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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


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 […]

Friends, family rally around new Canton dad of twins

Johanna Curran and Wes Chapman with their newborn twins, Will and Alice

Johanna Curran was eager to share the happy news with her friend Michele Fitzwilliam that she thought she was expecting twins, when Fitzwilliam came home from California last Christmas. The two had met years earlier when they were students at Canton High School. “I’ve known her since my sophomore year of high school when she […]

Canton connections abound at Eustis Estate

The Eustis Estate in Milton is now open to the public for tours. (Rick Haddad photo)

Since opening to the public in May, the historic Eustis Estate in Milton has received a lot of attention. Amanda Crabb, museum shop sales clerk said, “People are excited about it. They have been driving past it for years.” The new Blue Hills area destination has also been the focus of media stories, including by […]

Canton’s July 4th road race celebrates 50 years

Joe DeFelice (far left) has started every July 4th road race since the race's inception in 1968.

In 1967-68, Joe DeFelice was a young member of the Planning Board and a local sportswriter. He met with then acting Recreation Commissioner Russ Kidd and the conversation between the two included the start of a slow-pitch Canton Men’s Softball League and a July 4th road race. No other nearby communities had a local road […]

New Parks & Rec. director finds rewarding career path

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Liz Francis, the new director of the Canton Parks and Recreation Department, came to her current role after working in a variety of positions related to sports and recreation. “I always knew I enjoyed being active and playing sports. I didn’t believe that would be my career path,” Francis said. “Sometimes you have to find […]

Danish journalist researches local baseball hero

Jannik Bay Hansen at the Canton library last week

Jannik Bay Hansen is a Danish journalist from Copenhagen who has become fascinated by one particular aspect of Canton’s history. Hansen visited Canton recently in hopes of expanding his knowledge of Olaf Henriksen, an early 1900s Red Sox player who lived in Canton. Hansen was trying to track down personal memories of Henriksen for a […]

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