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Fundraiser to Benefit Canton Parents for Music

give-backCanton Parents for Music will be the beneficiary of LaSalle Market’s 5th anniversary Give Back Series concert on the evening of Nov. 19.

Set for 7 to 10 p.m. at LaSalle Market, 104 Main St., Collinsville, the night will feature the music of Bill Benson, the Canton High School jazz combo, high school flute choir, Canton student vocalists and more.

Donations will be accepted for Canton Parents for Music, which supports music initiatives in the school system that are not covered by budgets. Additionally, attendees are encouraged to bring an item for the Canton Food Bank.

The Roots of the Give Back Series go back to November of 2012 when Benson, who often played at the LaSalle Friday night open mic, had the idea for a benefit night. With the help of LaSalle and Scotty’s Spirit Shop, a successful fundraiser generated more than $600 for the Canton Food Bank. After that, Benson and LaSalle owners Bill Kaminski and Eileen O’Connor-Kaminski created the Give Back series.

Bill and Eileen O’Connor-Kaminski, the owner of LaSalle Market & Deli, felt so good about the whole experience they created “The Give Back Series.” Benson hosts the events, which also feature other local musicians.

The Give Back Series generally takes place the last Saturday of each month but is moved up for November due to the Thanksgiving holiday.

To be considered as a recipient, one can drop a letter in the painted wooden box atop the old farm table at the restaurant. If you can’t find it, ask a staff member.

Images of Canton: CHS Honors 2016 Wall of Fame Inductees

November 16, 2016 Community, Schools No Comments

In October, Canton High School held its Wall of Fame induction ceremony, which honors Canton graduates that have made positive impacts on their community. This year’s inductees included Gerald G. deSimas, Jr. – 1981, Candace (Flattery) Freedenberg – 1984, Joshua M. Sneideman – 1993, and the late Jesse J. Anderson, Jr – 1957.

deSimas is a communications specialist at Eversource Energy and an award-winning journalist. He is most well-known locally for running collinsvillepress.com, a website focusing on sports

Freedenberg is a technologist and entrepreneur with experience at Fortune 500 Companies. She’s also played a key role in past winter festival fundraisers that benefit the Parent teacher organizations at Cherry Brook Primary and Canton Intermediate schools.

Sneideman is an award-winner science educator and author and has worked as a hydro-geologist. He also founded the  Inter-Collegiate Environmental Congress in Costa Rica and is an executive at Learning Blade,™ which provides supplemental STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) curriculum.

Anderson, who passed away in 2007, worked in the irrigation industry for more tan 48 years, was highly regarded by employees and industry experts and was a founding member of the Connecticut Irrigation Contractors Association.

The photos below are courtesy of Noah O’Leary and the deSimas family. 

From left are Hilary Anderson (Gr.11), Mrs. Peggy Anderson (posthumously for Jesse J. Anderson, jr. '57), Gerald G. deSimas, jr. '81, Candace (Flattery) Freedenberg '84, Jaela Davidson (Gr.12), Noah O'Leary (Gr. 12), Mr. Eric Verner - Assistant Principal CHS  - missing from photo: Joshua M. Sneideman '93 and Jacob Benedetti (Gr. 11)​

From left are Hilary Anderson (Gr.11), Mrs. Peggy Anderson (posthumously for Jesse J. Anderson, jr. ’57), Gerald G. deSimas, jr. ’81, Candace (Flattery) Freedenberg ’84, Jaela Davidson (Gr.12), Noah O’Leary (Gr. 12), Mr. Eric Verner – Assistant Principal CHS – missing from photo: Joshua M. Sneideman ’93 and Jacob Benedetti (Gr. 11)​

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Hearing on Permanent Lights Proposal for CHS Track and Field Facility Continues Wednesday

November 15, 2016 Community, Schools, Sports No Comments


Correction: Please note that an earlier version of this story mis-stated the proposal for walking lights. The idea is to use them from 5 a.m. to dawn and dusk through 8:30 p.m. on weekdays. Canton Compass regrets the error. 

By John Fitts

CANTON — On Wednesday, Nov. 16 the town’s Planning and Zoning Commission will continue a hearing on a proposal to add permanent lighting at the Canton High School track and field facility.

The Canton School district is seeking special permit use, a special permit and site plan modification that could allow for four 80-foot poles with dimmable LED lighting at the facility, school officials said.

Should the district get the green light, Lights on Canton, a subcommittee of The Canton Athletic Booster Club, has committed to raising approximately $250,000 for the lights and related costs. On Tuesday night, members of that committee told the Board of Education some its ideas for fundraisers, which include special events, a legacy brick patio at the facility, sponsored stadium signs and flags. Additional fundraising ideas include other individual sponsorship opportunities for benches and tables, plaques and garden flags.

Some of the event ideas include a Harlem Wizards basketball game, a back to school event with a staff, student sports contest, a raffle a car and mini golf open and a Snowflake Scramble snowshoe/walk in conjunction with the Park and Recreation Department.

