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Canaan . . .

A friendly Community created by helpful neighbors and willing volunteers. A community that shares in

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.

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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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To View regular Town Office Hours & Contacts, please view the Town Offices Tab.

 Upcoming Closings:

Saturday, May 28 Town Office

Monday, May 30 Town Office and Library

Official Notices:

To request Town Notices by email, Click Here.


Did you know that your last opportunity to change your party affiliation prior to the 2016 State Primary is May 31, 2016? Do you know what party you are registered under? If not you may check this information out on-line. Click HERE and follow simple instructions. If you have further questions, please feel free to contact the Town Clerk's Office by emailing vmcalister@canaannh.org

2016 Canaan Household Hazardous Waste Collection Dates

The Transfer Station will be collecting Hazardous Waste on Saturday, June 25 from 8am-2pm and on Saturday, August 27 from 8am-2pm.Find the acceptable wastes, limits, and other rules on the Transfer Station Page

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.


Garden Program

Canaan Elementary School Garden Kick-Off Workday on April 23rd brought the community together with parents, teachers, students, community members, and D Acres, to prepare the garden for spring planting, summer learning, and fall harvesting.

Accomplishments included:

  • Finishing raised garden beds.
  • Planting donated apple tree and two blueberry bushes.
  • Installing the garden fence.
  • Painting a birdhouse.
  • Decorating wooden edges of garden beds.
  • Building the shed.

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Special Thanks to Friends of Mascoma, The Wellborn Ecology Fund, Hammond Lumber, Vital Communities, and Canaan Hardware for helping us with this project!

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.

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level lot

Christine Day

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.

Recyling Streamlined

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.

new recyling hopper

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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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Click here to view more photos, and the lists of winners!

If you have photos to share, email them to: sduffy@canaannh.org

You Can Get There from Here!

close up of signThere 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.

sign from the streetDale 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 Marker
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

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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.

aerial view of the track

New Ambulance

Ambulance 3
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.

Codfish Rd rebuilt base Codfish Hill Rd drainage swale Codfish Hill Detention Pit

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.

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Old Home Days 2015 Photos are Up!

Crescent Campsites float

See the Old Homes Day Committee Page!

EOC Receives Grant!

furnished EOCThe 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.

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!

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 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.

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

Blues Brother playing harmonica on car hood. North Pole sign


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Office Hours & Contacts:

For all Fire/Health/Police Emergencies
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These are the standard Holiday Observances. Please watch the News & Alerts Tab for other closings or changes in this schedule.

New Year's Day
Civil Rights Day
President's Day
Memorial Day
Independence Day
Labor Day
Columbus Day
Veteran's Day
Thanksgiving Day
Day after Thanksgiving
Last work day before Christmas
Christmas Day
Administrators Hours: Mon-Fri: 8-4 If front door is locked, please use back door.
Mon-Wed-Fri: 9-12 & 1-4
Tues-Thurs-Sat; 9-12 Wed; 6-8
523-4850, Non-Emergencies
523-8808, Non-Emergencies
Winter: 7-3:30 Mon-Fri
Summer: 6-4:30 Mon-Thurs
Water & Sewer Department
W&S Operator: 304-9380
Town Administrator: 707-9349
Tours available upon request.
Library: 523-9650
Mon 3-8
Tues; 1-8
Wed; 1-8
Thurs; 1-5
Fri; 9-12
Sat; 9-3
Sunday: Closed
Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 2-6
Wednesday: 10-2
Thursday: 2-6
Friday: 10-2
Saturday: 8-2

The Transfer Station is closed on the following holidays: New Years Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.
Tax Assessor 523-4501 x 103
Mon-Fri: 8-4
Building Inspector: 523-4501 x 104
Mon-Fri: 7-9 am
Human Services: 523-9901
Mon-Fri; 9-12
Town Finance Office: 523-4501 x 107
Mon-Thurs; 8-3
Recreation Coordinator: 523-4501 x 111
By Appointment
Website Manager: 523-4501 x 108
By Appointment

Town Government Links:

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For all Boards, Departments & Town Information please visit the
Town Government Page

Email the Town Administrator:
Mike Samson

Email the Website Manager:
Sharon Duffy

For Fast Facts on Canaan,
visit our NH Economic & Labor Market
Community Profile

Pay Online

Be sure to check these other
pages, sites, and town calendar for on-going events!

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Recreation Department
Exercise Classes, Language Clubs, Kids' Programs, Trips, and More!
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Canaan Town Library
Lego Club, Story Hour, Basement Bookies, & Humanities Programs are just a few!

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Canaan Memorial Day Parade & Observation

Monday, May 30: 9 AM
On the Green

Click Here to View PDF.

New Hope Church Spiritual Workshop: "What Makes Christianity Different from Other Religions and Is It Right for Me?"

Saturday, June 4th
7:00-8:30 pm

man and question markThroughout history, religion and faith have been two of the most important yet controversial subjects. With so many religions to choose from today, people are interested in knowing:

  • Can all the religions of the world be right or do their core beliefs contradict one another?

  • Is every religion able to sufficiently answer life's big questions?

  • Are all religions just different roads to the same place?

If you're not really sure, or have lots of questions about your own faith and spiritual journey, then you should join us for this workshop.

Instructor: Rev. Dr. Kevin Schwamb (Kevin has a B.S. in Christian Education & Bible, M.A. in Theology, and a Doctorate in Theology)

Visit NewHopeCommunity.net to register!

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Click to view PDF.

Friends of Canaan Library Plant Sale
plant sale and Library friends

Saturday, June 11
At the Canaan Town Library!

9th Annual Meeting House Hook-in

Sunday, June 12, 2016
10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
At the Meeting House on
Canaan Street, Canaan, NH

All are welcome!

Please join us in the beautiful light and space of the Old Meeting House!

Your current project and materials
Recent rugs to exhibit,
Your lunch
& a sweater if it's a chilly day

Free. Donations welcome for Meeting House Preservation projects.

Door prizes, coffee, tea and desserts will be provided. For information or to RSVP, call Judith (603 523-4337) or send email ("hookin" in subject line) to: judith.kushner@gmail.com.

Directions: from I-89: take Exit 17, then US Rte 4 E for approx. 11 miles. Turn left onto Roberts Road, travel about 1.3 mi. to Canaan St. Turn left. The Meeting House will be on your left.

From I-93: take Exit 17, follow US Rte 4 W. Turn right at Canaan St. (blinking yellow light at 4 corners in downtown Canaan). Travel about 2 miles to The Meeting House at the intersection of Roberts Rd and Canaan Street, across from the lake, beach and parking lot.

competitiorPro Hill Climb

370 NH Rt 118 Canaan, NH 03741
June 15th, 2016
12 pm – 4 pm

Children 10 and under free

Beer tent on site, no outside alcohol permitted

Last Kid Picked will play after the event

50/50 Raffle

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2016 Canaan Summer Camp

Information now available on the Recreation Page

Canaan Motocross 2016
motocross riders on the track

May 22 * June 5 & 26 * July 10 & 31 * August 14 & 28 * September 25

Full Schedule and Information Available Here

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