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Hearing on Permanent Lights Proposal at CHS Track and Field Facility Set for Wednesday Night

November 1, 2016 Community, Schools, Sports No Comments
Musco lighting says this photo of lights in New Milford illustrates the focused nature of LED lighting. In the foreground is a working observatory. Photo courtesy of Musco Lighting.

Musco lighting says this photo of lights in New Milford illustrates the focused nature of LED lighting. In the foreground is a working observatory.
Photo courtesy of Musco Lighting.

By John Fitts

On Wednesday night the Planning and Zoning Commission opens its public hearing on an effort to install permanent lighting at the Canton High School track and multi-use field facility.

The town is looking for additional special permit use, special permit and site plan modification to install the permanent lights at the facility. The facility was approved and built with basic lighting infrastructure in 2013 but the lights themselves were not approved at the time, with the understanding that the school district would have to come back with such a request.

If approved, a volunteer group known as Lights on Canton, an effort of the Canton Athletic Booster Club and other partners, plans to raise money for the lights, now estimated at approximately $230,000.

The town retains ownership of the facility and the school board would be responsible for electrical costs.

The proposal is for four, 80-foot permanent light poles at the facility. Each pole would have 10 banks of LED fixtures near the top and one upward pointing fixture approximately 20 feet high. … Continue Reading

CHS Volleyball Team Honored for Giving Back

October 19, 2016 Community, Schools, Sports No Comments

The Canton High School volleyball team was recently honored for its efforts to make a difference in their community, particularly for their work on behalf of the CT Brain Tumor Alliance.

On Friday, representatives from the Connecticut Association of Athletic Directors (CAAD) came to the school to formally present the team with its Sportsmanship Award.

The volleyball team has participated in many efforts, including Farmington River cleanup and other public service initiatives. However, it was the team’s participation in raising funds and awareness for brain cancer that really set them apart, CAAD representatives said. … Continue Reading

CHS to Host Alumni Weekend Oct. 14 and 15

October 12, 2016 Community, Schools, Sports No Comments
Members of the varsity field hockey team celebrate Grace Giancola's game-winning goal under the lights Thursday night.

Members of the varsity field hockey team celebrate Grace Giancola’s game-winning goal under the lights during the 2014 Alumni Weekend.

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Canton High School will hold its 14th Annual Alumni Weekend on Oct. 14 and 15, 2016. All alumni and their families are invited to return to Canton High School to participate in this rich tradition of community spirit.  Come cheer on our athletic teams as they play under the lights beginning on Thursday, Oct. 13 with Field Hockey followed by Football on Friday the 14, ending with our traditional Boys’ and Girls’ Soccer games on Saturday the 15.

In addition, the 2016 alumni nominees will be inducted into the Canton High School Wall of Fame honoring graduates who have made outstanding contributions to their chosen field of work and/or community.

This year the following graduates will be added to the Wall of Fame: Jesse J. Anderson, Jr – 1957, Gerald G. deSimas, Jr. – 1981, Candace (Flattery) Freedenberg – 1984 and Joshua M. Sneideman – 1993.  The induction ceremony will take place on Friday, Oct. 14  at 5:30 p.m. in the Canton Middle School Cafeteria located on the 3rd floor of the Canton High School building. … Continue Reading

Images of Canton: Girls Cross Country Team Improves to 10-1

October 11, 2016 Schools, Sports No Comments

Photos by John Fitts and William Sarmuk 

SIMSBURY — The Canton girls Cross Country Team improved its season record to 10-1 during its final home meet at Stratton Brook Park on Tuesday afternoon with a pair of wins over Suffield (22-34) and East Windsor (15-50).

Winning her first race for the Warriors was Belle Magna, who logged a time of 21:19 on the 3.1-mile course. Emily Briggs finished third with a time of 21:46.  … Continue Reading

Canton Girls Cross Country Team Defeats Granby, Bolton

October 5, 2016 Schools, Sports No Comments

Video, information courtesy of Bill Sarmuk

BOLTON — The Canton Girls Cross Country team defeated Granby by a score 31-24 Wednesday, with Emily Briggs finishing first for the Warriors with a time of 20:51.

