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ALL ABOUT
THE
CANAANS
It confuses everyone: What is Canaan, what is
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North Canaan • East Canaan special issue, learn how the confusion between
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A Tale of Two Canaans
P
retty much everyone except
natives of the two towns is
confused by the whole Canaan/
North Canaan/Falls Village thing.
Here’s the short version: There
used to be a single town called Ca-
naan. In the early 1800s, Canaan was
legally divided into two towns: North
Canaan and Canaan. That much, at
least, is clear.
What’s less clear is why everyone
calls North Canaan “Canaan” and
why everyone calls Canaan “Falls Vil- The Original
lage,” except for government officials Town Hall
from the state and in Canaan, who Years ago there was just
call it the Town of Canaan/Falls Vil- one town of Canaan and
lage. Government officials in North just one town hall, as seen
Canaan generally call their town in this photo, to serve the
Canaan and call their southern neigh- needs of the Canaanites.
bor “Falls Village.” Officials from both Although its placement was
towns, naturally, claim that their PHOTO COURTESY OF KATHRYN BOUGHTON
the best compromise the
jurisdiction is “the original Canaan.” original town had found as
The name “Falls Village” apparently North Canaan. She has done extensive a central point for municipal
was bestowed on the town of Canaan research into the cleaving of the town business, that placement was
by railroad operators, whose passen- of Canaan. A fraction of her original emblematic of the problem
gers would disembark at the train stop research is shared beginning on page that brought the town to the
near the Great Falls. The operators got 4. To learn more, visit her on Fridays point of division—too distant
in the habit of announcing “the falls at her office in the center of North from both north and south to
village.” Canaan (call first to make an appoint- be convenient.
Kathryn Boughton is a journal- ment, just in case, at 860-824-5257).
ist and the historian for the town of — Cynthia Hochswender

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Contents, June 2018 PO Box 1688, Lakeville, CT 06039
The Two Canaans and How They Came To Be ........................... page 4 64 Route 7 N, Falls Village, CT 06031
Stevens’ Hotel ...................................................................................... page 5
Couch-Pipa VFW, North Canaan .................................................... page 8 editor@lakevillejournal.com • 860-435-9873
Perotti Makes It Work In North Canaan ....................................... page 9 www.tricornernews.com
Todd Offers Fresh Ideas for Falls Village ..................................... page 11
The Return of the Canaan Union Station .................................... page 12 Janet Manko, Publisher
Cynthia Hochswender, Editor
Friendly Food and Service at Railway Café ................................ page 16
Libby H. Hall-Abeel, Advertising Manager
Gentle Warmth, Cozy Comfort at Toymakers ........................... page 17 Mary Wilbur, Advertising Representative
Public Safety In The Canaans ........................................................ page 21 James Clark, Production Coordinator, Design
What It Means To Be A Town Constable .................................... page 23 Caitlin Hanlon and Olivia Montoya, Composing
What It Means To Be A Resident State Trooper ....................... page 25
Canaan/Falls Village Town Resources ......................................... page 27 Cover photos by Cynthia Hochswender
North Canaan Town Resources ..................................................... page 28
Advertiser Index ............................................................................... page 28 All material in Discover The Canaans is copyrighted
Beckley Furnace: A Relic of the Iron Age ................................... page 30 and may not be reproduced without the express
permission of the publisher and the writers.
HVRHS: The Most Beautiful School In the State ...................... page 31 ©2018, The Lakeville Journal Company, LLC

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The Two Canaans And If anyone wants proof that
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How They Came To Be
found in the stuttering
movement Canaan made
By Kathryn Boughton toward division. The
obvious inconveniences

T
associated with the town’s
he Tale of the Two Canaans the town virtually in two. The Town
geography impelled
rightfully begins with a tale Hall, nestled beneath the western tip of
of one Canaan. The town had Canaan Mountain, was the first point some toward change, but
its inception when, in January 1738, that did not necessitate an arduous trip others, perhaps more
Samuel Lynde, John Griswold and over the mountain to travel north and traditional, clung to the
John Richards gathered at the New south. historic town.
London courthouse to sell one of Land in the town that would
five new townships laid out in the become Canaan sold briskly and at a but one bidder demanded the return
largely unoccupied “western lands” of higher price than in the other towns of his money after viewing the land.
Connecticut. put up for sale that winter. The future Twenty years were required to sell the
The original town encompassed Kent and Cornwall sold for a minimum entire first 50 shares in that hilly town.
some 52.8 square miles and for the of $50 a right, for instance, and But Canaan, with its broad, fertile
first 120 years of its existence bordered Salisbury, which in the 20th and 21st valleys, swift watercourses and “Grate
Salisbury along the Housatonic River, centuries would eclipse Canaan in the Falls,” was instantly attractive to
Cornwall on the south, Massachusetts real estate market, went on the block buyers, and several sales were recorded
on the north and Norfolk on the east. for only $30 per share. Norfolk, today on Jan. 4 and in the days thereafter.
But a wedge-shaped range of a desirable rural retreat, was difficult
mountains running east to west cut to sell at all in the 18th century and all Continued on page 7

