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Canton Girls Tennis Team Qualifies for State Tournament

May 28, 2016 Schools, Sports No Comments

CANTON — With a 5-2 decision over Granby on Saturday morning, the Canton girls tennis team moves on to the first round of the Class S state tournament.

The match decision came down to the bitter end, coach Margaret Bristol said.

“Everybody played their hearts out and they left everything on the court,” she said. “It was a great win.”

The Canton team is 14-6 on the season and sophomore Katherine Hynes is conference singles champion.

“It’s been a wonderful season,” Bristol said. “These girls have done above and beyond what I ever expected in my first year coaching tennis.  I love working with these girls.”

The girls will face Stonington (14-0) at 1 p.m. in away action on Monday, May 30.

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Celebrate CT Trails Day with Canton Land Conservation Trust

The Canton Land Conservation Trust’s Smith Tree Farm also has two hiking trails – check one out on June 5, CT Trails Day, with a 2 p.m. guided hike. Contributed Photo

The Canton Land Conservation Trust’s Smith Tree Farm also has two hiking trails – check one out on June 5, with a 2 p.m. guided hike.
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The Canton Land Conservation Trust invites all to celebrate Connecticut Trails Day on Sun. June 5 with a 2 p.m. hike followed by a 4 p.m. barbecue and Annual Meeting. Non-members and members alike are welcome to this celebration of another year of the Land Trust’s stewardship of approximately 2,000 acres of land.

The hike begins at 2 p.m. at the Smith Tree Farm. Land Trust Co-President Jay Kaplan will lead a 2-mile hike on the moderately strenuous Ted Wright Trail. A barbecue and Annual Meeting will follow at 4 p.m., also at the Smith Tree Farm. (You don’t need to do the hike in order to attend the barbecue, and vice versa!) … Continue Reading

Canton Lions Launch 2016-2017 Little Red Phone Book Campaign

May 27, 2016 Community No Comments
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The 2015-2016 Little Red Phone Book

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The Canton Lions Club has launched its 2016-17 campaign for the “little red phone book,” a fixture in Canton homes since 1962. The phone book is distributed in November to every Canton household for free.

“A printed book of telephone numbers might seem out of place in today’s mobile world, but the little red phone book remains a valuable resource to connect Canton residents with their neighbors,” said Kevin Sullivan, director of the 2016 phone book campaign. “While it can be difficult to find residential listings on-line, this little book has stood the test of time and service, year after year.”

Inside the phone red book’s pages, residents can find business listings, town offices, boards and charitable organizations. Businesses find the red book highly effective for promoting traffic. Advertisers receive an enhanced bold listing within the white pages and a two blue-page listings by category in addition to their display ad. Interested businesses may visit www.cantonctlions.org and click “Little Red Book” for more information.

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Canton Police: ‘Significant Amount’ of Alcohol Found at Planned Junior Prom After-Party Location

May 27, 2016 Police, Schools No Comments

Posted by John Fitts 

CANTON — Acting on a tip, officers found a “significant amount of alcohol,” at a private residence where some students had planned a post-event party the night of the Canton High School Junior Prom, police chief Christopher Arciero said.

The chief said police want to alert parents to the incident and offer suggestions prior to the Senior Prom in early June.

“The Canton Police Department wants to ensure a safe and unforgettable positive experience for those attending the senior prom,” Arciero stated in a message to Compass. “What we don’t want to see is the tragic impact of an alcohol related incident involving a minor.”

“I applaud those concerned individuals who provided information about the circumstances of that party which allowed us to stop it well in advance and the subsequent support from school officials,” Arciero added.

The incident is still under investigation and police did not provide further details. … Continue Reading

Numerous Residents Speak Against Rebuilding Town Garage at Current Site Near Farmington River

garageBy John Fitts

CANTON – While there were exceptions, many residents who attended a public hearing Wednesday spoke against the concept of rebuilding the Public Works Facility at the current site along the Farmington River.

Speakers touted the idea of reclaiming riverfront, avoiding any and all floodplain issues and the limited chance for expansion at the current site.

“The greater sense to me of what our stewardship over the river entails is that we take the devil out of the river,” said Ben Holden of Boulder Ridge. “We don’t want a garage (at the river), however you jimmy crack into making it appear like it’s not in the floodplain. I do not like that. I object to that. I think it’s wrong minded.”

For years, the town has struggled to replace its aging, 600-square-foot site at 50 Old River Road. The municipality has looked to find a suitable location and plan that would serve the needs of the Public Works Department and pass muster with voters.

A plan to purchase property at 5 Cherry Brook Road, and two complete projects proposed at 325 Commerce Drive, have all failed at referendum.

