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Budget passes on second vote Of the 2,019 people who voted at the second referendum May 6, 1,211 were in favor and 808 were against the budget as presented at the April 29 public hearing. As a result of the April 22 failed referendum, this budget was reduced $338,000 to $41,622,968, representing a 1.82 percent increase over FY13. See Revised Budget on p. 4.

Neighbors oppose development on Salmon Brook Street by Elaine Jones

It runs in the family Three generations of the Jones family ran in the Granby Road Race May 4. Grandpa Fred and son Scott have run in previous races but it was the first for young Mark and Kevin. photo by Pam Jones

Peck Orchard Knoll withdraws special permit application by Elaine Jones The Planning and Zoning Commission was entering its second hour of debating the merits of Peck Orchard Knoll LLC’s Special Permit application to excavate approximately 100,000 cubic yards of sand and gravel from five acres of an 11.5-acre property between Granville Road and Peck Orchard Road, when the applicant’s attorney, Glen E. Knierim, stood and said that the they were withdrawing the application. After a moment of silence, Chairman Paula Johnson closed the meeting. The commission had difficulty agreeing on the issue. In a straw poll about halfway through the evening, Commissioner Lukingbeal favored denying the application, Commissioner Lambert was undecided, and Commissioners Johnson, Chapple, Kraiza, Sansone, and Spevacek favored approving the application with numerous conditions. Lukingbeal felt the project would have a detrimental affect on adjacent properties by adversely affecting property values, and would be a substantial nuisance to the surrounding neighborhood, both of which he felt were prohibited by Section 8.2 of the Zoning Regulations, a prerequisite to a Section 9 Special Permit. The commission reviewed various restrictions on the application that Chapple had drafted ahead of time, as well as others proposed by commissioners at the

hearing. The conditions being discussed before the application was withdrawn included a large bond; a one-year time limit; deed restrictions prohibiting more than two houses on the property or the installation of cell towers and setting the total amount of excavation ever permissible on the site; a conservation easement along the perimeter of the property; provisions limiting excavation to that actually necessary to build two houses; a requirement that new plantings be irrigated; an impermeable bituminous pad for refueling; a declaration that the permit would not be renewed; a stipulation that the Town Engineer would be able to monitor the site, with his salary expenses in doing so paid by the applicant; a prohibition on “jake brakes” on trucks; limitations on backup alarms, and restrictions on operating hours. At the time the application was withdrawn, the commission was debating limiting operations to Tuesdays and Wednesdays only and perhaps prohibiting excavation between the months of July and September. The withdrawal of the application gives the applicant the choice to reapply with a revised Special Permit application, or apply for two building permits that would not fall under P&Z oversight and therefore have no conditions or restrictions on the amount of material that could be excavated to prepare the steep lots for the buildings.

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At the May 14 Planning and Zoning meeting, Engineer Ed Lally, representing Thomas Fredo and T and M builders, presented an informal discussion for building 67 homes on 14.25 acres of land at 235 Salmon Brook Street in the Center Zone behind the historic homes on the west side of the street. These would be attached or single-unit buildings with an average of 5.6 units per developable acre. The access would be by a 26-foot-wide boulevard-style driveway. It would have underground public water and sewers. Lally said it would support local businesses by its proximity to the business center, offer reasonable home prices and vitalize the center area.

Abutting property owners were invited to speak to the plan, and they were unanimous in their opposition. They cited the high unit density, the traffic accessing Salmon Brook Street and the difficulty of merging into north and southbound traffic. Many mentioned the visibility of the complex from Salmon Brook Street and the preservation of that area as an iconic Connecticut town center. Several commission members agreed, stating the high density, the traffic pattern and the location of the front of the property in the Historic Overlay Zone were also concerns for them. “All indications are that they are not moving forward to purchase and develop the site,” said Fran Armentano, community development director.

Residents along Salmon Brook Street voiced their opposition to a proposed housing development behind the homes on the west side of the street. photo by Peter Dinella

Memorial Day Parade This year’s Memorial Day activities include the unveiling of the War on Terror monument on the Granby town green by Allen Christensen, Commander, and Howard Baird, Sergeant at Arms of the American Legion. The wreath will be placed by Mrs. William Hogan and Jeffery Merli, honorary marshals. William J. Simanski, Rep. 62nd District, will be the guest speaker at the services at Granby Cemetery. The parade will begin at sharply at 10 a.m.; those participating should assemble in the Bank Street parking lot no later than 9:30 a.m. — James O. Hall, Adjutant, American Legion

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JUNE 2013

Drum beat

editorials, commentary & letters to the editor Unsigned editorials are the consensus opinion of the editorial staff and publisher. Commentary pieces express the opinion of the writer and not necessarily the opinion of the Drummer.

Lessons learned Now

that the FY13-14 proposal passed and the board of finance has set the mill rate, it’s time to reflect on the lessons learned from this year’s budget process. Readers will surely have other lessons learned. Here are some of our lessons or observations as we go forward to next year’s process. Voter participation has been a tradition in Granby since the first town meeting in 1786. According to “The Heritage of Granby 1786-1965,” published by the Salmon Brook Historical Society, that original meeting elected

town officials and decided the form of taxation. This year’s budget process was compounded by the change in the town charter concerning the method of voting on the budget proposal. Although they passed the method of voting from the town meeting to automatic referendum, people were confused. We all need to pay attention to how our town government works. Under the form of government Granby operates, voters and property owners have the chance to be active participants in the budget process. Informa-

tion is readily available—use whatever means convenient to you — go to meetings and workshops, watch broadcasts of the meetings on the community access channel or online, review the minutes on the town’s website, read The Granby Drummer, look at the Patch, contact town hall with questions. Learn about the budget and how to vote. For some newer voters, it’s different from having a town council set and vote on the budget. We ask town officials, also to pay attention especially to how you disseminate news and hap-

penings, particularly getting out the word about the budget process. Using the electronic sign was a great way to remind us of the referendum date. A few more sandwich board signs visible to traffic at different intersections would be good. In addition to paying attention, we all need to be prepared: prepared to learn as much as we can about the budget and the voting process and prepared to make our views heard in a timely manner to town officials and voters. It’s a Granby tradition.

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Dear Mr. Guarco, Alan and Cal, In a Patch article, Mr. Guarco stated that the Board of Finance doesn’t have public input on what the “No” vote on the budget means. I offer you my perspective. For me, the referendum vote of “No” was about taxes. Not only “no new taxes”, but “cut taxes.” We are living in the midst of a sustained recession, where many people have experienced flat to declining incomes and increased


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expenses on all fronts—taxes, food, tuitions, heating oil, electricity, gasoline, phone service, etc—for six years. The squeeze on disposable income has meant sacrifice after sacrifice and there is just nothing left to give. In the schools, with declining enrollment, it’s time to cut some teachers’ positions. You cannot protect them forever with new program after new program. A recession is not the time to start new initiatives like full day kindergarten (essentially, tax-payer subsidized childcare) and world

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languages in elementary schools, etc. I am also opposed to the education budget being balanced on the backs of the lowest paid, the teaching assistants. Finally, instead of congratulating yourselves each year for “returning” the education surplus back to the town, how about not taking it in the first place? Please sharpen your pencils and do the hard work of making the cuts that are needed. Taxpayers cannot be squeezed ad infinitum. There is no sense of the taxpayer

pain being shared when each of the various unions in turn have received pay increases over the past few years. With sincere thanks for your service to Granby and for considering the opinions expressed herein, Jennifer Benson

Education costs are worthwhile

David Tolli, Vice President Roger Hayes, Treasurer Flo Bischoff, Secretary Carol Bressor, Becky Mikus, Sam Mikus, Barbara Shubert STAFF Rita Isaacson, Managing Editor Marilyn Sponzo, Copy Editor Chris Levandowski, Copy Editor Amanda Lindberg, Special Pages Andrea Leshinskie, Photo Editor Dave Tolli, Photo Editor Flo Bischoff, Features Coordinator Barbara Blanchette, Carol Bressor, Carolyn Carter, Nancy Dudenhofer, Nancy Fischer, Elaine Girard, Joan Griswold, Shane Kertanis,

If you think education is expensive, try ignorance! I have lived and worked in all

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Letters cont’d. from p. 2 regions of the United States and in several overseas countries. By comparison, Granby has a remarkable set of accomplishments—excellent schools being at the top of the list. Clean government and responsive public services are not as common as you might think. Our costs rank us among the most efficient and effective in the state. We benefit from all these accomplishments and enjoy living in this community. And we have higher real estate values because potential residents see what they can gain by moving here. Let’s talk and communicate. If some of you have suggestions, send them to the town leadership. But don’t help send Granby the way of California, where I grew up. Short changing local public expenses is a sure way to a lousy place to live! Bill Bentley

Referendum is fair to all voters With regard to the recent budget referendum, I would like to make the following comment: I would like to congratulate the voters of Granby who participated in the budget referendum vote of April 22. This is the first time in 10 years that Granby voters have had the ability to vote on the town budget without first having to sit through several hours of tedious lectures from town officials. It has been a long time coming. This budget referendum allowed many more eligible citizens the ability to vote. Folks who worked second shift, seniors who lacked transportation could now get to the polls. People with low vision or mobility impairments were able to park close to the polling place during daylight hours. These people are no longer disenfranchised as many of them were with the old budget meeting system. It should also be noted that the old polling place at the high school auditorium could not accommodate more than 700 people for a budget meeting. With the present referendum format, more than 1,100 people voted on Monday. Absentee ballots were also available for those who could not be present. As compared with the old budget meeting format, approximately 750 more people were able to vote and be directly involved with their own governance.

Although our town manager describes the referendum outcome as, “somewhat unfortunate,” I believe that regardless of the outcome, the budget referendum was a resounding success. When people are allowed to vote and have a choice in their governance, that is a good thing. A government of the people, by the people, for the people is a noble concept. Perhaps some day we might also have a contested election for town political offices. I am thankful that my neighbors took the time to be involved with the process. Keep up the good work, Granby. Terry Wright

Advocates for patients On May 7 and 8, I, Jean Keating a pharmacist at Granby Pharmacy and Mary Keating, co-owner of Granby Pharmacy, attended the National Community Pharmacists Association National Conference on Legislative Affairs in Washington D.C. This was a tremendous opportunity to advocate for policies that are small business and consumer friendly. As such, we urged Representative John Larson and Senators Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy, as well as the other Connecticut representatives to support legislation that will expand patient services at their local pharmacy. Pharmacists already provide medication counseling and immunizations, and Congress should expand our role by recognizing us as Medicare Part B providers. Congress should also ensure Part B beneficiaries maintain access to their local independent pharmacy for diabetes testing supplies and revisit a payment structure that makes it infeasible for small pharmacies to provide these products. Finally, Congress should pass legislation that sets standards for pharmacy audits under Medicare Part D, ensures money collected from audits are returned to the plan sponsor and taxpayers and not pocketed by billionaire middlemen called pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs), and requires that PBMs provide clarity to pharmacies in how generic drug reimbursements are calculated. Addressing these issues allows small business independent pharmacies to continue to offer quality services to patients and ensure that patients maintain access to healthcare providers they know and trust. Jean Keating, PharmD

Town of Granby Meeting Calendar Board of Selectmen, 7:30 p.m., Town Hall, Mondays, June 3, June 17 Board of Finance, 7:30 p.m., Police Community Room, Monday, June 24 Board of Education, 7 p.m., Central Office, Wednesdays, June 5, June 19 Planning & Zoning, 7 p.m., Town Hall Tuesdays, June 11, June 25 Inland Wetlands & Watercourses, 7 p.m., Town Hall, Wednesday, June 12 Development Commission, 7 p.m., Town Hall, Monday, June 10


From l., Selectman Ron Desrosiers, chair of the community service awards nominating committee; Emily Henselder, student winner; Ted Christensen, adult winner; Sarah Toth, student winner; and First Selectman John Adams. photo by Rita Isaacson

Board of Selectmen presents community service awards The Board of Selectmen honored the recipients of the 2013 Annual Community Service Awards at a presentation on May 20. Based on his many years of volunteer service to the Town of Granby, Theodore (Ted) Christensen was chosen as the winner in the Adult Category. Emily Henselder and Sarah Toth were chosen as co-winners in the Youth Category. The contributions of these nominees and all volunteers have enriched the town and made Granby a special place to live. Ted Christensen is being honored for the many hours of outstanding volunteer service that he has given to our community. He served as President of the Granby Jaycees and two terms on the Board of Selectmen. For the past 36 years he has served on the Board of Granby Homes for Senior Citizens, overseeing the operation of Stony Hill Village. He served as Vice President and President of the Board. As a member of South Church

for the past 50 years, he has served on several Boards, has been the Diaconate and church moderator, has taught Sunday school, and served as the superintendent. He’s been an advisor to the Seniors High Youth Group and has served as Church Treasurer. He has also been a Cubmaster, served as President of the Hartford Optimist Club, and as a member of the Farmington Rotary Club. Emily Henselder and Sarah Toth volunteer as the columnists for “The High School Report” for the Granby Drummer. This included attending monthly writer’s meetings as well as brainstorming ideas and writing the report. In addition, they also write other pieces for the Drummer, which consists of many other articles not only about the high school but about the Town of Granby, too. Emily and Sarah’s work helps to provide a direct link between the newspaper and what is happening at the high school.

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Revised budget sent to second referendum

by Shirley Murtha

Having been defeated at the April 22 referendum, the Board of Finance reduced the fiscal year 2013–14 budget by $330,000 in preparation for the April 29 public hearing. The revised budget represents a 1.82 percent increase, changing the mill rate to 34.83 after revaluation. Before listing exactly where the decreases in the budget took place, First Selectman John Adams noted the disappointing input by residents during the budget process and the poor voter turnout at the referendum. He reminded those gathered that Granby has won the state’s Democracy Cup award twice because of having (in the category of mid-sized towns) the highest turnout of registered voters on election day. The April 22 turnout represented 15 percent of eligible voters. He urged everyone to get out the word to vote on May 6. Of the $330,000 reduction, $80,000 came from town services – chiefly reducing library hours, payroll cuts, postponing

the hiring of a detective/youth services officer, and cutting police department overtime. Adams noted that the town staff is the same size now as it was in 1986. Chair Cal Heminway explained where the Board of Education’s $250,000 reduction was chiefly taken: elementary Spanish and math/science consulting teachers were eliminated, one-half of a guidance position was eliminated, and reductions were made in the gifted and talented program. He reminded the public that Granby Memorial High School is ranked 13th in the state and is considered a high-performance school. He urged a “yes” vote. Present in higher numbers than at the first public hearing, many residents made comments regarding the budget situation – several of which were requests to reinstate the original budget. Specific requests involving school language programs and library hours were also prevalent. One resident asked if a questionnaire could be given to residents after they vote to give

Residents form Granby Independent Party On April 10, a group of concerned citizens in Granby filed paperwork with the Secretary of State to form the Granby Independent Party to give Granby voters more options in municipal elections and to provide a seat at the table for all Granby citizens, not just a seat in the audience. According to co-chair Reinhard W. Maier, the party’s objective is to be an alternate voice for people concerned about fiscal, land use and education policies. By increasing competition and choice for Granby’s

residents, the Granby Independent Party believes that the town will benefit by making government more transparent and responsive. The Granby Independent Party is working to place candidates on this November’s municipal election ballot. Any Granby resident interested in running for office is requested to contact us by sending an email to info@ctgranby. org. Please include contact information and the candidacy you are interested in.

the boards feedback on why they were or were not in favor of the budget. Following the public hearing, Board of Finance chair Mike Guarco called a special meeting at which he said he was willing to add back $30,000 to the BOE budget for the gifted and talented program and $12,000 to the town budget for library hours. Although some present felt that the board should make some add-backs to

indicate that they were listening to what the public was saying, Guarco noted that when that was done several years ago, the budget was defeated by twice as many “no” votes. After discussion, the board voted unanimously to ratify the revised proposed budget of $41,622,968 sent to the town referendum on May 6.

Selectmen set sewer rates by Shirley Murtha At its regular meeting on May 6, the Board of Selectmen — acting as the Granby Water Pollution Control Authority — set the sewer use rates for 2013 – 2014 as follows: $165/year for residential use (55,000 gallons average use) and $231/year for commercial use (100,000 gallons average use). These figures represent an almost 10 percent increase over last year because Granby has to not only cover its own operating costs, but also has to pay Simsbury “use charges” sufficient for it to make improvements to the Simsbury pump station. There also needs to be enough in reserve to handle uses above the stated averages. Having no input from the public, either by way of letters or in person at the meeting, the board voted unanimously to set the rates as presented. Town Manager William F. Smith noted that the 30 condo units to be built behind Stop & Shop will be accounted for once they are connected. He also remarked

that these rates compare quite favorably to those of surrounding towns. Suspense Account The board agreed to transfer $19,914.14 in uncollected taxes to the suspense account. They noted that people delinquent in paying their town taxes cannot register a motor vehicle in the state without paying the tax plus an 18-percent penalty. Other Business In other business, the board voted to apply for a $4,000 grant from the Connecticut State Library for preserving historical documents, and approved a date change for the Celebrate Granby event that was to take place September 21. Due to conflicts with other activities planned in the park, the event committee requested a change to Saturday, October 5. The park will be closed starting Friday, October 4 at 3 p.m. for set-up, and again on Sunday, October 6 for breakdown. The event will end on the 5th with a fireworks display paid for with monies left over from Celebrate Granby 225.




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Granby Police Department holds award ceremony resourcefulness during the October storm of 2011. A departmental citation was given to Chief Carl Rosensweig in recognition of his

arrest of a bank robbery suspect on September 11, 2012. Absent Chief Rosensweig’s actions, the suspect would probably not have been identified.

