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Avon VFW Post 3272 invites Valley veterans to Dec. 7 Pub Meeting

November 21, 2016 Community No Comments

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Members of the Gildo T. Consolini VFW Post 3272 in Avon, warmly welcome veterans to visit with members of their Post at Wilson’s Pub, 3 River St,, Collinsville, on Wednesday, Dec. 7 from 6 to 8 p.m., on the 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor.

According to Lee Wilson, Past Commander and Chairman of Membership of the Post, “this gives us an opportunity to meet with veterans, in a friendly setting, thank them for their service and talk about our community activities and the benefits of membership in the VFW.” He went on to say that the motto of the VFW is to “no one does more for veterans and their families than the Veterans of Foreign Wars. From local grassroots ideas to national influence, the VFW works every day to make a difference.”  For the Avon Post that means that all their work is for the service of the veteran and the current military.      … Continue Reading

December Activities at Canton Senior Center

November 21, 2016 Community, Seniors No Comments

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The following activities are happening at the Canton Senior Center in late November and December. The center is located in the lower level of the Canton library/community center at 40 Dyer Ave., Canton, CT.

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 12noon 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 improved website. … Continue Reading

Jason Almeron Smith, 23

November 19, 2016 Obituaries No Comments
Jason Almeron Smith

Jason Almeron Smith

Jason Almeron Smith, 23, of Canton, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, November 16, 2016. He was born August 1, 1993 in Hartford and was a graduate of the Forman School, Class of 2012. Jason was studying Finance at Syracuse University, where he was a member of the Delta Kappa Epsilon Fraternity. He was a PADMI-certified Master scuba diver and was an avid fan of the New York Rangers and the Boston Red Sox. Jason will be remembered for his beautiful smile, huge heart, and excellent sense of humor and adventure.

He is survived by his mother, Linda Cournoyer and stepfather Marc of Canton, and his father, Craig A. Smith and his fiancée Jennifer Jones of Monson, MA; his maternal grandmother, Carol Edick of Sun City, AZ; his grandparents, Dave and Carol Cournoyer of East Killingly, his aunt, Michelle Cournoyer Joseph and his cousins, Sarah and Ryan Joseph, all of Tilton, NH. Jason also had innumerous friends who meant the world to him. He was predeceased by his maternal grandfather, Thomas Edick, and paternal grandparents, Jack and Jane Smith.

Friends may call at the Vincent Funeral Home, 120 Albany Turnpike in Canton on Saturday, November 26th from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM. A graveside service will follow in the Village Cemetery in Collinsville at 2:00 PM. Memorial donations may be made to the UCLA Steve Tisch BrainSPORT Program at www.uclahealth.org/brainsport. Please visit Jason’s “Book of Memories” at www.vincentfuneralhome.com for online condolences. Jason will be missed and loved by all who knew him.

Images of Canton: CMS Celebrates Veterans

November 19, 2016 Community, Schools No Comments
Greg Sims with the wooden flag he received at the Canton Middle School Veterans Day Ceremony. Photo by John Fitts

Greg Sims with the wooden flag he received at Canton Middle School.

CANTON – Veterans Day is always a special affair at Canton Middle School.

This year, students interviewed veterans and then introduced them to the school community during a special ceremony, where students also heard poignant remarks from Colonel Roy V Walton, Senior Vice Commander in the United States Air Force. Colonel Walton is the Chairman of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3272 in Avon and also organizes the Patriots Pen Essay Contest in the region every year.

A trademark of the school’s ceremonies have been the handmade, wooden flags presented to veterans, an effort spearheaded by science teacher Cheryl Adams. This year, flags were presented to Vietnam Veteran Greg Sims and the great-nephew and great-niece of Anthony Broznya, a marine who was killed in the Pacific in WWII and whose remains were discovered 72 years after his death and recently put to rest in Arlington National Cemetery.
Additionally, Mrs. Adams herself was honored for many years of dedication to the Veterans Day ceremonies.

