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Letter to the Editor: It’s Time to Support Those That Unwaveringly Support You

To the Editor:

After reviewing the scores of letters circulating around town as well as many distorted truths, I feel it’s my duty to the community that my family and I call home to cut through the propaganda and provide voters with the facts while they contemplate this extremely important referendum.  The reality is that this comes down to emotional ideals versus facts.

Yes, the riverbank was never the most ideal site to locate a town garage if we could start from scratch today but the truth is, if we can’t support moving a <$4mm garage in decades, how can we purport voters will ever get behind spending an estimated $30mm+ to move the sewage treatment facility to create this proposed utopia along a few acres of riverfront boxed in by River Road and other businesses that will never relocate?  We chose to locate all our municipal infrastructure in this location long before residential neighborhoods filled the rest of the open space in town.  … Continue Reading

A Scary Halloween: High School Custodian Survives Cardiac Arrest

November 2, 2016 Community, Health No Comments
Clyde Livingston with Dr Juyong Lee and Dr Kai Chen.  Submitted Photo

Clyde Livingston with Dr Juyong Lee and Dr Kai Chen.
Submitted Photo

Courtesy of UConn Health 

On Halloween at 9 a.m., Clyde Livingston, the custodian at Canton High School for more than 30 years, started to experience a severe, burning pain in his chest.

“I thought the pain would go away, but then it started going down my arm,” says Livingston, 59. “Then I knew exactly what was going on.”

Livingston was having a heart attack. His fellow employees in the kitchen at the school called 9-1-1 immediately, and the school’s health department got involved to help.

Within minutes, the Town of Canton Fire & EMS Department’s ambulance arrived, and an EKG test by paramedics on the scene confirmed that the patient was indeed having a heart attack – of a type known as an ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction (STEMI) that is caused by a blocked artery.

Read the full story at http://today.uconn.edu/2016/11/scary-halloween-high-school-custodian-survives-cardiac-arrest/

Hearing on Permanent Lights Proposal at CHS Track and Field Facility Set for Wednesday Night

November 1, 2016 Community, Schools, Sports No Comments
Musco lighting says this photo of lights in New Milford illustrates the focused nature of LED lighting. In the foreground is a working observatory. Photo courtesy of Musco Lighting.

Musco lighting says this photo of lights in New Milford illustrates the focused nature of LED lighting. In the foreground is a working observatory.
Photo courtesy of Musco Lighting.

By John Fitts

On Wednesday night the Planning and Zoning Commission opens its public hearing on an effort to install permanent lighting at the Canton High School track and multi-use field facility.

The town is looking for additional special permit use, special permit and site plan modification to install the permanent lights at the facility. The facility was approved and built with basic lighting infrastructure in 2013 but the lights themselves were not approved at the time, with the understanding that the school district would have to come back with such a request.

If approved, a volunteer group known as Lights on Canton, an effort of the Canton Athletic Booster Club and other partners, plans to raise money for the lights, now estimated at approximately $230,000.

The town retains ownership of the facility and the school board would be responsible for electrical costs.

The proposal is for four, 80-foot permanent light poles at the facility. Each pole would have 10 banks of LED fixtures near the top and one upward pointing fixture approximately 20 feet high. … Continue Reading

Brewery Legitimus Plans Ribbon Cutting, Grand Opening Celebration

November 1, 2016 Business No Comments

 By John Fitts 

NEW HARTFORD — After several weekends of “soft” openings, the Canton couple behind Brewery Legitimus will host two special events this weekend, including a grand opening celebration on Saturday Nov. 5.

For its grand opening, which takes place from noon to 9 p.m., 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. … Continue Reading

Canton Candidates’ Forum Available On Demand

Submitted Release 

For those that missed the Canton Candidates’ Forum, you can watch it on Nutmeg TV or stream it on-demand. The October 18 Candidates’ Forum hosted by the League of Women Voters of Canton will be aired on Nutmeg TV on Tuesday, November 1 at 8 p.m. For Comcast subscribers, the program will be on Channel 95; for Frontier subscribers, Channel 99 then choose Nutmeg TV Education Channel. Use the following link to stream the video on demand:



Letter to the Editor: Yes, the River Level is Low

To the Editor,

The comment that “we need to do something about the river” coming from a novice Selectman are not surprising.  He cites not being able to swim across the river, he brings low water level plant material to meetings and he talks about dredging.  Has he missed the fact that our region is in a serious drought?   Has he not heard government pleas to reduce water usage?

Has he considered that our coldest winter for the last ten years is much warmer than the average of thirty years ago?  … Continue Reading

Letter to the Editor: Likely the Most Practical Solution

November 1, 2016 Government, Opinion, Referendum 1 Comment

To the Editor:

I am not a member of Canton GOES and although I reside on Gracey Road I am fairly certain I am not one of those Chablis swilling elites.

I am not a member of NOOR but I remember when Mr. Barlow appreciated Mr. First being a loyal mouthpiece. … Continue Reading

Letter to the Editor: New Garage at Riverside Site is In the Town’s Worst Interests

To the Editor:

I am compelled by my responsibilities as a member of the Permanent Municipal Building Committee for over twelve years, to say that building a new garage on the current riverside site is in the worst interest of both Canton’s taxpayers and Public Works employees.

The Building Committee emphatically urges against rebuilding here. You can read the list of reasons why in our memo to the BOS, but just these two should be enough: … Continue Reading

Letter to the Editor: Development Should Protect, Enhance the Farmington River

November 1, 2016 Uncategorized No Comments

To the Editor:

Thousands of visitors come to Canton to enjoy the Farmington River – and they bring their money. The river is a worldwide destination. The Courant wrote that “people from all over the planet” come here for the world-class trout fishing. (http://www.courant.com/business/hc-fly-fishing-big-business-20140902-story.html)

Development should protect and enhance this resource, not degrade it. … Continue Reading

Your Silent Neighbors: Plesant Valentine

November 1, 2016 Community, History No Comments

By David K. Leff

dsc_07510001Plesant Valentine (1848-1915) was born in Richmond, Virginia and is believed to have been African American, which would have made him a slave at birth.  An unusually large and strong boy, at the outbreak of the Civil War at age 14 he is said to have run away from home and joined a Confederate regiment.  After a year-and-a-half and several battles, he escaped to the Union lines where he served as a cook for the 20th Regiment of Connecticut Volunteers.

He worked as a hired hand for farms in Bloomfield and Burlington.  In 1874 he married Agathe Arnold, a professional seamstress who had emigrated form Germany and was living in New Hartford.  They lived frugally and eventually owned several farms consisting of hundreds of acres in Burlington, Canton, and New Hartford.  In addition to farming, the Valentines were involved in lumbering, charcoal making, farm rentals, and real estate. … Continue Reading


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