April Thoughts

A miracle of Spring, the tiny yellow flowers of the forsythia greet us all over town. Daffodils, so bright their yellow color, appear in the yards and along the sides of the road — planted there by others that we may enjoy them today.

Spring’s Journey

The wind blows and there’s a talk of more snow. I ask myself, “When will spring ever come?”
Then I remind myself that the days have lengthened, the sun is stronger, and soon purple, white, and yellow crocuses will be appearingeven if through a covering of snow.

Plight of New England dairy farms examined

Granby Land Trust, Simsbury Land Trust and Friends of Holcomb Farm host documentary screening Forgotten Farms, a documentary about New England dairy farms, will be shown Sunday, March 11, at 2 p.m. in the Simsbury Public Library Lower Level Program Room. The screening will be followed by a question and answer period led by the filmmakers Sarah Gardner and Dave Simonds, along with area dairy farmers. This event is offered free of charge thanks to sponsorship by the Granby Land Trust, Friends […]

Youth Referee of the year

Pictured with Owen is Jesus Zornoza, the Connecticut State Referee Program’s State Referee Administrator. The Granby Rovers Soccer Club proudly congratulates Owen Plourde as the Connecticut Youth Referee of the Year. Owen was recently honored by the Connecticut Soccer Referee Program (CSRP) at its 13th annual awards night at Casa Mia at the Hawthorne in Berlin. The CSRP is a jointly established organization of the Connecticut Junior Soccer Association (CJSA) and the Connecticut State Socce […]

Winter Hints

Winter storms and snow removal can be a challenge for all Granby residents. The DPW does its best to keep the roads passable and safe. Please note the following suggestions, ordinances and rules to ensure a safe winter season for all:Trash and recycling: Unless the roads are closed, Paine’s will be out collecting trash/recycling on its regular schedule. You must have your trash out by 6 a.m. If you choose not to put out your trash/recycling due to a storm, your barrels will not be emptied […]

Stony Hill Village board president retires

June 2 marked the end of an era at Stony Hill Village, one of Granby’s low-income housing facilities. Long-time Granby resident Ted Christensen, the president of the board of directors at Stony Hill, tendered his resignation to the other board members. Ted and Sandy Christensen with 1st Selectman B. Scott Kuhnly. Ted’s 42-year career at Stony Hill very nearly spanned the existence of the village, which was founded in 1972. Ted became president of the board in 2000. Ted&rsq […]

November Lunch for the Mind: Poetry, a Reflection of Life

Poetry has a long history as early poems evolved from folk songs to the epics, The Iliad and The Odyssey and beyond. Whereas, modern poetry is often less structured and is used to inspire, heal and often portrays the poet’s feelings and state of mind. If you are interested in poetry or have written your own poems, the November Lunch for the Mind program will satisfy the poet in you. Granby’s own Laura Mazza-Dixon, poet, musician and teacher, will present Poetry, a Reflection of Life […]

Human of Granby

Stanley HayesCo-owner with son and wife of House of Hayes farm(Sweet Pea Farm)Age: 59Where did the name “Sweet Pea Farm” come from?Years ago my wife acquired a herd of goats. At that time my mother used to grow Freezonian peas. Since every herd was given a name, hers became Sweet Pea because these goats liked to eat the sweet Freezonian peas. Our farm actually dates back to the 1830s and the Hayes families were some of the first settlers in Granby during the 1690s to early 170 […]

Upper classman offers freshmen advice

Camden Robertson1. Don’t be scared! Freshman year is undeniably a new experience, but remember that your entire class is in the same boat! And furthermore, the classes above you, though they may not seem like it, were freshman once too.2. Challenge yourself! When choosing between an honors or an academic class, default towards the harder option if even part of you feels ready. You can always change classes after two weeks if you think the class is too difficult, but it is important to chal […]

Friends of Granby Public Library host 35th annual used book sale

By Carole BernardThe backpacks are getting dusted off and flip-flops are going into the back of the closet, but the  volunteers who put on the annual used book sale for the Friends of Granby Public Library are gearing up to work.This year’s sale will be held Friday through Sunday, Sept. 15–17, at Holcomb Farm in West Granby. Generous donors have flooded the Friends with hundreds of items, that a cadre of volunteers have worked on all summer long. Donated items were i […]