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True Tales from Canton’s Past: The House Within

The historic Withington-Bird House is now tucked away near a modern subdivision on Lantern Lane. (Photo by the author)

The Canton we know today was once the wilds of Dorchester. This area, largely inhabited by the Ponkapoag tribe, became an attractive settlement for a handful of pioneering men and women leaving the relative congestion of larger towns. The idea of buying and selling land was a purely English notion; the natives had no concept […]

Canton woman pays it forward with kidney donation

Nancy Cahillane Connor

When Nancy Cahillane Connor made the decision to offer one of her healthy kidneys to Stephanie Glazer — a New Jersey woman who had only come into her life just months earlier — she made sure to do her homework and thought long and hard about the surgery and the recovery time and all that […]

True Tales from Canton’s Past: Crane Guards

The entire village of South Canton gathered to see the militia in their stunning uniforms at the house of the general. On that Friday in October 1823, the trees dripped with red and gold and an autumn sun cast long shadows across Washington Street. The force was made up of many of the sons of […]

Author confronts painful family tragedy in debut novel


Caroline Christian never knew either of her parents, but both, she has since learned, really loved the scent of bread. For her father, Dick Cammarata, it was the smell of his mother’s homemade rolls that he could not get enough of — a scent that once wafted through the air in his downtown Canton restaurant, […]

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 […]

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