By John R. Nieb
Troop 175, boy scouts from Farmington Valley towns, became the first American troop to visit Cuba since 1959.
On April 8 they left Granby at 4:30 a.m. for the Newark Airport to board a direct flight to Havana, Cuba.
“It was awesome. We love setting records like this,” said Charles Brinegar, assistant senior patrol leader and life scout of Troop 175. “We were the first to go to Cuba, as well as to summit Mount Kilimanjaro and to enter the Amazon Rainforest.”
Office Hours: 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Open 24/7 at www.GranbyRec.com for program registration.
Website: www.GranbyRec.com Accepting MasterCard/Visa/Discover for payments. The registration system and website allow registration at any time of the day or night. Find out right away if a program still has space available, check your account to see what activities your family members are signed up for, and print out a year end receipt for tax purposes.
Program/Trip Registration: All programs/trips are based on a first come basis and space availability and require advance registration; payment must accompany registration. Please register early to avoid disappointment.
Scholarships: Financial assistance for recreational and leisure opportunities may be available for residents of Granby. Please contact the Granby Social Services Department at 860-844-5350 for program scholarship. All inquiries are kept in the strictest confidence; apply early.
Event Planning: Have your next family or other private event at Salmon Brook Park or Holcomb Farm. The Salmon Brook Park House is a beautiful facility that can accommodate up to 99 people, featuring a gas fireplace and central air. The North Barn Pavilion at Holcomb Farm is built to look like a barn, but this gorgeous new building has all of the modern amenities to make your event for up to 125 people special. Dates fill fast. Call for more information or visit www.GranbyRec.com to see pictures and rental info.
After School Programs at Kelly Lane (grades K–2)
Join us for a Granby Land Trust tradition: our Spring Bird Walks, led by Land Trust members John Weeks and Christine Chinni. These walks—to be held on the mornings of May 13 and 14, from 7 to 9 a.m—will take place on Jamie Gamble’s beautiful North Granby property located at 253 Loomis Street in North Granby. The birds are very active at this time of year, as they return from a winter away, and the Gamble property provides an ideal place in which to view them. Recent walks have featured sightings of more than 50 bird species!
Space is limited, so reserve your spot today by calling John Weeks, 860.844.8965; or by email at email@example.com. Participants should bring binoculars and be ready to start promptly at 7 a.m.
By Jim Glenney
It’s time to sign up for a garden plot and enjoy all the benefits of growing your own vegetables and flowers. The gardens are located just north of Ahrens Park on Hungary Road and are divided into an organic section and a conventional one. A pump well provides a water supply. The cost is $5 for a 20 x 20 foot plot. No new 20 x 40 foot plots will be issued this year until all requests for plots have been met. Last year’s gardeners wishing to reserve the same plots need to make their $5 or $10 payment by May 1. After that date, plots will be assigned to new gardeners. New gardeners interested in reserving a plot should email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Jim Glenney at 860-653-6179.
By Tracy Cavacuti
The Granby Chamber of Commerce held its annual banquet and awards presentation on March 5, 2017, at Brignole Vineyards in East Granby. John French opened up the evening speaking about the previous and upcoming year. He touched on a bigger and better-than-ever Celebrate Granby event for 2017. President and CEO of Windsor Federal Savings George Hermann served as guest speaker. Herman gave an excellent and informative speech covering everything from the current and future lending rates to the challenges of owning a business in Connecticut. He gave sobering advice to business owners to be mindful of upcoming changes due to the state’s economic climate. Chamber President Mary Anne Guarco presented awards to this year’s recipients. Businessman of the year, Carmine Pandolfi was honored for his 40 years of ownership of Granby Package Store.
The “Green Eggs and Ham” breakfast has become an annual affair in Granby.
With a visit from “The Cat in the Hat” and an opportunity to fish for “One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish,” many “Things” had a wonderful time.
