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Granby Living Feb2018

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FAMILY FEATURE T wo time-tested pursuits help the Auer family bond: a love of sports and the outdoors. Fortunately for the Auers, open space and sports are plentiful in Granby. Lawrence (or Larry) and Correne (or Corrie) moved to Granby in 2008, and after arriving they welcomed two sons: William, 8, and Charles, 5. Larry is doubly invested in Granby — as a resident and a math teacher at Granby Memorial High School. “I enjoy spending a lot of time in the McLean Game Refuge and other land trusts around town,” Larry says. “I also enjoy teaching in the town where I live ... and being so connected to the community.” Corrie likewise appreciates the close-knit community in Granby. “I enjoy the many community events such as races, Open Farm Day, events at the Y and at Salmon Brook Park,” Corrie says. “I love being so close to McLean for trail running and hiking with friends and family. ... There are so many places and trails to explore around Granby.” She adds, “I also appreciate the town’s support for sports — at the middle school and high school The Auer Family Sports and the outdoors help Auer family bond BY BRUCE DECKERT PHOTOGRAPHY BY AMY GEIGNER level, rec and travel sports and Little League.” Larry and Corrie, both 40, take their enthusiasm for sports to the sidelines: Yes, coaching runs in the family. In addition to teaching at GMHS, Larry has coached at the high school and middle school levels. He has also served as a volunteer coach for his sons’ baseball and basketball teams. Meanwhile, Corrie has coached field hockey and girls tennis in Granby. As for William and Charlie, they both play basketball, baseball and soccer. Their mutual favorite subject: PE. 4 GRANBY LIVING

“Larry and I played many sports in high school and recreationally growing up,” says Corrie, who graduated from East Windsor High in 1996. “Now watching my kids play is one of my favorite things to do. It’s something both of us are passionate about, and I think our children feel the same way about sports and outdoor activities.” A third-grader at Wells Road School, William also participates in the Math Competition Club. He relishes sports statistics, and word has it that he’s good with numbers — apparently taking after his father, the math teacher. Charlie is in kindergarten at Kelly Lane School, and when he isn’t playing in an organized rec league, he loves playing the backyard classic: Wiffle Ball. “Our boys play with each other every day and are each other’s best friends,” says Larry, who graduated from East Hartford High in 1995. “They both enjoy hiking in McLean.” William and Charlie also take part in another classic childhood activity — riding bikes on their street with their neighborhood friends. Naturally, athletics played an important role in Corrie and Larry’s budding friendship. They met in 1997 at UConn, where they played a variety of intramural sports together and lived in the same dorm. They both graduated in 2000. Their shared college experience extended to the classroom. They both received bachelor of science degrees in civil engineering, and they both minored in environmental engineering. “I enjoy teaching in the town where I live...and being so connected to the community.” — Larry Auer Long before finishing their college journey together in Connecticut and later landing in Granby, Corrie and Larry began their life journey in the same place — they were both born in Hartford. They were married at Storrs Congregational Church on Oct. 27, 2001. Today, Corrie is a civil and environmental engineer for a consulting firm in Farmington, HRP Associates. “I went back to work full-time this past summer after spending the last eight years as a stay-at-home mom,” she says. During her time away from a traditional office, she worked part-time at the YMCA, tutored middle school and high school youth in math and SATs, and coached in Granby. She also found time to be a room parent and to volunteer otherwise with the schools and PTO. As a family, the Auers’ outdoor recreation includes: camping, hiking, kayaking, mountain biking, road biking, rock climbing, skiing, snowshoeing and trail running (and that might be a short list). “Granby and the Farmington Valley as a whole have so many beautiful places for hiking, kayaking, road and mountain biking,” Corrie says. The Auers have been members of the Farmington Valley YMCA in Granby since 2009. “I’ve made so many amazing friends through the Y and through my kids,” say Corrie. “It makes me happy to see so many people attend the Y for healthy living and for kids’ sports and swimming classes, etcetera.” Given the UConn-Storrs connection, Larry notes, “We are huge UConn Huskies fans and try and make it to several men’s basketball games each year. We also root for the Celtics, Yankees and [New York] Giants.” Back home in Granby, the Auers appreciate their neighborhood. “I love my neighborhood,” affirms Larry, who has a master’s degree in secondary mathematics education from Eastern Connecticut State. “We have great neighbors. ... Everyone is very friendly and always willing to help each other out. At the bus stop we have more than 10 kids that get on the bus together. It is great that my children have so many other kids to play with.” Larry and Corrie moved to town after spending two years in North Bend, Washington, followed by a year in West Dover, Vermont. They are members of South Church in Granby. Larry has an idea for the town suggestion box: He would like to see more access for mountain biking in Granby’s protected parks. “The town of Granby has significant trail networks, most of which are closed to mountain biking,” he observes. “I mountain bike often in surrounding areas like Cowles Park in East Granby and on the Metacomet Trail that runs through Simsbury and East Granby.” continued on page 6 FEBRUARY 2018 5

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