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Canton School District Offers Internet Safety Program

December 7, 2016 Community No Comments

Canton_Schools_sealSubmitted Release 

The Canton Public Schools is pleased to host an Internet Safety Program Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Canton Middle/High School Auditorium. The program will be led by former law enforcement officer Scott Driscoll.

The  program is for adults and the topics will include:

  • Apps and programs children are using
  • Cyberbullying, Sexting, and Social Networking
  • Creating a digital footprint (positive and negative)
  • Current on-line trends and potential dangers
  • Tips on how to use technology in the safest way
  • Strategies on keeping families safe

More information regarding the program is provided in this link.


8th Annual Music For a Joyous Season Scheduled Dec. 11

Daniel Lee

Daniel Lee

Submitted Release 

COLLINSVILLE, Conn. – The popular “Music For a Joyous Season” concert returns to the Collinsville Congregational Church for the eighth consecutive year on Sunday, Dec. 11, at 4 p.m. Presented by the Maxwell Shepherd Memorial Arts Fund as part of the Shepherd Music Series, the concert has become a holiday tradition in Collinsville.

“Daniel Lee and Friends,” a chamber ensemble of acclaimed musicians, will present a program of music from the Baroque era, featuring the works of masters such as Biber, Bach, Vivaldi and Telemann. Lee, a violinist hailed by the New York Times for his “ravishing vehemence,” has enjoyed a varied career as a soloist, concertmaster and teacher.

Lee will be joined by “friends” who have appeared nationally both as soloists and members of chamber groups such as the Quodlibet Ensemble, the Sebastians, New Morse Code, the Amphion String Quartet and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. The nine-member ensemble features a variety of stringed instruments – violin, violone, harpsichord, viola, viola da gamba, cello – as well as oboe.

The Maxwell Shepherd Memorial Arts Fund is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the fine and performing arts. As with all events sponsored by the Fund, admission is free and all are welcome.

Dogology’s Second Location is now open in West Hartford

December 7, 2016 Business No Comments

dogologylogoWEST HARTFORD, CT – Dogology recently announced that it has opened a second retail store at 5 Sedgwick Road in West Hartford.

Dogology West Hartford carries all of the high-quality products that are available in their original Canton  location, according to a submitted release.

“Every day people come to us looking to give their dogs the best possible nutrition, training and support – and we love to see pets that are truly thriving, happy animals,” said Marissa Garson, co-owner of Dogology. … Continue Reading

Collinsville Watch Co. Provides Locally Flavored Timepieces

December 6, 2016 Business No Comments

Frank Flood said 10 percent of gross sales through Dec. 24 will be donated to the town of Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS Department. Submitted Photo

By John Fitts 

COLLINSVILLE — While media outlets and advertisers spend much of their time convincing us why we need the latest electronic device, Frank Flood III has another idea to enhance your style. He sells locally flavored timepieces designed to be fashionable, functional, dependable and even adaptable.

In May of 2016, Flood, a Canton resident and business man, launched Collinsville Watch Co. with his wife Dawn.

Among the offerings, which feature interchangeable bands, are Main and Bridge Street models. There are also others, such as Nautilus and Swiss Collections, and varying limited edition offerings, many of which are launched via kickstarter campaigns.

“I wanted to do something that was personal, and collectible for me but would also appeal to other collectors as well,” Flood said. “I love watches. It’s a huge passion.” … Continue Reading

Developer Formally Proposes Integrated Housing Complex for Commerce Drive

An architectural rendering of the proposed building. Image taken from a larger drawing by Kitchen and Associates.

An architectural rendering of the proposed building. Image taken from a larger drawing by Kitchen and Associates.

By John Fitts

CANTON, CT — A New York developer, working with local partners, has formally proposed an integrated, 40-unit apartment complex on Commerce Drive.

Regan Development Corporation of Ardsley, NY is under contract to purchase the 6.95 acres at 300 and 350 Commerce Drive, with the idea of offer 1-, 2- and 3-bedroom units, 10 of which would be set aside for clients of Canton-based Favarh, an organization that supports people with intellectual, physical and developmental disabilities.

The lots are near the Boulder Ridge Complex and the complex would be set back from the road and include a mix of 1- 2- and 3-bedroom units as well as amenities such large community room with kitchenette, other common areas, a mail center, laundry rooms and  secure storage. The complex would be a tax-paying entity.   … Continue Reading

Community Circle Project Returns, Courtesy of CIS Students

December 2, 2016 Community, Schools No Comments
img_3478Courtesy of Canton Intermediate School art teacher Deb Costello
and 5th grade teacher Erik Perotti 
On Thursday, December 1st, CIS’s fifth graders had a morning of collaboration and creating through our Community Circle Project.  Students worked in teams to make large scale rose window designs that will be used in displays across Canton!  These Community Circle Designs will connect our students with the Canton Community sharing their artistic achievement while working together as a grade level.   Over 150 students, teachers and parents participated  creating over 60 designs!
 Through the creation of their art, students were able to experience success while giving back to our town.  What’s a better way to share a smile with others then with the universal language of ART!
Rose window design are all ready popping up around town.  Keep your eyes out for these colorful creations.

