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Town of Canaan NH

August 13, 2021


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Hours and Contacts

  • Cancelled: Monday August 16: Library Trustees Meeting
  • Closed Monday, September 6: Town Office & Library
  • Closed Saturday, September 4: Transfer Station  
  • From the Assessor's Office: 
    Canaan uses independent professional assessors to determine property values for tax  purposes. Granite Hill Municipal Services is the company that we use.  

    The employees of the company will all be wearing a photo id on a lanyard with the company name and their picture.  

    They are not required to make  prior appointments. You can deny them access, but then they can then use their best estimates of property value based on exterior views to set your assessments.

  • We are required to review every property in the Town on every fifth year. Our fifth year is this year. That means the company will look at every property in Canaan.
  • Misc: 
  • The town is looking to hire a Mechanic. Find the ad below.
  • The town is looking to hire a Highway Laborer/Truck Driver.  Click HERE for a job description.
  • Click HERE for an application. 

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The Supervisors of the Checklist will be in session on Saturday, August 21, 2021 starting at 9:00 am and ending at 11:00  at the Town Office, 1169 Route 4, for additions and corrections to the checklist.

Barbara Hayward
Therese Samson
Angelique Robinson


The next meeting of the community group organizing recreation in Canaan will be on Thursday August 19 in the conference room under the Library at 7 PM.

Join the group as we look for ways to improve recreation in Canaan.

All are welcome. Bring your ideas or wishes and listen to the others.

News from the
Canaan Town Library

The library is now open 1-8 pm on Mondays!

Our weekly hours are:
1-8 pm Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesday
1-5 pm Thursday
9-12 pm Fridays
9-1 pm Saturdays

All hours are now walk-ins with no appointment necessary.  Masks are required inside the library.  We are offering Library Take Out, our contact-less pick up service every day that we are open.

On July 27th, Robin received the BIA/Union Leader state wide award as one of the 40 best examples of community spirit, professional accomplishment, drive and success in someone under 40 in New Hampshire. The awards were presented at the Fisher Cat Statium in Manchester.


How much does the Town of Canaan Spend?

This is a review of the major Departments this year:

Roads $875,000
Police $698,000
Employee Benefits $491,000
Transfer Station $267,000
Equipment $463,000
Mechanic $194,000
Library 174,000
Town Clerk Tax Collector $163,000
Ambulance $155,000
Fire $145,000
Assessing $145,000
Buildings & Grounds $140,000
Welfare $122,500
Legal $114,000
Finance $103,000
Emergency Management  $96,000
Town Administrator $82,000
Debt Service $76,000
Insurance $64,000
Cemeteries $26,000
Miscellaneous $29,000


When we budget, we look at what makes up the cost and see if we can do things differently to get better service and/or lower cost.

Take Roads as an example... We have about 43 miles of dirt road and 39 miles of paved road on the state inventories.

It costs $192,000 to replace a mile of paved road and $89,000 to rebuild a mile of dirt road with drainage, culverts, filter fabric and gravel. 

If we replaced all of the paved road, it would cost $7.5 million for all of the paved roads. Spaced out over 20 years it could cost an average of $375,000 a year.

If we replaced all of the dirt roads it would cost  $3.8 million or $191,000 a year spaced out over 20 years. 

Together these costs for paved and dirt road could total $565,000 a year. We currently spend about $259,000 a year. If the $565,000 needed was actually funded, it would require $306,000 in new taxes or a permanent 12% increase in taxes.  That would be an additional $180 a year on a $200,000 house.

That's just for the roads themselves. In addition we use salt and sand in the winter, plow the roads, and we need to replace bridges and do normal grading, culvert repair and ditching during the summer.

In order to keep costs affordable, we try to find other sources of money such as grants and stretch out the time between repairs.

Over the coming weeks we will look at the other various departments and explain how we try to old down costs.


Is the Beach Open?

If this YELLOW sign is on the Life Guard Stand - The Beach is NOT open.

The water will continued to be tested weekly. When it is safe, the beach will reopen.

If this GREEN sign is on the Life Guard Stand - The Beach IS open.









to work with 10 or 12 low income renters and people with mortgages in default.

There are federal funds to help these people but the process to apply can be daunting and much of it needs to be completed on line. A typical application takes about four hours to complete.

Volunteers will work in the Canaan Town Office on town office equipment.

Help someone save their home or apartment!


Canaan Farmers & Artisans' Market

Live music by Barry Hayes this week!

