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Architect Shows Revised Collinsville Streetscape Plan

The revised, but not final, plans for Phase 1 of the Collinsville Streetscape. See larger pdf version at the end of this article.

The revised, but not final, plan for Phase 1 of the Collinsville Streetscape. See the larger pdf version at the end of this article.

Earlier this week, an architect presented a revised plan for the first phase of Collinsville Streetscape improvements.

Last fall, the town received a $387,000 Connecticut Main Street Investment Fund grant and residents subsequently approved $40,000 of town money for design.

The meetings this week focused on a revised version of what officials dub the first phase of the project — improvements they hope the $387,000 will cover. Those center around the lower end of Main Street and include improvements in front of the Crown and Hammer and a portion of the Farmington River Trail, a narrowing of portions of Main and major changes to the Town Hall Parking lot, including complete circulation and additional green space, bike racks and sidewalks around.

During the first of two public sessions Wednesday night, Brian Kent of Kent and Frost said there was still a little time to tweak the plans.

“We’re at a point in the design where we’re still playing around the edge and the circulation and we value your input,” he said. … Continue Reading

Chamber Members Network for Gifts Effort But the Real ‘Work’ Begins Monday Night

Ann Gagnon accepts a Gift for Canton contribution from the Rotary Club of Avon-Canton. At right is the rotary's community services committee chairman Peter Vignati,

Ann Gagnon accepts a Gift for Canton contribution from the Rotary Club of Avon-Canton. At right is the rotary’s community services committee chairman Peter Vignati,

Amidst an impressive display of holiday cheer and historic artifacts, the Canton Chamber recently gathered at the Canton Historical Museum to network and support Gifts for Canton. They will further help the effort with a fundraiser at McDonald’s of Canton on Monday night.

The Gifts for Canton effort is an annual chamber drive, coordinated by Ann Gagnon, to support struggling families right in Canton and on Wednesday the chamber hosted a “Network Nosh” to benefit the effort.

Chamber president Chuck Joseph said that while the night was festive, it was important to remember that the effort would help people provide food and gifts for their families.

The evening also included some sizeable presentations to Gifts for Canton, including $1,000 each from the Rotary Club of Avon-Canton and the Canton Lions Club. Additionally, ShopRite of Canton presented $1,000 worth of gift cards. Alicia Canning, owner/operator at McDonald’s of Canton, also presented the proceeds from recent coffee fundraisers.

Numerous businesses also donated food and raffle items for the event, which resulted in another $500.

Gifts for Canton runs through Dec. 14. There are numerous collection boxes throughout town and gift cards for grocery stores or clothing are always needed.

Additionally, next week chamber members will get to work during a “Good Works Fundraiser”  at McDonalds of Canton on Monday, Dec. 8. From 5 to 7 p.m., chamber members will “work” at the restaurant and a portion of the proceeds will go to the effort. … Continue Reading

Business Owners Work Together to Promote Canton’s ‘Resale Marketplace’

December 4, 2014 Business 1 Comment
The Blue House; Nice Old Things flows into several other antique and resale stores on this stretch of Route 44.  Photo by John Fitts

The Blue House; Nice Old Things flows into several other antique and resale stores on this stretch of Route 44.
Photo by John Fitts

For many, the small section of Route 44 between 161 and 181 Albany Turnpike is another stretch of road — just 580 feet with too many traffic snarls and other issues.

But a quick right hand turn to The Blue House: Nice Old Things at 161 Albany Turnpike opens up a world of possibilities — an expansive area that features some 9 stores that sell some combination of collectible, used, reclaimed, upcycled and/or repurposed items.

You might find many things beautiful, practical or funky, whether that be a rustic barn board kitchen table, vintage silverware, a fine chandelier, a first edition Mark Twain, a roller pin, old glassware, a Three Dog Night Album, some clothes for your granddaughter’s visit or some vintage Fisher-Price toys. Many shoppers have already discovered the variety.

“I think we’re a destination at this point,” said Susan D. Grzyb, owner of On the Road Bookshop, one of several stores located at 163 Albany Turnpike complex.

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Wilson’s to Debut Saturday Night Music Series

Wilson's Pub in Collinsville.  Photo by John Fitts

Wilson’s Pub in Collinsville.
Photo by John Fitts

Wilson’s Pub will debut its Saturday night music series with The Goddamn River on Saturday, Dec. 6.