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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

Your Silent Neighbors: Edward Hale Sears

November 19, 2016 Community, History No Comments

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By David K. Leff 

Like a character in a Horatio Alger story, Edward Hale Sears (1846-1907) rose through the ranks of the Collins Company from fifteen year-old temporary employee to President.  Even when elevated to the head of the company, he was visible in the shops and became not only the most powerful man in the village but, perhaps, the best loved as well.

Sears moved to Collinsville with his family in 1859 at age 13 when his father took a job as head of the company steel department.  By the time he entered Collinsville High school, he was an earnest student, excellent in mathematics and with an artistic and mechanical bent.  His chief recreation was designing and making toys for himself and his younger brothers.  By twelve he had built a miniature locomotive of wood that ran on the steam supplied by his mother’s teakettle. … Continue Reading

Canton BOE Presents its Values Statement, Video and Logo

November 18, 2016 Community, Schools No Comments

logoThe Canton Board of Education has released a new values statement and logo, complete with a companion video.

The New Statement is as follows:

Collaboration~Kindness~Integrity

We partner with our students, educators, staff, families and community to:

  • Work together with open minds, creativity and innovation
  • Look for ways to treat others with kindness and respect
  • Do our very best, be honest and hold each other accountable

The logo was created by senior Kyle Walker. The video was created by Canton High School technology specialist Andy Buckle, whose vocal talents can also be heard in it. Sixth-grade teacher Patrick Allen also assisted with the music.

See the video below:

Gallery of Trees Kicks off With Nov. 19 Gala

November 17, 2016 Community, History No Comments

By John Fitts 

The Canton Historical Society’s Annual Gallery of Trees and Unique Boutique kicks off with an opening gala the evening of Nov. 19.

At the event people will be treated to a festive atmosphere will approximately 100 trees decorated by local businesses and residents. Visitors can participate in a teacup auction for a chance to bring one home, while enjoying food, drinks and live music.

The Gallery of Trees is a major fundraiser for the Canton Historical Museum’s building fund. In the past several years the museum has undergone major renovations, code work and upgrades to help protect the collections.

Last year 73 trees were donated to the effort, which generated nearly $10,000.

“With some many more trees hopefully it will be even bigger (this year),” said museum volunteer Sharon Brainard. … Continue Reading

Two Injured When Vehicle Veers off Maple Avenue

November 17, 2016 Fire, Police No Comments

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Photos courtesy of Bill Glass

CANTON – Two people were injured early Thursday evening when a Sports Utility Vehicle veered off Maple Avenue and ended on its side, police said.

The driver of the vehicle and a passenger were both transported to area hospitals with non life-threatening injuries, police said.

A long section of the metal and wood guide rail in the “s curves” on the road was damaged by the vehicle, which ended up on its side. Police said the accident is under investigation. Further details were not immediately available.

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Fundraiser to Benefit Canton Parents for Music

give-backCanton Parents for Music will be the beneficiary of LaSalle Market’s 5th anniversary Give Back Series concert on the evening of Nov. 19.

Set for 7 to 10 p.m. at LaSalle Market, 104 Main St., Collinsville, the night will feature the music of Bill Benson, the Canton High School jazz combo, high school flute choir, Canton student vocalists and more.

Donations will be accepted for Canton Parents for Music, which supports music initiatives in the school system that are not covered by budgets. Additionally, attendees are encouraged to bring an item for the Canton Food Bank.

The Roots of the Give Back Series go back to November of 2012 when Benson, who often played at the LaSalle Friday night open mic, had the idea for a benefit night. With the help of LaSalle and Scotty’s Spirit Shop, a successful fundraiser generated more than $600 for the Canton Food Bank. After that, Benson and LaSalle owners Bill Kaminski and Eileen O’Connor-Kaminski created the Give Back series.

Bill and Eileen O’Connor-Kaminski, the owner of LaSalle Market & Deli, felt so good about the whole experience they created “The Give Back Series.” Benson hosts the events, which also feature other local musicians.

The Give Back Series generally takes place the last Saturday of each month but is moved up for November due to the Thanksgiving holiday.

To be considered as a recipient, one can drop a letter in the painted wooden box atop the old farm table at the restaurant. If you can’t find it, ask a staff member.

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