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Midnight Snack Band to Play Bridge Street Live Homegrown Thursday Series

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Art-pop band Midnight Snack takes the stage Thursday December 1st at Bridge Street Live in Collinsville CT. The band will be making this stop as part of their Fall 2016 mini tour of the eastern US, heading north from their present home in Asheville NC with 17 shows from Nashville TN, to Philadelphia, Buffalo and Boston, fea- turing new songs from their upcoming album “Child’s Eyes”.

Midnight Snack was started by Harwinton natives and brothers Jack Victor (vocals, drums) and Mike Johnson (guitar/synth). The band expanded when they met at Berklee College of Music in Boston through the addition of classmates Peter Brownlee (bass) and Zack Kardon (guitar), as well as old friend, Katie Richter (vocals, trumpet). For the past six years, Midnight Snack has developed a varied and eclectic sound, this latest offering the most personal and introspective of their discography.

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Canton High School Honors Local Veterans, Some of Whom Served in World War II

November 10, 2016 Community, Schools No Comments

By John Fitts 

On Thursday, Canton High School students had the increasingly rare treat to interact with World War II veterans.

Among the veterans who came to the school for a special morning program were two who served in World War II. They were U.S. Army Sgt. John A. Kostriasak of Canton, who served from April of 1943 to November of 1945 and Nicholas J. Lavnikevich, of Simsbury, a U.S. Navy veteran who served from August of 1942 to October of 1945, and achieved the rank of Chief Pharmacist’s Mate.

The school also honored Morton N. Katz, of Avon, an Army Colonel who served from April of 1942 to May of 1946. Katz was slated to be at the school but was unable to attend.

The three were featured in a short video and James C. Hutton, commander of the Gildo T. Consolini Post 3272 Veterans of Foreign Wars, told an assembly of all high school students how these men, then just in their teens, were called all over the world to places they had never heard of and often couldn’t pronounce.

“They ended up fighting in places you read about in your history books,” he said.

“These veterans here they are the lucky ones,” he later added. “Although they may have been wounded physically or mentally, they survived the war. Over 400,000 of their comrades never came home and even today 7,000 are missing or never accounted for.”

Hutton told students they could be some of the last to meet a World War II veteran.

“Hopefully you’ll remember this day and 40 or 50 years from now you’ll tell your kids or grandkids that you remember seeing World War II veterans at Canton High School,” Hutton said.

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Candy Cane Carnival Set for Dec. 3

November 9, 2016 Community No Comments

The Candy Cane Carnival, a family Christmas Fair, will take place on Saturday, Dec. 3, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Trinity Nursery School located at Trinity Episcopal Church, 55 River Road, Collinsville, CT.  The Carnival will feature a continental breakfast, games, craft sale, photos with Santa, bake sale, a tea cup auction and much more.  Admission is Free, Open to the public. Snow Date is Sunday Dec. 4 from 2 to  5 p.m. … Continue Reading

Canton, Avon Natives Find Success on Skidmore Field Hockey Team

November 9, 2016 Schools, Sports No Comments

From left, Leigh FitzGerald and Krista Lamoreaux. Submitted Photo

SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY — The Skidmore College Field Hockey Team, which is ranked 11th in the Nation in the most recent NFHCA Coaches poll, and has been granted a bye into the Sweet 16 of the NCAA DIII Field Hockey Championships, includes two Farmington Valley natives. Krista Lamoreaux (#6) is a four time All-Conference midfielder who hails from Avon and played her high school field hockey at The Gunnery School. Leigh FitzGerald (#8) has been on the conference All-Academic team for each year of eligibility and captained the 2012 team at Canton High School. On Saturday, they resume their effort to return to the Final Four, for the first time since 2013, on the campus of Tufts University.

Grace Giancola Signs National Letter of Intent to Play Lacrosse at UVM

November 9, 2016 Schools, Sports No Comments

Joined by family, teammates, coaches and school officials, Canton High School senior Grace Giancola on Wednesday signed her national letter of intent to play lacrosse for the University of Vermont, a division 1 program.

Giancola scored 114 goals last season and helped lead the Canton Lady Warriors to a Class S State Championship. She has played lacrosse since 6th grade, spending time with Canton Youth Lacrosse, The CT Dodgers and Canton High School.

She first visited UVM at age 14 and loved the program, the campus and the city of Burlington, VT.

