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Images of Canton: Christmas in Collinsville 2016

December 10, 2016 Community, Photos No Comments

The Christmas in Collinsville festivities, including a champagne walk, tree lighting, and horse-drawn carriage rides, proved popular Friday night. The event continues Saturday with activities that include visits from Santa and Mrs. Claus, face painting, a Gallery of Trees and the annual Collinsville Charity Craft Fair.  … Continue Reading

Canton Real Estate Notes: Dec. 1, 2016

December 10, 2016 Community, Real Estate No Comments
David Sinish

David Sinish

By David Sinish

How did the Canton market fare in the past twelve months compared with the previous twelve months?

  1. Number of single family homes sold increased slightly from 126 to 127.
  2. The median sales price increase 4% to $315,000.
  3. The median sales price per square foot also increased slightly .4% from $141.02 to $141.55.
  4. The “days on market” increased from 45 to 48.

It is important to remember that these are the “median” numbers with half of sales above this number and half below.  There are different numbers for different homes reflecting different price ranges, various sizes, features and locations.  The number of homes listed as of December 1, reduced to 44 from the 58 as of November 1.   Should you require more detailed information, please let me know.   … Continue Reading

Clinical Trial Credited with Saving Canton Man From Stage IV Lung Cancer

December 8, 2016 Community, Health No Comments

Story by Lauren Woods at UConn Health

Michel Gueret with Dr. Wasser. Photo by Janine Gelineau

Michel Gueret with Dr. Wasser.
Photo by Janine Gelineau

A leading edge immunotherapy clinical trial at UConn Health’s Carole and Ray Neag Comprehensive Cancer Center has packed a one-two punch successfully controlling a patient’s advanced lung cancer using the combined power of two immunotherapy drugs.

For 50 years Michel Gueret, 67, of Canton was a heavy smoker. That is until May 2012 when he received the devastating news that he had advanced lung cancer while hospitalized for a collapsed lung at UConn John Dempsey Hospital.

“I remember Michel in his hospital bed following discovery of his large lung cancer tumor,” recalls his oncologist, Dr. Jeffrey Wasser. “He was very thin, barely able to walk and was having trouble breathing. I was afraid that his lifespan would be severely reduced as his large tumor consumed a large portion of his lung which impaired his ability to walk and making surgery to remove it impossible.”

… Continue Reading

It’s Not Too Late to Help The Less Fortunate Among Us

December 7, 2016 Business, Community, Police No Comments
Some of the gifts that were given out to families Tuesday morning. Photo by John Fitts

Seen here are some of the gifts that were made available to needy Canton families in 2015.

Gifts for Canton Collection Runs Through Dec. 11

By John Fitts

CANTON – There might be just a few days left in the annual Gifts for Canton effort but there’s still many ways to pitch in.

Since 1995 the Canton Chamber of Commerce has led the effort, which involves collecting items such as holiday gifts, everyday essentials and gift cards to help struggling Canton residents. Last year, the effort helped some 60 families, which collectively represented 388 people.

The effort relies on donations from local residents as well as the help of partners such as ShopRite of Canton, The Canton Lions Club, the Rotary Club of Avon-canton, Larsen ACE Hardware and Jeannine Fund Raisers. The chamber also holds other fundraisers during the holiday season.

“The community is extremely involved,” said Jill Brandon, who is chairing this year’s drive. … Continue Reading

Christmas in Collinsville Festivities Set for this Weekend

Photo by Carrie Wiser

From the 2015 Christmas in Collinsville event. Photo by Carrie Wiser

By John Fitts

Temperatures in the 30s are predicted for the weekend but there’s nothing like a bit of champagne, a visit with Santa or local crafts to warm the spirit.

That’s right – the annual Christmas in Collinsville events are slated to take place on Friday, Dec. 9 and Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016.

Friday evening events include horse-drawn carriage rides, tree lighting and an an adults only champagne walk. Saturday involves such festivities as breakfast with Santa, time with Mrs. Clause, face painting, puppet shows and more horse drawn carriage rides.

Many features, such as the Gallery of Trees at the Canton Historical Museum, take place on both days.

Kathy Taylor, one of the event organizers, said she loves the friendly and festive atmosphere, set in a village where so many of the buildings are so historic.

“You feel like you’re back in the late 1800s,” she said. … Continue Reading

Canton School District Offers Internet Safety Program

December 7, 2016 Community No Comments

Canton_Schools_sealSubmitted Release 

The Canton Public Schools is pleased to host an Internet Safety Program Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Canton Middle/High School Auditorium. The program will be led by former law enforcement officer Scott Driscoll.

