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Crown and Hammer Restaurant Reopens Its Doors

March 22, 2017 Business, Community No Comments

Crown and Hammer bartender Will Shafer pours a beer on Wednesday night. The restaurant had been closed for repairs following a late January accident. It will open for dinner Thursday, with regular hours resuming Friday.
Photo by John Fitts

By John Fitts

COLLINSVILLE — The Crown and Hammer Restaurant and Pub reopened its doors Wednesday night.

The popular Collinsville spot had been closed since Jan. 23, when a local man drove his vehicle into the building. The crash, which police said is still under investigation, resulted in the death of a passenger in that car.

The restaurant was closed at the time and while owner Lisa Maurer was in the kitchen area minutes before the accident, she was upstairs when it happened.

The accident caused extensive damage inside the building. In addition to the direct impact, the crash resulted in flying grease, broken glass behind the bar, active gas leaks and water damage. Structural work, extensive repairs and installation of some new equipment was required before the restaurant could reopen.

“I’m just really thrilled that we’re open,”  said owner Lisa Maurer, adding that a core group of employees, contractors and other professionals worked diligently to make it happen. “”Everybody just worked so hard to get it open. I’m very grateful.”  … Continue Reading

Commission Approves Modified Proposal for Used Car Dealership in Collinsville

March 22, 2017 Business 1 Comment

By John Fitts

CANTON — At its March 15 meeting, the Canton Planning and Zoning Commission unanimously approved a modified plan for a used car dealership at 5 River Road in Collinsville.

Property owner Stephen Roberto said he does not currently have a tenant, but said he sought to add the potential use to ones already allowed on the half-acre property, which sits on the corner of Maple Avenue (state Route 565) and state Route 179.

Dentfix Express continues to use the property and Roberto is actively marketing it, so a dealership is just one possibility for the site.

See more, including a rendition of how a dealership would look, in this week’s Valley Press.

Gas Station and Convenience Store Proposed for Former Canton Village Gulf Site

March 22, 2017 Business 1 Comment

CANTON — A Massachusetts businessman is looking to open a gas station and convenience store at the former site of Canton Village Gulf on Route 44.

Sanjay Patel of West Springfield, Mass., is looking to tear down the existing 2,713-square-foot structure at 210 Albany Turnpike and construct a new 2,766 square-foot, multi-angled building in one corner of the 1.594-acre site.

“It’s going to be a good-looking addition there,” said Patel, who has filed the application with the Canton land use office.

Under the plan, the operation, dubbed Sparky’s, would include the convenience store and gas pumps at existing island locations, utilizing existing 8,000- and 6,000-gallon underground tanks. The developer is also proposing a new 4,000-gallon tank for diesel fuel. Fourteen delineated parking spaces are proposed and the developer is requesting some additional paving behind the building.

Some concept drawings can be seen below and read more in this week’s Valley Press… Continue Reading

Canton Schools Accepting Nominations for Teacher of the Year

March 21, 2017 Community, Schools No Comments

Beth Dropick, Canton’s 2016-2017 teacher of the year at a celebration in August of 2016.
Photo by John Fitts

The Canton Public Schools is accepting nominations for the 2017-2018 Canton Public Schools Teacher of the Year.

“Honoring a teacher in the Canton Public Schools with a nomination for Teacher of the Year is a special recognition for an individual who spends countless hours preparing our children for the world of tomorrow,” said Dr. Jordan E. Grossman, Assistant Superintendent. “Spending the time to nominate a teacher for the Canton Public Schools Teacher of the Year is a wonderful way to teach our children the importance of the role of a teacher and the impact they have each and every day.”

Find the nomination form and a list of past recipients at http://www.cantonschools.org/news/?FeedID=573

Report: Boffi Named New Head Coach of Canton High Football Team

March 21, 2017 Community, Schools, Sports No Comments

Dante Boffi, at right, at a football practice last fall.
Photo by David Heuschkel

By David Heuschkel
Valley Press Sports Editor 

On Tuesday, Dante Boffi confirmed to the Valley Press that he has been named the new head coach of the Canton High football team. An official announcement is forthcoming.

Boffi previously was an assistant coach for the Warriors. He succeeds Mike Guy, who resigned in December after one season as head coach. Canton has gone 0-10 each of the past two seasons under Guy last fall and Chris Currier in 2015.

Read more about Canton’s new football coach in the March 30 edition of the Valley Press.

Parents Invited to Screening of ‘Screenagers, Growing Up In The Digital Age’

March 21, 2017 Community, Schools 1 Comment

Submitted Release 

The Canton Public Schools is pleased to be able to show the documentary Screenagers, “Growing Up In The Digital Age.” The showing will be on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. in the Canton High School Auditorium.

This showing is for adults only. There will be breakout sessions following the film.

Click on  http://www.cantonschools.org/news/?FeedID=567 for more information regarding the film.

Canton Girls Are Repeat State Champions

March 18, 2017 Schools, Sports No Comments


The Canton girls varsity basketball team clinched its second straight Class S state championship Saturday morning with a 60-51 over Thomaston. The lady Warriors also took on the Golden Bears in the championship game for the last two years. After a 2015 loss, Canton won last year by a score of 64-51.

See additional coverage in the Valley Press and view the full-screen gallery at https://johnfitts.smugmug.com/Canton-Girls-BB-State-Champions-2017/

 

 

Canton Shines Spotlight on Opioid Crisis

The town of Canton Mental Health Task Force officially kicked off its Year of Mental Wellness programming on March 9 with a special presentation on the opioid crisis.

The event featured remarks from recovering addict Laura Shafer as well as a presentation from Miriam E. Delphin-Rittmon, commissioner of the state department of Mental Health and Addiction Services and remarks from Canton resident Maria Coutant Skinner, executive director at the McCall Center for Behavioral Health.

See more on the program in this week’s Valley Press. Additionally the presentations from the meeting can be seen below and the program can be viewed on Nutmeg Television via http://nutmegtv.org/video-on-demand/single/?id=34342. … Continue Reading

Piano-Duo Concert Scheduled March 19 in Collinsville

Sun-A Park

Submitted Release

COLLINSVILLE – The  piano duo of Henry Kramer and Sun-A Park will present a program of solo and four-hand selections on Sunday, March 19, at 4 p.m. in a Shepherd Music Series concert at the Collinsville Congregational Church.

Sponsored by the Maxwell Shepherd Memorial Arts Fund, the concert features two rising talents in the classical music world. Their program will include works by Scarlatti, Schubert, Ravel and Albeniz.

Kramer, a native of Maine, won the silver medal in the 2016 Queen Elisabeth Competition in Belgium. This competition brought together 76 pianists of 23 nationalities to compete before a prestigious international jury. He has won a number of other top prizes in events such as the Honens International Competition, the Montreal International Music Competition and the China Shanghai International Piano Competition. The New York Times has praised his playing as “triumphant” and “thrilling.”

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First Selectman’s Corner: A Budget Update

Leslee Hill

Dear Canton Residents,

I am sure many of you have been following the news from Hartford regarding Governor Malloy’s state budget proposal and its potential impact on town budgets. There is still great uncertainty about what the final state budget will entail, and it is likely the state will not adopt a budget before June. However, given the Governor’s proposal, we are concerned about the impact of anticipated significant reductions in state funding for education, and a potential liability for one-third of the cost of the teacher pensions. The Board of Selectmen and Board of Education have worked diligently to prepare their budgets, which have been approved by each Board and delivered to the Board of Finance for their consideration. I want to explain how we considered the state budget issues as we formulated the BOS budget. … Continue Reading

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