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Your Silent Neighbors: Walter S. Case, Longtime Postmaster

Walter S. Case is buried in the Baptist Cemetery on Canton Springs Road, Canton.

By David Leff 
Town Historian 

Walter S. Case (1859-1941) took over the Canton Center General Store from George Lamphier in 1893 and became postmaster in 1898, a position he was to hold until 1940.  He was born in Barkhamsted and married Susie Church in 1890.  They were the parents of three sons and a daughter.  He was an avid Republican in politics and a Mason.  In his later years, he was a distinguished old fashioned-looking gentleman who wore glasses with round lenses and smoked a pipe.  He died a couple days before he and his wife were to celebrate their fifty-first anniversary.  After he retired, sons Gordon and Byron took over the store with the former as postmaster.  Case’s funeral was held at his Canton Center home with the pastor of the Canton Center Congregational Church officiating.

Walter S. Case is buried in the Baptist Cemetery on Canton Springs Road, Canton.

“Your Silent Neighbors” introduces readers to people out of Canton’s past.  It will appear on the first and fifteenth of each month.  Readers are encouraged to visit these gravesites and pay their respects to the people who have helped make our community what it is today.  Any suggestions, questions, or corrections should be addressed to Town Historian David Leff at onktaadn@comcast.net

Ally Doyle Memorial Fun Walk Set for May 7

April 26, 2017 Community No Comments

COLLINSVILLE _ The Ally Doyle Memorial Fun Walk will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, May 7 at the Rails to Trails starting and ending near the Crown and Hammer Restaurant and Pub.

Doyle lost her life at age 13 on April 24, 2016 due to a tragic accident.

“Ally was an amazing and talented 13-year-old Canton Middle School student,” her family wrote on the event website. “She had a great love for gymnastics, field hockey, academics, spending time at the beach, and being silly with her friends and family.”

Ally and her family, and their dogs, loved to walk on the trail. Proceeds will benefit the Canton Dollars for Scholars Ally Doyle Scholarship Fund.

Cost is $25 and online registration ends at 11:59 p.m. May 5.

Visit runsignup.com/Race/CT/Collinsville/TheAllyDoyleMemorialFunWalk.

Walkers can also register at the event.

Moose sightings stir up excitement in Canton

April 26, 2017 Community 1 Comment

A young moose photographed in Canton. Photo by Colleen Plaskett

CANTON – It wasn’t an oversized bunny or a life-altering religious experience, but residents were excited to see a young moose Easter morning.

Following sightings in Winchester, Barkhamsted, New Hartford and other parts of Canton, several residents witnessed a young, male moose in a field and wooded area on Olson Road, near the intersection of East Hill Road on Easter Sunday. Several more sightings followed in the next few days.

Wildlife experts say it is not uncommon to see young moose by themselves in the spring.

To see what a local expert and a state Department of Energy and Environmental Department biologist had to say about the moose in Connecticut, see this week’s Valley Press.

Ally Doyle Memorial Fun Walk set for May 7

April 25, 2017 Community No Comments

COLLINSVILLE _ The Ally Doyle Memorial Fun Walk will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, May 7 at the Rails to Trails starting and ending near the Crown and Hammer Restaurant and Pub.

Doyle lost her life at age 13 on April 24, 2016 due to a tragic accident.

“Ally was an amazing and talented 13-year-old Canton Middle School student,” her family wrote on the event website. “She had a great love for gymnastics, field hockey, academics, spending time at the beach, and being silly with her friends and family.”

Ally and her family, and their dogs, loved to walk on the trail. Proceeds will benefit the Canton Dollars for Scholars Ally Doyle Scholarship Fund.

Cost is $25 and online registration ends at 11:59 p.m. May 5.

Visit runsignup.com/Race/CT/Collinsville/TheAllyDoyleMemorialFunWalk. Walkers can also register at the event.

