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Images of Canton: Wizards Come to Town

By John Fitts 

Assistant Editor

CANTON — With a host of antics, slam dunks, dancing and even a little football, the Harlem Wizards and local teachers took to the court and helped raise $7,500 toward an effort for permanent lights at the Canton High School track and field facility. 

The committee is working to raise some $250,000 for permanent lights at Canton High School track and field facility. Next up is a Snowshoe Scramble, sponsored by Lights on Canton and Canton Parks & Recreation Department, and set for 1 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 29. It is designed to be a gentle snowshoe, or walking event through the woods with refreshments at the end. Cost is $25 per person or $75 for a family of four.  More details, updated course information and online registration can be found at the Canton Parks & Recreation website, www.cantonrec.org/info/activities. (NOTE EVENT CANCELED) 

The committee has also announced several other initiatives. Please see this week’s Valley Press for the complete story. 

Lights on Canton Announces $5,000 Donation

December 16, 2016 Community, Schools, Sports No Comments
The Canton Youth Soccer Association board.  Submitted Photo

The Canton Youth Soccer Association board.
Submitted Photo

Lights On Canton has received its first donation from the Canton Youth Soccer Association.

“This generous $5000 donation kicks off the Lights On Canton committee’s “Be A Beacon” giving campaign for organizations, families and businesses,” Lights on Canton c0-chair Kimberly Marze announced in a recent email. “Their leadership and dedication to the Lights On Canton project has been incredible and hopefully serves as example (or a “beacon”) to other organizations who may be inspired by their generous gift.”

Permanent Lights for the Canton High School track and field facility were approved by the Canton Planning and Zoning Commission in November. Some neighbors had expressed concern, especially about noise, and the commission did put several conditions on the approval.

Lights on Canton, a subcommittee of the Canton Athletic Booster Club, advocated for the lights and has committed raise some $250,000 for the lights and related costs. They expect it to take 12 to 18 months.

“Lights on Canton”  can be found on facebook. Their first fundraising event is a game between the Harlem Wizards vs. Canton Schools teachers on Jan. 10, 2017 at 7 p.m.  Tickets start at $15 and are available at http://www.harlemwizards.com/schedule-tickets/  or at JCC Mandell Valley Sports Center in Canton.

 

O’BRiley 5K Turkey Trot Raises More Than $15,000 for St. Jude

November 24, 2016 Community, Sports No Comments

By John Fitts

COLLINSVILLE — From its humble beginnings with less than a couple dozen participants, some 400 people participated in the 5th annual O’BRiley 5K Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning.

And thanks to a matching grant from Bristol-Myers Squibb, the event raised more than $15,000 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

“(We’re) unbelievably humbled at this time,” co-founder Colin O’Brien said prior to the start of the race Thursday.  “I cannot believe how this event has grown in 5 years from 20 people to 400.” … Continue Reading

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

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

November 15, 2016 Community, Schools, Sports No Comments

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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

Canton Celebrates its Expanded Skate Park

By John Fitts 

Canton officials and numerous skaters from near and far celebrated a newly expanded skate park at Mills Pond Park Saturday afternoon.

Canton’s 5,000 square foot skate park was originally built in the early 2000s and the new section involves some 3,000 square feet of concrete elements. Rampage, which also built the original park, recently completed the improvements, at a cost of a little less than $93,000.

The funds were included in a state Small Town Economic Assistance Program funds the town received in 2014. Other improvements, including poolhouse renovations and court resurfacing, had already been completed but the skate park took a little longer after going through a couple of iterations.

The expansion plans were approved by land-use agencies over the summer.

“It’s such a relief and it’s very exciting to finally have the park up and running,” Joshua T. Medeiros, director of Canton Parks and Recreation, said. “All the feedback we’ve received so far on the park has been really, really positive.”

Dan Cotton, of Burlington, frequented the park when younger but in recent years but had gotten away from the sport.

“Having this, it’s bringing me back,” he said, in part. “I’ll be here day in and day out, along with the rest of these people. It’s going to be a good time. I love it.”

Editor’s Note: Thank you to The Basement for the music in the above video. Their album, under the name Ruben’s basement is available as a CD or download at http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/rubensbasement.

The band will also be acoustic sets Saturday, Nov. 19 at Maple Cafe, 938 Maple Ave., Hartford, starting at 9:30 p.m. Follow them at https://www.facebook.com/Rubensbasement/

Canton, Avon Natives Find Success on Skidmore Field Hockey Team

November 9, 2016 Schools, Sports No Comments
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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

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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

Annual Sundown Ski Patrol Ski Swap Set for Nov. 4-6, 2016

November 3, 2016 Community, Sports No Comments

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NEW HARTFORD  –- The annual Sundown Ski Patrol Ski Swap is taking place on Friday, Nov.  4 through Sunday, Nov. 6, 2016 at Ski Sundown in New Hartford, CT located at 126 Ratlum Road, off Routes 44 and 219. This swap is the longest running and one of the largest in New England.

Sell your outgrown ski/snowboard jackets and pants, skis, snowboards, and boots! Buy new and gently used clothing and equipment! There are great deals to be had on Kids, Youth and Adult items.

Swap Hours are Friday, Nov.4 from 4 to 9 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 5 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 6 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

If you plan to sell equipment and clothing, drop off times are Friday, Nov. 4 from 4 to 9 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 5 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. … Continue Reading

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