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Volume XLIV, No. 5 • February 2014



Selectmen consider policy change for alcohol use in Salmon Brook Park By Shirley Murtha The January 13 Board of Selectmen meeting was attended by a significant number of residents who were interested in a proposal to change the procedures for alcohol-use applications in the new recreation facility in Salmon Brook Park. Currently, approval must await a decision by the BOS, which can take several days to several weeks. Parks and Recreation Director Tom Tyburski has suggested that, if all appropriate conditions are met, staff could grant approval without waiting for the BOS. This could increase the use of the facility and therefore the income from such events. Town Manager Bill Smith explained that approval would still be contingent on a strict review and sign-off by the police chief, the Parks and Recreation director and the town manager. Selectman Ron Desrosiers had concerns about increasing the number of events where alcohol is used with regard to the safety of others not involved in the event, but in the park for personal recreation or organized activities. He

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feels that overindulgence at these events could lead to an accident on the roads in the park. John Flint noted that four of the five former selectmen who wrote the original rules for the park were present to register their concerns with regard to safety. Jim Oates spoke against this streamlined approval process, noting that the present procedure has worked well and that the BOS has the ultimate responsibility to set town policy, not the Parks and Recreation Department. Tyburski stated that all attempts would be made to keep events having alcohol from taking place when scheduled activities such as Little League games were occurring, but resident Jerry Ledger noted that un-scheduled activities are going on in the park at all times. Michael Gron feels that the roadways in the park are not sufficiently wide or straight enough to be used by drivers whose judgment is even slightly impaired by alcohol. Greg McWhirter, the president of Granby Little League, noted that their bylaws state that no alcohol is to be used at the site of games. Resident Jim Lofink read from the current guidelines posted on the Parks and Recreation site that state, “Consumption of alcoholic beverages is not allowed on any town property.” He went on to say that a 2005 town ordinance allows only one exception. The BOS may approve alcohol use by special permit to “a nonprofit community group in connection with a special event.” “Therefore,” Lofink said, “this new intent to make more money off of the pond house facility by expediting approval is a major change in town policy.” He cautioned the board to remember that when voters approved the bond issue, they anticipated future use would be in line with the stated mission of the facility. Resident Peter Gunn, however, spoke in favor of the shortened process, saying that if the town wished to avoid all risk, no one should use the park at all. The board will study this issue further, taking into consideration the input from this meeting and possibly holding another public meeting to take the pulse of the community as regards this proposal.

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At the January 8 Board of Education meeting, these students “teach” BOE members how to use an iPad to do their grade-specific work. Photo by Danielle Sandridge

Board of Ed focuses on 5-year budget priorities By Kim Becker With budget season fast approaching, the Board of Education has been learning about several initiatives that the administration has put in the five-year budget priorities. At the top of the list are oneto-one computing for grades 7-12 and professional learning communities (PLC) for teachers. Alan Addley, superintendent of schools, also has a list of small and large capital projects he would like to put into motion as well as making high school athletics more equitable. One-to-one computing This year, the district launched a pilot program in the eighth grade in which all students have a Google Chromebook or similar device to use in class and for homework. Parents, students, and teachers have been surveyed twice to evaluate

the pilot’s success. The most recent survey showed that all groups were more comfortable with the technology and had far fewer technical problems as the year progressed. Both students and parents believe that the children are more organized and that research is easier. The students reported using the devices at least three times per week, and in some cases daily. However, there are issues that still need to be addressed. Eighth-grader Karly Fisher spoke to the board about her frustrations with the pilot. Though she likes using her device and believes that the pilot has value, she is concerned about consistent internet issues. The devices can’t always be used when needed. She noticed that many kids don’t have the typing skills to quickly type notes and this slows the class down

BOE budget cont’d. on p. 7

Natural gas pipe installation snarls traffic, promises savings By Kim Becker Cars inch along Route 10/202 past large trucks, holes in the road, and pipes, lots of pipes. Connecticut Natural Gas (CNG) is laying new gas lines along Route 10/202 between Floydville Road and Granby Memorial High School as well as along Route 189 to the town complex. The state will repave that part of Route 10/202 this spring. The town worked with the state to delay the repaving so that the new gas line could be installed. CNG hopes to have the pipe laid by the end of the month, but extreme cold could impede progress until the spring.

The town Boards of Selectmen, Finance, and Education approved the conversion of the town complex and three Granby schools from heating oil to natural gas, a less expensive alternative energy. The town put $30,000 toward this project to connect the buildings to the main pipe that CNG owns. Fran Armentano, town planner, anticipates a $215,000 annual heating cost savings based on analysis from CNG. The Board of Education voted to install dual burners (can use either natural gas or heating oil) in Kearns Primary School, Granby Memorial Middle School, and the high school in order to ensure the

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Concerned about development I would like to know what the Town of Granby plans for the 40-plus acres of land opposite Floydville Road (behind the Peppermill Bakery and extending out to Canton Road). As a

resident of the Spring Glen area and knowing that these parcels have at least two right-of-way easements into our neighborhood, 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. There seems to be a definite bias on the part of the town to encourage development in the southern end of Granby, as seen by the established development and the future plans for

development around the Stop & Shop. One may argue that other areas of town aren’t properly zoned, or that these areas aren’t on the bus route, but zoning and bus routes can certainly be changed in other

Letters cont’d. on p. 3

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Letters cont’d. from p. 2 areas – not just the south Granby end. Our neighborhood is a lovely wooded area of modest homes populated by families who enjoy a relatively quiet, safe, peaceful existence in a friendly, close-knit neighborhood. Heavy development adjacent to Spring Glen will surely jeopardize this by bringing more noise, more traffic, and perhaps more crime. Let’s not forget about the wildlife either—deer, bear, turkeys, foxes, owls, and even fisher cats use this area as part of their home range. Intense development would most definitely negatively impact these populations. Now some people reading this are probably thinking, “Well, what would you have us do? Leave it undeveloped?” Yes, actually, I would love to see the owners donate the parcels to the Granby Land Trust or otherwise preserve the area as open space. But realistically, I know that this is not going to happen. We live in a world of seven billion people and it seems like just about everything can be bought and sold. So back to the question. I propose leaving the zoning as is in the one section allowing just single family homes. Next some folks will cry

“Taxes! Taxes!” suggesting that more intense development will ease the tax burden. Well, maybe—maybe not. When was the last time your taxes went down? Development brings it’s own costs too. The need for more police officers, public works employees, etc., and everyone knows adding even one more full-time employee to a town’s budget is a huge expenditure. Bottom line, if one is forward thinking and creative, there are many ways to boost Granby’s economy without sacrificing the very things that make Granby the “Pride of the Valley.” Sincerely, Deborah Roe

Alcohol Use in Park a Bad Idea I am very concerned about a proposed rule change for Salmon Brook Park that would compromise public safety. On Monday, January 13 the Board of Selectman considered a proposal to allow alcohol to be served at private functions in the new pond house. The proposal also included provisions for administrative staff to approve alcohol use without a BOS vote. The present policy states: The use or consumption of alcoholic beverages in Town Parks is prohibited, except by special permit, which may be

Natural gas lines cont’d. from p. 1 lowest heating costs as time goes on. Harry Travers, business manager for the public schools, said that these systems should last 30 years and the board chose to anticipate possible market changes or disruption to the natural gas supply. Installation of the new burners should begin over the summer and be ready for the 2014-15 school year. The town is debating what kind of burners to install in its buildings depending on the upfront costs, according to


Armentano. However, he hopes that the town will install a dual-burner system at some point in time. CNG is interested in connecting homes and businesses to the new gas line. Please call Dennis Norman at 860-727-3338 for residential connection and George Sfiridis at 860-727-3201 for commercial connection. In the future, CNG is considering branching off from the main line to provide natural gas to other areas such as the center businesses.


granted by recommendation of the Park Superintendent and with the approval of the Board of Selectmen, to a nonprofit community group in connection with a special event upon assurance that all state laws relating to the sale or distribution of alcoholic beverages will be strictly complied with. This rule has been in effect for the last 15 years and was created with vigorous review and discussion by the BOS. Very few special events receive permission to serve alcohol. Selectman Ron Desrosiers brought up the history of the policy and the safety concerns with alcohol consumption. Many citizens at the meeting including two former selectmen also commented and voiced the following issues: • adverse health effects of alcohol consumption, • poor model set for the youth, • access road is near two Playscapes, picnic grounds, athletic fields and tennis courts, • drinking drivers endanger all persons


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in that part of the park, the exit road, and their path to their next destination, • no separate walking paths throughout the park, so pedestrians must use the narrow roads, • town would be competing with businesses and charitable organizations in town that have halls to rent for identical activities, and • Little League rules state that alcohol is prohibited at their game sites. This issue will appear on a future BOS agenda because no decision was made at the meeting and staff was directed to work out details of the proposed expedited review and approval process. Please be alert: this item was listed on the meeting agenda as Park and Recreation rule change with no indication that the alcohol policy was being reviewed. If you have advice or concerns please call one of your selectmen. Gerald Ledger

Town of Granby Meeting Calendar Board of Selectmen, 7:30 p.m., Town Hall, Monday, Feb. 3 and Tuesday, Feb. 18 Board of Finance, 7:30 p.m., Police Community Room, Monday, Feb. 24 Board of Education, 7 p.m., Central Office, Wednesdays, Feb. 5 and 19 Planning & Zoning, 7 p.m., Town Hall Tuesdays, Feb. 11 and 25 Inland Wetlands & Watercourses, 7 p.m., Town Hall, Thursday, Feb. 13 Development Commission, 7 p.m., Town Hall, Monday, Feb. 1

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Holcomb Farm Improvements The BOS passed a motion to proceed (contingent on the approval of the Holcomb Farm Board of Directors) with the renovation of the North Barn that has deteriorated to the point that it is no longer safe to use. The town has received a $500,000 Small Town Economic Assistance Program grant for improvements at the Farm. It needs to be used within a specific time period so it is imperative that work begin soon. The barn will be torn down with the exception of the front-facing facade on Simsbury Road so as to retain its appearance. New sidewalls will be built and a 150-seat pavilion will be constructed inside. The building could be used to host concerts and other Farm programs, as well as be leased by non-Farm groups for private events. Some consideration was given to bringing the second floor of the main building, known as the loft, up to handicap and fire codes, but the expense is prohibitive. The venue will continue to be used marginally, with on-site coverage by the Lost Acres Fire Department during events. Plus-One Budget Town Manager Bill Smith reported on his preliminary work identifying the major items that may impact the upcoming budget. The expected percent increases in specific categories would result in a 4.32 percent increase in the overall budget. In addition, the town hopes to include some add-backs, such as a public works maintenance person lost due to retirement two years ago and more library hours and services. The add-backs would raise the increase to 4.82 percent. This information will be presented at the three-board meeting on January 21. Smith noted that if the BOS has

to cut a substantial amount from its budget, some difficult decisions will be required. Leasing Town-Owned Lands for Farming About a dozen parcels of town-owned land are leased to farmers for crop growing on a seasonal basis. Up to now, this has been done on a yearly basis, but, in discussion with the Agricultural Committee, it has been noted that two- or three-year leases would be more beneficial to the farmers who may wish to add fertilizer or make other amendments to the soil during the off-season. Solar Panel Study The town is currently studying all town buildings with an eye to using solar panels to generate electricity. It has been determined that using four panels on the new Salmon Brook Park recreation facility would provide 100 percent its electrical needs. If solar panels were installed on four acres of the former Evonsion property on East Street, they would provide enough electricity to power all of the municipal buildings. If panels were installed on eight acres of the property, there would be enough energy for all the schools as well. More study is required, including input from neighbors regarding the change in their visual environment. Other Items 1. A motion was passed to accept the changes to the Rules of Procedure as discussed at the December 16 meeting. The Pledge of Allegiance will now be recited at the start of each BOS meeting. Every effort will be made to advertise all special meetings on the town website as well as on hard copy in the town hall. 2. Emily Jackson was introduced as the new student liaison to the BOS. She is a junior at Granby Memorial High School.


Youth Services Bureau

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Spring programs begin soon Spring is coming fast! New Youth Service Bureau programs will be starting before we know it. Check out the Town of Granby Website for more information and registration materials for these upcoming programs: GO! Guys Only will be starting a new spring session. We have room for new members in grades 6 and 7. Hiking, biking, games and more. Meets Friday evenings rain or shine. Love and Logic parenting workshop. Parents are overwhelmingly positive when they review this once a week six session program. For parents of children of all ages, the workshop focuses on ending power struggles, building a living relationship with our kids while teaching them to be responsible human beings. Typically runs on Monday evenings at 6:30 . Start date TBD. PACT 360 (Police and Communities Together): A well researched, effective and current substance abuse prevention program for parents. In collaboration with the GMMS and PAC this 90-minute program will be offered to parents early this Spring. Too busy? Have little ones at home? No problem. Dinner and on site child care will be provided. Check the town website for details on

date, time, and registration. Check Into a Winning Life! Speaker Bob Anastas is founder of Students Against Driving Drunk (SADD). A powerful and entertaining speaker, Bob will be in Granby Thursday, April 3. Check the town and school websites for details on time and place. Parents are encouraged to attend with your teen or tween! Suicide Prevention Training for community members. QPR: Question, Persuade, Refer will be offered to community members several different days and times this Spring. This 45-minute program gives participants the skills and confidence to help get a suicidal person the help they need. QPR saves lives. YES Youth Employment Service: We will be gearing up for Spring as we help connect local youth looking to earn some extra money with community members looking to hire some young helpers. From raking, pool and lawn care, babysitting or pet care we can help connect employers with youth employees. Contact Anne Marie Cox for more information on these and other SUB programs. 860-844-5355

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Greenway Village apartment project approved By Elaine Jones

department chief had no concerns. The police chief, after reviewing the Traffic Impact Report also had no concerns. In addition, the superintendent of public works had worked with the developer in the final design. The town engineer reported that the storm water maintenance pump system would be the responsibility of the developer as a condition of approval. Other requirements include a preconstruction meeting, a cash bond submitted before final mylars are filed, as-built drawings of utilities, structures and hard surfaces approved and filed before any certificate of occupancy is given, a storm maintenance plan, and a sign plan that is a maximum of 9 square feet and 6-feet high. The new plan simplifies car access to the units with a 24-foot two-way road and 16 separate parking spaces in addition to a garage space and an outside space for each unit. The lighting plan includes seven light posts to serve the roadway and parking lot in addition to lights on the buildings. Trash pickup will be by individual units. The revised plan has eight one-bedroom units on a single level with a loft area and 26 multi-level two-bedroom units. The two-bedroom units contain 2,068 square feet and the one-bedroom units 1,452 square feet. Each unit will have a washer and dryer. Rents will be market rates, anticipated to be about $2,000 a month. The center horseshoe-shaped space will

At the Dec. 10 meeting, the Planning and Zoning Commission approved a special permit for development of Greenway Village, a 34-unit apartment complex in a PDM zone at 24 Mill Pond Drive. This was a revised application. The original, for 30 units, was approved Feb. 12, 2013. This application follows the approval on July 9, 2013, of an amendment to the Zoning Regulations that would allow an increase in the maximum density for multi-family homes from 6 to 8 units per developable acre. Attorney Leonard Jacobs, representing Hamid Realty, explained that the changes to increase the number of units from 30 to 34 answered cost considerations, provided a better neighborhood feel with units surrounding a central space and maintained the same consistent quality as the Hunt Glen complex. The units will be townhouses facing a center open area with a perimeter road around the outer border. He said the goal was to start construction in the spring. The property contains 6.2 acres, has access to public sewers and natural gas. Several town boards and town agencies that had approved the original application also approved the changes. This included the Board of Selectmen in their capacity as the Water Pollution Control Authority, the Inland Wetlands and Watercourses Commission and the Development Commission. The fire marshal and the fire

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Focus on Education

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Come to Coffee House Feb. 21 Coffee House gives Granby Memorial High School students a chance to show off their incredible music skills to the student body. Come on Feb. 21, 2014, and not only will you get to hear two hours of beautiful acoustic music, but you will help out a notable charity with your $5 ticket donation. Delicious refreshments will also be sold during the concert. While many of the GMHS chorus students will be performing during Coffee House, they will get a second opportunity for the student body hear them when singing Valentines. This event is held by the Chorus Class to raise funds for the Chorus Program. Students may purchase

a singing valentine, complete with an optional flower or lollipop to other students or teachers. It’s always an extremely popular and successful event. Empty Bowls is a national organization whose goal is to educate the public about food insecurity. A fundraiser will be held on Friday, Feb. 28 in the GMMS cafeteria from 5 until 7 p.m.. Bowls created by Granby’s high school students, as well as by local artists, will be for sale with all proceeds going to the Granby Food Bank. Come support local families in need while enjoying soup donated by local restaurants at Granby’s fourth annual Empty Bowls event.

