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Dan Carcio Remembered for Honesty, Fairness, and Unwavering Work Ethic

The late Dan Carcio. Photo courtesy of Carcio family

The late Dan Carcio.
Photo courtesy of Carcio family

By John Fitts 

“I thank my crew. I thank my customers. I thank my family most of all.”

Those words were recently expressed by the late Daniel John Carcio, who, after a bought with cancer, passed away on Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016, some 37 years after he opened Canton Village Exxon on Route 44. Prior to closing late last year, the gas and service station had been one of the town’s most enduring businesses.

Carcio lived in Avon with his wife Lynn and their two children Anthony (A.J.), Angela. He also had a son, Christopher.

“My favorite hobby was my family,” Carcio told Canton Compass during an interview shortly before his death. More than anything he said he wanted to thank Lynn and his family for taking care of him as well as his employees and long-time customers for their support and continued well wishes.

One of Carcio’s favorite family activities was boating on Long Island Sound and elsewhere.

Carcio also loved the New York Giants and spent more than 15 years as Sunday School superintendent at West Avon Congregational Church.

“I loved those kids at school,” he said.

Dan Carcio and family. Photo courtesy of Carcio family

Dan Carcio and family.
Photo courtesy of Carcio family

In Canton, of course, most knew Carcio as the man at the helm of his business, which operated as Canton Village Exxon for 28 years, before it became Canton Village Sunoco and eventually, Canton Village Gulf. But for many, it was always known as Exxon, or simply “Danny’s.”

During his time there, he became known for his customer service, willingness to fit people into his busy schedule, offering advice, safety checking cars for customers, supporting youth sports teams and more.

Linda Driggs of Canton said she and her husband were customers from the beginning. Carcio would always take time when an issue came up, no matter what his work load.

“Danny always made sure I was safe,” she said. “He was never too busy to help.”

Carcio expected honesty and hard work from his employees but he was fair and led by example, said Nate Taylor, who spent 13 years working at the station.

“Dan had high standards,” Taylor said. “It was quality work and honesty.” … Continue Reading

Stolen Painting Returned to Canton Barn

February 25, 2016 Business, Police 1 Comment
Canton Auction Barn is offering a $100 reward for information leading to an arrest for this stolen painting.

Canton Auction Barn is offering a $100 reward for information leading to an arrest for this stolen painting.

The owners of Canton Barn have reported that a painting stolen from the business earlier this month has been returned.

The cica 1880 8″x6″ oil painting on board, with an estimated value between $200 to $400, arrived at the auction gallery via U.S. mail on Thursday, said Susan Wacht Goralski, co-owner and business manger. It had been stolen from the auction gallery on Feb. 6 or 7.

“Huge thanks to all those who helped publicize the theft of our painting,”  Goralski said. “We’re certain we would never have seen it again if not for the sharing and spreading of the details of the theft through social media, news sources, and television. We are grateful and thankful.” … Continue Reading

Automatic Updates to Windows 10: Things You Should Know

February 25, 2016 Business, Opinion No Comments
Ran Eytan

Ran Eytan

Computing Corner

By Ran Eytan

Looking ahead to March, Computing Corner offers some important advice about Windows 10. Reports suggest that Microsoft will automatically install Windows 10  on its Windows 7 and 8 computers sometime in the middle of March. The default on these computers is set to Windows automatic updates, meaning that if the user doesn’t take any action to stop it, Windows 10 will be downloaded and installed without clarifying the major changes involved. … Continue Reading

Fundraiser for Scott Lindsay Rescheduled for March 5

Scott Lindsay with Christine Torre Lincoln. Submitted Photo

Scott Lindsay with Christine Torre Lincoln.
Submitted Photo

By John Fitts 

COLLINSVILLE – A fundraiser to benefit Collinsville resident Scott Lindsay, originally set to take place later this month, has been rescheduled for March 5 at Wilson’s Pub.

A primary reason for the change is due to the fact that Steve Jones, former resident and renowned jazz guitarist, has offered his talents to the effort and give all band tips to Lindsay.

In January, Lindsay was rushed to the hospital with flu-like symptoms but was later diagnosed as having congestive heart failure. He has ongoing medical care issues, diet restrictions and more but is now back home and resting. Lindsay has not yet been able to work, although he hopes to soon.

“I am getting a little better every day, building up strength,” Lindsay stated in a message to Canton Compass. “I am overwhelmed by the kindness and generosity the community has shown me.” … Continue Reading

Letter: Chamber’s Gifts for Canton Project Thanks the Community

February 19, 2016 Business, Community No Comments

To the Editor:

A huge thank you from the Canton Chamber’s Gifts for Canton Project goes out to all of you, Canton’s residents, businesses, and organizations, who once again responded with love and generosity to help your struggling Canton neighbors during the 2015 holiday season.

