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Images of Canton: Sam Collins Day 2014

Colby Vadnais works on his balancing skills.  Photo by John Fitts

Colby Vadnais works on his balancing skills.
Photo by John Fitts

The 20th Annual Sam Collins Day was held on Saturday, Sept. 20.

The event included a business expo, community organization booths, inflatables, live music, a food court, Made in Connecticut tent, Canton Historical Museum activities in Collinsville and much more.

Events were held at the Main site on Canton Springs Road and in Collinsville.

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Logan Andersen Completes Outdoor Map Project at Cherry Brook Primary School

September 19, 2014 Nonprofits, Outdoors, Schools No Comments

photo 5Thanks to the efforts of Logan Andersen, a member of Boy Scout Team #1, students at Cherry Brook Primary School have an aesthetically pleasing and educationally informative outdoor map of the United States. 

Andersen, with the help of volunteers and sponsors, completed the map as part of his Eagle project. He said he got the idea from a project his brother in law did in Utah. He talked to school principal Andy Robbin and got permission to go ahead with the map, which is approximately 25 feet by 12 feet and includes 5 different colors. … Continue Reading

For Satan’s Kingdom Issue, The Devil Could Be in the Details

As an area businessman touted and numerous residents decried a planned industrial development along Route 44 Wednesday night, pressure continued to mount for a more narrowly defined zoning plan.

Wednesday night marked the beginning of a Canton Planning and Zoning Commission public hearing on Satan Kingdom, LLC’s application to rezone 30.386 of its 38.99 acres at 674 and 684 Albany Turnpike from residential to industrial. While the application is technically just for a zoning map amendment, much of the discussion centers on whether the change — and what could potentially happen on the property — is consistent with the Town’s Plan of Conservation and Development.

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20th Anniversary Sam Collins Day T-Shirt Incorporates The Best of Canton and Collinsville

The 20th Annual shirt hangs at the Collinsville T-shirt Factory.

The 20th Annual shirt hangs at the Collinsville T-shirt Factory.

For the 20th Anniversary Sam Collins Day T-shirt, Brad Gilchrist didn’t re-invent the wheel. Rather he took his favorite design from year’s past, revamped it, adding several elements and a new logo.

Gilchrist is a Canton resident and well-known cartoonist and writer. He’s created a T-shirt design for each Sam Collins Day.

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Notes from the Sept. 17 Canton Planning and Zoning Meeting (Satan’s Kingdom, LLC Hearing Continued to Oct. 15)

Residents attend a public hearing on the Satan's Kingdom, LLC proposal.

Residents attend a public hearing on the Satan’s Kingdom, LLC proposal.

The Canton Planning and Zoning Commission has continued a public hearing on Satan Kingdom, LLC’s application to rezone 30.386 of its 38.99 acres in Canton (674, 684 Albany Turnpike) from residential to industrial.

After hearing from managing member Allan Borghesi, his attorney and numerous residents, the commission continued the matter to its next regular meeting on Oct. 15.

Editor’s Note: The text that follows below represents live updates typed during the meeting, intended only to give a general sense of what was happening. A story and/or video will follow. Also for those commenting on the site, please use first and last names. I only ask that due to experience with commenting while with a previous employer. Thank you.  … Continue Reading

Canton EDA Recommends Satan’s Kingdom, LLC Developer Pursue a ‘Design District’ Master Plan

A conceptual plan for the 674 and 684 Albany Turnpike.  Courtesy of Borghesi Building.

A conceptual plan for the 674 and 684 Albany Turnpike.
Courtesy of Borghesi Building.

The town’s Economic Development Agency has recommended that a developer looking to build an industrial park on Route 44 near the Farmington River apply for a master plan under the design district portion of the Canton zoning regulations rather than seek a change to an industrial zone.

Satan’s Kingdom, LLC has applied for a Zoning map amendment to change 30.386 of its 38.99 acres in Canton (674, 684 Albany Turnpike) from residential to industrial. The matter is slated for public hearing Wednesday night.

A district has separate requirements than any specific zone in the town’s regulations.

A design district would involve a master plan that considers such factors as a design compatibility with Canton’s historic, cultural and geographic qualities, buffers or transitional areas, a mix of compatible uses, breaking up the mass and scale of large areas and lots to reduce visual impacts, a safe and comfortable pedestrian scale environment and flexible and innovative design techniques. … Continue Reading

In Advance of Wednesday’s Public Hearing on Zone Change Proposal, Residents Submit Petition, EDA to Meet Tuesday

A 159-page petition filed at Town Hall this week.

