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Fundraiser for Scott Lindsay Rescheduled for March 5

Scott Lindsay with Christine Torre Lincoln. Submitted Photo

Scott Lindsay with Christine Torre Lincoln.
Submitted Photo

By John Fitts 

COLLINSVILLE – A fundraiser to benefit Collinsville resident Scott Lindsay, originally set to take place later this month, has been rescheduled for March 5 at Wilson’s Pub.

A primary reason for the change is due to the fact that Steve Jones, former resident and renowned jazz guitarist, has offered his talents to the effort and give all band tips to Lindsay.

In January, Lindsay was rushed to the hospital with flu-like symptoms but was later diagnosed as having congestive heart failure. He has ongoing medical care issues, diet restrictions and more but is now back home and resting. Lindsay has not yet been able to work, although he hopes to soon.

“I am getting a little better every day, building up strength,” Lindsay stated in a message to Canton Compass. “I am overwhelmed by the kindness and generosity the community has shown me.” … Continue Reading

Letter: Chamber’s Gifts for Canton Project Thanks the Community

February 19, 2016 Business, Community No Comments

To the Editor:

A huge thank you from the Canton Chamber’s Gifts for Canton Project goes out to all of you, Canton’s residents, businesses, and organizations, who once again responded with love and generosity to help your struggling Canton neighbors during the 2015 holiday season.

You made this a success this year!  We wish that we could send personal thank you notes but the list is long so please accept this as our sincerest thank you and appreciation for all your help this season.  Our deepest apologies go to any person or business that might have been unintentionally omitted. … Continue Reading

True North in Collinsville Offers Educational Alternative for Teens

Finn Begley, 15, of Canton and Robert Siegel, co-director of True North Teen Learning Alternative, check out the inner working of vintage camera equipment. Photo by John Fitts

Alternative Education Forum Set for Sunday

By John Fitts

COLLINSVILLE — For more than three years, Darrell Cookman and Robert Siegel talked about starting a teen education alternative.

Last fall, that dream became reality as Cookman, of Canton, and Siegel, a resident of New Hartford, opened the doors to “True North Teen Learning Alternative,” a “Montessori-Inspired, self-directed learning community” that currently has three teen “members.”

Here students are encouraged to pursue their own patterns rather than a specific number of requirements and classroom times.  There are focused guilds such as Artisan and Tech, classes and tutorials but also a flexible structure, four-day school week and no grades. Students and parents, teens and instructors work together in setting individualized curriculum in those areas or others. Additionally, True North can help teens explore potential interests, the two said. … Continue Reading

Canton Auction Barn Seeks Information on Stolen Painting

February 18, 2016 Business, Police No Comments
Canton Auction Barn is offering a $100 reward for information leading to an arrest for this stolen painting.

Canton Auction Barn is offering a $100 reward for information leading to an arrest for this stolen painting.

Canton Auction Barn is offering a $100 reward for information that leads to an arrest of the person who stole a painting from the auction gallery earlier this month.

The cica 1880 8″x6″ oil painting on board was slated to be auctioned Feb. 20, with an estimated value between $200 to $400.

“In over 50 years of business, this is the first time the Canton Barn has had to file a police report for a theft,” said Susan Wacht Goralski, co-owner and business manger at the facility.

It was stolen from the auction gallery on Feb. 6 or 7 and owners believe someone must have witnessed the crime.

The business is offering a $100 reward for information leading to an arrest.

Anyone with information can call 860-693-0601 or the Canton Police at 860-693-0221.

Bidding for Winter Festival Online Auction Starts Thursday Morning

By John Fitts 

CANTON – Whether you’re looking for a family getaway, a night of fine dining, summer music lessons for the kids, a Patriots pre-season game, student-created art or a myriad of other items, the 2016 Winter Festival Online Auction is just the place. Your children could even have the chance to ride in an antique bus on the first day of school or a fire engine at the Memorial Day parade.

OriginalThe bidding starts at 10 a.m. Thursday and proceeds, which are often close to $30,000, are split between Parent Teacher Organizations at Cherry Brook Primary and Canton Intermediate Schools.

“It’s a great way to support the local schools,” Anne Marie Pelletier, co-president of the Cherry Brook PTO, said, adding that bidding for most items starts well below retail value.

“The best part of this fundraiser is it provides families with things they can use and they need, while the proceeds go to benefit the schools,” said Jen Rottkamp, president of the Canton Intermediate School PTO. … Continue Reading

Crown and Hammer to Host Second Canton Compass Happy Hour on Thursday Evening

February 17, 2016 Business, Community No Comments

CantonCompassside1COLLINSVILLE — The Crown and Hammer Restaurant and Pub has graciously agreed to host the second 2016 Canton Compass Happy Hour from 4 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 18.

