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New life planned for old, storied structure

April 20, 2017 Community No Comments

By John Fitts 

CANTON — While refurbishing the former South Center District School may have started with members of the First Congregational Church, Canton Center, the idea has always been to involve the greater community.

On April 30, church members are planning a grand opening event to showcase the building and the town’s history.

The building, located at 185 Cherry Brook Road, across the street from the church, served as one of nine schoolhouses in town before Cherry Brook School was built in 1942.

The original building was built in 1848.

See more in this week’s Valley Press.

 

Canton volunteer firefighters, EMTs and fire police gather to celebrate

April 20, 2017 Community, Fire No Comments

CANTON — The town of Canton Volunteer Fire & EMS Department recently hosted an Awards Dinner to celebrate, recognize and honor the past five years of their service to Canton and the Farmington Valley community.
Pictured are: Gerry Holland, Chief’s Award of Appreciation; Ryan Kerr, Officer of the Year; Danielle Kerr, EMT of the Year; Leo LeBoeuf, Firefighter of the Year; Joseph Viener, Chief’s Award of Appreciation Missing from photo: David Bondanza, Top EMS Duty Hour Award.

See more in this week’s Valley Press.

Your Silent Neighbors: Ida Gridley Case, M.D.

April 15, 2017 Community, History No Comments

Dr. Ida Gridley Case is buried in Dyer Cemetery, Canton.

By David K. Leff
Town Historian 

Female doctors were rare in the late nineteenth century so it’s remarkable that Ida Gridley Case (1862-1904) not only practiced medicine in small village like Collinsville, but that she was a native of Canton.  Case became a member of the Canton Center Congregational Church in 1876, graduated from Collinsville High School in 1880, and then from Wesleyan University in Middletown in 1884.  She taught at a private school in Canton Center for a while and then began studying medicine with a couple of Collinsville doctors.

Case attended the College of Physicians and Surgeons in Boston and later did post graduate work at the Collegeof Physicians in New York.  She specialized in diseases of the eye and ear and “was considered by the profession one of the best experts in the state,” according to The Hartford Times.  She delivered papers on her specialty at meetings in New York, Philadelphia and Hartford. … Continue Reading

Canton Police to host Tip-A-Cop event for Special Olympics April 13

April 12, 2017 Community, Police No Comments

Officers with the Canton Police Department will host a Tip-A-Cop event to benefit Special Olympics Connecticut at Dish ‘n Dat Bar and Grill, 110 Albany Turnpike, Canton, from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday, April 13.

Officers will assist restaurant staff in taking orders and serving meals to customers. All tips the officers earn during their shift will go to Special Olympics Connecticut to support its year-round sports, health, and fitness programs for athletes of all abilities.

Tip-A-Cop is a Law Enforcement Torch Run event to benefit Special Olympics Connecticut. For more information, call (203) 230-1201 or email specialolympicsct@soct.org.

Canton hosts German musicians

By John Fitts 

CANTON – It was 17 years ago when John Mastroianni, Canton K-12 music chairman, first came across the Rittersberg High School Big Band.

In 2000, Markus Lücke, associate principal and band director at Rittersberg High School, was looking for places to play and discovered Hall High School in West Hartford, where Mastroianni was teaching at the time.

Since then, the two have remained friends, so, when Lücke arranged for another trip to the United States, Mastroianni was thrilled to arrange for Canton to host his 34 young musicians.

The Rittersberg High School Big Band joined Canton groups for the Canton Public Schools District Jazz Concert the evening of April 5. The event also featured performances from the Canton Intermediate, Middle and High school jazz ensembles, The CMS Improvisational group, the CHS combo and an International Jazz Jam with the combined upper-level bands.

Read more in this week’s Valley Press.

Canton students learn from international visitors

April 12, 2017 Community, Schools No Comments

Mary DeRitis talks about her lacrosse project with Zewen Xu, of China.

By John Fitts 

CANTON – For the second time in the 2016-17 school year, members of the Canton Intermediate School community had the chance to mingle with international students from the English Language Institute at the University of Hartford.

In the fall, the older students came to CIS to tell sixth-graders about their home countries and talk about everyday life, culture, food and customs.

And Thursday, April 6, the younger students had the chance to share their independent, student-centered learning projects with the English Language Institute students and teachers.

Students at CIS learn about other cultures and further develop their communication skills while the University of Hartford students get a chance to practice their language skills in a real-world environment, according to those involved.

See more in this week’s Valley Press.

