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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.

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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:

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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

Fundraiser Started to Help Family After Young Man is Badly Injured in Crash

November 30, 2016 Community No Comments
Johnny and Josh Larsen. Submitted Photo

Johnny and Josh Larsen.
Submitted Photo

By John Fitts 

Following an car accident that critically injured a young man, local residents are banding together to help the affected family.

On Nov. 12, Josh Larsen, a father of three, was involved in an accident that resulted in serious injuries and a loss of consciousness.

Larson’s father Johnny is a Canton resident. He and his partner Carolyn are well known in the local business community and for their musical talent as part of the Johnny Larsen Band.

Since the accident, the two have stayed at Josh’s side, causing them to miss much time at work. Johnny Larsen is an electrician and recently started a new project, all of which has been delayed due to the situation, friends said.

With that in mind, they’ve set up a Go Fund Me Page with the hope of helping the family pay for mounting bills and at least ease that pressure during this difficult time.

“They’re good people; we’ve had many things happen in this town and they were always the first to step up,” said Collinsville resident Debra Jean Simmons. “These two do continual fundraising to help people in the community. We felt it was only right to try and do something for them.” … Continue Reading

Canton Board of Education Presented with CABE Leadership Award

November 30, 2016 Community, Schools No Comments
Pictured are Kevin D. Case, Superintendent of Schools, board member Maria Bradley, Connecticut Commissioner of Education Diana Wentzell, board chair Julie Auseré, board member Jack Powell, board member Joseph Scheideler and Jordan Grossman, Assistant Superintendent of Schools. Submitted Photo

Pictured are Kevin D. Case, Superintendent of Schools, board member Maria Bradley, Connecticut Commissioner of Education Diana Wentzell, board chair Julie Auseré, board member Jack Powell, board member Joseph Scheideler and Jordan Grossman, Assistant Superintendent of Schools.
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At the recent annual CABE/Connecticut Association of Public Schools Superintendents Leadership Conference held in Mystic, Connecticut, the Canton Public Schools’ Board of Education was presented with a CABE Leadership Award in recognition of its work in supporting staff and students resulting in increased student achievement. The Board was also recognized for their efforts to engage the community in the work of the schools.

Each year the Connecticut Association of Boards of Education (CABE) selects Boards of Education to receive a CABE Leadership Award. This award is designed to recognize Boards of Education and Superintendents who work effectively as a team in leading their District. A Board of Education has to meet several criteria in the following areas in order to receive this recognition: Board Member Professional Development; Policy Development; Community Relations; Related Organizational Leadership; Board Leadership/Student Achievement.

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Images of Canton: A 5th-Grade Float Parade

November 29, 2016 Community, Schools No Comments

By John Fitts

While perhaps not as grand as that famous Thanksgiving Day Parade, the state floats displayed at Canton Intermediate School were every bit as creative.

One hundred and thirty five 5th-grade students recently created the floats as part of their initial research for non-fiction reading and writing.

Each student chose a state, conducted mostly out of classroom research, and completed the floats, incorporating the most important aspect of the state.

“It exceeded expectations for sure,” said 5th-grade teacher and team leader Kama Cawley. “Watching the kids get off buses with their state floats was so exciting. I’m impressed with their research and work I’m very impressed with their care toward each other and their approach to observing each other’s work today. It was really inspiring.” … Continue Reading

Canton League of Women Voters Requests Survey Participation

November 29, 2016 Community No Comments

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The Canton League of Woman Voters is seeking input on voter engagement in Canton.

League officials are asking residents to take a minute to answer 6 questions in its brief on-line survey.

The survey can be found at https://clwv.typeform.com/to/OYgbT3


For Collinsville Poet, New England Trail is About Confluence of Nature and Culture

David K. Leff

David K. Leff

Kickoff for David K. Leff’s Poet in Residency is Tuesday

By John Fitts 

Writers have always turned to nature for inspiration and Collinsville’s David K. Leff is no stranger to this phenomenon.

Now, however, Leff has an opportunity to meld the written – and spoken – word and nature together in unique ways as Poet in Residence of the 215-mile New England Scenic Trail.

In fact, it is believed he is the first poet to serve as an artist in residence for a national scenic trail, in this case, a foot journey that runs from Guilford to the New Hampshire border of Massachusetts.

“I’m really honored; I’m humbled,” said Leff, an author, poet, Canton Town Historian and former official with the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. “I’m really excited because I think there’s so much potential to enhance and enliven people’s experience of the outdoors with poetry that’s accessible.”

A formal kickoff for Leff’s residency will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016 at the Connecticut Forest and Park Association Headquarters, 16 Meriden Road in Middlefield, CT

In addition to poetry from Leff, attendees will enjoy words from CT Poet Laureate Rennie McQuilkin of Simsbury, as well as a narrated slide show of the New England Trail.   … Continue Reading

Canton Land Trust Christmas Tree Sale Returns Dec. 3

November 27, 2016 Community, Environment No Comments

stfarmseedlingSubmitted Release 

 A Canton holiday tradition returns on Sat. Dec. 3.  The Canton Land Conservation Trust will hold its Christmas Tree and Greens Sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Smith Christmas Tree Farm on Doyle Road.

There are 60-some great-looking spruce and fir trees. Trees will start as low as $25, and bundles of pine greens will be $5. There will be cookies and hot chocolate to whet your tree hunting appetites, and folks available to help you cut your tree and hoist it onto the roof of your car. Remember to bring rope to assist with tying.

This event creates fond family memories of tromping through the fields (and sometimes snow) searching for the perfect tree. The Land Trust encourages all to stay and hike the property. … Continue Reading


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