See and hear the Marquis of Granby

By Madeline ChristensenThe Marquis (mar-kwis) of Granby has been on the road and busy this summer. The corps participated in several events including the Deep River Muster (the nation’s largest fife and drum muster), Nathan Hale Muster, the National Muster held in Patterson, NY, and closing the summer with the Westbrook Muster. As is tradition, the corps took its summer camping trip, sightseeing through New York’s Hudson Valley. Stops included were a guided tour of West Point, c […]

Carving out a life in birds

By Tim NolanPaul Morrissette sits on his back deck. It is an early morning in May 2010. The chorus of life echoes from the dense woods beyond him. He sips his coffee slowly, savoring its taste and the moment. He reminisces of a childhood spent finding a similar joy and peace from nature, kayaking on the Farmington and hiking in Vermont. That was before he was laid off from his job as a printer for an insurance company two months earlier. In retrospect, Paul humbly says he was lucky, […]

Granby Agricultural Commission hosts Open Farm Day

The Granby Agricultural Commission is sponsoring a free Open Farm Day on Saturday, Sept. 9, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Farms will open their gates to host demonstrations, tours, offer samples and more. Farmers will be onsite to greet visitors and answer any questions. Returning Farm Day attendees will be pleased to find old favorites such as the Hay Bale Toss at Maple View Farm and tractor rides at Lost Acres Orchard, and will also discover some new additions to the annual festivities. For the first […]

Maple View Farm — Granby’s #onestopshop for local food

“Most people don’t realize we have so much land right here in the center of town. They see horses up front and watch us teaching lessons and summer camps, but they don’t realize we have 50 acres here, with about half in hay fields, pasture land and light woods,” said Kate Bogli, owner of Maple View Farm. “When you stop by our Farm Store it can be a little tricky to see all the animals as well.” That’s because the Boglis run a pastured-based livestock far […]

Local cyclist bikes to raise money to cure cancer

By John R. NiebOn Aug. 5 and 6, Terry Nolan of West Granby biked 192 miles in the Pan Mass Challenge to help  raise $48 million for research and cancer care at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.The Pan Mass Challenge is an annual bike-a-thon created in 1980 by Billy Starr, executive director, bicyclist, and fundraiser for the event. The PMC contributes more money than any other athletic event. At the finish line are Terry Nolan, his wife, Donna and their children, Tim, Maria and Joh […]

Adventure Club hikes Outer Island

By Lori BlackburnThirteen seniors, part of the Adventure Club from the Granby Senior Center, braved the 90-degree heat to hike Outer Island, part of the Thimble Island Chain off the coast of Connecticut. This was the first outing for the newly re-formed club and everyone enjoyed the scenery despite the hot weather. The club is led by Judy Cooper and Donna Snyder. The Adventure club has several activities planned for the upcoming months including kayaking, hiking, snowshoeing, bowling […]

Newest Salmon Brook veterinarian glad to be back home

By Shirley MurthaSamantha Marquis McNamara knew she wanted to be a veterinarian from the tender age of six years. Not just a childhood dream, the aspiration lead her to a BS in Animal Science at the University of Connecticut after graduating from Granby Memorial High School in 2005. From the friendly confines of her home state, Sam was off to the University of Prince Edward Island, where she received her degree to practice general veterinary medicine. After taking a few additional specialty cour […]

Meals-on-Wheels serves homebound residents

If you’re looking for a way to become more active in the community, consider becoming a Meals-on-Wheels driver. McLean’s Meals-on-Wheels drivers help deliver delicious and nutritious meals such as chicken parmesan, meatloaf and herb-encrusted cod to over 140 local homebound residents every year. Drivers are needed for routes in Avon, Canton, Simsbury, East Granby and Granby. Becoming a Meals-on-Wheels volunteer is easy. All you need is access to a reliable car and two hours to […]

First Church and South Church sponsor compassionate conversation on race

By Linda Calder“The greatest problem is not with flat-out white racists, but rather with the far larger number of Americans who believe intellectually in racial equality but are quietly oblivious to injustice around them.” -Nicholas KristofThe book, Waking Up White, by Debby Irving, will be the springboard for a gathering on Sunday, Oct. 15 at 4 p.m. at the First Congregational Church.  Members of the greater Granby community are invited to read the book, and attend and particip […]

Upper classman offers freshmen advice

Camden Robertson1. Don’t be scared! Freshman year is undeniably a new experience, but remember that your entire class is in the same boat! And furthermore, the classes above you, though they may not seem like it, were freshman once too.2. Challenge yourself! When choosing between an honors or an academic class, default towards the harder option if even part of you feels ready. You can always change classes after two weeks if you think the class is too difficult, but it is important to chal […]