Town of Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS Celebrates Volunteer Firefighter Day

April 12, 2017 Community, Fire No Comments

Submitted Release

On Sunday, April 23, 60 volunteer fire departments throughout the state will celebrate the start of National Volunteer Week (April 23-29, 2017) by holding open houses. The Town of Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS will be participating in this special event by opening the doors to its fire houses located at 14 Canton Springs Road (Canton Station) and 51 River Road (Collinsville Station) from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Visitors to the fire houses will be able to talk with volunteer firefighters about the work they do, explore fire apparatus and turnout gear, get a tour of the fire house, and fill out an application. For more information, visit www.cantonfireandems.org or find the department on Facebook at CantonFireDept… Continue Reading

Explore vernal pools and bird-watch with the Canton Land Conservation Trust

Eastern Towhee, courtesy Audubon Society

Submitted Release 

The Canton Land Conservation Trust invites the public to two April hikes:

  • A vernal pool hike Sun April 23 begins at 1:30 p.m. at the Uplands Preserve, led by Land Trust Director Sarah Faulkner.

Hikers will see as many as three vernal pools and learn about life in and around these special habitats. Weather willing, they will see water in the vernal pools and egg masses left by breeding amphibians, most likely wood frogs and spotted salamanders. Depending on their level of development, hikers may be able to catch tadpoles and identify them.

This is an easy, fairly short hike – about 1.5 miles with slight climbing. It is well-suited to families but parents should be prepared to monitor children so they don’t fall into the pools. The total time will be under two hours.

Directions: from Rt. 179 turn onto High Valley Drive and follow for approximately 1 mile to Westwoods Drive on the right. Turn onto Westwoods Drive, follow to the end and park in the cul-de-sac.

  • A bird walk Sun. April 30 begins at 7:30 a.m. at the Trust’s Sun, Wind and Woodland Preserve, led by Land Trust Co-President and Roaring Brook Nature Center Director Jay Kaplan.

… Continue Reading

Letter: Canton Flower Bridge ready to launch for third year

April 11, 2017 Community, Opinion No Comments

The flower bridge.
Submitted Photo

Dear Neighbors,

The Canton Flower Bridge is about to launch its third year of providing beautiful floral displays along the wooden walking bridge, located beside the Farmington River on River Road in Collinsville. Canton Main Street, Inc., the originating organization for this project, is especially grateful for the community’s positive response to this beautification effort. The generosity of numerous businesses, organizations and individuals has provided the essential funding needed to develop the flower bridge over the past two years. During this time, the bridge has displayed 11 stunning hanging flower baskets, 5 flower boxes and 3 large stationary planters. As the seasons changed, the bridge transitioned to a beautiful winter display that included evergreen planters and holiday kissing balls. Additionally, a drip irrigation system was installed to help nurture the flowers through the hot summer months. Our vision remains focused on the enhancement of Canton’s natural beauty using floral displays that will delight residents and visitors to our town. … Continue Reading

College Notes (April 2017)

April 11, 2017 Community, Schools No Comments

The students accompanied by their two professors (Drzewiecki, left, in red; Cunningham, right, in blue) pose in front of the Grand Canyon.

Eastern Student Alexia Bohnenkamper of Collinsville Tours the Geology of Arizona

WILLIMANTIC, CT – Nine environmental earth science (EES) students from Eastern Connecticut State University toured the state of Arizona this past March to examine its rich geological heritage. Accompanied by EES Professors Dickson Cunningham and Peter Drzewiecki, the group hiked into the Grand Canyon, studied the colorful stratigraphy of Sedona, climbed cinder cone volcanoes and explored the stunning geology and desert ecosystems of the Sonoran Desert.

Among the students was Alexia Bohnenkamper ’18 of Collinsville, who majors in Environmental Earth Science.

Other highlights included geological walks through the Painted Desert and Petrified Forest National Park, examining the spectacular Meteor Crater, studying the Sinagua Native American culture at Montezuma’s Castle and Wupatki Pueblo, and receiving a guided tour of the Asarco Mission Copper Mine and its ore processing facilities.

The trip ended with geological hikes in the Santa Catalina Mountains high above Tucson. “Throughout the trip, the weather was warm and sunny – only one cloud was observed in 10 days!” recounted Cunningham and Drzewiecki in a joint statement. “The rattlesnakes kept away and we all returned healthy, sun tanned and educationally enriched by the sights and adventures we shared.”

Canton’s Emily Barger named to Emerson College Dean’s List

BOSTON, MA –  Emily Barger of Canton has been named to the Emerson College Dean’s List for the Fall 2016 semester. Barger is majoring in Film Production. The requirement to make Emerson’s Dean’s List is a grade point average of 3.7 or higher. … Continue Reading

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