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Read the 2017 Fall/Winter Rec Newsletter: Play Mascoma Valley!

To have your local organization or community event added to the next newsletter, please email: mvalleyrec@gmail.com. Our goal is to provide the community with a comprehensive guide of all the great activities and events happening in the Mascoma Valley.

To learn more about local events and attractions, go to the VISIT CANAAN Page.

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Canaan Afterschool Program 2017-2018

CASP provides a structured environment for kindergarten through fourth grade students to be active, safe and to have fun after their school day at Canaan Elementary School. Homework will also be supported by CASP staff at parent’s request. Children will participate in outdoor/indoor play, arts and crafts, games and special activities.

CASP is not in session during school closings or snow days.
Monday – Friday, 3:15 – 6:00 pm
Cost: $10:00 day for regular school days Early Release Day Charge: $15:00

Canaan Afterschool Program will begin August 29, 2017.

Drop-In Policy: Parents may request afterschool care for an unexpected need. Student must be already registered and there must be available space.

You can download a Canaan Afterschool Program Application on here. You can also pick up an application at Canaan Elementary School or at the Canaan Town Office.

Contact Bev Chapman at rec@canaannh.org for more information or call at 677-6813.

Indian River Afterschool Program 2017-2018

IRAP provides a safe, supervised and supportive environment for 5th through 8th grade students after their school day providing opportunities for:

  • Arts and crafts
  • Outdoor acctivities
  • Board games, chess, checkers, legos
  • Homework support

Indian River Afterschool Program allows children to participate in schoool sponsored activities by offering a supervised and supportive space once their activity is finished.

IRAP is not in session during school closings or snow days.
Monday - Friday, 3:00 - 6:00 pm
Cost: $10.00 day for regular school days
Early Release Day Charge: $15.00

Indian River Afterschool Program will begin August 29, 2017.

Drop-In Policy: Parents may request afterschool care for an unexpected need. Student must be already registered and there must be available space.

You can download an Indian river Afterschool Program Application here or you can also pick up an application at Indain River School ar at the Canaan Town Office.

Contact Bev Chapman at rec@canaannh.org for more information or call at 677-6813.

Ongoing Programs:

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Fifth Annual: 4 for the 4th Run, Walk, Kids Races

2017 Race Results

Thank you to everyone who came out to race and to support Canaan Recreation on the Annual 4 on the 4th Race on July 2! Click this link for the 2016 Race Results.

"4 on the 4th Race" 2015

Great turn out at the 3rd Annual "4 on the 4th" Road Race, Walk & Kids Fun Run! Thanks to all our sponsors! And big thank to the timing company, Be Good Sports, for a fantastic job!

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We are very thankful for this year's sponsors:

Omer & Bob's, Hubert's Family Outfitters, Evans Forest Management, JBC Septic & Rentals, MTD Property Maintenance, Canaan Hardware, Movie Market, Walter Buckwold Logging, Connected Car Audio, Papa Z's, Eileen & Kenny Lary, Zani Construction, Estate Wildlife Control, Borthwick Farms, Dan's Scout Stuff, Sugar Moon Maple Products

Save the date for next year's race - SATURDAY, JULY 2nd, 2016 - "4 for the 4th" Road Race, Walk & Kids Fun Run!

race winners

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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.

Play Field Hockey! Camp 2014

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Another great field hockey week - great job to all the girls that came out for camp this year!!

More great photos on our FaceBook Page

"4 on the 4th" Races: 2014
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Another great day of racing! Thank you to everyone who came out on a rainy day to run, walk, or volunteer! Save the date for July 4th, 2015!

Race Results

Race Photos

Special thanks to all our sponsors:

  • Remacle Construction
  • JBC Septic & Rentals
  • W.A. Chapman, Builder
  • MTD Property Maintenance
  • Canaan Hardware
  • Movie Market
  • Walter Buckwold, Logging
  • Jopek Carpentry
  • Connected Car Audio
  • Papa Z's
  • Dan's Scout Stuff
  • Estate Wildlife Control
  • Chappy's Concessions
  • Borthwick Farms
  • Eileen & Kenny Lary
  • Evans Forest Management
  • Lisa Nativi Massage
  • Aaron Allen, Timber Framing
  • All Around Towne Photography

And another special thanks to our volunteers:

  • The members of Social-Summit Lodge #50
  • Elissa and Adam Eckhardt
  • Russell and Chris Lary
  • Competition Complex
  • Canaan FAST Inc.
  • Canaan Police Department
  • Canaan Highway Department
  • Elece Baravalle
  • Mike Samson

Thank you to everyone who helped make the Spaghetti Dinner & Silent Auction a huge success!

We raised over $1,200 for the Swim Program, making it possible for us to have swim lessons for another year! Thank you! The Canaan Street Beach Swim Program wouldn't exist without your continued support!

swimmerSpecial Thanks To: Mary Ignacio, Susan & Chappy

Thank you for the delicious meal and for your generous donations to the Silent Auction. You are truly wonderful people, and the town is a better place because of you!

