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Ben & Jerry’s Raises More Than $1,800 for Canton’s Volunteer Firefighters, EMTs

April 13, 2016 Business, Community, Fire No Comments
Blaire Telford receiving treatment in the ambulance from Sophia Gibbs, 3, and her mother Alyssa. Contributed Photo

Blaire Telford receiving treatment in the ambulance from Sophia Gibbs, 3, and her mother Alyssa.
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Only Ben & Jerry’s premium ice cream could bring out crowds of people on a rainy and windy noontime. And, the people continued to queue up, as the day progressed and the sun came out, for Tuesday’s 11th annual Ben & Jerry’s Free Cone Day to benefit the Town of Canton Volunteer Fire & EMS Department.

Eight hours and 5,000 free cones and cups scooped later, Free Cone Day had raised $1,810.64 for Canton’s volunteer firefighters, EMTs and Fire Police. This brings the grand total of donations to the Department, from Ben & Jerry’s Free Cone Days – 2005 to 2016 – to nearly $22,000.

From Noon until 8 p.m., Free Cone Day attendees enjoyed tours of: Canton’s Ladder 2, with the American flag raised 100 feet into the air; Engine 4 and the Ambulance. Many of the younger patrons, and some older ones too, enjoyed the company of fire celebrity, Sparky the Dog. Assistant Fire Chief, Wayne Goeben was also pleased to report that an individual who attended the event is applying to join the Department. … Continue Reading

Brewery Legitimus Owners Target June Opening

April 10, 2016 Business, Community No Comments

BLBy John Fitts

NEW HARTFORD – With work underway, Chris and Christina Sayer hope to  open the doors of Brewery Legitimus some time in June.

Recently the Canton couple obtained local permits necessary to begin the build out in a 3,000-square-foot space in the former Waring Factory at 283 Main St. (Route 44) in New Hartford.  The are working with contractor Craig Maiolo, who owns CAM Industries.

The couple has also acquired much of the equipment for the brewery and is in the process of securing federal permits. The state permitting process will begin once that is done. While realizing everything must fall into place, the Sayers hope to open in June.

They are excited to welcome customers and be part of the area’s fabric.

“We really want to weave ourselves into the network in New Hartford with local businesses and restaurants and really kind of drive that synergy,” Chris Sayer said. “There’s all sort of great things to do in the community.”

The brewery will include a 7-barrel system with a goal of brewing at least 300 barrels (31 gallons each) in the first year of operation, using as many local ingredients as possible. Chris Sayer, estimates that the facility will open with 5 to 6 offerings, including an IPA, Belgian Witbier and Saison. … Continue Reading

Canton Indoor Golf Center to Close on April 17

April 8, 2016 Business No Comments

IMG_1669-2Canton Indoor Golf Center has announced it is closing on April 17.

While there is much talk about the possibility of another location, the owners have not yet responded to Canton Compass’ requests for an interview. We will post more information as soon as possible.

The center opened the Glow Cove Black Light Mini Golf portion of the business in December of 2011 and the YearRoundz Sports Bar and Grill, complete with golf simulation stations, shortly after.

At 9 p.m. on April 15, a closing party at the center will feature live music from Driving Iris, The Messengers and Sick Since Sunday.

The building is owned by Central Leasing Inc. Property manager Stan Love declined comment.


Additional Benches, Bike Fix-It Station Coming to Collinsville Trail

These 8-foot benches were recently installed along the Farmington River Trail in Collinsville. Photo by John Fitts, via instagram

These 8-foot benches were recently installed along the Farmington River Trail in Collinsville.
Photo by John Fitts, via instagram

By John Fitts 

The recent installation of two eight-foot benches along the Farmington River Trail in downtown Collinsville signify just part of what is to come to the area.

The two galvanized steel benches, installed along the trail in front of the Crown and Hammer Pub and Restaurant, were crafted by New London artist Jesse Maxwell Good.

Good also crafted four additional four-foot benches that were also recently delivered to the town. Those are due to be placed along the trail near the information kiosk but weren’t immediately installed because of the sideways slope to the trail. Good is now investigating ways to level the benches without sacrificing their structural integrity.

The benches were part of the first phase of Streetscape improvements for downtown Collinsville. Most of that work was done last year at an approximate cost of $500,000, from which $387,000 was from a Connecticut Main Street grant.  … Continue Reading

Until a Developer is In Place, Tax Increment Financing Plan for Collins Company Complex Re-Development Would be ‘Preliminary’

A portion of the Collins Co. complex. Photo by John Fitts

A portion of the Collins Co. complex.
Photo by John Fitts

By John Fitts 

While a specific proposal will be necessary to complete a Tax Increment Financing master plan for re-development of Collins Company factory complex, a consultant can help develop the basic framework before that happens, town officials said.

Tax Increment Financing, or TIF, is the concept of taking some of the future tax revenues from a project and investing them back into a project – or related improvements.

Following a recent state law that revamped and clarified the scope of the TIF in Connecticut, Canton received a $10,000 Preservation of Place grant from Connecticut Main Street Center to help develop a TIF district and Master Plan that would set the parameters on an option for the factory and downtown Collinsville. The plan is expected to cost as much as $25,000 and the additional funds would  come from the Canton Economic Development Agency’s marketing budget.

On Wednesday, the Canton Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Steering Committee met briefly to talk about its next steps and past actions.

