Residents recognized for service to the town

by Shirley MurthaPrior to the Board of Selectmen meeting on June 6, several Granby residents were recognized for outstanding service to the town. First up were the Community Service Awards, which are based on nominations by residents and selected by a committee of representatives from the Drummer, GCTV and Selectman Mark Neumann.This year, there were two outstanding individuals who received the award. Cheryl Wickham was recognized for her contributions as a hospice volunteer for the Farmington V […]

FOGPLis accepting donations for the 34th annual used book sale

By Kathleen MackThe Friends of Granby Public Library (FOGPL) will gladly accept your “gently loved” books, CDs, DVDs, puzzles, games, toys and other book-related items for the 34th Annual FOGPL Used-Book Sale. From June 6 – August 13, all items may be dropped off at three convenient locations: Granby Public Library, Farmington Valley YMCA and Geisslers’s Supermarket. Please note that if you are bringing your items to the YMCA, Granby Public Library or Geissler’s Supermarket, do […]

Glid Doman, pioneer in aviation design

1921 – 2016Glidden Doman, a pioneer in the design of helicopters and wind turbines, passed away June 6.Born in Syracuse, New York, in 1921, he came from a family of inventors and entrepreneurs. He majored in aeronautical engineering at the University of Michigan, and after hearing Igor Sikorsky speak at a Society of Automotive Engineers meeting he became interested in helicopter rotors. In 1943, Doman went to work for Sikorsky in Bridgeport where he participated in intensive experimentation and […]

Tree planted at GMMS in memory of Jan Amidon

By: Katherine Logee (GMMS student)On Monday, June 6, the Granby Memorial Middle School Student Council held a ceremony to remember Mrs. Jan Amidon. They planted a beautiful Japanese Maple tree with a plaque in memory of her. At the ceremony, her husband, Mr. David Amidon, who was joined by their daughter and son-in-law Karen and George Papagelis, and grandchildren Ryan, Jeffrey, and Kayleigh, noted that Mrs. Amidon spent one third of her life working at GMMS. Mrs. Amidon was known for her dedica […]

Middle level scholar-leader honored at CAS Banquet

Local students, Mark Jones and Dwaritha Ramesh, were honored as outstanding scholar-leaders from Granby Memorial Middle School. They were among 252 scholar-leaders from 126 middle schools honored at the Connecticut Association of Schools Middle Level Scholar Leader Banquet on May 22 at the Aqua Turf Club in Southington, CT.The award honors one girl and one boy in each Connecticut middle school whose record of academic achievement and leadership are truly exemplary, whose personal standards and a […]

Volunteers Needed at Cat Shelter

Mary’s Kitty Korner, a no-kill cat shelter, is looking for volunteers to help care for their kitties until they find their fur-ever homes. If you love cats and have some time to spare weekdays or weekends they would love to hear from you. They are located in Granby.  To learn more call 860-379-4141 or visit […]

BOS establishes Kearns School Study Committee

by Shirley MurthaAt the June 20 Board of Selectman meeting, the board approved the establishment of a Frank M. Kearns School Study Committee charged with evaluating and exploring opportunities for use of the building and its surrounding property. The committee will recommend the “highest and best use” of the facility to the BOS.The committee will consist of five members nominated by the Democratic and Republican Town Chairmen and one non-voting ex-officio BOS representative. At least one member […]


By Emma SmithBella KrummAge 13Granby Middle School, Grade 8Lacrosse and Field Hockey player, Clarinet player in band Tell about a great day…“One day I went to Six Flags with my three closest friends. We have known each other since the beginning of elementary school. We liked the Wicked Cyclone so much that we rode it four times and then tried to see how weird we could look in photos of ourselves. Later we got henna tattoos; my friend’s was an infinity sign and mine was […]

Cooking by the Book

“Eat food. Mostly plants. Not too much.”Those are the subtitles of the three parts of Michael Pollan’s book Food Rules—An Eater’s Manual. Pollan is well known for his unappetizing portrayal of the American food industry in his 2006 Omnivore’s Dilemma, and he most recently brought us the stunningly tasty series Cooked on Netflix. He has done his homework, unearthing the good, the bad and the incredible aspects of food in our world. Some of his pieces you can re […]

Area nonprofits team-up to encourage you to Get Fresh!

 By Trish Percival The Granby Land Trust, Granby Agricultural Commission, and Granby Artists Association have partnered to create a map showing local hiking trails, farms and art studios where you can get fresh. Get fresh food, fresh air, and a fresh perspective, that is right here in beautiful Granby. Lost Acres Vineyard’s Michelle Niedermeyer and the Granby Land Trust’s President Rick Orluk spearheaded the creation of the map. They have worked together for years t […]