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Football scores financial windfall By Kim Becker
Members of Girl Scout Troop 66174 remind voters it is their civic duty to vote April 28. Submitted photo
Vote…because we can’t!!
The Board of Education commended the administration for a thoughtful and goal-oriented budget that comes just under the 2.0 percent increase imposed by the Board of Finance. However, strong disagreement arose about Superintendent Alan Addley’s proposed line item for the Granby football team. The Granby High School Football Supporters Board has been vocal in its insistence on financial equity for the team, asking for $420 per player or $18,900 in the 2014-15 budget. Addley proposed $2,500 for transportation and waiving the $75 pay-to-play fee for the 45-member team for a total of $5,875. In response, the Football Supporters released a statement saying they “disagree with the budget and do not support the same.” Several members of the board agreed with them that too little was allocated. Jenny Emery, Melissa Migliaccio, Mark Fiorentino and Rosemary Weber strongly supported more money for the football program. Emery stated that football “is a
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By Girl Scout Troop 66174 Registered voters of Granby—there is a vote coming up on Monday, April 28 on the town budget. Voters can come between 12 and 8 p.m. to the town hall to vote on the budget. Note that this vote is at the town hall, not the high school where many votes are held. The budget affects everyone. Everyone should vote so you have a say in how the town spends your money. The result of the vote will show how most of the residents really feel about the budget. You can find more information about the budget on the town website, www.granby-ct.gov. So put a reminder on your calendar to vote on April 28—because kids can’t!
Heminway named Granby Republican of the Year Cal Heminway is congratulated by Ed Ohannessian at the 7th Senatorial District Lincoln Day Celebration. Cal was Granby’s Republican of the Year in recognition of his 30-plus years as a member and chair of the Granby Board of Education. Photo by Paula Johnson
Alcohol use in Salmon Brook Park remains an issue for residents By Shirley Murtha In response to the application by the Granby Memorial High School Class of 1964 Reunion Committee for alcohol use in the new Recreation Community Center at Salmon Brook Park, resident Carolyn Flint addressed the Board of Selectmen during the public session of its March 3 meeting. Safety concerns prompted her to ask if there would be more of a police presence in the park during the event, whether the public would be made aware that there was alcohol being consumed by the party-goers, and if the guests would be allowed to drink outside of the building. Selectman Sally King assured Flint that all conditions had been met regarding the application and that it had been examined by the police chief and the town manager. She assured Flint that drinking alcohol is allowed only within the lodge.
Granby program and should be funded.” Additionally, she asked the board to consider raising the total increase from 1.9 to 2.0, giving football $14,000. While that idea was rejected, the board redistributed money from the small capital budget to the operating budget to give the program an additional $3,867 next year. Therefore, the overall education budget was amended to give football a total of $9,742 or approximately $216 per player. The $3,867 was reallocated from a failed administration proposal to install cameras and editing equipment in the Central Office to broadcast public meetings at a cost of $35,000 over several years. The administration then wanted to keep the money in the technology area of the budget and use it to lease technology carts with 25 Chromebooks each at the high school, Wells Road and Kelly Lane schools as well as replace aging servers and network switches. The lease for FY 2014-15 would have been $3,867. Ben Perron and Ron Walther disagreed. They felt that in a tight budget year
Later in the meeting, the BOS approved the application, with one opposing vote coming from Ron Desrosiers, citing his continuing safety concerns. The event will take place October 18 from 5—11 p.m. Continuation of long-standing grant applications Director of Human Services KerryAnn Kielbasa requested that two longstanding matching grant applications be continued. The first request is for $28,641, the amount needed to match the State of Connecticut Department of Transportation grant to provide for a full-time senior van driver. The van takes residents age 60 and over to doctor’s appointments, shopping and community activities. The second request was for $3,850 to continue the Older Americans Act grant for the grandparents support group. Meeting BOS cont’d. on p. 5
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Board of Education approves 1.9 percent increase By Kim Becker The Board of Education overwhelmingly supported the administration’s proposed 2014-15 budget. They lauded the document as fiscally responsible and responsive to Board goals developed over the summer. Superintendent Alan Addley faced a difficult task. The Board of Finance de-
manded an education budget with only a 2.0 percent increase while the District had obligations that increased the budget 2.1 percent without any new programming. Through anticipated reduced enrollment, retirements, and job sharing between the middle and high schools, Addley developed a budget that allowed some new programming while meeting salary and benefit obligations.
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We would like to extend our heartfelt appreciation to all the co-workers and friends who attended the Memorial Reception for George del Campo. The stories and memories you all shared helped so much during this difficult time. The del Campo Family
Granby is great!
Today I remembered to pick up naan bread for my wife’s amazing chicken curry planned for tonight’s dinner. I pulled into the Stop&Shop, parked, and headed in to fulfill my honey-do chore. From the corner of my eye, I caught a friendly wave and heard the beep-beep of a car horn. It was a sweet little lady who introduced herself as Bar-
bara. She had mobility problems and needed help picking up her medication. I assured Barbara I would do what I could and headed straight to the pharmacy. The pharmacist smiled and thanked me for helping his customer and went straight out to see Barbara. I purchased the naan and strolled back to my car only to hear the kind words from Barbara, “Thanks and God Bless You” as she drove by me headed home. I thought to myself, “He just did,” by giving me the opportunity to participate in a random act of kindness to my community. You see, only a few months back, I was stranded in that same parking lot with a dead battery. A friendly Stop&Shop employee helped me with my
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mobility problem by offering a jump. Thanks to him I returned home safe and sound. We live in a world with too many communities suffering from anger and mistrust; I find it great to live in Granby where random acts of kindness still survive and thrive. Granby is great! Matt Garrett
Resident volunteering in the Philippines
If you are like me, when you hear about the many troubles in the world you think “I wish there was something I could do to help.” Local resident, Louisa Mayock, is taking the next step. A big step. Louisa will travel to the Philippines with the organization All Hands Volunteers, to help
fix properties damaged by the typhoon. You may have met Louisa at her farm—Fiddlehead Farm. Perhaps you’ve enjoyed the music she hosts in her barn, or you’ve stopped by her antique shop to browse. Hopefully you’ve already met her, because she’s super fun! She’s the kind of person who reads about the devastation of the typhoon in the Philippines and says “I’ve got to do something” and then goes about doing it. Louisa will be volunteering two weeks of her time, and she needs to raise the airfare and travel costs ($2,500). Louisa is a new-be at fundraising but she skied 10 miles on March 1, and asked folks to pledge some
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amount per mile. I pledged $20/mile, and I will be thinking about Louisa every day of her trip. If you are interested in donating, please send a check to Louisa Mayock, Fiddlehead Farm, 74 Silkey Road, Granby CT 06060. Thank you to all friends who want to help Louisa help some people who really could use it. Eve Wrigley
Support meetings will continue
Granby Pharmacy has just completed their first round of support meetings and they will begin a new round slated for April 10 in the room behind the pharmacy, formerly a real estate office. This program is devoted to sharing information about nutrition, exercise and relaxation. In each session, there were presentations by local businesses that provide health services such as yoga, gym, natural foods. The first group drew about a dozen people. I am writing to show my gratitude for this gift to our town. And I want to let other townspeople know about this outstanding free program meeting once a month. Maxine Bystrowski
T1 Zone development
The article by Elaine Jones in the February Drummer did not address what
Deborah Roe stressed in her January Letter regarding T1 Zone Development. She wrote, “I am deeply concerned that the town considers this area to be highly developable and will seek to change the current zoning in at least one portion to allow for higher density housing development.” The following are excerpts from recent meeting minutes of the Granby Development Commission that will provide information concerning town interest in higher density development in the T1 Zone and other areas in Granby that have access to public water, sewer and natural gas. Minutes of the Development Commission reveal that on June 10, 2013: “Fran handed out a new draft of a modified zoning plan that might be used around and in conjunction with the T1 Zone. The members have been studying the area, hoping to encourage positive development within this area. The draft recommends an increase in housing density with lots that are similar to the Ice Pond Road subdivision. The members reviewed the draft and continue to work on it. A presentation to the Planning and Zoning Commission may occur at such time that the members agree on a final proposal.” Minutes of the Sept. 9, and Oct. 29,
Appropriate use of the Pond House? Patricia Smith submitted this photo illustration.
2013 meetings show that “The members continue to discuss a modified zoning plan that might be used around and in conjunction with the T1 Zone.” And on Dec. 9, 2013 “The Commission continues to discuss the economic climate and current activity, the extension of natural gas lines, sidewalks and lighting, the idea of a R15 zone and other business.” The Jan. 13 minutes show that: “The Development Commission members discussed the southern area of Town, particularly the T1 zone area. They continue to discuss new housing opportunities which can take advantage of public water, sewer and natural gas.” And on Feb. 10, “The Development Commission members continued to discuss the southern area of Town, particularly the T1 zone and surrounding
Planning and Zoning Commission Granby Plan of Conservation & Development Subcommittee Public Workshop April 15, 7 p.m., Granby Senior Center
The Granby Plan of Conservation and Development Subcommittee will hold a public workshop at 7 p.m. on April 15, in the Granby Senior Center. The workshop will provide an opportunity for the public to comment on the present condition of the town and to express their views and recommendations on the town’s future. The meeting will open with a brief presentation by the subcommittee to explain the design, need and purpose of the Plan of Conservation and Development and to give some general statistics on the current make-up of the town. Following this brief presentation, the subcommittee will take comment from the public. Public comment will be used by the subcommittee to assist in the preparation of the Town’s Plan of Conservation and Development. The State of Connecticut requires that the plan be updated every 10 years. The Granby 2005 Plan of Conservation and Development can be viewed on the town’s website (www.granby-ct.gov) under Public Documents.
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Community Service Awards Do you know an adult or teen whose volunteer contribution to the town deserves to be recognized? The Board of Selectmen are now seeking individuals who exemplify the town’s rich tradition of volunteerism. Anyone but a family member may nominate a candidate, who must have been actively engaged in volunteer community service within the past year (Jan. 1 – Dec. 31). The selection committee takes into consideration: • The number of hours per year the nominee has performed community service, although a one-time project will also be considered • the amount of time in a month spent as a volunteer • the impact the community service has had in enriching or improving the quality of life in Granby Organizations or individual are eligible; there is a separate category for teens 13 to 19 years of age. Nomination forms are available at both libraries, or clip and mail the form below.The deadline for submission is April 21. Return your nomination to the Granby Drummer, P.O. Box 165, Granby, CT 06035.
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area. They are hopeful that the Plan of Conservation and Development Subcommittee will pay special attention to the areas in the Town of Granby that have access to public water, sewer and natural gas.” Considering the time and effort the Development Commission is spending on higher density development that includes a modified zoning plan in the T1 Zone, a new R15 (15,000 SF lot size) Residential Zone and promotion of the southern part of Granby as a favorable area for higher density development, it is clear Deborah Roe expresses valid, well placed concerns for the integrity of south Granby. The next meeting of the Development Commission is April 14. Bob Smith
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Town Meeting Calendar Board of Selectmen, 7:30 p.m., Town Hall, Mondays, April 7 & 21 Board of Finance, 7:30 p.m., Police Comm. Room, Mondays, April 14 & 28 Board of Education, 7 p.m., Central Office, Wednesday, April 2 Planning & Zoning, 7 p.m., Town Hall Tuesdays, April 8 & 22 Inland Wetlands & Watercourses, 7 p.m., Town Hall, Wednesday, April 9 Development Commission, 7 p.m., Town Hall, Monday, April 14 Conservation Commission, 7 p.m., Police Community Room, Tuesdays, April 8 & 22
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See adjacent notice. The Earth Excavation and Removal Subcommittee will meet March 19 to discuss different plans on the amount of material that can be removed. An application proposal for a General Contractor business at 566 Salmon Brook Street will be heard at the next P&Z meeting on March 25.
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At the March 11 meeting, the Planning and Zoning Commission approved a modification of the site plan to construct a building addition of 660 square feet for Beman Hardware at 20 Hartford Ave. The addition will be to the right (east) of the current building and will be used primarily for storage. This will eliminate outdoor storage of materials along the left side property line and add 5 more parking spaces in the front. Tractor trailers delivery will travel along a one way access on the right (east) side to the rear of the building. No waiver on parking regulations was needed as the number and location of the spaces meets the goals of the Granby Commercial Center Zone. A waiver was approved for a reduction of the right (east) side landscaped area to 14 percent. This was less than the required 20 percent in the Center Zone but this requirement was added many years after the site was developed. The waiver recognizes the limited landscape areas. A freestanding sign will be located at 22 Hartford Avenue at the entrance to Bank Street and will meet all the requirements of the Center Zone.
Excessive noise at the Vineyard Michelle Niedermeyer, owner of the Lost Acres Vineyard, presented the Commission with a detailed account of the various ways she was compliant with the special permit that allowed activities at the property. At issue is a complaint from neighbors on Lost Acres Road of excessive noise emanating from the site when activities are being held. She stated that music noise is mostly indoors and limited as the winery ends most activity around 6 p.m. In answer to the complaint that fireworks displays are a source of noise and danger, she replied that this display occurred once a year at the annual Harvest Dinner and that she was required to obtain a special permit from the town which included the approval of the police, the fire marshall and a fee of $100. When asked if she would use a fireworks display in the future, she replied, that she didn’t know. Niedermeyer went on to state her commitment to the town’s emphasis on promoting agriculture and the various ways her business benefits this goal. She included the land deeded to the Land Trust, the passport work program, the hosting of local art exhibitions, the Farm-
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The Town of Granby is scheduled to begin sweeping development roads (curb to curb roads) during the week of April 14, weather permitting. Main roads (not state roads) in Granby are not scheduled for street sweeping at this time. Please call the Public Works Department at 860-653-8960 with any questions.
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Women’s group learns gardening for the birds
On March 5, Margery Winters (left) from Roaring Brook Nature Center, Canton, chats with Betty Hart. Winters gave a talk to the Women’s Breakfast group about gardening for birds. In the background is Pat Dryden.
Dedicated Women’s breakfast kitchen crew: Sandy Christensen, Pat Dryden, Sue Mollineaux, Ruth Lynn, Corinne Dickerson. Photos by Joan Ducharme.
Smoke alarms save lives; it’s time to change the batteries By Joseph Killen, Fire Marshal Five Connecticut residents recently perished in two separate residential fires. In both instances, the presence of smoke detectors could not be confirmed. It is a good time to remind everyone about the importance of installing and maintaining smoke alarms in the home. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), reports that every year 2,570 civilians die in residential fires; that’s about seven people each and every day. Working smoke alarms are essential in every residential setting. Proper placement is the key. They should be located in the hall outside of the bedroom area, one in each bedroom, one on every other floor of the house, and one in the basement. Building codes have changed over the
years, but the above list contains the latest code requirements. Equally as important to installing smoke alarms is their maintenance. Batteries should be changed at least annually (time change is a great way to be reminded), and smoke alarms should be replaced every 10 years. Carbon Monoxide alarms, if not already incorporated into your smoke alarm, need to be installed in every residential home. Please read the labels of any smoke alarm device you choose and make sure to install it in accordance to the manufacture’s requirements. For questions on smoke alarms or any detective device, please feel free to contact either the Fire Marshal or the Granby Building Department for assistance at 860-844-5318.
BOS meeting cont’d. from p. 1 weekly, this group is composed of seniors who are instrumental in parenting their grandchildren. Both requests were approved. The monies for these grants are already in the current budget; no additional cash allocation is required. Town Manager Bill Smith also requested that the board reinforce its commitment to fair housing, which it did. Sidewalks The board voted to establish a Local Transportation Capital Improvement Fund (LTCIF) for the $510,000 the state DOT has committed to Granby in order for the town to meet the new federal guidelines regarding the width of the sidewalks to be installed on Rte. 10/202 from the center of town to Salmon Brook Park. When first proposed, the width of the sidewalks was to be 4 feet, but 5 feet is now required, per the Americans with Disabilities Act. Any additional “taking of land” will be from the state’s property, not from private owners. Budget Presentation Thanking Barbarajean Scibelli, Sue Christian and Pat Chieski for their outstanding work, Town Manager Smith presented the 2014-2015 budget. Copies of the report are available in the town hall and both libraries. The BOS was hoping to secure some staffing addbacks, but that is not possible in order to meet a 2 percent mill rate increase established by the Board of Finance, which makes it difficult to even maintain the level of services presently in place. The cost of town operations has increased by 3 percent, but some of the increase is offset by revenues from Open Farm Day and funds from the Connecticut Resources Recovery Authority. Also, debt service payments have decreased by $81,638. Some significant increases include
legal services by $5,000; benefits by $80,337; wages by $69,720; insurance by $5,900; library services by $12,931 and police operations by $18,405. Infrastructure maintenance has increased by $20,000, largely due to the acquisition of Holcomb Farm and the new Recreation building in the park. January/February Budget Operations Smith reported that 100 percent of taxes have been collected. At the time of this meeting, the town was out of road salt and unable to procure more from its regular suppliers, although it did receive some from the state. The continued unseasonably cold weather may require a fund transfer to handle possible additional fuel costs. Fund transfers may also be necessary in the areas of equipment maintenance and infrastructure maintenance. Update on Solar Panel Study As first reported in the February Drummer, the Evonsion property has been deemed the most suitable location for possible installation of solar panels, and study has commenced on the feasibility of this project. Town Manager Smith noted that the result of installing panels on four acres of the East Street property would result in a 20 percent reduction in the town’s electricity costs. This was quite different from the 100 percent that was presented at the February BOS meeting. Selectman Ed Ohannessian brought this to the board’s attention. Nevertheless, the board agreed to authorize Solar City of Rocky Hill to put together a preliminary plan. This action will incur no cost to the town. Appointments Patricia Kennedy was appointed to the Library Board and Abigail Logan to the Parks and Recreation Board.
