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Your Silent Neighbors: Edwin J. Smith, Hardware Merchant

September 15, 2017 Uncategorized No Comments

By David K. Leff
Town Historian  

Edwin J. Smith (1877-1948) started work in his father’s hardware store as a young man and in 1903 began managing the business.  The store first opened in 1896 under his father’s name, P.F. Smith. It was located at 107 Main Street and later moved across the road to 122 Main Street.  In 1923, the E.J. Smith Hardware Company was incorporated with Smith as president. He ran the shop until his death at age 71, an exemplar of the kind of personal customer service for which Collinsville businesses have long been known. He died at Hartford Hospital following a six-week illness.  After Smith’s death, his nephew Everett P. Eaton, who had long been involved in the business, bought the store.  It went by the name Eaton Hardware until its closure in 2001.

Born in Collinsville, Smith attended grammar school here before finishing his education at Mt. Hermon School for Boys in Northfield, Massachusetts. Through his mother, Rose Hart Smith, he was a descendant of Stephen Hart, a founder of Hartford.

Among the organizations of which Smith was a member was the Collinsville Congregational Church, the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and the Old Newgate Coon Club.  He was on the executive committee of the Collinsville Savings Society. … Continue Reading

Canton Historical Museum Participating in Open House Day

June 6, 2017 Uncategorized No Comments

Submitted Release 

The Canton Historical Museum at 11 Front St. in Collinsville is participating in the Connecticut Open House Day from 1 to 4 p.m.  June 10. Admission will be free.

Visitors can view Collins Axe Company tools and history; Civil and Victorian Era items; recreations of a barbershop, general store and bridal parlor as well as an antique fire engine and train diorama. Several Farmington Valley Railway Society members will be present to answer questions about the latter.

The museum also has some new exhibits featuring cameras, men’s and ladies’ hats, and additional bridal gowns ranging from 1850 to 1940.

Canton Police Announce Distracted-Driving Campaign

April 7, 2017 Uncategorized No Comments

Submitted Release 

CANTON — Through April 30, Canton Police Department will be out in force looking for distracted drivers as part of the U Drive. U Text. U Pay. campaign, a high-visibility effort to enforce distracted-driving laws.

“Everyone knows texting and driving is illegal and dangerous, and everyone knows they shouldn’t be doing it—but we see it happen all the time,” said chief Christopher Arciero. “Beginning April 4th, you will see stepped-up law enforcement efforts. Officers will be stopping and ticketing anyone who is caught texting and driving. If you text and drive, you will pay.” … Continue Reading

The face of an epidemic: Local family hopes their story will help others dealing with addiction

March 6, 2017 Uncategorized No Comments

From left are Sheri, Dorie and Samantha Seger.

Correction: The wording in an earlier version of the following editor’s note led some to believe that one of the speakers specifically named below is a recovering addict. Please note that is not the case. We regret the error. 

Editor’s Note: A “Substance Abuse Prevention and the Opioid/Heroin Epidemic” forum takes place from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday March 9 at the Canton Community Center, 40 Dyer Ave. Please consider attending to find resources, talk to experts and hear speakers. Approximately 20 different organizations, including state departments, hospital, recovery networks, legal experts, policy advocates, emergency personnel and others will host booths. The event will also include remarks by a recovering addict and remarks from speakers Miriam E. Delphin-Rittmon, commissioner of the state department of Mental Health and Addiction Services and Canton resident Maria Coutant Skinner, executive director at the McCall Center for Behavioral Health. 

By John Fitts 

CANTON — Throughout her life, Samantha Jean Seger would easily make new friends as she would go through phases and delve into new hobbies and interests.

She’d spend time as a hippie, punk rock, and country girl, and later found an interest in everything from cars to emergency medical training.

“It seemed like she was trying to reinvent herself,” said her father, Dan Seger. “She was trying to find where she fit best.”

“She was a chameleon,” added her sister Sheri.

Sheri remembers her sister as “fierce, wild and loud.”

Samantha collected comic books and geodes, but she also followed her older sister Dorie’s lead and added a little outrageousness. When Dorie – who was, admittedly, “way too young” – went to a tattoo and piercing parlor at age 15, Samantha did one better and went at age 12.

“She would do [things] a little more outrageously than I did,” Dorie said.

Another time, Samantha took a $500 dare, gave herself a Mohawk and dyed it. The instigator skipped town without paying but the hairstyle was memorable.

“She could make anyone laugh,” Sheri said. “She did so much stupid, funny stuff. She’s the person who would shave off her eyebrows to draw new ones on and be like, ‘I thought it was good idea, but it looks weird now.’ She’d meet a person, her new best friend, and say, ‘OK, I’m going to marry this guy tomorrow.’” … Continue Reading

Letter to the Editor: Development Should Protect, Enhance the Farmington River

November 1, 2016 Uncategorized No Comments

To the Editor:

Thousands of visitors come to Canton to enjoy the Farmington River – and they bring their money. The river is a worldwide destination. The Courant wrote that “people from all over the planet” come here for the world-class trout fishing. (http://www.courant.com/business/hc-fly-fishing-big-business-20140902-story.html)

Development should protect and enhance this resource, not degrade it. … Continue Reading

Dog Star Rescue to Host 3rd Annual Bark & Brew Fundraiser on Oct. 1

September 7, 2016 Uncategorized No Comments

Spreciousubmitted Release 

Each year Dog Star Rescue, a Central Connecticut-based dog rescue organization, hosts Bark & Brew as its primary fundraising event, with every dime going towards rescuing dogs and finding them the forever homes they deserve. Each ticket includes award-winning Dog Star Rescue barbecue, unlimited craft beer samples, a raffle and silent auction, live music from the band Crossroads, and a puppy kissing booth where adoptable puppies will be ready to offer up slobbery kisses to attendees.

