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Gildersleeve Avenue Snow Fort Continues to Grow

February 14, 2015 Community, Outdoors No Comments
Brian Demski's continued to work on this snow fort on Gildersleeve Avenue on Saturday.  Photo by John Fitts

Brian Demski’s continued to work on this snow fort on Gildersleeve Avenue on Saturday.
Photo by John Fitts

Brian Demski has made more progress on his Gildersleeve Avenue snow fort since we last visited on Thursday.

Demski initially just wanted to build a wall to hold back snow. However, residents quickly took notice, began taking pictures and sharing them on Facebook. With all the excitement, Demski decided to keep working and expanding the fort on either side of his driveway. Saturday was his fifth day working on it.

See more about the fort’s beginnings in our previous story.

Demski was also featured on NBC Connecticut Friday night. That video is online and can be seen here.

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Snow Fort Quickly Becoming a Sensation in Canton

February 12, 2015 Community, Outdoors No Comments
The snow fort on Gildersleeve Avenue, near Hill Street.

The snow fort on Gildersleeve Avenue, near Hill Street.

Like many works of art, a growing snow fort on Gildersleeve Avenue in Collinsville started as a practical matter.

Brian Demski came across a snow block mold one day and figured it would be a great way to build a straight wall near the road, a structure that would better hold back the snow from an area he was carving out as a parking spot.

As he started to build it, however, he begin to think of the wall in a different light.

“I said, gee this looks pretty cool,” Demski said.

Then someone put a photo on Facebook and it had garnered 63 likes. People began stopping by, asking if they could take photos. So Demski kept working on the wall. He said the look on one young kid’s face alone made it worth the effort. Even teenagers found it fascinating.  … Continue Reading

Letter: Farmington River Volunteers Sought

FRCClogoNGNT524Do you enjoy being outdoors?  Have you ever wanted to make a difference in your community?  The Farmington River Coordinating Committee (FRCC) is seeking volunteers for the summer of 2015 to help preserve and protect the Farmington River, and make it a safe and fun place to recreate on.  This is a great opportunity for students to build experience, or for adults to get involved with something they believe in.

These ‘Assistant River Stewards’ will have several responsibilities including:

– Being a presence on the river during busy times
– Teaching proper river etiquette to the various users – fishermen, kayakers, tubers
– Collecting information about users’ experiences on the river
– Reporting any river hazards encountered
– Helping to pick up trash along the river
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Canton’s Recreation Supervisor Enjoys Position’s Variety

Courtney Hewett

Courtney Hewett

Courtney Hewett didn’t always envision a career in the Parks and Recreation field.

But Canton’s Recreation Supervisor has discovered it’s an exciting one.

“I’m really enjoying it,” Hewett said. “It’s something different every day. It never gets boring.”

Hewett started as Recreation Supervisor in October, a full-time job that combines the duties of aquatics supervisor and program coordinator. In the summer, she’ll spend much of her time at Mills Pond Pool but also oversees recreation programs, and helps with office administration and community center room reservations.

Working with department director Joshua T. Medeiros, she has also been developing a myriad of new programs for the town such as an adult hula-hoop and children’s dance classes. … Continue Reading

Congressional Representatives Re-Introduce Lower Farmington River and Salmon Brook Wild and Scenic River Act

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WASHINGTON – On Monday, U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), U.S. Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (D-Conn.), and U.S. Congressman John Larson (D-Conn.) reintroduced the Lower Farmington River and Salmon Brook Wild and Scenic River Act, which, if enacted, would create a U.S. National Park Service protective designation for the Lower Farmington River and Salmon Brook that run through ten Connecticut towns. With protective designation as a “wild and scenic river”, the Lower Farmington River and Salmon Brook could receive as much as $100,000 in funding from the federal government to assist volunteers and officials with conservation efforts.

“This bill will protect the beauty, ecological diversity, and recreational opportunities on Connecticut’s treasured Farmington River,” said Murphy. “There are very few stretches of river anywhere in the country where you’re going to find the natural beauty, economic benefits, and history all in one place. That’s why preserving the river is important to Connecticut and will help keep our state beautiful for generations to come.” … Continue Reading

Pool House Renovation in Progress at Mills Pond Pool

Work is underway the Mills Pond Pool House. Photo by Joshua T. Medeiros

Work is underway the Mills Pond Pool House.
Photo by Joshua T. Medeiros

With an upgraded pool house and a new shade structure, users of Mills Pond Pool will certainly have a dramatically different experience this summer.

Renovation has begun on the pool house and officials expect work to be completed this spring. The structure, which dates back to the early 1970s has been completely gutted and upgrades included, well, nearly everything. New items will include more private shower enclosures, fixtures, floor drains, wall tile, lighting, skylights, lobby structures, drinking fountains and much more. A fresh, level skim coat is due on the floor. Updates to meet code and American with Disabilities compliance are also included.

The Contract for Millennium Builders is $314,200, which is being funded from the $500,000 state of Connecticut Small Town Economic Assistant Program funds awarded to the town in 2014 for improvements at Mills Pond Park.   … Continue Reading

Images of Canton: Two Bucks

January 30, 2015 Outdoors, Photos, Wildlife No Comments
Kristen D Howard captured this shot in her Canton backyard on Thursday.

Kristen Howard captured this shot in her Canton backyard in North Canton on Thursday.

Images of Canton: January 2015 Storm

January 27, 2015 Outdoors, Photos No Comments
The hillside below Sweetheart Mountain.  Photo by Beth Van Ness

The hillside below Sweetheart Mountain.
Photo by Beth Van Ness

The Jan. 26 and 27 snow may not have packed as much punch in Canton as forecasters initially predicted but still has still provided some photo opportunities. Here’s the start of a photo gallery. Send your pictures to cantoncompass@gmail.com.

What’s going on in town? View our calendar listings and add your own event at http://cantoncompass.com/events-calendar/.

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Town Bridge: Spanning the Test of Time

January 26, 2015 Community, Outdoors No Comments
Photo by John Fitts

Photo by John Fitts

Town moderator and local author David K. Leff has weighed in on Town Bridge and the recent annual town meeting, one of the most well attended in recent history.

The town meeting was intended to further inform residents about the options for the historic structure.

A study of the bridge detailed several choices and the Board of Selectmen recently concurred that rehabilitating the structure while retaining its one-way status was preferable. … Continue Reading

Satan’s Kingdom, LLC Owner Discusses Housing Plan but Says Conservation is Possible Under the Right Conditions

The housing plan Allan Borghesi has discussed with the town. This, however, is not part of an official application.

The housing plan Allan Borghesi has discussed with the town. This, however, is not part of an official application.

While developer Allan Borghesi moved a step closer Wednesday toward a plan for a small housing development on Satan’s Kingdom, LLC property along Route 44 in Canton, he also said conservation was still a possibility if a plan involved timeliness, guaranteed funding and the right price.

The comments came during and after a “pre-application review” at the Canton Planning and Zoning Commission meeting Wednesday night.

Borghesi informally presented a concept for a 9-home subdivision on a portion of the 39 Canton acres owned by Satan’s Kingdom, LLC, Most of the homes would be along a 600-foot access road near Route 44 and one on top of the ridgeline further back would utilize a long driveway where a partial dirt road exists now. Approximately 15 acres in the rear would be conserved, he said. … Continue Reading


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