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Granby Living

June 2019

STEVE VERNALE &

SUE LAIUPPA

Police couple has much in common,

including love for town

Photo by Amy Geigner

INSIDE

Granby Real Estate

Teacher Appreciation

Granby History

Celebrating our Seniors

Calendar of Events


June

CALENDAR

OF EVENTS

DockDogs

Friday-Saturday-Sunday, June 14-15-16

Preregister by June 7

@Horses & Hounds, 15 Mill Pond Rd.,

Granby

The premier canine aquatics competition

is coming to Horses & Hounds: If your dog

loves to run, jump and swim, DockDogs is

for you. We welcome any breed, any mix,

any size to come out and join our Dock

Diving family! DockDogs is the fastestgrowing

sport on four legs. There are three

disciplines at DockDogs events: Big Air,

Extreme Vertical and Speed Retrieve.

Info: 330-241-4975

www.dockdogs.com

Granby Artists Association:

Third Thursdays

Third Thursday of month

@Granby Artist Gallery, 2 Park Place

Third Thursdays are traditionally art and

gallery nights in NYC. Granby artists are

carrying on the tradition, meeting for

discussion, critique and workshops. Watch

our Granby Artists Association Facebook

page for monthly topics.

Time: 7-9 pm

Cost: Members free • non-members,

donation-based

www.granbyartists.com

Something About the Author Book Club

First Monday of month — call to confirm

@Granby Public Library

Call 860-844-5275 to register and for

more info. Copies of books are available at

the library.

Time: Call 844-5275

Cost: FREE

www.granby-ct.gov/granby-public-librarysystem

Around the World Book Club

Third Monday of month — call to confirm

@Granby Public Library

Call 860-844-5275 to register and for

more info. Copies of books are available at

the library.

Time: Call 844-5275

Cost: FREE

www.granby-ct.gov

Salmon Brook Park Day Camp

Weekly thru August 16

@Salmon Brook Park, Granby

A summer day camp program committed

to serving your child’s needs. This

traditional day camp fills each day with

active games, special events, sports, arts

and crafts, teamwork, group interaction

and the wonders of nature. Salmon Brook

Park has a playground, soccer fields, baseball

fields, outdoor basketball hoops and

picnic pavilions, and tennis courts. Your

child will have the opportunity to swim in

Salmon Brook Park Pond, go on exciting

field trips, and see spectacular entertainers.

Time: 8:30 am-3:30 pm

Cost: $185

http://www.granbyrec.com/info/activities/

Family Movie Night

Wednesdays — call to confirm

@Granby Public Library

All ages can drop in and enjoy a familyfriendly

film. We'll provide the popcorn!

Call for movie titles. No registration needed.

Time: Call 844-5275

Cost: FREE

www.granby-ct.gov

Sci Fi / Fantasy Book Club

Last Wednesday of month — call to confirm

@Granby Public Library

Call 860-844-5275 to register and for more

info. Copies of books are available at the

library.

Time: Call 844-5275

Cost: FREE

www.granby-ct.gov/

Casual Bikers: Upcoming Events

Throughout the month

@Various locations

Check the Casual Bikers website for details

about weekend and weekday bike rides all

month long.

Cost: FREE

www.meetup.com/Casual-Bikers/events/

calendar

Open Mic Night in the Bistro

Every Thursday

@Infinity Hall, Norfolk

Whether you like to listen to great music or

are an aspiring performer, join us on Thursdays

to enjoy local talent. Performers sign

up after 7 p.m. A few artists will be chosen

to compete in our Big Stage Competition

and play an opening act at an Infinity Hall

concert.

Time: 8 pm

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Now that the warm weather is here, it's natural to want to

get outside and enjoy it. And what better excuse to gather

outdoors than attend a parade. Annual parades held during

the summer months have long been a tradition in small-town

America, including Granby.

Nothing can match the excitement, especially for kids, of standing

by the roadside as marching bands stride by. As a kid growing up

in Charlestown, Mass., I still recall the magic and excitement of

the hours-long Bunker Hill Day parade, an annual tradition that

commemorated the Battle of Bunker Hill in 1775.

The extravagant floats, colorful uniformed groups and, of course,

the marching brass bands with their big bass drums offered a visual

feast and a physical connection as the booming drums reverberated

through onlookers’ bodies.

