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Preserving our heritage: Historic barn restoration in West Granby

If you have driven down Simsbury Road in West Granby lately, you may have noticed a lot of new lumber leaning against an old tobacco shed at the south end of the Holcomb Farm. And more recently the roof has been stripped of its shingles. What’s going on there? What’s going on is an attempt to save an important historical artifact, and that effort is part of a larger project to tell the story of a New England village. Yes, this ratty old barn that was about to fall over for a couple of years can help us learn our history.

Humans of Granby

Steve RushinJournalist, Sportswriter; (Sports Illustrated), novelist2005 Sportswriter of the Year(National Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association)Age: 51Tell about your career at Sports Illustrated… Steve Rushin photo by Rebecca Lobo I started working there about 30 years ago as a temporary fact checker. Then in 1991, while in my early 20s, I covered the Stanley Cup Playoffs in Minnesota. Over the years I have written up major league baseball, hockey and ten […]

Historic Footnotes: 2 Park Place – part 2 The Vatticus Journal continued:

William Hoadley was visiting the John Hillyer family at 2 Park Place in 1820. He kept a journal and signed it “Vatticus.” One entry concerned a quilting party he attended. The rather bizarre ceremony he described sounds almost pagan. I told this tale to a large number of quilters and no one ever heard of this. However, a quilting book with newspaper clippings from the early 1800s tells about similar ceremonies — all involving much kissing and dancing. It seems to be a way to ha […]

“For the Love of Art” Exhibit at Granby Public Library

Ten local artists who form the Painting Study Group, will be exhibiting oil, watercolor, acrylic and pastel paintings from Feb. 1 through 28 in the library’s main reading room during regular library hours. Members include Carole Day, Dorothy Dumond, Carole Hartwell, Pam Jones, Suzanne Roz Magoon, Sally Sargent Markey, Rosemarie Mendes, Frances Miller, Marian Rowles and John Walker. The Painting Study Group was formed in 2011 by a group of like-minded painters. The group meets r […]

GMHS spring musical is Fiddler on the Roof, March 16-18

Granby Memorial High School Performing Arts is excited to announce the spring musical, Fiddler On The Roof, in cooperation with Music Theater International.Fiddler On The Roof tells the life-affirming story of Tevye, a poor milkman whose love, pride and faith help him face the oppression of turn-of-the-century czarist Russia. With music by Jerry Bock, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, and book by Joseph Stein, it is set in the Pale of Settlement&nb […]

Come and Feed Your Hungry Heart

 Waste Not Want Not Community Kitchen’s gourmet dinner is this month. Preparations are in progress for another fun evening with a gourmet dinner, live music and the much-talked-about raffle and silent auction. All profits go to support Waste Not Want Not Community Kitchen in its 10th year of serving the community.This fifth annual Hungry Heart dinner will be on Saturday, Feb. 24, at St. Therese Parish Center Great Hall. Tickets are $45 per person, and the event hopes to be a sellout a […]

Adventures in Sustainable Eating

By Alicia NewtonIn today’s society, people refuse to purchase produce due to a small bruise, scratch or deformity. Little do they know that the slightly imperfect food is just as delicious, if not better, than the pristine-looking food. Students concerned about the relationship between food sources and consumers have enrolled in From The Ground UP, a high school leadership program offered by Nourish My Soul a local nonprofit.  Examples of sushi and pumpkin miso soup prepared […]

Messenger Memorial gets spiffed up in time for holidays

When he finished preparing all the Department of Public Works plows for the winter, Robbie Bahre noted that the V-plow in front of the DPW building needed some sprucing up. He asked Deputy Director Joel Faria for permission to do that. The answer was “yes,” and there just happened to be a set of decals in stock for the lettering needed.  From l., Robbie Bahre, Robert Stickles and Joel Faria stand by the newly refurbished V-plow at Public Works. Photo by Lisa Pyatt Rob […]

Stop & Shop, Granby Police team up for holiday toy drive

Rosia Kennedy would like to thank the Granby Police Department for teaming up with her to run a Christmas toy drive at Stop & Shop. It’s the second year she has asked them to join her and they were happy to oblige. Baskets of toys were set on registers and cashiers asked customers to help, and WOW they did! People also stopped by outside to drop off toys and gift cards. Pictured are Rosia Kennedy and Detective Tina Deltatto. Submitted photo Thanks to Detective Tina Deltatto, […]

Comforter project expands as 29 years of Quilt Happenings comes to an end

By Shirley MurthaFor 29 years, Ginny Wutka produced Quilt Happenings in summer, late fall and early spring at Lost Acres Orchard. The Happenings included a lecture on some aspect of quilting history, new and vintage quilts, kits and fabrics for sale, news of area quilt clubs and light refreshments from the Farm Kitchen. For the summer Happening, the kitchen made available an extensive buffet enjoyed by patrons sitting outdoors under the apple trees. Comforter Project quilts were delivered t […]