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The Granby Drummer Spanish language classes will be added to the second through fourth grade curriculums for 40–60 minutes per week. Mandarin Chinese will be available for eighth grade students. “GLObe (Global Learning Opportunities for Granby students) is very pleased about the planned expansion of Spanish into grades 2–4. Our youngest students have the most to gain from early exposure to languages and the benefits go well beyond just learning another language. We look forward to the Granby schools continuing to improve and build the program in the years to come, said parent Valorie Hollister. Gifted and Talented Students An effort to address the needs of advanced students at the intermediate level begins with training consulting teachers through NEAG Center for Gifted and Talented at UCONN. These consulting teachers will work with classroom teachers to meet the needs of the highest performing students. Additionally, these students will have access to an online resource called Compass Learning. 1-to-1 Computing Through Quality and Diversity funds (not taxpayer dollars), the District will provide Chromebooks to all students in the seventh through 10th grades. Expan-
Granby education costs less than 80% of other districts in state cont’d. from p. 1 The 2014-15 proposed education budget calls for $28,046,820. In fact, Granby spends less per pupil than 80 percent of the state’s districts coming in at $12,899 per student. Addley is quick to point out that Granby’s schools are well-rated on both the federal and state levels and that Hartford Magazine ranked Granby first in the small town category for families and education in 2013. Additionally, the district has worked hard to realize operational efficiencies totalling more than $800,000 since FY 2009. However, the budget also points out
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football should not be given any additional money. Perron made a strong case that if additional money was available, all items that remain unfunded in the 2015 budget should be considered, including the arts and technology carts for the high school and intermediate schools. Walther concurred and reminded the Board that no funding promises had been made to the football program by the board or the district. Addley added that because football has moved to campus, the team now enjoys some benefits such as access to the high school trainer, no transportation costs for practices at Ahrens Field, and increased profits from admissions and concessions that stay with the Supporters. Unlike other sports, except for special events, the football program keeps gate receipts and concession profits to augment their activities.
that there are few areas for future savings, that there are limited resources for unanticipated expenditures, and that the high school has unaddressed facility upgrades which were identified in 2007. Budget priorities include: School Safety The District has matched state funds to implement security upgrades such as additional security doors, fobbed access doors, wireless lockdown devices, and security cameras as well as training for teachers and administrators. World Languages In response to community interest,
The Board then returned to the request from the football supporters group. The amended budget moved the $3,867 from technology in the small capital budget to the operating budget under the Student Activity fund for use by the football program. The amended budget was approved unanimously. The Football Supporters released the following statement after the vote, “The Granby High School Football Board of Directors is thankful to the members of the Board of Education who feel that football has proven itself worthy of their support as football enters its 7th season as a program. While we have not attained equity with all other sports programs that currently exist, the BOE steps of late have been positive in that respect. We support the budget as currently proposed.”
Princess and the Prom hosts dress giveaway Princess and the Prom is a Connecticut 501c3 tax exempt corporation created to provide free prom dresses to any area high school girl who might not otherwise be able to afford one. The goal is to give every girl the opportunity to feel like a princess on the night of her prom! Founded in 2007, the program has helped over 2,500 girls get free prom dresses. The program needs all sizes and colors of dresses, but they are in desperate need of large size prom dresses, size 14 and up, as well as size 0-00. The 2014 Gown Giveaway event will be held on April 4, 5 and 6 at the Hilton Garden Inn, Windsor. Visit www.pricessandtheprom.org for more information.
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sion plans in FY16 include students in grades 5, 6, 11, and 12, eventually reaching down to kindergarten. New Course Offerings The high school will offer an AP physics class as well as an introduction to pastry and baking course. Common Core Standards The budget includes resources for teacher professional development, curriculum writing, and data management systems. Primary School Interventions Second grade students who are below reading level will receive additional support and Kindergarten students will receive math interventions to reduce achievement gaps for Open Choice and special education students. Athletics Money has been found to provide transportation to practices and games for the hockey and golf teams. An additional middle school cross-country coach has been added due to increased student participation. The girls’ freshman soccer program has been eliminated due to low enrollment but all interested girls will be served by the JV and varsity soccer teams. The football team will receive $9,742 (see Football on p. 1 and 6).
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GECC Programs Books For Babies Program The Granby Early Childhood Council (GECC) in collaboration with the Friends of Granby Public Library, is pleased to announce the continuation of the Books To Babies Program. This program was started four years ago to welcome each new baby born in Granby, and to encourage parents to start reading to their babies as early as possible. All children born in 2014 will receive a beautiful picture book tucked inside a canvas tote bag that can be used later to take books to and from the car, the library, or preschool. The Friends of Granby Public Library has included the gift of a wonderful board book that baby will surely love to hear over and over again. If you live in Granby and are the parent of a newborn (January 1, to present) or know of a family who would like to receive this gift, please contact the GECC at: email@example.com. All information is confidential and is used only by the GECC to contact the family with congratulation, and to welcome the new baby with our gift. Kids Play, You Stay PlayGroup The calendar may say it’s spring, but… it still may be weeks before the weather warms up enough to take your little ones
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to the playground at Salmon Brook Park. Don’t worry—join the Granby Early Childhood Council each week for the Kids Play, You Stay playgroup. Every Wednesday morning from 9:30-11 a.m. parents, grandparents, and other caregivers visit the big red barn at Holcomb Farm for a variety of fun and learning opportunities. The GECC, together with the Granby Youth Services, offers a weekly playgroup for infants, toddlers and preschoolers (ages 0-5). Adults can relax, enjoy a cup of coffee and adult conversation, all while participating with their child to play, learn, and explore a variety of fun activities. There are lots of spring time activities during April. There is a small indoor gym for the children to climb and slide on, toys, a ball pit, a play kitchen and doll area, a train table, an arts and craft area and an opportunity to make lots of new friends. They sing songs, learn fingerplays and have a story each week at the end of our play time. It is an informal group. Come when you can and stay as long as your child is having fun, and it is free! More information can be found on the GECC website: www.GranbyECC.org or follow us on Facebook for more upto-date information or weather related closings.
Students collect supplies for preschool in South Africa By Cecilia Milbrandt & Sarah Cusano, 8th Grade Students The Granby Public Schools mission statement states, “All students will become powerful thinkers, effective collaborators and compassionate contributors in preparation for a success in a dynamic interdependent world.” Approximately 50 seventh and eighth graders at Granby Memorial Middle School are making this statement a reality by participating in a community service program called Sharing to Learn. Sharing to Learn is an international non-profit organization that connects students from all around the world to be a part of the solution to poverty. Sharing to Learn’s main goal is to provide ways for students to experience cultural exchanges without ever leaving the country. The organization is involved with a small village in Makuleke, South Africa, where they give students the opportunity to help the less fortunate. The highly impoverished village is located in the northwest corner of South Africa. It has few resources available for student learning enhancement, and is in need of supplies.
Students in Granby have made it their mission to provide those resources for the students in Makuleke. The middle schoolers have begun collecting donations that will help them in their effort to build a preschool in the village. They recently raised $251 at GMMS Family Night. The generosity of the community has allowed them to become one step closer to helping the students in Makuleke. On Saturday, April 5 from 9 a.m. to noon Sharing to Learn is hosting a Pack the Pod event in the staff parking lot of Granby Memorial Middle School. They are accepting donations to fill a storage container that will be shipped to Makuleke later this year. Donations that are being accepted include: books (from early childhood to young adult), toys (no wooden items, because they are susceptible to termites), small ride-on toys, buckets, shovels, art supplies, clothing (no winter coats), soccer balls, small plastic tables and chairs, and miscellaneous preschool supplies. Refreshments will be provided. For questions, contact Mr. Kitzmann at kitzmand@granby. k12.ct.us.
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CTVV discusses Common Core with Granby school superintendent By Bill Regan
Common Core, often referenced in educational circles as a “one size fits all curriculum,” has impacted all participants involved in the instructional format of the state’s educational institutions, including students, teachers, school administrators, Conn. State Board of Education, parents and the general public from which financial support is derived. In addition to the Common Core program mandate in Connecticut, the installment of a new teachers’ evalu-
ation process has intensified media coverage. Join Susan Regan, host of CT Valley Views, in her interview with Alan Addley as he provides his perspective on these challenges as well as the 2014-15 objectives of Granby’s Board of Ed and the accomplishments of its student body and teaching staff. Be sure to see this segment on Cox/ Enfield Channel 15 and AT&T U-Verse Channel 99 on Fridays, March 28 and April 4 at 6 p.m. This and all CTVV programs are available at www.ctvalleyviews.com.
Carly Strain, a member of Loyola University Maryland’s class of 2016, has been named to the fall 2013 dean’s list at Loyola University Maryland.
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Community organizations offer scholarships to graduating seniors Farmington Valley VNA Nursing scholarship
The Farmington Valley Visiting Nurse Association invites Granby Memorial High School seniors who plan to pursue a college degree in nursing to apply for the Willard Kellogg Scholarship. The Willard Kellogg Scholarship was established in 1969 in honor of Willard Kellogg, a Granby resident who was actively involved in the Granby Public Health Nursing Association. This scholarship has been available for many years to graduating Granby Memorial High School seniors and students who are enrolled in nursing school, and is also funded through the generosity of several local residents who are committed to supporting the education of professional nurses. Granby Memorial High School seniors may apply through their guidance department. High school seniors who are Granby residents but attend schools outside of the Granby school system are also welcome to apply. Although students pursuing nursing degrees are given first consideration, those majoring in health-related fields may also be eligible for scholarship funding. For more information about the Willard Kellogg Scholarship program, please contact Incy S. Muir, Farmington Valley VNA Executive Director, at 860-651-3539 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Please visit www.farmingtonvalleyvna.org for information about the Farmington Valley VNA.
Chamber of Commerce scholarship The Granby Chamber of Commerce offers an annual scholarship to graduating high school seniors. Students must be a Granby resident, or a Granby High School student, or the son/daughter of a Granby Chamber member. Students must be applying to technical schools and colleges (2-and 4- year colleges). The scholarship will be awarded as a one-time $1,000 scholarship, payment made directly to the college or university upon proof of enrollment. Applicants will be judged on their participation in school and community activities, scholastic standing, employment history, and areas of demonstrated leadership. Extra consideration will be given to applicants whose family is a member of the Granby Chamber of Commerce. Interested students may download the application at: granbycoc.org/ scholarship.php. Deadline for entry is April 30th.
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Lions’s Club scholarship
The Granby Lion’s Club announces that once again scholarships will be awarded to high school seniors who are residents of Granby attending Granby Memorial High School or any other accredited area high school. Applications to be completed by the student and parent may be obtained from Ms. Julie Caruso, Guidance Department, Granby Memorial High School. Application must be returned to Ms. Caruso no later than May 1, 2014. The three students chosen will be announced on Thursday, June 12, 2014 at 7 p.m. at the Granby Memorial High School Awards Ceremony. Further questions or comments may be directed to Mr. John Monkiewicz, Granby Lions Scholarship Chairman at 860-653-3516
Community Scholarship Association scholarships
Community Scholarship Association of Granby offers annual scholarships to graduating high school seniors. Applicants must be Granby residents, soon-to-be high school graduates and accepted at an institution of higher learning approved by the selection committee. The primary basis for selection shall be scholarship, with due consideration given to need, initiative, character, and responsibility. C.S.A.G. has been performing this service since the late 1950s and gave scholarships to the first Granby Memorial High School graduation class. To date, from diverse contributions including funds from a Holcomb Family Endowment and annual fundraising from The Granby Road Race, C.S.A.G. has awarded scholarships, including The David A. Schupp Jr. Memorial Scholarship, to nearly 400 students, making a significant impact on their young lives. Applications are available at the guidance department. Completed applications should be submitted to the guidance department no later than May 1.
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CTVV’s Susan Regan interviews Liz Natale, a West Hartford middle school teacher on the controversial Common Core program that has been adopted by the state. Photo by Bill Regan
Susan Regan, host of CT Valley Views recently held an enlightening interview with Liz Natale, 6th and 7th grade language arts teacher at Sedgwick Middle School. Natale started a firestorm reaction from public and private citizens, Conn. State Board of Ed, educational professionals, students and parents with her Hartford Courant Op-ed on the Common Core program. From the receipt of heralded support to blasphemous emails, Natale has championed her view as non-political and simply the position is that “we must do what is best for the children.” The subject is polarizing and whether you have a vested interest or not—you don’t want to miss this one. This and all CTVV programs are available at www.ctvalleyviews.com.
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Change for Life program receives donation The Farmington Valley YMCA has announced a $2,500 donation from Command Corporation. The donation will support the Change for Life program, which encourages people with a body mass index of 40 or greater to make significant life changes. Program participants work with the YMCA’s nutritionist, wellness director, and team of personal trainers to set achievable goals and make healthier choices. The Farmington Valley YMCA developed the Change for Life Program two years ago based on the model of the Biggest Loser Resort so that Farmington Valley residents could find support close to home as they committed to living healthier lives. Command Corporation, an East Granby-based alarm company that provides security services to homes and businesses from Boston to Virginia, is the exclusive provider of security services to the Farmington Valley YMCA, and recently learned of the program when meeting with the Executive Director Marcy Yanus.
“We appreciate all that the Farmington Valley YMCA does for our community,” said John Bazyk, Command Corporation’s Director of Sales and Marketing. “Command is a local, family-owned company and we’re committed to supporting programs like Change for Life.” “As a non-profit organization, the YMCA looks to serve as much of our community as we can,” Yanus said. “This donation from Command Corporation will allow us to extend our reach so that more people can benefit from a program that has already proven to be life-changing for our participants.” Located in Granby, the Farmington Valley YMCA serves Avon, Burlington, Canton, East Granby, Granby, Hartland, Simsbury, Suffield and Windsor Locks. In addition to aquatics and fitness programs, the YMCA offers childcare, nutritional counseling, and LIVESTRONG® programs and runs two camps – Camp Farmington Valley and Camp Chase. To learn more, visit www.ghymca.org.
John Bazyk, Command Corporation’s Director of Sales and Marketing, presenting the check to Marcy Yanus, Executive Director of the Farmington Valley YMCA and to Dave Corricelli, the Associate Director.
Ducharme earns real estate award Joan Ducharme of Berkshire Hathaway Home services has been awarded the Five Star Professional Agent Award from Connecticut Magazine for 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014. The award recognizes residential real estate sales professionals who provide exceptional service and overall satisfaction of her clients. “Joan Ducharme exemplifies the high level of customer service that has helped us grow,” said Mindy Ogan, Office Leader. “We go to great lengths to maintain our focus on our customers’ needs above all else, are the most successful employing this strategy.”
Drumrolls Carolyn Rau, a senior at Villanova University, was named to the dean’s list for the fall semester. She is a political science major. Lindsey Gervascio, a senior nursing major at The College of New Jersey, was inducted into Sigma Theta Tau International, the national honor society of nursing, and the Phi Kappa Phi honor society. McKenzie Davidson has been named to the Plymouth State University dean’s list for the fall 2013 semester. Alexis Elizabeth Rome, daughter of Jennifer and Robert Rome, has been named to the University of Massachusetts Amherst fall 2013 dean’s list. Rome expects to graduate with the class of 2016 with a BFA in dance and a minor in art. Joan Ducharme
Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation Center MeadowBrook of Granby will be hosting the 4th Annual Easter Basket Silent Auction
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We are invi�ng local community members to visit MeadowBrook and to bid on the wonderful Easter baskets that local business and families have donated. Baskets will be on display and available for bids beginning on Friday, April 11, 2014 through Thursday, April 17, 2014 from 10:00am–6:00pm. A Closing Bid Recep�on will be held at MeadowBrook, on April 17, 2014 from 5:00pm–6:00pm. Please join us and get your last minute bids in! Please contact Debra Mullins at 860-653-9888 or at Outreach@MeadowBrookOfGranby.com if you are interested in dona�ng a basket
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Advanced student art exhibit at Lost Acres Vineyard Each spring Advanced Placement and Independent Study art students at Granby Memorial High School exhibit their artwork in a local gallery setting. The process of preparing art work for presentation, hanging a show and participating in a public reception is a valuable real world experience for these aspiring artists. The ninth annual AP/Independent Study art show will be held at Lost Acres Vineyard, 80 Lost Acres Rd in North Granby. The opening reception on Thursday, April 3, 6 to 8 p.m., will feature not only the artwork, but also select musical performances by solo and small groups of student musicians. The public is welcome to attend and refreshments will be provided. The exhibit will run until April 18. For more information, visit www. lostacresvineyard.com.
Thomas Wolfe said, “You can’t go home again.” Former Granby Memorial High School soccer star Brian Kuk says you can. The former Professional and ConBrian Kuk necticut High School player of the year (’92) is the founder of Soccer Training Academy, which has facilitated personalized soccer training for America’s youth soccer players since 1998. This July, Kuk and fellow STA coaching staff will be traveling to Connecticut for the return of the STA Residential Soccer Camp at Suffield Academy. Though his coaching positions have taken him from Connecticut to Virginia, Kuk is excited to return home to share his enthusiasm and exper-
tise with Granby and local youth players. “Granby, Suffield and the Farmington Valley is where I got my start,” said Kuk, “and I feel fortunate to have the opportunity to return to share my knowledge and passion with youth players of all skill levels who share in the same dream I had as a young player.” Kuk’s experience as a U.S. Soccer Coaching Education Instructor, Virginia Youth Soccer Club Director and U.S. Soccer Market Training Centers Staff member has helped him create his simple, and effective coaching philosophy. Kuk explains, “We help inspire every player to enjoy, learn and compete so that they are excited to come back the next day. If we are doing that, then we’re doing it right.” Having achieved both U.S. Soccer’s National ‘A’ License and the National Soccer Coaches Association of America’s Premier Diploma, Kuk is recognized at the top of his field and equipped to help players at every level achieve their goals. The STA Residential Soccer Camp will take place July 7–11, at Suffield Academy. Visit www.STAsoccer.com/ soccer-camps for more information.
Valley Pre-School students take musical voyage By Andrea Burns The 4-year-old classes at Valley PreSchool went on a musical journey around the world recently during a percussion concert at the school. With the beats of Ben Toth, chairman of the percussion department at the University of Hartford Hartt School of Music, and his son Ben Toth Jr., a former Valley Pre-School student, the children traveled to places like Japan for a battle of the Samurai, to Serbia for a dance, and to Africa for a party. Before playing each song, Toth described the instruments and told the
students where the songs originated. “I love coming back to Valley PreSchool and performing with my son,” Toth said. “I know cultural studies are an important part of the Valley experience, and the teachers always do a great job of prepping the students before the concert about some of the things they will see and hear.” One of the ways the students prepared for the concert was by creating their own percussion instruments, which they used to accompany the Toths during the last song of the show.
