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Canton Resident Rides for ALS Research

July 21, 2016 Community, Health No Comments
Team Ernie, with members from Connecticut and Massachusetts. Submitted Photo

Team Ernie, with members from Connecticut and Massachusetts.
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By John Fitts 

As Peter Fortier participated in the first leg of the Tri-State Trek for ALS research last month, the bicycle route’s hilly terrain proved even more challenging than he’d anticipated.

But it proved to be an apt metaphor for his brother-in-law Ernie Fournier, who was diagnosed with the disease in the fall of 2014.

“Every day he has to face these insurmountable challenges and it keeps getting harder,” Fortier said. “That’s what his life is like. There is no downhill. I ended up stopping but these guys can’t.”

Fortier was one of 15 members of “Team Ernie” that participated in the 14th annual Tri-State Trek a three-day, 270-mile cycling event from Boston to Greenwich, CT for ALS research. Fortier rode some 65 miles, a portion of the journey’s first leg from Boston to the University of Connecticut.

Like many other Canton residents, Fortier, his wife Irene Fitzpatrick Fortier and other family members participated in the ALS Association’s Ice Bucket Challenge during the summer of 2014.

It wasn’t long before they learned that the ALS, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a progressive neurodegenerative condition that results in muscle weakness, paralysis, and ultimately, respiratory failure, had affected Irene’s oldest brother. … Continue Reading

Second Annual Hike to the Mic Set for Aug. 27, 28

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The Friends of Heublein Tower, Inc. are pleased to announce the dates and confirmed bands for the second annual Hike to the Muc – Music and Arts Happening at the Heublein Tower – Aug. 27 and 28, 2016 from noon to Sunset with a special Sunday morning Jazz set from 10 am to 12 pm on Sunday the 28.

This donation suggested event will reward those who journey the trails through Talcott Mountain State Park to the Heublein Tower with great musical entertainment, fantastic food vendors and the “royal view” from one of Connecticut’s premier hiking destinations.

Headlining the event Saturday as the sunsets will be CT’s own jam rock heroes McLovins! Also on the bill will be, Will Evans, Atlas Grey, Wise Old Moon, Photosynthesis, Kais & Dollz, The KC Sisters, The Girls from Ruby Falls, Belle of the Fall, Now for Ages, Ragtop Doozey and The Michael Cleary Band.  The Sunday morning jazz segment will be curated by Kris Jensen and Chris Casey and will feature local jazz greats.  Check in with www.hiketothemic.com to find out all the details. … Continue Reading

Young Man Injured After Jumping From Rail Trail Bridge

July 20, 2016 Police No Comments

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By John Fitts

A young male was transported to the hospital after he jumped from the steel Farmington River Trail bridge into the Farmington River along the Collinsville/Burlington town line Wednesday afternoon.

Police did not disclose the exact nature of the person’s injuries but he was conscious as crews brought him up the embankment to a waiting ambulance.

“This kid averted what could have been a very serious injury,” said Canton Police Chief Christopher Arciero.

It was at approximately 4 p.m. when Canton police dispatchers received a call for an unresponsive male in the water.

Canton police, the town of Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS Department, state police and a Burlington ambulance crew responded.

The spot is popular spot for jumping but last year the town put up signs discouraging it and Arciero said it’s not a safe activity.

“He did it intentionally,” Arciero said, adding that the young man asked someone to videotape the activity. “Obviously for anyone’s safety, that’s inappropriate conduct to be jumping off this bridge. We’re taking a look at whether he violated any laws.”

“We want to encourage others not to do what this individual did,” the chief added. “It’s unsafe.”

Letter: The Selectmen are Not Listening

July 20, 2016 Government, Opinion No Comments

To the Editor:

Three members of the Canton Board of Selectmen – First Selectman Leslee Hill, Beth Kandrysawtz, and Larry Minichiello — are intent on trying to reconstruct the town Department of Public Works garage on its current site on the Farmington River.  They are doing this despite widespread public opposition, serious site flaws, survey data that should steer them elsewhere, the extensive analysis and recommendations of the Permanent Municipal Building Committee, and the vision of the Town Plan of Conservation and Development.

