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Ben & Jerry’s Raises More Than $1,800 for Canton’s Volunteer Firefighters, EMTs

April 13, 2016 Business, Community, Fire No Comments
Blaire Telford receiving treatment in the ambulance from Sophia Gibbs, 3, and her mother Alyssa. Contributed Photo

Blaire Telford receiving treatment in the ambulance from Sophia Gibbs, 3, and her mother Alyssa.
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Only Ben & Jerry’s premium ice cream could bring out crowds of people on a rainy and windy noontime. And, the people continued to queue up, as the day progressed and the sun came out, for Tuesday’s 11th annual Ben & Jerry’s Free Cone Day to benefit the Town of Canton Volunteer Fire & EMS Department.

Eight hours and 5,000 free cones and cups scooped later, Free Cone Day had raised $1,810.64 for Canton’s volunteer firefighters, EMTs and Fire Police. This brings the grand total of donations to the Department, from Ben & Jerry’s Free Cone Days – 2005 to 2016 – to nearly $22,000.

From Noon until 8 p.m., Free Cone Day attendees enjoyed tours of: Canton’s Ladder 2, with the American flag raised 100 feet into the air; Engine 4 and the Ambulance. Many of the younger patrons, and some older ones too, enjoyed the company of fire celebrity, Sparky the Dog. Assistant Fire Chief, Wayne Goeben was also pleased to report that an individual who attended the event is applying to join the Department. … Continue Reading

Free Cone Day to Benefit town of Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS Department.

March 22, 2016 Business, Community, Fire No Comments

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From noon to 8 p.m. on April 12, Ben & Jerry’s of Canton will be celebrating Free Cone Day to thank their customers for their patronage, and to raise money and awareness in support of the Town of Canton Volunteer Fire & EMS Department.

Volunteer fire and EMS members will be scooping ice cream, giving fire truck and ambulance tours and providing information about opportunities in the fire & emergency medical services. Sparky the celebrity firedog will make appearances throughout the day. … Continue Reading

Town Honors Richard Hutchings for Service to Canton’s Volunteer Fire and EMS Department

March 10, 2016 Community, Fire No Comments
CAO Office Robert Skinner, left, and First Selectwoman Leslee Hill honor Richard F. Hutchings for his time as chief of the town of Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS Department. Photo by John Fitts

CAO Office Robert Skinner, left, and First Selectwoman Leslee Hill honor Richard F. Hutchings for his time as chief of the town of Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS Department.
Photo by John Fitts

By John Fitts 

On Wednesday, the town honored former fire chief Richard F. Hutchings for his past – and continued – service to the town of Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS Department.

Hutchings served as chief of the town of Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS Department from 1997-2000 and again from 2004-2016. He first joined the department in 1977.

“Chief Hutchings has set a tremendous example of volunteerism and community spirit and really dedication to the welfare of this entire town,” said first selectman Leslee Hill.

Chief Administrative Officer Robert Skinner said Hutchings has helped shepherd the department through major changes in every decade – such as the upgrade from basic to advanced medical service in 1980s, combining three departments into one agency in the 1990s, contracting private services to supplement EMS volunteers in the 2000s and the upgrade of EMS to a paramedic level of service being implemented this year

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Canton Volunteer Fire Company Donates to Community Organizations

February 29, 2016 Community, Fire No Comments
From left are Pat Lazauski, Claire Cote, Joe Ouimette and Donald Scott. Contributed Photo

From left are Pat Lazauski, Claire Cote, Joe Ouimette and Donald Scott.
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Emergency Fuel Bank, Food Bank and Historical Museum Receive Contributions

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CANTON — Traditionally, Canton Volunteer Fire Company, Inc. (CVFC), begins the new year in the best way they know how – by giving back to their community.

“In addition to the donations we make, throughout the year, to the Town of Canton Volunteer Fire & EMS Department, our membership chooses three organizations to receive additional contributions, from the net proceeds of our annual LobsterFest,” says CVFC president Joe Ouimette. “It’s a great way to start the year off.”

To that end, the following town organizations received donations of $1,000.00 each: Canton Emergency Fuel Bank; Canton Food Bank; and the Canton Historical Museum.

In thanking the CVFC for its donation, representatives from the beneficiaries shared how they will be using the funds:

Pat Lazauski, Director, Canton Emergency Fuel Bank:

“Canton Volunteer Fire Company’s generous donation will be used to offset the cost of the food we must purchase each week, to provide for the needy in our community.”

Donald Scott, President, Canton Historical Museum:

“We will use this wonderful donation to redesign and restore a number of our displays, making them more interactive. This will enable the Museum to tell additional stories about our town.”

