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Knit one, purl two for Granby Public Library building fund

  • Priscilla Cummings
  • Author and Granby native Priscilla Cummings has given a signed copy of her latest work , “The Journey Back,”  to the Granby Public Library.

Time’s running out to make a pledge for the knit-a-thon now under way at the Granby Public Library. Participating knitters are creating simple hats in patterns of their choice, and inviting friends and relatives to pledge any amount per hat. Companies and organizations may also match pledges.

The knitted items are being returned to the library by Dec. 1, and then sold at a Dec. 8 fashion show/luncheon. Prizes will be awarded for most hats knitted and most money raised. Pledges for the knitters must be made by Dec. 5. Those pledging more than $5 will be entered in a drawing for a $25 gift certificate to Friendly’s.

The knit-a-thon, sponsored by WEBS Yarn Store of Northampton, is raising funds for the library building fund.

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Fashion show in works

Speaking of knitting, the Granby Public Library’s “In Stitches” knitting group will hold its sixth annual knitting fashion show and luncheon Dec. 8 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Church of Christ parish hall on Route 202 in Granby center.

Tickets are $10 and may be purchased at the library. There will also be gift baskets and prizes to win in a raffle and a fastest-knitter contest. Hand-crafted items will be available for purchase. All proceeds benefit the Friends of the Granby Library Building Fund.

The Friends group is also selling holiday centerpieces to benefit the building fund. A team of volunteers, led by Tammy Sapowsky and Renee Still, are making the centerpieces with live greens, candles, accent bows, berries and pine cones. They come in two sizes, a 12-inch round for $20 and an 18-inch oval for $25. Candles and bows are available in a choice of colors.

Centerpieces must be ordered a week in advance. Order forms are available at the library and online at its website, www.granbylibrary.com, Florence Savings Bank and the Polish National Credit Union.

The items can be picked up Dec. 8 and 15 at either Sapowsky’s Farm Stand, Route 202, or at the library between 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

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Hometown author donates book

Author and Granby native Priscilla Cummings, now of Annapolis, Md., always gives a signed copy of her latest work to the library.

Her newest book, “The Journey Back,” follows the adventures of Digger, 14, who escapes from a detention facility and experiences close encounters with danger as he attempts to return home and “fix things.”

He finds the journey isn’t just about getting back home, it’s discovering what he’s running from and how to come to terms with his troubled past.

The book is available for loan at the library.

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Street lists available

Town Clerk Katherine A. Kelly-Regan said 78 percent of Granby’s 4,539 registered voters turned out for the Nov. 6 election. “Special thanks to all the election workers for a great job working the polls, and to all the voters who came out in support for their candidates and the (ballot) questions,” she said.

Kelly-Regan still has some 2012 street listing books for sale in her office, for $8 each.

She also reminds residents that those operating “doing business as” endeavors must, by state law, register their businesses with the town. Call her office, 467-7178, for information.

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Vendor fair this weekend

The Granby PTO will hold its Vendor Fair on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at East Meadow School in the cafeteria and gym. About 30 vendors are expected to participate. Volunteers are needed to supervise the craft table.

The next PTO meeting will be Dec. 6 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the West Street School library. Child care will be provided.

Etta Walsh can be reached at ewalsh.gazette@gmail.com.

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