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As things start heating up outside, so does the activity at Granby High. With the musical finishing it’s successful run, and the seniors all buzzing over college and their upcoming events, the school atmosphere is exciting to say the least. The musical put on this year by the Granby Drama Club was “The Pajama Game.” Like all other productions put on by the drama club, it was a truly great show. The show was really able to showcase the musical and acting talent here at Granby High, and had the audience captivated for the entire three-hour show. But it wasn’t just the acting and singing that hooked the audience on this show, it was the set and the lighting as well. The set was made completely by students with the help of parent volunteers, and it was truly amazing. There were numerous set changes; each time you thought the set couldn’t possibly get
better, it did! Another unsung hero of the drama club productions are the lighting crew. They have one of the most important parts of the show, making sure the stage is set up and lit up properly. The cast and crew of this show were truly a musical productions dream team. It was obvious that countless hours and unmeasurable amounts of effort were put into the success of this play, and it all surely paid off. With quarter three quickly coming to a close, it’s almost time for all the fourth quarter senior fun like prom, senior outing, and graduation of course! Prom dress shopping has already kicked into full swing, which only adds to the seniors excitement. With prom quickly approaching on May 16, dance fever is in the air. Students are starting to pick out their prom tables and who they will be going with. One thing is for certain:
The cast of The Pajama Game perform 7 And A Half Cents. Photo by Bill Everett
no matter what the dress, table, or date, it will be a memorable night for everyone to take with them for the rest of their lives! After prom comes the always fun, senior outing at High Meadow. It’s a day senior’s look forward to all year long to make some final high school memories with the friends they’ve grown up with. With a variety of food to eat and games to play or watch, everyone has a great time
Finally comes graduation—this year on June 20. Just like we started our academic journey together, we will end it together. With all of our friends going on to new adventures, it’s a very bittersweet time. No doubt we will miss each other, it’s still exciting nonetheless, and all the seniors cannot wait for all the activities to finally start up!
Valley Pre-School cont’d. from p. 10 “I think this concert is a fun, engaging way to teach students some of the fundamentals of music,” said Mara Henze, chair of the Valley Pre-School board of directors. “It gives the children a handson experience with music and shows how music is a part of people’s lives all over the world.” At the event, made possible by the Granby Education Foundation, the students learned the three ways to play percussion instruments, which include striking, scraping or shaking. They also discovered some things people use to create instruments such as a hollow tree and goatskin for an African drum, and an old
oil barrel for a steel drum. Toth Jr. even demonstrated how household items such as spoons could be used to make music. Toth Jr., now a history major in college, said he welcomes the opportunity to return to his musical roots and visit his old school. “I really enjoy coming to Valley, seeing some of my former teachers and sharing my love of music with the students.” Valley Pre-School is now accepting applications for the 2014-2015 school year. For more information, call (860) 6533641, or visit www.valleypreschoolinfo. org.
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Granby Camera Club celebrates 20 years By Shirley Murtha Twenty years ago, the late Bob Orr was a frequent customer of Harry Fischer’s at the camera shop in Granby. The two enjoyed sharing their love of photography and talked frequently about their experiences. It occurred to them that there were several people they knew who felt the same and it seemed like it would be a good thing to start a club, which they did in September of 1994. The stated mission of the group was “to promote photography as both a hobby and an art form.” That mission remains today, as the Granby Camera Club celebrates its 20th anniversary. Photographers of every level of ability are welcome to share their passion to learn, create and enjoy the beauty of this art form. The first years, the club met at Orr’s home, but the group was housed at MeadowBrook from 1997–2001. In 2002, the club became official members of the Granby Senior Center, where it holds its meetings the first Monday of each month from September to June. Frequently there are follow-up work-
shops the next week to study further what a guest speaker has presented or to practice a particular technique. Guest speakers (sometimes a club member) have covered topics including composition, landscape photography, flash photography, taking portraits, capturing action, using black and white, and framing and matting. In addition to a guest speaker, each club meeting features the results of the monthly “scavenger hunt.” Members are given three words (“ice,” “blue,” “vertical,” for example) that they will try to represent in photographs that are then judged by all members, the winners being displayed in the Senior Center Community Room until the next contest. Members have also had their photos featured in the Simsbury Bank calendar, a rotating exhibit at Kelly Lane School and at the Granby Public Library. Editing workshops begin in January and continue through May. Once each month, the group meets informally in the computer room at the Senior Center to learn photo-editing techniques using programs such as Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom.
Camera Club members examine photos taken for a recent “scavenger hunt.” photo by Paula Johnson
Field trips have included travelling to Magic Wings (the living butterfly conservatory in South Deerfield, Mass.), Elizabeth Park, Stanley Park, Sturbridge, Mystic, Essex (during eagle-viewing season) and kayak races in Tariffville and ski races at Sundown. To celebrate its 20th anniversary, the club is presenting an exhibit at Lost Acres Vineyard from April 25–May 19, with the opening reception on Friday, May 2 from 5:30–8 p.m. That would
be a good time for interested readers to meet the club members, see examples of their work and have any questions answered. If you can’t make the reception, you can visit the club’s website at www.granbycameraclub.org, which features a photo gallery, a forum for photography-related discussion and a calendar of events. When the club began, it had about a dozen members; it now has over 30. It would love to have even more! Attend a meeting (each month’s topic is presented in the In Town Focus section of the Drummer), visit the website, check out the exhibit at the Vineyard—see what this fun group has to offer the photographers of Granby.
Drumrolls Rachel M. Costolnick, East Hartland, was named to the DeSales University fall 2013 dean’s list. Costolnick majors in Human Resource Management.
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Sign-up time for Community Gardens by Jim Glenney Despite the mounds of snow around us, it’s time to think about the joy of gardening. Gardening at the community gardens located in Ahrens Park on Hungary Road is not only healthy exercise but a great feeling knowing you are eating your own home-grown vegetables. The gardens are divided into organic and conventional sections. A pump well provides the water supply. The cost is $5 for a 20 x 20 plot and $10 for a 20 x 40 plot. Last year’s gardeners wishing to reserve the same plots need to make payment by May 1. After that date, plots will be assigned on a first-come basis. Make checks payable to Granby Community Gardens and mail to Jim
Glenney, 33 Glen Road, Granby, CT 06035-2516. The gardens are usually ready for planting by the end of April. Over the past few years a problem has developed with individuals that pay for a plot but fail to get started. “Getting started” means that you either have begun planting or you have weeded your plot. This is necessary to avoid plots that are overrun with weeds, which become breeding ground for pests, and a burden for someone else to clean up. Failure to get started by June 1 will result in your payment being returned and someone else taking that plot. All gardeners should help to keep the pathways clear. Avoid planting right to the very edge of your plot where there
is a pathway. Avoid the use of cheap weed block. It deteriorates quickly and is difficult to pull up and often ends up being chopped up in other plots in the spring. Use plastic, unwaxed cardboard, newspapers and leaves to keep the weeds down. The use of pesticides is discouraged, but not banned. At the end of the growing season all plots need to be cleaned up, usually around Nov. 1. All plastic, cages, stakes, fences, strings and ropes must be removed. Volunteers will be needed to help stake out and label the plots, near the end of April. New gardeners interested in reserving a plot should email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Jim Glenney at 860-653-6179, or Marge Goslee at 860-653-5100.
Farmington Valley Chorale Sponsors Master Class By Molly Mead In preparation for their May 3 performance of Brahms’ German Requiem at Granby Memorial High School, the Farmington Valley Chorale will sponsor a conducting master class with William Boughton, Music Director and Principal Conductor of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra. The class is made possible by gifts made to the Chorale in memory of their former director, Donald R. Smith. Three graduate-level conductors, will participate in the master class on March 30: Mark Biggins, Yale University; Sarah Kaufold, University of Connecticut; and Sara O’Bryan, Hartt School of Music and Yale University. Mr. Boughton and the Chorale’s artistic director, Dr. Ellen Voth, will critique the conductors as they lead
the Chorale in a rehearsal of the Brahms. According to Dr. Voth, this initiative not only honors Mr. Smith’s memory by encouraging promising young conductors, but also allows the Chorale to connect with one of Connecticut’s premiere orchestras, as well as three of the state’s graduate conducting programs. For the participating conductors, this is a rare opportunity to gain experience in conducting a large-scale orchestral and choral work. According to Sara O’Bryan, “Working with Maestro Boughton will be very beneficial for me, because he is well versed on working with both choral and orchestral repertoire, [giving me] a unique perspective on this key choralorchestral work.” Sarah Kaufold agrees that “The opportunity to work with a reknowned conductor and an accomplished
Simsbury Bank announces new appointments Simsbury Bank is pleased to announce the following appointments: Elizabeth Lindstrom has joined its team as a Project Manager and Assistant Treasurer. Lindstrom manages a variety of bankwide projects to improve efficiency and productivity. From l: Elizabeth Lindstrom, Krista Moran, and Sanjeev Sood Krista Moran has joined extensive experience in accounting with its team as a Compliance Officer. Moran a variety of financial institutions. directs the development, implementation and administration of the bank’s Compliance Management Program. Sanjeev Sood has joined its team as a Controller. Sood manages the account10 Hartford Ave. ing department of the bank, including Granby internal and external financial reporting, Village Shops accounts payable, fixed assets and budget reporting. Sood has almost 20 years of
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A mother’s perspective: a sweet solution to dealing with children’s allergies By Brenda Utzinger Being a parent of a child with food allergies or sensitivities is forever a challenge, but it has gotten a little easier since The Sweet Beet opened its doors on Route 10 at 498 Salmon Brook Street in Granby. Since revamping one of my daughter’s diets a few years ago to avoid gluten, egg and most dairy, I have learned to be a quick study of a food label and menu, and I have revised many a family recipe with alternate ingredients. Some things I have done successfully— others not so much—so I am in awe of Heather’s creations. Even if I slave over a recipe I cannot seem to achieve the taste of Sweet Beet’s food. Nor do I even have the time in my carpooling-mommy schedule to effectively make some of the ingredients such as the homemade hemp ricotta that goes into menu items such as the savory pie. From the moment you enter The Sweet Beet you are greeted with smiling faces, warm welcomes and yummy scents. You can choose to take some healthy food to
go, or go with a friend and enjoy your meal at an intimate table. The first place my daughters go to is the refrigerator case that holds chef Heather’s delicious quinoa tabbouleh (which they beg to eat in the car before we get home), and then to see which Sweeties cupcakes are in the display case for that day. Since the entire kitchen is gluten-free and vegan we can actually go into The Sweet Beet without having to check any ingredient lists. I am very grateful that my family doesn’t deal with anaphylactic allergies, but to those who do, they are serving food from a gluten-free and animal-product-free kitchen. So I suggest that people stock up on foods when entertaining friends and relatives who have dietary needs such as gluten sensitivity, celiac disease, animal protein allergies or many of the autism and ADHD diets. Any parent whose child has allergies/ sensitivities can tell you that one of the biggest challenges arises around birthday parties or holiday celebra-
Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui
of your life. Unique personal designs Do you need help with your spring and lifestyles can be made to align you cleaning this year? Do you want to clear and your space. Tracy has studied and all the clutter you acquired during the practiced Feng Shui for more than 15 winter? Come join us on Wednesday, years with preeminent masApril 9 at 12:30-2 at the ters and has been featured on Granby Senior Center NBC, Fine Living Network, where the Civic EngageThe Discovery Channel and ment Education Team other media. She has a unique continues their Lunch for ability to bring new energy into the Mind series. Tracy homes and will help you “clear Boyce, an internationyour clutter.” Please register by ally renowned Feng calling 860-844-5253. Cost is Shui master practitioner $5. Bring your brown bag lunch will present a class on to class (beverage and dessert Feng Shui 101: what provided). is working and what is not working in all areas Tracy Boyce
tions. Until The Sweet Beet opened there were no local bakeries that met all of our dietary requirements. One of The Sweet Beet’s specialties, Sweeties cupcakes, are lacking in allergens, but there is no lack of flavor. Any palette will enjoy these mini-delights with flavors such as Mint Chocolate Chip, Red Velvet, Mexican Hot Chocolate or Snickerdoodle. The products are GMO-free, organic and free of artificial flavorings and colorings. Real lime zest tops the lime-flavored frosting adorning the vanilla cupcakes. It is important to teach our children to understand how to nourish their bodies, and how a treat does not need to be laden with artificial food coloring and flavors when the vivid green of the zest of a lime suffices for both beauty and flavor. I am pleased to be living in Granby with its family-owned stores that provide healthier options such as The Sweet Beet, Granby Village Health, Grass Roots Creamery, Lost Acres Orchard and Sweet Pea Cheese to name a few.
Heather Dougherty and Claire Malloy of The Sweet Beet I look forward to many more years of bringing my business to The Sweet Beet, and I encourage those who have not gone to check it out. To quote my daughter, “There is something magical in these Sweeties!” And who wouldn’t want to buy a cupcake made by someone with a ducky tattoo?
YMCA to hold open house April 5 The Farmington Valley YMCA will hold an Open House from 9 a.m. to noon on Sat., April 5. Members of the public are invited to “Come See Why” the YMCA plays an important role in the community. From providing quality after-school care and day camps that put a caring adult in the presence of every child to the Change for Life Program for people with a body mass index of 40 or greater, the YMCA serves the unique needs of the Farmington Valley. The open house will include: • Children’s cooking class with YMCA nutritionist Alicia Stirling Newton • Chi Gong demonstration with YMCA wellness director Gary Bicket • Guided tours all morning, including pools, gym and fitness areas • An inside look at Camp Farmington Valley with camp director Michael Garcia • An indoor Granby farmers’ market featuring local farmers • Kids Watch child care services for parents attending the open house The Farmington Valley YMCA is located at 97 Salmon Brook Street. To learn more, visit them on Facebook or call 860-653-5524.
Facial rejuvenation acupuncture: better health for face and body By Ginger Harris, M.Ac., L.Ac.
The terms “cosmetic acupuncture,” “acupuncture facelift/facial,” or “facial rejuvenation acupuncture” are getting a lot of press recently (CBS News, Dr. Oz, etc) and being touted by celebrities (Kim Kardashian, Gwyneth Paltrow, Prince, Cher, Madonna, Angelina Jolie, Sean Connery, to name few), for it’s ability to reduce the effects of aging on one’s appearance. You may have wanted to know more about these procedures. What’s involved? Is it safe? Is it time-consuming or expensive? Is it for everybody? How does it compare to Botox or surgery? Can it help with acne or skin discoloration? How does it work? Where is it available? There are a variety of styles and techniques utilized in treating facial appearance within the field of acupuncture and all fall under the broad term cosmetic acupuncture. The term acupuncture facelift is somewhat misleading, as no incisions, sutures, or dramatic alterations to underlying structures are involved. Facial rejuvenation acupuncture is a whole-body approach that goes beyond
the surface to revitalize from within, by supporting the health of each individual at a deep constitutional level. According to traditional Chinese medicine, the face is a reflection of one’s inner condition. Facial rejuvenation acupuncture utilizes the principles of this ancient health system to assess and gently correct the underlying imbalances that affect the appearance and overall health of each individual. When the body’s organs and systems are functioning well, we see skin that is properly nourished, hydrated and detoxified from within. When balanced, the body becomes more efficient. This means more energy becomes available for such things as immune function, coping with stress and even enjoyable activities. Think about how all these improvements show in the face through more relaxed facial expressions and fewer “worry lines.” The balanced hormones that result can reduce or eliminate acne outbreaks, dark under-eye circles and provide better sleep. Fine lines are smoothed away and deeper lines and furrows are diminished in appearance, as
this treatment stimulates the production of collagen, the protein in skin that gives it plumpness and elasticity. Increased blood and lymph circulation to the face and scalp improves the quality of the skin and is instrumental in reducing puffiness and fluid retention. Other possible benefits may include improved muscle tone, firming of jowls, neck, and jawline, or lifting of sagging eyelids. This re-balancing, revitalizing process is achieved through the placement of extremely fine, sterile, stainless steel needles into various points on the face and body. This process is relatively painless and, for most clients, quite relaxing. Appointments can be up to 90 minutes in length and are typically spaced a week apart. A course of 10–12 treatments is standard, but expect an increased commitment if you smoke, have sun damage, or significant health issues. Follow-up maintenance sessions are usually recommended to prolong the results for an additional five to 10 years. As it is non-surgical, involves no anesthesia or drugs and is minimally invasive, facial rejuvenation acupuncture is a much safer
alternative to many of the other cosmetic procedures available today. Consider also that no recovery time is necessary, nor are there side effects or scars. These treatments will be priced higher than regular acupuncture sessions due to their laborintensive nature, but when compared to other cosmetic procedures and products, this is a very affordable choice. So if you are ready to take five to 10 years off your face and feel younger and healthier too, it’s time to find a practitioner. Look for an acupuncturist who has had specialized training in cosmetic acupuncture techniques. He or she will screen you for any contraindicated conditions and be able to provide you with a consultation to estimate the number of sessions and to answer any other questions you might have. Ginger Harris, M.Ac., L.Ac., is a CT-licensed and nationally board-certified acupuncturist practicing at Sustainable Health and Wellness in Tariffville. She is trained in traditional facial rejuvenation Acupuncture. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call (860) 217-1171.
