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Images of Canton: Collinsville Farmers Market

The Collinsville Farmers Market, sponsored by Canton Advocates for Responsible Expansion, takes place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 23. The market is held in the “town hall” parking lot on Main Street in downtown Collinsville For more information, visit http://www.collinsvillefarmersmarket.org.

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Canton Flower Bridge Project Seeks Donors

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The summer of 2015 marked the creation of a unique and picturesque landmark for the
town of Canton. In early July, the wooden walking bridge, located along the Farmington
River on River Road in Collinsville, was transformed by the installation of a beautiful floral display. A series of eleven hand-forged iron hooks, eleven hanging flower baskets and three
stationary planters were installed on the bridge thanks to the generous support of our
founding sponsors.

Canton Main Street, Inc., the originating organization for this project, is
especially grateful to the Cherry Brook Garden Club, Rotary Club of Avon-Canton,
Farmington Valley Trails Council, Collinsville Savings Society, Shop Rite of Canton, and the
Canton Shoppes who contributed more than 90 percent of the start-up funds for this community project. We are also very thankful to all the businesses and individuals who provided additional donations which helped to make this inaugural year a resounding success. … Continue Reading

Canton PTOs Seek Donations in Preparation for Winter Festival Online Auction

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The 2016 Winter Festival Online Auction is running from Feb. 18 to 25. This is a joint fundraising effort between the Parent Teacher Organizations (PTOs) at Cherry Brook Primary School and Canton Intermediate School. The auction is the largest annual fundraiser for both PTOs raising over $28,000 last year for the Canton Schools. This year the auction will again feature a wide variety of generously donated items including gift cards, gift certificates, physical items, tickets and admission passes, and much more.  Everyone is invited to register and bid, not just families associated with the schools.  … Continue Reading

O’Briley 5K raises $2,200 for the Canton Food Bank

November 29, 2015 Community, Nonprofits, Sports No Comments

Correction: An earlier version of this story stated the amount raised as $2,400. 

The fourth annual O’Briley 5K raised $2,200 for the Canton Food Bank, organizers said.

More than 200 people participated in this year’s Thanksgiving classic, said Michael Riley, who started the race with Colin O’Brien.

Photo by Brent Soderberg. Click on the image to see his full gallery.

“We are fortunate to have great community support in terms of those who come and support a charitable event as well as those who generously donate items to continuously make this event a success,” Riley wrote in a message to Canton Compass.

Trophies for 1st, 2nd and 3th place and finisher ribbons were generously donated by Canton resident and friend, Stephanie May of Mr. Trophy, Riley added. … Continue Reading

Cherry Brook Primary School Continues Tradition of Helping the Less Fortunate

Cherry Brook Primary School students collected almost 3,000 items for Gifts for Love.  Submitted photo

Cherry Brook Primary School students collected almost 3,000 items for Gifts for Love.
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The spirit of giving to the less fortunate continued at Cherry Brook Primary School once again this year as students donated nearly 3,000 items for the Avon-based Gifts of Love, an organization that specializes in helping those in short-term financial crisis.

Each classroom at the school participated in a 100 Days of School collection with items that will go to the Gifts of Love food pantry or school backpack program.

Each classroom chose an item, such as pasta, soap or peanut butter, with the goal of collecting at least 100 of the item.

The program is in its fifth year. … Continue Reading

Rotary Club of Avon-Canton Gives $1,200 to Trout Unlimited

Rotarian Rollie Sterrett, left, and Rotary Club of Avon-Canton president Salin Low, right, present ceremonial check to Carl Swanson, Trout Unlimited project director for Trout in the Classroom. Next to Sterrett are, L. to R., Colleen Burns, Cynthia Reichler and Erica Davis of the FOCUS Center for Autism. Alicea Charamut, president of the Farmington chapter of Trout Unlimited, is second from right. PHILIP E. WORLEY PHOTO

Rotarian Rollie Sterrett, left, and Rotary Club of Avon-Canton president Salin Low, right, present ceremonial check to Carl Swanson, Trout Unlimited project director for Trout in the Classroom. Next to Sterrett are, L. to R., Colleen Burns, Cynthia Reichler and Erica Davis of the FOCUS Center for Autism. Alicea Charamut, president of the Farmington chapter of Trout Unlimited, is second from right.
PHILIP E. WORLEY PHOTO

Carl Swanson, Trout in the Classroom coordinator for the Farmington Valley Trout Unlimited chapter, made a presentation about the program to the Rotary Club of Avon-Canton at its January 9 meeting. Swanson described the many benefits the program provides to the Farmington River, fishermen and local students.

