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Volume XLIII, No. 8 • May 2013




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Referendum Fails Of the 1,131 people who voted at the referendum April 22, 617 were opposed and 514 were in favor of the budget as presented at the April 8 public hearing. As the Drummer went to press, the Board of Finance was reviewing its options. Another public hearing will be held on April 29 at 7 p.m. at the high school, with a second referendum May 6.

Snow days force calendar adjustment by Kim Becker

Adams named Granby Republican of the Year The Granby Republican Town Committee named First Selectman John E. Adams as the 2013 Republican of the Year at the annual 7th Senatorial Lincoln Day Dinner held on March 15. From l., daughter Hanna, Adams, son Ben and wife Cindy. photo by Paula Johnson

Peck Orchard Road excavation application modified to reflect noise, site concerns by Elaine Jones It was standing room only as more than 60 residents attended the April 8 meeting of the Planning and Zoning Commission to express their views on the reintroduction of a special permit application to excavate and remove sand, gravel, stone, loam, dirt and other earth products from property on 329 Granville Road. The proposed access would be on Peck Orchard Road. The discussion was postponed until April 23 to allow time to study the environmental impact of the plan. The application was a modified version of what was presented last October but withdrawn in the face of local opposition. Several major changes were included in the presentation by engineer Tom Grimaldi representing Mike Girard of Simscroft Echo Farms. The earth removal would be limited to 5 acres rather than the original 7.4 acres of the 11.7-acre site. The proposed excavation of 99,000 yards of material (except what is necessary to create the access road) would occur at the center of the site. The plan proposes to create two farm-type homes of two acres each at the flat top portion of the rise as opposed to the four homes in the original plan. Rather than several driveways, there will be only one entrance


to the site with its location changed to be farther away from the nearest home. These changes will preserve woodlands along Peck Orchard and Granville Roads, resulting in undisturbed trees and other vegetation for a distance of 195 feet from the pavement to the interior of the site along Granville Road and 80 to 120 feet along Peck Orchard Road. Grimaldi presented several plans, including vegetation restoration, drainage and the location of several material piles. He said the work would be done Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. with no activity on weekends or holidays. There would be no processing or burial of material on site. Buffers would be created to shield neighbors from noise as well as using white noise trucks to transport the material. Traffic patterns would also be created to reduce the noise from backing up vehicles. Peck Orchard Road would be frequently cleaned and watered to keep down the dust. The plan estimates the project to take two years or less to complete, depending on the sale of the material and the market for the two proposed homes. The first phase of getting into the site would probably take two weeks and remove some 38,000 yards of material.

Excavation cont’d. on p. 7

GMMS Walk-a-thon

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Due to the seven emergency days used this year, the Board of Education voted to have a full school day on May 28, extend the school year by one day to June 21 and reschedule the teachers’ professional development day to June 24. Graduation will be held June 21. One parent spoke on behalf of Jared Hall asking the board to keep the graduation date on June 20. Hall is an archer with the USA team and is scheduled to be at the world competition starting on June 21. He hoped to make both his graduation and the competition. The Board regretted the need to move the graduation date and urged the young man to “shoot straight” at the competition. Facilities report Director of Facilities Tom Steinke reported the following: the maintenance department went paperless through use of tablets for work orders and communication; the high school electronics lab is completed; an additional computer room and reading room were added; and the baseball field will be ADA compliant by July 1. Almost $50,000 of unanticipated costs arose this year, including repairs to the sprinkler system, plumbing and kitchen boiler plus snow removal.

Steinke outlined items that will impact the 2013-2014 budget. Kearns will replace several vinyl floors, as well as the expansion tanks on the boilers and the heating coil in the media center. The middle school risers will be replaced and the high school bleachers will be repaired. Additionally, wet vacuums, floor bluffers and Kaivac machines will be purchased for district-wide use. Teacher evaluations The State of Connecticut mandated all districts to prepare a teacher evaluation plan and implement it in the 2013-2014 school year. A committee of administrators and teachers with the assistance of a consultant developed the plan which will be submitted to the state for review this month. Director of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning Diane Dugas stated that the Granby Professional Educator Growth Continuum is purposely a “growth model” and seeks to improve all teachers’ craft through direct and indirect evaluator observation, student learning measures such as CAPT, SAT, AP and district benchmarks and student, peer and parent feedback. School administrators will act as evaluators, meeting with teachers before and after classroom observations

Teacher evaluations cont’d.on p. 6

Memorial Day Activities The Granby Memorial Day Association invites town officials, the fire department and its auxiliary, Scout units and other civic and social groups to take part in the annual parade and program on Monday, May 27. All organizations wishing to be in the parade or have a concession on the green must be registered with Parade Marshal James O. Hall (860-653-3819). The parade will step off at 10 a.m. sharp and will pause at the green for the unveiling and dedication of the War on Terror monument. The parade will continue to the cemetery where services will include guest speaker Rep. William J. Simanski, a firing squad salute and taps. After returning to the green, the parade will disband. Following a brief recess, the Marquis of Granby Fife and Drum Corps and the high school marching band will present a concert. More details will be found in the next issue of the Drummer.

Granby’s private clubs

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Mission to Ethiopia

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editorials, commentary & letters to the editor The Granby Drummer, PO Box 165, Granby CT 06035-0165

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BOE chair out of line Chairman of the Board of Education Callendar Heminway has some apologizing to do. First, because his treatment of Susan Accetura at a recent meeting of the BOS seemed quite rude, but, more important, within that rudeness—or maybe at the heart of it—was a fundamental violation of Accetura’s rights to free speech and to peaceably petition her government. Heminway may be right in his assertion that the law limits or even prohibits BOE discussion of personnel matters in public session. He cannot however limit Ms. Accetura’s or any other citizen’s right to speak about employees of the school district—or any other matter at all —before a meeting of elected officials. This is a very basic

part of both the law of the land and the ethics upon which our country’s traditions are based. To add insult to injury, Heminway sought to limit Accetura’s distribution of, and further “forbade” other members of the board from reading, the petitions she had brought with her to share with the board. The ability to peacefully petition a government and seek redress of grievances is one of the rights the colonists demanded and eventually raised a rebellion and revolution to acquire. Our Constitution now guarantees these rights. That the chairman of the Board of Education is unaware of these guarantees, provided through bloody rebellion and thoughtful deliberation, does not speak well for the school district’s

capacity to impart knowledge of the history and values of our government to the next generation. At the very least the town’s legal authorities should “educate” him. Far more appropriate would be an invitation from the board to Ms. Accetura to appear once again before them and to exercise the rights that Mr. Heminway illegally denied her. Martin Council

Cossitt Book Sale The Friends of Cossitt Library thank in- and out-of-town friends and patrons who supported our final Books and More Sale at the Senior/Youth Center in March. As we are retiring from this event, we are hopeful that new members/patrons will decide that Cossitt should continue to offer book sales. We had

a successful final sale and hope our shoppers will enjoy many hours of good reading, viewing and listening pleasure. We thank our donors for the wonderful books, DVDs, CDs, puzzles and games given throughout the year. Your generous support made our fundraiser possible. Finally, a tremendous thanks goes to our personal friends who provided refreshments for our shoppers, carried hundreds of boxes of books out of our basement, transported them to the Center and then the remainders back again, helped set up, staff the sale and pack and clean up. Lots of work, lots of fun and laughter. No one could ask for better friends. Bruce and Bobbie Sullivan for the Friends of Cossitt Library

The Granby Drummer A volunteer, non-profit publication established in 1970. The Granby Drummer (ISSN 1547-1497) is published monthly except January and August by Citizens for a Better Granby at 11 North Granby Road, Granby, CT 06035. It’s delivered free of charge to all Granby households and businesses. Outof-town subscriptions are $20 per year. Periodicals postage paid at Granby, CT, and additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to THE GRANBY DRUMMER P.O. Box 165 Granby, CT 06035-0165 Copyright ©2013 Citizens for a Better Granby, all rights reserved. CBG BOARD Lew Noble, President David Tolli, Vice President Roger Hayes, Treasurer Flo Bischoff, Secretary Carol Bressor, Becky Mikus, Sam Mikus, Barbara Shubert STAFF Rita Isaacson, Managing Editor Shirley Murtha, Copy Editor Marilyn Sponzo, Ass’t. Copy Editor Amanda Lindberg, Special Pages Andrea Leshinskie, Photo Editor Dave Tolli, Photo Editor Flo Bischoff, Features Coordinator Barbara Blanchette, Carolyn Carter, Nancy Dudenhofer, Nancy Fischer, Elaine Girard, Joan Griswold, Shane Kertanis, Chris Levandowski, Amanda Lindberg, Eileen Longhi, Will Malloy, Lew Noble, Sally Pullman, Lauren Sannizzaro, Donna Schedinger, Anne Schneider REPORTERS & CONTRIBUTORS Kim Becker, Jennifer Benson, AnnMarie Cox, Sally Crapser, Peter Dinella, Bernadette Gentry, Emily Henselder, Elaine Jones, KerryAnn Kielbasa, Carol Laun, George Lynch, Kelly Marszycki, Paul S. Noble, Karen Stanhope, Sarah Toth, Lou Urban, Laura Wolfe, Maureen Wolf, Tom Tyburski, Sandy Yost, Gerry Youmans ADVERTISING TEAM Emily Boyd, Carol Bressor, Karen Chase, Beth Rathey, Karen Eustis, Advisor SUBSCRIPTIONS Gary Burnham DELIVERY Gary Burnham


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Board of Selectmen


State legislators address Selectmen

by Shirley Murtha First Selectman John Adams led the Board of Selectmen and attending residents in a moment of silence followed by the Pledge of Allegiance to open the meeting on April 15 in recognition of the tragedy at the Boston Marathon after which Senator Kevin Witkos and Representative William Simanski gave a legislative update. Witkos reported that unfortunately for towns such as Granby trying to establish their budgets, the state budget will likely not be a finished product until late summer. He cautioned that the car tax proposal is one of the most controversial issues affecting the legislature and noted that if passed, it is likely to be costly to Granby. It is a money-maker for the state, presented as a tax cut for the middle class. Simanski commented on a series of charts and graphs he had brought to the meeting, showing that the state’s spending has increased 318 percent since 1987 while the population growth has increased only 9.4 percent. The largest amount of revenue is from income tax and the greatest expenditures are social programs (22 percent) and education (21 percent.) He suggested that instead of saying “We need more revenue,” the state should look into spending less, especially on social programs.

Witkos remarked that one of the most powerful positions in the legislature is the chairman of the labor commission. He is the one who decides whether to hold a hearing on an unfunded mandate, for example. The wheels move very slowly, and this year were practically brought to a halt by the events at Newtown. From Dec. 14 on, very little was accomplished except for items related to the devastation there. Resident Debby Reelitz thanked Simanski for his support of the bill to make it a law for food labels to identify any genetically modified organisms included in their products. Simanski noted that introduction of the bill is far from a “done deal” and that the issue is complicated. GAA recognition/HEARTSafe community designation Returning to regular business, Adams presented members of the Granby Ambulance Association with a proclamation honoring its 50th anniversary. President Gretchen Wolf noted that Granby’s ambulance association provides 24/7 coverage—practically unheard of in small towns, thanks to our having so many volunteer paramedics. The association has purchased the Loomis property across from its headquarters on Rte. 189. The existing building will be demolished and a new training facility will be erected.

CORRECTIONS • The photo of the church in last month’s Historic Footnotes column was incorrectly identified as First Congregational Church. In fact, it is the original South Congregational Church that burned in 1917. We apologize for the error. • Last month’s issue incorrectly described the pickup policy at the Foodshare truck that now comes to the parking lot behind South Church on Salmon Brook Road every other Tuesday at noon for 30 minutes of free food distribution. There is no paperwork to fill out, but each person is expected to collect only one share—in other words, no proxies may pick up for multiple households.

In turn, a representative from the State Department of Public Health presented Adams with a certificate noting that Granby has achieved the status of a HEARTSafe community—one in which the survival odds for people suffering cardiac events are notably improved. Adams noted that of course this is in great part due to the efficiency of the ambulance association. Other business Board members authorized the allocation of $25,000 to the athletic fields project where unforeseen expenses have occurred. This money will specifically go to funding the new scoreboard and replacement of the rusted-out storage containers that did not survive being moved for the field renovation. Town Manager Bill Smith reported that 100 percent of taxes has been collected and that the town has excess revenues in most categories. More funds than budgeted will be needed, however, for legal fees and overtime police operations as has been discussed in previous meetings. Two revisions to the budget had been noted in the April 1 meeting. $12,000 has been added to library operations, bringing services almost back to the level in 2009-10 when the large cut was made. Also, the $150,000 capital road maintenance budget was reduced by $50,000. Both revisions were approved. Smith also noted that asphalt plants were re-opening so the process of repairing potholes and curbing damaged by plows can begin. Also at the previous April 1 meeting, Ron Desrosiers nominated Dan O’Connell to fill the vacancy on the Development Commission (approval was unanimous) and Adams read the

Proclamation for Earth Day in which Granby encourages residents and businesses to use sustainable initiatives whenever possible. Adams also relayed information from the Donate Life Connecticut organization regarding the need for organ donors. It is estimated that 18 people a day die due to lack of transplant organs. Adams also reminded residents that Granby is still falling behind on recycling efforts; please be more aware of what is thrown away. It costs the town $60.50 ($61 after July 1) for disposal of each ton of solid waste, whereas we receive a $10 per ton rebate for recyclables. Residents continue to speak in favor of Jim Warnke during the public session of the BOS meetings, but since the matter is in litigation, the board cannot make any comments nor have any influence on the outcome.

