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Report: Boffi Named New Head Coach of Canton High Football Team

March 21, 2017 Community, Schools, Sports No Comments

Dante Boffi, at right, at a football practice last fall.
Photo by David Heuschkel

By David Heuschkel
Valley Press Sports Editor 

On Tuesday, Dante Boffi confirmed to the Valley Press that he has been named the new head coach of the Canton High football team. An official announcement is forthcoming.

Boffi previously was an assistant coach for the Warriors. He succeeds Mike Guy, who resigned in December after one season as head coach. Canton has gone 0-10 each of the past two seasons under Guy last fall and Chris Currier in 2015.

Read more about Canton’s new football coach in the March 30 edition of the Valley Press.

Parents Invited to Screening of ‘Screenagers, Growing Up In The Digital Age’

March 21, 2017 Community, Schools 1 Comment

Submitted Release 

The Canton Public Schools is pleased to be able to show the documentary Screenagers, “Growing Up In The Digital Age.” The showing will be on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. in the Canton High School Auditorium.

This showing is for adults only. There will be breakout sessions following the film.

Click on  http://www.cantonschools.org/news/?FeedID=567 for more information regarding the film.

Canton Girls Are Repeat State Champions

March 18, 2017 Schools, Sports No Comments


The Canton girls varsity basketball team clinched its second straight Class S state championship Saturday morning with a 60-51 over Thomaston. The lady Warriors also took on the Golden Bears in the championship game for the last two years. After a 2015 loss, Canton won last year by a score of 64-51.

See additional coverage in the Valley Press and view the full-screen gallery at https://johnfitts.smugmug.com/Canton-Girls-BB-State-Champions-2017/

 

 

Canton Shines Spotlight on Opioid Crisis

The town of Canton Mental Health Task Force officially kicked off its Year of Mental Wellness programming on March 9 with a special presentation on the opioid crisis.

The event featured remarks from recovering addict Laura Shafer as well as a presentation from Miriam E. Delphin-Rittmon, commissioner of the state department of Mental Health and Addiction Services and remarks from Canton resident Maria Coutant Skinner, executive director at the McCall Center for Behavioral Health.

See more on the program in this week’s Valley Press. Additionally the presentations from the meeting can be seen below and the program can be viewed on Nutmeg Television via http://nutmegtv.org/video-on-demand/single/?id=34342. … Continue Reading

Piano-Duo Concert Scheduled March 19 in Collinsville

Sun-A Park

Submitted Release

COLLINSVILLE – The  piano duo of Henry Kramer and Sun-A Park will present a program of solo and four-hand selections on Sunday, March 19, at 4 p.m. in a Shepherd Music Series concert at the Collinsville Congregational Church.

Sponsored by the Maxwell Shepherd Memorial Arts Fund, the concert features two rising talents in the classical music world. Their program will include works by Scarlatti, Schubert, Ravel and Albeniz.

Kramer, a native of Maine, won the silver medal in the 2016 Queen Elisabeth Competition in Belgium. This competition brought together 76 pianists of 23 nationalities to compete before a prestigious international jury. He has won a number of other top prizes in events such as the Honens International Competition, the Montreal International Music Competition and the China Shanghai International Piano Competition. The New York Times has praised his playing as “triumphant” and “thrilling.”

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First Selectman’s Corner: A Budget Update

Leslee Hill

Dear Canton Residents,

I am sure many of you have been following the news from Hartford regarding Governor Malloy’s state budget proposal and its potential impact on town budgets. There is still great uncertainty about what the final state budget will entail, and it is likely the state will not adopt a budget before June. However, given the Governor’s proposal, we are concerned about the impact of anticipated significant reductions in state funding for education, and a potential liability for one-third of the cost of the teacher pensions. The Board of Selectmen and Board of Education have worked diligently to prepare their budgets, which have been approved by each Board and delivered to the Board of Finance for their consideration. I want to explain how we considered the state budget issues as we formulated the BOS budget. … Continue Reading

Dogs Found In Bel Aire Lane Area

March 16, 2017 Community No Comments

Two dogs were recently found in the area of Bel Aire Lane in Canton. If you recognize either of the animals pictured below, you can call Adriana at 302-312-3232.

Letter to the Editor: CHS graduates ‘condemn’ Trump chant

March 15, 2017 Opinion 2 Comments

To the Editor:

On March 13, 2017, members of Canton High School’s Class of 2008 wrote an open letter condemning the “Trump” chants that took place at a CHS basketball game. In less than 24 hours, over 200 CHS alumni signed the open letter, representing over 26 graduating classes. More and more signatures are being added by the hour. The overwhelming support and encouragement reiterates the CHS community’s commitment to equality. The letter (seen below) represents not just a statement of our views, but a willingness to take action. We are eager to be a part of and help facilitate more conversations moving forward to make sure Canton remains a community committed to combating racism in all forms. 

