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Images of Canton: CHS Honors 2016 Wall of Fame Inductees

November 16, 2016 Community, Schools No Comments

In October, Canton High School held its Wall of Fame induction ceremony, which honors Canton graduates that have made positive impacts on their community. This year’s inductees included Gerald G. deSimas, Jr. – 1981, Candace (Flattery) Freedenberg – 1984, Joshua M. Sneideman – 1993, and the late Jesse J. Anderson, Jr – 1957.

deSimas is a communications specialist at Eversource Energy and an award-winning journalist. He is most well-known locally for running collinsvillepress.com, a website focusing on sports

Freedenberg is a technologist and entrepreneur with experience at Fortune 500 Companies. She’s also played a key role in past winter festival fundraisers that benefit the Parent teacher organizations at Cherry Brook Primary and Canton Intermediate schools.

Sneideman is an award-winner science educator and author and has worked as a hydro-geologist. He also founded the  Inter-Collegiate Environmental Congress in Costa Rica and is an executive at Learning Blade,™ which provides supplemental STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) curriculum.

Anderson, who passed away in 2007, worked in the irrigation industry for more tan 48 years, was highly regarded by employees and industry experts and was a founding member of the Connecticut Irrigation Contractors Association.

The photos below are courtesy of Noah O’Leary and the deSimas family. 

From left are Hilary Anderson (Gr.11), Mrs. Peggy Anderson (posthumously for Jesse J. Anderson, jr. '57), Gerald G. deSimas, jr. '81, Candace (Flattery) Freedenberg '84, Jaela Davidson (Gr.12), Noah O'Leary (Gr. 12), Mr. Eric Verner - Assistant Principal CHS  - missing from photo: Joshua M. Sneideman '93 and Jacob Benedetti (Gr. 11)​

From left are Hilary Anderson (Gr.11), Mrs. Peggy Anderson (posthumously for Jesse J. Anderson, jr. ’57), Gerald G. deSimas, jr. ’81, Candace (Flattery) Freedenberg ’84, Jaela Davidson (Gr.12), Noah O’Leary (Gr. 12), Mr. Eric Verner – Assistant Principal CHS – missing from photo: Joshua M. Sneideman ’93 and Jacob Benedetti (Gr. 11)​

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Hearing on Permanent Lights Proposal for CHS Track and Field Facility Continues Wednesday

November 15, 2016 Community, Schools, Sports No Comments


Correction: Please note that an earlier version of this story mis-stated the proposal for walking lights. The idea is to use them from 5 a.m. to dawn and dusk through 8:30 p.m. on weekdays. Canton Compass regrets the error. 

By John Fitts

CANTON — On Wednesday, Nov. 16 the town’s Planning and Zoning Commission will continue a hearing on a proposal to add permanent lighting at the Canton High School track and field facility.

The Canton School district is seeking special permit use, a special permit and site plan modification that could allow for four 80-foot poles with dimmable LED lighting at the facility, school officials said.

Should the district get the green light, Lights on Canton, a subcommittee of The Canton Athletic Booster Club, has committed to raising approximately $250,000 for the lights and related costs. On Tuesday night, members of that committee told the Board of Education some its ideas for fundraisers, which include special events, a legacy brick patio at the facility, sponsored stadium signs and flags. Additional fundraising ideas include other individual sponsorship opportunities for benches and tables, plaques and garden flags.

Some of the event ideas include a Harlem Wizards basketball game, a back to school event with a staff, student sports contest, a raffle a car and mini golf open and a Snowflake Scramble snowshoe/walk in conjunction with the Park and Recreation Department.

“We believe we have a really solid plan in going forward and raising the $250,000,” Kimberly Marze, co chair of Lights on Canton, said to the Board of Education Tuesday night. … Continue Reading

Images of Canton: CIS Community Honors Veterans, Including World War II Purple Heart Honoree

November 14, 2016 Community, Schools No Comments

CANTON – On Veterans Day, the Canton Intermediate School community honored local heroes, the grandfathers, aunts, uncles and nieces that have served in the nation’s military.

