- Farmers' Market
Thank You, Mascoma Area Senior Center!
Friends of Canaan Village recently donated $500 to the Mascoma Area Senior Center to be used at the discretion of the Director.
Thank You, Brundage Foundation!
The Friends of Canaan Village has received a $1,000 grant from the Brundage Foundation to be used for the 2017 Concerts on the Common series.
Dedication of Reginald E. Barney Depot Park
Depot Park, a lovely treed area, which borders the Indian River, is situated at the end of Depot Street. For almost twenty years, Reggie Barney has been taking care of Depot Park, under the auspices of Friends of Canaan Village. In recent years, when Reggie could no longer mow the park himself, FOCV has paid to have it mowed. Friends are pleased that, beginning this summer, the Town will take over the mowing.
On Sunday, August 7, 2016 a ceremony was held at the park to honor Reggie's long stewardship of this public green space. It was well attended by family, friends, and towns people. Depot Park will now be known as the: Reginald E. Barney Depot Park. A sign with this new name will be installed.
A New Old Sign in Downtown Canaan, NH, and a link to a Lebanon Industry
A handsome old road sign that shows mileage east and west from downtown Canaan, NH, has been restored and placed at the crossroads of Route 4 and Canaan Street. Stamped "Lebanon Foundry", the sign offers a glimpse into information that was important for travelers in the past and into one of Lebanon's early 20th Century industries.
The old sign was an unexpected discovery for Dale and Bobbie Barney when they cleaned out a relative's garage last year. They gave the sign to Friends of Canaan Village, Inc. and the organization worked with the Town of Canaan to have the sign and post mended and restored by noted blacksmith Dimitri Gerakaris. Ken Lary was instrumental in saving the sign, transporting it from the Barneys to the blacksmith's shop. Bob Scott, Road Agent, installed it this fall in a location that seemed to make the best sense, given the directions and mileages stated.
The sign, topped by a version of the NH State seal, adds an intriguing element to the corner. Offering much more information than a simple sign directing drivers to I-89, this marker identifies distances to Portland, ME, Burlington, VT and Boston, MA, and also gives mileage to Rutland and Barre, VT, which must have been important destinations for travelers through Canaan when the marker was new.
Early directional signs in Canaan show up in photos from the 1890s on, and are clearly visible as survivors in photographs taken just after the 1923 fire that leveled the village center. The original location and date of installation, though, is still a mystery. "I've searched through everything that the Canaan Historical Society has and through private collections of local historical photographs," said Donna Zani Dunkerton, Canaan's Town Historian, "and haven't found a photo showing this sign in its original place."
Perhaps a reader will know of a photo or other information that will provide clues.
On its reverse the sign is stamped "Lebanon Foundry" and was most likely produced by the Lebanon Machine Company, active from 1916 into the1920s. A company brochure provided by Ed Ashey, Lebanon Historical Society curator, features a photo showing the Machine Company (located where the NAPA store is now in downtown Lebanon) and its Lebanon Foundry in the building that now houses Mason Racing.
The brochure advertised that the foundry produced street signs and "guide boards" throughout New England and included the New Hampshire State Highway Department among their many customers. Lebanon Foundry's "Leb-Iron" signs were purchased by towns from Maine to Missouri and were used to mark State lines along the Lincoln Highway.
2015 "So You Think You Know Canaan Quiz"
Winners & Answers
- 1st place: Amy Thurber
- 2nd place: Melissa Allen
- 3rd place: Lori Gowing
- 4th place: Anita Garland
The 2015 Friends of Canaan Village Directory is now available at the Town Offices, the Library, Canaan Hardware, and Mascoma Savings Bank!
Bench Restoration Project!
Friends of Canaan Village have restored the benches on the Town Common, and added Friends of Canaan Village Plaques. 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.
We are pleased to announce the reorganization of the Canaan Farmers' and Artisans' Market for 2017 under the stewardship of Field Acres Farm.
Details of the summer market will be coming soon.
Please contact Lynn Braley at 603-523-4943 or firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information or to become a vendor.
Friends of Canaan Village, Inc.
"Friends in Deeds"
As its name implies, Friends of Canaan Village, Inc. is dedicated to supporting Canaan's Village center, also known as the Downtown.
MissionTo create a safe, vital, attractive, and welcoming village center through civic projects and activities and, thereby, to benefit the entire community.
MembershipMembership is open to all Canaan residents, and to non-residents as well, who support its mission.
Members are not required to attend meetings. Any level of involvement is very welcome, starting with simply paying dues ( whatever amount a member wishes to give). We are hoping to expand our membership. If you are interested in joining Friends, come to a meeting and learn more.
Ongoing Activities, Projects, and Support of Civic Enterprises
- Canaan Business and Services Directory
- Old Home Days Participation
- Ice Cream Sales at the weekly summer concerts
- Financial Support for the Lions' Club Summer Bandstand "Concerts in the Park" and for the Playground
Downtown Safety and Beautification
- Downtown Revitalization Project maintenance
- Spring Plantings
- Maintenance of Depot Park
- Holiday Lights and Decorations
- David O. Cushman Winter Golf Tournament
- Cooperation with other town committees and groups
- Assist with Conservation Committee's Spring Roadside Clean-up