Kindergarteners Tell Us ‘How to Make a Thanksgiving Dinner’

December 2, 2016 Community, Schools No Comments

tdayEditor’s Note: Cherry Brook Kindergarten teacher Kelly Theriault has shared this class project with Canton Compass. Her students give us some advice, with a healthy dose of humor. While the Thanksgiving Holiday might be passed, some of these suggestions could come in handy for Christmas or other winter celebrations.

How to hunt down and cook a Turkey

~ by Sawyer

You take your bow and arrow and then when the turkey isn’t looking you shoot it.  You need to wear camouflage clothes which means you blend in you know?  You have to pull the back of the arrow down so the edge of the arrow is touching the bow.  Then you release by letting go of the back part and it shoots the turkey dead.  You need gloves to pick it up and then you spray it with bleach and let it dry for a couple of weeks. Then you wipe the bleach off.  Then you pull the feathers off and eat it.  … Continue Reading

Canton Youth Volunteers His Time to Help Others

December 2, 2016 Community No Comments
  Matthew Schuman, presenting The Talcott Center for Child Development with games, puzzles and toys.  Debbie Kleinrock, a Speech Language Pathologist accepts the gifts on the Centers behalf.

Matthew Schuman, presenting The Talcott Center for Child Development with games, puzzles and toys. Debbie Kleinrock, a Speech Language Pathologist accepts the gifts on the Centers behalf.

Submitted Release 

Matthew Schuman, age 13 celebrated his Bar Mitzvah on October 15.  One of the aspects of prepping for a Bar Mitzvah is participating in a Mitzvah Project.  A mitzvah project allows one to provide good will to those less fortunate.

Matthew volunteered at the The Talcott Center for Child Development in Farmington.  This is a comprehensive, therapy center for children with special needs and their families. The Talcott Center for Child Development works with a vast population ranging in age from birth to 21 years. Matthew spent his time assisting clinicians as they worked with a kids who had a wide range of diagnoses, including Autism, Sensory Processing Disorder and developmental delays. In addition to volunteering his time, Matthew, his family, and friends donated puzzles, playing cards and games to the Center for future use by these kids.


Canton Real Estate Notes: Why Waiting Until After the Holidays to Sell Isn’t a Smart Decision

December 2, 2016 Community, Real Estate No Comments
David Sinish

David Sinish

By David Sinish

Every year at this time, many homeowners decide to wait until after the holidays to put their homes on the market for the first time, while others who already have their homes on the market decide to take them off until after the holidays. Here are six great reasons not to wait: holiday time

  1. Relocation buyers are out there. Companies are not concerned with and if the buyers have kids, they want them to get into school after the holidays.
  2. Purchasers that are looking for a home during the holidays are serious buyers and are ready to buy.
  3. You can restrict the showings on your home to the times you want it shown. You will remain in control.
  4. Homes show better when decorated for the holidays.
  5. There is less competition for you as a seller right now. Let’s take a look at national listing inventory as compared to the same time last year:

… Continue Reading

Your Silent Neighbors: Anne Jean (Silver) Seger

December 1, 2016 Community, History No Comments

dsc_0288By David K. Leff 

Anne Jean (Silver) Seger (1921-2008) was the Canton Center postmistress for 33 years until her retirement in 1995.  Growing up on a farm in Avon as the middle of eleven children, she attended a one room schoolhouse.  The stone silo on West Avon Road in Avon is all that remains of the family’s Mountain View Farm, which once produced hay and vegetables and was home to cows and chickens.

Popular at Farmington High School (then attended by Avon children), Seger graduated in 1939.  In 1947 she married Clifford Seger after a few years of courtship and moved to his family’s farm on Barbourtown Road inCanton.   Although the Segers were childless, Anne took care of the Canton Center postmaster’s children and eventually became his office assistant.  Upon her boss’s retirement, Seger was given charge of the post office.

Seger was gregarious, warm and well liked.  She was the go-to person for the latest news in the community and she knew everyone.  “She never learned to drive, and walked one and a half miles to work in the dark in the morning, even in her 70s,” the late Sam Humphrey, Canton’s first selectman in the 1980s, told the Hartford Courant.   Working long hours, she had a strong work ethic.  Her career ended after she broke her hip in 1995. … Continue Reading


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