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Stevens’ Hotel
Ike Stevens had a hotel in the
center of old Canaan back in the
day, photo at left. It was at the
intersection in North Canaan of what
is now Main and Railroad Streets.
North Canaan, which formed
around the Housatonic Railroad after
it chugged into the region in 1841,
had a roistering quality in those days
while railroads were being built and
the iron industry was at its peak.
Workmen known as “plug uglies”
blew off steam each payday at weekly
dances held at the hotel—raucous
affairs that irritated and offended
local townspeople.
In June 1858, Stevens’ Hotel was
being put to a more sober use. That
month, townspeople living in the
northern section of the historic
town of Canaan held a momentous
meeting. They gathered at the hotel
to hold the first town meeting in
PHOTO COURTESY OF KATHRYN BOUGHTON what would henceforth be known as
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… the two Canaans
Continued from page 4

Canaan’s village started to grow
around what is still called the Depot
— although there was an enclave in
Huntsville in the southwest corner
of the town, around the Great Falls
(now part of Falls Village), where
water power promoted a plethora of
industrial uses; and at South Canaan,
where there was a store and a number
of residences.
To help the growing town find its
center, the state General Assembly
PHOTOS BY CYNTHIA HOCHSWENDER
appointed a committee of three men
from Salisbury, Kent and Sharon to practical reasons town meetings indecision.
find an equitable location for the first continued to be held on an alternating The two reports submitted were
meetinghouse. basis in the northern and southern similar. The first noted that the
In May 1740 they settled on a spot sections of town. geographical impediments between
along Six Rod Road — today’s Sand If anyone wants proof that change is the towns and said there were “two
Road — and recommended that the hard, it can be found in the stuttering distinct communities with little
first meetinghouse be built on the movement Canaan made toward intercourse and but few interests in
western side of the road, just north division. The obvious inconveniences common. “For these and other reasons
of the current Sand Road Animal associated with the town’s geography known to all” — what could they have
Hospital. impelled some toward change, but been? — a fair and equitable division
That spot was not popular and others, perhaps more traditional, clung would benefit both sections, they said.
the building was later picked up and to the historic town. Both reports suggested boundary
moved to a location near the Point of That record begins on April 23, lines that roughly ran along a straight
Rocks, a little less than a mile farther 1810, with the spare announcement line that stretched from 50 rods below
south (in what is now Falls Village). in town meeting minutes: “Voted Dutcher’s Bridge at the Salisbury
While that spot was equidistant for to prefer a petition to the General and Canaan town line easterly to the
settlers living along the Norfolk border Assembly at their session in May next Norfolk town line.
in the north and for the Huntsville to divide and incorporate said Town of There was only one significant
residents in the south, it was still a Canaan into Two Towns.” difference between the two reports.
long way to go for worship services Forty-eight years of waffling The first, prepared by the men who
on horseback in the dead of winter. followed. They were swept away by lived in the southern part of town, left
By 1767 the first practical division of decisive action when the community a blank where the name of the new
the town came when the Legislature decided on May 3, 1858, to support a town could be inserted. The report by
approved the formation of a second petition to appoint a committee of six the northern faction included the name
ecclesiastical district in the north. to establish a dividing line between the of North Canaan.
That ecclesiastical division eased the soon-to-be-two towns. When that slightly more detailed
burden of the faithful but it did little That committee itself divided into report was favored by the voters, 150
for the conduct of municipal life. The northern and southern factions and years of name confusion was put in
first Town Hall, as previously noted, prepared separate recommendations motion and continues today.
was located at the point of Canaan to bring back to the town by the May Few who are unfamiliar with
Mountain near the intersection 10 deadline. This was truly astonishing the town are ever comfortable with
of Route 7 and Sand Road, but for speed after almost five decades of the local nomenclature and postal
designations of the Town of Canaan
Forty-eight years of waffling followed. They were swept as Falls Village and the Town of
North Canaan as Canaan. If the
away by decisive action when the community decided on
towns continue thus for 250 years it is
May 3, 1858 to establish a dividing line between the towns. unlikely the state will ever figure it out.

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Couch-Pipa VFW, North Canaan
Like many VFW and Legion halls in the Northwest
Corner and across America, the Couch-Pipa VFW in
North Canaan was named in honor of two local youths
who died in World War II. The VFW is a vibrant and
active social center in the area, with outdoor concerts in
summer and, indoors, a recently renovated community
PHOTO BY CYNTHIA HOCHSWENDER
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Town Government
All Northwest Corner towns
Perotti Makes It Work
and most New England towns
are run by a board of selectmen,
usually made up of two selectmen
In North Canaan
By Cynthia Hochswender
(who are part-time) and a first

C
selectman, who is more of the full- harlie Perotti, first selectman Many people know Perotti as a
time town manager. of North Canaan, is the kind longtime member of the Canaan Fire
Many towns have the good of guy who knows how to Company, and its chief for 21 years.
fortune to have first selectmen fix things. On a recent afternoon He served with the company for 50
who stay on for years, and are able he walked into Town Hall and was years (he is 69 now; he joined the all-
to acquire substantial and useful accosted by several female staff volunteer company when he was 18).
knowledge of how things get done. members who were concerned that Not everyone but certainly a
North Canaan and Falls Village the blinds weren’t working. Well, of handful of people know him as an
both elected new first selectmen course Charlie could fix that. excellent baseball player and former
to the office in November 2017 And then it was on to his regular Little League coach (“We won the
(selectmen serve two-year terms). job, fixing other matters on a larger league championship two out of the
Henry Todd in Falls Village scale in his town. three years I coached,” he says with
is a retired businessman and Many people know Perotti as a pride).
a relatively new arrival in the reassuring and competent presence Some people might know that he
Northwest Corner. Charlie Perotti at his family’s business, Wm. Perotti was a selectman for his town for eight
of North Canaan has lived here and Sons plumbing. Although he years, and probably a few more know
all his life and is known and sorta retired from there in 2017, he that he’s the first selectman now.
respected not only for his place in still shows up at the office every day
town government but also for all to check on deliveries. Continued on page 10
he’s done for his community.