Town of Granby Meeting Calendar Board of Selectmen, 7:30 p.m., Town Hall, Mondays, May 6 & 20 Board of Finance, 7:30 p.m., Police Community Room, Tuesday, May 28 Board of Education, 7 p.m., Central Office, Wednesdays, May 1 & 15 Planning & Zoning, 7 p.m., Town Hall, Tuesdays, May 14, May 28 Inland Wetlands & Watercourses, 7 p.m., Town Hall, Wednesday, May 8 Development Commission, 7 p.m., Town Hall, Monday, May 13

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Faith is the pathway to imagination, community and justice; it’s our worship theme this year at South Church. Join us some Sunday as we explore different ways of building our own personal faith foundation. All are welcome! Worship services at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. Sunday school and child care at 10:30 a.m. 242 Salmon Brook St., Granby, CT / (860) 653-7289 /



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Common Core State Standards adopted by Connecticut by Kim Becker Headlines blare that the United States lags behind the industrialized world in high school and college graduation rates, underachieves in math and science knowledge from eighth grade on and struggles in many cities and regions with what to teach and at what grade level. Connecticut is not an exception. In 2010, the Thomas B. Fordham Institute published the “State of State Standards and Common Core,” giving the standards developed by Connecticut a D in both English language arts (ELA) and math. The Common Core standards were rated much higher, B-plus and A-minus respectively. According to Fordham, the previous state standards were unclear, missed major content areas such as math’s quadratic formula and failed to have requirements to study American literature. Now the Common Core State Standards have been adopted by Connecticut and hurriedly implemented in the local districts. Developed by the National Governors Association, the Council of Chief State School Officers and educators and experts, the new standards focus on what children should learn in math and ELA at each grade level. Most states across the country have adopted the standards, ensuring that students will be learning about the same topics no matter where they live. The Fordham Institute prefers the Common Core’s clarity, measurability and rigor, but the question remains: what will students and parents see and

experience in Granby’s classrooms? The standards leave the question of how to teach ELA and math up to the states and local districts. Generally, the CCSS demand that students collaborate, use research from multiple sources and be able to defend their answers to real life based problems. Granby Public Schools is currently aligning its curriculum to the CCSS. Director of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning Diane Dugas says that the new methods engage students differently, using problems that “reflect what we do in our daily lives” and “build the stamina” to seek multiple ways of viewing and solving a problem. For example, Wells Road math teacher Robert Faber used his interest in fitness to create a real world math problem. His students researched the question whether exercise stimulates the brain and benefits learning. After finding 12 scientifically based articles that supported this theory, the students began doing no more than 8 minutes of functional exercise in class each day and used their results to create data problems to explore the statistics unit they were studying. He believes that the CCSS gives teachers “more freedom to home in on specific things.” His classes spend more time on “is the answer possible,” rather than pure calculation. Across Granby schools, teachers are redefining their roles as experts to those of facilitators. Classes are collaborating at all levels whether the project is the second grade bear mystery, video clips from the middle school about who is the best reformer in history or forensics in

Castle retires from police department Granby Police Sergeant Robert Castle recently retired after 32 years of dedicated service to the Town of Granby. Sergeant Castle is a long time Granby resident, having graduated from Granby Memorial High School. He is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, serving during the Vietnam era. Castle was hired in April 1981 by Granby’s first police chief. He has had an exemplary career with many commendations. A ceremony honoring his service was held at the police department on March 28. He looks forward to spending more time with his wife Jessica and daughter Annabelle. From left, Town Manager William Smith, Police Chief Carl Rosensweig, Sergeant Robert Castle and First Selectman John Adams. photo by Capt. William Tyler

high school. Kearns math and science consulting teacher Amy Lupoli believes that even the youngest students can perform well in the new structure. “CCSS is based on developmentally appropriate benchmarks tailored to expand knowledge and collaboration.” A hallmark of the new curriculum guidelines is the use of data. Assessments are a major part of ensuring that students are on target and improve through the process; however, that doesn’t just mean standardized tests. “Life is a performance assessment,” explains Dugas. Teach-

ers use book reports and other projects to assess student growth at the end of a unit and seek interventions from the instructional coaches when necessary. Because the standards are new, resources haven’t caught up with curriculum. K-12 language arts supervisor Mike Dunn isn’t worried, explaining that CCSS “requires spontaneity and flexibility in assessment.” Dugas and her team anticipate using the data they collect to finetune the curriculum to ensure that students aren’t judged on a benchmark but on their growth throughout the year.

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with Emily Henselder and Sarah Toth

Many improvements at GMHS

Granby Memorial High School has a reputation for being a beautiful, wellrounded learning environment. It shapes its students’ lives for the better, giving them the tools they need to be worldly citizens who will thrive in life after they leave the confines of the school. The administration and staff at GMHS want nothing but the best for their students, not only in the classroom, but also on the athletic field. The adults at the school recognize that athletics are important building blocks for the students to live healthy, happy lives in the future, and that athletics are a way to make lifelong friends. With all this in mind, the administration decided to re-vamp the athletic fields and the students couldn’t be happier. Everyday when they pull into the school lot the students and teachers alike can see the vast improvements being made and wait in anticipation for the fall of 2014 when the renovation will be complete. Think the athletic fields are all the school is improving? Well, think again! The teachers and administration alike have decided to include new technology labs among the school improvements. This was done in an attempt to encourage students to get more involved in math and science and the ever-flourishing world of technology. In one teacher’s room, in addition to an entire set of new comput-

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ers, a new ventilation system was also implemented so that students can work on small welding projects. The improvements have also extended to the English department, where teachers have access to a traveling set of laptops for their students. This vastly improves the learning experience of the students, because they no longer need to go to the media center to work with online resources. They now have a computer in the room with them, which saves class time. The English department’s new laptops aren’t an asset for only the English classes, but all the other classes as well because the English class students no longer fill up the media center allowing other classes, or just individual students, to study and work. As you can see, things are always improving and changing for the better at GMHS. The administration and staff will accept nothing but the absolute best for their students and it shows. The topnotch athletic fields allow our schools’ sports teams to continue dominating the high school sports world that for some students may be the start of their careers as professional athletes. The learning environment provided for the students is the first step on the stairway to their futures, which thanks to the improvements at Granby Memorial High School, lead straight to the stars of success.

Holcomb, Virginia Belknap Adams, 97, wife of the late Max Edward Holcomb and the late Henry Shaw Adams, Jr., January 28 Stout, Dr. Robert P., 83, husband of Martha Stout, March 21 Caporale, Mamie Audrey, 88, wife of the late Frank Caporale, April 7 Berg, Marshall F., 66, husband of Darlene (Chamberlain) Berg, April 11 Hart, David L., 87, husband of Sherry (Lamson) Sindland and the late Jennie (Basile) Hart, April 13


Grad Night 2013 art competition winners announced by Susan Glucksman and Janice Stingle Every year the Parents for a Safe Graduation Party Committee sponsors an art competition for Granby Memorial High School seniors to design the invitation for the 2013 grad night party held at the YMCA. On March 21, high school principal Dr. Patricia Law and art teacher Holly Hecht presented the awards to the winners of the competi-

tion: Molly Jacobs, first place certificate and $100; Megan Kuhnly, second place certificate and $50; Brittany Schultz and Eric van Heel, tie for third place certificates and $25. The winning design will be used for the Grad Night 2013 T-shirt that all seniors receive prior to the event. A special thanks is extended to Ms. Hecht for her willingness to collect entries and promote the art competition among students.

2013 Grad Night art design winners receive their awards. From l., principal Dr. Patricia Law, Megan Kuhnly, Eric vanHeel, Molly Jacobs, art teacher Hollie Hecht and Brittany Schultz. photo by Sue Glucksman

Volunteers still needed for 2013 GMHS Safe Grad Night event by Sue Hancock The next meeting of the 2013 Granby Memorial High School Grad Night planning committee is May 13 at 7 p.m. in the GMHS media center. Held at the Granby YMCA, Grad Night offers a cost-free, fun-filled, substance-free event the evening of graduation, June 21. It cannot happen without volunteers to help with food, room decorations,

set-up and chaperones. If you can’t attend the May meeting but want to help, contact the following individuals: decorations or room set up – Darci Daleo at or Terri Rackliff at 4rackliffs@gmail. com ; food (set up or pick up from businesses) – Janice Stingle at; chaperones – Joan Kuhnly at



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70 residents attend public hearing by Carol Bressor On Monday, April 8, the public hearing on the proposed town budget for fiscal year 2013/2014 attracted 70 residents. Presentations by Board of Finance Chair Michael Guarco, First Selectman John Adams and Board of Education Chair Cal Heminway covered proposed expenses and revenues that total $41,952.968, which will result in a 2.3 percent increase in the mill rate (31.40 mills — without revaluation). Eight residents spoke at the hearing with several in support of the boards’ efforts. Whitey Johnson expressed concern that having such a small number of residents turn out for

the meeting did not bode well for an informed vote. The Board of Finance met after the public hearing and voted to send the proposal as presented to the machine vote, held Monday, April 22 in the Town Hall Meeting Room. Copies of the proposed budget were available in the Town Manager’s office, Granby Public Library, Cossitt Library and the Police Department. It was also online at the Town of Granby website. At the meeting, Adams noted that it was his last year as First Selectman, a position he has held for 10 years. He re-capped the significant changes that have taken place during the decade.

Teacher evaluations cont’d. from p. 1 up to three times per year, reviewing artifactual evidence (syllabus, pictures, student work, video clips, etc.), reading teachers’ self-assessments, and more as needed. Board members expressed some concern about the change of management in a system already consumed with several state-level initiatives. Additionally, the amount of time spent on evaluation for both teachers and administrators seemed high. Dugas assured the board that the continuum is a “living document” that would be reviewed and revised as it is being implemented. She admitted that the process is a significant effort for all involved. The board was also concerned for advanced students. While supports are in place for those students needing assistance, would students who had early mastery of the material be overlooked? Dugas pointed out that the continuum encourages educators to advance all students’ knowledge and understanding of the material no matter where that understanding starts. The instructional coaches and classroom teachers will

work together to ensure that all students are challenged. The full plan is available for public review on the Board of Education website under Meetings. Click on “4/3/2013 regular meeting” for the link. 2013-2014 calendar The board reviewed next year’s preliminary calendar. Members asked that Superintendent Alan Addley review several items before presenting them with the next iteration. The number of early release days, particularly at the end of the year, seemed high to some members. When it was suggested that more parentteacher conference time in the evenings would encourage both parents to attend, Addley noted that there are contractual and statutory issues involving the conferences, but he would look into it. The possibility of shifting the April vacation week to March was raised. Many families cannot take vacation in April due to school sports schedules. Moving the vacation week back to March before spring sports begin would allow for more family time.

The GMHS auditorium had plenty of empty seats at the recent public hearing. photo by Peter Dinella

Kelly Lane drama club presents Disney’s “Aladdin, Jr.” by Melissa Migliaccio On May 10 and 11, the Kelly Lane drama club will present Disney’s “Aladdin, Jr.,” its first musical under the direction of Danielle Horan, music teacher at Kelly Lane and Wells Road Intermediate Schools. Thirty-six Kelly Lane students in grades 3 through 6 are involved with the production, responsible for every aspect from lighting to singing and performing and set design. The role of Aladdin is played by Clayton Rider, Jasmine is played by Charlotte McMillan, the Genie is portrayed by Joseph LaFlamme and Jafar is Samantha Novotny. It is a challenge for the students to balance the demanding rehearsals with schoolwork and other extracurricular commitments. Horan states, “Most of the participating students are also involved in Kelly Lane’s band, jazz band and/or chorus. These students juggle

three to four rehearsals per week and still maintain a high standard of academic success. The level of enthusiasm for the arts is encouraging to see.” Songs to be performed include “Arabian Nights,” “One Jump Ahead,” “Friend Like Me,” “Prince Ali” and “A Whole New World.” Prior to returning to her home state of Connecticut, Horan worked in theater productions while she was teaching music in Folsom, N. J., where she served as musical director for “The Wizard of Oz,” “Doo Wop Wed Widing Hood,” “Peter Pan” and “Aladdin, Jr.” She also worked with the Hammonton Youth Theater as musical director and as accompanist for “Cinderella Kids!” The two-act, nine-scene musical will be presented at the Kelly Lane school on Friday, May 10 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, May 11, at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. All tickets can be purchased at the door for $5.

CONCERT IN THE LOFT! Lindsay Lou and the Flatbellys

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Celebrating a decade of bees and grants by Rebecca Brewer The Granby Education Foundation hosted its 10th annual Gran-Bee trivia contest on March 22. What looked to be the largest audience to date tested its knowledge of trivia to win special anniversary prizes and cheered on the 31 teams of contestants during an evening of friendly competition. They also crowned this year’s Yellow Jacket costume winners, the Hive Breakers, before heading home with their goodie bags. Presiding over the evening was master of ceremonies Tom Sullivan. The judges panel included Wayne Bindas, Jen Burkhart and Bill Simanski. After six rousing swarms of play, the Bad News Bees, Lost Acres Orchard Drones, We BEElieve, the Cowgirls, Bee-S and the Gran-BEE Rovers teams advanced to the championship to vie for the title of Grand Bees. Master of Ceremonies Tom Sullivan

The trophy went to Tony Bussman, Shirley Edbrooke and Gail Altschwager of team Bee-S. This special anniversary edition of the Bee was made possible by Simsbury Bank, Farmington Valley YMCA, Lost Acres Orchard, MeadowBrook of Granby, Northwest Community Bank, State Line Propane, Arrow Capital, Arrow Concrete, Granby Dental Center/Dr. Ungerleider, Granby Pharmacy, James D. Jepeal, CPA, Nair and Levin, P.C., and Walker Kitchen Design. The first Gran-Bee was held in 2004 to support fundraising efforts for the newly launched GEF mini-grant program. Over the past 10 years the GEF has awarded over 100 grants in support of educational initiatives and provided more than $150,000 to fund programs throughout the community. This year’s Bee raised another $10,000 for the general fund that supports this program, now referred to as community grants. In these same 10 years, the GranBee has become a popular town event, forming a partnership among Granby’s citizens who come together each year in support of this worthy cause. The GEF would like to thank all of the individuals, businesses and organizations that have been a part of the Gran-Bee over the past decade.

Excavation cont’d. from p. 1 This plan was requested under Section 9 of the zoning regulations, allowing the town to regulate the excavation and removal activity through the establishment of conditions such as hours and days of activity and the preservation of buffer areas. The nearest home west of the site is 240 feet away from proposed excavation; the nearest home east of the site is 600 feet away. The two homes on the opposite side of Peck Orchard Road are 650 feet away and the nearest home on Granville Road is 8,000 feet away. An alternative plan was also briefly proposed that would allow the developer, according to the “as of right” regulations, to excavate for and create the two building lots with driveways on a steep grade with no buffer areas and increased site disturbance. In addition, there would be little monitoring and oversight by the town. Robert Levandowski was against the

plan citing the project as a mining operation in a R2A zone that would have a detrimental effect on his mother’s home. Ken Slater, representing the Doug Marshalls whose home is close to the site, said the new plan was tolerable but he questioned the amount of excavation and urged the town to have close oversight of the project. Henry Miga said the plan met the regulations and provided maximum control to the town. Some residents asked for an environmental impact study, and others asked how the plan fit in the town’s Plan of Conservation and Development. Several people thought the two-year time frame was excessive, while others worried about the noise and the adverse effect on their home environment. New bank moving in In the only other business of the night, Paul Maleck, representing Westfield Bank, sought and was granted a special permit

Team Bee-S won the championship trophy. Gail Altschwager, Tony Bussman and Shirley Edbrooke pose here with the Bee.