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North Granby student participated in NE Braille Challenge
Elizabeth Cappelli, daughter of Anthony and Anne Cappelli of North Granby, participated in the 14th Annual NE Regional Braille Challenge reading, writing and spelling contest recently held at the Carroll Center for the Blind in Newton, Mass. Elizabeth, 12, a 6th grade student, was one of 27 students from across the northeast who participated in The Braille Challenge at the Carroll Center, an education and rehabilitation facility that provides blind and visually-impaired people of all ages with the skills they need to live, learn and work independently. More than 45 volunteers, including family members and former students, and Carroll Center teachers, proctored and scored the tests. Awards were presented to the top scorers in each age group at the
end of the daylong event. The Braille Challenge, which is celebrating its 14th anniversary, was developed by the Braille Institute of America in Los Angeles in 2001. The challenge is a national event, with 43 regionals and more than 1600 students participating throughout the United States and Canada. The Carroll Center for the Blind was the first organization in the United States to partner with the Braille Institute to create a regional challenge. According to Dr. Karen Ross, director of education services the annual event “is a wonderful way to motivate blind and visually-impaired students to take pride in their literacy skills.” For more information about the Carroll Center contact Dr. Karen Ross at Karen. Ross@carroll.org
According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), radon is the second most frequent cause of lung cancer, after cigarette smoking, in the United States. It is the number one cause among non-smokers1. Overall, radon is responsible for 10 percent of lung cancer deaths every year.2 The average person receives a higher dose of radiation from the radon levels in their home than from their combined exposure to all other radiation sources, natural or man-made.3 These findings are a cause of concern to “Buzz” Hale, a chemist/mineralogist who has investigated the presence of uranium and radon in this area. He spoke of the potential health risks of radon to area homeowners at a recent Granby Senior Men’s breakfast. His interest in uranium dates back to the early 1950’s when he prospected for the ore in Utah. At the time, the Atomic Energy Commission was paying big dollars for even low-grade uranium. He didn’t have much luck in Utah but since uranium can be found all over the United States, he decided to explore his home environs. He rented a plane, tucked in a Scintillator (a device more sensitive than a Geiger counter), and flew along sections of the Metacomet Trail, a basalt ridge that runs about 100 miles from New Haven almost to the Vermont and New Hampshire borders. After getting some readings, he explored on foot and discovered pockets of Torbernite, a phosphate of uranium and copper, of which uranium is a major constituent. After sending core samples to the AEC, it was determined that the Metacomet concentrations were insufficient to warrant mining. Nevertheless, where there is uranium, there is radon and related health concerns. So what is radon and where does it come from? Radon comes from the decay of uranium. Radioactive uranium decay is a natural, spontaneous process in which an atom of one element decays or breaks down to form another element by losing atomic particles (protons, neutrons, or electrons). A chained series of transformations eventually changes the molecular structure of a uranium atom into thorium, thorium 234, protactinium, thorium-230, radium-226 and then into our culprit radon 222 (on its way to becoming lead). The decay of each radioactive element, thorium, radium etc, occurs at a very specific rate. How fast the element decays is measured in terms of the element’s “halflife”. A half-life is the amount of time for one half of a given amount of an element to decay. After two half-lives, there will be one fourth the original sample. Uranium has a half-life of 4.5 billion years. Uranium and its decay product radon
will therefore continue to persist for tens of millions of years at almost the same concentrations as they do now. Radon is a radioactive, colorless, tasteless gas with a half-life of 3.8 days. It enters a home through the lowest level that is in contact with open ground. Typical entry points of radon into homes are: cracks in solid foundations, construction joints, cracks in walls, gaps in suspended floors, gaps around service pipes, and cavities inside walls. The concentration in one room of a building may be significantly different from the concentration in an adjoining room. The gas itself is not that dangerous. But, as that gas decays, it produces new radioactive elements called radon daughters or decay products. Unlike the gaseous radon itself, radon daughters are solids and stick to surfaces, such as dust particles in the air. These particles can attach themselves to the airways of the lung and increase the risk of developing lung cancer if inhaled over sustained periods of time. People who smoke are of greater risk as they inhale more of these particles into their lungs. Measuring Radon The concentration of radon gas is measured by the radioactivity it produces. The measure of radioactivity is expressed in picoCuries per liter of air, or “pCi/L”. A picoCurie is a standard measure for the intensity of radioactivity contained in one gram of radium. The EPA set a target radon level for indoor radon levels at 4 pCi/L. Consider that this is a technology-based standard, not a health-based standard. The EPA typically advises homeowners to take action to reduce radon in their homes when levels are between 2 – 4 pCi/L levels. Even in low potential radon zones where evidence of radon appears minimal, there is a 16 percent chance of a home having radon levels in excess of 4 pCi/L.4 The only way to know your radon level is to test it. In 1997, the Connecticut Geological and Natural History Survey published an Indoor Radon Potential map of Connecticut. It depicts average potential radon levels throughout the entire state with a color legend and correlates surface radiation, surficial materials, and bedrock geology scores with average indoor radon.5 Their findings suggest that If you live in an area that has a higher surface radioactivity, you may have a higher than average indoor radon level. If you live in an area of gravel and coarse sand, you may have a higher than average indoor radon exposure than you would if your home were surrounded by fine grained sediments. You can review the maps to assess your potential. It is important to note, however, that through the years, many homes have tested “high” for radon in zones where the radon “potential” was thought to be low.
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Men’s breakfast attendees learn the risks of radon By George Lynch
Conversely, many homes have tested below 4 pCi/l in areas that were designated as having a high radon potential. Even at a measure of 2 pCi/L, the cancer risk presented by radon gas is still hundreds of times greater than the risks allowed for carcinogens in our food and water. The American Lung Association of the Northeast offers a Radon Test Kit and Information Packet for $12 including postage and handling. To order a kit, or for additional information, visit www. lung.org/associations/charters/northeast/ products/radon-kits.html or call 1-860289-5401. Footnotes 1 www.epa.gov/radon/pubs/citguide.html 2 www.lung.org/lung-disease/lung-cancer/resources/facts-figures/lung-cancer-fact-sheet.html 3 www.epa.gov/radon/healthrisks.html 4 Connecticut Department of Public Health 5 w w w. c t . g o v / d e e p / c w p / v i e w. asp?a=2701&q=323456&deepNav_GID=1641
If you suffer from symtoms of TMD — limited jaw movement, radiating pain in the face, neck or shoulders, a painful grinding or clicking sound in your jaw joint when you chew or open and close your mouth, or a significant, sudden change in the way your teeth fit together — you know how uncomfortable they can be. The UCSF Center for TMD and Orofacial Pain offers these self-care tips to protect the jaw joint and relieve painful symptoms when they occur: ◊ To protect your jaw joint and keep it from locking open, don't open your mouth too wide. ◊ Eat small bites. ◊ Avoid long dental appointments and general anesthesia. ◊ Take frequent breaks during all dental appointments. ◊ For mild to moderate pain, apply moist heat for 20 minutes to increase circulation and promote muscle relaxation. ◊ For severe pain, apply cold for five to ten minutes during the first 72 hours. ◊ Hot-cold therapy works for muscle pain; apply heat for five seconds, then ice for five seconds. Repeat four to five times. ◊ Lightly massage the jaw and temple muscles to stimulate circulation, relax muscles and decrease soreness. ◊ Apply accupressure to relieve pain; massage the "hoku" point between the thumb and forefinger. ◊ Sit up straight; don't allow your head to droop forward. ◊ Don't cradle a telephone between your head and your shoulder. ◊ Lie on your side or your back when you sleep, making sure your neck is supported. ◊ Avoid high-impact exercise. The slow, stretching movements in yoga are an excellent way to exercise and alleviate stress. ◊ Take over-the-counter medication for pain and inflammation. ◊ Remember that good nutrition promotes joint and muscle healing. The doctors and staff of the Granby Dental Center invite you to see all of the new and exciting advances in modern dentistry at our office. Computerized Dental Radiography allows us to lower radiation doses to our patients by 50-90%! At the Granby Dental Center, we even offer CEREC, an amazing new technology that allows us to fabricate porcelain crowns in just one visit! This revolutionary CAD CAM unit allows us to preserve more natural tooth structure and restore the tooth to 100% of its original strength! The PerioLase® MVP-7 laser now gives us a gentle and effective way to stop the damage being done by the infections in the gums. If you have been told you need gum surgery, set up an appointment for a free second opinion. We are proud to be among the first of the growing number of dental offices in the country to provide this breakthrough laser treatment to our patients. If you have a question you would like answered, or would like a tour of our modern office to view our sterilization procedures and to meet our friendly, caring staff, please contact us, or visit our website: www.granbydentalcenter.com
Michael A. Ungerleider, DMD Susan DePatie, DMD 41 Hartford Avenue, Granby 860-653-3220
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Caregiver Educational Series at McLean McLean provides this educational series free of charge at their Burkholder Community Center, 75 Great Pond Road, Simsbury on the following Wednesdays, 6 to 7:30 p.m. A light supper is provided. Please register with Karen at 860-6583786. April 2: Supporting the Caregiver- Day Programs, Support Groups, Volunteer Program, Palliative Care Options, and Home Care, presented by Megan Gill,
Director of McLean Memory Care Assisted Living, Gao Vang, Memory Care Volunteer Coordinator, Deborah Glassey, RN APHN-BC, MSN, MPH, Director of McLean Hospice April 9: Starting the Conversation about Dementia, presented by Patty O’Brian, North Central Regional Director, Alzheimer’s Association, CT Chapter.
Help for grieving singles Widowed, separated or divorced? Don’t know where to turn? Struggling with grief or loss? The loss of a loved one through separation, divorce or death is one of life’s most traumatic experiences. Many people who have suffered this loss feel left out by their church, uneasy around married friends, unsure of themselves and uncertain about their futures. Healing can start with a Beginning Experience Weekend at Lourdes of Litchfield in Litchfield. This program is intended for those suffering the loss of a love relationship through death, divorce or separation and who are ready to come to terms with that loss and begin to move forward with their lives. The program is presented by a team of
people who have suffered the loss of a loved one themselves and are willing to share their own experience to help others. Listening and understanding allows wonderful transformations throughout the weekend process. It is not a quick fix. Rather, the weekend renews hope that a new life can be found beyond the pain. The weekend begins Friday evening, April 25 and continues through Sunday afternoon, April 27. The weekend fee is $275 per person, which includes the program and materials, all meals on Saturday and Sunday and two nights’ stay. For more information and an application for yourself or for a friend, please call 860-741-3050 or visit www.beginningexperience.org/connecticut.
Tariffville pub offers music The Cracker Barrel Pub in Tariffville presents acoustic nights every Tuesday at 7:30 p.m., featuring classic and modern rock performed by Chris Forler.
On Saturday, April 15, The Cracker Barrel Pub presents classic and modern rock performed by the Just Cuz band, starting at 9 p.m.
Simsbury River Run The Simsbury-Granby Rotary Club will hosting the 19th annual River Run from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 27 at The Meadows in Simsbury, announced the race director, Pat Slater. The River Run is a community event that features a 5K, 10K and Kids’ 1-Mile Run in addition to food, vendors, family activities and music. This popular spring event raises money for college scholarships for Simsbury and Granby high school seniors as well as other great causes. “We’re very proud to have Fitzgerald’s Foods, New England Urgent Care and Robert Hensley and Associates as major sponsors this year,” Slater said. “It’s because of communityminded sponsors such as these that we’re able to award four scholarships this year.” The River Run is great for competitive runners, active families and even nonrunners who want to enjoy the festive activities on a beautiful, spring day in Simsbury. “Last year we had 858 runners and it was a beautiful spring day,” Slater stated. “It’s a great way to be healthy and enjoy the warmer weather.” The Farmington Valley YMCA will be in attendance with fun activities for kids. Children ages 3–7 can participate in the free Kids Fun Run. A 1-Mile Race is
scheduled for runners ages 5–14. Other families activities will include a bounce house, face painting and a visit by the New Britain Rockcats mascot, Rocky. First place men and women winners in the 5K and 10K and divisional winners will receive trophies. There are divisions for all ages, including Youth (14 and under), Master (40-49) and Hero (70 and over). The races are officially timed and USATF certified. Runners will receive their final time and place. For information on entry fees or to pre-register for a race, visit www.simsburyriverrun.com/. Major Sponsors: Robert Hensley and Associates, New England Urgent Care and Fitzgerald’s Foods. Additional sponsors include: MeadowBrook of Granby, Northwest Community Bank, Educational Playcare, Sartorius Sports, Friends of Rotary, Dr. Cheryl Vincent/Simsbury Chiropractic and Wellness, Farmington Valley YMCA, Holcomb Farm and JK Energy Solutions. Rotary International is comprised of 1.2 million neighbors, friends, and community leaders who come together to create positive, lasting change in our communities and around the world.
Anything Goes in Suffield The Suffield Players announce their spring production of Anything Goes on May 1, 2, 3, 9, 10, 16 and 17 at 8 p.m. and May 11 and 18 at 2 p.m. at Mapleton Hall, 1305 Mapleton Avenue in Suffield. The vintage 1930s musical is filled with music, dance and romance! Lovely and memorable Cole Porter tunes include
You’re The Top!, I Get A Kick Out of You, Friendship, and of course Anything Goes! Tickets are $17; discounts available for groups, seniors and students, as well as for season subscribers. For reservations, call 800-289-6148 or 860-668-0837 or visit www.suffieldplayers.org.
School vacation week The New England Air Museum will hold family fun activities during school vacation week, April 14 to 18. The museum’s Flight Sim Spot will be open each of these days between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. The Flight Sim Spot allows visitors to use state-of-the-art simulators with real cockpit controls. Monday, April 14: Aero Modeling Workshop, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., offered on a first-come, first-served basis. This activity takes about 90 minutes to complete. Children ages 8–14 can build and fly their own models. All children must be accompanied by an adult. There is a $5 cost for the kit. Tuesday, April 15: Glider Engineering Design Challenge—build a glider out of recyclable materials provided and fly a raw egg the longest distance possible. Wednesday, April 16: Parachute Drop—design a parachute that will take the longest to reach the ground with a given weight. Thursday, April 17: Open Cockpit—with up to 8 aircraft open including helicopters, an airliner, a jet fighter and a WWII aircraft. All cockpits will close at 4 p.m. Friday, April 18: LEGO Contest and Easter Bunny Visit—build a vehicle out of LEGOS that can race down a ramp, the quickest wins. For ages 3–12, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Prizes will be awarded for each age category: 3–5, 6–8 and 9–12. Visit with the Easter Bunny, pose for pictures and receive a small gift. Cameras are encouraged. Activities are included with the price
of admission on the day of your visit except where noted. Each day, docents will be on hand to provide information and to interact with the visitors. First ever motorcycle show The New England Air Museum will hold a motorcycle show on Saturday, April 19. Visitors will be able to view 13 different classes of motorcycles. The classes are: Best Military Motorcycle, Oldest Running Motorcycle, Best American Pre WWII, Best American Post WWII, Best Custom Built, Best Café Racer, Best British Pre 1960, Best British Post 1960, Best European Pre 1960, Best European Post 1960, Best Japanese Pre 1980, Best Japanese Post 1980 and Best Competition. To register your bike(s) please visit www.neam. org. The 13 classes will be judged and a trophy will be awarded for each class. There will be live music, motorcycle vendors and a food vendor will be on site serving BBQ fare. This event is presented by the New England Air Museum and Murdercycles. A special feature of the day will be entry to the museum’s Restoration Hangar. This is an opportunity to take a close-up look at the P-51D Mustang Racer, Burnelli CBY-3 Loadmaster and several vintage engines. The event will be held inside the museum’s three large display hangars and our outside yard. Museum admission is $12 for ages 12 and up, $11 for seniors 65 and up and $6.50 for ages 4 to 11. Children under 3 are admitted free. For more information, visit www.neam.org or call 860-623-3305.
Granville Art Show All are invited to attend the 22nd Annual Arts and Artisans Show featuring Granville artist exhibiting talents in a variety of different media. The show is held on Saturday, May 3, 10 to 4 p.m. and Sunday, May 4, noon to 4 p.m., with a reception from 2 to 4
p.m. On Sunday afternoon, enjoy the beautiful flute music of Jim Weber who will perform from 3 to 4 p.m. There is no admission fee for the show, to be held at Old Meeting House, Main Road, Granville, Mass.
Farmington Valley VNA Events Diabetes Support Group A Diabetes Support Group will meet on Thursday, April 3, 9 – 10 a.m. at the Simsbury Senior Center, ENO Memorial Hall, 754 Hopmeadow Street in Simsbury. Enjoy guest speakers, information, and resources, and an open forum while sharing experiences and supporting each other. There is no charge but please pre-register by contacting Kathy Marschall at 860658-3273.
Stretching and Gentle Exercise Discover the benefits of safe stretching at all ages, for all conditions, presented by Alison Lamberty, RN, on Tuesday, April 22, 10 – 11 a.m. at the VNA Office, 8 Old Mill Lane, Simsbury. Conversations Heart Health is the discussion topic. Recipes, regimens, and simple strategies to keep your heart healthy are presented by Jessica Brunelle, RN, on Tuesday, April 8, 1 – 2 p.m. at the VNA Office, 8 Old Mill Lane, Simsbury.
Rummage Sale in West Suffield The West Suffield Congregational Church, UCC, will have it’s Spring Rummage Sale on Saturday, April 26, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be articles of all kinds, including clothing, knick-knacks, furniture, household items, books, toys and jewelry. Come early and have the best selection. At 1 p.m. there will be a bag sale for clothing.
The church is located at the intersection of Mountain Road, Rte 168, and North Grand Street, Rte 187, in the center of West Suffield. Drop off hours are Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, April 23 to 25 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For donations or if pick-up is desired, please call Carol at 860-653-8090.
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On Wednesday, April 2, 8:30 a.m., Meg Culmo, former UConn basketball star and current TV commentator for UConn Women’s Games, will address the Women’s Breakfast Group at the Granby Senior Center. Cost $3. Call Corinne Dickerson at 860-653-9891 to reserve your spot as this will be a sellout event.
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Diabetes Support Group A Diabetes Support Group will meet on Thursday, April 3, 9 – 10 a.m. at the Simsbury Senior Center, ENO Memorial Hall, 754 Hopmeadow Street in Simsbury. Enjoy guest speakers, information, and resources, and an open forum while sharing experiences and supporting each other. There is no charge but please pre-register by contacting Kathy Marschall at 860658-3273. Stretching and Gentle Exercise Discover the benefits of safe stretching at all ages, for all conditions, presented by Alison Lamberty, RN, on Tuesday, April 22, 10–11 a.m. at the VNA Office, 8 Old Mill Lane, Simsbury. Conversations Heart Health is the discussion topic. Recipes, regimens, and simple strategies to keep your heart healthy are presented by Jessica Brunelle, RN, on Tuesday, April 8, 1 – 2 p.m. at the VNA Office, 8 Old Mill Lane, Simsbury.
Civic Club “Meets The Jeweler”
Sell it? Keep it? Melt it? That’s what the women of the Granby Civic Club will learn at their April 17 meeting from well known jeweler Bill Selig of Selig Jewelers. Bill Selig, long time Jeweler in Simsbury and Windsor will teach us how to care for our jewelry, how to make decisions about melting our gold and silver jewelry (for cash now) or to keep it as a valuable heirloom. All jewelry related topics will be up for discussion. Bring your treasure along for our speaker to take a look and perhaps you’ll be pleasantly surprised at his answers. All women of Granby are welcome at this meeting on Thursday, April 17, 1 p.m. in the Granby Senior Center. For more information contact Ginny Wutka at email@example.com.
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MS Support Group
The Granby MS Support Group meets at the Salmon Brook Apartments located at 287 Salmon Brook St., in Granby, at 1 p.m. on the second and fourth Monday of each month. For more information, please contact Jane at 860-653-2436.
Addiction Recovery Programs
South Congregational Church, 242 Salmon Brook Street, hosts several programs: AA meets in the Gathering Room directly below the sanctuary on Sundays, Tuesdays (women’s group) and Thursdays at 8 p.m. Al-Anon meets in the Teale Room in the Fellowship Building on Sundays at 8 p.m. NA meets in the Youth Building on Wednesdays at 7 p.m.
Pray for America
The National Day of Prayer was designated by the United States Congress as a day when citizens and residents are asked to come together and pray, especially for our country. Thursday, May 1, is the 63rd annual observance of the National Day of Prayer. The 2014 theme, “One Voice, United in Prayer”, is based on Romans 15:6: “So that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Valley Brook Community Church invites all residents of Granby to gather at the flag poles at the Granby Municipal Town Complex, 15 North Granby Road, at 7 p.m. on May 1 to pray for town, state and national leaders. The prayer time will also cover first responders and military, church, family, education, media and arts and entertainment. The prayer will be held rain or shine. For more information visit www.valleybrook.cc or contact the church at 860-844-0001.
