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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.

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Town Clerk & Tax Collector: Friday, July 3 & Saturday, July 4

Canaan Town Library & Transfer Station: Saturday, July 4

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library stepsUse the Back Door

During the renovation of the Canaan Town Library front steps, please use the door located behind the building or the lift at the end of the building to enter the library. Parking near these doors is currently allowed, but only until the end of renovations.




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.

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.



News:


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!




Racing in Canaan



track construction
track construction
track construction

Canaan Motorclub set a new national record in June 2015 when it completed its new high speed track on Orange Road in Canaan. The new track is constructed in a road race design with several corners and straightaways. The record set last week was the time that it took to complete the construction and totaled 26 weeks when the final pavement was completed at 1:52 PM on Friday, June 26th. The new track is the result of herculean effort by Driven Performance, Osgood Construction and Ocuto Paving who powered through the winter to complete the track by July 1st. Click here to take a video tour of the first ride around the track with Eric Wood of Penguin Racing

track panorama

 paving paving

Now that the high speed track is completed, there will be a variety of vehicles using the track this year.

New England SCCA (Sports Car Club of America) has already held several RallyX events on the property. During the past year there have been at least 4 race events. On February 7, 2015, a winter RallyX event was held at the track and another was held on June 27th just after the completion of the paving.

car demoThese are a few of the RallyX veicles that raced in the June event. RallyX cars need no particular equipment and focus on racing on dirt and grass in timed events. RallyX is a timed competition pitting a driver and his/her vehicle against a defined course. Watch a RallyX Video Herecar demo

RallyX is only part of the racing plan for Canaan Motorclub. As the year progresses. There will be a number of events that include racing motorcycles, sportscars, high performance Karts and perhaps even snowmobiles in the winter.




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 race event

High performance sports cars and Karts will be racing with speeds well over 100 MPH. Despite these speeds, the noise is tightly controlled to be no more than 96 db at the track and minimal at the property line. Four races have been held so far, no one has called to indicate that they have heard any noise.

The new owner of the Canaan Motorclub, LLC is dedicated to working with the town of Canaan and helping the community. The new track is a significant racing facility that e all can be proud of.

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Kart
Miata Spec Car



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8th Annual Hook-In


On June 14, the 8th Annual Meeting House Hook In was held. About 30 rug hookers joined together to share their craft. During the day, they collected donations to aid the Meeting House Preservation Fund. Others wishing to donate or to learn more about the Meeting House can find information here.


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Canaan Expo Fun

At the recent Canaan Expo, the Canaan Police Department talked with local citizens about the upcoming Hands-Free Law for cell phones and other devices in cars. As part of the fun, they offered tours of the cruiser, gave radar equipment exhibitions, handed out traffic safety information, and answered questions about the upcoming changes in law.

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A young Expo Visitor tours a Canaan Police Car



Memorial Flag


During the 2015 Canaan Memorial Day Parade, the Legion held a color ceremony to raise a flag donated in honor of Jack Porter by his family to memorialize veterans. This flag will continue to fly this year at the Veterans' Memorial on the Canaan Green. The Legion was joined by Canaan and Enfield Fast Squads, the Canaan Fire and Police Departments, the 4-H Club, the Scouts, and the Mascoma High School Marching Band in remembering those who have served our country.

Click here to view all photos of the Memorial Day Ceremonies and Parade.



Mascoma Band Legion

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New Bench at the Library!

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The Friends of Canaan Library recently donated a bench to encircle the tree on the library lawn. It is the perfect spot to catch up with friends, take a break in the shade, or to connect to the library's free wifi!




Thank YOU for a successful "Swimming through Spaghetti" Dinner for the Recreation Department!


a great crowdThanks to everyone for attending the Swim into Spaghetti Dinner on May 6th. More than 100 people joined the meal, donated to support the Canaan Beach program and swim lessons and listened to Bryan Conway's entertainment.

ready for icecreamSome of the comments – "Wonderful meatballs", "Really great singer", "The sausage sauce was excellent", "I went back three times"

kitchen helpSpecial thanks to the donors who added their contributions and to John Coffey, Marcia Littlefield, Bev Chapman, Carole Cushman, Chappy Kilgore and Suzan Ignacio for providing the work needed to prepare the food & decorations and to sell the tickets.






first hole2015 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
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.

hose cart"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 firefighteralton@gmail.com if you have items of interest!





First Peek at New Meeting House Lights

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See more on the Meeting House Page!




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.




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!




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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.



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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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:
Fishercats Game, Summer Attraction Savings Deals & Summer Day Camp Applications are now available!
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Canaan Town Library
Lego Club, Story Hour, Basement Bookies, & Humanities Programs are just a few!