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Granby Police Department members receiving awards were, l. to r.: Officer Jeremiah Dowd, Officer Mark Garofalo, Sergeant Doreen Mikan, Chief Carl Rosensweig, Sergeant Gary Charette, Officer Steven Vernale, Officer Jameson Ball, Officer Michael Joseph, Officer Christopher Poehnert and Sergeant Robert Castle. photo by Lou Urban

Ten members of the Granby Police Department were honored at the annual awards ceremony May 15. Chief’s Letters of commendation were awarded to the following: • Sergeant Doreen Mikan in recognition of her extraordinary rescue efforts for an infant in extreme distress during a childbirth emergency on February 17, 2013. • Officer Steven Vernale in recognition of his investigation, both on and off duty, of significant damage caused to the Middle School by a vehicle which fled the scene on January 22, 2012. The operator was identified and apprehended, allowing the recovery of taxpayer repair dollars. • Sergeant Robert Castle, Officer Jameson Ball, Officer Mark Garofalo and Dispatcher (now Officer) Michael Joseph in recognition of their efforts on April 2, 2012, intervening with a suicidal

individual armed with a handgun. The incident was successfully resolved with no injuries. • Sergeant Gary Charette in recognition of skillful interview and investigative techniques following a bank robbery on September 11, 2012. In addition to obtaining a confession to a Granby robbery, Charette’s efforts resulted in the arrest of the suspect for a bank robbery in Somers which otherwise would probably have gone unsolved. Police merit awards were given to: • Officers Jeremiah Dowd and Officer Christopher Poehnert in recognition of their investigation of an armed home invasion on July 23, 2012. Two previously convicted felons were armed with an AK-47 assault rifle during the event. Both were charged and are awaiting trial. • Sergeant Gary Charette in recognition of his exemplary leadership and

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Special permit granted to Safe Haven Wildlife Rehab Center by Elaine Jones At its April 23 meeting, the Planning & Zoning Commission approved a special permit for the Safe Haven Wildlife Rehabilitation Center on 26 Loomis Street

with several conditions. Susan Dwyer requested the application to open the nonprofit facility. The commission visited the site and found significant improvements from their first visit, that were made after

Community Fund vital to success of safe grad party by Shane Kertanis For the past 26 years, the parents of our Granby students, along with local businesses and the Granby Community Fund, have helped to donate much time and effort into creating a substance-free celebration for our seniors on the evening of graduation. The exciting fun-filled event is held at the Farmington Valley YMCA from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. All of the seniors are able to attend and statistics from previous years show us that more than 70 percent of seniors attend the party. After all, when you have a mechanical bull, pool basketball, and a volleyball tournament going on, you can’t resist! On top of that every senior who attends will receive prizes that range from Five Guys gift cards, to the grand prize of a flat screen TV. Many more activities such as a psychic, chair massages, airbrush artist, caricaturist and the wonderful food donated from our local restaurants and stores such as Lox Stock and Bagels, Cambridge House, Good Life Grill, Sharon’s Cookie Jar, and many more, it’s inevitable that you will have a great time.

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The planning committee has met regularly to arrange the best event possible. The collaborative effort put in by these parents along with the Granby Community Fund and local businesses is wonderful and brings the community together. The Community Fund covers about half of the entire donations needed for the party, while the other half comes from parents, residents and businesses that donate food and prizes. The way Granby comes together to support the seniors is marvelous and a great thing to be a part of. For all of the seniors out there, don’t forget to make your own volleyball team! Prizes along with bragging rights will be awarded to the champions. This is something not to be missed. Also, thanks to all of the contributors who make this possible — especially those parents that put long hours into the party for the seniors. It’s a great way to celebrate the big day with all of your friends and share your last memories of Granby Memorial High School!

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neighbors had complained of the smell, the abundance of feral cats, and the untidiness of the grounds. A letter sent to the commission from the State Department of Energy and Environmental Protection said Dwyer has been an authorized Wildlife Custodian since 2001 and became a wildlife rehabilitator after successfully completing training and specialized courses as well as a 40-hour apprenticeship at the Roaring Brook Nature Center and the Sharon Audubon Center. The Federal Migratory Bird Permit Office approved her to rehabilitate birds and the state approved her to rehabilitate birds and mammals. Conditions placed on the permit include termination on April 23, 2015, unless it is re-approved by the commission; operating in conformance with the proposed use and the letter from the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection;the construction of all outdoor cages in accordance with DEEP standards; the proper disposal of all trash, rubbish and other discarded materials in appropriate containers; and shading of the barn window at night. The commission expressed concern about the number of feral cats on the property, a concern shared by the neighbors, and recommended that Dwyer address the problem as outlined at the public hearing, including not feeding or sheltering the animals. Garage/barn permit At the May 14 meeting, the commission approved a special permit to construct a garage/barn that will be larger than the 1,000 square feet allowed. Leland and Lorain Mac made the application for their four-acre property at 96 Notch

Road. The garage will be 150 feet back from Notch Road and 60 feet back from the north property line. The garage will have a wood frame and be designed to blend in with the house. ValleyBrook Church application Clark Pfaff, pastor of ValleyBrook Community Church, and Building Committee Chairman Kevin Lazich, sought a special permit to convert the property and existing buildings at 156, 160 and 162 Granville Road to a church sanctuary, religious buildings and associated uses. The 85-acre property has a 1,280-foot frontage on Granville Road and 75 feet along Silver Street. There are several buildings on the property including an indoor riding and exercise ring, horse stalls, meeting rooms, bathrooms, an apartment and a house. The driveway leading to the center is 1,500 feet long and 12 – 18 feet wide. If permit is approved, the property would be transferred to the church. The commission pointed out that drawings and other documents must be filed as part of the permit application. Commission members were also not comfortable with the lack of detail for specific uses of the buildings and property. They suggested the application was premature and asked the applicant to return with more specific information. That information would include kinds of activities, anticipated parking needs, whether the existing driveway would accommodate future traffic, the future use of the home and any plans to expand the services of the church.

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Board of Education budget cut $250,000 by Kim Becker Because the town budget failed to pass on the first vote, the school district budget was revised at an emergency meeting on April 24. As directed by the Board of Finance (BOF), Superintendent Alan Addley made cuts totaling $250,000. These cuts include: Spanish teacher for the third and fourth grades, math/science instructional coach for the seventh through tenth grades, gifted and talented funding, full-time guidance director at the high school and reduced heating and oil expenditures. At an earlier meeting, the BOF rejected the idea of a second referendum with funding in place. Therefore the BOE had little choice but to accept Mr. Addley’s recommendations. He assured the board that these cuts would do the least amount of harm to the schools and additionally warned that if the second referendum failed, cuts to athletics, extracurricular activities and music programs would need to be made. During a budget hearing on April 29, community members made their displeasure with the cuts known. Michael Guarco, chair of the BOF, chided the community for not supporting the first referendum. He stated that the proposed town budget was fair and conservative but had been voted down. While acknowledging the reasons for wanting to reinstate the education budget, he remained firm that the second referendum would include all the proposed cuts and warned that another failure would lead to additional budget cuts.

On May 6, after strong grassroots support, the town budget passed. One-to-one computing pilot program During the 2013-14 year, eighth grade students will be required to bring their own devices (BYOD) to school so that technology can be fully integrated into the curriculum. Every subject would require use of the device to varying degrees. Teachers, who are not currently required to use technology in the classroom, will receive professional development to integrate technology with instructional practices. The district will evaluate the success of the program through pre-and post-surveys for teachers and students. There is $27,300 in the budget to purchase Google Chromebooks for those students who cannot afford them. Addley mentioned that the pilot would be discussed with teachers in early May and a required parents’ meeting was scheduled on this topic for May 28. The board expressed concern about the BYOD aspect of the program as well as the evaluation of the pilot. Though a recent student survey showed that 50 percent had access to a device, that didn’t mean parents would allow them to be brought to school. Additionally, affordability and lack of technology uniformity were raised as potential pitfalls. Addley made clear that the district could not afford to purchase Chromebooks for every student though the budget allowed for 100 devices for students who could not otherwise afford them. Using different types of devices will pose a

challenge for teachers and students alike. However, Addley maintained that the pilot needed to test the viability of the BYOD method. Some board members, while acknowledging the strain on the budget, continued to push for devices to be purchased by the district, just like textbooks. Another area of concern was the evaluation of the pilot program. Many board members felt that the simple pre- and post-survey method was not adequate to judge the pilot’s efficacy. Addley agreed to add a mid-year survey which some members still felt didn’t fit the bill. To ensure a fuller exploration of the pros and cons of one-to-one computing, Addley was asked to develop “success criteria” that looked at technology, process and people. For example, did the technology department field more calls to fix devices and did those calls taper off, increase, or remain steady throughout the year? Technology department update Director of Technology Jon Lambert updated the board about progress made during the 2012-13 school year and plans for the next. Many software updates were made available to students and parents (ZippSlip, conference scheduling, Google Apps, Windows 7 upgrades, Read 180, etc.) as well as installation of full wireless networks at the middle and high schools. The middle school technology education lab computers were replaced and Kearns received new teacher and lab computers. In addition, the new electronics lab at the high school was completed and the existing computer

lab relocated. Beginning next year, the technology department will face challenges in data management, support, and professional development for teachers. To meet the increased pressures from teacher and administrator evaluations, one-to-one computing pilot program, and Common Core evaluation, the department will install a variety of software programs to support core instruction in reading and math and to prepare for state assessments, as well as manage the enormous amount of data supporting these evaluations and assessments. Additionally, wireless networks will be installed at Wells Road and Kelly Lane Schools and the wiring at Kearns will be upgraded. Administrator Evaluation The state requires administrators to be evaluated beginning in the 2013-14 school year. Much of the Granby Administrator Effectiveness, Professional Learning, and Performance Evaluation Manual follow a similar structure to the new teachers’ evaluation that was recently unveiled. Factors vital to an administrator’s overall score include: performance and practice, stakeholder feedback, student learning measures, and teacher effectiveness. Superintendent Alan Addley will perform regular meetings with and observations of each administrator to ensure accurate evaluation. The full plan will be presented to the board for final approval in June.

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Quality education needs community support As another school year closes and another senior class prepares to graduate, it is appropriate to take a moment to celebrate some of the district’s accomplishments, to thank all those members of the community who supported the school district and to look ahead to the future. Notable events this year included the start of construction on new athletic facilities; implementation of our integrated pre-school, full-day kindergarten and elementary world languages; the success of our boys’ basketball team; and the recent recognition by US News and World Report that GMHS is the 13th best high school in the state. One of our greatest challenges remains the ability to maintain an exemplary school system over the next several years in a continuing difficult economy. This conundrum was most evident in the 2013-2014 budget and in the new town charter that changed the voting process. As you know, the education budget was passed on the second referendum after a $250,000 reduction. Thank you to all community members who voted in favor of the budget the second time around. Clearly, while the new town charter resulted in more people voting this year than in previous years, I do not believe the number of people voting in favor of the budget reflected the number of eligible voters who support education in town; however, that is the democratic process and the people spoke. In the future, it will be important that those in favor of funding a quality

education do come out to vote. While we prepare students to be college ready, one of the more fundamental purposes of an excellent education system is to produce student readiness for participation in a democratic society. Ironically, the low turnout of voters participating in the referendum (for whatever reason) actually threatens the future strength and vitality of the school system, which is designed to promote informed democratic participation. Somehow, working together, we have to find common ground that allows us to fund an excellent school system in a difficult economy. The last five-year operating budget average annual increase has been 0.84 percent. The school district is the reason why so many people move to Granby and the reason why real estate maintains its value. Moving forward, we have to decide whether or not having an average or even good school system is an acceptable standard. For me, one of the lasting images of the budget process was when our young intermediate school students addressed the community at the town public budget meeting in Spanish. The audience was impressed with the students’ fluency and mastery of the language. This is what happens when we implement initiatives well and in a measured way. In order to maintain an exemplary school system and prepare our students to compete in the future, we must find a way to support such strategic improvements. As a resident, I continue to be proud and privileged to lead a school system

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Buser opts for post-grad year by Shane Kertanis It is very, very difficult to find that one thing you are truly passionate about. But for Brett Buser, basketball is more than just a game; it is his passion. Last year, when he learned he was moving from his home town of Glendale, N.Y., to Granby, Brett was not sure what it might mean for his basketball pursuits. Very skeptical at first, Brett was concerned that leaving in his senior year might adversely affect his search for college basketball scholarships. But soon after coming to Granby, Brett felt very comfortable after getting to know some of his basketball teammates, including All-State player Carlin Champion and All- Academic Team player Mike Noyes. When asked about his new Granby team, Buser said, “We started off shaky, but as the season progressed we came together as a team.” And it must have truly worked, resulting in a State Championship title for Granby. All the while, Brett continued to focus on his college path. Recently Brett was accepted to Spire Institute in Geneva, Ohio, to further pursue his ultimate basketball dream of going to a Division I school. “Brett’s work ethic and passion are attributes only seen in few,” says Granby Memo-

rial High School Coach Wally Hansen. Schools such as Buser’s number one choice, Marquette, recommended Spire Institute for a post-graduate year to further enhance his skills. Coach Hansen explained how Spire will shape Brett as a player. “Spire Institute will bring Brett to his maximum level, which unseemingly, he has not reached yet.” The Institute’s daily schedule consists of 3 – 4 hours of training. The training ranges from cardio to weight lifting. And if that doesn’t seem like enough, how about an additional 3-1/2 hour basketball practice? Brett realizes all of the hard work and effort he must put in to keep moving forward and achieve his goals. He has all the support in the world from fans, family and teachers helping him on his way.

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that values teaching and learning. I encourage everyone in the Granby community to stay involved and maintain Granby’s reputation for educational excellence. On behalf of the district, I extend a sincere thank you to all the

people, groups and organizations that donated time, talents and money this year in supporting the schools. I wish the community and all of our families a safe and relaxing summer vacation. I’ll see you around town in the summer!

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The Granby Rovers U13 Boys Blue Team won its League title in the fall, finishing with a League record of 7-0 and an overall fall season record of 15-3-1. The Rovers U13 Blue Team as follows: front row (left to right): Colin Kanter, Jonathan Bystrowski, Ricky Schoelles, Evan Holm, Luke Roman, Dan Degagne; back row (left to right): Asst. Coach Gary Kanter, Head Coach Rick Orluk, Ben Ranicar, Dalton Lemoine, Drew Kibby, Nate Orluk, Joey Wix, Asst. Coach Bob Bystrowski, Asst. Coach Jamie Ranicar. Members of the team not pictured in photo include: Kyle Desjardins, Jaiden Delaire, Ethan Schock, Owen Ploude, Team Manager Deb Ranicar and Treasurer Donna Wix. photo by Erick Holm

National Honor Society “Empty Bowls” Fundraiser benefits food bank by Andrea Boyle The Farmington Valley VNA’s Granby Food Bank program has gratefully accepted a $2,734 donation from the Granby Memorial High School’s National Honor Society. The donation represents the results of the “Empty Bowls Project” fundraiser, held annually each spring where students serve soup in hand-crafted, glazed clay bowls to raise money for the Granby Food Bank program. Operated by the Farmington Valley Visiting Nurse Association, the Granby Food Bank program benefits Granby and Hartland residents in need of assistance, is staffed entirely by volunteers, and relies on the benevolence of the

community for food and monetary donations. “The Granby Food Bank program is currently assisting over 80 families each week,” said Lori Hoover, manager of the agency’s Community Programs Department. “On a regular basis, our Food Bank consistently needs non-perishable food and household items, including canned meat products, canned fruit, juice, ‘meal helper’ products, paper goods and hygiene products.” “Grocery store gift cards, cash donations and gifts such as this allow our volunteers to purchase items that need to be replenished. We are very fortunate and thankful for the generosity of the Granby community to be able to help those in need.”

Students at Granby Memorial High School are reminded time and time again that they are a part of a professional learning community. Students and teachers alike don’t take this statement lightly. Teachers regard students as young adults as opposed to adolescents, and give them opportunities that generally would be given to older students, these opportunities being advanced placement classes. With advanced placement classes come advanced placement tests. Students enrolled in these college-level courses work like the professionals they are all year long to prepare for the rigorous AP test. The tests are completed between May 6 and 17 and are 3 – 4 hours in length. For the average high school student, these tests would be simply overwhelming. The students at Granby Memorial High School, however, are not your average high school students. The hard-working students in these classes dedicate themselves to their work, enabling them to achieve high scores on their AP tests. AP tests aren’t graded like traditional tests, but are graded on a scale of 1 to 5. All over the country students take AP tests, and the highest scores achieved become a 5. This means that a student does not necessarily need 100 percent to get a 5. For example, if on the Advanced Placement United States History exam the highest score achieved was an 87, that would become the 100 percent, and it would

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Did you know that suicide rates in Connecticut are at a 20-year high? Suicide in Connecticut is the second leading cause of death among college students and the third leading cause of death among youth between the ages of 10 and 17. There has also been a significant spike in the number of middle-aged men committing suicide. The only good news is that there are actions we can take that can help prevent suicide. On Saturday, June 8, at 11 a.m., the Town of Granby will offer

free suicide prevention training in the community room of the Senior/Youth Services building. This training is for every adult: coaches, teachers, parents, supervisors, co-workers and family friends. Question, Persuade, Refer or QPR training is brief, to the point, easy to understand and effective. Please carve this important hour out of your busy schedule to join us. It could save a life. Call AnneMarie Cox at 860-844-5355 to register.

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Granby Horse Council Scholarship Committee awards scholarship by Dorothy Gozzo Anna Kern, graduating senior at Suffield High School, is the recipient of the Granby Horse Council Scholarship for 2013. A Granby resident, Anna has been accepted at State University of New York at Cobleskill for the fall 2013 semester.

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Spending springtime in Paris (and Provence)

GMHS students visit the ancient Roman Arena in Arles, France. photo by Karen Richmond-Godard

by Karen Richmond-Godard What could beat being a teenager spending spring break with your friends in the sun-drenched region of the south of France? If you ask some students at Granby Memorial High School that question, the response would be, “Not one thing!” Over spring break, 28 students and four teachers from Granby Memorial and Simsbury High Schools traveled to Digne-les-Bains, France, where they attended classes at Le Lycée Alexandra David Néel. The group consisted of 13 students from GMHS and 15 students from Simsbury High School. The Granby students who went were: Sophie Ackerman, Sophia Belko, Paige Holden, Charles Kuchenbrod, Colleen Leonardi, Caroline Marzo, Kassi Melkey, Matt Selander, Cassia Shoaf, Chloe Shoaf, Danielle Sturgeon, Theo Tessier and Eric van Heel. Granby French teachers


were Karen Richmond-Godard and Hilary Handin. While in Digne, students attended a day and a half of school with their host students and got a first-hand look at life in France through the eyes of a French teenager. They attended classes, ate in the cafeteria and some even spent the night in a dorm with their correspondants. It was a true opportunity to take what they’ve learned in French class and put their skills to the test. Le Lycée Alexandra David Néel in Digne has participated in an exchange program with Granby for many years and in 2010 serendipity brought Simsbury High School into the exchange. While in the south of France (also known as le Midi) the group visited the ancient Roman city of Arles and France’s oldest city, Marseille. The trip to Arles included a visit to the Roman Amphitheater (first century B.C.) and the Roman Arena (90 A.D.), which at the time, could accom-

modate 20,000 spectators. It was the site of many chariot races, executions and gladiatorial hand-to-hand combats. During the Middle Ages, the entrance arches were walled up and the arena became a fortress. On the way back “home” to Digne from Arles, the group stopped by what’s often called the most beautiful village in Provence, les Baux de Provence. In Marseille, the group took a ferry to the Château d’If, a former prison perched on a rocky island just off the coast of Marseille. The château was the setting for Alexandre Dumas’ novel “The Count of Monte Cristo.” The group also spent an afternoon strolling through one of the most beautiful, pedestrian-friendly cities in France, Aix-en-Provence. After spending six days living with a French family in Provence, the time came to say au revoir to their new friends and families and embark upon phase two of the trip. On April 17, the group boarded the world’s fastest passenger train which tops out at 200 mph, the TGV, and sped north, where they spent three days exploring the cobblestone streets of Paris learning about

PAGE 11 the history, and walking where many great writers, political figures, artists and other great historical figures once tread. The group’s visits included the Cathedral of Notre Dame, which celebrates its 850th anniversary this year, le Musée d’Orsay, l’Arc de Triomphe, les Champs-Elysées, le Louvre, le Jardin des Tuileries, Montmartre, l’Opéra Garnier, the Latin Quarter and, of course, how can one visit Paris without a visit to the iconic Eiffel Tower? This fall, GMHS and Simsbury HS students will have the opportunity to host French students when a group of students and teachers from le Lycée Alexandra David Néel travels to the USA, where they will spend two weeks experiencing American high school and exploring the wonders of New England. The trip to France was as exhilarating as it was exhausting. When asked what their best memory of France was as the group waited to board their return flight in Paris, most students felt that the time they spent in Digne with their new friends far outshined the dazzle and excitement of Paris.