The school welcomed the veterans with a special breakfast and then treated them to an assembly to recognize their service with remarks, readings and performances the CIS Wind ensemble, Grade 5 brass ensemble, CIS Chamber singers and Grade 6 band.

Student Josh Levine read “What it Means to be a Veteran” and CIS administrative assistant Janet Kochanowski read “Ragged Old Flag.”  … Continue Reading

Canton Celebrates its Expanded Skate Park

By John Fitts 

Canton officials and numerous skaters from near and far celebrated a newly expanded skate park at Mills Pond Park Saturday afternoon.

Canton’s 5,000 square foot skate park was originally built in the early 2000s and the new section involves some 3,000 square feet of concrete elements. Rampage, which also built the original park, recently completed the improvements, at a cost of a little less than $93,000.

The funds were included in a state Small Town Economic Assistance Program funds the town received in 2014. Other improvements, including poolhouse renovations and court resurfacing, had already been completed but the skate park took a little longer after going through a couple of iterations.

The expansion plans were approved by land-use agencies over the summer.

“It’s such a relief and it’s very exciting to finally have the park up and running,” Joshua T. Medeiros, director of Canton Parks and Recreation, said. “All the feedback we’ve received so far on the park has been really, really positive.”

Dan Cotton, of Burlington, frequented the park when younger but in recent years but had gotten away from the sport.

“Having this, it’s bringing me back,” he said, in part. “I’ll be here day in and day out, along with the rest of these people. It’s going to be a good time. I love it.”

Editor’s Note: Thank you to The Basement for the music in the above video. Their album, under the name Ruben’s basement is available as a CD or download at http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/rubensbasement.

The band will also be acoustic sets Saturday, Nov. 19 at Maple Cafe, 938 Maple Ave., Hartford, starting at 9:30 p.m. Follow them at https://www.facebook.com/Rubensbasement/

Town Rededicates Historical Veterans Plaque

November 12, 2016 Community No Comments

CANTON — The town on Friday held a special rededication ceremony for a historical plaque that pays tribute to those who served their country, often paying the ultimate price.

At the 11:11 of the 11th day of the 11th month, town and state officials gathered to unveil the plaque, which was originally dedicated on Armistice Day 1920. It was one of two bronze plaques installed at the Collins Memorial Library building on Center Street, which was built on land  donated to the Canton Soldiers Memorial Association by Jasper Bidwell (Canton’s first Civil War volunteer) and paid for by Helen Collins, widow of Samuel Collins’ son Howard.   … Continue Reading

Canton High School Honors Local Veterans, Some of Whom Served in World War II

November 10, 2016 Community, Schools No Comments

By John Fitts 

On Thursday, Canton High School students had the increasingly rare treat to interact with World War II veterans.

Among the veterans who came to the school for a special morning program were two who served in World War II. They were U.S. Army Sgt. John A. Kostriasak of Canton, who served from April of 1943 to November of 1945 and Nicholas J. Lavnikevich, of Simsbury, a U.S. Navy veteran who served from August of 1942 to October of 1945, and achieved the rank of Chief Pharmacist’s Mate.

The school also honored Morton N. Katz, of Avon, an Army Colonel who served from April of 1942 to May of 1946. Katz was slated to be at the school but was unable to attend.

The three were featured in a short video and James C. Hutton, commander of the Gildo T. Consolini Post 3272 Veterans of Foreign Wars, told an assembly of all high school students how these men, then just in their teens, were called all over the world to places they had never heard of and often couldn’t pronounce.

“They ended up fighting in places you read about in your history books,” he said.

“These veterans here they are the lucky ones,” he later added. “Although they may have been wounded physically or mentally, they survived the war. Over 400,000 of their comrades never came home and even today 7,000 are missing or never accounted for.”

Hutton told students they could be some of the last to meet a World War II veteran.

“Hopefully you’ll remember this day and 40 or 50 years from now you’ll tell your kids or grandkids that you remember seeing World War II veterans at Canton High School,” Hutton said.

