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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

Crews Recover Body from Vehicle in Farmington River

Crews recover a body from a vehicle in the Farmington River Wednesday.  Photo by John Fitts

Crews recover a body from a vehicle in the Farmington River Wednesday.
Photo by John Fitts

State Police have confirmed that one person is dead following an incident in Barkhamsted in which a car plunged into the Farmington River on Wednesday afternoon.

Volunteer firefighters and numerous crews from around the area, along with state police, responded to West River Road shortly after 1 p.m. Wednesday, where a car had gone down a short, but steep embankment into the river.

Crews spent a long time at the scene, accessing the car and eventually pulling a covered body from the car.

West River Road was slated to be closed for some time.

State Trooper Kelly Grant confirmed that there was a fatality in the incident. According to Fox Connecticut and other news sources, the deceased was identified Kenneth Gibb, 46, of Barkhamsted. … Continue Reading

DEEP Releases Name of Missing Kayaker

January 5, 2015 Outdoors No Comments

(Submitted) – Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) Environmental Conservation (EnCon) Police have identified the kayaker that is missing on West Hill Pond, New Hartford as Patricia Cole, age 53, from New Hartford, CT. EnCon Police and State Police responded on January 2, 2015 at 6 a.m. to the report of a kayaker that had been missing since the night before. The search is currently suspended due to ice conditions and will be resumed as soon as possible. No further information is available at this time. … Continue Reading

Images of Canton: A Trio of Bald Eagles

Photo by Brent Soderberg .

Photo by Brent Soderberg. 

Brent Soderberg recently captured this image of three bald eagles along the Farmington River in Collinsville. We thank him for the great photo. Those who would like to submit pictures can email them to cantoncompass@gmail.com. … Continue Reading

Farmington River Coordinating Committee, Local Officials Look to Enhance River Education, Appeal for More Enforcement Resources

Screen Shot 2014-12-15 at 8.44.10 PMRiver advocates and local officials are working together to bring greater awareness to issues that degrade the Farmington River.

For several years, the Farmington River Coordinating Committee (FRCC) a group formed as part of the management plan for the 1994 Upper Farmington River Wild and Scenic designation, has worked on educating the public about issues that affect the river, including  littering and unruly behavior.

The FRCC, spurred by Jeremy Harraden of Farmington River Tubing, two summers ago initiated a “Please Tell Your Friends, No Glass, No Trash Campaign.” Two interns were secured to help.

“We developed a plan to make the river a more safe and family oriented environment,” said David Sinish, Canton representative for the FRCC.

This past spring the FRCC hired Stephan Bastrzycki of Barkhamsted as River steward. … Continue Reading

Ski Sundown Kicks Off Its 2014-2015 Season

December 13, 2014 Outdoors, Sports No Comments

Ski Sundown opened with six trails on Saturday, Dec. 13 and will be open from 8 to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

Check out some video shot by the mountain Saturday and pictures from John Jarzbek below.

The mountain is closed Monday but will soon make an announcement about regular operating hours.

… Continue Reading

Ski Sundown to Open on Saturday

December 11, 2014 Community, Outdoors, Sports No Comments

10849822_10152569477789226_3996868031307524450_n(Submitted Release) — On Saturday, Dec. 13, Ski Sundown opens for the 2014-2015 season, from 8:00 am to 10:00 pm, with six out of sixteen trails. The mountain will also be open for skiing and snowboarding on Sunday, Dec. 14, from 8 to 5 p.m.

The Welcome Center, Snowsports School, Rentals & Repairs, Snow Sports Shop, The Last Chair Tavern, and the food court in the lodge will be fully operational. Opening day fun is also planned, with prizes for being on the first chair, and more! Drink specials will be featured in the Last Chair Tavern to toast to an awesome season. “The weekend weather will be sunny and in the mid-to-upper 30s, which is ideal for getting your ski and snowboard legs back under you. The Sundown staff is ready and looking forward to another great season with our customers. Last year the season here lasted 103 days and we’re prepared to do it again,” said Ski Sundown General Manager, Bob Switzgable. … Continue Reading

Canton DPW to Repair Portion of Farmington River Trail

Photo by John Fitts

Photo by John Fitts

Next spring, the town of Canton Public Works Department will repair a portion of the Farmington River Trail near the river.

The work, combined with regular root pruning, should provide a much better user experience, said Public Works Director Robert J. Martin.

“We’ll be able to maintain the trail and keep it safer,” Martin said.

The portion of the trail is along the Farmington River in Collinsville, essentially from the Public Works facility to the wooden cantilever type “bridge” or boardwalk along Route 179 near Bridge Street.

Sub-surface roots have plagued the section of trail for years and the problem became worse this past summer. The department patched one small area of pavement, which provided some insight, Martin said. … Continue Reading

Architect Shows Revised Collinsville Streetscape Plan

The revised, but not final, plans for Phase 1 of the Collinsville Streetscape. See larger pdf version at the end of this article.

The revised, but not final, plan for Phase 1 of the Collinsville Streetscape. See the larger pdf version at the end of this article.

Earlier this week, an architect presented a revised plan for the first phase of Collinsville Streetscape improvements.

Last fall, the town received a $387,000 Connecticut Main Street Investment Fund grant and residents subsequently approved $40,000 of town money for design.

The meetings this week focused on a revised version of what officials dub the first phase of the project — improvements they hope the $387,000 will cover. Those center around the lower end of Main Street and include improvements in front of the Crown and Hammer and a portion of the Farmington River Trail, a narrowing of portions of Main and major changes to the Town Hall Parking lot, including complete circulation and additional green space, bike racks and sidewalks around.

During the first of two public sessions Wednesday night, Brian Kent of Kent and Frost said there was still a little time to tweak the plans.

“We’re at a point in the design where we’re still playing around the edge and the circulation and we value your input,” he said. … Continue Reading

Images of Canton: Pre-Thanksgiving Snow

November 26, 2014 Community, Outdoors, Photos No Comments
Hoar Mountain.  Photo by Jen Dougherty‎

Hoar Mountain.
Photo by Jen Dougherty‎

Ryan Cleaves on Tory. Photo by Cheryl Cleaves

Ryan Cleaves on Tory.
Photo by Cheryl Cleaves

Photo by Lorri Poe

Photo by Lorri Poe

Here are a few images around Canton, taken Wednesday. Send your photo to cantoncompass@gmail.com and we’ll add it to this gallery.   … Continue Reading

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