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Valley Pre-School is alive with the arts by Kathy Jackson Valley Pre-School’s 2012-2013 year is quickly coming to an end, but May has been a month alive with the arts. The Art Show was held in May. Years ago, teacher Sally Moon launched the idea of having an art show with the 4-year-old classes. Now that idea has evolved into a day that is the culmination of a year’s worth of artistic exploration with the children. Classrooms are transformed, classical music is softly played, canapés are served to guests, and the children act as guides leading their families and friends around for a museum experience beyond their dreams. This year’s guest artist, Phoebe Kass Berkel, remarked, “I have been to countless art shows and this is unlike anything I’ve ever seen!” The children work in all different

media throughout the year, and display their creations. Texture tiles, melted crayon constructions, wood sculpture, still life with watercolor, photography, paper making, stabiles, collage, fabric art, free painting and group sculpture were some of the displays. This year, gardening in spring inspired Mrs. Jackson and Mrs. Moon’s class sculpture. Mrs. Tawney and Mrs. Goldman’s class sculpture was an entire Fairy Village. Their inspiration came from a trip taken by the teachers in the fall to the Wee Fairie Village exhibit at the Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme. The children are exposed to a variety of artists and their styles. Math, science, history and literacy are neatly woven throughout the art projects. The philosophies of “process over product” and individuality in design are central to the creation of the pieces in the show.

Ben and Benjamin Toth held a percussion concert for the children at Valley PreSchool. Benjamin is a former student. photo by Kathy Jackson

Jesse and Kori Lamb along with their son Cooper participate in Valley Pre-School’s art show. photo by Kathy Jackson

Parents, grandparents and friends of the artists as well as alumni were amazed by the show. Audrey Laird, an alumni parent, noted, “There is nothing like this. This experience is one of the things they remember!” Valley Pre-School’s teachers would like to thank the many guest artists over the years who have so willingly contributed their time and talent in working with the children. Phoebe Kass Berkel, Maggie Burnett, Gretchen Brown, Laura Eden, Bill Simpson, Avis Cherichetti, Brad McDougall, Sally Markey, Sharon Mayock and Steven Brown have made a lasting impression on the children. Musically, Valley Pre-School was honored to bring Ben Toth, chairman of the Department of Percussion at the Hartt School, and his son Benjamin, a VPS alum, to the school for a percussion concert once again. It was informative, engaging and beyond the imagination of the parents and grandparents also in attendance. In a manner that preschoolers could understand, the Toths shared their extensive knowledge of the origins of percussion and the variety of percussion instruments from around the world. Marimba, steel drums, geelee, rick and djembe were just some of the instruments that the children experienced. A lot of smiles and a great deal of

moving with the beat were seen as the percussion music filled Cook Hall. As a finale, while the Toths performed their last piece, the children accompanied them on their own percussion instruments they had previously made in the classroom. And, further inspired, the children continued their own percussion concert at the end of the morning on the Imagination Platform on the school’s playground. What incredible sounds filled the air! Valley Pre-School is grateful to the Toths for sharing their talent with the children. If you are interested in having your child experience Valley Pre-School, we are currently accepting applications for the 2013-2014 school year. Please visit us at or call 860- 653-3641 for more information.

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Registrars of Voters 10 slots to fill in November election The municipal ballot for this November will contain openings in 10 different boards and offices. More than 20 candidates are expected to run for offices, including Board of Selectman and Board of Education seats. In July, both Democrats and Republicans will hold town caucuses for determining their party’s nominations for the November 5 ballot. If either party has a contested nomination for any of the above positions at their caucus, the candidate(s) not chosen will have the option to petition for a primary. Candidates who gather enough eligible signatures by 4 p.m. Tuesday, August 7, can primary for the party’s nomination on September 10. Political party affiliation is often confusing to new voters. In Connecticut, only members of a major political party can participate in their caucuses or primaries. There is no waiting period to join a party if you are unaffiliated, or to become unaffiliated if you are a member of a party. There is, however, a three-month waiting period if you choose to switch political parties. This is tracked by the state’s computerized voter registration system. Membership in a political party is free and carries no obligations. All voters can vote for any candidate they choose during elections, regardless of party affiliation. Our next local primary, if needed, will be held on Tuesday, September 10, so Tuesday, June 10, is the deadline to switch

political parties to participate. You can choose to be a member of any political party that exists, but only five parties are currently tracked in Granby. Totals as of May 15, 2013, are 1946 Democrats, 7 Greens, 12 Libertarians, 2325 Republicans and 2974 unaffiliated. Absentee ballots are handled through the town clerk’s office. For primaries and the general November election, send in an application for an absentee ballot at least one month before the election and mail it back immediately after receiving your ballot. Calendar Review: Absentee ballot applications are being collected now by the town clerk for those who know they will be away from home on November 5. The form is available at Town Hall or on the web at Monday, June 10 is the deadline to switch parties in order to vote in the September local primary, if needed. July 16 – 23 are possible dates for the Democrat and Republican town committees to hold their caucuses. Check the Granby Democrat and Republican websites for date, place and time. July 24 is the deadline to for the Town Committee to file the Certificate of Endorsement with the Town Clerk. Tuesday, September 15 is the potential local primary date, from 6 am to 8 p.m., if needed. Pollworkers will be needed for the


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by Karen Moore Mother’s Day is a special occasion to celebrate the women in our lives who take the time to care for us. Many women in central and northeastern Connecticut take on the role of Fresh Air moms, as they open their hearts to New York City children through The Fresh Air Fund’s Volunteer Host Family Program. Consider sharing the simple joys of summertime with a Fresh Air child. Each summer, over 4,000 children visit volunteer host families in rural, suburban and small town communities across 13 states from Virginia to Maine and Canada. Families find hosting so rewarding that more than 65 percent of all Fresh Air children are reinvited to visit the same host families year after year. Fresh Air children are given the opportunity to experience a world outside of New York City full of meadows to run in, streams to fish in and lakes to swim in. “Hosting seemed like a simple gift to give a child. We take so many things we have for granted, like riding a bike or learning to swim. We thought if we could touch just one child’s life, that would be our gift to them,” says a Fresh Air host mother from New Hampshire.

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Granby Education Foundation announces grant awards by Rebecca Brewer The Granby Education Foundation (GEF) is pleased to announce the grants awarded for the 2012-2013 year. The GEF’s grant programs distributed more than $14,500 to local non-profit organizations, benefiting citizens of all ages. The Community Grant program awarded five grants in support of innovative educational initiatives. Granby Memorial Middle School was awarded $1,500 in seed money to cover the start-up costs of the Sharing to Learn program. Through global education and service-based learning experiences, students will work collaboratively to solve real world problems on a global scale. Wells Road Intermediate School was awarded $2,490 for the purchase of Google Chrome Books to prepare and provide the experience necessary for fifth and sixth graders to succeed in one-to-one computing as employed in the secondary schools. Granby Memorial High School’s Japanese Exchange Program has been granted $750 in support of cross-cultural programs and experiences. Dr. Patricia Law, GMHS principal, was granted $3,500 to fund a series of Calvin Terrell workshops for students and parents, centering on building a safe and accepting school climate. The topics of bullying, prejudices, diversity, self-image and choice-making were addressed. Amy Lupoli, math and science consulting teacher for Kearns School, was awarded $1,158 of seed money to establish a Rekenereks Math System program which uses manipula-

tives to develop essential math skills. The Arts Endowment Grant Program awarded four grants which funded opportunities within the community to explore the arts in many forms. Karen Richmond-Godard, French teacher at Granby Memorial High School, was awarded $1600 to implement a series of workshops and performances of West African drumming and dance by the Kouffin Kaneke Company during World Language Week. GMHS science teacher Baokhanh Paton (in partnership with art teacher Hollie Hecht) was awarded $1,305 for the Chemistry in Art/Art in Chemistry initiative. Students will be given the opportunity to integrate the two seemingly different disciplines of science and art in an authentic and real-world way, thereby increasing their understanding of both. The Granby Artists Association has been granted $600 to sponsor its Hands on Art Fun Day. This free event gives community members of all ages an opportunity to view demonstrations and work with local artists in a variety of mediums. Finally, $1,600 was awarded to Sandra Yost, program coordinator for the Town of Granby Senior Center, as seed money for the Stuck on Music program which encompasses a spectrum of curriculum including voice, instrumental, history, theory and performance. More information regarding the GEF’s grant programs, including ways to support them, can be found on its website: www.granbyeducationfoundation. org.


Colette St. Amour presented “Venturing Into Veganism: An Ethnographic Study Of Vegan Culture” at Keene State College’s 13th Annual Academic Excellence Conference. This student professional conference is designed to

showcase the academic work of Keene State students and the collaborative work between students and faculty. Eva Badowski has completed the nursing program at Goodwin College.

Book lovers peruse the tables at FOGPL’s 2012 annual used book sale. submitted photo

FOGPL moves 2013 annual used book sale to Holcomb Farm by Carole Bernard Although the used book sale doesn’t occur until September, the Friends of the Granby Public Library are already hard at work with plans for the sale. Holcomb Farm will be the new home of the FOGPL Annual Used Book Sale, and the venue is wonderful! There is a totally accessible space (easy to load and unload books), plenty of parking and there may be some additional features that were not possible at the former location. FOGPL is very excited about these new opportunities and looks forward to the effective planning and successful execution of the sale. This year’s sale will take place September 27 – 29. The hours will remain the same (Friday 6:30 – 9 p.m., Saturday 9 am – 3 p.m., Sunday 11 am – 2:30 p.m.) and there is a $5 entry fee on Friday night for those who want a first peek. Saturday’s items will be priced as marked, and Sunday’s sale is made through donations. If you have any copier paper boxes, or any sturdy boxes with covers, FOGPL would love to relieve you of them. They will even pick them up! If you are spring-cleaning and have

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some books or other items that are in good condition, FOGPL will accept your donations beginning on June 3. You may either drop off your items at the Granby Public Library during normal business hours, or at the Farm on Monday evenings (June through August) between 6 – 8 p.m. If you have a large quantity of items or need help moving boxes, please contact Carole Bernard at 860-653-6606 to make arrangements. The Farmington Valley YMCA, 97 Salmon Brook Street in Granby, will also be accepting donations for the sale. More information is available on its website at or on the Friends website Please contact the Friends if you are able to be a drop-off location for donations. Finally, if you would like to volunteer to sort books or work on some aspect of the sale, we’d love to hear from you (call Carole about this as well). Students in need of community service hours have found this activity most enjoyable and there is always a need for strong backs and good muscles. Book sorters will meet beginning on Monday, June 3 at 6 p.m. at Holcomb Farm. The mission of the Friends is to support the Granby Public Library. They couldn’t accomplish our mission without the generous donations, volunteers and book sale patrons. Thank you in advance for your support.

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Meadowbrook happenings

Farmington Valley Chorale performs for MeadowBrook residents by Debra Mullins On April 13, MeadowBrook of Granby residents and family members hosted the Farmington Valley Chorale. Residents and family members were delighted to hear selections from Handel’s oratorio “Esther.” The Chorale started in 1970 and now has more than 80 men and women who are committed to bringing quality choral music to the local area. The Chorale, under the direction of Dr. Ellen Gilson Voth, presents two concerts each season. Easter Basket Silent Auction MeadowBrook of Granby’s third annual Easter Basket Silent Auction raised funds once again for the Waste Not Want Not Community Dinner. This year, 34 baskets were donated by local businesses, organizations and individuals from Granby and neighboring towns. Through the generosity of all those who participated, MeadowBrook of Granby was able to present a check for more than $2,000 to volunteers from Waste Not Want Not. Earth Day and Arbor Day MeadowBrook of Granby’s residents in the Gardening Club celebrated Earth Day and Arbor Day by planting seeds. Later this spring, the Gardening Club will plant the flowers in the courtyard for all the residents and family members to enjoy. Volunteer Reception MeadowBrook of Granby hosted a reception to honor all of the wonderful volunteers who spend their time helping with and enriching the lives of its residents. MeadowBrook of Granby is a skilled nursing and rehabilitation facility located at 350 Salmon Brook Street in Granby, CT. 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.


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The Farmington Valley Chorale recently performed for the residents of MeadowBrook.

From l.: Community Dinner volunteers Nancy Jackson, Gary Roman, Carmelo Roman, Kim Roman, Nicholas Roman, Colby Roman, Luke Roman, Jocelyn Roman, and from MeadowBrook of Granby, Debra Mullins and Don Davanzo.

MeadowBrook resident Camile Garrity plants seeds for Earth Day.

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Volunteer Joe Rudzik from Coyote Codgers comes in once a month and does a singa-long with the residents.

An armchair tour of Granby In May, when “Girls of a Tender Age” author Mary Ann Tirone Smith was unable to come for breakfast, Women’s Breakfast Club members took an armchair tour of Granby led by Francis “Fran” Armantano, Granby’s director of community development. Members viewed the Granby Oak on Day Street and learned that traffic on such cross roads has increased as drivers, using GPS and MapQuest, find short

cuts to avoid going through the center. He discussed the growth and kind of housing starting with single-family homes such as Spring Glen in the ’50s to condominiums at Windmill Springs in the ’80s. He also pointed out the various farms found in Granby such as dairy, horse, goat, llama, vineyards, garlic, vegetables and orchards. This designation, in addition to open space preserved by deed and designated scenic roads continue to maintain the town’s rural-like atmosphere.

best solution is a dental implant. Implants have a 98% success rate and hygiene is very simple, similar to natural teeth. Implants do not require cutting down or preparing adjacent teeth and there are no metal clasps used, which can put pressure on adjacent teeth, causing them to loosen. Natural teeth allow you to chew with about 200 pounds of force, denture wearers only chew with 50 pounds of force, and only 5 pounds after 15 years with dentures. Dental implants can help patients re-gain 90% of chewing ability. More great news: Now you can have a hopeless tooth removed and replaced with an immediate implant and temporary crown in the same day! This is usually only done with a front tooth which is not used for heavy chewing. If a back tooth is lost an immediate implant can still be placed, but it won’t have the tooth on it for a few months. Most times there is no reason to delay placement of an implant. Many times, even an infected tooth can have an immediate implant. If you feel that you or a loved one can benefit from implant dentistry, call now for a free consultation from the Granby Restorative Implant Center, a Center dedicated to State of the Art Dental Solutions to Clinical Dilemmas. The doctors and staff of the Granby Dental Center invite you to see all of the new and exciting advances in modern dentistry at our office. Lasers can eliminate the need for injections and the sound of the drill! CEREC CAD-CAM technology allows us to make crowns in just one visit without the impressions or temporaries! Computerized Dental Radiography allows us to lower radiation doses to our patients by 50-90%! INVISALIGN lets you straighten your teeth without braces—we are your Invisalign connection! “Smile Vision” allows us to take a photograph of your current smile and then alter the photo on the computer to show you what you could look like with straighter, whiter teeth! Are you curious? Come in and ask us about SMILE VISION! If you have a question you would like answered, or would like a tour of our modern office to view our sterilization procedures and to meet our friendly, caring staff, please contact us or visit our website:

Fran Armentano and Pat Olechna at the April Granby Women’s Breakfast. Photo by Joan Ducharme

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McLean Events Retirement Living Luncheon Lectures The Village at McLean is offering the final two free lectures and light luncheons in its series. Monday, June 10: Planning to Have Your Assets Outlive You While Having a Great Retirement. Will be presented by Leigh King, CFP, CLU, Ameriprise Financial Advisors. Monday June 17: Successful Stories of Selling Houses in This Area, in This Economy. Presented by Steve Schittina, executive director of One Full House. Enjoy a light lunch and meet some of the Village residents. The luncheon lectures are held from 12:45 – 2:30 p.m. at The Village at McLean, Burkholder Community Center, 100 Sarah Lane, Simsbury. To register for lunch, call 860-658-3786.

Special Seminars for Faith Communities McLean Hospice has created two new free seminars for Clergy and Pastoral Leaders to offer to their congregation members who wish to learn more about visiting and caring for ill and grieving individuals and their families. Bonnie Lillis, LPC, McLean Hospice Licensed Counselor for Spirituality and Bereavement, will provide two onehour seminars, based on her years of experience with end-of-life care: the Sacred and Beautiful Presence of Being with the Sick and Dying Person and the Transforming Power of Ministering to the Grieving. Call McLean Home Care and Hospice at 860-658-3950 for more information.

Simsbury Grange Tag and Bake Sale, Farmers’ Market on June 1 On Saturday, June 1, Simsbury Grange will host a Tag Sale, Bake Sale and Indoor Farmers’ Market from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Simsbury Grange Hall, 236 Farms Village Road in West Simsbury. Participants can reserve an indoor table space at just $20 each for 48 sq. ft. (includes a 3 by 8 foot table). Uncovered outdoor space (130 sq. ft.) is available for $25. Donations to the tag sale are

welcome. For more information, to donate, and to reserve table space please contact Linda Salamacha at 860-866-6997 or via e-mail at Donations must be clean and in working order. No baby cribs please. Visit our website at or e-mail us at info@simsburygrange. org.

Meditation for Meals in East Granby East Granby’s Park and Recreation Department is sponsoring a town wide Meditation for Meals on Saturday, June 1 at 9 a.m. at the East Granby Farms Recreation Area, 79 North Main St., East Granby. In the event of rain it will be held indoors. Led by East Granby resident Josette Lumbruno, the purpose for the meditation is to bring the community together and offer gratitude for our family, friends, neighbors and those we have lost along the way. No

experience is necessary; the meditation will be about 20 minutes long. All East Granby residents are welcome to bring someone with them, whether they live in town or not. Wear comfortable clothing; bring a blanket or a folding chair and a smile. Admission is a food item for the East Granby Food Pantry. For additional information contact Josette Lumbruno at 860-989-1810 or email her at

Noble & Cooley Events Trains and Trolleys Come see the new Trains and Trolleys exhibit featuring the Central Connecticut ‘G’ Gaugers large-scale modular train layout at the Noble & Cooley Center for Historic Preservation in Granville, Mass. For more information about this active and enthusiastic model train club, visit Sundays and Movies From June through October the museum will be open for tours on the first and third Sundays of the month from noon – 3 p.m. Free monthly movie nights are back on the fourth Wednesday of every month from 7 – 9 p.m. This popular series features short movies about how things were made or operated “back in the day.” The June 26 movie night will feature films about trains and trolleys to complement the new exhibit. Living History Series The monthly Living History series starts Wednesday, June 12 at 6:30 p.m. with a program by David Leff, Hidden In Plain Sight. A local essayist, poet and lecturer, Leff unlocks the secrets of seeing magic in the mundane and discovering wonders in the commonplace world around us. The July 10 Living History Series features a patriotic musical program, Lincoln and Liberty, led by Roger Lee Hall. Roger is a music

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preservationist, author and composer and holds a Ph.D. in musicology specializing in early American music. Be sure to mark your calendars to learn about, hear and sing many of the popular songs from the Civil War era. Photography and Camera Exhibit An exhibit about the history of photography and cameras is currently under construction. If you have old cameras, photography equipment or photographs you are willing to lend to NCCHP for the exhibit, please contact us. Also, if you are interested in working on researching or setting up new exhibits, we are always looking for more volunteers. To learn more please call 413-357-8814 or e-mail us at The NCCHP museum at the Drum Shop is located at 42 Water Street in Granville and is open for tours by groups of 10 or more by appointment only. To set up a tour, call 413-357-8814. Museum admission is free for NCCHP members; for non-members, the fee is $5 for adults and $3 for children. 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 or special events. The museum features handcrafted items made by local artists, potters, woodcrafters, quilters, authors and more.