Wayne Bindas, Jen Burkhart and Bill Simanski were the judges. photos by Kathy Brown

The three tellers will park at the rear of the building. Maleck said the bank wanted to expand its services and chose Granby as its first venture in Connecticut. He also said the bank will function more like an office with a loan production center. “Our staff will be there to help our clients with loans to small businesses,” he added.

to establish the bank in the existing building at 10 Hartford Avenue, formerly the location of an optometry office. No new exterior construction is proposed. There will be no drive-through window and the ATM will be within the bank. Hours of operation will be Monday to Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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Youth Services Bureau

by AnneMarie Cox

Synthetic drug update Wayne Kowal from the State Police Narcotics Task Force was part of a panel discussion for parents held by GMHS at the April Parent Advisory Council meeting. He noted that there has been a state-wide increase in hospitalizations due to the adverse effects caused by use of synthetic substances such as synthetic marijuana, despite the fact that they are now illegal. The law classifying them as controlled substances makes it easier to prosecute manufacturers and distributors once caught, but has apparently not reduced the abuse of these drugs. For more information on these synthetic drugs, with names like

K2, Spice and a synthetic cocaine-like compound called Bath Salts, check out the links on our Facebook page or our blog on blogspot. Win an iTunes gift card The Town of Granby Prevention Council’s mission is to reduce substance abuse and other risky behaviors among Granby youth. Its Facebook page is a great way to stay on top of what’s going on, from educational programs to positive youth development activities. Everyone who “likes” the page during the month of May will be entered into a drawing for an iTunes gift card! The winner will be announced on the page in May.

Granby girl featured in “Hairspray” Kellie Comer has a featured role in the CREC Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts’ upcoming production of “Hairspray.” Filled with ’60s dance music and lots of rhythm and blues, the musical also serves to highlight some of the social injustices of the time. It is the story of Tracy Turnblad, an unlikely candidate who wins a spot on a local televised teen dance program and becomes a celebrity who fights to integrate the show. The musical will be performed on May 3, 4, 9, 10 and 11 at the academy theater at 359 Washington Street in Hartford. Curtain time is 7:30. Tickets are $25/15 for adults, $15/10 for students and senior citizens. For reservations, call 860-757-6388 Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. or visit www.crec. org/theater.


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Diane and Ira Mahakian submitted this photo of their young granddaughter Elizabeth viewing the 30,000 flags in Boston Commons last Memorial Day. “We thought her ‘first look at freedom’ was quite memorable,” said Diane. “It’s a reminder to us all how precious freedom in this country truly is!”

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Here is the scoop: the Jimmy Fund is looking for area schools, youth groups and other student organizations to participate in the Jimmy Fund Scooper Schools Program. This program provides students in New England the opportunity to earn free admission for a day at the Jimmy Fund Scooper Bowl by planning and participating in fundraising projects for the Jimmy Fund.�� The 31st annual Jimmy Fund Scooper Bowl takes place on June 4, 5 and 6 at Boston’s City Hall Plaza. More than 10 tons and 30 flavors of popular ice creams and other frozen treats will be served at this all-you-can-eat ice cream festival. All proceeds support adult and pediatric cancer care and research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.� �Participating schools have the opportunity to earn free admission to the event based on their fundraising totals. Raising

a minimum of $250 provides free event admission for 30 students/teachers. The higher the totals, the more tickets the group will receive. From read-a-thons to car washes, bake sales to ice cream sundae parties and even basketball tournaments, the Scooper Schools Program encourages participants to get creative in their fundraising projects. The program has raised more than $63,000 for the Jimmy Fund.�� General admission to the Scooper Bowl is $10, $5 for children ages 3-9, and no charge for children under age 3 from noon to 8 p.m. each day. The Scooper Bowl has raised more than $3.5 million for adult and pediatric cancer care and research at Dana-Farber. For more information on the Scooper Schools Program, visit or call 1-800-525-4669.�

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Middle schoolers participate in walkathon

Granby Memorial Middle School students took part in a walkathon to raise funds for a community service project called Sharing to Learn. They raised money to collect school supplies to donate to Makuleke, an impoverished village in South Africa. Left: from l., Anna Wilson, Emma Sheahan and Madison Clark. Above: from l., Romelle Hardy, Malik Nedd and Dajon Wharton-Rodriguez. photos by Amaya DeSousa and Arielle Bocanegra

Salmon Brook Historical Society to hold May flea market by Heather Tomasetti The Salmon Brook Historical Society will hold its annual Spring Flea Market on the Society grounds, 208 Salmon Brook Street (Rte. 10/202) on May 18 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. (rain or shine). The event and parking are free. Come find hidden treasures among numerous vendors and at the Society’s tent. A wide variety of items including antiques will be offered again this year. The food stand will offer coffee and Mrs. Murphy’s donuts for the early birds and hot dogs, soda and chips at lunchtime. Vendor space is available at $25 per 20-ft. x 20-ft. space; $35 if received after 5/10/13. Make check payable to Salmon Brook Historical Society and send to

David Laun, 16 Hummingbird Lane, Granby, 06035. Be sure to include your name, address and phone number. The Society is also accepting donated items for its tent; clean out your attic/basement and drop off items at 208 Salmon

Brook Street on Tuesdays or Thursdays from 9 a.m. to noon. (No plastic toys or children’s clothing, please.) For more information, call Dave at 860-653-3965 or Todd Vibert at 860-653-9506. The Flea Market is one of the Society’s

fundraisers with all proceeds supporting the continued ongoing expenses of the all-volunteer organization. Learn more at or follow it on Facebook.



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Granby man aids fundraising for canine search and rescue by Laura Phillips Ward Granby’s Rob Schedinger of RJS Photography took part in the second annual Progressive Animal Wellness Mini Pet Expo in Avon on April 6 by taking pictures of existing pets. The event raised $294 for Connecticut Canine Search and Rescue and featured canine massage, behavioral consultations, grooming guidance, a puppy kissing booth, photo sessions and

freestyle canine dance demonstrations. CCSAR rescue teams require extensive training — one year for the handler and two and a half for the dog. In addition, search and rescue requires proper upkeep of the necessary equipment. The organization maintains an operations support vehicle, several boats, GPS and mapping equipment. All of this is done by volunteers without any public funding; they do not charge for their assistance with searches. Progressive Animal Wellness is located in the Fairways Plaza on Route 44 in Avon. For more information, visit PAW at www. progressiveanimalwellness. com, or connect with them on Facebook ( ProgressiveAnimalWellness)

and Twitter (@progressivevet), or call 860-325-2124.

Rob Schedinger conducts a photo session with Ellen Saegaert and Bailey at the Progressive Animal Wellness Mini Pet Expo in Avon. submitted photo

Democratic Town Committee scholarship The Granby Democratic Town Committee has established a $500 scholarship to recognize a Granby student who best exemplifies its mission, Making Granby a Better Community, and has demonstrated engagement in the political process. The mission is exemplified by selecting and supporting party-endorsed candidates for elected and appointed positions in municipal, district, state and federal government; electing delegates to represent Granby at state and district conventions of the Democratic Party of Connecticut; promoting Granby residents’ participation in the political process and exercise

of their voting rights; and providing information to raise Granby residents’ awareness of opportunities and issues in government. To be eligible, the applicant must be a Granby resident, graduating from Granby Memorial High School in 2013, and registered to vote (if 17 or older). The scholarship will be awarded on senior awards night, Tuesday, June 4. The application may be found online at or by emailing A copy of the application is also available at the high school guidance office. Deadline to apply is May 10.

MeadowBrook honors its nonagenarians MeadowBrook of Granby hosted a birthday party for all of the 90s Club residents and their families on March 14. The celebration included hot hors d’oeuvres, beverages and entertainment. Certificates were given to all the 90s Club members.

Ray Reid soccer camp returns by Rick Orluk In partnership with the Granby Rovers Soccer Club, the Ray Reid Soccer School will hold a Young Stars Soccer Camp in Granby this summer. Open to boys and girls ages 6 – 13 and directed by fourtime national champion collegiate coach Ray Reid and his championship staff, the week-long camp will be held July 8 - 12 on the Granby Rovers Fields at Salmon Brook Park from 5 – 8 p.m. each day. The camp coaching staff features some of the country’s top Division I collegiate coaches and players who will challenge participants to improve in a fun-filled environment. Camp coaches will work to develop and improve each player’s technique, skills and creativity with the ball. Players will be grouped by age and

ability and will participate in dribbling, passing, receiving, shooting and smallsided games emphasizing touches on the ball and possession. The training focus for younger players ages 6-8 will be to improve skills in a fun-filled environment; players ages 9-13 will work on technical refinement and receive an introduction to the tactical side of the game. All players receive a camp t-shirt and soccer ball. The Ray Reid Soccer School features a strong coach-to-player ratio and a certified trainer will be on duty throughout camp. This camp is open to all players from the region; membership in Granby Rovers is not necessary. To register or learn more about the camp visit www. or call the camp office at 860-674-1500.


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THE GRANBY DRUMMER FV-VNA award winners, front row from l.: Laura Bourgoin, Mary Margaret Horan, Julie Tanida; back row: Alice Colson, Dyanne Hanelius, Nick Mason, Incy Muir, Rev. Mark Diters, Lori Hoover photo by Robin Baker

FV-VNA staff recognized for community service by Andrea Boyle Eight staff members of the Farmington Valley Visiting Nurse Association were honored for their dedicated years of service to the organization and the local community at the annual service awards ceremony on March 28. The FV-VNA’s high level of staff retention contributes to its proven track record of providing extensive experience and compassionate care to clients and their families. Executive Director Incy S. Muir presented the awards and board president Nick Mason praised and thanked the staff for their outstanding commitment to the agency and for the compassionate care which they have provided to the community during their years of service. The following awards were presented. For five years of service: home health

aide Alice Colson, registered dietician, Mary Margaret Horan, community programs department manager Lori Hoover, RN; for 10 years of service: Rev. Mark Diters (pastoral care), intake coordinator Julia Tanida, RN; for 15 years of service: senior biller Deanna Livingston, rehab department coordinator Dyanne Hanelius; for 20 years of service: home health aide Laura Bourgoin. The Farmington Valley VNA is a not-for-profit, Medicare-certified, statelicensed home health agency providing home care, hospice services and illness prevention programs across the Farmington Valley region. For more information regarding the array of inhome and community-based services offered, call 860-651-3539 or visit www.

Granby resident re-elected to Foodshare board Andrea Obston has been re-elected to the board of Foodshare, the food bank for greater Hartford. The principal at Andrea Obston Marketing Communications, Obston is a well-known volunteer for the organization, having served a previous nine-year term on the board of directors. She is also currently serving as the chair of the public relations advisory council. Obston is re-joining the Foodshare board at an opportune time, as the organization is embarking on a major multi-year expansion of its programs and facilities to move beyond food distribution into addressing the poverty that causes hunger. That plan will require the

involvement of the entire community, including civic organizations, businesses, government and community residents. “Andrea has a real passion for Foodshare’s work, acting as a sounding board and offering advice to both directors and staff. We’re excited to have her re-join the board of directors,” said Gloria McAdam, president and CEO of Foodshare. “With her previous nine-year term, she has proven time and time again to be an invaluable asset to our organization.” For a complete list of board members or for more information on how you can support the movement to end hunger, visit

First Church supports Mission 4/1 Earth by Linda Betsch The First Congregational Church of Granby has committed to the United Church of Christ’s “million hours of earth care in 50 days” with activities for all ages. The congregation will purchase and plant its own seedlings and track all that it does to maintain a healthy earth over the 50-day period — such as planting, weeding and recycling. Congregation members will attend the field trip to the CRRA Trash Museum in Hartford. A lively discussion is expected at the Earth Day Forum at Lost Acres Vineyard when

a diverse panel representing waterways, land trust, agriculture and energy conservation will discuss the complex issues that are faced in today’s world. First Church is also cooperating with the Granby Grange to grow crops for donation to those in need. The Mission 4/1 Earth program encourages everyone to help with and learn about actions to promote a healthy earth. The church is enthusiastic and optimistic about facing today’s challenges. The 50-days mission will conclude with an all-church dinner using locally grown foods.



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McLean Lecture for Alzheimer Caregivers The Atwater at McLean invites you to a lecture by Patty O’Brian from the Connecticut Alzheimer’s Association to help caregivers and healthcare professionals better understand how Alzheimer’s and dementia impact their loved ones’ or clients’ needs and to offer support and practical advice for those facing the challenges of caregiving. The free program will take place on Thursday, May 9 at 6 p.m. at Hop Meadow Country Club, 85 Firetown Road, Simsbury and will include information about how dementia impacts communication skills, communication strategies that work and strategies to manage and validate challenging behaviors. Complimentary appetizers and sweets will

Patty O’Brian, North Central Region Director of the Connecticut Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association

be served before the presentation. To make a reservation, call Karen Murphy at 860-658-3786, or visit www.McLeanMemoryCare/

Suffield Players The Suffield Players present Shakespeare’s “As You Like It,” the Bard’s sunniest comedy, at Mapleton Hall, 1305 Mapleton Avenue in Suffield, on May 2, 3, 4, 10, 11, 17 and 18 at 8 p.m. and on May 12 at 2 p.m. Ticket prices

are $17 ($12 opening night). Discounts are available for groups, seniors and students, as well as for season subscribers. For reservations, call 800-289-6148 or 860-668-0837 or visit

Toast to Simsbury Event The Simsbury Historical Society will hold A Toast to Simsbury! on May 10, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. to celebrate the May 12, 1670 naming of the town of Simsbury. The event will feature specialty wines, sparkling champagne, tasty hors d’oeuvres and luscious desserts. Guests will enjoy the hospi-

tality of the historic Phelps Tavern and Meetinghouse. Those up for a little friendly competition can take part in a few rounds of Simsbury Trivia. Cost is $40 per person, credit cards accepted over the phone or by email; at the door, $45, cash or check only. Call 860-6582500 for more information.

Granville Art Show All are invited to the 21st annual Arts and Artisans Show held at the Old Meeting House in Granville, Mass. featuring Granville artists in a variety of different media on Saturday and Sunday, May 4 and 5. Saturday hours are 10 a.m. to 4

p.m.; Sunday hours are noon to 4 p.m. On Sunday at 2 p.m. there will be a reception including the beautiful flute music of Jim Weber. Admission is free.

FV Chorale Spring Concert The Farmington Valley Chorale spring concert will be held Friday, May 3, at 8 p.m. at Valley Community Baptist Church, 590 West Avon Road, Avon. Singers from Granby will be performing in this concert directed by Dr. Ellen

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Gilson Voth. Donation at the door is $15; no charge for full-time students. LetsGoArts members may purchase two-for-the-price-of-one tickets. For more information, call 860-485-9240 or 860-679-4058.


