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True Tales from Canton’s Past: Lineage

Thomas Gibson served aboard the USS Sabine during the Civil War.

At the age of 54, Thomas Gibson slipped quietly away from this world on May 6, 1899. The end came at Boston City Hospital, and after a life of pain and sorrow, the hurting stopped. The details of Gibson’s life are very hazy, and yet today there are still people who care for this man […]

True Tales from Canton’s Past: Teacups in the Attic

The teapot that was given as a gift to Mrs. John Everett in 1847, now in the collection of the Canton Historical Society

For anyone who has ever watched Antiques Roadshow, they know that provenance is key to the value of antiques. The dusty old box of china in the attic is just fodder for a yard sale until it can be established that George Washington actually nibbled a piece of toast from the dinner plate. And yet […]

Hockey community heartbroken over loss of ‘Smokin Joe’ Donnelly

Joe Donnelly (right) with announcing partner Pete DeSisto at last year's girls state championship game at the TD Garden. It was the last game that Donnelly called for Canton hockey. (Photo courtesy of Tanya Willow)

The close-knit Canton hockey community embarks on a new winter season with a giant-sized hole in their hearts following the unexpected passing of “Smokin Joe” Donnelly on November 29 at the age of 69. A longtime Canton resident and a former coach and past president of Canton Youth Hockey, Donnelly was best known around these […]

Local animal rescue volunteer buoyed by support

SCAR founder Bonnie Lukas (right) greets Hoffman at the gate of the rescue center in the mountains of Villalba.

Kayla Hoffman’s love of animals and desire to help a friend in Puerto Rico have been supported by the kindness of the Canton community. Hoffman has spent the last few months helping the efforts of her good friend on the island, a woman who rescues dogs and took in many strays and abandoned canines after Hurricane […]

True Tales from Canton’s Past: Honor Village

Emblazoned on the back of the Ford truck rattling through Canton Center is a bumper sticker that reads “Support Our Troops.” And in Canton, we are most fortunate to have a veterans agent who has worked for years to raise the status of our troops such that it is a no-brainer when it comes to […]

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


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

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