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Your Silent Neighbors: A. Arthur Vincent, Firefighter and WWII Veteran  

July 15, 2017 Community, History No Comments

By David K. Leff
Town Historian 

Arthur “Art” Vincent (1922-1987) served our country as the highest ranking enlisted man on a B-17 Flying Fortress in World War II, was a machinist with Pratt & Whitney Aircraft for 42 years, and a charter member of he Collinsville Volunteer Fire Department. He was killed in the line of duty at a fire department drill when struck by a vehicle driven by an 18-year-old who had been drinking.

Vincent was born in Central Falls Rhode Island, but lived in Collinsville most of his life and was a graduate of Canton High School. During the war, he was stationed in England as a member of 305th Bombardment Group of the 8th Air Force. He held the rank of sergeant. When the Collinsville Volunteer Fire Department was formed in 1966, after the Collins Company Fire Department was disbanded with the company’s closure, Vincent was among the first to join. He served the department as administrative captain and as lieutenant of the fire police. He had retired from Pratt & Whitney in 1983, and was 64 years old when he was killed.

In his role as a fire policeman, Vincent was directing traffic on July 12 along Albany Turnpike (Route 44) where the town’s then three fire departments were engaged in a training exercise, burning a building slated for demolition. It was a long drill and Vincent had been there most of the day, leaving only briefly to take his wife to church. Around 4:30 p.m., as firefighters were readying to leave the scene, he stepped into the westbound passing lane to stop traffic for a fire truck entering the road.  He was hit by the oncoming car while the truck was across both westbound lanes. Vincent was rushed to St. Francis Hospital by ambulance where he died in the emergency room from multiple trauma around 6 p.m. … Continue Reading

Collinsville Hot Set for Saturday, July 15

July 14, 2017 Community No Comments

Children have fun at the 2016 Collinsville Hot.
Photo by John Fitts

The third annual Collinsville Hot takes place from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, July 15, 2017. The event includes community yoga, live music, vendors, food, children’s activities, support for Canton’s Year of Mental Wellness, a food court with beer sales through 8 p.m., a late-night fire show and much more. See details at http://collinsvillehot.com/ or at the Collinsville Hot facebook page.

Buddy Deutsch is Canton’s Top Dog

July 6, 2017 Community No Comments

Buddy Deutsch with his proud humans, Gail and Barry.
Courtesy Photo

Submitted Release 

Buddy Deutsch is Canton’s newest top dog. He and his proud humans, Gail and Barry, stopped by the Town Hall Thursday to claim his basket of goodies and tag #1. Buddy was chosen at random among the 898 dogs who were registered on time (by June 30th). Buddy is a seven year old poodle/lab/setter mix who was rescued and adopted from Arkansas by the Deutschs at the age of 3 months old. He has grown up playing and exploring the trails of the Canton Land Conservation Trust properties and looks forward to meeting new friends at the planned Canton Dog Park.

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.


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