Leadership program and trip to Colorado for high school sophomores and juniors CREC is now accepting applications from sophomores and juniors for the 30 spaces available in the 2014-2015 Capitol Region Interdistrict Leadership Academy (CRILA). This highly successful and challenging academy is going into its tenth year of operation and has provided leadership experiences and service learning opportunities to over 300 students in the Greater Hartford area. This is a free program for students. Applications are due March 21. Students accepted into the program for the 2014-2015 Academy will attend a seven day Outward Bound experience in Colorado from June 21 to June 28; develop and participate in a community service project that will benefit the Hartford area; be able to earn honors high school credit; meet with successful leaders in business, education, politics, health, and the military; be challenged with rigorous discussion and coursework on becoming a great leader and build their student resume as they prepare for college. “The most important things I learned from CRILA were self-awareness and awareness of others, and this has helped me in countless areas of my life,” shared a student in the CRILA 9 class. “The knowledge you gain from CRILA is unlike what you would learn in a classroom.” The current 2013-2014 CRILA class includes 30 students from 22 towns and 26 high schools. These students were selected from a competitive pool of applicants from throughout the Hartford

region. Applicants should have: the ability to lead, strong academic standing, the ability to work successfully with others, and an interest in and a commitment to community service. “CRILA was a life changing and lifesaving experience,” shared a past student. “The mountains helped me to find myself and figure out the path I want to be on. The staff and classmates were amazing people that built lifelong friendships with. CRILA is an amazing opportunity for all students, and it will change your life for the better.” Current sophomores and juniors from 35 districts in the Hartford area are eligible to apply to participate in CRILA. Participating towns are: Avon, Berlin, Bloomfield, Bolton, Bristol, Canton, Cromwell, East Granby, East Hartford, East Windsor, Ellington, Enfield, Farmington, Glastonbury, Granby, Hartford, Hartland, Manchester, New Britain, New Hartford, Newington, Plainville, Portland, Region 10 (Burlington and Harwinton), Rocky Hill, Simsbury, Somers, Southington, South Windsor, Suffield, Vernon, West Hartford, Wethersfield, Windsor, and Windsor Locks. More information is available on the CRILA website: or by calling Julia Winer, Program Manager, at 860-509-3666 or jwiner@crec. org. The application can be downloaded online at html. All applications must be postmarked by March 21.

“A great silent space holds all of nature in its embrace. It also holds you.”

Worship services at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. Sunday school and child care at 10:30 a.m. Feb. 15th at 7:30 p.m. The Hungry Hearts Ball At Pilgrim Covenant Church, 605 Salmon Brook St. A collaborative community event hosted by: South Congregational Church, First Church, Valley Brook Community Church, Pilgrim Covenant, East Granby Congregational and First Church, Hartland. All proceeds support The Waste Not, Want Not Community Meal. Call for tickets and more info.

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Support the school budget The school budget season is in full swing in February. The recent economic challenges faced by the town and school district have been significant. During the past five years (FY09:FY14), in response to the economy and dropping enrollment, the district operating budgets have had an average increase of 0.96 percent. While the economy has showed some recent signs of improving, it still promises to be a slow process. As part of the town’s budget process, the Board of Selectmen (BOS) and Board of Education (BOE) present their Plus One Budgets to the Board of Finance (BOF). The Plus One Budget projects the operating budget, small capital and large capital needs over the next five years. These projections are then used to establish budget guidelines and long-range planning. The school district’s Plus One Budget developed for next year (FY15) was recently presented to the BOE. It shows a 3.7 percent increase in the operating budget over FY14. The 3.7 percent reflects a base budget of 2.3 percent with 1.4 percent in additional teaching positions that addresses the needs of mandated reforms (Common Core State Standards, Teacher/Administrator Evaluation and Secondary School Reform) and reinstates those items cut from last year’s budget (Elementary World Languages, needs of highest performing students, and Director of Guidance). A Plus One Budget of 3.7 percent does not necessarily mean that the school’s budget will be as high as 3.7 percent, but it does articulate the district’s priorities and frames the issues and dilem-

mas as the administration and board try to work the problem. The school district has been responsive during the past difficult financial years. We have tightened our belts, reduced staff, realized efficiencies, and still managed to make some nice programmatic changes (example: integrated pre-school; full day kindergarten), while continuing to realize very high levels of student achievement. Moving forward, it is imperative that we continue to implement some of our strategic initiatives—it is good for our students, the community and the town. Teachers work in Granby and families live here because of the quality of the school system. This month, we will be making recommendations to the BOE for the next phase of implementation for 1-to-1 computing and for providing our teachers with additional team time to plan lessons, share instructional practices and design interventions for students. I will be discussing some of the budgetary issues at my next Superintendent’s Forum on Thursday, February 13, at 7 p.m. in the Board of Education Conference Room. The Superintendent’s Budget will be presented to the board at the March 5 BOE Meeting. I encourage everyone to stay involved in the budget process and to vote, particularly since the town budget was defeated last year. The community is understandably proud of its school system — it is imperative that we keep it that way by passing reasonable operating budgets. Thank you for continuing to support our students.

Help fight hunger in our community By Lexi Grimaldi The Empty Bowl Project is an international grassroots organization with the purpose of fighting hunger in the local community through education and events. Annually, students from Granby Memorial High School host this project to help eliminate food insecurity. This year, National Honor Society Students, led by Amanda Jacob, Anna Fedenyuk, Lexi Grimaldi and Samantha Gilbert are organizing this event to combat hunger in the local community. The Fourth Annual Empty Bowls event will be held at Granby

Memorial Middle School on Friday, Feb. 28, from 5 to 7 p.m. Walk-ins and reservations are both welcome. To make a reservation or for more information please email them at emptybowls2014@gmail. com. All guests receive a beautiful handmade bowl full of soup from local restaurants with the bowl to take home as a reminder of those who are hungry. Live music will be played. There will also be a silent auction to benefit the National Honor Society and Visual Arts scholarships. All proceeds for the Empty Bowls event will be donated to the Granby Food Bank.




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West Granby United Methodist Church fundraising events benefit Granby Fuel Bank On Friday, December 20, members of the West Granby United Methodist Church presented KerryAnn Kielbasa, Director with a check for over $2,000 for the Granby Fuel Bank. This was the net amount gained from two fundraisers; namely, a chrysanthemum sale in conjunction with the Library Book Sale at Holcomb Farm and a Contemporary Christian Music Concert November 16 held at the church. Church members Shirley Isaacson, Lola Murray and Marilyn Wyman stated that they felt it was important to help those in their community especially during a long cold New England winter. “We would like to thank Simsbury United Methodist Church members, Stained Glass Musical Group and members of the Granby community for their participation and donations for this worthy cause. Above are (l-r): Shirley Isaacson, Lola Murray, KerryAnn and Marilyn Wyman. Photo by Trish Tappenden

BOE budget cont’d. from p. 1 significantly. Also, some students use their devices inappropriately during class distracting others. Karly asked the board to address these issues before the district expands the program. In its Plus 1 budget, the administration hopes to push the concept into grades 7-12 next school year and will be making its recommendations regarding the expansion to the board at its February 5 meeting. Professional learning communities The administration wants to provide more time for teachers to collaborate on curriculum changes, student achievement plateaus and gaps, and professional development. Professional learning communities already exist but do not have regular meeting times at the elementary and middle school levels. The administration proposes allowing teachers more team meeting times through either a regularly scheduled shortened day for students or a regularly scheduled

extended day for teachers. The latter would have both contractual and budget implications. It is believed that more PLC time would improve instructional quality across grade levels and schools; incorporate best practices more easily into the curriculum; be a recruitment incentive for new teachers; and help parents frustrated with the random early release days. Parents are currently being surveyed about how regular PLC time could be structured. The administration will make its recommendation to the board on February 5. Small capital projects The administration plans several purchases to expand technology access and transportation including: • Replacing teacher desktop computers with laptops at the high school • Replacing servers and network switches throughout the district • Purchasing equipment to broadcast/


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The Granby Horse Council Scholarship Committee is accepting applications for a $500 scholarship that will be awarded to a senior student from an area high school. Students must have attended their school for at least two years and be members of the Granby Horse Council. The recipient must plan on attending a university, college, or junior college for at least a two-year program in the field of animal studies, which includes, but is not limited to, pre-veterinary school, veterinary technician or assistant, equine studies or stable management, animal husbandry, or equine assisted therapy. The scholarship monies will be paid

to the student for use in the payment of tuition, books, or other college fees. Students may contact Granby Horse Council Scholarship Committee member Dorothy Gozzo at 860-687-9720 or at Applications may be obtained at area high school guidance offices as well as by email request. Completed applications must be returned by March 31 to: Granby Horse Council Scholarship Committee, c/o Dorothy Gozzo, 44 Maple Ave, Windsor, CT 06095. For more information on the Granby Horse Council, visit www. Look for the application for membership under the Events section on the website.

School Records Notice On or about May 9 the special services department of the Granby Public Schools will destroy all special education and related records of students no longer enrolled in the school system for a time period of six years or greater. Parents and students should be aware that these records are sometimes necessary or useful in acquiring certain other government benefits such as Social Security. No records of students presently enrolled in the school system will be destroyed. Former students over the age of 18 or parents/guardians of minors may contact the special services department at 860-844-5257 should they have any questions in this matter.

stream and record board meetings • Purchasing interactive whiteboards for the district • Purchasing two new 77 passenger buses

Large capital projects The administration seeks funding to start the following large capital projects in 2018: • High school facility upgrades: build a kitchen, air conditioning in several parts of the building and upgrading the analog phone system • Emergency generators for four schools (town will purchase generator for middle school to create emergency shelter): protection against freezing pipes and food spoilage • Wells Road playing fields: develop 5.6 donated acres for expanded playground

activities and soccer/baseball field • Maintenance and facilities building: centralize equipment and supplies; space for technology equipment; space for drama department storage Athletics The athletics department recommends expanding its current sports offerings to include girls’ freshman volleyball, fall cheerleading, and ultimate Frisbee at the high school. Additionally, supporters of the ice hockey and golf teams requested money for transportation to practices and games. The football booster club made a case for the school system to begin supporting the team. After five years of parent-supported play, they requested $420 per player (the average amount the district pays for an athlete to play a sport) to support the team.




Granby schools are honored by CABE

From left to right: Jay Harder (Granby Camera Club), Dorrie Arnold (GCC), Susan Presutti (Simsbury Bank), Wanda Colman (GCC), Del Shilkret (GCC) and Gene Suponski (GCC). Granby Camera Club members display the photos each contributed to Simsbury Bank’s 2014 calendar for which Simsbury Bank donated a total of $500 to the Club. Photo by Paula Johnson, GCC

Simsbury Bank makes donation to Granby Camera Club By Codie Landsman Simsbury Bank is pleased to have made a donation in the amount of $500 to the Granby Camera Club in exchange for photos taken by club members that are featured in the bank’s 2014 full-color calendar. The bank has been publishing a free calendar of local photos each year since 2003. The calendar continues to feature beautiful images of local scenes and landmarks. Granby Camera Club members Dorrie Arnold, Wanda Colman, Jay Harder, Del Shilkret and Gene Suponski contributed photos that appear in the 2014 calendar. Photos from the Simsbury Camera Club are also featured in the calendar each year.

Calendars are free and available in all of the bank’s branches while supplies last. In addition to providing the printed calendar, Simsbury Bank also hosts a Community Events Calendar on its website, Visitors to the site can find out what is happening in the area through an extensive listing of local happenings. Visitors can even utilize the search tool to find a specific event by inputting a date or key word and obtain further details about that event. Local organizations are encouraged to post their upcoming event listings for free by completing the online event submittal form on the site. Simsbury Bank is proud to support local organizations by publicizing this information online.

The Granby Board of Education was presented with the Connecticut Association of Boards of Education (CABE) Level Two Leadership Award during the annual CABE / CAPSS (Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents) Convention held at the Mystic Marriott on Nov. 15 and 16. Accepting the award on behalf of the district were Superintendent Alan Addley and Granby Board of Education Chair Cal Heminway (now retired.) CABE believes that Boards of Education and Superintendents that exhibit the most effective leadership are characterized by their ability to work together as teams. The CABE Board Recognition Awards are designed to recognize boards that work effectively in this manner. In order to appropriately recognize those boards that are truly exemplary, CABE has now established a second level of awards, the Board of Distinction Award. Only boards that have achieved

Level One distinction at least twice in the prior four years are eligible to receive the Board of Distinction Award. Boards must achieve at least two Level Two items in each Level Two category to receive this award. CABE serves local and regional school districts in Connecticut and is dedicated to improving the quality of education throughout the state and the nation. CABE’s membership includes 145 school districts representing 90 percent of the state’s public school population. CAPSS is a statewide nonprofit educational administration organization whose membership includes Connecticut public school superintendents, assistant superintendents, central office administrative personnel, state department of education officials, and college and university professors. It provides educational and administrative leadership on a state and national level. (l to r) Stephen Wright, member of the State Board of Education; Stefan Pryor, Connecticut Commissioner of Education; Alan Addley, Granby Superintendent of Schools; Cal Heminway, chairman of Granby Board of Education (now retired).