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… Perotti
Continued from page 9

But probably he is best known just Town Hall when he was elected first
as Charlie, a guy who grew up here selectman in November 2017. Missy
and has lived here almost all his life, Ohler used to work for the Perotti
except for the years of his military plumbing company at its Kent office
service at the tail end of the Vietnam back in the 1970s.
War. “We go back a long way,” Perotti
He loves North Canaan. He knows said. The same could be said of many
North Canaan. He remembers the of the people he knows in town —
Canaan Union Station before it burned which is most of them. And the ones
down. He remembers when there was he doesn’t know yet, he’s going to
a grocery store in town, a bowling meet sooner or later (probably sooner).
alley, a movie theater. He’s an unusually personable kind
“We used to have a department of a guy, interested in having weekly
store, a shoe store, two clothing coffee chats with the municipal
stores, three drugstores. I’d like to employees, interested in getting out of
have more businesses here again,” he the office and hearing first hand what
mused on a recent afternoon in his people want and need in his town.
spic-and-span office. “But it’s a tough Even for a native of North Canaan,
time.” he’s discovered, there are plenty of
That spic-and-span office, by the surprises. PHOTO BY CYNTHIA HOCHSWENDER

way, is courtesy of the administrative “It’s a challenge,” he said. “Every North Canaan First Selectman
assistant he recruited to work at day, I learn something new.” Charlie Perotti

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Todd Offers Fresh
Ideas for Falls Village
By Patrick L. Sullivan

T
own of Canaan/Falls Village Battle Hill in Falls Village before they
First Selectman Henry bought the Undermountain Road
Todd and his wife, Pamela, property.
moved to Falls Village in 2008, from “We fell in love with this farm. It
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River. Now their house overlooks a government began as an alternate on Falls Village First Selectman
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Todd has a background in business Then he was elected to the board, phenomenal resource for me. When I
and finance. and served as co-chairman. don’t know something, she helps me.
“We were looking for a place to When longtime First Selectman Pat The office staff has been enormously
retire,” he said at his Undermountain Mechare announced she was retiring helpful too.”
Road home during an interview in mid last year, Todd decided to investigate. Now seven months into the two-
May. “I knew Pat was retiring. I followed year term, Todd is having a good time.
They were looking for a place her around to see if I’d like to be first “It’s just fun. Everybody I work
within striking distance of New selectman.” with is just great, so I’m lucky.”
York City, the better to see their He said he spent a lot of time with “The best thing is when I can just
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The Return
Of the Canaan
Union Station
By Cynthia Hochswender

I
n the Northwest Corner, it sometimes seems that
time has stopped or is standing still. This has been
particularly the case with the former Union Station
train depot in North Canaan.
More than a decade and a half has passed since the
arson fire that destroyed half of the former train station
(which had been home
for many years before
the fire to offices and a Eventually, after Gailes
restaurant). retired from the board,
But even after it was Perotti who
all those years, the patiently guided the
memories of that project through what
PHOTO BY KAREN BARTOMIOLI night remain vivid to felt at times like a
For those who weren’t there when it happened, those who witnessed
it’s hard to imagine how badly the Union Station never-ending tangle of
was damaged by the fire in 2001. the flames and the
destruction of the red tape.
landmark building.
Former First Selectman Douglas Humes remembers
getting the late-night phone call, between Oct. 12 and 13
in 2001: The historic Canaan Union Station building was
on fire.
He got dressed and rushed to the center of town.
“The sky was orange,” he said during a
groundbreaking ceremony held in September 2016, on
the site of the building known informally as “The Depot.”
Charlie Perotti was the fire chief of the all-volunteer
North Canaan Fire Department at the time, as well as a
selectman (he was elected first selectman in November
2017, see story on page 9).
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… Canaan Union Station
Continued from page 12

Even at press time for Discover the offerings will be limited but Tripler
Canaans, not every I-beam had been plans to have a full kitchen installed
dotted, not every T had been crossed, in the next year or two.
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Depot. from July 18 to 29, with a diverse
He anticipates that there will be a roster of activities planned, including
large, open bar area on the first floor, a Celebration of the Canaans dinner
with space for live entertainment; on July 11, a pool party on July 17,
an outdoor deck with seating; and the carnival (beginning on July 18)
a second floor that can be used for and of course the annual fireworks
parties and events. Initially, food display on July 28.

PHOTO BY KAREN BARTOMIOLI
Before and after: The photo above
shows the outside of the tower where
the historic ticket window (see photo
below) could be found, before The
Depot was partially destroyed in an
arson fire in 2001.

PHOTOS BY CYNTHIA HOCHSWENDER
The exterior of the former Canaan Union Station makes the building
look ready to welcome visitors. Some final interior fixes were being
made in June in anticipation of a grand opening this summer.

