About Us


Formed in 1970, Citizens for a Better Granby—CBG for short—is a community-based, not-for-profit organization whose goal is to inform and educate Granby residents on issues affecting the town of Granby, Connecticut. Its monthly newspaper, the Granby Drummer, provides an independent platform to encourage participation in the civic, social, economic and cultural life of Granby.
Policy making  is carried out by a  board of directors and four officers.

Since 1997 CBG has donated more than $100,000 to Granby organizations and activities to benefit the community’s well-being.  These organizations and activities include the Civil War monument restoration, Ecology Center at Granby Memorial Middle School, Granby Memorial High School scholarships and equipment, Granby Education Foundation, Granby Public and Cossitt libraries. Granby Senior Center defibrillator equipment,  Holcomb Farm, Parks and Recreation concerts, Salmon Brook Historical Society and the Salmon Brook Park playground project.


The Granby Drummer is an all-volunteer non-profit newspaper published monthly except for January and August.

The Drummer welcomes new writers, editors, reporters, photographers and proofreaders. In addition, volunteers are needed to format and layout articles and advertisements and upload articles to the web. No experience needed; training is provided. Enthusiasm a must!  Want to join us? Click here!

Reporters & Contributors | Advertising Team | Delivery & Subscription
Board Members | Civic & Community Partners


Jen Bell – Managing Editor
Leisa Ritchie – Production Supervisor
Deneika Janski – Advertising Coordinator
Chris Levandowski  – Copy Editor
Amanda Lindberg – Copy Editor
Dave Tolli – Photo Editor
Andrea Leshinskie – Photo Editor
Jake Kean – Website Manager
Kathy Agresta
Carol Bressor
Carolyn Carter
Karen Cleary
Nancy Dudenhofer
Rita Isaacson
Patricia Kovaleski
Eileen Longhi
Brooke Orr
Donna Schedinger
Faith Tyldsley

Reporters & Contributors

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Jennifer Benson
AnnMarie Cox
Rob Flanigan
Mark Fiorentino
Bernadette Gentry
CJ Gibson
Mike Guarco
Jay Harder
Amy McCue
Shirley Murtha
Kristin Rice
Lisa Salazar
Pam Sherrer
Faith Tyldsley
Todd Vibert
Kristine Vincent
John Violette
Laura Wolfe
Merle Yoder
Sandy Yost

Advertising Team

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Deneika Janski, Advertising Coordinator
Deborah Kulwich
Beth Rathey

Delivery & ​Subscriptions

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Sam & Becky Mikus

2022-2023 Board Members –
Citizens for a Better Granby

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Kathy Norris – Chair
David Tolli – Vice Chair
Roger Hayes – Treasurer
Flo Bishoff – Secretary
Carol Bressor
Karen Cleary
Rebecca Mikus
Sam Mikus
Lew Noble

Civic and Community Partners

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The Granby Drummer partners with local Granby civic and community organizations to provide news and event information to our readers.

Granby | General | Clubs | Sports | Education | Agriculture | The Arts
Health & Wellness | Places of Worship | Nature & Preservation | Voice


Town of Granby
Lost Acres Fire Department
Granby Ambulance Association


Granby-Simsbury Chamber of Commerce
Granby Community Fund
Salmon Brook Historical Society
Farmington Valley Visitors Association


Granby Lions Club
Granby UNICO
Granby Civic Club
Granby Camera Club
Girl Scouts
Granby Boy Scout Troop 125 (Connecticut Rivers Council) and Granby Cub Scout Pack 325

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Granby Lacrosse
Granby Rovers Soccer Club
Granby Youth Football
Granby Tennis Club
Granbeast Little League
Granby Volleyball League


Granby Public Schools
Granby PTO
Granby Education Foundation
Granby Early Childhood Council

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Holcomb Farm
Granby Ag
Granby Horse Council
Granby Community Garden
Granby 4H

The Arts

Marquis of Granby – Ancient Fyfe & Drum Corps
Granby Artists Association
Good Company Theater
Farmington Valley Chorale
New England Chorus

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Health & Wellness

Farmington Valley Health District
Farmington Valley Visiting Nurses Association
Waste Not Want Not Community Kitchen

Places of Worship

Granby Congregational Church (First Congregational Church​ & South Congregational Church)
Granby Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses​
Life Church
Pilgrim Covenant Church
St. Therese Church
Valley Brook Community Church

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Nature & Preservation

Granby Land Trust
Farmington River Watershed Association
McLean Game Refuge
​Salmon Brook Watershed Association


Granby Community Television
CT Valley Views

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