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Canton to Revisit Regulatory Limitations of Current Garage Site Before Making Repairs

November 30, 2014 Uncategorized No Comments
Photo by John Fitts

Photo by John Fitts

While town officials have identified infrastructure improvements for the Public Works Facility that are estimated in excess of $450,000, they first plan to revisit just how much they can do at the current site near the Farmington River.

The improvements would not come at all all once and from various parts of the town’s budget, Chief Administrative Officer Robert Skinner told selectmen.

Proposed improvements include a new boiler, roof repairs, a new generator, a water heater, masonry repairs, emergency lights, “barn” roof replacement, new windows, a wash bay and a modern lift system. The latter had not yet carried a price estimate.  Additionally the town hopes to construct a new salt shed, although officials are skeptical that federal regulations would allow it to be built at the current site.

“I’m not talking about building a modern PW facility but just something that would nominally meet our needs,” Skinner said. … Continue Reading

(From Wednesday) Crown and Hammer Owners Opt for Dinner Opening

November 12, 2014 Uncategorized No Comments
Photo by John Fitts

Photo by John Fitts

The new owners of the Crown and Hammer have told Canton Compass they will open for dinner on Wednesday evening, rather than for lunch-time as originally planned.

Read more about the restaurant and see sample menus here.

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Featured Event: Flatbread Company benefit for dancEnlight

November 8, 2014 Uncategorized No Comments

danceThe Flatbread Company is hosting a benefit for dancEnlight from 5 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 18. 

Diners will be entertained by Momentum, an Avon a cappella group and the Michael McDermott band. Try your luck with raffle items or enjoy the sale of Chinese calligraphy crafts. A portion of each Flatbread sale benefits the cause.

dancEnlight’s mission is dedicated to fostering the arts through excellence in dance, education and artistic collaboration in a tapestry of Eastern and Western culture & ideas. dancEnlight strives to enrich the community, enlighten audiences of all ages, and inspire cultural development, locally and globally. … Continue Reading

Witkos Selected as State Senate Minority Leader Pro Tempore

November 6, 2014 Uncategorized No Comments
Kevin Witkos.

Kevin Witkos.

State Sen. Kevin Witkos (R-8) has been selected to serve as Senate’s minority leader pro tempore.

He was appointed to the position by Len Fasano, R-North Haven, who was chosen by Senate Republicans to serve as Senate Minority Leader. Fasano succeeds Sen. John McKinney, R-Fairfield, who did not seek re-election.

The position essentially means Witkos is second in command for senate Republicans. The role will involve active dialogue with his own party and Senate Democratic leaders on setting the calendar, listing priorities, negotiating and communicating when the party can agree on issues and when it doesn’t. He would also serve as leader in Fasano’s absence.

Witkos is now in his fourth state senate term and served as a three-term representative for Canton and Avon. He worked in law enforcement for 28 years before retiring as a sergeant with the Canton police Department. In 2012, he joined the Community Relations division of Northeast Utilities  and he and wife Esther are the owner/operators of Wilson’s Pub in Collinsville.

Witkos said he was thankful for the appointment and said he feels his party recognizes his work at the capital as well as the perspectives he can offer, having served in both the private and public sectors. … Continue Reading

Canton Boys Soccer, Girls Field Hockey Teams Win First Round State Tournament Games

November 3, 2014 Uncategorized No Comments
Nate Hanson wasn't the eventual goal scorer on this play but largely created the opportunity.  Photo by John Fitts

Nate Hanson wasn’t the eventual goal scorer on this play but largely created the opportunity.
Photo by John Fitts

The Canton varsity boys soccer team survived the first round of the 2014 Class S tournament with a 2-1 victory over Morgan Monday afternoon. Goals were courtesy of Rieley Hoffman and Jacob Dupre. For more details, see this story at the Collinsville Press. The girls field hockey team also won its first-round game. See more at http://collinsvillepress.com/2014/11/canton-field-hockey-gets-first-class-s-win-since-2007-avon-booters-dominate-masuk/6982/.