Thank you to the following individuals who donated items to the Silent Auction:

Andrea Gilbert
Therese Samson
Susan & Chappy
TM Jellison Construction
Petro Mart
Golden Comb
Enfield House of Pizza
Elaine Prior
Tracy Flynn-Moloney
The Carr Family
Debra Muzzey
Jenny Sousa
Friends of Canaan Village
Mickey's Roadside Café
Sue Jenks
Sonya Carter
Papa Z's
Helen Rocke
William Prior
Shaker Valley Auto
Marcia Littlefield
Doug Belloir
Chocolate Pips Photography
Adam Cushing
Canaan Village Pizza
Upper Valley Line-X & John Dyer's Welding
Dan's Detailing at John Dyer's Welding
Robert Frost Jr.

shamrockSt. Patty's Thank You!

Thanks to the amazing efforts of Susan & Chappy, the St. Patrick's Day Dinner was a big hit. We look forward to holding this dinner annually at Canaan Hall on St. Patrick's Day. Save the date for dinner and bingo on March 17, 2015! Thank you to everyone who came out on a chilly St. Patrick's Day to support Canaan Recreation and enjoy a delicious corned beef and cabbage dinner.

  • We had over 50 people attend the dinner and show their support for Canaan Recreation
  • We made $260 (which will be used to support the swim lesson program at Canaan Street Beach
  • We would like to thank Lois Wilson, the winner of the 50/50 raffle, for her generosity. Lois donated her winnings back to Canaan Recreation ($73.00)
  • We would also like to thank all the volunteers who came together and cooked a delicious meal, decorated the Hall, helped clean up and donated their time to make the evening special and fun!

Special Thanks to the following people for all their time & hard work:

Chappy Kilgore
Suzan Ignacio
Mary Ignacio
Chris Sines
Chloe & Cole Igancio-Bohannon
Mathew Rudder
Bob & Tammy Scott & Chrissy
Chuck, Sherri, Morgan Coleman
Stephen Griswold
George & Kerry Lazarus
Ken & Eileen Lary
Marcia Littlefield
Tina Buckwold

And thank you to the senior center for use of their bingo game!

The Canaan Recreation Commission sincerely appreciates your help and generosity!

Jack-O-Lantern Jog

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Changes in Canaan: Elliott Field and Canaan Speedway

The Field and the Speedway

For decades, the youth of Canaan have had the advantage of a lighted baseball field that was dedicated to little leaguers. Charlie Elliott donated the land for the field when he owned the Canaan Speedway property. He had a passion for baseball and wanted it to thrive in Canaan. Change recently came to Canaan Speedway. In late August, the Speedway changed hands from the Henry family to Tillman Gerngross, a professor at Dartmouth and a lover of speed. Tillman is looking at ways that he can continue to share the speed experience in an economically sustainable way. One plan that he is exploring is the creation of a road track for vintage sports car racing. Such a facility requires him to utilize all of the area to switch from a small oval track to a longer road track including a number of twists and turns. Tillman came to the Town in the spring to seek our reaction and look for ways to "give back" to the community. Noise has been an issue for many years and Tillman indicated that the type of racing and the cars used will significantly reduce the level of noise generated by the track.
Elliott Field infield

While Charlie allowed the field to be built on the Speedway property, there was never any dedication of the land to that use. The area where the field is located is needed by Tillman's new vision. Tillman did not want the Town's kids to be deprived of the field and looked for a way to make it work. Tillman and Chick Henry worked with the Town and agreed that they would help move the field to a new location in the Village. The Town contacted the Mascoma School Board and asked if they could locate the ball field behind the two existing ball fields that are at the rear side of Canaan Elementary School. A rough agreement was worked out where the Town would move the field to the new location, maintain the structures and pay for the lights in exchange for having first "rights" to use of the field for community youth sports. The school could use the field whenever it was not scheduled by the youth leagues. The Town believed that it was important to move the field to publicly owned land to assure that it could be used in the future. The cost of hiring someone to dismantle the field and move it was prohibitively expensive. The field is composed of the land and playing surface, fencing, lights, dugouts and several buildings.

aerial view of ball field
After several rounds of negotiations, the Town agreed to take down the lights, poles and fencing and move it to the new location in the spring. The buildings would also be moved if possible and all of those fixtures would be reinstalled at the new location. While the highway crew can do most of the moving work, Tillman agreed that he would pay up to $16,000 for reinstallation of the lighting (new conduit and electrical entrance) and reattaching the outfield fencing fabric. In addition, he agreed to donate several sections of steel bleachers for use at all of the fields. We anticipate that the work will take about four weeks to complete as soon as the ground dries out.

Summer Events Photos!

