A look at tax relief programs

At this time of year most people have filed their income taxes and may be reviewing their personal finances to plan for next year. Similarly, the town’s elected boards and my staff have just completed the FY22-23 budget process. The input and questions posed by residents attending the Board of Finance Public Hearing in April was appreciated.

Memorial Day Parade plans

Granby’s annual Memorial Day parade and program will be held on Monday, May 30. Parade Marshal Kenneth Rafoss announced that the honorary parade marshal in absentia this year is James O. Hall, U.S. Navy Seabees.

Double rainbow over the Pease Family Preserve

This double rainbow over the Pease Family Preserve is a reminder to pause and give thanks to Bill and Jane Ann Pease, charter members of the Granby Land Trust, who looked out on this view for 60 years before their passing in 2013.

No Mow May: Good Idea?

Recently, a friend was reading the New York Times and saw an article on the No Mow May movement. She contacted me to see what I thought about “No Mow May.” Quite frankly, I responded, I didn’t know much about it, but promised to research it.

Town Clerk retires

Karen Hazen recently retired after serving 15 years as the Granby Town Clerk. On April 18, she was presented with proclamations from the Board of Selectmen and the Connecticut General Assembly.

Kuhnly is Granby’s Republican of the Year

At the Lincoln Dinner held recently in Windsor Locks, B. Scott Kuhnly was honored as Granby’s Republican of the Year. Kuhnly was recognized for all his service to Granby over the past 29 years in elected, appointed and volunteer positions.

Fiorentino hosts session at Senior Center

On March 30, First Selectman Mark Fiorentino hosted an interested group of Granby residents for a discussion of the strategic plan that he and the Town Manager have put in motion.

Property data mailers to be sent in May

The Granby Assessor’s Office has been preparing for the State Mandated Revaluation that is required every five years. The appraisal firm Vision Appraisal Technology has contracted with the Town of Granby to assist with its revaluation for Oct. 1. The company will be working with the Assessor’s office to make the 12- to 18-month process successful.

Aquarion announces water conservation schedule

The Aquarion Water Company has announced the start of the 2022 mandatory sprinkler irrigation schedule for its customers in East Granby, Granby and Simsbury. The schedule helps to conserve water supplies by reducing overwatering of lawns and gardens.

Granby Racial Reconciliation

The Granby Racial Reconciliation (GRR) Board of Directors would like to clarify a March 2022 Drummer article submitted by one of its task teams.