This is the first in an occasional series entitled: “Site Unseen.”
When you walk out the front door of The Ink Store, you won’t be stepping into a busy parking lot, and you won’t be able to hear the rush of cars and trucks passing by at high speeds on a nearby roadway.
In fact, when a recent visitor looked around in an effort to size up the neighborhood, the most interesting sights were a bunch of soccer fields to the left and a very tall, wireless communications tower almost straight ahead.
Location, location, location. Didn’t anyone ever tell store owner Selina Derungs about location? “I like it here,” she said.
She must. The Ink Store, which sells a wide variety of laser toners, ink-jet cartridges and ribbon cartridges, has occupied its space at 106 Powder Mill Road — an industrial-looking building that most local residents would identify as the home of Canton Village Construction — for about three years.
Before coming to Canton, Derungs rented space for four years at Plaza 44 in Avon, a slick-looking retail location with a traffic light right in front on busy Route 44. Back then, thousands of vehicles passed within sight if her business every day; today, most of the traffic nearby is headed for Canton’s transfer station.
“I needed a more reasonable rent,” said Derungs, a resident of Simsbury.
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Like all the other dogs in town, 10-year-old Bella can only hope she'll be the lucky one to earn barking rights Thursday, July 1, in a special drawing at town hall that will determine who will wear Tag #1 for the next 12 months. All dogs in town whose licenses are renewed by Wednesday, June 30, will be entered in the drawing, the first of its kind in Canton, according to Town Clerk Linda Smith. If she wins, Bella certainly will be looking her best. The chocolate lab, Brittany spaniel mix spent part of Tuesday, June 29, at Four Paws Only, 15 Canton Springs Road, getting her hair cut and her nails clipped. Photo: dotCANTON
Town employee Dan Manyak's mower sends some infield dirt flying Tuesday, June 29, as he manicures the grass at the high school baseball field on Simonds Avenue. Photo: dotCANTON
Bob McCormick, owner of Fine Line Striping LLC of Avon, keeps his head down and his aim straight Tuesday, June 29, at the Canton Volunteer Fire Company property on Canton Springs Road. Photo: dotCANTON
"Study in Yellow" (9 by 12 inches, acrylic on canvas) / Frances Hoffnagle
"First Snow" (16 by 20 inches, acrylic on canvas) / Frances Hoffnagle
Frances Hoffnagle describes Mother Lucia Kuppens of the Abbey of Regina Laudis in Bethlehem, CT, as “a very dear and longtime friend of mine.”
So it was only natural that the Canton artist wanted to share a milestone with Kuppens, who took her vows 25 years ago.
Hoffnagle wasn’t expecting her friend’s response.
“I asked her what I could do for her to celebrate,” Hoffnagle said. “She said, ‘ I want you to have a show’ at the Monastic Art Shop.”
That show at the abbey, which will feature about 18 of Hoffnagle’s paintings, opens on Sunday, July 11, and runs through Sunday, Oct. 31. Hoffnagle said the paintings, all acrylic on canvas, range in size from 9 by 12 inches to 18 by 24 inches.
“It really is a very special show for me,” said Hoffnagle, a lifelong artist who also happens to be a member of the accounting firm of Alexander & Hoffnagle LLC at 162 Albany Turnpike (Route 44) in Canton. “I have been a friend of the abbey and many of the women there for many, many years.”
The Abbey of Regina Laudis Monastic Art Shop is located at 273 Flanders Road in Bethlehem. The hours are 10 a.m. to noon and 1:30 to 4 p.m. every day except Wednesday, when the Monastic Art Shop is closed.
Three tubers are in rapidly moving water on the Farmington River after floating under Route 44 not far from Satan's Kingdom in New Hartford, Sunday afternoon, June 27. Photo: dotCANTON
Or are these geese on the Farmington River in Collinsville Sunday, June 27, just looking for something to snack on? Photo: dotCANTON