A 159-page petition filed at Town Hall this week.

As controversy over a proposed zone change along Route 44 continues to heat up and heads to public hearing Wednesday night, opponents have submitted a 159-page petition and the town’s Economic Development Agency will discuss the issue Tuesday evening.

On Monday, opponents submitted a petition(s) to Town Hall Monday and said 700 people living on 130 different streets throughout Canton signed. Those who submitted the document said names were not verified with town records but that a “good-faith” effort was made to strike out any non Canton residents and duplicate names. It provides a “data point” according to those who submitted it.

“This petition is intended to convey public sentiment and specifically to provide tangible demonstration of opposition to the zone change from throughout the town of Canton,” David Bidmead wrote in a cover letter.

The action is one of the latest from opponents to Satan’s Kingdom, LLC, proposal to change approximately 30.386 of its 38.99 acres in Canton (674, 684 Albany Turnpike) from residential to industrial. New Hartford recently granted such a change for 18.47 abutting acres. … Continue Reading

Images of Canton: Backyard Bobcats

September 15, 2014 Outdoors, Photos No Comments
Photo by John Fitts

Photo by John Fitts

Mark Jurras recently saw a Bobcat and three kittens in his back yard off Cherry Brook Road in Canton Center and was kind enough to share these photos.

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Axe-Throwing Lumberjacks Will Be Part of Fall Funfest on Sept. 14

September 10, 2014 Business, Outdoors No Comments
Shannon Strong will be part of the Fall Funfest on Sept. 14.

Shannon Strong will be part of the Fall EditoFunfest on Sept. 14.

Editor’s Note: Shannon Strong is now unable to attend this event but has found a colleague to fill in. 

Throwing axes is not a generally accepted behavior – even in Collinsville. This coming Sunday, however, area residents are invited to see just such a spectacle.

Professional lumberjacks Shannon Strong and Harv Gereg will visit the village the afternoon of Sunday, Sept. 14 and demonstrate their axe throwing abilities and set up a children’s obstacle course.

The axe throwing, set to take place behind The Yoga Center of Collinsville, will be part of Collinsville Merchants sponsored Fall Funfest, set from noon to 4 p.m. that day.

The axe throwing idea, which ties into the history of the Collins Company, has been around for some time, said Kathy Taylor, one of the event organizers.

Initially the thought was to incorporate the activity with Sam Collins Day on Sept. 20 but when that day didn’t work out, the merchants felt it would be great to schedule another day of special activities. … Continue Reading

Featured Event: 9th Annual Ski Sundown Brewfest, Supporting the CT Brewers Guild, is Sept. 20

September 8, 2014 Outdoors, Sports No Comments

brewersSki Sundown hosts its ninth Brewers Fest at the mountain on Saturday, September 20, 2014 from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

This scenic fall tasting experience will include over thirty five of the “Who’s Who” in micro breweries and brewpubs from Connecticut and beyond. The band Poor Gordon will provide musical entertainment and a selection of grill foods, side dishes and snacks by Avon Prime Meats will be available for purchase.

“Ski Sundown’s fall brewfest is the perfect location, during the perfect season, and the best Connecticut brewfest of the year.  This brewfest has grown along with the Connecticut Brewers Guild and our state’s beer scene and is truly an enjoyable time for the Cambridge House Brew Pub and all the Connecticut brewers. Everyone should come on out to the mountain on September 20th and enjoy an afternoon with their local brewers,” says Scott Riley, owner of the Cambridge House Brew Pub in Granby, and the CT Brewers Guild Treasurer. … Continue Reading

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7:30 am Canton Food Bank @ Trinity Episcopal Church
Canton Food Bank @ Trinity Episcopal Church
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The Canton Food Bank is accepting fresh produce (as well as non-perishables of course!) every Tuesday from 7:30am-9:30am. Please keep them, and those less fortunate in our community, in mind as your backyard gardens begin to bloom and produce a bountiful harvest!  
8:30 am Daily Mass @ St. Patrick Church
Daily Mass @ St. Patrick Church
Oct 17 @ 8:30 am
 
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DJ Trivia! @ Wilson's Pub
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