Annual Antique Auto Show The New England Air Museum’s annual antique auto show will be held Sunday, June 2. Co-sponsored by the Connecticut Council of Car Clubs, the how will feature a wide range of cars including early antiques such as Model T’s, show cars from the ’30s and ’40s, street rods, sports cars, the dream cars of the ’50s, and muscle cars of the ’60s and early ’70s. The show will feature the 50th anniversary of the Riviera with a favorite Buick Award. Admission to the auto show is included with the regular admission fee to the Museum. The auto show will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with the Museum staying open until 5 p.m. Open Cockpit Sunday June 16 The next open cockpit event at the New England Air Museum is set for Sunday, June 16, Father’s Day, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visitors will be permitted to climb into the cockpits of up to 10 vintage aircraft, a full-motion flight simulator and two static flight simulators. The aircraft include the Republic P-47 Thunderbolt of WWII, the Sikorsky HH-52 Coast Guard rescue helicopter, the Cold War era Lockheed F-104 Starfighter, the famous Douglas DC-3 airliner, the North America F-100 Super Sabre which is our nation’s first supersonic jet fighter, and more. The

museum’s Flight Sim Spot will be open for visitors to virtually fly any aircraft, anywhere. Sneakers or rubber-soled shoes are recommended. Aircraft Show June 22 and 23 The New England Air Museum will hold its first Great Aviation Adventure on Saturday and Sunday, June 22 and 23. Visitors to the event will have the opportunity to go out onto one of the ramps at Bradley International Airport to get up close to an exciting display of more than 25 airplanes and helicopters. The aircraft on exhibit will include military, corporate, homebuilts, war birds and antiques. The highlight of the show will be a Mitchell B-25 bomber which will make five flights a day. Admission tickets may be purchased at the New England Air Museum where visitors can board shuttle buses for the five-mile trip to the airport for the show. Tickets cost $17 for ages 12 and up and $6 for ages 4 to 11, and include admission to the museum. On these two days, the museum will open at 8:30 a.m. with the first shuttle bus to depart at 8:45 a.m. The last tickets will be sold each day at 3:30 p.m. The New England Air Museum is located by Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks. For further information, call the Museum at 860-623-3305 or visit

Get Rid of Old Electronics Simsbury United Methodist Church will sponsor an electronics recycling fundraiser on Saturday, June 22 from 9 a.m. to noon in the church’s parking lot at 799 Hopmeadow Street, Simsbury. The fundraiser supports the church’s 2014 Ghana medical and dental volunteer in mission trip to provide critical medicines, medical and dental services to villages and people of a remote clinic in northern Ghana. For a suggested donation of $20, people can get rid of their old electronics—think anything with a cord or battery—safely and conveniently bringing them to the church parking lot that morning. Volunteers will be there to unload the donations. Items accepted include TVs, computers, monitors, ter-

minals, laptops, keyboards, printers, fax machines, telephones, modems, lamps, hair dryers, VHS, DVD and CD players and household appliances. Not accepted are air conditioners, refrigerators, light bulbs and household batteries. For a full list of accepted items, visit www.

The church has teamed in this effort with Green Monster E-Cycling, one of Connecticut’s first electronic recycling facilities. Founded in 2007, the company has been able to, at minimum, triple the amount of electronics recycled each year. Such efforts prevent toxins from making their way into the environment. For more information on the event and directions, visit the church’s web site.

Suffield Players Need Directors The Suffield Players are seeking artistic directors, musical directors and choreographers for the 2013-14 season: “The Lion in Winter” by James Goldman, Oct. 10 – 26; “Happy Hollandaise” by Tim Koenig, Dec. 6 – 8 (Holiday Benefit Challenge); “A Year in The Death of Eddie Jester” by T. Gregory Argall, Feb. 6 – 22; and “Anything Goes” by Cole Porter, May 1 – 18. Scripts are available at Kent Memorial Library in Suffield. Prospective directors are requested to send a resume

and/or letter of interest to Konrad Rogowski at, or the Suffield Players, P.O. Box 101, Suffield, CT 06078, no later than May 31, indicating the play(s) for which you are applying. Interviews will be scheduled beginning early June. Applicants should be prepared to discuss their overall vision of the play(s) selected, including auditions, casting process, sets, and any special requirements or expenses.

Simsbury Wellness Walks The Farmington Valley VNA sponsors a free Wellness Walking Program indoors at the International Skating Center on the first and third Mondays of each month from 8:30 – 10:30 a.m.

Blood pressures can be checked before and after walking by a registered nurse who can also answer any questions on general health and nutrition. For more information, call 860-653-5514.

East Hartland Tag Sale First Church in Hartland is holding a tag sale on Saturday, June 15 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Browse among the many interesting items including antiques, used furniture, household items and toys. First Church is located at the junction of

Rtes. 20 and 179 in East Hartland. Rain date is June 29. Donations of gently used items are welcome. All donations are tax deductible. For more information, call Megan at 860-653-6495 or e-mail

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Strawberry Supper

The West Granby United Methodist Church, 87 Simsbury Road, will hold its annual Strawberry Supper on Saturday, June 22, with seatings at 5 and 6:30 p.m. Menu includes ham, potato salad, cabbage salad, baked beans, rolls and strawberry shortcake. Price for adults is $12.50, $6 for children under 12, and preschoolers eat free. For reservations call 860-653-6651 or 860-653-2449.

Civic Club

The Granby Civic Club will meet at Lost Acres Orchard on Thursday, June 20 at noon. The ladies enjoy a great time of food, fun and fellowship as they eat under the apple trees or on the new farm store porch. The cost for the luncheon is $10 per person. The club invites all women of Granby to join in their tradition of service and socializing and share in their vision for A Better Granby. Contact Ginny Wutka at ginny@lostacres. com or 860-653-6897 for additional information and reservations.

Plant Sale

The Holcomb Farm plant sale is Saturday, May 25, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the CSA Barn, 111 Simsbury Road, and will feature a cooking demonstration by Chris Prosperi of Metro Bis Restaurant from 10 – 11 a.m. Grow some of your own healthy food using plants all started from seed and grown without chemicals in Holcomb Farm’s greenhouses. Plants available include: heirloom tomatoes, peppers, fennel, herbs, scallions, cabbage, bok choy, collards, eggplant, onions, kale, cantaloupe, watermelon and more. Some items may be limited. Please show up early to guarantee a full selection. We accept only cash or personal checks – no credit or debit cards.

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Garden Tour Weekend The Salmon Brook Historical Society is holding a private garden tour on the weekend of June 22 – 23. Ticket price is $10 and includes guest lecturer Sarah Bailey, master garden program coordinator from UConn Cooperative Extension Service, on Saturday morning at Holcomb Farm. Details at www.salmonbrookhistori-

Women’s Breakfast

The Granby Women’s Breakfast Group will present a program entitled Cruising Connecticut with a Picnic Basket on Wednesday, June 5, at 8:30 a.m. in the Senior Center. Author Jann Mann will reveal wonderful spots in Connecticut where you can picnic. $3 per person. Reservations are required. Call Corinne Dickerson at 860-653-9891.

Cossitt Library


Opening on Sundays The Salmon Brook Historical Society, 208 Salmon Brook Street, across from Salmon Brook Park, will be open Sundays, from June 2 to Sept. 29, 2 – 4 p.m. It will be closed Independence Day and Labor Day weekends. Tour the houses, school and barns for only $4, children and seniors $2, members free. This year’s exhibit, Granby during the “Downton Abbey” years, opens June 16.

FV-VNA Programs

Blood Pressure Screenings Tuesdays, June 4 and 18, 2 – 3:30 p.m. at the VNA building on Salmon Brook St.; Thursdays, June 6, 13, 20 and 27, 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. at the Senior/Youth Center. In East Hartland: Tuesday, June 4, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at the Town Hall and Monday, June 17, 12:15 – 1:15 p.m. at the First Church Parish Hall. Shingles and Pneumonia Vaccinations The FV-VNA is offering shingles vaccinations for individuals 60 and over and pneumonia vaccinations for individuals 65 years and older. There is a fee for this service and appointments are necessary. Various insurances are accepted. For information or to schedule an appointment, call 860-653-5514 between 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Join the Friends of Cossitt Library annual meeting on Wednesday, June 12, 7 p.m. Support Granby’s historic library, meet great people and enjoy delicious refreshments. Cossitt’s first Sunflower Contest will interest gardeners of all ages. Flowers will be judged in two age groups and three categories. Pick up seeds beginning May 16 and go home to plant some sunshine. Summer Reading Clubs Registration of Cossitt family reading clubs begins Saturday, June 15—no meetings, just great books. Toddlers/ pre-readers and parents join a good friend in the Curious George Read-ToMe Club and watch their own George balloon away through the summer, ending with a lawn picnic. No one is too young to join. Students will fertilize their brains in the Read, Garden and Grow Club. They’ll harvest great reading from Cossitt’s excellent collection, plus 200 exciting State Library books, and have an opportunity to help beautify Cossitt’s grounds. Raffle prizes and a make-yourown-sundae party wrap up the club. Teens and adults, slow down, put your feet up, grab a cool drink and enjoy good reading in the Relax ‘N Read Club. The sundae party and gift certificates top off this club.

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Rain or shine, the youth of Pilgrim Covenant Church will hold their annual tag sale on Saturday, June 1, 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., at the church located at 605 Salmon Brook Street.

Windy Hill Guitar

The Windy Hill Guitar Ensemble will perform music of Renaissance England, along with Baroque music by Bach and Vivaldi, and folk music of Latin America, Scotland, Ireland and Wales at Lost Acres Vineyard from 3 – 5 p.m. on Sunday, June 2. The ensemble is directed by Laura Mazza-Dixon. The performers will be Aidan Borsecnik, Erin Keener, Alex Uhl and Emily Uhl. On Sunday, June 16, the Windy Hill Guitar Studio student recital will be held at 4 p.m. at the West Granby United Methodist Church. The guitarists, ranging in age from 5 years old to adult, will present music for classical guitar solo, duos, trios and quartets. Admission is free.

Camera Club

The Granby Camera Club will meet on Monday, June 3 at 7 p.m. at the Granby Senior Center. A program on landscape photography will be presented by Vern Wells.

Wine and Cheese Aging Gracefully

Save the date! The Granby Senior Club will hold an elegant wine and hors d’oeuvres fundraiser from 6 – 8 p.m. August 22, at Lost Acres Vineyard to benefit quality programming and needed equipment for the Granby Senior Center. Cost is $25 per person. Tickets are available now. Contact Mary Riek at 860-653-3896.

Rabies Vaccination Clinic, Dogs and Cats

The towns of Granby and Hartland are sponsoring a rabies vaccination clinic for dogs and cats on Saturday, June 1, 10 a.m. to noon. Pets from surrounding towns are also welcome. The clinic will be held at the Granby Animal Shelter, 166 Salmon Brook Street (Rte. 10). The cost of the vaccination is $20, cash only. For further information, contact the Granby Animal Control Officer at 860-844-5335. The Drummer welcomes announcements of upcoming events sponsored by Granby organizations. Announcements may not exceed 120 words.

MS Support Group

The Granby MS Support Group meets at the Salmon Brook Apartments 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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Farmington Valley VNA celebrates volunteers

Lori Hoover, left, and Incy S. Muir, far right, and the Farmington Valley VNA’s team of Community Programs, Granby Food Bank, and Town Associates volunteers.

by Andrea Boyle The Farmington Valley Visiting Nurse Association recently hosted two special events in celebration of our dedicated volunteers. Our Town Associates, Granby Food Bank, and Community Programs volunteers were invited to a buffet breakfast and special recognition ceremony on April 19 in our satellite Granby office. Farmington Valley VNA Executive Director Incy S. Muir, Community Programs Department Manager Lori Hoover, and the Community Programs Department staff hosted the relaxing social event. Volunteers were commended for their role as ambassadors of promoting our charitable mission and for enhancing the lives of those we serve through our community-based flu clinics, blood pressure clinics, screening events, wellness walking programs, educational presentations, and the Granby Food Bank program. “Volunteers are essential to the success of the programs we offer throughout the Farmington Valley,” stated Ms. Hoover.

“They are often the first point of contact at flu clinics and blood pressure screenings, welcoming clients with a smile, assisting with paperwork, and helping our nurses in every way possible. The Granby Food Bank program is staffed entirely by volunteers, who dedicate their time and energy to collecting donations, replenishing supplies, managing ‘inventory,’ and most important, assisting those who participate with ‘shopping’ for essentials.” Hospice volunteers routinely meet monthly at the Farmington Valley VNA’s Simsbury office for education on end-of-life care issues and to discuss ways in which they can assist our Hospice clients and caregivers, but April 29 marked a celebratory event. Karen Bignelli, RN, manager of the Hospice program, and Laura Perednia, LCSW, medical social worker, hosted the festivities. “Our Hospice volunteers provide a myriad of services for our clients,” said Mrs. Bignelli. “Many enjoy direct interaction with our Hospice clients, and spend time reading, reminiscing,

looking at family photographs, and playing cards. This often provides a period of respite for the caregiver. Volunteers deliver balloons and gifts to celebrate birthdays and other occasions, run errands for families, and use their talents and skills in creative ways. One volunteer devotes her time to making bereavement baskets for families, and ensures that memorial candles are delivered to funeral homes as an expression of our condolences. Another shares her lovely voice, entertaining clients with her singing and coordinating visits from the Threshold Choir. And the success of our Hospice fundraiser’s sale of personalized honorary and memorial

ornaments, displayed in two community locations on beautifully decorated ‘Tree of Life,’ would not be possible without the efforts of our Hospice volunteers.” The Farmington Valley VNA offers volunteer opportunities in the areas of direct care and activities that benefit our Hospice clients and their caregivers, marketing and office projects, fundraising initiatives, public immunization and screening clinics, sewing projects, the Granby Food Bank program, and representing the agency at events throughout the communities we serve. Please call 860-651-3539 or visit for information on these opportunities.

Front row (seated): Karen Bignelli, RN, Hospice Program Manager, Hospice volunteer Judy Conley, and Laura Perednia, LCSW. Standing: Incy S. Muir, Executive Director, and Hospice volunteers Marlene Snecinski, Cherri Wickham, Bonnie Antarsh, Sandra Cross, Paul Thomas, Martha Fanelli, Frances Caspar, and Kathy Fitzpatrick. submitted photos


Jason Rocks was recently initiated into Phi Kappa Phi. Rocks is pursuing a degree in physical sciences at Carnegie Mellon University. Robert K. Schrepf was one of four Hartford Courant editorial writers who received the Sigma Delta Chi award honoring the best in professional journalism for editorial writing (daily circulation of over 100,000) from the

Society of Professional Journalists. The Courant editorial page group had submitted its collection of editorials on the Newtown shootings. Sean Leonardi has been named to the spring 2013 Champlain College dean’s list. Leonardi, son of Gregory and Kathleen Leonardi, is majoring in business.

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Salmon Brook Historical Society holds annual meeting by Heather Tomasetti On a nice spring evening the Salmon Brook Historical Society held its annual meeting at the First Congregational Church. Social hour included great appetizers and wonderful conversation as members and guests joined together. Members of First Congregational Church prepared and served a gourmet dinner and an overflowing table of decadent desserts. After dinner, a brief meeting was held to elect this year’s officers: Bill Ross, president; Ken Kuhl, vice president; James Finnance, secretary; Roger Hayes, treasurer; and Carol Laun, archivist/ acting curator. The following board members were approved: Bob Schrepf, Todd Vibert, Rich Zlotnick and Heather Tomasetti. In addition, Carol Laun presented Jean Potetz with the 2013 Ethel Linnell Award presented each year to

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an extraordinary volunteer. Jean has been a Thursday morning volunteer for years, working with the textiles and was also a member of the preservation barn building committee. She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience with her quilting background, which she used in the design of the Society’s textile rooms. “Jean’s most important quality is her enthusiasm and appreciation for the items in our collection” said Laun. Once the business meeting was adjourned, the guest speaker, Carl Walter, gave a presentation on the historic Farmington Canal. Carl’s extensive research and documentation of the Canal allows him to offer interesting facts, amusing tidbits, and detailed images of the canal. The canal, when finished, connected Northampton to New Haven, and ran through Granby with a series of locks that went across what is today Hartford Ave/Rt 189 and a large culvert

over the Salmon Brook which eventually was used as a train bridge. Although the current bridge over the Salmon Brook on the rails to trails is a later construction, a small portion of the original culvert still remains. On behalf of all the members and guests, the Society would like to thank everyone at First Congregational Church, Carl Walter, and the Society Board members/officers for a great evening. To learn more about the Society and upcoming events visit www. or find them on


Jean Potetz (l.) received the 2013 Ethel Linnell Award from Carol Laun, SBHS archivist. photo by Peter Dinella



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������������������ Director: Tom Tyburski Program Supervisor: Daphne Shinder Office Hours: 9 a.m. − 4 p.m. Open 24/7 at for program registration. Telephone: 860-844-5356 (If no answer, please leave a message.) Website: Program/Trip Registration: All programs and trips are based on a first come basis and space availability and require advance registration; payment must accompany registration. Register and pay on-line using MasterCard/Visa/ Discover. Or make checks payable to Town of Granby and return with registration form to the Recreation Office in the Senior/Youth Center or mail to Granby Recreation Department, 15C North Granby Road, Granby, CT 06035. Please register early to avoid disappointment. Policies: Call the office for a copy of the refund policy. In case of snow or early release days, classes are canceled and will be rescheduled at the convenience of the instructor. Gift certificates for all programs are available; make arrangements with the Recreation Office. Recreational and leisure opportunities will not be denied any resident because of lack of financial resources; program scholarship information is available upon request. We are now on Facebook—Granby Recreation and Leisure Services. Please “like” our page to receive upcoming program and trip updates. Stay up to date by setting up your family’s account at our website. New program announcements will be sent to your inbox.

and the wonders of nature. Salmon Brook Park has a playground, soccer fields, baseball fields, outdoor basketball hoops and picnic pavilions, and tennis courts. Your child will have the opportunity to swim daily, plus go on exciting field trips, and see spectacular entertainers. All children are grouped by age/grade and all activities are age-appropriate. Camp is scheduled in one week sessions to better meet you and your child’s needs. Need to get to work early or extend your child’s time at the camp? Check out our Extended Day Program run by our Camp Director. Weekly Camp Sessions begin June 24. Camp is held from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday to Friday, cost is $135 per week. Save $10 a week by registering your child by Friday, May 24!