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A service of reflection with readings, hymns, psalms and canticles will be offered on Sunday, May 5, at Trinity Episcopal Church in Tariffville at 4:30 p.m. This beautiful service joins language and music in a powerful and personal way. The Reverend Robert McGurn, former pastor of Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, will address the congregation. Under the direction of Paula Kern, the program will include songs by Trinity’s Festival Choir and guest organist Erik Eickhoff will accom-

pany selections including “Magnificat” and “Nunc Dimittis in F” by Peter Aston and “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross” by Gilbert M. Martin. Admission to the program is free and no reservations are necessary. A free-will offering will be accepted. An English tea reception will follow in the Parish Hall. The church is handicapped accessible and childcare is provided. The event is sponsored in part by MeadowBrook of Granby.

Rummage and Bake Sale The West Suffield Congregational Church will hold a spring rummage and bake sale on Saturday, May 4, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., including clothing, knickknacks, furniture, household items, books, toys and jewelry. Come early for the best selection. If you would like to donate and pick-up is desired or for

more information, contact Carol at 860653-8090. The church is handicapped accessible and is located at the intersection of Mountain Road (Rte. 168) and North Grand Street (Rte. 187) in the center of West Suffield. Drop off hours are Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, May 1, 2 and 3 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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 to 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.

Marquis of Granby Flatbread Fundraiser The Marquis of Granby will hold a fundraiser on Tuesday, May 14 from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Flatbread Company Restaurant in the Shoppes at Farmington Valley in Canton. A portion of the proceeds from each flatbread sold will support the Marquis trip to Quebec in August. Marquis members will perform

new music on the Granby town green following the Memorial Day parade. Prospective members are welcome to attend a practice on Wednesday nights at the First Congregational Church, 219 North Granby Road. For more information, visit www.marquisofgranby. org.

Suffield Garden Club May Market Suffield Garden Club will hold its 36th May Market on Saturday, May 11 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the historic PhelpsHatheway House, 55 South Main Street in Suffield. Suffield High School agriscience students will be providing seedlings of popular annuals, veggies and blooming geraniums. Garden Club members will offer perennials from their own gardens. Other vendors will be selling plants, shrubs, herbs, peren-

nials, hand crafted jewelry, bird and bat houses, honey, dairy products, garden accessories and collectibles. There will be a large variety of specialty trees and shrubs, many flowering in hard to find colors. Have your gardening questions answered at the club’s booth, take a chance at the teacup auction and pick up something delicious at the gourmet food booth. Admission is free; market is open rain or shine.

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Blood Pressure Screenings Tuesdays, May 7 and 21, 2 – 3:30 p.m. at the VNA building on Salmon Brook St.; Thursdays, May 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30, 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. at the Senior/Youth Center. In East Hartland: Tuesday, May 7, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at the Town Hall and Monday, May 20, 12:15 – 1:15 p.m. at the First Church Parish Hall. Irregular Heart Rate Series Over 2 million Americans live with an irregular heart rate called atrial fibrillation. Although this abnormal rhythm is not usually life-threatening, it is associated with chronic disease including coronary heart disease and diabetes and could potentially lead to life-threatening conditions such as stroke or heart failure. Learn more about a-fib’s symptoms and treatments at any of the FV-VNA’s free programs on Monday, May 13, noon – 1 p.m. at the Granby Senior/Youth Center and Monday, May 20, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. at the First Church Parish House, East Hartland. 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 info or to schedule an appointment, call 860-653-5514 between 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Pasta Dinner

UNICO will hold its annual pasta dinner on Friday, May 3, 5 – 8:30 p.m. at Manitook Camp, 70 Lakeside Drive. Salad, bread, pasta, sausage, homemade meatballs, ice cream sundae station, coffee and cash bar (beer and wine). Tickets $10 for adults and $7 for senior citizens and children ages 5–10 years. No charge for children under 5. This is a fun family event, a reason not to cook on a Friday night and a great opportunity to support local charities. Tickets sell out fast; contact Karen Rutigliano at 860-653-5699 to reserve today.

Family Fun Day

The Granby Artists Association will host its fourth Family Fun Day on Saturday, May 11, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Holcomb Farm, 113 Simsbury Road. This free event is an opportunity for family members of all ages to try their hands at a variety of art forms, receiving guidance from GAA artists. Over a dozen artists will demonstrate their talent and techniques and help participants make paper sculptures, jewelry, watercolor, acrylics and oil paintings, photographs, caricatures, wood crafts, paper prints and children’s art. For more information, visit

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The Sow and Reap Garden Club will hold its 48th annual plant sale at South Congregational Church, 242 Salmon Brook St., on Saturday, May 11, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., featuring home-grown perennials, Mother’s Day hanging baskets and a gardeners’ tag sale. For more information, call Lee French at 860-653-7138.

South Church Tag Sale

South Congregational Church will hold a Front Lawn Tag Sale on Saturday, May 11, 9 a.m.– 3 p.m. at 242 Salmon Brook Street (Rte. 10/202). Vendors and folks with items to sell are welcome to rent a space for $25. Don’t feel like sitting at the sale all day but want to clean out your home? You can donate your items to the South Church Appalachia Service Project table—no clothing, please. The event will also include a car wash, food tent and spring plant sale. For more information or to register for a space, contact Rebecca Sears at 860653-7738 or All proceeds benefit South Church and the ASP program.

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Connecticut author Mary Ann TironeSmith will discuss her book, “Girls of a Tender Age,” at the Granby Women’s Breakfast Group on Wednesday, May 1. Breakfast starts at 8:30 a.m.; the program begins promptly at 9 a.m. The cost is $3 per person. Call Corinne Dickerson at 860-653-9891 to reserve your spot.

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The Granby Camera Club will meet on Monday, May 6 at 7 p.m. in the Granby Senior/Youth Center. The program on portraiture will feature professional Granby photographer Wendy Van Welie.

MS Support Group

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

Tag and Bake Sale

The West Granby United Methodist Church will hold its annual Tag and Bake Sale on Saturday, May 4, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at 87 Simsbury Road in West Granby (next to Holcomb Farm).

Butterfly Gardening

The Friends of Cossitt Library will offer a program on butterfly gardening at the Cossitt on Thursday, May 2, at 6:30 p.m. Assistant Director of Roaring Brook Nature Center Margery Winter will present Butterfly Gardens Are For The Birds, explaining how a successful butterfly habitat may attract a host of beautiful winged creatures. Winter manages the center’s native plant, bird and butterfly gardens. Attend and make your yard and gardens a more welcoming place for your family and winged guests.

Mother’s Day Concert

The Bruce Porter Memorial Music Series, sponsored by the music ministry at South Congregational Church, will hold its next concert in its classical music series on Sunday, May 12 at 4 p.m. It will feature baritone Robert Barefield and pianist Barbara Robbins. The concert will begin with a tribute to Mother’s Day and balance some of the most beautiful classical art song repertoire, such as Brahms and Haydn, with a bit of Americana, including songs by Steven Foster and Cole Porter. Located at 242 Salmon Brook Street, South Church is handicapped accessible. The concerts are free, with a suggested donation to support the series. Call 860-653-7289 for more information.

Civic Club

In preparation for its 100-year anniversary celebration this fall, the Granby Civic Club will feature Moments and Minutes from the Past at the May meeting, Thursday, May 16, 1 p.m. in the Senior/Youth Center. The meeting and club are open to all women of Granby who wish to join in the tradition of service and socializing and the vision for A Better Granby. For more information, contact Ginny Wutka at

Marquis To Perform New Music

The Marquis of Granby members will perform new music on the Granby town green following the Memorial Day parade. Prospective members are welcome to attend a practice on Wednesday nights at the First Congregational Church, 219 North Granby Road. For more information, visit www.marquisofgranby. org.

A fundraiser will be held in Canton on May 14; please see article on p. 12.

SBHS Flea Market

Come browse the Salmon Brook Historical Society’s Spring Flea Market on Saturday, May 18, 9 a.m – 4 p.m. Free parking and free admission at 208 Salmon Brook Street. Vendor spaces available. For more information, visit, events page.

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Simsbury Bank promotes Mitchell and Sklodosky Simsbury Bank has promoted Jocelyn Mitchell and Ken Sklodosky to vice presidents. Executive Vice President and Chief Retail Banking, Operations and Technology Officer Howard R. Zern said, “Jocelyn and Ken exhibit the leadership, integrity and community spirit that we at Simsbury Bank value, recognize and cultivate as critical to our success in continuing to bring appropriate banking products and services to our customers and value to our shareholders. I congratulate Jocelyn and Ken on jobs well done and promotions well deserved.” Mitchell is senior market manager of the Granby market where she leads by example with integrity, consideration and a strong work ethic. She takes pride in helping her staff achieve a higher level of success and professional advancement. She has lead Jocelyn Mitchell the branch’s growth from $46 million to $70 million over the past four years. She serves on many community committees including the board of managers of the Farmington Valley YMCA (recently named as its chairman), the board of the Granby Chamber of Commerce where she was most recently chairperson of

the fundraising committee, and was also chair of the Taste of Granby Committee. She has served on several important internal Simsbury Bank committees involving new products and services for customers. She has been with the bank since 2008. Sklodosky is senior market manager of the Bloomfield market, which he has grown by increasing deposit balances 27 percent and consumer loan balances by 1,540 percent since 2007. Under his leadership, the branch staff and associates have seen remarkable growth in a competitive marketplace across all lines of business from consumer deposit and loan products to commercial relationships. He is active in the Bloomfield Chamber of Commerce and serves the Bloomfield Rotary board as its current president and has led the sponsorship of Ken Sklodosky market-based programs including Holocaust education in connection with J-FACT and the Bloomfield Board of Education. He also serves on several internal Simsbury Bank committees that have developed and implemented new bank services and products. He has been with the bank since 2007.

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This tandem was among the many bikes collected last year. photo by Jackie Johnson

Pedals for Progress begins annual collection by Jackie Johnson Pedals for Progress will hold its 12th annual Granby bike and sewing machine collection, sponsored by Jackie Johnson, on Saturday, May 25 from noon to 3 p.m., rain or shine, at Holcomb Farm, 113 Simsbury Road. Residents with sewing machines or adult or children’s bicycles in working or repairable condition are encouraged to donate to this great cause. Bikes should be free of rust, but flat tires are fine. Every year, Americans buy 18 million new bicycles and discard millions of old ones, leaving many more unused in basements and garages. Most of these end up in our already overburdened landfills. Meanwhile, many poor people in developing countries need cheap, non-polluting transportation to get to jobs, markets, customers and schools. Pedals for Progress has received, processed and donated over 137,000 bicycles, 2,000 used sewing machines and $10.8 million in new spare parts to partner charities in 38 developing world countries. Pedals for Progress isn’t just donating used bicycles; it’s also helping develop world economies by promoting self-sustaining bicycle repair businesses. The ripples of Pedals for Progress

extend beyond bicycles. P4P partners operate programs in vocational education, youth enterprise development, micro-credit, environmental education, rural health care delivery and agricultural extension, where bicycles can play a cost-effective role in providing essential services and generating employment. Thanks to the wonderful team of volunteers and all the contributors at last year’s Holcomb Farm event, 120 bikes and a record 34 sewing machines were collected and shipped to Vietnam, opening doors to prosperity for recipients. The cost to collect, process, ship, rebuild and distribute each bicycle is $40. A $10 minimum donation toward shipping costs is necessary and additional donations to cover the increasing cost of shipping are greatly appreciated. All cash and material donations are fully tax deductible and a receipt is available at the collection site. Pedals for Progress is a 501c(3) corporation and a registered charity in Connecticut. For information about overseas projects and a current schedule of bicycle collections, visit or call Jackie Johnson at 860-653-7758. Adults and students are welcome to volunteer to help at the collection or to publicize the event.

Granby resident named new director of Apple Tree Children’s Center Judi Benoit has been named the new director of Apple Tree C h i l d r e n ’s C e n t e r. A graduate of Granby Memorial High School, Benoit earned a Judy Benoit b a c h e l o r ’s degree in early childhood education at Westfield State College and has worked in that field for 26 years. “When I was in

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Granby participates in new household hazardous waste collection program The Town of Granby, in conjunction with the towns of Avon, Canton and Simsbury, will hold a household hazardous waste collection on Saturday, August 17 at the Simsbury Public Works Facility, 66 Town Forest Road in Simsbury. The collection will run from 8 a.m. to noon and will be open to all residents from the four towns. This collection marks a change from the past practice of utilizing the MDC to manage household hazardous waste collection, brought about because the MDC made significant changes to its program that would have resulted in higher costs for participating towns. Therefore, Granby residents can no longer bring their household waste to any of the MDC household hazardous waste collections. Granby anticipates holding collections on a semi-annual basis — in the spring and fall of 2014, for example. Below are some frequently asked questions related to household hazardous waste

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or contact the Granby Public Works Department at 860-653-8960. What items are acceptable to bring to the household hazardous waste collection? Fluorescent and compact fluorescent light bulbs (also accepted at Transfer Station); batteries, including rechargeables (also accepted at Transfer Station); lawn care chemicals (fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, fungicides); switches and items containing mercury (thermometers, thermostats, motion detectors); household cleaners (acids, adhesives, aerosol cans, ammonia, drain cleaner, disinfectants, moth balls, etc.); chemicals from the garage or workshop (antifreeze, ant/bug spray or bait, brake fluid, old gasoline, oil based paint, lighter fluid, polyurethane, pool chemicals, road

flares, transmission fluid, power steering fluid, wood stain, etc.). What items are not acceptable? Ammunition and/or explosives, including gunpowder — call the Police Department for assistance; asbestos; business waste; car batteries (accepted at Transfer Station); cement; electronics (accepted at Transfer Station); empty containers (can be disposed of in the regular trash); fire extinguishers; Freon; marine flares; ice melt (can be disposed of in the regular trash); latex driveway sealer (solidify then throw in the regular trash); medicine/drugs/needles/syringes; propane tanks for gas grills (accepted at Transfer Station); appliances (accepted at Transfer Station); smoke detectors; tires and used oil and oil filters (accepted at Transfer Station). How can I get rid of latex paint? You can either bring your paint to the

household hazardous waste collection or because latex paint is non-hazardous, you can dry the latex paint and put it in your regular trash. Mixing sand or kitty litter into the paint will accelerate the drying process. Once the paint is dry you can throw the can, with the lid off, into your regular trash. Beginning July 1, however, latex and oil-based paints may also be brought to the Transfer Station on Old Stagecoach Road. (See article on p. 22) How do I dispose of compact fluorescent (CFL) bulbs? All fluorescent bulbs may be brought to Granby’s Transfer Station on Old Stagecoach Road, including ballasts and all household batteries. How do I dispose of my air conditioner? Granby’s Transfer Station will accept air conditioners. Fees are posted on the town’s website.

