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Your Silent Neighbors: Leonard B. Hough

October 1, 2016 Community, History No Comments

dsc_0579By David Leff, Town Historian  

Called a “fast operator” by a Fortune Magazine writer in the 1940s, Leonard B. Hough (1898-1988) was a dynamic businessman who served the Collins Company as vice president in charge of sales for many years.  He was born in Collinsville, grandson of the village pharmacist and son of the Collins Company superintendent.  Lanky and athletic, he was captain of the high school baseball team.  He attended Amherst College, interrupting his studies to drive an ambulance in France during World War I.  On his return, he received a business degree from the famed Wharton School in Philadelphia. … Continue Reading

Images of Canton: Nature’s Classroom 2016

September 29, 2016 Community, Photos, Schools No Comments

By John Fitts 

COLEBROOK — It’s been nearly 30 years that Canton Public Schools have sent kids back to nature.

Specifically the school district partners with the non-profit outdoor education organization Nature’s Classroom to offer sixth graders a near week-long experience. This year, some 135 students went to Camp Jewell, a sprawling paradise of more than 500 acres, complete with cabins, recreational areas, fields, a lake, hiking trails and farm animals.

While there, students participated in educational hikes, recess-like transition times, live performance skits, story times, group activities and outdoor classes that explore such areas as aquatic life, geology, biology, nature-based art, ancient skills, and haiku.

Students get to choose classes based on their interests and each incorporates elements of math, science, english, art and more.

“It’s all the disciplines we teach but it’s just in a whole different environment, with a different group of students and a different instructor,” said sixth-grade teacher Patrick Allen, who is also the district’s Nature’s Classroom Coordinator.  … Continue Reading

Public Hears Details of Preliminary TIF Master Plan for Collins Co. Complex

By John Fitts

On Thursday evening, representatives from Camoin Associates presented the public with a preliminary Tax Increment Financing Plan for the Collins Company Complex.

Tax Increment Financing, or TIF, is the process in which a town, for a period of time, allows a portion of the increased property tax revenues generated by a project to go back into the project and/or related improvements and/or administrative costs.

For the past several months, the company has been working with a town-appointed TIF Steering Committee to develop a preliminary master plan for the 19-acre complex, the former site of the Collins Company, a world-famous manufacturer of edge tools that operated from the 1820s to 1966.

Currently Colliers is listing the property, on behalf of At Collinsville, for $3.9 million. Currently there are dozens of businesses in the complex but town officials have been frustrated for years at the lack of redevelopment of the complex, some of which is deteriorating to various degrees.

On Thursday, Jim Damicis, senior vice president at Camoin, shared an overview of TIF, the process for the town and the idea that a public-private partnership could help spur redevelopment at the complex.

The company estimates the property could generate more than a million in annual taxes. Today it generates approximately $32,000.

Damicis said a project could help the town diversify its job market and tax base and preserve a historic and beautiful asset in it’s the village downtown.

“This represents a significant opportunity for Canton,” he said. … Continue Reading

Calling all would-be archaeologists:  Canton Land Trust hosts dig at former Poor House Barn

September 29, 2016 Community, Environment No Comments
Mary Conklin Sanctuary. Photo by Phil Philbrick

Mary Conklin Sanctuary. Photo by Phil Philbrick

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Be an archeologist for a day at a dig on Sun. Oct. 23, 10 a.m. at the Canton Land Conservation Trust’s Mary Conklin Sanctuary. New Hartford Town Historian Anne Hall and noted archeologist Ken Feder of Central Connecticut State University will lead the dig of an historic foundation that was once the Canton Poor House barn.

“Our expectation is that we’ll find ceramics, glass, metal (nails, bits of farming equipment) and bricks. No gold or treasures!” said Land Trust Co-President Jay Kaplan.

Participants should:

  • Wear long sleeves, long pants, protective boots and gloves,
    • Bring trowels and small shovels, and
    • Bring pencils or pens and tape measures (with metric scale).

The dig is not suitable for young children. In case of bad weather, see www.cantonlandtrust.org.

From Rt. 44 turn onto Indian Hill Road and follow for approximately 1 mile until the 2nd driveway on the left past the intersection with Spaulding Road. Enter the driveway and park on the unpaved parking area on the right.

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Ronnie Spector to Perform at Bridge Street’s 7th Anniversary Celebration

Ronnie Spector

Ronnie Spector

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COLLINSVILLE —41 Bridge Street, the intimate art-deco music and comedy venue located on the scenic Farmington River in Collinsville, Connecticut, has built a multi-state reputation for presenting the best nationally touring talent in the business (Jimmie Vaughan, Rickie Lee Jones, Janis Ian, Gilbert Gottfried, Rachel Feinstein). On Saturday, Oct. 1, 41 Bridge Street celebrates its Seventh Anniversary with a Rock & Roll Party headlined by the original Bad Girl of Rock & Roll, Ronnie Spector, performing Ronnie Sings the Fabulous Ronettes & more, along with Random Concept, featuring the acclaimed psych–folk singer/songwriter Gary Higgins.

As lead singer of the ultimate girl group The Ronettes, rock icon Ronnie Spector recorded such timeless hits as the Grammy Award–winning “Walking in the Rain,” “Do I Love You,” “Baby I Love You,” “The Best Part of Breaking Up,” “I Can Hear Music,” and the international Number One smash “Be My Baby.” Never one to rest on her laurels, Ronnie has enjoyed a busy 2016: she recently returned from her UK/EU tour, culmi­nating in a Glastonbury Festival performance that garnered a five–star review in The Telegraph (UK)—that set can now be viewed on MTV Live, Palladia and BBC America Television. The tour was in support of English Heart (2016), the British Invasion–themed album that is Ronnie’s first new full–length album in a decade. Featuring songs originated by the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, the Dave Clark Five, the Bee Gees, and others, English Heart commemorates the Ronettes’ groundbreaking U.K. tour of January 1964. In keeping with this anniversary theme, this summer marked the 30th anniversary of Ronnie’s duet with Eddie Money, “Take Me Home Tonight,” which reached No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 and hung on the chart for 23 weeks; the song was nominated for a Grammy Award and became a heavy–rotation video on MTV.