Senior Center Happenings
Granby Camera Club will meet on Monday, April 7, 7 p.m., at the Granby Senior Center. John Karem, the Porsche Club photographer, will be the guest speaker. Visit www.GranbyCameraClub.com to learn more about the club. Visit www.lostacresvineyard.com to learn about the Granby Camera Club Photography Exhibit that will run from April 25 to May 5 at the Lost Acres Vineyard.
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Granby Men’s Power Volleyball
Looking for men ages 18 to 80 who know how to play very good volleyball. Interested? Call Lance at 860-6535677. The group has been running for years, with players from Granby, Enfield, Simsbury, Storrs, Westfield and Southwick. It’s a good group of people who would like to keep this level of volleyball going. They play in the fall, winter and spring.
Recruiting SBHS Docents
Interested in your local Granby history? Want to learn more and tell others about it? If so, we need you at the Salmon Brook Historical Society. The Society is open every Sunday afternoon from June through September. We are looking for tour guides—docents—to walk with our visitors through our buildings and talk about the great artifacts, buildings, history of our town, and much more. We will be holding several docent training sessions in May and June. We ask each docent to work with other guides two or three Sunday afternoons each summer. If interested please contact Ginny Wutka at 860-539-2556 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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First Congregational Church of Granby will hold its annual Pasta Dinner and Dessert Auction on Saturday, April 5 at 6 p.m. to benefit the church’s Senior High Youth Group Mission Trip fund. In July, the Senior High Youth Group, G-CREW, will travel to Chicago to participate in five different days of service throughout Chicago. Join in fellowship with First Congregational Church members and friends. Enjoy a night of delicious Italian food and then have your senses tested with amazing sweet treats. Have dinner on them and then bid on award winning desserts. Checks and cash accepted. The dinner will be held in Cook Hall at 219 North Granby Road.
The Wizard of Oz at Kelly Lane
Come see the Kelly Lane Intermediate School’s production of The Wizard of Oz on Friday and Saturday, May 2 and 3 at 7 p.m. Tickets are available at the door for $3.
Gardening for the 3 Bs Birds, butterflies and bees are what gardeners will enjoy when Going Native, Margery Winters’ program at Cossitt Library, Wednesday, April 2, at 7 p.m. Winters, the Assistant Director at Roaring Brook Nature Center, will discuss the benefits and beauty of New England’s native plants and the importance of recapturing native habitats in gardens. Gardening books will also be on sale at the program. Gardening Book Sale The Friends of Cossitt Library will offer books at bargain prices April 3 through 12 during regular library hours. Support of the Friends’ minifund raisers is important to Cossitt and is appreciated.
Granby 4-H Pancake Breakfast
Granby 4-H will be holding its annual pancake breakfast Saturday, April 12, 7 – 10:30 a.m. at South Congregational Church on Rte. 10/202. Proceeds will support community service projects as well as educational programs for Granby 4-H. Prices are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and children ages 3–12, children under 3 are free. Plain, blueberry and chocolate chip pancakes, ham, sausage, fruit, juice and coffee will be served. Contact email@example.com with “pancake breakfast” in the subject line for any questions.
Granby Farmers’ Market Pre-season
The Granby Farmers’ Market is gearing up for another exciting season. We will be having two special market days prior to our regular season. On Saturday, April 5 the Farmington Valley YMCA will host an open house which will include an indoor farmers market. The market will be open from 9 a.m. until noon and open to the general public. Some of our favorite vendors like Beech Tree Ranch and Free Lunch Studios will be joining us, along with some new vendors like Lyric Hill Farm. We will also be having a special farmers’ market at the 43rd Annual Granby Road Race on May 3 from 9 a.m. until noon. Our vendors will be at the start/ finish at GMHS offering a wonderful selection of fresh local foods to runners and spectators. For more information, visit www.granbyfarmersmarket.com.
Baroque Orchestra at South Church
On Sunday, April 27, at 7 p.m., Emlyn Ngai and the Hartt Collegium return to the Bruce Porter Memorial Music Series at South Congregational Church, 242 Salmon Brook Street, with music of C.P.E. Bach, Vivaldi, Handel, Purcell, Biber and Telemann. Admission free. Donations welcome. Call 860-653-7289 for more information.
SBHS Flea Market
The Salmon Brook Historical Society is having its annual Spring Flea Market on Saturday, May 17 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Come, look, browse, and buy items from dealers all over. Hot dogs, soda and Mrs. Murphy’s donuts will be served at our concession stand. Anyone interested in having a booth for the flea market, (20 ft. x by 20 ft. space), please contact Dave Laun at 860-653-3965 or Todd Vibert at 860-653-9506. Cost for a space is $30 if paid by May 10; $40 if paid later. Anyone interested in donating items to the historical society may drop them off at the Salmon Brook Historical Society on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 9 a.m. and 12 p.m. Rain or shine, we look forward to seeing everyone at the flea market as it has become a Granby tradition.
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Legion’s Pancake Breakfast
The American Legion Pancake Breakfast will be held Saturday, April 19 from 5:30 a.m. to noon at the Shannon-Shattuck Post building, 244 North Granby Road. The date coincides with the opening of fishing season. Veterans will make the pancakes; genuine Vermont fancy grade maple syrup will be featured. Proceeds will benefit the scholarship fund, Boys State and Girls State.
Pre-School to host open house April 5
Valley Pre-School invites parents and children to an open house on Saturday, April 5 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 219 North Granby Road, Granby. Attendees can meet the teachers and Valley PreSchool families, and see first-hand how the school uses play-based learning to prepare children for kindergarten and beyond. Information will be available about the school’s traditional threeyear-old and four-year-old programs, as well as the catapult programs. For more information, call Sharyon at 860-6536968 or visit www.valleypreschoolinfo. org.
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Baroque orchestra coming to South Church The virtuoso violinist Emlyn Ngai and the Hartt Collegium Musicum will return to South Church in Granby on Sun., April 27 at 7 p.m. for another program of Baroque orchestral and vocal works performed in exquisite period style. Back by popular demand, the energetic orchestra of Hartt students, coached by Kenneth Nott and Emlyn Ngai, delivered a performance on their last appearance on the Bruce Porter Series that had audience members marveling at the remarkable artistry evident in every aspect of the ensemble’s playing. Mattie Banzhaf, Music Director at South Church, said,”These are the next generation of world-class performers, and South Church is hearing them first.”
Canadian Emlyn Ngai brings his extensive experience as a scholar and performer of seventeenth and eighteenth century music to his work with the Collegium. As the concertmaster of Tempesta di Mare, the Philadelphia Baroque Orchestra, and associate concertmaster of the Carmel Bach Festival, Mr. Ngai is respected across the musicloving world as a performer of brilliant clarity and profound emotional expression. With the early music ensembles Apollo’s Fire and Boston Baroque, he has traveled to Bermuda, Germany and Spain to premier the compositions of little-known composers of the era. His recording of J.S. Bach’s works for solo violin with harpsichord received wide critical acclaim.
Pictured are (l.–r.): Catherine Anderson-Quinones, cello; Emlyn Ngai, violin; Evan Cogswell, keyboard; Angela Andrikopoulos, cello; Groa Margret Valdimarsdottir, violin and Ji Yeon Shin, violin. Submitted photo
On the upcoming concert, the Collegium will perform C.P.E. Bach’s String Symphony in C major, since this year is his anniversary year. Ji Yeon Shin will feature as soloist in a Vivaldi violin concerto and Alethea Ganetis and Evan Gutierrez will perform vocal selections by Handel, Monteverdi, and Purcell. Rounding off the program will be instrumental works by H.I.F. Biber and G.Ph. Telemann.
The Bruce Porter Memorial Music Series concerts, held in the sanctuary of the South Congregational Church at 242 Salmon Brook Street are free and wheelchair accessible. Donations to support the continuance of the series are always welcome To contact the church office call 860653-7289. Visit the church website at www.southchurchgranby.org
Granby Pharmacy holds healthy living support group Do you want to live healthier, but don’t know where to start? Join Granby Pharmacy’s Healthy Living Support Group for nutrition tips, speakers, support from peers, and lots more. April starts another six month session, with discussions about goals, health concerns, nutrition, nutritional supplements, relaxation, exercise and living green. The first six month program is based on Dr. Mark Hyman’s Book, The Blood Sugar Solution. There was vibrant interaction from the group and speakers. Many members shared success stories of feeling better, losing weight, sleeping better and improved blood sugar levels. The meetings are held in the empty office space located next door to Granby Pharmacy. It provides adequate and private space for the group, and to display products and resources. The group is open to anyone interested in improving their health and knowledge. The first session was a multi-generational group with different health concerns ranging from allergies, blood sugar, general health, heart, arthritis, and immunity. Jean Keating, Pharm D, Mary Keating, Manager/Owner, and Beth Galloway,
Manager, led and organized the meetings. Speakers included Elizabeth DiMeo, MS, CNS, LDN of Metagenics; Alicia Newton of the Farmington Valley YMCA; Lori Love of Granby Village Health; Linda Pollack of Back In Touch Wellness Center; Ginger Harris of Sustainable Health and Wellness Center; and Sheryl Sheridan, Independent Team Beachbody Coach. Products relevant to the topic and sample food recipes are displayed at each session. Farmers markets and local businesses that promote health are promoted. Members contributed by sharing books, websites, etc that worked for them to learn more about health topics. The group meets on the second Thursday of each month, beginning April 10, at 1 p.m. Members receive periodic emails with recipes, summaries of meetings, and other topics. If you cannot attend each month, join the email group. Many resources are listed on the Pharmacy’s website www.granbypharmacy.com. Call Granby Pharmacy 860-653-2517 and ask for Beth, Jean, or Mary for more information. You can also email Beth at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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By Carole Bernard With winter finally behind us and spring nipping at our heels, the shovels have been traded in for lawnmowers and pruning shears. The transition in seasons also brings the second concert in the Salmon Brook Music Series for 2014, sponsored by South Congregational Church, 242 Salmon Brook Street. Brooks Williams is no stranger to the area. Not only is he a popular and wellknown entertainer in the acoustic roots genre, he has just been nominated by Spiral Earth, the online news channel and website, for best male vocal for 2014. Brooks and his singing partner, Boo Hewerdine, have also been nominated for best duo. Treading the line between blues and Americana, the
musical elixir of his guitar and voice will make an indelible impression on any listener. In its quest to support and nurture aspiring young talent, the Salmon Brook Music Series presents, for his first professional performance, Finn Westergren. President of the Chorus at Granby Memorial High School and a member of the Class of 2014, Finn is very excited to make his professional debut before a home-town crowd and to open for Brooks Williams. Having received formal guitar lessons from 6th to 8th grade and then being self-taught, Finn has not only played for friends, family and classmates, but he has also written his own material. Having a career in music would be “a dream come true,” but Finn plans to attend college with a more practical, but as yet undetermined, career goal in mind. He credits his chorus teacher, Ms. Mindy Shilansky, with his success to date. The Salmon Brook Music Series is a fundraiser which helps support the mission and goals of South Congregational Church. The concert will be held on Friday, May 2, at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m. at this family-friendly venue. Refreshments will be available for purchase. Tickets at the door are $17 but advance purchase price is $15 available by calling Arlene at 860-916-5066. Visit the South Church website for more information at www.southchurchgranby. org. Information is also available on Brooks’ website at www.brookswilliams.com
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Alaskan radio station manager to visit Pilgrim Covenant Church broadcasts at KICY 850 AM and ICY 100.3 FM. It serves more than 40 villages that dot the landscape of “bush Alaska” where there are no roads connecting the villages. KICY is the only commercial radio station in the United States that is licensed by the FCC to broadcast into another country in their language. KICY’s website says, when the people of western Alaska are sleeping, it’s evening in Chukotka, Russia, our nearest neighboring region. It is then that KICY turns all 50,000 watts westward into this often cold and dark part of the world, offering news, weather, music and prayer. For more information on KICY visit kicy.org. If you would like to attend this free fundraising salmon dinner, please call Pilgrim Covenant Church at 860653-3800 by Sunday, May 11.
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Park & Rec organizes egg hunt eggstravaganza at SB Park
Students visit local artist’s studio Bradford McDougall is photographed working with Ethel Walker School student Sophia Rodriguez on a 9-foot tall sculpture. He has been working with Walker’s art teacher Grace Epstein for the last seven years. Walker’s Visiting Artist Program has expanded to include students visiting artists’ studios. At McDougall’s studio-shop, students learn plasma cutting and mig welding. His sculptures will be on display at Walkers from May 5–16. An opening reception will be in the Ethel Walker Library Gallery on May 9 from 5–7pm. It is open to the public and the Walker community.
photo courtesy of Grace Epstein
Jack, the Spring Bunny will be visiting Salmon Brook Park on Thursday, April 17 as local organizations put together an egg-citing evening for children. Children from 2-12 can participate in egg hunts, face painting, bounce house activities, and get a picture with the Spring Bunny! This event is sponsored by the Granby Recreation Department, Granby Youth Services Bureau, and the Granby Early Childhood Council. The event is free, BUT the Salmon Brook Park Concession Stand will be open with burgers, hotdogs, snacks, and drinks for sale throughout the evening. Festivities will begin at Salmon Brook Park at 5:30 p.m. There will be an egg hunt for 2-year-olds at 6:15 p.m., an egg hunt for children ages 3–5 about 7 p.m., and a Flashlight Egg Hunt for children ages 6–12 after dusk, at about 7:45 p.m. All children participating in the hunts should bring their own basket or sack to collect the hidden eggs, older (ages 6–12) children will need to bring their own ﬂashlight as well.
For more information please call the Granby Recreation Department at 860653-8947 or go to www.Granbyrec.com
April April gifts us with the bright yellow of the forsythia, the glorious golden of the daffodils, and the warm feel of sunshine on our faces. Spring birds sing their songs of joy, while landscapes change into spring colors as varied as the colors of the Easter eggs. Long prayed for, hoped for, and waited for, our world awakens from its winter sleep. How privileged and blessed we are to welcome these sweet, tender days of early spring. -—Bernadette Gentry
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Granby Parks and Recreation Department and the Granby Early Childhood Council hosted a Green Eggs and Ham Breakfast Saturday morning March 1. This event was held to celebrate the National Education Association, READ ACROSS AMERICA DAY and to honor the 110th birthday of beloved children’s author, Dr Seuss. The family event was a huge success due to the collaboration of many Granby resources, including the Superintendent of Schools, Youth Services, Granby Library, Granby Recreation Department, the Public Works, and the Granby Early Childhood Council (GECC). These organizations came together to plan and execute the event in a true team effort. Additionally, volunteers helped make the event run smoothly, including members of the GECC, Granby High School and two Kelly Lane students. Nearly 100 people attended the sunrise breakfast, which was separated into three seating times. Families of all ages enjoyed green eggs with ham and toast. On their way out, many guests, including children, answered, “YES! I do like green eggs and ham!” Special chefs from the Public Works Department, David Shinder and Merv Cooley did a fabulous job of making the green eggs and ham, ensuring everybody had enough. Adults and children enjoyed reading together the multitude of books displayed on the tables and around the room. It was a good reminder what Dr.
Seuss wrote long ago, “You’re never too old, too whacky, too wild. To pick up a book, And read to a child.” Granby Superintendent of Schools, Alan Addley, walked around the room dressed as the Cat in the Hat greeting children and adults. When a 2 year-old little girl asked him where his whiskers were, he quickly ran home to draw whiskers on his face using his wife’s eyeliner pencil. Mr Addley entertained a small group of children in front of the ﬁreplace by reading a story to them. More photos can be seen on their website at www.GranbyECC.org.
AnneMarie Cox, Granby Youth Services; Alan Addley, Granby Superintendent of Schools, Sheri Litchﬁeld, Granby Early Childhood Council, Tom Tyburski, Granby Parks and Recreation, Joan Beatson, Granby Public Library, Daphne Shinder, Granby Parks and Recreation, Merv Cooley, Granby Public Works. (missing from photo is David Shinder, Granby Public Works)
Superintendent of Schools, Alan Addley, reads to the children.
The Cat in The Hat greeted the children at the Green Eggs and Ham Breakfast on March 1 at the Salmon Brook Park Lodge.
Story by Ann Woods Photos by Sheri Litchﬁeld
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Marquis of Granby Peacock Award presented to American Legion By Lori Garcia On February 7, members of the Marquis of Granby gathered at the Shannon-Shattuck Post 182 of the American Legion for a special celebration. The American Legion was presented with the prestigious Marquis of Granby Peacock Award, which recognizes long-standing commitment and support for the Marquis by an individual or organization in the community. The award is cross-stitched by hand each year by a Marquis parent with an 18th century peacock design. “The peacock is ﬁgured prominently on the Marquis of Granby’s family crest, where it symbolizes longevity. The Marquis Peacock Award is intended to honor individuals and community organizations who have demonstrated extraordinary leadership contributing to the continued strength of the Corps,” explained Marquis Director Audrey Lampert.
The American Legion supports the Marquis in many ways. Many times over the corps’ 45 year history, the Legion has contributed funds for special events, the most recent being their trip to Switzerland in 2012 when the proceeds from the Legion’s popular pancake breakfast were donated to the Marquis. “Contributions like that meant that every single member of our corps that wanted to go on that trip was able to,” says Lampert. “One of our core missions is to serve veterans, so of course the Marquis and the Legion share a common bond around those efforts. They provide lunch to our corps every year during Granby’s Memorial Day celebration, and we were happy to host a dinner as a fundraiser for the new memorial that was unveiled on the Granby town green last spring.” Several Legion members were present to accept the award, and James Hall
Marquis members celebrate with members of the American Legion. Photo by Audrey Lampert.
graciously spoke on behalf of the Post to accept it, and to thank the Marquis corps members for their hard work. The Marquis of Granby Ancient Fyfe and Drum Corps has been an honored tradition in Granby since its inception
in 1969. Membership is open to interested youth, typically age 9 and up, in Granby and surrounding towns. For more information, visit www.marquisofgranby.org.