As alumni and members of the extended Canton High School community, we condemn racism in all forms.

We were dismayed to hear that a small group of Canton students taunted black and Hispanic basketball players from Hartford’s Classical Magnet School by chanting “Trump” during a game in Canton on February 28.

As a multi-racial group of Canton alums, the meaning of this chant was not lost on us. Donald Trump ran a campaign fueled by fear and anger toward immigrants and Muslims. He has filled his cabinet with appointees hostile to racial progress and has demonstrated in his first 50 days that he fully intends to put his campaign promises into action. We know there are those who would prefer to see this incident through the lens of partisanship, but that is an evasion. None of the players from Hartford, none of their parents and friends, and none of us are mistaken about what that chant meant in that context. By chanting the president’s name, Canton fans were reminding their black and brown opponents that no matter what happens on the basketball court, out in the real world, white people have the power. It was not just mean-spirited; it was cowardly.

To make matters even more clear, some Canton fans also chanted “we pay your welfare.” In doing so, they betrayed not only their racist and ignorant assumptions, but an ugly disdain for anyone on government assistance.

We wish we could say unequivocally that this is “not the Canton we remember.” But that’s not completely true. As a small, mostly white suburb in America, a certain undercurrent of white chauvinism comes with the territory. We recall wincing at the occasional racist joke or slur. We remember when our black classmates were unfairly singled out for punishment.

But we also remember a Canton community that always aspired to be tolerant and equitable. Those who expressed racist views were told to knock it off. And those who may have held hateful views privately, understood that expressing them publicly would have harmful social consequences. While many of us have moved away, Canton was a formative part of our upbringing. It was in our little town that we learned to be the accepting and understanding adults that we are today. We are proud of the Canton students who have already taken a stand against these malicious acts and we are hopeful that Canton families will continue to raise—and Canton teachers will continue to educate—kind, caring people who have the courage to speak out against injustice.

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Your Silent Neighbors: Ralph Cox, Village Doctor

March 15, 2017 Community, History No Comments

By David Leff
Town Historian 

Doctor Ralph Cox (1876-1961) began practice in Collinsville in 1902 and continued seeing patients until his death.  He was drawn to Collinsville from his native Nova Scotia because his father, originally a shipwright, had found employment as a blacksmith with The Collins Company.  The boyish-looking doctor with smooth skin and dark, neatly combed hair married a Collinsville girl in 1905 and purchased the house at 2 The Green where he both lived and saw patients.

Dr. Cox practiced in the days of house calls, and his first mode of transportation was a bicycle, then a horse, and finally an automobile, of which he had only the fourth one in the village, an Overland.

During his first year of practice he rode his bike one night from Collinsville to Plainville when a desperate mother couldn’t locate another doctor to tend to her son who had a deep cut on his leg.  When the youthful Cox arrived, the woman refused to have a “boy doctor” look at her son.  He managed to talk her into examining the laceration and before she knew it, he had patched the wound.  The family was still among his patients 50 years later.

Dr. Cox was a man of courage.  When called to the old Collins mansion in 1912 where a deranged Hartford firefighter had shot his wife, he did not just retreat when his life was threatened at gunpoint.  He went back across the river for reinforcements and then endured a hail of bullets until the gunman ran out of ammunition.  Though the house was engulfed in flames, Dr. Cox, with others, assisted the wounded woman to his car.  He treated the bullet wounds and allowed her to convalesce at his house.  A man of great warmth and humanity, he would become known for bringing accident victims and sufferers from mental disorders into his home. … Continue Reading

Canton Girls Playing in Championship Game at 10 a.m. Saturday

March 14, 2017 Schools, Sports No Comments

The Class S Championship Game has been set for 10 a.m. at Mohegan Sun Saturday, March 18.  
Photo by David Heuschkel

The Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference has officially announced that the Class S Championship girls basketball game will take place in the Mohegan Sun Arena at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 18.

Last Friday night, the Canton girls varsity team defeated Housatonic Regional 41-32 to earn their third-straight championship berth against Thomaston. After suffering defeat two years ago, the lady Warriors defeated the Golden Bears  last year by a score of 64-51.

See ticket information for this year’s game at http://ciacsports.com/site/?p=3337. Directions to Mohegan Sun can be accessed via https://mohegansun.com/about-mohegan-sun/getting-here.html. … Continue Reading

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