Marquis of Granby celebrates 44th season with annual awards banquet
By Lori Catlin Garcia
Members of the Marquis of Granby Jr. Ancient Fyfe and Drum Corps gathered on January 25 in Cook Hall at the First Congregational Church to celebrate their forty-fourth season. The corps opened the evening by playing a short concert to a crowd of over 115 attendees, including four past directors. After a delicious dinner, Director Audrey Lampert began the program with a video highlighting some of the more memorable moments of the past year, including the summer trip to Quebec.
Awards and promotions followed that began with the appointment of newly elected Junior Board Members for the upcoming year: Ivy Nguyen, Casey Lampert, Davis LaPointe and Michael Spence.
The Marquis then recognized members who made significant progress in 2013: most improved marching – Lizzie Cappelli and Adam Florian; most improved beginner fifers, Lizzie Cappelli and Evelyn Brook; most improved playing line fifer, Rebecca McCord; most improved snare drummer Dawson Levine; most improved bass drummer, Mike Spence.
Rank promotions were awarded as follows: marching recruit: Sam Askew, Evelyn Brooke, Lizzy Cappelli, Adam Florian, Max Hollister, Patrick Leydon, Shannon Leydon, Spencer Malley, Spencer Bolton and Bryce Tomasino; private (flag line): Andrew Durman, Keith Seger, Adam Florian and Shannon Leydon; private (playing line): Brittany Janzer and J.C. LaPointe; corporal: Rebecca Kaczmarek, Rebecca McCord, Helen Newman, Dawson Levine and Sophia Jahn; sergeant: Rebecca Kaczmarek, Chatman Elliott and Noah Greer; sergeant major: Jonathan Gibson, Jonah Garcia, Mike Spence and Elizabeth Alonzo.
In 2013 the Marquis performed at over 20 venues and the corps recognized members with exemplary attendance rate. Corps members with perfect attendance were: Clayton Lampert (fifth year of perfect attendance), Davis LaPointe and Rebecca McCord. Members with an attendance rate of above 90 percent were also acknowledged: Noah Greer, Jonah Garcia, Rebecca Kaczmarek, Casey Lampert, Ivy Nguyen and Juliana Puskar. Corps members with extraordinary attendance records receive their choice of a credit to their travel account, or a scholarship to fife and drum camp.
For the third time, the Jacky Award was given to honor the memory of Jacky Welsh, a Marquis member from East Granby who died in August of 2011. This award is voted on by the corps members and given to the person or persons who best exemplify the words used to describe Jacky such as: smart, witty, engaged, mature, confident, passionate, dedicated, quiet, respectful, considerate, caring and brave. This year’s recipient was Elizabeth Alonzo.
The recipient of the Knight of Knipton award is also chosen by corps member vote, and is given to the new member who best exemplifies the corps values of a great attitude, overall contributions and willingness to act as an “Ambassador of the Corps.” The 2013 recipient was Sam Askew.
Several members reached important service milestones with the corps. Sophia Jahn and Juliana Puskar each received a pewter mug for five years of service, and Jonah Garcia, Jonathan Gibson, Casey Lampert, Clayton Lampert and Ivy Nguyen received pewter plates to commemorate seven years with the Corps.
The Marquis Director’s Award went to Clayton Lampert. At the time he left for college, Clayton had performed at 158 events, and he led the corps with five seasons with perfect attendance. His many accomplishments as a Major with corps were also noted, as well as his work “behind the scenes.” Clayton continues to performs with the corps when he is home from his college studies.
It was announced that the 2013 Peacock Award would be given to the American Legion in a separate ceremony.
The evening concluded with comments to recognize the many decades that the Marquis has been part of the Granby community, and the many individuals who have been part of its traditions.
Membership in the Marquis of Granby Ancient Fyfe and Drum Corps is open to youth ages 9-21 from Granby and the surrounding towns. Prospective members are always welcome to attend a practice at the First Congregational Church on Wednesday evenings. --In the fall of 2014, the Corps will host a muster to commemorate their 45th Anniversary. For more information, visit www.marquisofgranby.org
GECC offers winter playgroup
By Sheri Litchfield
If you and your little one are looking for a warm place to have fun this winter, join us for Kids Play, You Stay playgroup. Every Wednesday morning from 9:30-11 a.m., parents, grandparents, and other caregivers come to the big red barn at the Holcomb Farm for a variety of fun and learning opportunities. The Granby Early Childhood Council, together with the Granby Youth Services, has been offering a weekly playgroup for infants, toddlers and preschoolers (ages 0-5). Adults can relax, enjoy a cup of coffee and adult conversation, all while participating with their child to play, learn, and explore a variety of fun activities. There is a small indoor gym for the children to climb and slide on, toys, a ball pit, a play kitchen and doll area, a train table, an arts and craft area and an opportunity to make lots of new friends. We sing songs, learn fingerplays, and have a story each week at the end of our play time. It is an informal group, come when you can and stay as long as your child is having fun. And, it is free!
More information can be found on the GECC website: www.GranbyECC.org or follow us on Facebook for more up-to-date information or weather related closings.
Granby Men’s Power Volleyball 18-80.
Want to play? Call Lance at 860-653-5677.