A parade is both a spectacle and homey reaffirmation of the

community we belong to. The look of joy and glee on the faces

of children watching a parade is priceless. If you get a chance this

summer, be sure to take in a parade. With the daily onslaught of

world events as they are, it's good to be a kid again and be reminded

to experience the wonder of the world through the eyes of a child.

I'll close by thanking you for your continued support, and I encourage

you to patronize our loyal advertisers.

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The premier Canine Aquatics Competition is coming to Horses & Hounds!

If your dog loves to run, jump, swim

and is dog-friendly, then this event

is for you!

June 14, 15 & 16

Sign up your

best friend

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FEATURE STORY

BY BRUCE DECKERT | PHOTOS BY AMY GEIGNER / ADDITIONAL PHOTOS SUPPLIED BY FAMILY

STEVE VERNALE & SUE LAIUPPA

Police couple has much in common, including love for town

By Bruce Deckert | Photos by Amy Geigner | Additional photos supplied by family

Plenty of husband-and-wife teams have master’s degrees.

It’s safe to say, however, that few marriages feature

spouses who are both police officers. And few spouses

have both been volunteer firefighters. And fewer still

have both served on the North Central Municipal Accident Reconstruction

Squad.

Steve Vernale and Sue Laiuppa check the box on all counts.

They married in 2005 and moved to Granby in 2007. Before that,

they lived in a Blue Hills Fire Department firehouse. Yes, that’s a

true story: They were both Bloomfield volunteer firefighters at the

time.

Residing there “was an absolute awesome experience,” Steve says.

“How many people can say they lived full-time in a real firehouse?”

Steve and Sue met in August 2002 at a weekly Blue Hills fire training

session.

“She was home from college and had been a volunteer for six

years,” says Steve, who graduated from UConn in 1999. “I was

newer to the department, and she made me well aware of the fact

she had more years on than me. We talked for hours after training

ended, and I guess the rest is history.”

Sue was raised in Bloomfield and graduated from Western Connecticut

State University in 2003.

“I was active as a teenager with the ambulance association, police

cadets and fire department,” she says. “I stayed on as a member of

the Blue Hills Fire Department into adulthood. When I was away

at college … Steve moved to Bloomfield and also joined the fire

department.”

Today, Steve is a police sergeant with the Granby Police Department,

where he began serving in 2008. He is also a team leader

and accident reconstructionist for the North Central Municipal

Accident Reconstruction Squad (NCMARS), which “investigates

all fatal or serious-injury motor vehicle crashes in nine towns

throughout north-central Connecticut, including Granby.”

Sue is a detective with the Bloomfield Police Department, where

she began serving in 2004. She served on NCMARS previously.

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“I love being a detective and

serving the community.”

— Sue Laiuppa

“I love being a detective and serving the community,” she says.

Sue, 38, has a strong interest in investigating child abuse cases and

bringing the perpetrators to justice, in particular child assaults

and human trafficking cases.

“While I understand it’s difficult for many people to talk about

those cases,” Sue says, “I believe it’s important that these discussions

and education happen. … I believe that awareness and support

from community members are the biggest factors in keeping

kids safe.”

Steve, 41, was born and raised in Waterbury — “so it was a

definite culture shock moving to Granby,” he says, noting that the

“rural feel” of Granby complements the fact that that it’s “a good

community with a great school system.”

“We wanted to move to a town where we could raise livestock if

we opted to do so,” Sue notes. “We liked the flexibility of Granby’s

zoning laws and how the community seemed to embrace farming.

… Our home and community have been perfect to raise a family

in.”

Sue and Steve have four sons: second-grader Andrew (8); kindergarteners

Anthony (6) and Joshua (5); and Logan (2).

The family appreciates the town and their neighbors.

“While our neighbors all fortunately get along, we all respect each

other’s space and privacy,” says Sue, who has a master’s degree in

public administration with a concentration in community and

clinical psychology.

“I like that we do fun stuff together — and everybody should have

fun stuff to do,” Andrew observes. But he sees room for improvement:

“I want to move our house closer to Grassroots Ice Cream.”

“I like the farms where the cows are,” says Joshua. “I like the cows

because they’re really friendly and they don’t bite us.”

Anthony says he enjoys “talking with school friends about Ghostbusters.”

He’s been trying to convince his parents to let him watch

the movie — but his Mom says, “That’s not happening!”

In terms of constructive change in town, Steve has a thought.

