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Maple Sugaring 101 Set for Later this Month

January 2, 2017 Community, Environment No Comments

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CANTON — Later this month Rob Lamothe of Lamothe’s Sugar House will visit Roaring Brook Nature Center to present Maple Sugaring 101, a hands-on program designed to help local residents who hope to make their own maple syrup.
 
The program, set to take place at Roaring Brook Nature Center, will include information on tree identification, necessary equipment, how to tap as well as “sugaring” anecdotes gleaned from years of making maple syrup in Burlington, CT. The program will take place at Roaring Brook Nature Center, 70 Gracey Road, in Canton and is $3 for members and $6 for nonmembers. See more at http://roaringbrook.org or call 860-693-0263.

Hartford Audubon Society Announces Birdwatching Challenge

January 2, 2017 Community, Environment No Comments

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The Hartford Audubon Society (HAS) has announced its Hartford Big January of Birding birdwatching challenge.  The purpose of the activity is to encourage folks to get outside during the month of January and see as many species of wild birds as possible!  The competition is free to people of all ages.  Different challenge categories are provided for age groups and school groups.

 “Birdwatching is a delightful, free activity that can be enjoyed by people of all ages, in any setting.  Birds can be seen anywhere – you can watch pigeons, peregrine falcons and snowy owls in Hartford; count the birds on your feeders from your windows; identify ducks and geese on a local river; or seek rare woodland birds on land trust reserves.  Anywhere you go, birding is just plain fun” said HAS Board member and Canton resident, Sarah Faulkner.  “We’re also offering a special challenge for school classes” she added.  “We would especially like teachers to help their students be keen observers of our January birds, and will offer awards to classes that submit collective bird sightings.”   … Continue Reading

Late Resident’s Spirit of Giving Back Continues at Senior Center’s Winter Wonderland

By John Fitts 

In addition to the festive atmosphere and social gathering aspects, the Canton Senior Center’s annual Winter Wonderland on Friday was especially meaningful for the family of late Canton resident Gary Bruce Youell.

An entrepreneur, Gary’s spirit of giving back was also so strong that Connecticut based travel company Tauck, for which he was a board member, re-dubbed time set aside for community service as a “Gary day.”

 His daughter Amber is now Europe Operations Manager for Tauck River Cruising and Friday was an especially meaningful Gary day as she, four siblings, mother Trish and two grandchildren helped out at the event, singing, serving, setting up and more.

 For a family spread out across the globe as far as Switzerland and Dubai it was meaningful to be together and give back at an event they discovered their parents had attended in the past.

 “It just feels special to serve this community in a way that meant something to him,” Amber Youell said. … Continue Reading

Your Silent Neighbors: John D. Andrews

January 1, 2017 Community, History No Comments

dsc_1394By David K. Leff
Town Historian 

Despite his birth in the first half of the nineteenth century, John D. Andrews (1833-1910) had a very twenty-first century career change when he went from factory foreman to banker. Born in Ashford, Massachusetts, he came to work for The Collins Company in 1858.  In 1869 he was put in charge of the machete department and held that position until he resigned in June of 1891.  Having served on the board of trustees of the Collinsville Savings Society for a number of years, he was appointed secretary and treasurer of the bank on his retirement from Collins. He held the banking position for seventeen years.

Andrews was a Mason and a member of the Collinsville Congregational Church.  Never physically robust, he enjoyed outdoor sports and carefully watched his health.  An image out of his later years shows a man with a penetrating gaze, neatly combed gray hair, and a bushy Van Dyke beard.  He was widely read and politically active.  The Hartford Courant described him as “a man of liberal mind and . . . eminently just in his opinion of men and affairs.” … Continue Reading

January 2017 Events at Canton Public Library

The following events are scheduled at the Canton Public Library, located at 40 Dyer Ave. in Canton, CT. Follow the library, or check for weather updates, at  http://www.cantonpubliclibrary.org or https://www.facebook.com/cantonlibraryct/.

Saturday, Dec. 31 New Year’s holiday schedule: the library will close early on New Year’s Eve, Saturday, Dec. 31 at 3 p.m., and remain closed through Monday, January 2. The library will reopen on Tuesday, January 3 at 10:00 AM.

Tuesday, Jan. 3 — Tuesday, January 31, “Invitational Art Show,” is held over in the Canton Public Library gallery space. The diverse artists selected for the Invitational belong to the roster of prior library show artists or have a special connection to our area arts community. Some of the exhibitors are: Tom Kutz, Lisa Sharp, Sally Markey, Mary Wooten, Adriance DeGroff, Fran Hoffnagle, and Michael Patnode. Show highlight: works that portray the Canton or Collinsville area. Free and open to the public.

Tuesday, Jan. 3, 3 p.m. –“After School Smash Bros & Jackbox Gaming,” open to grades 5-12. Join us for up to 8 players playing Smash Bros on Wii U or bring a smart phone, tablet, or laptop to join in ridiculous fun with Jackbox Games. Those who are present at 3 pm on January 3rd will get to choose which we do. Free and no registration necessary; just drop in. Information: call (860) 693-5800, email tguay@cantonpubliclibrary.org , or visit www.cantonpubliclibrary.org.

