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Letter to the Editor: We Still Have Time to Get This Right

To the Editor:

For almost 30 years, Canton has planned for a future with a reclaimed Farmington River waterfront as catalyst for the economic, social and environmental vitality of our community. The need for a new Town Garage and a new location for it off the river first appeared in Canton’s Plan of Conservation and Development (POCD) in 1989. This goal has figured prominently in the town’s deliberations and planning since then and was recently re-affirmed in the updated 2014-2024 POCD, adopted after two years of work by a diverse group of civic leaders and community citizens. … Continue Reading

Letter to the Editor: Shortsighted Decisions Last A Lifetime: Vote No

To the Editor:

The proposal to rebuild the town garage on Old River Road is shortsighted, irresponsible, and will only hurt the town in the long term.

Sadly, we realize that not all voters care about the long-term viability of this town. As third and fourth generation residents of Canton planning to raise a family here, we do. … Continue Reading

Images of Canton: Emergency Planning and Preparedness Initiative

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On Wednesday, Canton officials and department heads participated in the 2016 Statewide Governor’s Emergency Planning and Preparedness Initiative Exercise.

On Wednesday, Canton officials and department heads participated in the 2016 Statewide Governor’s Emergency Planning and Preparedness Initiative Exercise, which centered around a prolonged ice storm.

Participants reviewed the town’s Emergency Center Operations, Mutual Aid partnerships, notification systems, equipment resources and shelter capabilities – and discussed the town’s policies and practices before, during and following such an event. … Continue Reading

First Selectman’s Corner: A Special Piece of Canton History

Leslee Hill

Leslee B. Hill

Dear Residents,

As we look forward to Veterans’ Day on November 11th, I wanted to share with you some news regarding a special piece of Canton history.   Many Canton residents may remember the former Collins Memorial Library building on Center Street.  This building was paid for by Mrs. Howard Collins (Helen), widow of Samuel Collins’ son, on land donated to the Canton Soldiers Memorial Association by Jasper Bidwell.  Mr. Bidwell was Canton’s first Civil War volunteer, and the library was built in memory of Canton’s soldiers and sailors, and was dedicated on Veterans’ Day, 1920.  Two bronze plaques were installed on the library; one was in memory of Howard Collins, and the other was dedicated to Canton veterans.  When the new library opened in 2000, the plaques were removed and put into storage in the Margaret “Peg” Perry History Room.

Recently, David Leff, our Town Historian, brought to my attention the existence of these plaques and their historical significance.  He suggested the Veterans’ Memorial plaque be installed in a prominent location in town, and rededicated.   We chose a site at the base of the flag pole at the edge of the Town Hall parking lot, in front of the Board of Education offices.  … Continue Reading

Letter to the Editor: Halloween Parade A Big Success

November 3, 2016 Opinion No Comments

To the Editor:

I want to congratulate and thank all those who put in tireless hours to bring together another very successful Halloween parade. A great time was had by all. The cannon was a big success, the dancers from DANCE by Kristin and Farmington Dance were fabulous, and many of the kids big and small enjoyed the zombies provided by Wendy and Donna on the green. Thanks to the Collinsville Arts Initiative, the judges, set builders, tee-shirt sellers, and most of all, a big thanks to all of you who continue to support our quirky and fun town. If I missed anyone, thank you.

Carol Ackerman
Carol & Company

Letter to the Editor: HUD Moves To Protect Taxpayer Investments, One Foot Not Enough

To the Editor:

Recent changes proposed for Federal floodplain protection reinforce that the garage proposal on the November ballot should be rejected. If the referendum is approved you can expect that the project will cost more than currently proposed to be consistent with the Federal requirements or offer less protection than deemed prudent by State and Federal experts resulting in greater risk of flooding and increased insurance costs. … Continue Reading

Letter to the Editor: We need a 21st Century Facility

To the Editor,

I will be voting “No” on the Town of Canton Referendum question to build a new town garage at the current location on the Farmington River. I believe that it is fiscally prudent to build a new facility that meets the needs of the town for decades to come. I voted “Yes” in the last two referenda, so I never had an issue with either the price or the size of those proposals. We need a 21st century facility, and the PMBC worked long and hard to come up with the best options. The current DPW employees deserve a modern facility and so do future employees. … Continue Reading

Annual Sundown Ski Patrol Ski Swap Set for Nov. 4-6, 2016

November 3, 2016 Community, Sports No Comments

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NEW HARTFORD  –- The annual Sundown Ski Patrol Ski Swap is taking place on Friday, Nov.  4 through Sunday, Nov. 6, 2016 at Ski Sundown in New Hartford, CT located at 126 Ratlum Road, off Routes 44 and 219. This swap is the longest running and one of the largest in New England.

Sell your outgrown ski/snowboard jackets and pants, skis, snowboards, and boots! Buy new and gently used clothing and equipment! There are great deals to be had on Kids, Youth and Adult items.

Swap Hours are Friday, Nov.4 from 4 to 9 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 5 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 6 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

If you plan to sell equipment and clothing, drop off times are Friday, Nov. 4 from 4 to 9 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 5 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. … Continue Reading

Commission Continues Public Hearing on Proposal for Permanent Lights at High School Track and Field Facility

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 modern LED lighting. In the foreground is a working observatory.
Photo courtesy of Musco Lighting.

By John Fitts 

CANTON — On Wednesday, the Planning and Zoning Commission heard varying opinions about a proposal for permanent lighting at the high school track and field facility but ultimately continued its public hearing until Nov. 16.

The school district is seeking a special permit use, special permit and site plan modification that would allow four 80-foot poles with dimmable LED lighting at the facility, school officials said. Light spillage is extremely well controlled with the new technology, according to school officials and

Essentially the commission can create a special standard for the facility that is outside the normal parameters of lighting in town while balancing community concerns. Members said it would have no bearing on future proposals.

“The commission should be cognizant of the wide range of public interests served by this type of municipal facility which should be balanced against the interests of single family residences that live in close proximity to this facility,” Neil S. Pade, Director of Planning and Community Development wrote in a memo on the proposal.

The district has proposed that the lights would be turned off by 10 p.m. except on rare occasion, by 11:30 p.m. School officials said the norm would be earlier, more like 8 to 8:30 p.m. The district is also proposing consideration for up to two overnight community events per year. … Continue Reading

Letter to the Editor: It’s Time to Support Those That Unwaveringly Support You

To the Editor:

After reviewing the scores of letters circulating around town as well as many distorted truths, I feel it’s my duty to the community that my family and I call home to cut through the propaganda and provide voters with the facts while they contemplate this extremely important referendum.  The reality is that this comes down to emotional ideals versus facts.

Yes, the riverbank was never the most ideal site to locate a town garage if we could start from scratch today but the truth is, if we can’t support moving a <$4mm garage in decades, how can we purport voters will ever get behind spending an estimated $30mm+ to move the sewage treatment facility to create this proposed utopia along a few acres of riverfront boxed in by River Road and other businesses that will never relocate?  We chose to locate all our municipal infrastructure in this location long before residential neighborhoods filled the rest of the open space in town.  … Continue Reading

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