Saturday hours at the Canton Public Library will change for the summer beginning on July 2, when the library will be open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (instead of the typical 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.). Otherwise, hours will remain the same as usual throughout the summer, with the library also open Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The library will be closed on Monday, July 4, in observance of Independence Day.
The library’s summer reading program begins on Friday, July 1, and runs through the week of Aug. 15, when it will wrap up with the third annual pool party for school-age participants (you have to earn your way in) and a preschool music party at the library with guest musicians Peter and Ellen Allard on Aug. 18 at 11 a.m.
Click here for more information about the summer reading program.
The Friends of the Canton Public Library will be collecting books, music CDs, recorded books and DVDs through Saturday, Aug. 27, for their annual book sale on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 10 and 11.
Donations of books and other items may be dropped off any time during library hours.
The Friends are always looking for a few good volunteers, especially for help with the book drive, which requires constant and extensive sorting throughout the summer. Anyone wishing to volunteer a few hours is asked to contact Carol Stevens or Laura Hage by leaving a message at the library, 860-693-5800. Training will be provided.
Maritime paintings by Art Chouinard will be on display in the CPL Gallery during July and August. The show opens on Wednesday, July 6.
"Overlooking East Beach at Watch Hill, R.I." / Art Chouinard
Chouinard is known for his realistic and detailed paintings, some of which are available in limited-edition prints.
“Art Chouinard: Maritime Oil Paintings” will include a few paintings of local and northeastern New England scenes. Chouinard’s work is also on display at Puffins, a Main Street gallery in Watch Hill, R.I.
Over the past few years, Chouinard has spent one day a month at the library, demonstrating how he puts together an oil painting. He will be working on one of his signature marine scenes at the library on Wednesday, July 13.
Click here for a dotCANTON.com story about Chouinard just before his two-month show at Canton Town Hall last January and February.
Children’s librarian Heather Baker will be offering a series of drop-in story times on Tuesdays at 10:30 in July and August, with each program geared to the summer reading program’s theme: “Monsters & Dragons & Aliens, Oh My!”
Story times include stories, songs, a short movie, a craft and a snack. Free. No registration necessary.
Book Buddies (teens read to kids) features two groups this summer, one meeting on Thursday mornings at 11 and another on Wednesday evenings at 6. Both groups will meet for six weeks, beginning the week of July 4 and ending the week of Aug. 10.
The Book Buddies program is free, and registration for children 3 to 8 is required. Teen volunteers can fill out an application in the children’s room.
“Movies on the Big Screen” offers the opportunity for young library patrons to join friends, munch on popcorn and watch some new movies and some classics. The big screen lights up in the adjoining Canton Community Center on Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. The movies and the refreshments are sponsored by The Friends of the Canton Public Library.
The series begins with “Gnomeo and Juliet” on July 7, a 2011 Disney animated film rated G. On July 14, it’s Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast,” rated G, for children 3 and up. “Rango,” rated PG, is scheduled for July 21, with “Pete’s Dragon,” rated G, slated for July 28. The series concludes with “Mars Needs Moms,” rated PG, on Aug. 11.
“Movies on the Big Screen” is free. No registration necessary.
Youngsters looking for a dramatic experience this summer will be able to join one of two Readers Theater Clubs at the library. Readers Theater is for youngsters who love to perform and are able readers.
Two sessions will be held this summer. The first group will meet weekly on Monday evenings at 6:30, beginning on July 11 and culminating in a performance on Aug. 8. Participants must be available for that performance. This group is open to youngsters ages 6 to 12. Continue reading Library Briefs, July
Friday, July 1, is the deadline to complete a recreational survey that will assist the town in creating a master plan for the “Upper Collinsville Mill Pond” and adjacent shoreline areas.
The Upper Collinsville Mill Pond is another way of describing the Farmington River from the Town Bridge Road span south to the Route 179 bridge over the river in downtown Collinsville.
Click here take the survey.
Click here to read the original dotCANTON.com post on this master plan.
Claire Cote, the town’s senior & social services coordinator, says she has received 100 packets of vouchers to be used at local farmers markets by eligible residents.
Canton residents who are 60 or older and meet income limits are eligible, as are individuals younger than 60 who are permanently disabled and living in subsidized housing.
Informational sessions have been set up for interested residents throughout July and August at the Canton Community Center. From July 12 through Aug. 23, Cote will be available on Tuesdays from 1 to 2 p.m. to qualify residents and hand out vouchers.
Call 860-693-5811 to inquire or to register for a session.
The price of unleaded regular (self-serve) gasoline declined again on Tuesday, June 28, and was down to $3.91/9 just before 2 p.m. at four of the five stations we monitor on Route 44 in Canton, Avon and Simsbury. That’s a 6 cents per gallon change since the last adjustment on Saturday, June 25.
Here are the numbers we spotted Tuesday afternoon at the seven stations we monitor regularly.
Citgo, 513 Main St. (Route 44), New Hartford $3.87/9
Mobil, 443 Main St. (Route 44), New Hartford $3.91/9
Mobil, 306 Albany Turnpike (Route 44), Canton $3.91/9
Citgo, 232 Albany Turnpike (Route 44), Canton $3.91/9
Gulf, 210 Albany Turnpike (Route 44), Canton $3.97/9
Shell, 12 Albany Turnpike (Route 44), Simsbury $3.91/9
Mobil, 411 West Main St. (Route 44), Avon $3.91/9
The town has sent out an alert that renovation work will begin at the transfer station next week and is likely to continue for about three weeks.
