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Jason Almeron Smith, 23

November 19, 2016 Obituaries No Comments
Jason Almeron Smith

Jason Almeron Smith

Jason Almeron Smith, 23, of Canton, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, November 16, 2016. He was born August 1, 1993 in Hartford and was a graduate of the Forman School, Class of 2012. Jason was studying Finance at Syracuse University, where he was a member of the Delta Kappa Epsilon Fraternity. He was a PADMI-certified Master scuba diver and was an avid fan of the New York Rangers and the Boston Red Sox. Jason will be remembered for his beautiful smile, huge heart, and excellent sense of humor and adventure.

He is survived by his mother, Linda Cournoyer and stepfather Marc of Canton, and his father, Craig A. Smith and his fiancée Jennifer Jones of Monson, MA; his maternal grandmother, Carol Edick of Sun City, AZ; his grandparents, Dave and Carol Cournoyer of East Killingly, his aunt, Michelle Cournoyer Joseph and his cousins, Sarah and Ryan Joseph, all of Tilton, NH. Jason also had innumerous friends who meant the world to him. He was predeceased by his maternal grandfather, Thomas Edick, and paternal grandparents, Jack and Jane Smith.

Friends may call at the Vincent Funeral Home, 120 Albany Turnpike in Canton on Saturday, November 26th from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM. A graveside service will follow in the Village Cemetery in Collinsville at 2:00 PM. Memorial donations may be made to the UCLA Steve Tisch BrainSPORT Program at www.uclahealth.org/brainsport. Please visit Jason’s “Book of Memories” at www.vincentfuneralhome.com for online condolences. Jason will be missed and loved by all who knew him.

Images of Canton: CMS Celebrates Veterans

November 19, 2016 Community, Schools No Comments
Greg Sims with the wooden flag he received at the Canton Middle School Veterans Day Ceremony. Photo by John Fitts

Greg Sims with the wooden flag he received at Canton Middle School.

CANTON – Veterans Day is always a special affair at Canton Middle School.

This year, students interviewed veterans and then introduced them to the school community during a special ceremony, where students also heard poignant remarks from Colonel Roy V Walton, Senior Vice Commander in the United States Air Force. Colonel Walton is the Chairman of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3272 in Avon and also organizes the Patriots Pen Essay Contest in the region every year.

A trademark of the school’s ceremonies have been the handmade, wooden flags presented to veterans, an effort spearheaded by science teacher Cheryl Adams. This year, flags were presented to Vietnam Veteran Greg Sims and the great-nephew and great-niece of Anthony Broznya, a marine who was killed in the Pacific in WWII and whose remains were discovered 72 years after his death and recently put to rest in Arlington National Cemetery.
Additionally, Mrs. Adams herself was honored for many years of dedication to the Veterans Day ceremonies.

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Canton Commission Approves Permanent Lights for Canton High School Sports Complex

November 19, 2016 Community, Schools, Sports 1 Comment
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

CANTON — On Wednesday night, the Planning and Zoning Commission approved the installation of permanent lights at the Canton High School track and multi-use field facility.

The decision, which includes several parameters, came after nearly three hours of discussion on the subject.

The special permit use, special permit and site plan modification allows for four, 80-foot poles with dimmable LED lights to be installed at the facility. School officials said their will be no light spillage on abutting properties.

Up to 25 games (a year) will be allowed under the lights with restrictions on starting times and a requirement that the lights be turned off a half hour from the game’s conclusion but no later than 10:30 p.m. weekdays and 11 p.m. on weekends. There are also restriction on amplification. Games played on the turf include soccer, lacrosse, field hockey and football.

Practices under the lights are allowed to go until 8:15 p.m. with lights off 15 minutes later. No games or practices under the lights will be allowed on Sundays. 

However, the commission has allowed for the lights, at 15 percent power, to be turned on by early morning and evening users who want to walk the track any day of the week.

Lights on Canton, a subcommittee of The Canton Athletic Booster Club, has committed to raise some $250,000 for the lights and related costs. They expect it to take 12 to 18 months and are planning special events, a brick patio and sponsored banners and flags at the facility. … Continue Reading

Your Silent Neighbors: Edward Hale Sears

November 19, 2016 Community, History No Comments

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By David K. Leff 

Like a character in a Horatio Alger story, Edward Hale Sears (1846-1907) rose through the ranks of the Collins Company from fifteen year-old temporary employee to President.  Even when elevated to the head of the company, he was visible in the shops and became not only the most powerful man in the village but, perhaps, the best loved as well.

Sears moved to Collinsville with his family in 1859 at age 13 when his father took a job as head of the company steel department.  By the time he entered Collinsville High school, he was an earnest student, excellent in mathematics and with an artistic and mechanical bent.  His chief recreation was designing and making toys for himself and his younger brothers.  By twelve he had built a miniature locomotive of wood that ran on the steam supplied by his mother’s teakettle. … Continue Reading

Canton BOE Presents its Values Statement, Video and Logo

November 18, 2016 Community, Schools No Comments

logoThe Canton Board of Education has released a new values statement and logo, complete with a companion video.

The New Statement is as follows:

Collaboration~Kindness~Integrity

We partner with our students, educators, staff, families and community to:

  • Work together with open minds, creativity and innovation
  • Look for ways to treat others with kindness and respect
  • Do our very best, be honest and hold each other accountable

The logo was created by senior Kyle Walker. The video was created by Canton High School technology specialist Andy Buckle, whose vocal talents can also be heard in it. Sixth-grade teacher Patrick Allen also assisted with the music.

See the video below:

Gallery of Trees Kicks off With Nov. 19 Gala

November 17, 2016 Community, History No Comments

By John Fitts 

The Canton Historical Society’s Annual Gallery of Trees and Unique Boutique kicks off with an opening gala the evening of Nov. 19.

At the event people will be treated to a festive atmosphere will approximately 100 trees decorated by local businesses and residents. Visitors can participate in a teacup auction for a chance to bring one home, while enjoying food, drinks and live music.

The Gallery of Trees is a major fundraiser for the Canton Historical Museum’s building fund. In the past several years the museum has undergone major renovations, code work and upgrades to help protect the collections.

Last year 73 trees were donated to the effort, which generated nearly $10,000.

“With some many more trees hopefully it will be even bigger (this year),” said museum volunteer Sharon Brainard. … Continue Reading

Two Injured When Vehicle Veers off Maple Avenue

November 17, 2016 Fire, Police No Comments

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Photos courtesy of Bill Glass

CANTON – Two people were injured early Thursday evening when a Sports Utility Vehicle veered off Maple Avenue and ended on its side, police said.

The driver of the vehicle and a passenger were both transported to area hospitals with non life-threatening injuries, police said.

A long section of the metal and wood guide rail in the “s curves” on the road was damaged by the vehicle, which ended up on its side. Police said the accident is under investigation. Further details were not immediately available.

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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

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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.

“We believe we have a really solid plan in going forward and raising the $250,000,” Kimberly Marze, co chair of Lights on Canton, said to the Board of Education Tuesday night. … Continue Reading

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