“Build more commercial buildings,” he offers. “Let’s face it, taxes

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FEATURE STORY

are going up, and there’s barely any business to

help offset some of that tax burden. While it’s

nice to have open space, open space doesn’t help

with taxes.”

Sue adds, “I wish our community had more services

for children with special needs. There are

some things in our community that are a step in

the right direction on this front, but other things

that are lacking.”

Meanwhile, Steve and Sue have raised Southdown

and mix-breed sheep in Granby. Now they

share their homestead with a dog, cat, bearded

dragon, seven chickens and … bees.

“I’m a beekeeper,” says Steve, who has a master’s

degree with a concentration in criminal justice

administration. The irony? “I can’t stand anything that can sting me,” he says.

“My father-in-law raised bees, among other things, on Sue’s family farm in Bloomfield.

After he died in 2010 from brain cancer, my brother-in-law and I decided to take over

the beekeeping business. We’re pretty bad at it, but we’re still learning, and I think my

father-in-law would be happy and proud of our efforts.”

“How many people can say they

lived full-time in a real firehouse?”

— Steve Vernale

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CELEBRATING OUR SENIORS

SALLY CRAPSER

36 YEAR RESIDENT HELPED ESTABLISH GRANBY'S RECYLING PROGRAM

By Sarah Merrill

Sally (Layng) Crapser just celebrated her

70th birthday at her home in Granby, surrounded

by her kids and grandchildren,

who she is very thankful to have living

nearby. She and her husband Rich have

been here for 36 years.

Sally was born in 1949 in “sleepy little” Glen

Ridge, N.J., where her mother grew up: “My

dad was a typical ‘Mad Man,’ an advertising

executive working on Madison Avenue.

And my mom was the ultimate volunteer

and very busy raising kids — I’m the fourth

of five, and we’re all still very close,” says Sally.

Sally attended LaSalle College in Boston (a two-year women’s

school at that time). Upon graduation, she transferred to the

University of Miami, graduating in 1971 with a bachelor’s in commercial

art. Sally has always loved art, with a particular interest

in graphic arts. She has used her skills in a freelance capacity for

many years.

As a kid in Glen Ridge, Sally loved riding her bike to her friends’

houses and playing outdoors. “People who know me will not be

surprised to hear that I was always really social,” says Sally. “I was

a happy kid and I laughed a lot — my nickname at one time was

Bubbles. I didn’t always control my enthusiasm in school, and I

spent a bit too much time in the elementary school cloakroom.”

While Sally and her siblings are today spread out across the

country, they all gather each year at their “summer paradise” on

Chebeague Island, in Casco Bay, Maine, 10 miles northeast of

Portland.

Sally circa 1955,

Glen Ridge NJ

High School photo,

Glen Ridge NJ

The family’s connection to this idyllic 1-by-3-mile island actually

began with Sally’s paternal great grandmother. “She went to Maine

to escape New Jersey in the summer. One day she just happened

to get off the ferry on Chebeague, loved it, and started bringing

her family there,” says Sally.

Fast-forward two generations, and Sally’s parents bought their

own house on the island in the early ’50s: “Every summer, the

minute that school got out, my mother packed up the station

wagon and we took off for Maine.”

“With our grandchildren now coming, we’re six generations on

Chebeague,” says Sally. “It’s pretty wonderful.”

Upon graduation, Sally worked for an optical lab in Florida. She

also got involved in charity work through her sorority’s alumni

group. For one Big Brothers Big Sisters fundraiser, the sorority

partnered with the Miami Dolphins. “And that’s when I became a

rabid Dolphins fan — and I’ve dragged my whole family into it!”

she laughs.

Sally returned to the East Coast, transferring to another branch

of her optical company in Springfield, Mass., where she met her

future husband. A work colleague and her best friend each wanted

to set Sally up with a guy they knew — and it coincidentally

turned out to be the same person.

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In the early 1990s, Sally took a job with the

Granby Public Works Department as the recycling

coordinator. She was there for 20 years: “We

really got the recycling program going. Our town

manager, Bill Smith, and the board of selectmen

were receptive to our vision. We had to be

creative with funding, of course.”

“After the inevitable learning curve, Granby

residents were very enthusiastic about the idea of

recycling, which made our job very rewarding,”

says Sally.

Sally and Rich continue to enjoy their 35-year

involvement at First Congregational Church of

Granby. Sally sang in her church choir as a child,

and she loves singing with First Church.

