Man About Canton: Blue Hills Deer Hunt

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The state Department of Conservation and Recreation is planning its third deer hunt in the Blue Hills Reservation; however, this year the plan is to expand the hunt with five times more archery hunters (from 15 to 75); 16 more shotgun hunters (from 117 to 133), and increased acres (from 3,495 to 4,026). Shotgun hunters will take to the reservation on November 28, November 30, December 5, and December 7. Archery hunters will have 11 days in designated areas on Mondays through Thursdays between November 6 and November 22. The archery hunters will have 790 acres to hunt on, which is up from the 226 acres allocated last year. A total of 122 deer were killed in the first two years. Studies estimate the deer population in the Blue Hills at more than 50 per square mile. The goal is to reduce that to 20 or less.

Dave Hodgdon of Blue Hills Adventures says he is at the reservation daily and has not seen many deer, stating, “I think it is a waste of money and time having a deer hunt in the Blue Hills.” MAC tends to agree with him.

Charles Armando was appointed by Canton selectmen as an alternate member of the Canton Zoning Board of Appeals.

Selectmen recently awarded a $14,000 state grant to Hub Tech to conduct an information technology vulnerability assessment on the town’s computers. It was reported that the town’s computers were hit with a virus recently, which caused most of the computers to shut down.

The Quincy Police Department has 12 dogs, which have been trained to do patrol work, sniff out drugs, and deal with explosives.

The Boston Red Sox headquarters address is listed as 4 Yawkey Way, Boston, MA. Red Sox owner John Henry wants to rename the street because the Red Sox, under former owner Tom Yawkey, who owned the team from 1933 to 1976, was the last franchise in the major leagues to field a black player. Before the name was changed in 1977, the street was known as Jersey Street.

The dismissal times for Canton schools are as follows: The Galvin Middle School, 2:10 p.m.; Canton High School 2:24 p.m.; Dean S. Luce and John F. Kennedy elementary schools 2:50 p.m.; and the Hansen elementary school, 3:20 p.m.

Selectmen recently authorized the hanging of “Hate Has No Home Here” signs outside of the town hall and the entrances to the town borders. MAC wonders if other towns will follow Canton’s lead or if we will be the only one.

According to a recent study, one in eight American adults, or 12.7 percent of the U.S. population, now meets diagnostic criteria for alcohol use disorder. The study found that rates of alcoholism are higher among men at 16.7 percent and that nearly one in four adults under the age of 30 met the diagnostic criteria for alcoholism.

The Canton Council on Aging recently expanded its men’s fitness program from one class to two classes per week at the senior center, starting at 8:30 a.m. every Tuesday and Thursday. For more information, call the Council on Aging at 781-828-1323.

In Stoughton, three members of the Board of Selectmen have been targeted by a citizens’ recall effort over the recent town manager controversy. Town Manager Michael Hartman of Canton was ousted on a 3-2 vote.

The town of Canton is in the process of having a consulting firm develop an Earl Newhouse Waterfront master plan.

McDonald’s will nearly double the number of restaurants in China in the next five years, eventually surpassing Japan as the hamburger chain’s second biggest market outside the U.S. The company expects to have 4,500 restaurants in China by 2022, up from 2,500.

A sneeze travels out of your mouth at over 100 miles per hour.

Former CHS standout Lauren Berman, now the senior captain on the Boston College women’s soccer squad, recently scored a penalty kick to lead BC to a 4-3 victory over James Madison. It was Lauren’s seventh goal and second in overtime.

Most high school dress codes forbid exposing the “Five B’s”: breasts, bellies, bare backs, buttocks, and boxers. Dress codes are set by local school committees, but in Massachusetts they vary wildly. What is appropriate in one community may not be appropriate in another, and it is an ongoing problem for members of the school committees.

State Representative Bill Galvin (D-Canton) voted with House Speaker Robert DeLeo (D-Winthrop) 98.5 percent of the time. Only once did Bill vote against Bob.

There is a bill before the legislators that will require restaurants and bars that serve alcohol to provide customers with free tap water when requested. Some customers are often not given free water and are forced to purchase bottled water or go without it. MAC recently encountered this issue and had to purchase a bottle of water for $3.

If you believe in what you’re doing, just do it. You’ll keep getting better.

That is all for now folks. See you next week.

Joe DeFelice can be reached at manaboutcanton@aol.com.

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