The Granby Rovers Soccer Club proudly congratulates Owen Plourde as the Connecticut Youth Referee of the Year. Owen was recently honored by the Connecticut Soccer Referee Program (CSRP) at its 13th annual awards night at Casa Mia at the Hawthorne in Berlin. The CSRP is a jointly established organization of the Connecticut Junior Soccer Association (CJSA) and the Connecticut State Soccer Association (CSSA). Owen was recognized for his outstanding skills, leadership and professionalism on the field as a state referee.
Pictured with Owen is Jesus Zornoza, the Connecticut State Referee Program's State Referee Administrator.
Winter storms and snow removal can be a challenge for all Granby residents. The DPW does its best to keep the roads passable and safe. Please note the following suggestions, ordinances and rules to ensure a safe winter season for all:
Trash and recycling: Unless the roads are closed, Paine’s will be out collecting trash/recycling on its regular schedule. You must have your trash out by 6 a.m. If you choose not to put out your trash/recycling due to a storm, your barrels will not be emptied until your next scheduled pickup day.
Barrels should be placed at the end of your driveway in a location accessible to the trash hauler and at least two-feet from the roadway. Do not put barrels in the street or on a snow bank.
Driveways: Before your final cleanup, check to see if the street has been plowed all the way to the curb. If it has, you should be safe to clean the end of your driveway. If it hasn’t, rest assured the plow will be back to make another pass and fill up the end of your driveway. You can reduce the amount of snow deposited in your driveway by shoveling or plowing snow to the right side of your driveway as you face the street. Do not shovel or plow snow into the street. It creates a hazard and you may be held liable in the case of an accident.
Mailboxes: During the winter season, it is inevitable that some mailboxes will fall victim to winter’s forces. In accordance with Granby Town Ordinance, the town will repair or replace a mailbox that is damaged as the result of direct contact with a town snow plow. Mailboxes that are damaged from the force of snow thrown against them or mailboxes that are located closer than nine inches to the road are not eligible for repair. If your mailbox is damaged, you may report it to Public Works and a department employee will investigate the damage, determine the cause and schedule repairs if applicable.
Parking: Granby Town Ordinance prohibits the parking of any vehicle on a town road from the start of a storm until 12 hours after the storm has ended. Vehicles that violate the parking ban may be towed at the owner’s expense.
Sidewalks: Granby Town Ordinance requires a homeowner whose property abuts a sidewalk to keep it clean of snow and ice. Residents have up to eight hours after the end of the storm to clear the sidewalk. If the storm occurs overnight, residents have up to eight hours after sunrise to clear the sidewalk
Sand: Sand mixed with salt is available at 166 Salmon Brook Street (Granby Animal Shelter), opposite McLean Game Refuge. Granby Residents may take ONE FIVE-GALLON BUCKET at a time.
Child Safety: Do not allow children to play on snowbanks along the side of the road. The plow may return to push back snowbanks and even in good conditions, it is difficult for a driver to see the children.
June 2 marked the end of an era at Stony Hill Village, one of Granby’s low-income housing facilities. Long-time Granby resident Ted Christensen, the president of the board of directors at Stony Hill, tendered his resignation to the other board members.
Poetry has a long history as early poems evolved from folk songs to the epics, The Iliad and The Odyssey and beyond. Whereas, modern poetry is often less structured and is used to inspire, heal and often portrays the poet’s feelings and state of mind. If you are interested in poetry or have written your own poems, the November Lunch for the Mind program will satisfy the poet in you. Granby’s own Laura Mazza-Dixon, poet, musician and teacher, will present Poetry, a Reflection of Life on Wednesday, Nov. 15, at 12:30 at the Granby Senior Center. Join the Civic Engagement Education Team and Mazza-Dixon “for a workshop on how our lives have been influenced by poetry, and how we can share poetry with others, whether we ourselves have written poetry or not.” Mazza-Dixon says “I will read from my own work and share my experiences with writing poetry.” Participants are invited to bring their favorite poems and/or poems they have written themselves to share with the group.
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