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Images of Canton: Rockin’ in Collinsville

Jam campers at Downright Music and Art presented a free outdoor concert Friday night, utilizing the new stage built as part of the recent Collinsville Streetscape Improvements. The band went by a few different names, including “Modern Science & The See Through People” and “The Russian Dragons.” The show last approximately an hour and included numerous rock tunes from the past several decades. See more photos by clicking the image below.

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P.A.C.E. Honors Larsen ACE Hardware with Solar Leadership Award

Submitted Photo  From right to left are: Judi Friedman, Chairperson, Fred Larsen Jr., Fred Larsen Sr., Tom Sevigny, BOS & board member P.A.C.E., Donna Burkhardt, board member P.A.C.E.

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From right to left are: Judi Friedman, Chairperson, Fred Larsen Jr., Fred Larsen Sr., Tom Sevigny, BOS & board member P.A.C.E., Donna Burkhardt, board member P.A.C.E.

Celebrating Earth Day, April 22, 2015, People’s Action for Clean Energy (P.A.C.E.) awards Larsen ACE Hardware in Canton Village its Solar Leadership Award.  The large 45KW solar installation demonstrates Larsen’s commitment to clean energy and exemplifies civic responsibility and community innovation on a commercial level, according to a release from P.A.C.E.

Images of Canton: So far, Bald Eagles Are Still Collinsville Regulars

March 22, 2015 Environment, Photos No Comments
A Bald Eagle in Collinsville on Saturday, March 21.  Photo by Kim Salcedo

A Bald Eagle in Collinsville on Saturday, March 21.
Photo by Kim Salcedo

While residents were saddened by the recent demise of the dead, yet towering white pine where so many Bald Eagles perched over the past several years, many have reported continued sightings in Collinsville.

These photos were taken by Kim Salcedo on Saturday. She saw two Bald Eagles close to the spot of that tree, which blew over with the heavy winds last week. One eventually flew up the river and the other went into a pine across from the treatment plan, she said.  … Continue Reading

A Collinsville Landmark Falls With the Wind

This tree, a perch for Bald Eagles in Collinsville, has fallen victim to the heavy winds.  Photo by Stephen Roberto

This tree, a perch for Bald Eagles in Collinsville, has fallen victim to the heavy winds.
Photo by Stephen Roberto

Collinsville residents, photographers and others expressed disappointment Wednesday as they learned that a dead tree that regular hosted America’s National bird was gone, presumably a victim of the high winds over the past two days.

The tree, which stood near the banks of the Farmington River, was a regular host to several bird species, most notably Bald Eagles.

Dan Phelan, an area resident and outdoor enthusiast, made a habit of walking his dog on the Farmington River Trail along the river in Collinsville.

“There were amazing sunrises, incredible fog banks rolling down to the river from sweetheart mountain, and geese galore. But those experiences all paled in comparison to the mornings when the baldies were hanging out in their tree,” he said. “Seeing our country’s bird thriving in Collinsville, was and still is, a moment that always forces me to take a deep breath, and reflect on how incredible nature is.” … Continue Reading

Tuesday is the Last Day to Reserve a Spot for Canton Land Conservation Trust’s Annual Dinner

Eastern Box Turtle.  Submitted Photo

Eastern Box Turtle.
Submitted Photo

(Submitted) Reservations are being accepted through March 17 for the Canton Land Conservation Trust’s March 24 Annual Dinner and Silent Auction, featuring a talk on “CT Wildlife and the Wildlife Action Plan” by wildlife biologist Julie Victoria.

The evening will begin at La Trattoria Restaurant with a 6 p.m. silent auction and cash bar, followed by dinner at 7 p.m. and Ms. Victoria’s talk at 8 p.m. The cost is $40 for members, $45 for non-members and $20 for the talk only. See www.cantonlandtrust.org for details and an RSVP form.

Ms. Victoria will discuss the now-underway revision of this blueprint for conserving the state’s wildlife resources, including species of greatest conservation need, and the actions needed to address threats to those species and their habitats. … Continue Reading

Biologist To Speak on State’s Wildlife Action Plan at Canton Land Trust’s Annual Dinner

February 26, 2015 Community, Environment No Comments
Bobolink.  Submitted photo

Bobolink.
Submitted photo

At the Canton Land Conservation Trust’s Annual Dinner and Silent Auction Next month, wildlife biologist Julie Victoria will talk about “CT Wildlife and the Wildlife Action Plan.”

Victoria, who currently works with Terwilliger Consulting, is helping her former employer, the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, revise the plan, which was last completed in 2005. It is considered a blueprint for conserving the state’s wildlife resources, including species of greatest conservation need, and the actions needed to address threats to those species and their habitats.

