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Congratulations to the Pauley family on the birth of baby girl Peyton Ann Elaine Joyner. The daughter of Michael Joyner and Lauren Pauley—and granddaughter of recently retired New Canaan Tree Warden Bruce Pauley and his wife, Elaine—Peyton was born at 10:04 p.m. on July 14 at Norwalk Hospital. Lauren Pauley is a 2000 Trinity Catholic High School graduate. The Joyner family resides in Stamford. ***

New Canaan High School 2015 graduate and football standout Zach Allen will wear No.

New Canaan Flag Football League Sees Dramatic Rise in Popularity among Local Youth

Every Saturday morning throughout the fall, New Canaanites should expect to see the Water Tower field packed with young boys and girls huddling up, running plays, tossing the pigskin and otherwise competing against each other in a full-on version of the nation’s most popular sport—but this is not tackle football, it’s flag football. Since the start of the co-ed Recreational New Canaan Flag Football League (NCFFL) in 2005, the program has rapidly expanded and—thanks in part to a popular week-long preseason camp in August—welcomes kids from 2nd through 8th grade to participate. When children are young, some parents worry about their kids playing tackle football for fear that they will get hurt, officials in the program say. Flag football gives kids the opportunity to learn and develop their techniques in the sport that they love, with not as much worry about concussions or other injuries. “It got started because Phil Davis, who is a good friend of mine—we are going back almost 10 years,” Craig Hunt said, who has been involved with the program in 2008.

Family Dog Alerts New Canaan Man to Black Bear on Rear Porch Late Saturday

A Marvin Ridge Road man is crediting his 7-year-old rescued pit bull with scaring off an estimated 250-pound black bear that had made its way onto a screened-in porch out back of the house Saturday night. Craig Hunt said he was watching the end of the Michigan State-Duke game (a disappointing one for Hunt, a Spartans fan with several relatives who have attended the East Lansing, Mich. school) when he heard a loud noise from beyond the kitchen. “I was thinking a tree fell,” Hunt said hours after the incident. Opening the kitchen door to a darkened screened-in porch where he’d been grilling earlier in the evening, Hunt sensed straightaway that something was amiss—and so did Buddy, a handsome pit bull he adopted about five years ago through Bully Breed Rescue of New Canaan.