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Beth Dropick Named Canton’s 2016-2017 Teacher of the Year

August 29, 2016 Community, Schools No Comments

By John Fitts

While Beth Dropick was honored as Canton’s 2016-2017 teacher of the year on Monday, the fourth-grade educator made it clear that she feels the honor truly lies with her peers – and the professional as a whole.

“I feel very honored to accept this award on behalf of all of the incredible teachers and educators sitting here before me, who I’ve built priceless relationships with over the last 18 years and who amaze me every day,” Dropick said after Canton Intermediate School principal Kevin Hanlon announced the honor during a back-to-school convocation for staff.

Dropick continued, “You’re passionate; you’re creative; you understand that every child is a unique and special gift in our world. You believe in every child’s potential and provide them with an environment where they can grow intellectually, socially and emotionally.” … Continue Reading

Youth Dominate Annual Lobster Loop

August 22, 2016 Community, Schools, Sports No Comments
Runners take off at the start of the 2016 Canton Lobster Loop road race. Simsbury’s Solomon Davis (237) beat Kyle Heubner (91) to become the youngest winner in race history. Photo by Collinsville Press

Runners take off at the start of the 2016 Canton Lobster Loop road race. Simsbury’s Solomon Davis (237) beat Kyle Heubner (91) to become the youngest winner in race history.
Photo by Collinsville Press

It was the day of youth at the annual Lobster Loop Sunday morning as eight of the top 10 finishers were high school athletes. Canton’s Jake Whittingslow took third place with of 17:13.

The annual event benefits the Canton Middle School Parent Teacher Organization. See more from our friends at Collinsville Press here.

 

Friends of Canton Football Golf Tournament is Sept. 9

August 21, 2016 Community, Schools, Sports No Comments

FOCF Golf Flyer 2016-2Submitted Release

The 2016 season for the Canton High School Football Warriors is almost here, with the first home game scheduled for Sept. 10  at 1 p.m. Head Coach Michael Guy came on board this spring, and his passion for teaching and coaching expertise are evident already.  There is a certain sense of excitement as the boys prepare for the season.

The Friends of Canton Football (FOCF) is an organization with a primary mission to support this team.  You see, without the funds raised by FOCF, there would not be football at Canton High School.  Twelve years ago, football was “brought back” to Canton High School thanks to the efforts of a group of parents who became FOCF.  Since then, the group continues to work hard to pay the bills so that these high school students can benefit from all that being on a football team has to offer.

The biggest fundraiser of the year is the FOCF Golf Tournament, which is held at the beautiful Simsbury Farms golf course.  The 12th annual FOCF Golf Tournament will be held on Sept. 9, 2016, beginning at 10 a.m.  For an entry fee of $135 you will enjoy… … Continue Reading

Canton School District To Apply for Permanent Lights at Track and Field Facility

lightsBy John Fitts

CANTON – School officials are readying to file a formal application to add permanent lights at high school track and field facility. And if all goes well, the Canton Athletic Booster Club is on deck to unveil a “Lights on Canton” campaign to fund the improvements.

“It is the intent of the Board of Education to, very soon, file an application with you,” Superintendent Kevin D. Case told members of the Planning and Zoning Commission at a recent meeting.

Case told the commission and Compass that school officials are looking to file an application the commission can receive at its August meeting. He anticipates there would be a public hearing at the commission’s Sept. 21 meeting.

In November of 2012, voters approved a $3.615 million track and multi-use field facility at the school. At the time, The Board of Education did not seek approval for lighting but assured that the conduits and other infrastructure to support lights were built into the facility.

“It’s no secret lighting was going to come forward at some point,” Planning and Zoning Commission Chairman David Bondanza (He has since stepped off the commission), said at the recent meeting.

The Canton Athletic Booster Club is anxious to launch an ambitious fundraising project to fund the lights, poles and related improvements, but the Board of Education and school officials told the group that the town approvals should come first.

“No fundraising will start until all the proper procedures are followed,” Case recently told Canton Compass.

The school board must obtain site plan modification, two special permits from the Planning and Zoning Commission and a building permit before work can begin.

For the Planning and Zoning Commission, the application must show details such as height, fall clearness, lighting type, aiming diagrams, a photometric survey and information that addresses glow, “light trespass” and glare.” Additionally, all neighbors within 100 feet and the property must be notified for the public hearing. … Continue Reading

Canton High School Class of 1976 Shows its Spirit

August 1, 2016 Community, Schools No Comments

Photos by Ferguson Photography, Laurie Comstock Ferguson, Owner.

The Canton High School Class of 1976 hosted its 40th class reunion from July 22 to 24. Following is an account of those events.

By Laurie Ferguson

We graduated in the bicentennial year and adopted the motto “Spirit of ’76” early on.

It is a statement that we have lived up to from the day we embraced it. We are nothing if not spirited.  Every five years, we have gathered, each time growing up a little bit more. We even threw ourselves a “50th Birthday Party!” just to have the excuse to get together.

As the years have passed behind us, so have the boundaries and cliques that are a normal part of growing up.  Even back in high school, many of us crossed the clique boundaries, recognizing that we may not be in each other’s group of friends, but respected one another as people and accepted  our differences with as much grace as a teenager can do.  There is something wonderful about meeting up with people who have known you from the time you were a kid.  It’s like the years just fall away and for a moment in time, and we are that kid again.  Beyond that, now there is an added richness of who we have become.

