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RECYCLING IS TEMPORARILY CLOSED at The Canaan Transfer Station.  The recycling area is closed for repairs and we will post notifications once the repairs are complete. 

The rest of the Transfer Station is still open.


Canaan Farmers and Artisans' Market

Sunday, June 7th, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

We had such a great opening for the market!

Old favorites, new faces, and lots of great options no matter what you're shopping for. Bring a mask and join us on the town common! Things will look and work a little differently and we ask that you please take home any prepared food instead of eating at the market so we can make sure there's plenty of room for everyone to social distance while shopping. We're so excited to see you again and showcase all our amazing local farmers and artisans that make this such a great community to be a part of. See you soon!

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MVRSD Car Parade to Celebrate the Class of 2020

FRIDAY, JUNE 12, 2020
AT 6 PM – 7:30 PM

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Mascoma Valley Regional High School

Senior Graduation
July 31st, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Will likely include a streaming option for family and friends not able to travel

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The Canaan Town Library
now has Take-Out.

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We are happy to be back to getting books and materials out to everyone.  We also continue to offer online opportunities through our website,  In this week's newsletter: iguanas, paper cities, and dancing -- sounds like the perfect week to me!

Staff will be processing your requests daily and preparing them for pick up three days a week.  

Call 523-9650, email, or put items on hold in the library catalog Click on Library Catalog, choose Canaan Town Library and log in (we can help you get started with this!) 

The library reserves the right to limit the number of items checked out at one time.

Add a mask to your order. While supplies last, you may add a reusable, cloth face mask to your order. When you call or email, just let us know if you would like a mask to be placed in your take out bag (limit of two masks).

These masks have been donated to the library and we are offering them free of charge. We encourage folks to wear face masks when picking up their take out orders, and are happy to provide masks to you while supplies last.

These masks are for you to keep and use not only when you pick up your library take out, but as you make your way through your day.

Please take advantage of the library's online services, online resources for kids and more activities then listed below by visiting

If you need your library card number or a password, please email
for assistance.

There have been so many wonderful ideas and resources in the past months that you can now access archives of past newsletters by clicking HERE.


To access this weeks new ideas and activities, check out the Town of Canaan Library Website.


Reaching out with some online opportunities to keep folks engaged and active during this time of social distancing.  This week we're happy to announce the start of Library Take Out and to show you what our Vermont museum neighbors have been up to.


The Meeting House Summer Reading Series has been cancelled.  

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Dear Friends of the Meetinghouse Readings,

We waited as long as we could to try to find July light at the end of the Covid-19 tunnel, but the short term remains as dark, or even darker, than before. Since the Meetinghouse provides little opportunity for best social distancing practices; since the national infection numbers and deaths continue to increase at alarming rates; since we cannot test all members of our loyal audience - including visitors from other states -- for the viral infection, and after consulting with local Covid-19 authorities, we feel it both necessary and prudent to cancel the 2020 summer Canaan Meetinghouse Readings.

I announce this with a heavy heart since I know how much the Readings mean to the audience, to the  authors, and to the moderator, not least this summer when we could all use a large dose of  community and culture, and when the list of authors and books is as good as any we've ever  presented. The good news, however, is two-fold:

1. all the authors (see list below) will be invited back next summer (2021) and most have already  indicated that they will be available;

2. the authors have been invited to submit a short video of a reading from their current books (or  others), and several have already agreed. ( will distribute online access to any such videos,  probably on the day that each author was scheduled to read in July).

3. Books will be available to purchase at the Norwich Bookstore (and can be signed by the authors  next summer). They are also available to borrow at the Canaan Town Library and the Converse Free  Library in Lyme.

Thank you so much for your patience, fortitude, and continued support in the face of this horrible  pandemic. As always, you, the audience, are the foundation of Meetinghouse community. Phil Pochoda

Canaan Meetinghouse Reading Series Summer 2020 (Now 2021)

Moderator: Phil Pochoda

July 9: Andrew Delbanco The War Before the War: Fugitive Slaves and the Struggle for America’s Soul from the Revolution to the Civil War. A New York Times Notable Book Selection; Winner of the Mark Lynton  History Prize and the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award. Delbanco was awarded the National Humanities Medal by President Barack Obama in 2012. In 2001, he was named “America’s Best Social Critic” by Time Magazine.

Rebecca Makkai The Great Believers (fiction): Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize (2018); Finalist for the National Book Award; New York Times 10 Best Books of 2018; Winner of ALA Stonewall Award;  Winner of the Chicago Review of Books Award,  and many other Awards. Makkai has written two other  novels and a book of short stories.

July 16: Cleopatra Mathis After the Body: Poems New and Selected. Mathis directed the Creative Writing Department at Dartmouth for 27 years. Her new book consists of poems selected from her seven previous books of poetry as well as new poems, primarily about her Parkinson’s disease. The many prizes for her work include two National Endowment for the Arts Awards; the Robert Frost Award, and the Guggenheim Fellowship.