The facility will remain open regular hours during the work, and the town says extra staff will be on hand to provide assistance.
According to the town, the renovations will bring the compactor area up to code and enable the use of larger containers. That, the town said, will result in fewer loads being taken away and mean a savings in hauling fees.
Temporary trash and recycling containers will be used during the renovations.
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The July 4 holiday will not affect scheduling at the transfer station, which will be open regular hours on Saturday, July 2.
Town offices will be closed on Monday, July 4.
The Wild and Scenic Rivers Program of the National Park Service will debut a youth engagement program this summer on the Upper Farmington River. Starting on Friday, July 1, youths in the Barkhamsted, New Hartford, Colebrook, Hartland and Canton area will be able to pick up an activity booklet at local libraries, town halls, campsites and Squire’s Tavern in Barkhamsted and learn about what makes the Farmington River a national wild and scenic river.
The program kick off Friday, July 1, with a gathering from noon to 4 p.m. at
Squire’s Tavern, 100 East River Road, Barkhamsted. This is an opportunity for the public to come in and check out the booklets, badges and certificates,
along with discussing the program with available staff.
The Junior River Rangers program is new, and modeled after
the Junior Rangers program that can be found in many national parks. The Upper
Farmington River will be the first of two wild and scenic rivers in the
country to have this type of program this summer!
The River Rangers will be given an activity booklet that teaches them about wild and scenic rivers, the rivers’ special values, and how to protect and care for them.
The booklet includes activities that get youths out on the river for some hands-on
exploring, which offers not only great opportunities for learning and
fun, but a chance for families to get outdoors and explore, as well.
Although geared for children ages 6 to 12, all youths are encouraged
to participate if they wish. When the booklet is completed, the participant can hand it in, have it checked, and receive a badge and certificate
stating that they are now a Junior River Ranger.
The Farmington River Coordinating Committee, a partnership committee
created to monitor the river when it was designated, will be providing the
activity booklets and awards to the youths that participate in the
program, which will run each year from June to October.
For more information on the program, or to find a place to obtain a booklet,
contact Tiffany Caisse at the Farmington River Coordinating Committee –
860-379-0282, or firstname.lastname@example.org — or check out the
FRCC’s website, www.farmingtonriver.org.
Jane Latus, on behalf of Linda Quattro and Kathi Maglia, co-chairs of the Canton High School substance-free graduation party, asked us to publish this letter of appreciation. We’re happy to do it.
June 23, 2011.
To the editor:
The 2011 Canton High School substance-free graduation party committee gratefully acknowledges the below local businesses, community organizations and individuals for their generous support of this year’s graduation party. Their contributions made this party a success.
We are grateful as well to Principal Gary Gula for his tremendous support, and to office staff members Fran Sheedy and Lorene Chellgren for their willing help and for making our work easier.
Thank you, also, to everyone who contributed to this effort by being part of one of our fundraisers. Whether you bought a cow pie raffle ticket, lawn sign or pizza; contributed cash; provided a raffle prize, or went on the fundraising casino trip, you helped make it possible for us, as a community, to provide a safe, fun, entertaining, drug- and alcohol-free graduation celebration for our graduates. Thank you very much!
Specifically we thank:
4AVNow, ABC Pizza, Ace Hardware, Aloha Tanning, Antiques on the Farmington, Avon Health Center, Bagels Plus, Bahre’s Package Store, Best Buy, Birch Lane, BJs of Torrington, Bristol’s Tree Service, Cake Gypsy, Canton Auto Supply, Canton Community Health Fund, Canton Little League, Canton Mobil, Canton Schools, Canton Village Construction Co., Canton Village Gulf, Canton Village Shopping Center, Canton Village Sunoco, Char Koon 1800 LLC, Cherry Brook Pizza, Cherry Brook School PTO, Chili’s, Chinatown, Citgo, Collinsville Canoe & Kayak, Community of Concern, Cosi, Crown and Hammer, Cutting Edge Entertainment and
D’Angelo’s, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Dish n’ Dat, Downright Music, EMS, Flatbread, FM Components, Green Papaya, Green Tangerine, Harkema Inc., Harvey & Lewis, Henry J. Bahre Real Estate, Husk, Jeanine Fund Raisers Inc., Joe Pizza, KFC/Taco Bell, Lasalle Market, La Trottoria, Marandino’s, Marandino’s Spirits, Max a Mia, McDonald’s of Canton, Melnick’s Display & Decorating, Miller Properties, Monarch Jewelers, MotoPhoto, and
NAPA Auto Parts, New England Appliance, Old Navy, Panera, Portobello’s, Rice Fields, Russell Speeders of Avon, Saybrook Fish House, Shoprite, Starbucks, Stepping Stones, Subway of Canton, Super Cellar Warehouse, Town of Canton, Trading Post, Unlimited Party Rentals, Valley View Builders, Valley Lawn & Landscape LLC, Victoria Nail Salon, Village Café, Vincent Funeral Home, Visual Polymer Technologies LLC, Walmart, West Hartford Tool and Die, Whole Donut, and Wintonbury Golf Course.
Kathi Maglia and Linda Quattro, Canton High School graduation party committee co-chairs.