Below are some pictures from the boys soccer team. Anyone with field hockey pictures from Monday’s game, or who is able to take some at the game against Burlington, is welcome to email them to cantoncompass@gmail.com.

… Continue Reading

A Note on Election and Referendum Related Letters to the Editor

November 3, 2014 Uncategorized No Comments

Hi folks. Thank you for all the letters to the editor. Please note that Canton Compass is setting a deadline of 5 p.m. on Nov. 3 for all pre-election and referendum related letters to the editor.

Letters can be emailed to cantoncompass@gmail.com.

As always, please sign your name and include contact information for verification. Thank you.

ShopRites of West Hartford and Canton Raise Over $28,000 for Local Food Banks

October 30, 2014 Uncategorized No Comments
Canton ShopRite associates, Betsy McCalmont, Joe LaCasse and Sitara Gnanaguru volunteer at the Joseph Family Markets 4th Annual Partners in Caring Golf Tournament to benefit local food banks.

Canton ShopRite associates, Betsy McCalmont, Joe LaCasse and Sitara Gnanaguru volunteer at the Joseph Family Markets 4th Annual Partners in Caring Golf Tournament to benefit local food banks.

Two Canton Associates to be featured on Special-Edition Cheerios Box released in the spring

 (Submitted) Managers and associates at the ShopRites in West Hartford and Canton were extraordinarily busy this fall, not only selling groceries, but also championing the local fight against hunger. Through a variety of small fundraisers, including bake sales, bowling outings and dress down days, as well as larger efforts like the company’s annual Partners in Caring Golf Tournament, the two stores raised over $28,000 for local food banks in West Hartford and Canton.

“We recognize the need in our own backyards and are committed to doing all we can to help feed our hungry neighbors,” said Chuck Joseph, owner of Joseph Family Markets. “We are so proud of the passion and dedication of our customers and associates, who rally around this cause each year. It truly is a community effort.” … Continue Reading

Canton Volunteer Fire Co. Hosting Open House for Trick or Treaters, Parents

October 29, 2014 Uncategorized No Comments
Photo by John Fitts

Photo by John Fitts

For the second year, the Canton Volunteer Fire Co. Inc. is hosting a Halloween night trick or treat and open house event at the fire house on Canton Springs Road.

The event will include candy for children, doughnuts and cider for adults and a chance to talk to some firefighters and more. Bremar Rental is providing a bounce house.

The event, slated to take place between 5 and 8 p.m., is sponsored by the Co., an independent corporation that supports the town of Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS Department.

The fire house is at 14 Canton Springs Road.  … Continue Reading

Images of Canton: Soccer, Field Hockey Teams Lose Final Home Games of Regular Season

October 27, 2014 Uncategorized No Comments
Photo by John Fitts

Photo by John Fitts

The Canton Varsity soccer and field hockey teams both lost their final home games of the season Monday afternoon. The boys soccer team lost 1-3 to Ellington. Next up for them is an away game against Somers on Wednesday. The field hockey team lost 0-1 to Granby in overtime. The team also plays an away game on Wednesday against Haddam-Killingworth.

The good news is that each team has qualified for the state tournament. Both teams also celebrated senior night on Monday.

Below are a few pictures from Monday.

… Continue Reading

Vehicle Leaves Scene of Accident at 44, Lawton

October 25, 2014 Uncategorized No Comments
Photo by John Fitts

Photo by John Fitts

One vehicle left the scene of an accident on Route 44, where it intersects with Lawton and Lovely, shortly after 9 p.m. Saturday.

Police radio reports indicated that one car fled the scene and that Simsbury police stopped that vehicle a short time later.  Two people from the accident were transported to an area hospital.

Shortly after that accident, there was a second one at Route 44 and Dowd Avenue but no injuries were reported.

Canton Compass will follow up with police for more information.

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