Valley Pre-School buzzes with bee knowledge

By Andrea BurnsChildren at Valley Pre-School (VPS) learned how bees help fruits like apples grow, during a visit from local beekeepers.“Honeybees are big helpers in the apple orchard,” said Joyce Custer of West Granby. “The honeybee flies from one apple blossom to another and spreads the blossom’s pollen around.”The visit from the beekeepers is timed each year with a field trip to Lost Acres Orchard so the children can see the connection first hand. The beekeepers a […]

Granby residents celebrate Thanksgiving in many different ways

By John R. NiebSince the first Thanksgiving in 1621, holiday traditions have been passed down and some have changed. Granby families each have their own special traditions.Arleen O’Meara celebrates Thanksgiving with her husband, Lawrence, her three children and two grandsons. O’Meara’s celebration is held at her house or one of her children’s houses. They cook and serve traditional Thanksgiving fare of turkey and all the fixings. O’Meara’s daughter makes the p […]

Scout Troop 125’s excellent adventure at Quonochontaug Salt Pond

By Chris Kardys,Senior Patrol LeaderThe canoe outing, put on by Boy Scouts Troop 125, was a great success. The troop explored the Quonochontaug salt pond behind Quonochontaug Beach in Charlestown, R.I. The Scouts launched their canoes at the state boat launch. There were seven canoes and nine scouts and four adults. They paddled out to the flats around the salt marsh and saw bluefish blitzing. The water was boiling with bluefish chasing a school of baitfish. The fish quickly swam under the canoe […]

Granby Football captions

Clean getaway!Jack Hauser (Granby’s top rusher) breaks away for a 87 yard touchdown run vs. Lewis Mills at a recent home game. Photo by Jay HarderTim Nolan drops back for a pass vs. Lewis Mills. Photo by Jay Harder Photo by Jay Harder […]

Land Trust facilitates the health of the Salmon Brook watershed

By Shirley MurthaThe Granby Land Trust’s acquisition of many significant pieces of property, whether outright gifts or conservation easements, has played an important role in maintaining the health and viability of the Salmon Brook watershed. By keeping development away from many of the streams feeding the watershed, the water remains free of fertilizers, herbicides, pesticides, road salt and myriad other chemicals.This was one of the main points of a lecture given by retired Kingswood-Oxf […]

Hockey team library service

Hockey team scores goals with library patronsThe Granby Field Hockey players took time after practice to move lots of boxes of books for the Friends of the Granby Public Library (FOGPL) at Holcomb Farm to in preparation for the FOGPL annual book sale. Pictured are the Granby field hockey varsity, junior varsity and freshman team members. […]

Holcomb Farm offers turkeys for holiday meals

Holcomb Farm CSA is again offering fresh, locally grown, pasture raised turkeys for your holiday meal on a pre-order basis. These are fresh, not frozen, turkeys. Due to our limited cooler space, pre-ordered birds must be picked up on Tuesday, Nov. 22, between 3 and 7 p.m. We cannot hold turkeys overnight.Ekonk Hill Farm can supply turkeys from 10 pounds to 40 pounds—you decide and order the size that works best for you. Ekonk will match your order as closely as possible but there is no gua […]

Archivist Salmon Brook Historical Society – Historical Footnotes 11’16

George Seymour GodardCossitt Library is celebrating 125 years April 2016 to March 2017. A series of historical articles about the library and North Granby will be featured here.The latter part of the 19th century saw a “generation of giants” emerge from the one-room schools in the farming town of Granby. Among them were William Mills Maltbie, Chief Justice of the Connecticut Supreme Court; Tudor Holcomb, prominent tobacco grower, dairy farmer, philanthropist; James Lee Loomis, insurance executiv […]