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Farmington Valley YMCA launches wellness program for the 50+ crowd Forget “50 is the new 40” or even “the new 30.” Age 50 is about moving forward. That’s why the YMCA and Pfizer, Inc. launched 50 MOVING FORWARD, a healthy living plan designed to motivate adults 50 years and older with fresh ideas around behaviors that experts say are crucial to healthy aging: physical activity, preventive measures

such as screenings and vaccinations, healthy eating and social interaction. “Adults 50 years and older are the fastest growing age group at the Y, so it’s important that we offer resources geared toward this population. 50 MOVING FORWARD does exactly that,” says Eugenia Drake, YMCA 50 Moving Forward spokesperson.

YMCA celebrates 10-year anniversary by Eugenia Drake Can you believe The Farmington Valley YMCA is marking its 10-year anniversary? To celebrate, it held 10 days of events and offers, all free and open to the public. Events started Wednesday, April 10 with a free Gym Dandy class and a grand opening celebration of the new group exercise studio. The anniversary party culminated on Friday, April 19 with a free family movie night where everyone enjoyed popcorn, games and a movie. The Farmington Valley YMCA traces its origins back to 1918 when it was part of the county YMCA. It made accessible a multitude of programs not available at that time, especially to young people. It was called a “YMCA without walls,” providing opportunities in borrowed or rented facilities. The YMCA of Greater Hartford purchased the former Swim Center One in the early 2000s and built a new state-of-the-art 70,000-square-foot facility with two pools, a gymnasium, climbing wall, group fitness studio, family activity center, babysitting rooms and a community room. The FV-YMCA lives its motto: “Youth Development, Healthy Living and Social Responsibility.” With infant and toddler

programs, swim instruction classes for all ages, Project Graduation, 50 MOVING FORWARD Program, Change For Life and the Live Strong Program, the Y provides programs to meet everyone’s needs. It has moved way beyond traditional “swim and gym” and has become a modern day town center. In addition to offering the latest in exercise technology and advancements as well as top-rated fitness classes, the YMCA is host to many community and town organization seminars and events. The summer camp programs have become a welcome tradition for children all over the Farmington Valley. Many families take advantage of Kids Night Out and nutrition classes offer the most up to date information on health and wellness. Last year the Granby Farmers Market opened to huge success at the Y, offering access to fresh, healthy food, fun activities and live entertainment for everyone. The market will continue this summer. For information on joining the YMCA, call 860-653-5524 to speak to a membership representative or visit www.ghymca. org/farmington and click on the member info button in the center of the screen. The Farmington Valley YMCA is located at 97 Salmon Brook Street.

Adults 50 years and older currently make up more than 30 percent of the US population, and by 2015, they are expected to represent 45 percent of Americans. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests that this age group has a 70 percent chance of developing at least one chronic disease. That’s why the Y, one of the nation’s leading nonprofits dedicated to improving the nation’s health, teamed up with health care provider Pfizer to develop 50 MOVING FORWARD. This program goes beyond the basic tenets of healthy eating and physical activity and highlights the importance of helping prevent health problems before they arise through screenings and vaccinations. As people age, their immune systems naturally begin to weaken. Every year, hundreds of thousands of American adults are hospitalized from diseases such as influenza, shingles and pneumococcal pneumonia that

could have been prevented by vaccination. The program also stresses the benefits of staying socially active and connected. The Farmington Valley YMCA is one of 25 across the country that will offer specially designed 50 MOVING FORWARD weekly wellness events, classes and workshops that are available at no charge for both YMCA members and non-members. Nutrition tips, shopping at farmers’ markets and ballroom dancing are some of the activities planned. A full calendar of events is available at

You may enroll now through May 30 in person at the Farmington Valley YMCA or online at Y M C A . net/50MovingForward . For more information, contact the Farmington Valley YMCA at 860-653-5524 or email

The front desk at the YMCA was decorated for the festivities. submitted photo

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Hampstead Hill Club by Heather Lockwood

allure. One of the best-kept secrets that isn’t really a secret, this club is rustic yet Since 1935, generations of residents welcoming. The first thing you see after from Granby and surrounding commua drive through the woods is the clubnities have enjoyed the hidden charms house, on a small rise with wood steps of a little-known getaway minutes from leading to doors on each side. Barn-like home. Just off Route 20, down a back in appearance, it houses a large gatherlane that follows the banks of the West ing space with a stone fireplace, plank floors, bathrooms and a small kitchen area. The next thing you see is the pond. Not your run-of-the-mill, marshy frog and cattail affair, this pond is man-made and boasts sand beaches with picnic tables, Adirondack chairs, grills and a bonfire pit. Members can swim on hot summer days, have dinner on warm summer evenings and cozy up to Ready for a picnic at Hampstead Hill. the fire when it gets chilly to toast marshBranch of the Salmon Brook River in mallows. West Granby, is the Hampstead Hill The land for the club was purchased Club. with bonds provided by eight promiNever heard of Hampstead Hill? Most nent West Hartford families in the people haven’t and that is part of the

Granby Tennis Club by Jim Lofink Is your family interested in playing tennis on excellent courts in an idyllic, quiet and historic setting? How about adding in a babbling brook, a waterfall, a private swimming hole and a pavilion for family barbecues? If so, that exactly describes the Granby Tennis Club. The club will host an open house on Saturday May 18 from 4 – 6 p.m. on the grounds at 1 Broad Hill Road (just off Simsbury Road in West Granby.) Stop in and take a tour and perhaps a dip in the water or a enjoy a game of tennis. The Granby Tennis Club is a private

non-profit cooperative club that encourages the sport of tennis and helps build community well-being. Founded in 1956 at the base of Huggins Gorge, the club now has three lighted courts – two clay and one Har-Tru surface - as well as a return-wall practice area. The club offers a youth tennis program in the summer, plus adult lessons, tournaments, league play and social activities. Membership is comprised of 120 families; limited spaces are available each year. For more information, come to the open house or contact membership chair Jamie Rice at 860-413-9032 or email


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early 1930s. The original bondholders phone calls or emails among friends. included the Edwards family—well Children have a wonderful time creatknown in town for their devotion to ing lasting family memories, swimming, nature and commitment to open space jumping off the dock and building as demonstrated by their daughter Mary, elaborate sand castles on the beach. One a great patron to the Granby Land Trust. rite of passage for the younger memOther prominent members included the bers is to be able to swim to the swim Beckwith family, Howard Goodwin and platform independently. Most members Philip B. Stanley. Addican tell you how old they tional land was donated were when they were first OPEN HOUSES by the Oliver Beckwith able to accomplish this family. In a letter to task. For the safety of its Granby Tennis Club HHC’s original supportmembership, lifeguards Sat. May 18, 4 – 6 p.m. ing members dated Aug. are provided during the 1, 1935, the club defined Hampstead Hill Club summer to help keep all Mon., May 27, after the its purpose to “provide the children safe while Memorial Day parade. a place in an agreeable enjoying the water. and convenient location The water in the pond where … membership of refreshes constantly due congenial people, young and old, can to the flowing Salmon Brook River enjoy a simple and temperate recreation that feeds into the pond. It also keeps indoors and outdoors.” This tradition it refreshingly cool—even chilly —all continues through today. summer! Entertaining and meeting friends old The membership supports the club and new is a big part of what attracts through dues and cooperative mainpeople to Hampstead Hill. There are tenance. For more information on the club-sponsored events such as the club, go to www.hampsteadhillclub. org. There will be an open house at the summer beach party and Oktoberfest club, 110 Hartland Road, West Granby, that bring all the members together as on Memorial Day after the parade. There well as the opportunity for members to will be members present to answer queshost private parties for their friends and tions, give tours and offer hospitality. families. Impromptu potluck dinners beachside frequently happen with a few

These are “clubs in the country, not country clubs.” Granby Tennis Club sits at the base of Huggins Gorge in West Granby. photo by Ed Judge

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Hampstead Hill Club by Heather Lockwood

allure. One of the best-kept secrets that isn’t really a secret, this club is rustic yet Since 1935, generations of residents welcoming. The first thing you see after from Granby and surrounding commua drive through the woods is the clubnities have enjoyed the hidden charms house, on a small rise with wood steps of a little-known getaway minutes from leading to doors on each side. Barn-like home. Just off Route 20, down a back in appearance, it houses a large gatherlane that follows the banks of the West ing space with a stone fireplace, plank floors, bathrooms and a small kitchen area. The next thing you see is the pond. Not your run-of-the-mill, marshy frog and cattail affair, this pond is man-made and boasts sand beaches with picnic tables, Adirondack chairs, grills and a bonfire pit. Members can swim on hot summer days, have dinner on warm summer evenings and cozy up to Ready for a picnic at Hampstead Hill. the fire when it gets chilly to toast marshBranch of the Salmon Brook River in mallows. West Granby, is the Hampstead Hill The land for the club was purchased Club. with bonds provided by eight promiNever heard of Hampstead Hill? Most nent West Hartford families in the people haven’t and that is part of the


early 1930s. The original bondholders phone calls or emails among friends. included the Edwards family—well Children have a wonderful time creatknown in town for their devotion to ing lasting family memories, swimming, nature and commitment to open space jumping off the dock and building as demonstrated by their daughter Mary, elaborate sand castles on the beach. One a great patron to the Granby Land Trust. rite of passage for the younger memOther prominent members included the bers is to be able to swim to the swim Beckwith family, Howard Goodwin and platform independently. Most members Philip B. Stanley. Addican tell you how old they tional land was donated were when they were first OPEN HOUSES by the Oliver Beckwith able to accomplish this family. In a letter to task. For the safety of its Granby Tennis Club HHC’s original supportmembership, lifeguards Sat. May 18, 4 – 6 p.m. ing members dated Aug. are provided during the 1, 1935, the club defined Hampstead Hill Club summer to help keep all Mon., May 27, after the its purpose to “provide the children safe while Memorial Day parade. a place in an agreeable enjoying the water. and convenient location The water in the pond where … membership of refreshes constantly due congenial people, young and old, can to the flowing Salmon Brook River enjoy a simple and temperate recreation that feeds into the pond. It also keeps indoors and outdoors.” This tradition it refreshingly cool—even chilly —all continues through today. summer! Entertaining and meeting friends old The membership supports the club and new is a big part of what attracts through dues and cooperative mainpeople to Hampstead Hill. There are tenance. For more information on the club-sponsored events such as the club, go to www.hampsteadhillclub. org. There will be an open house at the summer beach party and Oktoberfest club, 110 Hartland Road, West Granby, that bring all the members together as on Memorial Day after the parade. There well as the opportunity for members to will be members present to answer queshost private parties for their friends and tions, give tours and offer hospitality. families. Impromptu potluck dinners beachside frequently happen with a few

Granby Tennis Club by Jim Lofink Is your family interested in playing tennis on excellent courts in an idyllic, quiet and historic setting? How about adding in a babbling brook, a waterfall, a private swimming hole and a pavilion for family barbecues? If so, that exactly describes the Granby Tennis Club. The club will host an open house on Saturday May 18 from 4 – 6 p.m. on the grounds at 1 Broad Hill Road (just off Simsbury Road in West Granby.) Stop in and take a tour and perhaps a dip in the water or a enjoy a game of tennis. The Granby Tennis Club is a private

non-profit cooperative club that encourages the sport of tennis and helps build community well-being. Founded in 1956 at the base of Huggins Gorge, the club now has three lighted courts – two clay and one Har-Tru surface - as well as a return-wall practice area. The club offers a youth tennis program in the summer, plus adult lessons, tournaments, league play and social activities. Membership is comprised of 120 families; limited spaces are available each year. For more information, come to the open house or contact membership chair Jamie Rice at 860-413-9032 or email


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The Granby Drummer

May 2013

Learning the ins and outs of having a rose garden by Carol Bressor Though the outside temperature hovered in the 30s, it felt like spring inside the Senior Center at the April 3 meeting of the women’s breakfast club. Master consulting rosarian Marci Martin talked about roses and Elizabeth Park with its renowned rose garden. Martin has loved roses for as long as she can remember. She has been a rose grower for over 30 years with some 200 varieties at her home garden in Windsor. Associated with the Connecticut Rose Society for 15 years including two terms as president, she was certified as a master consulting rosarian in 2010. She was Marci Martin photo by Joan Ducharme

rosarian at Elizabeth Park for four years and now is an independent rose garden consultant. “It’s my personal mission to help everyone enrich their lives by growing roses,” Martin declared. According to Wikipedia, roses are woody perennials of the genus Rosa. They can be shrubs, climbing or trailing with stems that are often armed with sharp thorns — outgrowths of the rose’s epidermis. Martin offered a lot of growing tips during her talk. Her website, , offers all kinds of information. “Roses like a lot of water on the root system. Water deeply about twice a week and use a wand. Don’t wet the foliage — that grows spores,” she cautioned. Roses also like a lot of

sun—five to six hours daily. She recommended pruning in the fall, cutting back when the roses are dormant and showing no new growth. For rambling roses she suggested pruning when the forsythia blooms. These roses blossom on twoyear-old wood. She recommended shredded pine mulch, which spreads easily — but don’t put it down until after the first frost in the fall or voles will find a great winter home in the rose’s root system. “Roses are always under attack by voles,” she emphasized. On planting, Martin noted that May is the best time to plant, when the soil is cont’d. on p. 19

Local woman’s mission to Ethiopia by Jennifer R. Benson Outside of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, there is a dump which provides daily food for the residents of the town of Korah, home to 100,000 lepers, HIV/ Aids patients, widows and orphans. It is here that Granby resident Denise Emma will travel this summer on a mission trip. Five years ago, Emma and her husband Bryce Hernsdorf adopted a daughter, Ellie, from Kazakhstan in Central Asia/ Eastern Europe. While in Kazakhstan waiting to take Ellie home, Emma met and became friends with other adoptive parents. Two of the other mothers, Stacy Segebarth and Kim Prud’homme, later founded Two Hearts for Hope, which sends mission teams to Kazakhstan and Russia to provide aid to orphanages. Emma’s desire to go on a mission began in Kazakhstan when she saw all those little ones, so much need and such extreme poverty. She knew she would one day return to Kazakhstan or would




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minister in another area of the world to children in need. While Emma’s career is as a speech pathologist working with autistic children at a CREC school in Hartford, her calling is mothering, whether to her two sons and Ellie, or wherever a mother’s heart is needed. Two Hearts for Hope is partnering in Korah with Project 61, a nonprofit humanitarian aid organization that provides support to many of the children in the town, including arranging for them to attend boarding school. During the summer, Project 61 organizes summer camp for the kids, which is staffed by volunteers such Emma and others from Two Hearts or other nonprofits. For one week, Emma will be working all day, cooking and feeding, playing games, leading activities and teaching Bible stories to the school age children. Another day will be spent at an orphanage; the final day, Emma will work with Addis Ababa’s homeless.

