Locally Grown Column

O’Brien Nurserymen, Wells Road We like to say the month of May doesn’t exist, because all we do is work, sleep, and enjoy the beauty! As a gardener it is the best month of the year. Early in the month the subtle epimediums flower their heads off. We love these tough, dependable, long-lived plants that feature special foliage, delicate bishop cap flowers and even fall color. When we hear Japanese maple, we think fall color. Yet many varieties of Acer palmatum and Acer japonicum featu […]

2015 GMHS Grad Night 

2015 GMHS Grad Night will be held on June 18Volunteers and photos needed!By Sue HancockThe next meeting of the Safe Grad Night committee is May 11 at 7 p.m. in the GMHS Media Center. The 2015 GMHS Grad Night event will be held at the Granby YMCA the evening of graduation (June 18) and offers a cost-free, fun-filled, substance-free event for the new grads. This event is funded by a generous grant from the Granby Community Fund, an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization whose membership is com […]

Lunch for the Mind looks at art looting 

By Eileen Longhi Perhaps you read the book or saw the movie with George Clooney. The Monuments Men told the story of what has been called the greatest treasure hunt in history. Barbara King, a teacher at Manchester Community College, adds to this interesting subject during her lecture on Art Looting during World War II. Join the Granby Civic Engagement Education Team for this Lunch for the Mind program at the Granby Senior Center on Wednesday, May 13 at 12:30 p.m. King will focus on the polic […]

Ravenswood celebrates five years

Ravenswood celebrates five years of herbal remedies From treating her childhood asthma to helping college friends over their colds, Sara Thornton has used herbal remedies for a long time. Opening Ravenswood Natural Health in March 2010 seemed the next logical step. Jobless, like so many in the economic crash of 2008, Thornton combined her decades of herbal studies with her corporate experience in purchasing and inventory control and leaped into her first retail store. Stepping into a building […]

Reducing the risk of dementia 

By Traci Tefft, RN, MSN If you haven’t heard enough reasons why you should exercise, maybe this fact will convince you. Regular exercise reduces the risk of developing dementia. Exercise has persistently been promoted to combat obesity and the related health risks but now there is another compelling reason—dementia. Dementia is a growing health concern in our country. As the baby boomer generation (born 1946–1964) achieves senior citizen status combined with the increase in […]

My Last Gift

New business lets you send gifts to loved ones even after you’re gone Dawn Whelan of East Granby has launched My Last Gift LLC, a new concept for end-of-life planning services. Individuals can pre-plan gifts and services to be delivered to their loved ones after they have passed. This service allows for one time or re-occurring gifts to be delivered to pre-designated recipients, on planned dates in the future. The gifts can range from flowers on an anniversary to a bottle of wine on a wed […]

Zombie Trail event planned for October 

By AnneMarie Cox, Town of Granby Youth Service Bureau Do you have the courage to brave the Zombie Trail? If you do, your team will be tasked with making it through approximately three miles of woodland and meadow on Zombie-infested trails to four different checkpoints. Get through the checkpoints and to the finish line without being tagged three times by a zombie and win! If you lose all three lifelines (i.e. get tagged 3 times), finish the trail anyway as the soon-to-be-walking dead! The eve […]

Town Board Volunteers

The Town of Granby looks for volunteers to serve on town boards, commissions and committees to work with our full time staff who work on our behalf. There are more than 225 volunteers who currently serve the Town on 30 boards/commissions/committees.  Since the responsibility of filling the positions on boards and commissions is usually the job of the Democrat and Republican Town Committees, there was a joint venture to reach out to people at the Volunteer Fair on April 15. We had fact sheet […]

Granby Lions Club helps VNA 

Incy S. Muir, executive director of the Farmington Valley VNA receives a donation check from Bob Francolini, chair of the Granby Lions Club giving committee. Photo by Andrea Boyle Granby Lions Club helps VNA meet community needs By Andrea Boyle As part of the Lions Club International, the world’s largest service organization, the Granby Lions Club exemplifies its commitment to making a difference in the local community as long-term supporters of the Farmington Valley Visiting Nurse Ass […]

Two Coyotes Wilderness Camp

Photos by Phyllis Meredith, phyllismeredith.com Justin Pegnataro, Executive Director of Two Coyotes founded Two Coyotes in 2000, a non-profit organization dedicated to nurture healthy, whole human beings through building self-awareness, community, and connecting people to nature. Recently, the school started an amazing summer camp program in Granby. In this program Justin states, “We use wilderness survival, wildlife tracking, and naturalist skills as tools that help us to better understand ours […]