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Canton woman reports being bitten by bear 

June 24, 2016 Uncategorized No Comments

A Canton woman told officers she was nipped by a bear on Friday afternoon, police said.

The woman, who suffered a minor bruise, told police the bear came up to her on Atwater Road while she was gardening and nipped her. She scared the bear off and was transported to the hospital for minor injuries, police said. 

The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection responded to try and Locate and trap the animal. DEEP is taking over the investigation. 

Town Bridge Refurbishment Could Begin in June of 2017

By John Fitts

CANTON – The refurbishing of Town Bridge could begin next June, town officials said this week.

In January of 2015, town selectmen, at the urging of many residents, endorsed a plan to keep the bridge in its historic one-lane form but bring it from a maximum capacity of 12.6 tons to 36.

That required federal approval and now with that in place, the state Department of Transportation wants to put the project on the fast track, project administrator George Wallace told selectmen this week.

“They’re hoping to do the bridge next June which seems awful aggressive because we lost a year and a half just deciding on this alternative and getting the approval,” Wallace said. … Continue Reading

Owners Seek Missing Bloodhound – Henrietta

June 24, 2016 Community No Comments

Henrietta ran away from a home on East Mountain Road Friday morning. A bloodhound of approximately 3 years of age and 100 pounds, Henrietta is extremely shy and timid. Anyone who may have seen the animal can contact Paul or Barb at 860-352-2546. 13514485_1190068024360835_670667776_n

Plaque Memorializes Canton’s Trailblazing Physician, Founding Father and Renaissance Man

By John Fitts 

CANTON — As the story goes, Dr. Solomon Everest once treated a young woman who claimed her self-inflicted wounds were the result of witchcraft. “Immersion” in a large cistern of water diminished her symptoms and the doctor’s suggestion that he could burn the wounds with his “witchiron” quickly cured the ailment. On another occasion, Everest, according to lore, happily collected $20 from a man who “insisted” he had a broken neck.*

Everest practiced medicine in Canton (initially West Simsbury) from 1796 until his death in 1822. He, of course, treated more serious and traditional medical ailments, but the stories suggest a man who realized a good physician could use plenty of empathy and a healthy dose of humor.

And Everest’s contributions to his community and state were significant. He served in the General Assembly, is largely credited with leading the charge to get Canton incorporated in 1806 and served as a member of 1818 Constitutional Convention. For good measure, he was a deacon at the First Congregational Church of Canton Center, a charter member of Village Lodge #29 (Mason), and left funds to the Connecticut Congregational Society.   … Continue Reading

Selectmen to Get Appraisal for Route 44 Property Before Deciding on a Direction for Public Works Facility

The issue of a new public works facility is again a hot topic in town. Photo by John Fitts

The issue of a new public works facility is again a hot topic in town.
Photo by John Fitts

Update: the garage survey is now online and can be accessed at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CBQSBRQ

By John Fitts 

CANTON – Town selectmen are looking to get an appraisal on the so-called “Satan’s Kingdom” property on Route 44 before they decide whether to pursue it for a public works facility project or move forward with an idea to rebuild at the current site on Old River Road.

Specifically, selectmen want to see how the property’s appraised value stacks against the $1.2 million the property owner is seeking for the 39 acres of land on Route 44, specifically known as 674 and 684 Albany Turnpike (Route 44).

“I think it’s a crucial piece of information,” selectmen Bill Canny said during Board of Selectmen meeting Wednesday and he and his colleagues voted to spend up to $2,000 for the appraisal. (Expected cost is between $1,200 and $1,500).

In light of years of failed referendums and a rapidly deteriorating facility, the town earlier this year developed a plan to rebuild its “town garage” at the current site near the Farmington River. The idea was to construct a 15,000 square foot facility, provide a new access road from 179 and enhance river access and recreational facilities.

While selectmen have discussed that idea at length this year, it has received some public criticism but is still on the table.

In recent weeks, selectmen have also discussed the Route 44 property, the site of a bitter controversy in 2014 when developer Allan Borghesi proposed an industrial park on the land. The property is now owned by an LLC managed by members of the Bahre family. … Continue Reading

Residents Named to CCSU Dean’s List

June 23, 2016 Schools No Comments

Submitted 

NEW BRITAIN, CT – Central Connecticut State University President Jack Miller is proud to announce the students who earned a spot on the Dean’s List for the Spring 2016 semester. To achieve this academic distinction, an undergraduate student at CCSU must carry at least 12 academic credits during the semester and earn at least a 3.50 GPA out of a possible 4.0 GPA.

