By Rita Bond
Granby Memorial High School senior Soul Leavitt was among four Farmington Valley graduating students who were awarded scholarships by the Avon Arts Association during a reception at the Simsbury Public Library on June 4, during the opening of the annual Members’ Spring Show.
Leavitt received the Avon Arts Association Award for Excellence. Jessica Shin, from Simsbury High School, received the Helen Kilgus Award. Kevin Barch, also from Simsbury High School, received the Robert Ronaldes Award and Emma Ort, from Avon High School, received the Avon Arts Association Anonymous Donor Award. President Mary Wooten and Scholarship Chairwoman Inez Faillace presented the awards.
By Amy Lupoli
During the month of March the students, families and staff of Kelly Lane Primary School participated in the Pennies for Penguins fundraiser coordinated by Mystic Aquarium. The spare-change fundraiser was held in support of the South African penguin, a species at the highest risk of extinction in the animal kingdom. The wild population of the African penguin has declined by 70 percent over the past 10 years.
Due to pollution and over-fishing, the penguins must travel farther and farther away from their beach nests to find fish to eat. They are often unable to make it back to shore and their young are orphaned. The donations will help to send penguin trainers and researchers to South Africa to rescue and rehabilitate African penguins.
The Town of Granby Youth Service Bureau offered its Safe Dates Boot Camp for the first time over winter break. Nine of the 10 middle-schoolers provided 100 percent positive reviews of the program, despite not being thrilled that they had been signed up to take the class in the first place!
By David Desiderato
“If you’ve ever thought about going solar, this is the perfect time,” Kent McCord told the crowd gathered for the second Solarize Granby Workshop on May 15. “Costs are down 70 percent compared to just five years ago, and we chose a great company—RGS Energy—for the Solarize Granby campaign,” he added.
Solarize Connecticut is a statewide non-profit that helps towns choose high-quality installers, negotiate low group purchase prices, and run community-wide education campaigns that make it easy to go solar. Aug. 9 is the end date for Granby’s solarize campaign, which started in April. Residents who sign contracts by Aug. 9 will benefit from the high quality and low-cost arrangement with RGS Energy.
Granby’s third install A 4.3 kilowatt system that will meet the home’s electric needs and costs about $14,500—about $9,000 after state rebates and federal credits—and will add about $9,000 to the value of the home. Savings are expected to total about $13,000 over 25 years and yield the equivalent environmental benefits of planting 80 trees per year or not driving over 7,400 miles per year. Photo by David Desiderato
GRADE 8 HIGH HONORS
Dina Alfarone, Olivia Ashe, Spencer Bennett, Nicholas Boyd, Zachary Brewer, Caroline Burnett, William Caley, Aniela Cashman, Ashley Coon, Jenna Cox, Jack DeGray, Riley Dehner, Ty delosReyes, Ashlyn Dixon, Sean Dowd, Daniel Ennis, Angela Everett, Addy Fede, Ryan Fett, Madeline Gilmore, Aidan Goodrow, Meggie Hennessey, Jacob Ivanov, Aiden Kaczka, Eleanor Karabetsos, Alexis Klein, Isabella Krumm, Grace Lemoine, Hanna Lloyd, Anna Lombardo, Tyler Mackowski, Abigail Maher, Chase McGee, Mark McWhirter, Alexis Nichols, Zachary Orluk, Veronica Papile, Elliot Plourde, Katherine Psutka, Mya Rivard, Eliza Rowland, Lauren Roy, Peyton Sandridge, Natalie Schock, Riley Shelansky, Ryan Stone, Laura Tickey, Gabriella Vargas-Blanchard, Megan Wassick, Kylie Williams, Clay Willis-Swan, Anna Wix, Sophie Zacchera.
by Shirley Murtha
A very large crowd of Granby residents, high school athletes and members of Granby’s government boards gathered at the high school on May 17 to witness the naming of the track field after Dennis J. Lobo. Lobo was being honored in his 51st year of coaching track and cross country not only for his accomplishments, but also for the impact he has had on so many Granby youth, according to principal Mike Dunn and Superintendent Alan Addley. A number of former students and their parents were on hand for the unveiling of the new sign identifying the field, as well as some coaches from schools that compete with GMHS.
Wells Road students were excited to participate in Simsbury Public Library’s Mini Maker Faire on Saturday, April 1. No Fooling! The newly formed MakerSpace Club accepted the challenge to design and create marble runs out of cardboard, water bottles, popsicle sticks and other common materials, and demonstrated them at a booth at the Faire. Makers is a collaborative group, so students prepared for the event by finding a marble run activity for visitors to make and setting up a schedule so that there would always be representatives on hand to show visitors how marble runs work.
A new fine arts scholarship for GMHS graduates will be offered for the class of 2018. Granby resident Susan Patricelli-Regan is establishing the scholarship in her mother’s name.
Sylvia Davis Patricelli was a young and well-known portrait painter in Sydney, Australia, who had attended the Royal Academy of Fine Arts. She had her first exhibition of Solomon Island paintings opened by Lady Gowrie, wife of the Governor-General of Australia in 1941 in Sydney at Anthony Hordern’s Gallery.
She arrived in the United States at 23 as an American war bride and continued to produce many commissioned portraits of notable members of the New England community. Her much heralded success in both Australia and in the U.S. resulted in a subsequent second exhibition of her work opened by Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt in 1951 at G. Fox & Company, Hartford, Connecticut. The exhibition was sponsored by G. Fox & Co., WTIC and the Wadsworth Athenaeum.
The Patricelli family initially resided in Granby before moving to West Hartford .
From l.: Superintendent Alan Addley; Susan Patricelli-Regan; Julie Groene, GMHS assistant principal and director of guidance and Michael Dunn, GMHS principal. Regan pictured with charcoal portrait completed in 1947 of “Farmer John Pelka” from a live sitting by her mother, Sylvia Davis Patricelli. Pelka was a neighbor of the Patricelli family in North Granby. Photo by Bill Regan
By Deb Ranicar
The end of the school year is one of the best times to honor exemplary students, favorite educators, graduating seniors and community members who have made a difference in education in the town of Granby. A tax-deductible contribution to the Granby Education Foundation (GEF) is the perfect way to recognize that person! The GEF provides the community with an opportunity to acknowledge these special individuals through tax-deductible donations via the annual Tribute Program.
Each honoree will receive a personal letter from the GEF, noting that a gift has been made in their name. For gifts of $100 or more, a certificate suitable for presentation and display will also be provided. Unless specified as an anonymous gift, the donor’s name will be listed as well.
In addition, both the donor and honoree will be listed in upcoming articles (the September 2017 issue of the Granby Drummer), on the foundation’s website and in its annual report. Gifts of any size will be welcomed.