Claire Cote, Director Senior Social Services

“CVFC’s much appreciated donation will help significantly in ensuring Canton residents stay warm. Despite a mild winter and lower deliverable fuel costs, there are still people who struggle to keep their homes and families warm. I am proud to work with the Canton Emergency Fuel Bank in an effort to keep our neighbors, of all ages and abilities, comfortable.” … Continue Reading

Images of Canton: Main Street Volunteer Fair

More than 20 organization participated in Canton Main Street's Volunteer Fair on Feb. 6. Photo by Shawn Cole

More than 20 organization participated in Canton Main Street’s Volunteer Fair on Feb. 6.
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Canton Main Street recently hosted its Volunteer Fair at the Canton Community Center. More than 20 community and town organizations participated. Canton Main Street is already preparing to organize another fair. For now, people can also find volunteer opportunities and more information at www.cantonctmainstreet.org… Continue Reading

Canton Firefighters Respond to Massive Blaze in Avon

February 6, 2016 Fire No Comments
Canton firefighters and EMTs were among those who responded to the fire at 35 Vermillion Drive in Avon on Friday night. Submitted Photo

Canton firefighters and EMTs were among those who responded to 35 Vermillion Drive in Avon Friday night.
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Members of the town of Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS Department were among the numerous area crews that responded to a fire at 35 Vermillion Drive in Avon on Friday night.

Canton’s Tanker 7, Rescue 9 and Car 11 (ambulance) responded to the fire scene at approximately 7:30 p.m. and were still there at midnight.

The fire was so huge that additional water supply and manpower was needed. Departments as far away as Windsor responded to assist.

According to Zillow.com, the home was 8,800 square feet and sold for $775,000 last fall.

See more on the fire at http://fox61.com/2016/02/05/huge-fire-overtakes-avon-home/

One Sent to Hospital After Multi-Vehicle Crash on Route 44

February 3, 2016 Fire, Police No Comments
The scene of a crash on Route 44 Wednesday.

The scene of a crash on Route 44 Wednesday.

One person was sent to an area hospital after a multi-vehicle crash on Route 44 Wednesday afternoon, police said.

The extent of the person’s injuries was unclear but police said they are not believed to be life threatening. The crash took place at approximately 12:20 p.m. in the area between East Hill and Dyer Avenue near Daynard Drive. A portion of Route 44 was closed for more than a half hour, police said.

While three vehicles were found at the scene, police are investigating whether the actions of the driver of a fourth vehicle might have played a role in the crash. Further details were not immediately available and police said the crash remains under investigation.

CIS Student Raises Fire Prevention Awareness

January 31, 2016 Fire, Schools No Comments
Fifth Grader Sophia Robison was recently honored for her winning fire prevention poster.

Fifth Grader Sophia Robison was recently honored for her winning fire prevention poster.

By John Fitts 

Canton 5th Grader Sophia Robison was recently honored for her winning fire prevention poster.

Sophia’s colorful visual about the danger of stove fires was selected as the winning entry of more than 100 posters made by students at Canton Intermediate School.

Last week, Canton Fire Marshal Timothy Tharau honored Sophia at the Board of Selectman meeting.

Additionally he presented CIS art teacher Deb Costello with a teacher appreciation award for having her students participate in the contest for more than 10 years. Costello said the contest is a great way to raise awareness.

“It sends such a positive message,” she said.

The Annual Fire Prevention Poster Contest is a cooperative effort of local Fire Marshals and State of Connecticut agencies, according to a memo from Tharau. … Continue Reading

Selectmen Appoint Craig Robbins as Next Chief of Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS Department

January 14, 2016 Fire, Government No Comments

Header1With a 5-0 vote on Wednesday night, the Canton Board of Selectmen appointed Craig Robbins to serve as chief of the town of Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS Department.

The position is a four-year term, with an annual stipend of $10,000. The appointment is effective on Feb. 1.

In appointing Robbins, selectmen chose not to re-appoint long-time chief Richard Hutchings.

Selectmen made their decision Wednesday night after a second “executive” – or closed door – session to discuss the matter.

“It was not an easy decision nor was it a hasty one,” First Selectwoman Leslee Hill said. “The board was very aware and appreciative of the chief’s long and very good service to the town. It was an opportunity for a change in leadership, which can be healthy for an organization.” … Continue Reading

Crews Respond to Propane Leak on Drake Lane 

December 24, 2015 Fire No Comments

Shortly before 2 p.m. Thursday, the town of Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS Department responded to Drake Lane near the Avon town line for a leak in a 500-gallon Propane tank.

Area homes were evacuated and a portion of Lovely Street was closed for more than an hour and the leak was stopped without further incident or injury. … Continue Reading

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