Forty-five people of all ages (and some canines) showed up at Holcomb Farm on picture-perfect February 19 for a snowshoe hike. The group trekked the Farm’s east trails to where they intersect with McLean Game Refuge and Granby Land Trust property. Leaders Jack Lareau and Eric Lukingbeal provided some interesting information along the way. Check in with holcombfarm.org for upcoming events.
By Tim Nolan
The fall sports season was historic for some Granby athletes. Boys soccer won the NCCC regular season title outright for the first time since 2001. This included beating soccer power Suffield High School for the first time in multiple years. Baylor University commit Marieke Van Der Mark was named a third team All-American for her fall success leading the volleyball team to an NCCC title of its own. Under the guidance of Coach Dennis Lobo, who celebrated his 50th year as a cross-country coach, boys and girls’ cross-country had solid seasons as well. The track around the football field will fittingly be renamed in his honor. The field hockey program dominated again, falling just a game short of another Class M state final. Senior captains Jack Hauser and Gage Fiorentino finished their fourth varsity football season with all-conference honors, a bright spot of an otherwise dismal season.
All these are long gone, however, as the winter sports are in full swing. Girl’s basketball is 9-10 on the year, but this is a major improvement from a 4-16 record the prior year. When asked what has led to the improvement, junior guard Mackenzie Stahl replied, “All players (those who start, come in as subs, or don’t play significant minutes) impact our team positively.” Stahl also mentions that her teammates on the bench are even louder than the crowd at times. Despite a losing record, the Lady Bears have begun to play more efficiently and resiliently as a team, which will be very important in the state tournament.
Boy’s basketball is 8-9 to start the year. Although senior captain Tyler Disabella would’ve liked a much better record, he believes that this is essential to the experience of younger players, like his sophomore brother Logan. “Every single player has made an impact on this team for the better, and in a year or two I think they’ll have a very solid team,” he explained. Every single player had to step up. The Bears lost seven seniors, its best player transferred, and senior Romelle Hardy had to sit out the first half of the season for disciplinary reasons. Junior Jonathon Bystrowski and sophomore James Shelansky have taken their increased roles in stride. Bystrowski now starts for the Bears, and Shelansky has worked his way to sixth man.
The Suffield/Granby/Windsor Locks boys’ hockey co-op is 12-4. Granby’s own, goalie Dan Degagne, credits the Wildcats’ success to team chemistry and strong upperclassmen leadership. Unlike most high school teams, the ‘Cats rely on all four of its lines to win games, not just the first or top two. For example, fourth-liners Cole Battiston and Derek Megliola have goals against Simsbury and Xavier respectively, two of the top teams in Division 1. Degagne believes this strong confidence in the entire team will lead to good things during the Division 1 tournament. “As long as we continue to play with grit and effort every single game, no matter the skill of the opposing team, we will be very successful,” Degagne stated.
This is also the first season that the co-op offers a girl’s team. Although it cannot be recognized as a full varsity program yet, the club team is 11-2. Two of those wins have come against Simsbury, which had been the top team in the state before the first meeting. Junior Meaghan Leonardi is unsure that the co-op will maintain the numbers long enough to be recognized as a varsity program, but she is relishing the present. “The Wildcats’ girls program gives any girl in Connecticut the opportunity to play just like the boys,” she concluded.
Boys and Girls’ indoor track season is almost over. The boys placed 5th as a team at the NCCC meet in New Haven, while the girls team placed 7th out of 12 teams. Fifteen runners qualified for states, including three freshmen (Austin Wickham, Maria Nolan, and Sarah Cramer). Junior Joey Wix, who also qualified for States, attributes their success to an increase in depth. For example, this year’s team features two male hurdlers, whereas last year’s team didn’t have one.
Wrestling captured back-to-back NCCC titles for the first time ever. Ben Kibby, Cooper Fleming, and Steven Muller took first in their respective weight classes. Fleming, a junior, is no stranger to the top of the podium. He is 107-9 in high school wrestling matches. When asked what has made him and his team so dominant in recent years, he responded, “About half of our team participates in offseason wrestling all over the northeast US, so we’re all used to high-level competition.”