24 – 28 at GMHS. Grades 1 – 9 at 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. $105pp. Athlete’s Edge Conditioning Clinic: June 24 – Aug. 12 at Ahrens Park. Grades 7 – 12 at 6 – 7 p.m. $115pp. WICKS STICKS Field Hockey Camp: Aug. 5 – 9 at GMHS. Grades 4 – 9 at 5 – 7 p.m. $125pp. First Play Lacrosse Camp: July 8 – 12 at Ahrens Park. Grades 5 – 12 at 5 – 6:30 p.m. $99pp. Total Play Multi-Sports Camp: For Grades 5 – 12. July 15 – 19 at Ahrens Park: full day (9 a.m. – 4 p.m.) $179; mornings (9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.) $149; afternoons (1 – 4 p.m.) $99. Aug. 26 – 30 at Salmon Brook Park: full day (9 a.m. – 4 p.m.) $179; mornings (9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.) $149; afternoons (1 – 4 p.m.) $99. Sports Squirts: For ages 3 – 5. Held at Ahrens Park, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. July 15 – 19 or Aug. 26 – 30. $79pp. Kangaroo Clinic - Field Hockey Skills Camp: Aug. 12 – 15 at GMHS. Grades 9 – 12 at 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. $255pp. Braveheart Elite Summer Lax Camp: For girls and boys ages 9 – 15. Aug. 5 – 8, 9 – 11:45 a.m. at Ahrens Park $175pp. Chris Corkum Baseball: June 24 – 27 at Salmon Brook Park. Ages 7 – 12 at 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. $119pp. Challenger British Soccer Camps: Aug. 19 – 23 at Salmon Brook Park. Ages 3 – 5 at 9 – 10:30 a.m., $102pp. Ages 6 – 16 at 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. (halfday), $140pp. Ages 6 – 16 at 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (full day). $210pp. Summer Band Camp: For grades 5 – 12 at GMMS. 9 a.m. – 12 p.m., $75pp per week. July 8 – 12, July 15 – 19, and July 22 – 26.

ational Soccer League at the Division III and IV levels. Children are to be registered in their appropriate division, by grade level as of September 2013. Each child in every division is provided with a team T-shirt and team colored socks. Parents for all levels are responsible for mandatory cleats and shinguards. We recommend that each child have his/her own ball of the correct size and put his/her name on it. Ball sizing: FUNdamentals, size 3; Division I and II, size 4; Division III and IV, size 5. Soccer season will commence with practices during the week of Aug. 26 and end Saturday, Oct. 26. There can be as many as two practices per week scheduled for Divisions II, III and IV; one practice per week for Division I. FUNdamentals will have Saturday-only sessions and require parent participation at all sessions. Games start Saturday, Sept. 7. $65 per player for all age groups. Cost covers uniforms, equipment, coaches’ training, administration and referee coordinator fees, referees fees and other fees associated with operating the fall soccer program. Now is the time to sign-up for Granby Youth Fall Soccer. Timely registration is a requirement in order to have equipment and uniforms in time for September. Depending upon the number of coaches, team placement may be limited to a first come/first served basis. Registrations are accepted online at, in person at the Recreation Office (15C North Granby Road) or by mail (get form at office or on website). Registrations must be received or postmarked by 4 p.m. on Friday, July 12 to avoid the late fee of $25. All registrations must be accompanied by a check (payable to Town of Granby), cash or credit card payment.



Summer Programs

The following is a sampler of what Granby has to offer. Due to space limitations we can’t fit in everything we’d love to tell you about our programs! Please visit the website for full program descriptions and for even more summer programs such as fencing, Legos, acting, and art camps.

Summer Tennis Lessons at SBP

Our youth tennis lessons are geared to the beginner and intermediate youth player. Summer youth tennis lessons are instructed by Kevin Imbt, GMHS tennis team coach. Participants should bring an appropriately sized racquet, lots of water, towel and sneakers. Our two-week lessons are held Mondays to Thursdays; Fridays will be used to make up cancelled lessons due to heavy rain, etc. Lessons are held at SBP. Visit the website for times and prices. June 24 – 27, Monday – Thursday, 3-Hour Tennis Camp for Advanced beginners/Intermediates July 1 – 3, Monday – Wednesday, 3-Hour Tennis Camp for Advanced beginners/Intermediates July 8 – 18, Monday – Thursday, morning lessons July 22 – Aug. 1, Monday – Thursday, morning and early evening lessons Aug. 5 – 15, Monday – Thursday, morning lessons

Salmon Brook Park Day Camp

A summer day camp program that is committed to serving your child’s needs. This traditional day camp, for children entering grades 1 – 5, fills each day with active games, special events, sports, arts and crafts, teamwork, group interaction

Mission: Adventure, a Camp for Teens and Tweens

The newest addition to Salmon Brook Park’s summer programming! This summer, students in grades 6 – 9 will have a camp all their own. We know that kids this age don’t always think it’s cool to go to summer camp—until now. Mission: Adventure will have campers kayaking down the Farmington River, playing paintball with their friends in the setting of a western boomtown, playing underwater Frisbee while wearing a scuba tank on their back and so much more! Please check the website for a list of trips by camp session. Each two-week session of camp has at least six off-site field trips to a variety of locations. On days where campers will be on site all day they will be participating in scavenger hunts, team building activities, sports, swimming and more. All campers must purchase an individual ($25) or family membership ($70) to Salmon Brook Park in order to register for camp. Families will receive a detailed packet of camp/trip information in the mail 1-2 weeks before camp begins. Trip waivers, a list of what to bring, etc will be included. Camp is Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The cost is $385 per week. Adventure Camp Trips: Session 1 (June 24 – July 5) Trips— Funsquared (Lasertag/Bowling), Stone Age Rock Gym, Catamount Adventure Course, Paintball, Brownstone Adventure Park, Six Flags Session 2 (July 8 – July 19) Trips—CT Golfland, Scuba Experience, Lake Compounce Amusement Park, Farmington River Tubing, Brownstone Adventure Park, Six Flags Session 3 (July 22 – Aug. 2) Trips— Hammonassett Beach Trip, Scuba Experience, Catamount Adventure Course, Paintball, Stone Age Rock Gym, Six Flags Session 4 (Aug. 5 – Aug. 16) Trips— Funsquared (Laser Tag/Bowling), Stone Age Rock Gym, Woodbury Mountain Tubing and Zorbing, Farmington River Tubing, Brownstone Adventure Park, Six Flags Register for 2 or more sessions of Mission: Adventure Camp by May 1 and get a free 2013 Seasons Pass to Six Flags!

Camps and Clinics

Bears Boys Basketball Camp: July 8 – 12 at GMHS. Grades 1 – 4 at 8 – 11 a.m.; grades 5 – 8 at 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. $105pp. Bears Girls Basketball Camp: June

Diamond Skills Baseball Camps

Diamond Elite Skills Camp (ages 9 – 12): July 22 – 25, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. at Ahrens Park. $115pp. Diamond Beginner Skills Camp (ages 6 – 9): July 22 – 25, 1 – 3 p.m. at Ahrens Park. $85pp. Diamond Jump Baseball Camp (ages 11 – 14): Aug. 19 – 23, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. at Ahrens Park. $115pp.

Fall Youth Soccer

This is a recreational league where the primary objective is for the players to develop skills, learn good sportsmanship and have fun. The emphasis is on self-improvement—to provide each player the opportunity to reach his/her own maximum potential development for the enjoyment of soccer. The emphasis is not on winning; each child will contribute to the We, the Team concept through equal and fair play. FUNdamentals (Grade K–1) are co-ed teams. This is a two-year program where different skills are introduced and built upon each year, preparing the child for game play with referees in Division I. This year Challenger Soccer coaches will oversee the 1-hour sessions beginning at 12:15 p.m. for Grade K and 1:30 p.m. for Grade 1. At least four parent coaches are required for each session. Division I (Grade 2) will be co-ed. There will be separate girls and boys teams at Division II (Grades 3 and 4), Division III (Grades 5 and 6) and Division IV (Grades 7 and 8). There will most likely be some local travel for children in grades 3–8. Granby will be joining the Farmington Valley Recre-


NYC On Your Own: July 17, Oct. 2, Dec. 7. These days in the city are on your own to enjoy the Big Apple. See Chinatown, Little Italy, Central Park, a museum, the zoo, a Broadway show or shop—use your imagination. The usual drop off points in the City are The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Plaza Hotel and Rockefeller Center. Pickup is 7 p.m. in front of Stage Deli, Broadway and 53rd Street. $38. Schooner Argia Cruise: July 14. Board the 81-foot Schooner Argia for a 2 1/2 hour narrated sightseeing cruise. From the wooden deck you will see the captains’ homes along the river and hear about this area that is so rich in maritime history. Your cruise will set sail from Mystic down the historic Mystic River to Fishers’ Island Sound. You will be sailing in smooth and protected waters. After your morning sail, spend some free time for lunch and shopping in Mystic. We will also be making a stop at Mohegan Sun. 8 a.m. depart from Granby Senior Center and return to Granby approximately 8:30 p.m. $72pp. Lions, Tigers, and Bears Oh My! Bronx Zoo: On Monday, Aug. 26, you and your family can join us on an exciting trip to the famous Bronx Zoo. There is no other zoo in the world that

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New youth job skill development program offered


Holcomb Farm has teamed up with the Granby Youth Services Bureau to offer a program for teens looking for work experience. Teens will develop job skills and leadership training while working outside on a sustainable local farm. The job training will start with support from the Granby Youth Services Bureau with applicants writing a cover letter and putting together a resume with references. Participants will also have an opportunity to hone interviewing skills before coming to the farm for an official job interview. Once hired, teens will also go through filling out a W-2 form along with other employment-related documents. The on-farm program is on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. (15 hours per week) from June 25 to Aug. 15. Selected participants choose at least 2 weeks (of the 8 week session) to work as part of a supervised team. Work environment expectations will be reinforced with youth, and participants will be held to the standards of other farm employees. Youth will also par-

ticipate in activities focusing on group dynamics and leadership development. Because this is not a job—but rather a work-skill development program— compensation works a little differently. Participants will fill out timesheets and receive an hourly wage ($7.25) for the work they accomplish. These salaries are subsidized by program fees; parents pay their total salary when registering, and the youth earn this money back as they work. Parents are reimbursed for the hours the teen did not work at the end of the program. The costs are: $350 for 2 weeks (6 work days); $630 for 4 weeks (12 work days); $1,190 for 8 weeks (24 work days). In addition to the salary for anticipated hours worked, the program cost includes workers’ compensation, administrative fees and the application fee. Educational Enrichment We are also offering optional educational workshops each Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoon from 1 to 3 p.m. Each week will have a different theme, such as Leadership

Development, Food Systems, Ecology of Agriculture, and Local Food Issues. While these sessions are set up so they are easily accessible to Summer Youth Work Skills participants, they are open to any teens seeking summer-time educational enrichment. Program fees (in addition to SYWS fees, or a la carte): $25/session (or $65/3-day week). Program Supervisor As an educator and agrarian, Piper Dumont cultivates connections with the land and the people living on it. Equipped with a B.A. in human ecology from College of the Atlantic and an enduring sense of wonder, Dumont’s passions eventually led her to Columbia University’s Teachers College to earn a master’s degree. She is now finishing a doctorate at Teachers College where she is analyzing food education and knowledge. She has explored the world through apprenticeships on small family farms, leading wilderness trips, and as a high school teacher. She recently moved to the area and is excited to work with youth at Holcomb Farm this summer.

Happenings GECC Stay and Play Drop-in Play Group, Wednesdays weekly, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. Watercolor Painting Classes Visit for more information Two Coyotes Wilderness School Coyote Village for Homeschoolers at Holcomb Farm. Visit www.twocoyotes. org for more information. Parks and Rec The following activities held at Holcomb Farm are available through Granby Parks and Recreation Department. For more information visit www., or contact the Rec Office at recreation@granby. ct-gov or 860-844-5356. YogaChi with Mary Ellen YogaChi is a fusion of Yoga, ChiGong and Pilates. This class is a great way to stretch, strengthen and relax while creating balance in the body, mind and spirit. For ages 13 and up, Tuesdays through June 4, 9:30 – 10:45 a.m. in the Workshop. $65pp. Power Yoga 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. For ages 18–75. Tuesdays through June 4, 8:15 – 9:15 a.m. in the Workshop. $65pp. Fencing Program For grades 3 to adult; beginner to intermediate level fencers. The program will teach the basic fencing fundamentals, develop proper technique and bouting experience. Every aspect of fencing is covered developing a solid skill foundation. On the first day of class safety rules and the proper use of the fencing weapon (foil) and protective gear are introduced. Fencing equipment will be supplied (mask, gloves, foil, fencing jacket, underarm protector; chest protectors for girls); masks are disinfected after each use. Participants should wear sneakers, T-shirt, and long pants without pockets or holes (preferably sweat pants) or shorts/capris. Tuesdays through June 4 (no May 28), 4:15 – 5:15 p.m. in the Workshop. $121pp. Let’s Gogh Art—Grr, Buzz, Hiss, Roar! Animal lovers and art explorers (age 5–12), take a walk on the wild side. Visit the jungle, go on safari and travel back in time to the Dinosaurs. Create 2and 3-dimensional animals, butterflies, birds, snakes, frogs and lizards, lions and even dinosaurs! Use an amazing variety of art materials, textures and techniques while experimenting with clay and paints, ceramic and fabric art, wood, oil pastels, stenciling, collage, decoupage and more. Fun Facts about the animals, storytelling, and always humor are included. T-shirt projects and animal face painting or glitter tattoos round out this awesome week of fun! Bring a nut-free snack and drink each day. Monday – Friday, June 24 – 28, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. in the Workshop.



The Farm Store has abundance of local agriculture Granby residents David Spatcher (l.) and Meagan McGuire perform the backbreaking but vital function of weeding the hundreds of rows of seedlings that will eventually become the veggies that fill the bags of the Holcomb Farm CSA participants. photo by Shirley Murtha

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2013 Facility Rentals

Salmon Brook Park: We are now accepting reservations for the pavilions at Salmon Brook Park in 2013. If you are planning a family reunion, birthday party or other gathering, call us now to reserve your date. Also available are private beach parties at the pond. What could be better than hosting your next summer party on the beach? Call us for details. Ahrens Park: Reservations being accepted for the pavilion at Ahrens Park. What a nice way to spend time with family and friends picnicking at this beautiful park! For more information please call the Rec. Office at 860-8445356.

New Program Ideas?

We want to hear from you, if you are an instructor or just have an idea for a new program that you think would be great. Let us know! Contact us at or 860844-5356.

Holcomb Farm is your one-stop shop for delicious local products. We offer a wide selection of the very best products, including meats and cheeses, honey and jams, yogurt and eggs. There are many local farms represented in our store. We offer awesome goat cheeses and both cow and goat yogurt from Sweet Pea Farm in Granby. Sepe Farm, also right here in town, provides

us with lamb. Come to Holcomb Farm to find grass-fed beef from Tulmeadow Farm in Simsbury, honey from Schultzs’ Apiary in East Windsor, maple syrup from Sweet Wind Farm in East Hartland and a selection of seasonal chemical-free veggies from Holcomb Farm. To round out our store, we will also have treats such as ice cream, cold beverages, seasonal fruits and oth-

er products! The Farm Store is open to the public beginning June 12: Tuesday, 2–6 p.m.; Thursday, 3–7 p.m.; and Saturday, 9 a.m.–1 p.m. Cash and personal checks are welcome. Come to Holcomb Farm to enjoy the richness of what Granby and the surrounding region offers. Invest in your community—support local farmers!

Drumrolls Justin Horr graduated with a BS in accounting from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. He was a 2009 Graduate of Granby High School. He is the son of John and Patricia Horr of North Granby. John P. Gailor, son of Bet and Michael Gailor, has been elected to serve as class representative for the class of 2015 in the Hamilton College Student Assembly for 2013-14. Gailor, a sophomore, is a graduate of Granby Memorial High School. David Armentano was honored for academic excellence at the College of Saint Rose. The graduating senior received the Outstanding Senior in History Award. Nine students earned a spot on the third-quarter honor roll at Northwest Catholic High School. First Honors: Kirsten Greene, Samuel Spak and

Rachel Sullivan, grade 9; Shannon Greene, grade 10; Emily Kuczma, grade 11; and Abigail Reed and Catherine Sullivan, grade 12. Second honors: Alex Smoolca, grade 9; and Amanda Waltman, grade 12. Zachery Bigus, 2011 GMHS graduate, graduated April 5, 2013, from US Naval Boot Camp. He is currently training in San Antonio, Texas, for hospital corpsman responsibilities.

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Pizza Market’s Fiori brings 25 years of Italian culinary expertise to Granby by Lowell Johnson Granby welcomes Antonio Fiori and his Pizza Market, located on Salmon Brook Street – just a hop, skip and jump north of the high school complex. A newcomer to Granby, Fiori will be sharing with us his ongoing and successful culinary craft of 25 years in neighboring New Hartford where his son now continues with Antonio’s tradition. Fiori’s culinary successes start with proven homemade basics and ingredients such as world rustic bread and rolls, fresh vegetables of all kinds, freshly made


Shelby Gibson ‘15 participated in Eastern Connecticut State University’s Annual Excellence Expo. Gibson’s major is communications. Raymond Haack was recently initiated into Phi Kappa Phi. Haack is pursuing a degree in psychology at Elon University.

meatballs, roasted chicken and peppers, and fresh clams for chowder. Very little comes out of a can or jar. A tasting of Fiori’s plum tomato basil pizza had the palate wanting for more of this thin and light crust serving. And this was just a tease to his wide offerings of homemade soups, salads and sandwiches with rustic breads. The sign in the picture tells it all. Fiori is sharing with us his New Hartford success formula and now looks forward to providing Granby with a similar and growing long term relationship.

Ryan Blejewski ‘14 was awarded the Eastern Connecticut State University Alumni Association Scholarship. Blejewski’s majors are psychology and history. Benjamin Toth, a junior majoring in archaeology, was named to Lycoming College’s dean’s list for the spring 2013 semester.

