Elliot Field - on the Highway Department Page!
Canaan Police ask, "Are You Prepared for the 2015 Hands Free Device Law?
Are you aware of the changes in the law regarding the use of cell phones, tablets, ipods, and other devices that take effect July 1, 2015? Read about them here and make sure you are ready to follow the law!
Crime Rates Increase in Canaan and Nearby Towns during the Past 3 Years!
Recently the Town Administrator looked at the increase in crime in Canaan. Click here to see what was found and how it impacts our Police Department.
Mascoma Community Healthcare Receives Gift
Mascoma Community Healthcare, Inc. received a tremendous boost from the Jack and Dorothy Byrne Foundation. The Foundation donated $50,000 which is enough to start our engineering and architectural work. The Foundation pledged an additional $50,000 when Mascoma Community Healthcare receives its 501 (c)3 status in about 60 days. On behalf of the many volunteers bringing this idea to fruition, thank you so much!
On August 22nd, Sam Provenza completed his training to become a full time law enforcement officer for the Town of Canaan. Sam joined the Canaan Police Department in January of 2012. He joined us while working for D-H DART and quickly became an active and dedicated employee. During his most recent training he received an accolade for having the highest cumulative academic grade of any officer in his training class. This is a repeat performance from his training as a part time officer. Sam filled a vacant full time position in January of this year. Nice to have him as a full time officer.
Safety Complex Open House & Dedication
On August 15, 2014 the Canaan FAST Squad and the Canaan Police Department hosted an open house for residents to view the new FAST Squad complex that included enhanced police facilities and a new meeting room used for training and emergency operations as well as community meetings.
More than a hundred people joined FAST Squad members in taking tours of the facility and enjoying refreshments donated by Chappy Kilgore and Susan Ignacio. Chief Sam Frank acted as emcee and thanked more than thirty corporate and individual donors who made the complex financially possible. The facility was dedicated to those volunteers and donors. A number of community volunteers were also recognized for their labor in completing the job as was MTD Construction.
The new facility doubles the space available for the Police Department and FAST Squad and allows the FAST Squad to offer 24 hour coverage on site as well as future non-emergency transport service. No tax dollars were used in the expansion of the facility and it was made possible by donations and funds previously raised by the FAST Squad.
View photos of the new facility on the FAST Squad Page
Fourth of July Thank You!
Once again this year Cardigan Mountain School sponsored the fourth of July fireworks at Canaan Speedway. This year more than 250 cars parked on site and flooded the historic Canaan Fair grandstand to view the fantastic display.
There were a few changes this year. The Speedway is now owned by Tillman Gerngross who graciously allowed the use of the grounds and the grandstand. The Canaan Recreation Commission operated a refreshment booth and sold novelties and there were a few vendor booths that set up near the gazebo. Hundreds of people took advantage of the bleacher seats and had unobstructed views.
The fireworks are only possible through the generosity of Cardigan Mountain School. The Canaan Fire Department supervised the discharge of the fireworks and managed traffic with the Canaan Police Department. Earlier in the day Recreation joined the Social Summit Masonic Lodge in sponsoring a 4 K race for walkers and runners. The Canaan Lake Association sponsored a free community barbecue at the Canaan Meeting House where educational displays about the lakes were set up. We thank everyone who made the Fourth of July in Canaan a real celebration!
Engraved Brick Walkway for Veterans' Memorial
Canaan American Legion Weld-Webster Post 55 has completed the brick circle around the Canaan Veterans Monument and is now selling engraved bricks for the walkway. The bricks are $50 each and can be engraved with two lines of type. Forms are available at the Legion Post, Canaan Hardware, the Town Office, or call Harry Armstrong at 603.523-7093.
Note: The names on the Monument are still being collected and verified and will be done at a later date. The Monument is now in a beautiful setting that honors those veterans who served from Canaan. More information for submitting veteran information can be found on the Veterans' Memorial Page
Library Receives New Museum Passes!
