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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.

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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.

Hartford Audubon Society Announces Birdwatching Challenge

January 2, 2017 Community, Environment No Comments

Submitted material 

The Hartford Audubon Society (HAS) has announced its Hartford Big January of Birding birdwatching challenge.  The purpose of the activity is to encourage folks to get outside during the month of January and see as many species of wild birds as possible!  The competition is free to people of all ages.  Different challenge categories are provided for age groups and school groups.

 “Birdwatching is a delightful, free activity that can be enjoyed by people of all ages, in any setting.  Birds can be seen anywhere – you can watch pigeons, peregrine falcons and snowy owls in Hartford; count the birds on your feeders from your windows; identify ducks and geese on a local river; or seek rare woodland birds on land trust reserves.  Anywhere you go, birding is just plain fun” said HAS Board member and Canton resident, Sarah Faulkner.  “We’re also offering a special challenge for school classes” she added.  “We would especially like teachers to help their students be keen observers of our January birds, and will offer awards to classes that submit collective bird sightings.”   … Continue Reading

Late Resident’s Spirit of Giving Back Continues at Senior Center’s Winter Wonderland

By John Fitts 

In addition to the festive atmosphere and social gathering aspects, the Canton Senior Center’s annual Winter Wonderland on Friday was especially meaningful for the family of late Canton resident Gary Bruce Youell.

An entrepreneur, Gary’s spirit of giving back was also so strong that Connecticut based travel company Tauck, for which he was a board member, re-dubbed time set aside for community service as a “Gary day.”

 His daughter Amber is now Europe Operations Manager for Tauck River Cruising and Friday was an especially meaningful Gary day as she, four siblings, mother Trish and two grandchildren helped out at the event, singing, serving, setting up and more.

 For a family spread out across the globe as far as Switzerland and Dubai it was meaningful to be together and give back at an event they discovered their parents had attended in the past.

 “It just feels special to serve this community in a way that meant something to him,” Amber Youell said. … Continue Reading

Your Silent Neighbors: John D. Andrews

January 1, 2017 Community, History No Comments

dsc_1394By David K. Leff
Town Historian 

Despite his birth in the first half of the nineteenth century, John D. Andrews (1833-1910) had a very twenty-first century career change when he went from factory foreman to banker. Born in Ashford, Massachusetts, he came to work for The Collins Company in 1858.  In 1869 he was put in charge of the machete department and held that position until he resigned in June of 1891.  Having served on the board of trustees of the Collinsville Savings Society for a number of years, he was appointed secretary and treasurer of the bank on his retirement from Collins. He held the banking position for seventeen years.

Andrews was a Mason and a member of the Collinsville Congregational Church.  Never physically robust, he enjoyed outdoor sports and carefully watched his health.  An image out of his later years shows a man with a penetrating gaze, neatly combed gray hair, and a bushy Van Dyke beard.  He was widely read and politically active.  The Hartford Courant described him as “a man of liberal mind and . . . eminently just in his opinion of men and affairs.” … Continue Reading

January 2017 Events at Canton Public Library

The following events are scheduled at the Canton Public Library, located at 40 Dyer Ave. in Canton, CT. Follow the library, or check for weather updates, at  http://www.cantonpubliclibrary.org or https://www.facebook.com/cantonlibraryct/.

Saturday, Dec. 31 New Year’s holiday schedule: the library will close early on New Year’s Eve, Saturday, Dec. 31 at 3 p.m., and remain closed through Monday, January 2. The library will reopen on Tuesday, January 3 at 10:00 AM.

Tuesday, Jan. 3 — Tuesday, January 31, “Invitational Art Show,” is held over in the Canton Public Library gallery space. The diverse artists selected for the Invitational belong to the roster of prior library show artists or have a special connection to our area arts community. Some of the exhibitors are: Tom Kutz, Lisa Sharp, Sally Markey, Mary Wooten, Adriance DeGroff, Fran Hoffnagle, and Michael Patnode. Show highlight: works that portray the Canton or Collinsville area. Free and open to the public.

Tuesday, Jan. 3, 3 p.m. –“After School Smash Bros & Jackbox Gaming,” open to grades 5-12. Join us for up to 8 players playing Smash Bros on Wii U or bring a smart phone, tablet, or laptop to join in ridiculous fun with Jackbox Games. Those who are present at 3 pm on January 3rd will get to choose which we do. Free and no registration necessary; just drop in. Information: call (860) 693-5800, email tguay@cantonpubliclibrary.org , or visit www.cantonpubliclibrary.org.

Wednesday, Jan. 4, 3 p.m. –-“Games Galore for Teens.” Enjoy games like Magic the Gathering, Yu-Gi-Oh Cards, board games, and others?  Bring your Magic or Yu-Gi-Oh decks or play one of many assorted board games such as Sushi GO, Great Dalmuti, Zombie Dice, Munchkin, Tsuro, etc.!  (Note: We will teach board games, but if you’re coming to play Magic or Yu-Gi-Oh, we assume you already know how to play.) Grades 5-12 welcome. Free; drop-in. Information: call (860) 693-5800, email tguay@cantonpubliclibrary.org , or visit www.cantonpubliclibrary.org. … Continue Reading

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