North Canaan First Selectman Charlie Perotti, in the
photo at right, standing next to The Depot’s historic
ticket window, is like a proud parent as he shows
visitors around the refurbished former train station.
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Crisp, Clean, Friendly Food
And Service at Railway Café
By Cynthia Hochswender

S
avvy Northwest Corner
residents seek and find odd
little places to go out for
meals. There’s the cafeteria at Sharon
Hospital, for instance, or the dining
halls at the area private schools (for
those who can get access to them).
Geer Village in North Canaan
has its own secret place to get great
food. But here there are no trays and
lines, no cups of pudding for dessert.
Everything about the Railway Cafe
is crisp, clean, friendly and definitely
not institutional, even though it’s
inside a retirement community and
PHOTO BY CYNTHIA HOCHSWENDER
even though chef/owner Carrie
Railway Café chef/owner Carrie Stetson, at left in photo, doesn’t let anyone behind
Stetson is a former Geer nursing the counter except Geer Administrator Kevin O’Connell, at right in photo.
home cook.
When the cafe first opened in The small menu is supplemented They cost $4.50 each, and they’re
November 2016, it was a restaurant daily with specials. Stetson sends the big. A side of three slices of bacon
owned by Geer itself. Stetson ran list out on the night before. Word to adds $2 to the total.
it with Dawn Sanderson, who was the wise: Certain dishes are extremely The most popular dish on the lunch
the food director for the entire Geer popular and sell out before noon. menu is the Railway Chicken Salad
campus. Sanderson eventually left the One example is the Fiesta Chicken sandwich, Stetson said.
cafe; Stetson purchased the business Rice Bowl. “I make it fresh every day. People
and has been its owner and chef since Another is the Friday special love the dried cranberries, walnuts
Jan. 1. cinnamon buns. and celery that I put in it.”
It’s perhaps appropriate that Stetson prepares only as many of The cost is $7.50. The large
Stetson learned to cook from an any dish as she thinks she will need; sandwich is big enough for two
elderly relative: her grandmother, she won’t sell foods on “the day after” people and it comes with crisp, freshly
who was from Harwinton, Conn. It and she doesn’t like to waste food in made potato chips.
was that same grandmother as well the kitchen (seriously, this food is so There is also a large selection of
as a few other culinary mentors who fresh). burgers on the lunch menu, including
taught her to run a tight, neat ship. Railway Café opens for breakfast at a veggie burger; they range in price
“I was trained by strict cooks who 9 a.m. and rolls right into lunch; the from $8.50 to $9.50 and come with
taught me through the years to be restaurant closes at 2 p.m. The café crisp, freshly made fries.
clean and organized,” she said. is open six days, closed on Saturday There is a fresh soup every day.
This impacts more than just the but very busy on Sunday (“It’s a big The sandwich options usually include
ambience. It also affects the quality of day for families to come visit their one or more variations on the theme
the food, which is freshly cooked and relatives here at Geer,” Stetson said). of melted cheese (whether it’s on a
made to order. There are muffin specials every day bacon-tomato-cheese sandwich, or a
“I don’t pre-cut a lot of foods. I try (and the cinnamon buns on Friday). satisfying Reuben sandwich dripping
to make it so everything is fresh. I Other breakfast items include the with melted Swiss cheese).
don’t like it when the foods are mushy classics (eggs, bacon, pancakes). Phone ahead for take-out orders to
and have been sitting in a case for “The blueberry pancakes are 860-824-2610. Or stop by and get table
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Gentle Warmth, Cozy
Comfort at Toymakers
By Cynthia Hochswender

S
ometimes there’s nothing of course plenty of people do walk
more comforting than here to get their breakfast or lunch).
having someone serve you a It’s much better known as a place to
homemade-style sandwich and giving which one rides one’s motorcycle.
you a friendly pat on the shoulder or a The cafe was opened in 2001
sympathetic smile while they put your by Ann and Greg Bidou, who had
lunch on the table. been living in Trumbull, Conn., and
Cozy comfort comes as a side stumbled upon Falls Village sort of by
dish with every meal served at the chance.
Toymakers Café in Falls Village, an “Falls Village picked us,” Ann Bidou
unassuming little eatery in the center said in a recent chat at the restaurant’s
of town, walking distance from Town family-style farm table.
Hall, the library and the elementary The couple had been searching
school (as well as many of the village for a venue in which they could
residences). open a British-style pub. Although
PHOTO BY CYNTHIA HOCHSWENDER
Curiously, however, Toymakers both are American, they are not Ann and Greg Bidou are the warm,
isn’t a place that’s famous as a friendly faces at Toymaker’s Café
pedestrian destination (although Continued on page 18 in Falls Village.

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… Toymakers
Continued from page 17

only Anglophiles, they also have a online. The shop had been closed for a
British-based business, selling parts The main building has had many while when the Bidous got a look at it
for old Triumph motorcycles (and an iterations over the years. It was built but its spirit was still strong.
assortment of other vintage models) in 1853 and originally had bins for “There was just something about
on the internet. storing coal, feed and grain. It was a this space that grabbed me,” Bidou
Their property search had taken hardware store after that, eventually said. “I can’t explain it. The more I
them to Winchester/Winsted and then becoming part of the Community looked at it the more I could see what
to Lime Rock. Service group of stores. could be done with it.”
“And then our agent showed us this In the 1970s it became a store for Some renovations followed, inside
building,” Bidou said, gesturing around Housatonic River paddlers, called and out. Neighbors kept stopping
the homey space, decorated with a River Run, owned by Marlies and by to say hello and politely poke
vintage overstuffed sofa, two large Mark Caliendo and managed by their noses into the new business.
wooden tables, a sculpture of a tree William Tingley. One of the shop’s The Bidous got a feeling for the
made of wire and Bondo (it’s there to young employees, as a side note, community and quickly figured out
cover some exposed pipes). There is a was Chuck Lewis — who went on to that this was not going to be an ideal
guitar for anyone who wants to tune it become the town’s first selectman. He place for playing darts and pulling
up and play a song; and there’s a piano. and his wife, Margo, were honored pints of beer and ale.
The ochre-colored building and with the town’s Community Service “We realized that we’re very close
its two barns were the perfect space Award this year on Memorial Day. to a church and a school and a library
for the Bidous and their dreams. The Most recently it was a coffee shop and we felt it wouldn’t be right to
barns now house the motorcycle parts and bookstore owned and run by
and other gear that the Bidous sell Cheryl and David Pecha. Continued on page 20

