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Images of Canton: A Spooky Halloween Display

October 31, 2016 Community, Photos No Comments

Each year, the Stanton home on Dyer Avenue is transformed into a Halloween wonderland.

Andy Stanton has been constructing a display for the past several years, adding something new each time. In all it takes approximately four weeks to set up.

Stanton said it’s fun to decorate, entertain the kids and provide a neighborhood gathering space.

“It’s a fun time for the kids,” he said. “Everyone seems to like it.”

To see full-screen version of this and other galleries visit https://johnfitts.smugmug.com.

Letter to the Editor: Despite ‘Canton GOES’ Assertions, Town is to Blame for 11th Hour Comments

To the Editor:

The Town has finally replied via the Canton Compass to one of the “11th hour” comments made by concerned citizens at the Town meeting held last Wednesday to discuss the garage referendum scheduled for the Nov. 8th ballot.

Oh, you didn’t see it?

That’s because under the State Election Regulatory Commission (SERC) rules, the Town is prohibited from advocating for any question scheduled to be voted on at a town referendum once the ballot has been set.

Their mouthpiece is the PAC “Canton GOES.” … Continue Reading

Letter to the Editor: Cannot Support Compromised Facility at Existing Site

To the Editor:  

I have been a member of the Permanent Municipal Building Committee for the past seventeen years. The past eight to ten years have been primarily devoted to finding the best solution/location for a new Town Garage. I find it numbing that the Selectmen would totally ignore and circumvent the recommendations of the PMBC primarily “to put this issue to bed”.  Although I understand the desperate need for a new Town Garage, I cannot support building a compromised facility at the existing site. There are better solutions available. … Continue Reading

Letter to the Editor: Don’t Be Fooled Again

To the Editor:

In a recent letter to the Canton Compass, Brian First incorrectly asserted that the PAC “Not On Our River” prefers the Cadle/Mitchell VW property on Route 44 as the alternate location for the garage. “Not On Our River” is NOT supporting any particular alternate location – it supports defeating the referendum because the Farmington River is the worst location for the garage  … Continue Reading

Letter to the Editor: We Do Not Want Our Garage on Our River

To the Editor:

It is a matter of record that part of the proposal for the new town garage is to raise the structure by one (1) foot to bring it above the 100 year flood plain. At the informational meeting on Oct. 26th I asked if anyone knew what the high water mark for the flood of “55” was, none of the board of selectmen knew; Mr. Barlow was kind enough to enlighten everyone, thank you Richard. Water from the Farmington rose to near the peak of the building that is now Dent-fix at the intersection of Maple Ave. and River Rd., this being the case do you think Mother Nature will avoid our garage the next time around? … Continue Reading

Letter to the Editor: Not The Right Project, Place or Price

To the Editor:

This is definitely NOT the right project, NOT at the right place, and NOT for the right price.  I am disappointed that our town will once again be so shortsighted to let an irreplaceable part of Canton be developed inappropriately.  The Board of Selectman in 2008 initiated a site selection process to RELOCATE the DPW site since it currently sits in a flood plain.  Previous votes have failed in large part due to the cost of the project NOT the proposed alternative locations.  This is definitely NOT the right price…$3.8 million to have a building and equipment sitting in the middle of a flood plain?!  That is just ridiculous! … Continue Reading

Letter to the Editor: Nothing Is Risk Free

October 31, 2016 Government, Opinion, Referendum 1 Comment

To the Editor:

Letter to the Editor: In Response to Hope Is Not a Strategy – Lets Rebuild At the Existing Site

Nothing in life is absolutely risk-free and we deal with risk using insurance.

The town is fully insured for damage at the existing town garage.

Current coverage has a $500,000 deductible. Once the new building is constructed and raised above the 100 year flood elevation the deductible will drop to about $50,000.  … Continue Reading

Letter to the Editor: Time to Give DPW a Safe and Efficient Workplace

To the Editor:

Driving home on the unexpectedly icy roads Thursday afternoon it was such a relief to cross into Canton where streets had been plowed and treated! It is a testament to the quality of our DPW team, their professionalism and work ethic, that despite working from an antiquated horse barn in sub optimal conditions, they take such good care of our town. Now it’s time for the town to repay that respect and service by giving the DPW a facility that provides a safe and efficient place to work. We need to move forward now. The town DPW doesn’t deserve to have to wait any longer to have safe work environment.  … Continue Reading

Cherry Brook Health Named Business of the Year, Ann Gagnon, Mike D’Apice and Phil Worley Also Honored

October 31, 2016 Business, Community No Comments

By John Fitts

COLLINSVILLE – From a non-profit that embeds itself deeply into the community to a trailblazing leader who held the reins for more than a dozen years, the Canton Chamber of Commerce bestowed some special honors during its recent second annual “Stars of the Town” awards dinner.

Held at Bridge Street Live in Collinsville on Oct. 21, the organization spent an evening listening to music, enjoying quality food, honoring member accomplishments and, for some, dancing the night away. Most importantly the chamber handed out some special awards.

Garnering the organization’s Business of the Year Award was Cherry Brook Health Center.

The center, located at 102 Dyer Ave., is a 100-bed skilled nursing facility that offers offer Short Term Rehabilitation, Outpatient Rehabilitation and Long Term Care through inpatient and outpatient services.

Outgoing chamber board president Chuck Joseph Jr. told a story of how the center took amazing care of one of his ShopRite employees. Joseph, however, said it’s really Cherry Brook’s involvement in the community that sets them apart. Among the efforts the center is directly involved with are Seniors and Law Enforcement Together (S.A.L.T.), the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), Focus on Canton and the Canton Senior Center.

“(Cherry Brook Health Care Center’s) compassion doesn’t stop at its door,” Joseph said. “It extends into the community. Rebecca (Stevenson) and her team are part of the fabric of what makes Canton great –  people who care deeply about their friends and neighbors.” … Continue Reading

Images of Canton: Collinsville Halloween Parade

October 30, 2016 Community, Photos No Comments

COLLINSVILLE — The 23rd annual Collinsville Halloween Parade was held on Saturday, Oct. 29. The event is sponsored by the Collinsville Arts Initiative and donations can be sent to: Collinsville Arts Initiative Inc., 13 Cliff Drive, Avon CT 06001.

See more photos from our friends at Collinsville Press and at https://www.facebook.com/collinsvillehalloween/

For a full-screen version of this and other galleries and to purchase photos, visit https://johnfitts.smugmug.com


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