Power of Produce Club is back, with a huge thanks to Mascoma Bank for sponsoring this great program!
POP Club is for kids ages 4-13 designed to introduce them to locally grown healthy fruits and vegetables. Each week at the Market table you'll find engaging activities designed to teach children all about our local farmers, how food grows, and delicious ways to enjoy it. After the activity, children participating receive $3 in POP tokens to shop the market for their very own fresh fruits and vegetables.
July 18th & 25th, August 1st, 15th, and 22nd

Join us on the Common for the Canaan Farmers & Artisans' Market on Sundays from 10 am - 2 pm each week through October 3rd.  We have a great lineup of vendors for you this year, offering a variety of fresh produce, maple syrup, raw local honey, fresh eggs, pastured meat, baked goods, prepared foods, handcrafted gifts and items for the home, herb and vegetable starter plants, perennials for the flower garden, jewelry, all natural personal care, and a selection of locally roasted coffee.  We're excited to accept EBT/SNAP this year-- and doubling it on fresh produce with Granite State Market Match! 

 Check out our facebook page for pictures, more information, and "What's Ripe" recipes each week throughout the season:


From the Friends of Mascoma

Hello all,
Here are some quick updates from FOM!

Mini-grant program: The time to apply for mini-grants is now!  Mini-Grants are modest awards that help educators make a positive difference in the learning experience of their students. Mini-grants support, encourage, and facilitate great teaching ideas that would not be possible within the existing school budget. Since the program inception, Friends of Mascoma has awarded over $15,500 in mini-grants! We urge teachers and staff to visit this page to learn more and apply now:

Food Access: FOM operates to public pantries every week. One is Enfield on Tuesdays from 4pm-6pm at Huse Memorial Park.  The second, on Wednesdays, at our Canaan location behind Canaan Hardware Store also from 4pm-6pm.  If you or someone you know is in need, please visit our pantries.  We offer a variety of pantry staples, dairy products, baked goods, protein options, and fresh local produce. 

Mascoma Builds Community Resilience Project: As you may or may not know, the Friends of Mascoma Foundation has been working with the UNH Extension on a project called Mascoma Builds Community Resilience. UNH Extension received a grant to facilitate this project in three rural NH communities and Mascoma was selected as one of the three.  This is different than the Enfield Master Planning process that a group is undertaking in Enfield, but we will be working collaboratively so that both groups can benefit from each other’s findings.  
We are using ‘resilience’ as a broad term and realize it is a bit ambiguous. The context of the project is rural communities emerging from the COVID-19 Pandemic and working together within their community to gather information, make organizational connections, apply lessons learned and re-emerge as a stronger community.  We have had three virtual meetings so far, but you can get involved at any time. Below is some more information and a few ways to get involved now!

We are trying to reestablish community post-COVID-19 and the voices of the Mascoma community together. Some of what we are working on:
• Building a regional team of partners and community members interested in building resiliency in the Mascoma region
• Coming together as a community to learn about each other, our assets, and where to go from here
• Beginning to identify ways to build resiliency in community and how to take action as part of a regional team
Ways to get involved today—>
  1. We are trying to get a better understanding of what ‘community’ means to folks generally and specifically what they like (or do not like) about the Mascoma Valley Region. If you have not done so already please answer the three questions on the form link here: OR with this QR Code
  1. Join us for our August meeting on Thursday the 26th at 3pm.  Here is the zoom link:
  2. Help us spread the word! Share information about this project with your friends, neighbors, co-workers, etc… The more folks that know about this project and participate the better the results will be!
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Eula at
Select Board Meetings

The Board is meeting at the Meeting House on the first and third Tuesday's of every month during July and August. Next Meeting will be Tuesday, August 17th at the MEETING HOUSE at 5 pm. 

Starting in September or October, the Board will hold its meetings at the Emergency Operations Center on the left side of the Police Station and they will be available over ZOOM.


Come join us at the Enfield Market at Huse Park from 10AM-1PM on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month(May 8th- October 9th). Our vendor list is still growing, including prepared food options, seasonal produce, and live music! Follow the Enfield Market on Facebook. Please email for more information or if you are an interested vendor.
Keep up to date with our current program registrations here (please note, outside organization’s programs may have their own registration page):
Youth Programs:
Mascoma Youth Sports League- Fall Registration for Soccer(grades K-6) & Field Hockey (grades 3-6) is open. Register here. Email for questions  Looking for coaches or volunteers.  

