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Wastewater treatment plan focus of hearing Monday in Granby

Janice Mcardle, the youth service librarian, leads a group of mothers and their children in songs and books at the Granby Library last fall as part of the library's Snuggle Time Lapsit program. 

CAROL LOLLIS

Janice Mcardle, the youth service librarian, leads a group of mothers and their children in songs and books at the Granby Library last fall as part of the library's Snuggle Time Lapsit program. CAROL LOLLIS Purchase photo reprints »

Residents can hear the final recommendations on the town’s comprehensive wastewater treatment plan at a public hearing Monday at 7 p.m. at the senior center, 10 West State St., where the Select Board meets.

The town hired AECOM, a global provider of technical and management support services, as a consultant to review Granby’s wastewater-disposal problem areas, identify future problem areas, develop alternatives to manage problem areas and recommend a plan for future wastewater disposal.

AECOM oversaw construction of the $3.6 billion wastewater treatment plant on Boston’s Deer Island.

The Granby plan has already been subject to public hearings and state Department of Environmental Protection approval. An electronic version of the Comprehensive Wastewater Management Plan can be found on the town’s website, www.granbyma.org.

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Early literacy

The Snuggle Time Lapsit program, where parents can bond with their babies and make new friends, is being held on Wednesdays starting Jan. 16. The group will meet on Wednesdays in January at 10:30 a.m. at the Granby Public Library.

Space is limited for the three-week program and registration is required. To register, call the library at 467-3320.

Baby lapsit times are designed to encourage early literacy in very young children, aged 4 to 18 months. (One lap per baby is required.) Each 20-minute session enables parents to read, sing and learn fingerplays. Participants are encouraged to spend time playing and interacting with other adults and babies following each session.

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Book discussion

Girls Night Out book discussion group, for adults, will be reading “Half Broke Horses” by Jeanette Walls. Copies of the book are now available at the library.

The group will meet to discuss the book on Jan. 31 at the library, at 6:30 p.m.

Walls’ book tells the story of her grandmother, Lily Casey Smith, who at age 6 helped her father break horses and at 15 left home to teach in a frontier town 500 miles away, which she reached by riding her pony.

She later learned to drive a car and fly a plane and, after marrying husband Jim, ran a large ranch in Arizona. She raised two children, including Walls’ mother Rosemary Smith Walls, whom the author portrayed in her earlier book, “The Glass Castle.”

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PTO fundraiser

The Granby PTO reminds parents that the organization is continuing to collect and recycle used printer cartridges, cell phones and small electronic items.

The items may be brought by students to either West Street or East Meadow elementary schools and left in drop-off boxes in the school offices.

Last year, the PTO collected $160 in cash from the recycling program.

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