About Us


Formed in 1970, Citizens for a Better Granby—CBG for short—is a community-based, not-for-profit organization whose goal is to inform and educate Granby residents on issues affecting the town of Granby, Connecticut. Its monthly newspaper, the Granby Drummer, provides an independent platform to encourage participation in the civic, social, economic and cultural life of Granby.
Policy making  is carried out by a  board of directors and four officers.

Since 1997 CBG has donated more than $100,000 to Granby organizations and activities to benefit the community’s well-being.  These organizations and activities include the Civil War monument restoration, Ecology Center at Granby Memorial Middle School, Granby Memorial High School scholarships and equipment, Granby Education Foundation, Granby Public and Cossitt libraries. Granby Senior Center defibrillator equipment,  Holcomb Farm, Parks and Recreation concerts, Salmon Brook Historical Society and the Salmon Brook Park playground project.


The Granby Drummer is an all-volunteer non-profit newspaper published monthly except for January and August.

The Drummer welcomes new writers, editors, reporters, photographers and proofreaders. In addition, volunteers are needed to format and layout articles and advertisements and upload articles to the web. No experience needed; training is provided. Enthusiasm a must!


Rita Isaacson – Managing Editor
Chris Levandowski  – Copy Editor
Hank Rau – Copy Editor
Amanda Lindberg – Special Pages
Andrea Leshinskie – Photo Editor
Dave Tolli – Photo Editor
Barbara Blanchette
Mindy Borrego
George Borrego
Carolyn Carter
Brian Colton
Nancy Fischer
Elaine Girard
Joan Griswold
Janet Hendricks
Patricia Kovaleski
Eileen Longhi
Lew Noble
Mary Pierce
Donna Schedinger
Kay Woodford

Reporters & Contributors

Susan Accetura
Kim Becker
​Carole Bernard
Peter Dinella
​Nancy Dudenhofer
Bernadette Gentry
Jay Harder
Carol Laun
Eileen Longhi
Kelly Marszycki
​Shirley Murtha
John R. Nieb
​Lisa Pyatt
Tim Rickis
Brian Rogers
Emma Smith
Lou Urban
Laura Wolfe
Tom Tyburski
Sandy Yost

Advertising Team

Carol Bressor
Deborah Kulwich
​Beth Rathey
Karen Eustis, Advisor

Delivery & ​Subscriptions

Sam & Becky Mickus

2017-2018 Board Members – Citizens for a Better Granby

Kathy Norris – President
David Tolli – Vice President
Roger Hayes – Treasurer
Becky Mikus – Secretary
Flo Bischoff
Carol Bressor
Karen Cleary
​Sam Mikus
Lew Noble

Civic and Community Partners

The Granby Drummer partners with local Granby civic and community organizations to provide news and event information to our readers.


Town of Granby
Lost Acres Fire Department
Granby Ambulance Association


Granby Chamber of Commerce
Granby Community Fund
Salmon Brook Historical Society
Farmington Valley Visitors Association


Granby Newcomers
Granby Lions Club
Granby UNICO
Granby Civic Club
Granby Camera Club
Girl Scouts
Granby Boy Scouts Troop 125 and Granby Cub Scout Pack 325


Granby Lacrosse
Granby Rovers Soccer Club
Granby Youth Football
Granby Tennis Club
Granby Little League
Granby Volleyball League


Granby Public Schools
Granby PTO
Granby Education Foundation
Granby Early Childhood Council


Holcomb Farm
Granby Ag
Granby Horse Council
Granby Community Garden
Granby 4H

The Arts

Marquis of Granby – Ancient Fyfe & Drum Corps
Granby Artists Association
Farmington Valley Health District
Good Company Theater
Farmington Valley Chorale
New England Chorus

Health & Wellness

Farmington Valley Visiting Nurses Association
Waste Not Want Not Community Kitchen

Places of Worship

First Congregational Church
Granby Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses​
Life Church
Pilgrim Covenant Church
South Congregational Church
St. Therese Church
Valley Brook Community Church
West Granby United Methodist Church

Nature & Preservation

Granby Land Trust
Farmington River Watershed Association
McLean Game Refuge
Connecticut Rivers Council ​​
​Salmon Brook Watershed Association


Granby Community Television
CT Valley Views