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Family of givers turns to Canton community for support

The Apprille family of Canton are a close-knit bunch.

Jacob Apprille, a first grade student at the Kennedy Elementary School, has a variety of interests. “He’s funny and spirited and artistic,” said his mother, Michele Slobin Apprille. “He loves school. He’s obsessed with cooking. He’s a really good artist. We have his toys everywhere. He loves sports. Until recently Jacob was learning how to […]

True Tales from Canton’s Past: Canton’s Waterwheels

A view circa 1880 of the falls that drop through the Revere & Sons Rolling Mill (Courtesy of the Canton Historical Society)

There was a time when the early factory system in New England was inextricably tied to the social welfare of the workers and their families. This was part of the social contract in the early 19th century that led to the building of large-scale factories and industrialization throughout the waterways of the region. When you […]

True Tales from Canton’s Past: Military Portraits

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They were the daughters, the brothers, the parents, and the soldiers themselves. They came to share their stories. Some neighbors shared heroic tales, and others told of sadness and loss. And in the voices of these people was pride and patriotism. The ideals of our nation lay bare in their hands. They carried brittle yellow […]

True Tales from Canton’s Past: The Water Works

Selectmen and water engineers pose at the Town Well in 1888.

It was one of the largest town meetings in anyone’s memory. Hundreds of men packed Memorial Hall in April 1884. The topic at hand was the establishment of a committee that would investigate the sources of water supply available to the town. The discussion had begun as early as 1882, and now the town was […]

New-look Celtics squad visits Canton for Media Day

Celtics players Al Horford and Kyrie Irving (background) are interviewed during Media Day in Canton last week. (Photo courtesy of High Output Inc.)

For one day last week, the center of the Boston basketball universe shifted a few miles south to Canton as coach Brad Stevens, recent arrivals Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward, and the rest of the new-look Boston Celtics

True Tales from Canton’s Past: We Are All Citizens

The interior of the Canton Historical Society where the author spends quite a bit of his time

The following is an excerpt from “We Are All Citizens,” the latest installment of True Tales from Canton’s Past by local historian George T. Comeau. There was a message on my voicemail on the second week of August. Sue Gibbs was letting me know that I had been named “Citizen of the Year” and that […]

Canton boy holds successful lemonade fundraiser

Members of the Liam's Lemonade crew pose for a photo along with Dr. Jess Kaplan on the day of the sale.

Eight-year-old Canton resident Liam Doherty, an energetic, active JFK third grader who loves his grandmother’s cookies and playing sports, recently learned some important life lessons. Early this past summer, Liam experienced some struggles with his health, which affected his general outlook. The health issues were not new. When he was in kindergarten, Liam’s parents, Lauren […]

CHS hoopster on the road to recovery with help from community

Xavier Machuga (center) and Coach Gordy with the Canton Character Crew at last week's Tailgate X event. (Ed McDonough photo)

As someone who makes friends easily and feels at home on a basketball court in front of hundreds of spectators, Xavier Machuga is not the type who usually shies away from social situations. But the rising Canton High School junior was admittedly nervous leading up to last Friday’s “Tailgate X” event at CHS — a […]

Canton native launches socially conscious web service

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Lucas DeBarros knew he wanted to be an entrepreneur since his sophomore year of high school. That was the year he began to write a list in a notebook of all of his ideas for a business that he would start some day. That day arrived this past April when DeBarros launched Elevated Providers, an […]

True Tales from Canton’s Past: Mrs. Brown’s Hotel

Mrs. Brown’s Hotel as it looks today on Washington Street, built around 1865.

In the 1870s, Mrs. Brown’s House was the center of the celebrity world in Canton. With a handsome mansard roof situated along a beautiful street lined with ancient elm trees, this was Canton’s grand hotel. Anyone coming to stay in Canton would find a room at Mrs. Brown’s, and now we know the guest list […]

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