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Images of Canton: CMS Celebrates Veterans

November 19, 2016 Community, Schools No Comments
Greg Sims with the wooden flag he received at the Canton Middle School Veterans Day Ceremony. Photo by John Fitts

Greg Sims with the wooden flag he received at Canton Middle School.

CANTON – Veterans Day is always a special affair at Canton Middle School.

This year, students interviewed veterans and then introduced them to the school community during a special ceremony, where students also heard poignant remarks from Colonel Roy V Walton, Senior Vice Commander in the United States Air Force. Colonel Walton is the Chairman of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3272 in Avon and also organizes the Patriots Pen Essay Contest in the region every year.

A trademark of the school’s ceremonies have been the handmade, wooden flags presented to veterans, an effort spearheaded by science teacher Cheryl Adams. This year, flags were presented to Vietnam Veteran Greg Sims and the great-nephew and great-niece of Anthony Broznya, a marine who was killed in the Pacific in WWII and whose remains were discovered 72 years after his death and recently put to rest in Arlington National Cemetery.
Additionally, Mrs. Adams herself was honored for many years of dedication to the Veterans Day ceremonies.

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Canton Commission Approves Permanent Lights for Canton High School Sports Complex

November 19, 2016 Community, Schools, Sports 1 Comment
Musco lighting says this photo of lights in New Milford illustrates the focused nature of LED lighting. In the foreground is a working observatory. Photo courtesy of Musco Lighting.

Musco lighting says this photo of lights in New Milford illustrates the focused nature of LED lighting. In the foreground is a working observatory.
Photo courtesy of Musco Lighting.

By John Fitts

CANTON — On Wednesday night, the Planning and Zoning Commission approved the installation of permanent lights at the Canton High School track and multi-use field facility.

The decision, which includes several parameters, came after nearly three hours of discussion on the subject.

The special permit use, special permit and site plan modification allows for four, 80-foot poles with dimmable LED lights to be installed at the facility. School officials said their will be no light spillage on abutting properties.

Up to 25 games (a year) will be allowed under the lights with restrictions on starting times and a requirement that the lights be turned off a half hour from the game’s conclusion but no later than 10:30 p.m. weekdays and 11 p.m. on weekends. There are also restriction on amplification. Games played on the turf include soccer, lacrosse, field hockey and football.

Practices under the lights are allowed to go until 8:15 p.m. with lights off 15 minutes later. No games or practices under the lights will be allowed on Sundays. 

However, the commission has allowed for the lights, at 15 percent power, to be turned on by early morning and evening users who want to walk the track any day of the week.

Lights on Canton, a subcommittee of The Canton Athletic Booster Club, has committed to raise some $250,000 for the lights and related costs. They expect it to take 12 to 18 months and are planning special events, a brick patio and sponsored banners and flags at the facility. … Continue Reading

Canton BOE Presents its Values Statement, Video and Logo

November 18, 2016 Community, Schools No Comments

logoThe Canton Board of Education has released a new values statement and logo, complete with a companion video.

The New Statement is as follows:


We partner with our students, educators, staff, families and community to:

  • Work together with open minds, creativity and innovation
  • Look for ways to treat others with kindness and respect
  • Do our very best, be honest and hold each other accountable

The logo was created by senior Kyle Walker. The video was created by Canton High School technology specialist Andy Buckle, whose vocal talents can also be heard in it. Sixth-grade teacher Patrick Allen also assisted with the music.

See the video below:

Images of Canton: CHS Honors 2016 Wall of Fame Inductees

November 16, 2016 Community, Schools No Comments

In October, Canton High School held its Wall of Fame induction ceremony, which honors Canton graduates that have made positive impacts on their community. This year’s inductees included Gerald G. deSimas, Jr. – 1981, Candace (Flattery) Freedenberg – 1984, Joshua M. Sneideman – 1993, and the late Jesse J. Anderson, Jr – 1957.

deSimas is a communications specialist at Eversource Energy and an award-winning journalist. He is most well-known locally for running collinsvillepress.com, a website focusing on sports

Freedenberg is a technologist and entrepreneur with experience at Fortune 500 Companies. She’s also played a key role in past winter festival fundraisers that benefit the Parent teacher organizations at Cherry Brook Primary and Canton Intermediate schools.