Antonio Fiori outside the Salmon Brook Street north eatery. photo by Paula Johnson

The American Legion thanks you for your support W

hen the ramp went down on the landing craft at Utah Beach on D-Day, World War II, all of those in the landing craft were of equal importance, no matter if you carried an M-1, a radio or a mortar. Thus in our eyes no matter what amount you contributed to the Legion’s War on Terror memorial monument, each and every one of you are important and valued supporters and comrades in arms. — James O. Hall, Adjutant, American Legion

The American Legion salutes the following patriots: Donna Agan Officer Staff American Legion 82nd Airborne Div. American Legion American Legion Post #182 Dave & Jan Amidon Antonucci Electric — Mike & Karen Antonucci Arrow Concrete Products Peter and Joan Avery Howard Baird Donna Barrows Beacon Mechanical Services Mark & Robin Bennett Howard Berg Robert & Helen Bonetti Maurice & Louise Brassard Patricia Brecker William Bridgman William Burgess Ted & Sandra Christensen Allen & Carol Christensen William Cipkas Jim & Nancy Clark Sherri-Lee Collen Commercial Flooing Concepts – Attianese Family Eric & Wanda Conroy Arthur & Kathy Dammers Kenneth & Joan Davis Ronald & Joanne Desrosiers

Victoria Dirienzo Jim & Toyo Donaldson Stephen Dowling Arlene Dunne David & Jenny Emery Mark & Joan Ernst Steve & Carol Evonsion Fauteux Construction James Fergione Frank Schoenrock & Associates Ronald & Bonnie Girard Daniel & Elaine Girard Daniel & Geralyn Gonzalez Granby 4-H Club Granby Youth Lacrosse Tom & Kasey Grimaldi Jim & Peggy Hall William Hart Wayne Hoffman William & Janice Hogan William Hokanson John & Fran Horr David & Rita Isaacson Steve & Ruth Janeski Curt & Holly Johnson Elaine Jones Gilbert Justo William & Patricia Kennedy Meredith Kimberley Charles Kircherrer

Grant Lamb Doug & Audrey Lampert John Lange Ken & Karen Latona Tim Lenihan Eileen Longhi Kevin, Cassie & Susan Longo & Clients of Granby Barber & Style Shop Michael & Chris Lynch M. C. Brown Express Edward & Elizabeth Malloy John & Margaret Mangold Warren Markey Marquis of Granby Bradford McDougall & Therese Mulvey John & Janice McIsaac Deborah McKay Ken & Peg McLaughlin Peter & Mary Merli William & Rebecca Mikus Geoffrey & Laura Milne William Moody Steven & Karen Moore Anita Myers & Francis Fontaine Mark Neumann Northwest Bank Old Farms Landscaping — Bruce & Bonnie Unger Paine’s Inc. Carmine Pandolfi

William & Margaret Percival Jeffrey Phillips William Pomponi John & Sharon Powers Joseph Puglise In Memory of Joseph Puglise Jeffrey & Susan Rasmus Charles & Ann Marie Reuter Lynn & Maria Rushby Bill & Susan Ann Ryan Jim & Patty Sansone Leroy & Audrey Seaton Donald & Margaret Shaw William and Marie Simanski Simsbury Bank Russ & Ann St. John State Line Oil Brian & Terri Tarbox Ellen Thibodeau J D Thomas Ralph & Carol Tighe True Value Hardware Karl & Johanna Van Valkenburgh John & Barbara Walker Mark & Barbara Wetzel Windsor Federal Savings Matt & Tracey Wutka Anonymous

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Bringing out the artist in young and old alike by Robin Sidwell The Granby Artists Association hosted its fifth Family Fun Day May 11. This was an opportunity for family members – young and old – to try their hands at a variety of art forms, receiving guidance from artists of the Granby Artists Association. The event was a GREAT success as 300-plus “visiting artists” created their own works of art, leaving with handfuls of treasures to continue to enjoy and share with others! During the five-hour Fun Day, artists experimented with paper sculpturing, rice paper mono-printing, watercolors, spin art, cartooning, canvas acrylic painting, wood sculpture, spin wheel creations, jewelry making, photography, mural art and air compressor painting. The theme of the day was Fun With Art and that mission was accomplished and was reflected in the smiles and sparkling eyes over and over again. Many of them confirmed that in comments they shared as well: “We love hands on art day!”, “We had a blast!”, “Super fun time. Thank you!”,“Saw a side of my kids I

didn’t know about.”, and “Why didn’t I invite my friends and their kids? This is awesome!” and simply put, “We had fun!” The Granby Artists Association sponsored this event in hopes of planting seeds for a lifetime of loving art. Demonstrating artists included Carole Day, Lori Catlin Garcia, Bill Simpson, Paul Hahn, Sally Sargent Markey, Anne Winsor, Suzanne Magoon, Matt Ryan, Laura Eden, Bill Scheel, Pam Jones, Rosemarie Mendes and Robin Sidwell. Many other members supported the event behind the scenes as well, including Dorothy Dumond, Avis Cherichetti, Debby Reelitz, Mark Gottlieb and Sharon Mayock. Thanks go to the Granby Education Foundation, Holcomb Farm, Waste Not Want Not Community Kitchen and Beman’s Hardware for their support. And thanks too to the additional volunteers who joined us to make the day so special: Ron Clark, Lily and Jonah Garcia, Molly Jacobs, Miriam Sidwell, Jess and Kate Tremblay, Annalisa Vance and Nakiska Vaughan.

Top: Jennifer Henry and her daughters decorate their pin wheels. Bottom: Bill Scheel and Ben Reelitz create an acrylic painting with an air compressor. photos by Robin Sidwell

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Maple View Horse Farm – Salmon Brook Street. June 8 is Connecticut Open House Day and at Maple View Farm we will be opening our barn doors to the public for tours and activities. We’ve got more beef and pork in the farm store and our first batch of roaster chickens are growing. Our summer sessions start on June 24 and we still have room in some of the weeks. Check our website for details. www.mapleview-

Hemlock Knoll, LLC – Loomis Street. We are in full swing with all our spring activities. We have had six kid goats born and all are thriving. Kid goats attract many visitors and if visitors happen to be around at bottle feeding time, they are handed a bottle! I hope by the time you are reading this edition of the Drummer that Blue Moon Grace will have calved. Three head of cattle have already been on the road to a show! Albert and some 4-H’ers showed at the Big East Regional Youth Beef Show recently at the Eastern States Exposition’s Mallary Complex in West Springfield. It was a great weekend for the youth and the cattle. The freezer is stocked with local farm raised meat, beef and pork. Call Aimee for availability and to schedule an appointment to shop in the freezer, 860-653-6447. Sweet Pea Cheese – East Street. All of our animals are out on pasture thanks to the spring rains. Corn is sprouting and we are designing the corn maze. Lots of farmers’ markets will see our products this summer, and we may be starting to bale hay too. So if you are in a hurry to get somewhere and find yourself behind a tractor, just remember that we’re working hard for you – so smile and wave! Lost Acres Orchard – Lost Acres Road. Spring is hopefully here to stay. It has


been an unusual spring season. The bees didn’t have too many warm sunny days to pollinate the blossoms but right now it’s a “wait and see” regarding the fruit set. Our farm store is open Wednesdays through Sundays until peach season begins in late July, when we’ll be open every day. Please stop by and enjoy a delicious and relaxing lunch on the porch – alone or with a friend. We will be at the East Granby Farmers’ Market starting mid-June on Wednesday afternoons from 3 to 6 p.m. The Summer Quilt Happening is July 27. See us on Facebook or send us an email – ginny@lostacres. com – to find out what is cooking. Windham Gardens – Notch Road. At Windham Gardens we’re planting lots of great veggies and flowers, both from seed and transplants. The rain helped to move everything along and was a welcome sight! Market season has officially started, and we’re more than excited for this year’s CSA. We have lots of new Granby families and can’t wait to meet everyone. We still have a few shares available, so if you’d like to sign up, visit our website,, or give us a call. Fiddlehead Farm – Silkey Road. Our 2nd annual Open Farm (like an open house!) is June 1 from 10 a.m. to 4 p. m., rain or shine. Come learn all about our summer programs with free pony rides, chicken feeding, plenty of time to play with the goats and see the puppies, and do a nature craft. Sign up for camp on that day and receive $10 off. We will also have another perennial swap: bring one or more and take one! We plan to have local artists in the barn and you can shop for vintage goodies, pottery, jewelry, and other art work. Come by to design and assemble beautiful earrings and other treasures in our wonderful bead station. We will have art opening

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The sign over the door says it all Is there anyone in Granby who doesn’t feel the same way? The folks who live in this house near the corner of Wells Road and East Street have done a wonderful job making sure that the new season comes in with flying colors. photo by Shirley Murtha

Friday evenings from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Stop for a visit and enjoy a sip and an appetizer while seeing all the beautiful local artists work, so check our web site,, for more details. Sepe Farm/Pirro Farm – Wells Road. Now that shearing season is over, we can concentrate on what to do with all that wool! It will be skirted, washed (called scouring), carded (like combing), and spun into yarn, and then made into fabulous wool blankets. This year’s design has just been announced – and you can see it on our web site. We’ll take orders now for delivery this winter. And don’t forget that summer is for grilling! All of our individual cuts are available locally at Lost Acres Vineyard. If you’re interested in more, you can order a half or a whole lamb right from the farm. Custom processing is available, so you can have it cut just the way YOU like it. Visit our web site at or find us on Facebook: www.facebook.


Shinder Family Farm – Case Street. It’s so nice to see everything beginning to grow. We are about a week or so behind. Our lilacs are starting to bloom and I can’t wait to smell their beautiful aroma! Our chicks are growing at a quick pace now. We have 40 and are hoping to start getting some eggs in late June. This year we are going to try selling eggs from the farm in addition to delivering to our regulars. Our stand will work on the honor system. The cows and goats have been enjoying nibbling on the new growth in the woods. Chawie, our Scottish Highland bull, had found a breach in the fence and had been enjoying the grass in one of our pastures that we hay, so David quickly repaired the fence! If you are interested in hay or firewood for this season, we are taking orders. First cutting will be starting in June. Until next time, enjoy this beautiful weather!

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Granby Public Library

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Saturday: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Cossitt Public Library

Tuesday, Thursday: 10 a.m. to noon; 3 to 8 p.m. Saturday: noon to 5 p.m.


The libraries will be closed May 25 though 27 for the Memorial Day weekend. Please call 860-844-5275 (GPL Adults/ Teens); 860-844-5284 (GPL Children); 860-653-8958 (Cossitt) for further information on resources or programs. Keep in touch by following the Libraries on Facebook, Twitter, our blog and the Town site. Monthly calendars are also available at the Circulation Desks.


Something about the Author: This month’s selected author is Alexander Pushkin and takes place on Monday, June 3, 1:30 p.m. A variety of Pushkin’s works are available for check-out. Dig into Reading Adult Summer Reading Program: Why should the children have all the fun? Join our Adult Summer Reading Program, which begins Monday, June 24. For every 3 books you read, you earn a raffle ticket for a chance to win the grand prize of a Kindle, as well as a chance

to win a second and third prize. So, the more you read, the better your chances of winning. Also watch for other fun activities throughout the summer—scavenger hunts and trivia quizzes based upon your favorite authors and genres. Sci-Fi / Fantasy Book Discussion Group: “The Magicians” by Lev Grossman is the focus of this month’s discussion on Wednesday, June 26, 7 p.m. This novel, a New York Times bestseller, is an enthralling coming-of-age tale about magic practiced in the real world, where good and evil are not black and white, and power comes at a terrible price. Multiple copies of the book will be available beforehand. Check-out an Ereader: Beginning in early June the Granby Public Library will have pre-loaded Nooks, Kindles and Sony Readers available for a 14-day check-out (patrons must be Granby residents and 18 years of age or older). The ereaders were made possible by the generosity of the Granby Library Association. Stay tuned: Granby Public Library will offer a multi-week Evening Writers Series in July/August; see next issue for dates and times.

Teens & Tweens

Teens & Tweens Summer Programs: Relax this summer and have some fun at the library. Programs include henna tattooing, hair beading with feathers, a creative writing series and scavenger hunts throughout the summer. And, as always,

we’ll have the books and articles you need to read for the upcoming school year.


Special Programs

Craft Week: Monday – Saturday, June 3–8. Drop in anytime all week and create a craft project. We supply materials. Storytime with Miss Jillian: Saturday, June 15, 10:30 a.m. Girl Scout Miss Jillian shares stories and a craft with preschoolers. No registration is necessary, just drop in and join the fun. Crafternoon: Wednesday, June 12, 4 p.m. Stop by after school and make a craft. Please register in advance. We Love Legos: Tuesday, June 18, 3:30 p.m. Come to the library for Lego fun; bring your own or use ours. Ages 6 and up. Summer Reading Program: Begins Monday, June 24. Stop by the Children’s Room on or after June 24 and sign up to Dig into Reading this summer. Don’t forget to pick up your Treasure Map.

July Look Ahead

The Dirt on Worms: Tuesday, July 9, with Farmer Kate from Maple View Farm Hair Beading with Feathers: Thursday, July 11 Visit from Farmer Minor and Daisy, the Pot-Bellied Pig: Wednesdy, July 24 Weekly Programs Wee Ones: Mondays, June 3, 10, 17 and 24 at 11 a.m. Join Sheri from the Granby

Early Childhood Council for a special storytime. 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 Story Time: Tuesdays, June 4, 11, 18 and 25 at 10:30 a.m. Children aged 3–5 with a caregiver share stories, songs, fingerplays and a craft with Miss Joan. Advance registration suggested; drop-ins welcome if space permits. Chess Club: Thursdays, June 6, 13, 20 and 27, 4–5 p.m. Practice your strategies and challenge your friends. We provide the chess sets, but there will be no instruction. Space is limited to 20 participants.

Cossitt Library Programs

Summer Reading registration begins on June 15 and Cossitt’s theme will revolve around the beautiful sunflower and Read, Garden and Grow! Summer Storytimes begin on June 20, 10:15 a.m. for ages 3–5 Planting Party on Saturday, June 29 at 10 a.m. Tie Dye Party for ages 6 and older, in July (date/time to be announced) Curious George Lawn Picnic, Aug. 8, 12:15 p.m. (rain date Aug. 9) Make Your Own Sundae Party, Aug. 14, 6:30 p.m. (rain date Aug. 15) Lego Mania, Drop in and Design, Aug. 10 – 31




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Be sure to stop in to see your Senior Center in action. Attend an event, join an exercise class, check up on your health or visit with friends. Unless otherwise noted, all events take place at the Granby Senior Center located within the Municipal Complex at 15 North Granby Road, Granby. Please call 860-844-5352 for additional information.

Manicure Monday: Monday, June 17, appointments beginning at 10 a.m. Licensed manicurist will offer 45-minute appointments. Call 860-844-5352 to schedule. $20. Get Fit While You Sit: Every Tuesday and Thursday at 11:30 a.m. Work out with the staff; the exercises are designed to increase your ability to accomplish everyday tasks with less discomfort. No charge. Grandparent Support Group: Thursdays at noon. This is a group for grandparents who are raising children. Join others, like yourself, to share friendships, ideas, and tips on being a parent again.

Thursday Class: Pilates Plus at 4:30 p.m. Friday Classes: Tai Chi (Intermediate) at 9 a.m.; Cardio Combo at 10:15 a.m. Sunday Class: PEAK at 8 a.m.

Social Hours

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.



Poetry Reading: Wednesday, June 12, 2 p.m. Featuring the talents of our own Senior Voices poetry group. You will be impressed with the wonderful work they have accomplished with Andy Weil. Their pieces cover a range of emotions that will no doubt touch your heart. Please come and support the group. Light refreshments will be served. Lunch and Learn, Be Your Own Health Care Advocate: Monday, June 17, 12:15 p.m. Find out what you need to know to make informed decisions about the care you receive. Presented by Sandee Fleet, Farmington Valley VNA.

Promoting Your Good Health

Dental Care Clinic with K & C Portable Dental Services: Friday, June 7 by appointment. Licensed dental hygienist will provide dental cleanings, fluoride treatments, denture cleanings and oral health evaluation at an affordable rate. Eligible seniors may receive a subsidized rate. Enrollment forms are available at the Senior Center office. Please call 860-844-5352 for appointment. Farmington Valley VNA Blood Pressure Checks: Available every Thursday, 11:15 a.m – 12:15 p.m. in the Community Room. Foot Care Clinic with Pedi-Care: Friday, June 28, appointments 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. A specially trained nurse will assess feet and lower extremities, trim, file and clean nails, smooth corns and calluses, massage feet and make referrals to medical doctor or podiatrist as needed. $29 at time of service (not covered by insurance). Chair Massage: First and third Tuesday of the month from 10:30 a.m. – noon. Call to make your appointment for a relaxing 15-minute chair massage. $10.

Keeping You Informed

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 call 860-844-5352 to register. Ask the Doctor: Monday, June 10, 10 a.m. Join the discussion on current health topics with Dr. Peter Barwick. No charge. CHOICES Counselor: Tuesday, June 11, by appointment. The counselor will be available to assist in health insurance options such as selecting or reevaluating Medicare Part D prescription drug plan coverage. Please call 860-844-5350 for an appointment.

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. Call 860-844-5350 for a registration form or to determine which class best fits your abilities and needs. 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.

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Monday Morning Coffee: Mondays at 8:45 a.m. Start the week with a good cup of coffee and the chance to catch up on what’s happening in the area. Community Café: Tuesdays and Thursdays at 12 p.m. Complete hot meal is served for seniors through the Community Renewal Team. Suggested donation of $2. Monthly menus are available at the Senior Center. Call 860844-5350 by Friday noon to make your reservation for the following week. Bingo: Second and fourth Tuesday of the month at 12:30 p.m. Senior Voices, Expressing Yourself Through Poetry: Every other Tuesday at 11 a.m. for six weeks. Class is led by local poet Andrew Weil, who shares his talent for writing poetry in a comfortable no rules, no homework atmosphere. Turn everyday thoughts into written works. No experience necessary. $30 for the 6-week session. Mexican Train: Mondays at 9:45 a.m. This domino game is easy to learn and fun to play. Artist Group: Wednesdays at 9 a.m. Bring your current project to work on and share painting ideas and techniques with fellow artists. Creative Card Stamping: Third Thursday of the month at 9:30 a.m. Create original cards using rubber stamps. Space is limited. $4. Needleworks: Thursdays at 10 a.m. Open to anyone with an interest in knitting, crocheting and needlepoint. Share ideas, patterns, advice and encouragement. Creative Beading: Fridays at 9:30 a.m. This group does more than mere stringing. Bring a beading project and share ideas, tips and camaraderie.

Club News

Billiard League: If you are interested in some friendly competition call 860844-5352. Camera Club: First Monday of the month at 7 p.m. Civic Club: Third Thursday of the month at 1 p.m. Men’s Breakfast: Second Friday of the month at 8:30 a.m. $2. Senior Club: First Thursday of the month at 1 p.m. Women’s Breakfast: First Wednesday of the month at 8:30 a.m. $3.


