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Canton Chamber Awards $2,000 Scholarship to Canton High School Senior Jonathan Smith

Canton Chamber of Commerce president Chuck Joseph presents $2,000 check to Jonathan Smith at Canton High School’s annual awards ceremony.

Canton Chamber of Commerce president Chuck Joseph presents $2,000 check to Jonathan Smith at Canton High School’s annual awards ceremony.

(Submitted) The Canton Chamber of Commerce awarded a $2,000 scholarship to Canton High School senior Jonathan Smith at the school’s annual awards ceremony June 9.

The Chamber provides one or more scholarships every year to a graduating senior planning to pursue higher education in business or an entrepreneurial endeavor. Jonathan will be attending Northeastern University in Boston in the fall. He will be majoring in business and finance and aspires to become a business owner after college. He hopes also to occasionally attend Fenway Park and root for the Red Sox.

Jonathan earned Distinguished Honors for all 16 marking periods while attending Canton High School. He was inducted into the National Honor Society and named Canton High School Scholar-Leader by the Connecticut Association of Schools on May 28. He sings in the school choir, had the leading role in two musicals and was captain of the varsity tennis team. … Continue Reading

Images of Canton: The Goats of Matterhorn

To amp up the fun and visualization at Matterhorn Mini Golf, owner Autumn Sutherland tapped several local artists and students to paint life-sized goats who have escaped from their shed and dot the Switzerland-themed course.

“I just think it makes the course more interesting,” Sutherland said. “It’s adds color, it adds character and it involves the community.”

Sutherland is opening the mini golf course on Dyer Cemetery Road, right off of Route 44 in Canton. She is hoping for a July opening. See more at http://www.matterhornminigolf.com or https://www.facebook.com/matterhornminigolf.

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Valley Sports Center Slated to Close

June 5, 2015 Business, Sports No Comments
Photo by John Fitts

Photo by John Fitts

Valley Sports Center, a popular Canton indoor facility that opened in April of 2011, is slated to close later this month.

Owner Mark Lange said the decision has been months in the making, and was not an easy one. However, increasing demands, including some travel, in his role for a private equity firm has made it increasingly difficult to successfully keep the center operating.

“I don’t have the ability to juggle that and give what this needs to be successful,” he said Friday evening. … Continue Reading

Cherry Brook Health Center Seeks Potential CNAs, Recreation Assistants, Other Applicants

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CNA’s, Housekeeping/Laundry, Recreation Assistants, Dietary Aids

On the spot interviews Wednesday June 10 from 1 to 6 p.m. at Cherry Brook Health Care Center, located right off Rt 44, 102 Dyer Avenue in Canton. Contact Erin in Human Resources at (860) 693-7777

 

 

P.A.C.E. Honors Larsen ACE Hardware with Solar Leadership Award

Submitted Photo  From right to left are: Judi Friedman, Chairperson, Fred Larsen Jr., Fred Larsen Sr., Tom Sevigny, BOS & board member P.A.C.E., Donna Burkhardt, board member P.A.C.E.

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From right to left are: Judi Friedman, Chairperson, Fred Larsen Jr., Fred Larsen Sr., Tom Sevigny, BOS & board member P.A.C.E., Donna Burkhardt, board member P.A.C.E.

Celebrating Earth Day, April 22, 2015, People’s Action for Clean Energy (P.A.C.E.) awards Larsen ACE Hardware in Canton Village its Solar Leadership Award.  The large 45KW solar installation demonstrates Larsen’s commitment to clean energy and exemplifies civic responsibility and community innovation on a commercial level, according to a release from P.A.C.E.

Collinsville Streetscape Improvements Set to Begin Later This Month

An overview of the Phase 1 Streetscape Improvements.  Courtesy of Canton Main Street.

An overview of the Phase 1 Streetscape Improvements.
Courtesy of Canton Main Street.

While some final construction meetings with the general contractor are slated for next week, town officials expect Collinsville Streetscape improvements to begin the week of April 20.

The improvements will be on and along Main Street between Bridge and Front streets. They include full circulation to the town hall parking lot, additional plantings, improved trail and disability access, signage, lighting, additional sidewalks and granite curbing, safety improvements and more.

“We’re very excited,” said Bob Bessel chairman of the Canton Economic Development Agency. “It’s been a long time coming.”

Town hall parking lot will be changed to allow complete circulation. While the stage area in front of Downright Music and Art is coming down, an approximate 20- by 22-foot patio on the side of the lot near America the Beautiful Country Store will provide a space for public performances, officials said.

