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Letter: CHS Senior Announces ‘United in Solidarity’ Photo, Storytelling Project

March 23, 2017 Community, Schools No Comments

To the Editor:

My name is Noah O’Leary. I am a senior at Canton High School and photography is my passion. I use it to capture what I see and how I feel about it. For the second semester of my senior year I chose to enroll in Senior Project, a class offered to seniors at CHS who focus on a passion they have and create something out of it. Through the help of the school, we are able to be creative and thoughtful in order to produce a project that is different from anything we have previously done in school. What I chose to do with this project is use photography to help raise awareness of the consequences of gender inequality affecting women and girls around the world. I have begun to do this through a photo essay titled “US,” which stands for “United in Solidarity.”

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Crown and Hammer Restaurant Reopens Its Doors

March 22, 2017 Business, Community No Comments

Crown and Hammer bartender Will Shafer pours a beer on Wednesday night. The restaurant had been closed for repairs following a late January accident. It will open for dinner Thursday, with regular hours resuming Friday.
Photo by John Fitts

By John Fitts

COLLINSVILLE — The Crown and Hammer Restaurant and Pub reopened its doors Wednesday night.

The popular Collinsville spot had been closed since Jan. 23, when a local man drove his vehicle into the building. The crash, which police said is still under investigation, resulted in the death of a passenger in that car.

The restaurant was closed at the time and while owner Lisa Maurer was in the kitchen area minutes before the accident, she was upstairs when it happened.

The accident caused extensive damage inside the building. In addition to the direct impact, the crash resulted in flying grease, broken glass behind the bar, active gas leaks and water damage. Structural work, extensive repairs and installation of some new equipment was required before the restaurant could reopen.

“I’m just really thrilled that we’re open,”  said owner Lisa Maurer, adding that a core group of employees, contractors and other professionals worked diligently to make it happen. “”Everybody just worked so hard to get it open. I’m very grateful.”  … Continue Reading

Canton Schools Accepting Nominations for Teacher of the Year

March 21, 2017 Community, Schools No Comments

Beth Dropick, Canton’s 2016-2017 teacher of the year at a celebration in August of 2016.
Photo by John Fitts

The Canton Public Schools is accepting nominations for the 2017-2018 Canton Public Schools Teacher of the Year.

“Honoring a teacher in the Canton Public Schools with a nomination for Teacher of the Year is a special recognition for an individual who spends countless hours preparing our children for the world of tomorrow,” said Dr. Jordan E. Grossman, Assistant Superintendent. “Spending the time to nominate a teacher for the Canton Public Schools Teacher of the Year is a wonderful way to teach our children the importance of the role of a teacher and the impact they have each and every day.”

Find the nomination form and a list of past recipients at http://www.cantonschools.org/news/?FeedID=573

Report: Boffi Named New Head Coach of Canton High Football Team

March 21, 2017 Community, Schools, Sports No Comments

Dante Boffi, at right, at a football practice last fall.
Photo by David Heuschkel

By David Heuschkel
Valley Press Sports Editor 

On Tuesday, Dante Boffi confirmed to the Valley Press that he has been named the new head coach of the Canton High football team. An official announcement is forthcoming.

Boffi previously was an assistant coach for the Warriors. He succeeds Mike Guy, who resigned in December after one season as head coach. Canton has gone 0-10 each of the past two seasons under Guy last fall and Chris Currier in 2015.

Read more about Canton’s new football coach in the March 30 edition of the Valley Press.

Parents Invited to Screening of ‘Screenagers, Growing Up In The Digital Age’

March 21, 2017 Community, Schools No Comments

Submitted Release 

The Canton Public Schools is pleased to be able to show the documentary Screenagers, “Growing Up In The Digital Age.” The showing will be on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. in the Canton High School Auditorium.

This showing is for adults only. There will be breakout sessions following the film.

Click on  http://www.cantonschools.org/news/?FeedID=567 for more information regarding the film.

Canton Shines Spotlight on Opioid Crisis

The town of Canton Mental Health Task Force officially kicked off its Year of Mental Wellness programming on March 9 with a special presentation on the opioid crisis.

