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6/13/2023 - 06/13/2023

Dear Residents,


This Saturday, June 17th, the Town of Canton will join Avon, Farmington and Simsbury to commemorate Juneteenth, the day when enslaved people in Texas learned that they had been freed from bondage. This free celebration begins at noon at the Simsbury Meadows Performing Arts Center, and runs until 4 pm. 

There will be performances on the main stage and tents for each participating town where attendees can learn about activities that promote equity and inclusion. In Canton, equity and inclusion mean that everyone can access pathways to success. That’s different from tipping the scales or guaranteeing success for anyone. Equity and inclusion give us all an equal chance to be excellent.   

Performers at Saturday’s event include Nikita Waller, the Damian Curtis Afro-Cuban Jazz Project, Magic Soul Academy and FriendzWorldMusic. You are encouraged to bring your own picnic lunch and to join community members at “The Longest Table” where you can foster connections, ideas and relationships. Food trucks will be available.

We hope to see you there!

Fundraiser for Carrie and David Sinish

For decades, Carrie and David Sinish have served the Town of Canton and the Farmington River. Carrie served on the Canton Board of Education for more than 25 years. David Sinish is a well known paddler, realtor, Inland Wetlands Commissioner, Chairman of the Board of Assessment Appeals, and former Selectman. He was also a catalyst for the Wild and Scenic designation for the Farmington River which yields substantial funding for river management every year.  

Sadly, the Carrie and David now have serious health conditions. Their son Colin and his fiancée Amy are caring for them, but they need help. Thanks to David’s friends at Collinsville Canoe and Kayak, a fund-raiser has been scheduled for Saturday, June 17th, when all rental proceeds will be donated to the Sinish family. 

While live music and barbecue will be available on Saturday from 2 to 4 pm, the fundraiser runs from 10am to 5pm. Colin Sinish and family will be on the water that day. They plan on joining the crowd for the BBQ.   
If you would like to get involved in the very active neighborhood effort to support Carrie and David Sinish, please email Sarah Faulkner at It’s a small way to give back to two people who have given so much.

Be well,
Bob Bessel




Kevin Witkos
First Selectman
Phone: (860) 693-7847

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Collinsville, CT 06022