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Images of Canton: CIS Community Honors Veterans, Including World War II Purple Heart Honoree

November 14, 2016 Community, Schools No Comments

CANTON – On Veterans Day, the Canton Intermediate School community honored local heroes, the grandfathers, aunts, uncles and nieces that have served in the nation’s military.

The school welcomed the veterans with a special breakfast and then treated them to an assembly to recognize their service with remarks, readings and performances the CIS Wind ensemble, Grade 5 brass ensemble, CIS Chamber singers and Grade 6 band.

Student Josh Levine read “What it Means to be a Veteran” and CIS administrative assistant Janet Kochanowski read “Ragged Old Flag.”  … Continue Reading

Canton Celebrates its Expanded Skate Park

By John Fitts 

Canton officials and numerous skaters from near and far celebrated a newly expanded skate park at Mills Pond Park Saturday afternoon.

Canton’s 5,000 square foot skate park was originally built in the early 2000s and the new section involves some 3,000 square feet of concrete elements. Rampage, which also built the original park, recently completed the improvements, at a cost of a little less than $93,000.

The funds were included in a state Small Town Economic Assistance Program funds the town received in 2014. Other improvements, including poolhouse renovations and court resurfacing, had already been completed but the skate park took a little longer after going through a couple of iterations.

The expansion plans were approved by land-use agencies over the summer.

“It’s such a relief and it’s very exciting to finally have the park up and running,” Joshua T. Medeiros, director of Canton Parks and Recreation, said. “All the feedback we’ve received so far on the park has been really, really positive.”

Dan Cotton, of Burlington, frequented the park when younger but in recent years but had gotten away from the sport.

“Having this, it’s bringing me back,” he said, in part. “I’ll be here day in and day out, along with the rest of these people. It’s going to be a good time. I love it.”

Editor’s Note: Thank you to The Basement for the music in the above video. Their album, under the name Ruben’s basement is available as a CD or download at http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/rubensbasement.

The band will also be acoustic sets Saturday, Nov. 19 at Maple Cafe, 938 Maple Ave., Hartford, starting at 9:30 p.m. Follow them at https://www.facebook.com/Rubensbasement/

Town Rededicates Historical Veterans Plaque

November 12, 2016 Community No Comments

CANTON — The town on Friday held a special rededication ceremony for a historical plaque that pays tribute to those who served their country, often paying the ultimate price.

At the 11:11 of the 11th day of the 11th month, town and state officials gathered to unveil the plaque, which was originally dedicated on Armistice Day 1920. It was one of two bronze plaques installed at the Collins Memorial Library building on Center Street, which was built on land  donated to the Canton Soldiers Memorial Association by Jasper Bidwell (Canton’s first Civil War volunteer) and paid for by Helen Collins, widow of Samuel Collins’ son Howard.   … Continue Reading

Canton, Area Firefighters Battle Blaze on Hilltop Drive

November 11, 2016 Fire No Comments

Firefighters from the town of Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS Department and other area departments responded to a structure fire at 5 Hilltop Drive, near the intersection of East Hill around 4 p.m. Friday evening. In the midst of heavy wind, crews battled the fire, which burned most heavily in the attic of the home. There were also solar panels on the home, and the fire flared up several times.

Most fire units were dismissed by 7:30 but others were called back later in the night to assist in the investigation.

Officials confirmed that one person was home at the time but was able to get out safely and is with family.

Members of the family’s church are coordinating efforts to help the family and Canton Compass will pass along information as we learn of it.

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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


Upcoming Events

8:30 am Daily Mass @ St. Patrick Church
Daily Mass @ St. Patrick Church
May 24 @ 8:30 am
10:30 am Wii Bowling at Canton Senior Center @ Canton Community Center
Wii Bowling at Canton Senior Center @ Canton Community Center
May 24 @ 10:30 am
Have you ever wished you could continue to bowl without putting on bowling shoes or lugging a heavy ball?  You’re in LUCK!!  Join the Canton Senior Center Wii Bowling Team, The Canton Rollers.  Show off your bowling skills or learn new ones at the Senior Center.  Mondays at 1:30pm, Wednesdays ...
11:30 am Blood Pressure Clinic @ Library/Community Center Senior Room
Blood Pressure Clinic @ Library/Community Center Senior Room
May 24 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
The Farmington Valley Visiting Nurse Association offers free blood pressures screenings on the following days: Second Tuesday of Every Month Canton Town Hall 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Every Wednesday Canton Community Senior Center – Senior Room 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. These clinics are open to people of all ...
9:00 am Wii Bowling @ Canton Senior Center
Wii Bowling @ Canton Senior Center
May 25 @ 9:00 am
Have you ever wished you could continue to bowl without putting on bowling shoes or lugging a heavy ball?  You’re in LUCK!!  Join the Canton Senior Center Wii Bowling Team, The Canton Rollers.  Show off your bowling skills or learn new ones at the Senior Center.  Mondays at 1:30pm, Wednesdays ...