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A strong community tied together by efficient and responsive Town Government and civic and community groups.
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A place of Opportunity that provides the perfect setting for Small Businesses, Entrepreneurs & Craftsmen in the natural beauty that draws visitors to our lakes, trails and mountains. We come from a variety of backgrounds, have diverse talents, hold independent views, and express ourselves in many different ways.

For a closer look at how you might find your perfect niche here, visit our Opportunity Page.
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.

For images from our past, understanding of our history and our efforts to retain our traditions, visit our Heritage page.


To View regular Town Office Hours & Contacts, please view the Town Offices Tab.

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Tuesday, March 10: Town Clerk & Tax Collector

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Notice of Public Hearing: Mascoma Valley Regional High School Site Plan Review

Mascoma Valley Regional High SchoolThe Canaan Planning Board will hold a public hearing concerning the Mascoma Valley Regional High School renovation project. Meridian Land Services will explain their plans for site construction, and public comment and questions are welcomed. This is a review of the proposed site plan only.

The hearing will take place at 7 PM February 26, 2014 at Canaan Hall located at the race track on Orange Road, Canaan NH.

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2015 Voting & Election Notice:

Notice is served for the upcoming Town Meeting.

Supervisors of the Checklist Session
The Supervisors of the Checklist will be in session on Saturday, February 28, 2015 from 11:00 to 11:30 a.m. at the Town Office, 1169 US Route 4, for additions and corrections to the checklist.

Town Meeting Voting Session:
Tuesday, March 10, 2015
Canaan Fire Station

Please see the Voting & Elections Page for full information including open positions, proposed warrants, and budgets.

valid sticker imageNew 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.


First Peek at New Meeting House Lights

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See more on the Meeting House Page!

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Christmas in Canaan 2014

Check out the photos!

Wind Turbines?

wind turbineAt 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.

fire dept. auctionWanted: 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 firefighteralton@gmail.com if you have any information.

Highway Projects

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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!

phonesCanaan 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!

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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!

Congratulations Sam!

Sam Provenza

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

Open HouseOn 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.

DedicationMore 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.

VehiclesThe 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!

fireworksOnce 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.

fireworks 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.

fireworksThe 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!

memorial walkwayEngraved 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

museum artworkLibrary 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!

park bench bench repair
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-Shirtstshirt

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.

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News from the Select Board regarding the School Renovation Project

Follow the school renovation project on a new tab on the Select Board Page!

Sharon DuffyWebsite Changes

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 sduffy@canaannh.org


Thank You, Again, Alton!

old home days parade

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: sduffy@canaannh.org


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Mascoma Community Healthcare

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:

Andrea Gilbert
Therese Samson
Susan & Chappy
TM Jellison Construction
Petro Mart
Golden Comb
Enfield House of Pizza
Elaine Prior
Tracy Flynn-Moloney
The Carr Family
Debra Muzzey
Jenny Sousa
Friends of Canaan Village
Mickey's Roadside Café
Sue Jenks
Sonya Carter
Papa Z's
Helen Rocke
William Prior
Shaker Valley Auto
Marcia Littlefield
Doug Belloir
Chocolate Pips Photography
Adam Cushing
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


New Directory

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: jcarrjj@gmail.com or call 603-523-7910. Businesses are included free of charge


Library EntranceNew 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!

Sign Installation Sign Roof Installation

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.

Completed Fire Sign

Food Donation to Senior CenterThank 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!


Household Hazardous Waste CollectionCanaan 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.

Household Hazardous Waste Collection
chart of yearly usage & costs
Household Hazardous Waste Collection Household Hazardous Waste Collection

And. . . .

Don't forget to check out the Old Home Day Photos on the Old Home Day Page and the Christmas in Canaan Galleries on the Christmas in Canaan Page

Blues Brother playing harmonica on car hood. North Pole sign


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The Transfer Station is closed on the following holidays: New Years Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.
Tax Assessor 523-4501 x 103
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Mike Samson

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Be sure to check these other pages and sites for on-going events!

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Recreation Department
Exercise Classes, Language Clubs, Kids' Programs, Trips, and More!

Current Highlights:
Winter Fitness Classes &
Lifeguard Course Info for Summer Jobs
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Canaan Town Library
Lego Club, Story Hour, Basement Bookies, & Humanities Programs are just a few!

Current Highlights:
Caboodles &
"Pass the Book" Winter Reading Program!

Community Calendar
Get involved!
Attend a public meeting!

Current Highlights:
Preparing for Town Meeting


The Ice Rink at Williams Field is Open!
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Mascoma Royals SealSpaghetti Dinner & Silent Auction to benefit Mascoma Project Grad 2015

All proceeds to benefit Mascoma Project Graduation Class of 2015

Saturday March 7, 2015
5:00 until sold out
Mascoma High School
Auction Bidding starts at 5:00 and ends at 7:00
Cost: $10.00 for 13 up / $5.00 for 12 and under

Spaghetti, meatballs, salad, dinner roll, dessert and drink
**Gluten free selection will be available as well.

Some of our auction items: Victorino signed picture, Buckholz signed picture, BMX racing bike from Mason Racing, Skateboard/BMX helmets from Mason Racing, Cord of firewood delivered fall of 2015, Four pack of fisher cats tickets, 150 Gallons of #2 Heating Oil from Simple Energy, Northern Stage tickets, Auto Detailing from Shaker Valley, oil change and inspection from J & B Auto, and many more items.

Thank you to Cardigan Mountain School, Mountain Meadow Event Center, BJ's Wholesalers, and families of our senior class for their generous donations for the dinner portion of this event. Also a big thank you to all the businesses, family and friends that donated items for our auction.

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Town Wide Yard Sale

Saturday, May 9

Starting at 9 am at the Village Common and all over town!
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Sponsored by the Mt. Cardigan Fish & Game Club
Rain or Shine

Join in on the Common or just get on the map of the town!

Click here for a registration form or
Pick up a registration form at the town office, library, or local bank

Call 523-4282, 523-7043, or 523-7712 to be listed or for further information.


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