You made this a success this year!  We wish that we could send personal thank you notes but the list is long so please accept this as our sincerest thank you and appreciation for all your help this season.  Our deepest apologies go to any person or business that might have been unintentionally omitted. … Continue Reading

True North in Collinsville Offers Educational Alternative for Teens

Finn Begley, 15, of Canton and Robert Siegel, co-director of True North Teen Learning Alternative, check out the inner working of vintage camera equipment. Photo by John Fitts

Alternative Education Forum Set for Sunday

By John Fitts

COLLINSVILLE — For more than three years, Darrell Cookman and Robert Siegel talked about starting a teen education alternative.

Last fall, that dream became reality as Cookman, of Canton, and Siegel, a resident of New Hartford, opened the doors to “True North Teen Learning Alternative,” a “Montessori-Inspired, self-directed learning community” that currently has three teen “members.”

Here students are encouraged to pursue their own patterns rather than a specific number of requirements and classroom times.  There are focused guilds such as Artisan and Tech, classes and tutorials but also a flexible structure, four-day school week and no grades. Students and parents, teens and instructors work together in setting individualized curriculum in those areas or others. Additionally, True North can help teens explore potential interests, the two said. … Continue Reading

Canton Auction Barn Seeks Information on Stolen Painting

February 18, 2016 Business, Police No Comments
Canton Auction Barn is offering a $100 reward for information leading to an arrest for this stolen painting.

Canton Auction Barn is offering a $100 reward for information leading to an arrest for this stolen painting.

Canton Auction Barn is offering a $100 reward for information that leads to an arrest of the person who stole a painting from the auction gallery earlier this month.

The cica 1880 8″x6″ oil painting on board was slated to be auctioned Feb. 20, with an estimated value between $200 to $400.

“In over 50 years of business, this is the first time the Canton Barn has had to file a police report for a theft,” said Susan Wacht Goralski, co-owner and business manger at the facility.

It was stolen from the auction gallery on Feb. 6 or 7 and owners believe someone must have witnessed the crime.

The business is offering a $100 reward for information leading to an arrest.

Anyone with information can call 860-693-0601 or the Canton Police at 860-693-0221.

Bidding for Winter Festival Online Auction Starts Thursday Morning

By John Fitts 

CANTON – Whether you’re looking for a family getaway, a night of fine dining, summer music lessons for the kids, a Patriots pre-season game, student-created art or a myriad of other items, the 2016 Winter Festival Online Auction is just the place. Your children could even have the chance to ride in an antique bus on the first day of school or a fire engine at the Memorial Day parade.

OriginalThe bidding starts at 10 a.m. Thursday and proceeds, which are often close to $30,000, are split between Parent Teacher Organizations at Cherry Brook Primary and Canton Intermediate Schools.

“It’s a great way to support the local schools,” Anne Marie Pelletier, co-president of the Cherry Brook PTO, said, adding that bidding for most items starts well below retail value.

“The best part of this fundraiser is it provides families with things they can use and they need, while the proceeds go to benefit the schools,” said Jen Rottkamp, president of the Canton Intermediate School PTO. … Continue Reading

Crown and Hammer to Host Second Canton Compass Happy Hour on Thursday Evening

February 17, 2016 Business, Community No Comments

CantonCompassside1COLLINSVILLE — The Crown and Hammer Restaurant and Pub has graciously agreed to host the second 2016 Canton Compass Happy Hour from 4 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 18.

I’d like to personally invite readers to come out, support your local news website, share story ideas, sign up for our email newsletter or just say hello. The Crown and Hammer will donate $1 for each draft sold to the site (please drink responsibly). Additionally, attendees can purchase $1 tickets for a chance to win $25 gift cards to the Crown and Lisa’s Luna Pizza in Simsbury. Those who bring an item for the Canton Food Bank will get one free ticket. I hope to see you there.

Those who would like to stay for dinner can also take advantage of the restaurant’s special half price wine bottles.

The Crown is located at 3 Depot St., Collinsville, across from the Town Hall parking lot.

– John Fitts 

Canton Chamber of Commerce Announces New Office Location

February 17, 2016 Business No Comments

K00A5522Submitted Release 

The Canton Chamber of Commerce recently moved its office from Canton Village, 220 Albany Turnpike, one-half mile west to the Quattro Building, 326 Albany Turnpike, (Route 44 at the East Hill Rd. traffic light). The parking lot and office entrance are on the west side of the building.

The Chamber’s office was located in Canton Village since 2012. The Chamber sincerely thanks Henry Bahre, Henry J. Bahre Real Estate, a founding member of the Chamber over 45 years ago, for his generosity and support of the Chamber while it was in Canton Village.

Chamber members, residents and visitors to Canton are welcome to visit the Chamber office at its new location if they need information about Chamber programs and events or about Canton and Collinsville. Normal office  hours are 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Members and others may call the Chamber at 860-693-0405 weekdays or at 860-478-5995 other times.


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