Women’s February Breakfast

At the February Women’s Breakfast, Carol Bielefeld, as Abigail Adams, presented a lively portrait of one of the most fascinating and remarkable women in our nation’s history. Over 80 women enjoyed her presentation and the delicious breakfast catered by Lost Acres Orchard. Photo by Joan Ducharme […]

Winter finally comes to Holcomb Farm

Photo by Peter Dinella(function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = “//connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js#xfbml=1&version=v2.3”; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs);}(document, ‘script’, ‘facebook-jssdk’));The trails at Holcomb Farm just got a “spruce up”. We encourage everyone to get out and enjoy this beautiful property, open to all.Posted by Holcomb Farm on Saturday, January 30, 2016 […]

​Seniors baking for seniors

For Valentine’s Day, every senior at Granby Memorial High School was given a bag of cookies from the Senior to Senior Cookie Bake project. (L to R) Judy De Nio, Jeanne Violette, Diane Hernsdorf and Vonnie Cianciulli, members of the Civic Engagement Team and members of the Granby Senior Center.  Submitted photo(function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = “//connect.facebook.net/en_US/sd […]

Town manager feeling the pinch as budget presentation draws near

by Shirley MurthaTown Manager Bill Smith will present the budget at the BOS meeting on March 7. He reported that it is becoming more and more difficult as the years go by to meet the Board of Finance guideline and still meet the goals and objectives of the Board of Selectmen to maintain the staffing and services that town residents expect. The BOF wants the BOS budget to come in at a 2.5 percent increase, which would result in a two percent increase in the mill rate, but to meet that guideline t […]

Three-board meeting kicks off annual budget process

By Shirley MurthaThe 2016-17 Granby budget process began with public reports by the boards of selectmen, education and finance at the annual three-board meeting, held on Jan. 25. After thanking the members and staffs of all the boards for their diligent efforts to try to keep increases at a minimum, First Selectman Scott Kuhnly introduced Ron Walther, chairman of the Board of Education, who presented that board’s preliminary budget.Walther said that after much deliberation, the board had s […]

Superintendent spars with BOF and BOE on 2017 budget

By Kim BeckerDeclaring a budget decrease of 1 percent for FY 2017 “disappointing”, superintendent Dr. Alan Addley, expressed concern to the Boards of Finance and Education that “maintaining the status quo is going backward.” He stated he had promised families that the school reconfiguration would not harm services or programs. He now feels that the 1 percent decrease “doesn’t keep the quality of the system.” Addley’s original budget called for a .5 […]

STEAM projects foster learning during wonder week at Kearns

By Amy LupoliHave you ever wondered what STEAM stands for? The students at F.M. Kearns certainly did, and during wonder week they found out how much fun STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) projects can be.The week began with an all-school meeting to introduce young scientists to the fun and excitement of wondering about the world around them. Throughout the week students asked questions such as “I wonder why cats sleep all day?” and “I wonder if teeth are bon […]

Preparing the FY17 budget

By Alan Addley, Ed. D.On March 2, I will present the FY17 Administrative Budget to the Board of Education. The budget is a spending plan that is responsive to the slow-recovering economy; savings realized from the closing of the F.M. Kearns Primary School; board-approved goals; and, the budget guideline (-1 percent) established by the Board of Finance. The FY17 Administrative Budget is in the final stages of development. As of press time, the Administrative Budget is level funded (zero percent) […]

Letters to the Editor

Best use of tax dollars?In response to the letter to the editor in the February issue titled, Best use of Tax Dollars.Having a very strong opinion that the tax dollars of this town paid by taxpayers like you and me are not being used in a fiscally responsible manner, it does appear as if the financial decisions made by the DPW and our town are not made in the best interest of the taxpayers as much as they have been in the best interest of the DPW. Spending taxpayers dollars to replace an assigne […]

Kindergarten registration is March 21

Kindergarten registration for the 2016-17 school year and Community Connections will be held at F.M. Kearns Primary School, 5 Canton Road on Monday, March 21, anytime between 5 and 7 p.m.Children who will be five years of age on or before Jan. 1, 2017, must be registered for the 2016-17 school year. Parents choosing not to enroll their eligible child for kindergarten must complete an option form exempting their child from school attendance. Children do not have to be present for registration.All […]