Sneideman is an award-winner science educator and author and has worked as a hydro-geologist. He also founded the  Inter-Collegiate Environmental Congress in Costa Rica and is an executive at Learning Blade,™ which provides supplemental STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) curriculum.

Anderson, who passed away in 2007, worked in the irrigation industry for more tan 48 years, was highly regarded by employees and industry experts and was a founding member of the Connecticut Irrigation Contractors Association.

The photos below are courtesy of Noah O’Leary and the deSimas family. 

From left are Hilary Anderson (Gr.11), Mrs. Peggy Anderson (posthumously for Jesse J. Anderson, jr. '57), Gerald G. deSimas, jr. '81, Candace (Flattery) Freedenberg '84, Jaela Davidson (Gr.12), Noah O'Leary (Gr. 12), Mr. Eric Verner - Assistant Principal CHS  - missing from photo: Joshua M. Sneideman '93 and Jacob Benedetti (Gr. 11)​

From left are Hilary Anderson (Gr.11), Mrs. Peggy Anderson (posthumously for Jesse J. Anderson, jr. ’57), Gerald G. deSimas, jr. ’81, Candace (Flattery) Freedenberg ’84, Jaela Davidson (Gr.12), Noah O’Leary (Gr. 12), Mr. Eric Verner – Assistant Principal CHS – missing from photo: Joshua M. Sneideman ’93 and Jacob Benedetti (Gr. 11)​

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Hearing on Permanent Lights Proposal for CHS Track and Field Facility Continues Wednesday

November 15, 2016 Community, Schools, Sports No Comments


Correction: Please note that an earlier version of this story mis-stated the proposal for walking lights. The idea is to use them from 5 a.m. to dawn and dusk through 8:30 p.m. on weekdays. Canton Compass regrets the error. 

By John Fitts

CANTON — On Wednesday, Nov. 16 the town’s Planning and Zoning Commission will continue a hearing on a proposal to add permanent lighting at the Canton High School track and field facility.

The Canton School district is seeking special permit use, a special permit and site plan modification that could allow for four 80-foot poles with dimmable LED lighting at the facility, school officials said.

Should the district get the green light, Lights on Canton, a subcommittee of The Canton Athletic Booster Club, has committed to raising approximately $250,000 for the lights and related costs. On Tuesday night, members of that committee told the Board of Education some its ideas for fundraisers, which include special events, a legacy brick patio at the facility, sponsored stadium signs and flags. Additional fundraising ideas include other individual sponsorship opportunities for benches and tables, plaques and garden flags.

Some of the event ideas include a Harlem Wizards basketball game, a back to school event with a staff, student sports contest, a raffle a car and mini golf open and a Snowflake Scramble snowshoe/walk in conjunction with the Park and Recreation Department.

“We believe we have a really solid plan in going forward and raising the $250,000,” Kimberly Marze, co chair of Lights on Canton, said to the Board of Education Tuesday night. … Continue Reading

Images of Canton: CIS Community Honors Veterans, Including World War II Purple Heart Honoree

November 14, 2016 Community, Schools No Comments

CANTON – On Veterans Day, the Canton Intermediate School community honored local heroes, the grandfathers, aunts, uncles and nieces that have served in the nation’s military.

The school welcomed the veterans with a special breakfast and then treated them to an assembly to recognize their service with remarks, readings and performances the CIS Wind ensemble, Grade 5 brass ensemble, CIS Chamber singers and Grade 6 band.