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… Toymakers
Continued from page 18

serve alcohol here,” Bidou said. through Sunday. Diners wander in for It’s a funny duality, to have a
Instead, they opened up a family- shots of morning coffee (the “house” restaurant with a cozy, inviting mom-
friendly eatery with a menu that, beans are from Barrington Roasters; and-pop ambience that is also a biker
instead of offering a selection of beers thermoses of hot brew in three bar. The two do really work together,
and ales, offers diners a choice of strengths are offered all day). somehow; perhaps the gentle warmth
different sweet waffles (sweet potato The big days, however, are Sundays of the restaurant brings out the gentle
is particularly popular), burgers and when the weather is fine and the warmth of the biker crowd.
sandwiches that feel like Mom made Litchfield Hills exert their siren song on At any rate, no one in town seems
them, with love (even though the motorcyclists. Toymakers has become a to mind or to complain. It’s part
sandwich master is actually “Dad,” or destination diner for polite bikers from of the magic of the Bidous and the
Greg Bidou; Ann is the friendly face all across the region. They come not Toymakers Café.
who takes the orders and delivers the just for the food but also to talk to Greg Like most magical things, it
deliciousness). Bidou about vintage cycle gear and to probably won’t last forever; and
It’s not all wholesome hominess, talk to each other about who’s riding it’s unlikely anyone else could
though; one of the most popular items what and traveling to where. recreate it. But the Bidous (at ages
on the menu is the roasted Moroccan There is also a motorcycle swap 63 and 70) aren’t seriously thinking
chicken, which is seasoned with and consignment shop tucked into about retiring yet. Or rather, they
spices such as cumin and turmeric and one corner of the restaurant, where are thinking about it but not doing
served with hummus. anyone who wants to rock a rider anything about it yet.
Although the Bidous are always look can find deeply discounted “We think about retiring sometimes
on the premises (they live upstairs), leather jackets and pants and other but we’re having too much fun,” Ann
they only open the cafe from Thursday motorcycle gear. Bidou said.

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When You Need To Call For Help
M
ost of the towns of the generally remain with their town for town and their larger neighbor to
Northwest Corner are several years. the north.
under the protection of the Duane Lopriore is a relatively new Troop B, as its alphabet
Connecticut State Police, out of the resident state trooper for the town of designation indicates, is one of the
Troop B barracks in North Canaan. North Canaan. In the interview that oldest troops in the state and was
But the public safety needs of the follows on page 25, he talks about founded in the 1920s (the State
two Canaans are very different. the basics of his job and about some Police was created in 1903). The
The larger of the two towns of the ongoing situations that he is Troop B barracks is on Route 7, near
(North Canaan) has supplemental able to help manage. the Massachusetts state line (useful
police enforcement in the form of a Smaller towns such as Canaan/ in the early days of the State Police,
resident state trooper. The two other Falls Village also have some when liquor was run illegally across
regional towns that also take part in supplemental enforcement in the state lines).
the resident state trooper program form of town constables, who are Troop B covers 13 towns:
are Kent and Salisbury; the city of elected by their community in Salisbury, Sharon, North Canaan,
Winchester (which includes Winsted) the bi-annual municipal elections. Canaan/Falls Village, Cornwall,
and the city of Torrington also have Longtime constable Louis Timolat Norfolk, Goshen, Colebrook and
their own independent police forces. and newly elected constable Dave Winchester/Winsted and Torrington
Resident state troopers are still Barger shared some thoughts on (which also have their own
mainly employees of the state police page 23 about what constables do municipal police forces), Hartland,
but are paid by their towns. They and on the differences in the law Barkhamsted and New Hartford.
are assigned by the State Police and enforcement needs between their — Cynthia Hochswender
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What It Means To Be A Town
Constable In Canaan/Falls Village
By Matt Holderman

I
had the opportunity to sit down safety in June 2015.
with two of the Falls Village Timolat had a long career in the
town constables, and listen to military, serving as a helicopter pilot
them explain what their volunteer in Vietnam and as an occupational
job entails. aviator. For many years he was a
Dave Barger, newly elected as radio traffic reporter for WCBS,
a constable in November 2017, again flying helicopters. He is also
and Louis G. Timolat, one of the the owner of the Falls Village Saw
longest-serving constables in Falls Mill on Route 7.
Village, talked about how their job is Until fairly recently, Timolat
different from that of a state trooper continued to serve as an aviation
or a resident state trooper. specialist in the Army Reserves.
Barger’s background gives him Timolat explained that in Falls
special insight on the subject. He Village, “There are seven constables,
was a Connecticut State Police one for each day of the week.”
trooper for 24 years, retiring in In Falls Village, they are elected
2000 as a master sergeant. He then in the municipal elections, which are PHOTO BY MATT HOLDERMAN

worked at Quinnipiac University for Constables Dave Barger, in
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… constables
Continued from page 23