The  program is for adults and the topics will include:

  • Apps and programs children are using
  • Cyberbullying, Sexting, and Social Networking
  • Creating a digital footprint (positive and negative)
  • Current on-line trends and potential dangers
  • Tips on how to use technology in the safest way
  • Strategies on keeping families safe

More information regarding the program is provided in this link.

http://www.cantonschools.org/filestorage/184/795/3979/Internet_Safety_2016-12-08.pdf

8th Annual Music For a Joyous Season Scheduled Dec. 11

Daniel Lee

Daniel Lee

Submitted Release 

COLLINSVILLE, Conn. – The popular “Music For a Joyous Season” concert returns to the Collinsville Congregational Church for the eighth consecutive year on Sunday, Dec. 11, at 4 p.m. Presented by the Maxwell Shepherd Memorial Arts Fund as part of the Shepherd Music Series, the concert has become a holiday tradition in Collinsville.

“Daniel Lee and Friends,” a chamber ensemble of acclaimed musicians, will present a program of music from the Baroque era, featuring the works of masters such as Biber, Bach, Vivaldi and Telemann. Lee, a violinist hailed by the New York Times for his “ravishing vehemence,” has enjoyed a varied career as a soloist, concertmaster and teacher.

Lee will be joined by “friends” who have appeared nationally both as soloists and members of chamber groups such as the Quodlibet Ensemble, the Sebastians, New Morse Code, the Amphion String Quartet and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. The nine-member ensemble features a variety of stringed instruments – violin, violone, harpsichord, viola, viola da gamba, cello – as well as oboe.

The Maxwell Shepherd Memorial Arts Fund is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the fine and performing arts. As with all events sponsored by the Fund, admission is free and all are welcome.

Developer Formally Proposes Integrated Housing Complex for Commerce Drive

An architectural rendering of the proposed building. Image taken from a larger drawing by Kitchen and Associates.

An architectural rendering of the proposed building. Image taken from a larger drawing by Kitchen and Associates.

By John Fitts

CANTON, CT — A New York developer, working with local partners, has formally proposed an integrated, 40-unit apartment complex on Commerce Drive.

Regan Development Corporation of Ardsley, NY is under contract to purchase the 6.95 acres at 300 and 350 Commerce Drive, with the idea of offer 1-, 2- and 3-bedroom units, 10 of which would be set aside for clients of Canton-based Favarh, an organization that supports people with intellectual, physical and developmental disabilities.

The lots are near the Boulder Ridge Complex and the complex would be set back from the road and include a mix of 1- 2- and 3-bedroom units as well as amenities such large community room with kitchenette, other common areas, a mail center, laundry rooms and  secure storage. The complex would be a tax-paying entity.   … Continue Reading

Community Circle Project Returns, Courtesy of CIS Students

December 2, 2016 Community, Schools No Comments
img_3478Courtesy of Canton Intermediate School art teacher Deb Costello
and 5th grade teacher Erik Perotti 
On Thursday, December 1st, CIS’s fifth graders had a morning of collaboration and creating through our Community Circle Project.  Students worked in teams to make large scale rose window designs that will be used in displays across Canton!  These Community Circle Designs will connect our students with the Canton Community sharing their artistic achievement while working together as a grade level.   Over 150 students, teachers and parents participated  creating over 60 designs!
 Through the creation of their art, students were able to experience success while giving back to our town.  What’s a better way to share a smile with others then with the universal language of ART!
Rose window design are all ready popping up around town.  Keep your eyes out for these colorful creations.

Kindergarteners Tell Us ‘How to Make a Thanksgiving Dinner’

December 2, 2016 Community, Schools No Comments

tdayEditor’s Note: Cherry Brook Kindergarten teacher Kelly Theriault has shared this class project with Canton Compass. Her students give us some advice, with a healthy dose of humor. While the Thanksgiving Holiday might be passed, some of these suggestions could come in handy for Christmas or other winter celebrations.

How to hunt down and cook a Turkey

~ by Sawyer

You take your bow and arrow and then when the turkey isn’t looking you shoot it.  You need to wear camouflage clothes which means you blend in you know?  You have to pull the back of the arrow down so the edge of the arrow is touching the bow.  Then you release by letting go of the back part and it shoots the turkey dead.  You need gloves to pick it up and then you spray it with bleach and let it dry for a couple of weeks. Then you wipe the bleach off.  Then you pull the feathers off and eat it.  … Continue Reading

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