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True Tales from Canton’s Past: Breaking News

John Henning and Mary Richardson introduced the now infamous Blue Hill volcano segment but were unaware of the graphic nature of the prank. (Bill Golladay, Creative Commons)

Today we get our news from so many sources. In a world of almost instant access to information, we can turn to Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, all of which closely follow conventional news outlets. News is so “now” that within moments of a recent police chase from Brockton to Canton, which ended at the infamous […]

Cantonites finding value in community Facebook groups

The Canton Memorial Bow Project started with a single post on the "Everything Canton" Facebook group. (Michelle Stark photo)

When Jennifer McDaid Garbuzinski first heard the news about the tragic death of Canton kindergartener Kaleigh Kenyon last month, she did what thousands of other local residents did and immediately turned to Facebook. Although she didn’t know the family personally and would not even be in town for the next two weeks, McDaid Garbuzinski still […]

True Tales from Canton’s Past: I Am the Egg Man


Hiking across the marsh, Elwyn Capen had endured several days of torrential spring downpours, yet he was in his glory. Soaked to his skin, a heavy wool coat slowed his progress as he approached the nest just at the edge of Ponkapoag Pond. High up in the tree was the large nest of a great […]

Local mom back home and healing after lifesaving transplant

Erica Shea with her husband, Dave, and their son, Ryder

People often take for granted the simple things in life — seeing one’s spouse and children every day, making dinner, and routine tasks such as walking up a flight of stairs. But after enduring a string of life-threatening medical complications and a two-year wait for a new heart, Erica Shea is finally on the road […]

Local pilot turns passion into successful business

An aerial shot of Great Blue Hill after a recent snowstorm (Cape Cod Aerial Photography)

Bill McGonagle always had a yearning to fly. “It just was something I always wanted to do,” he said recently. “It’s an expensive venture. I could never afford it. Then one day I could afford it.” In 1999, he got his private pilot’s license,

True Tales from Canton’s Past: Canton’s Future Redux

The Joseph Warren Revere Barn adapted for use as a taproom.

The idea behind saving the buildings at the Paul Revere and Sons property began back in 2008 when Attorney Paul Schneiders, representing the Napleton Company, stood before the Canton Historical Commission and sought a demolition request for the historic structures. It was unthinkable that such nationally significant mill buildings with a lineage that connected directly […]

True Tales from Canton’s Past: Under Three Flags

John Meyer and Hans Krauß, likely in Canton in 1919 (Courtesy of Anneliese Neumann)

As the mail arrived at the town clerk’s office, one letter stood apart from the rest. The dispatch was postmarked from a small Bavarian village. And as Gail McHugo slit open the envelope, a simple typed note began a journey into Canton’s history that few know about today. “More than 100 years ago,” the letter […]

True Tales from Canton’s Past: Twenty-Two Stories

The Crane School was demolished in 1954, and the town has never been quite the same. (Collection of the author)

This column began in 2011, and since it started I have been able to tell well over 100 stories tied to the unique history and character of Canton. It has not really been all that hard discovering the things that make us unique. When you are curious, and you talk to people who have been […]

New Canton family looks back, forward after fleeing war-torn homeland

The Aboukhater family on a visit to Plymouth: (l-r) Hassan, Jude (with Roxy), Layla, Noor and Matthew

Thousands of miles from home in the comfort and relative safety of his Canton apartment, Dr. Hassan Aboukhater cannot seem to sit still. Gathered in the family room with his wife, Noor, and his two youngest children, 17-year-old twins Matthew and Jude, he moves about the space frequently, changing his seat on more than one occasion. He is friendly and talkative, but also restless, his heart still transfixed on the world he left behind in his native Syria.

Box of family keepsakes finds its way home to Canton

Tony Andreotti with Jane and Charlie Tardanico in front of the monument honoring Paul Hannon, who was killed in action in Korea

Jane Tardanico is in the process of moving from one house to another and has some of her possessions in storage, including the yearbook that belongs to her older brother, Paul Hannon, a member of the Canton High School Class of 1950. But she doesn’t need to pull out the yearbook to look up the […]

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