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He joked that constables are
like an appendix: useful but not
completely necessary.
“The first statutory reference
to constables in Connecticut was
in 1650,” Barger said. “Their main
purpose was that they maintained
peace.”
In modern Falls Village, it’s mainly
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What It Means To Be A Resident
State Trooper In North Canaan
By Matt Holderman

O
fficer Duane Lopriore, the teaches students about safe decision-
recently appointed resident making in regard to drugs and
state trooper in North alcohol.
Canaan, described what is involved “I’m involved at the school
in being a resident state trooper, and and can be a significant presence
explained his duties and primary there,” he said. “It’s beneficial to the
objectives. town and the school. I’m involved
“A resident state trooper is an with DARE, which is still taught to
officer who is assigned to a town, students in fifth grade. Its purpose is
to provide that town with personal to teach them to make good choices,
public safety services,” Lopriore said. rather than to scare them.”
“I report to the first selectman A native of Connecticut and
of North Canaan. But as a resident a graduate of UConn, Lopriore
state trooper I also still report to the Lopriore served in the Connecticut
commander of the State Police Troop Air National Guard for seven years
B barracks.” (and participated in Operation Iraqi
CARE BRANDING:
In North Canaan, Lopriore works Freedom).
with North Canaan Elementary PHOTO BY MATT HOLDERMAN

School and its DARE program, which Continued on page 26 State Trooper Duane Lopriore

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… resident state trooper Recently he earned
Continued from page 25 his bicycle certification
and he will often be
He worked in the private sector numbers, he receives from around
seen cycling around
for about a decade and then decided the community in a typical calendar
to train to become a police officer. year. town, just checking
“I wanted to be part of something “Last year there were about 3,000 up on things — and
bigger, to serve a purpose with my numbers,” he said. “Most numbers getting to know
work,” he said. have to do with assists, burglary, people in the town.
His first job with the State larceny, assault or domestic abuse,
Police was as a trooper at Troop H suspicious activity and motor-vehicle
in Hartford, which he did for five related activity.” calling to discuss it with him.
years. Much of what he did involved But being a resident state trooper “Not everything is a 911-level call,”
highway patrols. is about much more than numbers. he said. “People have no problem
“But I wanted to do Lopriore is the one who is able to calling me directly; they have my
investigations. I love solving puzzles.” give context to incidents that occur. number. I want them to know I’m
He also wanted to be a He gets to know the families in town, available.”
designated resource to a town. he watches trends and keeps an eye It’s a lot of work, he said.
When North Canaan Resident State on repeat offenders. Recently he “I’ve never been busier as a
Trooper Greg Naylor retired last year, earned his bicycle certification and trooper than I have been since last
Lopriore applied for the position and he will often be seen cycling around August. I’m constantly working on
was appointed in August 2017. town, just checking up on things — something. And that’s a good thing.
Lopriore gave a broad picture of and getting to know people in the “This is a great town. People work
law enforcement in North Canaan, town, so that if they have a question hard and are proud, and it comes
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Canaan • Falls Village CONNECTICUT
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Key Services Public Safety Religious Organizations
Animal Control ...................860-824-0707 ext. 10 and Emergency Services Beth El Synagogue, Torrington ....860-482-8263
Assessor (Tues., 9-3; Mon., For emergencies ...................................................................911 Falls Village Congregational Church
Wed. & Thurs., 9-noon).....860-824-0707 ext. 13 Falls Village Fire Department ...860-824-5298 .........................................................................................860-824-0194
Building Official (Wed., 1-3) State Police Troop B, North Canaan St. Joseph Church, Catholic, North Canaan
................................. 860-824-3132 and 860-824-0707 .........................................................................................860-824-7078
.........................................................................................860-626-1820
Fire Marshal (by appointment) 860-364-0909 Sanitarian (Torrington Area Health District) Trinity Episcopal Church, Lime Rock
First Selectman (Mon.-Thurs., 9-noon) ..................................860-489-0436 or www.tahd.org
.........................................................................................860-435-2627
...................................................................860-824-0707 ext. 23
Sharon Hospital ................................... 860-364-4000
Litchfield Hills Probate District #24 Fairview Hospital .............................. 413-528-0790 Elected representatives
860-283-4874 or www.litchfieldprobate.org First Selectman
Registrars of Voters (Wed., 9-noon) Other Services Henry Todd...................................860-824-0707 ext. 23