Student Josh Levine read “What it Means to be a Veteran” and CIS administrative assistant Janet Kochanowski read “Ragged Old Flag.”  … Continue Reading

Canton High School Honors Local Veterans, Some of Whom Served in World War II

November 10, 2016 Community, Schools No Comments

By John Fitts 

On Thursday, Canton High School students had the increasingly rare treat to interact with World War II veterans.

Among the veterans who came to the school for a special morning program were two who served in World War II. They were U.S. Army Sgt. John A. Kostriasak of Canton, who served from April of 1943 to November of 1945 and Nicholas J. Lavnikevich, of Simsbury, a U.S. Navy veteran who served from August of 1942 to October of 1945, and achieved the rank of Chief Pharmacist’s Mate.

The school also honored Morton N. Katz, of Avon, an Army Colonel who served from April of 1942 to May of 1946. Katz was slated to be at the school but was unable to attend.

The three were featured in a short video and James C. Hutton, commander of the Gildo T. Consolini Post 3272 Veterans of Foreign Wars, told an assembly of all high school students how these men, then just in their teens, were called all over the world to places they had never heard of and often couldn’t pronounce.

“They ended up fighting in places you read about in your history books,” he said.

“These veterans here they are the lucky ones,” he later added. “Although they may have been wounded physically or mentally, they survived the war. Over 400,000 of their comrades never came home and even today 7,000 are missing or never accounted for.”

Hutton told students they could be some of the last to meet a World War II veteran.

“Hopefully you’ll remember this day and 40 or 50 years from now you’ll tell your kids or grandkids that you remember seeing World War II veterans at Canton High School,” Hutton said.

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Canton, Avon Natives Find Success on Skidmore Field Hockey Team

November 9, 2016 Schools, Sports No Comments

From left, Leigh FitzGerald and Krista Lamoreaux. Submitted Photo

SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY — The Skidmore College Field Hockey Team, which is ranked 11th in the Nation in the most recent NFHCA Coaches poll, and has been granted a bye into the Sweet 16 of the NCAA DIII Field Hockey Championships, includes two Farmington Valley natives. Krista Lamoreaux (#6) is a four time All-Conference midfielder who hails from Avon and played her high school field hockey at The Gunnery School. Leigh FitzGerald (#8) has been on the conference All-Academic team for each year of eligibility and captained the 2012 team at Canton High School. On Saturday, they resume their effort to return to the Final Four, for the first time since 2013, on the campus of Tufts University.

Grace Giancola Signs National Letter of Intent to Play Lacrosse at UVM

November 9, 2016 Schools, Sports No Comments

Joined by family, teammates, coaches and school officials, Canton High School senior Grace Giancola on Wednesday signed her national letter of intent to play lacrosse for the University of Vermont, a division 1 program.

Giancola scored 114 goals last season and helped lead the Canton Lady Warriors to a Class S State Championship. She has played lacrosse since 6th grade, spending time with Canton Youth Lacrosse, The CT Dodgers and Canton High School.

She first visited UVM at age 14 and loved the program, the campus and the city of Burlington, VT.

“I loved the atmosphere of it all,” she said. … Continue Reading

CHS Athletic Program Honored as Exemplary for Second Year in a Row

November 9, 2016 Schools, Sports No Comments


Staff report with submitted material 

The Canton High School athletic program was recently selected as one of fifteen Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference schools receive Michaels Achievement Cup exemplary program designation for 2015-2016

The designation recognizes achievement in sportsmanship, participation, athletic scholarship, athletic personnel, equity, chemical free initiatives and athletic achievement.

Craig DeAngelis, Canton’s athletic director said it is a testament to players, coaches, parents, the Board of Education and the entire community. The honor truly looks at efforts on and off the field, scheduling, new initiatives, giving back, community service and more. Canton also received the honor for the 2014-2015.

“It’s a significant award, because it’s not an individual award,” DeAngelis said. “It really is a collective award that requires not only the people in the athletic department but also the community. I think it illustrates that we’re making progress toward our core values of excellence, integrity and tradition.” … Continue Reading


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