I’d like to personally invite readers to come out, support your local news website, share story ideas, sign up for our email newsletter or just say hello. The Crown and Hammer will donate $1 for each draft sold to the site (please drink responsibly). Additionally, attendees can purchase $1 tickets for a chance to win $25 gift cards to the Crown and Lisa’s Luna Pizza in Simsbury. Those who bring an item for the Canton Food Bank will get one free ticket. I hope to see you there.

Those who would like to stay for dinner can also take advantage of the restaurant’s special half price wine bottles.

The Crown is located at 3 Depot St., Collinsville, across from the Town Hall parking lot.

– John Fitts 

Canton Chamber of Commerce Announces New Office Location

February 17, 2016 Business No Comments

K00A5522Submitted Release 

The Canton Chamber of Commerce recently moved its office from Canton Village, 220 Albany Turnpike, one-half mile west to the Quattro Building, 326 Albany Turnpike, (Route 44 at the East Hill Rd. traffic light). The parking lot and office entrance are on the west side of the building.

The Chamber’s office was located in Canton Village since 2012. The Chamber sincerely thanks Henry Bahre, Henry J. Bahre Real Estate, a founding member of the Chamber over 45 years ago, for his generosity and support of the Chamber while it was in Canton Village.

Chamber members, residents and visitors to Canton are welcome to visit the Chamber office at its new location if they need information about Chamber programs and events or about Canton and Collinsville. Normal office  hours are 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Members and others may call the Chamber at 860-693-0405 weekdays or at 860-478-5995 other times.

Images of Canton: ‘Gritty Ditties from River City’

Kate McAllister with one of her “Gritty Ditties from River City.” Blurring added in Photoshop. Photo by John Fitts

By John Fitts

COLLINSVILLE – Multi, multi-media artist Kate McAllister is always seeking inspiration. This winter that’s come via the fine art of cussing.

It’s often in winter that McAllister, who has operated River City Art Center since 2010, creates a themed body of work. The latest is “Gritty Ditties from River City,” a series of beautiful, eye-catching work that happens to contain a rude sentiment or a vulgarity or two.

“I’m always re-inventing myself, always,” said McAllister. “This is just hysterical and there’s just so much material . . . In this day and age, we need something to laugh at.”

In the past few weeks, McAllister has created more than two dozen original pieces, mostly watercolors, to use as templates for posters, cards, magnets and a bevy of other products.

While she keeps the body of work hidden from her students, many friends and colleagues have seen the material, provided positive feedback and wanted to purchase items.

“The response has been utterly ridiculous,” McAllister said.

McAllister said the idea builds on some commercially available adult coloring books that feature profanity. For inspiration, she’s drawn ideas from friends, area residents and online dictionaries that feature obscure profanity and combinations.

A friend helped come up with the Gritty Ditties name.

McAllister has started posting the work at http://www.rivercityartcenter.com in a subset under the galleries section. (Please do not visit if you are a minor or easily offended). … Continue Reading

Agency Donates $500 Each to Canton, Simsbury Police Departments

February 4, 2016 Business, Community, Police No Comments
Agents at Coldwell Banker's Simsbury Office recently donated $500 to the Simsbury and Canton Police Departments. Photo by John Fitts

Agents at Coldwell Banker’s Simsbury Office recently donated $500 to the Simsbury and Canton Police Departments.
Photo by John Fitts

Agents from Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage recently donated $500 each to the Canton and Simsbury police departments.

Representatives from the office presented the checks earlier this month.

Agent Katie French said she and her colleagues wanted to donate a portion of their earnings on a local level.

“We’re just happy to help,” she said. “We wanted to do something more locally.”

The donation comes with no specific requirement and Canton Police Chief Christopher Arciero said the department will find a way to use it that has the most benefit for the community.

Energy Company Proposes Simsbury Solar Farm

February 3, 2016 Business, Environment No Comments

An energy company known more for its wind projects is proposing a solar farm on 153 acres in the vicinity of Route 10 in Simsbury, near the Granby town line.

A subsidiary of  Providence, Rhode Island based Deepwater Wind Holdings, LLC is looking to build a 26.4 megawatt-AC solar power generating facility on three separate sites, according to a proposal filed with the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. It would be dubbed the Simsbury Solar Farm.

Deepwater, according to its application, developed the Block Island Wind Farm – “the first offshore wind farm in America.”

The Deepwater proposal is one of 30 different possible projects submitted to the DEEP – in conjunction with officials in Massachusetts and Rhode Island –  as part of the agency’s clean energy Request for Proposals. State law allows DEEP to select projects that could collectively meet 15 percent of the state’s energy demands.

“We’re pleased with the response to this historic RFP, based on our initial look at the number of responses, and the creativity and ambition of the projects proposed,” DEEP Commissioner Robert Klee stated via a press release.  “This is good news for Connecticut’s ratepayers and signals the very real potential for us to deliver a cheaper, cleaner, and more reliable energy future for residents and businesses of our state.” … Continue Reading


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Open Mic @ LaSalle Market
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Friday Night Jazz @ La Trattoria
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