Emma will take with her to Korah as many donated school supplies and new twin sheet sets as Granby can donate. Joining her in this effort is Granby Girl Scout Troop 66262, which adopted the Korah trip as its service project. The Drummer’s readers are also invited to donate these supplies; email Emma at Lostacres1@yahoo. com and she will arrange to pickup any donations. Donations may also be left at drop boxes at Kelly Lane or Wells Road schools. For more information on Korah, go to , enter “The Village of Korah - A Short Documentary” to watch a moving video, or go to (the website of Project 61) or Twohearts-

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New lawn fertilizer law will affect homeowners

by Barry Avery, Master Gardener

Have you tested your soil in the past two years? Do you plan on fertilizing your lawn this year? If the answers are “No” and “Yes,” you could be breaking the law and receive a fine of $500. Effective on January 1, 2013, a new lawn fertilizer law regulates the use of fertilizers that contain phosphorus. It applies only to existing lawns, private and municipal, but not to agricultural use or golf courses. Products affected are lawn fertilizers, soil amendments and compost. Phosphorus is one of the main chemical pollutants in groundwater; the intent of the law is to reduce this pollution. At the point of purchase, products containing more than .67 percent phosphorus must be kept separate from non-phosphorus containing products and there must be appropriate signage that informs the buying public about the new law. Fertilizer labeling gives the ratio of nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P) and potassium (K) in a bag of fertilizer or soil additives and is depicted on the bag by the numerical description such as 20-5-15 or 10-10-10, which tells the pounds of each nutrient in 100 pounds of fertilizer. Most soils that are used for agriculture or lawns in Connecticut have sufficient phosphorus and do not require any additional for normal plant growth. The specifics of the law are simple and direct. It reads, “No applications of phosphorus on an established lawn are allowed without a recent soil test (two years) showing a phosphorus deficiency.” Home gardeners and professionals

know that soil testing is essential to success, but the typical home owner buys fertilizer and applies it without evaluating the need for it or understanding the benefits of soil testing. If your soil test shows a phosphorus deficiency, you can apply a fertilizer with phosphorus. It also says that “No application of phosphorus is allowed within 20 feet of any body of water unless your spreader has a deflector,” for which the distance is reduced to 15 feet.  No application of phosphorus is allowed between December 1 and March 15 because most lawns are dormant during this period.  There are a number of people who feel the law needs to be amended to address several issues, such as the problem of excess nitrogen, which is as prevalent as a pollutant as phosphorus. Also, the law doesn’t differentiate between organic and non-organic fertilizers. Many organic fertilizers have a low or zero phosphorus content. Organic fertilizers also have the benefit of containing micronutrients and organic matter and the nutrients are not water soluble so they stay in the soil much longer and are effective over a longer time than chemical fertilizers.  To have your soil tested, you can contact the UConn Agricultural Extension Office in West Hartford (or any other UConn extension office) or log on to or www. (Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station). The standard home soil test kit will not give you the information you need to comply with this law. This new law is a good start. Re-

member that you, the individual, are the responsible party. If you use a professional lawn care company, it is responsible for compliance if it applies fertilizer to your lawn. More information can be found in an article by Will Rowlands in the March/April issue of Connecticut Gardener Magazine. Having lived in Granby for over 30 years, Avery has served on the Inland

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warmed up to about 50 degrees. “Dig a deep hole and fertilize where you are stationing the plant,” she said. She recommended working a handful into the root zone, mixing it into the soil. Fill half the hole with dirt, then the rest with water. When the water has drained completely, fill the rest of the hole with dirt to the ground level. Be sure to plant the budding root system two to four inches below ground level. Asked about Japanese beetles, she suggested introducing organic milky spore disease that will travel deep into the soil and destroy beetle larva. It takes about four years to work. To get rid of this year’s crop, Martin recommended dropping the beetles into a glass jar containing water and a dash of liquid detergent. The detergent is slippery and causes the beetle to slip under the water and drown. Audience members were shown early photos of Elizabeth Park. Located in Hartford and West Hartford, it covers 102 acres and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The site was

previously owned by financier Charles M. Pond who bequeathed his estate to Hartford with the stipulation that it be named for his deceased wife, Elizabeth. The city took possession in 1897 and engaged the famed Olmsted and Son for landscaping. In 1904 the park’s first superintendent, Theodore Wirth, created the renowned rose garden covering 2.5 acres. In the 1970s the city decided it could no longer afford the garden and determined to plow it under, but volunteers came to the rescue. They formed the Friends of Elizabeth Park and the group continues to assist in maintaining the rose garden as well as the other horticultural gardens in the park. The Friends raised funds to restore the historic greenhouses and the Elizabeth Pond Memorial now housing the Pond House Café. Elizabeth Park is the oldest municipal rose garden in the United States and currently contains about 15,000 bushes of 800 rose varieties.

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Thoughtful tree care makes for good neighbors The following information is provided by the International Society of Arboriculture. If a tree is situated between two property lines, whose responsibility is it? Can you be held responsible if an act of God causes a tree to fall on a neighbor’s property? What right does your neighbor have to prune a tree that has branches or roots crossing property lines? How can you best protect your arboreal assets? Trees add value to our property. Their beauty is something to admire as the seasons change. However, it is important to exercise sensible efforts in preserving the vigor of our trees. It creates a safe environment for our families and our neighbors. Whose tree is it anyway? “Arboriculture and the Law,” published by the International Society of Arboriculture, states that courts generally find that a tree positioned on a property line between two residences is common property, and thus the responsibility of both property owners. This typically means the tree cannot be pruned, destroyed or altered without both parties agreeing to the changes. Sometimes this requires the two parties to have a written agreement on the terms of care for the tree. If a tree is securely on your property, in the eyes of the law you are responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of that tree. You could be found negligent for not attending to the pruning of trees that might block visibility of streets, driveways and sidewalks. The common rule of thumb is that homeowners should consider themselves responsible for tending to any trees that could cause harm to a neighbor’s home or person. A dangerous tree needs a proactive approach Homeowners cannot simply plead ignorance to the condition of the trees

on their property to escape liability in the case of tree failure. To understand a homeowner’s liability in this situation, one must first understand what an act of God is. It might best be described as an issue that occurred as a result of totally natural causes, which could not be prevented by the actions of any particular individual. If the homeowner could have prevented the damage through regular checks and maintenance of the trees on his property, it could be concluded that the owner of the property on which the tree was situated could be held liable. When a tree comes between neighbors At times, a tree grows beyond the yard in which it was originally planted and limbs and root systems spread to an adjoining property. These can cause damage to sidewalks, driveways, garages, rooftops, sewage and drainage pipes. Do neighbors have the right to take matters into their own hands and remove such nuisances? According to the law, they do. In most cases, courts have decided in favor of neighbors being able to remove portions of trees that may not be planted on their property but have limbs or roots that reach across property lines. Courts have determined that a landowner owns all the space above and below his property and, if something invades either of those areas, it is his right to remove it. Protect your trees If your trees or landscape are damaged, the International Society of Arboriculture recommends that you contact your homeowner’s insurance company and have the insurance company send a professional tree and landscaping appraiser out to your property immediately after the damage has occurred. Have the appraiser determine your financial loss, including the cost of removal and repair, for which a certified arborist should be contacted.

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Just as you would with any other valuable asset, document your investment in landscaping to help establish its worth. ISA suggests taking pictures of trees and plants while they are healthy to make insurance processing simpler with “before and after” examples. Consulting an arborist While there are generalities in the law concerning trees, statutes vary from state to state. There are some regulations that are more relevant to urban settings

than to rural ones. It is important to be sure what your state dictates as proper practice. ISA certified arborists are tested extensively on proper tree care and can be a useful source when deciding what course should be taken with problematic trees. For more information on the legal issues trees present homeowners or on proper tree maintenance, visit www.


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O’Brien Hosta, Wells Road Oh my! The month of May—the month we like to say doesn’t exist because we are so busy here at the nursery. After that long winter it sure is nice to feel the warm spring sun and see the plants responding so quickly. The hostas are well on their way to full expansion. It is amazing how some varieties are at their best in April and May while others are most spectacular in later months. Many of the Japanese maples have beautiful spring variegation and color. Some of the most bizarre and amazing flowers belong to the Arum family—the group of plants including our native jack-inthe-pulpit. We grow and offer many of the Japanese and Chinese species of cobra lilies. We will be rewarded for working all day in the spring garden at the end of May, when Jupiter and Venus will converge for a spectacular show in the western sky just after sunset. Lost Acres Orchard, Lost Acres Road Here at Lost Acres Orchard we are planning our annual Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet. Enjoy a relaxing meal on our porch or at an inviting table under the blossoming apple trees. A play area for the children and a wagon ride for all is provided. Reservations are required so please email us at ginny@lostacres. com or call 860-653-6897. See our upto-date notices on Lost Acres Orchard Facebook page regarding days open. Shinder Family Farm, Case Street Spring is in the air! Our baby chicks, who currently reside in our living room, are big enough to move into their chicken condo in the barn. We are always amazed at how quickly they grow. Our


three golden retrievers are quite fascinated by them as well. Within the next three months or so we should be getting some eggs from our feathered friends. Fixing fence is the next task that needs to be tackled. The winter months aren’t kind to the barbed wire; fallen branches take their toll. David covers every inch of the fence to make sure there are no breakages through which the cows can travel. It can be the smallest break and they will find it and head over to the neighbor’s yard where the grass is always greener. We have some first cutting hay available if you are running low. We will also be starting to process firewood soon; we can take your summer/fall orders if you are interested. Sepe Farm, Wells Road Spring is shearing season and we’re up to our elbows in wool! All of this year’s fabulous fleeces will be used in the Connecticut Blanket Project. It’s not usually the time of year you think about wool blankets, but we need to be thinking ahead in order for them to arrive on time. Once we shear the sheep, the wool needs to be washed in a process called scouring. Then, it’s air-dried and carded, which is like combing the fibers. Then, it’s spun into yarn and woven into fabric. That doesn’t make a blanket, though! The next steps are called napping and fulling, which take the thin fabric and make it thick and fluffy and warm. It’s amazing and you’re welcome to watch. Visit or our Facebook page to learn more about the wool blankets that will be for sale in the fall/early winter. They are made in small batches of limited quantities;


you can reserve yours with a deposit this spring. Summer’s coming and there’s no better season for grilling. We have a new partner in Granby, Lost Acres Vineyard, where you can buy retail cuts of Sepe Farm lamb to go with your wine. If you’re interested in more, whole and half custom lambs are available right from the farm. Sweet Pea Cheese, East Street Spring—everyone’s favorite time of the year, including the animals. Winter rye is greening up in the cornfields and the pastures are starting to grow. The cows and goats are eager to be let out. We are waiting patiently for warm days to help the grass grow a little more so the cows won’t eat it all in one day. We will be starting our field work soon which means we will be spreading our fields

with manure. This natural process helps complete the cycle of nutrients feeding the animals to feeding the earth. The manure provides nitrogen, potassium and phosphorus needed for the plants to grow. As always, stop in and see the animals and buy our fresh dairy products, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. everyday. Bushy Hill Orchard, Bushy Hill Road We are offering a modified CSA program at Clark Farms at Bushy Hill Orchards. Please visit www.bushyhill. com for information. We will open soon with regular Tulmeadow and soft-serve ice cream. We will post hours on our webpage and Facebook pages soon. We will offer our spring plants not only at our Suffield location, Goodyear Farms, but will also sell plants at Bushy Hill. This year is shaping up well and we will have plenty to offer.

Our Flag Seeing our flag flying so high and free against the sky brings such pride and joy to my heart. On those sad days when it flies at half-staff, it seems as if it is bowed down with sorrow for those young lives lost. Then words such as courage, bravery and dedication come quickly to mind. I think, too, of the pain experienced by the families and our country. So, on Memorial Day this year, when we see our flag at half-staff, let us reflect on all our fallen heroes. Let us say a prayer for eternal rest for them and one for peace in our world. As Taps echoes across the cemetery again and tears come to our eyes, let us vow to honor all who have died by living good and honorable lives in their memory. May God bless all men and women who have served our country and those who continue to serve today. May our flag always fly free over our beloved America. —Bernadette Gentry


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Public Works Paper Shredding Event Public Works will sponsor a paper shredding event on Saturday, May 18 from 9 a.m. - noon at the Public Works Facility, 52 North Granby Road. (See the insert in this issue of the Drummer for details.) 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 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. See article on page 15.

Composters Still Available Garden Gourmet composting units can be purchased at a subsidized price of $35, tax included. Stop by the Public Works Office weekdays between 7:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. to get one. You can compost yard waste and all kitchen scraps except meat, fish and dairy products. Composting provides great nutrients for your gardens and will 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. There is no charge for either option. 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.


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Paint recycling is coming to Granby!

Connecticut recently became the third state to pass a law requiring paint manufacturers to establish a paint stewardship program. This means that the Town of Granby will be offering free paint recycling beginning July 1. 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. Beman Hardware on Hartford Avenue is also participating in the paint stewardship program, which is funded through an assessment fee on the sale of architectural paints sold in Con-

necticut. This fee will be instituted in July. The program makes recycling leftover paint more convenient for residents while helping to conserve resources and keep paint out of the solid waste stream. It saves money on municipally generated leftover paint. It also allows latex paint to finally be treated as a resource and recycled to the maximum extent possible. We are proud that our state is taking the lead in the paint stewardship program, becoming only the third state to implement the program behind California and Oregon. Rhode Island is slated to be the fourth. If you have any questions concerning the program, please contact the Public Works Department at 860653-8960.

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The third Donna Mannix scholarship fundraiser will take place Friday, May 10, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Lost Acres Vineyard, 80 Lost Acres Road in North Granby. The $25 admission includes a free glass of Lost Acres Wine, hors d’oeuvres and live music. All proceeds go to the scholarship fund, which will benefit two GMHS students pursuing careers in the field of business. Last year’s recipients were Brooke Alex and Laura Snyder. Tickets can be purchased at the door or by emailing Jennifer Rome at or Sue Sojka at If you can’t make the event but would like to make a donation, you may send a check to the Donna Mannix Scholarship Fund c/o Windsor Federal Savings Bank, 21 Hartford Ave., Granby. Thank you to Lost Acres Vineyard for supporting this cause.