...................................................................860-824-0707 ext. 18
D.M. Hunt Library ...............................860-824-7424 Representatives in
Sanitarian (Tues., 8-10) ......................860-824-0707 Falls Village Day Care ...................860-824-0882 Connecticut General Assembly
Social Services (Mon., 8-3, Tues. evening Sen. Craig Miner (30th District).....800-842-1421
by appointment & Thurs., 8-3:30)
860-824-9855
.......................................................................................
Public Schools Rep. Brian Ohler (64th District)......800-842-1423
Representative in Congress (5th District)
Tax Collector (Mon. 9-3, Wed. 9-noon) And Colleges Elizabeth Esty .............. New Britain 860-223-8412
...................................................................860-824-0707 ext. 13 Explorations Charter School, Winsted
..................................................... Washington 202-225-4476
Town Clerk (Mon.-Thurs., 9-3) .........................................................................................860-738-9070
United States Senators
...................................................................860-824-0707 ext. 10 Housatonic Valley Regional High School,
Richard Blumenthal........ Hartford 860-258-6940
Town Garage ...............................................860-824-7239 Falls Village .......................................................860-824-5123
..................................................... Washington 202-224-2823
Town Treasurer (Mon.-Wed., 9-3) Lee H. Kellogg School .....................860-824-7791
Chris Murphy ........................ Hartford 860-549-8463
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Governor
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Key Services North Canaan Volunteer Religious Organizations
Animal Control..................................................860-921-1372 Ambulance Corps ................................. 860-824-7219 Beth El Synagogue, Torrington
Assessor (Mon. - Thurs., 9-noon & 1-4) Resident State Trooper................... 860-824-3145 ......................................................................................... 860-482-8263
.....................................................................860-824-3137 ext. 108 State Police Troop B, North Canaan Canaan United Methodist ......... 860-824-5534
Building Inspector (Mon.-Thurs., 9-11) ......................................................................................... 860-626-1820 North Canaan Congregational
................................................................ 860-824-7313 ext. 191 Sanitarian (Torrington Area Health District) ......................................................................................... 860-824-7232
Burning Official ....................................... 860-307-3461 .................................. 860-489-0436 or www.tahd.org Promised Land Baptist ................... 860-824-5685
Fire Marshal ........................ 860-824-3132 ext. 193 Sharon Hospital .................................... 860-364-4000 Seventh-day Adventist................... 860-824-5830
Highway Dept.................. 860-824-7313 ext. 117 Fairview Hospital .............................. 413-528-0790 St. Joseph Church, Catholic
North Canaan Housing Authority ......................................................................................... 860-824-7078
(Wangum Village) ................................... 860-824-0521 Other Services Elected representatives
Litchfield Hills Probate District #24 Canaan Child Care Center ....... 860-824-0597 First Selectman
860-283-4874 or www.litchfieldprobate.org Douglas Library....................................... 860-824-7863 Charles P. Perotti.......................................... 860-824-7313
Recreation Director ............................ 860-248-0970 Fishes and Loaves Food Pantry at Pilgrim Representatives in
Registrars of Voters ... 860-824-7313 ext. 111 House (Wed., 9-11)............................. 860-824-7232 Connecticut General Assembly
Resident State Trooper Geer Nursing and Rehabilitation Center Sen. Craig Miner (30th District)
............................................................... 860-824-7313 ext. 112 ......................................................................................... 860-824-2600 ......................................................................................... 800-842-1421
First Selectman (Mon.-Thurs., 8-4) Mountainside Treatment Center Rep. Brian Ohler (64th District)
................................................................ 860-824-7313 ext. 103 ......................................................................................... 860-824-1397 ......................................................................................... 800-842-1423
Social Services (Mon. -Wed., 9-noon & 1-4) Northwestern Connecticut YMCA at Geer Representative in Congress
................................................................ 860-824-7313 ext. 110 ......................................................................................... 860-824-2790 Elizabeth Esty (5th District)
Tax Collector (Tues. & Thurs., 9-noon & 1-3) ..................................................... New Britain 860-223-8412
................................................................ 860-824-3134 ext. 109
Town Clerk (Mon.-Thurs., 8:30-noon and 1-3)
Public Schools and Colleges ..................................................... Washington 202-225-4476

