Claudio Gualtieri, AARP Associate State Director for Advocacy and Jim O’Brien, Volunteer Chair for its Leadership Council, with CTVV host Susan Regan.
CT Valley Views is an award winning, independently produced Public Access TV show series sponsored by Windsor Federal Savings and is seen in 22 towns on Cox/Enfield, Windsor, Simsbury, Nutmeg, West Hartford and Hartford Public Access stations.
The English Lady presents gardening lecture
Renowned landscape designer Maureen Haseley-Jones, also known as The English Lady, will present a lecture entitled Garden Earth at MeadowBrook of Granby, on May 20, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Haseley-Jones will talk about reconnecting people’s hearts and hands with the nourishing energy of Mother Nature’s life-giving gardens. In her naturally humorous and upbeat manner, The English Lady will teach how to oxygenate our environment and feed our souls in a co-creative and symbiotic relationship with the Earth. She will teach not only how to create a beautiful garden that flourishes but more importantly how to maintain it organically and without the use of harmful poisons. The lecture is open to the public and free of charge; space is limited and reservations are required. Reserve your seat in advance by calling 860-653-9888 or emailing email@example.com.
Free secure-information destruction on May 17
Box up your disposable documents and bring them to MeadowBrook of Granby May 17, from 9 to 11 a.m. Infoshred’s secure-document destruction services will destroy your documents, hard drives, media, microfilm, microfiche, pill bottles and ID cards. The service is free to the public.
For more information please contract Admissions at 860-653-9888.
Nancy Reardon of BHHS New England Properties of Granby ranks #1 in houses sold
Sandy Fine, Office Leader of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties’ Granby and Simsbury offices, announced that sales executive Nancy Reardon has ranked number one in the company for number of houses sold in 2013. The distinction earned her a Chairman’s Circle Platinum award, placing her in the top one percent of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices’ sales executives throughout North America.
Nancy also won the Top Service Provider award for 2013, announced Candace Adams, President and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties. This award is presented to the person in each region that has received the most instances of “Excellent” feedback on customer service surveys completed by their clients.
To ensure the company’s clients are satisfied with their real estate experience, Berkshire Hathaway sends a Client Survey Questionnaire asking for candid feedback regarding the level of service they received from their agent. When a client rates the services they received as Excellent, the sales executive earns a key. Keys are also earned when a sales executive receives a letter acknowledging extraordinary service, or when a co-worker nominates them for above and beyond service. Nancy Reardon earned the most keys out of all the agents in region two.
“Nancy’s unparalleled selling success is a credit to her outstanding work ethic, exceptional local market knowledge, boundless energy and talent for providing the highest level of customer service,” Ms. Fine said. “It is a delight to see her recognized with this award.”
Ms. Reardon has more than 28 years of real estate experience and is consistently honored as the top-ranking agent in Granby and East Granby, and in the top percentage of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices agents nationwide. She has received the company’s Legend Award, a national award given to sales executives who achieve Chairman's Circle designation for five or more years. She has also received the company’s customer service award and Pinnacle Award in recognition for gross commission income out of all Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices sales executives nationwide.
A mother’s perspective: a sweet solution to dealing with children’s allergies
By Brenda Utzinger
Being a parent of a child with food allergies or sensitivities is forever a challenge, but it has gotten a little easier since The Sweet Beet opened its doors on Route 10 at 498 Salmon Brook Street in Granby. Since revamping one of my daughter’s diets a few years ago to avoid gluten, egg and most dairy. I have learned to be a quick study of a food label and menu, and I have revised many a family recipe with alternate ingredients. Some things I have done successfully—others not so much—so I am in awe of Heather’s creations. Even if I slave over a recipe I cannot seem to achieve the taste of Sweet Beet’s food. Nor do I even have the time in my carpooling-mommy schedule to effectively make some of the ingredients such as the homemade hemp ricotta that goes into menu items such as the savory pie.
From the moment you enter The Sweet Beet you are greeted with smiling faces, warm welcomes and yummy scents. You can choose to take some healthy food to go, or go with a friend and enjoy your meal at an intimate table. The first place my daughters go to is the refrigerator case that holds chef Heather’s delicious quinoa tabbouleh (which they beg to eat in the car before we get home), and then to see which Sweeties cupcakes are in the display case for that day.
Since the entire kitchen is gluten-free and vegan we can actually go into The Sweet Beet without having to check any ingredient lists. I am very grateful that my family doesn’t deal with anaphylactic allergies, but to those who do, they are serving food from a gluten-free and animal-product-free kitchen. So I suggest that people stock up on foods when entertaining friends and relatives who have dietary needs such as gluten sensitivity, celiac disease, animal protein allergies or many of the autism and ADHD diets.
