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Featured Event: Flatbread Benefit For Land Trust is Tuesday Evening

Mary Conklin Sanctuary, Ray Smith Trail. Photo by John Fitts via instagram

Mary Conklin Sanctuary, Ray Smith Trail.
Photo by John Fitts via instagram

The Flatbread Co. will host a fundraiser for the Canton Land Conservation Trust on Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014.

Beginning at 5:30 p.m., Flatbread Pizza will donate a portion of the evening’s pizza sales – including a gluten-free pizza option – to the Land Trust. Takeout orders are included and the event runs until 9 p.m. 

Diners will also have the opportunity to learn more about the Land Trust’s 2,000 safeguarded acres, including activities, wildlife and trails. … Continue Reading

The GPS scavenger Hunt Quest is On at the Canton Land Trust

October 3, 2014 Nonprofits, Outdoors No Comments
Mary Conklin Sanctuary, Ray Smith Trail. Photo by John Fitts via instagram

Mary Conklin Sanctuary, Ray Smith Trail.
Photo by John Fitts via instagram

(Submitted) The Canton Land Conservation Trust invites members of the public to test their “coordination” with new GPS scavenger hunt.

All that is need to explore some of the 2,000 acres of Canton Land Conservation Trust meadows and woodlands is GPS instrument, paper and pencil.

Register for free at the Land Trust Quest  site for simple instructions and the latitude and longitude where you’ll find your first clue. … Continue Reading

Images of Canton: Always Majestic

October 2, 2014 Outdoors, Photos, Wildlife No Comments
Photo by Terry Wyer Dehm‎

Photo by Terry Wyer Dehm‎

Terry Wyer Dehm captured this image during a walk in Collinsville earlier this week and was kind enough to share it with Canton Compass.

Images of Canton: Family Fitness Festival

September 29, 2014 Government, Outdoors No Comments
Photo by Joshua Medeiros

Photo by Joshua Medeiros

The Canton Parks and Recreation Department hosted a Family Fitness Festival at Mills Pond Park on Saturday, Sept. 27.

Director Joshua Medeiros said there were a steady stream of guests during the day and that the department plans to improve the event for next year.

The outdoor classes were popular and the department might start outdoor yoga sessions at the park. … Continue Reading

Satan’s Kingdom, LLC Withdraws Application To Re-zone Property Along Route 44

The front of the Canton property as seen from Route 44.

The front of the Canton property as seen from Route 44.

Satan’s Kingdom, LLC has withdrawn its application to change 30 of its 39 acres of land along Route 44 from residential to industrial.

The proposal was the subject of a Sept. 17 Planning and Zoning Commission public hearing at which numerous residents spoke against the plan. The withdrawal means that the hearing will not continue on  Oct. 15 as originally scheduled, said town planner Neil Pade. (The commission will still meet).

Developer Allan Borghesi offered the following statement via email, “I have withdrawn due to the extreme concern that was expressed at the public meeting.  I believe that Canton residences erred in the opposition and lost an opportunity to benefit the tax base and business climate.  I am reviewing the options and will decide in the next weeks what would be best to propose on the land use.”

In July, Satan’s Kingdom, LLC formally applied to re-zone 30.386 of its 38.99 acres at 674, 684 Albany Turnpike from residential to industrial. In June, the New Hartford Planning and Zoning Commission granted a change for 18.47 acres of abutting property.  … Continue Reading

Family Fitness Festival is Saturday, Sept. 27

September 24, 2014 Outdoors No Comments

(Submitted) This Saturday September 27th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Canton Parks and Recreation will be hosting a Family Fitness Festival at Mills Pond Park.

The festival will feature over a dozen health vendors including skin care, healthy smoothies, chair massages, dieticians and more! In addition, there will be interactive class demos from Valley Sports Center (Lil Kickers in the field, Lil Dribblers on the basketball courts), a kids obstacle course and adult class demos including Zumba and Yoga will be featured on the main stage (anyone is welcome to participate in the classes).