Sally and Rich with their grandchildren on Chebeague Island, 2018

“I went out on one date with Rich and that was about it,” says Sally. “We were married

within a year.”

The couple first lived in Rochester, N.Y., and next in Portland, Maine, following

Rich’s job with Aetna. Their two girls, Lindsay and Jamie, were both born in

Portland, and Bryce was born after the family moved to Granby. When Rich’s job

moved him to the Aetna home office in Hartford, the Crapser family discovered

Granby and moved here in 1983.

All three kids attended Valley Pre-School, which Sally calls a “unique and very

special place.” (In April, Valley celebrated its 70th anniversary in Granby!) The

kids completed their educations at Granby’s “top-notch” schools.

Once the kids were in school, Sally worked for several years for the Yankee Flyer

in Bloomfield, which she says was the most fun job she’s ever had. “I got to be

creative and the staff there was fantastic,” says Sally.

She also worked as a fitness instructor for Studio 202. She can still be found most

days of the week at fitness classes at the YMCA.

“Music is a huge part of my life,” she says. In fact,

she recently started violin lessons.

In retirement, Sally has enjoyed more time for

her artwork. For years, she’s done pen-and-ink

home portraits in addition to calligraphy, and

upon retirement in 2013, she started painting,

taking lessons with Laura Eden.

Asked how Granby has changed over 36 years,

Sally says, “Granby is still the friendly place it

was when we arrived. I appreciate that we’ve got

families that have been here for generations, in

addition to new, young families. We’ve got less

retail in the center now, but more restaurants,

which is great. Rich and I like to go to local

happy hours — and we always see someone we

know!”

Sally admits, “It is difficult from a tax perspective

to retire here. But we love this town and our

house, and we have so many friends here. I don’t

see us going anywhere.”

Sarah Merrill is a personal historian with Merrill Memoirs, based in Granby. She works with individuals and families to capture and record

their personal memoirs and family histories. Visit her website at www.memoirsbymerrill.com.

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TEACHER APPRECIATION

Dr. Heidi MacDonald

SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGIST - GRADES 3-5

Compiled by Bruce Deckert

Dr. Heidi MacDonald —

aka Dr. Mac

School Psychologist


Grades 3-5

Wells Road

Intermediate

School, Granby

Began teaching

career —

1999

Began teaching in Granby — 2004

Career history — After college and

graduate school, I worked at an

alternative school for students with

behavioral challenges in Erie, Penn.

Then I went back to get my doctorate

in school psychology at Penn State.

… At the same time, I was working

in a very large, rural school district

in Pennsylvania. Then, we moved our

family to Connecticut.

Where were you born and raised?

Outside of Pittsburgh, Penn. Go Steelers!

What motivated you to pursue a

career in education?

I wanted to be able to help determine

what may be impeding students from

reaching their full potential.

What is the most rewarding aspect

of your work in education?

I LOVE my job! I really love just

about everything about it. On most

days, I would do it even if I wasn’t

getting paid.

What do you enjoy most about

working with young people?

When I am able to see students rise

into the gifts they have to offer.

What is the biggest impediment

to student success today? How can

educators help students overcome

this obstacle and succeed?

Our world is fast-paced. School

staff need to take the time to make

emotional connections with students.

Research shows that students who

feel connected to their schools make

better life choices and succeed more

academically. That is very powerful!

Please share a brief anecdote that

gives a glimpse of your work as a

teacher:

I want to make a difference in the

lives of my students. I have a sign

in my office, a gift from a former

student. The premade wooden sign

originally read “Believe in You.” This

student altered it, in his adorable

third-grade handwriting, to read, “Dr.

Mac Believes in You.” This is who I

am as a school psychologist.

Clubs — I run a lot of different clubs

at Wells, particularly the Drama Club

and Sign Language Club.

Family info — Husband, Scott,

school psychologist at Granby High School • Daughter,

Lyric, 15 years old • two cats • one emotional

support guinea pig (who travels back and forth to

school with me)

Age — 47

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GRANBY HISTORY

This Month in Granby History

19th-century creameries: When

whole milk and butter ruled!

By Ken Kuhl

GRANBY

June 1882 — Growing up in Minnesota, June was the

month of the first hay cutting! On my 10th birthday I was

hired by a local farmer to condition the newly cut hay,

which speeded the drying process and increased the odds

that it could be baled later that day.

