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Area Businessman Looks to Renovate Maple Avenue Building

A rendering of the proposed improvements at 61 Maple Ave.

By John Fitts

CANTON – A locally based financial advisor is looking to renovate a long-deteriorating commercial building on Maple Avenue. 

Michael Chadwick, who runs Chadwick Financial Advisors, wants to completely renovated the 6,150-square-foot building at 61 Maple Ave. and create approximately four office spaces, one of which would be for his company. 

The applicant plans to make numerous building, landscaping and parking improvements. 

This application is due to go before the Canton Planning and Zoning Commission on Feb. 15. According to a memo from town planner Neil Pade, a public hearing is not required for a site plan application but the commission “may schedule one.” 

Please see more in this week’s edition of The Valley Press. We also plan to follow up in future editions.  

61 Maple Ave as it exists today.

Canton Annual Report Dedicated to Late, Activist Couple

January 25, 2017 Community, Government No Comments

By John Fitts 

The late Lou and Judi Friedman at Roaring Brook Nature Center.
Photo courtesy of Roaring Brook Nature Center

Assistant Editor

CANTON — The late Judi and Lou Friedman were known throughout the world for their activism but the couple also strongly believed that it started locally. 

Their actions at home included building a trend-setting energy-efficient home, instilling a love for the environment in generations of children, speaking and writing about local issues, fighting local polluters and pitching in at Roaring Brook Nature Center. 

Now, the town of Canton has dedicated its 2015-2016 annual report to the couple. The dedication was announced by First Selectman Leslee Hill at the Canton Annual town meeting Jan. 18, 2017. 

“Our sincere thanks and appreciation go out to the Friedmans for their years of continuous contributions to the Canton community – their passing has been deeply felt in the town of Canton and we appreciate and honor them through this annual report dedication,” Hill said. 

Please see more in this week’s edition of The Valley Press

 

Police: Passenger in Car that Crashed into Restaurant has Died

January 24, 2017 Fire, Police No Comments

The passenger in this vehicle has died from her injuries.
Photo by TAB Photographic

Canton police said the woman who was a passenger in the vehicle that struck the Crown and Hammer Restaurant has died. 

At approximately 12:30 p.m. Monday a car driven by Michael Stoppani crashed into the restaurant in downtown Collinsville. 

Margaret Stoppani, 86, of Canton, sustained fatal injuries, police said Tuesday morning. The Chief Medical Examiner’s office ruled the death accidental, with blunt injuries to torso, head and extremities. 

 Michael Stoppani sustained minor injuries. 

The town of Canton volunteer Fire and EMS Department extricated the woman from the vehicle and secured leaking water and gas in the building. 

Police said only one car was involved. They are also asking any witnesses to call 860-693-0221. 

See more about the incident in our previous story

Woman transported to hospital after car crashes into Crown and Hammer

January 23, 2017 Fire, Police 1 Comment

Members of the town of Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS Department use a hydraulic tool to remove the roof of the vehicle.
Courtesy of the town of Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS Department.

Editor’s Note: Sadly, the female passenger in this vehicle has died from her injuries. See our updated story here

By Mark Jahne and John Fitts

A car slammed into the Crown & Hammer Pub Jan. 23, punching a hole through the wall. 

Police chief Christopher Arciero said an elderly female  was extricated by members of the town of Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS Department and transported to an area hospital. Her son was driving, police said. 

Fire officials said the car went three to four feet into the building. 

There was an active natural gas leak and water pouring from the structure, fire officials said, and Connecticut Water, Connecticut Natural Gas and Eversource also responded to the scene.

Upon arrival, fire crews shut off the natural gas and water lines, as Canton’s paramedics and EMTs medically evaluated the driver and passenger, fire officials said.  Fire crews used a hydraulic tool to quickly remove the roof of the car while a paramedic worked to stabilize the patient, fire officials said. As a precautionary measure, fire crews also charged a hose line to the building, officials added. 

The accident, which occurred at approximately 12:30 p.m., is under investigation. Police are looking into exactly what happened. 

“We’re still trying to piece that together,” Arciero said.  … Continue Reading

Canton School District Retirees, Students Work Together to Make an Impact

January 19, 2017 Community, Schools No Comments

CANTON –  Joan Reiskin and Heidi Zacchera retired from the Canton School District in 2007 and 2013, respectively, but that hasn’t stopped the two from continuing to lead ESTEEM, a team of high school students that teach fifth-graders about making good choices.   

“We started it and we love it,” said Reiskin, a 35-year social worker for the town and school district. “We see the results in play year after year. We hear from the teachers and the principals of those schools that this was such a positive influence on these kids.” 