There will also be inflatable entertainment for the kids! Don’t miss out on this fun filled day at the park! For any questions please call (860) 693-5808 or contact Joshua Medeiros, Director of Parks and Recreation at jmedeiros@townofcantonct.org

Local Scout Raising Funds to Build Platforms at SpiritHorse Therapeutic Riding Center of Canton

September 22, 2014 Nonprofits, Outdoors, Schools No Comments
Mark Jurras with Cheryl Cleaves of Spirit Horse Theraputic Riding Center. Jurras is going to build 2 platforms for the center as his Eagle Scout Project. Support it at http://www.gofundme.com/es6l1s

Mark Jurras with Cheryl Cleaves of Spirit Horse Theraputic Riding Center. Jurras is going to build 2 platforms for the center as his Eagle Scout Project. Support it at http://www.gofundme.com/es6l1s

Mark Jurras, a member of Boy Scout Troop 77, is raising funds two build two platforms at SpiritHorse Therapeutic Riding Center of Canton.

The two platforms will allow volunteers to help riders safely mount and dismount at the beginning and end of their time on the center’s horses. The ramps will also give wheelchair-bound riders more independence.

The center, run by Cheryl Cleaves, opened in September 2012 and provides weekly riding lessons for people with disabilities. Special programs include lessons for veterans, FAVARH clients and more.

Jurras said the materials for the project will cost approximately $1,200. The public can help by donating at http://www.gofundme.com/es6l1s

Learn more about the SpiritHorse center at http://www.spirithorsect.org

 

Local Boy Scouts Trek through New Mexico Wilderness

September 22, 2014 Outdoors No Comments
Picture at the peak of Baldy Mountain elevation 12,441 feet - left to right  Scouts James Treacy, Rico Biggart, John Solomon, Joe Royer  Advisor Matt Solomon

Picture at the peak of Baldy Mountain elevation 12,441 feet – left to right Scouts James Treacy, Rico Biggart, John Solomon, Joe Royer Advisor Matt Solomon

(Submitted) A crew of teenage Scouts went on a life changing summer trek through the Sangre de Cristo Mountains at the Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimarron, New Mexico. Philmont covers 214 square miles of vast wilderness with trails that climb from 6,500 feet to as high as 12,441 feet. During the trek Boy Scouts from Collinsville Troop 77 hiked more than 85 miles over 11 days.

The group of Scouts and their advisors carried everything they needed to survive during the trek on their backs while hiking from camp to camp. They participated in backcountry programs along the way including rock climbing, spar pole climbing, shot gun shooting and gold prospecting. The trek included a conservation project where Scouts learned and participated in the upkeep of Philmont’s ecosystem. Along the trek, Scouts endured tough challenges backpacking in bear and mountain lion territory, steep climbs, and often-inclement weather.

Philmont Scout Ranch is the Boy Scouts of America’s premier high adventure camp and the largest youth camp in the world.

Under Emil Huyghebaert’s Guidance, Generations of Scouts Learned to Lead

September 21, 2014 Nonprofits, Outdoors, Schools No Comments
Courtesy Photo

Courtesy Photo

Emil Huyghebaert was passionate about teaching young men how to lead but almost never told them how. Instead he provided the tools that allowed generations of Canton Boy Scouts to learn by leading each other.

When Huyghebaert passed away on Aug. 13, the community lost a man that had spent numerous hours giving back, perhaps most notably as Scoutmaster for Boy Scout Troop 77 in Collinsville for the past 39 years. In all, he was involved in scouting for more than 50 years.

Present and former troop members spoke fondly of the man they called “Huygie,” or sometimes Mr. H. … Continue Reading

Images of Canton: Brewfest at Ski Sundown (September 2014)

September 21, 2014 Business, Outdoors, Photos No Comments
Dana Bourque of Firefly Hollow Brewing Co. and Tap Room with Eric Landry of Collinsville.  Photo by John Fitts

Dana Bourque of Firefly Hollow Brewing Co. and Tap Room with Eric Landry of Collinsville.
Photo by John Fitts

Ski Sundown’s ninth Brewfest on Saturday, Sept, 20, 2014 included more than 35 micro breweries, music from Poor Gordon and food by Avon Prime Meats.

A portion of the proceeds benefits the Connecticut Brewers Guild.

More than 1,300 people attended the event, which also featured several local vendors and information about the mountain’s new trail, Satan’s Stairway, set to open for 2014-2015. See more about that here… Continue Reading

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