Drumrolls The following students were named to the Suffield Academy honor rolls for the fall term: High Honor Roll, Christopher Ennis and Brendan Forbes; Honor Roll: Sarah Boardman and Casey Lampert. Julie Mission, a sophomore communication major was named to the fall 2013 dean’s list at Bob Jones University.

Heather Galka and Kelsey Walsh were named to the fall dean’s list at Keene State College. Scott Blackburn, a resident of Granby, CT and a member of the class of 2015, has been named to the Dean’s List at Providence College for the Fall 2013 semester.


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200 letters sent in annual voter registration canvass Every year the Registrar’s office tries to identify those names on the official voter registry that have moved out of town through a process of a selective canvass of voters. You can help them by letting the registrars know if you or your grown children have moved. The DMV and the other registrars of voters also regularly let our town know about people who have moved from Granby. But this is not enough, and most outof-state moves are not reported to the registrars. The National Change of Address service compares a list from the US Postal Service of the last two years of moves vs. Granby’s list of registered voters. From this comparison, Granby expects to send out about two hundred letters to people that may have moved. Why is all this canvass stuff important? Because the number of ballots printed are based on the total numbers of active voters. Keeping this list as accurate as possible will minimize the cost to Granby. If you receive a letter, please read it carefully, fill out and sign and date before returning it in the postage paid envelope provided. Family members and current residents can NOT fill out and sign for another voter, so either forward the letter or return it, unopened, to the registrars. If a family member wishes to be removed from the Granby list of voters, they need to submit a

written request for removal, signed and dated, to the Registrar’s office. Granby Democratic and Republican Town Committees will hold party caucuses February is a busy time for potential November candidates to gain party support and campaign funds. In March, each town will hold two caucuses, one Republican and one Democrat, for party members to vote on the town delegates to send to their state and district party conventions in May. At these conventions, the party candidate endorsement selections are made. A primary in August will occur should a potential candidate choose to contest their party’s nominee from these state conventions. This year, with so many offices on the ballot and such a large field of candidates already declared, the registrars are predicting at least one race will be contested in August for both parties. The town delegates chosen in the March caucus to attend the May conventions can be committed to a particular candidate, or can be unaffiliated. To participate and vote in the March caucuses, you need to be a party member. Unaffiliated and unregistered voters can register with a party by noon the day before the caucus to be eligible to participate. (Switching parties requires a 90-day waiting period


before attaining party privilege.) The caucus must be held between March 25 and April 1, inclusive. Legal notices will be printed in local newspapers a minimum of five days before these meetings. On the ballot in November will be seats for the US House, CT Governor/Lieutenant Governor, CT Attorney General, CT Secretary of State, CT Comptroller, CT Treasurer, 62nd Representative, District Judge of Probate (for Granby, Avon, Canton and Simsbury), State Senate (7th for District 1 and 8th for District 2). As of Jan. 2, nominating petitions are being issued by the Secretary of State for any minor party or unaffiliated candidates to petition for a slot on the Nov. 4 ballot. New Republican registrar appointed Sarah Thrall has been appointed as the new Republican Registrar for the Town of Granby, and was sworn in by Town Clerk Karen Hazen on Jan. 8. As an eight-year resident of Granby, Thrall is looking forward to serving as registrar. She has been working with the registrars for the last month, as Deputy Republican Registrar, prior to her appointment. Training classes will be held this spring and fall to prepare for the busy election season ahead. Thrall has a very tough act to follow as Maureen Wolf did an outstanding job serving as registrar for the last three years. We are happy to report that Peter Goff will continue to serve as

Deputy Republican Registrar. Looking ahead March 25–April 1: Granby Democratic and Republican Town Committees will each hold a caucus for the selection of their delegates to state and district conventions (specific day, time and location to be announced) Monday, April 14: Public hearing for the town budget at the GMHS Auditorium Monday, April 28: Town budget referendum; voting is between 12 and 8 p.m. at Town Hall Voter registration is a public record, and it’s easy to confirm your voter registration. You can go on the state’s website or stop by the town hall, to check the voter registry. You can stop by to register to vote, figure out which is your voting district or make corrections in person at the registrars’ Office in the town hall every Wednesday. Regular office hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Voter registration forms are also available at town halls, libraries, DMV offices and online at the Secretary of State’s website: Questions? Please feel free to contact the registrars, Laura Wolfe and Sarah Thrall, our office phone number/voice mail is 860844-5322 and our NEW email address is

Simsbury Woman’s Club offers scholarships The Simsbury Woman’s Club offers a $2,000 scholarship to a Connecticut woman who has completed at least 60 credits of undergraduate work with a 3.0 or higher GPA and is currently enrolled in an institution of higher learning. In addition, The General Federation of Women’s Clubs of Connecticut offers $2,000 and $1,000 Memorial scholarships to Connecticut women enrolled.

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Social Services The focus of the Social Services Department is to coordinate existing federal, state, regional and local services, to increase community awareness of these services and to develop new programs to meet the needs of Granby residents. For more information about any of the following programs, contact Director KerryAnn Kielbasa at 860-844-5351. Office hours are weekdays, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fuel Assistance: Applications for to any family or individual who may the CT Energy Assistance Program need assistance in meeting daily living (CEAP) and the CT Heating Assistance expenses, particularly due to loss of Programs (CHAP) will be accepted income or Medicare/Medicaid limitauntil March 15. The CEAP/CHAP help tions. Please contact the Social Services households pay for primary heating office for eligibility screening and regbills. Applicants must provide proof of istration. income for all household members for Cox Communications Senior Citithe four weeks prior to the application zen Discount Programs: 15 percent date, proof of all assets, social security discount on Cox Limited Basic Service numbers for all family members and is offered to qualified seniors. Discounts proof of rental or mortgage expenses. on telephone service may also be availPlease call the office for further inable through the Lifeline Program. formation or an appointment. Income Households must be eligible for a screening is available by telephone. state-administered program including: Appointments are required to complete Homeowners or Renters Tax Relief Prothe application process. gram, CT Energy Assistance Program, Granby Emergency Fuel Bank: SNAP or Medicaid. Applications are Please call the office for additional inavailable in the office. formation and for eligibility screening. The Soldiers’, Sailors’ and Marines’ The Granby Emergency Fuel Bank is Fund: Provides limited assistance to funded solely by donations and gifts veterans who are residents of Confrom the community. If you wish to necticut, spouses living with the veteran donate, please make the check payable at the time of the veteran’s death, and to the Town of Granby Local Assistance dependent children under age 18. For Fund with a notation that it is intended more information on program eligibility for the Fuel Bank. and benefits, contact the office. Winter Protection Program: ParElderly and Disabled Homeowners’ ticipants in this program will be coded Property Tax Relief: Applications by the utility company and will not will be accepted in the Assessor’s have their utility service shut-off beOffice from Feb. 15 through May 15. tween Nov. 1 and April 15. Households Maximum income guidelines for the wishing to apply for Winter Protection state program are: Married Couple must meet income guidelines and must – $41,600; Single – $34,100. Additional provide proof of hardship to the utility local benefits may be available. Contact company. the Assessor’s Office at 860-844-5311 Granby Food Bank: This community service is offered by the VNA for information.

Baby, It’s Cold Outside GECC offers winter playgroup

By Sheri Litchfield If you and your little one are looking for a warm place to have fun this winter, join us for Kids Play, You Stay playgroup. Every Wednesday morning from 9:30-11 a.m., parents, grandparents, and other caregivers come to the big red barn at the Holcomb Farm for fun and learning opportunities. The Granby Early Childhood Council, together with the Granby Youth Services, offer 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 ex-

plore a variety of fun activities. 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. We 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! For information please visit our website: or follow us on Facebook for more up-to-date information or weather related closings.


High school soccer alumni play in new stadium By Gary Kulik The new athletic stadium at Granby Memorial High School was a hit for all sports over the course of the fall season, but perhaps the final litmus test was the Booster Club hosting the first-ever alumni soccer games during the Thanksgiving holiday. Now dubbed as Maroon Friday alumni soccer matches, this year’s games drew nearly 60 alumni and seniors. According to the Athletic Booster Club, the plan is to host the alumni games the Friday after Thanksgiving as an annual gathering. The lady alumni and seniors took the field at 4 p.m., and the men at 6 p.m. Dave Emery, head coach of the high school boys’ soccer team, said the alumni were thrilled to have an opportunity

to play in the new lighted stadium and the result was two high-scoring, wellplayed matches. “What a joy to see that many alumni return to play! For former coaches, players and their families, it was a pleasure to catch up with each other and renew the bonds of friendship.” According to Tess Bussman (‘10), “The best part was getting to play on the new turf fields, under the lights. It was reminiscent of the night games we had a few years back. It was also great to connect with old teammates, which came naturally.” The match was refereed by Steve Dowling and Shaun Bendig, two long-time ambassadors of Granby soccer, who provided both objective judgment and colorful commentary during the matches.

Granby High School Alumni gathered for soccer matches during Thanksgiving Holiday. Photos by Tess Bussman

GECC continues Books For Babies Program By Sheri Litchfield 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 also included the gift of a wonderful board book that your 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: All information is confidential and is used only by the GECC to contact the family with congratulations, and to welcome the new baby with our gift.




Granby’s exchange program teaches a new love of French culture By Jaimee Kidd Learning about a foreign culture can be done in a classroom environment to a point. Pictures and reading can paint images of festivals, ceremonies, and unfamiliar people. Still, there is no better way to learn about a culture than using the world as the classroom. As many of you have come to realize, Granby is a small cow town far from being a vacation spot. Each day is nothing special with a close to identical routine. However, excitement heats up every other year when Granby Memorial High School welcomes a group of aspiring students from Digne, France into the school and towns community through a French exchange program. This program has existed for many years as a collaboration between GMHS, Simsbury High, and le Lycée Alexandra David Néel. This year especially, the program was used to its full potential as the students of Granby taught not only their guests, but themselves, the ways of the culture. On October 26, 2013, 13 students took this challenge as they bid au revoir to their families for 15 days. Shy and skittish at first, they greeted their host families with open minds and dove head first into the American culture. For four of the days, the exchange students accompanied their hosts to regular classes at the high school. During the other days they took part in day trips to Yale, Hartford, Plymouth Plantation, and an overnight stay in New York City. Still, there were days left over when the host families had to come up with ways to make Granby seem exciting. In the

process, students and families found that it didn’t take pretending to find this excitement, it was already there. Families showed off activities that were otherwise taken for granted—Friday night football games, Halloween costumes, pumpkin picking and carving, hay rides, and bowling—and fell in love again with the New England area. Not only were the activities appealing to the French exchange students, but the food was, too. After being asked what her favorite food was so far in the United States, Isabelle, Cassia Shoaf’s exchange student, replied proudly, “le hamburger!” It’s activities like these that are usually taken for granted; foods like these that are usually thrown to the side as “typical.” After all, when’s the last time you had a real American hamburger and savored every bite without any guilt whatsoever? Through this experience the students at Granby realized how important these pieces are to their culture. Paige Holden, a junior at GMHS recalls the most long lasting impression from the experience of hosting her exchange student Julie, “She is like my sister now and I have learned so much from her. Even though we live thousands of miles apart in different countries with different cultures, we can still connect on so many different levels.” Students wouldn’t rate this a good experience, they tell you it was a great one! Friendships were made; the love of the American culture was taught—and rekindled. In the wise words of Madame Godard, a French teacher at GMHS, “Maybe we learned more from them than they did from us.”

The students who participated in the French Exchange Program bid farewell to their new friends. Photo by Tina Bates

Granby students who hosted French students were: Casey Stickel, Amanda Rackliff, Grace Stingle, Chloe Shoaf, Owen White, Claire Hutchinson, Matt

Selander, Morgan Papile, Danielle Sturgeon, Sam Bates, Kevin Bates, Paige Holden, Kassi Melkey and Thomas Edwards.

Granby girls have a good start to basketball season

The Granby Girls 5th and 6th Grade “B” Team beat Glastonbury’s “A” team 33-25 Dec. 21 in Glastonbury. The team is very athletic as most girls play two or even three sports. Pictured is center Mckenzie Pederson winning the tip off. Looking on(l.-r.) are guards Mary Prestagaard and Ashlyn Dixon and forwards Lexi Nichols and Abby Kidd. Mckenzie led all scoring with 13 points followed by Nichols (10), Presagaard (6) and Dixon (4). Not pictured are Ashlyn Claprood, Nina DeGagni, Hannah Crownin, Anna Wix, Lizzy Strapp and Abby Cotsonas. Photo by Jeff Dixon

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Suffield Players produce comedy The Suffield Players Winter Production, A Year in the Death of Eddie Jester, will be presented at Mapleton Hall, 1305 Mapleton Avenue in Suffield on Feb. 6, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21 and 22 at 8 p.m. and Feb. 16 at 2 p.m. A hilarious and touching contemporary comedy for adults, the production features the talents of Karen Balaska,

Tim Glynn, Zach Gray, Shaun O’Keefe, Nicole Murray, Jessica Burkovage, Daniel Viets and Amanda Marschall. Ticket prices are $17 ($12 opening night). Discounts are available for groups, seniors and students, as well as for season subscribers. For reservations, call 800-289-6148 or 860-668-0837 or visit

Noble & Cooley Museum News Many thanks to everyone who donated to local nonprofits as part of Valley Gives Day. The event was an incredible success and raised over $2,012,000 in just 24 hours for participating nonprofits in Western Mass. Noble & Cooley Center for Historic Preservation (NCCHP) placed an amazing 23rd out of 161 nonprofits competing in the Most Unique Donors category and ranked 31st out of 161 (another great showing) with $4,666 collected in the Total Donations category. In addition, 10 new members joined NCCHP during the Day of Giving event. Thank you all for your continued support and belief in the museum and our mission, Keeping the Drumbeat of History. Mark your calendars—the 6th annual Ice Harvest at the shop pond will be held on Saturday, Feb. 1 from 12 to 3 p.m. Dennis Picard, director of Storrowton Village Museum, will organize the harvest and invite visitors to join him on the ice to use the ice saw and experience life before the days of refrigeration. A video on ice harvesting in New England will also be shown continuously in the NCCHP Museum. The museum will be open for tours that focus on Yankee


Ingenuity from the 1850s to current day. We hope to bring people together to rekindle the community spirit of the farm communities and industrial villages that were common in most of New England. NCCHP invites everyone with an interest in living history to join us at the museum. There is no charge for the event or for refreshments but donations will be gratefully accepted. For last minute information on ice conditions and the status of the harvest visit or call 413-357-6321 on Jan. 31. The NCCHP museum at the Drum Shop is located at 42 Water Street in Granville, Mass. and is open during winter months for tours by groups of 10 or more by appointment (call 413-3576321). Museum admission is free for NCCHP members; $5 for adults and $3 for children for non-members. The Gift Shop is open weekdays year round from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. as well as whenever the museum is open for tours, and features hand crafted items made by local artists, potters, woodcrafters, quilters, authors and more.

