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Nahum Gardner Hazard, pictured here, was born 26 September 1830, probably in Groton. He was the child of Emerson Hazard and Caira "Carrie" Boston, and the husband of Harriet. He served with the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry during the American Civil War. He stood about 5 feet and 7 inches with dark complexion, black eyes, and black hair when he enlisted in 1864. We include his photo here because it shows that in Massachusetts Black men were free and chose to fight for the Union against slavery. In the story with this photo, Joshua Vollmar mentions Adrastus Hazzard, a free black farmer whose family had lived in the Groton area for many years and who served in the famed Massachusetts 54th, and died in the Battery Wagner campaign in South Carolina in 1865, which was considered to be the battle that made most Americans realize that black soldiers could display equal (if not greater) valor to their white counterparts. We are searching for a photo of Adrastus Hazzard and hope to print it in the paper soon.

 

by Joshua Vollmar    Despite having no evidence of the claim, rumors have been flying recently that Groton in the early-to-mid 20th century was a ‘sundown town;’ a community where African Americans were not welcome after sunset. The claim is largely based on the fact that there was a KKK presence...
by Connie Sartini   Groton Police Detective Patrick Timmins is cautioning residents that there are more scams, identity theft and reports of fraud than ever before.      National data breaches are to blame for millions of personal identities being hacked and then sold on the dark web. This...
by Bob Katzen, BHR   With Groton state Senator Edward Kennedy voting in the affirmative, the State Senate voted unanimously, 39-0, to approve an amendment that would allow low-income applicants and recipients of MassHealth and the Medicare Savings Program to initiate an application for...

A small, dedicated and committed team has created a growing business called Groton Inn Kitchen, a takeout service offering tasty, simple family fare at value prices, catering to all people, but especially to families juggling the stress of working from home, child care, and managing remote student educational demands. Photo by Steve Lieman

 

by Robert Stewart   Nine months into a global pandemic that has stubbornly resisted efforts to control its spread, there are still no confident answers as to how people can wade through the pandemic or how businesses can continue and survive after weeks of a shutdown and months of...
by Connie Sartini   Based on a Select Board proposal not to fill a Police Department vacancy (due to a retirement in June), Groton Police Chief Michael Luth advised the Select Board on how he proposes to handle the unfilled position that has created a gap in shift coverage. “I plan to rectify...
by Connie Sartini   Town Manager Mark Haddad advised the Select Board that although the Prescott Sprinkler Project came in under the budget of $327,704.66 by $14,318.37, there is some remaining work to do on a mandatory upgrade to the Fire Alarm Panel. Haddad said that he thought that the...
Town Manager Mark Haddad updated the Select Board on the final accounting for the construction of the Department of Public Works Garage. The approved budget for the construction project was $5,030,250, but Haddad reported that the project came in under budget by $17,455.83.      He thanked the...

Map shows location of 14-acre town-owned parcel [in orange above] located on a dirt road at the Ayer-Groton town line, currently being considered for affordable housing development.

 

by Connie Sartini   The Select Board and the Affordable Housing Trust conducted a virtual workshop on Monday night to discuss creating more affordable housing in Groton. Members of the Community Preservation Committee, the Housing Partnership and the Diversity Task Force also participated in...
by Connie Sartini   Town Manager Mark Haddad advised the Select Board that there is a request from the Publick House to reduce the Annual Liquor License Fee for the Function Hall at the Country Club. They hold two licenses – one for the Publick House and the other for the Function Hall. “Due...
COVID Update Town Manager Mark Haddad updated the Select Board, advising them that “nine cases of COVID-19 were reported in the last 14 days, and that the number is trending higher although with the new color coding, Groton falls in the gray area.” He urged residents to continue diligence in...

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