On March 17, the committee Saratoga-Springs based Camoin Associates and Columbia, MD–based MuniCap, Inc. – the two companies interested in helping the town develop a master plan. … Continue Reading

Night of Friends and Fun to Benefit Canton High Class of 2016 Substance Free Graduation Party

PowerPoint PresentationBy John Fitts

Planning for the 2016 Canton High School Substance Free Graduation Party is well underway with a major fundraiser scheduled this weekend.

For nearly 30 years, parents have raised funds for the safe post-graduation party, which involves a trip to Cherry Brook Primary school for dinner and a class film, followed by a trip to an offsite venue for overnight activities that include a hypnotist, sporting activities, a roving magician, cash cube, raffle prizes and much more.

On Saturday, April 2, 2016, the Substance Free Graduation Party committee is hosting a Night of Friends and Fun at the Canton Indoor Golf Center. The $50 per person price includes appetizers, a buffet dinner, dessert, golf competitions, live music from the Humeleons, and numerous raffle prizes that include vacation getaways and Patriots tickets. There will be a cash bar, 50-50 raffle and, yes, final four games will be broadcast. … Continue Reading

Realty Works Merges with William Raveis

March 29, 2016 Business No Comments
PJ Louis, vice president of sales at William Raveis and Julius Fialkiewicz, co-founder of Realty Works. Photo by John Fitts

PJ Louis, vice president of sales at William Raveis, and Julius Fialkiewicz, co-founder of Realty Works.
Photo by John Fitts

By John Fitts

COLLINSVILLE — Realty Works, a fixture in Collinsville since the turn of the century, has merged with Connecticut-based William Raveis Real Estate, Mortgage & Insurance.

The new entity, known as The Realty Works Group at William Raveis, will remain in Collinsville, according to PJ Louis, vice president of sales at Raveis.

“The Realty Works Group will remain in Collinsville and we’re looking to grow the business exponentially,” Louis said.

Realty Works co-founder Julius Fialkiewicz, who has stayed on as an agent and team leader, said the decision to merge with a larger company has been in the works for some time now, following the death of business partner L. Gardner Graves, Jr., who passed away in June of 2011. … Continue Reading

Eversource Trimming Trees Along 52 Miles of Roadway in Canton

Students at Stepping Stones try and save some trees that were being cut along Route 44. Submitted Photo

Students at Stepping Stones try and save some trees that were being cut along Route 44.
Submitted Photo

By John Fitts 

CANTON — Crews working for Eversource, which transmits and delivers electricity to 149 cities and towns, are in the process of trimming trees along 52 miles of roadway in Canton.

It is part of a larger initiative that involves trimming along 4,000 miles of roadway in 132 communities – at a cost of $68 million – in 2016.

Through regular pruning, the company said it has reduced tree-caused outages 40 percent since 2011, according to a recent release.

“This work is crucial to protect our electric system, reducing the number and severity of power outages,” said company spokesman Mitch Gross. “We’re working hard to strike that right balance between aesthetics and reliable electric service.”

The trimming, which sometimes involves removal, sometimes generates the public’s attention. After the October 2011 snowstorm, many accused the company of not doing enough to clear its power lines. Since then, some say crews go too far.

At Stepping Stones Educational Center on Route 44 in Canton, young students recently participated in what was perhaps their first protest, waiving signs and saying, “Save Our Trees, Please.”

A crew trims and cuts further down along Route 44 in Canton. Submitted Photo

A crew trims and cuts further down along Route 44 in Canton.
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“It’s heartbreaking to hear the children talk of all the animals that will be displaced because they continue to cut tress down each spring since that October storm a few years back,” said director LaNelle Stanhope. “One of the boys looked at me after our protest with tears in his eyes and said ‘Mrs. Stanhope they aren’t listening.’ What am I to say to that?”

Gross said crews did cut pear trees along a stretch of Route 44 between East Hill and Dyer.

“Pear trees that are not regularly trimmed can grow to heights of 40 feet and that is what happened here – the trees were growing into the lines, putting the electric system at risk,” Gross said. … Continue Reading

Portraits of Canton: Shelby York Barnhart – Blacksmith, Welder, Business Owner

By John Fitts 

Shelby York Barnhart is a fine artist but don’t expect a priceless piece to hang on the wall.

But if you need a fireplace screen, handrail, boot butter or a badass way to hold and display your wine vessels, she can deliver.

“I’ve always been more into functional art,” said Barnhart, who runs Arc and Hammer and Fat Maverick from her Canton home. “I just loved that you can make something pretty that didn’t just have to be something you stare at – that actually had a purpose.”

… Continue Reading

Canton Selectmen Defer Decision on New Town Seal, Marketing Plan

The proposed seal that selectmen could potentially adopt at its next meeting.

The proposed seal that selectmen could potentially adopt at its next meeting.

Canton selectmen on Wednesday deferred a decision on whether to adopt a new town seal and endorse related marketing materials.

In a brief presentation to selectmen, Economic Development Agency chairman Bob Bessel reviewed the results of a marketing and branding study recently conducted by Arnett Muldrow & Associates. The study was partially funded through a $10,000 Preservation of Place grant from the Connecticut Main Street Center.

As part of that plan is a proposed new town seal that would incrementally find its way to town documents, vehicles, signs and other materials. Town marketing would also involve related materials, such as advertising and signage with similar branding.

The new seal denotes the state’s charter oak with underlying colored lines that represent the historic Collins Company, nature trails and the Farmington River.

The seal gets away from the current theme that distinguishes separate parts of town.

“The idea is to have a unifying logo and seal that celebrates who we are and what we are,” Bessel said.  … Continue Reading


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