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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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Board of Selectmen Meeting to be held at the Meeting House in July & August
The Board of Selectmen will meet at 6 pm at the Canaan Meeting House on Canaan Street on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of July and August.
Missing Item Found
If you have recently lost something of value at the Canaan Beach, please call the Canaan Police at 603-523-7400 for more information.
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.
The yellow sticker MUST be added to a green sticker to be valid, and the green sticker number must be linked with the registered vehicle plate. Failure to do so will result in your sticker being invalid, and you will not be able to use the transfer station until you have a valid sticker.
Fun on the Fourth!
Canaan celebrated Independence Day with extensive activities. The Mascoma Valley Parks and Recreation partnered with the Canaan Masonic Social Summit Lodge to put on the sanctioned 4 mile road race in the morning.
Canaan Hall hosted a flea market, two musical events and a variety of food including burgers and fruit smoothies. The afternoon had racing demonstrations at the new Canaan Motor Club raceway. The new track that is just under a mile in length with numerous turns had high performance Karts as well as sports cars racing on the two new tracks.
The local model aeromodeliers demonstrated drones and some great video is available here of the new track taken by a done helicopter. The night concluded with s'mores and another great fireworks show sponsored by Cardigan Mountain School at dusk. More than 400 cars attended which exceeded last year by 150 vehicles.
Annual Canaan Lake Association Community BBQ 2015
Canaan Lake Association had their annual meeting and BBQ on July 11th. Jan Forbush retired as President and was replaced by John Bergeron. Charlotte Abington was elected Vice President. After the customary annual meeting and reports, the annual BBQ hosted by Cardigan Mountain School, was open to the whole community at no charge. The Association had informational displays set up in the Meeting House that were viewed by all as they picked up their lunch. Carol Williams won the annual photography contest and every dog in the dog show was a winner.
Meeting House Ambience
In 2015, the attendees of the annual Meeting House Readings experienced a new sound system donated by the Friends of Canaan Town Library, and better lighting provided through donations to the Meeting House Preservation Committee. Many thanks to all who have given to these efforts to create such an enjoyable atmosphere!
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!
Racing in Canaan
Canaan Motorclub set a new national record in June 2015 when it completed its new high speed track on Orange Road in Canaan. The new track is constructed in a road race design with several corners and straightaways. The record set last week was the time that it took to complete the construction and totaled 26 weeks when the final pavement was completed at 1:52 PM on Friday, June 26th. The new track is the result of herculean effort by Driven Performance, Osgood Construction and Ocuto Paving who powered through the winter to complete the track by July 1st. Click here to take a video tour of the first ride around the track with Eric Wood of Penguin Racing
Now that the high speed track is completed, there will be a variety of vehicles using the track this year.
New England SCCA (Sports Car Club of America) has already held several RallyX events on the property. During the past year there have been at least 4 race events. On February 7, 2015, a winter RallyX event was held at the track and another was held on June 27th just after the completion of the paving.
These are a few of the RallyX veicles that raced in the June event. RallyX cars need no particular equipment and focus on racing on dirt and grass in timed events. RallyX is a timed competition pitting a driver and his/her vehicle against a defined course. Watch a RallyX Video Here
RallyX is only part of the racing plan for Canaan Motorclub. As the year progresses. There will be a number of events that include racing motorcycles, sportscars, high performance Karts and perhaps even snowmobiles in the winter.
High performance sports cars and Karts will be racing with speeds well over 100 MPH. Despite these speeds, the noise is tightly controlled to be no more than 96 db at the track and minimal at the property line. Four races have been held so far, no one has called to indicate that they have heard any noise.
The new owner of the Canaan Motorclub, LLC is dedicated to working with the town of Canaan and helping the community. The new track is a significant racing facility that e all can be proud of.
8th Annual Hook-In
On June 14, the 8th Annual Meeting House Hook In was held. About 30 rug hookers joined together to share their craft. During the day, they collected donations to aid the Meeting House Preservation Fund. Others wishing to donate or to learn more about the Meeting House can find information here.
Canaan Expo Fun
At the recent Canaan Expo, the Canaan Police Department talked with local citizens about the upcoming Hands-Free Law for cell phones and other devices in cars. As part of the fun, they offered tours of the cruiser, gave radar equipment exhibitions, handed out traffic safety information, and answered questions about the upcoming changes in law.
A young Expo Visitor tours a Canaan Police Car
During the 2015 Canaan Memorial Day Parade, the Legion held a color ceremony to raise a flag donated in honor of Jack Porter by his family to memorialize veterans. This flag will continue to fly this year at the Veterans' Memorial on the Canaan Green. The Legion was joined by Canaan and Enfield Fast Squads, the Canaan Fire and Police Departments, the 4-H Club, the Scouts, and the Mascoma High School Marching Band in remembering those who have served our country.
Click here to view all photos of the Memorial Day Ceremonies and Parade.
New Bench at the Library!
