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Mandell JCC Valley Sports & Community Center Formally Welcomes Community

January 3, 2016 Business, Community, Sports No Comments
Tricia Meltser helps her son Lucas, on the balance beam, during the open house at JCC Valley Sports and Community Center open house. Photo by John Fitts

Tricia Meltser helps her son Lucas, on the balance beam, during the open house at JCC Valley Sports and Community Center open house.
Photo by John Fitts

By John Fitts 

Mandell JCC Valley Sports & Community Center formally welcomed the community during an open house on Sunday afternoon.

“We’re having a great turnout from the community,” facility director Elana MacGilpin said as a steady stream of people came through the doors. “Everyone seems excited to be here.”

The day included numerous activities such as a ribbon-cutting ceremony with local officials and the Canton Chamber of Commerce, open play basketball, baseball hitting instruction with Canton High School JV coach Mike Scott, Mini Stars Soccer for ages 1 to 5, kids yoga, story times, a family boot camp and much more – all as a preview for the center’s programs, many of which officially begin later this week.

“The Canton Chamber of Commerce is honored that such an organization as the Mandell JCC has woven Canton Chamber of Commerce membership into its plan to reach the Farmington Valley and beyond,” Mike D’Apice, Immediate Past President of the chamber, said. “May this new year and every year bring everything that is best to this sports and community center, its staff and every neighbor who chooses to participate in their programming.”

The West-Hartford based JCC (Jewish Community Center) recently took over the 310 Albany Turnpike (Route 44) facility, former home to Valley Sports Center, founded and operated by Canton resident Mark Lange for approximately four years.

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Maggie Treacy Surpasses 1,000-Point Mark as Canton High Girls Defeat Hall

December 31, 2015 Photos, Schools, Sports No Comments

Canton High School senior Maggie Treacy surpassed the 1,000 point mark on Wednesday night as the lady Warriors varsity basketball team logged a 68-57 victory over Hall High School.

Despite the excitement of the win and coming out on top of the heap in the Simsbury Bank Holiday Classic, there’s no doubt that much of the night’s focus was on Treacy’s accomplishment.

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Images of Canton: Boys Basketball Team Defeats Avon

December 29, 2015 Photos, Schools, Sports No Comments

The Canton Warriors Boys Varsity Basketball team logged an exciting 60-47 win over Avon Tuesday night.

The win was the team’s second in the Thomaston Bank Holiday Festival hosted by Lewis Mills. On Monday, Canton defeated Mills 46-24.

It was a sweet victory for members of the team, who said it was the first time Canton has topped Avon in their years on the squad. Members said the game was circled on the calendar.

“It felt like a conference championship game,” said senior guard Rieley Hoffman. “We always wanted to beat Avon. This was one of the biggest games of our season.” … Continue Reading

Canton Girls Improve to 4-1

December 28, 2015 Photos, Schools, Sports No Comments

With a decisive 30-point win over Granby Monday night, the Canton High School girls varsity basketball team improved its record to 4-1.

“It was good to see the kids get out and play,” said coach Brian Medeiros. “Many players stepped up.”

While Maggie Treacy and Emily Briggs were again key performers, the coach said role players who showed increased confidence included Emma Charon, Carly Atkinson, Abbe Skinner, Belle Magna and Leah Eschenbrenner. … Continue Reading

Town to Seek State Funding for Proposed Lawton Road Park Project

The town is hoping a state grant will fund the first phase of this proposed park project on Lawton Road.

The town is hoping a state grant will fund the first phase of this proposed park project on Lawton Road.

By John Fitts 

The town is hoping a state grant will help further a plan to develop a recreational park on Lawton Road.

By a 3-1 vote on Wednesday, selectmen voted to seek a 2016 Small Town Economic Assistance Grant, which can be as much as $500,0000, to help fund the project – or at least a portion of it.

The parcel at 55 Lawton Road, at approximately 17 acres, has been owned by the town since the 1960s. Originally purchased with the idea of building a school, several plans over the years have identified it as a potential recreational opportunity. In 2012, the Parks and Recreation commission voted to further a plan to utilize a portion of the property for a main playing field, primarily for youth sports, two practice fields, and a parking area.

Originally estimated at $768,742, the potential project cost rose as high as $908,742 when the board of selectmen requested that irrigation and parking lot lighting be added to the master plan.

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O’Briley 5K raises $2,200 for the Canton Food Bank

November 29, 2015 Community, Nonprofits, Sports No Comments

Correction: An earlier version of this story stated the amount raised as $2,400. 

The fourth annual O’Briley 5K raised $2,200 for the Canton Food Bank, organizers said.

More than 200 people participated in this year’s Thanksgiving classic, said Michael Riley, who started the race with Colin O’Brien.

Photo by Brent Soderberg. Click on the image to see his full gallery.

“We are fortunate to have great community support in terms of those who come and support a charitable event as well as those who generously donate items to continuously make this event a success,” Riley wrote in a message to Canton Compass.

Trophies for 1st, 2nd and 3th place and finisher ribbons were generously donated by Canton resident and friend, Stephanie May of Mr. Trophy, Riley added. … Continue Reading

Valley Sports Center Slated to Close

June 5, 2015 Business, Sports No Comments
Photo by John Fitts

Photo by John Fitts

Valley Sports Center, a popular Canton indoor facility that opened in April of 2011, is slated to close later this month.

Owner Mark Lange said the decision has been months in the making, and was not an easy one. However, increasing demands, including some travel, in his role for a private equity firm has made it increasingly difficult to successfully keep the center operating.

“I don’t have the ability to juggle that and give what this needs to be successful,” he said Friday evening. … Continue Reading

Images of Canton: Warriors Donate $435 to Canton Food Bank

April 27, 2015 Schools, Sports No Comments
Contributed Photo

Contributed Photo

Recently, the Canton Warrior Athletic Council, in conjunction with the Canton Athletic Booster Club, hosted the spring sports kick-off. Those who participated in a dodge ball tournament that night, made a donation to the Canton Food Bank. In all $435 was raised. Shown here are members of the Canton Warrior Athletic Council.

 

Video: Canton boys Win Small Division Title at O’Grady Relays

April 26, 2015 Schools, Sports No Comments

Thanks to Bill Sarmuk for this video from Canton’s third straight Small Division title at the O’Grady Relays. See more from our friends at Collinsville Press.

Images of Canton: Lending Spring a Hand

April 3, 2015 Photos, Sports No Comments
Members of the Canton High School varsity baseball team help thin the snow and ice at Bowdoin Field on Friday.

Members of the Canton High School varsity baseball team help thin the snow and ice at Bowdoin Field on Friday.

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