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Everyone is gearing up for summer! Grills and barbecues have been cleaned, yards beautified, and weekend plans are being made to enjoy the upcoming season. Many of our town departments are gearing up as well, so read on for information about what’s going on around Town Hall.

Wetlands Agent Kate Bednaz will return to Granby after leaving in December 2023 for a position with another organization. She is scheduled to start Aug. 1. In the meantime, Granby department staff will provide wetlands consulting for the month of July. 

The finance department was awarded a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2023. This is the 18th consecutive year Granby won this prestigious award. Additionally, Finance Director Kimi Cheng was recently honored with the Public Servant of the Year Award from the Granby-Simsbury Chamber of Commerce. Cheng’s hard work, professionalism, and technical expertise that we are all familiar with is now recognized by those in the local business community.

Granby Public Library will have a college intern this summer. This temporary position was funded by a grant. The student will gain valuable library experience in a busy public library while also sharing the joys of summer and the library’s Summer Reading program. The intern will leave with new skills, including working with the public, interpersonal relationship skills and teamwork.

The Friends of Granby Public Libraries won the 2024 Friends of Connecticut Libraries Award in the category of Outstanding Friends Group. This award goes to a group for the “total effort (breadth and depth) of the Friends group.” We are certainly thankful for the hard work of our Friends and proud to have them be recognized in the state.

Granby Senior Center now offers adult fencing which meets every Friday. The sport of Olympic foil fencing is open to anyone, regardless of physical abilities. Fencing does not have weight categories, age limits and there are tournaments for fencers even in age groups 90 and older. Fencing is an elegant and complex sport that keeps your brain thinking, healthy and alert, and works to maintain your motor skills throughout your life. Register online at Schedules Plus and come try out this wonderful sport. 

Granby Parks and Recreation is excited to greet and support you at the Granby Waterfront, which opened June 15. The Waterfront is a wonderful place to spend the afternoon. Grab a picnic lunch from the concessions and relax on the beach. Those who sign up for a season pass have access to backyard games, lounge chairs, paddle boards, kayaks and canoes, all included in the membership. Those who visit occasionally can expect to pay a small fee at the gate each time. 

Congratulations to Sergeant Emmanuel (Manny) Kreimes for completing a leadership program, the FBI-LEEDA Trilogy program. This comprehensive program consists of three weeks (80+ hours) of education in the areas of integrity, innovation, effective leadership and community building. We are thankful for Kreimes’ dedication to building stronger, safer communities.

We are thankful for all our wonderful employees and staff here in Granby and wish everyone a relaxing and enjoyable summer!