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Candy Cane Carnival Set for Dec. 3

November 9, 2016 Community No Comments

The Candy Cane Carnival, a family Christmas Fair, will take place on Saturday, Dec. 3, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Trinity Nursery School located at Trinity Episcopal Church, 55 River Road, Collinsville, CT.  The Carnival will feature a continental breakfast, games, craft sale, photos with Santa, bake sale, a tea cup auction and much more.  Admission is Free, Open to the public. Snow Date is Sunday Dec. 4 from 2 to  5 p.m. … Continue Reading

Images of Canton: Emergency Planning and Preparedness Initiative


On Wednesday, Canton officials and department heads participated in the 2016 Statewide Governor’s Emergency Planning and Preparedness Initiative Exercise.

On Wednesday, Canton officials and department heads participated in the 2016 Statewide Governor’s Emergency Planning and Preparedness Initiative Exercise, which centered around a prolonged ice storm.

Participants reviewed the town’s Emergency Center Operations, Mutual Aid partnerships, notification systems, equipment resources and shelter capabilities – and discussed the town’s policies and practices before, during and following such an event. … Continue Reading

First Selectman’s Corner: A Special Piece of Canton History

Leslee Hill

Leslee B. Hill

Dear Residents,

As we look forward to Veterans’ Day on November 11th, I wanted to share with you some news regarding a special piece of Canton history.   Many Canton residents may remember the former Collins Memorial Library building on Center Street.  This building was paid for by Mrs. Howard Collins (Helen), widow of Samuel Collins’ son, on land donated to the Canton Soldiers Memorial Association by Jasper Bidwell.  Mr. Bidwell was Canton’s first Civil War volunteer, and the library was built in memory of Canton’s soldiers and sailors, and was dedicated on Veterans’ Day, 1920.  Two bronze plaques were installed on the library; one was in memory of Howard Collins, and the other was dedicated to Canton veterans.  When the new library opened in 2000, the plaques were removed and put into storage in the Margaret “Peg” Perry History Room.

Recently, David Leff, our Town Historian, brought to my attention the existence of these plaques and their historical significance.  He suggested the Veterans’ Memorial plaque be installed in a prominent location in town, and rededicated.   We chose a site at the base of the flag pole at the edge of the Town Hall parking lot, in front of the Board of Education offices.  … Continue Reading

Annual Sundown Ski Patrol Ski Swap Set for Nov. 4-6, 2016

November 3, 2016 Community, Sports No Comments

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NEW HARTFORD  –- The annual Sundown Ski Patrol Ski Swap is taking place on Friday, Nov.  4 through Sunday, Nov. 6, 2016 at Ski Sundown in New Hartford, CT located at 126 Ratlum Road, off Routes 44 and 219. This swap is the longest running and one of the largest in New England.

Sell your outgrown ski/snowboard jackets and pants, skis, snowboards, and boots! Buy new and gently used clothing and equipment! There are great deals to be had on Kids, Youth and Adult items.

Swap Hours are Friday, Nov.4 from 4 to 9 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 5 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 6 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

If you plan to sell equipment and clothing, drop off times are Friday, Nov. 4 from 4 to 9 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 5 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. … Continue Reading


Upcoming Events

8:30 am Daily Mass @ St. Patrick Church
Daily Mass @ St. Patrick Church
Mar 29 @ 8:30 am
10:30 am Wii Bowling at Canton Senior Center @ Canton Community Center
Wii Bowling at Canton Senior Center @ Canton Community Center
Mar 29 @ 10:30 am
Have you ever wished you could continue to bowl without putting on bowling shoes or lugging a heavy ball?  You’re in LUCK!!  Join the Canton Senior Center Wii Bowling Team, The Canton Rollers.  Show off your bowling skills or learn new ones at the Senior Center.  Mondays at 1:30pm, Wednesdays ...
11:30 am Blood Pressure Clinic @ Library/Community Center Senior Room
Blood Pressure Clinic @ Library/Community Center Senior Room
Mar 29 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
The Farmington Valley Visiting Nurse Association offers free blood pressures screenings on the following days: Second Tuesday of Every Month Canton Town Hall 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Every Wednesday Canton Community Senior Center – Senior Room 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. These clinics are open to people of all ...