The Canton students who earned a place on the Dean’s List are:

  • Kelly Bisson
  • Kristee Daniel
  • Lori Haberern
  • Jamie Hanson
  • Audrey Johnson
  • David Juhasz
  • Daniel McCartney
  • Kelly Scanlon
  • Emily Summa
  • Alessandra Yacovino
  • Matthew Anderson

First Selectman’s Corner: Public Invited to Weigh In On Idea that Could Help Spur Collins Company Complex Redevelopment

Canton First Selectman Leslee Hill

Canton First Selectman Leslee Hill

Redevelopment of the Collins Company property has been an ongoing topic in Canton for many years. As you may know, the town is considering whether to pursue a program of Tax Increment Financing (TIF) to encourage such redevelopment.

On Tuesday, June 28, 2016, representatives from our retained TIF consultant, Camoin Associates, will be visiting in order to tour the Collins Company complex, meet with local merchants and interested developers, as well as speak with town leaders and staff in order to begin the process of developing a TIF Master Plan.

That evening, Camoin Associates will be hosting a public workshop in order to discuss Tax Increment Financing and how the Town of Canton may be able to utilize this development tool. The presentation will provide an overview of TIF, as well as how it could be used to spur redevelopment of the Collins Company complex. It will be held in Room F of the Community Center, from 7:00 to 8:30 pm. I encourage you to attend and become better informed on a topic that is relevant to both our economic development and preservation of this historic asset.

Best Regards, 
Leslee B. Hill
First Selectman

Entrance at Cherry Brook Primary Formally Dedicated to North Canton Volunteer Fire Association

June 22, 2016 Community No Comments

By John Fitts

CANTON – On Wednesday, the Canton Public School District formally dedicated the entranceway at Cherry Brook Primary School to the North Canton Volunteer Fire Association – the organization that provided funding for security and communication upgrades at the school.

“We can’t thank you enough for your support of the Canton community and the education community as well,” said Superintendent Kevin D. Case. … Continue Reading

Third Annual Blues & Brews to Raise Funds for Local Charities While Emphasizing Regional Talent, Local Craft Beer

June 22, 2016 Community, Fire No Comments

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By John Fitts 

CANTON — This year the organizers of the annual Third Annual Canton Firemen’s Blues and Brews festival are looking to provide some musical soul, a taste of some of the areas finest craft brews, plenty of comfort food and a place for the children to burn some energy. It all takes place in an intimate setting at 14 Canton Springs Road and benefits some great local causes.

The event, set for 1 to 7 p.m. Saturday, June 25, features talents such as World Recording Players (1 to 2 p.m.), Eric Ducoff Band (2:15 to 3:15), Lisa Marie and All Shook Up (3:30 to 4:30 p.m.), Connecticut Blues Society All Stars (4:45 to 5:45) and Zydeco Hogs (6 to 7 p.m.). Breweries that will offer samplings include Tidal River (Canton), Firefly Hollow (Bristol), Brass Works (Waterbury) and Little Red Barn (Riverton).

“We’re trying to keep things local this year to bring more interest,” said Corey Russo, co-chair of the event and member of the Canton Volunteer Fire Department Inc., which is sponsoring the event.

The Canton Volunteer Fire Department Inc. is a private corporation that generally supports its operations as well as the town of Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS Department. However, the idea of this event has always been to give back to other causes. This year’s beneficiaries include Canton Connections, Relay for Life and the Canton Food Bank.

“It’s a full-blown charity event,” Russo said. … Continue Reading

Letter: Cherry Brook Children’s Fair a Success

DSC_0182To the Editor:

The 55th Annual Children’s Fair was held at Cherry Brook Primary School on Friday, June 3rd. The fair was a HUGE success! The event was well-attended by Cherry Brook families and the Canton community. Fairgoers enjoyed food, music (provided by Cherry Brook principal, Andy Robbin), games, prizes, bounce houses, a bike race and more. For the Touch-A-Truck portion of the fair, various vehicles were offered by the Canton Fire & EMS and Police Departments, the Department of Public Works, Lippincott Vans and Precision Tree Service. … Continue Reading

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