Groton Police Officer and Instructor Gordon Candow demonstrates a simulator scenario. He stressed the value of officers learning to deal with the emotional climate of a difficult incident in a simulated environment. He said the system teaches officers to protect themselves while practicing de-escalation techniques. “Your heartrate is up, but you have to think outside the box,” he said, adding that he chose scenarios appropriate to Groton stressing interpersonal communication when talking to a person.
by Connie Sartini
Members of the Groton Police Department spent last week testing their skills in a unique mobile simulator training center, where real life scenarios give officers the opportunity to practice their responses to a variety of serious situations that can occur at night, inside...
Portrait painted by Mary Minifie
Watch this spot for next week's continuation of Michael LaTerz's series on Groton artist Mary Minifie.
Warding off the darkness of mid-winter are the bright flames of Friday's bonfire at Town Field. The annual event draws a crowd out of their warm homes into the cold to witness this ancient rite. Photo by Russell Harris.
Long-time Groton resident Mary Minifie, an award-winning artist of national renown, paints in the tradition of the Boston School. Minifie explains that the classical realism of the Boston School is a way of painting, not an academic institution. It focuses not on painting a thing but on painting the light. Here, in her studio, Mary Minifie contemplates the challenge of her latest canvas. Photo by Michael LaTerz.
A Portrait – Mary Minifie Part 1
by Michael LaTerz
Groton is home to so many artists of so many types: authors and poets, inventors and designers, composers and musicians, luthiers and furniture makers, jewelers, sculptors and painters, too.
One day, the future will look back at...
How to State a Start-Up
The DifferenceMaker program at UMass Lowell teaches students of all majors entrepreneurship skills and helps them launch business and nonprofit ventures. Since the program began in 2012, participants have founded 33 companies, raised more than $2.5 million in funding for their startups and have...
Old-growth forest in Western Massachusetts
by Mary J Metzger
“Right now nature is taking out 29 percent of the carbon we are putting into the air. In the watershed, that is happening in wetlands soils and forests,” said Dr. William Moomaw of Tufts University when he spoke at the Nashua River Watershed Association’s River Resource...
Edie Tompkins has led the Groton Community Christmas concert for 45 years. In Sunday’s concert Edie turned to the audience to include them in one of the carols. Photo by Nancy Ohringer
Ed note: According to data just released by North Central Massachusetts Chamber of Commerce, 60% of Groton households have annual incomes exceeding $100,000, thus making Groton one of the wealthier area communities, on par with Harvard. Since many Groton families seek opportunities to help...
Shingling of Groton Public Library's Library Turret is in Progress. Head Librarian Vanessa Abraham writes,
"The slate on the turret is done. Clerk of the Works Bob Garside said it was an absolute pleasure watching true craftsmen at their work, as each slate tile had to be specially cut to...
19th Century Farm Wagon at Williams Barn