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True Tales from Canton’s Past: The Tragic Trio

The wreckage of the Piper Cherokee as it was found that night near the Canton/Stoughton line (Collection of the Canton Historical Society)

The weather in the Bahamas is quite beautiful this time of year, and for the members of the Skycombers Flying Club it would be a perfect way to spend a weekend away after a tough New England winter. In the early 1970s, amateur aviation had become well within the reach of many, and flying clubs […]

Where Eagles Dare: Troop 77 honors 7 Eagle Scouts

(Seated) Eagle Scouts Brendan McManus, Theodore Bollenbach, Adam Feeney, Matthew Gilmore and Christian Lopes; (standing) Selectman Kevin Feeney, Rep. William Galvin, Eagle Scouts Joshua Lopes and Andrew Salvatori, Senator Walter Timilty, selectmen Mark Porter and Victor Del Vecchio, and Brigadier General (Ret.) Frank LaBollita of the Mass. Army National Guard.

At a special Eagle Scout Court of Honor ceremony held at St. Gerard Majella Church on Sunday, March 12, Boy Scouts of America (BSA) Troop 77 in Canton celebrated the achievements of seven Eagle Scouts who earned scouting’s highest rank

True Tales from Canton’s Past: Dividing Lines

We have this strange attraction to thinking that this is our land. We place fences and markers and boundaries upon our property. We feel aggrieved when a neighbor walks across our land. We feel that it is right to stop others from incursion, only after we ourselves have incurred. And through the ages there is […]

Super Bowl season full of thrills for local cheerleader

alyssa patriots

It’s two weeks after her hometown New England Patriots completed the greatest comeback in Super Bowl history, and Canton’s Alyssa Crane still has to pinch herself to be sure it was real. After all, never in her wildest dreams could she have envisioned the season playing out the way that it did — her first […]

Town at a crossroads with historic ‘Little Red House’

The David Tilden House at Pequitside Farm is the subject of a major preservation project using CPA funds. (Moira Sweetland photo)

Save me! Moaned the little red house, … With eyes of wrinkled glass. Save me! Groaned the old floor boards, … Pegged in centuries past. So begins the poem “Goodbye Little Red House,” penned by Doris Peters as both a lament and a rallying cry for the historic David Tilden House after it was ordered […]

True Tales from Canton’s Past: Keep Your Powder Dry

An engraved sketch of the original powder house that was built in 1809

On Pequitside Farm there is a wonderful hidden historic site that is worthy of note. Drive past the main house and follow the road until you get to the very rear of the property. As you walk past the community gardens, take a sharp turn to the right and start walking until you reach a […]

True Tales from Canton’s Past: A Noble Example

As a boy, Armand Didot looked out of his small home in the far northern French city of Dunkirk less than 10 miles from the newly created border between Belgium. Dunkirk was part of the French Flemish north and Catholicism was the religion of the region. Didot was part of a long line of aristocratic […]

Canton High School travel pioneers prepare for field research in South Africa

Sunset at the wildlife reserve that CHS students will be visiting

Canton High School junior Ben Cohen believes that once-in-a-lifetime opportunities should not be ignored. Initially skeptical about submitting an application to participate in biology teacher Rebecca Stang’s expedition to a South African wildlife reserve, he soon overcame his reluctance. Now he is very excited about the February trip, a feeling shared by at least two […]

True Tales from Canton’s Past: Hospital on a Hill

The Marcus Clark House on High Street was also the Canton Hospital from 1916 to 1921. (Courtesy of the Canton Historical Society)

There is no doubt that great fanfare accompanied the crowd that showed up for the opening of the Canton Hospital on that cold day in December 1916. It was, like all things, a labor of love that took over 16 years of vision and planning to come to fruition. And there is no doubt that […]

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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