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|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|
|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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Wednesday, May 6: 9am-4pm: Town Clerk & Tax Collector
The office will be open for the regular evening hours from 6-8pm.
Monday, May 25: Town Office & Library
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Effective March 9th, 2015; all Town Roads in the Town of Canaan will be posted temporarily prohibiting all vehicles weighing in excess of (6) six tons from traveling on these roads until further notice.
Pursuant to RSA 231:191 any person who violates the maximum weight limits shall be required to restore the highway if the Town has reason to believe that the highway damage or disturbance is attributable to vehicles or activities under such person's control or responsibility.
As per RSA 231:191, Paragraph III, written permission to drive a vehicle on Town roads may be granted subject to imposition of reasonable regulations such as bonding and restoring the highway, or other limitations. Such permission may be granted on a case-by-case basis by the Road Agent, depending upon such factors as weather and road conditions.
The weight limit will be lifted as soon as the roads sufficiently dry in the springtime to allow normal traffic without causing pavement and shoulder breakup.
ROBERT SCOTT, CANAAN HIGHWAY SUPERINTENDENT
CANAAN BOARD OF SELECTMAN Town of Canaan - Call 523-4344 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.
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!
Christmas in Canaan 2014
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!
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!
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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These are the standard Holiday Observances. Please watch the News & Alerts Tab for other closings or changes in this schedule.
Civil Rights Day
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Tues-Thurs-Sat; 9-12 Wed; 6-8
Summer: 6-4:30 Mon-Thurs
W&S Operator: 304-9380
Town Administrator: 707-9349
The Transfer Station is closed on the following holidays: New Years Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.
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Be sure to check these other pages and sites for on-going events!
Exercise Classes, Language Clubs, Kids' Programs, Trips, and More!
Summer Day Camp Applications are now available!
Canaan Town Library
Lego Club, Story Hour, Basement Bookies, & Humanities Programs are just a few!
Pub Trivia, Book Sale & Catamount Earth Institute Discussion Course on Engery Resources!
Friends of Canaan Village
Town-wide Events and Services!
New Directory & The Farmers' Market is gearing up for a May opening.
Powering a Bright Future: a Catamount Earth Institute Discussion Course
Wednesdays, May 6 & May 13, 6:30 pm
A two-part, self-led discussion course on the relevant issues surrounding energy and its use.
Participants should visit library prior to first meeting to sign up and collect the course book as there is reading material for the first session.
This course offered by the Catamount Earth Institute.
Town Wide Yard Sale
Saturday, May 9
Starting at 9 am at the Village Common and all over town!
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.
Car Seat Recycling Event
Saturday May 16, 2015
10:00 am to 1:00 pm
Event open to Canaan Residents!
Organization: Women's Health Resource Center
Did you know that every infant car seat and child booster seat carries an expiration date, usually marked somewhere on the seat's labeling? If only a manufacture date is shown, the guideline is that its expiration is six years from that date. Because car seats are made of plastic, which becomes brittle and can develop cracks over time, they lose their effectiveness year by year. Since there are very few recycling programs in effect nationwide, most seats are disposed of in the regular trash. Manufacturers recommend disassembling and destroying the seats so that no one else will pick up and reuse them, thinking they're safe.
This year we will be joined by the Lebanon Police Department, members of the Lebanon Fire Department and Lebanon Professional Fire Fighters Association, who welcome the opportunity to show families the equipment that is used to help keep our community safe. You will be able to participate in fire extinguisher and other hands on demonstrations.
Sponsored by the DHMC Women's Health Resource Center, NH CPS Program Injury Prevention Center/CHaD, Lebanon Fire Department and Lebanon Professional Fire Fighters Association.
For more information, call the WHRC at 603-650-2600
Location: DHMC, Parking Lot 20 (look for the signs)
A Walk Back in Time: The Secrets of Cellar Holes
A NH Humanities Council Talk by Adair Mulligan
Tuesday, May 19; 6:30 pm
Canaan Town Library
Northern New England is full of reminders of past lives: stone walls, old foundations, a century-old lilac struggling to survive as the forest reclaims a once-sunny dooryard. What forces shaped settlement, and later abandonment, of these places? Adair Mulligan explores the rich story to be discovered in what remains behind. See how one town has set out to create an inventory of its cellar holes, piecing together the clues in the landscape. Such a project can help landowners know what to do if they have archaeological sites on their land and help stimulate interest in a town's future through its past.
This program is made possible by a grant from the New Hampshire Humanities Council.
Canaan Town Library Annual Plant Sale
Saturday, June 13: 9am-3pm
Canaan Town Library
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