Stony Hill Village board president retires

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June 2 marked the end of an era at Stony Hill Village, one of Granby’s low-income housing facilities. Long-time Granby resident Ted Christensen, the president of the board of directors at Stony Hill, tendered his resignation to the other board members.


Ted and Sandy Christensen with 1st Selectman B. Scott Kuhnly.

Ted’s 42-year career at Stony Hill very nearly spanned the existence of the village, which was founded in 1972. Ted became president of the board in 2000. Ted’s responsibilities extended beyond leading the board in overseeing the maintenance of the facility, to serving as master of ceremonies, running resident events and sometimes providing entertainment by performing a song or telling a joke. Ted’s skill and enthusiasm in serving in these various capacities will be missed.
On Sept. 17, a party was held in Ted’s honor at the home of Maggie and Bill Percival. Ted and his wife Sandy, who moved to Granby in 1961, joined family, current and past board members and Stony Hill staff to celebrate Ted’s long and illustrious tenure. Percival, who is succeeding Ted as president, read a poem that culminated with, “Ted, we know how you like to get your own way, so we all pitched in and got you your own way!” Ted was then presented with a street sign reading, “Ted Christensen’s Way.” The sign will mark one of the walkways or driveways at the Village, forever a reminder to residents, staff, board members and visitors of the man who has done so much for that community.
First Selectman B. Scott Kuhnly then presented Christensen with a proclamation, proclaiming September 17, 2017, “Ted Christensen Appreciation Day.” Kuhnly further extended “the Town of Granby’s gratitude for his many contributions made to Stony Hill Village and the Town of Granby.”
Stony Hill Village comprises 49 apartments. Recently, and largely through the efforts of Christensen, a community development block grant was awarded to Stony Hill Village that will be used for refurbishment of buildings and grounds that are not 45 years old.