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Canton native goes ‘all-in’ in quest to save his son

As a member of a small community of families that he never intended and certainly never wanted to join, Mike Dobbyn has a story to tell that will break your heart into pieces. It’s the story of his eldest son Connor, a “wonderful” and “beautiful” 11-year-old boy with a magnetic personality and a heart of […]

Fuller at Fifty: Nearby craft museum inspires passionate supporters

Lois Corr loves to talk to people about Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton. A former longtime resident of Canton now living in Norton, she became interested in the museum not long after she moved about 14 years ago and hasn’t looked back. Set on a tranquil, woodsy site across Upper Porter Pond from D. W. […]

Ride to Remember: Don Rodman, late philanthropist, epitomized selfless giving

He rose from hardscrabble beginnings to reach staggering heights of personal and professional success. He was, by his own admission, lucky in love and rich in family and friends. He hung out with sports legends and captains of industry and attained a certain measure of celebrity status himself as both a business icon and one […]

Canton resident prepares for milestone birthday

This story originally appeared in the September 5 edition of the Canton Citizen. It’s probably safe to say that Hooky Darack has been playing tennis for longer than anybody else in Canton. She first learned it at camp when she was 13 years old and has been playing ever since. That may not sound noteworthy, […]

Canton man living his dream on the frontlines of global health care

After 15 years of serving a dream organization and finding his life’s purpose fighting poverty and disease in some of the neediest places across the globe, Dr. Anatole Manzi still finds himself struggling at times to fall asleep at night. “Whenever I close my eyes I feel like there are so many needs out there […]

Canton service dog ‘O’Hara’ honored at Fenway Park

The Boston Red Sox honored a special Canton resident last week in a ceremony at home plate prior to their July 25 series opener against the New York Yankees. O’Hara, a yellow Labrador retriever who originally hails from Yorktown Heights, New York, was named the Service Dog of the Game. The Red Sox honor a […]

Blue Hills students build Canton home addition

By Judy Bass On a recent Friday morning in early June, there was hardly a sound on Robbin Road in Canton, a leafy, bucolic street in Canton not far from the center of town. But something very exciting was quietly happening there. An open house was underway at 20 Robbin Road, which has been the […]

True Tales from Canton’s Past: Tribute at the Grave

On July 3, 1756, David Tilden drew his last breath in what was then Stoughton. And up until now, that was merely a historical curiosity that would pass each year without any note or mention. But this year we will gather at his grave and visit a very old friend. We will offer a prayer […]

CHS artists embrace showcase opportunities

This story originally appeared in the Citizen’s 28th annual Salute to the Fine Arts, an 8-page special section included with the June 6 edition. In a 2018 interview with Boston Voyager magazine, Randolph native Jamaal Eversley reflected on his unique path to becoming a fine artist and the “bold” decisions that were required of him […]

True Tales from Canton’s Past: Lost at Sea

At age 58, James Ritchie had accomplished more than 10 men would in a lifetime. Think of a life in chapters or seasons and the storyline becomes clear. Born here in Canton on May 12, 1815, in what is now the Draper House at Pequitside Farm, the young man flourished under the watchful eye of […]

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