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Stories written by Mary Ann Price
Originally from Chicago, Mary Ann joined the Citizen as a staff writer in 1999 and has lived in Canton for the last 25 years. She is also a Spanish teacher at Newton South High School. She and her husband, Bill, have two daughters, Renée and Emily.

Friends and family rally around new Canton father of twins

Johanna Curran was eager to share the happy news with her friend Michele Fitzwilliam that she thought she was expecting twins, when Fitzwilliam came home from California last Christmas. The two had met years earlier when they were students at Canton High School. “I’ve known her since my sophomore year of high school when she […]

Library launches 2017 summer reading program

The Canton Public Library is working to build a better world this summer through its summer reading programs based on the theme Build a Better World. The programs in the Junior Room are designed for children as young as 3 years of age all the way up to students entering sixth grade in the fall. Students […]

New Parks & Rec. director finds rewarding career path

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Liz Francis, the new director of the Canton Parks and Recreation Department, came to her current role after working in a variety of positions related to sports and recreation. “I always knew I enjoyed being active and playing sports. I didn’t believe that would be my career path,” Francis said. “Sometimes you have to find […]

Determined senior completes memorable grad walk

Alaina Goodwin (David Uzvalok Photography)

When Alaina Goodwin walked across the stage to receive her diploma from Canton High School during last Friday evening’s graduation ceremony, she reached a goal that she has worked toward since suffering a rare stroke in August of 2016. The stroke affected the T4 vertebra in her spine, leaving her unable to move her legs. […]

Exchange student finds 2nd home in Canton

Paul Seignarbieux (left) poses for a photo with his host family, the Connors, on their trip out west last month.

Paul Seignarbieux, 16, has enjoyed two amazing trips since last summer. His first journey was to the United States from his native France in September to spend the school year as an exchange student at Canton High School. And last month, Michael and Maria Connor and their daughters, Sofia and Brii, who are hosting him, […]

18|8 salon offers unique grooming experience for men

18|8 Fine Men's Salon owner David Floyd

David and Andrea Floyd have a large metal plaque on a wall in their business that tells of a discovery that Harry Brearly found in England in 1913. He discovered that adding 18 percent chromium and 8 percent nickel to steel eliminated the steel’s tendency to oxidize and rust, transforming it into a better looking […]

Legendary coach to be inducted into wrestling HOF

Tom Bartosek grew up in Toledo, Ohio. The high school he attended had about 200 students, small enough to give him a chance to participate in the band, chorus, school plays, and sports. “I wrestled in high school, although I was a terrible athlete,” he said. “I was not really coordinated.” The wrestling program had […]

GMS closes out Pawsitivity Week with Ryan’s Story

When John Halligan was a senior in high school, his art teacher walked into class one morning with tears in her eyes. She told the class that she had just learned that a former student had committed suicide. She then added something that Halligan has always remembered. “She said, ‘Don’t ever forget this. You can always turn […]

Library turns to PR campaign amid looming state cuts

A delivery truck arrives every business day at the Canton Public Library with materials that patrons have requested but that the library does not have in its collections. “Not every library can have all of the things that any one person needs,” Director Mark Lague said. The Canton library is a member of the Old […]

Popular Trinity pastor delivers final sermon

Father Philip Jacobs III

Larry Graham, Sr., used to load his children into his car and drive from Boston to Canton to take them to the carnival at Trinity Episcopal Church. Then one day about 12 years ago, he remarked to his son that they should go to the church sometime. They did, and Graham and his wife, Sharon, are […]

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