All trips require an up-to-date van card. Payment for trip is due one week prior to departure. West End Garden Tour: Saturday, June 1, 9:15 a.m. Tour up to 12 gardens in Hartford’s historic West End. $15 due May 24. Leffingwell House: Wednesday, June 5, 9:30 a.m. One of the finest examples of restored New England colonial architecture, the museum in Norwich offers a glimpse into early 18th century life. $8, due May 29. Mini-golf in Somers: Tuesday, June 18, 10 a.m. Enjoy a day on the little links. Sonny’s Place hosts an 18-hole course complete with waterfalls, ponds and rivers. After your round treat yourself to lunch at the ice cream shop. $9 for the game and ride, due June 11. “Good News” at the Goodspeed: Wednesday, June 19, 10:15 a.m. Enjoy a pre-show luncheon at the Gelston House prior to the high energy tale of a college football star’s struggle to pass a big exam to be eligible for the big game. $85, includes lunch, show and ride, due June 5. Windham History and Textile Museum: Friday, June 21, 9:30 a.m. In the 1820s Willimantic built mills along the river quickly creating a booming industry with workers from many countries. Visit the mills which include antique sewing machines and historic replications of mill life. $9, due June 14.


Must have up-to-date van card. Transportation fee is $3. Enfield Mall: Friday, June 7, 9:30 a.m. Shop the mall and surrounding stores. Ocean State Job Lot/Big Y: Tuesday, June 25, 11 a.m. Manchester Shops: Friday, June 28, 9:30 a.m. Stops included are the mall, Christmas Tree Shops, and WalMart. 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.

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Animal Talk Dr. John Violette, DVM

Overcoming a dog’s storm phobia The thunderstorms will be rolling in soon enough and some of our dogs will be headed for the bathtub to take cover. Storm phobia is a fairly common problem that may be mild with panting, pacing, trembling, and the need to stay near the owner; or the anxiety can develop into hiding, excess salivation, vocalization, destructive behavior, and self trauma. What is an owner to do? The traditional treatment was to use a tranquilizer, acepromazine, and sedate the dog until the storm had passed. This medication worked fine but often left a lethargic pet long after the storm has passed. There are many different ways to manage this problem with veterinary behaviorists offering a variety of solutions. Some treatments may be simple, like providing television or radio “noise” or offering a safe hiding place like a closet

or bath tub. Often behavior modification is required to reprogram the dog along with the use of various maintenance drugs, like prozac or clomicalm. Other fast-acting medications like valium are necessary to reduce the anxiety in the poor pet. All of these drugs are prescription and require consultation with a veterinarian. There are other new ideas and supplements available that show some promising results. Anxitane is a palatable tablet that contains L-theonine (green tea extract). It is very safe and helps with fear-related disorders. “Through A Dog’s Ear” is a CD of music that claims to calm dogs who have various fears and problems. Mutt Muffs are sound reducing head phones that are manufactured to fit and stay on a dog’s head. They can be used for fireworks, storms, and other noise related

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phobias. I am not sure about these last two products. Food toys, however, have many uses in the treatment of behavior problems. They are especially useful for storm phobia. Kong is the most commonly seen brand of food toys but there are more challenging toys from the Nina Ottosson line. These interactive toys keep pets stimulated for hours. The Thundershirt is another product that is very popular. This is a stretchy garment that is fastened with velcro and wraps snuggly around the dog’s torso. Maybe

it just immobilizes dogs with mild cases of storm phobia, but they seem to relax a bit. Storm anxiety can be a real headache for owners, as well. Many owners lose sleep at night right along with their dogs. This can happen often because some dogs become frightened at the first sign of rain or change in barometric pressure. If this sounds like your situation, don’t spend another summer worrying alongside your trembling dog. Find a professional and get some help.



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Granby Farmers’ Market launches “Get Cropped” fundraiser by Amy Woodman Would you be willing to “crop” on someone’s lawn to support the Granby Farmers’ Market? This month the market is launching its new fundraiser, “Get Cropped.” For a donation of $20, you can “crop” on your friend’s lawn, or your neighbor’s lawn, or even your own lawn. Volunteers from the Granby Farmers’ Market committee will surreptitiously plant a cute little crop on the lawn of your choosing. The crop consists of several corn, tomato and other fruit and veggie cartoon characters, approximately 3-4 feet tall. Imagine your friends’ surprise when they wake in the morning to discover they have been “cropped!” The crop will remain for 48 hours. If the recipient wishes to have it removed

sooner, there is a contact number on the back of the sign they can call to have the crop “harvested” immediately. They will also have the option of paying it forward: for $15 they can crop someone of their choosing by placing that person’s address in a drop box on the back of the sign. The fundraiser began in mid-May, but you can schedule a cropping now by contacting Alicia Newton of the Farmington Valley YMCA at 860-653-5224 x124 or via email at alicia.newton@ghymca. org. All proceeds support the Granby Farmers’ Market. We are working hard to make sure this year’s market is packed with a wide variety of nutritious and fresh Connecticut-grown foods, great entertainment, and lots of fun activities for the whole family! The Granby Farm-

ers’ Market will be open every Tuesday from 3 – 6:30 p.m. between June 25 and September 10 at the Farmington Valley YMCA, 97 Salmon Brook Street, Granby. You don’t need to be a member of the YMCA to join in the fun — the market is open to everyone! To learn

more about this year’s market, call Alicia Newton at 860-653-5224 x124, visit our website, www.granbyfarmersmarket. com, or like us on Facebook!

Last Fair Deal rocks into Granby June 29 by Carole Bernard If you’re ready for a break from spring cleaning and want to rock into the Independence Day holiday, come see Last Fair Deal, the next show in the Salmon Brook Music Series at South Church. Although the three singers that comprise the Last Fair Deal have four decades of experience, their approach and treatment of their music continues to stay fresh. These skilled singers and instrumentalists combine influences from bluegrass, jazz, acoustic rock and

contemporary singer-songwriters to their repertoire. You will love hearing their unique interpretations of classic songs from popular artists such as Bob Dylan, the Beatles, Nat King Cole and The Band. They nicely blend their own original material in among these classics. The performance venue at South Church, featuring a phenomenal sound system, provides a satisfying and thoroughly enjoyable experience for even the most particular music fan. It’s a relaxing and casual concert site and is

especially family friendly. The Last Fair Deal concert will be held on Saturday, June 29 at 7:30 p.m. Concert proceeds will help support the annual Appalachian mission trip of South Church. Tickets are $10 per person. The doors open at 7 p.m. for

the 7:30 show, which will feature an intermission with refreshments available. South Church is located at 242 Salmon Brook Street (Rtes. 10/202) in Granby. Please call Arlene Shannon at 860-916-5066 with questions or to reserve tickets.

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First Church’s healing ministries meet spiritual, human needs by April Jones Each Thursday morning at about 9:45 a group of about 15 men and women ranging in age from 30-something to 70-something can be seen leaving First Congregational Church of Granby. They represent a variety of faiths and backgrounds and fitness levels, but come together for Laura Seger’s community yoga class, one of First Church’s healing ministries. According to First Church’s vision statement, the church “seek(s) to meet the spiritual and human needs of people of all ages and all backgrounds.” Sometimes such needs are met through prayer and through the work of the church’s Caring Community, which organizes assistance for those experiencing difficulties such as illness, injury or loss. The church has also recently begun a Stephen Ministry program through which lay members are trained to provide one-on-one Christian care and support to those in need. And sometimes needs are met through less traditional ministries, such as yoga, reiki and sound healing. Seger, an adult leader of First Church’s senior high youth group, decided to start the community yoga class after accompanying the youth on a mission trip to Maine. “I came back wanting to do something to give back and to help

people,” says Seger, who also teaches at Granby Yoga Studio. She adds that the community yoga class is one of her favorite classes of the week “because of the joy that I get from bringing a little peace into the lives of others, getting them to move their bodies and then being able to give back to the church at the same time.” Although there is no set charge for the class, donations are accepted, and Seger passes whatever is donated on to the church, often to the youth group mission fund. Reiki is a healing technique that has its origins in Japan. “Reiki is healing energy guided by a higher power,” says First Church reiki practitioner Sherry Kittelsen. “We at First Church center that power around God.” Reiki was introduced to First Church by then seminarian Sandra Fischer, who now serves as an associate minister at South Congregational Church in Granby. Fischer, also a reiki practitioner, shared her experience with then First Church pastor Bridget Fidler, who was interested in expanding a healing ministry she had begun at First Church early in her ministry there. Fischer then presented an introduction to reiki to participants at a women’s retreat, inspiring some of them to learn reiki healing. First Church currently has four reiki practitioners who provide care to those seeking healing of physical problems as

well as stress reduction and relaxation. The person seeking treatment lies fully clothed on a massage table while the practitioner offers a prayer and then lays his/her hands on or above the person’s body. Another First Church reiki practitioner, Ann Carey, says, “Reiki treats the whole person – physical, emotional, spiritual. Reiki offered through our church is a way to extend God’s love and care to individuals.” Sound healing at First Church is offered by Marcey and Brian Hickey, who use Tibetan singing bowls, crystal bowls and gongs to create healing vibrations that reduce pain and tension. The sound healing program began when Marcey Hickey was invited to teach a QiGong

class and a sound healing class for First Church’s women’s spirituality group. She was looking for a way to expand her practice, and Sherry Kittelsen suggested that she do a sound healing at First Church and open it to the public. “The first program was a huge success,” says Kittelsen, “and (the program) has since expanded to the first Friday of the month all year long.” The yoga and sound healing programs at First Church are open to the public. Community yoga is held on Thursday mornings from 8:45 – 9:45. There is no charge for the class, but donations are accepted. Sound healing is held the first Friday evening of each month and costs $10 per person.


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Public Works Road and bridge projects The new Bridge on Silver Street is open and looks terrific. A few touch ups are needed to the paint and the project will be done. Visitors to Salmon Brook Park have noticed a new building being constructed where the old snack shack stood. The building will be home to the new concession booth, lifeguard station, Recreation department offices, bathrooms, and community room. There will also be storage space for summer camp equipment and supplies. We are hoping to have the building open by July 1. Paving projects this year will repair or rebuild roads throughout town. 3,000 feet of Silver Street will be rebuilt from the end of the bridge project going north. A portion of Hungary Road will be reconstructed, and a section of Day Street as well. Additional paving will be added as the season progresses. Other summer projects are field maintenance and mowing, road line striping and building repairs. We are excited to get the season going. — James Klase, DPW Director

Paint recycling is coming to Granby! Beginning July 1, 2013, the Town of Granby will be offering free paint recycling to our residents. Residents will be allowed to bring a variety of 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 ( Please note that all containers must have their original labels and no rust! Beman Hardware on Hartford Avenue is also

participating in the Paint Stewardship Program. Additions To Curbside Recycling Granby residents know that they may include #1-#7 plastics in our curbside single-stream recycling program, including yogurt, cottage cheese and ketchup containers. Now residents may also include large plastic items such as large toys (metal parts separated), beverage crates, laundry baskets and recycling bins. These items can also be brought to the transfer station at no cost. Also, residents may now recycle phone

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books and hard-cover books (covers removed) at curbside, but please think of our library book sales before you make the decision to recycle your books. Household Hazardous Waste Collection Please note that Granby is no longer participating in the MDC-sponsored HHW collections. We are combining efforts with the towns of Simsbury, Avon and Canton to hold one collection only on Saturday, August 17 from 8 a.m. – noon at the Simsbury DPW facility on Forest Pond Road. 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. The remaining 2013 holidays that are affected are Memorial Day, Monday, May 27; Independence Day, Thursday, July 4; Labor Day, Monday, September 2; Thanksgiving, Thursday, November

21; and Christmas, Wednesday, December 25. Composters Still Available If you haven’t already, come get one of our “Garden Gourmet” composting units before they’re all gone! They 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. until 3:30 p.m. to pick one up. Please note that you can compost yard waste and all kitchen scraps, EXCEPT meat, fish and dairy products. Not only does this provide great nutrients for your gardens but will also help reduce your solid waste considerably. Need a Second Recycling Barrel? If one 95-gallon recycling barrel is not enough to handle your recycling, you may bring the extra to the Transfer Station on Saturdays, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., or you may request a second recycling barrel to be used curbside. Both options are free!


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Growing Green Michael J. LeBlanc, Licensed Arborist

Emerald Ash Borer Update Often referred to as EAB, the Emerald Ash Borer has been found in Connecticut. We wrote an article for the Drummer called “Asian Invaders” in May 2004, describing three invasive insects, two of which had not been discovered here at that time. One of those two is the EAB. We now feel it is time to warn the residents of Granby about what we face when the EAB rears its ugly head, if it is not already here. This beetle, a native of Asia, was first discovered in Michigan in 2002 and had most likely been established for years before it was found. From Michigan, it spread into Canada and eastward and was finally found in Connecticut (New Haven County) during the summer of 2012. It was also found in Massachusetts in 2012, before that in New York, Virginia, Maryland Pennsylvania, Ohio, Wisconsin, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky and New Hampshire. The host plant of EAB is all species of ash, young or old, healthy or in decline. Ash trees can be identified by the compound leaves, which are opposite each other and by the bark which is

gray and thick with deep diamond shape furrows. As you drive around, look for the purple things hanging in the trees on the side of the road. These are pheromone traps placed in ash trees by the Department of Energy & Environmental Protection to attempt to track the movement of the EAB. Because of the undiscriminating nature of the beetle (borer) it could mean

The size of the emerald ash borer in relation to a penny.

Summer’s Beginnings / The Observer The yellow daffodils and forsythia of April gave way to May’s lavender lilacs and sweet violets. Now, these give way to an abundance of June-roses and early summer flowers. I sit outside and watch the continuing works of the Creator unfold in Nature’s time.


the near extinction of our ash tree population. Even though ash makes up only 3 percent of our forested land in Connecticut, in some areas it can be much higher, over 22 million in total. Life cycle The adult EAB is only about a halfinch long and bright green in color. The adults lay eggs during late spring and summer between the crevices in the bark. The larvae hatch in about a week and bore into the tree, then feed in the inner bark area (phloem), resulting in S-shaped galleries which slowly girdle and starve the trees of the natural flow of water and nutrients. The larvae then overwinter under the bark. The adults emerge in late May and early June through D-shaped holes and start the process all over again. It can take three to five years for the EAB to kill ash trees. However, once the infestation becomes heavy and established, mortality happens faster – as reported by our associates at Rainbow Tree Care of Minneapolis, Minnesota, who have been working with this pest for ten years. Symptoms The signs of an infection are: small D-shaped holes in the bark, dieback in the crown, vertical cracking in the bark, sucker or epicormic growth from the lower portion of the tree, or woodpecker damage. How EABs are spread It is believed that the adults can fly up to 30 miles and are probably blown further because of strong storms and prevailing winds. However, the most likely culprits are saw logs, nursery stock and firewood. After all, the EAB found its way to the United States in pallet wood used to ship goods from China down the St. Lawrence River to the Great Lakes. The USDA Forest Ser-

vice, upon discovering EAB, establishes a quarantine area, restricting the movement of nursery stock, firewood and/or saw logs, from the infected area. What you can do In 2004, there were no products available or labeled for EAB. The good news is that there now is. Arborists can now offer one-or two-year protection plans for specimen and valuable ash trees, with different methods of treatments and options for individual tree treatments. But there are no options for wide area applications. Forest land owners should consider a proactive management plan to deal with an EAB infestation. State resources are available, including the Forestry Program at the Department of Environmental Protection Outreach for landowners. But before one considers a protection plan for residential or commercial property, an inventory of ash trees should be done on each property to determine the health, value and safety of these trees. One consistent recommendation from arborists and environmental scientists has been to reduce the ash population. Ash can also be under stress from drought, diseases and native borers. Because of these existing stressors, white ash is considered a low value plant in our landscape by some people. However, green ash has become popular with landscape architects as a good tree for urban development plantings, If you take a walk down any street in Blue Back Square, West Hartford, you will see that many green ash exist there and all were protected starting in 2012. White ash does best in well-drained soil, but in areas that have ample water during spring fall. They provide great shade and stunning fall foliage.

School days will soon give way to summer vacations, and trips to beaches, lakes and Grandma’s --Days of swimming, boating and building sand castles. Following that will be trips to an amusement park, with its laughter and music, summer concerts, and picnic suppers. I will observe it all as early summer days move too quickly by---

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SummerWind Performing Arts Center roars back for Summer 2013 Granby’s John Mayock and The Homesteaders with Carrie Johnson will play June 7 at SummerWind Performing Arts Center in Windsor. SummerWind is back this summer with musical talent in a relaxed outdoor setting that’s family and budget friendly. This year’s lineup will feature rock, blues, country, jazz, American and patriotic music by popular Connecticut and regionally grown bands and up and coming national artists. Nestled behind Windsor’s Griffin Office Park at 40 Griffin Road North between Blue Hills Avenue Extension and Day Hill Road, the iconic tented music venue adds seven Fridays-after-work performances to its popular Saturday and Sunday concerts. In addition to its laid-back ambience, affordable ticket prices and free parking, SummerWind’s big tent offers rain-orshine entertainment with covered seating for over 800. An expanded concession

area will serve beer, wine, soft drinks and food. Guests may also bring their own food and beverages to enjoy. The music begins on May 31 as SummerWind’s new Fridays at 5 for the T.G.I.F. crowd performances will help employees from the Greater Hartford area get their jam on after a long week. Friday afternoon tickets are $5 at the door with beer, wine and food available at reasonable prices. All concerts begin at 5 p. m. Gate opens at 4:30 p.m. S u m m e r Wi n d ’s F r i d a y s a t 5 schedule includes Memphis Soul Spectacular (May 31), John Mayock and The Homesteaders with Carrie Johnson (June 7), distinctive rock cover band Sex Pizza (June 14), soulful acoustic rock artists Dana Pomfret and Tim McDonald (June 21). SummerWind’s June weekend performances begin on Sunday, June 2, at 5 p.m. with Let’s Revue! featuring roots/rock Americana band The Shino-

las with artists Freedy Johnston, Chris Collingwood and Syd Straw. Saturday, June 8, will feature the Memphis blues and R&B band David Foster and the Shaboo All-Stars at 7 p.m. The Saturday, June 15 performance welcomes legendary rock and roll jam band Max Creek at 7 p.m. Rising country stars Nicole Frechette (a southern Connecticut native) and Marla Morris (a Bethany, Connecticut native) will perform at 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 22. The United States Coast Guard

Band will offer its unique blend of American and patriotic music on Saturday, June 29 at 7 p.m. U.S. military veterans and active duty personnel will receive priority seating at this event. Tickets to this event are free for all. July’s performances at SummerWind add jazz, 70’s and 80’s rock and blues to the mix. Saturday, July 6 brings the Windsor Jazz Jam to SummerWind, welcoming popular jazz artists the Yellowjackets and Marion Meadows with Jackie

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Sterling inducted into Risk Management Hall Of Fame Granby resident David C. Sterling was one of two 2013 inductees to the Risk Management Hall of Fame (RMHF). The RMHF serves as a means to maintain the history of the field of risk management and recognizes risk practitioners who have made significant contributions to advancing the discipline. Sterling was officially inducted at the risk management society’s RIMS 2013 Annual Conference and Exhibition in Los Angeles. The RMHF Selection Committee considers the following David Sterling criteria for membership in the RMHF: considerable contributions to the field; significant achievements, innovation and trend setting; demonstrated leadership, character and service; and the highest caliber of

ethical and professional conduct. David C. Sterling joined The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc. in 1964 after serving two years with the U.S. Army at Fort Kobbe, Panama Canal Zone. He retired from The Hartford after 42 years as assistant vice president and senior risk manager, where he managed The Hartford’s world-wide risk programs and exposures to accidental loss including the placement of all insurance and non-insurance programs designed to protect the organization. David is a risk and insurance pioneer. He purchased and implemented one of the first EPLI (employment practices liability insurance) programs in the insurance industry; purchased and implemented one of the first cyber risk [e-Risk] liability, property and crime insurance programs; and implemented one of the industry’s first blended multi-year programs for a financial institution and rolled the program over several times to achieve significant savings.

