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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

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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.

Board of Education Brief: October 2016

October 18, 2016 Opinion, Schools No Comments

From the Chair, Julie Auseré

Dear Canton Public Schools Community,

Fall is finally in the air, the leaves are changing and school is well underway. Beginning of school transitions have occurred, and now the students settle into the routine of the school year. During the month of September, the Board of Education developed our goals and priorities for the school year.

Our full board goals include adopting a values statement to identify the Canton Public Schools culture and create a common language within our Canton community as well as to celebrate successes in our District. … Continue Reading

CHS to Host Alumni Weekend Oct. 14 and 15

October 12, 2016 Community, Schools, Sports No Comments
Members of the varsity field hockey team celebrate Grace Giancola's game-winning goal under the lights Thursday night.

Members of the varsity field hockey team celebrate Grace Giancola’s game-winning goal under the lights during the 2014 Alumni Weekend.

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Canton High School will hold its 14th Annual Alumni Weekend on Oct. 14 and 15, 2016. All alumni and their families are invited to return to Canton High School to participate in this rich tradition of community spirit.  Come cheer on our athletic teams as they play under the lights beginning on Thursday, Oct. 13 with Field Hockey followed by Football on Friday the 14, ending with our traditional Boys’ and Girls’ Soccer games on Saturday the 15.

In addition, the 2016 alumni nominees will be inducted into the Canton High School Wall of Fame honoring graduates who have made outstanding contributions to their chosen field of work and/or community.

This year the following graduates will be added to the Wall of Fame: Jesse J. Anderson, Jr – 1957, Gerald G. deSimas, Jr. – 1981, Candace (Flattery) Freedenberg – 1984 and Joshua M. Sneideman – 1993.  The induction ceremony will take place on Friday, Oct. 14  at 5:30 p.m. in the Canton Middle School Cafeteria located on the 3rd floor of the Canton High School building. … Continue Reading

Images of Canton: Girls Cross Country Team Improves to 10-1

October 11, 2016 Schools, Sports No Comments

Photos by John Fitts and William Sarmuk 

SIMSBURY — The Canton girls Cross Country Team improved its season record to 10-1 during its final home meet at Stratton Brook Park on Tuesday afternoon with a pair of wins over Suffield (22-34) and East Windsor (15-50).

Winning her first race for the Warriors was Belle Magna, who logged a time of 21:19 on the 3.1-mile course. Emily Briggs finished third with a time of 21:46.  … Continue Reading

CHS Students Named National Merit Scholars

October 7, 2016 Community, Schools No Comments

Brian Barger, Elizabeth Raynor, Adeline Obrzut, and Gabriel Ortiz are National Merit Scholars.

Four Canton High seniors were recently commended as National Merit Scholars.

Brian Barger was named a semifinalist in the 62nd annual National Merit Scholarship Program while Gabriel Ortiz, Elizabeth Raynor and Adeline Obrzut were named commended students.

Barger will now be in the running for the finalist category. Finalists are eligible to compete for one of 2,500 National Merit scholarships worth $2,500 each.  … Continue Reading

Canton Girls Cross Country Team Defeats Granby, Bolton

October 5, 2016 Schools, Sports No Comments

Video, information courtesy of Bill Sarmuk

BOLTON — The Canton Girls Cross Country team defeated Granby by a score 31-24 Wednesday, with Emily Briggs finishing first for the Warriors with a time of 20:51.

Other top finishers for Canton included

  • Belle Magna, 4th with a time of 22:10
  • Cammy McCauley, 5th, with a time of 22:18
  • Helena Winkler, 6th, with a time of 22:19
  • Jocelyn Rossitto, 9th, with a time of 22:54
  • The girls also defeated Bolton 39-16

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