Humans of Granby

Steve RushinJournalist, Sportswriter; (Sports Illustrated), novelist2005 Sportswriter of the Year(National Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association)Age: 51Tell about your career at Sports Illustrated… Steve Rushin photo by Rebecca Lobo I started working there about 30 years ago as a temporary fact checker. Then in 1991, while in my early 20s, I covered the Stanley Cup Playoffs in Minnesota. Over the years I have written up major league baseball, hockey and ten […]

Historic Footnotes: 2 Park Place – part 2 The Vatticus Journal continued:

William Hoadley was visiting the John Hillyer family at 2 Park Place in 1820. He kept a journal and signed it “Vatticus.” One entry concerned a quilting party he attended. The rather bizarre ceremony he described sounds almost pagan. I told this tale to a large number of quilters and no one ever heard of this. However, a quilting book with newspaper clippings from the early 1800s tells about similar ceremonies — all involving much kissing and dancing. It seems to be a way to ha […]

“For the Love of Art” Exhibit at Granby Public Library

Ten local artists who form the Painting Study Group, will be exhibiting oil, watercolor, acrylic and pastel paintings from Feb. 1 through 28 in the library’s main reading room during regular library hours. Members include Carole Day, Dorothy Dumond, Carole Hartwell, Pam Jones, Suzanne Roz Magoon, Sally Sargent Markey, Rosemarie Mendes, Frances Miller, Marian Rowles and John Walker. The Painting Study Group was formed in 2011 by a group of like-minded painters. The group meets r […]

GMHS spring musical is Fiddler on the Roof, March 16-18

Granby Memorial High School Performing Arts is excited to announce the spring musical, Fiddler On The Roof, in cooperation with Music Theater International.Fiddler On The Roof tells the life-affirming story of Tevye, a poor milkman whose love, pride and faith help him face the oppression of turn-of-the-century czarist Russia. With music by Jerry Bock, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, and book by Joseph Stein, it is set in the Pale of Settlement&nb […]

Come and Feed Your Hungry Heart

 Waste Not Want Not Community Kitchen’s gourmet dinner is this month. Preparations are in progress for another fun evening with a gourmet dinner, live music and the much-talked-about raffle and silent auction. All profits go to support Waste Not Want Not Community Kitchen in its 10th year of serving the community.This fifth annual Hungry Heart dinner will be on Saturday, Feb. 24, at St. Therese Parish Center Great Hall. Tickets are $45 per person, and the event hopes to be a sellout a […]

Adventures in Sustainable Eating

By Alicia NewtonIn today’s society, people refuse to purchase produce due to a small bruise, scratch or deformity. Little do they know that the slightly imperfect food is just as delicious, if not better, than the pristine-looking food. Students concerned about the relationship between food sources and consumers have enrolled in From The Ground UP, a high school leadership program offered by Nourish My Soul a local nonprofit.  Examples of sushi and pumpkin miso soup prepared […]

Messenger Memorial gets spiffed up in time for holidays

When he finished preparing all the Department of Public Works plows for the winter, Robbie Bahre noted that the V-plow in front of the DPW building needed some sprucing up. He asked Deputy Director Joel Faria for permission to do that. The answer was “yes,” and there just happened to be a set of decals in stock for the lettering needed.  From l., Robbie Bahre, Robert Stickles and Joel Faria stand by the newly refurbished V-plow at Public Works. Photo by Lisa Pyatt Rob […]

Stop & Shop, Granby Police team up for holiday toy drive

Rosia Kennedy would like to thank the Granby Police Department for teaming up with her to run a Christmas toy drive at Stop & Shop. It’s the second year she has asked them to join her and they were happy to oblige. Baskets of toys were set on registers and cashiers asked customers to help, and WOW they did! People also stopped by outside to drop off toys and gift cards. Pictured are Rosia Kennedy and Detective Tina Deltatto. Submitted photo Thanks to Detective Tina Deltatto, […]

Comforter project expands as 29 years of Quilt Happenings comes to an end

By Shirley MurthaFor 29 years, Ginny Wutka produced Quilt Happenings in summer, late fall and early spring at Lost Acres Orchard. The Happenings included a lecture on some aspect of quilting history, new and vintage quilts, kits and fabrics for sale, news of area quilt clubs and light refreshments from the Farm Kitchen. For the summer Happening, the kitchen made available an extensive buffet enjoyed by patrons sitting outdoors under the apple trees. Comforter Project quilts were delivered t […]

Foxfield F.A.R.M. donates to GCC toy drive

Foxfield F.A.R.M. donated a very cuddly bear to the Granby Chamber of Commerce December Toy Drive at the State Line office drop off site. Pictured L-R: Rose Stone, State Line Customer Service Rep and Susan Patricelli-Regan, President of Foxfield F.A.R.M. Equine Therapy for Veterans with PTSD foundation.  Tax-deductible donations may be made by mail or PayPal online at our website: foxfieldrecoverymission.org […]