At the age of 15, I was hired to be a full-time farmhand

for a neighbor who had only young girls. I milked 13 cows

by myself and usually had them back out to pasture before

6 a.m.

Forty-five years later, I live in Connecticut, and it appears

that the family farm is all but a part of history. In 1975,

there were 817 dairy farms producing milk in Connecticut.

Today, there are just 157. In the past two years alone,

we have lost 16 farms in this state.

Because milk prices are set by the government, in New

England the rising cost of production — including feed,

fuel and electricity — is making it increasingly difficult

for farmers to make ends meet. When I first moved to

Granby, I came across Creamery Hill Road, and of course

I had to investigate where that creamery was.

The Granby and East Granby creameries both opened in

the summer of 1882. Creameries were new to Connecticut

in the 1870s. Local farmers became stockholders and

would pledge the milk from their herds to these newly

formed cooperatives.

In Granby, a directors’ report dated July 3, 1882 outlines

the beginning of the Granby Co-Operative Creamery

Company. The directors included names like Loomis,

Latham, Dibble & Cornwall. The total cost of the building

was $4,154.65. The building was located across the

street from 70 Creamery Hill Road, near the entrance of

Farmview Lane.

The land owner, Levi Rice, agreed to allow his land to be

used if the property would revert back to him upon the

discontinuance of the operation, should that time come. A

giant churn was driven by a coal-fired steam engine that

could produce more than 1,000 pounds of butter a day.

Coal was brought to Granby at that time by railroad and

was carted to the site from the Granby Station, located today

on Route 189. Annually, the company manufactured

more than 200,000 pounds of butter, which produced

more than $40,000 per year to be distributed to the farmers

of Granby. The Granby Creamery closed in 1923.

East Granby opened its creamery just two months earlier.

The factory was located south of 19 North Main Street on

what is now called Creamery Brook. A description was

found in the Windsor Locks Journal in June 1882, describing

the building and the type of “modern” equipment

that was soon to be installed. The Connecticut Farmer

magazine described the opening this way:

The creamery in East Granby commenced operations on Monday the

22nd. Austin Stowell, a local farmer not often found napping in the

morning, was the first to deliver milk and the whistle is expected to

sound the time of day before long. Peddlers will make the attempt to sell

the skim milk (the residue from the process) in Thompsonville, Windsor

Locks, Rainbow and perhaps other places.

By 1886, rather than deliver the whole milk, local farmers used the

newly invented De Laval cream separator and delivered only the cream.

The skim milk was often fed to the pigs! These creameries found a

ready sale for their product in Hartford, Springfield, New York, New

Haven, Waterbury and throughout Connecticut.

Today, only two dairy farms remain in Granby: the Hayes’ Sweet Pea

Farm and the Miller’s Millborne Farm. East Granby no longer has dairy

farms that produce cow milk. Please support your local farm dairy

today.

UNITED STATES

June 1882 — The electric iron was patented by Henry W. Seely in New

York City on June 6.

WORLD

June 1882 — A storm and floods hit Bombay on June 5, and about

100,000 died.

Ken Kuhl is a member of the Salmon Brook Historical

Society in Granby.

Creamery in the 1880's

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Is yoga getting a bad rap?

By Kristal Fiorentino

Yoga-related injuries have doubled since 2001*. And while

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The reasons for most yoga injuries:

• Practicing too long at one time.

• Practicing too much without rest between practices.

• Practicing too hard, causing excess strain on specific joints.

• Practicing what is contraindicated for your specific body.

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• Take classes geared toward yoga for beginners to learn proper

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• Consult a certified yoga therapist to customize a program

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Decoding the Body’s language

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• Listen to your body and pay attention to its limits.

• Only stretch 60% of your total flexibility on any given day.

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• Wrist — Keep aligned with hands. Hands remain flat with

fingers star-fished in poses such as down dog, plank and arm

balances.

• Lower back — Slightly bend knees throughout the entire

practice; spread toes out to provide better balance and stability.

• Shoulder, elbows — If shoulders, forearms or elbows feel

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in this area if poses are done too much or incorrectly.

• Knees — Never allow a bent knee to go past your foot; your

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• Hamstrings — Micro-bend the knees and use blocks to bring

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flexibility on any given day.

• Neck — Never part of the pose, so only do what feels right!

NEVER attempt plow or shoulder stand (which compresses

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Seek out expertise in your mentor. Be mindful. And listen to your

body and mind … your yoga practice depends on it.

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