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Granby Resident Opens IT help firm Granby resident and entrepreneur Paul Marzo recently opened a CMIT Solutions office in West Hartford. The newly established IT service provider will provide strategic technology solutions for small to mid-sized businesses throughout Hartford, West Hartford and Farmington. The Granby Drummer caught up with the technology guru to hear more about his new business venture. GD: When did your business open? Is anyone else involved in operating your company? Marzo: CMIT Solutions has been in business since 1996. We’re a leading provider of day-to day IT management and monitoring solutions for small and medium-sized businesses. In other words, CMIT Solutions is not just the people you call when your computer isn’t working (although we do that, too). We’re a trusted advisor for hundreds of companies. Over time technology transforms from a necessary evil to a competitive advantage. Currently, the brand has more than 140 locations throughout the country including ones in Stamford, Fairfield and Danbury.�� We opened CMIT Solutions of Hartford last summer. We have three local technicians, more than 50 regional techniPaul Marzo

cians as well as a dedicated help desk and a 24/7 network operations center team. This extended team enables CMIT Solutions of Hartford to serve the IT needs of both small Hartford-area businesses as well as those of 100+ employees. ��GD: What services do you offer? Marzo: Essentially, we serve as an IT team for businesses that can’t afford or don’t want full-time IT employees. We’re a foundation for our clients, helping ensure that the systems their business relies on are secured and up and running without the typical technology related headaches (and heartaches) that many businesses experience. We also provide value-added IT services such as database administration and custom application development for clients that have those needs. GD: Why did you decide to open in Granby and what made you interested in this field? Marzo: I have lived in Granby for the last 16 years and have been serving the IT needs of large businesses for more than 25 years as a systems engineer, application developer and vice president of information technology. CMIT allows me to leverage these years of experience for small and mid-sized businesses. The gratification of transforming a business that is frustrated with its technology to one where technology is truly a competitive advantage is what drives me and my team.�� GD: Do you have a business mantra you live by? Marzo: At CMIT, we believe in a passionate commitment to our clients; all

else is secondary. My personal business mantra is to always do the right thing. GD: Can you tell us about your business background? Marzo: I worked for EDS, a large technology consulting company serving the IT needs of companies throughout the country. During my time with EDS, I lived in six states in 12 years. I was accepted into and graduated from EDS’ prestigious technology consultant program and later earned a master’s in computer science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.��


Senior Julia Benson and juniors Mary Anderson and Rosalie Wetzel achieved high honors and sophomore Alaina Bisson and freshman Tyler Rome earned honors for the winter term at Westminster School. Brian Donna, Joshua Pollock, Daniel Spatcher and Zachary Konopaske were named to the fall term dean’s list at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Gabriella Daleo was named to the fall quarter dean’s list at the Savannah College of Art and Design. Freshman Madeline Ash and junior Cassandra Knight were named to the honor roll at Loomis Chaffee School. The following were named to the winter quarter dean’s list at the Rochester Institute of Technology: Marissa Adamson, Karl Gottschalk, Andrew Heuser, David Larsen and William Lawson.


GD: Finish the sentence. When I’m not working I’m... Marzo: playing basketball at Granby Memorial High School at 6 a.m. three times a week. I also enjoy spending time with my four kids who are between the ages of 7 and 17. I enjoy attending their many dance, theatre and sporting events. CMIT Solutions is open 24/7, including holidays. Contact Marzo at� 860-3252648�, p.m.� or www.cmitsolutions. com/hartford.

Sophomore Tyler Pardee was named to the fall semester dean’s list at Bryant University. Charles Pfeifer, a freshman majoring in neuroscience and applied music at the University of Rochester, has been named to the fall semester dean’s list. The son of Richard Pfeifer and Lisa Corbett, and a graduate of Granby Memorial High School, he is studying in the University’s College of Arts, Sciences and Engineering as well as in the Eastman School of Music. 2012 GMHS graduate Brooke Kumnick, a starting forward for the Western New England Golden Bears, was named to the Division III National Field Hockey Coaches Association All Academic Squad.

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10 safety measures for using propane grills The injuries that ESPN’s Hannah Storm recently suffered are a reminder that it is important for propane users to remember the importance of practicing safety when using a grill or any other propane appliance. According to an interview with the Associated Press, Storm plans to turn her ordeal into an opportunity to talk about how to safely operate propane gas grills. Propane is stored and transported as liquid under pressure. The normal boiling point of propane is -44° F. When the valve on a propane tank is opened under normal outdoor temperatures, it expands rapidly into gas. Propane gas is 1.5 times heavier than air. Released in a confined space, propane can displace oxygen. Due to changes in the liquid volume and high storage pressures, every propane container is equipped with at least one pressure relief valve. In its natural state, propane is odorless and colorless. A commercial odorant is added so it may be detected if leaked into the environment. The Propane Gas Association of New England helps consumers grill safely with an online module from the Propane Education and Research Council. The interactive module at

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Spanish, and takes less than 10 minutes to complete. Top 10 Safe Grilling Tips 1. Keep the grill in a well-ventilated area, at least ten feet away from the house and at least three feet away from trees and shrubs. Never use a grill indoors or in any unventilated space — that poses both a fire and carbon monoxide poisoning hazard. 2. Always keep the lid open when lighting your grill and never cover the bottom of the grill with foil - it can restrict air circulation. 3. If the grill does not ignite within ten seconds, turn off the gas, keep the lid open and wait five minutes before trying again. If the grill fails to light after two or three tries, turn off the gas and have a qualified technician replace the igniter according to the manufacturer’s instructions. 4. Keep all flammable materials away from the grill and never use starter fluid with propane grills. 5. Never use matches or lighters to check connections for leaks. Use a leak detection solution — a 50/50 mixture of water and liquid soap. If you detect a leak, immediately turn off gas and do not attempt to light the grill again until the leak is fixed. 6. Always use and store propane cylinders outdoors in an upright position. Never use, store or transport propane

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Historic Footnotes Carol Laun

This year, the Granby Civic Club is celebrating a century of working to “make a better Granby.” It is quite rare for a local club to last this long. The Civic Club minutes provide a fascinating look at its activities and at life in Granby through the decades. For the next few months, excerpts from the minutes will be featured in Historic Footnotes. At first the Civic Club was called the Girls Sewing Circle, then the Girls Club and finally in 1915, the Civic Club. Much of its activity centered around the South Congregational Church, which also housed the Granby Public Library. The church was built in 1871. 1913 — The Girls Sewing Circle met at the home of Mrs. Theo. G. Case. At the meeting, the girls decided to form the Sewing Circle into a definite organization. It was voted to make a gift to the church of new cushions for the pews. There was a discussion about lighting the stage in Library Hall with electricity to be supplied by a battery. 1914 — The electric light committee reported the electric lights for the stage in Library Hall to be a partial failure. There being a stir in Granby over having electricity from the Hartford Electric Light Co., it was thought best to send the battery back and wait for future developments. The contract for wiring the hall and stage was let to Mr. Hinkley of

Westfield at a cost of $49.40 and it was also decided to purchase the fixtures through him at a cost of $32.90. 1915 — The club voted to give the

October 30 and later a dance and a whist (card game). They voted not to do anything with the Club House fund until they had $1,000. They voted to give the church a vacuum cleaner. 1916 — The club voted to prepare a constitution and by-laws to be presented for the club’s consideration at the next meeting. They also voted to hold an entertainment about Easter time; small entertainments were given by club members as a means of raising money.

The Community House, built in 1918 after a fire destroyed the original South Congregational Church. The Civic Club held many fundraisers to help pay off the cost of building the structure. photo courtesy of Salmon Brook Historical Society

PAGE 25 The constitution was read and accepted with a few changes. “The object of the club shall be anything which goes to make a better Granby.” The present members of the club were enrolled as charter members. The entertainment and buffet lunch given in Library Hall was a success. About $17 was realized. It was voted to sell ice cream in the Park on Memorial Day. The members were asked to furnish cake for a dance at Newgate on June 30. It was voted to hold a picnic at the Gorge and to give money for prizes at the Granby Fair: to Boy Scouts, $5 first prize, $2 second; best dressed doll, $1 first, 50 cents second; best cake 75 cents; best pie, 75 cents. In January 1917, the South Congregational Church and Library burned to the ground. Within a year, the present church was built, along with the Granby Public Library (now the Visiting Nurses building,) a two-room school and a community house (now the South Church Fellowship Hall). The Civic Club was very much involved in the new Community House. A committee was appointed to confer with the church and library committees and other committees interested in building. There was talk of holding different kinds of entertainment by the members in their homes, in addition to

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cont’d. from p. 25 an entertainment given by the club each month. Mrs. Lockwood volunteered to give a “whist” in her home in January; Miss Farren to give a trap shoot at her cabin in February. The United States entered World War I in April 1917. The women in the Civic Club were also involved in the war effort. The conference committee had some church and community building plans for the members to look over. June 9 was the date set for the carnival at the Fair grounds. Mrs. Lockwood gave an interesting talk on Red Cross work. The club voted to take up Red Cross work for two days each week. Miss Farren’s engagement to Mr. Hotchkiss had previously been announced and the club gave her one dozen silver teaspoons as a shower gift. Mrs. Philip Devnew suggested having a committee of business men of the town find out what it would cost to build a community house, to look into the project as a club and see if it was feasible to build. The club voted to give $10 toward Christmas bags for Granby soldiers and to give $10 to YMCA and $15 to Red Cross. In 1918, there was a unanimous vote to use a portion of the club’s bank account to purchase furnishings for the Community Hall. It was voted to buy a piano and chairs for the hall, but they would be owned by the Civic Club. It was voted to pay half the expense of dishes and silver and own them jointly with the Ladies Aid Society. A report stated the committee had purchased a piano from Mr. Spring and 100 folding chairs for the Community Hall. The chairs were bought at Brown

and Thompson. It was voted to purchase a stage curtain and draperies for the windows in Community Hall. The cost of the stage curtain and window draperies for the Community Hall was $200. Red Cross work was discussed and it was decided to try to get more workers and more cash by getting as many people as possible interested in the good work. A concert and entertainment at the Community House consisted of vocal and instrumental music and several selections by a reader. The proceeds were $50 and were given to the local Red Cross. The Civic Club held its annual picnic in the Rollins pasture by the brook near Granby Station. Some had their bathing suits and took a dip before lunch. The menu was baked beans, sandwiches, salads, pickles, cheese, cakes, pie, ice tea with lemon and grape juice. It was voted to subscribe $100 for a Liberty Bond purchased from the Women’s Liberty Loan Committee. The Granby Civic Club held its December meeting at the Granby Library. The November meeting was omitted due to the influenza epidemic. 1919 — The Club gave a free supper and dance at the Community Building as a welcome home in honor of the service men from the town of Granby. Each solder had the privilege of inviting a guest. George H. Clark, a veteran of the Civil War, was invited and was present. The menu for the supper was grapefruit, roast chicken, mashed potatoes, cucumber and tomato salad on lettuce, pickles, jelly, rolls, strawberry shortcake and coffee. Hartford’s Beman and Hatch’s orchestra furnished music for the dance to which all the townspeople were invited to show their honor and respect for the boys who had served their country.


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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.

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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.


Butterfly Gardens are for the Birds! Join Margery Winters, Assistant Director of the Roaring Brook Nature Center, on Thursday, May 2 at 6:30 p.m. at the Cossitt Library. Winters will talk about creating butterfly gardens to attract a host of beautiful winged creatures to your gardens. Also, find out what makes a successful butterfly habitat. Pre-register at either Library.

Something about the Author: This month’s selected author is Swedish writer Henning Mankell. In 1991, the first novel in the Wallander series was published, and since that time, Mankell has written nine more novels in the series. In addition, he is one of Sweden’s most frequently performed dramatists. SATA takes place on Monday, May 6 at 1:30 p.m.; a variety of Mankell’s works are available for check-out. New Writers–Self-Publish or Perish: For the final part of this series, June Greig, who created her own publishing company, will discuss “The Gift Book Market” on Thursday, May 9 at 6:30 p.m. Pre-registration is suggested. Sci-Fi / Fantasy Book Discussion Group: The second half of “Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell” by Susanna Clarke will be discussed on Wednesday, May 29 at 7 p.m. Pre-registration is suggested. eReader Tutoring: eReader tutoring continues by appointment on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. When you make your appointment, the Library will need to know which device you are interested in learning—we have Kindles, Nooks and Sony Readers—or you can bring your own device if you prefer. Each session takes about 30 minutes; if using your own device, please have your password and your library 14-digit barcode number ready.


Come visit the newly-expanded Teen Section at Granby Public Library. In an effort to better serve our Tweens and Teens, we have doubled the space for books, movies, magazines and more, including some soft seating to make you stay just a bit longer. There may still be some last-minute tweaking going on, but you are going to love this new space.


Special Programs “Chip and Fish”: Saturday, May 4, 10:30 a.m. Free Lunch creators Steve and Matt take us on a journey into a haunted fish tank with a live reading of “Chip and Fish,” their newest graphic novel. All ages welcome. Please register at the Children’s Desk in advance. Craft Week: Monday, May 6 to Saturday, May 11. Drop in anytime all week and create a craft project. We supply all the materials. Mother/Daughter Tea Party: Wednesday, May 8, 4 – 5 p.m. Mothers and daughters (and grandmothers and granddaughters) are invited for a tea party. We’ll make a special craft together, share a story or two and enjoy some quiet time. Best for ages 6 and up. Space is limited so please pre-register. Storytime with Miss Joy: Saturday, May 11, 10:30 a.m. Girl Scout Miss Joy shares stories and a craft with preschoolers. Drop in and join us for fun!

Crafternoon: Wednesday, May 15, 4 p.m. Stop by after school and make a craft. Please register in advance. Pajama Storytime: Thursday, May 16, 6:30 p.m. Wear your p.j.s and join Miss Joy as she returns to read bedtime stories. Best for ages 3–5. No registration needed. We Love Legos: Tuesday, May 21, 3 – 5 p.m. Two hours of Lego fun! Bring your own or use ours. Ages 6 and up. Registration is suggested as space is limited. Weekly Programs Wee Ones on Mondays: May 6, 13 and 20 at 11 a.m. Join Sheri Litchfield from the Granby Early Childhood Council for a special story time. Sing, move, read and have fun with your baby! For toddlers aged 12–24 months with a caregiver. Advance registration suggested. (No program on May 27.) Wee Ones on Thursdays: May 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 at 11 a.m. Sheri Litchfield from the GECC presents this popular program twice each week. Toddlers aged 12-24 months with a caregiver are invited for fun! Pre-registration is suggested. Preschool Story Time: Tuesdays, May 7, 14, 21 and 28 at 10:30 a.m. Children aged 3–5 and a caregiver share stories, songs, fingerplays and a craft with Miss Joan. Please register at the Children’s Desk.



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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 online 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.

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

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 season pass to Six Flags! Sport Camps 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 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. 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.

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.

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Spring Youth Programs

Super Soccer Sundays Start early and learn from the pros! Have fun spending quality time with your child (ages 3 and 4) as you participate in soccer related drills, games and fun! April 28 to June 9 at Ahrens Park. 9 – 9:50 a.m. and 10 – 10:50 a.m. $95.

