Friends of Granby Public Library host 35th annual used book sale

By Carole BernardThe backpacks are getting dusted off and flip-flops are going into the back of the closet, but the  volunteers who put on the annual used book sale for the Friends of Granby Public Library are gearing up to work.This year’s sale will be held Friday through Sunday, Sept. 15–17, at Holcomb Farm in West Granby. Generous donors have flooded the Friends with hundreds of items, that a cadre of volunteers have worked on all summer long. Donated items were i […]

High School Report

By Tim NolanFall Sports PreviewFall athletics have begun at the high school. Consistent with CIAC rules, football was the first team to hit the turf on August 14th; all other teams started practicing on August 24. All seven teams: cross-country (boys and girls), field hockey, football, soccer (boys and girls), and girls volleyball have put in the work this past summer and hope to start the 2017–2018 school year on a high note. Captains Anthony Spica, a junior, and Nate Orluk, a senior […]

Granby Field Hockey earns silver at Nutmeg Tournament

By Taylorann VibertThe Granby Memorial High School Field Hockey Team competed in the Connecticut State Nutmeg Games, held at Veterans’ stadium in New Britain on July 18. This year, Granby had two teams competing in the high school division, but only one continued on to the final round. (From left to right) Back row: Taylorann Vibert, Abby Bascetta, and Gaby Sturgeon Middle Row: Haley Clark, Alana King, Georgia McDougall, Lauren Roy, and Heather Salter Ground: Nina DeGagne. Submit […]

2017 Granby teacher of the year

By Christopher TranbergThe Granby Public Schools proudly recognized Joy Cloukey as the 2017–18 Teacher of the Year at the district’s closing ceremonies on June 19. In celebration of Joy’s achievements and contributions to the students of Granby, she was joined on stage by her husband Ryan, children Owen and Tessa, as well as her parents. Joy is currently a fourth grade teacher at Wells Road Intermediate School who takes a “kids first” approach to her work. Since gra […]

September BOE Candidate Forum

RegistrarsIn honor of National Voter Registration Day, candidates running for the Granby Board of Education on the November ballot have been invited to attend a candidate forum being sponsored by the registrars office. The event will be held in the Town Hall meeting room on Wednesday, Sept. 27, at 7 p.m. The public is invited to meet the candidates, learn about local issues, and understand the importance of voting and registering to vote. The statutory duties and responsibilities of our local bo […]

Governor’s executive orders could decimate municipal aid

By Michael B. Guarco,Chair, Board of FinanceAs the new state fiscal year opened on July 1, high drama intensified in Hartford. Governor Malloy took aim at changing the overall municipal aid categories given to towns while simultaneously looking to prod the legislature to do its job in passing a budget. In late June, an executive order came down from the Governor’s office and is still in place that reduced state aid to Granby by $3.1 million from the $5.5 million budgeted in April. The $5.5 […]

Residents opposed to town’s use of RoundUp

By Shirley MurthaAt the Aug. 7 meeting of the Granby Board of Selectmen, resident Marge Goslee requested that the town look into the Public Works Department’s use of the herbicide glyphosate (RoundUp) to control roadside vegetation. She noted that it is being sprayed on the vegetation on the bridges over various town streams and brooks, thereby entering the watercourses where it can cause harm to the animal life as well as good vegetation and presumably eventually make its way to residents […]

Town manager institutes spending freeze

Also pulled would be funds from the Mashantucket and Pequot Funds (distributions from the state casinos) and the Municipal Revenue Sharing Account, among others.The total loss in income to Granby from these cuts would be $5.5 million. In addition, this is the year that Governor Malloy has proposed that cities and towns pay one-third of the cost of teacher pensions, an expense to Granby of $1.5 million.At the meeting, Finance Board Chairman Mike Guarco noted that the $5.4 million represents […]

Autumn in Granby Means AppleFest at First Church

By Linda BetschCelebrate autumn in Connecticut at AppleFest, hosted by the First Congregational Church, located at 219 N. Granby Road! On Saturday, Sept. 30, the day starts at 9 a.m. with a church-wide tag sale. Early birds welcome! From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. the tag sale continues with a wide variety of area artisans and vendors displaying their wares for sale. Come hungry and enjoy some delicious homemade goods. For the sixth year, enjoy this traditional taste of New England at this fu […]

Celebrate Granby scheduled for Sept. 21–23

The Granby Chamber of Commerce and its sponsors will host the annual Celebrate Granby event Sept. 21-23 at Salmon Brook Park in Granby.The event has been well attended in the past with its many offerings, including: a business expo, a crafters’ expo, food from local restaurants, a carnival, a classic car show and a beer garden. Local band favorites— The Bus Drivers and Outta Whack— will provide live music, and a fireworks display will cap off the celebration. &ldquo […]