Local History and the First Amendment

It is not a well-known story that local Connecticut Valley history is tied to the U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment, granting freedom of religion, speech and press. Several forces converged on Granby at its inception as the Salmon Brook Ecclesiastical Society in 1740.

The mid 70s brought change to the Center

Granby’s 1970s growing pains— controversial budgets, development proposals, plans for creating a commercial center in the wedge between Route 189 and Route 20, a school system with growing pains, a failed sewer system and cars lined up for blocks waiting to pump rationed gasoline all shared space on the Drummer’s front page.

Dedicating the Cossitt Library

In the Winter of 1891, a committee worked on plans for the dedication of the new library, which was scheduled for Thursday, March 26, 1891. Due to the overwhelming interest in the event, it was held at the First Congregational Church.

Visiting the Granby Drummer archives: What happened in Granby in the early 70s?

The second Charter revision gave reporting responsibilities for the Town Clerk, Tax Collector and Chief of Police to the newly appointed Chief Administrative Officer (Town Manager) David Russell. The changes were approved in a November referendum as was a compulsory referendum to pass the town budget.