The New England Air Museum will hold Open Cockpit Day on Sunday, Feb. 16. Visitors will be permitted to climb into the cockpits of up to 12 vintage airplanes including two supersonic jet fighters, the Vietnam-era Huey helicopter, the WWII P-47 Thunderbolt, the Vintage DC-3 airliner, and more. Also on Feb. 16, renowned aviation archaeologist Ric Gillespie will make two presentations titled The Search for Amelia Earhart. Earhart went missing over the Pacific Ocean in 1937 while attempting a round-the-world flight in her Lockheed 10-A Electra aircraft. Since 1988 Gillespie has been attempting to solve the mystery of her disappearance. After 25 years and 10 research expeditions, he has concluded that Earhart probably went down over Gardner Island (now Nikumaroro), an uninhabited

atoll 350 miles away from her intended destination of Howland Island. In his talk, Gillespie will point out features on the Air Museum’s Lockheed Electra 10-A aircraft that has been extremely valuable to him in his research. Gillespie has been featured in numerous television documentaries including 2012 and 2013 specials on the Discovery Channel. The Open Cockpit program runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with the Museum and gift shop staying open until 5 p.m. Sneakers or rubber-soled shoes are recommended. 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 or call 860-623-3305.

Diabetes Support Group The Diabetes Support Group will meet at the Simsbury Senior Center, located in Eno Memorial Hall at 754 Hopmeadow Street, on Thursday, Feb.

6 from 9 to 10 a.m. Pre-registration is required for this free program. Please contact Kathy Marschall at 860-6583273 for more information.

Irish Publick House to open in Simsbury McLadden Restaurant Group will open a fourth McLadden’s Irish Publick House, in Simsbury. This is the second location in Connecticut. The original restaurant began in West Hartford Center in 2009. The group also has restaurants in Hampden and Northampton, Mass. The group brings its unique brand of casual dining, craft beer experience and pub atmosphere to the Farmington Valley. Renovations and infrastructure improvements have begun at the former Iron Frog Tavern location on Wilcox Street in downtown Simsbury. An expected opening date in February has been announced. Michael Ladden, president of McLadden Restaurant Group grew up in

Granby and was a long time resident of the Farmington Valley. “Simsbury provides us with an exciting opportunity to take our growing organization to the next level,” stated Ladden. McLadden’s Irish Publick House in Simsbury will feature a combination of traditional Irish dishes, casual American comfort food and many of the signature dishes and entrees that have become staples for the group in its other three locations. The Perfect Pour Tap System, which the pub builds its proprietary beer delivery system around, is currently being custom designed and fabricated. Guests can expect a stunning selection of draught and bottle beers as well as single malt Scotch, wine and spirits.

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Camera Club

Granby Camera Club meeting will be Monday, Feb. 3 at 7 p.m. at the Granby Senior Center. Robert Floyd, from the Robert Floyd Gallery and Learning Center in South Hampton, Mass. will present a program about Photographic Exhibits. Look for The Granby Camera Club Photographic Exhibit at Lost Acres Vineyard this spring.

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This spring The Friends of Cossitt Library will hold a mini-fund raiser selling gardening books and will begin collecting donations immediately. The sale will coincide with a gardening program. Watch for announcements in March. The Friends also accept cookbooks throughout the year for their annual November cookbook sale. Your donations are appreciated. Cossitt hours: Tuesday and Thursday, 10 a.m. – noon and 3 – 8 p.m., Saturday, noon – 5 p.m., or call 860-653-3887 for pickup.

FV-VNA Programs

Blood Pressure Screenings Tuesday, Feb. 4, 9–10:30 a.m. at the Farmington Valley YMCA; Thursdays, Feb. 6, 13, 17, 20 and 27, 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m. at the Senior/Youth Center. In East Hartland: Tuesday, Feb. 4, 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. and Monday, Feb. 17, at the Town Hall. Flu Shots The Farmington Valley VNA continues to offer flu shots to persons 9 years of age and older. Appointments can be made by calling our Granby office at 860-653-5514.

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The Women’s Breakfast will be held at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 5 at the Senior/Youth Center. Susan Stoltz from the Hillstead Museum will talk about the intriguing life of Theodate Pope Riddle. Cost is $3; call Corinne Dickerson at 860-653-9891 to reserve your spot.

MS Support Group

The Granby MS Support Group meets at the Salmon Brook Apartments located at 287 Salmon Brook Street at 1 p.m. on the second and fourth Monday of each month. For more information, please contact Jane at 860-653-2436.

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Sound of New England quartets delivering Singing Valentines on February 14 This Valentine’s Day, let the Sound of New England Chorus deliver your heartfelt message with a song. On Friday, February 14, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sound of New England Chorus, an award-winning chapter of Sweet Adelines International, will send quartets on the road throughout Greater Hartford and surrounding towns to deliver “singing valentines”—a cappella musical messages of love and friendship. They will travel to offices, private residences (9 a.m.–6 p.m. only), schools, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, restaurants and hospitals, singing to spouses, parents, friends, children, even bosses.

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Tuesday and Thursday: 10 a.m. to noon; 3 to 8 p.m. Saturday: Noon to 5 p.m. Holiday Closings The libraries will be closed Monday, Feb. 17 for President’s Day. 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.

Adults and Teens

The CT Forum comes to the Granby Senior Center on Sunday, Feb. 2 at 2 p.m. (snow date is Feb. 23). Forum representatives will show exclusive Forum clips, discuss upcoming Forums; also share your thoughts on which experts and celebrities should come to the Forum next season. Teens are encouraged to attend this program. One lucky attendee will win two tickets to an upcoming Forum to see an event live at The Bushnell Theater. Pre-registration is required. Something about the Author meets on Monday, Feb. 3 at 1:30 p.m. to discuss the writings of Sara Paretsky, one of the seminal female writers of contemporary detective fiction. Copies of Paretsky’s works may be borrowed prior to the discussion. The Evening Writer’s Group continues to meet on Tuesday, Feb. 4 and 18 at 6 p.m. at Cossitt Library. This group welcomes novice as well as experienced writers. Please pre-register as space is limited. 12 Tips for Successful Nature and Wildlife Photography will be presented by Gary Melnysyn on Wednesday, Feb. 5 at 6:30 p.m. A certified Master Naturalist, Master Wildlife Conservationist

and National Park Service Ranger, Melnysyn is a self-taught photographer. His travels have taken him from the far reaches of Alaska, across the Canadian tundra, through the wilderness of Montana and Wyoming, south to the Sea of Cortez and into the deep woods of Maine. Registration is required for this program; light refreshments will be served. Art in the Afternoon, a series of howto-paint films from England, continues on Sunday, Feb. 16, at 2 p.m. David Curtis, ROI, RSMA, demonstrates three watercolor plein air paintings in Light Effects in Watercolor in his native Yorkshire region. The Crafter’s Café returns on Wednesday, Feb. 19 at 6:30 p.m. with the CT River Valley Chapter of the Embroiderer’s Guild that will present Learn to Cross-Stitch. All supplies are provided so pre-registration is required to ensure enough supplies. Teens are welcome; light refreshments will be served. The Sci-Fi Book Group meets on Wednesday, Feb. 26 at 7 p.m. to discuss City of Bones by Cassandra Claire. Copies of the books are available beforehand; teens are encouraged to join this group. Sundays in March programs continue with: Stowe and Twain: Effecting Social Change on March 9 with the Mark Twain Museum and the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center; the CT Women’s Hall of Fame presentation on 300 Remarkable CT Women on March 23; and the CT Historical Society’s From Hula Hoops to High Fashion: G. Fox in the 1950s on March 30. Programs begin at 2 p.m. Special Services: Did you know that the Libraries offer ereaders (Nooks and Kindles) for you to borrow and test drive? Each ereader is fully loaded with 24 fiction and non-fiction titles. Interested? Call the Main Desk at 860844-5275 to reserve an ereader; a quick 10-minute demonstration on how to use the device is all you need and you’re good to go! Computer and Tech Tutoring: Curi-

ous about the iPad? Want to learn more about an ereader or how to download ebooks from OverDrive? Our computer tutor is available on Thursdays, 3–5 p.m., for one-on-one instruction; other times can be arranged with the tutor if needed. Call the Main Desk or stop by and sign up for a session—it’s free!


Call 860-844-5284 for more information or to register. Story Times Wee Ones: Offered twice on Mondays: Feb. 3, 10 and March 3, 10, 17 at 10:30 a.m. and again at 11 a.m.; also offered on Thursdays: Feb. 6, 13 and March 6, 13, 20, 27 at 11 a.m. Join Sheri Litchfield 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 with a caregiver. Advance registration suggested; drop-ins welcome if space permits. Preschool: Tuesdays: Feb. 4, 11 and March 4, 11, 18, 25 at 10:30 a.m. Children aged 3–5 with a caregiver enjoy stories, songs, finger plays and a craft with Miss Joan. Advance registration suggested; drop-ins welcome if space permits. Special Programs Bring Your Teddy to the Library Day: Saturday, Feb. 1 at 10:30 a.m. Bring your teddy or other favorite doll to the library as we celebrate national

Bring Your Child to the Library Day” We’ll have a special story time to mark this special day. Please register in advance as space is limited. Ages 3 and up with caregiver. Craft Weeks: Sunday to Saturday, Feb. 2–8 and March 2–8. Drop in anytime during the week and create a craft project. We supply all materials. Toddler Play Group: Monday, Feb. 24 and Thursdays: Feb. 20 and 27 at 11 a.m. Toddlers age 12–24 months and a caregiver are invited to come and play for a while. We will put out toys for unstructured fun and socialization. No registration necessary. We Love Legos! Tuesdays, Feb. 4, 18 and March 4, 18 at 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. Crafternoon: Thursday, Feb. 13 at 4 p.m. Make a Valentine craft! All materials provided. Registration required. Ages 6 and up. Crafternoon: Thursday, March 13 at 4 p.m. All materials provided. Registration required. Ages 6 and up. Children’s Author Janet Lawler: Saturday, March 22 at 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. Register in advance, as this is always a popular program. Best for ages 3 and up.

Local author visited library Former Granby resident Barbara Stacks (l.) and Granby Artist Association member Carole Day show Stacks’ recently published book on childrearing for which Day painted the cover picture. A standing-roomonly crowd filled the program room in the library on Jan. 9 to hear the author’s talk and get books signed. Photo by Shirley Murtha




Good Company Theater presents Nunsense The Little Sisters of Hoboken need your help! Sister Julia, Child of God, accidentally poisoned 52 of the sisters with a batch of tainted vichyssoise. While all of the souls have surely gone to heaven, an unfortunate few bodies remain in the freezer awaiting a proper burial. To raise money, five of the surviving 19 Sisters will put on a variety show, complete

Winter Waiting As I walk on the frozen ground, my heart longs for springtime flowers. I know that they, too, like me, wait for the sun’s rays to warm them. The birds flock ‘round me as I scatter the seeds. The chickadee always seem to thank me for my efforts— companions and friends, I share this winter day with them. Together we wait for the days to lengthen. Minute by minute they do. Are we the only ones that notice this slow, step by step progress? I ask them, “How soon will the back of winter be broken?” “Patience” they seem to tell me. “Be like us, one with Nature. See the Beauty of the winter world that surrounds you. We, and it, are all part of God’s creation.” And, I think I understand. — Bernadette Gentry, 2014

with singing, dancing and more laughs than you can imagine. Proceeds from the ticket sales will help them bury their Sisters, before the New Jersey Board of Health shows up. Good Company Theater is proud to present Nunsense, a hilarious comedy directed by Nikki Currie-Huggard, produced by Coreen Thompson, with Kevin Barlowski as musical director. Nunsense, written by Dan Goggin, originally debuted in 1985, became the secondlongest running off-Broadway show in history, spawned six sequels and three spin-offs and has been translated into more than 25 different languages. This production will include spotlight solos, dance routines, a ventriloquist number and even an audience quiz. With plenty of mild adult humor, the show is recommended for audiences ages 13 and up. In an intimate café setting at the South Congregational Church, with 10 performances over three weekends, Good Company hopes you will find time in your schedule to enjoy an evening (or

The cast of “Nunsense” rehearse for their late February show. Photo by Susan Accetura

matinee) of entertainment and pure fun. (Or perhaps several performances–it is quite ‘habit-forming’!) Tickets are $20 in advance or $22 at the door, and will include light refreshments.

Tickets are available at Granby Pharmacy or online at www.goodcompanytheaterct. org. Shows: Feb. 28, March 1, 2, 7, 8, 9, 13, 14, 15, 16. Evenings at 7:30 p.m, except Sundays at 2 p.m.

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Even though it’s winter, there is still plenty going on in Granby Agriculture! Visit these farms and others at www. to learn more about them, find out what they produce, and arrange a visit. Maple View Horse Farm, Salmon Brook Street This winter has come on strong and we’ve been working hard to make sure all of our animals are safe and sound. This includes providing lots of extra bedding in our pig houses, heating water for all animals and just plain-old laying eyes on each animal every day. Everyone is happy and healthy even if they are feeling a bit pent-up (but aren’t we all this time of year). We’ll be having Barn Fun on Feb. 8, from 2 to 4 p.m. Register on our website. Hemlock Knoll, Loomis Street As I write this article the outside temperature is nine degrees! Our animals (cows, pigs and goats) are doing well so far in this frigid cold. The cows are in pasture 24 hours a day and they have a lean-to shelter plus some woods to go into to escape the weather. The goats are toasty in the barn with straw and hay for bedding. The pigs have a shelter outside that Andy and Albert winterized


for them just before the big snow and temperature drop. Most mornings when Andy goes out for morning chores the pigs are happily snoring away. 4-H members Matt, Laura, David and Brigitte come to help with chores when school work permits no matter what the weather is; these future farmers are gaining a real perspective of what it is like to be a farmer in all weather seasons. Beef, pork and veal products are available. Please contact Aimee at 860-653-6447 or Shinder Family Farm, Case Street Happy 2014! David is anxiously waiting for the ground to freeze and stay that way for a while so he can skid more fallen/broken trees out of our woods. He likes to make sure he leaves minimal traces from his equipment. Our chickens are still laying fast and furious—we now have an egg stand (a fancy white cooler) at the end of our driveway. It’s self-serve and the eggs are only $3/dozen. If you are in the area and are in need of eggs, please feel free to stop by. Until next time, have a great month! Sweet Pea Cheese, East Street The goats have been on vacation since Thanksgiving. Where do they go you ask? They just get to rest while the

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people who milk them also get to rest. Our first babies will be born in January. We invite people to stop by, and they might just be lucky enough to help out a little with drying off babies and holding them. We are also milking 80 cows and have lots of baby calves. So do not be shy, stop and see us! Sepe Farm, Wells Road These frigid nights are so much cozier under a wool blanket! We have several sizes available on our web site, www. The blankets are made from 100 percent Connecticut Grown wool, ours included, and make great gifts for those very special occasions. You can also check out our sheepskins while you’re there. It’s easy to order and pay online, and we’ll ship or deliver right to your door. Winter is a great time for lamb—order your whole or half right from the farm and have it cut to your specifications, no matter if you prefer chops, roasts, stew meat or ground lamb – or some of each. And if you’re new to cooking lamb or just looking to try something different, you can find plenty of delicious recipes on our website as well. Happy cooking! Lost Acres Orchard, Lost Acres Road While the fruit trees are dormant and waiting to be pruned, our Farm Kitchen maintains reduced hours during the winter. We are open Thursday, Friday and

Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 pm and Sundays 12:30 – 5 p.m. If you need anything Monday through Wednesday, please call 860-653-6600, we are often around making jams, sewing quilts, pruning trees and working on other off-season’ projects. Our winter menu includes a variety of soups, breads, quiche, chicken pot pies, frozen cinnamon buns, cookies and more…plenty of warm comfort food! We do bake in much smaller batches this time of year, and we recommend that you call ahead to order fresh pies and other specialty items. Everything is packaged for you to take home, since our only available dining tables are located outside on the porch. We look forward to beginning another outdoor dining season in May. For more frequent updates on what’s cooking, please visit us on Facebook. O’Brien Nurserymen, Wells Road Finally a real winter! This winter will test a number of our marginal plants that have been having it easy the last few winters. Here at the nursery we are busy preparing order forms from the nurseries that supply us with the great assortment of extraordinary plants we offer to our customers. As we enjoy the January thaw, we look to the winter jasmine that is planted next to the basement door as it should start blooming any day now.