Current Highlights:
Summer Reading Program Sign-ups begin at the end of June & The Authors for the 2015 Meeting House Readers have been announced!



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Friends of Canaan Village
Town-wide Events and Services!


Current Highlights:
New Directory & The Farmers' Market is open for the season!


EVENTS:


July 4, 2015
WANTED!
FLEA MARKET VENDORS


fireworksThe Canaan Recreation Commission is organizing an indoor and outdoor flea market on July 4th. Throughout the day on Saturday, July 4th, there will be a number of activities running including a road race, fun run, an indoor and outdoor flea market at Canaan Hall, refreshments during the day at Canaan Hall, burgers, dogs, and gourmet burger cook-off after 4 PM, live music and kids games in the evening and fireworks at 9:30 PM.

Canaan HallThe indoor/outdoor flea market at Canaan Hall at the Canaan Motor Club property on Orange Road will operate from 10 until 4 with set-ups at 8 AM. Vendors may extend beyond 4 PM to no later than 9 PM. Refreshments will be served. Bathrooms are available. It will be held rain or shine. Tables will be available inside and outside for a charge of $10 per table or $15 for two. Electricity will be available inside Canaan Hall. The area outside the Hall will be lighted until the fireworks start and re-lighted at the conclusion of the fireworks. Vendors may bring any items small enough to fit on a table into Canaan Hall. Items may be displayed on the floor in addition to the tables but will be charged for a table sized space if the total area is larger than 10 feet by 10 feet. No firearms or other inherently dangerous items may be displayed or sold. Call 523-4501 ext 5 to check.

You may send a response email if you are interested and give us a way to contact you. You're your reservation is made, please send a payment to Canaan Recreation by July 1st. It may be paid by mail or in person at the Canaan Town Office at 1169 US Route 4, Canaan or by posting to PO Box 38, Canaan, NH.

Marcia Littlefield, Kati Jopek and Bev Chapman – Canaan Recreation Commission
Mike Samson, Canaan Town Administrator
Email to: townadmin@canaannh.org
Call 523-4501 ext 5




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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




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July 4 Race Flyer
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Click Here to Register Online.
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Concert Flier
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Sketch of Meeting House2015 Meeting House Readings

7:30 pm, Thursdays, July 9-30



July 9


David Gates: A Hand Reached Down to Guide Me: Stories and Novella, Author of Jernigan, Pulitzer Prize finalist and National Book Critics Circle finalist

Jonathan Lethem: Lucky Alan: and Other Stories; Author of Motherless Brooklyn, NBCC fiction winner

July 16


Deirdre Heekin: An Unlikely Vineyard; Chosen as one of the best wine books of 2014 by the NYT

Ann Hood: The Italian Wife; Author of bestselling novels, The Red Thread and The Knitting Circle

July 23


Vicki Croke: The Elephant Company; New York Times bestseller

Jeffrey Lent: A Slant of Light (fiction); Author of international bestseller, In the Fall

July 30


David Ferry: Bewilderment: New Poems and Translations Ferry received the National Book Award for poetry in 2012

Megan Mayhew Bergman: Almost Famous Women: Stories; Her previous book of stories, Birds of a Lesser Paradise, was chosen as one of the best books of 2012



Learn more at "The Meetinghouse Readings"



Fishercats flier
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race logoCanaan Police Benevolent Association 5K Race & 3K Walk: Run From The Law!


Sunday August 2, 2015

10:30 AM WALK / 11:00 AM RUN

Cardigan Mountain School
Historic Canaan Street – Canaan, NH


To benefit the Canaan Police Benevolent Association

Click Here to Sign Up





Dedication of Veterans' Memorial

Sunday, August 2: 2pm
At the monument on the Common



memorial statueThe American Legion will hold an official ceremony of dedication on this day for the Veterans' Memorial.They would be pleased to have you join them in this event.

memorial bricks

Memorial Bricks, which pave the pathway around the memorial, are still available, and can be engraved in memory or honor of any person (not just veterans) chosen by the purchaser. Information about purchasing bricks can be found here.

In addition, the American Legion will hold a fundraiser for the memorial on Saturday, August 1 in which they will offer Chicken Strips for sale through the day at the American Legion Post Building.






Canaan Town Wide Yard Sale

Saturday, Sept. 26
Starting at 9am at the Village Common and all over town

Sponsored by the Mt. Cardigan Fish & Game Club

yard sale vendors

Pick up a registration form at the town office, library, local bank, or download one here.

Maps will be available at all yard sales and at the common on the day of the sale.

Call 523-7712, 523-7043, 523-4282 for more information.



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