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Your Silent Neighbors: John Felter, ‘Died by Murderer’s Hand’

January 15, 2017 Community, History No Comments

By David K. Leff
Town Historian 

“Died by Murderer’s Hand” reads the lichen-encrusted brownstone pillar erected to John Felter (1825-1875).  Felter was of German extraction and operated a boarding house just over the Canton line in Burlington with his wife Caroline, who owned the building.  Killed in his own home, he was one of three who would die from stabbings received on the night of April 16, 1875 in one of the most grisly episodes ever witnessed in Collinsville.

“Crazed with liquor,” as The Hartford Courant reported, Collins Company grinder Anton Linburg entered the room in Felter’s house where fellow worker Andre Johnson boarded.  Johnson had been sick in bed several days.  Brandishing a knife hidden under his coat, Linburg fatally stabbed the bedridden man.  On hearing a noise, Felter entered the room and was knifed so many times by the infuriated Linburg that he died almost instantly.  At the sound of her husband’s cries, Caroline Felter went to the room only to be cut severely in the hip.  The murderer then stabbed himself and went to his own room where he slit his throat.  Linburg lay in bed for some time with his wounds when a doctor from Winsted arrived to examine him.  With “great effort” the dying man “raised himself up” and “grasped the knife lying on the floor beside him and threw it with as much strength as he could command at the doctor, but missed his aim and fell back dead.” … Continue Reading

Images of Canton: Canton Parents for Music Coffee House

January 13, 2017 Community, Photos, Schools No Comments

Photos by John Fitts

Canton Parents for Music sponsored a coffee house in the cafeteria of Canton High School Jan. 6. Fourteen different student acts performed. Attendance was free, but the organization raised nearly $300 from selling refreshments and accepting donations. The organization is looking to host additional coffee houses , potentially at other locations. Canton Parents for Music funds initiatives not covered in the Board of Education budget. Examples include artists in residence and music trip transportation costs. See more at www.cantonparentsformusic.org. … Continue Reading

First Selectman’s Corner: Two Important Topics at Annual Town Meeting

January 12, 2017 Community, Government No Comments

Leslee Hill

Dear Canton Residents,

Please consider this a personal invitation to attend the 2017 Annual Town Meeting. It will be held on Wednesday, January 18, 2017 at 7:00 pm at the Town Hall Auditorium. Two topics will be presented that evening.

The first will be an overview of economic development initiatives presented by the Town of Canton’s Economic Development Agency.

The second topic will be mental health issues in Canton, with a focus on the opioid epidemic in our area. This will be presented by Jennifer Kertanis, Director of the Farmington Valley Health District; Claire Cote, Canton’s Director of Senior and Social Services; and Maria Coutant Skinner, Executive Director at the McCall Center for Behavioral Health. These are topics that should be of interest to everyone in Canton, and I encourage you to come and learn more about them. That evening, the town will also honor, with the dedication of the 2016 Annual Report, the late Louis and Judith Friedman, who were well-known and highly respected members of the Canton community.  … Continue Reading

Canton Looks to Make Town Green More of a Showcase

January 12, 2017 Community, Government No Comments

CANTON – This winter the town’s Public Works Department will begin some improvements on the town green designed to make the area more visually pleasing and welcoming.

“It’s a very prominent, iconic spot for the town to welcome people to the community by having a nice, attractive green,” said Public Works Director Robert J. Martin.

For the past several years, the department, the Canton Lions Club and Cherry Brook Garden Club have made numerous improvements on the green and to the bandstand.

Now the department is looking to replace the aging, deteriorated “Welcome to Canton, Town of Champion” sign, remove some diseased and invasive trees and plant some new specimens. For the later, the department is working with town historian David K. Leff to plant specimens that most closely resemble some historic trees that once stood on the green.

“I love the approach you’ve taken,” First Selectman Leslee Hill told Public Works Director Robert J. Martin at a Board of Selectman meeting Wednesday. “There’s reasons for everything you’ve taken out and there’s reasons for everything you’re putting in . . . It would be a nice welcome into town.”

Please look out for the complete story, written by John Fitts, in the Jan. 19, 2017 edition of the Valley Press.

John Fitts joins staff of The Valley Press

January 10, 2017 Business, Community 1 Comment

John Fitts

The Valley Press, an award-winning weekly newspaper, is pleased to announce that John Fitts has joined its staff as assistant editor.

Best known locally as the owner and editor of the news website Canton Compass, Fitts has more than 20 years experience in the journalism industry.

“We’re excited to have John join our team and look forward to the ways in which we know he will enhance our publications with his strong reporting and photojournalism skills,” said Abigail Albair, executive editor of TurleyCT Community Publications, the parent company of The Valley Press. “He is a truly dynamic individual, and we are lucky to have him on board.”

Details are still being finalized, but the plan is to incorporate the Canton Compass into existing TurleyCT digital offerings. Currently, TurleyCT provides online flipbooks of all its print publications, which include a weekly West Hartford newspaper and the monthly LIFE publications.

