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Two Hospitalized Following One-Car Crash, Cyclist Injured

December 15, 2015 Police, Uncategorized No Comments

Two people were sent to the hospital after a car crashed into a tree along Route 44 on Tuesday morning, police said.

Canton Police and the town of Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS Department responded to an area of Route 44 just east of East Hill Road at approximately 9:30 a.m. Police believe the crash was caused by an underlying medical condition. … Continue Reading

Collinsville Farmers Market Starts 2015 Season in Temporary Location at Canton Community Center

May 10, 2015 Uncategorized No Comments
Tom Roberge of Hard Rain Farm at the 2014 market. Photo by John Fitts

Tom Roberge of Hard Rain Farm at the 2014 market.
Photo by John Fitts

(Submitted) The Collinsville Farmers Market begins its 10th season on Sunday, June 14 from 10am-1pm and will run every Sunday until Oct. 25.  Due to the Collinsville Streetscape Improvement Project construction, the market will begin the season by operating temporarily from the parking area behind the Canton Community Center at 40 Dyer Avenue.  Once the Streetscape Improvement Project has been completed (currently anticipated for late June), the Market will return to its usual location in the Town Hall parking lot in downtown Collinsville. Updates will be posted on the CFM website and social media accounts to keep the public informed.

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Canton Real Estate Notes: May 2015

May 10, 2015 Uncategorized No Comments
David Sinish

By David Sinish

Winter is Over, Activity is Up
That long snowy cold record breaking winter is definitely over. Real Estate Buyers and Sellers are emerging and creating a robust market. An increased level of activity and sales has been reported on a national and local basis. The Warren Group in Connecticut reports sales of CT single family homes have increased 11% and the median sales price is up 3%, on a year to year basis. Here is what is happening in Canton, and in our neighboring eight towns. … Continue Reading

‘Five Women Wearing the Same Dress’ is Stage Company’s Latest Production

Contributed Photo  From left are Melanie Varricchione, Katie Stodd Knapp, Rick Fiocco, Melissa Veale, Christen Feola and  Dianna Waller.

Contributed Photo
From left are Melanie Varricchione, Katie Stodd Knapp, Rick Fiocco, Melissa Veale, Christen Feola and Dianna Waller.

(Submitted) The Farmington Valley Stage Company in Collinsville takes a humorous look at what happens behind the scenes after the bride and groom say “I do”, in its spring production of Academy Award winner Alan Ball’s Five Women Wearing the Same Dress.

The play is described aswitty, irreverent, touching and funny,” and focuses on five bridesmaids at a grandiose wedding reception in Knoxville, TN, who take refuge in the bedroom of the bride’s sister. All five bridesmaids have separate reasons for wanting to avoid the party. They include a cynical beauty, a naive fundamentalist, a wise-cracking lesbian, a heartbroken divorcée, and a precocious, yet insecure, sister of the bride. Sequestered in an upstairs bedroom, these five very different women share their perspectives on love, sex, and relationships. As veils slip away and truths are revealed, the bridesmaids find that they have much more in common than their identical dresses! … Continue Reading

Crews Respond to Large Brush fire in New Hartford

April 18, 2015 Fire, Uncategorized No Comments

Update Sunday: The Brush fire in Nepaug State forest was contained late Saturday evening and Department of Energy and Environmental Protection crews are on scene “mopping up” a department spokesman said. 

A cause has not been determined. 

Earlier story

Crews from approximately 16 area towns are on the scene of a large brush fire in The Nepaug State Forest in New Hartford.

Departments in New Hartford, Canton and across Litchfield County are staging on Route 202 and 44, sending manpower and ATVs to the scene, which is deep in the woods 

About 10 to 12 acres are on fire, said public information officer Jon Barbagallo.

The rough terrain, location and limited water are making the fire hard to combat, Barbagallo said.

