FOCUS newsletter

NOVEMber 2023

  1. Be aware of porch pirates
  2. GFL holiday collection schedule
  3. Yard waste collection update
  4. Fireworks notice
  5. Canton holiday artisan market

The Police Department reminds residents, with the upcoming holiday season comes a noted increase of “porch pirates” stealing packages that have been delivered to porches. Because these crimes happen quickly and easily, the best way to guard against theft lies with the consumer. Suggestions for safe online deliveries include:

1) Track deliveries and ask a neighbor/friend to pick it up if you will not be home.

2) Set delivery to your place of business or a friend or relative’s home that will be there to accept it.

3) Request delivery drivers to place packages in a designated out-of-sight location on your property.

4) Use an alternate access pick-up point option if available by the delivery service.

5) Request “signature-required” through the package delivery service.

If you see someone who appears to be taking packages from porches in your neighborhood, please call the police department immediately at 734/394-5400.

  1. A message from Supervisor Graham-Hudak
  2. Dog Licesnse and dog park membership renewal
  3. Passport application extended hours
  4. New to Canton? Recently retired? Empty Nester?

Hello neighbors!

We have many activities for the whole family to enjoy this month.

The first is Canton’s Salute to Service event, which honors area servicemen and servicewomen. This year’s program is on Friday, November 10 from 12 - 3 p.m. at the Village Theater. Then, on November 17 - 19, the Cherry Hill Potters Guild is hosting a show at the Village Arts Factory, where they will present their beautiful hand-crafted works.

On Thanksgiving Day, November 23, I’ll be out walking at the annual Turkey Trot with you! This event raises money for a great cause, the Epilepsy Foundation of Michigan, and really help participants work up an appetite for a big turkey dinner.

One of our newer events, Winter Wonderland Walks, are on November 29 and 30, from 5-8 p.m., in Heritage Park.

Details for all of these events are featured in this issue of the FOCUS.

Lastly, as we give thanks for our many blessings this month, I want to specifically point out how thankful we are for our wonderfully diverse and vibrant community. We want to continue to make sure that everyone feels safe and welcome in Canton.

Happy Thanksgiving and remember--You Belong Here!

  1. Clerk's Comments
  2. Firearm Injury prevention - Lunch and Learn
  3. Treasurer Slavens' corner

Voters approved Proposal 2 in 2022 that amended the state constitution by adding additional methods for voting. The key provisions are a single sign-up list for a voter to have a mail ballot sent to them for all future elections; prepaid return postage on ballots and applications; the option to Early Vote in-person and feed your ballot into a tabulator and watch it count; and an increase in election Drop Boxes.

Vote by Mail

Registered voters have the right to apply to automatically receive a mail ballot for each future election with a single sign-up application. In previous elections, joining the automatic application list resulted in a voter being mailed an application. This new list will remove that extra step. All applications and mail ballot envelopes will have pre-paid return postage on them so a voter can merely place them in the mail and they will be delivered to the Clerk’s Office.

Vote Early

For all 2024 elections, voters will be able to cast a ballot in-person (just like election day) at two different locations for nine days from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. The locations are the Summit on the Park and Village Arts Factory. For the first time in Michigan history, voters will be able to bring their mail ballot to an early voting site and place it into the tabulator if they would like to watch it count.

Voters heading south for the winter:

The Presidential Primary has moved forward to February 27, so absentee ballot applications will be mailed out in the middle of December. Please note that election mail will not be forwarded. Your application and/or your ballot will be mailed to the address you are registered to vote at unless you notify the Clerk’s Office of a different mailing address.

  1. In the Village Theater spotlight
  2. 21st annual Turkey Trot for a cause
  3. Call for committee members
  4. Canton salutes areas Service Men and Women

On November 3, Broadway’s Next Hit Musical will take audiences on a delightful adventure starting at 7:30 p.m. Broadway’s Next Hit Musical presents “The Phony Awards,” the original improvised awards show! Master improvisers gather made-up, hit song suggestions from the audience and create a spontaneous evening of music, comedy and a ton of laughs! The audience then votes for their favorite song and watches as the cast turns this Phony Award-winning song into a full-blown, improvised musical — complete with memorable characters, witty dialogue, plot twists galore and songs that you will be humming for days! It’s Whose Line Is It Anyway meets The Tony Awards! This production has toured extensively throughout the United States and internationally. The New York Post called it “remarkable.” Don’t miss the next great American musical - it could be written by YOU!

On November 9, legendary singer-songwriter Gordon Lightfoot is remembered and honored with Whispers of the North, the Gordon Lightfoot Tribute, followed by KAVAN, the world’s number one rock-and-roll Elvis, paying tribute to the king of rock and roll with Four Shades of Elvis on November 10.

For tickets or additional information, visit or call 734/394-5300.

  1. Call for commission members
  2. Learn about the life of an absentee ballot
  3. send your letters to Santa
  4. cherry hill potters guild show
  5. winter wonderland walks
  6. Santa Claus is coming to your town

Canton Leisure Services is currently accepting applications for the Commission for Culture, Arts & Heritage. This commission of volunteers promotes and supports the incredible cultural, arts, and heritage programs in the Canton community.

Members serve three-year terms and must be willing to attend quarterly meetings (February, May, August, and November) and volunteer at a minimum of six Canton events throughout the year assisting with many of the community arts and cultural programs. For more information, please visit