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First Selectman’s Corner: A Budget Update

Leslee Hill

Dear Canton Residents,

I am sure many of you have been following the news from Hartford regarding Governor Malloy’s state budget proposal and its potential impact on town budgets. There is still great uncertainty about what the final state budget will entail, and it is likely the state will not adopt a budget before June. However, given the Governor’s proposal, we are concerned about the impact of anticipated significant reductions in state funding for education, and a potential liability for one-third of the cost of the teacher pensions. The Board of Selectmen and Board of Education have worked diligently to prepare their budgets, which have been approved by each Board and delivered to the Board of Finance for their consideration. I want to explain how we considered the state budget issues as we formulated the BOS budget. … Continue Reading

Dogs Found In Bel Aire Lane Area

March 16, 2017 Community No Comments

Two dogs were recently found in the area of Bel Aire Lane in Canton. If you recognize either of the animals pictured below, you can call Adriana at 302-312-3232.

Letter to the Editor: CHS graduates ‘condemn’ Trump chant

March 15, 2017 Opinion 2 Comments

To the Editor:

On March 13, 2017, members of Canton High School’s Class of 2008 wrote an open letter condemning the “Trump” chants that took place at a CHS basketball game. In less than 24 hours, over 200 CHS alumni signed the open letter, representing over 26 graduating classes. More and more signatures are being added by the hour. The overwhelming support and encouragement reiterates the CHS community’s commitment to equality. The letter (seen below) represents not just a statement of our views, but a willingness to take action. We are eager to be a part of and help facilitate more conversations moving forward to make sure Canton remains a community committed to combating racism in all forms. 

As alumni and members of the extended Canton High School community, we condemn racism in all forms.

We were dismayed to hear that a small group of Canton students taunted black and Hispanic basketball players from Hartford’s Classical Magnet School by chanting “Trump” during a game in Canton on February 28.

As a multi-racial group of Canton alums, the meaning of this chant was not lost on us. Donald Trump ran a campaign fueled by fear and anger toward immigrants and Muslims. He has filled his cabinet with appointees hostile to racial progress and has demonstrated in his first 50 days that he fully intends to put his campaign promises into action. We know there are those who would prefer to see this incident through the lens of partisanship, but that is an evasion. None of the players from Hartford, none of their parents and friends, and none of us are mistaken about what that chant meant in that context. By chanting the president’s name, Canton fans were reminding their black and brown opponents that no matter what happens on the basketball court, out in the real world, white people have the power. It was not just mean-spirited; it was cowardly.

To make matters even more clear, some Canton fans also chanted “we pay your welfare.” In doing so, they betrayed not only their racist and ignorant assumptions, but an ugly disdain for anyone on government assistance.

We wish we could say unequivocally that this is “not the Canton we remember.” But that’s not completely true. As a small, mostly white suburb in America, a certain undercurrent of white chauvinism comes with the territory. We recall wincing at the occasional racist joke or slur. We remember when our black classmates were unfairly singled out for punishment.

But we also remember a Canton community that always aspired to be tolerant and equitable. Those who expressed racist views were told to knock it off. And those who may have held hateful views privately, understood that expressing them publicly would have harmful social consequences. While many of us have moved away, Canton was a formative part of our upbringing. It was in our little town that we learned to be the accepting and understanding adults that we are today. We are proud of the Canton students who have already taken a stand against these malicious acts and we are hopeful that Canton families will continue to raise—and Canton teachers will continue to educate—kind, caring people who have the courage to speak out against injustice.

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Your Silent Neighbors: Ralph Cox, Village Doctor

March 15, 2017 Community, History No Comments

By David Leff
Town Historian 

Doctor Ralph Cox (1876-1961) began practice in Collinsville in 1902 and continued seeing patients until his death.  He was drawn to Collinsville from his native Nova Scotia because his father, originally a shipwright, had found employment as a blacksmith with The Collins Company.  The boyish-looking doctor with smooth skin and dark, neatly combed hair married a Collinsville girl in 1905 and purchased the house at 2 The Green where he both lived and saw patients.

Dr. Cox practiced in the days of house calls, and his first mode of transportation was a bicycle, then a horse, and finally an automobile, of which he had only the fourth one in the village, an Overland.

During his first year of practice he rode his bike one night from Collinsville to Plainville when a desperate mother couldn’t locate another doctor to tend to her son who had a deep cut on his leg.  When the youthful Cox arrived, the woman refused to have a “boy doctor” look at her son.  He managed to talk her into examining the laceration and before she knew it, he had patched the wound.  The family was still among his patients 50 years later.

Dr. Cox was a man of courage.  When called to the old Collins mansion in 1912 where a deranged Hartford firefighter had shot his wife, he did not just retreat when his life was threatened at gunpoint.  He went back across the river for reinforcements and then endured a hail of bullets until the gunman ran out of ammunition.  Though the house was engulfed in flames, Dr. Cox, with others, assisted the wounded woman to his car.  He treated the bullet wounds and allowed her to convalesce at his house.  A man of great warmth and humanity, he would become known for bringing accident victims and sufferers from mental disorders into his home. … Continue Reading

Canton Girls Playing in Championship Game at 10 a.m. Saturday

March 14, 2017 Schools, Sports No Comments

The Class S Championship Game has been set for 10 a.m. at Mohegan Sun Saturday, March 18.  
Photo by David Heuschkel

The Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference has officially announced that the Class S Championship girls basketball game will take place in the Mohegan Sun Arena at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 18.

