A visitor from Mystic Aquarium visited Kelly Lane to say “thank you”

By Amy Lupoli During the month of March the students, families and staff of Kelly Lane Primary School participated in the Pennies for Penguins fundraiser coordinated by Mystic Aquarium. The spare-change fundraiser was held in support of the South African penguin, a species at the highest risk of extinction in the animal kingdom. The wild population of the African penguin has declined by 70 percent over the past 10 years. Due to pollution and over-fishing, the penguins must travel farther an […]

Safe Dates Boot Camp

The Town of Granby Youth Service Bureau offered its Safe Dates Boot Camp for the first time over winter break. Nine of the 10 middle-schoolers provided 100 percent positive reviews of the program, despite not being thrilled that they had been signed up to take the class in the first place! Safe Dates explores healthy and unhealthy dating relationships. An evidence-based program, it is proven to reduce dating violence for the teens who complete it. The 10 one-hour sessions have been con […]

Local workshops offer solutions to solar energy generation in Granby

By David Desiderato “If you’ve ever thought about going solar, this is the perfect time,” Kent McCord told the crowd gathered for the second Solarize Granby Workshop on May 15. “Costs are down 70 percent compared to just five years ago, and we chose a great company—RGS Energy—for the Solarize Granby campaign,” he added.Solarize Connecticut is a statewide non-profit that helps towns choose high-quality installers, negotiate low group purchase prices, […]

Municipal Complex roads named for retiring town manager

The culmination of Bill Smith’s retirement party was the announcement that the two drives into Granby’s Municipal Complex, the development of which Smith had overseen, would be known as William F. Smith, Jr. Way. The crowd rose to applaud the announcement and honor its recipient.It was standing room only, with every seat in Holcomb Farm’s North Barn occupied and people two or three deep around the perimeter for the June 4 celebration honoring Smith’s almost 40 years of se […]

New town manager selected

John D. Ward of Vernon has been appointed as Granby’s new town manager, effective July 13. Ward will replace William F. Smith, Jr. who retired after 39 years.Ward has served as chief administrative officer for the Town of Vernon since January 2009. His responsibilities were very much the same as a town manager except he reported to the mayor and not a council or board of selectmen. He previously served on the Vernon Town Council and Board of Education. He was a practicing attorney from 199 […]

Wilhelm Farm awarded U.S.D.A. grant

By Shirley MurthaThe Wilhelm Farm on Rte. 189 in North Granby has been awarded a Conservation Innovation Grant (CIG) by the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) of the United States Department of Agriculture for the period March 1, 2017 through September 30, 2019. The official title of the project is Wilhelm Farm: Demonstrations of Silvopasture and Other Agroforestry Systems. The NRCS demonstrations will include web pages, videos, fact sheets and onsite activities. They will be used by a […]

Celebrate Granby – scheduled for Sept. 21-23

Granby Chamber of Commerce and its sponsors are proud to announce that the annual Celebrate Granby event will take place in Salmon Brook Park, Sept. 21–23.This year promises to be as exciting and entertaining as every year before with a business expo, a crafter’s show, a carnival and live music from local favorite bands Outta Whack and The Bus Drivers. Also, new this year—fireworks! “Every year Celebrate Granby brings our community together to celebrate all th […]