For much of the history of the project, the town has focused on getting away from the river but earlier this year drew up a concept for the current site.

Town officials acknowledged it was a compromise but said the site could work by reducing the proposed footprint, burrowing the structure near Route 179 and creating a new access from the state highway, all while creating additional public parking, restrooms, increased recreational amenities and river access. The town said they’ve also cleared up questions about floodplain compensation at the site.

The town has received two estimates but no final price tag has been assigned. Town officials said  Jacunski Humes’ estimate of $6 million included a 21-percent contingency and Millennium Builders plan of $2.9 million was only for the building.

On Wednesday, Chief Administrative Officer Robert Skinner’s presentation (available below) reviewed current conditions at the site, project history and information about the current location, the idea of rebuilding at the current site and several sites recommended for reconsideration by the Permanent Municipal Building Committee, the group that over the years has investigated potential locations. Those discussed Wednesday included 325 Commerce Drive as well as a few others on that road, 51 River Road, 225 Cherry Brook and the “Satan’s Kingdom” property at 674 Albany Turnpike.

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Successful Writers Pass Along Advice to Canton Students

By John Fitts 

For the writer, dissatisfaction with a finished piece does not have to signal failure.

Sam Adler-Bell, a successful social advocate and journalist, recently told Canton students to embrace the fact that they might be unhappy with their work. It’s a sign of growth, motivation and the desire to always do better.

“One thing I find in my writing is I almost never like it,” he said. “That’s a good sign.”

Adler-Bell is one of six writers who recently visited the Canton Middle/High School campus for the school’s first “Author Afternoon,” presented by the English Department and library media centers at the school.

In two sessions, each writer addressed students, offered some insight on their approach to writing and passed along tips on story ideas, editing, structure and inspiration. … Continue Reading

Canton Middle School Students Learn Life Lessons During Day of Service

By John Fitts (Additional photos courtesy of LaNelle Stanhope and Rebecca Stevenson) 

CANTON – While May 19, 2016 might not have been the most academically challenging day at Canton Middle School, students learned some important life lessons.

On that day, 282 Canton Middle School students, along with staff members and some parents, participated in a Day of Service, during which groups of students traveled to local farms, nursery schools, nursing homes, libraries, parks and elsewhere to clear invasive species, teach kids, clean out sheds, share their company with the elderly, pick up litter, and much more – putting in a collective 1,120 hours of work.

It’s an effort the school has worked toward all year and involved an ambitious effort to coordinate 22 projects at 18 different sites in a day-long effort.

As a result, students were able to make new friends, further the school’s 2015-2016 theme of “Paying it Forward” and feel energized about giving back, school officials said.

“The students embraced it and jumped right in,” said CMS principal Pamela C. Hamad said. “There was an energy in the building when they came back.” … Continue Reading

Pete Pidgeon Continues Musical Journey With ‘All the Little Things’

All the Little Things - Pete Pidgeon and Arcoda - coverBy John Fitts 

It took years of listening, practicing and working every odd job he could find for Pete Pidgeon to bring his latest recording to market.

But the former Collinsville resident is passionate and serious about his music. After 5 years of hard work and a $30,000 investment “All the Little Things” by Pete Pidgeon & Arcoda is available now in vinyl, CD and digital format.

Pidgeon’s fourth full-length album, “All the Little Things” is firmly planted in roots music, borrowing from and expanding musical stylings that range from bluegrass to R&B. The album, recorded at Applehead Studios in Woodstock, NY, features the likes of the late Levon Helm, banjoist Chris Pandolfi of the Infamous Stringdusters and bassist Catherine Popper.

“All the little things is very much an Americana record,” said Pidgeon, a 1995 Simsbury High School graduate. “It’s rooted in traditional American music.”

The album is also firmly rooted in Pidgeon’s own life and moments that area easy to relate with. It’s “a whole reference the course of life – from elementary school through old age,” he said.

“‘All the Little Things'” are the small steps along the way during the long journey of life,” he said. … Continue Reading

Canton Boys Track and Field Team Wins 6th Straight NCCC Title

May 25, 2016 Schools, Sports No Comments

The Canton High School boys track and field team earned a 6th straight NCCC title Tuesday evening while the girls took a 3rd-place finish.

Please see full story from Gerry deSimas at the Collinsville Press here.

Images of Canton: 5th Graders Learn About Emergency Planning

On Monday Canton 5th Graders learned the STEPs to take for family emergency preparedness.

During the morning, Bill Perkins, trainer and homeland security project coordinator for the Capitol Region Council of Governments, Christopher Arciero, Canton’s Chief of Police and director of emergency management, and members of the Canton’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), presented Student Tools for Emergency Planning. … Continue Reading

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