Last Friday night, the Canton girls varsity team defeated Housatonic Regional 41-32 to earn their third-straight championship berth against Thomaston. After suffering defeat two years ago, the lady Warriors defeated the Golden Bears  last year by a score of 64-51.

See ticket information for this year’s game at http://ciacsports.com/site/?p=3337. Directions to Mohegan Sun can be accessed via https://mohegansun.com/about-mohegan-sun/getting-here.html. … Continue Reading

With loss, season comes to an end for Canton boys

March 13, 2017 Schools, Sports 1 Comment

Canton coach Craig Archambault congratulates his players on battling to the end as fans from Waterbury Career Academy rushed onto the floor to celebrate the win.
Photo by Dave Heuschkel

By David Heuschkel
Valley Press Sports Editor

The season for the Canton High boys basketball team ended Monday night with a 50-45 loss to Waterbury Career Academy in the Class S state tournament quarterfinals inside a packed gymnasium at Canton High School.

Canton trailed by as many as 10 points, falling behind 31-21 in the opening minute of the third quarter. The Warriors pulled to within three to start the fourth quarter and trimmed it to two, 41-39, with 3:47 remaining but never pulled even.

WCA sophomore Marquan Watson scored a game-high 19 points and Jaden Battle had 16 for the No. 23 seeded Spartans (13-10 overall), who are in their second year as a varsity program. Junior Ryan Enns had a team-high 16 for Canton. The Warriors, the No. 2 seed, finished 20-5 overall.

The Canton High girls play Thomaston in the Class S final this weekend at Mohegan Sun Arena. The date and start time of the game will be announced Wednesday.

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Collinsville Resident Featured in ‘The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee’

Darrell Cookman as Mitch Mahoney Photo by Anna Zuckerman-Vdovenko

Submitted Release 

The Farmington Valley Stage Company in Collinsville’s season continues with the Tony award-winning Broadway hit musical comedy, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” the hilarious tale of six young people in the throes of puberty, overseen by grown-ups who barely managed to escape childhood themselves, competing in the spelling championship of a lifetime.  The spellers soon learn that winning isn’t everything and that losing doesn’t necessarily make you a loser.

Though the spellers are all supposed to be between the ages of 10 and 13, they are played by adults.  This unique musical comedy features a cast of many Farmington Valley audience favorites, including Collinsville’s own Darrell Cookman, making his first appearance with the FVSC as “Mitch Mahoney Comfort Counselor”.  During the day, Darrell encourages homeschooling teens to push the limits of their passion and talent at True North located in the Collins Ax Factory. … Continue Reading

Canton girls hoop team heading back to the Sun

March 10, 2017 Schools, Sports 1 Comment

Senior Emily Briggs led Canton with 21 points and 14 rebounds.
Photo by David Heuschkel

By David Heuschkel
Valley Press Sports Editor

Get ready for Canton-Thomaston III.

The Canton High girls basketball team defeated Housatonic Regional 41-32 in the Class S tournament semifinals Friday night at Simsbury High School, setting the stage for the Warriors and Thomaston to play in the state championship game for the third straight year.

The final will be played on the weekend of March 18-19 at Mohegan Sun Arena.  The date and time will be announced at a later date.

Senior Emily Briggs led Canton with 21 points and 14 rebounds. Sophomore Sarah Bowman grabbed 10 rebounds and had seven blocked shots. … Continue Reading

Canton Boys Advance to Class S Quarterfinal

March 9, 2017 Schools, Sports No Comments

Canton senior Ethan Burke goes up for a short jump shot in the closing seconds that gave the Warriors a 40-38 win over Amistad.
Photo by David Heuschkel

By David Heuschkel
Valley Press Sports Editor 

The Canton High boys basketball team survived – by inches – and advanced to the Class S state tournament quarterfinal round with a hard-fought 40-38 win over Amistad of New Haven Thursday night before a spirited atmosphere at Canton High.

Canton junior Ryan Enns scored eight of his team-high 14 points in the fourth quarter and senior Ethan Burke (nine points) made a short jumper in the lane to break a tie with 2.9 seconds left.

Burke stole the long inbound pass by Amistad and was immediately fouled. Since the Wolves were not in the penalty, Canton just had to inbound the ball at midcourt to run out the clock. But Amistad sophomore Detrei Murphy stole the ball and launched a running 50-foot shot that hit the rim as time expired.

The Warriors, the No. 2 seed in the tournament, will host No. 23 Waterbury Career Academy on Monday, March 13, with the winner advancing to the semifinals. The tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.

The Canton girls team have advanced to the Class S semifinal and will take on Housatonic at 7 p.m. Friday night. That games takes place at Simsbury High School.

See more in next week’s Valley Press.

Images of Canton: Finding Success on the Stage

Canton Music Theatre will present “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” March 17-19.

Shows take place at 7 p.m. Friday, March 17 and Saturday, March 18, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 19. Pre-sale tickets are $8 for seniors and students and $12 for adults. At the door, the prices are $10 and $15. The production is in conjunction with Music Theatre International. For tickets, call 860-693-7707, or log on to cantonmusictheatre.org. Also, see more in this week’s Valley Press.

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