Gish Jen The Resisters (fiction). “A 1984 for our times.” (Washington Post.) Jen is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She has been awarded a Lannan Literary Award for Fiction, a Guggenheim fellowship, and a Mildred and Harold Strauss Living; she has also delivered the William E. Massey, Sr. Lectures in the History of American Civilization at Harvard University. The Resisters is Jen’s eighth book. “Gish Jen is the Great American Novelist we’re always hearing about.” (Junot Diaz)

July 23: Benjamin Garcia Thrown in the Throat: Garcia’s first poetry collection; selected by Kazim Ali as part of the 2019 National Poetry Series. He was the 2017 Latinix Scholar at the Frost Place, and a 2019 Lambda Literary Fellow.

Tom Barbash The Dakota Winters: A Novel. Barbash’s fourth novel “works like a act of necromancy, communicating directly with New York City’s outsized celebrities, fables, histories, and  locations.” (Interview magazine). He is the author of the California Book Award-winning novel, The Last Good Chance, and the NYT bestselling nonfiction book, On Top of the World: Cantor Fitzgerald, Howard Lutnick, and 9/11.

July 30: Jeff Sharlet This Brilliant Darkness: A Book of Strangers. Dartmouth Associate Professor of Literary Nonfiction chronicles the lives of people living on the social margins. Renowned for his writings on outliers in American religions, he exposed the role of a powerful secret Washington right wing religious/political organization in two books that were made into a five-part docudrama, The Family, last year.

Ivy Pochoda These Women: Ivy’s fourth novel. Her previous novel, Wonder Valley, was chosen as one of the best books of 2017 by NPR and the LA Times, and book of the month by Oprah and Vanity Fair. It won the Strand Magazine Critics Award for Best Novel and was a finalist for the Grand Prix de  Litterature Americaine in France. Visitation Street, her second novel, received the Page America Prize in France and was an Amazon Best Book of 2013.


Mascoma Valley Parks & Recreation

COVID-19 Update

Click HERE for June Newsletter

In spite of the cancellations and postponements, we would like to still like to encourage our community members to remain physically active during this time.

If you do decide to head out to a public park or for walk/bike/run on a public trail, please follow the below recommendations from the National Recreation & Parks Association to help keep you safe on our public trails and in our public parks.

We are still strongly recommending that you avoid playgrounds and do not allow your children to climb on playground structures - they are not currently cleaned or sanitized regularly.

Recommendations for trail users on observing social distancing minimums:

• Follow CDC’s guidance on personal hygiene prior to heading to trails — wash hands, carry hand sanitizer, do not use trails if you have symptoms, cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing, etc.

• Observe at all times CDC’s minimum recommended social distancing of six feet from other people. Practice it and know what it looks like. Keep it as you walk, bike or hike.

• Warn other trail users of your presence and as you pass to allow proper distance and step off trails to allow others to pass, keeping minimum recommended distances at all times. Signal your presence with your voice, bell or horn.

• Note that trail and park users may find public restrooms closed — be prepared before you leave and time outings so that you are not dependent on public restrooms

• Bring water or drinks — public drinking fountains may be disabled and should not be used, even if operable.

• Bring a suitable trash bag. Leave no trash, take everything out to protect park workers

The Mascoma region is full of outdoor recreation opportunities that you can participate in and still be compliant with social distancing (maintaining 6 feet of space) - For folks who are comfortable going outdoors and have not been told to stay home, we encourage you to stay active by walking, running, hiking or biking on local trails.

Below is a short list of local outdoor recreation opportunities and links to find more information about how to access them. There are lots of other outdoor recreation opportunities and we would be happy to share them with you if you interested!

  • Enfield Class VI Road & Trails:

  • Enfield Trails & Waterways:

  • Harris Brook Scenic Area:

  • Walking Guide to Canaan:

  • Cardigan Mountain State Park:

  • Canaan Town Forest:

  • Town of Canaan Natural Attractions:

  • Go for a walk along the Rail Trail or just meander around your back yard - whatever you are comfortable with! The NH Audubon has just launched their spring "Seek & Find - Spring Nature Challenge" - the first challenge involves spotting turkeys. Learn more about this fun outdoor challenge through this link:

    Go for a walk along the Rail Trail or just meander around your back yard - whatever you are comfortable with! The NH Audubon has just launched their spring "Seek & Find - Spring Nature Challenge" - the first challenge involves spotting turkeys. Learn more about this fun outdoor challenge through this link:

    In addition to getting outdoors, we are also recommending that you try and continue your yoga practice or fitness routine at home! Our fabulous yoga instructors have provided links to some of their favorite online yoga and meditation classes - take advantage of their years of knowledge and experience and continue your yoga practice at home!