Thanks to the Friends of the Library Canaan library card holders may now visit the Currier, the MASS MoCA, and the MFA in addition to Billings Farm, VINS, and Shelburne Museum! Check out their Museum Passes Page for more information.
Just one more bench to go!
Friends of Canaan Village and the Canaan Farmers' Market have restored 3 of the 4 benches on the Town Common. The 4th bench will be restored in time for Old Home Days. They not only look much better, but are more comfortable and safer. Special thanks to Gary Wood, Reg Barney, and Aaron Allen for their good work. Come sit awhile.
Friends of Canaan Village T-Shirts
We have a new batch of Farmers' Market t-shirts in the original colors (sage green with dark red ink) sporting Judith Kushner's beet motif. They will be available for purchase ($12 any size - S, M, L, XL) Saturday and Sunday of Old Home Days at the Friends' tent on the Common. They will also be sold at the Farmers' Market on Sundays.
The winners and answers to the 2014 "So You Think You Know Canaan Quiz" are now available on the Friends of Canaan Village Page.
News from the Select Board regarding the School Renovation Project
Follow the school renovation project on a new tab on the Select Board Page!
In our efforts to continue to create a website that is user-friendly and informative, you may have noticed that we have recently changed our format.
The most asked for items - hours, contacts, events, and news have been moved from the "Community Page" to tabbed pages on the Home Page. We hope this improves your experience here at CanaanNH.org, and as always, we welcome your comments and questions at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank You, Again, Alton!
Recently, Alton Hennessy has been doing some history research for the Canaan Fire Department. As part of his work, he has found some wonderful photos from past Old Home Days Events. Especially interesting are the archives from 1958! Notice the location of the Fire Department in this 1986 photo! Look at these and more on the Old Home Days Page! If you have photos or stories you could share, email: email@example.com
Canaan and Health Care
We have now received 1,900 pledges!
Mascoma Community Healthcare has officially become a NH non-profit corporation. Its application to become a 501(C)3 organization is pending.
The corporation adopted by-laws and elected 22 local directors to serve on their board. Seven committees have been working very hard since the first of May. Those committees include staffing, finance, equipment, fund raising, collaboration, building, and communications. Regular updates on their work can be found on their website. Some of the highlights of committee work include the following work by the building, finance, and fund raising committees:
- A site has been selected and tested for the clinic at the corner of Roberts Rd and US Route 4. An architect and an engineer are being selected to prepare prints for borrowing, bidding and construction.
- USDA has indicated a willingness to lend the money necessary to construct the clinic building.
- Fund raising is under way to raise $400,000 for all the preparation work needed prior to construction.
Pledging will continue. We need to increase pledges from low to moderate income families. Generally a low to moderate income family of 2 would have income of no more than $38,000 a year and a low income family of 4 would have income of no more than $48,000 a year. A low to moderate single person would have income of less than $33,000. If you know people that might fall within those income levels, encourage them to pledge to try us. You can learn more and make your own pledge by going to their Website or to the Mascoma Community Healthcare Facebook Page!
Thank you to everyone who helped make the Spaghetti Dinner & Silent Auction a huge success!
We raised over $1,200 for the Swim Program, making it possible for us to have swim lessons for another year! Thank you! The Canaan Street Beach Swim Program wouldn't exist without your continued support!
Special Thanks To: Mary Ignacio, Susan & Chappy
Thank you for the delicious meal and for your generous donations to the Silent Auction. You are truly wonderful people, and the town is a better place because of you!
Thank you to the following individuals who donated items to the Silent Auction:
Susan & Chappy
TM Jellison Construction
Enfield House of Pizza
The Carr Family
Friends of Canaan Village
Mickey's Roadside Café
Shaker Valley Auto
Chocolate Pips Photography
Canaan Village Pizza
Upper Valley Line-X & John Dyer's Welding
Dan's Detailing at John Dyer's Welding
Robert Frost Jr.
