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Eagle Scout Candidate Thomas Onishi Restores Historic Fence On Minuteman Common

Eagle Scout candidate Thomas Onishi, along with fellow scouts, stage and prepare timbers for repairing the enclosure on Minuteman Common.


Thomas Onishi stands next to a por- tion of the beautifully restored fence showing hand-hewn granite posts, heavy timbers held up by iron brackets.


Erik Tobies hand-forged some of the replacement brackets for the granite uprights.


On April 19, 1775 a group of Groton citizens assembled at the town common to march towards Concord to protect Colonial Militia supplies against seizure from a British military expedition. As part of Groton’s 350th Anniversary Celebration in 2005, the common was dedicated as Minuteman Common, in honor of these Groton Minutemen.

EDITORIAL: Understanding How It Could Happen Here

I used to wonder how the citizens of a country like Germany could let the Third Reich happen. How, in the late 1920s and early '30s, could they not see what was going on around them? Unions suppressed. The media villainized. Minorities abused. Sudden, even random, arrests. Paramilitary forces taking over city streets and neighborhoods. Political opponents demonized. How could people not see that? How could they not care?

Haying Time



Haying time at the General Field, late Saturday afternoon looking south into Ayer. Haying has been the town’s most valuable agricutural enterprise since the earliest days of English settlement and remains so today. From Caleb Butler’s History of Groton:

Groton-Dunstable Strength & Conditioning Club

Under the supervision of Coach Phil Unger, students participate in the Strength & Conditioning Club held at Groton-Dunstable RHS. Back: L-R: Coach Unger, Jacob Gilbert, Dylan Paradis, Toby Strauss, Jake Strauss, Jordan Strauss. Front: Jenna Beauchain, Eilish Ferrara, Lauren Phelps. Photo by Robert Mingolelli


Coach Phil Unger instructs Jacob Gilbert at the Strength and Conditioning club currently taking place at the high school. Photo by Robert Mingolelli


Jake Strauss works out using the kettlebell at the Groton-Dunstable Strength & Conditioning Club. Photo by Robert Mingolelli


By Robert Mingolelli


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