Granby Camera Club meeting will be Monday, Feb. 3 at 7 p.m. at the Granby Senior Center. Robert Floyd, from the Robert Floyd Gallery and Learning Center in South Hampton, Mass. will present a program about Photographic Exhibits. Look for The Granby Camera Club Photographic Exhibit at Lost Acres Vineyard this spring.
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GECC continues Books For Babies Program
By Sheri Litchfield
The Granby Early Childhood Council (GECC) in collaboration with the Friends of Granby Public Library, is pleased to announce the continuation of the Books To Babies Program. This program was started four years ago to welcome each new baby born in Granby, and to encourage parents to start reading to their babies as early as possible.
All children born in 2014 will receive a beautiful picture book tucked inside a canvas tote bag that can be used later to take books to and from the car, the library, or preschool. The Friends of Granby Public has also included the gift of a wonderful board book that your baby will surely love to hear over and over again.
If you live in Granby and are the parent of a newborn (January 1, to present) or know of a family who would like to receive this gift please contact the GECC at:
email@example.com. all information is confidential and is used only by the GECC to contact the family with congratulations, and to welcome the new baby with our gift.
Piggy-backing on the success of the fall session of the Lunch for the Mind series, the Civic Engagement Education Team is hard at work to bring you exciting, new topics for the new year. Note that the winter/spring series will start at a new time of 12:30 pm until 2:00 pm. Please register by calling 860-844-5352. The cost is $5. Bring your brown bag lunch to class (beverage and dessert provided). Except for Feb., the ongoing classes will be held on the second Wed. of the month. Save these dates: March 12, April 9, May 14 and June 11.
The first in the series will be held on Wed., Feb. 19 with Matt Ryan, Granby’s own cartoonist, who will look at “Life Through the Eyes of a Cartoonist”. Matt gives an inside look at his cartoonist lifestyle and invites us to draw along with him! He will teach working lines and simple shapes, creating the foundation of character design, form, gesture, expression and a couple sneaky “tricks” he’s learned along the way.
Program topics and information for the rest of the series are March 12 – “Lunch with Dylan Thomas” - Glyn Dowden reprises his popular one man performance as Dylan Thomas, one of the most prominent and lauded poets of the twentieth century; April 9 – “Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui” – Tracy Boyce, a Feng Shui master practitioner, shares her expertise on this exciting concept; May 14 - A Vietnam veteran’s look at that infamous war ; and finally on June 11 – “Stories in Stone –a look at Granby’s 14 smaller cemeteries” – Carol Laun from the Granby Historical Society tells the history of the smaller cemeteries and what the gravestones can tell us about the life and death of Granby’s earlier residents.
Here we are again in the cold months in Connecticut with freezing temperatures and short days. Our pets are lying down cozily by the fire and do not want to go outside except for quick trips to "do their business." So the temptation is to skip the monthly preventatives for heartworm disease and flea/tick issues. This would seem to make sense because heartworm is spread by mosquitoes and they should be on hiatus. Also, one would think that fleas and ticks should definitely not be a threat until spring.
The reality is that fleas love to hunker down and reproduce inside our houses for the winter—that fleas that get inside from the little woodland creatures that harbor fleas and deposit them around our dwellings. The new reality is that fleas are thriving in our area like never before. We have seen more fleas on pets in the last few years than ever before. When we identify flea infestations on clients’ pets, they are disappointed and in a state of disbelief. Thankfully, there are oral preventatives that kill adult fleas (comfortis, capstar) when the topical medicines can't keep up.
Ticks love to pop out in the dead of winter when it gets above freezing for a few hours and they are hungry for a bloodmeal! It is not uncommon to find ticks on our pets all year long now. I know my dogs enjoy stuffing their heads into the tall grass that pokes out of the snow all winter. Our practice has seen very sick dogs this fall from tick-borne diseases such as Lyme disease, Anaplasmosis and Ehrlichia. The new normal in Granby is more ticks and more of their diseases. Again a monthly topical preventative is still necessary in the winter.
Ticks are hearty and can survive outside. Fleas work their way into our homes. But we know the mosquitoes that transmit heartworm disease certainly aren't flying around in January. One would think it would be fine to skip a few heartgard treatments in the winter. It so happens that the particular mosquitoes that carry heartworm disease, Culex, live longer at cooler temperatures. In one study in Alberta, Canada, over half of the over-wintering Culex female mosquitoes studied survived more that 138 days at 23 F. These particular mosquitoes continue to seek blood meals every time they are in the process of laying eggs. So if a mosquito is infected with heartworm larvae in October and we have an unseasonably warm December, they are out looking for a host and will transmit the disease.
We all know how unpredictable the weather is these days. We have seen more cases of adult heartworm disease in our hospital than ever before. Many dogs being "rescued" from the southern states are bringing us the disease. Remember adult heartworms lodge in the heart, grow up to 12 inches long, and can live up to five years. Parasitology specialists tell us that there are new preventative-resistant strains identified in the Mississippi Delta because we have been inconsistent with administering the preventatives. They make the point that it is more important than ever to give the preventatives all year and perform annual testing.
Getting in the habit of monthly preventatives all year long for our pets makes the most sense especially if you are like me and have trouble remembering. Giving the meds the first of the month gives peace-of-mind and offers the most protection.
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