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Canaan . . .

A friendly Community created by helpful neighbors and willing volunteers. A community that shares in

A strong community tied together by efficient and responsive
Town Government and civic and community groups.

For Boards, Departments & Town Information, visit our Town Government Page or the Town Offices Tab.

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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.

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Closings & Events:

 *Upcoming Events: Click Here!

 *Upcoming Closings:

Saturday, May 27: Town Clerk and Tax Collector's Office

Monday, May 29: Town Office and Library

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

Official Notices:

To request Town Notices by email, Click Here.

campfireCampfire Permits

The Fire Department would like to remind you that Seasonal Campfire Permits must be renewed annually beginning in January. Even if you have a permit from the previous year and have not changed the location or size of the campfire ring, it still needs to be renewed each year.

If you still need to renew your permit, the Fire Department is holding drop-in hours on Thursdays from 6-8pm and Saturdays from 8am-12pm until the second week of June.

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Hiring Seasonal Lifeguards 2017

Canaan Recreation Commission is looking to hire a waterfront supervisor, swim instructors and lifeguards for Canaan Street Beach, in Canaan, NH for the summer of 2017.For more information please contact Bev Chapman at rec@canaannh.org or call Bev at (603) 677-6813.

wind turbineNotice of Planning Board Subcommitte Meetings

The Wind Energy Systems Subcommittee of the Planning Board will meet the first Thursday of each month at 4pm in the Town Conference Room. For more information visit the Planning Board Page.
Note: The June 2017 meeting has been changed from June 1 to June 15. Same place and time.


Study Committee Coming this Year to Look at School Taxes

The voters of the Mascoma Valley Regional School District approved the creation of a study committee to look at whether the allocation formula for school costs should be modified. We will be following this process and will let you know how it is progressing. 74% of Canaan's voters supported the study committee. We anticipate that is likely that even with the default budget, the school tax rate will increase about 7% in Canaan this year based on average daily membership and the existing allocation formula.

The most recent presentation on this subject was at a community meeting in Enfield on January 30. Approximately 70 people attended. Click here to view the presentation made by the Town of Canaan.

NH county mapNH Drought Information and Relief

The county of Grafton, New Hampshire has recently been added to the areas facing drought. The NH Department of Environmental Services is advising water be reserved for only indoor uses and that careful water conservation be practiced.

You may learn more about drought, water conservation, and financial assistance available to low income households that may need help on the NH DES Website or by reading the NH DES 2016 Drought Guidance for Homeowners on Private Wells Brochure. If you need financial help in replacing your water supply, click here to learn more about possible aid.

Talbert Hill Road

Talbert Hill Road is being completed this year. Work started with partial paving in 2015. This year the Highway Department started where the paving stopped last year. The section from William Talbert’s farm house to the intersection with Goose Pond Road is very steep and most of it is dirt road. During August and September, the embankments were removed, ditching has been installed and riprap put in the ditch areas. The excavation and grading work was completed by the end of September. In early October, all of the road that has been under construction will be paved. The will be new sight lines and wider lanes that will make it much safer for people to travel from Goose Pond Road to the intersection with Sawyer Hill Road and Codfish Hill.

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flooding on route 4 in CanaanFloodproofing in Canaan

Canaan has retained the services Headwaters Hydrology in designing a flood proofing strategy for the Village.

Click here to learn what has been learned and what Canaan is planning.

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Police Department Adds Service

In the past unwanted and unused drugs were received at the Police Department during their bi-annual "Take Back Drugs" Events. Now they are equipped to collect these drugs at any time the station is open with their new Med Drop Box. Bring all unused and unwanted drugs to the station for safe disposal.

WCVB Chronicle Airs Show on Canaan

On Monday, November 21, 2016 the Boston television channel aired a show featuring Canaan NH.
Click here to watch!

And. . . .

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

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Office Hours & Contacts:

For all Fire/Health/Police Emergencies
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These are the standard Holiday Observances. Please watch the News & Alerts Tab for other closings or changes in this schedule.

New Year's Day
Civil Rights Day
President's Day
Memorial Day
Independence Day
Labor Day
Columbus Day
Veteran's Day
Thanksgiving Day
Day after Thanksgiving
Last work day before Christmas
Christmas Day
Administrators Hours: Mon-Fri: 8-4 If front door is locked, please use back door.
Mon-Wed-Fri: 9-12 & 1-4
Tues-Thurs-Sat; 9-12 Wed; 6-8
523-4850, Non-Emergencies
523-8808, Non-Emergencies
Winter: 7-3:30 Mon-Fri
Summer: 6-4:30 Mon-Thurs
Water & Sewer Department
W&S Operator: 304-9380
Town Administrator: 707-9349
Tours available upon request.
Library: 523-9650
Mon 3-8
Tues; 1-8
Wed; 1-8
Thurs; 1-5
Fri; 9-12
Sat; 9-3
Sunday: Closed
Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 2-6
Wednesday: 10-2
Thursday: 2-6
Friday: 10-2
Saturday: 8-2

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
Mon-Fri: 8-4
Building Inspector: 523-4501 x 104
Mon-Fri: 7-9 am
Human Services: 523-9901
Mon-Fri; 9-12
Town Finance Office: 523-4501 x 107
Mon-Thurs; 8-3
Recreation Coordinator: 523-4501 x 111
By Appointment
Website Manager: 523-4501 x 108
By Appointment

Town Government Links:

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For all Boards, Departments & Town Information please visit the
Town Government Page

Email the Town Administrator:
Mike Samson

Email the Website Manager:
Sharon Duffy

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