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Canton Looks to Make Town Green More of a Showcase

January 12, 2017 Community, Government No Comments

CANTON – This winter the town’s Public Works Department will begin some improvements on the town green designed to make the area more visually pleasing and welcoming.

“It’s a very prominent, iconic spot for the town to welcome people to the community by having a nice, attractive green,” said Public Works Director Robert J. Martin.

For the past several years, the department, the Canton Lions Club and Cherry Brook Garden Club have made numerous improvements on the green and to the bandstand.

Now the department is looking to replace the aging, deteriorated “Welcome to Canton, Town of Champion” sign, remove some diseased and invasive trees and plant some new specimens. For the later, the department is working with town historian David K. Leff to plant specimens that most closely resemble some historic trees that once stood on the green.

“I love the approach you’ve taken,” First Selectman Leslee Hill told Public Works Director Robert J. Martin at a Board of Selectman meeting Wednesday. “There’s reasons for everything you’ve taken out and there’s reasons for everything you’re putting in . . . It would be a nice welcome into town.”

Please look out for the complete story, written by John Fitts, in the Jan. 19, 2017 edition of the Valley Press.

Letter: Remembering Raynald Bergeron

On Aug. 6, 2009, former Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz presented a Public Service Award to several World War II veterans, including former Canton First Selectman Raynald Bergeron. Pictured from left are state Rep. Timothy LeGeyt, Bysiewicz, Bergeron, and then Canton First Selectman Richard Barlow.

By Bill Volovski
 
With all the hustle and bustle of the holidays this past week a lot of folks probably missed the passing of Raynald Bergeron. This may not be a familiar name to newer or younger residents of Canton, but you probably experience or benefit from something that Ray did for Canton every day. Ray served on the Board of Selectmen beginning in the late 1960’s and was First Selectman for ten years during the 1970’s and early 1980’s. Ray may very well have been the most influential First Selectman in the town’s history.
 
Raised in Collinsville, Ray served our country proudly during World War Two. Like many of his peers, he came home and worked at the Collins Company until it closed in 1966. When the Company closed and no longer provided fire protection to the town Ray became a founding member of the new Collinsville Volunteer Fire Department, later serving  as Captain of the Canton Memorial Ambulance division.

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January 2017 Events at Canton Public Library

The following events are scheduled at the Canton Public Library, located at 40 Dyer Ave. in Canton, CT. Follow the library, or check for weather updates, at  http://www.cantonpubliclibrary.org or https://www.facebook.com/cantonlibraryct/.

Saturday, Dec. 31 New Year’s holiday schedule: the library will close early on New Year’s Eve, Saturday, Dec. 31 at 3 p.m., and remain closed through Monday, January 2. The library will reopen on Tuesday, January 3 at 10:00 AM.

Tuesday, Jan. 3 — Tuesday, January 31, “Invitational Art Show,” is held over in the Canton Public Library gallery space. The diverse artists selected for the Invitational belong to the roster of prior library show artists or have a special connection to our area arts community. Some of the exhibitors are: Tom Kutz, Lisa Sharp, Sally Markey, Mary Wooten, Adriance DeGroff, Fran Hoffnagle, and Michael Patnode. Show highlight: works that portray the Canton or Collinsville area. Free and open to the public.

Tuesday, Jan. 3, 3 p.m. –“After School Smash Bros & Jackbox Gaming,” open to grades 5-12. Join us for up to 8 players playing Smash Bros on Wii U or bring a smart phone, tablet, or laptop to join in ridiculous fun with Jackbox Games. Those who are present at 3 pm on January 3rd will get to choose which we do. Free and no registration necessary; just drop in. Information: call (860) 693-5800, email tguay@cantonpubliclibrary.org , or visit www.cantonpubliclibrary.org.

Wednesday, Jan. 4, 3 p.m. –-“Games Galore for Teens.” Enjoy games like Magic the Gathering, Yu-Gi-Oh Cards, board games, and others?  Bring your Magic or Yu-Gi-Oh decks or play one of many assorted board games such as Sushi GO, Great Dalmuti, Zombie Dice, Munchkin, Tsuro, etc.!  (Note: We will teach board games, but if you’re coming to play Magic or Yu-Gi-Oh, we assume you already know how to play.) Grades 5-12 welcome. Free; drop-in. Information: call (860) 693-5800, email tguay@cantonpubliclibrary.org , or visit www.cantonpubliclibrary.org. … Continue Reading

Canton Commission Approves Integrated Housing Proposal for Commerce Drive

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A rendering of the planned apartment complex.

By John Fitts 

By a 6-1 tally, the planning and zoning commission on Wednesday approved a proposal for a 40-unit integrated housing unit on Commerce Drive.

Pending funding, Regan Development Corporation of Ardsley, NY plans to build a three-level complex with approximately 70 parking spaces on 7 acres below Boulder Ridge. At approximately 65,000 square feet, it would feature common areas and 29 affordable units for the general public, one apartment for a building superintendent and 10 units for clients of Canton-based Favarh, an organization that supports people with intellectual, physical and developmental disabilities.

