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Dunstable Boy Pulled From Conservation Pond Has Died

Dunstable Police Chief James Dow and Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan reported on July 10 that a 15-year-old swimmer who was pulled from a local conservation pond in Dunstable has died.
     The boy was located in approximately 13 feet of water and was transported to a New Hampshire hospital where he was subsequently pronounced dead.

Baker Signs Mosquito Control Legislation

On Monday afternoon Gov. Charlie Baker signed a bill that gives the state expanded powers to control mosquitos. The legislation (S 2757) was based on a bill Baker field in April giving the State Reclamation and Mosquito Control Board new powers to fight mosquito-borne illnesses like West Nile Virus and Eastern equine encephalitis when the Department of Public Health determines there is an elevated risk.

Acorn Tree Service: Pro Bono Work at Groton Place

Acorn Tree Service of Harvard recently completed a major project for New England Forestry Foundation in Groton. Four employees spent five hours carefully chipping up and removing 20 piles of branches at Groton Place on Long Hill Road. They also chain-sawed 4 very large pine trees and and removed them into the woods. These are trees which came down in the May 15 micro burst. 

Country Club Pool Is Open; Residents Only, Please

During the curent cornavirus pandemic, with health concerns eliminating so many opportunities for fun, there are still a few places to have some summer fun with friends. Fortunately for Groton residents, the pool at the Groton Country Club is open with a very stylish lifeguard watching out for both water safety and social distancing. Photo by Steve Lieman.

There's room for many socially distancing swimmers at the large Groton Pool at Groton's Country Club.

by Connie Sartini
Town Manager Mark Haddad reported that “the opening of the Groton Country Club pool under the protocols approved by the Select Board has gone off without any problem. Residents utilizing the pool have followed the protocols and there have been no reported issues.”

Community Preservation Act Funding Recommendation Clarification

During discussion of the Community Preservation Act (CPA) article (Article 8) at Town Meeting on June 13, 2020, it became apparent that there was some misunderstanding about the Community Preservation Committee’s (CPC) process on recommending proposed projects to Town Meeting. Specifically, why the sprinkler system at Prescott School was recommended to Town Meeting while last year’s high school track project was not.

GPD Is "Shining Example Of What Exemplary Police Department Looks Like"

First Parish Church of Groton sends our sincerest thanks to Groton Police Chief Luth, Lt. Sheridan and the members of the Groton Police Department for helping to support our drive-by car parade on Saturday, June 27 to celebrate both the Rev. Elea Kemler’s and RE Director Liz Davis-Chaffin’s anniversaries.

Rail Trail To Get A Facelift

The Transportation Bond Bill passed by the Massachusetts State Senate on Thursday, July 16 included these amendments filed by Groton State Senator Edward Kennedy:
• $650,000 for paving and reconstruction of the Nashua River Rail Trail in Ayer, Groton, Pepperell, and Dunstable.
• $350,000 for improvements and repairs on Route 119 in Groton and

20 Trends To Better Grasp Groton

After living in Groton for many years, it is sometimes easy to hold a mental image of the town that diverges widely from demographic reality. When we go to town meeting and to the polls to make decisions about our town’s future, we must have a clear picture of the town as it is today. The following facts taken from the recently-completed Groton Housing Production Plan help to give all residents a clear-eyed view of today’s town.


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