Comments at the recent town public meeting and in the town-wide survey made it abundantly clear what the public wants them to do:

  • Not re-build on the river (56% opposed in survey; 59 spoke or wrote in opposition);
  • Buy 674 Albany Turnpike (67% supported in survey);
  • Reconsider Commerce Drive (122 people stated this in the survey, despite not being asked the question; 18 wrote or spoke in favor; only 8 people spoke or wrote against this site and 6 of them live on one road somewhat near the Industrial Park).

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Owner of ‘Satan’s Kingdom’ Property Declines Town’s Offer

The town's Public Works Facility at 50 Old River Road.

The town’s Public Works Facility at 50 Old River Road.

Firm to Review Plan to Rebuild Public Works Facility at Current Site

By John Fitts 

The owners of the so-called “Satan’s Kingdom property” have declined the town’s offer to purchase approximately 39 acres for a public works garage, open space and perhaps other amenities.

The town had offered $670,000 for the land at 674 and 684 Albany Turnpike (Route 44). In a letter to Canton Chief Administrative Officer Robert Skinner, Daniel K. Bahre, a member of New Hartford Market Place, LLC thanked the town for its offer but stated that it was “At this time we will not be entering into a purchase and sale agreement with the town of Canton as we feel the purchase price offer of $670,000.00 is not in our best interest.”

Bahre did not immediately return a message left at his office.

The owners were seeking $1.2 million for the property but at its most recent meeting, the Board of Selectmen voted to offer the $670,000 based on appraisal done for the town. The town’s offer also came with some conditions, such as voter approval and an open space grant.

In addition to a letter obtained by Compass, first Selectwoman Leslee Hill confirmed that the Route 44 properties were off the table – at least as of now. She said it was declined with no counter offer.

“Therefore, at this point, we cannot consider that location as a viable one for a new DPW facility,” she wrote in a message. … Continue Reading

Images of Canton: Collinsville Hot 2016

July 17, 2016 Community No Comments

This site’s Collinsville Hot coverage was graciously sponsored by Carol and Co., D.A.N.C.E. by Kristin and Ward Kilduff Mortgage.

Canton Main Street hosted the second annual Collinsville Hot on Saturday, July 16, 2016. Activities included two musical stages, two artisan fairs, a community canvas art project, business and community vendors and displays, food, a family chill zone and a fire show in the parking lot off Main Street.

See more at collinsvillehot.com.

For a full-screen version of this and other galleries, visit https://johnfitts.smugmug.com. Prints and/or digital downloads can also be purchased at that link.

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Canton DPW Garage: How We Got to Today

Guest Commentary by Sarah Faulkner

 The purpose of this article is to clarify the work being done to develop a new Department of Public Works (DPW) facility and provide some facts and data to help folks understand the issue and sentiments in town.

For over six months the Canton Board of Selectmen has been working to develop a plan for a new town garage.  There is no debate about whether or not the town needs one.  It is the highest need of the town and every year that we don’t replace the old one we’re losing money through damage to equipment and deterioration, nevermind awful working conditions for our town crew. The town also must spent money every year to shore up the deteriorating building until a new one can be constructed, pouring “good money after bad”.  The Permanent Municipal Building Committee (PMBC) has long identified the town garage as the town’s top need and has done extensive research on over 80 properties, evaluating and ranking them.  The town has held three referendums on two different sites, turning all of them down.  Each time, the size and scope of the proposed garage has grown smaller and more efficient, but has also lost some functionality (such as drive-through bays).

