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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

Angling Gear Tag Sale Announced

December 20, 2016 Community No Comments

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The Farmington Valley Chapter of Trout Unlimited will hold its annual Angling Gear Tag Sale at 6 p.m. on Tuesday evening, Jan. 10, 2017, at the Farmington Community & Senior Center located at 321 New Britain Ave. in Unionville.  There is no charge for buyers or sellers and everyone is welcome.  Contact Bill Case at (860) 678-7245 or visit www.fvtu.org.  Please check the website in the event of dangerous weather conditions.  The organization is also collecting used spinning gear (including broken reels which can be repaired) for inner city children. … Continue Reading

First Selectman’s Corner: 2017, Canton’s Year of Mental Wellness

December 19, 2016 Community, Government No Comments

Leslee Hill

Dear Canton Residents,

Greetings of the Season!

I hope you all are enjoying the winter weather, and are staying warm and healthy.  I want to share with you a special announcement of an initiative that has been in the planning stages for several months.

Earlier this year, I began forming a task force to look at the issue of opioid addiction in our area.  This started from conversations with Jennifer Kertanis, the Director of the Farmington Valley Health District, and Claire Cote, our Senior and Social Services Director.  We also involved Chris Arciero, Canton Police Chief; Kevin Case, Superintendent of Schools; Sue Saidel, Chairman of the Youth Services Bureau; Justine Ginsberg, FVHD Community Health Coordinator; Maria Skinner, Clinical Director of the McCall Center in Torrington and Canton resident; Mary Hess, Canton League of Women Voters; and Rev. Linda Spiers of Trinity Episcopal Church.  Through our conversations, our scope enlarged to include the broader themes of addiction, mental health, and mental wellness.   … Continue Reading

Canton College Notes (Dec. 19, 2016)

December 19, 2016 Community, Schools No Comments

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Emily Guersch Performs in Wheaton College (Ill.) Christmas Festival 

WHEATON, IL — Wheaton College student Emily Guersch recently performed in “Love Divine,” the 2016 Christmas Festival presented by the Wheaton College Conservatory of Music. Guersch, of Collinsville, Connecticut, played clarinet with the Symphonic Band.

Emily Jarka Named To Little East Academic All-Conference 

KEENE, NH — Keene State College Women’s Cross Country student-athlete Emily Jarka has been named to the Little East Conference Academic All-Conference team.

Jarka is a native of Canton, majoring in Elementary Education. … Continue Reading

Canton Kindergarteners Donate and Wrap Gifts for Needy Siblings

December 19, 2016 Community, Schools No Comments
Kindergarteners in Kelly Theriault's class wrap the presents gathered for less fortunate students. Submitted Photo

Kindergarteners in Kelly Theriault’s class wrap the presents gathered for less fortunate students.
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By John Fitts 

Thanks to a local kindergarten class, two young children will have a better holiday season.

For years, Kelly Theriault and her family have participated in the Connecticut Education Foundation’s Holiday Bear Project, a program that benefits public school children in need.

Last year Theriault and her fellow staff members sponsored two children, and this year she decided to bring the project directly into her Cherry Brook Primary School classroom. She asked families to forgo any gifts for her and consider donating to the project.

With the help of classroom volunteers and a few others, the families of the 19 kids in Theriault’s classroom, collected items for 4- and 5-year-old siblings that attend an area school. Using an online sign-up system, the participants coordinated an effort to purchase everyday necessities, school supplies, clothing, coloring books, games, books and toys.

“It was amazing,” Theriault said. “I was just so touched by everybody’s generosity.”

Recently the class gathered to wrap the gifts, which Theriault said included everything on their list and more.

“It was so successful and so meaningful,” Theriault said. “It gave them a chance to think about that not everyone has what we have.”

The Holiday Bear Project has benefit more than 10,000 students since 1998, according to the Connecticut Education Foundation.  … Continue Reading

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