Students and teachers at the FOCUS Center for Autism in Canton are involved with many facets of the program. The students care for the fertilized trout eggs provided by the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. The eggs hatch in 20 – 30 days and the students release the 1-1½ inch trout into the Farmington River and its tributaries in the early spring. “The tiny released trout can grow to 12 or 14 inches”, Swanson said. … Continue Reading

Preservation of Place Grant Will Help EDA, Canton Main Street Develop Marketing and Brand Strategy

mainstreet1Canton Main Street joined forces with the Canton Economic Development Agency to win a $10,000 Preservation of Place grant from the Connecticut Main Street Center. The grant was one of eight recently awarded by the Connecticut Main Street Center, a non-profit downtown revitalization and economic development organization.

“The Preservation of Place grant will boost our efforts to develop an effective marketing and brand strategy for Collinsville and ultimately Canton as a whole,” Robert Bessel, chairman of the Canton Economic Development Agency (EDA), stated in a submitted release. “We now have additional funds to help identify the audience we want to attract to Collinsville and to develop the creative elements that will appeal to that audience. We are committed to building off of our historic assets to ensure that our economic development efforts achieve the right balance of growth and preservation.”

The grant matches town funds already allocated to the Canton EDA for a comprehensive market study and brand strategy for the Town of Canton in the 2014-15 budget. In addition to the market study and brand strategy, the EDA has developed a three-year strategic plan, a survey of town residents, and publication of a Canton Economic Development blog. … Continue Reading

Letter: Canton Food Bank Thanks Supporters

December 23, 2014 Community, Nonprofits, Opinion No Comments

The Canton Food Bank would like to express our heartfelt thanks to all the individuals and organizations who so generously donate food and/or money throughout the year. We rely on nonperishable food items to keep the Food Bank shelves full. Monetary donations provide the Food Bank with funds to buy perishable items such as meat, eggs, cheese and produce which are given out each week along with the non-perishable items. Thanks to you, the Food Bank has been able to assist an average of 120 Canton residents each week, providing them with 3 days-worth of meals every week. … Continue Reading

Focus on Canton Presents Gifts to Cherry Brook Health Care Center

December 23, 2014 Community, Health, Nonprofits No Comments
From left: Laurie Columbia and Hannah Aaron.

From left: Laurie Columbia and Hannah Aaron.

(Submitted release) Thanks to Hannah Aaron and Laurie Columbia, members of Focus on Canton recently presented gifts to the residents of Cherry Brook Health Care Center.

The gifts were from churches and volunteers in the community.

“The gifts were greatly appreciated, and the smiles and joy on the residents’ faces while receiving this kindness showed the real reason for the season,” said Rebecca Stevenson, Director of Admissions and Marketing at Cherry Brook.  … Continue Reading

Images of Canton: Chamber Members Learn New Skills for a Good Cause

December 8, 2014 Business, Community, Nonprofits 1 Comment
Barbara Murphy of Henry Bahre Real Estate, Lori Heath of Collinsville Savings with Taylor Murphy.  Photo by John Fitts

Barbara Murphy of Henry Bahre Real Estate, Lori Heath of Collinsville Savings with Taylor Murphy.
Photo by John Fitts

Canton Chamber of Commerce members came out in full force Monday evening for a Good Works Fundraiser at McDonald’s of Canton.

A portion of the evening’s proceeds — $200 — will go to Gifts for Canton, the chamber’s annual toy, clothing and gift drive for town residents who are struggling financially.

Gifts for Canton runs through Dec. 14. There are numerous collection boxes around town, as well as the following ways to give:  … Continue Reading

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