Join Farmington Valley VNA’s “Conversations” By Andrea Boyle In response to the community’s requests for discussions and programs on a variety of wellness, health, and social topics, the Farmington Valley VNA is offering the “Conversations” program. Each subject will be presented twice a month, on Tuesdays at the Farmington Valley VNA’s main ofﬁce at 8 Old Mill Lane in Simsbury, and on Wednesdays at the Granby ofﬁce at 248 Salmon Brook Street. There is no charge for these free programs, but reservations are recommended by calling 860-653-5514. The “Conversations” series will begin with Registered Nurse Jessica Brunelle’s presentation on the agency’s healthy heart initiative, and will feature recipes, regimens, and simple strategies to keep your heart healthy. This program will be held on Wednesday, April 2 from
1–2 p.m. in Granby and on Tuesday, April 8 from 1–2 p.m. in Simsbury. Alison Lamberty, RN, BSN, will provide an overview of stretching and gentle exercise for older adults of all abilities and conditions, on Wednesday, April 16 from 10–11 a.m. at the Granby ofﬁce in Granby, and Tuesday, April 22 from 10–11 a.m. in Simsbury. Learn simple strategies for staying safe at home when Dyanne Hanelius, OTR/L discusses ways to “Modify Your Home to Prevent Falls” on Wednesday, May 7 from 11 a.m.–noon in Granby and on Tuesday, May 27 from 11 a.m.–noon in Simsbury. Moving? Too much clutter? Professional Organizer Regina Sanchez will guide you toward right-sizing your home on Tuesday, May 13 from 10–11 a.m. in Granby and on Wednesday, May 21 from 10–11 a.m. in Simsbury.
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Attorney Neil Kraner will take the mystery out of determining your medical coverage with his discussion on “Understanding Medicare/Medicaid and Veterans Beneﬁts” on Wednesday, June 4 from 10–11 a.m. in Granby and on Tuesday, June 10 from 10–11 a.m. in Simsbury.
Suggestions for topics of interest are welcomed by calling 860-653-5514 or emailing aboyle@farmingtonvalleyvna. org. Information about the Farmington Valley VNA’s Wellness Clinics and other non-proﬁt programs and services is available at www.farmingtonvalleyvna. org.
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Cancer patients reaching out to others; women helping women Two local business women want cancer patients to know that they are not alone as they face the devastating effects of being diagnosed with cancer. As an example of being pro-active and to show their support, the women have mounted a pre-emptive strike against the effects of their chemotherapy. On Monday, March 17, Simsbury business owners Linda Gelineau (L Designs Hair Salon) and Pam Lacko (Smart Clicks) shaved their heads and prepared their hair pieces for their battles with cancer and the side effects of their chemotherapy. Linda, a recently diagnosed cancer patient, and Pam, who recently suffered a recurrence, have known each other for only a few years but have had a bond from the beginning. Both women love to laugh and share stories and now have the opportunity to help each other through a new chapter in their lives. “We wanted this to be public for various reasons,” said Pam. “We are not alone in our quest to ﬁght this disease; many other women in our community are cancer survivors who help others who are going through this for the ﬁrst time.
Reaching out and seeking support from these individuals is key to surviving.” Linda added that she has helped many cancer patients as a hair stylist by being a good listener and helping the patient make the transition from hair to wigs as easy as possible. She also likes to engage her clients in laughter. “Laughter is a huge part of my life, the way I interact with others, and the way I view situations. Pam’s book, “Laughing in the Face of Cancer,” has helped so many people, including caregivers of cancer patients as well as the patients themselves. Her book provides a humorous take on every day medical practices and the effects of treatment but also provides serious and extremely helpful tips for anyone going through a catastrophic medical diagnosis.” Resources in the community are abundant and specialized. For example, Rebecca Huntley, owner of Tunxis Medical Massage, has helped Pam and others minimize the painful and uncomfortable affects of treatment. “Rebecca has been a gift in my life. She has treated me from my ﬁrst few days after my chemotherapy
Have you seen the snowmobster? Maury Gault’s son-in-law from Germany, Patrick Schoenfeld, had the idea for this eightfoot-high sculpture. The family helped with the shoveling and also built a snow fort at 17 Archie Lane. Photo by Maury Gault
Pam Lacko (front) and Linda Gelineau had their heads shaved as they prepare for the side effects of chemotherapy. Submitted photo
six years ago and has continued to treat me throughout my remission as I was struck with a chronic magnesium deﬁciency from my chemotherapy,” says Pam. “Rebecca is unique in that, as a hospital trained, clinical massage therapist, she uses specialized manual therapy techniques and modalities tailored to the varied and speciﬁc needs of each cancer patient. She is a critical part of my treatment and outlook on my recovery.” Betty Haas, a friend and client of Linda’s for over 25 years and Pam’s neighbor, helps in another way. She has knitted warm hats for the ladies knowing how cold it gets at night with no hair. One style she made is referred to as “the chemo hat.” “Having hats allows for options as we don’t always want to throw on a wig to go outside or to the store.” jokes Pam.
People want to help you in any way they can and it makes them feel good and a part of your healing process. Everyone has something to share to help another person feel better. A warm meal, a “just checking on you” phone call, a ride to treatment, or just a big hug! It doesn’t take much to make someone’s day, so consider reaching out to help a friend in need anyway you can. Also, consider supporting the American Cancer Society whose services touch each and every cancer patient across the nation. Our Relay for Life Team is accepting donations now through July at main.acsevents.org/site/ TR?px=4005862 and pg=personal and fr_id=59010. For more information, and to be a part of Linda and Pam’s journey visit www. laughinginthefaceofcancer.com.
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Stop in to see your Senior Center in action. Attend an event, join an exercise class, check up on your health or visit with friends. Unless otherwise noted, all events take place at the Granby Senior Center located within the Municipal Complex at 15 North Granby Road. Please call 860-844-5352 for additional information.
you by the Civic Engagement Education Team. Please register by calling 860844-5352. Cost $5. Bring your brown bag lunch to class (beverage and dessert provided). eBay Selling: Tuesdays, April 8, 15 and 22 at 1:30 p.m. Learn how to price an item by evaluating similar items currently for sale as well as those that have already sold. We will also go over how to describe and take photos of an item, shipping and payment options and the different types of auction formats available. (Note: The eBay Selling class requires a working knowledge of eBay or completion of the eBay Basics and Buying class.) Class size is limited. $15 for 3-class session. AARP Tax Assistance: By appointment on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. AARP Tax-Aide is the nation’s largest free tax assistance and preparation service. These trained volunteer professionals will assist those 60 years and over with Form 1040 and the standard schedules, including A and B. Electronic ﬁling is available. Call 860-844-5352 for an appointment.
grandparents who are raising children. Loaner Closet: Should you need a wheelchair, walker, cane, tub seat or other durable medical equipment, call 860-844-5352. Donations accepted.
Keeping You Informed
Ask the Doctor: First Monday of the month at 10 a.m. Dr. Barwick leads a group discussion on varying health topics. The open forum invites questions. No charge. Ask the Attorney: First Wednesday of the month at 10 a.m. What do you do when a loved one is suddenly unable to make decisions for themselves? How do you ensure that your wishes will be carried out in the event you can no longer communicate? There are documents that can be put in place to make unforeseen events a little less traumatic. Generic situations can be discussed. No charge but please register by calling 860-844-5352. Ask the Tech Trainer: Wednesday, April 9 at 1:30 p.m. Bring your iPad and questions about setup and basic operations. No charge. CHOICES Counselor: Second Tuesday of the month by appointment. Our CHOICES Counselor will be available to assist you in selection or reevaluation of Medicare Part D prescription drug plan coverage, or other insurance issues. Please call the ofﬁce at 860-844-5350 to make your appointment. No charge.
Civic Club: Celebrating 100 years! Third Thursday of the month at 1 p.m. Senior Club: First Thursday of the month at 12:30 p.m. The Talent Show is coming. Consider sharing your talent and join the fun, Learn more at the meetings. Men’s Breakfast: Second Friday of the month at 8:30 a.m. Women’s Breakfast: Wednesday, April 2 at 8:30 a.m. Meg Culmo, former UConn basketball start and now a TV commentator for UConn women’s games will be our speaker. Call Corinne Dickerson at 860 653-9891 to reserve your spot.
Folk Guitar Class: Wednesdays at 11 a.m. beginning April 2. Refresh your folk guitar skills and learn a few new ones in this six-week session. Prepare music with the group to accompany the Pete Seeger Sing-a-long to be held in early May. Laura Mazza-Dixon of Windy Hill Guitar Studio will teach the guitar class and Mattie Banzhaf, music director at South Church, will lead the Sing-a-long. Nylon string guitars are available to rent. Cost is $30 for the 6week session, rentals extra. Minimum of six participants. Alzheimer’s Support Group: Second Thursday of each month at 3 p.m. Caring for a loved one diagnosed with Alzheimer’s can be overwhelming. Learning to cope with changes in their behavior, changes in your relationship with them, and understanding how to handle it all is sometimes best explained by those who are dealing with a similar situation. This new group is led by Peggy Coburn, Executive Director of Arden Courts of Avon. Healthy Minds: Coping with life’s transitions is not always easy. Situations such as the death of a loved one, failing health, strained family relationships or the stress of deciding to leave a home that is too big to manage can be daunting to face alone. Working through feelings of isolation, anxiety, abandonment or failure may ease your mind. Colleen Golnik, therapist, has the ability to help you understand and deal with these feelings so you may move forward with the better part of life. Call 860-844-5352 to schedule a conﬁdential appointment. Donations for service accepted, ask the ofﬁce for guidance. Lunch for the Mind, Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui: Wednesday, April 9 at 12:30 p.m. Tracy Boyce, an internationally renowned Feng Shui master practitioner, has the ability to bring new energy into homes and workplaces. This class will be Feng Shui 101: what is working and what is not working in all areas of your life. Personal designs and lifestyles can be made to align you and your space. Boyce has studied and practiced Feng Shui for more than 15 years with preeminent masters. She has been featured on NBC, Fine Living Network, The Discovery Channel and other media. Discovery: The Path for Lifelong Learning project is brought to
Promoting Your Good Health
Dental Care Clinic: Friday, April 4, by appointment. Licensed dental hygienist will provide dental cleanings, ﬂuoride treatments, denture cleanings and oral health evaluation at an affordable rate. Eligible seniors may receive a subsidized rate. Enrollment forms are available at the Senior Center ofﬁce. Please call 860-844-5352 for additional information. On Grief and Loss: Every other Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. Through discussion, sharing and creative activities this group will help you understand and cope with grief. Whether your loss is recent or was long ago, you will ﬁnd support, information and strategies for helping you with the grieving process. Facilitated by Jane Johnson, Granby resident and creator of Bryan’s Landing and the Our Children’s Garden in Salmon Brook Park. No charge. Farmington Valley VNA Blood Pressure Checks: Available every Thursday, 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. in the Community Room. No charge. Foot Care Clinic with Pedi-Care: Friday, April 25, appointments from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. A specially trained nurse will assess feet and lower extremities, trim, ﬁle and clean nails, smooth corns and calluses, massage feet and make referrals to medical doctor or podiatrist as needed. Cost is $29 at time of service (not covered by insurance). Reiki Sessions: Second and fourth Tuesday of the month by appointment. Half-hour session, cost $20. Grandparent Support Group: Thursdays at 12 p.m. This is a group for
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Staying Physically Fit
Tai Chi, Yoga, Chair exercise, Cardio, Strength Training, and Pilates offered at various degrees of difﬁculty. Classes are available six days a week at the Senior Center. Classes are on going, most run for a 6-week cycle and can be joined at any time. Cost $36 for 6 weeks for residents, $40 for non-residents. To register or get more information about what class best ﬁts your needs, call the ofﬁce at 860-844-5350.
Setback: Tuesdays at 2:30 p.m. Monday Morning Coffee: Mondays at 8:45 a.m. Community Café: Tuesdays and Thursdays at 12 p.m. Complete hot meal is served for seniors through the Community Renewal Team. Suggested donation of $2. Monthly menus are available at the Senior Center. Call 860844-5350 by Friday noon to make your reservation for the following week. Bingo: Second and fourth Tuesday of the month at 12:30 p.m. Senior Voices, Expressing Yourself through Poetry: Second and fourth Tuesday at 11 a.m. for six weeks. Turn everyday thoughts into written works. No experience necessary. Cost $50 for 6-week session. Mexican Train: Mondays at 9:45 a.m. Wednesdays 1-3 p.m. Artist Group: Wednesdays at 9 a.m. Needleworks: Thursdays at 10 a.m. Creative Beading: Fridays at 9:30 a.m.
Camera Club: Monday, April 7, 7 p.m. This month hear a presentation by a Porsche Club photographer. The Granby Camera Club will hold a photographic exhibit at Lost Acres Vineyard April 25 through May 19. Don’t miss it.
The Granby Senior Van provides rides for shopping and activities at the Senior Center. Please call Nancy Grakowsky at 860-844-5353 one week in advance for scheduling. All persons who use the van must have a valid van card. Cost is $10 annually. Excursions Tolland County Country Ride: Wednesday, April 2, 10 a.m. Ride through the countryside and take in the sights. Lunch at Sadler’s Ordinary and stop for a treat at UConn Dairy Bar. $3, lunch not included. Huntington General Store: Wednesday, April 9 at 10:30 a.m. Home of the ‘wrapple’, an apple ﬁlled baked treat. Stepping into the store ﬁlls your nose with delightful aromas of fresh baked goods, lotions and potions, candles and more. Lunch at the Russell Inn before shopping. $4, lunch not included. Hotchkiss Fyler House: Wednesday, April 16, 10:45 a.m. This ﬁne example of a Queen Anne Victorian home will transport you back to the late 18th century. Lunch stop will be made at Sweet Pea’s in Riverton. $8, lunch not included. Shore Drive, Waterford: Wednesday, April 23, 8:30 a.m. Drive along the shore with stops for a seafood lunch, time at the beach and an ice cream treat. $3, lunch not included. Skinner Museum of Art: Wednesday, April 30, 9:30 a.m. Located at Mount Holyoke College, the museum houses an eclectic collection of artifacts collected around the world. Stops at Atkins Farm Market and Zoe’s Fish House for lunch. $4, lunch not included. Taste of the Valley: Monday, April 21, 12 p.m. Reservations at Rein’s Deli in Vernon. $3, lunch not included. Shopping $3 fee for each out-of-town shopping trip
Enﬁeld Mall on Friday, April 4 at 9:30 a.m. Ocean State/Big Y on Thursday, April 10 at 10 a.m. WalMart in East Windsor on Wednesday, April 17 at 9:30 a.m. Manchester shops on Friday, April 25 at 9:30 a.m. Grocery shopping trips and in-town errands on Monday and Thursday afternoons. Medical/Dental/Personal Care Appointments Local appointments (Granby, East Granby, Simsbury) may be scheduled for Mondays and Wednesdays and medical appointments out of the area may be scheduled for Fridays. The Senior Van is equipped with a wheelchair lift. There is no additional fee for local service.
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Granby Public Library
Monday, Wednesday and Thursday: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday (thru March 30): 1 to 4 p.m.
Cossitt Public Library
Tuesday and Thursday: 10 a.m. to noon; 3 to 8 p.m. Saturday: Noon to 5 p.m. Holiday Closing Both libraries will be closed on Friday, April 18 and Saturday, April 19 . Pre-registration is required for the majority of the programs. Please call 860-844-5275 (GPL Main Desk); 860-844-5284 (GPL Children); or 860653-8958 (Cossitt) for information or to register.
The Cossitt Corner
Magazines for springtime With April on the doorstep, our thoughts turn to spring ﬂowers, gardening and welcoming the birds. A trip to Cossitt Library will reward those thoughts. The magazine collection will give you ideas for your garden, how to attract birds or both. Audubon, Birds and Blooms and Connecticut Gardener are just a few of our magazines that are bird or garden related. Gardening Mark your calendars for Wednesday, April 2, 7 p.m. for our gardening program, Going Native. Margery Winter from Roaring Brook Nature Center will discuss the beneﬁts and beauty of using native plants in our gardens. Family Story Time
Tuesdays, April 29 and May 27, 6:30 p.m. Wear your pajamas and come to Cossitt for cozy stories and a craft before bedtime. All ages welcome to drop in. No registration required. Crafts During the week of April 17 – 26, there will be a Drop-in Craft in the Children’s Department. Apple Tree Story Time Tuesday, May 6, 4 p.m. Preschoolers and a caregiver are invited to share stories and activities with an instructor from Apple Tree Children’s Center in Granby. Drop-ins welcome. Cossitt’s Book Brigade Saturday, May 17, 2 p.m. Share a book with Miss Heidi and make a fun craft to take home. The theme for this month is Memorial Day. For ages 5–8 with a caregiver; registration encouraged, drop-ins welcome.
Chesterton, the famous English writer, lay theologian, poet and dramatist, although Chesterton is probably best known for his ﬁctional priest-detective, Father Brown. Crafter’s Café: Learn to Cross-Stitch The regional chapter of the Embroiderer’s Guild of America will be at the Library on Wednesday, April 30, 6:30 p.m. to teach and guide participants in an easy bookmark cross-stitch kit (kits will be supplied by the Guild for free). Teens are welcome to join. Light refreshments will be available; registration is required to ensure supplies for all. Sci-Fi Book Discussion On Wednesday, April 30, 7 p.m., the Sci-Fi group will discuss Kate Grifﬁn’s A Madness of Angels. Copies of the book will be available beforehand. Teens are welcome to join the discussion.
Granby Public Library
Women’s Leadership In conjunction with CT at Work, a Connecticut Humanities Initiative, GPL will host a book discussion featuring Lean In, by Sheryl Sandberg, on Wednesday, April 23, 6:30 p.m. The bestseller offers a different approach to women’s leadership in the workplace; some see it as empowering, while others believe it discourages solidarity as women seek equality in government and industry. This discussion will be led by Prof. Kerry Driscoll from University of St. Joseph; multiple copies of the book will be available April 1. Registration is required for this program. Something About The Author April’s spotlight will be on G. K.
Public Works 2014 Holiday Trash Schedule During a holiday week, if your curbside collection day falls on or after the holiday, your trash and recycling will be picked up one day after your regularly scheduled collection day for that week only. Here is a list of 2014 holidays that will delay service: Monday, May 26, Memorial Day Friday, July 4, Independence Day Monday, Sept. 1, Labor Day Thursday, November 27, Thanksgiving Thursday, December 25, Christmas Earth Day - 2014 The Town of Granby, in conjunction with Viridian Power, will be at Geissler’s Plaza on Sunday, April 6, with Garden Gourmet composting units. Stop by to ﬁnd out how you can make a difference when sustainability becomes a part of your life. Composters will be available for purchase for $35 (tax included). Granby Shred-It Day Are you busy getting your home back in order after the very long, cold winter? Set aside any conﬁdential documents you need to get rid of as, once again, Granby Public Works will be hosting a Shred-it Day. The paper shredding event will be held at 52 North Granby Road from 9 a.m. – noon on Saturday, May 18. Proof of Granby residency will be required. Documents are shredded
onsite behind a security screen. Need A 2nd Recycling Barrel? Many residents are ﬁnding that their one 95-gallon recycling barrel is not enough to handle all of their recycling. There are two options: any extra recycling can be brought to the Transfer Station on Saturdays, or a second recycling barrel to be used curbside can be requested. Both options are free. Call Public Works at 860-653-8960 to request a second barrel. Household Hazardous Waste Collection As you may be aware, Granby is no longer participating in the MDCsponsored HHW Collections. We are combining efforts with the towns of Simsbury, Avon and Canton to hold two collections a year at the Simsbury DPW facility on Town Forest Road, West Simsbury. The dates are currently in the planning process. Please check the Granby website or call the Department of Public Works for further information. Also, please remember all brands of household paint, stain and varnish are accepted at the Granby Transfer Station free of charge. Leaking, rusty, unlabeled and empty paint containers are not accepted.