Adult & Family Opportunities:
Movie in the Park- End of Summer- Grab your blankets, chairs and head down to Huse Park for a fun summer treat! The Enfield NH Police Department, Enfield Parks and Recreation and Mascoma Valley Parks and Recreation are hosting the 1991 classic Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze. Saturday, August 28th. Movie starts around dusk. Admission is free!
Adult Co-Ed Recreational Volleyball- Shaker Recreation Field- more information to come, keep an eye out on the calendar or email Bridget for more information.
Adult Co-Ed Softball League (Rubberball League)- for more information email- or check out their Facebook page 
Disc Golf - We are working to add a disc golf course to our community.  Come be part of the discussions and see how you could potentially help.  Check out the Mascoma Disc Golf Facebook page or contact Bridget for more info.
Beginner Yoga- The classes are all levels and beginners are always welcome. For further information please contact Sonya at Classes are $12 for drop-in, $10 for students and seniors, space is limited, be sure to email Sonya if you would like to attend and to keep up with the schedule.  
For any of our running enthusiasts, registration is now open for the 2021 Upper Valley Running Series! If you enjoy running or are looking to get into the sport, then this is the perfect series for you.  The Upper Valley Running Series consists of 7 local races taking place everywhere from Enfield to Sharon, one of the races even benefits the Cross Country and Track Programs at Indian River School.  Signing up for the whole series gives you an overall discount of 25% compared to the early registration fees for each race individually.  Information about the Series can be found here and registration can be found here.

Check out Trail Finder, you are able to print the trail maps or download them to your phone if there will be no service on your hike. Take a look:
UNH Extension is offering many workshops. Visit: for more information.
Don’t forget to check out other opportunities and programs Upper Valley Trail Alliance offers for all ages at 
For any questions about Mascoma Valley Parks & Recreation please contact Bridget at
Follow us on Facebook & Instagram!
Bridget Labrie
Regional Recreation Coordinator
Mascoma Valley Parks and Recreation
Online Registration 

Local Newsletters:


Remember during this difficult time that if you or someone you know needs food, reach out to:

Canaan Food Pantry
Wednesdays from 4pm-6pm
at the FOM and MTD garage bays

Click HERE for details

 Work in Canaan!

Think about being our Mechanic. There must be someone in Canaan that loves being a mechanic and wants to be a hero in their own town. 

Our starting pay is more than Hanover's, and we have the same maximum wage as Hanover.


 Call us at 523-4501 ext 5,
or email us at
or mail us a letter at PO Box 38, Canaan, NH 03741.

Experienced Truck Driver/Equipment Operator Needed

40 Hours per week, permanent full-time and year round. Candidate will have a minimum of 3-5 years of experience operating plow truck, and other major equipment. Able to be on call 24 hours a day for storm activity. The candidate will possess a valid NH class "B" CDL drivers license with a good driving record. Background check and physical may be required before hiring.  Compensation – Range $18.00-$21.00. Benefits including Health, Dental, Life, Vacation, Sick Leave, & Personal Days.

Call us at 523-4501 ext 5,
or email us at
or mail us a letter at PO Box 38, Canaan, NH 03741.



These town meetings are open to the public. To find out more information about the Committee and agendas, please click on the name of the group link. 

Select Board Meetings are held the first and third Tuesdays of the month at 5:00 pm. In July and August Meetings will be held at the Meeting House.

The Budget Committee meets on selected dates in the Fall and Winter at 7:00pm. In 2021 the schedule is as follows: Sept 2 &16 at the Meeting House, Oct 7 & 21, Nov 4, and Dec 2 & 16 at the Fire Station.


Canaan Conservation Commission:  Meets at 7:00 pm on the first Monday of the month. They will meet at the Meeting House in July, August, and September. Beginning in October, they will meet at the Senior Center.


The Trustees of the Library  meet the third Monday of the month at 7:00 pm in the Town Conference Room on the lower level of the Library. Check on the link to get the details for in person and/or zoom instructions.


Meetings of the Planning Board shall be the second and fourth Thursdays of the month at 6:30pm at the Mascoma Community Health Center, 18 Roberts Road, and also via Zoom. Please click the Planning Board link for login information


Meetings of the  Historic District Commission, shall be held the 3rd Monday of the month at 7:15pm pm at Mascoma Community Health Center, 18 Roberts Road.  See Current Agenda for details, including Zoom instructions.

The Friends of Canaan Village meets monthly at the Methodist Church at 6:30 pm. Watch their Facebook page for details.  Masks required.




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to view all of the wonderful places
that serve our needs here in Canaan!

Newsletter Contacts:

Mike Samson, Town Administrator:
523-4501 x 5

Sharon Duffy, Communications:
523-4501 x 8

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