Each year, the group visits approximately a half dozen schools, generally presenting to fifth graders. That included a recent trip to Canton Intermediate School. 

Please see this week’s Valley Press for the complete story. 

Images of Canton: Wizards Come to Town

By John Fitts 

Assistant Editor

CANTON — With a host of antics, slam dunks, dancing and even a little football, the Harlem Wizards and local teachers took to the court and helped raise $7,500 toward an effort for permanent lights at the Canton High School track and field facility. 

The committee is working to raise some $250,000 for permanent lights at Canton High School track and field facility. Next up is a Snowshoe Scramble, sponsored by Lights on Canton and Canton Parks & Recreation Department, and set for 1 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 29. It is designed to be a gentle snowshoe, or walking event through the woods with refreshments at the end. Cost is $25 per person or $75 for a family of four.  More details, updated course information and online registration can be found at the Canton Parks & Recreation website, www.cantonrec.org/info/activities. (NOTE EVENT CANCELED) 

The committee has also announced several other initiatives. Please see this week’s Valley Press for the complete story. 

College Notes (Jan. 19, 2017)

January 19, 2017 Schools No Comments

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Wheaton College student Emily Guersch Performs in Mozart’s ‘The Magic Flute’ 

WHEATON, IL — Wheaton College student Emily Guersch of Collinsville, Connecticut performed in Opera Music Theater’s production of Mozart’s “The Magic Flute.” Guersch played clarinet. Guersch was also named to the Dean’s List for the fall 2016 semester.

Eastern Connecticut State University Full-time Students Named to Fall 2016 Dean’s List

WILLIMANTIC, CT — Eastern Connecticut State University recently released the names of full-time students who were named to the Dean’s List for the fall 2016 semester.

The following Collinsville students earned the honor. 

  • Alexia Bohnenkamper ’18, an Environmental Earth Science major.
  • Emily Chouinard ’18 of Collinsville, who is majoring in Finance.
  • Lillian Hyde ’17, whose major is Biology.

… Continue Reading

Application for car dealership in Collinsville withdrawn

January 17, 2017 Business No Comments

Canton Compass has learned that an application for a used car dealership in Collinsville is being withdrawn. 

Phil Doyle of Simsbury-based Landscape Architectural Design Associates had made the application for 5 River Road on behalf of a Burlington businessman Zolfikar Ezzeddine and property owner Stephen Roberto. On Tuesday morning he sent an email to town planner Neil Pade, asking that the application be withdrawn. 

The application had been noticed for a public hearing Tuesday evening. 

More to come.

5 River Road.

Your Silent Neighbors: John Felter, ‘Died by Murderer’s Hand’

January 15, 2017 Community, History No Comments

By David K. Leff
Town Historian 

“Died by Murderer’s Hand” reads the lichen-encrusted brownstone pillar erected to John Felter (1825-1875).  Felter was of German extraction and operated a boarding house just over the Canton line in Burlington with his wife Caroline, who owned the building.  Killed in his own home, he was one of three who would die from stabbings received on the night of April 16, 1875 in one of the most grisly episodes ever witnessed in Collinsville.

“Crazed with liquor,” as The Hartford Courant reported, Collins Company grinder Anton Linburg entered the room in Felter’s house where fellow worker Andre Johnson boarded.  Johnson had been sick in bed several days.  Brandishing a knife hidden under his coat, Linburg fatally stabbed the bedridden man.  On hearing a noise, Felter entered the room and was knifed so many times by the infuriated Linburg that he died almost instantly.  At the sound of her husband’s cries, Caroline Felter went to the room only to be cut severely in the hip.  The murderer then stabbed himself and went to his own room where he slit his throat.  Linburg lay in bed for some time with his wounds when a doctor from Winsted arrived to examine him.  With “great effort” the dying man “raised himself up” and “grasped the knife lying on the floor beside him and threw it with as much strength as he could command at the doctor, but missed his aim and fell back dead.” … Continue Reading

Images of Canton: Canton Parents for Music Coffee House

January 13, 2017 Community, Photos, Schools No Comments

Photos by John Fitts

Canton Parents for Music sponsored a coffee house in the cafeteria of Canton High School Jan. 6. Fourteen different student acts performed. Attendance was free, but the organization raised nearly $300 from selling refreshments and accepting donations. The organization is looking to host additional coffee houses , potentially at other locations. Canton Parents for Music funds initiatives not covered in the Board of Education budget. Examples include artists in residence and music trip transportation costs. See more at www.cantonparentsformusic.org. … Continue Reading

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