Explorations Charter School, Winsted United States Senators
................................................................ 860-824-7313 ext. 106 Richard Blumenthal
......................................................................................... 860-738-9070
Transfer Station .............. 860-824-7313 ext. 118 ................................................................Hartford 860-258-6940
Housatonic Valley Regional High School
Zoning Enforcement Officer (Sat., noon-2) ...................................................... Washington 202-224-2823
Falls Village ....................................................... 860-824-5123
.............................................................. 860-824-7133 ext. 192 Chris Murphy
North Canaan Elementary School
................................................................Hartford 860-549-8463
......................................................................................... 860-824-5149
Public Safety Northwestern Connecticut Community
......................................................... Washington 202-224-4041
Governor
and Emergency Services College, Winsted ........................................ 860-738-6300
Dannel P. Malloy
For emergencies .................................................................... 911 Oliver Wolcott Technical School, Torrington
......................................................................................... 860-566-4840
Canaan Fire Company .................. 860-824-7366 ......................................................................................... 860-496-5300

Advertiser Index
Arnold’s Garage & Towing ........................ 14 Falls Village Package Store ......................... 10 Riccardelli Accounting ...................................... 14
Associated Lightning Rod Co. .............. 10 Gas Products Industries ................................... 18 Riga Construction .......................................................... 5
Berkshire Hills Design ....................................... 11 Geer Village Senior Community ........ 25 Rustling Wind Creamery .............................. 27
Be Well Community Yoga ................................ 6 Habitat for Humanity ............................................. 8 Rustling Wind Stables, Inc. ........................ 22
Blue Hill Flowers ......................................................... 26 Hay’s Country Feed ’n Needs ............... 12 Sand Road Animal Hospital ...................... 19
C.A. Lindell & Son, Inc. .................................... 14 Jacob’s Garage ..................................................................... 6 Stadium System ................................................................. 4
Caddie Shack .......................................................................... 6 Laurelbrook Natural Resources .......... 18 The Cordial Shop ......................................................... 22
Canaan Child Care Center .......................... 20 Lindell Fuels Inc. .............................................................. 9 The Falls Village Inn .............................................. 20
Canaan United Lone Oak Campsites ............................................. 24 The Flea at 99 ..................................................................... 22
Methodist Church ...................................................... 17 Mountainside Café ................................................... 29 The Lakeville Journal Company ........ 31
Crane’s Outdoor Old Soul Antiques ..................................................... 26 The Shoppe ............................................................................ 27
Power Equipment ....................................................... 23 Printmaster ........................................................................... 21 Tri State Chamber of Commerce ..... 32
David M. Hunt Library ..................................... 22 Railroad Days .................................................................... 13 Undermountain
Decker & Beebe Inc. .............................................. 21 Railway Cafe ...................................................................... 14 Logging & Firewood .............................................. 24
Falls Village Fire Department .................... 6 Raynard Peirce Realty, LLC ........................... 2 Wingard & Pedersen Builders .............. 30

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A Relic of the Iron Age
Nestled in a Bucolic Valley
By Cynthia Hochswender

T
urn off Route 7 in North well-behaved little waterfall that runs certainly for the look of the forests:
Canaan and follow the signs down into a creek, both of which were A century ago, the trees in nearly all
for Beckley Furnace and you’ll essential tools needed to convert ore the Northwest Corner towns were cut
find yourself on a pastoral country into iron. down and used as fuel for the furnaces.
road that looks more like a scene This is a spot for history buffs but When the iron industry here
from “Heidi” than the road to the only also for anyone looking for an excuse died out (find out on the tour what
“Industrial Monument” in the state of to get outside on a nice day in spring, happened!), the trees slowly grew back
Connecticut. summer or autumn. Free tours are — and many of the furnaces fell into
On the right suddenly appears the offered by the volunteer Friends of a state of disrepair. Volunteer groups
visually stunning quarry of Specialty Beckley Furnace every Saturday from such as the Friends of Beckley Furnace
Minerals, looking like something from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. from May through have restored them over the years.
a James Bond movie or an episode of mid-October. The Beckley Furnace Industrial
the cozy English television series called To learn about the furnace is to get Monument is 600 feet west of the
Midsomer Murders. a deep introduction to the Northwest intersection of Furnace Hill Road
And then at last, there it is, the Corner of Connecticut and why it and Lower Road in the area of North
neat stone structure that was once a looks the way it looks. The iron indus- Canaan that is known as East Canaan.
hot, busy blast furnace used to make try is responsible for many of the most To learn more, go to www.
iron (which was in turn converted stately homes in the area, for many beckleyfurnace.org — or just show up
into railroad wheels). Beside it is a of the small dams and ponds and most on a Saturday in season.

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The Most Beautiful
School In The State
By Cynthia Hochswender

H
ousatonic Valley Regional
High School, which is in Falls
Village on the shore of the
Housatonic River, is the public high
school for students in North Canaan
and Falls Village as well as Cornwall,
Sharon, Kent and Salisbury.
All six towns are part of the Region
One School District, which was
established in 1939 by a special act
of the Connecticut General Assembly
in 1937. As its name indicates, it was
the first regional school district in
the state and one of the first in the
United States. PHOTO BY PATRICK L. SULLIVAN

Before Housatonic was opened, Housatonic Valley Regional High School
four of the six towns had their own
high school. The other two towns Zetterstrom and David Moran. Also Both alums have also worked
shared with the larger towns. on the committee now are John extensively with Moran, who has
North Canaan usually sends Luning, Bunny McGuire, Pauline created a teaching arboretum on the
between 20 and 30 students to the Moore and Kevin Wheeler. campus.
high school every year; Falls Village Zetterstrom (Class of 1963) has “What I admire about the design
often sends as few as eight. The towns been particularly active in helping to and construction of HVRHS is
share the cost of the regional high eliminate invasive species on the 75- reflected in the arch above the
school and all regional administrative acre property, which includes football main entrance,” Zetterstrom
costs are based on the number of fields, a running trail and tennis commented when he heard about the
students enrolled each year on Oct. 1. courts. The property runs along Architectural Digest honor.
Housatonic has a classic, “old the Housatonic River at the border “It speaks to the citizens of the
school” facade that earned it a spot between Falls Village and Salisbury. area who had a vision of cooperation
on Architectural Digest’s list of the Joining Zetterstrom in the invasive and community, in the depression
most beautiful public high schools in fight is a more recent graduate, years of the 1930s, as Fascism was

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America in 2016, with one choice for Christian Allyn, Class of 2013. raising its ugly head in Europe.”
each of the 50 states.
The magazine article noted that the
building was designed by architect
Ernest Sibley in the Georgian Revival
style.
Not mentioned in the article is Falls Village and North Canaan, great destinations
the loving care given to landscaping for shopping, dining, the arts and outdoor fun!
around the Falls Village campus,
Read about all the news of these and other Northwest Corner
much of it done under the guidance
towns in our community weekly publications.
of the school’s Arboretum and
Landscape Committee, which was Your Independent,
founded in 2004 by Housatonic
alumni and former teachers
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The
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Community
The
The Winsted
COMPASS Journal
Winsted Journal Newspapers &
including Ron Dower, Ellery
Regional News Website
“Woods” Sinclair, Phil Hart, Tom

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We love all the Canaans!
Congratulations on 54 YEARS
of Railroad Days!

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