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Satan’s Kingdom, LLC Owner Floats Concept of No Mining and Building Fewer Than a Dozen Homes in Canton, Mostly Near Route 44

The concept plan introduced Wednesday night.  Courtesy of Allan Borghesi

The concept plan introduced Wednesday night.
Courtesy of Allan Borghesi

By John Fitts 

While there is no formal application or final plan at this point, Allan Borghesi of Satan’s Kingdom, LLC and Borghesi Building and Engineering on Wednesday floated the idea of building fewer than a dozen homes on the Canton portion of his Route 44 property, mostly near the road, scrapping plans to take down the ridge and conserving a portion of the land.

Borghesi mentioned the concept, complete with a drawing, at the town’s Planning and Zoning Commission meeting Wednesday night. It came during a commission discussion that it possible pursue an application to change zoning on the some Route 44 properties from R-2 residential (one to one-and-a-half-acre lots) to R-4 residential (4 to 6 acres). Included in the concept were 674 and 684 Albany Turnpike, owned by Satan’s Kingdom LLC. … Continue Reading

Trout in the Classroom Comes to FOCUS Center for Autism

Carl Swanson, Trout in the Classroom Coordinator for the Farmington Valley Trout Unlimited chapter, shows the fertilized brown trout eggs to the FOCUS students.  Photo by John Fitts

Carl Swanson, Trout in the Classroom Coordinator for the Farmington Valley Trout Unlimited chapter, shows the fertilized brown trout eggs to the FOCUS students.
Photo by John Fitts

Students and teachers at FOCUS Center for Autism accepted a whole new level of responsibility Tuesday with the addition of 200 brown trout eggs to the school.

The facility is now officially part of Trout in the Classroom, a national program facilitated locally by the Farmington Valley Chapter of Trout Unlimited (FVTU).

On Tuesday, Carl Swanson, trout in the classroom coordinator for FVTU, brought the 200 fertilized eggs, which are donated by the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. The 55-gallon incubator tank, chiller, filter system and other related infrastructure, at an approximate cost of $1,200, were funded by the Rotary Club of Avon-Canton. … Continue Reading

On Monday: Commission Seeks Input from Skateboarders, Board of Finance and Canton Housing Authority to Meet

Screen Shot 2014-11-16 at 11.20.31 PMOn Monday, skateboarders are welcome to give the Parks and Recreation Commission input on future plans for a new skate park at Mills Pond Park. The meeting takes place at 7 p.m. Monday at the Canton Community Center. Other Monday items include Daily Mass at St. Patrick and meetings by the Board of Finance and Canton Housing Authority.

See more in our calendar section. … Continue Reading

Canton Selectmen Hope State Grant Would Fund Public Canoe/Kayak River Access

Selectmen voted Wednesday to seek a state grant for public canoe and kayak access in Collinsville.

Under the state’s Small Town Economic Assistance Program Grant, towns can receive as much as $500,000 annually for capital projects. This year, the state approved that amount for Mills Pond Park improvements.

Selectmen had originally hoped that a proposal for a new town public works facility would be successful, opening the door to a park at the site. That proposal was defeated but on Wednesday, selectmen voted to still seek a 2015 STEAP grant to create public canoe/kayak river access near the site. Selectmen ultimately decided to seek approximately $300,000 for the access and related infrastructure, design and permitting costs and another $200,000 for removing a defunct bridge and related improvements on Swimming Pool Road. … Continue Reading

Images of Canton: Owl in the Neighborhood

November 10, 2014 Outdoors, Photos, Wildlife 3 Comments
Photo courtesy of Kim Salcedo

Photo courtesy of Kim Salcedo

Reader and Canton resident Kim Salcedo informs us that this owl was in her neighborhood the other day and not spooked by residents looking and taking photographs. Great shots! Thank you Kim.  … Continue Reading

Canton Land Conservation Trust Receives State Grant to Help With Purchase of 12.5-Acre Property

Logo-2The state has granted the Canton Land Conservation Trust $17,500 of Open Space and Watershed Land Acquisition money to help fund the purchase of a 12.5-acre parcel of open space that abuts other protected land.
The acreage, known as the Humphrey Property falls between Spaulding and Breezy Hill. The state money will pay approximately half the acquisition price.

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Canton to Re-Bid Hydropower Project

IMG_1164With news that a second company has dropped plans to help the town re-energize the upper and/or lower Collinsville dams, the project will now go back out to bid.

Recently Citizens Energy told the town it is not interested in pursuing the project, officials said.

Chief Administrative Officer Robert Skinner told selectmen Wednesday that the Citizen’s Enterprises, the for-profit part of Citizen’s Energy, had a few concerns, most notably that based on its models, the profit margin would not be as great as they had hoped.

“There were profits,” Skinner said. “It just wasn’t to the specific level – the exact level – they were looking for.” … Continue Reading

Images of Canton: Spook-A-Palooza

October 20, 2014 Outdoors, Photos No Comments
Photo courtesy of Joshua Medeiros

Photo courtesy of Joshua Medeiros

The Canton Parks and Recreation Department hosted Spook-A-Palooza: Halloween Carnival for kids on Saturday, Oct. 18. The event featured Balloon Animals with Jingles the Clown, Camelot Castle Bounce House, carnival games, and pumpkin painting.

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Images of Canton: A Topographical View

October 13, 2014 Outdoors, Photos No Comments

The United States Department of Interior/U.S. Geological Survey web site is offering free topographical map downloads, including one of the “Collinsville” grid, partially updated in 2012. To download the full-sized version click here, search Collinsville, CT and click download. It’s a large file that allows users to zoom in on multiple areas of town.

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