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Canton School District Retirees, Students Work Together to Make an Impact

January 19, 2017 Community, Schools No Comments

CANTON –  Joan Reiskin and Heidi Zacchera retired from the Canton School District in 2007 and 2013, respectively, but that hasn’t stopped the two from continuing to lead ESTEEM, a team of high school students that teach fifth-graders about making good choices.   

“We started it and we love it,” said Reiskin, a 35-year social worker for the town and school district. “We see the results in play year after year. We hear from the teachers and the principals of those schools that this was such a positive influence on these kids.” 

Each year, the group visits approximately a half dozen schools, generally presenting to fifth graders. That included a recent trip to Canton Intermediate School. 

Please see this week’s Valley Press for the complete story. 

Images of Canton: Wizards Come to Town

By John Fitts 

Assistant Editor

CANTON — With a host of antics, slam dunks, dancing and even a little football, the Harlem Wizards and local teachers took to the court and helped raise $7,500 toward an effort for permanent lights at the Canton High School track and field facility. 

The committee is working to raise some $250,000 for permanent lights at Canton High School track and field facility. Next up is a Snowshoe Scramble, sponsored by Lights on Canton and Canton Parks & Recreation Department, and set for 1 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 29. It is designed to be a gentle snowshoe, or walking event through the woods with refreshments at the end. Cost is $25 per person or $75 for a family of four.  More details, updated course information and online registration can be found at the Canton Parks & Recreation website, www.cantonrec.org/info/activities.

The committee has also announced several other initiatives. Please see this week’s Valley Press for the complete story. 

College Notes (Jan. 19, 2017)

January 19, 2017 Schools No Comments

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Wheaton College student Emily Guersch Performs in Mozart’s ‘The Magic Flute’ 

WHEATON, IL — Wheaton College student Emily Guersch of Collinsville, Connecticut performed in Opera Music Theater’s production of Mozart’s “The Magic Flute.” Guersch played clarinet. Guersch was also named to the Dean’s List for the fall 2016 semester.

Eastern Connecticut State University Full-time Students Named to Fall 2016 Dean’s List

WILLIMANTIC, CT — Eastern Connecticut State University recently released the names of full-time students who were named to the Dean’s List for the fall 2016 semester.

The following Collinsville students earned the honor. 

  • Alexia Bohnenkamper ’18, an Environmental Earth Science major.
  • Emily Chouinard ’18 of Collinsville, who is majoring in Finance.
  • Lillian Hyde ’17, whose major is Biology.

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Application for car dealership in Collinsville withdrawn

January 17, 2017 Business No Comments

Canton Compass has learned that an application for a used car dealership in Collinsville is being withdrawn. 

Phil Doyle of Simsbury-based Landscape Architectural Design Associates had made the application for 5 River Road on behalf of a Burlington businessman Zolfikar Ezzeddine and property owner Stephen Roberto. On Tuesday morning he sent an email to town planner Neil Pade, asking that the application be withdrawn. 

The application had been noticed for a public hearing Tuesday evening. 

More to come.

5 River Road.

Your Silent Neighbors: John Felter, ‘Died by Murderer’s Hand’

January 15, 2017 Community, History No Comments

By David K. Leff
Town Historian 

“Died by Murderer’s Hand” reads the lichen-encrusted brownstone pillar erected to John Felter (1825-1875).  Felter was of German extraction and operated a boarding house just over the Canton line in Burlington with his wife Caroline, who owned the building.  Killed in his own home, he was one of three who would die from stabbings received on the night of April 16, 1875 in one of the most grisly episodes ever witnessed in Collinsville.

“Crazed with liquor,” as The Hartford Courant reported, Collins Company grinder Anton Linburg entered the room in Felter’s house where fellow worker Andre Johnson boarded.  Johnson had been sick in bed several days.  Brandishing a knife hidden under his coat, Linburg fatally stabbed the bedridden man.  On hearing a noise, Felter entered the room and was knifed so many times by the infuriated Linburg that he died almost instantly.  At the sound of her husband’s cries, Caroline Felter went to the room only to be cut severely in the hip.  The murderer then stabbed himself and went to his own room where he slit his throat.  Linburg lay in bed for some time with his wounds when a doctor from Winsted arrived to examine him.  With “great effort” the dying man “raised himself up” and “grasped the knife lying on the floor beside him and threw it with as much strength as he could command at the doctor, but missed his aim and fell back dead.” … Continue Reading

