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Town of Canton Volunteer Firefighters Respond to One-Car Accident at Maple, Allen Place

July 6, 2017 Fire No Comments

Courtesy of town of Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS Department

Submitted release

At 4:45 p.m. July 6 the town of Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS Department responded to a one-car motor vehicle accident on Maple Ave and Allen Place, with reported injuries.

Upon arrival, responding crews on Canton’s ambulance, Rescue 9, Engine 1 and Squad 5 found a van, with two passengers still inside, over the guard rail and down the embankment. Canton’s volunteer firefighters stabilized the van with Res-Q-Jack tools, so they, along with Canton’s Paramedic and EMTs could safely extricate the passengers to the waiting ambulance for transport to an area hospital. All units cleared by 5:47 p.m.

The accident remains under investigation. The extent of the injuries was not immediately available.

Images of Canton: CHS Graduation

July 5, 2017 Community, Schools No Comments

Canton High School hosted its graduation ceremony June 23. Below are some photos from the ceremony. Photos, which will scroll automatically, can be viewed in full-screen mode at https://johnfitts.smugmug.com/CHS-Graduation-2017/


Your Silent Neighbors: Zera Hinman, Mail Carrier

July 1, 2017 Community, History No Comments

By David K. Leff
Canton Town Historian

Zera Hinman (1859-1923) was the first rural mail carrier out of Collinsville.  He died in the performance of his duties less than a month before he was to turn 64.

Hinman was born on March 3, 1859 in his family home.  He attended school in Canton, and was married in 1884 to Jennie Hinman of Ohio.  He worked the ancestral farm until 1906 when he sold it and joined the postal service, moving to Collinsville on the west side of the river.  “He was one of the most useful citizens of Collinsville and was better known to more people than any man living in the village,” according to one newspaper.

Hinman had not been his usual self for a week, but that did not deter him from his route.  On February 19, 1923, he stopped at the home of Irwin Mills in Canton Center, took out a bundle of mail and remarked to Mills that he was not feeling very well.  On reaching for a second bundle, he collapsed.  The coroner found apoplexy (stroke) as the cause of death.

Hinman was survived by his wife and two sons.  He was a Mason and a member of the Cawasa Grange.  His friend, Mrs. Ida L. A. Pattison, wrote that “his was a sunny jovial nature and always had a cordial greeting for one whenever he met them, and his character and spirit ever endeared him to his family, relatives and other friends. . . . His place on the R. F. D. Route after 17 years of service will be hard to fill and it is there that he will be sadly missed as well as in his home.” … Continue Reading

Police release names of those killed in Route 44 crash

June 26, 2017 Fire, Police No Comments

Police have identified the two people killed in a Saturday night two-car crash on Route 44.

Robert Ransom, 38, and Linda O’Connor, 66, both of Tariffville, were killed in the two-car accident, which took place late Saturday night on Route 44 near Colonial Drive, police said.

Ransom was driving one vehicle involved in the crash. Additionally Addison Crowe, 30 of Windsor Locks was also in serious condition Monday, police said.

The driver of a second vehicle involved in the crash, Norman Deangelis, 64, of Goshen, was transported to an area hospital and listed in stable condition Monday, police added.

The Canton Police Department was assisted by the town of Canton Volunteer Fire Department and Ambulance, Simsbury Volunteer Fire and Ambulance, Avon Volunteer Fire and Ambulance, Burlington Volunteer Fire Department. Ambulance and UConn Ambulance, police said.

Fire crews had to extricate the patients from the vehicles. For Canton volunteer fire Engine 1, Engine 4, Squad 5, Rescue 9, Car 10 (ambulance) and medic responded.

The accident remains under investigation. Anyone who may have witnessed the accident is urged to call the Canton Police Department at (860)693-0221.

Two Killed in Route 44 accident Saturday night

June 25, 2017 Fire, Police No Comments

Police have now identified the victims of this crash. See updated story here.

Two people are dead following a two-car vehicle on Route 44 Saturday night, police said.

Shortly before 11 p.m., Canton Emergency Dispatch received numerous 911 calls reporting a two-car accident on Route 44 near Colonial Road. Arriving emergency personnel located two significantly damaged motor vehicles involved in a traffic accident, a submitted press release stated.

Three occupants were located in one vehicle and one occupant was located in the second vehicle. Emergency medical care was initiated for the occupants of both vehicles. One person was pronounced dead at the scene and a second occupant was pronounced dead at the hospital, according to the release. The other two individuals sustained serious injuries.

Identities of those involved are being withheld pending notification of next of kin. The roadway remained closed early Sunday morning time for an in-depth examination of the scene, evidence collection and scene documentation by the North Central Municipal Accident Reconstruction Team, police said. Traffic is being detoured around the accident scene.

The Canton Police Department was assisted by the town of Canton Volunteer Fire Department and Ambulance, Simsbury Volunteer Fire and Ambulance, Avon Volunteer Fire and Ambulance, Burlington Volunteer Fire Department. Ambulance and UConn Ambulance, police said.

Fire crews had to extricate the patients from the vehicles. For Canton volunteer fire Engine 1, Engine 4, Squad 5, Rescue 9, Car 10 (ambulance) and medic responded.