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Spaghetti Dinner Fund Raiser

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Thank you!

Thank you to everyone who helped make the Spaghetti Dinner a huge success! We raised over $1,200 for the Swim Program, helping to make it possible for us to have swim lessons for another year!

The Canaan Street Beach Swim Program wouldn't exist without your continued support!

2013 Eventschildren racing

  • 100 Mile Club at Indian River School –students and teachers come together to each walk 100 miles or more during the school year!
  • Sew Simple! Afterschool Sewing Program for Middle School Students
  • Insanity Fitness Class – a high intensity workout class offered twice a week at the Enfield Community Building
  • Piloxing Fitness Class – an intense workout combining Pilates and Kickboxing offered once a week at Indian River School
  • Line Dance Instruction – Thursday evenings in Enfield
  • Over 30 Adult Basketball – Sunday mornings at MVRHS (10am-noon)
  • Adult Volleyball – Sunday evenings at MVRHS (5pm-7pm)
  • Children's Halloween Party (in Canaan & Enfield)
  • Jack-o-Lantern Jog 5k Road Race & 3k Walk
  • Kid's 1k Trick or Trot
  • Mascoma Farmers and Crafters Market at Canaan Hall (Sundays in November)
  • Winter Farmer's Market in Enfield (second Saturday of the month at Enfield Community Building)
  • Fisher Cats Ticket Sale (100 members of the community went to a Fisher Cats game)
  • Spaghetti Dinner (Fundraiser for Canaan Street Beach Swim Programs)
  • Swim Lessons
  • Lifeguard Supervision
  • 4 on the 4th Road Race/Walk and Kids Fun Run (in conjunction with Social-Summit Lodge #50)
  • Summer Sailing Program (in conjunction with Mascoma Sailing Club)
  • Piloxing Fitness Class
  • CPBA "Run From the Law" (minor assistance with this event…not really a rec program)
  • Play Field Hockey! FH Summer Camp
  • Indian River Cross Country Program

2012 Eventschildren in a cheer circle

  • Canaan Elementary Fitness Program
  • Fun February Camp
  • Tumble & Roll February
  • April Camp
  • May Line Dancing
  • Cross Country Conditioning
  • Swim Instruction
  • Yoga
  • August Field Hockey Camp
  • Cross Country
  • Halloween Party
  • Fantastic Thursdays: Afterschool Sports and Games
  • Holiday Crafts & Gifts

swim instructor and studentThe Recreation program had a very successful year in 2012. A life guard and swim instructions returned to Canaan Lake Beach after an absence of many years. The number of programs offered increased by more than 50% in 2012.

field hockey camp participantsPrograms generated $8,368 in contributions and user fees and the Recreation Commission spent $8,410 on the programs. Additional contributions were received that guarantees that the swim program will be able to continue next year. The goal is to continue all of the programs offered during the past two years and add new ones. The budget that Recreation is trying to reach is $15,000 and would increase the programs by about 50%.

To achieve this goal without over burdening volunteers, Canaan and Enfield are joining together to hire a part time person (50%) to build new programs and to solicit new non-tax funding to support the new activities as well as fund the position in the future. This person will be able to assist in providing the logistics for the new activities. The major cost of the Coordinator's position is being funded by Upper Valley Heal and Children's Hospital at Dartmouth (CHAD). Recreation is very thankful for the assistance in building our programs. No local tax dollars will be supporting this program but part of the local user fees will.

family at Halloween craft event

2011 Summer Activities

Cozy Corner Camp, Library Quest, Art Camps in clay, printmaking and painting, and Sports Camps in field hockey, baseball, softball and soccer.

For Adults: Sunrise Yoga on the beach at Canaan Street Lake – great way to wake up on a summer morning!

2011 Fall Programs

Fall Program Cross-Cross

Country Running Program Sponsored by Canaan Recreation:
Middle School students met and trained with aspiring Olympians

This exciting program was a real success and fully booked up even after expanding the Olympic bound coaches to three. Thanks to the non-profit group IN THE ARENA that recruits and supports the would be Olympians that serve as coaches. The new program is the first cooperative recreation program using school facilities and recreation staff and volunteers. The program operates under both recreation and school rules. Thanks also to Jenny Williams of Vermont for organizing the program. In-the-arena.org

student on stilts

After Hours with Canaan Recreation:

Best Afternoon Ever was an afterschool activity program at the elementary school. Twenty kids joined in the activities.

Spanish Dance offered people a chance to learn the joys of Spanish dancing. Seventeen adults and youth joined this program led by Yaskara Newcomb.

Two separate workshops on Holiday Crafts and Holiday Gifts were held with 12 participants in each.

A Boot Camp on Adult Fitness and Nutrition was conducted this fall with 12 adults taking part.

    student playing wheelie basketball   student at lego club   student completing wheelie obstacle course

Total Participants in the fall program – 73 adults and youth.