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Lights on Canton Announces $5,000 Donation

December 16, 2016 Community, Schools, Sports No Comments
The Canton Youth Soccer Association board.  Submitted Photo

The Canton Youth Soccer Association board.
Submitted Photo

Lights On Canton has received its first donation from the Canton Youth Soccer Association.

“This generous $5000 donation kicks off the Lights On Canton committee’s “Be A Beacon” giving campaign for organizations, families and businesses,” Lights on Canton c0-chair Kimberly Marze announced in a recent email. “Their leadership and dedication to the Lights On Canton project has been incredible and hopefully serves as example (or a “beacon”) to other organizations who may be inspired by their generous gift.”

Permanent Lights for the Canton High School track and field facility were approved by the Canton Planning and Zoning Commission in November. Some neighbors had expressed concern, especially about noise, and the commission did put several conditions on the approval.

Lights on Canton, a subcommittee of the Canton Athletic Booster Club, advocated for the lights and has committed raise some $250,000 for the lights and related costs. They expect it to take 12 to 18 months.

“Lights on Canton”  can be found on facebook. Their first fundraising event is a game between the Harlem Wizards vs. Canton Schools teachers on Jan. 10, 2017 at 7 p.m.  Tickets start at $15 and are available at http://www.harlemwizards.com/schedule-tickets/  or at JCC Mandell Valley Sports Center in Canton.

 

Selectmen Take A Step that Could Pave the Way to Relinquishing Grange Building

December 15, 2016 Community, Government No Comments
The grange building in North Canton.

The grange building in North Canton.

No Final Decision made Wednesday

By John Fitts 

While selectmen took an action Wednesday that could pave the way for the grange building in North Canton to be returned to the state association, members held off on deciding its ultimate fate.

In September of 2013, the town accepted the building as a gift from members of the dissolved Cherry Brook Patrons of Husbandry Grange #210. Earlier that year, selectmen in place at the time, had accepted the building by a 3-2 vote.

In recent months, the current Board of Selectmen has grappled with whether to keep the 534 Cherry Brook Road building for community use or give it back to the state grange association.

Current estimates for the work needed at the grange are nearly $145,000. With an offer of help from Boy Scout Troop 177, the town’s cost for necessary repairs and code work, would drop to approximately $107,000. Abatement and required bathroom work/additions are two of the biggest costs. Additionally, town officials said the annual costs at the building are approximately $4,500, a figure that would go up to $11,600 if the building were to be rehabilitated. … Continue Reading

Your Silent Neighbors: Charles Blair

December 15, 2016 Community, History No Comments

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By David K. Leff

On a blustery March day in 1857, Charles Blair, then head of the Collins Company forge shop, stepped into a local store on Main Street in Collinsville and was suddenly and unexpectedly caught up in the most divisive moment of American history—the Civil War.  In George Polk’s drug store Blair met militant abolitionist John Brown who had spoken in town the night before.  The encounter would lead to the Collins Company making pikes for Brown that, to everyone’s surprise, he would later use in a raid on the federal arsenal in Harpers Ferry,Virginia, an attempt to start a slave revolt.  In 1859, Brown would hang for his efforts.  Blair would be subpoenaed by Congress not long afterward.  Suspicious senators harshly questioned his relationship with Brown and his intentions in producing arms to aid in an insurrection against the government of the United States.

Amherst, Massachusetts born in 1812, Charles Blair came to work at the Collins Company in 1832 as a “helper.”  He retired from Collins in 1876, having long been superintendent of the works.  An ardent supporter of Lincoln, he worked hard to produce material for the Union war effort, including swords and bayonets.   A civic-minded individual, he held various offices, including state representative.  The Hartford Courant called him “a man thoroughly trusted by all who know him” and “a public spirited man and useful citizen.”  Nevertheless, despite long service with the Collins Company and many good works, Charles Blair went to his grave knowing he would be best remembered for his dealings with John Brown, a chapter in his life he thought best forgotten. … Continue Reading

More than 300 Benefit from Gifts for Canton

December 14, 2016 Business, Community No Comments
The annual Gifts for Canton distribution took place Tuesday. Seen here are some of the volunteers and chamber members involved in the effort. Submitted Photo

The annual Gifts for Canton distribution took place Tuesday. Seen here are some of the volunteers and chamber members involved in the effort.
Submitted Photo

CANTON — More than 300 people benefitted from the Chamber of Commerce’s annual Gifts for Canton effort, organizers said.