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Congratulations to the Granby Rovers U11 Boys team. With a regular season record of 10-0-0, they won the U11 Red Division of the CT Junior Soccer Association’s Central and North Central League. The team is coached by Jennifer Plourde, Peter Dowd, Shawn Kelly, Rick Orluk, and John Pagliaro. Pictured are, back row (l – r): Coach Plourde, Coach Dowd and Coach Orluk, Back Row: l to r: Cole Dube, Elliot Plourde, Zach Orluk, Colby Milbrandt, Jack Degray, Aidan Goodrow, Zach Brewer; middle row: Grady Kelly, Mark McWhirter, Sean Dowd, Ethan Henebry, Jack Marlor, Will Pagliaro; front row: Aiden Kaczka, Will Caley, Chas Orluk (mascot), Dylan Totten, Jonathan Platti. Not pictured are Coach Kelly and Coach Pagliaro. Photo by Doreen McWhirter

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It was more than a coat of paint for this B&B By Wayne Cahoon

The Truman Gillet House B&B on North Granby Road. Photo by Wayne Cahoon

The project started on a beautiful summer day with the sun shining through the canopy of maple trees that are tapped in the spring to make maple syrup for our guests. I figured three or four days should be enough to complete getting it ready for painting. I started setting nails, filling them with wood filler and, the next day, sanding the raised areas flush. It was smooth sailing while I was working on the porch enclosure and the 60-year-old addition. As soon as I hit the original house, things came to a screeching halt. After removing the first damaged clapboard, I realized that there was no insulation in the wall. Contractor time! Blown-in fiberglass insulation was something I didn’t want to do myself. I arranged for a contractor to start in two weeks. I mentioned to him that I was concerned about the noise if a B&B guest wanted to sleep in that morning. I would call if that would be an issue. When he didn’t arrive on the appointed morning I called to find out what happened, and was told that I “hadn’t called” so they were on another job. The next opening

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While many houses are painted each year with little fanfare, old houses are a different story! That was the case with the Truman Gillet House B&B. Truman Gillet, who was a cooper, built the house in 1805. He made wooden barrels for the transport of goods from local apple orchards, and shoe, toothpick and peg factories in Pegville, a village in the area of the Granby Volunteer Ambulance at 1 Pegville Road. We bought the house seven years ago and converted it into a B&B. It needed painting. Because of my work schedule, we decided to hire a professional painter. Quotes ranged from reasonable to outrageous with a few in between. Eventually, my buddy Lee offered to paint the house for a reasonable price if I did all the prep work. We visually inspected the house to see what was required. A couple of clapboards needed replacement, and a lot of nails needed to be set because they were backing out of the siding. A nail is “set” using a tool called a nail set to drive it deeper than the surrounding surface. How hard could that be? There were three additions to the original house. The first was our dining room that was originally used as the kitchen. The second addition, some 60-plus years ago, included the current kitchen, laundry/pantry room and a porch. Fred Wilhelm worked for the contractor doing the carpentry work, and he gave me detailed descriptions of the work he did on the house. Somewhere around that time the homeowner added an indoor bathroom to the house. Twenty-five years ago, the second half of the master suite was added including a large bathroom with a whirlpool tub. Also, during this time period the porch was enclosed to make a three-season room with an antique gas stove as its focal point.

gets in the nail hole and dry rots the surrounding area. Finding this out brought a new dimension to the project. I had to replace almost half of the clapboards on the three remaining walls of the original house. With portions of the exterior walls exposed, I could see the small pockets of missed insulation. By fall, the maple leaves were turning red, yellow and orange against the green color of the house. Lee was patient with me getting the project completed—he would paint whatever I had finished. Even for the boards that were in good condition I had to replace every one of the old square cut nails to make for a lasting job. The old house was built from 6x8, 4x6, and true 2x4 hand-hewn chestnut lumber held together with pegs. Chestnut is a hard wood. A 209-year-old house made from chestnut is nearly impossible to nail into. After experimenting with a bunch of nails and bending them all, I ultimately used spiral oak flooring nails. That chestnut was still too hard, so I pre-drilled each hole using a counter sink attachment. Each nail was hammered flush with the clapboard, the nail set below flush, each hole filled and sanded, and then the sides and underside of the clapboards caulked. Hundreds of feet of clapboard siding, three large boxes of nails, six containers of wood filler and 23 tubes of caulking later and the house was ready for painting! Lee did a spectacular hand-brushed paint job that was completed just before the season’s first snowstorm. Great job Lee, I couldn’t have done it without you. Truman Gillet House B&B is located at 151 North Granby Road. Visit their website at

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Salmon Brook Veterinary Hospital collects 5,000 pounds of pet food for Connecticut By Paul Bisberg A community pet-food drive organized by Salmon Brook Veterinary Hospital on December 21 collected 5,000 pounds of dry food, more than 700 cans of cat and dog food and more than $600 in cash donations. This was an “amazing effort that will help so many people in need,” according to the Connecticut Humane Society, which will distribute the collected food. “The community’s support was incredible; the generosity and holiday spirit was so touching and the results far exceeded our expectations,” said Dr. Anna Wolfe, one of the veterinarians at Granby’s Salmon Brook Veterinary Hospital and the organizer of the drive. The collection benefited the Connecticut Humane Society’s Pet Food Pantry, which provides no-cost pet food to more than 200 families in need throughout Greater Hartford each month. Since this was the first time the hospital had organized a pet-food collection, “we were a little unsure of how much to

expect,” Wolfe said. “But we are so grateful for the turnout and for how much the community helped us make a difference for so many families in need.” The veterinary hospital and community “totally knocked it out of the ballpark,” Alicia Wright, public relations director for the Connecticut Humane Society, said about the collection results. “On behalf of the Connecticut Humane Society, an absolutely heartfelt thank you to Salmon Brook Veterinary Hospital, the staff and the community. “It takes a community working together to make this sort of impact,” Wright said. She noted that the average food drive to benefit the pantry raises less than 500 pounds. This donation will allow the program to accept more families as well as use the monetary donations to replenish its stockpile, she said. In addition to organizing the event, Salmon Brook Veterinary Hospital also matched the individual contributions, accounting for 2,000 pounds of the donation. The collection was also generously

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Choosing the right pet food Remember when buying dog food was about making three choices: canned (Alpo), kibble (Gravy Train), or soft moist (Gaines Burgers). Or you could try a mix (Kibbles ‘n Bits). Cat food was a simple dry or some sort of fishy canned food. Today, there are literally thousands of choices. Whole websites are devoted to trying to sort out the pros and cons of all the various diets. It’s not just dry and canned either. There are decisions to be made on each ingredient and whether they should be cooked, raw, or have preservatives. New pet owners are overwhelmed by the complexity of the diet decision especially if they are listening to the strong opinions of the breeders and pet store clerks. Sometimes the pet owner

asks the veterinarian the big question: “what should I feed my pet.” Vets mostly do not have a specific answer to this question. As scientists we are trained to recommend different diets for different life stages, conditions, or medical problems. There are many choices for each pet owner and pet. Which food to choose could depend on such things as breed of the pet, age, and medical history. It also could be influenced by practical needs such as cost of diet and where the owner would like to shop. The pet owner should discuss these issues and seek advice from their veterinarian. Veterinarians are trained in “feeds and feeding” by board certified veterinary nutritionists who recommend foods that

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intends to make the pet-food drive an annual event, Wolfe said. “We have a long history of serving the Farmington Valley and I think this drive is a great example of our commitment to the community. We look forward to collecting even more next year.”

Dr. Anna Wolfe (center in red jacket), one of the veterinarians at Granby’s Salmon Brook Veterinary Hospital and the organizer of the drive, with some of the volunteers. Submitted photo

have undergone rigorous feeding trials. This being said, it is not necessary to only use veterinary diets. It is fine to buy food from the grocery store. Purina and Iams for example have excellent diets that your pets will thrive on. If, however, your pet has dental disease, bladder issues, or is overweight the veterinary diets are a must to manage these health problems. There are many myths associated with the new pet food movement. These new ideas are treated as fact and not backed up by research. Here are some examples as put forth by one of our veterinary diet manufacturers: 1. Corn is a poorly digested “filler” that causes allergies. Corn is an excellent source of carbohydrates, protein, and essential fatty acids. It is highly digestible and the gluten meal contains many essential amino acids. Corn is not considered an allergen. The most common food allergens in dogs are proven to be beef, dairy products, and wheat, followed by egg, chicken, and soy. Cats are most often allergic to beef, dairy products, and fish. 2. Gluten-free diets are healthier. Only 1-2 percent of people have celiac disease and require a gluten-free diet. Gluten is the concentrated protein from grain after all the starch has been removed. Many people are trying a gluten-free diet themselves to see if they feel better. The thought here is that their pets should also avoid gluten. Gluteninduced gastrointestinal disease is very rare in dogs and has been reported in Irish Setters. Pets with celiac disease react to the proteins (gluten) in wheat, rye, and barley. The truth is that gluten is an excellent source of high-quality protein that enhances texture and helps canned

formulas and kibbles hold their shape. 3. Raw food diets are the most natural and the best diets for dogs and cats. Some pet owners think feeding their pets food that mimics the raw diet of wild animals is most natural. Raw diets may contain bacteria from raw meat and poultry such as salmonella that could be harmful to the pet. Members of the household could also be exposed to harmful bacteria from the preparing and feeding of a raw diet. Raw diets may not be nutritionally balanced or complete. Calcium deficiency is a common problem with these diets. Some raw diets contain bones which can cause problems with the bowels including obstructions or perforations. 4. Grain-free diets are healthier. Pet owners are led to believe that grain-free pet foods are easier to digest and are more nutritious. While it is true that uncooked grains are poorly digested, cooked grains are highly digestible and provide an excellent source of carbohydrates. Grains also contain fiber which helps support gastrointestinal health. Grains are rich in the proteins and fatty acids that help the skin and coat. 5. Byproducts are poor-quality ingredients. It is often suggested that byproducts are low quality ingredients that should not be used in pet foods. A byproduct is any ingredient that is produced or left over when some other ingredient is made. Muscle meat should not be the only source of protein in pet foods. Organ meats such as liver and kidneys are considered byproducts and are excellent sources of protein, vitamins, and minerals. Broths and gelatin are considered meat byproducts that are also highly nutritious.

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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. The Senior Center will be closed on Monday, Feb. 17 for President’s Day. 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.

is limited. $15 for 3-class session. Life through the Eyes of a Cartoonist: Wednesday, Feb. 19 at 12:30 p.m. Matt Ryan gives an inside look at his cartoonist lifestyle and invites us to draw along with him. He will teach working lines and simple shapes, creating the foundation of character design, form, gesture, expression and a couple sneaky “tricks” he’s learned along the way. Discovery: The Path for Lifelong Learning project is brought to you by the Civic Engagement Education Team. Please register by calling 860844-5352. Cost is $5. Bring your brown bag lunch to class (beverage and dessert provided).

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. $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 noon. This is a group for grandparents who are raising children. Loaner Closet: Should you need a wheelchair, walker, cane, tub seat or other durable medical equipment contact 860-844-5352. Donations accepted.

ate) at 9 a.m.; Cardio Combo at 10:15 a.m. Strength and Cardio II at 12:45 p.m. Sunday Class: PEAK at 8 a.m.

Social Hours

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 844-5350 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 Tuesdays at 11 a.m. for six weeks. Turn everyday thoughts into written works. No experience necessary. $50 for 6week session. Mexican Train: Mondays at 9:45 a.m. Artist Group: Wednesdays at 9 a.m. Needleworks: Thursdays at 10 a.m. Creative Beading: Fridays at 9:30 a.m.


Something Special

Valentine Dinner: Wednesday, Feb. 12 at 5 p.m. Not just for sweethearts, bring a friend for a nice meal and fine entertainment by We Go Rhythm. Reserve by Feb. 5 by calling 860-8445350. $6pp. Fraud Prevention Workshop: Thursday, Feb. 13 at 1:30 p.m. Safeguard your money. Cynthia Arthur of Santander Bank will discuss the latest scams targeting your financial health. Real examples of attempts to gain access to customer accounts will be shared. Don’t miss it! No charge. Stuck on Music: Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m. beginning Feb. 4. If you love music, this is the class for you! Randy Stuck, music director, will lead you through different genres of music by exploring sounds, teaching you to read music and sharing little tidbits of music history. Previous experience or talent not required, simply the desire to participate. Class size is limited. $20 for 10-week session. This program funded, in part, by the Granby Education Foundation. eReader Tablet Training Simplified: Tuesdays, Feb. 4, 11 and 18 at 1:30 p.m. If you are confused by your Kindle, Nook, Nexus, Samsung or other tablet or just don’t know what you can do with it, this is the class for you. Basic tablet operation and settings, email, Internet and playing with applications will be covered. Make sure to bring your tablet to class for hands-on training. Class size

Promoting Your Good Health

Dental Care Clinic: Friday, Feb. 7 by appointment. Take care of your oral health. 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 for additional information 860-844-5352. On Grief and Loss: Every other Wednesday beginning Feb. 12 at 2:30 p.m. Through discussion, sharing and creative activities, this group will help you in understanding and coping 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: Every Thursday from 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. in the Community Room. No charge. Foot Care Clinic with Pedi-Care: Friday, Feb. 28 appointments from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. A specially trained nurse

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: Second Wednesday of the month at 1:30 p.m. Come and ask questions about laptops, iPads, SmartPhones or software. No charge. CHOICES Counselor: Second Tuesday of the month by appointment. The CHOICES Counselor will be available to assist with selection or reevaluation of the Medicare Part D prescription drug plan coverage or other health care options. Please call 860-844-5350 for an appointment. No charge.