“We all make daily decisions that affect fish and wildlife and natural places – and we all need to work to protect them,” Victoria stated via a submitted release. “Most of our state is in private ownership and that includes ordinary backyards to forests and freshwater wetlands, so a combined effort involving all needs to be considered.” … Continue Reading

Satan’s Kingdom, LLC Owner Discusses Housing Plan but Says Conservation is Possible Under the Right Conditions

The housing plan Allan Borghesi has discussed with the town. This, however, is not part of an official application.

The housing plan Allan Borghesi has discussed with the town. This, however, is not part of an official application.

While developer Allan Borghesi moved a step closer Wednesday toward a plan for a small housing development on Satan’s Kingdom, LLC property along Route 44 in Canton, he also said conservation was still a possibility if a plan involved timeliness, guaranteed funding and the right price.

The comments came during and after a “pre-application review” at the Canton Planning and Zoning Commission meeting Wednesday night.

Borghesi informally presented a concept for a 9-home subdivision on a portion of the 39 Canton acres owned by Satan’s Kingdom, LLC, Most of the homes would be along a 600-foot access road near Route 44 and one on top of the ridgeline further back would utilize a long driveway where a partial dirt road exists now. Approximately 15 acres in the rear would be conserved, he said. … Continue Reading

Rotary Club of Avon-Canton Gives $1,200 to Trout Unlimited

Rotarian Rollie Sterrett, left, and Rotary Club of Avon-Canton president Salin Low, right, present ceremonial check to Carl Swanson, Trout Unlimited project director for Trout in the Classroom. Next to Sterrett are, L. to R., Colleen Burns, Cynthia Reichler and Erica Davis of the FOCUS Center for Autism. Alicea Charamut, president of the Farmington chapter of Trout Unlimited, is second from right. PHILIP E. WORLEY PHOTO

Rotarian Rollie Sterrett, left, and Rotary Club of Avon-Canton president Salin Low, right, present ceremonial check to Carl Swanson, Trout Unlimited project director for Trout in the Classroom. Next to Sterrett are, L. to R., Colleen Burns, Cynthia Reichler and Erica Davis of the FOCUS Center for Autism. Alicea Charamut, president of the Farmington chapter of Trout Unlimited, is second from right.
PHILIP E. WORLEY PHOTO

Carl Swanson, Trout in the Classroom coordinator for the Farmington Valley Trout Unlimited chapter, made a presentation about the program to the Rotary Club of Avon-Canton at its January 9 meeting. Swanson described the many benefits the program provides to the Farmington River, fishermen and local students.

Students and teachers at the FOCUS Center for Autism in Canton are involved with many facets of the program. The students care for the fertilized trout eggs provided by the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. The eggs hatch in 20 – 30 days and the students release the 1-1½ inch trout into the Farmington River and its tributaries in the early spring. “The tiny released trout can grow to 12 or 14 inches”, Swanson said. … Continue Reading

Canton Land Trust’s Annual Moonlight Hike is Feb. 7

January 18, 2015 Environment, Outdoors No Comments
Photo by William Duncan

Photo by William Duncan

(Submitted release) The Canton Land Conservation Trust invites people of all ages to its annual moon-and-candle-lit hike through forests and fields, followed by a hot meal, cocoa and roaring fire, on Sat. Feb. 7 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Hikers will begin at the Breezy Hill Farm Preserve and follow a luminaria-lined trail leading the way to a horse barn for a festive gathering, chili dinner and other refreshments.

There is no charge, although donations to the Land Trust will be greatly appreciated. The Land Trust will provide chili and hot cocoa, and hikers are encouraged to bring water and – if they wish – side dishes or desserts to share. … Continue Reading

2011 CHS Graduate Raising Funds for Global Brigades trip to Honduras

December 16, 2014 Community, Environment No Comments

Microsoft Word - gb letter.docxNancy Kutz, a 2011 graduate of Canton High School, is participating in UConn’s chapter of Global Brigades to Honduras in early January.

This year, Kutz will lead the trip, which will involve medical, dental and public health initiatives.

As part of the trip, she will be in charge of 24 students, a doctor, and supplies into Honduras.

The UConn students will meet with counterparts from the University of Minnesota and our in-country coordinator to work together to set up a mobile medical clinic.

The first few days of the Jan. 4 to 12 trip involves setting up a medical clinic, which includes a Dental station for extractions and fillings, an OB-GYN station and fully stocked Pharmacy. … Continue Reading

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