Finally, although the cheer squad does not keep an official record, they have done well in their competitions. Captains Tori Rafoss and Emily Munsell have guided the girls to overcome injuries and plenty of underestimation. Junior Kat Ericksen credits their resilience to hard work and determination at every practice, allowing them to tune everything else out and compete as a cohesive unit.
Reminder: April 28, 2017
Come to GMHS on April 28 for soup, bread, and live music at Empty Bowls, an annual fundraiser hosted by the GMHS chapter of the National Honor Society. Proceeds from the event go to the Granby and Hartland food banks. In addition, a silent auction will be held to raise money for Visual Arts and NHS scholarships. Contact email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org for further details.
Office Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. Open 24/7 at www.GranbyRec.com for program registration!
Website: GranbyRec.com We accept Mastercard/Visa/Discover for payments. Our registration system and website allow you to register for programs at any time, find out if a program still has space available, check your account to see what activities your family members are signed up for, and print out a year end receipt for tax purposes.
Program/Trip Registration: programs/trips are based on a first come basis and space availability and require advance registration; payment must accompany registration. Please register early to avoid disappointment.
Scholarships: Recreational and leisure opportunities are not denied any resident because of lack of financial resources; program scholarship information is available upon request. All inquiries are kept in the strictest confidence; apply early.
Event Planning: Have your next family or other private event at SBP or the Holcomb Farm. The Salmon Brook Park House is a beautiful facility that can accommodate up to 99 people, featuring a gas fireplace and central air. The North Barn Pavilion at Holcomb Farm looks like a barn, but has all of the modern amenities to make your event for up to 125 people special. Make an appointment for tours to see if one is the right fit for your next event.
Summer Employment: We are seeking concession staff for spring and summer and lifeguards and day camp counselors for summer employment at Salmon Brook Park. Get our application at www.Granbyrec.com. Application deadline is Friday, March 24.
Red Sox vs. Tampa Bay Rays Monday, April 17 for the annual Patriot’s Day Game at Fenway Park. This is always a special home games of the season with the Boston Marathon being run through the city during the game and lots pre-game holiday pageantry and ceremonies. We will be seated in Right Field Box 88 for this game (under the retired numbers). The bus will leave Granby Town Hall at 7:30 a.m. for the 11:05 a.m. game start time and we should be home around 4:30 p.m. Tickets can only be reserved with full payment. $110pp.
Yankees vs. Red Sox Friday, Aug. 11, 7:05 p.m. Two of baseball biggest rivals will meet in Yankee Stadium for what is sure to be a battle for the top of baseball’s toughest division. Both the Yankees and the Sox have their sights set on a Championship this year so this game should have a playoff like atmosphere. We have seats in section 233B (straightaway left field, 2nd level) for this Friday night, game. Full payment must be made at time of purchase. $115pp.
Red Sox vs. Baltimore Orioles Friday, Aug. 25. The Red Sox will play defending World Series Champion Kansas City Royals at Fenway Park. We are lucky to have seats in right field box #88 for this game (under the retired numbers in right field). Our bus will leave Granby Town Hall at 3:00 p.m. (for the 7:10 p.m. game start time). Tickets can only be reserved with full payment. $125pp.
Lions, & Tigers, and Bears – Oh My! Monday, Aug. 21. Take your family on an exciting trip to the Bronx Zoo. With award-winning, cutting-edge exhibits featuring over 4,000 animals. Depart Salmon Brook Park at 7:00 a.m. and leave the Bronx Zoo at 4:30 p.m. The Total Experience Deluxe package is $59pp and includes zoo shuttles, Wild Asia Monorail, Bug Carousel, Children’s Zoo, the New 4-D Theater, and the Congo Gorilla Forest.