Staying Physically Fit

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 for assistance with which class best fits your abilities and needs, call 860-844-5350. Monday Classes: Tai Chi (Beginner) at 8:45 a.m.; Smart Moves at 11 a.m.; Strength and Cardio at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday Classes: Basic Training for Men at 8:30 a.m.; Muscle Work for Women at 9:30 a.m.; Chair Yoga at 2:30 p.m.; Yoga and Movement at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday Classes: Advanced Smart Moves at 11 a.m.; Full Body Workout at 4:30 p.m. Thursday Class: Pilates Plus at 4:30 p.m. Friday Classes: Tai Chi (Intermedi-

Senior Van

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.


Connecticut Flower Show: Friday, Feb. 21, departs 9:15 a.m. Enjoy a preview of spring flowers at this indoor, climate controlled setting. $15 for ride plus admission. Taste of the Valley: Monday, Feb. 24 at 12 p.m. Reservations at Skyline in Windsor Locks. $3 for the ride, lunch expense is yours.


$3 fee for each out-of-town shopping trip Enfield Mall on Friday, Feb. 7 at 9:30 a.m. Ocean State/Big Y on Thursday, Feb. 13 at 10 a.m. WalMart/Target on Wednesday, Feb. 19 at 9:30 a.m. Manchester Shopping on Friday, Feb. 28 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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vocabulary and conversation skills will be integrated with an exploration of the major cultural traditions from France and French Canadian cultures. Classes will include vocabulary development, conversation skills, pronunciation and a variety of fun cultural explorations. Students do not need any prior foreign language experience to take part in this program. Tuesdays, Jan. 28 to April 22, 3:15 – 4:05 p.m. at Kelly Lane School. $155pp. ARC Babysitting Course: 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. Valentine’s Day Cookie Decorating Class: Sunday, Feb. 9, 1:30 – 3 p.m. Learn how to beautifully decorate Valentine's Day-themed cookies with your family and friends. Decorating instruction, cookies, icing and decorating candies/sprinkles will be provided. All participants will take home their drying cookies in a bakery box. Salmon Brook Park Rec Building. $27pp.

earlier.) Indoor Field Hockey Clinics, grades 5 – 8: Mondays, Feb. 10 to March 17 at Wells Road School. Basics of passing, receiving, stick skills, shooting, defensive concepts and game strategy will be covered and games will be played to utilize these skills. 30 minutes of instruction followed by game play. Instructor will be Sandy Wickman Mason, current GMHS varsity coach. Limit 14 players for grades 5–6 and 16 players for grades 7–8. Grades 5–6, 6 – 7 p.m. $100pp. Grades 7–8, 7:15 – 8:30 p.m. $125pp. Indoor Field Hockey League, grades 9 – 12: Tuesdays, Feb. 25 to March 18, 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. at GMHS. Four teams will be created to play 6v6. Modified Indoor rules are played. Each night there will be four 25-minute games, each team is guaranteed 2 games; maximum 10 players on each team. $50pp. Kangaroo Clinic, Field Hockey Skills Camp, grades 9 – 12: Highly skilled and experienced coaches provide a tailored program to meet the needs of both teams and individual players after consultation with team coaches regarding the special needs of the teams involved. There will be individual skills sessions as well as group skills, set play development and strategy sessions to involve as many skills as possible each day. Goalkeepers will receive specialized one-on-one instruction on skills and techniques necessary to play this vital position, as well as involvement in small games situations to develop these skills. Camp tuition includes a Kangaroo Clinic t-shirt as well as a certificate of attainment. Aug. 11 to 14, 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. at GMHS. $255pp. Total Play Multi Sports Camp, ages 5 – 12: Experience over 15 different sports from all around the world. All activities will take place in an atmosphere that promotes good sportsmanship, teamwork and, most of all, fun. Participants will receive technical instruction in each sport and then experience the sport in a realistic game situation as well as participating in the exciting USSI World Cup Competition. All participants will receive a t-shirt and certificate. Both full and half-day sessions available. Visit the web site for dates and times.

Power Yoga, age 13 and up: Tuesdays, Jan. 14 to Feb. 25, 8:15 – 9:15 a.m. at Holcomb Farm Workshop. Jump-start your day with this energizing and dynamic one-hour class. Develop core strength and stamina, improve balance and inner stillness, build lean, strong muscles and improve flexibility in joints and connective tissues. Focus your awareness on harmonious body alignment, integrity of postures, and deepen into poses with the guidance of your breath. Instructor is Mary Ellen Mullins. $65pp. YogaChi with Mary Ellen, age 13 and up: Tuesdays, Jan. 14 to Feb. 25, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. at Holcomb farm Workshop. YogaChi is a fusion of Yoga, Chi-Gong and Pilates. This class is a great way to stretch, strengthen and relax while creating balance in the body, mind and spirit. $65pp. Tai Chi and Qi Gong, age 18 and up: Mondays, March 3 to April 28, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. at Salmon Brook Park Rec Building. Taijiquan (Tai Chi) is an ancient Chinese martial art consisting of fluid, circular movements, relaxed and slow in tempo. It strengthens and mobilizes all joints and muscles, improving physical fitness and promoting mental relaxation. Qi Gong is the study of Qi (energy). The exercises help calm the mind, regulate the breath, and relax the physical body. Students will be introduced to the basics (body alignment, footwork, hand positions) of Yang-style Tai Chi as well as several movements from the Simplified 24-Form. In addition, participants will be taught an easy-to-learn series of Qi Gong exercises to increase flexibility and stimulate energy circulation. Participants should wear loose-fitting clothing, flat-bottomed sneakers, and be able to stand and move unassisted for at least one hour. $75pp. Adult Drop In Basketball, age 18 and up: Mondays from 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. at GMHS Community Gym. The cost (resident and non-resident) is $3 per person per drop in. Participants must sign a liability waiver before taking part. When school is closed or dismissed early there is no basketball. Schedule: Feb. 3, 10, 24, March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31.



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.


Granby Day at Simsbury Farms Ice Rink: Sunday, Feb. 16 is a special afternoon/evening of winter fun sponsored by Granby Parks and Recreation. Join your friends and neighbors for ice skating at Simsbury Farms from 4:45 to 6:45 p.m. The event features free admission for Granby residents and, if needed, skate rentals are free as well. Please bring a non-perishable food donation for the Granby Food Bank. Refreshments including hot chocolate and cookies will be available. The Simsbury Farms Rink is located at 100 Old Farms Road in West Simsbury. Intro to French Language and Culture: For grades 3 to 6. We are pleased to present a fun and dynamic introduction to the French language and culture, taught using a multi-sensory, hands-on approach. An exciting blend of artwork, songs, games, skits and multimedia will lead students to a high level of retention. Students’ learning of practical

Youth Sports

Spring Preseason Conditioning and Fitness Camp: For grades 7–12. Get in better shape for the start of the spring sport season. This non-sport specific camp is fitness based and will incorporate drills to enhance endurance, footwork and agility, full body strength training, core based exercises, balance and flexibility. There will be some long and short distance endurance runs as well as aerobic and pilates classes. Many core strength exercises will be incorporated throughout the work out each day. Two weeks are being offered; sign up for one or both. All levels of fitness are welcome. You will need an exercise mat, water bottle, hand held weights (approx. 5–8 lbs), and good footwear (cross training and/or running shoes). Sessions generally held in the community gym but if weather permits we could also go outside. Terri Ziemnicki is a fitness instructor and personal trainer with over 25 years’ experience. $80pp. March 10 to 14, 2:45 – 4:45 p.m. March 17 to 21, 2:45 – 4:45 p.m. (March 18, class held

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On Saturday, March 1, 2 – 4 p.m. Chris Prosperi, chef at Metro Bis, will hold a cooking class with farm-grown spring vegetables. Admission is free and includes a tour of Holcomb Farm’s greenhouses. There will also be some Holcomb Farm veggies for sale, so you can take them home and try Prosperi’s recipes. To reserve a spot, contact

Available Paid Positions Full-time field crew member: 45 hours/week, Monday–Friday with rotated weekend greenhouse duties. Option to live in the farmhouse. April to November 2014. Farm Store Manager/ CSA distribution staff person: 25 hours/week, May to October 2014. Youth program supervisor: Summer position, 20 hours/week, June to September 2014. Youth Work Skills Program Summer Youth Work Skills Program: 14–18 years old. Don’t wait, apply now for your summer job.

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Adult Activities

Combination Safe Boating / Personal Watercraft Classes: We are pleased to offer this 8-hour Safe Boating / Personal Watercraft Class just in time for the upcoming boating season. Upon completing this course, the participant will have satisfied the DEP's requirements and will be able to apply for a certificate of personal watercraft operation (CPWO). The cost to apply is $50 and is not included in this class fee. A safe boating certificate (SBC) will allow an individual over the age of 10 to operate any recreational vessel registered in Connecticut except a personal watercraft (Jet Ski type vessel), on Connecticut’s waters. A CPWO will allow an individual to operate any recreational vessel including a personal watercraft (Jet Ski type vessel). Any person required to have a SBC or a CPWO must have the certificate on board at all times while operating the vessel. Participants must attend all classes: Feb. 25, Feb. 27, March 4 and March 6, 6:30 – 9 p.m. at new facility in Salmon Brook Park. $20pp.


Bus Trips

Boston Flower Show: Saturday, March 15. Enjoy the day on your own in Boston or visit the New England Flower Show and Quincy Market. The show will feature 25 show gardens, 240 vendors selling plants and garden-related merchandise, free lectures and demonstrations for gardeners at all level of expertise. A lively amateur competition area, produced by the Massachusetts Horticultural Society and the Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts as well as the Professional Florists' Invitational, will feature hundreds of plantings and arrangements by the region's top amateur and professional florists and designers. Those who wish to skip the Flower Show will disembark the bus at Quincy Market in the morning and be picked up again at 6 p.m. for the trip home. Depart Salmon Brook Park at 7 a.m. and depart Boston at 6 p.m. $55pp includes admission to Flower Show, $39pp for bus ride only.



MeadowBrook Happenings On December 3, 2013, 50 local seniors from the Granby and Simsbury Senior Centers kicked off the holiday season at a winter-themed party at MeadowBrook. Attendees had a great time enjoying live music by We Got Rhythm, delicious hot and cold hors d’oeuvres, decadent desserts, and lovely door prizes. Families, residents, and staff gathered for MeadowBrook’s third

annual tree lighting ceremony on December 5. Everyone enjoyed Christmas caroling with the choruses from Kelly Lane and Wells Road Schools as well as the chorus from Granby Memorial High School. The event this year also included a “mitten tree.” New hats, mittens, gloves, and scarves were collected and used as decorations on the mitten tree. All donations were then given to

Granby Social Services to be distributed to local families in need. MeadowBrook of Granby is a skilled nursing and rehabilitation facility located at 350 Salmon Brook Street in Granby. If you would like more information or a tour please contact Admissions at 860-653-9888. MeadowBrook of Granby is managed by Athena Health Care Systems.

IS THERE MORE TO LIFE? If GOD did exist what would you ask? Why do people suffer? What happens when we die?

The Alpha

Course is a place to bring your big questions


6:30 - 8:30 PM

This is a ten week course. Each evening begins with dinner, then there is a brief talk followed by a discussion time.




For more info or to register: visit or call 860-651-0201 Trinity Episcopal Church, 11 Church Street, Tariffville, CT 06081

Mondays • 7:00 PM Starts February 3 Attend first class for free!

Register at Class location: Valley Brook’s New Campus, 160 Granville Road, North Granby





First quarter Granby Memorial High School honor roll Grade 9 High Honors Rachel Abrahamson Kaitlyn Amuso Emily Brewer Harrison Canning Jiawen Cheng Madison Clark Emily Cronin Olivia DeGray Bethany Favolise Sarah Fede Gage Fiorentino Bryce Gauvin Owen Harter Jacob Hauser Matthew Heller Grant Kimble Andrew Main Abigail McMillan Kelly-Anne Moffa Julia Moody Emily Munsell Anthony Newman Jacob Nichols Lucille Papile Julianna Pestretto Abigail Phillips Morgan Pierce Emma Sheahan Anna Skaret Trevor Smith Sonya Srinath Cailin Tennis Kayla Thibault Kathryn Wheeler Blake Wickham Abigail Wilson Anna Wilson William Zawilinski Grade 9 Honors Mary Allag Jon Antkowiak Kasey Antonucci Jessica Askew Michael AtkinsonWoodward Guy Badeau Ashley Bailey Samantha Barnard

Lindsey Barrow Matthew Bellmund Nathan Betsch David Bignelli Arielle Bocanegra Joseph Bourbeau Isaac Brown Lindsay Browning Christian Caruso Jonah Cosby Noah Cox Bailey D’Aleo Brigitte DeGagne Amaya DeSousa Elizabeth Dewey Tyler Disabella Aidan Donnelly Christopher Edwards Zachary Flanagan Benjamin Florian Alexandra Fredo Patrick Gaughan Meagan Goodridge Joseph Hacia Jack Hastey William Hauser Shadae Hayle Samuel Hokansson Adam Holden Timothy Hull Nathan Jennings Shannon Jennings Michael Kniffin Charles Large Elise Lindgren Olivia McDougall Alden Mezger Noah Miller Gabriel Mongeau Benjamin Moskey Gage Mullaney Nicholas Olihan Zachary Parker Noah Pockoski Victoria Rafoss Thomas Raskauskas Maja Rzecinski Brendan Sayers Amanda Scoville Abigail Shtekler Chase Skrubis Lindsey Smith

Deseray Sosa Michael Spence Samantha Stahl Erin Stoetzner Benjamin Swisher Carolyn Thompson Christopher Van Heel Caylin Viets Daniel Walter Jordan Weber Shane Young Emilie Yuscavitch Grade 10 High Honors Parker Berberian Lauren Bledsoe Eric Boland Hanna Cormier Emily Cote Alexander Domanico Rachel Domanico Rachel Feldstein Elizabeth Fetzner Connor Field Jonah Garcia Alyssa Grimaldi Alexander Groneman Cooper Hernsdorf Taryn Hesketh Spencer Howes Simone Huot Claire Hutchinson Andrew Jennings Emily Kaiser Bethany Kanter Celine Latona Chad Lillestolen Shae Martel Quincy McGee Sydney Menard Frederick Moffa Raymond Mooney Victoria Myers Kristen Perry Jessie Ransom Bridget Snyder Ciara Tennis Grade 10 Honors Griffin Barrows

Samantha Bates Kaylee Bayersdorfer Ethan Beloin Angela Cappelli Christopher Coon Tristan Courtemanche Jillian Cowles Molly Cowles Hanna Crose Hannah Davin Hannah DelPrincipe Julia Duffy Cali Ebersole Thomas Edwards Ryan Fairchild Mikayla Fallon Abigail Fluckiger Kyle Forsyth Michael Gantt Charles Gates Kaivon Glover Devon Gomez Sean Griffin Joseph Gron William Groskritz Griffin Hammack Matthew Hawthorne Ben Hebert John Hickey Morgan Hogan Lily Holm Brianna Hoyt Laurelyn Keenan Owen Kibby Caitlin Kopf Andrew Kuczma Samuel Kuhnly Rachael LaFlamme Gabrielle LaTorre Justin Lengvarsky Amy Lenihan Noah Loveless Vincent Lucca Madison Maroney Chad Max Jamie Mazrek Mark McDermott Jared McDonald Andrew Migliaccio Andrew Monckton Chonnipa Nakpontong Ali Narvesen

