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2011 Year in Review

Click below for a look back at 2011: The year in government ~ The year in schools ~ The year in housing ~ A year of wacky weather ~ A memorable year for Canton parishes ~ A year of remembrances ~ Other top stories ~ The year in sports ~ 2011 Retirements ~ 2011 Deaths […]

Retired crossing guard recalls pain of Holocaust

geller with chief

To a generation of Canton kids who attended the Luce Elementary School, Israel “Izzie” Geller was their neighborhood crossing guard, a kind, old man with a European accent who helped guide them safely across the street at the intersection of Sawyer Avenue and Pleasant Street. To the Nazis who imprisoned him, however, Geller was nothing […]

10 years later: Town remembers Michael Uliano, 9/11


“In the end, no one will ever be the same.” Those were the words that appeared on the front page of the Canton Citizen on September 13, 2001 — just two days after the worst terrorist attack in American history. Even then, in the immediate aftermath of unprecedented tragedy and with the country still “reeling […]

The Art of War

Eumenides’ Fable by Steven Leahy (Hair by Wasan Aziz)

In today’s world, it is easy enough to portray an era defined by strokes of violence and hued with shades of sensationalized destruction. Add to this a few spatters of hysteria and finger-painted points of blame, and the result is a masterpiece highlighting a version of life that few, if any, would want to comprise. […]

For CPD officer, parole board shakeup brings hope, opens old wounds

This week, as policy makers and prisoners’ rights advocates continue to debate the pros and cons of the governor’s recent and dramatic overhaul of the state parole board, Canton Police Officer Don Wolffe is left to quietly wonder what could have been had the reforms come sooner. Wolffe, a lifelong Canton resident, was among the […]

Former CPD employee counts her blessings this holiday season


On Thanksgiving Day, longtime Canton resident and culinary aficionado Barbara Smith got up early and prepared a full turkey dinner with all the fixings. It was for her daughter Kim and her grandchildren Sarah and David, and as far as big holiday meals go, it was, in Smith’s eyes, her “last hurrah” in the kitchen. […]

Canton man a big part of greatest untold story of WWII

Tom Connolly at Canton Airport

If it weren’t for 95-year-old George Vujnovich receiving his long-overdue Bronze Star last month — a full 66 years after he helped launch the incredible, yet thoroughly overlooked Halyard rescue mission in Nazi-occupied Yugoslavia in the late summer of 1944 — then perhaps Paul Seery’s thoughts would be elsewhere this Veterans Day. Instead, they are […]

Write on: Young author Haley Walsh looks to overcome Cushing’s disease

Haley Walsh

Haley Walsh sees life as a mountain. “Some are short, others tall. Some are rocky at the start, some are rocky later on, and others have someone clear a path for them, so they go all the way to the top of the mountain unscratched — not learning from exploring,” she writes in her hand-drawn, […]

Roughing it with Tommy MacDonald

Tommy MacDonald

Tall and brawny, Tommy MacDonald is about the last guy one would expect to be wearing makeup, but now more than halfway through taping the first season of his upcoming Public Television woodworking series, the Canton native is getting used to it. While he said it was uncomfortable the first couple of times he had […]

Against all odds, Canton’s Mullen family presents ‘A Night of Hope’

Christopher Mullen

Editor’s note: On December 19, 2010, Christopher Mullen passed away after a lengthy and courageous battle with neuroblastoma. He was 3. Christopher’s parents, Lisa and Chris, relayed the news on their online journal at “Christopher, our angel, is at peace.” The family held a celebration of Christopher’s life on January 23, on what would […]

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