Call the Children’s Room at 860-8445284 for more information or to register for any of the following programs. Special Programs Author Janet Lawler on Saturday, April 5, 10:30 a.m. Connecticut author Janet Lawler returns to Granby Library to read and discuss her newest books, Love is Real and Ocean Counting. Mark your calendar and register in advance, as this is always a popular program. Best for ages 3 and up. Toddler Play Group on Monday, April 7 and Thursdays, April 3 and 10, 11 a.m. Toddlers age 12-24 months with a caregiver are invited to come and play for a while. We will put out toys for unstructured fun and socialization. No registration necessary. Craft Week on Monday to Sunday, April 7 to 13. Drop in anytime during the week and create a craft project. We supply all materials. We Love Legos on Tuesday, April 15, 1 p.m. and Tuesday, April 29, 4 p.m. Come to the library for Lego fun. We have a generous supply of Legos and Duplos. Ages 3 and up. No registration required. Family Movie Matinee on Wednesday, April 16, 1 p.m. Bring the family and enjoy a movie. We’ll supply the popcorn. All ages. No registration re-
quired. Family Game Night on Wednesday, April 16, 6 p.m. We have board games, puzzles, and card games for all ages. No registration required. Stretch Band Bracelets on Thursday, April 17, 1 p.m. Bring your own loom—we’ll provide the stretch bands. Registration required. Ages 6 and up. Zumba on Saturday, April 26, 10:30 a.m. Join Amy Thompson from the Farmington Valley YMCA as she leads this fun program for kids ages 7–11. Please register in advance as space is limited. Story Times Wee Ones: Offered at 10:30 a.m. and again at 11 a.m. on Mondays, April 14, 21, 28 and May 5, 12, 19. Also offered on Thursdays, April 17, 24 and May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 at 11 a.m. (Note: No Wee Ones on April 3, 7, 10 or May 26.) Join Sheri from the Granby Early Childhood Council for a special story time. Sing, dance, read and have fun with your baby! For toddlers aged 12-24 months and a caregiver. Advance registration suggested; drop-ins welcome if space permits. Preschool Story Time: Tuesdays, April 1, 8, 22 and May 6, 13, 20, 27 at 10:30 a.m. (Note: There will be no Story Time on April 29.) Children aged 3–5 with a caregiver enjoy stories, songs, ﬁnger plays and a craft with Miss Joan. Advance registration suggested; dropins welcome if space permits. Apple Tree Story Time: Monday, April 14, 1:30 p.m. Preschoolers with a caregiver are invited to share stories and activities with an instructor from Apple Tree Children’s Center in Granby. Advance registration suggested; dropins welcome. School Vacation Week Monday, April 14: Wee Ones at 10:30 a.m. and again at 11 a.m. Apple Tree Story Time at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 15: Preschool Story Time at 10:30 a.m. We Love Legos at 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 16: Family Movie Matinee at 1 p.m. Family Game Night at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 17: Wee Ones at 11 a.m. Stretch Band Bracelets at 1 p.m.
Fun times at MeadowBrook of Granby
Resident turns 100 Ruth Dommel celebrated her 100th birthday on Feb. 2. To look back over the last 100 years and to see how this world has changed is quite a gift. Dommel was born before zippers (1917) and BandAids (1920) and spiral bound notebooks for school (1924); she was 24 years old when the ball point pen was invented. Happy Birthday Ruth Dommel!
Baby Goats Pay Visit MeadowBrook residents were treated to a fun visit with baby goats from Sweet Pea Farm in North Granby. The baby goats were brought to MeadowBrook by Conor Smith, a sophomore at Sufﬁeld High School. Conor is an active member of the Granby 4-H and represents Sweet Pea Farm at various farmers markets in Connecticut and Massachusetts selling their goat and cow dairy products. —Submitted by Debra Mullins
Holcomb Farm The Granby Drummer
Parks & Recreation Youth Sports
Office Hours: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Telephone: 860-653-8947 (New phone number) Fax: 860-653-0173 Website: www.GranbyRec.com. Registration: We accept MasterCard/Visa/Discover for payments. All programs/trips are based on a first come basis and space availability and require advance registration; payment must accompany registration. Please register early to avoid disappointment. Scholarships: Recreational and leisure opportunities will not be denied any resident because of lack of financial resources; program scholarship information is available upon request. All inquiries are kept in the strictest confidence; apply early. Party and Event Planning Have your next party or event this winter and spring at Salmon Brook Park. The new building at Salmon Brook Park is complete. The beautiful facility has a kitchen, patio, multi-purpose function room featuring a gas fireplace and can accommodate events up to 99 people. Make an appointment today to get a tour and see if it is right for your next event. Summer Employment The Granby Recreation Dept. is seeking concession staff for spring and summer and a limited number of lifeguards and day camp counselors for seasonal employment at Salmon Brook Park this summer. Get an application at www.Granbyrec.com. Application deadline is Friday, April 11. American Red Cross Courses Babysitting: This class will give youth ages 11–15 the information and skills necessary to provide safe and responsible care for children in the absence of parent and adult guardians. This training will help participants develop skills in leadership and professionalism; basic care; safety and safe play; and first aid. Tuesday, May 27, 8:45 a.m. – 4 p.m. $100pp. When I’m In Charge: For boys and girls age 8 and older. Covers safety concerns parents have when their children are by themselves. The course covers areas such as arriving home, responsibilities, phone and Internet safety, fire and gun safety, and others. Book included in the class and a certificate will be issued upon completion. Parents are welcome to attend. Tuesday, May 27, 8:45 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. $70pp.
All Pro Sports April Vacation Camp (grades K–6): Want your children to have fun over April break? Register your child to spend half- or full-days at Wells Road School playing basketball, soccer, floor hockey baseball and other games in a cooperative atmosphere that stresses fun over competition. Campers will be grouped by age and ability. They should bring a healthy snack/water bottle and wear T-shirt with shorts or sweats, socks and sneakers (no boots or hard-soled shoes). The program is supervised by a local Physical Education teacher. Bring a healthy lunch if staying for full day. Monday – Thursday, April 14 – 17. Halfday is 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., $120. Full-day is 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., $160. April Vacation Week Youth Tennis Lessons: The lessons are geared to the beginner and intermediate youth player, instructed by Kevin Imbt, GMHS tennis team coach. Participants should bring an appropriately sized racquet, lots of water, towel and sneakers. Held at Salmon Brook Park Tennis Courts. Monday – Thursday, April 14 – 17 (Friday, April 18 will be make-sup due in case of bad weather.) Cost is $30; register now, lessons fill quickly. Pee Wee (age 3–6) at 11 – 11:55 a.m. Beginners (age 6–9) at 12 – 12:55 p.m. Intermediate (age 9–16) at 1 – 1:55 p.m. Super Soccer Sundays (age 3–5): We are excited to bring this parent/child program back this spring. With former UConn player and local coach Tammy Zacchera, have fun and spend quality time with your child as you participate in soccer related drills and games. At Ahrens Park, April 27 – June 8, choose 9 – 9:50 a.m. or 10 – 10:50 a.m. $95.
Salmon Brook Park Day Camp This traditional day camp fills each day with active games, special events, sports, arts and crafts, teamwork, group interaction and the wonders of nature. Salmon Brook Park has a playground, soccer fields, baseball fields, outdoor basketball hoops and picnic pavilions, and tennis courts. Your child will have the opportunity to swim in the pond, go on exciting field trips, and see spectacular entertainers. All children are grouped by age/grade and all activities are age-appropriate. Camp is scheduled in one-week sessions to better meet your needs. Need to get to work early or extend your child’s time at the camp? Check out our Extended Day Program run by our Camp Director. Save $10 off of the $145 weekly fee by registering by Friday, May 23. All campers need to purchase a 2014 Salmon Brook Park Membership. The membership includes swimming privileges at the pond all summer long. Weekly camp sessions begin on June 23 and end on Aug. 22. Mission: Adventure (a camp for teens and tweens) Students in grades 6 – 9 now have a camp all their own. Summer 2013 was a blast! Kids went scuba diving, played dodgeball on a trampoline, made their way through an aerial maze, we saw campers playing in a waterfall, some of our campers even zip lined across a water-filled quarry. There were so many fun and exciting trips in 2013. This year there will be new experiences mixed in with the best ones from the last two summers. Each two-week session of camp has at least six off site field trips to a variety of locations. When campers will be on site on all day they will be participating in scavenger hunts, team building activities, sports, swimming and more. All campers need to purchase a 2014 Salmon Brook Park Membership. Camp sessions begin on June 23 and end on Aug. 15. The fee for each two-week session is $399. Families receive a detailed packet of camp/trip information 1–2 weeks before camp begins. Free Seasons Pass to Six Flags: Register for two or more sessions of Mission: Adventure Camp by May 23 and get a free 2014 Seasons Pass to Six Flags! The pass is for the registered camper only and must be brought to camp on the Six Flags trip days during the child’s camp sessions. Passes are available for pickup immediately.
Zumba: Saturdays, May 10 to June 14, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. at Salmon Brook Park. Zumba fuses fitness, entertainment and culture into an exhilarating dance-fitness sensation. Zumba exercise classes are fitness-parties that blend upbeat world rhythms with easy-to-follow choreography, for a total-body workout that feels like a celebration. All levels are welcome. $53pp.
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Here is a partial list of bus trips; visit web site for complete listing. Boston Duck and Fenway Park tours: Sunday, June 22. Visit the oldest park in Major League Baseball, Fenway Park. Fenway, where the Babe pitched, the Kid hit, Yaz dazzled, and Pedroia and Ortiz still thrill young fans today. Soak up the rich history; hear the echoes of the past, walk on top of the Green Monster, take in the view from the Press Box, walk along the warning track, visit the new Red Sox Hall of Fame presented by Volvo, and take a seat in .406 Club before strolling around the rest of Fenway Park. Our one-hour group tour at Fenway Park is planned for 10:30 a.m. Then we will head over to the Prudential Center to grab a quick snack and up for our 12:30 p.m. Duck Tour. You've never toured Boston in anything that comes close to Boston Duck Tours. When you board your DUCK, a WWII-style amphibious landing vehicle, you'll be greeted by a tour conDUCKtor who will narrate your tour. You'll cruise by all the places that make Boston the birthplace of freedom and a city of firsts, from the golden-domed State House to Bunker Hill and the TD BankNorth Garden, Boston Common and Copley Square to the Big Dig, Government Center to fashionable Newbury Street, Quincy Market to the Prudential Tower. The Duck Tour will last about an hour and 20 minutes. You will have until 4:30 p.m. on your own to shop, eat lunch, or explore the Prudential Center Mall and downtown Boston. Cost is $86 for adults and $80 for kids 15 and under. The bus will leave at 7:45 a.m. from Granby Town Hall. Register early as seats are limited. Lions, Tigers and Bears, Oh My! Monday, Aug. 25, visit the world famous Bronx Zoo. With award-winning, cutting-edge exhibits featuring over 4,000 animals, there is no other zoo in the world that offers the diversity, superb viewing, and world-renowned expertise that assures a rewarding experience and the knowledge that visitors can make a difference in the world around them. Our deluxe motorcoach will leave Salmon Brook Park at 7 a.m. and leave the Bronx Zoo at 4:30 p.m. The package includes zoo shuttles, Wild Asia Monorail, Bug Carousel, Children’s Zoo, the New 4-D Theater, and the Congo Gorilla Forest. Everyone should visit this zoo at least once. Cost is $56pp. NYC On Your Own: These days in the city are on your own to enjoy the Big Apple. See Chinatown, Little Italy, Central Park, a museum, the zoo, a Broadway show or shop. The usual drop off points in the City: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Plaza Hotel, and Rockefeller Center. Pickup time is 7 p.m. in front of Stage Deli, at Broadway and 53rd Street. Wednesday, April 16; Saturdays June 7, Oct. 4, Dec. 6. $40pp.
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Parks & Recreation people who signed up for the class. After the class, the various ingredients were available for sale at the CSA, which was obviously popular since the available inventory was completely sold out at the conclusion of the sessions. The cooking class was also used as an introductory transition at the CSA with Joe O’Grady starting on that day. Karen Pettinelli is moving to Amherst, Mass., to help with some family matters, and she recruited O’Grady as her replacement. Pettinelli has agreed to continue to work part time to support O’Grady in the transition, especially during this important phase of crop planning and initial seeding. O’Grady now resides in the Holcomb farmhouse on site and is busy bringing on board the complement of seasonal staff already lined up in advance of the transition. O’Grady comes to the CSA via the Promised Land Farm in Long Valley, N.J. He has worked on a number of nonprofit CSA farms prior to joining the Holcomb Farm staff. O’Grady has a degree in International Relations and was a Peace Corps volunteer in Lithuania, serving as an English teacher. We all wish Karen good luck and welcome Joe with enthusiasm.
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On March 1, Holcomb Farm CSA held a special event with a cooking class conducted by Chris Prosperi, chef at Metro Bis, along with the introduction of the new farm manager, Joe O’Grady, and farewell to Karen Pettinelli, the departing farm manager. The class made a tasty salad using watermelon radishes (a storage crop from last fall) and fresh spinach and watercress from the farm. Spinach and some other greens, like kale, have the ability to survive freezing night temperatures and still thrive during the day inside the passively solar-heated greenhouse. In fact, the side louvres often have to be opened so as not to overheat the enclosure. The greenhouse just south of the workshop is used from fall up to May to produce a variety of fresh greens during our cold winter months. Prosperi, who recently moved his restaurant into the Simsbury 1820 House, features Holcomb Farm CSA produce year round, varying the menu according to availability. Currently, fresh spinach and storage crop carrots are featured on the menu. The cooking class was very popular, requiring an encore second session to accommodate the 40-plus
Senior Center Happenings Chris Prosperi (center) of Metro Bis at March 1 special cooking class featuring Holcomb Farm’s fresh produce, with Joe O’Grady and Karen Pettinelli. Photo submitted
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O’Brien Nurserymen – Wells Road No April’s Fools, Spring is slowly creeping along. Here at O’Brien Nurserymen we will have our hellebores in bloom for our first Open Garden Weekend of the year, April 11-13. It always amazes us how early the Lenten Roses bloom and how durable they are. With many new hybrids available there is no reason not to have a hellebore in your garden. We will offer 15 different varieties this year. It is best to select your plants when they are in bloom, so you can select your favorite color. We farmers and other early risers will be rewarded with a full lunar eclipse on Tuesday morning April 15. Don’t miss it because the next similar eclipse won’t be until January 21, 2019. Our second Open Garden Weekend will feature spring ephemerals. These are plants that emerge in the deciduous woodland and bloom their little hearts out before the forest canopy shades them from the sun. Bloodroot is a personal favorite that comes in just a few special forms. Check out our website www.obrienhosta.com for more information and a couple of photos. We hope to see you in the garden April 25-27. Sepe Farm – Wells Road — April is Easter – the #1 lamb month! Order your
whole or half lamb right from the farm, which will be custom cut for you into the chops, roasts, and other cuts that you specify. Did you know a half lamb easily fits in a top-of-the-fridge freezer? Or, if you want to roast a whole lamb for your traditional Easter, we can help with that too. Call us at 203-470-4084 to place your order. Are you new to lamb and not sure how to cook it? Try Mrs. Sepe’s Lamb Meatballs for a dinner the whole family is sure to enjoy. This recipe – and many more! – are available on www.SepeFarm.com. Lost Acres Vineyard – Lost Acres Road As the sun starts to warm the soil, you can see the vines start to green and the buds get ready to break. Spring is officially here and we are in the vineyards at daybreak pruning the vines. Pruning is a multi-step process at Lost Acres Vineyard. We start with a rough pruning, where we prune away the obvious extra growth but leaving insurance trunks and canes on each vine. Later in April, we go back to each vine and prune a little harder taking out the insurance canes and trunks, leaving most vines with one trunk and two canes and a total of 12 to 15 buds. Our Tasting Room is stocked up with all your favorites and this year we are offering a wine CSA. The Lost Acres
Vineyard Gallery is off to a great start with our first art show, the Granby Memorial High School AP Art show, up through April 21, followed by an exhibit by the Granby Camera Club. Legacy Jazz’ first performance is April 6 from 1 to 4 p.m. Maple View Farm – Salmon Brook St. Join us for our new Animal Husbandry Series! April’s session will start with “Pastured Pigs: From Breeding to Farrowing.” Tuesday, April 1 from 6-7:30 p.m. $40 for each session. Limit 20 students per session. Sign up on our website at www.mapleviewhorsefarm.com Lost Acres Orchard and Farm Store - 130 Lost Acres Road We are waiting for the Blossoms here at Lost Acres Orchard. It has been a long, cold, and snowy winter but we know that the wonderful spring (and mud) will arrive any day. It will be interesting to see how the apple and peach tree buds were affected by the sub-zero nights. Thanks to so many of you who came up here for your soups, breads, cupcakes, etc in between the snow storms. It was great to see you every week no matter what the weather. Every one of you asked, “When will the porch be open for coffee and lunch?” May 1 is the date unless the weather warms up sooner. Please see our Easter menu posted on our website Lostacres.com. Our hours are Thursday-Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sundays 12:30-5. If you need something on the days we’re closed, please call us
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Double blood root and hellebores will be available at O’Brien’s Nursery. Photos courtesy of John O’Brien
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Subscribe today for the Granby Sampler 2014 By Marianne Curling Need a personal shopper to discover what is in season at your local Granby farms? Want to use more locally grown products when preparing meals at home? Don’t have time to find local farmers selling their own meat, cheese, poultry, vegetables and more? The Granby Sampler, a program of the Granby Agricultural Commission, gathers together an assortment of locally grown food and farm products and provides these to subscribers. Every other Thursday from June 19–Oct. 30 the best of Granby farm products is yours to pick up and take
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Drumrolls The first spring calves of 2014 arrive at Old Beech Farm They are sired by the reigning national champion Hereford Bull “NJW Trust.” Photos by Sally Fitzpatrick
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Contestants Take a Bite Out of Competition By Kim Becker Maddie Kennedy, fifth grader at Wells Road Intermediate School, was selected as this year’s winner of the Future Chefs sandwich competition sponsored by Sodexo. Her creation, the lime cilantro tuna wrap, was judged most tasty, healthy and kid-friendly by a distinguished panel of judges. Alan Addley, superintendent of schools, Anna Forlenza-Bailey, principal of Wells Road, Melissa Migliaccio, board of education member, and Deborah Jacques, family and consumer science teacher at the high school tasted four very different sandwiches before selecting the winner. Students at Wells Road School will soon have the opportunity to taste this sandwich for themselves when it is added to the school lunch menu.