The event featured remarks from recovering addict Laura Shafer as well as a presentation from Miriam E. Delphin-Rittmon, commissioner of the state department of Mental Health and Addiction Services and remarks from Canton resident Maria Coutant Skinner, executive director at the McCall Center for Behavioral Health.

See more on the program in this week’s Valley Press. Additionally the presentations from the meeting can be seen below and the program can be viewed on Nutmeg Television via http://nutmegtv.org/video-on-demand/single/?id=34342. … Continue Reading

Piano-Duo Concert Scheduled March 19 in Collinsville

Sun-A Park

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COLLINSVILLE – The  piano duo of Henry Kramer and Sun-A Park will present a program of solo and four-hand selections on Sunday, March 19, at 4 p.m. in a Shepherd Music Series concert at the Collinsville Congregational Church.

Sponsored by the Maxwell Shepherd Memorial Arts Fund, the concert features two rising talents in the classical music world. Their program will include works by Scarlatti, Schubert, Ravel and Albeniz.

Kramer, a native of Maine, won the silver medal in the 2016 Queen Elisabeth Competition in Belgium. This competition brought together 76 pianists of 23 nationalities to compete before a prestigious international jury. He has won a number of other top prizes in events such as the Honens International Competition, the Montreal International Music Competition and the China Shanghai International Piano Competition. The New York Times has praised his playing as “triumphant” and “thrilling.”

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Dogs Found In Bel Aire Lane Area

March 16, 2017 Community No Comments

Two dogs were recently found in the area of Bel Aire Lane in Canton. If you recognize either of the animals pictured below, you can call Adriana at 302-312-3232.

Your Silent Neighbors: Ralph Cox, Village Doctor

March 15, 2017 Community, History No Comments

By David Leff
Town Historian 

Doctor Ralph Cox (1876-1961) began practice in Collinsville in 1902 and continued seeing patients until his death.  He was drawn to Collinsville from his native Nova Scotia because his father, originally a shipwright, had found employment as a blacksmith with The Collins Company.  The boyish-looking doctor with smooth skin and dark, neatly combed hair married a Collinsville girl in 1905 and purchased the house at 2 The Green where he both lived and saw patients.

Dr. Cox practiced in the days of house calls, and his first mode of transportation was a bicycle, then a horse, and finally an automobile, of which he had only the fourth one in the village, an Overland.

During his first year of practice he rode his bike one night from Collinsville to Plainville when a desperate mother couldn’t locate another doctor to tend to her son who had a deep cut on his leg.  When the youthful Cox arrived, the woman refused to have a “boy doctor” look at her son.  He managed to talk her into examining the laceration and before she knew it, he had patched the wound.  The family was still among his patients 50 years later.

Dr. Cox was a man of courage.  When called to the old Collins mansion in 1912 where a deranged Hartford firefighter had shot his wife, he did not just retreat when his life was threatened at gunpoint.  He went back across the river for reinforcements and then endured a hail of bullets until the gunman ran out of ammunition.  Though the house was engulfed in flames, Dr. Cox, with others, assisted the wounded woman to his car.  He treated the bullet wounds and allowed her to convalesce at his house.  A man of great warmth and humanity, he would become known for bringing accident victims and sufferers from mental disorders into his home. … Continue Reading

Collinsville Resident Featured in ‘The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee’

Darrell Cookman as Mitch Mahoney Photo by Anna Zuckerman-Vdovenko

Submitted Release 

The Farmington Valley Stage Company in Collinsville’s season continues with the Tony award-winning Broadway hit musical comedy, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” the hilarious tale of six young people in the throes of puberty, overseen by grown-ups who barely managed to escape childhood themselves, competing in the spelling championship of a lifetime.  The spellers soon learn that winning isn’t everything and that losing doesn’t necessarily make you a loser.

Though the spellers are all supposed to be between the ages of 10 and 13, they are played by adults.  This unique musical comedy features a cast of many Farmington Valley audience favorites, including Collinsville’s own Darrell Cookman, making his first appearance with the FVSC as “Mitch Mahoney Comfort Counselor”.  During the day, Darrell encourages homeschooling teens to push the limits of their passion and talent at True North located in the Collins Ax Factory. … Continue Reading

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