“For a small $30 donation, enjoy bottomless glasses of Hooker Beer samples, a souvenir Dog Star Rescue pint glass, all along with award-winning barbecue and great music. See you there!” Dan McCabe, Dog Star Rescue founder, said.

Curt Cameron, owner of the Thomas Hooker Brewing Company, has adopted two dogs from McCabe and has happily agreed to host Bark & Brew again this year in support of Dog Star Rescue’s goals.

Founded in March 2014, Dog Star Rescue is a licensed nonprofit organization that rescues strays and abandoned dogs from high-kill shelters and takes in owner-surrenders. To date, about 800 dogs have been rescued and adopted out through online applications and Dog Star Rescue adoption events held twice monthly in the Farmington Valley, West Hartford and surrounding towns.  … Continue Reading

(Update: Dog Found)

August 19, 2016 Uncategorized No Comments

Editor’s Note: Kendyl, a two-year old retriever mix who had been missing in Collinsville Friday, was later located and is safe with her owner.

Canton Police Thankful for Community’s Support

July 15, 2016 Uncategorized No Comments
Two young girls present Sgt. Derek Messier and Officer Adam Gompper. Photo courtesy of Canton Police Department

Two young girls present Sgt. Derek Messier and Officer Adam Gompper.
Photo courtesy of Canton Police Department

By John Fitts

CANTON – No matter where they serve, police officers know there is always that possibility of walking into a dangerous situation. Whether it’s a medical call, drug stop, domestic disturbance or robbery, the potential for escalation is there.

But for Canton Sgt. Mark J. Penney, the events of July 7 – when a gunman murdered five Dallas officers and injured 9 others – were particularly disturbing.

“The last thing on your mind, you think is going to happen, is you’re going to be sniped in your own country,” Penny said. “I was in the military. You expect that in a war zone but not in your own city; not when you’re out there trying to help keep the peace so to speak. So that was a shock.”

Penny said such an incident and coverage of it can also lead to a lot of mixed feelings and in many ways, the officers feel a connection. It’s something that’s hard to explain, Penney said. And then there can be misconceptions about the role of officers and the threat of other incidents.

“I think everybody, in their on personal way, has been adversely affected by seeing five innocent police officers lose their lives, doing their jobs,” said Canton Police Chief Christopher Arciero.

… Continue Reading

Canton Real Estate Notes July 2016: The Difference Between a Buyer’s Market and Seller’s Market

July 8, 2016 Uncategorized No Comments
David Sinish

David Sinish

By David Sinish 

What is the difference between a ‘Buyer’s Market’ and a ‘Seller’s Market?’  (Simplified)

Real Estate Statisticians keep track of how many months it would take to sell the existing inventory of houses.   For instance of there were 100 houses on a market and there were 25 houses sold per month it would take four months to sell the total existing inventory.  The “saturation” would be four months.
If the saturation is between 1-4 months, it is known as a “sellers” market and prices would tend to appreciate.    The saturation between 5-6 months is known as an “even” or “normal” market and prices would be stable.  If it takes 7 or more months to sell, prices would depreciate in the Buyers market”.   That “law of supply and demand” is everywhere!

The current market for the past quarter in our six contiguous towns is a “normal” market.   Do understand that different towns, price ranges etc.  have different performances and therefore different sub-markets.     … Continue Reading

A ‘Little Free Library’ Takes Root at The Shoppes at Farmington Valley

June 13, 2016 Uncategorized No Comments

LFL_FrontSubmitted Release 

CANTON – Little Free Libraries are a global phenomenon. The small, front-yard book exchanges number 36,000 around the world in 70 countries — from Iceland to Tasmania to Pakistan. Now, a new Little Free Library has popped up at your favorite local shopping center! The Shoppes at Farmington Valley will join the movement to share books, bring people together and create communities of readers.

The Shoppes at Farmington Valley recently reached out to the Hartford Courant in hopes to purchase an old newspaper vending machine. The Hartford Courant instead graciously donated an old box that was in perfect shape to be upcycled. With design in hand, The Shoppes at Farmington Valley management team went to work restoring it to give the vending machine new life as a Little Free Library.

“When we discovered the Little Free Library initiative, we knew we had to have one,” said Amy Ciesco, Marketing & Operations Coordinator at The Shoppes at Farmington Valley. “The initiative speaks to our commitment to community support, and it’s our hope that the books within this Little Free Library will help bring a little more joy, creativity, and help inspire the next generation to sit back, relax and take a journey through a good book. We encourage you to come take a seat in our courtyard and read a story with the kids, take a book home, bring it back or leave a new or gently used book for others to enjoy. While it’s main purpose is to promote children’s literacy, it is not just for kids – we have books for all ages!”
… Continue Reading

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