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Letter to the Editor: Address the Elephant, Please

To the editor:

Address the Elephant, Please

Why haven’t the Selectmen let the experts on the Building Committee review the proposed plan?

The BOS has had plenty of time to make the request.  … Continue Reading

Letter to the Editor: Canton Citizens Aren’t Clueless Clients

To the Editor:

Most readers likely agree with me that November 9-–and the end of the screamfest–can’t come soon enough. Canton Compass has enjoyed an abundance of submitted letters like this one and now revenue-paying “Pop-Up Ads” like those from Not On Our River PAC (NOOR) that ask incredulously: “Why Won’t Our Town Listen To Its Own Experts?”

Letters and the mailer from NOOR similarly are prefaced with a preachment that we should “Listen to the EXPERTS.” They then parade out a “Who’s Who Of Local Has-Beens” whose EXPERT pronouncements must be obeyed or Canton will perish from the Earth. This is propaganda in its final shrill crescendo.

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In Brief: Brewery Legitimus Receives a Formal Welcome

November 4, 2016 Business No Comments

Grand Opening Takes Place Saturday

Pictured above are some moments from the ribbon cutting as well as the October soft opening at Brewery Legitimus. 

By John Fitts

NEW HARTFORD – Local officials as well as members of the New Hartford Business Council and Canton Chamber of Commerce formally welcomed Brewery Legitimus to town on Friday night.

The business, owned by Canton couple Chris and Christina Sayer, will host a grand opening from noon to 9 p.m. on Saturday Nov. 5. During the event the brewery, located at 283 Main St. (Route 44) in New Hartford, will feature at least five of its own beers, several guest taps, a food truck courtesy of Christie Caters LLC and, from 6 to 9 p.m., the music of Blind Smudge.

The brewery first opened late last month and is located in a 3,300 square-foot space in the former Waring Factory complex.

The taproom features a bar and farm tables with seating for approximately 60.

Hours are:
Thursday and Friday – 5 to 9 p.m.
Saturday – 12pm to 9pm
Sunday – 12pm to 5pm

For updates and more, visit http://www.brewerylegitimus.com or https://www.facebook.com/brewerylegitimus/

For a full screen gallery of this and other photos or to purchase prints and digital downloads, visit https://johnfitts.smugmug.com.

To the Editor: Listen to the Experts – Vote No on the Garage Referendum

To the Editor:

We urge Canton voters to vote NO on the town garage referendum next Tuesday.  Many opinions have been posted on this valuable forum.  Those best supported by expertise are those voiced by the members of the Permanent Municipal Building Committee (“PMBC”).   … Continue Reading

Letter to the Editor: Obvious Economic and Environmental Linkage in Rebuilding on River

To the Editor:

There is an obvious negative economic and environmental linkage between attracting developers for the Collinsville Ax Factory site and rebuilding the public works garage on the Farmington River. If I were a successful developer with deep pockets looking to invest in a project like the Collins Company on the beautiful Farmington River, I would be put off to note that the Ax Factory site was within a town whose citizenry and some of its leaders were willing to endanger that river and despoil its frontage just upstream of my development. I might very well take my money elsewhere.  … Continue Reading

Letter to the Editor: We Still Have Time to Get This Right

To the Editor:

For almost 30 years, Canton has planned for a future with a reclaimed Farmington River waterfront as catalyst for the economic, social and environmental vitality of our community. The need for a new Town Garage and a new location for it off the river first appeared in Canton’s Plan of Conservation and Development (POCD) in 1989. This goal has figured prominently in the town’s deliberations and planning since then and was recently re-affirmed in the updated 2014-2024 POCD, adopted after two years of work by a diverse group of civic leaders and community citizens. … Continue Reading

Letter to the Editor: Shortsighted Decisions Last A Lifetime: Vote No

To the Editor:

The proposal to rebuild the town garage on Old River Road is shortsighted, irresponsible, and will only hurt the town in the long term.

Sadly, we realize that not all voters care about the long-term viability of this town. As third and fourth generation residents of Canton planning to raise a family here, we do. … Continue Reading

Images of Canton: Emergency Planning and Preparedness Initiative

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On Wednesday, Canton officials and department heads participated in the 2016 Statewide Governor’s Emergency Planning and Preparedness Initiative Exercise.

On Wednesday, Canton officials and department heads participated in the 2016 Statewide Governor’s Emergency Planning and Preparedness Initiative Exercise, which centered around a prolonged ice storm.

Participants reviewed the town’s Emergency Center Operations, Mutual Aid partnerships, notification systems, equipment resources and shelter capabilities – and discussed the town’s policies and practices before, during and following such an event. … Continue Reading

First Selectman’s Corner: A Special Piece of Canton History

Leslee Hill

Leslee B. Hill

Dear Residents,

As we look forward to Veterans’ Day on November 11th, I wanted to share with you some news regarding a special piece of Canton history.   Many Canton residents may remember the former Collins Memorial Library building on Center Street.  This building was paid for by Mrs. Howard Collins (Helen), widow of Samuel Collins’ son, on land donated to the Canton Soldiers Memorial Association by Jasper Bidwell.  Mr. Bidwell was Canton’s first Civil War volunteer, and the library was built in memory of Canton’s soldiers and sailors, and was dedicated on Veterans’ Day, 1920.  Two bronze plaques were installed on the library; one was in memory of Howard Collins, and the other was dedicated to Canton veterans.  When the new library opened in 2000, the plaques were removed and put into storage in the Margaret “Peg” Perry History Room.

Recently, David Leff, our Town Historian, brought to my attention the existence of these plaques and their historical significance.  He suggested the Veterans’ Memorial plaque be installed in a prominent location in town, and rededicated.   We chose a site at the base of the flag pole at the edge of the Town Hall parking lot, in front of the Board of Education offices.  … Continue Reading

Letter to the Editor: Halloween Parade A Big Success

November 3, 2016 Opinion No Comments

To the Editor:

I want to congratulate and thank all those who put in tireless hours to bring together another very successful Halloween parade. A great time was had by all. The cannon was a big success, the dancers from DANCE by Kristin and Farmington Dance were fabulous, and many of the kids big and small enjoyed the zombies provided by Wendy and Donna on the green. Thanks to the Collinsville Arts Initiative, the judges, set builders, tee-shirt sellers, and most of all, a big thanks to all of you who continue to support our quirky and fun town. If I missed anyone, thank you.

Carol Ackerman
Carol & Company

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