Fourth grader Alexa Becker and sixth graders Lindsey Gilton and Daniel Litin were also competition finalists. All the students made their sandwiches for the judges and a crowd of supporters with the aid of high school culinary arts students. Sodexo has been sponsoring the Future Chef competition for 14 years. Each year has a different theme, such as breakfast or pizzas. Winners of district competitions, such as Maddie Kennedy, are entered into a regional competition. The top five finalists from that competition then make YouTube videos about their creations and viewers are asked to select their favorites. The top vote-getters are featured on posters and their products are added to menus across the nation.
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I recently received an email from the USDA notifying me that my accreditation was due to expire unless I completed a renewal application. Most veterinarians become federally “accredited” when they first graduate from veterinary school by spending a day with the state veterinarian and learning about various regulatory rules (which ear to tag on a calf, how to fill out international forms, vaccinating for Brucellosis, etc.). This was a state-by-state program to ensure that new graduates were well versed in the federal programs that eradicate foreign disease. In 1992, the accreditation program became federally managed rather than state-by-state. This email informed me that I would have to take a course on the web to keep my accreditation. Well, I took the course and found it very interesting. The accreditation program began in 1921 when practicing veterinarians were called upon to help eradicate tuberculosis from dairy cattle. TB is spread in the milk and many a family cow carried the disease and could infect the farm family. Since then, practicing veterinarians have been the first line of defense to safeguard domestic animal populations. Over the years many of the zoonotic diseases—those that pass from animals to people—have been eliminated from our farm animals. However, there are still many dangerous diseases in developing countries that could be introduced into the U.S. If a foreign animal disease were introduced into this country, it could cause a major economic disaster. For example in 2003, Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE), i.e. Mad Cow Disease, was isolated in one cow in Washington state. U.S. trading partners (Japan, Russia, Mexico) immediately suspended imports. In the United King-
dom at the height of the BSE outbreak more than 180,000 cattle were affected and 4.4 million slaughtered in the eradication program. We were fortunate that veterinary services associated with the USDA jumped on this case early and took care of the problem. As you know, we have a foreign animal disease, West Nile Disease, in Conn. that infects humans, but can also infect horses, dogs, and cats. This was an exotic disease in 1998. The first case in the U.S. occurred in New York City in 1999. West Nile spread quickly through the U.S. and is now endemic in the wild bird and mosquito populations. This is an example of how these foreign diseases can become entrenched in no time at all. This is a disease that accredited veterinarians are working to control with vaccination and vigilance. On the other hand, Rinderpest (my favorite name for a disease) was eradicated from the world in 2011. This was a viral disease of cattle and other ruminants in Africa. It is the second disease, after small pox, ever eradicated from the globe by human efforts. Accredited veterinarians that examine livestock, poultry, and other domestic animals need to familiarize themselves with foreign animal diseases. There can be great losses to animals, significant public health issues, and economic issues with trade if exotic diseases go unreported. Some serious diseases such as Rabies and Anthrax are still in our midst. Other diseases are carried in asymptomatic animals or are viable in animal products. Many diseases can be carried on and spread by shoes worn walking through a pasture or farm. Agroterrorists could introduce a highly contagious disease, such as foot and mouth disease, to try and cripple the U.S. economy.
Put your tax refund to work By James Q. Rice It may not be all that much fun to file your taxes, but, while you’re working on them, you do get to eagerly anticipate that one big question: Will I or won’t I get a tax refund? If you receive a refund, you’ll have to answer another question: What should I do with it? Your answer may depend, at least in part, on the size of your refund. In 2013, the average federal tax refund was about $2,650. Of course, your refund may be less than this amount (although it could also be more), but if you were to receive a $2,650 refund this year, what would you do with it? For one thing, you could put the money into an IRA. In 2014, you can put in up to $5,500 in a traditional or Roth IRA, so your $2,650 would represent nearly half your total yearly contribution. (If you’re 50 or older, you can put in up to another $1,000, for a total limit of $6,500.) But even if you only put in that $2,650, and you left it alone, it could grow significantly. In fact, after 30 years, your $2,650 would have grown to more than $20,000, assuming no further contributions and a hypothetical 7 percent annual return. And if you were able to put in that same $2,650 every single year for 30 years, again earning the same hypothetical 7 percent annual return, you would end up with almost $268,000.* Keep in mind, though, that you will eventually be taxed on your traditional IRA earnings. Earnings in a Roth IRA can be withdrawn tax free, provided you don’t start taking withdrawals until you’re 59½ and you’ve had your account at least five years. While funding your IRA certainly can be beneficial, it’s not the only choice you have for making good use of your Accredited veterinarians are an integral part of the foreign animal disease surveillance team. Most of the time large animal veterinarians are examining farm animals for health certificates, drawing blood for equine infectious anemia (coggins testing), or TB testing animals for travel. It is also their job to report a suspicious case to the state and federal veterinarians.
tax refund. Here are a few other possibilities: • Pay off some debts. If you have a large tax refund, you could use the money to retire some debts, or at least cut them down to a more manageable size. And the lower your debt load, the more money you will have available to invest for your future. • Help build an emergency fund. It’s a good idea to build an emergency fund containing six to 12 months’ worth of living expenses, with the money held in a low-risk, liquid account. Without such a fund, you may be forced to dip into your long-term investments to pay for short-term needs, such as a new furnace, a major car repair or a sizable medical bill. Consequently, you may want to put some, or all, of your tax refund into such a fund. • Invest in a college savings vehicle. You could use your tax refund to invest in a college savings vehicle, such as a 529 plan. With this plan, your earnings grow tax free, provided all withdrawals are used for higher education expenses. (Keep in mind, though, that 529 plan distributions not used for qualified expenses may be subject to federal and state income tax and a 10 percent IRS penalty.) As you can see, you’ve got some good choices for using your tax refund wisely. Consider them carefully, and make the moves that work best for you. * Example is for illustrative purposes and does not reflect the performance of any specific investment. Illustration does not include charges and fees that could have a negative effect on the performance.
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A “LOT” of History: 248 Salmon Brook Street By Carol Laun There is one plot of land in Granby that has played an important role in almost every aspect of the history of the town. The activities here encompassed agriculture, business, religion, politics, education and public service – a microcosm of life in Granby. The site is 248 Salmon Brook Street, near the center of the town. The building is now the home of the Farmington Valley Visiting Nurses Association. The land may have been part of a land grant in the late 1600s, but the ﬁrst known owner was David Holcomb. He was the son of Nathaniel II and Martha Buell Holcomb. The Holcombs were among the earliest settlers of both Simsbury and Granby. David Holcomb married Mehitable Buttolph in 1722, and after her death in 1767, he married the Widow Elizabeth Hoskins. He is listed as a farmer and an innkeeper. Thus the plot was probably used for agriculture and for a tavern, a proﬁtable and necessary local business. Holcomb died in 1784. It is not known exactly where his tavern was located, or how long he lived there. The land then changed from secular to sacred use, as the Episcopal Church acquired it. St. Anne’s was the first Episcopal Church in Granby and it was thought to have been located on this site, although there is no proof. Records say it was located in the north part of Simsbury, and prior to 1786, the Salmon Brook Society (now Granby) was northern Simsbury. The ﬁrst sermon in St. Anne’s was preached in 1762, so it is assumed to have been built around that time. The next building on the site is documented. It was St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, built in 1792 and finished around 1800, when the steeple was added. The church was in use only a short time, and shared priests with the Episcopal Church in Simsbury. There are no known sketches or photographs of St. Peter’s, but a verbal description by Mary Holcomb Loomis (Mrs. Franklin), has survived: “St. Peter’s was 35 feet wide, 58 feet long, with a 30 foot ridge pole. The steeple was 25 feet high. The interior had beautiful box pews. There was two aisles with a double row of pews in the center, pews at the ends and in the galleries. The pews on the main ﬂoor were high seats all around with panel doors. There were little spindle rails about six inches high, around the pews and on the doors. It was very ornate and handsome. There was also a high and handsome pulpit. The church had a pipe organ that was build by Peter Jewett. He was also the church
organist.” Peter Jewett lived across the street at 235 Salmon Brook Street. As early as 1827, town ofﬁcials started using St. Peter’s for town meetings. When Granby was incorporated as an independent town in 1786, town meetings were held in the First Ecclesiastical Society Meeting House, which was then located across from the cemetery on Creamery Hill Road. The buildings were called Meeting Houses, not churches, because of their function as a community center. The reason for moving the Town Meetings to the Episcopal Church House can be surmised; it was newer and possibly larger, and it was located where the center was developing. Stores, hotels and taverns were nearby, and in winter, Town Meetings were often adjourned to the nearest warm tavern. As membership in St. Peter’s dwindled, the building was used mostly for Town Meetings and fairs. Henry Gillette sawed off the steeple in 1845, as it was thought to be unsafe. By 1852, it was off the roll of Episcopal Parishes. The Selectmen’s Records for this period indicate a continued neglect and subsequent deterioration of the building. Sometimes a small sum was voted to have the floors swept, but major repairs to the roof, rotting window sills and broken windows were generally voted down. This neglect was due more to a lack of funds than a lack of caring. One year the town received a windfall of several hundred dollars from the Federal Government to pay Revolutionary War expenses. The townspeople voted to spend the entire amount to renovate the Episcopal Church House. Unfortunately, a severe storm and ﬂood destroyed all the bridges in Granby and the money was needed to rebuild them. The church was never repaired. However, for a period of more than 50 years, Granby citizens met there to become freemen (voters), elect their town ofﬁcers, set a tax rate and settle the affairs of the Town. Here the battles raged over where to build roads, over the granting of liquor licenses and over the separation of East Granby. In 1870, the building was sold at auction to Albert Gillette for $49.50, and before he took it down, a last fair was held in the church. According to Mary Holcomb Loomis: “Miss Delia Church removed the center pews. Mrs. Lawyer Ed Holcomb scrubbed the ﬂoor, the pipe organ was sold and moved to the First Congregational Church. Once more, chickens, pumpkins and vegetables were displayed in the beautiful box pews. Albert Gillette built a house using
This is the ﬁrst library building which became the ﬁrst South Church two years later. When this building was ﬁnished, they had a big celebration with speeches etc. Governor Jewell came from Hartford (and they served ice cream and cake). SBHS photo
some of the materials salvaged from the old church.” The house, now torn down, was located near the present Cumberland Farms on Hartford Avenue. The old church doors were given to the Salmon Brook Historical Society and are now the entrance doors for a Meeting House in the Colton-Hayes Tobacco Barn Museum. The vacant lot was then acquired by the Granby Library Association, which was incorporated in 1869. The Association built a two story building with a basement. Mrs. Loomis said, “Granby had a great celebration on this occasion. There was public speakers, including Governor Jewell of Hartford. A bower was made from pine boughs and a band played. A double carriage and horses met the Governor and his party at the depot and drove them to Salmon Brook. After the speeches, cake and ice cream was enjoyed.” A library was established in the new building, and Rev. Thomas D. Murphy also conducted a Select School (private high school) there. Town Meetings were held in a basement room which was furnished at Town expense. It was known as the Library Building. In 1872, a group left the First Congre-
gational Church and formed the South Congregational Church. Services were held on the ﬁrst ﬂoor of the Library Building and the library was moved upstairs. The Granby Library Association later sold the building to South Church. The building was the center of community activities until it was destroyed by a ﬁre in 1917. The land was returned to the Library Association and the present building was constructed by the children of Laura Dibble Bunce, and given to the library as a memorial to her. Mrs. Helen Edwards, who once lived across the street in the gold house with the picket fence, was one of Mrs. Bunce’s children. The building served as a library for Granby until the new Granby Public Library was built in 1982. After much debate and discussion in the Town, the old library building was rented and later sold to the Farmington Valley Visiting Nurses Association. In 250 years, man has built at least ﬁve structures on this single plot of land. Each building has had a multitude of uses. Eight generations of Granby citizens have passed through the various doors. The future is unknown – but the land will endure.
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The 43rd running of the annual Granby Road Race will be held on Saturday, May 3, 2014, at 8:30 a.m. Last year’s introduction of a 5k race was an overwhelming success. Both races will begin at a common start line at the Granby Middle School on Route 10. The 10K will lead runners on a 6.2-mile course that covers both paved roads and scenic wooded trails. The 5K course is also partially offroad as it turns into Salmon Brook Park. “The 10K is one of the most beautiful and unique races in the state, because almost half of it is run through McLean Game Refuge,” said Dave Schupp, one of the race’s longtime organizers. The race was originated by David Hildreth, a former long-time Granby resident, and Dave Bale, still a long-time Granby resident, to celebrate the first Earth Day in 1970. Hildreth chaired the race committee for many years and was followed by Dan Hausmann, of East Granby for nine years. Since 2011, the races have been organized by The Farmington Valley YMCA and used as a fundraiser for their Strong Kids Campaign. The Strong Kids Program provides financial assistance to many children in our community. The campaign’s emphasis is designed to support youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. “Every $150 raised sends a child to camp for a week. The 2013 race was a record year in terms of runner turnout. Not
only was it an exciting and competitive race, it was also life changing for many of the children in our area as a result of the funds raised for The Strong Kids Campaign,” said Jocelyn Mitchell, the chair of the Farmington Valley YMCA board of managers. Runners are encouraged to have family and friends pledge a dollar amount per mile to support the Strong Kids campaign. Those checks should be made payable to YMCA-Granby Road Race. Pledge forms are available at www.granbyroadrace.org. Jessica (Caley) Rice, who grew up in Granby and now resides in Cambridge, Mass., holds the record for women with a time of 38:02. The men’s record is held by Peter Pazik at 32:09. The first 100 registrants for each of the 10K and 5K will receive a free Granby Road Race T-shirt. Gift certificate and/or merchandise prizes are awarded for first, second and third place for men and women in the open classes of each race, and many merchandise and/or recognition prizes for first, second and third place of each age division. Granby maple syrup is presented to the first Granby resident male and female finishers of each race as well. Runners may register online at www. active.com. Race applications and maps of each race course are available at www. GranbyRoadRace.org. Also, runners may email Granbyroadrace@mail.com to request an application.
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When you pull on that jersey, you represent your school and your teammates, who are all striving for the same goal—to be the best person you can be in and out of the classroom. That one common objective, among a variety of different individuals, connects the Suffield-Granby-Windsor Locks Wildcats Hockey Team. The daily grind of a student athlete consists of a productive eight-hour day of schooling. Much emphasis is provided by the coaching staff, on education and, of course, on hockey. Once the Wildcats are mentally tested in school, Coach Boorman and the coaching staff assure a solid physical challenge in practice. Co-Captain Jake King states, “The Wildcats are the best conditioned team in D2 hockey.” King has contributed by leading the team in goals and with his positive attitude that motivates the team. Line mate and CoCaptain Max Marson is a Granby senior who adds much support to the player’s positive attitudes. Marson went on to say, “The key to good leadership is getting into the minds of players through strategies of motivation.” It is easy to see that Marson’s and King’s great work ethic and talent feeds other players’ motivation and will to win. Along with the two head captains, line mates Scott McWhirter, Marc Ad-
ams, and Cameron Clark fill the shoes required as assistant captains. From day in to day out, all captains demonstrate a great work ethic, starting with key goaltending by Suffield senior Cam Clark. The collaborative effort put forth by all the players and coaches is critical if we are to have a successful season. Head Coach Nick Boorman is on his fourth year coaching the Wildcats hockey team and has proved season to season that, the ‘Cats only get better. Boorman explains that the key to the wildcat’s success this year is high intensity practices, dedication, and the depth of the team. Boorman went on to say, “Each player has a role on the ice,” all of which support his current record of 10-4. Needless to say, the Wildcats have had a very incredible first half to the season—already clinching a playoff spot after their eighth win. After this fantastic start, the ‘Cats hope to find themselves at Ingalls Rink at Yale, to win it all. MEOW!
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GMHS Grad Night 2014 Set for June 20 By Sue Hancock The Grad Night 2014 is a cost-free, funﬁlled, substance-free event for Granby Memorial High School seniors. It will be held on June 20, the evening of graduation, at the Granby YMCA. Volunteers are needed to help with food, room set up, decorations and chaperones for the event. If interested in volunteering, please join us for our April 21 meeting. If you can’t attend but want to help, please contact the following individuals: decorations or room set up, Barbara Blanchette at
In Memory Of … Brehmer, Elisabeth Lauriston, 77, Dec. 3 Brewer, Arline Elizabeth, 95, Jan. 17 Dery, Ruth Huber, 94, wife of the late LeRoy Dery, Jan. 18 Mohrman, Dorothy (Fletcher), 90, wife of the late Harry L. Mohrman, Jan. 21 Wheeler, Thomas C., 49, husband of Emily (Hoy) Wheeler, Jan. 26 Carlson, Robert Gustave, 82, husband of Greta (Nelson) Carlson, Jan. 29 Tolli, Nancy (Joslin), 72, wife of David W. Tolli, Jan. 29 Clukey, F. Wendell, 81, husband of Beverly (Maynard) Clukey, Jan. 30 Day, John Grant, 77, husband of Carole (Lawrence) Day, Jan. 31 Domin, Paul Peter, 76, close friend of Shirley Domin, Feb. 4 Garrity, Camille (Maulucci), 100, wife of the late Thomas F. Garrity, Sr., Feb. 13
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Mystery Photo Contest Our March mystery barn was located at the Schupp’s Higley Farm on Higley Road, a fact that all of our contestants knew! Congratulations to Vern Wells whose name was drawn from those entries. We’ll be in touch with him so he can claim his prize. Send your guesses as to the location of this month’s building to firstname.lastname@example.org. You can identify it by street name and/or number or by the name of the property owners. Good Luck! Barn photo by Peter Dinella
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