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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

Commission Continues Public Hearing on Proposal for Permanent Lights at High School Track and Field Facility

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 modern LED lighting. In the foreground is a working observatory.
Photo courtesy of Musco Lighting.

By John Fitts 

CANTON — On Wednesday, the Planning and Zoning Commission heard varying opinions about a proposal for permanent lighting at the high school track and field facility but ultimately continued its public hearing until Nov. 16.

The school district is seeking a special permit use, special permit and site plan modification that would allow four 80-foot poles with dimmable LED lighting at the facility, school officials said. Light spillage is extremely well controlled with the new technology, according to school officials and

Essentially the commission can create a special standard for the facility that is outside the normal parameters of lighting in town while balancing community concerns. Members said it would have no bearing on future proposals.

“The commission should be cognizant of the wide range of public interests served by this type of municipal facility which should be balanced against the interests of single family residences that live in close proximity to this facility,” Neil S. Pade, Director of Planning and Community Development wrote in a memo on the proposal.

The district has proposed that the lights would be turned off by 10 p.m. except on rare occasion, by 11:30 p.m. School officials said the norm would be earlier, more like 8 to 8:30 p.m. The district is also proposing consideration for up to two overnight community events per year. … Continue Reading

Hearing on Permanent Lights Proposal at CHS Track and Field Facility Set for Wednesday Night

November 1, 2016 Community, Schools, Sports No Comments
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

On Wednesday night the Planning and Zoning Commission opens its public hearing on an effort to install permanent lighting at the Canton High School track and multi-use field facility.

The town is looking for additional special permit use, special permit and site plan modification to install the permanent lights at the facility. The facility was approved and built with basic lighting infrastructure in 2013 but the lights themselves were not approved at the time, with the understanding that the school district would have to come back with such a request.

If approved, a volunteer group known as Lights on Canton, an effort of the Canton Athletic Booster Club and other partners, plans to raise money for the lights, now estimated at approximately $230,000.

The town retains ownership of the facility and the school board would be responsible for electrical costs.

The proposal is for four, 80-foot permanent light poles at the facility. Each pole would have 10 banks of LED fixtures near the top and one upward pointing fixture approximately 20 feet high. … Continue Reading

Superintendent of Schools Provides Update on Assessment Results, Lights and Building Projects

October 24, 2016 Schools No Comments

Below is an October 2016 update from Superintendent of Schools Kevin D. Case. For those who have trouble viewing the update, it can also be found here.

CHS Volleyball Team Honored for Giving Back

October 19, 2016 Community, Schools, Sports No Comments

The Canton High School volleyball team was recently honored for its efforts to make a difference in their community, particularly for their work on behalf of the CT Brain Tumor Alliance.

On Friday, representatives from the Connecticut Association of Athletic Directors (CAAD) came to the school to formally present the team with its Sportsmanship Award.

The volleyball team has participated in many efforts, including Farmington River cleanup and other public service initiatives. However, it was the team’s participation in raising funds and awareness for brain cancer that really set them apart, CAAD representatives said. … Continue Reading

Canton Students Named to Dean’s, President’s Lists at Goodwin College

October 18, 2016 Community, Schools No Comments


EAST HARTFORD, CT  — Goodwin College recently announces that 777 students achieved Dean’s List status for the Summer 2016 session. The following Canton Students were among those honored.

  • John Calos
  • Lindsay Kramer
  • Sarah Moreland

Additionally, Canton resident John Calos has achieved a perfect 4.0 grade point average at Goodwin College for the Summer 2016 session, earning a spot on the elite President’s List.


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