Throughout his career, he shared his professional experiences and expertise with students and risk professionals who expressed interest in advancing their careers. At the West Hartford branch of the University of Connecticut he taught the Insurance Institute of America’s Risk Assessment program, one of three courses required for the Institute’s Associate in Risk Management (ARM) designation. Additionally, he was a reviewer of the American Institute for CPCU texts for the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) designation program which focuses on risk management and insurance, as well as a reviewer of other texts published by them. For more than 30 years, he served The Institutes on its CPCU Exam Review Committee, and he also authored a CPCU monograph entitled, “Environmental Liability: An Insurance Perspective.” David is currently a member of RIMS

Connecticut Valley Chapter, the CPCU Society and the Society of CIC. He holds 28 professional risk management and insurance designations, as well as a State of Connecticut’s insurance producer’s license and a State of Connecticut’s Certified Insurance Consultant license. David is an avid archer who enjoys roving with his traditional longbow, hiking, biking, skiing, wilderness canoe camping and fly-fishing. He is also an archery historian who has written a number of articles on the subject and has co-authored a CD and book on archery. He has formed an extensive library devoted to the sport that serves as a historical research and reference source. Dave was born in Schenectady, NY and grew up in Pittsfield, MA. He is a graduate of Bryant University (Smithfield, RI) with a degree in business administration.


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Historic Footnotes Carol Laun

Granby Civic Club Minutes 1920 to 1930 The Granby Civic Club will be 100 years old this year, celebrating a century of working to “make a better Granby.” It is rare for a local club to last this long. The Civic Club Minutes provide a fascinating look at their activities and at life in Granby through the decades. For the next few months, excerpts from the minutes will be featured in these articles. After South Church burned in 1917, their activities centered around the rebuilt South Congregational Church, and the new Community Hall and Granby Public Library. In 1920, the Club had 61 members. 1920 It was voted to pay $60 towards the support of an Armenian orphan for one year. Voted to give an Old Fashioned dance at the Community House sometime in April in place of the St. Patrick’s dance which was postponed on account of weather and traveling. William Robert Streeter, one of Granby’s service men, presented the club a pair of vases made by wounded French soldiers in a Paris hospital, made from German shells found on the Battlefield. They were placed on the pedestals in South Church for a time and it was decided to place them on the Library mantle for the present. About thirty members of the Club went to Hartford on Saturday and several owners of automobiles volunteered to take as many as they could. The morning was spent shopping and at noon all met at the Ning Po Restaurant. After dinner went to the Capitol Theater to watch movies and a vaudeville performance. 1921 The Civic Club served the supper for the 4th of July Carnival, from 5 to 7 p.m. The menu was baked beans, cold boiled ham, cabbage salad, bread and butter, lemon meringue pie, cheese and coffee. Price was 50 cents a plate and net proceeds was $77.83. The Club gave a Whist Party in October, there was 25 tables. The winners of the first prize were Miss Mabel Allen and Charles Gaines. The Civic Club served a supper for the Suffield fish and game club, after their third annual fox hunt, which was held in Granby. The menu was planned for a hungry crowd of men and consisted of soup, roast beef, roast pork, mashed potato and turnip, boiled onions, celery, pickles, olives, rolls, escalloped oysters, mince and squash pie, cheese, sweet

the auspices of the Civic Club. There was a good attendance and the proceeds from tickets were equally divided between Lodge and Civic Club. The Club received $23.70. A motion was made and carried that the Club give the “Old Peabody Pew” play for the benefit of the Community Building debt. Miss Helen Green was appointed chairman. The church was packed and chairs were put in the aisles. The proceeds were $100 and were turned over to Mr. James L. Loomis to help reduce the Community Building debt. 1925 The Club enjoyed their annual

PAGE 33 dinner and theatre party. 45 ladies dined at Brown and Thomson’s at noon. Later saw Fred Stone in “Stepping Stones” at Parson’s Theatre. We seldom see a father, mother and daughter on the stage together. They gave a clean wholesome entertainment in every respect, very much enjoyed by all. Dinner was 50 cents, theatre tickets $1.73. An Oyster and Chicken Pie supper was served to the Windsor Fox Club. They guaranteed 100 guests at $1.50 per cover, which made good money. The New Year’s Eve party with Civic Club and Men’s Community League entertained 75 guests with whist, singing,

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cider and coffee. There was 70 present and the price was $2 a plate. In 1921, Dr. Ernest Pendleton opened a private hospital in the house on Salmon Brook Street south of Pendleton Road.

1922 A motion was made that we give two head rests, six hospital privacy screens and three men’s bathrobes to show our appreciation of a hospital in our own community. A thank you letter from Dr. Pendleton mentioned the new hospital screens. “I am sure the nurses have had a much easier time giving baths to bashful patients as it has not been necessary to hold up the work until after dark.” $300 was raised at the entertainment to benefit the Granby Public Library. There was discussion about a toilet at the Community House which resulted in a motion made and carried that the old toilet building near the horse shed be moved down near the Community Building. 1923 The name of Mrs. Walter Colton was presented for membership into the Club and was unanimously accepted. A motion was made and carried that the Civic Club pay one half of the expense of silver, glass, dishes etc. that was needed at the Community House. Mrs. Colton brought material for baby outfits for the Granby Hospital. The outfits consisted of 12 blankets (6 pink and 6 blue) we shirts, 12 flannel bands and 13 outing flannel slips. 1924 A letter was read thanking the Club for their gift of $25 to the PTA to go towards music instruction in the Granby Street School. The Orpah Rebeckah Lodge of Windsor came and gave a three act comedy entitled “Mrs. Briggs Poultry Yard” at the Community House under

Granby Hospital started in 1921 by Dr. Ernest Pendleton. The front building is still at 225 Salmon Brook Street. Photo courtesy of Salmon Brook Historical Society

Summerwind cont’d. from p. 32 Ryan and Jimmy Green starting at 2 p.m. Tickets are $59 for cabaret tent seating and $39 for lawn seating for this concert only. Gate opens at 12:30 p.m. The Ultrasonic Rock Orchestra, a 10-vocalist rock band, will perform renditions of classic 70’s and 80’s British rock from Queen, David Bowie, the Beatles, the Who and more on Saturday, July 20 at 7 p.m. On Saturday, July 27, SummerWind joins the Connecticut Blues Society to host Stonington-based Sugar Ray and the Bluetones with the Mike Crandall Band starting at 7 p.m. The Society’s 18th Annual Band Challenge winner will also give a special performance that evening. SummerWind’s season concludes on Saturday, August 3, with Windsor native and blues/country/rock artist Big Al Anderson at 7 p.m.

Tickets go on sale May 13 for SummerWind’s Saturday and Sunday performances. Tickets may be purchased in advance online at SSCSummerWind. org or at the onsite SummerWind box office one hour before each event. With the exception of the July 6 Yellowjackets and Marion Meadows performance (priced at $59 and $39) and the free U.S. Coast Guard Band performance on June 29, all other Saturday and Sunday tickets are $15 for general admission (tent and lawn seats on a first come first served basis) and $25 for premium reserved seats up front. Children 17 and under are free for all concerts except for the Yellowjackets. Fridays at 5 for the T.G.I.F. Crowd tickets ($5) will only be available at the door before each event. All events are rain or shine under the tent.



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.

Granby Emergency Fuel Bank - The Granby Emergency Fuel Bank is funded solely by donations and gifts from the community. Call the office for application information. To donate, make a check payable to the Town of Granby Local Assistance Fund with a notation that it is intended for the Fuel Bank. Granby Food Bank - Offered by the VNA to any family or individual who needs assistance in meeting daily living expenses particularly due to loss of income or Medicare/Medicaid limitations. Contact the Social Services Office for eligibility screening and registration. Mobile Food Share- Distribution at 242 Salmon Brook Street on May 14th and 28th from noon – 12:30 p.m. This mobile pantry program provides

primarily fresh fruits and vegetables to individuals and families in need. Medicare Savings Program - There are three Medicare Savings Programs (MSP) that help pay for your Medicare Part B premiums. They are the Qualified Medicare Beneficiary program (QMB), the Special Low Income Medicare Beneficiary program (SLMB) and the Additional Low Income Medicare Beneficiary program (ALMB). A household’s income determines which category they qualify for. All three programs pay Medicare Part B premiums. QMB also pays Medicare co-pays and deductibles on Medicare-covered services. It does not cost anything to apply for or receive benefits from this program. Income limits for the three levels of the program are: QMB – $2,012.98 for a single person and $2,728.23 for a couple; SLMB – $2,212.98 for a single person and $2,986.83 for a couple; and ALMB – $2,356.68 for a single person and $3,180.78 for a couple. Soldiers’, Sailors’ and Marines’ Fund- Limited assistance is provided to veterans who are residents of Connecticut, spouses living with veterans at the time of the veterans’ deaths and dependent children under age 18.

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Civic Club notes cont’d.from p. 33 dancing and refreshments. Mr. Robert Powers installed a radio so we enjoyed programs broadcasted. 1926 Since our last meeting our President has taken unto herself a husband. Miss Hazel Nelson married the recently bereaved Dr. Pendleton. Pendleton established a 27-hole golf course in 1926 (now Salmon Brook Park). The first Fall meeting was held at Salmon Brook Country Club Cabin, a beautiful and restful spot. Mrs. William Maltbie presented the club with a mahogany gate leg table and armchair toward furnishing the Community House stage. Mrs. Christine Case added an electric table lamp and screen, making the stage very attractive. The president was to confer with Mr. George Gaines as to date for stereopticon lecture on Mexico. 1927 At luncheon served at home of Mrs. T. G. Case, 54 people partook of chicken croquettes, scalloped potatoes, peas, butterfly salad, home-made rolls, sponge cake, nuts, candy and coffee. 12 tables of bridge were played. Voted to pay for a case to hold interesting relics which is shortly to be put in Library. 1928 Voted to celebrate in some way the 10th anniversary of opening of present Library building. Talk by Miss

Gleason of Women’s League of Voters. Voted to try a new plan for raising money, instead of conducting the usual sale held each year. Vote consisting of dividing members of Club into five groups, each group being responsible for raising $25 before Sept. in any way they choose. Luncheon was served. Concerning the excellency of the food, the marvelous variety of dainties served; words are inadequate to portray the extent of entertainment provided. Only the unwillingness or possibly the inability to eat or drink more, caused a cessation of the reception of internal refreshment. 1929 Speaker of the day, Mrs. Broc Rollins, who spent three years at Yale in China. She told in a very winning manner her vivid experiences of the uprising in China. Our benevolences include three signs proclaiming the entrance to and exit from Granby, $10 to our county YWCA and $175 given to help remove debt on community buildings. A letter from Mr. J. L. Loomis expressed thanks and also pleasure that the community debt of many years standing had been wiped out by our help. 1930 Miss Belle Johnson spoke highly of over a dozen books but said “Farewell to Arms” was objectionable.

In Memory Of … Mellor, Charles Stuart, 82, husband of Mary Catherine (Mulqueen) Mellor, May 3 Dugas, Heather Ann, 35, May 10 Bickford, Evelyn B. Blevins, 90, wife of the late Edward Blevins and Kenneth Bickford, May 12 Sgroi, Georgina E., 67, wife of Peter Sgroi, December 27 Barrett, Muriel Miner, 84, wife of Kenneth Barrett, May 15

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JUNE 2013



The Downton Abbey years — What was happening in Granby 1912-1928? by Jean M. Potetz The Salmon Brook Historical Society’s summer exhibit will be based on PBS’s “Masterpiece Classic” series, “Downton Abbey.” The series opens with the sinking of the RMS Titanic in 1912 and progresses through World War I to the early 1920s and beyond with next year’s fourth season. Those following this popular program know the history is interesting, the clothing distinctive, and the time one of change and modernization. In the series, Downton Abbey is a grand English estate presided over by a lord and

lady. While living at Downton Abbey would have been very different than living in Granby, Connecticut, the question comes to mind, “What was life like in Granby during the Downton Abbey years?” What were the ladies wearing when they attended those early Civic Club meetings, shopped at the general store or drove into Hartford to see a motion picture? What quilts were they making and what were they knitting? What “modern” conveniences were in their homes? How did Granby residents live 100 years ago? You’re invited to come and see for yourself. A collection of women’s dresses will be on display in our historic houses. Granby photographs and assorted items from the era will be exhibited in the

Preservation Barn. Two quilts made by Granby women will be on display. You needn’t be a fan of “Downton Abbey” to find this exhibit interesting or to get a feel for the time, but if you’re following the series, a little dose of Downton may help fill the days before Season 4 begins next winter. This special exhibit will be on display beginning June 16 as part of our Sunday tour. Sunday tours begin June 2 from 2 to 4 p.m. The Salmon Brook Historical Society buildings contain many treasures, including a Civil War exhibit, early toys, farm tools and a general store. Admission: members, free; non-members, $4. The SBHS is located at 208 Salmon Brook Street.

Black silk and lace party dress, 1915. Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham, might have worn a similar gown at Downton Abbey. photo by Peter Dinella

Granby Sampler begins June 13 — subscribe today by Marianne Curling Want to use more locally grown products when preparing meals at home? Don’t have time to find local farmers selling their own meat, cheese, poultry, vegetables and more? The Granby Sampler, a program of the Granby Agricultural Commission, gathers together an assortment of locally grown food and farm products and provides these to subscribers. The Granby Sampler will introduce you to the range of products available from farmers right here in Granby and provide the farmers with an additional market. Granby Sampler boxes are distributed 12 times, every other week, from June 13 through mid-November. Each box includes meat, eggs, dairy, fruits, vegetables, and specialty products like breads, honey, jams and flowers. An information sheet listing the contents and the farm that produced each item accom-

panies each box. We include a recipe or two with each distribution and this year will add more information about ways to use and store produce. With the Granby Agricultural Commission, our sponsor, we are supporting sustainable agriculture in Granby— all of the products will be from here, or as nearby as we can acquire, but we can’t certify that the products are organic — a complicated process. The milk is always pasteurized. The meat is hormone free. All produce will be picked fresh each distribution. Last year we had 30 subscribers and added more than $25,000 to the local farm economy. Our goals for subscribers are to introduce them to local sources for farm products and encourage

them to purchase more on their own. How does it work? All Granby farms are invited to participate in this program. Farmers are paid for their goods, and may have goods included in one or more distributions. The annual cost to subscribers is based on the total value of the box contents, about $65 a box with a small administrative fee. Subscribers are asked to pay for their annual subscription up-front based on a box-by-box plan. The contents of each box may vary slightly from the plan due to weather or unforeseen issues, but the Granby Sampler guarantees the total value of a subscription. We provide a convenient way to experience local farm products and a number of our subscribers are returning for that reason alone; a few, however, will now shop on their own. As one subscriber phrased it, “We were very satisfied with the Sampler. However, we are now fa-

miliar enough with the farms to obtain what we want and when we would want it, so will purchase locally on our own. You did a great job last year and we wish you much success again this year.” For the 2013 program, we are looking for 30 subscribers for Thursday evening pick-up. For more information or to be a participating farmer or subscriber, please contact us at We will provide you with the schedule of pick-up dates, the range of products listed and payment options. Pick-up is from a location near the center of Granby. The aim of the Granby Agricultural Commission is to connect local farms with consumers, provide resources for commercial and hobby farms, and promote businesses that use local produce. With the Granby Sampler, farmers will benefit through increased sales and revenue. Subscribers will receive locally produced food and goods of value equal to the subscription cost. Participate and help us build and sustain our Granby farm community.



JUNE 2013

Vineyard Gallery features Eden’s paintings The Lost Acres Vineyard Gallery is presenting Laura Eden’s paintings now through Sunday, June 2. Eden is accomplished in watercolor and egg tempera and her highly detailed natural presentations are a pleasure for the eye and mind. Her artist statement eloquently states her premise: “My paintings are meant to trigger daydreams. They are a response to quiet moments spent “Summer Sprouts” in nature’s by Laura Eden grasp. Re-

calling a familiar feeling of place they, at the same time, show the viewer a more intimate, exaggerated perspective. I call it a bug’s eye view. Through my work I try to evoke a refreshing response to the commonplace.” Her watercolors and egg temperas present a variety of subject themes from flowers, to birch, to the Alaskan tundra, from the ocean’s edge, upstream to the Arizona desert. Whether it is pond lilies, rocks, or cactus, she takes a subject and explores all aspects of pattern and shape. The Lost Acres Vineyard Gallery is located at 80 Lost Acres Road, North Granby. The gallery and tasting room is open Fridays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 6 p.m. For more information about this or other events, go to www. and check the events page.

They’re engaged Thomas and Alison Messenger of Granby and Patty Fitzgerald of Enfield are pleased to announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter Erica Fitzgerald to Ryan Kristefor Stafford, son of Greg and Jennifer Girard of North Granby and Kenneth and Kathy Stafford of West Granby. Erica is a graduate of Granby Memorial High School. She received an associate degree in graphic design from Manchester Community College and is a member of Phi Theta Kappa. Erica is currently enrolled at the New York Institute of Photography and is employed by Simscroft-Echo Farms. Ryan also is a graduate of Granby Memorial High School. He studied culinary arts at the Connecticut Culinary Institute and attended Westwood College for software development. He is currently

Mystery Photo Contest Congratulations to Olivia Johnson whose name was drawn from the large number of correct answers to our May Mystery Photo Contest. The very attractive barn, owned by the Freedmans, is located on the corner of Wells Road and East Street. In submitting her entry, another contestant, Deborah Klotzman, noted that she thinks the barn is especially beautiful in winter when the doors are open and “you can see the fairy lights reflecting off the snow.” Mercifully there is no more snow and this month’s barn features that glorious harbinger of spring, forsythia. 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!

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Ryan Stafford and Erica Fitzgerald

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Congratulations & Best Wishes from Our Class in Granby to the

Sandy Fine

Graduating Class of 2013!

Gerri Asres

Don Barrett

Pat Bylenski

Susan Carolan

Marc Doucette

Jane Furca

Judy Guarco

Ken Kuhl

Terry Lucash

Joan Muller

Kathy Murphy

Liza Nolan

Rick Pilsbury

Nancy Reardon

Jim Reed

Anna Sogliuzzo

Eden Wimpfheimer

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