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CHS Athletic Program Honored as Exemplary for Second Year in a Row

November 9, 2016 Schools, Sports No Comments


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The Canton High School athletic program was recently selected as one of fifteen Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference schools receive Michaels Achievement Cup exemplary program designation for 2015-2016

The designation recognizes achievement in sportsmanship, participation, athletic scholarship, athletic personnel, equity, chemical free initiatives and athletic achievement.

Craig DeAngelis, Canton’s athletic director said it is a testament to players, coaches, parents, the Board of Education and the entire community. The honor truly looks at efforts on and off the field, scheduling, new initiatives, giving back, community service and more. Canton also received the honor for the 2014-2015.

“It’s a significant award, because it’s not an individual award,” DeAngelis said. “It really is a collective award that requires not only the people in the athletic department but also the community. I think it illustrates that we’re making progress toward our core values of excellence, integrity and tradition.” … Continue Reading

Letter to the Editor: Congratulations to BOS, DPW

To the Editor:

I offer my congratulations to the Board of Selectmen and the members of the DPW on the successful passage of the Canton DPW Facility referendum.

There is finally a plan that produced a resoundingly clear approval from our citizens and now town officials must deliver the advertised project within the allotted budget. … Continue Reading

Election Day 2016: Town Public Works Facility Plan Approved

By John Fitts 

By a tally of 3,219 to 2,550, Canton voters approved the proposal to build a $3.825 million Public Works facility at the present 50 Old River Road site near the Farmington River.

The plan had been a controversial, and often polarizing one in town, and two Political Action Committees, Not on Our River and Canton GOES (Garage on Existing Site) had formed around the issue.

The proposal was a 14,100 square-foot facility, salt shed and new fueling station at 50 Old River Road, where the town’s current, approximate 600-square foot Public Works garage sits today.

The town has struggled with the issue for years. In 2010, voters rejected a plan to purchase property at 5 Cherry Brook Road for $900,000. Two years later a $6 million plus plan for that property never made it to referendum after property appraisals came in well below the purchase price for the parcel. In May of 2013 and November of 2014, rejected $5.4. million and $4.78 million plans for a facility at 325 Commerce Drive.

This project was also controversial. Some called it a sound economic proposal that would provide safer work conditions and further protection for the river. Opponents said it is a negative for the river to keep the garage at the site, diminishes recreational opportunities and was too much of a compromise and negated all possibility of future expansion. … Continue Reading

Letter to the Editor: How Canton Finally Proposed A DPW Facility Voters Liked

To the Editor:

What appears below is a brief political history of the recently-approved garage proposal that is based upon available source documents and conversations. It may be inaccurate in some details but arguably presents an accurate take on the feelings of many of those cited.

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Opponents, Proponents Continue Focus on Tuesday’s Public Works Facility Vote

November 7, 2016 Government, Referendum No Comments

By John Fitts

CANTON – Despite the temperatures in the 30s, a group of representatives from those fighting the town’s proposed Public Works Facility huddled on the site of Route 44 early Monday morning.

“A lot of people are giving us really positive indications,” said David Sinish, who is treasurer of Not on Our River, a Political Action Committee formed around the issue. “There are thumbs up, great smiles waves, horn honking. We really believe that people are getting the message that maybe 50, 60 years ago, it was a good idea to build a garage next to the river. Now we’re a lot more sophisticated in our environmental thinking and it makes no sense whatsoever to put a garage next to the river.”

The group is fighting the town’s plan to build a 14,100 square-foot facility, salt shed and new fueling station at 50 Old River Road, where the town’s current, approximate 600-square foot Public Works garage sits today. The project is for $3.825 million.

Strongly supporting the measure has been a second PAC, Canton GOES (Garage on Existing Site).

Canton GOES PAC chairman Brian D. First said he also feels the group has used a variety of methods to reach voters. Like NOOR, supporters have sent letters to the editor, run a web site and facebook page and posted numerous signs around time. Canton GOES has also funded several direct mailings.

“I think we have certainly demonstrated a strong effort to reach the voters with the facts about the merits of this garage project,” First said.

First said the plan addresses concerns such as cost and includes areas for recreation while providing an adequate facility designed with input from the Public Works Department.

“This meets all of our needs and still allows us to address the concerns that people are seeking for recreation,” he said. “It really provides an area that is set aside for recreation.”

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