Wednesday, Jan. 4, 3 p.m. –-“Games Galore for Teens.” Enjoy games like Magic the Gathering, Yu-Gi-Oh Cards, board games, and others?  Bring your Magic or Yu-Gi-Oh decks or play one of many assorted board games such as Sushi GO, Great Dalmuti, Zombie Dice, Munchkin, Tsuro, etc.!  (Note: We will teach board games, but if you’re coming to play Magic or Yu-Gi-Oh, we assume you already know how to play.) Grades 5-12 welcome. Free; drop-in. Information: call (860) 693-5800, email tguay@cantonpubliclibrary.org , or visit www.cantonpubliclibrary.org. … Continue Reading

Farmington Valley Stage Presents a Mix of Musical Stories in RAW: An Emotional Revue

 

From left are: Dianna Waller, Sophie Rundhaug, Nick Kimons, Tracy Funke, al Girard, Beckie Wallace (Missing are cast members: Sybil Chamberlain, Katherine Ray, James Wood)

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The Farmington Valley Stage Company in Collinsville is excited to present their first musical revue entitled RAW on Jan. 13, 14, 20, and 21.  RAW is described as “an emotional revue” because all of the musical numbers relate to our raw or basic emotions.  As stated by Russian writer Leo Tolstoy, “Music is the shorthand of emotions.”

 RAW is conceived and directed by Winsted resident Dianna Waller. Dianna has much theatrical experience having recently performed in the Stage Company’s productions of “Tales from the Fault Line”, and last season’s “Forbidden Broadway.”  A graduate of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy, Waller has also performed with The Brookfield Theater for the Arts, Goshen Players and the Warner Theater. … Continue Reading

b.good to Donate 5 Percent to Local Volunteer Firefighters/EMTs on Jan. 3

December 30, 2016 Business, Community, Fire No Comments

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CANTON — The b.good at the Shoppes at Farmington Valley is partnering with The Town of Canton Volunteer Fire & EMS Department to donate back five percent of all store sales on Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017.

The fundraiser will take place from 11 a.m. to 9 .m. at the 110 Albany Turnpike, Canton, CT location. To participate, customers can simply order food from the restaurant during those hours on Jan. 3. 

b.good gives backs to the causes and organizations that matter most to customers through two programs: Community Partners and Fundraising Nights. To learn more, visit www.bgood.com/community.

The Town of Canton Volunteer Fire & EMS Department provides fire, medical, rescue and other emergency services to the Town of Canton. They also participate in a wide variety of community events throughout the year. To learn more, visit www.cantonfireandems.org.

Canton Commission Approves Integrated Housing Proposal for Commerce Drive

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A rendering of the planned apartment complex.

By John Fitts 

By a 6-1 tally, the planning and zoning commission on Wednesday approved a proposal for a 40-unit integrated housing unit on Commerce Drive.

Pending funding, Regan Development Corporation of Ardsley, NY plans to build a three-level complex with approximately 70 parking spaces on 7 acres below Boulder Ridge. At approximately 65,000 square feet, it would feature common areas and 29 affordable units for the general public, one apartment for a building superintendent and 10 units for clients of Canton-based Favarh, an organization that supports people with intellectual, physical and developmental disabilities.

The Favarh designated units would be built to accommodate a wide range of special needs, smart technology and more. While the general population units would all be 1- and 2-bedrooms, the Favarh specific ones would be as large as three bedrooms for those who need live-in assistance. Favarh will have staff at the building at all times. … Continue Reading

BOE Brief December 2016: A Project of Teamwork, Collaboration, Creativity and Kindness

December 20, 2016 Community, Opinion, Schools No Comments
Students work on the Community Circle Project.  Submitted Photo

Students work on the Community Circle Project.
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Dear Canton Public Schools Community,

It is hard to believe it is December and we will begin the Winter recess in just a few more days. Over the past two months, the Board of Education has been busy working on new initiatives and hearing reports from various departments about the great work being done in our schools. Topics included the student-centered learning framework, technology, STEM initiatives in our schools, and an update on our Open Choice program. All of these reports can be found on our website at → http://www.cantonschools.org under “Latest News” on the homepage. You can also view our new Board of Education video on the values statement and how these values are demonstrated in our school. Be sure to check it out!

As we reflect on the spirit of the holiday season, I would like to share a story of an experience I had at Canton Intermediate School in early December. I volunteered to help with the 5th grade Community Circles project, where the 5th grade made Rose Windows to display in different locations around town. The project began on an early morning in the Canton Intermediate School gym, with the students gathered to hear a presentation about the project and learn about the process of making stained glass art. … Continue Reading

Canton Senior Center Announces January 2017 Activities

December 20, 2016 Community, Seniors No Comments

Personnel at the Canton Senior Center, 40 Dyer Ave., have announced the follow activities for the month of January.

Canton Community Café is open every Wednesday & Friday & provides a hot “soup to nuts” meal.  Suggested donation for 60+ is $2.50; for others, charge is only $4.50. Pre-registration is required by noon the day before. Call 860-693-5811 & leave a message with full name.  Menus are available at the Canton Senior Center (in the Lower Level of the Community Center), or on Canton Senior Services website here.

Community Conversations Group meets every other Friday at 12:45pm at the Canton Senior Center to discuss interesting topics and share ideas.  January dates are 1/13 & 1/27.  Call 860-693-5811 for more information. … Continue Reading

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Wii Bowling @ Canton Community Center
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7:30 am Canton Food Bank @ Trinity Episcopal Church
Canton Food Bank @ Trinity Episcopal Church
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The Canton Food Bank is accepting fresh produce (as well as non-perishables of course!) every Tuesday from 7:30am-9:30am. Please keep them, and those less fortunate in our community, in mind as your backyard gardens begin to bloom and produce a bountiful harvest!  
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Daily Mass @ St. Patrick Church
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