The band consists of Kevin Schremmer on Mandolin, Peter Grella on Banjo & vocals, Rodney Kluessendorf  on Bass and vocals and Dan Prado on Guitar and Vocals.

Members of the band, which Prado calls “Acoustic Rock with a side of Bluegrass,” got together to play the Thursday night music series at Wilson’s. The band has been working on some original material and looks forward to playing, Prado said.

“Wilson’s has always been a fun local place to play music for us,” Prado said in message to Canton Compass. “We’ve played Thursday nights in snowstorms and all but always have a good crowd and good time. The 6th will be the first show on a Saturday night and sort of fell into our lap at a good time for the band.” … Continue Reading

Gifts for Canton Continues to Help Those Who Struggle

GiftsforCanton-Red.pdfPoverty might not seem a widespread problem in Canton but many families struggle.

At the Canton Food Bank some 55 families, representing nearly 130 people, have benefitted from recent distributions, said director Pat Lazauski. It’s a need that’s been fairly steady but the numbers are even greater in the colder months.

Many of those are families affected by loss of employment, she said. Other clients, many elderly, find that social security benefits aren’t quite enough.

On the bright side, the community has extremely supportive. One of those efforts is the Canton Chamber of Commerce’s Gifts for Canton, which involves a month-long effort that culminates in a distribution on Dec. 16. Many of those who benefit are those same clients who use the Food Bank.

“The chamber does a marvelous job,” Lazauski said. “(The clients) truly appreciate and appreciate it and look forward to it every year.” … Continue Reading

Canton EDA Encourages Consumers to Shop Locally and Support Small Business Saturday

November 28, 2014 Business, Government No Comments

Canton’s Economic Development Agency is encouraging residents to support local businesses on Small Business Saturday and throughout the holiday season.

See the what the agency has to say in their latest blog post.

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Town to Host Additional Forums On Collinsville Streetscape Project

Town of Canton:                             Collinsville StreetsWhile the town had originally hoped to begin work on Collinsville Streetscape improvements this fall, some aspects of the project have gone back to the drawing board on some aspects of the plan.

Specifically the town is considering modifications in the Main Street/Farmington River Trail/ Town Hall Parking lot area in response to concerns from the owner of the Collins Co. complex.

The forums will be held Wednesday, Dec. 3.

  • Session One: 5:00 p.m. in the Town Hall Auditorium
  • Session Two: 7:00 p.m. at the Canton Community Center, Room F

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Plans underway for this year’s ‘Christmas in Collinsville’ Festivities

November 24, 2014 Business, Community, Holiday No Comments
A horse-drawn ride at a Past Christmas in Collinsville.  Submitted Photo

A horse-drawn ride at a Past Christmas in Collinsville.
Submitted Photo

Holiday celebrations kick off Friday evening, Dec. 12

(Submitted) Holiday events and activities will start Friday evening December 12th at 6pm throughout the town. The annual “Champagne Walk” will commence from three locations including Blumen Laden & Collinsville Kayak on Bridge Street, and Collinsville Savings Society at the corner of Main and River.

Pick up an engraved keepsake glass and charm for $20, or bring your own glass and purchase a wine charm for $15. That’s your ticket to access champagne, libations, and tasty bites at the many participating Collinsville town shops. Get in the spirit by viewing dozens of decorated trees at the Canton Historical Museum’s Gallery of Trees fundraiser, —-and don’t miss Canton’s official Tree Lighting sponsored by the Parks & Recreation Department.

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Images of Canton: Stepping Stones Hosts Thanksgiving Feast

November 24, 2014 Business, Community, Schools No Comments
Photo by John Fitts

Photo by John Fitts

Stepping Stones Education Center hosted a Thanksgiving Feast on Monday, complete with Turkey, stuffing and other sides, dessert and a guest appearance by Oliver the Elf.

Director LaNelle Stanhope said all the food was donated or made by parents. The school cooked the turkey on site. Stanhope said the idea has been in her head for some time.

“We decided this year to go ahead and give it a shot,” she said. “It was an amazing turnout and we’ll definitely do it again next year.” … Continue Reading

Planning and Zoning Commission Approves Zone Change for 16 Maple Ave. in Collinsville

On Wednesday night, the Canton Planning and Zoning Commission approved an application to change the zone for 16 Maple Ave., currently the location of Dentfix Express, from residential to business.

Business and property owner Stephen Roberto sought the change, which take the property from “non-conforming” residential to business. … Continue Reading


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