NYC – On Your Own: Spend the day in the city on your own to enjoy the Big Apple. See Chinatown, Little Italy, Central Park, a museum, the zoo, a Broadway show or shop – use your imagination. Departs Town Hall at 7 a.m. Drop off points in the City: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Plaza Hotel, and Rockefeller Center. Our pickup time is 7:00 p.m. in front of Stage Coach Tavern, near the Ed Sullivan Theatre, 7th Ave between 53rd & 54th Streets. Trip dates: Saturdays, May 6, Oct. 7 - $40pp, Dec. 2 - $45pp.
April Vacation Tennis Camp
Youth tennis lessons are geared to the beginner and intermediate youth player. Instruction is by Kevin Imbt, GMHS Tennis team Coach. Participants should bring an appropriately sized racquet, lots of water, towel and sneakers. Lessons are held Mondays–Thurdays, April 11 to 14. Fridays will be used to make up cancelled lessons due to weather. Lessons are held at the Salmon Brook Park Tennis Courts. $35 pp. At SBP. We are also accepting registrations for summer tennis lessons. Ages 3-6, 10 – 10:55 a.m. Ages 6-9, 11 – 11:55 a.m. Ages 9-16, 12 – 12:55 p.m.
April Vacation Art-Ventures! You can sign up for one, two, three or four days!
4/10 It’s Raining, It’s Pouring. But nobody’s snoring at this exciting art-venture! Decorate umbrellas with waterproof inks, sculpt birds out of neon clay and create cool umbrella collages with decorative papers. Rain or shine! Grades K-5, 9 a.m. -12 p.m. $39pp. HFWS.
4/11 Silly Cities and Wiggly Waves. In this cross-country art-venture, travel to the countryside to design model houses with mosaic roofs. Then build 3D cityscape collages with oil pastels. Finally, paint ocean waves that crash right over the edge of the canvas. Grades K-5, 9 a.m. -12 p.m. $39pp. HFWS.
4/12 Clowning Around: Silly Circus Art-ventures. Welcome to quirky art circus. Step right up! Paint and decorate shimmering carousel horses; design goofy clown or acrobat toys and draw colorful balancing acts complete with jugglers, tightropes and unicycles! Grades K-5, 9 a.m. -12 p.m. $39pp. HFWS.
4/13, My Animal, Me and the Clay Safari. Creating with clay! According to pre-Columbian legend, each person shares a common destiny with an animal—called a “Tona”— that matches his or her personality. Sculpt “Tona” masks out of clay, and bring them to life with paint, feathers, and more! Plus, design and decorate ceramic dinosaur banks, and create detailed drawings of brightly colored owls. Grades K-5, 9 a.m. -12 p.m. $39pp. HFWS.
SPRING YOUTH PROGRAMS
Music Time!!! With Miss Carrie, Thursdays, Mar. 9 – Apr. 20, 10-10:50 a.m. Children ages 6 months to 4 years (and their parents or caregivers) will learn basic melody, finger play, rhythm skills, dancing and music & movement. Come join Carrie Johnson. $125pp at SBP.
Indoor Field Hockey League for Grades 5-8, Mondays, Mar. 27 – Apr. 24, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Four teams of 8 will be created to play 6v6 with modified indoor rules. There will be two 25-minute games per night, each team guaranteed 2 games. Games will be played in Granby High School’s Main Gym $55pp at GHS.
Super Soccer Saturdays – Soccer Shots Apr. 22 – May 27, 9:00-9:50 a.m. or 10-10:50 a.m. Soccer Shots is a high-energy program introducing children to fundamental soccer principles, such as using your feet, dribbling and the basic rules of the game. Through games, songs and positive reinforcement, children will experience the joy of playing soccer. Ages 3-5, $95 at Ahrens Park.
