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36th Annual Lobsterfest Takes Place Aug. 19-21

August 12, 2016 Community, Fire No Comments

Lobsterfest

By John Fitts 

In addition to its fundraising mission, the annual lobsterfest offers family friendly, community fun. Often old friends reunite at the event.

“It’s good to raise funds for the fire department and bring the community together,” said Robbie Bahre, president of the Canton Volunteer Fire Company Inc.

From Aug. 19 to 21, the company, which supports the town of Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS Department presents its 36th annual lobsterfest.

The event is a Canton tradition with live music, kid friendly events, lobster dinners and other options for those who prefer land-raised meals.

The main event, that lobster dinner that serves as many as 3,400 people in a weekend, is $20 and includes a full lobster, corn on the cob, New England Clam Chowder and beverage of choice.

The company also sells hot dogs, chicken tenders, and hamburgers in its field on Canton Springs Road, along with cold soda, beer – and for the first time, wine. A dessert bar will be in Ellsworth Hall at the Canton Springs fire station. … Continue Reading

Crews Respond to Small Electrical Fire in Torrington Avenue Home

August 10, 2016 Fire, Police No Comments

IMG_8775Canton police, the town of Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS Department, with assistance from area departments, responded to 119 Torrington Ave. Wednesday afternoon for reports of possible fire in the walls of the home.

Canton Fire Marshal Tim Tharau said the fire was quickly extinguished and was caused by an issue with the exhaust fan motor at the kitchen stove. Most of the damage was confined to that area with some damage to the walls as firefighters checked for any “extension” – or spreading of the fire. There was some smoke damage in the home as well, fire officials said.

The cause of the fire was determined to be accidental, Tharau said. He confirmed reports that there was some electrical work done at the home but said there was no clear correlation to the fire.

 

Canton Volunteers Help With River Rescue

August 1, 2016 Fire, Police No Comments
Members of the town of Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS Department helped rescue a young person from the banks of the Farmington River on Monday morning.
Canton Compass owner John Fitts was out of town during the incident, but according to WFSB, a 15-year-old swimmer injured his leg and was transported to Connecticut Children’s Medical Center.
Craig Robbins, chief of the town of Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS Department, later confirmed that Canton volunteers helped at the scene. In all, about 15 volunteers from Canton helped, he said.
“Due to the steep slope, a rope system was used to secure the patient and move him up the embankment,” Robbins said.
WFSB reported that State Environmental Conservation Police and Connecticut State Police also responded to the scene.

Third Annual Blues & Brews to Raise Funds for Local Charities While Emphasizing Regional Talent, Local Craft Beer

June 22, 2016 Community, Fire No Comments

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By John Fitts 

CANTON — This year the organizers of the annual Third Annual Canton Firemen’s Blues and Brews festival are looking to provide some musical soul, a taste of some of the areas finest craft brews, plenty of comfort food and a place for the children to burn some energy. It all takes place in an intimate setting at 14 Canton Springs Road and benefits some great local causes.

The event, set for 1 to 7 p.m. Saturday, June 25, features talents such as World Recording Players (1 to 2 p.m.), Eric Ducoff Band (2:15 to 3:15), Lisa Marie and All Shook Up (3:30 to 4:30 p.m.), Connecticut Blues Society All Stars (4:45 to 5:45) and Zydeco Hogs (6 to 7 p.m.). Breweries that will offer samplings include Tidal River (Canton), Firefly Hollow (Bristol), Brass Works (Waterbury) and Little Red Barn (Riverton).

“We’re trying to keep things local this year to bring more interest,” said Corey Russo, co-chair of the event and member of the Canton Volunteer Fire Department Inc., which is sponsoring the event.

The Canton Volunteer Fire Department Inc. is a private corporation that generally supports its operations as well as the town of Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS Department. However, the idea of this event has always been to give back to other causes. This year’s beneficiaries include Canton Connections, Relay for Life and the Canton Food Bank.

“It’s a full-blown charity event,” Russo said. … Continue Reading

In Brief: Jamboree Continues Saturday

May 21, 2016 Community, Fire No Comments

The Collinsville Volunteer Fire Department 2016 jamboree wraps up on Saturday evening.

Saturday’s festivities kick off with a 6 p.m. firefighter’s parade that will begin at the fire house on River Road (Route 179) and proceed to the jamboree field on Powder Mill Road.