The Favarh designated units would be built to accommodate a wide range of special needs, smart technology and more. While the general population units would all be 1- and 2-bedrooms, the Favarh specific ones would be as large as three bedrooms for those who need live-in assistance. Favarh will have staff at the building at all times. … Continue Reading

First Selectman’s Corner: 2017, Canton’s Year of Mental Wellness

December 19, 2016 Community, Government No Comments

Leslee Hill

Dear Canton Residents,

Greetings of the Season!

I hope you all are enjoying the winter weather, and are staying warm and healthy.  I want to share with you a special announcement of an initiative that has been in the planning stages for several months.

Earlier this year, I began forming a task force to look at the issue of opioid addiction in our area.  This started from conversations with Jennifer Kertanis, the Director of the Farmington Valley Health District, and Claire Cote, our Senior and Social Services Director.  We also involved Chris Arciero, Canton Police Chief; Kevin Case, Superintendent of Schools; Sue Saidel, Chairman of the Youth Services Bureau; Justine Ginsberg, FVHD Community Health Coordinator; Maria Skinner, Clinical Director of the McCall Center in Torrington and Canton resident; Mary Hess, Canton League of Women Voters; and Rev. Linda Spiers of Trinity Episcopal Church.  Through our conversations, our scope enlarged to include the broader themes of addiction, mental health, and mental wellness.   … Continue Reading

Selectmen Take A Step that Could Pave the Way to Relinquishing Grange Building

December 15, 2016 Community, Government No Comments
The grange building in North Canton.

The grange building in North Canton.

No Final Decision made Wednesday

By John Fitts 

While selectmen took an action Wednesday that could pave the way for the grange building in North Canton to be returned to the state association, members held off on deciding its ultimate fate.

In September of 2013, the town accepted the building as a gift from members of the dissolved Cherry Brook Patrons of Husbandry Grange #210. Earlier that year, selectmen in place at the time, had accepted the building by a 3-2 vote.

In recent months, the current Board of Selectmen has grappled with whether to keep the 534 Cherry Brook Road building for community use or give it back to the state grange association.

Current estimates for the work needed at the grange are nearly $145,000. With an offer of help from Boy Scout Troop 177, the town’s cost for necessary repairs and code work, would drop to approximately $107,000. Abatement and required bathroom work/additions are two of the biggest costs. Additionally, town officials said the annual costs at the building are approximately $4,500, a figure that would go up to $11,600 if the building were to be rehabilitated. … Continue Reading

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

Friends of Canton Public Library Announce Fundraisers

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The Taste Dining and Activity Books

The Friends of the Canton Public Library are holding two fundraisers this holiday season. The group is  selling the 2017 Greater Hartford Edition of The Taste Dining and Activity Books. These books have hundreds of coupons for a wide variety of area restaurants, shops, cinemas, museums and so much more. Dish n ‘Dat, Joe Pizza, First and Last Tavern, and La Trattoria are but a few of the many area restaurants. Entertainment venues such as the Bounce House, and local miniature golf centers as well as the Hill-Stead Museum or the New Britain Art Museum are included. … Continue Reading

Canton Celebrates its Expanded Skate Park

By John Fitts 

Canton officials and numerous skaters from near and far celebrated a newly expanded skate park at Mills Pond Park Saturday afternoon.

Canton’s 5,000 square foot skate park was originally built in the early 2000s and the new section involves some 3,000 square feet of concrete elements. Rampage, which also built the original park, recently completed the improvements, at a cost of a little less than $93,000.

The funds were included in a state Small Town Economic Assistance Program funds the town received in 2014. Other improvements, including poolhouse renovations and court resurfacing, had already been completed but the skate park took a little longer after going through a couple of iterations.

The expansion plans were approved by land-use agencies over the summer.

“It’s such a relief and it’s very exciting to finally have the park up and running,” Joshua T. Medeiros, director of Canton Parks and Recreation, said. “All the feedback we’ve received so far on the park has been really, really positive.”

Dan Cotton, of Burlington, frequented the park when younger but in recent years but had gotten away from the sport.

“Having this, it’s bringing me back,” he said, in part. “I’ll be here day in and day out, along with the rest of these people. It’s going to be a good time. I love it.”

Editor’s Note: Thank you to The Basement for the music in the above video. Their album, under the name Ruben’s basement is available as a CD or download at http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/rubensbasement.

The band will also be acoustic sets Saturday, Nov. 19 at Maple Cafe, 938 Maple Ave., Hartford, starting at 9:30 p.m. Follow them at https://www.facebook.com/Rubensbasement/

Letter to the Editor: Congratulations to BOS, DPW

To the Editor:

I offer my congratulations to the Board of Selectmen and the members of the DPW on the successful passage of the Canton DPW Facility referendum.

There is finally a plan that produced a resoundingly clear approval from our citizens and now town officials must deliver the advertised project within the allotted budget. … Continue Reading

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