Also on May 7, in the morning, is the second Burlington to Collinsville Classic 10K, sponsored by the Hartford Marathon Foundation. See more at http://hartfordmarathon.com/burlington-to-collinsville-classic/

Canton Chamber of Commerce Seeks Golfers and Sponsors for Annual Golf Tournament

April 25, 2017 Business, Community No Comments

Early Bird Pricing Extended

Submitted Release 

The Canton Chamber is pleased to announce its 24th Annual Golf Tournament, being held on Monday, June 5 at Simsbury Farms Golf Course in West Simsbury. The tournament is open to the public and a portion of the proceeds fund the Chamber’s annual scholarships to Canton High School seniors seeking higher education in business or pursuing an entrepreneurial endeavor. … Continue Reading

Taste of Farmington Set for April 27

April 25, 2017 Business, Community No Comments

FARMINGTON — The Taste of Farmington, which will feature some 27 food purveyors, is set for 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. April 27

The event, which takes place at Farmington Gardens at 999 Farmington Ave., Farmington benefits the Farmington Food Pantry. Cost is $50

Trevor Gilbertie, manager of Cure Restaurant and Bar, in Unionville, is the coordinator of the inaugural event.

“We saw it was a good opportunity since Farmington hasn’t had a good event like this, of this size for a couple of years now,” Gilbertie said.

See more in the Valley Press… Continue Reading

New life planned for old, storied structure

April 20, 2017 Community No Comments

By John Fitts 

CANTON — While refurbishing the former South Center District School may have started with members of the First Congregational Church, Canton Center, the idea has always been to involve the greater community.

On April 30, church members are planning a grand opening event to showcase the building and the town’s history.

The building, located at 185 Cherry Brook Road, across the street from the church, served as one of nine schoolhouses in town before Cherry Brook School was built in 1942.

The original building was built in 1848.

See more in this week’s Valley Press.

 

Canton volunteer firefighters, EMTs and fire police gather to celebrate

April 20, 2017 Community, Fire No Comments

CANTON — The town of Canton Volunteer Fire & EMS Department recently hosted an Awards Dinner to celebrate, recognize and honor the past five years of their service to Canton and the Farmington Valley community.
Pictured are: Gerry Holland, Chief’s Award of Appreciation; Ryan Kerr, Officer of the Year; Danielle Kerr, EMT of the Year; Leo LeBoeuf, Firefighter of the Year; Joseph Viener, Chief’s Award of Appreciation Missing from photo: David Bondanza, Top EMS Duty Hour Award.

See more in this week’s Valley Press.

Your Silent Neighbors: Ida Gridley Case, M.D.

April 15, 2017 Community, History No Comments

Dr. Ida Gridley Case is buried in Dyer Cemetery, Canton.

By David K. Leff
Town Historian 

Female doctors were rare in the late nineteenth century so it’s remarkable that Ida Gridley Case (1862-1904) not only practiced medicine in small village like Collinsville, but that she was a native of Canton.  Case became a member of the Canton Center Congregational Church in 1876, graduated from Collinsville High School in 1880, and then from Wesleyan University in Middletown in 1884.  She taught at a private school in Canton Center for a while and then began studying medicine with a couple of Collinsville doctors.

Case attended the College of Physicians and Surgeons in Boston and later did post graduate work at the Collegeof Physicians in New York.  She specialized in diseases of the eye and ear and “was considered by the profession one of the best experts in the state,” according to The Hartford Times.  She delivered papers on her specialty at meetings in New York, Philadelphia and Hartford. … Continue Reading

Canton Police to host Tip-A-Cop event for Special Olympics April 13

April 12, 2017 Community, Police No Comments

Officers with the Canton Police Department will host a Tip-A-Cop event to benefit Special Olympics Connecticut at Dish ‘n Dat Bar and Grill, 110 Albany Turnpike, Canton, from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday, April 13.

Officers will assist restaurant staff in taking orders and serving meals to customers. All tips the officers earn during their shift will go to Special Olympics Connecticut to support its year-round sports, health, and fitness programs for athletes of all abilities.

Tip-A-Cop is a Law Enforcement Torch Run event to benefit Special Olympics Connecticut. For more information, call (203) 230-1201 or email specialolympicsct@soct.org.

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