At the field, the jamboree will continue with rides, food, games of chance, a beer garden and more through 10 p.m.

The C.V.F.D., a private corporation that supports the town of Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS Department, is celebrating 50 years of service this year. … Continue Reading

Collinsville Volunteer Fire Department Inc. Jamboree Continues Thursday, Friday, Saturday Nights

May 18, 2016 Community, Fire No Comments

The Collinsville Volunteer Fire Department hosted the first visitors to the 2016 jamboree on Wednesday night.

“Everything got set up; the weather’s nice and hopefully it stays that way,” said event chairman Ryan Kerr.

The jamboree, with rides, food, Friday night fireworks, a Saturday Firefighters parade, games of chance, a beer garden and more, continues from 6 p.m. to approximately 10 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.

The C.V.F.D., a private corporation that supports the town of Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS Department, is celebrating 50 years of service this year. Member’s said the Friday night fireworks show and Saturday jamboree parade will be better than ever this year. … Continue Reading

Avon Historical Society Thanks Fire Department, Announces Fundraiser

May 14, 2016 Community, Fire No Comments

To The Editor

On behalf of the Avon Historical Society Board of Trustees listed below, I wish to thank the Avon Volunteer Fire Department for their very swift and proper handling of the fire at the Derrin Farmhouse on West Avon Road the morning of May 11, 2016.  Their quick response, along with mutual aid from Farmington, Simsbury, and Canton exemplify what training and teamwork is all about when a disaster strikes.  The State Fire Marshal’s office stated that Avon’s fire department did an outstanding job at saving a piece of our local heritage. We are grateful for their efforts, and the extraordinary precision which kept the damage contained within the walls of this home that has stood in Avon for over 200 years. … Continue Reading

Historic Derrin House Heavily Damaged by Fire

May 11, 2016 Fire No Comments

By John Fitts 

AVON – The historic Derrin House on West Avon Road was heavily damaged by fire on Wednesday morning.

Shortly before 9 a.m. a motorist saw smoke coming from the building and called emergency dispatch, said Bruce Appell, assistant chief of the Avon Volunteer Fire Department. Area crews battled active fire for approximately an hour and remained on scene checking for any residual fire and cleaning up.

The heaviest fire damage was on the first floor of the building, near the garage, said Avon Fire Marshal James DiPace. Renovation work was being done and crews were at the site Tuesday but DiPace cautioned that the state fire marshal’s office will be conducting an investigation.

“We don’t know if that had anything to do with it or not,” DiPace said. … Continue Reading

50th Annual Jamboree Set for May 18 to 21

May 9, 2016 Community, Fire No Comments

Photo by John Fitts

Photo by John Fitts

The Collinsville Volunteer Fire Department presents its 50th Annual Jamboree May 18 to 21.

The events includes rides, food, games of chance, a beer garden, fireworks, a parade and a has become an annual summer kick off of sorts. For event chairman Ryan Kerr, that is certainly a highlight.

“The tradition of it all,” is his favorite aspect, Kerr said. “A lot of carnivals have come and gone but this one is still going.”

The event starts at 6 p.m. each night and goes until 10 p.m. Ride bracelets can be purchased for $22 all four nights.

At one time, the event was held in June but Kerr said it was moved up at the request of Tufano Amusements, which provides the carnival rides. The earlier time has proved to be successful, Kerr sai.

Friday night’s fireworks, which Kerr said will involve the largest display ever start at approximately 9:30 p.m. Rain date for fireworks is Saturday.

… Continue Reading

Community Mourns Death of Local 7th Grader

April 24, 2016 Fire, Police, Schools No Comments

Editor’s Note: This young girl’s identity is common knowledge in town and is being reported elsewhere but Canton Compass has still decided to withhold her name at this time. Our deepest sympathy to the family.

CANTON – The local community is reeling with the tragic news that a local 7th grader died from injuries sustained in a tragic incident Sunday afternoon.

“I’m writing to share some very sad news with you this morning,” Superintendent Kevin Case wrote in an email message to parents. “Last evening, (the girl), a 7th grader at Canton Middle School, passed away suddenly in a tragic accident. Mrs. Pamela Hamad, Canton Middle School Principal, and her teachers described (her) as ‘a sweet young woman who was a wonderful and true friend,’ ‘She was extremely hard working and always did her best in the classroom, on the field hockey team, and in band.’ She will be dearly missed’ . . .” … Continue Reading

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