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Canton League of Women Voters Requests Survey Participation

November 29, 2016 Community No Comments

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The Canton League of Woman Voters is seeking input on voter engagement in Canton.

League officials are asking residents to take a minute to answer 6 questions in its brief on-line survey.

The survey can be found at https://clwv.typeform.com/to/OYgbT3

 

For Collinsville Poet, New England Trail is About Confluence of Nature and Culture

David K. Leff

David K. Leff

Kickoff for David K. Leff’s Poet in Residency is Tuesday

By John Fitts 

Writers have always turned to nature for inspiration and Collinsville’s David K. Leff is no stranger to this phenomenon.

Now, however, Leff has an opportunity to meld the written – and spoken – word and nature together in unique ways as Poet in Residence of the 215-mile New England Scenic Trail.

In fact, it is believed he is the first poet to serve as an artist in residence for a national scenic trail, in this case, a foot journey that runs from Guilford to the New Hampshire border of Massachusetts.

“I’m really honored; I’m humbled,” said Leff, an author, poet, Canton Town Historian and former official with the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. “I’m really excited because I think there’s so much potential to enhance and enliven people’s experience of the outdoors with poetry that’s accessible.”

A formal kickoff for Leff’s residency will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016 at the Connecticut Forest and Park Association Headquarters, 16 Meriden Road in Middlefield, CT

In addition to poetry from Leff, attendees will enjoy words from CT Poet Laureate Rennie McQuilkin of Simsbury, as well as a narrated slide show of the New England Trail.   … Continue Reading

Canton Land Trust Christmas Tree Sale Returns Dec. 3

November 27, 2016 Community, Environment No Comments

stfarmseedlingSubmitted Release 

 A Canton holiday tradition returns on Sat. Dec. 3.  The Canton Land Conservation Trust will hold its Christmas Tree and Greens Sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Smith Christmas Tree Farm on Doyle Road.

There are 60-some great-looking spruce and fir trees. Trees will start as low as $25, and bundles of pine greens will be $5. There will be cookies and hot chocolate to whet your tree hunting appetites, and folks available to help you cut your tree and hoist it onto the roof of your car. Remember to bring rope to assist with tying.

This event creates fond family memories of tromping through the fields (and sometimes snow) searching for the perfect tree. The Land Trust encourages all to stay and hike the property. … Continue Reading

O’BRiley 5K Turkey Trot Raises More Than $15,000 for St. Jude

November 24, 2016 Community, Sports No Comments

By John Fitts

COLLINSVILLE — From its humble beginnings with less than a couple dozen participants, some 400 people participated in the 5th annual O’BRiley 5K Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning.

And thanks to a matching grant from Bristol-Myers Squibb, the event raised more than $15,000 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

“(We’re) unbelievably humbled at this time,” co-founder Colin O’Brien said prior to the start of the race Thursday.  “I cannot believe how this event has grown in 5 years from 20 people to 400.” … Continue Reading

Images of Canton: CIS Kids Care Club Receives Special Visit from K9 Units

November 22, 2016 Community, Photos, Schools No Comments

Time and again, members of the Kids Care Club at Canton Intermediate School have learned how rewarding it can be to give back.

Not only did the club’s May of 2016 Mud Run generate enough to fund two bullet- and stab-proof vests for K9 police officers but the kids were recently treated to a visit from the recipients. … Continue Reading

Nodine’s Smokehouse Now Open in Canton

November 21, 2016 Business No Comments

By John Fitts 

CANTON — Nodine’s long-awaited restaurant, deli and retail store formally opened its doors on Monday, Nov. 21.

For owner Calvin Nodine and crew, who have been working on the restaurant since March, it was an exciting day and an extension of the smoked meats business his parents Ronald and Johanne started in 1969.

“We’re 47 years in business,” Calvin Nodine said. “This is a big tribute to my mom and dad.”

The 192 Albany location is open with a selection of Nodine’s meats, jams, jellies, pizzas, sandwiches and more. Initially the menu will be limited to items such as pizzas, sandwiches, hot oven grinders and deli sides but that will be greatly expanded after the New Year, said owner Calvin Nodine.

“It’s still a work in progress,” Nodine said of the menu. “We’re going to do our best, see what people want and change it from there.” … Continue Reading

Friends of Canton Public Library Announce Fundraisers

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The Taste Dining and Activity Books

The Friends of the Canton Public Library are holding two fundraisers this holiday season. The group is  selling the 2017 Greater Hartford Edition of The Taste Dining and Activity Books. These books have hundreds of coupons for a wide variety of area restaurants, shops, cinemas, museums and so much more. Dish n ‘Dat, Joe Pizza, First and Last Tavern, and La Trattoria are but a few of the many area restaurants. Entertainment venues such as the Bounce House, and local miniature golf centers as well as the Hill-Stead Museum or the New Britain Art Museum are included. … Continue Reading

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.

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