The Friends of Canaan Library recently donated a bench to encircle the tree on the library lawn. It is the perfect spot to catch up with friends, take a break in the shade, or to connect to the library's free wifi!
Thank YOU for a successful "Swimming through Spaghetti" Dinner for the Recreation Department!
Thanks to everyone for attending the Swim into Spaghetti Dinner on May 6th. More than 100 people joined the meal, donated to support the Canaan Beach program and swim lessons and listened to Bryan Conway's entertainment.
Some of the comments – "Wonderful meatballs", "Really great singer", "The sausage sauce was excellent", "I went back three times"
Special thanks to the donors who added their contributions and to John Coffey, Marcia Littlefield, Bev Chapman, Carole Cushman, Chappy Kilgore and Suzan Ignacio for providing the work needed to prepare the food & decorations and to sell the tickets.
2015 David O. Cushman Memorial Winter Golf Tournament Photos Are Up!
Be sure to check out the latest winter fun on the Friends of Canaan Village Page. Find the link at the bottom of the page under "Photo Galleries."
Canaan Fire Department is celebrating their 125th Anniversary in 2015!
This year the Canaan Fire Department is celebrating 125 outstanding years of service to its fire protection district! This is a big accomplishment for them and they can be recognized as one of the oldest departments in our area.
Canaan Fire Precinct 1898
The Fire Department is currently gathering information for the history of the fire department and would love to gather more, let them know if you have any pictures or newspaper articles to contribute!
A few of the articles already gathered reveal their early history:
1876 – Town of Canaan voted NOT to establish a fire precinct. Thirteen years later (1889) November 4th, the Selectmen were petitioned to lay out a fire precinct – done on the 7th.
"There was a good attendance at the adjourned precinct meeting Saturday afternoon. It was voted to buy 750 feet of hose, a hose carriage and such other articles as may be thought necessary, and $600 was appropriated for that purpose. A committee, consisting of A.E. Barney, Hon. F.D. Currier, and A.M. Shackford, was chosen to expend the appropriation." – Canaan Reporter Newspaper Nov. 14, 1890.
Contact Alton Hennessy at email@example.com if you have items of interest!
First Peek at New Meeting House Lights
See more on the Meeting House Page!
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 project 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 information 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.
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!
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.
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Exercise Classes, Language Clubs, Kids' Programs, Trips, and More!
Summer Attraction Savings Deals & Fall Dance Class sign-up has now begun.
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Lego Club, Story Hour, Basement Bookies, & Humanities Programs are just a few!
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New Directory & The Farmers' Market is open for the season!
Canaan Police Benevolent Association 5K Race & 3K Walk: Run From The Law!
Sunday August 2, 2015
10:30 AM WALK / 11:00 AM RUN
Cardigan Mountain School
Historic Canaan Street – Canaan, NH
To benefit the Canaan Police Benevolent Association
Dedication of Veterans' Memorial
Sunday, August 2: 2pm
At the monument on the Common
The American Legion will hold an official ceremony of dedication on this day for the Veterans' Memorial.They would be pleased to have you join them in this event.
Memorial Bricks, which pave the pathway around the memorial, are still available, and can be engraved in memory or honor of any person (not just veterans) chosen by the purchaser. Information about purchasing bricks can be found here.
In addition, the American Legion will hold a fundraiser for the memorial on Saturday, August 1 in which they will offer Chicken Strips for sale through the day at the American Legion Post Building.
2015 Motocross Dates
- May 31
- June 14
- June 28
- July 12
- July 26
- August 9
- August 23
- September 27
More information on the Lions Club Motocross Website
2015 Meeting House Readings
7:30 pm, Thursdays, July 9-30
David Gates: A Hand Reached Down to Guide Me: Stories and Novella, Author of Jernigan, Pulitzer Prize finalist and National Book Critics Circle finalist
Jonathan Lethem: Lucky Alan: and Other Stories; Author of Motherless Brooklyn, NBCC fiction winner
Deirdre Heekin: An Unlikely Vineyard; Chosen as one of the best wine books of 2014 by the NYT
Ann Hood: The Italian Wife; Author of bestselling novels, The Red Thread and The Knitting Circle
Vicki Croke: The Elephant Company; New York Times bestseller
Jeffrey Lent: A Slant of Light (fiction); Author of international bestseller, In the Fall
David Ferry: Bewilderment: New Poems and Translations Ferry received the National Book Award for poetry in 2012
Megan Mayhew Bergman: Almost Famous Women: Stories; Her previous book of stories, Birds of a Lesser Paradise, was chosen as one of the best books of 2012
Learn more at "The Meetinghouse Readings"
Canaan Town Wide Yard Sale
Saturday, Sept. 26
Starting at 9am at the Village Common and all over town
Sponsored by the Mt. Cardigan Fish & Game Club
Pick up a registration form at the town office, library, local bank, or download one here.
Maps will be available at all yard sales and at the common on the day of the sale.
Call 523-7712, 523-7043, 523-4282 for more information.
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