Category: Granby News

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 or call (860)653-3838

Posted in Community, Granby News, Opinion

vintage snowmobile races
February 6th, 2016 by Victoria Knox

This Saturday there was some community fun at the Grand Lake. The Vintage Snowmobile races had an impressive showing of excited community members ready to take on the competition. Community members were not the only ones to show. There were several people who traveled from all across the United States for the event. Because of the large number of people, the competitors needed to be divided into classes and divisions. The classes were separated by both age and also gender.

There were also different divisions of vehicles as well. Since there is a large variety of snowmobiles spanning three decades of production they don’t all perform the same. The way they divide the classes of the snowmobiles is primarily based off of the cooling system found within. Models that have a manufacturing date prior to 1985 are not permitted in the competition.

The races were performed on the frozen top of Grand Lake with the track was a large flat oval. The great part about the contest was the different snowmobiles that came for the show. Some of the snowmobiles were over 30 years old.

For each class there are two heat races that take place. Following the heat races there is a main event race. The races took a better part of the day to complete but at the end there was a well done award ceremony for the winners of each class.

The event was well organized starting with vehicle inspections in the morning for safety and then followed with a detailed meeting for the riders to go over important rules and instructions.

Even if you missed the fun of Saturday’s races you don’t have to worry. There are several races scheduled in the series throughout the year. Currently the races are headed to Pinedale, WY followed by Jackson Hole, WY.

You can thank the folks at X-treme Mountain Racing for the Vintage Snowmobile Racing series and events. They are the organization that conducts this series which provides fun every winter here in the Granby region.

Posted in Granby News, Sports

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

Julio's Mexican Grill
January 26th, 2016 by Cathrine Moraski

Julio’s Mexican Grill has expanded and is offering clientele a list of new items. They will now be offering alcoholic beverages along with their normal menu items at their popular eatery. Julio’s Mexican Grill is well known for their burritos, tortas, tacos, enchiladas, and more. Most people in the community already recognize Julio’s Mexican Grill as one of the top restaurant choices in town and with the addition of alcoholic beverages their clientele will have even more reason to come. With this expansion there will be a cantina section dedicated to patrons who want a Mexican bar experience. As a result the restaurant went through a remodeling phase back in November and December of 2015. With the cantina ready and open for business they started serving alcohol to patrons on the 16th of January 2016 with the intent of hosting a grand opening for the expansion. The remodeling included a well supplied bar, modern light fixtures, updated flooring, and also an updated modern bathroom. If that wasn’t enough Arreguin also made sure that there were televisions placed around the bar section to host patrons looking to enjoy a social atmosphere while watching their favorite sporting events. More than just their drink menu has expanded as well. They have also added a variety of new appetizers and other common bar food items. Other new food items include an updated salad menu and steaks. Along with the bar Julio’s has updated their hours of operation. Clientele can expect to be served between the hours of 8am to 10pm Monday –Thursday and on the weekends they are open until 11pm. With these changes Julio’s Mexican Grill is one of the most upscale, clean, and modern restaurant experiences in the region. If you haven’t been to Julio’s Mexican Grill or have yet to see their expanded restaurant and menu they are located in the Fraser Valley Shopping Center.

Posted in Entertainment, Granby News