Other top finishers for Canton included

  • Belle Magna, 4th with a time of 22:10
  • Cammy McCauley, 5th, with a time of 22:18
  • Helena Winkler, 6th, with a time of 22:19
  • Jocelyn Rossitto, 9th, with a time of 22:54
  • The girls also defeated Bolton 39-16

With Win, Canton Girls Volleyball Team Improves to 5-3

September 27, 2016 Schools, Sports No Comments

The Canton girls varsity volleyball team swept Metropolitan Learning Center on Monday evening to improve their record to 5-3.

The Canton girls defeated MLC 25-18, 25-13 and 25-5, winning the first three to clinch the best of five series for the evening.  … Continue Reading

Canton Field Hockey Team Wins Two in A Row

September 22, 2016 Schools, Sports No Comments

With a 6-0 victory over Stafford on Thursday, the girls varsity field hockey team won its second in row. Earlier in the week, the team defeated Suffield by a score of 4-1.

It was a good turn in the eyes of Canton coach Margaret Bristol. The team is 2-2 and started the season with a pair of losses to Granby and Bethel.

With the latest wins, however, Bristol feels her young squad (6 players graduated last year) is gaining confidence and learning to work together.

“We had two really hard games right at the beginning but getting these two wins has kind of brought their confidence back,” she said. “They’re realizing that they can play field hockey. They can work together as a team and they can accomplish good things.”

John Fitts 


Images of Canton: Girls Soccer Team Plays Granby

September 21, 2016 Schools, Sports No Comments

With a 0-1 loss to Granby on Wednesday, the Canton girls varsity soccer team is 1-3 for the season but coach Alex Uscilla is seeing some positive signs from her players.

“Our record is not representative of how we’ve been playing at all,” she said. “They’ve been improving a lot we’ve just got to get the ball in the back of the net.”

Uscilla said the girls need to control the ball a little better in the midfield and capitalize on their chances, which they failed to do Wednesday evening.

With the win, the Granby team improves its record to 2-0-1. Granby coach Moose Dzielak said his team is also young but building strongly.

“We’re a family,” he said.

In Canton Uscilla is also encouraged by a number of young players coming up, including 14 freshmen who tried out for the team. She’s also impressed with their attitude.

“They’re all kind to each other they want to win and get better,” she said.

With Victory over Ellington, Boys Varsity Soccer Team Improves to 2-1

September 19, 2016 Schools, Sports No Comments

Late-game goals from Alex Sullivan and Santiago Noriega propelled the varsity Warriors soccer team to a 2-0 victory against Ellington on Wednesday evening.

The hard-fought victory followed a tough 0-6 loss to Suffield last Friday. But head coach Bill Phelps was happy with his team’s effort Wednesday as the Warriors improved their record to 2-1. The players worked hard and had positive attitudes as Phelps shifted players around on the field.

“This is young team and they’re getting their experience,” Phelps said. “They’re starting to play well and with confidence. There are no superstars out there but there are a whole bunch of kids really stepping up and when you step up you, good things happen. Today they stepped up.”

The boys face another challenge Wednesday as they take on Granby Memorial in away action.

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Skate Park Improvements to Begin Soon


By John Fitts 

CANTON — If all goes well, construction for an expanded skate park at Mills Pond Park will start later this month.

The town is resurfacing the current skate park area and adding a 3,000-plus square foot, concrete addition to the rear. Earlier this summer, some of the existing structures were refurbished.

Rampage, who designed the original park in 2003, was selected as the vendor for the new project. Weather permitting the company will begin set up later this week, said Joshua T. Medeiros, director of Canton Parks and Recreation.

The town’s Public Works Department will perform some of the site work and if weather and schedules permit, the hope is that construction will begin the week of Sept. 26, Medeiros added. It’s expected to take 4 to 6 weeks and the park will be closed during construction.

“I am really pleased that we are approaching the construction phase of this project and I’m hoping that our skater community will be happy with the final results,” Medeiros said. … Continue Reading


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