Rose Nguyen Sean O’Neil Emily Olchowski Dominic Pagano Olivia Papa Heather Payton Alyson Perez Amanda Rackliff Ava Reisel William Rice Abigail Sannizzaro Meghan Sawtelle Nickolai Serebriakov Emily Smith Georgia Snyder Taylor Spica Casey Stickel Jessica Storch Ryan Stupienski Ethan Sweetland Colleen Tobin Nicole Trombley Nicholas Warren Michael Way Sophie Westergren Noah Weymouth Katrina Wheeler Sydney Wichmann Gavin Wilkey Rachel Wojciak Lauren Wutka Jacob Yeakley Jonah Yeakley Zachary Ziemnicki Grade 11 High Honors Ella Ackerman Kevin Bates Alexandra Benson Emily Betterton Olivia deLeon Adam Farber Halley Fede Casey Gajewski Molly Hammack Paige Holden Kaylee Jerman Anna Kleis Thomas Langdon Peter Marzo Joshua Miller Ivy Nguyen Jeremy Ray Chloe Shoaf Grade 11 Honors Carolyn Adams Samy Ahmad Michelle Allen

Amy Bahre Sharon Bellone Megan Bennett Kaylin Boldt Josiah Bourque Joshua Briere Lindsay Brodeur Austin Butler Nicholas Camacho Sarah Carson Jennifer Coppa Faith Cosby Angela D’Agata Ileighana Deraleau Gene Desideraggio Samantha Dunham Emelia Escudero Alysa Ferro Madison Fink Emma Florian Grace Ford Marisa Frederick Brynne Fritjofson Sophie Galarneau Kaitlyn Goodridge Samantha Grillo Ian Hancock Jennifer Healy Miranda Hicks Christopher Holden Andrew Holmes Cali Holt Kristal Huber Casey Hunt Krista Iwanicki Emily Jackson Daniel Jacobs Steffen Janser Olivia Johnson Benjamin Karlson Jaimee Kidd Jacob King Cody Kirschbaum Kathy Kleis Sabrina Kopf Alexandria Kulik Valeria Lachapelle Ivy LaFreniere Colleen Longley Tristan Longley Alexandria Lynch-Coffey Jessica Manion Erika Martenson Brie-Anna Massoni Julia Mazzotta Jack McCartney Malcolm Mongeau Melanie Nash Joseph Nichols Joseph Noyes Ryan Ohannessian

Adam Outlaw Austin Puchalski Jeffrey Rackliff Rebecca Rising Kevin Riveiro Taylor Rush Shannon Ryan Michael Sayers Thomas Scallion Erin Schultheis Chadd Schwartz Ivan Semyanko Jacob Sonsini Isaac Stevens Grace Stingle Clayton Stupienski Danielle Sturgeon Austin Swanfeldt Jeffrey Turcotte Christopher Tweeddale Emily Uhl Hala Van Nostrand Cameron Vujs Henry Wix Brett Yankauskas Megan Young Amanda Zyzdorf Grade 12 High Honors Tyler Beaupre Ronald Burkhart Danielle Cardin Alex Dallen Charles DeLorenzo Richard Desjardins Madison Dixon Ian Downey Andrew Ellis Anna Fedenyuk Alice Fischer Emily Fish Paige Forsyth Samantha Gilbert Daniel Glucksman Lauren Grashaw Alexandra Grimaldi Samantha Groskritz Edda Haggerty Emily Henselder Amanda Jacobs Ashley Jennings Daria Johnson Stella Kortchmar Charles Kuchenbrod David Lagace Katherine Lambert Jason Lenihan Chandler Libby Michael Main Maxwell Marson

Katherine McCartney Kaitlyn Moskey Elisabeth Needham Abigail Orosz Nicole Paggioli Emma Percival Carly Perron Christian Phillips Taylor Purves Alison Ricci James Rice Cassia Shoaf Jenna Snyder Gabrielle Stahl Holly Sulzinski Jessica Sweeney Katelyn Sweetland Nicolette Tigno Marissa Torres Sarah Toth Rachel Trotman Finn Westergren Devin Williams Sarah Wutka Catherine Yanchak

Alexander Grigorov Lily Gron Samantha Hampson Sarah Hancock Ludwig Heinrich Brady Hoddinott Connor Hoeckele Matthew Holmes Lindsy Hurlbert Benjamin Hurley Cynthia Jones Cody Landry Davis LaPointe Rebecca Lata Anthony LaTorre Joseph Lavitt Alexander Makuch Stavros Manolakis Melanie McAllister Scott McWhirter Kassandra Melkey Victoria Meyers Mckenzie Newton Kaitlyn O’Connor Daniel Olchowski Nicole Patrick Kennedy Pavlik Michaela Pestretto Madison Pfaff Catherine Pinson Sarah Pizzanello Wyatt Poulson Nicholas Presbie Zachary Quinn Austin Rafoss Brian Rainville Justin Ranicar Joseph Raskauskas David Reme Abigail Robinson Owen Rust Colleen Salcines Holly Salter Lauren Sannizzaro Nicholas Sharp Sarah Smith Garrett Spahn Alexandra Spica Liad Stearns Allyson Storch Kevin Thompson Samantha Tracey Emily Varano Kendall Vujs Kamryn Wisneski-Filosi Adam Yorio

Grade 12 Honors Marc Adams Courtney Ahrens Heavon Allen William Arnone Christine Baldea Drew Bartolucci Andre Beloin Alanna Bergmann Hannah Bigus Matthew Blouin Linzy Brown Adam Browning John Brucker Kathryn Calnen Eliza Cardwell Michaela Carey Katrina Champagne Alexa Cipkas Jacob Coons Paige Czelusniak Kennedy Dear Aaron DeLa Roche Meaghan Doucette Kayla Eckley Samuel Evans Cody Ferreira Joshua Ferreira Curtis Field Kaitlin Fish Molly Freedman Gabrielle Gilhooly Jenna Glynn Jared Grier

In Memory Of … Martin, J. Robert “Bob,” 79, of Farmington, father of Jay K. Martin and Darlyne Jackson Mullings, Norman M., 65, November 25 Overson, Virginia (Wyman), 70, wife of the late Clarence Overson, November 28 Kleczkowski, David Carl, 61, husband of Colleen (Murphy) Kleczkowski, December 1 Pease, William, 87, husband of the late Jane Ann Pease, December 4 Convey, James R., 79, husband of Valery Bidwell Convey, December 8 Ingham, Robert W., 82, husband of Patty Ingham, December 8

Upcoming events at Free Lunch Studios: Monday Night Kids Jam every Monday at 5 p.m., Drawing and Painting for Teens Fridays at 4, Cartoon Anatomy and Character Design classes start 2/22

Wiese, Flora M. (Brandi), 80, December 8 Fitzsimmons, Thomas Eric, 82, December 11 Barrows, Donamarie (Ruocco), 58, December 14 Allen, Tyler Raymond, 25, December 17 Smalley, James, 60, beloved friend of Kathy Robblets-O’Donnell, December 17 Brockett, Robert Irwin, 83, husband of Kathleen (Pearson) Brockett, December 22 Minney-Juliano, Patricia, 60, wife of Eugene A. Juliano, January 3 Kaffenberger, Karl Gustav, 95, husband of Jeanne Cannon Kaffenberger, January 5


We’ll Keep You Warm This Winter Visit our Showroom to see working displays of

Fireplaces, Gas Logs and Gas Stoves.

EMPIRE Comfort Systems

We install, service and stand behind everything we sell.


Showroom hours Monday - Friday 10a - 5p or by appointment 500 Salmon Brook Street, Rte. 10 & 202, Granby, CT License SI-303179, PI-204150, Fuel Dealer Lic.: HOD0000737




Combat Veteran Fulfills Dream of Opening Consignment Shop By Carla Bajek Stefanie Jennings has been a Granby resident for nine years and is the mother of three. She has been a member of the Granby Volunteer Ambulance Association since 2006 and is currently employed there as a part-time paramedic. She is also the Granby Elementary PTO President. Along with the many other hats she wears, she is also a member of the Connecticut Army National Guard and she is the Detachment Sergeant of the 118th MMB, Middletown. She is a combat-seasoned medic who deployed to Bosnia-Herzegovina for Stabilization Force 10 and also served in Iraq during Operation Enduring Freedom. One might think there is enough on her plate already, but last May, Stefanie

fulfilled one of her lifelong dreams of starting her own consignment shop. On May 4, 2013, Sweet Repeats Consignment Shop opened its doors. The shop is located at 208 College Highway in Southwick, Mass. across the street from Big Y in the strip mall behind Dunkin’ Donuts and McDonalds. Stefanie has always enjoyed shopping at consignment shops. “It’s a great way to save money and look great at the same time,” she says, “but it also has the added benefit of recycling clothing and household items that are no longer being used.” She simply loves the consignment shop concept. Many customers are surprised that Stefanie is willing to direct them to other consignment shops in the area if they are unable to find what they are looking for at Sweet Repeats.

And they sell it all! Decorative housewares? Yup! Men’s clothes? Yes again. The biggest seller is women’s clothes, but they also have a large selection of boys, girls, infants, juniors and maternity clothing. If you’re already stocked up on clothes, you will also find a delightful selection of jewelry and designer handbags. The store is spacious, easy to navigate and uncluttered. Have something to consign? Consignments are accepted daily with no appointment required. The store is open Tuesday and Thursday 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. and Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call 413-569-6160. Stop by and support a local small business with Granby roots. You won’t be disappointed!

Stefanie Jennings. Photo by Carla Bajek

Volunteer Horse Patrol members are equestrian goodwill ambassadors By Joan Davis Have you seen horseback riders wearing orange vests or red shirts on the roads or trails in town? They are members of the Granby Horse Council — Connecticut Horse Council Volunteer Horse Patrol. Their mission is to preserve and promote multi-use of trails and encourage positive trail etiquette. They share information with visitors about the parks and preserves, the park rules, facilities and features. Mounted volunteers also assist with town events and serve as goodwill ambassadors of the equestrian community. They are experienced riders and are trained in CPR and first aid. The Volunteer Horse Patrol was created when the Connecticut Horse Council partnered with the Department of Environmental Protection in 2003 for the purpose of patrolling the trails of state parks and forests after the state reduced

DEP staff. The patrol has since expanded to include town parks, preserves and open spaces. The members of the patrol record information and statistics about trail use. They note the days of the week and the time of day that people are using trails. Statistics are also kept about how people are using the trails and the various activities they are engaged in such as fishing, hunting, hiking, photographing, walking dogs, riding horses, riding bicycles, etc. They also report hazardous situations on the trail and when and where people are breaking rules. They do not have enforcement powers, but are instructed to immediately report dangerous situations to DEP or the local police. In the 10 years since 2003, the approximately 100 volunteers have saved Connecticut taxpayers $539,487. This was accomplished through 27,666 hours of patrol and trail maintenance in 83 areas throughout the state.

Left to right-Dottie Gozzo on Magic, Ed Geigner on Joey, Bonnie Tyler on Cowboy, Gloria Ludwig on Romeo, Heather Hicks on Arwen and Joan Davis on Cherokee. Submitted photo

The Granby Horse Council members include Dottie Gozzo, Ed Geigner, Bonnie Tyler, Gloria Ludwig, Heather Hicks, Joan Davis and Diane Morton (missing from the picture). Locally, the group patrols Salmon Brook Park, open spaces, Holcomb Farm and McLean Game Refuge. They have also recently patrolled Mohawk Mountain in Cornwall, Steep Rock in Washington Depot, White Memorial in Litchfield, Ethel Walker Woods in Simsbury and Great Pond Forest in Simsbury.

Granby is very fortunate to have about one third of the town preserved for passive recreation. The riders of the VHP have experienced many positive interactions on the trails with people from Granby and surrounding towns. They look forward to another season of trail riding and interacting with everyone else who is enjoying the natural environment. Stop and visit with them awhile!




What have you done for someone lately? By Shirley Murtha That question was the theme of the November 2013 Quilt Happening at Lost Acres Orchard. Guests were encouraged to bring news of good works in which they had participated. The women who work on comforters to be sent to the victims of the terrible storm last fall in Oklahoma were eager to relate their numbers: 50 pieces to head out before Christmas. The group had already sent 92 comforters to Freeport, Long Island and Brooklyn, New York, to aid those recovering from Storm Sandy. This prodigious group of craftswomen meets once a week at Lost Acres; Monday one week, Tuesday the next. About six or seven women can comfortably fit in the sewing area. If you are interested in joining the group,

call Ginny Wutka at 860-653-6897 or email her at Donations of fabric are always needed, cottons being the fabric of choice for the comforters, but other fabrics are also welcomed. Heavy fabrics and satins are taken to Willimantic where they are made into sleeping bags for the homeless. Drop-offs can be made anytime the farm kitchen is open.

Good Citizenship spans generations By Jackie Fenelon

Downy Koch (r.) cuts some fabric for Ann DeCosta from Prospect, who has come to every Quilt Happening at Lost Acres Orchard. Photo by Shirley Murtha

Finding the joy of retirement By Joanne Desrosiers Newly retired? Missing the camaraderie of the workplace? Want to add stimulating activities to your daily routine? Do I have the place for you—the Granby Senior Center. Get rid of any pre-conceived notions that a Senior Center is just a place to sit and play Bingo (although that is fun, too!). When I retired, my curiosity led me to sign up for a membership to the Granby Senior Center—just $5 as I am a resident. (My out of town friends pay $10.) I found the staff to be helpful, welcoming and friendly. I received a year-long calendar as well as a monthly newsletter, Center Life, chock full or activities and events for every interest. There are classes,

Good Citizens honored by DAR: (l-r) Back row: Debbie Payne, regent of the Abigail Phelps Chapter, NSDAR; Harmon Poole; Leonard Schumann; Maurice Thibodeau and Frank Joslyn. Front row: Kendall Comstock, Alexandra Grimaldi, Allison Renwick and Beverlee Burke. David Beck was unable to attend.

workshops, and seminars. You can fuel your passions, feed your intellect, or just relax and have a chat. In the past couple of months I have attended the following: a Thanksgiving luncheon (the turkey and pumpkin pie were delicious); listened to original poetry; brown-bagged it at a Lunch for the Mind event that featured Granby resident Mario DeiDolori who took us on a tour of Italy; and enjoyed a Women’s Breakfast while being entertained by meteorologist extraordinaire, Brad Field. So come and check us out. There’s so much to do, you won’t be disappointed. Let’s see, that iPad class looks promising, or maybe I’ll try my hand at writing some poetry…

The atmosphere was warm and cozy as the Daughters of the American Revolution and spirited, friendly guests gathered on Nov. 17 to honor several generations of good citizens. Three high school seniors and three veterans were honored. Karen DiMenna, chair of the DAR Good Citizens Committee, introduced the three outstanding high school seniors. Kendall Comstock from East Granby High School, Alexandra Grimaldi who attends Granby Memorial High School and Allison Renwick a student at Simsbury High School were the good citizens selected for demonstrating the qualities of dependability, service, leadership and patriotism. The three honored veterans who received special chapter awards for Good Citizenship and Wartime Service were Maurice Thibodeau who served in the Coast Guard from 1942 to 1946, David Beck who served in the Army from 1960 to 1964, and Harmon Poole who served in the Navy from 1943 to 1946. Frank Joslyn served as guest presenter. Also in attendance as honored guests were two of last year’s winners, Army veteran Leonard

Schumann and Beverlee Burke, a WWII Red Cross volunteer, air raid warden and 75-year member of the DAR. Recipient Harmon Poole, acting as spokesperson for the veterans, stated, “I wish to thank the DAR for making the veterans a part of this Good Citizens Award day. It is something very special for us to be honored as senior citizens and share the spotlight with three such outstanding Good Citizens from two generations later.” Poole also spoke directly to the three high school seniors saying, “We are very proud of you three, honored as Good Citizens. Since you few so honored have been selected from the many, it is very important that you recognize that honor and continue to uphold and improve upon those fine characteristics of your good citizenship. It is important that you demonstrate to others that good citizenship, even beyond good sportsmanship and other similar standards of civilized behavior, is necessary for us to continue to be admired among nations.” The honorees, guests and Daughters enjoyed a reception following the award ceremony.