Fitts and Albair will work together to reinvigorate the Compass as a digital element that will complement the Farmington Valley’s weekly newspaper of record and best serve the readership of The Valley Press.

“The opportunity to work with The Valley Press was a unique one that seemed the perfect fit for me and the Compass, which has become an important part of the Canton community since I founded it in 2014,” Fitts said. “I’m happy the Compass will continue to thrive and am thankful to the residents who supported me in this venture over the past few years. The Valley Press is truly the best newspaper through which to reach the Farmington Valley, and loyal Compass readers will be well-served by this joining of forces.”

Canton Residents Named to Dean’s Lists at Champlain College, Keene State

January 7, 2017 Community, Schools No Comments

Courtesy of readMedia Newswire

Lindsay Sugar named to the Champlain College Dean’s List for the Fall 2016 semester

BURLINGTON, VT — Lindsay Sugar of Canton has been named to the Champlain College Dean’s List for the Fall 2016 semester.

Students on the Dean’s List have achieved a grade point average of 3.5 or higher during the semester. Sugar is majoring in Secondary Education-Social Studies.

Keene State College Student Kimberly Bastan Earns Place on Dean’s List 

KEENE, NH — Congratulations to Kimberly Bastan of Canton, who was recently named to the fall 2016 dean’s list at Keene State College. Bastan was among 1,400 students who were honored for academic excellence in the fall 2016 semester.

To qualify for the dean’s list, Keene State undergraduates must be enrolled in a degree program and must have completed a minimum of six credit hours in the semester, receiving no failing or incomplete grades. Students must achieve a 3.5 or higher grade point average on a 4.0 scale to earn dean’s list honors.

Avon VFW Post 3272 invites Valley veterans to Wilson’s Pub on Jan. 18

January 3, 2017 Community No Comments

Submitted Material  (Please note the date has changed to Wednesday, Jan. 18).

The Gildo T. Consolini VFW Post 3272 in Avon, welcome veterans in the Valley to visit with members of their Post at Wilson’s Pub, 3 River Street, Collinsville, from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 18.  

According to Lee Wilson, Past Commander and Chairman of Membership of the Post, “this gives us an opportunity to meet with veterans, in a friendly setting, thank them for their service and talk about our community activities and the benefits of membership in the VFW.” He went on to say that the motto of the VFW is to “no one does more for veterans and their families than the Veterans of Foreign Wars. From local grassroots ideas to national influence, the VFW works every day to make a difference.” 

For the Avon Post that means that all their work is for the service of the veteran and the current military.       … Continue Reading

Letter: Remembering Raynald Bergeron

On Aug. 6, 2009, former Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz presented a Public Service Award to several World War II veterans, including former Canton First Selectman Raynald Bergeron. Pictured from left are state Rep. Timothy LeGeyt, Bysiewicz, Bergeron, and then Canton First Selectman Richard Barlow.

By Bill Volovski
 
With all the hustle and bustle of the holidays this past week a lot of folks probably missed the passing of Raynald Bergeron. This may not be a familiar name to newer or younger residents of Canton, but you probably experience or benefit from something that Ray did for Canton every day. Ray served on the Board of Selectmen beginning in the late 1960’s and was First Selectman for ten years during the 1970’s and early 1980’s. Ray may very well have been the most influential First Selectman in the town’s history.
 
Raised in Collinsville, Ray served our country proudly during World War Two. Like many of his peers, he came home and worked at the Collins Company until it closed in 1966. When the Company closed and no longer provided fire protection to the town Ray became a founding member of the new Collinsville Volunteer Fire Department, later serving  as Captain of the Canton Memorial Ambulance division.

… Continue Reading

Coffee House Performances at Canton High School on Friday, Jan. 6

Submitted Release 

CANTON, CT  — Canton Parents for Music and the Canton Public Schools Music Department are proud to host a Coffee House featuring Canton High School students performing live music for the community in a casual environment. 

The Coffee House will be held on Friday, Jan. 6 in the Canton High School cafeteria. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and performances will run until 9 p.m. There is no cover charge for attending. Hot beverages and snacks will be available for purchase. People are encouraged to bring their friends and family and maybe some cards or a board game to settle in and enjoy a relaxing evening of live music.

Canton High School is located at 76 Simonds Ave, Canton, CT. … Continue Reading

Maple Sugaring 101 Set for Later this Month

January 2, 2017 Community, Environment No Comments

Submitted Material 
 
CANTON — Later this month Rob Lamothe of Lamothe’s Sugar House will visit Roaring Brook Nature Center to present Maple Sugaring 101, a hands-on program designed to help local residents who hope to make their own maple syrup.
 
The program, set to take place at Roaring Brook Nature Center, will include information on tree identification, necessary equipment, how to tap as well as “sugaring” anecdotes gleaned from years of making maple syrup in Burlington, CT. The program will take place at Roaring Brook Nature Center, 70 Gracey Road, in Canton and is $3 for members and $6 for nonmembers. See more at http://roaringbrook.org or call 860-693-0263.

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