Chamber’s 22nd Annual Golf Tournament Set for May 11 at Farmington Woods Golf Club

March 19, 2015 Uncategorized No Comments
One of the Farmington Woods Golf Club’s many  scenic  holes. Submitted Photo

One of the Farmington Woods Golf Club’s many scenic holes.
Submitted Photo

(Submitted) Golfers will tee off at the Canton Chamber’s 22nd annual Golf Tournament Monday, May 11 at Farmington Woods Golf Club in Avon. Farmington Woods is a challenging, award-winning 18-hole championship course offering country club amenities. The tournament is open to the public and a portion of the proceeds fund the Chamber’s annual Canton High School scholarships, awarded to seniors seeking higher education in business or pursuing an entrepreneurial endeavor.

ShopRite of Canton is the tournament co-sponsor. Platinum sponsors are Collinsville Savings Society, Simsbury Bank and The Shoppes at Farmington Valley. Krasow, Garlick & Hadley, LLC is a gold sponsor and the putting contest is sponsored by the Canton Seniors Job Bank. … Continue Reading

Canton Substance Free Graduation Party Tradition Continues

February 23, 2015 Uncategorized No Comments

2014 Canton High School Graduates headed to the Substance Free Graduation Party last year were treated to a surprise trip down memory lane.

Well, technically a bus brought them up to Barbourtown Road. The point is, the students first went to Cherry Brook Primary School, where they were treated to food, a class video and greetings from many former teachers.

“It was a really nice surprise,” said parent and Substance Free Graduation Party co-chair Diane Daley. “We had a lot of positive feedback.” … Continue Reading

Local Video Producer Enters Meaningful Commercial in 36th Annual Telly Awards

February 22, 2015 Uncategorized No Comments

Canton resident Richard Contrastano has produced countless commercial during his 25 years in the cable industry but a 2014 “Feast on the Farm” spot holds special meaning.

The piece, which is up for an award, promoted a celebrity chef dinner to benefit vie for the kids, an annual fundraiser that supports cancer fighting efforts at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center.

With a scenic backdrop at Rosedale Farms & Vineyards in Simsbury, the spot features chefs as well as young cancer patients.

For Contrastano, the piece worked on visual and emotional levels.

“The project had meaningful impact,” he said. “It was kind of nice to be able to do that.” … Continue Reading

Canton Scouts Participate in Matianuck District Klondike

February 8, 2015 Uncategorized No Comments
Troop 77 Photo by Steve Kucia

Troop 77
Photo by Steve Kucia

Courtesy of Steve Kucia

Boy Scout Troops 77 & 177 recently participated in the 2015 Matianuck District Klondike at camp Mattatuck.

In this year’s Klondike, 236 Boy Scouts from the Matianuck district competed against other troops from within the district. They were scored on their skills in knot tying, fire building, orienteering, morse code and signaling, cooking, team work communication.  … Continue Reading

FVSC Assembles Cast for ‘Critic’s Choice’

February 4, 2015 Uncategorized No Comments
Cast of "Critic's Choice" L to R, Virginia Freeze, Chris Berrien, Terri D'Arcangelo, Tim Scalzo, Betsy Bradley, Rodney K. Submitted photo

Cast of “Critic’s Choice” L to R, Virginia Freeze, Chris Berrien, Terri D’Arcangelo, Tim Scalzo, Betsy Bradley, Rodney K.
Submitted photo


The cast for the Farmington Valley Stage Company’s March production of Ira Levin’s Critic’s Choice comes to the Stage Company with much experience in local theater. Critic’s Choice takes place in the mid 1960’s and centers around a Broadway theater Critic, Parker Ballantine, whose second wife, Angela, writes a play which is produced on Broadway. The play is awful and Parker must decide whether or not to review the play honestly. Originally on Broadway in the 1960’s starring Henry Fonda, the play was followed by a movie version with Bob Hope and Lucille Ball.

Playing the role of Parker Ballantine is Chris Berrien. Chris was last seen on the FVSC stage as Jack McCullough in Regrets Only. Most recently, he appeared as Alan Swann in the Theatre Guild of Simsbury’s production of My Favorite Year and as George Bailey in the Herstory Theater production of It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play.

Terri D’Arcangelo (Angela Ballantine) is no stranger to the Collinsville stage having performed in the Market Street Theater’s production of The Clean House (Mathilda) and Jackie-O in the ACTS Factory Player’s production of The House of Yes. … Continue Reading


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