Images of Canton: Canton Parents for Music Coffee House

January 13, 2017 Community, Photos, Schools No Comments

Photos by John Fitts

Canton Parents for Music sponsored a coffee house in the cafeteria of Canton High School Jan. 6. Fourteen different student acts performed. Attendance was free, but the organization raised nearly $300 from selling refreshments and accepting donations. The organization is looking to host additional coffee houses , potentially at other locations. Canton Parents for Music funds initiatives not covered in the Board of Education budget. Examples include artists in residence and music trip transportation costs. See more at www.cantonparentsformusic.org. … Continue Reading

First Selectman’s Corner: Two Important Topics at Annual Town Meeting

January 12, 2017 Community, Government No Comments

Leslee Hill

Dear Canton Residents,

Please consider this a personal invitation to attend the 2017 Annual Town Meeting. It will be held on Wednesday, January 18, 2017 at 7:00 pm at the Town Hall Auditorium. Two topics will be presented that evening.

The first will be an overview of economic development initiatives presented by the Town of Canton’s Economic Development Agency.

The second topic will be mental health issues in Canton, with a focus on the opioid epidemic in our area. This will be presented by Jennifer Kertanis, Director of the Farmington Valley Health District; Claire Cote, Canton’s Director of Senior and Social Services; and Maria Coutant Skinner, Executive Director at the McCall Center for Behavioral Health. These are topics that should be of interest to everyone in Canton, and I encourage you to come and learn more about them. That evening, the town will also honor, with the dedication of the 2016 Annual Report, the late Louis and Judith Friedman, who were well-known and highly respected members of the Canton community.  … Continue Reading

Canton Looks to Make Town Green More of a Showcase

January 12, 2017 Community, Government No Comments

CANTON – This winter the town’s Public Works Department will begin some improvements on the town green designed to make the area more visually pleasing and welcoming.

“It’s a very prominent, iconic spot for the town to welcome people to the community by having a nice, attractive green,” said Public Works Director Robert J. Martin.

For the past several years, the department, the Canton Lions Club and Cherry Brook Garden Club have made numerous improvements on the green and to the bandstand.

Now the department is looking to replace the aging, deteriorated “Welcome to Canton, Town of Champion” sign, remove some diseased and invasive trees and plant some new specimens. For the later, the department is working with town historian David K. Leff to plant specimens that most closely resemble some historic trees that once stood on the green.

“I love the approach you’ve taken,” First Selectman Leslee Hill told Public Works Director Robert J. Martin at a Board of Selectman meeting Wednesday. “There’s reasons for everything you’ve taken out and there’s reasons for everything you’re putting in . . . It would be a nice welcome into town.”

Please look out for the complete story, written by John Fitts, in the Jan. 19, 2017 edition of the Valley Press.

Francesca’s Wine Bar and Bistro set to reopen

January 11, 2017 Business No Comments

Jonathan Nadeau, center, plans to reopen Francesca’s with parents Don and Francesca.
Photo by John Fitts

By John Fitts 

COLLINSVILLE – As the Nadeau family plans to re-open the doors to Francesca’s Wine Bar and Bistro, choices of fermented beverages will certainly be plentiful but executive chef and owner Jonathan Nadeau is especially excited to debut a new, ever-evolving Mediterranean-inspired menu. 

“We’re going to do a revolving menu, so every six to eight weeks it’s going to change,” he said. “It’s pretty drastic, but I’m definitely looking forward to focusing a little more on the food aspect of it.” 

Helping him will be parents and original owners Don and Francesca Nadeau. 

See full story in the Jan. 12, 2017 edition of the Valley Press

Burlington Resident Looks to Open Used Car Dealership at Collinsville Site

January 11, 2017 Business 2 Comments

A Burlington resident is looking to open a used car dealership at 5 River Road in Collinsville.
Photo by John Fitts

By John Fitts 

COLLINSVILLE — A Burlington resident is looking to establish a used car dealership at 5 River Road in Collinsville. 

Lava Motors, owned by Zolfikar Ezzeddine of Burlington, is looking to sell vehicles at the .47- acre site with a 1,300-square-foot building, which sits at the corner of a v-shaped intersection of Route 179 in Collinsville. 

The application proposes 33 spaces for the used vehicles and seven additional for employee and customer parking. It also proposes two “dark sky compliant” light fixtures. 

The application has been noticed for a public hearing at the next planning and zoning commission meeting, set for  7:30 p.m. at the Canton Community Center, 40 Dyer Ave., on Jan. 17, 2017. However, Neil S. Pade, the town’s director of planning and community development, said there are many items due to be heard that night and it is possible some could be postponed or continued.

Please see more details in the Jan. 12 version of the Valley Press

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