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Canaan . . .
A friendly Community created by helpful neighbors and willing volunteers. A community that shares in
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A strong community tied together by efficient and responsive
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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Voting & Elections
Tuesday, March 8: Town Meeting Voting Session
8am-7pm at Canaan Fire Station
More information available on the Voting & Elections Page
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.
Autoware No Longer With Us
The Water and Sewer Department as well as the Highway Department removed all of the trash and chemicals from Autoware during the last two weeks of January. In the first week of February, Highway tore down the building ad removed all of the concrete including the vaults where the mechanic's pit was located. Trees were removed and later this spring parking areas will be established on the lot and behind the Senior Center.
Canaan Police Welcome New Administrative Assistant
Canaan Police Department welcomes Christine Day as the new daytime dispatcher and administrative assistant for the Police Department. Christine comes from Newport and has a lot of valuable experience in logistics and event planning where self direction was a requirement.
The new recycling area is open.
You can drop off all acceptable recyclables. Click here for a flyer.
WARNING! Do NOT dump household trash at this location. Zero sort doesn't mean that coffee grounds and diapers can be mixed with paper and plastic. There are fines for illegal dumping in the recycling area. Mixing trash in with recyclables will cost the Town more than $500 per truckload.
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.
Christmas in Canaan Photos are Posted!
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If you have photos to share, email them to: firstname.lastname@example.org
You Can Get There from Here!
There is a new directional sign in front of the Canaan Library. Thanks to many people who helped through the sponsorship of the Friends of Canaan Village, the directional sign returned to Route 4 after decades of being absent.
Dale and Bobbi Barney contributed the sign that had been in storage. Dimitri Gerakaris undertook the task of restoring the sign. Ken Lary and Gary Wood were instrumental in getting the sign project organized and seeing it through. Bob Scott and the Canaan Highway Department installed the sign this past week. See if the mileage has changed over the past sixty years.
And Speaking of Signs...
Noyes Academy was recently recognized with a New Hampshire heritage sign at the location of Union Academy. This is a reminder of the many facets of our Town history. The sign was orchestrated by the Canaan Historical Society.
Elliot Field Buildings Move to their New Home
The Highway Department completed the moving of the dugouts, scoring booth and concession stand to the new Elliott Field. The scoring booth was nearly 20 feet tall and had to be cut in half and moved separately. The video below shows the precision of the highway crew in attaching the two parts using a very large loader. Ed Provencal exhibited great skill in making the placement with quarter inch adjustments. Great job.
Canaan Motorclub LLC Track Improvements
The Canaan Motorclub track is growing. The Summer/Fall season officially ended Mid-October with a performance of Karts. Throughout the Fall, the contractors have been working to almost double the length of the track. With the close of the season, the old asphalt track was cut and a whole new section added that goes from the old asphalt track to the front of the grand stand by the dirt track and then through a couple of sharp turns back to the old asphalt track. The paving was completed in October, making the challenging road track 1.4 miles long.
Canaan FAST Squad recieved their new Ambulance 3, a Ford/Osage, at the the beginning of October.It is now stocked and ready to roll.
2015 Highway Paving Projects
A major reconstruction of Codfish Hill has been completed. A half mile of the steepest sections of Codfish was rebuilt to improve drainage and prevent ice buildup and cracking of the asphalt.
There were 8 new detention pits and 5 catch basins installed.
All new road base, asphalt base and top coat has been finished. View photos of the entire project on the Highway Department Page.
Old Home Days 2015 Photos are Up!
EOC Receives Grant!
The Emergency Operations Center (EOC) located in the new addition at the complex that houses the Police, Fire, and Ambulance departments has received a grant for $98,000. This money will be used for office and communications equipment, including sophisticated computer systems that will allow us to communicate with the state regional resources and local fire, police, highway, and rescue teams during any community emergency.
The town of Canaan typically needs an emergency operations center at least once or twice per year. More than 50 individual employees and volunteers have assigned roles in emergency situations in Canaan. They have performed with great professionalism and dedication for decades.
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.
New Bench at the Library!
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!
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 that showed 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.
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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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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Exercise Classes, Language Clubs, Kids' Programs, Trips, and More!
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Lego Club, Story Hour, Basement Bookies, & Humanities Programs are just a few!
The supporters of Warrant Article 25 will present information on the opposition to industrial windmill projects on
Saturday, February 28;
Fundraiser for Don Degrasse!
Sunday, February 28; 4:30-6:30 pm
Mountain Meadow Golf Lounge and Event Center: 478 US Route 4, Canaan NH
$12 All you can eat Taco Bar with all the fixings and dessert/$6 for children under 10
$1 off for anyone wearing a sombrero
Mustache Contest with a prize for the winner
Grand Prize and Raffle Events (Anyone who enters the raffle will automatically be entered into the Grand Prize Drawing). Tickets will cost $1 for 1 or $5 for 6:
- Grand Prize: 18 ton load of 3/4" hardpack to be delivered at no charge within 20 miles of Pike Industries
- $25 gift card to Hair Salon of Canaan
- Moisture drench facial from You're Beautiful Skin & Nails
- $25 gift card to Infuse Me
- Photo session with 8x10 photo by Beltrami Studios
- $25 Gift card to Safflower's
- Quilt from Haphazard Quilting
- 1 hour with the golf simulator at Competition Complex
- Bracelet from Pearce Jewelers
- 1 cord of green wood from Paul & Roberta Mason
- $30 gift card from Valley Flower Company
- $25 gift card to Exit 18 truck stop
- $25 gift card to Lui Lui's restaurant
- Gift from Canaan Hardware
- 30 minute phone tarot reading by 4 Rose Life Coaching & Healing
- Round of golf for two with cart at Eastman Golf Links -- 2 of these to be awarded
- Cross Country Skiing day pass for two at Eastman Cross Country Center -- 3 of these to be awarded
- Gift certificate for 2 large cheese pizzas from Enfield House of Pizza -- 2 of these to be awarded
- $10 gift card from Enfield House of Pizza
- 4 pack of tickets to the NH Fisher Cats game vs. Reading Fighting Phils on May 4, 2016
- 4 Salt Hill Gift Certificates
- 2 Night Stay at Mountain View Pet Resort
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New Hope Church Spring Workshop Series:
"Is Your Pancreas Lazy?" Lifestyle Changes for Prevention of Type II Diabetes
Saturday, March 5th
New Hope Church, 526 Canaan Street
This workshop will explore how a lazy pancreas can lead to adult onset diabetes and how you can incorporate three simple lifestyle changes to prevent diabetes.
Objective – Participants will be able to:
- Identify pre-diabetes and how it can lead to diabetes
- Dispel the myth that diabetes is not caused by eating too much sugar
- Explore how high cholesterol, high blood pressure and obesity can contribute to pre-diabetes
- Evaluate the role of food choices, activity and lifestyle in one's life to prevent the onset of diabetes
Instructor: Terri Eastman (Terri is a Certified Health Education Specialist)
Save the Date!
Canaan Town Wide Yard Sale
Saturday, May 7
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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