Spring Adult Programs

YogaChi with Mary Ellen YogaChi is a fusion of Yoga, Chi-Gong and Pilates. This class is a great way to stretch, strengthen and relax while creating balance in the body, mind and spirit. Instructor is Mary Ellen Mullins. Tuesdays thru June 4, 9:30 – 10:45 a.m. at Holcomb Farm Workshop. $65. 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. Tuesdays thru June 4, 8:15 – 9:15 a.m. at Holcomb Farm Workshop. $65.

Summer Tennis Lessons

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

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. 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 and the wonders of nature. Salmon Brook Park has a playground, soccer fields, baseball fields, outdoor basketball hoops, 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! 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 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

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MAY 2013


Spring is here—right?

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Last year on March 10 it was 70 degrees and I seeded all my peas, carrots and parsnips in one day. For some of these items I was seeding about a month earlier than usual, but when you see a 70-degree day in early March, you’ve got to take advantage of that. I was worried at the time that the weather would suddenly turn and we would get one of those classic New England April snowstorms that would put my poor seedlings in jeopardy. We were lucky enough last year to have a consistent stream of warm weather that kept everything growing, and maybe even a little too

quickly. As I took my first four dry and warm days of spring last week to plant my peas and some beets, I looked back on last year and wondered how it was even possible that at the same time in the same place, the weather patterns can be so different! It was exciting getting the peas in after the long cold spring, but I know New England farmers are looking at their wet fields and the cold forecast and wondering how to get this all to happen quickly. We have a long lineup of crops ready to go into the ground, but first the fields have to be prepared on the first dry day. So how is it going to all happen so quickly? We will have to see!

We have a new crew here at Holcomb Farm and they are quickly adapting to farming life and hard work. On their first day of planting they worked in the rain on a cold day and, surprisingly enough to me, they loved it. I can only hope this type of enthusiasm keeps up. An exciting addition to our farm crew this year is Shota Kokorashvili from Georgia (the country not the state). He grew up on a vineyard in Georgia and wants to learn about everything from vegetable production to animal husbandry to orchards. Shota has a lot of energy and exciting stories and experiences to bring to the farm crew, and we are all excited to work with him.

������������������������ Happenings Lindsay Lou and the Flatbellys Saturday, May 11, Concert in the Loft. Bluegrass that is fresh and modern, yet sounds as familiar as the hills—Lindsay Lou and the Flatbellys are a fresh new voice in modern bluegrass, with driving instrumentals and a straight-from-the-still quality to Lindsay’s voice. If you’re a fan of broad-based bluegrass with a strong infusion of creativity and intelligence, Lindsay Lou and the Flatbellys is a band you definitely need to check out. The Loft at Holcomb Farm is truly a unique venue, with amazing acoustics and a wonderful country ambiance. Tickets are now on sale, $15 in advance and $20 at the door; to purchase visit or call 860-844-8616. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.; the concert begins at 8 p.m. Memorial Day Weekend Plant Sale Saturday, May 25 at Holcomb Farm CSA Barn. We feature only plants raised with organic potting soil, no pesticides or chemical fertilizers and non-GMO seeds. All of the plants have been raised here on the farm from seed in our greenhouses. The plants for sale include varieties of: heirloom tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, flowers, herbs, hot peppers, kale, collards, Napa cabbage, pac choi and more! Chris Prosperi, chef and owner of Metro Bis Restaurant, will do a demonstration with Holcomb Farm produce from 10 to 11 a.m. We will have a limited supply of

produce for sale, and we will have some Farm Store items available. 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 & Rec The following activities held at Holcomb Farm are available through Granby Parks and Recreation Department. For more information visit www.granbyrec. com/info, or contact the Rec Office at recreation@granby.ct-gov or 860844-5356. YogaChi with Mary Ellen YogaChi is a fusion of Yoga, Chi-Gong and Pilates. This class is a great way to stretch, strengthen and relax while creating balance in the body, mind and spirit. 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.


Parks & Rec cont’d. from p. 28 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 860-844-5356.


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Q: Is it safe to provide dental treatment during pregnancy?


Healthy women with uncomplicated pregnancies can safely receive oral health services throughout pregnancy. Prevention, diagnosis and treatment of oral diseases, including necessary dental x-rays and fluoride are beneficial and can be undertaken with NO additional fetal or maternal risk when compared to the risk of not providing care. Oral health care is an essential component of overall health, so it is imperative to maintain good oral health during pregnancy to reduce the transmission of pathogenic bacteria from mothers to their babies. Dental treatment for a pregnant woman who has oral pain, infection or an emergency oral condition should not be delayed. The consequences of not treating an active infection during pregnancy outweigh the possible risks. Dental treatment for cavities or fractured teeth can be provided safely during pregnancy. Emergency and acute care can be provided at any time during pregnancy, as indicated by the oral condition. However, elective procedures, such as cosmetic dental procedures and the initiation of orthodontic treatment can be deferred until after delivery. Consultation with the Obstetric provider is recommended if a pregnant woman requires sedation due to anxiety to complete a dental procedure. Under NO circumstances should Tetracycline be taken while pregnant, and Aspirin, Ibuprofen and Naproxen should be avoided in the 1st and 3rd trimesters. However, Tylenol can be safely taken while pregnant. And remember…Fluoride taken by a pregnant Mom will benefit the newborn’s primary teeth, which develop in utero! The doctors and staff of the Granby Dental Center invite you to see all of the new and exciting advances in modern dentistry at our office. Computerized Dental Radiography allows us to lower radiation doses to our patients by 50-90%! At the Granby Dental Center, we offer CEREC, an amazing new technology that allows us to fabricate porcelain crowns and onlays in just one visit! This revolutionary CAD CAM unit allows us to preserve more natural tooth structure and restore the tooth to 100% of its original strength! At the Granby Dental Center, we offer “Smile Vision,” which 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 whiter, straighter 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:

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.

Michael A. Ungerleider, DMD Susan DePatie, DMD 41 Hartford Avenue, Granby 860-653-3220 Visit our website at:





MAY 2013

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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, May 20, 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 to share friendships, ideas, and tips on being a parent again.

Wednesday Classes: Advanced Smart Moves at 11 a.m.; Full Body Workout at 4:30 p.m. Thursday Class: Pilates Plus at 4:30 p.m. Friday Classes: Tai Chi (Intermediate) at 9 a.m.; Cardio Combo at 10:15 a.m. Sunday Class: PEAK at 8 a.m.

860-844-5353 one week in advance for scheduling. All persons who use the van must have a valid van card. Excursions All trips require an up-to-date van card. Payment for trip is due one week prior to departure. Peaceful Pomfret: Wednesday, May 1, 10 a.m. One of our favorite trips revisited. Enjoy lunch at the Vanilla Bean Café and a stop at Martha’s Herbary, the quaint gift shop that holds treasures for both the home and garden. $5 for the ride, due April 24. Hubbard Park in Meriden: Tuesday, May 7, 9:30 a.m. Delight in the acres of daffodils in bloom. The park has lovely paths to stroll so wear comfortable shoes and a camera to capture the springtime display. $5 for the ride, due May 1. Shoreline Drive, Saybrook to Madison: Wednesday, May 15, 10 a.m. and Friday, May 17, 10 a.m. Choose the day to travel along the shore to get your fill of the sea air and ocean scenes. Stop for lunch at Lenny and Joe’s for your fix of seafood. $5 for the ride, lunch is your expense, due May 8. Sadler’s Restaurant: Wednesday, May 22 at 10 a.m. Take a ride to Marlborough for lunch at Sadler’s. $5 for the ride, due May 15. Picnic at Forest Park: Thursday, May 23 at 10:30 a.m. You may have visited Forest Park for Bright Nights—now see it in the light of day. The park has extensive grounds to wander. We’ll pack a picnic lunch for you to enjoy as you take in the sights. $10, due May 16. (no rain date). Connecticut Arboretum: Wednesday, May 29 at 9:30 a.m. Located at Connecticut College in New London, the Arboretum has a 25 acre native plant collection. Be prepared to do a nature walk to take full advantage of the landscaped grounds. $5 for the ride, due May 22. Shopping Valid van card required; transportation fee is $3. Enfield Mall on Friday, May 3 at 9:30 a.m. Shop the mall and surrounding stores. Target on Tuesday, May 14 at 2 p.m. Ocean State/Big Y on Tuesday, May 21 at 11 a.m. Enjoy a stop for lunch at the Summer House prior to shopping. Westfarms Mall on Friday, May 24 at 9:30 a.m. Grocery shopping trips and in-town errands on Monday and Thursday afternoons. Medical/Dental/Personal Care Appointments Local appointments (Granby, East Granby, Simsbury) may be scheduled for Mondays and Wednesdays and medical appointments out of the area may be scheduled for Fridays. The Senior Van is equipped with a wheelchair lift.



Annual Veterans Luncheon: Wednesday, May 15, 12 p.m. In appreciation of Granby’s service men and women we invite you to attend this luncheon. Menu includes baked ham, baked beans, coleslaw and dessert. Free for veterans, $4 for guests. Lunch and Learn: Living with Irregular Heartbeat: Monday, May 13, 12:15 p.m. Join Lori Hoover of the Farmington Valley VNA to learn about living better with your irregular heartbeat. A light lunch will be provided. $3. Senior Voices Expressing Yourself Through Poetry: Every other Tuesday at 11 a.m. for six weeks. This 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 session.

Promoting Your Good Health

Dental Care Clinic with K & C Portable Dental Services: Friday, May 3 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 for additional information 860-844-5352. Farmington Valley VNA Blood Pressure Checks: Every Thursday 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. in the Community Room. Foot Care Clinic with Pedi-Care: Friday, May 24, 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. $28 at time of service (not covered by insurance). Chair Massage: First and third Tuesday of the month, 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 loved ones are suddenly unable to make decisions for themselves? How do you ensure that your wishes will be carried out in the event you can no longer communicate? There are documents that can be put in place to make unforeseen events a little less traumatic. Generic situations can be discussed. No charge but please register by calling 860-844-5352. Ask the Doctor: First Monday of the month at 10 a.m. Join the discussion on current health topics with Dr. Peter Barwick. No charge. CHOICES Counselor: Tuesday, May 14, by appointment. Ken Weissman, CHOICES Counselor, will be available to assist with health insurance issues such as selection or reevaluation of the Medicare Part D prescription drug plan coverage. Please call Lisa at 860-8445350 to make your appointment.

Staying Physically Fit

Classes are available six days a week at the Senior Center. Classes are ongoing, 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. Contact the office at 860844-5350 for a registration form or for guidance on selecting the class that best fits your abilities and needs. Please note that exercise classes will be held in the Town Hall Meeting Room during the week of May 20 through May 24 due to the installation of new flooring at the Senior Center. 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.

Social Hours

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. No meal service on May 21 or May 23 due to flooring installation. 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 860-844-5350 by Friday noon to make your reservation for the following week. Bingo: Second and fourth Tuesday of the month at 12:30 p.m. 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 alongside fellow artists, share painting ideas and techniques. 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.

Senior Van

The Granby Senior Van provides rides for shopping and activities at the Senior Center. Please call Nancy Grakowsky at

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Animal Talk Dr. John Violette, DVM

Disease prevention an important part of veterinary care The American Veterinary Medical Association oath changed about three years ago when it added “disease prevention” to list of duties for general practitioners. With this change, veterinarians have become empowered to educate owners and implement specific wellness plans for each individual pet. With the growing use of specialists, it is now important for each pet to have a primary care veterinarian. Most conscientious pet owners expect to bring their cat or dog to the veterinary hospital annually for the check-up and vaccination appointments. Pet owners are also accustomed to bringing in a stool sample to check for parasites. Heartworm testing each year from a blood sample has been the standard in Connecticut for about 40 years. Ticks have brought us even more diseases in the last 20 years. Thus dog owners routinely give monthly preventatives for heartworm disease and tick-borne diseases. This has been the basic prevention protocol for years. What is new in the last few years is for pet owners to have annual comprehensive blood and urine screening called wellness testing. These tests evaluate organ function, thyroid problems, complete blood counts, feline leukemia and feline AIDS and electrolyte imbalances. As we all know, diagnosing a disease

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early is the best way to manage the problem. Studies have shown that 60 percent of pet owners who are offered wellness profiles agree to the testing to evaluate their pets for hidden disease. Of these pets tested, 10 percent will have an abnormality that needs attention and treatment. People are thrilled to know that early detection of disease has given them more quality time with their pets. It also gives owners peace of mind to have a normal report. Veterinarians appreciate having baselines for the various blood values. Disease prevention also involves nutrition. It seems that these days everyone has a strong opinion about the best food to feed a dog or cat. The tendency is to blame certain ingredients for many problems. Veterinarians are trained to evaluate food choice, feeding schedule


and quantity. It is our goal to keep pets at their ideal weight to benefit overall health. It is proven that significantly overweight pets can have shorter life spans by up to two years. All wellness plans must address dental care. Some dogs have lovely teeth and minimal gum disease. Most do not. A thorough oral exam can reveal many problems and allow the veterinarian to design a treatment plan. For some pets it is a lifelong battle to keep the mouth clean and healthy. Annual cleanings and proper aftercare are important to prevent systemic infection and heart disease.

This is an area where owners are relieved to get favorable results. Also, it’s a joy when the bad odor disappears. Other topics for wellness programs include behavior awareness and socialization, safety from environmental poisons and various parasitic diseases and reproductive health. The ultimate goal of wellness care is improved quality of life and longevity. Early detection and treatment can also be cost-saving. Recommendations from your veterinarian and the entire veterinary team will help your pet in the long run.



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Mystery Photo Contest

Granby Grunts demo robotics at Men’s Breakfast Members of the Granby Grunts, the high school robotics team, gave a demonstration at the April Men’s Breakfast. From l., Levi Randall, Jared Grier and Robyn Domanico. photo by Lou Urban

Congratulations to Rebecca May whose name was drawn from the jar of correct identifications of the little barn located right on the edge of Barn Door Hills Road next to Lael Farm and across from Valkyrie. We will be in touch to arrange for your prize. Now — at last — a barn photo with no snow! Send your guesses as to the location of this month’s building to You can identify the location by street name and/or number or by the name of the property owners. Good luck! Last month, Marty Schwager knew the location of the little building but asked if we knew what its function was or is. One of our favorite historians, Jim Hall, tells us that he believes this to be the last standing ice house in Granby. The property on which it is located was once the Griffin dairy farm. The Griffins would cut ice on Congamond Lake and load it on the railroad that came right down to their farm, where they used it to keep their dairy products cool. The current owners of the property, John and Christine Blessis, were told the ice house had been relocated from the other side of the road many years ago. They use the ice house for storage these days, but when a heat wave hits, it’s still a great place to cool off.

Annual Granby Lions Club Shrub and Flower Sale

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“We Serve” The Granby Lions lives up to this motto and for 50 years we have served to support many projects in and for our community.

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