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Hearing for Track and Field Lights Set for Nov. 2

lightsBy John Fitts 
CANTON — On Nov. 2, the Planning and Zoning Commission will host a public hearing on permanent lights at the high school track and field facility.
The Canton School district has filed an application to install four permanent poles with lighting at the facility. In the application, Canton Schools director of facilities Dwight Carlson said the plan is to erect two 80-foot metal poles on the west side of the field and two 90-foot poles on the east side.  Musco lighting has performed a photometric survey so the commission and neighbors can review any potential impact.
The district is looking to utilize the lights until 10 p.m. for certain games, and on rare occasions (overtime) until 11:30 p.m. It is also asking for the option to hold up to 2 special events per year, which could involve reduced lighting levels for all-night events. If it approves the application, the Planning and Zoning Commission could in theory modify those request and/or set other conditions of use.

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Letter to the Editor: ‘Our Town Garage Not On The River – Really!’

To the Editor:

We, the residents of Canton, are stuck in a lengthy, multi-layered imbroglio about where to build the new town garage.  There are many issues which have risen to the surface in the years that we have been struggling to find a pathway to implement this very critical upgrade, and the present one is the Farmington River – or not!

We’ve been at this for more than 10 years, with proposals and plans that have matured to ballot questions more than once.  We’ve been asked to support a new garage in three or four locations with well-developed project plans for each.  Those proposals have suffered defeat for a variety of reasons – a location near somebody’s backyard, the cost of acquiring the needed parcel of land or a design that was considered too extravagant. … Continue Reading

Roaring Brook Announces Fall Concerts

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Roaring Brook Nature Center has announced its 37th concert series. Unless otherwise noted, concerts start a 7:30 p.m. and doors open a half hour earlier. For more information and to purchase tickets call 860-693-0263. For updates, visit http://www.roaringbrook.org/concerts/concerts.html.

The following concerts are scheduled.

Saturday October 8, 2016 

Donna Martin with special guest Dave Fry

7:30PM $18 Adv / $20 Door

Donna Martin

Donna Martin

Popular acoustic singer-songwriter-guitarist, Donna Martin headlines the first show of our 37th Concert season.  Always arriving with fresh songs, beloved audience favorites and   a cheerful, positive stage presence, she entertains with heartfelt vocals and resounding inventive guitar arrangements.  Tonight she will favor us with songs from her cd releases Big Country, Seed & History and Ghost among her six recordings. These recordings have earned her glowing reviews from Performing Songwriter and other magazines plus national radio airplay.  They also secured a spot for her singing with Sarah McLachlan and Bonnie Raitt at Lillith Fair!  Dave Fry was last seen at RBNC opening for John Gorka. He features both traditional and contemporary folk music, spliced together with guitar, mandolin, banjo and wry spontaneous commentary on American family life. His ability to entertain all ages with plenty of participation on everyone’s part creates a sense of community wherever he performs.  He’s been a feature performer at The Philadelphia Folk Festival, Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, Winterhawk Bluegrass Festival and even played at The White House!  Enjoy selections from his Pearls cd and his dramatic join-in rendition of Kent Aldrich’s song “Giants.” … Continue Reading

Gallery on the Green presents ‘A Night in the Museum’ Fundraiser Exhibition

September 28, 2016 Arts and Entertainment No Comments
“Femme et le Chat” by Deborah Sacks. Mixed media digital print homage to Félix Vallotton.

“Femme et le Chat” by Deborah Sacks. Mixed media digital print homage to Félix Vallotton.

Additional Solo Shows by Ruth Jacobson and Michelle Thomas

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CANTON — Fakes?  Forgeries? Come to this fun exhibition and see how member and guest artists create their own take on museum masterpieces.  The show culminates with a Gala Auction and Dance Party on Saturday, Oct. 1 from 8 to 11 pm.

Visitors to the gallery can place sealed bids to be opened at the Gala, which will feature wine, hors d’oeuvres, a DJ and dancing (tickets are $25 advance purchase [call Kent McCoy at 860-249-3846] or $30 at the door).  Suggested gala attire: creative black tie or costume.

The solo show by Michelle Thomas is entitled “SANKOFA  ‘KNOW THYSELF,’” from an African proverb.  This  represents a personal journey, “looking back upon my life, retracing past lives and experiences to glean knowledge of self.”  … Continue Reading

Images of Canton: Wood Firing at Canton Clay Works


By John Fitts

CANTON — Many potters love the beautiful, yet slightly unpredictable results of wood firing.

“It’s really manipulating randomness,” said Tim Scull, owner of Canton Clay Works. “There is a certain degree of the unexpected, idiosyncrasies in firings that make pieces unique and one of a kind.”

The firing method is just one of several that clay artists use to harden and finish their pieces. Several methods and kilns are utilized at Canton Clay Works.

But wood firing at Canton Clay Works is somewhat unique in its frequency and educational benefit. Often, it’s somewhat of a luxury. Many artists don’t have regular access to a wood kiln and those that do often only use it a handful of times per year. Some who own one only fire annually. … Continue Reading

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Gallery on the Green presents “A Night in the Museum” Exhibition plus solo shows by Ruth Jacobson and Michelle Thomas Canton, CT – Friday, September 2nd through Sunday, October 2nd. Fakes? Forgeries? Come to this fun exhibition and see how member and guest artists create their own take on museum ...
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