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Rotary of Avon-Canton Commits $150,000 to Favarh

February 22, 2017 Classified No Comments

Paul Mikkelson, right, who chairs the community service committee for Rotary of Avon-Canton talks at Favarh Wednesday morning.
Photo by John Fitts

By John Fitts 

CANTON — On Wednesday, Rotary of Avon-Canton formally announced a $150,000 commitment to Favarh to help the Canton-based non-profit construct a new 7,500 square-foot Day Program and Transportation Hub at 100 Commerce Drive. 

Wednesday morning, joined by leaders of Favarh, Rotary members announced the initiative, which commits to the funding over a 5-year period.

In 2016, Favarh received a $1.5 million grant from the state office of Policy and Management for the building and the rotary funding augments that funding. The Rotary club has also committed to a full partnership with the organization. It is one of many projects in the works at Favarh, which supports people with intellectual, physical and developmental disabilities. 

Construction of the Rotary of Avon-Canton building is expected to commence this year and be completed by late 2018.

Rotary president Don Bonner said it’s been a club goal for many years to fund a major initiative. 

“We actually talked to many different non profits in the area and came up with a variety of ideas on what we could do,” he said. “Without question, Favarh came to the top.” 

See more in next week’s edition of the Valley Press. 

Help Wanted: Public Safety Dispatcher

July 29, 2016 Classified No Comments


The Town of Canton is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Public Safety Dispatcher. The civilian, non-sworn position provides communication and support to Police, Fire, Emergency Medical and other governmental services under the supervision of the Chief of Police. High School diploma or equivalent and one year experience in operating communication or switchboard equipment or an equivalent combination of experience and training required. Experience in Police, Fire or EMSoperations preferred. An application and job description can be found at www.townofcantonct.org.  Applications must be received by Friday, Aug. 19, 2016 at 12:00 noon to Robert Skinner, 4 Market Street, P.O. Box 168, Collinsville, Connecticut 06022. EOE


Eversource Trimming Trees Along 52 Miles of Roadway in Canton

Students at Stepping Stones try and save some trees that were being cut along Route 44. Submitted Photo

Students at Stepping Stones try and save some trees that were being cut along Route 44.
Submitted Photo

By John Fitts 

CANTON — Crews working for Eversource, which transmits and delivers electricity to 149 cities and towns, are in the process of trimming trees along 52 miles of roadway in Canton.

It is part of a larger initiative that involves trimming along 4,000 miles of roadway in 132 communities – at a cost of $68 million – in 2016.

Through regular pruning, the company said it has reduced tree-caused outages 40 percent since 2011, according to a recent release.

“This work is crucial to protect our electric system, reducing the number and severity of power outages,” said company spokesman Mitch Gross. “We’re working hard to strike that right balance between aesthetics and reliable electric service.”

The trimming, which sometimes involves removal, sometimes generates the public’s attention. After the October 2011 snowstorm, many accused the company of not doing enough to clear its power lines. Since then, some say crews go too far.

At Stepping Stones Educational Center on Route 44 in Canton, young students recently participated in what was perhaps their first protest, waiving signs and saying, “Save Our Trees, Please.”

A crew trims and cuts further down along Route 44 in Canton. Submitted Photo

A crew trims and cuts further down along Route 44 in Canton.
Submitted Photo

“It’s heartbreaking to hear the children talk of all the animals that will be displaced because they continue to cut tress down each spring since that October storm a few years back,” said director LaNelle Stanhope. “One of the boys looked at me after our protest with tears in his eyes and said ‘Mrs. Stanhope they aren’t listening.’ What am I to say to that?”

Gross said crews did cut pear trees along a stretch of Route 44 between East Hill and Dyer.

“Pear trees that are not regularly trimmed can grow to heights of 40 feet and that is what happened here – the trees were growing into the lines, putting the electric system at risk,” Gross said. … Continue Reading

Help Wanted: Motorcycle Mechanic, Shop Helper

March 22, 2016 Classified No Comments

Strictly Street and Dirt is looking for a mechanic. The shop has been in business for 25 years and is looking for someone who shares the motorcycle bug. Street and dirt bikes serviced include Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki, Yamaha, and KTM.

The business is also looking for a helper to do daily motorcycle shop duties.

For details on both jobs, apply at Strictly Street and Dirt, 309 Albany Turnpike , Canton, CT 06019 or call (860) 693-1440.


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