AFTER SCHOOL AT KELLY LANE:
Mad Science, Grades K-2, Mondays, Mar. 6 -May 8, 3:20-4:20 p.m. 8 weeks of crazy chemistry learning about the tools scientists use in their laboratories. Examine and investigate super sticky things. The best part is, each day you’ll continue the science fun at home with lab-ware take-homes! $129pp at KL.
Yoga for all levels with MaryEllen Mullins, Tuesdays Apr. 18 – May 23, 8:15-9:15 a.m. Stretch, strengthen and restore with a gentle warmup, an invigorating flow and ends with deep stretch. Helps gain flexibility, balance and strength. $65pp at the HF Workshop.
Paint Night with Laura Eden, Thurs. Mar. 16, 7:00-9:30 p.m. Create a beautiful Stonewall masterpiece while enjoying the company of friends and fellow blossoming artists! Create a beautiful Stonewall scene under the tutelage of Laura Eden. All the materials will be provided and you’ll be delighted with your masterpiece! Bring your own snacks and beverage of choice. $40pp at HFNB.
Combination Safe Boating/Personal Watercraft Course, Mon. – Wed., Mar. 6 - 8, 6-9 p.m. is an eight-hour course in time for the spring/summer boating season. Upon completion and passing the exam (given during the last class), participants will satisfiy the DEEP’s requirements and be able to apply for a certificate of personal watercraft operation (CPWO), which costs $50 and is NOT included in the class fee. This class and certificate is required by individuals 10 years of age and older to operate any recreational vessel registered in Conn. except a personal watercraft (“Jet Ski” operation requirement is 16 years of age.) on Conn. waters. $25pp at SBP
Spring Cookie Decorating Class, Sun., April 9, 1:30-3:00 p.m. Learn how to decorate spring-themed cookies that are shaped like baskets, eggs, butterflies, bunnies, and flowers. Great fun for kids and adults! Decorating instruction, cookies, icing and decorating candies/sprinkles will be provided. All participants will take home their drying cookies in a bakery box. $27pp at SBP.
SUMMER CAMP PROGRAMMING
Please check our website, www.GranbyRec.com for the latest information and registration for all of our Summer 2017 programs including youth sport and enrichment camps.
Salmon Brook Park Day Camp
A traditional day camp filled with active games, sports, arts and crafts, group interaction and the wonders of nature. Your child may swim daily in the pond, go on exciting field trips, and see spectacular entertainers. Children are grouped by age/grade and all activities are age-appropriate. Camp is scheduled in one-week sessions. Also check out the Extended Day Program run by the Camp Director. Save $10 a week by registering by Friday, April 14. The discount shows up during online checkout.
All of our staff is first aid and CPR certified. Sue Olechna, the camp director, is an experienced educator. Salmon Brook Day Campers should bring a lunch, snack and water bottle to camp each day. They should also bring sunscreen and bug spray each day. All campers must purchase an individual ($35) or family membership ($80) to Salmon Brook Park in order to register for camp. Please visit the website for dates and prices and to register.
Mission: Adventure, a Camp for ‘Tweens and Teens
Students in grades 6-9 have a camp all their own. Campers experience scuba diving, trampoline dodgeball, an aerial maze, play in a waterfall, and zip-line across a water-filled quarry. This summer there will be some new experiences mixed in with the best ones from our first four summers. Each two-week session has at least 6 off-site field trips. When campers are on-site all day, they will participate in scavenger hunts, team building, sports, swimming and more.
We have added a 5th session of Adventure Camp! This late August session features a field trip every day. 5 Packed Days of fun. All campers must purchase an individual ($35) or family membership ($80) to Salmon Brook Park in order to register for camp. Please visit our website for date and prices and to register.
GET A FREE SEASONS PASS TO SIX FLAGS
Register for 2 or more sessions of Mission: Adventure Camp and get a free 2017 Seasons Pass to Six Flags! The pass is for the registered camper only and must be brought to camp on the Six Flags trip days during the child’s camp sessions. Passes are available for pickup beginning April.
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