Any parent whose child has allergies/sensitivities can tell you that one of the biggest challenges arises around birthday parties or holiday celebrations. Until The Sweet Beet opened there were no local bakeries that met all of our dietary requirements. One of The Sweet Beets specialties, Sweeties cupcakes, are lacking in allergens, but there is no lack of flavor. Any palette will enjoy these mini-delights with flavors such as Mint Chocolate Chip, Red Velvet, Mexican Hot Chocolate or Snickerdoodle. The products are GMO-free, organic and free of artificial flavorings and colorings. Real lime zest tops the lime-flavored frosting adorning the vanilla cupcakes. It is important to teach our children to understand how to nourish their bodies, and how a treat does not need to be laden with artificial food coloring and flavors when the vivid green of the zest of a lime suffices for both beauty and flavor.
I am pleased to be living in Granby with its family-owned stores that provide healthier options such as The Sweet Beet, Granby Village Health, Grass Roots Creamery, Lost Acres Orchard and Sweet Pea Cheese to name a few.
I look forward to many more years of bringing my business to The Sweet Beet, and I encourage those who have not gone to check it out. To quote my daughter, “There is something magical in these Sweeties!” And who wouldn’t want to buy a cupcake made by someone with a ducky tattoo?
Governor Malloy attends Granby Chamber Awards Dinner
By Bob Marx
Dannel P. Malloy made the keynote address at the Granby Chamber of Commerce awards dinner and annual meeting where Brian Guarco was honored as its Business Person of the Year and Mario Dei Dolori as Humanitarian of the Year . The event took place on Feb. 10 at Vito’s by the Water in Windsor. Governor Malloy warmly greeted the sold-out audience of chamber members and guests of the award winners, then gave an update on Connecticut’s economic outlook and improving business prospects.
Brian Guarco, the owner of State Line Propane in Granby, was cited as an example of success through hard work by moderator Bob Marx. Guarco started working in the family business, State Line Oil, at age 11 and continued to work through his high school and college years. In 1999 he decided to take his own path and start a new company—State Line Propane—as a one-man operation. The company has grown every year to its present size of 25 employees, more than 7,000 customers, 20 service vehicles and nearly 3 million gallons of propane delivered annually.
In 2007, Guarco opened a new building on Salmon Brook Street, adjacent to State Line Oil, and business started booming. Guarco’s philanthropic work has been just as impressive as his business acumen. Guarco was a founding member and inaugural president of the Granby chapter of UNICO, the largest Italian American service organization in the world. Guarco has served as president of the Connecticut Heating and Cooling Contractors Association, on the Board of the Propane Gas Association of New England and is currently on the Board for the Granby Chamber of Commerce. He is the fourth member of the Guarco family to be recognized with a Chamber award, following his father, Mike, his older brother, Mike, Jr. and his sister, Mary Anne, who was the Humanitarian of the Year in 2000.
Dei Dolori was cited for his many contributions to the Granby community, most recently a project that provides food and clothing to needy Granby families. His Secret Santa project for the Granby UNICO Club has assisted 35 families and 100 children in the past five years, including 10 families this year alone. Working with Granby’s school principals, who identify needy families not eligible for government assistance, and with partners like Geissler’s and Bob’s Store, UNICO club donated more than $6,500 in gift certificates during the past holiday season. Names of families are kept confidential.
A fixture in the community since arriving in 1970 as Granby high school’s principal, Dei Dolori has served as chairman of both the scholarship and giving committees for UNICO club as well as the Granby Lions Club. A lifetime educator who retired more than 20 years ago, Dei Dolori grew up in a large Italian-American family in Enfield and did not speak English until the third grade. He overcame that obstacle to earn two college degrees from American International and a graduate degree in education from University of Connecticut. He became a teacher, a principal and was superintendent of schools in New Hartford for 24 years. He married his high school sweetheart, Mary, 57 years ago and together they raised five children who graduated from Granby Memorial High School. Dei Dolori has served as Granby’s Town Moderator, on its Zoning Board of Appeals, and on several educational boards such as the American Association of School Administrators and the Farmington Valley Superintendents Association.
Dei Dolori was also praised for his volunteer work in helping families plan vacations to Italy. He has recently lectured on a number of travel topics.
In addition to the awards presentation, the Granby Chamber also held its annual meeting and introduced its new website to chamber members. Elected as new president is Jen Burkhart of Arrow Concrete, who takes over for Jon Rechenberg who served the chamber for the past two years. New board members were also elected.
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