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Granby ◆ 860.653.5594

33 Hartford Avenue ◆ Granby, CT 06035 (Adjacent to Northwest Community Bank, across from Starbucks)

Simsbury ◆ 860.651.9391

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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. Please note that Presidents’ Day on February 17 will not affect trash service. 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, Nov. 27, Thanksgiving Thursday, Dec. 25, Christmas Just a reminder – it is a town ordinance that trash and recycling barrels are not to be placed in the road. Barrels must be placed curbside with the opening of the barrel facing the street. Salt and sand Sand and salt mix is available at the Granby Animal Shelter across from the McLean Game Refuge on Route 10. Residents are welcome to the equivalent of ONE 5-GALLON BUCKET at a time, please. Composters Composting is GOOD, even in the winter! Our “Garden Gourmet” composting units can be purchased at a subsidized price of $35 (tax included). Stop by the Public Works office (52 North Granby Road, next to the High School entrance) weekdays from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. to pick one up. Please note that you can compost yard

waste and all kitchen scraps, EXCEPT meat, fish, pasta with sauce, and dairy products. Not only does this provide great nutrients for your gardens but will also help reduce your solid waste considerably. Need a 2nd recycling barrel? Many residents are finding that their one, 95-gallon recycling barrel is not enough to handle all your recycling. There are two options: You may bring any extra recycling to the Transfer Station on Saturdays, or you may request a second recycling barrel to be used curbside. Both options are free! Call Public Works at 860-653-8960. Paint recycling Just as a reminder — the paint recycling program is up and running at the Granby Transfer Station. Residents may bring paints (both latex and oil based), stains, sealers, shellacs, etc. to the Transfer Station free of charge. A complete list of products included in the program can be found on the Public Works page of the town’s website www. Please note that all containers must have their original labels and no rust. Household batteries Household batteries are now accepted at the Department of Public Works, 52 North Granby Road from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. They may be dropped off in the brown shed that is on your left as you pass through the entrance gate. Batteries will continue to be accepted at the Transfer Station during Saturday hours. Did you know… …Wine is a zero-waste beverage? Bottles can be recycled in your curbside


Winter hints from the Works Please note the following suggestions, ordinances & rules to ensure a safe winter season for all Granby residents: Trash Barrels: Many residents have had their trash & recycling barrels badly damaged or even lost during severe winter storms. When it snows it is imperative that you place your trash barrel and recycling barrel at the end of your driveway, facing the street, and not in the street! Otherwise our plow drivers cannot perform snow removal operations in a safe and effective manner. Driveways: The frustration of watching the plow fill the end of a freshlyshoveled driveway may be alleviated if you make sure you shovel or plow snow to the right side of your driveway, as you face the street. And please be sure not to plow any driveway snow into the street - this creates a dangerous situation and you may be liable for causing an accident. In addition, it makes our job of clearing the roads twice as difficult. Mailboxes: The U.S. Postal Service requires that rural mailboxes must be at least 42” high (from the ground to the bottom of the box) and 9” - 12” back from the edge of the road. Please be sure your mailbox post is secure enough to withstand snow thrown from the plows. We suggest you visually inspect your post (try poking a screwdriver through the wood at the base of the pole to make sure it’s not rotten). Please note that if a

mailbox is damaged from thrown snow it is the responsibility of the resident to make any necessary repairs. If it is obvious that the plow actually hit a PROPERLY INSTALLED mailbox, then the Town of Granby will take responsibility for repairs. The Post Office also asks that you make every effort to keep your mailbox cleared of snow for mail delivery. Parking: There is an ordinance in Granby that prohibits parking of any vehicle on a town road from the start of a snow or ice storm until 12 hours after the storm ends. The Town is authorized to have any car towed that is obstructing snow removal operations. Sidewalks: There is an ordinance that requires a homeowner whose property abuts a sidewalk to keep it clean of snow and ice. In the event of a snow or ice storm, residents have up to 8 hours after the end of the storm to clear the sidewalk, unless the storm occurred overnight. Residents have up to 8 hours after sunrise in this instance. Child Safety: Children love to make snow forts along the edge of the roads, but this is potentially very dangerous because our plow operators cannot see the children. Visibility is difficult even in the best conditions, so we ask that you please keep your children away from the roads during snow removal!

recycling. Corks can be turned into flooring tiles, building insulation, automotive materials, sports equipment, etc. Numerous organizations collect corks. In partnership with ReCork America, Whole Foods stores has cork collection boxes at all of their locations. If you

have 15 lbs of corks (approximately 1650 corks) you may box them up and send them directly to ReCork America. A pre-paid shipping label will be provided if you contact ReCork America directly. Information can be found at Yemm and Hart, a company in Missouri, is collecting cork stoppers and can be looked up online or contacted at 573-783-5434. And, lastly, the wine itself encourages the composting process. So if you have any left over, pour it in your compost bin.



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YMCA launches 2014 Annual Campaign By Darren Woodman The Farmington Valley YMCA held its annual meeting at Belle Terrace in Avon on Thursday, Nov. 21, in a gathering that drew members, donors, community leaders and volunteers. The event celebrated a year marked by the bustling Granby Farmers’ Market, the inaugural Bike for the Battle in support of Livestrong, and the Change for Life program. Bobby Chamberlain, a YMCA member, participated in Change for Life, which encourages people with a body mass index of 40 or more to make significant changes. Chamberlain described his newfound ability to walk without an oxygen tank and his transformed eating

habits, which no longer include nightly orders of takeout food. He joked that he pictures the face of Farmington Valley YMCA nutritionist Alicia Newton wherever he goes encouraging him to make healthier choices. “It has truly been life changing, for me and for my daughter,” said Chamberlain, who encouraged his teenage daughter, Dee, to join him in a second session of the program. Dee told the group how important it and receiving a scholarship to attend an additional session of Camp Chase this summer had been for her. “I know now that I can do anything,” she said. The Farmington Valley YMCA’s 2014 Annual Campaign will fund programs


that include sending children to Camp Chase regardless of their ability to pay, the Livestrong Program for cancer survivors, and the Membership for All Program, which allows families in difficult financial circumstances to contribute what they can in membership dues to the YMCA. A non-profit organization, the YMCA will be reaching out to members and local businesses to support the 2014 campaign, which was formerly known as the Strong Kids Campaign. The new name reflects the broader impact of the YMCA on individuals, families and communities. All funds stay within the Farmington Valley community. To learn more, visit

Gervascio-Podgorski Engagement Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Gervascio happily announce the engagement of their daughter Lindsey Erin Gervascio, to Michael Thomas Podgorski, son of Cheryle and Thomas Podgorski. The future bride and groom were 2010 graduates of Granby Memorial High School. Lindsey is currently a senior at The College of New Jersey studying nursing. Michael is a senior at Amherst College studying computer science. The two will be moving to Seattle, Wash. after graduation where Michael has accepted a software engineering position at Amazon. No date has been set for the wedding.

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It’s late afternoon . . . Almost milking time The old farm truck Tail gate down, Is moving along at a cow’s pace . . . Leading the herd from pasture to barn, Bags heavy with milk . . . The cows move slowly, Occasionally stopping to nibble On the roadside grass. Someone must follow behind them To assure that all get home. Lucy and I ride on the tail gate Enjoying soft juicy wild grapes . . . Squeezing them gently So the thick purple skins pop open, The grapes pop into our mouths Sometimes we could squeeze more juice From the skins before tossing them onto the roadside. They are so sweet and delicious. We jump down from the tailgate to get more —Emily Messenger

ABC Pizza House Action Carpet & Floor Covering Beacon Mechanical Service Beman Hardware Berkshire Hathaway Real Estate Berkshire Hathaway – Nancy Reardon Big Sky Fitness Bill Hart’s book In My Lifetime Bill Selig Jewelers Cahill’s Motors Cambridge Brew Pub Center Spirit Shop Chiropractic Care of Granby Christopher Bryant Co – Septic Systems Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Command Electronic Surveillance/Security Creative Learning Preschool & Childcare D’Agata Granite & Bronze Don Johnson Carpentry Dr. Barry Walsh Chiropractor Durable Medical Loaner Closet First Congregational Church of Granby GKD Enterprises LLC Granby Dental – Dr. Kirschbaum Granby Dental Center – Dr. Ungerleider Granby Education Foundation Granby Insurance Agency Granby Package Store Granby Pharmacy Granby Schools Preschool Registration Granby Village Health Hartford Hospital Rehabilitation Network Hayes Huling & Carmon Funeral Home Higleyville Coin Co

Boating skills class begins Feb. 4 The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary is conducting a non-profit boating skills and seamanship class at Westfield State University. Taught by qualified U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary instructors (no instructor fees), this course will begin on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 (7 p.m. – 9:15 p.m.) and last for 10 weeks. The boating course includes type of boats and equipment, trailering and boat handling, rules of the road, inland boating and safety, chartwork and chart tools, boat motors, lines and knots, basic weather and communications. This course is suitable for beginners and a good refresher for seasoned boaters. This course is designed for adults, as well as children as young as seventh grade. A certificate will be presented after passing the final exam. This course satisfies all U.S. state requirements for licensing. C o n t a c t We s t f i e l d S t a t e U n i versity’s Graduate and Continuing Education Section for registration 413-572-8033 or neighbors/community-education/personal-enrichment/#boating. A registration link is available. For information about the USCG Auxiliary in Westfield, go to the following website: http://a0130905. You may also call USCGAUX Instructor Bob Madison 413-374-5218 for additional information. A required text book is available from the instructors for a fee of $35 on the first night. A nominal registration fee is charged by the college.

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Landworks Realty joins Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices After more than a decade of success in the Farmington Valley, Gary Emerito and his company Landworks Realty has joined with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties, announced President and CEO, Candace Adams. “Joining forces with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties will greatly benefit our clients as well as our agents,” said Emerito. “Our reputation of integrity and quality service aligns with the high standards and core values of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties. By coming together, our agents and clients will have access to innovative resources as well as the enhanced visibility that comes from Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties while still getting the personalized service to which they are accustomed.” Landworks Realty’s offices will be merged with the Farmington and Simsbury offices of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties. Emerito, a strong, tenured professional, will remain with the firm and assume the role of a Director of New Homes and Land as well as continuing his sales career. “We are extremely pleased to welcome the professionals affiliated with Land-

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Drumrolls Westminster School has named the following academic honor awards for the fall 2013 term. Seniors Mary Anderson and Rosalie Wetzel and junior Shelby Gamble earned high honors. Junior Kyle Keir and sophomores Tyler Rome, Allison Pierce and David Gollenberg earned honors. Taya Kleis graduated from the University of Hartford during fall commencement with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing. Christine Marks graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication. Jon Parker graduated from the University of Hartford with a Master of Business Administration degree. The following area students were recently named to the fall honor roll at The Loomis Chaffee School: Madeline Ash, Madeleine Lapuk, Cassandra Knight and Timothy Mahoney. Goodwin College student Lori Baker was pinned as a nurse during a recent ceremony. Baker, from East Hartland, was one of 53 students who successfully completed Goodwin’s challenging Associate Degree in Nursing program. Shannon Greene, ‘15 was inducted into the Aquinas Chapter of the National Honor Society at Northwest Catholic High School. Christopher Underwood and Patrick Waltman were inducted into the Alpha

Iota Alpha Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa honor society at Tunxis Community College in Farmington. Katherine Wolf, a junior, was inducted into the Endicott College Chapter of Sigma Beta Delta, a nationally recognized honor society for students in the field of business, management, and administration. Katherine is the daughter of Brian and Maureen Wolf. Kaily L. Williams, daughter of Mark and Mick Williams has been named to the dean’s list at Hamilton College for the 2013 fall semester. Williams, a junior majoring in art, is a graduate of The Loomis Chaffee School. Kyle W. Tanguay, a junior in accounting from East Hartland, was named to the fall semester president’s list at Bryant University. Also named from Granby were Zackary Cyr, a sophomore in communication; Emily Farber, a freshman and Tyler Pardee, a junior in finance. The following were named to the dean’s list for the 2013 fall semester at Messiah College: Taylor Pfaff, a senior majoring in sociology and anthropology and Christian ministries, and East Hartland resident Jessica Reme, a sophomore majoring in music education (K-12).

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December’s barn was located at 9 Day Street. Congratulations to Susan Bartlett whose name was drawn from the correct entries. We’ll be in touch with her so she can claim her prize. Send your guesses as to the location of this month’s building to 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

Granby police department gets new officer Granby Officer Jeffrey Murphy graduated from the police academy on Dec. 18. Officer Murphy was part of the Connecticut Police Officer Standards and Training Council’s 246th training class, a class of 47 officers serving multiple communities throughout Connecticut. Murphy excelled in the rigorous fulltime 22-week academic and physical training program. He and his classmates trained in Connecticut and Constitutional law, first aid, defensive tactics, pistol, shotgun, rifle, chemical agents, Taser, driving, patrol tactics, and many other areas that they will need in order Granby Officer Jeffrey Murphy and his wife, to be successful police officers. Murphy has a Bachelor of Arts in Annette. Submitted photo Sociology from the University of Conlaw enforcement instructor. He has been necticut. He is a U.S. Coast Guard law trained in firearms and as an Emergency enforcement veteran, and has attended Medical Technician. Murphy lives in the Federal Law Enforcement Training Unionville with his wife, Annette. Center. As a member of the Coast Guard, he has served as a boarding officer and

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Granby Drummer February 2014  

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