At this age, we are so happy to see one another again and catch up on life.  It’s more about “How are you doing? How is your life going?” than it is to impress anyone.  We have all been through many things in our lives, marriage, children, divorce, death, illness, accomplishments, etc.  The myriad of life experiences and our common bond of spending 12 years in our youth have brought us even closer over the years.  We consider ourselves fortunate to be a part of this wonderful class. The joy and deep fondness for one another is so evident on our faces as each person catches up with old friends or reaches out to those we may not have known as well growing up. … Continue Reading

Canton Academic News (July 27, 2016)

July 27, 2016 Community, Schools No Comments

Submitted Releases 

Jonathan Cahill Earns Degree as Member of The College of Saint Rose Class of 2016 

ALBANY, NY — The College of Saint Rose in Albany, New York, congratulates Jonathan Cahill of Collinsville, who earned a Bachelor of Science as a member of the Class of 2016.

Lindsay Sugar named to the Champlain College Dean’s List for the Spring 2016 semester

BURLINGTON, VT — Lindsay Sugar of Canton has been named to the Champlain College Dean’s List for the Spring 2016 semester. Students on the Dean’s List have achieved a grade point average of 3.5 or higher during the semester. Sugar is majoring in Secondary Education-Social Studies, Early Childhood/Elementary Education. … Continue Reading

Avon Summer Theater presents ‘The Wedding Singer’

Cast members of “The Wedding Singer” working with Music Director Diana Lawler l to r. Kelsey Beadle, Ryan Cullilgan, Miles Messier, A.J. Sisson, Ben Berman and Alex Simmons.

Cast members of “The Wedding Singer” working with Music Director Diana Lawler
l to r. Kelsey Beadle, Ryan Cullilgan, Miles Messier, A.J. Sisson, Ben Berman and Alex Simmons.

Submitted Release 

 This summer’s production of The Wedding Singer marks the 56th continuous summer musical presented by Avon Summer Theater.  A talented group of over 40 students from area schools, including Farmington HS, Avon HS, Canton HS, Classical Magnet School, Miss Porter’s, Kingswood Oxford, Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts and Talcott Academy, have come together to present this fun comedy based on the hit movie and featuring 80’s-style music.

For five weeks, the group works on a summer musical, which always draws an enthusiastic audience.  Considered by many of the students to be the best part of their summer, the program not only includes evening rehearsals, but also sponsors many activities encouraging the students to form a tight community, which helps them to perform better as a company.  They watch movies, go bowling and get together after rehearsals to have a good time.  Students not only return to AST for another great summer the following year, but they form friendships which last year-round and into college, going to support each other’s school shows and other events. … Continue Reading

Canton Girls Volleyball Team Participates in River Clean-Up

July 7, 2016 Community, Schools No Comments
Members of the Canton High School volleyball team, along with coaches and friends, cleaned 41 pounds of trash from the Farmington River on Thursday. Photo by John Fitts

Members of the Canton High School volleyball team, along with coaches and friends, cleaned 41 pounds of trash from the Farmington River on Thursday.
Photo by John Fitts

By John Fitts 

NEW HARTFORD/CANTON — The Farmington River is a little cleaner tonight thanks to the efforts of the Canton High School girls volleyball team.

Members of the girls team, along with a few friends, and coaches Eileen Holden and Matt Brintle, teamed up with Farmington River Tubing to enjoy a ride down the river and pick up trash on the way.

Team co-captains Rachel Falzone and Amber Harraden were on hand to lead the effort.

Harreden is certainly familiar with the river ride and trash problem as her parents run Farmington River Tubing in New Hartford, just over the Canton line. Harraden said it seemed a great activity to bring people together while doing some good.

“We’re just trying to do some team bonding before the season starts,” Amber Harraden said.

Last year, members of the Canton High football team collected enough trash to fill a bus and then some, said Jeremy Harraden, manager of Farmington River Tubing. The summer, the girls volleyball team wanted to run one.

“This seems to be a good way for the sports teams to get a free tube ride, a team bonding experience, and have some fun picking cans and stuff out of the river at the same time,” he said. … Continue Reading

Canton LWV Awards 2016 Scholarship

July 5, 2016 Community, Schools No Comments

LWV60116_4249Submitted Release 

The League of Women Voters of Canton has awarded its 2016 scholarship of $500 to Canton High School senior Emma Charron, according to Ev Kubas, League President. Offered each year to a graduating senior, the Canton LWV scholarship honors a male or female student planning to continue his or her education who embodies LWV values of civic participation, community-mindedness, positive attitudes and volunteerism. Ms. Charron will attend Muhlenberg College in the fall.

Canton League member Nancy Donoghue worked with the Canton High School Guidance and Social Studies Departments to select this year’s awardee. … Continue Reading

Canton College Notes (Posted July 5, 2016)

July 5, 2016 Schools No Comments
Courtesy of Western New England University

Courtesy of Western New England University

Caitlin Haendiges Receives Degree from Western New England University

SPRINGFIELD, MA — Caitlin Haendiges of Canton graduated from Western New England University with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology on May 21, 2016.

Olivia Gotask, Joshua Leff earn degrees from UVM 

BURLINGTON, VT — Some 2,329 students were awarded a variety of bachelor’s degrees during the University of Vermont’s 215th commencement ceremonies on May 22. Approximately 502 advanced degrees were awarded by the UVM Graduate College, and 106 took the oath of Hippocrates following the awarding of their M.D. degrees at ceremonies of the UVM College of Medicine.

The following Canton students were among the graduates:

  • Olivia Gotaski graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Global Studies
  • Joshua Leff graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Art Education

… Continue Reading

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