The improvements total approximately $500,000, with $387,000 of that coming from a Connecticut Main Street Investment Fund Grant. The balance comes from Local Capital Improvement Program and town pavement management funds. … Continue Reading

Canton Economic Development Agency Releases Public Survey Results

March 12, 2015 Business, Community No Comments

Residents seek additional light industry, more local jobs

(Submitted on March 12, 2015) Results from Canton’s Economic Development Agency (EDA) have uncovered a preference for more light industry and greater opportunities for work in town. Respondents identified increased traffic and adverse environmental impact as chief obstacles to economic development.

The Canton EDA designed its four-question survey to collect residents’ views about economic development. Volunteers distributed 500 surveys at Canton Town Hall on Election Day. The survey garnered a healthy return rate of 27 percent, with136 surveys completed and returned

The strongest survey response (81 percent) favored more “light industry” in Canton as a strategy to reduce taxes. Examples of light industry provided by the survey included micro-breweries, computer repair shops and bakeries. Only 24 percent of survey respondents believed that Canton should pursue heavy industry, such as printing and manufacturing.

“The survey gives us a starting point for economic development,” said Robert Bessel, EDA chairman. “Clearly, residents understand the potential for economic development to improve their tax situation. It’s also refreshing to see that Canton residents want the town to be more complete – one that provides the full range of life experiences for residents. These results will guide EDA efforts going forward.” … Continue Reading

‘Warm up to Wine Tasting’ at Ski Sundown

March 12, 2015 Business, Community No Comments
Christian Vitone. Submitted photo

Christian Vitone.
Submitted photo

Vitone Family Wines introduces Verde Sole to Connecticut

(Submitted) New Hartford — Ski Sundown will host a wine tasting on Thursday, March 19, 2015 from 6 to 9 p.m. in its Last Chair Tavern. The “Après-ski Warm Up to Wine Tasting” event features four highly acclaimed handcrafted wines from Vitone Family Wines: Verde Sole Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, Zinfandel and Petite Sirah. For $5, tasting participants will sample all 4 wines. Additional wines by the glass will be available for purchase for $8 each. Participants must be age 21 or older, with a valid photo I.D.

Vitone Family Wines Founder and CEO, Christian Vitone, will give a brief wine talk at 7:00 p.m. Vitone Family Wines was founded in 2010 by Vitone, an Avon native who acquired an appreciation for viniculture at the age of 14, making wine with his grandfather, a WWI Italian Army veteran, Avon  resident, and mutual fan of the 1920’s Art Deco style symbolized on the Verde Sole labels. … Continue Reading

Business Owner Secures $500 for Canton Middle School

March 11, 2015 Business, Schools No Comments
From left. Canton Middle School principal Pamela Hamad and Joseph Eisenberg, owner of the Canton ExxonMobil.  Submitted photo

From left. Canton Middle School principal Pamela Hamad and Joseph Eisenberg, owner of the Canton ExxonMobil.
Submitted photo

Joseph Eisenberg, owner of the Canton ExxonMobil Service Station, recently obtained grant funds in the amount of $500 from the ExxonMobil Educational Alliance.

The funds were donated to Canton Middle School and accepted by principal Pamela Hamad.

Eisenberg has obtained grant funds for the Canton School District since 2003.   The grant funds will be used to enhance the STEM Program (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) at the Middle School.

“There is nothing more important than the education of our young people,” Eisenberg said.

Jumping for Canton Takes Flight

Harlow Daniels, 3, and her mother, Amanda. Photo by Phil Worley

Harlow Daniels, 3, and her mother, Amanda.
Photo by Phil Worley

One of the best aspects of this past Saturday’s Jumping for Canton Fundraiser was the volunteer spirit.

The event raised funds for the Canton Chamber of Commerce’s Gifts for Canton effort. Among those who helped before, during and after the event were numerous Canton High School students.

“We had over 50 volunteers, which was spectacular,” said Hannah Aron, who co-chairs the chamber’s Outreach Committee. “They were wonderful.”

The event, which focused on inflatable fun, was held on March 7 and raised several hundred dollars for Gifts for Canton, a Chamber of Commerce initiative that helps those struggling in town, especially during the winter holiday season.

In addition to the chamber co-sponsored by the chamber as well as several groups at Canton High School, including the National Honor Society, Canton Adolescents Taking Action and Leo (Student Lions Club) advisors. … Continue Reading

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