2014 David O. Cushman Winter Golf Tournament
The annual Winter Golf Tournament proved sunny and funny once again. Be sure to check out the story and photos on the News Tab of the Friends of Canaan Village Page
Friends of Canaan Village has received $500 from the Mascoma Savings Bank to help fund the new edition of the Business and Services Directory. We plan to have the Directory available by the summer. Folks will be able to pick up a copy at the Mascoma Savings Bank, the Town Library, the Town Offices, and Canaan Hardware Store.
If you would like to add your business to the listing or update your current listing, please send your business name and phone number (state type of business if not obvious from business name) to Joanna Carr at: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 603-523-7910. Businesses are included free of charge
New Library Hours in 2014!
Starting Monday, January 6, the Canaan Town Library will have expanded hours. Thanks to everyone who took time to fill out our surveys and visited the library during 2013.
- Monday 3-8 pm
- Tuesday 1-8 pm
- Wednesday 1-8 pm
- Thursday 1-5 pm
- Friday 9-noon
- Saturday 9-3 pm
Friends Receive Brundage Grant
Friends of Canaan Village is the recipient of a $1000 grant from the Brundage Foundation. This amount is intended to be the Friends' contribution to the 2014 Lions Club Concerts on the Common.
These weekly summertime concerts generally begin the first Tuesday after the Fourth of July. Friends provide ice cream sundaes. The concerts are free, open to everyone, and bring joy to all ages.
Hope to see you next summer at the Concerts. Check the town website in late spring for the 2014 schedule.
Many thanks to the Brundage Foundation for supporting this community event.
Thank You, Alton!
Alton Hennessy, a Boy Scout with Troop 800, completed his Eagle Scout Service Project recently: a fire danger sign for the Canaan Fire Department/Town of Canaan. This project has been a dream of Alton's for many years. Planning started in the spring of this year with designing the sign and getting all approvals and doing all preliminary planning necessary to complete his Eagle Scout Service Project Proposal; his work continued throughout the summer and fall with the organization of all details necessary to see this through to completion. By the time the project was completed, over 72 hours had been put in by Alton and his project assistants. He would like to further enhance the sign by adding flowers and solar lights next spring. Alton is a Lieutenant on the Canaan Fire Explorers, and he will move forward with the goal of becoming a firefighter/paramedic after he graduates from high school in 2016.
Thank you for your donations!
The Library's annual Food for Fines Campaign raised over 200 food and hygiene products for the Mascoma Senior Center Food Pantry this year.
Thanks to everyone who helped out!
Canaan Holds Successful Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day
Canaan held its first two Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day on Saturday, September 14th and October 19th. The turnout between 10 AM and 2 Pm was very good. 69 households participated in September and 67 in October which is about 7% of the town's households. Our participation rate is more than three times the state average for communities with collections.
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Budget Planning Season & Holiday Events
Live Outdoor Nativity Play
Date: Sunday, December 21, 2014
Time: 7:00 – 7:30 PM
Location: New Hope Community Church
526 Canaan Street, Canaan
Go back in time and visit Bethlehem as you watch real people and animals reenact the great historical event of Christ's birth!
See Mary and Joseph with the baby Jesus under the big shining star, watch as the shepherds arrive with their sheep, the three wise men as they offer their valuable gifts to the babe, and the glorious appearing of the heavenly angel, Gabriel. This 30 minute play is festive fun for the whole family and a great way to kick-off your Christmas celebration! But, don't be late as we begin and end promptly!
FREE hot chocolate and cookies for all who attend. There is always FREE parking!
Visit our website for more information: NewHopeCommunity.net
Community Christmas Eve Candlelight Service
Date: Wednesday, December 24, 2014
Time: 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Location: New Hope Community Church
526 Canaan Street, Canaan
Celebrate Christmas the old fashioned way! Come enjoy the warmth of family and friends, special holiday music and the lighting of candles as you remember the birth of Christ!
There is always FREE parking!
Visit our website for more information: NewHopeCommunity.net
F.A.S.T. Squad Offering EMT Course
Beginning January 5:
Sign Up Today because Space is Limited!
Full details available on the FAST Squad Page.