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With loss, season comes to an end for Canton boys

March 13, 2017 Schools, Sports 1 Comment

Canton coach Craig Archambault congratulates his players on battling to the end as fans from Waterbury Career Academy rushed onto the floor to celebrate the win.
Photo by Dave Heuschkel

By David Heuschkel
Valley Press Sports Editor

The season for the Canton High boys basketball team ended Monday night with a 50-45 loss to Waterbury Career Academy in the Class S state tournament quarterfinals inside a packed gymnasium at Canton High School.

Canton trailed by as many as 10 points, falling behind 31-21 in the opening minute of the third quarter. The Warriors pulled to within three to start the fourth quarter and trimmed it to two, 41-39, with 3:47 remaining but never pulled even.

WCA sophomore Marquan Watson scored a game-high 19 points and Jaden Battle had 16 for the No. 23 seeded Spartans (13-10 overall), who are in their second year as a varsity program. Junior Ryan Enns had a team-high 16 for Canton. The Warriors, the No. 2 seed, finished 20-5 overall.

The Canton High girls play Thomaston in the Class S final this weekend at Mohegan Sun Arena. The date and start time of the game will be announced Wednesday.

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Collinsville Resident Featured in ‘The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee’

Darrell Cookman as Mitch Mahoney Photo by Anna Zuckerman-Vdovenko

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The Farmington Valley Stage Company in Collinsville’s season continues with the Tony award-winning Broadway hit musical comedy, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” the hilarious tale of six young people in the throes of puberty, overseen by grown-ups who barely managed to escape childhood themselves, competing in the spelling championship of a lifetime.  The spellers soon learn that winning isn’t everything and that losing doesn’t necessarily make you a loser.

Though the spellers are all supposed to be between the ages of 10 and 13, they are played by adults.  This unique musical comedy features a cast of many Farmington Valley audience favorites, including Collinsville’s own Darrell Cookman, making his first appearance with the FVSC as “Mitch Mahoney Comfort Counselor”.  During the day, Darrell encourages homeschooling teens to push the limits of their passion and talent at True North located in the Collins Ax Factory. … Continue Reading

Canton girls hoop team heading back to the Sun

March 10, 2017 Schools, Sports 1 Comment

Senior Emily Briggs led Canton with 21 points and 14 rebounds.
Photo by David Heuschkel

By David Heuschkel
Valley Press Sports Editor

Get ready for Canton-Thomaston III.

The Canton High girls basketball team defeated Housatonic Regional 41-32 in the Class S tournament semifinals Friday night at Simsbury High School, setting the stage for the Warriors and Thomaston to play in the state championship game for the third straight year.

The final will be played on the weekend of March 18-19 at Mohegan Sun Arena.  The date and time will be announced at a later date.

Senior Emily Briggs led Canton with 21 points and 14 rebounds. Sophomore Sarah Bowman grabbed 10 rebounds and had seven blocked shots. … Continue Reading

Canton Boys Advance to Class S Quarterfinal

March 9, 2017 Schools, Sports No Comments

Canton senior Ethan Burke goes up for a short jump shot in the closing seconds that gave the Warriors a 40-38 win over Amistad.
Photo by David Heuschkel

By David Heuschkel
Valley Press Sports Editor 

The Canton High boys basketball team survived – by inches – and advanced to the Class S state tournament quarterfinal round with a hard-fought 40-38 win over Amistad of New Haven Thursday night before a spirited atmosphere at Canton High.

Canton junior Ryan Enns scored eight of his team-high 14 points in the fourth quarter and senior Ethan Burke (nine points) made a short jumper in the lane to break a tie with 2.9 seconds left.

Burke stole the long inbound pass by Amistad and was immediately fouled. Since the Wolves were not in the penalty, Canton just had to inbound the ball at midcourt to run out the clock. But Amistad sophomore Detrei Murphy stole the ball and launched a running 50-foot shot that hit the rim as time expired.

The Warriors, the No. 2 seed in the tournament, will host No. 23 Waterbury Career Academy on Monday, March 13, with the winner advancing to the semifinals. The tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.

The Canton girls team have advanced to the Class S semifinal and will take on Housatonic at 7 p.m. Friday night. That games takes place at Simsbury High School.

See more in next week’s Valley Press.

Images of Canton: Finding Success on the Stage

Canton Music Theatre will present “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” March 17-19.

Shows take place at 7 p.m. Friday, March 17 and Saturday, March 18, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 19. Pre-sale tickets are $8 for seniors and students and $12 for adults. At the door, the prices are $10 and $15. The production is in conjunction with Music Theatre International. For tickets, call 860-693-7707, or log on to cantonmusictheatre.org. Also, see more in this week’s Valley Press.

School Board Looks to Reduce Proposed Cuts to Non-Certified Staff

March 8, 2017 Schools No Comments

While the Board of Education on Tuesday reduced Superintendent Kevin D. Case’s budget proposal, it also looked to reduce the impact on non-certified staff members.

Earlier this year, Case introduced his budget proposal of $25, 629,086, which would have represented a 1.84 percent increase in spending. In that budget, Case said he had made the very difficult decision to reduce 12 Full-time equivalent non-certified staff positions  – ones that cover such positions as tutors and paraprofessionals.

