Drumrolls – June 2018

Local artist Bill Simpson won second place with his charcoal drawing “Kiev” in the CT + 6 art show at the West Hartford Art League. He was invited to discuss his work at the gallery on May 6.

Drumrolls – May 2018

Maxwell J. Toczydlowski and John F. Dolan IV were awarded faculty honors for the fall 2017 semester at Trinity College. Holly Sulzinski was recently initiated into Phi Kappa Phi at Westfield State University.

In Memory of…

Katan, Joan E., wife of Charlie Katan, March 26

Bergen, David M., 83, husband of Sarah J. (Mayhew) Bergen, April 3

Chapin, Norman S., 87, husband of the late Patricia Ann Chapin, April 3

Lord, Blanche (Fein), 94, wife of the late Edward Lord, April 5

Cardin, Willie Joseph George, 83, April 6

Barba, Robert J., 88, husband of Anne (Keller) Barba, April 10

In Memory Of…

Raitto, Barbara (Cassky), 89, wife of the late Roger Jacob Raitto, Feb. 19

Sandstrom, Ruby A., 92, wife of the late Donald Sandstrom, Feb.

Drumrolls – April 2018

Emily Henselder was named to the fall 2017 dean’s list at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Julianna Pestretto, Class of 2021, was named to the fall 2017 dean’s list at Gettysburg College.

In Memory Of …

Sprafke, Bernard James “Jim”, 71, husband of the late Janet Johnson Sprafke, Jan. 18
Risley, Peggy-Jean, 86, wife of Clifford Risley, Jan.

Drumrolls – March 2018

Emily Cronin has been named to the president’s list at Western New England University for fall 2017. Cronin is working toward a degree in health sciences.


By Cal Heminway“Ron Begansky was a friend of mine” is a predictable response one gets when remembering him with neighbors. Ron was one of those people we come into contact with all too seldom in our lives. A singular individual, he was a friend to all!His knowledge of accounting and skill as a CPA is known throughout the region. A steady stream, of friends and neighbors, especially at tax time, visited Ron in his office and elsewhere for his valued counsel and a friendly word.However […]

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Fond Memories of Bike Barnes By Put Brown Byron C. “Bike” Barnes, one of Granby’s most colorful men, died peacefully in his sleep on April 12, 2015. Bike, also know as “Biker,” was born almost 93 years ago in his family’s center-chimney house overlooking the West Branch of the Salmon Brook. He was a sure shot, a keen tracker and an experienced woodsman. He took delight in the natural wonders he found all around him, trapping and fishing on Tudor and Laura Ho […]