Granby has gone to the dogs

By Karyn CordnerPeople are beginning to understand more about the good work Therapy Dogs do, and there is a trio of them helping school kids right here in Granby. James, an Australian shepherd, Ted, a long-haired dachshund, and Raven, a German shepherd, come to Kelly Lane School every week. For three hours each week, James, Ted and Raven nestle on the floor with students and patiently listen to stories read to them by the kids. The young students have an opportunity to practice their literacy sk […]

Lunch for the Mind: Ready for kitchen witchin’?

By Eileen LonghiJoin the Civic Engagement Education Team at the Granby Senior Center on Wednesday, June 15, at 12:30 for a unique program, Kitchen Witchery – Making Food Your Medicine presented by herbalist, Lisl Huebner.  Huebner is an expert in diagnosing patterns of imbalance according to the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TMC) using pulse and tongue diagnosis and sets up herbal protocols and dietary recommendations for individuals. TMC is a comprehensive medical system that has bee […]

Local girl competing in National American Miss pageant

Kenya Mouning, age 13, has been chosen to participate in the National American Miss Southern New England Pageant to be held July 23 – 25 at the Sheraton Springfield in Springfield, Mass. The National American Miss pageants are held for girls ages 4-18, and have five age divisions. Kenya will be participating in the Junior Teen age division, along with other outstanding young ladies from across  Southern New England. In 2015, Kenya entered her first pageant and won three awards: Top 10 […]

Letters to the Editor

Unsigned editorials are the consensus opinion of the editorial staff and publisher.  Commentary pieces express the opinion of the writer and not necessarily the opinion of the Drummer.Roundabout Project ObjectionIt seems to me that the state has the cart before the horse when it comes to the Five Corners roundabout project. A roundabout may turn out to be unnecessary if all that is needed is better visibility of oncoming traffic from the south side of Rte. 10/202. This suggests that the pro […]

In town focus

Historical Society ToursThe Salmon Brook Historical Society is open for tours on Sundays beginning June 5, 2–4 p.m. Special exhibits in each building focus on Granby children. Group or private tours are available upon request. For more information call 860-653-9713 and leave a message or email Ginny Wutka at society is located at 208 Salmon Brook Street. Admission: $5 for adults, $2 for children and seniors, family maximum $12, members free.Blood Pressure Screenings […]

There’s a new vet in town

By Shirley Murtha​Actually she arrived last July, but Dr. Caitlin Rothacker has gradually become known to the horse-owners of the greater Granby area as she slips into the shoes of retired veterinarian Liam O’Leary. Although small in stature, her experience prior to arriving in Granby more than qualifies her to fill those shoes! In fact, O’Leary notes that “Salmon Brook Veterinary Hospital is most fortunate to have such a talented highly educated and competent equine vete […]

Plan of Development latest draft presented to residents

By Shirley MurthaUnder the co-chairmanship of Paula Johnson and Eric Lukingbeal, the Plan of Conservation and Development Subcommittee presented its first draft of the 2015 plan to Granby residents on April 21. First developed in 1993 and updated in 2005, the plan is designed “to provide guidance and information to all of the town’s boards, commissions, public officials and residents.” It contains policies, goals and standards for physical and economic development and recommend […]

Art brings joy and pride to Valley Pre-School

By Kim BeckerAs the weather turns warm and the buds begin to bloom so does the Valley Pre-School Art Show. For over 10 years, the school’s four-year-old classes have spent the year creating masterpieces for the much-anticipated annual event. On display are pieces in an array of media, driven by a rich curriculum and the children themselves. The stones and other natural objects the children used to explore math concepts such as patterning, counting and sorting, inspired one installation of […]


By Emma Smith Rosemary Wolcott Rosemary WalcottAge 68English teacher 20 years, currently retired. Consultant- HS Sr. college application essaysTell us about your dreams…A recurring dream comes to me in September. It is the first day of school and I am assigned to teach a subject I have no background in for five periods a day to classes of 28+ students. There are no textbooks and the technology in the room is not working.My dreams for the future are that my children’s and grandchil […]

Grad Night 2016 art contest winners announced

​Granby Parents for a Safe Graduation has announced the winners of the 2016 art competition. The first place entry will be used to design the invitation for the Granby Memorial High School’s safe graduation party. The winning design is featured on the complementary grad night t-shirts which all seniors will receive. The grad night party is free to all graduating seniors and will be held this year on June 13 at the Farmington Valley YMCA in Granby.​GMHS Principal, Dr. Mary Gadd, […]