After a weeks-long toy, clothing and gift card drive, the items were distributed from Trinity Episcopal Church on Tuesday morning.

Jill Brandon, who chaired this year’s effort, said 47 people came out and picked out items. In all 305 people will benefit, she said.

“Canton residents and the Canton business community donated gifts, funds and their time for another successful year,” Brandon said.

Brandon said she especially want to thank ShopRite of Canton, the Rotary Club of Avon-Canton, The Canton Lions Club, Larsen Ace Hardware and Jeannine fund Raisers for donations. Additionally, the Canton Police Department and Community Emergency Response Team held gift drives at the Shoppes at Farmington Valley and Ocean State Job Lot. Numerous businesses displayed collection boxes many chamber and community members volunteered their time. … Continue Reading

Canton BOE Recognizes Kevin D. Case’s 10 Years as Superintendent

December 14, 2016 Community, Schools No Comments

The Board of Education held a special recognition Tuesday to honor Kevin D. Case for 10 years of service as Superintendent of Canton Schools.

In addition to current board members, several administrators, a few teachers and former board members gathered for a brief celebration.

In honoring Case, board chair Julie Auseré referenced a press release sent out in October 2006 when Case was hired to lead Canton schools. … Continue Reading

The Village Sweet Shoppe To Close Its Doors Early Next Year

December 13, 2016 Business, Community No Comments

COLLINSVILLE — For 30 years, The Village Sweet Shoppe has been an integral part of Shirley Scarpino’s life. Now, Scarpino has decided this will be the last holiday season at the popular River Street business.

At age 65, she’s ready to retire, Scarpino said.

“It’s time,” Scarpino said. “It’s not going to be an easy go. It’s been great here.”

After working as a health and fitness director at the YMCA in Torrington, Scarpino first opened Village Sweet Shoppe in Riverton. In 2004, spurred by some major changes in Riverton, notably the fact that world-famous Hitchcock Chair Co. was closing its doors (It’s now re-open under new ownership), Scarpino decided to move. The search brought her to Collinsville. … Continue Reading

Sip and Shop Scheduled at ‘Antiques Row’

December 13, 2016 Business No Comments

Shops in Canton’s “Antiques Row” on Route 44 (161-175 Albany Turnpike) will host a ‘Sip and Shop’ on Thursday, Dec. 15 from 5 to 7 p.m. Park and shop as 6 of the shops will be open late for holiday shoppers. Store owners are asking shoppers to bring a non-perishable food item for animals or humans, benefiting Dogology and the Canton Food Bank.

Images of Canton: Christmas in Collinsville 2016

December 10, 2016 Community, Photos No Comments

The Christmas in Collinsville festivities, including a champagne walk, tree lighting, and horse-drawn carriage rides, proved popular Friday night. The event continues Saturday with activities that include visits from Santa and Mrs. Claus, face painting, a Gallery of Trees and the annual Collinsville Charity Craft Fair.  … Continue Reading

Canton Real Estate Notes: Dec. 1, 2016

December 10, 2016 Community, Real Estate No Comments
David Sinish

David Sinish

By David Sinish

How did the Canton market fare in the past twelve months compared with the previous twelve months?

  1. Number of single family homes sold increased slightly from 126 to 127.
  2. The median sales price increase 4% to $315,000.
  3. The median sales price per square foot also increased slightly .4% from $141.02 to $141.55.
  4. The “days on market” increased from 45 to 48.

It is important to remember that these are the “median” numbers with half of sales above this number and half below.  There are different numbers for different homes reflecting different price ranges, various sizes, features and locations.  The number of homes listed as of December 1, reduced to 44 from the 58 as of November 1.   Should you require more detailed information, please let me know.   … Continue Reading

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