The accident remains an active and ongoing investigation. Anyone who may have witnessed the accident is urged to call the Canton Police Department at (860)693-0221.

Posted by John Fitts 

Officials investigate contaminated soils at garage site, consider modified plan for facility

June 21, 2017 Government No Comments

By John Fitts

CANTON – On Wednesday, the Board of Selectmen voted to have the town work with Fuss & O’Neill to further investigate contaminated soils found at the Public Works site near the Farmington River.

Officials said the discovery of the issue came about during test borings and underground radar at the site in preparation to build a new public works facility.

The contamination is believed to have resulted from two fuel storage tanks – an underground one that was abandoned in the 1950s and an above-ground structure that was on site in the 1930s.

Selectmen voted to have Fuss & O’Neill investigate the issue further and determine what course of action will be needed. Cost of the consulting work is estimated at $29,500, although the firm states it could be as low as $21,500.

Work for the new public works facility is expected to go out to bid soon. While the discovery of some contaminated soils will add some cost to the project, selectmen were adamant that the cost not only needs to stay within the $3.825 million approved by voters in November of 2016 but should also be done as efficiently as possible.

The discovery, however, could result in a change to the concept plan at the time of the vote. Then the idea was to build the facility near the current building on Old River Road. However, officials are now investigating the possibility of building it next to the sewage treatment plant and relocating the existing ballfield to the site of the current building, essentially flipping the two. The idea needs further vetting but could allow for additional parking and better direct access off Route 179, officials said. It would also facilitate a better transitions since the department could use the old facility while the new one was being built, town officials said.

See more in a future issue of the Valley Press.

Canton man killed while cycling in New Hartford

June 21, 2017 Police No Comments

A 42-year-old Canton man was killed in New Hartford Tuesday evening while riding his bicycle, according to state police.

Gordon Keller was cycling east bound on Route 44 around 7:30 p.m. when a vehicle, when the driver of a westbound vehicle attempted to turn left on to Route 219, hitting Keller.

Keller was transported by New Hartford EMS to Charlotte Hungerford Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The accident remains under investigation. Anyone with information, is asked to call state police trooper Figueiral at 860-626-1820.

Your Silent Neighbors: Chauncey Griswold, Pharmaceutical Manufacturer

June 15, 2017 Community, History No Comments

By David K. Leff
Canton Town Historian

Chauncey Griswold (1792-1864) was a schoolteacher who serendipitously became a maker of medicines beginning in 1841. He was born in what is now Canton or Bloomfield (the record is unclear), one of thirteen children. At age 24, he married Ruth Mills whose father had suggested the name “Canton” when the town was created in 1806. He is said to have taught school in Ithaca, New York, Hartford and Wethersfield.

One Independence Day, a son of Griswold was badly burned by gunpowder that ignited in his pocket, according to Dr. Larry Carlton’s story in the book Canton Remembers. Having heard of a man two or three miles distant who had a salve good for burns, he obtained some. The results were so good that Griswold supposedly purchased the formula for $5. Originally made in small quantities in a skillet, after trial and error Griswold succeeded in producing about two dozen rolls of salve at a time.  Nevertheless, “his wife often told him that if he expected to get their living from making that stuff, she guessed they would go hungry more than once,” Dr. Carlton wrote. … Continue Reading

State Law Enforcement Officials Respond to Canton after Officer Discharges Firearm

June 10, 2017 Police No Comments

The scene on Collins View Road Friday night. Photo by John Fitts

Officer transported for evaluation

State law enforcement officials responded to Canton Friday night after a Canton officer discharged his weapon during a motor vehicle stop, police said.

The incident occurred shortly after 8 p.m. on Collins View Road, when the officer fire shots “while interacting with a suspect on a motor vehicle stop,” police said.

The officer was transported to an area hospital for evaluation only and the suspect fled the area in the vehicle, police said. Police in numerous area towns were on the lookout of the suspect.

Neighbors reported hearing several shots and at the scene investigators marked several spots.

Police did not immediately release further details or confirm the description of the car.

Nearby resident Elizabeth Wilkinson Haynes did not see the shots being fired but saw some activity and heard those shots, during which family members were outside.

“The Canton police had amazing response time to aid their fellow officer,” she said. “The investigation seemed thorough and timely. Very scary situation for all, especially when your husband and daughter were outside while shots were being fired.”

The Hartford Office of the State’s Attorney is leading the investigation. The State Police, Central District Major Crime Squad is assisting, Canton police said. Those agencies spent several hours at the scene Friday night.

The incident remains under investigation and any witnesses are asked to contact the CT State Police at 860-685-8190 or Canton Police Department at 860-693-0221.

State police added that anyone with any information can also contact the Central District Major Crime at 860-706-5652 or text TIP711 and the information to 274637.

Media crews in Canton late Friday night.
Photo by John Fitts

Canton Girls Fall Short in Championship Bid

June 7, 2017 Schools, Sports No Comments

The Canton High girls lacrosse team’s quest to repeat as state champion ended with a 16-13 loss to New Fairfield in the Class S semifinals June 6 at Trumbull High School.

Five players on Canton did not play due to a suspension for an undisclosed reason. The Warriors finished 17-3 overall.

In 2016, the girls beat Somers 15-3 to win the Class S State Championship.

– Dave Heuschkel 


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