Category: Community

March 14th, 2016 by Cathrine Moraski

McLean Home Care and Hospice is one of the most popular adult care companies servicing Granby, Connecticut. They have been servicing Granby citizens for years and helping elderly return to independent living after a surgery or provide needed support for those requiring long term help.

There are multiple reviews from previous patients of McLean Home Care and Hospice that speak highly of their services and there is good reason. McLean Home Care offers coordinated care and specialized programming that has been nationally recognized and has won several awards.

McLean Home Care has been recognized for a consistently low hospitalization rate, a high level of patient satisfaction, and has been ranked with the HomeCare Elite agency for a long time.

McLean has made a special point to work towards developing treatment programs for some of the most common illnesses affecting those in the Granby community. As a result they have the tools and training necessary to help those suffering from COPD, have problems with speech and need speech therapy, those needing physical rehabilitation, among many other abilities and treatments.

McLean is not just for the elderly. They are there for anyone needing help recovering from a previous illness or injury that can leave someone debilitated for a period of time. Ultimately, they can help individuals avoid a long hospital stay and hopefully are able to reduce expensive health care costs.

Just a few of their long term care services include palliative care, help for those living with heart failure, wound care management, help with medical social services, and hospice.

McLean Home Care is located at 75 Great Pond Road, Simsbury, CT 06070. They can be reached by phone by calling 860-658-3700.

Many of their healthcare professionals are trained if an emergency occurs and a patient is in need of CPR. CPR is learned by those who obtain BLS, ACLS, or PALS certification.

Posted in Community, Health, Opinion

March 13th, 2016 by Cathrine Moraski

The Connecticut Spelling Bee held on an annual basis was recently conducted at Quinnipiac University. It was open to students ranging from grades 4th through 8th that had previously won local spelling bees in their community. As per usual, our city of Granby was represented. One of our own 8th graders that attends Granby Memorial Middle School won after beating sixty-two students from around the state.

The winner from Granby Memorial Middle School is named Dwarith Ramesh. She is just 14 years old. She will now be representing the state of Connecticut in May of 2016 at the Scripps National Spelling Bee that will be conducted in National Harbor, Maryland.

Because of her victory here in Connecticut her flight and hotel expenses will be taken care of by the Quinnipiac University School of Education. Quinnipiac University is at the forefront of helping to educate young minds and motivate our youth to find value in education early on in life.

While the spelling bee was held at Quinnipiac University, the Connecticut Spelling Bee is heavily endorsed by United Medical Education who provides continued emergency medical training. Some of their training courses include ACLS recertification online. Besides providing ACLS recertification online, United Medical Education publishes free training materials on how to perform CPR.

Many other local businesses and volunteer organizations are starting to take interest in the Connecticut Spelling Bee and recognize it’s ability in setting a standard of education for our local youth. Because of this, the spelling bee has started to receive more media attention and community support in recent years.

If you are interested in helping endorse the Connecticut Spelling Bee along with other more local spelling bees feel free to message us here at The Granby News for details. You can also subscribe to learn more about current news and events taking place here in Granby, Connecticut.

Posted in Community, Education, Family, Granby News, Health, Opinion, Study

community theatre
February 7th, 2016 by Victoria Knox

It’s time to get ready for the third annual fundraiser hosted by Waste Not Want Not (WNWN) at St. Therese Church. There will be a performance by the Hungry Hearts Irish Cabaret, which also includes dinner for those who attend. Tickets are just $35 and the event will take place at 6:30pm on the 12th of March, 2016.

Waste Not Want Not is a 501c3 which means the donations made are tax deductable. They provide regular meals every Wednesday for free to those in need on a weekly basis in our community. They also provide basic food items, clothes, and sleeping supplies.

This is a great opportunity for you to enjoy an evening of fun at a very reasonable price with your family while volunteers put on a fantastic show. Show your support to the less fortunate in the community by attending the event. WNWN will begin the event at with a silent auction and appetizers. This will then be followed by a sit down dinner which includes entertainment by a whole host of local artists and performers. This is one of the best opportunities you will have all year to socialize with your community in a fun atmosphere while contributing to a great local cause.

WNWN started this fundraiser three years ago and continued organizing the event on an annual basis because of it’s success. Since they are a non-profit organization they rely heavily on the support of community members to make their organization a success. WNWN helps provide support for the needy where the government often falls short. They have been a true friend to the city of Granby but without community members taking part in the cause we could lose the very help they supply.

