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Satan’s Kingdom, LLC Owner Floats Concept of No Mining and Building Fewer Than a Dozen Homes in Canton, Mostly Near Route 44

The concept plan introduced Wednesday night.  Courtesy of Allan Borghesi

The concept plan introduced Wednesday night.
Courtesy of Allan Borghesi

By John Fitts 

While there is no formal application or final plan at this point, Allan Borghesi of Satan’s Kingdom, LLC and Borghesi Building and Engineering on Wednesday floated the idea of building fewer than a dozen homes on the Canton portion of his Route 44 property, mostly near the road, scrapping plans to take down the ridge and conserving a portion of the land.

Borghesi mentioned the concept, complete with a drawing, at the town’s Planning and Zoning Commission meeting Wednesday night. It came during a commission discussion that it possible pursue an application to change zoning on the some Route 44 properties from R-2 residential (one to one-and-a-half-acre lots) to R-4 residential (4 to 6 acres). Included in the concept were 674 and 684 Albany Turnpike, owned by Satan’s Kingdom LLC. … Continue Reading

Artist Given the Green Light for Gallery, Tattoo Parlor on River Street in Collinsville

One sample of the work of Kevin Stiles.  Used with permission

One sample of the work of Kevin Stiles.
Used with permission

For artist Kevin Stiles, visiting Collinsville has been a like a getaway. He sees the village as being that special.

“It’s a wonderful place,” said Stiles, who lives in Harwinton.

With approval from the town of Canton Planning and Zoning Commission Wednesday night, Stiles now has the green light to open Stiles Artistry, an art gallery and tattoo parlor at 5-7 River Street, above the Village Sweet Shoppe. Essentially Stiles needed the commission’s approval to show he met tattooing requirements from the Farmington Valley Health District and Connecticut General Statutes, which officials said he had.

The approval takes effect Dec. 9 and Stiles said he anticipates he will be well ready to open by then. He said other details about the studio will be forthcoming.  … Continue Reading

New Crown and Hammer Owners: Live Music Coming in December

Photo by John Fitts

Photo by John Fitts

The new owners of the Crown and Hammer Restaurant and Pub said they will soon begin hosting live music.

Lisa Maurer, who recently purchased the business with her husband John, said details are still a work in progress but that the restaurant plans to begin having live music some time in December.

“The parameters are not fully set yet,” she said.

John Maurer said the first priority was to get the establishment up and running but that now there would be some additions, such as music and community involvement.

“Now we’re ready to pull the trigger,” he said. … Continue Reading

Canton Chamber of Commerce Presents Annual Awards

November 19, 2014 Business No Comments
Past Canton Chamber President Mike D'Apice presents awards to Kristin Oswald of Planning Partners and Myles Walsh of Flatbread.  Submitted photo

Past Canton Chamber President Mike D’Apice presents the Business Person of the Year Award to Kristin Oswald of Planning Partners (left) and the “Service to Canton Award to Myles Walsh of The Flatbread Co.
Submitted photo

(Submitted release) The Canton Chamber of Commerce has presented its annual awards to members who have provided outstanding service to the Canton community and achieved superior performance and results in their business. … Continue Reading

Preservation of Place Grant Would Help Canton Main Street, EDA With Efforts to Market Collinsville

Recently the Board of Selectmen voted to apply for a $10,000 Connecticut Main Street Center’s Preservation of Place Grant.

If received, the grant would help Canton Main Street, in conjunction with the Canton Economic Development Agency, market Collinsville, according to the following goals:

  • A plan which provides a unified approach to promoting a lively retail, restaurant, residential district
  • The opportunity and need to develop branding, marketing and celebrating Collinsville: its heritage, specialty shops, the river, proximity to bus lines, rails to trails, and other recreational/ eco-tourist assets
  • The promotional goal to bring more people to Collinsville to shop, dine, relax, recreate, and be entertained, and ultimately to work, live, and invest through the marketing of the unique aspects of the district; and
  • To assemble a “branding team” that will engage in the brand development process of promoting the Main Street District.

… Continue Reading

Canton Economic Development Agency Releases Three-Year Plan

November 18, 2014 Business, Government No Comments

The Canton Economic Agency recently presented its three-year plan to the Board of Selectmen.

See the document below.

The pdf of the presentation to the Board of Selectmen is embedded below. You should be able to scroll through it with your mouse or track pad. Alternatively, go to the bottom of the box and find the download button.

For more on the EDA, including links to a survey and the agency’s blog, visit their page on the town web site.


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On Tuesday, Nov. 18: Drop-in Stories, Shopping Extravaganza, Flatbread Benefit, Trivia and More

Screen Shot 2014-11-17 at 10.53.07 PMThere are a wide variety of activities in Canton on Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014. Those include a drop-in story time at Canton Public Library, the Cherry Brook PTO’s evening shopping extravaganza in the CBPS cafeteria, Tuesday night Trivia at Wilson’s, Flatbread’s benefit for dancEnlight and an Energy Committee meeting.

See details on those events and others in our calendar section.

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179 Pictures Releases First of The Tintype Recordings

Collinsville-based 179 Pictures has released the first video in its Tintype Recordings Series. For each band featured in the series, 179 Pictures recorded a music track, conducted interviews and produced an old-fashioned tintype image. Recordings took place at the historic Collins Company factory complex with the help of microphone manufacturer TELEFUNKEN.

See more here, as well as in this feature at CTNOW.

More about the wet-plate tintype process used by 179 Pictures can be seen at http://vimeo.com/82529390 … Continue Reading

Featured Event: dancEnlight Fundraiser is Tuesday

danceThe Flatbread Company is hosting a benefit for dancEnlight from 5 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 18. 

Diners will be entertained by Momentum, an Avon a cappella group and the Michael McDermott band. Try your luck with raffle items or enjoy the sale of Chinese calligraphy crafts. A portion of each Flatbread sale benefits the cause.

dancEnlight’s mission is dedicated to fostering the arts through excellence in dance, education and artistic collaboration in a tapestry of Eastern and Western culture & ideas. dancEnlight strives to enrich the community, enlighten audiences of all ages, and inspire cultural development, locally and globally. … Continue Reading


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