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Town of Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS Celebrates Volunteer Firefighter Day

April 12, 2017 Community, Fire No Comments

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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

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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.

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Letter: Canton Flower Bridge ready to launch for third year

April 11, 2017 Community, Opinion No Comments

The flower bridge.
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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

Spring Book Sale

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The Friends of the Canton Public Library will hold a Spring Book Sale in the lobby of the library at 40 Dyer Ave. in Canton through April 22. The Sale will be held during normal library hours. Gardening books, cookbooks, sport-themed books, trade paperbacks and children’s books are among the categories featured at the sale. All books are in pristine condition and make wonderful gifts for Mother’s Day or Father’s Day. The books are reasonably priced and all profits are used by the Friends to help provide resources and programming for the library.

The Friends of the Canton Public Library is a volunteer organization that has contributed to the library for over 50 years. It is a group of dedicated community members who have  worked to run fundraisers to raise monies to help our local library.

New members are always welcome. For more information, call 860-693-5800 or www.cantonpubliclibrary.org

Legislative Briefing Set for Morning of April 27

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The Canton Chamber of Commerce has arranged for State Sen. Kevin Witkos (R-8) and state Rep. Tim LeGeyt (R-17) to provide an update on the state budget on the morning of Thursday, April 27, at the Canton Community Center in Room D. The Canton Community Center is located at 40 Dyer Avenue in Canton, CT. Chamber members, local citizens, and town officials are invited to attend. Doors open at 7:30 a.m. with a light breakfast available. The informal briefing will start at 8 a.m. Attendees are invited to ask questions or comment on issues affecting the town and local businesses. Register for the event at www.cantonchamberofcommerce.com under Upcoming Events.

Your Silent Neighbors: Charles A. Anderson, Steel Maker

April 1, 2017 Community, History No Comments

By David Leff
Town Historian  

Charles A. Anderson (1864-1937) was a steel maker for the Collins Company for 31 years, retiring in 1932.  He was born in Ostergotdland, Sweden.  Married to his wife Matilda for over 50 years, they had two children.  He was a member of the Swedish Pilgrim Church on Center Street.  He died at home after a short illness.  The funeral was held at the Anderson house on River Road with the pastor of his church officiating.  Though there is nothing particularly remarkable about his life, Anderson was one of many hardworking, family oriented immigrants who made Collinsville a vibrant community during the first half of the twentieth century.

Charles A. Anderson was carried by seven pallbearers and is buried in Southwest Cemetery, Canton.

“Your Silent Neighbors” introduces readers to people out of Canton’s past.  It will appear on the first and fifteenth of each month.  Readers are encouraged to visit these gravesites and pay their respects to the people who have helped make our community what it is today.  Any suggestions, questions, or corrections should be addressed to Town Historian David Leff at onktaadn@comcast.net

Images of Canton: CIS Talent Show

March 31, 2017 Community, Schools No Comments

More than a dozen students at Canton Intermediate School showcased their artistic talent March 23. The talent show, sponsored by the Parent Teacher Organization, was held at Canton High School and emceed by CIS principal Kevin Hanlon.

Canton to apply for STEAP funding

By John Fitts 

Assistant Editor 

CANTON – The town of Canton is hoping the state’s Small Town Economic Assistance Grant could help it with some proposed energy savings.

Recently, Chief Administrative Officer Robert Skinner informed the Board of Selectmen that the state, somewhat to his surprise, was taking applications for the 2017 grant cycle under a program that gives municipalities as much as $500,000 for economic development, community conservation or capital projects.

This year, the town hopes to receive funds for numerous energy-saving measures at seven municipal buildings and three schools.

Recently, New England Energy Controls of East Haddam finished an audit for the town, recommending numerous improvements that, after some energy credits, would cost $1.3 million in upgrades. A few of those recommendations have been siphoned into separate projects, leaving approximately $1.1 million in upgrades that could be done in seven town buildings and three schools,  estimated at $1.1 million. The improvements could save the town some $263,000 per year. With potential credits and grants, the payback could be as little as 5.1 years.

See more in this week’s Valley Press.

Dinner and comedy night to benefit substance free graduation party

March 26, 2017 Community, Schools No Comments

Canton High School Substance Free Graduation Party Committee will present a Dinner and Comedy Night on Saturday, April 1. The event takes place at 6 p.m. at Bridge Street Live, 41 Bridge St., Collinsville. Cost is $60 per person includes a cocktail hour and raffle items, buffet dinner presented by Chef Peter Rafael, and a comedy show with New York City comedians. For tickets, contact Holly Neddermann at holly58@comcast.net.

 

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