On Tuesday, the Board of Education voted to pass along to the Board of Finance a proposal of $25,466,086, a 1.19 percent increase. The board found savings in line items such as professional development, custodial supplies, technology, a proposed .25 Capstone (senior projects) coordinator. However, the board added back in three non-certified staff positions.

Later this month, the Board of Finance, will begin looking at school and town government budgets. The finance board will be grappling with ways to deal with Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s proposal for drastic cuts in state aid.

The Board of Selectmen will be discussing the town side budget Wednesday night.

Residents Air Opinions on Trump Chant to Canton Board of Education

March 8, 2017 Community, Schools No Comments

Canton plays Classical earlier this year (This is not the night of the alleged incident).

By John Fitts 

Several parents spoke out Tuesday about the “Trump” chant controversy, while superintendent Kevin D. Case disclosed that additional comments were made during the recent basketball game.

On Tuesday, Feb. 28 Hartford-based Classical Magnet School visited Canton High School and squeaked out a 48-47 win in the NCCC Tournament semifinal.

During the game, according to school administrators, a small group of student spectators chanted “Trump, Trump, Trump” while Classical players were on the free-throw line.

School administrators quickly condemned the action, and particularly the tone of the comments, as being divisive and crossing a line.

At the Board of Education Tuesday, several parents continued the debate over the context of such comments.  … Continue Reading

Letter to the Editor: Human rights activist forwards letter about basketball incident

March 8, 2017 Opinion 4 Comments

Dear Superintendent (Kevin) Case:

I am Dr. Aaron Lewis, human rights activist, educator, child advocate and founder of The Scribe’s Institute Inc., a dedicated literacy center in Hartford’s north end. We represent children throughout the Hartford Public School district with regards to equity, civility, and ethical treatment. After discovering such appalling and racially charged actions from Canton students during a recent basketball tournament game toward Classical Magnet School basketball players, I was deeply disturbed. Also, I believe that the way in which the Canton Board of Education and the CIAC handled the matter only proved to continue the age-old struggle of racial tensions within our communities, our state, and our country.

It has been stated by various parents and staff members in Canton that the taunting and racially charged remarks from Canton students does not reflect the sentiments and ideals of the Canton community. This cannot be true and to believe so is only gross denial. Nearly all children receive their views of life, politics, religion, and tolerance from their parents. And under most circumstances children’s views are often an offspring of their parents’ core beliefs which are openly shared in the home. This behavior is unfathomable and necessitates taking a much deeper look at the core ethics that this school district claims to embrace. Succinctly put, the students’ behavior is an open expression of what many of the parents privately believe.  … Continue Reading

Images of Canton: Songs of the Continents

The Canton Public Schools Music Department recently presented “Songs of the Continent.” The March 2 concert, held at Canton High School, featured the freshman chorus, concert choir and chamber singers. Brett Gottheimer directed the performances with Diana Lawler as accompanist. See http://www.cantonmusic.org for upcoming concerts

The face of an epidemic: Local family hopes their story will help others dealing with addiction

March 6, 2017 Uncategorized No Comments

From left are Sheri, Dorie and Samantha Seger.

Correction: The wording in an earlier version of the following editor’s note led some to believe that one of the speakers specifically named below is a recovering addict. Please note that is not the case. We regret the error. 

Editor’s Note: A “Substance Abuse Prevention and the Opioid/Heroin Epidemic” forum takes place from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday March 9 at the Canton Community Center, 40 Dyer Ave. Please consider attending to find resources, talk to experts and hear speakers. Approximately 20 different organizations, including state departments, hospital, recovery networks, legal experts, policy advocates, emergency personnel and others will host booths. The event will also include remarks by a recovering addict and remarks from speakers Miriam E. Delphin-Rittmon, commissioner of the state department of Mental Health and Addiction Services and Canton resident Maria Coutant Skinner, executive director at the McCall Center for Behavioral Health. 

By John Fitts 

CANTON — Throughout her life, Samantha Jean Seger would easily make new friends as she would go through phases and delve into new hobbies and interests.

She’d spend time as a hippie, punk rock, and country girl, and later found an interest in everything from cars to emergency medical training.

“It seemed like she was trying to reinvent herself,” said her father, Dan Seger. “She was trying to find where she fit best.”

“She was a chameleon,” added her sister Sheri.

Sheri remembers her sister as “fierce, wild and loud.”

Samantha collected comic books and geodes, but she also followed her older sister Dorie’s lead and added a little outrageousness. When Dorie – who was, admittedly, “way too young” – went to a tattoo and piercing parlor at age 15, Samantha did one better and went at age 12.

“She would do [things] a little more outrageously than I did,” Dorie said.

Another time, Samantha took a $500 dare, gave herself a Mohawk and dyed it. The instigator skipped town without paying but the hairstyle was memorable.

“She could make anyone laugh,” Sheri said. “She did so much stupid, funny stuff. She’s the person who would shave off her eyebrows to draw new ones on and be like, ‘I thought it was good idea, but it looks weird now.’ She’d meet a person, her new best friend, and say, ‘OK, I’m going to marry this guy tomorrow.’” … Continue Reading

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