    Online Meditation Classes & Stress Management Resources: Ten Percent Happier is offering a free Coronavirus Sanity Guide, designed to help you cope with this moment of uncertainty and anxiety- They are also offering a live "sanity break" every weekday at 3pm - check out the link for more details.

    Free Yoga & Meditation Classes Online: Ekhart Yoga is offering 12 free yoga and meditation classes, specifically designed to help relieve stress and anxiety -

    MVPR is also starting a virtual yoga group on Facebook to help encourage our community members to stay active and continue their yoga practices at home! Like and follow our event to join in. We have a 9am and 4pm virtual yoga class planned each day!

    Virtual Yoga Class - MVPR Facebook Event: Like and follow the MVPR Virtual Yoga Facebook Event and make a commitment to practice yoga in your home while our in-person classes are not being offered. Encourage a friend to join you! We will post new links in the discussion section and welcome others to share classes they've enjoyed -

    Stay active, stay safe & stay healthy!

    Click here for the MAY Newsletter

    If you have questions please email the Canaan Recreation Coordinator at


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    We regret to inform you that the board has made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Spring Sports season due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We made this decision based on guidance from the NHIAA, CDC and the State of NH. We are incredibly disappointed not to be offering a spring season for our baseball and softball players, but the safety and health of our MYSL families is too important to risk.

    We would like to encourage our young baseball and softball players to continue practicing at home - play catch in the yard, do some batting practice, work on pop flies and grounders and then share your pictures or videos with us on our Facebook page!


    All families who registered to participate in the 2020 spring season are eligible to receive an account credit or a full refund. If you would prefer a refund, please email or send MYSL a Facebook message to request the refund. Refund requests must be received by Monday, May 18th. If we do not hear from you, you will receive an account credit that can be used for a future MYSL season (fall, winter or spring).


    Pending new guidance on "group gathering sizes" from the CDC and the State, we may be able to offer some baseball/softball clinics, skill sessions or play days during the summer. We will let you know more details as the become available.


    Thank you for your patience and understanding during this time.  

    Stay active, stay safe and stay healthy! -MYSL Board

    Katharine Lary Jopek Regional Recreation Coordinator Mascoma Valley Parks and Recreation Online Registration  Fall/Winter 2019-2020 Recreation Brochure MVPR Facebook Page


    Outdoor Summer Yoga Classes are coming !

    Erin and Sonya will be offering yoga classes outdoors this summer.

    OPTION 1:

    We would be meeting on the side lawn by the Canaan Meeting House on Mondays, June 22 and June 29th, from 5:45 pm - 6:45 pm.  

    Please bring your own water bottle, yoga mat (or large beach towel) and any other props you would like to use.  Students will set up yoga mats at least 6 feet apart.  You are encouraged to wear a mask during the class.  As regulations change, we will change, we are flexible - we practice yoga!

    Payment will be accepted at the end of class.  Please bring a check made out to Sonya Carter or Erin McCabe (depending on who is teaching) or cash in exact amount  ($12 per class or $10 senior/student). 

    If the class is cancelled due to weather, we will send out an email by 4 pm.

    Please sign up online so we can limit class size to 9 students. 

    Here is the link to sign up:
    Schedule for Monday nights at the Meeting House in June:
    June 22 Sonya
    June 29 Erin

    OPTION 2:

    Several years ago, I offered an early morning yoga class at 5:45 am - 6:45 am at the Canaan Street beach. I am considering a Wednesday or Thursday morning yoga class in July.  If you are interested in this, please let us know.  

    You can email me at if you have any questions or would like more information.


    OPTION 3:

    Erin will hold Zoom yoga classes on Monday, June 1st and 15th.

    The best way to join the Zoom yoga class will be to sign up HERE. Once you are signed up you will get a confirmation email with the Zoom link. For full details read below or click this link (


    The Zoom classes will begin at *5:30 pm*,  but as always feel free to "arrive" 5-10 minutes early to get settled.

    Instead of paying online for the Zoom yoga classes on 6/1 and 6/15, Erin has requested donations be made to Mascoma Community Healthcare.

    Mascoma Community Healthcare
    PO Box 550
    Canaan, NH. 03741

    Thanks, Erin McCabe
    Professional Yoga Therapist


    We look forward to seeing you again soon!
    Be well,


    Free Math Tutoring

    by phone appointment

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    Paul DeSantis, a retired high school math teacher, is providing free math tutoring to all ages.  Please contact Paul on his cell phone at (781) 929-7524.


    American Red Cross
    Canaan, NH Blood Drives

    Mondays 12:30 - 6:30pm
    St. Mary's


    • June 15, 2020
    • August 10, 2020
    • October 19, 2020
    • December 14, 2020

    Sandwiches, snacks, and beverages will be served.

    Congratulations Canaan Lions Club!

    186 Units were collected in 2019 which saved 558 lives!

    Thank You all for your support in our community. Bob Holmes

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    Donors may make appointments at
    1-800-RED CROSS