The event will take place at the St. Theres Church Hall of Granby, CT, 120 West Granby on Sunday the 12th of March at 6:30pm.

If you would like to reserve tickets you can email birchhillgirl@cox.net or call (860)653-3838

Posted in Community, Granby News, Opinion

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February 5th, 2016 by Victoria Knox

Connecticut state police are warning citizens to be careful this Super Bowl Sunday when driving on the roads. There is generally an increase in impaired drivers during Super Bowl weekend and the roads this time of year are not conducive to safe driving even when someone has all their faculties.

The police have been reported as saying the parties and locally planned events associated with the Super Bowl makes this Sunday one of the most dangerous of the year to be on the roads or highways.

While the state police will be on extra alert for impaired drivers but there is only so much they can do. They request that individuals watch out for their loved ones during this weekend and to make a special effort to make driving arrangements before attending any festivities. It is only with the help of the community that the state troopers can make the roads safe and secure.

During last year’s Super Bowl weekend Connecticut troopers arrested 12 individuals that had been driving under the influence. However, state troopers don’t consider this a success. They would much rather people make smart decisions regarding their transportation rather than putting other people’s lives at risk, or ending up in jail.

During last year’s Super Bowl the state troopers also issued 122 tickets for speeding and many more tickets for individuals who performed hazardous moving violations. Hazardous moving violations are generally given for driving while distracted or for following the vehicle in front of you too closely.

Even if you are not drinking this Sunday it may be a good idea to avoid driving just because of the sheer amount of officers that will be patrolling the roads. It seems they have little patience on this day as they work to make sure no one is in violation of the sobriety laws while driving.

Posted in Community, Crime, Granby News, Sports

granby bank
February 3rd, 2016 by Cathrine Moraski

Some important news related to banking here in the city of Granby, CT has been released. The East Granby branch of the Northwest Community Bank will soon be consolidating all of their operations with the Granby branch. The consolidation will occur on the 1st of April, 2016.

The East Granby branch is scheduled to close and cease offering services on the 31st of March, 2016 so residents still have a couple months to make preparations for the change. The Granby branch is located less than 4 miles from the current East Granby branch so bank officials expect a smooth transition for their customers. Also, the branch staff currently operating out of East Granby will be moved to the Granby branch.

The decision to consolidate the branches was in large part because of the move towards electronic banking. Most individuals perform the majority of their banking needs directly from their home or on their smart phone. The bank is hopeful to offer a more convenient means of banking than individuals needing to come to a banking center and wait in line in a lobby.

For those who are not familiar with Northwest Community Bank; they have branches in Torrington, Granby, New Hartford and Avon. They are a state-chartered bank that is mutually owned with their main headquarters located in the city of Winsted, Connecticut. Bank officials want to make the transition as smooth as possible for their customers and request that you contact them with any concerns or questions.

The closing down of the East Granby branch is not a sign of shrinking community but rather of the efficiency created through online banking and technological advancement. Northwest Community Bank is working to create a seamless, intuitive and versatile banking platform for all of its customers through their online portal. It is the hope that even with the consolidation of banking locations they will still be able to better serve their customers in the future.

Posted in Community, Granby News

Recently Honored Town Hero
February 1st, 2016 by Cathrine Moraski

There are great people who often live in small places and the town of Granby is happy to say we have some of our very own local heroes. One of those town heroes that was recently honored was our own Doug Babcock.

Doug Babcock was most recently honored with Vermont’s Emergency Management Director of the Year award. This is large part due to Doug’s vast 20 years of experience in the field of emergency management and intervention. Doug Babcock has been working in public safety as an Advanced Emergency Medical Technician (AEMT) for several years. As an AEMT he is required to be the first on the scene during many health related emergencies such as heart attacks and strokes. There is special training that goes along with being an AEMT which generally includes obtaining Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certification, Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) Certification and Basic Life Support (BLS) certification. Doug is not just a student of those courses but he is also a CPR instructor and served two years in the Coast Guard.

He now works at Saint Michael’s College as the Director of Public Safety and does his best to make sure that the student’s will be treated if an emergency occurs. He also helps with the Cambridge Rescue Squad during his free time as well as the Jeffersonville Board of Adjustment.

Doug is not alone when it comes to helping keep the Granby community safe. There are several AEMTs that work in the area along with nurses and doctors who form a team of healthcare professionals working hard to save lives in the event of an emergency. At least for the moment one of our local heroes has been recognized with a prestigious honor. Hopefully Doug is just one of many to come.

Posted in Community, Granby News, Health