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Letter to the Editor: New Hartford Zone Change Decision a Blow to a Beautiful Area

I was dismayed to see that the New Hartford Planning and Zoning Commission voted to change the zoning in the Satan’s Kingdom area of the Farmington River to industrial. Many townspeople had spoken out against it,to no avail. What a blow to this beautiful area and the Wild and Scenic Farmington River!

I grew up in Canton and now live in Barkhamsted so I really can have no say in the matter,but I feel it would be a grave mistake to allow development in this beautiful area. Once we allow development,it will be changed forever.

Every time I drive through Satan’s Kingdom,I am struck by its beauty.Don’t we have enough vacant store fronts in Avon,Canton and New Hartford already?We don’t need to ruin the countryside. I hope and pray that Canton’s Boards will vote against the change and preserve the natural beauty that is so valuable in its own right.

 

— Noreen Watson

Survey Looks to Assess Walk- and Bike-Friendliness of Connecticut Towns

Jan Tanner, right, of Benidorm Bikes, participates in a Bicycle and Pedestrian Count program on the Farmington River Trail.

Jan Tanner, right, of Benidorm Bikes, participates in a Bicycle and Pedestrian Count program on the Farmington River Trail.

Bike Walk Connecticut is the midst of public opinion surveys on the bike- and walk-friendly status of the state’s cities and towns. The organization will publish a scorecard for each town as well as spread awareness for its complete streets program.

Find the survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/bikewalkCT

Survey Looks to Assess Walk- and Bike-Friendliness of Connecticut Towns

Jan Tanner, right, of Benidorm Bikes, participates in a Bicycle and Pedestrian Count program on the Farmington River Trail.

Jan Tanner, right, of Benidorm Bikes, participates in a Bicycle and Pedestrian Count program on the Farmington River Trail.

Bike Walk Connecticut is the midst of public opinion surveys on the bike- and walk-friendly status of the state’s cities and towns. The organization will publish a scorecard for each town as well as spread awareness for its complete streets program.

Find the survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/bikewalkCT

 

 

Mills Pond Pool Won’t Open this Weekend

IMG_2938Mills Pond Pool will not open this weekend as town officials had originally hoped.

“Despite most of the renovations being complete, additional time is needed to fine-tune the newly installed filtration system and properly treat the water,” according to a notice from the town. 

Town officials anticipate opening for the weekend of June 21.

 

New Hartford Commission Approves Zone Change For Land Along Route 44 Near the Farmington River

A concept plan shown by Satan's Kingdom, LLC.

A concept plan shown by Satan’s Kingdom, LLC.

 Published at 7:50 p.m. Wednesday. Updated at 12:50 a.m. and 9:10 a.m. Thursday.

By a vote of 4-1 Wednesday night, the New Hartford Planning and Zoning Commission approved a zone change of 18.47 acres of land between Route 44 and the Farmington River from Residential (1.5) to Industrial Park.

The proposal came from Satan’s Kingdom, LLC and Richard L. Sundgren, Jr.

Satan’s Kingdom, LLC member Allan Borghesi said that within the next several weeks, he plans to seek a similar change on abutting land the company owns in Canton. … Continue Reading

Now with Conceptual Drawings: Selectmen Pick Preferred Vendor to Help Town With Hydropower Project

A conceptual drawing of the upstream view.  Courtesy image

A conceptual drawing of the upstream view.
Courtesy image

Concurring with a recommendation from the Canton Energy Committee, the Board of Selectmen on Wednesday selected New England Hydropower as its preferred vendor to help with the hydropower project, First Selectman Richard Barlow said.

The company was one of three that responded to a Request for Proposal, which in part sought a private developer “that can pursue the requisite regulatory processes and construct, finance, and operate a small-scale hydroelectric facility utilizing one or both of the existing Collinsville Dams.”  … Continue Reading

New Hartford Commission Might Vote on Proposed Zone Change Wednesday, Attorney Says Supermajority Would Not Be Needed for Approval

A concept plan shown by Satan's Kingdom, LLC.

A concept plan shown by Satan’s Kingdom, LLC.

When it meets on Wednesday night, the New Hartford Planning and Zoning Commission will discuss and potentially vote on an application to change an 18.47-acre parcel between Route 44 and the Farmington River from residential to Industrial Park.

In May, the commission closed the hearing on a proposal by Satan’s Kingdom, LLC and Richard L. Sundgren, Jr. to change 18.47 acres along Route 44 in New Hartford from residential (R1.5 – Residence District) to Industrial Park. … Continue Reading

Weekday Hours at Bristol’s Farm Store Start Tuesday

June 9, 2014 Business, Outdoors No Comments
Josh Bristol with Monk.  Photo by John Fitts

Josh Bristol with Monk.
Photo by John Fitts

On Tuesday, June 10 Bristol’s Farm store is set to begin its weekday hours.

The store will once again feature on-site produce grown by members of the Bristol family and Anthony’s Farm, as well as many products produced on other farms, most of it local.

“It’s going to be mostly local and organic,” said farmer Josh Bristol, who runs the store. “I try and always, if at all possible, get it from growers I know.”

This year, the Bristol family also made some improvements to the barn that hosts the store, including raising the rear part of the building about four inches. The barn dates back to 1870 and was built by a railroad company, Josh Bristol said. His family purchased it shortly after. … Continue Reading

Images of Canton: Collinsville Farmers Market

Richard and Julie Sears, with kids Haylie and Andy, shop at The Butterfield Farm Stand. At left is Morgan Jenkins.  Photo by John Fitts

Richard and Julie Sears, with kids Haylie and Andy, shop at The Butterfield Farm Stand. At left is Morgan Jenkins.
Photo by John Fitts

The Collinsville Farmers Market kicked off its 2014 season on Sunday. It runs from Sundays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. though Oct. 19 in the Town Hall Parking lot.

Large crowds came to the market right from the time it opened Sunday.

“All of a sudden it’s like the floodgates opened,” said Alan Weiner, one of the market’s organizers, who served as manager Sunday. “This is a pretty large crowd for opening day. … Continue Reading

Canton Chamber of Commerce Welcomes Golfers to Join Tournament

June 7, 2014 Business, Outdoors No Comments

The Canton Chamber of Commerce welcomes golfers to participate in its 21st annual Golf Classic this month.

Hole 9 at Farmington Woods.  Submitted Photo

Hole 9 at Farmington Woods.
Submitted Photo

The tournament takes place at Farmington Woods on June 16.

“We’re looking forward to this year,” said event co-chairman Gary J. Roman. “Farmington Woods is a high quality, challenging, private course.”

There are plenty of spots left for golfers and foursomes are not necessary to register, Roman said. Single golfers will be paired with others, he said.  … Continue Reading

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