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Images of Canton: CIS Kids Care Club Receives Special Visit from K9 Units

November 22, 2016 Community, Photos, Schools No Comments

Time and again, members of the Kids Care Club at Canton Intermediate School have learned how rewarding it can be to give back.

Not only did the club’s May of 2016 Mud Run generate enough to fund two bullet- and stab-proof vests for K9 police officers but the kids were recently treated to a visit from the recipients. … Continue Reading

Nodine’s Smokehouse Now Open in Canton

November 21, 2016 Business No Comments

By John Fitts 

CANTON — Nodine’s long-awaited restaurant, deli and retail store formally opened its doors on Monday, Nov. 21.

For owner Calvin Nodine and crew, who have been working on the restaurant since March, it was an exciting day and an extension of the smoked meats business his parents Ronald and Johanne started in 1969.

“We’re 47 years in business,” Calvin Nodine said. “This is a big tribute to my mom and dad.”

The 192 Albany location is open with a selection of Nodine’s meats, jams, jellies, pizzas, sandwiches and more. Initially the menu will be limited to items such as pizzas, sandwiches, hot oven grinders and deli sides but that will be greatly expanded after the New Year, said owner Calvin Nodine.

“It’s still a work in progress,” Nodine said of the menu. “We’re going to do our best, see what people want and change it from there.” … Continue Reading

Friends of Canton Public Library Announce Fundraisers

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The Taste Dining and Activity Books

The Friends of the Canton Public Library are holding two fundraisers this holiday season. The group is  selling the 2017 Greater Hartford Edition of The Taste Dining and Activity Books. These books have hundreds of coupons for a wide variety of area restaurants, shops, cinemas, museums and so much more. Dish n ‘Dat, Joe Pizza, First and Last Tavern, and La Trattoria are but a few of the many area restaurants. Entertainment venues such as the Bounce House, and local miniature golf centers as well as the Hill-Stead Museum or the New Britain Art Museum are included. … Continue Reading

Avon VFW Post 3272 invites Valley veterans to Dec. 7 Pub Meeting

November 21, 2016 Community No Comments

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Members of the Gildo T. Consolini VFW Post 3272 in Avon, warmly welcome veterans to visit with members of their Post at Wilson’s Pub, 3 River St,, Collinsville, on Wednesday, Dec. 7 from 6 to 8 p.m., on the 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor.

According to Lee Wilson, Past Commander and Chairman of Membership of the Post, “this gives us an opportunity to meet with veterans, in a friendly setting, thank them for their service and talk about our community activities and the benefits of membership in the VFW.” He went on to say that the motto of the VFW is to “no one does more for veterans and their families than the Veterans of Foreign Wars. From local grassroots ideas to national influence, the VFW works every day to make a difference.”  For the Avon Post that means that all their work is for the service of the veteran and the current military.      … Continue Reading

December Activities at Canton Senior Center

November 21, 2016 Community, Seniors No Comments

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The following activities are happening at the Canton Senior Center in late November and December. The center is located in the lower level of the Canton library/community center at 40 Dyer Ave., Canton, CT.

Canton Community Café is open every Wednesday & Friday & provides a hot “soup to nuts” meal.  Suggested donation for 60+ is $2.50; for others, charge is only $4.50. Pre-registration is required by 12noon the day before. Call 860.693.5811 & leave a message with full name.  Menus are available at the Canton Senior Center (in the Lower Level of the Community Center), or on Canton Senior Services improved website. … Continue Reading

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.

… Continue Reading

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:

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