The Plan to Re-Build on the River

In January, the town DPW presented the Board of Selectmen with a draft plan they developed to re-build the DPW garage on the current site at 50 Old River Road.  This site is on the Farmington River next to the sewage treatment plant.  The proposal is for a greatly scaled-back, more fundamental garage than proposed earlier, designed to fit on the current site space of 1.5 acres, approximately 15,000 sf in size.  It is more than three times the size of the current facility.  Because of site limitations the design calls for an L-shaped building, two stories high along Route 179 including a two-story-tall salt shed, and one story running east-west where the current building is located.  A new access road would be constructed just south of the salt shed and all trucks and cars would enter directly from Route 179 across from the fire station. The old building would be demolished and the new one built in its place. … Continue Reading

Canton Police Thankful for Community’s Support

July 15, 2016 Uncategorized No Comments
Two young girls present Sgt. Derek Messier and Officer Adam Gompper. Photo courtesy of Canton Police Department

Two young girls present Sgt. Derek Messier and Officer Adam Gompper.
Photo courtesy of Canton Police Department

By John Fitts

CANTON – No matter where they serve, police officers know there is always that possibility of walking into a dangerous situation. Whether it’s a medical call, drug stop, domestic disturbance or robbery, the potential for escalation is there.

But for Canton Sgt. Mark J. Penney, the events of July 7 – when a gunman murdered five Dallas officers and injured 9 others – were particularly disturbing.

“The last thing on your mind, you think is going to happen, is you’re going to be sniped in your own country,” Penny said. “I was in the military. You expect that in a war zone but not in your own city; not when you’re out there trying to help keep the peace so to speak. So that was a shock.”

Penny said such an incident and coverage of it can also lead to a lot of mixed feelings and in many ways, the officers feel a connection. It’s something that’s hard to explain, Penney said. And then there can be misconceptions about the role of officers and the threat of other incidents.

“I think everybody, in their on personal way, has been adversely affected by seeing five innocent police officers lose their lives, doing their jobs,” said Canton Police Chief Christopher Arciero.

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Diverse Musical Stylings a Key Ingredient to Collinsville Hot

13709880_10208663254332380_1724271322483382302_nThis site’s Collinsville Hot coverage has been graciously sponsored by Carol and Co., D.A.N.C.E. by Kristin and Ward Kilduff Mortgage.

By John Fitts 

There will be certainly be no shortage or variety of music and entertainment at this year’s Collinsville Hot.

Nearly 20 musical acts will grace the two primary stages, and a third smaller one, at the second annual festival in downtown Collinsville on July 16.

Styles include rock, funk, jazz, folk, soul, bluegrass and reggae. Some groups are regularly seen in Collinsville while others stop by less often. There’s even several regional and nationally renowned musicians in the mix.

All the musicians on the main stage in the town hall parking lot, and many of those on the River Street stage, have a direct connection to Downright Music and Art, said co-owner Andrew Decker. In the 10 years the business has been in Collinsville, their musical seeds have spread widely.

“It’s kind of cool,” Decker said. “Everyone on the Main Stage has some type of connection to Downright,” said Decker, who added that business co-owner Naomi Kravitz has spent months coordinating the acts. … Continue Reading

Canton’s DPW Garage: What did the Public Say?

Guest Article/Commentary by Sarah Faulkner

The purpose of this article is to summarize and clarify the current status of the Town of Canton’s work toward constructing a new Department of Public Works (DPW) garage.

The last six months have seen an upwelling of urgency to move the town forward in building a new DPW facility.  The Board of Selectmen has identified the need to reconstruct our garage as our top priority, and has solicited public and commission comments to guide selecting a location and design plan.  There have been many meetings, research by the Permanent Municipal Building Committee (PMBC), a public comment meeting, and a public online survey to gather information.

On July 13 the Board of Selectmen voted to make an offer to purchase 674 Albany Turnpike for the new garage.  There are conditions for the purchase and if this site does not proceed, they voted to move forward with the current river location instead.

What did the Public Say?

Comments received from the public came from three sources: written comments to the Selectmen from March through July 2nd; comments; and town-wide electronic survey data and comments which closed on July 7th. … Continue Reading

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